Classy Romance, Massy Dance!! (Badrinath Ki Dulhania – Music Review)

Shashank Khaitan is back with his Dulhania franchise and this time the Dulhania belongs to Badrinath whom we all met in the trailer and loved. Amaal Mallik, Akhil Sachdeva and Tanishk Bagchi have replaced Sharib-Toshi and Sachin-Jigar who did the music of the previous installment.

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Music Label: T-Series


1. Aashiq Surrender Hua – Singers: Amaal Mallik, Shreya Ghoshal;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed – Amaal kicks off the album with a DDM (Desi Dance Music) instead of a more popular genre EDM (Electronic Dance Music) being on mic himself with the ever dependable Shreya Ghoshal. It’s quite a folksy melody which is quite surprising. Infact, I can even recall a folk song, very similar to the hook line. Also, it’s rare to hear a hook line not just being a part of the mukhda but the complete mukhda itself. Shabbir’s lyrics is exactly what is required of this song. Amaal has made sure that the song justifies the characters and it does.


2. Roke Na Ruke Naina – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Kumaar – If you have followed Amaal’s work, you tend to notice his particular style of composition which so many other composers of his generation don’t have. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s everything a composer needs. As much as one needs a particular style of his/her own compositions, he/she equally needs those compositions to sound versatile and varied from one another. This song, in particular, echoes the similar (not same) structure of notes which his previous few compositions had. Like, the tail of the mukhda just before the hook line ends is one of the structural elements evident in many of his songs. Nonetheless, the song does sound lovely, if not novel. What is really likable is the antara which gives such a ghazal-like feel and that works in the favor of novelty. Kumaar delivers one of his better writings with Amaal.


3. Humsafar – Singers: Akhil Sachdeva, Mansheel Gujral;  Music: Akhil Sachdeva;  Lyrics: Akhil Sachdeva – The way Mansheel begins, is the high point of the song. Akhil takes over with his Atif-sounding voice which doesn’t work against the song at all. Infact, it suits the melody really well. The instruments are well arranged, particularly the Accordion (is it?). Akhil has also written the song and although there’s nothing novel about it, the lines blend with the composition quite effortlessly. It’s a superb debut from Akhil Sachdeva in singing, composing and writing as well. 


4. Badrinath Ki Dulhania (Title Track) – Singers: Dev Negi, Neha Kakkar, Monali Thakur, Ikka;  Music: Tanishk Bagchi;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed – This folk tune has been taken in films numerous times and it is so catchy that it is able to groove you. Tanishk’s composition does complete justice to the borrowed hook line. Both the compositions blend really well. The singers’ cast is impressive. It’s good to hear Monali in such a song after a long time. Ikka’s rap, particularly in the beginning is superb. It amazingly energizes the atmosphere. Shabbir’s lyrics totally goes with the song. A catchy one! 


5. Tamma Tamma Again – Singers: Bappi Lahiri, Anuradha Paudwal, Badshah;  Music: Bappi Lahiri (Recreated by Tanishk Bagchi);  Lyrics: Indeevar – Badshah is the new member of this 80s family which is probably the biggest song of Bappi Lahiri’s career. Tanishk not exactly re-created but re-mixed the track with very predictable electronic sounds. His only contribution is adding Badshah to give it a contemporary touch. The rest you all know. More of a remixed than a remake. 


Akhil Sachdeva shines in his debut. A pretty entertaining album which pretty much maintains the standards of Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. 

Worth Listening: Humsafar, Roke Na Ruke Naina

The Final Verdict: 3/5


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Novelty floating over Typicality!! (Running Shaadi – Music Review)

An Amit Roy film that stars Amit Sadh, Tapsee Pannu and Arsh Bawja, is co-written by Navjot Gulati and produced by the ever favorite Shoojit Sircar. Music is given by Abhishek-Akshay, Anupam Roy, Keegan Pinto, Anjaana Ankur and Sandeep.

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Music Label: Times Music 


1. Pyaar Ka Test – Singers: Bappi Lahiri, Kalpana Patowary;  Music: Abhishek-Akshay;  Lyrics: Manoj Yadav – It’s surprising to see Manoj Yadav writing these lyrics. They are hilarious, in the sense that you get annoyed with the constant use of weird metaphors and still you land up laughing and there’s a constant curiosity of what is going to be metaphorized next. Bappi Lahiri with his heavy vocals capture every song so amazingly. Kalpna is a good choice for the song. A well-intended amusement, mostly due to good writing. 


2. Mannerless Majnu – Singer: Sukanya Purkayastha;  Music: Abhishek-Akshay;  Lyrics: Manoj Yadav – Again, Manoj Yadav’s impressive writing owns the song but it is also shared by the duo’s equally good composition. Arrangements are worth noticing. Sukanya justifies the mood beautifully. She seemed to be having a good sense of the kind of composition it is. Within a minute the song is able to engage the listener.


3. Dimpy De Naal Bhaage Bunty – Singer: Labh Janjua;  Music: Abhishek-Akshay;  Lyrics: Shellee – So the song must be recorded last year before Labh Janjua passed away. It’s a treat to hear his voice once more. Abhishek-Akshay scores impressively in this track as well. They seem to have quite well captured the mood and pace of the film. Great energy, great rhythm, appropriate arrangements. The composition could have been slightly better, though.


4. Bhaag Milky Bhaag – Singers: Sanam Puri, Sonu Kakkar;  Music: Keegan Pinto;  Lyrics: Keegan Pinto, Sonal Sehgal – Keegan Pinto enters the album with such an innovative track which has a comical underplay, overlaid by the effective chorus in the bhaag milky part that you land up singing with them. The emotions are well captured and the Guitar strumming in the mukhda is something to listen for. Sanam and Sonu are splendid!


5. Faraar – Singer: Jubin Nautiyal;  Music: Keegan Pinto;  Lyrics: Keegan Pinto – Keegan’s next track is less impressive. Except for the hook line, faraar ho jayenge, which has so nicely been done, the rest of the song turns out to be below average. Jubin’s singing overpowers anything that is less effective in the song. Lyrics could have been way better, though. The hook line is so appealing that the song, overall, turns out to be good enough to give it a try. It’s definitely going to sound impactful with the visuals.


6. Main Faraar Sa – Singers: Anupam Roy, Hamsika Iyer;  Music: Anupam Roy;  Lyrics: Tanveer Ghazi – After Piku and Pink, this is Anupam’s third with Shoojit Sircar and he maintains almost the similar sound here. Mukhda gives deja vu of Piku, antara is really impressive. His vocals end up sounding like Amit Trivedi and I guess he can’t help that! It’s good to hear Hamsika after a long time and she has actually got the best portion to sing. A soothing one!


7. Kuch Toh Hai – Singers: Jubin Nautiyal;  Music: Anjaana Ankur & Sandeep;  Lyrics: Anas Ali Khan – Too much of experimentation in the notes as well as in the instrumentation. Nothing repeats here so by the time you are trying to get acquainted with the song, it ends. Jubin doesn’t help and he cannot, in such cases. Fails to connect. 


Abhishek-Akshay and Keegan Pinto come up with some really cool compositions.

Worth Listening: Manerless Majnu, Bhaag Milky Bhaag 

The Final Verdict: 3/5


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