Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Amaal Mallik, Pritam Chakraborty, DJ Chetas & Kalyanji-Anandji
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Manoj Yadav, Rashmi-Virag & Anand Bakshi
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 19th April 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 13th May 2016
To hear the full songs of this album on Saavn CLICK HERE
To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE
Azhar is an upcoming Bollywood biopic, based on Indian cricket team’s former captain, Mohammad Azharuddin. The movie stars Emraan Hashmi as Azharuddin, Prachi Desai as Naureen, his first wife, and Nargis Fakhri as Sangeeta Bijlani, his second wife. Supporting cast includes Lara Dutta, Gautam Gulati and Kunaal Roy Kapur. The film is directed by Tony D’Souza, and produced by Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor and Sony Pictures Networks. The movie highlights the famous and well-known events in the cricketer’s life, which resulted in his downfall and debacle. I wasn’t expecting some huge number of songs for this movie, but at 5, the number meets my expectations, being neither too less nor too much. What’s more, though the album was previously supposed to be composed solely by hit-machine Pritam Chakraborty, due to some health issues Pritam had, the task of matching up to his level and completing some unfinished business had to be handed over to none other than Amaal Mallik, who I regard as ‘Junior Pritam’, what with his consistent hits coming even after such a short time of being a composer. So here too, he’s expected to make Pritam (whose assistant he was before) proud. However, Pritam’s one song has been retained in the album. There is a remake of two of Kalyanji-Anandji‘s superhit tracks from the movie ‘Tridev’, done by DJ Chetas, but that’s like a bonus for me, as I wasn’t interested in it from the beginning itself after I read DJ Chetas’ name. With T-Series producing the album, hits are guaranteed, but there is still lots of curiosity and hopes that Amaal performs well on stepping into his master’s shoes. 🙂 So… Gajar ne kiya hai ishaara… It’s time to read my review! 😀
1. Bol Do Na Zara
Singer ~ Armaan Malik, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Rashmi Virag
Amaal kickstarts this album, with a soft and mellow romantic song. Piano notes that will blow your mind away open up the song, and continue to fascinate you until Armaan with his soft and innocent voice starts singing in a lovely manner, which is sure to touch your heart. He has taken care of the whole song very responsibly and half of the magic of the song lies in his vocals, and I’m glad he hasn’t imitated Arijit in this one. Amaal is the star behind this greatness in the song. Besides choosing the right singer, he has woven up a beautiful song with notes that are pure and instantly likable when heard together. Instrumentation is subtle and minimal, but fascinating nonetheless. The aforementioned piano is there, guitars do play a role, electric and acoustic both. Strings can also be heard occasionally. Other digital beats complete the song wherever it seems incomplete. Armaan and his aalaaps in the beginning and end of the song are marvellous. The mukhda itself has the power to attract numbers of listeners and hook them all the way through the song. Imagine how good it must be, to be doing that! Rashmi-Virag’s lyrics are perfect for the theme of the song, not too over romantic, but stilll have the right measure of Bollywood romance in them. One thing i liked about Amaal’s composition is that it ranges greatly from low notes to high, and how seamlessly! Kudos to him for that. A wonderful synthesizer interlude will impress you a lot! With this one, Amaal starts off the album on a PERFECT note! #5StarHotelSong!!
2. Itni Si Baat Hain
Singers ~ Arijit Singh & Antara Mitra, Music by ~ Pritam Chakraborty, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav
Pritam continues the magic in the album with something I believe he’s the best at. Romantic songs. Guitar plucks start off the song, and Arijit kicks in. For me, this song didn’t start off as well as the first, but instead, the magic lies in the latter part of this song. The tune with which Arijit starts off the song, did remind me a bit of ‘Wafa Ne Bewafai’ (Teraa Surroor), but only for a very very small time, after which it becomes totally different. The magic in the composition lies completely in its simplicity, something Pritam hasn’t done for a while, as he was giving us all those experimental romantic songs. However, this one is out-and-out simple and innocent, not trying really hard to impress and win hearts, but doing so anyways! Arijit carries forth the mukhda and first antara of the song beautifully, both having the same tune and structure. Antara takes over with the second antara, (Pun unintended, so please… 😒😂) continuing ever-so-gracefully. It’s something I never understand how she sounds so different in each song, and it is commendable, but she should carve out a niche for herself in the industry nevertheless. Here, she sounds sugar-sweet, but I can’t help but miss Neeti Mohan for this one. Anyways, Pritam has composed the best part of the song for Antara, and she does justice to it, being all sweet and goody-goody. Arrangements, too, are minimal. The song’s base is a digital rhythm that plays throughout. On top of that, Pritam has added beautiful sarod (Prateek Srivastav) and tablas (Jitu Shankar). Guitars (Pawan Rasaily) are a prominent part of the song. Towards the end of Antara’s part, both Arijit and Antara harmonize together wonderfully, reminding me somehow of Rahman in the 2000s. Manoj Yadav’s lyrics are sweet and simple too, but could’ve been better, too. A song that takes time to grow, but when it grows, nothing could be better! It all lies in its subtlety and simplicity! #5StarHotelSong!!
