GOOD IN AN ABNORMAL WAY!! (BHAAG JOHNNY – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Devi Sri Prasad (DSP), Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Sajid-Wajid, Yo Yo Honey Singh & Mithoon
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Faiz Anwar, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Amitabh Verma
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 24th August 2015
♪ Movie Released On: 25th September 2015

Bhaag Johnny

Bhaag Johnny

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Bhaag Johnny is an action thriller Bollywood film, directed by Shivam Nair, produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar and Vikram Bhatt. The film features Kunal Khemu, Zoa Morani and Mandana Karimi in lead roles. The film released on 25th September 2015, to negative to mixed reviews. The film, having been produced by T-Series, was expected to have some good music, and it pretty much stood up to expectations. The music has been given by South-Indian hit machine Devi Sri Prasad, the king of remakes Arko Pravo Mukherjee, remaking one of Sajid-Wajid’s hit songs from Sonu Nigam’s album ‘Deewana’, the youth sensation Yo Yo Honey Singh, and the person without whom such albums feel incomplete, Mithoon. Each of these have one song, except Mithoon who bags two. So, here’s what I thought about ‘Bhaag Johnny’s music!


1. Daddy Mummy
Singers ~ Devi Sri Prasad & M.M. Manasi, Music by ~ Devi Sri Prasad, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Devi Sri Prasad is one of those composers, who hold a huge status and fame down South, but migrate towards the Bollywood industry once in a blue moon. He impressed Salman Khan (and I bet nobody else) with ‘Dhinka Chika’ (Ready), a remake of his Telugu song ‘Ringa Ringa’ (Arya 2), and he impressed him so much that three years later, Salman gives him a chance to compose Daisy Shah’s introductory song in ‘Jai Ho’ (and also in Bollywood, for that matter), ‘Naacho Re’, which impressed me, but was too short and ignorable for the public. Now he comes after a year and a half, in a T-Series film, and I don’t know why or from where. He gets to compose a party song, and so he takes his Telugu song ‘Aakalesthe Annam Pedatha’ (Shankar Dada Zindabad) and remakes it in Hindi. But it isn’t the first time it has been reused! It has already been reused by DSP himself in the Tamil movie ‘Villu’ with the same name as it has in Hindi. So the idea for this song isn’t original. No matter how long its history may be, the song definitely has some vibes that hook you onto it. The tune is amazingly catchy, and the arrangements are really innovative and groovy too. Techno beats dominate, and give the required party effect. The beats can’t be ignored at all. The tune might be annoying for some, but I liked it. Though the song isn’t decent at all considering everything else, like the concept, lyrics etc, it is viable for the catchy tune and great booming beats. Kumaar must’ve written worse than what it must’ve been in Tamil. :p Regarding vocals, M.M. Manasi’s unusually thick voice provides the perfect texture for a song of this playful nature. DSP’s portions have a good tune, but I would’ve preferred Divya Kumar singing them, at least the ones that aren’t raps like “Tu hai beautiful naari…. Baahon Se Teri lipatke”. Programming is awesome and so are the interludes, with great Caribbean touches to them. The awesome percussion and great strings and flutes helps you to pay all attention to the song. A good party, and a decent (music-wise, Okay?? :p ) album-opener. DSP is back with a bang, but the lyrics are what make the song lose that tag. Oh, who am I kidding…here goes… #5StarHotelSong! 🙊

 

2. Iss Qadar Pyaar Hai
Singer ~ Ankit Tiwari, Music Recreated by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Orignal Composition by ~ Sajid-Wajid, New Lyrics by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Original Lyrics by ~ Faaiz Anwar

Sonu Nigam’s soulful and lovely song from his album ‘Deewana’ had had its title track remade earlier this year for the film ‘Ek Paheli Leela’, by Meet Bros. Anjjan. Now, for this album, another song of that album has been called for remaking. What follows is an account from the song’s point of view. (Didn’t you know songs have feelings, a heart and brains too?? 😛 ) The song must’ve been walking nervously on its way to T-Series office. When it arrived at the office, it must’ve been soooooo happy to learn that Arko is going to remake it. It then must’ve surrendered itself totally to Arko for a few months (or days?? Who knows?) But it didn’t know what injustice it was going to face. When it came to know about the injustice, the song happened to file a case in the Court for Enforcement of Songs’ Rights. Firstly, it complained that the legendary singer who became famous because of itself, was being replaced by an amateur who didn’t know how to sing for anything it cost. Then it claimed that its lively nature was being converted to a sleepy, monotonous paced nature, just to get more YouTube views. Another complain it had against the T-Series team was that it’s tune was changed for the worse!! The song, in conversation with Music Mastani last month, claimed, “I had no idea they would change my whole structure! I have been ruined completely!! They robbed me of my whole essence!” We are with the song in its struggle against T-Series, and wish it wins this case against T-Series. Okay, now I’ll stop being a reporter and tell you straightforward: Nothing in this song is better than the original! The tune has only been changed for one note, and it spoils the whole antara. The pace has been slowed down to such an extent that it is intolerable, because of Ankit Tiwari’s sleepy and drugged voice. Arrangements are modernized: guitars, synth beats and nothing much other than that. Arko writes the new lyrics, to make it more Bhatt-ish. Arko has never disappointed with any remake this much, before this!! Even the song says, “My new makeover is unimpressive! I should go into hibernation now!!”

