VISHAL-SHEKHAR’S STRONG MUSICAL KICK!! (AKIRA – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Vishal-Shekhar
♪ Lyrics by: Manoj Muntashir & Kumaar
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 16th August 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 2nd September 2016

Akira Album Cover

Akira Album Cover

 

To hear the full songs of this album on Saavn CLICK HERE

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Akira is an upcoming Bollywood action film starring Sonakshi Sinha in the titular role, and Konkona Sen Sharma and Anurag Kashyap in other prominent roles. The movie has been directed by A.R. Murugadoss and produced by himself along with Fox Star Studios. It is the first time Murugadoss isn’t remaking his own movie into Hindi (remember ‘Ghajini’ and ‘Holiday’?) But he’s still remaking somebody else’s movie. And that somebody and his move happens to be Santha Kumar’s 2011 Tamil flick ‘Mouna Guru’. But there’s a twist, which is that, the main character in this movie has been shown as a strong female character, going on the lines of woman empowerment, replacing the male character in the original. The story is about a girl named Akira who finds it difficult to adjust to the society she lives in, and ends up displaying her anger, by which she often ends up in trouble. Troubled by her trouble, she is sent to Mumbai, where she gets into trouble again, as we can guess from the trailer. What trouble, how trouble, why trouble and which trouble (and who trouble, too, if you will) is what we will discover in the movie, but I see a corrupt cop played by Kashyap in the trailer so that would change things a lot, I guess. 😛 Anyway, I’m here to talk about the music. After going for A.R. Rahman in ‘Ghajini’ and Pritam in ‘Holiday’, Murugadoss experiments again and tries out a duo that is working with him for the first time, and a duo that is just done with giving one of the best commercial albums of the year, ‘Sultan’. Yup, behind the music of ‘Akira’ are none other than Vishal-Shekhar, who surely have worked hard for the album, and after ‘Sultan’, I’m expecting a lot from them, though the movie isn’t music-oriented at all. The duo has made four songs, with one of them featuring in two versions, making that a total of five tracks. Without further ado, let’s see how much of a kick or punch the music of ‘Akira’ is!


1. Rajj Rajj Ke (Version 1) / Rajj Rajj Ke (Version 2)
Singers ~ Sonakshi Sinha & Vishal Dadlani / Nahid Afrin & Vishal Dadlani, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

The duo starts the album off with a power-packed theme song, that automatically goes and makes itself a place with songs like ‘Jee Karda’ (Badlapur) and ‘Chhil Gaye Naina’ (NH10). The angst and frustration takes the form of a catchy, heart-touching and foot-tapping song that showcases the nature of the main character very well. The duo has excelled with the composition, gathering various notes that sound pretty energetic and full-of-fury when put together. The song starts with Vishal singing a line that is so soft, yet it is a wonderful opening to the energy and power that is to follow in the rest of the song. The mukhda is a beautifully haunting tune which lures you into the song, in quite a spooky way, but all the spookiness is enjoyable and awe-inspiring. The antara is something that will leave you in shock, with your jaw wide open; it treads on a wide range of notes, starting high and ending low, and how beautifully! The hookline is what you would call a power-packed line. All the fury and emotions of the singer gets poured out in just that one line, and it is sooooo touching, in a unique way! Vishal-Shekhar’s booming arrangements are another reason to hear the song on loop, what with rock guitar strums helping to increase the energy, while drums help the hookline sound marvelous. The first interlude is a wonderful Spanish guitar solo, which sounds astounding! The whole song is placed on an upbeat and groovy beat, which you would love to hear on loop! On the vocals front, the song, featuring in two versions, gets a different treatment from each of the two female singers. While Sonakshi, singing just as a publicity stunt, surprisingly pulls off the song quite commendably (sounding like a non-autotuned Kanika Kapoor), ‘Indian Idol Junior’ Season 1’s finalist Nahid Afrin stuns in her Bollywood debut, and steals the show in her version. The way she sings “Dard bedarrrdaaaa” at the end of the hookline, is so haunting! Her rendition of the wonderfully composed antara is something you can’t afford to miss! Vishal Dadlani, on the other hand, sings his one line, “Dard Bedardaaa, Dard Bedardaaa” in a very rustic voice, with two tracks of his voice over later upon each other, and sounding great! Kumaar’s lyrics display very well the misery/fury of the protagonist and suits the theme very well. Vishal-Shekhar score with the very first song on the album, which is definitely an energetic high! Though both versions are good, I would recommend Nahid’s version to the music lovers! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Purza
Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

With the next song, it seems like Vishal-Shekhar have totally forgotten the angst and fury of the first song, and have drowned themselves into complete romantic mode, but again, when it is Vishal-Shekhar, you can never expect a straightforward, in-your-face romantic song, and that’s just the case with this one, too. The duo has composed a very upbeat and feel-good romantic song, which definitely leaves you puzzled at its unexpected twists and turns; as I said, you can never expect anything straightforward from this duo! The mukhda very beautifully introduces the listener to a very happy-sounding romantic song, which has shades of 90s IndiPop music. The hookline is just bliss, with a very cute repetition of a fabulous line, which will just make your day with its wide range of notes, ranging from low to high. The antaras are just as beautiful, with a very distinct Vishal-Shekhar touch, and reminding me a bit of their ‘Taxi No. 9211’ days, with love songs like ‘Ek Nazar Mein Bhi’. The instrumentation is another marvel by the duo. Acoustic guitars galore, they set the right ambience for the song, while the drums kick in to infuse the spunk into the song. Later on, we witness a wonderful fusion of European-styled harmonica with Caribbean percussion. The interlude after the first antara is one of the most diverse ones I’ve seen in such a breezy romantic song! Starting with apt techno sounds, and going back to the regular acoustic guitars, that interlude is a marvel to hear and believe! Vocals by Arijit are smack-on-the-bulls-eye, and in spite of the various dim-witted people on YouTube commenting stuff like, “Sorry, Arijit, this one wasn’t for you brother”, and “Arijit, itna ghatiya gaana kyun gaaya??” (which, in short, means, “Arijit, why did you sing such a horrible, terrible, nasty, unpleasant song?!”) I would like to believe that Arijit has sung with all his charm, and those who are open to Arijit singing songs other than songs from the ‘Raaz’, ‘Jannat’, ‘Murder’, and ‘Aashiqui’ franchises, would definitely appreciate hit vocals in this one! Manoj Muntashir’s lyrics reach another high, with very charming and cute romantic lyrics, and coupled with Vishal-Shekhar’s cute tune, they sound even more beautiful! A wonderful romantic song that not only defines how great Vishal-Shekhar are at making unique romantic songs, but also how to make a romantic song with Arijit, without relying on a melancholic tune to do the work for you! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Kehkasha Tu Meri
Singer ~ Shekhar Ravjiani, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

It seems that Vishal-Shekhar are finding it harder to leave the romance behind, than the fury! Because here they are, back with a romantic song, the second in an album where you would least expect even one of them! The song happens to be a remake of the duo’s own ‘Haravali Pakhare’, one of their two songs from the album of the Marathi movie ‘Balak Palak’. The composition is a gem of a composition, with every note touching the bottom of your heart, and stubbornly refusing to get out from your mind. The mukhda is bliss, North-Eastern folk screaming at you froim every note, and the way it connects with the hookline, with a brisk “Roshani Se bhari”, is spectacular and a delight to the ears. The hookline itself, though sounding very, very heard-before, is very charming. The antara takes a rather mellow route, with the notes taking unexpected downward twists, before things go back to the heavenly “Roshani Se Bhari” line, and the wondrous hookline. The arrangements are also not very unique or different, but manage to leave you in a very calmed state. Scintillating sounds of chimes and sparkling sounds lighten your mood up, while things crank up a bit during the hookline, with the duffs playing a nice Assamese rhythm. The piano and strings accompany each other very well in the interlude, and you are free to just drown in the bliss! Shekhar, with his soft and silky voice, renders the song with ease and charm; then again, when does he not sound charming!? I couldn’t help but remember Javed Ali’s voice, and how I wish there was another version sung by him too! 😀 Manoj yet again, impresses you with his lyrics, though simple. I contradict my own statement, and say that Vishal-Shekhar make straightforward romantic songs too, but just as beautifully as the twisted ones!! This is a perfect example of that! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Baadal
Singer ~ Sunidhi Chauhan, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

