HEROPANTI (MUSIC REVIEW)

Album Details:-   

Music by:- Sajid-Wajid, Manjeet Singh Ral (Manj Musik), Mustafa Zahid & Bilal Saeed | Lyrics by:- Kausar Munir, Raftaar, Mustafa Zahid & Bilal Saeed | Music Label:- T-Series, (“Whistle Baja” on Saregama) | Music Released On:- 21st April 2014 | Movie Releases On:- 23rd May 2014

To hear the full songs of this album on Saavn CLICK HERE

Heropanti Album Cover

Heropanti Album Cover

To hear “Whistle Baja” on Saavn CLICK HERE


Heropanti is an upcoming romantic/action film directed by Sabbir Khan of ‘Kambakkht Ishq’ fame. The film has been produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, who is currently enjoying the success of his latest film, ‘2 States’, a joint production between him and Karan Johar. Heropanti marks the acting debut of Jackkie Shroff’s son, Tiger Shroff, and also the Bollywood debut of Kriti Sanon, who was seen earlier this year in the Telugu film ‘1: Nennokadine’. The promos of the film are already creating a lot of buzz and the songs are getting lapped up by the audience. Heropanti is a multi-composer album with three songs by Sajid-Wajid, one song by Manj Musik (Manjeet Singh Ral from the band RDB which split after ‘Tamanchey Pe Disco’ from ‘Bullett Raja’ last year) and the last one is a collaboration between Mustafa Zahid and Bilal Saeed. There is an extra song “Whistle Baja” which is also composed by Manj Musik. Seeing Sajid-Wajid as one of the composers, I was expecting their specialty, which is rowdy and massy songs like they had given for ‘Rowdy Rathore’ and ‘Dabangg’. Songs from their latest album, ‘Main Tera Hero’ can still be seen on almost all of the music charts today. However, the music which they give is almost never or very rarely up to the expectations of music lovers, and very little trace of quality can be seen in their works. So have they improved at least a bit with this album? Read my review to find out!


Extra Song:- 

Whistle Baja:- Singers ~ Manjeet Singh Ral (Manj Musik), Nindy Kaur Ft. Raftaar, Music by ~ Manj Musik, Lyrics by ~ Raftaar, Music Label ~ Saregama

You must be wondering why I have titled this as an extra song, right? Well, turns out that this song has been released by Saregama instead of T-Series. Why, you ask? Well, because of legal issues! This song uses the signature ‘Hero’ flute tune from Shubhash Ghai’s ‘Hero’, and the music rights of ‘Hero’ were with Saregama. I personally do not think they should have created such a fuss about it; after all, it is just that tune which has been used in this song, and not the whole song, ‘Lambi Judaai’. So there is the history behind why this song was not released by T-Series. Now enough of ‘laywer-panti’  😀 , let’s get back to the review. So the song starts with the flute tune in question and then it is transformed from the sad tune in the original song to a full-on Punjabi bhangra type song. The tune is repeated many times in the song but by whistling. The tune of the song is catchy and can’t leave your head once you hear it. The vocals are a bit annoying, but work in the song. The rap portion is typical Raftaar rap like the one in ‘Tamanchey Pe Disco’ except they are a bit slower than that. The lyrics are also typical Punjabi-dance song lyrics where the boy tries to pataa-ofy the girl. All of this, however, works in favour of the song and it will never-the-less be in many music charts. A typical Punjabi dance track with nothing new, but you will still enjoy it!

 

So now for the actual soundtrack for Heropanti which is on T-Series:-

 

1. Rabba:- Singer ~ Mohit Chauhan, Music by ~ Sajid-Wajid, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir

Starting with the guitar and with violins closely following, it will instantly remind you of ‘Allah Jaane’ from ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’, which was also by Sajid-Wajid. But the tune and composition is so sweet that this can easily be forgotten. Once Mohit pitches in with his metallic and soothing voice, the song full-fledgedly starts. The tune is a nice Indian melody and you will fall in love with it instantly. While hearing this song, I could only imagine Shahrukh Khan singing a romantic song for Anushka Sharma. (I don’t know why, but it somehow reminded me of ‘Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai’ maybe because of the Indian melody 🙂 ) The lyrics by Kausar Munir are also great as always. Sajid-Wajid are experts at creating such traditional melodies, which are always the best songs in all their albums. The mukhda and antara both have a sweet tune, even though there are some similarities to Sajid-Wajid’s previous works. An overall cute and sweet melody, which you will want to hear on loop! #5StarHotelSong 

 

2. Raat Bhar:- Singers ~ Arijit Singh, Shreya Ghoshal, Music by ~ Sajid-Wajid, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir

This song will attract you because of the singers. Yes, this is why I got attracted to it–I thought it would be a great romantic duet between Arijit and Shreya. So, I played it. It started just like I was expecting, with soft piano notes like in most romantic duets. But then, it completely switches track, and becomes a second version of ‘Mukhtasar’ from ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’. I can make out what Sajid-Wajid were thinking while making this song. (Something like, ‘Hey, let’s just make another version of our hit song “Mukhtasar”! What a great idea! And let’s add Arijit and Shreya so everyone will at least hear the song once!’) So they have done just that and added a lot of techno sounds. The tune is, as I said, nothing new, and resembling ‘Mukhtasar’, even the lyrics are plain. Arijit sings using his “boring”, deeper voice than usual, and a tinge of nasal-ness. Sadly, Shreya does not shine in this song as she always does, because she has an almost negligible portion and also, its tune isn’t that great either. However, since Sajid-Wajid very rarely get a chance to make club tracks, the least we can do is praise them at least for the bit of improvement shown in their work and the efforts taken to make this track enjoyable.

 

3. Tabah:- Singer ~ Mohit Chauhan, Music by ~ Sajid-Wajid, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir

The second song sung by Mohit for this film, and it strikes the right chord AGAIN! Yes, it is a sad romantic rock composition, and such a composition is very rarely heard from Sajid-Wajid, so before telling you my review for it, I would like to appreciate their effort taken in making this track. So, back to the song, it is a sad romantic song, and with rock elements. The singing by Mohit is very soulful and will definitely work for you instantly. The electric guitars and drums have been used very efficiently, and one of the interludes played with a flute is very beautiful. The antara sounds a bit happier than the rest of the song for a moment, but it switches back to sad quick enough for you to notice. The lyrics are again very typical for this type of song, but they are good. Great effort by Sajid-Wajid to compose a sad rock song and great arrangements! It’s the second #5StarHotelSong in this album!

 

4. The Pappi Song:- Singer ~ Raftaar, Music by ~ Manjeet Singh Ral (Manj Musik), Lyrics by ~ Raftaar

I don’t even want to review this song, but since I have to, I will! It is another Punjabi dance song, and it tries to grab your attention! So don’t fall into its trap! With the techno sounds it tries to grab your attention, but afterwards the ‘pappi’ sounds follow, and you feel like skipping this track, but just when you are about to press the skip button, the song ends! What a pleasant surprise! This song is like a fly, which annoys you, you let it annoy you for a little time, and then when you have had enough and try to swat it, it flies away! 😀 The ‘pappi’ sound made is so disturbing, I can’t explain it! So after all of Sajid-Wajid’s hard work in this album, Manj came and spoiled it! :/ Good that Manj had sense enough to keep this song short! An annoying track which you should definitely skip!

 

5. Tere Binaa:- Singer ~ Mustafa Zahid, Music by ~ Mustafa Zahid, Bilal Saeed, Lyrics by ~ Mustafa Zahid, Bilal Saeed

Most of the songs by Mustafa Zahid sound exactly the same to me. Most of the time, I can’t tell one of them from the other. This song is another one of those. A typical Pakistani pop composition, suit for a Bhatt movie. Mustafa’s vocals sound amateurish and not that good. Though the tune is likeable, but very simple and it has nothing special to offer. However, you can hear this track if you like soulful, sad tracks. The lines ‘Piya laagey na… Jiya laagey na’ have a great tune. The lyrics are also good. It is a good track but doesn’t have repeat value as in, you wouldn’t find yourself, or anyone, for that matter, humming it a month or so later.

