Rahul Dev Burman, mid 70s, great looking luridly coloured cover art; you know that can't be bad. And yet, 'Zehreela Insaan' is a soundtrack I'm finding harder than usual to get excited over. Something about the songs; they're nice and all, but none of them reach out and grab me with the kind of immediacy I've come to expect from a Burman soundtrack, mid 70s. Oh, there are nice instrumental touches scattered around, there's always that, but I've played this album a dozen times lately and none of the melodies really stick. No hooks. I keep thinking 'Ye Silsila', 'Suno Kahani' and 'O Hansni' will grow on me – the latter in particular has an excellent intro – but annoyingly my interest seems to wane before they end. That shouldn't happen. Maybe I'm spoiled.
Luckily the album has a great 'Title Music', action packed and dramatic, and also featured on the mixtape I made earlier this year. Weirdly, the actual title music as heard in the film is completely different. What is that all about?
1. Shailendra Singh: Saanp Se Badhke
2. Asha Bhosle & Shailendra Singh: Mere Dil Se Ye Nain
3. Asha Bhosle: Ye Silsila
4. Title Music
5. Lata Mangeshkar: Suno Kahani
6. Kishore Kumar: O Hansni
7. Kishore Kumar & Chorus: Dum Tumhari Dum