It was the year 2002 when the Hindi film music sound was in a transition mode. We were getting out of the 90’s effect and moving towards Pop music. Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai (2000) and Dil Chahta Hai (2001) played the most important role in changing the sound. A new era of music was taking birth. New composers were knocking the doors of Bollywood. Out of many, two composers forming a duo entered the industry with a promise to make their place permanently fixed. Jeet Ganguly and Pritam Chakraborty. Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai was their first big project. They were comfortable as they were working for a friend’s movie. Sanjay Gadhvi, their close friend was directing it. They not only made a chartbuster compositions but also created some immortal tunes that still connect to us quite well.
Music: Jeet-Pritam; Lyrics: Javed Akhtar; Music Label: YRF Music
1. Ek Ladki – Singers: Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik
We were in the process of getting out of the 90’s zone but we hadn’t got fully out of it. This song clearly depicts that. It was a typical 90’s YRF element which had an essence of DDLJ sound. It starts with an alaap by Alka Yagnik. It was the main track of the album as the signature tune of the album is the tune of this song. This tune has been played using Mandolin which creates the DDLJ effect. That was amazing! They were Jeet and Pritam. They weren’t Jatin-Lalit yet they created sounds exactly similar to that of Jatin-Lalit. The rhythm also had all the Yash Raj elements. Udit Narayan’s vocals suited this song perfectly. When the signature tune is played after the first interlude, the Mandolin is mixed with Matka. That’s the best part in the song. Javed Akhtar has written this song very well. There doesn’t seem to have any forceful words or sentences. The whole song seems to be written in a planned way depicting the qualities and activities of the girl mentioned in the song. A song full of sanctity.
2. Hum Dono Jaisa Hai Kaun Yahan – Singers: KK, Sunidhi Chauhan
This KK-Sunidhi combo that has been used by Pritam later several times, was first tested in this grooving track. I remember how we used to dance on it and how fast it would seem to us. Now when you hear it, you can’t dance on it. Today’s dance songs are incredibly fast. But when you peep into that era where these kind of songs were nowhere to be made, you would surely realize how awesome it was to compose such a track. It had all those modern sounds that are still used. KK sounded too awesome to ignore. Sunidhi’s performance was less convincing. She has sung in a false voice that sounded annoying after a certain time. The best thing in the track was the intro tune by Violin that was played many times in the song. Listen, to know how techno sounds got place in Bollywood.
3. Humne Suna Hai – Singers: Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Sudesh Bhonsle, Japinder Narula
If you have listened to the song before, you would definitely get a nostalgia. It has the cuteness and the innocence which makes a unique bond with its listeners. It also has the Jatin-Lalit sound. The composition is totally fresh and a light beauty is there hidden in the tune of mukhda. Udit Narayan here also created immense impact with his vocals which suited the song very well. The rhythm is purely 90’s and gives a good feeling. It also made me wonder why this rhythm is not used in today’s songs. It creates a peaceful impact. All the instruments used here belong to 90’s era. The best part of the song is that before both antara, the signature tune is played and Alka Yagnik takes a very short alaap and the antara begins. Lyrics are very well written. He has written situation oriented lyrics and has made it quite funny.
4. Jaage Jaage – Singers: Sonu Nigan, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik
This track belongs to Sonu Nigam. He completely captured the whole song. He starts on a slow note and then just impresses everyone with his singing. Now this song has little variation from 90’s music. You can hear the orchestra, the background which is a modern sound. The Guitar has also been played differently. The interludes though are again filled with all the Jatin-Lalit sounds. Sitar is played beautifully before the second antara. Sonu Nigam’s vocals sounded damn classy. Credit goes to composers for echoing his vocals in the hook line. That’s a unique beauty of this song. Udit Narayan has got the second antara and it is somehow less interesting. This song didn’t seem to be suited on him. Alka Yagnik is perfect throughout. A Soothing and Relaxing Romantic Song.
5. Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai – Singers: Sonu Nigam, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik
This title track was a wedding song which was composed exactly in Jatin-Lalit style (haha). It’s a typical melodramatic song that used to be there in films at that time. It’s very difficult to compose another song on the same words Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai when already a song of this name had become a rage. A very nice effort from Jeet and Pritam. The track has immense melody and emotions. Dholak, Dhol, Nagada, Shehnaayi, Sarod, Mandolin and Guitar all are used making it a lengthy song. Again the same trio of Udit-Sonu-Alka is there. Lyrics are decent. Arrangements are superb. The best part in the song is Alka’s part saathi soona. This one was as good as the old Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai was.
6. Sharara Sharara – Singers: Asha Bhosle, Sonu Nigam
The soundtrack ends on the best note with the best song of the album. This song had marked the comeback of Asha Bhosle to mainstream music. The addictive Guitar tune was a paradigm of how Pritam would compose some awesome addictive songs in future. I wonder how this song still sounds so fresh. The beats, the arrangements, the singing, infact the whole structure of the song sounds fresh. The decision of roping Asha Bhosle for singing it, would be surely one of the best decisions Jeet and Pritam have taken in their life. One can still dance on it quite easily. It has grooving beats but also has soothing effect that still has made the song alive in our hearts. Though in the soundtrack version, there’s no Sonu Nigam but in the film version, he has sung the mukhda. Every line, every note is composed and written with awesome addictive feeling. A track to salute.
Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai was a soundtrack that had all genres of songs. All the popular singers of that time have been used. Jeet and Pritam would have made a great combo in future and this is the best example of that. The composers seemed to be inspired by Jatin-Lalit’s music and aimed to become like them. But it wasn’t written in the kundli of the industry and the listeners to listen more from them. They worked on one more film after this and then separated. No body knows the exact reason for separation but whatever happens, happens for good. They both are doing excellent job in their field. It was good that they separated and we got to hear new sounds from both of them otherwise, if they hadn’t separated, they could have landed being just another Jatin-Lalit. This album got trapped in between 90’s and 2000’s music but emerged out to be a memorable one.
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