Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sameer Uddin & Shashwat Sachdev
♪ Lyrics by: Anvita Dutt & Akshay Verma
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 27th December 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 12th January 2018

Kaalakaandi Album Cover


Listen to the album: Saavn

Buy the album: iTunes

Kaalakaandi is an upcoming Bollywood black comedy, directed by ‘Delhi Belly’s writer Akshat Verma, and starring an ensemble cast comprising Saif Ali Khan, Deepak Dobriyal, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Akshay Oberoi, Sobhita Dhuliphala, Isha Talvar, Amyra Dastur. The film’s music is expected to be in the same zany and wacky zone as that of ‘Delhi Belly’ was. This time though, Ram Sampath hasn’t been roped in. Sameer Uddin has been given charge of the songs of the album, and ‘Phillauri’ fame Shashwat Sachdev gets to compose the title song. Let’s dive right in!

Sameer Uddin composed the theme track ‘Badass Babua’, to Rajkummar Rao’s character in ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’. Now, he returns with Swagpur Ka Chaudhary, a song that is just as full of attitude and spunk as was the former one. The song is a bit less catchy than ‘Badass Babua’, but it is still very fun to listen to, thanks to Akshay Verma’s energetic singing, and the fun Haryanvi lyrics and accent. Neha Bhasin’s Kaala Doreya is a funky recreation of the popular Punjabi folk song, but it isn’t as catchy as it could have been. Neha sings wonderfully though, and she seems to be getting hit song after hit song these days. My favourite from the album is Jive With Me, a nice retro-ish track with amazing brass instruments and a quirky trumpet loop. Abhishek Nailwal’s singing is top-notch, and so is Sameer’s composition.
Aa Bhi Jaa is a bit of an unconventionally dark and sensuous, but still zany song, almost in the ‘Aao Na’ (Haider) zone. What’s more, it is sung (rather, whispered) amazingly by Vishal Dadlani too! The vocal loop here is great. Nice how Sameer’s songs have this one particular loop that make them even more enjoyable!
Shashwat Sachdev’s guest composition, Kaalakaandi is an amazing fusion of folk instruments and techno sounds; the man shows his versatility in this track like he did when he could compose a ‘Naughty Billo’ and a ‘Dum Dum’ in the same album, ‘Phillauri’. The Carnatic style sarangi and dhols are welcome experiments, and unconventional too, as is the crank in tempo towards the end.

An unexpectedly enjoyable experimental album, which might not stick with us due to its tunes, but will be remembered for its distinct crazy sounds.


Total Points Scored by This Album: 7.5 + 6.5 + 8.5 + 7.5 + 8 = 38

Album Percentage: 76%

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Jive With Me > Kaalakaandi > Swagpur Ka Chaudhary = Aa Bhi Jaa > Kaala Doreya


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


Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 01 (from previous albums) + 01 (from Kaalakaandi) = 02

IF THE BHATTS MADE FILMS IN 1921… (1921 – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Harish Sagane, Asad Khan & Pranit Mawale
♪ Lyrics by: Shakeel Azmi
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 22nd December 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 12th January 2018

1921 Music Review


Listen to the album: Saavn

Buy the album: iTunes

1921 is an upcoming Bollywood horror (read romantic comedy) film, directed by Vikram Bhatt, and starring Zarine Khan and Karan Kundrra. The Bhatts have decided to start a new horror franchise with the new year, after the ‘1920’ franchise did well (barring the last film). With every film of the franchise, the music had gone more and more down hill, and maybe this was what makes Bhatt go with two debutants and a relative new talent for this one. Harish Sagane is the lucky boy who gets seven tracks in the film, while Pranit Mawale and Asad Khan get one each. So without any further ado, let’s see whether, first of all, the music suits the time period in which the film is set, and secondly, whether the music manages to spook you or make you doze off!

