Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (APKGK) carries a lot of expectations. Renowned record label TIPS is the producer, bright young stars Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif come together in a Raj Kumar Santoshi flick and Midas man Pritam is the man behind the music. The good news is the music lives up to its hype… almost!!
The first track Main tera dhadkan teri (KK, Sunidhi Chauhan and Hard Kaur) has chartbuster written all over it. It’s the classic Pritam dance number —opening rap by Hard Kaur, high energy vocals by KK and a low-pitched Sunidhi at her seductive best. It may not be a musical masterpiece but it’s sure to be blaring out of every radio for the next few months!
Pritam stuns with his versatility in the next track Tu jaane na (Atif Aslam) and grabs your attention instantly. Poetic lyrics by Irshad Kamil and a flawless rendition by Atif Aslam make this
Sufi-ish song a joy to listen to.
Equally engaging is the unplugged version of this song by Kailash Kher, Paresh and Naresh. Tera hone laga hoon (Alisha Chinoy, Atif Aslam and Neeraj Sridhar) is another highlight of this album. It’s a simple, sweet romantic song that touches the right chord and makes you want to listen to it on a loop.
Prem ki nayya (Neeraj Sridhar and Suzanne D’Mello) is a boisterous fun track with rustic lyrics and a groovy beat. Ranbir’s dance moves only add to the song’s appeal.
In spite of the interesting way the traditional Indian wedding shehnai tune has been used in Oh, by god (Mika and Sunidhi Chauhan), the number fails to make an impact. And Aa jao meri tamanna by Javed Ali and Jojo is also strictly average.
Verdict: APKGK is a fun-filled album with an interesting mix of songs well worth its price.