By Subhash K. Jha, IANS
Ah, monsoon melodies! There have been two major films called "Barsaat" earlier. In Raj Kapoor's "Barsaat" in 1948, an imperishable star called Lata Mangeshkar was born when she sang melodies like "Hawaa mein udta jaaye" and "Jiya beqaraar hai".
More than four decades later, Nadeem Shravan did the music for Raj Kumar Santoshi's "Barsaat", which marked the debut of Bobby Deol and Twinkle Khanna.
And now Nadeem Shravan teams up with Bobby Deol for a drizzle of ditties in Suneel Darshan's "Barsaat".
"I prefer the sex, forget the shaadi," raps someone called Ishq in the track "Nakhre".
Why is Alisha Chinai used only in the come-hither songs when her expressive voice is capable of so much more?
Welcome to Nadeem Shravan's land of the marginally lush. Suneel Darshan who got a superior score out of Nadeem Shravan in "Andaaz" here fine-tunes some of the duo's over-familiar tuning traits.
Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik's wet-wet-wet "Barsaat ke din aaye" is a tune that you find yourself humming. A solo like "Maine tumse pyar bahut kiya" is much too strait-laced to generate heat.
Sameer's lyrics match the pavement-wise tunes - "Aaja aaja piya ab to aaja/Dekh to kaisi haalat hui hai/Aake humko gale se lagaa ja/Tujhse milne ki chahat hui hai..."
The track "Sajan sajan" is interesting because Priyanka Chopra pitches in with some shimmering shayari. Why doesn't she take to singing?
"Chori chori ladi ankhiyaan" raises pleasant memories of "Pardesi pardesi" from the film "Raja Hindustani".
Sonu Nigam and Alka's "Pyaar aaya" (actually the best ballad of the bubbly bunch) and Abhijeet and Alka's "Mushkil" has a pleasant old-world gait that takes it forward beyond mediocrity.
Pretty melodies in a row, here's an album that you could hum.