Now the music of ‘1921’ isn’t as bad as that of ‘1920 London’ was, but at the end of my second time listening to the album, I’m in a fix as to how I’m going to review this one, given that all the songs sound utterly the same! Let’s try this, though — hang in there!
The album has five actual songs, and four piano themes. At the beginning itself, I must say, that all the four piano themes are marvellous, actually taking us back to 1921 and further back. Three of them have been composed by the album’s lead composer, debutant Harish Sagane, and the other one is by Pranit Mawale. I don’t really know how to review them, but here goes:
Piano – Theme is a nice and calming piece, with the arpeggio working fantabulously in the background. The ominous sound that should accompany a horror movie is there, but never going over-the-top. Next comes something called Main Piano – Theme, which is more sinister than the previous one, both in composition and sound, thanks to the composer having used the low octaves gratuitously for the bass portions. The treble continues to play a lilting melody, as Bollywood is fond of adding into ghost songs. Crowd Gathering is another one based on a beautiful arpeggio (the loop heard in the background is called an arpeggio), and sounds very Beethoven-ish and symphonic. Pranit’s Aggressive Piano – Theme, has quite a weird name, because if the piano went aggressive, it would cause widespread devastation. The piece itself is not really “aggressive”; I guess they wanted to say “sinister”. It is the weakest of the piano solos.
Out of the five actual songs, out of which one is by guest composer Asad Khan, the best can’t be chosen, since, as I mentioned before, they’re all so similar! Sunn Le Zara as an audio song isn’t as interesting as its video, which, quite funnily, starts with a shot of Zareen Khan about to drink poison, until she hears (from kilometres away, through the glass windows of the mansion) the lead male actor sing “Jeene Ki Koi, Tu Wajah Dhoondh Le“, an advice which she seems to have taken quite seriously, because the next thing we see is that she has somehow entered the mansion to watch the man at his piano recital. The best part is when, at the end of the video, she throws away the bottle of poison into the lake, for the fish to choke upon. The look on her face is something like the look on one’s face when they throw a flying disc for their pet dog to fetch. Of course, the audio can’t be as entertaining as that!! The audio does have shades of “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”s title track, in its high notes, piano and strings portions, and is on the whole, quite depressing. Kuch Iss Tarah, too, borrows heavily from the intense strings of the ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ title track. Newcomer singer Arnab Dutta is good, but his voice isn’t magnetic and attractive enough to bear it in three songs of the album. That said, Yaara, his third song, is another sleepytime song, spanning over six minutes, this time, sounding like a Jeet Gannguli meets Mithoon meets Ankit Tiwari song, if you can digest that! Aanewaale Kal fares best among Harish’s songs, only because its composition is not as dreadful and depressing as the others, and its singer, Rahul Jain, does a good job of not sounding like Arijit.
Arijit himself gets to sing Tere Bina for the guest composer Asad Khan, alongside an Aakanksha Sharma who is definitely not sounding her best. Of course, Arijit sings well, but what strikes me immediately as an oddity is the rock base of the song. It seems like a forced addition in the album, which, till now, was strictly confined to musical styles that were prevalent in 1921. Asad’s composition though, is refreshing!

And that’s why the musicians of 1921 are smarter than those of the last two 1920 movies (Adnan Sami had done a good job for the first one) — there’s no forced Bhatt-ish rock.. not that it produced amazing results, really, other than the piano pieces.


Total Points Scored by This Album: 7 + 7 + 7 + 6.5 + 5.5 + 5.5 + 5 + 6 + 6 = 55.5

Album Percentage: 61.67%

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Piano Theme = Main Piano Theme = Crowd Gathering > Aggressive Piano Theme > Tere Bina = Aanewale Kal > Sunn Le Zara = Kuch Iss Tarah > Yaara


Which is your favourite song from 1921? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

P.S. I’ve not included the piano solos for you. 😛


Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Rachita Arora, Nucleya & Vineet Kumar Singh
♪ Lyrics by: Hussain Haidry, Dr. Sunil Jog & Vineet Kumar Singh
♪ Music Label: Eros Music
♪ Music Released On: 20th December 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 12th January 2018

Mukkabaaz Album Cover


Listen to the album: Saavn

Buy the album: iTunes

Mukkabaaz is an upcoming sports-cum-politics drama directed by Anurag Kashyap, starring Vineet Kumar Singh and Zoya Hussain in lead roles, and Ravi Kishen and Jimmy Shergill in supporting roles. The film’s music has been composed by last year’s debutante Rachita Arora, the composer of ‘Newton’, and features two guest compositions by Nucleya and lead actor Vineet Kumar Singh. I do expect something in the zone of Sneha Khanwalkar in Rachita’s music, because I don’t see why Kashyap would sign her if she didn’t! After musical successes like ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ and ‘Bombay Velvet’, let’s see what director Anurag Kashyap has in store for us, with this music album!

