BHANSALI’S MUSICAL GRANDEUR!! (PADMAAVAT – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
♪ Lyrics by: A.M. Turaz, Siddharth-Garima & Swaroop Khan
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 21st January 2018
♪ Movie Releases On: 25th January 2018

Padmaavat Album Cover

 

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Padmaavat is an upcoming Bollywood period film starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles, and Aditi Rao Hydari, Jim Sarbh, Raza Murad and Anupriya Goenka in supporting roles. The film is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and produced by himself along with Sudhanshu Vats and Ajit Andhare. So the film has been in the news for the past three months and so, and as happy as I am that it is finally releasing, I can’t stop wondering what Bhansali himself must have gone through during all this. Anyway, on to the music. Bhansali had started off in ‘Khamoshi’ with a composer duo that was quite famous back then — Jatin-Lalit. With his next film though, he started to push debutants, and we got Ismail Darbar and Monty Sharma. However, with “Guzaarish”, he started composing his films’ music himself, and that tradition has carried on to his fourth film after “Guzaarish”. The results were phenomenal everytime he composed for a film himself, and I’m expecting, of course, this one to be no less!!


Before going into the songs, two things I notice immediately are how late the music has released, since music plays such an integral part of Bhansali’s films, and the second thing I notice is corollary to that — it has only six songs, breaking the usual Bhansali tradition of ten songs — it seems this movie hinges more on its script than its music. That being said though, the album is a treat for lovers of music from different regions! Now, let’s see how the songs fared for me.
The minor blemishes in Ghoomar (will get to them) are wisely covered up by an enticing Rajasthani folk chorus and arrangement, which doesn’t make it necessary to delve deeper into the song for any criticism. The starting and end chorus portions let by Swaroop Khan, complemented by the wonderful female chorus — Aditi Paul, Tarannum Mallik, Pratibha Baghel & Kalpana Gandharv, are brilliant and rich in their sound, grand as an SLB song can only be. The blemishes referred to earlier are mainly whenever Shreya goes into ultra-high pitch, as in the antara. Percussions are delightful, with the dhols and khartals stealing the show, and the subtle sarangi and shehnaai too, make their presence felt. The only other song on the album that sounds Rajasthan-based is Holi, a folk song of the Manganiyar and Langa communities. Richa Sharma’s stupendous rendition figures well amidst the Mughal-e-Azam-esque music, with Shail Hada’s wonderful Aalaaps making the Mughal-e-Azam-esque feeling stronger! The tablas and all other percussions too, for that matter, are wonderful here, as is the sitar, and even the wonderful peacock sounds.
The next part of the album sounds wholly and solely Middle-Eastern, in keeping with the Khilji Dynasty sound. Khalibali seems to be a celebratory number in the villain’s lair, where the villain is lovestruck at first sight of you-know-who. And if the film had been produced by Disney, the song would not have been out of place. Not that it is out of place here too, but can’t imagine Khilji dancing to this just as I couldn’t imagine Bajirao dancing to ‘Malhari’ until I saw it. The song itself is quite enjoyable, with an overbearing Balkan touch, and nice Arabic warbling in the backing chorus. Shivam Pathak has a nice time crooning the song, and gets the evilness of Khilji quite perfect. Shail Hada complements him well. I just don’t know why it starts like a song from a movie like “Robot”. The arrangements are great — the Arabic violins, percussions give it an enjoyable touch.
More enjoyable as a Middle-Eastern themed song is Binte Dil by Arijit, breaking the usual Arijit-SLB song stereotype. The warbling by Arijit here is amazing, but gets awkward after a point. The oud and percussions are well done. The song starts promisingly but slows down in the middle portions, where Arijit sounds strained. The compositions of both these Khilji songs are quite ho-hum too, frankly.
The other two songs fit neither in the Rajasthan category nor the Middle-Eastern themed category. That being said, Ek Dil Ek Jaan is a wonderful Sufi romantic number, sung wonderfully by Shivam Pathak, the lucky man who gets to sing for both the male leads. The song is highly propped on his vocals, because otherwise it is a typical SLB Raag yaman number, almost a mix of ‘Laal Ishq’ (Ram-Leela) and ‘Aayat’ (Bajirao Mastani) in equal proportions. The best of the album also features here; Nainowale Ne by Neeti Mohan is a wonderful romantic number, which is heavily inspired by classical music. Neeti’s rendition is one of her most cute yet mature renditions yet. Bhansali increases the song’s richness by adding wonderful musical arrangements like the sitar, santoor, peacocks (again), matka, and the beautiful backing chorus towards the end and in the interlude. The song is way too short, and I wish it were much, much longer!! Siddharth-Garima’s lyrics are beautiful too, with a mix of innocence and sensuousness.

