Mubarakan music review: This wedding film needs more fun numbers like Mika's 'Hawa Hawa'
Mubarakan has its fair share of fun songs but none of them matches up to the unadulterated energy of Mika's version of the iconic 'Hawa Hawa'.
Anees Bazmee's upcoming wedding comedy Mubarakan cannot be imagined without its music. Besides the prospect of watching Anil Kapoor share the screen space with his real life nephew Arjun Kapoor (in a double role), it is the music of the film that is making waves.
The first song released from the album was the title song which was quite a different genre than what can be expected from a wedding film. The title itself denotes celebration but the title song was not a run-of-the-mill wedding song.
In fact, it turned out to be loaded with swag, thanks to the interesting fusion of Badshah's rap sequence with the late music composer RD Burman's brand of music. His signature string instrument, along with his legendary voice, was incorporated into this song.
The title song starts on a similar note as 'Tamma Tamma Again' from Shashank Khaitan's romantic comedy Badrinath Ki Dulhania that released earlier this year. It seems like someone is tuning the radio and decides to stick to the frequency where this song is playing. This further lends a retro feeling to the track.
The music has been composed by Rishi Rich which explains why the title song stands out from the rest of the album. While Badshah does a commendable job with the vocals, Sukriti Kakar's voice delivers the much-needed punch to the song. Kumaar's lyrics gel well with the mood of the song.
The second song from the album, 'Hawa Hawa', also has a retro link as it is the rehashed version of the popular number by Pakistani artiste Hassan Jahangir. At a time when every album has a rehashed number, this song qualifies to be one of the better ones because of two reasons.
Though it has the mandatory elements of playing up the original, incorporating contemporary lingo into the lyrics (by Kumaar) and a rap sequence, it manages to make a mark because it is the rehashed version of a lesser known song. The original song does not boast of the same level of popularity as say, a 'Tamma Tamma' or a 'Gulabi Aankhien'.
Additionally, Mika uplifts this song by several notches with his mischievous and enthusiastic vocals. He is the whole and soul of this track even though Prakriti Kakar lends good support. This is also music composer duo Gourov-Roshin's claim to fame song as it is sure to bring them more good work.
The third song from the album is the quintessential wedding number - 'The Goggle Song'. This song boasts of an illustrious line of singers in Sonu Nigam, Armaan Malik, Tulsi Kumar and Neeti Mohan. While the female vocalists have been clubbed together, which takes away from their USPs, Nigam and Malik bring their respective strengths to the table. They also modulate their voices as per the comic mood of the song for great effect.
Music composer Amaal Malik and lyricist Kumaar fare well in the song but do not bring anything extraordinarily new to it. This track is sure to make the listeners groove but does not have the potential to become a wedding favourite.
The fourth song of the album, 'Jatt Jaguar', begins on a soulful note by Punjabi singer Navraj Hans, who croons possibly the best lines of the album as skillfully as his father-in-law Daler Mehndi would have. But soon, the beats kick in which shows why the song is named so.
Vishal Dadlani's voice then takes you into a typical groovy Punjabi bhangra number. While he delivers just the right amount of energy required for a bhangra song, his voice gives out hints of rock music at various junctures.
Then there is the compulsory 'Baari Barsi' song in a wedding film. 'Dil Dhadke Louder Louder', though sounds interesting at first, is largely a spin on the iconic wedding number. Gourav-Roshin, who rehash 'Hawa Hawa' with so much freshness, cannot help avoid their composition from sounding stale. The same goes for the vocals and Kumaar's lyrics.
The final song of the album, 'Haathon Mein The Haath', is a disappointment. It is the only slow sad song of the album which is why it should prove itself as a lighthouse in the midst of an ocean of fun and frolic. But it is so cliched in its treatment even Papon's vocals cannot elevate it. Its only saving grace is Aditi Singh Sharma's vocals which bring a much-needed character to the song.
Overall, Mubarakan, just like every other album, has its share of hits and misses. But it does not match up to the standards of a wedding film in terms of the fun and celebration quotient.
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