With super duper hits like DIL, BETA, ISHQ director Indra Kumar (along with producer Ashok Thakeria) ruled the box office from the mid 80s till the late 90s and was undoubtedly one of the most sought after directors. Music played a pivotal role in the success of all his films and composers like Anand Milind and Nadeem Shravan were instrumental in providing memorable melodious songs of the above mentioned films. With MASTI, Indra Kumar not only changed tracks as he shifted from romantic musical melodrama to comedy but he also chose the very reliable and the highly versatile Anand Raj Anand to compose music. Despite achieving good success Adnan Sami was roped in to handle the music of his next, the runaway hit DHAMAAL. The film broke many a norm, first and foremost that there was no female lead and so the music was situational and not exactly the chartbusting type. And the reason was that the film did not have much scope for music. For the sequel to DHAMAAL, titled DOUBLE DHAMAAL, Indra Kumar has once again placed his trust on his tried and tested lieutenant, Anand Raj Anand, to handle the music department and definitely the film is looking better and bigger and hotter, and expectations of some super hit songs are high, if not mammoth. So let's see if Anand Raj Anand can create some 'dhamaal' in this outing!
Anand Raj Anand can indeed be credited with bringing Punjabi pop fusion to fore in Bollywood and with the first track 'Chal Kudie' he goes one step further. This song does full justice to the all out 'dhamaal' mood of the album and can indeed be termed as the title track as the all out entertainment and fun unlimited, which is the spirit of the movie is enclosed here in full splendor, and comes out in Anand Raj Anand's zealous and spirited rendition. Mika's predictable but popular rap (by Out Lawz) and the overall grand music arrangements add to the glamour. And the plus point is the quite easy to comprehend Punjabi lyrics by Anand Raj Anand and also the fact that despite all the western music arrangements and rap and hip hop, Anand remains rooted to the rustic 'bhangra' tempo and beats which are the highlight of the track. With a lavish promotional music video of the same doing the rounds on various television channels it is but matter of days that this song will climb up the charts.
The remix version by Harry Anand is not much different from the original and is more of a space filler than a club mix.
Aseem Bajaj's cinematography is fine. Anand Raj Anand's music is average. Sanjay Sankla's editing is inconsistent.
Talking about performances, Arshad Warsi and Ritesh Deshmukh stand out. Jaaved Jaaferi is good. Aashish Chaudhry is decent as a man and outrageous as a woman. Sanjay Dutt is wooden. As expected, the ladies don't have much to do. It's high time that Kangna Ranaut does something with her diction. Mallika Sherawat is all right in her Jalebi Bai item number. Satish Kaushik is funny in his small role.
With a negligible funny quotient and a feeble script, DOUBLE DHAMAAL ends up being a 'double' disappointment.