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    Default Exclusive Music Review Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji

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    After burning his hands on 'realistic' films with 'Jail' the last time around, Madhur Bhandarkar is all set to try his hands at rom coms with his next release, 'Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji'. Music has always been a strong point for Madhur's films and the trend continues with this one too.

    Starring Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi and Omi Vaidya, 'Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji' also features a dishy Shazahn Padamsee and Shruti Hassan along with newcomer Shraddha Das. Pritam handles the music department, his second outing this year with the pair of Ajay and Emraan, who starred in the blockbuster 'Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai'. Sanjay Chhel, Neelesh Misra, Kumaar and Sayeed Quadri pen the lyrics.

    In the past decade, Pritam has carved a niche for himself in the music industry. He's done this, not by creating a trademark sound of his own making, but with simple tunes that gel nicely with his director's films, like 'Life In A… Metro' and 'Jab We Met'. So too, for the light heartedness of 'Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji', the Bong composer crafts a charming set of sweet, simple melodies, quite unlike the serious, almost sombre sound of Bhandarkar's earlier films. The eight track album here consists of five straightforward pop melodies and three remixes and reprises.

    Mohit Chauhan takes guard for the album with the opening 'abhi kuch dino se'. Pritam crafts an acoustic guitar led, radio friendly melody for Chauhan's voice that harks back to his 'dooba dooba' days. 'Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai' saw Chauhan and Pritam score huge hit with 'pee loon' and the two look set to repeat their success with this one. Though there are no real pops and sizzles, the composer, with lyricist Neelesh Misra, manages to create a hummable, inviting tune that leads one further into the album.

    With three appearances in all, 'tere bin' seems to be positioned as the lead single off the album. Kumaar's lyrics craft a story of loving longing that Pritam sets to a dainty melody with Sonu Nigam on the vocals in the first version. Although the shrill English interlude could have been avoided, at just seventeen seconds, it doesn't take much away from the track. Pritam chooses to go for a full bodied arrangement for the track, with guitars, synths, drums and a chorus line running through the track; while the melody itself is soft, the arrangement lends it a louder effect. Nigam's version is remixed in a club friendly version later down the album, giving the soft pop of the original a more urgent, electro feel.

    For Naresh Iyer's reprised version of 'tere bin', Pritam goes for a more pronounced acoustic line, with an almost Celtic sounding intro. While the original sees Sonu at his best, Iyer's heavier voice seems better suited to the melody of the track. While all three versions of the track are great, Naresh's reprise emerges as a personal favourite.

    'Peppy' is the perfect word to describe 'yeh dil hai nakhrewala'. Singer Shefali Alvares, known around Mumbai for her live concerts, brings a touch of power pop to the number, even with a bit of jazzy ad libbing. The track has a very catchy melody, and Pritam even goes for a very pop rock sort of arrangement, with loud bass percussion and a muted, but heavy, electric guitar underlay. Pritam's melody goes perfectly with Misra's 'girl power' lyrics, and the song conveys a spunky sort of attitude. Antara Mitra's film version is also equally enjoyable. For her recording, Pritam takes a lighter hand with the arrangement, replacing some of the electric sounds with acoustics, and cutting down on the booming percussive line.

    Kunal Ganjawala comes in on 'jadugari', which takes the album back to mellower confines. The number, with its quiet, storm in a teacup melody, is perfectly suited to Ganjawala's voice. Pritam sets the track to a rhythm 'n bass sort of arrangement, with some layered acoustic strings laid over a light drum machine line. All put together, the song is one that tends to get stuck in one's mind.

    For a rom com, it is a bit odd that 'beshuba' is the only duet on the entire soundtrack. The final number on the album stays in the adult contemporary vein of the rest of the collection. Antara Mitra and Kunal Ganjawala meld elegantly on vocals. Mitra's vocals cushion Ganjawala's verses to a beautiful effect, and draw attention towards Quadri's charming lyrics.

    While Pritam doesn't go for the variety button with 'Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji', he turns in a lovely set of tunes here. The simple, soothing sounds of the album come as a welcome break from the loud, almost garish sounds that have become staples of Bollywood music these days. Definitely, a must hear…




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