Guddu Rangeela Music Review


Director Subhash Kapoor’s films are not exactly known for their music. While ‘Phas Gaye Re Obama’ was a very situational soundtrack, ‘Jolly LLB’ had a couple of hummable songs. After working with composer Krsna (‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’) in his last film, Kapoor gets a much more experienced Amit Trivedi to compose four original tracks for his latest film ‘Guddu Rangeela’. The film is a social satire and given the theme of the film, one expects a soundtrack filled with a couple of situational numbers.

Amit sticks to a very tried and tested sound for “Guddu Rangeela” that reeks of many similar sounding songs composed by him in the past. Although the track makes for a fairly enjoyable listen, the oft-repeated tune does not make one jump with joy. Amit seemed to be running out of creative juices while composing this track. Irshad Kamil’s fun-filled verses elevate the song to a certain level. Amit and Divya Kumar complement each others’ voices well. In the remixed version, Shahid Mallya replaces Amit. The track is dominated by a synth sound and turns out to be a fair addition to the soundtrack.

A pleasant surprise awaits one in the form of “Sooiyan”, a lilting love song. The song, which has a pahari folk sound to it, sounds very fresh but Amit does not follow any past references here. He seems to have followed the director’s brief and crated a vibrant composition which befits the vocal talent of Arijit Singh and Chinmayi Sripada. The metaphors used by Irshad Kamil are novel.

Chinmayi Sripada gets another song to her credit in “Sahebaan”. This time around, it’s Shahid Mallya and not Arijit who joins her. The track has an earthy flavour to it and is characterized by a kind of redolence that warms your heart instantly. By the time the song ends, you are left with just complain – the song seems to end abruptly and Amit could have prolonged the track by at least a minute.

Director Subhash Kapoor writes and composes “Mata Ka Email”, a song that aims to be a funny take on the kind of devotional music played in jagrans (religious sittings). The track turns out to be a situational track while occasionally making one smile with the lyrics that has several references to internet related terms. Gajender Phogat’s rustic voice suits the song.

‘Guddu Rangeela’ is an above average album that has two songs (“Sooiyan” and “Sahebaan”) which are melodious enough to make a mark as standalone tracks. The title track is reasonably catchy but suffers from an over-familiar tune. “Mata Ka Email” is a track that could catch on if it is complemented with visuals that evoke laughter.

Rating: 2.5/5

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