Music Album Details
♪ Music by:- Ram Sampath
♪ Lyrics by:- Sandeep Nath
♪ Music Label:- T-Series
♪ Music Released On:- 19th September 2014
♪ Movie Released On:- 10th October 2014
To hear the full songs of this album on Saavn CLICK HERE
To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE
Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami is a Bollywood film that released on 10th October, 2014. The film is a political satire, and has been receiving good reviews. The story is about two sons who set out to give their father an ultimate sign of respect. The film has been directed by Ravindra Gautam, produced by Neetu Jain and Asheema Shukla and stars Anupam Kher, Divyendu Sharma, Manu Rishi, Aditi Sharma (from ‘Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl’) and Neha Dhupia. I wasn’t expecting much from the music of this film, but then I got to know that the man behind the music was Ram Sampath, who has impressed a lot with albums like ‘Delhi Belly’, ‘Talaash’ and ‘Fukrey’. So it was natural of me to expect more from the music after getting to know that. The surprising thing is that while Ram usually does selective albums per year, this is his third album this year, and if you count ‘Satyamev Jayate Season 3’, then that’s four! What’s more, I’ve heard he’s composing for ‘PK’ as well! So let’s have a glimpse at what I felt about the music of ‘Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami’! 🙂
1. Ghoor Ghoor Ke
Singer ~ Sona Mohapatra
Whenever I see Sona Mohapatra in the credits nowadays, I make myself ready for a great enjoyable song, and it always turns out to be just that. Well, this time, the song isn’t a romantic song as she has been singing for quite a while now, but it’s a kind of item song. It starts with a short shaayari by Sona, and then some very catchy techno beats, which will surely grab your attention. Though the lyrics are typically cheap as in all item songs, the vocals of Sona give that magic element to the song, and make it sound awesome. She can make the most boring of compositions sound great. This time, though, the composition isn’t bad, but it’s highly catchy. That catchy techno tune keeps coming in order to keep us attracted to the song. The tune of the antaras is very beautiful and innovative. The tabla beats at the end of the antara add to the great grooviness of the song. The recording of the song, however is very bad and provide some disturbance. Here, the husband-wife jodi win and make a catchy song, but recording and lyrics fail to impress! Since the tune is catchy, though, here goes:- #5StarHotelSong!
2. Tod De Kataar
Singers ~ Labh Janjua, Divya Kumar & Ram Sampath
This song here does not get as lucky as the previous one as far as the tune and beats are concerned. Labh sings with his usual Punjabi folksy voice, accompanied by Ram Sampath in his Westernized voice and Divya Kumar in the background vocals. The tune that Tam has composed is pretty ordinary, and is not going to attract many ears. The techno beats manage to provide momentary relief, but it returns to the ordinary stuff after not so long. Anyways, Divya Kumar does manage to pull off an engaging act with his beautiful sargam towards the end after each of Ram’s English lines. The star of the song, however is Sandeep Nath. He has come up with something quite interesting! The lyrics focus on the satirical theme of the film. As said by the director of the film in the interview, “Tod De Kataar is an ode to the common man who needs to break out of the line to do what is unimaginable of him”. Keeping this in mind, if we listen carefully to the lyrics, they seem genius! Here, the composition lacks spice, and the vocals only impressed to a certain extent, whereas lyrics are the highlight!
3. Hum Tumhe Kaise Bataye (Ghazal)
Singers ~ Aman Trikha & Tarannum Mallik
On reading the word ‘Ghazal’ after the song, I was ready for something that actually sounds like a ghazal. When I played the song, however, I realised that it was nowhere near a Ghazal at all! So I just erased that ‘Ghazal’ word from the name, so it wouldn’t spoil my thoughts about the rest of the song. 😛 The song (after I mentally erased the word ‘ghazal’ from its name) is a very soulful and beautiful song. Aman has sung it very beautifully, but Tarannum has not done as well. She has used some fake Tulsi Kumar voice and spoilt everything. The composition is an utterly dreamy and magical one and it is impossible not to love it instantly. Tarannum might prove as an obstacle for you to like the song, but you will get accustomed to it after about two or three listens. The lyrics are also beautiful and very romantic. Ram has added various beautiful elements in the song, like the sitar and piano. The beats in the background are so catchy! They are soft and almost inaudible, but manage to attract your attention! Again, the composition isn’t all that innovative and it has been heard before, but it still has that vibe to it that makes you fall for it. In the short duration of four and a half minutes, four antaras have been crammed up, leaving minimal space for any interludes whatsoever. 😛 No complaints, but it is weird how the song has so many antaras. Beautiful! There’s no harm in calling it a #5StarHotelSong!!
Singer ~ Mohit Chauhan
Beautiful guitar strums and flute music start off this song, and a calm and serene atmosphere is created right from the first note. Mohit Chauhan with his amazing metallic voice, will attract you like a magnet. 😛 (Okay, sorry for the cheap jokes, but it’s true! His voice is too attractive!) The song is a lullaby, sung by a father for his son. Ram’s tune is very, very touching and emotional. It is easily one of his best compositions. The lyrics by Sandeep are again very good, and emotional. The arrangements are very soft, and have a calm, serene, dreamy touch to them, perfect for the kind of song that it is. The song is such that it can provide you bliss whenever you listen to it. 🙂 One of the best songs of Ram, Mohit and the best song of the album — so much so that I didn’t have much to write at all! I think this would be enough:- #5StarHotelSong!
5. Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami
Singers ~ Ram Sampath & Earl Edgar D
The last song in the album, is the title song, and it is something that sounds very cheap. Cheap and fake Americanization, too. 😛 Ram has sung some lines in mixed Hindi and English. It just sounds so weird how he sings in English suddenly, and that too seems like he’s trying to fit in the lyrics in the tune, which is nothing great either. Especially the hook line, which seems like it’s a song composed by a fifth-grader (very frankly speaking). Rap by Earl Edgar is good. Though Ram is singing some uninteresting and bland lines, he has sung them good, with the required feel. Towards the end, he has just computerized his voice to make it sound like a woman’s voice. The techno arrangements which he has garnered the song with are plain annoying. The lyrics are about the film, and looking at them, I would guess that it has been placed at the end of the film, when the credits roll. (No, I’ve not seen it, so don’t suspect me if I’m correct! 😛 ) Disappointing title song!
Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami is definitely not an album that would feature in the list of “Ram Sampath’s Best Albums”. It would directly land at the bottom of the list of all of his albums, instead. Even though it isn’t that bad overall, when you look at how good his previous albums were, this one is nowhere near them, except maybe ‘Purani Jeans’. Three good and enjoyable songs, but two uninteresting compositions, make this album a mixed bag, out of which you can only select some items. Though it isn’t anywhere near his previous albums, Ram Sampath has delivered an album which has a majority of good songs and lands in the safe zone!
Final Rating for This Album:- सा < रे < ग < म < प < ध < नी < सां
Note:- The letter which is underlined is the final rating.
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