Okay, so I know you are thinking why in the world I am reviewing this album now, right? 😀 Well, as I had promised at the end of my Heropanti Review, I will be reviewing the albums of 2014 which left a mark and still are playing on most of your iPods or music systems. I started my blog in the middle of the year just out of the blue, so I couldn’t review these albums. So I decided to at least review some of the albums which had released before my blog started and were either hit material and/or appreciated by true music lovers. The first album which fits these criteria happens to be Yaariyan, and what a co-incidence that it just recently premiered on TV a few weeks back, and was aired again a few days back! So enjoy this flashback and travel back in time six months back and remember the time when you heard the Yaariyan album for the first time! But don’t worry I’ll be writing my views both then and now!
Album Details:- Music by:- Pritam Chakraborty, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Mithoon & Anupam Amod | Lyrics by:- Amitabh Bhattacharya, Irshad Kamil, Mithoon, Yo Yo Honey Singh & Arko Pravo Mukherjee | Music Label:- T-Series | Music Released On:- 9th December 2013 | Movie Released On:- 10th January 2014
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Yaariyan is a coming-of-age romantic adventure film directed by Divya Khosla Kumar, the wife of T-Series Chairman and Managing Director, Bhushan Kumar, who has produced the film under the banner of T-Series. The film stars several young newcomers, like Himansh Kohli, Rakul Preet Singh, Nicole Faria and Shreyas Pardiwalla. The film’s music was received very well by the audience. It has music scored by big names like Pritam, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Mithoon and lesser known names like, Arko Pravo Mukherjee and Anupam Amod. As the film is a T-Series musical, many great songs were expected and that is exactly what the people got. After ‘Aashiqui 2’ people got another great music album from T-Series. However, the film did not do too good and the best part of it has to be its music. With as many as five composers, a well-balanced “dish” or album was expected. And that also the people got! 😀 So let’s take a walk down memory lane 😛 (I know it’s not so old, but still) and look back at the music of Yaariyan!
1. ABCD:- Singers ~ Benny Dayal, Shefali Alvares, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Music by ~ Pritam Chakraborty (Rap by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh), Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya (Rap Written by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh)
The album starts with this song, which is a party song full of techno beats and youth-oriented lyrics. This song was lapped up by the youth and it is pretty obvious why. Benny, who seems to be the king of such numbers, sings this song with ease and is supported very nicely by Shefali, who I would call the queen of such songs 😀 . Pritam’s music is a bit ordinary but I loved it nevertheless. Amitabh Bhattacharya has disappointed with the lyrics though this time. His usually quirky lyrics are nowhere to be seen in this track. Instead, they are pretty ordinary. The rap written by Honey Singh is typical Honey Singh rap but it is used well in the song. The mukhada’s tune is repeated in the antara and after that comes a Honey Singh rap portion. If there had been one more antara with a different tune, it would have been better, but the best part of this song is the hook line which is the only catchy thing in this song. However, this song was a hit then, and still can be heard on radios everywhere. It has not been wiped out from anybody’s head yet! Was expecting more from Pritam-Amitabh Bhattacharya combo, but this works too and I have to admit it is a good song!
2. Baarish:- Singers ~ Mohammed Irfan, Gajendra Verma, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Mithoon
The only word to describe this song is “Waah!” Right from the starting aalaap by Gajendra to his aalaap in the end with of course the lead vocals by Mohammed Irfan, everything in this song is ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. Yes, you read correctly! ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!! The king of romantic melodies Mithoon has given the world another great, beautiful love song to enjoy after ‘Tum Hi Ho’. The song has a strong tune with just as strong lyrics by Mithoon himself. The use of guitar and sarangi is brilliant in this song. Mohammed Irfan has ruled this song with his rendition. This song is a genius composition with a magical tune, magical voices behind the mic, magical lyrics and most important, magical arrangements! Even now, after six months, it has not left my playlist and plays at least once everyday on each radio channel and music channel on TV. A great romantic track which will be loved not only by youth but by people of all ages. Another track by Mithoon which made the country go crazy while swaying to its tunes! A PERFECT song. In short, a #5StarHotelSong !
3. Sunny Sunny:- Singers ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Neha Kakkar, Music by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh
Okay, I was not at all expecting such a good song from Yo Yo Honey Singh, not even in my dreams! But, as it turned out, I was hooked to this song from the day its teaser released, because of the tune which we can hear althroughout the song. Then, when the single song released, I had it on repeat for the whole day! And I’m pretty sure the whole country had it on repeat that day and I’m also pretty sure that it has not budged from its place on anyone’s playlist on their iPods either! I had almost made my mind that it would be another one of Yo Yo’s stupid compositions, but this one actually impressed me! Though the lyrics really are typical Yo Yo lyrics, the music is something completely different from most dance songs today. And the rap is…the rap is…the rap is…well, guess what!!! THERE IS NO RAP!!! I was waiting for the rap to come, and before it came, the song ended! Probably that was the factor that made a huge difference for me, and made it the first Yo Yo Honey Singh song that I liked so much! His vocals also aren’t annoying as usual, and this time he brings in a female singer to sing too, Neha Kakkar. She also sings her part awesomely! And this song is still being treated like a brand new song, getting played at least thrice a day everywhere. Nope, the nation hasn’t gotten over this song even a bit and it is still played everywhere, be it family functions or birthday parties! 😛 An unexpected great composition by Honey Singh, in fact, his best composition to date, and he deserves the praise for it. So I will give this song of his (very reluctantly 😉 ) the title of #5StarHotelSong ! because you can hate him or like him, but you cannot ignore him! 🙂
4. Allah Waariyan:- Singer ~ Shafqat Amanat Ali, Music by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Lyrics by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee
When this song starts, you will immediately be reminded of ‘Tum Jo Aaye’ from ‘Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai’ because of the traditional Indian rhythm in both songs. But that was a romantic track, whereas this one is a sad song. The melody and composition are very nice, and Arko Pravo Mukherjee has proved himself once more after Jism 2. The hookline of this song is just phenomenal. However, the antara is the best part of the song, any day! The flute interlude is so sweet you will love it instantly. Shafqat’s vocals are flawless and suit the song too well. The lyrics are very good, by the composer himself. Once again, this song was a favourite of the audience and still is being loved by everyone. It is a very heart-touching song and it cannot be forgotten easily or quickly. Nothing much more to say because it’s just too good and it is yet another #5StarHotelSong in this album!
