If there’s one clear reason to check out the Dabangg 3 music, it would be to listen to youngster Salman Ali on ‘Awara’. The winner of Indian Idol in 2018, he recently sang ‘Jai He’ in Satellite Shankar. But the new song takes him into another league.
Ali’s pitching, throw and range are in top order as he sings the Sameer-Sajid Khan lines “Maange fakir duaayen Allah, yaar di soorat mashallah: Reet na jaanoo, rivaaj na maanoo, main te thehra saada banda“. Sadly, co-singer Muskaan sounds pale in comparison, almost like a set of computer keys pressed at random order. Yet, the song lingers.
The rest of Sajid-Wajid’s soundtrack has its ups and downs. After the first two parts of the Dabangg franchise, they naturally carry forward some older numbers, giving new takes in Dabangg 3. Thus, you have ‘Hudd Hudd’ (sung by Divya Kumar, Shabab Sabri and Sajid Khan) and ‘Munna Badnaam Hua’ (Badshah, Kamaal Khan, Mamta Sharma), both written by Danish Sabri.
Hero Salman Khan’s auto-tune is on overdrive as he sings ‘Yun Karke‘, where lyricist Sabri goes haywire on the lines “Saadi ka pallu ghumake, blouse ko apne chupake, woh badi aadar se nikli yoon karke.” The word ‘blouse’ is pronounced ‘biloujhe’, but then the song also has Payal Dev singing “Bailee buttonwa’ and ‘Chingum’, just to sound authentic. Help!
A couple of decent, though routine, tracks provide solace. Javed Ali does a neat rendition of ‘Naina Lade‘, which makes pleasant use of strings and sargam patterns. Shreya Ghoshal and Jubin Nautiyal coordinate well on the Irfan Kamal-penned ‘Habibi Ke Nain‘, though somehow, the song doesn’t rise above the ordinary.
Ultimately, only ‘Awara‘ stands out, and Ali proves he’s definitely a voice to look out for. As for Sajid-Wajid, they stick to the film’s requirements, and are perhaps insured for the next five Dabangg films.