Any conversations around the Bollywood music of the 90’s are incomplete without the mention of ‘Didi Tera Devar Deewana’ from the superhit Salman-Madhuri starrer Hum Aapke Hain Kaun. After giving wholesome entertainment over the decade appealing to family audiences & box-office likewise, Rajshri Productions is back after a hiatus of almost 2 years with their next Isi Life Mein. Directed by debutant filmmaker Vidhi Kasliwal, the film marks the launch of Akshay Oberoi and Sandeepa Dhar. At the glitzy audio launch held in Mumbai last week, the music director of the film, Manmeet (of Meet Brothers) spoke about the soundtrack. “The film revolves around the lives of college students. And in keeping with the youthful spirit of the story, the compositions are full of pep and zing” he says. Do we at BollySpice agree? Read on to find out.
Music has been the strongest USP of Rajshri Productions. With prominent focus on variety, the banner has always had a buffet of songs in their films ranging through genres of pop, duets, folk, devotional, instrumentals to ensure there’s something for everyone. Sticking earnestly to tradition, Isi Life Mein also boasts of a comprehensive soundtrack with total 9 numbers, (7 original songs, 2 remixes, and 1 instrumental).
Album kicks off with the lively Isi Umar Mein sung by Mohit Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal & Dominique Cerejo. This track in both its versions is easily the most impressive of the lot. The Hinglish (Hindi + English) lyrics work well to uphold the image of the song as an urban peppy number. The song talks about the lifestyles of today’s youth using the words Facebook, Orkut etc to great effect. Chorus slips in perfectly and maintains a distinctive space for itself without being overshadowed by any of the lead vocals or vice versa. Although this isn’t Mohit’s finest (he does sound different), Shreya scores beautifully with this number. The strumming of guitar at the start of the song and tapping beats gives the song a delightfully sweet feel and is easily hummable.
There is an unplugged version of the song in the album. The tune is soft and endearing, slightly mellow, but at an upbeat tempo emphasized by Mohit’s light rendition. With no female playback for company in this one, striking guitar chords and whistling take prominence and though this does not have an edge over the first song, it’s melodious and ear-pleasing.
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