Music: Vipin Patwa, Sunil Bhatia & Remo Fernandes
Lyrics: Dr. Sagar, Sanjay Mishra, Prashant Hingole, SunilBhatia & Remo Fernandes
Music label: T-Series
Tanuj Virwani and Neha Hinge make their debuts in this love story, which carries on the tradition of films casting two newcomers in a romance. Expectations are mixed, because we are in a different age from Ek Duuje Ke Liye, which was Tanuj's mom Rati Agnihotri-Virwani's debut and that of Kamal Haasan. But we would still like to have catchy, film-propping music!
The first downer of the album is it having music directors, when one composer needed to give his all to a film about lovebirds by absorbing the story and characters. Vipin Patwa, who composes four of the six songs, and an unplugged version of one of them, has done just an adequate job without scoring the kind of songs that will boost audience interest in the film: this despite having great singers like KK, Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal and Sunidhi Chauhan.
The album starts with 'Tumsa nahin hai koi' (KK-Anwesha Sarkar) and Anwesha is the same girl who sang so well in Dangerous Ishhq last year. The singers do a fine job, but the song sounds - a frequent malady of late - like it has wandered in from a Mukesh-Mahesh Bhatt film. The pop feel, however, gives it a shorter life as all one recalls after three hearings is the abovementioned KK refrain and not the rest of the tune!
Sonu Nigam actually gets three tracks - 'Pyar tera', its unplugged version, and 'You are my Valentine' (with Sunidhi Chauhan). The last mentioned just does not connect somehow despite the formidable star-duo, but 'Pyar hua' is a sonorous, old-world tenor with placid orchestration. The unplugged version somehow seems more effective, maybe because it gives more space for Sonu to make a mark and also hum effectively - the humming is a key component of the melody, while the guitar and piano are also more relaxed and thus more evocative.
'Palkon pe phool' (Shaan-Shreya) does not work despite the good singers because it is so nondescript - a jingle cannot be converted into a song, since the tune must have the substance to appeal for more than a few seconds!
That brings us to the title-track, written, composed and rendered by the effervescent Remo Fernandez in his trademark style. The familiar lyrics, the Goanese flavour in the song and orchestration and the steady rhythm is strangely enough more of a hark-back to well-loved R.D. Burman numbers. Remo's words are original and cute, like the line, Christmas bhi tum Baisakhi bhi tum, which gives the film's game away - clearly the hero is a Christian and the heroine a Punjab di kudi!
And so we comes to the best track on the album in terms of recall value - Sunil Bhatia's 'Chalo chalte hain Mexico' (Shaan) with its harmonious sound and old-world blend of Indian and Western grooves. Shaan gets to sing in both Hindi and English Shaan in this acoustics-based soft number, with rich piano notes and a general jazz-meets-teenybopper-meets Shankar-Jaikishan feel. Weirdly, the female singer is not credited in the inlay. However, the song isn't one of those strong numbers that will boost the numbers for either album or film.
As for the 'Luv U Soniyo Mashup' - like the majority of them, it is just an intentional clutter and eminently forgettable.
We expected better music in a teenage love story focused on just one hero and heroine, both of whom are making their debuts. Maybe Bobby, Ek Duuje Ke Liye, Betaab and Hero are too much to expect nowadays, but the level could have more towards at least a Saawariya!
Chalo chalte hai Mexico, Luv U Soniyo