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Music Review: Patiala House

Ranjani Saigal

(This article is sponsored by Sounds Of India)

After the success of Namasthe London, it seems like Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif are at it again with a quintessential Punjabi film based on the life of Sikh Family in London.

So it is not all surprising that Shankar-Ehsan-Loy have set out to make all out Punjabi track for Patiala House.

The track opens with "Patiala House"with "Laung da lashkara" with Mahalaxmi Iyer, Hard Kaur and pop singer Jassi - who has made an appearance after a long time - singing it. This is the title track and quite apt for a film that is named "Patiala House". Full of Punjabi energy and flavor, the song includes a few rap lines as well.  There is a remix version of the number in the album.

Kyun Main Jaagoon' which brings an altogether different 'sur' to the album. . This song  takes a listener through the protagonist's journey who is trying to find life for himself, 'Kyun Main Jaagoon'. It is penned brilliantlly lyricist Anvita Dutt Guptan.  Shafqat Amanat Ali who sounds like Adnan Sami at places but eventually leaves a mark for himself is wonderful. The 'remix' version of this song with a slight Western base to it is not very creative.

Then comes in "Rola pe gaya" that has Mahalaxmi, Shankar, Earl, Master Saleem and Hard Kaur behind the mike. In spite of so many singers, the song fails to make a mark. Initially, it entertains a little bit, but soon the listener loses interest in the not-so-fresh composition. There is a remix version as well.

Next song "Aadat hai voh" brings in some respite. Sung by Vishal Dadlani, it has a pleasing guitar strumming in the beginning that sets the mood. Then the rise in the tempo with strong orchestration gives the song an edge. It's a nice, moderate-paced track that grows on you.

 'Baby When You Talk To Me'  is a contemporary love song with new generation singers Suraj Jagan and Alyssa Mendonsa coming behind the mike. The song hooks on to you in a couple of listening itself and after one has heard the 'remix version' as well, it is difficult to let the sound go.

For me the next number "Tumba Tumba" was the best of the track . The beautiful voice of Hans Raj Hans made this a must listen Quwali.

In the end a Sufi song enters the album. "Aval allah" is also a situational track and might be effective on screen. Sung by Richa Sharma with minimal music, the song does have its high moments.

Overall a lovely album but not necessarily Shankar-Ehsan-Loy's best.

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