This soundtrack will probably hold the record for taking the longest time to unravel. The first song ‘Heeriye’ was released last July, and with ‘Teri Meri Kahani’, there was all that buzz about new singer Ranu Mondal. The other nine songs and a remix were released in phases, with three put out over the past fortnight.
Finally, we finally get to hear the complete recording of Himesh Reshammiya’s work in Happy Hardy And Heer. The music director has the right hang of the audience pulse, showing good composition skills, and he displays that asset on a few songs.
However, 12 tracks seem a bit too much, and some of them fall flat. The lyrics are shared by Reshammiya, Vishal Mishra, Shabbir Ahmed, Sameer, Khumaar, Aryan Tiwari and Sonia Kapoor, and as such there’s no consistency.
On ‘Heeriye’, which has a Sufiana flavour and vibrant tablas, both Arijit Singh and Shreya Ghoshal are in great form, coordinating perfectly. ‘Cutie Pie’ uses a distorted Chipmonks-ish vocal like the Dostana tune ‘Maa Da Laadla’. Even though it’s totally off-metre, ‘Heer Tu Meri’ has a catchy hook, though one wishes Reshammiya had chosen someone else instead of singing it himself.
There’s the mandatory Punjabi touch on the folksy ‘Ishqbaaziyan’, sung smoothly by Jubin Nautiyal, the bhangra-pop number ‘Le Jaana’ and the trying-to-be-funny ‘Duggi’, featuring Kumar Sanu’s daughter Shannon K. ‘Aadat’ has a catchy tune and interesting variations, though one wonders why Reshammiya suddenly develops an American accent only while singing the word ‘nasheeli’.
That brings us to the two most talked about songs. ‘Aashiqui Mein Teri’ is a remix of Reshammiya’s older hit from 36 China Town. Finally, we have ‘Teri Meri Kahani’, featuring him and Ranu Mondal. Discovered at the Ranaghat railway station in West Bengal, Mondal became famous when a video of her version of Lata Mangeshkar’s ‘Ek Pyar Ka Naghma Hai’ went viral.
‘Teri Meri Kahani’ is a neat ballad, and Mondal has a very pleasant voice, with a remarkable texture and good sense of melody. However, she seriously needs to work on her diction – here, we hear her sing ‘tumshe’ and ‘jhindagi’. A section of people even went to the extent of comparing her with Lata Mangeshkar even before her first film was released. Come on, four songs don’t make you a legend overnight, and that too without a solo hit. What she needs is the right guidance, a substantial catalogue and a lot more hard work, and that may take time.