Youngistaan soundtrack doesn't have any dull moments, says Joginder Tuteja.
The biggest hit of Jackky Bhagnani's career so far is Chaar Baj Gaye (F.A.L.T.U.). So, when another film starring him is titled Yongistaan, one expects yet another ‘Party all night’ album that targets the youth.
Jeet Gannguli, who was one of the major forces behind the music of Aashiqui 2, brings in some more good tunes with Suno Na Sangemarmar.
With the backdrop of the Taj Mahal, the song has man-of-the-season, Arijit Singh, doing the honours even as the sound of the flute and overall arrangement reminds one of Zara Zara, the popular number from Jackky's dad, Vashu Bhagnani's, Rehna Hai Terre Dil Mein.
This Kausar Munir number takes some time to grow on you but once it does, you do not mind its remix version. However, the original version scores more.
Shiraz Uppal is the composer and singer for Mere Khuda which is set in Pakistani pop mode and does well for the four minute long duration that it plays.
A situational song that has good arrangements backing it, Mere Khuda has the kind of lyrics by Shakeel Sohail that fit well into the scheme of things. Even though the overall sound is quite contemporary, one does feel the absence of a catchy hook.
The song that does boast of an immensely catchy hook is Tanki. Rest assured, the song has enough ammunition to take it comfortably into the Chaar Baj Gaye zone.
Composer Sneha Khanwalkar surprises here with the kind of range that she demonstrates. Associated with music with a rustic flavour, she goes full-on techno with this foot tapping number that maintains a good tempo right through its five minute duration.
Written by Syed Ahmad Afzal along with Jackky Bhagnani himself, the song arrives in two versions, led by Mika and Bhaven Dhanak respectively.
While Apeksha Dandekar is the common element in both the songs along with Sneha who is also heard as a singer, Hard Kaur appears in the second version. The song has the potential to become popular with time.
Shiraz and Shakeel return with a qawalli titled Daata Di Diwani. The number holds your attention from the very beginning. It’s a complete shift from Mere Khuda.
It has a soothing appeal, with just a tabla playing in the background. This easy-on-the- ears number has Rafaqat Ali Khan joining Shiraz behind the mike and lending an overall smooth feel to this classy-sounding number.
The sound of Youngistaan is heard at the end, with Shree D-Ishq Bector coming up with Youngistaan Anthem. The song has the feel of a theme song and though music and lyrics are just about okay, there is a good hook that comes once the key word 'youngistaan' arrives.
In fact, the way this Siddharth Banerjee written number is sung by Shree D and Ishq Bector, its obvious this theme will be played in multiple instances. It should fit in well with the film's narrative.
Overall, Youngistaan doesn't have any dull moments.