Abbas Tyrewala struck gold at the box office with his debut film Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na (JTYJN) and A R Rahman’s youthful music played a significant part in its success. No wonder Tyrewala chose to repeat Rahman for his next film, Jhootha Hi Sahi. But the maestro‘s last few soundtracks including the CWG theme song have fetched him some criticism. So while there is excitement, there is also slight apprehension when one slides the audio CD of Jhootha Hi Sahi into the music player.
Rashid Ali’s voice fits John Abraham so perfectly, it seems like the star is singing Cry cry. This almost conversational song is fresh and easy to hum along, similar to Ali’s earlier hit Kabhi kabhi Aditi from JTYJN. A super saxophone piece bang in the middle of the track and Shreya Ghosal’s playful vocals add more sparkle to this number.
Maiya Yashoda (Javed Ali, Chinmaye) found in two versions – Jamuna Mix & Thames Mix – is a full-on garba track. Though not in the same league as Rahman’s earlier Navratri track, Chand aaya zameen pe from Dil Hi Dil Mein, this one too manages to get your feet moving!
As for Pam pa ra by Shreya Ghosal, it gives the singer immense scope to flaunt her vocal skills but the tune lets her down, and Rahman’s attempt at fusing jazz with a funky beat fails miserably. Do nishaaniyan, on the other hand, works like magic. The haunting melody and Tyrewala’s lyrics work wonderfully but it’s truly Sonu Nigam who is the star here. He adds the right dash of pathos to his delivery, making it possibly one of his best songs in recent times. Do nishaaniyan is the pick of the album.
I’ve been waiting is a smooth, soulful jazz track that impresses. Vijay Yesudas surprises when he sings both the English and Hindi lyrics with finesse. With Hello hello (Karthik), Rahman plays safe – funky, techno pop with a splash of telephone sounds making you feel you’ve heard it all before. Call me dil (Rashid Ali) is a soft ballad that works well. Rahman keeps most of the composition clean, using only the guitar as an accompanying instrument. The focus is on Ali’s voice which is quite captivating.
Verdict: Give it a try!