Music Review: Ayushmann's Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a rare, vintage treat

21-02-2015

After a long time we have a classic Anu Malik music album. Let’s have a look at what the veteran musician has whipped up for us this time.


Papon grabs the mike for Moh Moh Ke Dhaage, which is a beautiful and rare semi-classical number. It makes use of some amazing flute interludes coupled with a shehnai solo. Papon’s matured and layered voice adds depth to the track and overall reminds us why Anu Malik was one of the top music directors of his time. The female version has been sung by Monali Thakur sounds brighter and is still a good alternative.


Kailash Kher, Jyoti Nooran and Sultana Nooran are the talents behind the title track Dum Laga Ke Haisha. It is a light, peppy number that should serve as a good background track for the movie. It has a markedly desi feel which works very well with the vocal talents involved.


Kumar Sanu’s ‘Tu’ will instantly transport you back two decades when Sanu’s voice was a must in every movie. The subsequent whistling further heightens this vintage mood making this an instant fav amongst fans of 90s music, though it does sound very familiar. It is exactly the kind of track you will expect to find playing at your local hairdressers or maybe at a highway truck stop.

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Sunder Susheel by Malini Awasthi and Rahul Ram is one track where lyricist Varun Grover truly shines. It beautifully captures the expectations of every to be bride and groom in small-town India. Sample this – suit mein jo accha lage, shave karke baccha laga, aam se kaccha lage! It is light and playful and wonderfully touches a sweet note towards the end. It is a song every married couple can relate to and is sure to find a special place in your heart.


Kumar Sanu and Sadhana Sargam pair up for another vintage sounding number – Dard Karaara. Close your eyes and you can almost imagine Govinda grooving in a pair of yellow pants and pink shirt. This is the classic 90s romantic experience done perfectly. YRF decided to capture the era by having the veterans themselves recreate their magic and the do a fantastic job. Love it or hate it, you will soon be humming this number.


Finally you have Papon humming for Prem’s theme which is a simple, slow track with an undertone of pathos.


Overall, Anu Malik and Varun Grover do a fantastic job of capturing a certain feel and yet manage to deliver some truly original works. In the midst of albums filled with Honey Singh and Kanika Kapoor numbers, Dum Laga Ke Haisha comes as a breath of fresh air. No matter how much the newer brigade of musicians may thump their chest, Malik proves why he is still one of the greats. Definitely an album you should not miss.

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