Producer: Aditya Chopra
Director: Kunal Kohli
Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Kirron Kher
Music: Jatin-Lalit
Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi
Singers: Shaan, Alka Yagnik, Babul Supriyo, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Sadhna Sargam, Rishi Rich featuring Veronica, Juggy D.
Audio On: Yash Raj Music
Number of Songs: 7
Released on: April 09, 2004
Reviewed by: Rakesh Budhu
Reviewer's Rating: 6.5 out of 10
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It wouldn’t be a year in Bollywood if we didn’t have that one romantic film from Yash Raj films. This year, it is Hum Tum, returning to the foray director Kunal Kohli who last film Mujhse Dosti Karoge meshed together a number of Yash Raj Films and made it into one. Hum Tum seems to be following a different track storyline wise; but the musical situation is no different. Jatin-Lalit have composed their first album together after some time but their return back to the spotlight is no different than their exit. The music here is plain mediocre, even for a Yash Raj film.

Ladki Kyon” is filled with dialogue interludes from Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukherjee which add novelty to the song undoubtedly, but unlike the usual Yash Raj openers, this song sounds like it belong around number 4, where the obligatory situational number should be placed. The song is nowhere near the quality of usual first track in the album songs are, even “Andekhji Anjaane”, from Mujhse Dosti Karoge. The basic musical piece is an oft-repeated beat that doesn’t strike the right chords immediately. While Shaan and Alka Yagnik are at their best as a duet here, the songs other few highlights include an inspired chorus and the fact that it does end off with the obligatory Yash Raj whistle and chorus. Lyrics by the almost forgotten Prasoon Joshi are also unremarkable. Even though the song is likable its unexpectedly just ok.

The second song picks up the pace a little. Sonu Nigam and Sadhna Sargam come together in a weirdly titled “Chak De” which too sounds a bit situational but fits the bill. While Sonu has sung many songs like this previously and sings it with ease, Sadhna Sargam sounds like she is putting too much effort into the composition and as a result her efforts seem bland. However, a catchy backdrop gives the song a little more reason to listen to it.

The only enticing song in the soundtrack is “Hum Tum” which reverts to true Jatin-Lalit / Yash Raj style. The welcoming element in this song is the singing by Babul Supriyo and Alka. Musically the song is also a sound composition that is bound to be on the charts somewhere. There is a bit more experimenting in this slow song in comparison to the rest of the album, even though Jatin-Lalit have composed songs similar in nature to it in the past. An instrumental of the song follows later and realistically this song should have opened up the album.

Alka is not in her element in “Gore Gore”, the solo number that seems like it is meant for a dance sequence in a bar. If there is anything that detracts from this song it is Alka’s singing. The beat, though far from unique, is sufficed to catch a listener’s attention. Lyrically, this song is also unappealing and it too seems quite odd for a Yash Raj film.

Yaara Yaara” is an Alka Yagnik-Udit Narayan duet with lyrics that are also of a more regular nature. The song is similar to a few of the songs in Mujhse Dosti Karoge, but at this point in the soundtrack, we are actually looking for that song to at least identify with the soundtrack. The song is a bit more entertaining than the rest of the songs on the soundtrack with its tabla backdrop. Like a few of the other songs the music comes across as an attempt to infuse a couple of different styles of music together—and while it is its own fallacy, in some sense, it is what sets the songs apart.

Just when you thought you couldn’t keep the western influence out of soundtracks, especially Yash Raj ones, there is “Mere Dil Vich Hum Tum”, a.k.a U ‘n’ L. Directors seem to feel that it is of importance to mix the cultures together and if the past ten years or so of trying to infuse it in films with vulgarity and western like themes wasn’t enough, invading the musical scores has become the big thing. Songs like these are best left on remixes album and I think that safely sums up the lack of need for the song. It  is disappointing that these style of songs are being heard frequently, and may represent a certain stereotype of western culture and are replacing the usual film songs. Nevertheless, it would be no surprise if the song becomes popular, rap, English lyrics and stupidity included.

Overall for a Yash Raj film, the music here is somewhat disappointing. Jatin-Lalit have lost their ability to compose those delicious numbers, even the ones that were entertaining while rehashed. If they were aiming for something different than the usual Yash Chopra/Yash Raj styled album, they’ve failed to make something different something great. Sadly, even their ability to meet the mark for Yash Raj seems to be lacking here. It’s also disappointing to see that Yash Raj Music has been launched with such a plain mediocre soundtrack, at best. Worry not, the new Yash Raj label and the film´s appealing star cast may sell this soundtrack alone, but it certainly won’t be its superb quality.