By Joginder Tuteja Bollywood Hungama News Network
When a movie stars Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor and belongs to the romantic genre, it is expected that it will boast of at least a couple of romantic numbers. Slight apprehensions do come from the fact that the director at the helm of affairs is a newcomer (Prem R Soni). However, considering the fact that the music has been composed by Sajid-Wajid (who have time and again given at least one chartbuster for each of the Salman films), Main Aur Mrs. Khanna does make you reasonably excited about the final prospects.
10 seconds into the song 'Don't Say Alvida' and you know for sure that Sajid-Wajid have a hit in hand at least in the form of this title track. Belonging to old school of music which has a timeless quality to it and has more often than not always worked, 'Don't Say Alvida' is a contemporary Bollywood love song while boasting of an out and out Indian melody. Coming close to the kind of music that one has heard in Salman's films like Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega and Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, 'Don't Say Alvida' has Sonu Nigam at his best. The singer is heard in lesser number these days but when he croons a marvelous track like 'Don't Say Alvida', you don't mind the quantity. Shreya Ghoshal joins a little later in the day while Suzanne D'Mello is primarily a backup vocalist here. Still, they do make their presence felt in this Junaid Wasi written song that also appears in a well done 'remix' version and also a 90 seconds slow-n-sad version (a Shreya Ghoshal solo).
It's time to get into a 'Kajraare' [Bunty Aur Babli] mode with Sunidhi Chauhan bringing on 'Happening'. Even though the title gives an impression of an English number in the offering, 'Happening' is mainly a catchy term that plays throughout this 'qawalli' which is written by Jalees Sherwani. Picturised on Preity Zinta (yes, she too has an important role to play in the film), 'Happening' is a foot tapping number that takes just a couple of listening to register with the listener. A good number which has been created for the masses and yet doesn't turn vulgar at all, 'Happening' is fun, foot tapping and quite enjoyable for its duration. The number which also appears in a 'remix version', 'Happening' also has Wajid, Uvie, Farhad and Raja Mushtaq joining the show and deserves to be promoted aggressively.
From love, romance and dance, mood of the album becomes somber with 'Rabba'. With Rahat Fateh Ali Khan at the helm of affairs, you do expect the kind of outing that 'Rabba' would provide. A slow moving soulful track that does has a serene feel to it in spite of a sad theme, 'Rabba' is situational and yet effective. Jalees Sherwani spins a tale around the condition of the protagonist who has lost love in his life and is trying to explore things that went wrong. In the lines of 'Tanhai' [Dil Chahta Hai] and 'Ye Dooriyan' [Love Aaj Kal], 'Rabba' makes for a good hear.
The opening five seconds of 'Tum Ne Socha' do remind of the sound of 'Soniyo' [Raaz - the Mystery Continues] . However all similarity ends quite soon and Sajid-Wajid create a tune that does make you appreciate it during the first listening itself. One is assured that Wajid is taking his job quite seriously as a singer, courtesy his rendition of 'Tum Ne Socha' where he is indeed good. A soft rock track where he changes pitch from being subtle to full throated, 'Tum Ne Socha' is a very pleasant sounding duet with Shreya Ghoshal joining Wajid behind the mike. A beautiful contemporary song that has Arun Bhairav penning the lyrics.
Finally, the album ends on a fun note with the 'dhol beats' of 'Mrs. Khanna' being straight out of 'Pretty Woman' [Kal Ho Na Ho] . A fun track that is picturised on Sohail Khan and Kareena Kapoor, 'Mrs. Khanna' has a good rhythm to it which is straight out of the David Dhawan school of music. Heavy on orchestra, something that goes perfectly well with the genre of the song, 'Mrs. Khanna' is entertaining and should be a riot on screen if picturised well. Written by Jalees Sherwani and Suzanne, the number has Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan as the prime singers with Bappi Lahiri, Neuman Pinto and Suzanne D'Mello also chipping in.
Main Aur Mrs. Khanna is a satisfying affair and you don't have any reasons to complain whatsoever. One expected at least a couple of chartbuster songs and Main Aur Mrs. Khanna remains consistent throughout with not a single number that doesn't work. The best of the lot though is 'Don't Say Alvida' followed by 'Tum Ne Socha' that are custom made for the romantic hearts. Meanwhile, 'Happening' should take further care of the album sales.
'Don't Say Alvida', 'Tum Ne Socha', 'Happening'