Chulbul Pandey is back! The hugely endearing character that skyrocketed Salman Khan to mega-stardom returns in Dabangg 2. Every song in the original film was a phenomenal hit. And with music composers Sajid-Wajid at the helm once again, it’s only fair to expect another chartbusting musical score in the sequel.
Dagabaaz re (Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shreya Ghoshal, Shadaab Faridi) is a gentle and melodious ballad that distinctly sounds like a follow-up to Tere mast mast do nain from the original flick. Though there’s nothing strikingly original in the composition, Khan and Ghoshal are superb in their rendition, which keeps the interest alive.
Pandeyjee seeti (Wajid, Mamta Sharma, Shreya Ghoshal) is a mash-up of Manna Dey’s iconic Chalat musafir (Teesri Kasam) and Munni badnaam. The song is tailor-made for Salman Khan to showcase his trademark dance moves. Although the brass band sounds a tad noisy, it gets your feet moving and the singing is strictly functional. It’s a desi fun track targeted at hardcore Khan fans.
Fevicol Se (Mamta Sharma, Wajid, Shadaab Faridi and others) is the quintessential raunchy item number. The Hinglish lyrics are silly but fun and Sharma’s naughty rendition is the highlight of this earthy dance track. That, coupled with Kareena Kapoor’s uninhibited on-screen dancing, will ensure this one’s a chartbuster.
Although Saason ne (Sonu Nigam, Tulsi Kumar) is in the same mould as Chori kiya re jiye – soft, romantic and soothing – it fails to make any impact. Perhaps a stronger female singer would have helped. Dabangg reloaded (Sukhwinder Singh) is an improvisation of the title track Hud hud dabangg.
Sajid-Wajid stick close to their earlier winning formula and hence offer no surprises in this album. The music is fun till it lasts. If only the composers hadn’t played it so safe.