FROM ACTION TO ROMANCE!! (GABBAR IS BACK – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Chirantan Bhatt, Yo Yo Honey Singh &
Manj Musik
♪ Lyrics by: Manoj Yadav, Kumaar, Sahil Kaushal, Manj Musik, Raftaar & Big Dhillon
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 20th April 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 1st May 2015

Gabbar Is Back Album Cover

Gabbar Is Back Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Gabbar Is Back is an upcoming Bollywood action drama film, starring Akshay Kumar in the titular role of Gabbar. Along with superstar Akki, the film features Shruti Haasan, Suman Talwar, Sunil Grover and Jaideep Ahlawat. Kareena Kapoor Khan will be seen in a cameo appearance as Akshay’s wife in a song sequence and Chitrangada Singh is featuring in an item number in the film. The film is a remake of A.R. Murugadoss’ 2002 hit Tamil film ‘Ramanaa’, which has been already remade into Telugu and Kannada. The Hindi version, releasing this Friday, has been directed by Bollywood newcomer Krish and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Shabinaa Khan. Akshay Kumar plays a common man known to the people as Gabbar, who tries to abolish corruption altogether from the society at all levels. For the music, the makers have turned to three people. Chirantan Bhatt, nowhere to be heard after his one song in ‘Ragini MMS 2’, gets two songs, whereas Punjabi rappers Yo Yo Honey Singh and Manjeet Ral (Manj Musik) get one song each. Looking at the names, one would expect something from Chirantan naturally, and also, for that matter, from Honey Singh, given his wonderful track record of hit songs for Akshay and Akshay’s productions. As for Manj, I don’t expect anything. So let’s see, with how much power Gabbar has returned! And whether he has a good music sense or not! 😉


1. Teri Meri Kahaani
Singers ~ Arijit Singh & Palak Muchhal, Music by ~ Chirantan Bhatt, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

Success for an album these days can be calculated by a simple formula. If the number of Arijit Singh songs in the album is more, the success of the album is more. Thus proved that the number of Arijit Singh songs in an album and its success are directly proportional. 😝😝 Okay, enough with the jokes. This song is nothing to be joked about. Chirantan, returning after more than a year, after his scary lullaby in ‘Ragini MMS 2’ last year, this time gets something which is more like his cup of tea. A romantic song. Of course, the romantic guy of Bollywood, Arijit, would get to do the honours of crooning this one. He has worked with Chirantan before in ‘Uska Hi Banana’ (1920: Evil Returns), ‘Aye Dil Bata’ (Ishk Actually) and ‘Har Kisi Ko’ (Boss), all of which were impressive! And man, does he do justice to this song, too!! He uses his deep voice here, instead of his sweet and innocent one, and simply works wonders, nothing more and nothing less. Chirantan has composed a quite energetic, yet soulful composition, which also has the ability to make you nod your head along. The mukhda being very energetic, at the same time the antara starts off quite softly, and builds up in momentum as it progresses. Of course, it wouldn’t have been easy for any singer to ace the composition. But Arijit has done it perfectly. Since the composition is very typical Bhatt-ish, it won’t take time to grow on anyone. (Here’s a secret though: it took time to grow on me, strangely!) However, there is a plus point to the typicality of the composition here, and that is, the guaranteed success for it. It has already been making everyone crazy about itself. Palak complements Arijit very well, and after having been singing female versions of Arijit’s songs for Jeet Gannguli for so many times, I can imagine how happy she might be to sing an actual duet with him after so long. 😃 This time, she sounds not that Shreya-ish, and finally seems to have carved out a niche for herself in Bollywood, as the ‘kind-of like Shreya’ girl. Here, she sounds fantastic. Arrangements by Chirantan are not to miss, either! Those spunky guitar riffs that start the song do not leave except for some places in the song, and they sound awesome throughout. Drums, and electric guitars very adequately join wherever required, giving a good and substantial Bhatt feel. The rock romance genre, rarely heard done perfectly nowadays, has finally been proved accomplished by Chirantan Bhatt! Manoj Yadav’s lyrics are also full of romance, suit the composition, and have a catchy ring to them. The Bhatt effect, this time a positive effect! Sure to get Chirantan a lot more songs in Bollywood! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Aao Raja
Singers ~ Neha Kakkar, Yo Yo Honey Singh & Teflon, Music by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics by ~ Sahil Kaushal

Yes. I was desperately waiting for this song. No, not because there’s Chitrangada Singh in it as a special appearance. Neither because it is an item song. Here’s the reason. I was waiting for it because of the brilliant songs that Yo Yo has given for Akshay Kumar in films like ‘Fugly’ and the latest ‘The Shaukeens’. Also, whenever Yo Yo and Neha Kakkar have come together, it has always resulted in mind-blowing and innovative songs. ‘Sunny Sunny’ (Yaariyan) was a nice and youthful party number, whereas ‘Manali Trance’ (The Shaukeens) was the first trance track of Bollywood, with an addictive vibe to it. So naturally, I was eagerly awaiting this track, when I heard about it being composed by Honey Singh and sung by Neha. Well, it starts off very promisingly, with a techno tune and awesome percussion. Yo Yo’s rap, for the first time, I can admit that it actually sounded good, starting off the song. But then, Neha kicks in with some ridiculously bland lines, which don’t really keep up the listener’s interest in listening much more. The tune is nothing that can be called ‘addictive’. Moreover, she keeps repeating the same lines all throughout the song. Other parts are either Yo Yo’s rap, or English rap by somebody called Teflon. This guy really lives up to his name. 😂 As Teflon coating protects a cooking utensil, the same way, this guy protects this song, by giving listeners something good to hear at least. Yep, his rap is better, compared to Honey’s rap which comes sometime midway into the song. He’s a rapper from New York. And Yo Yo gave him hardly ten seconds of the song. LOL! Oh, and in case you’re wondering who is the mahaan hasti behind the lyrics, it is Sahil Kaushal urf Lil Golu. 😂😂😂 I guess he grew up and so Yo Yo wanted to showcase his talent to the world, so gave him this song to write, saying “Go my son. Show the world what you’re made of.” Well. I think he’s made of nothing special, in fact, I think he has a lower IQ than you and I. Yo Yo, however bad the rap and however dull the overall composition may be, has given great arrangements as always, which of course, guarantee at least one listen by every one of his followers and non-followers too. Because thereafter, only his followers might touch the song. Smart guy, I’ve got to say. 😝 Barring the arrangements and the English rap, there is NOTHING innovative about this track, nor anything catchy. Disappointing song from Yo Yo-Neha combo. Sajid-Wajid with Mamta can do better than this!

 

3. Coffee Peetey Peetey
Singers ~ Dev Negi & Paroma Das Gupta, Music by ~ Chirantan Bhatt, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Chirantan re-enters, to treat us with yet another romantic song. This time, he steers clear of all conventions and tries to make something sweet and simple, that will nevertheless strike a chord with listeners. The result is in front of us, and I can tell that he has worked very hard to get something so effective as this song. Just as the name suggests, the song actually sounds like something that would play in a coffee shop, or soemthing that would play in the minds of two people, meeting over a cup of coffee. The very Pritam-ish ring it has, makes it something that instantly seems outstanding, and indeed, it is something unique in the name of a romantic song. Calming, soothing and groovy at the same time, is pretty rare. Dev Negi, earlier heard in ‘Ungli Pe Nachalein’ (Ungli) sounds drastically different from what he did in that song. The entire folksiness in his voices seems to have disappeared to reveal an urban side of his voice. Where he didn’t sound good at all trying to ape Mika and failing miserably in that song, he sounds awesome aping Sanam Puri in this song (😜) and actually gives a good impression to the listeners. His co-singer, Paroma Das Gupta, sounds good, as well, but also sounds as if she’s really trying to create a false aura of internationality around herself in the antara, where she sounds too over-stylish. 😝 The wonderful choruses of “Hey Ohh..” and “I’m in Love, He’s in love” and “Nasha hai ye pehle pyaar ka”, are really catchy, and as I always keep saying, serve their purpose of the hookline. 🙂 Kumaar’s lyrics are as sweet and simple as it can get. The lyrics being so simple, really make the song sound natural and not too dramatic like so many songs these days. The modern arrangements done by Chirantan increase the attractiveness of the song. Guitars — both acoustic and electric, sound awesome, along with nice soft piano notes. And those techno beats that carry the whole song forward, are just too irresistible. 😀 So ultimately, Chirantan aces both of his songs, and this one is a perfect sweet and simple song, sure to be loved by you! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Warna Gabbar Aa Jayega
Singers ~ Manj Musik & Raftaar, Music by ~ Manj Musik, Lyrics by ~ Manj Musik, Raftaar & Big Dhillon

On the sight of this Manj’s name as one of the composers of this album, I was sure that he’s gonna continue his ‘Utter Stupid Song’ list with this too, and boy, was I right. I was expecting him to compose something Punjabi, but thank God he didn’t do that. Anyways, what he did do was nothing better than Punjabi rap that he always does. He gets the opportunity to compose the theme song for ‘Gabbar Is Back’, and how doe she utilize this opportunity? Very badly. It isn’t an understatement to say he wasted it completely. It seems to be a mishmash of dialogues of Gabbar Singh from ‘Sholay’ and some stupid rap by Raftaar. What he has actually “composed”, I don’t understand. He shouldn’t even be credited for composing anything. Whatever he calls the “tune”, is just one line, too insufficient. Arrangements are some of the most irritating I’ve heard recently. Kind of like what only Manj Musik can do, exclusively. 😝 Three people credited for lyrics, gives an impression of something huge having been done, but actually, what they’ve written is equivalent to zero. If you do not want to suffer, listen to me and skip this track. It’s utter torture!


