Circa 2006, actor Arjun Rampal turned producer with lovable 'ghostly' act in I SEE YOU. Circa 2010, another actor Arshad Warsi took to production and once again its 'ghost-busters' welcoming love saga with the name and styling of HUM TUM AUR GHOST. The concept of 'ghost' and fairy tales seems to be the new experimental taste but still it hasn't fancied cash registers. To make this friendly 'ghost' shake leg and makes things peppier, the musical responsibility has been shouldered to the finest trio of the business. After delivering out two consecutive musical hits (KARTIK CALLING KARTIK and MY NAME IS KHAN) of this year, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (SEL) gets their third commercial act of this year with promise of making hat-trick in marquee. In the past, unconventional themes haven't been big musical success and so expectations won't be bigger but one expects optimum quality musical show from the dependable trio. Does this 'ghost' have sufficient musical thrill of making 'dost'? Can we expect HUM TUM AUR GHOST to be surprise music success in coming weekends? Just plug on to the 'play' button and get the facts out...
Cute and cuddly conversational, this one goes out for love birds for that lovely voyage that is filled with enchanting and beatific romantic charm in mellifluously composed 'Dekho Raste Me'. It carries out an impeccable SEL stamp in its rhythmical yore and refreshes memories of their similar situational sounding 'Jaane Kyon' (DIL CHAHTA HAIN -2001) and 'Agar Main Kahoon' (LAKSHYA -2004). The tangy guitar riffs, delicate synths and resounding vocals gel well in subtle sounding arrangements and create metaphor of serene and innocent love chemistry. KK's youthful vocal buzz in varying tone is lovable and so do Shreya Ghoshal's sugary modulating impulse that gives it shimmering edges. This delectable sounding ballad in softer tones is indeed listening pleasure with thrive of Javed Akhtar's easily perceptible wordings. Undoubtedly this stands out as one of the finest duets of this year and will be front runner in flick's promotional works.
After thoroughly mesmerized for five minutes plus in supple lovable textures, there was much anticipation of its relaxed 'lounge' mix but there's something divergent that comes in its foot-thumping 'club' remix. There is mix and match of club DJ's antics with 'bhangra' impulse that makes it vibrant. For its amusing energetic thrust, this sporadically remix track is entertaining add-on to the feel and likable asset for the album. Chartbusting!!!
After visualizing 'Hum' aur 'Tum' in lovable romantic act, its time for 'ghost' to arrive in frivolously punched situational sounding title track 'Hum Tum Aur Ghost'. Vishal Dadlani's screeching voice and Shankar Mahadevan's domineering vocals energizes out this theatrically quizzical number about supernatural happenings in dancing-feast type of enthralling soundtrack. Loud drumming, rip-roaring percussions, enthused back-up chorus (Mani Mahadevan, Arun Ingle, Jaya and Jyotsna Hardikar), it delivers out the boisterous celebration feel. This conceptually composed song is presumed to be visual spectacle (thrilling SFX, lavish opulence, endearing costumes and slick choreographic acts) and so there is big hope when it arrives big on silver screen.
This above average sounding track gets complemented with its bombastically exuded 'club' remix with Arshad Warsi turning rapper. It's energizing hip-hop thrive is exalting and pumps up the adrenaline with its accelerating beat-juggles 'ghost-busters' feel and sounds better than the original composition. Fun-frolic and amusement party-festival celebrations makes sporadic impact with folksy cum pop thrive in another situational sounding soundtrack 'Banware Se Pooche Banwariya'. SEL packs an array of singers (Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Maria Goretti, Loy Mendonca, Raman Mahadevan, Anousha Mani, Rahul Saxena) to deliver out exult with carnival feel thrust. Shaan's exuberance and Sunidhi's merry-making singing is the spotlight and again it's a visual spectacle frolic track that should do laurels to the opulence of this 'ghost-filled' comical caper.
The cool, calm and collected feel of 'lost-paradise' in love-relationship and reminiscence of all undying nostalgia gets beautifully mesmerized in sweetly composed 'Kal Tum the Jahan'. It's impressively displayed subtle electronic trance feel matched with tonality of subtle keyboard notes refurbishes back serenity-in-emotions of tracks like 'Tere Naina' (CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA -2009), 'Phir Dekhiye' and 'Ye Tumhari Meri Baatein' (ROCK ON -2008) with flair. Caralisa Monteiro's decorous singing tone in subtle tones makes equanimity of romantic charms with Shankar Mahadevan's resiliently modulating vocals. Further, there is brilliance of back-up chorals of Dominque Cerejo and Clinton Cerejo that adds to the relaxed 'lounge' feel and makes this a 'delightful hear' soundtrack. Despite some 'heard-before' remarkable set of arrangements, this tranquil-filled track exudes out soulful compassionate decorum that should be one more add to their impressive somber sounding listed soundtracks.
'Kal Tum the Jahan (remix)' comes more like commercial need for promotional feature with glitzy disco-beat filled DJ antics ruling out dancing floor. This 'feel-good' sounding melancholic number gets remarkable echoing impacts of laudable vocals that are mixed well with ballistic dosages of DJ beats and claps in making it another likable 'club' remix offering. Impressive!!!
HUM TUM AUR GHOST has the glimmer of subtle romanticism with fine melodic display and packs two 'worth-hearing' soundtracks in its audio packaging. SEL's consistency and dexterity in serenading out frivolous and 'feel-good' romantic tracks revitalizes back in soundtracks like 'Dekho Raste Mein' and 'Kal Tum the Jahan'. The remaining soundtracks bring out desired situational feel with quality display and add to the playful 'ghostly' feel of the flick. This album is not the finest from the musical trio but still has the youthful buzz to make things merrier on big screen.