Music Review: ‘Dabangg 3’

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Arbaaz Khan has passed the baton to the legendary Prabhudheva to direct the third edition of the super-hit series that should finally deliver a hit for Salman Khan who has delivered some poor films for his annual Eid releases. ‘Dabangg 3’ is taking over the Christmas release position and should hopefully rock the box office earnings owing to the success of the ‘Dabangg’ franchise and the fact that there is not much competition that weekend. Salman Khan is back as a funky cop with an ego, style and killer personality supported by Sonakshi Sinha, Arbaaz Khan, Mahie Gill and Sudeep as the baddie. This epic successful series has produced some huge cheeky hit numbers thanks to the amazing talent of Sajid-Wajid who are back at the helm of this soundtrack. There are huge expectations from this album after delivering some mammoth romantic and item numbers in both the previous movies. Hopefully Sajid-Wajid still have it and can rock the charts again to end 2019 on a high.

Sajid-Wajid open the album with the iconic Hud Hud that is a title melody of the ‘Dabangg’ series and has been constantly present in all three films in some form or the other. They keep reinventing the song for every film and this version is a little more philosophical and has a different edge to it. Power and aggression are perhaps the main flavors of this song compared to the style and attitude being the main flavors in the earlier songs. I am sure the video will bring Khan’s typical style that follows with the character of Chulbul Pandey but hearing the song it seems rather serious & intense thanks to the composition. The strong beats & deep bass give it that characteristic that makes it iconic by giving the song a high scale. The expanse in the arrangement with the use of a range of instruments gives the song a lot of power but the arrangement is quite clichéd and 90’s in its appeal. The vocals are a chorus mostly throughout giving little room to individual singers to shine but Divya Kumar, Shabab Sabri and Sajid sound quite wholesome together even on the high pitch chorus. Lyrics by Jalees Sherwani and Danish Sabri sum up the fearless personality of Chulbul Pandey’s character. Not as great a song as its previous versions and could have been better. It sounds very dated and that is its biggest let down. 2.5/5

More singles from ‘Dabangg 3’ will be reviewed on this page when they become available.

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