There is something about Rajkummar Rao films that are now generating good excitement. After Bareilly Ki Barfi, he is now being seen in another film that has 'shaadi' as an integral element and Kriti Kharbanda as the leading lady. With Ratnaa Sinha making her debut as a feature film director here, one looks forward to a musical in play which has collaboration amongst multiple composers, lyricists and singers.
Arko steps in as a composer and lyricist for 'Jogi' which appears in three versions. While first to arrive is a duet between Yasser Desai and Aakanksha Sharma, the one that comes in later has Akanksha Sharma going solo and last to step in is Shafqat Amanat Ali with a solo rendition. A beautiful song with an out and out romantic feel to it, this one is quite catchy and deserves to be played on loop. In the recent past Rajkummar Rao has seen quite a few good songs to his credit in films like Behen Hogi Teri and Bareilly Ki Barfi. Now this one joins the list.
The one which follows turns out to be even better, what with Kaushik-Akash-Guddu (KAG) For Jam8 coming up with 'Main Hoon Saath Tere'. With a strong Pritam influence to it, this is written well too by Shakeel Azmi and Kunaal Verma. This is a kind of song that would have been picked with glee by Emraan Hashmi. Moreover, with Arijit Singh singing the male version and later newcomer Shivangi Bhayana getting a female version of her own too, 'Main Hoon Saath Tere' sounds good enough to play in your mind for long.
Composers Raees & Zain-Sam step in at this moment with 'Pallo Latke'. Though the hook-line is picked from Rajasthani folk 'Pallo Latke' (which was made memorable in Sanjeev Kumar & Jaya Bhaduri film Nauker), rest is the handiwork of the composer duo and lyricist Kumaar. A decent dance number with an out and out 'desi' feel to it, 'Pallo Latke' may not emerge as the song of the season but still holds on well as long as Jyotica Tangri and Yasser Desai are behind the mike with Fazilpuria stepping in with his 'rap' portions.
Next to arrive is 'Tu Banja Gali Benaras Ki' and this one too finds as many as three versions for it. Written by Shakeel Azmi, this one brings in Benaras as a metaphor for all the romance in the life of the lead couple. No wonder, quite a few references to the city are made, right from the lanes to theatres to food. With Rashid Khan putting this song to tune, singers like Asit Tripathy, Shafqat Amanat Ali and Asees Kaur get to render a solo version each. The song is just about decent and though the tune is fine, one finds the lyrics a tad odd due to all the references.
Composer Anand Raaj Anand returns after a hiatus with 'Mera Intkam Dekhegi' which is a quintessential 'dard-e-judaai' song with a feel of 90s. Nothing wrong with that because those who liked his 'Dil De Diya Hai' [Masti] won't mind 'Mera Intkam Dekhegi' due to pain of the broken heart that is conveyed in lyrics by Gaurav Krishna Bansal. While Krishna Beuraa arrives with his version to begin with, later Anand Raaj Anand brings himself behind the mike as well to bring the album to a conclusion.
What works for the music of Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana is the fact that there is a constant 'sur' right through its playing time which doesn't cause a distraction. The sound is uniform and helps the album to play on well through its duration.
‘Jogi’, ‘Main Hoon Saath Tere’, ‘Mera Intkam Dekhegi’