[an error occurred while processing this directive] Years back when Priyadarshan and Akshaye Khanna had come together, they created some Hungama and Hulchul. Now as they get together for Mere Baap Pehle Aap, they are also joined by Vidyasagar, the composer of Hulchul, who creates tunes for this yet another comedy flick this season. Sameer is the lyricist.
Though the songs of Hulchul didn't really create much 'hulchul' to begin with, a couple of numbers ('Rafta Rafta', 'Ishq Mein') did manage to stick on and can be heard even today. In case of Mere Baap Pehle Aap though, even that looks pretty doubtful.
Sangeet Haldipur is entrusted with the responsibility of singing the title song 'Mere Baap Pehle Aap'. A relative newcomer who in the past has been heard in [an error occurred while processing this directive] Traffic Signal and Corporate, Sangeet gets a big solo for himself here as he croons for Akshaye Khanna in this promotional track. However, the tune here is just about average and doesn't quite make you jump along as it is played. A number about a son trying to get this father remarried, it doesn't have the required punch which is so very well required for a promotional number to make an impact.
It is an out and out Pritam influence in guest composer Tauseef Akhtar's 'Ishq Subhan Allah' which has a mix of Hindi and English lyrics with rap in the background. Well, within a matter of seconds one realizes why the song comes close to sounding like a Pritam track all the way. Well, that's because the song is rendered by none other than Neeraj Shridhar who in the recent past has delivered numerous back to back hits with the composer.
Bob's rap in the background with Alisha Chinoy as Neeraj's partner further makes the song instantly attractive which makes 'Ishq Subhan Allah' a track which could be next Akshaye Khanna hit after 'Pehli Nazar Mein' [Race]. However, though 'Pehli Nazar' was a love song, 'Ishq Subhan Allah' falls under the dance track category. The 'remix version' which comes at the album's end only consolidates on the catchy tune further!
An item number sung by Sunidhi Chauhan, 'Shamma Shamma' is the one for the front benchers. The setting of this song could be anywhere - a bar, club or perhaps a stage show. Its racy beats make sure that there is no dull moment while this 4 minute long song is played but in the end there isn't much that you take home out of this 'chalu' number. And by the way, words like 'Kanwari kali', 'Khali Bali' and stuff alike have been dead and buried long ago! Barely passable number and hardly a reason to go for 'Mere Baap Pehle Aap'.
With Udit Narayan and Shreya Ghoshal coming together, one expects a love song in the offering. Well, 'Maine Hawa Ke Paron Pe' is a love song but barely 45 seconds into it and you know that it is hardly a number that could turn out to be memorable. A dull number in spite of some pepped up Western arrangements, 'Maine Hawa Ke Paron Pe' has as cliched lyrics as Sameer could possibly write and the result is an out and out boring number which makes one wonder how Priyadarshan could approve it in the first place. The song is repeated with Shaan replacing Udit Narayan but the best of the singers couldn't have possibly saved this drag of a tune!
A track about a female being readied for her 'doli' being readied for her 'piya's angana', 'Jaana Hai Tujhko' is purely situational and can be given a sustained hearing primarily due to Alka Yagnik at the helm of affairs. With a prominent South Indian music flavor to it, the number has a decent tune but that's about it. Again, not a kind of number which would make one root for owning a copy of Mere Baap Pehle Aap.
Overall, Mere Baap Pehle Aap is one of the poorest soundtracks of a Priyadarshan film in the recent past. While his last, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, had a chartbuster score, it would be highly surprising if Mere Baap Pehle Aap manages to do even one tenth of it's business when it comes to music sales!