There are decent expectations from the music of Piku. It is expected to be serene, calm and feel-good, considering the kind of genre the film belongs to. Since the film is not a musical per se, one doesn't expect a hardcore commercial chartbuster soundtrack here. Still, from the situational score perspective, one expects newcomer Anupam Roy - who pitches in as an all arounder here by taking over the responsibility of composer, lyricist and singer - to deliver well for Shoojit Sircar.
Guest lyricist Manoj Yadav comes together with Anupam Roy for 'Bezubaan'. The song is absolutely different from the namesake track that was heard in ABCD as this one has an out and out serene feel with a theme feel to it. A poetic track with some sensitive lyrics, 'Bezubaan' comes across as a rather slow beginning for the album. Not that one minds that since the music is easy on ears. However, the fact remains that at the end of the day, it stays on to be a situational outing that has its play restricted to the run of the film.
Anupam continues with the 'Journey Song' which is relatively peppier. Not that this one goes berserk in its presentation, pace and treatment but this one has a happier feel to it for sure. A song that can be assumed to have been sung with a smile on the face, it is the kind that makes for a jam session by a group of youngsters around a bonfire. Yet again, the feel is situational though what perks up the mood is the entry of Shreya Ghosal who comes up with a sweet interspersion in Bengali followed by Hindi and pretty much makes the song her own.
The thematic mood continues with 'Lamhe Guzar Gaye' and by this time one is sure that along with Shoojit, one man who certainly got the mood of the film right in his mind is Anupam Roy. He is perfectly in synch with the kind of 'sur' that the filmmaker wanted for his film and that is evident in 'Lamhe Guzar Gaye' as well which is petty much in line with the songs that preceded. Poetic, melodious and situational -the song should appear in the background and take forward the film's narrative.
Surprisingly though, the catchiest song of them all comes pretty late in the day. The title song 'Piku' has Sunidhi Chauhan at the helm of affairs and she makes sure that her ever-spirited rendition, albeit pretty much controlled for its 200 second duration, never goes overboard. A sweet sounding number that could well be the one that appears right at the beginning of the film where the character of Piku (played by Deepika Padukone) and her relationship with her dad (Amitabh Bachchan) is introduced to the audience, 'Piku' is one number that instantly reminds one of the days of Guddi, Mili and Khoobsurat.
Last to arrive is 'Teri Meri Baatein' and it is back to being an Anupam Roy show all the way. A love song which has a characteristic flavour that one comes to expect from the youngster in this film, 'Teri Meri Baatein' is a smile-through number that could well be for a situation when the feeling of unspoken love is confessed.
Piku is an out and out situational album which is under 25 minute in duration and has a consistent theme right through. There are no major ups and downs in the entire play of the music. Though commercially it is not the kind that would go and hit the roof since there isn't really a kind of number that you would keep humming around long after listening to it once, as a part of the film it should do really well. Anupam Roy makes a good beginning in the Hindi film arena and it would be interesting to see the kind of range he demonstrates in time to come.
Piku, Journey Song, Teri Meri Baatein