UNUSUALLY KHOOBSURAT! (KHOOBSURAT – Music Review)

Album Details:-
♪ Music by:- Sneha Khanwalkar, Badshah & Amaal Mallik
♪ Lyrics by:- Ikram Rajasthani, Badshah, Sunil Choudhary, Amitabh Verma, Sneha Khanwalkar & Kumaar
♪ Music Label:- T-Series
♪ Music Released On:- 1st September 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 19th September 2014

Khoobsurat Album Cover

Khoobsurat Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE

 

Hear “Naina” on YouTube:-


Khoobsurat is the latest outing of Sonam Kapoor. It is an upcoming Bollywood romantic comedy, and starring alongside her is Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in his debut performance. Ratna Pathak (playing Fawad’s character’s mother), Kirron Kher (playing Sonam’s character’s mother), Prosenjit Chatterjee and Amir Raza Hussain are playing supporting roles in the film. The film is directed by Shashanka Ghosh and produced by Anil Kapoor, Rhea Kapoor and Siddharth Roy Kapur, under the banners of UTV Motion Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures and Anil Kapoor Film Company. The story is about a prince named Vikram Rathore (played by Fawad) who falls in love with a clumsy girl from Delhi, Mili Chakravarty (played by Sonam), who is visiting as his new physiotherapist. This film is supposed to be a remake of the 1980 film, ‘Khubsoorat’, but as you can see from the trailer itself, many interesting tweaks have been made in the storyline, what with a royal theme to it. The fashion and glamour is more, the weirdness and quirkiness has been added, and almost everything is more than the original, so I don’t think I would call it a perfect remake, which is good, because remember ‘Himmatwala’? 😛 The film looks so quirky, so who better than Sneha Khanwalkar, to compose music for it? She is the only female in recent times who has made herself a distinct place as a composer in Bollywood. This year we saw her compose a song for ‘Youngistaan’ and two for ‘Dishkiyaaoon’, all of which were experimental to the core. That’s the specialty of Sneha. One song in the album is composed by Badshah and another song is by Amaal Mallik. So let’s see if this multi-composer album (you can definitely call it that) follows the pattern of the recent multi-composer albums and fails to impress, or if it impresses, after all! 🙂


1. Engine Ki Seeti:- Singers ~ Sunidhi Chauhan, Resmi Sateesh, Music by ~ Sneha Khanwalkar (Originally a famous Rajasthani folk song, remade before this by Anu Malik for the 1991 movie ‘Maa’), Lyrics by ~ Ikram Rajasthani

Sneha starts off the album with her version of the popular Rajasthani folk song, ‘Anjan Ki Seeti Mein Mhaaro Mann Doley’. When it’s Sneha, you have to be prepared for something out-of-this-world, and crazily awesome. She hasn’t just remade the folk song, but also added typical Sneha touches here and there, i.e, quirky noises. If there is anybody in this industry who is an expert at incorporating weird and new sounds in their music, the first names which spontaneously come to mind are Amit Trivedi, and of course Sneha Khanwalkar. Interestingly, both of them have sung for each other, too. A train whistle kicks off the track, and keeps on playing throughout the song. The item song feeling of the song is reduced a bit, thanks to Sneha’s interesting experiments. The heavy breathing in the song is one such experiment. She has also broken the singers’ voices at many instances in the song, making it sound more interesting like after the first line of the song. The weird techno noises are great, too. The backing vocals at the end of the antaras, which go ‘hich hich kole’ or ‘ras ghole kaano’ are also very fun to hear. Sunidhi has sung very well, and her voice has just the right amount of energy for the song. She has been supported very well by Malayali singer Resmi Sateesh, whose voice has provided the rustic, folk-ish feel to the song. The composition has to be credited to whoever has made it originally, but Sneha has taken it to a whole new level with her unusual experiments, yet retaining the enjoyability side of the song, so it will appeal to the masses as well. The lyrics have been modified a lot by Ikram Rajasthani, and not only modified, but also modernized. He has changed the ‘Mann doley’ to ‘bum doley’, not only creating a humourous impact, but also making the song sound more modernized. Also, instead of ‘chala chala re dalaiver gaadi haule haule’, here it is ‘dauda dauda re daraiver chal mat haule haule’! 😛 Another line has been added, ‘thoda aur bhagale driver chal mat haule haule!’ All this increases interest towards the song. The antaras have interesting lyrics too, do check them out as well! An entertaining affair, with entertaining arrangements, entertaining vocals, entertaining lyrics and no reason to hate it! #5StarHotelSong!

