Music Review

Music Review: Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara

The sequel to Once upon a time in Mumbai will be out soon but its music is what we’re talking about at the moment. Read on to know if it makes you shake a leg or skips the beat..

Director: Milan Luthria
Actors: Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Sonali Bendre, Pitobash Tripathy and Abhimanyu Singh.
Music Director: Pritam & Anupam Amod
Lyrics: Rajat Aroraa
The problem is that once we love something or someone, expectations just refuse to go away. In his previous outing with Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, music director Pritam was class apart. They had and will still have a recall value to them. Songs like Tum Jo Aaye Zindagi Mein, Pee Loon, Parda, and Baburao Mast Hai worked for the film and as a separate entity too. But we spoke too soon, as this next outing is not exactly what we expected. Not exactly bad, the music of Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Dobaara just makes you give an involuntary sigh of sadness and you reach out for the songs only after hearing them a few times. You might like the songs but will remain indecisive of whether you want the album to grace your collection or not.
In the last outing, Sunidhi Chauhan pulled out an ace card with Parda, one of the really seductive and charming club songs. She returns with Tu Hi Khwahish, but it does disappoint you. There is nothing exceptional in terms of music, lyrics or singing to back it. Chances are, you might fancy it only when it is being played. Sunidhi’s efforts seem half-hearted. You do get the feel of a 90s’ item song which was always in your face. My favourite word for such songs is baaaahh. At best, it is not a crass or bad song.
Tayyab Ali Pyar Ka Dushman was that one song which got you chomping paans, reach out for that imaginary harmonium and think you’re a Born Again Rafi. The Amar Akbar Anthony classic has been revamped by Anupam Amod and it is at best, interesting. It might amuse you, thanks to the efforts of lead singer Javed Ali. He seems to have become the go-to-guy for any song which might fall into the forgettable category. He makes the song hummable and at the end, you will hear the song, just for Javed.
Let’s turn to the two best songs of the album. Chugliyaan is the saving grace of the album. Yes, it is not mind-blowing but it manages to touch you beautifully. The feel you get when you hear the song is of an Indipop song from the early 90s when this genre was at its best. You might want to keep the song on a loop. It has some wonderful use of synthesizer and matka. And yes, Javed Ali comes to the rescue here. His voice makes the romance in the song so much better. Sahir Ali gives a good support. The lyrics are the masterstroke – Ho Khwab dekhe tere, jaage jaage maine, Neendon pe pehra hai tera..aa…Raate kaatein taare, ginte hue saare…Chand mein chehre hai tera.. Raaton ki saza ho, subah ka nasha ho tum.
Last but not the least is the fantastic number Yeh Tune Kya Kiya sung by Javed Bashir, the ‘becoming popular by the minute’ Pakistani singer. The use of guitar, drums, harmonium add up to this fantastic piece, instrument-wise. And Bashir adds that extra crackle to this song with his unique brand of singing. Aroraa brings his simple mastery with his lyrics. Read this – Phiroon ab maara maara main, Chand se bichhda taara main, Dil se itna kyoon haara main, Ye toone kya kiya… Saari duniya se jeet ke, Main Aaya hoon idhar, Tere aage hi main haara, Kiya Toone kya asar.
Pritam is a curious character. He creates such good pieces that even with this album which has some rather sad numbers, you might want to buy the album for the two songs which are brilliant. Take your chance and buy it for Yeh Tune Kya Kiya and Chugliyaan.