To begin with, there are no expectations from the music of Na Ghar Ke Na Ghat Ke. The film has arrived out of nowhere, has a newcomer (Rahul Aggarwal) who is doubling up as a director as well as the lead protagonist and doesn't quite sound like a musical that one could actually look forward. And then you see the people in charge of the music department and there is some level of resurrection. Composer Lalit Pandit, lyricist Mudassar Aziz and singers like Remo Fernandes, Shreya Ghoshal, Neeraj Sridhar, Sunidhi Chauhan and Sukhwinder Singh make one heave a sigh of relief that there would at least be a song or two that would turn out to be a good hear.
Ever selective Remo Fernandes is back rendering a mainstream number in the form of title song Na Ghar Ke Na Ghaat Ke. A song that establishes the character of a central protagonist who arrives from a small town to the city of Mumbai, Na Ghar Ke Na Ghaat Ke tries to be all fun and lively but doesn't cover much distance other than sounding like an ad jingle for Doordarshan. Yes, Remo is spirited in his singing but overall the song doesn't quite cut much ice and at maximum appears as the kind that plays in the opening credit rolls.
There is another version of the title song which appears later in the voice of Sukhwinder Singh. Thankfully this sounds a little better than the first version and is rightly selected as the one for the promotional purpose. The lyrics are different in the song and so is the overall music and pacing which makes 'Na Ghar Ke Na Ghaat Ke' sound reasonably better. There is a bit of rap thrown in for good measure as well, something which is expected to elevate the song's mood further. However, the 'remix' is done on Remo's version though one feels that it would have been better had that been done for Sukhwinder's version.
Its an entry into the Pritam territory right from the first note with 'Agar Hum Tum Ko' coming conveniently close to 'Chor Bazari' (Love Aaj Kal). Does one mind that? Not at all as the song does turn out to be a good hear, especially with Shreya Ghoshal and Neeraj Sridhar singing quite convincingly. There is an apparent sweetness in the way this love song is presented, especially in the 'antra' portion, which makes one believe that 'Agar Hum Tum Ko' is indeed the kind of number that would have been grabbed by many a director. No wonder, the 'remix version' this time around is most welcome.
Sadly though the overall impact of the album is diluted by an item number which appears to be set in a night club. 'Sajan Bawre' is the kind of number that Sunidhi Chauhan has sung to death in last 5-6 years and it's a pity that she continues to pick such numbers at least once every month. A nothing number which is made just for the mass audience in the smaller towns, 'Sajan Bawre' also appears in a 'remix version'.
In this rather short album, eventually it is only 'Agar Hum Tum Ko' that one ends up revisiting. Yes, Sukhwinder's version of the title song 'Na Ghar Ke Na Ghaat Ke' is nice too but eventually it stays on to be strictly situational. However, it would be expecting a little too much for the album to make its presence felt at the stands, especially when some of the bigger albums with much more saleable names are also struggling to attract many listeners.
Agar Hum Tum Ko