Posted on December 5, 2015 at 10:12 pm

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Music Review: Dilwale

Dilwale is an upcoming Rohit Shetty directorial starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dhawan, and Kriti Sanon that is being hyped and promoted quite fervently. In anticipation of the film’s release in two weeks, team Dilwale has released the songs from the film’s soundtrack. The music has been composed by Pritam Chakraborty with lyrics penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya. Check out all the songs here!

Sung by Arijit Singh and Antara Mitra, “Gerua” was the first track unveiled with video to viewers a few weeks ago and it has just blown up to become the most popular video from the album. The beginning intro music is interesting and has somewhat of a Middle-Eastern feel, which rapidly transitions into the haunting Dilwale theme music. Despite the throwback tabla beat from the 90s and traditional orchestration, this melody is strangely addictive.

“Manma Emotion Jaage” was also released, featuring Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon in a hip-hop avatar in the video. A typical electronic hip-hop influenced track (with rap in the middle) sung by Amit Mishra, Anushka Manchanda, and Antara Mitra, this is a great song to workout to.

“Janam Janam” is the haunting melody featured in the film’s trailer, and the recently released video shows bits and pieces of SRK and Kajol’s romance. This song sounds just like Gerua but with a more boring melody. Even still, Arijit Singh killed it with his vocals in this one.

Rendered in the voice of Arijit Singh, “Tukur Tukur” has a typical Goan village feel and it’s a total masti-wala track that makes you want to get up and dance. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics for this one are a bit eccentric, with phrases like Vasco Da Gama inserted here and there. Nevertheless, Tukur Tukur is definitely one of my favorites from this album so far!

After the lively and peppy Tukur Tukur, “Daayre”, a softer song, pales in comparison. Also sung by Arijit Singh, this monotonous track is nothing great, as it sounds like every other mellow Bollywood song. Unfortunately, even Arijit Singh couldn’t do much to uplift this dull track.

“Premika” – featuring Benny Dayal and Kanika Kapoor – is a club number that has an ever-so-slight Spanish feel with the accordion and guitar orchestration. According to music experts at Guitar Junky, the beginning of this track makes you think it has the potential to be so much better and more interesting than it actually is, so it disappoints listeners.

The theme of Dilwale is simply a reprise of the haunting melody of Janam Janam with club beats overlaid. Nothing special here either.

Final Verdict: All in all, Dilwale is a pretty boring album. No melody of Pritam’s stands out as being particularly unique or soulful, even though Arijit Singh has sung all but two songs in this soundtrack. Better luck next time Pritam!

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