Jannat 2 (Pritam)
by Srikanth Mantravadi
The coming together of the Bhatts, Emraan Hashmi and Pritam can only mean good things and Jannat 2 is no different. The sufism in Pritam’s music has progressively increased over time and there seems to be a conscious effort to shun the pop catchiness of his earlier compositions. Tu Hi Mera and Tera Deedar Hua make excellent use of Shafqat and Rahat; Both compositions take familiar shades but with Pritam familiarity breeds contentment. Tujhe Sochta Hoon is the pick of the soundtrack for me – KK’s plaintive vocals and Pritam’s tune conjuring prowess are in complete harmony here. It is stunning how these two manage to churn out so many good songs together. Mohit Chauhan’s downbeat melody, Rab Ka Shukraana, is also a breezy listen. The Anupam Amod version takes even more pensive shades without the softness of Mohit’s vocals. The only sore point is the rehash of Zara Si (Jannatein Kahan) – The sweetness of the composition is supplanted with some perfunctory orchestration and rap portions. The quickening of the pace detracts majorly from the song. Nikhil D’ Souza’s alternate versions seem to falter without orchestral support but they nevertheless carry the goodness of the tunes. Javed Ali’s version of Tera Deedar Hua is quite polished too and worth listening to
Overall, Jannat 2 sees Pritam in cruise control; There is none of the sparkling brilliance of a Tum Mile or even Jannat but it is sparkling nevertheless.