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Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara!

Pritam’s soundtrack for Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai was a huge success. Songs such as Pee loon, Tum jo aaye and Parda set the radio waves on fire for months after the film released. Director Milan Luthria now returns with the highly-anticipated sequel Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara! starring Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan and Sonakshi Sinha. Pritam composes the music this time too.

The opening track of the album Yeh tune kya kiya (Javed Bashir) is an intricate Sufi-style qawwalli. Pritam reuses sizeable portions of Pee loonand Tum jo aaye in the interludes of this song. It’s a catchy number, no doubt, but Bashir’s raspy vocals make it a slightly tedious listen. One can’t help wondering how Rahat Fateh Ali Khan would have rendered this track!

Tu hi khwahish attempts to replicate the successful cabaret song Parda from the original film (OUATIM), replete with ’80s-style disco beats, orchestral arrangements similar to RD Burman’s club tracks and Sunidhi Chauhan’s powerful, high-pitched vocals. But the effort falls short and the concoction fails to get you grooving.

Mohammed Rafi’s Tayyab Ali from Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) is considered an all-time classic by Bollywood aficionados. In his recreation of this qawwalli, Anupam Amod thankfully doesn’t alter much. Javed Ali’s rendition is top-notch and one of the reasons this song is enjoyable. But Rajat Arora’s additional lyrics are a tad annoying, especially the English portions.

Javed Ali is in exemplary form in Chugliyaan, a breezy romantic yet stereotypical Pritam composition. Sahir Ali Bagga’s alaaps are a perfect foil to Ali’s gorgeous vocals in this ballad.

Unlike the fantastic melodies of the earlier film, Pritam’s music for the sequel is largely ordinary.

Verdict: Strictly okay.

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