Baabul has been directed by Ravi Chopra under the banner of B.R.Films and stars some of the best actors in bollywood like Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Salman Khan, Rani Mukherjee and John Abraham. The film caters mainly to the family audience and part of the cast has been repeated from Chopra’s earlier family oriented film Baghban. The film deals with the socially relevant topic of widow re-marriage in our conservative Indian society. The music has been composed by Aadesh Srivastava and the lyrics have been penned by Sameer. Amitabh Bachchan has also lent his vocal chords for a song in the film and the other singers include Sonu Nigam, Ranjit Barot, Shreya Ghoshal, Kunal Ganjawala, Alka Yagnik, Kailash Kher and others.
‘Come On Come On’- No one can miss that deep baritone of Amitabh Bachchan which goes ‘Come On Come On’ along with Sonu Nigam. The song has loads of energy, masti and the fun quotient. A good dose of funky pop, a bit of bhangra and rap makes the song rocking. The musical arrangements have plenty of western and Indian instruments blended together. The beats are fast and the pace is catchy. It has a Punjabi bhangra like flavour and singers like Vishal, Aadesh, Ranjit Barot join in. Then there are Amitabh’s witty recitations which are quite cool. The ‘Remix Version’ by DJ Suketu is slightly faster paced and makes you want to groove on the dance floor. A typically enjoyable bollywood celebrations masala song.
‘Keh Raha Hai’- It’s a simple, sweet and melodious love song sung by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal. It has an interesting whistle that is hummed in parts of the song and it stresses more on the soft indianised kind of beats. The musical arrangements are soft, simple and have more Indian instruments like tabla, flute, dhapli etc. It is reminiscent of old bollywood love songs that are simple but nonetheless sweet. The tune is melodious and it is an emotional love song. It has a soft tune with slow paced beats. The lyrics too are simple and have a melodious flow. A nice sweet love song that should have picturesque locations.
‘Har Manzar’- The song begins with the strumming of a guitar and it has a retro kind of feel to it. Kunal Ganjawala croons the number in his soft flowing voice. The song is interspersed with a few English lines in the middle. The tune has a minimalist soft rock kind of appeal and the rhythm flows well. Beats are paced averagely and the tempo rises and falls as required. The lyrics have a nice lilting appeal and are foot tapping. In the ‘Remix Version’ by DJ Suketu a blend and variety of instruments have been added but the original touch is still retained. It has a slight club feel to it. Overall the song is not too loud and works well for the album.
‘Kehta Hai Baabul’- Jagjit Singh renders this melancholic sad ‘Ghazal’ like tune. It has poetic lyrics which appeal and the song depicts a father’s anguish of living without his daughter quite poignantly. A long song that has traditional musical arrangements like the violin, flute etc. A slow paced song that will appeal to people who truly appreciate the beauty of poetry and orchestration together. The picturisation too will have a sad and profound effect. Overall a beautiful touching piece.
‘Bebasi Dard Ka Aalam’- A soulful tune followed by Kunal Ganjawala’s soft and soulful voice. A tune which makes your heart ache picturised on John Abraham and Rani. Lyrics are extremely touching and truly emotional. It’s a soul-stirring song with soft musical arrangements. The piano chords and guitar strings are prominent. A warm, tender song offering support and unconditional love. It has the quality of a touching lullaby which tries to protect its loved one. A beautiful and heart warming track.
‘Baawari Piya Ki’- It’s a melancholic touching number sung by Sonu Nigam. It has a classical appeal to it laced with traditional tunes and musical arrangements like the flute and tabla. It’s soft, gentle and alluring in its own personal way. Sonu Nigam excels in this one and does a fantastic job. It’s a thorough and well composed piece of music which shows the composer Aadesh’s talent.
‘Gaa Re Mann’- The song begins with a few claps which is heard throughout the song and it is a slow ‘qawalli’ based number sung by Sudesh Bhosle who is also joined by Alka Yagnik. The tempo and beat of the song constantly changes throughout the song and even Kavita Krishnamurthy and Kailash Kher join in the rendition. There are a lot of traditional Indian musical arrangements and surs heard all along. The song has a catchy and fun mode as well as a love angle to it. Lyrics are peppy and nice, one tends to hum along. The beats keep changing from fast to slow and vice-versa. A song picturised on Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini and Rani Mukherjee. A decent song that has potential to grow.
‘Baabul Bidai’- It’s a song about parting from one’s near and dear ones belted in the heavily rustic and rural kind of voice of Richa Sharma. In the background there is just a chord heard here and there but no other musical arrangements. Through her voice Richa Sharma carries forth the feeling of pain and anguish. The lyrics are of the pure and chaste Hindi variety and it is merely a two minute song. Nonetheless the few minutes manage to convey the emotion felt by the protagonist quite well and manages to stir the heart.
‘Vaada Raha’- It is a soulful piece rendered by Sonu Nigam towards the end promising undying love. It’s a short and sweet declaration of always loving the other. A decent piece that will perhaps be heard during sections of the film.
Baabul music album has just one number ‘Come On Come on’ which is mass oriented, but the rest of the songs have tremendous listening appeal. The album has a balanced mix of a love song, a qawalli type number, a ghazal type number and sad touchy numbers. An album that is high on emotions and one that is definitely worth listening to quite a while after the initial hype dies off. Baabul has lots of semi classical and traditional musical arrangements balanced out with western influences which makes it a noteworthy album.