The singers are what infuse life into the composition of the music composers and the words of the Lyricist. I only thought it fair to dedicate Part 3 of our Music Mastani Annual Wrap-Up for 2016 to the singers of the songs we loved. After all, the singer is what matters to the “common public”, if not as much to music lovers as us!

So here we go with the countdowns for the best singers of the year 2016!


Best Singers of 2016

(Click on the singer’s or song’s name to hear the song on YouTube)

– Best Female Singers of 2016 (Top 20)

20. Jonita Gandhi for Sau Tarah Ke (Dishoom)

This song was Jonita’s required big break. After working for two years or so with Vishal-Shekhar and A.R. Rahman and the other odd composers, Pritam finally gave this talented girl her big break with this song, a racy dance song that flipped her image completely! I never imagined that Jonita Gandhi could’ve sung such a song, before she did!

19. Nahid Afrin for Rajj Rajj Ke (Akira)

Debutant, and former ‘Indian Idol Junior’ contestant stuck fold with her very first song. Of course, music-maker duo Vishal-Shekhar were instrumental in making this happen and become a success. The teenager sung this song with such maturity, and it is surprising! The rocking performance is something to be remembered for days!

18. Sona Mohapatra for Qatl-e-Aam Unplugged (Raman Raghav 2.0)

Despite all those controversies she created and/or reacted to (for which I salute her, by the way!) this year, she did deliver one song, comoosed by husband Ram Sampath. And whenever they get together for a song, the result is bliss. The same is the case with this song, where Sona uses her voice to he best ability, resulting in a beautiful poetic song.

17. Monali Thakur for Cham Cham (Baaghi)

This song is just enjoyable. Monali’s spunky rendition makes it all the more enjoyable. What else can I say? Dance to the beats!

16. Sunidhi Chauhan for Aisa Kyun Maa (Neerja)

We don’t get to hear Sunidhi singing soft tracks everyday, yet ironically, this year, almost all of her songs were soft tracks! This one was a beautifully sung track, maybe a bit low in the composition department, but Sunidhi really stunned me with the vocals.

15. Zebunissa Bangash for Haminastu (Fitoor)

With that earthy voice of hers, Zebunissa renders this song about Kashmir with such ease, that it is scary! And her voice is something to die for! Sadly, it went unnoticed due to the film’s debacle at the box office.

14. Shreya Ghoshal for Jab Tum Hote Ho (Rustom)

Shreya has been singing great songs for Ankit Tiwari all throughout his career (in ‘Aashiqui 2’, ‘Samrat & Co.’, ‘Rocky Handsome’ and now ‘Rustom’) and in this song she proves yet again why she is called the nightingale of modern Bollywood music. Though the song wasn’t used in the film and hence didn’t reach to the desired amount of people, this song is your typical Shreya Ghoshal affair… Melodious and heart-rending.

13. Monali Thakur for Dil Ye Ladaku (Saala Khadoos)

Monali Thakur’s voice never gets boring to the ears. Here she sings as cutely as a three-year-old girl, and makes us fall in love with her voice instantly! The innocent love ballad that it is, this song ought to have got more listeners!

12. Sunidhi Chauhan for Just Go To Hell Dil (Dear Zindagi)

Another one of Sunidhi’s soft tracks this year has creeped its way into the list, and it is Amit Trivedi’s beautiful and impactful sad song from Alia Bhatt-SRK starter ‘Dear Zindagi’. Her bold voice helps this song to sound the way it does!

11. Kavita Seth for Jeete Hain Chal (Neerja)

Another song from Vishal Khurana’s debut album Neerja, this one is a soul-stirring motivational song. Kavita Seth’s awesome voice always does wonders, and that’s exactly what happened here.

10. Qurat-ul-ain-Balouch for Kaari Kaari (Pink)

Another soul-stirring rendition, another rustic voice, another spell-binding result. The pain in Qurat-ul-ain-Balouch’s voice conveys the song’s message very, very well, and it also gives us another gem to cherish.

9. Jyoti Nooran & Sultana Nooran for Hota Hai (Mirzya)

This Nooran Sisters duo is really going places! After working with Rahman, Vishal-Shekhar, Anu Malik and Sneha Khanwalkar, (and Pritam later on) the singer duo worked with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for a number of songs in Mirzya, and this one really showcased their immense boldness and boisterous nature. This one is not something to miss!

8. Neha Bhasin for Jag Ghoomeya – Female (Sultan)

She has sung so many urban songs before, that this sudden rustic rendition took everyone by surprise. But leave it up to Vishal-Shekhar to subvert an established belief! Neha Bhasin has sung this song so charmingly, that it is hard to play Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s rather generic-sounding version of the same song after listening to this!

7. Jonita Gandhi for Gilehriyaan (Dangal)

Pritam sure did give Jonita those awesome club numbers ‘Sau Tarah Ke’ and ‘The Breakup Song’, but he made sure to also give her a song that will end her account for this year on a high note, and he result was this song, in which Jonita sounds so free and flowery. Her voice here is so sweet, that one can get diabetes! Bhale hi Bapu sehat ke liye haanikaarak na ho, lekin ye gaana toh hai!

6. Shreya Ghoshal for Rehnuma (Rocky Handsome)

The nightingale didn’t sound to sweet in this song; she sounded as sultry as you could never have imagined! The haunting melody brought out the best in Shreya Ghoshal for this song, and resulted in a beautifully ‘handsome’ rendition by Shreya in the low notes, which we rarely get to hear her sing in!

5. Shashaa Tirupati for Sarsariya (Mohenjo Daro)

Now this was probably the second sweetest (Read on to find what was the sweetest!) thing of he whole year. Shashaa’s rendition here was topnotch and she really sounded AWESOME singing this melodious dance+romance song. And when she sings those parts in that Mohenjo-Daro-an language…Uff! (💘💘💘💘💘💘)

4. Kaushiki Chakraborty for Kaaga (Mirzya)

This song might be short, it might have gone unnoticed, but that doesn’t stop me from placing Kaushiki’s scintillating rendition of it in the fourth place! The classical touches have been performed impeccably by the expert and the result is just dreamy!

3. Neeti Mohan for Haal-e-Dil – Female (Sanam Teri Kasam)

This has to be counted as one of Neeti’s best songs. The haunting composition just helps in elevating her voice to such a position that we cannot dare dislike it. And the small nuances she adds are amazing!

2. Monali Thakur for Dhanak (Dhanak)

Now this was the sweetest thing of he year. Monali’s sugary voice singing a sugary lullaby, nothing can be better! Just wow!

1. Palak Muchhal for Kaun Tujhe (M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story)

This has to be the best sung song of he year. Creating such a big wave across ths nation, that too, by a female-singer song, which is on top of that, an emotional sad song, is rather unusual! But it happened! It happened and it probably became the biggest hit of the year. It also became Palak’s career’s best. She has put in all the required expression to make this song sound the way it does. And also tried not to sound like Shreya!


Female Singers I Missed in 2016: Shalmali Kholgade (she had three to four songs in big budget films, but nowhere to actually shine) and Rekha Bhardwaj (who sang the song in Tum Bin 2, the song in Jugni, that sadly didn’t make it to the list, and almost nothing else)! Also, Shilpa Rao, who except for her short stint in Bulleya (ADHM) sang nothing else.


– Best Male Singers of 2016 (Top 20)

{Beware of the large number of Arijit Singh songs in the list.. He was just on fire this year.. then again, which year was he not? 2011? Yeah.. that’s right.}

20. Hriday Gattani for Udan Choo (Banjo)

Hriday Gattani had impressed me way back in 2014 itself when Rahman launched him in ‘Lekar Hum Deewana Dil’. Here, he got an awesome romantic ballad, where he got to flaunt his silky smooth voice. And it was a success!

19. Armaan Malik for Buddhu Sa Mann (Kapoor & Sons)

Young talent Armaan Malik sounds charming singing a party track, and here too, he does the same. Crooning the groovy song must’ve so fun, but he makes it fun for us to listen to as well!

18. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for Jag Ghoomeya (Sultan)

Though it appears lower on the male singers list than its female counterpart did on its list, this one is no doubt one of the cutest renditions by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Though the song was tailor-made for him, he still surprised us with his charming vocals and cuteness.

17. Amit Trivedi for Pashmina (Fitoor)

Probably the only composer on this list (I don’t think it’s fair not to call Vishal Dadlani a full-time singer!) It just proves how great Trivedi has rendered his sing. His voice has that amazing lilt which has made this song one of the best songs of the year.

16. Nakash Aziz for Jabra Fan (Fan)

This being the only song in this movie, that too, not included in the final cut of the film, it had to be great. Vishal-Shekhar did deliver a great fun song, but equal credit goes to Nakash Aziz, who is the expert at singing such songs, and who blew it away in his first song with Vishal-Shekhar! It is truly a memorable performance by the singer!

15. Arijit Singh for Taarefon Se (Dear Zindagi)

This was a charming performance from Arijit. His distinct voice in a jazz song, was a treat to the ears. Just too mellifluous, his voice!

14. Shahid Mallya for Ikk Kudi (Udta Punjab)

Though this version of the song got drowned under the mors popular, but less deserving Diljit Dosanjh version, this one is my personal favourite. Shahid’s vocals are beautiful, and his high notes are perfect. Nothing better than a Punjabi earthy song to soothe the ears!

13. Arijit Singh for Yeh Fitoor Mera (Fitoor)

This is what I warned you for in the beginning. Arijit was on a roll this year, and that’s evident in the fact that he has sung very less droning and boring Bhatt songs this year. This was one of his earliest hits of the year, and what a rendition! The grace in his voice is just enough to make you fall in love. Over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again!

12. Arijit Singh for Tu Hi Hai (Dear Zindagi)

On one hand, Arijit sings these intense romantic songs, and on the other hand he sings these cute and innocent romantic songs. Both are lapped up by audiences. Now this song has been promoted terribly by Sony Music on TV, but I hear it wherever I go on people’s phones. Isn’t that proof enough that it is an amazing song? Arijit sounds charming as ever in this sweet little song.

11. Armaan Malik for Besabriyaan (M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story)

The biggest hit that Amaal-Armaan gave this year took the form of a motivational song, and half the motivation lay in Arman’s smooth and silky voice. His voice texture is just something to die for. Hear this song if you haven’t already, and you’ll understand.

10. Papon for Labon Ka Karobaar (Befikre)

Papon in this song sounds sweet and sensuous at the same time. It definitely makes for one of the best renditions of the year. His nuances are enough to kill!

9. Sonu Nigam for Dard (Sarbjit)

Six to seven years ago, this man was everywhere. Thankfully, this year, he got some great songs if not a lot of bogus ones. And thankfully, this song here is one of the best of the year, and maybe one of his best for years to come! His rendition reminds one of the times when he used to sing like Arijit does nowadays and Udit Narayan did before his time — in every other movie!

8. Vishal Dadlani for Bappa (Banjo)

Now this song really wore away with time, and it wasn’t actually a very perfect Ganpati track as it had all the usual stuff and nothing new, but Vishal’s delivery was immensely energetic and I couldn’t help but to catch on some of that energy, which made Vishal’s voice the sole reason for me to keep hearing the song afterwards. Impeccable performance!

7. Armaan Malik for Jab Tak (M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story)

Armaan is a rockstar. Give him a party sing, he’ll rock it. Give him a fun and cute romantic song, he’ll rock that too. Now give him an intense romantic song, and he’ll rock that as well! This song was one of his best performances, and also the song from which I started loving his voice — a lot!

6. Arijit Singh for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)

Okay so most of you would place this song on the first position, but I don’t really agree. The singing is unblemished, no doubt about that. But I don’t really think shouting so much sounded too good! 😀 Hence the drop by five positions, and this performance of Arijit’s takes the sixth position on our list!

5. Shankar Mahadevan for Aave Re Hitchki (Mirzya)

Shankar Mahadevan’s voice is just so strong. It can move your heart so effectively. Here, he sings so poetically and dreamily, you can’t help but fall in love with his voice. Wowwwww! 😀

4. Amit Mishra for Bulleya (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)

A name that has been doing the rounds for quite a few years, but he gets his big break now, with this smashing performance of his in Bulleya. Pritam senses Amit Mishra’s capabilities and gives him a Sufi-Rock number that outdoes all other Sufi-Rock numbers that have ever released. Turns out that Amit’s version is better than the version of Arijit that released later!

3. Arijit Singh for Channa Mereya (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)

This has to be the one of the best songs Arijit has sung. He gets the emotion just right, and the result is very endearing. This song has been on everyone’s playlists this year, and it’s impossible to let this performance go unfelicitated! 😀

2. Papon for Bulleya (Sultan)

Again, Papon’s creamy voice, again for a Vishal-Shekhar composition, again a beautiful result. This is one of the best renditions of 2016, and also one of the most unnoticed ones too. I wish that when Sultan starts getting considered a classic 30 years down the line, this song gets its due!

1. Daler Mehndi for Dangal (Dangal)

The best performance of this year had to be, hands down, Daler Mehndi’s booming vocals for the Dangal title song. His ravishing voice had me clutching my sofa handrest while listening to it at home and had me on the edge of my seat when it kept playing in the theatres during the movie. Might be considered by some as a ‘pain to the head’s song, but I simply LOVED IT!


Male Singers I Missed in 2016: K.K?? Singing one or two songs with middling compositions nowadays! Though I must admit this year was a bit better off with the songs he sang composed by Amaal Mallik. Also missed Javed Ali, who sang one song in Happy Bhag Jayegi which didn’t satisfy me and an awesome Qawwali I’m Krsna’s Cute Kameena which was way too satisfying.

– Best Duets of 2016 (Male-Female, Male-Male & Female-Female included!) {Top 15}

15. Sarwar Khan & Sartaz Khan Barna for Haanikarak Bapu (Dangal)

These two youngster boys crooned this song with such gusto, that it really deserves to be on this list. This Duet really is something that we are lucky to have got to hear!

14. Sunidhi Chauhan & Vishal Dadlani for Je T’aime (Befikre)

Both of these singers have sung many duets together, and it’s always been an awesome result. This one too, is a beautiful song, with nice European touches, and Vishal and Sunidhi carrying them out flawlessly.

13. Neeti Mohan & Arijit Singh for Wafa Ne Bewafai (Teraa Surroor)

Now this was a dreamy song that I fell in love with instantly. Arijit at his charming best, and Neeti singing in her characteristic feathery voice, impressed highly. These two were a perfectly matched pair in this song.

12. Payal Dev & Arko Pravo Mukherjee in Dil Nawaziyaan (Tum Bin 2)

This song was a treat towards the end of the year. A Classical-Western fusion song, this one had Payal Dev showcasing her prowess at classical notes, and Arko singing English lines in the most charming way imaginable.

11. Sunidhi Chauhan & Arijit Singh for Darkhaast (Shivaay)

Arijit’s lilting voice was well complemented by Sunidhi’s bold one, in this romantic ballad. The way they contradict each other, yet make such a nice pair together, is just wonderful. Then again, one of their earliest duets and one of Arijit’s earliest songs (Yaariyan Reprise – Cocktail) was just as intriguing!

