SHANTANU SCORES, OTHERS ARE FORCED!! (OCTOBER – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Shantanu Moitra, Anupam Roy & Abhishek Arora
♪ Lyrics by: Tanveer Ghazi, Swanand Kirkire & Abhiruchi Chand
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 28th March 2018
♪ Movie Released On: 13th April 2018

October Album Cover

 

Listen to the songs: Saavn

Buy the songs: iTunes


October is a Bollywood film starring Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu and Gitanjali Rao. The film is directed by Shoojit Sircar and produced by Ronnie Lahiri and Sheel Kumar. The film’s music is scored by Shantanu Moitra, Anupam Roy and Abhishek Arora, three composers who have recurring composed for Sircar’s films. Let’s see how well this album turns out!


Lead composer Shantanu Moitra really knows how to shed his Raju Hirani composition style when necessary. For Shoojit Sircar production “Pink” (2016), he created a pensive melody “Kaari Kaari”. This time, he starts the album off with the instrumental that has gained monumental success (especially since it is an instrumental), the October Theme. The track is full of beautiful violins (lead violin by Rohan Roy), a soulful piano (George Joseph, Artem Panteleev), not to forget the deep cello (Ilya Ten). Shantanu’s composition is beautiful, but the treatment he gives it with the instrumentation is what makes it redeeming.
That’s proved in the next song Chal, where the same tune, doesn’t create quite the same impact. Shantanu adds a very awkward 70s pop sound, not going quite well with the standard set by its instrumental version. Monali’s voice sounds very different, and Tanveer Ghazi’s lyrics create no impact whatsoever except a bit of occasional awkwardness. I must say though, the guitars (Ankur) are catchy.
It’s in Manwaa that the composer strikes gold. Sunidhi Chauhan’s voice is a perfect choice for the heart-warming semiclassical composition, and Shantanu’s trademark style of repeating an instrumental loop in the background works wonders as always. Swanand Kirkire pens soulful lyrics, while Shantanu accompanies Sunidhi’s voice with amazing arrangements — mostly digital beats, making it a wonderful fusion track. The composition of the antara is excellent, Sunidhi mastering the high notes as always. The song is hands down the best of the album, and most suited for the film!
Anupam Roy’s Tab Bhi Tu, in the initial couple of listens, sounds like the typical Bollywood Rahat cry fest, but after some time, I warmed up to it. It is definitely a new genre that Anupam Roy tried, and the composition, though maudlin and heavy to the ears, takes some getting accustomed to before you keep humming it all day. Shamik Chakraborty’s arrangements are the highlight here, with the electric guitars (Rishabh Ray) and drums (Sandipan Parial) standing out, and the flute (Sushanta Nandi) neutralising the rock. Tanveer Ghazi’s lyrics, again, create less impact.
Abhishek Arora’s song Theher Ja, is probably the one that suits the film the least, and though the composition is amazing, the composer ruins it with a techno beat, and electric guitars and the like. I would’ve preferred an unplugged version or a version with piano and violins against Armaan’s soothing vocals. Abhiruchi Chand’s lyrics are functional.


Considering that there were no songs in the film, the composers managed to give some good songs, but nothing more, except one I’ll love forever! What the result is, is that Shantanu, also the background score composer for the film, ends up composing within the film’s soundscape, but the others’ songs sound forced in just to create a music album! 

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 8 + 6.5 + 9.5 + 7 + 6 = 37

Album Percentage: 74%

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: 
Manwaa > October Theme > Tab Bhi Tu > Chal > Theher Ja

 

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

NOT TOO JUNGLEE, BUT JUST RIGHT!! (DIL JUUNGLEE – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Tanishk Bagchi, Guru Randhawa, Rajat Nagpal, Anand-Milind, Sharib-Toshi & Abhishek Arora
♪ Lyrics by: Tanishk Bagchi, Arafat Mahmood, Guru Randhawa, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Vayu Shrivastav, Devendra Kafir & Abhiruchi Chand
♪ Music Label: T-Series / Pooja Music / Sony Music
♪ Music Released On: The music hasn’t released as a full album
♪ Movie Released On: 9th March 2018

Dil Juunglee

Listen to the T-Series songs: Gaana

Listen to the Pooja Music songs: Gaana


Dil Juunglee is a Bollywood rom-com starring Saqib Saleem and Taapsee Pannu in lead roles. The film is directed by Aleya Sen and produced by Jackky Bhagnani and Vashu Bhagnani. The film’s music is by multiple composers — Tanishk Bagchi, Guru Randhawa, Sharib-Toshi and Abhishek Arora. All of these composers have given something listen worthy in the past, and their style of music suits the romcom genre very well, so it’s probably going to be a fun music album.. let’s see!


