There are good expectations from the music of Dil Toh
Baccha Hai Ji for multiple reasons. Firstly and most
importantly, the film bings together the team of Pritam,
Emraan Hashmi and Ajay Devgn which did wonders in Once
Upon A Time In Mumbaai earlier this year. Secondly, the
film showcases a new side of Madhur Bhandarkar with romcom
being the chosen flavour. For his last musical Fashion,
he had extracted some fantastic musical score from
Salim-Sulaiman. One expects him to have done something
similar for his newest endeavour as well. Neelesh Mishra,
Kumaar, Sanjay Chhel and Sayeed Quadri write.
The album begins
with a song which is pretty much the kind that one expects from
a Pritam-Emraan combo. A soft love song with a childlike feel to
it, 'Abhi Kuch Dino Se' has a quintessential Mohit
Chauhan stamp to it as the singer gets behind the mike. Also,
one can't miss the countryside melody to it as Pritam spins a
tune that is easy on ears and becomes catchy after a single
listening itself. While the 'mukhda' hooks you instantly, the 'antara'
is set in the 70s and brings one close to the kind of
middle-of-the-road cinema which was made in that era. A song by
Neelesh Mishra which should get popular in weeks to come.
The song which should appeal
instantly to all those who have grown on Sonu Nigam's songs from
Deewana, Yaad and Jaan (three cult non-film albums
that the singer made a few years ago) is 'Tere Bin'.
Easily the song of the album, 'Tere Bin' has some heart
felt lyrics by Kumaar (the young man is indeed spinning some
very good words film after film) that make an instant connect
with those deeply in love. Yet again, the 'sur' of the album
doesn't see any deviation whatsoever with first 'Abhi Kuch
Dino Se' and now 'Tere Bin' ensuring that the melody
being created here remains intact.
No wonder, this song is special enough to be repeated in a
'remix version' (one doesn't quite mind that here) as well as
the 'reprise version' (by Naresh Iyer). Though there is
absolutely nothing wrong with Naresh's version here (in fact it
doesn't even sound much different either), one would still want
to go back to what Sonu renders.
To bring in some variety in the album comes 'Yeh Dil Hai
Nakhrewala' which is a jazz track sung by new find
Shefali Alvaris. Frankly, this is one sing that one takes time
to warm up to. Again, the song doesn't offend one by any means.
However, in an album where one was primarily hunting for a few
more love songs, a naughty track like this which is written by
Neelesh Mishra and has a 50s/60s setting to it, isn't quite the
kind that one was expecting to come soon after. The 'remix
version' though (by Antara Mitra) is spunkier and does catch
Nevertheless, one moves on to 'Jadugari' which
again ends up giving what one was expecting from a Pritam
soundtrack here. A rhythmic number which again has soft
undertone to it, 'Jadugari' has a soft feel to it,
courtesy the manner in which Kunal Ganjawala sings it. While one
is tempted to believe that this would be picturised on Emraan
Hashmi, it won't be surprising if Ajay Devgn manages to bag it
as well. A song with a trademark Pritam feel to it, 'Jadugari'
appears effortless and this is where its win lies.
Last to come is 'Beshuba' which is the first and
the only duet in this album made of solo tracks. Antara Mitra is
in her elements once again after 'Bheegi Si' (Raajneeti)
and it is just apt that she takes the lead in this love song
which has some new lyrics by Sayeed Quadri. She is later joined
by Kunal Ganjawala who further adds on to the youth appeal of
the album. Yet again, 'Beshuba' is one of those songs
where just one listening can confirm that it is a song composed
by Pritam. .
Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji is a good album which has a
consistent sound to it (except for 'Yeh Dil Hai Nakhrewala'
which is not bad but does deviate a little from the rest of the
songs). As expected from Madhur Bhandarkar, he makes Pritam
compose some classy tunes which go well with the urban romcom
genre. Due to this reason, the album doesn't have any hardcore
massy number that could have possibly acted as an anchor on
which Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji could have entirely depended
upon. This also means that the album would need a certain time
period in which it can be nurtured so that it finds widespread
all around acceptability. This Pritam soundtrack would find more
audience for itself once the film releases and turns into a
Tere Bin, Abhi Kuch Dino Se, Jadugari
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