When it comes to music in Hindi films, Emraan Hashmi is the Rajesh Khanna of his generation. And when Hashmi joins forces with composer Pritam, expect a magical score. After all, it was this duo who gave us those fabulous songs in Gangster, Jannat and Awaarapan.
Tum Mile kicks off with the title track, an upbeat, fun song by Neeraj Sridhar. Totally infectious! There are two more versions to this song, Tum mile – Love reprise (Javed Ali), which is a soft ballad, and the rock version by Shafaqat Amanat Ali (of Mitwa fame from KANK). Shafaqat adds a dash of soul to this song that’s makes it truly a winner.
The song of the album is Tu hi haqeeqat (Javed Ali), a quintessential love song and a sure shot winner. The lyrics are simple but it’s the composition that bowls you over. With a strong Sufi influence Tu hi… is probably one of Pritam’s finest compositions this year. Javed Ali’s magical rendition only reminds you why he’s among the best in the business.
Dil ibaadat has a certain predictability because it’s the oft-heard classic Pritam–KK song. Nothing special. It’s the other track by KK, O meri Jaan that has more appeal. Easy and soft on the ears, KK does a fantastic job for the lovelorn.
Iss jahan mein (Mohit Chauhan) is a fast, peppy number with bits of jazz thrown in. It’s reminiscent of the time Mohit sang for Silk Route. There is also an instrumental piece in the film which is gloomy and somber, reflective of the content of the film – a natural disaster. Interestingly, this album doesn’t feature a single song by a female singer.
Verdict: One of the best albums of 2009. A must-buy!