Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani: Let the badtameezi begin!

Watch out, the album utilises the vocal prowess of a treasure-trove of singers and brings Madhuri for an item number!

Ayesha Babar May 16, 2013
With the music of the Ranbir-Deepika starrer Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, music director Pritam brings to us one of the most widely anticipated soundtracks of this year. There are still two weeks left for the May 31 release but the buzz around the film has already reached fever pitch.

With Ayan Mukerjee at the helm, the film is expected to have a certain amount of youthful energy and breeziness to it (remember Wake up Sid?) and the music has been a success so far. Moreover, through one of the highlights of the soundtrack we are able to see the variety that it offers.

The album utilises the vocal prowess of a treasure-trove of singers. From established vocalists such as Sunidhi Chauhan and Rekha Bharwaj to new talents such as the increasingly-popular Arijit Singh and Sreeram (who first appeared on the radar as the winner of Indian Idol 5).

Badtameez Dil (a song from the movie) kicks off the proceedings with Benny Dayal at his best. What started off as a trumpet piece has been developed into an out and out dance track! The crazy lyrics of the song may not be works of poetry but they sure compliment the feel of the song.

Continuing in the same vein of lighter and fun dance tracks, there is, 'Dilliwaali Girlfriend'. This song is the closest to a Punjabi bhangra type of song that you will find on the album. Although, it took some time to grow on me, I love it! And the video definitely had something to do with it!

Balam Pichkari is the catchiest song on the album. This sing-along takes you back to Rang Barse. Watch out, there is no way you will be able to resist this one! That said, Vishal Dadlani proves his versatility once again and female artiste Shalmali Kholgade matches him note for note!

Ghahgra marks the return of 'Mohini' aka Madhuri to our screens. It is again an interesting item number that is impossible to miss especially with the excessive hype around it– it is a treat to see the dhak-dhak diva, Madhuri with the generation next’s superstar, Ranbir Kapoor! What an awesome duo, right?

This flows into 'Kabira' a more emotional track that is sure to impress. Rekha Bhardwaj's powerful vocals bring out the nuances of Amitabh Bhatacharya’s lyrics that tell the story of heartbreak. What is even more impressive is the second version of the song, sung by Arijit Singh, who has now made a mark for himself with the versatility of his work.

This is followed by two versions of 'Ilahi' – an original and reprise. The reprise has been rendered by Mohit Chauhan, who garnered critical acclaim for being the voice of Ranbir Kapoor in Rockstar. For me, both versions of the song have a 'road trip' kind of feel to them. And when I first listened to them, they reminded me a little bit of Rockstar's 'Phir se udd chala' but they sure bring in a fresh feel too.

The album ends on a melodiously beautiful note with 'Subhan Allah'. This is without a doubt one of the best romantic tunes to have come out of Bollywood recently with its soulful proclamation of the beloved.

Pritam, who has of late mostly redeemed himself from his earlier criticism of producing 'influenced' work proved his mettle by delivering two blockbuster soundtracks for 'Cocktail' and 'Barfi' last year. With 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' he has once again proved that he is one of the top talents in music direction in today’s Bollywood.

Happy singing every body!


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Ayesha Babar A banker who works and lives in London, Ayesha has a soft-spot for melodrama and tweets as @ayesh_b
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