Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen, Roopkumar Rathod, Sumeet Chopra.
Arjan Bajwa, Kanchi Kaul, Shalini Pal, Gaurav Chanana, Amrish Puri, Prem Chopra.
By Raunaq Kotecha
Due to the frequenting promos of Woh Tera Naam Tha (WTNT), you might have already guessed that WTNT is an ancient love triangle with a cluster of promising new comers and heart rendering lyrical tunes and let me confirm that you have guessed it right. WTNT is indeed an engrossing love story with music playing an instrumental role.
WTNT is directed by Kuku Kohli, who has always believed and very many times also succeeded in giving phenomenal breaks to talented neophytes. WTNT is a debut vehicle for fresh faces like Arjan Bajwa, Gaurav Channa, Kanchi Kaul and Shalini Pal although you might have seen some or all of them in commercials, Television serials, Music albums etc. The cast also includes Amrish Puri, Rajat Bedi, Rajiv Verma and Yunus Pervez in significant roles. Made under the banner of Radha Krishna Films and produced by Vijay Pat Singhania, WTNT has an interesting line up of Music Directors that includes singer-composer Roop Kumar Rathod along with Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen (after a long time though) and Sumeet Chopra. Four immensely talented and brilliant lyricists, namely Nida Fazli, Rani Malik, Shakeel Azmi and Shahid Hamdani, have imparted the lyrical values.
The album compulsively opens up with the title track "Woh Tera Naam Tha" that has consistently been on the music countdowns for quite some time now. Sung and composed by Roop Kumar Rathod (RKR) himself this one is a masterpiece and undoubtedly one of the best tracks on the album. The soft and velvety voice of RKR compliments the supple and poignant feel of the song. Musically, the track is rich with right usage of instruments and the tune is also instantly likable. Qateel Shifai's lyrics are definitely meaningful and penetrative. This track reappears in the album as a sad version where RKR once again impresses with his vocal skills.
"Sajan Ghar Chali Re" is a celebratory marriage song by Alka Yagnik and Richa Sharma. It is after a long time, that we are again witnessing such an association of two singers whose voices and styles are complete opposites. Remember, Choli Ke Peeche, Gutur Gutur and many such hits by Alka and Ila that had become a rage in early 90s. In this one too, Alka's sweet voice adeptly spells magic and Richa Sharma's husky voice gives the required folk touch to the track. Shahid Hamdani's ceremonial lyrics are rather energetic and colossally apt for this situational number.
"Subah Hui" is a smooth sappy solo by Alka Yagnik. Alka's sweet and melodious voice exemplifies the gleam of dawn. Shakeel Azmi has duly penned some pleasant and soothing words for this feel good feel fresh number.
"Jaan Lo Jaan Lo" is a classic Qawali by Sabri Brothers, Sadhna Sargam and chorus. Sabri Bros who are well accomplished in the art of singing Qawalies have once again done a fair job and Sadhna too gels well. Roop Kumar Rathod uses the much-required tabla and other traditional musical instruments very effectively for this one. Tune and Nida Fazli's blend of Urdu couplets coagulate stupendously to deliver a splendid Jugal Bandi between the lead singers.
"Noor-e-Nazar" is yet another composition by RKR that evidently conveys the sentimental touch of a lover's heart. The soulful rendition by Roop Kumar and subtle usage of Shehnaai is truly heart warming. Shakeel Azmi once again excels in etching some highly meaningful libretto.
"Aashqan Dil" is a heart wrenching emotional track sung luminously by Reshma who is a renowned Pakistani Folk Singer. Reshma's highly emotive and poignant voice has always succeeded in touching hearts and this one too is no exception. The song will instantly remind you of "Lambi Judaai" from Subhash Ghai's "Hero" although it does have certain amount of originality that renders it different. Rani Malik's emotionally viable lyrics breathe life into the song.
"Kabhi Dil Se" is a romantic duet by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik. This one is rather contemporary and also different from the rest of the songs on the album that have a high traditional appeal. Although, lyrics by Nida Fazli are conventional, the tune is quite complex. Needless to mention, Alka and Udit have done justice to the song.
"Woh Jo Jaane-e-Jaan" is an exquisite romantic ballad radiantly sung by immensely talented Hariharan. Hariharan's soothing voice renders this track rather special with pleasant music by Dilip Sen- Sameer Sen and Nida Fazli's passionately harmonious lyrics.
The concluding track "Yun to Mohabbat ka" is a fast paced romantic duet composed by Sumeet Chopra and effortlessly sung by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik once again. The track has ever so pleasing and melodious tune with simple lyrics that rightfully depict the endless love between the two young lovers. Due to its simplicity and sweet melody, the track will definitely continue playing on your mind.
Conclusively, Woh Tera Naam Tha has a music score that ranges from average to good, but the music could do still better business if it is promoted better. Also, due to the lack of star value there is always some initial resistance from the audience that can be overcome by right kind of promotional gimmicks and extra alluring packaging.
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