JASLEEN’S HICHKI SUCCESSFULLY OVERCOME! (HICHKI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Jasleen Royal
♪ Lyrics by: Jaideep Sahni, Raj Shekhar, Neeraj Rajawat, Aditya Sharma & David Klyton
♪ Music Label: YRF Music
♪ Music Released On: 20th February 2018
♪ Movie Released On: 23rd March 2018

Hichki Album Cover

 

Listen to the album: Saavn

Buy the album: iTunes


Hichki is a Bollywood film starring Rani Mukerji, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Shiv Subramanian, Supriya Pilgaonkar, and directed by Siddharth P. Malhotra, produced by Maneesh Sharma. The film is about Naina Mathur, a teacher who has Tourette Syndrome, a neurological condition that results in uncontrolled motor tics. Well, Rani Mukerji can pull off almost any character she is given, so there’s no doubt that her performance will be great. The music of the film is by Jasleen Royal, which is great because a) this is her first solo album, b) it could be the turning point of her career if she makes good use of this opportunity, and why won’t she?? This is another one of those cases where YRF has roped in a relatively new composer for a film that doesn’t need massy music, but the music ends up being really memorable. So let’s hope Jasleen gets over her own ‘hichki’ of recycling her songs, and present something innovative and new!!


Jasleen Royal’s first solo album is mainly full of songs sung by one singer, and all the songs have a kind of spirit in them that is perfectly suitable for a small and sweet Yash Raj movie trying to create social awareness. What starts he album off, is Harshdeep Kaur’s Oye Hichki, a song that can be regarded as the title song, and whose hook actually sounds like the motor tics Rani Mukerji’s character has to deal with in the film. The song is a charmingly upbeat number, and Jasleen’s clever use of strong percussions helps give it an Indian touch, not to mention the Punjabi wedding-ish antara, something close to what Jasleen has composed before, but not quite the same, because of the grounded sound. Jaideep Sahni’s lyrics are good, but not the usual quirky stuff that is characteristic of him. In the Soul Of Hichki, Jasleen indeed takes a more soulful turn, but surprisingly enough, this change is brought about by the replacement of the upbeat percussions by electronic sounds. The antara is amazing here, more soulful, and the sarangi brings a wonderful touch. Harshdeep carries the vocals beautifully in both versions, both of which seem way too short; we wish they were longer.
The only non-solo song on the album arrives next, a groovy Tamil-Hindi rap song, Madamji Go Easy, with the funky vocals of Benny Dayal, and supported by a Tamil rapper David Klyton. The backing chorus of rappers do well, too — the “Vasco Da Gama...” portion is very entertaining. The Tamil rap sounds so refreshing! On a whole, the song is a great theme song to be picturized upon a bunch of teenage miscreants. Jasleen’s arrangements too, are entertaining; she uses all the right techno sounds to make this song enough commercial, although never losing the distinct classy nature of the song. Raj Shekhar writes with a quirky style we never got to see him use in his previous ventures.
A string of motivational/inspirational numbers follow, as is always the case in such movies! But we aren’t complaining; Royal delivers her career’s best songs in this portion of the album.
First up, Khol De Par by Arijit Singh is a charming song, that starts with an old-school composition, the likes of which never fail to impress. Jasleen herself does the “Doom Tak Doom” in the beginning, and you get hooked to the song right away. The hookline soars, with a nice rhythmic thump that helps your head nod throughout the song. The antara is wonderful too, especially the part starting from “Sabko Manaane Ki…” It just steals your heart. Arijit as usual, is charming with the vocals, but Jasleen’s acoustic arrangements are wonderful too, making the song as charming as it turns out to be. Raj Shekhar’s lyrics are fantastic, especially in the antara.
Shilpa Rao’s Phir Kya Hai Gham reminds me of a Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy song; I can’t remember which, though! Here too, Jasleen nails it with the rhythmic backing vocals and the cross line “Haule Haule Sab Hoga..”, each stanza ending with a high-spirited “Phir Kya Hai Gham!?”, followed by a nice humming. The song might be the weakest of the album, but you cannot deny the fact that it still is insanely catchy! The motivational intent of it works really well!
My personal favourite of the album, Teri Dastaan, is a melancholic number, probably the one that plays when the protagonist doesn’t know what to do next. Jasleen herself sings this one, and her distinct voice works wonders in this song. Her composition is so mature, and the piano in the background sets the ambience for this pensive melody. Here too, an interlude with a sarangi is a must-hear. The lyrics by Neeraj Rajawat are the highlight here, and probably the best lyrics of the album too.
The song features in a shorter instrumental version too, called Naina’s Theme, and boy, will the theatre-goers get goosebumps whenever this theme plays. Again, Jasleen sets the pensive mood immaculately, with the piano, and also with her humming, that sounds amazing. It ends the album on a memorable note!


Jasleen Royal overcomes the “Hichki” in her (till now) repetitive compositions by presenting a platter of varied songs from diverse genres, and she succeeds and how!!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 8 + 8.5 + 8 + 8.5 + 7.5 + 9 + 8 =

Album Percentage: 82.14%

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: Teri Dastaan > Soul Of Hichki = Khol De Par > Oye Hichki = Madamji Go Easy = Naina’s Theme > Phir Kya Hai Gham

 

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

THE ‘HAUNT’ AND SOUL OF PUNJAB! (PHILLAURI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Shashwat Sachdev & Jasleen Kaur Royal
♪ Lyrics by: Anvita Dutt, Shellee, Aditya Sharma & Neeraj Rajawat
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 6th March 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 24th March 2017

Phillauri Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Phillauri is an upcoming Bollywood romantic / comedy / fantasy film starring Anushka Sharma, Suraj Sharma and Diljit Dosanjh in lead roles. The film is directed by Anshai Lal, and produced by Anushka Sharma, Karnesh Sharma and Fox Star Studios. The film is about a man named Kanan who is born under an ‘unlucky star’, and has been told he needs to marry a tree before marrying his love, so that his soul can be cleansed. To his horror/amazement/shock/whatever you might feel if you were in such a situation, he finds a spirit who used to live in the tree following him, unable to go back to her own realm. He needs to help her go back there, but before that she needs to feature in a film and all, so you better watch it, or else she will have come out of the tree for nothing. :p Enough movie promotion, let’s steer on to the music. A newcomer (I believe; and every other website I checked says the same — they also only believe, nobody knows??) Shashwat Sachdev has composed the majority of the album, and the baby-fairy-like sounding girl Jasleen Royal has composed two more. Now, if such a well-known person like Anushka Sharma decides to launch a comooser with her movie, it must mean he has something in him. Clean Slate Films (Anushka’s production company) has previously produced ‘NH10’ and boy, was its music album phenomenal, and also full of composers who has never quite made it big in the industry. This movie seems to have more of a mass appeal, and Jasleen has made it big in the industry already, so the debutant must be really good at his job! Let’s see!!


