Nikhil Advani’s Kal Ho Naa Ho struck the right chord with the audience when it released in 2003. But since his sparkling debut, Advani has not been able to achieve much success with his subsequent films. Patiala House is an important release for him as well as for his leading man Akshay Kumar, who is also going through a lean patch professionally. The musical trio of Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy (SEL) collaborate with Advani for the fourth consecutive time.
Given the premise of the film, it’s not surprising that the soundtrack kicks off with the peppy Laungda lashkara (Jassi, Mahalakshmi Iyer and Hard Kaur), an upbeat Bhangra meets mellow techno number! The lyrics are a mish-mash of Punjabi, Hindi and English. The track works well as a dance number.
In complete contrast is Shafqat Amaanat Ali’s Kyun main jaagoon – an emotional track that leaves you feeling warm. Ali is outstanding in his rendition and SEL have a clear winner in this one. But Rola pe gaya, in spite of its folksy beats and a battery of singers, is a huge letdown. Anvita’s lyrics strike a chord in Aadat hai woh.
Baby when you talk to me is a modern love ditty by the usually impressive Suraj Jagan. Tumba tumba (Hans Raj Hans) is wrapped in old world Punjabi charm! This festive song though subdued is quite enjoyable. The album ends with the devotional Aval Allah by Richa Sharma.