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Music Review - Cocktail


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Pritam is always known for his great work. In cocktail he seems to have delivered an out and out winner.

The track opens with the fun “Tum Hi Ho Bandhu”.  The music is quintessentially Pritam here - a simple foot-tapping beat on some breezy music . Kavita Seth’s vocals are outstanding  as is the lovely chorus by  Neeraj Shridhar   Lovely  lyrics by Irshad Kamil,  makes this  a great song. “Ban Ke Chaahat, Nazron Se Khat Likhna...Likhna, Tu Hai Jaisa, Mujhe Ko Vaisa Dikhna...Dikhna. Besabak Sarooron Ka Saathi, Mujhe Kya Parva Issi Duniya Ki, Tu Paas Mere, Jag Paas Mere, Mein Hoon Hi Nahin Issi Duniya Ki” – lovely and romantic.

“Daaru Desi” is a lot slower than the opener  with the acoustic guitar providing the foundation of the music. The mood of the song is brought alive by a fine duet by Benny Dayal and Shalmali Kholgade. Both sound youthful and help make the song a breeze to listen to.    

 Some fabulous drums and guitar strums open “Yaariyaan”.   Mohan Kanan   is  wonderful in this number. His lazy but dulcet tones kiss the music perfectly and the effect is mesmeric. Shilpa Rao has a short piece and is majestic .  In “Yaariyaan Reprise” a soft piano replaces the guitar and Sunidhi Chauhan is joined by Arijit Singh to provide a fabulous duet.

We now move on to some Punjabi infused songs. The first of these is called "Second Hand Jawaani".  The song is presented  renowned international Bhangra singer Miss Pooja. She takes the song to new heights. Neha Kakkar and Nakkash Aziz are supporting singers but do full justice to their selection. Lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya are typically fun and hilarious in places!  

“Tera Naam Japdi Phiran” is another short Punjabi  fun  number. The traditional melody has been recreated by  Pritam   and the modern remixing effects are simply superb. Javed Bashir’s vocals are powerful but the addition of English vocals (sung by Nikhil D’Souza and Shefali Alvaris) brings a youthful contrast to the song that will be lauded in the clubs. The remix called “Version 2” adds even more groove to the original and is a little longer in length. Suffice to say it will be the choice of DJs for weeks to come!  
“Luttana”  is yet another fabulous number. Starting off slowly with the soulful vocals of Sufi kalam singer Masuma Anwar, the song builds up to a signature rock chorus with the impactful words “Luttna” “Tuttna” uttered by support singers Sahir Ali Bagga and Anupama Amod. Whilst the electronically pumped chorus (created by Sahir Ali Bagga) adds zing and energy, the song really shines in the softer antara portions with Masuma’s vocals making great use of Irshad Kamil’s wonderful Punjabi lines. The tabla play mid way is just the icing! This is a rare emotional song from the soundtrack yet is easily one of the highlights too. There’s nothing more to say about Bunty Rajput’s “Luttna (Version 2)” other than it’s simply unmissable!

  “Lugni” is another Punjabi track. The song is based on the original Pakistani folk song by the same name. Arif Lohar (composer, lyricist and folk singer of the original song) returns in some style and sounds every bit as good as he did when he composed the original. He is ably supported by Harshdeep Kaur who adds effect by echoing the main lines.  Pritam’s contribution is fantastic as usual because they don’t ruin the original, instead they remix it with soft rock instrumentation so that it appeals to a wider audience.  

 Overall a great album

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