On a concluding note, you might have noticed I wrote almost nothing  about the lyrics in the album — thats because barring Siddharth-Garima’s ‘Nainowale Ne’, the lyrics are nothing but the usual, run-of-the-mill material.


Not as intriguing as Bhansali’s other albums, but definitely has a place of its own, with so much musical richness in the arrangements!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album:8.5 + 8.5 + 8 + 8 + 8 + 9.5 = 50.5

Album Percentage: 84.17%

Final Rating for This Album: सा < रे < ग < म < प < ध < नी < सां

Note: The letter which is underlined is the final rating.

Recommended Listening Order:  Nainowale Ne > Holi = Ghoomar > Khalibali = Ek Dil Ek Jaan = Binte Dil

 

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A CHANCE FIND! (MY BIRTHDAY SONG – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Nitin Krishna Menon, Ajay Govind, Raajeev V. Bhalla, Joi Barua & Pawan Rasaily
♪ Lyrics by: Ajay Govind, Akshay K. Saxena & Joi Barua
♪ Music Label: Kahwa Music
♪ Music Released On: 12th January 2018
♪ Movie Releases On: 19th January 2018

My Birthday Song Album Cover

 

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My Birthday Song is an upcoming Bollywood thriller starring Sanjay Suri and Nora Fatehi in lead roles. The film is directed by Samir Soni, and produced by Sanjay Suri and Samir Soni. The music for the film is composed by Nitin Krishna Menon, Ajay Govind, Rajeev Bhalla, Joi Barua & Pawan Rasaily. I know Rajeev had composed the title track for ‘O Teri’ back in 2014, and it was enjoyable, and Joi Barua’s last, ‘Dusokute’ from ‘Margarita With A Straw’ was an exceptional song, so expectations are there from these two. As for the lead composer duo, Nitin & Ajay, I’ve not heard anything about them! I am prepared to be surprised, though!!


The title song of My Birthday Song is perfect for a movie of this genre — and the melancholia is welcome because it is a fresh change from the Mithoon school of melancholia. The Western sound of it brings a new sound to the industry, a zone where not many composers like to tread these days. However, the pace of Raajeev Bhalla’s composition is so slow, that when I thought the song was over, only three of its four minutes had passed. Of the chunk of the album composed by Nitin Krishna Menon & Ajay Govind, the best are the two songs sung by Mohan Kanan. While Ajnabi has a beautiful retro vibe to it, with a smile-inducing composition and fresh lyrics by Ajay, Mohan renders it beautifully with his low-pitched voice. Ghayal is more on the melancholic side, but still manages to hook me till the end, despite its six minute duration. Again, thanks to Mohan’s vocals, and the duo’s wonderful programming and arrangements.
The Joi Barua chunk of the album has a song composed by the duo that composed the last two songs, Nitin-Ajay, and a song composed by the singer himself, along with guitarist Pawan Rasaily. The former is Bhaag, a rock song, which could’ve been better in terms of melody, but then, it is a rock number. The duo’s arrangements are good. The lyrics too, are good. The last song is Rain, composed by Joi himself, with amazing guitar work by Pawan Rasaily. It is an English song, with a sensuous vibe to it, and does what it is supposed to, in just over two minutes.


