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Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2

Director Luv Ranjan is back with the sequel to his 2011 hit rom-com Pyaar Ka Punchnama. Straying from the earlier extensive offering of eight tracks, the sequel’s soundtrack is short and sweet, with only four tracks. The music treatment differs as well and is mainly based on club sounds, unlike its predecessor, which was full of soft rock and pop music. The soundtrack for Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 is a balance between romantic ballads and party songs and is in sync with the subject of the film.

Opening with Sharib-Toshi’s club track Sharabi, the song rides on the currently trending club music. The music treatment is quite simple and doesn’t feature an unusually innovative approach towards composition. It is mainly a mix of club and EDM tunes, with Punjabi lyrics. The lyrics by the late Akram Sabri and Kumaar, bring out the youth-centric essence of the film, and the rap portion by Danish Sabri goes well with it too. Sharib-Toshi and Raja Hasan have done justice in terms of singing and bring out the energetic flavour of the song.

The second track Paro is more like an introduction for leading ladies in the film. Composed by Hitesh Sonik, the disco-club tunes filled with techno beats and scratch tunes continues for this track as well, minus the Punjabi lyrics. Kumaar has given the lyrics Hinglish treatment, to bring out the youthful and flirty flavour of the song. Dev Negi’s vocals are apt for the playful treatment of the song, while Shipra Goyal complements Negi’s vocals, although she sings only one verse.

Mohit Chauhan, the singer who has become choosy with projects, enthralls listeners with Heeriye. Sonik returns for the romantic ballad but unlike the regular melodies which generally feature minimal musical treatment, this track is filled with club-techno sounds. Although the number is filled with orchestration, it doesn’t drown out Chauhan’s vocals and maintains a balance between vocals and music. Chauhan has once again proved his mettle, bringing out the depth of Sonik’s lyrics that reflect today’s romance. This number is definitely the winner in the album.

Moorak is a regular quirky track on the lines of Kutta from Pyaar Ka Punchnama. The quirky lyrics by Luv Ranjan are belted out by Divya Kumar. The singing is strong but the writing seems forced. Surprisingly, the musical treatment for this number is quite different. Sonik has opted for pop-rock treatment and this number is filled with guitar strums and drum beats, which changes its tempo and scale at regular intervals.

Verdict: A situational, sprightly album.

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