A JASOOS WHO NEEDS TO DO A BIT MORE HOMEWORK! (BOBBY JASOOS – Music Review)

Album Details
♪ Music by:- Shantanu Moitra
♪ Lyrics by:- Swanand Kirkire
♪ Music Label:- T-Series
♪ Music Released On:- 10th June 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 4th July 2014

 

Bobby Jasoos Album Cover

Bobby Jasoos Album Cover

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Bobby Jasoos is an upcoming comedy thriller film, directed by Samar Shaikh and produced by Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha under their banner, Born Free Entertainment. Vidya Balan is the playing the lead role in this women-centric film, and supporting her are many actors including Ali Fazal (‘Fukrey’ fame), Supriya Pathak, Arjan Bajwa, Zarina Wahab to name a few. Vidya is playing an aspiring detective in the film, and it would be interesting to see her carry out the role. The music composer who has composed great soundtracks for many of Vidya’s earlier films, like ‘Parineeta’, ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’ and ‘Eklavya: The Royal Guard’, has been roped in to score for this film and he is Shantanu Moitra. Nowadays absent from composing for mainstream commercial Bollywood movies, and his last movie being ‘Madras Café’, this movie would mark his comeback to commercial films, and so a great soundtrack like that of ‘Parineeta’ and ‘3 Idiots’ was expected from him. Accompanying him as the lyricist is the great Swanand Kirkire, from whom exceptional lyrics are always expected. So, with that, let’s start to investigate the soundtrack of Bobby Jasoos. (Get it? Get it? “Investigate”? 😂 Okay, I’ll cut it with the Sajid Khan-level jokes, but let’s seriously start “investigating” this soundtrack!)


1. Jashn:- Singers ~ Shreya Ghoshal & Bonnie Chakraborty

The kick-starter to the album is a peppy, full-of-energy, high-spirited track, supposedly an ‘Eid ka chaand’ song, with many Carnatic touches, thanks to the brilliant use of nadaswaram and thavil. The very high energy quotient in Shreya’s voice helps this song a lot, and she provides the required amount of energy and aces the song. The tune, which is a bit dated, does not disappoint fully, but sounds a bit too outdated at parts like in the antaras. The flute part has been executed brilliantly, and the electric guitars also appear in a cameo towards the end of the song. The song reminded me of Shantanu’s own ‘Bandey Mein Tha Dum’ from ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’ at places. The peppiness in the song just cannot be ignored and will get you dancing (it depends 😛 ) in no time. In the antara, the arrangements are hushed a bit, and again pick up the peppiness after some lines, the transition so smooth and perfect that you won’t even notice it. Bonnie Chakraborty also makes a cameo appearance in one of the antaras and though he sings good, it didn’t quite work for me, and he was overshadowed by Shreya. Swanand’s lyrics are also suitable. A nice peppy track, with a few disappointing elements, which can be ignored because of the positive points! Go for it!

 

2. Tu:- Singers ~ Papon, Shreya Ghoshal (Original Version), Shreya Ghoshal, Papon (Reprise)

The instant it starts with magical guitar strums followed by Shreya Ghoshal’s sweet voice, I could tell that this song would have something different and that it would give me another reason to love classical music. It starts like a contemporary romantic track with guitars, and then suddenly the composition changes course altogether and transforms into a full-fledged semiclassical heavenly song. Papon, Shantanu’s new favourite now that Sonu Nigam won’t sing for T-Series, brings in the tablas with him, and they have been played so beautifully, that Papon himself must have been compelled to sing in a heavenly voice. The veena has been played very beautifully too. The people who don’t like classical music will get a reason to like it after hearing this song, while the people who do like it might just decide to never stop listening to classical music. The mukhda as well as the antaras have a great tune which will transport you to paradise for seven minutes. The lyrics by Swanand are also exceptional, with dashes of the Hyderabadi (where the film is set) culture, reflecting in the Urdu. Papon’s voice is so clear that I wonder why he doesn’t get more songs. In the reprise, another seven minutes of blissful paradise is granted to all the people who are still not satisfied with the first seven minutes, and this time, the roles of both the singers have been reversed, with Shreya singing the main classical parts, and Papon supporting her. The musical arrangement is pretty much the same, and yet the song still has the freshness, and you won’t get sick and tired of it at all. I seriously cannot stop praising this son ever since its release! Shreya’s aalaaps are another must-not-miss feature of this song. I liked the reprise more than the original version, because, well of course because of the sukoon in Shreya’s voice! Shantanu has given us fourteen minutes of bliss, in the form of a beautiful, too good, indescribable semiclassical eternal melody! #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. B.O.B.B.:- Singers ~ Neeraj Shridhar, Deepti Rege, Mayuri Patwardhan, Archana Gore, Aparna Ullal

This song is the title song of the film, and Shantanu has created a pretty enjoyable track, with fun lyrics by Swanand, which describe our main character, Bobby. He has created an interesting fusion of classical and retro jazz, with the Carnatic instruments and brass instruments complementing each other pretty well. The harmonium and thavils have been seen along with brass horns. The female chorus sounds very annoying when they sing that particular line ‘B.O.B.B. Ki jasoosi’. I guess T-Series is obsessed with spelling out the name of their films or characters in the theme songs, like in ‘The Xposé’ and now in this. I think we know how to spell, T-Series! And that too, they have spelled Bobby wrong in this song! 😝 Neeraj Shridhar’s voice sounds very feminine and that reminded me of the ideal choice for this song, and that would be Usha Uthup. She would have done total justice to this song. Though it is entertaining, it is just as much annoying thanks to Neeraj singing in a female-ized voice, and the female chorus consisting of four never-heard-of-before singers, who should get a Master’s degree in Irritating People. What’s more, the song is over five minutes long, and it makes for a very monotonous listen. The only part worth listening to this otherwise annoying song for is the interesting fusion and the lyrics.

 

4. Sweety:- Singers ~ Aishwarya Nigam & Monali Thakur

The banjo loop from the title song of ‘Gunday’ forms the starting of this song, and though it must be a music sample, I don’t think it was a good decision to use it here, in a Desi wedding track. The first impression the song gave me was BAD, so I guess that impression continued its negative work, and contaminated my brain, ordering it to keep having a bad impression on the song afterwards also. Anyways, the song doesn’t deserve to be praised or anything. It is just a tad bit less annoying than the previous track. Aishwarya Nigam (no, that’s not his real surname, he just kept it because he is a fan of Sonu Nigam) seems to have established himself as a wedding track and item song singer in Bollywood. This time though, his usual partner Manta Sharma is absent from the scene and she is replaced by the latest Filmfare Award for Best Female Singer recipient, Monali Thakur. They both sing great as usual (I have always liked both their voices in their songs) but the tune fails in this song. What’s more, the hookline has redefined “sappy” with its sappy lyrics which are a mix of modern and Shakespearean English. I mean who says “thee” in a Hindi song? Leave that, even the modern English words sound very odd in this track! The arrangements are okay. The brass shaadi interlude starts very dully, but then it turns into a Spanish/Brazilian beat, which is pretty interesting. The song ends interestingly too, with Aishwarya singing oral rhythms in the background while Monali sings the sappy hook. Lacks an engaging tune, lacks innovative lyrics, but vocals are the only good aspect of the song.


