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King Khan: Songs from the Films of Shahrukh Khan
1. Tujhe Dakha To [From Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge] - (with Shahrukh Khan/Lata Mangeshkar/Kumar Sanu)
2. Jaadu Teri Nazar [From Darr] - (with Shahrukh Khan/Udit Narayan)
3. Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam [From Duplicate] - (with Shahrukh Khan/Alka Yagnik/Udit Narayan)
4. Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna [From Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge] - (with Shahrukh Khan/Lata Mangeshkar/Udit Narayan)
5. Ruk Ja O Dil Deewane [From Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge] - (with Shahrukh Khan/Udit Narayan)
6. Likha Hai Yeh [From Darr] - (with Shahrukh Khan/Hariharan/Lata Mangeshkar)
7. Khamoshiyan Gungunane Lagi [From One Two Ka Four] - (with Shahrukh Khan/Lata Mangeshkar/Sonu Nigam)
8. Henna (Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna) [From Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge] - (with Shahrukh Khan/Lata Mangeshkar/Udit Narayan)
9. Bhool Ke Din [From Dil Ashna Hai] - (with Shahrukh Khan/Sudesh Bhosle/Abhijeet/Balbinder)
10. Ek Shararat Hone Ko Hai [From Duplicate] - (with Shahrukh Khan/Kavita Krishnamurthy/Kumar Sanu)
11. Pyar Kar [From Dil To Pagal Hai] - (with Shahrukh Khan/Lata Mangeshkar/Udit Narayan)
12. Meri Payal Bole [From Gaja Gamini] - (with Shahrukh Khan/Kavita Krishnamurthy)
13. Kya Khoya Kya Paya [From A Journey To Samvedna] - (with Shahrukh Khan/Jagjit Singh)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9071
The album is called King Khan: Songs from the Films of Shahrukh Khan, and the packaging is full of pictures of Khan, a major Bollywood star. But that is not to say that Khan actually performs on the disc itself; he does not. Rather, this is, as the title says, a collection of songs featured in films in which Khan appears, which is to say that the organizing principal of the anthology is not itself musical, any more than an album of songs that happened to have been used in films starring Tom Cruise. Of course, Khan's Bollywood efforts are somewhat more compatible with each other musically than Cruise's might be, and in fact, the songs here hang together as a fairly representative set of Bollywood tunes. The basic style is a souped-up version of traditional Indian music, underlaid with a heavy dance/disco rhythm track. Many of the same singers turn up repeatedly, notably Lata Mangeshkar and Udit Narayan, who are each on several tracks and even appear together on two. The composers mix in other musical styles: "Ruk Ja O Dil Deewane" has something of a Caribbean island feel, while "Ek Shararat Hone Ko Hai" uses a reggae-like syncopated rhythm; "Bhool Ke Din" has elements of American country music and even boasts a virtual square-dance section; and the lengthy "Meri Payal Bole" includes a twangy guitar part, a tabla solo, and even a passage that suggests bagpipes. Noted Bollywood composer A.R. Rahman's "Khamoshiyan Gungunane Lagi" seems to incorporate some traditional film scoring midway through. There is even relief from the otherwise incessant dance beats on the final number, "Kya Khoya Kya Paya," a ballad sung by its co-author, Jagjit Singh. Shahrukh Khan may have only a coincidental relationship to all this music, but he serves as the poster boy for a typically varied sampling of contemporary Bollywood movie songs. ~ William Ruhlmann
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