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Director : Music : Lyrics : Starring :
Arjun Rampal, John Abraham, Rahul Khanna, Amisha Patel and Lara Dutta and Mithun Chakraborty.
By Ronak Kotecha
While the year 2004 bid farewell with star studded movies like Veer Zara, Hulchul, Swades, Musafir and Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo, the upcoming year 2005 invites in a similar manner with movies like Vaada, Bewafaa and Elaan.
Arjun Rampal, John Abraham, Rahul Khanna, Amisha Patel and Lara Dutta are an anthology of not-so-happening star clan fighting away to glory in this Vikram Bhatt directed Action Thriller. Elaan will also serve as a comeback vehicle for yesteryear's rage Mithun Chakraborty, for whom, Elaan would be a prime good banner Hindi movie after almost a decade. Produced by Venus, the movie has tracks composed by Anu Malik and penned by Sameer.
Anu Malik composes a regular melody in "Bechain Mera Dil Hai" while Sameer, Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik follow suit. A dependable romantic duet to express and signify love between two birdies does not go very far in impressing the music lovers. K.K. & Sunidhi aptly convey the emotions, but cannot help any further.
Not making much progress, the album moves into some seduction with Lara Dutta and John Abraham getting better of their emotions in "Dil Mein Hulchul". While Lara and John get up close and personal, only the searing picturization of the track can go a hunker down distance with the masses. Anu Malik and Sameer must have had least hitches putting up this one.
Sameer's depleted lyrical reserves result in "Andarlu Mandarlu", which is an Off Screen team effort by Anu Malik, Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal and Sunidhi Chauhan while On Screen, all the five actors try to squeeze in. Following the footsteps of Sanjay Gupta, the track also exhumes a Remixed version, which is just as average.
Melody trickles in with "Meri Zindagi Mein Koyi" where Gayatri Iyer's unexploited talents work their way toward a better composition. The track is an intense number with good orchestration that should gradually grow, if not pull off right away.
After listening to "Dua Karna", one should actually pray for the music of the movie and leave it to the destiny thereafter. Sort of a groovy track, it does not really make some one dance and concludes the album rather scruffily.
It is too obvious that neither Vikram Bhatt nor Anu Malik and not even the producers have bothered to have an extraordinary piece of music, such that it does not play on your mind even after listening repeatedly. Perhaps, they are banking too much on the star value (which is not all that high anyway) and the screenplay, which should be of the essence.