One has barely decent expectations from the music of Kuch Kuch Locha Hai. After all, unlike an Ek Paheli Leela, the film hasn't been pitched as a musical per se. For a comedy genre, the music is basically a good filler ingredient. However, you do start expecting a good outing on realizing that this one is a pretty loaded album with as many as seven songs out there with a collage of composers and lyricists. Let's check them out.
It is a rocking beginning to the album with composer trio Ikka, Arko & Intense bringing on 'Paani Wala Dance'. A Hinglish number which is as naughty as it gets, considering the fact that it marks the entry of Sunny Leone in the scene, this one turns out to be an instant winner. Rest assured, this is going to be a huge puller for rain dance outings and other party gatherings, considering its lyrics by Ikka and Arko (who also come behind the mike) and some solid beats and catchy score put together. However, the lady who gets all the credit for taking the song to the next level is Shraddha Pandit who clearly lets her hair down.
Composer duo Amjad-Nadeem, who have been around for around half a decade now and have been slowly but steadily finding their place in the industry, contribute with as many as three songs in the album. Their first offering is 'Daaru Peeke Dance' which could well be credited for bringing an altogether different side of Sunny Leone in the Hindi film item song arena. While she has been associated with quite a few urban chartbuster tracks like 'Baby Doll' and 'Desi Look', for the first time ever she actually caters to the gentry with, courtesy Neha Kakkar coming together with Aishwarya Nigam, who clearly enjoy the show.
By the time 'Aao Na' arrives, you do get your 'paisa vasool' as R.D. Burman and Javed Akhtar's 'Jaane Do Na' [Saagar] is recreated as 'Aao Na'. Full credit to composer Arko for not making this number sound out of place as he not just maintains the authenticity of the original but actually peppers the 'antara' portions well to make it come across all the more contemporary and enjoyable. His effort is complemented quite well by Ankit Tiwari and Shraddha Pandit who hit perfect notes for this melodious outing, hence ensuring that the mood of seduction stays on and there is nothing frivolous that you hear. Very well done.
'Ishq Da Maara' by Amjad-Nadeem (who also wrote this one) is the longest track of the album with a duration of five minutes and it manages to fetch your attention right at the beginning once Jubin Nautiyal is heard on the scene. A song which could well have come from Ankit Tiwari or Arijit Singh stable and belongs to the sound adds on to the sound that has played on quite well right through the Aashiqui 2 and Ek Villain days, one just wonders how it would play in Kuch Kuch Locha Hai which is basically a comic outing with Ram Kapoor. Nevertheless as a part of the soundtrack, it adds on well to the songs preceding it.
The title song that comes next pretty much establishes the character of Ram Kapoor who plays a middle-aged man who carries fantasy for Sunny Leone. One can pretty much expect this one to be the introduction song in the film and play during the opening credit rolls. Composer duo Dharam-Sandeep keep the pace up for this Himank Kalal & Mani Soni written number which has some energetic singing by Divya Kumar, Shraddha Pandit and Sandman. Though one doesn't expect this one to go beyond the play of the film, it should do well as a part of the background.
Last to arrive is 'Yeh Ishq' with which composers Ali Quli Mirza and King round up the soundtrack of Kuch Kuch Locha Hai. Amjad-Nadeem make their presence felt once again as the lyricists for this Ali Quli Mirza sung number which is just about passable and though it isn't a bad hear, one would have been rather content with half a dozen songs that have anyways made the film quite heavy musically.
The music of Kuch Kuch Locha Hai delivers well with at least three catchy numbers that would make sure that the soundtrack won't go unnoticed. In fact it could well have covered a greater distance had the music promotion started earlier since songs like 'Ishq Da Maara' and 'Na Jaane Kya Hai Tumse Waasta' take time to grow. However, there are three successful numbers – 'Paani Wala Dance', 'Daaru Peeke Dance', 'Aao Na' – which should please those associated with the film as well as the audience.
Paani Wala Dance, Daaru Peeke Dance, Aao Na