BAAGHI?? I DON’T THINK SO!!! (BAAGHI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Amaal Mallik, Manj Musik, Ankit Tiwari & Meet Bros
♪ Lyrics by: Sanjeev Chaturvedi, Raftaar, Sabbir Khan, Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay, Kumaar, Roach Killa & Meet Bros
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 29th March 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 29th April 2016

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Baaghi Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Baaghi is an upcoming Bollywood action / romantic film starring Shraddha Kapoor Tiger Shroff in the lead roles and Badminton player + Telugu actor Sudheer Babu in a negative role, marking his Hindi film debut. The film has been directed by ‘Kambakkht Ishq’ and ‘Heropanti’ fame Sabbir Khan, and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. Tiger’s first movie was also directed by the same person, produced by the same person, but ‘Heropanti’ and ‘Baaghi’ have only one person in common in the music credits, and that is Manj Musik, with one song. This album, too, follows the trend that is being liked by one and all nowadays, which is the multi-composer trend. T-Series’ hot favourite, Amaal Mallik, also composes a song, and so does Ankit Tiwari. However, Meet Bros. get the maximum number of songs (that’s just two 😛 ). Manj, last heard in ‘Singh Is Bliing’, where he composed some great songs, is expected to give great songs again. I expect Amaal to come up with another attractive and unforgettable song, and Ankit, I can’t really say what I expect, because I’m not sure if I even expect anything! Meet Bros though, stunned me with their latest ‘Ki & Ka’, so I’m awaiting some catchy songs from them in this too! 🙂 So read on to see exactly how much my expectations got fulfilled!


1. Sab Tera

Singers ~ Armaan Malik & Shraddha Kapoor, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Sanjeev Chaturvedi

First up, we get Amaal’s song. It starts with a soft and soothing piano piece, followed by the same tune played on a synthesizer. Armaan’s clear and mellifluous voice starts off with the actual words of the song, and there itself, it hooks you. Shraddha follows and tries her best to sing beautifully. Though she sounds off-note at some places and too high at others, being an actress, her singing is really commendable, if not technically perfect. Armaan and Shraddha do make a great pair and complement each other very well, making it easy for us to lean back and enjoy the song. Amaal’s composition is very calm and soothing, and he relies on a traditional-sounding Indian-ish tune to take the song forward, and it works really good. Right from the mukhda, to the hookline, to the antara, the song’s tune smells strongly of India. 😀 And Amaal’s songs almost always take forward the Indian culture through their composition and music. In this song, the arrangements are blissful, and again, totally Indian! He has done all he could to make the song sound totally and wholly Indian. Here, we have various percussion sounds that are probably electronic, but sound like a dafli, again giving the Indian feel. Guitars predominantly support the composition and seem to be the main instruments in the song. They’re just too beautiful! Sanjeev’s lyrics are the typical Bollywood romantic lyrics you hear everyday, but thanks to Amaal’s magic with the composition, they’ve been elevated to a totally different level! A feel-good romantic track to start the album off with! Not one of Amaal’s best, but, in this album, it is a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Let’s Talk About Love
Singers ~ Neha Kakkar, Raftaar & Manj Musik, Music by ~ Manj Musik, Lyrics by ~ Raftaar & Manj Musik

The next song is brought to us by Manj Musik, who had a fun time giving us two great songs in ‘Singh Is Bliing’ last year, an atrocious one in ‘Gabbar Is Back’, and then one good and one bad song in ‘Heropanti’, last to last year. :p So I’m really doubtful about what he has in store now! The song follows the retro template, trying to imitate songs like ‘Jabse Mere Dil Ko Uff’ (Teri Meri Kahaani) and ‘Gustaakh Dil’ (Dil Maange More), but ending up to be nothing like them. It doesn’t even reach their level. The brass instruments — trumpets, trombones, the drums, rock guitars make for a great retro rock-n-roll ambience, but the other aspects of the song totally spoil the great arrangements. Neha Kakkar and Raftaar are not apt singers for this genre at all, and neither do they suit in this song. The composition is decent, and maybe I think it’s only decent, just because the singers haven’t done a good job at presenting it to us. Maybe if they had sung better, I would’ve found the composition better! 😀 Another problem is the programming. The trumpets and guitars are so loud, that the singers’ voices can be heard without understanding head nor tail of what they’re trying to say. (Anyways, the lyrics — Raftaar & Sabbir Khan — might not even be so meaningful for us to care about what they actually ARE! 😛 ) Another thing I’d like to point out is the “GREAT” pronunciation of Raftaar. The word “love” is pronounced just as it’s spelled — instead of saying ‘luvv’! Neha sounds good, but somebody else would definitely be there, who would’ve done even better! The lyrics (at least the ones I was ‘lucky’ enough to decipher) are nothing great (e.g, ‘Tu Spiderman hai, Teri jaal mein Phasee gaya chhokra”), they’re the usual Bollywood lyrics where a boy tries to impress the girl, and the girl remains unimpressed and ignorant until the last ten-twenty seconds of the song, when she suddenly develops a liking for him. Out of the blue. Yup. All I can say is that the song shouldn’t be skipped, but shouldn’t be heard with great expectations either!

 

3. Cham Cham
Singers ~ Monali Thakur & Meet Bros, Music by ~ Meet Bros, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Rap by ~ Meet Bros

You all know I was impressed by Meet Bros’ work in ‘Ki & Ka’, and now they’re back with ‘Baaghi’. They bring their first song, collaborating with Monali Thakur, who had sung for them in ‘Dhol Baaje’ (Ek Paheli Leela). She had done an unbelievable job back then, a year ago, and this time too, she is expected to rock it, what with her receiving the National Award for ‘Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’ (Dum Laga Ke Haisha) and all. 😀 The song starts off with a nadaswaram as if waking everyone up at dawn, from a sound sleep. Monali joins in with the ‘cham cham cham’ accompanied by bells ringing rhythmically. As expected, Monali does an overwhelming job, this time, changing her voice texture to make it a bit harsh and rustic, as opposed to her regular soft and sooth voice texture. Meet Bros only come to rap once in the first interlude, and the rap isn’t actually a typical ‘rap’, but just some English lines in an otherwise totally Hindi song. The composition by Meet Bros is really engaging, a celebratory tune, and extremely refreshing. Both the antaras have a different tune, both equally catchy, innovative and beautiful. It just refreshes your mind for a short period of time, and this is how it tempts you to hear it once more. Arrangements are truly fantastic here in this song, with a blend of South Indian elements in a garba-style rhythm. The temple bells give a pure and sacred feel to the song. Other digital elements enhance the song too. Towards the end, the song breaks into total garba mode, with a whole tempo change too. The lyrics are, again, nothing great, but again, they’re enhanced by beautiful singing, composition, and beautiful arrangements around them. The English lyrics by Meet Bros sound weird though… Still pondering over how exactly raindrops can ‘bounce’!!! A celebratory song that has the power to get you up on your feet and dance! Pretty much PERFECT in all departments, a little less in the lyrics one though! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Agar Tu Hota
Singer ~ Ankit Tiwari, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Ankit Tiwari  (😜)  Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay 

