Rating: 2/5 stars (Two stars)
Music Director/s: Anu Malik
After ages, popular music composer Anu Malik is back with the music album of Dum Laga Ke Haisha. The seven track album is a representation of the music of the bygone era and is quite varied from Malik’s style of music. The composer brings back old singers Kumar Sanu, Sadhna Sargam for this album.
Moh Moh Ke Dhaage – Dum Laga Ke Haisha Music Review
With all the hoopla surrounding EDM and rapping, Moh Moh Ke Dhaage comes as a classical relief. After a really long time, there is a beautiful Indian classical composition. With a separate male and female version sung by Papon and Monali Thakur, you will be in a conflict with yourself to decide which one is better. Both singers being classically trained have an excellent command over the song. Due to its musical arrangements and use of flute, the song sounds very similar to Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam‘s ‘Jhoka Hawa Ka‘ or for that matter ‘Hamesha Tumko Chaha‘ of Devdas, nonetheless, this one has its own charm.
Dum Laga Ke Haisha – Dum Laga Ke Haisha Music Review
The title track ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha‘ is nothing extraordinary. With the use of instruments like ‘Shehnaai’, the song sounds very similar to one of the Band Baaja Baaraat tracks. Crooned by Kailash Kher along with Jyoti Nooran and Sultana Nooran, all three of them who are known for their Sufi roots, this song is a complete disappointment. In spite of including singers of such good stature, composer Anu Malik fails to create a composition strong enough and since it bears resemblances to many songs that we have heard before, this one does not click well.
Tu – Dum Laga Ke Haisha Music Review
It’s a treat to hear Kumar Sanu’s voice after decades. ‘Tu‘ is a complete throwback 90s song. Since the film’s protagonist is shown to be a huge Kumar Sanu fan, this song is a special addition of the album. The musical arrangements are typically defining the early 90s era where the inclusion of an orchestra was common. This 3 minute song is an ode to Sanu’s huge contribution to the music industry back then.
Suneder Susheel – Dum Laga Ke Haisha Music Review
Sunder Susheel is an excellent song when it comes to the lyrics, if only the music was equally good, this could have been a entertaining song. Sung by Rahul Ram and Malini Awasthi, the song is filled with a Rajasthani flavor. Varun Grover has written the song beautifully as both woman and man describe their ideal qualities for a bride and groom. The music could have been quirky and since it lacks much of variation, it gets highly monotonous after a point. Sunder Susheel ends also quite abruptly.
Dard Karaara – Dum Laga Ke Haisha Music Review
Dard Karaara starts with beats that take you back to the famous 1994 song ‘Paas woh aane lage, zara zara‘ and ‘Raah Mein Unse Mulaqaat Hogayi‘. The vocals of Kumar Sanu and Sadhna Sargam take you back into Bollywood’s old times when the music was quirky and lyrics extremely cheesy. The beats are signature 90s and so if you are a fan of the classics, this one will be your pick from the album. Unfortunately, my musical tastes have outgrown and I found it a little difficult to like a new track which has vintage flavor.
Prem’s Theme – Dum Laga Ke Haisha Music Review
Prem’s theme is basically a classical rendition sung by Papon. It is beautiful but its significance will not be clear unless seen in the film. As an audio number,it is not something that will make way into your playlists.
The Last Word – Dum Laga Ke Haisha Music Review
The Dum Laga Ke Haisha album is an ode to the 90s. This album is a throwback of the Kumar Sanu era. Composed by Anu Malik, the soundtrack is decent and may find instant connect with those who are fans of the 90s style of music. My picks from the album include, ‘Moh Moh Ke Dhaage‘ for its brilliant singing and ‘Sunder Susheel‘ for its quirky lyrics. Overall, for me the album was average and I am going with a 2/5 for this album.