Banner: Saregama Music
Composer: Rochak Kohli
Lyricist: Gurpreet Saini
Singers: Darshan Raval, Rochak Kohli, Navraj Hans, Harshdeep Kaur, Kanwar Grewal, Sukhwinder Singh, Arjun Kanungo, Parry G, Vishal Dadlani, Shannon Donald
What is a Bollywood love story without memorable songs? Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (ELKDTAL) has Rochak Kohli composing the entire album, a rarity in today’s times. Here is our music review of what is believed to be this year’s most unusual love story.
Recreations are the order of the day. The title track of ELKDTAL has Kohli smartly taking the hook line of the popular love ballad from 1942: A Love Story and weaving an original track around that. He brings Darshan Raval onboard who owns the song and leaves an impact. The track screams Bollywood in all its sense; it has a dreamy, romantic and soothing feel to it and leaves you with a smile. The chorus is extremely catchy, stays back with you and makes the song hummable. The hook-line perfectly blends with the original composition. Full marks to Kohli for that! We only have one complaint: wish it lasted longer.
Almost every romantic’s favourite Gud naal ishq mitha has been remade, remixed and rehashed over and over again. The latest version rendered by Navraj Hans and Harshdeep Kaur takes us on a nostalgic trip. Hans’s earthy vocals perfectly fit the folk-ish flavour of the song. A romcom-esque wedding song, it lacks novelty. Though wedding percussions have been used to up the zing factor of the track, it is a rather plain composition and not a very successful tribute.
Chitthiye is the dark horse of the album. A soulful song about separation and longing, it tugs at the heart strings (‘Kaash tere naal behke, ro lenda tere dukh layke…’). Singer Kanwar Grewal is a revelation. He has a terrific vocal range and his raspy voice incredibly conveys the whole vibe of the track. A special mention to its lyricist, Gurpreet Saini! It is dramatic, poetic and has a folk appeal to it. Be it bass or the soprano, Grewal plays along effortlessly. Chitthiye is a strong competition to the title track in the race to grab the number one spot in the album.
House party song is just another run-of-the-mill peppy, Punjabi party number. The Sukhwinder Singh, Arjun Kanungo and Parry G song is rather forgettable.
Good morning is a fresh and novel composition. Saini’s words make the song seem like a story being told. Breezy in its appeal, the track is full of zest, energy and pep. It is a great to see Vishal Dadlani in a brand new avatar. Shannon Donald’s western vocals complement him well. A fairly decent track, it will nudge you back to the coming-of-age musical sitcoms (High School Musical?) that we grew up watching.
Verdict: Though the album is not one of the best love-story albums that we have heard, it has a feel-good vibe to it. Chitthiye and the ELKDTAL title track are our top picks.