Ankit Tiwari arrives next to offer his song. His last song, ‘Alfazon Ki Tarah’ (Rocky Handsome), though being very similar to all his other songs, impressed me to a pretty good extent, and so I was open to hear this one too. 😀 And it isn’t really bad either! It starts off with piano and electric guitars in that trademark Pritam style, which he had used in ‘Mere Bina’ (Crook) and ‘Yaariyan’ (Cocktail) and also ‘Kabira’ (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani), and which Amaal Mallik had also used in ‘Naina’ (Khoobsurat). Though the guitars were very captivating, the mukhda which follows is really captivating too, because it isn’t at all composed like Ankit’s usual composition style. However, the magic spell is apparently broken somewhere between the end of the mukhda and the end of the song, because I found myself yawning (yes, literally!) before the song ended. It was probably the repetitive guitar arrangements that helped me to get so sleepy. This time, Ankit hasn’t composed a sleepy song which is really slow-paced. The song is considerably full-of-life, if compared with his previous songs like ‘Tu Hai Ki Nahi’ (Roy), ‘Dil Darbadar’ (PK), ‘Tu Mere Paas’ (Wazir), ‘Tu Jo Hain’, ‘Saad Shukrana’ (Mr. X) and the list goes on and on..! His voice also sounds natural in this song, surprisingly devoid of that irritating autotuning, or maybe it has been reduced, and I’m glad that he sounds great anyways. 🙂 The lyrics are pretty good, but here it is exactly the opposite of what happened in the other songs, where the lyrics fell short of the composition’s beauty. Here, the lyrics overpower the composition. Abhendra has written really commendable lyrics, which must be heard. On a whole, a decent affair. Lyrics are a must-hear, while arrangements are livelier than the other Ankit songs. What spoils it is that somewhere in the song, listeners are bound to lose interest, which indirectly means that it would’ve been better had the song been shorter! Otherwise, an applause-worthy attempt by Ankit!

 

5. Girl I Need You
Singers ~ Roach Killa, Arijit Singh, Khushboo Grewal & Meet Bros, Backing Vocals ~ Uddipan Sharma, Music by ~ Meet Bros, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Soothing piano notes start off the last song in the album, with amazing vocal supplementary rhythms. All this is just a sneak peek of what’s to come. It cools you down for the time being, but as soon as Arijit kicks in, you can’t help but relax and pay attention to nothing else but the song. You just completely submit to the song. This happens because of two things — first of all, Arijit’s voice has a really magical impact on you and secondly, Meet Bros’ composition is unmatchable! It just lets you drown in the song. The mukhda by Arijit seamlessly makes way for Roach Killa’s hookline, and he totally takes away the show! It’s his part that give you the most goosebumps! His seemingly breathless Hindi rap lines after the hookline reminded me of Shreya Ghoshal’s similar part in ‘Tere Naina’ (Chandni Chowk To China) Khushboo gets some beautiful lines to sing in each antara, and she carries them out with perfection. It is interesting how Arijit doesn’t actually become the leading vocalist in the song, being supported by two others, who give a great competition to him, sometimes even overpowering him! Especially Roach Killa! Meet Bros’ programming on Khushboo’s voice, is awesome, making it double and all, making it sound even more magical. Meet Bros’ composition is one-of-a-kind, a blend of a traditional Indian tune with a totally western complement. Arijit’s parts sound totally Indian, while Roach Killa’s sound totally Western, and Khushboo’s somewhere in the middle. Arijit gets two awesome lines right before the antara ends, which really sound cute! And what’s more, the song has been decorated by amazing arrangements, like flute (Naveen Kumar) and tablas and whatnot. The guitars (Pawan Rasaily) are great and play an important part in making the song what it is, beautifully unique. There is a breathtaking flute solo in the second interlude, which is worth dying for! Meet Bros have graced the composition with great beats, so much so that it almost starts resembling English pop songs in general, but then the oriental instruments like the flute (the way it’s played here) and the tabla, are what keep is from drifting off towards the West, and bring us back to India! Lyrics by Kumaar are beautiful too, or it must be the composition which makes them sound so good. Even the rap parts by Roach Killa are outstanding. Never have I praised Meet Bros so much, not even before their split from Anjjan and not even after. So, all it proves is that this song is the BEST from them out of all of their previous works! Great arrangements, beautiful composition, awesome vocals (and also, not relying on solely Arijit to take forth the song) give the song a unique touch!! The best of Meet Bros, the best of the album, and one of the best songs of the year till now! Also, a trendsetter for Meet Bros and the whole of Bollywood!! Waiting for more like this from Meet Bros! Definitely a #5StarHotelSong!!


Baaghi is definitely a mixed bag album. On one side, Amaal, as always, doesn’t disappoint and gives a soothing romantic melody, while on the other side Manj Musik fails miserably to create a catchy upbeat dance track. Where Ankit gives commendable stuff, stepping out of his comfort zone, Meet Bros score great with both of their songs! So I can’t really call any song bad as such, as each of them has their own strong parts. It is Meet Bros who take away the prize though, with one song that’s really good, and another that’s an example for all the other composers! Meet Bros continue to be on fire….!!! Along with Amaal, they make sure that this album isn’t as much a ‘baaghi’ (rebellious) as its title suggests!! 🙂

 

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: Girl I Need You > Cham Cham > Sab Tera > Agar Tu Hota > Let’s Talk About Love

 

Which is your favourite song from Baaghi? Please vote for the same below! 🙂 Thanks!

 

Next “dish”: Love Games, Chefs: Sangeet-Siddharth Haldipur

TYPICALITY IS NOT INVISIBLE, BUT THE QUALITY IS!! (MR. X – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Jeet Gannguli & Ankit Tiwari
♪ Lyrics by: Mohnish Raza, Rashmi Singh, Manoj Muntashir & Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay
♪ Music Label: Sony Music
♪ Music Released On: 27th March 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 17th April 2015

Mr. X Album Cover

Mr. X Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Mr. X is an upcoming Bollywood sci-fi/thriller film, starring Emraan Hashmi and Amyra Dastur in the lead roles. The film has been directed by Vikram Bhatt, and produced by Mukesh Bhatt & Mahesh Bhatt. It revolves around the story of Raghuram Rathore (Emraan Hashmi) who gains the power of invisibility and uses it against the people who have wronged him. The plot does seem familiar, but has gained a lot of buzz in the country, and Emraan’s star value is enough to drag people to the theaters, I guess. Anyways, the music is composed by Vishesh Films’ favourites (as it seems nowadays) Ankit Tiwari and Jeet Gannguli, who were also composers for Vishesh Films’ previous project, ‘Khamoshiyan’. We know Jeet is always at his best under the Bhatts, so there’s no doubt whether he’ll perform good or not. It’s Ankit who I’m worried about. Though the Bhatts always bring something new from him, to cater to the likes of the audience, they’ll have to make him compose in his typical style. And I’m just wishing that doesn’t happen! So, let’s see, how innovative Ankit and Jeet get for this superhero-ish flick!


