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08-16-2011, 07:09 PM #1
Exclusive Music Review Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (September 9, 2011)
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.
Write your own music review of Mere Brother Ki Dulhan 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