Conversion rates have never been so high. Every producer, director and music company is flocking to Reshammiya. The latest being Dharmesh Darshan and Venus. While Darshan always favored Nadeem-Shravan (Lootere, Raja Hindustani, Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya and Bewafaa), Venus trusted Anu Malik since Baazigar, and they also gave him Josh. Furthermore, Reshammiya describes ‘Aap Ki Khatir’ as one of his best works to date. Often, music directors come with such statements. Case in points: Anu Malik with Yaadein and recently Anand Raaj Anand with Aryan. And they turned out to be arguably true. But can Reshammiya live up to his words? Can he be so confident of his tunes and singing when haters of his music, voice, beard, cap, jacket are growing at an exponential rate?
Reshammiya can’t resist the mike for the title song of Aap Ki Khatir. Forget about all his past numbers and do listen to this one. Blessed with a melodious tune, the song has touching lyrics by Sameer. However, the poor orchestration and stale soft rock formula used don’t give it the best edge for a memorable title song, which this movie deserves. Blame it on the rock guitar and the repetitive beats employed in all the Reshammiya hit soundtracks. For the remixed version, DJ Akbar Sami’s efforts need special attention. The background music is reworked with additional sounds and better vocal effects. The Unplugged Version with Akshaye Khanna rendering a few lines is pleasing and is definitely the best part of the track. His voice conveys more than just the meaning but also emotions. A fusion of Akshaye’s smooth poetic voice with Himesh’s husky voice is quite extreme, yet groovy!
Reshammiya is back in the hit tune making business with I Love You For What You Are. Opening with very catchy music and chorus, it’s the simplicity, which shines the most. The song also has a nice flow that is captivating. K.K.sounds more like a Himesh Reshammiya-meets-Adnan Sami. He puts unnecessary pressure on his vocal chords. Alisha Chinoy is fantastic with a nearly perfect rendition of her lines. However the song contains too many English words and they dilute the melodic beauty of this ‘Indian’ tune. The song is all about the lovers telling each other that they don’t need to change at all. Sameer writes some really funny lines which sometimes do not make sense. Such a melodious number doesn’t need a remix. Sami poorly manages with the beats and doesn’t offer anything special.
Meethi Meethi Baatan comes as a surprise because Reshammiya has not attempted something like this in quite some time. Pure Indian music blended beautifully with a folk tune is the highest scoring point of this track. The extensive use of the female chorus and the tablas give it a more traditional feel. Meethi Meethi Baatan would have been an Alka Yagnik number if we were still in the ‘90s but it’s Sunidhi Chauhan who is in charge here. Jaspinder Narula and Kailash Kher are only the supporting vocalists in this light composed number aptly penned by Sameer. The remixed version by Sami is average as he doesn’t get much scope to play around with the tempo, which has been left the same.
Afsana opens with a female voice (which has been not been credited) before Reshammiya makes his rock star entry. His need to complete the song in a hurry is blatantly seen. The composition is also too short and lack the flavors characteristic of some of his previous chartbusters. There is too much of improvisation with the already heard rhythmic tune and singing, while the music relies heavily on the sarangi, keyboard and beats. Sameer’s English lyrics like Always on my mind is repeated endlessly. After ‘fanaa’ becoming the favorite word for the lyricists, it’s now ‘afsana’ which is taking the lead. Overall, another singer would have done justice to this song. The remixed version is even shorter and is just an average fare.
Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan display an amazing freshness in Keh Do Na! This will have to be one of the best tracks of the album. It contains the Reshammiya stamp before his Aashiq Banaya Aapne fame. Light, simple and melodious, the music maintains a high level throughout. There’s a sort of funk-flute and keyboard sounds playing together, which blend perfectly within the standard ensemble. When it comes to such love songs, Shaan’s vocals are best suited. Sameer avoids his English words and it pays. Sami doesn’t disappoint either with the remixing.
Tu Hi Mera is simply an improved version of the catchy line Aa Re Aa Re of ‘Shabe Firaq’ from Chup Chup Ke. He is a clever boy this Reshammiya! This one seems to be a quickie because the whole song has a strong heard-before feel to it. High on energy, Reshammiya uses his favourite instruments like the electric guitar and sarangi. Once again, a good tune gone wrong with Reshammiya lending his vocals. As for the remixed version, Himani does an excellent job in the first remix. She sounds energetic and uplifts the song with her high-pitched rendering. Reshammiya enjoys himself in the second remixed version. Sami switches feel to a more dancing mood with the techno influence he adopts. While the male version opens with a female chorus, the reverse applies for the female version. Interesting!
Anu Malik impressed Dharmesh Darshan with the popular ‘Mela Dilon Ka’ from Mela while the tune of ‘Dhadkan Mein Tum’ was originally a piece of music from a Shammi Kapoor movie which was reworked! While Nadeem-Shravan gave a series of solid hits, some of them were originally lifted from Pakistani songs. Himesh Reshammiya does not venture in the territory of lifting and produces only original material, with modifications of his own tunes. He might be thinking that his singing is the strength of the album but it applies only to the title song. The strength of the album lies in its simplicity and the freshness of the voices. Reshammiya was perhaps joking when he said that ‘Aap Ki Khatir’ is his best to date!