It's raining (read reigning) rom-com! Year 2011 is turning out to be a year of youthful, experimental and romantic comedies that dare to challenge the stereotypes. After producing lavish flicks with a bunch of A-list actors, producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah chooses experimental path and delivers out a bizarre looking rom-com titled KUCCH LUV JAISAA. Despite its low profile and almost zilch expectations, the names of Pritam and Irshad Kamil on the credits promise to create a surprise for all listeners. Against all odds, on musical front, there were few big surprises this year and this flick too looks different and special. Pritam's formidable pairing with Irshad Kamil in the last few years (ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI (2010), LOVE AAJ KAL (2009)) was highly fruitful, delivering out bunch of melodies that turned out to be big chartbusters. Will this be another winner from the prolific looking musical team? Just wait, listen and decide...as we introspect into its musical facts!
Mushrooming romance with tender emotions, the first offering is an enchanting piece of melody that brings the allure of sauntering voices with blend of soothing rhythms in comforting sounding "Naina". Mohit Chauhan's caressing baritones in soother mood is relaxing to the core, exuding out a genteel breeze of romanticism with a downpour of simplistically wordings. The prelude has feminine demure tones of Monali Thakur with feel of "Bheegi Si Bhaagi Si" (RAAJNEETI) but later the soundtrack culminates prosperously into the mold of a delightful soft-rock ballad. Pritam's consistency in ushering out bright and appealing melodies maintains its sheen and promises a probable chartbuster in weeks to come. Mohit's caring vocal ooze mellifluously binds the dreamy endeavors of budding romance in lovable lyrics ("Hota hai jaise, Neendon mein bolna, Bahon mein dolna, Annkhon mein tolna, Hone laga hai jane kyun aisa, Kuch luv jaisaa...) that creates a beautiful impact on melody-loving ears. On repetitive hearings, this song gives out a soul-stirring feel that stays long in memory; an aesthetically profound directorial skill will be greatest boon in making this a big hit. Lovable!!!
The spell of melody maintains its top-slot again as the next offering, "Thoda Sa Pyar", which comes in three different versions and flavors. After delivering out a soft "n" seductive vocal appeal in "Te Amo" (DUM MAARO DUM), the silken toned voice of Sunidhi Chauhan mesmerizes again in the first version that delights with genteel arrangements. Anupam Amod's appealing back-up vocals adds to the romantic flavor of the song. Like previous soundtrack, this number too has simple but adorable romantic wordings (Irshad Kamil) that make this an "easy-on-ears" offering. Pritam has a brilliant track record for promoting promising singing talents in the past and the next to add in this promising list is talented Mannan Shah.
The second version titled as "Thoda Sa Pyar" (Raghav's search for love) comes in his voice with relatively slower pitched arrangements but with similar tender romantic feel. It has the decorum of an 80's soft-rock ballad in those amalgams of piano drills and distorted guitar riffs that connects amiably with pleasing percussions. Presumed to be a perfect background score, Mannan's penetrative vocals makes melancholic impact and correlates with the heartfelt sentiments of the protagonist.
Finally, the third version titled as "Thoda Sa Pyar (Madhu's search for love) arrives with the vocal supports of Shefali Alvaris ("Yeh Dil Hai Nakhrewala" -DIL TOH BACHCHA HAI JI) and Naresh Iyer. Its prelude has contemporary westernized crooner start with Shefali anglicized English wordings followed by Naresh Iyer's contemporary rendition in similar tonality as previous two versions. Naresh's oozing voice leads the show and impresses in varying tones while Shefali maintains her contemporary anglicized rendition at intermittent phases throughout the track. Romantic!!!
Hard-metal base rock musical mood takes over the groove as newbie Maanan Shah zests his heart out in the racy sounding "Baadlon Pe Paon". Like some of Pritam's hard-rock compositions, this one too has a set of belligerently packed arrangements that concocts well with grumbling "n" screaming tones of soloist. Maanan's loud vocals maintain the aggressive tempo but overall impact is situational and is not as appealing as the earlier two soundtracks.
Pritam's supremacy in hard-metal ballads has been one of his major strengths. His patent style of rock-compositions in LIFE IN A METRO (2007) returns again with varying tinge of 80's stylized rock ballads in impressive sounding "Khwab (rock)". Nikhil D'Souza's deep-throated rendition ushers out a melancholy of gloomy emotions that forms the emotional backdrop of the song. The soundtrack later picks up aggressively as aggressively performed hard-rock composition that has prolific distorted guitar riffs and rhythmical strumming with modulating pitches of percussive elements. Despite the fact that it lacks novelty factor, it entertains with its overall quality show and adds one more subjective melodic element in the narration of the film.
"Khwab (Raghav's confession)" comes out as a soft version of this number with a situational theatrical impact. Nikhil's sonorously crooned voice is again a big highlight that adds to the romantic blues to the situation. This tender version may not be a major shaker but surely a lovable addition to all those who treasures sentimental melodies in their collections. Go for it!
KUCCH LUV JAISAA is one amongst "chota packet-bada surprise" album that boasts of some quality music with able support of promising voices and likable lyrics. Pritam along with lyricist Irshad Kamil makes a great pair again and show their consistency in delivering out needful in almost every soundtrack. The biggest attribute of the album lies in Mohit Chauhan's rendered "Naina" and "Thoda Sa Pyar" (all versions) while "Khwab" and "Baadlon Pe Paon" are decent listening affair. It goes out especially for all those who have been craving for a decent and lovable sounding melodies, overall a satisfying (if not great) listening experience.