ALBUMS OF 2017 (2017 ANNUAL WRAP-UP: PART 5)

So, this is technically the last part of the 2017 Wrap-Up, and it sums up the albums of the year — best, worst, underrated and disappointing! Without further ado, since I’m already so late, let’s jump right into it!

– Best Albums of 2017 (Top 30)

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

30. FIRANGI

Music By: Jatinder Shah
Lyrics By: Dr. Devendra Kafir, Ashraf Ali & Krishna Bhardwaj
Singers: Sunidhi Chauhan, Jyoti Nooran, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Mamta Sharma, Daler Mehndi, Devender Pal Singh & Shafqat Amanat Ali
Music Label: Zee Music Company
Music Mastani Rating: नी
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!): Sajna Sohne Jiha

 

29. QARIB QARIB SINGLLE

Music By: Rochak Kohli, Vishal Mishra & Ali Merchant
Lyrics By: Hussain Haidry & Raj Shekhar
Singers: Jyoti Nooran, Sultana Nooran, Atif Aslam, Papon, Antara Mitra, Neeti Mohan, Vishal Mishra & Rochak Kohli
Music Label: Zee Music Company
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Jaane De

 

28. BAREILLY KI BARFI

Music By: Tanishk Bagchi, Tanishk-Vayu, Arko Pravo Mukherjee & Samira Koppikar
Lyrics by: Shabbir Ahmed, Tanishk-Vayu, Arko Pravo Mukherjee & Punit Sharma
Singers: Dev Negi, Shraddha Pandit, Pawni Pandey, Pravesh Mallick, Harshdeep Kaur, Yasser Desai, Altamash Faridi, Tanishk Bagchi, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Ayushmann Khurrana, Sumedha Karmahe, Arijit Singh & Samira Koppikar
Music Label: Zee Music Company
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Nazm Nazm (Ayushmann)

 

27. TOILET: EK PREM KATHA

Music By: Vickey Prasad, Manas-Shikhar & Sachet-Parampara
Lyrics By: Siddharth-Garima
Singers: Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Sukhwinder Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Palak Muchhal, Sachet Tandon & Parampara Thakur
Music Label: T-Series
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Gori Tu Latth Maar

 

26. BABUMOSHAI BANDOOKBAAZ

 

Music By: Gaurav Dagaonkar, Abhilash-Joel, Debojyoti Mishra & R.D. Burman
Lyrics By: Ghalib Asad Bhopali & Anand Bakshi
Singers: Armaan Malik, Orunima Bhattacharya, Vivek Naik, Neha Kakkar, Papon & Mohit Chauhan
Music Label: Saregama
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Barfani

 

25. MOM

 

Music By: A.R. Rahman
Lyrics By: Irshad Kamil, Rianjali, Rajakumari & A.R. Rahman
Singers: A.R. Rahman, Shashaa Tirupati, Sukhwinder Singh, Blaaze, Jonita Gandhi, Suzanne D’Mello, Rianjali, Rajakumari, Darshana KT, Sudeep Jaipurwale
Music Label: T-Series
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Chal Kahin Door

 

24. JIA AUR JIA

 

Music By: Nisschal Zaveri, Sachin Gupta, Sameer Nichani & Shankar-Jaikishan
Lyrics By: Mudassar Aziz, Raqueeb Alam, Vachaspati Mishra & Hasrat Jaipuri
Singers: Asees Kaur, Nandini Srikar, Rashid Ali, Jyotica Tangri, Smita Malhotra & Shivangi Bhayana
Music Label: Zee Music Company
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Na Jaa By Nandini

 

23. NOOR 

Music By: Amaal Mallik & R.D. Burman
Lyrics by: Manoj Muntashir, Kumaar & Anand Bakshi
Singers: Armaan Malik, Amaal Mallik, Tulsi Kumar, Yash Narvekar, Sukriti Kakar & Prakriti Kakar
Music Label: T-Series
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Hai Zaroori

 

22. LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA

Music By: Zebunnisa Bangash
Lyrics by: Anvita Dutt
Singers: Zebunnisa Bangash, Malini Awasthi & Neeti Mohan
Music Label: T-Series
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Le Li Jaan

 

21. LUCKNOW CENTRAL

Music By: Arjunna Harjaie, Tanishk Bagchi, Rochak Kohli, Sukhwinder Singh & Mychael Danna
Lyrics by: Kumaar, Adheesh Verma & Sukhwinder Singh
Singers: Divya Kumar, Mohit Chauhan, Raftaar, Arijit Singh, Amit Mishra, Neeti Mohan, Sukhwinder Singh, Renesa Bagchi, Brijesh Shandilya, Arman Hasan & Vayu Srivastava
Music Label: T-Series
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Rangdaari

 

• 20 – 11 (The ‘Just-A-Tad-Less’)

20. DEAR MAYA

Music By: Anupam Roy & Sandman
Lyrics By: Irshad Kamil & Rashi Mal
Singers: Rekha Bhardwaj, Anupam Roy, Harshdeep Kaur, Jonita Gandhi & Rashi Mal
Music Label: Zee Music Company
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Sune Saaye

 

19. PHILLAURI

Music By: Shashwat Sachdev & Jasleen Kaur Royal
Lyrics By: Anvita Dutt, Shellee, Aditya Sharma & Neeraj Rajawat
Singers: Romy, Vivek Hariharan, Diljit Dosanjh, Mika Singh, Jasleen Kaur Royal, Shehnaaz Akhtar, Shilpi Paul, Anushka Sharma & Pawni Pandey
Music Label: T-Series
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Sahiba

 

18. RUNNING SHAADI

Music By: Abhishek-Akshay, Anupam Roy, Keegan Pinto, Sandeep Madhavan & Anjana Ankur Singh
Lyrics By: Manoj Yadav, Shellee, Keegan Pinto, Sonal Sehgal, Tanveer Ghazi & Anas Ali Khan
Singers: Labh Janjua, Bappi Lahiri, Kalpana Patowary, Anupam Roy, Hamsika Iyer, Sukanya Purkayastha, Sonu Kakkar, Sanam Puri & Jubin Nautiyal
Music Label: Times Music
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Mannerless Majnu

 

17. A GENTLEMAN

Music By: Sachin-Jigar
Lyrics by: Vayu Srivastava & Priya Saraiya
Singers: Benny Dayal, Shirley Setia, Siddharth Basrur, Priya Saraiya, Vishal Dadlani, Jonita Gandhi, Ash King, Raftaar, Jigar Saraiya, Sidharth Malhotra, Arijit Singh & Shreya Ghoshal
Music Label: T-Series
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Bandook Meri Laila

 

16. SECRET SUPERSTAR

Music By: Amit Trivedi
Lyrics by: Kausar Munir
Singers: Meghna Mishra, Kushal Chokshi, Sunidhi Chauhan & Mika Singh
Music Label: Zee Music Company
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Nachdi Phira

 

15. OK JAANU 

Music By: A.R. Rahman, Tanishk Bagchi & Badshah
Lyrics By: Gulzar, Hard Kaur, Navneet Virk, Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam, Kaly, Mehboob & Badshah
Singers: A.R. Rahman, Arijit Singh, Neeti Mohan, Arjun Chandy, Savithri R. Prithvi, Paroma Das Gupta, Hard Kaur, Kaly, Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam, Ashima Mahajan, Shashaa Tirupati, Jonita Gandhi, Nakash Aziz, A.R. Ameen, Jubin Nautiyal, Badshah, & Srinidhi Venkatesh
Music Label: Sony Music
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Sunn Bhavara

 

14. BADRINATH KI DULHANIA

Music By: Amaal Mallik, Tanishk Bagchi, Bappi Lahiri & Akhil Sachdeva
Lyrics by: Kumaar, Shabbir Ahmed, Akhil Sachdeva & Indeevar
Singers: Amaal Mallik, Shreya Ghoshal, Arijit Singh, Dev Negi, Monali Thakur, Neha Kakkar, Ikka, Badshah, Rajnigandha Shekhawat, Bappi Lahiri, Anuradha Paudwal, Ameen Sayani & Akhil Sachdeva
Music Label: T-Series
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Roke Na Ruke Naina

 

13. BEGUM JAAN

Music By: Anu Malik
Lyrics By: Kausar Munir & Rahat Indori
Singers: Asha Bhosle, Kavita Seth, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Sonu Nigam, Kalpana Patowary, Altamash Afridi, Shreya Ghoshal, Anmol Malik & Arijit Singh
Music Label: Times Music
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: O Re Kaharo

 

12. TUBELIGHT

Music By: Pritam Chakraborty
Lyrics By: Amitabh Bhattacharya & Kausar Munir
Singers: Amit Mishra, Kamaal Khan, Dev Negi, Nakash Aziz, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, K.K., Atif Aslam, Jubin Nautiyal, Papon, Shafqat Amanat Ali & Javed Ali
Music Label: Sony Music
Music Mastani Rating: नी
Personal Favourite Song: Main Agar

 

11. SIMRAN

Music By: Sachin-Jigar
Lyrics by: Priya Saraiya & Vayu Srivastava
Singers: Jonita Gandhi, Guru Randhawa, Sunidhi Chauhan, Arijit Singh, Shalmali Kholgade, Divya Kumar, Jigar Saraiya & Mohit Chauhan
Music Label: T-Series
Music Mastani Rating: सां
Personal Favourite Song: Pinjra Tod Ke

 

• 10 – 1 (The ‘Yes-We-Made-It’)

10. QAIDI BAND

Music By: Amit Trivedi
Lyrics By: Kausar Munir, Habib Faisal, Sidhant Mago & Peter Muxka Manuel
Singers: Arijit Singh, Yashita Sharma & Peter Muxka Manuel
Music Label: YRF Music
Music Mastani Rating: सां
Personal Favourite Song: Phir Nayi

 

