By Maliha Rehman
It’s the oldest formula in cinematic history but it’s possibly one of the most hit ones. A feel-good, well-narrated romantic comedy is always very likely to appeal to cinema audiences. It is, however, essential that the story gets bolstered by a versatile, catchy soundtrack. What’s a love story without a love song or two? And a shaadi track? And a few peppy numbers here and there?
The upcoming movie Yaara Vey, starring Sami Khan and Aleeze Nasser, and scheduled to release on the 2nd of December this year, tries hard to fulfill all the tropes necessary to draw the audience towards its romantic storyline. There are the scenic locales, the quips that also occasionally surface in the trailer and then, there’s the music. The three songs from the movie’s soundtrack, released on YouTube, veer from a Rahat Fateh Ali Khan love song to a foot-tapping shaadi number and a flippant song about falling in love.
Perhaps the filmmakers are particularly counting on Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s ‘Ranjha Tera’ to hit a chord with the audience. With a lilting chorus and some very romantic visuals, it’s a classic Rahat Fateh Ali Khan number – sung beautifully, very hummable.
Completely in contrast is the dholki song, Kudi Patakha, thumping to the foot-tapping beat of the dhol, merging Punjabi lyrics with Urdu in a classic shaadi dance number. Sung by overseas artists Swarjit Singh and Palak Ranka, the song has a global appeal, you could play it in a Mehndi in Pakistan … or at a desi destination wedding in Europe!
Lastly, there is ‘Aaj Behek Jaane De’, sung by Atif Ali and Nishita Charles, which packs in the punches with powerful vocals and a great beat. It’s an ebullient, fun song – the sort that you’d play on repeat on a road trip!
A bit of romance, some dance and choruses that stay stuck in your head long after you’ve heard the songs – the makers of Yaara Vey have tried to concoct a soundtrack that’ll add to the romance spun out in what appears to be a happy-go-lucky love triangle. Will the movie manage to appeal to an audience that has seen plenty of filmy love stories but is always willing to get captivated by a few more? Time will tell.
But the soundtrack’s catchy.