Sudhir Mishra’s Tera Kya Hoga Johnny, starring Neil Nitin Mukesh and Soha Ali Khan, is gearing up for release in the new year, despite having a full version already leaked on the Internet . It seems the makers have put the disastrous leak behind them and moved on as if nothing has happened. Naturally, a music release is expected and BollySpice arrives on the scene to dissect the album composed by various composers.
Sukwinder Singh opens the album with Pankaj Awasthi’s composition of the title track Tera Kya Hoga Johnny. It’s a typical Sukwinder Singh number where the music may lie in any genre, however Sukwinder’s own style remains in tact. This one is an intense, fast and highly energised club number with lyrics from Junaid Wasi. It’s a catchy montage piece that is worth a listen.
Ali Azmat enters next as a one-man army for Teri Parchaiyan which is written, composed and sung by him. The song had great potential however the extremely slow start and dragged out rock musical interludes bore you. Worse of all the music overpowers his vocals and you truly struggle to listen to the words. Definitely a song that will go unnoticed by no fault of the listeners.
A Sufi number is next on the list by Pankaj Awasthi, Shab Ko Roz. This one just may be too intense and eccentric to strike a chord with the masses. The music continues at the same pace with little diversion from the initial melody. One does hope the song is bearable in the film, if used.
Labh Janjua comes in with a very ‘short-cut’ Punjabi track titled Heeriye (predictable title anyone?!). Why short-cut? Because instead of boasting of the rich Punjabi instruments the composer goes for a more techno-Punjabi track where the only thing truly authentic in its appeal is the singer’s voice. Another absolutely avoidable track.
Tore Naina is the next track which is a another sufi number, this time by Ali Azmat. Once again the track had immense potential but the mixing is so poor that again you struggle to hear the voice behind all the sounds. At times you think perhaps your speakers are wrong only to realize it’s the poor mixing quality of the track, which fades away the singer’s songs.
Next up is a fusion classical Indian and techno number Lehron Ne Kaha sung by Pankj Awasthi. There’s good fusion and there’s bad fusion. Sadly this one is the latter of the two. Its simply doesn’t hold your attention and the lyrics don’t provide any additional support.
Shreya Ghosal decides to end the album on a good note and makes her best attempt at saving what is a disastrous album at best with Shehar Ki Rani. Abhishek Roy composes an eccentric and hatke track in line with the film’s feel but manages to make it appeal at the same time, something the other composers in the album absolutely failed to do. Shreya is a pleasant surprise in the track. The ‘dhichkiyau’ part does get on your nerves at times, however Shreya quickly brings you back to her fabulous vocals. One ought to use her more in such numbers.
To sum up, Tera Kya Hoga Johnny may be a doomed film to begin with. With the film already on pirated DVDs, the prospect of the film’s business is rather miserable. And to add to that the music’s fate is much the same. Shreya and Sukwinder give it their best shots to save the album but sadly two out of seven is not a pass mark. Avoid buying the album as a new release, perhaps when it goes on sale, which will be in no time for sure!