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! 😛
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
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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 < प < ध < नी < सां
Note:- The letter which is underlined is the final rating.
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Review by Rujul Deolikar