10. Antara Mitra & Arijit Singh for Itni Si Baat Hain (Azhar)

The Gerua duo came back together with this song, and produced an even better effect in this song. Arijit, as always, sounded awesome and lovable, and even Antara Mitra, with her short part, made her presence felt.

9. Sumedha Karmahe & Atif Aslam for Toota Jo Kabhi Taara (A Flying Jatt)

This was one of the most lulling songs of the year; Atif and Sumedha’s vocals make it sound more so. The dreamland-ish melody has been brought to life by these two singer’s melodious voices, and what a nice find Sachin-Jigar have got in Sumedha!

8. Daler Mehndi & Navraj Hans for Raj Karega Khalsa (A Flying Jatt)

This rocking duo shook the audiences with their awesome rendition of this Sikh anthem. The pulsating rhythm helped their voices to really stand out in the song, and the result was an awesome and booming song.

7. Sanah Moidutty & A.R. Rahman for Sindhu Ma (Mohenjo Daro)

Probably known to everyone as ‘Tu Hai’, this song is a soothing Duet between Rahman, who has his ethereal voice, and newcomer Sanah. Both of them sounded their very best, and though this might be one of Rahman’s songs that might get washed out after some years, the vocals will make it a treat to hear anytime.

6. Palak Muchhal & Arijit Singh for Dekha Hazaro Dafaa (Rustom)

This was a lovely Duet by Palak and Arijit. One of the best of the year, this song is surely one that will stay with music lovers for a long time. Arijit is charming, while Palak is rather cute in this song!

5. Sukhwinder Singh & Shadab Faridi for Sultan (Sultan)

As pulsating as A Flying Jatt’s ‘Raj Karega Khalsa’, this one had a more universal appeal. Moreover, Sukhi paaji’s and Shadab’s bold rustic voices made the song sound all the better.

4. Neeti Mohan & Armaan Malik for Sau Aasmaan (Baar Baar Dekho)

Neeti’s voice is just so mellifluous! Armaan complements her well, and together, they make this song one of the best duets of 2016. There isn’t a single note in the song where they mess up or make you withdraw your attention from the song!

3. Rekha Bhardwaj & Late Jagjit Singh for Teri Fariyad (Tum Bin 2)

The rework of this Ghazal witnessed Rekha Bhardwaj stepping in to fill the places and actually make it sound like a remake. Jagjit Singh’s voice has been retained and it is such a pleasure to hear his voice yet again!

2. Prakriti Kakar & Sonu Nigam for Tu Hi Na Jaane (Azhar)

Sonu Nigam on another splendid track this year, this time joined by Prakriti Kakar, really made quite the ideal sad song for us to listen to anytime. This song is something that will never die away.

1. Nandini Srikar & Zebunissa Bangash for Hone Do Batiyaan (Fitoor)

The only female-female duet on this list, this song is one of my favourites of the year, only and ONLY because of the wonderful rustic voice behind it. Though the composition is oh-so-melodious, and the lyrics are to cherish, these two ladies have sung this song in a whole new scale of excellence. And that’s why it is my favourite duet of the year!



– Best Ensemble Songs of 2016 (Top 10)

10. Arijit Singh, Bela Shende, A.R. Rahman & Sanah Moidutty for Mohenjo Mohenjo (Mohenjo Daro)

9. Benny Dayal, Divya Kumar & Bianca Gomes for Rootha (Te3n)

8. Javed Bashir, Pratibha Singh Baghel, Jyoti Nooran & Sultana Nooran for Mann Ka Mirga (Bollywood Diaries)

7. Mame Khan, Suchismita Das & Akhtar Chanal for Chakora (Mirzya)

6. Arijit Singh, Khushboo Grewal & Roach Killa for Girl I Need You (Baaghi)

5. Badshah, Mohit Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh, Megha Sriram Dalton & Anugrah for Bolo Har Har Har (Shivaay)

4. Harshdeep Kaur, Siddharth Mahadevan & Jasleen Kaur Royal for Nachde Ne Saare (Baar Baar Dekho)

3. Arijit Singh, Ash King & Shashwat Singh for Alizeh (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)

2. Shashaa Tirupati, Altamash Faridi & Rabbani Mustafa Khan for Allah Hu Allah (Sarbjit)

1. Daler Mehndi, Saieen Zahoor, Akhtar Chanal, Jyoti Nooran, Sultana Nooran & The Salvation Singers for Mirzya (Mirzya)


So that was Part 3 of the Annual Wrap-Up! Stay tuned for the next parts, and Happy New Year! 🙂


Lyrics are an integral part of any song. They are what make you dislike a song that is very catchy, or like a song whose tune you hate. They convey the story behind the song. In 2016, we had our share of good and bad lyrics. In Part 2 of the Annual Wrap-Up, I only found it just to honour the lyricists, the people who have as equal a hand in the making of the song as the composers do, but sadly, aren’t acknowledged by many!

So let’s recall the best and the worst lyrics of 2016!


Best Lyrics of 2016 — Top 20

(Click on the song’s name to hear it on YouTube)

20. Besabriyaan (M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story)

Lyrics by: Manoj Muntashir

This song from Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s biopic has been written so beautifully by Manoj Muntashir, that it’s surprising. Motivational songs usually do have great lyrics, but this one has such simple lyrics, that it is very easy for them to get stuck in the head. It doesn’t only stick to Dhoni, but has this universal appeal that really makes the song verrrryy lovable.

“Raaste bhaage, paaon se aage, Zindagi se chal, kuchh aur hi maange..
Kyun sochna hai jaana kahaan? Jaaye vahin le jaaye jahaan, Besabriyaan!”


19. Da Da Dasse (Udta Punjab)

Lyrics by: Shellee

A grim touch to words always makes the point come across more clearly. Shellee’s lyrics here are a great example of the same. The lyrics are quite dark and that’s what makes this song so interesting to listen to. Picturized on a terrified Alia Bhatt, the lyrics are perfectly apt for the situation. Sadly, so many people don’t know about the song.

“Raat di gal suniyo, suniyo ve, raat di gal suniyo suniyo ve,
Koi na chaar chufere,
Pichhe na mudiyo mudiyo ve, pichhe na mudiyo mudiyo ve,
Raatan de kaale kaale chehre,
Darr da da Dasse ve, aur Manzil hasse ve!”


18. Tu Bhoola Jise (Airlift)

Lyrics by: Kumaar

Patriotic songs almost always get their due in Bollywood. Airlift’s ‘Tu Bhoola Jise’ however, sadly went quite unnoticed. A wonderful patriotic song with the sentiments of all Indians penned inexplicably by Kumaar, this one is a sure winner!

“Tu Bhoola jise, tujhko woh yaad Karta raha,
Tu Jeeta raha, tere liye woh Marta raha,
Tere dard ki aahat suni, lo aa gaya sab chhod Ke,
Teri Raah mein, lekar Khushi, woh hai khada,
Har mod pe, sab chhod Ke!”


17. Kaun Tujhe (M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story)

Lyrics by: Manoj Muntashir

Don’t sad songs always have awesome lyrics!? That’s what I personally feel! Another sad song on the list, this one is a love song written from the point of view of the girl. The tune does make one emotional but the lyrics by Muntashir, in all their simplicity are simply wonderful.

“Tu jo Mujhe aa Mila, sapne huye sarphire,
Haathon Mein aate nahin, Udte hain lamhe Mere,
Meri hansi tujhse, meri Khushi tujhse,
Tujhe Khabar kya beqadar!
Jis din tujhko na Dekhun, Pagal pagal phirti hoon.
Kaun tujhe yun pyaar karega, jaise main karti hoon?”


16. Pashmina (Fitoor)

Lyrics by: Swanand Kirkire

Swanand Kirkire writes less nowadays, but when he does, it turns out to be a piece of brilliance. This song is a beautiful, lilting, poetic piece written by him, and it’s just a pleasure to listen to his intelligent writing!

“Shabnam Ke do qatre yunhi tehel rahe,
Shaakhon pe woh moti se khel rahe..
Befikr se ek dooje mein ghul rahe,
Jab ho juda, khayalon mein mil rahe..
Khayalon mein yun, ye guftagoo, Chalti rahe..
Pashmina dhaagon ke sang, koi aaj bune khwaab, aise kaise?”


13. Bulleya (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)

Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya

A fine collection of Urdu verses, this song is like a shaayari when you read it aloud. Amitabh Bhattacharya showcases his finesse in writing meaningful songs and this is just one instance:

“Jis din se aashna se do ajnabi huye hain,
Tanhaiyon ke lamhe, sab multavi huye hain,
Kyun aaj main mohabbat, phir ek baar karna chaahoon?
Ye dil toh dhoondhta hai, inkaar ke bahaane,
Lekin ye jism koi paabandiyaan na maane,
Milke tujhe baghavat, khud se hi yaar karna chaahoon…”


14. Haanikaarak Bapu (Dangal)

Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya

Amitabh Bhattacharya’s pen just can’t write in straightforward words, and that’s all the better for us listeners. This song is just so fun to listen to just because of Amitabh’s fun and quirky lyrics, where kids complain about heir father being too much of a hard task master!

“Tail lene gaya re bachpan, jhad gayi phulwari,
Kar rahe hain Jaane kaisi jang ki taiyari,
Sote jagte chhoot Rahi hai, aansoon ki pichkari,
Phir bhi khush na hua Mogambo, Hum kare balihaari!
Teri nazron mein kya Hum itne naalaayak hai!
Tujhse behtar apne Hindi filmon Ke khalnayak hai,
Bapu sehat Ke liye, tu toh haanikaarak hai!!”


13. Dard (Sarbjit)

Lyrics by: Jaani & Rashmi-Virag

This one is just so heart-rending! First of all, the situation it plays in the movie makes it seem all the more touching. Rashmi-Virag and Jaani have really struck the right chord with these lyrics, and they hit straight to your heart.

“Main dardon ko paas bithakar hi soun, main dardon ko paas bithakar hi soun,
Jo tujhe Lagta baarish hai, woh main hoon jo roun, jo tujhe Lagta baar is hai, woh main hoon jo roun,
Main dardon ko paas bithakar hi soun…”


12. Aave Re Hitchki (Mirzya)

Lyrics by: Gulzar

One of Gulzar’s tracks from the masterpiece Mirzya, comes into our list. This one is a nice romantic ballad written based on the common Indian myth that you get hiccups when somebody is thinking of you! And what a beautiful song Gulzar has written around this belief! 🙂 A nice and sweet poem this one!

“Nidra mein kisne yaad kiyo re, jagaaye saari raina re,
Piya jagaave, jiya jagaave, diya jagaave re..
Aave re hitchki, aave re hitchki, aave re hitchki!”


11. Teen Gawah Hain Ishq Ke (Mirzya)

Lyrics by: Gulzar

Two-in-a-row, Gulzar’s songs from Mirzya! So this is a very unconventional love song, and its beauty lies in its lyrics. Something I can’t really explain, so take this:

“Teen Gawah hain ishq Ke, ek rab hai, ek tu aur main,
Aasmaan kholke dekhne do, uss taraf shayad ek aur bhi ho,
Chal na, rab koi, Raah na Dekta ho…
Rooh ko rooh se Judne de, ishq di khushboo udne de,
Khwaab Tha, khwaab hai, khwaab mein rehne do..
Aasmaan daastaan sunn raha hai kahin, ho…”


10. Gilehriyaan (Dangal)

Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya

Looks like ‘Mirzya’ and ‘Dangal’ are the two lyrical masterpieces of this year! Anyway, this song is a nice piece written by Bhattacharya, about a small-town girl, experiencing the city life and loving it so much, she just can’t stay on the ground and is jumping in the air, literally!

“Ik nayi si dosti, aasmaan se ho gayi,
Zameen mujhse jalke, munh banake bole, tu bigad Rahi hai!
Zindagi bhi aajkal, gintiyon se oobke,
Ganit ke aakdon ke Saath ek aadha Sher padh Rahi hai!
Main Sahi galat ke peeche chhodke chali kachehriyaan,
Main jaanun na jaanun na jaanun na jaanun na,
Kyun phudak phudak Ke dhadkanon ki chal rahi gilehriyaan,
Main jaanun na jaanun na jaanun na jaanun na!”


9. Labon Ka Karobaar (Befikre)

Lyrics by: Jaideep Sahni

Some lyrics appeal to you just because of the intelligence of he writer behind them. This one is a song by Jaideep Sahni, who very rarely writes,all about kissing. Unlike other songs about kisses like ‘Jumme Ki Raat’ (Kick), this one has really been written beautifully and kissing has been described as ‘the business of the lips’.

“Jebon mein bikhre hain Taarein, Khali hua aasmaan,
Hathon mein dhoop hai mere, barfeela Baki jahaan,
Rooh jaaye, jhoome jaaye, dil kahe baar baar,
Ishq karke, ishq jee le, ishq labon ka Karobaar!”


8. Ji Huzoori (Ki & Ka)

Lyrics by: Sayeed Quadri

“It’s love, not yesmanship!” This is what Sayeed Quadri’s lyrics to this song translate to. And what a comparison! Such brilliance is what I always look for in songs and Quadri has got it right with this one. So unlike his other writings, but yet so wonderful! The song is nothing short of a wonderful shayari!

“Meri har Khushi mein ho teri Khushi, mohabbat mein aisa zaroori nahi,
Tu jab milna chaahe, na mil sakoon, na milna mera koi doori nahi!
Mohabbat hai yeh Ji Huzoori nahi, mohabbat hai yeh Ji Huzoori nahi!”


7. Hone Do Batiyaan (Fitoor)

Lyrics by: Swanand Kirkire

A sad song with such heart touching lyrics by Mr. Kirkire, this song is a masterpiece. Swanand Kirkire has really done a great job with the lyrics, putting across the point very well. After a fallout between the characters, this song plays in the movie, and interestingly it has been picturised on two ladies performing in a restaurant where the two characters are dining. It gives a whole new touch to the words.

“Main hoon bhi maati, tu bhi hai maati,
Tera mera kya hai?
Kyun hain khade him, khud se itni door?
Saanson mein Meri, saanson mein Teri,
Ek hi toh Hawa hai,
Mar jaayenge Hum, yun na humko chhodo!
Hone do Batiyaan, hone do Batiyaan,
Kone mein Dil ke pyaar pada hai Tanha, Tanha,
Dilon ki dil se hone do Batiyaan, hone do baatein!”


6. Kaari Kaari (Pink)

Lyrics by: Tanveer Ghazi

The film that become such a big success his year, had only one beautiful song, which succeeded not only because of its music, but also equally because of the wonderful words by Lyricist Tanveer Ghazi. This song’s beauty lies in its dark meaning. The words attack the malpractices prevalent in society against women nowadays.

“Titliyon ke pankhon par rakh diye gaye patthar, hey Khuda tu gum hai kahan?
Reshami libaason ko cheerte hain kuchh khanjar, hey Khuda tu gum hai kahan?
Kya reet chal padi hai, kya aag jal padi hai, kya cheekhta hai surmayi dhuaan?
Kaari Kaari raina saari Sau andhere kyun laayi, kyun laayi?
Roshni ke paaon par ye bediyaan si kyun aayi, kyun aayi?
Ujiyaare kaise, angaarey jaise, chhanv chhaili dhoop maili kyun hai ri?”


