Now that's the kind of subject and genre where you do expect
Yash Raj Films to come up with a winner of a soundtrack.
Marriage, celebration, dulhan, stars like Imran and Katrina,
'dhol', the works - there is no reason why one would expect
anything lesser than a foot tapping soundtrack that promises
to keep the fun and energy high. Though you do expect
quality lyrics with Irshad Kamil on board, you are
particularly excited to check out what does composer Sohail
Sen deliver for his first ever YRF film after impressing in
his earlier two films with Ashutosh Gowariker - What's
Your Raashee? and Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey.
It's a winning start, expectedly though, with the title song 'Mere
Brother Ki Dulhan' turning out to be just the kind of
song that you would have expected at the very beginning of the
album. A celebration number where a youngster is out to look out
for an ideal 'dulhan' for his brother, what is special about
this song are the kind of lyrics put together by Irshad Kamil
who makes it all sound like a matrimonial ad. While KK sings it
with the right spirit and fervour, 'dhol' beats further
accentuate the overall appeal hence establishing that composer
Sohail has adapted himself well into the YRF groove here. A sure
shot hit track.
Next track is equally enjoyable as it takes forward the legacy
of YRF when it comes to establishing woman power by putting them
at the top of affairs. This time around they do it with Katrina
Kaif by making her a rockstar and in this endeavour of theirs,
the musical team as well as singer Neha Bhasin give their all to
create 'Dhunki'. A song with a perfect thump to it
and the kind of overall arrangements that promise a big screen
outing that would make a huge impact for sure, 'Dhunki'
is contemporary while also fusing itself well with traditional
Indian elements by means of rhythm and melody.
Newcomers Benny Dayal and Aditi Singh Sharma, who have been
doing well in practically every opportunity that has come their
way during last 2-3 years, do well all over again with 'Choomantar'.
This may not be the kind of song that is instantly catchy or
make you head for that dance floor. However, play it around
yourself and rest assured, there won't be a dull moment. A
number which is sung quite softly and should do well as a part
of the film's narrative where the two characters are getting
closer to each other in their journey together, 'Choomantar'
does well as a standalone track and the 'remix' that follows.
After a couple of dance numbers and a soft track comes 'Isq
Risk' that arrives in two fantastic version. First to
come is the 'sufi' version that has Rahat Fateh Ali Khan getting
into the same mould as 'Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji' [Ishqiya]
though with a twist as some fun lyrics become a part of the song
as well. However the core strength still stays on to be melody
with the factor that works best being the sheer simplicity of
the composition. Not just is 'Isq Risk' sung well with
the arrangements being just perfect for the sober mood, here, it
is also quite catchy that makes one pick this instantaneously.
What turns out to be riotous though is the 'Risky Mix'
version here which has Sreeramachandra, Neha Bhasin and Joshilay
coming together for what could well find a way soon enough in
the discotheques and pub. From being 'sufi' in mood, it suddenly
switches to being a dance floor number that has in it to turn
popular soon enough in days to come. In fact it is amazing to
see how the same song can be presented in altogether different
contrasting versions with just a change in arrangements.
The way Ali Zafar (heard for the first time in the album) begins
to render 'Madhubala', it reminds one of the kind
of compositions that were made during the 70s with men like
Rajesh Khanna or Rishi Kapoor being at the helm of affairs. In
fact the kind of beats and pace that 'Madhubala' boasts
of, one is instantaneously reminded of 'Jai Jai Shiv Shankar'
which continues to stay alive till date. With Shweta Pandit
doing well as always, the song has a rustic flavour to it, stays
on to be simple yet effective and maintains a 'desi' touch
without getting into the 'Munni' mode.
Another track that follows the same mode as 'Madhubala'
in terms of setting and sound is 'Do Dhaari Talwaar'.
In fact this Shahid Mallya and Shweta Pandit song pretty much
seems like an extension of what one had heard just moments ago.
A decent track, it has it's chances provided there is good
enough picturisation that accentuates the overall appeal.
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan is a winning album by all means
and has in it to be widely popular in days to come. As expected,
the entire soundtrack follows a fun approach without anything
becoming overtly mushy or mellow. While Irshad Kamil keeps his
poetic instinct aside for most part of the soundtrack and
instead gets something out and out massy for popular
consumption, composer Sohail Sen can be assured that he would
now have a successful soundtrack to his name as well that would
find a wide audience for itself.
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Isq Risk, Dhunki, Choomantar , Do
Dhaari Talwaar , Madhubala
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