To me, the music is lacking big time. I hardly like any of the songs. Hum To Aise Hain is probably the pick of the lot, but that too leaves a lot to be desired. One expects much more when a film is released by Yash Raj Films. Based on the promo (see bottom of this post), however, one can expect the cinematography to make up for the below-par soundtrack. Quite sleek, eh? The promo also reminded me of the setting in the song O Rey Kaanchi in the film Asoka (2002). Anyone else recall that?
Overall, a star and a half merely for effort, albeit wasted. The soundtrack to Laaga is too cliche and has nothing much to offer to those who prefer originality, creativity, and most of all, a sensible fusion of the parts. I do have a feeling, though, that it might actually work well with the films, so I still do look forward to watching the film. In the mean time, just do not expect the soundtrack to do much for you.
Music Rating: *1/2 (AVERAGE -- too reminiscent of old-school Bollywood minus much substance. Shantanu-Swanand could have done much better)
On the film: Laaga has a very good cast: Rani Mukherjee, Konkona Sen Sharma, Jaya Baadhuri-Bachchan, Kunal Kapoor, and Abhishek Bachchan. Whenever you have this combination, you are virtually guaranteed of at least a couple of very good performances. But do those performances go hand in hand with the plot? That is what I want to know of Laaga. Also worthy of note, based on the plot, the film seems like it is not one for family viewing (you definitely do not one pre-teens around for this one, and parental guidance will likely be recommended by censors for those aged 13+).
My compliments to the web team for a rather remarkable and effectively artsy official website for the film at http://www.yashrajfilms.com/microsites/lcmd/lcmd.html