Lakshmi B. Ghosh

NEW DELHI: Aamir Khan may be singing a new tune these days off-screen, but for those of his fans who can't usually have enough of him, this is clearly going to be a golden year. If "Rang De Basanti'' helped Bollywood open its account with a hit, the big line-up this year will see yet another Aamir starrer, "Fanaa''.

One of the most awaited releases of the year, the Kunal Kohli-directed film may still have some weeks to go before it hits the silver screen, but it promises to keep the audience tuned in to its music. With Yash Raj Productions being rather tight-lipped about the film's storyline, the music may well be the film buff's way into this passionate love story.

Yash Raj Music's first album this year, "Fanaa'' is noted music composers Jatin-Lalit's last film together as they have decided to work independently now. In their second film with Kunal Kohli after "Hum Tum'', the duo have tried to give their last joint work a mix of traditional and modern sound.

Having left a mark with his lyrics in `Rang De Basanti'', Prasoon Joshi is back in

Kashmiri rhythm

"Fanaa'' at his poetic best. The album opens with "Chand Sifarish'', a fusion of traditional Kashmiri rhythm and electric guitar, and moves on to "Mere Haath Mein'', a mix of qawwali and traditional Kashmiri instruments sung by Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan. Adding to the song will be renditions of poetry by Aamir and Kajol.

Next in line is "Des Rangila'' by Mahalaxmi Iyer that is fusion as it its best as it combines Bhangra drums, traditional Carnatic instruments and Rajasthani folk to create a melody that's Indian in more than one way.

While "Dekho Na'' is a romantic number rendered by Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan, "Chanda Chamke'' is a fun-filled song that plays around traditional tongue twisters with Aamir and Kajol essaying most of them, while Babul Supriyo, Mahalaxmi Iyer and master Akshay Bhagwat providing the vocals.

As is the case with most albums these days, "Fanaa'' comes with its share of lounge and club mix too. While "Destroyed in Love'' is a lounge mix by Dhrubajyoti Phukan, likely to get people on the dance floor is the DJ Aqeel mix "Fanaa For You'', where Aqeel has added his trademark style to the exciting melody of Chand Sifarish to create a contemporary dance track.