Gabbar Is Back is an album, which already has an insufficient number of tracks at just four. I like it at least five or above. Anyways, you might argue that quality is more important than quantity. Okay. I agree. But here, the so-called quality is evident only in two tracks, that too, by the same man, Chirantan Bhatt. Honey and Manj contribute very little to the album, and I guess everything of that little also comes from Honey only. So ultimately, Manj has done zero, zilch, nada, nothing! Whatever the makers were thinking, by making this a multi-composer album, I guess they’ve learned their lesson. As for Akshay Kumar, I guess he’ll stick to Sajid-Wajid the next time he does a masala action film. So, with both of Chirantan’s love songs working well, I guess now people will think “Gabbar = Romance” instead of “Gabbar = Action”. 😝 A multi-composer album gone wrong, as they mostly do!!

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Coffee Peetey Peetey > Teri Meri Kahaani > Aao Raja > Warna Gabbar Aa Jayega

 

Which is your favourite song from Gabbar Is Back? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next “dish”: Bombay Velvet, Chefs: Mikey McCleary & Amit Trivedi

MELODIOUS START TO A PROMISING BOLLYWOOD JOURNEY!! (PIKU – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Anupam Roy
♪ Lyrics by: Manoj Yadav & Anupam Roy
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 21st April 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 8th May 2015

Piku Album Cover

Piku Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Piku is an upcoming comedy drama film, starring Deepika Padukone in the titular role, Irrfan Khan and Amitabh Bachchan. The film also stars Moushumi Chatterjee and Jisshu Sengupta in supporting roles. The film has been directed by Shoojit Sircar of ‘Vicky Donor’ fame, and produced by N.P. Singh, Ronnie Lahiri, and Sneha Rajani. The movie is about an architect, Piku, played by Deepika Padukone, and her relation with her ageing father Bhashkor played by Amitabh Bachchan, who is suffering from numerous, small, age-related issues. Bhashkor is someone who can’t stand not getting attended to by his daughter, and is constantly hungry for her love and attention. Eventually, Bhashkor blackmails Piku to take him on a road trip, for which they have no option but to let the owner of the local cab service, Rana (Irrfan Khan) drive them personally through the trip. This results in each of them getting to know each other and deal with each other, at the same time creating a sort of bond between the three. Of course, the story seems very interesting and charming, and so we have no choice but to hope the music album to the movie is just as sweet and endearing. What’s more, the music has been composed by one of the Bengali music industry’s most promising, emerging music composers (who has already carved out a place for himself over in the Bengali industry), none other than Anupam Roy, who has composed for Bengali movies such as ‘Highway’ and ‘Chotushkone’. The debut of this guy, who I’ve been hearing a lot about even before his first Hindi song released, has gotten me so over-hyped, that I can’t wait to start reviewing his debut Bollywood album! So, let’s see exactly how much he sticks to the expectations and how much he delights us with his big-ticket entry into Bollywood! 🙂


1. Journey Song
Singers ~ Anupam Roy & Shreya Ghoshal, Lyrics by ~ Anupam Roy

Considering the refreshing and sweet little storyline of the film, naturally, one would expect the kick start to the album to be equally refreshing and adorable. And what do we get? Just what we wanted. The first song is a melodious, sweet, soothing and lively composition by Anupam Roy, a perfect way to start his journey in Bollywood. Appealing guitar riffs start this song off, and right from the second it starts, we are hooked onto the song like a fish gets hooked on to the fishing-line. 😀 Yup, the beginning itself is so irresistible, that it forces us to cheer ourselves up, forget all the tension in our lives and do nothing besides pay attention to the song. Anyways, about the song, as I said, it is a calm, soothing yet enjoyable song, with just the right blend of sweetness and gusto in it. Where does the gusto come from, you ask? Well, the lively arrangements and innovative composition helps to bring in the much-needed gusto in the song. Such enthusiasm, as rarely seen in calm Bollywood songs nowadays, instantly making you get up and recharged. A break from the regular Bollywood romantic stuff, this is a song totally about the beauties and joys of a road-trip, and the relish of going on one. Anupam’s rendition, though not pitch-perfect, works in favour of the song, only and only because of the natural element it brings into the song. The guitar continues to mesmerize us, also joined in by other, more exotic instruments, like the flutes, the beautiful matkas, the breathtaking violin-ish sound of the ravan-hatta in between the antaras. Shreya gets to sing a very cute Bengali part which does manage to catch your attention, and not just because of her flawless singing, but also because of Anupam’s cherishable composition to that part, the best part of the song in my opinion. Keeping the lyrics just as sweet and simple, this song boasts of perfection in simplicity. The Bengali lines are apparently about the beauty of nature, with references to Akash (sky), and Polash (flower). The duration of the song also not having been kept really long, it charms and leaves a lasting impression on your ears. A delightful, charming and utterly engaging start to this album. Anupam hits the bullseye right with his first Bollywood song! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Bezubaan
Singer ~ Anupam Roy, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav & Anupam Roy

Soothing piano notes transform the delightful and flamboyant atmosphere created by ‘Journey Song’, into a sombre, thought-provoking one, and you brace yourselves for the next piece of bliss Anupam has to offer you. Describing the greatness of this song will really get me nowhere, and neither will it make any difference to anyone’s perspective of the song. Because the fact is that, the melody and composition of this track is so strong and addictively calming, that you wouldn’t want to miss even a second of it. You will find yourself attentively listening, right from those piano notes I described at the beginning, to the even more refreshing guitar notes which make up the grand finale. And in between these two common instruments, is some indescribably wonderful, amazing something, which it would be a crime to call just a ‘song’. A perfect mix of very soft rock music, and applause-worthy fusion of it with attractive classical solo pieces on the sitar. One more plus point about this song is its very emotional and touching tune. Anupam has put together all the right notes and it has resulted into some magnificent feat. The hookline, from “Jheeni jheeni… ” to “…kaise hum bezubaan” , is one of the nest parts of the song, something that makes a home inside your memory and imprints itself there right away, never to go away quickly. 🙂 Anupam’s vocals in this song, sound brilliant but I have to admit, someone with a smoother and finer voice might have justified the composition even more, such as Sonu Nigam. Arijit could have also worked here. Anyways, since there is nothing to complain about in Anupam’s voice, these should just be seen as suggestions and not drawbacks. Ultimately, his voice is the one which actually made me fall for the song. Manoj Yadav and Anupam together write extremely meaningful and moving lyrics, another strong reason to love the song. It will be this song that will make you love Anupam right away, if you don’t already! A song that will make Anupam’s entry into Bollywood memorable. #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Lamhe Guzar Gaye
Singer ~ Anupam Roy, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav & Anupam Roy

The dreaminess of the album continues with the next track, yet again sung, composed by Anupam and written by him along with Manoj Yadav. This song is a breezy and comforting number that would surely appeal to you, but not as an instant standout. However, as time passes, this song is surely going to leave its mark on you. The brilliance in composition continues as Anupam tries to bring together notes that will sound perfect with each other. He continues singing his compositions with the same utmost diligence, and this time, manages to ace it on the vocals part. Mesmerizing arrangements help in building up the attention of the listeners. Drums, electric guitars male appearances even in this song and so the soft-rockiness of this album increases even more. Of course, no one’s complaining! The tambourine and rattles do catch our attention occasionally, and they have really been used in a commendable way, towards the background, yet seem so prominent. Flute in an interlude steals the limelight of that moment, whereas in other parts, Anupam’s great singing steals it away. Manoj and Anupam have written another great song, and their words have been brought to life by Anupam, with his soulful and heart-touching composition and rendition of it. Slightly undercooked, will take some time to grow, but when it does, you will be shocked at how much you will be liking it! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Piku
Singer ~ Sunidhi Chauhan, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

Just as we might be about to assume that each song on this album is sung by Anupam, this song arrives, giving us relief by seeing someone else’s name under the credits for vocals. And that “someone else” is none other than Sunidhi Chauhan, rarely heard nowadays thanks to the advent of so many newcomers, and also an unbelievably versatile singer. In this album, she gets one of the cutest, sweetest songs of the year, the title track. The song we heard in the trailer, which had won over my heart right that instant itself, it’s finally time to see how it does as a whole. To its favour, the song has quite a number of things to make it work. First of all, the beginning. When was the last time a song got you hooked (literally) and had you smiling RIGHT FROM THE VERY FIRST SOUND that it makes? When was the last time you judged a song to be spectacular, awesome, and whatnot, even before you were done hearing it completely for the first time? Well, I really can’t remember my having done so in this year, until this song came along. Wonderful a cappella style vocals open up the song, giving it an energy boost, such energy that is never going to die out till the song is over. The vocalists have been efficiently directed by Anupam, and his composition also has the qualities in it, to be loved by one and all. Sunidhi’s rendition, as expected, is just the right mix of energy, adorability and her excellence in both of these things clearly shows in her delivery of each and every word. When she says the word Piku, you will find it impossible to either smile in appreciation or might blush yourself, like a baby! 😀 The playful tune really works a lot, assuring the listener that there is still ‘good music’ left in the world, giving you a sense of happiness. Manoj’s lyrics very nicely describe the frisky, exuberant nature of the protagonist, i.e, Piku. One of the lines: “Roothey toh mirchi jaisi, hans de toh cheeni jaisi” (meaning ‘if she gets angry, she’s like a chilli, if she laughs, she’s like sugar’) really came across as really cute and lovable to me. All the other lines are no less! Arrangements, other than those brilliant a cappella vocals, are, again, guitars and drums, played in a quite jolly mood, along with wonderful violins. One of the interludes witnesses an American country music type intervention, with a banjo solo, sounding quite refreshing to the ears. It can’t get more charming, spirited or jollier than this! Stop whatever you’re doing, Piku’s calling! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Teri Meri Baatein
Singer ~ Anupam Roy, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav & Anupam Roy

