Music Review: Tanu Weds Manu Returns (Hindi)

Composer(s): Krsna, Tanishk-Vayu
Listen to the songs online here: Saavn

Tanishk-Vayu's sole offering Banno, sung superbly by Brijesh Shandllya and Swati Sharma, is one helluva catchy and ebullient folk number, and the rustic, traditional orchestration makes it an immensely enjoyable listen. Ditto Ghani Bawri, an effervescent folk piece that gets pitch-perfect accompaniment in Jyoti Nooran's vivacious vocals. Ankit Tiwari is adequately effective in the pathos-driven Mat Ja Re despite the overall predictable tune. (Also realised, how Ankit's voice sounds so similar to Mohit Chauhan, who I feel would have done a better job here.)

The jazzy Old School Girl is fantastic and just splendid in terms of everything - the tune, arrangement and Anmol Malik's fabulous vocals. Its Haryanvi variant, which throws some fab mandolin, guitars and accordion into the mix alongside an accented singing by Kalpana Gandharv, unfortunately doesn't sit very well given the tune's jazz base. Sunidhi Chauhan sounds absolutely brilliant in the racy Middle-Eastern flavoured Move On, as Dev Negi's first-rate rendition adorns the lovely melody Ho Gaya Hai Pyar. The soundtrack's best however goes to O Sathi Mere. Stunningly arranged (that flute!), Sonu Nigam sweeps the melody with his emotive and heartfelt vocals. While I do miss a Rangrez, Krsna conjures a worthy follow-up with Tanu Weds Manu Returns.