Joker – Music Review

You can listen to the soundtrack here.

So the makers replace the Faktha You with Just You in the item song Kaafirana but that doesn’t change the fact that the song is a standard mashup of item song templates by guest composer Gaurav Dagaonkar. Sunidhi Chauhan does try and infuse a lot of life into the song with the rendition, but that doesn’t prove enough. Say, is Marathi turning into the new Sufi in Bollywood music? Anyway, exit Gaurav, enter GV Prakash Kumar. And he kickstarts his Bollywood debut with an instrumental theme Alien Arrival, which again strictly follows a heroic theme template, and serves its purpose. Yeh Joker is decidedly middling though, the composer trying something of a kuthu arrangement and ending up somewhere in an awkward middle path. The rendition by Sonu Nigam and Shweta Pandit cease to matter at all.

Tears Of Joker is a second instrumental track with some lovely use of flute (by his regular, Navin Iyer, I presume) and would have been totally awesome had it not strongly reminded of ARR tracks of yore. The “uncle tribute” continues into the next song too, Sing Raja, which sounds like a techno-based mashup of such songs as Maiyya Yashoda and Kheware Khewa. The choice of Daler Mehndi and Sonu Kakkar for vocals works well though, and might help the song strike a chord despite the said hangover and the pointless lyrics. It is in the closing track Jugnu that the composer decides to show some of that talent he should have much earlier. A nursery rhyme-ish hook, beautiful arrangement to boot and some fab usage of backing vocalists, this song is a keeper. And a special hat tip to GVP for using Udit Narayan, I sometimes miss that voice.

He may or may not have composed the tunes for the controversy-ridden soundtrack of Jaanemann, but when GV Prakash Kumar actually got to do a credited debut in Bollywood, it turned out to be a rather uninventive one.

Music Aloud Rating: 5/10

Top Recos: Jugnu, Alien Arrival

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