Today marks 15 years of Aditya Chopra’s Mohabbatein. In honor of its 15th anniversary, we present to you a throwback music review of the album. The music was composed by Jatin-Lalit with lyrics by Anand Bakshi.
“Humko Humise Chura Lo” is one of many romantic numbers in this album. The picturization features all four couples in various wintry locations. Like every other Jatin-Lalit album, this song too is characterized by strings, sitar, and a stereotypical but hummable melody. Aishwarya Rai’s outfits and SRK’s sweater-look in this song are to die for!
“Chalte Chalte” is a romantic song that sounds pretty much exactly like the previous track but the video focuses on the three young couples and their blooming crushes. The most unique part of this song is the accordion bit towards the middle, which takes you back in time to the days of Amar, Akbar, Anthony.
“Pairon Mein Bandhan Hai” is a typical Indian gathering party song that begins with dhol beats. Shweta Pandit, Sonali Bhatawdekar, and Pritha Mazumdar have soft melodious voices that suit the three leading ladies. Shamita Shetty, Kim Sharma, and Preeti Jhangiani also look beautiful in their lehengas in this video.
“Aankhein Khuli” is easily the best song in this album. It begins with a romantic dialogue in SRK’s voice that preludes the process of love later explained through the song. The group choreography for this song is creative for its time. The saxophones and guitar add elements of jive that make this track stand out from others in the album. Definitely don’t miss the instrumental re-rendering of “O Haseena” and Helen’s solo that follow the song!
“Soni Soni” is the Holi song which also begins with dhol beats. The video focuses quite a bit on the cute nok-jhok between Anupam Kher and Archana Puran Singh. Jaspinder Narula’s strong vocals highlight the Punjabi flavor, teasing, and competition in this song.
“Zinda Rehti Hai Mohabbatein” is a reprise of “Humko Humise” that emphasizes Raj Aryan’s goal to spread love throughout Gurukul. It fulfills the role of a rising-up-against-everyone type of song in the album.
The “Mohabbatein Love Themes” instrumental unites all three love stories by combining the background music associated with each couple together into one track. The solo violin bits are symbolic of Raj Aryan, who is the catalyst that makes each of these love stories happen.
“Rhythms of Mohabbatein” is a cool track that is actually featured in the film (although in all honesty, it is probably better just to listen to it without the video and let the imagination run wild because the quality of dancing is pretty subpar). This four-minute track starts out with just beats, adding in more instrumental layers and building in intensity as the track goes on. Musically, it is somewhat reminiscent of the instrument-dance back-and-forth between SRK and Madhuri Dixit in Dil To Pagal Hai.