The album starts off with a very energising track, Paintra from the DJ Nucleya. Unlike his previous stint in Bollywood, ‘Let’s Nacho’ (Kapoor & Sons), this one actually has some use in the film’s narrative, and it does its job of promoting the film very well. The makers have added another version of it called Paintra (Extended Version), but it only has some hard-hitting dialogues by Jimmy Shergill, who plays the antagonist. The song itself is the typical Nucleya mishmash of interesting digital sounds, with a queer but catchy South Indian vibe to it. The Rap by DIVINE is the highlight of the song, and after a long time we get a meaningful rap in Bollywood, thanks to lyricist and lead actor Vineet Kumar Singh. Vineet himself has composed a song in the album, Adhura Main, a song trying to ape ‘Humni Ke Chhodi Ke’ (Gangs Of Wasseypur) so much so that it has the same singer, grown up now, and the same simplistic harmonium arrangement. Sadly, it doesn’t work — Vineet’s lyrics are the only good thing. The voice is harsh to the ears, and the high notes make you cringe.
The major chunk of the album, which is five songs, belongs to Rachita Arora, the talented young lady who scored for ‘Newton’ last year. Her first song, and my favourite of the album, is Mushkil Hai Apna Meil Priye, a folksy number enriched by Brijesh Shandilya’s vibrant vocals, and Dr. Sunil Jog’s amazing lyrics on class differences between lovers. Rachita arranges it fabulously too, with folksy vibes in the initial parts, that break out into an enjoyable up tempo brass band towards the end. In a similar zone is Bahut Hua Samman, a protest song against politicians, of course. The percussions here are spot-on, and though the composition slackens in between, the amazing vocals by Swaroop Khan keep you hooked. I particularly enjoyed the parts where the sound of the vocalist is muffled; it gives a fun effect. Bohot Dukha Mann is the last of the songs we can hear in any other non-Anurag Kashyap album. It is a classical-based song, quite in the Rahman zone, because of Raag Puriya-Dhanashree, Rahman’s favourite in the 90s. The song itself doesn’t hold together for long, and disintegrates completely after a second antara starts. Rachita Arora and Dev Arijit behind the mic too, fail to pique interest.
The remaining two songs fall into a typical ‘can’t-understand-what’s-happening’ Anurag Kashyap zone. Not that they aren’t enjoyable. Chhipkali is a laugh fest; the first time I heard it, I laughed out loud, and there haven’t been many songs that have made me do that before! The laughing is definitely because of Vijay’s interactive singing, Rachita’s amazing pseudo-retro arrangements and slow tempo, and Hussain Haidry’s lyrics that anyone living in a house infested with lizards would relate to. The ‘Gandhi ke photo ke peechhe‘ gag is hilarious. Saade Teen Baje, on the other hand, is a Bhojpuri-style ladies sangeet number that makes you want to understand why they’re having such a jolly time, if only the lyrics were audible amidst the giggling and the lead vocalist’s accent. Rachita’s typical wedding arrangements are great though.

Not the very best music to come out of an Anurag Kashyap film, but the single by Nucleya is sure to hit the radio. A sizeable punch, given that the composers are new talents!


Total Points Scored by This Album: 7.5 + 7.5 + 5.5 + 9 + 7.5 + 7 + 7.5 + 6.5 = 58

Album Percentage: 72.5%

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Mushkil Hai Apna Meil Priye > Bahut Hua Samman = Paintra = Paintra (Extended) = Chhipkali > Bohot Dukha Mann > Saade Teen Baje > Adhura Main


What is your favourite song from Mukkabaaz? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

18 Bollywood Music Albums I’m Looking Forward To in 2018

Now, 2017 was a good year overall, for Bollywood music, but now that we are in 2018, I’m finding that there are a lot bigger and (maybe) better music albums to huge big-budget (and some rather humble budget) movies coming out this year!! So, that drove me to write this one little pot dedicated to the albums I’m looking forward to and rooting for this year!!

Albums I’m Looking Forward To in 2018!


So let’s start off!


CBFC Chairman Prasoon Joshi comes back with his frequent collaborators Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, to score the music of this upcoming historical drama based on The Rani of Jhansi. Well, the last time Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy did something like a period film, it was ‘Mirzya’ in 2016, which was my favourite album of that year. Therefore, expectations are high for this one!
Singers Expected: Shankar Mahadevan (Of course), Shreya Ghoshal, Arijit Singh, Sukhwinder Singh


The much-awaited and controversial film ‘Padmavat(i?)’ might just release in February, and that means the album is right around the corner. Going by the “Ghoomar” song, I can see that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is trying to remove too much of Bollywood-ish sounds from his music. I also expect the middling ‘Ek Dil Ek Jaan’ to be the weakest song of the album. Also, since Sanjay Leela Bhansali has blended a variety of cultures like Rajasthani, Sri Lankan and Middle-Eastern, the soundscape will be a treat to listen to.
Singers Expected in the rest of the songs: Shreya Ghoshal, Arijit Singh


Again, a much-hyped movie, because it is a remake of the highly overrated (in my humble opinion) ‘Sairat’. But what I am looking forward to, is the music, which I assume will be by Ajay-Atul. The film has been set in Rajasthan, and to see Ajay-Atul recreate their ‘Sairat’ magic in Rajasthani style, will be a treat! I just hope there’s no addition of a remake by Karan Johar!
Singers Expected: Shreya Ghoshal, Sukhwinder Singh, Sonu Nigam

