A few sparks

Any Hindi film song named Kabira or anything that has the semblance of Sufi in its title comes with its dangers.

Written by Sankhayan Ghosh | Published: May 10, 2013 10:58:55 pm

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Music: Pritam

Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya,Kumaar

Rating: ***

Any Hindi film song named Kabira or anything that has the semblance of Sufi in its title comes with its dangers. More often than not,the manufactured Sufism hits false notes. The song by the same name from Ayan Mukerji’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani,composed by Pritam,thankfully has soul; even though it may not have the class of Iktara,a song from Mukerji’s debut film Wake Up Sid. The singers’ robust,folksy voices (Rekha Bhardwaj and Tochi Raina),backed by a comforting guitar arpeggio make this one of the better songs of the album. Its encore version,however,has a more imaginative arrangement and is aptly sung by Harshdeep Kaur and Arijit Singh. Singh,one of the emerging new playback voices with a distinct personality,lends his confident vocals to Ilahi. The winner track from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani,however,is the infectiously cheerful Badtameez Dil. An irresistible cocktail of 60’s retro Shammi Kapoor dance numbers and Calypso vibes,the song is what it is because of the fantastic nonsense rhyming of Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics and excellent singing by Benny Dayal. There is little to write about the rest of the album,apart from the mischievous sparks (in the opening chorus) of the otherwise ordinary Dilliwaali Girlfriend,or the standard foot tapping quality of Balam Pichkari. Pritam either tries too hard,as in the “desi-cool” mujra number Ghagra or too little,as in the heard-before sound of Subhanallah.

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