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Mere Brother Ki Dulhan
Producer: Aditya Chopra
Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
Starring: Imran Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ali Zafar, John Abraham
Music: Sohail Sen
Lyrics: Irshad Kamil
Singers: K.K, Neha Bhasin, Benny Dayal, Aditi Singh Sharma, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Ali Zafar, Shweta Pandit, Shahid Mallya, Sreeramchandra
Audio On: Yash Raj Films    Number of Songs: 8
Album Released on: 08 August 2011
Reviewed by: MItesh Saraf  - Rating: 7.5 / 10
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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 What’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. Let’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 (“Matrimonial si Aankhein, sabko ab taake-jhaake”). 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. It’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 déjà vu as the musical arrangements are quite similar with tunes of What’s Your Rashee. It’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 “Choomantar Remix" by Joshiley impresses with added bass beats and becomes a perfect dance number. Worth a hear!

If you think "Dhunki" was the best one can get from Sohail Sen then "Isq Risk" will leave you spellbound, sung beautifully by none other than Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. The song is instantly catchy and highly addictive as one cannot hold back to 'replay' after the first listen. It is arguably the best commercial song from Sohail Sen's directory thus far. What surprises are the use of dictions in the song, like “Ishq” becoming “Isq”; “Mushkilo” becoming “Muskilo” and “Bhasha” (language) becoming “Baasa”. It’s a kind of a song which will be heard in the long term and will join the ranks of "Tere Mast Mast Do Nain". Undoubtedly the best song of the album! For “Isq Risk-Risky Mix” by Joshiley, Sreeramchandra & Neha Basin replaces Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Sreeram won the fifth season of music reality show Indian Idol 5 and as per the contract got a chance to sing a song in YRF project. His voice sounds good in this one (without comparing to RFAK) and Neha Bhasin provides ample support in this foot-tapping number. Again an impressive remix which will be seen playing in the clubs and DJ nights in the coming days.

Ali Zafar and Shweta Pandit team up for “Madhubala” , 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. It’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 “Do Dhaari Talwar” sung by Shahid Mallya and Shweta Pandit. Not that the song is avoidable but it goes on the same lines as the previous track “Madhubala” 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 “Naino Wali Whiskey” and has “Rabba” (Mausam) lined up. Impressive Punjabi Munda.

All in All, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan is a cracker of an album with three chartbusters for sure; “Dhunki”, “Isq Risk” and “Madhubala” .Sohail Sen shows his versatility and talent and does full justice with an YRF venture which always carries huge expectations on musical front. STRONGLY RECOMMENDED!

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