Keeping in line with the sequel trend the Deol family is all set to bring out a follow up to their successful family comic caper Yamla Pagla Deewana, Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 (Yes, definitely not the most original of sequel titles). Sangeeth Sivan directs the sequel and music has been composed by Sharib-Toshi (Jashnn), with an additional track by Sachin Gupta (Mere Dad Ki Maruti), and lyrics has been written by Kumaar (‘Dilliwali Girlfriend’ – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani). High on Punjabi flavour, as predictable, one expects the tracks to fair far better when put in context of the movie that promises to be one hell of a crazy roller-coaster ride.
Two singers who need no introduction, Shankar Mahadevan and Sukwindar Singh in the company of newbie Sanchita Bhattacharya open the album with the Title Track. The song, which would otherwise be quite enjoyable, suffers from being over programmed. Never a good sign when you have to strain to hear the vocals. A shame because the track is a whole lot of fun and has a brilliant vocals behind it.
Loud and crazy go to a whole new level with Mika and Shreya Ghosal’s track Changli Hai Changli Hai. Over energetic with the inherent Mika touch, this track goes in the group of loud love tracks from the era of Govinda and Dhawan. Shreya, whom we usually hear in a very tamed tone, sounds as if she had a whole lot of fun with this number as her vocal blends with the genre quite well. Ishq mein tere raho main busy busy, kaam yeh mushkil hai nahi easy easy…not necessarily path breaking lyrics by Kumaar but definitely what the song, movie and genre demanded.
Next up to flaunt their Punjabi side are Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan in Suit Tera Laal Rang Da. Believe it or not but this one is perhaps the most tamed of the tracks where the composers and programmers haven’t tried to jam all the beats of the world in one track and have left the simple and traditional Punjabi beats to work their magic. No doubt Sonu and Sunidhi are effortlessly brilliant. Kumaar has written quite endearing Punjabi lyrics. Definitely will see folks grooving to this one in the upcoming wedding season.
Sachin Gupta’s guest track Main Taan Aidaan Hi Nachna comes in next with a host of singers and non-singers being Diljit Dosanjh, Sachin Gupta himself and the deol Khandaan including 3rd generation deol Karan, Sunny, Dharmendra and Bobby. Within seconds of the track you come to a very harsh conclusion, the song is just noise! Perhaps the only commendable part of the track is its concept of blatantly takings digs at the Deol khandaan who as we all know aren’t the best of dancers but insist on doing so anyway.
Mika returns with Suzanne D’Mello in Jatt Yamla Pagla Ho Gayai. This one is a club number mixed with Punjabi flavour. Not the track you’ll be writing home about but perhaps not something you’ll rush to ‘next’ on the iPod.
Toshi Sabri and Sanchita Bhattacharya bring their version of the Title Track, which in many ways fairs much better than the original one. Perhaps because the vocals are far more discernable and Toshi’s voice brings a refreshing change to the tone of the album thus far.
It’s bro Sharib Sabri’s turn next who shines in his version of Jat Yamla Pagla Ho Gaya with Suzanne D’Mello. If you found the Punjabi flavour that comes with Mika’s voice in the original track go for this one as Sharib puts in a more Hindi touch to the track.
The best of the album is saved till the last, the YPD2 Mashup. By the time you reach this track you already had the tracks of the album mashing into one in your memory since they all cater to the crazy/loud/Punjabi flavour of the movie. Luckily the makers of the album fixed the problem by literally making a mash-up for you! The mash up is definitely a lot of fun more than the individual tracks even!
Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 is an album the delivers exactly what you expected from it. The title track, Mashup, Sunidhi/Sonu’s Suit Tera Laal Rang Da and alternative track version by the Sabri brothers make it worth a listen otherwise it remains an album that will work much better onscreen and not necessarily something you’ll be itching to get on your personal playlists instantly.