When I entered the music shop last weekend to purchase the music of Chalo Ishq Ladaaye the shop-owner asked me why would I want to buy this soundtrack since Govinda films never have good music. I just left away smiling saying never judge a music album by itīs cover my friend. Upon listening to the first song he knew what I meant. I canīt blame the shop-owner for his comments, especially after Govindaīs last few albums like Akhiyon Se Goli Maare and Waah! Tera Kya Kehna which were nothing short of pathetic. But this time around Himesh Reshammiya puts that oomph for a Govinda soundtrack which was badly needed. Granted all the songs are sung by Sonu Nigam but thatīs a different story.
The album opens with Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik crooning to Masti Masti. Like itīs lyrics the song is very peppy and full of masti (no pun intended). Such a Govinda number was missing in his last few soundtracks, although it is no classic certainly better than the openers for the soundtracks mentioned in the first paragraph.
Next we have the obligatory "shaadi" number Tujhko Hi Dulhan Banaoonga. Sonu Nigam and Alka again do a great job in this routine shaadi number which carries a nice beat. Of course the theme is old as the hills (how many times has a hero threatened to poison himself if he doesnīt get his girl?) but none the less a nice shaadi song to add to the trend of late.
The title song with guess who, Sonu and Alka is next! The duo probably shine their best in the soundtrack with this number named after the film and the 1998 song of the same name from Bade Miya Chote Miya. The picturization for the song is being shown for the promos and is making people curious about the film which is always good. Another nice beat here for the upbeat tune.
Aa Pyaar Kare Bindas is next with Sonu Nigam. A typical Govinda number, this is one of those teaser songs which can only be sung by Sonu Nigam and picturized on Govinda. You canīt imagine anyone but Govinda on this song, just thinking about Shah Rukh or Hritik could make one laugh to death.
Next we have Pyar Ka Fanda with you guessed it Sonu Nigam but wait this time there is Kavita Krishnamurthy. Another typical Govinda number, anyone else doing this number would be like Amrish Puri singing Aati Kya Khandala. With lyrics describing the meaning of "funda" and rhymes of dil maange more, what can you say but Govinda?
Poote Ko Dulha Banaongi closes the album (except for a remix of Masti Masti). Subha Joshi provides the voice for Daadi Maa (played by Zohra Sehgal in one of her best roles to date) and no prizes for guessing that the poota Govinda (with Sonu Nigamīs voice). A short version of Tuhjko Hi Dulhan Banaonga, this version is just there for a minute for the Grandma and Grandson to declare a marriage will happen.
Chalo Ishq Ladaaye is just what Govinda needed in a soundtrack. A full of masti soundtrack with no useless "Pyar-vyar" songs, just total time-pass (just like Sonu says). Himesh Reshammiya definitely gets kudos for lifting Govindaīs soundtracks out of the doldrums. For once I left the shop with a smile on my face and the owner saying to me that he will definitely recommend this album, despite the cover. As for the film, it opens in October or November and is basically a comedy spoof on the film industry. Or thatīs what I heard 3 years ago, for now just enjoy the songs, definitely worth the time-pass.