Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Will You Marry Me? Review



It is easy to dismiss the soundtrack of a film which doesn't quite boast of superstars. However closer look at Will You Marry Me? reveals a couple of interesting facts that makes one curious to check out what the music has to offer here. First and foremost it has Sharib-Toshi along with Sachin Gupta as the composers here who have time and again scored whenever given an opportunity. Secondly, the director here is Aditya Dutt whose last film Good Luck may have been a forgettable affair but still holds the claim of making a film like Aashiq Banaya Aapne that gave Himesh Reshammiya a platform to be a huge sensation back then. Expecting that the magic is repeated with Aditya pairing up with new composers here, one plays on Will You Marry Me? which has lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed.


Thankfully the expectations aren't belied as Will You Marry Me? begins with a smash number in the form of 'Kalma'. Over the last few years Sharib-Toshi have managed to create their own identity and that is evident yet again in 'Kalma' as well which has a good fusion of Indian melody, Sufi flavour and Western arrangements coming in. Just the kind of song that Emraan Hashmi would have picked up for any given price, 'Kalma' is a good all around effort by the music team where Toshi Shabri also goes solo behind the mike to sing words written by guest lyricist Turaz. A perfect beginning that sees a well deserved 'remix' for itself.

What surprises is the presence of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in the song that follows. For someone who is quite selective with his Bollywood assignments and usually sings only for top composers, Rahat picks 'Soniye' and gives the song it's right due. A sad number where Rahat is in the kind of mode that has made him so popular over the last few years, 'Soniye' arrives a little too early in the album though. While one would have expected this to be placed a little later in the album while allowing some other romantic or fun songs to pitch in much earlier, 'Soniye' (written by Shabbir Ahmed, Gaurav Dagaonkar, Sakina Khan) does manage to make it two out of two for Will You Marry Me? .

From this point on it is lyricist Shabeer Ahmed's show all the way and the first step in this direction is 'Superman'. Frankly, even though the song starts on a reasonably okay note, it starts fizzling out in a while as it starts seeming like a wannabe dance number that doesn't quite manage to hold on to it's own. Sukhwinder Singh, Jaspreet Jasz and Kshitij Tarey come together for this club track that should manage to hold audience's attention if supported by good picturisation but that's about it. Surprisingly the song arrives in the 'remix version' as well though one has to admit that its weakest part is ironically the point where the line 'We Are The Superman' arrives!

Next to arrive is Master Saleem's 'Danke Ki Chot'. A 'bhangra' track that doesn't really offer much variety, it still somehow manages to hold your attention to some extent at the least due to its very genre. Still, one would have expected this one to be one of the major highlights of the album, which sadly isn't really the case. Also, Master Saleem doesn't quite seem to be the best choice for the song though Shweta Pandit makes best of her stint behind the mike. Later even though Daler Mehendi is heard in the 'duet version', one doesn't quite end up falling for it.

Last to arrive is Sachin Gupta's 'Tu Ru Tu Ru Tu' which takes the album back to the melodic outing that it seemed once 'Kalma' and 'Soniye' were heard. There is a certain unique feel about Sachin's young voice and that is prevalent once again in 'Tu Ru Tu Ru Tu'. He is well complimented by Monali Thakur who also goes almost child like in this cute sounding love song that could have been placed earlier in the album. Okay, so this one may not be a chartbuster in the making but for the film's narrative to stay engaging, this song should add good value.


Will you Marry Me? is a decent album that would have to rely very heavy on it's couple of romantic numbers to gain good visibility for itself. Though the album does stray when songs like 'Superman' and 'Danke Ki Chot' arrive like an interruption. However once you are through with the entire album, it isn't really a bad idea to play 'Kalma' and 'Soniye' in a repeat mode.


'Kalma', 'Soniye', 'Tu Ru Tu Ru Tu'
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