‘Phillauri’ is an upcoming supernatural-comedy, starring Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh , Suraj Sharma and Mehreen Pirzada. It is Anushka’s home production and is directed by Anshai Lal. The film is scheduled for release on March 24.
The soundtrack for the film has been composed by Shashwat Sachdev with Jasleen Royal as a guest composer. The lyrics have been penned by Anvita Dutt and others. Consisting of a total of eight tracks, the music album has been released under T-Series.
Dum Dum: This is a soothing romantic number in the vocals of Romy and Vivek Hariharan. Anvita Dutt has written the lyrics. The song begins with the music of iktara and merges into tabla and other traditional instruments. The song keeps oscillating between high and low notes, and towards the end, it becomes faster in pace when guitar riffs can also be heard.
The song comes in two more versions. The lyrics for the Punjabi version has been penned by Shellee, while Romy and Vivek Hariharan have lent their vocals. Composer Shashwat Sachdev has added little more instruments to the song and it is also slightly longer than the original version.
There is also a reprise version sung by Diljit Dosanjh who stars in the movie. The arrangement is a mix of traditional and modern, and just like the original the ending is thrilling with drumbeats and prominent strains of sitar.
What’s Up: This song has the Punjabi flavour with arrangement of dhols and trumpets. Mika Singh kick-starts the song in his boisterous style, while Jasleen Royal, who has also composed the track, joins him with a mellowed-down voice. It is a celebratory song and is decent.
Din Shagna Da: Jasleen Royal returns as the composer and singer for this soft number based on a traditional song. It is a situational song when the bride leaves for her in-laws’ house and the lyrics have been penned by Neeraj Rajawat. The orchestration of guitars, piano, drums and table is beautiful.
Sahiba: It is a soulful love ballad in the melodious vocals of Romy and Pawni Pandey. The lyrics about love and longing have been penned by Anvita Dutt. Composer Shashwat Sachdev has liberally made use of folk instruments, including iktara, table etc.
Naughty Billo: This is a full-on party number with Punjabi flavour. The song starts off with a traditional note with iktara and dhol sounds, but soon transcends to contemporary music, adding sounds of keyboards, guitars, drums etc. It has been effectively sung by Diljit Dosanjh, Shilpi Paul and Nakash Aziz, while Anvita Dutt and Shashwat Sachdev have written and composed the song respectively. And the interesting thing is Anushka Sharma does a rap portion in the later part of the song.
Bajaake Tumba: It is a happy and fun song that narrates about a guy who falls for a girl and goes crazy, roaming the streets playing his tumba (a musical instrument). It is a hard-core Punjabi number, and Romy’s sings it with the required effect. Dhol, iktara and other folk instruments come to play once again for its orchestration.
‘Phillauri’ music album is in tune with the film’s setting and narrative. It also has a sort of freshness to it. While all the songs are well-crafted, ‘Dum Dum’ and ‘Sahiba’ are particularly pleasing to the ears with a sense of calmness.