Music review: Love Aaj Kal (Hindi – Pritam)

Overlaying a familiar, repetitive sapera-been piece to a hyper-energetic tune in Twist is a total winner all the way; Neeraj Shridhar rocks in the catchiest track of the year, so far! Chor bazari too works with its foot tapping and spunky arrangements, but to a lesser extent, since the tune isn’t as interesting. Main kya hoon’s funky orchestration saves a largely passable, free flowing tune; KK’s vocals generously help in turning this track around. Aahun aahun ups the ante significantly – another spirited tune with Pritam in super form arranging it; right from the guitar prelude, to the addictive and imaginative sounds the composer produces…this is yet another highlight in this soundtrack. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s Ajj din chadheya is lilting and lovely…a breezy melody that gains tremendously with his serene vocals. The folk’ish shaadi number, Thoda thoda pyar takes a huge leaf out of the Chopra style of filmi music, but the authenticity in the music and lyrics work in its favor. Yeh dooriyan has Mohit Chauhan doing his thing, as usual; but even as the gentle melody breezes past, the tune isn’t really sticky. But overall, Love Aaj Kal’s soundtrack has everything one expects – take a bow, Pritam!

Keywords: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Irshad Kamil, Imtiaz Ali, Pritam, Florence Brudenell-Bruce