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

 

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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! 🙂

 

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12 thoughts on “FROM ACTION TO ROMANCE!! (GABBAR IS BACK – Music Review)

  1. Truth has been spoken about Manj :p
    And I’m like “Review…coffee peetey peetey padh raha hoon” 😀
    Another awesome review bhau 😉

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