Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani not only brings back the winning combination of Ranbir Kapoor and Ayan Mukerji (after the coming of age movie Wake Up Sid) but also the magical combination of ex flames Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone who are expected to set the screen on fire with their sizzling chemistry along with Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapur in pivotal roles. Music for this Dharma Productions film has been composed by Pritam with the lyrics being penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya and Kumaar. Dharma Productions is synonymous with musical excellence in their films and the Pritam – Ranbir combination brings back memories of the beautiful and award winning soundtrack from Barfi!. Hence, it is a given that the soundtrack of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani would be in the same league, if not better.
The album opens with Badtameez Dil which has already started its ascent in the popularity charts and for good reason! This scintillating cocktail of Amitabh’s quirky lyrics, Ranbir’s Shammi Kapoor-like moves, Benny Dayal’s energetic singing and last but not the least, the foot tapping racy and fast paced music has worked wonders and the end result is just incredibly awesome. Amitabh’s lyrics need a special mention especially because one would normally find it difficult to appreciate lyrics that border on nonsensical absurdity. But when heard in the context of this catchy number, these madcap lyrics are actually charmingly addictive and add to the wackiness of the song. Benny Dayal is just superb in his rendition with Shefali Alvares providing solid support. An excellent start to the album indeed!
Balam Pichkari is the quintessential Holi Song which has a folk base with some western beats added to it to make it more appealing. The experiment works and how! Music composer cum singer Vishal Dadlani takes centre-stage along with Shalmali Kholgade and together they manage to have a blast singing Amitabh’s fun-filled lyrics in this energetic and entertaining number. One can expect this number to be on top of the playlist of the must-have Holi songs for this year for sure. All-in-all, another outright winner from Pritam.
is next in line and appears in two versions – One sung by Arijit
and the other reprise version by Mohit Chauhan
. The chorus vocals by children is very endearing and the guitar based melody is very pleasant. As for the vocals, both Mohit and Arijit do a very good job in their rendition of Amitabh’s lyrics but honestly the music is just about average and not something that registers for long.
has an understated melancholic Sufi based melody and instantly strikes a chord. This one too has two versions. The first version has Tochi Raina
and Rekha Bhardwaj
lending their vocals while adding a rustic touch. They manage to lift the already mesmerizing melody up by a few notches though the rock based arrangement has a heard-before feeling. Amitabh’s lyrics are powerful and heart-wrenching and manage to pull at one’s heartstrings. The other version by the relatively less experienced but equally gifted Harshdeep Kaur
and Arijit Singh
has an Indian flavor to it in its arrangement and is similarly breathtaking. This sure is a captivating melody and can climb up the charts if promoted well.
Dilliwali Girlfriend is the typical chhed-chaad song and this one is filled with naughtiness and fun. This is Sunidhi’s territory and she excels as usual but it is Arijit who is a revelation. His transition from the soulful Kabira to this naughty number speaks volumes of his talent. Kumaar’s lyrics are average and nothing much to write about but go in with the mood and setting of the song. It might not be a hot favorite with the purists but it will surely prove to be a hit with the masses.
Subhanallah is the penultimate number in this album and has Indian Idol winner, Sreeram behind the mike. This is a trademark Pritam melody and is easy on the ears and Sreeram manages to master the high-pitched portions with ease. His enticing vocals are the highlight of this melody which is essentially a “falling-in-love” kind of song and is quite likeable.
The final number is the highly anticipated Ghagra which has been picturized on Ranbir and (presumably) Madhuri Dixit
. This Rekha Bharadwaj number has a rustic flavor to it and her ethereal voice suits the number perfectly. She is ably supported by Vishal Dadlani but the downside of this song is the average music which is not as appealing as was highly conjectured, especially considering the fact this is a Madhuri Dixit ‘item’ number and the expectations were very high from this combination. The lyrics are also quite average and there is nothing much going for this number except for Rekha Bharadwaj’s vocals. Visually, there is a possibility that this number might be more appealing but it surely is a letdown audio-wise.
Overall, the soundtrack of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani will surely strike a chord with the listeners with Badtameez Dil and Balam Pichkari topping the charts along with Kabira . With this album Pritam is back to doing what he does best – composing listener friendly melodies. Needless to say this album will surely be among the popular albums of this year and will only add to the humongous expectations from this film.