99 Songs

A.R. Rahman has been working on this, his home production and self-written movie, for a couple of years now, and it is finally slated to release in 2018. Going by the fact that the film is a musical, about musicians, I’m sure Rahman will treat this film very specially and give it his all!
Singers Expected: Jonita Gandhi, Shashaa Tirupati

Dutt Biopic

Rajkumar Hirani’s next venture is the biopic of Sanjay Dutt. All I know about its music is that Amaal Mallik has been roped in for a song, but I’m sure, going by Hirani’s previous movies’ albums, that whoever else he ropes in, will provide great songs as well!!
Singers Expected: Shreya Ghoshal & Sonu Nigam if Shantanu Moitra is roped in!


Amit Trivedi is composing for this film, and it seems like a very heart-wrenching story about the 2013 floods at Kedarnath. Just like ‘Fitoor’, I’m expecting the duo of Abhishek Kapoor and Amit Trivedi to bring some amaziiiiing music once again!
Singers Expected: Arijit Singh, Yashita Sharma, Jonita Gandhi

Fanney Khan

Once again, Amit Trivedi, who is composing for a host of albums this year, gets a musical based on a rockstar/singer a la ‘Bombay Velvet’, ‘Qaidi Band’ and ‘Secret Superstar’. We know he is great at such theme-based albums, and so I’m expecting something similar for this! Also, since Aishwarya Rai plays the lead role, it’ll be interesting to see the choice of the lead singer!
Expected Singer: I expect Sunidhi Chauhan to be the lead singer!!


Shaad Ali is coming back with another film, this time a biopic, based on hockey legend Sandeep Singh. Now, Shaad Ali’s previous collaborations have been with either A.R. Rahman or Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Any which ways, the album will be amazing. P.S. since it’s a sports biopic, I’m expecting Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy to score for this (because they have a record of ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ to boast of!)
Singers Expected: Diljit Dosanjh 😄

102 Not Out

Salim-Sulaiman coming back after the splendid ‘Poorna’ and ‘Jai Gangaajal’, in a movie starring Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan, has to be something to wait for very, very eagerly! I expect this to be a cute little soundtrack!
Singers Expected: Really can’t say 😄


The title has just been announced, and it had already been announced that Ajay-Atul have done a few songs in the movie, so of course I’m waiting for this album! As for the movie, time will tell! Also, the remake shown in the teaser, I’m guessing, is by Tanishk Bagchi, because of his associations with Colour Yellow Pictures in the past!
Singers Expected: Shreya Ghoshal and Sukhwinder Singh (Ajay-Atul’s favourites)


Akshay Kumar returns on Independence Day 2018 with another patriotic sports film. This one is directed by Reema Kagti, whose ‘Talaash’ had great music. Also, Akshay Kumar’s movies generally have good music, even the multicomposer albums! Can’t really say who the music will be by, though!

Thugs Of Hindostan

Aamir Khan’s next film is a period action film, and has music by Ajay-Atul. I’ve heard the film has only three songs, but we know Ajay-Atul can deliver in each and every of that small number too! (Remember Singham!)
Singers Expected: You Know 😅

Sui Dhaaga – Made In India

This one is just on the list because something tells me it can’t have bad music as it’s a YRF film. I don’t even have the slightest idea who the composer can be. (I hope it’s Vishal-Shekhar or Sachin-Jigar!)

Student Of The Year 2

Vishal-Shekhar had only one album in 2017, and seem to be having only one in 2018, so this one is definitely on my list. Also, they did great in the first film, and though the director has changed to Punit Malhotra, they’ve worked with him in the past and delivered superhit soundtracks there too. So nothing is against the fact that they’ll do great here!
Singers Expected: Anybody who sang in SOTY. (Especially Benny)

Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar

Dibakar Banerjee. YRF. Remember ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshy’? Period.


Horror films rarely have innovative music. (Like the recently released ‘1921’ music album). But as this is by Anupam Roy, I’m sure this is going to be something new and special!
Singers Expected: Shreya Ghoshal, Jonita Gandhi

Super 30

This is here because, since Vikas Bahl is directing the movie, I expect Amit Trivedi to compose for it, and so here it is.


YRF’s first release of the year is ‘Hichki’, and it marks Jasleen Royal’s first full album. That is why I expect this to be a good album, because she is talented, but she’s never gotten a chance to showcase her versatility, which she can in this album!
Singer Expected: Jasleen Royal


I hope that was an enjoyable read, see you soon with the reviews of 2018 albums!!


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’)


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



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



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)



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




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




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



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



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’)


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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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’)


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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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!!



(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 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!!!


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!

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