A Rajkumar Hirani Soundtrack!! (PK – Music Review)

1377206_767469569993831_877271626858669065_nThe most successful filmmaker of our generation Rajkumar Hirani has again arrived with his latest PK, a film about an alien played by Aamir Khan as known by the sources. I wonder for what reason Raju Hirani has gone towards multi-composer trend which is not liked among music lovers. Apart from his regular Shantanu Moitra there’s Ajay-Atul and Ankit Tiwari with one song each.


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Music Label:  T Series


1. Tharki Chokro – Singer: Swaroop Khan;  Music: Ajay-Atul;  Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire

For this fun Rajasthani folk number, Raju Hirani chooses the Marathi duo to do justice with it and show a healthy secularism of our country. No doubt that the duo has really justified the track. Brilliant arrangements and the right selection of the singer in the form of Indian Idol contestant Swaroop Khan, a Rajasthani folk singer. Inspite of tune being very familiar and heard-before, the track is really pleasant and has strong essence of Rajasthan. Lyrics by Swanand is an icing on the cake. A perfect one! #WelcomeSong


2. Nanga Punga Dost – Singer: Shreya Ghoshal;  Music: Shantanu Moitra;  Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire

Shantanu takes hold of the soundtrack by this catchy child-like melody in which Shreya has fully justified the mood of the song by doing all the nuances which is needed. Swanand has an amazing contribution for the song to sound good. His phonetic nursery rhyme-ish words really helped in beautifying Shananu’s situation based tune. The way the Violin has been played, is simply outstanding. Even if you are not eager to hear, just hear it for the applauding Violin pieces.


3. Chaar Kadam – Singers: Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal;  Music: Shantanu Moitra;  Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire

A dreamy duet which lays on the lines of some of Moitra’s own compositions but thanks to him for bringing Shaan back and giving him a song which surely leaves you with a smile. The part from which Shaan begins, is minutely related with Dil Kyun Ye Mera (Kites) only if noticed minutely. The orchestra is typical Shanantu’s style having western-influenced backing vocals in the background as a part of arrangements. Inspite of heard-before feel, the song is likable. 


4. Love Is A Waste Of Time – Singers: Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal;  Music: Shantanu Moitra;  Lyrics: Amitabh Verma

If you notice the tune which Sonu croons beautifully, you come up with the groove of Pal Pal (Lage Raho Munnabhai). That’s exactly what the rhythm of Pal Pal is. Amitabh Verma’s lyrics would really make Indian parents happy as love is really a waste of time according to them. Along with taking his own song’s reference, Moitra infuses retro touch to it by a mild Accordion and the chorus. This would surely give you deja vu of Pal Pal and Zoobi Doobi. 


5. Bhagwan Hai Kahan Re Tu – Singer: Sonu Nigam;  Music: Shantanu Moitra;  Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire

The first half of the first line of the mukhda resembles a lot with a song from Mamta In Bahaaro mein akele na phiro. The rest is pure Shantanu stuff though the antara is something that is not his style and surprisingly antara is the highlight of the song. The way Sonu takes it to a higher note, you just don’t want it to end. Swanand’s lyrics is really thoughtful and morally good. It’s a Sonu Nigam show all the way!


6. PK Dance Theme – Instrumental;  Music: Shantanu Moitra

While listening to it, Barfi!’s background score came into my mind. Yes, the innocence factor in the film must be like Barfi! only. Shantanu has done much use of Violin quite efficiently which is creating the comic as well as the emotional feel together in one single instrumental piece. The basic theme tune is absolutely catchy and has a strong positive element to it. Do give it a try!


7. Dil Darbadar – Singer: Ankit Tiwari;  Music: Ankit Tiwari;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir

People calling it Galliyan part two, well not exactly but sort of lands into that same zone of romantic songs which sounds very odd in this Hirani – Moitra atmosphere. This one seems to be a producer’s demand as nobody is able to guess how it would be able to fit in such a film. The use of Oud is damn impressive. The song has hardly any flaw, still this one is an unwanted guest, as you don’t expect your mamis or chachis to come on your bachelor’s party but loves to meet them otherwise. Not for #PK.


An album that lacks freshness, still is a break from the regular “Bollywood” stuff. Ajay-Atul turn out to be a grace, Shantanu Moitra maintains the innocence and Ankit Tiwari is an unexpected guest here. 


The Final Verdict:  OKAY



Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards  (December 2014)

Singer of the Month (Female):  Shreya Ghoshal – Nanga Punga Dost (PK)

Singer of the Month (Male):  Swaroop Khan – Tharki Chokro (PK)

Singer Jodi of the Month:  Neeti Mohan & Tochi Raina – Raahi Raahi (Mumbai Delhi Mumbai)

Composer of the Month (Song):  Rohan Rohan – Raahi Raahi (Mumbai Delhi Mumbai)

Lyricist of the Month:  Swanand Kirkire – Tharki Chokro (PK)

Composer of the Month (Album):  Himesh Reshammiya – Action Jackson

Song of the Month:  Tharki Chokro – PK  (Ajay-Atul, Swanand Kirkire)

Album of the Month:  PK (T Series)


Next:  Musical Sameekshaa Trimester-III Awards 2014 – Nominees  (October, November, December)


6 thoughts on “A Rajkumar Hirani Soundtrack!! (PK – Music Review)

  1. Interesting and to the point review. I am liking the album so far, may be its the overflow of Honey Singh, Mika and stuff like Arijit Singh auto sync that i am fed up and like the album overall. Bhagwaan Hai Kaha tu and Tharki Chokro are pick for me. Others will grow.


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