Music: Sajid Wajid
Lyrics: Jalees Sherwani, Kausar Munir, Neelesh Misra
Singers: Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Ali Zafar, Wajid, Mika Singh
With a filmmaker like David Dhawan returning to his roots – directing a comedy film after a long sabbatical – you expect a fun score, and you do get a feel of that in the soundtrack of Chashme Baddoor. This is a peppy and fun album, totally in sync with the essence of the movie. But don’t expect anything radically different in this Sajid-Wajid album which has lyrics by Neelesh Misra, Jalees Sherwani and Kausar Munir.
The album starts off with Har ek friend kameena hota hai, which has Sonu Nigam crooning in his trademark style, well supported by techno sounds. The track is youthful and already very popular. It also has a remixed version, which isn’t too different from the original track. Kausar Munir, known for meaningful lyrics like in Pareshan from Ishaqzaade and Saiyaara from Ek Tha Tiger, shows a good range as she puts together the song with lyrics like Muft ka chandan ghis mere nandan.
Another lyricist who shows a different facet of his writing skill is Neelesh Misra. He goes totally wild for Dhichkyaaon doom doom, sung by Ali Zafar and Shreya Ghoshal. Though the title of the song may be strange, the composition is simple and just minutes in reminds us of the Rishi Kapoor-Neetu Singh romantic song Ek main aur ek tu from Rafoo Chakkar. Hummable!
Early morning brings in the words chashme baddoor in liberal doses, so we guess it could qualify to be the title song. Sonu is at his best in this one, attempting to do a Kishore Kumar, joyous yodelling and all, which is quite impressive. Perhaps this Jalees Sherwani-written fun song will grab more eyeballs once the video is released.
Wajid is back with his dhan dhan dhaoo from Rowdy Rathore in Ishq Mohallah as he plays with doing something similar. With Neelesh Misra getting his lyrics just right to suit the situation, Wajid and Mika Singh bring on the fun, but what’s with the lyrics: Welcome to ishq mohallah, yahaan pe hai sab khullam khulla? Wajid and Ali’s jugalbandi with Andha ghoda race mein dauda sounds strictly okay and doesn’t create much of an impact. However, the electronic beats with a rock setting promises to be immense fun.
The final verdict – the music of Chashme Baddoor has some highs and some lows, but deserves at least a one-time listen.
Reviewed by Dhiren Trivedi
**** Very good