Fresh faces, kick-ass dialogues (from what we’ve seen in the promos) and a theatrical first look that has sent everyone into a frenzy to watch the upcoming Pyar Ka Punchnama – that’s quite something for a film helmed by a debutant director (here, Luv Ranjan), isn’t it? And though I was more than pumped up to watch the film, I didn’t really expect too much from its soundtrack till I ended up knowing it’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 “Kya Karoon” 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 “play”.
Cerejo opens the album as composer here with the crazy, massy track “Ishq Na Kariyo Kakke”, which is very much a trademark Mika Singh track from the very start. Compared to Singh’s last few (loud) outings that would put me off, this one’s different. Despite being a very north-Indian styled number with a Punjabi flavor, the lyrics here aren’t poor –they don’t talk just about one hot chick who’s a leggy lass and who loves to do the “Weshtern” dance and who talks in “Ingliss” (yes that’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 Janjua’s 2006 hit “Pyar Karke Pachtaya” 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 he’s managed to impress me with his crazy writing that’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 I’ve just inserted this one into my iPod for keeps. This one’s more rooted towards a mass audience who will lap up the song almost immediately!
Remember “Life is Crazy” from Wake Up S!d? Well, a song about the positivity of life returns, as “Life Sahi Hai” makes it entry. I’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! What’s diametrically different from the previously released song is one important aspect – 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 it’s really good to see lyricists coming up to experiment post Amitabh Bhattacharya’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 “Socha Hai” from Rock On!!, but doesn’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-Loy’s composition. Listen to this song when you’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 one’s more of an experimental track with a lot of rawness to it. Titled “Koi Aa Raha Paas Hai”, this Hitesh Sonik composition doesn’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 D’Souza, this is one romantic track that will garner an immediate positive track. Though most of it does sound pretty conventional, there’s an imminent stamp of “classy” 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 he’s sung previously (with “Tere Bin” from Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji still fresh on our minds). It’s here that Luv Ranjan’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 Ranjan’s own composition “Kutta”. The music is one that’s very massy, the lyrics are really crazy and amusing here probably written for the film’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 “Ishq Na Kariyo Kakke”, this one’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 we’ve all been waiting for that one chartbusting dance track post the terrific “Char Baj Gaye” from F.A.L.T.U, Ad Boyz come into the scene by composing “Chak Glassi” , and this one simply blows your mind. With the tempo and the beat arrangements almost similar to the aforementioned, you wonder if this one’s an inspiration, but no, it isn’t even close to that. The super-sensuous vocals by Suzanne D’Mello and Monali Thakur (remember “Zara Zara Touch Me” and “Ishq Mein”?) are sure to burn the dance floor. There is so much energy in the track that anybody who isn’t even willing to dance will do so! Luv Ranjan’s lyrics are well-suited for this party number that will ensure you’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 “high” you’ve got dancing to another height altogether. Ad Boyz comes behind the mic for another version, but we’ve already made the original version our favorite, haven’t we? This one’s recommended for replay any day!
The album ends with a haunting “Banware” , helmed by Clinton Cerejo behind the mic this time too. Cerejo’s vocals tear through your heart while Hitesh Sonik’s intense soft-rock music manages to make you sit still and carefully listen to the track – and not speak for a while – because that’s exactly the reaction you’d give for a track like this. The last track I couldn’t speak after listening to was “Rishtey” from Life in a… Metro, and it kept making me go back to it again and again. This paragraph would be incomplete if I didn’t mention Luv Ranjan and his powerful lyrics, and post “Koi Aa Raha Paas Hai”, it’s this one in which he manages to convince the crowd that he’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 one’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!