For the fifth and final song on this short, yet worthwhile-till-now album, Anupam returns behind the mic, this time for another mind blowing composition, which I have no words to describe, but have to find some quick! OK, so here they are. Rather, here it is: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! That’s what you say when you have nothing to say. 😛 (Watch ‘Mary Poppins’ if you’re clueless at the moment). Anyways, I’ll cut you the slack, and write more about the song. Oncd again, Anupam resorts to what I believe are his favourite instruments, by now, the guitars and drums, this time though, in such a soulful manner, that they do the work of being a calming factor in the song. Anupam sings again, beautifully and the overall tune of the song, he keeps pretty simple. At the same time, the arrangements do all the speaking, and enthral you to no extent. I already mentioned the incredible soft rock elements, but in addition to that, the genius mastermind has fused a spellbinding tabla rhythm. And it is this rhythm on the tabla which you are bound to fall for, which is bound to trap you in its web of calmness, and which you have no choice but to hear the song over and over just to hear again! A nice Sufi-esque flavour does come from these beats, which ultimately overshadows the rock parts even in all their brilliance. Manoj and Anupam yet again, deliver touching and good, romantic lyrics, which, in combination with the composition, seem heavenly. Anupam ends the album on a calm note, stealing our hearts as he leaves, to come back to Bollywood who knows when! #5StarHotelSong!!


2015 has been witnessing a host of beautiful, quality music albums. NP matter what the common public says, there are just some albums that appeal to me, no matter what everyone else thinks. Piku is one of those albums. Not only is it the huge Bollywood debut of Anupam Roy, one of the most sought-after composers in the Bengali industry, but it is also a perfect compilation of emotional, romantic, lively and energizing numbers, that are surely gonna stay with me for long, and you as well! With a debut like this, in a film with music scope only for songs to be blended into the background, giving a soundtrack like this that will steal hearts in bulk, is definitely not an easy task, neither must it have been too easy to compose them this perfectly. Keeping the script in mind, or not, this soundtrack is a winner in both ways. It is truly a melodious and unforgettable start to Anupam’s Bollywood journey! 

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: As you like it! 😄

 

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

 

Next “dish”: Gabbar Is Back, Chefs: Chirantan Bhatt, Yo Yo Honey Singh & Manj Musik

12th MUSIC MASTANI MONTHLY AWARDS (APRIL 2015)

The time has come once again, to celebrate the best songs of the month and felicitate them, based on vocals, composition, lyrics etc.

So here are the 12th Music Mastani monthly Awards. Also marking a one-year birthday for Music Mastani!! Thanks, all my supporters and readers! 🙂

 

12th Music Mastani Monthly Awards

MAIN AWARDS

• Singer of the Month (Female) : Sonu Kakkar for ‘Foreign Balamwa’ (Margarita With A Straw)

• Singer of the Month (Male) : K.K. for ‘Dil Tod Ke’ (Ishq Ke Parindey)

• Composer of the Month (Song) : Peter Cat Recording Co. (PCRC) for ‘Jaanam’ (Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!)

• Composer of the Month (Album) : Mikey McCleary for Margarita With A Straw, excluding ‘Dusokute’ (No other solo composer album for this month)

• Album of the Month: Margarita With A Straw (Music by: Joi Barua & Mikey McCleary; Lyrics by: Prasoon Joshi, Mikey McCleary & Joi Barua; Singers: Joi Barua, Sharmistha Chatterjee, Sonu Kakkar, Rachel Varghese, Anushka Manchanda, Vivienne Pocha, Mikey McCleary & Rajnigandha Shekhawat; Music On: Zee Music Company) 

• Musical Jodi of the Month (Best Duet) : Joi Barua & Sharmistha Chatterjee for ‘Dusokute — Duet’ (Margarita With A Straw)

• Lyricist of the Month: Rashmi Singh for ‘Teri Khushboo’ (Mr. X)

 

SONG AWARDS

• Best Romantic Song: Jaanam (Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!)

• Best Dance Song: Foreign Balamwa (Margarita With A Straw)

• Best Sad Song: Teri Khushboo (Mr. X)

• Best Club Song: Alif Se (Mr. X)

• Best Classical-Based Song: Aai’s Aalap (Margarita With A Straw) AND Dil Tod Ke (Ishq Ke Parindey)

• Best Song With A Western Influence: Chase In Chinatown & Life’s A Bitch (Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!) AND I Need A Man & Don’t Go Running Off Anytime Soon (Margarita With A Straw)

• Best Song With A Folk Influence: Maula Karde Karam (Ishq Ke Parindey)

• Song With Best Use of Fusion: Byomkesh In Love (Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!)

• Best Backing Vocals: Keya Dutta, Shilpa Chadhdha, Sugandha Tamse, Sulbha Ninad Samang for Foreign Balamwa (Margarita With A Straw)

• Best Sound Effects In A Song: Yang Guang Lives & Bach Ke Bakshy (Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!)

• Best Retro-Styled Song: Calcutta Kiss (Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!)

• Best Humorous Song: Neelanand (Dharam Sankat Mein)

 

♪ SPECIAL AWARDS

• Banda Kya Jaane Adrak Ka Swaad (Most Unnoticed Album OR Best Album That Went Pretty Much Unnoticed) : Margarita With A Straw (Zee Music Company)

• Newcomer of the Month

– Newcomer of the Month (Singer – Female) : Gowri Jayakumar for Bach Ke Bakshy (Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!)

– Newcomer of the Month (Singer – Male) : Suryakant Sawhney for Jaanam (Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!) AND Pardeep Sran for Allah Hoo Allah (Dharam Sankat Mein)

– Newcomer of the Month (Composer) : Joi Barua for ‘Dusokute’ (Margarita With A Straw), Madboy/Mink for ‘Calcutta Kiss’, Peter Cat Recording Co. for ‘Jaanam’, Blek for ‘Byomkesh In Love’ and Mode AKA for ‘Chase In Chinatown’ (Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!)

• Music Label of The Month: Zee Music Company (Margarita With A Straw, Ishq Ke Parindey & Dharam Sankat Mein in order of rating on Music Mastani)

 

Thanks for reading the Monthly Awards for April 2015! And once again, thanks for the continue am support for one whole year! 🙂

 

Reviews This Month: Gabbar Is Back, Piku, Kuch Kuch Locha Hai, Bombay Velvet, Ishqedarriyaan, Phir Se, Welcome 2 Karachi, Tanu Weds Manu Returns and More!!! 

 

A PARINDA WITH SMALL WINGS FLIES HIGH!!! (ISHQ KE PARINDEY – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Vijay Verma, Rashid Khan & Sajjad Ali
♪ Lyrics by: Shakeel Azmi, Manthan, Irshad Khan, Sajjad Ali, Tanveer Ghazi & Shakir Khan
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 15th April 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 24th April 2015

Ishq Ke Parindey Album Cover

Ishq Ke Parindey Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Ishq Ke Parindey is an upcoming Bollywood romantic drama film, starring Rishi Verma and Priyanka Mehta as the male and female lead respectively. The film has been directed by Shakir Khan, and produced by Shyam Motion Pictures. The story revolves around two lovebirds (Ishq Ke Parindey… LOL! 😝😝), Sheen (a Pakistani girl played by Priyanka Mehta) and Faiz (an Indian boy played by Rishi Verma). Of course, the families don’t agree, what with all the Indo-Pak conflict going on for ages, and we all can predict what happens next. So, the plot is nothing extraordinary, nor does it showcase anything unique, but I would call it rather seemingly boring. However, what pushed me to review this album, as it always should be, was the music of the film. You must have been wondering why I’ve chosen to do such a small album, and I’ll tell you why. It’s because I was totally taken aback by the wonderful music of the first two song promos, that I decided to review this album, too. The music of this film has been given by Vijay Verma (who had composed a song in ‘Chakravyuh’ in 2012), Rashid Khan (‘Deewana Kar Raha Hai’ – Raaz 3, ‘Kabhi Aayine Pe’ – Hate Story 2) and Sajjad Ali [Chandwani] (‘Khwaabb’). Out of the three, only Rashid Khan is well-known to me, and so I was not expecting a lot from this album, UNTIL the first two song promos came and surprised me! Here are my thoughts about the album! 🙂


1. Ek Hatheli / Ek Hatheli (Sad) / Ek Hatheli (Remix)
Singers ~ Sonu Nigam & Keka Ghoshal / Sonu Nigam / Vijay Verma & Supriya Pathak, Music by ~ Vijay Verma, Lyrics by ~ Shakeel Azmi

