Director Harry Baweja returns with his favorite actor, Ajay Devgan, in a film entitled Main Aisa HiHoon, a Bollywood remake of the Sean Penn-Michelle Pfieffer-Dakota Fanning starrer I Am Sam. For those unaware of the film, the plot focuses on the story of a mentally-challenged man battling for custody of his only child. In the Hindi remake, Ajay Devgan plays the role initially assayed by Sean Penn with Sushmita Sen playing Michelle Pfiefferís role of his lawyer. For the filmís music, Baweja has roped in Himesh Reshammiya, a composer whose name appears almost on every other film released in the past year. Reshammiya is a very hit-or-miss composer, but he always delivers at least one or two melodious tunes in each soundtrack and this album is no exception.
Main Aisa Hi Hoon begins with Deewanapan Deewanagi, a romantic duet sung by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik. The song is instantly likeable and is probably the best track on the album. The video features Devgan along with Esha Deol, who must be playing his romantic interest. Narayanís voice is impeccable and Yagnikís voice as always sounds saccharine. She manages to complete the song without stretching her vocals and performs effortlessly. The track is soft and simple, which serves as its biggest attraction.
Udit Narayan returns for the second song, but this time, itís a solo effort. Dil Mera Todo Na is another romantic track in which Devganís character is pleading with his love not to break his heart as living without her is too difficult. No points for an original concept, but no denying that love is the most popular emotion about which songs are made. Narayan again sounds great and his vocals perfectly reflect the sentiment expressed in the lyrics.
The third song, Just Walk into My Life, honestly made me cringe prior to actually listening to it mainly because English lyrics often seem unnecessary in Hindi songs. But, admittedly wrong, this song actually grew on me after repeated listenings. The song is nothing spectacular, but Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan manage to make it immensely catchy. The lyrics combine Punjabi, English, and Hindi, a concept featured in previous songs like Kal Ho Na Hoís Maahi Ve.
The album changes pace with Raat Hai Soyi Soyi, a lullaby that is sung by Sonu Nigam. Similar to every song on the album, this song is preceded by dialogues between Ajay Devganís character and the child star who plays his daughter in the film. Nigam proves once again why he is among the elite when it comes to Hindi singers. He displays his versatility and is capable of even making a simple lullaby sound great.
Sonu Nigam is joined by Shreya Ghosal and Baby Aparna in the fifth song which again strays away from the average love song. Entitled Papa Mere Papa, the song is a little girlís ode to her father, which given the storyline seems appropriate. Not much can be said about the song as itís a song that you canít really hate, but itís also one that you wonít be playing over and over again. Nigam and Ghosal sing well and Baby Aparna is adequate.
Teri Galiyon Se is the final song on the album and is of the techno-remix variety. Sung by Sunidhi Chauhan who is accompanied by Jayesh Gandhi, the song is catchy and is directed more towards the Hindi popular music scene. Chauhanís vocals are great and she is the perfect choice for this song. Gandhi is reserved mainly for providing background vocals.
The soundtrack concludes with four tracks which are different versions of songs that have already been featured: Raat Hai Soyi Soyi, Papa Mere Papa, Just Walk Into My Life, and an instrumental version of Deewanapan Deewanagi. As a whole, Main Aisa Hi Hoon ends up being an enjoyable album with a variety of different songs - a lullaby, romantic duets, a techno-pop song, and even an English-Punjabi-Hindi conglomeration. If the film is anything like its English original, then it should end up being a treat to watch. With the acting talents of Sen and Devgan and the above-average musical score, I have no doubt in my mind that this will be the case.