THE ALBUMS OF 2016 (2016 MUSIC MASTANI ANNUAL WRAP-UP: PART 4)

We saw the best lyrics and singers of 2016, now it’s time to talk about the albums. So I decided not to do a separate work on composers as it gets way too personal that way, plus I have less time, plus I’ve done something similar to a composers article in the first part which was a composer-wise summary of each album, but with the composer’s works scattered across the article instead of under one heading. Anyway, this might be the last part of my Wrap-Up before we return to my usual reviews.

So this article will be about the albums of 2016 — the best, the worst, the underrated and the disappointing.

 

Best Albums of 2016 (Top 30)

(Click on the album’s name to hear the songs on YouTube)

• 30 – 21 (The ‘Could’ve-Been-Better’)

30. HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI

Music By: Sohail Sen
Lyrics By: Mudassar Aziz & Dee MC
Singers: Harshdeep Kaur, Shahid Mallya, Neeti Mohan, Mika Singh, Tarannum Malik, Danish Sabri, Altamash Faridi, Arijit Singh & Javed Ali
Music Label: Eros Music
Music Mastani Rating: 
Personal Favourite Song (a.k.a, A Song I Would Take With Me to 2017, If I Had To Pick Only One and Forget the Rest, Literally!): Zara Si Dosti

 

29. ROCKY HANDSOME

Music By: Sunny-Inder Bawra, Bombay Rockers & Ankit Tiwari
Lyrics By: Manoj Muntashir, Sagar Lahauri, Sachin Pathak, Shekhar Astitwa, Bombay Rockers & Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay
Singers: Shreya Ghoshal, Sunny Bawra, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Bombay Rockers & Ankit Tiwari
Music Label: T-Series
Music Mastani Rating: Not Rated, Would Be a ध
Personal Favourite Song: Rehnuma

 

28. AZHAR

Music By: Amaal Mallik, Pritam Chakraborty, DJ Chetas & Kalyanji-Anandji
Lyrics by: Rashmi-Virag, Manoj Yadav, Anand Bakshi & Kumaar
Singers: Armaan Malik, Arijit Singh, Antara Mitra, Sonu Nigam, Prakriti Kakar, Aditi Singh Sharma & K.K.
Music Label: T-Series
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Tu Hi Na Jaane

 

27. BANJO

Music By: Vishal-Shekhar
Lyrics By: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Hriday Gattani, Nakash Aziz, Shalmali Kholgade & Ajay Gogavale
Music Label: Eros Music
Music Mastani Rating: 
Personal Favourite Song: Udan Choo

 

26. BUDHIA SINGH: BORN TO RUN

Music By: Hitesh Sonik, Sidhant Mathur & Ishaan Chhabra
Lyrics By: Prashant Ingole, Gopal Datt, Abhishek Dubey & Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra
Singers: Siddharth Mahadevan, Arhaan Khan, Rituraj Mohanty, Mohan Kannan, Sidhant Mathur, Chintan Kalra, Aashna, Nanki, Jahnvi, Shairee, Kshitij & Malvika
Music Label: Zee Music Company
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Born To Run (Anthem)

 

25. NEERJA

Music By: Vishal Khurana
Lyrics By: Prasoon Joshi
Singers: Kavita Seth, Arun Ingle, Archana Gore, Pragati Mukund Joshi, Mayuri Patwardhan, Mandar Apte, R.N. Iyer, Mohan Kannan, Neha Bhasin, Shekhar Ravjiani, Shadab Faridi, Farhan Sabri & Sunidhi Chauhan
Music Label: T-Series
Music Mastani Rating: Not Rated, Would Be a नी
Personal Favourite Song: Gehra Ishq

 

24. RUSTOM

Music By: Ankit Tiwari, Jeet Gannguli, Arko Pravo Mukherjee & Raghav Sachar
Lyrics By: Manoj Muntashir, Mandar Cholkar & Arko Pravo Mukherjee
Singers: Ankit Tiwari, Shreya Ghoshal, Arijit Singh, Palak Muchhal, Jubin Nautiyal, Aakanksha Sharma, Sukriti Kakar, Jasraj Joshi, Atif Aslam & Arko Pravo Mukherjee
Music Label: Zee Music Company
Music Mastani Rating: 
Personal Favourite Song: Dekha Hazaro Dafaa

