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Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost (Sony Music, Rs. 50)

The music of the film has a folksy touch. However, the lyrics and the music are certainly not the chart-buster kind. Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik have rendered three duets. Sonu teams up with Mahalakshmi in another duet.

The album opens with `symphonic' notes, which last just a few seconds before Shaher ka jadoo re begins. The earthy feel is evident in the Rajasthani lines sung before the main song.

The slow song Mujhe tu ne is similar to a song from the film, `Refugee'. Sunidhi Chauhan sings Saiyyan that reminds us of a similar number in Lamhe).

A folksy song with quite a bit of Western fusion notes (with heavy orchestration and even the sound of the desert breeze), Saiyyan is repeated twice in the album. Jeetenge Baazi (on the flip side) is a victory song with lots of punch. Ranjit Barot's musical arrangement for this piece is commendable. Amar Mohile's instrumental composition, The Journey, uses Western synthesised beats with just the voice (like an `alaap'), which builds up into a fast-paced crescendo. The Rajasthani element in the music is predominant in Koi Bheega hai rang se.

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