'A fun outing made of situational numbers' - this is what one expects from the music of Short Kut - The Con Is On, which has director Neeraj Vora at the helm of affairs. Since the film is being touted as a fun comic entertainer, the same mood is expected to be created in the film's music too which is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Javed Akhtar writes the lyrics.
Shankar Mahadevan himself comes behind the mic to croon, what could well be termed as a 'tapori' number, 'Patli Galli'. A number that could also be termed as a title track due to the word 'shortcut' coming at quite a few junctures, 'Patli Galli' would have been picked up by (producer) Anil Kapoor himself had he played the lead protagonist in the film. A catchy promotional number (also appearing in a 'remix version') where the lead characters are shown to be taking a 'shortcut' in life to achieve success, 'Patli Galli' goes with the theme of the film and sets the context right at the very onset.
'Kyun Hota Hai Dil Deewana' is a song composed for a film within a film as Arshad Warsi and Amrita Rao form an on-screen pair (they play actors) in a film being made in Short Kut - The Con Is On. With the trademark Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Javed Akhtar flavor to it, the song is as Indian as it gets and has Shreya Ghoshal and Javed Ali bringing on complete 'dhamaal' while going truly ballistic. More than a romantic number, 'Kyun Hota Hai Dil Deewana' stays on to be a peppy fun track and promises to touch upon the spoof element as per the demand of the situation.
The album mellows down with the arrival of 'Kal Nau Baje', a romantic number that has a soothing beginning and also an old world touch to it. Yet again, there is Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy stamp on this 'shuddh hindustani' number which has Alka Yagnik and Sonu Nigam coming together. Set in the same mould as songs from films like Devdas and Parineeta, 'Kal Nau Baje' may not be instantly catchy but that's not even the requirement of the situation. This melodious romantic track goes after a couple of hearing and is a shift from the more popular music in the current times.
A quintessential 'masala' item number rounds off the album in the form of 'Mareez-E-Mohabbat'. However, this time around instead of women, we have Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt shaking a leg as 'item boys'. Sung by Shankar Mahadevan and Nikita Nigam with Kirti Sagathia and Hrishikesh Kamerkar joining the fun as well, 'Mareez-E-Mohabbat' is for the front benchers and does well for that segment of audience. Also featuring Amrita Rao, this peppy track (appearing in a 'remix version' too) may not be extraordinary musically but has the potential to be the next 'Kajra Re' in the making if choreographers Bosco-Caesar have done their job well in getting the right moves on.
Short Kut - The Con Is On is not meant to be a musical and that reflects in the four songs that form a part of the album. The music isn't bad at all and turns out to be a decent affair overall.
Kal Nau Baje, Mareez-e-Mohabbat