 

23. AIRLIFT

Music By: Amaal Mallik & Ankit Tiwari
Lyrics by: Kumaar
Singers: Arijit Singh, Tulsi Kumar, Ankit Tiwari, Brijesh Shandilya, Divya Kumar & K.K.
Music Label: T-Series
Music Mastani Rating: Not Rated, Would Be a नी
Personal Favourite Song: Tu Bhoola Jise

 

22. WAITING

Music By: Mikey McCleary
Lyrics by: Manoj Muntashir, Mikey McCleary & Ankur Tewari
Singers: Nikhil D’Souza, Anushka Manchanda, Mikey McCleary, Vishal Dadlani & Kavita Seth
Music Label: Zee Music Company
Music Mastani Rating: सां
Personal Favourite Song: Zara Zara

 

21. TE3N

Music By: Clinton Cerejo
Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Singers: Clinton Cerejo, Amitabh Bachchan, Benny Dayal, Divya Kumar, Bianca Gomes & Vishal Dadlani
Music Label: T-Series
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Rootha

 

• 20 – 11 (The ‘Just-A-Tad-Less’)

20. MOHENJO DARO

Music By: A.R. Rahman
Lyrics By: Javed Akhtar
Singers: A.R. Rahman, Sanah Moidutty, Arijit Singh, Bela Shende, Shashaa Tirupati, Shashwat Singh & Arjun Chandy
Music Label: T-Series
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Sarsariya

 

19. A FLYING JATT

Music By: Sachin-Jigar
Lyrics By: Vayu Shrivastav, Raftaar, Priya Saraiya & Mayur Puri
Singers: Mansheel Gujral, Raftaar, Tanishkaa Sanghvi, Atif Aslam, Sumedha Karmahe, Kanika Kapoor, Vayu Shrivastav, Sachin Sanghvi, Jigar Saraiya, Vishal Dadlani, Divya Kumar, Asees Kaur, Daler Mehndi & Navraj Hans
Music Label: Zee Music Company
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Toota Jo Kabhi Taara

 

18. DEAR ZINDAGI

Music By: Amit Trivedi & Ilaiyaraaja
Lyrics By: Kausar Munir & Gulzar
Singers: Jasleen Kaur Royal, Sunidhi Chauhan, Arijit Singh, Vishal Dadlani & Alia Bhatt
Music Label: Sony Music
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Tu Hi Hai

 

17. KAPOOR & SONS (SINCE 1921)

Music By: Amaal Mallik, Badshah, Tanishk Bagchi, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Benny Dayal & Nucleya
Lyrics by: Badshah, Kumaar, Dr. Devender Kafir, Abhiruchi Chand, Christopher Pradeep & Manoj Muntashir
Singers: Badshah, Fazilpuria, Sukriti Kakar, Neha Kakkar, Arijit Singh, Asees Kaur, Armaan Malik, Benny Dayal & Arko Pravo Mukherjee
Music Label: Sony Music
Music Mastani Rating: Not Rated, Would Be a नी
Personal Favourite Song: Saathi Rey

 

16. JAI GANGAAJAL

Music By: Salim-Sulaiman
Lyrics by: Manoj Muntashir & Prakash Jha
Singers: Pravesh Mallick, Sukhwinder Singh, Udit Narayan, Keerthi Sagathia, Richa Sharma, Divya Kumar, Bappi Lahiri, Sugandha Date, Arijit Singh & Amruta Fadnavis
Music Label: Zee Music Company
Music Mastani Rating: Not Rated, Would Be a नी
Personal Favourite Song: Maai

 

15. SANAM TERI KASAM

Music By: Himesh Reshammiya
Lyrics By: Sameer Anjaan, Shabbir Ahmed, Himesh Reshammiya & Subrat Sinha
Singers: Ankit Tiwari, Palak Muchhal, Neeti Mohan, Akasa Singh, Darshan Raval, Himesh Reshammiya, Arijit Singh, Sreeram Chandra & Mohammed Irfan
Music Label: Eros Music
Music Mastani Rating: Not Rated, Would Be a नी
Personal Favourite Song: Haal-e-Dil (Female)

 