This song excited me right from seeing Sonu Nigam’s name as one of the singers. I was expecting quite a lot from it right from then. And boy, were my expectations fulfilled! When you have a sweet, memorable composition, an awesome singer as Sonu Nigam, and cute lyrics, what can possibly go wrong? The result is a song, that has the whole capacity to attract masses and true music lovers. Though the tune is nothing fresh, and something of the type we have heard and loved many times in the past, it has that freshness which binds you to fall in love with it. The mukhda and both antaras, have been composed simply and very efficiently, ensuring itself a good, wide audience. What’s more, Sonu and Keka (who I don’t think is related to Shreya Ghoshal in any way) have brought in the sweetness and cuteness of the song. Both of them sing beautifully, and do justice to the sweet romantic composition. As for the arrangements by Vijay, they are a great amalgamation of traditional instruments like flute, and contemporary ones like guitars, thus promising a great listening experience for both Classical music lovers and Modern music lovers. Shakeel’s lyrics are also nothing new, yet good enough to bring smiles on our faces, and they suit the sweet composition, or vice versa, whatever he the case. Though the original version impresses, there is a “Sad Version” which doesn’t produce many sparks, only because of the fact that, the composition itself is predominantly a romantic, and sweet-sounding one, not suitable to become a sad one. Also, when they have made the sad version, they have just slowed the pace a bit and added strings in the backdrop, just for dramatic effect, which doesn’t do any effect whatsoever. Anyways, Sonu renders it beautifully. There is remix version, strangely sung by the composer and someone name Supriya Pathak (I’m sure it’s not the same Supriya Pathak you and I are thinking of. 😂) Beats are good, but nobody would go for this one, simply because everyone hates remixes now! All in all, only go for the original version, a beautiful, sweet and romantic melody sung and composed beautifully, and the original version is also a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Dil Tod Ke
Singer ~ K.K., Music by ~ Vijay Verma, Lyrics by ~ Manthan

Now this second song, is the one which made me make this firm decision that I would, no matter what, review this small and unnoticed album. I was taken in by the magical tune and vocals of this song. So let’s see what exactly lured me into the trap of reviewing this album. (It’s a pretty good trap, though! 😀 ) First of all, the song starts with very attractive guitar riffs and some mellow notes played on the flute, which you can’t help but fall for! As soon as K.K., the very, very less-heard-nowadays singer starts singing the composition, you can’t suppress that waah! which comes out from your mouth, or if you don’t say it aloud, you will surely say it in your mind. Not for the vocals, no, but this time, for the composition. What A.R. Rahman or M.M. Kreem were known for in the 90s, Vijay Verma does it in this beauty of a composition. That haunting, but heart-winning composition is just irresistible. The repetition of each line in such a catchy and well-composed way, sounds magnificent. Resemblances in the antara to Rahman’s “Pyaar Ye Jaane Kaisa Hai’ from ‘Rangeela’, make the song sound more fun to hear, actually. 😀 The arrangements, again, are both classical and modern fused together in an efficient way, so as to enhance the composition as far ad possible, and it has definitely worked. It is showing in the results. The guitars, and tablas together sound awesome! That bagpipe-like instrument from ‘Teri Khushboo’ (Mr. X) makes an appearance here too! I really have to know which instrument that is!! The flute also makes wonderful entries occasionally. K.K. has sung the whole song with utterly amazing excellence. It doesn’t even seem that he has sung something after two months (latest was in ‘Roy’) but instead, it feels that he has been having continuous releases the whole time, seeing that his singing is just as soulful and beautiful. I just hope he gets way more songs than he has been getting nowadays. Manthan’s lyrics are typical romantic, sad lyrics, about someone breaking somebody’s heart, and the heart-broken guy telling her that he still needs her, hasn’t forgotten her, can’t sleep peacefully anymore, and other depressing things, which many have gotten pretty used to by now. But because of the lyrics being typical, I cannot neglect such a marvelous composition by Vijay Verma! Ati Uttam (Too good) rendition by K.K., and even better composition by Verma! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Rab Se Maangi / Rab Se Maangi (Remix)
Singers ~ Javed Ali & Palak Muchhal / Mohd. Irfan & Suvani Raaj, Music by ~ Rashid Khan, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Khan

The next song is yet another romantic song, this one composed by Rashid Khan. He chooses his regulars Javed Ali and Palak Muchhal to do the honours with the singing, and they do their part good. The tune, however, is too typical for Rashid Khan. We have heard this kind of stuff innumerable times in Rashid’s earlier songs like “Deewana Kar Raha Hai” (Raaz 3) and “Kabhi Aayine Pe Likha Tujhe” (Hate Story 2). It also somewhat resembles ‘Maheroo Maheroo’ (Super Nani) in its overall sound. Now for this album, too, he brings his regular, typical composition style, with the mukhda, followed by some ohhh-ohhh-ohhh humming. No doubt the composition is good, but very similar to the aforementioned two songs. In other words, I was sure Rashid Khan could do better than just sequels to his previous songs. Another drawback is the utterly atrocious voice programming done to Palak’s voice in the antaras. I think three-odd tracks of her voice have been placed on top of each other, making it take on a very ghostly sound. Even the lyrics are nothing fresh, just strictly suitable for the composition. And the length of the song (about 6½ minutes) given the genre of the song, could frankly have been way shorter. Anyways, some pros about this song are Javed’s mellifluous voice, which did keep me listening at least for the first time. Also, the arrangements by Rashid are good, too. His favourite, the flute, gets to follow him here too. Indian instruments like the santoor, make great surprising appearances. Surprising because most of the song is on a guitar loop, very typical of Rashid. The second interlude with very strange 90s-type percussion (like those 90s songs which had been shot in vast mountain ranges where the actor and actress dance weirdly, without any stress about the world around). The remix version is sung by Mohd. Irfan. Shocked to see his voice used in the remix. It could have been for a reprise. He does well, but his voice is drained out by the strong beats, which really do make you groove. His co-singer Suvani Raaj — not that good. She sounds like an amateur Sadhana Sargam prototype. And imagine this, the remix is even longer than the original! Who’ll spend their time on this remix, except a DJ or a die-hard Mohd. Irfan fan? Anyways, not very captivating, and the length is a setback because of the genre which doesn’t require such a long song. But definitely deserves at least one listen. The remix, however, can be skipped unless you’re a Mohd. Irfan fan (but you’ll still be disappointed after you hear it 😛 )

 

4. Ishq Ke Parindey, Pt. 1 / Ishq Ke Parindey, Pt. 2
Singer ~ Shadab Faridi (Both Parts), Music by ~ Sajjad Ali, Lyrics by ~ Shakir Khan / Tanveer Ghazi

The title track has been given to the third composer on the album, Sajjad Ali, and he does a great job in composing it. First of all it has been composed in two “parts”, both drastically different from each other, and coincidentally, both written by different people, but both sung by the same person i.e, Shadab Faridi. The first “part” starts with a patriotic dialogue about the unity of India & Pakistan, which is followed by a beautiful tune played on the Oud, which suits the theme of the dialogue that preceded it. The dholaks enter, playing a beautiful seven-beat rhythm called the Roopak taal. Half of the splendidness of the song is achieved because of the beautiful captivating rhythm. The flute and occasional strings can also be heard at places throughout the song. The composition is very beautiful and also enough to get stuck in your heads for long even after hearing it only once. Shadab has delivered the composition very awesomely. His deep voice suits the traditional, and heavy composition well. The female backing vocalists (uncredited) really add sweetness to the song. Shakir Khan, the director has written apt lyrics for the situation, full of the spirit of unity, and also very divine-sounding, thanks to the arrangements and composition. It talks about love having no boundaries. The Qawwali feeling given to the song is enough for it to be loved. The second interlude and second antara have been composed pretty creatively, and a kind of prayer to God. So the first “Part” works, now let’s move on to the second. It starts so dramatically, that you actually are surprised by what they’ve done to the beautiful song. The composition and lyrics are entirely different. As for the tune, it doesn’t work at all, being too dramatic. More like a great background piece to play in the climax of the film. At 1¼ minutes, it doesn’t really waste much of your time. The arrangements are also way too booming, not really of the same beauty as the former part. Lyrics are too less to talk about. Shadab, however, delivers with zest and emotion. Go for the first “part”, which is sure to steal your heart, in all aspects — composition, vocals, arrangements & lyrics. The first part is a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Tumse Mil Ke
Singers ~ Javed Ali & Palak Muchhal, Music by ~ Vijay Verma, Lyrics by ~ Shakeel Azmi

Javed and Palak return for another duet, this time helmed by Vijay Verma, who comes back into the album for his third and final song. This duet between Palak & Javed fares much, much better than their other duet by Rashid Khan. Right from the first line, it attracts you and its cuteness makes you keep listening. Javed once again traps you with his utterly sweet and dulcet voice. The composition is one that you would think is from some movie from the 2000s, but it is one of those, that still grasps you from start to end. The hookline itself is so catchy and wonderful, that it will instantly appeal to people of all ages. Palak doesn’t have much in the first half or so, except a line, but she gets an antara to sing later in the song. She sounds very good in this song, thanks to the composition, again. About the arrangements, they are also beautiful, with guitars, flutes and tablas helping to increase the likability of the song. Beautiful orchestration in the hookline makes it stand out even more than it already does. Lyrics by Shakeel are good in this song, with good use of many Urdu words, and imparting a sweet flavour to the song. At 3½ minutes it doesn’t bore, but leaves listeners craving for more. Beautifully composed, arranged, written and above all, sung!! Way to go, Vijay Verma!

 

6. Saiyaan
Singer ~ Raktima, Music by ~ Sajjad Ali, Lyrics by ~ Sajjad Ali

This song is a weird song. It starts with a haunting line by the singer, and the composition seems like one of A.R. Rahman’s less-impressive ones. It is a semi-classical song, which has been composed very averagely, so much that one cannot find oneself liking the song even after repeated hearing. I guess it will make sense only in the movie. Sajjad Ali’s arrangements consist mostly of techno beats and low-pitched flutes. And his lyrics are sad, but not heart-touching at all. Raktima, the singer, carries it out good, with apt backing vocals supporting her, and she even sounds like Madhushree in the song. It didn’t really appeal to me; I don’t think it will to you either! Hard to grasp this composition, and pretty heavy to ears too!

