Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 28th August 2015
♪ Movie Released On: 18th September 2015
To hear the full songs of this album on Hungama CLICK HERE
To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE
Katti Batti is a Bollywood rom-com film, which starred Imran Khan and Kangana Ranaut in the lead roles. The film was directed by Nikhil Advani, and produced by him along with Siddharth Roy Kapur. Vivan Bhatena also starred in a supporting role in the film. The story is about two people Madhav (Maddy) and Payal, played by Imran and Kangana respectively, who are in love, but a sudden turn of events makes Payal leave Maddy. So the plot of the story goes something like that. Nikhil Advani, who had also directed “Hero” this year, releasing a week before this, now comes back to his forte, that is rom-com. The film flopped inspite of such a great hype; maybe a fault in the storytelling. Anyways, how does that concern me? Let’s talk about the music. The music has been given by Nikhil’s favourites for rom-coms, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. After the success of their album to Zoya Akhtar’s “Dil Dhadakne Do”, I expect them to do exceptionally well in this album. a) because they are awesome at composing for rom-coms — they have been stunning us right from ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ and albums like that, and b) because their collaborations with Nikhil, I believe, are always awesome, and should be in the future too! They have composed five songs for the movie, now only to see how much they appeal to me. So, here we go!! 🙂
Singers ~ Siddharth Mahadevan & Neeti Mohan, Rap by ~ Qaran Mehta
I worship Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy when it comes to club songs. Here, the album starts off with a similar club song, as they used to give in the past, with full on techno sounds and more techno sounds and even more techno sounds. However, let me confess to you, that this time, I didn’t find anything special in the song at all! Starting with techno sounds that make you go, “Oh, the same typical club beats… Let’s see what comes up ahead.” this song doesn’t have the trio going beyond the usual things that they put in every club song, making it sound pretty stale than the other club songs. Their experimentation power is very high, as we know from other songs, then, I wonder why they didn’t use that power of theirs here! The song starts with techno sounds that sound a lot like they’ve been played on a keyboard, followed by guitar strums which are really energetic and enthusiastic. Neeti’s intermissions saying “Fizool hai” are also good enough to make you feel that something extraordinary just might be around the corner. But when Siddhartha starts to sing, the tune of what he sings, carries a very heavy déjà vu feeling, something we have heard from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy many a time in the past, and so it doesn’t click right away. What’s more, the mukhda does not even get over, or so it seems, before the hookline starts, very abruptly and it sounds pretty odd, as if the trio was in a hurry to get to it. However, the hookline itself is catchy as far as composition goes. Arrangements are nothing special though. As we progress towards the antara, the composition does get a little interesting, or at least more than the the previous parts. Arrangements, however, stay dull and bland. There comes a point when you start wondering why they didn’t put any arrangements other than the typical EDM, techno beats, just as a small attraction somewhere in the interlude or something. Well, that’s because the interlude is reserved for some new rapper called Qaran Mehta (what’s up with the spelling? Is it just to make it look cool? Because he didn’t rap that good.. It’s really annoying the way he raps) The composition has its shares of interesting and dull moments, whereas the arrangements are ordinary all throughout the song. Vocals by Siddharth and Neeti are good, but just that, nothing more. No variations, no anything. Lyrics by Kumaar though, are worth hearing — they do connect with today’s audience, though they are nothing extraordinary or funny like his other songs. Something which the trio has done so many times, the magic has just worn off now, and results in an unattractive song. Not such an impressive start to the album!
