When an album's inlay card flashes an astonishing 13 tracks, you are sure that more often than not, you would get to hear at least 3-4 decent songs, if not more. It needs to be one really bad show by a composer if that doesn't turn out to be the case. Thankfully 'Humko Deewana Kar Gaye' turns out to be an album that sails across comfortably and registers itself as one of the decent love song compilations that has come at the beginning of 2006. A Raj Kanwar film, HDKG is a T-Series production (who had last year come up with 'Lucky-No Time For Love') with music by Anu Malik and lyrics by Sameer.
1) Humko Deewana Kar Gaye [Sonu Nigam, Tulsi Kumar]
There have been controversies surrounding around the title song of 'Humko Deewana Kar Gaye' since it was first aired on screen. While Aadesh Srivastava claims that the song was indeed composed by him number of years back, director Raj Kanwar begs to differ while Anu Malik has remained silent. Plagiarism or not, does one care? Naah, because in the end what one is interested in is whether the song indeed makes for a nice melodious piece or not. And the fact remains that yes, the song is truly nice sounding with a beautiful look and feel to it. Sameer's lyrics (ok, so there is a controversy related to originality here too!) follow the conventional path of mush and romance hence giving rise to a typical Bollywood love song that has treaded a tried and tested path and seldom fails. Tulsi Kumar, who debuted in 'Aksar' seems to be settling down with 'pyaar mohabbat geet-sangeet' and gives a good account of her once again while crooning this duet with much more experienced Sonu Nigam. There are three more versions of the song that follow, all of them being sad versions with Sonu picking up two of them and the last being kept aside for Tulsi. All in all, a hummable number that keeps the mood of the entire album intact.
2) Fanah (Original and remix - DJ Akbar Sami) [Kay Kay, Anu Malik]
Each of the 3 tracks from here on follow come in two versions - original and a much faster remix version. First track to come is 'Fanaah' that boasts of great production values with foreign locales, top cinematography and the works. The rhythm is pacy too with Kay Kay arriving in full force while both Akshay and Katrina look good. Still, the final effect is not that one would have expected from a song that has an all around technical finesse to boast of. Probably the lack of immense repeat value is because of the reason that one has been seeing Akshay quite often on screen coming in a cool dude avtar in last few months that the novelty factor has dried down. Nevertheless, one good thing that the song does is to showcase Katrina as a glamour lady who seems to have settled down comfortably in the Bollywood scheme of things.
3) Bhula Denge Tumko Sanam (Original and remix by Jatin Sharma) [Sonu Nigam]
After all the mush, romance and freaking out comes a song of separation (pretty predictably) 'Bhula Denge'. The song is just one of the many dozen such songs that you would have heard in the past few years as the tune has nothing new to offer in this case. Sonu Nigam's singing is all fine but in the end if one starts looking for a remote when a number like this is played, it is sure that something somewhere has gone amiss. An ordinary number that has a much faster remix version to follow after a gap.
4) For Your Eyes Only (Original and remix by Jatin Sharma) [Sonu Nigam, Krishna, Nandini]
'Masti' and 'dhamaal' are back in proceedings with 'For Your Eyes Only'. On looking at the song's title, one may think that this is going to be yet another English mushy romantic track but that's not the case as it is a fun-filled foot tapping number with a good rhythm that comes every time Sonu Nigam goes 'For Your Eyes Only'. With good usage o