The music of ‘Housefull’ (2010) had some chartbusting tunes by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The ‘Housefull 2’ soundtrack, scored by Sajid-Wajid, was not a patch on the music of the first part but it went on to become quite popular with listeners. While multiple composers have been roped in for ‘Housefull 3’, the number of songs is just about four. Composers Sharib-Toshi, Sohail Sen, Tanishk Bagchi and Mika Singh have been credited with a song each.
Sharib-Toshi’s “Pyaar Ki” does not bear a resemblance to the templatized sound the duo adheres to. To their credit, they manage to pull off this techno heavy dance number quite well. Though there has been an overdose of such fast paced numbers sufficed with electronic beats and a rap portion, it manages to keep your interest alive because of a catchy tune and the qawalli-like interlude that adds to the fun quotient of the number.
Sohail Sen, whose music we last heard two years back in ‘Gunday’, stages a comeback of sorts with “Taang Uthake”, his sole contribution to the soundtrack. The heavily orchestrated track bears a faint resemblance to Sohail’s “Tune Maari Entriyaan” (‘Gunday’) as far as the rhythmic structure is concerned. With an infectious 90s feel to it, the track has been pumped up well by the voices of Mika Singh and Neeti Mohan.
Mika Singh’s voice is heard again in “Malaamal”, the third dance number in the album which he also doubles up as a composer for. Mika, who composes occasionally for films (‘Shootout At Lokhandwala’, ‘Loot’), composes a standard up-tempo number with bhangra style beats to it. Even though this track is nothing to write home about, it manages to keep you engaged for as long as it lasts.
The fact that “Fake Ishq” is a parody and something not to be taken seriously is brought out only by the lyrics, written by Sajid–Farhad and Altamash FAridi . Tanishk Bagchi’s music ends up being a routine qawalli which, despite the whacky lyrics, makes you wonder whether the song comes at an intense moment in the film. Maybe, Tanishk should have tweaked the tune a bit to make it more lively and spirited. That way, it should have blended well with the lyrics.
Out of the four songs, two (“Pyaar Ki” and “Taang Uthake”) make an instant impression. While “Malaamal”, despite its familiar sound, makes for an engaging hear, “Fake Ishq” would be something that one would like to hear with some video accompanying it. The quality of the music in the franchise is on a steady decline.