Fresh faces, kick-ass dialogues (from what weâ€™ve seen in the promos) and a theatrical first look that has sent everyone into a frenzy to watch the upcoming Pyar Ka Punchnama â€“ thatâ€™s quite something for a film helmed by a debutant director (here, Luv Ranjan), isnâ€™t it? And though I was more than pumped up to watch the film, I didnâ€™t really expect too much from its soundtrack till I ended up knowing itâ€™s Clinton Cerejo who is one of the composers of the film, thus changing my expectation levels considerably, as we all can safely expect something good out of the singer who has been in the industry long enough to have crooned hits like â€śKya Karoonâ€ť from Wake Up S!d. Filled with the wonder of how the music would sound like, I decided to slip the CD in and press â€śplayâ€ť.
Cerejo opens the album as composer here with the crazy, massy track â€śIshq Na Kariyo Kakkeâ€ť, which is very much a trademark Mika Singh track from the very start. Compared to Singhâ€™s last few (loud) outings that would put me off, this oneâ€™s different. Despite being a very north-Indian styled number with a Punjabi flavor, the lyrics here arenâ€™t poor â€“they donâ€™t talk just about one hot chick whoâ€™s a leggy lass and who loves to do the â€śWeshternâ€ť dance and who talks in â€śInglissâ€ť (yes thatâ€™s what most Punjabi numbers are about). This one talks about the various weird screw-ups people face in relationships and love, and why one should stay away from the disease called love. Reminding us of Labh Janjuaâ€™s 2006 hit â€śPyar Karke Pachtayaâ€ť from the film Pyaar Ke Side Effects, which had a similar theme and flavor, this one ends up being more of a cynical take on love that the previous, which was more of a rant and complaint letter. Writer-director Luv Ranjan here also dons the hat of a lyricist, and heâ€™s managed to impress me with his crazy writing thatâ€™s more relatable than wannabe. Musically too, if carefully listened to, it has some fresh arrangements with some commendable mixing, and Cerejo has managed to impress. Good work both of you, cause Iâ€™ve just inserted this one into my iPod for keeps. This oneâ€™s more rooted towards a mass audience who will lap up the song almost immediately!
Remember â€śLife is Crazyâ€ť from Wake Up S!d? Well, a song about the positivity of life returns, as â€śLife Sahi Haiâ€ť makes it entry. Iâ€™m not comparing this one to the track from Wake Up S!d, but I surely do feel that thematically, both the tracks are connected! Whatâ€™s diametrically different from the previously released song is one important aspect â€“ the lyrics! Ranjan here too has decided to add a lot of raw elements giving positivity a new, wicked twist. The song is further brought to life by the uplifting singing by K K, Vishal Dadlani, Benny Dayal and Siddharath Coutto. I am liking the creativity of Ranjan more and more here, and itâ€™s really good to see lyricists coming up to experiment post Amitabh Bhattacharyaâ€™s tryst with crazy in Dev.D. The guitar strums throughout, the beats, the electric guitar riffs and the likes do remind you a wee bit about â€śSocha Haiâ€ť from Rock On!!, but doesnâ€™t copy it. By this time though, you do end up getting a feeling that Cerejo has very much been inspired by the musical trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loyâ€™s composition. Listen to this song when youâ€™re in a bus, in a metro, in an auto-rickshaw or a taxi, mostly in the early evening, and the song is surely going to give you the kicks, making you feel brighter than ever!
Next in the offing is a romantic alternative/soft rock track, helmed by the strong vocals of Suraj Jaggan. Now in all honestly, this oneâ€™s more of an experimental track with a lot of rawness to it. Titled â€śKoi Aa Raha Paas Haiâ€ť, this Hitesh Sonik composition doesnâ€™t really manage to hold your attention in the first listen, so a couple of listens are required before judging this very much unplugged track. Clinton Cerejo revisits the song, keeping the lyrics intact and changing the feel and the singers of the song, so in this version we now have (drumroll!) Sonu Nigam! Aided by the vocals of Neuman Pinto and Rachel Dâ€™Souza, this is one romantic track that will garner an immediate positive track. Though most of it does sound pretty conventional, thereâ€™s an imminent stamp of â€śclassyâ€ť attached to the whole set of arrangements, mixing and composition! Nigam sings with all heart, just like he does in most of the chartbusting romantic songs heâ€™s sung previously (with â€śTere Binâ€ť from Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji still fresh on our minds). Itâ€™s here that Luv Ranjanâ€™s lyrics stand out, due to the emotional connect and the exhilarating feel of the track. People who are already in love will remember their loved one, and people who are not will start looking! The revisited version deserves an applause and a whole lot of promotion and replay value!
Mika Singh returns with Luv Ranjanâ€™s own composition â€śKuttaâ€ť. The music is one thatâ€™s very massy, the lyrics are really crazy and amusing here probably written for the filmâ€™s theme about the way men are treated by women and in the process will make you smile and occasionally laugh out loud. Whilst not as catchy as â€śIshq Na Kariyo Kakkeâ€ť, this oneâ€™s still enjoyable because of the very imminent spice ingredient of fun. Not a real chartbuster per se, but still worth a try.
And just when weâ€™ve all been waiting for that one chartbusting dance track post the terrific â€śChar Baj Gayeâ€ť from F.A.L.T.U, Ad Boyz come into the scene by composing â€śChak Glassiâ€ť , and this one simply blows your mind. With the tempo and the beat arrangements almost similar to the aforementioned, you wonder if this oneâ€™s an inspiration, but no, it isnâ€™t even close to that. The super-sensuous vocals by Suzanne Dâ€™Mello and Monali Thakur (remember â€śZara Zara Touch Meâ€ť and â€śIshq Meinâ€ť?) are sure to burn the dance floor. There is so much energy in the track that anybody who isnâ€™t even willing to dance will do so! Luv Ranjanâ€™s lyrics are well-suited for this party number that will ensure youâ€™re on your toes dancing till the wee hours of the morning. Having a decent intro, a mind-blowing middle, and a climax that will raise the â€śhighâ€ť youâ€™ve got dancing to another height altogether. Ad Boyz comes behind the mic for another version, but weâ€™ve already made the original version our favorite, havenâ€™t we? This oneâ€™s recommended for replay any day!
The album ends with a haunting â€śBanwareâ€ť , helmed by Clinton Cerejo behind the mic this time too. Cerejoâ€™s vocals tear through your heart while Hitesh Sonikâ€™s intense soft-rock music manages to make you sit still and carefully listen to the track â€“ and not speak for a while â€“ because thatâ€™s exactly the reaction youâ€™d give for a track like this. The last track I couldnâ€™t speak after listening to was â€śRishteyâ€ť from Life in aâ€¦ Metro, and it kept making me go back to it again and again. This paragraph would be incomplete if I didnâ€™t mention Luv Ranjan and his powerful lyrics, and post â€śKoi Aa Raha Paas Haiâ€ť, itâ€™s this one in which he manages to convince the crowd that heâ€™s more than just a wacky lyricist. A serious end to the soundtrack.
Pyaar Ka Punchnama boasts of a fresh punch (pun intended), and composers Hitesh Sonik and Clinton Cerejo have managed to make something different from the usual staple of Pritam (who has, post Thank You, yet again managed to make the audiences run away from his music with the below-average soundtrack of Ready). Luv Ranjan has managed to succeed as a lyricist by shining in this album here, and the single chartbuster track by Ad Boyz needs that deserved promotion all over television for now! This oneâ€™s yet another soundtrack that has managed to surprise us post F.A.L.T.U! So grab a copy and try it out, you might just like the part-classy, part-zany flavor!