The third album which fits the criteria given for reviewing the albums which I missed is Hasee Toh Phasee. This album was liked by critics and public alike, and has not at all left the minds of anyone, even after five months (give or take), after its release! The songs of this movie can still be heard on radio, can still be seen on TV, and I bet they are still on your iPod playlist!
Music by:- Vishal-Shekhar | Lyrics by:- Amitabh Bhattacharya, Kumaar | Music Label:- Sony Music | Music Released On:- 3rd January 2014 | Movie Released On:- 7th February 2014
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Hasee Toh Phasee is a romantic comedy film which released on 7th February 2014. Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra both have performed their best in this movie. Karan Johar has co-produced this film along with Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl and Vikramaditya Motwane, who are the three producers who work under the Phantom banner. The film is directed by a newcomer, Vinil Mathew. After a not-that-great year last year, with ‘Gippi’ and ‘Chennai Express’ music being decent, but ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’ being a great album, Vishal-Shekhar had started this year off with this album, and I was expecting a LOT from it! The film and its music, has gotten immense praise from both critics and public. So without further ado, let’s take a look back at the songs of ‘Hasee Toh Phasee!’
1. Punjabi Wedding Song:- Singers ~ Sunidhi Chauhan, Benny Dayal & Vishal Dadlani, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya
First up we have a Punjabi wedding song, which you can guess just by the title of the song! 😛 This is the song which was in the trailer, and everyone was eagerly waiting for it after watching the trailer. The song is a fun, enjoyable, but short song, which will get you up and dancing before you know it! Sunidhi’s vocals are the highlight of this song, and she has done a great job! Her voice is perfect for these types of songs. Benny Dayal, who has done more like an extended cameo in this song, sounds like his typical self. The dholaks play an important role in this song. The English chorus is very catchy, but in the mukhda I felt that something is missing. I guess that was because the mukhda was unusually short. The antaras are good, and Sunidhi has made her presence be felt in both of them. However, the transition of the second antara to its ending has been done very sloppily in that ‘Baant mithaiyaan, lakkh vadhaiyaan…’ line. Nevertheless, though there are some “could-be-better” elements in the song, you will like it. It’s a fun, track, which could have been longer. However, I know Vishal-Shekhar have the capacity to make much better songs!
2. Shake It Like Shammi:- Singers ~ Benny Dayal, Vishal Dadlani, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya
Starting with some jazz drum beats, followed by techno sounds and then Benny Dayal’s PERFECT vocals (for this track), this song is a full-on entertaining song, and I can’t possibly point out any mistake! The rap by Vishal Dadlani is also great and it makes the song connect with new-age listeners even though the song is about Shammi Kapoor! In fact, Shammi era people will also love this youthful song! 😀 The trumpets have been used perfectly in the track. The antaras made me feel like it is supposed to be a tribute to the 60s jazz era of Bollywood, whereas the techno beats and Vishal’s backing vocals and rap kept me in this era. This song is a GREAT tribute to Shammi Kapoor, and the best out of the three dance songs in the movie. A PERFECT song, with great vocals, great musical arrangements and tune, and quirky lyrics. In other words, a #5StarHotelSong!
3. Drama Queen:- Singers ~ Shreya Ghoshal, Vishal Dadlani, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya
When it released as a single track in December, I liked it. But, little did I know that the other songs in the album would be better. Great quirky lyrics, great energetic vocals, great tune, but it is all reduced to dust because of the arrangements. Inspite of everything being great, the song sounds very sloppy due to the poor arrangements. It also sounds very loud. Like the first song of the album, I felt that something was missing in the mukhda. They have ended it very abruptly and immediately started with the hook, which is too catchy to hate! Out of the two antaras, I liked Vishal’s more than Shreya’s, for some reason. Poor arrangements have spoiled a great tune, but the masses don’t actually care; for them it is a hit no matter what! 🙂
4. Manchala:- Singers ~ Shafqat Amanat Ali, Nupur Pant, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya
Here comes an immortal melody, which will be liked by both class and mass alike! First of all, I would like to applaud Vishal-Shekhar for choosing a newcomer, Nupur Pant, for this song! She has sung splendidly! The male singer, Shafqat, has performed great as usual. This type of song is not difficult for him to sing at all, and he carries out such songs with ease. Secondly, the instruments used are used in an indescribable way! The mouth organ at the start, the violin in the interlude, the drums everywhere, everything is just OUTSTANDING! In the antara, after one line which is sung by Nupur, the mouth organ joins that line to the next, and that small part of the song is my absolutely favourite part in the whole song! The two lines have been joined in such a way, which only geniuses can think of! Lastly, the lyrics, what can I say about them! Amitabh Bhattacharya has used a play on words, in the lines, ‘Manchala, mann chal teri ore..’! This is called ‘homonym’ in English and ‘yamak’ in Hindi. A great melody, with great lyrics, great vocals, and everything else JUST PERFECT! It is a sad romantic song, which will give you immense happiness! I think you have already guessed that it is a #5StarHotelSong!
