Rating: ★★1/2

Verdict: A feebly captivating soundtrack creating grandeur but only that.

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo scores a calculative average of four evens pit against six odds, the latter being the count of songs with music and lyrics below average. This album is structured along the same vein as those of most Rajshri Productions films. Though the grandeur is evident and pleasurably so, that is all Himesh Reshammiya has to offer with this album.

Prem Leela is lyrical and well composed. Aman Trikha adds melody and layers it with huskiness in his voice. High in energy, Prem Leela is well punched with lyrics that have long been missing from mainstream Hindi cinema music. Aman Trikha tries to add as much flavor to the next track but the energy is not well directed in Halo Re, which is at least a garba track if not anything more. The title track Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is a winner. Palak Muchhal offers variation in tone and modulates her voice well as the song gets grander. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is certainly an album for the conventional drama consumer. This album, however, doesn’t have much to impress the Y-generation.

Aaj Unse Milna Hai and Aaj Unse Kehna Hai are songs that complement each other but not the album at large. The former is done in the charming voice of Shaan. However, both the songs after hitting a high point have a great fall because of poorly written lyrics, a rare occurrence for Irshad Kamil. Jalte Diye does fairly well in helping maintain sustainability for the soundtrack. The songs from Prem Ratan Dhan Payo reiterate the musical trend set by past albums from the Barjatya camp. Murli Ki Tanoon Si is a trimmed track with lyrics that say ‘…Tulsi ki Sita ki jaisi tum’. Clearly, this album is garlanded with the fragrance of drama, morality and societal clichés.

Himesh Reshammiya’s only song as singer here can be skipped. It leaves no aftertaste and not much to talk about. Jab Tum Chaho is a good listen only for Palak Muchhal’s melodious vocals. The song otherwise is no more than a dandiya night track. Tod Tadaiyya is one that follows in the footsteps of the many forgettable songs from Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. Neeraj Shridhar and Neeti Mohan, two of Hindi cinema’s most talented voices, go unnoticed in this song that piles on.

Priced at INR 199, with the music rights sold at sky-high prices- rumor has it, the most expensive music rights ever sold- the OST of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo should, to be generous, considered twice before purchase. Here you go:

– By Soham Bhattacharyya