An album which I’m glad to have stumbled upon! 🙂

Total Points Scored by This Album:6 + 7.5 + 7 + 6 + 6.5 = 33

Album Percentage: 66%

Final Rating for This Album: सा < रे < ग < म < प < < नी < सां

Note: The letter which is underlined is the final rating.

Recommended Listening Order: Ajnabi > Ghayal > Rain > My Birthday Song = Bhaag

 

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TRIVEDI IN THE SAFE ZONE! (PAD MAN – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Amit Trivedi
♪ Lyrics by: Kausar Munir
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 26th December 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 25th January 2018

Padman Album Cover

 

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Pad Man is an upcoming Bollywood social drama directed by R. Balki, starring Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor. The film is produced by Twinkle Khanna, SPE Films India, Cape Of Good Films, KriArj Entertainment and Hope Productions. The film revolves around the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu. The film is set to release a day prior to Republic Day, a day that is by default reserved for Akshay Kumar films. This time, Balki does not rely on his frequent collaborator Ilaiyaraaja to score music, but instead borrows his wife, Gauri Shinde’s go-to composer Amit Trivedi, who had scored for both of her films, ‘English Vinglish’ and ‘Dear Zindagi’. This is the first time he will compose for Balki and I believe, for Akshay Kumar too. I expect a lot from him after his successful ‘Qaidi Band’, ‘Secret Superstar’ and ‘Rukh’ last year! Let’s see how the music album for this film turns out!


After completing three albums last year, and using Arijit’s voice in two of them, Amit returns in the new year with his first song being an Arijit song. Aaj Se Teri is a heavenly romantic post-marriage number, whose lyrics by Kausar Munir (2017 is over but she’s still impressing us with her lyrics!) make it even better; the composition is a sweet 90s-ish tune, and Arijit sounding like Kumar Sanu in some parts makes it even better. The amazing arrangements include wonderful shehnaai (Omkar Dhumal) and Ethnic strings by Tapas Roy. The Pad Man Song shows that Amit really enjoys working with Mika, after ‘Sexy Baliye’ in ‘Secret Superstar’, and the result shows itself in an upbeat desi number, with an amazing ladies’ chorus (Deepti Rege, Mayuri Kudalkar & Pragati Joshi). The ladies’ chorus is in Trivedi’s ‘Ghanchakkar Babu’ (Ghanchakkar) zone, especially with the weird Chinese-sounding interruptions. The interlude is owned by the chorus though. The percussions in the song are amazing, and the harmonium (Akhlak Hussain Varsi) gives it a delightful U.P.-Bihar vibe, though Trivedi’s composition itself falls flat in places. The lyrics though, are a great subversion of the conventional image if a ‘superhero’, and make me believe that a ‘real superhero’ is nothing like that. Hu Ba Hu is a clubbish number that makes you wonder where the makers intend to place it in the film, but the signature Amit tune, vocals and arrangements (especially the mandolin, rabaab et al by Tapas Roy) hark back to ‘Queen’s ‘Badra Bahaar’ and ‘O Gujariya’ at the same time, and make it a very enjoyable listen. The onomatopoeia at the beginning is really catchy too, and works properly to suck you into the song. Also amazing are Munir’s lyrics, about two individuals striving to accomplish a joint mission, probably referring to the characters essayed by Akshay and Sonam.
Sayaani is the ‘Pad Man’ equivalent to ‘Dangal’s ‘Idiot Banna’, this time with four leading singers, including Yashita Sharma, Jonita Gandhi, Yashika Sikka and Rani Kaur. The backing vocalists also include Meghna Mishra, the young lead singer of “Secret Superstar”! The song itself seems like a mishmash of many wedding songs of Bollywood, and at one point it sounds exactly like a certain song, which I cant remember now! The ladies do sing amazingly though, and Trivedi’s arrangements make it more enjoyable, with the percussions yet again taking centre stage. Also enjoyable are the strings by Tapas Roy. The last song Saale Sapne is another trademark Trivedi affair, has shades of songs from “Queen” and the drums from ‘Gudgudi’ from “Secret Superstar” appear here too. Mohit Chauhan sings well, but the song seems too long to enjoy completely, and too typical. When the second antara starts, it starts to get tedious! Kausar’s lyrics are the only highlight of the song.


