Last Updated: Mon, Oct 04, 2004 11:32 hrs

Sometimes in a Man's world, a Woman makes the rules.......
In this Game, there is only one Player......
To Trust is to Win ...... !!!

Suspiciously close to the theme of Michael Douglas-Demi Moore starrer 'Disclosure', ' Aitraaz ' is the latest blockbuster from the house of Mukta Arts that stars Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Amrish Puri in principal roles. Directed by Abbas Mustan, who are known for their penchant for directing thrilling subjects (OK, so we are ready to ignore Taarzan-The Wonder Car!! ), 'Aitraaz' is yet again mega movie to hit the marquee this festive season. Sameer writes the lyrics while Himesh Reshammiya, who is amongst one of the most sought music composers today, gets the biggest assignment of his career - both in terms of quality and quantity, what with 15 tracks in total in a single album! And the best part of the entire engagement is that he doesn't have to share credit with any other composer, as the trend has been with Himesh for most of his albums in the recent years.

One has high expectations from the music of ' Aitraaz ', and especially so when there are big names involved with the project. Let's play on to see how good are the results!
All the tracks have a separate 'mix' version (a first of it's kinds in recent times - though Govinda starrer ' Kunwara ' took a shot at it 5 years back).

Most of the tracks are Udit Narayan - Alka Yagnik duets. First of them is ' Aankhen Bandh Karke ', that proves (yet again) that just like the style of Anu Malik, Nadeem Shravan and Jatin Lalit, Himesh Reshammiya's style has also arrived!! The song has a trademark Indian melody that Himesh excels in. The result? The song makes for a quite hearing that one can hear to with one's eyes closed. ' Close Your Eyes mix ' is just the opposite as it is high on beats and moves away from melody. The singing remains the same but it's the arrangements that are different.

Jayesh Gandhi, who is off late being utilized primarily for giving brief background vocals to a song, does the same in ' Tala Tum Tala Tum ', that is primarily a Udit Narayan-Alka Yagnik number. Another love song, the number turns out to be ordinary. Why? Because the number falters between trying to be melodious and yet be racy. The resultant is that it cannot be classified into any of the two categories and falls flat. Even the ' Cyclonic Dance Mix ' of the original doesn't help the cause much. And someone needs to inquire Mr. Sameer about the meaning/placement of ' Tala Tum '!!
Thankfully the amends are made sooner than later and melody makes a comeback with ' Woh Tassavvur Ka Alam ', where both Himesh and Sameer are back to the form. In fact lyrics take the center-stage for this love duet set in a party atmosphere, where Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik lend their vocals to Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor.  The track, which is about sweet and saucy moments shared by a married couple, is rich in Indian melody and if one looks closely, it has a distinct touch of Subhash Ghai's style - both in the orchestra and the picturisation. ' Love Is Forever mix ' of ' Woh Taasavvur ' that follows after a few songs, is high on beats and gets a bit loud, But hey we may better stick to the original melody that can be heard over and again.

Piano is the starting point for ' Nazar Aa Raha Hai ' that is an up, close and personal number between the lead protagonists. Fourth duet in a row for Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik, it is not as seductive as one expected it to be when it began. In the end, it is just about average and doesn't create many ripples. ' The Dream Lounge Mix ' of the track concentrates more on the soft and silky orchestra with the vocals being a bit subdued. The resultant is a better version of the original and one actually starts enjoying it.

After ' Tala Tum Tala Tum ' comes another song where lyrics go like ' Gela Gela Gela '. This is the first track in the album that is sung by someone else and not Udit-Alka combo. Adnan Sami and Sunidhi Chauhan sing this track that fails to impress much and one starts getting a mixed feeling about the contents of the entire album! Not that any of the songs are bad by any means. But from a Subhash Ghai movie, one expects a score of at least an 8 out of 10! ' Dance on the beach mix ' is the second version of ' Gela Gela ' but it too doesn't do much to the prospects of this song that is anyways hampered by poor lyrics and some very ordinary singing.
But just like before, there comes a song that is a notch above ordinary and brings the album back on the track. The title song leaves nothing to imagination and why so when the lyrics are as straightforward as 'I Want To Make Love To You'. Sunidhi Chauhan is excellent in this wonderfully composed track by Himesh that shocks everyone with the intensity of the lyrics and the music. The impact is such that one looks for more when the number ends and can't resist from playing it again. An even better bargain is in store as there are two additional versions to keep the listener enthralled. The first is a male version by Kunal Ganjawala who seems to be doing it to a male playback singer what Mallika Sherawat has done to the image of a Bollywood heroine. After ' Bheege Honth Tere ' from ' Murder ', this is another seductive track that should go to the top of the charts for Kunal. 'Passion Mix' of the track by Sunidhi Chauhan that follows soon is the first one to justify the presence of remixes in the album.

K.K. and Alisha come together for a 'step up on the dance floor' kinda song - ' Ye Dil Tum Pe Aa Gaya '. A pulsating number, it seems to be set on a beach side party and has a very slight resemblance to ' Aisa Jadoo Dalaa Re ' from ' Khakee '. A very difficult song to be sung due to it's different pitch and variations, it deserves special mention for KK who sings the complex number with ease. This is one number that has a potential of pulling in an audience looking for some 'masala' entertainment. Especially so when there is a ' Slip and Side mix ' (now whatever that means!) of the original that is an even better reason for wearing your dance shoes.

Except for two or three average songs here and there, the majority of songs in Aitraaz do keep you engaged. Though it is definitely questionable if there was a need for a remix version of the entire album to be created, as this experiment could have been restricted to potential 2-3 songs. Nevertheless if one can ignore these 'mix' versions and appreciate the melody or the rocking effect of other tracks, then ' Aitraaz ' is the one for you.

Rating: ***