5. Hota Hai (Mirzya)

Lyrics by: Gulzar

Another one of Gulzar’s masterpieces from Mirzya, this one is an awesome, awesome description of love and its ‘side effects’! The dangers of love come across in this song like this:

“Sab tarqeebein karke Dekhi, tail ki dibiya bharke Dekhi,
Jab tak teeli lage na unmein, koi roshni jale na unmein,
Mehandi Rang dikhati hai tab, poori tarah pis jaati hai jab,
Hota Hai, hota Hai, aksar hota Hai, ishq mein!
Ishq mein, chot kahin lagti hai jaakar zakhm kahin par hota Hai.. ishq mein!”


4. Dhanak (Dhanak)

Lyrics by: Mir Ali Husain

A lullaby doesn’t always impress like this one. This one is a scintillating piece of poetry by Mir Ali Husain, and its magic can only be experienced by listening to it! When such a beautiful piece of work doesn’t get its due, it really hurts.

“Khwaabon mein apne tu, ghul kar kho ja re,
Palkon pe sapne mal kar so ja re,
Hogi phir mehak teri haathon mein,
Aur dekhega tu dhanak, raaton mein!”


3. Channa Mereya (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)

Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya

This is probably the most popular song of the year. Of course, though, half of the public love it only because of Arijit. Nobody knows who is behind the lyrics, and half of the people don’t even care about the lyrics. If only they peeked into the lyrics a bit more carefully,they would find a beautiful gem hidden in this song, a gem that only someone like Amitabh Bhattacharya could come up with!

“Mehfil mein teri, Hum na rahein jo, gham toh nahi hai, gham toh nahi hai,
Qisse humare, nazdeekiyon ke kum toh nahi hain, kum toh nahi hain,
Kitni dafaa, subah ko meri tere aangan mein baithe maine Shaam Kiya!
Channa mereya, mereya, Channa mereya, mereya, channa mereya mereya beliya, o Piya!!”


2. Dangal (Dangal)

Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya

One of the recent tracks to release this year, but one that easily surpassed so many of the old songs, this one is a song that gets the motivational quotient spot-on! Once again, Amitabh Bhattacharya gets into his “Awesome Lyricist” mode (then again, when is he out of it?) and the result is this:

“Kar dikhaane ka mauka, jab bhi kismat deti hai,
Ginke taiyari ke din, tujhko mohlat hai deti..
Maangti hai laagat mein, tujhse har boond paseena,
Par munaafa badle mein ye jaan le behad deti hai…
Re bande ki mehnat ko kismat ka saadar parnaam hai pyaare, dangal dangal!”


1. Bulleya (Sultan)

Lyrics by: Irshad Kamil

It’s hard to believe that Irshad Kamil has only one song on this list, but not at all surprising to know that it is topping the list! This song has been written so beautifully, it has been taking my breath away right since when it released, till now and hopefully for years to come. Irshad’s immaculate writing works wonders in this sad song.

“Tu yaad kare ya na mujhko, mere jeene mein hai, andaaz tera,
Sar aankhon par hai, teri naaraazi, meri haar mein hai koi Raaz tera,
Shayad meri jaan ka sadka maange teri judaai,
Tu bole toh ban jaaun main bulleh shah saudaai!”

Worst Lyrics of 2016

(Does there have to be an order? There isn’t) 😛
(Click on the song’s name to hear it)

Oh Boy (Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3) — Lyrics by Irfan Kamal

Jawaani Le Doobi (Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3) — Lyrics by Danish Sabri, Rap by Ikka

Hor Nach (Mastizaade) — Lyrics by Kumaar

Dekhega Raja Trailer (Mastizaade) — Lyrics by Anand Raaj Anand

Kheech Meri Photo (Sanam Teri Kasam) — Lyrics by Sameer Anjaan

Humne Pee Rakhi Hai (Sanam Re) — Lyrics by Kumaar, Rap by Ikka

Akkad Bakkad (Sanam Re) — Lyrics by Badshah

Direct Ishq (Direct Ishq) — Lyrics by A.M. Turaz

Ishq Forever (Ishq Forever) — Lyrics by Sameer Anjaan

Expectation (Ishq Forever) — Lyrics by Sameer Anjaan

Six Pack Abs (Tere Bin Laden – Dead or Alive) — Lyrics by Ali Zafar

Let’s Nacho (Kapoor & Sons) — Lyrics by Kumaar & Christopher Pradeep, Rap by Badshah

• The songs from “Santa Banta Pvt. Ltd.” (Search on YouTube — too many link, not worth the time!) :p

Do Peg Maar (One Night Stand) — Lyrics by Kumaar

Let’s Talk About Love (Baaghi) — Lyrics by Raftaar & Sabbir Khan

Tujhko Mein (1920 London) — Lyrics by Azeem Shirazi

Veer Veer Veerappan (Veerappan) — Lyrics by Manoj Yadav

Paani Paani (Cabaret) — Lyrics by Kaustav Narayan Niyogi

Pyar Ki (Housefull 3) — Lyrics by Manoj Yadav, Farhad-Sajid & Danish Sabri

Taang Uthake (Housefull 3) — Lyrics by Sameer Sen, Sajid-Farhad, Mamta Sharma & Sanjeev Chaturvedi

Malamaal (Housefull 3) — Lyrics by Rani Malik & Sajid-Farhad

Fake Ishq (Housefull 3) — Lyrics by Arafat Mehmood, Farhad-Sajid

Ishq Di Khidki (Junooniyat) — Lyrics by Saurabh Pandey

Resham Ka Rumaal (Great Grand Masti) — Lyrics by Manoj Yadav

Jaaneman Aah (Dishoom) — Lyrics by Mayur Puri

Kala Chashma (Baar Baar Dekho) — Lyrics by Amrik Singh & Kumaar, Rap by Badshah & Indeep Bakshi

Din Mein Karengey Jagraata (Freaky Ali) — Lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed

Love The Way You Dance (Tutak Tutak Tutiya) — Lyrics by Millind Gaba

Suku Suku (Tutak Tutak Tutiya) — Lyrics by Danish Sabri

Neat Quarter (Saat Uchakkey) — Lyrics by Kumaar

Hug Me (Beiimaan Love) — Lyrics by Kumaar

Catch Me If U Can (Force 2) — Lyrics by Kumaar

Tum Ho Mere (Saansein) — Lyrics by Kumaar

Wajah Tum Ho (Wajah Tum Ho) — Lyrics by Manoj Muntashir

• Award for Best Written Rap: Amitabh Bhattacharya for Dhaakad (Dangal)

(Honourable Mentions): Sandeep Shrivastava for Bolo Har Har Har (Shivaay) and Irshad Kamil-Vishal Dadlani for Tuk Tuk (Sultan)


So those were the lyrics awards for 2016! Stay tuned for he countdowns and awards for the other departments too! 🙂

P.S. I hope I finish this year itself! :p


So the albums of 2016 have finally finished releasing (:P) , and with the release of the ‘Dangal’ album, the Bollywood scene for this year wraps up… and I will be summing up the music scene of this year in my 6-7 part wrap-up series. This one just happens to be the first part of that section, and though I know this little 6-to-7-part thing won’t exactly turn out how I first conceived it to turn out, I hope it sums up the music scene of the year quite well for you readers. 🙂 In this first part, I’ll just talk about the general stuff like what released when and how I liked it, and ill go month-wise of course, because, well, who doesn’t like to be systematic!?

So here’s the first part of the “MUSIC MASTANI ANNUAL WRAP-UP 2016“!

PHEW! In a nutshell, 2016 was a middling year in terms of music for me. Yes, there were your occasional biggies with great party rap songs featuring Badshah and Raftaar and Yo Yo Honey Singh (:P) but then so many albums from which I expected a lot, didn’t turn out to be quite as good as expected. On the other hand, other albums from which I expected as much as you expect sugar to taste spicy, (maybe because of the low-key promotions or Newcomer cast or unknown music directors or whatever) pleasantly surprised me.

As it happens every year, songs came and went, I kept writing my reviews. However, I must say that there was quite a little music to actually cherish this year. Albums that impressed were very impressive no doubt, but the problem was that they got released like ages apart from each other. And when a good album came, it had a strong competitor in the same month, or within a two-month radius. This means that the good albums came in bulk when they did, but the remaining part was pretty bleak! Of course, every album can’t be a ‘Bombay Velvet’ or a ‘Barfi’, but still,my musical sensibilities weren’t quite fulfilled this year.

Of course, the composers who usually impress, impressed this year too, with some occasional ups and downs, and thankfully, the year ended on a good note. It had started well, but somewhere in the middle — May, June, July, August — it started slowing down with innumerable albums catering to public demand and no real quality music releasing one after the other. The music scene picked up more momentum during September, and after that, we got pretty good songs for the rest of the year.

So now, I will analyse the year month-wise.. If you are interested, do read on, but be warned that it will be quite long.. as you know my writing. 😀 Hopefully, I can keep you hooked!!


2016 – The Year That Was


Well, I didn’t really want this year to start so quickly, as I was still experiencing the magic of the ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and ‘Dilwale’ albums that came out at the end of last year. Isn’t it boring to leave hold of something you cherished so much, and then start the year off with something relatively boring? Because that’s what January 2016 was — a mediocre start to the year with the odd great album.

• Albums of Movies that Released in January: Wazir, Chalk ‘n’ Duster, Airlift, Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3, Jugni, Mastizaade & Saala Khadoos

• Composers that had Songs in These Albums: Shantanu Moitra, Ankit Tiwari, Rochak Kohli, Advaita, Gaurav Godkhindi, Prashant Pillai, Sandesh Shandilya, Amaal Mallik, Sajid-Wajid, Clinton Cerejo, Kaashif Sahib, Anand Raaj Anand, Meet Bros. Anjjan & Santhosh Narayanan

So as you can see, T-Series practically ruled the first month of the year, with four albums (Wazir, Airlift, Mastizaade & Saala Khadoos). And they had with them a mixed bag of songs. While Wazir seemed like a mix of background scores with the promotional song ‘Atrangi Yaari’ by Rochak Kohli standing out, and even somebody like Shantanu Moitra disappointing, Airlift fared better with Amaal Malik and Ankit Tiwari pitching in with some of their best music. That album had some repeat value, which is not so regular for a movie like Airlift. On the other hand, Mastizaade was full of cheap songs, and didn’t really bring out the best in Meet Bros Anjjan and Anand Raaj Anand, but compelling Amaal to deliver yet another awesome song (‘Rom Rom Romantic’). Santhosh Narayanan debuted in Bollywood with his five-track album, Saala Khadoos, which wasn’t exceptional, but nevertheless good.

Zee Music Company had but one album, the album to the adult comedy Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3, and it had composers Sajid-Wajid trying to prove that they too, could make modern music, but failing in their motive. One or two songs being good, this album was a total washout. And Sony Music had the best album of the month to its credit — Jugni. Clinton Cerejo (with guest composer Kaashif Sahib) must’ve worked immensely hard to produce an album with such a vast variety of songs — and that too, 12 of them! Sony Music also had Sandesh Shandilya’s album Chalk ‘n’ Duster, which nobody really knew had released, and that tells you what it was about.



February, the month of love, saw the release of countless romantic movies, which it was very difficult to keep track of, as there were only four possible dates on which to release all of these movies. Of course, there were your odd non-romantic movies, but the !month had a predominant romantic theme to it. After ‘Bajirao..’ and ‘Dilwale’, the romantic songs to release had to pass that certain standard that had been set by these albums — the best romantic albums of the season.

• Albums of Movies that Released in February: Sanam Teri Kasam, Ghayal Once Again, Fitoor, Sanam Re, Direct Ishq, Ishq Forever, Loveshhuda, Neerja, Bollywood Diaries, Love Shagun, Tere Bin Laden – Dead Or Alive

• Composers that had Songs in These Albums: Himesh Reshammiya, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Amit Trivedi, Mithoon, Amaal Mallik, Jeet Gannguli, Epic Bhangra, Vivek Kar, Tanishk Bagchi, Raeth Band, Nadeem Saifi, Parichay, Vishal Khurana, Vipin Patwa, Rishi-Siddharth, Ashish Pandit, Band of Bandagi, Ram Sampath, Ali Zafar & Abhishek-Akshay

So as you can see, there were a hell lot of films to be released on those four poor days. It’s good to take advantage of a leap year, but so much? 😛 Anyway, it isn’t my fault that only one of these films actually worked at the box office! So let’s get back to music.

This month clearly belonged to Zee Music Company, with 7 out of 11 of those albums on their label. (Ghayal Once Again, Fitoor, Direct Ishq, Ishq Forever, Bollywood Diaries, Love Shagun, Tere Bin Laden 2) We know that quality beats quantity, and this is what Zee got wrong here. Out of those seven albums, only two were worth listening! But first, about the bad ones! (I loooove to pulverize albums like this, don’t I!)

So Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy opened their account this year with the album to that oh-so-low-key sequel to the 1990 hit, ‘Ghayal’. It was such a forgettable album that I even forgot that Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy started their 2016 with it — I directly jump to “Mirzya” that came much, much later! Two songs would’ve been alright, had the composers put in a bit more efforts. So that got washed out like this: {Insert: a picture of fingers snapping} And then Direct Ishq comes along, acting like an album with a lot of variety.. “Oh, I have eight tracks, by three different composers, and the protagonist in my movie is a rockstar girl!” If eight tracks were enough to make an album great, Kai Po Che wouldn’t have even released, Mr. Direct Ishq! Ishq Forever became Nadeem Saifi’s (of yesteryear hitmakers Nadeem-Shravan) sureshot last album ever, what with him desperately trying to use Gen-Y singers, but keeping the same stale tunes he used to deliver with his partner-in-music-making. Love Shagun was yet another album that came out of nowhere, and didn’t have tracks that were suitable for a good rom-com (though I remember I had liked one Kunal Ganjawala song from it). Lastly, Tere Bin Laden 2 was an album that tried to be a bit too dependent on the “less quantity” thing, and a waste of talents like Ram Sampath and Ali Zafar, having them composing very generic tunes.

Now for the great music on Zee Music in February.. Fitoor and Bollywood Diaries. While the former was a movie everyone knows (but most people don’t know most songs from it) the latter movie, almost nobody knew about, but each album had some great music in its bag, Amit Trivedi and Vipin Patwa respectively bringing put their best in each album. Though Fitoor could’ve been very slightly better, I will still say that it was the first great album of 2016, that everybody knew about.

T-Series released Bhushan Kumar’s wife’s second debacle, Sanam Re this month. At least Yaariyan had good music, though it flopped. This one didn’t care to do even that much. Amaal Mallik delivering the odd good song in this album, and Mithoon creating a stunning title song, the rest was pretty boring! T-Series’ other album Neerja, however, fared better, with debutant Vishal Khurana, really hitting the chords of the heart, delivering a very heart-warming album.