 

Overall:- Heropanti was an album which many people were looking forward to after hearing the name of Sajid-Wajid, and that the signature Hero tune is going to be used in one of the songs. With two great songs and one good attempt, Sajid-Wajid have proved to their haters that they can make good music also. Out of Manj’s two songs, ‘Whistle Baja’ works while the other fails miserably, and Mustafa-Bilal’s song is average. Clearly Sajid-Wajid have improved from the days when everyone used to openly criticise them. The first three songs will make a place for themselves in your playlist for quite a long time, whereas the other two most probably won’t even make it there. Of course, ‘Whistle Baja’ will stay in your playlist for some time too! So after giving average music for ‘Jai Ho’, and decent music for ‘Main Tera Hero’ this year, Sajid-Wajid have struck the right chord finally with ‘Heropanti’! I hope they keep giving such music! They are the heroes of this album!

 

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

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

 

Review by Rujul Deolikar

 

Next I will be reviewing all of the good albums of 2014 so far which I missed to review because my blog started after they released. I will write these reviews whenever I get the time when no big albums have released! I hope you enjoy that section. The albums which I will review for this are:- Yaariyan, Dedh Ishqiya, Hasee Toh Phasee, Gunday, Shaadi Ke Side/Effects, Highway, Queen and 2 States. Thank you! 

HAWAA HAWAAI (MUSIC REVIEW)

Album Details:-

Music by:- Hitesh Sonik & Amole Gupte | Lyrics by:- Amole Gupte | Music Label:- Zee Music Company/Sony Music | Music Released On:- 19th April 2014 Movie Releases On:- 9th May 2014

Hawaa Hawaai Album Covee

Hawaa Hawaai Album Cover

To hear the full songs of this album on Saavn CLICK HERE

Hear the full songs of Hawaa Hawaai on YouTube:-


Hawaa Hawaai is an upcoming drama film about skating. It is directed and produced by the director of the award-winning ‘Stanley Ka Dabba’, Amole Gupte and it will be distributed by Fox Star Studios. The movie is about a boy who has big dreams of learning to skate, who is played by Amole Gupte’s son, Partho Gupte. His skating coach in the movie is played by Saqib Saleem (‘Mere Dad Ki Maruti’ fame). The soundtrack for this film has been composed by Sunidhi Chauhan’s husband, Hitesh Sonik, with one song composed and sung by Amole Gupte himself. The lyrics have also been penned by Amole Gupte. Hitesh Sonik had given a great soundtrack last year for ‘Akaash Vani’ and he had also composed for Amole Gupte’s last film, ‘Stanley Ka Dabba’. Moreover, this album marks the start of a new music label in Bollywood, that is, Zee Music Company, which has already acquired rights of biggies which are lined up for release this year, like Holiday, Humshakals, Bang Bang and Bombay Velvet. So I was naturally expecting a great soundtrack to this film, and that is exactly what I got! Read my review to see exactly how great the songs of this movie are!


1. Choolhe Ke Angaarey:- Singer ~ Amole Gupte, Music by ~ Amole Gupte

This is a very short song composed, sung and written by the director himself. At first you will think that Amole Gupte’s voice is very shaky and quivery, but that is the magic in his voice! He manages to keep you listening to the song even though his vocals aren’t perfect and that is where this song’s greatness lies! Even the composition is cute, sweet and simple, and not complex. A sound like a rattle can be heard throughout the song which gives the beat. The lyrics are very inspirational and are all about not giving up, even when you are depressed and keep walking on the hard paths, which will eventually bring you success! Wow! Such a simple message and Amole Gupte uses such a great description of a choolha to prove his point i.e, do not give up! The very same tune repeats twice in the song, but the sweetness and simplicity and innocence with which the song has been composed, sung and written, will make you ignore that. Do not ignore the song, just because of the uneven voice of the singer! Instead, concentrate on the great motivational lyrics. A must-hear inspirational track, which we get to hear very rarely nowadays!

 

2. Ghoom Gayi:- Singer ~ Sunidhi Chauhan, Music by ~ Hitesh Sonik

When the music director is Hitesh Sonik, you would naturally expect a song to be sung by his wife, Sunidhi Chauhan. And what do you know? His very first song in the album has been sung by her! The composition is something very different, but great, and I can’t explain its greatness in writing! You will only be able to understand that after you experience it yourself either through headsets or in the theaters. The percussion given throughout the song has not been played on normal drums which you and I hear everyday, but instead it sounds like some clapping or sound effects done not with instruments, but manually! The guitars and occasional brass instruments also help in preventing your attention from getting diverted to someplace else. The song is too catchy for that to even happen! As usual, Sunidhi uses her bold voice and leaves you wanting more! The tune of the song changes many times. One moment it is energetic and the next, it switches track completely and becomes very smooth and soft, like in the antaras and some lines in the mukhda. Another must-listen just for the catchy tune, Sunidhi’s bold vocals, and the amazing percussion which has been given! #5StarHotelSong

 

3. Sar Utha Ke:- Singer ~ Javed Ali, Music by ~ Hitesh Sonik

Opening with the calm guitar riff, and Javed Ali’s smooth voice, this song will instantly get you hooked and you will not be able to hear anything else for next three-and-a-half minutes. It’s another inspirational song, with lyrics that are a bit too dramatic, but the music makes up for that. The particular line, ‘Khuli aankhon se dekh tu sapna, sat utha Ke jee…’ literally brought goosebumps on my skin. Even the lyrics by Amole Gupte suit the theme of the movie, which is to keep dreaming until you achieve what you want. The name of the song isn’t said until more than half of the song is over. After that they say it about eight or nine times, but who cares! After all, the song is so great! At the end of this song, we get to hear the same lines which were sung by Amole Gupte in ‘Choolhe Ke Angaarey’, which went, ‘Tu kar, mat dar, angaaron pe chalna hai sahi…’. Truly, Amole Guote is an expert at writing songs, especially the inspirational and motivational types! The song is a bit too short considering the great music which has been given. I would have liked another stanza, but still, it’s a must-listen song which you can’t afford to miss! Even though is too short, but it is just as much great in terms of musical quality! And that’s why it’s another #5StarHotelSong! 

 

4. Hawaa Hawaai:- Singers ~ Swaroop Khan, Hitesh Sonik ; Music by ~ Hitesh Sonik

Finally, the other song which we got to hear in the trailer along with ‘Sar Utha Ke’! I had loved it the instant I saw the trailer and so it’s natural that I will still be in love with it, right? Both the singers give a rustic feel to the song, a Rajasthani folkish tune has been used as the main tune in the song. Flamenco guitars have been used along with a Rajasthani tune and Rajasthani-type lyrics, and I would like to compliment Hitesh for getting the idea of such a weird, but great combination! Though one misses Sukhwinder Singh in this track, Swaroop too does his part well. The lyrics of the antara are in Hinglish and make it a very enjoyable song, even though most people would think its main target is children. However, it will appeal to all age groups. A very creative fusion of Spanish and Rajasthani folk music which you will love irrespective of your age!

 

5. Sapnon Ko Ginte Ginte:- Singer ~ Hitesh Sonik, Music by ~ Hitesh Sonik

It starts with some peaceful notes played on a flute, and from that moment itself you know that something different will be in this song! Sung by the composer himself, it is another very calm and soothing song. The whistle which is played many times throughout the song sounds very cute and sweet. Hitesh’s vocals are good and they suit this kind of song. With very less instrumental support, like the orchestra in the background, Hitesh Sonik carries the song on his shoulders. It is another song which is kind of inspirational with a touch of sadness in it. Again, the lyrics are great, and so are the minimal musical arrangements. Though it is not as good as the above songs, it is a good and different song in itself. Another great melody which you will definitely like, but won’t grow a strong bond with like the previous four tracks.

