Any musical offering from the Sanjay Leela Bhansali camp is something that music lovers look forward to eagerly, and right from his very first film, SLB movies have always delivered music that is just class apart. He being a composer with a keen ear for music helps the cause further. Moreover the involvement of corporate giants UTV Motion Pictures too is an added bonus. Despite this there are not many expectations from the music of MY FRIEND PINTO, and the reason being that this is a film being directed by an outside director and secondly there are not many known faces (read big stars) in the film and it has not really been promoted as aggressively as the rest of SLB movies. However there can still be a surprise lurking somewhere, as this still is a Sanjay Leela Bhansali project, and so let's press on the play button and see if are our expectations are met with.
The first song of the album is a totally philosophical composition, 'Take It Easy', sung by Kunal Ganjawala and Gayatri Ganjawala. It's almost a solo with Kunal doing most of the crooning and Gayatri does an excellent jugalbandi with Kunal towards the latter part. The best part of the song is that the philosophical part is not preachy and still manages to convey the beauty of life and also shows the way to handle it by taking things cool and easy. And this is done by some lovely wordings that are penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya who does a brilliant job. And if we don't look up to see who the lyricist is we might even think it is either Prasoon Joshi or Gulzar Sahab - 'Kabhi kabhi sorry feel karti hi zara si, Kabhi kabhi deti hai smile bhi zara si, Ye zindagi hazaar rang mein dhali hai, Ye cute hai har ek rang me bhali hai..' The arrangements by Ajay-Atul are in sync with the situation of the song; lots of light guitar strums, drums, whistles and bead sounds but the orchestra that comes in the middle takes the song to another level.
The philosophical yet lively mood continues with 'Yaadon Ki Album' and nostalgia reigns supreme in this KK rendered composition that is almost in the same corridor (not inspired) as Jagjit Singh's 'Ye Kagaz Ki Kashti'. A song that will be appreciated more for its superb lyrics that takes one back to our childhood days and the simple things that gave us joy like exchanging notes, eating candies and riding cycles with friends. While the situational song would find more favour after the release of the film, and seeing it's context yet it's a number that can be enjoyed by all those who are still kids at heart and long for that 'bachpan ke din'.
Guest composer Shamir Tandon and Kavita Seth come in for 'Intezaar' and it's a stark departure from the first two philosophical numbers as this is a totally filmy romantic number that can qualify as the best of the lot. The song in totality is excellent, the singing by the combo artists from the Nirmitee Group (Ranjana Raja, Vian Fernandes, Siddharth Menon and Pranil More) of X factor fame is superb, their taal mel extraordinary and the musical arrangements and the tune is catchy and classy. Both Hindi (Charan Jeet) and additional English lyrics (by Deepa Seshadri) are quite good. Just the number one expected from the Sanjay Leela Bhansali camp and a song that has the potential to hit the charts but needs aggressive promotion.
The album takes a u-turn with the all out rock and roll 'Do Kabootar' which is once again philosophical and situational. The swinging beats and the nice rock and roll rhythm along with organ sounds and harmonica take centre stage in a song that is once again very noble in its effort as it tries to convey a very important message, and that is to let it be and not try to change your beloved by making him/her just like yourself . Somewhere on the lines of 'Rahna Tu Jaisa Tu'. Kunal Ganjawala is typical himself, the kind we heard in the first song of the album, may be because it's in the same mould as the first.
However unlike Kunal in the previous track, Sunidhi Chauhan sings quite contrary to her image in this soft, situational track, 'Tu' that borders on pensive musings and is slightly inspirational as well. The highlight of the track is Sunidhi's almost in 'whispers' singing that is just excellent. The serene and sedate atmosphere created by light musical arrangements is exemplary. Hitesh Sonik may not have exactly chosen a new tune but the way he has arranged it and made Sundhi sing is brilliant.
It's once again back to the swinging sixties with the all retro rock and roll 'Dhinchak Zindagi' and piano, guitar, drums, keyboards and trumpets making things livelier and merrier. Though we have had many 'aaj raat zindagi' types set exactly in the same mould as this number, but this is quite interesting because of its lively orchestra and catchy tune and also the lyrics that are very contemporary and identifiable. Kunal Ganjawala is good as always and his enthused singing helps the cause in a big way.
Ajay-Atul's last major outing, the super hit SINGHAM, proved why they are called the 'Rahman of Marathi films', and the variety that they showed was applause worthy. However in this album they have just stuck to one type of music (may be the makers or the situation demanded it), and all the songs are of the same genre and despite the fact that they have tried their level best, still monotony sets in. Too much of a good thing is not good, so the album tends to get repetitive after a while. The two guest composers do bring in a change of mood. Our favourites are 'Intazaar', 'Dhinchak Zindagi' and 'Tu'. The album needs heavy duty promotion and one still feels that since the songs are mostly situational the album might see a pickup in sale after the release of the film which is all set to be showcased this Friday.