Thoda success Thoda magic!!! The coveted Yashraj banner might be hoping for some 'success' and lots of 'magic' this time when their youthful ambitious project BACHNA AE HASEENO hits the marquee. It's the successful conglomerate of director Siddharth Anand and composer duo Vishal-Shekhar (V-S) this time and do they create the same magic as they did it in SALAAM NAMASTE? After a spate of mediocre musical releases, can BACHNA AE HASEENO revive the fortunes for the esteemed banner and put them in the race for top honors in the charts? Apparently it has everything going in their favor- peppy vocals, chirpy lyrics and a set of rollicking musical outburst that can really pulsate 'haseeno' (Bipasha Basu, Deepika Padukone and Minnisha Lamba) to the beats of most eligible bachelor (Ranbir Kapoor). So without a moments delay, let us check it out!
Soft and delicate guitar strumming, in a stream of refreshingly balanced chorals creates the mood of romantic tranquility in the air as eclectically paced KK and Shilpa Rao makes mood mushier in 'Khuda Jaane'. V-S are in great form as they imbibe lovable romantic hues of 'My Dil Goes Mmmm' (SALAAM NAMASTE) with a pack of racy arrangements that gives it a ravishingly vigorous appeal. Anvita Dutt Guptan's romantic wordings infuses substantial amount of emotional palpability that really makes this a beautifully ushered love song. KK delivers a sure-shot chartbusting hit number where peculiar sounding Shilpa Rao makes a remarkable presence and appeal through her slender 'n' svelte modulating rendition. It's disco time as the solitary remix number 'Khuda Jaane (remix)' by Abhijit Nalani induces lots of pub-friendly disco beat stuffing in this beautifully conceived number.
After dollops of subtle romanticism, its time for some 'showstopper' style of pulsating music in a typical 'pop diva' on floors type of hip-shaking soundtrack 'Lucky Boy'. V-S make stridently loud melodic appeal, similar to their hot female solo track 'Mind Blowing Mahiya' (CASH) to deliver the desired gloss and grandeur. It's again their favorite Sunidhi Chauhan's racy vocals at the helm of affairs with rustic touches delivered in tandem by Raja Hassan and hip-hop emceeing by Hard Kaur. Sunidhi's rendition is authoritative in its vociferous flows and do expect some really seductive and eye-candy choreographic moves when it strikes big in its scorching visual display.
V-S makes terrific experimental moves in creating 'jadoo' (magic) with talented Lucky Ali as their first association delivers out bountiful of romantic surprises in mellifluously driven 'Aahista Aahista,' It's a mushy love track with a enchanting 'lounge' appeal that gets synchronized to perfection with delectable electronic sounds, soft electric guitar strumming and subtle percussive elements. Silken voiced Shreya Ghoshal's sensuously erupted vocals gels well with Lucky's effervescent flows and smoothening arrangements.
Composer Shekhar Ravjiani, along with Sukhwinder Singh and Himani Kapoor makes his first promising spark as a vocalist in a traditional Punjabi folk 'bhangra' number, which emotes out folklore about everlasting lovers (“Mahi” and “Jogi”) in brilliantly composed 'Jogi Mahi'. This time V-S treadmill the conventional YRF (Yashraj Films) path of 'bhangra' beat numbers as this celebratory track brings memories of tracks like 'Aisa Des Hai Mera' and 'Lodi' (VEER ZAARA). The highlight of this number is that it abstains from regular 'hip-hop' culture and comes out as unadulterated traditional 'bhangra' track. V-S makes bombastic use of high-pitched 'dhol' that makes striking collision with thunderous percussions and conventional strings in delivering out folksy Punjabi feel.
The frivolous 'bhangra' mood unravels to new territories of enthralling amusement where flamboyant Shanker Mahadevan makes welcoming surprise presence in a boisterously pitched funky track, 'Small town girl'. It sounds as a 'cool' cousin of 'Pretty Woman' (KAL HO NA HO), where the stylish urbane boy outrageously woos a 'small town' girl. The cheerfully chirpy lyrics gets a fine dosage of rigorously punched 'dholak' works in flows of thriving electronic sounds in creating a youthful jovial appeal. Its double whammy for all 'bhangra' culture lovers as this comes out as another thumping-jumping number that promises to be a big chartbuster in the coming weekends.
The finale of BACHNA AE HASEENO comes out as a tribute to luminaries (Kishore Kumar, R.D Burman and Majrooh Sultanpuri) as their everlasting melody 'Bachna Ae Haseeno' gets modish improvisation of upbeat hip-hop works and trendy westernized arrangements. It's a son-father melodic communion also where Sumit Kumar (son of legendary Kishore Kumar) makes innovatory audible moves along with Vishal Dadlani's rap works. Do enjoy some really infused chipper wordings and splash of fun frolicking beat patterns in this 'retro feel' number, where zany disco beat fillers makes mood frenzy. Long Live Panchamda!!!
After the spectacular musical success of CASH and OM SHANTI OM, Vishal Shekhar deliver a 100 percent entertaining album of hot 'n' happening soundtracks that have no rough patches of mediocrity in it. BACHNA AE HASEENO will surely be a 'breather' for YRF and hopefully their most successful album of this year. Do expect soundtracks like 'Khuda Jaane', 'Jogi Mahi', 'Small Town Girl' and title track making their aggressive entry into charts while numbers like 'Aahista Aahista' and 'Lucky Boy' will be raising high on charts with good word of publicity and film's probable box office success.