The Hero
Friday, February 28, 2003 13:33 IST
By Santa Banta News Network

Sunny Deol is back but this time in the garb of James Bond. The Hero is a love story of  a spy but music is not a high point of the film.Uttam Singh re-teams with Anand Bakshi, but due to the unfortunate passing, Javed Akhtar came in as well. Perhaps the best song on the soundtrack is the "Dil Mein Hain Pyar", but your endurance of the track will be tested as it has been repeated six times. Hopefully five of the six versions will be relegated to the background.

 In any case, there is evidence of experimenting with a view sundry tunes and Alka does sound attractive albeit in six version. Jaspinder Narula adds some folk to it. The four other versions are relatively slower, with the last a sort of remix with a swift beat. "Tere Sheher Ka Kya Hai Naam, Mohabbat Hai", is a typical romance number. The song seems tailor made for the heroine Preity Zinta and holds its own with a swift techno beat. Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik are back to their regular monotonous romance songs after a year of omission from probably everything.There is actual orchestration in what is a sensuously diligent track in "Tum Bhi Na Mano". 

A slow as it begins; the song seems perfect for Hari Haran. Though there are the exciting portions of swift thrilling music, the song seems more like a partition of lovers' song which predominantly tries to arouse emotion for the torn couple. Alka Yagnik's rendition is enjoyable. The emotion is asserted, but if anyone is listening it is for the dramatically well composed interludes. Javed Akhtar is proficient here in expressing the emotion. "In Mast Nigahon Mein" uses a bit of the "enigma" beat some more and then some. Dialogues by Udit Narayan and Amrish Puri, the paradoxical screechy yet smooth vocals of Sunidhi Chauhan and relatively nothing special tarnish the song.

"Mari Koyal Ne Aise Cook" has Punjabi experts Sardool Sikander and Jaspinder Narula singing in Punjabi folk. Seeing as though this is a Sunny Deol film, the Punjabi number is mandatory. Uttam Singh has managed to add a different zest rather than the typical Punjabi beats that we are so accustomed to hearing and the outcome is pleasantly different and even makes the song good. Both singers are emotive and the song does get our attention. Indubitably, The Hero: Love Story of A Spy is an essential release for Bollywood in the upcoming months.

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