Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Rochak Kohli, Jeet Gannguli & Amjad-Nadeem
♪ Lyrics by: Rochak Kohli, Ravi Singhal, Kausar Munir & Sameer Anjaan
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 29th April 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 28th May 2015
To hear the full songs of this album on Saavn CLICK HERE
To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE
Welcome 2 Karachi is an upcoming Bollywood action comedy film, directed by Ashish R. Mohan, produced by Vashu Bhagnani and starring Jackky Bhagnani, Arshad Warsi and Lauren Gottlieb in lead roles. The movie is about how two adventurers find themselves in Karachi, Pakistan where they meet a girl who plays the role of an ISI agent on chase. The trailer makes things look pretty interesting and one looks forward to the film because of Irshad Warsi and the comedy that follows him everywhere. As far as the music is concerned, I wasn’t expecting all that much, but was expecting some pretty good and enjoyable songs. The music has been scored by Rochak Kohli, who impressed us with his songs in ‘Hawaizaada’ earlier this year, Jeet Gannguli, who keeps impressing but didn’t quite do so in his latest project, ‘Ishqedarriyaan’, and Amjad-Nadeem from whom I expect nothing. So let’s find out what the album of ‘Welcome 2 Karachi’ has to offer!! 🙂
1. Lalla Lalla Lori
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani & Shivi, Music by ~ Rochak Kohli, Lyrics by ~ Rochak Kohli
Rochak Kohli is someone who has gained great appreciation and praise from everyone for his three songs in ‘Hawaizaada’. Here, he has two songs. Now, since things are different in this movie — it is a comedy film, it is kind of commercially viable — Rochak needs to follow those guidelines, go with the script and give exactly those type of songs. And that is why, you might feel that his quality has stooped very low with his songs of this album. The first song starts with an instantly appealing techno tune, which is very catchy and easily grabs your attention. The vocals of Vishal Dadlani that come afterwards, “La la la, la la la Lori” are also pretty addictive. However, after that, things take a sharp U-turn, and become really weird, ungraspable and nonsensical. First of all, the tune after that didn’t hook me that much, except in the hookline. The same tune gets repeated as the antara. The voice of Vishal Dadlani has been programmed so heavily, that it might be the first time where his natural energy can’t been heard. Shivi (I believe that’s the same Shivi [R. Kashyap] who composed the album of ‘Tere Mere Phere’, and a song ‘Aisi Hi Hoon Mein’ from ‘Amit Sahni Ki List’ previously.) sounds weird and aptly drunk, going by the theme of the song. Her parts are the worst in both tune and vocals. Jackky’s rap is not that catchy, but neither is it worse as Honey Singh, Badshah and all. Of course, Jackky has just sung, and Rochak has composed and written the rap. Also, the rest of the song which Rochak has written too, is nothing great, and makes that lullaby about a bowl of milk into a lullaby about a bowl of alcohol. The whole song revolves around that. With all those negative points, however, I have got to appreciate Rochak’s arrangements, with awesome club beats, techno/EDM sounds, and towards the end, a wonderful concert effect, complete with claps and echoes. Not excellent, but pretty catchy in the hookline, which it needed. Vocals are average as they’ve been programmed too much, lyrics are bad, but arrangements stand out!! An apt party song, but good for nothing else!!
2. Boat Ma Kukdookoo
Singers ~ Mika Singh, Shivi, Deane Sequiera & Rochak Kohli, Music by ~ Rochak Kohli, Lyrics by ~ Rochak Kohli & Ravi Singhal
This song starts just as impressively (arrangements-wise) as the first, and loses its impressiveness just as quick as the first, as well. The beats with which the sing kickstarts, get you hooked. But only for a relatively short time. After that the interventions (by Rochak??) that go “Kuku duku duku du” makes you lose some interest, and those female vocals succeed in doing so completely, and whatever little patience and interest you have left, quickly drains out. Anyways, after that things get a bit better once again, when the song starts with its mukhda, sung by Mika in his usual characteristic style, that makes it sound enjoyable, undoubtedly. Rochak composes the mukhda in a catchy style, but the antara gets utterly ridiculous!!! Both of them do not go together at all, and it sounds pretty weird after that. The antara has Mika singing in a very low pitch, and it doesn’t really suit him. And those female vocals come back, this time with an even more stupid tune. The hookline, again, just as in the first song, is the best part of the song. Towards the end, we get to hear some experimentation from Rochak, adding garba beats in the party song, and also singing the trademark “Hey Jeereyyyyyyy” as soon as those beats start. I was expecting something good to go with the garba beats, but no such luck, and he just repeats the hookline in a higher tempo, where those irritating voices of Shivi and Deane come back. Arrangements are good, saving the song to some extent, consisting mostly of techno beats. The dhols have been added in the hookline very efficiently, and they are what makes the hookline as catchy at it is. And, as I’ve mentioned, that garba rhythm, though not utilized well, does give some relief. Rochak teams up with Ravi Singhal this time, and they both create very slightly entertaining but mostly cheap lyrics about Gujarati food items mixed with alcohol. A failure from Rochak, barring the arrangements and the hookline!! And Mika sounds good, but only in the high-pitched portions! Everything else is irritating!
