I never expected this to be an Anu Malik creation. I just don’t associate him with this kind of sound. Lesson learnt, with pleasure. I’m glad he picked a classically trained singer for this. Monali’s voice is sweet and strong at the same time. There is a Papon version too, but to my ears, this song sounds better in the female voice. The humming in the beginning is so calm and not rushed at all. Hai rom rom ek tara gives you a hint that this is going to be quite different from those typical 90s Anu numbers.
The antaras are where the vocal somersaults really take off. Tu hoga zara paagal, tune mujhko hai chuna. I feel like a child who’s been let loose in a playground without adult supervision, going up and down the slides. The melody takes unexpected turns. Kaise tune ankaha – now I am on the see saws, sometimes high, sometimes low. Then it’s back to the slide. The third time around tu hoga zara paagal comes around, I am sitting at the bottom of the slide, catching my breath, trying to decide, what to get on next. The unexpected variation in how the line ends surprises you. I imagine the composer chuckling to himself.
Tu din sa hai. More antics. Delightful ones. And then slowly the antara merges into the mukhda and I am back to being the shy kid standing by myself.
The words are all right but I found myself longing for some Gulzar-esque poetry. The lyrics didn’t move me as much as the music did. Oh well, you can’t have it all. If this is how Anu Malik’s creations are going to sound from now on, I won’t be complaining.
P.S. This two year old movie is a delightful watch. Not just for this song, but also for overall execution. And, if you grew up in middle class North India, you will identify many things that will bring a nostalgic smile to your lips.