Jolly LLB 2 – Music Review (Bollywood Soundtrack)

Songs and credits at the end.

It’s a smart move by the movie’s makers to pick up the popular hook of He’s A Jolly Good Fellow to refer to the movie’s protagonist named Jolly. And Meet Bros’ Indianisation around the melody works in parts – Earl Edgar’s rap is one of the things that do not. The composers themselves get behind the mic for this one, and deliver it well with Purnima Solanki and Sanchiti Sakat for support. Amusing to hear “Jolly Good Fellow” followed by “Jai Kanhaiya Laal Ki”! Go Pagal has already come out with a video, Manj Musik’s holi song co-composed by Nilesh Patel (wonder if there is any particular reason the song credits mention Manj Musik as music director and Nilesh Patel in a separate line as co-composer, rather than both together as music directors). Sung by Raftaar and Mindy Kaur – and somewhat along the lines of Balam Pichkaari, I felt – the song is catchy; though not particularly great as far as holi songs go.

Almost a year after his debut solo soundtrack (Neerja), Vishal Khurana gets do the background score for Jolly LLB 2, along with a song – O Re Rangreza. And the qawwali features some disappointingly stereotypical arrangement, especially considering the fact that the man gave some good music in Neerja. The only thing that redeems the song is the vocal department – Sukhwinder Singh, Murtuza Mustafa and Qadir Mustafa. It is Chirrantan Bhatt who delivers the soundtrack’s best in Bawara Mann. The melody is once again carries a slightly heard before quality, but it is delivered very nicely by the talented Jubin Nautiyal and Neeti Mohan (with a brief alaap cameo from Rheek Chakraborty). The composer backs them up with a melange of soothing guitars and ukulele (Sanjoy Das and Shomu Seal).

Four songs. Five composers (including the co-composer for Go Pagal). And an average end product, pretty much like Jolly LLB 1 was. The movie was fun though, hope the sequel turns out that way as well.

Music Aloud Rating: 2.5/5

Top Recos: Bawara Mann, Jolly Good Fellow

This review first appeared in the Mumbai edition of The Hindu.

Musician credits

Song: Go Pagal
Movie: Jolly Llb 2
Singer: Raftaar, Nindy Kaur
Additional Vocals: Girish Nakod, Manj Musik
Music Director: Manj Musik
Co-Composed By Nilesh Patel
Lyrics: Manj Musik, Raftaar
Backing vocals by – Girish Nakod, Manj Musik
Composed & Arranged by – Manj Musik
Co-composed by – Nilesh Patel
Co-Arranged by – Nilesh Patel & Girish Nakod
Music On T-Series

Song: Bawara Mann
Singer: Jubin Nautiyal & Neeti Mohan
Music: Chirrantan Bhatt
Lyrics: Junaid Wasi
Mix And Master: Vinod Verma
Music Director : Chirrantan Bhatt
Alaap : Rheek Chakraborty
Music Arrangement : Chirrantan Bhatt
Programming : Bunty Rajput
Guitars and Ukulele : Shomu Seal
Additional Guitars : Sanjoy Das
Music Label: T-Series

Song : Jolly Good Fellow
Singer : Meet Bros
Music : Meet Bros
Lyrics : Shabbir Ahmed
Additional Vocals- Purnima Solanki, Sanchiti Sakat. Rap – Shabbir Ahmed.
English Rap- Earl Edgar. Programmed By- Aditya Dev.
Additional Programming – Marc D Muse.
Chief Music Assistant -Uddipan Sharma.
Music Assistant- Rohit Gavandi, Purnima Solanki.
Song Recorded By- Gautam Chakrabortty & Uddipan Sharma Bros Recording Studio.
Mixed And Mastered By- Eric Pillai( Future Sound Of Bombay)
Asst. Mix Engineers- Edwin Pillai & Lucky

Song: O Re Rangreza (Qawaali) [thanks to Arindam Nag for helping with the credits for this one]
Singer: Sukhwinder Singh, Murtuza Mustafa & Qadir Mustafa
Music: Vishal Khurana
Lyrics: Junaid Wasi
Music Composition, Arrangement & Programming : Vishal Khurana.
Acoustic Guitars : Kalyan Baruah. Bass Guitar : Rushad Mistry. Rhythm Arrangement &
Rhythm Programming : Nikhil Koparde.
Percussions :Sameer Mahavir, Nikhil Panhalkar. Tabla : Sanjeev Sen, Manoj Kumar Bhati. Dholak : Madhav Pawar, Raju Sardar, Hafeez Khan, Roshan Ali. Bulbul Tarang ( Banjo ) : Rashid Khan.
Live Harmonium : Firoz Shah, Akhlak Hussain Varsi. Strings Arrangement : Ishaan Chhabra.
Music Instrument Recorded By : Aslam Khan & Benvin Fernandes @ Headroom Studios, Mumbai.
Murtuza- Qadir’s Vocals & Percussions Recorded By : Julian
Mascarenhas @Enzy Studios, Mumbai. Sukhwinder’s Vocals Recorded By : Rahul Sharma @Amv Studios, Mumbai.
Mixed By : Dipesh Sharma Batalvi.
Mastered By : Donal Whelan

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