The last two albums this month were Eros Music’s Sanam Teri Kasam by Himesh and Tips Music’s release for this year, Loveshhuda. (Do they release more than two albums in any year nowadays?) The former had Himesh delivering some of his best and quirkiest music for such a low-budget film, and helping to propel it forward, while the latter had Mithoon and Parichay delivering your everyday rom-com music — nothing exceptional. This way, the month of February was more of an exhausting period than a fun one, this year!! 😦



The dryness followed in March, even though the albums that released were actually quite good. It just didn’t feel complete for some reason, despite the albums being good. Maybe that exhausting February was still working its evil magic on me.

• Albums of Movies That Released in March: Zubaan, Teraa Surroor, Jai Gangaajal, Cute Kameena, Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921) & Rocky Handsome

• Composers that had Songs in These Albums: Ashutosh Phatak, Manraj Patar, Ishq Bector-Shree D, Himesh Reshammiya, Salim-Sulaiman, Krsna Solo, Amaal Mallik, Badshah, Benny Dayal, Tanishk Bagchi, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Nucleya, Sunny-Inder Bawra, Ankit Tiwari & Bombay Rockers

This month, too, T-Series was leading with three albums. The first was the colossal Zubaan, which, after Jugni, I was expecting a lot from. Ashutosh Phatak’s debut didn’t really impress as much as expected, and with those Punjabi tracks by Manraj Patar in the middle, the album didn’t really impress too much. With Teraa Surroor, Himesh continued his good music spree in the year, and also his obsession with all things ‘surroor’. Though it wasn’t as good as Sanam Teri Kasam, it was still quite good. Rocky Handsome was the best of T-Series this month, with Sunny-Inder Bawra making a smashing debut with some great melodious tracks, and The Bombay Rockers’ super-hit ‘Rock Tha Party’s infectious tune. Ankit Tiwari also performed well in this album!

Sony Music came next with a great album to Kapoor & Sons, and Amaal Mallik’s first outing from T-Series proved to be a huge success. Arko and Tanishk gave the best of the album though, and touched our hearts.

Zee Music came with two albums this month, one for an action film, Jai Gangaajal, which had Salim-Sulaiman successfully exploring the folk music scene, and resulting in a very fun and interesting album with the right mix of folksy dance tracks, satirical tracks and emotional tracks. The second one is Cute Kameena, one of the rare albums that Krsna Solo composes outside of the Tanu Weds Manu franchise. It was good enough for a rom-com but not as good as Krsna’s songs in the aforementioned franchise.



Though it had some good albums, March still felt incomplete, and April could do very little about it. The multicomposer trend just grew in this month, and it got out of hand. T-Series ruled this month as well, but the winner of the month was actually with Eros. It was also the month I started reviewing again!! After my board exams! :p

• Albums of Movies that Released This Month: Ki & Ka, Love Games, Fan, Nil Battey Sannata, Laal Rang, Baaghi & Santa Banta Pvt. Ltd.

• Composers that had Songs In These Albums: Meet Brothers, Mithoon, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Ilaiyaraaja, Sangeet-Siddharth, Vishal-Shekhar, Rohan-Vinayak, Mathias Duplessy, Vipin Patwa, Shiraz Uppal, Amaal Mallik, Manj Musik, Ankit Tiwari, Jassi Katyal, Amjad-Nadeem, Millind Gaba & Jaidev Kumar

T-Series had an unignorable presence in April. Starting off with Ki & Ka, which had Meet Brothers doing their biggest work (in terms of number of songs) and very successfully carrying it out, not without help from an original song by Honey Singh, and also guest compositions by Mithoon and Ilaiyaraaja, this album was pleasant. Love Games dismisses any misconception that Bhatt music can never be innovative, and Sangeet-Siddharth with their very innovative music, saved the Bhatt reputation this time. Laal Rang was yet another mixed bag album with mostly cool and some boring songs, and Mathias Duplessy did a good job after his debut in Finding Fanny. Baaghi ended the month for T-Series on the note that multicomposer albums sometimes are good. Three out of four of the T-Series albums this month were multicomposer ones and also quite good ones too, so why not?

Zee had only one album — something that was so horrendous, that I didn’t waste time reviewing it — Santa Banta Pvt. Ltd. An album full of Punjabi songs that make people generalise Punjabi music as bad, which it actually isn’t!

YRF came with one of its three albums of this year — Fan. It had only one song, but Vishal-Shekhar made sure it was so memorable, that the film could rely on solely its promotion, though that move of releasing it in every regional language they could think of was quite far-fetched.

As I stated before, the winner of the month was with Eros Music — Nil Battey Sannata. An album with a heart, this one was beautifully crafted by debutant duo Rohan-Vinayak and ended up being one of those dark horse albums of the year, even.



May was an even drier month than February, with very few great albums. Again, T-Series just seemed to take the multicomposer trend for granted and new composers started popping up in each album, though the trailer had never initially credited them! However, one album really benefited from this trend!

• Albums of Movies That Released In May: One Night Stand, Traffic, 1920 London, Azhar, Sarbjit, Veerappan, Cabaret (hasn’t released yet) & Waiting

• Composers that had Songs in These Albums: Tony Kakkar, Meet Brothers, Jeet Gannguli, Vivek Kar, Mithoon, Shailendra Barve, Sharib-Toshi, Kaushik-Akash, Amaal Mallik, Pritam Chakraborty, DJ Chetas,  Tanishk Bagchi, Shail-Pritesh, Shashi-Shivamm, Kaustav Narayan Niyogi, Munish Makhija & Mikey McCleary

Barring two albums, the entire May month was with T-Series. One Night Stand was an album that was desperate to deliver what was needed in a movie starring Sunny Leone — two item songs, and the rest Bhatt-ish. Still, Meet Brothers and Jeet Gannguli managed to do well. 1920 London is the beginning of when I started getting bored of Sharib-Toshi’s music. Their songs were heavily templated and monotonous and it just got on my nerves. Kaushik-Akash, newcomers, did a better job, but not too great either. Azhar and Sarbjit are the albums that made T-Series actually pass this month without rocks getting thrown at their office (read: comments getting hurled at them on YouTube) Azhar had Amaal bravely fill in the shoes of Pritam, just three weeks before the album released, and still deliver some great music. The one song of Pritam that was retained though, became one of the year’s greatest romantic hits. And then there was DJ Chetas (autocorrect is telling me to spell his name as ‘Cheats!’*) ruining yet another classic.

The month belonged to Sarbjit, however, with its ten gems compiled expertly by whoever compiled it. Shail-Pritesh, assistants of Bhansali for a long time, finally got a break in Bollywood, and delivered five of the songs of the albums. Tanishk Bagchi had a wonderful rock Qawwali to his credit, and Amaal Mallik and Jeet Gannguli produced what their best at — melodious romantic songs. Sadly, most of the album never reached most of the audience.

Veerappan had Sharib-Toshi proving yet again that they make atrocious upbeat numbers, and Jeet Gannguli trying his hand out at a folksy item song. But more than that, it showed that it was just a fluke when Ram Gopal Verma got Rahman to compose for ‘Rangeela’. Lastly, Cabaret was an ambitious-looking album that turned out to be disappointing for the most part. The director of the film composing music didn’t really work as well as it does when Bhansali does the same.

Traffic was how we learnt that the magic of Mithoon’s music doesn’t wear away with time, as the four-year old album released this year. And lastly, Waiting was what stole the limelight in May. Mikey McCleary had produced a sweet little album for the film, and it was lapped up by Music lovers, but another unnoticed album.



June was the month when the music scene started to improve slightly more, if not improve drastically. Composers like Amit Trivedi, Tapas Relia and Clinton Cerejo pitched in to make this month a memorable one for Bollywood music in 2016.

• Albums of Movies that Released in June: Housefull 3, Do Lafzon Ki Kahani, Dhanak, Te3n, Udta Punjab, Raman Raghav 2.0, Junooniyat and 7 Hours To Go

• Composers that had Songs in These Albums: Sharib-Toshi, Sohail Sen, Mika Singh, Millind Gaba, Tanishk Bagchi, Amaal Mallik, Arjuna Harjai, Ankit Tiwari, Babli Haque, Dr. Zeus, Tapas Relia, Clinton Cerejo, Amit Trivedi, Ram Sampath, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Jeet Gannguli, Bobby-Imran, Sugat-Shubham & Hanif Shaikh

This month, as usual, T-Series had its usual large number of albums. With 5 out of 8 of the albums that released that month, T-Series just shows that it prefers quantity over quality. Housefull 3 became the epitome of an album with bad songs on my blog, me dissing it whenever possible in any review when any composer delivers a bad song. Do Lafzon Ki Kahani, being short and simple, turned out to please for merely two or three weeks, after which it too got boring. Raman Raghav 2.0 was one of Ram Sampath’s few underwhelming albums, with that song ‘Qatl-e-Aam’ and its Unplugged version standing out, along with ‘Behooda’. Junooniyat was your usual T-Series affair, minus Mithoon and Amaal Mallik. It had some pretty good songs, but only Ankit’s ‘Ishqe Di Lat’ managed to survive the test of time. T-Series’ best this month was Te3n, which had Clinton delivering four phenomenal tracks for a thrilled like that. It was a much needed relief and the first album to a thriller after maybe ‘Talaash’ by Ram Sampath, that entertained so much.

Zee Music had two albums, one a washout and the other a great experimental one. 7 Hours to Go was an album I reviewed because I was getting bored, and maybe I shouldn’t have too. Looking back, there was no reason to have chosen to review that album! The good album that Zee owned that month though, was Amit Trivedi’s second album of the year — Udta Punjab. It had music transcending the usual Punjabi stereotypes and actually bringing out the beauty in Punjabi music, at the same time blending it with nice modern touches. Save for a couple of songs, this album was worth listening to.

It was Times Music’s album that was the best of the month, however. Tapas Relia composed some great folksy fusion tracks for Dhanak, and the album really touched my heart. Its title song still rules my heart. Sadly the album didn’t get its due. 😦



July was yet another month that just dragged on. It was very, very dry. There were not too many weighty films that released this month. Two biggies, Sultan and Dishoom released this month, plus a Rajinikanth film that was dubbed into Hindi, and that’s about it!

• Albums of the Movies that Released In July: Shorgul, Sultan, Great Grand Masti, Kabali, Madaari, Dishoom

• Composers that Had Songs In These Albums: Lalit Pandit, Niladri Kumar, Vishal-Shekhar, Sanjeev-Darshan, Sharib-Toshi, Superbia, Santhosh Narayanan, Vishal Bhardwaj, Sunny-Inder Bawra & Pritam Chakraborty

This month started off with Zee’s quite unnoticed album Shorgul, which actually had a pleasant surprise in that debutant Niladri Kumar gave a splendid song, and Lalit Pandit gave a couple of good songs. For its status the album was good enough. Zee also had the third installment of the ‘Masti’ series to its credit. Sanjeev-Darshan gave some great music to this album, while Sharib-Toshi and Superbia (Gourov-Roshin-Shaan) didn’t quite. Sanjeev-Darshan together made this the best album to the three adult comedies (Mastizaade, Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3 & Great Grand Masti) that released this year.

T-Series too had but two albums this month. Madaari was a two-song show, with Vishal Bhardwaj disappointing with his composition, but newcomers Sunny-Inder saving the album with their heart-rending song. T-Series also had the rights to the Dishoom album, an album which was sadly by Pritam. Save for the club song Sau Tarah Ke, the album was not at all up to Pritam’s standards!!

Think Music, before this solely a South Indian music company, had to open their Hindi department this year because of Rajinikanth’s Kabali, probably because no other company wished to buy the rights to the album. It was not too bad, but not as good as any album Rahman would compose for Rajinikanth, which themselves aren’t too good! It was washed out within a week.

It was YRF that stole the thunder in July, with their Sultan. Vishal-Shekhar working for the first time with Salman Khan, this album had all you needed. It was a great mix of emotions, fun and motivation. The duo seemed to have put in their best to make their comeback after two years and their first work with Salman memorable. Nine tracks, pure fun. Being the first commercial album of the year for a biggie that really called for repeat listening, this album surely comes on my list of best albums of the year.



The musical scene just continued to get better in August, however slightly, but improving anyhow. It was yet another month where we got to hear all types of music!

• Albums of Movies that Released In August: The Legend of Michael Mishra, Budhia Singh – Born To Run, Fever, Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara, Mohenjo Daro, Rustom, Happy Bhag Jayegi & A Flying Jatt

• Composers that had Songs in These Albums: Meet Bros. Anjjan, Nikhil-Ujjwal, Som-Raul, Abhinav Bansal, Rishi-Siddharth, Hitesh Sonik, Sidhant Mathur, Ishaan Chhabra, Ranjit Barot, Tanishk Bagchi, Tony Kakkar, Onesia Rithner, Rahul Bhatt, Faizan-Agnel, Shamir Tandon, Rahul Jain, Ajay Singha, Subhash Pradhan, Pervez Quadir, A.R. Rahman, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Jeet Gannguli, Raghav Sachar, Ankit Tiwari, Sohail Sen & Sachin-Jigar

Phew! Look at that composers list! So many of these albums were multicomposer ones, it was scary! But I must say, so many of them were great albums. Zee Music led the way with five of the albums of this month. Budhia Singh Born To Run turned out to be a mice motivational album, almost at par with Nil Battey Sannata. Hitesh Sonik’s guest composition really stood out there. Next up was the colossal album Fever. With a troop of eight composers, this fifteen-track album wasn’t boring in the least. Tony Kakkar, newcomer Rahul Jain and Tanishk Bagchi did especially well. Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara was a refreshing album, that came as quite a surprise, it was so good! Rustom was an album that had all it required for a hit album, and it did become a very big hit. All songs got their deserved due. And finally, Sachin-Jigar’s only project of the year, A Flying Jatt, impressed with its nice mélange of melody and rhythm.

T-Series fell quite behind this month, what with only two releases. The first was The Legend of Michael Mishra, an album that seemed like a rapid amalgamation and put-together of unrelated songs. Abhinav Bansal (newcomer) and Som-Raul (also newcomers) managed to impress in this otherwise banal album. The second T-Series album was Mohenjo Daro, which was quite disappointing for a Rahman album! I mean, the songs were good, but there were only three! The instrumentals were food (except those verrrryy boring “Whispers of The Mind/Heart”) but instrumentals never do last long enough to make a huge impact — My favourite songs being ‘Sarsariya’ and its instrumental counterpart ‘Lakh Lakh Thora’.

Eros Music too had an album this month. Sohail Sen’s first solo album after Gunday in February 2014, Happy Bhag Jayegi was a very refreshing album, having everything from peppy dance tracks to emotional numbers to romantic songs. And Sohail really aced it.



In September, I actually started to feel like the year is getting better and better and better each month. With so many big ticket films lined up for release and their albums having well-known composers, this month was like a trip to the past, when composers like Vishal-Shekhar and Sajid-Wajid worked in the same month!

