Film: Singh Is Bliing
Label: Zee Music
Music: Sajid-Wajid, Sneha Khanwalkar, Manj Musik and Meet Bros
Lyrics: Wajid, Irfan Kamal, Sneha Khanwalkar, Manj Musik, Nindy Kaur, Raftaar, Big Dhillon and Kumaar
Let’s face it: this music is slightly better than the run-of-the-mill Punjabi rubbish we have been tolerating as music for a long while. “Tung Tung Baje” (Diljit Dosanjh with Jyoti Noora and Sultana Noora) is catchy, well-mixed and harmless, even if being essentially musical piffle. Sneha Khanwalkar, that fairly skilled curator (rather than a composer) of folk music in her movie albums, writes and composes this oh-so-familiar and repetitious Punjabi song.
Sajid-Wajid’s “Cinema Dekhe Mamma” (Wajid-Shaan-Ritu Pathak) comes across as a cute number, even if the lyrics are not only silly but a shade dated. However, it has a very catchy feel and hooks you on the first hearing despite its superficial construction. S-W’s ability as true-blue film composers is clear in every note: this song effortlessly trounces the other numbers in the hummable quotient!
“Main Hoon Singh Tu Hai Kaur” (Manj Musik — how can anyone name himself that?! — with Nindy Kaur and Raftaar) is — Groan! Groan! Ad Infinitum! — ONE MORE heavily Punjabi number, where the ‘Lyrics' Hook’ (whazzat?) is credited to four entities including Manj, who is also billed as a composer (rather ambitious, what?). Still, as a pub-friendly dance-for-a-week number, it works on a basic here-today-vanished-tomorrow level.
“Dil Kare Chu Che” (Meet Bros, Labh Janjua, Apeksha Dandekar) is written by the prolific Kumaar who continues to spin lackadaisical and clichéd Punjabi and Hindi words, phrases and sentiments in film after film galore. Meet Bros compose this latest gimmick from them.
Musik’s “Mahi Aaja” is so clichéd in its words that we wonder why three word-spinners (Musik, Raftaar, Big Dhillon) are needed to supply stuff like “Aahi Maahi Aaja / Aake Aaj Mere Gale Lag Jaa Tu” (sung repeatedly a la Himesh Reshammiya) or “Tu Meri Zind Tu Hi Mera Taqdeer Ve / Kaise Bataoon Kitna Hai Pyaar Ve/ Rab Dikhta Hai Tujh Mein Ve” and other phrases and sentences heard a zillion times before!
The song is repeated twice, once as a typical remix and once as an ‘Unplugged’ version by Arijit Singh with Musik. The words are paced much slower, and the interludes missing, but Singh is functional, disinterested. However, the track, despite its familiar content, sticks loyally to the more melodious Punjabi folk we all have loved for decades.
In short, the score is barely creative, not at all novel, but at least pleasant in sound and — what is most welcome! — inoffensive. Is it due to Prabhu Deva? We do not know! But we wonder why the director, who scored so well with Sajid-Wajid in “Wanted” and “Rowdy Rathore,” did not give the entire superficial to them!