Nanga Punga Dost

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"Nanga Punga Dost"
Nanga Punga Dost.jpg
Cover of the song, featuring actors Aamir Khan
Song by Shreya Ghoshal
from the album PK
Released17 November 2014 (2014-11-17) (Full Song)
18 November 2014 (2014-11-18) (Music Video)
FormatCD single, Legal digital download
Composer(s)Shantanu Moitra
Lyricist(s)Swanand Kirkire
PK track listing
  1. "Tharki Chokro"
  2. "Nanga Punga Dost"
  3. "Chaar Kadam"
  4. "Love Is a Waste of Time"
  5. "Bhagwan Hai Kahan Re Tu"
  6. "PK Dance Theme"
  7. "Dil Darbadar"
Music video
"Nanga Punga Dost" on YouTube

"Nanga Punga Dost" (English: Naked friend) is a Hindi song from the 2014 Bollywood film, PK.[1] Composed by Shantanu Moitra, the song is sung by Shreya Ghoshal, with lyrics penned by Swanand Kirkire.[2] The music video of the track features actors Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma.[3]


Shreya Ghoshal (left) reading and singing Shantanu Moitra's memoirs at Times Litfest event along with Swanand Kirkire (right) on 6 December 2014. The song is composed by Moitra, sung by Ghoshal and written by Kirkire.

The film's director, Rajkumar Hirani, presented the idea of the song to the composer, Shantanu Moitra.[4] The song was conceptualised well before the first poster of the film,[5] which features Aamir posing nude with a strategically placed vintage boombox.[6] On 14 November 2014, reports suggested that a song would be released, based on Aamir Khan's naked sequence in the film. Moitra confirmed the news: "Nanga Punga is an amazing, crazy and wild song, crooned by Shreya Ghoshal. It is based on Aamir's nude sequence in the film."[4]

Regarding the vocals by Ghoshal in the song, Moitra stated: "Shreya has sung this quirky number beautifully and it shows her prowess as a singer".[5] The crew of the song, Hirani, Moitra, Ghoshal, Kirikire along with Khan, had previously worked in the song "Zoobi Doobi" from 3 Idiots (2009).[7] The first verse of the song with a different lyrics, was used in the film, in the introductory scene of Anushka Sharma, while the original version of the song was used in the end credits.[8]

The song begins with a guitar riff and is accompanied by violin in the middle of the song.[9] It also has some orchestral lines with an addition of Indian flavours.[10] The lyrics of the song were penned by Swanand Kirkire.[11] In an interview, Khan stated that the song does not "come in the bracket of item songs and when I talk about the lyrics by themselves would project bad things. When you listen to the songs while watching the film you will get the real meaning of them".[12]


The song was released on 17 November 2014, along with other tracks in the album.[13][2] The music video of the song was officially released on 18 November 2014, through the YouTube channel of T-Series.[14][15] The music video of the song, was the third song released from the album, after the two singles, "Tharki Chokro" and "Love is Waste of Time".

Chart performance[edit]

On 21 November 2014, the song debuted at position 81 in iTunes India Chart Top 100.[16] It was ranked at position 20 on 20 December 2014,[17] before jumping to its peak position, 4, on 28 December 2014.[18] On 27 December 2014, the song entered 91.9 Friends FM Bollywood Top 20 at position 17.[19] On 2 January 2015, the song had a direct entry at position 14 in The Times of India Mirchi Top 20 Chart.[20] The song also made its debut at No. 33 position in the Top 40 Asian Download Charts on 3 January 2015.[21]

Year Chart Peak
2014 iTunes Indian Charts 4 [18]
91.9 Friends FM Bollywood Top 20 17 [19]
2015 The Times of India Mirchi Top 20 Chart 14 [20]
Top Asian Download Charts 33 [21]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received mixed response from music critics. The use of guitar and violin in the composition of the song, along with vocals by Shreya Ghoshal were appreciated. The Indian Express reviewed the song as "one of the most uniquely composed numbers". They also mentioned the rendition by Ghoshal: "Known for her honeyed voice, the singer has further proved her versatility with this song".[22]