Singer ~ Shalmali Kholgade, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir
Jeet Gannguli, when he had composed for Vashu Bhagnani’s production ‘Youngistaan’, had remade one of his Bengali songs to give us ‘Suno Na Sangemarmar’, one of the best romantic songs of the year. This time, the makers give him not his usual genre, romantic songs, but give him an item song to make. Yup, item song. And to do the honours in this track, Jeet chooses Shalmali Kholgade, whom he has worked with in the Bengali music industry. The song starts with an entranocng shayari by Shalmali, making you ready for an awesome mujra track. But then, the middle-eastern instruments like the banjo, horns played in an Arabic style, alter the whole feel of the song. When Shalmali starts singing the mukhda, ich is quite catchy in itself, you can’t help but move to the groove of Jeet’s composition. He succeeds in doing something different, after the album of ‘Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi’ and ‘Kya Raaz Hai’ (Raaz 3). The antaras have been composed just as efficiently, which make you keep listening and keeps your interest towards the song intact throughout the song. The hookline, which showcases Shalmali singing the title of the song in various tunes, is addictive too. Shalmali’s fiery rendition, in a cute but flirtatious high-pitched voice, is another reason to love it. Arrangements have been done appreciatively as well, and hats-off to Jeet for succeeding in giving catchy arrangements in a track which we are not used to hearing from him (which of course, doesn’t mean that he can’t make one) The Arabic rhythm plays throughout the song, guitars and railway engine-type beats entertain you at places, and the strings are awesome! Kausar Munir writes lyrics that don’t degrade women, as in other item songs, but somewhere sounds a lot like the woman is bragging too much. The use of different places and cities in the lyrics, though, make them interesting to hear. It adds quirk as well as a mass appeal to the song. Something never expected from Jeet, and in which he surprisingly succeeds! A catchy Latino-Araboc flavored item song, with impressive vocals, lyrics and arrangements!!! #5StarHotelSong!!
4. Chal Bhaag
Singers ~ Wajid & Love Juneja, Music by ~ Amjad-Nadeem, Lyrics by ~ Sameer Anjaan
The last song which this album has to offer, starts with a catchy rock guitar riff, which builds up your interest as to find out what lies ahead. But all that lies ahead is an annoying rock song, sung in an irritating manner by nobody but the composers, Amjad-Nadeem’s cousin brother, Wajid along with someone called Love Juneja. Amjad-Nadeem try to make a suspenseful, situational track, that would also appeal to the masses, but fail to come up with a grasping composition. Wajid’s energetic vocals don’t help at all either, because they sound irritating due to sounding double. What at first sounds like something interesting, turns out to be an exhausting affair. First of all, though the arrangements are commendable, with rock guitars and drums, they need to be used with an efficient composition, don’t they? But because the composition isn’t at all good, they fail to impress either. Amjad-Nadeem take inspiration from Sajid-Wajid, but the song ends up nowhere near their brothers’ rock songs, which usually impress. Also, after the Mukhda and first antara get over, the moment when you realize that there’s another interlude and antara to follow, you have no wish to continue to hear the song, as it seems too stretched at one antara itself, that you would get exhausted by the time the second antara is over. So the song is unnecessarily long and stretched. Sameer writes his usual lyrics that fall under the ABSURD category, and they don’t impress nor do they entertain. They’re just stupid and don’t make sense. Nothing to hear here, except the rock arrangements!
Welcome 2 Karachi is an album, that might as well be forgotten within one week of its release and then again be remembered after the film releases, only to be forgotten forever after that. With only Jeet’s song standing out amongst the varying degrees of ridiculosity that the album has to offer, it can be said that it is one of the most middling affairs of recent times. Also, though the film might not be needing one, a romantic track would have been appreciated! Thank God that the album is short!! Instead of hearing this album, I advise you to flee to Karachi yourself! 😝😝
Okay, it’s not that bad, as each song has something or the other to offer, and hence I have given a rating that might seem too high for this album to you.
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: Shakira > Lalla Lalla Lori > Boat Ma Kukdookoo > Chal Bhaag
Which is your favourite song from Welcome 2 Karachi? Please vote for it below! 🙂
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