Karan Johar's Dharma Productions, Anurag Kashyap's Phantom Productions, Vikramaditya Motwane of UDAAN and LOOTERA fame and Vikas Bahl, all team up for the youthful rom-com HASEE TOH PHASEE And naturally with such big names uniting, and all of them being associated with exceptionally high quality music in their previous ventures, expectations abound from composers Vishal-Shekhar and lyricists Amitabh Bhattacharya and Kumaar to deliver some really good and classy but 'hatke
' music. So let's check out the album.
'Punjabi Wedding Song
' as the title suggests, is like any other Dharma Productions celebration party tracks that has its base in 'Bhangra
' pop and rock. The oft heard tune is a letdown and it also has some influences of V-S's 'Radha
' (STUDENT OF THE YEAR) in parts. Sunidhi Chauhan sails through and Benny Dayal provides supports. Amitabh Bhattacharya deserves a pat on the back for some (as always!) unique, interesting lyrics. 'I toh go crazy jab bajde Punjabi wedding song
'. Alas! People will not go crazy hearing this song.
'Shake It Like Shammi
', the retro club rock and roll dance number is an ode to the legendary dance king, the evergreen Shammi Kapoor, as is evident from the title. Benny Dayal is just the right choice and Vishal comes in with the English interludes, but overall the song is nothing to write home about and it falls short of paying the perfect homage to the king. CHECK OUT: HASEE TOH PHASEE - Songs Lyrics
The track that introduces the female lead Parineeti Chopra, 'Drama Queen'
, and etches out her totally whacky and over the top character has a nice blend of folk and western. The 'mukhda
' is catchy and Shreya Ghoshal renders the song with zeal and emotions with Vishal Dadlani supporting well.
As a standalone number 'Manchala
' is extraordinary with haunting addictive feel in its extraordinary arrangements. Shafqat Amanat Ali's rendition (along with Nupur Pant) is classy, but the song has shades of Shafqat's Bollywood hit, 'Mitwa
'. Soft, somber, melancholy romantic atmosphere is well crafted through some nice words.
The feel good 'Zehnaseeb
' (as per Karan Johar), is a lovely romantic number; a love ditty sung well by Chinmayee Sreeprada and Shekhar. The song is light on the ears with a nice flowing simple melody. Comprehensible Urdu lyrics are the USP of the track.
Another love song 'Ishq Bullava
' is a typical Dharma productions romantic number with lovely background chorals, soothing and minimalistic arrangements, just guitar, piano and harmonica and the lead singer Sanam Puri's vocals being the highlight. The Punjabi lyrics have been overdone.CHECK OUT: 'Drama Queen' Parineeti Chopra breaks down
The soundtrack of HASEE TOH PHASEE has some nice, chartbusting tracks liker 'Drama Queen
' and 'Manchala
' and will surely attain popularity. But considering the fact that it is just not a Dharma Productions offering but is also a joint effort of class producers like Vikarmaditya Motwane and Anurag Kasahyap whose LOOTERA and DEV D and even GANGS OF WASSEYPUR respectively were extraordinary musically, one expected a mass plus class musical fare. However the album will result in ensuring a good initial when the film releases all over next month.