Now, this album is somehow split between two music labels — T-Series, and the newly-conceived Pooja Music (belonging to Vashu Bhagnani’s Pooja Entertainment) whose digital marketing is being done by Sony Music. The makers probably wanted a remake of ‘Gazab ka Hai Din’ to feature in the album, but since its rights were with T-Series, that song had to be on T-Series as well, right? Because, obviously! And so I guess the Guru Randhawa song was a bonus add-on, like a ‘Buy one get one free’ kind of deal. So yeah, that’s how I guess this album ended up being on two different music labels. Anyway, since that has nothing to do with the music, let’s move on!
The first song on the T-Series part of the album happens to be composed by Guru Randhawa, along with co-composer Rajat Nagpal, the composers of ‘Ban Ja Rani’ (Tumhari Sulu) and ‘Suit Suit’ (Hindi Medium). While his previous songs in Bollywood have been rehashes of his pop singles, Nachle Na is an entirely original song, and no prizes to guess that it is his best and least contrived-sounding song in Bollywood.. (At the moment of writing this review, ‘Kaun Nachdi’ from “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety” hadn’t released, which I now believe to be his best yet.) The beats are groovy, and the electronic loop, though harking back to ‘Aa Toh Sahi’ (Judwaa 2), is quite fresh-sounding. Vocals are good, and I’m surprised Neeti Mohan, of all singers was chosen for this song; she does a brilliant job, and surprises me at the same time. It is the lyrics that fall flat.
Now of course, since Guru Randhawa didn’t remake his own song, the music company had to call in someone who could remake some other song. So we have the more-than-part-time remake artist Tanishk Bagchi presenting Gazab Ka Hai Din, a remake of the song with the same name from ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’. I must say, he has done a good job providing the padding around the old hook; the mukhda is especially beautiful, but the antara is forgettable. But the addition of the old hook sounds so contrived, the beauty of the song ends there. For me, the mukhda of this song is the only memorable part! I wish he had been allowed to build a new song after this mukhda and not borrow from an old one! Jubin and Prakriti sound functional as always; nothing great in either of their renditions. The strings during the hookline are beautiful, they keep your interest intact through the boring parts of the composition. I also noticed that Tanishk has written the lyrics as close as possible to the old song, thereby keeping a small touch of it alive even in the new composition.
However, Tanishk’s other song Beat Juunglee, which features in the Pooja Music part of the album, is an amazing and instantly catchy one, and though he uses the iconic “Yaahooo!” from Shammi Kapoor’s ‘Chahe Koi Mujhe Junglee Kahe’ (Junglee), I’m happy that he hasn’t been made to recreate that number, because his original composition in this song is so insanely catchy!! Armaan Malik was the best choice for this, and the results show brilliantly. Prakriti Kakar gets not much to do, but does well in her one or two lines. Most insane though, is the programming by Tanishk, which has been getting better day by day. The electronic loop which starts the song is crazy and so are the percussions and horns throughout the song. Vayu’s lyrics are always entertaining and they are just that here as well. It just goes to show you how well Tanishk can actually compose when given the freedom. (As if last year’s ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ wasn’t proof enough!)
Sorry for rambling about that song, but the next song, by Sharib-Toshi, Bandeya, deserves just as much praise. Now this composer duo hasn’t been in the picture for a long time. And by in the picture I mean the way Tanishk is constantly in the picture, every month. The last song they composed was in the recently released “Fukrey Returns”, and now they return with another Punjabi song, this time a sad song sung by Arijit Singh. The composition is soulful, the arrangements heart-warming and the lyrics by Devendra Kafir amazing. The composition has the feel of Anu Malik’s ‘Mere Humsafar’ (Refugee) but the similarity is only in the first line of the hook. Arijit himself is quite at ease with this kind of a song, and is his usual soulful best.
The second best song of the album, after ‘Beat Juunglee’, has to be Abhishek Arora’s Dil Jaane Na, an amazing fusion track that starts off as a soft romantic number, but segues into a pumped-up electronic number with a groovy beat to it. Seasoned voices like Mohit Chauhan and Neeti Mohan are the perfect choice for the song, and they deliver well. I love the way composer Abhishek Arora makes the seamless transition from the soft portions of the song to the upbeat ones, and not just once but numerous times throughout the song. All in all, this song is a treat for people who like light and fluffy music!