 

2. Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai:- Singers ~ Badshah, Aastha Gill, Music by ~ Badshah, Lyrics by ~ Badshah

Club party songs in Bollywood nowadays are getting more and more atrocious day by day. That’s why I started hearing this song with absolutely no expectation at all. When it started, I actually found it pretty decent, unlike other party tracks of Bollywood nowadays by Punjabi rappers like Raftaar or Badshah (‘Dhup Chik’ from ‘Fugly’, ‘The Pappi Song’ from ‘Heropanti’) The techno sounds in the beginning are very irritating, as of someone is shrieking in a very high pitch, right in your ears! The beats are catchy, which is what I pretty much see in a party track these days. Badshah doesn’t impress much with his vocals, they are still as expressionless as ever, which isn’t surprising, as he is a rapper, and I doubt he’ll ever get the meaning of melody in his whole life. However, he has roped in Aastha Gill, who was the background vocalist in ‘Dhup Chik’, to do the honors of singing the female part, and she actually sings beautifully. Her voice is very addictive (probably because of the auto tune, but who cares?) and so is the tune of her part in the song. The song has been composed like most of the party tracks, but the difference lies in the arrangements and female vocals. Everything else, like rap, is exactly the same — ridiculous. The rap actually has many, many references to Honey Singh’s songs, like ‘Lungi Dance’, and ‘Party All Night’. Lines like ‘aunty police bula legi, toh yaar tera kar lega handle’, ‘kisi Ke bhi papa se ni darenge’ and ‘humein rok Ke dikhaaye jiski bum mein hai dum’ are an open challenge and ridicule to Honey Singh. It seems so funny that his ex-partner (yes, Badshah and Honey used to work together) is challenging him so obviously. The lyrics of other parts are nothing special, it’s your everyday ridiculous T-Series party song lyrics. I was surprised that this track didn’t turn out as bad as I expected, but anyways, it isn’t what you can call awesome or mind-blowing, either. Do attempt, it’s not as atrocious as the previous Punjabi rap songs by people like Badshah, Raftaar and Manj Musik. 🙂

 

3. Baal Khade:- Singer ~ Sunidhi Chauhan, Music by ~ Sneha Khanwalkar, Lyrics by ~ Sunil Choudhary

Sneha re-enters the soundtrack, and along with her, Sunidhi also re-enters. As I was thinking about it, I realized that in this album, a commercial female singer has dubbed for Sneha for the first time. Otherwise, Sneha always employsemploys either unknown female singers, or herself. along with these two, naturally, the weird experiments of Sneha return as well! The song is mainly about making fun of boys, and starts in a quite peculiar manner, with Sneha (?) singing ‘bwoy, bwoy’ (boy, boy), of course not without any disturbance from the techno elements. This time she has made it sound as if the voice is coming from a 60-year-old transistor. Sunidhi kicks in with probably the most deep and manly voice she can produce, and she gets some Haryanvi/Rajasthani lines to croon. Her voice has been altered a bit too, and it sounds as if she’s sitting in a copper vessel and singing. The composition doesn’t attract you as much as ‘Engine Ki Seeti’, but then again, that wasn’t original. The pace of the song has been kept less, and it works in favourite of the song, though not making it capable to be a hit. The arrangements are a bit more attractive than the composition here, again with the heavy use of techno sounds. The lyrics are humourous, but only if you listen carefully and try to understand what they mean, otherwise they come across as some Rajasthaninglish (Rajasthani + English) gibberish. Sneha has tried her best to keep up the weirdness level that she had set in the first song, and she succeeds in that, but fails in the composition part. Might not cater to everyone, but nevertheless worth listening, not at all bad! This time there’s a bit of a fault in the composition.

