Rating: 3.5/5 stars (Three-and-half-stars)
It’s that time of the year when the whole Khan bandwagon is out to woo Bollywood aficionado music listeners. Shah Rukh Khan did it with Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Aamir Khan with Talaash and Salman Khan with his very popular and awaited sequel Dabangg 2. Expectations are always high from their movies w.r.t all aspects,especially music. Though the first two movies had apt songs as per the script, they were not memorable musically. With Dabangg 2, it’s a different matter altogether as it needs to match or surpass the original Munni and Tere Mast Mast Do Nain which became the highlight scores for the year 2010. Producer Arbaaz Khan has acknowledged that and has kept the sure-shot hit duo of Sajid Wajid that has been responsible for most of the blockbusters by Salman in recent times.
Dabangg 2 Music Review: Dagabaaz Re
Album opens with Dagabaaz Re, which is a replacement for Tere Mast Mast Do Nain. As the promos suggest, Chulbul Pandey and Rajjo have moved ahead in life and the song depicts the same effortlessly while engaging the listener from the very beginning. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s singing in Sufi style adds to the song and brings it closer to being a hit. Expect the listeners to hear the song again and again for Salman as well as Rahat, both of whom have added oodles of charm to the track.
Dabangg 2 Music Review: Pandey Jee Seeti
Item track Munni Badnam was a record breaker and Dabangg 2 tries to exploit the same with Pandey jee Seeti which is rendered by Wajid, Shreya Ghosal and none other than the queen of today’s ‘desi’ item numbers, Mamta Sharma. Honestly, the track doesn’t quite make you go wow over it in the first hearing. However repeat listening will make you visualise Salman as ‘Chulbul Pandey’ and soon after you pretty much give in to the song.
Dabangg 2 Music review: Fevicol Se
If Malaika Arora entices with her moves in the earlier song then Kareena is supposed to shake the whole town in the next track. Fevicol Se is the much talked about item track which is rendered by a group of singers who are led by Mamta Sharma and Wajid. Most definitely a UP/Bihar song which carters to the front row audiences, it would result in a lot of ‘seetibaazi’ and dancing in single screen theatres of the interiors. The track also reminds one of the folksy Bhojpuri songs which are raunchy and earthy. It would be interesting to see Kareena Kapoor in this avatar after Halkat Jawani [Heroine].
Dabangg 2 Music Review: Saanson Ne
Mood changes back to soft and romantic with Saanson Ne. Sonu Nigam and Tulsi Kumar give their vocal to the clichéd, yet reliable track. Though the song is melodious and does settle in, one does miss its equivalent from Dabangg – Chori Kiya Re Jiya. Probably it’s the case of first come first liked as all said and done, the track hold its own and is a soothing hear.
Dabangg 2 Music Review: Dabangg Reloaded
Dabangg Reloaded is the next in line. Beginning of the track touches upon the theme as evidenced in Chale Chalo from Lagaan. However it takes a different turn post that. Sukhvinder Singh renders his voice to this power packed track and accentuates the overall effect. If Hud Hud Dabangg introduced the character in Dabangg, this one takes it forward and helps in giving it more firm ground. Lyrics are expressive and the track turns out to be a definite winner from Sajid-Wajid’s repertoire with an eloquent touch of sax in the end that leads to an interesting finale.
Though there are ‘remixes’ of Dabangg Reloaded as well as Fevicol Sa and Pandeyjee Seeti, none of them even come close to the original and even makes one question their very need.
Dabangg 2 Music Review: The Last Word
If Dabangg music established the parameters and rules of the game than Dabangg 2, sticks to the rules line by line and tries to match the original. It does succeed in quite a few places though for some the songs as heard in Dabangg may still remain favourite. People who are happy with the carbon copy won’t be disappointed as Sajid-Wajid achieve similar magic, if not in entirety. They have made sure that there is one corresponding track to the each hit one from the previous movie and now one waits to see Salman doing the rest by bringing on his own magic.