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Hate Story IV
Producer: T-Series Films
Director: Vishal Pandya
Starring: Urvashi Rautela, Karan Wahi, Vivaan Bhatena, Ihana Dhillon and Gulshan Grover
Music: Tanishk Bagchi, Arko, Baman-Chand, Mithoon and Tony Kakkar
Lyrics: Sameer, Shabbir Ahmed, Manoj Muntashir, Sanjay Gupta, Rashmi Virag and Kumaar
Singers: Himesh Reshammiya, Neha Kakkar, Jubin Nautiyal, Neeti Mohan, Amrita Singh, Tony Kakkar, Armaan Malik and Sukriti Kakar
Audio On: T-Series    Number of Songs: 8
Album Released on: 23 February 2018
Reviewed by: Anish Mohanty  - Rating: 6.0 / 10
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The Hate Story franchise, especially the last two films in the series, has heavily depended on music to sell itself. Barring the first part, T-Series has served as the co-producers on all the films including the latest film, 'Hate Story IV' in the franchise. As the earlier films had a couple of hit songs in each of them, one expects the fourth installment to carry some good music as well.

Two of Himesh Reshammiya's original compositions have been recreated by Tanishk Bagchi. The first track is "Aashiq Banaya Aapne", the song which catapulted him to super-stardom as a singer. Neha Kakkar lends her voice while Himesh chips in with some lines from the original track intermittently. "Naam Hai Tera" from his non-film album 'Aap Ka Suroor' has been renamed and recreated as "Naam Hai Mera". Himesh does not feature in this one and Neeti Mohan drives the song with her effective rendition. Tanishk does a fairly good job at recreating the two songs.

In "Boond Boond" Arko blends in a good mix of sensuality and breeziness and thankfully, restricts him to being a composer and does not write lyrics for this one. Manoj Muntashir and Sanjay Gupta do the needful and come up with some simple lines which are easy on the lips. Adding to the sensuality are icy chilled voices of Jubin Nautiyal and Neeti Mohan who lend a lot of value to the song with their rendition. The arrangements are kept minimal, with a bit of acoustic guitar and pads played in the background.

Jubin Nautiyal's voice is heard again in "Tum Mere Ho" and this time it is newcomer Amrita Singh giving him company. The song has Mithoon's stamp all over it and one does not mind it as he brings enough novelty to the tune that helps one differentiates from similar songs he has composed in the past. Manoj Muntashir comes up with some interesting wordplay that is one of the major highlights of the song. Amrita Singh makes a late appearance into the song but leaves an impression with her husky voice and sensuous rendition.

Composer duo Baman-Chand do not break any new ground with "Badnaamiyan" but they come up with a track that is pleasant enough to warrant a few listenings. The mild touch of the style prevalent in the 90s makes the song sound a little interesting. Rashmi-Virag write passable lyrics. Armaan Malik and Suktriti Kakar do the heavy-lifting with their renditions in their respective versions and make the track sound better than it really is. Tony Kakkar composes "Mohabbat Nasha Hai", a sombre melody. He also sings it with sister Neha Kakkar. Just like Arko, he makes the tight move by not holding the pen and let Kumaar writes some heart-rending lines that go well with the simple but effective tune he has composed. Tony's voice has a very nice quality to it, the kind one associates with singers who sing songs that have a sufi-sque quality to them. It is a good thing that he reserves a solo version of himself. Neha, who has been lending her voice to primarily dance numbers, shows that she can do wonders to such songs as well.

'Hate Story IV' has the best music for any of the films made in the franchise. The album does not have a dull moment and despite the inconsistencies in the quality o the tracks, gives you enough reason to cheer for as a listener.

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