Tum Mile: Dil khile? …not really





Music: Pritam
Lyrics: Kumar, Sayeed Quadri
Singers: Neeraj Sridhar, KK, Javed Ali, Irfan Ashraf, Shadab, Mohit Chauhan and Shafqat Amanat Ali
Music release: 25 September 2009

Another Emraan Hashmi movie from the Bhatt stable. You expect the music to be good, don’t you? Don’t expect this score to be a Murder …or a Life in a Metro. It is not supposed to be, is it?

As soon as I heard the name of the film, I thought about Tum mile dil khile aur jeene ko kya chahiye…remember the MM Kreem composed number from another Bhatt movie called Criminal (1994)?

This Tum Mile does not make your dil khile instantly, but it has its own crests and troughs (for sure). The issue is that the troughs are more than the crests. I find Pritam’s singer selection awkward (to the extent of being funny) at first sight. But the singers don’t dissappoint. Keep reading…and I will try to point out what I mean.

The album starts with the ‘original’ version of the title song (Tum mile) sung by Neeraj Sridhar. Like most Sridhar songs, including his Bombay Vikings (Neeraj’s band…I hope he does not need to apologize to Mr Thakarey for this) ones, has “tough-to-understand-at-first” English lines….by the way, the chorus keeps doing “come around”. That apart, Tum mile has an endearing tune. Although Neeraj has sung this quite well, in my opinion, KK would have been a better choice for the title track. The lyrics are predictable …tum mile to mil gaya yeh jahaan, tum mile to har pal hai naya…tum mile to sabse hai faanslajaadoo chha gaya…jeena aa gaya…maine paaya hai khuda but they soon become a little more romantic to say…tum mile to mehkin baarishen…jaagi khwahishen…rangon ka hai silsila. The number does not follow the usual mukhda-antara pattern to the core. Listen to it …you’ll realize what I am trying to say.

Ok, there we go…it is KK in the next number. Dil Ibaadat does not sound great when you hear it the first time. It fails to ring a bell even after you lend an ear ~3-4 times. Pritam does try to experiment but does not succeed. KK tries hard and does justice…but the composition does not have much to offer to the listener.

Tu hi haqeeqat has Javed Ali (Hai guzaarish fame) leading the vocals …well-supported by Irfan Ashraf and Shadab (chorus). Similar to Dil Ibaadat, the number fails to inspire despite Javed using all his nuances.

Is Jahaan mein starts off as a fun track. It is quite racy and Mohit Chauhan sounds like a misfit here. He does try hard with Kishore-patented yoodles but he does not belong here. I must say he is wasted in this number. Pritam: can you please leave Mr Chauhan alone? Please let him sing numbers like Pehli baar mohabbat ki hai (Kaminey)…for our sake…if not his!

You breathe a sigh of relief when you see the best number in the album (Tum mile) again! And the combination with Javed Ali sounds good. By the way, this one is called Tum mile (Love reprise). Don’t try to compare Javed with Neeraj – they might sound similar in the number but they are different. Period.

There is another KK number in O meri jaan. A better number than Dil Ibaadat but your concentration may wane after a few good piano riffs and a singer’s decent effort to make the number sound good (yet again!).

Dil Ibaadat (Rock) has nothing new to offer compared to the ‘original’ version of the track except (acoustic, bass and electric) guitar somethings.

Tum mile is back…yet again! This avatar is called Tum mile (Rock) and is sung by the ex-Fuzon Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali. Shafqat who?…the one who shot to fame after lending his voice to some soul-stirring tracks like Yeh Haunsla (Dor) and Mitwa (Kabhi Alvida na kehna) and in his maiden album Tabeer.

If you ask me to choose my favourite amongst the Tum mile‘s, I would go with the Javed Ali one…just because of the quality and novelty of his voice…with due respect to Neeraj and Shafqat.

Soul of tum mile – Intrumental reminds me of the Godfather theme at some points.

Final verdict: Tum mile…and that’s it. My dil does not khile. Would like to listen to the nuances that Neeraj Sridhar, Javed Ali and Shafqat Amanat Ali impart to the different versions of Tum mile. Disappointing…as far as Pritam and his reputation (and hence listeners’ expectations) is concerned.

My rating: 4/10

About Shailendra Singh

A music lover, critic and self-proclaimed aficionado!
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