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Music Review : Tum Mile

 Tum Mile
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Starring :
 Kunal Deshmukh
 Kumaar and Sayeed Quadri
 Emraan Hashmi and Soha Ali Khan

By Abid, Bollywood Trade News Network Send to Friend

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From the creator of musical hits like GANGSTER, WOH LAMHE, AAWARAPAN and JANNAT: These lines on the CD cover are apt to convey that the expectations from the next album, TUM MILE - from the house of Bhatts', with Pritam as the composer, lyricist Sayeed Quadri and last and not the least music's very own lucky mascot, Emraan Hashmi- are of gigantic proportions. The team has always delivered irrespective of the box-office success of their ventures, and so music patrons can look forward to another musical bonanza in form of the Kunal Deshmukh directed TUM MILE.

The album is all the more special as it's the first film in the history of Hindi cinema to have a natural calamity like cyclonic storm as its backdrop, taking inspiration from the night of 26th July 2005 when Mumbai was hit by storm and lashing rain.

The director's note in the CD states: ''The night provided me with a turbulent and dramatic backdrop for the love story I wanted to tell, a night that gave all of us a shared understanding that life is really loaned to us for a very short time and we have to make each moment with our loved ones really count.'' With these profound thoughts let's check out the album without wasting anymore time.

Opening the album with the enchanting title track, ''Tum Mile'', Pritam showcases his hold over simplistic melody and presents us with three different versions; and wow, all the three are absolute gems!

First to come is Pritam's lucky charm, Neeraj Shridhar, who gets to show us his other side by rendering an all out romantic track, in his trademark lovable style. However, it's neither the simple melody nor the beautiful singing but lyrics by Kumaar which are absolutely spellbinding, so much so that they are instantly on the lips and are easy to relate to, so simple yet so classy. The lyrics are a mix of Hindi with lots of English thrown in to suit Neeraj's popular Bombay Viking style. Neeraj's version is soft pop with arrangements in sync with the style. The song has the staying power and more often than not, one ends up unconsciously singing the extremely hummable part, ''Tum mile to jaadu chha gaya, Tum mile to jeena aa gaya, Tum mile to maine paaya hai jahaan.''


Javed Ali's version of ''Tum Mile'' (Love Reprise) comes with minimal musical arrangements in the background, commencing with saxophone (George Brooks, Woody and Ritz) with traces of sitar strings, as the breezy melody of the original takes a backseat. The rhythm is more relaxed and the lounge effect takes over. His singing is smooth and vocals alluring. Javed, after the recent ''Bhoola Tujhe''(BLUE), continues to tug at the hearts of the music lovers, and this version is sure to be a hit with those who want their music to be soft and relaxing.

The extremely talented Shafqat Amanat Ali gets his due with the ''Tum Mile'' rock version, and true to the title it is a rocking version all right! The scintillating guitaring by talented artists like Kalyan Baruah, Paresh Kamath, Pawan Rasaily and Krishna, is the highlight of the track, and is definitely the best version, the kind one will play in the cars on long drives, clubs and parties.

Superb piano play and violins commence ''Dil Ibaadat'' and one was not prepared for this extremely pleasant surprise that lay ahead, as ''Dil Ibaadat'' is a touch better than even the title track. Pritam seems to be in prime form and the number is reminiscent of his classy compositions of LIFE...IN A METRO. Once again the emphasis is on simple straight melody, without much twists and turns. The amazing background oriental arrangements take us back to the ''Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai'' (GANGSTER) days and backing female vocals (Suzanne, Neisha and Candy etc.) are beautifully interspersed with the song. And to top it all, K.K., who once formed a formidable team with Pritam (these days he is replaced by Neeraj Shridhar) comes back for this intense love ballad that true to the pining lover boy image of Emraan Hashmi, is sure to hit the charts. Sayeed Quadri's lyrics depicting the state of mind of a lover obsessed by his beloved is fantastic. ''Jo bhi jitney pal jeeyun, Unhe tere sang jeeyun, Jo bhi kal ho ab mera, Use tere sang jeeyun.'' Simply suberb!

