No great feat by Anu Malik in 'Jaan-e-mann'

Sep 17, 2006 Zafri Mudasser Nofil

The music world was waiting with eagerness for an Anu Malik score. But the veteran composer, waking up from his brief slumber, fails to impress in "Jaan-e-mann" despite having someone like Gulzar writing the lyrics.

The opening track "Humko maaloom hai" starts with Salman Khan narrating a couple of lines before Sonu Nigam and Sadhna Sargam take over. Malik uses a lot of instruments in this number. It is listen-able though not an extraordinary number.

One can see the use of instruments, specially the flute in the next number as well - "Ajnabi shehar", a soulful melody by Nigam.

"Udh jaana... bro!", a fast dance number is sung by Kunal Ganjawalla, Adnan Sami, Sunidhi Chauhan and Earl.

"Kubool kar le" is a boy-wooing-girl-type situational number sung by Udit Narayan, "Indian Idol" participants Rahul Vaidya, Amit Sana and Prajakta Shukre, Monali Thakur and Suzanne. Malik was a judge at "Indian Idol", a talent show.

"Sau dard" is an average sad number with Nigam and Suzanne lending their voices.

"Jaane ke jaane na" by Nigam, Sukhwinder Singh and Krishna is a qawwali where Gulzar uses an occasional English word or two!

Malik misses a golden opportunity to silence his critics. He deviates from his usual melodious stuff - original or inspired - and tries to give an A.R. Rahman touch - orchestra, instruments and choruses - only to fail. Perhaps he really needs some "inspiration".

This album may interest only those who are die-hard Anu Malik fans.

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