2. Sau Aasoon
Singers ~ Shankar Mahadevan & Rasika Shekhar
What I was actually expecting from the trio from the first song in the album, comes a bit late, but it comes better than expected. Better late, than never, right? There’s nothing like a sad, romantic, soft rock number from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. On top of that when it’s sung by Shankar himself, the expectations are tripled. Even though it’s a soft, sad number when we hear the tune, it takes on a really addictive form when we hear the arrangements, and Shankar’s versatile vocals suit the mellow song. High notes and low ones alike, he sings with great ease, as always. The song starts off with a wonderfully captivating guitar riff, joined a few seconds later by another awesome electric guitar playing beautiful notes. Shankar, when he steps in, deliberately sings out of the regular beat, pretty much like what the trio made Arijit do in ‘Mast Magan’ (2 States). He starts when you least expect it, because the guitar riffs mislead you. But it sounds exceptional when he jumps into the song unexpectedly. The hookline is something that you would feel like hearing over and over again forever. Rasika’s husky voice, though it might be sounding a bit too much autotuned, has this addictive tone to it, which makes anyone fall in love with it. However, in this song, she has two different roles: the humming and once or twice to sing the hookline. The first job she executes very well, but our heavy and husky voice just isn’t cut out for singing the hookline, which I would’ve preferred in Shankar’s husky yet soft voice. The antara
has a very sweet and touching tune, including many variations, executed perfectly by Shankar. The backing chorus also supports well in these parts. Towards the ending we witness a beautiful jugalbandi of sorts between Shankar and Rasika, and it ends the song on a marvellous note. Arrangements consist of guitars, both acoustic and electric, sounding really great together in the same song. The drums have been added which increase the addictive nature of the song. To give the song a polished appearance, we have the piano, a misfit in a rock song, but sounding exceptional here particularly! Kumaar’s lyrics, are meaningful here, and again he surprises me with his immensely great ability to write both meaningful and meaningless songs with the same dedication or carelessness respectively. 😂 A complete Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy show from start to end! The song will get you pondering after it’s over and leave a huge impact! #5StarHotelSong!!
3. Lip To Lip
Singers ~ Nikhil D’Souza & Ritu Pathak
Youngsters Nikhil D’Souza and Ritu Pathak (credited wrongly as Phatak :p ) bag the next song, a cute little romantic song revolving around “kissiyaan” (kisses). The main element of this song that enters right from the starting and stays till the end, and because of which you keep listening, is the quirkiness of it. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy try to make a quirky, catchy and youthfully mad song, and succeed with distinction! I mean, the great composers that they are, how would they fail? Nikhil has been employed very effectively and he brings the Westernized flavour into the song, while at the same time, Ritu Pathak brings in the desi flavour and gives the best performance of her career, in my opinion. She keeps aside all the cheapness she brings into every other song and sings this one with all possible naughtiness, but without the cheapness. A time in the song comes when she goes totally nasal into Shamshad Begum mode, and another when, in the interlude, she says “O Sajnaa Veeee” in an unmistakable Richa Sharma voice. In fact, she kind of sounds similar to Richa Sharma throughout the song! Wonderful attempt! Nikhil is his usual casual, carefree a sounding self, and his fresh voice is always a pleasure to hear, unless the composition isn’t interesting. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s composition took no time at all to grow on me, and in no time, I found myself humming the tune many times! The tune of the line “Main yaaaar tenu miss kardi, tenu yadaan vich kiss kardi…” is just too cutely addictive! The arrangements, too are unmatchable! A beautiful vocal rhythm starts off the song and the same rhythm forms the pillars for the song even later on in it. Acoustic guitars, saxophone, some quirky Amit Trivedish sounds, work together to make it a wonderful listening experience. Drums and some Arabic percussion also make an appearance later on in the song. Kumaar uses some gimmicky terms and his Hinglish lyrics are tough to forget, but very easy to remember. They have an instant youth connect and may be the reason why this song worked so much! In short, the song is something you must not miss, if you’re looking for something new, fresh, breezy et al!! Extra marks for the way Ritu Pathak has been made to sing!! #5StarHotelSong!!
4. Ove Janiya / Ove Jaaniye (Reprise)
Singers ~ Mohan Kannan / Sayani Palit
Yes, I know. I’ve written the spelling of the reprise version differently right? :p Contact Zee Music Company for more details. I myself have no idea why it’s named like that! 😀 Anyways, after hearing the song, all of Zee’s mistakes are forgiven. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy present a soft, slow and calm, sad number sung beautifully by Mohan Kannan. When he last worked with them for ‘Chaandaniya’ (2 States), it resulted in an awesome sad song, with a groove to it that was hard to forget! This time, the song has no catchy groove as such, but it is the composition, which hooks you…if not instantly, then at least after two or three listens. The arrangements, though as minimal as possible, have the capability to soothe you down, and the song is just as effective as a lullaby to lull you to sleep, and I mean that in a positive way. First of all, mild piano notes start off the song, and an African-style percussion instrument gives the rhythm along with guitars and shakers and even the cymbals of drums, but all used in such a tranquil manner, that you wouldn’t believe it. Mohan renders the composition beautifully, and his voice just increases the serenity of the song manifold. His sargam portion in the first interlude stole my breath away. Otherwise too, he is spot-on with his rendition. Kumaar has written meaningful lyrics again, in Punjabi, romantic and emotional at the same time. The words have a unique ring to them, thanks to the trio’s unusually soft but beautiful composition. The reprise sees classical singer Sayani Palit come behind the mic, also making her Bollywood debut. Her version wasn’t as hooking as Mohan’s to me, but that would vary from person to person. Of course, her technicalities in singing the song are more perfect than Mohan, but it makes her version sound more difficult to connect with and less youthful and less contemporary than Mohan’s. This version has been sung on a backdrop of only very soft piano, and nothing else at all! Those piano arrangements are wonders to behold and the trio deserves a huge applause for them. If only somebody whose voice had more weight, maybe Kavita Seth or Rekha Bhardwaj had sung this version, it would have done way better. Or, if they had to retain Sayani, a nice clasica backdrop would’ve been more than enough to make me delighted, complete with tablas and sitar and the likes. The original is beyond all expectations, while the reprise falls just below them! Anyhow, both versions have scintillating arrangements, and lyrics, and the composition can’t be missed at any cost!! #5StarHotelSong!!