The pathos enters the album with the final song on it, and in a very IndiPop manner. The duo ends the album with a melancholy tune, which fails to impress as much as the other songs, but still manages to stay with you for quite a good amount of time. The duo’s composition actually sounds like they’re stuck in the early 2000s and forgot to change things in the song to make it sound like it is new. The mukhda is painfully stale-sounding, but the antara makes up for it with a cool assortment of notes that actually touch your heart. Otherwise, the song’s emotion is quite hollow and not so touching. The arrangements constitute not much but a guitar loop that sounds quite trippy, but overdone so much, that you find it kind of irritating towards the end! The arrangements could have had much more happening back there, but the duo seems to have been in a time constraint to deliver this track, hence the shortcomings! Sunidhi, however, manages to leave her mark, as always. Her bold voice is perfect for the song, and the confident way she does her aalaaps, even though she hasn’t been trained in classical music, is commendable! She sings the hookline very charmingly, and you can’t help but fall in love with her voice yet again! Hernhigh notes are a pleasure to hear too! Manoj seems to have been struggling to write something emotional, so that it seems to come out as a desperate attempt to turn the protagonist’s eyes into clouds — we don’t know if it is the black ones or white ones, mind you! 😀 A decent melody, rescued by Sunidhi’s confident carriage!


Akira is an album which definitely wasn’t supposed to have such astounding music, as I had thought when it was announced itself! Without having much scope to do so, Vishal-Shekhar manage to create four songs, with two romantic ones that will surely stay with you for long, an energetic song that redefines the meaning of anthems, and a sad song that doesn’t work as much as the makers would’ve wanted it to! Anyway, these three songs are more than enough to shine in an album where even two astounding songs would be a surprise! After the great and commercially appealing album to ‘Sultan’, Vishal-Shekhar deliver a power-packed kick with this album as well!

 

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: Purza > Kehkasha Tu Meri > Rajj Rajj Ke (Version 2 — Nahid) > Rajj Rajj Ke (Version 1 — Sonakshi) = Baadal

 

Which is your favourite song from Akira? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

 

Next “dish”: Baar Baar Dekho, Chefs: Jasleen Royal, Amaal Mallik, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Bilal Saeed, Badshah, Prem Hardeep

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22nd MUSIC MASTANI MONTHLY AWARDS (AUGUST 2016)

So I’ve finally completed the reviews for August, and the albums that will be counted in these awards are ‘Fever’, ‘The Legend Of Michael Mishra’, ‘Budhia Singh: Born To Run’, ‘Rustom’, ‘Mohenjo Daro’, ‘Happy Bhag Jayegi’ and ‘A Flying Jatt’. All seven albums were unique in their own way, and I don’t think any of them were bad; the lowest rating being a ‘प’ for ‘The Legend Of Michael Mishra’! So it will be a tough time for me to decide the winners.. I just hope you agree with whatever I ultimately decide! [There are three albums that scored the same rating नी, but they are all on different levels of the rating!]

So let’s get started!

 

22nd Music Mastani Monthly Awards

♪ MAIN AWARDS

• Singer of the Month (Female) : Shashaa Tirupati for Sarsariya (Mohenjo Daro)

• Singer of the Month (Male) : Atif Aslam for Khair Mangda (A Flying Jatt)

• Composer of the Month (Song) : Tanishk Bagchi for Besambhle (Fever) AND Jeet Gannguli for Dekha Hazaaro Dafaa (Rustom)

• Composer of the Month (Album) : A.R. Rahman for Mohenjo Daro

• Album of The Month: Mohenjo Daro (Music by: A.R. Rahman; Lyrics by: Irshad Kamil; Singers: A.R. Rahman, Arijit Singh, Sanah Moidutty, Bela Shende, Shashaa Tirupati, Shashwat Singh & Arjun Chandy; Music On: T-Series)

• Musical Jodi of the Month (Best Duet) : Atif Aslam & Sumedha Karmahe for Toota Jo Kabhi Taara (A Flying Jatt)

• Lyricist of the Month: Manoj Muntashir for Dekha Hazaaro Dafaa (Rustom)

 

♪ SONG AWARDS

• Best Romantic Song: Dekha Hazaro Dafaa & Tay Hai (Rustom) AND Tu Hai (Mohenjo Daro)

• Best Dance Song: Mohenjo Mohenjo (Mohenjo Daro) AND Beat Pe Booty (A Flying Jatt)

• Best Sad Song: Khair Mangda (A Flying Jatt) AND Jab Tum Hote Ho (Rustom)

• Best Club Song: Rustom Vahi (Rustom)

• Best Classical-Based Song: Khair Mangda (A Flying Jatt)

• Best Song With A Western Influence: Beat Pe Booty (A Flying Jatt)

• Best Song With A Folk Influence: Sunapua… Thu Daud Daud (Budhia Singh: Born To Run) AND Sarsariya (Mohenjo Daro)

• Song With Best Use of Fusion: Raj Karega Khalsa (A Flying Jatt)

• Best Backing Vocals: Mohenjo Mohenjo (Mohenjo Daro)

• Best Sound Effects in A Song: Nikhatoo (The Legend Of Michael Mishra)

• Best Humorous Song: Nikhatoo (The Legend Of Michael Mishra)

• Best Rap In A Song: Raftaar for A Flying Jatt Title Track (A Flying Jatt)

 

♪ SPECIAL AWARDS

• Bandar Kya Jaane Adrak Ka Swaad (Best Album That Went Pretty Much Unnoticed / Most Underrated Album) : Budhia Singh: Born To Run (Zee Music Company)

• Newcomer(s) of the Month:

– Newcomer of the Month (Composer): Abhinav Bansal for Phir Tu (The Legend Of Michael Mishra) AND Som-Riggs for Nikhatoo (The Legend Of Michael Mishra) AND Rahul Jain for Teri Yaad (Fever)

{Rarely, so many debutant composers are equally good!!}

– Newcomer of the Month (Singer — Female) : Onesia Rithner for D’accord & Carried Away (Fever)

– Newcomer of the Month (Singer — Male) : Som Riggs for Nikhatoo (The Legend Of Michael Mishra)

• Music Label Of The Month: Zee Music Company (Budhia Singh: Born To Run, A Flying Jatt, Rustom & Fever)

• Most Unusual, But Awesome Choice of Singer: Harshdeep Kaur for Happy Oye (Happy Bhag Jayegi)

 

So, that’s an end to another month of music on Music Mastani! Hopefully, I’ve satisfied you with the winners!! Please stay tuned for more reviews!!

 

Reviews Next Month: Akira, Baar Baar Dekho, Freaky Ali, Raaz Reboot, Pink, Banjo, M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story, Mirzya and more!!

