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Phir Bewafai - For broken hearts

IndiaGlitz   [Monday, September 03, 2007]

Two years back when 'Bewafai' released, Agam Kumar became a household name due to his heartfelt rendition of the sad songs about betrayal in love. With 'Phir Bewafai', he makes a comeback with composer Nikhil who gives him another ten tracks to sing. Praveen Bhardwaj and Prashant Vasl pen lyrics which are expected to make you remember the one you loved and probably lost. Tulsi Kumar also gets an opportunity to croon a few numbers.

One place where Nikhil has always excelled in (even during his partnership with Vinay earlier on) is that he has always concentrated on melody while keeping the arrangements strictly Indian for most of his compositions. Also, the songs composed by him are such that they can fit in well in both Bollywood scheme of things as well as non-film circuits.

The same is apparent in the opening song of the album 'Woh Kisi Aur Se Milke Aa Rahe Hain' which is deep rooted in melody. In spite of a sad theme, the song never once turns out to be a drag and is a pleasant and easy-on-ears hearing. Praveen Bhardwaj's lyrics remain simple without getting too poetic that works in song's favor while Agam Kumar's rendition is just an icing on the cake that was wanted for a situation like this. A good number that is complimented by a well made video directed by Divya Khosla.

In the same genre arrives 'Har Kasam Tod Di Aaj Tumne' which has core Lakshmikant-Pyarerlal brand of arrangements that takes you back to the music of 70s and 80s. By backing a song like this, T-Series prove that they are still all for reviving the music from the past and presenting it to the audience of current generation. A track that comes with an immensely likeable tune inspite of the theme being that of separation, 'Har Kasam' is yet another track for broken hearts.

Praveen Bhardwaj writes his third straight song in a row in the form of 'Rote Rote Yu Hi Raat Guzar'. By this time, you get to understand as a listener that the genre of the album remains consistent throughout with the pace and feel of the songs too staying on with certain defined limits. And by the way this doesn't seem to hamper the overall impact of the album since you get to hear exactly what you would have expected from the team that first came with 'Bewafai'. First duet in the album where Tulsi Kumar joins Agam Kumar behind the mike, 'Rote Rote Yu Hi Raat Guzar' is yet another good inclusion to the album.

Pain and sorrow are depicted well as the sound of piano creates a hollow situation at the very beginning of 'Ishq Na Karna'. Tulsi shows an improvement over 'Rote Rote' in this track as she reminds one of the kind of rendition that Anuradha Paudwal excelled in the 90s. Prashant Vasl brings the pathos of unsuccessful love quite well in his lyrics that reminds one of the kind of writing that used to exist in the 60s. Even Agam Kumar's rendition (as in most of his songs) comes close to that of Late Mohd. Rafi that further works in the song's favor.

Agam's homage to Mohd. Rafi is in complete force with the arrival of 'Aei Mere Dil Bata Kya Bura' which turns out to be one of the best tracks heard in the album so far. The kind of arrangements are straight out of a Raj Kapoor film while Prashant Vasl's lyrics also belong to the same era. A kind of number that may be shunned by the yuppie generation of today, it would only be lapped up by those who love to get nostalgic and enjoy the music belonging to the golden era.

Mood of 'Phir Bewafai' continues to maintain a steady graph with Praveen Bhardwaj's last track 'Mujhse Jo Door Hai'. A kind of number that Pankaj Udhas would have loved to sing, 'Mujhse Jo Door' is yet another duet between Agam Kumar and Tulsi Kumar which belongs to the 80s and the 90s.

From this moment on it is Prashant Vasl all the way as he writes four songs on a trot. First to



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