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Anil Kapoor
Hardly worth a celebration!
The music of Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai and Badhaai Ho Badhaai disappoints

Priyanka Bhattacharya

Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, if loosely translated would be ‘my best friends wedding’ -- which is exactly where this film takes inspiration from.

Normally, the meatier roles are bagged by the hero, which justifies Uday Chopra enacting the part played by Julia Roberts in the original. Accompanying him is his Mohabbatein co-star Jimmy Shergill and newcomer Sanjanaa.

Sanjana and Uday Chopra Produced under the Yashraj films banner, the film is directed by Sanjay Gadhvi. The music is by newbies Jeet-Preetam, while Javed Akhtar pens the lyrics.

The album starts off with Ek ladki rendered by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik. The music is familiar and typical of all Yash Chopra movies immediately sending you to a trip down memory lane.

Sharara is sorely disappointing. Even the fact that Asha Bhonsle has rendered this track does not make any difference.

The title track Mere yaar ki shaadi hai is sung by Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik. As the name suggests this one is a shaadi number replete with dholaks and drum beats.

Sanjana The music so far is reminiscent of every Yash Chopra film from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge to Dil To Pagal Hai to Mohabbatein. One could assemble all those tapes together and voila, you have Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai.

The next side starts with Jaage jaage by Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan. Suffice to say, this is the only original sounding song in the entire album.

Humne suna hai by Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Sudesh Bhonsle and Jaspinder Narula is hummable. The tempo is faster than the previous tracks.

In the same vein, Hum dono jaisa is racy. KK and Sunidhi Chauhan sing with so much energy that you may find yourself tapping your feet to its beats.

Music composers must realise that copying previous hits does not necessarily guarantee success.

In short, Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai disappoints.

Anil Kapoor and Shilpa Shetty After delivering hits in the past, Satish Kaushik and Anil Kapoor take their partnership to a new level. Their new production company, namely, Kapoor and Kaushik Entertainment Pvt Ltd is now ready with its first venture -- Badhaai Ho Badhaai.

To add to the array of big names, the music of Badhaai Ho Badhaai is co-produced by none other than Subhash Ghai’s Mukta Arts Ltd.

The lyrics written by Javed Akhtar have been put to music by Anu Malik. The movie sounds like a celebration of sorts and thus it’s no wonder that the very first song has a festive feel to it. Sung by Udit Narayan Badhaai Ho Badhaai starts off decently but gets monotonous after a while.

Teri zindagi mein pyaar hai features thrice in the album. The first version is a duet by KK and Alka Yagnik. It is a catchy, feel good song sung enthusiastically by the duo.

The next two versions are solos by Alka Yagnik and KK respectively. One song, same singers and three versions. It’s almost like the anthem of the film.

Next, Sonu Nigam sings Thehro zara to Alka Yagnik. Fresh and peppy, it sounds like a track from the 70’s replete with a guitar et al. But like most of the songs in this album this one too seems to drag on after a while.

Anil Kapoor and Shilpa Shetty The other Sonu Nigam rendered track, Dil bataa mere dil bataa also has a catchy beat.

The next side starts off with Jogan Jogan by Preeti-Pinky and Kunal, which sounds exactly like Mere mehboob mere sanam from Duplicate. Looks like Anu Malik is taking ‘inspiration’ from his earlier works.

Raag banke pyaar chhaye is a romantic ballad. The promos of this track are being aired on the Indian television channels with Shilpa Shetty and Anil Kapoor lipsynching to Alka Yagnik and Shaan.

Immediately switching tracks, we have Dil vich vich rukda sung by Sonu Nigam and Anuradha Sriram. Starting off with a robotic voice saying ‘do you love me,’ this song sounds more cacophonic than melodious.

Overall the music of Badhaai Ho Badhaai is just about passable. It has some good moments but much of the music sounds vaguely familiar; as if you’ve already heard it before.


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