Filmfare's Devesh Sharma praised the composition of the song and commented: "Sung with just the right amount of mischief by Shreya Ghoshal, the song is the "Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh" quotient for PK, describing Aamir's mannerisms and antics".[9] Bollywood Hungama's Rajiv Vijayakar commented: "Exquisitely sung, it is a piquant if outdated composition with good orchestration and a steady infectious beat".[23] Swapnil Raje from IBNLive predicted that the catch phrase "Nanga Punga Dost" might gain a fan-following of its own.[24] Rafat from described the song as a "very lively and cute song that thrives on its superb rhythm".[25]

Surabhi Redkar from Koimoi felt the song may not gain much popularity but it could sound much better in the film's frame since it is more connected to the film's story line. He further stated "The lyrics are extremely cute, that totally give you the friendly feel".[26] Joginder Tuteja from described the song as a situational nursery rhyme and felt the song could get popular with kids due to its picturisation but "as a stand-alone number, it is just about average".[27]


  1. ^ "Catch Aamir's Weird Antics in Nanga Punga Dost – PK's New Song". Koimoi. 4 December 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b "PK (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". Shantanu Moitra, Ajay-Atul & Ankit Tiwari. iTunes. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  3. ^ Rishita Das (5 December 2014). "Can You Guess Who Anushka Sharma's Nanga Punga Dost Is?". Indiatimes. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b Rachana Sheth (14 November 2014). "After nude poster, get ready for Aamir Khan's nanga punga song in PK". Glamsham. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  5. ^ a b Nayandeep Rakshit (17 November 2014). "Aamir Khan's 'PK' will have five songs". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Aamir Khan defends nudity on 'PK' poster". The Times of India. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Music review of Aamir-starrer 3 Idiots". IBN Live. 11 November 2009. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  8. ^ R.M. Vijayakar (23 December 2014). "'PK' Music Review: Score for Hearts, Not Charts". India-West. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  9. ^ a b Devesh Sharma (24 November 2014). "Music Review: PK". Filmfare. Retrieved 30 November 2014.4/5 stars
  10. ^ "PK Music Review". Stacey Yount. Bolly Spice. 23 November 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2014.3.5/5 stars
  11. ^ "WATCH: Aamir is Anushka's Nanga Punga Dost in new PK song". Hindustan Times. 6 December 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  12. ^ Urvi Parikh (15 December 2014). "Aamir Khan: Nude Scene In PK Seemed Natural To Me". ClapsNSlaps. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  13. ^ "'Nanga Punga Dost' FULL AUDIO Song – PK – Aamir Khan – Anushka Sharma – T-series". T-Series. YouTube. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  14. ^ "'Nanga Punga Dost' VIDEO Song – PK – Aamir Khan – Anushka Sharma – T-series". T-Series. YouTube. 4 December 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  15. ^ Dimpal Bajwa (4 December 2014). "Watch 'PK' song: Anushka Sharma finds a new 'Nanga Punga Dost' in Aamir Khan". The Indian Express. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  16. ^ "Apple (India) – iTunes Top 100 Songs". iTunes. 21 November 2014. Archived from the original on 21 November 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  17. ^ "Indian iTunes top 100 list of 20 December 2014". iTunes Archive. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  18. ^ a b "Apple (India) – iTunes Top 100 Songs". iTunes. 28 December 2014. Archived from the original on 28 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  19. ^ a b "91.9 Friends FM 27 December 2014 Twitter status update". Twitter. 27 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  20. ^ a b "Music Chart – The Times of India – Mirchi Top 20 Week Ending 2 January 2015". The Times of India. 2 January 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  21. ^ a b "Asian Download Top 40 – 3rd January 2015". Official Charts Company. 3 January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  22. ^ "PK / Mellifluous and upbeat". The Indian Express. 12 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  23. ^ Rajiv Vijayakar (16 December 2014). "PK (2014) – Music Review – Hindi Movie Songs". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 30 November 2014.4/5 stars
  24. ^ Swapnil Raje (2 December 2014). "'PK' music review: 'Tharki Chhokro' towers over the rest of the film's soundtrack". IBNLive. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  25. ^ Rafat (20 November 2014). "Music Review : PK". Retrieved 30 November 2014.4/5 stars
  26. ^ Surabhi Redkar (24 November 2014). "PK Music Review". Koimoi. Retrieved 30 November 2014.3/5 stars
  27. ^ Joginder Tuteja (29 November 2014). "Review: PK's music is passable". Retrieved 30 November 2014.2.5/5 stars