The newest installment from the house of Yash Raj is Bachna Ae Haseeno starring the real life couple Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone with Minisha Lamba and Bipashsa Basu. Promos promise a funfilled romantic comedy in true Yash Raj style with overseas locations, designer costumes, and all-round NRI appeal, while the image the music aims to project is to be decided shortly.
Bachna Ae Haseeno has music by Vishaal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani who have composed countless Yash Raj projects such as Supari, Salaam Namaste, Ta Ra Rum Pum, Dhoom 2 and the recent box-office nightmare Tashan which emphasised: never judge a movie by its music. Lyrics have been penned by Anvita Dutt Guptan who wrote the screenplay, dialogues and lyrics for Neal ‘n’ Nikki. She also penned lyrics for Heyy Babyy and Tashan. The album has a list of singers on its side such as Sukwinder Singh, Lucky Ali, Shankar Mahadevan, KK, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shreya Ghosal and the current craze Hard Kaur.
KK and Shilpa Rao (Saiyaan Re — Salaam-e-Ishq, Anjabi — The Train) inaugurate the album with Khuda Jaane. A melodious, romantic track with a nice mix of western and traditional music, it is about lovers completely surrendering onto each other and making each other the center of their universes. The lyrics are well penned by Anvita and have no traces of any run-of-the mill phrases. KK and Shilpa are the heart and soul of this track as they become the synonymous emotions conveyed by the words of the songs. ‘Khuda Jaane’ also appears as a remix at the end of the album. Frankly, the hyped up music is at odds with the romantic theme of the lyrics.
Lucky Boy gets a great start with Punjabi lyrics sung by Raja Hassan followed by Sunidhi Chauhan in a sexy and stylish avatar rendering the opening lines of the song. However, the song takes a turn for the worse as soon as one gets to the chorus, ‘lucky boy, you’re my lucky boy…’ The Indian Music Industry should really build a bridge and get over the perception the English phrases make songs hip and happening. It’s a shame because musically the song is awesome. It’s fast-paced with the ability to get your feet tapping in a heartbeat. Sunidhi Chauhan oozes attitude and style and re-affirms why she is one of the best female playback singers of this century. Hard Kaur effectively makes an appearance in the middle of the song. With the exception of ‘lucky boy’ the remaining lyrics are quite good.
Ahista Ahista is the third track in the album has Shreya Ghosal and Lucky Ali behind the mic. The song makes great use of guitars mixed with a subtle techno element. It’s essentially a love song about how falling in love has changed one’s surroundings. Shreya Ghoshal is sounding chic and cool for the first time, shedding her ‘Dola Re’ and ‘Barso Re’ image. Lucky Ali, who makes a rare appearance back into the music scene, reminds us why we want to hear more of him as he infuses charms into the song. Lyrically, Anvita comes through again with simple, efficient and effective lyrics.
What would a typical Yash Raj movie be without a Punjabi number? Jogi Mahi comes to the rescue armed with dhols, but this time around Anvita has penned the lyrics well and one hears no signs of clich