1. Tu Jo Hain
Singer ~ Ankit Tiwari, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Mohnish Raza

So, the exact thing which I was dreading, which I was wishing with all my might not to happen, does happen. And at the very start of the album itself. God, give this guy any lyrics, he just seems bent on moulding the composition into his typical yawn-ish, dreamland-ish and boring-by-now style of composition! Ankit Tiwari is back, and after a short gap of three months, gives us yet another song which makes you think, “Doesn’t he have any other tune!! Any other style!! Any variety, for God’s sake?” Unfortunately, we have to bear with him yet again. His voice which sounds like a robot, his composition which is just a mixture of all his previous songs (It goes on adding as the songs increase), all of it has stopped appealing to me anymore. Nothing can get me to like the same thing marketed as something different. Like those “Choclairs” which aren’t supposed to be sticky like “Eclairs”, but still are, well, exactly the same thing Ankit Tiwari is doing to us. This song’s mukhda itself makes you think that any time now, Ankit will sing ‘Sunn Raha Hai Na” or “Galliyan” or “Tu Hai Ki Nahi”. We are reminded of all three of these songs in the first one minute itself!! Imagine what would be the case of the antara then. It just sounds like a faster version of the antara of “Tu Hai Ki Nahi”. He shows no mercy on us poor listeners, who have to bear this torture. Arrangements are refreshing, but the too-familiar composition doesn’t let them get appreciated. Lyrics are good, but again, would have sounded better if they weren’t put to such a dull and typical composition. Better not to say anything else about this song. These were my views, you have all rights to love this song! 🙂 Not really something X-traordinary, but more like the ‘X’th remake of ‘Galliyan!!! We are sick and tired of this typicality Ankit!

 

2. Mr. X
Singers ~ Mahesh Bhatt & Mili Nair, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Rashmi Singh

This song marks Jeet Gannguli’s entry into the album, the man whose speciality it is, to give us something typical, yet sounding great to the ears. Well, here, we cannot say at all, that he’s given us something typical. In fact, here he has tried something new, and something different from what we have known him to do. He composes a title track which has shades of mystery, suspense. You might be thinking that he already has done this in ‘Citylights’, for its title track, but this one’s way more Hollywood-ish, James Bond-ish. Slow-paced piano notes start off the song, which creates an atmosphere of mystery right from the prelude. Mili starts singing, and her voice which I have failed to find anything unique in till now (Because she was aping Shalmali in ‘Meethi Boliyaan’ from ‘Kai Po Che’ and was simply dimmed out by Neeti’s voice in ‘I’m Sorry Par Tumse Pyaar Ho Gaya’ from ‘Shaadi Ke Side/Effects’.) has finally got me to believe that she had some hidden talent which she had not shown the world yet, and it comes out with this song thanks to Jeet. She sings the composition very smoothly, and sustains the mysterious atmosphere. Unfortunately, she cannot hold that up for long. It’s not her fault, but it is her co-singer’s and music director’s fault. Jeet has chosen the perfectly WRONG co-singer for Mili in this song — Mahesh Bhatt! After actors started singing, now it’s time for producers to start singing! Come on, Karan Johar, we’ll try to tolerate you next! (Yeah, as if. 😒 ) Mahesh does his best to spoil the composition with his weird vocals. In English he sounds even worse. Anyone younger than him would have worked for this song. I would have tolerated even Ankit, but this is just too intolerable! And he even sings some English lines at the end, which nobody can comprehend, so that just wasted his energy. 😝 When he says ‘X’ it sounds like ‘Eggs’ actually. Rashmi Singh’s lyrics are yet again, awesome. She has written keeping the theme of the movie in mind, while giving a touch of mystery and suspense to the lyrics. They would’ve sounded better on a different tune and a different male singer singing them, though! Jeet has kept very, very minimal arrangements, except the piano mentioned before, and strings at places. Mili’s backing vocals after Mahesh Bhatt’s lines are like a drop of water after a long famine. A mediocre composition, enhanced by Mili’s singing, then spoilt by Mahesh Bhatt, and again brought up by Mili and ends on a bad note because of Mahesh again. Good attempt by Jeet to make something different though!

 

3. Saad Shukrana
Singer ~ Ankit Tiwari, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

Ankit comes back with his second song, this time starting with refreshing guitar strums, getting you excited for something different from Ankit, finally. Ankit starts singing, and you get impressed that the tune so far bears negligible resemblance to his previous songs. A refreshing composition, if I may say so. Then a slight resemblance in tune with ‘Boond Boond’ (Roy) comes along. We ignore it. Finally, you think, Ankit stops giving typically boring and yawn-provoking songs. The interlude which follows is just wonderfully and mindbogglingly innovative. Whatever weirdly addictive percussion that it is, and joined by a bagpipes-like sounding synthesizer, which just increases the interest of the listener. The antara sounds very, very Rahman-ish, but again, it wins you over! The flute in the background is so lovable and very creatively placed. The percussion from the first interlude keeps on following us throughout the rest of the song, and you can’t help but appreciate it. Since the composition and arrangements clearly show that Ankit is trying to move away from his typicality zone, I have to appreciate his work in this song! His vocals do make things more soothing, but the autotune could’ve been done away with. In spite of all this, though, the song does take a long time to really grow on you, and won’t really stand out to you in the very first listen. For this, and only this, it would be criticized by many. Lyrics by Manoj Muntashir are romantic and have been written well. What’s more, Ankit has used them well in his refreshing composition. Something more refreshing than Ankit’s usual; way better than ‘Tu Jo Hain’ and other remakes of ‘Galliyan’ he has given us over the past year. Deserves a listen!

 

4. Alif Se
Singers ~ Ankit Tiwari & Neeti Mohan, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay

It is in the third song of Ankit, that he truly shines above any of his previous songs, and why it is so, you will get to know after you read this and hear the song. It starts with some weird Arabic folk voices like the ones from ‘Katra Katra’ (Alone). They arouse in the listener some curiosity, because nobody was expecting whatever this song is, from Ankit Tiwari! Neeti starts off the main melody, and we are a bit disappointed due to the fact that Ankit Tiwari has altered and autotuned her beautiful voice as well, negating the whole magic of her voice. However, as the song progresses and Ankit enters, we start gaining more and more interest after the disappointing start, and by the time the song reaches the hookline, we cannot help but move and groove to the racy beats and addictive composition. The composition is highly catchy, especially the hookline (just as I like it — catchy, addictive, gets into your brain after only one time if hearing the song) and because of this, the song has a high capability to attract many listeners and get a long playlist-life, if marketed and promoted well. Another shock, as I said before, is that this song is coming from the King of Recycling His Own Songs, Ankit Tiwari! Though this song also feels like a recycled version of ‘Tequila Wakila’ (Samrat & Co.), the similarities end at the beats. The arrangements in that song were Latino-Spanish flavored, but this one has been beautifully garnished with Arabic percussion, Arabic-style backing vocals and techno beats magnifying the effect. The beats also remind you of Pritam’s ‘Malang’ (Dhoom:3) The sitar solo impresses, especially because of the fast pace it has been played in. The antara has both singers getting equal parts to sing, and both impress highly, not because of their vocals (which have been highly interfered with) but because of the intoxicating feel that the autotune and programming has given to their voices. (It even makes Ankit sound like A.R. Rahman!) And Neeti’s ending to the antara is breathtaking! Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay’s lyrics are wholly in Urdu, to the extent that I couldn’t understand a word! Just kidding, I could get that they’re romantic. Only the hookline is kinda tough to decode! However, it just makes the song sound more sophisticated. 😂 An applaudable attempt by Ankit to make a dance song, complete with Arabic beats and an attractive, addictive tune, made even better by both singers’ voices! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Teri Khushboo (Male Version) / Teri Khushboo (Female Version)
Singers ~ Arijit Singh / Palak Muchhal, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Rashmi Singh

