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Amit Trivedi is on a roll. After English Vinglish he is back with more from his gamut. His journey continues while experimenting with sounds, lyrics and voices. Aiyyaa, considered as a breath of fresh air for Rani Mukerji after her serious roles, is full of entertaining and flamboyant music. There are 6 original tracks in the album and each calls for attention in its own individual way.

Rani Mukerji in a Song from Aiyyaa Movie Stills
Rani Mukerji in a Song from Aiyyaa Movie Stills

Aiyyaa Music Review: Dreamum Wakeuppam

Dreamum Wakeuppam opens the album and one can exclaim ‘What an opening!’ Going by the promos, there are extreme reactions to this one; either one would like it or just hate it, especially with Rani in her new avtar. However musically speaking, the song does catch on with you after 2 or 3 hearings. Song has 80’s ‘dhinchaak’ feel with funky lyrics like ‘Jumpingum pumpingum’. Amit has chosen multilingual talented Soumya Rao who has sung in many South Indian languages. She has brought out the colloquial Southern nuances in the song, which act as a good add on. This one is definitely an eye catchy and attention grabbing track, especially with Rani’s southern siren attempt.

Aiyyaa Music Review: Sava Dollar (Lavani)

Album travels from down South to Maharashtra in the next song titled Sava Dollar (Lavani). As the title suggests it’s a traditional ‘lavani’ with jazzy and tongue in cheek lyrics. Sunidhi Chauhan has given her all and definitely had fun singing the song. Rani Mukerji with her boisterous and naughtiness is also making the song worth a watch in the movie. Song talks about making it big in Hindi movies with reference to all the big names and effortlessly unfolds the theme of the movie for the listener.

Aiyyaa Music Review: Aga Bai

Next song Aga Bai initially fools the listener into believing that the mood is going to change. However after a soft beginning, it picks up pace. Shalmali Kholgade and Monali Thakur have given their voices to this fusion track which has a mix of Hindi and Marathi lyrics.

Aiyyaa Music Review: Mahek Bhi

Album turns a little soft with Shreya Ghoshal singing Mahek Bhi. It’s a typical Shreya song which is accentuated by amazing musical arrangements. The song transfers you to a fantasy dreamland of a girl and her ambitions. Though the song is stereotypical, it has freshness to it mainly due to the use of ‘shehnai’ that stands out from the very beginning.

Aiyyaa Music Review: What To Do

Sneha Khanwalkar makes an entry into the album with an experimental What To Do in her original style. It’s an intriguing song and is situation based which depicts the dilemma of a heroine who is choosing her love. Amitabh Bhattacharya has supported her as a singer and has done a great job.

Aiyyaa Music Review: Wakda

Last but not the least is the track Wakda. It’s the punch words of the film and means ‘crooked’ in Marathi. It aptly describes the protagonist and the storyline, both of which are neither straight nor simple. This song is interesting to listen to and would definitely find its place in the movie at different junctures. It does remind you of title songs from yesteryears’ ‘Golmaal’ and ‘Angoor’ which conveyed the leitmotif of the movie quite clearly and modestly. Amit Trivedi has given vocals to the song and done justice.

Aiyyaa Music Review: The Last Word

Music of Aiyyaa is not understated like Amit’s other sound tracks. Instead, this one is largely loud and in your face while definitely going with the theme and mood of the film. As is a known fact, half the charm of such music is brought about by lyrics and in this case too they are fantastically written by Amitabh Bhattacharya. However, most of the songs are situation based and would only go with over the top comedy and acting of Rani.

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