From Frozen to High School Musical series, if there is anything that is common in these Disney flicks it is the melodic compositions. Hence, when Disney announced Khoobsurat, expectations from the album were definitely high. Now with Sneha Khanwalkar and rapper Badshah on board as music directors, we expect some offbeat yet energetic tunes.
With five tracks, the album opens with an energetic dance track Engine ki seeti sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and Resmi Sateesh. The upbeat number is a revamped version of Rajasthani folk song Engine ki seeti me maaro mann dole. Staying true to her style, Khanwalkar has employed various organic sounds – steam engine whistles to Rajasthani folk instrument Gujari – as a palate to her composition.
Keeping up with the spirited flavour of an album is the next Punjabi Hip-hop track Abhi toh party. Badshah nails this party number with his sturdy voice and flawless rap that is further complimented by vocalist Aastha. Though executed perfectly, the song takes you back to Yo Yo Honey Singh’s Party all night at several occasions. Sadly, even the lyrics fall in the same line.
Sunidhi Chauhan is back with Baal khade, the song is comparatively slower than her earlier Engine ki seeti. The song isn’t that exciting and loses its footing after few minutes. The music doesn’t excite us either as it gets repetitive. Possibilities are that listeners might not hear the whole track and skip to the next song.
Next up is yet another perky track Maa ka phone by Priya Panchal and Mouli Dave. The track is crammed with electronic tunes so much that after a point it gets monotonous. It fails to grab attention as it seems like Khanwalkar has overdone herself this time by combining organic sounds of mobile ringtones with the electronic music.
The album ends with the only subtle track Preet sung by India’s Got Talent participant Jasleen Kaur Royal. Clubbed with the meaningful lyrics and serene music, the track is soothing to the ears after the constant thumping music. Unlike her previous track, Khanwalkar has opted for basic and minimal music further complimenting the singer’s vocals.
Verdict: Overall, Khoobsurat is a typical Disney album comprising majorly of dance numbers. With no critical boundaries this is a fun album targeting the youngsters.