Film: "Nautanki Saala", Music Directors: Falak Shabir, Mikey McCleary, Rashid Khan, Ayushmann Khurrana, and Rochak Kohli; Singers: Ayushmann Khurrana, Tulsi Kumar, Falak Shabir, Niti Mohan, Geet Sagar, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Saba Azad, and Nitin Mukesh; Rating ***
The soundtrack of director Rohan Sippy's forthcoming romantic-comedy "Nautanki Saala" has a long list of songs and composers have managed to blend elements of romance and comedy very well in the songs. The eight original songs and their reprised, unplugged and remix versions are likely to woo music lovers.
However, a couple of tracks would have niche listeners as they won't appeal to the masses.
The album starts with romantic number "Mera mann kehne laga". Sung by Tulsi Kumar, the soothing, happy song can make you dream. The lyrics are dipped in romance and beautifully describe a lover's feelings.
Its reprise version is sung by Falak Shabir and maintains the romantic flavour, but is slow in pace.
The next is "Saadi gali aaja". Although it has a strong music with lots of drum beats, don't misinterpret it for a typical dance number. Sung by Neeti Mohan and Ayushmann, it gradually gains tempo but does not cross the line to become a party song.
The remix version is just faster and yes, you can think of shaking a leg on this one.
Next is "Dhak dhak". A reprised version of the original song from 1992 film "Beta", which gave actress Madhuri Dixit the title of 'Dhak Dhak Girl', sounds a lot more naughtier in Saba Azad's voice. The music beats are foot tapping and the changes in composition makes it an interesting hear. It has the potential to become a favourite songs for all-girls party!
Not all the songs can please music lovers and the next track "Tu hi tu" is one of them. Another romantic number sung by Ayushmann, the composition has classical touch. The lyrics are beautiful and the singer has given his best to enhance the romantic flavour. The music, however, could have been more rhythmic.
The next track "Draamebaaz" is a fun song. If composition strikes a chord with the listeners, lyrics are icing on the cake. Sung by Geet Sagar, it has a comical touch to it. A carefree track, it is thoroughly enjoyable.
The only sad number in the album is "Sapna mera toota". Singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's midas touch can be felt in the song, which has a little qawwali music infused into it. Lyrics will make you ponder over the story. It is out and out Rahat song, hear it to enjoy his soulful singing.
"Dil ki to lag gayi" begins on a slightly gloomy note, but Saba's voice peps you up. You can make out that the singer has enjoyed the song while singing it. The peppy lyrics catch your attention and tongue twisting words in the lyrics are funny. But the song doesn't have the potential to keep you hooked till the end.
Then comes "So gaya ye jahan", another reprised version of an old song. You can like it if you had enjoyed the original song from 1988 film "Tezaab". Sung my Nitin Mukesh, the song has fast beats. From a slow romantic number, it becomes a fun filled foot tapping number.
High on romance, "Nautanki Saala" soundtrack is enjoyable and it has something for everyone. Although light fun-filled songs are catchy and entertaining, but compositions are not extraordinary.