LET HAPPY RUN AWAY, BECAUSE SOHAIL IS BACK!! (HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sohail Sen
♪ Lyrics by: Mudassar Aziz & Dee MC
♪ Music Label: Eros Music
♪ Music Released On: 28th July 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 19th August 2016

Happy Bhag Jayegi Album Cover

Happy Bhag Jayegi Album Cover

 

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Happy Bhag Jayegi is an upcoming Bollywood rom-com starring Diana Penty, Abhay Deol, Ali Fazal, Jimmy Sheirgill and Momal Sheikh in key roles. The film has been directed by ‘Dulha Mil Gaya’ director Mudassar Aziz, and produced by Aanand L. Rai and Krishika Lulla. The story revolves around a runaway bride… Sound familiar? Oh, then maybe you were alive when ‘Dolly Ki Doli’ released.. Something that the makers of this film must’ve thought happened ages ago! 😂 Anyway, what I’m concerned with, is the music of the movie, and when it is a very promising composer like Sohail Sen helming the music album, there should be no doubt that the album would be good. His last complete album was ‘Gunday’, as long as two and a half years ago. He also composed a song for ‘Housefull 3’ earlier this year, which became a fleeting hit. But this time, I’m sure he’ll come up with memorable songs, just like he did in his earlier solo albums like ‘What’s Your Raashee?’, ‘Mere Brother Ki Dulhan’ and ‘Gunday’. There are five songs in the album, and hoping that all five are great, here starts the music review for ‘Happy Bhag Jayegi’!


1. Happy Oye
Singers ~ Harshdeep Kaur & Shahid Mallya

Sohail Sen kicks off the album with a pacy song that suits the ‘runaway bride’ theme only too well. Pacy shehnaai-like electronic sounds start the song off on a fast note, after which Harshdeep, the lead singer starts off with a just as quick and fast mukhda. Sohail Sen’s composition, as I said, is suitably pacy, and thrilling, and talking if runaway brides, I can’t help but notice how similar the entire sound of the song is to the title song of ‘Dolly Ki Doli’. The concept of having a female singer narrate Happy’s story is quite innovative; usually it is a male singer! In spite of the very, very small similarity, the tune really works on you. It gets your ready for an energetic song, something that hasn’t been heard for quite a time in Bollywood. The Punjabi feel in the composition is mind blowing. Sohail has done it with the smallest intricacies right in place. Especially the hookline is really impressive. It is just magical, how the fast-paced composition works so well. A undertone of sadness and grimness persists throughout the song, and though the song sounds all female gangster-type at a glance, deep inside it sounds very emotional. (Sing it with half the tempo and see!) That undertone also does magic, but it isn’t really noticeable full-fledgedly, until the antara, which is like one of those 90s Punjabi songs that used to slow down for the antara to become emotional. That antara is just so beautiful. Arrangements are out-of-the-world. Though it seems to be nothing but a mess of electronic sounds and dhols, it is really much more. The starting electronic shehnaai-like piece keeps repeating throughout the song, and it binds together the various parts of the song. The dhols provide the necessary energy and dynamo to the song, while Sohail uses various standby attractions for the interspersed musical pieces. One of them has an unexpected dubstep piece, which actually follows a wonderful aalap by Shahid Mallya, with a Punjabi rhythm. The same interlude later impresses with a wonderful Irish-sounding bagpipe piece. See how Sohail crams everything into one interlude, and makes it sound gorgeous? The second interlude is also great, with a wonderful Spanish guitar piece backed by more EDM. All in all, Sohail’s arrangements are something only a genius could do! The vocals are interesting as well as impressive. Harshdeep on such a pacy track, is a first, and she graces the mukhda and antara with her energetic vocals only too well, while Shahid takes up the second antara, but doesn’t spread as much magic with his short appearance! Mudassar Aziz, the director, has written good lyrics revolving around the character of Happy, with a strong Punjabi influence. This is one of those title songs, that don’t really sound like the title song, but make a special place in your mind! A pacy track which starts off the album on a very high note! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Gabru Ready To Mingle Hai
Singers ~ Mika Singh, Neeti Mohan, Tarannum Malik & Danish Sabri, English Rap Lyrics by ~ Dee MC

