2016 is coming to a close and in very good probability (unless the soundtrack of OK Jaanu and Raees is unveiled too) music of Kaabil would be year's last release. Hence, there is good anticipation around what do Roshans have to offer. Rakesh Roshan, Hrithik Roshan and Rajesh Roshan are a team since the days of Koi... Mil Gaya and though the music of Krrish 3 hadn't quite emerged as a wholesome affair (except for a song or two), that was more of an aberration. On the other hand Kaabil also has another music lover, Sanjay Gupta, stepping into the film as a director and hence one plays on the soundtrack with a lot of excitement.
The effort is audible right at the onset as Jubin Nautiyal and Palak Muchhal sung Kaabil Hoon turns out to be instantly catchy right after the first hearing itself. Time and again one talks about the need of music carrying soul. Well, this track by Rajesh Roshan and lyricist Nasir Faraaz indeed has soul to it as one can sense certain innocence in the manner with which the two singers croon it. An excellent track all the way, it has also a solo version by Jubin which takes a sad route and should come at a very important juncture of the film once tragedy strikes the pair of Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam.
As for those looking forward to a party outing where feet start tapping and the desire to burn the dance floors begins to rage, there is Haseeno Ka Deewana. Purists may term this as yet another instant of a yesteryear song ('Saara Zamaana' from Yaarana) being milked for instant gratification. However, the fact also remains that the song works in a big way and that too with a different kind of beginning to it (courtesy recreation by Gourov-Roshin with lyrics by Kumaar) which makes it a wonderful fusion outing. Payal Dev gives her all to this track and though Baadshah's rap is an aberration, one doesn't mind that.
Jubin Nautiyal returns to the scene again and yet again after Kaabil Hoon one gets a sense that composer Rajesh Roshan had one of his favorite singers, Nitin Mukesh, in mind when he brought Jubin on board. Though the youngster does maintain his individuality while rendering this Manoj Muntashir written track, one can't help but draw comparisons with the veteran singer. Of course, it is melody that dominates the proceedings all over again though one does feel that 'Kuch Din' goes a little too back in time and hence turns out to be old fashioned from the 80s era.
Lyricist Manoj Muntashir continues to churn love songs though this time around, Rajesh Roshan takes a different route as a composer by putting together a peppy outing Mon Amour (which in English stands for 'My Love'). This is a song put together for happy times and hence one can well imagine it to be playing in the first 30 minutes of the film itself. Vishal Dadlani is in his spirited best while rendering this one and the tune too is simple, though catchy enough, to leave a good impression in your mind after your have heard it just once.
There is yet another recreation in Kaabil before the album concludes. The song in question is Rajesh Roshan, Anand Bakshi and Kishore Kumar's Dil Kya Kare from Julie which is presented in a new avtar, courtesy Gourov-Roshin and lyricist Kumaar. Jubin Nautiyal renders this one in his own natural way and it is quite interesting to see how the entire build up is put into place for Kisi Se Pyaar Ho Jaaye before the golden words 'Dil Kya Kare' are heard. Unlike some of the recent recreations that took some time to be absorbed, this one is a winner right from the word 'go' and that's something which works tremendously.
The music of Kaabil is a huge winner all the way and thankfully arrives right at the end of the year, hence making one all the more hopeful around the musical scene in 2017. Play this and enjoy; it has melody ruling all over again.
Our picks: Kisi Se Pyaar Ho Jaaye, Kaabil Hoon, Haseeno Ka Deewana.