Music Review: Dhoondte Reh Jaoge
By Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Hungama News Network
From a movie like Dhoondte Reh Jaoge, one expects a situational score, the kind where you won't hear any love songs but instead a few comic numbers that would keep popping up through the narrative.
Entrusted with the responsibility of coming up with a fun soundtrack that has an entertaining feel to it (just suited for a young film like this), Sajid-Wajid kick start the album with the title song Dhoondte Reh Jaoge. The best song in the album, this one does boast of a fun quotient, the kind that would add on to the film's narrative as a part of the background. Moving at a good pace, the song has been composed in a style that is synonymous to that of Lakshmikant-Pyaarelal.
Kunal Khemu sees an item number being picturised on him in the form of 'Pal Yeh Aane Wala Pal' which could either be his introduction song or a dreaming song or the one which could be shown as a part of a film which is being shot in Dhoondte Reh Jaoge. The number doesn't quite have the kind of thump that could make it reach up the charts but with the kind of limited scope that it gets, it turns out to be a decent hearing.
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Another number that could well be a part of the movie being shot within Dhoondte Reh Jaoge is 'Salma-O-Salma' which is a mix of compositions that Lakshmikant-Pyaarelal and Bappi Lahiri used to compose in the 80s. Choreographed on Sonu Sood, this one is for the front benchers as it takes a 'dhamaal' approach to it (with a core Indian flavor) with no serious moment whatsoever.
After three straight fun numbers comes a quintessential love song 'I Am Falling In Love'. This number manages to bring in some 'thehrav' to the proceedings and even though the song has a clear Pakistani-pop influence to it, one doesn't mind that much due to its melodic approach. From the arrangements perspective, the song turns out to be a quintessential piece of a Bollywood romantic number. However, since Dhoondte Reh Jaoge is mainly a fun film with not mushy element in it, 'I Am Falling In Love' is bound to go unnoticed.
However, the album returns to where it all started with 'Nako Re Nako' making an appearance. An average track that does take it's inspiration from the LP style of composition; it is filled with English rap at places. However, the end result is just about passable for this situational and seemingly funny number that is based on core Indian music.
Last song to arrive is 'Apne Ko Paisa Chahiye' that in a style similar to that of 'Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte' from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi i.e. oldies being picked up and rephrasing/rearranged. However, it will all boil down to the way it is choreographed and picturised. The album ends with a 150 second piece 'Instrumental' which isn't based on any of the songs heard earlier in the album and is a standalone piece. An ordinary fast paced club outing.
Jalees Sherwani, who has written many a numbers for Sajid-Wajid ever since they came on the music scene more than a decade back, has been roped in to write three songs in the album. First to come is the title song 'Dhoondte Reh Jaoge' where Jalees does deliver what is expected from a number like this. His next outing is a love song 'I Am Falling In Love' which has a mix of Hindi and English lyrics. On the other hand in case of 'Nako Re Nako', it's neither the lyrics nor the music that make a mark.
Like Jalees Sherwani, Shabbir Ahmed too gets to write three numbers, one of which is 'Pal Yeh Aane Wala Pal'. A regular dance number with Hinglish lyrics, this one just about passes muster. Same holds good for 'Salma-O-Salma'. On the other hand 'Apne Ko Paisa Chaiye' is mainly a rehash of the old songs and there isn't anything that remains with the listener once the song is through.
One can imagine that Sonu Nigam would have sung 'Dhoondte Reh Jaoge' (his only number in the album) with a smile on his face. He seems to be enjoying the outing as he moves away from his rendition of mushy songs to something which is as whacky as 'Dhoondte Reh Jaoge'. A situational number which deviates from being a core love outing, Dhoondte Reh Jaoge may not boast of lyrical jobs but in the end does it job well.
Neeraj Shridhar turns out to be quite routine behind the mike for 'Pal Yeh Aane Wala Pal' as there isn't much variety that one sees in his rendition here. In the last couple of years he has seen a dozen odd numbers belonging to this genre in exactly the same style and the result is that this time around when he makes a similar attempt, it turns out to be just about ordinary. Palash Sen changes his style though for 'Salma-O-Salma' and lets his hair down as he moves away from his routine singing that is rooted to traditions.
Wajid seems to be serious about his outing as a playback singer. No wonder, he features in the concluding three songs of the album. First to come is 'I Am Falling In Love' where he actually sounds like a pro and doesn't sound like a forced inclusion in the album. Also, the way he sings reminds one of the romantic manner in which Kishore Kumar used to sing in the 70s. However, there isn't much that he does to either 'Nako Re Nako' or 'Apne Ko Paisa Chahiye' where he has Javed Ali and Soumya Raoh respectively for company.
Sajid-Wajid's score of Dhoondte Reh Jaoge turns out to be exactly the kind that one would expected from it to begin with. It belongs to the fair variety where for most of its duration, it keeps a peppy throughout. Of course the tunes do not turn out to be the kind that would be remembered for even weeks to come, let aside months. However, the end result is passable which is decent enough for a small film like Dhoondte Reh Jaoge which was never meant to be a musical to begin with.
'Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge', 'I Am Falling In Love'