There are decent expectations from the music of Mere Dad Ki Maruti which is yet another 'youth' film from the house of Chopras. Just as was the case in films like Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge and Luv Ka The End, one looks forward to the kind of music which is peppy, lively and high energy, if not exceptional. With youngsters like composer Sachin Gupta and lyricist Kumaar coming together, one looks forward to this soundtrack that comprises of five songs and a mash up.
The album kick-starts on a very upbeat mode with Yo Yo Honey Singh bringing in just the kind of flavour that one expects whenever he comes behind the mike. Add to that Mika bringing on his usual 'dhamaka' and you know that the team is just perfect for 'Punjabiyaan Di Battery'. The song celebrates Punjabis and their Punjabiyat right through its 200 seconds duration and the momentum never once goes down. More than being just yet another 'bhangra', it is the coming together of some non-stop fun and entertainment that keeps the flag high for 'Punjabiyaan Di Battery'.
Jaspreet Jasz and Shalmali Kholgade come together for 'Main Senti Hoon' which has the kind of tune that could have gone with any other Yash Raj film as well featuring newcomers or relative new entrants. In fact, if one visualizes a Ranveer Singh or an Imran Khan in the song, it isn't tough to imagine them picking it up with both hands. Ok, so this one is by no means exceptional or out of the world. Moreover, the lyrics too are as frivolous as they have a 'come today gone tomorrow' feel to them. However, in the context of the film, the young team does well and bring this fun number that should keep the pace on.
Though one has seen the videos of 'Punjabiyaan Di Battery' and 'Main Senti Hoon' so far, the one that should be on screen pronto is the song to follow where the sound of 'Haaay' is all set to burn the dance floors. Panjabi MC and Manake make the song their own as the Hinglish lyrics lend a platform wonderful enough to result in a good mix of Western and Punjabi sound with a bit of rap thrown in as well. The song boasts of a good tempo right through its three minute duration and is a good win.
The moment Sonu Kakkar's name pops up on the album credits, you know that it would be an out and out fun outing which would move at a rapid pace and also boast of a rustic flavour. This, and a little more, is what one gets as Sonu goes all out in bringing the kind of spunk that one expects in a young film like this. In fact 'Hip Hip Huraah' is one song where one can well imagine an Anushka Sharma to be letting her hair down in a big way, if given a platform.
Surprisingly, though the downer comes in the form of the title song 'Mere Dad Ki Maruti' that comes towards the very end and unfortunately dilutes (to some extent) the kind of impact that had been created earlier on. Diljit Dosanjh is the one roped in for this song which has an out and out Punjabi flavour to it. In isolation, this one could have found some audience but since it arrives after a bunch of songs that were much better, it is left ignored. 'Mere Dad Ka Mash Up' that concludes the album is expectedly fun though and adds on to the trend that has been building up in Bollywood soundtracks for last 4-5 months now.
Mere Dad Ki Maruti actually ends up delivering a little better than what one had expected from it to begin with. Though one was never looking for anything which was exceptional, there are still 2-3 songs that have in them to play on for a rather long time. An inherent fun element in Kumaar's lyrics is what does the trick while Sachin Gupta keeps the pace up right through the album's duration, hence making it an entertaining affair.
Haaay, Punjabiyaan Di Battery, Main Senti Hoon