Joginder Tuteja, By Bollywood Hungama News Network
Yash Raj Films would certainly be expecting that the worst is over with Tashan. Aaja Nachle, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom - the list of disappointments, both critically and commercially, for the production house has been pretty long by now and it would just be the right time for Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic to put a stop before the list grows any further.
Directed by Kunal Kohli, the man who has given YRF two successful films - Hum Tum and Fanaa, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic has music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy (Jhoom Barabar Jhoom) and lyrics by Prasoon Joshi (Fanaa, Hum Tum). In spite of such names around, somehow one isn't too enthused about the film's music. What could be the reason behind that? A weak title perhaps!
Well, all apprehensions disappear into thin air the moment first song from the album, 'Pyaar Ke Liye Kabhi Socha Hai Kya', is unearthed. With a trademark Shankar Ehsaan Loy stamp to it when it comes to soulful melodies with a serene feel to it, 'Pyaar Ke Liye' is a feel good number about enjoying the goodies that life has to offer.
In the same mould as the mood of Dil Chahta Hai and Kal Ho Naa Ho, Pyaar Ke Liye also strikes ace due to the man behind the mike - Shankar Mahadevan. This five minute song with some wonderful lyrics by Prasoon Joshi is sheer gem and makes one eagerly look forward to the rest of the album.
With a 'qawalli' feel to it, 'Nihaal Ho Gayi Teri Ek Nazar Se Zindagi Nihaal Ho Gayi' turns out to be an immediate step back after a beautiful 'Pyaar Ke Liye'. Though it is Shankar Mahadevan again at the helm, the song doesn't make you fully embrace it since it just turns out to be an amalgamation of the songs belonging to the likes of a 'Jaane Tu Jaane Na' [Jaan-e-man] or 'Tumse Milke Dil Ka Hai' [Main Hoon Naa].
Though the song does try to be peppy and full of life, it still appears to be one of those routine compositions by Shankar Ehsaan Loy. It is only later with the arrival of the remix version that 'Nihaal Ho Gayi' catches up to a fair extent.
A song picturised on Rani Mukherjee, 'Bulbula Kyu Koi Mujhko Haath' is a kind of number which one associates with the fairly tales coming out of Hollywood. With Western music arrangements to it, the song has an elaborate setting and is about this fairy who comes in the life of a family. Sunidhi Chauhan gets just the right accent for a song belonging to a genre which requires projecting a world that is unreal.
While Shankar Mahadevan doesn't have much role to play in 'Bulbula' as a singer, he lets Sunidhi hog all the limelight. The song can be expected to look quite good on screen with all the special effects and visuals in place.
Newcomer Anusha Mani is entrusted with the responsibility of coming up with a solo rendition for 'Lazy Lamhe Chalte Hai' which is touted to be Ameesha Patel's 'Kaate Nahi Kat-te' [Mr. India]. The song has just the perfect arrangements which create a seductive setting that should set the screen on fire. Anusha's voice too is a far departure from the usual Alisha Chinoy rendition which one is otherwise exposed to in most of the songs belonging to this genre. A number with suggestive lyrics by Prasoon Joshi, it should keep the adults happy in this film which is meant for children. Also, it is double the pleasure when the song is heard in it's 'remix version'.
Last song to arrive in the album is 'Beetey Kal Se Hum' which is yet another fairy song picturised on Rani Mukherjee and the kids around her. Created for a situation in the film where the fairy takes the kids out on a fun ride and shows them the beauty of the world which is sans any suffering and explores the goodies around it, 'Beetey Kal' is a decent composition with Shreya Ghoshal holding the center stage. A song which truly belongs to the world of Yash Raj Films, 'Beetey Kal Se' has the kids Sneha and Suresh accompanying Shreya.
Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic is a good album which doesn't have a single dull moment across it's bouquet of 5 songs. While 'Pyaar Ke Liye Kabhi Socha Hai Kya' indeed tops the list and 'Lazy Lamhe' creates a completely contrasting mood, the two fairy numbers - 'Bulbula' and 'Beetey Kal' - should keep the kids engaged. Overall feel of the album is such that it would work with the audience over the period of time, especially if the film turns out to be a success.