The trio of Jeet-Arijit-Rashmi come back again, after two awesome stints, namely ‘Citylights’ and ‘Khamoshiyan’. And they uphold their dignity once again, by delivering yet another beautiful song with awesome composition, vocals and lyrics! A sad, heartbroken, depressed type of melody has been very efficiently spun by Jeet, and it is such an emotional composition, that it would be a sin to dismiss it as dull and not attractive. The composition, on the rhythm of rupak taal with seven beats (but not played on tablas) is truly heart touching and shows the hard work and soul Jeet and Rashmi have put in to create this song. Arijit Singh sings with the same emotion and soul that was expected to carry off this song with expertise. He uses a deep, coarse voice to master this composition. The arrangements consist mostly of guitars, and a dull, sombre-sounding wind instrument which I suspect is the synthesizer, but that synthesizer is so enticing that when it plays throughout the sing, you can’t pay attention anywhere else but the song! Rashmi Singh’s lyrics are full of emotion and pain and go well with the composition — or should I say the composition goes well on her lyrics? 😀 Nevertheless, they’re awesome and beautiful. Palak in her version, also sings beautifully, her voice being the main difference and biggest attraction there, and everything else the same as the male version. However, Arijit’s version is undoubtedly better than hers, with all respect to her. The composition does remind you of songs like ‘Soney Do’ (Citylights), which was one of Jeet and Rashmi’s first and best songs, and Pritam’s ‘Ashq Na Ho’ (Holiday) because of the emotional factor. A great ending to the album with this song, soulfully written, composed and sung! A treat to the ears and has to be marketed and promoted vigorously!! #5StarHotelSong!!


Mr. X is on the whole, a very disappointing affair from the Bhatts. While Ankit sticks to his ‘Guaranteed Hit Formula’ for one song, slightly diverts from it in the other, and impresses highly with his final song, Jeet impresses with both his compositions, one of which is ruined by a wrong choice of singer. A producer debuting as a lead playback singer in his 60s — well, not a great idea. Anyways, with Ankit and Jeet each only offering one outstanding track out of three and two respectively, nothing else can be said except the decline of quality in Vishesh Films’ music isn’t invisible, but the incline in the typicality and ridiculousness is!!

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Teri Khushboo (Both Versions) > Alif Se > Saad Shukrana > Mr. X > Tu Jo Hain

 

Which is your favourite song from Mr. X? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next “dish”: Margarita With A Straw, Chefs: Mikey McCleary & Joi Barua

AMAAL KA KAMAAL!! (ROY – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Amaal Mallik, Ankit Tiwari & Meet Bros. Anjjan
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay & Sandeep Nath
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 9th January 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 13th February 2015

Roy Album Cover

Roy Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Roy is an upcoming Bollywood romantic thriller film, directed by debutant Vikramjit Singh, produced by Bhushan Kumar, Divya Khosla Kumar & Krishan Kumar under the T-Series banner, and which stars Arjun Rampal, Jacqueline Fernandez and Ranbir Kapoor. The film revolves around the characters of these three, Kabir (Arjun Rampal) who is a filmmaker, making films about the robberies of Roy (Ranbir Kapoor) a thief, and Ayesha (Jacqueline Fernandez), Kabir’s girlfriend. Tia, a globetrotter, is also played by Jacqueline in her second role. Giving the music for this film are, as expected from a T-Series album, multiple composers, namely Amaal Mallik, Ankit Tiwari & Meet Bros. Anjjan. Expectations are high from Amaal, who has recently impressed us with his latest song ‘Naina’, from ‘Khoobsurat’. From Ankit, we always expect something sensational, only to be treated to the same old things again and again, so no use of expecting very high. And from Meet Bros. Anjjan, not much is expected, though we can at least hope for something good. So Amaal and MBA have one song each, while Ankit dominates the album with three songs. Now it’s time to see who performs as per expectations, who let’s us down and who exceeds the expectations!


1. Sooraj Dooba Hain / Sooraj Dooba Hain (Duet Version)
Singers ~ Arijit Singh & Aditi Singh Sharma, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

A party number is what the album starts off with. And what to say about this particular song!? Amaal, Kumaar, Arijit and Aditi have all come together and the result is one mind-blowing and addictive club track! After showing his immense talent in ‘Naina’ from ‘Khoobsurat’, this time Amaal tries something totally different, and what do you know? He succeeds in this genre, as well. One of the most important aspects of party songs has to be that they should be catchy, and addictive, and instantly intoxicating. And this song has all of it! The arrangements which Amaal has done, enhance the great composition as well. Arijit and Aditi are in top-notch form, and deliver with a bang, bringing the song to life. Kumaar’s lyrics perfectly suit the theme of the song. One might even mistake this song as a Pritam composition! Both the mukhda and antaras stay with you long after the song ends, and make a huge impact on you, that is, making you get up and groove along with the beats! The duet version (both are duets, so I don’t know what they were thinking before naming it the duet version) provides a great second listen, with a slight variation, that Aditi has sung more lines than she has in the original version. However, her style of singing “Matlabi…” really makes you go crazy for more and more lines of hers. Another difference is the hookline coming after the first Antara, where Aditi overshadows Arijit, treating our ears to a wonderful harmony between the two! So don’t miss the second version! A very addictive, and instantly lovable party number which is here to stay for a loooonnnggg time! Hats-off and well done, Amaal! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Tu Hai Ki Nahi / Tu Hai Ki Nahi (Unplugged)
Singers ~ Ankit Tiwari / Tulsi Kumar, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay

A very catchy whistle loop, lures us into the next song, which marks the entry of Ankit into the album. Then Ankit, with his boring-by-now and repetitive style of autotuning his voice, enters and with him, returns his typical style of composition. After hearing this song, I seriously got fed up of his repetitiveness. I guess, by now, all of you might have discovered that if you assemble one line of each of his songs together, it will still sound like a single song. Why, you ask? Well, because they all sound exactly the same. Same sound, same composition style, same voice (autotuned), same slow pace, same everything! This song has nothing new to offer, except the catchy whistle, which saved it for me. Lyrics by Abhendra suit the composition and he has done well in writing the song. The arrangements have also been done brilliantly. Absence of the flute in an Ankit Tiwari song is something to be noted. 😀 Though he hasn’t used it in ‘Bheegh Loon’ either, but neither had he used autotune in that. So, everything is right in its place, except the composition, from which way more was expected, frankly. The unplugged version has nothing to comment about, because of the mere fact that it is Bhushan’s pyaari behena Tulsi behind the mic. She doesn’t fail to pierce your eardrums as always! Scientists need to do more research on her vocal chords, so they can announce the discovery of a new type of vocal chord: Tulsi’s Chords. :/ Okay, jokes apart, Bhushan seriously has to understand that nobody appreciates his brotherly love that much. However, Ankit’s piano is worth a hear! Ankit fails only in the composition, which could have been more gripping, which makes the whole song rely on the whistle!

