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Ek Paheli Leela

Soothing melodies and groovy dance numbers are the two facets of this album produced by T-Series. Known for its ear for music, the label has used the talents of assorted upcoming musicians for its film Ek Paheli Leela. The album, composed by musicians such as Meet Bros Anjjan, Amaal Mallik, Dr Zeus, Tony Kakkar and Uzair Jaswal, has packed a great mix of party anthems and romantic numbers.

With last year’s chartbuster Lovely (Happy New Year) under their belt, the hit jodi – Dr Zeus and Kanika Kapoor – returns for the album’s opening song Desi look. The quirky, catchy number penned by Kumaar starts on an evocative note but soon falls into methodical Punjabi hip-hop beats. The refined vocals of Kapoor compliment the mood and the character of the film.

The music label has roped in Pakistani Singer Uzair Jaswal from the acclaimed show Coke Studio for the soulful number Tere bin nahi laage. Composed and sung by Jaswal, the music treatment is quite basic, with simple guitar strums complimenting the vocals of the singer and adoring lyrics.

Unlike the regular male and female version, where the vocals differ and the music stays the same, the female version of Tere bin nahi lage sung by Tulsi Kumar features quite a different composition. The track starts with Rajasthani flavour bringing in the customary Kesariya Baalam. The music is further tweaked with the introduction of percussion in basic guitar strums.

Amaal Malik steps in for Saiyaan superstar with Tulsi Kumaar behind the mic. The dance number recalls ’90s wedding songs and is situational. Although the number is quite groovy, it misses on a few beats and fails to bring in musical zeal.

Mohit Chauhan is back with the romantic number Khuda bhi. The musical instrumentation by Tony Kakkar is quite impressive in the Bhatt-styled songs. The song that starts with serene notes of the flute seamlessly enters into strong drum beats perfectly complementing Chauhan’s vocals and further mingling with the assortment of trumpet, tabla, drums and guitar tunes. The romantic solo is quite impressive.

Contradicting the serene music of Khuda bhi, Kakar introduces vigorous electronic tunes for the club number Ek do teen char. The track features some great foot-tapping tunes but the scantly penned lyrics don’t do justice to the composition or to the vocals of Neha Kakkar.

Meet Bros Anjaan takes the reins of the next three songs, the first being Glamorous akhiyaan sung by the trio. Once again bringing in Rajasthani flavour, the composer trio has blended Indian instruments – tabla and harmonium – with club and electronic tunes. It’s a good attempt at creating a fusion track.

Sonu Nigam’s Main hoon deewana tera is back but sadly with a twist. The number doesn’t feature the melodious sound of Nigam or that soulful music. The composer has twined the chorus of the 1999 popular track with the freshly written lyrics of Kumaar backed by club tunes. The trio has gone behind the mic for the song and has roped in Arijit Singh of the rendition of the popular chorus. The track might not go down well with Sonu Nigam’s fans.

Seems like the composer trio was intent on a revised version of the ’90s song. After Sonu’s Main hoon deewana tera, Meet Bros Anjaan give their own spin to Sajid-Wajid’s original Dhol baaje. The lyrics are again looped around the popular chorus and are rendered by Monali Thakur. Though not as vigorous as the original track, the music does pack in some energetic fervor but misses due to lack of originality

Verdict: Entertains with soulful romantic tracks but misses on the dance numbers.

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