Priyadarshan is a master at making people laugh. Unfortunately, his films have a pretty pitiful track record for music even though they ring in the cash at the box office. Pritam came as a saviour to Priyadarshan during Garam Masala, finally giving Priyadarshan’s movie some rocking music. Followed by Bhagam Bhaag, the double P has become a winning combo, causing Priyadarshan to sign Pritam for all his future films including Pirate and Bhool Bhulaiya. So when Dhol starring Tusshar Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, Rajpal Yadav, Kunal Khemu and Tanushree Dutta for eye candy bursts on to the scene, you only expect the best!
Beginning with the word ‘sexy’, you know from the very beginning that O Yaara Dhol Bajake is going to be a rocking masala track. And that it is! It’s not that the track is path-breaking or musically brilliant, but it’s so fun you can’t help but want to dance. After one listen, the chorus sticks like glue in your mind and leaves you humming “O Yaara Dhol Bajake”. The song doesn’t require much of Mika Singh as all he really needs to do is be lively, which he does well. Labh Janjua croons the Remix version which is actually a great follow-up to the first track though the vocals are sidelined for heavy beats. You’d think that the song would get boring after the third version sung by Soham Chakraborty and Sohail Kaul, but it doesn’t! All three versions are great and overflowing with masti!
The next track features Kunal Ganjawala and Shaan teaming up in another fun-filled song. Titled Namakool, the lyrics by Ashiesh Pandit are just average coupled with a stupid chorus. Pritam still manages to uplift the track with a great tune though the song just doesn’t leave the same impression as the first track. It’s definitely not a bad track; it just isn’t anything special and definitely not memorable.
Haadsa sees Sunidhi Chauhan crooning along with Akriti Kakkar which makes for an interesting combination. Again, an average track at best that grows on you after a few listens but isn’t anything to rant and rave about. It’s not so horrendous that you need to skip it, but don’t expect a chartbuster. Catchy at best!
After a rocking title track and two average numbers, Pritam picks up the pieces and formulates a fantastic track in the form of Bheega Aasman. It’s a bit of a cross between soft rock, trance and dance which actually meshes well and is quite pleasing to the ears. Both Shaan and Vijay Yesudas do a great job while Irshad Kamil’s lyrics deserve attention as well. It would make for a pretty good club number as well, which will help it to gain popularity. Definitely check this one out!
It’s back to mediocrity with All Night Long which is actually not a bad composition but for some reason lacks the fire that should be part of a song like this. Usha Uthup’s vocals are kind of rough and not at all pleasing to the ear and Mayur Puri’s stupid lyrics don’t help the cause. It could be used well in the film, but after such a rocking Bheega Aasman one wishes the trend would continue.
It’s Shreya Ghoshal in item number mode! Amitabh Verma pens Dil Liya Dil Liya and it’s odd to see him writing such a formulaic song after such soul-stirring work in the past. This one’s an item number and doesn’t pretend to be anything else. It’s quite catchy and will definitely work on-screen if presented well though it won’t set the charts on fire like a Beedi or Kajra Re. Not bad, but forgettable.
So it’s not amazing, but it’s not bad either. But there are no horrible tracks which is a great sign. One can count on O Yaara Dhol Bajake to act as the USP number of the film as well as the promising Bheega Aasman. It may not be another Garam Masala but it’s worth checking out and picking out the ones you like, because there are a few nice tracks. Pritam’s Dhol falls smack into the category of mixed bag soundtracks.