Splendid singing

August 03, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 05:51 am IST

Music composer Sohail Sen’s album Happy Bhag Jayegi has some great vocals going for it

The biggest selling point of Happy Bhag Jayegi so far had been the return of actress Diana Penty, almost four years after her debut in Cocktail . Now, with the launch of the movie’s music album, there are also a few good songs to look forward to. What’s interesting is that the lyrics have been penned by the movie’s writer-director Mudassar Aziz. The music has been composed by Sohail Sen, a man whose last memorable soundtrack was Mere Brother Ki Dulhan , (2011). So does Sen trun a corner with Happy Bhag Jayegi ?

The first song to be released, ‘ Gabru Ready To Mingle Hai ’, is sung by Mika Singh. It is a folksy dance piece laced with electronic elements. I have developed a liking for the song despite it not being very impressive when it was launched. Neeti Mohan and Tarannum do a fine job of supporting Singh, even rapping to Dee MC’s lyrics.

Happy Oye ’ is about the central character, Penty’s Happy Kaur. Aziz uses the word Jugni to describe the character’s free-spiritedness. The actor’s debut also had a Jugni song (so did Aanand L. Rai’s Tanu Weds Manu ). Sen’s opening refrain sounds like a throwback to the Cocktail song, but it turns out to be a fresh tune, and a very good one at that. Harshdeep Kaur and Shahid Mallya deliver exceptionally well (Kaur was also part of the Jugni song in Cocktail ). This too is a folk-electronic mix, but a more imaginative and enjoyable one.

Aashiq Tera ’ starts off well, a familiar melody riding on Chandakant’s mandola , before breaking into a filmi qawwali mode around the titular hook. The qawwali elements add to the déjà vu , but it still makes for good listening, thanks to a wonderful rendition from Altamash Faridi.

The arrangement by Prakash Peter has some nice moments like Chandrakant’s rabab solo in the second interlude. The theatrical rock-based finish is however an overkill.

Arijit Singh sings his heart out in the doleful ‘ Zara Si Dosti ’. Unfortunately, the singing weighs down the song with its all-too-familiar melancholic tropes, done to death in the Bhatt movies in particular.

Javed Ali leads the melodic ‘ Yaaram ’ and delivers soulfully and spotlessly. Peter produces a pleasant melange highlighted by the flute (Naveen), mandolin (Chandrakant) and guitars (Abhilash). Naveen in particular is in fine form here.

There are three songs from the soundtrack that I would back. Hope Sen continues on an upward graph from here on. The highlight of the soundtrack are the vocalists.

Vipin Nair is a co-founder of MusicAloud.com where he writes music reviews and other music-related things.

Happy Bhag Jayegi

Top recos: ‘ Happy Oye ’, ‘ Aashiq Tera ’, ‘ Yaaram

Music composer: Sohail Sen

Lyricists: Mudassar Aziz (rap lyrics for ‘Gabru Ready to Mingle Hai’ by Dee MC)

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