Monday, August 9

Dabangg (Music)

Album - Dabangg (Hindi)
Director - Abhinav Singh Kashyap
Producer - Arbaaz Khan, Dhilin Mehta, Malaika Arora
Music Directors - Sajid-Wajid, Lalit Pandit
Cast - Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Sonu Sood, Arbaaz Khan, Vinod Khanna, Dimple Kapadia, Mahesh Manjrekar, Om Puri, Anupam Kher, Mahie Gill, Tinu Anand
Lyrics - Faiz Anwar, Lalit Pandit, Jalees Sherwani
Singers - Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Mamta Sharma, Aishwarya, Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Sukhwinder Singh, Wajid, Master Saleem, Shabaab Sabri, Salman Khan
Choreography - Raju Khan
Cinematography - Mahesh Limaye
Release Date - 10th September 2010

Composers Sajid and Wajid are supposed to be real close friends of Salman Khan and they do almost every other movie that stars Salman in it. They have been consistently giving hit songs to Salman in films like Hello Brother, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Partner, Wanted, Main Aurr Mrs Khanna and Veer. The duo gave a chartbuster soundtrack for Salman's last masala film Wanted. The first promo has created a rage among the audience and it suddenly became one of the most awaited films of the year. So the soundtrack of the movie has to be nothing short of fantastic. Lets see what Sajid and Wajid have in store for us. 

The album kicks off with the romantic track 'Tere Mast Mast Do Nain' in Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's voice and later as a duet with Shreya Ghoshal. It is the kind of song that you will develop an instant liking towards. With a sufi base and a catchy tune, the track celebrates Chulbul Pandey's (Salman Khan) love towards Rajo (Sonakshi Sinha). The video promo is already doing the rounds and has created a great impact already. Even though Rahat Fateh Ali Khan sings this song also like all the other sufi songs that he has been doing, it still sounds great. And Shreya Ghoshal's beautiful just adds to the impact in the duet version, which is much better than the solo version. (It is the one which has been featured in the film as well). Faiz Anwar's lyrics are beautiful. The song would remain in our hearts because of its inherent melody. (3.5/5)

'Munni Badnaam Hui, Darling Tere Liye'. Now, what does that sound like? Yes. Its a fultoo item song. Perhaps THE best item song to come out after 'Beedi Jalai Le'. Guest composer Lalit Pandit (of Jatin-Lalit) has written and composed this dhinchaak item number. With references to Shilpa sa figure and Bebo si adaa, this song is total masti, and its hard not to groove to it. It has a rustic appeal totally justifying its UP-Bihar setting and totally fun lyrics which doesnt get vulgar anywhere. Mamta Sharma brings the right sensuousness to her voice and Aishwarya joins in the fun later on as Salman's voice. The video shows a super hot Malaika Arora dancing to the number along with the villain Sonu Sood and the hero Salman Khan, all of them having a ball. A hero and villain dancing together with the same item, now, thats a first!! Lalit Pandit has to be given credit for creating the best track of the album. (4/5)

Sajid-Wajid, Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal created a magical track called 'Don't Say Alvida' last year for Salman's Main Aurr Mrs Khanna. The same team comes back to create an even better song called 'Chori Kiya Re Jiya' in Dabangg, with Jalees Sherwani's lyrics. An extremely melodious track, which is definitely one of Sajid-Wajid's best compositions. This one's sure to stay with you long after the theatrical run of the movie. Sonu Nigam who is not heard very often these days brings his trademark charm to the romantic melody. Shreya as usual excels in her portions. It is quite surprising to find such a melodious romantic track in a rustic cop movie like Dabangg. Jalees Sherwani's lyrics are simple and romantic. (4/5

The second you start listening to 'Udd Udd Dabangg', it reminds you of the glorious title track of Omkara, and this one is also sung by Sukhwinder Singh, like Omkara. The rusticity, the raw-earthy appeal, everything is present in this one also. A song basically to praise the hero and his qualities, this one is quite slower compared to other such tracks done for Salman (say, a Jalwa or something like that). But Sukhwinder's powerful delivery makes sure that the song doesnt go unnoticed. It sounds like a perfect theme track for the movie and its Dabangg hero. Composer Wajid also joins Sukhwinder in this macho track, which is sure to be lapped up by Salman fans. (3.5/5)

'Humka Peeni Hai' is a mast drinking song, much better than the similar 'Taali Maar' from VeerMaster Saleem, Wajid and Shabab Sabri sing this energetic track with full josh and with Salman drinking and dancing on the screen, this track can also be called a sure hit. This song also contains the rustic flavour of the film throughout its length. Another fun track. (3/5)

'Dabangg Theme' is nothing but the audio of the fantastic theatrical trailer of the movie. It has been added as a bonus to Salman Khan's fans who would love to hear him mouthing the already hit dialogues from the movie. Unlike the 'Most Wanted' track from Wanted, there's no song here, but just dialogues and the background score from the trailer. Chulbul Pandey's dialogues are sure to find takers in Salman fans. (3/5)

There are remix tracks of 'Tere Mast Mast', 'Munni Badnaam' and 'Humka Peeni Hai' of which the remix of 'Munni Badnaam' is the only track worth listening to. 

On the whole, Dabangg is a total mast album with a raw, earthy appeal. Even though it has a strong Omkara hangover, the music of Dabangg is sure to be a chartbuster. Munni Badnaam and Tere Mast Mast are already topping the charts after the video promos have come out. The music is perfect for the film's theme and would surely look awesome when picturised on Salman Khan who is having a ball playing Chulbul Pandey in the film. Sajid-Wajid come up with yet another hit masala soundtrack for their friend Salman Bhai, much better than their earlier hit, Wanted.  

Rating - 3.5/5

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