Music Album Details
♪ Music by:- Shantanu Moitra, Ajay-Atul & Ankit Tiwari
♪ Lyrics by:- Swanand Kirkire, Amitabh Verma & Manoj Muntashir
♪ Music Label:- T-Series
♪ Music Released On:- 17th November 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 19th December 2014
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PK is an upcoming comedy drama film, directed by Rajkumar Hirani, and produced by Rajkumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Siddharth Roy Kapur. The film stars Aamir Khan in the lead role, while Anushka Sharma, Sanjay Dutt, Sushant Singh Rajput and Hirani’s regular, Boman Irani appear in supporting roles. Ever since the first look of the film was released, many rumours have been making rounds and there have been many speculations as to what exactly PK is. While some believe Aamir’s character is an alien, others claim otherwise. So, there has been a lot of buzz about this film. The music has the job to increase that buzz and keep it steady till the film releases, and for that, we need a strong music album, for which seasoned and expert music directors are required. Now, Hirani has continued his partnership with Shantanu Moitra, with Ajay-Atul composing one song as guest composers. Till the last moment, only these two music directors (three if you count Ajay and Atul separately) were involved with the movie, but you know T-Series. It can’t stand the sight of a just two composers in its album! So for the sake of T-Series, along comes Ankit Tiwari to compose one more song for the film! Anyways, something great is expected from the album, so let’s see, whether Shantanu, Ajay-Atul and Ankit have performed as per expectations! 😊
1. Tharki Chokro
Singer ~ Swaroop Khan, Music by ~ Ajay-Atul, Lyrics by ~ Swanand Kirkire
Ajay-Atul get to do the honours of opening the soundtrack with their track. They have composed a quite humorous, but cute and fun dance number in totally Rajasthani style. Well, I would understand if they had been called and made to compose a Lavani or Maharashtrian folk song, but the fact that Hirani called them specially for a Rajasthani folk track, is quite surprising, and so is their excellence at composing it! Right from the dholaks, to the catchy tune and awesome rhythmic beats, they have got everything PERFECT!! And oh, how dynamically lively and energetic it sounds! Swaroop Khan, a contestant of Indian Idol 5, who we heard earlier this year in albums like ‘Hawaa Hawaai’ (Hitesh Sonik) and ‘Filmistaan’ (Arijit Dutta) — both very underrated, unfortunately — finally gets the recognition he deserves and a huge song for Aamir Khan in Bollywood! His Sukhwinder-like voice is perfect for the song. The way he sings ‘Ararararaa…’ sections of the song is just mindblowing! That is so difficult to sing! The brass band touch which Ajay-Atul have given to the very folk-sy Rajasthani composition just enhances that folksiness of it and works in favor of the song! 😃 The soft, flowy section which takes the form of the second antara of the song has been decorated by a beautiful dafli rhythm, which really stands out, so listen to that part very closely! The backing chorus provides a nice comic effect at times. Towards the ending, there is a sweet shehnai-like portion (maybe nadaswaram?), which just blows you away! Swanand’s lyrics, which I have deliberately saved for the end to talk about, are funny, and also cute at the same time! They are situational, but very enjoyable! A PERFECT start to this album! Energetic, lively and just mindblowing! Double thumbs-up for the arrangements and vocals! #5StarHotelSong!!
2. Nanga Punga Dost
Singer ~ Shreya Ghoshal, Music by ~ Shantanu Moitra, Lyrics by ~ Swanand Kirkire
Shantanu enters the soundtrack with the next song, which he has mostly to himself hereafter, save that one song by Ankit. With him comes his regular upbeat, peppy, happy-go-lucky music and the enjoyable feel that characterizes his music. Shreya Ghoshal, a regular in Shantanu’s albums, gets to sing this song, and she does so with great ease and finesse. The bright guitar riffs start off the song, but gradually as the song progresses, the violin can be heard in many parts, and it sounds so wonderful! Especially when it has been played rapidly in the interludes. The tune of the song is nothing different from what we have heard from Shantanu time and time again, however, the brilliant arrangements and awesome vocals of Shreya take it to an altogether different level. The percussion beats in the background behind the violin interludes are great too. The lyrics by Swanand are sweet as well. He is an expert at writing such introduction songs, and this song, quite like ‘Ala Barfi’ from ‘Barfi!’, is the introduction song of the character ‘PK’. The lyrics are just as sweet as those of that song. They are like a tribute and remembrance to PK. The otherwise ordinary tune is enhanced by the vivid arrangements and beautiful vocals! Lyrics deserve a thumbsup! Nevertheless, for me it is a #5StarHotelSong!
3. Chaar Kadam
Singers ~ Shaan & Shreya Ghoshal, Music by ~ Shantanu Moitra, Lyrics by ~ Swanand Kirkire
The next song takes the form of a cute, light-hearted waltz-y romantic duet between the two superb singers, Shaan and Shreya. Shantanu’s composition is instantly likeable, and very very catchy! The vocal rhythm rum-paay-ra-ray… just increases the catchiness, and gives it a distinct European feel. Shaan, who was practically absent from singing this whole year (except some songs in small films like ‘Balwinder Singh Famous Ho Gaya’ and his beautiful song from ‘Jai Ho’) returns with a bang! He sings so well, that it surprises me how he has been getting so less songs to sing of late. Shreya, as usual, impresses, and does full justice to the melody. The harmony between the two singers in the vocal rhythmic part which I mentioned, is worth hearing again and again. The arrangements on this song are a beautiful blend of guitar and sublime piano notes, which just steal your heart! Of course, the violin can be heard here as well! The lyrics by Swanand again, impress a lot, being simple but impactful! Shantanu has used a nice waltz beat and awesome European-style arrangements and hook tunes to enhance his composition. A feel-good romantic song, bringing Shaan back into limelight, and also relaunching waltz in Bollywood! And extra points for that entrancing vocal hook “Rum-paay-ra-ray!” #5StarHotelSong!!
