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Music Reviewed By Joginder Tuteja
After a long sabbatical of about 5 years comes a flick from the house of Manmohan Desai films. Last movie produced by Ketan Desai was Super-Hit laugh-riot Deewana Mastana in 1997 that starred Anil Kapoor,Govinda and Juhi Chawla. Yeh Hai Jalwa(YHJ) is directed by the same director of Deewana Mastana - David Dhawan who is going through a somewhat lean patch after a disappointing show with 'Kyo Ki Main Jhuth Nahi Bolta'. Govinda-David Dhawan magic didn't work for a change but hope Salman-Dhawan combination (Judwaa, Biwi No.1, Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge) clicks. Salman had lot of hopes pinned on Tumko Na Bhool Payenge which sadly didn't run as expected, so a lot depends upon YHJ.
It may be something like a decider (though not in true terms as Kya Yahi Pyar Hai is releasing earlier) for Amisha after she had it TWO-ALL with Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai and Gadar as Super-Hits and Yeh Zindagi Ka Safar and Kranti as Super-Duds. Rishi Kapoor too makes an appearance after the no-show of Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi and Raju Chacha. Rinke Khanna tries her luck again in tinseltown after playing Tushar's sister in last year's first superhit Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai. Music director Himesh Reshammiya and lyrcist Sudhakar Sharma come again after Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge to handle the music department for YHJ.
By the look of the promos and the album cover, it is indicated that the major portion of the movie has been shot in London. One such song shot in London is the title song 'Jalwa'. And Salman dances in the manner in which only HE can. To some other actor the steps may seem stupid or childish but they suit Salman to the 'T'. Watch him especially gyrating to the beats of 'Jalwa...Yeh Hai Jalwa' towards the end of the promo and you will know WHY!! The duet by Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik is rhythmic as well though now there seems to be an overdose of this number on all the channels. Amisha looks real SEXY in her designer outfits and all credit should go to her designer for presenting her this way. A crowd puller number which features twice in the album.
'Dhire Dhire' (Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik)is very typical of Himesh Reshammiya as were his numbers in DHLJ. Concentrate solely on beats, beats and more beats and let the fun begin. Never mind the lyrics, which are common like 'deewana deewana, dil tera deewana'. 'Ankhen Pyari Hain'(Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik) and 'Chudi Khankayi Re'(Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik)can be described in the same manner as 'Dhire Dhire'. Rhythmic numbers woven around western beats.
One hears 'Carbon Copy' and feels that ' can I listen to a number like this!!' But to one's surprise, you feel yourself humming this number after a few hearings. The song narrates the feel good vibes shared by a father and his son who compares himself to be a ditto CARBON COPY of his father. It is repeated trice in the album, once as a solo by Shaan, once with both Shaan and Kumar Sanu and once as a sad version of the same by Kumar Sanu. The song may appeal well to children. A passable song.
Well, when the movie is shot in London then it is obvious that here will be a number to woo the NRI audience. And what better way than doing this by chanting 'Mera Bharat Mahan'. Ya, the Punjabi specialist Anand Raj Anand guest composes a feel good patriotic number 'London Mein India' which is sung by Sukhwinder Sngh and Pankaj Udhas and written by Dev Kohli. But hey, don't expect this to be another 'Chithi Aayi Hai - Naam' from Pankaj Udhas this time around. The resemblance just stops at the singer and the theme - that's all. Not a number to be sung on the streets but of a kind one enjoys when the mood is created for such a situation.
Most of the songs in YHJ have the similar kind of feel and one can't really differentiate one from the other. Though they may seem different once the FEEL given varies in these tracks. In all, music of YHJ is something like HOT CAKE. Good only when it is served at the right time. Once the movie is out of the theatres, the music too will be 'Thandaaaaa......' !! Samjha kya !!!