DHOL, HEART AND SOUL!! (TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Krsna Solo, Tanishk-Vayu (Tanishk Bagchi & Vayu Shrivastav) & Surj RDB
♪ Lyrics by: Raj Shekhar, Vayu Shrivastav, NS Chauhan & Surj RDB
♪ Music Label: Eros Music [‘Mari Gali’ on T-Series]
♪ Music Released On: 29th April 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 22nd May 2015

Tanu Weds Manu Returns Album Cover

Tanu Weds Manu Returns Album Cover

To hear the full songs of this album on Saavn CLICK HERE

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE

To hear ‘Mari Gali’ on Saavn CLICK HERE

To buy ‘Mari Gali’ on iTunes CLICK HERE

Hear ‘Mari Gali’ on YouTube:


Tanu Weds Manu Returns is an upcoming Bollywood romantic comedy film, starring Kangana Ranaut, R. Madhavan and…. Well, Kangana Ranaut. (Double Role!! 😛 ) The film has been directed by Anand L. Rai and produced by Kishore Lulla and the director. As the title suggests, the film is a sequel to the 2011 hit film, ‘Tanu Weds Manu’, and both Kangana and R. Madhavan reprise their roles from the first movie. However, kahaani mein twist hai! Kangana is playing the role of another character as well, and that is Kusum, a Haryanvi athlete. And the music goes to the same person, who debuted into Bollywood with the first movie, Krsna Solo. (Don’t get confused by the addition of ‘Solo’ after his name 😛 ) Also, duo Tanishk-Vayu and Surj (RDB) each have been given one song each. The first movie had a spectacular album, full of fun dance numbers as well as soulful traditional Punjabi folk Qawwalis and Sufi songs. Given that it was one of the best albums of 2011, one expects more from the album of the sequel!! So, does Krsna, along with the two guest composers, give us what’s expected? Read on to find out!! 🙂


1. Banno
Singers ~ Brijesh Shandllya & Swati Sharma, Music by ~ Tanishk-Vayu, Lyrics by ~ Vayu {Shrivastav}

The album to the sequel of a hit Punjabi film should have a grand opening, in my opinion. And what else is better to start it off, than an extremely catchy, wacky and insane Punjabi wedding song!? The guest composers Tanishk Bagchi and Vayu Shrivastav work together as a duo, to compose the wonderful grand opening to the album. Since it is a Punjabi wedding song, people are bound to compare it to the other Punjabi wedding songs from Kangana’s past films, like ‘Jugni’ and ‘Saddi Gali’ (Tanu Weds Manu) and ‘London Thumakda’ (Queen). However, I have to say that, though the song is full of that recognizable Punjabi touch, it is something that will soon… Or rather, it already has, gained an identity of its own. First of all, what should I say about Tanishk & Vayu’s awesome composition! Whatever I say, will be an understatement! They have composed, in their Bollywood debut itself, something that is bound to catch hold of you so tightly, that it won’t ever leave you. The first time I heard this song, it instantly got stuck in my head, and that energetic vibe instantly appealed to me. Especially the hookline, which will definitely make you laugh the first time you hear it! Of course, the tune gets credit, but more than that, the wonderful and gripping arrangements help the song make a greater impact on the listeners’ ears. A perfect blend of techno sounds, voice programming and traditional Punjabi instruments — Dhol, nagada, tumbi and the rustic feel given by the harmonium and flute, all just enhances the feel of the song. Lyrics have to be mentioned, and they are about the carefree nature of the main character, described in an entertaining way through Hinglish lyrics that can easily be understood, and also memorized thanks to the nice rhythm and tune. Lastly, the two brilliant voices behind this cracker of a song — Brijesh Shandilya & Swati Sharma. The way Brijesh renders the major portion of the song in his folksy voice, makes the cute tune sound even cuter, and Swati’s hookline, efficiently programmed at the right places, makes you go back to hear the song again just for her part. She has joined the likes of the Nooran Sisters, Kakkar Sisters (Neha & Sonu) as the unconventional, yet appealing female voices of Bollywood. With that, it makes Tanishk-Vayu’s future journey in Bollywood all the more easier, given the blast of a song they’ve created here!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Mat Ja Re
Singer ~ Ankit Tiwari, Music by ~ Krsna Solo, Lyrics by ~ Raj Shekhar

