No bones about controversial 'Musafir'
After the huge musical hits "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai", "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham" and "Kal Ho Naa Ho", Karan Johar has hit the right notes again with "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna", which is already a chartbuster.
He has once more teamed up with composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and lyricist Javed Akhtar, who gave the music of "Kal Ho Naa Ho", and the outcome is enthralling.
Although Johar's forte is romance, he ventures into a different kind of love story this time - and the music reflects it too.
The opening track is the title song "Kabhi alvida naa kehna", a slow and sad number sung beautifully by Alka Yagnik and Sonu Nigam with enjoyable beats.
The next track "Mitwa", which starts with "Love will find a way, jaaniye, heeriyain" sung by Caralisa and Shankar Mahadevan, hooks listeners instantly. Thanks to Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali, who has churned out catchy tunes by fusing Pakistani and Indian classical music.
If music lovers fell for "It's the time to disco" from "Kal Ho Naa Ho", they will also love "Where's the party tonight". The romantic and sentimental track sung by Shaan and Vasundhara Das is also a blend of Indian and Western music.
"Tumhi dekho naa", sung by Alka and Sonu, is the best song of the album. It has the feel of "Suraj hua maddham" and "Kuch to hua hai" and is a feast for the ears.
"Mitwa Revisited" is the remix version of the song "Mitwa" which sounds quite trendy and cool.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy once again have Amitabh Bachchan jiving to their tunes in "Rock 'n roll soniye". Shankar's voice modulation may have many thinking that Amitabh himself has sung the number.
The last track, "Farewell trance", is an instrumental number and is worth listening.
Johar returns to big screen after five years with "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna", which is one of the most anticipated movies of 2006 with huge star cast - Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukherjee.