About 3 years ago to this day Pritam released a soundtrack for Mukesh Bhattâ€™s Jannat and music lovers went crazy! Not surprisingly, it went on to become THE most listened-to-soundtrack of 2008 thanks to some mega rock anthems but none more so than the outstanding â€śLambi Judaiâ€ť. The song was an instant hit and went onto win countless awards. Thing is though, that wasnâ€™t a Pritam song! In fact it was produced by the (then) debutant composer and song writer from Pakistan, Kamran Ahmed, who won MTVâ€™s â€śBest Breakthrough Artist of the Yearâ€ť award (2009) for his efforts. The question is, how on earth do you follow a smash hit debut like that?
Well 3 years later we find out albeit from a much smaller budget soundtrack for the upcoming film and oddly titled Hair is Falling. Suffice to say Kamran Ahmedâ€™s sole contribution to this soundtrack is the stunning â€śNa Samajhnaâ€ť (Track 4) which fans will recognise from his debut album (also called â€śNa Samajhnaâ€ť and released in late 2010). To say that it overshadows the rest of the songs on the soundtrack is a huge understatement indeed but one listen and you will realise whyâ€¦Trademark guitar strings are followed up by some haunting opening vocals by Kamran that light a small flame and before you know it the song blazes into life with the sound of thunderous drums that sound so delicious, youâ€™d be forgiven for thinking they were pumped with steroids! Those peppy drums are the mainstay of the instrumentation along with an electric guitar and Kamranâ€™s vocals that are just as good as you had hoped for, the well written song is powerfully and passionately evoked. Before you know it 6 minutes are over and you are madly jumping for the repeat buttonâ€¦again and again! The song is admittedly no match for â€śLambi Judaiâ€ť but if you were expecting something as good as that, then youâ€™re asking for the impossible.
The rest of the music is composed by relatively unknown composers, Arpan â€“ Sumit (with lyrics by Rishi, Sandy & Varun Garg), and they do a reasonable job although as previously stated, their work is overshadowed somewhat although their music is more relevant for the film. â€śDilli Ke Deewaneâ€ť (Track 1) sung by the youthful sounding Rishi and Kalyani Shakarwar is a cool and funky effort, the sort of song that will be enjoyed by the youth of today. â€śBuddheâ€ť (Track 2) is an amusing situational song that should work well on screen. Singers include Shaan and Rishi and they are supported by a chorus of singers to bring this one to life. â€śDarta Hai Kyunâ€ť (Track 3) is another well composed effort sung by Neeraj but itâ€™s short length suggests itâ€™s another one for the film.
To finish the soundtrack, there are a couple of remixes thrown in for good measure, if you are interested in these you will find them at Tracks 5 and 6. One thing to point out here is a lack of a remix / alternative to Kamran Ahmedâ€™s â€śNa Samajhnaâ€ť. Itâ€™s a shame because if you recall Pritam experimented superbly with two alternative versions of â€śLambi Judaiâ€ť.
Well what more can you say about a soundtrack that is dominated by one song? Nothing! You just take your hat off and applaud the effort â€śNa Samajhnaâ€ť by Kamran Ahmed. Incidentally, if you havenâ€™t heard his debut album then that too comes highly recommended particularly if you enjoyed his efforts here, in fact it wonâ€™t be a surprise if further songs (from his album) are used in future Bollywood soundtracks, just watch this space!