Dolly Ki Doli has Sonam Kapoor playing a con artist who gets married to rich men and then, runs away with their wealth. The actress is paired opposite as many as three men, namely, Rajkummar Rao, Pulkit Samrat and Varun Sharma. After teaming up with Sajid-Wajid for his earlier productions Dabangg and Dabangg 2, Arbaaz has roped them for this medium budget film as well.
“Phatte Tak Chakna” successfully manages to establish the character of Dolly (Sonam Kapoor) as a loud, colourful and spirited woman. The credit, for that, must go to lyricist Danish Sabri and singer Sunidhi Chauhan. Sunidhi’s enthusiastic vocals complement the playful lyrics written by Danish. Sajid Wajid’s music is decent with the second interlude sounding similar to “Mahi Mahi” from Miley Naa Miley Hum, another song composed by the duo. This one is a better effort though.
“Phatte Tak Chakna” is followed up by another dance number called “Fashion Khatam Mujhpe”. Given the fact that Arbaaz Khan is the producer of the film, it comes as no surprise to see wife Malaika Arora Khan making an appearance in a dance number. Sajid-Wajid’s tune is extremely predictable and sounds like a dozen other item numbers one has heard in the recent past. Mamta Sharma is efficient as always but hearing her voice in similar sounding songs is hardly exciting. Wajid puts on a nasal twang to sound horny and as a result, irritates. The fact that Rajkummar Rao shakes a leg with Malaika might bring in some novelty when one sees the song on screen.
Lyricist Danish Sabri (or is it the makers?) borrows the popular phrase “Babaji Ka Thullu” from comedian-actor Kapil Sharma’s show ‘Comedy Nights With Kapil’ for a song of the same title. Wajid modulates his voice to sound funny and it works. What does not work is the outdated tune, which sans the techno beats, comes across a poor imitation of a song from the 80s. Danish Sabri, apart from writing the lyrics, performs the rap portions that seem to be forced in the song. He writes some dull lyrics and fails to capitalize on the popular phrase coined by Kapil Sharma.
Sajid Wajid try to experiment with voices as they bring in Divya Kumar, who has never sung for them before, to croon “Dolly Ki Doli”, the title track. This is exactly the kind of song that Wajid would have liked to reserve for himself. Thankfully, better sense prevailed and the composers got Divya to sing this song as he infuses some fresh air in to an ordinary composition. The title song could be played at multiple junctures in the film.
The album, thankfully, ends on a fairly good note with “Mere Naina Kafir Ho Gaye”, sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. The song is starkly different from the other two ‘Naina’ songs (“Tere Mast Mast Do Nain” and “Dagabaaz Naina Re”) that the composers have composed for Arbaaz’s Dabangg and Dabangg 2 respectively. Sajid-Wajid tend to use heavy orchestration for such songs but they chose to go for minimal arrangements this time around. The antara of the song is more impressive than the mukhda. “Mere Naina Kafir Ho Gaye”, a soothing song with a very Indian sound, is the best song on the album.
Dolly Ki Doli is the weakest soundtrack that Sajid-Wajid have put together for producer Arbaaz Khan so far. The composers had enough scope to compose fun and energetic music for the film. They do so but most of the songs are not up to the mark.