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Mere Baap Pehle Aap (Music review)

Mere Baap Pehle Aap
Akshaye Khanna, Naseruddin Shah, Shobhana, Paresh Rawal
Vidyasagar, Tauseef Akhtar
Raman Maroo, Ketan Maroo, Mansi Maroo
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Years back, when Priyadarshan and Akshaye Khanna had come together, they created some Hungama and Hulchul. Now as they get together for Mere Baap Pehle Aap, they are also joined by Vidyasagar, the composer of Hulchul, who creates tunes for this comedy flick. Sameer is the lyricist.

Though the songs of Hulchul didn't really create much hulchul to begin with, a couple of numbers (Rafta Rafta, Ishq Mein) did manage to stick on and can be heard even today. In the case of Mere Baap Pehle Aap though, even that looks pretty doubtful.

Sangeet Haldipur is entrusted with the responsibility of singing the title song Mere Baap Pehle Aap. A relative newcomer, who was last heard in Traffic Signal and Corporate, Sangeet gets a big solo for himself. However, the tune is just about average and doesn't quite make you jump. A number about a son trying to get this father remarried, it doesn't have the required punch.

Guest composer Tauseef Akhtar's Ishq Subhan Allah, which has a mix of Hindi and English lyrics with rap in the background, has a distinct Pritam feel. That's because none other than Neeraj Shridhar, who in the recent past has delivered numerous back-to-back hits with the composer, renders the song.

Bob's rap in the background with Alisha Chinoy as Neeraj's partner makes the song even more attractive. This could well make Ishq Subhan Allah a track that could be Akshaye’s next hit after Pehli Nazar Mein (Race). However, though Pehli Nazar was a love song, Ishq Subhan Allah falls under the dance track category. The 'remix version’ that comes at the album's end only consolidates on the catchy tune further!

An item number sung by Sunidhi Chauhan, Shamma Shamma, is the one for the frontbenchers. The setting of this song could be anywhere—a bar, club or perhaps a stage show. Its racy beats make sure that there is no dull moment but the words use in it like kanwari kali and khali bali should have been buried long ago. A barely passable number, it is hardly a reason to go for Mere Baap Pehle Aap.

With Udit Narayan and Shreya Ghoshal coming together, one expects a love song in the offering. Well, Maine Hawa Ke Paron Pe is a love song but barely 45 seconds into it and you know that it is hardly a number that could turn out to be memorable. The song has clichéd lyrics and is repeated with Shaan replacing Udit Narayan—but the best of the singers couldn't have possibly saved this drag of a tune!

Jaana Hai Tujhko, a situational track, can be given a sustained hearing primarily due to Alka Yagnik. With a prominent south Indian music flavour to it, the number has a decent tune.

Overall, Mere Baap Pehle Aap is one of the poorest soundtracks of a Priyadarshan film in the recent past. While his last, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, had a chartbuster score, it would be highly surprising if Mere Baap Pehle Aap manages to do even one tenth of it's business when it comes to music sales!


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