SACHIN-JIGAR’S EXPERIMENTAL FLIGHT!! (A FLYING JATT – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sachin-Jigar
♪ Lyrics by: Vayu Shrivastav, Raftaar, Mayur Puri & Priya Saraiya
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 3rd August 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 25th August 2016

A Flying Jatt Album Cover

A Flying Jatt Album Cover

 

To hear the full songs of this album on Saavn CLICK HERE

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


A Flying Jatt is an upcoming Bollywood comedy/superhero/action movie which stars Tiger Shroff and Jacqueline Fernandez in lead roles, while Australian actor (and retired wrestler) Nathan Jones is essaying the role of the antagonist. The film has been directed by Remo D’Souza, who is back after more than a year after his last hit, ‘ABCD 2’, and produced by Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor, Sameer Nair abd Aman Gill. The story revolves around a very un-superhero-like superhero, played by Tiger Shroff, and his adventures. The synopsis for the movie under the movie trailer on YouTube says that the movie is an account of a young superhero who is scared of heights! I don’t know how exciting that will be to watch, as the movie already looks like a mixture of ‘Singh Is Bliing’ and ‘Krrish’, so much so that it might even be ‘Krrish 4’, wherein Krrish, through his magical powers, turns into a Jatt. 😀 Anyway, since the movie seems to be targeted at little children, the makers are free to get away with anything. Remo D’Souza cannot make a successful album to his movies without his trustworthy duo, Sachin-Jigar, who are on board for this movie as well, coming back after a year, after their two songs in ‘Hero’, before which their last full album was another Remo D’Souza movie! 😛 Of course, seeing the theme of the movie, something zany is expected, and since it is not ‘ABCD 3748’, ten dance songs aren’t expected, so the duo makes 6 songs. Now, to see how high these six songs fly!


1. A Flying Jatt (Title Track)
Singers ~ Raftaar, Mansheel Gujral & Tanishkaa Sanghvi, Lyrics by ~ Vayu Shrivastav, Rap Lyrics & Vocals by ~ Raftaar

The first song on the album is what Sachin-Jigar are known for. The whackiness, craziness and catchiness of it all is their signature style of composing such songs. The song starts off with an anthemic chant that goes “Ho aa gaye J.A.T.T. maaro saare seeti...” The tune that it has been composed in, is just so infectious, that it actually made me take interest in such a song which I would never have listened to otherwise! The opening line is just too catchy to leave the song halfway and dismiss it as stupid or bad. The “Pagg, peg, swag, set” chants are just as catchy and crazy. The base composition is good as well, and Mansheel Gujral, contestant of 2014’s ‘Raw Star’, renders it with the right amount of gusto and gangsta-swag! The composition is more like a Punjabi pop song, butt the treatment is purely Sachin-Jigar! The hookline is something that will grow on you as you keep progressing through the song; it is repeated so many times, that you end up loving it unknowingly! The mukhda has the perfect gangster-pop feel to it, while the first antara follows the same tune. It is the second antara, where Sachin-Jigar introduce a clever twist, with a little girl singing about “Flying Jatt”, who is apparently her boyfriend. And that girl is none other than Sachin’s own daughter, Tanishkaa Sanghvi. She sings the little girl’s part soooo cute, and it sounds good in the song, which is obviously made for children to pull their parents to the theaters in order to watch a superhero movie. Raftaar’s rap constitutes most of the song, and it is surprisingly very entertaining! Maybe because it isn’t unnecessarily added into a song that doesn’t need it! In fact, it gels in quite well with the song, which idolizes the protagonist, a flying Sikh superhero. Sachin-Jigar of course, can’t make a peppy song without some insane additions randomly thrown into the song. This time, it is the insanity of the chorus going “Pagg, peg, swag, set” followed by somebody singing “aajao aajao aajao saare!” It is so random, that you end up loving it so much! The arrangements are apt, with the whole song placed upon a techno base, which is addictive and peppy. Of course, the duo place an unexpected twist in the form of typical Punjabi dhols in the hookline once, and that part sounds awesome! The lyrics by Vayu are cool, and suit the superhero-theme. Raftaar’s rap is a very enjoyable “be-good” kind of rap, which again, will help the superhero attract kids’ attention! A title track that is very experimental and showcases Sachin-Jigar’s ability to get listeners (old or young), hooked! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Toota Jo Kabhi Taara
Singers ~ Atif Aslam & Sumedha Karmahe, Lyrics by ~ Priya Saraiya

The next song is a haunting romantic song, composed beautifully on a scintillating background. The song starts off with sounds that indicate nighttime and a field with crickets chirping in it, with a grand orchestration accompanying it. And then the real magic starts, when the piano kicks in with such a haunting and catchy tune, which actually is the hooktune of the song. The silence of it all makes you so serene, that it is hard to believe! The duo’s composition is pure black magic, with notes that touch your heart and how! When the piano gives way to Atif’s voice, which starts off with a dulcet melody, you get ready for the best romantic song you’ve heard in quote some time, but then, the duo surprises you with a very unexpected high-pitched, grand second line, which builds up to the hookline, which is just as calming and soothing. The structure of the song is the most interesting thing of all. After the hookline, the singers hum the tune which had started off the song (on piano), and it sounds so heavenly and extremely lovely! The duo follows the new-age trend of composing two antaras with different compositions, and give one completely to Atif, while the other goes completely to Sumedha. Both the antaras are bliss, with haunting notes galore! The second one though, is my personal favourite, with Sumedha (who has worked with the duo before in the movie ‘Teree Sang’) singing in the low octaves so beautifully, that it sounds as if she is singing specially for you! Atif’s antara, on the other hand, treads higher octaves (yet not too high either) with a very melodious tune. The way he sings some words rapidly to bridge one line to the next is a very ingenious trick played by the duo! It sounds so magical! About the arrangements, I can write a whole essay!! Sachin-Jigar have set such an entrancing backing rhythm to the song, made of nothing but techno sounds, which are just so enchanting! The way they’ve used the instruments is mind blowing and spectacular; a perfect blend of haunting strings and lilting flute, and that beautiful piano loop will stay in your mind for a long time! Sparkling sounds accentuate the fantasy-like, dreamy composition very well. Finger snaps and brisk strings in the first interlude grab your attention, while the second interlude is highly reduced, with only a flute playing that haunting tune that usually plays on the piano, followed by Sumedha’s antara. The magic of the strings though, is just unmatchable. A great assortment of high and low pitched strings make the listening experience worthwhile. I can just imagine how it is going to sound in the theaters! Priya Saraiya’s lyrics are the icing on top of the extra-sweet cake. She writes the song wonderfully, making many references to dreams herself. So what wrong is it to call the song a dreamy one?? Nothing, right? The dreamiest song I have heard recently! A masterstroke by the whole team behind the song! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Khair Mangda
Singer ~ Atif Aslam, Lyrics by ~ Priya Saraiya

The duo bring Atif back to sing the next song, which is another haunting, dreamy and lilting, but very emotional and heart touching song. The composition has dark shades and is pure black magic, something that instantly makes your hair stand on end and sends a chill down your spine. The composition is highly reminiscent of the duo’s own song ‘Chunar’ from Remo D’Souza’s previous movie, ‘ABCD 2’, but still manages to strike a chord with the listener. Treading on the emotional notes, the composition still has a charm that will make you ready to hear it again and again, for a countless number of times. The mukhda is quite soft, until it gets into the high notes just before the hookline, which is when the goosebumps start to appear. The hookline itself, is exceptionally hooking and haunting. The way Atif introduces small variations in the tune each time he sings “khair mangda“, is remarkable. The antara continues with the darkness, but in a different way. The duo has churned out a trademark Rahman-styled composition, something he would constantly give in the 90s. The arrangements are mostly guitars, and other digital sounds that help the song sound more graceful. The gracious strings that elevate the thrill in the song, are wonderful. Everything else is almost only done by the guitars, and some wonderful chimes, which make it sound very enchanting. The song is tailor-made for Atif, and he doesn’t disappoint, proving how beautiful a singer he is, yet again. The humming he does in the start and in the interludes, is mind blowing, though very short! Priya, on the other hand, is adept at writing heart-touching lyrics, which she shows yet again here, as well. Though most of it is in Punjabi, the listener can instantgy connect to the words and it grows very soon. A song that is on an emotional high, something that needs repeat listens to discover each and every aspect of the song. in other words, another masterpiece by Sachin-Jigar!! #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Bhangda Pa
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani, Divya Kumar & Asees Kaur, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

