'I Hate Luv Storys' offers impressive love songs (Music Review)

By Ruchika Kher

Film: "I Hate Luv Storys"; Music Directors: Vishal Dadlani-Shekhar Ravjiani; Lyricists: Anvita Dutt Guptan, Vishal Dadlani and Kumaar; Singers: Vishal, Shafqat Amanat Ali, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal, Sona Mohapatra, Suraj Jagan, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Shekhar Ravjiani and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan; Rating: ***

It is titled "I Hate Luv Storys", but the soundtrack of Karan Johar's forthcoming production venture is all about love. Composed by the musical duo of Vishal and Shekhar, the film's music is mushy and melodious.

The Imran Khan-Sonam Kapoor-starrer, helmed by debutant director Punit Malhotra, offers seven originals and one remix.

"Jab mila tu" has been doing the rounds on TV channels. Sung by Vishal Dadlani, it has a very youthful feel and is apt for the younger generation. The breezy love song is enjoyable, especially with the orchestration that is neither too loud nor minimal.

Next is "Bin tere", which is the best song in the album. It begins with English lyrics, followed by Hindi and singer Shafqat Amanat Ali's beautiful rendition turns it into a soulful and melodious number. It has very simple lyrics, but still manages to attract the listeners especially with the entry of Sunidhi Chauhan towards the end of the song.

"Bin tere" has two more versions - a remixed version, which is faster in pace and includes more beats, making it suitable for the dance floor.

The other is a reprised version by Shekhar Ravijiani. It has a raw feel, but it is extremely likeable.

Then there is the title track crooned by Vishal. The fast-paced, English-Hindi song is quite average and fails to generate too much interest.

Next is an all girls song "Bahara" sung by Sona Mohapatra and Shreya Ghoshal. It is a mixture of folk and contemporary music. While Sona does justice with her husky folk voice, Shreya is good in the contemporary part of the song.

This too has another version called Chill, which is sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Composers have used sarangi for this version and with Khan's impressive voice this version is a clear winner.

Finally, there is "Sadka", which is again a love ballad by Suraj Jagan and Mahalakshmi Iyer. The part where the singer sings in a high octave is impressive; otherwise it is average.

On the whole, the soundtrack of the film offers a number of tracks that are hummable and enjoyable. Vishal-Shekhar have done a good job.

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