Pani Wala Dance seems to be a “tribute” to Blue Hai Paani, both aurally and visually. In fact the arrangement here by Arko Pravo Mukherjee and Ikka has more variation than the one it references (liked the sax sampling). Of course, that is just to point out a minor positive in a generally ho-hum song. Singing by Shraddha Pandit is nice too, but what she gets to sing are very cringe-worthy lyrics. After Paani Wala Dance comes Daaru Peeke Dance, where Amjad Nadeem build a thoroughly heard before dance piece over a South Indian-led percussion base. Engages nevertheless to an extent, like such songs do, the lyrics are again very much worth ignoring. Spirited singing by Neha Kakkar and Aishwarya Nigam. For their other two tracks Amjad Nadeem go the Pakistani style melancholic song patented by Bhatts route. And out of Na Jaane Kya Tumse and Ishq Da Maara, the latter works better for its relatively more engaging guitar-laden arrangement. Even the singer Jubin Nautiyal (common across the songs) does a much better and soulful job in Ishq. Dharam-Sandeep’s title song too offers nothing fresh in tune or arrangement. It is good to hear Divya Kumar’s rendition though, assisted by Shraddha Pandit. Yeh Ishq by Ali Quli Mirza belongs to the 90s indipop era, but perhaps it is that nostalgia aspect that makes this sound better in the relative scheme of things. Aao Na is the best of the soundtrack, Arko Pravo Mukherjee’s adaptation of RD Burman’s song from Saagar. The charm is a lot owing to the magic of the original of course, but kudos to Arko for the imaginative arrangement around the original tune that doesn’t sound very remix-y. And good singing by Shraddha Pandit and Ankit Tiwari.
Largely pointless soundtrack from a large bunch of composers. Kuch Kuch Locha Hai.
Music Aloud Rating: 5/10
Top Recos: Aao Na