RUNNING AHEAD OF STEREOTYPES!! (RUNNING SHAADI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Abhishek-Akshay, Keegan Pinto, Anupam Roy, Sandeep Madhavan & Anjana Ankur Singh
♪ Lyrics by: Manoj Yadav, Shellee, Keegan Pinto, Sonal Sehgal, Tanveer Ghazi & Anas Ali Khan
♪ Music Label: Times Music / Junglee Music
♪ Music Released On: 27th January 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 17th February 2017

Running Shaadi Album Cover

Running Shaadi Album Cover

 

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Running Shaadi is a Bollywood rom-com starring Taapsee Pannu, Amit Sadh and Arsh Bajwa in lead roles. The film is directed by Amit Roy, and produced by Shoojit Sircar. The film is about a young couple who establish a website that helps couples in love elope and get married. The concept sounds interesting, and though the movie has been delayed for like 3 years, it is finally seeing the light of day, probably due to Taapsee’s successful stint in ‘Pink’. Anyway, what we are concerned with is the music! So, the music is composed by four entities — two duos and two individuals. The composers leading the album, with three tracks out of the total of seven, are Abhishek-Akshay, who had composed for a Shoojit Sircar film previously, and it was ‘Vicky Donor’s, also their debut. After that, they scored one “song” for ‘Tere Bin Laden: Dead Or Alive’ (notice the double-quote marks around the word “song”). Clearly I wasnt impressed by both of their previous outings, except for the fact that I appreciate that their song ‘Rum Whisky’ became so popular (I found it overrated.) Hopefully, they’ve done something great in this album, because they’ve bagged the most number of songs anyone in the album has! Next comes Keegan Pinto, a debutant, who has composed two songs for the movie. Keegan is (was: he joined FCB Ulka on February 15th, when I’m writing this) the Creative Head of MTV channel and it is a pleasure to see him foray into Bollywood music composing. Hopefully he has something creative to offer! Anupam Roy comes next, whose Bollywood résumé already boasts of two films that are Shoojit Sircar productions, ‘Piku’, and ‘Pink’, and now a third one, so Happy Hattrick to him. Anyway, he imoressed in both those albums, so hoping for the same here, though he has just one song. Last up is yet another debutant, but this time it is a duo debuting together. Sandeep Madhavan & Anjana Ankur Singh have bagged one song in the album. Hoping that it is one of those multicomposer albums that makes you think again about whether the multicomposer trend really is bad or not, I am diving into this album wih a very open mind, ready for anything! Expecting quirky music, though, because of the theme of the film and its poster!


1. Pyaar Ka Test

Singers ~ Bappi Lahiri & Kalpana Patowary, Music by ~ Abhishek-Akshay, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

“Akhiyan ka, jo jalaye tu torch, dil mein lighting ho jaaye,
Jo tu aaye, nikat mere, bhar-pet loving ho jaaye,
Zulf ka shower khol de toh romance ki barkha barse,
Tere figure ke tukde ko mere jigar ka tukda tarse!”

