Sound Check: Tanu weds Manu returns
Verdict: Haryanvi (licious)
Tanu Weds Manu Returns– the music album is a high spirited desi offering from composers Tanishk-Vayu and Krsna Solo. The songs are a celebration owing to the feel good quotient of this franchise. Interestingly the lyrics are well written to sound authentic and have the essence of the place where the story comes from. A sabbatical from familiar voices and lyrics heavily dolloped with Punjabi lingo is what builds up the fusion album.
Banno, the first catchy track instantly makes it a popular hit. Swati Sharma has a voice that almost defines a new genre of vocals in Bollywood. Such talent is less explored within the industry and the audiences are sure to appreciate the new offering. Brijesh Shandallya does the male vocals and makes Banno the best of all tracks.
Ghani Bawri and its remix counterpart bring back a very precious female voice from Imtiaz Ali’s Highway. Jyoti Nooran who sung Patakha Guddi travels an extra mile to deliver the enjoyably coarse patch of her voice. Ghani Bawri is another upbeat song from Tanu Weds Manu Returns. It is in every way cheerful and no less than Banno.
Anmol Malik, daughter of singer Anu Malik does one version of the song Old School Girl. The lyrics of this song melt your heart. It is very honest and touches even more because of Anmol’s layered voice. The music pulls this track out of the album which otherwise has a countryside swing.Old School Girl has a Haryanvi version sung by Kalpana Gandharv that has the lyrics Indianised making you smile as it plays.
Sunidhi Chauhan’s Move on is a song the album could have done without. While it is not completely a letdown but it is more of a forced addition. Move on does pile on. Sonu Nigam’s romantic best O Sathi Mere has soulful connotations. The stalwart singer as always gives us a delightful listen. Dev Negi and Pankaj Meval join the bandwagon of new singers for Ho Gaya Hai Pyar. O Sathi Re and Ho Gaya Hai Pyar complete the love quotient for Tanu Weds Manu Returns. The lyrics, the vocals and the music come from a mature space of writing and composition.
The heartbreak song Mat Ja Re does nothing that helps the album. Another track crammed up with mediocre lyrics and music that does not stay once you’re done listening. For audiences favoring the 90’s heartbreak songs, this might be a reason to rejoice.
The composers do not forget to add a reworked version of Saddi Gali that became a legendary hit with the prequel’s release. Mari Gali jingles more like a dandiya version and fails to match the up the energy and tempo created by Saddi Gali. Tanu Weds Manu Returns shouts out loud and desi; and could have been one among the best edited music albums of 2015. However extra toppings do not kill appetite and so should this album work with all audiences alike at Rs.149.
By Soham Bhattacharyya