No Entry

Last Updated: Mon, Jun 20, 2005 06:13 hrs

Three heroes, three heroines, a sultry seductress — and the stage is set for a comedy of confusions and errors. ' No Entry ' is the movie in question that was launched in 2003 during the same time as Indra Kumar's ' Masti ' that had a suspiciously similar storyline. While ' Masti ' turned out to be a quickie and released in 2004 to a decent response, ' No Entry ' got delayed and is now ready for release after almost one and a half years since it was launched. The delay should do good to the movie that stars Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan, Fardeen Khan, Bipasha Basu, Lara Dutta, Esha Deol and Celina Jaitley as it comes after a considerable gap since ' Masti '. Two — in case there were actually any similarities in the two movies, they would have been discarded by now. Three — Salman Khan is on a high after successes of ' Mujhse Shaadi Karogi ' and ' Lucky ' with ' Maine Pyaar Kyon Kiya ' looking good as well. A Boney Kapoor film, ' No Entry ' is written and directed by Anees Bazmee ( Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha, Deewangee ). With a theme like this, a yuppie starcast, eye candy publicity and music and lyrics by Anu Malik and Sameer, 'No Entry' promises a fun-filled ride!

' Ishq Ki Galli Mein No Entry ' comes from the stock peppy tunes of Anu Malik and takes you back to the days of 'Oonchi Hai Building'/'Chalti Hai Kya Nau Se Gyarah' (Judwaa) days. Both Alisha Chinoy and Sonu Nigam sing with a much-required enthusiasm that is an essential requirement for a song belonging to such genre. With Bipasha turning up the heat on the screen with Salman and Anil Kapoor in their playful antics, this fast paced number should be a riot.

Sonu Nigam turns solo with yet another peppy number in succession - ' Just Love Me '. The number starts off well and again belongs to the mid-90s period when Salman Khan and Govinda used to dance to such tunes. A number about a playboy having 'haseenon ka mela' 'chaaron taraf', it has a rhythmic beginning but as the song progresses it looses steam and turns out to be quite predictable. You can almost visualize foreign girls in foreign locations hovering around the playboy in question. Lyrics by Sameer too do not rise from the ordinary, hence making the track just a passable affair.

By the time ' Ishq Mein ' begins you know that the flavor of the album has been designed keeping the young in mind. ' Ishq Mein ' too follows on the same lines but sadly there is hardly novelty to invoke any excitement. Presence of K.K. and Sunidhi Chauhan too does not do any wonders for the song that turns out to be just one of those hip-hop 'fill-in-the-narration' songs. No Anu Malik, expectations from you are much more than this.

Alisha Chinoy is in her inimitable 'avtaar' in hot'n'happening' seductive ' Dil Chura Ke Mera ' that also has heavy undertones from Kenny G's saxophone. Anu Malik moves away from the peppy rhythmic tracks so far and gets a sensual narrative alive. A song to which you would love to sway with your beloved on a blissful night, it is one of the better numbers to be making an appearance. And this happens at just the right time to keep one interested in the rest of the tracks.

After a seductive ' Dil Chura Ke ' where only one woman called the shots, it's the turn of all the three female protagonists to ignite the proceedings with ' We Are Hot Hot Very Hot '. The music is back to rhythm with this track that is about all the three hotties proving their supremacy as the bombshells to the world. Sunidhi Chauhan, Alisha Chinoy and Vasundhara Das sing in tandem for this track that is situational. It should look good on screen due to presence of the three heroines, the theme and the fast paced music that should take the number through.

' Kahan Ho Tum ' takes you back again to the 90s era that had 'ched-chad' songs in abundance on the streets. Everyone from Ajay Devgan, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan and others used to lip-sync to such songs in those times and the same situation is expected in 2005 as well with Kumar Sanu and Udit Narayan singing in a vintage manner. In fact both of them modulate their vocals to the 90s in such a manner that you wonder if this track has been picked up from one of the stock music bank tunes. Nevertheless, the number (just like others) doesn't give you much time to ponder much about the source and works well for those looking for a 'masti-bhara' score.

Kumar Sanu, K.K. and Alka Yagnik come together for ' Dil Paagal Hai ' that has a female seduction undertone throughout the track. This song too follows the same trend as the earlier songs and comes up as no more than a continuation track. A sense of 'deja vu' strikes once more and the only redeeming factor for the song could be a lively picturization that may keep people interested. Otherwise as a stand alone song there is not much to cheer about in spite of an effort on the part of the composer to make it sound fun-filled.

Album ends positively with ' Mera Jaisa Koi Nahin ' that works mainly for two reasons - Alisha Chinoy/Sunidhi Chauhan and Anu Malik. A naughty number about two females declaring to the world that they are the best in terms of wow'n'oomph factor, it is a 'jump-on-the-dance-floor' kind of track that is instant coffee and should be consumed while it is hot! The track should turn out to be quite entertaining on screen and the promos for the song should be kept on hold till the movie's release.

'No Entry' is a racy album that doesn't give you many moments to apply your brains and think hard about the songs. Though most of the tracks do sound quite similar with a strong youthful flavor, the pace with which the album moves covers up for this blemish. For a genre to which 'No Entry' belongs, one doesn't expect a 'different' score either. Presence of a high-profile starcast should make the songs look good on screen as well.

You can go for 'No Entry' when you are in a mood to shrug away your blues!

Rating: **1/2

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