Carrying forward his ‘Singh’ fixation after Singh Is Kinng (2008), Akshay Kumar yet again dons the Sikh avatar in the comedy caper Singh is Bliing. Staying true to the film’s flavour, director Prabhudheva has resorted to a complete Punjabi album.
The OST features an assortment of music composers for eight songs, including three remixes. Prabhudheva has stayed true to his style by incorporating energetic dance numbers but, surprisingly, most of the tracks in this album are previous hit pop songs.
The album starts with Sneha Khanwalkar’s Tung tung baje, the song that introduced the Nooran sisters (Jyoti and Sultana) to the music industry and made them an instant hit. For the film’s version, Khanwalkar has also brought in Diljit Dosanjh, turning it into a duet. The treatment of the song is a tad mellow in the beginning but it quickly picks up pace and features a great amalgamation of Western as well as Punjabi sourced beats.
Meet Bros comes up next with a Punjabi hip-hop track Dil kare chu che, sung by Labh Janjua, Apeksha Dandekar and Meet Bros. This time around, the composers have played with the scale of the music more than the heavy beats. The sudden drop and jump in the beats and tempo makes it an interesting song but unfortunately the lyrics don’t do justice to the composition. The flavour of the song is lost due to the lyrics.
Singh and Kaur by Manj Musik is quite entertaining in terms of composition and singing. Nindy Kaur’s vocals are well complemented by Manj Musik’s voice and apt rap by Raftaar. The lyrics go well with this situational number and highlight the characteristics of both the protagonists. The mix of club beats with popular Punjabi tunes makes for a decent wedding number. The song also comes in a remixed version, which doesn’t feature very much, other than a few added club beats by DJ Nava and Dholi Deep.
Yet another popular pop number Aaja mahi by RDB that released in 2005 also features in the album, in three versions. Renamed Mahi aaja, the song has been recomposed in the unplugged version by Manj Musik and sung by reigning melody king Arijit Singh. Manjh Musik has mellowed the earlier music treatment and has stuck to soft, guitar strums, making Singh vocals the hero of the song. The track, which completed a 10-year run, is also presented in two other versions – one with Manj Musik and Sasha, and another a club mix by DJ Tejas. The one sung by Manj Musik and Sasha is similar to the 2005 version, with the only variant being the Sasha’s vocals. For the revised version, Manj has increased the tempo of the song and has eliminated a few elements from the original. Whereas in the club mix, the track has a generous dose of EDM.
Currently trending dance number Cinema dekhe mamma is a typical Said-Wajid composition filled with entertaining lyrics and zesty beats. Sung by Wajid Ali, Shaan and Ritu Pathak, the tone of this fully orchestrated, peppy number turns towards the verses as the composers mellow the music and introduce Indian elements like the flute and percussion instruments. The sudden change in singing and composition takes the sound of the track back to the ‘90s.
The hook of the song is addictive.
Verdict: A full-throttle masala album