Bobby Jasoos is an album which has one eternal melody, ‘Tu’, one entertaining song to an extent, ‘Jashn’, a song scoring in arrangements and disappointing in vocals, ‘B.O.B.B’, and a song scoring in nothing much except vocals, ‘Sweety’. Shantanu has retained a certain amount of quality in the first two tracks, which drops drastically in the last two tracks, so we can call the soundtrack misleading, too. Shantanu’s comeback to mainstream commercial Bollywood films has been a mediocre one, but he has given us an unforgettable song too with all the easily forgettable ones. Swanand doesn’t disappoint as much with the lyrics, only underperforming in the last song. The songs do entertain, but barring ‘Tu’, none will be permanently stuck in your memory. When a single song’s quality is equal to the total quality of the other tracks, you know that the soundtrack has a problem, and that is exactly the case with this album. I seriously think that Bobby should have done more homework on music. 😛 An album with very less shelf life, or playlist life, save for the blissful ‘Tu’. 

 

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

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

 

Which is your favourite song from Bobby Jasoos? Please vote for it!

 

Next “dish”:- Hate Story 2, Chefs:- Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Rashid Khan, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Mithoon

 

NOT A TYPICAL DHARMA DULHANIA! (HUMPTY SHARMA KI DULHANIA – Music Review)

Album Details:-

♪ Music by:- Sharib-Toshi, Sachin-Jigar, Badshah, The Titans & Jawad Ahmed
♪ Lyrics by:- Irshad Kamil, Kumaar, Shashank Khaitan, Badshah & Ahmad Anees
♪ Music Label:- Sony Music
♪ Music Released On:- 16th June 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 11th June 2014

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Album Cover

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania is Karan Johar’s next production under his production house Dharma Productions. Again they are introducing a new director Shashank Khaitan for this film. The film stars the ‘Student of The Year’ Jodi Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan. The movie is a romantic comedy set in Punjab. Siddharth Shukla is playing an important role in the film too. The music of the film has been given by Sharib and Toshi Sabri, and Sachin-Jigar. Both of the duos are working with Dharma for the first time, and I was eager to know what they come up with for a film with such a quirky name. All the composers have always given their best while working for Dharma. I was hoping for the same with these two duos as well. Turns out that two of Sharib-Toshi’s songs have been recreated by them, with only one original. Sachin-Jigar have composed three songs. So let’s see how the songs of this album are!


1. Saturday Saturday:- Singers ~ Indeep Bakshi, Badshah & Akriti Kakkar ; Original Lyrics by ~ Badshah, New Lyrics by ~ Kumaar ; Original Music by ~ Badshah & The Titans, Recreated by ~ Sharib-Toshi

This song is a club song which was released two years ago. Well, Sharib-Toshi say they have “recreated” it. We should believe them, shouldn’t we? Even though the song sounds exactly the same in terms of musical arrangements, we should call it a recreation! I mean come on! They’ve worked SO HARD to “compose” the Akriti part, right! Well turns out the song has no changes whatsoever in arrangements and tune, but Sharib-Toshi have just told Kumaar to write some lyrics to the same tune for a single paragraph and gotten Akriti to sing that. Kumaar has written the lyrics of the new paragraph suiting the mood of the song — Punjabi club — and Akriti sings it well, but seriously, Karan Johar didn’t need to call them just for that. :/ Badshah and The Titans have composed an efficient club song and if the makers of the film needed a female part in it, they could have just asked Badshah, why trouble the “oh so busy” Sharib-Toshi? 😛 Okay, sorry, now I will review the song actually, but all the credit will go to Badshah and the Titans. They have as I said composed an efficient club song with awesome techno and electronic beats, and In deep Bakshi has sung it well. The rap by Badshah is also good and catchy. The only problem I had with it was that they seem to be saying “Sachurday” and emphasizing on the “t” in Saturday a bit too much, with an American accent, that doesn’t sound so good in a Punjabi song frankly. 😛 The song is nevertheless a hit, so it doesn’t matter that much whether I liked it, and you should definitely listen to it!

 

2. Samjhawan:- Singers ~ Arijit Singh & Shreya Ghoshal ; Original Lyrics by ~ Ahmad Anees, New Lyrics by ~ Kumaar ; Original Music by ~ Jawad Ahmed, Recreated by ~ Sharib-Toshi

Sharib-Toshi return with another “recreated” track, this time of a famous Punjabi song from the Punjabi movie ‘Virsa’ and the song was sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan originally, and composed by Jawad Ahmed. Of course, this time Sharib-Toshi have decided to actually make the song a bit different from the original. Though they have not changed the tune, they have made it more suitable for the Bollywood audiences, by replacing Rahat sahab with Arijit, the nation’s current musical heartthrob, and adding the female singer as Shreya Ghoshal. Again, some lyrics have also been altered to cater to the Bollywood audiences, by changing some Punjabi words to Hindi. The song has been recreated very beautifully, and unlike ‘Saturday Saturday’, it actually sounds great, whatever they have done to recreate the track. Arijit has sung the song very soulfully, but of course he couldn’t match up to the sukoon level which Rahat sahab’s voice has. Shreya was supposed to sing just an interlude as per the old song, but she gets a whole extra paragraph to sing. And that paragraph which Shreya sings, is like a treat to all music lovers. She will amaze you with her voice, like she might have already done ‘n’ number of times till now, but she will amaze you yet again! The music has also been recreated very effectively. The harmonium part which plays many times in the song is just awesome, and after the song ends with that harmonium piece, it will leave you wanting more. A must-listen recreation! Almost flawless recreation of a superhit Punjabi track! #5StarHotelSong!! 