 

Overall:- Frankly speaking, before I got to know about the music director and music label of this album, I wasn’t expecting much from it, but once I heard the two songs in the trailer, my expectations rose a bit higher. And after I came to know that Hitesh Sonik has composed four songs in the album, I got even more excited, as he is the same man who gave a surprisingly awesome soundtrack for a movie from which no one was expecting good songs, in ‘Akaash-Vani’ last year. The part of the album which he has composed has variety with two melodies and two up-beat tracks and I am forced to praise him for all of them! Even the song by Amole Gupte did not disappoint, which I thought it would! With this album, I can confidently say that Hitesh Sonik is one of the most underrated music composers of this industry. He should start getting many mainstream films after this one. Also, the new music label, Zee Music Company, has chosen a great album as their first release! Expectations were less, but the result was phenomenal! A must-hear album by Hitesh Sonik!

 

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

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

 

Next “dish”:- Heropanti, Chefs:- Sajid-Wajid, Manj Musik (Manjeet Singh), Mustafa Zahid & Bilal Saeed

 

Review by Rujul Deolikar

REVOLVER RANI (MUSIC REVIEW)

Well, this was actually the first album I had reviewed about two weeks ago, and this review is the reason because of which my friends suggested that I should start writing a blog. But of course I have edited it a bit for the blog! 😛


Album Details:-

Music by:- Sanjeev Srivastava | Lyrics by:- Puneet Sharma, Shaheen Iqbal | Music Label:- T-Series | Music Released On:- 4th April 2014 | Movie Releases On:- 25th April 2014

Revolver Rani Album Cover

Revolver Rani Album Cover

To hear full songs of this album on Saavn CLICK HERE

 

 


After the praise, both by critics and audience, received by ‘Queen’, Kangana Ranaut is back in another film where she plays the central character, paired opposite comedian Vir Das. The movie is a romantic comedy drama set against the backdrop of politics. It is directed by Sai Kabir. Queen’s music by Amit Trivedi had got a lot of praise for its easy-on-ears songs. However, this film has music by Sanjeev Srivastava, who had done a C-Grade film in 2006, and disappeared after that, probably because that film and its music went unnoticed by people. Now, he has got an opportunity to make it big in Bollywood, so he will naturally take it and perform better. Even the lyricists, I have heard of only once or twice, but in small films. I did not have much expectations from this album, but when it released I saw that it had 15 songs, out of which 2 are reprises. So I expected at least half of them to be decent. What’s more, it has songs sung by legends such as Asha Bhosle, Usha Uthup and Rekha Bharadwaj! So did this album perform as per my expectations, or did it exceed my expectations? If you want to know that, you’ll have to read on!


1. Revolver Rani:- Singer ~ Usha Uthup (Original Version), Usha Uthup (Reprise Version), Lyrics by ~ Puneet Sharma

This particular track will remind you of Bollywood’s old RD Burman 70’s-80’s style music. Usha Uthup’s vocals are flawless. Usha Uthup uses her typical lowpitched voice. In the background can be heard gunshots and dialogues from policemen also come at regular intervals in the song. Overall it is an awesome track. The antaras have a better tune than the mukhda. The song is a typical title song describing the character of Kangana Ranaut, Alka Singh. This track is a must listen if you are a fan of Usha Uthup or Bollywoods old 70s-80s music, and it is not a track you would get to listen to everyday these days. The lyrics are also great describing the Rani. The reprise version is not that different except for the fact that it has slower beats and it sounds like a very slow remix version of the title song. It disappoints as compared to the Original. The original is way better. Stick to the original, no need of hearing the reprise. A must-listen track sung by the Queen of 70’s and 80’s disco Bollywood, Usha Uthup. 

 

2. Thaayein Kare Katta:- Singer ~ Piyush Mishra, Lyrics by ~ Puneet Sharma

The last time I remember hearing Piyush Mishra in a mainstream Bollywood movie was in Saheb, Biwi and Gangster Returns over a year ago. This song is another song describing the main character, Revolver Rani or Alka Singh. In this song, Piyush Mishra has used a very nasal voice. The music in this song and its tune are very catchy and it will make you listen more. However, you will get bored once it gets upto the second antara after the mukhda and first antara. The vocals and lyrics are very funny. There are shakers played throughout the song too. This song will surely make you groove to it and has a very rustic feel due to Piyush Mishra’s vocals. It will remind you of Gangs of Wasseypur. A good song with awesome vocals, music and tune but a bit lengthy.

 

3. Kaafi Nahi Chaand:- Singer ~ Asha Bhosle, Lyrics by ~ Shaheen Iqbal

Wow!! That feeling that you get while listening to Ashatai’s voice after such a long time is just too great! What can I say about this song? It’s so lovely that whatever I say about it is too less. It is a very melodious song which is of the same type of romantic tracks which Asha Bhosle’s late husband, the one and only R.D. Burman used to give Bollywood long ago…but of course not of the exact same standard as those! Guitar, harmonium, flute and tabla, are all used in the song and they are put to very great use. Even a shaker-like voice can be heard providing beats throughout the track. It can be seen from this song that even though she is old now, Ashatai hasn’t lost her beautiful voice texture! She sings with as much expressions as you could possibly think of. The mukhda and antaras have an equally awesome tune. Must-hear song which is so soothing it can even put you to sleep…in the good sense of course! #5StarHotelSong

 

4. Chal Lade Re Bhaiya:- Singers ~ Piyush Mishra, with Backing Vocals by ~ Abhishek Mukherjee, Mayur Vyas, Lyrics by ~ Puneet Sharma

This track is a fultoo gangster ‘bhailog’ song. Piyush Mishra gets another song in this album and once again, considering the type of song, he has delivered exactly what was needed for this song! This song had less scope for good music, and it will sound weird. However, the movie must have such a situation, or else I don’t think any Music Director would compose such a song! At the starting, there are vocals sounding like pigeons which have been done by Mayur Vyas and Abhishek Mukherjee (who was a contestant in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar 2010). And they have done such a great job with backing vocals throughout the whole song! The mukhda is way better than the antaras tune wise. The long antaras will bore you so much I can’t describe it. Even the lyrics are written as per the requirements of the movie. Try this track only for the great backing vocals. Not as great as the first three tracks but still worth a listen. 

 

5. Sulgi Hui Hai Raakh:- Singers ~ Sanjeev Srivastava, with Backing Vocals by ~ Gorisa, Lyrics by ~ Shaheen Iqbal

This song is sung by the composer himself, who, I have to say, is a pretty good singer also! It starts like a Vishal Bharadwaj track. It’s a contemporary number which has the composer singing very passionately supported by guitars and drums. A complex composition which changes pitches a lot of times but still you won’t fall in love with it instantly as these Rock songs are common nowadays. But the repeating part which goes ‘Aye zindagi…’ Is worth giving a listen. Electric guitars play in the interlude and a slightly haunting/eerie bit with piano notes plays after the guitars stop. This song is definitely worth a listen but, again, definitely not better than the first three songs in any way! I don’t know how a contemporary song like this will fit in an album full of Desi type songs. Even the movie seems very Desi type so definitely this song doesn’t fit in this album or movie. Give it a listen for the composer’s vocals. Nothing more in this track except the common Rock material of today! 

 

6. Banna Banni:- Singer ~ Rekha Bharadwaj, Lyrics by ~ Puneet Sharma

Now what to say about this track? After two slightly different tracks, the album returns to its greatness with this song. It is a type of wedding sangeet song describing the happy event of the wedding of Kangana’s character in the movie. The bride and groom are compared to birds in a line of the song. It is a cute song with a rustic feel which you will instantly fall in love with. Rekha Bharadwaj’s earthy vocals are flawless as usual. The chorus part ‘Banna Banni chahek chahek…’ Has a very cute and catchy tune. The various instruments used make the song what it is. A Dandiya-like instrument gives the beat throughout the song and it sounds great! The mukhda and antaras are both equally great. The overall tune of the song is very cute. A must-listen track with great vocals, lyrics, music, EVERYTHING!