The album was “Juunglee” after all, but I loved the Pooja Music part of it much, much, much more than the two songs on the T-Series label. Some things are just meant to be less “Juunglee” and hence less likeable than others!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 6.5 + 7 + 9 + 8 + 8.5 = 39

Album Percentage: 78%

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: Beat Juunglee > Dil Jaane Na > Bandeya > Gazab Ka Hai Din > Nachle Na

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

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 10 (from previous albums) + 01 = 11

KRIPAYA DHYAAN DE, YEH ALBUM SUNN LE! (LOVE PER SQUARE FOOT – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sohail Sen
♪ Lyrics by: Gopal Datt, Anand Tiwari, Abhishek Dhusia, Sahir Nawab, Sumeet Suvarna, Abhiruchi Chand & Jamil Ahmed
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 14th February 2018
♪ Movie Released On: 14th February 2018

Love Per Square Foot Album Cover

 

Listen to the songs: Saavn

Buy the songs: iTunes


Love Per Square Foot is a Bollywood rom-com that premiered on Netflix this Valentine’s Day. The film stars Vicky Kaushal, Angira Dhar and Alankrita Sahai in lead roles, and is directed by Anand Tiwari, and produced by Ronnie Screwvala. The film’s music has been composed by Sohail Sen, back after a long time; his last was ‘Happy Bhag Jayegi’ in 2016. Let’s hope his musical style is intact and he delivers yet another enjoyable album!


Sohail Sen’s return to music composition after one and a half years doesn’t hold as much magic as his previous outings used to. That being said, this album takes some time to warm up to, and in the first listen, doesn’t create much of an impact.
Proceedings are kicked off by the entertaining Mumbaiya rap song Yatri Kripaya Dhyaan De, a tribute to all things Mumbai. The residents of the metropolis would feel a certain pride once they listen to this song, as will the train station announcers. The rap by Mumbai’s Finest (Abhishek Dhusia, Sahir Nawab & Sumeet Suvarna) is entertaining, a bit in the style of DIVINE, and thankfully fits snugly into the song. Lively beatboxing starts off the song, but the song kind of loses its connect in the initial one minute or so, until it settles into its place. After that, it is really enjoyable. I love the way Sohail introduces a nice Maharashtrian-flavoured bhajan segment towards the end, and a nice Ganpati dhol taasha rhythm in the interlude. The vocalists seem to be newcomers, but do a great job in conveying the youthfulness of the city.
Udit Narayan, the evergreen singer, the only singer who hasn’t seemed to age, returns after quite some time, with Ishq Mein Bajti Hai Ghanti, an upbeat wedding song led by the quintessential brass band. Sohail also composes it in a typical 90s tune, to help Udit get more comfortable, probably. It still works thanks to the catchy rhythms and composition and of course, the vocals! Nothing particularly new here, though. The lyrics are funny though, comparing love and marriage.
Benny Dayal and Shivangi Bhayana get the weakest song of the album, Chicken Dance, a song whose composition falls all over the place, though the initial adlib is entertaining. The electric guitars do not work at all, and it ends up being a clumsy party number with no recall value. Benny thankfully has the magnetism in his voice to help listeners keep listening, but Shivangi doesn’t have that quality yet!
Aashiyana is a beautiful romantic song, the only song of the album whose lyrics (by Abhiruchi Chand) make a huge impact on the song. Altamash Faridi and Tarannum Malik, regulars on Sohail Sen albums, know how to do justice to his music, and so the results in the vocal department are amazing. I commend the composer for not going for Arijit though there was a huge scope, because Altamash’s voice brings a freshness to the song, though slightly over-nasal. Tarannum sings her part beautifully too! The antaras are the best parts of the song, composed in a tune that is easily hummable. The reason the lyrics stand out so much, is the conversational way they have been written, seeming like a tribute to Gulzar, who is also mentioned in the song!
Maqbool Hai, the other song by Altamash, is a nice mellow number, starting off with an operatic piece, and seguing into a very Bhatt-ish but very hauntingly catchy melody that wins your heart over. Again, Altamash sings his heart out, creating beautiful effects. The Rahman touch is audible in the song as well, and somehow it sounds like a song that resembles songs from 2008-2009. It still sounds fresh though.
Rekha Bhardwaj ends the album with two versions of a classically-based melody Raaz Apne Dil Ke, a song that fares better and seems more lovable in its Indian Version, with arrangements that complement the composition — tablas, played in a soothing rhythm, and a wonderful tanpura setting the mood for a wonderful classical listen. The Western Version sounds like the composition is uncomfortable with the clumsy “doo doo doo da” with which the song starts, not to mention the digital beats in the background. Not the very best examples of fusion, but there is still a hint of classical music (sarangi) here too, which makes it bearable, at least.


