Band Baaja Baarat releases right around the time that weddings are expected to spike, and I’m more than sure that at least one or two of these songs are expected to make a presence at weddings.
The movie seems to be based in Delhi (at least that’s what I can make from the songs) and the tunes are catchy… more than 1 are hummable and tunes that you would keep on your phone for a while. I’ll do a track by track review this time, since I have some time on hand.
The opening track is a typical Salim Merchant outing. It begins with a good guitar riff along with a Punjabi instrument, and continues with wordings that Dilli walle will connect very well with. Phrases like “Chichore”, “Ainvayi”, “Dole Shole”, “Harkat down market” and “Romeo bina Permit” are littered all over the song, giving it a traditional yet modern feel. Sunidhi Chauhan leaves her charm all over the song. A foot tapping number this.
Tarkeebein reminds me of that “Gadbadi” from Rocket Singh, so much so that even the beats sound the same, and this one too relies a lot on its offbeat lyrics. Been a while since I heard Benny Dayal, and he sure doesn’t disappoint. A soft rock feel, this probably would look better on screen with the actors probably running around in fast forward motion trying to fix the wedding. (The theatrical trailer using it as a kinda of promo song is disappointing… It wud do much much better in the movie)
Aadha Ishq showcases Shreya Ghoshal in a soft-yet-not-mushy number. The soft guitar in the background makes it a good lovey dovey number. Reminds me of a tune that I can’t quite place, but the familiar feeling keeps the song on repeat on my phone.
Dum Dum seems to be a new genre of songs where the protagonists discover that love is catastrophic. It doesn’t have the normal sadness in the beat, and its not a soft number either… sounds more like a “so what if you left me, I’m still gonna survive, so screw you” kinda number. It’s a surprise to hear Himani Kapoor (from the music show “Sa Re Ga Ma”) on this track, and I must say that the wait was completely worth it. Some parts of the tune remind me of “Tashan”, but its a small price to pay for a good sad song.
Mitra is the dark horse on this album. With a soft rock feel to it, and Amitabh’s (who is also the lyricist) unusual voice, it’s the song of longing that this album had been lacking (EVERY Bollywood album has a dance number, a love number, a sad number; it isn’t that hard to know that this album would get to that too). The song kinda grows on you. Hope it grows on the crowds as well.
And saving the best for the last, the icing on the cake is definitely Baari Barsi. As I understand, its a folk song sung at weddings that the singer alters based on the people and the situation. The lyricist of this album has definitely done a good job on this one, and Harshdeep Kaur’s vocals take the song to an all new level. Labh Janjua gives it the traditional touch, and Salim lends it a more modern feel, and Harshdeep belts a downright amazing rendition. A sureshot hit at the weddings this season. I dare you to NOT smile and groove in the train/metro as you hear this one.
The remaining songs on the album lose to Baari Barsi, purely because of bad positioning on the album. The theme, performed by Salim, leaves a lot to be desired and its probably good that its short. Ainvayi’s club mix is just that – a club mix, with loud beats that dont add any value to the song. To be avoided even you’re a die hard fan of club mixes. Dum Dum Sufi Mix ropes in Sukhwinder with Himani, and reminds you even more of Dil Haara, onli with club beats. I waitied till the end to see if it got an better; it dint. Wonder if Sukhwinder would’ve been a better choice for the original and this unnecessary remix could’ve been done away with.
My verdict. The hero makes an uncanny attempt to look like Ranbir Kapoor. YOU DONT JUST DO THAT YOU IDIOT!!! YOU HAVE TO BE BORN RANBIR. Oh wait. He is. Almost. He’s called Ranveer. Desperate look alikes have a place on the TV – in comedy shows. 😛
Back to the album. It’s in line with the recent string of albums that somehow want to inject rock into them, and this one doesn’t do all that bad a job with Mitra and Tarkeebein. But Baari Barsi hogs the attention, what with its snappy lyrics and catchy beat and awesome vocals. Grab the album if only for this number.