 

3. Daingad Daingad:- Singers ~ Divya Kumar, Pratibha Baghel, Deepali Sathe, Akriti Kakkar, Udit Narayan & Niharika Sinha, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil, Music by ~ Sachin-Jigar

With this song, Sachin-Jigar enter into the soundtrack with the first original song of the soundtrack. Looking at the never ending list of singers, I was expecting a great dhinchak type track, but what I got missed my expectations terribly. A wannabe ‘London Thumakda’ or ‘Kikli Kalerdi’ (Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana) track, which just sounds like a mishmash of sentences and lines of different songs put together, this track fails terribly in whatever it wanted to achieve. Unless it wanted to annoy you. 😛 Sachin-Jigar have tried to make a wedding song and note that I have used the term “tried to” as in they haven’t succeeded in doing so. The two prime reasons to attempt this track are:- a) because you want to hear Udit Narayan’s voice after a long time since he only sings in Dharma films nowadays or b) because you’re hearing it for the first time, whicisare probably the only two reasons to hear it, because frankly speaking, after you hear it once, you might not play it again unless you are compelled to do so, for some reason! The lyrics by Irshad Kamil aren’t that impressive either, and out of the seven singers, only the known ones that is Divya, Akriti and Udit Narayan do well, others annoy. They sound like old aunties, which is probably the situation in the movie. The arrangements are very less, and not attractive at all. A mediocre song, with weak lyrics and average vocals. Listen at your own risk.

 

4. Lucky Tu Lucky Me:- Singers ~ Benny Dayal, Anushka Manchanda, Lyrics by ~ Shashank Khaitan, Music by ~ Sachin-Jigar

Here is the second song by Sachin-Jigar, and along with being the second song by them, it is also the second club song in the same film. This one is also very catchy, but totally dependent on the video. The part from ‘banda main bachelor..’ till the title of the song comes has a very nice tune. Sachin-Jigar, who are the best nowadays at electronic music, have composed a good tune and the arrangements are also awesome. Benny Dayal must be so accustomed to singing such songs till now and he must have been the first choice for this song, too. If any composers are making club songs, by default they should call Benny first, because he is an expert at these now. Anushka, who has a small part, also sounds good, but I don’t know why her voice never reaches to us in its original form, and is always altered. The song is a good club song, but it won’t attract many listeners as an individual song, and will work mostly with the picturization. Lyrics by the director himself are perfect for the song, and Varun’s rap is also commendable. Give it an attempt, there’s nothing to regret!

 

5. Emotional Fool:- Singer ~ Toshi Sabri, Backing Vocals ~ Geet Sagar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Music by ~ Sharib-Toshi

Sharib-Toshi re-enter the album with their first original track of the album, which strikes the right chord. They have composed a fun, romantic/peppy track, with interesting lyrics by Kumaar, and great arrangements. That is just for the mukhda. The song loses its charm in the antaras which follow. Toshi’s voice sounds great singing this composition, and the techno beats are catchy, but the catchiness and good stuff fall apart in the antaras, and aa great start gets wiped away by the subsequent antaras and disappoint. Nevertheless, the song provides entertainment and I guess that is what matters. Entertaining and disappointing at the same time!

 

6. D Se Dance:- Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani, Shalmali Kholgade, Backing Vocals ~ Anushka Manchanda, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil, Music by ~ Sachin-Jigar

Right from the moment it starts, you will get reminded of the superhit ‘Balam Pichkari’ from ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ because of the harmonium arrangements along with the dholaks. When the singers kick in, the small feeling of resemblance to ‘Balam Pichkari’ becomes a certainty. The use of the same arrangements with the same singers, is something never to be done if the first song isn’t composed by you. Sachin-Jigar have done exactly what I have stated not to do. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are also okay. Though the song will surely make you dance along, it doesn’t have that special ingredient which other Dharma dance songs have. The vocals are great, but again bear a big resemblance to ‘Balam Pichkari’, and though that isn’t a huge problem, but pretty unsafe to be so close to such a big hit song. Of course, Sachin-Jigar’s electronic touches are present throughout the song. Another average song, which is catchy but not up to the Dharma standards.


Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania is an album from which everyone had a lot of expectations. With each film, Dharma was giving superhit music up till now, and from this film, everyone was expecting even more. On top of that, it was Sachin-Jigar and Sharib-Toshi’s first time working with the big production house. Last year Pritam showed us his ability to compose for Dharma. Amit Trivedi succeeded in composing his first full album for Dharma in 2012 with ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’. Ajay-Atul had showed us their versatility when working with Dharma for the first time. Vishal and Shekhar time and time again show us their comfort in composing for Dharma, it is like their second home. However, I have to say that these two duos have not taken advantage of this opportunity. They have produced very ordinary songs, which could as well have been for any film, and not a Dharma film. Considering the standard of music which Dharma was known for, this album is simply a disgrace. Otherwise, it is an okay album. Both duos have delivered good songs but of course these good songs did have the scope to have been way better. It is definitely not a typical Dharma album, because Dharma albums are known for their repeat value, and in this album, very few so gs have that quality! So I conclude by saying that Sachin-Jigar and Sharib-Toshi did not make well use of the great opportunity which they had got and they have given to the world, the worst album ever in the history of Dharma films!

 

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

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

 

Which is your favourite song from Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania? Vote for your favourite! 🙂

 

Next “dish”:- Bobby Jasoos, Chef:- Shantanu Moitra

 

BAS ITNA HI MAALOOM KI THIS ALBUM IS A SUPERHIT! (LEKAR HUM DEEWANA DIL – Music Review)

Album Details:-

♪ Music by:- A.R. Rahman
♪ Lyrics by:- Amitabh Bhattacharya
♪ Music Label:- Eros Music
♪ Music Released On:- 3rd June 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 4th July 2014

Lekar Hum Deewana Dil

Lekar Hum Deewana Dil

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Lekar Hum Deewana Dil is an upcoming Bollywood romantic comedy, directed by newcomer Arif Ali, who is the brother of award winning director Imtiaz Ali (‘Jab We Met’, ‘Rockstar’) and produced by Dinesh Vijan, Saif Ali Khan and Sunil Lulla. The film stars newcomer and Ranbir-Kareena’s cousin, Armaan Jain as the male lead, and south actress Deeksha Seth, as the female lead, making her Bollywood acting debut with this film. When the director is a brother of Imtiaz Ali, it was quite predictable that the music director would be A.R. Rahman. After ‘Highway’, ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ and ‘Million Dollar Arm’, it’s Rahman’s fourth album in a single year, which is a very rare case! We are getting an overdose of Rahman, but hey, who’s complaining!? 😉😁 It is also the first collaboration between Rahman and Amitabh Bhattacharya! That’s why I was very excited to hear this album! The expectations from the two were sky-high! Read on to find out my views on this album!


