Phir Bhi Tumko Chahunga from Half Girlfriend (2017)
Composer-singer Ami Mishra’s Hinglish track, Lost Without You, is an interesting mix of his vocals in Hindi and Anushka Shahaney’s vocals in English. Shahaney has co-written the song with Kunaal Vermaa. Mishra sings his portions with a distressed yearning and Shahaney’s voice radiates with a nonchalant spirit, mirroring the moods of the two lead characters. The tune is beautifully underscored with the sorrowful sounds of the Chinese stringed instrument erhu. Shahaney’s other solo, Stay A Little Longer, written and sung by her, has a mellow sound emphasised with a sarangi and a dramatic orchestral finish, composed by Saeed.
many lyricists does it take to write a title song? Mere Dil Mein posits the problem of putting five musically-inclined minds to the rhyme scheme test. R Rekhi, Veronica Mehta, Yash Anand, Yash Narvekar, and Ishita Moitra Udhwani quite sensibly mono-rhyme “dent” with “repent” in the lyrics but they are not discussing the aftermath of rash driving. The lyrics are about the lacerations on the heart of a nervous lover trying to propose to a woman with a corny couplet, “Hua dil pe hai dent, aadhi de commitment, karegi na repent, banja meri half girlfriend.” (There is a dent on my heart, give me half of your commitment, you will not repent, be my half girlfriend)
Does any woman resist such a charming verse? It doesn’t matter. The track is at the heart of what current pop music is all about – a pedestrian refrain that is easy to mimic and quickly forgotten once the next number is played.
London-based singer-composer Rishi Rich gets his funky sounds cracking on the frivolous lyrics in the two hip-hop tracks Mere Dil Mein and its reprise, sung by Veronica Mehta and Yash Narvekar. The tunes are excellently mixed with electronic beats and an addictive groove that will make any dance floor busy, girlfriend or no girlfriend.