Amit continues to play safe, and stays in his comfort zone.

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 8.5 + 7.5 + 8 + 7 + 6.5 = 37.5

Album Percentage: 75%

Final Rating for This Album: सा < रे < ग < म < प < < नी < सां

Note: The letter which is underlined is the final rating.

Recommended Listening Order: Aaj Se Teri > Hu Ba Hu > The Pad Man Song > Sayaani > Saale Sapne

 

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INNOVATIVE MUSICAL KAALA-MAGIC!! (KAALAKAANDI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sameer Uddin & Shashwat Sachdev
♪ Lyrics by: Anvita Dutt & Akshay Verma
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 27th December 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 12th January 2018

Kaalakaandi Album Cover

 

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Kaalakaandi is an upcoming Bollywood black comedy, directed by ‘Delhi Belly’s writer Akshat Verma, and starring an ensemble cast comprising Saif Ali Khan, Deepak Dobriyal, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Akshay Oberoi, Sobhita Dhuliphala, Isha Talvar, Amyra Dastur. The film’s music is expected to be in the same zany and wacky zone as that of ‘Delhi Belly’ was. This time though, Ram Sampath hasn’t been roped in. Sameer Uddin has been given charge of the songs of the album, and ‘Phillauri’ fame Shashwat Sachdev gets to compose the title song. Let’s dive right in!


Sameer Uddin composed the theme track ‘Badass Babua’, to Rajkummar Rao’s character in ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’. Now, he returns with Swagpur Ka Chaudhary, a song that is just as full of attitude and spunk as was the former one. The song is a bit less catchy than ‘Badass Babua’, but it is still very fun to listen to, thanks to Akshay Verma’s energetic singing, and the fun Haryanvi lyrics and accent. Neha Bhasin’s Kaala Doreya is a funky recreation of the popular Punjabi folk song, but it isn’t as catchy as it could have been. Neha sings wonderfully though, and she seems to be getting hit song after hit song these days. My favourite from the album is Jive With Me, a nice retro-ish track with amazing brass instruments and a quirky trumpet loop. Abhishek Nailwal’s singing is top-notch, and so is Sameer’s composition.
Aa Bhi Jaa is a bit of an unconventionally dark and sensuous, but still zany song, almost in the ‘Aao Na’ (Haider) zone. What’s more, it is sung (rather, whispered) amazingly by Vishal Dadlani too! The vocal loop here is great. Nice how Sameer’s songs have this one particular loop that make them even more enjoyable!
Shashwat Sachdev’s guest composition, Kaalakaandi is an amazing fusion of folk instruments and techno sounds; the man shows his versatility in this track like he did when he could compose a ‘Naughty Billo’ and a ‘Dum Dum’ in the same album, ‘Phillauri’. The Carnatic style sarangi and dhols are welcome experiments, and unconventional too, as is the crank in tempo towards the end.


An unexpectedly enjoyable experimental album, which might not stick with us due to its tunes, but will be remembered for its distinct crazy sounds.

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 7.5 + 6.5 + 8.5 + 7.5 + 8 = 38

Album Percentage: 76%

Final Rating for This Album: सा < रे < ग < म < प < ध < नी < सां

Note: The letter which is underlined is the final rating.

