After the success of 3 Idiots, Rajkumar Hirani, Shantanu Moitra and Swanand Kirkire once again team up for PK. The album includes one track each by the music duo Ajay-Atul and Ankit Tiwari bringing the total to seven tracks.
Ajay-Atul hold the reign for the opening track Tharki chhokro. Beyond doubt, the composers excel in bringing out the folk elements in their composition. The Rajasthani music flavour is perfectly addressed with the incorporation of brass band and instruments such as kamaicha and dholak. High on energy, the track is cleverly arranged on the base of Hindustani Raag Madhumad Saarang and is brilliantly rendered by Indian Idol contestant Swaroop Khan. The classy, rich folksy flavour is further elevated with Swanand Kirkire’s lyrics – a blend of Hindi and Marwadi language.
Next is a typical Rajkumar Hirani styled character-centric song Nanga punga dost. The situational song is quite a contrast to the previous high vigor melody. Shantanu Moitra employs a balanced rhythm with the orchestratic touches of violin and guitar. The breezy and funky ambience created through the lyrics is well complimented by Shreya Ghoshal. The singer gives a catchy and childish ring to the track highlighting the innocence of the protagonist.
Chaar kadam, a romantic melody rendered by Shaan and Ghoshal is kept simple with a waltz like music arrangement. It’s a nice musical piece with the beautiful blend of chord progression, harmony and string sections. Highlighting the vocal of the singers, Moitra has cleverly stylised the guitar and piano tunes. However, it might remind you of 3 Idiots.
Sonu Nigam puts his best foot forward along with Ghoshal in Love is a waste of time and brings the perfect Marwadi phonation. Amitabh Varma’s funky lyrics are another highlight of this track along with the yesteryears musical arrangements. Though the harmony is woven in the regular pattern, the simplicity stands out with the minimal use of violins and other string instruments.
Nigam once again takes the mic for Bhagwan hai kahan. The passionate vocals are well blended with Indian and western orchestration. The feel of the track is similar to 3 Idiot’s Jaane nahi denge tujhe. While you might compare the tracks, Nigam’s rendition is flawless and Swanand Kirkire goes back to his deep contemplative lyrics, unlike the other tracks.
PK instrumental is a short and sweet theme track, a trademark in Raju Hirani’s films. The rhythmic melody is a compilation of rhythmic patterns and string arrangements.
Ankit Tiwari’s Dil darbadar feels out of place in this album. In contrast to the other tracks, Tiwari continues with his usual melodic – Bhatt style of composition and rendition without much innovation. The lyrics are penned by Manoj Muntashir.
Overall, the album is quite entertaining and compliments the film’s eccentric nature. But, musically it strides on the similar sound of Shantanu Moitra- Swanand Kirkire’s earlier offerings. While Ajay-Atul fit in the album perfectly, Ankit Tiwari is off the mark.
Verdict: The composers keep it simple, with little experimentation.