Yamla Pagla Deewana – Music Review

You can listen to the soundtrack here.

The title song’s charm majorly derives from its original, while RDB deserve credit for commendably pepping up the 1975 track without adulterating its purity much.  Where it falls below par, surprisingly, is in the vocals section handled by Sonu Nigam, who has literally made his life from Rafi songs! Sonu does a sort of soft melodic rendition of the song sharply contrasting with Rafi’s exuberance in the original. What RDB nicely managed to avoid in the original version they commit in the House Mix and can be skipped. Anu Malik composes two tracks for the album — Tinku Jiya and Chamki Jawani, both characterized by their stale arrangement. Of the two Tinku.. is the better, which is more implicative of the latter’s negatives than the former’s positives. Mamta Sharma may have made headlines with Munni but these two songs are bound to be forgotten as soon as they are out.

Multi-composer soundtrack specialist Sandesh Shandilya contributes with Sau Baar, a characteristically breezy and engaging melody, though it reminded me slightly of his Gulon Mein version from Sikandar. Omar Nadeem and Shreya Ghoshal do the rendering honours. Composer no. 4 Rahul Seth gives two more songs — Kadd Ke Botal that works reasonably despite the regular Punjabi arrangement due to the mildly dark base tune and the singing by Sukhwinder, Harshdeep and Rosalie Nicholson; and Son Titariya delivered by Krishna which is a forgettable affair. Composer no. 5 Sanjoy Choudhary presents a minimally orchestrated prayer Gurbani delivered soulfully by Shahid Mallya. And finally we come to the sixth composer (phew!) of the soundtrack, Nouman Javaid. The man had created two beautiful tracks for Jashnn last year and gone underground. Here he presents a single tune in four versions, Charha De Rang which despite being evocative of songs like Tu Jaane Na, are engaging. The ad lib versions are prayer-like, much like Gurbani. Not as impressive as Nouman’s previous work, but good.

When you use as many as six composers for a movie, you have pretty much nipped your soundtrack in the bud. Thankfully Yamla Pagla Deewana still manages a couple of decent songs, courtesy Sandesh Shandilya, Nouman Javaid and Laxmikant Pyarelal.

Music Aloud Rating — 6.5/10

Recommended Tracks — Sau Baar, Charha De Rang, Yamla Pagla Deewana

VIP says:

@raj: this is nothing but a personal opinion of mine, which need not necessarily match with those of others. 🙂

raj says:

rubish review! i have heard tinku jiya & it sounds good. also otheq songs have good music. if u read music revies by other ppl,they have diferent views than u.

sajid says:

very well written review of the music. in my opinion sau baar is the best track from the movie. omar nadeem from pakistan and shreya ghoshal from india both have done an amazing job.