|The Dirty Dozen|
Rating: ★ ★
"I do not copy, I Create!"
"I do not copy, I Create!"
The man behind two blockbusters: Heyy Baby (2007) and Housefull (2010) each had chartbuster tunes by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (S-E-L) and so "Housefull 2" with the 'Dirty Dozen' comes with loads of expectations, be it the movie or the soundtrack. According to Sajid Khan, some date issues with S-E-L turned the table for Sajid-Wajid where they have composed four originals with the equal amount of remixes alongside Sameer on lyrics. 'Dabbang' was the last recognised OST by the composer duo, not to mention the shocking inelegant 'Miley Na Miley Hum' (MNMH) last year. Can Sajid-Wajid deliver? Can they match upto the immense hype and buzz that comes with a sequel and that too with such a heavy star cast? Well read on...
It without a doubt starts with the already popular "Papa Toh Band Bajaye", which is funny to the core and Sameer does a handsome job with the catch phrase 'Idiot ho tum gadhe ho, Abhi tumhe knowledge nahi hai'. Neeraj Shridhar does what he has been doing for Pritam for past few years. The arrangements set the mood in the first 40 seconds but sadly the mukdha is the only good thing about the composition (considering the audio alone). The picturisation is indeed a visual extravaganza but the repetitive (and limited) lyrics disappoint after a time and the two antaras doesn't ensure any sort of repeated hearings. The song will fade out as soon as the movie ends it run at the silver screen and may be used in Sangeet ceremonies but nothing more. All in all a situational number that will be enjoyed with the video.
Mamta Sharma is a voice associated with Item-Numbers since her inception with 'Munni Badnaam' and this time the combination of Malaika Arora Khan and Mamta Sharma brings forward "Anarkali Disco Chali", where there would be illustrious comparisons but honestly, it would be an injustice to compare 'Munni', 'Sheila' and 'Chikini Chameli' with this 'Anarkali' as it lands more in the corridor of 'Kajra Re' right from the start. The mukhda is quite ordinary but the following antaras are exciting, arousing and enthralling with Sukhwinder Singh joining in with his high pitched notes later. It slightly knocks at the doorsteps of 'Palki Mein Hoke Sawaar Chali Re' from 'Khalnayak'. Sameer does well with his pen although nothing quite extraordinary or monumental as such. Nevertheless a post-interval trademark composition for Sajid Khan as it has been the case with 'Dhanno' and 'Mast Kalandar'. HIT!
Two remix follow: "Anarkali Disco Chali-Hyper Mix" by DJ Shiva and "Anarkali Disco Chali Remix" by DJ Khushi. Hyper Mix is loud, fast paced and turns into a complete western outing. The other remix is much better that starts with an introductory rap and then shifts completely towards Punjabi Desi flavour. Impressive!
Ever since Vishal-Shekhar roped in international artist Akon in Ra.One for 'Criminal' and 'Chammak Challo', a trend established and the next composition "Right Now Now" is a prime example and is a refined version of Sajid-Wajid's own 'Wake Up Now' (MNMH). After some usual rap portions, Wajid's auto tuned voice (simply hate this effect) takes over with Suzzane D'Mello for the English vocals in the first interlude and later Sunidhi Chauhan seductively joins in for the antara's. Overall a good situational composition that should work fine along the narrative of the movie and may grow with time. The video picturised on three couples reminds of 'Papa Jag Jaega' from the previous movie and to be very honest, the couple Riteish Deshmukh and Zarine Khan is the odd one out with Zarine Khan looking more like a mother to Riteish rather than Girlfriend. Sajid Khan seriously gets this wrong.
|Akshay-Asin & John-Jacqueline in the song 'Do You Know'|
"Right Now Now Remix" by DJ Khushi is usual. Skip!
The last track "Do You Know" is a routine romantic outing with Shaan and Shreya Ghoshal at the helm of affairs. The orchestration is a mixed of various instruments in both the interludes and catches attention. As far as innovation in the lyrics and tune, it fails miserably. The video with all the glamour quotient (as in 'Oh Girl You Are Mine') is what can only prove to be a saviour for this one and as an audio alone, it just doesn't delivers.
"Do You Know Remix" by DJ Shiva is adding insult to injury. Don't bother giving it a hear!
Housefull 2 disappoints musically. The tracks are situational to the core and don’t work without the video. 'Anarkali' will surely lure the audience to the big screen and 'Papa Toh Band Bajaye' will be enjoyed. Overall, Sajid-Wajid doesn't live upto the expectations one has from a Sajid Khan venture.
I rate it 2 out of 5