 

3. Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan
Singers ~ Kanika Kapoor, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Peppy meets sweet in the next song on the soundtrack, which is composed by Meet Bros. Anjjan, and in all their obsession to repeat the success of ‘Baby Doll’, they naturally go for nobody other than Kanika Kapoor. The same beats decorate the whole song, and in some aspects this one is better than ‘Baby Doll’, but in some, it falls short. The overall tune is quite similar, so it becomes kind of predictable at places. Nevertheless, it does a great job to increase your pep, and gets you up and dancing. Arrangements are also quite similar to ‘Baby Doll’, and so some might get put off, saying that it is repetitive, and therefore boring. But I felt quite the opposite, and this song engaged me just as much as the former song had about a year ago. Kumaar hasn’t written anything great, but it suits the sweet composition. At places, the composition does get very sweet, cute and calm, like in the antara, or in the male part at the end. At other places, it helps to get you move your body. MBA’s rap is engaging, as well. Overall, the song makes for a pleasant and breezy listen. Repetitive, yes. But we’re not bored of it just yet. Let it keep coming till we’re bored! #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Boond Boond
Singer ~ Ankit Tiwari, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay

Now, Ankit might thought that ‘Tu Hai Ki Nahi’ is intoxicating, but actually, it wasn’t. Instead, this song is a thousand times much more intoxicating than that! The composition is actually very similar to Ankit’s other compositions, but it also provides a lot of variety in the antaras, which dominates over the similarity. The various instruments like strings, santoor, and guitars really make the song very worthwhile. The hookline main na bachaa… has a certain addictive ring to it, and certainly does stand out and please your ears. Despite all these praiseworthy things that the song has, it does get boring after repeated listens, and only manages to engage for a few listens. It just doesn’t have that everlasting quality in it. Abhendra Kumar’s lyrics are also likable. Other sound effects used by Ankit are very impressive. Though way better than ‘Tu Hai Ki Nahi’, it won’t last much longer than ‘Tu Hai Ki Nahi’ either, and will keep on sounding more and more monotonous and boring.

 

5. Yaara Re
Singer ~ K.K., Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Sandeep Nath

A church-like female voice opens up the next song, which is again another typical Ankit Tiwari composition. However, the presence of one person makes it all the more better. And that one person is K.K.! After a long time, he has got a whole song to himself, and he totally makes use of the golden opportunity, and shows the world his capabilities. (Which we already know, but still) He has made this typical composition sound way, way, better than it would have in the composer’s autotune voice. Ankit made a great decision by taking K.K. on board for this song. The soft rock number has an emotional touch, and really has the capability to bring tears into your eyes. The composition has been accentuated by great piano notes, guitar strums, and violin strokes. However, the rock template is what stands out throughout the whole song, and actually engages the listener, encourages him to listen further. Lyrics by Sandeep are also beautiful and emotional. Ankit offers nothing new, except that K.K. has sung the song, which makes a drastic difference! The above average composition becomes a mind blowing one, just because of K.K!! #5StarHotelSong!!


Roy is the standard T-Series multi-composer album, with a great pre-release hype surrounding it, only to find out after it releases, that only a select few songs manage to trigger your finger to press the repeat button. Ankit, responsible for most of the soundtrack, lets us down completely, barring his one exceptional song — that too because of K.K. Meet Bros. Anjjan and Amaal, on the other hand, give the party songs, which really impress, with Amaal doing more so. He is one of the future stars of the music industry, and he’s been shining brightly since ‘Khoobsurat’. This song just consolidates the fact, and assures us that he is going to carry along with him this tag for very long. Very rarely do the party songs of an album overshadow the romantic songs! So, this album belongs solely to Amaal, who has once again shown us his ‘Kamaal’!!

 

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: Sooraj Dooba Hain > Yaara Re > Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan > Boond Boond > Tu Hai Ki Nahi

 

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

 

Next “dish”: Badlapur, Chefs: Sachin-Jigar

ALL THINGS “VISHESH” BUT NOTHING “VISHESH”!! (KHAMOSHIYAN – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Jeet Gannguli, Bobby-Imran, Naved Zafar & Ankit Tiwari
♪ Lyrics by: Rashmi Singh, Sayeed Quadri & Abhay Upadhyay (Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay)
♪ Music Label: Sony Music
♪ Music Released On: 26th December 2014 (on Saavn) & 29th December 2014 (on iTunes)
♪ Movie Released On: 30th January 2015

Khamoshiyan

Khamoshiyan

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


The renowned Bhatts are back with their first film of the year, Khamoshiyan, a horror flick directed by Karan Darra, and produced by Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt. The film stars Ali Fazal and debutants Gurmeet Choudhary (of “Punar Vivah” – Zee TV fame) and Sapna Pabbi (of “24” – Colors fame) in the lead roles. Last year, Vishesh Films left us with one of the best albums of the year, ‘Citylights’, which is one of those albums that is hard to forget even if you want to! This year, they return with the composer of ‘Citylights’, Jeet Gannguli, with some more composers joining him, making it a dreaded multi-composer album, but the Bhatts can be trusted for making the multi-composer albums likeable too, so let’s not flinch just yet. Accompanying Jeet Gannguli are debutant duo Bobby-Imran, debutant Naved Zafar, and the very well-known by now Ankit Tiwari. So let’s have a look whether the Bhatts can successfully provide us with a multi-composer album that will break the stereotype that multi-composer albums are below-the-mark, or if they disappoint and do not succeed in doing so themselves!


1. Khamoshiyan / Khamoshiyan (Unplugged)
Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Rashmi Singh

Jeet Gannguli gets to compose the title track of this movie, and when it is Jeet and Vishesh Films, we can now assume even before the songs release that the singer will be the one and only Arijit Singh. The ‘Citylights’ team of singer-composer-lyricist once again come together and once again produce a soft, lovable melody, that is so predictable yet so gripping. Jeet doesn’t directly take a Bengali song and remake it this time, but he takes one of his Hindi remakes which was originally a Bengali song (talking about “Sunn Le Zara” from “Singham Returns” here) and rearranges the notes in such a way that it will create a new melody on the same lines. The rhythm, tempo and everything is nearly the same as “Sunn Le Zara”. Guitars lead the arrangements, with piano also playing a huge hand in it. Arijit has very well managed the vocals, even making some variations at places, which come unexpectedly, but are likable. Rashmi Singh’s lyrics are again marvelous just as they were in ‘Citylights’. The unplugged version gives more of that haunting and sinister feel which is necessary to keep in the background at one of the essential (in simple terms, scary) parts of a horror movie. The piano holds much more importance in this version than the original, as the whole song has been recorded in a slow pace on nothing but the soft piano notes. Occasional wind sounds and chimes can be heard as well. Overall, the unplugged version has been very well managed as well! Another awesome melody from Jeet’s pocket! Heard-before, but definitely works! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Tu Har Lamha
Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Bobby-Imran, Lyrics by ~ Sayeed Quadri

Here is another song opening with guitar riffs, but they don’t exactly invite you as promisingly as the ones in the first song did. Sure enough, the composition which lies ahead is pretty stale and uninteresting, as a result of the same old boring stuff repeated again and again. Bobby-Imran, debutants, come up with a good romantic melody, I’m not saying it’s bad, but just that it could have and would have been better without so many of the stereotypes, like Arijit’s droning voice, the hookline which doesn’t seem to radiate any attractiveness towards it at all, and above all the composition. The composition as I’ve already said, is on the same lines as many older Bhatt-styled songs, the types that so many of us have gotten plain bored of, but a fraction of us still have some love for them left. Had they tried something relatively fresher, they might have ended up getting a wider audience. The rock arrangements do not help a bit in propelling this song any further as far as likability and catchiness is concerned. Since the composition fails, it isn’t any fun to hear Arijit drawl out the tune in a goat-ish voice. Sayeed’s lyrics however, which are almost always flawless, give some reason for everyone, even those bored of this genre, to hear the song at least once or twice. But, at the end of the day, it is the Bhatts who have taken this song into their album, so who isn’t going to say “I loved it!”? Blind followers: 1, Real Music Lovers: 0!!!

