It is easy to dismiss a film and it's soundtrack after a project has been delayed for almost a decade. Deewana Main Deewana, which was earlier titled Ek Haseena Ek Deewana, falls into that category as it went on floors when Priyanka Chopra was a newcomer and Govinda too was pretty much towards the end of his reign as a comic hero par excellence. However at times delayed films too have boasted of some good music, the biggest example being Hum Tumhare Hai Sanam (which incidentally had the same producer K.C. Bokadia). With expectations to be surprised, one plays on this Bappi Lahiri album with lyrics by Maya Govind and K.C. Bokadia himself.
It is always refreshing to hear Udit Narayan's voice and the man has seldom disappointed now or 10 years back. This is the reason why your attention is sought once he starts rendering 'Ek Haseena Ek Deewana'. Pretty much in the mode that love songs from Govinda starrers were in vogue in the era gone by, this one is primarily for those who wish to feel nostalgic about the kind of compositions that were scored back then. Anuradha Paudwal, who once ruled in the 90s before fading away, is heard after a hiatus in this Maya Govind written number.
The female lyricist continues to make her presence felt with the traditional number 'Kala Doriya' where she adds her own bit. A much heard number in quite a few films and other celebratory outings, this one sees the coming together of Sunidhi Chauhan, Ila Arun and Sudesh Bhosle. One can sense that Sunidhi is clearly having fun behind the mike as she goes full spirited for 'Kala Doriya' which is picturised on Priyanka Chopra. Albeit a little too late in the day, this one manages to work due to its traditional appeal and the fact that it forms an immediate connect.
Next to arrive is the title song 'Deewana Main Deewana' which fails to cut ice in the first 45 seconds itself. Even though Sukhwinder Singh attempts to fetch listener's attention at the very kick-start of the album, this passionate encounter with Shreya Ghoshal hardly manages to leave any impression whatsoever and turns out to be the kind which would have been dated even a decade ago.
K.C. Bokadia arrives on the scene as a lyricist with 'Ek Rupaiya Deke' which is the kind that even Govinda stopped singing and dancing to long ago. However he seems to be enjoying this outing immensely as he even turns singer for this number which has Bappi Lahiri and Ila Arun as the co-singers. A track that is aimed at being all fun-n-frolic while being set in a club, this one just doesn't work and makes you move ahead to see what else is in store.
By the time Vinod Rathod starts his rendition of 'Panwa Pe Chuna Lagayenge', you know that it is time for some quick skip to whatever remains of this album. Written by K.C. Bokadia, this one gets into the 'panva' and 'chuna' mode with 'raat din mein roothana manaana' and stuff alike. Belonging to the 90s mode, this one surprisingly even sees a 'remix version' for itself, something which was not just unexpected but also unwarranted.
With the album not really holding much ground for most part of its play, there is a final attempt at bringing some melody to the scene with Anand Raj Anand's 'Judaa Na Honge Hum'. Well, though the very lyrics (by Anand himself) get into the 'judaa na honge hum, aa khaaye kasam' without much ado, it is the old world feel of this Udit Narayan and Sadhna Sargam sung number that may appeal to those who have grown up on early 90s music.
Though it was pretty much akin to hoping against hope while checking out what was in store in this dated album, there are no surprises whatsoever in how Deewana Main Deewana eventually shapes up.
Ek Haseena Ek Deewana, Kala Doriya
Deewana Main Deewana Music Review