The next song starts off on just as groovy and catchy a note as the title song. A dholak rhythm instantly places a Punjabi wedding scene into your mind, until Sohail cranks up the noise level, with a very energetic dhol, something that always makes you groove (unless doene atrociously!) Sohail’s composition is not too innovative and follows the usual Punjabi wedding song template, but is nevertheless catchy and likeable. The Punjabi flavour remains intact here too, and since it is done in a tasteful manner, it appeals. The mukhda has a cool ring to it, and that line “Bada killer tera style hai…” Which leads up to the hookline, is a winner. The first antara is nothing but a female rap, which sometimes sounds irritating, and other times sounds catchy. The second antara is a proper one, with an actual tune, and it is quite good as well. There is of course, another rap after the first antara, in the interlude. The tune of the Punjabi traditional wedding song that Sohail has composed to open the song, is the same tune as the hookline, and barring the tune of the hookline, I feel that everything else has been composed really well. The rap, had it been done a bit less, would’ve worked, instead of this overdone rap. Arrangements are quite energetic and just make you dance. (Thankfully you don’t have to lift your TAANG, like in Sohail’s last song — you know which!) The arrangement consists of mostly a very heavy and deep-sounding dhol, which is just awesome! The beats are awesome as well. The rap in the second antara has good beats as well, making it sound clubbish. Everywhere else, the DHOL is the highlight of the song. The vocals are good and give you a reason to repeat-listen the song. It is one of those songs where Mika hasn’t sounded like a dog, and clearly voices all the syllables (thankfully!) Sohail repeats his singer duo from ‘Taang Uthake’ (Housefull 3), and places Neeti as the lead female singer, while Tarannum Malik supports her in some raps. The “Don’t follow me like that..” rap is better than the interlude one, and both the ladies kill it in that rap. The other one is quite dull. Danish Sabri is nowhere in the picture, and seems to be involved in merely backing vocals. Mudassar Aziz’s lyrics are good again, and have everything required for a good Punjabi dance track. At the same time, Dee MC’s English raps are kind of weak, but thanks to the singers, they sound better! A song that could’ve been much better, but enjoyable even as it is!!

 

3. Aashiq Tera
Singer ~ Altamash Faridi

And Sohail finally gets back to his romantic side! With this song, he makes me dismiss all my doubts whether he would ever get back to romantic songs, and if he does, would he be as good as before — ‘Isq Risk’ (Mere Brother Ki Dulhan), ‘Jiya’ (Gunday) being my favourite songs by him! So, this song comes and restores my faith in him (this is just plain drama, and you should ignore me 😂) Anyway, the song is something that has a heavenly touch to it, and a very pure and innocent romance in it. The composition is beautiful, again heavenly, with nothing that could sound wrong. Every single note falls right into place. The high notes are so, so, so, so BEAUTIFUL! The mukhda is unmatchable, whereas the hookline is something with which the goosebumps are going to have a full five-minute party with (which is the longest party they’ve ever had!) The way Sohail repeats the “tera tera tera..” in the hookline, is just too mind blowing. The antara has a wonderful start, but then it sprouts into a wonderful Qawwali, which then takes the high notes route to get to the hookline successfully, and quite intriguingly. The way Sohail intermingles the slightly Baul sound of the hookline with a Qawwali sound, is too interesting. The arrangements are bliss, with harmoniums being its highlight. Other ‘roadside’ attractions include awesome tablas, dholaks, chimtas — mostly a Qawwali-esque treatment. There is a wonderful rabaab solo in the second interlude. Towards the end, just before the hookline, there is about a five second pause, until the hookline bursts out with the wings given by an electrifying rock guitar. That is one of the un-missable parts of the song. Altamash’s vocals strongly carry the entire song in a folksy and sophisticated, not to mention confident, manner, and he aces the song, especially the high notes that are so good! Mudassar’s lyics are pretty clichéd, but work nonetheless, because of the wonderful composition and arrangements. And of course vocals. Sohail sen back at romantic songs, and such a pure and inncoent romance, that it is an unbelievable detour from the everyday bollywood romantic songs! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Zara Si Dosti
Singer ~ Arijit Singh

