Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Mikey McCleary
♪ Lyrics by: Manoj Muntashir, Mikey McCleary & Ankur Tewari
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 16th May 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 27th May 2016
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Waiting is an upcoming Bollywood comedy/drama movie starring Kalki Koechlin and Naseeruddin Shah in the lead roles, and Rajat Kapoor, Suhasini Maniratnam and Arjun Mathur in supporting roles. The movie is directed by Anu Menon (director of ‘London, Paris, New York’ and co-director of ‘X: Past Is Present’) and produced by Priti Gupta and Manish Mundra. The film was premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival in December 2015. It was also showcased at the London Asian Film Festival, and Menon had won the award for the best director at that festival. The film, received well by critics at these events, is now set to release this summer. The film revolves around two married (not to each other) individuals, Shiv Kumar (Naseeruddin Shah) and Tara Deshpande (Kalki Koechlin), who are from different walks of life. They befriend each other at the hospital, while they visit and nurse their respective spouses, who are both comatose! The story is one which deals with coping with grief and finding a way towards hope at the same time, and it definitely seems unique! The music is by Mikey McCleary. Last year, Mikey had scored for Kalki’s ‘Margarita With A Straw’, which I had reviewed and rated it with the highest rating on the blog; that’s how much I had loved it. While that album had a full-fledged nine-track album, this one is a short one with four tracks, but I’m still very excited to hear them! Mikey McCleary and such ‘art films’ as I would call it, go hand in hand! So, let’s see whether Mikey impresses again after ‘Margarita With A Straw!’
1. Tu Hai Toh Main Hoon
Singers ~ Anushka Manchanda & Nikhil D’Souza, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir
A very engaging guitar riff opens up this sweet and simple little track. The breeze of freshness that hits the ears when this one starts, is something that I’ve not experienced in a long time! Anushka Manchanda starts off in a quite low-pitched, husky voice, unlike most songs she has sung for other composers. However, the singer, who is a regular in most of Mikey’s works, usually sings with this voice texture for the composer. The composition by Mikey is really breezy, fresh, and brisk. I don’t think anything can match its utter simplicity, and the best part is that, in spite of being so elementary and basic, it manages to appeal much more to the ears, than other compositions based on classical raagas etc, do these days. This one will appeal to not many people, though, since it is really unconventional to be soooo utterly fundamental and straightforward in composition, at least in Bollywood. But I say, that is the sheer magic of the song. The medium pace, and breezy composition are stunners. Anushka sounds great, and Nikhil just accompanies her almost like a backing vocalist, not making it much of a duet. Both having husky voices, the song seems to appeal more. In some places, I felt Anushka sounded very much like Shalmali! Arrangements are simpler than simple, if that is even possible. Acoustic guitars are what form the base of the arrangements. Harmonica is audible in places, and so are strings. Drums have been played so softly, it took me some times of hearing the song to even notice them! And that’s way better than the bombardment of drum sounds we get in rock songs nowadays! Manoj Muntashir’s lyrics are just as simple as the composition, and really sweet. Not something that will create history, and not something that will win many hearts, but once it wins your heart, that is the ultimate stage! #5StarHotelSong!!
2. Got My Eyes On You
Singer ~ Mikey McCleary, Lyrics by ~ Mikey McCleary
I don’t know what I was expecting, looking at the title, but it was definitely not this! I thought it must be some romantic song, as breezy as the previous one. But boy, was I wrong! To some extent. 😛 The song is indeed breezy, and romantic too, if you think about it. On top of all this, it is reallllllly groovy too! The song starts with the trademark retro rock-n-roll rhythm and a tune after which you are 99.99% sure that they will say “Mera naam chinchin choo, chin chin choo” after that. The rhythm is so so infectious, you will not believe that it is a song composed today, and you will think it is an old song from the 50s-60s era of rock-n-roll. Those English songs of those days, which play in the parties in English movies, or the Bollywood songs of the Shammi Kapoor era, fall into the same category as this one. The composition is as infectious as something can get. You can’t help but move and groove like those old black-and-white people. 😂 The arrangements unbelievably resemble the arrangements of those days, with the drums, guitars and those funny sounds with the horns, tambourines. The trumpet tune that goes on in a loop in the background is just amazingly awesome, with that catchy groove coming with it. I’ve never heard Mikey singing in such a grungy voice, and I have to say, hats-off to the man, for singing it with such gusto. Though he seems like a stalker singing those words. 😀 Which brings us to the lyrics, which are purely in English. The lyrics definitely seem like the man is stalking some lady, but they’re so fun and go perfectly with the era. Also, they’re not cheap! (Ahem, ‘Housefull 3’!) A great experience, and a perfect throwback to the 50s rock and roll era! Wonderful!! #5StarHotelSong!!
