Amitabh Bachchan, Bobby Deol and Akshay Kumar
By Ronak Kotecha
Patriotism has always been his forte and Deols have always been his favorites. Especially, after a phenomenon called Gadar happened. Prior to Gadar, Anil Sharma's'Maharaja' starring Govinda and Manisha Koirala was such a failure at the Box-Office that the word 'Flop' would be highly understated. His last movie, 'The Hero' was reasonably successful and now all his hopes are pinned on his next movie - 'Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo'. The movie is a multi-starrer with biggies like Amitabh Bachchan, Bobby Deol and Akshay Kumar taking the male lead while the female lead is quite insignificant with names like Sandhali Sinha & the newfound 'Divya Khosla'.
Directed by Anil Sharma, the movie has the music department handled by commercially most viable combination of Anu Malik and Sameer.
The opening track 'Hamein Tumse Hua Hai Pyar' begins the array of average tunes on the album. Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik croon such lyrics for the nth time in this track and an average romantic melody for this common track does no good to the listener or any other parties associated with the music.
The track next is somewhat better in every sense of term Better. First to hit the screens through promos, 'Kurti Mal Mal Di' is a slightly popular tune since the promos began frequenting. A Punjabi folk dance number is ideal at Grand Celebrations that require dancing. The cliche voice behind Amitabh is obviously Sudesh Bhosle's and nothing has changed in his voice since the time he began singing. The pace of the tune and express beats in the background are quite energizing and entreating.
The album bounces back to suave somber tracks with 'Mujhe Pyar Do'. Suave , Somber and Sonu all go together. It is a compulsive romantic track with rich melody where Sonu excels in emotive singing. Anuradha Paudwal has little to do in the track, but always impresses in whatever little she does after long breaks.
The title track rolls up next. The track is filled with Patriotic lingo and Udit Narayan and Sonu Nigam are in solid patriotic mood to convey the effect rather effortlessly. The track does not have the melody as good and as rich as the previous 'Ab Tumhare Hawale Saathiyo', but is listenable to quite an extent. Alka Yagnik and Kailash Kher do not have much to do, but Alka manages to create quite a stir in her short yet sweet performance.
The stage show number performed by Divya Khosla is up next. The track has good melody and you can enjoy it as long as it lasts. The track would have done substantially well if it would have been a visual treat, which would have been possible if there were someone better than Divya Khosla who looks too tired to give an invigorating stage performance.
Just like Gadar 'Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo' has music that can pick up only if the movie does well because barring extremely catchy tunes, the music has great singers singing & great actors performing on screen all going in its favor.