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Mubarakan
 
Producer: Sony Pictures Network Productions, Murad Khetani and Ashvin Varde
Director: Anees Bazmee
Starring: Anil Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz and Athiya Shetty
Music: Amaal Mallik, Gourov-Roshin, Rishi Rich, Yash Anand, R.D Burman and Hassan J
Lyrics: Kumaar
Singers: Sonu Nigam, Armaan Malik, Amaal Mallik, Tulsi Kumar, Neeti Mohan, Juggy D, Yash Narvekar, Badshah, Sukriti Kakar, Vishal Dadlani, Navraj Hans, Apeksha Dandekar, Mika Singh, Prakriti Kakar, Papon, Altamash Faridi, Aditi Singh Sharma and Arpita Mukherjee
Audio On: T-Series    Number of Songs: 6
Album Released on: 06 July 2017
Reviewed by: Anish Mohanty  - Rating: 6.0 / 10
 
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Anees Bazmee has shown a flair of good music in films like 'Pyaar Toh Hona Hi Tha' and 'Deewangee' but the music of the majority of films (most of them being comedies) has been tepid. Having said that, one expects at least a couple of foot-tapping numbers in an Anees Bazmee comedy as most of his films have had at least a few songs that make it to the popularity charts. Apart from Anil Kapoor, 'Mubarakan' features young actors like Arjun Kapoor, Ileana D'Cruz and Athiya Shetty. One hopes to hear a bunch of young and peppy songs that would complement the narrative of this comedy.

It is interesting to see a veteran like Sonu Nigam and a young singing sensation like Armaan Malik being credited for a song. Joining them in "The Goggle Song" are Neeti Mohan and Tulsi Kumar. The tune, arrangements and lyrics are generic and if there is anything that would make you go for a second listening is the energy the male vocalists lend to the song. Armaan modulates his voice in a certain way so that it sounds mature enough for Anil and Arjun Kapoor.

While composers Rishi Rich and Yash Anand use R.D Burman's "Yamma Yamma" ('Shaan') to set the tone for "Mubarakan", the adequately groovy title track, the song is largely based on an original composition by the composer duo and not a recreation of the yesteryear hit. The arrangements are a curious mix of electronic and middle-eastern sounds which contribute to the song's bass-heavy structure. Juggy D, Yash Narvekar, Badshah and Sukriti Kakar lend just the right amount of energy to this enjoyable track.

The opening lines of "Jatt Jaguar" make it sound like a devotional track but as Vishal Dadlani sings 'Sadda swag karda aye trend set ni...", you realize it is a fun number that celebrates the machoism of Sardars. The tune and the lyrics do not really offer much of a novelty but are engaging enough for one to give this Amaal Mallik composed song multiple listenings. With visuals, this track should make a better impact.

Gourov-Roshin mostly rely on traditional instruments to create his take on the folk song 'baari barsi' in "Dil Dhadke Louder Louder". Though two singers (Rinku Giri and Puja Basnet) are credited for the song, it is Rinku whose voice is prominently heard in the song. The young singer gives a very good account of himself and lends the quintessential Punjabi tadka to this engaging, folk-inspired song.

One does not really perk up as Arpita Mukherjee sings a few lines in Punjabi towards the beginning of "Haathon Mein Thhe Haath" but as the song progresses, one realizes composer duo Gourov-Roshin who had mostly been relegated to doing remixes/recreations lately, have composed a rather layered song that conveys a sense of pathos effectively. Papon sings the evocative main verse which is followed by a qawalli-style rendition by Altamash Faridi which makes this song a well-rounded affair.

Gourov-Roshin remain faithful to the original tune composed by Hassan Jahangir and spruce it up with some lively orchestral arrangement that make you fall in love with "Hawa Hawa" all over again. Kumaar rewrites almost the entire song and comes up with simple and fun lines which add to the vibrance of the track. Mika and Prakriti Kakar's energetic renditions serve as an icing on the cake. Though the song has been recreated a couple of times in the past, there is no doubt it will definitely help in serving as a good promotional track for the film and help it grab a lot more attention.

'Mubarakan' is a good album with a couple of songs that have the potential to be played in clubs for at least a couple of months. The songs are not of uniform quality but none of them quality to be labelled as bad.

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