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Shaadi Ke Side Effects

The opening track Harry is not a brahmchari is a techno bhangra mash-up that’s a tad loud but catchy. Pritam’s choice of singers for this high-pitched track is bang on, and Jazzy B and Divya Kumar deliver this cracker of a song with full gusto. This is the quintessential Pritam crowd-pleaser.

I’m sorry par tumse pyaar ho gaya is a peppy romantic number that charms almost instantly. Once again, the singers, Nikhil Paul George, Mili Nair and Neeti Mohan do an outstanding job with their rendition. Pritam creates a melody that has a happy, sunshine vibe, making it a fun, easy-to-listen number. The ‘hey’ hook is particularly appealing.

Tauba main vyaah karke pachtaya (Shahid Malya, Poorvi Koutish, Alam) is an upgraded, almost remixed avatar of Labh Janjua’s hit track Pyaar karke pachtaya from the earlier flick Pyaar Ke Side Effects. Pritam spruces up the arrangement with wedding instruments like the shehnai and dhol and adds cool rap portions by Poorvi, making this a delightful version. It helps that Mayur Puri’s words are really funny.

Desi romance is Pritam’s most exciting concoction in this album – it fuses a standard Bollywood melody with techno-heavy interludes. He also throws in the contrasting vocals of Suchi and Arijit Singh, which adds the right zest to this lively number. This one has the potential to make it big if promoted well.

Guest composer Mike McCleary’s lone composition Ahista ahista puts you in a contemplative mood, but one wishes an experienced singer had been at the helm. Akhtar’s faulty rendition just doesn’t work for this otherwise well-scored number. However, his delivery of the light-hearted Yahaan vahaan is impressive. It also helps that Pritam’s composition is simple and likeable. Swanand Kirkire’s wonderful verses are the highlight of Bawla sa sapna, a sweet story about a dream in the guise of a song. Mohit Chauhan is exceptional in his delivery of this endearing number. Divya Kumar’s version of the same song is worth listening too.

Pritam begins the new year in top form. The music of Shaadi Ke Side Effects is entertaining and engaging.

Verdict: Good stuff!

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