Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Ajay-Atul
♪ Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya
♪ Music Label: Sony Music
♪ Music Released On: 24th July 2015
♪ Movie Released On: 14th August 2015
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To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE
Brothers is a Bollywood action drama film that released on 14th August, 2015. The film is directed by ‘Agneepath’ fame Karan Malhotra, and produced by Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar and Endemol India. The film stars Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra, and Jacqueline Fernandez in lead roles, and Jackie Shroff and Shefali Shah in supporting roles. The story revolves around two brothers, who hate each other, and how situations arise that make them fight against each other in an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) competition. David, the elder brother played by Akshay Kumar, is married to Jenny (Jacqueline) and their daughter suffers from a kidney ailment. How the two brothers eventually come together forms the plot of the story. Yes, I didn’t hear many excellent reviews for this film, nor am I eager to watch it anytime soon, but one thing I was really excited about, was the music. I know I’m late for the review, but I had heard the album the day it released and … Well, read the review to know! 😉 The music has been composed by the same duo that rarely is heard in Bollywood, by whenever they compose, they take the industry by storm. It happened about eight months ago when their song from ‘PK’ became a rage in the nation, perhaps even the world! Before that, their single in ‘Bol Bachchan’ and their album for ‘Agneepath’ was loved by the masses and classes alike. Now they’re back with the ‘Agneepath’ team, to provide the score for yet another movie. Yup, you guessed it! I’m talking about Ajay & Atul Gogavale!! After a long time, they’re coming to compose the full album of a Hindi movie, and expectation are pretty high. After all, they’ve set a very high bar to cross with ‘Agneepath’! So, do they cross the bar, or just miss it, or come nowhere near it?? Read on to find out! 🙂
1. Brothers Anthem
Singer ~ Vishal Dadlani
Enchanting, haunting piano notes start off the album to this drama film. And what follows just blew my mind away! The first one minute holds such wonderful magical stuff, that you are sure to fall in love with this song in the first one minute itself. And get this — it’s all just instrumental for that one minute!!! How wonderfully Ajay-Atul have arranged the instruments in different layers, each instrument kicking off after some eight beats, giving the prelude to the song an enormous depth. The piano notes, joined by the impactful percussions, which in turn are joined by awesome strings, and then an inspirational brass portion, followed by some majestic female humming. Once Vishal Dadlani starts, Ajay-Atul have already managed to create an anthemic atmosphere, one that gives you the energy and makes you enthusiastic enough to complete any task. And we know Vishal, he’s an expert in passing on his immense energy to the listener, just like a vibrating body passes on its energy to the air around it. And he does just that! The mukhda is less of a typical Bollywood mukhda and is more like a short introduction to what’s going to come next. After singing a few lines, the orchestra takes over again, and we are treated to a grand exhibition of various instruments, ranging from the motivational percussions, to a very energizing vocal chorus, some goosebump-invoking strings, and the regal trumpets! It altogether makes for a really interesting interlude before the so-called antara. And I’m calling it ‘so-called’, because its tune is more like that of a mukhda!! Some unusual composition Ajay-Atul have placed in front of us, yet making sure it has us captivated right from the beginning to the end. The backing vocals do a great job in keeping up the motivational aspect, not letting it die for even one second. Vishal has a wonderful portion to sing after the backing vocalists do their job; the tune of which is really motivational and anthemic in the true sense of the term. The second interlude brings forth an impressive drums solo piece, which would keep the listeners glued to the song! Other percussion in this interlude is also commendable. That hook tune, the haunting one, is really beautiful, and using it in this song was a great decision, because it sounds really motivational! Before the song ends, the tune can also be heard played on piano and sung by the choir. And the grand finale to the song is done by a haunting choir part, which increases the suspense and ends the song at the climax of the suspense! It leaves a huge impact on the listener! Amitabh has left no stone unturned in giving the song lyrics that would appeal to the youth, and also such that it would be suitable for an anthem! The words, when put to Ajay-Atul’s very fine and mature melody, really spring to life! An anthem indeed!! Something motivational, inspirational after a long time, and something which is perfectly PERFECT!! #5StarHotelSong!!
