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Album Review
-Fun and Frivolity
By Aparajita Ghosh

It would be foolish to expect anything serious from a film’s music if David Dhawan happens to be its director and his two favourites Salman Khan and Govinda, the lead actors. ‘Partner’ is a film that promises Dhawan’s trademark kitsch, slapstick and wit, all rolled together in an enjoyable comedy.

Giving company to Salman and Govinda in the film are Lara Dutta and Katrina Kaif respectively. Interestingly, Katrina is not paired with Salman but with Govinda.

The film’s music is given by Sajid-Wajid, good friends of Salman, who gave a rather forgettable score for an equally forgettable movie called ‘Killer’ last year.

In ‘Partner’, Sajid-Wajid show improvement in their musical standards. Although the music album of the film cannot boast of any chartbusting number, the songs still make for an enjoyable hearing.

The opening track, ‘Do You Wanna Partner’ is high on techno quotient but low on melody. The song, sung by Udit Narayan and Shaan, is a dance track with a heady cocktail of Latino Lambda and elements of qawwali. Sanjay Chel’s words are banal but nicely sequenced to lend a frivolity to the track. An enjoyable number, all in all. Its remix version is high on tempo and bass.

‘Dupatta Tera Nau Rang Da’ continues the upbeat mood with its lively, vibrant spirit that combines Punjabi pop with techno. Both Sonu Nigam and Kunal Ganjawala render this song with full gusto. Sajid Wajid’s musical arrangement gives this number a pepped up feel.

Hip Hop meets Reggae meets desi filmi music in You’re My Love. The song’s rollicking mood stands in sharp contrast to its average melody and unimpressive singing by both Shaan and Shweta Pandit. Hip Hop rap by Earl D'Souza's lends a bit of vigour to this otherwise bland track. The remix version of ‘You’re My Love’ has an added thump.

‘Maria Maria’ weaves a feeling of déjà vu with its folksy Goan feel. Sounds of guitars, drums and violin blend together to create an atmosphere of a party while singers Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi display their vocal dexterity. A strictly passable number.

The album steers back into Punjabi mood with ‘Soni De Nakhre’. Sajid-Wajid muffle the Punjabi bhangra effect with an electronic treatment of this track. Labh Janjuwa’s vocals are earthy and have a rustic flavour.

All in all, the music of ‘Partner’ is no great shakes despite the fact that it offers many dance tracks. The songs in the album do manage to create a mood of fun and frivolity. But there is nothing that makes a place in your heart.

Rating: **
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