Music Review – Tere Bin Laden

Tere Bin LadenComing from SEL and sung by Shankar Mahadevan and Ali Zafar, Ullu Da Patta is a fun-ride all the way, for its flippant lyrics and equally flippant arrangement, which does bear traces of Move Your Body. Loved the “He’s a good looking Ullu Da Pattha” refrain! The remix also has innovative elements of its own to catch the ear. The trio’s only other score for the soundtrack, I Love Amreeka, though a tad mediocre by SEL standards, is still entertaining for its frivolous folk elements, and the singing by Shankar Mahadevan, Ali Zafar, Akriti Kakar and Anusha Mani. The reprise version has everything just the same, except that Shankar Mahadevan is missing in the ensemble, leaving Ali Zafar to take charge. Zafar may be a good vocalist but he surely isn’t as good as Shankar Mahadevan! 🙂 There is also a third shorter and even less attractive version called Welcome to Amreeka which has Ali Zafar doing a solo.
Dhruv Dhalla may have given a spunky score for Khosla Ka Ghosla but his composition here with DJ Abhijit Vaghani, Shor Sharaba, doesn’t come anywhere close. The track delivered by Jaspreet Singh and Suraj Jagan sounds more like a remix than an original track. Dhruv however improves matters in Kukduk, a song which while having your feet tapping all along, also bears testimony to the limitations of Dhruv Dhalla as a composer with its strong resemblance to Chak De Phatte. Master Saleem does a good job on the vocals as well. The last song is completely Ali Zafar‘s own. He does the vocals, composing, lyrics. And Bus Ek Soch does sound the usual Ali Zafar material too, a very nostalgic charm all about it.
Multiple composers. Comedy movie. Ideal ingredients for a disaster soundtrack. But Tere Bin Laden fortunately is not that bad, with at least a couple of tracks that will have a consistent audience for some time. You can listen to the soundtrack here.
MusicAloud rating: 7/10
Recommended Tracks: Ullu Da Pattha, Bus Ek Soch, Kukduk