One doesn't really have any idea whatsoever about what Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein is all about and the kind of music that would be explored here. With music and lyrics by newcomers Saleel Kulkarni and Sandeep Khare respectively, one plays on the soundtrack without expecting any chartbuster score here.
It's a soft start for the album and the moment one sees Hariharan and Shankar Mahadevan as the singers here, it is obvious that there would be some camaraderie between the two on display here. The end result though is hardly enticing enough when you are through just one minute of 'Dil Darpan'. A barely average sounding number which tries to get all poetic with a message in the offering, 'Dil Darpan' belongs to the 'Sugam Sangeet' world of the 80s and doesn't quite make you fall for it even when it arrives in its 'Guitar version'.
Call it an unfortunate trend but somehow seeing Sunidhi Chauhan on credits for an item singer is turning out to be more of a turn off than making you go 'wow'. It may have worked if she was selective enough but in the current times she is being heard in practically every film, whether big or small, important or inconsequential, which means the novelty factor is clearly wearing off. This is apparent in case of 'Rum Me Gum' (also arriving in a 'remix version') as well which aimed at the gallery. Okay, so the tune isn't really all that bad but it merely follows the formula to the T and won't quite make you dance in the aisles.
Though the opening of 'Atak Gaya' has the kind of sound which is associated with an item number, there is a man who does the honours instead of a female singer. Avdhoot Gupte is the one roped in for the job and the final results are the kind that are stuck in a time warp and make you quickly jump on to the next song in the album even before you are through listening to it in entirety.
Well, seems like being in a time warp is a phenomenon prevalent right through the album, what with 'Kaam Kar' trying to be a jazz outing but not quite managing to come out of the 80s. Sung by Rishikesh Kamerkar who reminds one of similar tracks that were sung by Amit Kumar in the past, 'Kaam Kar' only adds on to the many disappointments of Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein.
There is some semblance that comes into the proceedings with Shaan taking charge for the title song 'Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein'. No, not the song is terrific enough to make you forget everything that you have heard so far. Still, at the bare minimum it is Shaan's silky vocals that at least manage to bring in some 'thehrav' to the cacophony that had been created with 'Rum Me Gum', 'Atak Gaya' and 'Kaam Kar'. A number that should do well as a background piece in the film, it is the best bet in the album but arrives way too late in the day.
Nope, this one doesn't work. Period.
Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein
Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein Music Review