Its official! Priyanka Chopra is the patron saint of female singers in Bollywood.
While women vocalists struggle to find more than one decent song to sing in most movies, Priyanka's movies (the ones we talked about not so long ago) offer opportunities galore.
Of the five cuts on the soundtrack (composed by Salim-Sulaiman) for the terrifically cheesy looking new release Pyaar Impossible, women feature on all of five and headline four. PI's music is pure pop (there is one exception - but more on that later) and its squarely in what could be perceived as teen pop territory (the non-angst kind). But phirangi teen pop has grown up and become more complex in the last few years and so PI ends up sounding more Disneyfied than it probably wants to.
This is not to say it's not fun to listen to. For one, I was thrilled to hear Anushka Manchanda's turn in Alisha. She's a great voice for Priyanka Chopra and she not only makes this song her own but shows flashes of why she is a standout talent on the Bollywood scene. Alisha is full of catchy programming like a slapped bass line, short guitar riffs and a clap percussion - and this is useful because its is one LONG song (5m) but doesn't feel like one.
The standout song for me - and the one that breaks with the pure pop theme - is Benny Dayal and Neha Bhasin's You and Me. Set to a funk rhythm and embellished with nifty horns and spanish guitar licks - You and Me is a song about one-way love and has some deft lyrics by Anvita Dutt Guptan (who also wrote all the other lyrics).
There are four more tracks on the CD - all programmed by Clinton Cerejo - and vocalized by talent you won't find on most other filmi CDs. Dominique Cerejo (a big favorite of mine) sings a sexy duet with Vishal Dadlani (Pyaar Impossible), Mahua Kamath collaborates with her ex-Viva bandmate Anushka and Naresh Kamath on the entirely too flouncy 10 on 10 and Rishika Sawant sings Ek Thi Ladki, which has the catchiest pre-chorus you can hope you to hear on a pop song.
Pyaar Impossible opens on January 8.
Click on any linked song name to listen
You can listen to the music of Pyaar Impossible on Smashits
The official Pyaar Impossible website
The breakout success of Anushka Manchanda in 2009