I have been a huge Anand-Milind fan and was waiting to hear their new compositions. So when this album hit the stands, I predictably went and grabbed a copy. Let me be candid. Even if I was not an A-M fan, I'd still give this album a BIG thumbs up. Clearly Tum Hi To Ho does not boast of big names (except Jackie Shroff, Anand-Milind and the playback singers). The lead pair is new and so are the makers. But as far as the music goes, one listen and you know that Anand-Milind still have it in them. Ravi Chopra is the lyricist this time.
The album kick starts in style with Dil Ne Mere, which is easily one of the best romantic songs composed by Anand-Milind. Soaked in melody, the singing by proficient singers Udit Narayan and Shreya Ghoshal, warranty repeated listening. Besides, the Udit Narayan and Anand-Milind is always extraordinary and they rarely let down. Even 10 years later, Shreya Ghoshal still manages to sounds as fresh as she did with her songs in Devdaas.
New find June Banerjee teams up with veteran Arun Bakshi (a favourite with Anand-Milind) for Rock Me Baby. Arun Bakshi is an atypical choice is what you think, when you read his name in the credits for a western named song, but are pleased by the outcome. The song is nothing like what A-M have composed in recent times with some really good Punjabi-western beats. Rock Me Baby is hip and chic and does not disappoint at all. A good fun track.
The third song sees Shaan and Gayatri Ganjawala crooning my favourite song from this album, Tere Shaame Mere Sabere. The song is easy on the ears and boasts of both melody and good beats. This is the kind of song that Emraan Hashmi and Mahesh Bhatt would love to lap up! Gayatri Ganjawala joins in later on in the song but makes an impact with her powerful vocals. This underutilised house of talent needs to be taken more seriously!
Next in line, is the husband-wife twosome, Kunal Ganjawala and Gayatri Ganjawala teaming up for what I assume is a song styled for a sad situation. Both singers add to the strong melody making Aye Kuda tremendously hummable. The song ends with poetry being recited by possibly the lead pair of this film.
Abhijeet adds the vigour required for the energetic title track, Tum Hi To Ho. Placed at number 5, this could have easily been the opening song of the album. I had expected a soft, romantic song, but was pleasantly surprised by the nice rock-electric-guitar arrangements. Easily one of their best compositions and also one of the best songs in this album, it is extremely haunting and has some meaningful lyrics, courtesy Ravi Chopra. Abhijeet proves yet again that he knows his job well.
Rahul Seth and Monali wrap up the album with a zingy, fast-paced club number called Aao Manaye Jashn. Contemporary and modern in its arrangements, Aao Jashn is the perfect excuse to hit the dance floors! Noteworthy are Monali's vocals that osscilate between innocence and sensuality.
As an Anand-Milind fan, I am extremely happy with this soundtrack. An extremely satisfying listening experience. I hope the songs scale the heights of popularity and bring Anand-Milind back at the top where they truly belong!