Pritamâ€™s best soundtrack of 2011 arrives in the form of â€śKucch Luv Jaisaaâ€ť (KLJ). If you happen to track his progress this year so far itâ€™s been a mixed bag really with some disappointing releases. However in KLJ he teams up with his favorite lyricist Irshad Kamil and produces some classy music which we all know he is capable of. Of course, itâ€™s not all original (hell 5 of the 7 songs on the album here are different versions of the same song!) but do you really care? Just sit back and enjoyâ€¦
Itâ€™s true â€śNainaâ€ť (Track 1) has nothing new to offer from what we have all heard before- a bright and breezy romantic number that is easy on the ears and also pleasant to listen to as background music for the film. And thereâ€™s more familiarity to come in the form of the singer because Pritam has selected Mohit Chauhan yet AGAIN, talk about bias! Yes heâ€™s good but Pritam needs to give others a chance too and likewise it doesn't help Mohit singing every Pritam song either. Anyway he is paired with Monali Thakur though she has a very limited role to play so if youâ€™re bored of Mohitâ€™s vocals you better press the skip button nowâ€¦Irshadâ€™s lyrics are pretty mundane too. Itâ€™s one of those songs that will work on screen but has limited potential off it. Letâ€™s move on.
Aha! Pritam quickly gets into groove with a sublime song called â€śThoda Sa Pyarâ€ť (Track 2). That unquenchable thirst for love and the longing of a jeevan saathi is soulfully expressed by Pritamâ€™s music and touchingly portrayed by Irshad Kamilâ€™s terrific lines. The soft melody may sound unspectacular to begin with but thereâ€™s something eerie about it that ushers you further in and eventually traps you into a warp. Add Sunidhi Chauhanâ€™s wonderfully controlled and solemn vocals (support by Anupam Amod) and you have the best song on the album and also one of the best songs of the year so far! â€śThoda Sa Pyarâ€ť is just a beautiful song from start to finish and itâ€™s about to get even better...
Low and behold Pritam knows heâ€™s onto a winner with TSP and kindly gives us TWO more versions to enjoy. Firstly thereâ€™s â€śRaghavâ€™s search for loveâ€ť version (Track 5) which is dominated by a piano and Mannah Shahâ€™s emotive rendition. Then we have â€śMadhus search for loveâ€ť version (Track 7) where Pritam focuses on the acoustic guitar and soft drums to give a wicked lounge feeling. Singing by Naresh Iyer is almost on par with Sunidhiâ€™s original. If you enjoyed the original you are in for a treat and then some!
After such a good song you would be forgiven for feeling a little disappointed with Track 3: â€śBaadlon Pe Paonâ€ť in what can be best described as another lazy effort by Pritam. Yes itâ€™s peppy and uplifting but the use of Mannah Shah as main vocalist doesnâ€™t quite work here and the background chorus is extremely annoying particularly with the elongated alaaps, but it may work better on screen as a background tune. Let's see eh?
After introducing the super talented playback singer Nikhil Dâ€™Souza (in last yearâ€™s Crook), Pritam marks his return with the haunting â€śKhwab (Rock)â€ť at Track 4. Suffice to say itâ€™s another winner! In this version Pritam canâ€™t resist dusting off his old rock instruments for an explosive encore that is actually overflowing with emotions, intensity and passion. Nikhilâ€™s vocals are just mind-blowing particularly in the build up to the chorus and complement the intensity of the rock anthem so well, itâ€™s hard to think of a better singer for this type of song. Irshad Kamilâ€™s lyrics are class apart.
If you prefer to chill out to something a little easier on the ears, give â€śKhwab (Raghavs Confession)â€ť a try. It takes out the rock instruments and puts the music on ice. Whatâ€™s more with this softer approach, Nikhilâ€™s vocals stand out even more with an emotional rendition that echoes pain and grief, giving more evidence of his prodigious talents. Take a bow people, the guy is truly God gifted!
The music to KLJ is Pritam in a nutshell. Lazy, unoriginal and repetitive but also clever, versatile and classyâ€¦in â€śThoda Sa Pyaarâ€ť and â€śKhwabâ€ť (and their various guises), he has given us joy in the form of music and two of the best songs of 2011. Go enjoy!