– Manoj Yadav

The album starts off with a quirky song, as expected. Duo Abhishek-Akshay are helming this song and I must say, the result is something that will be horribly underrated, and dismissed as a bad song, when it isn’t so. Yes, even I had almost dismissed this song as a bad one, but when I got myself thinking, I realised that it can’t be bad if it sticks to the script and it is how it is, deliberately! Let me explain. The song is an entertaining listen, and when you hear it for the first time, you might not notice all its qualities right away. The composition is quite basic, like some weird Bhojpuri wedding song, in the mukhda, to the point that you almost switch the track, but that’s when the impressive part i.e, the antara arrives! The composition of this part has a wonderful 80s disco touch to it, and making Bappi Lahiri sing it increases the feel altogether! The hookline is basic in its structure too, and the song follows the duet template quite seriously, with alternate lines sung by the male and female singers respectively. That brings us to the vocals. As I mentioned before, the choice of Bappi Lahiri was an apt one, seeing as to how impressive he goes in the antara, and even otherwise, he sounds quite funny and quirky enough to make this song a funny one. Kalpana Patowary too, brings her husky voice to good use here, making a nice couple with Bappi da. Arrangements by the duo consist of harmonium-led synthetic sounds, emulating a typical Indian wedding which is never complete without that mandatory speaker that gives out a lot of muffled sound. I must say, the duo has done that bit of programming too well, with the voices recorded a bit unclear deliberately. And how can you make a wedding song and forget the brass band? In my favourite part of the song, the antara, Bappi Lahiri’s signature synth sounds like those claps and quirky sounds find their way into Abhishek-Akshay’s arrangements, and I’m impressed! But the first thing any layman will notice about the song, are its lyrics! Manoj Yadav has written them in such a childish and immature way, that you end up laughing! And hen you realise it is a deliberate degradation of lyrics quality. And that just brings up the image of the song in your eyes so much! 😀 Weird comparisons between lovers and other coupled things from everyday life have been drawn out so efficiently, and it’s just so hilarious! In ‘Housefull 3’s ‘Pyaar Ki Maa Ki’, we heard “Tu meri bread, main tera jam”, but here it goes a million steps ahead, what with “Tum hamari chidiyan hai, hum tumhare hain nest”, “Tum humare ludo ho, hum tumhare hain chess!” And though it sometimes sounds so, so, oh-so-cheesy, it never fails to make you laugh! That’s what a good humorous song should be like! Subtle humour, disguised in a very typical tune. Impressive arrangements and some nice disco touches make this one impressive, not to mention the hilarious lyrics!

Rating: 4/5

 

2. Mannerless Majnu

Singer ~ Sukanya Purkayastha, Music by ~ Abhishek-Akshay, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

“Baatein meaningless magar din raat bakaiti jhaade,
Laaj sharam-less itna ke openly dakaiti maare!
Ho, mere mummy daddy ke hi, saamne humko taade,
Love ke naam pe saara bill yeh only humpe phaade,
Dil Toh shaitaan hai iska, naam ka bhola hai,
Pakka namoona hai piya, kaisa namoona hai piya,
Milgaya mannerless Majnu!!”

– Manoj Yadav

Abhishek-Akshay’s next song on the album is an upbeat and peppy number, which sounds like a kind of Mujra musically. The composition is so cute, I cannot explain in words! Right from the mukhda, to the very catchy hookline, to the amazing antara, the song is a very entertaining listen. The duo has done a great, great job on the composition, and all the notes have been strung into such a tune, that would definitely get anyone up on their toes. The line “pakka namoona hai piyaaaa.. haan, kaisa namoona hai piyaaaa” is so charming, it brings a smile on your face whenever it plays. The duo’s arrangements are just as entertaining, with the dholaks and tablas impressing big-time. The mandolin has been played in such a sweet tune, a loop that surpasses so many redundant instrumental loops we hear in today’s songs. Guitar chords sound awesome whenever they can be heard. Digital beats accompany the traditional instruments in such a wonderful way, that it is fun to hear their mélange. It makes the song very breezy, and makes for a very fun listen. Sukanya Purkayastha, who sang the female version of ‘Pani Da Rang’ from ‘Vicky Donor’ (not composed by Abhishek-Akshay, but by Ayushmann Khurrana), finally gets a strong song for her to showcase her versatility. She has sung the song so beautifully, her performance falls into the league of great singers like Rekha Bhardwaj, Sona Mohapatra and Nandini Srikar. I personally found her voice resembling the last name a lot! Nevertheless, her efficacious rendition should definitely win her awards, if the award shows are “careless” enough to notice such gems by mistake. 😦 Again, Manoj Yadav writes words that fascinate with their humour! New words like “Sharam-less” for “Shameless” and “Public-city” for “publicity” make the lyrics even more fun to listen to. Fun-filled to the core, this song should be noticed by people. Hats off to Abhishek-Akshay!

Rating: 5/5

 

3. Dimpi De Naal Bhaage Bunty

Singer ~ Late Labh Janjua, Music by ~ Abhishek-Akshay, Lyrics by ~ Shellee

“Jaddo Dimpi de Naal Bhaage Bunty, Soni Minty nu leke bhaage Shunty!”