3. Oye Oye
Singers ~ Aditi Singh Sharma & Armaan Malik, Music by ~ Kalyanji-Anandji, Recreated and Remixed by ~ DJ Chetas, Lyrics by ~ Anand Bakshi
Next up is the song I was least excited for — a remake/remix of the superhit ‘Gajar Ne Kiya Hai Ishaara’ (Tridev) by none other than the Mashup King of recent times, DJ Chetas. Where Sadhana Sargam, Alka Yagnik and Sapna Mukherjee led the old song, this one is led by a sole female singer, Aditi Singh Sharma, the one who is the best choice for club songs these days. Armaan does join, but later on. The surprise is that the whole song isn’t ‘Gajar Ne Kiya Hai Ishaara’, but Chetas has included the hookline of ‘Gali Gali Mein Phirta Hai’ (Tridev) as well, into the remake. That part is when Armaan gets his only line in the song. When it is a DJ remaking an old classic, all we can do is place our foreheads in our palms out of shame. Apart from Aditi adding unnecessarily stylish nuances to the vocals, DJ Chetas adds nothing but beats, that help in places but lower the song’s quality in other places. Armaan is the best thing that happened to the song, extracting an extremely different voice from what we usually hear him singing with. Lyrics are the exact same as the old song, and so is the composition. Though the song is groovy, due to the beats, Aditi’s singing isn’t really what I would’ve liked in the remake to this song. Also, it adds to the looooooonnnnnnnnngggggggg list of ‘Bollywood Classics Spoiled By Being Remade’. Had Amaal or Pritam remade it, it might’ve been better, and if they could’ve been made to compose an original club disco song with this theme, there would’ve been nothing like it. My favorite part of the song, if I had to choose, would definitely be the ‘Gali Gali Mein Phirta Hai’ lines by Armaan. Perfect song for clubs.
4. Tu Hi Na Jaane
Singers ~ Sonu Nigam & Prakriti Kakar, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar
After that bombardment to the ears, here’s Amaal to the rescue, with a soft, soothing, lovable, calming and any-other-good-adjective-you-can-think-of type of song. Further, it’s Amaal’s first song with Sonu Nigam, the legend! It is a huge leap for him and a milestone in his career. The song starts off so calmly, it is a huge refreshment from the loudness of ‘Oye Oye’. And when Sonu starts off, it is heavenly! A beautiful composition is the strength of the song, and the song is perfect for Sonu Nigam, with the intense heartbroken nature of the lyrics, which he’s best at. Prakriti also, is a great choice for the song. Her Punjabi parts are so melodious and fascinating, that they have made a place for themselves in my mind and heart. Amaal’s arrangements are beautiful, the rock plus classical combination heard many times before, but seldom done as good as this. Electric guitars, drums on one side perfectly complement the tablas, flutes and a wonderful sarangi interlude. The soul of the song lies in the composition and vocals, while the arrangements hold the both together as one. Kumaar’s lyrics are out of this world! Once you hear them, you would fall in love with them yourself, and Sonu and Prakriti do a fantabulous job expressing the pain in the lyrics. Though it is a sad song, it doesn’t go over the top with melodrama nor does it fall short of emotions. It strikes the right emotions in you and might bring you to are as well! Oh, the magic! The antaras have been well divided between Sonu and Prakriti, each getting one. I can even imagine what situation this song would appear in the film, and it is pretty obvious too. Keeping it in mind, the song is perfect! A song that will make you speechless! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 One of the best songs of 2016, and welcome back FOR REAL, Sonu Nigam! Extremely well done Amaal!! #5StarHotelSong!!
5. Jeetne Ke Liye
Singer ~ K.K., Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar
The finale to the album brings K.K. and Amaal together once again after an unforgettable ‘Tu Bhoola Jise’ (Airlift). This time, a motivational song has been crafted by Amaal, and K.K. has sung it in his trademark style. The song is also tailor-made for him, being a rock song with an emotional touch. Amaal’s arrangements are very cool, with the electric guitars blaring and drums providing the rhythm to move our heads to. Acoustic guitars appear in the relatively calm antaras until the energetic, almost hard rock hookline comes. Strings too make a short appearance in the song. Amaal has composed the song quite well, and it suits the theme — a person who has lost hopes motivating himself to fight on and on and finally win the fight against bad situations. Kumaar’s lyrics perfectly explain it. Amaal’s composition is something that doesn’t appeal much at first, but when heard again and again, and when lyrics are taken into consideration, it sounds awesome! The impactful hookline is all that is needed to touch one’s heart. The finale to the album is indeed grand! K.K. at his best after a LONG time! #5StarHotelSong!!
Azhar is an album in which I was not expecting three out of five songs to be romantic. Azhar is an album which I was waiting for since last summer, because Pritam was going to compose for it. Azhar is an album in which the once-assistant of Pritam, Amaal Mallik, composes alongside his guru. Azhar is an album in which disciple overtakes the teacher, making the teacher extremely proud. Azhar is an album in which Amaal showed to the world that he can compose such beautiful stuff in such a short notice of two to three weeks! Incredible and fantastic. I would say, barring DJ Chetas’ song, Azhar is an album for a film in which such great music was never expected. Last but not the least, I would say that Amaal is the star of ‘Azhar’!!
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: Tu Hi Na Jaane > Bol Do Na Zara > Itni Si Baat Hain > Jeetne Ke Liye > Oye Oye
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