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Junooniyat Music Review

3.5

EXPECTATIONS

Earlier this year when Pulkit Samrat and Yami Gautam came together in a T-Series film, the result was Sanam Re. The film's music turned out to be an instant chartbuster and is played even till date. Now that the same team is back with Vivek Agnihotri as the director, in Junooniyat, expectations are quite high as you look forward to a melodic soundtrack.

MUSIC

Stereo Nation's 'Nachange Saari Raat' is brought into a new avtar with Tulsi Kumar kick-starting the proceedings in her naughty avtar. What really works is the seamless integration that takes place immediately with 'Nachange Saari Raat' that has Neeraj Sridhar taking charge. The song manages to establish an instant connect yet again and new lyrics by Kumaar fit in well too, hence resulting in a definite chartbuster which has Meet Bros Anjjan coming together as composers. What could have been avoided? Well, yet another mention of 'daaru' and 'club' via rap portions by Meet Bros.

What further catches your attention is Jeet Gannguli's 'Mujhko Barsaat Bana Lo'. Well, if you loved the title song of Sanam Re then you would definitely pick this one up as well. A beautiful song which is also one of the best to come out of Bollywood this year, this Rashmi Virag written number could well join the ranks of love anthems of 2016. Very well written, excellently composed and wonderfully sung by Armaan Malik, this one is also picturised beautifully and is deserving to be played on a repeat mode.

Jeet Gannguli continues to do well in the album while bringing the title song 'Tu Junooniyat' next. Tagged as the 'Climax song', this one has the kind of intensity and pace which befits the point of the narrative where it is meant to arrive. Yet again, lyrics are integrated well into the composition as Manoj Muntashir gets poetic for this piece which has a Western fusion element to it. Shrey Singhal sings this one in a style which reminds you of Atif Aslam at places. Akriti Kakar joins towards the end and makes her presence felt. It would be interesting to see how this one is picturised for screen.

What comes next actually breaks the melodious flow of music as Meet Bros Anjjan put together a dance number 'Pagalon Sa Naach'. A 'desi' track which has Meet Bros pair up with Khushboo Grewal, it takes quite a few variations before settling down on the hook-line. This isn't all as Kumaar integrates Hindi and English lyrics into this song which has 'bhaang' joining revelries with 'nasha' and 'ghoont' making a mandatory appearance. The song is not bad but one just wishes that overall as a composition it was a lot more consistent and seamless. For now though, it just comes across as 'fitting into the narrative' song.

The album concludes with a much better song though, what with Amkit Tiwari bringing on a lovelorn number 'Ishqe De Lat'. A soaked-in-sugar-n-saccharine number, right from lyrics (Manoj Muntashir) to the manner in which Ankit sings this one along with Tulsi Kumar, it has a free flowing feel to it which makes it quite easy on ears. Moreover, it has been picturised well too and though there are clichéd moments in there, they do well for a quintessential Bollywood love song.

OVERALL

The music of Junooniyat comes across as a good inclusion in the current Bollywood scene. The fact that it makes you revisit it even after repeat hearing is a good enough reason to pick this one up.

OUR PICK(S)

‘Mujhko Barsaat Bana Lo’, ‘Nachange Saari Raat’, ‘Ishqe Di Lat’

Junooniyat 3.5 Joginder Tuteja 20160601