After a wait for about a month, since the
time the first promo was out, the music of '
Barsaat - A Sublime Love Story ' hits the
stand. And hasn't the wait been worth it? One
would have wondered that the delay in the music
release for this Suneel Darshan flick would have
dampened the interest in the music score. Also
the curiosity would have gone down. But it has
been just the opposite for this Bobby Deol -
Bipasha Basu - Priyanka Chopra starrer where the
buzz stayed on to be positive while getting
hotter with every passing day.
Needless to say, the combination of
producer-director Suneel Darshan, composer duo
Nadeem Shravan and lyricist Sameer have more
often than not come up with chart-topping music
that is rich in Indian melody. Case in point
being ' Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love '
(Good), ' Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya '
(Above-average), ' Andaaz ' (Superb)
and most recently ' Mere Jeevan Saathi
' (Above-average). Another common factor amongst
all these movies has been the presence of Akshay
Kumar. He was originally signed for '
Barsaat ' as well but walked out due to
personal issues paving way for Bobby Deol.
Incidentally Bobby Deol also made his debut with
home production 'Barsaat' exactly a decade back
and coincidentally that too had music by Nadeem
Shravan and lyrics by Sameer.
It would be apt to say that 'Barsaat' belongs to
Alka Yagnik who features in 7 out of total 8
tracks either as a solo or in a duet. Other
Nadeem Shravan regulars like Kumar Sanu,
Abhijeet, Udit Narayan and Sonu Nigam appear in
a song each.
Kumar Sanu's fans would be thrilled to have him
back rendering the opening number of this
melodious album. A heart-warming number, '
Barsaat Ke Din Aaye '
has simple lyrics put to an even simpler yet
melodious tune. Kumar Sanu's 'alaap' at the
beginning and the end of the number should form
an integral part of the background score as it
brings the feel of romance alive. Nadeem Shravan
stick to what they are best at and most capable
of doing and prove once again that melody reigns
in any season! Alka Yagnik is as always at her
best while rendering for a NS tune. This song is
going to top the charts in quick time.
Alka Yagnik is going the Lata Mangeshkar way
while continuing to render romantic songs for
young girls and modulating her voice
accordingly. ' Badi Mushkil Hai
' is an apt example where she conveys
the first love feelings of a young girl in her
trademark sweet'n'young rendition. Abhijeet, in
spite of all his 'off the mike' remarks, comes
on his own while getting behind the mike. He
justifies his point of being selective in his
singing once again and comes up with a wonderful
performance that would make the hearts swoon. A
charming composition, ' Badi Mushkil Hai
' (the namesake of which was also rendered
by Abhijeet in SRK starrer ' Anjaam ')
is second in the series of melodious tracks.
In continuation to the wonderful work done in
his first album ' Chanda Ki Doli ' as a
singer-composer, Sonu Nigam gets into the
lovey-dovey mood once again in '
Pyaar Aaya '. A slow paced and
soulful track that is best enjoyed while sitting
back and relaxing, it has both Sonu and Alka
Yagnik getting in a sober'n'subtle mood. The
best part is that all the songs in the album
maintain a consistent feel throughout and
deliver what was promised.
Arabian, western and bhangra music are merged
for ' Nakhre Bhi Utha
' ? the first song in the album that deviates
from melody to get into a song'n'dance song.
Alisha Chinoy gets behind the mike for this
party time track that has Bipasha Basu gyrating
to the heavy duty beats. Though it does sound
distracting while getting into the flow of an
otherwise melodious album, ' Nakhre '
could work well for Bipasha Basu fans who would
love to see her back in action.
The album gets back to being vintage Nadeem
Shravan with ' Chori Chori Ladi
Ankhiyan ' that begins with rustic
vocals of Sapna Awasthi. Alka Yagnik and Udit
Narayan step in a few moments later in this love
song set on Rajsasthani folk music. A constant
rhythm is maintained throughout with number of
Indian instruments used to perfection. In spite
of Udit Narayan's presence, it is Alka Yagnik
who comes up trump while Sameer does it again
with his simplistic lyrics. This track should
turn out to be a visual treat and it has to be
seen how different is its picturization from the
similar songs in ' Paheli ' that too
had a strong desert flavor!
An even better track with typical Nadeem Shravan
stamp comes up as a rhythm based '
Aaja Aaja Piya '. With a strong
local Indian flavor, it takes you back to the
first half of 90s when Nadeem Shravan
established their base with an array of hit
soundtracks. Alka Yagnik goes solo this time
around and does a wonderful job as always. The
way she mouths 'raja' intermittently in the
song, it reminds of Karishma Kapoor's ' Raja
Hindustani ' that too had NS doing the
Her solo act continues into the next number '
Maine Tumse Pyaar Bahaut Kiya
' that takes you back even behind in
time ? this time the 60s. The arrangements,
especially the violins and the chorus, give a
nostalgic feel to this song about this woman who
feels cheated by her lover. For this number that
appears to be in a party scene, you can easily
visualize a 60s setting with guests in a big
hall and a piano being played on the center
stage. Alka modulates her voice remarkably for
this sad track while getting the feeling right
for pain, hatred and rejection in quick
Foot tapping effects of ' Chori Chori '
and ' Aaja Aaja Piya ' continue with '
Saajan Saajan Saajan '
that re-establishes the point that Nadeem
Shravan and Sameer are best in the business if
you are looking for 'shuddh-hindustani' score
sans any western indulgence. The track, in
addition to majority of other tracks from '
Barsaat ' has a universal appeal and it
won't be wrong to say that the music would be a
big hit in the interiors of India.
One may call it an over-statement but if the
initial reactions on hearing the music are to be
believed, the album is destined to be amongst
the Top-3 chartbusters of the year, until and
unless something exceptionally good comes up in
the second half of the year (who knows, maybe
Suneel Darshan's own diwali release 'Dosti' with
the same combination of Nadeem-Shravan-Sameer
may throw up a challenge). All the eight tracks
(with an exception of Alisha Chinoy's '
Nakhre ', which is a peppy track) are
soaked in melody and would be picked up like hot
cakes by Nadeem Shravan fans. The album is
vintage Nadeem Shravan, which scales to greater
heights due to Alka's presence throughout the
An album that is destined to be extremely
popular from day one of its release, do not be
surprised if you see all eight songs appearing
in promos one after another as each of them has
a potential to create a place for it's own.
No doubt ' Barsaat' should be breaking
records of all earlier work of Suneel Darshan,
while giving strong competition to the music
sales of his own ' Andaaz '. If there
is an album that would run neck to neck with hot
favorite 'Dus' this summer, it has to be