14. SARBJIT

Music By: Shail-Pritesh, Amaal Mallik, Jeet Gannguli, Shashi-Shivamm & Tanishk Bagchi
Lyrics by: Rashmi-Virag, Sandeep Singh, A.M. Turaz, Jaani, Late Haider Najmi & Arafat Mehmood
Singers: Arijit Singh, Tulsi Kumar, Sonu Nigam, Sukhwinder Singh, Shail Hada, Sunidhi Chauhan, Kalpana Gandharv, Shafqat Amanat Ali, Munnawar Masoom, Shashaa Tirupati, Altamash Faridi, Rabbani Mustafa Khan, Arsh Mohammad & Supriya Pathak
Music Label: T-Series
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Allah Hu Allah

 

13. UDTA PUNJAB

Music By: Amit Trivedi
Lyrics By: Shellee, Late Shri Shiv Kumar Batalvi & Varun Grover
Singers: Shahid Mallya, Bhanu Prtap, Babu Haabi, Kanika Kapoor, Diljit Dosanjh, Vishal Dadlani & Amit Trivedi
Music Label: Zee Music Company
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Ikk Kudi

 

12. BAAR BAAR DEKHO

Music By: Jasleen Kaur Royal, Amaal Mallik, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Prem Hardeep, Badshah & Bilal Saeed
Lyrics By: Prateek Kuhad, Kumaar, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Aditya Sharma, Bilal Saeed, Amrik Singh, Badshah & Indeep Bakshi
Singers: Jasleen Kaur Royal, Prateek Kuhad, Neeti Mohan, Armaan Malik, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Badshah, Amar Arshi, Neha Kakkar, Bilal Saeed
Music Label: Zee Music Company
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Nachde Ne Saare

 

11. M.S. DHONI: THE UNTOLD STORY

Music By: Amaal Mallik
Lyrics by: Manoj Muntashir
Singers: Armaan Malik, Palak Muchhal, Arijit Singh, Siddharth Basrur, Adithyan A. Prithviraj & Ananya Nanda
Music Label: T-Series
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Kaun Tujhe

 

• 10 – 1 (The ‘Yes-We-Made-It’)

10. NIL BATTEY SANNATA

Music By: Rohan-Vinayak
Lyrics By: Manoj Yadav, Nitesh Tiwari & Shreyas Jain
Singers: Neuman Pinto, Rohan Utpat, Aarti Shenai, Nandini Srikar, Mohan Kannan & Hariharan
Music Label: Eros Music
Music Mastani Rating: सां
Personal Favourite Song: Maula

 

9. FITOOR

Music By: Amit Trivedi
Lyrics by: Swanand Kirkire & Caralisa Monteiro
Singers: Arijit Singh, Amit Trivedi, Jubin Nautiyal, Sunidhi Chauhan, Nandini Srikar, Zebunissa Bangash & Caralisa Monteiro
Music Label: Zee Music Company
Music Mastani Rating: Not Rated, Would Be a नी
Personal Favourite Song: Hone Do Batiyaan

 

8. BOLLYWOOD DIARIES

Music By: Vipin Patwa
Lyrics By: Dr. Sagar
Singers: Arijit Singh, Javed Bashir, Pratibha Singh Baghel, Jyoti Nooran, Sultana Nooran, Papon & Soumen Chaudhary
Music Label: Zee Music Company
Music Mastani Rating: Not Rated, Would Be a सां
Personal Favourite Song: Titli

 

7. BEFIKRE

Music By: Vishal-Shekhar
Lyrics by: Jaideep Sahni
Singers: Arijit Singh, Caralisa Monteiro, Benny Dayal, Sophie Choudry, Sunidhi Chauhan, Vishal Dadlani, Nikhil D’Souza, Rachel Varghese, Papon, Gippy Grewal & Harshdeep Kaur
Music Label: YRF Music
Music Mastani Rating: सां
Personal Favourite Song: Labon Ka Karobaar

 

6. JUGNI

Music By: Clinton Cerejo & Kaashif Sahib
Lyrics By: Shellee, Baba Bulleh Shah, Kaashif Sahib, Clinton Cerejo & Waris Shah
Singers: Javed Bashir, Vishal Bhardwaj, Clinton Cerejo, Bianca Gomes, Rekha Bhardwaj, Nakash Aziz, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Jazim Sharma, Neha Kakkar & A.R. Rahman
Music Label: Sony Music
Music Mastani Rating: Not Rated, Would Be a सां
Personal Favourite Song: Bolladiyaan

