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Music Review - Ahista Ahista

Ranjani Saigal
08/10/2006

(This article is sponsored by Sounds Of India)

Label: T - SERIES
Director: Shivam Nair
Music Director: Himesh Reshammiya
Leading Cast: Abhay Deol, Soha Ali Khan, Shyaman Munshi


Ahista Ahista has been acclaimed by some of Reshammiya fans as his best creation of the year. While not all may agree with that assessment, it is true that many of the tracks are quite wonderful and certainly can be hailed as a success for Reshammiya. Director Reshammiya does not disappoint fans of singer Reshammiya and uses him for 5 of the eight tracks.


The title track is an emotion charged number and the music works beautifully with the words . The description of the onset of love in a slow fashion that then takes over the relationship is lovely and Himesh’s emotion charged vocals along with excellent background orchestra makes this an interesting number. The rhythm is interesting and use of Guitar and Sarangi makes the piece very special. The DJ Akbar Sami’s remix gives a completely different feel to the song and does not disappoint.

‘Allah Kare’ is a wonderful number with sensible lyrics by Irhsad Kamil makes this a song worth listening to.  Himesh has made excellent use of Tabla, guitar and Sarangi. Yet again singer Himesh does a great job singing with passion and reverence. In all his interviews Himesh credits God for granting him success and perhaps that feeling of devotion comes through in this number. DJ Akbar Sami  has created a great remix and it does want us to get up and dance. The Unplugged version is also excellent and does full justice to the song.


Next a short, sweet and romantic number ‘Love You Unconditionally’.  Not quite intense like Aashiq Banaya Aapne but there is some nice instrumentation. The remix begins with the sound of a helicopter taking off.  The Remix starts with the sound of a helicopter taking off and the interesting rhythms added in makes this quite a happening number,

The next track by KK and Jayesh Gandhi has a wonderful classical alaap. Reshammiya combines classical alaap by Jayesh Gandhi beautifully with  singing of the melody by KK. The lounge-club has a funky western rhythm and a lovely female chorus making it  quite nice.  ‘Tanha Tere Begair” featuring the excellent female voice of Sunidhi Chauhan paired with KK makes for a special number and the remixes are good as well.


The next song a ‘Awan Akhiyan Jawan Akhiyan’ is a qawwali which was my favorite track.  While perhaps not quite a Nusret Fateh Ali Khan qawwali, Himesh has nevertheless done a wonderful job.  Irshad Kamil’s poetry is lovely and Himesh and Jayesh Gandhi sing along with Hashim and Aftab. Himesh proves that he is at home with a wide range of styles.

Kunal Ganjawala shines in the next number ‘Tum Jo Mile’. The song has a touch of rock and allows  Kunal Ganjawala   to show his skill. It allows has the words Ahista Ahista in it just like the title track.  The last track on the album is one that is shared with Phir Hera Pheri. Tulasi Kumar joins Himesh to sing ‘Dil Naiyyo Maane Re’.


Some lovely numbers makes this a special album for Reshammiya fans and even though it has not been well promoted  as his other albums.



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