'Jugnu' review: Badshah's love song is groovy yet typical
Popular rapper Badshah has turned a singer for his latest single, Jugnu. Promising retro vibes, the Genda Phool hitmaker uses elements of western pop, disco tunes, and a piece of groovy music. He stars in the music video too, along with actress Akanksha Sharma. As the female voice, Nikhita Gandhi justifies her small part. Here's our review.
Badshah hovers in between singing and rapping
Although the Mercy crooner has said he is turning a singer for this track, don't expect melodious harmonies or high notes. The track features Badshah delivering lines in his breathy voice - somewhere in the middle of rapping and singing. But the catchy music by Hiten uplifts the quality and the end product (which has been composed by Badshah) is quite groovy.
Lyrics are childish, high-tech video elements are impressive
Now coming to the other aspects, the lyrics are nothing deep but are rather simplistic. Penned by the man himself, we get childish rhyming of Hindi and English words. The accompanying video is again nothing new. It goes like any other Badshah MV: He dances with the female lead as multiple backup dancers support them. The high-tech elements in the clip are attractive though.
Badshah wanted to present 'something absolutely different,' and he does
Before the song's release, Badshah had said he wanted to give "something absolutely different from what is going on or what is being heard or what is being consumed by the audience at this moment." The catchy music and unique texture do support his claim to a degree. He had also spoken of the struggle of shooting at high altitudes with oxygen shortage.
We will be soon getting a second part of song
When the Bachpan Ka Pyaar star changed his style, we were expecting him to ditch the rapper get-up, girls-are-dancing-around-me visual. But both things stay here so the video might not be tasteful to many. The "to be continued" message at the end shows we will get more of singer Badshah. Verdict: The track scores a good 3.5 stars, while the video gets 3/5.