The music of ‘Hate Story’ (2012) was average and did not contribute towards the film’s success. T-Series stepped in as producers for ‘Hate Story 2’ (2014) and made sure that the second instalment had at least a couple of hit tracks. Songs like “Aaj Phir Tumpe” and “Pink Lips” did become popular and gave the small budget film the impetus it required. One expects the music of ‘Hate Story 3’, which boasts of a fairly well known cast, to be decent.
“Tumhe Apna Banane Ka” is Amaal Mallik’s interpretation of the Nadeem-Shravan composed “Tumhein Apna Banane Ki” from ‘Sadak’. “Tumhe Apna Banane Ka” (Sadak) remains to be one of the most popular romantic numbers from the 90s. Amaal has given a contemporary touch to it and does a good job at it. While the ‘mukhda’ sounds similar to the original, the ‘antara’ bears no resemblance to it. Armaan Malik, who is in his early 20s, modulates his voice appropriately to suit Sharman Joshi. Neeti Mohan adds the required sensuousness to the song with her voice.
While “Tumhe Apna Banane Ka” features Sharman Joshi and Zarine Khan, “Tu Issaq Mera” has the other lead pair Karan Singh Grover and Daisy Shah giving in to their carnal desires. “Tu Issaq Mera” is the kind of song you get when Meet Bros and Kumaar are uninspired or just bored. Boating of a dull tune and prosaic lines like ‘Kaali Raaton Ne Crazy Aankhon Ne Chhua’, “Tu Issaq Mera” turns out to be a forgettable song. The dark and naughty comes through because of Neha Kakkar’s rendition but that alone does not compel one to listen to this track.
“Wajah Tum Ho” is the second time one hears Armaan Mallik’s voice on the album. However, this time it is newcomer Baman and not big brother credited as the composer. Baman seems inspired from the Pakistan pop sound that came in Bollywood a decade back. The tune is far from being innovative and the arrangements are functional. Having said that, the tune is easy on the ears and has a sing-along like quality to it which makes the song engaging.
The naughtiness in “Neendein Khul Jaati Hain” is conveyed more by the lyrics (which mention kissing and love bytes) than the tune. The formulaic tune mostly works but the electronic-heavy arrangements do not. The track reminds one of the Bhangra flavoured dance numbers composed in the late 90s and the early millennium. Use of instruments like dhol, nagada would have worked better for the song. Meet Bros get themselves featured in several videos but here they even incorporate a line which states ‘Come and party with Meet Bros’. Talk about self-promotion! Mika and Kanika Kapoor infuse energy in the track with their singing.
‘Hate Story 3’ has a very good song (“Tumhe Apna Banane Ka”), two above average numbers (“Wajah Tum Ho”) and a dull track (“Tu Issaq Mera”). It is surprising to see that a film produced by T-Series does not have a single remixed/reprised/unplugged track and contains just as many as four originals. The film is being promoted well and thus, the music has a good chance of becoming popular before the film hits the theatres.