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After Dum Maaro Dum, director Rohan Sippy is back with his latest offering Nautanki Saala. Even if Rohan’s films haven’t done exceptionally well, his music has always climbed charts. This one seems to be no different, as one would be convinced after looking at the sheer number of tracks in there.

Still from Nautanki Saala Movie
Still from Nautanki Saala Movie

Mera Mann Kehne Laga – Nautanki Saala Music Review

Album begins with a soft and romantic track Mera Mann Kehne Laga. Tulsi Kumar lends vocals to this soft and serene romantic track. Famous Pakistani singer Falak Shabir has penned the lyrics of the track and there are two more versions that arrive in his voice. Mera Mann Kehne Laga (Reprise) version should have been the original version and probably arrived at the very onset. It’s a Western ballad kind of composition, which Falak has done good justice to with his voice. The remix version could have been avoided though since the electronic sounds do not make any sense for this serene number.

Saddi Gali – Nautanki Saala Music Review

Neeti Mohan, riding on her success of Jiya Re Jiya, opens the next track Saddi Gali with Ayushmann Khurranna taking on soon after. It is on the similar lines of Pani Da Rang and one can easily imagine Ayushmann’s presence in terms of composition and lyrics. Words are Punjabi, though the composition transcends the language barrier. Ayushmann recreates a similar magic and one can see this number turning out to be popular. Later, the unplugged version makes you further fall in love with the song as Rochak Kohli and Ayushmann hit a jackpot in terms of musical arrangements. Neeti Mohan mesmerizes with her husky voice and leaves one asking for more. This one is definitely a winner and would be played in a repeat mode. Having said that, the remix version does not come even close to its predecessors.

Dhak Dhak – Nautanki Saala Music Review

Rohan Sippy makes a trip down the memory lane with Madhuri Dixit’s Dhak Dhak, which was a sensuous hit in the 90s. Saba Azad sings this one with a group of other singers, Geet Sagar, Bruno Carvalo, Santosh Sawant and Jovian Soans, collaborating further. It is a growing trend where one is seeing filmmakers giving a twist to the old hits. Bejoy Nambiar did it in Shaitan [Hawa Hawai] and Rohan too attempted that with Dum Maaro Dum. Though Dhak Dhak seems to have lost the sensuousness of the original, the repeat hearing will make you get used to the new emotion that this track generates.

Tu Hi Tu – Nautanki Saala Music Review

Composer Mikey McCleary of Shaitan fame makes an original entry with singer Ayushman Khurrana for Tu Hi Tu. If he made his mark in Shaitan by remixing the originals and yesteryear’s hits, he is definitely convincing through this original track. The song has a dreamy feel to it and Ayushmann proves yet again that he is indeed versatile.

Dramebaaz – Nautanki Saala Music Review

Mikey continues his original journey with another peppy and funky track titled Dramebaaz. As the title suggests it is a track full of ‘nautanki’ and Geet Sagar’s words carry the same spirit. The track has a festive mood and for the situation it establishes the relationship between the two protagonists. Kausar Muni changes and adapts her lyrics as per the situation since earlier on she had lent a romantic feel, this one is in a happening zone while the one that follows is soulful.

Sapna Mera Toota – Nautanki Saala Music Review

This is what happens for Sapna Mera Toota which has Rahat Fateh Ali Khan taking centre-stage, Aaftab Sabri, Hashim Sabri and Suzanne D’Mello also come together for this Rashid Khan composition which is melodious though not unique. It’s Rahat Ali Khan’s voice which makes this otherwise generic track a reasonable hear.

Dil Ki Toh Lag Gayee – Nautanki Saala Music Review

Saba Azad croons Dil Ki Toh Lag Gayee for Mikey McCleary. It seems as if the composer has something raw in his hand and he moulds it as per his requirement. The result is a track which can be rated high on the experiment scale. This one has a retro feel to it where Kausar Munir brings in something interesting for the listener in terms of taking a different route indeed.

So Gaya Yeh Jahaan – Nautanki Saala Music Review

Last but not the least is a rehashed version of So Gaya Yeh Jahaan from Tezaab. Original voice of Nitin Mukesh has been kept intact and it’s the sound, which has been given a makeover. From a slow and sleeping track, it is now a foot tapping-dance track, which might not be appreciated much. Still, it may just find some audience who love to witness a makeover.

The Last Word – Nautanki Saala Music Review

Overall, Nautanki Saala is an exhaustive album. It has the capability to touch upon a lot of music senses and take you on a joyride. It is a flower bouquet with lots of different flowers. There are some though, which have not bloomed properly; however there are others which are exceptionally beautiful and fully bloomed like Mera Mann, Saddi Galli or Dil Ki Toh Lag Gayee. Together that makes for as good combination.




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