 

3. Baatein Yeh Kabhi Na (Male) / Baatein Yeh Kabhi Na (Female)
Singers ~ Arijit Singh / Palak Muchhal, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Sayeed Quadri

Jeet comes back into the album and treats us with yet another soothing, melodious song. Again, the song is full of the déjà vu factor, and definitely isn’t something unique and fresh. But, as expected, and as it should be, the composition’s catchiness and likability is what matters. And it is an instantly lovable melody, which Jeet has churned out. It oddly starts with some very out-of-the-place techno sounds, which I fail to understand why they have been used. But as the song continues, one cannot help but fall in love with it, because the tune is so beautiful and soulful and heart-touching, that (I can’t think of anything to compare it to, but you get the point, don’t you? 😝 ) Arijit performs very well, and does full justice to the composition. Both the Mukhda and antaras have a kind of instant connection with the audience, improving matters for the song even more! The guitar-led arrangements have been done well. The flute does surprise you when it enters and the orchestra is superb. Sayeed Quadri has written some very simple lyrics, which still strike a chord with listeners. They work perfectly with Jeet’s even more simplistic melody. Palak in the female version, does great as well,probably sounding so because of the charm in the tune. She seriously needs to open her mouth more while singing; all her words do not sound proper. (Sochna as soochna, royi as ruuyi) Another simple, heard-before but heart-touching and soulful melody from Jeet!! I would recommend Arijit’s version! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Kya Khoya
Singer ~ Naved Zafar, Music by ~ Naved Zafar, Lyrics by ~ Rashmi Singh

Newcomer Naved Zafar steps in with his track, which he himself sings, probably thinking that he’s a world-famous superstar. And I’m saying so because what he treats us with in the form of this song, is pure torture to the ears. His faltery voice hardly manages to create any interest in the listener’s mind to go on, and resultantly, the listener might just skip the rest of the song. So it is clear, he doesn’t know how to sing, at least not for a Bollywood movie (and that too, for the Bhatts!! :\ Wow!) but, unfortunately, what he has composed isn’t much better whatsoever. Typical Pakistani Rock full of melancholia and patheticness. I’m very bored of this stuff by now, honestly! Rock guitars and drums are naturally the only instruments audible prominently in the track. Piano notes, acoustic guitars, violins do make entries at places, but provide only seconds of relief. Rashmi disappoints this time around with her lyrics. They just fail to make any impact or convey whatever they want to. This song is on the same lines as ‘Zaroorat’ from ‘Ek Villain’, ‘Ik Pal Yahi’ from ‘Creature’. And just like these, it doesn’t have anything to offer in terms of innovativity and freshness. KYA KHOYA, KYA PAAYA ITNA KYU SOCHE HAI, JUST SKIP IT FOR GOD’S SAKE!

 

5. Bheegh Loon (Female) / Bheegh Loon (Male)
Singers ~ Prakriti Kakar / Ankit Tiwari, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay

The final composer, Ankit Tiwari, enters with a bang, and what he gives, is enough to make you hear it on loop for long! He teams up with Prakriti Kakar once again after ‘Alone’, and gives her yet another sensuous, slow-paced and thrilling song, one that stimulates those goosebumps. Ankit has aced the composition, perfectly infusing that Latino element into the song. Thanks to his arrangements, the song gets transported to a whole different level. The Spanish guitars beautifully lead the way followed by the other attractions like the techno sounds, backing vocals, strings and most importantly, the vocals by Prakriti! Prakriti again nails it with her singing and seems to be the PERFECT choice for this song. The peak of the song is undoubtedly the line “main jalti raatein teri, tu woh subah Jo bujha de”. It creates a wonderful spine-chilling climax up to the hookline, which is epic. Abhendra’s lyrics definitely suit the atmosphere created by the composition. Ankit, in his version sounds brilliant! And that’s because there’s no autotune! Why he uses auto tune even when he sounds so great without it, I fail to understand! Of course, the lyrics have been altered to suit the male version. Ankit exits his comfort zone after those numerous T-Series songs and gives us something innovative! Both versions are must-listens! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Subhan Allah
Singer ~ Anupam Amod, Music by ~ Bobby-Imran, Lyrics by ~ Sayeed Quadri

Bobby-Imran return with a variant of ‘Tu Har Lamha’, this time with a different singer. However, their choice here is also bad, is all I can say. Anupam Amod, though has the perfect Sufi-esque voice for the song, fails to convey any expression through his rendition. A person like Javed Bashir would have nailed this song. The originally soft rock song has got a Sufiana makeover, thus making it better at places. As a result, the hookline, which the most boring part of the original song, suddenly becomes the most gripping part of this version. The tablas have beautifully accentuated the hookline and make it all the more pleasant to hear. However, the tune of the rest of the song remains the same, that is umipressive and dull! Better than the original, because of the Sufiana touch, but spoiled due to wrong choice of singer!!


Khamoshiyan is your typical Bhatt album, full of romance, sorrow and sensuality. All the songs do have something or the other to vouch for. The team of composers has produced something that would go well with this horror flick. Ankit can be seen evolving the most as a composer, and his song might be the only one on the soundtrack which could be mistaken for a non-Bhatt album song. Jeet rules the album though, with his simple yet attractive melodies. The three newcomers, duo Bobby-Imran and Naved Zafar, do not fare as well, and they seemed bent on providing songs that would come across as typical straightaway. Overall, it is a typical though likeable “Vishesh Films” album, which has nothing vishesh (special) to offer whatsoever!

