By Ronak Kotecha
The most interesting fact about the onscreen pair of the model turned actors Arjun Rampal and Priyanka Chopra is that Arjun has not delivered a solitary hit at the box-office ever since the Bollywood bug has bitten him and Priyanka has barely delivered any flops yet. Their last movie ASAMBHAV was a catastrophic failure. However, this does not deter the courage and confidence of our filmmakers in this jinxed pair and consequently, producer Sujit Kumar Singh comes up with YAKEEN. Vikram Bhatt, who also has not been very fortunate lately, does the screenplay while Sameer and Himmesh Reshammiya have managed the music for the movie.
"Tune Mujhko Deewana Kiya" is a soothing melody that has the perceptive vocals of Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik tunefully conveying the emotions through their harmonious singing. Being a Himmesh Reshammiya composition, the track cannot help sounding like other tracks by him, but as long as it sounds good, its good.
Once again, on the similar lines, "Meri Aankhon Mein" is yet another gentle duet by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik that has almost the same ingredients as the first one, but only makes half as good listening.
While Arjun-Priyanka may not be the most happening pair on-screen, Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghosal are definitely one off-screen -as playback singers. "Tu Hi" although an intense duet, suffers due to a very mediocre tune and a middling musical setup that may not prove to be very ear friendly.
Shaan and Sunidhi both do their respective solo acts for one track called "Bhoolna Nahin". Certainly not something that you will like at the very first instance, "Bhoolna Nahin" is a track that does have a repeat value due to its upbeat orchestration and a good vocal support, especially in Sunidhi's version.
The album once again trudges along the 80's mundane feel with "Chehra Tera" where Alka Yagnik sounds conservative and so does Sonu Nigam. The track does not do any value addition to the compilation, instead adds to the list of the lackluster tracks.
A host of analogous tracks with the same look and feel and barely any inventiveness is one of the major factors going against the music of YAKEEN. With such a sagging score, a shoddy promotion campaign is all it needs for a movie like this to slump even before it hits the theatres and YAKEEN is yet another conscious victim of this adverse syndrome.