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 Aruna Raje
 Himesh Reshammiya
 Manisha Koirala, Karan Nath, Netanya Singh, Rajat Kapoor.

By Raunaq Kotecha

Year 2004 is witnessing a rather familiar start in Bollywood, as once again low budgeted movies with unconventional story lines and star cast are making their way to the silver screen in the very beginning of the year and 'Tum - A Dangerous Obsession' is just one of them. Produced by Venus Records & Tapes Private Limited, Tum has an advantage of being directed by the immensely talented Aruna Raje, who is one of the few women directors that we have in Bollywood today. Aruna Raje's movies are generally based on sensitivity of human relations and emotions with a cynical dimension aimed at the society at large. However, Tum seems to be commercially more viable due to its thriller content and star cast that includes once again dazzling Manisha Koirala and Karan Nath in lead roles along with Netanya Singh (Funtoosh…should I say Fame?) and Rajat Kapoor. Tum's musical score has been composed by Himesh Reshammiya, who is also reasonably well known for his commercial viability. With some exceptionally filmy lyrics penned by Sameer and promos already on the idiot box, music of Tum is in the air.

The album commences very confidently with "Kyon mera dil" by Adnan Sami and an unaccredited soulful voice in the background. The track is rather unlike from what we would generally expect from Himesh and sounds more like a pick from Adnan Sami's Tera Chehra. Whatever it may be, the track is one of the best that the album has to offer. With a mellow tune and Adnan's extremely emotive vocals, the track successfully captivates the emotions of a human mind and spells magic and romance in the air! Sameer's lyrics although not very assorted or consequential, but are more than just apt for the song.

The next track "Dil to udne laga" is the second and the last best thing to happen to Tum's musical score. Shreya Ghosal effortlessly illustrates the excitement and joy of first love emerging from a young heart. This solo track has a very crisp yet subtle tune that is pleasant as well as fresh as a crack of dawn. Sameer has penned some incredibly terse lyrics and I actually do not imagine anyone else doing a better job.

"Rehna to Hai" is an appalling soft number by Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik. The tune is just about ok, but lyrics are of a superior quality. As a matter of fact, it is more because of the lyrics that qualifies this track for an attentive listening. Of course, for Sanu and Yagnik is yet another addition to their history of duets. This track has also been sung by Roop Kumar Rathod, which is more reminiscent of a Ghazal and is equally fine.

"Sangdil Sanam" is a seductive rendition by Anuradha Sriram, Udit Narayan and once again an anonymous singer who indeed sounds very familiar. The track has a very common tune and some archetypal filmi lyrics that can be heard in alternate Hindi song. Although, musical arrangements are a cut above, lack of a melody renders this track relatively ineffective. Singers have done justice to the song by taking a crack at and also succeeding to some degree in conveying the required seductive feel to the song.

Mr. Reshammiya continues to disappoint and shock his fans with "Mera Dil Laile" that thankfully marks the end of the album. Shaan tries his hand at a bit of flirting and forced tantalizing, but ends up sounding very artificial. The tune is also quite distorted with trademark Sameer lyrics that are easily forgettable.

Apart of two above average songs, 'Tum - A Dangerous Obsession' has nothing enhanced to offer, but on second thoughts do we really need a excessive musical support for a Aruna Raje film that relies more on its screenplay and performances. In that sense, Tum does have what it needs musically.

It would rather be more exciting to watch a ravishing Manisha (who once again looks absolutely stunning and ten times younger) with hopefully an improved performance than few of her past releases that are better forgotten than remembered.

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