Monday, 4 March 2013

Mere Dad Ki Maruti Review

Falling in love with a hot girl during the wedding season seems like the  perfect plot line for a Bollywood movie. Lose your Dad’s car during the film and it’s Yash Chopra Films’ version of Dude, Where’s My Car.

As the wedding is set in Chandighar, Mere Dad Ki Maruti has a Punjabi influenced soundtrack. There are some famous names in bhangra providing the vocals including Panjabi MC, Manak E, Yo Yo Honey Singh and Diljit Dosanj. 

Haay is PMC’s big Bollywood debut. Sadly he fails to make much of an impact and I find his vocals stilted and intrusive alongside Manak E’s. The women’s verse halfway through seems out of place and doesn‘t suit the song. Naturally as it’s PMC, there is a tumbi involved which sounds familiar!

The Duracell bunny advert came to mind when I heard Punjabiyaan Di Battery. Mika teams up with Yo Yo Honey Singh on this energtic track. It’s ok to listen to, but the bruahhs sound forced and clichéd.

Sonu Kakkar sounds like she is doing a Miss Pooja impression in Hip Hip Huraah. It’s the only female solo on the album so expect some suggestive dancing. It's good, but I have heard better item numbers There are some odd English lyrics in Desi songs, but this one missed the point completely. The colloquial English phrase “Hip Hip Huraah” which expresses praise has nothing to do with body parts.

The title track is sung by Diljit Dosanj and his vocals are good. It’s the most traditional track on the soundtrack. It‘s probably my favourite song on the album as it sounds the most original. Main Senti Hoon is a typical Bollywood track and could have been in any film. This is another track with some creative lyrics. “Put your right leg out and left leg in” - are they going to do the hokey cokey?

Unlike most Bollywood soundtracks, there is no remix of the main song at the end. Instead there is a mashup of the tracks. It’s like listening to most of the album in a few minutes.

Verdict:  There are some good moments in this soundtracks. But some odd lyrics and clichés make this sound like Bollywood has a made a parody of Punjabi music. MDKM gets better after a few listens, but anyone expecting authentic bhangra will be disappointed.

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