I Hate Luv Stories Music Review

Karan Johar has broadly begun classifying his movies into two types, one which caters to a whole family audience and the other which is youth oriented. After the success of “Wake up Sid”, a very energetic movie comes “I Hate Luv Stories”, a movie with a very intriguing title, starring Imran Khan and Sonam Kapoor the film is scheduled to hit screens worldwide on the 2nd of July. The film has been directed by Punit Malhotra and the music has been composed by Vishal-Shekher.

Just like any other Vishal-Shekher album, “I Hate Love Stories” too comes with a combination of eight original and remixed soundtracks. The first song to hit the play list is “Jab Mila Tu” which has been sung by Vishal Dadlani. The song brings about a rush of nostalgia of various sprightly and youthful tracks of the recent past. In spite of the song having nothing extraordinary about its music, it has a certain uniqueness which would make you want to hum it once you’ve heard it a couple of times.

The next song, “Bin Tere”, is a very soulful and romantic track which has been sung by Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan and Sunidhi Chauhan. The song plays well with instruments which end up highlighting the bass while attempting to blend it with the vocals. Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan sings this song striking his classical chords and the variations in his tone and pitch is very commendable. Although the song absolutely belongs to him, without Sunidhi Chauhan, it wouldn’t have the finishing touch, especially, when she comes out of the box with her amazing vocal strengths while singing the last stanza. This song is definitely for all those who are love struck out there! The acoustic version is a double treat especially because it pays attention only to the vocals and is called “Bin Tere Reprise”.

I Hate Luv Stories”, reminded me a lot of the title tracks of Wake up Sid and Bachna ae Haseeno. Like all other Vishal-Shekher compilations this title track is merely a fast paced and lively number with a hodgepodge of English and Hindi in its rendition. The song has been sung again by Vishal Dadlani with a lot of electronic music which just makes you want to dance.

Bahara” is a very beautiful number which has Shreya Ghoshal and Sona Mahapatra sharing limelight by providing vocals. The lyrics to this song apparently were written by Sona herself and her rendition of folk during the course of this song is breathtaking. Bahara also has a “Chill Mix” with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Sona Mahapatra crooning together. However, I would say the original Bahara is ultimately the icebreaker.

Another romantic number to look out for is “Sadka Kiya”, this one has Suraj Jagan and Mahalaxmi rendering their voices to amazingly well written lyrics and music. Again, this will constantly appear on your play list once you’ve heard it. Very romantic, very expressive, very touching – A Must Listen!

Overall, although the music sounds quite heard of and a few déjà vu’s are given, the album is very stimulating and vitalizing and is undoubtedly worth a listen.

Rating: ★★★½☆ Buy it!

Music Review by Kirti Mohan



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