9. CHEF

Music By: Raghu Dixit & Amaal Mallik
Lyrics by: Ankur Tewari & Rashmi-Virag
Singers: Raghu Dixit, Vishal Dadlani, Armaan Malik, Nikhita Gandhi & Shahid Mallya
Music Label: T-Series
Music Mastani Rating: सां
Personal Favourite Song: Khoya Khoya

 

8. RAAG DESH

Music By: Rana Mazumder, Ram Singh Thakuri & Siddharth Pandit
Lyrics By: Sandeep Nath, Rana Mazumder, Pt. Vanshidhar Shukla & Revant Shergill
Singers: K.K., Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan, Rana Mazumder, Revant Shergill, Siddharth Pandit & Shriya Pareek
Music Label: T-Series
Music Mastani Rating: सां
Personal Favourite Song: Tujhe Namaami Ho

 

7. RUKH

Music By: Amit Trivedi
Lyrics by: Sidhant Mago
Singers: Arijit Singh & Mohan Kannan
Music Label: Zee Music Company
Music Mastani Rating: सां
Personal Favourite Song: Khidki

 

6. RANGOON

Music By: Vishal Bhardwaj
Lyrics By: Gulzar & Lekha Washington
Singers: Sunidhi Chauhan, Arijit Singh, Rekha Bhardwaj, Sukhwinder Singh, O.S. Arun, Vishal Bhardwaj, Kunal Ganjawalla, K.K., Vivienne Pocha & Dominique Cerejo
Music Label: T-Series
Music Mastani Rating: सां
Personal Favourite Song: Tippa

 

5. SHUBH MANGAL SAAVDHAN

Music By: Tanishk-Vayu
Lyrics By: Tanishk-Vayu
Singers: Ritu Pathak, Brijesh Shandilya, Shashaa Tirupati, Ayushmann Khurrana, Mika Singh, Raja Hasan, Rajnigandha Shekhawat & Arman Hasan
Music Label: Eros Music
Music Mastani Rating: सां
Personal Favourite Song: Kanha

 

4. JAGGA JASOOS

Music By: Pritam Chakraborty
Lyrics By: Amitabh Bhattacharya & Neelesh Misra
Singers: Arijit Singh, Nikhita Gandhi, Amit Mishra, Tushar Joshi, Pritam Chakraborty, Amitabh Bhattacharya, June Banerjee, Antara Mitra, Geet Sagar, Aaroh Velankar, Sunny MR & Ashwin Kulkarni
Music Label: T-Series
Music Mastani Rating: सां
Personal Favourite Song: Phir Wahi

 

3. POORNA

Music By: Salim-Sulaiman
Lyrics By: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Singers: Arijit Singh, Vishal Dadlani, Raj Pandit & Salim Merchant
Music Label: Zee Music Company
Music Mastani Rating: सां
Personal Favourite Song: Poori Qaaynaat

 

2. MERI PYAARI BINDU

Music By: Sachin-Jigar
Lyrics By: Kausar Munir & Priya Saraiya
Singers: Parineeti Chopra, Arijit Singh, Sonu Nigam, Nakash Aziz, Jonita Gandhi, Jigar Saraiya, Sanah Moidutty, Clinton Cerejo, Dominique Cerejo & Monali Thakur
Music Label: YRF Music
Music Mastani Rating: सां
Personal Favourite Song: Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin

 

1. JAB HARRY MET SEJAL

Music By: Pritam Chakraborty, Diplo & Rocky Wellstack
Lyrics By: Irshad Kamil
Singers: Sunidhi Chauhan, Shahid Mallya, Arijit Singh, Shefali Alvares, Shalmali Kholgade, Jyoti Nooran, Sultana Nooran, Dev Negi, Aman Trikha, Tushar Joshi, Mohit Chauhan, Nikhita Gandhi, Diljit Dosanjh, Neeti Mohan, Tochi Raina, Nikhil D’Souza, Pardeep Singh Sran, Jonita Gandhi, Mohammed Irfan & Cuca Rosetta
Music Label: Sony Music
Music Mastani Rating: सां
Personal Favourite Song: Ghar

 

 

Those were the Top 30 albums of 2017!!

 

– 5 WORST ALBUMS OF 2017

(In other words, zero expectations and zero delivery)

• Coffee With D (Music by Superbia)

• Sarkar 3 (Music by Ravi Shankar, Rohan-Vinayak & Niladri Kumar)

• Guest Iin London (Music by Raghav Sachar & Amit Mishra)

 Sweetiee Weds NRI (Music by Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Raaj Aashoo, Jaidev Kumar, Palash Muchhal)

• Ram Ratan (Music by Bappi Lahiri)

 

– 10 Underrated Albums of 2017

• Poorna (Music by Salim-Sulaiman)

• Rukh (Music by Amit Trivedi)

• Raag Desh (Music by Rana Mazumder & Siddharth Pandit)

• Qaidi Band (Music by Amit Trivedi)

• Begum Jaan (Music by Anu Malik)

• Running Shaadi (Music by Abhishek-Akshay, Keegan Pinto, Anupam Roy, Anjana Ankur Singh & Sandeep Madhavan)

• Dear Maya (Music by Anupam Roy)

• Lipstick Under My Burkha (Music by Zebunnisa Bangash)

• Jia Aur Jia (Music by Nisschal Zaveri & Sachin Gupta)

• Babumoshai Bandookbaaz (Music by Gaurav Dagaonkar, Abhilash-Joel & Debojyoti Mishra)

 

– 5 Disappointing Soundtracks of 2017

• Half Girlfriend (Music by Tanishk Bagchi, Farhan Saeed, Mithoon, Ami Mishra & Rahul Mishra)

 Machine (Music by Tanishk Bagchi & Dr. Zeus)

• Munna Michael (Music by Tanishk Bagchi, Vishal Mishra, Tanishk-Vayu, Pranay Rijia, Meet Bros. & Javed-Mohsin)

• Raabta (Music by JAM8, Meet Bros & Pritam Chakraborty)

• Mubarakan (Music by Amaal Mallik & Gourov-Roshin)

 

 

And with that, we come to the end of my 2017 Wrap-Up! I hope you enjoyed it, and do leave your comments below about any way to improve it next year! 🙂

SINGERS OF 2017 (2017 ANNUAL WRAP-UP: PART 4)

Singers make the song as lively as they sound, they make the song ultimately appeal to the common listener. So, before the new year starts, let’s honour the best singers (female and male) of the year!!

 

Best Singers of 2017

– Best Female Singers of 2017 (Top 20)

20. Sunidhi Chauhan for Bloody Hell (Rangoon)

This was one of the first big solo female songs of the year, and Sunidhi’s powerhouse perfromance made it all the more enjoyable. Sunidhi knows how to infuse life into such numbers, and the husky texture of her voice helps even more!

19. Neha Bhasin for Dil Diyan Gallan (Unplugged) [Tiger Zinda Hai]

Just as she made magic with her rendition of the most famous romantic song of 2016, ‘Jag Ghoomeya’, this time, Neha Bhasin strikes back with her rendition of ‘Dil Diyan Gallan’, and Vishal-Shekhar’s Kashmiri touch along with her amazing folksy accent make the song sound great, though not as great as ‘Jag Ghoomeya’.

18. Prakriti Kakar for Hai Zaroori (Noor)

This subtle sad song just might be Prakriti’s big relaunch, but sadly, it is one of the most underrated and unnoticed songs of the year.

17. Monali Thakur for Khol De Baahein (Meri Pyaari Bindu)

Monali’s feathery voice suited this lullaby-ish melody. The saccharine quality of Monali’s voice especially helped the Bengali portions of the song sound sweet for non-Bengali listeners as well!

16. Yashita Sharma for Phir Nayi (Qaidi Band)

Yashita Sharma doesn’t get too many songs in the films, but Amit Trivedi now seems to be bent on pushing this talented singer forward. The fact that he made her sing the entire album of ‘Qaidi Band’ alongside Arijit Singh only proves the point. Her sweet rendition of this melodious number was really memorable.

15. Meghna Mishra for O Re Manwa (Secret Superstar)

Yet another talented singer, this time a teenager, backed by Amit Trivedi. The sixteen-year-old got the debut of her dreams with this album, and this song was a beautiful rendition by her, poignant and subtle.

14. Orunima Bhattacharya for Barfani (Female) [Babumoshai Bandookbaaz]

Gaurav Dagaonkar struck gold with this album, and alongside that, singer Orunima Bhattacharya got this very sensuous and heavenly classical melody to sing, and she nailed it!

13. Jyoti Nooran for Tera Noor (Tiger Zinda Hai)

The powerful vocals of Jyoti Nooran in a song about women empowerment — what could be remotely better than that??

12. Meghna Mishra for Nachdi Phira (Secret Superstar)

Once more, Trivedi brings the best out of a teenage singer, and this song was undoubtedly the best performance by both Trivedi and Mishra in the entire album!!

11. Shreya Ghoshal for Rozana (Naam Shabana)

I know, there was a time when Shreya had almost ten songs out of twenty in any top 20 list. But this year, this is the sole song of hers on the list, but what a song! Her mellifluous voice proves yet again that her title of ‘Nightingale’ is justified!

10. Parineeti Chopra for Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin (Meri Pyaari Bindu)

Wait a second, keep those tomatoes and eggs with yourselves, because even though I know I shouldn’t be adding an actor on a list of top singers, you’ve got to admit that nobody other than Parineeti with her beautiful husky voice, could’ve sung this ghazal better.

9. Kalpana Patowary for O Re Kaharo (Begum Jaan)

This tear-inducing rendition of the heart-rending song, deserves as many accolades as it can get. However, with the tanking of the film, the album got forgotten as well!

8. Ronkini Gupta for Rafu (Tumhari Sulu)

Many people think Ronkini is a debutante, but she has sung before this in ‘Aankhon Dekhi’ (music by Sagar Desai). In this song, she wonderfully uses her classically-trained voice in a way that makes this mellow composition even more deep.

