HEY PRABHU!! (ACTION JACKSON – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by:- Himesh Reshammiya
♪ Lyrics by:- Shabbir Ahmed & Sameer Anjaan
♪ Music Label:- Eros Music
♪ Music Released On:- 6th November 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 5th December 2014

Action Jackson Album Cover

Action Jackson Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE

 

♪ Hear AJ Theme on YouTube:- 


Action Jackson is an upcoming Bollywood Masala entertainer flick, directed by the man known for the huge amount of entertainment (and nonsense 😜) in his movies, i.e, Prabhudheva. The film has been produced by Vic Walia, Gordhan Tanwani and Sunil Lulla, and features Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Yami Gautam and debutante Manasvi Mamgai in the lead roles. Prabhudheva’s films are well-known for their entertaining rustic music, that always manages to make us groove, and of course, the picturisations are always so lively and energetic. After working with Sajid-Wajid for two movies, Sachin-Jigar for one movie, and Pritam for his latest movie, and garnering positive reviews for each of the albums, Prabhudheva has settled on Himesh Reshammiya to compose for this movie. It is the first time they are working together, and dynamic and entertaining-to-the-core songs were expected from Himesh, who gave pretty good music for ‘The Xposé’, ‘Humshakals’ and two songs from ‘Kick’ this year. So, how well does the first collaboration between Prabhudheva and Himesh go? Let’s find out!


1. Keeda / Keeda (Reprise)
Singers ~ Himesh Reshammiya & Neeti Mohan, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed

Himesh has always been and continues to be known as one of the most sensational composers that ever entered Bollywood, giving numerous hits, be it dance tracks or romantic songs. His sensational songs are also, for that matter, pretty weird and confusing and they make you think “This is a hit?!” The exact same thing has happened with this song. Since it is in a Prabhudheva film, it got the little good luck which it did, but I doubt it would have gotten such a status had it been in any other film. First of all, it starts with an annoying and literally keeda-like sound, pretty similar to the sound those insects make at night when they wake you up in the middle of your sweet dream. 😂 Himesh kicks in with an unusually (for him) low-pitched voice, which is apparently meant to sound like a rockstar or something, but fails miserably. Neeti also fails to create any impact, with only the mukhda for her to repeat after Himesh. Though the song has been making huge waves amongst the masses, I don’t see any reason for it to be doing so, because very frankly speaking, it has not many attractive elements at all. Whatever Shabbir Ahmed has called “lyrics”, all I can say about them is that, it seems that he had been kept at gunpoint and forced to hastily scribble the most illogical words he could ever think of and place them in such a way that they would make less sense than a saas-bahu daily soap opera. I guess Prabhudheva didn’t understand what lyrics he approved. 😅 If I had to point out any positive thing about the song, however, I would definitely say that the beats are groovy! Again, the recording could have been a thousand times better, given the music era we are witnessing today! The reprise version in nothing different, except for the fact that it has more lines sung by Neeti, so there is a plus point in it. A song which you cannot ignore, but you can’t do anything about it either! A literal KEEDA!

 

2. Punjabi Mast
Singers ~ Ankit Tiwari, Vineet Singh, Himesh Reshammiya, Arya Acharya, Alam Gir Khan & Neeti Mohan, Lyrics by ~ Sameer Anjaan

The second song, sees Himesh re-enter in his typical Punjabi-mode, similar to what he did in the songs of ‘Son Of Sardaar’, but a tad bit less catchy and attractive. A catchy tune, however, does welcome you into the song, and Ankit and Vineet’s voices welcome us very warmly into the song. After that, you would be expecting an awesome build-up to the hookline, but, on the contrary, the hookline abruptly plays and actually seems like some link has been broken between the starting lines and the hookline. The hookline itself has very little oomph, which makes it disapointing considering that it is a collaboration of Himesh and Prabhudheva! One makes tremendously catchy music while the other choreographs sensationally! This song is supposed to be playing in two different situations at the same time, and Sameer has said that it was difficult to achieve that for the song. Well, then Mr. Sameer, I think you don’t know about that song ‘Bol Beliya’ from ‘Kill Dil’ geniusly written by Gulzar! It is just another meaningless mishmash of words. Talking about the vocals, all the singers have sung whatever their part is, great, but some of those lines which they have sung just don’t fit in the song. Firstly, Arya’s rap is not at all catchy, and on top of that, since it is in a Punjabi dance song, it sounds all the more odd and unsuitable. Another thing is that, though Mamta Sharma would have done a great job as the female vocalist, Himesh has insisted on transforming Neeti into Mamta! Thanks for that! Ankit, Vineet and Alam Gir Khan have stood out with their respective parts, while Himesh does join in at the hookline. Definitely better than the album opener, but not yet containing the expected punch of an ideal Himesh Reshammiya song! Another middling effort!

 

3. Chichora Piya
Singers ~ Himesh Reshammiya & Shalmali Kholgade, Lyrics by ~ Sameer Anjaan

Finally, we get to experience some actual Himesh stuff (by that I mean, catchy and viral!) with the third song in the album! Starting with an extremely catchy and attractive and just beautiful harmonium tune, it instantly grips you and pulls you towards it. The aah aah aah and pop sounds with which the song starts are just too, too appealing. Shalmali acts as the cherry on top, with her sweet, yet naughty vocals. But then comes the ususal Himesh ‘item song’ beats, and the usual ‘repetition’ which HAS to be there in one of Himesh’s songs! (Or does it?) The same beats as ‘Piya Ke Bazaar Mein’ from ‘Humshakals’ can be heard, with the exact same arrangements! What’s more, Himesh is sounding way too high-pitched in this particular song, more than he has ever sounded recently! Because of him, even Shalmali’s nasal voice seems reduced. The lyrics in this song are the exact same case, illogical, irrelevant and height of shamelessness. But that suits the tune, so not much qualms about it. Considering the first two songs, this song definitely excels, but individually, doesn’t seem like an extraordinary composition either. The antaras have no outstanding tune either, and work as boring lengtheners to the good mukhda. The arrangements being the same old stuff, don’t impress much, but as I said, that harmonium loop is something you should not miss! What starts off as an exciting and enjoyable song turns out to be a tiring listen! Dhamakedaar start with a lacklustre continuation!

