Pyaar ka Punchnama

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Pyaar ka Punchnama is a forthcoming no-holds-barred romantic comedy of sorts from Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Wide Frame Pictures. The film is a major launch vehicle as it marks the debut of producer Abhishek Pathak, director Luv Ranjan and newcomers Kartikeya Tiwari, Rayo Bhakhirta, Divyendu Sharma, Sonalli Sehgal, Nushrat Bharucha and Ishita Sharma.

The film’s music has been composed by singer/music director/music producer Clinton Cerejo (‘Hey Ya!’ – Karthik Calling Karthik), AD Boyz (‘De Dana Dhan’ – Title Song), Hitesh Sonik and director sahib Luv Ranjan himself who has also penned the lyrics. Pyaar ka Punchnama features the vocal talents of KK (‘Khuda Jaane’ – Bachna Ae Haseeno), Clinton Cerejo (‘Kya Karoon’ – Wake Up Sid!), Mika Singh (‘Mauja Hi Mauja’ – Jab We Met), Suzaane D’Mello (‘Bachu’ – Ghajini), Monali (‘Zara Zara Touch Me’ – Race), Suraj Jaggan (‘Sadka’ – I Hate Luv Storys), Vishal Dadlani (‘Dhan De Nan’ – Kaminey), Benny Dayal (‘Tu Meri Dost Hai’ – Yuvvraaj) and Sonu Nigam (‘Nagada’ – Jab We Met).

Pyaar Ka Punchnama hits cinemas 20th May 2011.

The album kick starts with Ishq Na Kariyo Kakke, a fast-paced Punjabi number sung by the always-entertaining Mika Singh with Earl throwing some engreezi gibberish here and there for good measure. It is quite a catchy number with hilarious English/Hindi/Hinglish/Punjabi lyrics by Luv Ranjan. If you thought the dialogue promos of the movie were off the hook, you have something else coming your way. It has all the trappings of a chartbuster.

Next is Life Sahi Hai which has been brilliantly sung by Benny Dayal, Vishal Dadlani, KK and Sidd Cutto. Clinton’s music is rock-tastic but it is Ranjan’s lyrics that what make this song so good. The man has a gift, to grasp the language of the carefree and youthful. Benny, Vishal, KK and Sidd make a great combo and compliment each other really well.

The album slows down with Koi Aa Raha Paas Hai, a earthy and melodious Hitesh Soni composition which has been fantastically rendered by Suraj Jagan. Once again Ranjan’s lyrics just take your breath away even though what he has penned for Koi Aa Raha Paas Hai is the total opposite of Ishq Na Kariyo Kakke and Life Sahi Hai. Soni’s music compliment’s the mood of the Ranjan’s poetry. Koi Aa Raha Paas Hai has an alternative version sung by Sonu Nigam called Koi Aa Raha Paas Hai (Reprise). While the initial version is kind of off-beat in an endearing way, this version is some what conventional. That being said, both versions are brilliant in their own way. Sonu obviously nails the track. It goes without saying. The man is the un-crowned king of love songs. It is such a shame we do not get to hear him all that much these days.

Kutta is next, a hilarious even if situational track sung by Mika Singh. Written and composed by Luv Ranjan, the track basically is about the emasculation of men once they are engaged in a committed relationship, ergo the lyrics about being put on a leash like a dog.

The album accelerates forward with Ad Boyz’ Chak Glassi, an item/club number sung by Suzanne D’Mello and Monali. It is quite a decent song once you get past Shammi’s tacky lyrics but getting past the lyrics is not as easy as it seems. Further, the music is not that good, that it’ll drown out the words. Chak Glassi reappears later on the album, this time with Ad Boyz and D’Mello behind the mike. This version is definitely a lot better than the original. Ad Boyz just have the right attitude in their vocals to make this track work, something D’Mello and Monali lacked. You do not even mind the lyrics too much this time round.

The album draws to a close with a Hitesh Soni composition, the sombre Baanware, sung amazingly well by Clinton Cerejo. The track is essentially a rock ballad and has been brilliantly composed by Soni with equally brilliant lyrics by Ranjan.

All in all, the music of Pyaar Ka Punchnama is as fresh faced as its cast and crew. It’s songs provide a fun, sweet, romantic and insightful slice of life with a brilliant array of vocalists and composers. That being said, Chak Glassi and Kutta are the obvious draw-backs but the remaining tracks are seriously good, whether if be the rocking Life Sahi Hai or the swoon-tastice Koi Aa Raha Paas Hai. Pyaar Ka Punchnama will definitely be a non-regrettable addition to your May playlist.

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