 

1. Khalifa:- Singers ~ A.R. Rahman, Suzanne D’Mello, Shweta Pandit, Konakol by ~ Mahesh Vinayakram, Backing Vocals ~ Hriday Gattani

The album starts with this particular club song, which is already making its way to the top of the charts. Rahman has used techno sounds very effectively, and also sung it just as gracefully (yes, he can bring grace into club songs with his unique voice!) However, his Hindi pronunciation is a big problem here! Nevertheless, he carries the whole song on his shoulders with the help of Suzanne D’Mello and Shweta Pandit. Both of them have sung the rap portions of the song, and it is also Shweta Pandit’s first time rapping! Though the rap is weird, it will grow on you over multiple listens, and you’ll find yourself singing it anywhere anytime! The konnakol, an art of singing percussion syllables in Carnatic music vocally, has been done by Mahesh Vinayakram, and he sounds great too. The tune does fall flat at places, but the musical arrangements which the Maestro has done are amazing and overshadow the tune! Mostly Rahman has used techno sounds which still mesmerize, and a particular guitar riff will win you over completely! The lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya are also nice and youthful and depict the carefree and casual nature of the youths. Thanks to him, India has got a new awesome word, ‘Khalifa’! Though the song is about youths, children and the middle-aged will also love this song anyhow. Weak tune, but outstanding arrangements!

 

2. Maaloom:- Singers ~ Hriday Gattani, Jonita Gandhi, Backing Vocals ~ Nakash Aziz

This song is completely different from the previous. Starting with a calm guitar riff, you would immediately guess it is going to be a beautiful song. Rahman has introduced another great singer to the industry, that is Hriday Gattani, who is actually the son of Rahman’s manager Deepak Gattani so he knows Rahman since childhood! His voice has the factor which makes it instantly connect with the youths. The tune is so good that it will instantly grow on you! The drums and guitar have been used in such a beautiful way, that I wish there was an instrumental version of this track! The lines from ‘mera toh zamaane se lena dena hi nahi…’ to the last ‘meri manzil ka raasta’ have such a cute tune! Nakash Aziz has done great backing vocals and he sounds a lot like Sanam Puri! The lyrics by Amitabh are very good and not like most of the songs in a typical romantic comedy. You must have noticed by now that I’ve not talked about the female singer at all! Well, I was saving her praise for the last! She has only some lines in the antara, but she steals the entire show in those few lines! Her voice reminded me of Asha Bhosle for some reason, maybe because the tune is a bit like what Rahman used to give us years ago. The moment she enters, the whole atmosphere changes and becomes a notch more lively and upbeat. She sings too good! Pity that Vishal-Shekhar had to use her in the ‘Chennai Express’ title track, they could have used her voice in a romantic song! An awesome song, with an awesome tune, and out of the world performances by the singers! Especially Jonita! #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Ala Hada:- Singers ~ Shiraz Uppal

It starts with an intense piece played by strings, which have been orchestrated perfectly! After that it changes course and becomes a bit more fast, and if you thought that the starting music was perfect, just wait till you hear the rest of the song! It is utterly awe-imspiring! Rahman once again gets ‘Raanjhanaa’ boy Shiraz Uppal to sing a song. While the former was an upbeat desi dance romantic track, this one is a sad song, which has been composed in country style, with the prominent use of guitars. Shiraz has completely nailed it with the vocals, not leaving a single word dull and making each and every word seem magical! The tune is also expertly composed, even though I don’t know why I’m saying that for a person whom everyone already calls an expert! 🙂 The lines ‘tere baghair, jeena lagta hai khaali’ and ‘dil hai magar seena lagta hai khaali’ literally gave me goosebumps! The use of matka in the song has been done very efficiently! Hats off to Rahman for thinking of that! Again, I’ve saved the best for the last! Yes, you guessed it! The lyrics of Amitabh Bhattacharya are truly amazing! He has introduced yet another new and interesting word for the Indian audience to use — ‘Alaahda’ which means separate or separated in Urdu. I loved this song so much! You are also sure to love it! Another awesome and touching sad song, this time with an upbeat tempo. #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Mawali Qawwali:- Singers ~ Raghav Mathur, Tanvi Shah

A totally wacky and crazy song, you would never expect such a song from the Maestro of Madras Rahman, but lo and behold! here it is! Rahman has composed an incredibly energetic and dhinchak song for a romantic comedy! It has traces of ‘Hawaa Hawaa’ from ‘Rockstar’ and ‘Beera’ from ‘Raavan’, and it is probably the first time Rahman composed such a crazy and zany song after ‘Hawaa Hawaa’. The lyricist also has put in immeasurable amounts of weird lyrics which do not at all make sense when heard together. If you think I’m criticizing the song, you are thoroughly mistaken! No, I’m not criticizing the song at all! It is one of the best dance songs of the year! The guitar riff will force you to get up and dance no matter what condition of mind you are in. Spanish folk and African folk music have been fused together so splendidly, that there is no place where they don’t complement each other well! Tanvi Shah has sung her parts very greatly! I didn’t even know she could sing in Spanish! Raghav Mathur has sung his part well too. The energy in his voice is unmatchable! The percussion used is just awesome! Here, after praising the song so much, I must confess that the first time I heard it, I hated it! Afterwards, I started loving it more and more with each listen! And now, I have to hear it at least once a day! You should definitely go for it! If you don’t, well, its your loss! #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Beqasoor:- Singers ~ Shweta Pandit, Nakash Aziz

This song is a typical Rahman melody, and I guess you are familiar with Rahman melodies by now! They have that magic in them which you would never find in any other songs except those by Rahman. This song falls into the same category. After ‘Heera’ from ‘Highway’, Rahman and Shweta are back and have created magic yet again! She has sung flawlessly! The composition is a typical melody as I said earlier, but it will win you over with its soothing nature. The antara has a very mature tune, and I loved it instantly! The arrangements are very simple, mostly piano in the background. The interlude of the sitar-like instrument is awesome too! Now, Nakash Aziz. Wow! What can I say about his part! When he enters, his lines overlapping Shweta’s, you will immediately fall in love with his part. He sounds great in this kind of a song too! Till now we have seen him only in Pritam’s dhinchak tracks in which he sung fabulously, but after hearing this song, anyone will tell that this is undoubtedly his comfort zone! Now I would like to see him feature in a romantic song by Pritam! The lyrics are again as beautiful as the song! The song will, however, take some time to grow on you, like all other Rahman melodies! So please give it time! Yet another soulful, calm and soothing melody from the Maestro and one of his best too! #5StarHotelSong!