2. Gaaye Jaa (Female Version) / Gaaye Jaa (Male Version)
Singers ~ Shreya Ghoshal / Mohammed Irfan
Next up, we have a haunting, pensive melody, that is sure to make your eyes well up with tears. The strength of the melody is such that you can’t help but get emotional, no matter how rock-hard you and how much of a macho-man (or macho-woman, for that matter) you may be from the inside. First, we are introduced to the female version, sung mellifluously by Shreya, the modern nightingale of Bollywood music, and a regular in Ajay-Atul’s albums. The moment the song starts, with a showcase of her great command over vocals, humming a haunting tune, the suspense in you keeps on growing as to what for the song has been presented in such a dramatic way. Yes, the song does come across as overdramatic in places, but the absence of a trademark Bhatt stamp, helps listeners to swat that thought away, instantly. Ajay-Atul have woven a touching melody, that touches your emotional strings and makes sure it leaves you in a thoughtful state. The various attractions they have added throughout the song, like the church-templated chorus, and the beautiful instrumentation in the interludes, ensure that the listener does not go anywhere in the six-odd minute song. The female opera-like voice in places increases the haunting effect manifold and leaves an impact on the listener. Mohd. Irfan, though, in the male version, does not create even half the impact which Shreya creates in hers, maybe because of the expression he has unknowingly left out of his rendition. In all aspects other than the vocals, the song is unaltered, yet the choice of Irfan doesn’t seem perfect as that of Shreya had seemed for the former version. Where Shreya sounds like a mother singing for her son in her version, Mohd tries to bring in the aspect of a son singing for his mother in his version, succeeding only to some extent. Amitabh’s lyrics are just as touching as the composition, and if you miss them, the emotional impact of the song will be considerably less than it is when you do pay attention to them! Instruments like flute, strings beautifully grace the composition, and make it perfect as an emotional breakdown song. The antaras have been composed in a slightly lighter-to-the-ears manner, unlike the mukhda which initially scares you with its straightforwardness. Heart-touching stuff from Ajay-Atul, perfectly showcasing the mother-son relationship. A great combination of Indian Classical and Western music styles! Shreya’s version is more recommended than Irfan’s! #5StarHotelSong!!
3. Sapna Jahan
Singers ~ Sonu Nigam & Neeti Mohan
After the emotional melody that I’m sure brought your eyes to tears, it’s time for an enchanting romantic track. First of all, I don’t think Bollywood listeners are familiar with the magic Ajay-Atul can infuse into their romantic songs. The romantic songs they’ve given previously for Bollywood movies, fit perfectly into the “romantic song” category, and so naturally Bollywood music listeners have underestimated them in this genre. ‘Saathiya’ (Singham) and ‘O Saiyaan’ (Agneepath) were some of the remarkable compositions from them under this category, out of their previous albums; besides that, I don’t think they’ve given any memorable ones. But hold that thought just for a second… And listen to this song. Because I’m sure, when you’re done hearing this song, you’ll be shocked as to why they haven’t come up with romantic songs like this before in Bollywood — or did the makers of the films not need any? Anyways, this song will wash away all your previous misconceptions that Ajay-Atul can compose only typical romantic songs, and this idea will be immediately replaced by the idea that they can compose anything! Haunting, charming, melodious, lilting, call it whatever you want, but you will never find a single flaw in the song as far as the composition goes. Above that, when you’ve got someone as prestigious as Sonu Nigam lending his voice for your song, what’s the reason to worry? Sonu, another one of Ajay-Atul’s favourites (I really like the way in which they don’t steer clear of some of the seasoned singers even with the inflow of the newer ones) brings the touch of simplicity as well as complexity in each note, and the soft texture of his voice makes it sound all the more heavenly. As for Neeti, I can’t seem to fond anything perfect to say about her in this song!! She too imparts the soft, yet divine and supreme quality in her rendition, leaving the listeners spellbound. Arrangements are just as majestic, with the incredibly enticing piano notes, strings and those oh-so-lovely brass parts. The real magic lies in the awesome orchestration in the hookline “Mere Dil mein jagah khuda Ki khaali thi…”. The tune of that line is also enough to stifle a waah! from your lips, not to mention that wonderful exotic percussion. Neeti’s parts in the antara, are some of the best-composed lines in recent times of Bollywood music. I fell in love with them instantly, maybe because of that recognizable A.R. Rahman feel they carry, either knowingly or unknowingly done. Amitabh too leaves not a single stone unturned in making sure that his lyrics touch the soul. The concept of the lyrics itself is genius! When it’s Sonu with Ajay-Atul, you cannot expect anything less than this!!! But you can definitely expect more in the future!! Extraordinary! #5StarHotelSong!!
