I was extremely excited to pick up this soundtrack because of one man, Sandesh Shandilya. Several years back he was hailed as one of the talented musicians in India. And who can doubt the man behind gems such as Chameli and Socha Na Tha? But what has he done since then and more to the point where on earth has he been? We have had the odd album (Ustaad & The Divas) but nothing much else. He is in need of an urgent reintroduction so that producers can pick him out rather than be blinded by Pritam (current flavour), Anu Malik (well past it judging from his pathetic efforts in 2008) and...more Pritam. So will the romantic Hum Phirr Milein Na Milein(HPMNM) achieve that?
Unfortunately Dar Ke Siva would have sounded average ten years ago let alone today! The typical dhol / flute arrangements have been drilled in our minds too often and consequently it’s a complete turn off. This is reflected in the singing by Udit Narayan and Sadhna Sargam who are bordering on lifeless in their rendition. Lyrics by Irshad kamil are a bore too. Not a good start for Sandesh I’m afraid!
The soundtrack picks up with the title song Hum Phirr Milein Na Milein which is a more modern, fast paced love ballad. Although nothing strikes out with the arrangements, at least it sounds in the right era and is passable. The vocals by Nishant Mudal are extremely clear but sound enhanced. Lyrics by Vinay Jaiswal are a mute point. Alas the song is not composed by Sandesh but Sameer so the former has more work to do.
Sajan Mera is definitely a Sandesh outing! Firstly his favourite diva Sunidhi (Chauhan) is present to deliver some high pitched vocals. Secondly the traditional arrangements sound familiar to his earlier work particularly Ustaad and the Divas but unfortunately the track has the same fate in that there is nothing here to bring you back for repeated listening. Nor is this Irshad’s best lyrical offering either. The OST is looking like a failure already.
Sandesh finally reverts to the 21st Century with Sooni Sooni Rahein which a foot-tapping dance track albeit with little more to hear than percussive beats that you have heard many times before! Neeraj Shridhar (from Bombay Vikings) provides some USP with interesting vocals (although his pronunciation is amusing at times e.g. “want” sounds “vont” but maybe that is intentional). Irshad gets some brownie points for the ‘hinglish’ verses…Not! Overall whilst the MD returns from the past, this one smacks of laziness.
We finally have something of interest from Sandesh in Roz Yeh Mausam which is a slow paced offering straight from the heart of the romantics out there. Extremely light on music, this song allows the singers to take the mantle and dictate proceedings. And both Sonu Niigaam and Sanjeevni do a good job especially in the build up to the chorus. On the law of averages, Irshad finally has something to offer with the lyrics. But the enjoyment is short lived as the track is very short at 3:32.
Main Ro Na Padun is another decent track for HPMNM. Whilst the underlying concept is of a sad nature (as per the title), the music is upbeat and this makes it rather enjoyable. The pop arrangements continue to disappoint however as you would expect some experimentation from Sandesh. At least the singing is a plus point with Sunidhi and Neeraj (from Bombay Vikings) providing some good vocals. Lyrics by Irshad are not a turn off.
Oh dear, this is a disastrous return for Sandesh Shandilya! The mere fact that HPMNM is a budget movie is no excuse, it’s a poor show and one that will look bad on his CV. It’s back to the drawing board for a talented musician and we look forward to hearing more from him sooner rather than later. The sounds from Chameli and Socha Na Tha will linger on our minds until then…were they one-offs? One hopes not.