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Music Review - Tere Bin Laden

Ranjani Saigal

(This article is sponsored by Sounds Of India)

I am a fan of  Ali Zafar's "Huqa Pani"ever since I heard him at his concert in Boston . I was curious as to how directors Shankar Ehasaan Loy would work with this talented singer  and this very unusual theme. The film has lyrics by Jaideep Sahni, Jaspreet Singh, Ali Zafar and Dhruv Dhalla. And the songs have been sung by numerous singers such as Shankar Mahadevan, Jaspreet Singh, Ali Zafar, Suraj Jagan, Anousha Mani, Akrutti Kakkar and Master Saleem.

The album commences with Ullu Da Patha , a fast-paced Punjabi number sung enthusiastically by Shankar Mahadevan and Ali Zafar. Jaideep pens rather insightful lyrics, once you get past the barrier of loud music. It is a  loud desi  numbers but very entertaining and provides  a synopsis of the film. DJ Sanj remixes 'Ullu Da Patha' by substituting the desi dhols for some modern sounds with Akirti Kakkar and Anusha Mani providing some backing vocals. Both versions are equally good.

Shor Sharaba, a Dhruv Dhalla composition sung by Suraj Jagan and Jaspreet Singh is quite wonderful.  A contemporary up-beat number with a catchy chorus it will have you tapping your feet to it in no time.

Next, is I Love Amreeka, another contemporary, fun-filled number that also has a catchy tune to it. With an enthusiastic Shankar behind the mike, the song simply radiates fun and energy.  I Love Amreeka appears as a reprise later on in the album where Shankar's vocals are substituted with Zafar's. Of course when Shankar and Zafar compete, Shankar does win.

Kukduk, a Dhalla composition sung by Master Saleem is next.  It's a loud, Punjabi number sure to be heard in the DJ circles.

Dreams are realised with Welcome to Amreeka.  It's a short track, sung well by Zafar and equally well-penned by Jaideep.

The album slows down to a stop with Bas Ek Soch (Just an Idea) which is written, composed and sung by Ali Zafar. It is a melodious number that has heavenly guitars throughout it coupled with a heavenly rendition by Zafar.  'Bas Ek Soch' is a nice break from the other tracks which have all been fast-paced

Over all not bad.. If the film is as fun as it is touted to be may be the music will be also popular.

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