Rating: ★ ★ ★
Once Upon A Time In Mumbai (2010) boasted of some melodically rich tunes from the stable of Pritam that ruled the charts for quite some time, few of them are still fresh in the listeners mind, three years later we have a sequel "Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobara" with a complete new star cast, however the composer remains the same, Pritam Chakraborty; while the lyrics department is handled himself by the screen writer (Screenplay) Rajat Arora which seems to be an interesting move. Expectations are always enormous from a sequel and moreover Pritam is a master of this genre (Love) and this is his 100th venture as a music director which raises the bar an inch more. Surprisingly we have only four originals, read on to know if Pritam makes us fall in love with it 'Dobara'!
The first song doesn't require an introduction; "Ye Tune Kya Kiya" has already won hearts with its promo's being aired from past one month. Pritam hits gold by choosing Javed Bashir instead of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, whose (Javed Bashir) raw-rustic voice spellbinds everyone and aptly suits the sufi-qawwali forte. The lyrics by Rajat Arora are perfect and evokes mixed feelings of love and pain which are synonymous to each other, talking of arrangements, although the song gives a heard before fee, still it's melodically rich and both the interludes are heavily arranged; especially the first one where the Sitar arrangements amazingly reminds us of ‘Tum Ho Jo Aaye' and 'Pee Loo' from the previous venture. It's one of those trademark compositions from Pritam that are immensely catchy and addictive and the one to be played on 'Repeat' mode for hours..Chart Topper!
Remember Rishi Kapoor in 'Tayyab Ali Pyar Ka Dushman' back in 1977 in 'Amar Akbar Anthony', an era dominated by the legendary voice of Mohd.Rafi, Pritam's assistant Anupam Amod provides us a reprise version with "Tayyab Ali" where Javed Ali gets behind the mike and does a fair job. Apart from some funny lyrics, the overall treatment of the song remains the same as the original without any creativity and innovation that makes it an ordinary composition!
Get ready for some Retro-Disco flavour with "Tu Hi Khwahish" which is arranged keeping in mind the 90'era, notice how eminently the keyboard is used in the long interludes especially the second one where we hear the trademark tune used for the character of Emraan Hashmi in the first outing which of course is being played by Akshay Kumar here. Sunidhi Chauhan's seductive voice is tailor made for this genre where she has previously proved her menace numerous times. Overall, the song would look good onscreen and has nothing special to offer as an audio alone!
Last to arrive is "Chugliyaan", a breezy-easy-on-ears romantic number where Javed Ali's voice melts your heart and creates an aura of its own which stays with the listeners for a long time, moreover the Qawwali notes; from 1.13 to 1.32 and then towards the end; in tandem with Sahir Ali Bagga alaaps are sheer brilliance. The arrangements are beautifully crafted and interwoven alongside Rajat Arora's lovely heart touching lyrics which make this a winner all the way and the one which promises to stay in the favourite's list of the listeners for months to come. Don't miss this one!
Pritam doesn't disappoint but at the same time the soundtrack doesn't lives up to the expectations and benchmark created by the first venture. Listeners crave for some 'Reprise' versions when Pritam is at the helm of affairs and people looking for the same would be disappointed with just four originals here, still 'Ye Tune Kya Kiya' and 'Chugliyaan' will enjoy a certain shelf life whereas 'Tayyab Ali' and 'Tu Hi Khwahish' will work alongside the narration of the movie. Overall, it's a good soundtrack that works in parts!