Thrillers are in the vogue in 2005.
Look at the lineup of releases this year. '
Vaada ' kick started 2005 with ' Elaan
' and ' Insan ' following soon
after. ' Blackmail ' and ' Gumnaam
' would follow soon after and while all of
these would be settling down, ' Jurm - Once
Upon A Crime ' would be ready for release.
With one of the best taglines in recent times
attached to it, ' Jurm ' is a
Girdharilal Seksaria presentation produced by KP
Singh and directed by Vikram Bhatt. Now this
should be a double bill for Bhatt whose '
Elaan ' would hit the marquee this week and
is carrying excellent reports. Starring Bobby
Deol (whose performance was well appreciated in
otherwise lukewarm ATHWS) and Lara Dutta, who
will be having two releases ' Elaan '
and ' Insan ' this week, ' Jurm
' is a whodunit that also stars Milind
Soman and Gul Panag in important roles. Off
late, all the movies with a thriller theme had
very average music, be it ' Vaada ', '
Elaan ', ' Insaan ', '
Blackmail ' or ' Bullet '. With
Anu Malik and Anand Raj Anand on the album cover
and Yash Raj music being the audio company, one
has good hopes from the album.
Adnan Sami croons for the guy deeply in love by
means of ' Nazrein Teri Nazrein
'. A lively number set to tune by Anand
Raj Anand and written by Dev Kohli, it is fine
but not deservingly as an opening number of an
album. The number has good pace but one is not
sure how will it come out on screen if
picturized on Bobby Deol.
Next is the turn of Anu Malik and Rahat Indori
to come up with ' Meri Chahaton Ka
Samundar To Dekho ' that is a
slower version of the oldie Gulaabi Aankhen
Jo Teri Dekhi . In all probability, this
could just be a work of a subconscious mind in
action as the melody soon overpowers any
similarities and Anu Malik's vintage style takes
over. A hummable track by Abhijeet and Alka
Yagnik, it's not an earth-shattering composition
but entertains nonetheless. A slower and a sad
version of the same track also comes up but for
some strange reasons it is billed as '
Main Yahan Tu Kahan' on the
album cover. Why surprising? Because these words
do not appear even once during the entire
duration of the song.
One is still hunting for that 'one' number that could make ' Jurm
' a recommendable album. The hunt continues with
' Aksar Ye Hota Hai Pyar Mein
' following next, which is a
situational track about ' pyaar mein dhoka
' and some related thoughts! The track has
some Arabian overtones and even Kunal
Ganjawala's rendition does not raise the
standards of the song from above ordinary.
Seemingly set in a party occasion, this routine
song is a Anand Raj Anand - Dev Kohli
On the base of age old tried and tested tunes
comes the predictable ' O Sanam O
Sanam ' that is as exciting as
watching a repeat telecast of an awards
ceremony. Udit Narayan and Pamela Jain go
through the motions while Anand Raj Anand and
Dev Kohli do not come up with anything that
would have driven the singers to do something
extraordinary. Due to the un-exciting nature of
the album, by this time there are no hopes left
from the remaining two tracks.
The same trend continues with '
Rabba Rabba ' by KK and Gayatri
Iyer that is again a situational song and
seemingly set for the climax. Nothing great
about this number by KK and Gayatri Iyer as
well, that has run of the mill music and lyrics
by ARA and Dev Kohli respectively. A bonus track
' Dil Dil ' by Anu
Malik and Rahat Indori comes up in the end and
the best part is that it can at least be heard
till the end. That too because the music follows
a routine path that rarely goes wrong. Udit
Narayan and Shreya Ghoshal do the honors here.
One expected a bare minimum fine score from a
movie with big names like Bobby Deol, Lara Dutta,
Vikram Bhatt, Anu Malik, Anand Raj Anand and
Yash Raj music involved. But the entire
soundtrack (with an exception of a number or
two) turns out to be pretty disappointing in the
' Jurm ' has another dull score for an
action movie in recent times.