Sohail Sen has done better than this previously, but overall, the album is enjoyable, with a mixed variety of songs, and none being utterly bad!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 7.5 + 7 + 5.5 + 8.5 + 8 + 8 + 6.5 =

Album Percentage: 72.86%

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: Aashiyana > Maqbool Hai = Raaz Apne Dil Ke (Indian) > Yatri Kripaya Dhyaan De > Ishq Mein Bajti Hai Ghanti > Raaz Apne Dil Ke (Western) > Chicken Dance

 

Which is your favourite song from Love Per Square Foot? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

NH7 TO NH10!! (NH10 – Music Review)

Music Album Details
Music by: Sanjeev-Darshan, Anirban Chakraborty (Bann), Ayush Shrestha, Savera Mehta & Samira Koppikar
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Anirban Chakraborty (Bann), Abhiruchi Chand, Manoj Tapadia, Neeraj Rajawat & Varun Grover
♪ Music Label: Eros Music
♪ Music Released On: 17th February 2015
♪ Movie Released On: 13th March 2015

 

NH10 Album Cover

NH10 Album Cover

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


NH10 is an upcoming Bollywood revenge thriller film, directed by Navdeep Singh, produced by Krishika Lulla, Anushka Sharma, Karnesh Sharma, Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap under their respective banners Clean Slate Films(Anushka’s production company) and Phantom (We all know this one). The film stars Anushka Sharma and Neil Bhoopalam in the lead roles, with Darshan Kumar (‘Mary Kom’ fame) in a negative role. The plot revolves around a couple, whose road trip goes amiss, after an encounter with violent criminals on the national highway (which is where the film gets its name). The music of this film was also expected to be very good, because of the mere fact that it is a Phantom production! The music for this film has been given by multiple composers. The first is the duo Sanjeev-Darshan, sons of Shravan Rathod of Nadeem-Shravan, who have just one song. The next is Anirban Chakraborty, who all of you know (or might not know) as Bann. He had composed a beautiful track ‘Mar Jayian’ for ‘Vicky Donor’, and he’s back after three years to compose five songs (technically just one song with four versions) for this album. The third is another pair, Ayush Shrestha & Savera Mehta, newcomers in Bollywood (they have been heard in NH7 Weekender shows), who get two tracks. And the last is the mismatched and unfitting singer of ‘Aaj Phir’ from ‘Hate Story 2’, Samira Koppikar, who also gets just one song. So, all-in-all, it sounds like a musical treat, and a look at the singers just consolidated the idea. So let’s have a look, at how great it actually is!! 🙂


