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
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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 < ध < नी < सां
Note:- The letter which is underlined is the final rating.
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