Playful alright, but...
Shararat is the story of a young boy who becomes the life of abandoned old men.
Though its music by Sajid Wajid (of Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya and Hello Brother fame) sings an altogether different tune.
Shararat starring Abhishek Bachchan and newcomer Hrishita Bhatt has seven songs and one instrumental piece.
The opening track, Dil kehta hai, is a racy track pepped with drumbeats and electrical guitar. But it fails to catch your attention, even though Sonu Nigam gives it all he has. It has an instrumental version, too.
Ek ladki mujhe by Alka Yagnik and Sonu Nigam reeks of déjà vu; some of its strains sound like Soldier's Mehfil mein baar baar.
Kucch tum kaho, again sung by Sonu sounds like a mixture of both A whole new world (from Aladdin) and the hit single Khoya khoya chand from the composer duo's latest pop album of the same name.
Mehki hawaon mein is a complete no-no right from the start. Too bad for Sonu and KK, whose efforts go vain.
Yeh main kahan by Sonu, Hariharan and Anupama Deshpande talks of Abhishek's boredom in an old people's home. Though Hariharan sounding like a dadaji is a bit much.
Then follow Hariharan, Arvinder Singh, Saud Khan, Mahitosh, Upendra Sharma, Sarfaraz Khan, Sanjeevani Bhelande, Shraddha Pandit, Sneha Pant and Wajid Khan (whew) in sentimental albeit insipid ditty, Mastana albela.
Na kisi aankh ka noor with lyrics by the late emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar is a depressing, morose track. Pity, ghazal artiste Talat Aziz (heard on the filmi scene after a long gap) had to make a comeback on such a disheartening note.
Bottomline: If musical character is what you are looking for, Shararat doesn't have it.