Few Standalone Tracks Make The Cut
By Reflections, MovieTalkies.com, 26 March 2013
I Love NY is a romantic comedy from the house of T Series and stars Muscle man Sunny Deol along with Kangna Ranaut and has been directed by the director duo of Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru who are best known for having directed the Salman Khan starrer, Lucky-No Time for Love as well as a couple of songs from the star’s recent blockbuster, Dabangg 2. It sure will be interesting to see Sunny Deol in a genre which is in complete contrast to his onscreen image, not to mention his unusual pairing with Kangaa Ranaut, whose last big hit, Tanu Weds Manu, was also in the romantic genre. The film traces the journey in the life of two strangers who meet up in New York on New Year’s Eve. Music for this film has been composed by Pritam along with guest composer, Falak Shabbir. In addition to this, the legendary R.D.Burman’s Aaja Meri Jaan has been recreated for this film. Lyrics have been provided by Mayur Puri, Sayeed Quadri and Falak Shabir. The soundtrack in a romantic comedy plays an integral part in ensuing the success of the film and it is extremely essential that films belonging to this genre have music as a strong point. Pritam has had a track record of delivering blockbusters, especially in romantic films and it is with this high expectation that one starts listening to this album.
The album opens with the all time favorite, Gud Naal Ishq Mitha which appears in as many as three versions through the film. This Punjabi song which was originally remixed by Bally Sagoo in the early 90s and became a blockbuster hit has again been recreated by Pritam for this film. Unlike the Bally Sagoo version which had a distinct Western influence, Pritam’s version retains the predominant Punjabi flavor of the song throughout in spite of incorporating some English lyrics which appear intermittently through the song. Mayur Puri’s lyrics are Punjabi heavy and so are the choice of singers -Tochi Raina and Sukhwinder Singh, both of whom have rendered their vocals for each of the different versions of the song respectively which adds the requisite Punjabi Tadka, thus augmenting this very fact. The result is that both the versions sound reasonably good especially if the listener is someone who is partial to Punjabi songs. Comparatively, the remix version is a disappointment especially if one has grown up listening to Bally Sagoo’s version, which, in itself was a trendsetter of sorts. As a standalone track, this remix might have worked but when it is measured against a monstrous hit like that of Bally Sagoo’s, it does fall short and unfortunately, for no fault of the composer himself since it is well near impossible to match up to a trendsetter of a song.