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Happy Ending
Producer: Saif Ali Khan, Dinesh Vijan and Sunil Lulla
Director: Raj Nidimoru & Krishna DK
Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Ileana D’Cruz, Ranvir Shorey, Kalki Koechlin and Govinda
Music: Sachin Jigar
Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattcharya, Priya Saraiya and Ashish Pandit
Singers: Rekha Bhardwaj, Jigar Saraiya, Priya Andrews, Priya Saraiya, Arijit Singh, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Divya Kumar, Smita, Vidhi, Siddharth Basrur, Rahul Pandey, Shruti Pathak, Shevali Alvares and Papon
Audio On: Eros Music    Number of Songs: 6
Album Released on: October 2014
Reviewed by: Anish Mohanty  - Rating: 7.0 / 10
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Sachin Jigar, in a very short span of time, have managed to make a name for themselves in the industry. With every film, they seem to be climbing up the ladder of success and popularity and the pace at which they are marching forward, they could soon (if they are already not) give the A-list composers a run for their money. Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK’s earlier films had some really interesting music which had resonance with the theme of those films. ‘A comedy about romantic comedies’ is what the tagline of Happy Ending reads. Keeping the tagline in mind, one expects the soundtrack to have some fun and breezy numbers.

The album opens, surprisingly, with 'Mileya Mileya' which,probably, is the most intense song on the album with a tinge of melancholy in it. Having said, the song does not go overboard with the emotions or feelings that it seeks to bring to the fore. Even with a sombre tenor to it, the song comes across as breezy because of its upbeat rhythm and lively orchestration. The saxophone pieces that are heard sporadically throughout the song are lovely. Rekha Bhardwaj is efficient as ever. Jigar Saraiya and Priya Andrews provide good support.

‘Paaji Tussi Such A Pussy Cat’ is the song, bits of which one heard in the trailer of the film. Amitabh Bhattacharya steals the show both with his whacky lyrics and his expressive singing. The song oozes humour and almost sounds like a parody. The arrangements are brilliant what with instruments like banjo, drums and horns used to lend a country music touch to the song. Divya Kumar is heard in the concluding moments of the song. Sachin Jigar’s tune, especially the hook line, is very infectious and is bound to linger in the listeners’ mind for a long time.

A while ago, I heard a song called ‘Meher Meher’ from the 2013 released Telugu film ‘D For Dopidi’. I could make out the meaning if a single word from the song but the tune and the orchestration swept me off my feet. I wished for Sachin Jigar, who had composed the song, to use this tune in some Hindi film so that it may reach out a larger number of listeners. My wish comes true with ‘Jaise Mera Tu’. The tune is exactly the same as ‘Meher Meher’ but the orchestral arrangements are minimal as compared to the original. That, I believe, has been done to cater to the sensibilities of the makers of this film or probably the theme of the film. Incidentally, Raj and DK were the producers of ‘D For Dopidi’, in which the song was originally used. The harmonium pieces that I so fell in love with in the original are there but they are heard faintly. Priya Saraiya, who had sung the original, sings this one too evoking a sense of nostalgia. Arijit’s voice adds to the sweetness quotient of the song.

Next on the album, we have ‘G Phaad Ke’. Now, you can interpret the G word as you wish to. The song benefits from a very catchy hook line. However, the rest of the song does not quite match up to the extremely likeable hook line and sounds like a mishmash of many Pritam composed numbers that one has heard in the past. Govinda would be seen dancing to the song in the film and one really looks forward to seeing that. The song sounds fairly good but, unlike the other songs on the album, lacks novelty. Divya Kumar’s earthy vocals and Shefali Alvares’s stylized singing make for interesting contrast.

In Rajasthan people greet each other by folding their hands and saying ‘Khamma Ghani’. In this song Rajasthani phrases are heard only intermittently and although, the Rajasthani words have a nice ring to them, one fails to fathom the reason behind the inclusion of these phrases as the song is laced with Hindi and Urdu words and the film is not based in Rajasthan. Hence, the Rajasthani phrases seem to be a little out of place. Maybe Amitabh Bhattacharya included these words for the song to sound different from the rest. ‘Khamma Ghani’ is a lilting melody and the hook line brings back memories of ‘Saibo’ (Shor In The City) as it sounds similar to that song. Papon’s velvety voice is accompanied by Smita and Vidhi’s smooth backing vocals.

‘Haseena Tu Kameena Main’ is a situational number and has a tune that sounds over familiar and straight from Vishal Shekhar’s music bank. It’s the weakest song on the album but makes for a harmless listen. The contemporary and urban sound of the song should go down well with the film and if picturised well, could find some visibility for itself.

Time will tell as to whether the film sees a happy ending for itself or not. But the makers, as of now, must breathe easy as the music has definitely, has ensured a good beginning for the film as it marches towards its release date.

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