REVIEW: Mungda is bland fare!

By Bryan Durham - February 5, 2019

You’ve got to bemoan the lack of originality in Bollywood. Even those wanting to do original music are being convinced that doing re-creations is in their best interests. Mungda becomes the second re-creation off the Total Dhamaal soundtrack, the eighth in the first six weeks of the year.

Fraud Saiyaan and Gully Boy may have had only one re-creation in Chamma Chamma and Mere Gully Mein, respectively, but everything from Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (Title Song, Gud Naal Ishq Mitha), Luka Chuppi (Poster Lagwa Do, Coca Cola Tu) to Total Dhamaal (Paisa Yeh Paisa and now, Mungda) has had two re-creations each so far. It’s almost as if it’s become the norm rather than the exception to have one.

But here’s the thing about the Mungda re-creation by Gourov-Roshin. It’s unimaginative and does barely enough to even register as a re-creation. Changing certain lyrics isn’t enough. It’s at best a remix, if you ask us.

But the song, while peppy, is nothing extraordinary. The video, too, is no great shakes and while Sonakshi tries her best to glam it up, she’s no Helen, who wowed even at her simplest.

Jyotica Tangri, Shaan and Subhro Ganguly’s voices don’t stand out in memory and are no match for Usha Mangeshkar (the original singer).

Total Dhamaal releases February 22, 2019.

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