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''Dil Ibaadat'' (Rock) version once again showcases Pritam's mastery over the genre and proves that his Band Metro of LIFE... IN A METRO was not a flash in the pan. The all rock arrangements consisting of some amazing display of guitaring (acid and hard rock) and percussions are once again the USP of the track and makes for a rollicking outing.

Simple guitar strums and synthesized organ sounds make way for another love ballad in form of ''Tu Hi Haqeeqat'' and the number is in the same corridor as ''Haan Tu Hai'' (JANNAT) and like its predecessor it is sure to have its own loyal followers, who love a bit of 'sufi' touch in their songs, backed by Middle-Eastern arrangements. The lyrics by Sayeed Quadri are once again top class and convey the deep, intense love of the protagonist aptly. Javed Ali delivers the goods to perfection. In fact Pritam has helped him showcase his versatility by making Javed sing in a totally different pitch and voice tenor, as opposed to what is normally associated with him. He is ably supported by Irfan Ashraf and Shadab, who pitch in with the chorus.

Mohit Chauhan and Pritam combo had regaled us with ''Tum Se Hi'' (JAB WE MET) and ''Yeh Dooriyan'' (LOVE AAJ KAL) and they are back but this time its a breezy romantic interlude with ''Is Jahaan Mein'', which commences with a lovely mandolin piece (Tapash). Pritam makes use of Mohit's amazing voice modulations by making him attempt the Kishore Kumar type 'yodling' (''Chala Jaata Hoon Kisi Ki Dhun Mein'') towards the end of the verses and its delightful. The song may not be in the same league as the first two but Mohit makes it special with his rendition.

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K.K's slightly husky and inebriated vocals (somewhat resembling Mithoon's style in ''Zindagi'' -THE TRAIN) welcome ''O Meri Jaan'', which is not a romantic song at all like its title suggests. It is a song of separation that talks about 'tanhai' and 'judai' and the misunderstandings that lead to the separation of the protagonists. High pitched singing which is K.K's forte has been used and the result, like always, is par excellent. One can feel the pain through K.K's excellent rendition, and even though this situation has been represented through countless compositions, the lyrics by Sayeed Quadri are not routine and are able to justify the suffering well.

Last but not the least we have the ''Soul of Tum Mile'', which is an instrumental and can be called the theme piece. Thunder storms and cries of despair, disturbed vocals (reminiscent of ''Sweet Child In Time'' by Deep Purple) and a haunting piano piece all set tune for a thunderous climax . Pritam's crescendo is almost on par with that of music wizard A.R. Rahman. Pritam has successfully created a Philharmonic Orchestra effect to suit the highly charged situations in the film. Certainly the brilliant music piece will be used in tense situational moments of the movie as a high level drama of life and death involving the protagonists caught in the cyclonic storm/ flood will unfold in the film. It's a classy end to a top class album.

It will not be an understatement to call TUM MILE one of Pritam's finest album after LIFE...IN A METRO. It will definitely give Rahman's BLUE a run for its money and may even cannibalize Pritam's very own and more populist ALL THE BEST...FUN BEGINS, both of which have recently released. The songs have that unique blend which is bound to attract the mass as well as class. The album is definitely going to prove another feather in the crown for the Bhatt banner, who have off late disappointed their patrons with an insipid JASHNN and RAAZ-THE MYSTERY CONTINUES...which had just one chartbuster to its credit despite the presence of music's lucky mascot, Emraan Hashmi. However, on the hindsight it will highlight their dependency on Pritam for big musical hits. Coming to our favourites, naturally all the three versions of the title track, ''Tum Mile'', ''Dil Ibaadat'' and ''The Soul of Tum Mile'' are worth every single penny and even dollars spent on buying the album. Don't miss!

Rating - 4/5

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