Finally! The entire soundtrack is out! Worth the wait you ask? Absolutely, I say! The album is made up of 5 tracks out of which the first 4 were released what now feels like years ago (around May/June). Rarely has a Bollywood soundtrack been released where I've thoroughly enjoyed each and every song. Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobara is probably among the rare few. Others that came a close second would be Devdas, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (because I was a 12 yr old girl which was basically all of SRK's target audience in 1999), Delhi Belly and Dev-D, also Pakeezah ofcourse. But lets not get started on the oldies because there's too many gems there.
Back to this album. What makes it so addictive, so appealing? I gave it some thought and decided that its a mix of brilliant vocals, catchy lyrics, tunes you want to keep on humming and songs that make you want to fall in love all over again, whether you're already in love or not!
The first 4 songs of this album came out a while back but the last track Bismillah only came out yesterday so I had to put this review on pause. Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobara is one of the best soundtracks of the year (its actually THE best for me, with a close 2nd place to Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, maybe).
One aspect of this movie I do find a tad irritating is its stereotyping of muslims, mainly:
-not every muslim girl has her nose pierced, seems to be Bollywood's top stereotype.
-not every muslim speaks with elegant talaffuz
-every muslim certainly doesn't do adaab every two sentences. Lol!
Not sure where these directors get their ideas from but I guess it adds to the dream world of the 'muslim' characters he's building here. All good fun I say. Adds to the glamour. Buy the entire album here.
Music director: Pritam, Anupam Amod
My Rating 5/5 (A first on this blog!)
1. Yeh Tune Kya Kiya (Javed Bashir): The opening song speaks of the power of love, what exactly it is, what it does to a person and how it breaks down yet builds up a person: 'Itna hua badnam phir bhi har zubaan pe ara hai'. All very artistically done, this wonderful track leaves you thinking. It builds layer by layer, qawwali style, bollywood style, all mixed up. Between the chorus you can hear the instrumentals playing the excellent track 'Pee Loon' from Once Upon A Time In Mumbai - part 1. Its an all out fida over the girl track 'jab jab saanse leta hoon tera hi naam leta hoon , yeh tune kya kiya.' Uff, what romance! The instruments gel with Javed Bashir's beautifully throaty vocals. Everything about this track is perfection.
2. Tayyab Ali (Javed Ali): Remember Amar Akbar Anthony? This is a rehash of that song 'tayyab ali pyaar ka dushman hai hai' picturised on bollywood's most famous kebab-mein-haddi-father 'Tayyab Ali'. The beat here is more pronounced here than the original, of course modern technology helps bring out the best of everything. The skeleton of the song remains the same as the original. The harmonium is ever present to add the UP feel. This is roadside romeo, shareef style! What appealed to me about this song is the way they've mixed old world U.P. music with modern beats and lyrics. It makes for one jaunty ride! Another song that will leave you singing the chorus. I had no idea this was a rehash of the original so when the Tayyab Ali line came on I could only say WOW! Really well made. Thumbs up.
3. Tu Hi Khwahish (Sunidhi Chauhan): Apparently this song is the one the movie opens with and Akshay Kumar's bad boy character is introduced, romancing a couple of Arabic belly dancers along with Sophie Chaudhary (poor lady never gets anything meatier than vamp). This song took a little longer than the others to grow on me. But it definitely grew on me. Sunidhi Chauhan's vocals are unwavering, not a note out of line in a pretty difficult song. Its a bit of cabaret-mixed-with-item-song style. Her voice is all vamp one seconds and sweet songbird the next. So many item songs sound extremely tacky and just cheap (pinky from the upcoming Zanjeer with Priyanka Chopra, just horrible). Sunidhi keeps this song classy. The beat here is the other aspect that makes this track very catchy.
4. Chugliyaan (Javed Ali, Sahir Ali Bagga): Lovely vocals by Javed Ali but what really makes this track is the chorus. I guarantee you wont be able to get it out of your head. Its romantic music at its best. Sahir Ali Bagga is the music composer from Lahore behind a lot of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Shafqat Amanat Ali's hits, among others. He has done wonderful work here too. I loved the lyrics of this one, esp the chorus, 'Oh yaara tere naal akhiyaan lariyaan ki aisiyaa sajjiyaan mohabbattan pakiyaan ki mere piche ishq paya, hai dil mera thirak gaya.'
5. Bismillah (Anupam Amod): This is a disco track, and is going to be BIG I guarantee you. I was hooked from the first listen a few hours ago. The lyrics, by Rajat Aroraa are superb. 'Chaand zameen par aaya hai tu haath utha kar bismillah.' Bismillah literally means 'in the name of god'. The track is describing Sonakshi Sinha the 'beauty', so when both love interests see her they call out the name of god to say 'thanks'. A truly fun, peppy track with an amazingly catchy sound. This one ends the album in the best way possible- on a high!