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Nawabzaade song 'High Rated Gabru': Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor dance to Guru Randhawa's Punjabi hit

Randhawa tweaks a few words and increases the pace a bit, but it is the dance by Nawabzaade leads Raghav Juyal, Punit J Pathak and Dharmesh Yelande that makes it great to watch

Mayur Lookhar

Guru Randhawa is one of the more popular Punjabi pop singers today. He sang the popular 'Banja Tu Meri Rani' song in Tumhari Sulu (2017), a remake of one of his own Punjabi singles.

Randhawa's most popular track has to be 'High Rated Gabru', which has over 400 million views on YouTube. The song is now being used in the romantic comedy Nawabzaade. The makers have roped in Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor, presumably just for the song.

In terms of the lyrics, there is hardly any change from the original, except for tweaking a few Punjabi words. These tweaks don't really add any value to the song, but neither do they devalue it. For non-Punjabi audiences, the song was always simply about its vibrant music.

Guru Randhawa has written the song, composed its music with Manjeet Singh Ral, better known as Manj Musik, and sung it himself. Now, Manj's name does not figure in the Nawabzaade song credits.

There is not much of a change in the music of the new song either. From the onset, Randhawa uses a vibrant, peppy tune, perhaps created through a soundboard. The music is a tad more pacy than in the original. But whether it is the original or the remake, both are enjoyable.

Since there is little different in the remake, the important question is what do Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor bring to 'High Rated Gabru'?

The word gabru is used in Punjabi to describe a stud. With Dhawan at the helm, it is natural for him to bring his youthful energy to the song. Dhawan pulls off the freestyle moves with relative ease. However, Kapoor looks stiff while dancing and is unable to match Dhawan's energy.

The real stars of the video are the film's three leads, Raghav Juyal, Punit Pathak and Dharmesh Yelande, who are after all professional dancers. Expectedly, Dhawan and Kapoor get all the limelight, but it is Juyal, Pathak and Yelande who are a treat to watch in the limited time given to them.

There was hardly any choreography in Randhawa’s original version. Perhaps this is the only factor where the remake departs from the original, for the High Rated Gabru from Nawabzaade has twinkle toes.

Nawbzaade, produced by Remo D’Souza, is being directed by Jayesh Pradhan.

Watch both versions of the song below:


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