After the pathos, the duo is back to what they love, and what we love them doing! And that is, an upbeat, happy-sounding track that will get you up and dancing. Of course, such songs are usually very situational, and you don’t always love them before you see them in the movie, with the surrounding content and their placement. Made with the intention of entertainment and enjoyment, this song is a dance fest. The duo’s composition is definitely nothing great, and a quite typical Punjabi bhangra track, but does manage to entertain you for as long as it lasts. The mukhda is a very interestingly structured one with very fast-paced lines, fun to hear being sung so rapidly by Vishal Dadlani and Divya Kumar, the powerhouse male voices behind the track. The hookline is not so addictive, but as I said, it may grow after watching the movie. The first antara has the same tune as the mukhda, and again, keeps you listening for that masterclass singing by both the lead male singers, each having their own unique voice texture and quality. Vishal’s husky tone and Divya’s cutting-edge-like voice are a very interesting and compatible combination. The second antara, however, sees Asees Kaur, Zee Music Company’s pet singer, singing a quite ordinary giddha stanza which doesn’t entertain as much as her “timb lak lak timb“s interspersed throughout the song, which are insane! Arrangements are typical BHANGRA arrangements, but so energetic, dynamic and booming, that they end up making you like the song. The dhadd and dhols are powerful and just awesome. Of course, the duo can’t make a song with straightforward typical arrangements, so they do add some techno sounds, which aren’t so effective. The lyrics by Mayur Puri are enjoyable, and fun even in their nonsense manner. A dance song which clearly shows how the makers underestimated Sachin-Jigar, and eventually extracted an ordinary dance track out of them!

 

5. Beat Pe Booty
Singers ~ Sachin Sanghvi, Jigar Saraiya, Vayu Shrivastav & Kanika Kapoor, Lyrics by ~ Vayu Shrivastav

A techno beat lures you into the next track, a dance track totally arranged on addictive techno and EDM beats. Of course, a track is needed to show off Tiger’s dance moves, and this seems to be the track made for that purpose. Sachin-Jigar are at their best with the composition, which is an insanely catchy one even in its simplicity and Yo-Yo-Honey-Singh-ishness (Yup, I invented that word!! I hope its meaning has stared back at you while you were staring at it!) Just like their own song ‘Johnny Johnny’ (Entertainment), the duo has made a very simple and monotonous composition, and they are apparently very confident, that it will be a superhit. And why shouldn’t they be? The song has everything you need for a catchy song, and it sounds PERFECT for its genre. The beats are insanely catchy (I don’t know how many times I’ve already said that, but they are). The composition can’t get out of your head and the vocals are so addictive! Talking about vocals, Sachin-Jigar along with Vayu sing the male parts good (with special care taken not to make it sound too perfect, either, which would spoil the fun!) But it is Kanika’s short part that won over my heart. The part when she says “nacha de, mainu nacha de, nacha de mainu” is so catchy! And after that, when she sings the song’s antara, her sweet and addictive voice makes magic there too. To think that she’s working with Sachin-Jigar for the first time!! The Afro feel of the song makes it even more catchier than ever. Lyricist Vayu writes words that are enjoyable as well as humorous, and they go well with the addictive and sultry nature of the song. All in all, the song is an enjoyable dance track, where the duo full-fledgedly shows their experimentation capability! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Raj Karega Khalsa
Singers ~ Navraj Hans & Daler Mehndi, Lyrics by ~ Priya Saraiya

To end the album on a very dynamic note, the duo now brings into the album a kind of heavy metal song. The song is a spectacular one, with a splendid use of rock guitars and drums. Electrifying electric guitar strums start the song off, until a composition that anyone would usually expect Vishal Dadlani to sing, sets into pace, with someone unexpected, Navraj Hans, (Hans Raj Hans’ son) rendering it with an immense amount of energy, and sounding awesome in the bargain. He is accompanied by Daler Mehndi in some places, who is more of a backing singer; the main parts of the song go to Navraj. Daler excels though, with his aalaaps in the background, and his occasional one-or-two lines in the song. He has some lines in the first interlude which he aces with his wonderful high-pitched voice. The duo’s composition is really emotional and also motivational at the same time. The song has those positive vibes in it, that make you feel both proud and sentimental at the same time. The hookline, “jaako raakhe saaiyaan… ” is phenomenal! This is probably another rock song (which usually don’t really appeal to me) which has appealed to me this much after Sultan’s title track, but of course, this one is less commercially appealing. The choice of singers is very experimental as well. Using the two rustic voices, the duo has succeeded in bringing home the idea that desi-flavoured rock songs do sound good! 😀 Navraj with his powerful voice, and Daler paaji with a just as powerful voice complement each other well to infuse the required energy into this quite darkly-composed rock song. Arrangements by the duo are fab, and they take liberty to add in techno elements, orchestral strings and trumpets to make the song sound less monotonous with just guitars and drums! Priya’s lyrics are a wonderful ode to the Sikh community and yet, are a kind of motivation for the whole world. The duo manages to end the album on such a brilliant note, that you are stunned after you finish hearing it!! Fantabulous!! #5StarHotelSong!!


A Flying Jatt turns out to be an apt album for a comedy/action/masala superhero film as this. Sachin-Jigar have introduced high levels of variety into the songs and each song sounds different than the next. The songs are enjoyable and they have not only created buzz to bring people to the movie, but will also be played after the movie releases too! All six songs are miles apart from each other and that is the USP of the album. To sum up, I would say that the duo, who is back after a year, is still flying with the same amount of variety and experimentation with which they had left us!! 

 

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: Toota Jo Kabhi Taara = Khair Mangda > Raj Karega Khalsa > Beat Pe Booty > A Flying Jatt (Title Track) > Bhangda Pa

 

Which is your favourite song from A Flying Jatt? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

 

AN ALBUM BORN TO RUN, BUT ENDS UP FLYING!! (BUDHIA SINGH: BORN TO RUN – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Hitesh Sonik, Sidhant Mathur & Ishaan Chhabra
♪ Lyrics by: Prashant Ingole, Gopal Datt, Abhishek Dubey & Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 1st August 2016
♪ Movie Released On: 5th August 2016

Budhia Singh: Born To Run Album Cover

Budhia Singh: Born To Run Album Cover

 

To hear the full songs of this album on Saavn CLICK HERE

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE

 

 

 

 

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Budhia Singh: Born To Run is a Bollywood biographical sports film, starring Mayur Patole, Manoj Bajpayee, Shruti Marathe and Tilottama Shome in prominent roles. The movie has been directed by Soumendra Padhi, produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Code Red Films. The movie revolves around the wonder boy Budhia Singh, who ran as many as 48 mmarathon, at the tender age of five!! The boy, who hails from Odisha, ran from Puri to Bhubaneswar at the age of four, covering 65 kilometers in seven hours and two minutes! What an achievement! So the movie is about his struggles and the hurdles he faced. As for the music, I was expecting not more than three songs or so, so I was pleasantly surprised when I got the album with 5 songs! The music has been done by multiple composers, with three songs by Sidhant Mathur, a composer who has composed for the 2014 film ‘Children of War’. The second one is the well-known Hitesh Sonik, who has one song to his credit, while the last song is by Ishaan Chhabra. As such films always unexpectedly surprise me with their music, even though they aren’t music-driven, I would expect a lot from the music! So, let’s run straight into the music of this album!


