Yash Raj Films always boast of some melodious tunes which prove to be a marketing tool for their movies. For more than three decades, they have ruled the Bollywood Industry with their musical blockbusters. Since 2000 they have used a variety of musicians; Pritam, A.R.Rehman, Vishal Shekhar, Salim-Sulemain to name but a few. For Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Sohail Sen gets an opportunity to showcase what he has to offer after his impressive debut in Whatâ€™s Your Rashee (2009) and then an ordinary score for Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010). Lyrics are by Irshaad Kamil who is moving head to head with writers like Prasoon Joshi and Amitabh Bhattacharya. Expectations are huge as the movie sees the coming together of Imran-Katrina for the first time along with new sensation Ali Zafar, and claims to be a musical-rock-house, especially with Kat's rock-ribbed avatar. The album offers a total of eight tracks with six originals and two impressive remixes. Letâ€™s jump into the world of Sohail Sen and Irshad Kamil.
The album opens with a good title song "Mere Brother Ki Dulhan" - sung by K.K, it maintains the same pitch and tempo during the whole four minutes until the last few seconds. Whilst the song offers nothing new on the musical front but it is impressive when it comes to lyrics (â€śMatrimonial si Aankhein, sabko ab taake-jhaakeâ€ť). Nevertheless, it should gain popularity as the video portrays Imran Khan paying tribute to all the three Khan's-Shahrukh, Aamir and Salman by imitating their signature moves. It may be seen in the starting credits of the movie and should be used as a background score later. A good start indeed.
"Dhunki" has already rocked the charts with its video making the rounds. Katrina who is looking fantabulous is the U.S.P of the song. Itâ€™s sung energetically by Neha Bhasin, and she can easily be confused with Sunidhi Chauhan here. The aggressive use of electric guitar at the start reminds you of Vishal-Shekhar's style, more specifically of the tunes in Tashan. But as Neha Bhasin's joins in the vocals, from thereon the song totally belongs to Sohail Sen, who provides a cracker! A must hear or rather a must watch.
Next in the offering is a trademark Sohail Sen composition in the name "Choomantar" crooned by talented Benny Dayal and Aditi Singh Sharma. It starts with some chirpy notes "O Baby O Baby" and then you sense dĂ©jĂ vu as the musical arrangements are quite similar with tunes of Whatâ€™s Your Rashee. Itâ€™s a kind of song that requires multiple hearings before it connects among the listeners, after which it will be hard to keep away. It will be interesting to see how the song is picturised/used in the movie. The â€śChoomantar Remix" by Joshiley impresses with added bass beats and becomes a perfect dance number. Worth a hear!
Ali Zafar and Shweta Pandit team up for â€śMadhubalaâ€ť , a song on the lines of "Khaike Paan Banaras Wala" (DON). Ali Zafar who created sensation through his songs in Jhoom and Tere Bin Laden does full justice along with the female vocalist, Shweta.The song is loud on Dhol Beats and will be a hit among the masses and the video with Katrina beside Ali Zafar and Imran will acquire some rounds of whistling for sure. Itâ€™s a perfect entertainer and after the antara, Ali Zafar throws in a monologue "Arey thak Gaye kya, Arey Bhaiya U.P aaye aur sala Dhol nahi baja to kya khaak U.P. aaye!!" and then comes a brilliant fusion of electric guitar and Dhol beats, a complete package indeed.
Sohail Sen just slightly misses out on the last composition â€śDo Dhaari Talwarâ€ť sung by Shahid Mallya and Shweta Pandit. Not that the song is avoidable but it goes on the same lines as the previous track â€śMadhubalaâ€ť and fails to create the same impact. Having said that, once the video is out, it will attract attention for sure. To talk of singers, Shweta Pandit is a well known name in the industry, but what grabs your attention is the name of Shahid Mallya, who recently made his debut in Sahi Dhande Galat Bande with â€śNaino Wali Whiskeyâ€ť and has â€śRabbaâ€ť (Mausam) lined up. Impressive Punjabi Munda.