Friday, 8 June 2012

Teri Meri Kahaani Review

Teri Meri Kahaani is the next big film from Bollywood releasing this month. Starring Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapoor the film is a love story set in three different places in three different eras. Sajid-Wajid have composed the music and features the usual Bollywood playback singers including Shreya Ghoshal, Mika Singh and Sonu Nigam.

The opening of Mukhtasar, which starts the soundtrack, sounds like the beginning of a bad eighties tv advert, but it gets better as the song goes on. Wajid's vocals are brilliant, but his vocals are drowned in a thumping beat. The remix of Mukhtasar is tolerable and adds even more electronic beats on top of Wajid's vocals.

It seems like every Bollywood soundtrack these days needs a track from Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Allah Jaane is Rahat’s track on this album. It’s typical of what we have come to expect from Rahat - lyrical and beautiful. In a film that spans three different eras, it is clever to have a song that sound timeless.

The song for the modern love story is the worst on the sound tack. That’s All I Really Wanna Do is a mix of Hindi and English lyrics. It is cheesy in both the vocals and instrumentation. Why does Bollywood think English vocals make a track sound modern? Admittedly, all I really wanted to do to the song was turn it off.

Humse Pyaar Kar Le Tu is a girls versus boys affair which accompanies the oldest part of the film. It is a bit man heavy in places and needed more female vocals to balance it out, but this does not stop it from being a catchy song. It has an earthy feel to it which suits the time period it is supposed to represent. Although it sounds rustic, it does not sound old and Mika Singh's vocals make it fresh and modern. The remix version was ok, but it looses the cheeky feel of the original

Jabse Mere Dil Ko Uff has a pseudo retro feel which somehow works wonderfully. I didn’t quite feel myself transported back to the sixties, but it is a great song. It’s a lovely duet from Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan. The preview for it looks amazing and like it was a lot of fun to make, but I think they could have camped it up a little bit more.

Verdict: With it’s mix of eras and singers this soundtrack has a lot going for it. Expect to hear these songs playing everywhere this summer.

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