Sajid Wajid and Salman kHan share a healthy hand in hand relation for a long time. After Wanted and Veer, both are back together for Dabangg..so lets find out if they manage another successful one up their sleeves.
Dabangg begins with a romantic track 'Tere Mast Mast do Nain' which has a sufi feel to it, which is further elevated to heights thanks to the latest hit machine Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. A solo, 'Tere Mast Mast do nain' is a quality opening that is catchy and will surely catch up on to you. Guest lyricist Faaiz Anwar does a fine job, though he could have done better.
Masala is in, with a hardcore item song 'Munni Badnaam Huyi' rendered by Mamta Sharma and Aishwarya. This track is what you call in real sense a masala track. Full pacy, with no sense yet interesting lyrics, the track is totally submerged into the Bihar flavour yet is catchy. This one should be an instant hit.
Sajid Wajid's favourite Sonu Niigaam is behind the mic now for 'Chori Kiya Re Jiya' with Shreya Ghoshal for a soulful romantic duet. This one has to be the best romantic track ever created by Sajid Wajid. From the very first second, the track makes you completely lost into its own world, sucking with each second of the song progressing. Highly melodious, sugar coated with simple lyrics, this one is another winner for Dabanng and undoubtedly the best track from the album.
Sukhwinder Singh and Wajid come together for the title track titled 'Hud Hud Dabangg' which is very much on the lines of Omkara with Sukhwinder Singh being the common factor as well in both the tracks. The track at best should be for a background score, since as a song it doesnt do any good to the album.
Next arrives 'Humka Peena Hai' which for sure would remind you of the track 'Taali' from the movie Veer as it starts. As the song moves on, it takes a complete Bihar route but fails to click with the listener. Wajid, Master Salim and Shabab Sabri do a good as the vocalists, but the composition in iteself is strictly above average. Even the signature line pops out all of a sudden.
'Tere Mast Mast Do Nain' returns, this time in a duet version with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan alongside Shreya Ghoshal. Just like it was done with Surili Ankhiyon Waali, where there were 2 versions, one sung solely by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and the other being a duet version sung also by Sunidhi Chauhan but only during the last stanza, same goes here as Rahat Fateh Ali Khan dominates for the first 3 and a half minutes out of this 6 minute track, as Shreya joins for the last stanza. But the addition is worth as her sweet vocals just increases the beauty of the song manifolds.
Remixes follow with Munni Badnaam Hui being the first one. With original being quite catchy, the remix could just be added to it as well. Unlike other disappointing remixes, this one is not that bad as expected.
One fears as the remix of Tere Mast Mast do Nain plays, since one wont want the romantic track to be ruined. It begins with some glitches giving it a old feel of the radio and maintains so throughout, but anyhow the track is ruined and is sureshot passable.
Humka Peeni Hai (remix) arrives and there isnt anything exciting about it as well. Passable.
Lastly comes the 'Dabangg Theme' which wont be the first time you listen, if you have seen the theatrical trailer of Dabangg. Yes, the whole theatrical with every dialogue, scene and music being intact is packed into the audio version much to your delight to LISTEN to the trailer whenever you want. Like Wanted's theme, this is filled with some dialoguebaazi too.
On the whole, Dabangg is what it was supposed to be a massy masala affair. The album is definitely among the greatest of the year, yet it does have its moments in form of Tere Mast Mast Do Nain, its duet version, Chori Kiya Re Jiya and Munni Badnaam Hui.