1. Dum Dum / Dum Dum (Punjabi Version) / Dum Dum (Reprise) [Diljit Dosanjh Version]

Singers ~ Romy & Vivek Hariharan / Romy & Vivek Hariharan / Diljit Dosanjh, Backing Vocals ~ Anurag Sharma, Pawni Pandey, Vibha Saraf, Varsha Tripathi, Abhiruchi Singh, Gaia, Meera Chandy / Anurag Sharma, Pawni Pandey, Vibha Saraf, Varsha Tripathi, Abhiruchi Singh, Gaia, Meera Chandy / Vivek Hariharan, Pawni Pandey & Anand Bhaskar, Music by ~ Shashwat Singh, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt / Shellee / Anvita Dutt

“Aankhein kitaabi, tu khole toh padh loon,
Kaajal si likkhi chhaapi, kahaaniyaan teri mere saiyaan!
Baatein bataashon si zubaan pe rakh doon,
Halke se pighlengi, bole tu chakh loon main saiyaan!”

– Anvita Dutt

Shashwat starts off his Bollywood debut with one of the most soulful folksy numbers I’ve ever heard in recent times. ‘Dum Dum ‘ starts off like a purely soulful Punjabi / Sufi song, with amazing instrumentation giving the perfect introduction into the song. The composition is an aptly folksy one, with numerous twists and turns throughout the song. The hookline is catchy, but some might get a bit annoyed by the fact that it repeats too many times — in the true sense of a Sufi song, if you ask me. So that didn’t bother me too much. The mukhda follows a very lilting tune, and the high-pitched antara really helps to consolidate the listeners’ interest in the song. It is the conclusion of the song which is really impressive, and Shashwat slows the pace down there, only to increase it towards the end beautifully ending the song on a high tempo. The arrangements are fantabulous, as said before. The folk instruments have been put to great use — especially the tablas, dholaks, the plucked string instruments and the other folksy percussions. The first two versions have primarily the same arrangements, but it is Diljit who gsts to sing against the backdrop of an almost unplugged instrumentation in his version. That makes things lively and ‘different’ and innovative; it is a bliss to the ears to hear such a grounded composition backed by digital music. But towards the end of the Diljit version, there’s a wonderful sitar piece that is to die for!! That part is sheer brilliance on the part of the music programmer. The vocals in all three version are very impressive. Romy makes his Bollywood debut (Although I think I’ve read his name somewhere, he calls this his debut.) with this wonderful Punjabi song. His voice has been reminding everybody of Shahid Mallya’s voice, and I felt that too, with a tinge of Divya Kumar as well. He gets extremely loud at parts, but the soul of the song doesn’t diminish in any way. Vivek Hariharan effectively joins him in the latter part of the song which I earlier described as the ‘Conclusion’, and his voice texture is sooooo beautiful, it is hard to not love his portion. And of course, the “dum dum dum dum dum dum hai dua” part which everyone should love so much. The singers reprise their roles in the Punjabi version, except with different Punjabi lyrics penned by Shellee, as opposed to the Hindi ones by Anvita Dutt. It kind of reduced the appeal of the song, and I couldn’t make myself to love that version, with different lyrics, which i couldn’t understand nor sing along to. Save an extra ad-lib at the beginning by Romy, this one is a carbon copy of the first version as far as arrangements go. Diljit’s rendition of the same is a bit toned-down, and could’ve been better, but the arrangements by Shashwat make up for the little void that his voice couldn’t fill. Guitars in this version sound more of the modern acoustic guitars than folk instruments, and it gives a nice and modern touch to the song. (Which is clearly for promotional purposes). The disappointing part of this version is that it doesn’t have the “conclusion” which I loved! The lyrics of the Hindi version are amazing, and I’m sure the ones by Shellee in the Punjabi version are too, but I couldn’t understand them! Unusual, because I usually grasp most of the Punjabi in other Punjabi Bollywood songs! A soulfully folksy start to the album!

Rating: 4.5/5 for the Hindi Version, 3/5 for the Punjabi Version, 3.5/5 for the Reprise Version by Diljit Dosanjh

 

2. What’s Up

Singers ~ Mika Singh & Jasleen Royal, Music by ~ Jasleen Royal, Lyrics by ~ Aditya Sharma 

“Ajj haathan di takiyan te khil aayi kaliyaan,
Surma laan akhiyan ch vekhe teri galiyaan,
Hansdi ae jachdi ae sohneya ve sachhiya
Nazraan na laggan ke khairan ne mangeya!”

– Aditya Sharma

The second song of the album is Jasleen Royal’s first out of the two she has composed in the album. This one is an upbeat Punjabi wedding song, and going by Jasleen’s list of songs, she has only one such song to her credit, which is ‘Nachde Ne Saare’ (Baar Baar Dekho), which is one of my favourite Punjabi wedding songs of all time now. Now this song is also just as catchy and infectious. The energy just gets to you in no time. At first, the composition might seem very ordinary for a Punjabi wedding song, following the same template to the tee. But, as usually happens, later on I started loving the song just because of its immense simplicity. Jasleen’s composition is a sprightly one with nothing coming in the way of the listeners’ happiness. Especially the interludes she sings herself, are very cute and mood-uplifting. The other stanzas have been composed well too, and rendered boisterously by Mika, the go-to for such songs. Finally, he gets a song where he actually was required to sing it! The arrangements are as upbeat as can be, and Jasleen doesn’t necessarily recycle her ‘Nachde Ne Saare’ arrangements, but tries to make this sound different with more dhols. And the brass band makes an unignorable appearance in the song. It makes the song very breezy and happy-go-lucky. Of course, Jasleen also follows the traditional ‘play-the-hookline-on-brass-instruments’ method that Amaal Mallik recently followed in ‘Aashiq Surrender Hua’ (Badrinath Ki Dulhania). The vocals are amazing. As I mentioned, nobody but Mika could’ve sung this wih the same energy, and he sings like the old Mika, the Mika everybody enjoyed! So it is very enjoyable. Jasleen, in her fairy-like voice, sings her two stanzas very well, and though they are mere interludes, they get etched into your memory. They are very cute and sprightly. Aditya Sharma’s lyrics are fun and enjoyable, describing a Punjabi wedding beautifully! One of the more catchy Punjabi wedding songs of recent times!

