Film: The Sky Is Pink
Music: Pritam, Atul Ahuja, Ishaan Chaudhary
Label: Zee Music Company
Rating: 7/ 10
After staying silent in 2018, music director Pritam came up with some decent stuff in Abhishek Verman’s Kalank this year, never mind the hangover of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film soundtracks. Sadly, the movie bombed and the music was forgotten.
After another listenable score in Chichhore, he provides music in Shonali Bose’s The Sky Is Pink, with lyrics by Gulzar. The film also has contributions from Atul Ahuja and Ishaan Chaudhury, and their songs should be available online.
The opening track features Pritam’s favourite Arijit Singh, who thankfully doesn’t go overboard with emotion. Antara Mitra tries to sound too sweet, and Nikhil D’Souza comes up with a neat English cameo. It’s a melodious tune with some well-rendered choruses. Gulzar impresses on the opening lines “Yeh galiyan, yeh kooche, Umeed se lambe, yakeen se oonche, Yeh kooche khurpech hai, Dilchasp bhi hai, raste yeh dil ke”, but wonder what he means by “Kaanon se behra hai koi baat sunta nahin hai”.
‘Nadaaniyaan’ has a nice foot-tapping groove with fluid guitars, but the opening lines are confusing with ‘masoom’, ‘masooma’, ‘masoomiyan’ and ‘masoomiyon’ all used in succession. Singer Arjun Kanungo has a pleasant voice, but loses marks in the expression department. Lisa Mishra comes and goes before one can blink.
‘Zindagi’, sung soulfully by Arijit, has been written in the ghazal format, with the lines “Zindagi tu ne kaisa toss khela hai, Raat bhar gayi to kabhi din akela hai”. The next number ‘Gulaabi Pink Sky’ has a weird title and a weirder sound, appearing as though Pritam has put his Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani song ‘Badtameez Dil’ in a mixer-grinder.
Atul Ahuja writes and sings the English number ‘Skies Are Pink’, which has a blues-rock sound rooted in the B.B. King school. The vocals are crisp, there’s a clean lead guitar and the lines go “Now I’m gone so far away, I’m still with you everyday, To old times let’s sit and drink, Look above, the sky is pink”. For his part, Ishaan Chaudhury composes ‘For Aisha’.
Despite a few hiccups here and there, the music of The Sky Is Pink impresses with some catchy and well-orchestrated numbers. What it needed was more consistency.