5. Jaago Mohan Pyaare
Singers ~ Siddharth Basrur, Digvijay Singh Pariyar, Raman Mahadevan & Rasika Shekhar
To conclude the album, we have something very unusual. Taking a glimpse at its name, you would think it is some bhajan, but press the play button and your ears seem to be playing tricks on you. It is a high-energy rock song, with a little folkish touch to it, sung with immense energy and dynamics by four singers with heavy voices. Well, I have to admit, the composition isn’t bad, and while it plays, you will enjoy it to the utmost, but the drawback is that, after it gets over, you will practically forget it. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy try to bring that one crazy song that each of their albums nowadays have, but they do not quite surpass the bar that they themselves have raised to a very high level with the very recent ‘Gallan Goodiyaan’ (Dil Dhadakne Do). Siddharth Basrur, with his Vishal Dadlani-like voice, gets a bit too loud at times, but overall does good. Raman Mahadevan, who was a Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy regular atone particular time, and Digvijay Singh Pariyar, newcomer, and whose voice falls between that of Sanam Puri and Divya Kumar, do well too. The sole female singer, Rasika Shekhar, getting her second song in the album, sounds perfect here, contrary to being a misfit in ‘Sau Aasoon’. Arrangements are good but lack anything extraordinary. A fusion of rock and Punjabi folk, has been heard before, and hearing the way they have been used here, definitely doesn’t make it stand out as a composition by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The tumbi part particularly sounds very ordinary. The rock guitars and drums sound better and if the song would have been purely rock, I wouldn’t have minded, but probably the script called for a Punjabi twist. If so, the trio had the capacity to work wonders with that! Kumaar, however, saves the trio by writing interesting lyrics, a boys vs. girls faceoff. As I said, the composition is great, but it has no repeat value. I am only hearing it now, because I didn’t have time when it released. :p I might be the only person, other than Imran Khan, Kangana Ranaut and everyone else associated with the film, who must be hearing it now! Not bad, but not excellent like the trio usually does! Vocals are good, so is the composition, and so are arrangements. But only the lyrics are great!
Katti Batti definitely doesn’t score among Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s best works, having two downright average songs (above average if compared to other composers’ work at present) and the rest awesome. There used to be a time when each and every song in an S-E-L album used to be stellar, enticing and magical in its own way. Since their mainstream comeback with ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ in 2013, this has definitely got to be their most underwhelming album. And yeah, that’s counting the ‘One By Two’ album and their two songs in ‘Darr @ The Mall’! The others, ‘2 States’, ‘Kill/Dil’ and ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ had very few of the dull moments and compared to that, this one has too many!! And I’m not saying this is a bad album — not at all, because it is good in its own way. Just that it’s not the usual awesomeness that is expected from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. That said, I’m on a temporary ‘katti’ with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy henceforth, till their next Bollywood album ‘Ghayal Once Again’ releases, from which I’ll be keeping immense hopes nevertheless! 😁
P.S. I’m already ‘batti’ with them because of their stellar soundtrack to Marathi movie ‘Katyar Kaljat Ghusali’!
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: Ove Janiya > Lip To Lip > Sau Aasoon > Ove Jaaniye (Reprise) > Jaago Mohan Pyaare > Sarfira
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