Expectations are really high from the soundtrack of Sanam Re. After all, Divya Khosla's last directorial outing Yaariyaan had superb music, and the songs are played till date. Moreover, she has an eye for visuals and the promos of Sanam Re have already proved that she has gone to the next level. With multiple composers and lyricists at her disposal, she comes up with a musical again that has as many as eight tracks.
The album gets a fantastic start with the title track 'Sanam Re' that has chartbuster written all over it. A beautifully composed and written piece by Mithoon which has him partnering with Arijit Singh as a singer too, it is easily the best song that one has heard in the New Year so far. With a trademark Mithoon stamp to it, the song is as beautiful and melodious as it gets and has the bearings to be huge in quick time.
Amaal Mallik pairs up with brother Armaan Mallik for Manoj Yadav written love song 'Hua Hain Aaj Pehli Baar'. With an out and out 'desi' feel to it, it is quite easy on ears and follows a melodic approach. In fact the moments where Palak Muchhal joins the scene, the song turns further Bollywood- ish. Also, during the 'antara' portions, Manoj pretty much writes this one as a Sameer song in terms of structure and words.
While the entire soundtrack has a melodious feel to it, there is a party number which comes in intermittently. This was pretty much on the cards too since Yaariyaan had a couple of such chartbuster songs ('Sunny Sunny', 'ABCD') and it was inevitable that Sanam Re won't have one. Well, 'Humne Pee Rakhi Hai' pretty much takes the tradition forward and doesn't disappoint at all. With catchy beats and an addictive hook-line to it, this song composed by Epic Bhangra and written by Ikka & Kumaar, is given the right spunk, courtesy Jaz Dhami and Neha Kakkar who are in complete form here. Chartbuster on the way.
Amaal Mallik returns on the scene with Manoj Muntashir written 'Kya Tujhe Ab Ye Dil Bataye' which takes one back to melody. A love song which follows the traditional approach when it comes to composition, lyrics and singing, it has a 60s feel to it in terms of its pace and setting. That said, the arrangements are from the current times and Falak Shabbir does well as a singer to keep you engaged while the song plays.
Meanwhile, Ankit Tiwari gets one to his name as well as he sings 'Tere Liye' which is written and composed by Mithoon (who also chips in behind the mike). A slow moving number with a pensive feel to it, this one is a situational number which falls into the Bollywood template of lovelorn numbers with 'jeene marke ki kasme' and stuff alike.
Nikhil-Vinay's classic song 'Tum Bin Jiya Jaaye Kaise' from Tum Bin is revisited by Jeet Gannguli and the composer comes up with his own version 'Tum Bin', which is re-written by Rashmi Virag. The most experienced singer of the lot, Shreya Ghoshal, is roped in for this love song that moves at a further slow pace. As is the case, comparisons are inevitable which means it would take some time before this new version manages to make you move ahead of the 2001 song.
The album concludes on a playful note with Shaan roped in by Jeet Gannguli for Manoj Muntashir written 'Chhote Chhote Tamashe'. With a 60s feel to it, this one has a youthful feel to it and makes one remember the kind of songs that were the hallmark of Shammi Kapoor, Biswajeet and Joy Mukherjee films from the era gone by.
The music of Sanam Re is the perfect start to the New Year as it brings on a mix of love songs, sad outings, and playful appeal and of course a dance number to round it up all. The makers have a winner in hands with this soundtrack and with an early start already taken, courtesy a couple of chartbusters on the play, this one would only find added visibility in next few weeks to come.
'Sanam Re', 'Gazab Ka Hain Yeh Din', 'Humne Pee Rakhi Hai', 'Hua Hain Aaj Pehli Baar'