Sachin Sanghvi and Jigar Saraiya may be relative newcomers on the Bollywood music scene, but that hasn’t prevented them from getting noticed. Having worked beside top Indian composers Pritam and Rajesh Roshan, the pair started creating background music before moving onto full soundtracks in 2009, debuting with Teree Sang.
However it wasn’t till the release of 2011 youth flick F.A.L.T.U. that the duo created some serious waves with a hit anthem, Party Abhi Baaki Hai. This breakout song, which bore a passing resemblance to My Humps by Black Eyed Peas, became popular amongst India’s iPod generation, heralding Sachin-Jigar’s official arrival.
Three more soundtracks later the maestros are back with the music to Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya, a frothy romantic comedy starring newly married (in real life) Bollywood sweethearts Ritesh Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza. Reflective of the film’s genre and the cutesy image of the leading couple, it’s no surprise to find love songs taking centre stage.
So who better than Pakistani pop star-turned-playback artist Atif Aslam to croon the romantic duets? With a powerful voice honed during his Jal rock band days, Atif’s gift for being able to belt out a chorus at the top of the scale while sounding tender at the lower end is unparalleled. His melodious duet Piya O Re Piya, featuring the popular songstress Shreya Ghoshal, is a sure-fire hit.
Tu Mohabbat Hai boasts another impressive performance by Atif, sung in his trademark style and benefiting from a Western influence and a female touch from Monali Thakur and Priya Panchal. Like Piya O Re Piya, this harmonious track is given the remix treatment a little later in the programme, which in typical Bollywood style doesn’t really offer anything exciting.
Mohit Chauhan gets his chance to shine in Jeene De, another amorous number with a hint of Sufi. Changing the gear from mellow to macho is Punjabi Bhangra singer Diljit Dosanjh whose rendering of the boozy Pee Pa Pee Pa Ho Gaya is a fun addition. Equally exhilarating are Sunidhi Chauhan and Kailash Kher, who pop up in the pulsating but slightly forced item number, Fann Ban Gayi.
Catering chiefly to young Bollywood music fans, Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya is an admirable start to 2012 for Sachin-Jigar. But if they want to enter the big league they will need to raise their game and cut back on the superfluous remixes.