Sohail brings next, another romantic song, this time in a very typical Bollywood romance zone, that you will be shocked how he made a very different romantic song and a very conventional one in the same album. When you hear the song, you will get what I mean. The composition that Sohail gives us here, sticks to the mainstream romantic songs so well, that I was pleasantly surprised. I was also taken aback at hearing a very stereotypically Jeet Gannguli-ish composition from Sohail. And I’m not complaining. Just as Jeet many a time impresses me with his typical songs, Sohail has impressed me BECAUSE he gave such a song! Even if this song had been composed by Jeet, I would have still loved it. The mukhda is very calming and helps the listener to gain interest in the song. It works, in contrast to many such songs that have released nowadays, where the very flat mukhda spoils the whole song. But here, Sohail gives a very intriguing mukhda, so that the rest of the song can be heard without any guilt of not liking the mukhda. The hookline forms most of the mukhda, but no complaints, because that is quite an entrancing tune! The “oh-oh-ohhh” tune that Arijit sings after the hookline every time, is just sooooo heart-winning! The ANTARA, more calm than the mukhda, is beautifully composed as well, and is a pleasant contrast to the otherwise loud and hard-hitting mukhda and hookline (which is kind of like soft-rock with the drums and guitars not too prominent). Sohail’s arrangements are so serene, and have played a very important role in making me love the song. The acoustic guitars support Arijit very beautifully, and the piano is another highlight in the mukhda. While these instruments take care of the mukhda, the antara is very serenely graced by more graceful instruments like flutes and strings — which make the song sound more lilting than it would’ve! Also, the harmonica is so pleasant! The drums and rock guitars towards the end, support the soft-rock composition. I can picture Arijit singing this on stage and people swaying their arms in the air — such is the impact of Sohail’s composition! Arijit himself is spot-on with the vocals, this time using his usual Bhatt-movie voice, but sounding very energetic and NOT drowsy at all! 😛 The director’s lyrics are good and thought-provoking, not to mention simple and hummable! Sohail in jeet’s costume sounds awesome!!! A lilting romantic song, which impresses unexpectedly! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Yaaram
Singer ~ Javed Ali

For the final song on the album, Sohail comes up with quite a soft and subtle Sufi tune, which is sweet and lovable. However, the composition sounds quite dated, with the Sufi composition resembling so many previous songs that have released in past years. Sadly, this one doesn’t excite as much as those did. The composition, on top of sounding dated, also sounds quite bare and could’ve been more layered instead of being this straightforward. It sounds as if some song meant to be sung by Sonu Nigam, and composed in the 2000s, has been released now! We know Sohail can do better, as we’ve heard him doing Sufi before! The hookline sounds weak, and heard-before. The mukhda is composed of the hookline, followed by quite a pleasant tune which again, unfortunately sounds out of its era. The antara makes the song get slightly better though, with its high notes and Javed Ali acing them. And the bridge from the antara to the hookline is so cute! Sohail’s arrangements however, are beautiful, with the keherwa taal playing on the tabla throughout the song. The flutes throughout the song manage to gain the listener’s attention, but didn’t really keep me hooked. The strings and dafli provide a good backing music to the song. The first interlude has a wonderful string instrument and flute duet, which is enough to make you say “Wow!” out of enticement! The second interlude has a modern-sounding acoustic guitar solo piece, which is equally intriguing! The vocals by Javed Ali somehow sound weak here! Usually Javed Ali’s sweet and soft voice impresses me, but somehow it didn’t manage to impact me here! In fact, I missed Sonu Nigam on this track! The lyrics by Mudassar are painfully dated as well… And aren’t really attractive! Sohail ends the album on quite a faltering note, with a song that might appeal to some, but might get others bored! However, the arrangements make for atleast one listen! 🙂


Happy Bhag Jayegi is Sohail Sen’s comeback to composing full albums, and after his last full album ‘Gunday’ which was awesome, he impresses quite a lot with this one. The album is full of variety, as his albums always are, and it is an album that suits the definition of ‘Bollywood Album’ very well. With two upbeat songs and three soft melodies, the album has something for every kind of music lover. Sohail seems to have worked hard to come back with a bang, and it also seems to have turned out successful! Two of the songs could’ve been better, but they are good in some way or the other. All I can say is, “Let Happy Run Away, Because Sohail Is Now Back!!”

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Aashiq Tera > Zara Si Dosti > Happy Oye > Gabru Ready To Mingle Hai > Yaaram

 

Which is your favourite song from Happy Bhag Jayegi? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

 

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