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Hasee Toh Phasee

Zehnaseeb is possibly one of the most endearing songs you will listen to this year – a simple, lilting melody sung brilliantly by Chinmayi Sripaada and composer Shekar Ravjiani. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics offer a fresh take on romance, adding to the appeal of this charming ballad. This one deserves a place in your playlist!

Ishq bulaava is another mushy number that works well due to Sanam Puri’s unusual vocals and the strong Sufi-styled melody. Puri, last heard in the club track Dhat teri ki (Gori Tere Pyaar Mein), impresses in this subdued outing, as does newcomer Shipra Goyal, who appears in a cameo.

Despite the presence of the fantastic Shafqat Amanat Ali, Manchala falls short of expectations. While Ali expresses himself brilliantly with this magical vocals, the composition turns out to be rather middling. Shreya Ghoshal is an unusual choice to sing a dance number like Drama queen but she doesn’t disappoint. What is disheartening, however, is Vishal-Shekhar’s generic composition – the standard dance template from Dharma films.

Ditto for the Punjabi wedding song (Sunidhi Chauhan, Benny Dayal), which has everything you expect from a song of this kind – Hinglish lyrics, a few Western beats and some Bhangra dhol. It’s been designed as a full-on masti song, except that it’s loaded with so many familiar elements that it ends up a crashing bore.

Shake it like Shammi (Vishal Dadlani, Benny Dayal) is a groovy tribute to India’s first dancing star Shammi Kapoor. Dayal does an exuberant job on the vocals and the retro-styled composition, especially the mukhda, is quite catchy.

The music of Hasee Toh Phasee has two delightful ballads and a bunch of ho-hum numbers.

Verdict: Works in parts

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