Music Directors: Bappi Lahiri, Shibani Kashyap, Jaidev Kumar, Astitva The Band
Lyricists: Shibani Kashyap, Raj Hans, Astitva Band
This rom-com is about finding your Mr or Miss Right and whether they truly exist. With an impressive line-up of Shibani Kashyap, Bappi Lahiri and a new band Astitva, this film is evidently targetting the youth, but that is the biggest drawback with Main Aur Mr Riight‘s music, it strictly caters to the youth, which will only reduce its reach.
Touted to be a neo-sufi song, Khuda hai khair sung in Shibani Kashyap’s voice does little to tug the heartstrings. Kashyap, who is known for her deep, high-pitched voice, fails to give the song the right mood. Kashyap’s vocals somehow don’t resonate with Shenaz Treasurywala. Known for being able to effortlessly sing sad romantic songs, sadly Kashyap fails to create the magic she did with Sajna aa bhi ja in Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II. After hearing this song, one realises, singing in a low pitch does not suit her. Instead it makes the song sound distressing. Most notable are lyrics written by Kashyap herself; here’s a budding lyricist who has a penchant for writing stirring lyrics.
Bhool na jaana sung by Farhaan Saeed Butt instead manages to strike a chord and may just click with all the die-hard romantics. With minimal instrumentation and just the guitar being strummed, the song makes us realise how roping in independent bands is often a good idea. Unlike mainstream artists, they are more likely to experiment which makes their music more novel and groundbreaking.
Fans of rock music need not fret, there is the lively Desi daru—Don’t judge this seemingly run of the mill Punjabi number by its title. With vocals by Jasbir Singh, the song manages to hit the right note by not excessively using Bhangra beats and you hear yourself sigh with relief as you finally hear a peppy Punjabi number which does not deafen you. Make way Mika Singh, Honey Singh and Bappi Lahiri, Jasbir Singh has managed to get it right!
However, the cheesiest of them all is Yaar bina chain kaha re, composed and sung by Bappi Lahiri in a duet with Hema Sardesai. Lahiri who is known for his disco numbers, here drones as he tries to recreate his original song from the film Saheb, when disco dancing was a rage. Unfortunately, unlike the Anil Kapoor-Amrita Singh number, this song is quite a bore and does nothing for the original.
Main Aur Mr Riight’s music tries to be different and just about manages, but whether its music will be pick up is yet to be seen.