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Music Review : Housefull 2

 Housefull 2
Director :  Sajid Khan
Music :  Sajid-Wajid
Lyrics :  Sameer Anjaan
Starring :  Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Ritesh Deshmukh, Shreyas Talpade, Asin, Jacqueline Fernandez, Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Chunky Pandey, Boman Irani

March 7, 2012 12:37:40 PM IST
By Abid, Glamsham Editorial
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2012 may have had its first super hit in Karan Johar's AGNEEPATH, but music lovers as well as people connected with the Hindi film music industry are still awaiting the first super hit chartbusting music album that can give a rocking start to the year.

True, we have had two albums from the Dharma Productions, AGNEEPATH (whose 'Chikni Chameli' was a chartbuster) and EK MAIN AUR EKK TU, Oscar winner A. R. Rahman and Javed Akhtar's EKK DEEWANA THA, Abbas-Mustan's PLAYERS, Tips' very own TERE NAAL LOVE HO GAYA etc but barring AGNEEPATH, TERE NAAL LOVE HO GAYA and EKK DEEWANA THA the rest of the albums have all disappointed. Even EKK DEEWANA THA was more classy than massy and its popularity was not universal. So, all eyes are now focused on Sajid Khan's HOUSEFULL 2 to provide the industry as well as music patrons with its first super hit album. And seeing Sajid Khan's track record our expectations are not unfounded.

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For the uninitiated, director Sajid Khan may have had only two films to his credit, HEYY BABYY and HOUSEFULL, but it is very clear that he has ears for good music, one that provides all round entertainment just like his films, quite in the same way that legendary director Manmohan Desai's films and music did.

Critics of director Sajid Khan may feel that we are going over the top when we compare such a young and relatively new director like Sajid Khan (who has had just two films to his credit) to a legendary director like Manmohan Desai, but he is undoubtedly the true inheritor to the legacy and it's not us who shower him with such accolades but it comes from none other than actor Rishi Kapoor who has worked with the late master in many films. First HEYY BABYY and then HOUSEFULL, both the films had some chartbusting music by the talented trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy which are popular even today. However, Sajid has preferred to work with the 'in form' Sajid-Wajid, who in the past have composed music that is full of 'dhamaal', 'masti' and entertainment. Standout examples are MUJHSE SHAADI KAROGI, WANTED, PARTNER and DABANGG. And this new association makes expectations even more gargantuan and so let us just get the ball rolling and check out the first song!

'Papa Toh Band Bajaye', a song that kicks off celebrations in a big way, and one may quip, celebrates the very essence of HOUSEFULL 2, and so can easily be classified as the theme song of the film. An entirely situational number that provides so much fun to the listener that one just falls prey to its awesome beats and rhythm. A song that will appeal to all generations, be it the youth, children or even the elderly! The signature tune that accompanies the 'mukhda' is absolutely rocking and as deadly as Akshay Kumar's very own, 'Hare Ram' (BHOOL BHULAIYAA), and in fact is reminiscent of it in parts as well. The rocking 'retro' feel is kept alive with some superb musical arrangements that has a nice blend of rock n roll and jazz. Neeraj Shridhar has delivered many chartbusters for Akshay Kumar and has proved lucky for 'Akki', and here he is excellent as always, and no doubt 'Papa' is another chartbuster for the duo. The lyrics are the USP of the song and one must commend the lyricist for coming up with such hilarious and funny lines, that are in keeping with the theme and spirit of the movie, and gives the audience a sneak peek into the movie. In fact, 'Papa' is a standout example about the fact that situational numbers can be entertaining, fun and chartbusting. Hats off to music director Sajid-Wajid, lyricist Sameer and director Sajid as one can see that they have really put in a lot of hard work in this number.

