Badaltey Mausam - Adnan Sami Khan (1997)

Good music is Adnan Sami Khan's hobby. Whenever he comes up with an album, the music, lyrics and the vocals are there to get popular. When the music of Adnan Sami Khan and the voice of Asha Bhosle's were combined in 1996, the result was "Sargam", and believe me, it was an instant success. This time, the duo returns with "Badaltey Mausam".

Many would think of "Badaltey Mausam" as just another album but in fact it is one of its kind. Besides being the soundtrack of Adnan's debut movie as a director, "Badaltey Mausam" has everything a listener wants to have in a complete album. (I would call it an album rather than a soundtrack because after Adnan's separation with Zeba, the movie's future seems to be uncertain).

The soundtrack starts with "Deewane", which features in the movie on three occasions as a tandem. In the early days of Pakistani cinema, Sohail Rana was thought to be the king of tandem as his songs like "Akeley Na Jana", "Bhooli Hui Dastaan", "Do Ankhyan Ye Do Sakhyan", etc. from his movies Armaan, Doraha, Ehsaas respectively were instant hits. Adnan who used to participate in Sohail Rana's programmes on PTV with Nazia Hassan, Zoheb Hassan, Afshan Ahmed, etc. has done very well in making a tandem of his own. The song is rendered once by Asha and Adnan and with both lending their vocals together once. The song is slow compared to the music of Pakistani cinema but with his brilliance, Adnan manages to make it sound different on all three occasions.

The next song, "Barsaat" is also a tandem and the use of violin and flute in the song is second to none. Adnan's vocal chords get the much-needed exercise as in the very next duet with Asha, Adnan's R. D. Burman like voice combines to make the song a redolent.

"Dil To Mera" proves just one point - Asha is still the best, better than sister Lata Mangeshkar. The song makes one wonder why no musician in Pakistan has been able to use the guitars, flute and violin in the background so brilliantly before Adnan.

Then comes the much-awaited faster duet by Adnan and Asha, "Pehli Wari" the lyrics of which are in Urdu and Punjabi. The last song of the A-side, "Aao Na" is in fact the second part of the song, "Barsaat" but the use of guitar reminds one of "Aise Bhi Hain Meherbaan" by Ahmed Rushdie from the Ali-Zeb starrer "Jaise Jantay Nahin", the music of the song being composed by Nisar Bazmi.

The next side starts with "Bahon Ke Gheray", a song by Asha Bhosle which reminds the listener of most of her songs from the golden era of the 70's. The music is more or less like any of her late husband's songs, from whom Adnan is thought to be very much inspired. The second, "Deewane" by Adnan is a slow song with one of the best background use of chorus while the next song, "Kabhi To Nazar", is the last of the "Deewane", this time sung by Asha and well-supported by piano in the background. The next song, "Hum Phir Milengay" has the use of tabla and flute to the best possible extent. It can be termed as typical filmi song with first-class lyrics.

Adnan tries to revive his song "Dholki" from his last attempt as a musician, "Sargam", by coming up with "Mehndi Masala" which has the same kind of chorus one found in "Dholki". The song is comparatively faster than its earlier edition but the fastest is saved for the end.

The last song comes as a shock if not surprise. When one takes a look at the list, the last song, "Teri Unchi Shaan", confuses the reader who thinks of this song as Adnan's earlier "Ae Khuda" but when one listens to it, the beat, the faster track and above all, Adnan's attitude with God is quite confusing. Here Adnan asks his Maula to give him a lift as he has been unjust to him and just to those who did'nt deserve the justice. The theme of the song may sound controversial but is, I think the best song of the album. I know that many would'nt agree but it is my opinion, the rest depends on you.

The lyrics of the album are very well-written by Riaz-Ur-Rehman Saagar who is a very hard-working and well-versed lyricist. Saagar, who is enjoying the success of the soundtrack of "Inteha" these days, also wrote the lyrics of "Sargam", Adnan's maiden venture with Asha Bhosle as music director.

All in all, "Badaltey Mausam" has everything one would like an album to have. The filmi pop, the folk, and the classical touch, all are there. The tabla throughout the album has been used to perfection and the songs are evergreen as not once the listener gets bored. "Badaltey Mausam" is quite a good attempt to mend up the mistakes earlier committed by others who had no knowledge of music but opted to become music directors. With Adnan once again back to filmi-pop, one hopes that pop music would show improvement and only Adnan can make it possible.

Saema R. Alam
TV Times, Pakistan