Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014

Shaadi ke Side Effects’ music is a damp squib

The song 'Harry Is Not Bhramchari' has film's lead Farhan Akhtar, Vir Das and Vidya Balan in bits. The song 'Harry Is Not Bhramchari' has film's lead Farhan Akhtar, Vir Das and Vidya Balan in bits.
Posted: February 21, 2014 12:09 am | Updated: February 21, 2014 9:37 am

The music churned out by the factory that Pritam Chakraborty is, has been sounding repetitive for a while now. It’s been days since a ‘Barfi’ or a ‘Bhool Bhulaiya’ came out from his arsenal. In the music of his recent offering, Shaadi ke Side Effects, the composer gives us a sound that is frenzied, sporadically fresh and occasionally bearable. In fact the prequel to this — ‘Pyar ke Side Effects’ was better. This one is just a damp squib.

The album opens with Harry is not a Bhramchari, a track which is not far from the din available in the Punjab/hip hop realm. I’m still deciphering as to why it comes with two other versions, which are hardly any different from the rest. A tumbi plays throughout, to which one gives in after a few replays but otherwise, the track is an absolute dud. Tumse pyar could’ve easily been a song in Barfi. The accordion, violin and horn arrangements, albeit a little similar, do give some freshness to this one, mostly through Nikhil Paul George’s vocals. A breezy melody, it works because of a lovely arrangement. But the second we move to the next one, the memory of this one is wiped out.

Tauba main vyah karke pachtaaya by Shahid Mallya opens with a spruced up version of the traditional wedding shehnai tune — which is also the difference between this and the older Tauba main pyar karke apart from the change of rhythm. This is slower despite the presence of a dhol, and not any better. Poorvi Kautish’s rap throughout is bothersome.

Desi romance begins with touches of a ‘raag bihag bandish’ in singer Suchi’s voice. Arijit Singh is as usual in tune. But the problem is the composition, which is ordinary.

I never thought I would say this but Yahaan vahaan sung by Farhan Akhtar, though massively pitch-corrected, is a better song. Akhtar sings with an acoustic guitar and a simple drum backbeat. Bhattacharya’s lyrics are better than the song.

Then comes Bawla is sapna, which has Swanand Kirkire’s hands all over it. But just when we are busy liking the Mohit Chauhan track, an absolutely endearing version led by five-year-old Diva (daughter of Bengali composer Rajesh Roy) comes across as an absolute stunner.

The song is the only saving grace in the album. Diva sings with much ease and sounds better than established singers. The lyrics of the song — Meri palko ki tapri ke neeche rehta tha sapna wo tapori — are absolutely adorable. Ahista ahista by Mike McCleary has a lovely arrangement, but the song, again, is faceless. It’s a known fact that when Pritam cuts down on work, the result is a slew of gorgeous tracks. There is a massive need for quality control continued…

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