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Shankar, Ehsaan & Loy Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic Review

Soundtrack. Released 2008.  

BBC Review

...a safe pair of hands when it comes to commercial Bollywood soundtracks.

Jaspreet Pandohar 2008

After Hum Tum and Fanaa, director Kunal Kohli is back with his new film, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic. Rumoured to be a kids' fantasy film inspired by Mary Poppins and Nanny McPhee, its soundtrack is as child-friendly as the Hollywood classics the movie hopes to emulate.

Yash Raj Films put maestros Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa in charge of the album with the hope of ending their run of bad luck after Tashan, Aaja Nachle, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. While less disappointing than its predecessors, it's in no way as good as the trios' last chart topper, Taare Zameen Par, also coincidentally a child-centred movie.

A concoction of Bollywood pop and easy listening, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic is essentially a feel-good album comprising five tracks and two remixes. Kicking off with a signature Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy ditty, Pyar Ke Liya makes good use of the guitar and drums combo favoured by the composers. You can just imagine Rani Mukerji and Saif Ali Khan skipping along hand in hand to this one.

Lyricist Prasoon Joshi ensures Nihaal Ho Gayi is a catchy number thanks to his infectious chorus that benefits from the louder pitch in which it's sung by the vocally dextrous Mahadevan. Joshi does an equally good job with Lazy Lamhe which stands out for its 'Hinglish' wordplay, Anusha Mani's sensual vocals and mix of Arabic and Balearic inspired beats. Picturised on a poolside bikini clad Amisha Patel, this item number is bound to boost both the actress and film’s popularity.

If you are an eight year old schoolgirl or fan of the US High School Musical phenomenon, the saccharine-coated Bulbula will be just your kind of peppy song. For remix aficionados DJ Aqeel waves his magic wand over Nihaal Ho Gayi and Lazy Lamhe. Unfortunately the result is more a mild korma than hot vindaloo in the spicing up stakes.

While Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic may not be as flashy as their Don, romantic as Salaam-E-Ishq or edgy as Johnny Gaddaar, the Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy team ensure they are a safe pair of hands when it comes to commercial Bollywood soundtracks. This is as light and entertaining as a PG needs to be.

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