Welcome to New York – Music Review (Bollywood Soundtrack)

Songs at the end.

Despite the strong tedium in his rendition, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s Ishtehaar is one of the more listenable songs from Welcome to New York’s soundtrack. Composed by Shamir Tandon and written by Charanjeet Charan, the song goes the standard melancholic motions (the only notable aspect being the use of flute), delivered by Khan and Dhvani Bhanushali. Tandon’s second composition is called Smiley Song, sung by Dhvani with the composer and Boman Irani. A song which is made up largely of laughs in leading Bollywood actors’ voices. Good to see the makers include a line in there that says “man oh man I love this song” – I found it excruciating.

Two more songs of the album come from Sajid Wajid, and their first one titled Nain Phisal Gaye is another of the soundtrack’s decent songs. While this one too does not have any freshness in its sound, the melody is catchy, Kausar Munir’s lines penned well and Payal Dev commendable behind the mic. The other song is titled Pant Mein Gun, which is a pretty good indicator as to how the song is, lyrically (written by Sajid Khan and Danish Sabri). Even musically there isn’t much going on given that the song is almost entirely built on a rather derivative refrain. Sajid Khan joins the movie’s main man Diljit Dosanjh on vocals for this one. Meet Bros present the final track titled Meher Hai Rab Di that is once again built on a Punjabi folk tune that has made multiple past appearances in Bollywood, and becomes uninteresting pretty quickly for that very reason. Mika Singh handles the singing for this one, along with Khushboo Grewal (who sounds good here).

Welcome to New York. Unsurprisingly mediocre soundtrack. But hey, no remixes, so for that the movie’s makers have my gratitude.

Music Aloud Rating: 2/5

Top Recos: Nain Phisal Gaye, Ishtehaar

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

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