Piku is a comfort album with a sweet overdose of melody that soothes and stays. The music is sweet and exudes absolute warmth. Anupam Roy, Kolkata film industry’s home grown musician turns an album old with Piku, his first work in Bollywood.
Journey Song begins in an Arijit Singh sound-alike Anupam Roy’s voice, to be later joined by Shreya Ghoshal. The song is composed with Hindi-Bengali lyrics that add a dimension of intrigue for its listeners. The music has countryside instruments playing in the background that creates a beautiful jingle by the end of the song.
Music director Anupam Roy’s music for Bengali films Autograph, Hemlock Society, Baishe Srabon and many more have revolutionized the music experience for connoisseurs in the past years. Piku on the same lines has definitive music which instantly envelopes the listener in the delightful vacuum created by the tunes. Roy’s hand at composing the music and writing the lyrics meshes very well and gives a sense of completion to every track in the album.
Bezubaan is a moderately paced track with words that speak of loss. Sung by Roy, Bezubaan is an apt ‘sunset song’ that lingers on a note of melancholy. Lamhe Guzar Gaye with change in lyrics sets a similarly striking mood as does Bezubaan; the latter being only an iota faster in the pace at which it plays. Bezubaan and Lamhe Guzar Gaye are both contemporary pieces of music from Anupam’s offering in Piku.
The soundtrack lives up to the film’s spirit and is a humble listening experience. The male vocals are all done by Anupam Roy which is certainly repetitive, but this flaw can be neglected without any guilt. Teri Meri Baatein is a de tour from the tone and aura set by Bezubaan and Lamhe Guzar Gaye. The track has lyrics that are subtly romantic.
All of Roy’s work in the album is made colorful and glee with the title track Piku. Sunidhi Chauhan’s voice fits the block without any room for improvement. Her narration of the title character through this song happens playfully. There is a palpable childlike excitement as she sings about Piku and her ways. For first time listeners of Anupam Roy’s music, Piku promises of a virgin experience to be carried in hearts. The ‘bongness’ of the album is what one should expect to enjoy. Priced at Rs.175 is an investment that the buyers will not regret.
By Soham Bhattacharyya