5. Zehnaseeb:- Singers ~ Chinmayi Sripada, Shekhar Ravjiani, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya
After ‘Titli’ from ‘Chennai Express’, the quartet — Vishal-Shekhar-Amitabh-Chinmayi — won over people’s hearts yet again with this soothing melody. Starting with violin, played in a very retro-ish way, followed by finger snaps, and vocals by Shekhar, the track will instantly grab your attention. Chinmayi is a great singer, and performs great in this song too. Shekhar also does a great job! The lyrics are great with nice Urdu words sprinkled here and there. The violin, which supports the singers throughout the whole song, is played brilliantly. Guitar is also used occasionally. I wish the song would have been longer, because for me, one antara isn’t sufficient for such great songs! 😀 A short and sweet song which will carry you out of this world! It is another #5StarHotelSong!
6. Ishq Bulaava:- Singers ~ Sanam Puri, Shipra Goyal, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar
Woooohhh!! Here comes the same team–Vishal-Shekhar-Sanam-Kumaar–which was behind the hit club number ‘Dhat Teri Ki’ from ‘Gori Tere Pyar Mein’. Just minus Aditi Singh Sharma and add Shipra Goyal. Once more, i’m applauding Vishal-Shekhar for giving such a great voice to Bollywood, Shipra Goyal. Though she has a very minimal part in the song, she sings it with great ease. Sanam Puri’s previous two songs (One of them, hardly anyone knows, i.e, ‘Lucky Tonight’ from ‘Ishk Actually’ composed by Chirantan Bhatt) were club songs, whereas this one is an all-out Punjabi romantic track. He got a chance to impress us with his versatility and he has done too good! I think I can hear Vishal doing the backing vocals, but everytime I convince myself that it’s Vishal, it sounds like Sanam again, so I don’t know, I’m confused! Anyways, they are brilliant and without them, the song wouldn’t be catchy at all! At first, I couldn’t believe at all that Vishal-Shekhar had composed such an awesome, complicated song, which Vishal Bharadwaj is usually known for, not Vishal-Shekhar! However, after continuous listens I started loving this song, and its placement in the film made me like it even more! Kumaar, has impressed a lot with his sweet lyrics! A sweet melody, with sweet vocals, and too sweet tune! ONE MORE #5StarHotelSong!!
Overall:- As I said in the intro, this album has not yet been wiped from anyone’s memory, even after five months. So, I don’t think I need to prove that this album has been a topper for the masses this year. On top of that, since the film received good word-of-mouth, more people went to watch it, and subsequently, must have loved the songs too! All three of the melodies are too great to be described. ‘Shake It Like Shammi’ is a great tribute to Shammi Kapoor and the jazz era of Bollywood, whereas ‘Punjabi Wedding Song’ could have been a bit better in tune, and ‘Drama Queen’ could have been–Oh, what am I saying!–It SHOULD have been a LOT better on the technical front. It is literally a well-balanced album with three romantic songs, and three dance numbers. The album still gives me great happiness whenever I hear it! I must say that Vishal-Shekhar have started off this year with a great album in the form of ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’!
Final Rating for This Album:- सा < रे < ग < म < प < ध < नी
Note:- The letter which is underlined is the final rating.
Next “dish”:- From albums of early 2014:- Gunday, Chef:- Sohail Sen, From New Albums:- Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi, Chefs:- Parichay, Dr. Palash Sen, Mikey McCleary, Anand Bajpai