7. Nandini Srikar for Na Jaa Reprise (Jia Aur Jia)

In probably her only film song this year, Nandini Srikar gives an unforgettably soulful rendition of a semiclassical song composed by a newcomer! Her strong voice gives the song more emotion than it would have with another singer — as we saw when Asees Kaur sang another version of the same song.

6. Rekha Bhardwaj for Yeh Ishq Hai (Female) [Rangoon]

Now, Rekha sang almost five songs for ‘Rangoon’, but this one is seared in my memory, because of the divine way in which she sang it! This Sufi version of ‘Yeh Ishq Hai’ scores way higher than Arijit’s version, because the Sufi styled singing by Mrs. Bhardwaj makes it more heavenly.

5. Shashaa Tirupati for Chal Kahin Door (Mom)

The sweet self-discovery number scored by Rahman for ‘Mom’, would not have been the same if Shashaa Tirupati had not sung it. The talented singer had a really successful year, and this is only one of the great songs that she sang this year!

4. Rekha Bhardwaj for Badnaam Jiya De Gaari (Anaarkali Of Aarah)

One of the rare songs Mrs. Bhardwaj sang out of ‘Rangoon’ this year, this one is a beautiful THUMRI, with shades of Naushad’s composition style. But without the seasoned voice and vocal prowess of Rekha Bhardwaj, it would have been tough to connect to the melody, and drown in the song!

3. Shashaa Tirupati for Sunn Bhavara (OK Jaanu)

One more Shashaa song, and another classical melody. Shashaa uses all her classical training to infuse life into this one, and the result is a soulful and cute song!

2. Madhushree for Soja Zara (Baahubali 2: The Conclusion)

We all know by now that this song was a lullaby-cum-Krishna-pooja. The choice of Madhushree as the lead vocalist though, was a brave one by Kreem, and how delighted they must’ve been to see that the result was so charming!

1. Shashaa Tirupati for Kanha (Shubh Mangal Saavdhan)

This is definitely my favourite song of the year as far as the vocals go! Shashaa yet again channels her classical singing prowess, this time, with quirky additions in English, and the result is yet another beautiful melody, where Shashaa sounds a lot like Shreya Ghoshal!

Female Singers I Missed in 2017: Last year, too, I missed Shilpa Rao’s voice even though she had ‘Bulleya’ (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil) to her credit, but this year, she was practically absent from the scene! Also, Neeti Mohan was almost absent until the second half, but she got a string of mediocre songs after that, and almost no solo songs!
– Best Male Singers of 2017 (Top 20)

20. Arijit Singh for Roke Na Ruke Naina (Badrinath Ki Dulhania)

The subtlety with which Arijit sang this sad number is definitely something to be noticed and remembered. Yes, there wasn’t much different in the way he sang it, but he did carry the melody with a charm and maturity.

19. Mika Singh for Laddoo (Shubh Mangal Saavdhan)

I know, I know, it would otherwise be weird to have a Mika song on the Top 20 male singers list, but I’ve got to give his one to him — his splendidly delightful performance in this song was one of the main reasons it succeeded!

18. Arijit Singh for O Saathi (Shab)

Many people still wouldn’t know about this song, but Arijit’s amazing aalaaps in this song definitely make for it, a place in this list of mine!

17. Mohit Chauhan for Baras Ja (Simran)

Mohit Chauhan has been relegated to the background with the advent of singers like Arijit and Armaan, but he does still get one odd amazing song to sing, and this year Sachin-Jigar took care of that. This song is one of his most soulful renditions, and I’m sure it would’ve created more impact, had it been released and promoted better!

16. Armaan Malik for Uff Yeh Noor (Noor)

One of Armaan’s early releases this year, this was a fun and cute and enjoyable song, thanks to his boisterous singing, and amazing expression!

15. Benny Dayal for O Mere Sanam (The House Next Door)

Once more, a singer with a very little nu!ber of songs this year, but the song that features on this list has to be one of the greatest performances of his, in his entire career! I wish composers learn from this and go back to using Benny as a romantic singer!!

14. Arijit Singh for Jhumritalaiyya (Jagga Jasoos)

A cute and charming youngsters’ love song from the very brave film ‘Jagga Jasoos’, which dared to make such conversational songs as a part of its soundtrack, and rendered wonderfully by Arijit, this had to be on the list.

13. Atif Aslam for Jaane De (Qarib Qarib Singlle)

The melancholic melody was great on its own, but Atif’s soulful singing and amazing nuances infused in it, a different quality of its own, which no other singer could have done. Hence, it features on my list.

12. Shahid Mallya for Khoya Khoya (Chef)

Yet another lesser known song, but Shahid’s rendition in his distinct rustic voice, made it one of my favourite songs of the year, not to mention one of the most unique male songs of the year.

11. Arijit Singh for Hawayein (Jab Harry Met Sejal)

The song which created a huge ripple across the nation, this one was rendered beautifully by Arijit, and with the King of Romance SRK featuring in the video, it was a double treat. At the end of the day, though, it was Arijit’s amazing charisma that made the song an instant hit, and a song to stay forever.

10. Armaan Malik for Tere Mere (Chef)

Now even though this song was removed from the album, it remains one of Armaan’s most perfect performances, with amazing nuances taken by him at every turn of the song.

9. Arijit Singh for Haareya (Meri Pyaari Bindu)

This year, just like every year, Arijit got a number of hit songs, but some remain in the top 10 for a reason. This song is here because Arijit Singh sang the song in Ayushmann Khurrana’s style, a method which singers would adopt in the past, so that the song would seem more genuine. And here, Arijit Singh nails it; as much as Ayushmann gets credit for lip-syncing so well!

8. Arijit Singh for Enna Sona (OK Jaanu)

This song was one of the first Arijit songs to release in 2017, and it became an instant hit, thanks to the amazing singing by Arijit.

7. Tushar Joshi for Musafir (Jagga Jasoos)

It’s usually the lesser-known songs that have the best vocals, lyrics, music etc. This song is the debut of Tushar Joshi, who turns out to be a strong contender among the likes of Armaan and Arijit. His voice texture is amazing and I’m sure Pritam will push and promote him even more in the next section of movies he signs!

6. Javed Bashir for Seene Mein Lagi Aag (Mirza Juuliet)

When this song released I was surprised that such a great song had gone into a film which probably nobody will notice. I do my bit of promoting the song and Javed’s amazing performance, by placing it at the sixth position.

5. Sonu Nigam for Mann Beqaid Huva (Anaarkali Of Aarah)

Sonu Nigam got many songs that didn’t deserve his voice, this year. But this one was a song that deserved Sonu and only Sonu. The charming composition by Rohit Sharma needed a feathery voice like Sonu’s to propel it. Again, should’ve reached more earphones across the world.

4. Arijit Singh for Safar (Jab Harry Met Sejal)

No words for this. Just drown into Arijit’s voice.

3. Vishal Dadlani for Banjara (Chef)

A power packed performance by one of the greatest singer composers of the industry, this one is also an emotional journey song, made better by Vishal’s singing.

2. Armaan Malik for Barfani (Babumoshai Bandookbaaz)

Armaan in a classical song, was a dream come true. The man can really sing perfectly, though it didn’t seem like he could, based on his contemporary numbers. However, he proves us wrong with this spellbinding performance in yet another very underrated song of the year.

1. Sudeep Jaipurwale for Be Nazaara (Mom)

I never expected a debutant to top my list of male singers, but I am proud that it is for such a strong performance, a classical performance that would make even the top Bollywood singers of these days feel insecure!

 

Male Singers I Missed in 2016: Just like last year, I missed K.K. a lot; though he sang some songs in small albums, whose compositions were quite middling, I wished he had got some good song in a big film! Also, Javed Ali, who only sang a song in ‘Tubelight’ and if anything else, I can’t remember. Sonu Nigam too, should’ve sung better songs!

– Best Duets of 2017 (Male-Female, Male-Male & Female-Female included!) {Top 20}

20. Amit Mishra & Neeti Mohan for Meer-e-Kaarwaan (Lucknow Central)

19. Sonu Nigam & Shreya Ghoshal for Hans Mat Pagli (Toilet: Ek Prem Katha)

18. Diljit Dosanjh & Neeti Mohan for Raula (Jab Harry Met Sejal)

17. Amit Mishra & Arijit Singh for Galti Se Mistake (Jagga Jasoos)

16. Nakash Aziz & Dev Negi for Naach Meri Jaan (Tubelight)

15. Sonu Nigam & Palak Muchhal for Gori Tu Latth Maar (Toilet: Ek Prem Katha)

14. Arijit Singh & Nikhita Gandhi for Ullu Ka Pattha (Jagga Jasoos)

13. Jyoti Nooran & Sultana Nooran for Khatam Kahani (Qarib Qarib Singlle)

12. Clinton Cerejo & Dominique Cerejo for Iss Tarah (Meri Pyaari Bindu)

11. Arijit Singh & Nikhita Gandhi for Raabta (Raabta)

10. A.R. Ameen & Anjali Gaikwad for Mard Maratha (Sachin: A Billion Dreams)

9. Arko Pravo Mukherjee & Asees Kaur for Kaari Kaari (Dobaara)

8. Sonu Nigam & Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for Aazaadiyan (Begum Jaan)

7. Romy & Pawni Pandey for Sahiba (Phillauri)

6. Nikhita Gandhi & Mohit Chauhan for Ghar (Jab Harry Met Sejal)

5. Jonita Gandhi & Nakash Aziz for Saajan Aayo Re (OK Jaanu)

4. Sunidhi Chauhan & Shahid Mallya for Radha (Jab Harry Met Sejal)

3. Vishal Dadlani & Raj Pandit for Poori Qaaynaat (Poorna)

2. Jubin Nautiyal & Neeti Mohan for Bawara Mann (Jolly L.LB 2)

1. Jyoti Nooran & Sultana Nooran for Jee Ve Sohneya (Jab Harry Met Sejal)

– Best Ensemble Songs of 2017 (Top 10)

10. Dev Negi, Shraddha Pandit, Pawni Pandey & Pravesh Mallick for Sweety Tera Drama (Bareilly Ki Barfi)

9. Ash King, Jigar Saraiya, Raftaar & Sidharth Malhotra for Bandook Meri Laila (A Gentleman)

8. Dev Negi, Aman Trikha, Sunidhi Chauhan & Nooran Sisters for Butterfly (Jab Harry Met Sejal)

7. Dev Negi, Neha Kakkar, Monali Thakur, Rajnigandha Shekhawat & Ikka Singh for Badri Ki Dulhania (Badrinath Ki Dulhania)

6. Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan, K.K. & Rana Mazumder for Tujhe Namaami Ho (Raag Desh)

5. Jonita Gandhi, Mohammed Irfan & Cuca Rosetta for Yaadon Mein (Jab Harry Met Sejal)

4. Neeti Mohan, Arjun Chandy & Prithvi for Jee Lein (OK Jaanu)

3. Sukhwinder Singh, Vishal Bhardwaj, Kunal Ganjawalla & K.K. for Julia (Rangoon)

2. Sukhwinder Singh, Bhoomi Trivedi & Karsan Sagathia for Udi Udi Jaye (Raees)

1. Sunidhi Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh, Rekha Bhardwaj & O.S. Arun for Tippa (Rangoon)

So that was all for the top singers of 2017!!!

