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‘Happy Bhag Jayegi’ had some good music by Sohail Sen and now, that the entire team (including the one that created the music) is back with a sequel to the film titled ‘Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi’, one has good expectations from the music of this film as well. As the trailer suggests, this film, just like its predecessor, has comedy, romance and a lot of other elements that leave enough space for music to seep into the film’s narrative.

The hook-line (or rather the tune accompanying it) of “Swag Saha Nahi Jaye” has been borrowed from a popular Punjabi folk song but the rest of the track is Sohail’s own doing. The song has punjabiyat written all over it and singers Neha Bhasin and Shadab Faridi get the energy of the song just right. Neha Bhasin sounds so much like ag Harshdeep Kaur (who has sung several such songs in the past) that one is tempted to check the credits. The song gets your foot tapping in no time.

Udit Narayan voice sounds so fresh and vibrant in “Kudiye Ni Tere” to an extent that it almost makes one believe that he is somebody who has made an entry into the music scene. The romantic number is backed by a lovely percussive rhythm arranged by Sameer Sen. The song is easy on the ears and the fact that one gets to hear Narayan’s voice after a long time makes it all the more special. Shivangi Bhayana provides as she render some Punjabi lines throughout the song.

After two songs that were stepped in traditional sounds, arrives “Koi Gal Nai”, a completely westernised track that has elements of techno music and rap in it. Shahid Mallya and Piyush Mishra’s rendition adds a lot of value to this track which clearly aims to be a little cool. The lyrics and the rap portions, written by Mudassar Aziz, are good. This is a fairly engaging song which should make a better impression with visuals.

Though Harshdeep Kaur, who rendered the title track of “Happy Bhag Jayegi”, comes back to lend her voice to the title song of the sequel as well, there are barely any similarities between the two. Both the tracks have an unmistakable Punjabi music sound to them, but this one is far more boisterous. The robustness in the song is wonderfully accentuated by Daler Mehndi’s ever-so-spirited voice. The well-orchestrated sound of tabla and dhol creates a pulsating energy around the song.

Who would have thought that O.P Nayyar’s iconic track “Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu” from * could get a Punjabi spin? Just like “Swag Saha Na Jai”, Sohail Sen retains the hook-line of the original track and puts together a composition replete with Punjabi tadka. Lead actors Jassie Gill and Sonakshi Sinha who sounds very different here) lend their voices for “Chin Chin Chu”. The song makes for a fun hear and looking at the way it is picturised, one should have a lot of watching it with the rest of the film.

‘Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi’ is a consistently engaging album. Though the quality of the songs is not uniformly good, each and every song manages to keep you invested in the album.

(Note: “Chin Chin Chu” has been released as a standalone track by Sa Re Ga Ma, which holds the rights to the original song as well. The song is not a part of the album released by Eros Music.)