The last time Pritam, Saif Ali Khan and Imtiaz Ali came together, they created a chart buster best seller in the form of Love Aaj Kal. The team returns with Cocktail, though Imtiaz doesn’t carry any role here beyond being the writer of the film. So let’s get down to what this Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone and newcomer Diana Penty starrer, ‘Cocktail’ has to offer us.
The album ticks off with the already rage number ‘Tumhi Ho Bandhu’, that features the still fresh vocals of the Iktara fame Kavita Seth as the lead here while Neeraj Sridhar jumps in for the signature lines, providing the right kind of efficacious vibe needed in the track. A hep, peppy track that it is, it is a perfect number to get down to the floor with your friends and have fun.
The friendship mood continues with ‘Daaru Desi’ as Benny Dayal and newbie Shalmali Kholgade render this breezy, lazy buddy track that is sure to catch on with the youngsters instantly. Reflecting the lives, moods and behaviour of best friends among them Daaru Desi is perfectly penned by Irshad Kamil that speak exactly about the friendship and bond that the youngsters carry among them.
Do you miss your school or college days? Or simply the days when you used to have a great time with your friends, caring less for the world? And do you remember the day when you eventually had to part ways with your friends to move on to further ventures knowing that those days probably won’t ever come back? To compliment these situations arrives ’Yaariyaan’. Sung by Mohan Kanan (Agnee Band) in his well-fitting deep voice that carries the sad essence of the song perfectly, along with a little support from Shilpa Rao, Yaariyaan features a kind of rock flavour at its core that is sure to catch up with those people out there who miss their friends and the days that are probably never going to come back.
Yaariyaan doesn’t end there as it has a reprise version of its own titled ‘Yaariyan (Reprise)’, this time Sunidhi Chauhan holding the helms while Arijit Singh lends his vocals for a short duration amidst the song. While the initial version had a rock base to it, here the song goes on mostly unplugged with Piano taking the centre stage. This version has a more saddening feel to it and Sunidhi’s vocals do just about justice to this soothing, melodious track. This is another track that is sure to get on your playlist for a long time.
The flavour quickly changes with a quirky dance track with equally quirky lyrics by the guest lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya in the form of ‘Second Hand Jawani’. The track takes it time to grow on you, but once it does it will be hard to get it off your club playlist. What makes this song an engaging affair is the lyrics and the feminist vocals delivered by Miss Pooja and Neha Kakkar, while the male vocalist Nakkash Aziz does a good job too.
Next arrives, ‘Tera Naam Japdi Phiran’, a westernised club song with a Punjabi touch throughout the track. The track begins with a soft mood as Shefali sings the line ‘I am a bad bad girl, I am gonna rock your world’, but the path changes as Javed Bashir takes off and renders this energetic number. Nikhil D Souza leaves his impression during the latter parts of the song that is mostly mixed with the background music playing but on the whole the track turns out decent. This may not be among your favourites, but given its due, may appeal to some.
The track returns later in a remix version as well, which is further pumped up with westernized beats, making you tap your feet and soon jumping on to the dance floor. This remix track doesn’t do too much for itself but if you liked the original, it doesn’t disappoint either.
Staying loyal to the Punjabi flavour of the previous tracks, arrives another track with a Punjabi touch, ‘Luttna (Saif Ul Malook)’, which unlike the last few tracks is a sad outing talking about heart breaks that begins in a slow unplugged format but soon catches up with a rock flavour for its signature line and pumps in energy, making this an unconventional track from Bollywood standards. If you notice the trend, you would realize that Cocktail slowly seems to be taking an unconventional route in the album and Luttna just adds to it. The track follows variations a plenty, with a lot of mixing done and the vocals doing an extraordinary job here. While this is another track that may not grow on you instantly, it surely does have its audience and might stay on you in the long run.
Luttna also marks it return with another version titled as ‘Luttna (Version 2)’. This version is slightly softer than its original version and if the original version left any positive mark on you, there are chances this won’t let you down either.
Finally, there is ‘Jugni’, another Punjabi track that holds to be the longest song in the album with duration of 7 minutes. Sung by Arif Lohar and Harshdeep Kaur, the track may not appeal to a large set of audience, despite the musical arrangements done quite splendidly. But except the signature lines, there is hardly anything else that grasps your attention in the whole track.
Cocktail, as the name goes is a mix of different kind of tracks comprising of the conventional Bollywood tracks to the not so conventional tracks by Pritam, yet manages to catch your attention and churn out some sure shot chartbusters.This cocktail is definitely for you, do try this out!
Rating: 4 / 5