Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji – Music Review

Abhi Kuch Dino Se is perfect for Mohit Chauhan, a very buoyant melody which Pritam lays out well with a commendable arrangement and tops up with a fabulous chorus. And the best part of the song is its freshness, the composer minimizing references to his usual melody templates. Sonu Nigam returns to sing for Pritam after a long time with Tere Bin, and renders the soulful melody in his trademark style. And though the breezy arrangement does remind of the composer’s prior works, it makes for a very good track for the quality of the tune and the singing. Naresh Iyer does an equally fab job in the acoustic guitar-dominated Reprise Version. The remix quite obviously lacks the original’s charm, but appeals fairly with its lounge-ish quality.

With its retro blues template Yeh Dil Hai Nakhrewala has an allure about it, albeit in a heard-before manner. Interesting coincidence that Pritam’s song from Action Replayy title Nakhre was also set on a similar format. And Shefali Alvares does a perfect job of conveying the yester yearly feel in her singing too. No surprises there, seeing that Shefali’s repertoire is adorned by names like Louiz Banks, Karl Peters and the likes. The Film Version of the song however disappoints – both arrangement-wise and singing-wise. Pritam tries to pep up the arrangement to negative results. And I couldn’t fathom what’s with Antara Mitra’s singing. She sounded so like Shreya Ghoshal in her previous works, and here she is either having a bad cold, or is trying to sing like Himesh! Jadugari has a base tune which sounds sort of 90s in places, but the composer does a wonderful job on the arrangement giving it a mild Latino flavor, and Kunal Ganjawala takes care of the rest with his ardent singing. The final track, Beshuba, would have made for a perfect track if not for that arrangement pattern which Pritam has used so many times now. Nevertheless the composer does have his way of sprucing it up each time, so it still remains a good listen. And here Antara sounds lots better, delivering the song wonderfully alongside Kunal.

Though the soundtrack lacks a song that matches the class of the song the movie borrowed its title from, Pritam produces an engaging fare for Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji.

Music Aloud Rating — 8/10

Recommended Tracks — Abhi Kuch Dino, Tere Bin, Beshuba