Director Umesh Shukla’s first film ‘Dhoondte Reh Jaoge’ had a forgettable soundtrack by Sajid-Wajid. His next film ‘OMG! Oh My God’ had a couple of interesting tracks (“Go Go Govinda” and “Mere Nishaan”) but was not a musical bonanza either. Himesh Reshammiya, who was the main composer for ‘OMG! Oh My God’ (with Sachin-Jigar and Meet Bros Anjjan being the guest composers) scores three tracks for the director’s latest flick ‘All Is Well’. Amaal Mallik, Meet Bros Anjjan and Mithoon have been credited with a song each. Since the film has been co-produced by a music company (T-Series), the music is expected to be decent, if not good.
Amaal Mallik apes the Pritam sound for “Chaar Shanivaar”, the promotional track. While the song is reasonably catchy, it offers absolutely nothing you have not heard before. Amaal, who gave us one of the dance numbers of the year in “Sooraj Dooba Hai” (‘Roy’), disappoints with a formulaic song that sounds jaded because of an overdose of tried and tested sounds. Vishal Dadlani sings well but he has been part of too many similar numbers in the recent past and roping in someone else would have added some freshness to the song.
What would happen if Himesh Reshammiya and Mithoon get together for a song? It would sound something like “Baaton Ko Teri”. Himesh tried to cash in on the popularity of “Tum Hi Ho” (‘Aashiqui 2’) by composing a similar sounding “Dard Dilon Ke” (The Xpose). His fascination for the kind of music Mithoon makes does not seem to have stopped there. If you do not read the credits of this Arijit Singh sung number, you would believe it to have been composed by Mithoon. Himesh fails to bring anything new to the table. Right from the over familiar tune to clichéd lyrics – there is nothing to write home about here.
Meet Bros, who had composed the soulful “Mere Nishaan” (Anjjan was a part of the team then) for Shukla’s last film, do what they are good at – come up with a dance number. “Nachan Farrate”, the song which sees Sonakshi Sinha shake a leg with Abhishek Bachchan, has the composers’ signature sound but does not have the spunk of a “Baby Doll” (‘Ragini MMS 2’) or a “Chittiyan Kalaiyaan” (‘Roy’). Still, the track makes for a decent hear, courtesy of an upbeat rhythm. Meet Bros and Kanika Kapoor’s energetic vocals work well for the song.
“Aye Mere Humsafar”, the evergreen song composed by Anand-Milind for ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’ is re-created by Mithoon as “Mere Humsafar”. The composer retains the basic tune and lends his trademark sound to it. Was there a need to, I ask? Mithoon’s effort is alright but he robs the original track of its liveliness. Another thing that goes wrong here is the casting of singers. Mithoon and Tulsi Kumar’s voices do not gel with the track at all.
The kind of one used to associate with Himesh years back is heard in “Tu Milade”, sung by Ankit Tiwari. If you manage to overlook the dated sound, you could end up enjoying the track to some extent as the tune is quite engaging. Mayur Puri writes some nice lines that have philosophical undertones to them. The song has a live performance feel to it and Ankit projects his voice well.
Himesh seems to be in a nostalgic mood as his old sound is evident in “YOLO” again. ‘YOLO’, by the way, is supposed to be an acronym for ‘You Only Live Once’. If that does not annoy you, then the prosaic lyrics (Kumaar) surely will. The arrangements are horribly dated. The only thing that could help you sail through this song is ShreeRaamachaandra’s voice.
Though ‘All Is Well’ is co-produced by a music company, the music does not really stand out. Most of the tracks range from being average to above average and there is not a single number that would be remembered for long.