For a banner that gave us outstanding music in blockbuster films like Karz, Ram Lakhan, Hero, Karma, Pardes and Taal, it’s sad to see Mukta Arts floundering today. Nearly all their recent films have had disappointing soundtracks but with Hello Darling, they have hit an all-time low, this in spite of melody man Pritam Chakraborty being at the helm.
Pritam audaciously borrows the mukhda from LP’s Aa jaane ja (Inteqaam) to re-create his own version of this cult cabaret song but fails miserably, and Akruti Kakkar, Antara Mali and Javed Jaffrey are unable to redeem this jumbled mess. Attrah baras ki (Suzanne D’Mello), designed to be a fast-paced dance number, would have been exciting in the ‘90s but sounds jaded now.
Band baaja (Richa Sharma, Ritu Pathak, Rana Mazumder) is probably the only decent track in this album. This folksy Punjabi number is somewhat catchy and the singers, especially Rana, sound good.
Dil to saala is the second song in recent times to use the phrase ullu da patta (the first was the one from Tere Bin Laden) – it’s a drab composition from Pritam and the only thing that saves this song somewhat is Sunidhi’s spunky rendition. Working girls (Shweta Pandit, Ritu Pathak, Priyadarshini) is cacophony.
Post the rocking soundtrack of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, Pritam disappoints big time with Hello Darling.
Verdict: Don’t even think about it