Aap Kaa Surroor;
Music: Himesh Reshammiya;
Singers: Himesh Reshammiya, Shreya Ghosal, Sunidhi Chauhan;
Interestingly, Himesh Reshammiya's debut movie is named exactly after his debut album Aap Kaa Surroor, an Aditya Dutt film which released in January 2006. So don't be surprised if you find stylistic similarities between the two.
In this album too, as in the earlier, Reshammiya has teamed up with Sameer. Today, it won't be out of sync if the two - keeping in mind the work they have produced jointly - start keeping a joint name as Himesh-Sameer.
The album has 19 tracks, with seven original, and the rest are remixed versions of various songs.
It starts with Assaalaam-e-waalekum, in which Reshammiya takes over the track with a monologue, dedicating his life to true love. He has sung it at the top of his vocals. Assaalaam-e-waalekum has been repeated to the extent of dreariness and weariness. Although its pace is relatively slow, the beats are regular with intermingling of strings and melodious alaap.
Tera mera milna has a sweet and rhythmic instrumental beginning. Guitar, sarangi and vocals try to create a magical effect leaving you hooked. Suddenly Reshammiya pops in. He abandons his high-pitch alaaps in this number but stretches his vocals. Shreya Ghosal croons Tera mera milna as a second fiddle to Reshammiya. She is a mere female response.
<b1>In Jhoot nahin bolna, Reshammiya once again lends his voice. He begins with a gentle poetic request to his beloved. Soon you realise that he is back to his hallmark high-pitch style.
Tanhaiyaan is sung in a style that can only be described as a show of Reshammiya's idiosyncrasy. He tries to croon the word tanhaiyaan in all manners possible to portray the feeling of loneliness. Sunidhi Chauhan sings the song rather animatedly.
Surprisingly, in this album, marked by Reshammiya's hegemony, Sunidhi begins Ya Ali. Perhaps to give it a different feel from several other Ya Ali(s). Its background score is peppy but it suffers from a serious mismatch between lyrics, vocals and music. Sunidhi has been wasted in the track by limiting her to sing only Ya Ali.
Tere Bina is a slow track. The background score is dominated by slow drum play that gels well with the lyrics and vocals.
Next is Kya Jeena by Reshammiya again and he is at his nasal best. Indian classical instruments remain the mainstay of the background score.
Reshammiya's rendition of Mehbooba can best be termed as a sacrilege by the purists and Rahul Dev Burman's fans. Far from being "a tribute" to the great musician, it is a poor remix of the original song by Burman.
Aap Kaa Surroor is a one-man show for the major part with Reshammiya singing three solo and major portions of duets.
The music is nonetheless, listen-able in parts.