Last Updated: Wed, Jan 05, 2005 11:07 hrs

Neha 'Julie' Dhupia returns to enthrall the audience once again with ' Sheesha ', that seems to continue the trend of sex-based themes that met with mixed response in 2004. Starring opposite her is Sonu Sood who was promising as Abhishek Bachchan's brother in ' Yuva ' and met his intensity at every step. Produced by Guddu Dhanoa, Sunil Saini and Deepak Sharma, ' Sheesha ' is directed by Ashu Y. Trikha and has music by Sen Brothers.

Musically ' Sheesha ' starts off on a fine note with Kunal Ganjawala'a ' Yaar Ko Maine '. A love song written by Maya Govind, it is well worded and has adequate music for a romantic soulful song. Though it is a wee bit too slow, on repeat hearings, the version by Madhushree (who recently came up with ' Hum Hai Is Pal Yahan ' - Kisna) and the ' Instrumental ' that follows soon grows on you and makes for a decent number.

After an intense ' Rabba ' in Musafir, Richa Sharma makes an appearance for a number about love, pain and rejection once again in ' Assi Ishq Da Dard Laga Baithe '. A purely situational number that again has an ' Instrumental ' to follow soon, it is sorrowful and not exactly the kind that one expects as a second song in the album. Singer Shehzad too chips in a bit at the beginning with a couple of lines, but that's all.

A slower (and even sadder) version of the same number comes up as ' Moods - Sheesha ' (now this could be a nominee for the best 'Innovation' awards!). An ' alaap ' followed by a couple of lines from the number, it doesn't exactly excite you to recommend the album to your near and dear ones!!

Shehzaad does his part once again in ' Main Ho Gayi Athrah Saal Ki' that surprisingly has Alka Yagnik providing the female vocals. And one thought that Alka had left such numbers long time back! Not that this number by Yunus Khan has anything vulgar about it, but then the genre of such tracks has been beaten to death and one is simply bored of them by now. Same goes with the case of this track as well - a complete reject!

Cry of seduction comes up in the form of the ' Sheesha - Theme Music '. With a fusion music in the background, it's a pity that the female who provides her vocals for the heavy breaths, moans and silent cries hasn't been credited on the album cover. Nevertheless, it is for obvious reasons that it makes more sense for this 'track' to be 'seen' than 'heard'!

On the lines of ' Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai ' comes ' Mujhe Jeena Sikha Do Na '. The treatment and the melody is very much reminiscent of the mood created by the popular number from ' Jism ' and this one follows the same route. Shreya Ghoshal and Kunal Ganjawala give their best shot to this song written by Nida Fazli and the composition too is amongst the better ones in the album. Overall the number, if picturized well, should be able to avoid people from going for a popcorn break during it's run.

Guddu Dhanoa turns lyricist with ' Kar Mundya ' that is sung by 'Babuji' girl Sonu Kakkar. Though the genre is again of the same kind as ' Main Ho Gayi Athrah Saal Ki ' as before, it is the overall treatment that makes the difference. It is the experience of Dhanoa from his earlier movies like ' Ziddi ' and ' Salaakhen ' that comes into play as they had such stage/dance numbers picturized in abundance. The number should be a crowd puller for the movie's target audience if it's publicity starts right away rather than waiting till the movie's release.

In totality the music of ' Sheesha ' is a mixed bag with 2-3 songs that are above average while others being just routine. If there was a thought that Neha Dhupia's presence would result in a rise in sales then this may not be the case as both ' Julie ' (Himesh Reshammiya) and ' Qayamat ' (Nadeem Shravan) had a much better (and popular music). The expectations from the music sales of this album would anyways be not too high, so whatever average sales the album would have should be profitable for the makers.

Rating: **

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