DISAPPOINTING! – PRITAM SHOWING SIGNS OF BURNOUT?!!!
Ranbir and Katrina coming together in a Raj Kumar Santoshi romance, is fuel for raising expectations. Add to it the name of hit machine – Pritam Chakraborty as composer, and one sits down to listen to the album with obvious eagerness. However, Pritam disappoints this time round.
The album starts off with a rather loud track called ‘Main Tera Dhadkan Teri’ sung by K.K., Sunidhi and Hard Kaur. It is characteristic Pritam with its English rap and fast beats but it fails to get one really grooving.
Tu Jaane Na has 4 versions in this album, one original sung by Atif Aslam, is a sufi track, good but not great. I am rather fond of Atif’s distinctive style of singing, but he disappoints in this one.
The unplugged version of the same song is sung by Kailash Kher, with supporting vocals by Paresh & Naresh. An improvement on Atif’s version but still missing being outstanding.
The Tu Jaane Na reprise is sung by one of Pritam’s current favourites, Soham Chakraborty supported by Rana Mazumdar and Ashish Pandit. A pleasant enough listen.
Atif’s rendition of Tu Jaane Na also has a remixed version in the album.
Oh By God by Sunidhi and Mika is a new age take on the standard Shehnai tune played in most weddings. Belted out by Sunidhi as per requirement as supported adequately by Mika. A fun track. Can visualise Ranbir and Kat having a lot of fun while shooting this one.
‘Tera Hone Laga Hoon’ sung by Atif and Alisha is a good enough track. It is always a pleasure to listen to Alisha in any song as such. However, the sameness running through the album does kind of get to you at this point.
‘Prem Ki Naiyya’, the first of the songs to get promoted visually, has been sung by Neeraj Sridhar and Suzanne D’Mello. A fun song, it does grow on you after a few listens.
The best song, so to say, in this rather average album is a song called ‘Aa Jao Meri Tamanna’ sung beautifully by Javed Ali and supported well by Jojo. This is the only song which manages to touch the heart and which you wouldn’t mind listening to again. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are quite apt too.
‘Follow Me’ by Hard Kaur is a very in your face and loud number. Quite tedious to listen to.
The rest of the album comprises remixes of the various tracks.
At the end of it all you are left looking for that one outstanding song, which you’d feel like humming long after you’ve finished hearing it. At best Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani is average fare. Pritam, this was a golden opportunity to give your best. Do please take a vacation and come back re – energised so that you can bounce back with a bang!