 

6. Tu Shining:- Singer ~ Hriday Gattani

Hriday gets his second song in this album (third if you count his backing vocals in ‘Khalifa’) and delivers it with ease too! It’s another youth-oriented track, with no particular sense whatsoever in the lyrics, and the tune also a bit weak. Though it is worth a listen, it is definitely not as strong as the other songs in the album. This song can be excused though, because Rahman wouldn’t make such a short and seemingly meaningless track unless the script calls for it! The saving grace of it is Hriday’s energetic rendition, and the arrangements, with guitars and drums. Give it a listen, but don’t expect the song to shine just because of its name!


 

Lekar Hum Deewana Dil is an album people were looking forward to, and they had many expectations from it as well. Rahman has lived up to those expectations and has delivered an album which will be liked by all, and with variety in it as well. Barring the underperforming ‘Tu Shining’, each of the songs have their own special vibe, which will be transferred to you as you are hearing each of them. For those who were doubting that Rahman would ever successfully return to the romantic comedy genre, they have just been shut up by Rahman himself when they heard this album. Such a great album, I was honestly not expecting for this movie! He has proved that he can compose for any kind of film which comes his way! Amitabh has also used this opportunity of working with Rahman to showcase the best in him, and he has tried his best to give soulful lyrics to the soulful songs, and nonsensical and wacky lyrics to the nonsensical and wacky songs! So mujhe aur kuchh nahi maaloom, bas itna hi maaloom ki this album is surely a superhit!

 

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

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

 

Which is your favorite song from Lekar Hum Deewana Dil? Please vote for your favourite!

 

Next “dish”:- Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (Music Review), Chefs:- Sharib-Toshi & Sachin-Jigar

 

2nd MUSIC MASTANI MONTHLY AWARDS (Popular Awards Results)

Thanks to all who voted yesterday or today for their favourite music albums, songs, composers or singers! Well, now it is time to declare the results for the Popular Awards of June 2014! So here they are!

Best Song of June 2014:- Galliyan (Ek Villain)

Best Album of June 2014:- Ek Villain (Ankit Tiwari • Mithoon • Soch The Band – T-Series)

Best Composer of June 2014:- Mithoon (3 Songs for Ek Villain)

Best Singer of June 2014 (Female):- Momina Mustehsan for “Awari” (Ek Villain)

Best Singer of June 2014 (Male):- TIE BETWEEN Mohammed Irfan for “Banjaara” (Ek Villain) & Arijit Singh for “Ashq Na Ho” (Holiday)

Best Lyricist of June 2014:- Irshad Kamil for “Ashq Na Ho” (Holiday)

 

Clearly, you guys have loved the album of ‘Ek Villain’ immensely!! And of course, it has won in every category but one! I guess this June, only ‘Holiday’ and ‘Ek Villain’ albums have been loved by all! So the best (and my personal favourites too! 😉) have won! Thanks once again for voting, everybody! Stay tuned for more reviews!!

July Reviews Coming Soon:- Lekar Hum Deewana Dil, Bobby Jasoos, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Hate Story 2, Kick and more! 

2nd MUSIC MASTANI MONTHLY AWARDS (JUNE 2014)

The Music Mastani Monthly Awards are back! This time for the music for the movies which released in or are going to release in June. First I will give a short description of each album of June, then my awards, then, finally, you all will get to vote! 😀

In the month of June we again witnessed some good albums and some bad songs along with the good albums.

The first album that released was Fugly, and along with its weird name, it brought along a troupe of even weirder songs. The only songs worth listening again were Prashant Vadhyar’s ‘Dhuaan’ and the two remarkable songs by Yo Yo Honey Singh, in which he discovered and unveiled a whole new side of him! He has definitely grown as a composer and lyricist, and we got to see that in this album.

Next came the album of Filmistaan, composed by a debutant Arijit Datta. The album was surprisingly very good, and it was a very promising Bollywood debut by an ex-Agnee band member. Though the songs didn’t get the popularity they deserved, true music lovers loved the album and appreciated it!

Next up was Holiday. After giving superhit soundtracks for many years, Pritam continued to give some nice melodies along with some funky tracks to groove to in this album. The tracks created a huge rage across the country, with its hit songs like ‘Tu Hi Toh Hai’, ‘Shaayraana’, and ‘Blame The Night.’ The beautiful melody ‘Ashq Na Ho’ ironically did bring tears in everyone’s eyes and was praised by many. However, the album can definitely not be counted in the list of the best albums by Pritam which features masterpieces as ‘Barfi!’ and ‘Cocktail’ and ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.’

The album of Humshakals came next, and was one which was loved by a certain fraction of the audiences, and panned by many. Considering the genre of the movie, the album couldn’t have been better in my opinion, but looks like people were expecting romantic tracks in it! 😀 I mean, of course a nonsense comedy film will have meaningful songs, right?! It is natural to think that! 😛 😀 Himesh Reshammiya delivered some songs which fitted theme of the movie and this genre is what he is very good at, too! The songs are undoubtedly hits, but in India, the worst songs can also become hits. Anyways, I liked the album.

Last but definitely not the least, in fact the biggest album of the month, came the highly awaited album to the highly awaited movie Ek Villain. There was no doubt that the album would be full of soothing melodies, and that is exactly what we got. The music, composed by Mithoon, Ankit Tiwari and Soch The Band (Adnan Dhool & Rabbi Ahmed) was awesome, and the statement ”the best should be saved for the last” came true with this album releasing the last, but no doubt it was the best album of the month!

With the recap of the month of June 2014 now over, it is time to announce the winners of the awards which I will be announcing. Don’t worry, you will also get to vote! Have some patience!

2nd Music Mastani Monthly Awards

2nd Music Mastani Monthly Awards

2nd Music Mastani Monthly Awards (June 2014)

 

♪ MAIN AWARDS:-

• Singer of the Month (Female) :- Momina Mustehsan for Awari (Ek Villain)

• Singer of the Month (Male) :- Mohammed Irfan for Banjaara (Ek Villain)

• Composer of the Month (Song) :- Ankit Tiwari for Galliyan (Ek Villain) & Pritam for Ashq Na Ho (Holiday)

• Composer of the Month (Album) :- Arijit Datta for Filmistaan

• Album of the Month :- Ek Villain (T-Series)

• Musical Jodi of the Month (Best Duet) :- Momina Mustehsan & Adnan Dhool for Awari (Ek Villain)

• Lyricist of the Month :- Irshad Kamil for Ashq Na Ho (Holiday)

 

♪ SONG AWARDS

• Best Romantic Song :- Galliyan (Ek Villain)

• Best Dance Song :- Piya Ke Bazaar Mein (Humshakals)

• Best Sad Song :- Ashq Na Ho (Holiday)