ARRANGEMENTS AND PROGRAMMING IN 2017 (2017 ANNUAL WRAP-UP: PART 3)

These days, most people don’t seem to notice the arrangements or music in a film, because it is obviously overpowered by the singers, tune and lyrics. But for me, the arrangements are definitely something to listen to carefully. It is quite fun to see which instrument a composer decides to put where. Also, many times, the arrangements are done by other people, programming is done by specific programmers! So, to give these hard workers their due, I decided to include this as a part of my Wrap-Up.

Arrangements might not be interesting to listen to, for everyone, but know this: they are undoubtedly the parts of the song that make you love it or hate it subconsciously. Even if you do not pay attention to the music, when the lyrics are going on, it is obvious that the music is playing some games with your brain — if it is playing good games, you like the song. Otherwise, you don’t!

So let’s see what my favourite (top 20) song arrangements and programming of the year, are!

Best Arrangements & Programming in 2017 — Top 20

20. Lagdi Hai Thaai (Simran)

Arranged & Programmed:- Sachin- Jigar
Additional Programming:- Rajat Nagpal
Mix & Mastered:- Shadaab Rayeen
Mix Assistant Engineer:- Abhishek Sortey
Music Production Head: Romil Ved
Live Instruments:
Strokes:- Tapas Roy
Trumpet:- Kishore Sodha
Flute:- Naveen Kumar

19. Beech Beech Mein (Jab Harry Met Sejal)

Music Production & Sound Design: Dj Phukan And Sunny M.R.
Music Programming : Rohan Chauhan,
Additional Programming And Arrangement : Sunny M.R.
Backing Vocals – Arjun Chandy, Akashdeep Sengupta
Mixed and Mastered by Shadab Rayeen @ New Edge
Assistant Engineer : Abhishek Sortey & Dhananjay Khapekar
Recording Engineers- Ashwin Kulkarni, Himanshu Shirlekar, Aaroh Velankar, Aniruddh Anantha, Alan Hertz
Music Assistants :Tushar Joshi, Amit Sawant, Shubham Shirule, Akashdeep Sengupta
Musicians :
Electric & Bass Guitar – Warren Mendonsa, Ernest Tibbs
Horns – Andrew Lippman (trombone), Ludo Louis (trumpet and flugelhorn)
Production Manager : Anupam Amod, Manoj Harsh, Supriti Banerjee

18. Chal Kahin Door (Mom)

Additional Programming – Ishaan Chhabra, Jerry Vincent, Tr Krishna Chetan, Pawan Chilamkurthi, Parag Chhabra, Kumaran Sivamani, Gulraj Singh
Music Supervision By Rianjali, Srinidhi Venkatesh
Mixed By Ishaan Chhabra & Tr Krishna Chetan
Mastered By Suresh Permal
Flute – Naveen Kumar, Kamalakar
Chennai Strings & Sunshine Orchestra – Conducted By Vj Srinivasamurthy, Recorded At Am Studios, Chennai
Guitars- Keba Jeremiah

17. Yaadon Mein (Jab Harry Met Sejal)

Music Production & Sound Design: DJ Phukan and Sunny M.R.
Music Programming : Nikhil Paul George, Ketan Sodha , Ramon Ibrahim, Sunny M.R.
portuguese guitar performance and Arrangement : Mario Pacheco
Portuguese Guitar & Cuca Roseta Recorded By Pedro Serraninho @ Atlantico Blue Studios
Mixed And Mastered By Shadab Rayeen @ New Edge
Assistant Engineer : Abhishek Sortey & Dhananjay Khapekar Recording Engineers- Ashwin Kulkarni, Himanshu Shirlekar, Aaroh Velankar, Aniruddh Anantha
Music Assistants : Tushar Joshi, Amit Sawant, Shubham Shirule, Akashdeep Sengupta
Production Manager : Anupam Amod, Manoj Harsh, Supriti Banerjee

16. Bandook Meri Laila (A Gentleman)

Arranged & Programmed by Sachin – Jigar
Music Production Head – Romil Ved
Mix & Mastered – Eric Pillai ( Future Sound Of Bombay)
Mix assistant engineers- Michael Edwin Pillai & Lucky

15. Raabta (Raabta)

Sound Design- Dj Phukan and Sunny M.R
Music Programming- Rohan Chauhan
Additional Programming- Johan Folke and Stefan
Mixed and Master by – Shadab Rayeen @ New Edge
Assistant engineer- Abhishek Sortey& Dhananjay khapekar

14. Holi Khelein (Begum Jaan)

Songs Arranged and Produced By Hitesh Modak
Songs Mixed & Mastered By Eric Pillai (The Future Sound Of Bombay)

13. Radha (Jab Harry Met Sejal)

Music Production & Sound Design: Dj Phukan and Sunny M.R.
Music Programming : Sunny M.R., Arijit Singh, Utkarsh Dhotekar and Tony DB.
Vocal cuts: Rohan Chauhan
Mixed and Mastered by Shadab Rayeen @ New Edge
Assistant engineer : Abhishek Sortey & Dhananjay Khapekar
Recording Engineers- Ashwin Kulkarni, Himanshu Shirlekar, Aaroh Velankar, Aniruddh Anantha
Music assistants : Tushar Joshi, Amit Sawant, Dev Arijit, Shubham Shirule, Akashdeep Sengupta
Percussions : Sukanto Singha, Sunny M.R.
Production Manager : Anupam Amod, Manoj Harsh, Supriti Banerjee

12. Tamma Tamma Again (Badrinath Ki Dulhania)

Mandolin – Tapas Roy
recorded at Paresh Music Studio
Programming- Tanishk Bagchi
Additional Programming- Ganesh Waghela
Mix assistant engineers – Michael Edwin Pillai & Lucky
Song mixed & mastered by Eric Pillai(future sound of bombay)
Music Supervisor: Azeem Dayani

11. Sahiba (Phillauri)

Executive Music Producer Vivek Hariharan
Backing Vocals Vivek Hariharan, Anurag Sharma, Abhiruchi Singh, Pawni Pandey, Vibha Saraf, Varsha Tripathi, Gaia
Music Producer Shashwat Sachdev
Plucked Instruments David Sinchury,Sanjoy Das, Youngmin Kim, Shashwat Sachdev
Bass Guitar Kamran ‘Mannu’ Zafar, David Sinchury, Shashwat Sachdev
Piano & Keys Shashwat Sachdev
Rhythm Section & Percussions Bashiri Johnson, Shashwat Sachdev
Dholak Manoj Kumar Hela
Czech National Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Stilec Marek at CNSO Recording Studios, Prague Orchestration by Clifford Bradley & Shashwat Sachdev
CNSO National Symphony Orchestra –
Orchestra Members
Violins Rosik Alexej, Tupy Martin, Hurnik Jiri, Vojta Pavel, Novotny Josef, Bialas Martin, Valek Martin, Silar Filip, Kaudersova Miluse, Kohoutova Marksta, Jirousek Zdenek, Bohm Petra, Vorac David, Selmeczi Jakub, Kohoutek Jiri, Hrda Pavel, Anghelescu Costin, Senova Veronika
Viola Zigmund Jiri,Untermuller Karel,Kukovic Petr,Maskova Dagmar,Bazant Vladimir,Stippl Jan,Kimel Filip,Kodad Stanislav
Cello Jahoda Milos, Kutmanova Stepanka,Janek Petr, Stehlik Roman, Havelik Martin, Sporcl Petr, Bilkova Olga, Suva Vladimir
Double Bass Nejtek Pavel, Geryková Silvia, Gardoň Jaromír, Otevřel Tomáš
Technical Support Pistora Jan
Sound Engineers – Virasat Studios, Mumbai: Shashwat Sachdev
Kailasa Studios, Mumbai Engineer: Neeraj Singh
Enzy Studios, Mumbai Engineer: Julian Mascarenhas CNSO Recording Studios, Prague Engineer: Kotzmann Jan, Katzmann Cenda
Mixed & Mastered by Shadab Rayen
Assistant to Shadab Rayen Abhishek Sortey
Artist & Repertoire Consultant Vivek Hariharan

10. Ullu Ka Pattha (Jagga Jasoos)

Music Production and Sound Design: Dj Phukan and Sunny M.R
Music Programming: Sunny M.R.
Ulule Vocals: Vivienne Poocha
Ulule Production: Dj Phukan
Assistant engineers: Abhishek Sortey & Dhananjay khapekar
Recording Engineers- Ashwin Kulkarni, Himanshu Shirlekar, Aaroh Velankar
Vocal Conductor- Tushar Joshi, Kaushik Das
Musicians :
Electric and Acoustic Guitars – Roland Fernandes, recorded at Fiddle on the roof.
Flamenco Guitars – Daniel García Diego
Mixed & Mastered by Shadab Rayeen @ New Edge
Production Manager- Anupam Amod, Manoj Harsh

9. Bawara Mann (The State Vs. Jolly L.LB 2)

Music Arrangement : Chirrantan Bhatt
Mix And Master: Vinod Verma

8. Banjara (Chef)

Acoustic Guitar: Raghu Dixit
Percussions: Vikram Rozario
Bass: Gaurav Vaz
Group Vocals: Nimish Shah, Bhavani, Nikitha Venkatesh, Sunaina Benne, Parag Chabra, Nakul Abhyankar
Programming and Arrangement: Nakul Abhyankar
Guitars: Sanjay Kumar
Recording and Premix Engineer: Anirudh Sankaran
Programming, Backing Vocals and Strings Arrangement: Nakul Abhyankar
Recorded by Aditya Srinivasan at Wandering Minstrel Studios, Bengaluru.
Mixed and Mastered by Balu Thankachan at 20dB Sound Studios, Chennai.
Assisted by Sethu Thankachan.