 

3. Aankhon Aankhon
Singer ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Music by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics by ~  Yo Yo Honey Singh

While ‘Daddy Mummy’ was a general party song, this next song is a Yo Yo Honey Singh club track. Though many of his club tracks have been absurd and weird and whatnot, this one is unusually classy and immensely catchy! I’ve never liked a club song of Yo Yo this genuinely before! They’re usually crazy and illogical. Of course, this one isn’t like really scientific like Christopher Nolan’s films, but compared to go Yo’s previous club songs, this one surely has an upper hand in the race. Arrangements being energetic and enough to make you get up and move along to them, and the lyrics being a bit better than whatever Yo Yo usually writes, this one gave me no scope of cursing it. The English parts make it sound like a real English song. The Punjabi parts may annoy, but the composition takes care of that. The techno beats are something that would have you hooked right from the beginning to the end. Things get a bit soft in the second antara before the dynamic arrangements return in the hookline. Speaking of the hookline, it has a really great tune, which was enough to grab my attention. There isn’t much more to write about it, except that it’s a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Kinna Sona
Singer ~ Sunil Kamath, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Verma

Mithoon jumps into the album finally. Along with Arko, he’s the only person I expected to deliver something awesome. However, Arko let me down, and surprisingly, DSP and Yo Yo Honey Singh have impressed till now. With the advent of Mithoon, though, I expect the next two songs to be lovely. This very song consolidates my thought about that. It starts in a wonderful Sufi style, with Sunil Kamath sounding really great with his rustic voice. Acoustic guitars and tablas make way for the actual composition to set in. And when Sunil starts to showcase the beautiful composition which Mithoon has come up with, you are sure to drown in its divine and serene nature. The modern arrangements consisting of guitars and the beats blend in well with the traditional tabla beats, presenting a kind of rock Sufi love ballad. It really reminds you of Mithoon’s early days in the industry, his albums ‘Anwar’ and ‘Lamhaa’. Leaving the style of music he has been stereotyped to be able to make, he shuts up all his criticizers, by creating something that sounds as if the old Mithoon has composed it. The antaras are the most soothing and beautifully composed parts of the song, though the mukhda isn’t far behind. After the hookline, there are some really captivating guitar plucks, which make you leave your mouth gaping in awe. Moving onto debutant Sunil Kamath’s vocals, he sounds like Shadab Faridi in his vocal texture and style, but sounds awesome!! Some places he sounds husky, whereas some places his voice is as sharp as a knife’s edge. Both textures of his voice appeal to the ears, though. Towards the ending Mithoon overlaps two tracks of his voice, both singing the same lines but not in sync. That harmony steals your breath away. Amitabh Verma writes efficient romantic lyrics that are meaningful, probably the best lyrics of the album. Though simple, their appeal lies in that simplicity. Mithoon gives Sunil Kamath a strong and powerful debut, with a captivating yet soothing composition, penned wonderfully by Amitabh Verma. The song really is ‘Kinna Sona’! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Meri Zindagi
Singer ~ Rahul Vaidya, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Verma

After that sublime melody by Mithoon, it’s time for another song composed by him. I was expecting a lot because of how excellent ‘Kinna Sona’ was, but he disappointed me by coming up with something that anybody who’s a regular reader of my blog, knows that I hate. That is those monotonous Pakistani rock songs! Especially the ones Mithoon is unfortunately forced to bring into each and every album. This one literally overdoes the melancholia, with too much dukh-dard overflowing in each and every line. Arrangements are good except the rock arrangements. So whatever instruments are used in this rock song, which aren’t rock guitars and drums, I liked. That’s pretty less, only the flutes and other wind instruments. The strings are also grand and orchestral. Rahul Vaidya, however, steals the show with his versatile voice, bringing in great variations in many lines. The composition did not appeal to me at all simply because it was too plain and staid to appreciate with a big heart. The hookline crosses all heights of melancholia. Amitabh Verma writes according to the theme here too, so it turns pretty boring after a while. Barring Rahul’s mellifluous voice and some of Mithoon’s arrangements (the ones that aren’t rock) this track had nothing that appealed to me except the typical Mithoon-cholia!


Bhaag Johnny was an album that lived up to my expectations, but in a weird way. The people from whom I expected nothing, literally, actually impressed me, and those from whom I expected a lot, disappointed me big time! DSP gives a good youthful party number, while Yo Yo comes up with what I feel is the best club song of his Bollywood career. Mithoon, although impressed greatly with one out of two songs (which is also the best of the album), ruins everything in the next song, while Arko churns out what I think is his worst remake ever. Still, Mithoon has to be commended for making use of two relatively lesser known singers, who prove their talent with their respective songs, instead of vouching for the regular Arijit and Irfan. So, the two upbeat songs score better than two of the three calm songs, which is very unusual, in my opinion. So, I would conclude by calling it good in an abnormal way!

 

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: Kinna Sona > Aankhon Aankhon > Daddy Mummy > Meri Zindagi > Iss Qadar Pyaar Hai

 

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

 

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