There are some very good expectations from the music of Katti Batti. The music of Nikhil Advani's Hero has just been released and is doing quite well for itself. Also, partnership of Nikhil Advani and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy comes with good credibility as well. With Kumaar joining hands as a lyricist, it is a unique combination too. Since the film is a love story, the stage is set for the team to deliver a good soundtrack.
The start is good too with Neeti Mohan, Siddharth Mahadevan and Karan Mehta (for rap) coming together for the flagship number 'Sarfira'. A club outing which is on the same lines as 'Bang Bang' [Bang Bang] or 'Dhat Teri Ki' [Gori Tere Pyaar Mein] in terms of stage, setting, style and mode, this one gets attached to you fairly early in the game. There is a sonic effect to this song which is groovy, rhythmic and foot tapping, hence bringing in all the ingredients that are needed to become an instant chartbuster. Though other than the word 'Sarfira' you don't recollect anything else from the lyrics, the song works as a whole.
However, from this point on, the songs that follow don't quite end up playing in your mind for hours at stretch. They are fine to hear when they play but don't quite have much of a recollection value. The first to arrive is 'Sau Aasoon', a pathos filled number which has Shankar Mahadevan coming together with newcomer Rasika Shekhar. Of course the singing quality as well as the overall arrangements of the song ensure that you do give it an attentive hearing while it plays. However once the song is through, you move on to the next in line, hence relegating this one to its situational setting.
The opening notes of 'Lip to Lip' have an early 2000s feel to it, which does bring in a nostalgic element. However, the moment Nikhil D'Souza begins the proceedings along with Ritu Phatak, it ends up being a rehash of many a tune that you have heard in Karan Johar films over the years. If the lyrics hardly make you romantic enough to go and find that someone special for a kiss, the sonic interludes don't help the cause much either. If the 'mukhda' is just about decent, the 'antara' portions only make you feel that if at all the song would hold your attention, it would be purely due to the way it is picturised.
The sound of piano leads you into (rightly) believing that 'Ove Janiya' would be a slow paced romantic number in the offering which won't be much different from the kind that you are used to hearing in romcoms of this genre. Mohan Kannan is the solo vocalist for this number that makes you believe that it would have a night setting to it with the protagonists wandering all alone and wondering what really happened to their love. However, in the process this one turns out to be a boring outing which isn't saved even when a female solo version is heard in the voice of newcomer Sayani Palit.
As for 'Jaago Mohan Pyaare', the lesser said, the better. It gets on your nerves in the very first hearing and by the time you try giving it another chance third time around, you are totally off it. So much so that an apparent playful mood attempted by Rasika Shekhar, Siddharth Basrur, Digvijay Singh Pariyar and Raman Mahadevan turns out to be truly disappointing, hence making you look the other way soon enough.
So much better was expected from the music of Katti Batti. However, it turns out to be a rare disappointment from a Nikhil Advani-Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy combination.