While Nikhil D’Souza has been a prominent Indie artist and a voice in several Bollywood soundtracks, he gained a larger fanbase last year with Vaaste, Mumbai-based singer-songwriter Nikitaa too has been building her discography. The last you might have heard might be her single Goddess (and its acoustic rendition) along with the quirkily funny Aunty Kisko Bola Re from the Netflix series Masaba, Masaba.
The songstress is back with a song dedicated to self-love called Tum aur Main. The track is accompanied with a futuristic video directed by Parasher Baruah. Nikitaa seems to be talking to a holographic figure of a man (actor Smaran Sahu) set against a cyberpunk-like background. The video seems apt for the current times as with the pandemic, a digital distance has set in between several lovers.
The lyrics, penned by Nikitaa and Kunaal Vermaa, are simple yet poetic while the somber production really shines in the hook of the song. Nikitaa’s vocals simultaneously brim with self-introspection and confidence while D’Souza provides his reliably smooth charm. As they croon the outro together, repeating lines like ‘tere liye‘ and ‘tum aur main‘, the listener is likely to be pretty satisfied.
While at its core, Tum aur Main sounds like a mellow pop duet, a few influenced of R&B can also be interpreted. It’s not a song that might most likely be catchy for weeks in your head, but it’s still a well-executed collaboration that unleashes great creative potential for Nikitaa’s versatile prowess as a singer. Be it in in English or in Hindi, she is definitely making moves.
Verdict: A comfortingly romantic duet, benefiting greatly from the chemistry between its two singers.