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Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster released in 2011. Just like the earlier film, this one too has been directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia and sees Jimmy Shergill and Mahie Gill reprising their roles with additions to the star cast in the form of Irrfan Khan and Soha Ali Khan. After having had as many as seven music composers for the first outing, Dhulia has preferred to stick with just Sandeep Chowta this time. Mado-K, Juggi Singh, Kausar Munir and Sandeep Nath contribute with lyrics.The music in this film too is reminiscent of the classic era and it does take time for the listener to appreciate it.

still from Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns Movie
still from Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns Movie

Jugni – Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns Music Review

The album has a total of five tracks with the popular Jugni from the first outing repeated even this time around which actually opens the album. This track sounds more edgy and funky while retaining the Punjabi flavor of the original song. The vocals have been provided by Punjabi Bhangra singer cum songwriter Jazzy B and does a pretty decent job in his rendition. Lovers of the other Jugni might like this version too. Overall, a decent start to the album.

Idhar Gire – Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns Music Review

This is followed by the Jazz styled Idhar Gire sung by Sowmya Raoh who was heard recently in the Dreamum Wakeuppum song from Aiyyaa. Sowmya does a very good job behind the mike and her voice sounds very sensuous. The song itself reminds the listener of the other beautiful jazz number, Kaisi Paheli hai from Parineeta sung by the supremely talented Sunidhi Chauhan but Sandeep Chowta manages to leave his mark nevertheless and you will surely end up falling for this one.

Media Se – Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns Music Review

Next in line is Media Se sung by Paroma P Dasgupta .This fun and naughty number is not very appealing on hearing for the first time. But on repeated hearings, one might start appreciating the amusing lyrics as well as the spirited rendition by Dasgupta. The number, by itself, might be more appealing visually as it might be a situation specific song but on a standalone basis, does not really create much of an impact.

Bas Chal Kapat – Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns Music Review

With this film being a saga of selfishness, greed, treachery and deceit, Bas Chal Kapat sounds to be the theme song of the movie and has been song energetically by Piyush Mishra. Right from the opening lines of this number, we get to hear and feel the mood and theme of this film and the musical orchestration by the composer is bang on.

Kona Kona Dil Ka – Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns Music Review

The final number in this album is the old world charm filled Kona Kona Dil Ka. This ghazal styled number has been sung beautifully by Devaki Pandit and also happens to be the only romantic number in this album. Keeping in mood with the film’s setting, this song captures the excited but tentative feelings of the blossoming love of the lead actress in the bygone era. Sandeep Chowta has tried to experiment by adding a bit of Western touch midway and has been successful in seamlessly integrating the same with the end result sounding pleasant on the ears.

The Last Word – Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns Music Review

Overall, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns has a couple of good numbers with Kona Kona and Idhar Gire being the pick of the lot. Music director Sandeep Chowta has showcased his versatility by dabbling in multiple genres and achieving a considerable amount of success to his credit. This being a plot driven film primarily, music is not necessarily its focal point. The makers have ensured that the songs are situation specific and serve as a tool to carry the story forward rather than prove to be a hindrance to the narrative. But the album by itself might not be something which will have a considerable impact and could end up with a very limited shelf life.

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