 

4. Preet:- Singer ~ Jasleen Kaur Royal, Music by ~ Sneha Khanwalkar, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Verma

After the the three weird songs, here comes a sad song, which one would never have expected from Sneha, but here it is! She has composed it very efficiently, and her trend of introducing new singers carries on here; she employs a singer named Jasleen Kaur Royal, who was a contestant of ‘India’s Got Talent Season 1’, and gives her, her big Bollywood break. Though she’s not a young teenager, but she has sung so innocently, that she definitely sounds like one. Sneha has composed such a cute and touching tune, unlike her usual compositions. Here, her signature techno sounds are surprisingly very less, and instead the singer has been given a lot of space to showcase her talent. The instruments in the background are also very minimal, chimes being the leader here. Some sound effects can be heard here and there, but none try to overshadow the girl. The tune is superb, and of a type you would never expect from Sneha, as I said before. Especially the tune of the lines from ‘Jo main jaanti…preet na kariyo koye’ are very graceful, and WOW! The backing vocals throughout the song (Rajasthani style) are awesome, and carry on the song brilliantly. The strings in the interlude are beautiful too. It is supposed to be a sad song, and it does sound like one, but at other parts, it sounds like a lullaby too. It is a five-minute long song, but you will never get bored at any second of the song. The lyrics by Amitabh Verma are very brilliantly written. The concept itself is beautiful. It would translate to ‘If I knew that love was so painful, I would go around the town, shouting not to fall in love.’ Such a beautiful line. The heart-touching lyrics have been given a just as heart-touching tune by Sneha, and have been rendered in an even more soul-stirring way by Jasleen. It is a miracle, how Sneha has managed to compsoe such a melancholic song, and that too, without disturbing too much with her touches. A must-listen song, which will definitely reach out to you in the first listen itself! #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Maa Ka Phone:- Singers ~ Priya Panchal & Mouli Dave, Music by ~ Sneha Khanwalkar, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Verma & Sneha Khanwalkar

As soon as it starts, you can tell that Sneha’s otherworldly, alien sounds are back with this song, because of the way it starts. Her usual techno sounds open up the song, and a dialogue follows, ‘lekin tabhi meri ringtone baji’. Priya’s hilarious voice that follows, is something worth paying to listen for everyday, with her deliberately thin voice dominating the composition. She sings so differently each time, that one can’t help but get addicted to her voice each time. The last time, in ‘Johnny Johnny’ from ‘Entertainment’, the same thing happened, and it’s no less addictive here! She has tried her best to be at her humourous best, and impressed this time too. The way she says ‘melodrama, melodrama’ or ‘maan ka phone aaya, maa ka, Teri maan ka phone aaya..’ in an intentionally nasal voice, is just too hilarious! She’s just awesome! The way she says her line, ‘aaye tujhe bhi naani maa ka phone, maa Ki Maa ka’ is the most funny, and always leaves me in a ‘laugh-out-loud states every time. The arrangements might be too loud, but suit the theme of the song. It revolves mainly around a mother’s phone call coming at the wrong moment each time, and the complaints of the daughter. The club-type arrangements have been very well used with the lyrics. Mouli Dave, who gets relatively a very small part, does well, too, but her part seems like nothing as compared to the insane part which Priya has got and she always gets overshadowed by Priya. The last time they sing the hookline, it sounds a bit overdone and aggressive, but after so much entertainment, it can be forgiven, right? 😀 Sneha has played the tune of the hookline in the voice of the keys of a phone, numerous times in the song, which is another commendable and awesome experiment by her. The hookline itself is so catchy and wacky, that nobody can bear to not hear it. The arrangements, which are, as I said, mainly Sneha’s signature alien noises, also include some interesting South-Indian and Punjabi percussion, and the fusion sounds very, very impressive, creating an awesome impact. The lyrics are just as enetertaining, and zany. Amitabh and Sneha have worked together to make sure we double over with laughter while we hear the song. And it has worked. Another must-listen! Don’t expect anything decent, because it isn’t decent, instead it is as ridiculous as it could get, but I mean all this in the most positive way that there could ever be! Definitely a #5StarHotelSong!

