Three National Award winners – Paresh Rawal, Ajay Devgan and Konkana Sen Sharma come together in Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?, a comedy directed by Ashwani Dheer and produced by Warner Bros. Though there have been very few instances when comedies have had great music, expectations are high in this film, because the music is credited to three composers – Pritam, Amit Mishra and Vishal Bhardwaj.
Pritam’s Aaja aaja is a folksy number sung with enthusiasm by Raghuvir Yadav, Ajay Jhingran and Rajneesh. The lyrics by Kamil suit the mood of the film. It’s an average song that will work best in the context of the film. There is a remix version of this track that passes muster.
Amit Mishra composes and sings the title track that’s been doing the rounds on TV. The lyrics are engaging but the tune is strictly OK – a one-time hear. Amit also gets behind the mike for Dohay, a soft, sober song which includes old proverbs and couplets by well-known poets. Average.
Vishal Bhardwaj rips off his own chartbuster tune Beedi jalaile and makes a devotional song out of it – Jyoti jalaile (Sukhwinder Singh) is a tribute to Goddess Durga. While the tune is still catchy, it’s a little strange to listen to it in its devotional version. The last song is the popular
Maharashtrian prayer to Lord Ganesh Sukh karta. Combined with Western beats by Amit Mishra, this number is strictly OK. Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? reinforces the belief that most comedies in Bollywood have bad music!