One has barely average expectations from the music of Love U... Mr. Kalakaar! After all it has been ages since Rajshri came up with a soul stirring score that lasted for long. Also composer Sandesh Shandilya has struggled to create the kind of soundtrack that goes as per audience expectations. Worse, neither the film nor the music have been optimally promoted due to which there is hardly any visibility around what really is in store here. Reluctantly, one plays on the album that has lyrics by Manoj Muntashir.
The opening number 'Sarphira Sa Hai Dil' tries to get into a Pritam zone while taking the melodic route. However it doesn't quite rise up to the occasion even as Neeraj Sridhar tries to do something different by getting into a romantic mood instead of his usual self as evidenced in many a dance hits from him. Shreyas Ghoshal accompanies Neeraj in this song which tries to follow the route of old world charm and plays on harmlessly for its five minutes plus duration. However despite its poetic flavour, it just manages to pass muster.
Later in the album one also hears the same tune in the English version 'Reaching For The Rainbow' that is even slower and is sung by Jenice Sobti and Vinnie Hutton. Not that it suddenly ends up exciting you more than before but still due to it's genre and presentation, one still gives it a fair listening.
There is a cry for passion, though in its own subtle way, with Vijay Prakash and Gayatri Ganjawala coming together for 'Tera Intezaar'. Yet another track which has a late 80s/early 90s mood to it, 'Tera Intezaar' has the kind of lyrics that belong to a world that has been left behind. Poetic flavour is at display all over again in this song which tries to bring in melody along with rhythm but results aren't the kind that makes you jump with joy. Ditto when the song is repeated with Reeky Dev arriving solo behind the mike.
Love duet is back in the proceedings with the kind of sound in the background that one associates with 'nadiyaan, jharne, bahaar, vadiyaan' etc. Kunal Ganjawala and Shreya Ghoshal get together for 'Bhoore Bhoore Badal' which further takes one into a time travel and places the listener in the 60s. One can almost visualise a bunch of salwar-kameez clad girls riding bicycles through the hills even as the lead pair look into each other's eyes and silently exchange those sweet nothings. This one has a sweet melody to it though one still doubts how far the song will go with the current generation.
Kunal Ganjawala and Gayatri Ganjawala come together for the title song 'Love U... Mr. Kalakaar' which is absolutely passe from the very first note. Leave aside the lyrics that try to establish the character of 'Mr Kalakaar' Tusshar Kapoor, there is just no excitement even in the rhythm which tries to pep up the proceedings but with no success.
Last to arrive is the sad song 'Kahin Se Chali Aa' which is in fact truly a sad sounding number. Despite Mohit Chauhan at the helm of affairs, the song just doesn't work. Neither the basic tune nor it's pacing entices one to play on the song in a repeat mode. Even though Shivangi Kashyap, who is heard intermittently, tries to bring in a 60s mood to the proceedings, 'Kahin Se Chali Aa' just doesn't work.
Love U... Mr. Kalakaar! is a disappointment with no song really covering the kind of distance that would have made the album stand out from the crowd. 'Sarphira Sa Hai Dil' and 'Bhoore Bhoore Badal' just about manage to hold your interest but only for a while without really threatening to disturb the music charts.
'Bhoore Bhoore Badal', 'Sarphira Sa Hai Dil'