Fun, fun and then, some more; one word that best describes the soundtrack of Bhoothnath Returns. Four music composers come together for this seven track album, which includes two remixes. The album opens with the high on energy Party Toh Banti Hai, a well composed dance number sung brilliantly by Mika, with excellent support from the chorus. Although the song makes a dig at the political scenario of the country (words like scam and corruption dominate), it makes you groove and how! Lyrics penned by Kumaar are interesting and we love the hook, ‘Po po po‘, since it adds an interesting touch to the song. The remix version by DJ Kiran is decent.
Aman Trikha’s Har har Gange takes the political route again, albeit with a mix of Punjabi tadka and some humorous lines that go well with the rhythm. But, the hook line and melody (mix of dhols and electronic beats) gets monotonous with repeated hearing. Trikha does an average job with the vocals. The remix version of this song is strictly average.
Yo Yo Honey Singh’s spooky and mysterious Party with the Bhoothnath starts with the church bells adding some haunting effect. Singh impresses with his signature style, thanks to an incredible blend of spooky tunes and dance music. There is no doubt Singh nails it with his rap verses in every song and Party with the Bhoothnath is no different. Ram Sampath’s composition Sahib is a wonderful prayer song; easy on the ear and finely composed. The blend of rock fusion and Hindustani classical music is perfectly done. Munna Dhiman’s lyrics deserve a special mention, as he uses a simple mix of Urdu and Hindi words to spread a message. Singer Rituraj could have done a better job, since the song required an emotional touch, which is missing.
Sampath delivers a unique composition in the form of Dharavi Rap, where child actor Parth Bhalerao joins Anish as the rapper. We absolutely loved this concept, where the kids belt out popular dialogues and names of filmy characters infused in the verses using Mumbaiyya lingo (the lyrics penned by director Nitesh Tiwari are lovely). It might remind you of Mika’s Ganpat, but the kids have crooned this track with great confidence and a style of their own, just like true pros. Overall, the Bhoothnath Returns album is your ticket to happy music, with both Party toh banti hai and Party with the Bhoothnath standing out as the best tracks.
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Ice cream khaungi
There are songs that keep you entertained, there are some that become internet sensations. But where does one fit songs like Ice cream khaungi, the latest offering from Himesh Reshammiya, which is co – incidentally (or not) featured on him in the film, The Xpose. What is supposed to be a tribute to the 1960’s turns out to be an out of tune, wasted retro number, with bizzare lyrics penned by Shabbir Ahmed (sample this: ‘Ice cream khaungi, Kashmir jaungi, sholo pe bhadke jiya ; What were they thinking?). The song opens with a spooky scream, that makes you laugh instead of instilling fear. What follows is melody that is clearly lifted from several popular retro numbers, including Piya tu ab toh aaja, Tu kya jaano mohabbat and even the more recent, Balma (Khiladi 786). Enter Reshammiya and Palak Muchhal’s vocals, that do nothing to build the excitement. Even Honey Singh’s rap fails to impress. With a flat pace, monotonous rhythm and bad lyrics, we suggest you skip this one.