Recommended Listening Order: Jive With Me > Kaalakaandi > Swagpur Ka Chaudhary = Aa Bhi Jaa > Kaala Doreya

 

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Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 01 (from previous albums) + 01 (from Kaalakaandi) = 02

IF THE BHATTS MADE FILMS IN 1921… (1921 – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Harish Sagane, Asad Khan & Pranit Mawale
♪ Lyrics by: Shakeel Azmi
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 22nd December 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 12th January 2018

1921 Music Review

 

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1921 is an upcoming Bollywood horror (read romantic comedy) film, directed by Vikram Bhatt, and starring Zarine Khan and Karan Kundrra. The Bhatts have decided to start a new horror franchise with the new year, after the ‘1920’ franchise did well (barring the last film). With every film of the franchise, the music had gone more and more down hill, and maybe this was what makes Bhatt go with two debutants and a relative new talent for this one. Harish Sagane is the lucky boy who gets seven tracks in the film, while Pranit Mawale and Asad Khan get one each. So without any further ado, let’s see whether, first of all, the music suits the time period in which the film is set, and secondly, whether the music manages to spook you or make you doze off!


Now the music of ‘1921’ isn’t as bad as that of ‘1920 London’ was, but at the end of my second time listening to the album, I’m in a fix as to how I’m going to review this one, given that all the songs sound utterly the same! Let’s try this, though — hang in there!
The album has five actual songs, and four piano themes. At the beginning itself, I must say, that all the four piano themes are marvellous, actually taking us back to 1921 and further back. Three of them have been composed by the album’s lead composer, debutant Harish Sagane, and the other one is by Pranit Mawale. I don’t really know how to review them, but here goes:
Piano – Theme is a nice and calming piece, with the arpeggio working fantabulously in the background. The ominous sound that should accompany a horror movie is there, but never going over-the-top. Next comes something called Main Piano – Theme, which is more sinister than the previous one, both in composition and sound, thanks to the composer having used the low octaves gratuitously for the bass portions. The treble continues to play a lilting melody, as Bollywood is fond of adding into ghost songs. Crowd Gathering is another one based on a beautiful arpeggio (the loop heard in the background is called an arpeggio), and sounds very Beethoven-ish and symphonic. Pranit’s Aggressive Piano – Theme, has quite a weird name, because if the piano went aggressive, it would cause widespread devastation. The piece itself is not really “aggressive”; I guess they wanted to say “sinister”. It is the weakest of the piano solos.
Out of the five actual songs, out of which one is by guest composer Asad Khan, the best can’t be chosen, since, as I mentioned before, they’re all so similar! Sunn Le Zara as an audio song isn’t as interesting as its video, which, quite funnily, starts with a shot of Zareen Khan about to drink poison, until she hears (from kilometres away, through the glass windows of the mansion) the lead male actor sing “Jeene Ki Koi, Tu Wajah Dhoondh Le“, an advice which she seems to have taken quite seriously, because the next thing we see is that she has somehow entered the mansion to watch the man at his piano recital. The best part is when, at the end of the video, she throws away the bottle of poison into the lake, for the fish to choke upon. The look on her face is something like the look on one’s face when they throw a flying disc for their pet dog to fetch. Of course, the audio can’t be as entertaining as that!! The audio does have shades of “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”s title track, in its high notes, piano and strings portions, and is on the whole, quite depressing. Kuch Iss Tarah, too, borrows heavily from the intense strings of the ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ title track. Newcomer singer Arnab Dutta is good, but his voice isn’t magnetic and attractive enough to bear it in three songs of the album. That said, Yaara, his third song, is another sleepytime song, spanning over six minutes, this time, sounding like a Jeet Gannguli meets Mithoon meets Ankit Tiwari song, if you can digest that! Aanewaale Kal fares best among Harish’s songs, only because its composition is not as dreadful and depressing as the others, and its singer, Rahul Jain, does a good job of not sounding like Arijit.
Arijit himself gets to sing Tere Bina for the guest composer Asad Khan, alongside an Aakanksha Sharma who is definitely not sounding her best. Of course, Arijit sings well, but what strikes me immediately as an oddity is the rock base of the song. It seems like a forced addition in the album, which, till now, was strictly confined to musical styles that were prevalent in 1921. Asad’s composition though, is refreshing!


And that’s why the musicians of 1921 are smarter than those of the last two 1920 movies (Adnan Sami had done a good job for the first one) — there’s no forced Bhatt-ish rock.. not that it produced amazing results, really, other than the piano pieces.

