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I, Me Aur Main Music Review

3.0

EXPECTATIONS

One expects a peppy soundtrack for I, Me Aur Main, considering the fact that the movie is a romcom with a Hollywood styling to it. Though John Abraham is currently being seen in action roles, a film belonging to romcom genre could well thrown in some surprises. This is what one looks forward to as this Sachin-Jigar album plays with a few guest composers (Falak Shabir, Gourov Dasgupta, Raghav Sachar) coming up with a song each.

MUSIC

The album takes a heady kick-start with 'Naa Jaane', a new version of the namesake track from Sridevi's Chalbaaz, the major difference being the fact that the centre of attraction is John Abraham this time around. One has to give it to Sachin-Jigar for coming up with a highly addictive version of their own as they go all out in making sure that the song has in it to be hugely popular in clubs and the dance floors. They turn around the entire song, courtesy Kausar Munir's lyrics, and other than the core hook, everything is different about this one. Neeraj Shreedhar and Anushka Manchanda have a major role to play in making sure that the song is naughty, peppy, saucy and just the kind that has in it to make it really big if promoted well. One just hopes that this one finds place in the film's narrative instead of end credit rolls!

It's an altogether different outing for a listener with newcomer Falak Shabir coming up with a very good song. He sings and composes 'Saajna' and one has to admit that he does a very good job in both roles. Though one may argue that his voice is on the same lines as that of Atif Aslam, all said and done, Falak makes it all count and ends up delivering a song that can cover a very good distance, especially with the 'unplugged version' holding on well too. A love song with a hint of pathos and some good lyrics by Kumaar, it brings in further variety and makes one really look forward to what I, Me Aur Main has in store next.

Sachin-Jigar return on the scene with the title song that is presented as 'Capuchino'. Totally different from a namesake track from Kya Super Kool Hain Hum, this one is a club number with John Abraham as the centre of attraction. Based on the film's theme with singer Abhishek Nehwal going all out in self-appreciation of the central protagonist, it also shows a different side of lyricist Neelesh Mishra who has clearly let his hair down with this one. Though one waits to see the kind of inroads that the song eventually manages to make amongst the youngsters, it has to be admitted that one is hooked on to the album by now.

There is further variety in store as Sachin-Jigar come up with a situational track 'Darbadar', the opening of which reminds one of 'Iktaara' [Wake Up Sid]. A song that comes with a good mix of Indian folk, classical and Sufi, it also showcases Monali Thakur in a different light who has otherwise been quite popular as 'Zara Zara Touch Me' girl. This time around she goes totally Indian for a song which holds well as a standalone track and has a classy feel to it. A special mention for the chorus that add further zing to Mayur Puri's lyrics and come up with the kind of rendition that could be well suited for the film's pre-climax.

Next to arrive is a love song 'Meri Jaaniye' which has been put to tune by Gourov Dasgupta. With a Western setting to it and an Indian melody taking it forward, this Manthan written song has Shaan and Monali Thakur coming together behind the mike. Though this one pretty much falls into the template of a quintessential modern day love song, it still is a good inclusion in the album as it tries to bring in something different for a listener. Also, it is good to see Monali wear a different hat for this one and step into a Western avtar.

Neha Baseen, the ex-Viva girl, goes solo with 'Nasha Nasha' that has a seductive appeal to and a rhythm which goes well with the song's genre. Surprisingly the song was heard earlier in the film Daddy Cool and one wonders how this one found a place in I, Me Aur Main. In fact it was a song that had seen a music video as well with the quartet of Sophie Chaudry, Aarti Chabaria, Kim Sharma and Tulip Joshi gyrating to it. Nevertheless, one enjoys it all over again as this Prashant Ingole written Hinglish number boasts of a good composition by Raghav Sachar. One waits to see its music video in the context of I, Me Aur Main.

OVERALL

I, Me Aur Main is a good album that throws in a pleasant surprise. Though one had expected the soundtrack to go well with the film's genre, presence of as many as 3-4 numbers that come with the potential of being instant chartbusters or 'lambi race ka ghoda' add further weight to the album. Now one looks forward to the kind of promotion that the album enjoys since the composers, lyricists and singers have done their bit in making their contribution count.

OUR PICK(S)

Naa Jaane, Saajna, Nasha Nasha, Darbadar

I, Me Aur Main 3.0 Joginder Tuteja 20130206

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