Mohit Suri’s films are known for their hit music. Right from his first film ‘Zeher’ to his last film ‘Ek Villain’, a couple of songs from each of his films turn out to be hugely popular and help the films grab eyeballs before they hit theatres. The title of his new film ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’ reminds one of the popular song “Bheegi Bheegi” (Gangster) which had this line. The composer (Pritam) and lyricist (Mayur Puri) of that song are not part of this film. Instead, Vishesh Films’ blue eyed boys Jeet Gannguli and Mithoon along with newcomer Ami Mishra have been billed as composers. The lyrics have been written by Sayeed Quadri, Rashmi Singh, Virag Mishra and Kunaal Verma.
“Hamari Adhuri Kahani”, the title track, is haunting and carries a strong melancholy flavour. The song manages to immerse you throughout its entire duration and successfully evokes a variety of emotions in the listener’s heart. The song starts off well and only gets better as it progresses further. The wonderful use of violin, piano and flute lends the song a rich background. The violin piece which serves as a prelude to the antara is highly evocative. Jeet Gannguli’s composition has many layers to it and he manages to merge his tune masterfully with the arrangements. There is another version of the song sung by Jeet. Though he sings well, his diction could have been a lot better.
The next song “Humnava”, too, has a somber feel to it. The mukhda of the song is very good but the antara takes the song to another level altogether. The composition is the kind that one associates with a ghazal. Mithoon’s music is extremely soothing and touches your heart from the first note itself. Sayeed Quadri’s lyrics are good as the music. The song marks the first collaboration between Mithoon and singer Papon. The composer makes a smart decision here by not roping in any of his regular vocalists (Mohammed Irfan, Arijit Singh etc.) and letting Papon do the honours.
Around 2004-05, a lot of Pakistani bands brought in a kind of sound that went on to become very popular and was emulated by many Hindi film composers. But, one fails to understand as to why Ami Mishra recreated this sound in 2015. “Hasi” sounds outdated, boring and has a tune that is uninspiring and predictable. The lyrics, written by Kunaal Verma, are full of clichéd lines. Ami does fail to impress as a singer as his singing comes across as laboured. The female version sounds a little better as Shreya Ghoshal sings it beautifully.
The soundtrack continues to disappoint with “Yeh Kaisi Jagah”, composed by Jeet Gannguli. The song suffers from of an oft repeated tune that fails to engage. After delivering a terrific title track, Jeet lets the listeners down with this mediocre composition. The song has references to Meera (a Hindu poet and devotee of Lord Krishna). But, the reference seems to be forced in a song boasting of lazy writing. Newcomer Deepali Sathe, who has been a reality show participant in the past, gives a good account of herself.
The soundtrack starts off on a very promising note with the title track followed by “Humnava”, another melodious song. These two songs can be easily termed as two of the best Hindi film songs to have arrived this year. Unfortunately, it goes downhill after this point and fails to resurrect itself. With just two brilliant tracks and a couple of average songs, the ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’ soundtrack seems a little “adhura” (incomplete).
Anish Mohanty tweets @anishmohanty