5. Love Me Thoda Aur:- Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Pritam Chakraborty, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil
So, this is the second song by Pritam for this movie. I was expecting a great romantic song, which is catchy, and that is exactly what I got! Pritam has composed this song like he used to compose some years back, and that is what made this song work for me. On top of that, the English vocals are also great. The voice which Arijit has used in this song is his voice which I like and not his nasal type voice, which I like only sometimes. The antara’s tune is better than the mukhda’s, and it will give you a great feeling! Though the song is a bit ordinary, it is still fine as there isn’t anything wrong and there’s is nothing at all to criticise about it. However, this song, I don’t hear playing anywhere as much as I hear the above songs, and I wonder why! A cute song, which didn’t get the popularity it deserved, but still it is nice in terms of quality!
6. Meri Maa:- Singers ~ K.K. (Original Version), K.K. (Reprise Version), Anupam Amod (Unplugged Version), Music by ~ Anupam Amod/Pritam, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil
Okay, first of all, I would like to clear the doubts of everyone who is cursing me in their mind for crediting Anupam Amod as the music director for this song. He is clearly credited in the Yaariyan CD also, and he has even confirmed it in one of his interviews, which you can read here. Also here is the CD cover for all of you.
However, after hearing the song, you will easily come to know it is a Pritam composition. It has slight resemblance to the antara of ‘Main Rang Sharbaton Ka’ from ‘Phata Poster Nikhla Hero’ in its hook line. That is why I’ve also credited Pritam. Moving on to the song. What to say about it! Anything I say is too less! K.K. has sung the song beautifully and the song is a rock song dedicated to mothers. After ‘Maa’ from ‘Taare Zameen Par’, ‘Meri Maa’ from ‘Dasvidaniya’, and ‘Janam Janam’ from ‘Phata Poster Nikhla Hero’, this song has been added to my list of favourite songs about mothers. The lyrics are very touching, and so is the tune. The reprise version is better as such a song needs soft music. The reprise version has one antara with different lyrics, and is much softer, and so it works more than the original. The last version is a big no! Do NOT go for it! Anupam Amod has sung very badly and his voice just doesn’t suit this song! A very nice tribute to mothers in terms of tune and composition but it only worked in the two versions sung by K.K. So this song is another #5StarHotelSong but not Anupam Amod’s version! 😀
7. Zor Lagaake Haishaa:- Singer ~ Vishal Dadlani, Music by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil
This track is purely situational. It’s a kind of patriotic song and it’s good considering the situation, but it won’t get your attention like the other songs. It will sound good only when you watch the movie and understand the situation at which it is placed. The lyrics are perfect for the song and Vishal’s vocals are great too. It is also a bit too long and you will get bored by the time half of the song is over. Most of the people who haven’t seen the movie won’t even know that there is such a song in the film. 😀 A song which is longer than required and the only track in this album with nearly none or very less shelf life.
8. Mujhe Ishq Se:- Singers ~ Tulsi Kumar, Gajendra Verma, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Mithoon
Here comes the queen of reprises, Tulsi Kumar, with a pathetic rendition of such a great song! 😦 This song is a reprise version of ‘Baarish’ and is sung in the most pathetic way by Tulsi Kumar, whom I guess Mithoon was forced by Bhushan Kumar to use, because she is his sister! I’m pretty sure Mithoon didn’t have Tulsi in mind for this song, and it would have sounded awesome in the voice of either Palak or Chinmayi, instead of Tulsi. Tulsi spoiled such a genius tune and composition with her ‘I can’t describe it in writing’ voice. This song has a line ‘Mujhe Ishq Se Rehna Tha Door..’ Well, all I can say is, ‘Iss Gaane Se Rehna Tum Door!’
Overall:- Overall, this album is a mixed bag with lots of variety. It has great melodies and great peppy numbers. It has touched the hearts of lots of people and is still a favourite of many people. Where music is concerned, Bhushan Kumar has asked the composers to compose songs according to their forte, and each of them has delivered exactly what was needed. This album was the first hit album of the year in terms of both popularity and good music, and that is why it is on many playlists even after six months of its release! It was lapped up by everyone then also and the fever hasn’t gone down yet! All the composers tried to give their best and more or less succeeded! The saying ‘Too many cooks spoil the broth’ has been proven wrong with this album. An overall great album, although a couple of tracks were unnecessary. An album with a very long shelf life. After ‘Aashiqui 2’, Bhushan Kumar has given us another great album!
Final Rating for This Album:- सा < रे < ग < म < प < ध < नी
Note:- The letter which is underlined is the final rating
Review by Rujul Deolikar
Next “dish” from old albums of 2014:- Dedh Ishqiya, Chef:- Vishal Bharadwaj, and from new albums:- Citylights, Chef:- Jeet Gannguli