After KAMINEY (2009), its RASCALS... the trend of using abusive/cheeky or cuss-words as title continues with this bumpy comical ride! After the dazzling success of PARTNER (2007), director David Dhawan makes his biggest presence felt this year with this flick. Packed with bankable star-cast (Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn and Kangna Ranaut), it promises truckloads of slapstick comical entertainment, as all his previous films have accomplished this feat in the last few years. On the musical front, David Dhawan's recent set of releases PARTNER (2007), SHAADI NO.1 (2005), MAINE PYAR KYUN KIYA (2005) and MUJHSE SHAADI KAROGI (2004) were potential entertainers and each provided a couple of big chartbusting hits in their respective years. Vishal-Shekhar (V-S) leads this hilariously sounding musical bandwagon with lyrical support of equally promising Anvita Dutt and Irshaad Kamil. Can they together make it big on charts? Let's find out...
Partners in crime! David Dhawan's typical mad-cap entertainer is all set for an enthralling journey as the album kick-starts off with a 'nonsensical' frolicsome title track 'Rascals'. It brings out an emblematic feel of 'Golmaal...Golmaal' (GOLMAAL-FUN UNLIMNITED -2006) in its crazy signature tuneful feel, one of the most likable contributes by Vishal-Shekhar in genre of slapstick comical flicks. In terms of chirpy lyrical settings ('Hai chalu cheet charlie, Hum hai lafantar do, Hai lucche phir bhi classy, it is a wonder no...) by Anvita Dutt and Irshad Kaamil, this title track recreates the tomfoolery gust of 'Do you wanna Partner' (PARTNER -2007), title track of director's last flick. Neeraj Sridhar's breezy vocals in lighthearted tones evoke humor, but this soundtrack is moreover a visual treat where the 'monkey-business' of two protagonists will get glorified on the big screen. It's an average score by V-S that should be doing well in catalyzing out the funny humor-quotient of the flick. 'Rascals (Dance Mix)' is a typical massy 'club dancing remix' number that can be utilized potentially in promos as well in DJ parties.
Outrageously loud slapstick comical spells enters into bhangra zone in ostentatiously conceived 'Tik Tuk'. Daler Mehndi's boisterously ballistic voice is 'full- of- energy' in rendering out this frolicsome number. Once again, V-S composing follows David Dhawan's style of music, as it pours out the mad-cap happenings of 'Bhootni Ke' (SINGH IS KINNG) into the slapstick comical humor of the situation. It's loaded with funky sounds that are primarily works of electronically tuned synth beats and heavy drumming. Monali Thakur's soft vocals in the middle interludes adds sobriety but its Daler's flamboyancy along with hip-hop emceeing that makes it an entertainer.
Tempo is mellowed but the funky feel reigns as Neeraj Sridhar sings out jovially again in average sounding 'Pardaah Nasheen'. The song tries to be a disco-qawalli but the arrangements are like 'stomp' musical works where repetitive rattling percussions are played loud with drum beats. V-S tries to experiment with different westernized feel but the output is relatively weak than the first two soundtracks. Sunidhi Chauhan's soft romantic voice softens the mood and adds to the dancing feasting decorum of the song. Neeraj Sridhar's enthusiasm is worthy but the composition fails to offer anything strikingly outstanding to complement his vocal buzz.
Item Number finally...! The finest and most commercially bankable feast of the album comes out loud and high in the raunchy 'item-number' titled 'Shake it Saiyaan'. Flashy, garish and eye-candy in its contents, it comes out as another mischievously haughty attribute by Sunidhi Chauhan, who screeches out her vocal chords to the maximum to deliver out a brazen vocal feel in this haughtily conceived number. It tries to be extremely upbeat and peppy in hip-hop emceeing by Haji Springer but the impact is reasonably average. Like a couple of previously sung numbers like 'Dekhta Hai Kya' (KRAZZY 4) by Sunidhi, it delivers a raw sensuality with a rustic touch that should be pompous enough to exude oomph on big screen. 'Shake it Saiyaan (hip-hop remix)' works primarily on crazy hip-hop 'turntablism' DJ antics that not only accelerates but also adds heavy dosages of emceeing in the middle interludes of the track. It fares well and should be a delightful feast from DJ' desk to the party animals.
To sum it up, RASCALS turns to be an average musical fare and rests heavily on its big-screen flashy antics. After delivering out one of the biggest musical success of this year in RA.ONE, Vishal-Shekhar disappoint with an average set of soundtracks that sounds routine and work mechanically to the situational needs of the film. Humorously punched soundtracks like 'Rascals' and 'Tik Tuk' sounds most promising while 'Shake it Saiyaan' will be raising high glam-quotient, but still the album falls short of one potential chartbuster in its offering. Slapstick comedies have always been moderate on musical quotient and its average show won't hamper the box-office prospects.