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Patiala House Bollywood Music Review

Two years ago, when filmmaker Nikhil Advani teamed up with Shankar Ehsaan Loy for Chandni Chowk To China, the disastrous film released in January 2009; the music of which was quickly as the film's junk fate, forgotten.

With Patiala House, they are back with their repeat star Akshay Kumar in the same month this year, hoping to reclaim some respect for their tireless team spirit.

Laung Da Lashkara, the opening track of Patiala House, has the unique rhythm of a dance number which is mellow in its beats. It is fittingly calibrated by its lead singer Jassi's robust vocals that though is strong and full bodied does not jar when hitting a high note unlike what takes place with these kinds of 'crowd pleasing' numbers where the Punjab-da-puttar singer's pitch tends to tear through the earth's ozone layer.

Shafqat Ali's Kyon Main Jagoon starts at the top range of his voice, then cascades, roils in its grief and so on. Like KK's song, Pyar Ke Pal, this too is a song that can either put you to sleep, or mirror your misery, subservient to which state of mind you are in to be its receptacle end.

Shankar Mahadevan wields the mic for Rola Pe Gaya - nothing SEL have not said in the past in a Karan Johar film. The rapping bit is quite annoying. For a song that begins with such an earthy base, the follow-up is ear-blasting cacophony at its loudest.

Vishal Dadlani who has been lending his gruff voice to quite a few musicians, is in Aadat Hai Voh silken smooth for some parts, and there are the octaves to scale as well, but when he's slowing, it's like he's sipping honeyed water between gulps of strong lager - that's how the song gets its mid-tempo flavour. So very, a zeitgeist sound of our modern angst ridden times that is endured with a song from the heart.

Baby When You Talk To Me by Suraj Jaggan and Alyssa Mendonsa is blah boring. Hans Raj Hans (when was the last time he featured on a film soundtrack?) is fantastic in Tumba Tumba- sung for papaji Rishi Kapoor, the song swings into genres - folkish, qawalli, jhinchak (marriage variety) with characteristic aplomb, HRH's swar in the end, signing off with a nuanced taan.

The devotional track Aval Allah sung by Richa Sharma is stringed with bare minimum acoustics, giving her voice centrestage, and rightfully so, in a Patiala House, that should be able to fuse its prayers with as much dignity as it does its dhamaka music of fun and games.

Good Luck is all we can say at the moment, the music looks promising, but then, so did Chandni Chowk's music back then. Did the film live up to it? Forget Chandni Chowk, or China, not even in Chinchpokli is it fondly requested for on radio.

Here's hoping Patiala House is not an abandoned mansion on a hill-top where the walls are deaf to pulsate to music.

'At Patiala House lives the Kahlon family ruled by Bauji.

They follow his diktats as he tries to hold onto his 'Indian values' in the land of the 'goras'. The younger generation at the Patiala House wants to assert themselves and follow their dreams but are held back by their respect and love for Bauji and the shining example of Bauji's eldest son, Parghat Singh Kahlon aka Gattu.

Gattu gave up his dream at the altar of Bauji's biases. His reward: For the last 17 years he has been working in a corner store. Will Bauji loosen his hold and let the youngsters find their own dreams instead of following his? Will Gattu get a second chance to live his life? What's more important: family or dreams? And why must we choose one or the other? '