Prasoon Joshi is among those lyricists in the industry that believes in quality and meaningful lines, case in point Taare Zameen Par and Rang De Basanti which are considered his best work till date. Kunal Kohli (Writer, Director, Producer) has used Prasoon Joshi previously in almost all his ventures (from Hum Tum-2004 to Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic-2008) and now for his latest Teri Meri Kahaani, he sticks to this talented artist who last wrote (and composed also) for Aarakshan (2011), not to mention the title track of ''Satyamev Jayate''. The music itself is composed by Sajid-Wajid but looking back at the average work from the composer duo recently (Miley Na Miley Hum, Housefull 2, Tezz and more recently Rowdy Rathore), expectations are mixed and a bit on the lower side. But with their promo song ''Mukhtasar'' already climbing up the charts, one is keen to check out the five originals along with two remixes that depicts love across different eras- 1910, 1960 and 2012!
Electronic Piano sets the mood straightaway and Wajid enters with all the pumping and thumping beats to give us "Mukhtasar", easily one of the best tracks of the album that will grow on you instantly and is for those who prefer romantic tracks attached with a club feel. Although Wajid's voice reminds me of Mohit Chauhan but still, it’s one of the better songs he has sung lately. Prasoon Joshi is pretty average with his pen and doesn't write any groundbreaking stuff except for the urdu word 'Mukhtasar'. All in all a theme based track where the piano renditions may be used for all the three era's (obviously on different instruments depending on each era) and yes, a chart-topper for sure! DJ Suketu handles "Mukhtasar-Remix" which is annoying with same singer, same lyrics and same arrangements, except few extra beats here and there. The remix is a waste of time!
Aaaaahhh..Some classical arrangements at the very onset create a soothing peaceful ambience and then the maestro, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (RFAK) lights up the track with his mesmerising voice…Wow! "Allah Jaane" has everything, from superbly polished arrangements to brilliantly written lyrics to some absorbing vocals. The flute, tabla and harmonium jugalbandi in the interludes touches the soul and gives a feeling of sakoon. Prasoon Joshi fills romance in each and every word, where one can easily relate the feeling of being in love for the very first time, especially both the antara's:
''Dagmagane Laga Hai, Guroor Bhi Sharaabi Ho Gaya, Mitt Gayi Meri Hasti, Koi Husn Inqalibi Ho Gaya''
As one moves forward to "Jabse Mere Dil Ko Uff" one is straightaway taken back to an era of Shammi Kapoor; 1960's to be more precise. "Shammi is a style icon for a lot of youngsters even today, for the track set in the 60's, Kunal gave me a video compilation of his films and songs to pick up nuances. Through this track, we are paying homage to this Elvis Presley of India"- Shahid Kapoor. To suit this retro genre Sajid-Wajid had to select a singer that could do justice to the legendary voice of Mohd.Rafi. Well there’s nobody better than Sonu Nigam, the finest playback singer of our time! Only joining him is Sunidhi Chauhan and the combination results in an electrifying fun, retro peppy dance number with trademark trumpet/piper sounds and lots of electric bass guitar. The video will unleash craziness and is the one to look out for!
Wajid almost does a Babul Supriyo (Playback Singer) for the starting renditions of the "Humse Pyar Kar Le Tu" which is picturised in the 1910 zone. The best thing about the track is the variety of singers- Wajid, Mika, Shabir Bro and Shreya Ghoshal, not to forget the artistic Jugalbandi between the lead pairs, kudos to the conversational, poetic lyrics by Prasoon Joshi- He is one gifted artist without a sheer doubt! Simply loved how the male singers are switched in the antara's and honestly, for the first time loved how Wajid has sung this one. The second antara defines perfectly the qawwali genre, make no mistake, this is one song that has in it to enjoy a certain shelf life with a brilliantly choreographed video. Addictive! For the remix lovers, "Humse Pyar Kar Le Tu Remix" by DJ Suketu leaves aside the qawwali and turns into a western outing. Mika replaces Wajid's renditions (completely) and this certainly brings on some variety if not much.
The last track "Thats All I Really Wanna Do" starts with harmonica loops and English chorus. Shaan and Shreya Ghoshal’s sugary vocals bring on the sweetness that a romantic track like this demands. A hummable tune with simple yet effective lyrics and saccharine filled vocals does the trick for this one but it’s a tried and tested template mostly associated with Shaan and the English lines become annoying after a while. The 'Mukhtasar' piano loop in the second interlude questions about the picturisation and timing of the song, should make up for an interesting watch on screen.
Overall Sajid-Wajid do a good job composing tracks that moves through ten decades (almost) with Prasoon Joshi making every word count with his artistic skills. Listeners seeking something monumental or groundbreaking stuff (like in an Amit Trivedi venture) will leave empty handed as Sajid-Wajid sticks to their basic approach of catchy, easy on the ear music. “Mukhtasar”, “Allah Jaane” and “Humse Pyar Kar Le Tu” will grab instant attention while “Jabse Mere Dil Ko Uff: has in it to be a rage if choreographed well and promoted aggressively. To conclude, a much better effort by Sajid-Wajid!