1. Chhil Gaye Naina
Singers ~ Kanika Kapoor & Dipanshu Pandit, Music by ~ Sanjeev-Darshan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Seeing Kanika Kapoor in the credits, many would be surprised. Given the types of songs she’s been singing up till now, one wonders how one of those songs would fit into this kind of movie. But, listeners are treated to a pleasant surprise, when they actually play the song. Another song on the same lines of ‘Jee Karda’ from ‘Badlapur’, with the avengeful vocals and lyrics, this song also has all it needs to become a superhit song of that particular genre. Sanjeev-Darshan have superbly composed a tune that would radiate emotions of fury and anger, at the same time making it catchy. Also, with this song, Kanika (who is a classical trained singer getting not so classical songs in Bollywood) might just be singing her best song (according to me) and also opened up the gates for many other composers besides Meet Bros. Anjjan and Dr. Zeus to take her as a singer, as they will get encouraged to do so after hearing her brilliant vocals in this track. The tune sounds semi-classical and, if so, it has been very well fused to get a semiclassical rock number which will certainly climb the charts in the coming days. Dipanshu’s short interruptions do call for a round of applause, in their innocent Rajasthani traditional folk-like sound. Rock guitars and drums, naturally, are the most prominent instruments here. The shattering glass sounds also sound great in this “angry” song. In some places, Sanjeev-Darshan have beautifully infused tablas, which certainly is a brilliant idea, and has come out very great-sounding as well! Kumaar’s lyrics are totally apt for the situation. This is one of Sanjeev-Darshan’s best compositions of late, and Kanika’s best song till date, where she gets to showcase her great classical expertise. #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Le Chal Mujhe (Male Version) / Le Chal Mujhe (Female Version) / Le Chal Mujhe (Reprise)
Singers ~ Mohit Chauhan / Shilpa Rao / Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Anirban Chakraborty (Bann), Lyrics by ~ Anirban Chakraborty (Bann) & Abhiruchi Chand

The piano notes that welcome you into the song, instantly impart a waltzy feel to you, and has you nodding your head to the beats of the waltz. Mohit Chauhan, with his smooth and silky vocals, does complete justice to the composition by Bann, which is smooth and also at places, a bit haunting. Drum cymbals, piano and guitars are prominent throughout the song, but what you really should pay attention to, is the second interlude, with the sitar And tablas, sounding great together, before they are joined by the drums and rock guitars. A sound like chattering of teeth is very clearly heard throughout the song as well, and I just wonder which instrument that is! It gives a whole retro Bollywood 50s-60s feel to the song. Overall, the composition isn’t something to instantly get hooked onto, but something pretty unconventional, something that grows and how! And the best part is that, being unconventional, it still doesn’t come across as heavy to the ears, and would soothe you even if you hear it for the first time, just that you might not like it right away. Even the lyrics, by Bann himself and Abhiruchi Chand with additional lyrics, are unconventional and great! The female version by Shilpa, has the same arrangements (Yes, I mean ditto xerox carbon copy) but it has been sung on a lower pitch, making it seem more haunting than the male version. Shilpa manages her low voice very well, and sounds pretty different from what we’ve heard her singing before this. In no way, is this version better or worse than the male version, but it doesn’t appeal much after you have already heard the male version. The reprise version is by the man whose songs are on the tip of everyone’s tongue nowadays, Arijit Singh! His version is shorter than the other two, and a bit slower-placed as well, but it certainly attracts listeners, because of the variations that he does, and his voice which is perfect for the composition. Only when I heard the version he sung, did I notice the striking resemblance that this song has to ‘Khul Kabhi’ from ‘Haider’. Which made me love his version even more. A Vishal Bhardwaj-ish composition, which doesn’t leap out to you instantly, but grows, and when it does, trust me, you’ll have it on loop for quite a long period of time! The two male versions are highly recommended! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Main Jo
Singers ~ Nayantara Bhatkal & Savera Mehta, Music by ~ Ayush Shrestha & Savera Mehta, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Tapadia

It starts off very peppily, promising a peppy and breezy song ahead. And sure enough, what we get, is something so sweet and cheerful. Quite like an Amit Trivedi or Mikey McCleary typical song, Ayush & Savera have clearly worked hard to give us something that is really, really enjoyable and also sweet. The newcomer Nayantara Bhatkal, has really nice vocals which suit the atmosphere of the song, and also engage the listener for the short duration of 2 minutes and 43 seconds. Her voice sounds a lot like Shalmali Kholgade or Saba Azad, without the sharpness. The arrangements by the duo have also been done very nicely and they are very catchy, adding some more cheer to the song. Saxophone and guitars beautifully decorate the great composition. Savera Mehta comes in for a short duration towards the end, and sounds a lot like Nikhil D’Souza. Lyrics by Manoj Tapadia are also sweet and a bit sensuous, and increase the peppiness of the track. They work in favour of the song. Though very short, it has a very gripping tune, arrangements, and Nayantara is spot-on with her vocals!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Khoney De / Khoney De (Instrumental)
Singers ~ Mohit Chauhan, Neeti Mohan / Instrumental, Music by ~ Anirban Chakraborty (Bann), Lyrics by ~ Anirban Chakraborty (Bann)

