Rating: 2/5 Stars (Two-stars)
Chashme Baddoor is the official remake of the 1981 film of the same name and stars Siddharth, Ali Zafar, Divyendu Sharma and Taapsee Pannu. It has been directed by the King of comedy, David Dhawan who returns from a brief hiatus to direction after the disastrous Rascals (2011). This Viacom 18 production has music provided by Sajid–Wajid and the lyrics have been penned by Kausar Munir, Neelesh Mishra and Jalees Sherwani. Music in a comedy film, especially that of a David Dhawan film is something that is not usually integral to the plot and the listener does not go with humongous expectation with respect to the quality of either the music or the lyrics. What we do expect is that the music will provide the much needed timepass and if it is foot tapping and catchy, that would essentially be the icing on the cake. Sajid-Wajid have managed to provide such scores in their past few films and it is with this very hope that we start listening to this album.
Har Ek Friend Kameena Hota Hai – Chashme Baddoor Music Review
The first track is the humorous Har Ek Friend Kameena Hota Hai. The promotions of the film have begun with this number and it essentially sets the expectation of the listener at the outset that the composers and the lyricists have managed to have a rollicking time while composing for this film. The insane lyrics by Kausar Munir with the opening line being a takeoff on the Airtel jingle is a real madcap about how friends keep undermining each other, especially when there is a girl involved. Sonu Nigam seems to have had a blast singing for this number and it shows. The track itself is pretty foot tapping and might become a rage with the youngsters.
Dhichkyaaon Doom Doom – Chashme Baddoor Music Review
Next in line is the 70’s & 80’s styled Dhichkyaaon Doom Doom with vocals by Ali Zafar and Shreya Ghoshal. This romantic number written by Neelesh Misra is quite an entertaining one and it is something one really enjoys listening to. Again, the lyrics are no great shakes but it was a pleasant surprise to see Ali Zafar getting out of his comfort zone of melodies and have fun behind the mike. Shreya Ghoshal joins the party and turns this number into something which will keep the listener humming for quite some time. There is also another version of this number which has Wajid coming behind the mike along with Shreya Ghoshal. It sounds pretty much like the first version but Ali Zafar’s version is more appealing, simply because his voice conveys the innocence required for this character in the film (played by Ali himself) much better than Wajid does. Enjoyable!
Early Morning – Chashme Baddoor Music Review
The third track is the Hinglish number Early Morning which has konchum konchum Tamil words thrown in for good measure. Sonu Nigam is back again behind the mike and makes the best out of the very average lyrics (Jalees Sherwani) to provide the listener with yet another fun number. The song itself is again nothing extraordinary but then honestly by now, the listener knows what to expect from this album and thus this doesn’t come as a big surprise. There is a remix version of this song which sounds to be primarily targeted at the partygoers with the opening sequence starting out as a rap accompanied by some danceable beats. Ali Zafar has lent his vocals this time around and he has also done a decent job with his rendition.
Ishq Mohallah – Chashme Baddoor Music Review
The penultimate song in this album is Ishq Mohallah which has Mika Singh along with composer Wajid behind the mike. This is yet another Hindi-English song with Neelesh Mishra doing the honors in the lyrics department. This average fare is not something that will impress much and will be forgotten as soon as the album ends.
Andha Ghoda Race Mein Dauda – Chashme Baddoor Music Review
Andha Ghoda Race Mein Dauda is the final track in this album and Sajid-Wajid have experimented with the Rock genre for this number with Ali Zafar lending his voice along with Wajid himself joining him at the mike with Neuman Pinto providing the backup vocals. Unfortunately, the end result is just not satisfactory and this number does test the patience of the listener. Better to avoid this Jalees Sherwani written number.
The Last Word – Chashme Baddoor Music Review
Overall, Chashme Baddoor has average to below average tracks with the standout ones being Har Ek Friend & Dhichkyaaon Doom Doom. Music composers Sajid-Wajid have tried to come up with a fun soundtrack but seem to have lost their way somewhere down the middle. When measured against their recent releases, Chashme Baddoor seems to be a bit of a letdown. Let’s hope they can better their efforts next time around.