 

5. SULTAN

Music By: Vishal-Shekhar
Lyrics By: Irshad Kamil & Badshah
Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Shalmali Kholgade, Isheeta Chakravarty, Badshah, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Mika Singh, Harshdeep Kaur, Mohit Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh, Shadab Faridi, Jyoti Nooran, Sultana Nooran, Papon, Neha Bhasin & Shekhar Ravjiani
Music Label: YRF Music
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Bulleya

 

4. AE DIL HAI MUSHKIL

Music By: Pritam Chakraborty
Lyrics By: Amitabh Bhattacharya & Badshah
Singers: Arijit Singh, Amit Mishra, Shilpa Rao, Jonita Gandhi, Nakash Aziz, Badshah, Pardeep Singh Sran, Meenal Jain, Antara Mitra, Ash King & Shashwat Singh
Music Label: Sony Music
Music Mastani Rating: सां
Personal Favourite Song: Bulleya

 

3. DHANAK

Music By: Tapas Relia
Lyrics By: Manoj Yadav, Mir Ali Husain & Tapas Relia
Singers: Shivamm Pathak, Papon, Vibha Saraf, Chet Dixon, Devu Khan Manganiyar, Monali Thakur, Anwar Khan Manganiyar, Swaroop Khan & Niyaz Khan
Music Label: Times Music / Junglee Music
Music Mastani Rating: सां
Personal Favourite Song: Dhanak

 

2. DANGAL

Music By: Pritam Chakraborty
Lyrics By: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Singers: Sarwar Khan, Sartaz Khan Barna, Raftaar, Jonita Gandhi, Daler Mehndi, Arijit Singh, Jyoti Nooran, Sultana Nooran & Alia Bhatt
Music Label: Zee Music Company
Music Mastani Rating: सां
Personal Favourite Song: Dangal

 

1. MIRZYA

Music By: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Lyrics By: Gulzar
Singers: Daler Mehndi, Akhtar Chanal, Saieen Zahoor, Jyoti Nooran, Sultana Nooran, Mame Khan, Siddharth Mahadevan, Suchismita Das, Shankar Mahadevan, Mohan Kannan, Kaushiki Chakraborty & The Salvation Singers
Music Label: T-Series
Music Mastani Rating: सां
Personal Favourite Song: Aave Re Hitchki

 

 

Those were the Top 30 albums of 2016!!

 

– 5 WORST ALBUMS OF 2016

(In other words, zero expectations and zero delivery)

• Santa Banta Pvt. Ltd. (Music by Jaidev Kumar, Jassi Katyal, Amjad-Nadeem & Millind Gaba)

• Direct Ishq (Music by Tanishk Bagchi, Vivek Kar & Raeth Band)

• Veerappan (Music by Jeet Gannguli & Sharib-Toshi)

• Mastizaade (Music by Amaal Mallik, Meet Bros. Anjjan & Anand Raaj Anand)

• Housefull 3 (Music by Sharib-Toshi, Sohail Sen, Millind Gaba, Mika Singh & Tanishk Bagchi)

 

– 10 Underrated Albums of 2016

• Dhanak (Music by Tapas Relia)

• Bollywood Diaries (Music by Vipin Patwa)

• Mirzya (Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy)

• Jugni (Music by Clinton Cerejo)

• Nil Battey Sannata (Music by Rohan-Vinayak)

• Sarbjit (Music by Shail-Pritesh, Amaal Mallik, Jeet Gannguli, Tanishk Bagchi & Shashi-Shivamm)

• Jai Gangaajal (Music by Salim-Sulaiman)

• Te3n (Music by Clinton Cerejo)

• Waiting (Music by Mikey McCleary)

• Budhia Singh: Born To Run (Music by Hitesh Sonik, Sidhant Mathur & Ishaan Chhabra)

 

– 5 Disappointing Soundtracks of 2016

• Rock On 2 (Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy)

• Force 2 (Music by Gourov-Roshin & Amaal Mallik)

• Kahaani 2 (Music by Clinton Cerejo)

• Dishoom (Music by Pritam Chakraborty)

• Wazir (Music by Shantanu Moitra, Rochak Kohli, Advaita, Gaurav Godkhindi & Prashant Pillai)

 

 

And with that, we come to the end of my 2016 Wrap-Up! I hope you enjoyed it, and do leave your comments below about any way to improve it next year! 🙂

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SINGERS IN 2016 (2016 ANNUAL WRAP-UP: PART 3)

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 OF 2016 (2016 ANNUAL WRAP-UP: PART 2)

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

2016 – THE YEAR THAT WAS (2016 ANNUAL WRAP-UP: PART 1)

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

January

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

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!! 😦

 

March

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.

