Siddharth Malhorta’s upcoming venture titled We Are Family, produced by Dharma Production barely needs an introduction. From the very conception of this project it’s been making the news, much like all Karan Johar productions. The Kajol, Kareena and Arjun Rampal starrer that is an official remake of Hollywood flick Stepmom is finally about to reach D-Day but before it does so, custom of Indian cinema dictates that the music should be released and naturally prove to be the biggest form of promotion for the film. Once again Shankar Ehsaan And Loy come forward on behalf of the production house to deliver the album that will contribute greatly to the hype of the film. So does the music of this remake prove to be a positive form of promotion or will it be a turn off for all those planning to see the film? Read on to find out.
Perhaps the best call by the trio was to start the album off with a track featuring two of the most talented and loved singers of the country in current times, namely, the man with a magical voice, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and the woman who needs no introduction what so ever, Shreya Ghosal. Aiding them also in the track is Shankar Mahadevan. Aakhon Mein Neendein is a beautifully constructed feel-good number that stands out purely because of the lead singers. Irshad Kamil renders the lyrics that are nothing ‘out of this world’ but merely add to the feel of the number. It’s essentially a very ‘Bollywood’ number with a balance created between Desi instruments like subtle dholaks and western instruments, a common combination in Bollywood music. The rendering of the standard octave in Indian Classical music throughout the track proves to be a highlight.
The classic rock and roll number ‘Jailhouse Rock’ is recreated with Dil Khol Ke Let’s Rock. Lovers of the original may find it hard to get used to the Desified version of this track. However, what is commendable is the selection of singers for the number namely, Anushka Manchanda and Suraj Jagan who were essentially born to sing this number! The one that sticks out like a sore thumb is Akriti Kakkar who just doesn’t fit into the genre of the song. While the composition is impressive throughout, SEL bring in a desified touch to it at one portion that reminds you much of their track from Karan Johar’s Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, ‘Rock n Roll Soniye’. The song is already a remake so the fact that parts of the track cause a d