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Love Per Square Foot
Producer: Ronnie Screwvala
Director: Anand Tiwari
Starring: Vicky Kaushal and Angira Dhar
Music: Sohail Sen
Lyrics: Abhishek Dhusia, Sahir Nawab and Sumeet Suvarna (Mumbai’s Finest), Anand Tiwari
Singers: Abhishek Dhusia, Sahir Nawab and Sumeet Suvarna (Mumbai’s Finest), Benny Dayal, Shivangi Bhayana, Altamash Faridi, Tarannum Malik, Udit Narayan and Rekha Bhardwaj
Audio On: Zee Music Company    Number of Songs: 7
Album Released on: 14 February 2018
Reviewed by: Anish Mohanty  - Rating: 6.0 / 10
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Instead of getting a theatrical release, like every regular film does, 'Love Per Square Foot' has found its way to a digital streaming platform. Those who wish to see the film can only watch it on that specific digital platform. Because of this, the film has not been promoted aggressive and the music, too, has arrived unannounced on the same day the film hit Netflix, the digital platform it being screened in. Despite zilch promotion, one has good hopes from the music as it has been scored by a well-established composer, namely, Sohail Sen. Also, being an urban love story one can definitely expect a good number of sings to trickle into the narrative seamlessly.

Those who have commuted on the local trains of Mumbai, also known as the lifeline of this city, can identify with "Yatri Kripya Dhyaan De" very well. For those who have not have had the opportunity to do so, this song will give you a good idea of what it feels to travel across the metropolitan city on these jam-packed, overcrowded trains. Abhishek Dhusia, Sahir Nawab and Sumeet Suvarna from the group Mumbai's finest display their rapping and beat boxing skills very well as they write and perform to this highly amusing track which should make for an interesting watch while viewing the film.

Perhaps, watching the way the song has been picturised in the film would give you a better idea as to why it is called "Chicken Dance". As writer-director Anand Tiwari has penned the song himself, one expects it to have a special importance to a particular situation in the film. The track makes for a fun hear and more than the tune, it is the lively rendition by Benny Dayal and the spiffy jazz-based arrangements that make it sound appealing to the ears. The change in the rhythmic structure is similar to the kind Salim-Sulaiman use in such tracks ("Jigar Da Tukda" - 'Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl', "Khulla Saand" - 'Rabba Main Kya Karoon').

With a short duration of two minutes and forty minutes and a standard tune with standard orchestral arrangements, "Ishq Mein Bajti Hai Ghanti" does not leave much of an impression as a standalone audio track. The tune has an unmistakably 90s vibe to it and comes across more as a background piece composed to emphasise on a particular scene rather than any adding any value to the album. It is a delight to listen to Udit Narayan after a long time. His voice sounds very fresh as it heard after quite some time.

"Aashiyana" starts off with a very pleasant yodelling by a male voice (presumably that of Sohail Sen) before making way for Altamash Faridi and Tarannum Malik to sing the rest of the track. Abhiruchi Chand writes lines like "TV pe picture chal rahi ho, haath mein jaam ho" and in a way, encapsulates the theme of the film which is about a couple planning to get married so that they could avail a special offer which would ease the pressure of buying a house in Mumbai. The tune is pleasant enough and the singers put their best foot forward to make it a thoroughly engaging number.

Altamash Faridi's voice is heard again and this time, for a solo number where he gives a very good account of himself. "Maqbool Hai" has a dreamy and lounge-ish vie to it and seems to represent the aspirations of the urban middle class living in a big city. The mukhda of the song is quite good but is the antara portions ("har dil mein..."/("reh loon main...") which lends an uplifting feel to it. Jamil Ahmed writes some good lines that linger in your mind after you are done listening to the track.

The soundtrack closes with a thumri based semi-classical number called "Raaz Apne Dil Ke" rendered by Rekha Bhardwaj. Goapl Datt writes some sensuous lyrics ("tumse ho paaye ke naahi bol do balamwa") that do not sound inappropriate. Rekha Bhardwaj, as always, is excellent with her rendition. The song has two version, Indian and western. While the Indian version is steeped in the sound of traditional Indian instruments, the western version sounds more like a remixed track with some suggestive sounds and a voiceover by a female vocalist (uncredited) added in for good measure.

Sohail Sen had last delivered a good soundtrack for 'Happy Bhag Jayegi' way back in 2016. He makes a good enough comeback to the film music scene with 'Love Per Square Foot' and one looks forward to see the kind of music he rolls out with his upcoming releases 'Happy Bhag Jayegi Returns', 'Guns Of Benares' and 'Fraud Saiyaan'.

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