The Sanam Re soundtrack is quite good, promises Aelina Kapoor.
Director Divya Khosla Kumar has shown her flair for good music in her stint as a music video director as well as her debut feature film Yaariyaan. One expects her next film, Sanam Re, to be just as good.
In the picture: Pulkit Samrat and Yami Gautam in Sanam Re
Arijit Singh starts the proceedings brilliantly with the title song. The song, with lyrics by Mithoon, is really good, and seems quite apt for this Valentine's Day release.
Arijit Singh and Amaal Mallik pair up for Gazab Ka Hain Yeh Din, which has lyrics by Manoj Muntashir. A sweet number, it will bring a smile on the faces of the listeners.
Amaal Mallik continues to make his presence felt with the romantic number Hua Hain Aaj Pehli Baar that takes one back to the 1990s era, when songs like these were in vogue. Manoj Yadav writes the lyrics.
Amaal Mallik steps in as a singer along with Armaan and Palak Muchhal.
Composer Epic Bhangra (yeah, that's the name!) comes next with lyricists Ikka and Kumaar for a party song called Humne Pee Rakhi Hai. Jaz Dhami and Neha Kakkar come together to create yet another dance number, like Sunny Sunny from Yaariyaan.
Compared to Amaal Malik's earlier two songs, Kya Tujhe Ab Ye Dil Bataye -- sung by Falak Shabbir -- is a bit drab. Even Manoj Muntashir's lyrics don't enhance the song.
Mithoon, who was the man behind the delightful title song, returns with Tere Liye with Ankit Tiwari for company. This one is also a few notches below his best works.
The sound of paino followed by 'alaap' from Shreya Ghoshal instantly reminds one of the song Tum Bin, that was put together by Nikhil-Vinay more than a decade ago. The song is presented in a new avatar by composer Jeet Gannguli and one ends up getting nostalgic. One waits to see how this song, written by Rashmi Virag, fits into Sanam Re.
The album concludes with a playful outing by Jeet Gannguli called Chhote Chhote Tamashe. The song has an old world charm to it and could well enhance the happy mood of the narrative at the point it arrives. Shaan is the right choice as a singer for this Manoj Muntashir written number.
There isn't anything in Sanam Re that makes you look the other way. While most of the soundtrack plays on seamlessly, the first four songs will probably become very popular in the weeks to come.