Rating: ★ ★ ★
Masti. Masala. And some 'dhamaal'. That's exactly what one expects from the music of Rascals. Movies and Music coming from the house of David Dhawan (Director) have a certain template feel to them. His films like Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya (2005) and Partner (2007) have been youthful entertainers with good music and this time with composer Vishal-Shekhar and lyricist Irshaad Kamil and Anvita Dutt at at the helm of affairs, one expects full-on-entertainment in 4 originals and 2 remix that awaits.
The first track, rather the title song Rascals is a roaring composition, from the lyrics to the high fast paced beats, it will hook you instantly. Neeraj Shridhar is a regular with composer Pritam and has delivered a dozen odd chartbusters with him already, however, when it comes to Vishal-Shekhar, they have used him quite sparsely ('Ajab Leher' in Break Ke Baad-2010), that makes it interesting as to how well they have used his voice for a racy composition, musical arrangements of which reminds the title tracks of the Golmaal Series. The lyrics co-written by Anvita Dutt and Irshaad Kamil are fresh, young and innovative at the same time with lines like 'Diya leke dhoondho jaake nahi milenge ajkal, Hum jaise dil phek nikkamme, Na hum jaise Rascals' catching instant attention. The song will find its place at multiple situations in the movie and will gel brilliantly along the narration of the movie.
Rascals Dance Mix is an ordinary remix and wasn’t required.
As you move along, Daler Mehendi will take you on a ride through the next track Tik Tuk for which Monali Thakur supports him well. The lyrics 'tik tuk tik tuk ghodi chadd le' will draw comparisons with the iconic song Bhootni ke from Singh Is King , but to clear the air, both the songs have nothing in common except the singer Daler Mehendi and the Ghodi. The Dhol beats and the English rap in the interludes (take special notice how the word Tik Tuk is pronounced by the rapper) makes the song a perfect western-punjabi entertainer that will make you pump up the volume on your music device. The video with a sizzling comic chemistry between Ajay Devgan and Sanjay Dutt is making rounds on the television and is a nice watch altogether.
The next two compositions solely belongs to Irshaad Kamil(Lyricist) , starting with Pardaah Nasheen by Neeraj Shridhar and Sunidhi Chauhan which is a weak composition when compared to the first two tracks with the musical arrangements being quite similar to the previous track Tik Tuk, with a vast dip in the tempo and pace. Neeraj Shridhar tries hard to create the same magic as in 'Ishq Ka Kalma' (Aey Rubana) from Goal (2007) but fails. Vishal-Shekhar maintains the same high orchestra-drum beats in this composition as well without offering anything extraordinary. Average composition and could have been better.
Naughty, Sensuous, Seductive-that is what Shake it Saiyyan; the last track; is all about. Sunidhi Chauhan after 'I Don't Know What To Do' from Housefull (2010) provides another raunchy number which is highly addictive with Haji Springer doing the rapping portions in the interludes. In a composition like this, lyrics play a very important role and Irshaad Kamil is impressive yet again. As far as the video is considered, after a dud debut in last year’s Aisha, Lisa Haydon will be seen shaking her booty with Sanjay Dutt in this song and the early promo's with a slight glimpse of it has already created substantial buzz. No doubt this hot sizzling number will attract lots of eyes and ears with time.
Shake it Saiyyan Hip Hop Mix is good but nothing innovative as such.
Vishal-Shekhar continues their silent run in 2011 with Rascals being their second release of the year after Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap which was also an ordinary soundtrack. With Ra.One music release lined up, the buzz is around that it’s the most experimental soundtrack by them till date. Coming back to Rascals, it's a fun album and never takes itself too seriously to turn into a landmark affair that would be remembered for years to come and that is why there is no conventional love song or 'Dil-Tootna' affair. The songs are entertaining to a certain extent and will fit in well in the film's narrative.
I rate it 3 out of 5.
Edited Version @ PlanetBollywood