Director Milan Luthria returns with Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara! which also happens to be the sequel to his highly successful Gangster Flick OUATIM and stars Akshay Kumar and Imran Khan in the lead along with Sonakshi Sinha. Music in an action film, especially in a gangster genre, is not the mainstay as compared to a Romcom or a Musical. Rather it needs to be intricately woven into the storyline so that the end result is not jarring. That Milan Luthria is a master at doing this is well exemplified by the way the music stood out in his earlier outings including OUATIM. So it comes across as no surprise that even for OUATIMD, Milan has chosen Pritam once again to do the honors in the music department with the lyrics being penned by Rajat Arora. In addition, there is also a guest composition from Anupam Amod. It is with the expectation that this highly successful musical combination of OUATIM will once again weave their magic that one starts listening to the soundtrack of OUATIMD.
The album opens with the melodious Ye Tune Kya Kiya which has already started its ascent in the popularity charts. This Sufi number has the talented Pakistani Singer, Javed Bashir lending his vocals and has an old world charm to it. Rajat Arora poetically addresses the pangs of first love and Javed Bashir manages to convey the emotions beautifully through his exemplary vocals. Instantly likeable, this one is a winner indeed!
Tu Hi Khwahish is what one might call the “Item Number” of this soundtrack and has Sunidhi Chauhan taking centre-stage. This one is familiar territory to Sunidhi and she excels as usual. The song indeed is quite catchy and might be popular among the dance crowd but its sustainability in the long run might be a bit difficult, simply because of the overdose of such songs in recent films so much so that it can get easily lost in the crowd.
Tayyab Ali from the 70s classic, Amar Akbar Anthony has been reprised and recreated by Anupam Amod. This fun number has Javed Ali behind the mike and he seems to be having a blast singing the song. Comparisons even if they seem unfair are inevitable. Therefore, if one does compare this track to the original, it would not be wrong to say that the song is actually a very decent effort even if it is more of a tribute to the original and does manage to transport the listener to the 70’s era.
The fourth and final number in this soundtrack is Chugliyaan and has Javed Ali and Sahir Ali Bugga lending their vocals to this romantic melody. It indeed is a beautiful number and is pleasant on the ears and one does wonder why this number has not been promoted as yet. Pritam’s composition is literally music to the ears so much so that it would not be wrong to say that this number is indeed the surprise packet of this soundtrack.
Overall the soundtrack of OUATIMD is an excellent effort from Pritam and is sure to be lapped up by the audiences in much the same way as its predecessor. It sure might be a short album with just four songs in it but suffice to say, Quality wins over Quantity.
Our Picks: Chugliyaan and Ye Tune Kya Kiya