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UMRAO JAANT Series, Rs.160This new version of Umrao Jaan has seven songs, and barring one or two of them, they are nowhere near those of the earlier version. Javed Akhtar's poetry is good but the choice of singers seems to have gone wrong. Alka Yagnik is gently teasing in "Salam" but extremely dull in "Pehle Pehel" and "Ek Roothe Huye Dil Ki". Though in "Pooch Rahe Hai", she is close to being satisfactory, it leaves a listener wondering what made music director Anu Malik not think of Asha Bhonsle for it. In "Behka Diya Hamein", Sonu Nigam tries to improvise his voice to fit the film's hero Abhishek Bachchan, but in the process, the duet with Alka Yagnik ends up sounding more like the Gharonda number "Is Shehar Mein".Richa Sharma's rich voice has done justice to the superb emotions woven in the poetry of "Agla Janam Mohe Bitiya".

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