Expectations are huge from RAABTA, due to big names associated with the project, namely, T-Series head honcho Bhushan Kumar, producer Dinesh Vijan ( LOVE AAK KAL, COCKTAIL, BADLAPUR etc), who makes his directorial debut with RAABTA and co-producer, Homi Adajania ( COCKTAIL and FINDING FANNY). And when its Pritam's band JAM 8, along with ace lyricists Irshad Kamil and Amitabh Bhattacharya, prospect gets even brighter.
The playlist gets the desired chartbusting start with 'Ek Vaari Aa
' and none better than the man with the golden voice, Arjit Singh, to set up the tempo with an electrifying performance in this call for beloved number. Composer deserves accolades for choosing a fresh, lively and very easy on the lips tune that lingers long in memory and superb background orchestrations and Amitabh Bhattacharya's lyrics conjure up a lovely song that will surely top charts.
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We have the Jubin Nautiyal version as well and one does not mind a repeat of a lovely number like 'Ik Vaari Aa
'. Jubin renders it well enough, giving it his own deft touches.
Pritam-Irshad's super hit number from AGENT VINOD, 'Raabta
', gets a superb makeover and is rendered elegantly by Nikhita Gandhi whose husky vocals suit smoking hot, Deepika Padukone, who features in the title song and its video is already creating a huge buzz.
Most wanted munda, Diljit Dosanjh, has been roped in for a truly unique rap and hip hop number, 'Sadda Move
' that introduces the male lead and his boy gang following their dhamaal journey from North India (Delhi, Agra, Punjab to the Overseas). Diljit's rendition adds 'chaar chand' and giving him apt support is Pradeep Singh Sran. The lyrics a good mix of simple Urdu, Punjabi and Hinglish ('Mere mehboob, Dekho sadda move
' ) will be appreciated by the youth.
A must in all romantic movies, a true blue separation number, 'Lambi Si Judaiyaan
', makes us take a stroll down the memory lane with its seventies-eighties melodic influences but is camouflaged thru contemporary musical addendums with sufi inspired backdrop. Arijit aces yet again with good support from Shadab and Altamash Faridi.
Keeping aside all the controversies, 'Main Tera Boyfriend
', a refurbished version of a non-filmy track, J Star's Punjabi pop hit, 'Na Na Na' (music by Sohrabuddin and lyrics by Jitendra Raghuvanshi), sees Arjit Singh (surprisingly) behind the mike with Neha Kakkar providing full on support. One does not fathom the inclusion of this track in the album as it does not gel well with the overall scheme of things, but maybe it has been added to charm the youth.
Last but not the least, 'Darasal
' rendered by the ever popular Atif Aslam' whose deep, husky inebriated vocals do wonders to this lovely love ballad that has an unplugged touch to it with minimalistic background music(just guitar and other percussions) and only Atif's vocals doing the job. And of course, Irshad's lyrics are just superb!
To conclude, the album of RAABTA does come up trumps and fulfils expectations, and the composers deserve to be congratulated for coming up with compositions that are not just commercially viable but have a class appeal attached. Our picks- 'Ek Vaari Aa
' and 'Darasal
'. The movie releases all over this Friday and one is sure that the songs will attain more popularity after that. Music Review Rating Chart :-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below