My Friend Pinto – Music Review (Bollywood Movie Soundtrack)

Listen to the soundtrack here (Link courtesy: @prabshoney).

Hitesh Sonik’s guest composition Tu is yet another classic testimony of how Sunidhi Chauhan has wasted herself with item numbers in the industry, she totally owns the song with her controlled singing, backed by an equally sedate arrangement from Hitesh. Lovely song! Barring that overwhelming Dil Hoom Hoom Kare memory that the opening line evokes, Intezaar is quite decently arranged by Shamir Tandon and Kavita Seth (though on seeing the name Kavita Seth I had expected something classical/sufi-based). Nice use of violin in the first interlude. Singer Nirmatee does a fine debut, and shows good promise. Enter lead composers, the reason I was looking forward to this soundtrack, Ajay-Atul.

So the Gogawale brothers start off with the boisterous Dhinchak Zindagi sung by Kunal Ganjawala, now a regular fixture in SLB flicks. Use of orchestra is commendable, especially the introduction of the mild East European flavour in the primarily bluesy carnival-esque template. And Kunal does a very energetic job on the rendition front also. Do Kabootar charms primarily for its employment of the harmonica. And again Kunal, he is a natural with such songs. But the best tracks from the duo happen to be the last two. The pop-ish Take It Easy where the composers use Kunal for a third time, joined by wife Gayatri Ganjawala for a minute-long but fabulously structured cameo towards the end. And the neatly arranged rock-flavored Yaadon Ki Album sung by KK.

Ajay Atul do another decent score, for My Friend Pinto, but “decent” is not what is expected of them. Especially not for a movie from Sanjay Leela Bhansali, a man who is supposed to be particular about his music. In fact Hitesh’s song might have better longevity than A-A’s. Hope they make amends come Agneepath.

Music Aloud Rating – 6.75/10

Top Recos – Tu, Take It Easy, Yaadon Ki Album