 

April

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

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

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

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.

 

August

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.

 

September

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. 😉

 

October

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.

 

November

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.

 

December

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!!

1st MUSIC MASTANI ANNUAL AWARDS (2014)

Finally the musical year has come to an end! It’s time for me to declare the awards for the year that is about to end now… So, here we go!!!


Let’s start with the unsung heroes of Bollywood music i.e, the lyricists! Many people nowadays forget to credit them, and that really bugs me! It’s because of them that the meaning and soul of the songs are put forth! So three cheers for the lyricists! And below are the lyricists who really did astonishing work this year!

• Top 20: Best Lyrics

1. Gulzar for Bismil (Haider)

2. Rashmi Singh for Darbadar (Citylights)

3. Irshad Kamil for Sooha Saaha (Highway)

4. Irshad Kamil for Patakha Guddi (Highway)

5. Amitabh Bhattacharya for Maaloom (Lekar Hum Deewana Dil)

6. Gulzar for Khul Kabhi (Haider)

7. Mithoon for Banjaara (Ek Villain)

8. Amitabh Verma for Preet (Khoobsurat)

9. Manoj Muntashir for Galliyan (Ek Villain)

10. Gulzar for Baawra (Kill/Dil)

11. Priya Saraiya for Mileya Mileya (Happy Ending)

12. Rashmi Singh for Soney Do (Citylights)

13. Gulzar for Sajde (Kill/Dil)

14. Amitabh Bhattacharya for Zehnaseeb (Hasee Toh Phasee)

15. Irshad Kamil for Manwa Laage (Happy New Year)

16. Amitabh Bhattacharya for Chaandaniya (2 States)

17. Irshad Kamil for Ashq Na Ho (Holiday)

18. Adnan Dhool & Rabbi Ahmed for Awari (Ek Villain)

19. Prashant Ingole for Adhure (Mary Kom)

20. Anvita Dutt for Harjaaiyaan (Queen)


Now to list the best Singers (Female) of the year!

• Top 10: Best Singers (Female)

1. Neeti Mohan for Darbadar (Citylights)

2. Jyoti & Sultana Nooran for Patakha Guddi (Highway)

3. Rekha Bhardwaj for Jagaave Saari Raina (Dedh Ishqiya)

4. Shalmali Kholgade for Shayarana (Daawat-e-Ishq)

5. Shreya Ghoshal for Manwa Laage (Happy New Year)

6. Harshdeep Kaur for Uff (Bang Bang!)

7. Nandini Srikar for Harjaaiyaan (Queen)

8. Sunidhi Chauhan for Adhure (Mary Kom)

9. Jasleen Kaur Royal for Preet (Khoobsurat)

10. Kanika Kapoor for Baby Doll (Ragini MMS 2)


Time for the male singers! 

• Top 10: Best Singers (Male)

1. Sukhwinder Singh for Bismil (Haider)

2. Arijit Singh for Gulon Mein Rang Bhare (Haider)

3. Mohammed Irfan for Banjaara (Ek Villain)

4. Arijit Singh for Manwa Laage (Happy New Year)

5. Shankar Mahadevan for Baawra (Kill/Dil)

6. Ankit Tiwari for Galliyan (Ek Villain)

7. Vishal Dadlani for Aao Na (Haider)

8. Sonu Nigam for Bhagwan Hai Kahan Re Tu (Pk)

9. Arijit Singh for Ashq Na Ho (Holiday)

10. Nakash Aziz for Beqasoor (Lekar Hum Deewana Dil)


The best songs… Out of the thousands of songs that released this year, here are the Lucky 20 according to me!