3. Waiting For You
Singers ~ Mikey McCleary & Anushka Manchanda, Lyrics by ~ Mikey McCleary
Here comes what we can call the title song of the movie, crooned by the composer himself and Anushka Manchanda. This one too, is totally in English. This composition, though not as easily likable as the first two, takes two listens at least to impress you to the fullest. Mikey has made a lovely, waltz-ish composition, which again, won’t appeal to all. However, I loved it. Though not very breezy, and with more of pathos in it, it appeals because of the sense of calm that is omnipresent all over the song. The song doesn’t try hard to gain attention or listeners, and I think that is what makes it appeal the most — its honesty and truthfulness. The arrangements too, are minimal, with acoustic guitar, harmonica, and a xylophone-ish sound (which is really cute!) Again, the guitars form the base. At one place in the song, there is a wonderful ballroom waltz-like ambience, with the royal drums, and that xylophone-ish sound (which is probably a keyboard). Mikey and Anushka handle the composition with care, and do complete justice to the heartfelt melody. Mikey gets the major portion of the song, and here, you can understand why I was shocked to hear his grungy voice in ‘Got My Eyes On You’! It is wonderful how he had modified it for that song! Anushka in her part that continues from the second stanza, excels too. Mikey’s lyrics, are cute as usual, and something sweet and simple, that would appeal to all. A cute song, with a Westernized treatment, and made with love! #5StarHotelSong!!
4. Zara Zara
Singers ~ Kavita Seth & Vishal Dadlani, Lyrics by ~ Ankur Tiwari
For the grand finale, Mikey gets more Indianised in his song composition style. And I noticed, with that, he gets more complicated in the composition’s structure, too! Piano chords and subtle notes with them, open up the song for us, and as I always say, one should know that when a song is preceded by piano notes, magic lies ahead. That is exactly what we get to see in this song. As soon as Kavita starts singing with her unexplainably beautiful, marvellous, fabulous, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious voice, the goosebumps get a cordial invitation to join the ceremony! And indeed, the composition is no less than ceremonious. The grandeur, soul and heart in this composition is something I’ve found in very less songs this year. Most that try, manage to be overdramatic too! This one seems to have done it effortlessly! The layered composition is something that is instantly likable and utterly un-hateable! Especially the hookline, is the ultimate bliss! When the hookline manages to catch hold of you in the first listen itself, you know the song is of some different level altogether! The mukhda is really catchy, though being a sad song. That is really rare, and when it happens, my heart does the Irish jig. (I know that’s mean when those characters in the movie are mentally dying, but what should I do? 😦 ) Mikey has composed a really melodious and mature composition, and so close to Indian music and Indian roots, and that leaves me wondering how!!!? His arrangements are just as majestic. The piano, already mentioned above, is replaced by many others like strings, flutes, drums, rock guitars and some Indian percussion too. My favourite is the hookline, where the rock arrangements do the whole magic, blended with the strings and in some places, the flute. Previously I had said Kavita’s voice made me get goosebumps, but when Vishal kicks in, the song reaches its apex! It is a scintillating moment in the song when that happens. It’s just wow! Both the singers have done justice to the composition and rendered it with heart and soul. Ankur has written mind-blowing lyrics… I think it is his career’s best! Vishal and Kavita bring those words to life with their pathos-filled rendition. A complete winner! The most complete song of the album in terms of everything put together. Mikey going the traditional Indian melodious way is nothing but great!!! It will appeal to all Bollywood lovers and everyone else too! Something fit for the finale! #5StarHotelSong!!
Waiting was an album I was really waiting for since forever. After I learnt about the cast, story and then the composer, my excitement knew no bounds. And then the promos of two songs just made me even desperate to hear the full album. And that’s why, when it released out of nowhere today, I chose to review it today itself! Mikey has done a wonderful job with all the songs, with two of them being completely Western in treatment, one going retro style, and the last one being a lovely Indian-style composition, which is the only song on the soundtrack, which probably, everyone will love. After hearing the album, all I can say is, “What are you waiting for?? Hear ‘Waiting’!!
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: Zara Zara first, and then any order you wish! 😀
Which is your favourite song from Waiting? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