Music Review: ‘Ki & Ka’ Has Too Many Cooks, But Not a Single Chef!
Film: Ki & Ka
Music: Meet Bros, Mithoon and Illaiyaraaja
Lyrics: Kumaar, Sayeed Quadri, Amitabh Bhattacharya
Ki & Ka might be quirky as love story but certainly lacks the spunk when it comes to the film’s music. Director R Balki even got his regular collaborator, the illustrious Illaiyaraaja on board, but with Meet Bros, Yo Yo Honey Singh and Mithoon already on board, he only added to the chaos. Overall, a good variety, but not a single track stands alone as a winner.
Meet Bros, Jaz Dhami, Aditi Singh - Agreed that the song is buried in the dance template of the only language that is allowed to have a dance number to its credit in most hindi films of today, still this song won’t do a bad job of giving adequate thump to your playlist. The star of the song is Yo Yo Honey Singh. Just kidding! The song is good in spite of Yo Yo Honey Singh and not because of him. Jaz Dhami and Aditi have emoted brilliantly, add to that an addictive hook and you have a winner!
Ji Huzoori is an interesting song with a tonal structure that is part 1990’s Rahman and part contemporary Mithoon. Sung by Deepali and Mithoon himself, the song maintains a calm character throughout, with solid lyrics. Extra points for the kind of background vocals, which is a smart touch by Mithoon.
Most Wanted Munda
What happens when Meet brothers play with Garageband to create loops, and then as a favour include some words so that the track isn’t confused for an ‘instrumental’ one? You get Most Wanted Munda. Earl Edgar sounds good though. The song doesn’t have a single quirk that you haven’t heard before, and that is why it tires you out. There is another version of this song which is called Kabir Most Wanted Munda - this one gets , Palak Muchhal’s singing and Arjun Kapoor’s rap (which isn’t bad) but overall these two attempts qualify for ‘Have heard, next song please’ in any playlist. A song which would need visual support to reach your lips and may be on your playlist for just a week.
After the laughable attempt in Shamitabh, Illaiyaraaja gets a grand total of one song titled Foolishq, which is sung by Shreya Ghoshal and Armaan Malik. The song belongs to Shreya because she emotes rather well in comparison to a near robotic Malik. The lyrics of this song are below average (Foolishq ka hai zamana, apparently) and the repetitive ‘Foolishq’ (which is an unenthusiastic attempt at sounding catchy to a wannabe crowd) irritates and is probably the reason why this one won’t make it to your ‘favourites’ playlist. Times have changed and repetitive phrases without solid lyrical support don’t get on top of music charts (remember Piddly?). Perhaps the composer here didn’t get the memo, because the pigeon who was to deliver it, is busy checking email on his handheld.
Pump It (The Workout Song)
Decorated rather well with good thump, average lyrics and promising vocals of Yash Narvekar, Pump It (The Workout Song) doesn’t try too hard to be anything more than a workout song. The energy of the song is infectious, but that’s just about it.
With the premise of the film being so interesting and new, we would have certainly liked some more effort to be put into its music. Overall, Ki & Ka is an average music album and that is not saying much, because the overall music scene in Hindi films off late, can at best be described as Boo & Bah!
Rating: 2.5 Quints.
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