 

7. I Am Brutal:- Singer ~ Sanjeev Srivastava, Lyrics by ~ Puneet Sharma

Had I praised the composer for his “wonderful” singing? Well, after hearing this song, I feel like taking back all the praise I have given this composer regarding his singing! This is a short track completely written in bad English with senseless lyrics which I guess is for the character of Vir Das in the movie. The composer might have been trying to copy R.D. Burman’s singing style and texture but to be honest, he fails miserably. This track doesn’t deserve to have any listeners and you should just skip this track! Good that it’s short!

 

8. Saawan Ki Aye Hawa:- Singers ~ Garima Aneja, Rap Vocals by ~ Rahul Gandhi, Lyrics by ~ Puneet Sharma

I saw the name of Rahul Gandhi in the credits of this song and I was instantly curious to know what he has sung in this song. Turned out that he has just done a little rapping portion which was, frankly speaking, not necessary in the song. He doesn’t even sing that small rap portion with any expressions! The female vocals by a newcomer Garima Aneja are good and the tune of this song is also very nice. It seems that the song has been made normally first and then remixed and edited, to give a ‘cool’ effect with all the techno beats and rapping part. The tabla theka which plays in the antaras is worth hearing. Thus song is okay okay. Strictly above average though the overall composition is nice. I would have preferred it more if the remix type effect wasn’t added to it. Hear it for the newcomer’s great vocals and the cute composition by Sanjeev Srivastava, and don’t pay attention to Rahul Gandhi’s part–he will bore you! 😀 

 

9. Bol Rahi Hai Payal:- Singers ~ Avi Dutta, Anweshaa Dutta Gupta, Lyrics ~ Shaheen Iqbal

This song is a typical 90s type romantic track. The tune is nothing new and very much heard-before. The male singer Avi Dutta sounds a lot like Kumar Sanu. It starts with Anweshaa singing some lines in Hinglish which sound very sappy to be honest. 😛 However, both the singers sing their part nearly flawlessly. The whole song will remind you of the days when Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik used to rule the music industry. This is strictly a very average track which you may like in the first listen but in the subsequent listens you will really get bored as there is nothing new in the song, unless you are a very big fan of 90’s music by Nadeem-Shravan, Jatin-Lalit etc. The lyrics are also old 90s type lyrics. Everything from the ‘Hay-Hay…’ to the ‘Saajan saajan..’ Has been heard before in the past two decades. It makes a one time listen because in the first listen, it will be great, in the second, it will become okay, and the third listen will be the last time you hear it unless you want to hear it only once more for Avi Dutta’s great imitation of Kumar Sanu or Anweshaa’s beautiful surila voice! 😀

 

10. Chanda Ki Katori Hai (Lorie):- Singers ~ Garima Aneja (Female Version), Piyush Mishra (Male Version), Lyrics by ~ Puneet Sharma

With this song, Garima Aneja gets her second song of the album. She sounds a lot like Shilpa Rao in the song. It is a very short but soothing melodious lullaby which will, as expected, put you to sleep. The violins have been played awesomely throughout the song. Towards the end, it gets a little eerieness in it. The Male Version is sung by Piyush Mishra with the same musical arrangements. Out of both versions, I personally liked the Piyush Mishra because of his rustic vocals. Very calm song which you will love!

 

11. Pehle Lohe Ki Chingaari:- Singers ~ Sameera, Gorisa, Keka, Manjeera, Lyrics by ~ Puneet Sharma

This song is sung by a choir of female singers. It gives a feel of a war and while listening to it, you will see images of war in your mind. A very strong tune which is literally repeated throughout the song which is why it will bore you a bit, but never mind. The orchestra has a very big part to play in this song. If the objective of this song is to make us feel angry and a bit sad, it definitely works in doing exactly so! A very different track which we rarely get to hear nowadays, give it a try!

 

12. We Mix You Michael Jackson:- Singer ~ Saleem Javed, Lyrics by ~ Puneet Sharma

Another track which is full of bad lyrics and even worse music, but slightly better than ‘I Am Brutal’. It gives a feeling of a maata ka jaagran in the gaanv. With Hindi and English lyrics and full of microphone feedback effect and dholak beats, it is a tribute to Michael Jackson, which I doubt MJ would acknowledge were he alive today. Moreover, nothing the singer is saying can be understood. Towards the end of the track, the tempo increases and the singer gets a lot out of tune. This track is not great but very funny to listen to. Listen at your own risk!

 

13. Zardozi Lamhe:- SInger ~ Moin Sabri, Lyrics by ~ Shaheen Iqbal

This track is another soothing song which gives a very calming effect. The singer does his job very well. The shehnaai and sarangi can be heard prominently in the song. The line which is repeated ‘Naya nahi lekin naya lagey ye din’ has a very nice tune which you won’t forget quickly. The music is also commendable. However, the length of the song is a big problem, which can make it a bit boring to hear. This track won’t leave you and will be stuck in your head for a long time. Must-hear track.

 

Overall:- The album is full of songs which will remind you of the past of Bollywood. Leaving a couple of songs, the songs of this album are surprisingly good. I was not expecting much from this album, but it took me by surprise and yes, the answer to the above question is that the soundtrack surprisingly exceeded my expectations. The newcomer Sanjeev Srivastava has given commendable music, however, he has made many of the tracks exceed five minutes duration, which makes them a bit boring to hear, even though the music might be good. The Title Track, Kaafi Nahi Chaand and Banna Banni will surely stay with you longer while the others, you might find yourself humming strictly once or twice in a while. However, a negative point about the album is that it doesn’t have much repeat value, except the song, ‘Kaafi Nahi Chaand and another is the length of the album and the number of tracks in it. But still, the answer to the above question which I had given you all to think about is that the soundtrack surprisingly exceeded my expectations! 🙂

 

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

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

 

Next “dish’:- Hawaa Hawaai, Chefs:- Hitesh Sonik & Amole Gupte

 

Review by Rujul Deolikar

SAMRAT & CO. (MUSIC REVIEW)

Album Details:-
Music by:- Ankit Tiwari, Mithoon, GAP (Gopal-Anand-Pawan) & Sandeep Shirodkar | Lyrics by:- Sanjay Masoomm, Mithoon, Sandeep Nath & Gopal Dutt | Music Label:- Sony Music/Rajshri Music | Music Released On:- 11th April 2014 | Movie Releases On:- 25th April 2014

Samrat & Co. Album Cover

Samrat & Co. Album Cover

To hear the full songs of this album on Saavn CLICK HERE

 

 


Samrat & Co. is the latest film from Rajshri Productions. Looking at the list of all the films produced Rajshri Productions till now, this movie is not at all what you would expect from them, as it is a detective thriller film. Yes, you heard it right. A DETECTIVE THRILLER! Surprised? The film stars Rajeev Khandelwal as the detective named Samrat, and Madalsa Sharma in lead roles, with a huge supporting cast. The film is directed by Kaushik Ghatak and produced by Kavita Barjatya. Now, about the music of this film. Ankit Tiwari, who became a star overnight when his song from ‘Aashiqui 2’, ‘Sunn Raha Hai Na’, released last year, has composed two songs for the film, while Mithoon, who got a taste of much-deserved success after ‘Tum Hi Ho’, has also composed two songs in the film. The title track is by the trio Gopal, Anand & Pawan, or GAP, while Sandeep Shirodkar has composed a little instrumental piece. With all these music directors of the newer generation composing, expectations from this album were very huge. So did Ankit and Mithoon do better than they did in ‘Aashiqui 2’? Read my review to get the answer!