Top 20: Best Songs

1. Bismil from Haider (Vishal Bhardwaj / Sukhwinder Singh / Gulzar)

2. Patakha Guddi from Highway (A.R. Rahman / Jyoti & Sultana Nooran / Irshad Kamil)

3. Mileya Mileya from Happy Ending (Sachin-Jigar / Rekha Bhardwaj, Priya Andrews & Jigar Saraiya / Priya Saraiya)

4. Manwa Laage from Happy New Year (Vishal-Shekhar / Shreya Ghoshal & Arijit Singh / Irshad Kamil)

5. Awari from Ek Villain (Soch The Band / Momina Mustehsan & Adnan Dhool / Soch The Band)

6. Darbadar from Citylights (Jeet Gannguli / Neeti Mohan / Rashmi Singh)

7. Banjaara from Ek Villain (Mithoon / Mohammed Irfan / Mithoon)

8. Gulon Mein Rang Bhare from Haider (Vishal Bhardwaj / Arijit Singh / Faiz Ahmed Faiz & Gulzar)

9. Harjaiyaan from Queen (Amit Trivedi / Nandini Srikar / Anvita Dutt)

10. Tu from Bobby Jasoos (Shantanu Moitra / Papon & Shreya Ghoshal / Swanand Kirkire)

11. Baawra from Kill/Dil (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy / Shankar Mahadevan & Nihira Joshi-Deshpande / Gulzar)

12. Maaloom from Lekar Hum Deewana Dil (A.R. Rahman / Jonita Gandhi & Hriday Gattani / Amitabh Bhattacharya)

13. Jagaave Saari Raina from Dedh Ishqiya (Vishal Bhardwaj / Rekha Bhardwaj & Birju Maharaj / Gulzar)

14. Sajde from Kill/Dil (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy / Arijit Singh & Nihira Joshi-Deshpande / Gulzar)

15. Galliyan from Ek Villain (Ankit Tiwari / Ankit Tiwari / Manoj Muntashir)

16. Ashq Na Ho from Holiday (Pritam / Arijit Singh / Irshad Kamil)

17. Meherbaan from Bang Bang! (Vishal-Shekhar / Ash King, Shilpa Rho & Shekhar Ravjiani / Anvita Dutt & Kumaar)

18. Pakeezah from Ungli (Gulraj Singh / Gulraj Singh / Manoj Yadav)

19. Khamma Ghani from Happy Ending (Sachin-Jigar / Papon, Smita & Vidhi / Amitabh Bhattacharya)

20. Preet from Khoobsurat (Sneha Khanwalkar / Jasleen Kaur Royal / Amitabh Verma)


And finally, the best albums… As a whole, an album should have all excellent songs in it, as it helps the film as well. A soundtrack in its true meaning is one in which all songs are super duper fantastic and which can be heard in one single stretch as an album. 🙂 This year’s top 20 such albums:

• Top 20: Best Albums

1. Haider

Music Label: UTV/Junglee Music/Times Music
Music by: Vishal Bhardwaj
Lyrics by: Gulzar & Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Sukhwinder Singh, Arijit Singh, Vishal Bhardwaj, Alaap Majgavkar, Sourabh Joshi, Mayukh Sarkar, Muzamil Bhawani, Bashir Bhawani, Bashir Lone, Suresh Wadkar, Shraddha Kapoor & Rekha Bhardwaj
Music Mastani Rating: सां

 

2. Happy Ending 

Music Label: Eros Music
Music by: Sachin-Jigar
Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya, Priya Saraiya & Ashish Pandit
Singers: Amitabh Bhattacharya, Jigar Saraiya, Divya Kumar, Rekha Bhardwaj, Priya Andrews, Shefali Alvares, Shruti Pathak, Rahul Pandey, Siddharth Basrur, Priya Saraiya, Arijit Singh, Papon, Smita Jain & Vidhi Mehta
Music Mastani Rating: सां

 

3. Mary Kom

Music Label: Zee Music Company
Music by: Shashi Suman & Shivamm Pathak
Lyrics by: Sandeep Singh & Prashant Ingole
Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Arijit Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Mohit Chauhan, Salim Merchant & Priyanka Chopra
Music Mastani Rating: सां

 