1. Born To Run (Anthem)
Singers ~ Siddharth Mahadevan & Arhaan Khan, Music by ~ Hitesh Sonik, Lyrics by ~ Prashant Ingole

This song has been tagged as an anthem specifically, but I’m sure we would’ve been able to discern that without them telling us so! The energy of the song is definitely anthemic, and Hitesh Sonik, back after almost a year, (his last being ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’), has cooked up a very, very enjoyable and energetic composition. The song starts with some interesting bell chimes, followed by some really electrifying rock guitar strums. That just sets up the anthem setting only too well, and you prepare yourself for the actual anthem that is to follow. Hitesh’s composition is one that instantly grips your attention with its mix of in-your-face aggression (of course, the motivational kind of aggression!) and determination. The hookline which goes “Saansein humariii… HUZOOOOOORRRR” is very apt for the situation, and sounds so cute!! A great concoction of folk music and rock makes this anthem worth listening on loop. The various twists and turns which Hitesh throws into the composition, are beautiful! The arrangements are also interesting, with no overdose of rock elements, but they are neutralized well by the folk elements and techno sounds. Towards the end of the song, it breaks into complete folk music, with a Bhajani theka played with manjeeras, and chants of ‘Jai Jagannath’, that go well with the Odishan setting of the film. A cute kids chorus sings most of the song, while their leader is Arhaan Khan, the son of Arbaaz Khan & Malaika Arora Khan. And that boy has bundles of enthusiasm just packed up inside! His voice is so sweet, but with lots and lots and lots of energy! The way he rolls his ‘R’ at the end of “huzoorrrr” is marvellous! Siddharth Mahadevan on the other hand, leads the whole song brilliantly! If someone has been made for singing anthems in Bollywood, it has got to be Siddharth Mahadevan — after ‘Zinda’ (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag), he proves himself once again in such a song! Lyrics writer Prashant Ingole is back after quite some time (the last I remember him writing were some songs in ‘Bajirao Mastani’) and he comes back with a bang! He writes a great inspirational song (again, after ‘Ziddi Dil’ from ‘Mary Kom’) and succeeds! A very greatly enthusiastic start to the album, and an anthem that has the potential to rock, but might be unfortunately overlooked! 😦 #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Sunapua… Thu Daud Daud
Singer ~ Rituraj Mohanty, Music by ~ Sidhant Mathur, Lyrics by ~ Gopal Datt

The next song takes the folksiness of the album to a whole new level, with something like a Carnatic verse starting the song off, followed by the heart-touching sound of a violin played on a quirky vocal rhythm. The composition by Sidhant Mathur is exceptional! Such a feel-good composition, that you feel more than just “good”! The mukhda is quite reminiscent of the songs of ‘Dhanak’, which I had loved infinitely. The hookline, though, is where the composer has concentrated most of the magic! A wonderful rhythmic hookline that gets you swaying to its beats, is the most magical thing on this world for me! 😀 And this hookline is just like that! The antara is more of a contemplative tune, with a slow and steady rhythm, contrary to the other parts of the song. But at the end of the antara, is a very fun, fast part, which leads up brilliantly to the hookline! The composer must’ve had tons of fun composing this one, because it’s so fun to hear! The arrangements rely on folk arrangements to do their work, and it really works great. There is a splendid tabla theka right before the hookline, and it steals your breath away; your heart literally skips a beat, and you are very, very vulnerable at that time! 😂🙈 The whole song has more of a Rajasthani feel to it, with the aalaaps in the background and the Rajasthani-flavoured arrangements. The beats of the hookline are beautiful and so enchanting! Flutes have been generously added to add to the charm of the song. The first interlude has a wonderful orchestral piece, that’ll blow your mind away. The secind interlude, however, is on a xylophone, and sounds marvelous as well! The vocals by Rituraj are amazing, and it is good to have an Odishan singer singing, but one can’t help but miss Papon on this track. His metallic voice would’ve done wonders here. Nevertheless, Rituraj doesn’t make me complain. The way he sings the “dauuud dauud” in the hookline, is spectacular! Lyrics by Gopal Datt are good as well, and he borrows some lines from the Odiya language, which mean ‘sweet son’ and ‘son of gold’. A feel-good song with a charming composition and beautiful arrangements! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Udi Jaa
Singer ~ K. Mohan, Music by ~ Sidhant Mathur, Lyrics by ~ Gopal Datt

The next song is another feel-good one, which starts off with a calming guitar riff, and a rhythm played by shakers. Sidhant Mathur’s composition is very soft and calming, with a very contemporary touch to it. The mukhda is very charming, especially the line “Sapne jab subah… Chalne lagte hain” right before the hookline, which a very effective motivational one. It will give you that boost of energy that will make you love the song immediately. The antara too, is very beautiful, with Mohan adding detailed variations in the singing style, which is remarkable. The way Sidhant has overlapped two tracks of Mohan singing two different things — one singing the hookline and the other with a classical aalaap/sargam, towards the end, is fabulous. The arrangements are calming, mostly guitars and shakers, but the drums add that spunk factor to the song which make it sound all the more motivational and energetic. The whole treatment makes the song sound like what Amit Trivedi would compose for a breezy song in a rom-com. 😀 The piano as well, is quite enjoyable. There are fervent strings that are sooooo marvelous, that it is no use telling you; you should go hear them yourself. The flute, of course, charms as usual! Mohan renders the song in his usual deep and attractive voice, and sings it with such ease! Gopal Datt’s lyrics are impressive as well, and suit the inspirational theme of the song and movie very well! An enjoyable inspirational song with a very uniquely composed hookline! Yet again, a bingo to the credit of Sidhant Mathur! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Bheed
Singer ~ Sidhant Mathur, Music by ~ Sidhant Mathur, Lyrics by ~ Abhishek Dubey

The next song is yet another invigorating inspirational song, a bit on the emotional side this time. The composition is another contemporary styled one, quite catchy at that, but it hasn’t actually been made to be catchy. The song has an emotional side to it which touches your heart effectively. The mukhda isn’t something that is going to welcome you with its arms open in a very friendly way; it will be more like you either love it or you don’t. No intermediate stage. For me, the song is amazingly energetic and beautifully emotional. The hookline has been composed so liltingly, and on a rock rhythm, it sounds even more effective. Again, the treatment sounds like an Amit Trivedi song, and that makes things better. Sidhant Mathur has added touches that would make the song sound very heart touching when it plays in the movie. The song is situational and send to be placed at an important part of the movie. Sidhant’s arrangements are great, mostly soft, but it gets quite invigorating at the hookline, with drums and rock guitars. The contrast between the soft verses and the very enticing and hard-hitting rock in the hookline, has been brought out very effectively and impressively. Sidhant’s voice, though not tuned like a professional singer, sounds perfect for the song, with that faltering voice of his proving to be best for such a rock song. Abhishek Dubey (debutant?) writes great lyrics, though it is a situational track, but good words at that. A sad song that has the grip to it, and it wins because of the rock template, without which it would have sounded bland! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Utkal Janani (Anthem)
Singers ~ Chintan Kalra, Aashna, Nanki, Jahnvi, Shairee, Kshitij & Malvika, Music Arranged by ~ Ishaan Chhabra, Music Composed by ~ Sidhant Mathur, Lyrics by ~ Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra

The final song on the album starts off with a very folksy shout, and goes on to break into a song that is basically a background music track, with a chorus of kids singing the state anthem of Odisha, ‘Bande Utkala Janani’, which was written by Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra. The composition is not exactly something memorable, but the fervour it has, would be very instrumental in making a scene onscreen come to life. The first part of the song has the kids singing the state anthem, with a three-beat rhythm on folksy percussion backing their voices. The second half, however, sees the song break into a pacy, upbeat trumpet fanfarish ballad with the trumpets playing a key role in bringing the song forward. An aboriginal kind of beat helps the song appeal. Though all this is happening, the way it has been executed kind of disappoints. A state anthem could have been composed way more enthusiastically and aptly than it has been composed here. Saying that, I must say it is not the end to the album I was expecting!


Budhia Singh: Born To Run is the typical sports film album. And by that I mean an album which will be composed for a movie which might even probably have all the songs playing in the background, with no song-and-dance sequence or typical Bollywoodisation of the songs. The song will serve their purpose in merely carrying forward the story. Also, the inspiration, zeal and fervour in the songs will be unmatchable. Similarly, this album has the same characteristics. Hitesh Sonik, with his one song, manages to touch your heart with a very connectable anthem, while Sidhant Mathur does three of his four songs very well. Last but not the least, I would like to say that this album was born to run, but I’m not surprised that it has flown!