7. Tippa (Rangoon)

Music Producers:​​Clinton Cerejo, Hitesh Sonik & Ketan Sodha
Violin:​​​​Suresh Lalwani
Choir Arrangements:​​Neuman Pinto
Recorded By:​​​Salman Khan Afridi @ Studio Satya, Mumbai.
Mixed By:​​​Steve Fitzmaurice for 365 Artists
Assistant Mix Engineer:​Charles Wong
Mixed at:​​​The Pierce Rooms, London
Mastered by:​​​Christian Wright@ Abbey Road Studios, London.

6. Sunn Bhavara (OK Jaanu)

Kora – Keba Jeremiah Tabla – Sai Shravanam Additional Programming – Ishaan Chhabra Mixed by Ishaan Chhabra, TR Krishna Chetan Mastered by Tony Joy

5. Badnaam Jiya De Gaari (Anaarkali Of Aarah)

Arrangers/Programmers – Rohit Sharma & Ashish Chakrabarty

4. Soja Zara (Baahubali 2: The Conclusion)

Arrangers/Programmers – G.Jeevan Babu
Flute- Naveen Kumar

3. Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin (Meri Pyaari Bindu)

Programming & Arrangements: Sachin-Jigar
Mix Engineers: Shantanu Hudlikar & Abhishek Khandelwal
Recording Engineer: Abhishek Khandelwal & Mansi Tare
Recorded & Mixed At: YRF studios
Music Production Head: Romil Ved

Live Instruments:
Guitars: Krishna Pradhan
Piano: Rinku Rajput
Flute: Shreeram Sampath
Sarangi: Dilshad Khan
Percussions: Arun Solanki

2. Kanha (Shubh Mangal Saavdhan)

Programmed by -Sourav Roy & Tanishk Bagchi
Violin – Manas
Sarod – Pradeep Barot
Additional Percussions – Krishna Kishore.
All Live Instruments Recorded at Tanishk’s Studio
Mix Assistant Engineers – Lucky
Additional Programming by – Tanishk and Kishor
Mixed by – Michael Edwin Pillai (Future Sound of Bombay)
Mastered by – Eric Pillai (Future Sound of Bombay)
Recorded at: Re n Raga Studio (Henry Moniz) and Paresh Music (Parth and Chakir)

1. Udi Udi Jaye (Raees)

Live Percussions by : Nitish Ranadive
Mandolin and Charango by : Tapas Roy
Bass : Vin Benjamin
Kantele by : Jutta Pesonen
Additional Arrangements :- Vrashal Chavan , Nitesh Bisht
Recording Engineers : Yash Divecha and Nitesh Bisht
Mixed By: Yash Divecha and Nitesh Bisht at Omgrown Music, Mumbai
Mastered By: Donal Whelan at Hafod Mastering, Wales
Assistant Engineers : Priyank Sharma , Girish Patro , Shayan Chakraborty
Executive Producer for Omgrown Music: Sona Mohapatra

 

So that was all for arrangements and programming! I hope you enjoyed the list! Please share your favourites below in the comments!

Next up: we will honour the celebrated singers of the year!!

LYRICS OF 2017 (2017 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 2017, 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!

This year, I especially noticed two lyricists who were highly consistent. Kausar Munir and Irshad Kamil. The two are seasoned artists, and have always written great stuff, but this year was an exceptional one for both of them. Also, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Gulzar and Manoj Muntashir too, had a great stint at writing, this year.

So let’s recall the best lyrics of the year!

 

Best Lyrics of 2017 — Top 20

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

20. Nazm Nazm (Bareilly Ki Barfi)

Lyrics by: Arko Pravo Mukherjee

This song from the charming romantic movie, that was truly the sleeper hit of the year, was a charming romantic ballad that highlights what one feels like in the initial stages of love. The composer, Arko, usually writes his songs himself, and as is the case here, it usually results in phenomenal poetry!

“Mere dil ke lifaafe mein, tera khat hai jaaneya,
Nacheez ne kaise paa li kismat yeh jaaneya ve!”

 

19. Jhumritalaiyya (Jagga Jasoos)

Lyrics by: Neelesh Misra

When the song is written with a certain boyish scharm, it somehow appeals more. Neelesh’s genius in describing a world that conspires to make the protagonist’s heart feel happy, as the heart’s servants, is especially exceptional!

“Duniya yeh thodi thodi hai behtar lagey,
dil ke naukar-o-chaakar lagey,
Jhuk ke poochhe kya hai aarzoo!”

 

18. Main Kaun Hoon (Secret Superstar)

Lyrics by: Kausar Munir

This album, though it featured quite stereotypical rock music from Trivedi, was redeemed by Kausar Munir’s beautiful lyrics. This particular song was the quintessential ‘doubt-yourself-on-the-way-to-your-goal’ song, but Kausar moulding her pen into that of a fourteen-year-old, made it all the more relatable!

“Darr lagta hai sapno se, kar dein na yeh tabaah,
Darr lagta hai apno se, de dein na yeh dagaa!”

 

17. Aazaadiyaan (Begum Jaan)

Lyrics by: Kausar Munir

The travails of a country just broken into two parts by partition was beautifully captured by Kausar Munir in this heart-rending song. The feelings of both countries’ citizens were mutual, with their home sweet homes lost, and all their treasured objects and memories lost forever!

“Laadla lakdi ka jhoola, laadla mitti ka choolha,
Sohni mohni maa hai kahaan?Natkhati si meri galliyan, nazron ki chhuppan chhupaiyyan,
Gori gori baahein kahaan?
Hai woh chhat taare kahaan, hai woh chaubaare kahaan?
Hai woh dariya kinaare kahaan?”

 

16. Musafir (Jagga Jasoos)

Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya

Amitabh Bhattacharya has written the concluding song of ‘Jagga Jasoos’ so beautifully, and it gelled in with the storyline so beautifully, it was a pity it got such a less fan following, amidst the upbeat numbers like ‘Ullu ka Pattha’ and ‘Galti Se Mistake’.

“Yahaan mera tere siva, hai dooja nahin koi re,
akela mujhe chhodke, na jaana yun nirmohi re!”

 

15. Sahiba (Phillauri)

Lyrics by: Anvita Dutt

This Punjabi folksy number is beautifully written by Anvita, whose lyrics provide just the right emotion for a sad romantic number, especially with the help of the Mirza-Sahibaan love story to help propel it forward.

“Tujhse aisa uljha, dil dhaaga dhaaga khincha,
dargah pe jaise ho chaadaron sa bichha
Yun hi roz yeh udhada, buna,
Qissa ishq ka, kayi baar, humne phir se likha!
Sahibaan, sahibaan, chal wahaan jahaan Mirza!”

 

14. Ghar (Jab Harry Met Sejal)

Lyrics by: Irshad Kamil

A wonderful poetic song about separations and the ingenious metaphor of the empty house, this song is one of the most underrated songs of the year. Kamil really knows how to pen heart-touching lyrics, and with Imtiaz Ali and Pritam, it just gets better.

“Humse jaane kyun bewajah, jalte hain faaslein,
Milna tere gale par, milte hain ye gale,
Aaja mita, yeh jo hai faasla tera mera,
Khali hai Jo tere bina, main woh ghar hoon tera!”

 

13. Rafu (Tumhari Sulu)

Lyrics by: Santanu Ghatak

Newcomer composer Santanu Ghatak strikes gold with his debut song from ‘Tumhari Sulu’, and the best part is that, he writes the lyrics himself and that too, so amazing. A taste of what’s in store:

“Teri bani raahein, meri thi deewarein,
Unn deewaron pe abb maine likh li baharein,
Abb shaam hui, tu jo aaya, so gayi thi kaliyaan,
Kuch tuney si hai maine ki hai rafu, yeh doriyaan!”

 

12. Jaane De (Qarib Qarib Singlle)

Lyrics by: Raj Shekhar

Raj Shekhar — a lyricist who comes to the Bollywood scene once in a blue moon, returned this year with this song, and what a beautiful piece of poetry he has written!

“Behtar toh yeh hota, hum mile hi na hotey, magar jaane de..
Aadatan toh sochenge, hota yun toh kya hota, magar jaane de.”

 

11. Sapne Re (Secret Superstar)

Lyrics by: Kausar Munir

One more on the list by Kausar, from ‘Secret Superstar’. This one is all about dreaming, and the positive and cute lyrics by Kausar are such that anyone who has a dream to fulfil, can relate to! The feeling that a teenage girl gets when

“Aaja diary mein chhupa doon, aaja tujhko choti mein baandhoon
kahin kisi ko na dikh jaaye, sapne re, sapne re, sapne mere!”

