Music Review: ABCD 2 — Any Body Can Dance 2 (Hindi)

Composer(s): Sachin-Jigar
Listen to the songs online here: YouTube (Zee Music Company)

Chunar has Arijit Singh on the vocals and the man like always does complete justice to the pathos-infused song, pouring his heart out. Especially loved the mridangam twist in the arrangements. Sun Saathiya (glad that the makers included it in the soundtrack unlike last time) is pleasant and fabulous, Priya Saraiya's lilting vocals very well complemented by Divya Kumar's contrasting energetic rendition. Bezubaan Phir Se is engaging enough in the composers' imaginative orchestration, but I sort of still like the original better. Possibly it's that Mohit Chauhan factor! Sachin and Jigar join hands with Varun Dhawan in the middling techno-rap number Happy B'day, while Benny Dayal does wonders for the catchy melody If You Hold My Hand that's vaguely reminiscent of Hey Na Na (Hum Tum Shabana).

Like the Shambhu Sutaya in ABCD, there's an invocation of lord Ganesha here as well, only that Hey Ganaraya is more frenzied in Sachin-Jigar's delirium-inducing percussion and Divya Kumar's manic singing. Mika Singh sounds suitably drunk and laidback in the wacky Happy Hour, as the composers channel Ricky Martin's Maria in the irresistibly dancey Naach Meri Jaan. And it does help having Benny Dayal and Shalmali Kholgade behind the mic. Tattoo, sung by Shefali Alvares, likewise aims for the dance floor but quickly wears out after a couple of listens. Vande Mataram, most probably the climactic song, is jingoistic and strictly functional as a musical piece. The nifty tabla-percussion fusion is interesting however. Composer duo Sachin-Jigar strike again in style with a sumptuous musical melange. Any body can dance indeed, all over again!