17 Jun 2012

Music Review: Teri Meri Kahaani: Energy and Enthusiasm in Formula

Music - Sajid-Wajid; Lyrics - Prasoon Joshi

A large number of filmmakers want to stick to the unchanging, simplistic sugar-candy Hindi film romance where all characters wear eye-popping clothes and showcase 1000 watt smiles. Snatches from Kunal Kohli’s upcoming Teri Meri Kahaani seem to fit right into that space, unless we are proven pleasantly wrong. 

Meanwhile the Sajid-Wajid 2012 juggernaut rolls on, as they present here a filmy, enthusiastic and energetic soundtrack for redundant themes. We thank Wajid for crooning Muktasar, which could have so easily been an Atif Aslam song. The dance lounge track is buoyed by Joshi’s lyrics and the vocals are a damn surprise. The theme here is of the mysteries of meeting and parting. 

Allah Jaane, despite the usual pure first love vibes, Sufism take and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (yet again) is our album pick. For one, Khan is soulful in the singing; with minimum arrangements, the wind flute interlude is gorgeous, followed by Joshi’s poetic moments in – Aasman hai pairon ne neeche, varna zameen pe kaise neelepan...haar ke jitne ka silsala mil gaya... 

Jab Se Mere Dil Ko Uff is a retro-take on the swinging rock & roll inspired 1960’s soundtracks. We get a mix of Shankar-Jaikishan, R.D.Burman and early Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Sonu Nigam (Mohd.Rafi on Shammi Kapoor take yet holds his own) and Sunidhi Chauhan (Usual verve) make a clean job of it, hummable. 

Humse Pyar Kar Le Tu is familiar, oft-heard territory. The music directors do try sprucing it with additional male vocals to Shreya Ghoshal. Thus Wajid starts proceedings, Mika takes over and the Sabri brothers fill in quawwali inspired chorus. The running time dilutes the male-female interplay.

The western melodic reggae effect in That’s All I Really Want to Do is still a very Hindi Sajid-Wajid filmy number. Think some Housefull 2 after-effect. Shaan is an apt vocal choice; Shreya Ghoshal surprises us with her English rendition here. 

An easy hummable listen for those looking for good love songs with the music director duo whose energy does exude into what could so easily have been staple fare. Prasoon Joshi’s lyrics do play a part, merging Urdu words economically with the Hindi.    

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