Rating: 4/5

 

3. Naughty Billo

Singers ~ Diljit Dosanjh, Nakash Aziz, Shilpi Paul & Anushka Sharma, Backng vocals ~ Vivek Hariharan, Romy, Shilpi Paul & Surya Raghunathan, Music by ~ Shashwat Sachdev, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

“Malmal wala kurta rang firozi tha,
Uss par kaatil ik button tha Chaandi da,
Do nainon ka woh hamla, phass gaya bhola jatt yamla,
Marta kya na Karta!”

– Anvita Dutt

This song is Shashwat’s ticket to getting more and more offers from more and more producers and directors later on. Why? Because of the sheer innovativeness with which he has handled this song. Okay, so let me start from the beginning. The song is an experimental Punjabi dance song, quite similar to so many of the Punjabi pop numbers of today. However, there’s a nice catch in here. And that is the fact that Shashwat has so cleverly infused funky groove into the Punjabi song. The composition could’ve been better, but everything else covers that up, because the song excels in all other departments. I’ve not heard such a perfect Punjabi pop -ish number in quite a while. The song starts with a traditional old-fashioned Punjabi portion and we as listeners think the entire will follow suit. However, just as we are sure that will happen, Shashwat takes us by surprise and introduces a catchy (and purely modern, mind you) hookline that just makes you listen on! It is kind of a reprise to the old ‘Jhooth Boliya’ song. The arrangements are so experimental, and offbeat, that you just end up loving them. The funky beats are enough to make you dance without any inhibitions. Shashwat adds nice dhol percussion, and awesome brass instruments add the necessary funky element, not to mention the quintessential tumbi. So many backing vocalists randomly add their portions into the song as the song progresses, and it sounds like a free-for-all jam. Whatever the result is though, it is really innovative. The vocals are great too, with Diljit handling the Punjabi parts well, and Nakash the hookline. Shilpi Paul does well in her short parts, but Anushka steals the thunder with her full-of-attitude rap towards the end of the song. And it’s not even the “I-will-do-anything-just-to-make-my-movie-work” kind of stint! She actually sounds awesome in this new rapper form of hers! Anvita Dutt’s lyrics are fun and enjoyable. A fun funky song!

Rating: 4.5/5

 

4. Sahiba

Singers ~ Romy & Pawni Pandey, Backing Vocals ~ Vivek Hariharan, Anurag Singh, Vibha Saraf, Abhiruchi Singh, Pawni Pandey, Varsha Tripathi & Gaia, Music by ~ Shashwat Sachdev, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

“Tujhse aisa uljha, dil dhaaga dhaaga khincha,
Dargah pe jaise ho chadaron sa bichha,
Yun hi roz yeh udhadha buna,
Kissa ishq ka kai baar, humne phir se likha!
Sahebaan, sahebaan, chal wahaan jahaan Mirza!”

– Anvita Dutt

The way this song starts, reminds me of the starting of ‘Deewani Mastani’ (Bajirao Mastani). Anyway, the song is no doubt the best song of the album. Shashwat comes with yet another earthy folksy melody with this song. The mukhda starts quite slowly, but you will definitely start loving the song after you hear the hookline, which has a catchy and attractive old-world charm to it. Pawni Pandey’s antara has been composed very soulfully, in heart-rending low notes. Later the male part once again takes the song on a wonderful folksy route. However, it is the ‘conclusion’ of the song, that steals the spotlight. The song breaks into a Qawwali-esque mode there. Right from the “ohh sahibaaaaa…” till the end of the song, the song goes on a never-ending high, until the song itself ends. The “tere bina” verse is marvellous! Arrangements in this track are fabulous. The plucked strings (David Sinchury, Sanjoy Das, Youngmin Kim, Shashwat Sachdev) at the beginning, that oh-so-majestically reminded me of ‘Deewani Mastani’, are so gripping; they just pull you into the song. Also, Shashwat introduces a jingling sound in the beat after that, and it sounds so rustic and folksy! Lovely like never before. The percussions that break out in the hookline are wondrous as well. dholaks (Manoj Kumar) very well put the Punjabi theme of the song into action. The orchestra (Czech National Symphony Orchestra) works wonderfully throughout the song to give it a regal tinge, and they’ve accomplished it, I’m glad to say! The vocals by Romy are ravishing. The part he sings after Pawni’s, he has sung that so beautifully! And the Qawwali part too! It just gave me goosebumps! Pawni comes across as decent; she doesn’t seem to be managing the low notes too well. However Romy covers it with his magnificence in handling both high and low notes. The lyrics by Anvita Dutt are amazing here as well. Soul-stirring!

Rating: 5/5

 

5. Bajaake Tumba

Singers ~ Romy & Shehnaz Akhtar, Backing Vocals ~ Vivek Hariharan, Music by ~ Shashwat Sachdev, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

“Bajaake tumba, saare pind ki kudiyon ka, phillauri nachda!”

– Anvita Dutt

The folk doesn’t seem to get over just yet. Shashwat has yet another song left, and he makes sure the Punjabi folk influence doesn’t leave his songs until the last one. This one is a fun and enjoyable, but clearly situational song, which we listeners won’t be able to make heads or tails of as of yet, but it is fun to hear at least! It is an upbeat traditional bhangra number with an amazingly catchy tune considering its situational nature. It starts off quite odd, but gets better and better as it goes on. The hookline comes as an unexpected one with odd notes, that don’t match the fun nature of the other notes. That’s where the song gets interesting and experimental. The best part I loved in the song was the “oh yaara mere phirrrr na pooochooo aage kya hogaa…” part which was so smoothly sung by the singer!! The ‘timb lakk lakk timb’ loop is fun as well. The arrangements are just as fun as the composition. Of course dhols, dhadd, nagadas and the tumba make an integral part of the arrangements. A wonderful flutes assortment plays through the interlude. And the harmonium is splendid, too! The tempo increase towards the end is amusing as well! The two singers, Romy and Shehnaz Akhtar, do an amazing job in bringing forth the celebratory nature of the song through their singing. Though I’m not so qualified as to know who sang what, what I heard sounds good, and so I’m assuming both sang well. :p The backing vocalists play an important part in this song too, and their inputs make the song fun to listen to. About the lyrics, it seems that it is a kind of a story-telling session like we commonly see in films, where the man tells his friends about his experiences in winning the girl’s heart… Maybe? I don’t know. Enjoyable, but to an extent that can be crossed only after watching the film.

