Unsure. This is what one feels when the soundtrack of Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana your way. Seriously, one doesn't quite know what to expect from a film which has the secret recipe of a non-vegetarian dish as the centre of attraction. With expectation of a quintessential Bollywood musical almost nil (nothing wrong about that though!), one does feel that soundtrack of this film would have an overdose of Punjabi flavour due to the film's setting. Amit Trivedi is the composer while Shellee is the lyricist.
The album enjoys a swashbuckling start for itself with 'Kikli Kalerdi' which has a terrific hook to it. Pinky Maidasini sets the stage with her vocals and just when one thought that this was good enough for the song, there is a lot more in the offering, what with Amit Trivedi bringing himself behind the mike with Yo Yo Honey Singh creating his usual magic. A naughty number about a youngster 'pataofying' his girl, this one (as expected) has an out and out Punjabi setting to it and scores massively on that ground. If this wasn't enough, there is a 'Punjabi version' as well which ensures that the song would find its way up North.
The way 'Motorwada' begins, you are immediately transported to the world of Western music. However there is a twist in the tale here since neither lyrics nor the way this song is rendered has anything remotely related to Western musicals. This isn't all as there is a mix of rap and hip-hop that finds its way in as well, hence making 'Motorwada' more of a jamming session by singers Tochi Raina and Amit Trivedi in progress than a song which would actually play in entirety during the film's narrative.
Title song 'Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana' makes a belated appearance and yet again, this one has a Punjabi base to it. With a strong folk flavour to it with the musical arrangements too being minimal and quite 'desi' in their appeal, 'Luv Shuv...' has Harshdeep Kaur starting the proceedings with Shahid Mallya joining in soon after. A situational conversational number about a couple wondering how they would stay without each other and how the boy is ready to give all his love (in addition to the secret chicken Khurana), this one just about passes muster. Later a theme piece by Tapas Roy is also included.
Harshdeep Kaur returns with 'Luni Hasi' which, musically, has a distinct Amit Trivedi touch to it. Is it unconventional? Yes. It is easy on ears? Again, yes. Is it the next chartbuster in the making? Well, not really as it basically carries a situational appeal to it and again, doesn't quite carry enough 'dum' in it that would make a listener root for it. The song also finds a 'male version' for itself with Devender Singh pitching in for a solo outing. The results are same all over again which means it is sung well for sure but doesn't really promise anything beyond the play of the film.
The way 'Makkhan Malai' begins and the kind of rhythm that it has reminds one of the 80s compositions from the South. That's the way this Dilbahar and Renu Jagotra sung number is rendered as well though after a while one does sense references of Marathi folk too. The song is reasonably foot tapping and with some sort of promotion and decent picturisation, it can find some good visibility for the film.
The album concludes with 'Farukha Baadi' which starts off decently but takes a turn towards being ordinary as it proceeds. With a mix of Hindi, Punjabi and English lyrics and taking an entirely conventional approach, one can sense some 'Chicken Khurana' being prepared in the course of the song's play. Yes, Labh Janjua is spirited in his rendition but one would rather want to see the song in the context of the film than as a standalone number.
For an unconventional film like Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, Amit Trivedi and Shellee come with an unconventional soundtrack as well. However, all that one actually takes home is 'Kikli Kalerdi'. Moreover, with the music album yet to hit the stands even though the film is releasing in 10 days to now, one can well wonder how much visibility and popularity it would eventually gain.
Kikli Kalerdi, Makkhan Malai
Music review of Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana by Joginder Tuteja