Baankey Ki Crazy Baraat - First it was the trailer that caught my attention. Frankly, it was fairly engaging, and very importantly, entertaining too. Credit it to a good ensemble cast of seasoned comedians (Sanjay Mishra, Rajpal Yadav, Vijay Raaz, Rakesh Bedi) as well as its 'shaadi' theme, there is something about the film that made me a tad curious around what it has to offer. With a full-fledged album around it that has music by Vijayaa Shanker and lyrics by Ravi Basnet, there is further build up of something surprising in the offering.
As expected, it is a 'shaadi-byaah' number 'Baby Modern Modern' that kick-starts the proceedings for Baankey Ki Crazy Baraat. In the same mode as 'London Thumakda' [Queen], this one begins to entertain from the word 'go' and you actually want to check out how it has been picturised. To one's surprise, even its video is on the same lines as 'London Thumakda' and it is nice to see Tia Bajpai, otherwise seen in quite a few serious films (Haunted, 1920 - Evil Returns, Lanka), let her hair down and have some fun. This is made possible by the coming together of Sonu Nigam and Shivranjani Singh who are highly energetic.
Some good work is undone though by an item number thrown in, that is, 'Daant Saiyaan Ne'. From 'Beedi Jaialie' [Omkara] to now 'Daant Saiyaan Ne', at least 100 imitations have come in over the years and one can't recall more than 5-6 that have actually turned out to be popular. However, for some reasons, filmmakers today continue to throw in such rustic numbers, all of which end up not just sounding but also looking same. Unfortunately though, the end result is hardly impressive, and it is no different for this song either that has Vijayaa Shanker bringing herself behind the mike.
In this flip-flop of a soundtrack, there is some good variety thrown in with 'Yeh Kya Hua Hai' coming in next. Starting with the sound of a guitar, what impresses immediately is the modulation that is done to the voice of Abhishek Nailwal which makes you sit down, relax and hear what next five and a half minutes have to offer. A beautiful romantic number that has a Western base to it while beautifully blending with 'desi' melody, 'Yeh Kya Hua Hai' is not a number that you would mind listening again. No wonder, the song is repeated in an 'unplugged' version as well, which makes the wish come true.
If every second album has a 'desi' item number today, every fifth at the least has a Sufi number thrown in too. Baankey Ki Crazy Baraat is no different as Aftab Sabri and Hashim Sabri come together for 'Dum Ali'. What makes it different though is the coming in of Abhishek Nailwal which brings in a different touch to the number, hence bringing it into the zone that Bhatts had created long back with several KK numbers that had Emraan Hashmi front-facing it all. No wonder, the entire combination turns out to be really impressive and you actually want to play this Sufi-rock number all over again. A good track!
The album continues on a fun note with the title song 'Crazy Baraat' which has Vijayaa Shanker being heard in an avatar different from the one in 'Daant Saiyaan Ne'. A fast paced number that could well find itself being played in the background as some crazy events take place on screen, it fits in well into its situational setting, hence making for a quick-fire four and a half minutes. Meanwhile, lyricist Ravi Basnet also comes on the scene as a rapper and adds well to the 'band, baaja, baaraat' setting of the film.
Baankey Ki Crazy Baraat actually turns out to be a fun soundtrack and promises to go well with the film's narrative. Leave aside a forced item number ('Daant Saiyaan Ne') and you actually get a fairly entertaining album.
'Baby Modern Modern', 'Dum Ali', 'Yeh Kya Hua Hai'