 

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: Born To Run (Anthem) > Udi Jaa > Sunapua… Thu Daud Daud > Bheed > Utkal Janani (Anthem)

 

Which is your favourite song from Budhia Singh: Born To Run? Please vote for it below! 🙂 Thanks!

LET HAPPY RUN AWAY, BECAUSE SOHAIL IS BACK!! (HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sohail Sen
♪ Lyrics by: Mudassar Aziz & Dee MC
♪ Music Label: Eros Music
♪ Music Released On: 28th July 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 19th August 2016

Happy Bhag Jayegi Album Cover

Happy Bhag Jayegi Album Cover

 

To hear the full songs of this album on Saavn CLICK HERE

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Happy Bhag Jayegi is an upcoming Bollywood rom-com starring Diana Penty, Abhay Deol, Ali Fazal, Jimmy Sheirgill and Momal Sheikh in key roles. The film has been directed by ‘Dulha Mil Gaya’ director Mudassar Aziz, and produced by Aanand L. Rai and Krishika Lulla. The story revolves around a runaway bride… Sound familiar? Oh, then maybe you were alive when ‘Dolly Ki Doli’ released.. Something that the makers of this film must’ve thought happened ages ago! 😂 Anyway, what I’m concerned with, is the music of the movie, and when it is a very promising composer like Sohail Sen helming the music album, there should be no doubt that the album would be good. His last complete album was ‘Gunday’, as long as two and a half years ago. He also composed a song for ‘Housefull 3’ earlier this year, which became a fleeting hit. But this time, I’m sure he’ll come up with memorable songs, just like he did in his earlier solo albums like ‘What’s Your Raashee?’, ‘Mere Brother Ki Dulhan’ and ‘Gunday’. There are five songs in the album, and hoping that all five are great, here starts the music review for ‘Happy Bhag Jayegi’!


1. Happy Oye
Singers ~ Harshdeep Kaur & Shahid Mallya

Sohail Sen kicks off the album with a pacy song that suits the ‘runaway bride’ theme only too well. Pacy shehnaai-like electronic sounds start the song off on a fast note, after which Harshdeep, the lead singer starts off with a just as quick and fast mukhda. Sohail Sen’s composition, as I said, is suitably pacy, and thrilling, and talking if runaway brides, I can’t help but notice how similar the entire sound of the song is to the title song of ‘Dolly Ki Doli’. The concept of having a female singer narrate Happy’s story is quite innovative; usually it is a male singer! In spite of the very, very small similarity, the tune really works on you. It gets your ready for an energetic song, something that hasn’t been heard for quite a time in Bollywood. The Punjabi feel in the composition is mind blowing. Sohail has done it with the smallest intricacies right in place. Especially the hookline is really impressive. It is just magical, how the fast-paced composition works so well. A undertone of sadness and grimness persists throughout the song, and though the song sounds all female gangster-type at a glance, deep inside it sounds very emotional. (Sing it with half the tempo and see!) That undertone also does magic, but it isn’t really noticeable full-fledgedly, until the antara, which is like one of those 90s Punjabi songs that used to slow down for the antara to become emotional. That antara is just so beautiful. Arrangements are out-of-the-world. Though it seems to be nothing but a mess of electronic sounds and dhols, it is really much more. The starting electronic shehnaai-like piece keeps repeating throughout the song, and it binds together the various parts of the song. The dhols provide the necessary energy and dynamo to the song, while Sohail uses various standby attractions for the interspersed musical pieces. One of them has an unexpected dubstep piece, which actually follows a wonderful aalap by Shahid Mallya, with a Punjabi rhythm. The same interlude later impresses with a wonderful Irish-sounding bagpipe piece. See how Sohail crams everything into one interlude, and makes it sound gorgeous? The second interlude is also great, with a wonderful Spanish guitar piece backed by more EDM. All in all, Sohail’s arrangements are something only a genius could do! The vocals are interesting as well as impressive. Harshdeep on such a pacy track, is a first, and she graces the mukhda and antara with her energetic vocals only too well, while Shahid takes up the second antara, but doesn’t spread as much magic with his short appearance! Mudassar Aziz, the director, has written good lyrics revolving around the character of Happy, with a strong Punjabi influence. This is one of those title songs, that don’t really sound like the title song, but make a special place in your mind! A pacy track which starts off the album on a very high note! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Gabru Ready To Mingle Hai
Singers ~ Mika Singh, Neeti Mohan, Tarannum Malik & Danish Sabri, English Rap Lyrics by ~ Dee MC

The next song starts off on just as groovy and catchy a note as the title song. A dholak rhythm instantly places a Punjabi wedding scene into your mind, until Sohail cranks up the noise level, with a very energetic dhol, something that always makes you groove (unless doene atrociously!) Sohail’s composition is not too innovative and follows the usual Punjabi wedding song template, but is nevertheless catchy and likeable. The Punjabi flavour remains intact here too, and since it is done in a tasteful manner, it appeals. The mukhda has a cool ring to it, and that line “Bada killer tera style hai…” Which leads up to the hookline, is a winner. The first antara is nothing but a female rap, which sometimes sounds irritating, and other times sounds catchy. The second antara is a proper one, with an actual tune, and it is quite good as well. There is of course, another rap after the first antara, in the interlude. The tune of the Punjabi traditional wedding song that Sohail has composed to open the song, is the same tune as the hookline, and barring the tune of the hookline, I feel that everything else has been composed really well. The rap, had it been done a bit less, would’ve worked, instead of this overdone rap. Arrangements are quite energetic and just make you dance. (Thankfully you don’t have to lift your TAANG, like in Sohail’s last song — you know which!) The arrangement consists of mostly a very heavy and deep-sounding dhol, which is just awesome! The beats are awesome as well. The rap in the second antara has good beats as well, making it sound clubbish. Everywhere else, the DHOL is the highlight of the song. The vocals are good and give you a reason to repeat-listen the song. It is one of those songs where Mika hasn’t sounded like a dog, and clearly voices all the syllables (thankfully!) Sohail repeats his singer duo from ‘Taang Uthake’ (Housefull 3), and places Neeti as the lead female singer, while Tarannum Malik supports her in some raps. The “Don’t follow me like that..” rap is better than the interlude one, and both the ladies kill it in that rap. The other one is quite dull. Danish Sabri is nowhere in the picture, and seems to be involved in merely backing vocals. Mudassar Aziz’s lyrics are good again, and have everything required for a good Punjabi dance track. At the same time, Dee MC’s English raps are kind of weak, but thanks to the singers, they sound better! A song that could’ve been much better, but enjoyable even as it is!!

 

3. Aashiq Tera
Singer ~ Altamash Faridi

And Sohail finally gets back to his romantic side! With this song, he makes me dismiss all my doubts whether he would ever get back to romantic songs, and if he does, would he be as good as before — ‘Isq Risk’ (Mere Brother Ki Dulhan), ‘Jiya’ (Gunday) being my favourite songs by him! So, this song comes and restores my faith in him (this is just plain drama, and you should ignore me 😂) Anyway, the song is something that has a heavenly touch to it, and a very pure and innocent romance in it. The composition is beautiful, again heavenly, with nothing that could sound wrong. Every single note falls right into place. The high notes are so, so, so, so BEAUTIFUL! The mukhda is unmatchable, whereas the hookline is something with which the goosebumps are going to have a full five-minute party with (which is the longest party they’ve ever had!) The way Sohail repeats the “tera tera tera..” in the hookline, is just too mind blowing. The antara has a wonderful start, but then it sprouts into a wonderful Qawwali, which then takes the high notes route to get to the hookline successfully, and quite intriguingly. The way Sohail intermingles the slightly Baul sound of the hookline with a Qawwali sound, is too interesting. The arrangements are bliss, with harmoniums being its highlight. Other ‘roadside’ attractions include awesome tablas, dholaks, chimtas — mostly a Qawwali-esque treatment. There is a wonderful rabaab solo in the second interlude. Towards the end, just before the hookline, there is about a five second pause, until the hookline bursts out with the wings given by an electrifying rock guitar. That is one of the un-missable parts of the song. Altamash’s vocals strongly carry the entire song in a folksy and sophisticated, not to mention confident, manner, and he aces the song, especially the high notes that are so good! Mudassar’s lyics are pretty clichéd, but work nonetheless, because of the wonderful composition and arrangements. And of course vocals. Sohail sen back at romantic songs, and such a pure and inncoent romance, that it is an unbelievable detour from the everyday bollywood romantic songs! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Zara Si Dosti
Singer ~ Arijit Singh

