One of India’s finest talents, Pankaj Kapoor makes his long-awaited debut as a director with Mausam. Positioned as an epic love story, the film features his son Shahid opposite the stunning Sonam Kapoor.The promos have been successful in generating a buzz and the fact that Shahid hasn’t had a release in a long time makes the wait even more exciting. Music director Pritam, responsible for giving the actor some of his biggest songs (Kismet Konnection, Jab We Met), composes this time around too. The album, comprising six original songs, interestingly doesn’t feature any prominent female voice.
There is no denying that Rabba main toh mar gaya oye sticks in your head and is destined to be popular. It’s a lovely Punjabi melody soulfully sung by both Shahid Mallya and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in their respective versions. But there are parts of this song that sound similar to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Tere bin nahi lagda.
Sajh dhaj ke is about the protagonist teasing a foreign-returned lad. Singer Mika, who has made a living out of belting boisterous Punjabi bhangra dance tracks, impresses yet again. But he seriously needs to attempt a new genre now. Ustad Rashid Khan is marvelous in his rendition of Poore se zara sa kam hain but this pathos-heavy, classical number can get you a tad weary.
At nearly seven minutes, Ik tu hi tu hi is the longest and most haunting track in this album. Ustad Sultan Khan opens the number with his alaap before Hans Raj Hans takes over. Pritam skillfully blends Kamil’s evocative lyrics, Hans’s brilliant vocals and a striking male chorus with a poignant melody to create a beautiful song of despair and pain. The other two versions of this number by the Wadali brothers and Shahid Mallya are equally moving.
Aag lage uss aag ko (Karsan Sargathia), based on the classical Gujarati folk song, is energetic and loud. Mallo malli (Tochi Raina) stands out in the otherwise melody-laced album. This techno, club dance number seems to have been force-fitted into the film to showcase the hero’s dancing skills. And even though the signature hook is strikingly similar to Kyun paisa paisa karti hain (De Dhana Dhan), Mallo malli is undeniably catchy!
Though Pritam plays it safe by sticking to his comfort zone, he does not disappoint with his music for Mausam.
Verdict: Pleasant stuff.