Mere Brother ki Dulhan: Music Review (Sohail Sen)

Sohail Sen for the first time gets something worthwhile outside Ashutosh Gowariker’s camp, and he looks keen on making it big. Here is a review of his entry into YRF, Mere Brother ki Dulhan.

The album starts with the title song Mere Brother ki Dulhan, a fast paced, quickly addictive, likable number with some interesting lyrics from Irshad Kaamil sung by KK.

I was still in the first song when a chorus broke into some rocky words and Neha Bhasin into Dhunki Dhunki Dhunki laage. While the music is lovely, it’s Neha who surprises me with her lovely singing here. She’s been good in some Salim-Sulaiman songs earlier, in Fashion, as well as Pyaar Impossible, but this could be the song that would restate her entry into Hindi film industry.

The next song Chhoo Mantar is, I would say, a typical Sohail Sen piece, with his signature beats, and if I didn’t know it from the cover, I’d say is sung by him as well. Yes, it’s bad how I still don’t get Benny Dayal’s voice after so many of his songs that I completely love. Aditi Singh Sharma is as soft and husky with her voice here as she always is.

Isq Risk, the next song, sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, gives a little small surprise in the beginning as you hear a radio (read AIR) style prologue to the song, telling whose music and words the song has. Sohail Sen’s melody is a bit ’90s in its treatment, but with Rahat singing, the song sounds pretty nice. Irshad Kamil’s words are lovely here.

Ali Zafar’s only entry in the soundtrack, Madhubala is simply enjoyable. I don’t think I want to use any other word for the song. It’s his signature ‘Masti’ that literally shows up here, nicely supported by Shweta Pandit.

Shahid Mallya, another name that is a bit new for me, is growing up quite fast nowadays. After Naina wali Whiskey in Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande and with Mausam lined up for him, it’s the third place I have seen his name in this week, for Do Dhaari Talwar here. The song, with a little Punjabi flavor in it, mostly because of Shahid’s singing style and percussion based arrangements, is quite fast paced and enjoyable, though doesn’t look like very long lasting.

Overall, MBKD is a typical Yashraj album with songs that will be liked instantly by the public. Be it the title song or Dhunki, Isq risk or Madhubala, the composer is quite clear on what he wants the song to do and I feel that it would be a big plus for the movie. Go buy it if you like typical hit soundtracks of Bollywood.

PS: One interesting thing about the album is that even though Yashraj use a new composer here, many of the singers are the ones who have sung a lot for YRF, with their regular composers Salim-Sulaiman, especially Benny Dayal, Neha Bhasin and Shweta Pandit.

Jhoom – Ali Zafar – Music Review

Yashraj Music was launched with a movie which had Indo-Pak ties in its background, Veer Zaara. But now, a bit surprisingly, Yashraj Music actually gets their first private album by a singer from Pakistan, Ali Zafar. Yes, Ali’s third album, Jhoom is out on none other than our very own YRM.

Well, after the small surprise on the cover, I was in for another surprise as I heard the first song, dil jhoom jhoom chale soneya, or simply Jhoom. The song is a Sufi style one, quite different from the songs Ali is known for. And while the song relies less on Western instruments and more on Tabla etc, Ali’s heavy voice (remember teri yaad aayi and jugnuon se bhar le aanchal) makes the song a bit heavy, but good nonetheless. One expects the song to be liked in time as one listens to it.

The second song ‘Tu jaanay na‘ is a lighter one, which Ali sings in that easy going style he has been most popular for. The way instruments in the background are not kept limited to background only, it reminds one of older songs of the industry. Easy on ears, and quite lovable.
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Shankar n Ali Zafar sing Ullu da Pattha in Tere Bin Laden?

Now that sounds like something big n worth waiting for. And I am getting desperate to hear this song that is supposedly sung by Shankar Mahadevan and Pakistan’s Prince Pop Ali Zafar. The song is called Ullu da Patha and is featured in the movie Tere Bin Laden, where Ali Zafar is playing lead. The music for the song is composed by none other than Shankar Ehsaan Loy.

The movie, also starring Piyush Mishra, is due for release on 16th July, 2010 and the music release is expected soon as reportedly told by Ali Zafar.