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All Is Well Music Review

3.5

EXPECTATIONS


Since All Is Well has the name T-Series associated with it, there are obviously good expectations from the film's music. As producers, they have delivered some good music already in films like Roy, Ek Paheli Leela and even I Love NY. No wonder, you look forward to something entertaining all over again, especially with Himesh Reshammiya, Meet Bros Anjjan, Amaal Mallik and Mithoon stepping in as composers. Also, multiple lyricists (Shabbir Ahmed, Kumaar, Amitabh Verma and Mayur Puri) are roped in too.


MUSIC


The album starts with a bang, what with Vishal Dadlani firing all cylinders in his rendition of 'Chaar Shanivaar'. Lyricist Shabbir Ahmed pens yet another party number, something which is in the vogue today, and composer Amaal Mallik makes sure that he brings in a different touch to it when compared to the current trend. So he brings in an element of 'Lungi Dance' (Chennai Express) here and makes sure that there is no dull moment from the word Go. Moreover, he also brings Armaan Malik behind the mike along with Badshah, who does well with his rap to keep the momentum on for this fast paced foot tapping outing.


There is a shift in mood immediately after with Himesh Reshammiya's 'Baaton Ko Teri' which has the composer's trademark touch to it. While Arijit Singh is roped in as the sole singer for this outing, on any other given day, it could well have been Himesh himself doing the honors, and one wouldn't have minded it after all. Yes, Arijit does quite well in this slow moving love song which has pain and separation written all over it but still, an additional version with Himesh as a singer would have been double whammy for sure.


The all-familiar team of Meet Bros Anjjan, Kumaar and Kanika Kapoor come together for a supremely addictive 'Nachan Farrate'. The number adds on well to the repertoire of Punjabi dance tracks and picks on well from traditional folk that has been presented in its contemporary avtar here. Moreover, there is a distinct Lakshmikant-Pyaarelal flavor to the song too which adds on well to the vintage value, hence making this entertaining number the kind that can well be expected to play for many more weeks from now.

As for the vintage outings, there is a clear attempt to bring back the nostalgia with Mithoon and Tulsi Kumar sung 'Mere Humsafar'. Remember 'Ae Mere Humsafar', that terrific composition from Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak which was composed by Anand-Milind and written by Majrooh Sultanpuri? The song is recreated for All Is Well and while credits for the original team is kept intact, composer Mithoon and lyricist Amitabh Verma bring on their own touch with the new version. For starters, this one is an extra slow version. Moreover, even though the new lyrics are fine, the ones from the past have such recall value even 25 years down the line that it is tough to erase those memories.


In this ensemble soundtrack, it was Ankit Tiwari's presence that was being missed and that is taken care of with 'Tu Milade' arriving next. Himesh Reshammiya is the composer again and along with lyricist Mayur Puri, he makes sure that this track with simple lyrics does bring on further variety to the soundtrack of All Is Well which has each song different from the other. Since one isn't used to hearing a song like this for Abhishek Bachchan, one waits to see how it comes across on screen.


Shriram leads from the front as a singer for Himesh Reshammiya composed dance number 'Yolo' which has a North Indian flavor to it and on the same lines as many a chartbusters that Punjabi popstars have delivered in the recent times. Kumaar makes sure that his lyrics go well with the Hinglish party flavor of the song while the overall arrangements too are the kind that makes 'Yolo' instantly catchy. If supported by a good music video and some eye pleasing visuals, this one can find an instant connect with the youngsters.


OVERALL


The music of All Is Well delivers well on expected lines and is a largely entertaining affair that has a mix of instantly catchy as well as long running numbers. What really works in favor of the album is the variety it offers which makes it the kind that would go well with the film's narrative.


OUR PICK(S)


'Chaar Shanivaar', 'Baaton Ko Teri', 'Nachan Farrate', 'Mere Humsafar'

All Is Well 3.5 Joginder Tuteja 20150730

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