Last Updated: Tue, May 10, 2005 11:33 hrs

First there was ' Mohabbat ', and then came ' Mohabbatein '. Going by the same analogy, after Yash Chopra's ' Silsila ' comes Khalid Mohamed's ' Silsiilay '. A script based on episodic format (just like 'Lajja', 'Dil Vil Pyaar Vyaar', 'Yuva' ), ' Silsiilay ' is a Vashu Bhagnani production. Led by Tabu, who finally makes an appearance on the silver screen after a hiatus, ' Silsiilay ' stars a bunch of talented artists — Bhumika Chawla, Celina Jaitley, Rahul Bose, Riya Sen, Divya Dutta, Natassha, KK, Jimmy Shergill and Ashmit Patel. While earlier ventures by Khalid - Fiza (Anu Malik, A.R.Rehman) and Tehzeeb (A.R.Rehman) — had music different from the routine, ' Silsiilay ' is more mainstream with Himesh Reshammiya and Sameer at the helm.

' Ban Jaiye ' is a duet by Kunal Ganjawala and Alka Yagnik that could have even made Udit Narayan proud. A sugar coated melodious track, the highlight of the track is undoubtedly Rahul Bose who gets to lip synch to his first-ever mainstream 'running-around-the-trees-love-song'. It must have required some real cajoling on Khalid Mohamed's part to inspire Bose to do this act. Never mind, as he does a decent job with Bhumika in tow and the song turns out to be quite pretty looking in the end. Add to it Reshammiya's trademark melody that makes the song worth humming.

Sunidhi Chauhan, Suzan and Kailash Kher gang up for the club song ' Meri Chandi Tu ' that inspite of a racy rhythm doesn't register with the listener and settles down to be a gap filler. While Sunidhi Chauhan sings the entire song, it is shocking to hear Kailash Kher just utter ' Mast Kalandar ' at regular intervals. Now this is something that any individual from the chorus could have been asked to do. Or even better, specialist Jayesh Gandhi could have done this!

Another surprise in store is to hear Sadhana Sargam sing the love song ' Meri Jaan Ho Tum ' in a way as if it were a sad song. Also Kunal Ganjawala does the same as Kailsah Kher earlier! He does a bit better with a few more words in the only line ' Banwari Hui Tere Ishq Mein ' that he sings at regular intervals. Towards the ends, the song becomes a bit too much and tends to drag. In nutshell the song is just situational but nothing more.

First solo in the album comes in the shape of the title song ' Jab Jab Dil Mile - Pyaar Ke Ho Gaye Silsiilay ' by Sonu Nigam. A groovy track revolving around rhythm, you can dance to its tune on a quiet evening on sea beach. A track that seems to be created as a part of background music during the movie's narration, it too has a male voice in the background (Is it Jayesh?) singing a line intermittently that is definitely not Hindi or English!

Jayesh Gandhi does make an appearance, this time while beginning ' Ahista Ahista ', a saga about ' dil mein aayiye-dil chu jaiye-dil ke dard ki dava de jaiye ' and stuff alike! A duet by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal, it is a pleasant sounding harmless song that comes and goes off after a few days.

Suzan and Jayesh Gandhi provide vocal support to Sunidhi Chauhan who does her best to make Celina Jaitley sizzle in ' Belibaas '. The song works due to a total effort by Reshammiya, Sameer, Sunidhi and of course Celina who collectively ensure that ' Belibaas ' turns out to be an interesting outing for a moviegoer.

' Tere Liye Mere Jazbaat ' is the last track in the album and is another club song rendered by Alisha Chinoy, Jolly Mukherjee and Jayesh Gandhi. Not carrying steam with it, it makes you loose your interest pretty quite early in its duration and with it also goes away good expectations one had from the music of a Vashu Bhagnani film.

Music of Vashu's last few releases have somehow not been able to recreate the same magic as his earlier flicks. ‘ Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai ' and ' Rehna Hai Terre Dil Mein ' appears to be the last films by Vashu that had brilliant music score but after that his films have ranged from above-average to just about average. ' Silsiilay ' too falls in the similar bracket but thankfully doesn't go below average. Don't expect a bumper initial sales or an encouraging word of mouth! At the maximum, it will have a stable stay on a lower side at the music stores.

Rating: **

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