Do Dooni Chaar marks the comeback of Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh as a lead pair on the big screen. Since the film is touted to be a light hearted affair, one expects the music too to be peppy. Also, one does expect a fun number that would be entirely focused on the most loveable couple of the 70s, hence ensuring that audience relives the nostalgia. Still, one doesn't quite know what really would follow in this short album since for composers Meet Brothers Anjan Ankit, this is their first ever Bollywood soundtrack. Also, lyricist Manoj Muntashir is a relatively new entrant too.
First to arrive is a celebration number 'Baaja Bajeya' that has its roots attached to North India. With the groom and bride's legs being pulled by relatives and family friends, 'Baaja Bajeya' has Sunidhi Chauhan giving a 'desi' touch to the song. Expected to be picturised on Neetu Singh and boasting of some feel good moments, 'Baaja Bajeya' is a decent number though one does tend to remember Pritam's 'Thoda Thoda Pyar' [Love Aaj Kal].
Vishal Dadlani has now almost become a regular when it comes to singing for not just his own compositions with Shekhar but also for other composers. He does so for Meet Brothers by coming behind the mike along with Shankar Mahadevan for the title song 'Do Dooni Chaar'. A fun track with 'bhangra beats' accompanying the song for most of its duration, 'Do Dooni Chaar' does require a few listening before one gets a hang of it. With a touch of 'Jhoom Barabar Jhoom' to it, 'Do Dooni Chaar' is more enjoyable when heard in its 'Club Mix' version. The song though is mainly situational as it has been designed to go with the theme of the film.
Meet Brothers present themselves with 'Ek Haath De' which has a Western base to it. Carrying the central theme of the film - desire of money hence leading to luxuries - 'Ek Haath De' has a philosophical touch to it as conveyed through Manoj Muntashir's lyrics. Yet again, it is the 'remix version' that turns out to be relatively better than the original when it comes to the foot tapping appeal.
Philosophical undertones are visible yet again in 'Maange Ki Ghodi' which is again about the protagonists' desire to live a better life. Presented as a 'qawalli' with a touch of fusion mix to it, 'Maange Ki Ghodi' has Rakesh Pandit and Krishna coming together for a rustic rendition. One can sense that the team here, especially the lyricist, wanted to be true to the mood of the film. However, the situational appeal of the song means that one can't quite expect it to make much impact commercially outside the film's narrative.
Do Dooni Chaar isn't exactly what one expected from the comeback score for a Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh starrer. Agreed that the flavour of the film isn't romantic by any distance. Also, this was never supposed to be a quintessential musical entertainer. Still, when a film has one of the most loved screen pairs ever, it deserves to have the kind of songs that would have at least an instant appeal if not the kind that lasts long for a decade. In case of Do Dooni Chaar, the songs are decent but not the kind that would make you smile and play them all over again.
Do Dooni Chaar