 

10. O Re Kaharo (Begum Jaan)

Lyrics by: Kausar Munir

Once again, lyricist genius Kausar Munir writes a heart-rending bidaai song, but it transforms into a very dark and heavy song, lyrically. Test this:

“Jhumke jhoomar, naak ki kilein, ek ek karke utrenge saare,
Deti hoon tujhko jo nazrein churaake, chunari duaaon ki ye rakhna tu pehle”

 

9. Sune Saaye (Dear Maya)

Lyrics by: Irshad Kamil

This motivational song motivates you to be ready for your luck to change by 180 degrees, and keep your heart open for the numerous opportunities or roads to happiness that might be awaiting you! Kamil once again pens down beautiful words.

“Bas darvaaza kholke rakhna, khud ko itna bol ke rakhna
Aaye na mujhko, Sab rishton ko, naap ke rakhna, tol ke rakhna
Main hoon badi naadaan, poore hoke armaan,
koi pyaara mehmaan jaane, kahaan se kabhi bhi aa jaaye..”

 

8. O Re Manwa (Secret Superstar)

Lyrics by: Kausar Munir

Another one from the Secret Superstar album, by Kausar Munir. Enjoy this one without too much of a description, which will just prevent you from enjoying it earlier!

“Tinke tinke ko jodke, kyun main puliyaan banaane lagi?
woh maine chhod ke kyun nadiyaan banaane lagi?
Taare taare ko tod ke, kyun main jhoomar banaane lagi?
Chaand churaake kyun ghar main sajaane lagi?”

 

7. Phir Wahi (Jagga Jasoos)

Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya

A father-son relationship is always shown quite poignantly in our films. However, here is one song where Amitabh Bhattacharya very perfectly captures the emotion between a father (though he isn’t Jagga’s real father) and his son.

“Dil kyun joda agar dil dukhaana tha,
Aaye kyun thhe agar tumko jaana tha?
Jaate jaate labon pe bahaana tha, phir wahi..”

 

6. Enna Sona (OK Jaanu)

Lyrics by: Gulzar

The first big film of the year had a wonderful album by Rahman, including most of the Tamil film ‘O Kadhal Kanmani’s songs, remade into Hindi. However, lyricist Gulzar had to write two new songs for the Hindi audience, and one of them was this one — a heart-warming song written entirely in Punjabi.

“Kol hove te sekh lagda ae, door jaave te dil jalda ae,
Kedi agg naal, rab ne banaaya, rab ne banaaya, rab ne banaaya?
Enna sona kyun rab ne banaaya?”

 

5. Tera Noor (Tiger Zinda Hai)

Lyrics by: Irshad Kamil

Lyrically, this album was the weak point in Irshad Kamil’s career this year, but he wrote one such song that is about the way the world has changed for the worse, and it really deserves to be in the top 5 lyrics of the year. The song, fabulously crooned by Jyoti Nooran, goes like this:

“Jo thi tere wajood pe duniya, baithi hai baarood pe duniya,
Mool toh sabko bhool gaya hai, jeeti hai ab sood pe duniya,
Saare qaayde kitaabein bhool gaye, mitti mein saare phool gaye..
Mujh mein koi baat nahin, koi auqaat nahin, 
Tu hi toh hai shaan meri, tu hi hai guroor!
Kyun door… Tera noor…
Zikr-e-ilahi ka jab hai, mujhko surroor!”

 

4. Yeh Ishq Hai (Rangoon)

Lyrics by: Gulzar

This list won’t be complete without a song by Gulzar from ‘Rangoon’! This song describes the heart as a Sufi poet, and Gulzar’s piece of poetry is just perfect to complement that!

“Bekhud sa rehta hai, yeh kaisa Sufi hai,
Jaage toh Tabrizi, bole toh Rumi hai,
Yeh Ishq Hai re, yeh ishq hai!”

 

3. Hai Zaroori (Noor)

Lyrics by: Manoj Muntashir

Another very less noticed song of the year, but such  beautiful lyrics by Muntashir deserve to be noticed. The song is all about the difficulties in life and how crying sometimes helps a lot in finding a way out!

“Muskuraane ke, kitne bahaane thhe,
Phir bhi Aankhon ne, kyun nami chun li?
Dil ki baatein toh Sab aasmaani thi,
Hum hi pagal thhe, iss dil ki Jo sun li!”

 

2. Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin (Meri Pyaari Bindu)

Lyrics by: Kausar Munir

This has been on the top of my lyrics list for almost half of the year, until the one that’s below it released! A beautiful ghazal from the point of view of ex-lovers, and Munir weaves the words so carefully and thoughtfully. The result is this:

“Phool jo bandh hai, panno mein toh, usko dhool bana dena,
Baat chhide jo, meri kahin tum, usko bhool bata dena,
Lekin woh bhool ho aisi, ki jisse bazaar nahin,
Tu jo soye toh, meri tarah, ik pal ko bhi karnar nahin!
Maana ke hum yaar nahin!”

 

1. Safar (Jab Harry Met Sejal)

Lyrics by: Irshad Kamil

So the best lyrics also belong to the best album of the year, huh? And not surprising either, because Irshad Kamil and Imtiaz Ali’s collaborations always result in a song based on travel, and just like all those, this one too, is perfectly written!

(The entire song is amazing: can’t choose any particular lyrics!)


 

So those were the lyrics awards for 2017! Stay tuned for the countdowns and awards for the other departments too! 🙂

P.S. I hope I finish this year itself! 😅😆

2017 – THE YEAR THAT WAS (2017 ANNUAL WRAP-UP: PART 1)

As I did last year, I will summarize the various music albums that released this year, highlighting my favourites, my least favourites and some individuals who really didn’t fail to impress me the year round. 2017 was the year of Remakes for me, and my idea of counting the remakes resulted in a total of 40+ remakes (including remakes of pop singles) this year! The year was full of music by many well-known composers like Pritam, Amit Trivedi, Sachin-Jigar and many new talents, out of which especially Tanishk Bagchi scored high with his amazing and unconventional sound. Also, his reunion (occasionally) with his partner Vayu Srivastava also brought about a string of enjoyable numbers like the entire album for “Shubh Mangal Saavdhan”. As for composers I missed this year, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy top my list. However, next year they are returning with many albums, thankfully. Himesh Reshammiya is also somebody I missed this year; though he might not have provided the best music. Anyway, let’s get on with the month-wise summary. I apologize in advance if it is too long. I hope it keeps you hooked!

2017 – The Year That Was

January

The year started on such a low note, right in the midst of me still being obsessed with December 2016’s ‘Dangal’ by Pritam and ‘Befikre’ by Vishal-Shekhar, and the absence of good new music just made me keep listening to those two soundtracks on loop. For instance, the first album of 2017 to release was T-Series’ Kaabil, with music by Rajesh Roshan & Gourov-Roshin. Of course, Gourov-Roshin had to remake, and no wonder both the songs they remade were Rajesh Roshan songs. The only song I’d take ahead from this album would be ‘Kisi Se Pyar Ho Jaye’ by the duo, though, since it was a well-made and catchy, and most importantly, contemporary-sounding remake. The other songs by Roshan, though some were good, had very little freshness quotient. And Gourov-Roshin’s ‘Haseeno Ka Deewana’ is one of the worst songs of the year, so the less said about it, the better. The other prominent music company, Zee Music Company, had two albums in January: Coffee With D by Superbia (Gourov-Roshin-Shaan) and Raees by Ram Sampath & JAM8. The former was forgettable — I’ve already forgotten, actually. The latter was highly disappointing as well, though. Ram Sampath struck gold in the Garba ‘Udi Udi Jaye’, and the Gujju folk ‘Ghammar Ghammar’, but the rest was quite underwhelming, including a remake of ‘Laila O Laila’, which, by the way, had amazing percussion by Taufiq Qureshi. Out of JAM8’s three songs, clearly only ‘Zaalima’ has passed the test.
Sikhya Entertainment released the song from HARAAMKHOR, a typical Jasleen Kaur Royal song, but pleasant and breezy at that. Sony Music won the race in January, with the album of the debacle of a film, OK JAANU. A.R. Rahman dubbed most of his songs from ‘O Kadhal Kanmani’ for the film (the best being ‘Saajan Aayo Re’), not to mention two new beauties, ‘Sunn Bhavara’ and ‘Enna Sona’. Of course, a remake by Tanishk Bagchi featured, of a Rahman song, ‘Humma Humma’ (Bombay), which was also great if not excellent.
However, at the end of January, I was still more into ‘Dangal’ and ‘Befikre’ than these new developments!

 

February

February was quite similar to January in terms of quantity — I only reviewed four albums, and they were two each on Junglee Music & T-Series. Junglee Music ‘s account for the year started off with an underwhelming album to Irada, with Neeraj Shridhar trying a hand at composition, and succeeding only in the melodious portions of the album. Weird, because he usually sings upbeat numbers. Clearly, he composes the soft ones better! Papon’s ‘Chand Rajai Odhe’ and Harshdeep’s ‘Mahi’ stood out, but don’t make a mark when we consider the entire year. Junglee’s second album was a pleasant surprise — Running Shaadi, with its many composers, was an album I was expecting almost nothing from. Abhishek-Akshay, who never impressed me much in the past, scored high with two out of three of their songs, namely the enjoyably corny ‘Pyaar Ka Test’ and the upbeat ‘Mannerless Majnu’. Newcomer Keegan Pinto too, impressed with his songs, and Anupam Roy as always provided the much needed level-headed romance to the album.
T-Series started off with Jolly L.LB 2, another good multicomposer album from which I expected nothing but got much more. Chirrantan Bhatt’s ‘Bawara Mann’ would probably be one of the most memorable romantic songs of Bollywood. The others by Manj Musik, Meet Bros. and Vishal Khurana were situational, but enjoyable. Vishal Khurana’s Qawwali ‘O Re Rangreza’ was particularly beautiful. It was the mammoth Rangoon that finally became my favourite album of the year at that time, and made me forget my obsession with ‘Dangal’ and ‘Befikre’. Vishal Bhardwaj’s movies are always dream projects and thus, his whole heart and soul goes into making the film along with its music. The 12 tracks on the album were a show of sheer creativity and innovation, even by using the retro setting of the film. Songs like ‘Julia’, ‘Tippa’, ‘Mere Miyan Gaye England’ and ‘Bloody Hell’ were really innovative, while ‘Yeh Ishq Hai’ and ‘Alvida’ were very stereotypical but beautiful Vishal Bhardwaj melodies.
Thus, February ended on a great note with a theme-based album, but little did I know what March had in store!!

