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Ki & Ka

Banners:  Eros International, Hope Productions

Producers:  Sunil Lulla, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, RK Damani, R Balki

Music Directors: Ilayaraja, Mithoon, Meet Bros, Yo Yo Honey Singh

Lyrics: Kumaar, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Sayeed Quadri

Music Label: T-Series

R Balki’s films are known for their unusual concepts but not so much their soundtracks. However, this time around, with Ki & Ka, the director has offered a funky, groovy soundtrack. The five-track album features a brigade of composers, namely Mithoon, Meet Bros, Yo Yo Honey Singh and Balki’s long-time collaborator, music maestro Ilayaraja.

The film’s trailer has already offered a glimpse of the album’s opening track High heels te nachche. The Punjabi club track can be tagged as Meet Bros’ recreation of Jaz Dhami and Yo Yo Honey Singh’s 2012 High heels but with a new catch phrase and is equally addictive. Going along with the energetic tune, the song gets a good lyrical boost by Kumaar, replacing the unwarranted electronic beats of the original track. With the vocals of Meet Bros, Jaz Dhami and Yo Yo Honey Singh, Aditi Singh Sharma has managed to hold her own for the female vocals in this track.

The flavour of the album changes instantly with Mithoon’s soulful composition Ji huzoori. The poignant track is laden with compelling musical arrangements and is perfectly supplemented by Sayeed Quadri’s words. Mithoon has collaborated with Deepali for this duet and has done an admirable job.

The lyrical genius of Kumaar comes into play with the track Most wanted munda. The catchy song follows the signature whacky club tunes of Meet Bros, highlighting the fact that they have been masters in composing quirky tunes. However, the varying sound and beats of this song sound like the composition of another track altogether. Though the composers have tried to experiment, it doesn’t work well with this track and it would have been better if they had stuck to their club-dance tunes. The second version of the track Kabir most wanted munda features added Punjabi beats. The song gets Arjun Kapoor on the vocals in place of Earl Edgar. The actor-singer has done an admirable job and has received great support from Palak Muchhal. Thankfully, the revised version doesn’t feature varying beats and is a complete club song. This version might work well in clubs during the highly popular ‘Bollywood Nights’.

Illayaraja is back with the peppy romantic track Foolishq sung by Armaan Malik and Shreya Ghoshal. The song immediately attracts listeners’ attention with its musical arrangement, which mainly features a combination of gritty guitar riffs and a flute melody. Unfortunately, the song lacks spunk as there is no modification in terms of singing.

Meet Bros end the album on a high note with the dance track Pump it (The Workout Song). The musical arrangement is a typical Bollywood track filled with electronic club beats. The lyrics go well with the title of the track.

Verdict: A thematic soundtrack.

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