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Music: Raghu Dixit & Ayushmann Khurrana-Rochak Kohli

Lyrics: Anvita Dutt Guptan, Habib Faisal & Ayushmann Khurrana-Rochak Kohli

Music Label: Yash Raj Music

Expectations:


The director of the film is Nupur Asthana and the music is by Raghu Dixit. The combination gave us that delicious confection Mujhse Fraaandship Karogi (2011) with some foot-tapping as well as soulful music. So our expectations are of something of that level, or more.

Music:


Raghu Dixit seems to be inspired only in part here. He begins well with the mass-friendly 'Gulcharrey' (Aditi Singh Sharma-Benny Dayal), a celebration of life and dreams. The rhythm is appealing but lyricist Anvita's imagery is replete with words that seem to be included only for phonetic effect, including the way the song is phrased to culminate in the hook, Gulchharey. A post hits-of-Pritam Benny is evolving into a neat crooner and Aditi is good. The sound is clean, indicating Raghu Dixit's aesthetics.

Neeti Mohan, who is another rapidly evolving new talent, is alluring in another hook-based song, 'Khamakhaan' (with a languid Ayushmann Khurrana). This is Ayushmann's first song in Hindi films not composed by him) and Neeti's punchy vocals are at odds with his tepid singing. The song has a lovely retro feel in its fast beats, though the words (Habib Faisal) are smart rather than substantial.

The third track is sung by Raghu Dixit himself, as he takes on the title-track, 'Bewakoofiyaan' with a yodel-like stretch on the 'koof' syllable. This fun track is enjoyable while it lasts. Again the gimmicky words, unnecessarily complex, pollute the fun, when simpler, direct words would have made the song get a higher connect and appeal. After repeated listening, we only remember the hook, 'Bewakoofiyaan', so the song is unlikely to get a shelf-life.

In 'Rumaani Sa Rumaani Si' (Mohit Chauhan-Shreya Ghoshal) the lexicon gets worse, almost touching Gulzar's poetry at its esoteric peak. The words are at odds with the simple love ditty it is supposed to be, and so phonetics dominate again over style, elegance and simplicity. Mohit is lackluster after eons, and this must be Shreya's most ordinary song in years. The music sounds like a typically tepid work from any contemporary tunesmith.

Another disappointing song, in all aspects, is Vishal Dadlani's 'Aye Jigida', where again the hook dominates and the lyrics get actually weird. This is also one of Vishal's weakest vocals with an outside composer, as the composition has nothing to offer to the adroit singer in him.

The Punjabi song 'O Heeriye' is co-written and co-composed by Ayushmann Khurrana and Rochak Kohli and sung by the former. The lyrics are humdrum, the music matches, and the vocals are limpid. In short, after some popular work in Vicky Donor and Nautanki Saala! , the actor-musician is likely to lose out on popularity this time.

Overall:


The music is disappointing, chiefly because of the lyrics. The first three songs get by, but after that there is a respite-less slide and the album fails to pick up.

Our Pick:


'Gulchharey', 'Khamakhaan'