Well, 'Kaala Chashma' has already set the tone! Ever since the music video of the song went viral, there has been immense craze around checking out what the rest of the soundtrack has to offer. Moreover, with names like Karan Johar, Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani coming together for the Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra film, you expect nothing but a fantastic score from Baar Baar Dekho. Surprisingly though, instead of a single composer/composition team (which is otherwise a norm for the aforementioned producers), there is an array of music directors and lyricists seen on the credits.
Jasleen Royal, who came into prominence in the Bollywood music scene after singing 'Preet' [Khoobsurat], gets behind the mike for yet another soulful number 'Kho Gaye Hum Kahan'. Though it is a tad surprising to see a situational track like this appear right at the beginning of the album, you don't mind that for the soothing feel it carries. While Jasleen composes as well as sings this 'quite-of-the-night' track, she is also joined by Prateek Kuhad who writes as well as sings this one.
Composer Amaal Mallik and lyricist Kumaar come together for 'Sau Aasmaan' which has Neeti Mohan's voice appearing right at the onset. A happy song with a peppy feel to it, this one has a Farhan Akhtar touch to it, courtesy the kind of similar compositions that his regular trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy has put together for many a film. Armaan Malik joins Neeti Mohan as her singing partner and together they come up with a rendition which would definitely have been a smile-through affair for them right through the recording.
Next to arrive is 'Dariya', a song that springs a pleasant surprise. Coming across as a track which could well have been a Pakistani sufi import, it is pretty much home-grown as Arko writes, composes and sings this one. A heartfelt song about two lovers longing to be with each other, this one is as poetic as it gets and becomes all the more melodious during the 'antara' portions. A sweet sounding track, it is also a completely different composition when compared to the other work of Arko.
Last year, composer and singer Bilal Saeed had come up with a brilliant 'Mohabbat Yeh' for Ishqedarriyaan, which sadly went unnoticed. However, one truly expects that the result would be much better this time around, what with the Pakistani artist putting together 'Teri Khair Mangdi'. He writes this one as well with Kumaar taking charge and though this one is entirely in Punjabi, you don't feel any disconnect since the overall musical piece is truly entertaining. Hear this one once and then play it on loop; it is the best that the album has to present so far.
Last to arrive is the song which is clearly the hottest of the season – 'Kala Chashma'. Originally composed by Prem Hardeep and recreated by Badshah (who also appears later for the rap portions along with Indeep Bakshi), this one is sung quite well by Amar Arshi and Neha Kakkar. A supremely catchy track that takes just one listening to relive the times gone by, get nostalgic and then hit the dance floor, 'Kala Chashma' has the kind of lyrics by Amrik Singh and Kumaar that come to your lips instantly. A chartbuster all over again.
Baar Baar Dekho starts off slowly and quietly, begins to spread its charm and then comes on its own towards the later portions. Each of the compositions works for the album and eventually you are more than satisfied with the outcome. Play this one on loop!
‘Kaala Chashma’, ‘Teri Khair Mangdi’, ‘Dariya’, ‘Sau Aasmaan’