And with this song, Krsna has entered the soundtrack. The song is a sad song, composed on the typical 90s template, complete with the daflis, and the composition that just reminds you so much of that era. The only thing that might have some shades of the contemporary music scene, is none other than Ankit Tiwari. However much I have taunted him in my past reviews, now is the time to actually appreciate him. The wonderful composition by Krsna has a pleasant flow to it, making you sing along. And this is possible, because the composition is very simple and quire easy to pick up as well! And Ankit has expertly rendered it without the characteristic autotune of his, which he carries with him wherever he goes. He brings both the emotion and romance into his voice and very sweetly sings the whole thing, making you drown in the composition. Arrangements cannot be ignored at all! Every second holds a new surprise for us in this song. Krsna has made sure nobody who starts to hear this song leaves it without listening to the whole song. How? By placing various attractive instruments throughout the song. The dafli rhythm plays on through the whole song, joined by strings, flutes, harmonium, and wonderful Latin-sounding guitars. That really touches the heart and makes you want to go on listening! Lyrics are also something great from Raj Shekhar, following the sad song pattern, yet appealing to the ears and mind. Ankit’s best rendition till date, and a heart-touching composition by Krsna, with equally heart-touching lyrics! Not to mention the out-of-this-world arrangements! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Ghani Bawri
Singer ~ Jyoti Nooran, Music by ~ Krsna Solo, Lyrics by ~ Raj Shekhar

If it was ‘Jugni’ in the first film, in this film it is ‘Ghani Bawri’ that will have the masses in the single-screen theatres in villages dancing to its tune. Nothing can start as dynamically and as energetically as this song. After the sad song by Ankit, when this song starts, you will suddenly be shaken out of your trance and into a totally mad and crazy mood for the next four-odd minutes. Jyoti Nooran gets her third song in Bollywood, this time without her sister, and she starts off this track with an electrifying vocal rhythm, that is sure to grab your attention right away. The instant energy boost that this song gives you, no energy drink will ever give you! The bubbliness of the song is just too much to describe! It is one of those songs which is so cute and bubbly, showcasing the bubbliness of the character in the film, that it just can’t get out of your head for quite some time. Krsna’s tune, of course, is really captivating, but the heroine of this song is, hands down, Jyoti Nooran! Her energy is unbelievable, and how she maintains it all throughout the song at the same level, is beyond my understanding. Kudos to her for this crackling performance! Be sure not to miss her rap part, in the second interlude. It just sounds funny to hear a folk singer like her rap, and that too, in Punjabi! Krsna has placed wonderful Punjabi arrangements to entertain us side by side, as Jyoti is too wonderful to ignore. There is one line in the song sung by a man, which I guess is his, and he has sung it wonderfully! The song will gain the same popularity and attention as ‘Katiya Karoon’ (Rockstar), to which it sounds very similar, too, as far as the arrangements go. Raj’s lyrics very well use Haryanvi terms to make it an interesting listen. One of the liveliest and most captivating Punjabi songs of the recent months!! A refreshing break from cheap Punjabi rap, where we get to hear the true essence of Punjabi and Haryanvi music! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Old School Girl / Old School Girl (Haryanvi Version)
Singers ~ Anmol Malik / Kalpana Gandharv, Music by ~ Krsna Solo, Lyrics By ~ Raj Shekhar