4. Mera Naam Mary
Singer ~ Chinmayi Sripada
After hearing those first three impressive songs and then finally coming to the end of the album, you feel as if you’ve reached the end of this album a bit too soon! But imagine your surprise when you find out that it is an item song that has been kept at the end of the album which has had very occasional dull moments till now! This very fact kills all the excitement. However, considering what Ajay-Atul had made in ‘Chikni Chameli’ (Agneepath), which I believe was quite tolerable unlike all the other songs of this genre, there was still some hope left in me that they could do the same thing with this song too. Much to my disappointment, I did not find anything all that interesting in the song. ‘Chikni Chameli’ was a recreated tune from one of the duo’s Marathi songs ‘Kombdi Palali’ (Jatra), but they had altered it in many places. Unfortunately, this one too is a remake of the other song ‘Ye Go Ye Ye Maina, also from ‘Jatra’ (it had only two songs :P) And Ajay-Atul have not seemed to make any effort in changing anything from the Marathi song while remaking it. Everything from the tune to arrangements are pretty much the same, except that the arrangements have been a bit more revived and infused with life (they were pretty dull in the original). Here too, they don’t sound that magnificent either! Another drawback is the very wrong choice of singer here. Chinmayi for a romantic song, and I’m fine with it, but for an item song?? Not okay!! With her soft voice, she contradicts the whole energetic aspect that an item song should ideally carry, and this kills the song. Definitely, Shreya or Shalmali could’ve done way better! As for the lyrics, Amitabh seems to have been in a hurry to write something, just so that it fits into the tune and rhymes. It doesn’t appear that he was interested at all whether whatever he wrote made sense. And lastly, how many times does it take to tell someone your name before it gets carved in their brain? Even a mathematics formula gets stuck in our head instantly. But Mary seems to think that she has to remind us every one minute what her name is and how sure she is of her love for us! Pathetic! If there’s anything that might make you groove to the song, it’s the traditional Marathi folk beats that just manage to get you dancing a bit, after which they lose their impact as well. By the time the song ends, you probably would’ve made up your mind never to hear it again! But you’ll have to hear it sometime or the other, because this is the country where such songs are the only ones that are noticed!! Not an ideal ending to an album that impressed so much with its other songs!
Brothers can rightly be called Ajay-Atul’s comeback to full albums. After leaving us craving for more after ‘Agneepath’, they finally decide to show up with their next full album after more than three years! And they do not leave without leaving us happy and enchanted. All four songs are of different varieties, out of which the item song is sure to fail because of less attention given. But barring that, the other songs have not much in them to complain about! Especially ‘Sapna Jahan’! So the Gogavale brothers show their immense talent in a short album, which will, unfortunately, also have a short playlist life too, because of the failure of the film. However, for true music lovers, it will always remain there as a source of calmness gifted to us by the wonderful Ajay-Atul!
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: Sapna Jahan > Brothers Anthem > Gaaye Jaa (Female Version) > Gaaye Jaa (Male Version) > Mera Naam Mary
Which is your favourite song from Brothers? Please vote for it below! 🙂
Finally, Thanks for bearing with my late, yet long review!! 🙂 And also, sorry for the delays!
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