The soundtrack gets off to a dream start with the brilliantly arranged semiclassical piece (composed in Kalyani/Yaman) called Haal-e-Dil sung by the Big B himself, with excellent backing provided by Monali Thakur. Starting on a sedate unplugged mode and gradually building up to an orchestral finish, the song is an absolute gem. Bachchan sounds as fab as he ever did delivering this one. Unfortunately for the soundtrack it becomes a case akin to the one nicely put by Orson Welles once — “I started at the top and worked my way down”. Having given such a beautiful song at the start, the rest of the soundtrack doesn’t sound half as fun. The title track impresses more in it’s a cappella version (not purely a cappella though, with an electric guitar playing on in the second half Apparently that sound is not of an electric guitar but processed vox of AB Sr. Thanks a lot to @parikhm for the info.) again primarily owing to Bachchan’s singing. In its dub step version it gets too remix-y with the increased electronic infusion.
Bachchan Sr. is joined by Bachchan Jr. in Go Meera Go which is essentially a remixed medley of some vintage Bachchan hits (Paan Banaaras Waala, Pag Ghunghroo Baandh, Rang Barse, Saara Zamaana). Surely a trip down memory lane for Bachchan fans in terms of choice of songs and everything, but not as pleasing on the musical front. For a pair of composers who have in the past given such wonderful tributes to classics from Pancham da, Vishal Shekhar do a rather commonplace job in Go Meera.. resorting to tasteless DJ-esque techno embellishments. The song might eventually turn out to be a wonderful watch, but musically I didn’t find it very appealing. The portion I quite liked though was the title hook sung by Abhishek. The closing song Main Chandigarh Di Star is once again techno-based but is more interesting than the previous two techno tracks due to the creative mix of techno and Punjabi elements and Sunidhi Chauhan’s vox.
One hell of a track which easily rates among Vishal Shekhar’s career best + four others which get outdone either by the brilliance of the first one or a few flaws of their own, that’s Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap for you. Nevertheless, you SHOULD buy the soundtrack for that one song, it is totally worth it!
Music Aloud Rating — 7/10
Recommended Tracks — Haal-e-Dil, BHTB acappella version