Before Himesh Reshammiya’s rise in popularity in 2005, the composer was already in the rat race and delivering consistent hits. Following the success of Humraaz (2002), which happened after Abbas-Mustan replaced Anu Malik with Himesh Reshammiya, the composer began signing projects, like there is no tomorrow. As such, to meet the increasing pressures from producers, most of the projects contained one or two hit wonders, while the rest of the songs were mass-produced. Despite the massive workload, Himesh Reshammiya carved a style and never neglected the Indian melody. While most other music popular directors like Anu Malik, Jatin-Lalit, Nadeem-Shravan Anand Raaj Anand and Nikhil-Vinay were serving the same songs, with a strong 90’s hangover, Himesh Reshammiya presented us with a stronger Indian melody than his colleagues, but to play it safe, he kept the same orchestra which everyone else was using at that time. Very loyal to lyricist Sudhakar Sharma and singers like Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik, all his songs became very popular with the masses.
Milenge Milenge was conceived around 5 years ago and at that time, the music director had a methodological way of composing songs in a jiffy. This soundtrack is a hybrid – it presents us with the ‘Old Himesh’ and the ‘New Himesh’ from 2006. The music director earlier worked with director Satish Kaushik in Tere Naam (2003) and Vaada (2004) and with Boney Kapoor (Sridevi Productions) in Run (2004). All the mentioned movies had good songs and Milenge Milenge is based on the same structure, except that Himesh is now singing. The music rights were first sold to Tips!
Kuch To Baki Hai is definitely the highlight of Milenge Milenge and shows the forte of the singer and the composer. The feel of the song is instant, with Himesh Reshammiya delivering a fantastic solo performance. It gets one into the mood right away and it makes one want to hear it one more time. Sameer’s lyrics deserve full mention as the words are poignant and powerful. Instruments like the sarangi, the harmonium and the tabla are emphasized, while the semi-classical alaaps and high pitched singing transform ‘Kuch To Baki Hai’ into an excellently sung and composed song. Kudos! ‘Kuch To Baki Hai’ is a fusion of conceived emotions (further portrayed by the break-up of the Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor), Indian music and melody and Himesh Reshammiya’s singing.
Kuch To Baki Hai (Dark Mix) and Kuch To Baki Hai (Bright Mix) by DJ Llyod and DISCREET are good extension of beats of the originals. Sung by Himesh Reshammiya, with additional vocals by DJ Llyod and Vineet Singh, both remixes are sure to keep the dance floor busy, but one expected remixes which were more striking.
Classical alaaps starts off the second version of Milenge Milenge, which is rendered by the romantic duo of Himesh Reshammiya and Shreya Ghoshal. It is good to see that the composer changes the orchestration and keeps it as an ‘Unplugged Version’. We also have Shahid Kapoor reciting a few lines. The calm atmosphere which is largely due to the synthesisers’ sounds provides the perfect ground for the lower octave singing. Furthermore, Himesh also produces some nice interludes and incorporates synthesized textures in a very subtle way. Shreya Ghoshal’s vocals complement the song and overall it makes an enjoyable listening.
Tum Chain Ho by Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik and Suzanne D’Mello is melodic to the core, with lots of emotions and touching verses. Suzanne D’Mello’s opening and interludes with the English wordings was not really necessary, but it is compensated by the passionate singing by the talented pairing of Nigam and Yagnik. As expected, there is little change to the orchestration and the usual instruments like the sarangi and the violins are present. Still, ‘Tum Chain Ho’ is a great tune, which deserves to be sung by Sonu Nigam. Sonu Nigam’s association with Himesh Reshammiya in Apne (2006) also resulted in the most melodious song of the soundtrack with its title song.
Tum Chain Ho (Unplugged Version) by Vineet Singh is pleasant till the end. It’s a slow paced version with lots of guitar sounds in the background and is very easy to the ears. (It’s sad that Vineet Singh didn’t get the success he deserves, after Himesh Reshammiya (his mentor in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005) decided to go into acting and stopped composing for outside movies)
Ishq Ki Gali (Dance Mix) by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Jayesh Gandhi is a passable remix with a Punjabi flavour, and is a missed opportunity for a smashing remix!
Yeh Hare Kaanch Ki Choodiyan is another melodious song with a chorus in the background. The song again contains a familiar tune and it’s nice to hear Alka Yagnik, who delivers a good performance. The proceedings are very much Himesh Reshammiya from the start and the regular instruments like the tabla is prevalent. It is one of those songs which were very popular during the early start of 2000, where Jatin-Lalit was the expert.
Milenge Milenge would have done wonders if it was released around the same time it was initially composed as it suited the flavour of that season. As many would have taken notice, these were the types of songs which Himesh Reshammiya, was composing before Aashiq Banaya Aapne happened. Listeners will also notice that the hit formula is not used (repeating lines from the ‘mukhda’), all the songs are composed in a proper manner and one can sense the use of simple raagas in the compositions. In these days, Himesh Reshammiya was concentrating on how to accurately compose a ‘mukhda’, an ‘antara’, preludes, interludes and outros. The methodological way of composing can be highly debated, but it was the norm with most music directors.
Sameer’s lyrics are passable, except for ‘Kuch To Baki Hai’ and the remixes are disappointing from DJ Llyod and DISCREET. Reshammiya’s singing is restricted to only two songs, while the melody is very reminiscent of his past hits. The trademark Reshammiya's style which occurred in ‘Nazar Aa Raha Hai’ and ‘Aankhen Bandh Karke’ (Aitraaz, 2004), ‘Silsile Mulaqaton Ke’ and ‘Aap Ki Khata Aap Ki Bewafayee’ (Bardaasht, 2004), ‘Bade Nazuk Daur Se’ (Run, 2004), ‘Main Deewana’ (Vaada, 2004), ‘Kyon Ki Itna Pyar’ (Kyon Ki, 2005) and the unsung ‘Chehra Tera’ and ‘Meri Aankhon Mein’ (Yakeen, 2005) is all present in the soundtrack of Milenge Milenge. Himesh Reshammiya has gone through a major change in his style and music and this soundtrack is the best evidence to show how his singing changed his compositions.