After a blockbuster score in Band Baaja Baraat last year, the duo Salim-Sulaiman is back with Love Breakups Zindagi having Zayed Khan and Dia Mirza in the lead role as well as the producers. One doesn’t expect a roller-coaster ride from the movie, sole reason being the lead pair doesn’t have a great past record. Zayed Khan's Blue (2009) and Yuvvraaj (2008) came and vanished without making any noise. Same goes with Dia Mirza who despite spending a decade in the industry doesn’t have a “Hit” to her name. Keeping aside all permutations and combinations, let’s dive into the world of Javed Akhtar (lyrics) and Salim-Sulaiman (music composers) who offers a total of 5 tracks including a remix by DJ A-Myth.
The soundtrack opens with a philosophical track, “Rozaana” sung by Salim Merchant, which just needs few hearings to captivate your mind and not many would agree that it starts where ’Tarkeebien’ from Band Baaja Baraat ends solely on the lyrics front which describes life in a beautiful way. The short harmonica portion in the second interlude is unexpected and innovative at the same time. Its video has already gained lots of appreciation and with time the song will be loved by everyone. Brilliant start!
“Rozaana Remix” by DJ A-Myth deserves to be the only remix in the album, with an English rap to start with and then some foot tapping beats which makes the song a perfect entertainer.
The second track “Rab Rakha” starts with Salim Merchant crooning the chorus part in his trademark style which highly resembles their own composition ‘Shukran Allah’ from Kurbaan (2009). Both the songs have almost the same list of singers Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Salim Merchant, with Shraddha Pandit (Band Baaja Baraat title song) being the only new entrant for ‘Rab Rakha’. The way Sonu Nigam joins in after Salim Merchant, one can straightaway draw parallel lines with ‘Shukran Allah’. The lyrics are simple and doesn’t have anything extraordinary to offer but the song changes gears after the first ‘antara’ (past 3 minutes) when Shraddha Pandit enters and brings a Punjabi touch to the song with her soul-stirring voice. Surprisingly the period is short lived for only 40 seconds ,after which it continues with its usual tone. A good track all in all which will be seen playing at marriage celebrations for sure!
When you read the credentials Benny Dayal and Shraddha Pandit for the next song named “Love Love Love” ,expectations goes sky high due to the combination of Benny Dayal and Salim-Sulaiman who have provided songs like 'Tarkeebien' and 'Dum Dum Mast Hain' from 'Band Baaja Baraat' (2010) and 'Pocket Mein Rocket' from 'Rocket Singh-Salesman of the Year' (2009). But the 'trio' fails to cast the same magical spell again in ‘Love Love Love’ which comes out as an ordinary track and becomes a speed breaker in the soundtrack, hampering the ambience created by the first two songs.
‘Save the Best for Last’. Yes, as the saying goes, “Chayee Hai Tanhayi” sung by the extremely talented Shafqat Amanat Ali, Salim Merchant and Shruti Pathak is the best of the lot and is tailor made for a singer like Shafqat Amanat Ali who rose to stardom in India with ‘Mitwa’ in Kabhi Alvidaa Na Kehna (2006) under Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Shruti Pathak after ‘Mar Jawan’ from Fashion (2008) gets another opportunity to showcase her talent but unfortunately gets very little space in a song dominated by Shafqat Amanat Ali. It slightly knocks at the doors of ‘Jaane Kyun’ from Always Kabhi Kabhi (2011) which had the same singer behind the mike but nevertheless the brilliant fusion of tabla, dholak and harmonium makes up for a real treat for the listeners. A song that will enjoy a longer shelf life and will certainly occupy a place in the music directory of all the listeners. The only disappointment is the short duration of song (3.5 minutes) with just one ‘antara’ (paragraph) which keeps you wanting for more. Recommended!
Salim-Sulaiman has a reputation for the background scores in movies and slowly they have crafted a space for themselves as music composers from the National Award winning song ‘Ye Honsla’ in Dor (2006) to their best piece in Fashion (2008) and most recently Band Baaja Baraat (2010) but Love Breakups Zindagi at the end of the day disappoints with two compositions out of four being average. With soundtracks like Mausam, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Hum Tum Shabana already rocking the charts and Ra.One, Rascals and Damadamm at the peak of their music release, it’s tough competition for the tracks of Love BreakUps Zindagi. Still one can expect “Rozaana” and “Chayee Hai Tanhayi” to win the race and gain some popularity!