Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Bobby-Imran
♪ Lyrics by: Kunwar Juneja, Imran Ali, Aditya Shri Hari & Anupam Amod (Bobby)
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 10th September 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 23rd September 2016
To hear the full songs of this album on Saavn CLICK HERE
To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE
Days Of Tafree is an upcoming Bollywood coming-of-age comedy film, starring Yash Soni, Ansh Bagri, Sanchay Goswami, Nimisha Mehta, Kinjal Rajpriya, Sarabjeet Bindra and Anuradha Mukherjee. The movie has been directed by Krishnadev Yagnik, and produced by Anand Pandit and Rashmi Sharma. The film is an official remake of the 2015 hit Gujarati film, “Chello Divas”. It revolves around the friendship of seven college students. The movie isn’t really something I would be waiting for; it just doesn’t have that attractiveness. But what I am waiting for, is the music (I practically wait for the music of every movie, that’s what I do! 😛 ) which has been scored by the duo Bobby-Imran. The duo just recently composed one song for the movie ‘Junooniyat’, and since their song released after the others, I did not get to review it, but it wasn’t so good either! Let’s see if their three songs for this movie fit the bill or not!
1. Jeeley Yeh Lamhe
Singers ~ Anupam Amod & Amit Mishra, Lyrics by ~ Kunwar Juneja
The first song very aptly starts with a guitar riff signifying the freedom and liberty of college students. The song fits as the first song in the album, with a strong essence of the collegiate atmosphere. Bobby-Imran surprisingly put in front of you a brilliant composition, utterly feel-good as a whole, and entertaining. The mukhda starts off dully, but as the song progresses, you start getting used to it, and as the hookline plays, you start liking it quite a lot. The hookline has a very sweet and energetic tune to it, and it will surely appeal to the youth. The duo has fashioned a good first antara for the song, with a slower pace and less energetic treatment, which is a technique that always works. However, more dreamy and romantic, is the second antara, where everything mellows down, right from the arrangements to the vocals, and it soon elevates right back up when the hookline arrives again. The arrangements are appealing in all their simplicity and ordinariness. For me the main attraction in the arrangements was the percussion that is prominent in the background, especially in the hookline, where it opens up and helps you enjoy the song even more. There is a wonderful banjo (NOT Indian banjo, but the regular one now!!) interlude which will get you up and dancing. The use of EDM has also been done well by the duo, infusing more youthfulness into the song. The backing chorus does a good job in bringing the song’s collegiate atmosphere forward. The song falls into the league of this year’s other college-styled song, ‘Lapak Jhapak’ (Ghayal Once Again), and though that was composed by as seasoned composers as Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, this song easily comes at par with that one. However, this one is a great mix of both energetic and soulful parts, whereas that one was outright energetic and crazy. The vocals are great too, and somehow, Anupam’s faltery voice works here, if it doesn’t anywhere else, and Amit Mishra complements him well with the other parts (his is the voice that sounds more like K.K. but not so much either!) Anupam sings the soulful parts of the song well, and Amit ‘Manma Emotion’ Mishra, aptly supports him in the upbeat parts. Kunwar Juneja’s lyrics are fun to hear, and will remind people of their college lives, and will make a small kid wish he were in college. The hookline’s lyrics are clichéd but fun nonetheless! A perfect start to the album! #5StarHotelSong!!
Singer ~ Anupam Amod, Lyrics by ~ Imran Ali
So next up we have this weird but enticing song that has been composed on the very 80s-ish disco template. The start to the song is interesting, with all the disco sounds grabbing your attention, along with cool rock guitar strums. But when the composition starts, you kind of get confused whether you’re listening to a disco song, or a cheap Punjabi pop song. The song is another one composed on the collegiate theme, but this one doesn’t work half as much as the first. The composition sets you off very badly, right from the mukhda itself. The hookline has practically no substance, except for a vocal imitation of trumpet sounds. The antara seems like a desperate attempt to stretch the song up to over two minutes, and what follows, is just indigestible. The arrangements are discoesque throughout, with a weird thrown-in drum sequence occasionally. Nothing to pay attention to there. Anupam’s voice sounds good here as well, and it has a bit of that grungy texture to it, but it fails to save the miserable composition. There are weird applauses and sounds of ladies laughing, which is so irritating. Imran Ali, who is the Imran in Bobby-Imran, while Anupam is Bobby, writes lyrics that are barely intelligible because of the over-loud arrangements. A song that doesn’t seem to know where it came from. Utterly confusing!
3. Main Hun Tu Ho
Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Lyrics by ~ Aditya Shri Hari & Bobby-Imran
The last song on the short album starts off enticingly as well, with a calming guitar riff, along with a very heavenly harmonica playing some very calming notes. As Arijit starts singing, you can’t help but getting hooked to the song, but then the unexpected happens. The harmonica goes offtune somewhere in the background and you just can’t get yourself to think about the song as good as you were, before that happened. The duo has done a good job in composing a romantic song for the young generation, but again, it isn’t so griping as it could’ve been. The pace is kind of slow for you to like it instantly, and you just cannot grip the tune. The hookline just seems out of place, while the rest of the song is quite pleasant, but still not as beautiful as it should’ve and definitely could’ve been. The arrangements are cool, with guitars and harmonica leading, and practically nothing else supporting. The breeze of the composition is something that let’s you enjoy at least that part of the song. Arijit sings with a very soft tone, but it doesn’t really work here for some reason. And for some reason, I just couldn’t make myself enjoy this song. The lyrics too, are quite typical for a romantic song, and I wouldn’t have minded, had the tune been a bit better! An okay-ish end to the generally okay-ish album!
Days Of Tafree was not an album I was expecting great songs from, and so it doesn’t really surprise me to hear such average songs from the duo that could barely manage to create excitement when they debuted in ‘Khamoshiyan’ with ‘Tu Har Lamha’, or when they composed the slightly better album for ‘Badmaashiyan’. And when their bad song from ‘Junooniyat’ came out, I doubted they would get many more projects, when this one came along. This one too, sadly has the same fate as the rest of their projects: a very, very minimal outreach and shelf life. If they had done a bit more innovation here, they could’ve passed with distinction!!
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: Jeeley Yeh Lamhe > Main Hun Tu Ho > Paarapaa
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