Rating: 3.5/5

 

6. Din Shagna Da

Singer ~ Jasleen Royal, Music by ~ Jasleen Royal, Lyrics by ~ Neeraj Rajawat

“Jaavan na main bin shehnaiyan
Satrangi rubaiyaan,
Sunaa ja tu harjaiyaa..
Shamiyaana sajavan
Doli leke main aavan
Aatishbazi karaake
Tenu leke main jaavan”

– Neeraj Rajawat

Jasleen re-enters the soundtrack with her second track, which is actually her pop single which she has released in 2013. The song has been incorporated as it was into the soundtrack. It is a bidaai song with its own merits. The composition lies quite close to most of her previous songs, but is also instantly likeable; you don’t get time to compare it with the others because it is so emotional and heart-moving. Also, she takes the help of wonderful instrumentation to uplift the sound of this song. Instead of her usual acoustic guitar arrangements, she also adds apt dholaks, a sarangi, and I was surprised to hear a nice piano introduction to the song, and that plucked string instrument in the interlude is amazing! The magic lies in the second stanza, where she has programmed everything with a nice sound effect to it (can’t describe, but hear from 2:30 to the end) The composition is so heart-rending, (and I’ll say that it is already a common song that plays at weddings!) that it is perfectly apt for the situation. The vocals are beautiful. Jasleen sounds sweet and nothing less. Neeraj Rajawat’s lyrics, or whatever I could make out of them, are beautiful. A great depiction of the “sad” side of a wedding!

Rating: 4/5


Phillauri is an album full of the heart and soul of Punjab. No rapper comes to degrade Punjab’s honour, and create a dismal image of Punjab in our heads. On the other hand, two talented youngsters don the captain’s hat and compose some wonderful songs with the essence of the real Punjab. It is so true to the folk music of Punjab that it gets haunting at some point! Shashwat and Jasleen present, the heart haunt and soul of Punjab! 🙂

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 4.5 + 3 + 3.5 + 4 + 4.5 + 5 + 3.5 + 4 = 32

Album Percentage: 80%

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Sahiba > Naughty Billo > What’s Up = Din Shagna Da = Dum Dum > Dum Dum (Reprise) = Bajaake Tumba > Dum Dum (Punjabi Version)

 

Remake Counter:
No. of Remakes: 08 (From previous albums) + 00 (from Phillauri) = 08

 

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

 

RATHER A CUTE AND INNOCENT ONE! (HARAAMKHOR – Music Review) : Dessert Review

Single Track Details
♪ Song Name: Kidre Jaawan
♪ Music by: Jasleen Kaur Royal
♪ Singer: Jasleen Kaur Royal
♪ Lyrics by: Aditya Sharma
♪ Music Label: Sikhya Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. / Horus Music Ltd.
♪ Song Released On: 4th January 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 13th January 2017

Haraamkhor Album Cover

Haraamkhor Album Cover

 

To hear the song on Saavn CLICK HERE

To buy this song on iTunes CLICK HERE


Haraamkhor is a Bollywood romantic film, starring Shweta Tripathi and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in lead roles. The film is directed by Shlok Sharma and produced by Guneet Monga, Anurag Kashyap, Achin Jain Feroze Alameer. The film was premiered in the 15th Annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) and also the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA). Nawazuddin also won the Best Actor award for this film at the NYIFF. The film received many accolades at the screenings and finally released in theatres around India on 13th January, 2017. The film, which I expected would have no songs as such, has one song, by the latest talent Jasleen Kaur Royal. The song was actually supposed to be her debut, as she was signed for this film before ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ and ‘Shivaay’, and so I’m guessing he song will be better than all her already released songs. But let’s see! 😀


♪ Kidre Jaawan

Singer ~ Jasleen Kaur Royal, Music by ~ Jasleen Kaur Royal, Lyrics by ~ Aditya Sharma

“Kidre jaawan, labban chhawan,
Takdi raawan, na den salaahwan!”

And the only thought in mind after hearing this song was, “What a pleasant surprise!” The song is a nice and innocently composed song, quite similar to Jasleen’s other songs, but different in some inexpressible way. The other songs (And here I talk specifically of ‘Kho Gaye Hum Kahan’ from ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ and ‘Raatein’ from ‘Shivaay’, and not the upbeat number ‘Nachde Ne Saare’ from ‘Baar Baar Dekho’) were quiet and soft. In those songs, the arrangements were quite minimal and the interludes were quiet. (And if they weren’t in ‘Raatein’ please excuse me because I barely heard the song after reviewing it — it horrified me). This one too, has minimal arrangements in the initial stages, but later on Jasleen very cleverly adds on more and more instruments as the song progresses. First, there is nothing but an acoustic guitar complementing her voice (and I must say, the voice suits perfectly for this song.. unlike ‘Love You Zindagi’ from ‘Dear Zindagi’ that sounded better in Alia’s voice, to me personally). Later on she adds digital drum-like beats that give the beats very professionally. However, she doesn’t cut off the guitars either, and the combination sounds blissful. In the interludes, she plays a very beautiful tune on those same guitars. And the last surprise is when, before the last repetition of the hookline, she adds a wonderful rock guitar portion! The composition itself is very innocent — the mukhda making for a very nice start, while the antaras are beautiful — the tune of the second one being my personal favourite. And that hookline just makes you feel on top of the world. It’s too cute! Of course, there are similarities to the two songs I mentioned, but that can’t really be criticised as this was her first song. Aditya Sharma’s lyrics really are well-written. They are full of innocence and a rural folk feel. However, i wonder why they are Punjabi if the film is set in Gujarat… A nice and innocent song from Jasleen!

Rating: 4/5


Total Points Scored by this Track: 4

Percentage: 80%

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

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

 


 

THE MUSICAL DIVINITY THAT WORKS ONLY PARTIALLY! (SHIVAAY – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Mithoon & Jasleen Royal
♪ Lyrics by: Sandeep Shrivastava, Sayeed Quadri & Aditya Sharma
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 7th October 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 28th October 2016

Shivaay Album Cover

Shivaay Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Shivaay is an upcoming Bollywood action thriller film starring Ajay Devgn, Erika Kaar and Sayyeshaa Saigal in lead roles. The film is directed and produced by Ajay Devgn himself. The film seems grand at every scale, and hopefully, Ajay’s direction proves to be fruitful and the movie becomes a success. The trailer makes everything looks so magnanimous, that I am really getting excited for the movie. For the time being though, all we can do to get close to the movie, is spend time with its music. The music of ‘Shivaay’ has been composed by Mithoon, a music composer who rarely gets to experiment these days because of the incessant demand of the public for more and more ‘Tum Hi Ho’s, and Jasleen Royal, who debuted just last month in ‘Baar Baar Dekho’. She is more of a guest composer as she has composed one song in the album, with one version, and Mithoon has composed the remaining three songs. Hopefully, the two have worked well to make Ajay Devgn’s directorial a good musical as well. Let’s find out! 😀


