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.
Finally, Love finds its way: While on one of his 'outings' with a woman, Raj runs into Gayatri who is a taxi driver in Australia. After a few drives, he discovers that he is in love with her. He proposes marriage, she is not interested. Shattered, Raj decides to go back to India to ask forgiveness from Mahi and Radhika. Reason: Raj now knows exactly what they might have gone through when he behaved the way he did with them.
All's fine but Anand lingers too long on the forgiveness aspect lengthening the film unnecessarily. There was no need for a lavish wedding ceremony to help Raj seek forgiveness from Mahi. Also, where was the need for Raj to fly from India to Italy to follow Radhika like a puppy, being ridiculed by her every command?
Then you have Gayatri who has realized she loves Raj and wants to marry him. Too long... the movie ends with a whimper, when a bang was what was needed.
Too much footage has been given to Bipasha's character, especially when all Raj has to do is say "I'm Sorry". Yet, all three girls make an impact. Hiten Paintal as Raj's constant companion displays talent. Like they say, it's in the genes. Also putting in a powerful performance in a cameo is Kunal Kapoor. This is the first time he has put some life into his acting.
With TASHAN and THODA PYAAR MAGIC failing at the box office, looks like Yash Raj Films will have to rely on their Diwali cracker ROADSIDE ROMEO if this movie fails.
Ratings : 2.5/5