Music Review: ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’

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After writing the super successful ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ (2017), Hitesh Kewalya is now making his directorial debut with ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’ out in the cinemas on the other side of Valentines Day. After tackling erectile dysfunction taboo in the society in 2017, interestingly, this 2020 movie centers around homosexuality and gay marriages. It must be one hell of a script as the entire family of the superhit ‘Badhaai Ho’ (2018) is back in this movie starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao along with Jitendra Kumar in the lead roles. Khurrana’s enactment as a gay person is just brilliant in the trailer with the other cast coming around him beautifully to deliver what looks like a laugh riot. The 2017 movie was a niche film at the time but the great reception around it has catapulted this 2020 movie to be a commercially anticipated project. The music should also have traces of commercialism as well and be starkly different from the 2017 project. With Tanishk Bagchi in control of the music and Vayu leading the lyrics one does expect this to be a fun album.

In the typical Bagchi style the first single Pyaar Tenu Karda Gabru is a remake of Honey Singh and J-Star’s 2011 Punjabi hit – Gabru. Vayu has flipped the lyrics around to make this a song with subtle gay tonalities and to be a lash out against the society stereotypes about homosexuality. The lyrical execution is very interesting as the song mixes Punjabi and Hindi switching the direction of the song from a female to a male target. Romy delivers the vocal with a swag delivering the Punjabi in an authentic style although there is not much range in the vocal and there sounds to be a lot of vocal processing on it. Bagchi simplifies the traditional Punjabi music in the original and strips it back to a more Bollywood style urban beat. The bassline addition gives the song more of a personality along with all the trumpets to make this effective as a wedding dance song. Compared to the original this remake feels slower and more laid back but the addition of Hindi lyrics gives a wider appeal compared to the original. Not the best remake musically but this is a win for Vayu on the lyrical front and should be an easy one to land somewhere in the charts. 3/5

With the new single Mere Liye Tum Kaafi Ho consider this to be the return of Khurrana the singer of Pani Da. This song is as good as that super hit that really bought him forward as a brilliant talent. He is not just in his cute element in this song but is also delivering it note perfect like a pro background singer. This song works perfectly with his personality and the arrangement plus styling of each word works like a charm with his voice. Vayu has written a masterpiece here that is novel delivering perfect rhymes with some precision. It is a short song but really sweet and there is great amount of content squeezed in such an effortless flow that it even sounds charming. Bagchi has done a genius job with the music using acoustic guitar as a leading instrument that it sounds like Spanish guitar in parts and like a Rabaab in others. The composition is just amazing as one can’t get the melody out of the head after just one listen. Simplicity in complexity is the key here and this is a master stroke by Bagchi. An easy favourite and should definitely become a popular one on radio during this month of love as it brings an aura of happiness with it every time it plays. This one is bound to bring a smile on the face. 4.5/5

In this era of remakes, one has been sitting wondering when this Bappi Lahiri classic would be brought back. Well the wait is over as Arey Pyaar Kar Le drops next using the original chorus lyrics and original vocals of Lahiri. This remake is an easy one to dance to as the original groove is kept intact by Bagchi and he uses the original iconic start of the song. The music hasn’t changed much expect the addition of some programmed beats, scatting and vocal loops. He even drops some of the original 90s disco sound effects that reminds of the classic hit. Vayu adds just one stanza to give it some difference and bring the song closer to the story of the movie but it is nothing great to be completely honest. Additional rap by Ikka fails to add much zing to the song either while Khurrana’s additional vocals for a couple of lines is easy to miss altogether. For such a big classic hit it was always going to be difficult to remake it and this is a fair attempt but honestly it fails compared to the original. 3/5 for being a decent attempt.

More singles from ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’ will be reviewed on this page when they become available.

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