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The main attraction of Tumhi Ho Bandhu is getting to hear Kavita Seth try out a genre she hasn’t yet, everything else about the song is standard Pritam – the singing by Neeraj Sridhar and a tune that reminds of at least two of his previous songs. But the energy of the song does make it work. The composer’s lovely employment of guitar rules Daaru Desi even as the Pareshaan girl Shalmali Kholgade joins Benny Dayal in a commendable sophomore effort. Yaariyan, in its original rock avatar, is totally owned by the vocalists – Mohan Kannan with his soulful rendition and Shilpa Rao with that lovely improve-based cameo. Even in the Reprise version Sunidhi Chauhan is brilliant but the composer backs her efforts with some lovely piano. Arijit Singh’s cameo is nice, though not as impactful. The lyrics by Irshad Kamil deserve a special mention in both the versions btw. Second Hand Jawaani sung by Neha Kakkar, Nakash Aziz and Miss Pooja is the only track that didn’t work for me at all, with its middling tune and arrangement.
Seeing the name Javed Bashir in the credits, the last thing I expected Tera Naam Japdi Phiran to start with was “I’m a bad bad girl”! I in fact played the Remix version once to check if the titles had got interchanged. But as it happens, the song is techno-Punjabi. Mildly engaging and all that, but a big letdown for a Javed Bashir song. He is accompanied by Shefali Alvarez and Nikhil D’Souza in the song. The remix merely goes slightly heavier on techno, and does not offer anything innovative. Pritam slightly jazzes up the Coke Studio version of Jugni while getting Arif Lohar to render this as well, but replacing Meesha Shafi with Harshdeep Kaur. Not a bad move that, as the singer compliments the Pakistani powerhouse quite nicely. The best of the soundtrack happens at the end though, with the two versions of Luttna. While both the variants have some excellent singing by Masuma Anwar, Sahir Ali and Anupam Amod, ver. 1 called Saif Ul Malook has electronic elements mixed into the sufi tune in the most intriguing and imaginative fashion. And the latter follows a breezy pattern except around the sinister title hook where the distortion guitars kick in.
After Ferrari Ki Sawaari, another engaging soundtrack from Pritam with minimal past influence, Cocktail. Very good sign, this!
Music Aloud Rating: 7.5/10
Top Recos: Luttna, Yaariyan, Jugni