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TRAFFIC SIGNALEagle, Rs.399Over the last half decade, Madhur Bhandarkar has carved out a niche for himself as a sensitive filmmaker. He has made films his own way, with his own sensitivity. Importantly, be it `Chandni Bar' or `Page 3' or even `Corporate,' he has also scored at the box office. `Traffic Signal,' keeping his track record in mind, is no surprise. The film released to favourable reviews just a little more than a month ago. Everybody praised the realistic depiction of life at the intersections, a foray into the life of those we see selling newspapers and magazines, gas lighters and hankies at the traffic light. It was a world we thought never existed until Bhandarkar took the lid off. Now here is a chance to see the same world again with this two-disc Eagle presentation. What is more, this DVD comes with an insight into the making of the film besides interviews with the director and the cast and crew of the film. There is also a remix video of `Yeh Zindagi Hai to Kya Zindagi,' not included in the feature film. Of course the film, starring Kunal Khemu with Neetu Chandra, Konkona Sen and Ranvir Sheory, is retained in full. So go for it. It is not a bad bargain for a lonely weekend.TANHAAI... Can listen the silenceVenus, Rs. 65 (CD)Well, this is not quite music but mere cacophony. A wasted effort surely by Sumit Paul, who makes his debut. Paul has an absolutely untrained voice, which not only leaves the songs flat but also makes them sound garish. The album has nine numbers. It includes a remix `Ya Ali' from the film `Gangster,' which falls tough on the ears. `Woh Duwaa,' Paul's solo, with fast beats, may make you to tap your feet initially. But beware, you will soon realise your folly. It simply falls flat towards the end. In the sad romantic score, `Lagi Hain,' the only thing that makes it a little gloomy is the occasional violin. `Kaula Samundar' comes as a one-off, partial relief among a string of hopeless, everyday fare.`Ishq Tujhko Salam,' which Paul sings with Mahalaxmi, is yet another dampener. Paul sings yet another song `Tadpa Diya' with Mahalaxmi, which is passable. `Kabhi Shabnam' may grow on certain listeners who have an interest in music. `Lagi Hai' with some unnecessary alap inserted into the song, attempts to make it sound somewhat semi classical, but fails miserably. Then, Paul does the mistake of crooning `Ya Ali.' He doesn't even come close to Zubeen Garg in it. Once the album comes to an end, one invariably feels that the album's music director and lyricist Praveen Bhardwaj needs to do a bit of soul searching before coming out with his next album. ZIYA US SALAM

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