Lyrics: Irshad Kamil
Singers: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Mika, Atif Aslam, Benny Dayal, Shefali Alvares, Shalmali Kholgade, Harshdeep, Chinmaayi Sripaada, Arijit Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan
Increasingly, it seems like B-town composers are scrimping on the melody to cater to the club scene – a favourite with the youth! With remixes padding up a handful of original sounds, the average Hindi film soundtrack is becoming predictable with the passage of time. Unfortunately, this is also the case with composer Pritam’s work for Rajkumar Santoshi’s Phata Poster Nikhla Hero (PPNH).
Starring Shahid Kapoor and Ileana D’Cruz, the film reunites the winning team of Rajkumar Santoshi and Pritam after Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. Also supposed to be a comic caper, PPNH is one of the most anticipated films of the year considering it sees Shahid Kapoor doing something he has not attempted before. However, while Pritam has proved his credentials as a composer since he turned a new leaf over allegations of him plagiarising, PPNH sounds similar to contemporary Bollywood fare. Over the course of six tracks and an equal number of remixes to pad up the album to songs, Pritam works hard to try and create a breakaway sound.
Tu mere agal bagal – the opener, is a fun number crooned by Mika. Though the arrangement is quite conventional, we are happy that the singer has not gone hysterical this time. It’s quite catchy and Shahid’s Govinda-ish attire in the song is already catching lot of attention from the youth and kids.
Main rang sharbaton ka is the one of the two slow tracks on the album, with vocals by Atif Aslam and Chinmayi Sripaada. However, the light melody is soft, it is a bit too reminiscent of one of Pritam’s one of the best creations – Aji din chadiya from Love Aaj Kal. Sung well by Atif but we wonder if his husky voice actually suits chocolate boy Shahid Kapoor. Maybe Mohit Chauhan could’ve done a better job! Another version of the song sung by Arijit Singh (who sang Milne hai mujhse aayi from Aashiqui 2) is also quite good.
Surprisingly, the album also consists of a song – Janam janam dedicated to all the mothers. Again sung individually by Atif Aslam and Sunidhi Chauhan, the vocals are impressive and go well with the objective of why it’s been created. What stands out here is that the notations are quite similar to Frank Sinatra’s compositions.
From there on, it’s a steady line of fast-paced clubby numbers, starting with Hey Mr DJ on to Dhating naach. Now, credit must go to Pritam for being experimental in the variety of sounds. While Hey Mr DJ – with Benny Dayal, Shefali Alvares and Shalmali Kholgade on vocals is composed in the techno dance track, Dhating naach is inspired by dancehall and is strictly for the front-benchers! The track will remind you of One two three four from Chennai Express!
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Harshdeep on Mere bina tu are impressive. It seems Rahat’s soothing voice makes any song instantly work and becomes a hit with the masses, especially his followers. This guitar-heavy track looks like a separation song. Harshdeep provides an able support to Rahat.
Overall, Phata Poster Nikhla Hero album is nothing that Pritam can boast of considering that he can do much better!
Reviewed by Dhiren Trivedi
**** Very good