Music: Anu Malik (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anu_Malik)
Lyrics: Varun Grover (https://www.lyricsbogie.com/lyricist/varun-grover)
Singers: Papon (Angaraag Mahanta), Kailash Kher, Jyoti Nooran, Sultana Nooran, Kumar Sanu, Malini Awasthi, Rahul Ram, Sadhana Sargam and Monali Thakur
YRF! Rab ne banaa di Jodi? Close enough as we look at another similar period drama from them. Does the music live up to what Rab… had to boast of? Does it create enough interest in listeners to be able to push them to visit the theatres?
A period drama with a feel of the ‘90s? Old wine in a new…er old, bottle? Enter the never-say-die, interview-loving, egotistic, harmonium-and-attitude-accompanied, like-it-or-not-I-am-the-best tunesmith…your very own – Mr. Anu Malik! If you can’t love him, you can’t hate him either. Yes, he was the one who gave you moments and songs you could cherish – unbelievable melodies in Phir Teri Kahaani yaad aayee (1993), big commercial successes like Baazigar (1993 again) and albums with high critical acclaim like Border (1997) and Refujee (2000). There were a bunch of others that entertained and enthralled a generation! Not to mention the overworked man and also-ran so-called ‘melodies’ with numbers that sounded like their elder cousins. I was as surprised to see his name in the ‘Music’ credits as you are. He hasn’t been in the thick of things off late with being content in playing the judge on reality shows and cracking some weird shers and jokes that even his co-hosts didn’t want to hear! However, in Dum laga ke Haisha, he is back to what he is best at (no pun intended!) – composing music …with some inspiration (!) during most instances. Anu is accompanied by a couple of debutantes – Lyricist Varun Grover and director Sharat Katariya.
Let us see what the album has in store for music lovers…
Moh Moh ke dhaage (male version) is really fresh and a great start to the score. Hariharan-like sounding Papon adds a new dimension to the melodious number. Varun Grover makes a clear mark in the days of ludicrous lyrical escapades… and proves that clean, well made and romantic melodies can never go out of fashion. This will take you back to Anu’s older melodies that used few/minimalistic instruments vs. a cacophony of all of them together. The flute strains, the guitar riffs and the harmonium lend a lot of life to this semi-classical composition. Moh Moh is very hummable and you will keep finding the replay button for this one! On repeated hearing, you will notice slight similarities to Anu’s Panchhi nadiya pawan (Refujee, 2000) and Yaadien (Yaadien, 2001). Nevertheless, it’s great on your ears and you can’t resist turning to it every now and then.
My rating for the song: 8/10
Dum laga ke haisha opens with strikingly similarity to Ainvanyi Ainvanyi (Band Baaja Baaraat; 2010)…that’s about it. This one is not even a patch on the very popular Salim-Sulaiman composed number. The word-play will also remind you of Dum dum mast hai (Band Baaja Baaraat; 2010; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4ZgPw79f5c). Kailash Kher and the Nooran sisters go through the motions and so will you. Nothing more to remember than a small part of the mukhda which is catchy. Varun’s words also disappoint. Give this track a miss…
My rating for the song: 4/10
Tu…croons Kumar Sanu (surprised?) who is also supposed to play a cameo in the film. The alaap and whistle-laced opening makes you believe you are listening to a trademark Anu Malik package of the ‘90s…and that’s where the excitement ends. The number too does not take too long to end but has a nice saxophone play.
My rating for the song: 6/10
Sundar Susheel is cacophonous at best and borrows heavily from Anu’s Pyaar hoga pyaar hoga someday (Imtihan; 1994) which also started with ‘Lovely haseen koi decent dhoondenge, not temporary permanent dhoondenge’ (you can listen it here online: http://www.saavn.com/p/playlist/ali_southhall945/Imtihan). Also proves how bearing Malik would have been on the wordsmith! Malini Awasthi and Rahul Ram, thoroughly wasted I think, do provide the much-needed raunchiness to the number.
My rating for the song: 3/10
Dard Karaara has Anu using his oft-used female chorus to open. Sanu and Sadhana Sargam do the honours and rhythm-wise has similarities to Anu’s Paas woh aane lage zaraa zaraa (Main Khiladi Tu Anari; 1994; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt-YShsc9FQ) and Tumsa koi pyaara koi masoom (Khuddar; 1994; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1_F8Fe87HM). The lyrics is good and the tune is catchy. Worth a listen I say!
My rating for the song: 6.5/10
You will almost thank your stars when you notice another Moh Moh ke dhaage (female version) in Monali Thakur’s voice! She does justice to the number and you wonder why you had to go through an ordeal to get to another ear-friendly number.
My rating for the song: 8/10
Prem’s theme is in the Moh moh ke league and Papon’s alaaps demonstrate why he is considered one of the better talents in the industry today! His voice coupled with the guitar-laced rhythm makes this a worthy hear too. Folks with attention to detail will find the theme similar to Yaadien title song (2001; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lH7DLOdTwc).
My rating for the song: 8/10
The score is decent but could have been much better. You would like to go back and re-play Moh Moh ke and you may not mind a couple of others along …but that’s about it!
Final verdict: DLKH should have been a ‘comeback’ of sorts for Anu. Given that, the score is a little bit disappointing …and there should have been no excuse assuming Malik does not have much to do anyway. Another issue is that it isn’t completely fresh and innovative (can’t expect that from Anu, can you?). Having said that, Anu, Papon and Varun do take you to a different world with Moh Moh ke. ‘Ho hum’ I say…or just a tad above that!
Songs to look out for: Moh Moh ke dhaage and Dard Karaara
My favourite number: Moh Moh ke dhaage
My rating: 6/10
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