Rating: ★ ★ 1/2
The sequel of any movie comes with loads of expectations, moreover when the first outing provided some good groovy dance/item numbers.."Yamla Pagla Deewana 2" expected to ride high on Punjabi flavor and dance numbers with a slight element of fun considering the theme of movie. If the first part (Yamla Pagla Deewana) was managed by a number of composers, this one gives an opportunity to the talented duo of Sharib-Toshi who are still waiting for that big soundtrack to prove their menace in the industry. The lyrics are penned by Kumaar, with five originals, two reprise versions and one huge mashup; let's see what does it offers!
At the very onset we have singers like Sukhwinder Singh, Shankar Mahadevan for the title song, presence of whom is capable of making an ordinary composition into an interesting musical piece.."Yamla Pagla Deewana" rides high on effervescent lyrics which aptly defines the 'Punjabi Dum and Fun’. Shankar Mahadevan and Sukhwinder Singh powerful vocals instills so much energy into the song that one can't resist but get into the peppy groove of the song which has 'Hit' written all over it. Upcoming talent Sanchita Bhattacharya supports the chorus parts and impresses with her high pitch vocals. Blusterous start!
The arrangements at the very start of "Changli Hai Changli Hai" gives a heard before feel and as Mika Singh joins with his renditions the feeling gets more positive. It's an ordinary item number with loud dhol beats, a template that we heard numerous times. Shreya Ghosal sounds different but fails to recreate the charm of 'Chikini Chameli' (Agneepath). Although the song doesn't offers anything special, still who knows the video may possibly unleash some craziness and hotness, otherwise it can be easily skipped as an audio alone!
Some folk/traditional arrangements with the chorus creating a marriage ceremony environment start off the proceeding for "Suit Tera Lal Rang Da" which brings back the charismatic and versatile Sonu Nigam alongside Sunidhi Chauhan. The song seems to be tailor-made for Sonu Nigam whose renditions raises the bar inches higher, although the bhangra arrangements offers nothing new but it's the hummable/catchy melody, the irresistible foot tapping beats and the energetic vocals that makes the composition worth a hear. A special mention to Sunidhi Chauhan who sings this one with so much style. The hook line 'Suit Tera Lal Rang Da' will make you dance and will be a hit this wedding season. Pure Punjabi Tadka!
Composer Sachin Gupta provides the only guest composition.."Main Taa Aidaan Hi Nachna", a fun number sung by Diljit Dosanjh supported well by Dharmendra, Bobby Deol and Sunny Deol. A composition that has a blend of Desi and Western arrangements where Diljit does full justice to the song but the rap by Sachin Gupta in between sounds a bit oddly placed. The song is catchy and is fun to watch but I wonder if it will enjoy a long shelf.
"Jatt Yamla Pagla Ho Gaya" by Mika Singh is on the same lines as the title track, a fast paced techno number that is inclined more towards modern western arrangements rather than the Punjabi beats. Close to three minutes, this club number starts off powerfully with the spirited Mika Singh where Suzzane D' Mello does some short English raps here and there. Well, the arrangements offers nothing new but yet again it's the energy and get-up-on-the-dance-floor quality that makes it a good hear!
Toshi Sabri replaces Shankar Mahadevan and Sukhwinder Singh in "Sadi Daru Da Pani" which is a reprise version of the title track. The talented singer provides variety to the composition and makes a refreshing change in the renditions. Go for it!
Up next, Sharib Sabri puts himself in for "Jatt Yamla Pagla Ho Gaya (Reprise)" replacing Mika Singh; the thing that put me off is the auto-tuned effect that plays during the whole renditions of Sharib which seems to be forceful to make this one a hard core club number. I would prefer the original over this one!
Considering the latest trend we have "YPD2 Mashup" which as stated is a fast paced mashup of the five songs. Sparking end to the soundtrack. Don't miss this one!
All in all, the soundtrack is entertaining and goes with the theme of the movie. Sharib-Toshi does a good job although they could have done some innovations rather than the same dance-Punjabi template for all the songs. Still, 'Yamla Pagla Deewana' and 'Suit Tera Laal Rang Da' will attract the listeners and the others will enjoy a short stint at least until the movie hits the big screen.