Lalit Pandit was in the headlines in 2006 (after the official split of Jatin-Lalit), when he bagged a few assignments quite quickly as a solo composer. Sure he is talented but can he handle solo assignments, without the help of Jatin? Basically most of the well established 90s music directors have lost ground due to the change in music tastes, trends and also the popularity of remixes. Let’s face it; the quality of the songs, the sounds, the singing, the rendering, the style; all has changed in a way or another. However, it is another experience to see what these once well known music composers can churn out in this new context. How far can they be creative and can they cope with the technology? Centered around a youth theme, Pandit and Bhatt join hands again after Ghulam and Fareb, which both had qualitative music by Jatin-Lalit.
Impressive commencement by Lalit Pandit for his first song of his first solo assignment – ‘Valha Valha’ is a direct lift from Amr Diab's Eni Alem Allah (2000). Anyone can easily detect the Arabic beats, rhythm and melody. Talented singers like Mahalaxmi Iyer and Shaan are wasted in this peppy and catchy title track. Special mention to Shaan for his energetic performance, which adds more spice to the lifted track. Lalit also works hard on the orchestration and ensures that the zingy youth feel is added.
Accordion music is beautifully emphasized in ‘Hum Tum Hum Tum’ while a strings of other instruments like the piano are used aptly. (Accordion music is becoming very rare in Bollywood music and it’s a good and successful attempt by Lalit to bring back this instrument. Special mention to RaamLaxman who always uses this instrument in most of his assignments). Both K.K and Gayatri Ganjawala injects life in this romantic and sweet tune, which has been quite rare with the present composers. A perfect 90’s tune which surely Lalit has polished over the years. Orchestration is first class with ear friendly interludes. Lalit has a winner with ‘Hum Tum Hum Tum’ and scores high marks for the treatment.
Zubeen Garg saves 'Hum Khushi Ki Chah Mein' by delivering a honest performance. A fresh tune with lots of emotions rightly expressed by the singer. The slow pace moving of the track render it more beautiful. The Rock Mix comes with Alka Yagnik in the female vocals.
(Zubeen Garg hasn’t been offered such type of slow songs after the high pitched ‘Ya Ali’ (Gangster) and ‘Meri Dhoop Hai Tu’ (Zindaggi Rocks). But few are aware that Zubeen Garg composed music for the film Strings, released under the Sa Re Ga Ma Label. Zubeen Garg rendered the superbly touching ‘Ishq’ which went completely unnoticed. Composers should give the singer such type of songs to break the ‘Ya Ali’ pitch)
‘No Problem’ by Remo Fernandes is simply a waste of talent and there is a big problem with Lalit. Just imagine what Remo recorded for Jatin-Lalit in Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha and now Lalit comes with this below average track, with much non-sense. The carnival genre number seems very much inspired by French singer Patrick Sebastien carnival number of the 80s. Starting very well with a nice electronic piano piece of music, the music switches into a full swing Mardi Gras number. The song is embellished with a chorus, a wide range of salsa instruments, guitars, piano but can’t sustain the momentum.
Gehra Gehra' starts off very slowly with Sunidhi Chauhan in the prelude after turning into a fast pace mode with ‘Gehra Gehra' as the catchy line. A female chorus is used to back the lead singer and an uncredited male vocal is also present. The orchestration is amateurish with the wrong beats in the middle. However the variety of instruments used are quite impressive for this below average number. Even the vocal effects of Sunidhi Chauhan are used quite well. Jatin-Lalit rarely used special voice effects for such type of songs and it shows that Lalit is adventuring into new areas.
In a nutshell, Lalit Pandit has not tried anything new in his first solo venture. Maybe the composer is keeping his best work for the bigger banners and since this movie doesn’t have stars, not much efforts were put by Lalit. Sameer is routine with heard before lyrics. Lalit Pandit cates for a youth audience and doesn’t repeat any Jatin-Lalit music in this album. Surprisingly, a composer of such calibre, rips a song from a well know international artist. These are not good signs and hope that these poor tricks do not happen again. Lalit’s tunes seems to be what Anu Malik has been doing in the 90s. If the composer wants to remain longer in the industry, he needs to brings more creative numbers, keeping in mind that the type of songs attempted have already been heard in the past.