• Best Club Song :- Blame The Night (Holiday)

• Best Classical-Based Song :- Bhugol (Filmistaan)

• Song With Best Use of Fusion :- Fugly (Fugly) & Awari (Ek Villain)

• Best Song With Western Influence :- Tu Hi Toh Hai (Holiday) & Bebaak (Filmistaan)

• Best Song With Folk Influence :- Piya Ke Bazaar Mein (Humshakals) & Udaari (Filmistaan)

 

♪ SPECIAL AWARDS

• Bandar Kya Jaane Adrak Ka Swaad (Best Album That Went Pretty Much Unnoticed) :- Filmistaan (Arijit Datta – Times Music/Junglee Music)

• Newcomer(s) of the Month :- Momina Mustehsan (Female Vocalist for ‘Awari’ from ‘Ek Villain’) & Soch The Band – Adnan Dhool & Rabbi Ahmed (Music Composers for ‘Awari’ from ‘Ek Villain’)

 

I hope you all agreed with the winners which I have chosen! If not, then don’t worry at all! Why do you think I let you vote! Yes, you are going to be able to vote too! Please vote for the option which you really want to win from the bottom of your hearts! And don’t forget to press the ‘VOTE’ button for each poll, or your votes won’t be counted! 🙂 Have fun voting! The results will be announced after 24 hours! 🙂 Thanks! P.S. a new category has been added for you to vote under, that is Best Lyricist! 

♪ POPULAR AWARDS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to all for taking the time out and voting! I hope you have gotten the chance to vote for your favourites, and that you agreed with the nominations as well! That is why I give you a chance to vote as well, so you don’t have to agree with the winners I have chosen if you don’t agree with them! The results, as I said before will be announced after 24 hours! Till then, keep telling others to vote! 🙂

 

Next:- Results for the Music Mastani Popular Awards of June 2014 & Main Tera Hero (Music Review) 

A PRETTY MUSICAL AND MELODIOUS VILLAIN! (EK VILLAIN – Music Review)

Album Details:-

♪ Music by:- Mithoon, Ankit Tiwari & Soch – The Band (Adnan Dhool & Rabbi Ahmed)
♪ Lyrics by:- Manoj Muntashir, Mithoon & Soch – The Band (Adnan Dhool & Rabbi Ahmed)
♪ Music Label:- T-Series
♪ Music Released On:- 28th May 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 27th June 2014

Ek Villain Album Cover

Ek Villain Album Cover

 

To hear the full songs of Ek Villain on Saavn CLICK HERE

To buy the songs of Ek Villain on iTunes CLICK HERE

 


Ek Villain is an upcoming and highly awaited romantic thriller film, which is directed by Mohit Suri and produced by Ekta Kapoor. It stars Sidharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh in the lead roles, and since the day the teaser released, everyone has been waiting eagerly for the film, mostly because of the suspense which the teaser and the trailer carry. There were huge expectations from the music of this film, because, first of all, it is a Mohit Suri directorial venture, and his films are known for their super hit music. ‘Zeher’, ‘Awarapan’, ‘Raaz 2’, ‘Murder 2’, ‘Crook’, all of these were very strong in terms of music. And of course how can we forget the latest (and the hugest) ‘Aashiqui 2’?! All of his films have had awesome music, and the same was expected from this one too. Secondly, since the soundtrack is on T-Series, it is safe to expect some mind-blowing tunes. Leave it up to Bhushan Kumar to choose some great melodies. And last but not the least, the music composers of this film, who are Mithoon, Ankit Tiwari and Soch the Band (consisting of Adnan Dhool and Rabbi Ahmed), have added up to the great excitement about this album. So let’s see if the country (or the world, for that matter) can be satisfied with the music of ‘Ek Villain’.


1. Galliyan:- Singers ~ Ankit Tiwari (Original Version), Shraddha Kapoor, Ankit Tiwari (Unplugged Version), Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

The album kicks off with this melodious song composed and sung by Ankit Tiwari. It has already gained immense popularity and is on every single one of the music charts. By this only we get to know how good the song is. It starts with a sound which sounds like some wind instrument, which sounds very magical. After that the violin starts followed by Ankit’s highly autotuned voice (which is to some, an irritation and to some a pleasant experiment). I think it is a nice experiment, but in some places, it seems overdone and irritates a bit. The arrangements are fantabulous, with beautiful use of each and every instrument which has been used. The flute and electric guitar deserves a special mention, both having been placed at a perfect spot in the song. The lyrics by Manoj Muntashir, who has written songs for films like ‘Tere Mere Phere’ and ‘Love U…Mr. Kalakaar’ and most recently, Shreya Ghoshal’s ghazal album ‘Humnasheen’, are very nice, sweet and though they are complicated, they fit perfectly with the music. In the unplugged version, we witness Shraddha Kapoor singing as if she is a trained singer. She has performed very well in her Bollywood singing debut. She, being a non-singer also, has carried the song on her shoulders supported by guitars, and after the second interlude, by Ankit too. He is not sounding that good here and I would have preferred the whole song to be sung by Shraddha only. Nevertheless, this song is clearly a winner, and it deserves to be a #5StarHotelSong no matter what!

 

2. Banjaara:- Singer ~ Mohammed Irfan, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Mithoon

Mohammed Irfan is undoubtedly the person each music composer will want to have one of their songs sung by after the Arijit craze is over (which I doubt will ever happen, but still! 😜) His voice is so magical that everyone unknowingly starts liking it! After ‘Baarish’, Mithoon (his mentor) takes us for another magical musical journey with him. The tune and composition is very, very similar to that of ‘Baarish’ itself, and it seems deliberate. Even the tempo of the song is the same as that of ‘Baarish’. Even though this is a major drawback of the song, there are more good things than drawbacks, so let’s talk about those! Mithoon has probably written the best lyrics he has ever written, and has given them a beautiful tune, even though it is recycled from another song of his, but still wonderful! Mohammed has rendered the song with utter brilliance and flawlessness. The arrangements have made me speechless! What graceful arrangements! In this song, Mithoon has used harmonium as the main instrument to create a wonderful Sufi feel. The piano piece at the starting, followed by Mohammed Irfan’s lines, sound awesome! Mohammed Irfan has perfect diction too! Nowhere does he pronounce anything weirdly or wrongly! Great arrangements, awesome lyrics and fantastic vocals makes this song pleasant to hear! #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Zaroorat:- Singer ~ Mustafa Zahid, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Mithoon

This song is weird. Sometimes it seems like a great song, and at other times it seems like the same old type of Bollywood tracks which used to come about seven or eight years back. Mithoon has composed the song in the typical old style in which he used to compose when he was new to the industry. The guitars play an important role in the song. The lyrics are good but not exceptional. At some places, I felt like some of the words weren’t fitting in with the tune. The weird part is that I found out that when I was singing it, I discovered how much I liked the tune, and when I played it, it again became a bit monotonous and boring. Maybe because of the singer. He no doubt sings good, but there is something that nags me in his style of singing, and I don’t know what. The second antara sounds great. The other parts of the song are also awesome, but unfortunately, the song has nothing new to offer, with the same old Mithoon sound. A song for which I have drastically contrasting views at every other moment. Great tune, however, so give it a listen!

