DholAlbum: “Dhol”; Music: Pritam; Singers: Akriti Kakkar, Kunal Ganjawala, Labh Janjua, Mika Singh, Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal, Sohail Kaur, Soham Chakraborty, Sunidhi Chauhan,Usha; Rating: **1/2

It may seem promising, but it’s not. One will expect a lot from this multi-starrer comic flick as the music is all over the radio and the promos are splashed across the tube. But the first impression is not always the final one, especially in case of Dhol. 

‘Oh Yaara dhol bajaake’ is just a perfect blend of westernized beats and Punjabi zing. One cannot help but get grooving on this track. It’s fast paced, catchy and moreover is not a clichéd Punju number. Mika’s nasal vocals which enhance the off-the-wall lyrics do make a difference to the rendition. And Pritam’s exceptional music here deserves a pat, though we wonder how he delivered an original!  

An attempt to make it sound funny, ‘Namakool’ sounds just about okay. The music does not gel well with the vocals of Kunal Ganjawala and Shaan. In certain intervals it comes across as abrupt while the lyrics are good enough. Pritam cuts, copies and pastes one bit from R Kelly’s ‘Burn it up’. Here he lives up to our expectations!

After the guys, it’s the girl power that gets together for ‘Haadsa’. Sunidhi Chauhan and Akrutti Kakkar do a decent job. Yet again, the song doesn’t stand out for any reason. The vocalizations are certainly commendable. But the music sounds like Britney Spears ‘Oops I did it Again’ in bits and pieces.  The guitar tones in the last note have turned out very well which make the song memorable. 

‘Bheega Aasman’ starts off very well and ends like just another song. The music sounds very forced. The only good bit about the track is its vocalization by Shaan and Vijay Yesudas. Especially the second verse is crooned really well by Yesudas. 

‘All Night Long’ sounds like an amalgamation of a few English tracks and Train’s ‘Mahiya’. After long it’s Usha Uthup’s grave voice making waves on the mike. She sounds absolutely fresh and fab. The track’s Goan feel will suit the turn tables on a carnival. The use of English words spruces up the feel of the track. 

Like the other tracks, even ‘Dil liya dil liya’ offers nothing great. This one sounds a tad bit like Style’s ‘Mohobbat Mohobbat.’ Shreya Ghoshal’s voice sounds too shrill and even digitized in some bits. The music is not bad, but the lyrics are better and it’s certainly placed well. 

After listening to Mika’s voicing tricks for ‘Oh yaara dhol baajake’, one cannot accept his replacement. Labh Janjua of ‘Soni De Nakhre’ fame does make a fair attempt, but his voice doesn’t blend well with the pace of the song. Also, his voice sounds a wee bit thin for a heavy song like ‘Dhol bajjake.’

Instead, the new kid on the musical block, Suhail Kaul who sung ‘Baatein Kuch Unkaheen Si’ in Metro does a much much better job. His singing seems effortless and versatile. One is sure to enjoy the song because of his young and fresh appeal. 

Well, Pritam does it yet again. If you have a taste for originals, avoid this one. However Dhol is recommended especially for its title track and its two versions.

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