Dharma Productions, led by producer(s) Hiroo Yash Johar and Karan Johar, actor Imran Khan, director Punit Malhotra and composers Vishal-Shekhar, come together again after the musical and middling commercial success of their last venture, I HATE LUV STORYS. Naturally, expectations are huge considering their infallible track record. So let's plug on and hear for ourselves the party album, for the party season!
The marriage party/ celebration number, 'Tooh
' is designed to rock the wedding season and one does get kind of hooked to its addictive rhythm, despite cacophonous musical arrangements. However, the lyrics which have an overdose of references to the backside with quite a few flowery synonyms is simply atrocious, and one is shocked to see it being credited to the classy (and Dharma's reliable) lyricist Anvita Dutt. While 'Tooh
' (Punjabi for bum) may sound cute but since this is a marriage party dance number (aimed at the family), and coming from Dharma Productions, whose track record is memorable in that genre ('Saajan Ji Ghar Aaye
', 'Shava Shava
' etc), one did not expect these straight references to the anatomy. Item queen, Mamta Sharma along with king Mika Singh are spot on and Shruti Pathak provides back up support.
'Dhat teri Ki
' is a nice, party/ club number with strong retro influences and has a lovely groovy rhythm that urges one to put on their dancing shoes. Fresh vocals of singers Sanam Puri and Aditi Singh Sharma add to the charm. The use of age old phrase, 'dhat teri ki
' is cute but once again there is a repeated reference to the derriere ('Kiss My A**) which spoils the cuteness, and this time the culprit is Kumaar. A probable hit track nevertheless. CHECK OUT: Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan turn chefs!
'Dhat teri Ki
' remix by DJ Rishab makes this more club friendly but the original with its strong retro influences still remains the preferred version.
After 'Fevicol Se
', its 'Chingam Chabake
', the lyrics (Anvita Dutt) keep getting more and more bizarre but they do the trick. The dance number is ordinary as the tune chosen is so, and the only novelty is the spirited singing by two very talented singers, Shankar Mahadevan and Shalmali Kholgode, who manage to make it enjoyable.
' remix by Kiran Kamath is merely a space filler.
Finally, it's the Vishal-Shekhar that we were looking for all this while as we encounter the best track of the album, 'Naina
'. The classy romantic sufi based composition has a lovely flowing melody that never loses pace with superb background arrangements and excellent singing by Kamal Khan and Neeti Mohun. Lyrics (by Kausar Munir) are simple and refreshing.
Cute love ballad, 'Dil Duffer
' is rendered well by Nitesh Kadam and Shruti Pathak . The hummable melody along with lovely background arrangements (Hindustani and western) and sweet sounding lyrics (Kausar Munir) in simple Hinglish makes it nice.
Although 'Moto Ghotalo
' commences as kiddy nursery rhyme/jingle type Gujarati number, later it metamorphoses into a fun, cute, prepositioning, foot tapping track with Sukhwinder delivering this folksy number with ease and Sanah Moidutty joining him briefly towards the fag end . The song would be nice to watch on screen. CHECK OUT: Kareena Kapoor-Imran Khan sleep deprived
'Gori Tere Pyaar Mein
' mash-up by Kiran Kamath is more of a clutter/noisy affair featuring all the tracks of the album, as is the norm these days.
Summing up, while the makers of GORI TERE PYAAR MEIN! may have been aiming for a party album with three projected hit tracks, 'Tooh
', 'Dhat teri Ki
' and 'Chingam Chabake
' (and for good reasons!), but our pick is the classy 'Naina
'. The lyrics do leave a lot to be desired, especially as it comes from the Dharma Productions banner, which mostly caters to the family audience, and even GTPM is a love story aimed at them. All the same the expectedly popular (by then) music may ensure a decent opening, when the film releases all over on 22nd November 2013.