Music director: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Label: Junglee music
Actor Emraan Hashmi always managed to get away with the best of music. Be it Gangster, Jannat or Awaarapan, music has always been the biggest plus point of his films. The upbeat songs from him latest venture, Raja Natwarlal, too are slowly and steadily climbing up the music charts. The six track album is filled with some interesting numbers, which are composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, who makes his Bollywood debut as a music director in this film. The lyrics, penned by Irshad Kamil, also suit the situations in which the songs are set.
The album opens with the massy Dukki tikki in the voice of Mika Singh. This track has got everything that you can ask from a street side dance number. The use of Tollywood style trumpets kickstarts the song on a good note, followed by loud drums and the keyboard. Singh’s voice perfectly compliments the composition, making it the perfect tapori dance track for any occasion. And yes, we love the signature tune which is often repeated throughout the song.
The reprise version of Tere hoke rahengey comes next, sounds like a more contemporary and upbeat version of the original track, is a male version. Shweta Pandit sings this number with great spunk and Yuvan’s use of melodies is fresh. But we definitely prefer the original one sung brilliantly by Arijit Singh, who mesmerises with his rendition. Even the composition of Singh’s version is more interesting and lively, and results in a higher repeat value. The song opens with soft beats of the piano and later, the same beats blend beautifully with the guitar.
Namak paare by Mamta Sharma and Anupam Amod is a club based item number, which is strictly okay. While Sharma does a decent job with the vocals, the composition is not extraordinary. The lyrics too disappoint. Benny Dayal’s Kabhi ruhaani comes like a breath of fresh air. The clap sounds blend well with the indie-pop beats which opens the song. The contemporary qawalli number is easy on the ears and very different from the kind of romantic numbers that are usually picturised on Hashmi. Dayal also sings the electronic number Flip your collar back, which has a good mix of EDM beats and desi dhol beats. With just a few flaws, we really think Yuvan has hit the bulls eye with this album.