Shemaroo, Rs.66An extremely irritating thing about Shemaroo is that there is too much of self advertisement in its VCD releases. An occasional advertisement is okay but repeated proclamation of its “other VCD releases”, after almost every song, especially in this “Shubh Vivah” offering, is simply unwarranted. For this reason alone, Shemaroo could become pretty unpopular, never mind the quality or otherwise of its offerings.

This VCD has a dozen wedding songs, all taken from Bollywood movies. Except for two wonderful ones “Main to Bhool Chali Babul” (from Saraswati Chandra) and “Babul Ki Duwayein” (from Neel Kamal), the rest are just passable. Shemaroo has clearly overlooked very many delightful wedding songs that Hindi movies have churned out over the years. “Meri Pyari Behania banegi dulhaniya” (Sacha Jhutha) and “Doli Chadkar Dulhan Sasural Chali” (Doli) are glaring omissions. “Yeh Galiyan Yeh Chaubara” (Prem Rog), “Babul Ka Yeh Ghar Behna” (Daata) and “Rukmini Rukmini Shaadi Ke Baad) (Roja) are some of the passable songs in it. You won’t lose much if you don’t possess this VCD.



In this CD, Bhajan king Anoop Jalota and well-known bhajan and ghazal exponent Mahima Casewa present a collection of devotional songs on Lord Rama and Lord Krishna. The compositions are melodic and if Jalota’s voice is conventional and clear, Casewa’s is uniquely husky. Unlike many bhajan albums, Aaradhna contains songs that are well-recorded and pleasing to the ear. The opening track, “Ab Radhe Rani De Daro Bansi Mori”, a Meera bhajan about Krishna’s flute, has just the right mix of instrumentation and vocal presentation. In tracks like “Ram Sumir Bawre”, the instrumental sequences are a tad tiresome. There is also a mix-up of tracks on the CD cover. The fourth track is actually “Jinkey Hriday Sri Ram Basey”, and is beautifully sung by Casewa. However, her rendering of “Shyam Piya Mori Rang De Chunariya”, which has an excellent rhythm and tabla beat for support, is less than satisfactory. In all, an album worth a buy for devotional music lovers. But Anoop Jalota fans be warned – the emphasis of the release is definitely on Casewa.

KK MUSIC, Rs.99 (CD)

The film may be immature in its treatment, but its songs are not all that bad. Some of them score with lilting melody. For instance, the very first, “Aasman Se Aayi Ho”, a love song sung by Abhijeet, is sonorous, smooth, even foot tapping at places. Like his other songs, Abhijeet lets his creative streak work here too. To the item number “Thodi Hai Raat Nashe Main” Sunidhi Chauhan lends her sensuous voice, making it worth listening too. Singer Jojo sings the foot-tapping “Dosto Kar Lo” but soon its loud music cries for undue attention. The duet “Tumko Paakar Jane Jana”, sung by Madhushrei and Shaan, is average. Anuradha Paudwal is heard after a long time in Hindi films with “Na Koi Jurm Kiya Hai”. The song can be marked as the best in the CD. It becomes more euphonic for its lyrics penned by Dilip Tahir and Naresh Karwala. “Maiya Ke Darbar Chalo” sung by Shreya Ghoshal and Kailah Kher is no different from regular devotional songs in the ordinary films that we often come across. The music directors Dilip Tahir and Mani Shankar seem promising.