A MIDDLING ‘KAHAANI’! (KAHAANI 2 – Music Review)

So sorry for being late, but there was some technical problem, maybe network error, due to which I couldn’t access my own blog. :p Luckily, a new song from the album released yesterday, so I now got to include that in the review!!


Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Clinton Cerejo & Rabindranath Tagore
♪ Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya & Rabindranath Tagore
♪ Music Label: Saregama
♪ Music Released On: 19th November 2016
♪ Movie Released On: 2nd December 2016

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Kahaani 2 Album Cover

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE

To hear “Anandoloke” on Saavn CLICK HERE

To buy “Anandoloke” on iTunes CLICK HERE


Kahaani 2 is a Bollywood thriller starring Vidya Balan, Arjun Rampal, Jugal Hansraj and Naisha Khanna. The film is directed by director of ‘Kahaani’, Sujoy Ghosh, and produced by the director along with Jayantilal Gada. The makers have made it known that the film is by no means a sequel to the 2012 runaway hit ‘Kahaani’, but since the storyline fits well with the theme of that movie, the makers have decided to club this movie with that, in order to make a sort of ‘Kahaani’ franchise. Bhatts, learn something! But instead of lecturing the Bhatts for making an infinite number of franchises, and including infinite instalments in each of the franchises, I should focus on the music of the movie. For the first movie, we had one of the top composer duos of Bollywood, Vishal-Shekhar, behind the music of the album. This time around though, we have a composer that hasn’t yet proved himself as a great composer to the masses, but for music lovers like us, he has provided many beautiful albums. And that man is Clinton Cerejo. Just this year, he has given us two wonderful albums, one for the musical ‘Jugni’ with 12 tracks, and the other for the thriller ‘Te3n’, with 5 tracks. Here he comes for his third film of the year, yet another thriller, with a mere 3 tracks. The album should really live up to the standards that ‘Kahaani’ has set, but I also have a guilty thought that with just 3 songs and without Vishal-Shekhar, the album won’t exactly meet my expectations. Anyway, I will hear it with an unbiased mind and hope to like it! 🙂


1. Mehram
Singer ~ Arijit Singh

So with everyone bowing down to the public’s demand of having Arijit in an album, here we see Clinton doing so as well. The first song on the album very conveniently blends Arijit’s singing prowess with Clinton’s beautiful composing style. Clinton has composed a nice and breezy romantic song that pleases you instantly. The mukhda is characteristic of Clinton’s usual composing style, and instantly takes you into the calm and breezy world of the song. The line “Mujhe kuchh mat de…” takes the song to a wonderful high, and from there, seamlessly joins the hook line, which has distinct shades of Cerejo written all over it. So much so that you almost feel that the song is a happier version of Clinton’s ‘Haq Hai’ (Te3n). No complaints, though! The first antara, as is the convention nowadays, follows the tune of the mukhda, while the second takes a beautiful turn, without any interlude between the hookline and itself. The whole composition in all, however, turns out to be an utterly soothing one, and at the end of the song, calls for a repeat listen. The arrangements are nice as well. In addition to the breezy composition, Clinton puts in some nice acoustic guitars (Sachin Mittra & Clinton Cerejo) to keep the song catchy, with electric guitars and drums joining in whenever an impact is to be created. Especially in the hookline, the drums make a huge difference and increase the likability factor by a lot! Arijit’s vocals prove yet again why every composer is after him for at least one song in each of their albums. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics are nice and pleasant as well. This starts the album off on a very pleasant note! Unexpected but accepted. #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Lamhon Ke Rasgulle
Singers ~ Sunidhi Chauhan & Bianca Gomes

