Musically Stubborn Rajshri!! (Prem Ratan Dhan Payo – Music Review)

This is probably the grandest film of Himesh Reshammiya as Sooraj Barjatya is back with Salman Khan after a very long time with a period drama based on Mark Twain’s “The Kind And The Pauper”. Rajshri films have been famous for their melodies, so the music of this film is being looked forward to.

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Music: Himesh Reshammiya;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil;  Music Label: T-Series

1. Prem Leela – Singers: Aman Trikha, Vineet Singh – This much awaited soundtrack starts with a routine Himesh style, that very sound which you feel can be heard in any wedding orchestra program. The composer doesn’t seem to have shown the much needed care. He rather treated it as any of his usually ordinary compositions. Aman Trikha sounds very Himesh in this and Irshad Kamil seems to have done efforts but mostly ends up failing. The usual Reshammiya stuff.

2. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo – Singer: Palak Muchhal – The song starts ecstatically with Palak’s vocals sounding much matured now, quite comparable to that of Shreya. Sadly, it loses the charm because of a sluggishly composed hook line which sounds stale 90s, particularly because of the arrangements. Keeping the arrangements 90s like, doesn’t go in favor of the song as the melody is too week to hold attention or stick into the mind of the listener. The hook line spoils the grandeur. 

3. Jalte Diye – Singers: Harshdeep Kaur, Shabab Sabri, Vineet Singh, Anweshaa – Now, this is something of the level that was “actually” expected from Himesh to deliver for this album. The arrangements are so powerful, clearly giving the royal feeling which goes well with the mood of the film. Himesh clarifies in this song that why Vineet is not getting his due rotis. He sounds so much like Sonu Nigam that one doubts if there was any harm in using the original man himself. Anweshaa is a surprising package. She is brilliant in engaging the listener with her glorifying vocals. Harshdeep has a short yet special role in giving a really unique start to the song. Irshad Kamil’s lovely lyrics add up to the pleasure. Something which was expected. Lovely melody, brilliant arrangements. #WelcomeSong

4. Aaj Unse Milna Hai – Singer: Shaan – Ah! So depressingly 90s! Even the lyrics are so cliche`d 90s aaj unse milna hai hume… thodi barfi varfi lete chale.. thodi mathri vathri lete chale. Barring Shaan’s soothing vocals, there’s nothing to hear in the song. More than a tribute or an effort to make it sound authentically 90s, it seems to be an effort of imitating the 90s music which ofcourse would have been done unintentionally by the composer. Too 90s to digest in 2015!

5. Jab Tum Chaho – Singers: Mohammed Irfan, Palak Muchhal, Darshan Raval – Another dated melody, completely staled which Palak, Mohammed Irfan along with Darshan Raval totally fail to keep it engaging. The above song had Shaan as the savior, this 90s stuff has nobody to save and hence, it sinks entirely! Dated, Boring, Stale! Yawn!!

6. Halo Re – Singer: Aman Trikha – Among the dated melodies, this track rendered by Aman Trikha, fairs better than the rest. A not-so-fast dance track that has quite an engaging rhythm and mood-setting arrangements. Kamil’s lyrics suitably fall into the composition that has indeed a decent melody. Aman Trikha is a performer! Decent effort!

7. Tod Tadaiyya – Singers: Neeraj Shridhar, Neeti Mohan – Neeraj Shridhar doesn’t suit well in the song, Neeti Mohan is too loud for unknown reasons. A somewhat quirk-filled naughty song in terms of a Barjatya film, inspite of being catchy, doesn’t hold the interest for long. Tries too hard to be enjoyable.

8. Bachpan Kahan? – Singer: Himesh Reshammiya – The composer arrives behind the mic to sing a simple yet engaging melody about childhood, excellently written by Irshad Kamil. The arrangements could have been more modern as the song is not suffering from the 90s fever but it neither has the sound of the current era. Sweet n Simple

9. Murli Ki Taanon Si – Singer: Shaan – A slow version of Aaj Unse Milna Hai with those chorus and daphli, it flashes the background score of all those 90s family dramas. It is short yet/hence, more engaging than the original. The one-minute slow version fairs better than the original. 

10. Aaj Unse Kehna Hai – Singers: Shaan, Palak Muchhal, Aishwarya Majumdar – Yet another version of the same song. The song which has the most 90s sound, sadly has three versions. Again, this version also scores much better than the original. Aishwarya lifts up the song well, joined by Palak and Shaan later when it gets fused with the hook line of the title track. Aishwarya impresses!

An album with weak melodies, dated sound, and not-so-impressive lyrics by Himesh Reshammiya and team leaves us with disappointment.

The Final Verdict:   OKAY



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