 

4. Awari:- Singers ~ Momina Mustehsan, Adnan Dhool, Music by ~ Soch The Band (Adnan Dhool & Rabbi Ahmed), Lyrics by ~ Adnan Dhool & Rabbi Ahmed

With this song, a promising Pakistani band called ‘Soch’ makes a huge debut in Bollywood. The have recreated their own song which was featured in ‘Nescafe Basement’, adding a female voice and some lines to it. The female voice is (what to say!!!) too good to say much about! The composition is brilliant. It is a haunting melody which you will not think much about at first, but as you listen it time and time again, it turns into such an addictive track, which you will start loving immensely! The newcomer Momina Mustehsan, a biomedical engineering student from Pakistan, has a very very promising voice as I said before, and I hope to hear her many more times in the future! After Kanika Kapoor of ‘Baby Doll’ fame, Bollywood has gotten another very talented female singer this year! Adnan Dhool also sounds good and resembles Kailash Kher a lot. The arrangements are also very stupefying! The reverse humming a few seconds into the song sounds awesome, and the finger snaps also sound great! When the real instruments kick in, you will be put into a trance! The duo has tried to make it interesting by adding a weird techno song in the first interlude. Well, it won’t interest you, but it will irritate you! Because it sounds like a pig which was an insect in its last birth. 😂😂 However, since it is quickly covered up by a wonderful sitar part, I am forgiving it. The antara has a beautiful tune also! Well, I can’t think of any faults in the song, it is near PERFECT except for the pig insect. 😁😁 Very impressive debut by Soch Band, and also immense thanks to them for introducing a great singer to the industry! No doubt that it is a  #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Humdard:- Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Mithoon

This song is the compulsory Arijit song in almost every movie and every T-Series album nowadays. No, seriously, it’s as if Arijit Singh is the new Kumar Sanu or Udit Narayan or something! Looks like he records at least five songs a day! However, the song is so beautiful, and melodious, that all those things can easily be forgotten! Though it bears a slight resemblance to Mithoon’s previous songs, ‘Shukr Tera’ and ‘Tum Hi Ho’ (a bit, I felt like that), it entertains, and serves its purpose, by giving people another romantic song by Arijit to drool over. Even though it is very nice in terms of tune and arrangement, which is mostly guitar, it does not have the potential to gain chartbuster status like ‘Tum Hi Ho’ or ‘Phir Mohabbat’. The antara has a happy-but-still-sad type of feel, and that, I loved a lot! Arijit’s rendering is awesome as usual. The lyrics by Mithoon are also perfect for the song. A good melody overall!

 


Ek Villain was one of the most awaited albums of the year, and it can undoubtedly be said that it has not disappointed at all. Mohit Suri has churned out nice melodious pieces from each of the composers and though they are not the best of those respective composers, they are still very beautiful songs. The excitement that had surrounded this album before release must have encouraged the composers to compose even better, resulting in a great final outcome, as the songs are being liked by a huge majority of the audience! Mithoon, who has the most number of songs (five) has not tried anything new, but has still delivered commendable stuff. Soch The Band has made a very promising debut in Bollywood with their song, and in doing so, have also given the industry a gem in the form of a new female vocalist, Momina Mustehsan. Ankit Tiwari, after showing us his versatility in ‘Samrat & Co.’, has returned to the genre by which he shot to fame, and delivers another beautiful gem of a song. This album has everything which it needs, and has not disappointed the ones who were eagerly waiting for it. A nice album with a few drawbacks here and there, but nonetheless very melodious and that has worked in its favour!

 

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

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

 

Which is your favourite song from Ek Villain? Please vote for your favourite!

 

Next:- 2nd Music Mastani Monthly Awards (June 2014) 😊

HOUSEFULL OF GOOD MUSIC! (HUMSHAKALS – Music Review)

Album Details:-

♪ Music by:- Himesh Reshammiya
♪ Lyrics by:- Sameer Anjaan, Shabbir Ahmed & Mayur Puri
♪ Music Label:- Zee Music Company/Sony Music
♪ Music Released On:- 26th May 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 20th June 2014

Humshakals Album Cover

Humshakals Album Cover

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Humshakals is an upcoming comedy film directed by Sajid Khan and produced by Vashu Bhagnani. The film stars Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and Ram Kapoor as the male leads, and the interesting part is that each of them has a triple role. The female leads are played by Tamannaah Bhatia, Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta. With such a huge starcast, a lot of expectations are there from the film. Along with the film, there are even more expectations from the soundtrack! The music has been composed by Himesh Reshammiya, who is fresh from the success of The Xposé. Another great soundtrack like ‘The Xposé’ was expected. So let’s see whether he gave what was expected or more!


1. Caller Tune:- Singers ~ Neeraj Shridhar, Neeti Mohan, Lyrics by ~ Sameer Anjaan

Right from the starting beats, you will start grooving along to the music of this song. The horn tune is very catchy and so is the hookline. Neeraj Shridhar is the perfect choice for this song, and his voice suits the composition very well. I’m sure that if this song wasn’t in this film, Himesh would have sung it himself (Neeraj seems to be a must in almost every Sajid Khan film 😛 ) Himesh has gone into the Pritam-zone with this song, but his touches are not absent. His way of repeating the lines many times in the same song can be seen in this song. The violin in the first interlude and wind instrument in the second interlude sound very good, however. Neeti Mohan has done a fantastic job! I just love the way she says “Caaaaalertune” at the end of Neeraj’s line. Her part in the antara has also been sung very efficiently. The way Himesh has overlapped the two lines “Tu mera hai junoon” and “Callertune baby” is outstanding! Also, I went crazy over the small guitar strum after “tu mera hai nasha“! It is so brilliantly placed! The lyrics by Sameer are typical for a romantic/dance track. If the words “Callertune baby” are excepted, and if you read out the lyrics without any tune, it will be the lyrics of a romantic song! 😀 A nice, catchy song, perfect for a Sajid Khan comedy!

