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Dil Toh Bachha Hai Ji

After an array of hard-hitting social dramas like Page 3, Corporate and Fashion, Madhur Bhandarkar switches genres and returns with a comedy, Dil Toh Bachha Hai Ji (DTBHJ) starring popular names like Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi. Interestingly, Bhandarkar collaborates with music director Pritam for the first time here. And since Pritam has been on a roll (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, Action Replayy), one does have pleasant expectations from the sound track of this adult comedy.

The album opens with the delightfully breezy Abhi kuch dinon se. Reminiscent of ballads of the ’70s, Pritam teams up with one of his favourite singers, Mohit Chauhan, to deliver yet another buoyant track. Mishra’s lyrics are simple and effective and Pritam’s composition is easy to hum along. But it’s Chauhan’s charm that makes this number special.

Beshuba beshuba (Antara Mali, Kunal Ganjawala), a love duet, fails to evoke any interest in spite of Kunal’s earnest efforts. Antara sounds way too much like Shreya Ghoshal and Pritam seems to have recycled one of his earlier tunes.

That’s also the case with Kunal’s solo Jadugari tu khwab hain. Though the singer gives it his best shot, Pritam fails to make this composition exciting. In spite of a jerky start, Tere bin mai dekhu na sparkles the moment Sonu Nigam’s vocals kick in. Nigam, often referred to as the King of Romantic Numbers, sings from his heart, making this melodious love song, the best track in the album.

Shefali Alvares is super-spirited in her first big Bollywood outing Yeh dil hain nakhrewala. Fashioned after Broadway jazz tracks of the ’60s, Yeh dil stands out in an album filled with soft love songs. Though the number has a lazy pace, the song would have appealed a lot more had Pritam revved up the energy levels a wee bit.

With the exception of Fashion, none of Bhandarkar’s films have had memorable music. While the soundtrack of DTBHJ is decent for a Bhandarkar film, it certainly won’t feature among Pritam’s best works.

Verdict: Average.

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