Expectations? Well, there are near to Nil from Bad Luck Govind as, not just does the film and its music arrive without any fanfare, even the name Abu Malik on the credits as the composer does not give many hopes as well. With hardly anything known about the film's plot or its genre, it is difficult to even ascertain the kind of music that would be in the offering.
The album begins with 'Nam Myoho Renge Kyoh' which is actually a chant originating from Buddhism. A number about life and the beauty that it possesses, 'Nam Myoho...' aims at spreading the message of peace and love through music. A just-about-ok track that appears twice in the album, it has a serene feel to it but has a very restricted appeal to it. The sound of 80s coupled with the carnival feel of Goa is heard in 'Duniya Hai Gol Gol' which is simply pedestrian and doesn't leave any impression whatsoever. It appears as if the song has been composed in a jiffy with the film already on floors and desperately awaiting a number.
'Kismat Bole Toh' too has its base in the sound of the 80s and is old fashioned to say the least. A number about luck playing a major role in anyone's life, 'Kismat Bole Toh' is boring and makes you head for the 'Next' button on the CD player remote. The number comes in the 'remix' as well as the 'Electronic Mix' version but even after hearing it a multiple number of times, there is nothing that you carry home after it is through.
The only number that holds some weight in Bad Luck Govind is 'Gorakh Dhanda', a number with a Punjabi flavor to it, which aims at bringing back the sound of Chak De Phatte [Khosla Ka Ghosla] and succeeds to a good extent as well. Arriving in the duet version and also the 'Dhol Mix' version, if promoted well on music channels with a music video to support, it could go some distance.
Madan Pal, who once was quite visible as a lyricist till a few years back, gets to write for all the four songs in the album. 'Nam Myoho Renge Kyoh' picks up the title from a Buddhist chant but beyond that remains conventional in appeal. 'Duniya Hai Gol Gol' tries to be all fun and frolic but hardly succeeds in pulling it off completely. Writing of 'Kismat Bole Toh' and 'Gorakh Dhanda' is still better and should make an impact during the film's narrative due to its thematic feel.
Sunidhi Chauhan is heard in a different avtar as she moves from the world of item songs to world peace with 'Nam Myoho Renge Kyoh'. She is decent in the song though even her voice doesn't quite offer a hit outing for Bad Luck Govind. She is joined by Abu Malik for the duet version of the song though his presence doesn't really make it any more worthwhile. Mika Singh sings 'Duniya Hai Gol Gol' and would, himself, be quite sure that this 'tapori' number won't really count as one of his most remembered songs. Kunal Ganjawala is as usual in 'Kismat Bole Toh' while bringing in a Western touch to his vocals yet again. On the other hand, Labh Jajua gets to sing the most energetic number of the album, 'Gorakh Dhanda', and clearly enjoys his stint behind the mike along with Harshdeep.
As expected, Bad Luck Govind is no great shakes as an album with nothing except for 'Gorakh Dhanda' standing out. With no promotion whatsoever and hardly any buzz around it, it would go completely unnoticed.