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Music Review : Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

 Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Director :  Ayan Mukerji
Music :  Pritam
Lyrics :  Amitabh Bhattacharya, Kumaar
Starring :  Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapur

May 15, 2013 04:07:23 PM IST
updated May 21, 2013 05:49:33 PM IST
By Rafat, Glamsham Editorial
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When Dharma Productions announced YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI no one expected it to be hyped the way it is at this stage. Despite boasting of the successful reunion of Ranbir Kapoor and young talented, director Ayan Mukerji, after WAKE UP SID, the film was more in the news for its lead stars, real life ex-couple, Ranbir-Deepika, back together on the big screen.

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However it was Pritam's music, especially Badtameez Dil, (and Ranbir's dancing!) that just took the nation by storm and hyped the movie to great heights. So let's check out the audio which is being touted as the first real blockbuster album of the year.

It's all out fun, frolic, celebration and innocent naughtiness that one encounters in the chartbusting party trumpet loaded number, 'Badtameeez Dil', that is so very addictive that even when one fails to grab the mad gibberish but highly endearing lyrics at one go, still one gets instantly hooked to it. Benny Dayal is outstanding and it's his show all the way, although Shefali Alvares does join him briefly and does a good job. The song is already a chartbuster and is appealing to one and all, eight to eighty!

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The fun continues with 'Balam Pichkari', the 'Holi' song that is rendered well by Vishal Dadlani and Shalmali Kholgade who complement well in this 'chhed-chaad' track. The number though has its inspiration from 'Gaye Ja Geet Milan Ke' (MELA, 1950 ) but Pritam uses this folk tune well to suit the occasion and will surely go a long way as one of the better 'Holi' songs of recent times. Lyrics are quite good, although the background musical arrangements leave a lot to be desired.

Mohit Chauhan is at his charismatic best in this situational travel number 'Ilahi' that sketches the character of the main male lead who works for a travel channel and loves to roam aimlessly and celebrates the mundane, the spirit of the movie. The kid chorus is at times quite nice but gets irritating after a while.

The reprise version by Arijit Singh is much the same but with heightened tempo and the musical arrangements are slightly different.

It's sheer magical to hear two great singing talents, Tochi Raina and Rekha Bhardwaj outstandingly render the soulful, semi-philosophical and situational 'Kabira', that is in the same corridor as that of Ayan-Ranbir's 'Ektara' (WAKE UP SID). And one can easily predict that this class fare will surely delight the discerning music buffs and will find its takers, just like 'Ektara' did.


'Kabira Reprise' rendered by Arijit Singh and Harshdeep Kaur is more traditional with lots of Hindustani musical instruments like 'dhol', 'tabla', 'sitar', 'shehnai' being used to create the desired effect. This is more situational and appears to be a wedding number and the state of mind of the bride and her relatives are portrayed very nicely through the song.

'Dilliwaali Girlfriend' has heavy inspiration from 'Soni De Nakhre' (PARTNER), especially in the rap parts and even the main tune is very heard before and so the song is a slight letdown. Arijit Singh fares well and so does Sundhi Chauhan. However the identifiable lyrics will surely appeal to the Gen X and youth at which the film is targeted.

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'Subhanallah', the quintessential love ballad is rendered well by Sreeram and Shilpa Rao, although this time Pritam is not at his melodic best.

Those who had heard 'Ghagra' had lots of good things to say about what appears to be a folksy 'nautanki' /stage dance composition, and one must say that to an extent they are right. The light banter ('nok-jhonk') number that is so very retro that one cannot help but remember late Shamshad Begum days of yore. It's all thanks to Rekha Bhardwaj's mellow vocals that just adds fuel to fire, and she is well supported by Vishal Dadlani. 'Ghagra' has been aesthetically picturized on 'Mohini', dancing sensation and the last superstarni of Hindi cinema, Madhuri Dixit, and current heartthrob, Ranbir Kapoor. All chances are that it will be a rage!

Summing up, the audio of YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI is indeed very good, and two songs, 'Badtameez Dil' and 'Balam Pichkari' are already chartbusters and our pick as well, but still that real blockbuster album (with every track outstanding, a la Pritam's JAB WE MET ) that one felt was in the offing is missing. Nonetheless, the popularity of the audio will surely translate in the film opening to bumper houses when it releases on 31st May all over.

 Rating : 
4/ 5 stars

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