Anu Malik has been subjected to a lot of plagiarism charges in his illustrious career as a music composer but the fact remains that he has belted out some of the most foot tapping numbers and several of his songs in the 90s have been runaway hits ruling the chartbusters all year round. When Anu Malik takes complete charge of the music department of a film, one should expect at least a few fire crackers. What with the names of Anand Bakshi and also Anu himself being credited for the lyrics, a few heart rendering songs are in order.
Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hain album kick starts with Pyar Karna Na Tha. Anand Bakshi’s lyrics, Mohit Chauhan and a romantic number to croon, there cannot be a better combination. Quite expectedly, Mohit is at his best and the lyrics are outright beautiful. Anu Malik composes a well formed number with some brilliant Bina blended in to enhance the musical experience. The only drawback of Pyar Karna Na Tha is its runtime which is a tad too long at 7 minutes. However, if you are a Mohit Chauhan or Anu Malik fan then you should not mind playing it more than once.
Pyar Karna Na Tha has a female version lined up right next. This time, the reigning queen of playback singing in Bollywood, Shreya Ghosal comes in and she hits it out of the park. There aren’t any major differences in the composition but as with any Shreya number, she brings in her own style in this rendition and the outcome is soothing to say the least.
Tere Bina Jee Na Lage can be best explained as Western Pop meeting Bollywood but just when Suzzana Demello and Mohit Chauhan have impressed you with their act, Anu Malik pulls in a flute and the cascading effect is supremely melodious. We don’t get to hear the flute that often and especially with such a soulful melody. Naturally, it’s a nice detour from the run of the mill and a nice experience.
Naina Thak Thak Haare brings back Roop Kumar Rathod who has been lending his voice to a song or two off late. A man who ruled a better part of the 90s does what he does best. A sad number, slow in its proceedings and lyrics that are simple and try to make an impact, Naina Thak Thak Haare may not be the best of Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hain but it works.
Kyon Kyon slows things down for the album of Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hain. Shaan and Shreya Ghosal sing it well but the composition is too generic and offers nothing new.
Big Fat Indian Wedding may have worked more if we haven’t had Band Baaja Baarat, Vicky Donor and Bittoo Boss capturing the North Indian weddings’ essences already in the recent past. Neeraj Sridhar and Anmol Malik do a good job but the song is again in the much treaded territory.
When you start off with a flute, bring in a cello, blend in slightly jazzy feel to an Indian song and have Sonu Nigam and Alisha Chinoi singing Angel My Angel, you cannot go dismally wrong. Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hain ends it on the right note with Angel My Angel.