Expectations rise manifold from the team that gave us the memorable, melodious and chartbusting music of ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI. Pritam was at his eclectic best, so much so that music's lucky mascot Emraan Hashmi's 'Pee Loon'
remains a hugely popular number to this day. The sequel features the 'Khiladi', Akshay Kumar in his lean, mean yet well-loved romantic 'avatar', along with the earthy Indian beauty, Sonakshi Sinha, and teenage heartthrob, Imran Khan, all associated with countless chartbusting compositions, especially Akki! So let's check out the soundtrack of ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI DOBARA.
Pritam has regaled us with quite a few chartbusting, soulful, classy 'sufi ' 'qawwali' and 'Ye Tune Kya Kiya' ranks right up there with the best. Superb traditional 'qawwali' is adorned with lovely Hindustani musical arrangements, especially harmonium, 'sitar' and 'tabla'. Javed Bashir's raw, earthy vocals are a delight to savour and Rajat's lyrics are class apart; simple and identifiable. With romantic Akki featuring in the song, it is sure to bring the house down when it appears on the big screen. 'Chugliyaan'
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Manmohan Desai's classic 'Tayyab Ali' (AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY-L.P.) finds a cute, naughty makeover with 'Tayyab Ali', although the song which is recreated by Anupam Amod sounds best only in its original parts. The festive, 'ched-chaad' number grabbed headlines ever since it's first teaser, and will appeal to the youth and masses, and Rajat Aroraa's unique use of humorous Hinglish is a nice pointer to the fact. Javed Ali does well and his soft vocals suit chocolate hero Imran Khan.
The queen of item numbers, Sunidhi Chauhan, holds forth with the item number, 'Tu Hi Khwashish' which is naturally retro (70s-80s) in its origin as this is a period film. Racy, rhythmic and totally in sync with the mood of the film (picturized on the don's moll essayed by Sophie Choudry). The item song takes inspiration from another cult classic dance number, the title track of SHAAN (R.D Burman). The superb signature tune of OUATIM 2 finds place here as well and will surely spice up tense dramatic proceedings.
is a nice love ballad with slight semi-classical touch and also features 'qawwaali' portions in between and the song. 'Chugliyaan'
could have been termed as good in some other album, but one expects something extraordinary from Pritam here, which is not the case. Javed Ali does the needful and is supported by Sahir Ali Bagga. The all Punjabi chorus is quite catchy and does save the song from monotony. CHECK OUT: OUATIMD - Akshay Kumar makes Hollywood actor AL PACINO nostalgic
On the whole, the audio of OUATIM DOBAARA might not exactly match up to its predecessor (OUATIMD) in terms of musical content, yet it does deliver and our favourites , 'Ye Tune Kya Kiya'
followed by 'Tu Hi Khwahish'
, spell the mantra for the success of the album. The huge hype and good music will surely prove beneficial when the film opens to packed houses all over on Independence Day.