Jackie Shroff, Mahima Chaudhary, Raveena Tandon .
By Raunaq Kotecha
3 established stars in a trivial looking movie. Presented by Anushka eimages and directed by Shashi Ranjan, Dobara stars Jackie Shroff, Mahima Chaudhary and Raveena Tandon in the lead roles. With Anu Malik (the composer cum singer) and Javed Akhtar entrusted the task of music and lyrics respectively, there is a little excitement to listen and comment on the compositions.
"Mujhse Kyon" inaugurates the album and quite well indeed, as the track does have a very peaceful and pleasant melody and with Alka Yagnik doing the vocal honors, one can only expect best results. The song has a typical 80's amiable feel along with sensible lyrics that only add to the value.
You can shake a leg or two with "Hamnasheen", which is again a subtle dance number. Alisha Chinoy's trendy and mesmerizing vocals set the ball rolling for some mid night groove. Anu Malik briefly joins Alisha for the duet complimenting to the feel of the track. The tune is somewhat melodious, but could have been better. Instrument play is impressive, but sounds inspired from God knows how many latest remixes (Anu after all!). Javed Akhtar elegantly uses the phrase "Time and Tide wait for none".
Hariharan is wasted in "Tum abhi". Inspite of Hariharan's velvety vocals, the track fails to make an impact simply because the tune is deficient. The music in the background is comforting. Javed Akhtar does an exemplary job with lyrics, which are thoughtful and poignant. This track has been repeated on side B on the cassette by Alka Yagnik, which is just as good. As a matter of fact, one might give an extra point to the female version, as Alka sounds more convincing while expressing her grief for her lost love.
"Pyar Mere" is Punjabi singer Jasbir Jassi's baby. He sings, sets the music and pens the lyrics for this one. A typical Punjabi folk melody placates the listeners with a superior musical backdrop and meaningful lyrics that append the sensitive undergo of the track.
"Goonja Hua" is yet another Alka Yagnik solo number. With a swift yet conventional tune and an average musical backdrop, this one again is an unadventurous track. Javed Akhtar effortlessly sets some situational lyrics on a traditional Anu Malik tune. There is nothing noteworthy in Yagnik's singing as well.
Dobara Theme is an instrumental, which does express the sensitivity of the subject, but there is nothing much to look forward to.
Anu Malik has precisely given an average score for a movie that does not give the impression of being very promising. A highly superior score also would not have guaranteed an exciting public reaction, as the movie itself looks dreary. The only factor that can work wonders for Dobara and its music is the subject and its treatment… Not the star value, Not the promotion (which has not even begun yet). Under such circumstances, we can only wish that the audiences show up at least once if not Dobara!