– Shellee

Abhishek-Akshay’s last song in the album turns out to be a Punjabi wedding song, for the making of which, it seems, they required very little extra preparation, as they already had the ready-made template “Rum Whisky” (Vicky Donor) to cheat from. The song follows the exact same template as that song did, but I still found this one listenable. The composition is thankfully a very happy-go-lucky one, though it is just a hair’s breadth away from the “Rum Whisky” tune. The hookline is really catchy, as it should be. (I must say, this duo is amazing at making catchy hooklines!) What’s a Punjabi song without a fast paced tune? This one is aptly fast paced, and it increases the likeability manifold. The mukhda is good, but after some time, it gets monotonous. The arrangements are he everyday Punjabi song arrangements, with tumbi galore. I’m surprised the duo has used very less dhols, so the song sounds very softly arranged in pieces other than the hookline, where the duo suddenly remembered that they had dhols at their disposal. Beats in the other parts are given by the strong bass that he duo has used in the song. Late Labh Janjua’s voice suits the song perfectly, and it is clear he was typecast very badly during his days. So many such songs he has recorded have released posthumously. His booming voice helps increase the repeat value of the song though. Shellee’s lyrics are quite nice, especially the hookline which sums up the job of the main characters well. And Shunty is such a sweet sweeeeeeeeet name! A templated but likeable song!

Rating: 3.5/5

 

4. Bhaag Milky Bhaag

Singers ~ Sanam Puri & Sonu Kakkar, Music by ~ Keegan Pinto, Lyrics by ~ Keegan Pinto & Sonal Sehgal

“Daddy se yun hi na darr, daddy ko hai bas apni fikar,
Tu bhi toh Insaan hai, nahin hai tu Kisi ki medal,
Duniya ko bhool ja, duniya toh hai kal ki!
Bhaag Milky!! Bhaag Milky!!”

– Keegan Pinto & Sonal Sehgal

Keegan Pinto, enters into the album next with his first song, a feel-good song wih a country music vibe to it. The composition is one that instantly makes you happy, and the guitars really make you feel good. The mukhda starts off the song on a great note, and after the three songs by Abhishek-Akshay that had various Indian flavours to them, a Western song is much welcome. The hookline is very subtle, yet hard-hitting. (Note: Though they’ve named the song ‘Bhaag Milky Bhaag’, probably to resemble the movie ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, the song actually goes, “Bhaag Milky” only.) The first antara continues the Western country music feel, but it is the second antara that impresses much more, when Sonu Kakkar enters just to break into a very charismatic traditional Punjabi folk piece. Keegan’s arrangements are beautiful, guitars in particular. Drums accompany them as always, and very well. The Punjabi portion has a wonderful mehfil feel to it, with the tumbi and dholaks complementing each other fantastically! Overall, it is a great fusion of Western and traditional sounds. Both the vocalists render the composition very impressively, Sanam Puri sounding charming as ever, and Sonu Kakkar as raw and earthy as ever. Towards the end, both break out into a nice harmony, both singing with their respective styles — Sanam in a very Western, rockstar-like way, and Sonu in an earthy way. Keegan & Sonal’s lyrics are humorous in a subtle way. The composition seems so mature, that it will take some time to realize that the lyrics are actually quite whimsical. Though whimsical, they do carry a strong message. 🙂 Sweet and charming!

Rating: 4.5/5

 

5. Faraar

Singer ~ Jubin Nautiyal, Music by ~ Keegan Pinto, Lyrics by ~ Keegan Pinto

“Paabandiyaan nahin ho jahaan, uss paar jayenge, faraar ho jayenge.. faraar ho jayenge!
Ikhtiyaariyan, nahin ho jahaan, uss paar jayenge, faraar ho jayenge, faraar ho jayenge!”

– Keegan Pinto

Keegan’s next song falls flat in front of his previous one, but is still pleasant nevertheless. The composition is quite predictable and there really is nothing new or innovative in it, which one would expect after so many good songs in the album! The mukhda starts relatively entertainingly, but the composition in the hookline is just so commonplace, it is difficult to get hooked and start humming. The antara too sounds very bland, and very commonplace. You can literally guess what is coming next. What’s worse, the song is six minutes long! The vocals by Jubin, Bollywood’s new Arijit, in that he’s getting atleast one song in every other film nowadays, are quite mellowed-down and miss the spunk he usually has. And his voice has been programmed as if he’s singing in a closed room and his voice is echoing from the walls. The arrangements are good, but again, very ordinary. The soft rock template usually does bore me, but not when it is done innovatively. Here, there is literally nothing other than that. Keegan’s lyrics are also functional, and carry the ‘Running Shaadi’ theme forward. One of the less entertaining songs of the album!

