Music Review: ‘Street Dancer 3D’

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Choreographer turned director Remo D’Souza’s third installment of dance movies ‘ABCD: Any Body Can Dance’ (2013) movie series is called ‘Street Dancer 3D’. The first two were about finding the hidden talent in the society across all classes and using dance to bring people together. But this third edition looks different going by its trailer. This one is based in London and works bringing India and Pakistan together through dance. Starring Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor, Prabhudheva, Nora Fatehi in the lead along with numerous other dancers there is good amount of dance talent in this movie to bring fire to the dancefloor. Of course that won’t be possible without music that is capable of getting the dancers to go wild on the floor so the pressure is on Tanishk Bagchi and Sachin –Jigar to deliver some killer beats to make it easy for the magic to happen. Being yet another compilation album there is good faith that there will be some powerful singles from various artists to drive some good musical entertainment.

The first song of the album is a remake of Rahman and Prabhudheva’s 1998 original Muqabla. This was a song that combined the unique magic of Rahman’s stunning production and Prabhudheva’s brilliant dance moves. A song as iconic as this has rarely been seen in Bollywood since so this is sure is a perfect song to remake for this movie, that too starring Deva again to bring the original touch back to it. Shabbir Ahmed and Bagchi write a fresh set of simple lyrics based around competition and love. The lyrics are so basic and common that one would have heard the same lines in many songs before so nothing worth mentioning on that front but then Bagchi makes it up on beats by spicing up the composition to make it sound urban and a lot more dynamic compared to the original. The arrangement is exactly the same with no change and even the synths have been retained.. just the beats and effects are the new added bits. This is actually good as the chorus is not the only thing in the original that made it famous. The brilliance of Rahman was in each part of the song.. including the final scatting break-beat instrumentation. Vocals by Yash Narvekar and Parampara Thakur are pretty good and make this song very current. Their vocal styling works very well and add up nicely with Dhawan and Kapoor on screen. Overall there are very few traces of fresh talent added to this remake which is a big negative but also a positive to be completely honest. The original was so powerful as a song that Bagchi has done a good job of not disturbing the brilliant parts and only changed a few parts here and there. This judgement itself is a sign of great talent that makes this a good one to listen to. 3.5/5

The next single release of the album is a scorcher! Quite literally the song is called Garmi and it is one hot number with all credits attributed to Badshah who was written, produced and sung (rather rapped) this entire song. This song is one designed really for a hot video rather than a strong audio experience. If that really was a brief then Badshah has delivered it to a T as the music is spot on for some really raunchy choreography delivered on screen by Fatehi. It’s not just that she is smoking hot in the video but combine that with some terrific choreography and cinematography in a sexy club environment that it all works very well together. Badshah leads the music with really deep electronic bass beats with an interesting snake charmer style chorus music making it really easy for the dance choreographers to come up with iconic dance moves that everyone will copy in the clubs when the DJ drops this song. His lyrics are the typical Badshah style rap but with some extra oomph to it. He keeps the lyrics sultry but not sleazy which is a good balance to have. The sultry aspects are amplified by Neha Kakkar’s vocals who does a good job with the vocals for her part. She jells well with Badshah who is the real star of the song and this could quite easily be a single on Badshah’s pop album. His vocal delivery is a little turn off as at parts he does sound like a drooling despo but I guess that is the brief of the song. Overall a very different sound move for Bollywood that is very sexual and erotic in many ways… perhaps a tad too much maybe. Not sure if radio and TV channels will be able to air this before watershed hours but if this song catches on then it sure will be a big one for the album. 4/5

The latest release Illegal Weapon 2.0 is a remake of the 2017 original of Garry Sandhu with Jasmine Sandlas Illegal Weapon. Bagchi has added a lot more attack to the music of this remake making it a lot more Bollywood worthy and danceable. The programmed synthetic beats & bass are crisp with strong urban vibes that would be a treat in the UK to blaze through the speakers while driving around with this song on high volume. The Punjabi aspects are retained through some of the lyrics but even the fresh set of part Hindi lyrics by Priya Saraiya make the song work for both Hindi and Punjabi music markets. The new set of vocals by Sandhu and Sandlas are good but perhaps the original works better for them. Nonetheless this a good song for both to make a mark in Bollywood. But perhaps not the best song as it still sounds a bit hollow on the music front and it doesn’t stand out by far from the original. 3/5

Sachin – Jigar’s Dua Karo is a strong sad number with the vocals of Arijit Singh. His high-pitched vocal oozes emotions with sadness, frustration and anger driving his strong performance. His control is spectacular and he delivers the message of the song like a true master craftsmen. Lyrics by Saraiya are very well written and the chorus is quite powerful backed by a strong composition by the music duo. The rhymes in the lyrics are laid out smoothly giving the song that extra effectiveness. The rock setting of the music arrangement is simple but effective for the genre of the song. It is soothing to listen and manages to touch a few heart strings as well as the progression of the song helps stir some emotions for the listener absorbing them in the song. A very good addition to the song is the rap by Bohemia. This is perfectly his style of song and he doesn’t disappoint. There is good amount of content in his rap along the storylines and he delivers it very well. Overall a good song for the album adding variety beyond the traditional dance category. The dance performance on the rap part in the music video is well delivered by Dhawan and further adds merit to this song. 3.5/5

The latest new single is a vibe killer to be completely honest. A remake of Guru Randhawa’s superhit Lagdi Lahore Di, this remake is much more bare bones in musicality and a lot slower in tempo to deliver a strong urban vibe rather than a Punjabi vibe which clearly doesn’t work. Guess that is a shortfall of remixing latest songs that is a very fresh to the ears of the listeners that immediate comparison is a given, and sometimes to the detriment of the remixed number. Sachin-Jigar’s music does not have the kick or progression that the original had making this a weak dance number. The riffs and bridge music are dull and clear signs of lack of ideas to make this song standout. The fresh set of lyrics by Randhawa are nowhere as cool as the original and don’t flow as well. The whole idea of the song still rides on the original chorus. The new set of female vocals by Tulsi Kumar add up well with Randhawa’s vocals but with mediocre lyrics and music Kumar struggles to make an impact with her performance. This is an easy number to skip or rather even ignore its existence. 2/5

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

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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