Marriages are made in heaven. And, of course, Sooraj R Barjatya's films. Whether it's a love story, love triangle or family drama, everything revolves around a marriage.
What's more, his new film Vivah literally means marriage.
Featuring Shahid Kapoor and Amrita Rao, this mini-Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! deals with two people's 'journey from engagement to marriage'.
Sounds good? Not really! In terms of music, Vivah is a huge disappointment from veteran composer Ravindra Jain (Chitchor, Ankhiyon Ke Jharokon Se, Henna).
Post-engagement dos and don'ts are bashfully discussed in the sugary love duet, Mujhe haq hai. Sluggish and staid, Mujhe haq moves at a painful pace and doesn't possess a single perky bone in its body.
A trembling image of coy glances conjures in your head as Udit Narayan and Shreya Ghosal plainly render the arranged marriage song, Do anjaane abhi. Bland in tune and syrupy in lyrics, this imbalance in the composition proves to be its undoing.
Fortunately, Milan abhi aadha adhura hai is somewhat livelier than the opening tracks. Udit Narayan and Shreya Ghosal spruce up Milan abhi aadha's holier-than-thou intention with their brand of verve and enthusiasm.
By now, the listener has had his fill demure lovers and an overload of their mushy sentiments. So Jain smartly inserts a marriage ditty, Tere diware pe aai baarat. Sudesh Bhosle, accompanied by Jain, tries his bombastic best to bring the house down. The song itself, however, doesn't do justice to his stamina and falls short of entertaining the listener.
Up next, Pamela Jain sings Jai Gauri Maa, a devotional number that sticks to being characteristically traditional.
Family friends walk down memory lane and expressing wonderment at the growth graph of their respective children, all set to tie the knot to each other, from 0 to 20 something years in Kal jisne janam yahan paaya. Interestingly, Jain uses a fleeting strain of his hit number Ek din tum bahut bade banoge, which he had composed for Rajshris' Ranjeeta-Sachin starrer, Ankhiyon Ke Jharokon Se.
Sisters fool around in O jiji, a song that belongs to the Sun sun didi tere liye (Khoobsurat) category. While Sun didi was genuinely catchy and cute, O jiji is simply exasperating.
Suresh Waadkar and Aparnaa Bhaagwat tease and titter in the short and sweet, Savaiyaa-Chhota sa saajan. Shreya Ghosal follows it up in more serious vein with the prayer-like Savaiyaa-Raadhey Krishn ki jyot.
Babul Supriyo effectively conveys the excitement of a man who can't wait to bite the dust in the humdrum Hamari shaadi mein. Be it flavour or content, this one offers nothing in the name of novelty.
The biggest flaw of this soundtrack is that it tries to be forcibly pleasant and shows complete disdain for playful spontaneity. In his effort to lend an old world charm in the album's appeal, Jain forgets to give his music a heart. Old world, it is. Charming? Never!