A film with weddings as the backdrop. A young couple. North
India. Yash Raj Films. Fun. Frolic. Colours. Celebrations.
Band. Baaja. Baaraat.
With elements like these, what else do you expect but a
rollicking music score that doesn't let the fun element drop
down even for a single moment. Films belonging to similar
genre, Dil Bole Hadippa and Badmaash Company,
had music by Pritam. However this time around, YRF has
entrusted composer duo of Salim-Sulaiman and lyricist
Amitabh Bhattacharya to do the needful. Do they deliver? Of
course yes and in fact a lot more.
It's a Dev D
kind of a start (hence reminding of Amit Trivedi's style of
composition) with 'Ainvayi Ainvayi'. However, one
minute into the song and you know that there is going to be no
turning back for Salim-Sulaiman as they get the Punjabi milieu
bang on for this club dance track that gets on you by the time
you are just in the middle of the track, let alone finishing
hearing the entire song.
Salim Merchant and Sunidhi
Chauhan are totally engrossed into the song as one can visualise
them dancing and not just singing 'Ainvayi Ainvayi' which
has chartbuster written all over it. Add to that some fun lyrics
by Amitabh Bhattacharya and you know that you won't have enough
of this song even after you are through hearing its 'Dilli
Club Mix' track that has Master Salim pairing up with
The way 'Tarkeebein' begins, you know that it is a
Yash Raj composition, especially the kind that one associates
with their urban flicks now. There is a certain classy feel to
the proceedings as Salim-Sulaiman put together a tune for singer
Benny Dayal as they pair up to get a new age mood bang on. With
Salim also joining Benny behind the mike, 'Tarkeebein'
has a slightly haunting feel to it with an A.R. Rahman touch as
well which makes it sound totally different from 'Ainvayi
With the album turning out to be pretty good so far, one starts
searching for some more chartbusters in the album as
expectations continue to soar with every passing song.
Thankfully one gets that as well with Shreya Ghoshal (along with
Natalie Di Luccio) bringing on a slight Westernised accent for 'Aadha
Ishq' which is yet another song that belongs to today's
times. A love song with an urban touch to it, it has the kind of
sound that one expects from Salim-Sulaiman. Yet another song
that impresses in Band Baaja Baaraat and also conveys
loud and clear that the soundtrack isn't just another Punjabi
compilation, 'Aadha Ishq' makes it three out of three for
Band Baaja Baaraat.
Thankfully, the breaks aren't applied at this point with the
album continuing to present songs with good potential to turn
popular in days to come. 'Dum Dum' is one such
song that has a rhythmic appeal to it which just like 'Ainvayi
Ainvayi' should go down well with the masses. Reminding of
the kind of soundtrack that Yash Raj Films' earlier presentation
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom boasted of, 'Dum Dum' is a fun
track by Benny Dayal and Himani Kapoor which gets the feet
tapping. However, it is the 'Sufi Mix' version with
coming together of Sukhwinder Singh and Himani Kapoor which
actually makes you reach out for that dance floor. Credit of
course goes to Sukhwinder here who gets his experience in play
here to make a good tune sound very good here, courtesy his
With so much happening in the album, whether through
celebration, love or dance numbers, it is time to bring on some
'thehrav' and that comes in via 'Mitra'. Yet
another classy outing, this one has a sad theme to it but still
doesn't sound like a drag at all. Coming together of Amitabh
Bhattacharya and Salim Merchant (as singers) is a unique
combination in itself and it works for this track, which despite
its situational appeal, doesn't restrict its reach to only the
film's narrative and can be given a listening as a standalone
track as well.
The album approaches its end with expectedly a Punjabi
celebration track. The right man is chosen for the job, Labh
Janjua, who comes along with Harshdeep Kaur and Salim Merchant
to croon the folk track 'Baari Barsi'. If you are
a Punjabi or have ever been to a single Punjabi pre-wedding
celebrations, you wouldn't have missed out on this track which
is pretty much mandatory. The song works again even in the
context of the film and you can pretty much see this song
gaining into a wedding DJ's compilation.
Last to arrive is 'Band Baaja Baaraat - Theme'
which has trumpets forming a major part of the two minute long
composition. Salim Merchant and Shraddha Pandit come together
for this immensely catchy tune that can't get out of your head
after you have heard it once. This is the kind of tune that can
just be let loose for any wedding celebrations in the repeat
mode and the dancers can take care of the rest.
One of the better soundtracks that one has heard from the house
of Yash Raj Films in last couple of years, Band Baaja Baaraat
is also one of the best works of Salim-Sulaiman along with
lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya. Since the film boasts of a young
couple, music anyways plays an important part in the narrative,
something that the team succeeds in doing a good job with.
Band Baaja Baaraat is much more than just a regular fun
album and has more than just a couple of songs that carry a
potential to be popular for weeks even after the film's run is
through in theaters.
Ainvayi Ainvayi, Dum Dum - Sufi Mix, Aadha Ishq
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