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Yash Raj Music, Rs.149 hoom Barabar Jhoom disappoints merely because it comes from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. After Mission Kashmir, Dil Chahta Hai or even Kal Ho Na Ho, refreshing tunes and memorable music, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom is only for those who work up a frenzy on the dance floor. That too, hardly any great numbers to shake a leg.

The album with seven tracks is a never-ending Punjabi party. The title track Jhoom Barabar Jhoom is a shade better than the rest. Looks like the directors had decided to squeeze out of it as much as they could. The track comes in quite a few versions, including one by Zubeen, Shankar Mahadevan, Sunidhi Chauhan and another by KK, Sukhvinder Singh, Mahalaxmi Iyer and Shankar Mahadevan. Just when one would think it’s over, there is Jhoom by Shankar Mahadevan and an instrumental Jhoom Jam to wind it all up. One can barely escape the Punjabi overdose. If it was “Pretty Woman” in Kal Ho Na Ho, it’s Kiss of Love and Ticket to Hollywood here. Both hardly make an impact and one is thankful the flurry of instruments is over. The only soft number is Bol Na Halke Halke sung by Rahet Fateh Ali Khan and Mahalaxmi Iyer. But again it is not a patch on the trio’s previous attempts at melodies like Kaisi Hai yeh Rut ki Jaise in Dil Chahta Hai. At the end of it one is left wondering what has hit you. Nothing lingers.

CHATNI Venus, Rs.65 Agreed that originality in Hindi film music is long dead and gone and the plagiarised remix stuff has come to stay, still it is the tragedy of the times that even the songs deemed almost sacrosanct are sought to be fiddled with and presented in a crude way. For instance, the treatment meted out, in this CD called “Chutney”, to that delightfully sweet song Aye Dil Mujhe Bata De, the Geeta Dutt-Madan Mohan combine in film Bhai Bhai. There is an indescribable, and elegantly mischievous, lilt in Geeta Dutt’s voice. Ye Lo Mein Haari Piya in Aar Paar (that O.P. Nayyar super hit song) is another one sought to be imitated and, expectedly, to disastrous result.

Some of the other songs in the CD include Balma Hamari Motor Car ( Anhonhi), Pan Khaye Saiyan Hamar ( Teesri Kasam), Shaan Se ( Shaan), Ye Gotedar Lehanga ( Dharam Kaanta), etc. Incidentally the CD opens quite inauspiciously with the title song Fulori Bina Chatni Kaise Bani, which should be given a wide berth. One cannot really complain about the voice of Suhani Sharma.

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