There are high expectations from director Ratnaa Sinha’s SHAADI MEIN ZAROOR AANA, as it stars the dependable Rajkummar Rao, whose movies have had a good track record, both musically and commercially. Moreover, the talented Ratnaa informs us that she worked very hard on the music, which makes our hopes soar even higher. So let’s check out the playlist, which has as many as eleven songs.
Lovely flute notes commence the serene and soothing love ballad ‘Jogi’, composed and penned by Arko. An all Hindustani instrumentation song with smooth flowing lovely melody that one takes a liking to instantly. Yaseer Desai renders it with aplomb with good support from Aakansha Sharma. Lyrics are in sync with the desi touch seeped in the divine ‘bhakti ras’.
There are two more versions of ‘Jogi’, the female version rendered well by Akaansha and the second by the great sufi vocalist, Shafqat Amanat Ali, which is a delight to savour.
Kaushik, Akash, Guddu (KAG) for JAM 8 composed ‘Main Hoon Saath Tere’is another seeped in melody romantic interlude, made great due to Arijit’s mellifluous rendition. Shakeel Azmi and Kunal Verma pen some nice lyrics that convey the lead’s intense feelings of love. There is a female version rendered well by Shivangi Bhavyana.
Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bahaduri’s classic ‘Pallo Latke’(NAUKER) gets a makeover by Zain-Saim-Raees but it’s almost a new composition as only the ‘mukhda’ has been used, the rest of the song is in sync with the festive wedding spirit of the movie. Composed like an item number with added rap (lyrics Roshh) by Fazilpuria makes the song even more contemporary. Yaseer Desai and Jyoti Tangri render the number with zest. This number is surely a chartbuster.
Carrying the same spirit and in the same corridor as the superhit ‘Nazm Nazm’ (BAREILLY KI BARFI), the next song, ‘Tu Banja Gali Banaras Ki’, composed by Rashid Khan, lingers on even after it ends. Asit Tripathy renders the number with effortless ease. Shakeel Azmi’s lyrics are the highlight of the song, simple, identifiable and the historic Banaras city being the backdrop of the movie is used aptly, like the mentioning of the legendary Sangam Talkies, the ghats of Banaras etc. There are two versions of ‘Tu Banja Gali Banaras Ki’, the male version is rendered by Shafqat Amanat Ali and female by Asees Kaur both of which make a delightful double hear.
The situational ‘Mera Inteqam Dekhegi’ brings back the once top composer Anand Raj Anand, back in focus, and the song has that retro 90’s touch, both in terms of arrangements and melody. Another seasoned artist, Krishna Beura, renders it with just the required emotions and feel. The angst and pain and suffering, coupled with feelings of revenge are conveyed well through apt lyrics by Gaurav Krishna Bansal. Another version of ‘Mera Inteqam Dekhegi’ rendered by the composer himself, makes for a good repeat here as well, since the song itself is very rhythmic and superbly orchestrated.
Summing up, there were expectations from the audio of Ratnaa Sinha’s SHAADI MEIN ZAROOR AANA, but one must say that the album surpasses them and the hard work (as per Ratnaa herself) put in comes through quite clearly. All compositions are good to excellent. But our picks are- ‘Jogi’(including versions), ‘Pallo Latke’, ‘Tu Banja Gali Banaras ki (and versions). The wonderful music should surely enhance the box-office prospects of the movie which sees a 10th November worldwide release.