Hot on the heels of Jannat 2, another Bhatt (this time Vikram) is looking for a decent soundtrack to support his upcoming film, the erotic thriller Hate Story. As Pritam has been busy of late with other things (namely Mahesh Bhatt’s Jannat 2!), who can he choose to replace him? To be fair Vikram Bhatt has in recent years given newcomers a chance so in his last film Haunted 3D, Chirantan Bhatt (not related!) was able to make a mark with some good songs. For Hate Story he goes with the inexperienced Harshit Saxena who thus far has the hit song “Haal-e-Dil” (Murder 2) to his name. Can the youngster deliver on his debut album or is he a one trick pony that should stick to what he is good at i.e. playback singing?
One listen to “Maahe Jaan” and you know it has the potential to become the second hit track of Harshit Saxena’s short career thus far! Oozing melody throughout thanks to the piano, flute (Naveen Kumar) and guitar (Pawan Raseily), this is one passionate love ballad from start to finish. Arguably the highlight of the song is Harshit’s own singing which is fabulous and works well alongside the lyrics by Kumaar and a terrific hook line “Chehra Tere Dil Mein… Maahe Jaan” (by Shabir Ahmed). If you like your rock remixes then “Maahe Jaan (Rock Version)” will be just up your street with Harshit boosting the electric guitar and adding significantly more rigour and passion to his vocals by really forcing it out in the mukhda but at the same time controlling it well in the antara. The way he extenuates the alaaps in this version is awesome to say the least! Overall this is a fine follow up to “Haal-e-Dil” although arguably not quite as good.
“Dil Kanch Sa” is a well composed song if a little (Bhatt) typical on the ears. However there is some intricate music involved such as the guitar (Pawan Raseily) and percussions (Prasad) that lay down a platform for the USP of the song, Krishna Buera. An expert singer in the sufi style, he performs quite superbly with some very high pitched notes delivered effortlessly. The Punjabi lines by Kumaar are ok. There's something to be said for a song that lasts for over six minutes and you are still hooked to it. “Dil Kanch Sa (heart & Soul)” showcases the versatility in Harshit’s vocals, in short he is great in the reprise version which is just as enjoyable as the original. Highly Recommended!
“Raat” is the only disappointment of the entire album. It just fails to capture your interest despite the efforts of Sunidhi Chauhan. “Raat Remix” appears later in the soundtrack.
Overall Harshit Saxena’s debut soundtrack is a decent effort. Even with only three original songs here he succeeds in making an impact particularly with “Maahe Jaan” and “Dil Kanch Sa”. Let’s hope he is given more projects in the future both as a singer and as composer - the youngster certainly has the talent. And a final word of thanks to Vikram Bhatt for giving him the opportunity here, keep up this strategy.