 

March

March was a good if not great month for Bollywood music, but we did get many great albums that lay in the 80s-90s range on my percentage scale. The month saw the release of a number of films of varying popularities, ranging from some with almost zero buzz to three sequels with a great amount of buzz. T-Series had the rights to the music of these three sequels (two are spin-offs), ‘Commando 2’, ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’ and ‘Naam Shabana’. While Badrinath Ki Dulhania was a great commercial album, with no song out of place or dislikeable, made with the help of three composers — Amaal Mallik, Tanishk Bagchi & newcomer Akhil Sachdeva. Naam Shabana was yet another album where the music seemed just like a side thing, and wasn’t really needed. That being said, composer Rochak Kohli did give two great songs ‘Rozana’ and ‘Zinda’ sung by Shreya and Sunidhi respectively. However, Commando 2 was a huge disappointment, composer Mannan Shaah unable to produce anything as good as the album to the first film. Armaan Malik’s ‘Tere Dil Mein’ was a brief respite though. Another big album on T-Series’ list this month was the folk-inspired Phillauri, by newcomer Shashwat Sachdev and Jasleen Royal. Jasleen’s two songs fit perfectly into her two different templates — the first being the typical Jasleen wedding song, and the other being the typical Jasleen melody — that being said, both were good songs, the latter being relaunched just recently due to the Virushka wedding! But main composer Shashwat shined with his Punjabi folk songs, and a club song with an amazing mix of hip-hop and Punjabi folk. Machine was another T-Series album, composed by Tanishk Bagchi, with one special song by Dr. Zeus. The album was highly forgettable and you wouldn’t know there was a film called ‘Machine’ had it not been for the later released ‘Cheez Badi’, a remake by Tanishk of Viju Shah’s song from ‘Mohra’, which is the only song that hit the charts or got noticed by the nation.

It was Zee Music Company’s Poorna by Salim-Sulaiman that stole the thunder this month and surpassed even ‘Rangoon’ in terms of ratings. Three heart-touching songs on the album, but alas, it went highly unnoticed, like all great albums do. Anaarkali of Aarah was another surprise from composer Rohit Sharma, another album that dared to maintain its songs according to the script. A wonderful thumri by Rekha Bhardwaj is one of the best songs of the year! Zee’s last album for the month was Trapped, another script based album, proving to be the launch vehicle of composer Alokananda Dasgupta. The songs were good, but aimed at a niche audience, and mostly background pieces. Thus, March brought on a mix of great and disappointing albums.

 

April

In April, a very small number of films released as compared to March. Bollywood produced only four albums (that I chose to review), while the other two I reviewed were a dubbed film (Bahubali 2) and a Tamil film (Kaatru Veliyidai). Keeping “Kaatru Veliyidai” aside, I’ll talk about the Hindi music.
T-Series had two albums this month — Noor by Amaal Mallik, and ‘Maatr’ by Fuzon and Kavita Seth. ‘Noor’ was Amaal’s second solo album after “M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story” and once again, he proved that he is one of the only composers among the current batch, who has the calibre of delivering a nice and complete album. In particular, ‘Hai Zaroori’ was an amazing sad song, sung beautifully by Prakriti Kakar. Maatr, on the other hand, was a yawn fest, with a song that was almost eight minutes long!
Zee Music Company too, had two albums to its credit this month — ‘Mirza Juuliet’ by Krsna Solo, and ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’ by M.M. Kreem. Mirza Juuliet was a good album, but most of it was very heard-before and not meeting the level of Krsna’s earlier work. However, Javed Bashir’s qawwali, ‘Seene Mein Lagi Hai Aag’ was delightful! Baahubali 2: The Conclusion was another album to a sequel, where the composer is expected to do better than the first instalment, but ends up delivering something that is relatively worse. Nevertheless, ‘Soja Zara’ still remains one of my favourite songs of the year, and my favourite song from both the ‘Baahubali’ albums together.
Times Music had the best album of the month, Anu Malik’s Begum Jaan, a beautiful mélange of classical and folk-based melodies, with heart and soul, transporting one to Anu Malik’s old albums like “Refugee” and “Border”.
All in all, April was a month where we heard some pleasant music!

 

May

In May, I reviewed five albums, and all five were on different music labels, which is quite a rare sight!
T-Series had its home production Hindi Medium‘s album to its credit, with a multicomposer soundtrack including Sachin-Jigar, Guru Randhawa, Intense, Rajat Nagpal and Abhijit Vaghani scoring for its songs. The soundtrack itself was forgettable, even though Sachin-Jigar had done two of its songs — of which ‘Ik Jindari’ was an amazing motivational ballad.
Sachin-Jigar returned to the scene with a bang with YRF’s Meri Pyaari Bindu, a beautiful album that remained the best album of the year for quite some time, before ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ by Pritam surpassed it three months later! The songs were full of variety, and included my favourite song of the year — ‘Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin’, which is probably the most emotional melody I’ve heard in a substantial amount of time! With this soundtrack, Sachin-Jigar proved that they too, have the potential to become the next Pritam, or Vishal-Shekhar, or Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, and prove that they can score for rom-coms just as well as these three titans can!
Zee Music Company had a much-hyped album to its credit this month — Half Girlfriend, because all of Mohit Suri’s films have had memorable albums. However, this time, the music missed the bullseye big time, and the large horde of composers including Mithoon, Tanishk Bagchi, Farhan Saeed, Rahul Mishra, Ami Mishra and Rishi Rich. If I were to choose one song though, it would be Farhan Saeed’s ‘Thodi Der’. P.S. The English songs were a miserable attempt at making things sound international.
The docu-drama Sachin: A Billion Dreams, had music by A.R. Rahman, and this album which was on Times Music, though very short, was quite in line with the movie’s theme, and the delightful ‘Mard Maratha’ saw Rahman roping in a young talent Anjali Gaikwad, who later happened to participate, and WIN Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs this year!
Eros Music had the worst album of the month, and probably the year, which was the album to Sarkar 3, an album full of weird ‘Govinda Govinda’ chants in each and every song. The album could best be described as an officially released background score of the film.
So, as you see, May was a mixed bag as far as music was concerned, ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’ being the only fully worthwhile album on the list!

 

June

June was Zee Music’s month, with them having the rights to three albums that month. The best of the three was undoubtedly Anupam Roy’s Dear Maya, with its beautiful, classically-inclined music, and wonderful lyrics by Irshad Kamil. Sandman had a guest composition which wasn’t as great. Next was the multicomposer Behen Hogi Teri, including songs from composers like Rishi Rich, Jaidev Kumar, Amjad-Nadeem, Kaushik-Akash-Guddu & Yash Narvekar. The album was good, as a rom-com’s album, but as is the case of most multicomposer albums, it would’ve been much better off, had it been composed by a single person. The last album with Zee this month was the album to the horror flick Dobaara. The album, along with the film, tanked, though it had one great song each by Arko Pravo Mukherjee and Samira Koppikar.
Out of T-Series’ two albums, Raabta by Pritam (initially), and JAM8 (eventually) and Meet Bros. was an enjoyable album, but not up to the Dinesh Vijan standard. Hence, even though it topped charts, it didn’t top the Music Mastani charts. The best to come out of the album was the introduction of the tropical house genre through its title track, and also the debut of Nikhita Gandhi! T-Series’ other album was the banal Sweetiee Weds NRI, of which I can only remember that I had loved a song by Arko, and nothing else.
The last two albums were on different music labels — YRF’s ‘Bank Chor’ and Sony Music’s ‘Tubelight’. Pritam’s charming music in Tubelight made it the album of the month, whereas the horde of multicomposer in Bank Chor could not really keep up with the comedy genre of the film, and provided a mixed affair — Rochak Kohli faring best with his song ‘Tashreef’.
At the end of June, though, a lot of new chart busters had been added to the playlist, and that’s commendable!

 

July

This month in Bollywood music was one which I wouldn’t mind if it hadn’t even existed, save for one or two albums.
Of course, the default favourite is Pritam’s Jagga Jasoos, which was on T-Series, but I would have appreciated if the company had released the background songs that played in the film, and given the composer his due for his immense four years of hard work! It’s a very saddening sight to have to see him plead to the makers for its release!!
T-Series also owned the rights to the music of the thriller Mom, a soundtrack by A.R. Rahman that was highly experimental and hence overlooked, but I would say, it was a result of a lot of effort and consistent work. The sound effects throughout the album not only increased the suspenseful feeling while watching the movie, but also gave a very unconventional sound to a script that was quite stale.
Lipstick Under My Burkha by debutante composer Zebunnisa Bangash was another worthy album this month — with its short duration, it still managed to put across the message it needed to.
Also on T-Series was the music for the comedy Mubarakan, another multicomposer album, where only Amaal Mallik shined. Rishi Rich’s title track was good too, but Gourov-Roshin’s parts of the album were avoidable!
Guest Iin London was a banal album by Raghav Sachar and Amit Mishra, but T-Series’ last album of the month, Raag Desh was an amazing patriotic delight, marking the debt of Rana Mazumder as a composer, and with a guest composition by Siddharth Pandit. The album was truly one of the surprise albums of the year.
Saregama had the rights to the album of Indu Sarkar, one of the most mediocre works from Anu Malik’s studio, with extra long songs that tested our patience only two minutes into them.
Tips Music’s Shab was the ray of hope that showed that Mithoon still has that experimental potential in him, and the album was surprisingly devoid of stereotypes, and quite melodious too.
Last and definitely not the least (with its ten songs), Eros Music released the album to their production Munna Michael, yet another multicomposer album that had nothing going for it. The only song that became famous was Javed-Mohsin’s ‘Ding Dang’ — which was bad. Vishal Mishra’s ‘Pyar Ho’ was a good romantic song though.
So as you can see, there are so many worthless albums of July 2017.

