|Shahid and Priyanka AKA Krish and Radha|
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Prasoon Joshi is among those lyricists in the industry that believes in quality meaningful stuffy work, case in point 'Taare Zameen Par' and 'Rang De Basanti' which is considered his best work till date. Kunal Kohli (Writer, Director, Producer) has used Prasoon Joshi from 'Hum Tum' (2004) to 'Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic' (2008) and no surprise for '''Teri Meri Kahaani'' he sticks to this talented artist who last wrote (and composed also) for ‘‘Aarakshan’’ (2011), not to mention the title track of ''Satyamev Jayate''. Coming to the music, Sajid-Wajid comes to the picture but looking back at the average work from the composer duo starting from '''Miley Na Miley Hum'' to ''Housefull 2'' to ''Tezz'' and more recently '''Rowdy Rathore'', expectations are mixed and a bit on the lower side. But with ''Mukhtsar'' already climbing up the charts, one is keen to check out the five originals along with two remixes that depicts love across different eras- 1910, 1960 and 2012!
Electronic Piano sets the mood straightaway and Wajid enters with all the pumping and thumping beats.."Mukhtasar" is easily the best track of the album that will get on you instantly and is for those who crave for romantic tracks attached with a club feel. Although Wajid's voice reminds me of Mohit Chauhan but still one of the better songs he has sung lately. Prasoon Joshi is pretty average with his pen and doesn't write any groundbreaking stuff except for the word 'Mukhtasar'. All in All a theme based track where the piano renditions may be used for all the three era's (obviously on different instruments depending on each era) and yes, a Chart Scorcher for sure! DJ Suketu handles "Mukhtasar-Remix" which is annoying with same singer, same lyrics and same arrangements, except few extra beats here and there. Waste of time to be very blunt!
Aaaaahhh..Some classical arrangements at the very onset create a soothing peaceful ambience and then the maestro, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (RFAK) voice..WoW Man! "Allah Jaane" has everything, from superbly polished arrangements to brilliantly written lyrics to the absorbing RFAK voice. The flute, Tabla and Harmonium Jugalbandi in the interludes touches the soul and gives a feeling of 'WoW'. Prasoon Joshi fills romance in each and every word, where one can easily relate the feeling of being in love for the very first time, especially both the antara's:
''Dagmagane Laga Hai, Guroor Bhi Sharaabi Ho Gaya,
Mitt Gayi Meri Hasti, Koi Husn Inqalibi Ho Gaya''
The composition is right up there with the best of the lot and can even challenge the maestro very own ''Rabba'' from 'Mausam'..One word 'Gorgeous'! Don't miss this one.
As one moves forward to "Jabse Mere Dil Ko Uff" one is straightaway taken back to an era of Shammi Kapoor; 1960's to be more precise. "Shammi is a style icon for a lot of youngsters even today, for the track set in the 60's, Kunal gave me a video compilation of his films and songs to pick up nuances. Through this track, we are paying homage to this Elvis Presley of India"- Shahid Kapoor
Without surprising anyone, Sajid-Wajid chooses the best voice to suit the retro genre, Sonu Nigam, who else could do justice to the legendary voice of Mohd.Rafi, no one better than him. Joining him is Sunidhi Chauhan and the combination results in an electrifying fun, retro dance number with trademark trumpet/piper sounds and lots of electric bass guitar. The video will unleash craziness and is the one to look out for!
Wajid almost does a Babul Supriyo (Playback Singer) for the starting renditions of the "Humse Pyar Kar Le Tu" which is picturised in the 1910 zone. The best thing about the track is the variety of singers- Wajid, Mika, Shabir Bro and Shreya Ghoshal, not to forget the artistic Jugalbandi between the lead pairs, kudos to the conversational, poetic lyrics by Prasoon Joshi- He is one gifted artist without a sheer doubt! Simply loved how the male singers are switched in the antara's and honestly, for the first time loved how Wajid has sung this one. The second antara defines perfectly the qawwali genre, make no mistake, this is one song that has in it to enjoy a certain shelf life with a brilliantly choreographed video. Addictive! For the remix lovers, "Humse Pyar Kar Le Tu Remix" by DJ Suketu leaves aside the qawwali and turns into a western outing. Mika replaces Wajid's renditions (completely) and this certainly brings on some variety if not much.
The last track "Thats All I Really Wanna Do" starts with Harmonica loops and English chorus..Shaan and Shreya Ghoshal’s sugary vocals bring on the sweetness that a romantic track like this demands. A hummable tune with simple yet effective lyrics and saccharine filled vocals does the trick for this one but nothing innovative as such with the old tried and tested template mostly associated with Shaan. The 'Mukhtasar' Piano loop in the second interlude questions about the picturisation and timing of the song, should make up for an interesting watch on screen!
Sajid-Wajid does a very good job in composing tracks that moves through ten decades (almost) with Prasoon Joshi making every word count with his artistic skills. Listeners seeking something monumental or groundbreaking stuff (like in an Amit Trivedi venture) will leave empty handed as Sajid-Wajid sticks to the basics. 'Mukhtasar', 'Allah Jaane' and 'Humse Pyar Kar Le Tu' will grab instant attention while 'Jabse Mere Dil Ko Uff' has in it to be a rage if choreographed well and promoted aggressively. To conclude, a much better effort by Sajid-Wajid!
I rate it 3.0 out of 5.0
Edited Version @ Planet-Bollywood
Edited Version @ Planet-Bollywood