1. Bolo Har Har Har
Singers ~ Mithoon, Mohit Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh, Badshah, Megha Sriram Dalton & Anugrah, Backing Vocals by ~ Parthiv Gohil, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Sandeep Shrivastava

The album starts off on an epic, grand note, with a devotional song in a very innovative style. The song starts off with a couplet by Mohit Chauhan, who sings it with immense perfection and concentration. And then there’s Mithoon’s electrifying rock guitar riff, along with Sukhwinder Singh’s classical bols. The composition of Mohit’s part has been done in a very typically Mithoon style by Mithoon, and the rest of the song is actually rap. The only thing that has a tune, is the hookline (Sukhwinder’s part). Megha Sriram Dalton very effectively leads the way with a mystical Aghor Mantra throughout the song, and her parts are what I keep waiting for in the song. The lead singer is obviously Badshah, and with his raps, he praises Lord Shiva a lot. Mithoon’s electrifying arrangements are very attractive, and help to attract the new generation towards the song. The rock guitars really crank up things in the song, while club beats and a very striking EDM makes the song worthwhile. Percussion by Bobby Shrivastava gets full marks. The vocals by all singers are awesome, and the confidence with which Badshah performs the rap, is applause-worthy. There are many parts of the rap that stand out among the rest. One such line I loved was “Wohi shunya hai, wahi ikaay, jiske bhitar basa Shivaay”, and yet another was the climax line, “Ja ja Kailash, ja kar vinaash”. The way these lines are repeated in the song, is just awesome. Megha Dalton sings her mantras very convincingly, while Mohit Chauhan’s parts are haunting and Sukhwinder’s parts are the energy of the song — whenever you feel it going a bit weak, his parts come and lift it back up. Backing vocals by Anugrah and Parthiv Gohil are good as well. Towards the end, all the singers’ parts come together, and with the help of a strong backing rock template, Mithoon brings a very good end to the song. The lyrics are by the film’s scriptwriter Sandeep Shrivastava himself, and he’s also written the raps, which are merely performed by Badshah, fortunately, and fortunately, performed very well! His lyrics are very good, describing Lord Shiva gloriously. A strong opening to the album, and a song that will give the movie a strong opening too! 😀 Also, happy to see that Mithoon tried out something different!!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Darkhaast
Singers ~ Sunidhi Chauhan, Arijit Singh & Mithoon, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Sayeed Quadri

After the electrifying rock song, Mithoon mellows things down with a song that starts with a very comforting piano tune, and Sunidhi’s sweet voice. The song is a romantic one, and sees Mithoon back in the ‘vintage Mithoon’ mode, which is totally different from the Mithoon who gives endless ‘Tum Hi Ho’s. The composition is very pleasant, uplifting and calm, and gives you a sense of calm as well. The starting paragraph by Sunidhi is the mukhda, and it is a kind of unplugged start to the song, after which Arijit comes with the hookline, a very beautiful tune that Mithoon seems to have saved for a special movie, like this, for a superstar like Ajay. The line “Tu meri baahon mein duniya bhula de” hits you so hard (with love) that you just fall in love immediately. Arijit renders the hookline with a very happy tone, and makes you smile after hearing it. However, he has used his very bored, casual voice tone here sometimes, and sometimes, suddenly becomes interested in delivering a good rendition. 😀 I don’t know what that’s about, all I know is that the final result is amazing. He sounds awesome in the high notes, and a little less in the low notes, but it works anyway. Sunidhi is perfect as usual. Her notes are mostly on the high scale in this song, and she sings them gracefully. Her vocals here remind me of her vocals in ‘Yaaram’ (Ek Thi Daayan) where she went oh-so-gracefully from low notes to high notes and back! The first antara, sung by Arijit, has a very typical and heard-before tune to it, but Arijit delivers it so passionately, that it sounds awesome. Sunidhi, on the other hand, aces the wonderful, mellow composition of the second antara. After both antaras, there is a wonderful addition by Mithoon where he sings “Tu meri baahon mein duniya bhula de” in a very different, rhythmic way. At the end of the song, Sunidhi wraps things up with a very soft and gentle rendition of the hookline, just like she opened up the song. She does it so nicely, that she would impress anybody’s grandmother, as she places everything right where she takes it out from. 😀 😛 (Don’t worry if you didn’t understand that, it was ridiculous anyway) The arrangements are scintillating. Mithoon decorates the song with very lively percussion (programmed by Bobby Shrivastava) and that gives the song a quite pleasant, upbeat touch. Of course, Mithoon’s piano keeps impressing you throughout the song, and guitars (Kalyan Baruah) are very breezy. The singers complement the arrangements so well, that everything falls into place perfectly. Sayeed Quadri’s lyrics are mind blowing. Once again, he impressed with simple words, and Mithoon has taken them and woven a beautiful melody out of them. Romance at its simple best! Arijit and Sunidhi ace this one, and Mithoon should start giving more such songs!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Raatein / Raatein (Reprise)
Singers ~ Jasleen Kaur Royal / Jasleen Kaur Royal, Music by ~ Jasleen Kaur Royal, Lyrics by ~ Aditya Sharma

Jasleen steps into the album as a guest composer for this song, which appears in two versions in the album. The first version is a sweet, breezy composition that I would have liked, had it not been so, so, so similar to Jasleen’s ‘Kho Gaye Hum Kahan’ (Baar Baar Dekho). The composition style, the dulcet, calm and breezy melody, we’ve all heard before in the song from ‘Baar Baar Dekho’. It seems like Jasleen has modified some notes somewhere and presented this song after modification. The vocals too, are very similar to the way she sang in that song. Arrangements might be the only difference in both songs, but very slight. The guitars are here too, but it is joined by pleasant percussions that will sound awesome in the theaters. Strings do their job very well. At the end of the first antara, Jasleen has added a wonderful strings orchestra, with crisp strokes, which is worth hearing the song for! And at the end of the second, she adds a strings piece which is in one piece and not broken into strokes. The flute that she has placed in places throughout the song, is wonderful, while the banjo towards the end really makes the mood lighter. However, at the end there’s an “Oooooo-ooooo-oooo” which is a copy paste of the “Oooooo-ooooo-oooo” from ‘Nachde Ne Saare’ (Baar Baar Dekho). The “Hey-ya-hey-ya” effect that she has put in places around the song, is pleasing though. Aditya Sharma, who had written ‘Nachde Ne Saare’ too, writes this one quite nicely, but it gets boring after a while. The reprise is just as opulent in terms of arrangements. The reprise starts with a tune that Jasleen had used in the antara in the original version. This version is more of an unplugged version, with a slow pace and a haunting sound about it. Jasleen sings in a whispery voice for this one, and it turns out to produce a very haunting effect. In the first half, the song is unplugged, until a grand, striking percussion takes away the silence to gradually pull you into a more sinister land. The oboe very nicely conveys the sinister nature of the song. In the second half, Jasleen starts singing in a high pitch and louder, to make that sinister touch more evident. The ‘Hey-ya” tune is tweaked to make it sound more sinister, too! 😀 Basically, this song is just the original tweaked, to make it sound sinister. The arrangements are more opulent, with strong percussion and graceful strings bringing out the haunting quality of the song. The lyrics here have also been tweaked, and work for the theme of this version. Overall, both versions have great arrangements, but the first one is too similar to Jasleen’s previous song, while the second one is not soemthing I would take out time to listen to again and again — it will sound great in the theaters! A bit of a disappointment from the promising Jasleen Royal! 😦