Just about less than two weeks ago, I reviewed an album full of jazz numbers, ‘Bombay Velvet’. All the music reviewers, and all the music lovers loved that album, as it stuck to the requirements of the script and adhered to the era in which the film was set. At the same time, it gave us a great variety of jazzy songs. But it’s not only ‘Bombay Velvet’ that has jazz songs. Recently, Bollywood has been witnessing a sudden influx of jazz songs in almost every movie that comes and has a situation for such a number. With the Jazz bug biting Bollywood, and biting it hard, we can help ourselves to yet another jazz song in Bollywood, this time, in such a place, where it is highly unexpected — a Punjabi-themed soundtrack! It is a song written purely in English by Raj Shekhar, and what he has written, is just so sweet, that you can’t ignore it. Anmol sings beautifully, and carries the jazzy tune on her shoulders. Yes, there are points where her voice sounds way too muffled to understand what she’s even saying, but never mind. To help her, are the awesome and apt arrangements that Krsna has placed in the track. Of course, the regular jazz trumpets, trombones, drums and saxophones can be heard. And that piano is awesome too! The lilting tune by Krsna really wins half the battle for the song. Complex, yes, but endearing, definitely! On the other hand, in the “Haryanvi Version”, things become a bit more desi, with the same English lyrics, and you can just imagine how funny that would sound! Yup, newcomer Kalpana Gandharv gets to carry out this version, and she does so with such grace and finesse (here you say “Ahem. Ahem. Seriously?” 😂) that it actually ends up coming across as more sweet and lovable than the first version. When they named it Haryanvi Version, I wonder what they were thinking, because, the lyrics are the same, the tune is the same, the arrangements sound retro Kolkata-ish. However, the vocals are those of a gaon Ki chhori, and the way she pronounces some words, will really make you laugh out loud; they really come across as hilarious!! She sounds a lot, lot like Rekha Bharadwaj. The harmonica, guitars in this version really make it sound better. Jazz wasn’t expected here, and so it was a great pleasure to hear it here! 😛 Try both versions, they’re worth your time!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Move On
Singer ~ Sunidhi Chauhan, Music by ~ Krsna Solo, Lyrics by ~ Raj Shekhar

When this song starts, there is a huge setback waiting right at the beginning of it. And that is, the striking, very-hard-to-ignore and huge resemblance to ‘Bol Beliya’ (Kill/Dil). What a coincidence, that Sunidhi is the singer of both! The resemblance just hits you right in the ears, demanding for some attention instantly. Anyways, you listen on. The composition, though having that really unignorable similarity, is actually very efficiently done. Because I had loved ‘Bol Beliya’, I naturally loved this too. But that wasn’t the case with most people. 😛 The song is a sad song with a twist — it doesn’t have the character sitting and repenting about the past, crying over spilt milk, but instead, it motivates the character to “Move On”, which was a pretty unique and interesting concept to me. As good ad the idea might have been, had the execution been a tad better, it would’ve been really great. For one, the lyrics are all tolerable, until the hookline comes. In the midst of a Hindi song, with almost all words in Hindi, how would it feel if suddenly, some English words come in a bulk delivery? Not good. It feels like someone’s pelting stones at your face — sorry, ears 😛 It sounds so cheap, you have to hear it to believe it. If any other words would’ve been used instead of “Move On” over there, it would be a really great song, all in all. Arrangements are perfect, effective dhols creating the desired impact. Vocals are by Sunidhi, so is there any doubt whether they will be good? When you have someone like Sunidhi behind the mic, you can steal sounds from anywhere, write irritating lyrics, and still get away with it. (WINK, WINK 😉 😉 ) So that’s the story of how Krsna got away with it and escaped from the public, but not from me! Probably the only disappointing song from Krsna in this album, just because of the oh-so-obvious tune lift. And also disappointed by whoever thought of that hookline…!!

 

6. Ho Gaya Hai Pyar
Singer ~ Dev Negi, Music by ~ Krsna Solo, Lyrics by ~ Raj Shekhar

The next song brings in the heart and soul of this album, the romantic songs! Dev Negi gets one more song this month, after that awesome, sweet ‘Coffee Peetey Peetey’ (Gabbar Is Back). And he shines here too! Krsna’s heart-touching melody is something that stays with you for days and days, and can never get out. In fact, you’ll have to force it to get out one day! It is such a beautiful melody, which will have you instantly hooked. Dev Negi resembles Shaan here, and I still can’t find any identity of its own for his voice. However, though he sounds like Shaan, he renders this beautiful romantic song following a classical path, with such ease and expertise, that it is hard to believe that he never got such classical gems of songs before!! Of course, the song is not at all devoid of Western gimmicks altogether, what with the humming and other vocals that bring in some of a Western touch. Besides that, the song totally follows a classical pattern. Arrangements are extravagant in this song, with classical Indian instruments meeting western instruments. Violins, guitars from western music meet shehnais and tablas from Hindustani classical music. Also, those techno sounds sound entrancing in such a composition. I should specify when the tablas enter, and that is, the second antara. When they come, you will definitely get even more hooked than you already were! Lyrics are again spot on, and though they are typically romantic, their simplicity does create an effect. A wonderful, blissful melody by Krsna, wonderfully carried out by Dev Negi. #5StarHotelSong!!