Rating: 3/5

 

6. Main Faraar Sa

Singers ~ Anupam Roy & Hamsika Iyer, Music by ~ Anupam Roy, Lyrics by ~ Tanveer Ghazi

“Jismon ki aanch mein bhi, khushboo sa laag hai,
Bheege hain Baal mere, boondon mein aag hai,
Sadiyan bitaa de yun hi re….!
Tu hai toh har kami, kaafur ho gayi,
Mutthi mein dhool thi, sindoor ho gayi!”

– Tanveer Ghazi

Next comes Anupam Roy with a romantic song, and I must say that’s quite late to put a romantic song on an album. Anyway, the song is a beautiful semi-classical composition, fusing magical modern notes with beautiful classical ones. The mukhda starts off with the hookline itself, and it is just mesmerising. However, the real magic comes in the antaras, when a beautiful classical tune takes over. Anupam has composed that part with a magic touch. Even though the song is so slow, it manages to take you over completely. As a whole, the composition is bound to get you listening to it over and over again. The arrangements are amazing as well. Starting with digital beats accompanied by acoustic guitar strums, the song then marvellously transports over to beautiful Indian plucked instruments. (Maybe ektara). The flute is really impressive! The vocals are just as spell-binding. Anupam’s voice has this magnetic aura around it that just makes you drown in it. On the other hand, Hamsika renders the classical touches splendidly, in a high-pitched voice that hits your heart directly. Lyrics here, aren’t by Anupam himself, but by Tanveer Ghazi, who gave us the brilliantly penned ‘Kaari Kaari’ (Pink) last year. Here too, his writing takes the form of a wonderful romantic song, getting sensuous too at places. Charming!

Rating: 5/5

 

7. Kuch To Hai

Singer ~ Jubin Nautiyal, Music by ~ Sandeep Madhavan & Anjana Ankur Singh, Lyrics by ~ Anas Ali Khan

“Kuch to hai, hawaaon ne Rukh jo badla hai,
Kuch to hai, bechainiyan si, darmiyaan bhi hai!”

– Anas Ali Khan

The final song on the album takes the form of another romantic song, composed by Sandeep-Anjana. The duo has made a quite ordinary composition, but it still manages to reach out and you enjoy it. The mukhda is beautiful, while the “ruk jaa yahiiii” hookline is marvellously composed. It is the antaras, though, that charm with their slow pace and grow on you like slow poison. It is commendable for the duo to have made that antara, as it is so detached from the breezy feel of the rest of the song, but still so impressive. Also, the duo stays clever and keeps the song’s duration just perfect. The arrangements are great as well. This time the rock has been executed slightly better, with drums pitching in, the guitars performing variations, and a BRILLIANT saxophone playing occasionally like a surprise. Vocals by Jubin are much more lively than his other song. Again, he sings the antara brilliantly. The lyrics by Anas Ali Khan, are soothing and relaxing, as is the music. A relaxing end to the album!

Rating: 4/5


Running Shaadi came as a pleasant surprise to me! I was thinking that the movie would have quite massy music that wouldn’t really be innovative, but actually, the music is just opposite! It is fresh and enjoyable. Abhishek-Akshay prove themselves with their three songs, while Keegan makes a smashing debut (okay, half of his debut wasn’t so smashing, but he other half definitely was!) Sandeep and Anjana too, impress with their song, and Anupam as always made a song that soothes your senses. An album made wih love amidst the race of  other albums releasing with it, which are trying to be as typical as they can!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 4 + 5 + 3.5 + 4.5 + 3 + 5 + 4 = 29

Album Percentage: 82.86%

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: Main Faraar Sa = Mannerless Majnu > Bhaag Milky Bhaag > Kuch To Hai > Pyaar Ka Test > Dimpi De Naal Bhaage Bunty > Faraar

 

Remake Counter
No. Of Remakes = 04 (from previous albums) + 00 = 04

 

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