Directed by David Dhawan RASCALS is produced by Sanjay Dutt, Sanjay Ahluwalia and Vinay Choksey. It stars Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn, Kangana Ranuat, Lisa Haydon with special appearance of Satish Kaushik, Chunky Pandey, Hiten Paintal and guest appearance of Arjun Rampal. The music is composed by Vishal and Shekhar and lyrics penned by Irshad Kamil, Anvita Dutt Guptan.
RASCALS is a comedy about the joys of conning where Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgn play two cool competing conmen trying to out-scheme each other in consistently amusing and surprising setups.
But when both fall for the same girl (Kangna), the competition reaches an all new level as both men constantly attempt to outwit each other to win over the surprisingly elusive Kangna!
Since much of the comedy involves people taking advantage of one another, having everything put forward in such a gossamer manner that RASCALS becomes an enjoyable journey throughout with an interesting twist at the end!
Partners in crime! David Dhawan's typical mad-cap entertainer is all set for an enthralling journey as the album kick-starts off with a 'nonsensical' frolicsome title track 'Rascals'. It brings out an emblematic feel of 'Golmaal...Golmaal' (GOLMAAL-FUN UNLIMNITED -2006) in its crazy signature tuneful feel, one of the most likable contributes by Vishal-Shekhar in genre of slapstick comical flicks. In terms of chirpy lyrical settings ('Hai chalu cheet charlie, Hum hai lafantar do, Hai lucche phir bhi classy, it is a wonder no...) by Anvita Dutt and Irshad Kaamil, this title track recreates the tomfoolery gust of 'Do you wanna Partner' (PARTNER -2007), title track of director's last flick. Neeraj Sridhar's breezy vocals in lighthearted tones evoke humor, but this soundtrack is moreover a visual treat where the 'monkey-business' of two protagonists will get glorified on the big screen. It's an average score by V-S that should be doing well in catalyzing out the funny humor-quotient of the flick. 'Rascals (Dance Mix)' is a typical massy 'club dancing remix' number that can be utilized potentially in promos as well in DJ parties.
Outrageously loud slapstick comical spells enters into bhangra zone in ostentatiously conceived 'Tik Tuk'. Daler Mehndi's boisterously ballistic voice is 'full- of- energy' in rendering out this frolicsome number. Once again, V-S composing follows David Dhawan's style of music, as it pours out the mad-cap happenings of 'Bhootni Ke' (SINGH IS KINNG) into the slapstick comical humor of the situation. It's loaded with funky sounds that are primarily works of electronically tuned synth beats and heavy drumming. Monali Thakur's soft vocals in the middle interludes adds sobriety but its Daler's flamboyancy along with hip-hop emceeing that makes it an entertainer.
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Item Number finally...! The finest and most commercially bankable feast of the album comes out loud and high in the raunchy 'item-number' titled 'Shake it Saiyaan'. Flashy, garish and eye-candy in its contents, it comes out as another mischievously haughty attribute by Sunidhi Chauhan, who screeches out her vocal chords to the maximum to deliver out a brazen vocal feel in this haughtily conceived number. It tries to be extremely upbeat and peppy in hip-hop emceeing by Haji Springer but the impact is reasonably average. Like a couple of previously sung numbers like 'Dekhta Hai Kya' (KRAZZY 4) by Sunidhi, it delivers a raw sensuality with a rustic touch that should be pompous enough to exude oomph on big screen. 'Shake it Saiyaan (hip-hop remix)' works primarily on crazy hip-hop 'turntablism' DJ antics that not only accelerates but also adds heavy dosages of emceeing in the middle interludes of the track. It fares well and should be a delightful feast from DJ' desk to the party animals.
To sum it up, RASCALS turns to be an average musical fare and rests heavily on its big-screen flashy antics. After delivering out one of the biggest musical success of this year in RA.ONE, Vishal-Shekhar disappoint with an average set of soundtracks that sounds routine and work mechanically to the situational needs of the film. Humorously punched soundtracks like 'Rascals' and 'Tik Tuk' sounds most promising while 'Shake it Saiyaan' will be raising high glam-quotient, but still the album falls short of one potential chartbuster in its offering. Slapstick comedies have always been moderate on musical quotient and its average show won't hamper the box-office prospects.