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 7 + 7 + 7 + 6.5 + 5.5 + 5.5 + 5 + 6 + 6 = 55.5

Album Percentage: 61.67%

Final Rating for This Album: सा < रे < ग < म < < ध< नी < सां

Note: The letter which is underlined is the final rating.

Recommended Listening Order: Piano Theme = Main Piano Theme = Crowd Gathering > Aggressive Piano Theme > Tere Bina = Aanewale Kal > Sunn Le Zara = Kuch Iss Tarah > Yaara

 

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P.S. I’ve not included the piano solos for you. 😛

A MUSICAL MUKKA FROM YOUNG TALENTS! (MUKKABAAZ – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Rachita Arora, Nucleya & Vineet Kumar Singh
♪ Lyrics by: Hussain Haidry, Dr. Sunil Jog & Vineet Kumar Singh
♪ Music Label: Eros Music
♪ Music Released On: 20th December 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 12th January 2018

Mukkabaaz Album Cover

 

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Mukkabaaz is an upcoming sports-cum-politics drama directed by Anurag Kashyap, starring Vineet Kumar Singh and Zoya Hussain in lead roles, and Ravi Kishen and Jimmy Shergill in supporting roles. The film’s music has been composed by last year’s debutante Rachita Arora, the composer of ‘Newton’, and features two guest compositions by Nucleya and lead actor Vineet Kumar Singh. I do expect something in the zone of Sneha Khanwalkar in Rachita’s music, because I don’t see why Kashyap would sign her if she didn’t! After musical successes like ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ and ‘Bombay Velvet’, let’s see what director Anurag Kashyap has in store for us, with this music album!


The album starts off with a very energising track, Paintra from the DJ Nucleya. Unlike his previous stint in Bollywood, ‘Let’s Nacho’ (Kapoor & Sons), this one actually has some use in the film’s narrative, and it does its job of promoting the film very well. The makers have added another version of it called Paintra (Extended Version), but it only has some hard-hitting dialogues by Jimmy Shergill, who plays the antagonist. The song itself is the typical Nucleya mishmash of interesting digital sounds, with a queer but catchy South Indian vibe to it. The Rap by DIVINE is the highlight of the song, and after a long time we get a meaningful rap in Bollywood, thanks to lyricist and lead actor Vineet Kumar Singh. Vineet himself has composed a song in the album, Adhura Main, a song trying to ape ‘Humni Ke Chhodi Ke’ (Gangs Of Wasseypur) so much so that it has the same singer, grown up now, and the same simplistic harmonium arrangement. Sadly, it doesn’t work — Vineet’s lyrics are the only good thing. The voice is harsh to the ears, and the high notes make you cringe.
The major chunk of the album, which is five songs, belongs to Rachita Arora, the talented young lady who scored for ‘Newton’ last year. Her first song, and my favourite of the album, is Mushkil Hai Apna Meil Priye, a folksy number enriched by Brijesh Shandilya’s vibrant vocals, and Dr. Sunil Jog’s amazing lyrics on class differences between lovers. Rachita arranges it fabulously too, with folksy vibes in the initial parts, that break out into an enjoyable up tempo brass band towards the end. In a similar zone is Bahut Hua Samman, a protest song against politicians, of course. The percussions here are spot-on, and though the composition slackens in between, the amazing vocals by Swaroop Khan keep you hooked. I particularly enjoyed the parts where the sound of the vocalist is muffled; it gives a fun effect. Bohot Dukha Mann is the last of the songs we can hear in any other non-Anurag Kashyap album. It is a classical-based song, quite in the Rahman zone, because of Raag Puriya-Dhanashree, Rahman’s favourite in the 90s. The song itself doesn’t hold together for long, and disintegrates completely after a second antara starts. Rachita Arora and Dev Arijit behind the mic too, fail to pique interest.
The remaining two songs fall into a typical ‘can’t-understand-what’s-happening’ Anurag Kashyap zone. Not that they aren’t enjoyable. Chhipkali is a laugh fest; the first time I heard it, I laughed out loud, and there haven’t been many songs that have made me do that before! The laughing is definitely because of Vijay’s interactive singing, Rachita’s amazing pseudo-retro arrangements and slow tempo, and Hussain Haidry’s lyrics that anyone living in a house infested with lizards would relate to. The ‘Gandhi ke photo ke peechhe‘ gag is hilarious. Saade Teen Baje, on the other hand, is a Bhojpuri-style ladies sangeet number that makes you want to understand why they’re having such a jolly time, if only the lyrics were audible amidst the giggling and the lead vocalist’s accent. Rachita’s typical wedding arrangements are great though.


