Film: Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Music: Krsna Solo
Lyrics: Raj Shekhar
Additional song composed by Tanishk and Vayu and written by Vayu
The lead track, “Banno,” is yet another version (and a fun one) of the time-tested folk song last used in the 1996 “Dushmani.” Vayu writes some lightweight words that fit within the film in this enjoyable track sung by Brijesh Shandilya and Swati Sharma and scored by Tanishk and Vayu.
Among the songs by Krsna (who goes now by the name of Krsna Solo!), Jyoti Nooran of “Highway” fame gets a far superior folk song, “Ghani Bawri,” (which she sings superbly). Ankit Tiwari is better than usual in “Mat Jaa Re,” a nicely poignant melody. Sunidhi Chauhan is brilliant in “Move On,” a spunky song.
Dev Negi infuses loads of soul into “Ho Gaya Hai Pyar,” a raag-infused steep melody that carts us straight back to the era of soft, romantic melodies. Rajshekhar’s lyrics in the song denote the high standard he maintains throughout the score with Krsna turning up trumps in his career-best work, better than his two earlier films “Tanu Weds Manu” and “Jolly LLb.”
Sonu Nigam gets the very different “O Saathi Mere,” with a very pronounced Bengali folk element—Krsna is a Bengali. The S.D.-Salil aroma wins us over in these days of non-Bengali cacophony placed in Bengali subjects (“Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!” and “Piku”). This film is not even placed in that state.
Finally, for the unique twin versions of “Old-School Girl,” which follow the Jazz genre with rare skill. Anmoll Malik is immaculate in the normal version with her diction (never mind the comparatively “Indian English” lyrics), but the Hariyanvi version is deliberately contrived to highlight the way Indian pronunciation can warp the language for humor! Kalpana Gandharv, like Malik, is exceptional in a different way—she brings in the intended imperfections perfectly.