Mild flashback elements apart, Kunwara is a catchy dance-y piece that makes smart use of the shehnai wedding motif. The Kolaveri Di-inspired video featuring Salim Merchant on vocals has already been making its rounds on the web. Bipasha has a distinct “Pritam in Dhoom” flavour with Hinglish lyrics that remind of Sheila, at least the English part. And I wonder why the reference to Bipasha, the actress isn’t even called that in the movie as per wiki. Anyways, I have never been a fan of Pritam’s music in Dhoom, this didn’t work much either. The vocals are mention-worthy though, Shraddha Pandit sounds fabulous, with good support from Shadab Faridi. The remix surprisingly sounds slightly better than the original, albeit by a small margin. Jab Main Tumhare Saath Hun is a beauty though, Shilpa Rao’s mild classical-laced sequences suddenly giving way to breezy take-offs by Benny Dayal and Salim Merchant.
Darmiyaan is sweet and soulful – Salim Sulaiman take care of the former and Shafqat Amanat Ali the latter, with backing from Clinton Cerejo. But thanks to SEL and subsequently other composers’ dholak-based escapades this song too is riddled by an overwhelming heard-beforeness. And in the absence of the said template, the Reprise version fares much better, the composers letting Shreya Ghoshal take the lead, and she does that superbly. Mujhko Teri Zaroorat has only Salim credited as the male vocalist, but there seems to be a second voice, apart from Shraddha Pandit’s backing. Good song btw. The remix has Rahat Fateh Ali Khan taking on the lead vocals, but by then the tune starts getting slightly tedious.
Definitely better music than Ladies vs Ricky Bahl this, but Salim Sulaiman’s score for the Jodi Breakers still is below expectations. The reusal habits have just got to go.
Music Aloud Rating: 6.5/10
Top Recos: Jab Main Tumhare Saath Hoon, Kunwara, Darmiyaan (Reprise)