• Albums of Movies that Released In September: Akira, Freaky Ali, Baar Baar Dekho, Pink, Raaz Reboot, Banjo, Days of Tafree & M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story

• Composers that had Songs in These Albums: Vishal-Shekhar, Sajid-Wajid, Amaal Mallik, Jasleen Kaur Royal, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Bilal Saeed, Badshah, Faiza Mujahid, Shantanu Moitra, Anupam Roy, Jeet Gannguli, Sangeet-Siddharth, Bobby-Imran & Rochak Kohli

T-Series had five albums in September. Akira by Vishal-Shekhar was an album with nothing innovative, but quite good songs for that matter. Plus it was for a movie that barely needed those songs! Freaky Ali was Sajid-Wajid’s chance of redeeming themselves after Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3, and they succeeded only partially. When Jeet Gannguli actually gave some good music for the Bhatts’ movie Raaz Reboot, I started believing that the music scene was getting better. Days of Tafree was a washout, while the album that stood out this month was also with T-Series, and it was Amaal Mallik’s first solo album, to the M.S. Dhoni biopic. Seven songs of different themes of Dhoni’s life, made this album one full of variety, and that gem Kaun Tujhe still stands out as one of 2016’s best songs.

Zee Music had only one album this month, but that album was totally worth it. Baar Baar Dekho was your rare multicomposer album that actually called for repeat listens. Even with the five different composers, the songs seemed weaved together very well. Again, Amaal and Arko’s songs were awesome, while Jasleen Royal made a smashing debut.

Times Music’s Pink was forgettable except for a wonderful song in which Shantanu Moitra redeemed himself, Kaari Kaari. Anupam Roy, in his second Hindi album after Piku, failed to attract much attention.

Eros Music had Vishal-Shekhar’s Banjo, which was an innovative album that didn’t seem too great at first, but definitely grew. The experimentations done by the duo, plus the massy influence added, was a masterstroke by the duo. It was the harbinger signifying that something great was to arrive in October, and it sure did. 😉



Now October was surely the BEST month for Bollywood in terms of music (I say that because most films flopped..) Let’s recall what our Diwali was like:

• Albums of Movies That Released In October: Mirzya, Tutak Tutak Tutiya, Saat Uchakkey, Shivaay & Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

• Composers that Had Songs in These Albums: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Sajid-Wajid, Gurinder Seagal, Vishal Mishra, Raaj Ashoo, Millind Gaba, Vivek Kar, Jaidev Kumar, Bapi-Tutul, Niranjan Khound, Saket Singh, Mithoon, Jasleen Kaur Royal & Pritam Chakraborty

T-Series owned the whole of October except one album. Tutak Tutak Tutiya was another multicomposer album that had the audience hooked when it released and then disappeared within one week of the film’s release. Of course, that isn’t because the songs were bad, but it is because something called ‘ADHM’ released around that time. More on it later. Saat Uchakkey was another album I reviewed because there was nothing else to do, but I was pleasantly surprised by Vivek Kar and Bapi-Tutul’s songs. Shivaay was nothing as grand as it had been touted to be. Barring the title song and Darkhaast, the album was nothing new. And Jasleen as the guest composer spoiled it by repeating what she did in Baar Baar Dekho.

Lastly, T-Series had the rights to the music of Mirzya, a grand and legendary album. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy outdid themselves with a mix of folk and techno sounds, but never crossed the line with the techno elements, resulting in a nice art-film type album. :p Gulzar’s lyrics were the main highlight of the album. After that small and forgettable album to Ghayal Once Again, this was a welcome change.

Sony Music then came with the album of the film that made so much buzz this year due to that controversy which I don’t need to repeat. The album to Ae Dil Hai Mushkil was one of the best this year and after probably Sultan, probably the best commercial album of the year. Pritam’s comfort zone is rom-coms and he delivered, and how! Six tracks full of fun and emotion make this album unforgettable. This way, October ended on a high with the storms that were Mirzya and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.



So they say that after a storm comes a calm. Half of November stayed true to this saying. Indeed, the first half of the month seemed like the calm after a storm. Nothing great was releasing, until two albums released at the end, which restored my belief that the end of the year was going to have better music than the other part.

• Albums of Movies that Released In November: Rock On 2, Tum Bin 2, Force 2, Saansein & Dear Zindagi

• Composers that had Songs in These Albums: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Ankit Tiwari, Gourov-Roshin, Amaal Mallik, Vivek Kar & Amit Trivedi

Again T-Series was ahead, with three out of these five albums. Out of which only one deserved to even be an album. Force 2 was a desperate mix of techno plus an unnecessary spoilage of a classic song. Superbia minus Shaan (Gourov-Roshin) composed some atrocious songs in this movie, while Amaal Mallik tried to save them but didn’t quite succeed. Vivek Kar’s first solo outing was not anything special, just a mix of Bhatt-ish tunes, out of which a semi-classical song, Royi, stood out. It was Ankit Tiwari’s (not first) solo album Tum Bin 2 which helped T-Series this month. A good mix of upbeat and romantic songs, this one was a good break from his various single-song appearances in multicomposer albums.

Zee Music’s Rock On 2 was a Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy album that got completely washed out. With nothing interesting, this album was forgettable, despite having such a big banner behind it. Sadly Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy seemed exhausted after Mirzya.

On Sony Music — Amit Trivedi’s Dear Zindagi happened to be the best album of the month, but arriving late, it got clubbed with the December albums like ADHM got clubbed with these November albums. Anyway, it was a great album, though having less repeat value.



And as we came to the end of the year, two more biggies came up with some of the best albums of the year. And who other than Vishal-Shekhar and Pritam to be behind those albums? And who better than these two to finish the year off with a bang!!

• Albums of Movies That Released In December: Kahaani 2, Wajah Tum Ho, Befikre & Dangal

• Composers that had Songs in These Albums: Clinton Cerejo, Mithoon, Abhijit Vaghani, Meet Bros, Gourov-Roshin, Vishal-Shekhar & Pritam Chakraborty

Saregama’s sole release this year was the album of the sequel to Kahaani, where Clinton Cerejo replaced Vishal-Shekhar, and didn’t quite satisfy my expectations.

T-Series too had only one album in the form of Wajah Tum Ho, wherein three remakes made the album get whatever fame it got.

YRF’s Befikre and Zee Music’s Dangal were the two great albums this month, with Vishal-Shekhar experimenting with European music in the former and Pritam with Haryanvi folk in the latter. Both emerged as winners and I also personally believe that the Dangal album is better than ADHM, if not more popular.


So there was my roundup of 2016! I hope I didn’t bore you. Anyway, since there weren’t any awards in this part, it won’t really matter if you hadn’t read it (Sorry for not telling this before.. :P) because the next parts will have awards! 🙂 Stay tuned for the awards!!


Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Pritam Chakraborty
♪ Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 14th December 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 23rd December 2016

Dangal Album Cover

Dangal Album Cover


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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE

Dangal is an upcoming Bollywood sports drama / biopic starring Aamir Khan, Fatima Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Sakshi Tanwar, Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar. The film has been directed by Nitesh Tiwari, and produced by Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao and Siddharth Roy Kapur. The film revolves around the life of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat (played by Aamir), who teaches his two daughters, Geeta and Babita Phogat to master the sport. The movie looks like a fun but emotional struggle of the family, and I’m looking forward to watching it. Of course though, till the 23rd of December, we all have the music album of the movie to entertain us. The music has been composed by Pritam, who has not even yet come out of the fresh success of his latest super-hit album ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’. This happens to be Pritam and Aamir Khan’s second time working together, the first being ‘Dhoom 3’, which, as most sequels are, was a bit underwhelming. This movie being a sports film, I was skeptical whether there would be any scope for Pritam to shine as much as he did in ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, but again, we remember music albums like ‘Phantom’ and ‘Barfi’, movies where music might not have played too much of a role, but Pritam nailed it with his music and stunned critics as well as listeners. So let’s hope Pritam continues his hit spree with this album as well! With this album, Pritam offers 6 more songs to add to his 6 songs from ‘Ae Dil..’, so without further ado, let’s start!!!

1. Haanikaarak Bapu
Singers ~ Sarwar Khan, Sartaz Khan Barna, Backing Vocals ~ Kheta Khan & Dayam Khan

“Toffee chooran, khel khilaune, kulche naan parantha,
Keh gaye hain tata jabse, Bapu toone daanta!
Jis umar mein shobha dete, masti, sair, sapaata,
Uss umar ko naap raha hai, kyun ghadi ka kaanta?”

It is with the first song itself, that Pritam assures that whatever our doubts were before hearing the album, he is going to provide his utter best and not leave a single chance to give good music, whatever be the genre of the film. So of course, the film shows the struggle of Mr. Phogat’s daughters right from their childhood, in which case a children’s song is a must, isn’t it? And so, Pritam, very diligently, delivers a children’s song as the very first song of the album. And what a smashing opening it makes for! The composition is another one that falls into Pritam’s category of insane, fun songs, and is one that will instantly connect with the audience, especially the part of the audience that it is clearly aimed at — The kids! More specifically, the kids who have a very strict father, like the girls in the movie do. 😀 The song starts with a cute little ad-lib by the young boys, paving a nice way into a folk-flavoured rhythm that goes “ding dang ding dang…” and at the same time, makes you groove. And it is the mukhda which makes the song finally get going finally. The catchy tune, rendered by those cute young voices, just can’t let you hate it! The raps that act as fillers in the interludes are so entertaining, that the instruments almost don’t matter! (People wanting to sue me because of less recognition and rights for instruments, please note the ‘almost’ 😛 ) The antara showcases even more of the Folk flavour, by slowing the tempo down, sort of like how it is in Qawwalis, and that tune too is amazing! Pritam has employed great folksy nuances to complement his buoyant composition, the rock guitars (Vadim Zilberstien & Amandeep Singh) being the most prominent. What infuses the folksy feel into the song, though, are the lively harmoniums and that wonderful rhythm (Iqbal Azad, Hanif Dafrani, Aslam Dafrani & Yusuf Sheikh) that plays all throughout. The duffs and other folksy percussion have been used so wonderfully, not to mention the awesome occasional drums (Alan Hertz). I completely loved the fusion of Western and Folk music that Pritam has utilised in this song. The second interlude has a wonderful banjo solo, that is just a pleasure to listen to! Back to the rock guitars, it just rejuvenates you when those guitar strums play unexpectedly in the middle of a verse. The song ends on a nice high-energy conclusion, complete with whistles and the “ding dang” rhythm making it a grand finale. The vocals are impressive. Pritam’s earthy finds, Sarwar & Sartaz Khan, two young folk singers, render the song beautifully. That naughtiness that was required to render the song, has been very professionally brought into the song by them. Their diction of certain words is very fun and entertaining, like ‘torture’. But the backing vocalists, two more young boys, namely Dayam & Kheta Khan, also make the song sound better with their occasional embellishments throughout the song. The genius mastermind that he is, Amitabh Bhattacharya excels with the pen in this track. His witty nuances constitute the majority of the song, while also dissipating the subliminal message of letting children enjoy their childhood. Lines like “Bapu sehat Ke liye Tu toh haanikarak hai” (Father, you are injurious to health) and “Mitti ki gudiya se bole Chal body Bana, yo toh torture hai ghana re yo toh torture hai ghana” (He tells a young girl to do body building, this is sheer torture!) and “Discipline itna khudkhushi Ke laayak hai” (So much discipline, that it is enough for us to commit suicide), though marinated in sarcasm and exaggeration, do evoke laughter from you, even though they are a bit far-fetched. 😀 The jest contained in this song is enough to make you rolling with laughter. Finally, Bollywood evolves from songs that worship blindly, to songs that are straightforward like open letters. To those cute boys, please sing more in the future! #5StarHotelSong!!


2. Dhaakad / Dhaakad (Aamir Khan Version)
Singers ~ Raftaar / Aamir Khan

“Tanne chaaro khaane chitt kar degi, Tere purje fit kar degi,
Datt kar degi Tere daanv se badhke, pech palat kar degi,
Chitt kar degi, chitt kar degi!
Aisi dhaakad hai, dhaakad hai, aisi dhaakad hai,
Aisi dhaakad hai, dhaakad hai, aisi dhaakad hai!”

The next song redefines Bollywood’s meaning of ‘rap’ and actually takes rap for what it means. The song is a Haryanvi hip-hop rap song, that is full of attitude and spunk. Though it is completely a rap song, it is that harmonium tune by Pritam that gets the listener hooked right from the beginning. The arrangements too are very captivating. More on them later. So as I was saying, or writing, the song starts off quite subtly with a rap that does not instantly grab you in. However, gradually, as the rhythm sets in and you get accustomed to the very innovative setting of the song, the song sounds nothing but catchy. Raftaar’s rap has this flow to it that makes you want to hear it over and over again. Especially the lines I’ve written above, that part sounds so good!! However, Raftaar only plays half the role in making the song sound so good. Because Pritam has decorated the background music with such cool sound effects, that it is difficult to keep your concentration on one particular thing. The song itself starts with a very stunning prelude, which gives us an insight into the Haryanvi setting of the song, with the sarangi (Rajesh Kumar) welcoming us into the song very warmly and getting us ready for some folksy fest, when unexpectedly, some techno sounds and digital beats start playing and those nice sound effects bring a modern touch to the song. The Folk percussion and the manjeeras too help the song to get elevated right at the beginning. Raftaar’s spunky rendition is just perfect. There couldn’t be a more full-of-attitude delivery of the verses. He also puts in those awesome backing vocals that interrupt in between the lines, like ‘haanji’, ‘kasam se’, ‘by God’, ‘ibb yo suno’ and whatnot. Those phrases just sound awesome in their randomness. Aamir’s version has Aamir starting off well, and with a lot of attitude, but you just get disconnected from the song midway. Nevertheless, it acts as a nice makeover of the actor’s goody-goody image. :p He does deliver the words very fast, and that one rap in the middle which Raftaar had rendered amazingly, Aamir too aces easily! About that ‘nineteen-to-the-dozen’ rap, though, there are many musical additions by Pritam behind whatever Raftaar or Aamir are saying. A nice techno base offers a modern touch, while electronic tablas steal the show and that been/pungi (Mukesh Nath) that sounds oh-so-earthy, is just awesome. Pritam places the techno elements in the song in places they are least expected. And that harmonium which plays everytime the rapper says “Tere purje fit Kar degi..” is just mind blowing!!! Amitabh’s lyrics are equally full of attitude. I doubt Raftaar being a rapper could’ve written the lyrics! A step towards the uplifting of the rap genre in Bollywood, this song acts as a nice relief from the rap songs of today. #5StarHotelSong!!


3. Gilehriyaan
Singer ~ Jonita Gandhi

“Ek nayi si dosti, aasmaan se ho gayi,
zameen mujhse jalke, muh banaake bole, Tu bigad rahi hai!
Zindagi bhi aaj kal, gintiyon se oobke,
Ganit ke aakdon ke saath ek aadha sher padh rahi hai!”

