There are a lot of things in favour of I Hate Luv Storys. It’s the first date flick of the year (if you ignore the terribly trite Pyaar Impossible). The promos have caught on in a big way thanks to the vibrant visuals and the good looking lead pair. Plus this love story is from the house of Dharma Productions – experts in mush fare designed to drive screaming teenage girls and their boyfriends into cinema halls! Now all one needs is a kickass soundtrack to add to the zing. And it’s time to check if Vishal and Shekar have delivered the goods.
The album opens with Jab mila tu – a hip and happy track with an infectious rhythm. Vishal adds the right dose of fun and attitude to his singing. That, along with the catchy chorus and Anvita’s sing-along lyrics, makes this quite a hummable number. On the flip side, though, the song does remind you of Vishal Shekar’s earlier composition Jaane tu from Dostana.
‘Bin tere koi khalish hain hawaaon mein’ is one of the best ballads of the season. Vishal Dadlani’s lyrics are beautifully simple and convey the ‘lost and lonely without you’ feeling perfectly. The singers, Shafqat Amanat Ali and Sunidhi Chauhan, are in good form and make this romantic number a joy to listen to.
Music director Shekar is equally impressive in his rendition of Bin tere: Reprise. Up next is the sureshot chartbuster title track – I hate luv storys (what’s with the spelling though?). Vishal’s grungy vocals give the song the right dose of attitude and energy. And Kumaar’s lyrics are fun and in sync with the theme of the film. This spirited dance number is likely to be a huge favourite across dance floors in months to come.
And just when you’re thinking this album is all about modern sounds, the composers surprise you with an Indian melody Bahara. This love song kicks off with Sona Mohapatra’s rustic vocals and Shreya Ghosal take over after a few minutes. In spite of fitting into the conventional Indian love-song mould, the track has terrific appeal, thanks to Ghosal. She is wonderful in her rendition of this song and her admirers are going to love her in this one.
Bahara (Chill Version) by Rahat Fateh Ali is more of a lounge track but equally engaging. The album ends with the melancholic but haunting Sadka (Suraj Jagan and Mahalakshmi Iyer)
After their dismal show in Aladin, Vishal and Shekar are back in form and how!
Verdict: Good stuff