Sohail brings next, another romantic song, this time in a very typical Bollywood romance zone, that you will be shocked how he made a very different romantic song and a very conventional one in the same album. When you hear the song, you will get what I mean. The composition that Sohail gives us here, sticks to the mainstream romantic songs so well, that I was pleasantly surprised. I was also taken aback at hearing a very stereotypically Jeet Gannguli-ish composition from Sohail. And I’m not complaining. Just as Jeet many a time impresses me with his typical songs, Sohail has impressed me BECAUSE he gave such a song! Even if this song had been composed by Jeet, I would have still loved it. The mukhda is very calming and helps the listener to gain interest in the song. It works, in contrast to many such songs that have released nowadays, where the very flat mukhda spoils the whole song. But here, Sohail gives a very intriguing mukhda, so that the rest of the song can be heard without any guilt of not liking the mukhda. The hookline forms most of the mukhda, but no complaints, because that is quite an entrancing tune! The “oh-oh-ohhh” tune that Arijit sings after the hookline every time, is just sooooo heart-winning! The ANTARA, more calm than the mukhda, is beautifully composed as well, and is a pleasant contrast to the otherwise loud and hard-hitting mukhda and hookline (which is kind of like soft-rock with the drums and guitars not too prominent). Sohail’s arrangements are so serene, and have played a very important role in making me love the song. The acoustic guitars support Arijit very beautifully, and the piano is another highlight in the mukhda. While these instruments take care of the mukhda, the antara is very serenely graced by more graceful instruments like flutes and strings — which make the song sound more lilting than it would’ve! Also, the harmonica is so pleasant! The drums and rock guitars towards the end, support the soft-rock composition. I can picture Arijit singing this on stage and people swaying their arms in the air — such is the impact of Sohail’s composition! Arijit himself is spot-on with the vocals, this time using his usual Bhatt-movie voice, but sounding very energetic and NOT drowsy at all! 😛 The director’s lyrics are good and thought-provoking, not to mention simple and hummable! Sohail in jeet’s costume sounds awesome!!! A lilting romantic song, which impresses unexpectedly! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Yaaram
Singer ~ Javed Ali

For the final song on the album, Sohail comes up with quite a soft and subtle Sufi tune, which is sweet and lovable. However, the composition sounds quite dated, with the Sufi composition resembling so many previous songs that have released in past years. Sadly, this one doesn’t excite as much as those did. The composition, on top of sounding dated, also sounds quite bare and could’ve been more layered instead of being this straightforward. It sounds as if some song meant to be sung by Sonu Nigam, and composed in the 2000s, has been released now! We know Sohail can do better, as we’ve heard him doing Sufi before! The hookline sounds weak, and heard-before. The mukhda is composed of the hookline, followed by quite a pleasant tune which again, unfortunately sounds out of its era. The antara makes the song get slightly better though, with its high notes and Javed Ali acing them. And the bridge from the antara to the hookline is so cute! Sohail’s arrangements however, are beautiful, with the keherwa taal playing on the tabla throughout the song. The flutes throughout the song manage to gain the listener’s attention, but didn’t really keep me hooked. The strings and dafli provide a good backing music to the song. The first interlude has a wonderful string instrument and flute duet, which is enough to make you say “Wow!” out of enticement! The second interlude has a modern-sounding acoustic guitar solo piece, which is equally intriguing! The vocals by Javed Ali somehow sound weak here! Usually Javed Ali’s sweet and soft voice impresses me, but somehow it didn’t manage to impact me here! In fact, I missed Sonu Nigam on this track! The lyrics by Mudassar are painfully dated as well… And aren’t really attractive! Sohail ends the album on quite a faltering note, with a song that might appeal to some, but might get others bored! However, the arrangements make for atleast one listen! 🙂


Happy Bhag Jayegi is Sohail Sen’s comeback to composing full albums, and after his last full album ‘Gunday’ which was awesome, he impresses quite a lot with this one. The album is full of variety, as his albums always are, and it is an album that suits the definition of ‘Bollywood Album’ very well. With two upbeat songs and three soft melodies, the album has something for every kind of music lover. Sohail seems to have worked hard to come back with a bang, and it also seems to have turned out successful! Two of the songs could’ve been better, but they are good in some way or the other. All I can say is, “Let Happy Run Away, Because Sohail Is Now Back!!”

 

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: Aashiq Tera > Zara Si Dosti > Happy Oye > Gabru Ready To Mingle Hai > Yaaram

 

Which is your favourite song from Happy Bhag Jayegi? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

 

Next “dish”: Budhia Singh – Born To Run, Chefs: Hitesh Sonik, Sidhant Mathur & Ishaan Chhabra

THE NOT-SO-MEMORABLE QUIRKINESS OF MICHAEL MISHRA!! (THE LEGEND OF MICHAEL MISHRA – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Meet Bros. Anjjan, Nikhil-Ujjwal, Som-Raul, Abhinav Bansal & Rishi-Siddharth
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Nikhil-Ujjwal, Akash, Amitabh Ranjan, Alaukik Rahi & Abhinav Bansal
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 21st July 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 5th August 2016

The Legend Of Michael Mishra Album Cover

The Legend Of Michael Mishra Album Cover

 

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The Legend of Michael Mishra is an upcoming Bollywood comedy film, starring Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani, Aditi Rao Hydari and Kayoze Irani in prominent roles. The movie is directed by Manish Jha, the director of ‘Anwar’, and produced by Kishor Arora, Shareen Mantri Kedia, and Wave Cinemas. The film is a quirky comedy, with a romance being its core topic. From the looks of it, it seems quite quirky alright, and it also seems like the props and sets and everything were unusually lavish and colorful. I can’t help but state here, that usually, when Bollywood does all this, the films land flat on their faces. Hopefully, we can expect something better from this! Moving on, the music is composed a long list of relative newcomers, except one team who we are quite acquainted with — Meet Bros. Anjjan, which signifies that their song had been composed quite some time ago, when they used to work as a trio. Of course, I’m excited for that one as I’ve started to like their music quite a lot! Then we have a whole list of new composers, the first ones being Nikhil-Ujjwal. Their names are Nikhil Malhotra and Ujjwal Kashyap, and it is their first Bollywood outing. Next we have another debutant duo, Som-Raul (Som Riggs & Rahul Singh). The fourth composer is Abhinav Bansal, a man who used to compose songs and release them as YouTube videos, until the makers of this film came along and not only noticed him, but also roped him in as a composer for their movie. And last, we have Rishi-Siddharth, who had composed for ‘Love Shagun’ earlier this year. Each of the composer teams have one song, making the album a five-song album. Hopefully, the album turns out as ‘legendary’ as it’s supposed to!!