With the next song, the fun and naughty flavour of the album is gone, and replaced by a subtlety and innocence which can only be got in the best of romantic songs. With that fun flavour, even the rustic, folksy nature of the former tracks is replaced by an almost urban, modern touch. So Pritam has composed a song tracing the feelings of the girls when they go to the city for their training, and what results is a lilting composition that sucks you in right away. The mukhda is the hookline itself, and what a relief it is! It is so fresh and relaxing, that you cannot even imagine to hate it! The part that goes “Kyon zarasa mausam sarphira hai ya mera mood maskhara hai..” is beautiful! Pritam’s tune instantly gets you hooked, and you can’t do anything except sit and listen until the magic is over. The antara just continues the magic, and those two lines of the antara sound scintillating and surreal. The way Pritam connects the antara then, to the hook again, is fantastic! The hook has that lilt to it, which you normally feel when you are on top of the world, happy, jolly and indifferent to whatever’s going on around you! That lilt has been infused into it because of the amazing arrangements. The guitars (Nikhil Paul George) are so beautiful, that you just can’t ignore them, not to mention those finger snaps at the end of every line. The strings (The Symphony Team conducted by Christian Lorenz) are amazing, coupled with a nice choir piece to them. The mandolin can be heard in places, while the matkas are beautiful in the hook. The whole thing results in a wonderful positive vibe that does nothing but make you feel content and satisfied. It is Jonita that explores herself the most in this song. While she has sung quite some soft numbers for Rahman, it was her first such song with Pritam (the club numbers ‘Sau Tarah Ke’ from ‘Dishoom’ and ‘The Breakup Song’ from ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ being her previous songs with Pritam) and Pritam has made her sing so calmly and smoothly that it actually sounds fairy-land-ish and lulling. When she touches the high notes, her voice just directly touches your heart. Amitabh’s lyrics are genius here as well, and those lines from the antara are just ingenious!! A song that will make a place in everybody’s playlist for this year’s best songs! Melodic! #5StarHotelSong!!!


4. Dangal
Singer ~ Daler Mehndi

“Thhos majboot bharosa, apne sapnon pe karna,
Jitne munh utni baatein, gaur kitnon pe karna,
Aaj logon ki baari, jo kahe, keh lene de,
Tera bhi din aayega, uss din hisaab chukake rehnaaa..!
Arey, bhed ki hahakaar ke badle sher ki ek dahaad hai pyaare,
Dangal Dangal!”

The album’s title song comes quite late into the album, but how! The song is a pulsating, racy, energetic song that can be described just half of how great it actually is! Pritam has outdone himself here and produced such a heart-rending, motivational song, with such a beautiful composition, that I really have to salute him! The song starts off with those backing vocalists that we heard in the trailer of the film, and they sing that line with such conviction and energy, that it’s simply magical! The song immediately plunges into the mukhda that is the hookline, and then takes a small detour to the actual mukhda, which is amazing. (“Dhadkanein chhati mein…”) The composition of these two parts is enough to grab the attention of the listener and get him hooked! The backing vocals line keeps repeating throughout and it sounds just as exhilarating each time it plays. Though the hookline is oh-so-dependent on the repetition of the words “dangal dangal”, it still remains fresh in your mind after the song is over, and doesn’t come across as boring,because the padding around it has been composed rather professionally. Of course, what else can you expect from Pritam? The antara has a very emotional touch to its tune, and that was a welcome touch added by the composer. Everytime the verse connects with the hookline, you feel some thrilling sensation, and that just means that the motivational song has succeeded in its intentions! Arrangements are awesome as well! Of course, the usual rock guitars (Amandeep Singh & Roland Fernandes) and drums (Alan Hertz) that are used by everyone in such motivational title songs, are present. But leave it up to Pritam to give an already fortified and established cliché, an unexpected twist. He adds a nice Punjabi percussion to the song, and I must say, the percussion (Iqbal Azad, Girish Vishwa, Babloo Kumar, Ramjan Khavra, Ahmed Khavra) has added a nice and very intense quality to the music. Though it is a bit reminiscent of the ‘Rang De Basanti’ title song, which also had Daler Mehndi singing amidst heavy Punjabi percussion, this one too will make a place for itself in history. Moving on to the vocals, I can’t really praise Daler Mehndi enough! This year he has ventured into Bollywood thrice — once with Sachin-Jigar in ‘Raj Karega Khalsa’ (A Flying Jatt), then with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy in the ‘Mirzya’ title track, and now this. Each time, he has showcased his awesome singing prowess and prices that he is the lion of Bollywood music. He uses his distinctive voice to awe the listeners in this track too, and doesn’t fail to live up to the energy that Pritam has created with his tune and arrangements. The backing vocalists (unfortunately uncredited by Zee Music), as mentioned earlier, are awesome! Amitabh goes to a different league altogether with the lyrics of this song. The struggle of the main character has been perfectly described through his words. The antaras are amazing, and somewhere I find that the words also apply to Pritam himself, who rose up from those demonic allegations of plagiarism and reinvented himself. The words are very touching and are sure to get some tears (even one will do, but don’t cheat and add glycerine please!) in your eyes! An adventurous title song, rendered beautifully by Daler Mehndi! Pritam has tried something different and succeeded with flying colours!! #5StarHotelSong!!


5. Naina
Singer ~ Arijit Singh

“Naina, jo saanjhe khwaab dekhte thhey,
Naina, bichhad ke aaj ro diye hain yun,
Naina, jo milke raat jaagte thhey,
Naina, seher mein palkein meechte hain yun”

The melancholia sets in with the next song. Pritam composes another song to accompany his songs in the league of ‘Channa Mereya’ (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil), ‘Kabira’ (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani) and ‘Ashq Na Ho’ (Holiday). The same feeling of melancholia hits you as soon as this one starts playing. The song starts with a small verse that sounds a bit like that concluding Punjabi couplet of ‘Channa Mereya’ in certain notes. However, it soon passes through that small resemblance phase, and as the miraculous hookline takes over, you soon forget about whatever small resemblance both songs showed. The hookline is amazingly poignant, and touches the chords of your heart immediately, and then the mukhhda just consolidates their position in your heart. The antara too, is very soul-stirring, and the high notes in Pritam’s composition help that part to connect with the audience. The melody has some old-world charm to it, something that is missing in most of today’s songs. The arrangements are beautiful as well, and the Composer goes with the typical Duff rhythm to accompany the composition. Calm guitars help the song to grab the attention of the audience before the actual melody starts playing. A wonderful sitar provides a nice source of relief in the interlude, only to be followed by an accordion-mandolin combo. In other parts though, the Duff does the needful, and though I have gotten bored of this rhythm in other songs, it sounds fresh here, maybe because of the poignant melody. And that violin that appears out of the blue at 2:18 in the song!! It sounds so retro and soothing! 😀 Violins also join in to conclude the song during the last hookline. Arijit renders the song beautifully, but part of the sameness of this song and the others I mentioned at the beginning, is that Arijit has sung them. Nevertheless, he is good at his delivery and does what he’s best at. Amitabh’s lyrics are splendid and a great to listen to, especially with Pritam’s heart-touching melody. A song that might go unnoticed, but is actually a gem! #5StarHotelSong!!


6. Idiot Banna
Singers ~ Jyoti Nooran & Sultana Nooran

“Main boli banna manne picture dikha de, Balcony ki do tho ticket kata de,
Yoon toh Sara theatre tha khaali, Banne ne ek ticket hi nikaali!
Bola ke interval take dekh le Tu, Interval ke aage ki main dekh loonga,
Ek ticket se kaam chale toh do leke Kya karna?!
Idiot hai mera banna!”

The last song on the album definitely suits as a grand finale to the album. The song is a wedding song, clearly a song where the ladies of the town are singing and dancing, and the men are nowhere to be seen. The song follows the convention of songs like ‘Mere Haathon Mein Nau Nau Chudiyan’ (Chandni), ‘Didi Tera Devar’ (Hum Aapke Hain Koun) and ‘Gore Gore Se Chhore’ (Hum Tum) where the girls are singing about the men, and making fun of them. And with the men being made fun of, we listeners too get let in on a few secrets as we enjoy the track. Pritam’s composition perfectly sums up the essence of village weddings, and has a distinct Haryanvi flavour to it. The backing vocalists (again uncredited) become a nice addition as they help with the gossiping and whatnot. They start the song off on a very upbeat and ‘Cutiepie’-ish note. The mukhda too, seems as if it has been taken out of ‘Cutiepie’ (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil). Again, the resemblance only lasts for an insignificant amount of time, and wears off right away. The hookline is catchy, and very fun. The antara is functional, but since the song is primarily situational, it doesn’t matter, as the fun lyrics help us through the song. Arrangements are fantastic, almost a replica of ‘Cutiepie’ but less loud and less in-your-ears. The dholaks are what reminded me of ‘Mere Haathon Mein’ (Chandni) and the shehnaai in the interlude is very fun and cute, though reminiscent of Salim-Sulaiman’s shehnaai in ‘Baari Barsi’ (Band Baaja Baaraat). The rock guitats and drums stand out here as well, and the harmonium sounds charming. The Nooran sisters with their ebullient voices, harmonize perfectly with each other and though their voices, usually left free to their natural extent, sounds a bit suppressed and restricted here, the magic produced is the same. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics are very humorous, and really make for a fun listen. The words I have showcased are just one of the three funny incidents about the Banna. (Groom) Bringing the old Bollywood traditions back into Bollywood as they were!! #5StarHotelSong!!

Phew!! Dangal is stunning! Each and every track has a different distinct flavour to it — one primarily a children’s song, another a rap song, yet abother a lilting romantic song, and a electrifying motivational song, a poignant melody, topped by a fun village-ish wedding song. Pritam has delivered songs that don’t even scream “Pritam has composed us!”. None of the songs sound like a Pritam song! How interesting it is, that all the sings from Pritam’s last album, ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ had that distinct Pritam flavour, while all of the songs in this album (save maybe ‘Naina’) don’t! Anyway, the album is one of Pritam’s best, and also Aamir Khan’s best albums in quite some time. (‘PK’ being good, ‘Dhoom 3’ being okay, and ‘Talaash’ being the last great album of his movie.) The variety of tracks that this album offers, is amazing! All I can say is that, the ‘dhaakad’ duo Pritam-Amitabh have won this Musical ‘Dangal’ and ended 2016 on a high, with a bang!!


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: Dangal > All the rest! 😀


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




So the reviews for the last month of he year are over!! And I am rushing through this awards post just so that I can get to the annual awards soon!! 😀 So if you disagree somewhere you know why! :p

The albums for December 2016 are ‘Kahaani 2’, ‘Befikre’,’Wajah Tum Ho’ & ‘Dangal’. So two albums securing a सां and two securing a प! Let’s see what happens! 🙂


26th Music Mastani Monthly Awards


• Singer of the Month (Female) : Jonita Gandhi for Gilehriyaan (Dangal)

• Singer of the Month (Male) : Daler Mehndi for Dangal (Dangal)

• Composer of the Month (Song) : Clinton Cerejo for ‘Anandoloke’ (Kahaani 2)

• Composer of the Month (Album) : Pritam for Dangal

• Album of the Month: Dangal (Music by: Pritam; Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya; Singers: Sartaz Khan Barna, Sarwar Khan, Raftaar, Jonita Gandhi, Daler Mehndi, Aamir Khan, Arijit Singh, Jyoti Nooran & Sultana Nooran; Music On: Zee Music Company)

{Though ‘Befikre’ too got a सां rating, I can decisively say that ‘Dangal’ was better! It wasn’t the case when ‘Mirzya’ and ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ released in the same month, and so I had to make them tie!}

• Musical Jodi of the Month (Best Duet) : Vishal Dadlani & Sunidhi Chauhan for Je T’aime (Befikre)

• Lyricist of the Month: Amitabh Bhattacharya for Haanikaarak Bapu, Gilehriyaan and Dangal (Dangal) AND Jaideep Sahni for Labon Ka Karobaar (Befikre)


• Best Romantic Song: Labon Ka Karobaar (Befikre)

• Best Dance Song: Nashe Si Chadh Gayi (Befikre)

• Best Sad Song: Naina (Dangal)

• Best Club Song: Nashe Si Chadh Gayi (Befikre)

• Best Classical-Based Song: Anandoloke (Kahaani 2)

• Best Song With A Western Influence: Je T’aime (Befikre)

• Best Song With A Folk Influence: Haanikaarak Bapu & Dhaakad (Dangal)

• Song With The Best Use Of Fusion: Dhaakad (Dangal)

• Best Backing Vocals: Backing Vocalists (uncredited) in Dangal (Dangal) AND Caralisa Monteiro in Nashe Si Chadh Gayi (Befikre)

• Best Sound Effects in A Song: Dhaakad (Dangal)

• Best Retro-Styled Song: Labon Ka Karobaar (Befikre)

• Best Humorous Song: Haanikaarak Bapu & Idiot Banna (Dangal)

• Best Rap in A Song: Raftaar for Dhaakad (Dangal)


• Best Remake: Anandoloke (Kahaani 2)


• Bandar Kya Jaane Adrak Ka Swaad (Best Album That Went Pretty Much Unnoticed) : N/A

• Newcomer(s) of the Month:

– Newcomer of the Month (Singer – Female) : N/A

– Newcomer of the Month (Singer – Male) : Sarwar Khan & Sartaz Khan Barna for Haanikaarak Bapu (Dangal)

– Newcomer of the Month (Composer) : N/A

• Music Label of the Month: Zee Music Company (Dangal)

[Not YRF, because they released the ‘Befikre’ album late!! 😡 ]

• Most Unusual, But Awesome Choice of Singer: Arijit Singh for Nashe Si Chadh Gayi (Befikre)


Hope you agreed! 🙂


Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Mithoon, Abhijit Vaghani, Kalyanji-Anandji, Meet Bros., R.D. Burman, Gourov-Roshin & Anand Raaj Anand
♪ Lyrics by: Manoj Muntashir, Rajendra Krishan, Kumaar, Anand Bakshi & Dev Kohli
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 5th November 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 16th December 2016


Wajah Tum Ho Album Cover


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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE

Wajah Tum Ho is an upcoming Bollywood crime thriller, starring Sana Khan, Gurmeet Choudhary, Rajniesh Duggal and Sharman Joshi in lead roles. The film is directed by Vishal Pandya and produced by Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar. Those two names are enough to tell us that it’s a T-Series production, and that we may expect some good songs, and some remakes. Sure enough, three out of the four songs on the album are remakes of old songs. Only Mithoon composes an original song, in three versions, while Abhijit Vaghani, Meet Bros, and Gourov-Roshin recreate old songs, Abhijit’s appearing in two versions. Abhijit is debuting as a composer in Bollywood, having been on the programming panel before, and going by his pop single, a remake of ‘Pyaar Manga Hai’ that released earlier this year, the sing might be good enough. The Meet Brothers are back after long as a duo, and I’m expecting a lot from their remake as well. Gourov-Roshin are just done giving me a shock with their atrocious techno music in ‘Force 2’, and they had remade a song there too, so I don’t expect much from this remake of theirs. Without further ado, let’s see how good the remakes, and Mithoon’s original song, is!

1. Wajah Tum Ho / Wajah Tum Ho (Male) / Wajah Tum Ho (Lounge)
Singers ~ Altamash Faridi & Tulsi Kumar / Altamash Faridi / Altamash Faridi, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

“Bikhre bikhre se thhey hum pehle, abb sawarne lage
Tumhare galiyon se rozana jo hum guzarne lage!”

