Music Review: ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’

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The successful pair of ��Kaminey�۪ (2009)��is set to return to the big screen next month in ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’. The making of this movie which followed Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra’s real life break-up must have been an uncomfortable one for the crew to work around with as one can imagine!

Kunal Kohli gets behind the camera after ‘Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic’ (2008) once again in a romantic setting but with what seems like an��inspired project. ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’ has��three stories set across 1910, 1960 and 2012. Isn’t that what ‘Love Aaj Kal’ (2009) touched on with the two parallel stories? Well Kohli goes a step forward with three with this one.��What remains to be seen is how much depth and innovation he can��give to the idea and how well he manages to establish the romantic chemistry on screen between a couple who have gone their separate ways in real life.

Music would be a big part in delivering such a connection on screen and pulling the audiences to the theatres through the music video charts. Who better than the dynamic duo of Sajid-Wajid to deliver some big romantic and fun hits? Still on a high from their recent successes of ��Dabangg�۪ (2010)��and ��Wanted�۪ (2009),��they have accumulated the best team of playback singers for this project to accomplish Kohli’s dream of a musically romantic box office hit. With a story spanning three eras,��it’s virtually impossible to think��of a more capable lyricist than Prasoon Joshi to deliver some heart-warming poetry and upbeat dance tunes to go with the concept.

Kapoor-Chopra in the forthcoming 'Teri Meri Kahaani'

Starting off with something for the dance floor at the onset, Wajid voices Mukhtasar��(meaning ‘short’ or brief’)��himself. Although it is a good song,��it’s unimaginable to think of��other singers doing a better job with it vocally. Nonetheless Mukhtasar��will easily get popular on the radio and in the clubs as it is a rare combination of classic Urdu lyrics with a dance beat.

It is said in Bollywood land these days that you cannot have a hit soundtrack without the soulful voice of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan included somewhere in the album. Allah Jaane delivers exactly that! It is a beautiful composition with��great instrumentation. Most noticeable are the lyrics and how well Joshi has penned them to match the 1910 storyline of the movie.��The elegant part in the setting might be 1910 but the song sounds very current as well and thus so is a sure shot hit in the making.

Jabse Mere Dil Ko Uff takes you on to the 1960 disco era with the deep bass to match the ���shake�۝ dance style associated with it. Voiced by the amazing Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan��in their 60s style, the song fails to make an impact with average lyrics and composition.

Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra as in 'Teri Meri Kahaani'
Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in 'Teri Meri Kahaani'

Most��are sure to��remember Humka Peeni Hai from ‘Dabangg’ and��if you were a fan��then you will love Humse Pyaar Karle Tu. Sajid-Wajid don�۪t change much in that winning hit Qawwali music style formula except for the lyrics and some added instrumentation. And why should they? Humse Pyaar Karle Tu is fun, stylish and exactly what the masses love whether in a club, a wedding party or simply while on the road. Joshi�۪s lyrics with Wajid, Mika Singh��and Shreya Ghoshal�۪s vocals is what makes this song stand out from the rest and the one to watch out for.

In contrast,��Thats All I Really Wanna Do is a complete disappointment after the high of the previous track. It is a futile attempt by Shaan and��Ghoshal with neither the music nor the lyrics helping this song in any way. One could quite well easily skip past this song.

Superstar DJ Suketu takes over the next two tracks on the album with remixes of Mukhtasar and Humse Pyaar Karle Tu. Both remixes are good and add further listening value to this soundtrack.

FINAL WORD

The soundtrack of ��Teri Meri Kahaani�۪ sounds like many others and lacks innovation and creativity just like the expected storyline of the film. It is ‘safe play’ by the directors with all the top singers and use of Sajid-Wajid�۪s hit composition formulas.��Having said that, for listeners, the pick of the��bunch��come��in the form of Allah Jaane, Humse Pyaar Karle Tu and Mukhtasar��which will��provide easy listening��as they scale up the airplay charts. The on screen chemistry of Kapoor-Chopra and Kohli�۪s direction of these songs will only further strengthen or weaken their impression in the minds of their audience.

RATING 7/10

By DJ Munks

Twitter: @DJMunks

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