With great expectations, one extends a warm WELCOME BACK to the team of the super hit WELCOME (Firoz Nadiadwala and Anees Bazmee), the music of which was indeed chartbusting. And therefore one expects that the host of composers would provide the same for the rollicking laugh riot.
The wedding song, 'Tutti Bole Wedding Di'
by Meet Bros Anjjan tries hard to bring the mast atmosphere of the great Punjabi marriage ceremony but the hookline and rhythm is not really catchy. The song rendered with zest by the composers, Shipra Goyal, Ashish, Ved, Ruchir and Ambresh has really come across good on the screen due to the presence of all the stars and some nice choreography.
Anu Malik throws all his experience in the raunchy item number, '20-20'
right from the start ('Saajan Mera Us Par Hai'
harmonium tune) and incorporates popular traditional 'qawwali' numbers like 'Hamein Toh Loot Liya'
and 'Haseeno Ko Aate Hai'
to good effect. Mamta Sharma is in full form and Anu and Shadaab extend creditable support. The double meaning lyrics are a bit of a dampener.
There are three versions of the theme of WELCOME BACK and naturally the chartbusting WELCOME signature tune is the backbone of the songs. The first one by Mika Singh, Geeta Jhala and Music Mg is a bit tame, the second, WELCOME BACK-Beat Mix, by the same team is more club friendly and the third version by Abhishek Ray makes for an interesting hear.
Siddhant Madhav's 'Meet Mein Daily Baby'
starts off with a recreation of Pritam's 'Zara Zara Touch Me'
(RACE) but thankfully changes track but nevertheless offers nothing that is not heard before. The composer, Pawani A Pandey and Hyacinth D' Souza render the song.
The second version 'Meet Mein Daily- Beat Mix'
makes for a good repeat hear. Harshit Saxena comes behind the mike this time around.
Anu Malik's Mumbaiyya tapori
fun song, 'Time Lagaye Kaiko'
is good time pass and John Abraham does an able job behind the mike with good support from Anmol Malik. It's almost in the same corridor as Aamir's 'Aati Kya Khandala'
. Nitin Raikwar (who incidentally was the lyricist for 'Aati Kya Khandala'
) does a good job with the Mumbaiyya
Meet Bros Anjjan's party song, 'Nas Nas Mein'
banks on a very heard before tune ('Yeh Din Toh Aata Hai Ek Din Jawani Mein'
) but overall the packaging is good. The composers, Shadab Sabri, Rani Hazarika and Deanne Sequeira all join the party.
The iconic sufi composition, 'Damaa Dam Mast Kalandar'
has been put to good use in the Mika and Yo Yo Honey Singh rendered song. One must commend Yo Yo for his novel and soulful sufi rap.
Overall, the great expectations are not exactly met with in the audio of WELCOME BACK (especially if compared to the chartbusting WELCOME), which in a nutshell, is like old wine in a new bottle, as the packaging is good but the tunes are not fresh. However the songs do have the capacity to attain popularity and our picks are '20-20', 'Time Lagaye Kaiko'
and 'Damaa Dam Mast Kalandar'
. The film releases all over on 4th September.Music Review Rating Chart:-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below