 

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 (My favourite to least favourite): Baatein Yeh Kabhi Na (Male) > Bheegh Loon (Female) > Khamoshiyan > Bheegh Loon (Male) > Khamoshiyan (Unplugged) > Baatein Yeh Kabhi Na (Female) > Subhan Allah > Tu Har Lamha > Kya Khoya

 

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

 

Next: 9th Music Mastani Monthly Awards (January 2015)

Next “dish”: Shamitabh, Chef: Ilaiyaraaja

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY! (ALONE – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Ankit Tiwari, Mithoon, Jeet Gannguli, Raghav Sachar & Dr. Zeus
♪ Lyrics by: Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay, Mithoon, Sandeep Nath, Kumaar, L. Joseph, A. Hunjan, L. Reim, G. Abbasi, K. Roma, V. Nayar, Dr. Zeus
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 30th December 2014
♪ Movie Released On: 16th January 2015

Alone

Alone

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Alone is a horror film that released this Friday, starring the queen of Bollywood Horror Movies, Bipasha Basu and debutant Karan Singh Grover (Zee TV’s ‘Qubool Hai’ fame) The film has been directed by Bhushan Patel and produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak, Abhishek Pathak, Pradeep Agarwal & Prashant Sharma. It is a remake of the Thai film of the same name, and is the story of two conjoined twins (played by Bipasha) who fall in love with the same guy (played by Karan Singh Grover) When they are separated by an operation one of the twins dies. Naturally, she comes and haunts her twin sister later on! I mean, I could never guess this could happen in a movie! :/ Anyways, considering the genre of the movie, it was clear that the music would be the kind that engages you even though it is typical. Seeing the music composers, Ankit Tiwari, Mithoon, Jeet Gannguli & Raghav Sachar, my doubt just got more secured. So I was expecting pretty much from the music, but at the same time knew it would not break any records or give anything fresh. So let’s have a look at how the music of this latest horror movie is!


1. Katra Katra
Singers ~ Ankit Tiwari & Prakriti Kakar, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay

Ankit Tiwari gets to open up the album, and he does so with a boom. A slow, intoxicating song which will instantly be lived by all, is what he offers. With guitars and a bit of folkish backing vocals, he kicks off the track very beautifully, gaining more momentum yet, as the song progresses, with Prakriti’s awesome prelude sung very attractively. Ankit himself repeats the whole auto-tune business, but here, as he presents the composition in a different way than always, it suits. This composition is one of his better ones recently since ‘Galliyan’ from ‘Ek Villain’. The song which stands at a long duration (for today’s times) of 6 minutes 21 seconds, may seem monotonous because of the extremely slow pace, but I felt nothing of the sort. Guitars have been used predominantly, and of course, Ankit’s favourite, which he never fails to incorporate some way or the other in to his songs — the flute! And in this slow, sensuous and a bit dark song, it sounds beautiful! The musical piece at the end which plays for about a whole minute, will just steal your heart. And did I mention the snaps? Those are just so attractive! Lyrics by Abhendra suit the composition (or maybe vice versa) and work in favour of it and both singers do well in making them come alive in the song. Finally, a big break for Prakriti, and in a beautiful composition by Ankit! Must-listen! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Awaara
Singers ~ Altamash Faridi & Saim Bhatt, Music & Lyrics by ~ Mithoon

Saim opens up this song with his Mithoon-ish voice (I’m kinda doubting it WAS Mithoon?) followed by typical Mithoon piano notes, soothing to the ears. When Altamash enters, though, the song gets transformed to something totally different and heavenly and unexplainable-in-common-words! The hook of the song takes it to yet a higher level, and you instantly fall in love with the song. Again, Mithoon succeeds to steal our hearts with the same stuff! And again, I’m awestruck at exactly how he manages to do so everytime! The guitar strums fall into place, both acoustic and rock here. Rock guitars in the interludes, and acoustic in the background while the singers are singing, provides a beautiful contrast. Atamash literally sounds a lot like Rahat Fateh Ali Khan at places. The antaras are composed brilliantly, but one line in the mukhda is enough to make you fall in love with the whole song: “Paas laaya mere, yun sataaya mujhe, phir tere lite majboor kiya, majboor kiya”. It just provides a heavenly build-up to the surreal hookline. And lyrics by Mithoon as always, are simple and universally understandable. No use of unnecessary big and sophisticated words, instead, simple, everyday words have been used. Kudos to him for that. A soothing, romantic song that has the power to pull you towards itself and then force you to fall into its trap! As I call it, Mithoon Magic! #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Chand Aasmano Se Laapata
Singer ~ Bhaven Dhanak, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Sandeep Nath

Jeet enters with another romantic track, this one a bit more emotional. He breaks the stereotype of making Arijit sing these kind of songs, and ropes in a not-so-famous singer, Bhaven Dhanak, to do the honors of singing the song. Bhaven sang two songs in Bollywood (at least, I only know of two) in the movies ‘Jai Ho’ and ‘Youngistaan’ last year. Teey were both club songs. This year, he gets a pleasant romantic track composed very well in the 90s style by Jeet. The melody surely has the power to grasp your attention, though not instantly. The singer might seem odd for some people, because we all are so much used to Arijit in these songs by now, that we refuse to accept anyone else in his place and his territory. (That includes me, because at first I didn’t like the song much because of the singer. But then his voice also grew on me.) Jeet’s arrangements are simple. The beautiful synthesizer hook is very attractive. It doesn’t really sound like an actual instrument being played, so I guess its an electronic sound. Anyways, its beautiful. Guitars and finger snaps accentuate the composition even more. Lyrics are good and pleasant too, and work for the song. Another pleasant song; Jeet, Bhaven and Sandeep have churned up a likeable song! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Touch My Body
Singer ~ Aditi Singh Sharma, Music by ~ Dr. Zeus, Music Recreated for the Album by ~ Raghav Sachar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Original Lyrics by ~ L. Joseph, A. Hunjan, L. Reim, G. Abbasi, K. Roma, V. Nayar, Dr. Zeus

Raghav, a last-minute addition to the album, because his name wasn’t in any poster or the trailer, ends the album with his song, which is a recreation of the Pop song ‘Don’t Be Shy’ originally composed by Dr. Zeus, which itself was a remake of his famous song ‘Kangna Tera Ni’! Almost everything from Dr. Zeus’ song has been revived into this one, but I don’t see why they made it done from someone as talented as Raghav. He could just as well have composed a dance track of his own, if that was what they wanted. The flute part (which is also pretty much the same as that in the original) is one of the only catchy parts in the song. Aditi’s voice proves to be another reason to hear it, otherwise you would just plain waste your time by hearing it. The long list of lyricists of the original song hasn’t done much of a good job with whatever they came up with together (Now I get where the saying “Too many cooks spoil the broth” comes from!) And Kumaar hasn’t written anything genius either. Overall, a tiring affair! Do not ho for this one!


