A film that is quite in the news for a fresh tweak to the social message film, Youngistaan needs young, happening music. Producer Vashu Bhagnani's record, in films starring his son Jackky Bhagnani, is quite decent till now (F.A.L.T.U., Ajab Gazabb Love).
This time, Bhagnani invests in multiple composers, and the result is passable. The album gets off to a super start with 'Suno Na Sangemarmar' (Arijit Singh), which at first hearing seems lyrically okay (Kausar Munir), but being tailored to the situation in-film makes the words relevant and meaningful. The only composition of Jeet Aashiqui 2 Gannguli, this song is a revisit to the Pritam-Mukesh & Mahesh Bhatt music school, and scores heavily in melody. Arijit is superb, and the song stays with you – a rare quality in today's music, as we all know!
The remix version does not improve upon this song – and we think that songs like these – soulful, placid and mellifluous – should never be corrupted with this kind of rework.
We move next to 'Mere Khuda' (composed and sung by Shiraz Uppal with lyrics by Shakeel Sohail) with its overwhelming Sufiana content. The lyrics do not stay with you, though the rendition and singing, with a fusion-like attempt, make for easy listening. Uppal had done a brilliant track earlier in Aashayein (2009), so this one falls short.
The same team comes up with the qawwali, 'Daata Di Diwani' (Rafaqat Ali Khan-Shiraz Uppal). Very likable and authentic in vocals and orchestration, it suffers as a film track because it lacks a lexicon that the audience can understand, not just by itself but also in the context of the film. The heavy Urdu (blended with Persian?) lyrics will not find an echo in the listener. Who will decipher, for example, the meaning of 'Ganj bakhsh Faiz-E-Alam / Mazhar-e- noor-e-Khuda / Na kasara peer-e-kaabe / Kamila ra ranuma'? And the words that we do understand in this song are so trite and familiar that they will not really register with us.
But we did enjoy the meaningless but harmless 'Tanki' (with its two versions by multiple singers including Mika, Hard Kaur and Sneha Khanwalkar, who has composed the song). As long as it lasts, the funky words are packaged in a cute little tune with some interesting nuances in the orchestration. The vocals are gimmicky, but here is one song that actually demanded that!
The idea is to get an attention-grabbing score with a couple of interesting tracks, and in this goal, despite the lack of sustained musical ambition, the score is alright.
'Suno Na Sangemarmar', 'Tanki'
Music: Jeet Gannguli, Shiraz Uppal, Shree-Ishq & Sneha Khanwalkar
Lyrics: Kausar Munir, Shakeel Sohail, Syed Ahmad Afzal, Jackky Bhagnani & Sonny Ravan
Music Label: T-Series