Lyrics: Anvita Dutt and Vishal Dadlani
When composers Vishal-Shekhar are in command, one can be assured of a certain quality and quirkiness to their tunes. The tracks for this Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif-starrer, are texturally diverse and interestingly layered. But despite an attempt at mixing things up intelligently, there isn’t much that stands out. The influences and styles are numerous — from drum and bass to hints of disco and touches of techno. But the result has ended up serving a particular vision; the one they have. Despite the confidence and swagger of the album, there is no real pulsating quality to it. Some tracks are slightly better than the other but overall there is no real impact of beyond the 20-minute duration of the album.
That said, the album has given Tu Meri to the dance floors this season. Sung by Dadlani, the song works because of the constantly changing rhythm patterns and Dadlani’s vocals sung to riotous perfection. It opens with a synth chord that stays along as the song’s main hook. But what really gives this some dimension are the changing rhythm patterns and techno interludes in this bass heavy track. It’s not brilliant but somewhat works because of its energy.
It is followed by Meherbaan where singer Shilpa Rao turns to her falsetto and sings along with Shekhar and Benny Dayal. The composers play with the tempo again and have used tabla, dhol and drums at different intervals. The soft riffs are a good addition; so is the opera chorus. The beats are infectious and the scattered arrangement gives it all a bit of depth. This is followed by Uff, where singer Harshdeep Kaur steps out of her Sufi zone. We thank Vishal-Shekhar for this as she seemed to be stuck in that genre. They have put her voice in a very ’90s pop arrangement. Lyrics are quirky but there is no real punch or recall value.
The title track comes with a retro feel, with the ’80s disco beats and its kookiness in place. Mohan is the bass voice here while Dayal takes the high pitch. It’s a super catchy number that seems like a tribute to Nazia Hasan’s memory. Pillowy strings of Meherbaan’s reprise version are beautiful and so is Shekhar’s voice in this one. Yes, it is pitch corrected but we liked the soulfulness and the fact that the track moves smoothly without any use of percussion.
It’s a nice, interesting album that draws a blank soon after we are done playing it. We wish it came with more recall value because it isn’t hard to spot the hard work put in by the composers.