Not the very best music to come out of an Anurag Kashyap film, but the single by Nucleya is sure to hit the radio. A sizeable punch, given that the composers are new talents!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 7.5 + 7.5 + 5.5 + 9 + 7.5 + 7 + 7.5 + 6.5 = 58

Album Percentage: 72.5%

Final Rating for This Album: सा < रे < ग < म < प < < नी < सां

Note: The letter which is underlined is the final rating.

Recommended Listening Order: Mushkil Hai Apna Meil Priye > Bahut Hua Samman = Paintra = Paintra (Extended) = Chhipkali > Bohot Dukha Mann > Saade Teen Baje > Adhura Main

 

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18 Bollywood Music Albums I’m Looking Forward To in 2018

Now, 2017 was a good year overall, for Bollywood music, but now that we are in 2018, I’m finding that there are a lot bigger and (maybe) better music albums to huge big-budget (and some rather humble budget) movies coming out this year!! So, that drove me to write this one little pot dedicated to the albums I’m looking forward to and rooting for this year!!

Albums I’m Looking Forward To in 2018!

 

So let’s start off!

Manikarnika

CBFC Chairman Prasoon Joshi comes back with his frequent collaborators Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, to score the music of this upcoming historical drama based on The Rani of Jhansi. Well, the last time Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy did something like a period film, it was ‘Mirzya’ in 2016, which was my favourite album of that year. Therefore, expectations are high for this one!
Singers Expected: Shankar Mahadevan (Of course), Shreya Ghoshal, Arijit Singh, Sukhwinder Singh

Padmavat(i?)

The much-awaited and controversial film ‘Padmavat(i?)’ might just release in February, and that means the album is right around the corner. Going by the “Ghoomar” song, I can see that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is trying to remove too much of Bollywood-ish sounds from his music. I also expect the middling ‘Ek Dil Ek Jaan’ to be the weakest song of the album. Also, since Sanjay Leela Bhansali has blended a variety of cultures like Rajasthani, Sri Lankan and Middle-Eastern, the soundscape will be a treat to listen to.
Singers Expected in the rest of the songs: Shreya Ghoshal, Arijit Singh

Dhadak

Again, a much-hyped movie, because it is a remake of the highly overrated (in my humble opinion) ‘Sairat’. But what I am looking forward to, is the music, which I assume will be by Ajay-Atul. The film has been set in Rajasthan, and to see Ajay-Atul recreate their ‘Sairat’ magic in Rajasthani style, will be a treat! I just hope there’s no addition of a remake by Karan Johar!
Singers Expected: Shreya Ghoshal, Sukhwinder Singh, Sonu Nigam

99 Songs

A.R. Rahman has been working on this, his home production and self-written movie, for a couple of years now, and it is finally slated to release in 2018. Going by the fact that the film is a musical, about musicians, I’m sure Rahman will treat this film very specially and give it his all!
Singers Expected: Jonita Gandhi, Shashaa Tirupati

Dutt Biopic

Rajkumar Hirani’s next venture is the biopic of Sanjay Dutt. All I know about its music is that Amaal Mallik has been roped in for a song, but I’m sure, going by Hirani’s previous movies’ albums, that whoever else he ropes in, will provide great songs as well!!
Singers Expected: Shreya Ghoshal & Sonu Nigam if Shantanu Moitra is roped in!

