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Dil Diya Hai Music Review

Dil Diya Hai Music Review
Shiv Films
Mithun Chakraborty, Emran Hashmi, Ashmit Patel, Geeta Basra
Aditya Datt
Balabhai Patel
Himesh Reshammiya
Let the Heart Smile
Wednesday, August 2, 2006 • Hindi Comments

Himesh Reshamiya is all over the place. The volume of work he is doing is mind boggling. No doubt he is churning out hit-by-the-dozens. Yet, at the same time he is getting repetitive. After listening to `Ahista Ahista' I had written that Himesh is capable of great stuff but he needs to understand the demand-supply laws. In `Dil Diya Hai' he shines in patches and fails a few times too. While the title track `Dil Diya Hai', `Yaadan Teriyan' and `Chalo Dildar Chalo' make for soulful hearing, he fails to sustain the tempo. DJ Akbar Sami's remixes are consistent in doing what they are meant to do: Rock Your Body! As an album, you can buy it if you are a Himesh Reshamiya fan. It's not bad, is all that I can say.

The violin intro is what it takes for Himesh Reshamiya to kick-start the title track `Dil Diya Hai'. His Sa Re Ga Ma find Himani's voice is like the dew-on-the-morning-grass. She sounds cool-calm-collected-n-confident as she renders in a sedate lower octave with a husky tone. Himesh, on his part goes blatant in his high pitched powerful vocals with piano fillers forming a melody that repeats continually. Experimentation with sitar and sarangi sounds good as part of the context. `Dil Diya Hai' is a nice song that has its moments. Remix by DJ Akbar Sami revs up the pace. Himani's vocals have been added with some extra dosage of reverb making it sound even better. Himesh seems to be making too much of effort while attempting to match the fast paced rhythm programming. Overall, this number will make the DJs happy.

`Afsana Banake Bhool Na Jaana' is a trademark Himesh Reshamiya number with an interesting chorus section. Himesh sings passionately as Tulsi Kumar joins him. The catchy hook line and teary eyed violin shall keep the masses interested. As for the music arrangements, then you've heard Himesh doing the same thing again and again. There's nothing different in terms of experimentation or basic melody. The violin starts the show in the remixed version with drum-n-bass-n-snare-n-rolls taking over from there on. It's a club mix and I am sure it will find its takers amongst the diverse market of auto rickshawalas-taxiwalas and hip-n-happenin youngsters in the Dics-n-pubs.

It's time to talk about the best track of the album. `Yadan Teriyan' gets Himesh back into his Sufi-Semi-Classical mould with a flair for vintage melody based in the folk music idiom. The lyrics are somewhat Punjabi-Hindi aimed at the overseas market. I like the fabric of Tabla fused with the electric guitar. The drone of keyboard strings in the middle creates an aura of spiritual love. Himesh's singing is more-or-less in the middle octave. Here I must add that he should stick to this range as he is able to do justice to the pathos involved in the lyrics. The tabla magic is replaced by the frolicking beat in the remixed version. I am sure this kind of beat has its patrons. It doesn't sound out of place for everything is in its element. Himesh manages to retain the classical flavour of his singing intact even in this heavy duty club mix. Both the versions are diametrically opposite, but surprisingly both leave a positive impact.

`Mile Ho Tum To' finds Himesh donning his rock star cap once again. It's a typical number signifying his style with a sarangi melody to start with, followed by a hook line `Na Na Na.' and then the rhythm tempo picks up out of the blue. Tulsi Kumar joins him in the middle as the agitated electric guitar riffs get into live-concert-mode. It's the kind of song that you've heard-much-too-often in the last few days. Nothing too-different is all I can say. Akbar Sami's remix makes you tap your feet automatically. It simply goes ballistic from the word go with the never-say-never beat and jive-happy fillers that surround your mind space. I prefer the Remixed version. Wi