ABCD 2 (Music review), Hindi – Sachin-Jigar

Bezubaan‘s redux trades the earlier version’s Western sensibilities to desi-rap, powered by Vishal Dadlani’s vocals and ending on a similar high, like the original. The original film’s song, Sun saathiya, that the makers, for some odd reason did not add in that soundtrack, finally makes it to the soundtrack here. And deservedly so! Priya Saraiya is scintillating, expressing her own lyrics in pitch-perfect fashion, set to a gorgeous melody. Chunar‘s sweeping melancholy is predictable Ahir Bhairav, but the composers surprise with an electric guitar and mridangam jugalbandi midway! Happy birthday is a racy hip-hop birthday song, while If You Hold My Hand is competent boyband pop, with Benny Dayal ruling it. Hey Ganaraya, Shambu sutaya’s cousin, is a frenzied, rhythmic Ganesh bhajan making great use of Pantuvarali raaga, while Happy hour sees Mika Singh sing in his lazy drawl really well, with eclectic backgrounds that traverse multiple genres! Naach meri jaan is pulsating latino dance material and Shefali Alvares impressively carries the foot-tapping Tattoo. Vande Mataram, with its dramatic shifts in style and mood, is a painful listen and seems only to serve the final, jingoistic dance sequence. ABCD 2 is a Step Up on the original’s grand, showy music.

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