Mp3 – Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar
Music: Ashutosh Pathak, Dhruv Ghanekar; Lyrics: Kiran Kotrial; Rating: ***
Once in a whole comes a small film that makes you sit up and take notice of it due a fresh appeal it brings along with it. Especially when a flick boasts of belonging to a teen-romance genre due to a title like MP3 – Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar, one is bound to check out what the film is all about. With a fresh starcast and a young director [Robby Grewal, who debuted with a dark thriller 'Samay' a few years back] at the helm, MP3 is produced by Percept Picture Company in association with Red Ice Films. The soundtrack is composed by Ashu-Dhruv.
The man who rarely gets it wrong, K.K., is entrusted the responsibility to render the title song ‘Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar’. Vipin Mishra writes as well as gives music for this song which is about the protagonist realizing what the first ever feeling of love is all about.
A track belonging to rock genre, it starts off like any other sugar coated love song but picks up in a matter of a minute as it gather pace and reaches a crescendo when the golden words ‘Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar Hai Yeh’ come. Surprisingly there is an unwanted interruption of rap soon after which just doesn’t seem necessary in a sweet love song like this.
‘remix’ version comes rather too early in the album though it becomes an easy fodder for DJs to play on for the dance floors. Looking at the theme of the track, one was a little apprehensive about how would it fit in into the remix mode. Thankfully, it turns out to be quite an enjoyable experience in this version and one looks forward to see a promotional music video being built around this version.
It’s time for some pop music with the arrival of ‘Kaun Hoon Main’. Whether it is lyrics, composition or the rendition, there is youth written all over this Kiran Kotrial written track which has a mix of English and Hindi lyrics. Expect a kind of choreography as witnessed in ‘Pehla Nasha’ more than a decade and a half back as the song belongs to a similar genre and carries a young-n-fresh feel along with it.
Both Suhail Kaul and Tara Baswani do justice to the characters in the film by means of their singing as they get the teenage effect just right through their vocals. With minimal interference from multiple instruments, ‘Kaun Hoon Main’ is a smooth ride which has two more parts to it in the second half of the album. Expect the track to be making an appearance throughout the narrative of the film.
Guitar is an instrument which kick starts Aslam Noor written ‘Dosti’, a track which is obviously about friendship. For a young track like this, who else but Shaan is roped in to come behind the mike. A peppy number which is high on beats and moves at a fast pace, ‘Dosti’ also sees Suhail Kaul pairing up with Shaan. Reminding of the title track of ‘Rok Sako To Rok Lo’ which released a few years back, ‘Dosti’ is nothing exceptional but still makes for a decent hear.
It is A.R.Rahman revisited with ‘Chori Chori’ which is out and out based on the maestro’s style of composition. A youthful track about school students finding out a secret love story blooming between the lead protagonists of the film, it should be fun to watch. Written by Kiran Kotrial, ‘Chori Chori’ is a fun track rendered by Suhail Khan and Rajeev Sundaresan.
Apart from a lively singing which is a mainstay of the song, ‘Chori Chori’ also boasts of some dialogues interspersed into it that are bound to bring on a smile. An impressive track with a slight jazz to it, it deserves to be a part of the film’s promotion soon.
Making way for the Bollywood scheme of things, ‘Naa Jaane’ gets into a ‘bhangra’ groove and sets your feet tapping even as you are hearing the track for the first time. Though there isn’t much out of the box in this short 2 minutes song (no harm in that), ‘Naa Jaane’ is fun to hear as Ravindra goes about rendering this decently paced song that comes with a lively feel with it.
Rest of the album is made of short musical pieces, namely ‘Climax’, ‘Love Theme’, ‘Plan’ and ‘Paris’. While ‘Climax’, as expected, is fast paced and quite energetic with an assortment of western instruments making it an enjoyable fare, ‘Love Theme’ is short and sweet as it sails smoothly. ‘Plan’, as suited for its setting in the film, has an intriguing feel to it and takes a serpentine approach by bringing on different shades. This is a musical piece that makes one to watch out for what the film has in the offering. Ditto for ‘Paris’ that has a lavish appeal to it and brings on an exciting sound that makes one curious about looking forward to MP3.
MP3 is a good album that fully delivers what a young love story should be offering. Ashu and Dhruv come up with a soundtrack that justifies the setting of the film and maintains a consistency throughout. There may not be a track which could stand out and take MP3 to a chartbuster status but as a whole this album is a decent hear which you can play on for an engaging and harmless hear.