Gulcharrey follows the party track format to the tee (except that percussion which is a nifty addition) – catchy and thankfully not noisy. The term Gulcharrey (Anvita Dutt the lyricist) has a nice ring to it; there seems to be some new word getting into the Bollywood music vocab with every passing movie of late. Composer Raghu Dixit makes the smart choice of Benny Dayal and Aditi Singh Sharma for vocals, and they do their job very well. Like a lot of Raghu Dixit songs, Khamakhaan is built on a rich guitar base. With the folksy flute bits and Neeti Mohan’s top notch singing (complemented quite commendably by Ayushmann Khurana) adding to the equation, this one is a sureshot winner! The title song’s pop-based breeziness works for a while, but is not good enough to take it all the way through. The composer himself gets behind the mic for this one, giving a light-hearted touch around the Bewakooooofiyan bit that is fun the first couple of times but not beyond that.
That humming refrain of Rumaani Sa reminded me of Suchitra Krishnamoorthy’s Dole Dole (oh the prettiness that lady used to be), but the song goes its own way otherwise; once again taking that effervescent pop route and once again getting bogged down for that very reason. Lovely singing by Mohit Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal though. Aye Jigida is the soundtrack’s other pick, the composer bringing together guitars and violins and banjo and harmonium into a trippy melange. Over all this is Vishal Dadlani’s power-packed rendition, with fantastic support from the backing vocalists. Finally there is a guest composition by Ayushmann and Rochak Kohli, essentially the single O Heeriye they had come out with last year under the Yash Raj banner. And the weakest work the pair has produced yet – dated tune and middling arrangement.
Bewakoofiyan. Two outstanding tracks in Raghu Dixit’s second Bollywood soundtrack.
Music Aloud Rating: 7.5/10
Top Recos: Khamakhaan, Aye Jigida, Gulcharrey