When Badshah and Jacqueline Fernandez teamed up for “Genda Phool,” it became an instant hit. The rapper’s projects with Aastha Gill have also largely hit the mark. As the rapper-composer releases his new track titled “Paani Paani”, featuring Jacqueline Fernandez and sung by Aastha Gill, fans’ expectations have been unprecedented. But is it worth the wait? We have our doubts.
Shot in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, “Paani Paani” is set against the striking sand dunes. Jacqueline looks stunning from the first frame, as do the beautiful locations. But the song as a whole takes time to grow on you. If you listen to it for its ticking pace, it is a winner. As Badshah said during an Instagram LIVE, the song is meant to be heard at a loud volume because the energy of the song is in the bass.
Listen to “Paani Paani” here:
The composition is a good mix of Rajasthani folk sound and instruments with the rap of Badshah. But it doesn’t do justice to the theme and culture of Rajasthan. The lyrics of “Paani Paani” are written by Badshah, and they are the most disappointing part of the song. Badshah definitely needs to work on his writing to take his songs to the next level.
Speaking of the song, Badshah wrote on social media: “We’ve worked really hard for this. I’ve always made sure to give the best to my audience and the fans. Do something different from what I’ve done before and bring it to the next level. It’s amazing how an idea turns into a song. It wouldn’t have been possible without everyone working so hard towards that one goal. Thanks @jacquelinef143 for being a slayer every time. Probably the hardest working and most no-nonsense woman I’ve ever come across. You automatically take things to another league. I think we have a perfect follow-up to Genda Phool, last year’s biggest song to this year’s biggest song.”
He added: “Thank you @aasthagill for making my songs beautiful. You are the topping of my pizza bro. Thanks @sweta_ojha2020 and @dhruvwadhwa88 for bringing it together and managing it. It’s not easy to work with me, but you manage to catch up. Thank you @tight.security for being more than just security. Thank you Jaisalmer for being so wonderful. Thanks @saregama_official for being super awesome partners. Every time I’m about to release a song, I’m excited and nervous, like it’s my first song.”
The song will be streamed on the Saregama Music YouTube channel.