 

7. Maula Karde Karam
Singers ~ Javed Ali, Altamash Faridi, Aftab Sabri & Hashim Sabri, Music by ~ Rashid Khan, Lyrics by ~ Tanveer Ghazi

The melodious welcome to this last song on the soundtrack, is done by beautiful notes on a bulbultarang, which ensure you that a Qawwali is definitely to follow. And just as you had predicted, a divine Qawwali starts with Altamash singing (very expertly) the prelude to it. He sings his part at the start and other parts throughout the song with brilliance. The Sabri brothers, Aftab & Hashim, also do well, and are a great choice for such a Qawwali. All three of these singers sing with utter ease and impeccability, but the one who shines has got to be Javed Ali. With his voice, a mix of smoothness and folksiness, he just takes away your breath, and forces you to say that waah! Of course, as I said, Altamash, Aftab & Hashim are close behind. However, all the credit has to go to Rashid Khan, who has churned out such a catchy, and heavenly Qawwali, which was definitely not expected from him after his above average other song from this album. But each line in the song has been treated with infinite love and care, as is evident when we hear the result, a perfect combination of brilliance and divinity and catchiness. All the traditional Qawwali instruments can be heard in the arrangements, from dholaks, to tablas, to the bulbul tarang mentioned before and the beautiful harmoniums with jingle-bell type chimes. Half the beauty of the arrangements lies in the percussion — a wonderful experience. Lyrics by Tanveer Ghazi are a great mix of romance and devotion. It is one of the romantic Qawwalis which are addressed to God. And the most important thing about the song is, that even though it stands at a long duration of seven minutes, there’s not a single dull or bland or boring moment in the entire song! A beautiful and divine end to the album by Rashid Khan. Definitely the best song of the album! Excellent singing, arrangements and lyrics too! You can’t miss it! #5StarHotelSong!!


Ishq Ke Parindey is one of those albums for movies with a small budget and a very short reach, which unexpectedly surprises highly. Each and every song is as per needs of the script, though as individual songs, a couple don’t strike chords with listeners. However, most of them are such that will instantly appeal to you. All three tracks by Vijay Verma are beautiful and lovable, while Rashid Khan and Sajjad Ali each impress with one of their tracks out of three. However, Rashid’s one song overshadows all of the other tracks on the album. Rarely do albums like these come, which have small reaches and a puny audience but which have very worthwhile songs. The last I remember was ‘Jigariyaa’. With heavy promotion and maybe better-known faces, the album would’ve gotten the deserved acknowledgement, but there are pretty less hopes now. All I can say is that this “Parinda” (the album; parinda means ‘bird’ in Hindi) with small wings (the small budget of the film and album) has flown pretty high!

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Maula Karde Karam > Dil Tod Ke > Ek Hatheli > Ishq Ke Parindey Pt. 1 > Tumse Mil Ke > Rab Se Maangi > Ek Hatheli (Sad) > Ishq Ke Parindey Pt. 2 > Saiyaan

 

Which is your favourite song from Ishq Ke Parindey? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next: 12th Music Mastani Monthly Awards (April 2015)

BEAUTIFULLY BLENDED MUSICAL COCKTAIL!!! (MARGARITA WITH A STRAW – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Mikey McCleary & Joi Barua
♪ Lyrics by: Prasoon Joshi, Mikey McCleary & Joi Barua
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 2nd April 2015
♪ Movie Released On: 17th April 2015

Margarita With A Straw Album Cover

Margarita With A Straw Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Margarita With A Straw is an upcoming Bollywood film, starring Kalki Koechlin in the lead role and Revathy and Sayani Gupta in supporting roles. The film has been directed by Shonali Bose, and produced by Shonali Bose & Nilesh Maniyar under the banner of Viacom18 Motion Pictures. The plot revolves around the character of Laila played by Kalki, a girl who has cerebral palsy. The movie talks about the struggle she goes through, in doing the normal activities in her life. The film was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) as a part of the Contemporary World Cinema Programme on 8th September, 2014 and got great reviews from everywhere. The music of this film has been given by Mikey McCleary, and he went on to win the Asian Film Award for Best Music Composer, for his work in this very film! This assures us that there is light to be something special in the music, or else it wouldn’t have won such a prestigious award! One song in two versions is also composed by guest composer Joi Barua. Let’s have a look at exactly how great the music of “Margarita With A Straw” is!!


1. Dusokute / Dusokute (Duet)
Singers ~ Joi Barua / Joi Barua & Sharmistha Chatterjee, Music by ~ Joi Barua, Lyrics by ~ Prasoon Joshi & Joi Barua

So the album kicks off with our guest composer, Joi’s song. This song was actually a song from Joi’s first Assamese album ‘JOI’, and he had composed and written it in his college days. However, now, he debuts in Bollywood with the same song, rewritten with Hindi lyrics, and giving the song a wider section of the audience to appeal to. The song starts with Joi’s unique, husky voice, which is kind of the main attraction of the song and will definitely keep you listening. His voice is perfect for this type of rock song. The electric guitar tune playing throughout the song, is something that would appeal to everyone and it has been composed so expertly! Arrangements consist of the regular rock music arrangements like rock guitars and drums. Towards the end, we get to hear a wonderful display of the brass section, which has been appointed very creatively in a rock song! Kudos to Joi for that! The first version is really short at 2½ minutes, but for those begging for more (I guess that applies to every one of us) there is another version — the Duet. The duet version runs for almost 5 minutes, and is surely going to appeal to you, if you have been left wanting more after the solo version. The first 2½ minutes are exactly the same as the solo version (except some lyrics), but after that we see some great new things which sets us into wonder, why they made two versions, if both are the same till a certain point! So I’ll just describe what happens after till where we’ve heard in the solo version. Joi sings some great, energetic lines from where he stopped in that version. Sharmistha takes over, with her equally husky and magical voice, and gets an equally energetic and rockstar-ish part to sing, which she manages with ease. An interlude of brass instruments entertains us until Sharmistha comes back with the hookline, a bit too high-pitched and mismatching for her voice, but we manage to bear with it, because rock performances are never that perfect anyways, so it sounds natural. After Joi comes back, he ends the song brilliantly with the mukhda which he sings after calling it the end. Great trumpet parts do wonders towards the ending of the song as well. Prasoon Joshi has written great lyrics, youthful but romantic at the same time. The term ‘Dusokute’, suggested by Joi, means ‘in your eyes’ in Assamese. Prasoon’s Hindi lyrics sound great around this catchy phrase. I would advise you to hear the duet version, because of the creative additions! A rocking and addictive composition by Joi! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Foreign Balamwa
Singer ~ Sonu Kakkar, Backing Vocals by ~ Keya Dutta, Shilpa Chadhdha, Sugandha Tamse, Sulbha Ninad Samang, Music by ~ Mikey McCleary, Lyrics by ~ Prasoon Joshi

Mikey McCleary enters the soundtrack with this song, and along with him, his characteristic quirk and liveliness evident in all his compositions, also enters. And the result of this quirk is a thoroughly enjoyable, groovy, catchy, weirdly attractive and highly addictive composition which you instantly develop a liking towards. Most of the credit for all this has to go to Mikey, who seems to have worked very hard to master such a desi, yet classy number — two very opposite things coexisting in one song. First of all, the composition is so lovable, yet lively, that the notion of lovable being calm can be strongly proved wrong by just one listen to this song. Sweetness overflowing from the song, yet a sense of craziness also equally overflowing. This song is the whole package. Mikey’s arrangements are truly to be appreciated. Without noticing them, you just cannot end the song! The Calypso-type arrangements complete with the trumpets (Ketan Sodha), the percussion, guitars and some additional extra techno beats not usually witnessed in Calypso, all make it very attractive and exciting indeed. Very well-arranged, and recorded, hence winning half the battle there itself. The other half, not totally in Mikey’s hands. On the vocals front, he has appointed Sonu Kakkar, who does her job fascinatingly! Her electrifying voice, once used strictly for item songs, has now got the classy (at least a bit!) status, thanks to the entry of her sister Neha to do the item songs now. 😂 Jokes apart, she carries out all the nuances perfectly, creating a great positive impact on the song there itself. Her sharp, distinct and electrifying vocals really do impress and increase the likability standards for the song. She really does justice to the composition by providing the perfect blend of rowdiness and class. The best part is her improvisation in the ending. Though she might not have been instructed, she puts on a great show which is a pleasure to hear! Backing vocalists also count a lot, as is witnessed in this song. They make a huge difference and take the song a long way! Prasoon’s lyrics are highly and unbelievably creative! You have to hear them to believe it! He has also mixed awesomely, gaanv-ki-chhori type lyrics and English words, thereby making it very, very entertaining to hear. After reading this persuasive essay of mine, you are bound to listen to this song, at least once! For me, please!? A perfect song to cheer you up! Kudos to Mikey for making such a grand entry into the soundtrack! 😊 #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Choone Chali Aasman
Singer ~ Rachel Varghese, Backing Vocals by ~ Mikey McCleary, Music by ~ Mikey McCleary, Lyrics by ~ Prasoon Joshi

