Band Baaja Baaraat

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Soundtrack

The score and songs of the film were composed by the duo Salim-Sulaiman who’ve composed music for many other Yash Raj Films productions before, including Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, which had already united actress Anushka Sharma with director Maneesh Sharma, who was then still an assistant director. The lyrics to the various songs were written by Amitabh Bhattacharya and playback singers include Sunidhi Chauhan, Benny Dayal, Shreya Ghoshal, Natalie Di Luccio, Himani Kapoor, Harshdeep Kaur, Labh Janjua, Shrraddha Pandit, Master Saleem, Sukhwinder Singh, Amitabh Bhattacharya and Salim Merchant.

The soundtrack was revealed on 19 October 2010, at the Yash Raj Studios in Andheri, Mumbai, and was commercially released on 3 November with a launch event happening at the Reliance TimeOut store in Bandra. The album consists of nine tracks, including two remixes and Yash Raj Films issued a press release giving a description of each track. They described the opening song Ainvayi Ainvayi as “a funky, energetic number”, Tarkeebein as a “youthful song with cool lyrics”, Aadha Ishq as a “perfect love ballad”, Dum Dum as a “unique, unabashed item number with a Sufi-rock feel”, Mitra as “cool and contemporary”, Baari Barsi as a “superbly re-orchestrated” traditional Punjabi wedding song and Band Baaja Baaraat (Theme) as “a pulsating track which perfectly represents the spirit of the movie”.

Songs

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. “Ainvayi Ainvayi” Salim Merchant & Sunidhi Chauhan 4:27
2. “Tarkeebein” Benny Dayal & Salim Merchant 4:49
3. “Aadha Ishq” Shreya Ghoshal & (additional vocals by Natalie Di Luccio) 4:43
4. “Dum Dum” Benny Dayal & Himani Kapoor 5:10
5. “Mitra” Amitabh Bhattacharya & Salim Merchant 4:02
6. “Baari Barsi” Harshdeep Kaur, Labh Janjua & Salim Merchant 4:42
7. “Band Baaja Baaraat (Theme)” Salim Merchant & Shrraddha Pandit 1:52
8. “Ainvayi Ainvayi (Dilli Club Mix)” (Remix by Abhijit Vaghani) Master Saleem & Sunidhi Chauhan 3:45
9. “Dum Dum (Sufi Mix)” (Remix by Abhijit Vaghani) Sukhwinder Singh & Himani Kapoor 4:29

Reception

Critical reception for the soundtrack was generally average, leaning somewhat towards the positive, with everyone praising Ainvayi Ainvayi (with SawfNews even stating that one would “probably want to see the movie just for this song”) and agreeing that the album was a superior effort than the composing duo’s previous solo soundtrack for Teen Patti, while several criticised the track Dum Dum and lamented the similarity to previous Salim-Sulaiman scores. Writing for ApunKa Choice, Usha Lakra titled her review “Band, Baaja, Bland” and noted that while “the album has its moments” and “the tracks are composed strictly keeping in mind the theme of the movie”, all-in-all Ainvayi Ainvayi was the only chartbuster of the album. Lakra listed Ainvayi Ainvayi, Aadha Ishq and Band Baaja Baaraat (Theme) as the album’s best tracks. Prateeksha Khot of Bolly Spice only truly disliked Dum Dum and praised the “unconventional” lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya but felt the album failed “to live up to the expectation generated by the initial tracks” and criticised the similarities with previous Salim-Sulaiman efforts such as Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year and Aaja Nachle. The Economic Times writer Ruchika Kher gave a positive review, describing the album as a “fun-filled soundtrack” and noting the similarities between Tarkeebein and compositions by A. R. Rahman. Music Aloud also published a positive review, noting that while the soundtrack wasn’t Salim-Sulaiman’s best, it was still “a definite winner with some fantastic tracks”. The reviewer however did dislike the song Dum Dum, and remarked that while Ainvayi Ainvayi resembled the song Dance Pe Chance from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, it was “far more engaging”. One of the album’s most enthusiastic reviews was written by Joginder Tuteja for Bollywood Hungama. Tuteja described the music as “one of the better soundtracks that one has heard from the house of Yash Raj Films in last couple of years”, “one of the best works of Salim-Sulaiman” and “much more than just a regular fun album”. He selected Ainvayi Ainvayi, Aadha Ishq and Dum Dum (Sufi Mix) as the disc’s best tracks. Moviehattan’s Gurpreet Bhuller also liked the soundtrack, which he described as a “quality album” with “a good collection of songs”.

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