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Film and music unveiling of “Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai” AND Album Review

Shakti Samanta, the man who created a sort of cult in film making in a span spread over 55 years, had given us trend setting box office entertainment bonanza as “Howrah Bridge”, ‘China Town” “Kashmir Ki Kali”, ‘Evening in Paris”, “Aradhana”, Amar Prem” “Kati Patang” “ Barsaat Ki Ek Raat” etc. etc.He had become a legend with effective combination of chart buster Music (Burman father and son duo), Creating stars and super stars out of new artistes and mass appealing charisma. (Rajesh Khanna became the first Super-star and Sharmila Tagore and Farida Jalal stars, with just one film ‘Aradhana). Shakti Samanta’s banner Aradhna films was regarded one of the top film houses while he was alive. His illustrious son Ashim Samanta, after making his niche felt in TV serials, now continues Shakti Da’s legacy of musical films with introduction of new artistes fit to be super stars.

Film ‘Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai’ is his latest foray as a producer-story writer, introducing his talented debonair son Aditya Samanta and Grand niece of Nargis Dutt, Nazia Hussain in lead roles with a chart buster, foot tapping music of maestro Anu Malik. Magical attraction is an unused song written by the late Anand Bakshi “ Pyar Karna Na Tha, Karna Pada, “Tum pe Marna Na tha, Marna Pada”. Anu Malik indeed excelled in giving a melody lilt to this youthful song. Other five songs of the film, although written by other lyricists than Anand Bakshi, are also tuned well and sung well by the well known as well as the new singers. Debuting wonder voice is of Anu’s own kid daughter Anmol, alonwith Neeraj Shreedhar. All this was abundantly proved to the houseful audience at PVR theatre when the unveiling of film, by way of a trailer, and all songs were screened and music album was formally released being marketed by saregama.

On the occasion, while the lead players - Aditya and Nazia were formally introduced with a live performance of certain scenes from the film, other celebrities who were present to bless the success of the film and artistes were Maushumi Chatterjee, Farida Jalal, and Mohnish Behl (Also enacting role of hero’s father). They all nostalgically recalled the contribution of house of Shakti Samanta to the film industry. The singers present, along with music director Anu Malik also gave an entertaining live performance of a Chorus song of the film.

Now the review the Music Album
Return of Anu Malik with a Bang

From the legendary House of Shakti Samanta, a new film "Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai” is slated for release, music album of which was formally launched under the label of saregama, a leader in the field of music marketing. The illustrious son of Shakti Da, Ashim Samanta has produced this film under the banner of Aradhana Films, launching his debonair son Aditya with another fresh face Nazia Hussain in lead roles. And after a long hibernation, we would see the return of music maestro Anu Malik to the films with a bang as all the six numbers in album are pulsating, and befittingly tuned to the lilt and melody which the old and mod generation of music lovers would equally relish.

Besides the foot tapping music, another big attraction of the album is a song separately in both male and female solo voices, an unused lyric of the late legendary film lyricist Anand Bakshi with simple but meaningful words. That is the opening song “Pyar Karna Na Tha,Karna Pada; Tum pe Marna Na Tha, Marna Pada”. This is the trump card of this album sung by Mohit Chauhan in his munificent voice. Anu Malik has provided the twists and pauses excellently placed in the composition. Wonderful Piano beats are added. Next song “Tere Bina Jee Na Lage” a duet, will be liked by youngsters more with a few English words and westernized rhythm and vocals provded by Suzanna Demello with Mohit Chauhan. Writer is Kausar Munir. “Naina Thak Thak Jaaye” is another masterpiece solo in the voice of Roop Kumar Rathod, sung in ‘Sufiana’ andaaz, appealing melody and ‘Thahrao’ to the words of Faiz Anwar. "Kyon Kyon” is a duet by familiar voices of Shaan and Shreya Ghoshal, on words of Faiz Anwar why and how love is, with youth oriented fast westernized tunes by Anu Malik. Next number is a pulsating ‘Dhamal’ type of chorus aptly captioned ‘Big Fat Indian Wedding’. This is notable with debutant new voices of Music director’s won kid daughter Anmol with another new singer Neeraj Shreedhar. And for a change here, Anu Malik himself has written this song, composed with fast beats, ideal for marriage parties. Next follows is the same song of late Anand Bakshi ‘ Pyar Karna Na Tha’, sung by Shreya Ghoshal in her sweet voice. Of course, a little variation in words of earlier male voice song can be noticed. Last but not the least, is again an youth appealing number, a duet in the famous voices of Sonu Nigam and Alisha Chinoy with an unique mixture of pop,blended with percussion flute.

All in all, this sounds to be a chart buster musical album.

Written by: 

Mohan Siroya

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