Mubarakan is an album replete with foot-tapping Punjabi numbers that will appease to everyone who loves party numbers

After Aurangzeb, Arjun Kapoor returns to play a double role in Mubarakan. However, this time, the setting is a comedy, and he has company in his legendary uncle Anil Kapoor, who is quite a pro at making you laugh (watch Welcome again, please!). Arjun Kapoor, in his dual avatars, will be romancing Ileana D’Cruz and Athiya Shetty in the movie. Mubarakan is directed by Anees Bazmee, who is known for his comedies like No Entry, Welcome series etc. The album for the movie is out, and we find that there are multiple composers used to create the songs, with Kumaar being the sole lyricist. Here’s our review of the album…

The Goggle song

The first song of the album is simply called The Goggle song, perhaps taking inspiration from last year’s Kaala Chashma. And like Kaala Chashma, even The Goggle Song is a foot-tapping number that is just yearning to make it to the top of every DJ’s wishlist at parties. Amaal Mallik creates a funky tune and makes it a chartbuster with a plethora of singers like Sonu Nigam, Armaan Malik, Amaal Mallik, Tulsi Kumar and Neeti Mohan. Off to a rocking start, I must say!

Mubarakan

Guessing party theme seems to be the USP for Mubarakan going by the songs of its jukebox. The title track of Mubarakan, composed by Rishi Rich and Yash Anand, is another crowd-pleasing song, that uses some strains if old songs but is a completely modern song. Juggy D, Yash Narvekar, Badshah and Sukriti Kakar surely look to have some fun with this one.

Jatt Jaguar

Jatt Jaguar sounds a very unusual name for a song, but when we hear the lyrics of this one, we do realise why. The completely Punjabi flavoured song, composed by Amaal Mallik, talks about swag, trends, suit-boot like a typical Punjabi rap song. So why not have a Jatt Jaguar in there? Vishal Dadlani, Navraj Hans and Apeksha Dandekar sing this fun number, that has some quirky lyrics, but is just quite okay as a composition.

Haathon Mein Thhe Haath

Despite four singers (Papon, Altamash Faridi, Aditi Singh Sharma, Arpita Mukherjee) being involved, Haathon Mein Thhe Haath is actually a song about love, that too a sad one at that. The song is composed by Gourov-Roshin, who does a decent job with the arrangements, but the song, overall, is just another sad track that fails to stand out in the crowd, save for Faridi’s qawwali like vocals. However, after three party numbers, Haathon Mein Thhe Haath is quite a different change.

Hawa Hawa

Here comes the album’s biggest selling point, the recreated version of the cult ’80s pop song Hawa Hawa. It was been a trend to remake old songs with additional lyrics and rap like in the case of Humma Humma (Ok Jaanu) and Tamma Tamma (Badrinath Ki Dulhania). However, Hawa Hawa is more like Pyaar Do Pyaar Lo from Thank You, using just the catchphrase from the original song, while making everything else different. Mika Singh’s energetic singing is an asset, while Prakriti Kakar supports him well. The song is composed by Gourov-Roshin.

Dil Dhadke Louder Louder

Gourov-Roshin returns to compose another fun track for Mubarakan, which looks to be playing during a wedding sequence. Using a popular Punjabi folk song as the base, Dil Dhadke Louder Louder is a celebratory number full of Punjabiness. Rinku Giri and Puja Basnet add spunk to the proceedings with their singing.

Our verdict

Mubarakan is an album replete with foot-tapping Punjabi numbers that will appease to everyone who loves party numbers, with some of them sure to rule a DJ’s playlist. However, apart from Haathon Mein Thhe Haath, there is not much variety in the album, which can disappoint listeners who wants to listen to some soothing romantic songs. This is an album which is proud of its wholesome Punjabiness and delivers big time.
Rating: 3.0 out of 53.0 Star Rating

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