For his second song, Mikey opts for the one-Bollywood-song old singer, Rachel Varghese, who had debuted with ‘Kya Karein’ from ‘NH10’ not long ago. This time, she gets an inspirational and much less dull song than the first one she sang, and she delivers it with great expertise. She has a distinct husky voice, and she uses it well, making it work in favourite if the song. Mikey’s choice as her to sing the song turns out to be perfect. Mikey’s composition is slow-paced, but engaging, and will remind you of Western songs, heard in English movies at emotional points in the films. The composition is also very inspirational, and lovable. This it might take a while to grow on you, when it does, you will find it really worthy of hearing again and again. Of course, the calmness it imparts, helps increase its likability. Mikey’s arrangements, consist mostly of instruments like guitars, jingle bells, and drums played in a calm way, unlike they are usually played. A great string orchestra has been appointed by Mikey to make it sound more grand, and indeed it does sound so. A very efficient backing chorus led by Mikey, increases the effect of the song even more! Prasoon Joshi, yet again, writes great lyrics, again putting us into a state of awe. His lyrics are at the inspirational peak! And so creative! He has used metaphors to carry out what is really meant to be said. Motivational, they give a sense of happiness as well. Mikey’s beautiful composition, rendered wonderfully by Rachel Varghese, and put to Prasoon Joshi’s awe-inspiring lyrics! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Meri Aadat Mera Hissa
Singer ~ Anushka Manchanda, Music by ~ Mikey McCleary, Lyrics by ~ Prasoon Joshi

A mellow and sombre guitar riff, welcomes us into the next song, sung by Anushka Manchanda, who has worked with Mikey quite a number of times in his Bartender albums (which feature revisitations of classic Bollywood hits) This time, she gets a haunting, sad type of song, and she, who I always have tagged as strictly a club singer, carries it out with such perfection, that I was left awestruck, hearing this avatar of her voice. She has done a commendable job and has done justice to Mikey’s grave composition. Talking more about his composition, it has the perfect seriousness and emotion to it, that the lyrics call for, and also, the haunting tone of it, makes it much more feasible. Mikey has infused the right amounts of soul and heart into it, to make it attract all kinds of music lovers. The arrangements part has nothing except a chilling, sombre guitar riff which keeps playing throughout the whole song. It really does wonders, this small guitar loop, and makes the composition, which probably might not have worked as much without it, stand out. Prasoon manages to make us go all praise for his lyrics, one more time!! By writing what is in his heart, he manages to win over our hearts! Of course, the shining star in this short 2½ minute song, is Anushka, without whom half the effect of this song wouldn’t have been accomplished. A haunting, grave composition, rendered emotionally and perfectly by Anushka Manchanda! Great writing by Prasoon yet again! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. I Need A Man
Singer ~ Vivienne Pocha, Music by ~ Mikey McCleary, Lyrics by ~ Mikey McCleary

Just as the jazzy trombones and saxophones start this song, you know that you are going to go on a short, but memorable trip to the Jazz era of the 60s. And indeed, this song does exactly that! Sung fully in English, in Broadway-styled vocals, like we hear in all those old English movies from the 50s-60s and also in many Disney movies (😃) this song, lively, energetic and dynamic, does nothing but get you swaying and moving along with it. Vivienne Pocha, mostly known for her backing vocals in many Bollywood movies, and also heard in songs like ‘Shano Shano’ (Yuvvraaj) & ‘Loser’ (Housefull), renders this song with such unbelievable energy, that you really are left shocked by the time it ends. Her accent closely resembles that of the African-American singers who actually used to sing such songs, and she really has to be applauded for that! Her voice modulation is terrific, and her energy doesn’t seem to be drained out even after such vivacious singing! Kudos to her again for that! The arrangements also resemble a lot, the Jazz-Cabaret era of that time, with drums, saxophones, trombones, all placed in the song perfectly and played very playfully. The playful tune also helps to increase the song’s appeal. It will surely appeal to those looking for a change in the music of Bollywood. Mikey’s lyrics are nothing too great, either, but suit the theme and the style of the song. What matters is, that the song should be liked by one and all, and I really hope it is! Vivienne Pocha finally comes into the limelight with a song to call her very own, thanks to Mikey!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Don’t Go Running Off Anytime Soon
Singer ~ Mikey McCleary, Music by ~ Mikey McCleary, Lyrics by ~ Mikey McCleary

The next song, is another English one, this time out-and-out romantic. Well, Bollywood seems to have derived a whole formula for romantic songs, what with the whole Arijit revolution having happened and all, but this song doesn’t follow that formula at all. Nevertheless, it still has the same vibe and lovable aspect to it, which makes you smile and like it instantly. First of all, Mikey has kept things very simple, with a very sweet and straightforward composition, no twists and turns, very predictable, yet a winner. It is a song, the type of which we have never witnessed in Bollywood, wholly in English, romantic, no Indian instruments, only a simple tune backed by simple acoustic guitar riffs. The sweetness and simplicity of it all, is the USP of the song here. Sweet and cute lyrics by Mikey enhance the hearing experience (I don’t mean audio-quality-wise, but I mean that you would love the song even more). Lines such as “You’re Little Miss Organized and I’m Mr. Mess” and “You yell at me whenever I leave stuff in the sink.” make it seem all the more simple, and also less and less cinematic and dramatic. It sounds as of someone in real-life has composed it for his love, and not for a movie. That just makes it more magical as ever. Mikey’s thin voice works in favour of the song. His voice is really great, and attracts listeners, ensuring they have their attention completely towards the song for the whole time. Just as the previous two songs, this one too ends before we know it, and before we want it to. As Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication!” And this song is sophisticated in all aspects, just because of the simplicity it, so innocently, carries! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

7. Aai’s Aalap
Singer ~ Rajnigandha Shekhawat, Music by ~ Mikey McCleary

We return to India, with the next track. Rajnigandha Shekhawat, Sufi singer from Rajasthan, carries out the aalaps in the song with perfection, and her voice actually suits as the voice of a distressed mother. (Aai means ‘mother’ in Marathi). She does a brilliant job as she carries the song on her shoulders, assisted by wonderful arrangements done by Mikey. The predominant instrument in the track is the piano, which makes the track showcase a wonderful fusion of classical and Western. Tanpura At places also has been placed well, and the sitar also sounds awesome when it is heard in pieces here and there. Towards the end, the low sound of a cello or viola impresses, after which a beautiful plucking sound endears us. Overall, the song gives out an emotional feeling, one that will surely be loved by all. With nothing much more to describe in this track, as it has no lyrics, and no tune as such, all that can be advised is, to definitely hear this track! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

8. Laila’s Theme
Music by ~ Mikey McCleary

Bollywood’s obsession with ‘themes’ of the main character of its movies continues with this song. Although, there’s nothing not to like in this instrumental piece. The piano notes, played in such a dulcet, calm way, do the job of keeping the listeners with their ears glued to wherever they’re listening to the song from. The beats join in after a while, and make the theme a bit more lively and groovy (as in, to which you can nod your heads to, not get up and dance!) Strings join in later on, just to increase the already magical ambience that had been created thanks to pianos and the beats. The theme also ends soon, as it seems, as you get immersed into the beauty of it all. However, everything has to end, and this ends too,unfortunately. Mikey’s cute composition and arrangements make it very worthwhile to hear. Many people steer clear of instrumentals, but this is one, I bet you don’t want to miss for anything!! #5StarHotelSong!!


Margarita With A Straw ended up exceeding all the expectations I had in mind for it, giving beautiful quality music, one after the other. Joi Barua as the guest composer gives a lively and funky rock song, while Mikey McCleary delivers his career best in my opinion (because he almost always gets one or two songs in multi-composer albums) by giving us a whole lot of variety, right from Caribbean folk, to Broadway, to contemporary music. No wonder he won the Asian Awards for this album. It was really worth it, and each and every second of this album deserves your attention, right away! It also needs to be heavily promoted to be noticed at all, by the public! So if you’ve not yet tried it, immediately go and taste this wonderfully blended music all cocktail by Mikey McCleary, Joi Barua & Prasoon Joshi!

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: The order on the jukebox attached above! 😃 Because all are equally great!

 

Which is your favourite song from Margarita With A Straw? Please vote for it below! 🙂

TYPICALITY IS NOT INVISIBLE, BUT THE QUALITY IS!! (MR. X – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Jeet Gannguli & Ankit Tiwari
♪ Lyrics by: Mohnish Raza, Rashmi Singh, Manoj Muntashir & Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay
♪ Music Label: Sony Music
♪ Music Released On: 27th March 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 17th April 2015

Mr. X Album Cover

Mr. X Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Mr. X is an upcoming Bollywood sci-fi/thriller film, starring Emraan Hashmi and Amyra Dastur in the lead roles. The film has been directed by Vikram Bhatt, and produced by Mukesh Bhatt & Mahesh Bhatt. It revolves around the story of Raghuram Rathore (Emraan Hashmi) who gains the power of invisibility and uses it against the people who have wronged him. The plot does seem familiar, but has gained a lot of buzz in the country, and Emraan’s star value is enough to drag people to the theaters, I guess. Anyways, the music is composed by Vishesh Films’ favourites (as it seems nowadays) Ankit Tiwari and Jeet Gannguli, who were also composers for Vishesh Films’ previous project, ‘Khamoshiyan’. We know Jeet is always at his best under the Bhatts, so there’s no doubt whether he’ll perform good or not. It’s Ankit who I’m worried about. Though the Bhatts always bring something new from him, to cater to the likes of the audience, they’ll have to make him compose in his typical style. And I’m just wishing that doesn’t happen! So, let’s see, how innovative Ankit and Jeet get for this superhero-ish flick!


