Which is your favourite song from Cocktail? Check out the music review:
Rating: 3.5/5 stars (Three-and-a-half stars)
Cocktail is fast becoming one of the most awaited films of the year. Directed by Homi Adjania, the movie stars Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone and Diana Penty. And going by the promos, it promises to be a worthwhile watch. Everyone is waiting to see the chemistry between the main leads which seems to be the main ingredient of the story. It’s a youth film and keeping the same in mind, music director Pritam is the chosen one. Lyrics are penned by Irshad Kamil.
Tum Hi Ho Bandhu: Cocktail Music Review
The album begins with the song Tum Hi Ho Bandhu which is fast becoming an anthem for youngsters. It is sung by Neeraj Shreedhar and Kavita Seth. A club number, it has the most unique lyrics w.r.t. the choice of language and phrase. Kavita’s voice is what makes the song very interesting and a treat for ears. She reminds you of a younger Shubha Mudgal and Neeraj perks up the song with his fun voice. Pritam has definitely got everything right in this song. The promos highlight the trademark dance moves performed by Diana Penty in the song adding to its popularity.
Daaru Desi: Cocktail Music Review
Daaru Desi is the next song in the album and as the title suggests is a fun number. At the first hearing it sounds a little odd; however the casual lyrics are what catch your attention and the song grows on you after a couple of hearings. Benny Dayal and Shalmali Kholgade’s vocals further accentuate the playful mood of the song.
Second Hand Jawani: Cocktail Music Review
The album moves forward with the song Second Hand Jawani rendered by Neha Kakkar, Nakash Aziz and Miss Pooja. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics are fun to listen to since they have a unique flavour to them. The music is loud and at times, confuses the listener a bit since there is western influence interspersed with the traditional sounds. It’s not really an exceptional number unless the director places it well in the film.
Tera Naam Japdi Phiran: Cocktail Music Review
Tera Naam Japdi Phiran is a Punjabi-Hinglish number which will remind you of Sukhbir and Hard Kaur tracks. It’s sung by Javed Bashir along with Shefali Alvaris and Nikhil D’souza. It’s a club track which could have been better and hence ends up being one of the many tracks of the same genre. There is also a ‘reprise version’ of the same song with the same team. They are very similar and hopefully the script would unravel the need for the two versions.
Jugni: Cocktail Music Review
Arif Lohar and Harshdeep Kaur sing the next track Jugni. It’s a traditional Punjabi track with western music. The song invokes the emotions that the director is trying to get as the voice and the lyrics convey them beautifully. The music is also soulful and adds to the mood of the song. Arif definitely has done justice to the song by lending his voice.
Lutna: Cocktail Music Review
Lutna follows the same mood as the previous song in a similar style. Sung by Masuma Anwar, Sahir Ali Bagga and Anupam Amod, the song has lyrics which are very meaningful and suit the love story. Pritam has tried to experiment with the choice of instruments and different sounds. It does give it a different flavour and begs for the listeners’ attention. The song also has a reprise version which is sung by the same team. One does wonder the need for the two, though keeping pace with today’s tradition; it seems like a good choice in the album.
Main Sharaabi: Cocktail Music Review
Main Sharaabi is what adds on to the fun element since it is a rollicking number that hooks you on in the very first listening. One can sense that Saif Ali Khan and Pritam had sheer chartbusters in mind as they put together this song that would be a hot favourite at clubs and discotheques. With Imran Aziz Mian and Yo Yo Honey Singh coming together, this is one song that should be a part of the film’s promotional plans soon.
Yaariyan: Cocktail Music Review
Yaariyan is the last track in the album and arrives in a male and female version. The first version is sung by Mohan Kanan and Shilpa Rao. It’s a very soothing romantic number which will definitely climb the charts keeping the youth and the pop element of the song. Mohan’s voice makes the song worth listening to. The second version has Sunidhi Chauhan leading from the front with Arijit Singh chipping in. It’s a treat to the ears and Sunidhi’s voice is what makes it wonderful. With minimal instruments on, it’s her voice which carries the song forward. It’s like an unplugged version and the male touch by Arijit gives it an interesting twist.
Cocktail Music Review: The Last Word
Overall, the album has more highs and hardly any lows. The music has been able to catch the demands and requirements of the script, though a couple of songs (along with moods) are very repetitive. Hopefully, the myriad of characters and emotions will be able to support the need for the same. Lyrics by Irshad Kamil are a definite highlight of the album as they convey the emotions simply and effortlessly. On the whole, Pritam has been able to give some good tracks, especially Tum Hi Ho Bandhu and Daaru Desi which are bound to keep youngsters engaged. However, it has to be seen if Cocktail turns out to be a memorable soundtrack.