This song is just yet another version of ‘Le Chal Mujhe’, this time, with Mohit joined by Neeti Mohan, with her husky and raw voice. The waltz feel, though there, has been decreased in this version, and more techno sounds are there to keep the beats. This version is like the jazz version of ‘Le Chal Mujhe’. With the piano notes played in a very jazzy way, it makes for a good fourth listen to the song. Neeti Mohan flows through her part very easily and effortlessly, while Mohit Chauhan dynamically expresses his lines. The guitars and the occasional saxophone impresses as the singers beautifully go about the composition. Slightly better than the solo version by Mohit, this one can easily replace that one, all thanks to the addition of Neeti’s beautiful voice. Here, Bann has written some good lyrics as well, this time without the help of Abhiruchi Chand. Where ‘Le Chal Mujhe’ was about searching for the partner, and therefore haunting, this one is all about getting lost in a wonderful place together, so this one sounds way less haunting than ‘Le Chal Mujhe’. The instrumental version also impresses, surprisingly, with its wonderful saxophone solos standing out amongst the piano and guitars. Wherever the singers had lines in the original version, here the saxophones have replaced them, making it feel all the more jazzy and cool. All other arrangements are the same as the original version (I mean ‘Khoney De’, not ‘Le Chal Mujhe’). Yet another great version of ‘Le Chal Mujhe’, with more jazz factor and less haunt. Both the duet and the instrumental impress!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Maati Ka Palang
Singer ~ Samira Koppikar, Music by ~ Samira Koppikar, Lyrics by ~ Neeraj Rajawat

Okay, so I didn’t know Samira could compose as well, and I didn’t like her voice at all in ‘Aaj Phir’ (Hate Story 2), but I still had hopes from this song, given the greatness this album has slowly revealed to us song by song. And, I got exactly what I expected. Another Indie-music type song, composed and sung beautifully by Samira. A haunting melody it is, with just as haunting and sinister lyrics, beautifully penned by Neeraj Rajawat. Samira, who really didn’t get much scope to showcase this semi-classical side of hers in her previous Bollywood songs, sings the haunting melody with expertise and grace. Surprisingly her composition is very impressive, one that instantly catches on. The arrangements are also pretty impressive, with rock guitars, Sitar, and drums being played together in a single song. Quite a unique combination! The interlude of the sitar is something you have to listen, compulsorily! Neeraj’s lyrics, as I said before, keep the haunting feel to the composition, and also sound very mysterious. Quite an impressive composition by Samira! Hats-off! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Kya Karein
Singer ~ Rachel Varghese, Music by ~ Ayush Shrestha & Savera Mehta, Lyrics by ~ Varun Grover

The duo re-enters with their second song, a soft, slow-paced song, which is kind of hard to understand or grip. Nevertheless, the composition is soothing and the musical arrangements help the listener to like the song. Rachel Varghese sings the song beautifully, in a husky voice kind of like that of Shilpa Rao. The tune is not something that would grab the listener, so the song does lose marks for that there, but the arrangements, vocals and lyrics make up for that small thing. Plus, the tune of this song wasn’t meant to be attractive or very catchy, either, as far as I can gather, going by the lyrics. It is supposed to be a song displaying the sadness of a wife on being separated from her husband. And the lyrics very well make that understood, therefore saving the composers. They’ve composed a very apt song for the situation. Before you know it, the song is over, because it plays at a very slow pace, so most of it is music itself. A song perfect for the situation, but one that will find less listeners and also have less shelf life, so misses the “tag”. But good to give you mental peace!


NH10 is an album with pretty unconventional music, the type that can usually be heard in Indie-music albums. All composers have pitched in their best, and really have made this album one great album. And yes, most of the songs won’t appeal to you instantly, so give them time! They are gems!! The regular performers at NH7 Weekender, come together and give us a beautiful unconventional Bollywood album in the form of “NH10”!!

 

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: Tough to decide!! 😃

 

Which is your favourite song from NH10? Please vote for it below!! 🙂

 

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