Music Review: ‘Nawabzaade’ makes you dance, but is that enough?
By Bryan Durham - July 17, 2018
MUSIC: Gurinder Seagal (SardarG), Guru Randhawa and Badshah
LYRICS: Guru Randhawa, Badshah, Kunaal Vermaa, Kumaar, Sandeep Nath
- High Rated Gabru: The sped-up Bollywood-ised version (sans Manj Musik) of one-man-army Guru Randhawa’s monster hit. Yes, literally nothing else to add here.
- Tere Naal Nachna: Singer-lyricist-composer Badshah collaborates with debutante (in Bollywood) singer Sunanda Sharma (of Jaani Tere Naa fame) for a club banger that’s going to be played everywhere. Where the guy’s playing it cooler-than-cool and the girl’s all about getting drunk to cope with his ‘coolness’. Because, hum toh aise hi…take it or leave it.
- Mummy Kasam: Kiss-and-don’t-tell wala song. Full tapori vibes a la Gandi Baat. The item number that says what happens in the bedroom, stays in the bedroom. Lacklustre lyrics by Kunaal Vermaa and rap by Ikka. Gurinder Seagal aka SardarG (the guy best known for singing and composing GF/BF) crafts a dance number that doesn’t really stay with you. Vocals by Payal Dev and Gurinder.
- High Rated Gabru (Female Version): Aditi Singh Sharma sings the slowed down version of the Guru Randhawa hit. Refreshing take. Pity it’s over too soon.
- Amma Dekh: Gurinder returns with the remake of the cult song from Jackie Shroff-starrer’s Stuntman. Sukriti Kakar sings the female portions. All we can say is… Jaggu Dada dekh, tera hit gaana bigda jaaye! Kumaar (on lyricist duty) and Ikka (for the rap portions) fail to add pizzazz
- Lagi Hawa Dil Ko: Mika and backing singers Altamas and Nettle join Gurinder on his soothing composition, a love song that has forgettable lyrics by Sandeep Nath. It’s a sweet, rather pleasant track, though.
VERDICT: Two remakes (one of which has a female version) and three originals feature on this six-song soundtrack. A mish-mash of inspirations, it never really holds you, despite a couple of obviously well-packaged dance tracks.