Listen to the soundtrack here.
Pritam kicks off the soundtrack with a breezy and very hummable sufi-based piece Tu Hi Mera, but not without evoking faint memories of Once Upon a Time in Mumbai. The vocalist this time around is Shafqat Amanat Ali, and being his staple genre the singer aces his part. Tera Deedar Hua, another sufi-colored song, is again nicely arranged, and I quite loved the usage of the chorus. But what didn’t work for me much was Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s singing – he seemed a bit too loud here for my liking. And for that very reason I preferred Javed Ali’s mellower From The Heart version of the same song. That song done, the composer enters the trademark Bhatt territory.
First in the melancholic-haunting set is Tujhe Sochta Hoon, Pritam complimenting KK’s soulful singing with an arrangement bearing a Latino undercurrent. The alternate version titled Sang Hoon Tere in fact has a more addictive arrangement with an increased emphasis on the lounge elements. The vocals part disappoints in this case though, a generally wonderful singer Nikhil D’Souza sounding surprisingly off-colour in many places. Rab Ka Shukrana has Mohit Chauhan crooning to a Robert Miles-ish template to beautiful effect, even Anupam Amod, whom I didn’t find very impressive in Aakrosh, sounds wonderful in the Reprise version. The composer builds on the humming hook of Zara Si from Jannat in Jannatein Kahaan. While Nikhil D’Souza does a better job here than in the previous case, his version still doesn’t match up to KK’s. And both versions are a notch below Zara Si, hearing a lyrical version of the lead hook didn’t really appeal to me.
So barring a couple of songs, Jannat 2 is same old Bhatt. And I have to grudgingly accept, it still works for most part, despite the repeat. Wonder where the threshold limit is going to be.
Music Aloud Rating: 6.5/10
Top Recos: Tu Hi Mera, Rab Ka Shukrana, Tujhe Sochta Hoon