To begin with, one is not even sure whether Meri Shadi Karao is a Punjabi or a Hindi film. It is known though that Gurdeep Mehndi, son of Daler Mehndi, is making his debut not just as a composer but also an actor for Meri Shadi Karao. A loaded album with as many as seven unique tracks, it does convey eventually that Meri Shadi Karao is a Hindi film in the offering. There are various lyricists roped in for the job while Daler Mehndi chips in as a composer as well for one track.
The way 'Tenu Ki', one ends up double checking the system to see if the sound alignment has been distorted a little. For the first 10-15 seconds it is tough to decipher where the song is actually headed due to the manner in which arrangements are ordered. Nevertheless the song comes on track once Gurdeep Mehndi comes on board as a singer as well. In this quintessentially Punjabi pop number which has a 90s feel to it, 'Tenu Ki' has some contemporary element added to it with lyricists Nikki Mehndi and Chandi throwing in a term or two like 'Facebook'. An okay number, one expected a better beginning for the debutant.
It is time for 'bhangra beats' along with rap (by Arya) to kick-start 'Jean Shean Pake'. A much better song than 'Tenu Ki' and just the right mix of 'desi' and 'videsi' flavour, this one written by Rana Vindalwala has in it to cover a good distance if promoted well. In fact it can pretty much be said that at least up North in Punjab, Delhi and Haryana, this song by Gurdeep Mehndi would definitely find an easy entry into celebrations, weddings and other fun events.
Shahab Allahabadi is roped in by Daler Mehndi who makes an appearance as a composer as well as singer for the title song 'Meri Shadi Karao'. The song is decent though one does feel that right from the way it is composed, sung to the stage setting; it has a slightly dated feel to it. 10-15 years back it may have caught fancy amongst the listeners but with every other Bollywood composer already bringing in a contemporary take to the Punjabi stage and set up (and experimenting along as well), 'Meri Shadi Karao' appears a little too late.
After three back to back dance numbers arrives a soft song in the form of 'Dil Ne Mana'. It is in fact a welcome relief as Gurdeep Mehndi shows an altogether different facet of his singing style. He is soft, smooth and quite easy on ears while also coming with the kind of composition which has a good repeat value to it. The good part is that this love song written by Gurdeep Mehndi and Nikki Mehndi doesn't just have a good 'mukhda' to it but also holds your attention in the 'antara' portions. The bad part though is that the female singer, who sings rather well, misses out on the credits in the album. In the middle of this all there is a rap by Gora Singh which is on the same lines as the way Yo Yo Honey Singh's portions are being interspersed these days.
The album stays in the soft-n-smooth zone with 'Dil Vil Ke' which is written by Shahab Allahabadi. Yet another number that Gurdeep Mehndi coming behind the mike, this one (surprisingly) has a South flavour to it and has the kind of flow that one usually associates with a Tamil number. A decent number, it adds variety to the album but doesn't quite stay on to become a favourite for the listener.
It is an out and out Mehndi show with Harjeet Mehndi rendering Nikki Mehndi's lyrics in a Gurdeep Mehndi composition. A good song which has a 'ghazal' flavour to it, 'Naina' is for the ones with heart beating for someone special. Though the overall arrangements are just about fine and have a 90s feel to it, the composition is enjoyable enough to help you stay along. Though this number may not emerge as a chartbuster, for those who like their music to be smooth, this one is a good bargain.
Last to arrive is a traditional 'Guru Ramdas Rakho Sharnai' which is rendered by Kishan Pal. The lengthiest of the lot and lasting as good as seven minutes, this is primarily for those who can follow Punjabi and like to hear a devotional number first thing in the morning. For them, the track is a good inclusion in the album as it has a very peaceful feel to it.
Meri Shadi Karao is a decent album which does have a couple of songs that leave an impression, case in point being 'Dil Ne Mana' and 'Jean Shean Pake'. While 'Naina' makes a good impression as well, surprisingly there isn't that one big chartbuster song that could have elevated the fortunes of the album to a huge degree. Some aggressive promotion may just about help the songs to make an impression in the Punjab belt though.
Dil Ne Mana, Jean Shean Pake, Naina
Music review of Meri Shadi Karao by Joginder Tuteja