Prime yourself for Pritish Nandy Communication's (PNC) newest endeavor - Popcorn Khao Mast Ho Jao (PKMHJ). The label of the movie is as unusual and uncanny as ever and not surprisingly has nothing to do with the underlying storyline, which is about three youngsters who have their own fundas of love i.e. Funda # 1 for Tanishaa, who plays Tania. Funda # 2 for Akshay who marks his debut as Rahul and Funda # 3 for Rashmi who also makes a fresh entry as Sonia.
PNC introduces yet another debutant writer/director Kabir Sadanand, who has made appearances in previous PNC flicks. After the thunderous triumph of Jhankaar Beats, Vishal-Shekhar have yet again composed the music for a PNC movie while Vishal Dadlani (Dadlani being his last name..!) has jot down the lyrics all by himself.
Shaan executes a melodious solo performance with "Kal se Koi". Young music lovers will instantly devour a squashy uncomplicated quixotic number like this. The track is full of perceptive lyrics and a harmonious tune that will grow on you at the very first instance. The solidarity of the awesome threesome (Vishal, Shekhar and Shaan) is spot on.
The album picks up total pace with "Dupatta Beimaan Re", which is one of the best tracks on the album. Apart from Sunidhi Chauhan giving her best this compulsive item number is also a product of the joint efforts of innumerous international musicians and the chorus. The rhythm programming by Ramu Iyer, the amazing Saxophone and Guitar pieces by Gavin Hamburger and Warren Mendonsa,Chintoo Singh & Kalyan Barua respectively. Live percussion by Tafiq Quereshi, Banjo by Rashid and finally the chorus that includes the music composers Vishal-Shekher themselves. With all these names, you can assess for yourself the amount of variations and thrill that this one has to offer.
Kay Kay who is a must for Vishal Shekhar compositions rolls up next with Le Chale Le Chale. The track epitomizes youth and energy with Kay Kay's modern voice and approach in conjunction with equally youthful musical support and harmonization. Mahalxmi's velvety voice endows a brief stint of emotion and sensitivity to the track, which is good, but overall the track cannot lift itself beyond an average echelon.
These days, makers and composers just cannot get enough out of their creations. Almost all the hit-hot numbers have a remix or a DJ mix and PHMHJ is no exception. Two of the songs have been mixed namely "Move the Dupatta - The Mix" and Dooriyan - Feel the Rhythm Mix. DJ Amit, who has dutifully added a few extra beats and some English lingo, has blended both the tracks, which is so classic of him. With or without the DJ mix, both the tracks are basically groovy enough and do not need mixing whatsoever.
Sunidhi opens the second half of the album with Spanish like track "O Solemiya". An anonymous male voice joins Sunidhi, but for some odd reason (best known to the makers), he has not been accredited. The track has ordinary lyrics and not so great tune, but the Spanish effect and lilt is rather effective.
Richa Sharma sounds quite conventional in "Dooriyan". An emotive track with a superior melody and brilliant music impresses with skillful singing and sensitive lyrics.
Vishal Dadlani concludes the album with the title track "Popcorn Khao mast ho jao". An average number with an unimpressive tune goes down as one of the deficient tracks on the album. However, this would not do much harm to the movie, as it might be either played while credits or in the milieu where it might hopefully sound effective provided its picturized effectively.
PKMHJ has a standard score, with a song or two being better than the rest. However, the music may perhaps find it arduous to record high sales and top the countdowns, as its eminence is taking a backseat due to unknown faces. Apart from this, the promos look like those of a music video on the TV and the audience may not take it very seriously until the movie makes it big at the box office.