Sanjeev-Darshan, the musical directors of `Deewane`, are the sons of Shravan (of Nadeem-Shravan fame). The two did not have a particularly propitious debut in Indra Kumar`s `Mann`. `Mann` fizzled out and with it so did their music. But, credit was given where credit was due; Sanjeev and Darshan were lauded for their budding musical talents. ` Deewane` marks their return to the musical scene after a long hiatus.
So how do Sanjeev-Darshan measure up to their famous dad whose `Dhadkan` is up against them? Well, it`s a patchy effort. The songs have varying degrees of competence.
One stand out (and perhaps the only one in the roster of songs) is `Qayamat` sung by Sukhwinder and Alka Yagnik. (Lyricist Sameer seems to be running out of ideas here- he`s penned another `Qayamat` for `Tera Jadoo Chal Gaya`). Sukhwinder excels in this song which is an exciting melange of gypsy like music set off by Sukhwinder`s soaring voice. Sukhwinder also does a fantastic job in the mandatory Punjabi number, `Ishq da gunjal`. He is given good company by silky voiced Jaspinder Narula. The duo also come together for another Punjabi number, `Sajna ne Phul mariya`. Sanjeev-Darshan obviously have a penchant for Punjabi tracks.
The other songs are rather pedestrian. The title track sung by Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik is quite ho- hum. `Chura na dil` is catchy but shades of dej vu strike when one hears it. Kavita Krishnamurthy tries valiantly to salvage the song but it comes out sounding dangerously familiar to some not-so-forgotten tune.
One distinguishing trait of Baweja`s scores is that they are all accompanied by dialogues from the film. Each of the eight songs in `Deewane` has Urmila Matondkar, Ajay Devgan and Mahima Chowdhary whispering sweet-somethings as a prelude to the songs.
Rating: There is an assembly line feel to most of the songs. The compositions sound like they were borrowed from a chest of Nadeem-Shravan discards. Sanjeev- Darshan better buck up if they want to inherit the musical mantle of their successful dad.