4. 2 States

Music Label: T-Series
Music by: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Singers: Amitabh Bhattacharya, Aditi Singh Sharma, Benny Dayal, Arijit Singh, Chinmayi Sripada, Shahid Mallya, Akriti Kakar, K. Mohan, Yashita Yashpal Sharma, Siddharth Mahadevan, Shankar Mahadevan, Rasika Chandrashekhar & Gaurav Gupta
Music Mastani Rating: N/A (Would have been a नी)

 

5. Citylights

Music Label: Sony Music
Music by: Jeet Gannguli
Lyrics by: Rashmi Singh
Singers: Arijit Singh, Neeti Mohan, Usha Uthup, Ustad Rashid Khan, Jeet Gannguli & Mohammed Irfan
Music Mastani Rating: नी

 

6. Lekar Hum Deewana Dil

Music Label: Eros Music
Music by: A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Singers: A.R. Rahman, Shweta Pandit, Suzanne D’Mello, Mahesh Vinayakram, Jonita Gandhi, Hriday Gattani, Shiraz Uppal, Raghav Mathur, Tanvi Shah & Nakash Aziz
Music Mastani Rating: नी

 

7. Kill/Dil

Music Label: YRF Music
Music by: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Lyrics by: Gulzar
Singers: Sonu Nigam, Shankar Mahadevan, Sukhwinder Singh, Arijit Singh, Nihira Joshi-Deshpande, Sunidhi Chauhan, Siddharth Mahadevan, Adnan Sami, Udit Narayan, Rasika Chandrashekhar, Jaaved Jaaferi, Loy Mendonsa, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Ali Zafar & Gulzar
Music Mastani Rating: नी

 

8. Shaadi Ke Side/Effects

Music Label: T-Series
Music by: Pritam Chakraborty & Mikey McCleary
Lyrics by: Swanand Kirkire, Mayur Puri, Amitabh Bhattacharya & Ankur Tewari
Singers: Jazzy B, Divya Kumar, IshQ Bector, Nikhil Paul George, Neeti Mohan, Mili Nair, Shahid Mallya, Poorvi Koutish, Alam Lohar, Arif Lohar, Suchi, Arijit Singh, Farhan Akhtar, Mohit Chauhan & Diva
Music Mastani Rating: नी

 

9. Hasee Toh Phasee

Music Label: Sony Music
Music by: Vishal-Shekhar
Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya & Kumaar
Singers: Sunidhi Chauhan, Benny Dayal, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani, Chinmayi Sripada, Shreya Ghoshal, Shafqat Amanat Ali, Nupur Pant, Sanam Puri & Shipra Goyal
Music Mastani Rating: नी

 

10. Yaariyan

Music Label: T-Series
Music by: Pritam Chakraborty, Mithoon, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Arko Pravo Mukherjee & Anupam Amod
Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya, Mithoon, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Arko Pravo Mukherjee & Irshad Kamil
Singers: Benny Dayal, Shefali Alvares, Mohammed Irfan, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Neha Kakkar, Gajendra Verma, Shafqat Amanat Ali, Arijit Singh, Nikhil D’Souza, KK, Vishal Dadlani, Anupam Amod & Tulsi Kumar
Music Mastani Rating: नी

 

11. Dedh Ishqiya

Music Label: Shemaroo Entertainment Audio
Music by: Vishal Bhardwaj
Lyrics by: Gulzar
Singers: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Rekha Bhardwaj, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Jazim Sharma, Master Saleem, Shahid Mallya, Jamal Akbar, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Sukhwinder Singh & Anushka Manchanda
Music Mastani Rating: नी

 

12. Gunday

Music Label: YRF Music
Music by: Sohail Sen
Lyrics by: Irshad Kamil, Bappi Lahiri & Gautam Susmit
Singers: Javed Ali, Shadab Faridi, KK, Neeti Mohan, Vishal Dadlani, Bappi Lahiri, Arijit Singh, Neha Bhasin, Shahid Mallya, Altamash Faridi, Shadab Faridi, Sohail Sen, Kinga Rhymes & Monali Thakur
Music Mastani Rating: नी

 

