The forthcoming Dil Bole Hadippa! is an acid test for many people. For starters there is Rani Mukherjee. She was the Queen of Bollywood till a poor run (Ta Ra Rum Pum) and a couple of flops later (Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Saawariya, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic) she was taken off her 'throne'. Elsewhere it's debutant director Anurag Singh's big entry into directorship, what with Yash Raj Films backing him. Aditya Chopra is also included in this list of jittery people for whom "this is the big thing", as he needs to prove that Yash Raj Films is yet again a production house in the reckoning with one more consecutive hit after New York's success. Musically though, Pritam needs to prove his metal after one moderate musical success inNew York and of course the chartbuster Love Aaj Kal. So does he fulfill the huge expectations generated for the film (credit must be given to YRF for timely marketing of the movie) and it’s music? Read on to find out...
We've heard it in the trailers. We've seen it in the promos. Now it's time to rock to the beat- the album has a fine opening with the most publicized track of the movie, “Hadippa”, which starts off with a diverse set of arrangements to give us that special Punjabi-Bhangra feel! It is this very feel that draws us towards the song and makes it ‘click’ in just a single listen. Mika Singh is amazing in his rendition and suits the song perfectly. His voice gives us a welcome break from another of Pritam’s favorite’s, Neeraj Shridhar. Lyrics are by Jaideep Sahni. Whatever way it is, this song clicks as the contemporary Bhangra tune of 2009, giving us another hit after their (Pritam and Mika) collaboration in “Mauja Hi Mauja (Remix)” from Jab We Met.
If you thought the original was good, hold your breath as “Hadippa Remix” (coming later in the soundtrack) by Sandeep Shirodkar provides a great twist to proceedings! Whilst the tempo remains the same, the pitch is raised slightly and adding another singer - Sunidhi Chauhan - to this track, makes the remix a song that can hold on its own. The duo of Mika and Sunidhi provide us with a track that we can groove to. One “helluva” remix!
The Punjabi feel continues with “Discowale Khisko”, another Bhangra number with twisted and somewhat unusual (at times tacky) lyrics by Jaideep Sahni. Strangely enough, you might still enjoy this one as well though it may take more time to grow on you than “Hadippa”. The pairing of Krishna Kumar Menon (K.K.) and Sunidhi Chauhan along with Rana Mazumder's backing vocals makes this another winner from a singing angle. Overall, this has potential to rise the charts as fast as “Hadippa”, provided it is well promoted on air and online.
“Disco Khisko Remix” is another fine remix, which will immediately hog the clubs being the DJ's favorite. Sensational Punjabi singer Saleem Shehzada (of Dostana's “Maa Da Laadla” and Heyy Babyy's “Mast Kalandar” fame) replaces the trio of K.K, Sunidhi and Rana in the original to give a more pumped-up, high on Bhangra-fusion remix that succeeds and catches the listener's attention instantly. Credits to the remix producer Abhijit Vaghani (whose remixes were last heard in another Shahid movie Kaminey) for giving this one a mass appeal whilst not changing the original's punch in any way. Another foot-tapping, body-shaking number!
With listeners expecting another foot-tapping number Pritam unexpectedly changes the tune of the soundtrack and dishes out a pleasant and upbeat romantic track called “Ishq Hi Rab Hai” Though as in previous tracks it has an evident Punjabi stamp (common feel for all the tracks here), it also has a lot of Western influences providing a refreshing change from the energy bustling tracks elsewhere. However, considering the golden pairing of Shreya Ghoshal and Sonu Niigaam (with the extra 'i' and 'a'), one expected something better than the final product we get. The punjabi lyrics by Jaideep are sweet enough though. If nothing else this track provides some much needed variety to the soundtrack.
The energy returns in full force with a track that's uncannily titled “Bhangra Bistar”. Unlike other Bhangra tracks here, “Bhangra Bistar” is an all-female affair, with the eclectic vocals of Alisha Chinai, Sunidhi Chauhan and Hard Kaur giving their all. Jaideep’s lyrics describe the situation well. This one keeps alive the mood and spirit of the album. In that respect you can conclude that Pritam delivers another winner that the listeners can enjoy but it's definitely not for everyone.
The last track is “Gym Shim”. Amusingly enough, this turns out to be the most situational track of the lot. But the zany lyrics and the high-octane energy given away by Joshilay (who also turns out to have composed and written the song) interests you and who knows it might even 'click' with some of you out there! Whilst it’s an interesting listen, it still pales in comparison to the other tracks on the album.
In conclusion, the tracks from Dil Bole Hadippa! give an all-out energy vibe to the whole soundtrack that will no doubt explode on screen as well! After more than a month since the release of Kambakkht Ishq which was the last OST with such high-octane energy we finally get another one to make us dance to the beat throughout the album. It's just a slight shame the last few tracks dip after such a good start. Nevertheless this one's going to hog the shelves for the next few weeks and if nothing else, Pritam’s name will sell it for sure! After enjoying the soundtrack all we can do is wait for the movie and see if the likes of Rani pass the acid test. Pritam has done just that and duly given us another potential chartbuster for 2009, just turn up the volume and enjoy!