 

4. Tere Naal Ishqa
Singer ~ Kailash Kher, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Sayeed Quadri

The last song on the album started off with a tune that resembles the opening tune of ‘Ji Huzoori’ (Ki & Ka) a bit, and I was so excited for a moment, because Mithoon with another ‘Ji Huzoori’ would be as fun as the world with another India. 😀 But to my disappointment, what followed was a composition that seemed to have worn out right away. The mukhda was so melancholic, that you get set back right away after it starts, and it just gets more boring after that. The hookline is decent, with the typical Mithoon trademark over it. The whole song reminded me of ‘Zaroorat’ (Ek Villain) instead of ‘Ji Huzoori’. 😦 And that isn’t good! The antara is quite slow-paced and hard to catch. The cross line which joins the antara to the hook, is also so outdated. The song has a very laid back tune in general. Kailash Kher’s vocals don’t help, as it just makes the song sound more outdated. He ends up boring the listener as the song progresses. The arrangements by Mithoon were a sort of a saviour for the mediocre composition, with rock livening things up a bit. The typical electric dafli-like beats just follow the tried-and-tested formula, which I’ve started hating after Vishal-Shekhar have overdone it in such songs. The length of the song is also a letdown. Such a melancholic composition, and six minutes, is a too long time! I really don’t like it when Mithoon takes such outdated tunes and stretches them for six minutes. On the other hand, I didn’t even notice how six minutes passed during ‘Darkhaast’. Sayeed Quadri’s lyrics are good here too, but could’ve done with better composition by Mithoon. A lacklustre melody that has worn away with time.


Shivaay partly lives up to expectations. The album offers a very electrifying song that will be the cracker for this Diwali, and a very sweet romantic song, but other than that, the other songs seem to suffer. Jasleen seems to be stuck in her comfort zone, and must get out of it, considering that this is only her third song and it smells so much of her first. Ankit Tiwari was different. He took so long to get out of ‘Sunn Raha Hai’ that all his songs started overlapping and then we got used to it, and got a pleasant surprise whenever he let go of it. But I don’t wish that to happen in Jasleen’s music, as she seems very promising a composer. Mithoon’s last song is just avoidable, as it reeks of the 2005-2007 era so much. At the end of the day, the musical divinity only partially works.

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Darkhaast > Bolo Har Har Har > Raatein (Reprise) > Raatein > Tere Naal Ishqa

 

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BAAR BAAR, BAAR BAAR, BAAR BAAR SUNO!! (BAAR BAAR DEKHO – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Amaal Mallik, Jasleen Royal, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Bilal Saeed, Prem Hardeep & Badshah
♪ Lyrics by: Prateek Kuhad, Kumaar, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Aditya Sharma, Bilal Saeed, Amrik Singh, Badshah & Indeep Bakshi
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 3rd August 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 9th September 2016

Baar Baar Dekho Album Cover

Baar Baar Dekho Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Baar Baar Dekho is an upcoming Bollywood rom-com starring Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif in the lead roles, while Sarika, Ram Kapoor Sayani Gupta play supporting roles. The film has been directed by debutante director Nitya Mehra, and backed by big producers like Karan Johar, Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar. The film is a time-travel romance, and looks quite interesting, but here I remind myself again that I’m not a movie reviewer! What I’m concerned with is the music! And the music album of the film is another multicomposer album! Karan Johar seems to have trusted this multicomposer trend a lot (I guess after the ‘Kapoor & Sons’ music worked so well), and so, he ropes in five composers for this album. Of course, the real credit goes to Azeem Dayani who is the music supervisor of the film (also for ‘Kapoor & Sons’ too!), and he has brought in these five songs that make up the album. When the music of ‘Kapoor & Sons’ was so good, this is bound to be just as mind-blowing and expectations from Azeem are very high! First up is Jasleen Royal, who we already are acquainted with, thanks to Sneha Khanwalkar for giving her that big break in Bollywood with the song ‘Preet’ (Khoobsurat). She leads the album with two of her songs, also debuting as a composer! What a bundle of talent she has turned out to be, and hopefully, all that talent reflects in her work for this film! Next up is the top composer of this generation, Amaal Mallik, back after quite a break after his last, ‘Kuch Toh Hai’ (Do Lafzon Ki Kahani), and he gets a song on this album. After him comes the wonderful Arko Pravo Mukherjee, fresh from the success of his latest ‘Tere Sang Yaara’ (Rustom), and getting to compose one song here, his second for KJo after the beautiful, emotional and heart touching ‘Saathi Rey’ (Kapoor & Sons). Then we have Pakistani singer-composer, Bilal Saeed, with probably his biggest project of his life, and one song to prove his mettle. His first Bollywood outing, ‘Ishqedarriyan’ was quite ordinary; hopefully he does better here!! And last, but how can he ever be the least, is Badshah, who, very conveniently for him, gets to remake the old hit number ‘Kala Chashma’, which was originally composed by Prem Hardeep. Hopefully, this large ensemble of musicians have made a great music album, and when KJo is backing the music and Azeem is the music supervisor, there’s hardly anything to worry about! So let’s see, how many times we can manage to hear this album baar baar!