 

August

August was a phenomenal month in terms of music. A lot of top composers released their works this month, and most of the albums were amazing too.
The first to release was Divo Music’s album to the dubbed Hindi version of Dhanush-Kajol starrer VIP 2 – Lalkar, of which the songs were not made to connect with Bollywood audiences, and hence, I don’t really remember anything!
T-Series released three albums this month — all either great or good. Partition 1947 was another short album by Rahman, where the song ‘Do Dilon Ke’ shined among two other folk songs. Toilet – Ek Prem Katha scored high despite having a multicomposer album, and more importantly, comprising only debutant composers! All three debutants, of which two were duos, seized the opportunity and gave their best, Manas-Shikhar scoring highest with their ‘Gori Tu Latth Maar’. The use of seasoned singers for three out of four songs (Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Sukhwinder Singh & Sunidhi Chauhan) was another reason the songs appealed so much to the ears. T-Series’ last this month, and their best, was Sachin-Jigar’s album to the action comedy A Gentleman, which was one of those albums that makes itself appear as a complete and wholesome album. The international sound that many of the songs carried was commendable.
Zee Music’s sole album this month was Bareilly Ki Barfi, a multicomposer album with Tanishk Bagchi, Tanishk-Vayu, Samira Koppikar and Arko Pravo Mukherjee doing the honours. The upbeat songs by Tanishk and Tanishk-Vayu were the best, while the romantic songs by Samira and Arko followed suit.
Albums which I expected nothing from, like Saregama’s Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, too, fared well this month. Gaurav Dagaonkar got his due in the industry after a long time meddling in small works here and there.
Eros Music’s Sniff was one album I strictly disliked, and avoided listening to during my repeat listening of the entire year’s albums.
YRF’s Qaidi Band by Amit Trivedi was an album that proved yet again after “Bombay Velvet” that Amit Trivedi can compose an entire album based on one theme, given the situations! The use of only two singers for the entire album made it more unconventional, and it didn’t even make the listening experience boring like when Arijit sings all the songs in movies like “Aashiqui 2”. Also, YRF’s release strategy for he album was amazing; they released the entire album without releasing any singles! A brave move, but it hampered the business of the album. Anyway, music lovers like you and me, lapped it up.
And now for the month’s, and year’s best: Pritam’s Jab Harry Met Sejal. Sony Music’s terrible release strategy notwithstanding, the album is truly one of Pritam’s best works of all time, and with Imtiaz Ali’s clear vision, it turned out to be a mélange of many genres, many situations and many different musical styles. It also marked Sunidhi and Mohit singing for Pritam after long times! (2013-2015 was the last time either of them sang for him.)
With the conclusion of August, music lovers were as happy as a dog given a life long supply of dog food. There was only one really bad album, and that was a very insignificant one too, if I may say so.

 

September

September was almost as strong as August, musically. Again, it had many top composers’ works releasing, and many new talents shining.
First of all, Eros Music, who had just gotten over the failures if ‘Munna Michael’ and ‘Sniff’ in the past two months, finally earned themselves a feather in their cap with the best album of September, thanks to Tanishk-Vayu and their phenomenally enjoyable album to the comedy Shubh Mangal Saavdhan. The quirky and never-heard-before music was something characteristic of Tanishk-Vayu, and especially ‘Kanha’ remains the favourite song of the year for a number of people. Later on, Eros Music also launched the album of Newton, wherein Rachita Arora made a very promising debut with two versions of her satirical song “Chal Tu Apna Kaam Kar”.
T-Series had mannnnnny albums to their credit this year. The best was undoubtedly Sachin-Jigar’s album to Simran. The album was great, but I now realise it was a very temporary album, as in, its effect has worn off with time. Still, the music still tops anything else that released that month. Sachin-Jigar and T-Series also collaborated for Sanjay Dutt’s cry fest Bhoomi, where a dip in quality was noticed in their music, but it was still quite good, not bad.
T-Series’ other albums included ‘Lucknow Central’, ‘Daddy’, ‘Judwaa 2′, Poster Boys’ and ‘Baadshaho’. The best according to me was the multicomposer Lucknow Central, where Arjunna Harjaie returned after a year and a half and showcased immense talent in composing three of the best songs of the album. Rochak Kohli and Tanishk Bagchi joined to compose other good songs for the album. Of course, the superhit Judwaa 2 half became a superhit thanks to its music, which, though I didn’t care much for it, did top charts. The two remakes by Sandeep Shirodkar were many people’s favourites, though I preferred the original songs, by Meet Bros. and Sajid-Wajid. Speaking of Sajid-Wajid, they had only three songs by them released this year. The other two were from Daddy, and were good as always in arrangements, but bad in their compositions. Olefonken, Norwegian DJ joined them for the last song of the album, a stupid remake of Bappi Lahiri’s ‘Zindagi Meri Dance Dance’.
The other two were also avoidable albums — Baadshaho being one of the worst albums to come out of Milan Luthria’s list of albums. Poster Boys too, was an album I didn’t care to listen to again while revisiting the albums.
The last album was Saregama’s Haseena Parkar by Sachin-Jigar, another not-upto-the-mark album by them, but not bad either!
So September ended with me looping the album of ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’!

 

October

October served as the calm after the storm, even though it too had its share of great albums.
T-Series had three albums this month, the best being Raghu Dixit’s Chef which left us wishing Raghu composed for more films in Bollywood! Amaal Mallik’s guest composition ‘Tere Mere’ was beautiful too. The other albums on T-Series this month were Golmaal Again by Amaal Mallik, DJ Chetas, Lijo George, and Thaman S., And ‘Ranchi Diaries’ by Nickk, Jeet Gannguli (his only song this year!), Tony Kakkar and Bobby-Imran. ‘Golmaal Again’ was another album where Amaal Mallik shined among the other composers, though it wasn’t that his songs were exceptional too. Ranchi Diaries was another album I ‘forgot’ to listen to again. You know why.
‘Golmaal Again’ featured a remake of the song “Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate” from ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’, and its rights were in Saregama. Abhishek Arora’s remake was fine, not great.
Zee Music too had four albums this month, the best being Amit Trivedi’s Rukh, which Zee hasn’t even released completely yet. Two songs that have released though, are exceptional. Amit Trivedi also had Secret Superstar on Zee Music this year, and it was another amazing thing hat he was able to compose from the point of view of a fourteen-year-old aspirant singer. Meghna Mishra got her dream debut in an Aamir Khan film. Meanwhile, songs sung by seasoned singers like Sunidhi and Mika, were released towards the end, which was a really nice move. Amartya Rahut’s Tu Hai Mera Sunday was another surprisingly great album this month, while Jia Aur Jia was an amazing debut for Nisschal Zaveri, owner of Enzy Studios. Saregama also owned the rights to the remake of ‘Jia O Jia’, and Nisschal remade it very craftily.
October was a good month for music, but the music was not the usual loud, chartbuster music that we get every Diwali. Rather, it was soft, subdued, and just the way I like it!

 

November

November was another mixed bag. A number of albums of varying degrees of excellence released. T-Series itself released five of the ten albums. The multicomposer Tumhari Sulu was T-Series’ chartbuster album this month; it’s songs were lapped up by the public. Mikey McCleary and Sagar Desai’s Ribbon too, was an unconventional and calm album. Shail-Pritesh’s Dil Jo Na Keh Saka proved that they can arrange better than compose, and Bappi Lahiri’s  Ram Ratan should never have released (or maybe I should never have mustered up the courage to listen to it). The album to The House Next Door by Girissh G, was commendable, but only one song, i.e, ‘O Mere Sanam’ was a great romantic song of Mithoon’s level.
Zee Music too, owned one good and one great album. The good album was the multicomposer Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana, an album full of clichéd-ness and romance that had staled a couple of years ago. The great album on the other hand, was Rochak Kohli and Vishal Mishra’s Qarib Qarib Singlle, also the best album of the month. The songs were novel-sounding and catchy, making it enjoyable.
Saregama released the only song of Ittefaq, an above average remake of “Raat Baaki” from “Namak Halaal”, recreated by Tanishk Bagchi.
Divo Music released the multicomposer album to Julie 2, another album I was frightened to listen to again.
Last up was Mithoon’s album to Aksar 2 released by Tips, which was an album that degraded in quality with every next song.
November really was a mixed bag.

 

December

December was the month where T-Series could’ve had ‘Padmavati’s music to its credit, but since the release got postponed indefinitely, they had to instead own the rights to only Raaj Aashoo’s mediocre album to Tera Intezaar.
Zee Music fared better; Jatinder Shah’s album to Firangi was a treat for folk music lovers, and people who live music that shows the real Punjabi culture. They also had the rights for Fukrey Returns, a rare multicomposer album that was alright and not all that bad. Shaarib-Toshi’s ‘Ishq De Fanniyar’ stood out among the many songs.

Saregama’s Monsoon Shootout was an album that, in spite of being good, will be (and has been) wiped out among the influx of the 2018 albums and Tiger Zinda Hai, the last album of the year, and Vishal-Shekhar’s only album of the year. The album is great in that Vishal-Shekhar do not resort to the usual Salman herogiri, except in ‘Swag Se Swagat’, and also do not hesitate from experimenting with the sound. Sadly, it doesn’t have much of repeat value.
Thus, the year ended on quite a weak note, and frankly, the period from March to May and August to October were the only strong points in music this year!

 

So there was my roundup of 2017! Stay tuned for the lists (if I get proper time, they’ll be posted soon) of top singers, lyricists etc! Till then, adios!

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!!