“Okay. Don’t worry… There might be some situation in the film where this song will fit in..” That was an exclusive insight into my mind, which was clearly confused after hearing this song, and I was trying to convince it. But of course, I couldn’t manage to convince it. This next song sounds like a total misfit. In all aspects. The song just doesn’t seem right! As soon as starts, you think it might be like those 80s disco songs that indicated something sinister would happen right when they ended (that was such a cliché in those films!). However, all traces of that thought disappear when the song actually starts, and its composition is nothing that would build up to something thrilling and suspenseful. In fact, it sounds way too happy-go-lucky to catch hold of in a normal situation too, let alone in a thriller film. It might’ve been better suited to a rom-com, but there too, it wouldn’t have gone too far. The composition wears out after the first one hundred seconds or so, and that’s mainly because Sunidhi is behind the mic. Two songs the song really reminded me of, were ‘Thank God It’s Friday’ (Himmatwala) and the very recent ‘Let’s Break Up’ (Dear Zindagi). The arrangements can be thanked for that. The disco sounds are really enjoyable! The brass instruments and the synthetic chords really remind you a lot of Amit Trivedi’s arrangement style. Another reason this song sounds so similar to the ‘Himmatwala’ song, can be that Sunidhi sang that one too. Here, she gets to share the song with Bianca Gomes, who sounds like a less harsh-sounding version of Shefali Alvares. Both ladies carry the song wonderfully, and give yet another reason to hear it once. Amitabh’s lyrics are quite situational, and undecipherable (at least to me) at this stage. Could’ve done good, but sadly got placed in the wrong album! A song that depends on vocals and arrangements to propel it forward.

 

3. Aaur Main Khush Hoon
Singer ~ Ash King

The next song is yet another happy-go-lucky, breezy song, again sounding like Amit Trivedi ghost-composed it. Again, it sounds as if it has been placed wrongly. This outrageous idea of putting romantic and breezy song in albums that seemingly don’t require them has been getting too ridiculous nowadays! Anyway, the composition is good, but gets boring after quite some time. I just found it hard to catch hold of. The hookline might be the best part of the song, everything else seems inconsistent and flying all over the place. The guitar riff doesn’t help either, it just makes the song sound like it belongs in ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu 2’. The guitars and ukulele (played by Clinton Cerejo) keep playing incessantly throughout the song, and sometimes sound very sweet, other times, very unnecessary! The harmonica also sounds nice whenever it plays. Ash King renders the song with such impeccable ease! The playful way he sings Amitabh’s playful lyrics, is endearing. There’s nothing much more to say about this song!

 

♪ Bonus Song

4. Anandoloke

Singer ~ Clinton Cerejo, Composition & Lyrics by ~ Late Rabindranath Tagore

This song just released the day the movie released, which was yesterday, and luckily for me, I was having technical problems posting the review… And I happened to stumble upon this! 😀 The song follows ‘Kahaani’s convention of taking a beautiful Bengali song and recreating it for the movie. For the first film it was patriotic song ‘Ekla Cholo Re’, a Rabindranath Tagore composition. This time around as well, it is a song by Rabindranath Tagore, and this time it is ‘Anandaloke Mongalaloke’, a Rabindra-sangeet song that has been re-interpreted in many different ways before in Bengali films, and now for the first time in a Hindi film. Tagore ji’s original composition is just as soothing and relaxing as was ‘Ekla Cholo Re’, and Clinton adds his grand instrumentation to make it sound even more soothing to the ears. The piano, which is always the best way to start such a song, starts off this song very grandly, accompanied by a strong orchestra, with a brass instruments bringing in the brightness. After this, wonderful flutes play a playful melody that just makes you feel loved! Throughout the song, the scinitllating arrangements just steal your attention, and hence, that language barrier (which I don’t really believe in anyway) gets smacked right in the nose! 😀 The vocals by Clinton are amazing! He carries the song with the required responsibility, while he also employs an awesome choir to accompany him, reminiscent of the choir he has assembled for ‘Haq Hai’ (Te3n). At the end of the song, you just can’t help but feel that this was the Clinton you were waiting for! #5StarHotelSong!!


Kahaani 2 is one of those albums that is very misleading. A thriller with three songs out of the four in its album, being happy and breezy is such an irony. Contrary to how heart-moving the album to ‘Kahaani’ by Vishal-Shekhar was, this one just disappoints. With the exception of ‘Mehram’ and ‘Anandoloke’, this album has hardly anything working in its favour! After two great albums, Clinton Cerejo closes his account this year with a not-so-good album. Hopefully, he gets back on his wonderful track next year! Also, not liking this album might not have much to do with me hit living the tracks, than it has to do with me not liking that the album is full of tracks which will merely help in promotion, and not included in the actual movie. This ‘kahaani’ gets nowhere close to the first!

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Anandoloke > Mehram > Aaur Main Khush Hoon > Lamhon Ke Rasgulle

 

Which is your favourite song from Kahaani 2? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

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