First and foremost, you don't really expect a musical score for Dunno Y Na Jaane Kyun. An offbeat film exploring an unexplored theme (same sex relationship), Dunno Y Na Jaane Kyun didn't quite promise any songs; let aside being mainstream or unconventional. This is the reason why one is surprised to see a pretty loaded album with as many as half a dozen songs and a few theme pieces as well. Put together by composer Nikhil and lyricist Satya Prakash, Dunno Y Na Jaane Kyun does make one wonder what really to expect before it is played on.
There is a surprise in store with none other than Lata Mangeshkar gracing the very opening track. She is in charge of the title track 'Dunno Y Na Jaane Kyun' which actually turns out to be a soothing song from the very first note. A love song about falling in love with no explained reason whatsoever, 'Dunno Y Na Jaane Kyun' has a haunting feel to it and should work as a part of the film's background score. A really long track that extends to almost 10 minutes, 'Dunno Y Na Jaane Kyun' is a soft number that also had Shaan crooning the male version. His rendition has a slight rock feel to it though the overall arrangements still remain the same.
It is apparent that the makers wanted songs to last for a really long duration. No wonder, the very next song 'Dabi Dabi Kwahishien' too has a good 7 minutes duration. Yet another soft song, this one boasts of a better tune and has a romantic feel to it. Though there isn't overtly new or extraordinarily different about this number that comes with a mix of Hindi and English lyrics, in the given scheme of things when one had played 'Dunno Y Na Jaane Kyun' with not much expectations, 'Dabi Dabi Kwahishien' isn't a bad hear after all.
This track appears in as many as four versions with the first being a duet by Shaan & Shreya Ghoshal, second being a Shaan solo and third seeing the pair being joined by Farhad Bhiwandiwala, a fresh voice which does make its presence felt. The fourth is titled 'Saiyan Saiyan' and this one has a Sufi flavour to it. However, this attempt seems a little strange since this Nikhil and Farhad Bhiwandiwala sung number turns out to be one of those rare sufi outings with bits of English lyrics in it.
However, there is a complete shift in mood soon after with 'Mumbai Meri Hain' which seems like a quintessential Usha Uthup song. The singer though is Anee Chatterjee here and honestly, this carnival track doesn't leave much of an impression. Belonging to the world of late 70s/early 80s, this one is a quick skip as it doesn't even attempt at being any different in today's world.
The album goes further downhill with 'Atariya Main' which is written by guest lyricists Vimal Kashyap and Fanindra Rao. One is immediately transported to the world of 'Gutar Gutar' [Dalal] which actually is not a good sign by any means since that era has been left behind years back. Rekha Rao croons this fusion mix track where all the sound of seduction and kinky lyrics don't quite come together to create any excitement whatsoever.
There is some semblance that comes in the proceedings with 'Lagi Lagan Teri Saiyan' taking a soft opening. However, the opera like touch which is given soon after seems a little odd. A relatively shorter number with a running duration of a little over 3 minutes, this Farhad Bhiwandiwala and Anee Chatterjee track appears to be for the background rather than a full fledged love song. What follows next are a series of classily designed theme tracks with 'Jenny Ashley In Love', 'Helen - Theme' and 'Zeenat Amaan - Sad Theme' arriving in quick succession.
Dunno Y Na Jaane Kyun isn't quite a complete pushover but then it also doesn't have any chartbuster track that could be its USP. For a film where one expects the songs to mainly work for the background score, Dunno Y Na Jaane Kyun does have a couple of high points in the title song, 'Dabi Dabi Kwahishien' and a couple of theme tracks. However, from the sales perspective the album has a tough journey ahead with the coming weeks being cluttered with as many as a couple of dozen album releases.
Dabi Dabi Kwahishien, Dunno Y Na Jaane Kyun