 

2. Piya Ke Bazaar Mein:- Singers ~ Himesh Reshammiya, Shalmali Kholgade & Palak Muchhal, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed

I would term this track as a “Dandiya Qawwali”. Himesh has very geniusly fused two folk genres, Dandiya and Qawwali, to invent a Dandiya Qawwali. It starts with a harmonium tune which is so catchy, you will never forget it for at least five years! 😛 The tune is brilliantly composed, and it is another catchy tune like the previous song. The arrangements are fabulous! I can’t find any fault at all in them. Harmonium, dandiyas, dhols, all sound great in their own places in the song. Special mention for the whistles too! 😀 Himesh does not sound his usual nasal self, but tries to sing in a low pitch this time. He succeeds! I don’t think anyone will have any problem with his voice in this song. Shalmali’s part has such a sweet tune, and she has sung it very gracefully. Palak also does very well in this song. Himesh, the one who introduced her into the industry, always gives her very good songs to sing. Still, I don’t understand why Shalmali hasn’t sung the whole song. The lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed are a bit better than ‘Ice Cream’, but not so great that they should win awards, either! 😛 A near PERFECT song! Very catchy, and awesome arrangements and vocals! #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Just Look Into My Eyes:- Singers ~ Ash King, Neeti Mohan, Lyrics by ~Sameer Anjaan

The techno tune with which is starts is very, very catchy. After that ends, the song goes on a downhill trip to I don’t know where. I mean, with such a catchy start, any normal person would expect a lot from the rest of the song. The rest of the song doesn’t help that much. Some parts are very nice, like the antaras, but the mukhda is very weak. Himesh’s trademark ‘Woh oh oh’ can also be heard in the song. So the tune is a bit weak, but the vocals, they are the saving grace of the song and the way Ash King and Neeti Mohan complement each other and hold the song on their shoulders is pretty commendable. Especially Neeti’s line “Ye dil hua faraar…” sounds very nice, with two layers of her voice, one high pitched and the other very low. Sameer’s lyrics are good in the antaras, but again, weak in the mukhda. A weak mukhda can change the perspective of someone to look at the whole song, even though the antaras might be good. That’s why the mukhda should have been a bit more strong in terms of tune at least. A vocal show all the way! Listen to it for the great vocals!

 

4. Barbaad Raat:- Singers ~ Sanam Puri, Shalmali Kholgade, Backing Vocals by ~ Himesh Reshammiya, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

This song is the Himesh equivalent of ‘Right Now Now’ from ‘Housefull 2’ which was composed by Sajid-Wajid. However, this song has a better vibe to it and a tune which would instantly be picked up by the ears of today’s youth. Plus, it doesn’t have elder people singing it like ‘Right Now Now’ (hinting at Wajid 😛 ) but it has youngsters singing it, providing the youth connect as well. After working with Chirantan Bhatt in ‘Ishk Actually’ and Vishal-Shekhar in ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein!’ and ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’, Sanam Puri has sung for Himesh Reshammiya in this song! A big achievement at such an initial phase of his singing career in Bollywood! He has sung this song with the right amounts of energy needed and also with good expression. Shalmali has supported him very, very well. The tune is again very catchy (I guess it’s Himesh’s specialty to make catchy songs!) and the backing vocals by Himesh are catchy, but some might find it a bit annoying. The composition is perfect! Especially the antaras, where Sanam repeats a line three times with a different tune each time. The use of the trumpet is fantastic! The techno sounds have also been used great! The pace of the song is slow, and that is the best part about it! The lyrics by Mayur Puri also suit the song. If you don’t like it in the first listen, which is likely to happen, please give it some more time. A must-listen, with great vocals and music! Definitely a  #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Hum Pagal Nahin Hai:- Singer ~ Himesh Reshammiya, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

This song is a very innovative, brave and awesome song! I have fallen short of words to describe it! The song is in the league of funny classics like ‘Aakey Sidhi Lagi’ from ‘Half Ticket’ and ‘Ek Chatur Naar’ from ‘Padosan’. It has been composed in R.D. Burman style, and it is about two people in the mental asylum. In this song, I think everything is PERFECT! Himesh has sung very well, so well that nobody will be able to criticise his voice in the song! Especially the last line where he sings in a child’s voice! The tune is very good and I wonder how Himesh gave a tune to such a weird line as ‘Hum pagal nahin hai bhaiyya, hamara dimaag kharab hai!’ The main instruments are those dafli-like percussion instruments used in Gujarati folk. The trumpets are also used well! Saving the best for the last, and definitely not the least, I would like to applaud the lyrics here. Mayur Puri has written beautiful lyrics! They are as crazy as it can get! Along with being crazy, they also talk about the sadness of the people in the mental asylum, while they are away from their family and getting tortured in the asylum. The main hero of this song is aactually Mayur Puri, then Himesh! Hats off to him for writing such funny lyrics! Everything is perfect so it has to be a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Khol De Dil Ki Khidki:- Singers ~ Mika Singh, Palak Muchhal, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed This might be the only song in this album which is a bit disappointing. It starts with a banjo, which is quite catchy, but then Mika does his grand entry 😜 and to be honest, I’ve had enough of Mika now. The tune is good, but not that catchy. Palak’s part has the best tune. The tune from ‘Pe Pe Pe’ from ‘Shortcut Romeo’ has been recycled and reused in this song. The lyrics are typical Shabbir Ahmed lyrics, and not so great. Mika has sung in his usual style. Palak sounds great. Some may like this song, some may not. However, it is interesting on the screen, with the female humshakals of Saif, Riteish and Ram lip syncing the female part! 😝 Situational song, better on screen, but not that interesting to hear without the video.


Humshakals is an album in which Himesh has delivered the right amount of entertainment which is required in a Sajid Khan directorial venture. Each of the songs contribute exactly what is needed according to the genre of the movie. I will not compare the album to ‘The Xposé’ and behave like a fool, because both the movies were of two totally different genres, and they each had different needs in terms of music. If looked at that way, Humshakals is a perfect album. Most of the songs are very catchy whereas a few songs are a bit weak in that aspect. The choices of singers are perfect too, and there was nowhere I felt that this song should have been sung by someone else. No wonder Sajid Khan was calling Himesh the unsung hero of ‘Humshakals’! He really is! Humshakals is an album which is full of songs, which are exactly what the script must demand and I can say that the album is housefull of good tunes!

 

Final Rating for this album:- सा < रे < ग < म < प <  < नी

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

 

Which is your favorite song from Humshakals? Please vote for your favorite!

 

Next “dish”:- Ek Villain, Chefs:- Ankit Tiwari, Mithoon, Soch – The Band