Those who watch TV may, by now, have realised the sheer inescapability of Tumhi Ho Bandhu. Its a little sad that music channels bombarded it so much because by the time I had my hands on the soundtrack I was already full of it; so much so that I had to skip it while I traversed across the OST. Nevertheless it is a wonderful song; Kavita Seth is a fabulous pick; interestingly, I can’t think of anyone who could have suited the song better (Shilpa Rao maybe?). Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are as soulful as they can get in a pop-dance track framework (Jab yaar kare parwa meri….Main hoon hi nahi iss duniya ki). Daaru Desi is infectious and has some nifty guitar work and sprightly singing (by Shalmali and Benny) going for it.
Luttna (Saif Ul Malook) seems straight out of Mausam territory, but, apart from this ostensible incongruity in tone, the edgy techno mash up makes it interesting. The one by Bunty Rajput plays it straight. Tera Naam Japdi Phiran (based on a traditional melody?) is catchy but forgettable. Second Hand Jawani is a competent item song but, again, fades quickly. The soundtrack also throws in Arif Lohar’s Jugni for good measure.
The song of the soundtrack, for me, is Mohan’s Yaariyan. This is one terrific song; admirably Coldplay’ish be it the mesmerising guitar work or the anthemic, hopeful choruses. It helps that Irshad Kamil is also in inspired form (The Marz bhi hai deti part is masterful). The Reprise is a complete study in contrast; the song is shorn of its punchy percussion and is driven by simple, intuitive piano notes and has Sunidhi alternating between the understated and the operatic. It is less appealing on the whole but is still a close second.
Lets be clear, Cocktail is no Love Aaj Kal. There is a lot to like here and Pritam’s overall sound design is superb but there are at least two tunes which don’t work. In the end, Cocktail is essentially three brilliant songs and a lot of likeable bits and pieces. Good enough.