1. Tequila Wakila:- Singers ~ Shreya Ghoshal, Ankit Tiwari, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Sanjay Masoomm

This track is a party track which starts with some female vocals in English. The music which follows has a Latin or Mexican/Spanish Flamenco dance feel which is produced by trumpets. Shreya sounds great in a track which is of the type she rarely gets to sing. She got yet another chance to show off her versatility and she has succeeded. Ankit Tiwari’s vocals which come in the chorus are okay. His voice sounds different from his usual voice. The antaras are good but I liked the mukhda more. The lyrics are also okay. The chorus being catchy, listeners will be forced to repeat this song. However after the first antara in the interlude, you will get the feeling of boredom as it is the same thing playing all over again which played in the interlude after the mukhda also. Not a must-listen, but hear it at least once because you don’t want to miss the catchy tune of the chorus and of course, Shreya’s vocals. 

 

2. Shukr Tera:- Singers ~ Chinmayi Sripada, Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Mithoon

This song is a Chinmayi show all the way. She has more than half of the song to herself and she seizes the opportunity and does her best. Her vocals are great! The tune is a typical Mithoon tune and sounds a bit like his own ‘Kaise Bataoon’ from 3G. The violins in the second interlude followed by piano notes, welcome Arijit into the song, which is pretty late, but even though his part is small, it is just that much greatly sung! The song has very minimal instruments supporting the singers. The main instrument playing throughout the song is a guitar. The first and second antaras are totally different. The first antara is fully sung by Chinmayi and the second totally by Arijit. Considering the simple lyrics which Mithoon usually writes, comparatively this song has more complicated lyrics and very meaningful too! At the end a flute portion is there which is definitely worth listening! A must-listen track by the expert of romantic songs, Mithoon with superb vocals by Chinmayi and Arijit both! Definitely a #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Sawaalon Mein:- Singers ~ Shreya Ghoshal, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Sandeep Nath

This song starts with haunting notes playing on a piano. It is a very haunting and eerie melody, which would sound great in a horror movie rather than a thriller. Shreya’s vocals are top-notch as usual. The song has a very high pitched line ‘Hai Kai Sargoshiyaan…’ which is very hard to sing and keeps repeating throughout the song along with the line ‘Sawaalon mein he kaisi zindagi…’ The antaras are even eerier and the song seems like an old fashioned song which uses to be made in Bollywood in the past. The music given by Ankit Tiwari is also very good. Great percussion has been used all throughout the song. Ankit, who disappointed a bit with his first song, but totally makes up for that with this song! Definitely go for it! You will find yourself covered with goosebumps! An awesome haunting melody sung by The New-Age Nightingale! 

 

4. Samrat & Co. (Title Song):- Singers ~ Benny Dayal, Pawan, Music by ~ GAP, Lyrics by ~ Gopal Dutt

A typical title song, describing the character of Samrat played by Rajeev Khandelwal, is next. It starts with some dialogues which I guess are by Rajeev himself. It is a bit too short, but that’s better because the song, though having a good mysterious feel, as needed in this movie, gets a little boring after very less time. However, lovers of this genre will love this song. It has too many techno sounds and sound effects like police sirens throughout the song. The lyrics are suitable for this track. I don’t know why a detective would sing about himself and his  team through a song like this! Benny Dayal sounds weird in this song. Perfect for the end credits and nothing else!

 

5. O Humnavaa:- Singers ~ Gajendra Verma, Chinmayi Sripaada, Mithoon, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Mithoon

Mithoon’s pattern nowadays is easy to notice:- compose a song, add some different lines to it, and use the new lines in a reprise version of the original song. Do you think I’m not happy with this song? Well, nothing like that, I’m just bringing to your notice Mithoon’s pattern! Like he made ‘Mujhe Ishq Se’ from ‘Baarish’ and ‘Meri Aashiqui’ from ‘Tum Hi Ho’, the same way he has made this song from the above song, ‘Shukr Tera’. And no complaints! Chinmayi’s part is taken as it is from ‘Shukr Tera’ so l will not talk about that now. Instead I will focus on Gajendra’s part. He starts the song with some lines which will give you peace. He sings the part very well. Then Mithoon joins in singing a line ‘Woh Hai Bhala…’ again and again. In that he sounds a lot like AR Rahman and that particular line gives you goosebumps. Such is the magic of Mithoon’s voice. Then Gajendra’s part with the title of the song (O Humnavaa) starts after Chinmayi’s part. He sings that very well also. The lyrics which Mithoon added in this version of the song are also great. This song has more instrumental support than the original. Instead of guitar, great use of percussion is done in the song, making it sound more rustic than the original. Both the versions are equally awesome and peaceful. Therefore, you should definitely go for it! It will give you peace, sukoon, whatever you would like to call it! And that’s why it is also a #5StarHotelSong!

 

6. Samrat’s Theme:- Instrumental, Music by ~ Sandeep Shirodkar

This is a very good instrumental piece which suits the theme of the movie and the main character. Being a detective movie, this type of instrumental track was expected. The percussion plays a major part throughout the track, but the orchestra, which joins towards the end also sounds great! Its a very short instrumental piece so I can’t say much about it except that you should hear it and experience the mystery yourself! In the theaters it will sound great!

 

Overall:- In this album, Sony Music has used the multi-composer formula which T-Series does in every other film. However, unlike T-Series, Sony Music has actually succeeded in getting the best from each of the composers excepting the new trio GAP. Ankit gives his best in his two songs, while Mithoon gives nice romantic tracks and GAP have given an okay title track. Lyrics are also good. Sony Music has succeeded where T-Series always goes wrong! Ankit Tiwari has tried two tracks totally out of the genre that the public has associated him with. Mithoon has given what he’s great at, romantic songs, which are not as great as ‘Tum Hi Ho’ or ‘Baarish’, but still, not considering his previous works, he has given awesome music. Music-wise the album is great but not as good as the big hit albums of this year such as SKSE, Gunday, HTP or 2 States. An album with great music and lyrics, which will definitely stay with you in the coming months.

 

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

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

 

Next “dish”:- Revolver Rani, Chef:- Sanjeev Srivastava

 

Review by Rujul Deolikar

THE XPOSÉ (MUSIC REVIEW)

Album Details:-
Music by:- Himesh Reshammiya | Lyrics by:- Shabbir Ahmed, Sameer Anjaan, Kumaar | Music Label:- T-Series | Music Released On:- 14th April 2014 | Movie Releases On:- 16th May 2014

To hear the full songs on Saavn CLICK HERE

The Xposé Album Cover

The Xposé Album Cover

 

 

 

 


The Xposé is an upcoming Bollywood musical thriller film starring Himesh Reshammiya. Sonali Raut and Zoya Afroz play supporting roles in the film with Yo Yo Honey Singh in a negative cameo, and Irrfan Khan in a special appearance. The film is directed by Ananth Mahadevan and being produced by Vipin Reshammiya, who is Himesh Reshammiya’s father. The film is set in the 60’s and revolves around a murder which the character played by Himesh, Detective Ravi Kumar, is inspecting. This is Himesh’s first film as a music director after the not-so-good Policegiri and Shortcut Romeo last year, which did not have many memorable songs. This album has 18 songs, with only 6 originals, 2 reprises, one theme, one mashup, and the remaining 8 remixes! So is Himesh Reshammiya, the nasal king, back with a bang with the music of The Xposé? Let’s see! Read on to find out!


1. Ice Cream:- Singers ~ Palak Muchhal, Himesh Reshammiya, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed

The first song of this album, ‘Ice Cream’ will instantly remind you of the R.D. Burman days. From the trumpets to the “Haw Haw”, everything in this song will remind you of R.D. Burman’s era. The rap at the starting and interlude by Honey Singh sounds weird in this song, but I guess he has to have some rap if he is acting in the movie! When Himesh starts singing the names of various girls, you will get to know that it is another one of the songs which fall under the category of great music, but very bad lyrics, which are by Shabbir Ahmed, who should retire now, seriously! Palak’s vocals have improved a lot in this song, maybe because we have never got to hear her in this type of retro song, but still you will feel that Shreya Ghoshal would have been a better choice. The antara’s tune is ten times better than the mukhda. The percussion (bongo-congo I guess) is done brilliantly, but of course not as great as Pancham da! Himesh had tried this type of a song recently in ‘Khiladi 786’ also (‘Balma’) but that was a class apart from this one because of Shreya’s vocals. This song has the capability of becoming a super-hit, like all other songs which become that because of their nonsensical lyrics! Try it to get yourself reminded of Panchamda’s era by the music. Ignore the lyrics.