1. Tu Jo Hain
Singer ~ Ankit Tiwari, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Mohnish Raza

So, the exact thing which I was dreading, which I was wishing with all my might not to happen, does happen. And at the very start of the album itself. God, give this guy any lyrics, he just seems bent on moulding the composition into his typical yawn-ish, dreamland-ish and boring-by-now style of composition! Ankit Tiwari is back, and after a short gap of three months, gives us yet another song which makes you think, “Doesn’t he have any other tune!! Any other style!! Any variety, for God’s sake?” Unfortunately, we have to bear with him yet again. His voice which sounds like a robot, his composition which is just a mixture of all his previous songs (It goes on adding as the songs increase), all of it has stopped appealing to me anymore. Nothing can get me to like the same thing marketed as something different. Like those “Choclairs” which aren’t supposed to be sticky like “Eclairs”, but still are, well, exactly the same thing Ankit Tiwari is doing to us. This song’s mukhda itself makes you think that any time now, Ankit will sing ‘Sunn Raha Hai Na” or “Galliyan” or “Tu Hai Ki Nahi”. We are reminded of all three of these songs in the first one minute itself!! Imagine what would be the case of the antara then. It just sounds like a faster version of the antara of “Tu Hai Ki Nahi”. He shows no mercy on us poor listeners, who have to bear this torture. Arrangements are refreshing, but the too-familiar composition doesn’t let them get appreciated. Lyrics are good, but again, would have sounded better if they weren’t put to such a dull and typical composition. Better not to say anything else about this song. These were my views, you have all rights to love this song! 🙂 Not really something X-traordinary, but more like the ‘X’th remake of ‘Galliyan!!! We are sick and tired of this typicality Ankit!

 

2. Mr. X
Singers ~ Mahesh Bhatt & Mili Nair, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Rashmi Singh

This song marks Jeet Gannguli’s entry into the album, the man whose speciality it is, to give us something typical, yet sounding great to the ears. Well, here, we cannot say at all, that he’s given us something typical. In fact, here he has tried something new, and something different from what we have known him to do. He composes a title track which has shades of mystery, suspense. You might be thinking that he already has done this in ‘Citylights’, for its title track, but this one’s way more Hollywood-ish, James Bond-ish. Slow-paced piano notes start off the song, which creates an atmosphere of mystery right from the prelude. Mili starts singing, and her voice which I have failed to find anything unique in till now (Because she was aping Shalmali in ‘Meethi Boliyaan’ from ‘Kai Po Che’ and was simply dimmed out by Neeti’s voice in ‘I’m Sorry Par Tumse Pyaar Ho Gaya’ from ‘Shaadi Ke Side/Effects’.) has finally got me to believe that she had some hidden talent which she had not shown the world yet, and it comes out with this song thanks to Jeet. She sings the composition very smoothly, and sustains the mysterious atmosphere. Unfortunately, she cannot hold that up for long. It’s not her fault, but it is her co-singer’s and music director’s fault. Jeet has chosen the perfectly WRONG co-singer for Mili in this song — Mahesh Bhatt! After actors started singing, now it’s time for producers to start singing! Come on, Karan Johar, we’ll try to tolerate you next! (Yeah, as if. 😒 ) Mahesh does his best to spoil the composition with his weird vocals. In English he sounds even worse. Anyone younger than him would have worked for this song. I would have tolerated even Ankit, but this is just too intolerable! And he even sings some English lines at the end, which nobody can comprehend, so that just wasted his energy. 😝 When he says ‘X’ it sounds like ‘Eggs’ actually. Rashmi Singh’s lyrics are yet again, awesome. She has written keeping the theme of the movie in mind, while giving a touch of mystery and suspense to the lyrics. They would’ve sounded better on a different tune and a different male singer singing them, though! Jeet has kept very, very minimal arrangements, except the piano mentioned before, and strings at places. Mili’s backing vocals after Mahesh Bhatt’s lines are like a drop of water after a long famine. A mediocre composition, enhanced by Mili’s singing, then spoilt by Mahesh Bhatt, and again brought up by Mili and ends on a bad note because of Mahesh again. Good attempt by Jeet to make something different though!

 

3. Saad Shukrana
Singer ~ Ankit Tiwari, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

Ankit comes back with his second song, this time starting with refreshing guitar strums, getting you excited for something different from Ankit, finally. Ankit starts singing, and you get impressed that the tune so far bears negligible resemblance to his previous songs. A refreshing composition, if I may say so. Then a slight resemblance in tune with ‘Boond Boond’ (Roy) comes along. We ignore it. Finally, you think, Ankit stops giving typically boring and yawn-provoking songs. The interlude which follows is just wonderfully and mindbogglingly innovative. Whatever weirdly addictive percussion that it is, and joined by a bagpipes-like sounding synthesizer, which just increases the interest of the listener. The antara sounds very, very Rahman-ish, but again, it wins you over! The flute in the background is so lovable and very creatively placed. The percussion from the first interlude keeps on following us throughout the rest of the song, and you can’t help but appreciate it. Since the composition and arrangements clearly show that Ankit is trying to move away from his typicality zone, I have to appreciate his work in this song! His vocals do make things more soothing, but the autotune could’ve been done away with. In spite of all this, though, the song does take a long time to really grow on you, and won’t really stand out to you in the very first listen. For this, and only this, it would be criticized by many. Lyrics by Manoj Muntashir are romantic and have been written well. What’s more, Ankit has used them well in his refreshing composition. Something more refreshing than Ankit’s usual; way better than ‘Tu Jo Hain’ and other remakes of ‘Galliyan’ he has given us over the past year. Deserves a listen!

 

4. Alif Se
Singers ~ Ankit Tiwari & Neeti Mohan, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay

It is in the third song of Ankit, that he truly shines above any of his previous songs, and why it is so, you will get to know after you read this and hear the song. It starts with some weird Arabic folk voices like the ones from ‘Katra Katra’ (Alone). They arouse in the listener some curiosity, because nobody was expecting whatever this song is, from Ankit Tiwari! Neeti starts off the main melody, and we are a bit disappointed due to the fact that Ankit Tiwari has altered and autotuned her beautiful voice as well, negating the whole magic of her voice. However, as the song progresses and Ankit enters, we start gaining more and more interest after the disappointing start, and by the time the song reaches the hookline, we cannot help but move and groove to the racy beats and addictive composition. The composition is highly catchy, especially the hookline (just as I like it — catchy, addictive, gets into your brain after only one time if hearing the song) and because of this, the song has a high capability to attract many listeners and get a long playlist-life, if marketed and promoted well. Another shock, as I said before, is that this song is coming from the King of Recycling His Own Songs, Ankit Tiwari! Though this song also feels like a recycled version of ‘Tequila Wakila’ (Samrat & Co.), the similarities end at the beats. The arrangements in that song were Latino-Spanish flavored, but this one has been beautifully garnished with Arabic percussion, Arabic-style backing vocals and techno beats magnifying the effect. The beats also remind you of Pritam’s ‘Malang’ (Dhoom:3) The sitar solo impresses, especially because of the fast pace it has been played in. The antara has both singers getting equal parts to sing, and both impress highly, not because of their vocals (which have been highly interfered with) but because of the intoxicating feel that the autotune and programming has given to their voices. (It even makes Ankit sound like A.R. Rahman!) And Neeti’s ending to the antara is breathtaking! Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay’s lyrics are wholly in Urdu, to the extent that I couldn’t understand a word! Just kidding, I could get that they’re romantic. Only the hookline is kinda tough to decode! However, it just makes the song sound more sophisticated. 😂 An applaudable attempt by Ankit to make a dance song, complete with Arabic beats and an attractive, addictive tune, made even better by both singers’ voices! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Teri Khushboo (Male Version) / Teri Khushboo (Female Version)
Singers ~ Arijit Singh / Palak Muchhal, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Rashmi Singh

The trio of Jeet-Arijit-Rashmi come back again, after two awesome stints, namely ‘Citylights’ and ‘Khamoshiyan’. And they uphold their dignity once again, by delivering yet another beautiful song with awesome composition, vocals and lyrics! A sad, heartbroken, depressed type of melody has been very efficiently spun by Jeet, and it is such an emotional composition, that it would be a sin to dismiss it as dull and not attractive. The composition, on the rhythm of rupak taal with seven beats (but not played on tablas) is truly heart touching and shows the hard work and soul Jeet and Rashmi have put in to create this song. Arijit Singh sings with the same emotion and soul that was expected to carry off this song with expertise. He uses a deep, coarse voice to master this composition. The arrangements consist mostly of guitars, and a dull, sombre-sounding wind instrument which I suspect is the synthesizer, but that synthesizer is so enticing that when it plays throughout the sing, you can’t pay attention anywhere else but the song! Rashmi Singh’s lyrics are full of emotion and pain and go well with the composition — or should I say the composition goes well on her lyrics? 😀 Nevertheless, they’re awesome and beautiful. Palak in her version, also sings beautifully, her voice being the main difference and biggest attraction there, and everything else the same as the male version. However, Arijit’s version is undoubtedly better than hers, with all respect to her. The composition does remind you of songs like ‘Soney Do’ (Citylights), which was one of Jeet and Rashmi’s first and best songs, and Pritam’s ‘Ashq Na Ho’ (Holiday) because of the emotional factor. A great ending to the album with this song, soulfully written, composed and sung! A treat to the ears and has to be marketed and promoted vigorously!! #5StarHotelSong!!


Mr. X is on the whole, a very disappointing affair from the Bhatts. While Ankit sticks to his ‘Guaranteed Hit Formula’ for one song, slightly diverts from it in the other, and impresses highly with his final song, Jeet impresses with both his compositions, one of which is ruined by a wrong choice of singer. A producer debuting as a lead playback singer in his 60s — well, not a great idea. Anyways, with Ankit and Jeet each only offering one outstanding track out of three and two respectively, nothing else can be said except the decline of quality in Vishesh Films’ music isn’t invisible, but the incline in the typicality and ridiculousness is!!

