GUNDAY is another interesting offering from India's premier production house, Yash Raj Films, and it brings back talented young director Abbas Ali Zafar and the highly versatile composer Sohail Sen, both famous for MERE BROTHER KI DULHAN, along with classy lyricist Irshad Kamil. And since the duo were just terrific in MERE BROTHER KI DULHAN one expects an encore here. So let's get on and check out the soundtrack of the film which promises to be an-adrenalin pumping retro fare with young guns Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor and the class seductress Priyanka Chopra.
', it's 'Jashn-E-Ishqa
' for Javed Ali, although there is absolutely no similarity between the two. The theme song is the perfect introduction for the two male leads. The high tempo, high energy song enthralls and Javed Ali along with Shadab Sabri does a splendid job. Lyrics are just superb.
The Rhythm of 'Jashn-E-Ishqa
' is a sort of dance instrumental with heavy beats, zesty chorus and just intermittent repeat of 'Jashn-E-Ishqa
One encounters the chartbusting 'Tune Maari Entriyaan
' quite early on, a light hearted chhed-chaad
absolutely mast number that will surely be greeted with a lot of 'seetiyaan
' in the cinemas and the masses patronizing it in a big way. The rhythm and arrangements hook the listeners and the lyrics are unique, enjoyable and humorous. Vishal Dadlani, item boy Bappi Lahiri and K.K along with Neeti Mohan all do a fabulous job. CHECK OUT: GUNDAY Songs Lyrics
The Bengali version of 'Tune Maari Entryaan
' is superbly rendered by Bappi Lahiri and Monali Thakur and makes for a good repeat hear. It's all Bangla in nature, whether arrangements or lyrics.
The haunting love ballad 'Jiya
' sung well by Arijit Singh has a nice melody although it does carry a heard before feel. But the composer redeems himself with some terrific background arrangements and of course Irshad Kamil's superb lyrics.
Ghalib's evergreen love couplet, 'Yeh Ishq hai woh aatish ghalib, Jo lagaye na lage, Aur bujhaye na bujhe
' commences 'Asslam-E-Ishqum'
. The club dance number with lots of rock and roll and Arabic influences, has a slight hangover of 'Badtameez Dil
'. Bappi Lahiri is endearing and Neha Bhasin gives the song that required sexy oomph with her husky vocals.
Shahid Mallya's heart rending singing is the highlight of the separation/
' track 'Saaiyaan
' which has some lovely fusion of Hindustani raga, soft rock and Bhakti elements in its core. The use of simple Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi gives the song that novel touch making it identifiable.
One is pleasantly surprised to see Hazrat Amir Khusro's legendery 'Mann Kunto Maula' as the title of a track which actually turns out to be a situational, semi-philosophical sufi based theme song that talks about forgiveness from the almighty for the wrong deeds of the leads. The adapted lyrics have been credited to Irshad Kamil. The number fuses sufi beautifully with western arrangements, the guitaring is creditable and novel. Altamash Faridi and Shadab Faridi do justice to the number
'Mann Kunto Maula' classical as the title suggests is all Hindustani in its character and the use of all traditional/desi instruments have been used and it's as good, in fact at times even better (the 'qawwali' parts) than the original. However if one listens to Hazrat Amir Khusro's 'Mann Kunto Maula' by Ustad Ghulam Faridi and Maqbool Sabri (especially the 'alaaps'), Sohail Sen's version (with new lyrics by Irshad) sounds pedestrian.
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The title track 'Gunday' is the only average track, is situational in nature but sums up the characters of the leads quite well and acts as a narrative to the plot. The song commences with rap by Kinga Rhymes and composer Sohail Sen renders the song ably.
The soundtrack of GUNDAY is a thoroughly enjoyable fare. It is massy as well as classy and so the album will find universal acceptance. The pick of the lot are 'Jashn-E-Ishqa', 'Tune Maari Entriyaan' and 'Saaiyyaan'. The hit music will surely play a part in the film opening to good houses when it releases all over on Valentine's Day, 14th February to be precise!