Bollywood mostly works in the black and white areas. There is good and commercial that sells, and it’s magical. However, there exists a grey tribe as well, something in between that is also good and it too sells. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, no doubt, rule that area. Come to think of it, over the years they have used their fixed notion of a chartbuster album and got away with it. Leave aside plagiarism charges, they tend to get inspired from their own previous works. The music of Hum Tum Aur Ghost is no different, only it fails to create that impact despite the beauty of its tracks.
Hum Tum Aur Ghost is slated for a release on the 26th of March and is produced by our very own circuit – Arshad Warsi. The movie is directed by Kabeer Kaushik and has Circuit yet again in a lead role opposite the pretty Dia MIrza. Boman Irani plays another crucial character. There were speculations of this being a horror flick which were laid to rest when Warsi announced that this is a romantic comedy.
The album has seven songs, three of which are remixes. The music is nothing of the sorts that stays with you except for a couple of tracks. The rest of the tracks are good, fresh and soulful. Apart from all the good and bad things, one thing you need to watch out for in this album is the beauty with which Shankar Mahadevan took himself to a new level, teaming up with Vishal Dadlani for the title track and Carlise Monterio for ‘Kal Tum They Kahan’. The other pairs like Shaan-Sunidhi, and KK-Shreya are equally enchanting. All songs are written by Javed Akhtar.
Dekho Raste Mein: This is really a gem of a track and it sounds way different from any of SEL’s previous works. It is undoubtedly the best track in the album and will make you to keep it on numerous repeats. KK and Shreya Ghoshal as singers sweep us off our feet as they present this dialect based number. It is a perfect mix of freshness, uniqueness and melody.
Hum Tum Aur Ghost (Title Track): The first thing you will notice about this song is the power packed voice of Vishal Dadlani well supported by the depth of Shankar’s voice as they put in their best to rescue this track. Needless to say, they succeed. It sounds like a perfect fusion and the beats are something you haven’t heard in a long time. Definitely worth listening to!
Banware Se Pooche Banwariya: A really peppy track. Oh wait, it doesn’t end there. We have got Shaan singing this one with none other than Sunidhi Chauhan. Isn’t it enough to make you put on your dancing shoes and dance along? This is one of those tracks, which despite not being remixed, will make it to the parties. And once you are done with the track you might find yourself singing, ‘DJ Gimme Some More’.
Kal Tum The Yahan: The beauty of this track lies in its melancholy. Slow paced, soulful and brilliant is what describes this track the best. This is one of the simplest-yet-so-amazing compositions SEL have ever came up with. The superb vocals given to this track by Shankar Mahadevan and Carlise Monterio add a slight variations here and there to break the monotonous melancholy, as a result of which, this track gets even better. The piano in this song will have a magical effect on you. That’s not all, the beauty with which the flute has been used for sure makes it one of the nicest tracks on the planet for all the ‘couples in love’.
Hum Tum Aur Ghost (Remix): A simple clean remix with nothing spectacular about it. Its just there and you can’t omit it. The original sounds much better and with the bundle of six beauties, I guess one can do away with one not so good track.
Dekho Raste Mein (Remix): Those who want to shake a leg, a perfect rendition of such a lovely song is right on its way. The remixed track sounds nothing like the original except for the words but yes, it stands out. To be on the dance floor, all you need is the groovy beats of this track and voila, you are done. Once the song does its trick, you might not stick to your inhibitions.
Kal Tum The Yahan (Remix): Another beauty to bust the myth which reads – ‘remixes are not good’. This particular remix is as beautiful as the original once. A little slow to be a dance number, this track will still be played on the radio for a long time and is perfect for a calm little drive down the town, especially in the middle of the night.
The album is a complete package with the right amount of happiness, melancholy, pep and beats. There is something or the other for everyone. Those like me who were awed with the music of My Name is Khan have to check this one out. I believed that this trio always sounds the same, but they proved me wrong this time. They have taken a leap, the past influences show but in a new package.
So what if the music is not that hyped, if it’s good it should be heard, and this album for sure needs to make it to your mp3 players.