 

7. O Sathi Mere
Singer ~ Sonu Nigam, Music by ~ Krsna Solo, Lyrics by ~ Raj Shekhar

Yes, I’m very happy to see Sonu Nigam back into the scene after quite some time, with a long song, and something that does justice to his voice, something that only he can pull off. Here, Krsna gets into fulltoo Rahman mode, churning out a divine and entrancing composition, that will appeal only to a certain section of people, but those people will cherish the song like anything! And I fall into that category too! The tune is something that is very, very hard to describe, very hard to grasp due to all of its complexity, but all of Krsna’s hard work ultimately pays off and gives people a song, that really makes them hear it again and again on loop for a long time! Another classical-based romantic song, but this one not simple at all, and a lot more mature than ‘Ho Gaya Hai Pyar’. The mellifluous voice of Sonu Nigam just helps to increase its likability more! Arrangements also steal your breath away, purely traditional, with some interruptions by western instruments occasionally. The strings, flute, manjeeras, matkas and awesome guitars all appeal to the ears instantly! The female backing vocals, quite like Rahman usually does, sounds heavenly. When a song is so good, you really fall short of words, and that’s exactly what has happened to me at the moment. Lyrics are also beautiful, and unbelievably simple, yet making such a huge impact on us. I’m really shocked to know that Rahman hasn’t composed this! Hats-off to Krsna for this gem of a composition, for this glimpse of heaven!! Peaceful, enchanting and deserves to be heard on loop!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

There’s one more song, this one on T-Series music label, because it is a remake of “Sadi Gali” from the first film, ahokse music rights were with T-Series, so of course T-Series follows Saregama’s footsteps! :\

 

♪ Bonus Song

♦ Mari Gali
Singers ~ N.S. Chauhan & Dilbag Singh, Music by ~ SurjRDB, Lyrics by ~ N.S. Chauhan & SurjRDB, Music Label ~ T-Series

So, “Sadi Gali” (Tanu Weds Manu) had been composed by the RDB band, which then consisted of Kuldeep, Surjeet and Manjeet, but after the demise of Kuldeep, Manjeet (you may know him as Manj Musik) left the band to work independently. (We all know how “great” he composes independently). However, Surjeet stayed and wanted to continue RDB on his own. So here he comes, with a remake of the three brothers’ song, “Sadi Gali”. And the remake is nothing compared to the original. Lehmber Hussainpuri’s original song, which was remade efficiently by RDB as “Sadi Gali” in ‘Tanu Weds Manu’, gets remade itself, and from a bhangra number, it transforms into a garba number, with a Gujarati twist. The lyrics are nothing special, neither are the vocals, which are by two Bollywood debutants, N.S. Chauhan & Dilbag Singh. Only the arrangements impressed me, with the wonderful harmoniums and flute, and also the garba beats impressed, but they don’t really sound good with the tune, and the tune sounds broken up and half-hearted in those beats. Not impressive!


Tanu Weds Manu Returns is a quite impressive soundtrack, on the whole. Debutants and guest composers Tanishk-Vayu give the most commercially viable and most quirky track of the album, and score a homerun in their first Bollywood outing itself. On the other hand, Krsna, who debuted with the first film, has explored his talent a lot more with this soundtrack, giving us six great tracks, out of which one is a tad less impressive due to the heard-before tune and feel. But he finally consolidates his career in Bollywood with this. And lastly, and surely the least, Surj doesn’t really uphold the dignity of the band RDB, but at least he’s doing better than Manj. 😂 Overall, the soundtrack is an enjoyable one, full of dhols, heart and soul and gives a good complement to the album of the first film!!! 

 

Final Rating for This Album: सा < रे < ग < म < प < ध < नी < सां

Note: The letter which is underlined is the final rating.

Recommended Listening Order: O Sathi Mere > Ho Gaya Hai Pyar > Ghani Bawri > Banno > Old School Girl (Both Versions) > Mat Ja Re > Move On > Mari Gali 

 

Which is your favourite song from Tanu Weds Manu Returns? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next “dish”: Welcome 2 Karachi, Chefs: Rochak Kohli, Jeet Gannguli & Amjad-Nadeem

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8 thoughts on “DHOL, HEART AND SOUL!! (TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS – Music Review)

  1. Great review bro once again…once again so many songs….so much to write!! loved that stone pelting at your ear wala line!! correct it was!! 🙂

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