After "Ajab prem ki ghazab kahaani", the team of Rajkumar Santoshi and Pritam return with PPNH. While the former had some great music, I somehow listen to this soundtrack with slightly reduced expectations- blame it on the slapstick trailer, its similarity to APKGK or the absence of Ranbir Kapoor. Let us take a look at the soundtrack.
"AGAL BAGAL" sees Mika in full form. Having mastered such songs, this one rises one step further owing to a catchy tune, very funny lyrics and an innovative video. There is also some nice use of harmonium(?), guitar and some really good interludes between the antaras. Massy, entertaining and catchy, this one is sure to set your feet tapping.
"HEY MR DJ" is sung by Benny Dayal, Shefali Alvares and Shalmali Kholgade. Included as a pure club number, this one has a heavy hangover of "Latt lag gayi" from Race 2. There is also that templatized disco beat plus arrangement. The "let's go bananas" loop is again deja-vu evoking and yet you will hum it after the song finishes. Overall, nothing path breaking but a catchy song with a not so long shelf life.
"RANG SHARBATON KA" is a song tailor-made for Atif. His voice (slightly synthesized) sounds lovely. Accompanying him as the female lead is the even more lovelier sounding Chinmayee. Together they create a love ballad which is super melodious, has some great lyrics and is a perfect love song. Even the punjabi female chorus sounds beautiful.
There is another version sung by Arijit Singh. This reprise version has more of guitars. One thing I liked about the song is that Arijit attempts something different from what he normally sings. It is as if he is smiling while singing this one. He sounds different and nice. The background guitar at places are strongly reminiscent of that used in Kabira (YJHD).
"MERE BINA" appears in 2 versions. The first one is sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Unlike many other reviewers, somehow I can never get tired of this man's songs. This one is a shining example why he is such a genius. Mere bina is sheer brilliance in terms of melody and singing. Pritam creates a beautiful tune and Rahat simply aces this one.
The second version has Harshdeep joining the party. Her deep voice in the low notes is an icing on the cake. Overall, super tune, very very melodious. Once again we hear that kabira guitar loop.
"JANAM JANAM" is undoubtedly and unarguably the best song of the album. Appearing in 3 versions, this is a heart wrenching ode to a mother.
Atif's version is gorgeous. His buland voice is perfect for the song. He goes soft at the right places and sings the high notes with ease, delivering a heart tugging song. Add to that the lovely lyrics and you have a song you can dedicate to your mom and moisten her eyes.
Atif appears once again in a short sad version where he whines "Maaaa" in a high nasal twang. And yet, this one is equally good.
Sunidhi Chauhan's version is the quietest one as far as arrangements are concerned. She too aces her version. It is such a pleasure to hear her sing such soft numbers.
Did i miss any song? Dhating naach? Well, lets say i hated it. Not my cup of tea. I would prefer to ignore that song.
OVERALL, the soundtrack of PPNH took me by surprise. I had expected some mediocre stuff but I was greeted with an album which is an all rounder. A commendable job done by Pritam as he delivers yet another massy album. A special mention to Irshad Kamil and Amitabh Bhattacharya for some great lyrics. As for Pritam, he definitely surprises me and gives a soundtrack that exceeds my expectations by a big margin.
MY RATINGS- 8.75 / 10