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A folksy medley, light and fun

bollywood Updated: Sep 25, 2012 16:22 IST
Nirmika Singh
Nirmika Singh
Hindustan Times
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Dreamum Wakepum is currently doing for Aiyya what Ooh La La did for The Dirty Picture (2011): providing a sonic canvas for the kitschy pop-culture-themed storyline of the film. Singer Soumya Rao’s untreated vocals with a nasal twang and quirky lyrics have ensured the song’s instant rise to popularity.

This year’s releases have shown a sudden love for lavani songs. After Mala Zau De in Ferarri Ki Sawaari and ‘I want just you’ in Joker, Aiyyaa offers ‘Sava dollar’. Sunidhi Chauhan delivers the song effortlessly. The references to Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha in the lyrics are endearing. However, minus the video, the song doesn’t hold its own. With Aga bai, Amit Trivedi gets into his signature style. The Electronic Dance Music (EDM) track, sung by Shalmali Kholgade and Monali Thakur, is packed with edgy melody and a steady groove. The frequent orgasmic ‘oohs’,’ aahs’ and ‘aiyyaa’ act as vocal fillers and work well for this experimental track. ‘Mahek bhi’ is a pleasant change from the other upbeat songs. This waltz number is backed with ethereal orchestral strings and piano. Shreya Ghosal sings it in her sweet voice. Sneha Khanwalkar sings in her staccato style in ‘What to do’, a moody EDM track that, we guess, exists to provide a shadowy sonic cover for a part of the film.

But Amit saved the best for the last on this soundtrack. Wakda, a song that alternates between Indian folk and Western rhythms, is reflective of the music director’s delicate sensibilities. There’s shehnai, Carnatic-inspired percussions and an undercurrent of synth sounds, which pad up the song sung by Amit himself. Fans of indie band Swarathma may find a slight resemblance between this song and the folk-rock outfit’s style.

What we like
Amit Trivedi’s versatility

What we don’t like
Overdose of folksy songs

Rating: ***