Music: Shantanu Moitra, Ankit Tiwari, Prashant Pillai, Advaita & Rochak Kohli
Lyrics: Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Manoj Muntashir, Swanand Kirkire, A.M. Turaz, Abhijeet Deshpande & Deepak Ramola-Gurpreet Saini
The album has its moments but is too heterogeneous for audio comfort or longevity. Shantanu Moitra begins well with the melodious “Tere Bin” sung by his favorite pair—Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal. The song is written by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, producer of this film, in whose movies with music by Moitra, these two singers tend to dominate too. Nigam and Ghoshal give the song their seasoned competence, and the lyrics are all too brief and thus repeated.
We quite liked the brief “Atrangi Yaari” (Amitabh Bachchan-Farhan Akhtar) which is the promotional number composed by Rochak Kohli, but we fail to see why such a simple verse (a mukhda and an antara) needed two lyricists (Deepak Ramola and Gurpreet Saini)! Ah, well, it happens when there is a shortfall of talent, we guess.
Javed Ali comes into his resonant, original own in “Maula” composed by Moitra again and penned jointly by Swanand Kirkire and Chopra. It is great to see this (forced?) Sonu Nigam mimic tread individualistic ground and leave a sharp mark.
Ankit Tiwari’s litany, “Tu Mere Paas Hai,” written with some too-poetic flourishes by Manoj Muntashir, is a lament in more senses than just the tenor of the words. Amitabh Bachchan’s “Khel Khel Mein” (composed by Advaita and written by Abhijeet Deshpande) and “Tere Liye Mere Kareem” (Gagan Baderiya-Prashant Pillai singing Pillai’s composition with lyrics by A.M. Turaz) are functional—harmless but insipid.
In short, three decent songs and three eminently forgettable songs makes for a mixed listening experience. Take it or skip it.