Toilet - Ek Prem Katha sounds like a quirky social comedy when we first heard the name. However, going by the trailer and now the soundtrack as well, we realise that this is quite a serious love story woven around the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan campaign. Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar play the lead roles in the movie that is directed by debutante Shree Narayan Singh. There are three composers for the album, even though there are only four songs in the soundtrack. Here's our review of the album...
Hans Mat Pagli
It feels really good to listen to Sonu Nigam behind the mike and sing some nice songs, unlike his recent rendition of Dhinchak Pooja's Dil Ka Shooter, and of course his Twitter shenanigans. The gifted singer is terrific in the first song of the Toilet... album, and he has the company of the ever-dependable owner of the melodious voice, Shreya Ghoshal. Hans Mat Pagli is sweet, mellifluous and easily likeable enough to make a good first impression for the album. Unlike what the song teasers told us, there are no three versions of the song.
After the conventionally romantic Hans Mat Pagli, comes the different kind of romantic track, Bakheda. The song tells us there is no bigger complication in the world than love, a sentiment I totally agree with. The folksy tune is pleasant to hear, with a restrained Sukhwinder Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan make Bakheda a really enjoyable track to listen to. Vickey Prasad has done a fine job of composing the song especially with the judicious use of sarangi.
Gori Tu Latthmaar
This is the Holi track of the album, as Sonu Nigam returns to deliver a commendable song that will surely look colourful on screen. But it is Palak Muchhal who is more effective here, sounding almost like Shreya Ghosal here. The song is composed by Manas-Shikhar, who has delivered an interesting track, that is quite different from other Holi songs. Pleasantly different at that!
Subha Ki Train
Wow, I have reached the last song of the album, and the album is turning out to be a completely romantic album. Subha Ki Train, unlike the intended humour in the title, is also a love song, that is composed by Sachet - Parampara. While it may not be as impressive as the other songs in the album, Sachet Tandon and Parampara Thakur have done a really wonderful job with the vocals.
Toilet Ek Prem Katha's soundtrack is a surprise actually, as the entire album is filled with love songs. Unlike a typical Akshay Kumar album, there is no hero entry song or loud Punjabi track, instead focussing purely on the romance. The songs are all melodious with Hans Mat Pagli and Bakheda being the standouts. Will surely be lapped up by those preferring love songs.
Hans Mat Pagli, Bakheda, Gori Tu Latthmaar
3.5 out of 5
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