 

4. Dhoom Dhaam
Singers ~ Ankit Tiwari & Palak Muchhal, Lyrics by ~ Sameer Anjaan

A sweet 90s-type rhythm of daflis and bagpipe-like tune welcomes us into the next song of the album, a soft romantic duet by Palak Muchhal and Ankit Tiwari. Throughout this year, Himesh has reserved Palak for songs which are not ideally meant for her, and aren’t in her comfort zone. But here, he takes her back to her forté (but that doesn’t mean she’s perfect at it, because that position is still being occupied by Shreya Ghoshal 😃 ) Anyways, the tune is a cute old-fashioned one with many attractive elements, and even by hearing just thirty seconds of the song, you can immediately make out that this is the gem of the album (Not a gem, mind you, but merely the gem of the album!) Ankit and Palak’s voices sound good together, and Ankit sounds better in this song than he does in his own compositions, probably because of the fact that his voice hasn’t been autotuned to disturbance here. 😂 One thing I must point out though, is his terrible diction and pronunciation of certain words. (har jagah ab dikke tu… sounds so odd! Might be bcause the lyrics don’t fit well into the tune or vice versa!) The hookline might irritate some, but I frankly found it awesome and very catchy. Antaras work as well, in giving the song more attractiveness. But yes, the disturbances in the lyrics are not done away with here either! Just try translating the lyrics into English and you’ll get my point. Also, arrangements and recording here isn’t top class either! The tune lacks the universal appeal, and ten years later, you might have forgotten all about this song, and when you hear it, you might just mistake it for some song which released in 1993. The best song of the album, but again, if they would have given more importance to the arrangements, freshness of tune and recording, it would have been a class apart!

 

5. Gangster Baby
Singers ~ Neeti Mohan & Neeraj Shridhar, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed

Well, to be honest, after hearing the two other songs which Neeti has sung in this album, I wasn’t ready to hear another just because of the terrible fate of the first two. However, I still had some hope, because Neeti is a very talented singer, and I was hoping that she would finally make some mark in the album and leave some legacy for the album behind. 😂 Well, it was just a wrong and ridiculous expectation, and too great an expectation as well. Himesh Reshammiya has literally redefined the rock genre, and that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s enhanced it. The rock guitar tune (which has been lifted from a South song) does entertain to some extent, but when Neeti enters, everything suddenly changes. She has been given such an unattractive, flat, boring and trying-to-be-the-new-cool composition to sing, that I feel utterly sorry for her. The experiments that have been done with her voice by HR fail to impress as well. On top of that, when Shabbir Ahmed comes to write the most absurd words he can think of, then we can rest assured that the song’s fate is bad. He has written any stupid lyrics! I think he thinks that adding bootylicious or django or bloody to the lyrics automatically makes the song sound good! Well, no sir, it isn’t like that; writing lyrics is also an art! The interludes in the song are some of the worst I’ve ever come across, and they don’t actually attract and keep people listening, like interludes are supposed to. Neeraj enters briefly, but fails to set anything right. Ajay Devgn’s mindless dialogues just make the listeners even more irritated. Rock redefined for the worse!

 

Extra Song
♪ AJ Theme
Voice ~ Ajay Devgn

The theme song of the movie, which released last, is surprisingly very entertaining, and unexpectedly catchy! After the disastrous fate of the album, such a comparatively awesome theme was definitely not what I was expecting. But all this praise is mostly just for one bit of the theme, and that is the small harmonium-tabla combo tune that keeps coming to entertain us. The bongo-congo also sounds great. Other instruments like the guitars, and other techno sounds have been used well, but could have been used in a catchier way. Ajay irritates with his dialogues, though. Better than some of the actual full-fledged songs in this album! Enjoy the end credits with this song!


Action Jackson is one of those albums, for which I had huge expectations, and probably that’s why I was so disappointed when the album finally released, and did not meet even half of my expectations. The catchiness, hummability and repeat value which is usually present in a Himesh album, is somehow absent from this album. The lyrics are absurd and the recording is worse than the 90s! Some elements from each song make it overall a decent affair, but I seriously don’t think this album is going to be on people’s playlists for long. The theme song being better than four of the five actual songs, is enough to prove my point and also justify my final rating for this album! What’s more, there isn’t a single song in the album, which I can confidently and proudly call a #5StarHotelSong. So, this ends up as the worst album reviewed on my blog. (And it just had to be a single-composer album by one of the t composers of Bollywood! Uggghh I feel so bad for having to do this..) Hey Prabhu!! Ye Tune Kya Kiya! The HR-Prabhu combo just didn’t work!

 

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

Note:- The letter which is underlined is the final rating. Also, please don’t be offended by the low rating…Read my Humshakals and The Xposé reviews to get to know that I’m not at all a HR hater!

 

Which is your favourite song from Action Jackson? Please vote for it below! 😊

 

Next “dish”:- PK, Chefs:- Shantanu Moitra, Ajay-Atul & Ankit Tiwari

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