Salim-Suleiman flirt with a melange of influences to craft the expansive soundtrack for Ladies vs Ricky Bahl—matching a story that spans four major cities and the sounds of modern India. Benny Dayal’s finger-snapping hip-hop track “Aadat Se Majboor” (with rap by Ranveer Singh) rides alongside the contemporary Desi beats of Shilpa Rao’s “Jazba”; Vishal Dadlani’s sophisticated dance-pop on “Thug Le” burns with Punjabi fire—as does the relentless bhangra rhythm of “Jigar Da Tukda”, complete with Hinglish lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya.
A cult favourite, Maneesh Sharma’s film about wedding planners is made unforgettable thanks to a folk-influenced Punjabi soundtrack composed by Salim-Sulaiman. Band Baaja Baaraat kicks off with the addictive, high-energy trill of “Ainvayi Ainvayi”, sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and Salim Merchant, before “Tarkeebein” links folk and rock influences in an undeniable guitar riff with vocals from Benny Dayal. “Baari Barsi”, a by-now essential wedding track, features a dazzling folk-Punjabi hook (also heard on “Ari, Ari” by Bombay Rockers) to bring the festivities full circle.
Bhangra anthems abound on Salim-Sulaiman's soundtrack about a scrappy girls’ hockey team and their coach (Shah Rukh Khan) getting one last shot at victory. Title track “Chak De India”, by Salim, Sukhwinder Singh and Marianne D’Cruz, might just be the perfect Bollywood workout track with a pounding pop rhythm that matches the team's perseverance. Winding things down is the mellow Sufi lament “Maula Mere Lele Meri Jaan”, featuring Krishna in a moving vocal performance. But it’s not over until Coach Khan gets to test his rap skills, introducing his squad on “Ek Hockey Doongi Rakh Ke”. Go India!