DABANGG 2 music review: A full-on masala soundtrack!

Music: Sajid Wajid

Lyrics: Sameer, Jalees Sherwani and Sajid

Singers: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Sonu Nigam, Sukhwinder Singh, Shreya Ghoshal, Wajid, Mamta Sharma, Tulsi Kumar, Keerthi Sagathia, Uvie

Rating: ***1/2

One of the prime factors accounting for Dabangg’s super success, besides Salman Khan’s damdaar acting and superficial action was certainly its music, composed by versatile music composer duo Sajid-Wajid. Naturally Salman, who is known to have the knack of picking catchy music, settled for his favourite twosome to recreate their magic once again for his much-anticipated sequel.

The album kickstarts with Dagabaaz re. Ask any music lover and they’ll bet the song is a replica of Mast mast do nain. Still, Dagabaaz re is a simple melodious and easy-on-the-ears number. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Shreya Ghoshal revisit the magic created by them in Mast mast do nain and take it further with this Sufi-base track, nicely composed with a qawwali feel attached.

Pandeyjee seeti borrows heavily from Manna Dey’s yesteryear hit Chalat musafir, but finely blends in a pinch of Munni badnaam; this one is crooned by Shreya, Mamta Sharma and Wajid. With Salman playing Pandeyjee – don’t be surprised to see him doing some crazy dance steps like Humka peeni hai in this yet another winner that Dabangg 2 can guarantee. This foot-tapping track is total dhamaal!

A hugely hyped song on the album – Fevicol se, sung by Mamta Sharma and featuring Kareena Kapoor – draws heavy inspiration from the Rajasthani folk number Holiya mein ude re gulaal. The desi lyrics that go Main hoon tandoori murgi piya, gatkaale piya alcohol se and Laundia patayenge miss call se ably support the raw gawti backdrop of the film. Mamta returns to what she’s known to do best – an ‘item number’ with another chartbuster track. This one is gonna stick with its fans for a long time!

Saanso ne sounds similar to Taakte rehte tujhko and has the same romantic feel. A melodious hook and nice musical arrangements give you that quintessential 90’s song feel. Sonu Nigam and Tulsi Kumar perform their best. It doesn’t qualify as one of the best romantic songs ever, but has the potential to grow on you with time.

Dabangg reloaded comes across as another powerful Sukhwinder Singh number. Like Omkara and the original Hud hud dabangg, this too will work well as a theme for the film and and for all Robinhood Pandey aka Sallu’s fans.

In short, the album has a lot of similarities with its prequel Dabangg with respect to genres and singers. Sajid-Wajid tactfully replace each song of a genre with a new one. The remix numbers – Fevicol se, Pandeyjee seeti and Dabangg reloaded serve as icing on the cake for the potential-blockbuster album.