 

2. Dard Dilo Ke:- Singers ~ Mohammed Irfan (Original Version), Mohammed Irfan, Neeti Mohan, Lyrics ~ Sameer Anjaan

From Mohammed Irfan’s vocals, to the tune of this song, to the lyrics, everything about this song is soulful. It’s a sad, slow-paced, romantic song about judaai or bichhadna. Though one line in the mukhda resembles the hit song ‘Tum Hi Ho’, that can easily be forgiven by listeners when they hear the whole song. The antara is as new and original as blank paper (I know it’s a weird comparison but I couldn’t think of anything else! :-D). The violins and piano are used brilliantly by Himeshji. The vocals of Mohammed Irfan, whose recent song ‘Baarish’ from ‘Yaariyan’ was very well-received by listeners, are very smooth and soothing. I personally liked the way he pronounces his “J’s”, very softly, so it sounds like “Zh”. The lyrics are also too great! With very less instrumentation, Mohammed Irfan’s voice stands out prominently and it sounds great! Now, for the reprise version. Well, the less said about it is better, because the exceptional talent of a great rising singer of our country, Neeti Mohan, has been wasted very badly in this song. Her parts are in English with one line of Hindi in between. Throughout the Reprise song, she keeps saying “Ex-P-Oh-Ess-Ee Exposay” which sounds very annoying. And don’t even ask me about the techno sounds! Mohammed Irfan’s part is taken as it is from the original and remixed ( It does sound like one too. :-/The Original Version is a Must-Listen and also a #5StarHotelSong but steer clear of the Reprise Version! You won’t miss anything much!

 

3. Hai Apna Dil Toh Awaara:- Singers ~ Himesh Reshammiya, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics by ~ Sameer Anjaan

When you see the name, you will think it is a remake of the old song from ‘Solva Saal’. Well, I can’t actually call it a remake, but the music does remind you of that era when S.D. Burman used to rule the music industry. Yo Yo Honey Singh starts with some lines which sound great and repeat throughout the song. Himesh’s vocals sound great in this song. The instruments and various sounds used in the song also make it what it is. Right from the whistling, to the way the drums are played, you will be reminded of S.D. Burman’s music. The mukhda and antaras are both brilliantly composed. Nothing much more to say except, do try it! You will not regret hearing it!

 

4. Catch Me If You Can:- Singers ~ Himesh Reshammiya, Neeti Mohan, Mika Singh, Mohit Chauhan, Shubhangi Tiwari, Shalmali Kholgade, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

It starts with Neeti Mohan’s vocals which are not supported by any music. After hearing those, I regret saying that Himesh wasted her talent in ‘Dard Dilo Ke (Reprise)’ because he has used her vocals beautifully in this song. Mika’s vocals sound a bit annoying in this song except for a solo bit which he has in the middle which goes like “Tere Naina Di…”. Mohit’s vocals are never heard on their own and are merged together with Himesh’s own vocals in all the lines which he has sung. All of their lines are like that in the song. However, the remaining two female singers, Shubhangi and Shalmali, cannot be heard at all in all the noise. This song is perfect considering the theme of the movie and it can be called the title song of this movie. The only thing which I didn’t like is the choice of so many singers. But the song suits in this movie and gives a feeling of thrill with a rock elements. A good attempt but not as good as the other songs in this album. Still, try it once!

 

5. Surroor:- Singers ~ Himesh Reshammiya, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Shalmali Kholgade, Lyrics by ~ Sameer Anjaan

When it starts, you will feel like you are hearing a Western classical composition. Yes, it is that classy! The violins, flute, and piano help in making it very enjoyable to listen. Even Himesh’s nasal voice which is annoying to some, can be forgiven because of the excellent music. It’s another romantic song which is very soulful. The use of guitar in one of the interludes, along with violin, is great! Shalmali’s vocals are awesome as always. She has used a voice, very different from what she has used in previous songs. After ‘Pareshaan’ from ‘Ishaqzaade’, it is her first out-ant-out romantic song. Honey Singh’s little rap sounds very cute (I never thought I would say this, but here it is!) and suits him. The lyrics by Sameer are also very romantic. Thumbs-up for this composition! A very classy composition by HR who used to give such great music only in the past, five or six years ago. Must-listen!

 

6. Sheeshe Ka Samundar:- Singers ~ Ankit Tiwari (Original Version), Rekha Bharadwaj (Reprise Version), Lyrics ~ Sameer Anjaan

At the starting of this song, you will think it’s a Western-style slow rock song, but when you least expect, the music completely shifts from Western-style to an Indian classical-type melody. It sounds like a Ghazal, and its like a poem, which you can read without a tune, though the tune of this song is too great to praise! The voice of Ankit Tiwari is very fresh and perfect for the new-generation listeners. He is working with Himesh for the first time and he makes use of the great opportunity which he got! The mukhda and antaras are both very soulful and soothing. You might miss Arijit Singh in this song for a while, but then you will change your mind. Rekhaji’s version (the Reprise), starts with an Arabic-sounding tune. But then, just like the original, it changes to a ghazal-type melody. I personally liked her version better, because her vocals are perfect for this type of song, and it also reminded me of ‘Phir Le Aaya Dil’ from ‘Barfi!’, not because the tune sounds similar (it doesn’t at all!), but because of Rekhaji‘s singing style, very soulful. Thank God, Himesh Reshammiya didn’t get this song recorded by Tulsi Kumar, the queen of reprises, or we wouldn’t have gotten to hear such a wonderful version of it! The song will not at all bore you, not even for a second. However, It will transport you to a different land altogether, lift up your mood if you are sad, or make you even happier if you are already happy! It is another #5StarHotelSong.

 

7. Theme of Xposé:- Singers ~ Neeti Mohan, Irrfan Khan, Lyrics by ~ Sameer Anjaan

This is a timepass song (if you can call it one), with the same annoying part of Neeti Mohan from ‘Dard Dilo Ke (Reprise)’, but interspersed within her parts, throughout the song are Irrfan Khan’s dialogues, which are just the lyrics of ‘Sheeshe Ka Samundar’. However, his voice sounds creepy and gives the thriller effect to the song. Nothing to hear over here except Irrfan’s dialogues.

 

Overall:- Those who were saying that Himesh will be back with a bang with The Xposé, have been proved right. The soundtrack is full of great songs with great lyrics (except ‘Ice Cream’ of course) and great melodies/fast-paced tracks. Himesh has certainly performed way better than what he did in ‘Policegiri’ and ‘Shortcut Romeo’ last year. Leaving one annoying reprise (Dard Dilo Ke Reprise), another song which is top-class in music but fails in its lyrics (Ice Cream), and a song which is great but falls down due to the great melodies in this album (Catch Me If You Can), the remaining five songs are very nice, with mind-blowing music and awesome vocals. Those who had huge expectations from this album, are content, and I can say that with this album, Himesh IS back with a bang!

 

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

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

 

Next “dish”:- Samrat & Co. , Chefs:- Ankit Tiwari, Mithoon, GAP, Sandeep Shirodkar

 

Review by Rujul Deolikar

PURANI JEANS (MUSIC REVIEW)

Album Details:-
Music by:- Ram Sampath | Lyrics by:- Ashish Pandit, Prashant Ingole, Kunwar Juneja, Munna Dhiman | Music Label:- Eros Music | Music Released On:- 3rd April 2014 | Movie Releasing On:- 2nd May 2014

To hear the full songs on Saavn CLICK HERE

Purani Jeans Album Cover

Purani Jeans Album Cover

 

 


 Purani Jeans is an upcoming Bollywood film starring Tanuj Virwani, Aditya Seal and Izabelle Leite in lead roles. The film is based purely on friendship and tells the story of a young boy who returns to his hometown and reconnects with his old friends. The story is set in the 90’s so I expected 90’s type music for this film. The music is given by Ram Sampath who recently gave good music for Bhoothnath Returns and great music for Fukrey last year. Does he continue giving good music with this album? Read on to find out!


