In the current times, it is quite rare to see a single pair of composer and lyricist come together for an entire soundtrack. A few days back Mirzya boasted of this combination [Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Gulzar] and now there is M.S. Dhoni - The Untold Story which has composer Amaal Mallik leading the charge along with lyricist Manoj Muntashir. With half a dozen songs in the offering, one expects good variety here.
It is a theme beginning for M.S. Dhoni - The Untold Story as the opening track 'Besabriyaan' narrates the tale of the central protagonist who is figuring his way out to build his career as a cricketer. Boasting of a pleasant tune, this soft track has a good rendition by Armaan Malik which further lends it a classy appeal. Though it won't cover much of a distance after the film's release, the song should sound well in the film.
It is time for three back to back romantic tracks to find a place in the album and the one to arrive first, 'Kaun Tujhe', is rendered by Palak Muchhal. This one is pretty much set in the Aashiqui zone and though yet again this isn't a song that would turn out to be overtly memorable from a long term perspective, it sounds very pleasant on ears and is overall a harmless tune.
Armaan Malik returns on the scene with 'Jab Tak' (as well as its 'redux version') and delivers the best track of the soundtrack. A romantic solo which is a good continuation to 'Kaun Tujhe' in terms of sound and treatment, 'Jab Tak' has a sweet touch to it and has a good musical arrangement which makes it yet another classy affair. It has ample melodic power in there to be played on a repeat mode for weeks to come.
The consistency of sound is the hallmark of this soundtrack so far and one is pretty much led to acknowledge the (good) decision taken for roping in just one composer and lyricist. This is evidenced in 'Phir Kabhi' as well, yet another romantic number, which has Arijit Singh at the helm of affairs. A slow moving number with a sweet-n-innocent feel to it, this one works with minimum instruments in the background.
'Parwah Nahi' which follows next has a trademark 'sporty' touch to it and is made for those situations in the film when a montage sequence of training and wins play on screen. With a rock flavor to it, this Siddharth Basrur number has good energy to it. As an audio you can't expect to play this one on a long highway ride though if picturised well, it should turn out to be impressive on screen.
The song that arrives next is a tad surprising since it has a quintessential South feel to it but is actually set in Jharkhand. A conversational song between a kid and an elder girl (presumably his sister) about the pros and cons between studying and playing, 'Padhoge Likhoge' is a fun track. That said, the sound of this Ananya Nanda and Adithyan A Prithviraj is completely out of place in the overall sound of the film.
The music of M.S. Dhoni is good and there is nothing unlikeable about it. Though one doesn't expect the music to become chartbuster from a long term musical experience, in the context of the film most of them should fit in well.
‘Jab Tak’, ‘Phir Kabhi’, ‘Besabriyaan’