13. Jigariyaa

Music Label: T-Series
Music by: Agnel-Faizan & Raj-Prakash
Lyrics by: Arun Kumar, Faraaz Ahmed & Agnel Roman
Singers: Javed Ali, Vikrant Bhartiya, Prajakta Shukre, Roopkumar Rathod, Javed Bashir, Suchi, Jatinder Pal Singh, Yashika Sikka, Aishwarya Majmudar, Manjeera Ganguly& Agnel Roman
Music Mastani Rating: नी

 

14. Ek Villain

Music Label: T-Series
Music by: Ankit Tiwari, Mithoon, Adnan Dhool & Rabbi Ahmed (Soch The Band)
Lyrics by: Manoj Muntashir, Mithoon, Adnan Dhool & Rabbi Ahmed (Soch The Band)
Singers: Ankit Tiwari, Mohammed Irfan, Mustafa Zahid, Momina Mustehsan, Adnan Dhool, Arijit Singh & Shraddha Kapoor
Music Mastani Rating: ध (But grew on me later)

 

15. Pk

Music Label: T-Series
Music by: Shantanu Moitra, Ajay-Atul & Ankit Tiwari
Lyrics by: Swanand Kirkire, Amitabh Verma & Manoj Muntashir
Singers: Swaroop Khan, Shreya Ghoshal, Shaan, Sonu Nigam & Ankit Tiwari
Music Mastani Rating: नी

 

16. Daawat-e-Ishq

Music Label: YRF Music
Music by: Sajid-Wajid
Lyrics by: Kausar Munir
Singers: Javed Ali, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal, Sonu Nigam, Wajid, Shabab Sabri & Shalmali Kholgade
Music Mastani Rating: नी

 

17. Queen

Music Label: T-Series & Saregama
Music by: Amit Trivedi & Rupesh Kumar Ram
Lyrics by: Anvita Dutt & Raghu Nath
Singers: Labh Janjua, Neha Kakkar, Sonu Kakkar, Amit Trivedi, Arijit Singh, Shefali Alvares, Nikhil D’Souza, Nandini Srikar, Rupesh Kumar Ram & Asha Bhosle
Music Mastani Rating: 

 

18. Bang Bang 

Music Label: Zee Music Company / Sony Music
Music by: Vishal-Shekhar
Lyrics by: Vishal Dadlani, Anvita Dutt & Kumaar
Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Ash King, Shilpa Rao, Shekhar Ravjiani, Harshdeep Kaur, Benny Dayal & Neeti Mohan
Music Mastani Rating: नी

 

19. Holiday

Music Label: Zee Music Company / Sony Music
Music by: Pritam Chakraborty
Lyrics by: Irshad Kamil
Singers: Benny Dayal, Arijit Singh, Aditi Singh Sharma, Mika Singh, Ritu Pathak & Kunal Ganjawala
Music Mastani Rating: 

 

20. Khoobsurat

Music Label: T-Series
Music by: Sneha Khanwalkar, Badshah & Amaal Mallik
Lyrics by: Ikram Rajasthani, Badshah, Sunil Choudhury, Amitabh Verma, Sneha Khanwalkar & Kumaar
Singers: Sunidhi Chauhan, Badshah, Aastha Gill, Jasleen Kaur Royal, Priya Panchal, Mouli Dave, Armaan Malik & Sona Mohapatra
Music Mastani Rating: 

 


Other Awards:

Best Debutant Composer: Amaal Mallik for Naina (Khoobsurat)

Best Debut Singer (Female): Jyoti & Sultana Nooran for Patakha Guddi (Highway) AND Kanika Kapoor for Baby Doll (Ragini MMS 2)

Best Debut Singer (Male): Hriday Gattani for Maaloom (Lekar Hum Deewana Dil)

Most Underrated Album: Jigariyaa (Music by Agnel – Faizan & Raj – Prakash)

Best Label: YRF Music & T-Series

Most Consistent Composer: A.R. Rahman (Highway, Kochadaiiyaan, Lekar Hum Deewana Dil & Lingaa)

Most Consistent Singer (Female) : Shreya Ghoshal

Most Consistent Singer (Male) : Arijit Singh


So finally I’m done with the most awaited but the toughest and tiring job which I don’t really like to do, because it’s so difficult to choose one over others! Phew! I hope you agree with the lists (most of you won’t) but please forgive me because it’s the first time I’m doing something of the kind! 😅

So, see you again with the reviews of the new year 2015, from the next post! 🙂

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