With Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, one doesn’t expect things to go too wrong. The issue about their music in Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s movie is that things never go too right either. Clearly, this is a set of routine songs whose appeal may last till the film runs in the theatres.
Since the film is about the life of a kabaddi player, one would expect at least one motivational number. The closest one gets is Javed Akhtar’s lines Le-le panga panga panga…………Le-le panga samajon se, Le-le panga bandhanon se, Le-le panga dushmanon se.
Sung by Divya Kumar and Harshdeep Kaur, this one has vibrant beats, but the overall effect sounds more like a danga than panga.
On Dil Ne Kaha, Shahid Mallya and Asees Kaur start off like they are singing Shankar Mahadevan’s Breathless, but the song runs out of breath after a while. Worse, on the reprise version, Jassie Gill sounds flat. To compensate, Jugnu, which has some excellent Sufiana-styled singing by Sunny, who joins Mahadevan. This tune is high on energy, and the rhythms add plenty of vim.
On Bibbi Song, Annu Kapoor sings the lines Arrey Bibbi jaise pehle thi, waise fit ho jaao and tells someone to health banao aur i-stamina badhao. It is meant to be a fun song or so; the producers think. Finally, we have the ballad Wohi Hai Raste, a well-composed tune with good arrangements. Mohan Kanan’s vocals are soulful, and Asees Kaur complements him well.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have had two quick releases with this one and Chappaak. Though the latter has some decent songs written by Gulzar and sung by Arijit Singh and Siddharth Mahadevan, they haven’t done anything extraordinary after Raazi in 2018. Coming from them, this too is run of the mill.