1. Kho Gaye Hum Kahan
Singers ~ Jasleen Royal, Prateek Kuhad, Music by ~ Jasleen Royal, Lyrics by ~ Prateek Kuhad

The album starts off to a wonderful, dulcet and calm melody composed by debutante, Jasleen Royal. Jasleen seems to have composed this song in her sleep, during her most pleasant dream ever, because the composition is a very pleasant, dreamy one too! Jasleen has kept everything minimal and simple. Without doing much, she manages to do a lot. The simplicity of it all is what is the main attraction of the song. You won’t even feel as if you’re listening to a song from a Karan Johar movie! And after this, Karan Johar albums won’t be tagged loud either! Jasleen does a wonderful job keeping everything bound together by a very simplistic, but very angelic and cute tune, that is bound to make you forget all of your stress, and let you get drowned in the paradise of her music. The arrangements have been kept just as minimal, with a constant guitar riff playing in the background, and making things sound so subtle and gentle. The whole song played on guitars makes you give so much attention to the lyrics, composition and vocals. Of course, towards the end, to make the finale grand (or grander than the subtlety of the rest of the song) Jasleen adds some new sounds like a wonderful whistle, and variations in the style of playing the guitar. Of course, both of the lead singers are perfectissimo in their rendition of the calm, free-floating melody. Jasleen herself has sung her composition, and in my opinion, nobody else could match the sweetness and innocence needed to sing this song. No wonder it is her that came up with this tune!! The sweetness and innocence reflect in both her voice and composition. Prateek Kuhad, also the lyricist, croons his own words, and he does it well, too. Of course, he doesn’t sound professionally trained, but manages to grab the listener’s attention in whatever he sings. Both of them together sound cute and sweet as sugar. The countryside touch in the sing can’t be missed at all. It’ll be bliss for people who come home stressed and just want to chill out after a hectic day at work! Prateek’s lyrics, too, show how things can be conveyed through simplicity! A very simplistic, but very innocent and innovative AND attractive romantic song!! A very blissful start to this KJo album, which usually start with glamour and pomp! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Sau Aasmaan
Singers ~ Neeti Mohan & Armaan Malik, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

And the mood lightens up (even more than what it had gotten lightened up by the first song) with the arrival of the next song on the album. The zestful guitar starts off the song with a very lofty spunk, only to be joined later on by a rather jumpy banjo, whose sole purpose is for you to have the time of your life while listening to him — err, it. (And there I go overboard with my anthropomorphic one-liners!) Okay, more important than the gender of the banjo, is the song at this moment. So, as I was saying, the opening music to the song is so energetic, you can’t help but start grooving to it. And then Amaal makes sure you get no less of amusement while the actual melody starts to play. As soon as Neeti, with her silky-soft and feathery voice starts with Amaal’s tune, you feel as if you have been transported to some new part of the world, which Amaal has made for his listeners. The song itself has been composed in such a manner that it will make you forget all your woes, NO MATTER WHAT THEY ARE! A happy-go-lucky tune mixed with beautiful background music, what could go wrong? The arrangements are beautiful, with of course, the banjo (Pramod Timilsina) and guitars (Pramod Timilsina & Armaan Malik) take center stage, while Amaal adds in some very irresistible EDM that just doesn’t leave your head (Again, why should it!) The man’s arranged everything so properly and perfectly, that everything just gels together and the result is a beautiful love song. Coming to the vocals, each line by Neeti is a delight. Her thin voice is what is just perfect for the song. Coupled with Armaan, she sounds awesome. Armaan himself is at his best, having the antara and second mukhda (repeated at the end of the song) to himself and rendering them both with the confidence that only he can have. The way the hookline mellifluously flows out of Neeti’s mouth, just made me speechless. She sings it with such ease that it is unbelievable! Even the mukhda, she sings so effortlessly, it made me fall in love with her voice once again after ‘Bombay Velvet’! Kumaar’s lyrics explain the happy feel of the song very well, and make sure the listeners are included in the happiness of the protagonists. And that is one spectacular romantic song, one that I personally will never forget! Cuteness at its best, presenting Amaal’s next superhit tune!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Dariya
Singer ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Music by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Lyrics by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee

It feels as if the mood that Jasleen had lightened up for us right at the start of the album, and the same mood which Amaal lightened up a bit more, doesn’t ever want to go back down, just as we don’t want it to go back down! And I say this because, to continue the freshness that this album has been carrying till this point, Arko very opportunely presents his song in the album, another love song composed in a very innovative way. The composition is soulful in a very different way. When I say it is fresh, I mean fresher than the fish you get along the coasts of Kerala, and fresher than the smell of a new book. The tune that Arko has woven is nothing like the usual romance that Bollywood has been frolicking around with for so many years. The mukhda, which is also the hookline, is a beautiful opening to the song, and the line “Aaya ranjha mera..” is sweet as honey. (I realized the phrase ‘sweet as sugar’ is too common so… Why not substitute it with honey?) The antara is a perfect example of how to continue freshness of a beautiful tune, without losing listeners halfway. Arko’s specialty is that he can attract listeners with simple melodies, and we see that here too. The “ohhoo ho ho ho ho ohho” vocals by him in the interludes are so charming! The arrangements are nothing but energetic guitar riffs that make the song sound fresh and modern, without too much instrumentation spoiling it. Strings in the second interlude are something you mustn’t miss though! Arko’s vocals, though not cut out for perfect singing, with that faltery and shaky texture, does magic in this song, just as it had done in ‘Saathi Rey’ (Kapoor & Sons). He sings the song with such unmatchable charm and ease, that I can’t imagine anyone else singing it! Arko’s lyrics are also at the height of cuteness, with every word touching your soul somehow. Arko shows again how much magic he can make with light and ear-friendly music! A soulful romantic song that will leave you in awe you for sure. #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Nachde Ne Saare
Singers ~ Jasleen Royal, Harshdeep Kaur & Siddharth Mahadevan, Music by ~ Jasleen Royal, Lyrics by ~ Aditya Sharma

