Melody Dobara! (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara – Music Review)






Songs of the 2010 hit Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai like Pee Loon and Tum Jo Aaye — composed by Pritam — are popular even today.
Now, he returns with the film’s sequel, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara, with Rajat Aroraa (the film’s writer) as the lyricist, and expectations are manifold.
More so, since films featuring Akshay Kumar and directed by Milan Luthria have time and again boasted of some chartbuster songs.


Lyrics: Rajat Arora;  Music Label: T Series


1. Ye Tune Kya Kiya – Singer: Javed Bashir;  Music: Pritam

Ye Tune Kya Kiya is a well-tuned qawalli, where Pritam shows us what he is capable of. Rajat Aroraa’s lurics are terrific, his words are rooted to the core and Pritam’s composition further ensures that the essence of a quintessential ‘qawalli’ is maintained right through it’s five minute duration. What adds authenticity are Javed Bashir’s vocals that gel well with the overall flow of the song. A winner.


2. Tayyab Ali – Singer: Javed Ali;  Music: Anupam Amod

Appearing as a forced composition to suit the 1980s milieu, what with English lyrics being placed intermittently (with ‘how how’, ‘bow bow’ added to annoying effect), this one could well have worked had it been retained as-is instead of being worked upon. After all, the tune is catchy, the song was a huge hit back then in the 1970s and the rhythm is in place as well. However, new lyrics coupled with experimentation doesn’t really work, even as Javed Ali tries to do his best as a singer.


3. Tu Hi Khwahish – Singer: Sunidhi Chauhan;  Music: Pritam

Tu Hi Khwahish is a better retro song, which sets the mood back in the right place. When Sunidhi Chauhan has her heart in there for a song, especially when it comes to an item number, she hits at six. After Parda (OUATIM), Pritam comes up with a killer song yet again, and would well make Asha Bhosle proud, especially during the ‘antara‘ portions.


4. Chugliyaan – Singer: Javed Ali;  Music: Pritam

the finale comes with Chugliyaan, a Sufi number. Javed Ali reminds one of Sonu Nigam in the way he renders this one behind the mike and one has to admit that he does exceedingly well. A beautiful love song with a poetic feel to it,Chugliyan is also special due to an impressive chorus and Sahir Ali Bagga’s vocals in the background. This is the WELCOME track.


Ye Tune Kya Kya and Tu Hi Khwahish are instant winners in the making. If we ignoreTayyab Ali, the rest are good enough to be played on loop.


The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE


Next: Madras Cafe


6 thoughts on “Melody Dobara! (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara – Music Review)

  1. Honestly, this album is a huge letdown, and this is coming from an ardent fan of Pritam. Till this date, people remember Peeloon-Emraan Hashmi romancing Prachi Desai who is wearing a polka dots top; Tum Jo Aaye- Ajay Devgan dressed in white, walking into a packed theatre, lending his hand for Kangnaa and then walking out of the theatre in panache. This album is strictly average. Ye Tune Kya Kiya worked for me during the first few days, nothing after that. Chugliya, nothing really great, going by his potential Pritam can compose this while sleeping. Tu Hi Khwaish, situational song, works in the film not the kind of song I would listen anytime. And Tayyab Ali, is actually pretty good song, rehashed yes, but still very catchy.
    This album is functional at best. 🙂


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