There is an ancient proverb that visitor's footfalls are like medicine that heals but they smell like fish in three days. Ashwini Dhir's realistic-cum-hilarious drama ATITHI TUM KAB JAOGE? works on these reasonable facts with a peppery spice of funky humor. Like many successful comedies, there is musical expertise of Pritam coming all the way with upcoming Amit Mishra and experienced Vishal Bharadwaj adding flavors with their set of soundtracks. Chartering the path of Hrishikesh Mukherjee's school of realistic comedies, this one promises to be funny in its funky tones, sounds and rhythms. Can we expect a favorable 'Atithi' (meaning 'guest') arriving at the musical stands near us? Does this 'Atithi' have the potential of staying long or vanishing with the buzz of its promotional hype? Let's welcome this 'Atithi' with open arms by plugging out 'play' button...
Amit Mishra's melodic slog with nonsensical phraseology about 'Atithi' (guest) creates caricatured spooky outline for flick's humorous subject in frolicsome sounding title track 'Atithi tum kab jaoge'. It kick-starts with 60's nostalgic touches and later flares up with spunky wordings with comical sounds and noises colliding well to evoke out humor. Mishra's composition and vocals are rustic 'n' folksy with hook-line that is likely to benchmark the presence of the flick in the promos and teasers. No big promises in store for this tickly title track with lyrics by Amit Mishra, but surely an asset for being substantial add-on as credits rolling, promotional features and effective background scores. The track is also repeated at the end of the album.
In Northern India (preferably in Delhi-UP), there is decades old trend of composing 'mata ki bhetein' (devotional songs sung in praise of Lord Durga) on popular Bollywood hit tracks. The next one follows this trend religiously with Vishal Bharadwaj's 'Beedi Jalaile' (OMKARA) being recreated by Amit Mishra with substituted devotional verses and words (by Amit himself) in the amusing sounding 'Jyoti Jalaile'. Sukhwinder Singh's playful voice in devout tones energized the mood with loud chants, funky orchestral modes and chirpy words that add wittiness to the devotional feel. In present context, an experimentation in Bollywood music but an overtly used formula in local musical events that have so far fetched commercially viable results. Its visual depiction will be of great interest and should be striking chords with the flick's hilarity tinge.
The mood then changes and Pritam does a hilarious take-off on the Mohammed Rafi classic 'Suhani raat dhal chuki, Na jaane tum kab aaoge' (DULARI -). In fact singer Anupam Amod modulates his voice in such a way that that Irshaad Kamil's lyrics turn to black humour in the track 'Naa jaane tum kab jaoge?' . The same has been brilliantly used in the promotions featuring Ajay and Paresh. The track also been remixed quite well by DJ Nawed and Nikhil Chinapa, with the necessary musical condiments thrown in!
Nonsensical comical moods can never go out of steam and there is something even more ludicrously bombastic to strike with hilarious punches in playful 'Aaja Aaja'. Pritam's peppy composition is contemporary in rhythmical beat patterns with its quirky verbatim (Irshaad Kamil) making quizzical chemistry with animated sounds to create space for lively slapstick comical acts. Raghubir Yadav oils his vocal chord to perfection while Ajay Jingran and Rajneesh folksy tones to emote out pros and cons of confronting unwanted guests. Like 'Chak De Phatte' (KHOSLA KA GHOSLA), it carries tons of narrative hilarity that should be coming alive in its visual acts. Irshaad Kamil's subjectively humorous lyrics are the finest of the lot and connects well with the urbane outset and lively characters of this hilarious bumpy ride. 'Aaja Aaja (remix)' by DJ A-Myth is a welcome add to the credits with trendy disco beat fillers mixing well with the feel and can be notable asset as promotional feature. Do expect this to be running back-to-back on leading music channels and giving sufficient boost to flick's box office prospects.
Unexpectedly there are sudden transformations of moods, style and flavors with devotional music taking its purist form in the Sant Kabir Das written 'Dohe'. Amit Mishra, who started off with slapstick musical acts sings out this devotional musical piece that carries couplets and verses of noted saints and poets. Traditional to the subject and honest to the feeling, this one goes out for all those admire devotional soundtracks. In year 2007, there was similar sounding number 'Doha' (JUST MARRIED) by Daler Mehndi with similar motivational touches and this one too has springs of hope and desires.
The concluding musical feature is the Ganpati Aarti, 'Sukh Karta' (by Sant Ram Das), a devotional track by Amit Mishra, comes out as an offering to Lord Ganesha. It carries out tones of traditional Marathi 'Ganesha Mangal Murti Aarti', listing out the might and blissfulness of the deity. The signature hook-line adds humor in it and connects with the theme well with delightful chorals. These last two soundtracks may not be bright commercial prospects but are valued quality works that gleams out the potential of this budding composer.
ATITHI TUM KAB JAOGE? is a situational musical guest with soundtracks being comically narrative and fitting well to the needs of the situations and moods. There is no mediocrity or boredom that prevails but still it lacks the sparkle to lure listeners. The comical moods enlightens well with 'Aaja Aaja', 'Jyoti Jalaile' and the title track along with the two decent sounding devotional numbers. There isn't much in store to rejoice and relish from this album but works in tandem to deliver out comical feel for the flick.