Kedarnath

Amit Trivedi is composing for this film, and it seems like a very heart-wrenching story about the 2013 floods at Kedarnath. Just like ‘Fitoor’, I’m expecting the duo of Abhishek Kapoor and Amit Trivedi to bring some amaziiiiing music once again!
Singers Expected: Arijit Singh, Yashita Sharma, Jonita Gandhi

Fanney Khan

Once again, Amit Trivedi, who is composing for a host of albums this year, gets a musical based on a rockstar/singer a la ‘Bombay Velvet’, ‘Qaidi Band’ and ‘Secret Superstar’. We know he is great at such theme-based albums, and so I’m expecting something similar for this! Also, since Aishwarya Rai plays the lead role, it’ll be interesting to see the choice of the lead singer!
Expected Singer: I expect Sunidhi Chauhan to be the lead singer!!

Soorma

Shaad Ali is coming back with another film, this time a biopic, based on hockey legend Sandeep Singh. Now, Shaad Ali’s previous collaborations have been with either A.R. Rahman or Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Any which ways, the album will be amazing. P.S. since it’s a sports biopic, I’m expecting Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy to score for this (because they have a record of ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ to boast of!)
Singers Expected: Diljit Dosanjh 😄

102 Not Out

Salim-Sulaiman coming back after the splendid ‘Poorna’ and ‘Jai Gangaajal’, in a movie starring Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan, has to be something to wait for very, very eagerly! I expect this to be a cute little soundtrack!
Singers Expected: Really can’t say 😄

Zero

The title has just been announced, and it had already been announced that Ajay-Atul have done a few songs in the movie, so of course I’m waiting for this album! As for the movie, time will tell! Also, the remake shown in the teaser, I’m guessing, is by Tanishk Bagchi, because of his associations with Colour Yellow Pictures in the past!
Singers Expected: Shreya Ghoshal and Sukhwinder Singh (Ajay-Atul’s favourites)

Gold

Akshay Kumar returns on Independence Day 2018 with another patriotic sports film. This one is directed by Reema Kagti, whose ‘Talaash’ had great music. Also, Akshay Kumar’s movies generally have good music, even the multicomposer albums! Can’t really say who the music will be by, though!

Thugs Of Hindostan

Aamir Khan’s next film is a period action film, and has music by Ajay-Atul. I’ve heard the film has only three songs, but we know Ajay-Atul can deliver in each and every of that small number too! (Remember Singham!)
Singers Expected: You Know 😅

Sui Dhaaga – Made In India

This one is just on the list because something tells me it can’t have bad music as it’s a YRF film. I don’t even have the slightest idea who the composer can be. (I hope it’s Vishal-Shekhar or Sachin-Jigar!)

Student Of The Year 2

Vishal-Shekhar had only one album in 2017, and seem to be having only one in 2018, so this one is definitely on my list. Also, they did great in the first film, and though the director has changed to Punit Malhotra, they’ve worked with him in the past and delivered superhit soundtracks there too. So nothing is against the fact that they’ll do great here!
Singers Expected: Anybody who sang in SOTY. (Especially Benny)

Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar

Dibakar Banerjee. YRF. Remember ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshy’? Period.

Pari

Horror films rarely have innovative music. (Like the recently released ‘1921’ music album). But as this is by Anupam Roy, I’m sure this is going to be something new and special!
Singers Expected: Shreya Ghoshal, Jonita Gandhi

Super 30

This is here because, since Vikas Bahl is directing the movie, I expect Amit Trivedi to compose for it, and so here it is.

Hichki

YRF’s first release of the year is ‘Hichki’, and it marks Jasleen Royal’s first full album. That is why I expect this to be a good album, because she is talented, but she’s never gotten a chance to showcase her versatility, which she can in this album!
Singer Expected: Jasleen Royal

 

I hope that was an enjoyable read, see you soon with the reviews of 2018 albums!!