Since this is a biopic on the life of “human-computer” Shakuntala Devi, played by the versatile Vidya Balan, one expected an out-of-the-box soundtrack with at least one memorable motivational number thrown in. What we get is something that could just belong to any other movie.
Music directors Sachin-Jigar come up with some neat orchestrations, but the songs don’t rise above the ordinary. On Sunidhi Chauhan‘s opening track Pass Nahi To Fail Nahi, Vayu’s words go “Do murgi teri, do murgi meri, char tere mame ki, saat sur mein jo teen taal mile, dhun bane gaane ki”.
Apparently it tries to tell you the world is ruled by numbers, while simultaneously talking of how to handle failure, but the lyrics misfire.
The next number Rani Hindustani is the pick of the lot, with its retro feel, neat melody lines, and Vayu’s lyrics “England ki rani koi bhi ho, duniya ki rani Hindustani.” Sunidhi Chauhan’s voice and singing style fit the song perfectly.
Paheli, sung by Shreya Ghoshal and written by Priya Saraiya, features Balan and Sanya Malhotra. It’s on a mother-daughter relationship, but after a few listens, it loses its fizz.
Benny Dayal and Monali Thakur combine well on Jhilmil Piya, also written by Saraiya. The interludes have been beautifully arranged, and rhythms used smartly. Yet, despite their plus points, the songs lack catchy hooks or a lasting appeal. Everything doesn’t add up perfectly.
Film: Shakuntala Devi
Lyrics: Vayu, Priya Saraiya
Label: Zee Music Company
Rating: 6/ 10