1. Yaari Yaari:- Singer ~ Ram Sampath, Lyrics ~ Ashish Pandit

This song is a cute and full-of-happiness friendship anthem. The lyrics by Ashish Pandit are great with many terms which youngsters use a lot everyday and they are written in half-English, half-Hindi (Hinglish). The music is perfect for this type of song, very light on ears. Guitars, drums and brass instruments are used very well throughout the song. Ram Sampath’s husky voice also is perfect for this song. At the end, he sings in a high-pitched voice without any trouble, very easily! Even though all of these great elements are there in this song, it is a pretty ordinary song which you will soon forget, and it will not stay with you for many days as it doesn’t have repeat value. After a lot of listens, this song got very boring because there isn’t anything special or unique about it. Good for a week or so, after that you will be scared to even play it!

 

2. Dil Aaj Kal:- Singer ~ K.K. (Original Version), Sona Mohapatra (Unplugged Version), Lyrics ~ Prashant Ingole

The song starts with a guitar, which plays for about thirty seconds after which K.K. starts with his magical romantic voice. He has returned to his comfort zone, that is, romantic songs, with this song, after a long time. The lyrics are very good and perfect for the song. It’s a cute, slow-paced romantic song which will not make you feel bored for even a millisecond. The music, as I expected, reminded me of 90’s music. The antaras have a great tune also. The best part of the song, I felt, was the ‘Kya tum ho…’ part. It sounds like one of Pritam’s old romantic songs which he used to compose few years ago. The Unplugged Version is sung by Ram Sampath’s wife herself, who is a must in all his albums, Sona Mohapatra. This version is shorter but equally great in terms of music. It has a little Spanish touch also with great use of the guitar. Sona’s vocals are fabulous like always. Both versions are highly recommended! Must-hear! #5StarHotelSong

 

3. Out of Control Mundey:- Singers ~ Mika Singh, Deane Sequira, Suzanne D’Mello, Lyrics by ~ Kunwar Juneja

Do you like electric guitars and heavy metal? If you do, then this song has a lot of that! You must be thinking of listening to this song now, right? But I would recommend you not to hear this song, even if you are a heavy metal fan. Why? Because it’s too (and by too I mean TOO) loud, the lyrics are such that you will understand very less of what they are saying and lastly, there is not such a likeable tune to this song. Even roping in Mika to sing this song, did not save it. The two female singers only join him in the chorus and they sing a little rap portion in between also. Do not even play it, if you do, then at least don’t hear it with headphones or earphones on! You will be inviting a headache!

 

4. Yeh Beetey Din:- Singer ~ Ram Sampath (Rock Version & Acoustic Version), Lyrics ~ Munna Dhiman

A very cute composition, about remembering the happy days of the past. The Rock Version, of course, has more of drums and guitars. Ram Sampath again, is perfect for the song, with his husky vocals dominating the song such that you will be forced to hear his voice more than the music. The lyrics are also very cute and great for this genre of songs. The Acoustic Version, which I liked just a little more than the Rock one, has less of instrumentation, which is why I liked it more. It gives a calmer effect than the previous version. The rest is all the same, vocals awesome, lyrics great! Both versions are equally great in tune, but I liked the Acoustic Version more, because it gives a calming effect, without the drums and guitars. Try both versions, they are must-listens!

 

5. Jind Meriye:- Singers ~ Navraj Hans, Ram Sampath, Lyrics by ~ Munna Dhiman

This is a sad song with Punjabi lyrics. The first time I heard this song, I felt it was dull and not that great. However, as I heard it more times, I started liking it a lot, and now I find myself humming it throughout the day. The vocals by Navraj Hans (son of the famous Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans) are awesome. He seems very comfortable with singing this type of song. The English part sung by Ram Sampath is also great. The techno sounds used throughout the song also sound great! Hats-off to Ram Sampath for composing such a soulful song! It’s a very great song but you need to have patience to like it and hear it more than once instead of hearing it once and leaving it, thinking that it will always sound dull.

 

Overall:- This album is overall a nice album, with some great compositions by Ram Sampath, though it cannot be counted as one of his great works, except the song ‘Dil Aaj Kal’. He had composed much better music for ‘Delhi Belly’, ‘Talaash’, and ‘Fukrey’. I was expecting a lot from this album because of his past hits, but he didn’t quite meet my expectations. I did not expect such a loud track (‘Out of Control’) from him, nor a track that bored me after hearing it for five to seven times (‘Yaari Yaari’). Though it was a nice attempt, but not quite what people were expecting, and the tracks are very ordinary, heard-before types. As I said before, excepting the song ‘Dil Aaj Kal’, none of the songs are better than or even as good as his previous works, including Satyamev Jayate. If it had to be ranked amongst all other albums composed by Ram Sampath, it would surely get a place right at the bottom of the list. 

 

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

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

 

Next “dish”:- The Xposé, Chef:- Himesh Reshammiya

 

Review by Rujul Deolikar

KOCHADAIIYAAN – HINDI VERSION (MUSIC REVIEW)

So the time has come for me to finally post my first review on this blog! I hope you guys enjoy! I’m a very big Pritam fan but there isn’t a new album composed by him to review so I decided to start with this album because it is by the ‘Mozart of Madras’, ‘Musical Maestro’, the one and only, A.R. Rahman! One of the finest and most popular composers in our country nowadays. Read on!


Album Details:-

Music by:- A.R. Rahman | Lyrics by:- Irshad Kamil, Raqueeb Alam & Mehboob | Music Label:- Eros Music | Music Released On:- 13th March 2014 | Movie Releasing On:- 9th May 2014

Kochadaiiyaan Album Cover

Kochadaiiyaan Album Cover

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Kochadaiiyaan is the latest film starring the ‘Thalaivaa’, Rajinikanth. This film has been in the news since the past three years or so and it has got delayed many times. However, it is finally releasing on the 9th of May this year! In this film directed by Rajinikanth’s daughter herself, Soundarya Ashwin, Rajinikanth will be starring opposite the current queen of Bollywood, Deepika Padukone. What’s more, it is an out-and-out animated film using Motion Capture Technology, which is a first for India! It is a period drama film and its name is inspired by the name of the Pandya Dynasty king, Kochadaiyan Ranadhiran. However, the main thing which I was looking forward to about this movie was its music by A.R. Rahman. After an Okay Okay album for Highway, I had huge expectations from this album. So did the music meet my expectations? Read on to find out!


1. Aye Jawaan:- Singers ~ A.R. Rahman, A.R. Raihanna, Lyrics ~ Mehboob

The album kicks off with a song sung by the Maestro himself, along with his sister A.R. Raihanna, who is also the mother of composer G.V. Prakash Kumar who had composed for ‘Joker’ in 2012. This is her first Hindi song. The song kicks off with a trumpet fanfare like that in most movies about kings and queens from the past centuries. Then Raihanna starts with her part, which is the same paragraph repeating again and again throughout the whole song. Even though she just has to repeat the same lines in the whole song, she sings them very nicely and her vocals sound great with the trumpets in the background. Of course her pronunciations of some Hindi words are not spot-on. Then comes in the Maestro Rahman. When he sung his first lines, I felt great! I don’t know why but I just did! His voice is that powerful! The music is great and perfect for this type of inspirational song, especially the chorus part which starts from ‘Aye Hawaa…’ and ends with ‘….thakta hi nahi.’ It will make you forget everything that you’re doing at the time and just listen to the song! The lyrics are also perfect for an inspirational song. The song, in spite of being so loud, still has a calming effect on you. Especially, again, the chorus part, which is loud, but just as much calm as it is loud. The last stanza ‘Sona chandi tohfa hai…’ is just like a sweet conclusion to such a loud but great song. When the seven-odd minute song ended, I didn’t at all feel that it was so long! When it ends, you will feel that it was pretty short and you will be left wanting more. A must-listen track with fabulous vocals from the Maestro and his sister!