4. Love Is A Waste Of Time
Singers ~ Sonu Nigam & Shreya Ghoshal, Music by ~ Shantanu Moitra, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Verma
The soft notes of the jaltarang open up this song, followed by sharp and catchy violin notes. Sonu Nigam opens with cute lines, which he has sung beautifully. It shocked me to see Sonu Nigam back on a T-Series album! I wonder what lengths Rajkumar Hirani had to go to, to retain sonu’s voice in the film. Shantanu has composed an extremely sweet and light (basically, all his tunes are light 😜) tune, which gives a jolly feeling. The singers Sonu and Shreya are in top form, where Sonu gets to sing major portions. Shreya gets a very minimal portion, and so she doesn’t really shine as much in this song as she did in the other two songs of hers in this album. The violin has been used nicely here, too, and guitars decorate the sweet composition. Though the composition seems ordinary and nothing unique at first, with subsequent listens it gets better and better. Moving on to Amitabh Verma’s lyrics, they are entertaining to the core! The UP touch has been awesomely given to some of the words, providing the comic effect as well as giving a cute feel to it. The oh-oh-oh-oh sounds by the two singers is very nicely carried out. Ultimately, it turns out to be a sweet and likeable tune, even though it might not seem so instantly! #5StarHotelSong!!
5. Bhagwan Hai Kahan Re Tu
Singer ~ Sonu Nigam, Music by ~ Shantanu Moitra, Lyrics by ~ Swanand Kirkire
Sonu returns to sing yet another song in the album, this time all to himself. Shantanu has created a touching melody, resembling his own ‘Jaane Nahin Denge Tujhe’ from ‘3 Idiots’ not a little, but a lot! Nevertheless, this one still has the same amount of emotion and feel in it (some may argue that it has a bit less, to which I don’t object, either) as the first song. Sonu has sung beautifully, as always, and his singing suits the calm and touching melody. The mukhda, as I said, connects a lot with the song from ‘3 Idiots’, but the real magical moments of this song are experienced in the antaras where the composition is more intense, and at its climax. The arrangements are awesome as well. Violin, of course, do not leave us here either, and along with that Shantanu has added many more attractive elements to increase the likability of the song. The occasional dafli beats, rock guitar, and the brass portions which can be heard at places, are some of the most attractive instruments of the song. That interlude, which is the same between all the stanzas, is just goosebump-provoking! With the vocal choir singing and the intense, thrilling music behind, it just awes you! Swanand’s lyrics are some of the most touching ones in Bollywood recently. About a depressed soul, looking for God. Beautiful!!! A very emotional, touching composition, rendered soulfully by Sonu! #5StarHotelSong!!
6. PK Dance Theme
Instrumental by Shantanu Moitra
This being an instrumental track, I didn’t really have much expectations from it. According to me, it would probably be some portion of the background music, which would appeal only while watching the film. But was I mistaken! It turned out to be another sweet number, that suited the lightheartedness of the film. The peppy tune is enough to get you swaying and nodding your head along to the beats. The basic tune is a faster version of the oh-oh-oh bit from ‘Love Is A Waste Of Time’. Well, it grabs your attention immediately and actually does make you dance! Whatever arrangements Shantanu has done for the song, all work in the song’s favour. It is not only for making PK dance, but also to make us dance along with him!
7. Dil Darbadar
Singer ~ Ankit Tiwari, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir
After all that sugary-sweetness of Shantanu, now it’s Ankit’s turn to come into action. Of course, right when he starts the first note of the song, things seem odd, out of place and mismatched. Ankit with his autotuned voice, disturbs the whole feel and ambience created by Ajay-Atul and Shantanu, and provides us with a sequel to his own “Galliyan” (Ek Villain). The song is not a romantic song, mind you, but has the feel of the typical Ankit Tiwari romance. Bhushan Kumar at T-Series must have felt that the inclusion of this song in the album would increase its takers (and surely it did!) but didn’t he, just for a second, stop to think whether the song would fit in with the rest of the album? Nope. That’s why we have got a whole different-sounding song in the album, which doesn’t know itself, what it’s doing there. Anyways, the arrangements of this song are slightly better and improved from “Galliyan”. The use of oud really enhanced things there, and so did the Daflis. The vocals are the typical Ankit affair, with his voice being autotuned. Now people will start calling him Ankit “Autotune” Tiwari! 😂 The composition, thoigh bearing many, many resemblances to “Galliyan”, still steals your heart. The lyrics by Manoj are also good. I have no problem with this song, and it certainly would have got the prestigious tag, had it been in any way RELEVANT to any of the other songs! A pretty different and misfit ending to this album!
PK is an album that relieves from the Arijit fever that Bollywood has been suffering from nowadays. Ajay-Atul and Shantanu both have provided memorable songs, while Ankit too has provided a memorable, but irrelevant song. A mismatch song, in simpler words. All the songs have that repeat value in them, that makes you play them over and over again without getting bored. Also, they have a sweet innocence in them, just like the character ‘PK’ seems to have! 😃 Rajkumar Hirani, yet again, has stunned us with a really great soundtrack, which works for the film. As for T-Series, it would be better off if they stop advertising their new finds and ghusao-fying their songs into each and every album they can lay their hands on! An album which is perfect for the perfectionist! And also a nice break from the other typicality in Bollywood nowadays!
Final Rating For This Album:- सा < रे < ग < म < प < ध < नी < सां
Note:- The letter which is underlined is the final rating.
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