– Manoj Muntashir

Mithoon starts off this ambitious album, that has set out to remake many classics, but he starts off the album on an original note — just in case the remakes, are safely protected deep inside the album by a five-minute long buffer period that consists of Mithoon’s song, which happens to be the title song of the movie. The song is a new, interesting take on this title. The title is actually taken from the song ‘Wajah Tum Ho’ (Hate Story 3) from Vishal Pandya’s last film. While that song, composed by newcomer (and already-goner) Baman, was composed on typical Bhattish lines, this one has a nice old-world-charm mixed with the omnipresent Mithoon touch. The composition is more of a soft and soothing one, in contrast to the sensual and intense one of that song. Of course there’s no reason to compare, so I should just stop. Back to this song, the mukhda brings it to a nice beginning, but it is in the hookline where it receives its shocks and jerks, and starts slowing down. Repetition of the song’s title so many times in a seemingly ultra-slow pace, isn’t your everyday idea of a soothing romantic song. The antara gets better because of more high notes, which kind of lessen the laziness in the composition. The song is included in three versions in the album — One being a duet between Altamash Faridi and Tulsi Kumar, while the other two are solely sung by Altamash. The duet version works because of the male and female voices, and I must admit, Tulsi sounds good in the song, if not great. Just like Amaal Mallik does, Mithoon has used her voice nicely here. Altamash sounds a bit sleepy in places but the high notes in the antaras let us know that he is very much awake. In the male version, though, it gets tedious to hear the song in a complete male voice. The lounge version is a different case altogether. Though it has been sung by Altamash solo, the arrangements in the lounge version are BEAUTIFULLLL! While Mithoon graces the other two versions with the same arrangements consisting of soothing and breezy acoustic guitars (Kalyan Baruah), he has something more mystical and magical in store for you in the lounge version. Of course, a nice lounge touch has been added to the song, and many things happen all of a sudden, which suddenly transforms that lazy composition into one sounding utterly beautiful! The arrangements consist of some beautiful guitar work (Joell Mukherji), while the flutes (Madhu Mukherjee) are brilliant. Nice percussions with the drums make the song sound complete. The sarod (also by Madhu Mukherjee) and tablas are what give the song more of a lounge touch, though! It is this version that finally brings out the beauty of the composition and makes it succeed. Sadly, I don’t think it will be promoted much! 😦 About the lyrics, I would rather say that they are very sappy and icky, instead of praising them by saying they’re nice romantic lyrics. 😛 Manoj Muntashir writes words like “Kahan pe tu ho shuru, kahan main khatam, pata na chale“. I’m like, “Are you a blob of clay? Are you mud? Are you sand? Or are you the European and Asian parts of Russia? Please tell me so I can solve that problem for you so that you don’t have to sing it in songs!” The lyrics are rather a nice get-to-know-yourself course. A middling start to the album, but the lounge version of this track is surely a #5StarHotelSong!!


2. Dil Ke Paas / Dil Ke Paas (Unplugged)
Singers ~ Arijit Singh, Tulsi Kumar & Neuman Pinto / Armaan Malik, Tulsi Kumar & Shamita Bhatkar, Composition by ~ Kalyanji-Anandji, Music Recreated by ~ Abhijit Vaghani, Lyrics by ~ Rajendra Krishan

“(Male) Kal tujhko dekha tha, Maine apne aangan mein
Jaise keh rahi thi tum, Mujhe baandh lo bandhan mein

(Female) Ye kaisa rishta hain, Ye kaise sapne hain
Begaane hokar bhi, Kyon lagte apne hain
Main soch mein rehti hoon, Dar dar ke kehti hoon”

– Rajendra Krishan

Aah! Here are the “awaited” (by T-Series to release and torture us with) remakes, finally! Reading the name of the song, you won’t know that this song is a remake of “Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas” (Blackmail) because T-Series has cunningly named it in such a manner that you’ll never guess it. The music producer/arranger Abhijit Vaghani, who has earlier composed in Bollywood for ‘Chaarfutiya Chhokare’ with his partner Sameer, gets to remake this evergreen Kishore Kumar classic. Well, he hasn’t really composed anything new in the song, and Kalyanji-Anandji’s original composition has been kept intact (What a relief, that at least that has been done!) This song also comes in two versions, one that has the never-too-popular Arijit rendering it, and another tagged as “Unplugged”, which has his close successor, Armaan Malik singing it. They both are accompanied by the T-Series behnaa, Tulsi Kumar. The first version of the song really has everything going against it, in terms of the vocals, what with Arijit sounding like a terrible robot, while Tulsi gets her voice tripled and quadrupled. The original recorded voices will never reach us; we get the adulterated version of their voices, and the result is quite revolting! At least Tulsi sounds better than usual in her tripled voice, but Arijit sounds horrendous with his robotic voice, that is way too thin for it too be actually believed to be his. Neuman Pinto has a rap portion in the middle of this version, and it is just disgusting how such a rap can be shoved into a classic song like this! As if that wasn’t enough, Abhijit tries to make the song sound more sensuous (and fails too) by slowing the pace down by some kilometers per second. 😦 Armaan, in his version, gives us the pleasure of listening to a good, unadulterated rendition of the timeless classic, which we sadly couldn’t hear in Arijit’s voice. Thankfully, Armaan’s version is enough to make up for it, at least in terms of vocals. While in the first version, Arijit and Tulsi took turns singing one line each or something, this song is mostly Armaan’s, and Tulsi only sings the second antara, quite blandly, at that. Shamita Bhatkar’s backing vocals provide a good harmony to accompany Armaan, and it sounds good more so because the overdone harmonizations with the voices in Arijit’s version just failed to make a mark. The arrangements are better in the second version too, but they become quite boring after a while. At least real instruments like the guitar (Nyzel D’Lima) and violin (Manas Kumar) are brilliant here. The first version however, is overdone with techno sounds, and that kills the original old song. Rajendra Krishan’s lyrics from the original song have also been retained, thankfully. Except when Tulsi sings and they have to change the gender of the sentence, which was originally from the male point of view. (Like changing leta to leti). More of a revival, rather than a remake, but all that this so-called “revival” could do, is to make us return to the original classic!


3. Dil Mein Chhupa Loonga
Singers ~ Armaan Malik & Tulsi Kumar, Original Composition by ~ R.D. Burman, Music Recreated by ~ Meet Bros., Original Lyrics by ~ Anand Bakshi, New Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

“Aise na mujhe tum dekho, seene se laga lunga
Tumko main chura lunga tumse, dil mein chupa loonga”

– Anand Bakshi

The Meet Brothers step into the album, hopefully in order to save it.. I mean, I really expect a lot from them after their work after their split with Anjjan. So this song happens to be a remake of R.D. Burman’s immensely popular ‘Aise Na Mujhe Tum Dekho’ (Darling Darling), and just hearing that this song has been remade, made me excited! But I must say, what I got wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. Of course, the hookline is amazing, what with more sensuality infused into its tune by slowing down its pace, but the padding is quite disappointing. The mukhda starts the song off on a faltering note, which gets stabilised only when the hookline arrives. The antara too sounds very generic and seems like an attempt to redo the ‘Aaj Phir’ (Hate Story 2) and ‘Tumhe Apna Banane Ka’ (Hate Story 3), which just seems more accentuated because of that slow-paced guitar-and-tabla arrangement that all three of these songs have. Anyway, the arrangements are good and suitable for the theme of the song. The acoustic guitars (Pawan Rasaily) sound nice and soothing, while those very typical tablas (in these songs) give it a more earthy touch, along with certain Arabic-sounding elements. The digital beats too, sound very typical. On the vocals front, ws have Armaan and Tulsi again, and Armaan sounds awesome as always, again reminding one of his rendition of ‘Tumhe Apna’ (Hate Story 3). The way he sings the hookline, he’s sure to get even more female followers. Tulsi, on the other hand, sounds atrocious trying to sound different. Meet Bros’ experimentation to make her sound more “you-know-what” fail when she starts sounding like Manjulika. Plus, that double-voice-overlapping thing doesn’t work with even Shreya Ghoshal, (remember ‘Mashallah’ from ‘Ek Tha Tiger’?) so how did the composers think it would work Tulsi? Lastly, the lyrics. Kumaar’s new lyrics suit the theme of the song, but aren’t really innovative; all the Bollywood clichés repeat themselves yet again. A revamp that could’ve been great, but ends up being mediocre.


4. Maahi Ve
Singer ~ Neha Kakkar, Backing Vocals ~ Amit Gupta, Original Composition by ~ Anand Raaj Anand, Music Recreated by ~ Gourov-Roshin, Original Lyrics by ~ Dev Kohli, New Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

“Judke bhi tooti rahi ishqe di dor ve,
Kisko sunaaye jaake toote dil ka shor ve”

– Kumaar

The last song on the album is also a remake, but happens to be a remake of a relatively newer song, ‘Maahi Ve’ (Kaante). People are still coping with the craze of the old song, and T-Series decides to remake it even before the old song’s magic wears away. Anyway, that’s none of our business. The song has been recreated by composer duo Gourov-Roshin, the same duo who remade ‘Kaate Nahin Kat Te’ in ‘Force 2’ and Punjabi Folk song ‘Nachna Aaonda Nahin’ in ‘Tum Bin 2’. Both of those songs, they didn’t quite get it right, what with excessive techno sounds and loud noises overpowering he melodies. This time, not only is Anand Raaj Anand’s original tune sounding great in the hookline, but the padding hat the duo provides in the form of the mukhda and antaras, also sounds nice. It has been composed nicely, perfect for the lounge song theme and NOT excessively and unnecessarily sensual-sounding. It actually sounds like a sad song, like the old song did. I myself cannot believe that I liked the remake. Maybe it is because I didn’t really love the old song too much either.. though I did like it. The arrangements by the duo are cool, especially the minimalistic techno sounds in the hookline. There is not much more to hear in terms of arrangements, but the whole sound of the song is lounge-ish. The interludes are good, having some kind of Arabic music playing in both of them. Neha Kakkar, Gourov-Roshin’s regular Singer, renders this one perfectly. Who could be a better replacement for Richa Sharma than Neha Kakkar? (Well maybe Sonu Kakkar could, but “assi ki kariye!?”) Amit Gupta’s robotic voice might sound irritating at first, but you learn to ignore that as the song progresses. Kumaar’s new lyrics, thankfully, are not cheap, but they take forward the a!bience of he song nicely in connection with Dev Kohli’s original words. A surprisingly good remake!! #5StarHotelSong!!

Wajah Tum Ho doesn’t really cater to my likes. An album full of remakes of great classics, out of which two remakes do not live up to the standards of the original. One original song, which fails because of a certain female singer, but excels in one of its three versions. Not a very enticing summary of an album, is it? But will T-Series understand? No. They’ll always be adamant on ruining old songs to add into their films; so be it. The album reeks of stale compositions and/or boring arrangements. One song, by Gourov-Roshin, a duo that has only disappointed up till this song, stands out as a good one, though it will be forgotten in no time. All in all, it is an album depending on the remakes to propel it forward. 


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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Maahi Ve > Wajah Tum Ho (Lounge Version) > Wajah Tum Ho (Male) > Dil Mein Chhupa Loonga > Dil Ke Paas (Unplugged) > Wajah Tum Ho (Duet) > Dil Ke Paas


Which is your favourite song from Wajah Tum Ho? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂


Next “dish”: Dangal, Chef: Pritam Chakraborty 


‘Dangal’ will be the last review of 2016!! 😀 I’m so excited! Stay tuned for a fun 2016 end-of-the-year wrap-up! 😉


Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Vishal-Shekhar
♪ Lyrics by: Jaideep Sahni
♪ Music Label: YRF Music
♪ Music Released On: 1st December 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 9th December 2016

Befikre Album Cover

Befikre Album Cover

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

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Befikre is an upcoming Bollywood rom-com film starring Vaani Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. The film is written, directed and produced by Aditya Chopra, who returns to the director’s chair after 8 years, after his last film, ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’. This new film of his celebrates being carefree in love, and looks like a light-hearted and fun romantic comedy. The film is scheduled to release on 9th December 2016, and prior to a film’s release, as always, it is solely the music and the occasional dialogue promos that provide it that extra boost in the pre-release week, that will take the public to the theatres. The duo behind the music is none other than Vishal-Shekhar, who have had a fantastic year, what with the single from ‘Fan’, the ‘Sultan’ album, the ‘Akira’ album and the ‘Banjo’ album. Though the last album was a bit disappointing as compared to the others, this one is bound to have great music, with the film having been set in Europe, and more particularly, in Paris, and we know how good the duo are with Western-styled music. The film’s music has had a long promotional period, starting on September 9th 2016, and spanning to December 1st, when the whole album released. Till then, the makers released five singles and just when I started to think that they will follow the strategy that Sony Music followed for ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, the full album released, but just a week before the film does. That’s better than two days before the film though! During the long span of time for which the makers have been promoting the songs, many songs have already struck a chord with the public. So without further ado, lest the movie should release before I finish writing (as you know by now how I tend to overflow with words), let’s jump into this album!

By the way, I’m starting something new from this album onwards.. I noticed that lyrics haven’t been getting their due in my reviews unless they’re very bad (😂) so before the review of every song begins, I will add some of my favourite lines from the song as a kind of showcase! 😀 They might be lines I love, or lines I want to ridicule or lines that are simply humorous! Or they can be lines that sum up the whole song for me! So look out for those! Hope you like them! 😀

1. Nashe Si Chadh Gayi
Singers ~ Arijit Singh & Caralisa Monteiro

“Oh, udti patang jaise, mast Malang jaise,
Masti si Chadh gayi humko turant aise,
Lagti current jaise nikla warrant jaise,
Abhi abhi utra ho net se torrent jaise!”

The first song of the album is the one that has been making the most buzz lately, and it certainly deserves to be on the tip of everyone’s tongues! The song is a nice mélange of Punjabi and European musical elements, and the result is fascinating and quite intoxicating. The composition by Vishal-Shekhar is just the most basic thing you can hear these days, yet it surprises me how beautiful it ends up sounding for some reason! At first listen, it sounds like a very typical, run-of-the-mill Punjabi tune, but later grows on you so much, that the name of the song just suits the song! Vishal-Shekhar have overdone themselves, and also made an awesome and trippy song by using just three choruses that keep on repeating throughout the song, with a conclusion that concludes it on a very good note. Before this, I’ve never seen any other composer (of course, other than Himesh Reshammiya) do the whole repeating-the-tune-all-throughout-the-song thing so well! Vishal-Shekhar take three main tunes, the first being the hookline, “Nashe Si Chadh Gayi oyeee..” the second being the French counterpart of the hookline with those cute and funny “Kaale-oh, Kaale-oh” chipmunk voices, and the last being the wonderful fast-paced portions. The concluding stanza is just an awesome revamp of what traditional Punjabi songs usually comprise. It takes the song from the trippy and upbeat portions to a lilting, but still trippy, romanticised portion, which yet again makes way for the upbeat part before the song ends. Of course, we must compliment the arrangements too, for making a tune that might otherwise be seen as repetitive, into something so intoxicating. The Spanish/Arabic trap music, complete with that Arabic percussion, is just too irresistible. Also, the way the song starts off, with a drop of whatever-you-want-to-assume, is suchhhhhh an apt beginning to the song, which is clearly about intoxication. :p The techno sounds that the duo has added in between the lines of the hookline, are amazing, especially the “Kaale-oh” which I mentioned earlier. The club beats that might be a commonplace thing in the West, do sound quite innovative as per Bollywood’s standards, and yet bring some kind of old-world charm to the song due to the very earthy Punjabi composition. Also, it is interesting how the duo has kept the song sounding quote pleasant to the ears and not too loud, in spite of the beats! Now, on to the vocals! First of all, Arijit sheds his goody-two-shoes image, and renders this with all the spunk and gusto he can muster, which, not surprisingly, is a lot!! Whatever he has done seems to have worked so well, that people I know have actually asked me whether the singer of the song is Adnan Sami or Benny Dayal! Also, the way Arijit says “oyeee”! Too good! Caralisa on the other hand, gets the best portions of the song, and though they are in French, I find myself singing the hookline in French rather than the one in Hindi! Jaideep Sahni’s Lyrics are fun and very intelligently pleasant. Take this for example: “Khulti basant jaise, Dhulta kalank jaise, Dil ki daraar mein ho Pyaar ka cement jaise, Akhiyon hi akhiyon mein Jung ki front jaise, Mil jaye sadiyon se atka refund jaise”! Jaideep’s lyrics acually reminded me of ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ (1942- A Love Story) because of the descriptions of the girl followed by the word “jaise”! A song that will actually get you grooving on it for many days to come! Nashe sa chadh gaya oyeee.. gaana nashe sa chadh gaya! #5StarHotelSong!!