 

2. Dil Chaspiya:- Singers ~ Jonita Gandhi, Arijit Singh, Lyrics ~ Irshad Kamil

Ever since ‘Tum Hi Ho’ fever started last year, Arijit Singh had got a chance to work with almost every famous music director, right from Vishal-Shekhar, who he had worked with before ‘Tum Hi Ho’ also, in ‘Shanghai’, to Amit Trivedi and Sajid-Wajid recently in ‘Queen’ and ‘Main Tera Hero’. But there was one composer who he hadn’t yet worked with, and that was A.R. Rahman. So when he actually got to sing a song for A.R. Rahman and that too, as the voice of Rajinikanth, we can imagine what he must have felt. Anyways, back to the song. This song starts with a piano piece on loop and flute in between. Jonita starts with her part which sounds good, but when Arijit starts, you will forget that there is even a female singer too! He sings with such a great voice that the next time you will hear the song, you will want to skip the female parts and hear only the parts where Arijit sings. The lyrics by Irshad Kamil are also good. The music is great, and it reminded me of the old songs which Rahman used to make. The tune of the antara is better than the mukhda, which repeats after the antara. I was hoping for two antaras but the song had only one and then the same mukhda played again, which was the only disappointing part of the song. The traditional Indian percussion instruments like tabla and Matka are used very nicely throughout the song. Rahman returned to his old days with this song and the other star is Arijit who took hold of the opportunity when he got a chance to sing for Rahman! #5StarHotelSong  

 

3. Bol De:- Singers ~ Javed Ali, Rajinikanth and V. Umashankar (Vocals at the end which is known as Jathi in Carnatic music), Lyrics ~ Irshad Kamil

This song starts very dramatically with very loud percussion which, even though it is loud, is amazing! The track is full of inspirational sayings which are said by Rajinikanth himself. In this song, Javed Ali uses a different voice from his usual sweet voice. In this song he uses a deep and ‘buland’ (loud and strong) voice, but he still sounds great. Half of the song is not sung, but said only. However, you will never get bored of the dialogues because of the way that Rajinikanth delivers them. The chorus part is so strong that you will feel inspired to do something and incorporate the golden sayings which Rajinikanth is reciting. The song revolves around how important change is in life. At the background of the dialogue portions, there are instruments played like trumpet and orchestra bits have also been added. The end of the song is yet another awesome part of the song and that is a classical vocal part by V. Umashankar. He has done his part flawlessly. Must listen to this song for the excellent use of the percussion and orchestra and wonderful use of Rajinikanth’s voice in the song!  

 

4. Vaada Vaada:- Singer ~ (Female Version) ~ Shashaa Tirupathi, (Male Version) ~ Karthik, Lyrics ~ Irshad Kamil

This song is a wedding song and the moment it starts, you get lost in the music! It gives a soothing effect as well as a divine feeling. The singer of the female version, Shashaa Tirupati, has not sung many songs in Bollywood, but in this song, she does great! The music is great in which we can hear traditional Indian instruments like shehnaai and manjira. The tune is also very simple and sweet, just perfect for a wedding song. It is a very short track compared to the others and when it ends you feel like there should have been one more stanza or at least a little instrumental piece at the end to make it longer. But there’s a male version too, and I guess that’s why the song was deliberately short. The female version is better than the male version. The male version starts on a higher scale than the female version. I personally thought that this type of song didn’t need a male version as it was sounding good in the female version itself. However, the singer of the male version, Karthik, has also done his job sincerely. I guess all the credit goes to Rahman for composing such a divine track and choosing the singers well. Try it if you want to experience an awesome soothing effect along with a feeling of divinity.    

 

5. Mera Gham:-  Singers ~ Shreya Ghoshal, Javed Ali, Lyrics ~ Irshad Kamil

THIS was the type of song I was waiting for in this album! A song of the old 90s waala Rahman, a song which is purely classically inspired, a song like the hit songs he used to give back then such as ‘Hai Rama Yeh Kya Kiya’ from ‘Rangeela’. And yes, this song will remind you of that song. It starts with Shreya Ghoshal’s vocals which are supported with very minimal instruments until she says the haunting lines which will transport you out of this world and those lines start from ‘Meri jaaaaan…..aise, o aise…’ and end at ‘….kaisi hulchul meri palkon pe.’ Then Rahman makes her repeat those lines once more, giving a double treat to the ears. Then Javed Ali enters, again using his ‘buland’ voice. His part has more of percussion and instruments. When Shreya takes the aalaap after that, you will feel even more great! Then she says the lines once more! The same tune of the whole mukhada repeats and the song ends with the vocals of Shreya Ghoshal with only support of the taanpura. As it started, the same way it ends, with very less instruments, and a slow line sung by Shreya. The lyrics by Irshad Kamil are also great, but since this album is originally Tamil, and translated into Hindi, they might sound odd and as if they don’t fit in with the music. A great, haunting but still melodious track, which will make you feel proud that you have been born in the same time period as Rahman and Shreya Ghoshal! #5StarHotelSong  

 

6. Thandav:-  Singers ~ Kochadaiiyaan Ensemble, Lyrics ~ Raqueeb Alam

This can be called the title song of the movie, as it describes the main character, Kochadaiiyaan and his greatness. This song also starts with fanfare from trumpets, and a lot of percussion is used. The lyrics sound like an overdose of Sanskrit, but they are needed according to the time period of the movie. All the singers in the ensemble sing very well. It will remind you of ‘Azeem-O-Shaan Shahenshah’ from ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ because it is of the same type where the subjects are praising their king or something like that. Good song which is needed in such a film but not as great as other songs which Rahman has made in this genre.  

 

7. Rana’s Dream:-  Instrumental, played by London Session Orchestra

It is an instrumental piece which most probably will play in the background, and Rahman has conducted the London Sessions Orchestra very efficiently. It sounds great with flutes and violins being heard prominently. There isn’t much to say about this track except for a piece of advice, that is, to hear it with earphones/headphones for the best experience!  

 

8. Aaya Khwaab Ka Mausam:- Singer ~ Raghav Mathur, Lyrics ~ Raqueeb Alam

Turns out that the previous track was an instrumental version of this song, which was released last year, but only in Tamil, so I didn’t pay attention to it. It is a type of song which would be played while a war is going on. This song also has great percussion and brass instruments along with violins. The singing by Raghav Mathur (last heard in ‘Ishq Shava’ from ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’) is average, and please don’t ask about the lyrics, which do not fit at all with the music. Because of that problem I forced myself to hear the Tamil version, sung by S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, which sounded way better though i didn’t understand it. The best part of this song, I felt, was the bagpipe part in between the second last and last stanza. Please forgive the lyricist of the Hindi version and listen to the Tamil version.  

 

Overall:- This album, which I had huge expectations from, has lived up to my expectations! I had expected Rahman to put aside his western side while composing most of the songs of this album, and he did just that! Most of the songs are classically based, and use traditional Indian instruments, like tabla, matka, shehnaai and manjira to name just a few. Since it is after all, a Tamil album, the lyrics might sound weird in some places, but translating songs is a very hard job, and Irshad Kamil has done it very efficiently. In this album, Rahman reminded us of the albums he had made ten to fifteen years ago like Taal, Rangeela, Lagaan. I cannot praise him enough for this album. This album has the capability to stay in people’s minds for generations to come and will go into history as one of Rahman’s best albums.  

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

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

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:- You must have seen the hashtag followed by the words ‘5StarHotelSong‘ ; this means that those songs are the best songs in the album for me. Of course you can have different choices too, I’ve just given my opinion! 🙂  

 

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Review by Rujul Deolikar