By Hindustan Times
Film: Mere Brother Ki Dulhan
Music: Sohail Sen
Lyrics: Irshad Kamil
You may not have heard Sohail Sen’s music in Bollywood before. This is the music director’s third work so far — the first two being What’s Your Rashee (2009) and last year’s Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey.
That all eight songs in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan’s (MBKD) soundtrack are high-energy thumpers probably makes sense for the coming festive season. But there’s nothing special about the music, so to speak. You may hear the songs bashed out loud while crowds dance their way to a Ganesh immersion, but they sound more like generic dance numbers at the end of the day.
The eponymous opening track is peppy and good to start your day with, but ‘Choomantar…’ is a tedious number. Benny Dayal and Aditi Singh Sharma’s vocals fail to add any zing or help pull it out of mediocrity. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s masterful singing saves the day in the qawwali-like ‘Isq risk…’ — an average-paced love song.
You may have seen Katrina Kaif in rock star attire in the ‘Dhunki…’ music video. The song is more aggressive than the others in the album, but not necessarily for the better. While Neha Bhasin’s husky vocals are delivered well, the guitar solo towards the end lacks the same energy.
‘Madhubala…’ is a more genuine track with no airs about itself. It’s an out-and-out celebratory piece that’s perfect for wedding music and actor-singer Ali Zafar carries off the singing with flair. The track takes a bluesy detour somewhere in the middle, but ends on a high note.
Unfortunately, the last original track ‘Do dhaari talwaar…’ is more of a formulaic number, where heavy beats try to take over the proceedings.
Overall, MBKD’s music offers no respite from garage-grade dance numbers. If you’re looking to shake a leg more than anything else, you might like it. Just don’t expect any lasting impressions.
What we like
Ali Zafar’s casual singing in ‘Madhubala…’
What we don’t like
Most tracks are formulaic and lack soul