Marriage season is around the corner and so expect wedding planners to arrive at your place! Innovative concept, brain-less humor, new lead pair and colorfully extravagant opulence, they all describe the arrival of youthful entertainer titled BAND BAAJA BAARAT (BBB). In its musical front, this is Yash Raj Films' last attribute of this year and has its contemporary Punjabi folk as the album's musical base with their favorites Salim-Suleiman as the lead composers. Year 2010 has been mediocre affair so far for coveted Yash Raj Films (YRF) and expectations are relatively low from this comical caper. Against all odds, flicks that are youth-centric and are high on entertainment has always delivered complete package for its target audiences. Can BBB have the potential of braving the chill of mediocrity that has so far crept into YRF musical albums? Does it have the sufficient 'bhangra' beat ammunition and urbane verve to lure listeners? Just board this 'baraat' and listen to its lively music to get the musical facts right...
Welcome to garish 'Dilli-ki-Shaadi'! Ear-splitting loudspeakers, snazzy DJ antics with hip-shaking 'bhangra' beat number on their discs, flashing lights with bountiful gaudily dressed 'baaratis' dancing haughtily to its beats. 'Ainvayi Ainvayi' catches the likes of favorites of contemporary 'bhangra' singing hot tracks ('Kangna (Dr.Zeus) and 'Kala Chashma' (Amar Arshi)) and mixes well with 'boy-to-girl' snooty t?te-?-t?te with quizzical wordings. Salim-Suleiman make it a garish nonsensical outing and give it a typical Punjabi 'Shaadi-ka-Gaana' outlook in its funky electronically attire. Sunidhi Chauhan's coarsely profound vocals lead the show with enthused sounding Salim Merchant's vocals adding to this musical show. Amitabh Bhattacharya's cheeky 'n' snooty lyrics are bizarrely engrossing and work with mood and tempo of the track. It's a bright opening to the album that primarily gist out the extravagant loud feel of this 'happy-go-lucky' comical caper.
'Ainvayi Ainvayi (Dilli Club Mix)' makes contemporary marriage party DJ's work easier as it spices up mood with its deliriously pumped spins, scratches and beat-juggles. The zingy 'ektara' stringy flows with bouncy disco beat fillers adds to the dancing moods.
After spicing up with UK 'bhangra' based entertainment, the composer duo contorts their way with A.R Rahman's style of Sufi pop in youthfully vibrant 'Tarkeebein'. It's got that 'yuppie' campus feel with breezily ushered vocals of Benny Dayal and Salim Merchant as its prime forte. In terms of bouncy arrangements and chirpy wordings, this impressive Salim-Suleiman composition is strongly reminiscent to Rahman's popular tracks like 'Masti Ki Paathshaala' (RANG DE BASANTI) and 'Anjana Anjaani' (YUVA) and encourages the pep-factor of the album. Zany electric guitar riffs blended with eclectically mastered electronic rhythmical tuneful impacts, 'Tarkeebein' props up as a typical Indi-pop stylized offering that will surely be having huge takers among urbane youth listeners and will be great asset in promoting BBB as the next desirable multiplex popcorn flick. Go for it!!!
The word 'innovation' strikes chord for the first time with anglicized European opera stylized feels getting into the groove of mushy love ballad 'Aadha Ishq'. Shreya Ghoshal's feminine vocal textures have always been reliable in ballads and now it gets added oomph of Natalie Di Luccio's back-up vocals in typical opera rendition to deliver out a soothing listening delight. In terms of composition and arrangements, Salim-Suleiman play routine and deliver supple set of instrumentals that are primarily guitar riffs, piano drills and lovable flute notes. Amitabh Bhattacharya's dreamy lyrical attire ('Intezaar sa hai, Imtehaan sa hai, Itmenaan sa hai, kya hai na jaane, Itra rahi hai, Itna hui hai, Inteha hui hai kaise na jaane...) is appeasing and works in tandem with romantically comforting feel of the track. It fails to be as enticing as songs of its cadre like 'Yeh Tumhari Meri Baatein' (ROCK ON) or even 'Nain Parindey' (LAFANGEY PARINDEY) but comes out as decent toil with singers taking out big credits.
In Sufi music based album KURBAAN, Salim-Suleiman delivered fine spells of Sufism and this fervor returns back with 'Dum Dum'. Despite having suavity of traditional Sufi music, it works sporadically as a dance number with rigorously punched beats getting in tandem with effervescently loud vocals. Benny Dayal's yelling tones are appealing and so are Himani Kapoor's shrill rendition in backdrop of pulsating arrangements. Salim-Suleiman try to recreate the dancing floor magic of 'Kaal Dhaamal' and 'Nassa Nassa' (KAAL -2005) and succeed to a large extent. It will be interesting to view its opulence when it strikes big on the silver screen.
There's an interesting blend of humour, drama and romance in the film. It's replete with great scenes like the one in which Bitoo cleverly inquires about Shruti over the phone or the one in which he talks about foreign guests taking pictures of practically everything from a camel to a pigeon. Dialogues and screenplay by Habib Faisal, who is the director of DO DOONI CHAAR, add merit to the film.
Aseem Mishra's brilliant cinematography captures Delhi in a new light. Music composers Salim-Suliman's music is excellent with many eclectic numbers that go well with the film. Ainvayi Ainvayi, Mitra
are the best.
Anushka Sharma delivers a spirited performance. She suits her role perfectly. But the real star of the film is debutante Ranveer Singh. He has an amazing screen presence and performs his role impeccably. Right from his dialogue delivery to his body language, everything is just right. The chemistry between Anushka and Ranveer totally rocks! All the other actors have performed well too.
Make sure you join the celebrations and groove with this BAND BAAJA BAARAAT. Strongly recommended. Rating: 3.5/5
Movie Cast & Crew
Actor: Ranveer Singh (introducing) and Anushka Sharma
Lyrics: Salim Merchant & Sulaiman Merchant, Amitabh Bhattacharya
Director: Maneesh Sharma
Music Director: Amitabh Bhattachar, Salim Merchant & Sulaiman Merchant
- Release Date : 10 Dec 2010