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Next up is the item song of the year, 'Anarkali Disco Chali', sung by Mamta Sharma (of 'Munni' fame). Accompanying Mamta is the highly versatile Sukhwinder Singh, the 'baap' of all crooners of item numbers, and needless to add that the two are wonderful. Picturised on 'Munni' (Malaika) herself, the number has already caught the fancy of the nation ever since its release, and all credit to the composers, lyricist and choreographer for coming up with such a cute item number that has fun and 'masti' written all over it. It's neither too raunchy nor cheap, as is the case with most item numbers these days, because they do appeal to the front benchers but tend to make the family audience uncomfortable, and HOUSEFULL 2 is an all out entertainer with focus on youth and family audience. This is a unique item song that once again is a throwback to good old times and takes its inspiration, especially in the 'antara' from the grand old highly popular 'qawwalis' picturised on Pran Sahab, in his hey days where he was as good as any frontline hero (Check out 'Raaz Ki Baat Kah Doon' from DHARMA). The lyrics too are in keeping it with the cinematic considerations and will surely appeal to all, as they are simple, sweet and easy to hum. All in all another chart topper from the album.

CHECK OUT: Malaika's mujra song 'Anarkali Disco Chali' is out!

For those from the Gen X who may not go ga ga over the retro feel of the original 'Anarkali Disco Chali', the two remixes, 'Anarkali Disco Chali-Hyper Mix' by Dj Shiva and 'Anarkali Disco Remix', by DJ Khushi, provide the added zing, pep and racy rhythm and makes the song more club worthy and ear pleasing.

Electronic addendums dominate proceedings in 'Anarkali Disco Chali-Hyper Mix' by DJ Shiva, as is evident from the commencement of the song and provides the number with more zest and spice and makes it more contemporary.

'Anarkali Disco Chali-Remix' by DJ Khushi is more of a 'Dhol' mix where traditional percussion instruments dominate proceedings and has some interesting rap by Nawab Saab. The rhythm too has been rightly enhanced keeping in view of making the song more attractive to the younger audience that thrives on pace and rhythm.

Next up is the hip hop 'Right Now Now', a love song with petal soft rhythm that catches attention immediately. The calypso beats (correction, its Punjabi calypso!) are an added attraction that makes this number even more interesting and engaging. However the best thing about the song is that even though it's a heavy passion filled intense romantic track yet the undercurrent of humour is present throughout and will certainly appeal to the children as well as youth, and also gel with the comic genre of the film. Wajid's nasal croonings add to the humorous atmosphere, while Sunidhi Chauhan and Suzzane De Mello provide the oomph and sensuality punch. In fact such is the deadly yet soft rhythm and undercurrent of comic touch (along with passion) that one is instantly reminded of Salman-Karisma's chartbuster, 'Jungle Hai Aadhi Raat Hai' (BIWI No.1).

'Right Now Now' remix by DJ Khushi is a good time pass. The soft rhythm has been changed but just a wee bit, while the vocals have been relegated to the background and lots of musical condiments have been thrown in to make the remix more peppy and dance oriented.

Shaan's youthful workman like vocals, along with the queen bee of romantic numbers Shreya Ghoshal's sugary sweet ones, provide the picture perfect romantic outing with, 'Do You Know' . Albeit it's a routine romantic track yet the breezy guitar strums, bagpipe notes and lovely flute pieces are just some of the right accompaniments (instruments) that transport the listener to the world of tulips, daffodils and roses! The retro touch is prominent in the 'antra' and Sajid-Wajid seems to have taken inspiration from the legendary R.D Burman. Although the lyrics are very routine and filmy but they are easy on the lips.

'Do You Know' remix by DJ Shiva with its 'just right' heightened rhythm and lovely keyboard display and some nice guitaring manages to hold attention and makes for a good hear, especially for the young guns.

Summing up, the music of HOUSEFULL 2 has been created keeping in mind the theme and story of the movie, and the songs will surely provide the film with just the right turbo charger needed to hype the film further and help HOUSEFULL open to housefull houses all over. Two tracks, 'Papa Toh Band Bajaye' and 'Anarkali Disco Chali', will work wonders in that direction and they are our picks as well, while 'Do You Know' and 'Right Now Now' holds appeal for the die-hard romantics, and will become popular once the promos are out. And we are sure that with the numero uno music company, T-Series, at the helm of affairs, the album will surely get its deserved publicity and inevitable success.

Rating - 3.5/5

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