2. Ude Dil Befikre
Singers ~ Benny Dayal & Sophie Choudry

“Dard mein yeh nikhre, haath mein jo pakde,
Banke rooi bikhre, armaan hain roohon ke nakhre!”

The next song is the much-awaited title song of the film, which we all heard in the trailer, and which increased everybody’s expectations from the album! So, the composition could otherwise be a very common Bollywood tune, but since the setting of the movie is Paris, the tune sounds all the more European, and we actually start to think of it as a folksy European tune! Anyway, those earlier Bollywood songs of Raj Kapoor’s era were inspired by European music! Back to the song, it takes on a much louder feel than the first song. The composition, as I said, is a nice and folksy European one if you look at it that way. The mukhda is basically the hook of the song, and it is marvellous! The youthful feel to it makes it gain this youth appeal that will really work in its favour. The antara is even better, with its European folksy nuances added perfectly by the duo to a very old-fashioned-sounding composition and delivered impeccably by Benny Dayal. The part where they count in French and end on a blasting Un! (meaning ‘one’) is so good! The opening tune, too, is good — the one played on those folk instruments. Speaking of instruments, let’s go on to the arrangements! The song starts off with awesome Balkan sounds, one sounding a lot like a bazooka. Also, a wonderful oud/rabaab can occasionally be heard there, while the rest is probably synth sounds. However, that amaziiiiinnng percussion just takes away your breath! Not that I doubt Vishal-Shekhar have the ability to do it, but Mikey McCleary is the music producer for the album, and maybe that’s where that distinct European feel has come into all the Bollywoodish tunes! Later in the song we can hear nice claps that go along with the beats, and that bazooka tune keeps repeating, only to please the listeners! 😀 The second interlude has a wonderful rabaab solo which is definitely not to be missed! What’s more, the second antara that follows is completely arranged on that rabaab! Towards the end, Benny evokes a very nomadic folksy voice that tops the whole European setting! Benny is absolutely marvellous throughout the song. His husky voice proves just right for the nuances in Balkan folk music (which of course, does meet the Turkish/Arabic music in some way — Europe and Asia being close as they are). Sophie Choudry is supposed to have sung the French vocals, but the only French vocals I hear are a whisper at the beginning of the song, before the mukhda begins, and that’s kind of minimal. But I guess she also joins Benny in the French counting. Jaideep’s lyrics here aren’t something extraordinary, but good for a situational title track. It definitely does describe the carefree nature of the main characters! A spunky title track, with an old-world tune but livening arrangements and vocals, which make this one a winner! #5StarHotelSong!!


3. Je T’aime
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani & Sunidhi Chauhan

“Na dis jamais je T’aime, je T’aime, Na dis jamais je T’aime,
Kehna na yaar pyaar hai, na dis jamais je T’aime!
Phir dil niklega haathon se, Kar le khud pe reham,
Neendein phislengi raaton se, Kar le khud pe reham!”

The next song takes the form of a dreamy, lilting melody that befits the city of Paris in all ways! The song starts with a dialogue from the movie, and I hate when movie dialogues are incorporated into the audio tracks even in today’s world of editing and autotune. So I will have to ignore those dialogues, which are thankfully backed by a nice guitar, and get on to the actual song. A nice and soothing whistle starts off the song, and it abruptly stops to make way for the hook line of the song, which is started off very nicely by Vishal Dadlani. The duo’s composition is the first and foremost reason for the song instantly appealing to your ears. It is impossible to not love this song! 😀 The lilting melody that the duo has crafted in a very European style, sounds both catchy and sensual at the same time. The part after the mukhda which goes “Dard mein royega tu, yaar bhi khoyega tu..” sounds as dreamy as dreamy can get! Also, the line before the hookline is beautifulllll! Towards the end, a wonderful concluding stanza shows how the duo can keep up a certain kind of romance in the air throughout the song. The hookline itself overflows with romance and passion. The arrangements help just as much in making the song worth hearing again and again. A wonderful burst of classical French-styled music, complete with the orchestra, finger snaps, acoustic guitars and whatnot, brings a smile to your face. The saxophone wonderfully bridges stanzas to each other, while the violins excel in the interlude. Again, the duo (and McCleary) do a wonderful job at the instrumentation. The xylophone-thing in the antara, is just tooooooo adorable! The vocals are amazing and couldn’t have been any better! Vishal sounds very sensual, while Sunidhi sounds unusually young, to a great effect. The romance between the two characters can be feel even though the song, and that’s kind of rare in a song! Jaideep’s lyrics are wonderful here too, and the “Never say I love you” theme is very beautifully conveyed. A wonderful piece of art, possibly Vishal-Shekhar’s best romantic song of this year! And Sunidhi is just 😍😍😍😍! #5StarHotelSong!!


4. You And Me
Singers ~ Nikhil D’Souza & Rachel Varghese

“Raste, tedhe medhe raste, jab bhi ho jaaye kabhi yahaan, dal-dal lage jahaan,
Hass le, baahon ko phaila ke, thodi pi jaaye khuli Hawa, free mein mili hawa!”

As soon as this next song starts with its funky beats, you can’t help but get up and groove! A wonderful Mikey McCleary-ish guitar piece warmly welcomes you into the song, and then the crazy elements start appearing one by one. First of all, a weird-sounding bazooka-like sound, which gives way to an awesome and zany vocal rhythm that goes “wave it up up pom wayyy owww” and really gets you into the feel of the song. The composition turns out to be quite a simple one, in that it has not much going on, but it is really fun to hear. The mukhda is really nice, and though it has the same tune repeating eight times, it doesn’t seem monotonous at all. The antara might lose some of your attention, but as soon as it gets to the part where it is about to join the hookline, it gets its act together, and gets saved by a narrow margin! Also, since its short, it doesn’t really matter! The duo’s arrangements are really fun and enjoyable. That foot-tapping beat is just something you can’t forget easily, and see Ranveer and Vaani dancing to it in the video and the step won’t leave your head either. 😛 The drums have been put a really good use, while that aforementioned bazooka-thing (maybe a mouth organ) really excels throughout the song. Even in the interlude, it takes centre stage. The ukulele is awesome throughout the song. Vocals are topnotch yet again. Nikhil D’Souza gets a song he deserves after a long time, and seizes the opportunity, shining throughout. Rachel Varghese, a singer who has been singing for Mikey McCleary quite often, gets her big break after songs in small albums, that went unnoticed, though good. She sings her lines with the required amount of spunk. Jaideep writes fun lyrics that scream “friendship”. It is fun to listen to those situational lyrics. A teddy-bear song i.e, one that you can cuddle with as if it’s a teddy bear, because it’s so cute! #5StarHotelSong!!


5. Labon Ka Karobaar
Singer ~ Papon

“Dhoop mein ishq chaaon, dard mein aaraam,
Makhmali har raat, sharbati har shaam
Ishq ka leke naam, dil se nikle salaam
Na chhupa na dabaa, hoja tu belagaam”

After the zany and funky beats, yet another dreamy song comes our way, and just as the former romantic song on the album, this one too, is high on European music conventions! However, no complaints, because in this one, everything falls into place right away. The composers start the song right away, and as Papon takes over right from the first second of the second, you cant help but remember his wonderful rendition of ‘Bulleya’ from Vishal-Shekhar’s other album with YRF this year, ‘Sultan’. Anyway, back to this song. The tune is entrancing. From the first note to the last, the duo makes sure the listener’s attention is on nothing but the song, and they go to great lengths to do so. The song starts off with a nice and cute piece that verges on opera. The same tune repeats in a more quick tempo, and it sounds just as beautiful there too. And at the end of the verse, we get the title of the song. 😀 The “Rooh gaaye, jhoom jaaye…” line is just pure blisssssss! NOTHING could have taken its place on the song, and I’m so glad the duo has asse!bled the song the way they did. And then we go on to the antara, which just leaves no doubt that the song has turned out as fascinating as could ever be! The lines of the antara are just so captivating and sensual, that you just can’t not like them! Not to mention that they’ve been penned down wonderfully by Jaideep as well! The arrangements are something else that stun you from the first second of the song. The mandolin and harmonica just don’t know their limits! They keep on playing, yet make you crave for more. The violins are just opulent. The güiro, which is what’s making that croaking sound at 1:14 and 1:19, and at many, many other places in the song, is just an unsung hero! The violins in the antara actually make it sound silky! The way the antara has been abruptly glued to the hookline, in all its abruptness, seems such a seamless transition and I can’t praise Vishal-Shekhar enough for that! Towards the end, the various degrees of “Jebon mein bikhre hain taare” are a delight to hear! Papon’s voice is heaven! This man sings hardly three to four songs every year, but makes sure all of them are spectacular gems. Sadly, they’re some of the least promoted songs in their respective movies. 😦 In this song, he has taken on a wonderfully pleasant, sultry voice that suits the theme oh-so-well! Jaideep Sahni’s lyrics are something that can’t be spoken enough about! The way each line glides into the other, thanks to the duo Vishal-Shekhar’s expertise, makes them even more pleasant to listen to. The way he has described “kissing” as “Labon ka Karobaar” (the affairs of the lips) is innovative as well as super-genius. A gem!! Nothing less, nothing more! Please YRF, use this in the movie so that everyone can hear it!! #5StarHotelSong!!


6. Khulke Dulke
Singers ~ Gippy Grewal & Harshdeep Kaur, Backing Vocals by ~ Vishal Dadlani, Kunal Ganjawala & Ankur Tewari

“Ik jindadi na Kar haanji-hunji,
Maar de chhalanga with a bungee, bungee”

Everything about this album was European till now. There were some glimpses of Punjabi in ‘Nashe Si Chadh Gayi’, but that too was overshowed by internationally-appealing club beats. But now, we get a full-too, completely Punjabi song. The song does appear as an incongruity in the otherwise European-themed album, but if I were to judge it as a fun song, it stands proudly in its place. The composers try their best to give it a tune that will attract listeners even after the Western-ness of the previous tracks. And, Indians since we are, the song surely does appeal! The Punjabi-flavoured composition really gives the song a very fun theme and something that can be easily danced on. The song has this sinister sound, unlike the light sound of most Punjabi dance songs. The line “Ishq Di bungee baandh le yaaaaar…” is just so catchy, that you will find yourself singing it all day if you hear the song enough. The hookline too, is fun and enjoyable. The antara is nice and relieving from the loudness of the mukhda. The backing vocalists singing the “Ik jindadi na Kar haanji-hunji” line really surprised me and I found that part really funny, in a good way! The overall tune of the song smelled strongly of Vishal-Shekhar’s own ‘Dil Dance Maare’ (Tashan), but I didn’t find this as irritating as that one. 😛 The arrangements are just as required — loud and quirky. The brass band really squeezes its own life out by overworking itself. The tumbi tune at the beginning is so catchy, as are the horns. The dhols really sound great on earphones. The arrangements might seem like a mishmash at first listen, but in earphones they sound very clear, so do try that experience. Vocals are where the song falters a bit, with Gippy singing in a painfully high-pitched voice. However, you get accustomed to that too, thanks to the other wonderful elements of the song. Also, Harshdeep Kaur is there as the female vocalist, so what can go wrong! She sings her parts very efficiently, and for some reason, reminded me of Shreya Ghoshal’s voice! I don’t know why! 😛 Vishal Dadlani, Kunal Ganjawala and Ankur Tewari in the backing vocalists do an awesome job and provide nice entertainment just when the song seems to be dipping downwards. Jaideep’s lyrics here are quite situational, but that use of the ‘Bungee’ as a metaphor for love is hilarious!!! 😀 Enjoyable! Seems like a black sheep, but is actually a fun respite from the heavy romance in the previous song! I enjoyed it! #5StarHotelSong!!


7. Love Is A Dare

(Instrumental), Vocals ~ Rachel Varghese & Sophie Choudry

The album ends on a pact note, with an instrumental track, which is essentially a mélange of all the upbeat tracks we heard in the album. The track starts on a hard-hitting note, with rock guitars starting it off and the “kaale-oh” chipmunk sound from ‘Nashe Si Chadh Gayi’ accompanying it. Later on, it turns into a very thrilling instrumental rock version of the song, which sounds just as infectious as the original song itself. The techno sounds having been used quite generously, the instrumental version really does sound great. After that, not so seamlessly, the song switches to the title song, and this time, Sophie’s French vocals are audible clearly. Against the backdrop of wonderful Spanish guitars, Sophie’s French part from the title track makes for a good variation from the hard rock sound of the initial song. A nice tap-dance music follows, with the tune of the title track played on Spanish guitars, violins gracefully accompanying. And then we switch to the next track, with Rachel Varghese reprising the “wave it up up pom” from ‘You and Me’ for a very short time period, before the song switches yet again to ‘Je T’aime’, the only lilting and lulling piece in the whole instrumental track. Wonderful violins play the main melody of the song, while trumpets wonderfully complement it. Before you know it, the instrumental, which was almost as long as a complete song in itself, is over! Though the medley as such wasn’t very fluid, it was a pleasure to hear all the great songs from the album again. A good finale to the album! #5StarHotelSong!!

Befikre is easily Vishal-Shekhar’s best album this year. Seven tracks full of variety make for a nice repeat-listen album. The last time we had such a good, wholesome commercial album was not too long ago, in ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’. With two dreamy romantic ballads, four fun and enjoyable songs and one instrumental, the album has a lot to offer, and succeeds in its intention. The carefree attitude of the main characters is reflected well in the album, and it is nice to see an album that both sticks to the film’s requirements as well as caters to the audiences. Vishal-Shekhar close their account for 2016 with a winner — a carefree mix of experimental tracks that offers songs according to Bollywood’s music sensibilities, but with an European twist!


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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Labon Ka Karobaar > Je T’aime > Whatever order suits you! 😀


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