Star-cast comprises of names like Jaya Bachchan, the Khans - Shah Rukh and Saif, and the 'pretty woman' Preity Zinta'. Shankar Ehsaan Loy get the biggest break of their career in this debut venture of Karan Johar's erstwhile assistant Nikhil Advani that has lyrics by veteran Javed Akhtar !!
Ok!! So we will again repeat the rumour that KHNH may as well be 'inspired' by yesteryears classic 'Anand' starring Rajesh Khanna and the Big B. And if this is so then we have a analogy right away!! Case in point being the title track by Sonu Nigam that seems to be thematically similar to Anand's thoughtful and poignant track - 'Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli Haaye - Kabhi Ye Hasaye, Kabhi Ye Rulaye'.
A touching number indeed, it strikes chord immediately. Sonu Nigam is excellent in his rendering and the trio of Shankar Ehsaan Loy do full justice to the poetry of Javed Akhtar saab. A chartbuster all the way!! Sad version (now can we live without them?) of this title track, crooned by Alka Yagnik, Richa Sharma and Sonu Nigam is situational but doesn't create as much as an impact as the main version. We will stick to the original here this time around!!
Apart from this there are 4 more tracks in this album - 3 dance tracks and one love duet (now isn't this surprising to have just 6 tracks in a movie that is mentored by the likes of those who have been behind the biggest blockbusters of all time musicals - 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' and 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham'). The dance tracks in the reckoning are 'Maahi Ve', 'Its the time to Disco' and 'Pretty Woman'.
'Maahi Ve' is the feel good family oriented song that is primarily a track that can be easily identified with the Johars, Chopras and the Barjatyas. OK!! So we still can't distinguish one from the other, but then are we complaining? And with the presence of King Khan can anything really be ordinary? Sadhna Sargam, Sujata Bhattacharya, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam and Shankar are the voices behind this number.
Vasundhara Das, Kay Kay, Shaan and Loy Mendonsa do their best to infuse freshness in the party track 'It's the time to Disco'. Sad to see but the song just doesn't manage to rise to the occasion even after repeated listening !! At best, it can be categorized as 'above-average' and in any other lesser movie may have been forgotten soon. But then the BIG SCS - Sets, Choreography and Stars have brought even more mediocre songs at the top before. So who knows?
Hmmm...'Pretty Woman'!! So does it ring a bell? Shall we tell you? Ya, this is the track which is an inspiration with a difference!! The difference being that in this case due credit is given to the original composer Roy Orbison who composed for Julia Roberts starrer 'Pretty Woman'. Set to 'bhangra beats' (well, this happens only in India ), our version of this videshi track is sung by Shankar Mahadevan and Ravi "rags" Khote. End result - 'Pretty woman...uh...sorry.. 'Pretty Average'!! Nothing great shakes to cheer about.
When everything seems to have fallen into 'average' to 'very average' category comes 'Kuch To Hua Hai'. Welcome to the world of mush where nothing seems to go wrong !! So Alka Yagnik and Shaan delightfully tell each other ' Kuch To Hua Hai' !! A melodious track nevertheless, it is that innocent feel of the lyrics that make the track rise above the average mark !!
There is no denying the fact that the sales of the album have been very encouraging so far. In fact it has been one of the most awaited album of the year. Add to that the banner associated with the album, Khan's charisma and aggressive publicity and we may have a blockbuster in hand. But still a regret as KHNH in no way meets the sky high expectations that one normally has from a Johar film that also boasts of Shah Rukh Khan in lead.