Jasleen returns into the soundtrack with her second song, which turns out to be an upbeat, but definitely offbeat Punjabi wedding song. The composer seems to have had good fun while composing this one, because the tune that has come out as the final result is something that nobody would imagine in a Punjabi wedding song. The composition is so sweet and cute, that you could hear it on loop and very well get diabetes in just a few listens! The composition reminds you a bit of Amit Trivedi’s composition style, with its attractive cuteness. Jasleen leaves no stone unturned in making sure that the end product is a song that will make families all around the world dance together at reunions. The mukhda very nicely starts things off with a cute tune, while the hookline is infectiously energetic. You can’t help but start dancing to it! 😀 And then there are the two antaras, the first being a very quirky and sweet one, while the other is more loud and dynamic in its treatment; at the end of the day, both of them entertain equally. And then we come to Jasleen’s very magnificent arrangements! The usual dhadd and dhols do steal hearts here, but less because of their loudness and more because of their sweet placement. The guitar wonderfully does the job of background music, while the tumbi is what makes you shake your head while the song plays. And Jasleen uses that tumbi very well, like in the interludes and antara. And then there is some wonderful, futuristic techno music that plays oh-so-beautifully in the background while the singers are singing the hookline! That music is just unbelievably goooodd!! The vocals are just as energetic as the rest of the song, but the cuteness remains intact. Jasleen’s voice, as usual, charms you, and then there’s the wonderful, cute and sweeeeeet voice of Harshdeep Kaur, which was definitely needed in this song (both because it suits Katrina so well, and because she’s so good at singing songs this sweet!) The male singer, Siddharth Mahadevan, gets a smaller scope than the two leading ladies, but manages to catch up to them with that “fool vool karne mein cool..” line of his, which is so cool! 😀 And his line in the second antara is great as well! Although I can’t help but say that the two female singers ooze confidence and sweetness, while he adds the spunk and craziness to the song. Aditya Sharma, a debutant lyricist, has great reason to debut with this song, as he has written just as great lyrics as anyone else would’ve for this song. A great mixture of cuteness and fun and frolic, his words really make you smile! Jasleen strikes gold with this one, a Punjabi wedding song that is far better than the usual, typical ones that Bollywood has been making these days!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Teri Khair Mangdi
Singer ~ Bilal Saeed, Music by ~ Bilal Saeed, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Additional Lyrics by ~ Bilal Saeed

A loop of melancholic piano notes takes over from the very light mood of the previous four songs. And then we understand that finally, the darkness has set into the album. Of course, that doesn’t always have to be bad! Bilal Saeed steps into the album for this next song, and because his future in Bollywood clearly depends on this song (which is his biggest venture in Bollywood as of now) he steps into the album with quite a lovely sad song. The song is actually an adaptation of his very own pop song, a collaboration between him and Dr. Zeus, which had released in 2012 in his album ‘Twelve’, and Azeem must’ve decided to include that in this film. The composition has that very distinct and clichéd pop sound to it, and still manages to grab your attention. Bilal’s composition is quite good, and all that he has done different from the original is, crank down the tempo a bit so that it sounds sad, whereas it sounded like a remix in the original pop song. The hookline is of the type that you hear once and it gets stuck in your head. Whether you want it or not! Fortunately, in this case, it is good. The antara seems kind of weak in its tune, but after a couple of listens it sets in well. Compared to the well composed mukhda though, it is not half as good. Bilal’s arrangements are quite simple, yet heavy in that there is a lot happening at once. The piano that starts the song keeps on repeating through the song, while wonderful violin strokes accentuate the pain in the song, after the mukhda. There are beats that are typical of pop songs, but entertain over here nevertheless. The violin is definitely the star of the arrangements, though it keeps playing the same tune over and over again, just like the piano. I wish there was some variation over there. Bilal’s voice suits the song, and I really can’t imagine anyone else singing this song as he has sung it; I don’t know whether that was a negative comment or positive! 😛 Along with Bilal, who has written additional lyrics, Kumaar has written a good song, and though it is nothing to marvel at, it isn’t something to keep cringing at either. However, the original song was written by Bilal, and I wonder how he has written additional lyrics, if the lyrics are more or less the same!! 😦 Shouldn’t it be the other way round? Anyway, this is a song that will definitely work in favour of the film for a few weeks. And though it isn’t as good as the others, it is a good break for Bilal in Bollywood! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Kala Chashma
Singers ~ Amar Arshi, Neha Kakkar & Badshah, Original Composition by ~ Prem Hardeep, Music Recreated by ~ Badshah, Lyrics by ~ Amrik Singh & Kumaar, Rap Lyrics by ~ Badshah & Indeep Bakshi

Here comes the song I was waiting for all this while. Like a principal awaits the troublesome student, and a lion awaits a deer in his den, I was awaiting this song. 🙈 So, Karan Johar has taken up this fad of remaking old pop hits in his movies, and though they worked quite a number of times before this, this one is a compete loser! The person who gets to remake this Prem Hardeep hit from the 2000s happens to be none other than Punjabi rapper Badshah. And his own song ‘Chull’ had been remade in KJo’s last ‘Kapoor & Sons’. Is this revenge?? OK, so the composition is nothing but timepass, with just one tune repeating the whole time, either played on tumbi or sung by the singers. Of course, there’s a brief portion where Neha Kakkar sings in some other tune, and the mandatory Badshah rap, but besides that, everything is the same, irritating, stuck-in-your-head-but-never-getting-out tune that is spoiling the whole song! I know it was a rage back then, but every tune has its time! 😬😬 Basically, Badshah was the last person the makers should’ve approached to remake this one. Or maybe they just wanted an instant hit for their movie. Of course they did. The arrangements are not even attention-worthy. The irritating tumbi plays tat irritating tune throughout the song, while Badshah intermixes it with some more irritating techno sounds that barely make you pop and lock. 😂 I even thought I heard Dr. Zeus’ famous trademark, the screaming lady and the shattering glass, somewhere!! Or was it just me? :O Have I gone mad? I hope not. Please tell me you heard it too! The vocals are just as irritating. Amar Arshi’s vocals must’ve been taken from the original track itself, or re-recorded, what does it matter? It still sounds bad! Neha Kakkar uses her usual sharp and shrill voice to sing, while Badshah keeps interrupting with the same rap every single time! And the rap is about how the boys’ hearts are on fire when they see the girl walking on the street. Of course, what can you expect from a song which is about how good black sunglasses look on a girl who’s really fair? bad end to the otherwise great soundtrack!! the only song on the soundtrack that screams ‘R.I.P. Bollywood music’!!


Baar Baar Dekho turns out to be an exceptionally good multicomposer album! If you want a multicomposer album to sound great, leave it to Karan Johar and Azeem Dayani to bring together a nice ensemble of musicians to do it for you! With tons of variety, this album surely is one of the best multicomposer albums of the year! Also, Azeem Dayani and Karan Johar have given the industry a new find in Jasleen Royal, the young lady composer whose both songs in this album are hands-down beautiful! Amaal and Arko impress as usual, and Badshah disappoints as usual, while Bilal makes a good entry into mainstream Bollywood with a big-banner film. The album stays true to its name, and it is something to hear not just baar baar, but baar baar baar baar baar baar!!

 

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: Nachde Ne Saare > Sau Aasmaan = Dariya = Kho Gaye Hum Kahan > Teri Khair Mangdi > Kala Chashma

 

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