Kucch Luv Jaisaa is the latest offering from Vipul Shah, starring Rahul Bose and Shefali Shah. Pritam has composed the songs while Irshad Kamil has penned the lyrics, the pair behind the music of Jab We Met and Love Aaj Kal. The album consists of 7 songs and features the vocal talents of Mohit Chauhan, Naresh Iyer (Rubaroo — Rang De Basanti, Monali Thakur (Zara Zara Touch Me and Sexy Lady — Race), Nikhil D’Souza (Anjaana Anjaani — Title Track) with newcomer Mannan Shah and Sunidhi Chauhan. Kucch Luv Jaisaa releases May 27, 2011.
The album gets off to a beautiful start with Naina, which also serves a title song. The track is lovely sung by Mohit Chauhan with Monali Thakur vocals strategically interspersed throughout the song while Irshad pens the equally lovely lyrics. The song is from the perspective of a woman but sung by Mohit but one does not seem to mind. Classical Indian songs are often sung from a woman’s perspective by a man, so listening to a contemporary number do the same is intriguingly different and fresh.
Next is Thoda Sa Pyaar, the first of 3 versions of the song. This version is sung by Sunidhi Chauhan who is accompanied by Anupum Amod, much in the same way Monali accompanied Mohit in Naina. If you loved Sunidhi’s solo version of Te Amo (Dum Maaro Dum) then you will instantly fall in love with this number. It has all the things you love about Te Amo but the amount is doubled. Irshad has penned beautiful yet sad lyrics for this song and Sunidhi has portrayed them really well in her rendition of the song.
The album revs up a bit with Baadal Pe Paon. A fun-filled rock-esque number rendered by newcomer Mannan Shah about throwing caution to the wind and fulfilling all the heart’s desires. It’s a decent number but fails in comparison to Naina and Thoda Sa Pyaar.
Next is Khawb (Rock) which has been awesomely rendered by Nikhil D’Souza. His vocals are full of angst, exactly what Irsahd’s words demonstrate. His rendition reminds of Vyas Brothers’ Mit Jaaye (Kidnap), Nikhil sings with the same emotionally charged conviction they did. Rock pieces like this have become kind of Pritam’s forte if you go by albums such as Raaz: The Mystery Continues and Tum Mile. It is something he does really well and hope to hear from tracks like this in the future.
Its time for the second version of Thoda Sa Pyaar named Thoda Sa Pyaar (Raghav’s Search for Love). Mannan Shah really sound simply amazing in this number, which makes you realise that Baadal Pe Paon did not do him justice. Lyrics are the same as the 1st track but it’s the way Mannan sings this is what makes this track an awesome one in its own right.
Next up is Khawb (Raghav’s Confession). It is still sung by Nikhil D’Souza but this time the music is softer and easy on the years. It gives listeners who may not prefer loud numbers a nice alternative.
The album ends with the 3rd version of Thoda Sa Pyaar, Thoda Sa Pyaar (Madhu’s Search for Love). It commences with a couple lines of English line rendered by Shefali Alvaris and then Naresh Iyer takes over the song with his heart-melting vocals. Why don’t hear from Naresh more often is a real mystery because someone with a voice like him should not be kept hidden. Once again, it is not fair to compare the 3 versions of Thoda Sa Pyaar, because they are all beautiful in their own way.
In summary, Kucch Luv Jaisaa is, simply put, lyrically, musically and vocally beautiful. Baadal Pe Paon is the album’s only low point and even then, it is quite a decent number. The three versions of Thoda Sa Pyaar are undoubtedly the album’s crowning glory with Naina and Khawb being close runner-ups. Pritam and Irshad make a great pair, if the musical success of Jab We Met and Love Aaj Kal are any indication. Here’s hoping we have not seen the last of this duo.
Finally, if you only have to listen to one Pritam album this year, better make it Kucch Luv Jaisaa. You won’t regret it.