It is really surprising to see films from the 'alternate camp' of Rajat Kapoor-Vinay Pathak-Saurabh Shukla-Ranvir Shorey-Neha Dhupia seeing such a sudden release one after another and that too after considerable delay from the time they were completed. Just a few weeks ago one saw the arrival of Fatso and now comes I M 24. Resultantly, even the music is seeing a haphazard release and though Jatin Pandit is the composer here with Saurabh Shukla as the lyricist, one wonders how far it would go considering the fact the film too is just a few hours away from arrival.
I M 24 surprises at the very beginning with Anwesha Dutta Gupta coming up with a cover version of 'Do Lafzon Ki' [The Great Gambler]. She actually does a good job behind the mike and makes one nostalgic enough to check out the original song as well (along with the video). It is a pity though that the song is abruptly ended in a matter of two minutes.
The mood is set though with 'Do Lafzon Ki' and in the same setting arrives 'Tan Mein Jalan' which is sung by Sunidhi Chauhan. Belonging to the old school and reminding one of 'Raat Akeli Hai' [Jewel Thief], the song has a jazz setting to it and is a decent hear as long as it plays. A situational track that should do well with the film's narrative, it makes one look forward to what the rest of the album has to offer.
The song that does catch your attention is 'Abhi Abhi Mere Dil Mein', a love song which could well have been a 'ghazal' in the way it has been structured and composed. With slightly different arrangements, this Jaspreet Singh Kohli sung number could have indeed fitted into the 'ghazal' mode. Moreover, the serene atmosphere it manages to create is the kind that makes it just the right song to be played on a romantic evening. The best of the lot so far.
One thing that stays consistent in the album is its sound that never strays from the mood of the film. 'Yeh Kaya Hua' maintains that and Shaan's vocals only accentuate the impact further. In fact by the time one listens to this song (followed by the 'remix version'), it is time to ask the makers a question around what stopped them promoting the album. Jatin Pandit has indeed done well with his compositions here and it is a pity that 'Yeh Kaya Hua' may go totally unnoticed as well.
Just when one was so convinced about the overall sound arrives 'Dil Yeh Pagal Maane'. Getting into a dance mode, this Sukhwinder Singh number seems like a clear distraction from the overall scheme of things. Moreover with lyrics like Dan Dana Dan, one really hopes that this is placed as a spoof in the film.
Shreya Ghoshal brings the album back to its original setting with 'Chota Sa Sapna Hai Yeh'. A song about dreaming and hoping for some great days and nights ahead, this one is a situational track that does have melody at the core of it though staying close to the average mark.
Guest composer Jaspal Moni is the chosen one for 'Sab Chalta Hai', a song which is designed as a title song. Frankly, this one is a total aberration when compared to what one has heard in the album. Sung by Gaurav Bangia and written by Rani Malik, one can sense that this is a last minute inclusion by the music company. Though audio wise it is quite ordinary, one can only hope that it's picturisation in the film (most likely as an end credit title roll or as a part of the background score) elevates it some extent.
I M 24 has a decent score with 'Abhi Abhi Mere Dil Mein' and 'Yeh Kaya Hua' deserving some listening at the least. However, the very fact that the album has seen a sparse release and that too without any publicity whatsoever, this has all the chances of going completely unnoticed.
Abhi Abhi Mere Dil Mein, Yeh Kaya Hua