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Ranveer, Vaani do the bhangra in Paris with 'Khulke Dulke'

The song, however, is not great music to the ears, what with its nonsensical lyrics and loud music.

Mayur Lookhar

Until now Befikre boasted of romantic numbers, soft pop and contemporary Hindi film music. All the tracks released so far were in sync with the carefree theme of the film which has been shot entirely in Paris. However, music directors Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani have thrown a surprise our way by getting Paris to dance to bhangra beats.

The first thing that strikes you about the song, 'Khulke Dulke', is not Vaani Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, but the incredibly lanky side dancers who are, um, dressed as if for a Brazilian samba parade, except that the ladies are shaking their limbs to bhangra beats.

No matter how loud the music or comical the choreography, the firangi dancers have no clue and, truth be told, they are least bothered. They are simply doing what they are paid to do. More than Singh and Kapoor, it is these dancers and their dress code which justifies the title 'Khulke Dulke' (open and carefree).

The semi-clad white dancers may be a treat for the voyeur's eyes, but they don’t turn 'Khulke Dulke' into a great number. With a bhangra track at her disposal, Vaibhavi Merchant did not have much room to manoeuvre and had to stick to the standard bhangra steps. As a result, the success of the track depends largely upon the bhangra skills of Vaani Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.

The former, unfortunately, does not appear to be comfortable grooving to bhangra beats. Kapoor is as good or bad as the side dancers in the track. Singh lights up the song with his high-voltage energy and saves the day for the choreographer.

After the shocking lyrics of 'You And Me', Jaideep Sahni has again penned a track in which the lyrics make no sense to the layman. With words like bungee jump-jee and fun-jee, you have a hard time understanding the lyrics. Maybe lovers of Punjabi pop bhangra would care to enlighten us.

To be fair to Sahni, though, he merely honoured his director Aditya Chopra’s call to have a bhangra number. 

Harshdeep Kaur is credited as one of the singers but we would have to wait for the entire song to be released as the teaser only has Gippy Grewal’s voice. Grewal’s loud voice is ideally suited for such numbers, but he has been let down by the pedestrian lyrics.

The music by Vishal-Shekhar honks into your ears and is repetitive. 'Khulke Dulke' may be played at North Indian parties, but it’s not a track that you would remember a few years down the line. 

Nevertheless, if Punjabi pop bhangra is your poison, you ought to tune into 'Khulke Dulke'.