Shakun Batra’s debut venture ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’ had a nice soundtrack by Amit Trivedi. The music, which had a very urbane sound to it, was slightly different from the kind of music one expects to hear in a Dharma Productions’ film. Batra seems to have taken a more commercial route with ‘Kapoor & Sons’ and one expects that to reflect in the music of the film as well. Unlike the music of his first film, which was scored by just one composer, Shakun ropes in as many as six composers for this one.
Amaal Mallik recreates “Kar Gayi Chull”, a dance number originally composed by Badshah. There are two female vocalists (Neha Kakkar and Sukriti Kakar) who lend their voice for Alia Bhatt and together, they break the monotony that the rap portion rendered by Badshah brings in. The track seems to be a replication of many of the songs composed by the rapper/composer in the recent past. Having said that, it ticks all the right boxes for a dance number and serves up some pulsating beats to compel you to get on the dance floor.
Tanishk Bagchi, who had composed the chartbusting track “Banno” (‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’) with partner Vayu, is the man behind “Bolna”, a mellow romantic track sung by Arijit Singh and Asees Kaur. Though Dr. Devender Kafir writes some nice lines in Punjabi and the two vocalists pour their heart into the song, the insipid tune would refrain you from listening to the song on a loop. The flute piece, heard sporadically throughout the song adds a nice touch to the song.
The infectious energy of “Buddhu Sa Mann” rubs off on the listener in no time. The upbeat track with a joie de vivre feel to it sees the Kapoor family resolving their differences and getting together for a party. Though the track is far from being the kind that would set the charts on fire, it reflects the mood of the scene very well and ends up being an enjoyable track. The effervescent lyrics (Abhiruchi Chand) match the joyous feel of the composition.
I was relieved to see that Arko’s “Saathi Rey” is not written by the composer himself. The composer, who does not have a very good command over Hindi and Urdu, would write his songs himself instead of handling the reins to a lyricist who knows his job. Arko doubles up as a singer and composer and does not really do justice to either of the two roles. The tune is forgettable and his laboured singing fails to leave an impact.
After “Kar Gayi Chull”, one comes across another ‘recreated’ in the form of “Let’s Nacho”. The dance number, originally titled “Tamil Fever” and composed by Nucleya and Benny Dayal, is given a new twist by Badshah. While the track does engage you initially, the interest dissipates as you release it, just as a routine dance number with no novelty value whatsoever.
The music of Kapoor & Sons is different from Shakun Batra’s first film ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’. As far as the quality is concerned, it is not a patch on the latter. “Kar Gayi Chull” is already a chartbuster and “Buddhu Sa Mann” will grow on you as you listen to it with the visuals. The rest of the tracks disappoint with their lacklustre tunes.