You expect a fun, 'desi' and out and out foot tapping score from Tanu Weds Manu Returns. After all, 'Saddi Gali' from Tanu Weds Manu plays on till date and has pretty much managed a cult status for itself over the years. Now for the film's sequel, a true-blue one at that, one expects the original composer Krsna Solo and lyricist Raj Shekhar to deliver nothing lesser. Though not all songs from Tanu Weds Manu had turned out to be chartbusters, you expect the team to go many notches higher this time around.
The album begins though with guest composers Tanishk and Vayu (who also writes the lyrics) coming up with 'Banno'. A terrific number that is sung with aplomb by Brijesh Shandllya and Swati Sharma, the song has a folk base to it with a twist in the tale. With 'seetis' in the background and some 'desi' instruments into play, you like what you hear as it pretty much takes you to a 'ladies sangeet' evening. Also, what is remarkable is to witness the use of word 'sexy' being so seamless without it sounding vulgar in a song which is meant for a celebratory outing in a 'desi' household. Chartbuster all the way.
From this point on Krsna Solo and Raj Shekhar take over the proceedings with their first offering being 'Move On'. Sunidhi Chauhan is the lady roped in for the job and rest assured, she must have suitably charged herself up before entering the recording room. A heartbreak song which is totally different from the kind that one has heard before, it is a 'sufi rock' number which tells the story of a girl dealing with the issues in her life and 'moving on'. While doing that she makes a point about getting into a 'dard-e-judaai' mode as 'ghisa-pita' and instead keeping her head high while taking on the challenge with a straight face.
As for those who like their weekly dose of an Ankit Tiwari number, here comes 'Mat Ja Re' which comes with the territory associated with him. A quality outing which gathers good melody as it proceeds from its starting point to the completion of 'mukhda', this one has an old school feel to it and makes one play it back in a repeat mode. Though this one is filled with pathos where the character of Madhavan appears to be cajoling the love of his life to stay back with him, 'Mat Ja Re' is suitably filmy in its interim portions, especially post 'mukhda', before becoming an out an out Ankit Tiwari outing during 'antara'. A hit number.
The song which is a super hit though is 'Ghani Bawri'. Right from the very onset when Jyoti Nooran begins her rendition, it is a chartbuster all the way as one gets the right 'Haryanvi' dose in those four odd minutes. A lovable song with an infections rhythm, it is bound to find its way into many a celebratory outings, especially up North. A fun outing which has a consistent pace to it, it finds a 'remix version' for itself which takes forward the entertainment quotient even higher. As a matter of fact the rap portion in the intermittent portions is a very good experiment and does so well even in a stage and set up like this.
There is some quirky fun soon after though with a jazz outing 'Old School Girl'. If one thought that Bombay Velvet had already given music lovers some good dose of jazz, the arrival of Anmoll Malik on the scene brings in a smile for sure. She goes about singing the number with such sensuality and naughty feel that you do want to give this one a hear all over again. One waits to see how this one actually appears in the film since there is a 'Haryanvi version' waiting to be heard as well with Kalpana Gandharv doing the honors. One just feels though that the rustic flavor could have been a little better defined here.
Surprisingly though, the last couple of songs don't quite keep the momentum as strong as it was till this point in time. Dev Negi, who just delivered a well sung 'Coffee Peete Peete' [Gabbar Is Back] is heard in 'Ho Gaya Hai Pyar' which is a love outing too. Though he is fine here too, the romantic flavor of the song is way too old fashioned. The makers may have felt that certain simplicity has been maintained here; however the fact remains that it turns out to be the kind of a song which threatens to slow down the pace of the narrative.
On the other hand Sonu Nigam, who time and again delivers something fantastic even in a single outing, is in form for 'O Sathi Mere' too but the tune is such that it doesn't really hold your attention after first one minute of play itself. A love song which touches upon Bangla traditional/folk music, it doesn't quite linger in your mind even after you have heard it repeatedly.
Except for a couple of songs towards the end, the music of Tanu Weds Mnu Returns does hold on well. For those looking at some fun quotient, there are 'Banno' and 'Ghani Baawri'. On the other hand for the lover boys out there, 'Mat Ja Re' is the kind that could well find an inclusion in the playlist.
'Banno', 'Ghani Bawri', 'Mat Ja Re', 'Move On'