Since Aashayein is not a regular comedy or a
boy-meets-girl film, one is at the least sure that the music
too won't belong to the regular category. Not that there are
hopes of anything extraordinary in the offing, more so
because emphasis on music isn't quite high in Nagesh
Kukunoor's films. While one is more or less sure that there
isn't any chartbuster track that would be put on display in
this soundtrack that has songs by Salim-Suleiman, Pritam and
Shiraz Uppal, one still plays on 'Aashayein' to hear
something striking that may just be round the corner.
It's a soft beginning for 'Mera Jeena Hai Kya'
that has Pritam's brother-in-arm Neeraj Shridhar coming behind
the mike. The mood is totally different from what one has heard
of this combo in the past as the composer-singer 'jodi' gets
into a lovey-dovey outing that has a soft rock base to it.
Written by Sameer, the song sees an interspersion of English
lyrics as well. A song about a protagonist who is looking
forward to a better life due to arrival of his loved on, 'Mera
Jeena Hai Kya' (which also appears in the 'remix version',
just as most of the other songs in the album do) just about
manages to be passable.
There is something peppier that comes along in the form of 'Dilkash
Dildaar Duniya'. Even though the beginning is a little
90s with hint of Kumar Sanu/Babul Surpiyo tracks from the era
gone by, 'Dilkash Dildaar Duniya' settles down to an
extent once the song title makes an appearance. Yet another love
song with an urban base to it, this one does have good energy
that ensures that Aashayein manages to hang on. With
Tulsi Kumar as the female voice behind the song, this Kumaar
written track (appearing later in the 'remix version) too
doesn't turn out to be that one chartbuster which could have
helped Aashayein cover some distance.
It was just a few weeks back when a song titled 'Rabba'
had arrived as a part of a non-film album. The same song is now
heard in 'Aashayein' with Shiraz Uppal singing as well as
composing it. The song sticks to the mood of the album and turns
out to be one of the better numbers that one has heard so far.
Of course this song too doesn't belong to the world of Bollywood
and continues the non-filmy flavour of the album. A Shakeel
Sohail written track, it makes for a decent hearing but that's
The soft rock flavour continues with composers Salim-Suleiman
and lyricist Mir Ali Husain taking over the album from this
point on. First of their compositions here is 'Ab Mujhko
Jeena' which reminds one of the non-film songs from the
90s. A song about looking up in life, it aims at being spirited
and hence reminds of the sound of Iqbal, a film which
again had Nagesh Kukunoor at the helm of affairs. As one
realises by this point in the album, the songs are mainly meant
for adding on to the background score rather than being the kind
that would be chartbusters in isolation.
Next to arrive is Shafqat Amanat Ali who sings yet another solo
track which goes as 'Shukriya Zindagi'. Just like
most of the other numbers in the album, this one too is about
thanking life for being beautiful, something which is the core
essence of Aashayein. This time around, the song moves at
a relatively slower pace and is far more attached to the Indian
roots. No, you can't be heard singing around this track or
dancing to its 'remix version' but its 'sad version' may just
work for those who like their films to over overtly emotional.
The saddest song in the album is 'Pal Mein Mila Jahan'
which reminds one of the kind of compositions that were created
in the 60s. This song about finding happiness and loosing it
subsequently comes in two versions - one by Shankar Mahadevan
and another by Shreya Ghoshal. However, yet again the song is
only for the film's narrative. Also, its inherent sad appeal
means that it would find very few takers and that too only after
audience has seen the film.
Last to arrive is Mohit Chauhan's 'Chala Aaya Pyar'
which carries on the sad mood that has been created in the
album. In fact one realises that while the start of Aashayein
was still on a relatively happier note, the latter part takes a
pensive route; something that doesn't quite end the album on a
As mentioned at the very beginning, Aashayein was never
meant to be an album for the quintessential Bollywood music
followers. However, even otherwise it just about manages to pass
muster. It has its chances to find some takers only if the film
succeeds at the box office.
Ab Mujhko Jeena, Dilkash Dildaar Duniya