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Music Review: ‘Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi’

The theatrical trailer for ��Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi�۪ has been��live for months now across the UK and it is hilarious to say the least. A film that has the name Sanjay Leela Bhansali associated with it at so many levels including producer, screenplay and dialogue writer will definitely pull some ticket sales at the box office. A simple movie concept along with a low budget production and offbeat star cast of Farah Khan and Boman Irani should not deter audiences thirsty for good entertainment from taking a trip to the cinemas for this movie.

From the onset the trailers lead to disappointment on the musical front in��publicising the non-commercial angle on the film. Bhansali who has demonstrated the depth of his musical mind proves��by keeping the music grounded to the concept of the movie in films like ��Guzaarish�۪ (2010), ��Black�۪ (2005) and, the most notable, ��Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam�۪ (1999) should have contributed in some way to add that extra factor to the soundtrack of this adult comedy. The movie is the directorial debut of editor Bela Bhansali Sehgal with music direction by Jeet Ganguly who is relatively new with only a couple of B-grade projects earlier this year to his credit. The genius of Amitabh Bhattacharya is behind the lyrics.

'Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi'
'Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi'

Ishq Main Tere Bina is a soft romantic ballad in the voices of KK and Shreya Ghoshal. It has a very subtle vibe to it of the early 2000s songs. This rather goes down as a negative even though this is overall a good song with decently good lyrics. Unfortunately there is no market for tunes with the early 2000s sound. The vocals and composition of this song fail to make a good opening impression.

Ghoshal delivers a much better performance as a solo in Khatti Meethi with part Hindi and part English lyrics on the chorus. The lyrics are a good poetic arrangement of a happy girl on a happy romantic day. But, this time the composition and melody of the song are a let-down leading to a dull feel for a second consecutive song on the album. The brightness and happiness of the lyrics are not felt in the actual music and vocals of the song.

Kaafir Andhere is a typical KK number with the soft rock composition loaded with keyboards and electric guitars. The lyrics catering to an evident heartbreak scene in the movie are way too complicated to stick on anyone�۪s tongue with once again an average arrangement that sounds like many other KK songs.

The fun factor of the movie finally is delivered in��a song��which happens to be the title song of the film, in the voice of Neeraj Shridhar. Finally the soundtrack delivers a decently good composition with a catchy hook that should get this song noticed in the commercial music scene. The lyrics are fun and Shridhar is the perfect voice for it.

Kuku Duku is simply genius thanks to the amazing Mohit Chauhan who will get everyone singing the title of this song for sure. A song with a true Parsi flavour to go with the movie has also got some brilliant instrumentation along with highly innovative lyrics. Kuku Duku is bound to be a hit with the young masses and ideal for college kids and long drive scenarios. Must listen!

For a song title Ramba Mein Samba, the only possible singer is a huge tikka-sari-wearing-pop-princess who has a few decades behind her in Bollywood land. Ramba Ho, Koi Yahan Aha Nache Nache, Hari Om Hari and Shaan Se are the some of the evergreen classics of Usha Uthup who delivers yet another powerful and exciting performance in Ramba Mein Samba. The song is what it is because of her and is pure fun and nostalgia of her classics mixed with a bit of Punjabi music flavour.


The soundtrack of this comedy starts off with a number of disappointing compositions of below average quality for a Bhansali movie.��However, it picks up later and��delivers some good songs in the innovative Kuku Duku and the nostalgic Usha Uthup foot-tapper Ramba Mein Samba. The music and composition of all songs lack the commercial popular music touch to get the movie good airplay on TV and radio stations which is rather disappointing work from newcomer Jeet Ganguly, who still��has a long way to go. Overall, the music of ��Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi�۪ sticks to the concept of the film but is below average and no match for the extravagant musical trend in Bollywood today.

Rating ��� 5/10