Mission Mumbai

Last Updated: Mon, Jan 12, 2004 05:54 hrs

First Mission Kashmir and now Mission Mumbai. This movie which stars newcomers Sonu Sood and Jyoti supported by Ashutosh Rana, Nawab Khan and Shakti Kapoor, came into limelight after the bombings that took place near Gateway Of India this year. If the reports are to be believed the movie revolves around the same theme and the climax of the movie has a similar setup. Produced by Naresh K. Mehta and directed by Rajiv S. S. Ruia, Mission Mumbai marks the comeback of composers Dilip Sen Sameer Sen (we would prefer to neglect their songs from Tabu starrer 'Hawa' which were neither promoted nor featured in the movie).

'Meri Jaan Mein Chori Chori' is a love song about 'pyaar izhaar ikraar' and so on. Though the song is routine with equally conventional lyrics by Aslam Sani, it caries the same melody as had been the forte` of Dilip Sen Sameer Sen a few years back before their break up. Babul Supriyo and Pamela Jain sing well and the track is easy to ears. Considering the fact that Mission Mumbai is a low budget movie, it is a fair enough attempt.

Ashutosh Rana gets to act in his fourth patriotic movie in a row (2 October, Dil Pardesi Ho Gaya, LOC Kargil and now Mission Mumbai) and sings third straight patriotic number 'Hum Hai Indian' after 'O Shaeedon' (DPHG) and 'Main Kahin Bhi Rahoon' (LOC). Sung by the real life pair of Roopkumar Rathod and Sonali Rathod, it is a decent enough track and fits well into the genre of patriotic songs. Also in the fray is the sad version of the same. Now will 'Hum Hai Indian' be a timeless 'deshbhakti' song? Probably not! But the lyrics by Jafer Sagar ensure that it will fit itself well in the narrative of the movie.

The song 'Dard-E-Judaai' written by Jafer Sagar is sung by Jaspinder Narula and there is no need to mention that the song belongs to which genre. A similar song 'Ashqan Wich' was recently heard in 'Woh Tera Naam Tha'. This one is sung well by Jaspinder Narula but due to the nature and the pace of the track, it is at best situational. Anyways, one can't expect anything strikingly different in songs with such themes.

'Kaala Jadoo' is a song composed and written by Abhishek Ray and sung by Abhijeet and Shreya Ghoshal. An attempt at creating a seductive mood, the song doesn't reach much heights and is just about average. Good picturization may elevate this track but as such there's not much to cheer about.

Sunidhi Chauhan sings the mandatory item number 'Mumbai Mein Aake'. Shabeer Ahmed's lyrics are aimed at the front benchers and ditto for the composition itself. Sunidhi returns to sing another item track 'Hai Kya Cheez Hai Tu' that has so very common lyrics by Jafer Sagar that go like 'Phoolon Ke Jaise Hai Meri Jawani' and stuff alike. A complete downer, it is even more surprising to see Sunidhi Chauhan singing two such down-market tracks in a single album!

Shaan and Mahalaxmi are roped in to sing the love song 'Pehla Pehla Pyar'. Jafer Sagar's lyrics are typical to the core and the music too is surprisingly amateurish. The way the opening line 'Pehla Pehla Pyaar Hai, Pehli Pehli Pehli Baar Hai' is sung, it seems to be more of an argument rather than a lover's call.

A soundtrack that seems to have been put in place in a jiffy, it doesn't hold much appeal for anyone in particular. Low banner, miniscule publicity, unknown starcast, lack of a hit number and a movie title that conveys very clearly that the movie is not a musical will further dampen the prospects of the album's sale.

Rating: *

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