Honestly, to begin with there aren't many expectations from the music of Tum Milo Toh Sahi. There has been an overdose of music albums in recent times and it is a tough task to actually catch hold of a soundtrack that actually promises to stand out. However, it's the classy design layout of the film's publicity material coupled with names like composer Sandesh Shandilya and lyricist Irshad Kamil that do end up interesting you in the music. Hoping to find something good coming your way, one plays on Tum Milo Toh Sahi.
As one finds out in the soundtrack of Tum Milo Toh Sahi, except for a single song (I Am Bad), each of the remaining five tracks in the album are solo pieces. Also, there are no remixes which, more often than not, is always a positive sign.
First to arrive is the title song 'Tum Milo Toh Sahi' which has Shaan coming behind the mike. A soft track which has minimal instruments playing in the background, 'Tum Milo Toh Sahi' immediately reminds one of the kind of music that Life In A Metro had boasted of. This is a song that promises to play throughout the storyline of the film which sees coming together of three different couples from varied age groups.
'O Janemann' begins as a soft number which doesn't quite have the kind of beginning that would make you jump with joy. Raghav Sachar goes slow to begin with, only to pick up pace a minute into the song. From here on, 'O Janemann' turns out to be an entirely different affair with a campus soft-rock setting to it. The moment one hears the key words 'O Janemann', it is obvious that the song would have seen some good popularity coming its way had there been some good promotion coming its way. With only a few days to go for the release of the film, one waits to see the kind of distance that this number manages to cover.
However, there is an ordinary follow up in the form of 'Bekhauf Mohabbat' which has a 'ghazal' setting to it. It's the turn of Kunal Ganjawala to gain a solo for himself this time around though one really feels that if only there was some other singer roped in, the impact would have been perhaps better. The song moves forward quite softly and though there is a hint of Western touch to it, the final result is hardly the kind that would make you elated the moment 'Bekhauf Mohabbat' starts playing again.
The song that follows appears like a surprise inclusion because all of a sudden, one comes across a 'krantikaari' kind of a track with a message of 'saathi haath badaana' and stuff alike. The man roped in for the occasion is just as apt as well, Sukhwinder Singh, who is a pro when it comes to revolutionary genre like this. However, 'Chal Haath Mila' seems completely out of place in Tum Milo Toh Sahi and though the end result is entirely situational, one waits to see how does it find a place in the film's narrative.
It's time for some fun and frolic to follow next with Dominique Cerejo sung 'Loot' that has early 80s written all over it. Whether it is the orchestra or the kind of arrangements that 'Loot' brings with itself, the song hardly impresses even though it seems to be set on a Goan beach. An ordinary sounding number which doesn't promise a shelf life beyond the run of the film, 'Loot' is 'come today gone tomorrow' song that has a lot to depend upon the way it is picturised on screen.
Thankfully the ending of Tum Milo Toh Sahi is marginally better with the opening sound of 'I Am Bad' seemingly set in Pritam territory. A fun number about a friendly banter between young boys and girls, 'I Am Bad' is a duet between Sunidhi Chauhan and Kunal Ganjwala that could well have been made for a Karan Johar film during the Kuch Kuch Hota Hai or Kal Ho Na Ho days. No wonder, on closer observation one realises that Sandesh Shandilya is the same man who had made a similar 'You Are My Sonia' for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham close to a decade back.
Tum Milo Toh Sahi is an ok album which has its strengths in the form of title song 'Tum Milo To Sahi' and to an extent 'I Am Bad' and 'O Janemann'. However, as is the situation faced by majority of films releasing this season, the biggest challenge is the visibility factor which can only be elevated with good marketing and promotion. Since the film is up for release in a few days from now, these challenges only become harder, something that can well be expected to reflect on the album sales.
'Tum Milo Toh Sahi', 'I Am Bad', 'O Janeman'