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Passes Muster

In a short span of time, Sachin-Jigar have managed to make quite an impression in Bollywood with their songs in films such as Prince, F.A.L.T.U. and Hum Tum Aur Shabana. Their latest score is for Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya, a romantic comedy starring real-life couple Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza. Since the film is being produced by Tips, one expects a musically solid soundtrack.

Piya o re piya is an endearing ballad soaked in the sweetness of Shreya’s marvelous vocals. Though not in the same league as Sachin-Jigar’s earlier collaboration with her, Saibo from Shor In The City, the charming Indian melody and uncluttered arrangement help Piya make a strong mark too. Plus there’s Atif Aslam, who’s apt for a song of this nature. Sachin-Jigar realise they have a potential winner here and present the song in three different versions.

Jeene de is a pleasant surprise. Unlike any Sachin-Jigar song we have heard before, this philosophical number about life and love works primarily due to the lead singer Mohit Chauhan. The composers fuse a fairly contemporary tune with bits of qawwali and Sufi but it’s Chauhan who gives this song the dazzle. The number is also helped along by Mayur Puri’s lyrics, which are straightforward yet effective.

Pee pa pee pa ho gaya (Priya Panchal, Diljit Dosanjh) is a techno Punjabi number that’s strictly a one-time listen. Tu mohabbat hain (Atif Aslam, PriyaPanchal, Monali Thakur) falls into the stereotypical boy-band track template. Even Aslam cannot salvage this one from boredom.

Fann ban gayi (Sunidhi Chauhan, Kailash Kher) is redeemed by the spirited Sunidhi Chauhan. She is clearly enjoying herself here, mouthing inane lyrics. But Sunidhi and Kailash Kher, who joins in later, infuse this desi item number with solid energy and a dash of wackiness, making it a fun experience for the listener.

Tere Naal… may not be Sachin-Jigar’s best work but it’s not a bad effort either.

Verdict: Mixed bag

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