Starting off the album is the breezy romantic melody Khuda Mere Khuda. While Sachin-Jigar do a fab job on the arrangement part, they show their astuteness in choosing the singers as well, handing that part to KK and Shreya Ghoshal who do their part faultlessly. Inspiration from Pappu Can’t Dance Saala is pretty obvious in Chhote Tera Birthday Aaya, be it in the song’s general progression or the pulling-leg scenario that the song seems to be set in. And may be its coz the comparison mode set in, I didn’t find the song as impressive as such an elaborate lineup consisting of artists like Mika Singh, Anushka Manchanda, Hard Kaur etc. would be expected to deliver.
The composers’ rock take on Vande Mataram in the form of Lau Jali doesn’t score as big on the entertainment factor as it might on the functional side. Jigar‘s strong vocals deserve a mention however, and I hope he starts taking assignments from other composers like Vishal Dadlani currently does. The duo finish off with a folksy item number sung by Anushka Manchanda and Master Saleem, Firangi Paani, quite engaging for its innovative arrangement. However I got a feeling that Anushka sounds a bit too sophisticated to be rendering this sort of a song. The composers could have gone for someone who sounds more desi. Nevertheless a good listen this.
Four tracks with three passing muster. Sachin-Jigar impress in their second album too. And like their debut album no remixes here either. I like that! I sincerely hope this movie doesn’t face the fate that Teree Sang did, causing the songs to get wasted (though the trailer does seem foreboding!). You can listen to the songs here.
Music Aloud Rating: 7.5/10
Recommended Tracks: Khuda Mere Khuda, Firangi Paani
PS: Quite interestingly, the title hook of Firangi Paani sounds quite similar to the starting line of a 1979 Malayalam track composed by Salil Choudhary and sung by Yesudas and Vani Jayaram. Salilda had previously used this tune in the 1961 Hindi movie Sapan Suhaane. Not accusing of plagiarism or anything, but since I strongly felt the resemblance thought of putting it down here. You can watch the Sapan Suhaane song here. The line in contention starts at 1:38.
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