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Teri Khushboo (Both Versions) > Alif Se > Saad Shukrana > Mr. X > Tu Jo Hain

 

Which is your favourite song from Mr. X? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next “dish”: Margarita With A Straw, Chefs: Mikey McCleary & Joi Barua

SANGEET SANKAT MEIN!! (DHARAM SANKAT MEIN – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sachin Gupta, Jatinder Shah, Meet Bros. Anjjan & Shamir Tandon
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 30th March 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 10th April 2015

Dharam Sankat Mein Album Cover

Dharam Sankat Mein Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Dharam Sankat Mein is an upcoming Bollywood comedy / religious satirical film starring Paresh Rawal in the lead role, and Naseeruddin Shah, Annu Kapoor in supporting roles. It has veen directed by debutant Fuwad Khan, and produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Sajjad Chunawala and Shariq Patel. The film is about a Hindu man played by Paresh Rawal, who discovers that he was only adopted into a Hindu family, but was actually born into a Muslim family. This makes him go search for his father. The plot of the movie really does seem interesting, like all other movies of this genre, and is sure to get a great opening just because of the star value of Paresh Rawal. The music of this film, though I am not expecting much from it, yet seems like it would be something interesting. It is a multi-composer album, with two songs by Sachin Gupta (“Prince”, “Mere Dad Ki Maruti” fame) and one each by Jatinder Shah (“Janib” from “Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend” fame), Meet Bros. Anjjan (do I really need to specify their ticket to fame?) and Shamir Tandon respectively. So, let’s see how far the album helps this religious satire!


1. Neelanand
Singer ~ Ravi Chowdhury, Music by ~ Sachin Gupta

Sachin Gupta is one of those composers, who pops up once in a year or so, and fails to create much impact with that little work he does. This time, he has come back after composing two songs in ‘Badlapur Boys’, which I didn’t review because it wasn’t that great. Before that, he had composed the entire album of ‘Mere Dad Ki Maruti’, so you can see the gaps in his popping-up. 😂 Anyways, now he’s back with two songs in this satirical film. This song is a song which seems like an anthem for the Babaji who is portrayed by Naseeruddin Shah in the film, Neelanand Baba. It’s quite a situational track, which goes on praising the Baba. Lyrics are of course, humorous just as they should be in such a song. The tune is pretty catchy as well. The song actually sounds like the bhakts of the Baba (saint) are sitting and chanting these lines for him. The “Neelanand Neelanand Neelanand BABA” chants are weirdly addictive, and you will find yourself crooning them, when you least expect them to pop in your mind. Ravi’s folksy vocals suit the composition and also this situation. He’s actually a Bhojpuri singer, debuting in Bollywood with this song. In the arrangements too, the song doesn’t lag behind, with interesting use of rock guitars in this type of song. Manjeeras adorn most of the composition, and give the religious feel, which is balanced out by these rock guitars, which is an interesting combo. I guess I could hear the dumroo in places too, and it sounded so great! The mukhda might be pretty catchy, but that interest is lost in the antaras, where only the “Neelanand BABA” chants are there to entertain you. A good attempt at making a catchy tribute to a dhongi baba!! Catchy hook helps the song, but just misses the coveted tag! 😜

 

2. Do You Know Baby
Singer ~ Gippy Grewal, Music by ~ Jatinder Shah

After giving us a wonderful, beautiful melody ‘Janib’ in ‘Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend’, I guess Jatinder Shah signed this film, just to show his true colors. I did praise him and all for giving something traditionally, and beautifully Punjab-flavoured, but here he is, giving another song which sounds just like aall these Punjabi composers in Bollywood are trying to do. An utterly ridiculous sounding song, sung by the Punjabi singer/actor Gippy Grewal. Gippy’s voice is pretty irritating, and singing in Punjabi-Hindi-English lyrics mixed just sounds weird in his voice. Arrangements by Jatinder are pretty catchy, though, with the techno sounds and dhols pepping up the song. Lyrics are ridiculous, and nothing more was expected from Kumaar with such a song. The guy says “Hum pangdhe (Bhangre) ke sardaar, do you know baby?” That just sounds so stupid in itself! The hookline, is catchy, like it should be, but unfortunately, the other parts of the song just loosely revolve around this hook, thereby not making the listener that interested till the hookline comes, and then after it’s done, the condition becomes the same as it was before the hook had come. 😂 So it would have been better if they had just made the song with only one tune — that of the hook. Thank God, they kept the song short at only two and a half minutes. Jatinder disappoints, this time, because he shows variety…. An unwanted variety, for that matter!

 

3. Tu Takke
Singers ~ Gippy Grewal, Khushboo Grewal & Meet Bros. Anjjan, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan

A very familiar-sounding Tumbi sound brings us to the next song, where Meet Bros. Anjjan, probably the most well-known composers composing for his film, enter the soundtrack. And you know why it sounds so familiar? Because it bears a very striking resemblance to the opening Tumbi from Amit Trivedi’s ‘London Thumakda’ (Queen). Now I were them, I would really watch out before such a coincidence happened, because the whole nation knows that song, and then I would be exposed to all kinds of accusations of plagiarism. Even though it was simply a coincidence. So, that really gives a bad impression to the listeners right from the beginning. Anyways, since it quickly changes and gets off that ‘London Thumakda’ sound, the makers are saved. After that, though, what follows isn’t that great either. Gippy gets another song with different composers (pretty rare) in the same album, and I guess Meet Bros. Anjjan had to compose keeping his style in mind i.e, typical Punjabi wedding/rap/irritating songs. This is a major letdown from people like me, who were expecting something innovative. Meet Bros. Anjjan always deliver great when it’s not expected of them, but fail to do so when it is expected. How irritating is that! Meet Bros Anjjan’s rap is nothing worth hearing. Khushboo’s part is a relief, and she does well, actually providing something to hear in the song. The composition, again, is dependent on the hookline to make it work. Everything else, loose and dull and stale and heard-before. (Not that the hookline is something brilliant either, but we can cut them some slack there) Arrangements are good once again, tumbi and dhols leading it. Techno sounds are also used occasionally throughout the song. Kumaar’s lyrics are yet again, nothing fresh, the same Punjabi wedding stuff and irritating blend of Punjabi, Hindi and English. Nothing to appreciate as true or entertaining lyrics. Meet Bros. Anjjan stick to the everyday Punjabi wedding song template, thereby failing to give anything applaudable. Makes for a good dance to play at weddings though! 😝

 

4. Allah Hoo / Allah Hoo Allah
Singers ~ Ravi Chowdhury & Sachin Gupta / Pardeep Sran, Music by ~ Sachin Gupta

After three upbeat songs, out of which none were exceptional, but one did manage to at least interest me, finally I got something I would love to hear. Sachin Gupta re-enters with this Sufi track, with two versions, one sung by Ravi Chowdhury & the other by Pardeep Sran. The composition is a very soothing and calming song, sure to make the listener get emotional. It does remind you a lot of A.R. Rahman’s ‘Khwaja Mere Khwaja’ from ‘Jodhaa Akbar’. It has the same aura of divinity around it, as that song had. Ravi’s rendition suits the theme and pace of the song. Every single nuance has been done with ease and finesse by him. His voice has the required rustic-ness in it, with which he could carry out this rendition with no problem whatsoever. Arrangements are as soothing as soothing can be, with all the dholaks, harmoniums played in such a divine way, that you might even imagine yourself in a Gurudwara of you close your eyes. Sachin has provided beautiful orchestration in the hookline, which in itself has a master tune. Pardeep Sran, another debutant to Bollywood, in his version, manages to pull off the composition with as much ease and as expertly as Ravi. Though they have named his version ‘Allah Hoo Allah’, there is nothing different in this version and the former. His voice reminds you more of the folksiness of Punjab, slightly resembling Kailash Kher’s voice. The hookline in Pradeep’s version sounds way more traditional, because of the pronunciation, and it brings in an element of folk Punjab into the song. Kumaar has written meaningful lyrics, seeming to describe the feelings of a person, who has lost hopes from his life, and really doesn’t understand what his importance on the world is. Finally, true music lovers get what they would love, and Sachin Gupta aces with the composition! Brilliant work to create a Sufi traditional song! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Shiv Tandav
Singer ~ Aman Trikha, Music by ~ Shamir Tandon, Lyrics ~ Traditional

This is an out-and-out religious stotra, not at all spoilt by any techno sounds, and kept playing on the divine background of the tanpura drone. Aman has chanted the “Shiv Tandav” we all might be familiar with, with great and intense energy, at the same time making sure that energy is radiated out to the listeners as well. There is nothing much to describe here, except that you must not skip it just because you have heard it, or you think that you may get bored by it, because of you think so, you are very sadly mistaken. Shamir has designed the whole thing perfectly, and succeeds in his intention to make something impactful. Awesome!!!!! Divine!!!!! #5StarHotelSong!!


 

Dharam Sankat Mein is an album, in which songs seem to have been forced, just for promotion of the movie. The smart makers of this film have merely catered to the likes of the public, and so, whatever be the subject of the film, Punjabi music is a must. A wedding song, and a bhangra (failed one, if I may say so) have been added for the sake of the public, it seems. Entertaining, yes. Appreciated, no. Wanted, absolutely not. At the end of the day, it is Sachin Gupta (whom I was expecting the least from) and Shamir Tandon who give the best tracks on the album, partly because their songs are relevant to the movie, and partly because they have repeat value as well. Three good songs, put of which two are exceptional, not a very good thing for the overall album, so, may I say, sangeet sankat mein??

 

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

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

Rexommended Listening Order: Allah Hoo / Allah Hoo Allah > Shiv Tandav > Neelanand > Tu Takke > Do You Know Baby

 

Which is your favourite song from Dharam Sankat Mein? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next “dish”: Mr. X, Chefs: Ankit Tiwari & Jeet Gannguli