 

♪ Extra Song:-

♪ Naina:- Singers ~ Sona Mohapatra, Armaan Malik, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

This song released later, and until it released, I was feeling the absence of a beautiful romantic song very badly in this album, but then it did release, and my wish was granted. It turned out to be just that, a touching romantic melody. Amaal Mallik, who didn’t impress me that much with his two songs in ‘Jai Ho’, has surprisingly composed a gem of a song for this album, and has also roped in a singer with one of the most distinct and beautiful voices, Sona Mohapatra, to sing it. His brother, Armaan, has sung the male part of the song. Beautiful guitar starts the song, and Sona enters with her great, earthy voice, which always imparts a relaxing feeling. She never fails to impress with her voice. Last we heard her was in ‘Purani Jeans’, singing the unplugged version of ‘Dil Aaj Kal’, so it was very refreshing to hear her again. Armaan has also sung wonderfully, and with a lot of expression! The hookline, ‘aey Mann karda ae thagi thoriya…’ has been composed in a very mature manner, and the arrangements in that part are magical as well. The soft drums and guitars make the song a beautiful romantic ballad, which is worth hearing for a hundred times on loop. The composition, as I said is very mature, and something I had never expected from Amaal, yet he proved me wrong, and gave this gem of a song. The tune is awesome and very sweet. The lyrics by Kumaar are in Punjabi, and they are just as beautiful as the vocals and composition are. The song somehow reminded me of ‘Kabira’ from ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’, probably because of the arrangements in the hookline. Nevertheless, the song is something you shouldn’t be missing out on just because it released later! Get yourself updated, and if you haven’t heard this song yet, you haven’t heard what is, in my opinion, the best song of the album! #5StarHotelSong!


Khoobsurat was an album from which I was expecting quite a lot, ever since I got to know that the music composer is Sneha Khanwalkar. Quite interestingly, she has employed all female voices to sing in this album, showing woman power, because none of her songs disappoint as such. All have the ability of being heard again at least twice or thrice, or maybe even more number of times! Badshah tto hasn’t disappointed that much with his song, as Amaal Mallik has undergone a huge improvement in nine months, and has given an awesome, melodious, romantic song. Okay, these other two composers, I wasn’t expecting anything from, but they still delivered above expectations, since expectations were none. What I liked about the album was the weirdness, yet variety which unfolds at the end. The sweetness, yet bitterness of the album. (With sweet as well as some aggressive and not-so-sweet but still enjoyable songs 😛 ) This album turns out to be a thoroughly enjoyable one, with many interesting elements, and it lives up to its name, being khoobsurat after all, but just in a different way!

 

 

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

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

 

Which is your favourite song from thus album? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next:- 5th Music Mastani Monthly Awards (September 2014)

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4 thoughts on “UNUSUALLY KHOOBSURAT! (KHOOBSURAT – Music Review)

  1. Loved the review and am so happy with the additional track Naina, it’s absolutely beautiful and you read my mind it reminds me of Kabira from YJHD too. It’s definitely my favorite track followed closely by Preet.
    I’ve read on twitter that Naina was made a day before the music launch which is absolutely crazy, got to give Amaal Mallik and co a massive pat on the back for giving us an amazing song in such a short period of time.
    Overall I enjoy the album, I have a strong feeling I’ll appreciate some of these tracks more after I see the film.

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    • Thanks a lot for taking your time out and commenting! 🙂
      I’m glad you too loved the album, because most of the people I Know did not! 😀 it really is wonderful how Amaal has created such a beautiful track in a night, and it had turned out to be so … Melodious! I’m glad you are satisfied with my review! Keep visiting and reading my reviews! Thanks a lot once again! 🙂

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