Director Abhishek Kapoor of ‘Rock On!!’ (2008) and ‘Kai Po Che’ (2013) fame is back with his first project with Ayushmann Khurrana. Clearly there must be a social angle to the story of ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’ that Khurrana will aim to change with his powerful but comical enactment skills. The trailer looks great and leaves a mystery as to what the real issue is that the film aims to tackle with beautiful Vaani Kapoor playing the leading lady. Based in Chandigarh, the cool Punjabi aspects will be strong in this movie as body-builder Khurrana tries to woo Zumba teacher Vaani Kapoor. But there is a twist in the romantic tale. Typical story but not so typical in the Khurrana world of tackling social taboos. Being the funny Punjabi movie with Khurrana as the leading man with Abhishek Kapoor as the director with many music dominant movies to his credit, one can expect a good music album here. They also have Sachin-Jigar combo leading the score and that adds a whole lot of more fun and high expectations to this album.
The first single is a hardcore Punjabi remake of an all-time Jassi Sidhu classic that has also inspired the name of the movie. Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui Title Track is an easy success as it would be a hit even without listening to the song. The hook and melody of the 2004 original is so strong and authentically dhol dominated fast-paced Punjabi number that one just can’t go wrong using the main bits of it. And Sachin-Jigar have done just that using the original artist and his chorus. They have filled the music a lot more music layers making the sound more rounded and whole while also making it more Bollywood acceptable. The additional tumbis & flutes sound good with a more versatile dhol throughout. The drops are well programmed. The new lyrics & vocals by IP Singh are pretty fun and complement the original chorus nicely while bringing the romantic story of the movie into the song. The choice of Punjabi is what matters here as it simplifies it a lot making it more palatable for the general masses. Even the rap is nicely arranged and fits well with Khurrana’s character in the movie. Vocals match nicely with Sidhu’s chorus almost sounding as one with good supporting vocals by Sachin-Jigar themselves. Overall this will be the song this wedding season across all of the India and the UK and rightly deserves to be that as it is a well balance remake with a good amount of new content added to it. 4/5
More singles from ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’ will be reviewed on this page when they become available.
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