Dangal’s Full Songs List & Review!
It’s always been hard to pin down Pritam in terms of sound. Unlike A.R. Rahman, Amit Trivedi or Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, the composer doesn’t really have a “signature”. While that makes him stand the risk of sounding too generic, in other times, it’s pleasantly surprising, as in, say, Barfi. Similarly, Dangal sounds unlike anything Pritam has ever done before. The fact that this album comes a month after the formulaic, but pretty and moving, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, makes it seem even more different.
The first song Haanikaarak Bapu, evokes the innocence of the Doordarshan era. The singing by the cracked, sweet-voiced Manganiyar child folk artistes Sarwar Khan and Sartaz Khan Barna is a joy. But the star of the song is the lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya. If music is expected to make us feel happy or cathartic, this one makes us laugh. He supplies one amusing line after another, while tapping into a universal emotion no one writes songs about: the innocent complain every child would’ve had against her parents who wouldn’t let her have fun for her own sake.
In Dhaakad, Raftaar brings in the attitude of male aggression. But Bhattacharya’s words sing another tune; it unveils the female hero as a threat to others and not the other way round. The idea here is subverting hip-hop’s inherent misogyny. The verses fit tight into Raftaar’s laidback, stubborn Haryanvi slurring. At first, it just sounds great and once you get a grasp of the lyrics, it packs a punch.
The album loses some of its freshness once Pritam is back in his home-turf. Gilehriyaan isn’t bad. It’s a soft, polished, easy-listen sung by Jonita Gandhi. But you can see the design, made to offer relief and variety amid all the “rusticness”. In the first few listens, the Dangal title song seems lacking in the originality of the first two songs. The punchline, especially, felt too obvious, like something anyone could come up with for an anthemic song. Over a few more listens, I bought into its rousing spirit.
The opening lines, “Re latth gaad doon, Re jaada paad doon,” transport us in the middle of the dusty, wrestling pits of Haryana. Bhattacharya continues his impressive turn of phrases, “Are bhed ki hahakaar ke badle, Sher ki ek dahaad hai pyaare,” and Daler Mehndi’s charged, high-pitched rendition is perfect. With four songs, Dangal is short and solid. It strengthens the chemistry that Pritam-Bhattacharya has drummed up as a team and should also encourage the composer to take up more such unlikely projects.
Songs included in the album are, Haanikaarak Bapu (sung by Sarwar Khan, Sartaz Khan Barna), Dhaakad (sung by Raftaar), Gileheriyaan (sung by Jonita Gandhi), Dangal (sung by Daler Mehendi), Naina (sung by Arijit Singh), Dhaakad (sung by Aamir Khan) and Idiot Banna (sung by Jyoti Nooran, Sultana Nooran).