Directed by Kunal Kohli, the man who gave YRF two successful films—Hum Tum and Fanaa—Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic has music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy (Jhoom Barabar Jhoom) and lyrics by Prasoon Joshi (Fanaa, Hum Tum). In spite of such names, somehow one isn't too enthused about the film's music. Perhaps the film’s weak title could be the culprit.
Well, all apprehensions disappear the moment the first song from the album, Pyaar Ke Liye Kabhi Socha Hai Kya, is heard. With a trademark Shankar Ehsaan Loy stamp to it, it is a feel good number about enjoying the goodies that life has to offer.
Kudos to the man behind the mike—Shankar Mahadevan. This five-minute song with some wonderful lyrics by Prasoon Joshi is a sheer gem.
With a qawalli feel to it, Nihaal Ho Gayi Teri Ek Nazar Se Zindagi Nihaal Ho Gayi turns out to be an immediate step back. Though it is Shankar at the helm again, the song doesn't make you fully embrace because it seems to be an amalgamation of songs belonging to the genre of a Jaane Tu Jaane Na (Jaan-e-man) or Tumse Milke Dil Ka Hai (Main Hoon Naa).
Though the song does try to be peppy and full of life, it still feels routine. It is only later, with the arrival of the remix version, that Nihaal Ho Gayi catches up to a fair extent.
A song picturised on Rani Mukerji, Bulbula Kyu Koi Mujhko Haath, is a kind of number which one associates with the fairly tales coming out of Hollywood. With Western music arrangements to it, the song has an elaborate setting and is about the fairy who comes in the life of a family. Sunidhi Chauhan gets just the right accent for a song belonging to a genre which requires projecting a world that is unreal.
Shankar doesn't have much of a role to play in Bulbula as a singer and he lets Sunidhi excel. The song can be expected to look quite good on screen with all the special effects and visuals in place.
Newcomer Anusha Mani is entrusted with the responsibility of coming up with a solo rendition for Lazy Lamhe Chalte Hai, which is touted to be Ameesha Patel's Kaate Nahi Katte (Mr India). The song has the perfect arrangements to create a seductive setting that should set the screen on fire. Anusha's voice, too, is a far cry from the usual Alisha Chinoy rendition, which one normally hears in most of the songs belonging to this genre. A number with suggestive lyrics by Prasoon Joshi, it should keep the adults happy. Also, it is double the pleasure when the song is heard in its 'remix version'.
The last song in the album is Beetey Kal Se Hum, which is yet another fairy song picturised on Rani Mukerji. Created for a situation in the film where the fairy takes the kids out on a fun ride and shows them the beauty of the world, it is a decent composition with Shreya Ghoshal holding centre stage.
Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic is a good album which doesn't have a single dull moment across its bouquet of five songs. While Pyaar Ke Liye Kabhi Socha Hai Kya indeed tops the list and Lazy Lamhe creates a completely contrasting mood, the two fairy numbers—Bulbula and Beetey Kal—should keep the kids engaged. The overall feel of the album is such that it would work with the audience over the period of time, especially if the film turns out to be a success.