Alone has three out of four of its songs simply reaching out to your heart and instantly lovable. The fourth one, though, makes you hate it a lot. 😂 Ankit, Jeet and Mithoon (The Aashiqui 2 team, you can say) have churned out great tracks and they turn out to be the ‘good’ parts of the album. Raghav has made himself look like an idiot by agreeing to recreate this track, which just came out boring, and he comprises the ‘bad’ part of the album. As for the ‘ugly’ part, that’s just something fun for the people who are gonna watch this movie in the theaters, because that ghost is gonna be real ugly! 😂😂 Overall, an album with the typical romantic songs that horror movies usually have, but which will stay with you for a long time — plus a song that tries to be dofferent but fails miserably! 😂

 

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:

Awaara > Katra Katra > Chand Aasmano Se Laapata > Touch My Body

 

Which is your favorite song from Alone? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next “dish”: Baby, Chefs: Meet Bros. Anjjan & M.M. Kreem

RETURN OF THE MULTI-COMPOSERS! (SINGHAM RETURNS – Music Review)

Album Details:-
♪ Music by:- Jeet Gannguli, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Ankit Tiwari & Yo Yo Honey Singh
♪ Lyrics by:- Sandeep Nath, Shabbir Ahmed, Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay, Yo Yo Honey Singh & Sachin Pathak (YO)
♪ Music Label:- T-Series
♪ Music Released On:- 5th August 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 15th August 2014

Singham Returns Album Cover

Singham Returns Album Cover

 

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Singham Returns. Do I have to introduce this film to you guys?? I doubt anyone is there who doesn’t know about Singham. But still, formalities, so here goes. It is an upcoming Bollywood action film, starting Ajay Devgn and Kareena Kapoor Khan. Amole Gupte is playing the role of the main villain in this film, which is a sequel to the 2011 superhit, ‘Singham’. Rohit Shetty has directed the film, and produced by Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty under the banner Reliance Entertainment. A Rohit Shetty film is almost never expected to have chartbuster music, and same was the case here. Ajay-Atul had composed the soundtrack for the prequel, and they had given a short but perfect album. When I heard that they had been replaced by four other composers, I couldn’t help getting angry at Rohit Shetty for this dumb decision of his. My expectations, if any, became zero. Jeet Gannguli, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Ankit Tiwari and Yo Yo Honey Singh, have each composed one song for the film. So Singham has returned, read on to find out whether the good music like that from the prequel has returned as well!


1. Sun Le Zara:- Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Sandeep Nath 

By now, Arijit Singh must be blindly trusting Jeet Gannguli. After all, the man has given him so many hit songs to sing, be it remakes of his Bengali tunes, or original songs composed for Hindi movies. After ‘Suno Na Sangemarmar’ from ‘Youngistaan’, Jeet decides to remake another massive hit Bengali song of his for this album. And that song is ‘Mon Majhi Re’ from the Bengali movie ‘Boss’. The tune and composition is very effective and powerful. The arrangements are also wonderful, with rock mixed in with a very soothing tune. Though the rock background makes it loud, the soothing effect still remains unhampered. The mild piano bits are placed very efficiently, and they keep the listeners listening! Arijit’s soulful rendition will be loved by one and all. Again, he has excelled in the high notes and sung the low notes just as efficiently! While the original song was romantic, this song has been made into a pure devotional and sentimental song, very touching. The lyrics have very nicely been written on Jeet’s soulful tune. I can’t find any fault in the song, and it is sure to be a hit, but maybe after the movie releases. Emotional, devotional and rocking all-in-one package! #5StarHotelSong!

 

2. Singham Returns Theme:- Singers ~ Mika Singh & Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed

When I got to know that Meet Bros. Anjjan have composed a title track for the film, I was very less excited, because I was already disappointed that Ajay-Atul weren’t composing. When I heard the track, I was even more disappointed! Meet Bros. Anjjan have just added some padding around the same hookline, which was composed by Ajay-Atul, and roped in someone who can never make a match against Sukhwinder, Mika Singh, to sing it. The new tune which they have added is not at all that exciting, and neither is it very good. The arrangements might be the best part of the track. Shabbir Ahmed seems more comfortable in writing such character songs. Meet Bros. Anjjan have composed the song in their usual style, and they have tried to connect that tune with the original Singham title track’s hookline, but didn’t quite strike gold over there. Everything else is plain ordinary. Rohit Shetty must have thought that they have been giving many hits lately, like ‘Boss Title Track’ and ‘Baby Doll’, so he must have signed them for the film so that they could create something extraordinary, but they didn’t make good use of the opportunity and instead, gave something very ordinary.

 

3. Kuch Toh Hua Hai:- Singers ~ Ankit Tiwari & Tulsi Kumar, Lyrics by ~ Sandeep Nath & Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay

Ankit Tiwari enters the soundtrack with a romantic track, which starts with beautiful santoor notes. The tune and overall composition being very ordinary, Ankit has relied on the arrangements to propel this track to the next level. He has composed a very traditional Indian romantic tune, like he always does, and has orchestrated it beautifully. Like I said, the tune is very regular, but the arrangements will ensure you are hooked to the track. When Tulsi Kumar enters, she sounds drunk. This time her voice isn’t high pitched, but it sounds too artificial, as if a machine is singing. Ankit has solved this problem like a genius, by making a female chorus sing in the background so loudly, that her actual voice is covered up by the background singers. Ankit himself sings in his usual voice i.e, autotuned voice. Ankit said in an interview that he was informed at the last minute to compose a song, this must be the reason that he wasn’t able to churn out such a good tune like his previous compositions. The santoor in the interlude sounds very beautiful. Other sounds used by Ankit are also good. The tune has a slight resemblance to Ankit’s own ‘Galliyan’ when Tulsi sings ‘khamoshiyan rakhti hai…’. Despite the great arrangements, this track has nothing fresh to offer, and stands nowhere in front of Ankit’s previous compositions!

 

4. Aata Majhi Satakli:- Singers ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Mamta Sharma & Nitu Choudhary, Music by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Additional Marathi Lyrics by ~ Sachin Pathak (YO)

This song is the compulsory Yo Yo Honey Singh track in every big film whose music company is T-Series. Yo Yo has shown very little creativity in the song. It starts very similar to the way ‘Party With The Bhoothnath’ from ‘Bhoothnath Retirns’ starts. The initial lines have a tune very similar to that of ‘Lungi Dance’. The lyrics are stupid. The tune is not even worth to be called a tune. The arrangements are good, like in all Yo Yo songs, and the other good thing is the choice of Mamta Sharma as a singer. It is a great refreshment from the bad singing of Jasmine Sandals which Yo Yo had used in ‘Yaar Na Miley’ from ‘Kick’. Mamta does her part very good,ronpuncing Marathi words very well, while the child shouting ‘mala raag yetoy’ is a sheer nuisance. Again, Yo Yo has repeated the lines of the song so many times, that now he has surpassed even Himesh Reshammiya when it comes to repetition. Nothing else that is worth talking about in this song, but remember one thing — be ready to hear it many, many, many times in the rest of the year, because it is one of those songs which will gain immediate hit status. I won’t tell you not to hear it, because you are going to hear it everywhere, whether you like it or not!


Again, T-Series has produced a multi-composer album, which disappoints in the form of Singham Returns. I don’t know till where this trend of multi-composers will go and till where T-Series will decide to support the ridiculous strategy. A single composer or team (duo or trio) discussing with each other and solving out the problems is way better than four composers, each composing in their comfort zone and none of them having a single idea what the other is doing. Jeet Gannguli provides the only musical wonder in the album, by remaking a hit Bengali tune of his. Ankit Tiwari comes in second place, scoring a decent romantic track with fabulous arrangements. The remaining two have given passable songs, which would only cater to the first-benchers. Given the standard set by Ajay-Atul in the prequel, this soundtrack seems lost in nowhere, giving only one gem.

 

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

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

 

Which is your favourite song from Singham Returns? Please vote for your favourite! 🙂

 

Next “dish”:- Mardaani, Chefs:- Salim-Sulaiman & Main Tera Hero & 2 States (Albums of Early 2014) which I need to finish and couldn’t get time to. 😛