Voice Over

Just as Rajesh Roshan saves his best music for brother Rakesh Roshan's films, it seems Viju Shah's best music is mainly for his buddy Rajiv Rai's productions. Somehow the combination of Rajiv, Viju and veteran lyricist Anand Baksi keeps getting better with every passing film. It all started with 'Tridev'. Then came 'Vishwatma' (which might not have done well at the box office), and this was followed by 'Mohra' and 'Gupt'. Now the trio is back with the music of another potentially chart-busting album,
'Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat', which has been released by Tips.

The film stars Sunil Shetty and Aftab Shivdasani, with Kirti Reddy introducing model Arjun Rampal as a hero.

The album opens with the lively 'Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat' by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik. Both do a decent job, and thanks to its ear-pleasing composition, the track is a sure winner. The music is excellent, infusing the right amount of techno and doses of the flute, which soars particularly in the second bridge of the song. The stamp of a Rajiv-Viju track is all over it and the veteran Anand Bakshi too is in good form.

'Apni Yaadon Ko' is by the talented Shaan, who is slowly and steadily establishing himself as a playback singer of repute. The music is foot tapping and the words simple. The whistle sound adds to the charm of the track. 'Chand Ho' is an average duet by Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik. It has an experimental composition, but the lyrics and the singing don't rise above average.

The vocals for
'Dono Taraf Aag Kagi Hui' are provided by Kumar Sanu , Kavita Subramaniam and Rakesh Pandit. The lyrics are decent, but not path breaking. Kavita and Kumar do a good job, but overall one has a sense of something missing. 'Jab Tujhe Maine' features the Rai-Shah favorite Sadhana Sargam along with Udit Narayan. Both are excellent, and what distinguishes this track is the emphasis on melody rather than sound. A chart-busting track, indeed.

'Tum Lakh Chupe Ho', the track that follows, is easily the most melodious in the album. Hariharan and Janki are the vocalists. The lyrics are very poetic, keeping with the ghazal type theme of the song. Hariharan, who is an accomplished ghazal singer, makes full use of the opportunity to show his mettle.

The penultimate track is the theme song,
'Pyaar Ishq aur Mohabbat'. The lyrics here are kept to a minimum, and singers Sadhna Sargam and Shaan hardly have any scope to shine. But the track still is more impressive than the opening track. The Kumar Sanu solo 'Main Bewafa' rounds things off. A sober and serious song, this one is a little gem. Kumar, after a long time, seems to be in total control of his vocal chords and uses the opportunity to optimum effect. The lyrics here are impressive and the piano and the flute add to the serious mood.

On the whole, 'Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat' is the album of the year so far. The

 Rai-Shah-Bakshi trio has scored again.