1. Luv Letter
Singers ~ Kanika Kapoor & Meet Bros, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Of course, first up is the song that would reach out to most people, what with Kanika Kapoor being the singer! 😀 The makers have taken a great step in releasing it first, because, believe me, as massy as the other songs are, they wouldn’t have made the public so !much interested in the movie as this has. 😀 So, here we get a Kanika Kapoor song with MBA as the first song on the album. The composition is enjoyable, with a peppy groove to it, and surprisingly bearing very less resemblance to ‘Baby Doll’ (Ragini MMS 2) In fact, the mukhda sounds quite retro like those old songs of the 50s etc. Meet Bros. & Anjjan have worked quite well to make the song sound distinguishing, while at the same time ensuring that it turns out to be a ctachy affair in all. And may I also say that this song has been composed before ‘Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan’ (Roy) and would’ve released before it if the film hadn’t been delayed. That explains the similarities between this song and that, especially in the rap by Meet Bros. The song doesn’t actually resemble ‘Baby Doll’, but it resembles ‘Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan’ quite a bit! Nevertheless, it turns out to be groovy and enjoyable, as I’ve already said. The arrangements consist of the same beats and sound quite similar to ‘Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan’ as well. The techno sounds are quite groovy though. The popping sounds are cute as ever. Kanika’s voice, the oh-so-distinguished voice from everybody else, manages to grab your attention, and she puts on that innocent, sweet girl tone while singing this song. And then there’s Kumaar’s lyrics. Nonsensical as they are, they’re fun to hear. An enjoyable affair, but loses points in the resemblances to previous MBA songs! Something that is enjoyable and will be a mass hit, but will get washed out with the passage of time!

 

2. Ishq Di Gaadi
Singer ~ Karthik Dhiman, Music by ~ Nikhil-Ujjwal, Lyrics by ~ Nikhil, Ujjwal & Akash

The first debutantes of the album, Nikhil-Ujjwal, step into the album with a very folksy and upbeat song. The composition is something that I would associate to the phrase ‘Bhojpuri movie’ before I seriously start listening to its various aspects or start reviewing it seriously. So yeah, the treatment given to the song is kind of over-folksy, something I do not like at all! However, the base composition is one that would have sounded good had it not been treated so folksily. The composition as it stands sounds very mediocre, and has nothing in it that would grab your attention, and nothing to hear the song again and again for. The arrangements are good in that they have tried to resemble a village as far as possible. There’s a ‘however’ to this too! The ‘however’ is that the village treatment seems so forced, that it is hard to believe. You get through the whole song with a straight face and your body in the same position as it was at the beginning of the song. (I thought that according to Newton, a body changes its state of rest when an external force acts on it! I guess there is no force in this song then!) A cute string instrument however, is quite entertaining. The percussion is commendable, but not does in a tasteful manner here, unfortunately. The singer, Karthik Dhiman, has a good rustic voice, but it has been overdone again, and the high pitch doesn’t help at all. In the supposedly romantic song, it is a very big spoilsport. All it does is irritates. The composer duo writes the lyrics along with someone named Akash, and they can come up with strictly amateur lyrics, which actually make you think that the song is from a Bhojpuri film! Rustic-ness, gone wrong!!

 

3. Phir Tu
Singer ~ Sakina Khan, Music by ~ Abhinav Bansal, Lyrics by ~ Abhinav Bansal

Abhinav Bansal, who was discovered by the makers through YouTube, gets to compose the next song, a soft and pensive melody that instantly works its black magic on you. The composition is slow-paced and dreamily solemn. The hookline is really touching and again, is something that you will instantly develop a liking towards. The mukhda is enough to make you ready for the pensiveness that follows, while the antara makes things lighter with a higher pitch. All in all, the debutant’s composition is excellent. His arrangements as well, are mind blowing. Though more on the minimalist side, they stand out perfectly. The song starts with something like a harp, which gets you ready for a serious melody that is coming up. Acoustic guitars and strings join in by the first hookline. Finger snaps make a catchy rhythm in such a mellow song, while a very attractive violin piece entertains in the interludes. The guitar riff that constantly plays in the background is quite engaging as well. Sakina Khan (who debuted in ‘Love Shagun’, coincidentally singing for Rishi-Siddharth, who have a song in the album, and after that sung a foot-tapping song in ‘Phobia’) sings the pensive melody with a lull that truly lulls you, and you find your mind floating dreamily through the song, until it stops. Her husky voice texture is such a boon for the song; it makes the song listenable on loop. Abhinav also writes suitable lyrics to the song, something to think over while hearing the song. A beautiful melody, composed brilliantly by a newcomer! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Nikhatoo
Singer ~ Som Riggs, Music by ~ Som-Raul, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Ranjan

An untuned radio transistor starts off this quirky song, composed by newcomer duo Som-Raul, until the radio settles on a frequency which has some wonderful Arabic percussion and strings playing. The dynamic-ness of it all makes you all set to hear the rest of the song, which is a really enjoyable, groovy and quirky dance fest. The composition has many twists and turns, and so infectiously crazy, that you will definitely end up with your limbs moving in one direction and your head moving in the opposite — even if that’s impossible! Now, this is how a effective village touch can be given to a song. The composers have fused the very folksy composition with very attractive sound effects, like the aforementioned radio transistor, and quirky sounds that cannot be described at all. Most of the grooviness lies in the magic the composers have made while playing with the techno sounds and experimenting by distorting and cramming them into various places in the song. Som Riggs has sung in so many different voices, that it is hard to believe that there is only one man singing the entire song! The duo has really worked hard to make all those weird sounds fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. Towards the end, there is even a very, very effective increase in both pitch and tempo, making the infectious energy of the song increase manifold with it! The quirkiness of it all highly impresses! Amitabh Ranjan has also written some lyrics that are cute and humorous at the same time. And then the hookline is just too crazy! “Hum ho Gaye tohpe lattoo, na samjho nikhatoo, saanjh savere ab toh daalenge tera naam mein rattoo!” A song to definitely become lattoo on! A very experimental, quirky and enjoyable debut by Som-Raul! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Filam Shuru Hui Hai
Singers ~ Rishi-Siddharth, Music by ~ Rishi-Siddharth, Lyrics by ~ Alaukik Rahi

Quirky sounds played on rock guitar ensure you that the song that follows too, is going to be an entertaining one. And that is exactly what you get. Rishi-Siddharth, the only non-debuting team here, besides Meet Bros & Anjjan, have been roped in to make a song that seems to be the opening credits song. The song is an indicator that the movie has started and it is kind of a description of the scene at a movie theater. The composition is a type of pseudo-Qawwali one, with recognizable Qawwali nuances and styles. Various attractions throughout the song grab your attention and make you smile or even full-fledgedly laugh. The duo has come up with a song that is a nice, quirky and catchy opening credits song, and including it in the album is a great move, because I remember that there was such a song ‘Picture Shuru’ before ‘Barfi!’ started too, and it hadn’t been included. I guess that’s because it must be the theme song for Anurag Basu’s Picture Shuru Productions. Whatever. Back to this song. Speaking about arrangements, they are mostly Qawwali-esque arrangements like tablas and harmonium, and help the composition gain more appeal. Various other sound effects neutralize the Qawwali effects, too, though. Alaukik Rahi’s lyrics are hilarious as well as something that would be the common sight at any movie theater. It also explains the various elements that are necessary to get the the Indian mass audience to watch a film — songs, glamour, action etc. Rishi & Siddharth themselves render the song with a nasal twang, which infuses that craziness into the song — something that helps it quite a lot! The backing vocals (I guess, also by them) are mad too! All in all, a perfect end to the album, which might be the start to the movie!! #5StarHotelSong!!


The Legend Of Michael Mishra, is an album that doesn’t really impress with its mix of good and mediocre songs, but impresses individually with the last three songs. The composers, who almost all are relatively new on the music scene, have made decent efforts to keep the music in sync with the movie, and so the album scores high there. However, in spite of its quirkiness, this legend won’t stay with you for long! A washout-type album, that impresses momentarily!

 

Final Rating for This Album: सा < रे < ग < म <  < ध < नी < सां

Note: The letter which is underlined is the final rating.

Recommended Listening Order: Phir Tu > Nikhatoo > Filam Shuru Hui Hai > Luv Letter > Ishq Di Gaadi

 

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