JAB IMTIAZ MET PRITAM — AGAIN!! (JAB HARRY MET SEJAL – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Pritam Chakraborty, Diplo (Thomas Wesley Pentz) & Rocky Wellstack
♪ Lyrics by: Irshad Kamil
♪ Music Label: Sony Music
♪ Music Released On: 3rd August 2017, 10:30 pm
♪ Movie Released On: 4th August 2017

Jab Harry Met Sejal Album Cover

 

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Jab Harry Met Sejal is a Bollywood rom-com film, starring Anushka Sharma and Shah Rukh Khan, directed by Imtiaz Ali, and produced by Gauri Khan. The film is about two strangers who meet in Europe, and try to find the engagement ring of Sejal (Sharma’s character). Obviously, as is the main theme in an Imtiaz film, they discover themselves through the journey. I think even more exciting than the movie itself, is the music. Imtiaz has said in many interviews that he enjoyed doing the music of this film, and that’s showing in the final outcome. The film is a musical (not full-fledged like ‘Jagga Jasoos’) and has 13 songs, by Pritam, who was Imtiaz’s go-to music composer before Rahman. With this film, they reunite, and after ‘Jab We Met’ and ‘Love Aaj Kal’, two super-hit soundtracks by both of them, this is their third collaboration! Expecting just as much variety in this album, and also expecting the elements of whatever Imtiaz has picked up from Rahman while doing the music of those films (namely ‘Rockstar’, ‘Tamasha’ and ‘Highway’)! So I hope this album will be like a blend of Pritamish Imtiaz and Rahmanish Imtiaz! Plunging into the album very positively, hoping it will astound me!!

P.S. Thanks to my friend Chiranjeev Gorur for acquiring and sharing the full musician credits to the album! 🙂


1. Radha

Singers ~ Sunidhi Chauhan & Shahid Mallya

“Main bani teri Radha, maine sakhiyon se, ankhiyon mein rakhna hai tujhko piya, thoda zyaada zyaada!
Main bani teri Radha, tuney sapnon tadapnon mein rakhna hai mujhko piya thoda zyaada zyaada!
Main bani teri Radha!”

Pritam starts off the album with an amazingly energetic song that makes you want to dance right along to its tune, right away. Now I know everyone has heard this song many times by now, and it’s a huge hit across the nation. It is essentially a Punjabi folk-plus-EDM fusion track, and the way Pritam employs these genres, is spellbinding. The composition itself follows a very desi compositional format, in that it appeals to us Bollywood music listeners right away with its inherent catchiness and energetic vibe. The hook, especially, leads the song, as it should. But it is the mesmerizing antara that was the best part for me. Pritam gives it this rapid tune that you are only able to sing after repeated listening, and that’s how it grows on you eventually. A very amazing Punjabi flavour has been given to the Punjabi portions sung by the male singer. The high pitch might bother some, but it is way more comfortable than listening to a high pitch song by Arijit Singh like the recent ‘Ik Vaari Aa’ (Raabta). And if the first antara takes you by surprise, the second antara, which just released with the album version of the song, is pure bliss. The harmony between the two singers is blissful! The arrangements follow suit and Pritam fuses folk and EDM, like I mentioned above. The flute and khartal (which is a Rajasthan folk instrument, but apparently being used in a Punjabi song) open the song in a very light-hearted and feel-good way. Throughout the mukhda, it’s the flute and khartals that play. Until Pritam introduces the mandatory dhol (Sukanto Singha & Sunny M.R.) in the hookline, you won’t be able to even tell that the song is a Punjab-based song. (Because even the lyrics aren’t proper Punjabi; they’re kind of like a mix between Punjabi and Hindi). Another awesome folksy instance in the song is the second interlude where the sarangi is played, and muffled by the programming! The EDM programming by Sunny MR, and Rohan Chatham’s vocal cuts during the “Raa-aa-aa-aaa” portion, serves for a wonderful catchy hook, which would definitely make people hit the repeat button! The coexistence of the dhols and EDM sounds so good. The vocals are a class apart. Pritam reverts to a singer that used to sing many songs for him back in the day, Sunidhi. This is her first song for Pritam after ‘Dhoom 3’, and we know how much Pritam’s music has boosted after that! She sings it so mellifluously, you don’t even realise the rapidity of the tune. Especially the antara, for which she should get standing ovations from all of us listeners! Shahid is top-notch too, his heavy Punjabi accent reflecting through his singing and making the folksy portions of the song what they are. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are cute too, but there’s a certain Panipat line that had me surprised and worried and disappointed at the same time! 😂 It doesn’t even fit with the rest of the song! Anyway, overall he has written a cute little romantic song. Pritam’s experimentations almost never fail, do they?
Rating: 5/5

 

2. Beech Beech Mein

Singers ~ Arijit Singh, Shalmali Kholgade & Shefali Alvares, Backing Vocals ~ Arjun Chandy & Akashdeep Sengupta

“Hai safar mein zameen, chal raha aasmaan,
Dono ki jo kahaani, ho ki na ho bayaan,
Begaani jagah mein nadaani, karein na, karein toh kahaan?
Jal dheeme, yeh pal dheeme, kyun hai jalte hua?”

The next song on the album falls under a genre that I feel Pritam always aces. A club song. However, this time it is different. The club song isn’t the normal Pritam club you would expect, with heavy EDM and Benny Dayal. Instead, it has a completely retro feel to it, and has been composed as a retro funk song! I can’t remember the last time Pritam composed a retro funk number, because it’s always EDM when he does club songs. So this seems like a very new thing from him. The composition is instantly catchy, and the unconventionality of it all makes it even more appealing! It starts with a very insanely catchy vocal loop repeating the name of the song over and over again, and it is from there that your interest increases. The mukhda (which is the hookline too), is cool, and so is the ‘Shola Shola..’ line! The hook repeats many times throughout the song, but it doesn’t sound repetitive. The crux of the song’s composition lies in the antara, though, where Pritam makes a disco song, melodious! And the cross line which it takes to get back to the refrain, is extra cool!! That’s that about the composition. But it is the arrangements, as always, that really suck you into the song. A groovy guitar (Warren Mendonsa & Ernest Tibbs) riff starts the song off, behind the “beech beech mein” repetitions. The fun arrives, however, only when the drums enter, because they’re so amazing! The drums in this song are really some of the best drums I’ve heard (in non-rock songs) this year! The brass instruments (Trombone by Andrew Lippman, Trumpet & Flugelhorn by Ludo Louis) do their thing by fascinating us in the interludes, and in the antara, they have a really special role to play, when things get a bit melodious. Their harmony is just so enchanting. So now you get why the song can be called retro! 😀 For the vocals, Pritam uses his go-to female singers for club songs, Shalmali and Shefali, both. Of course the male portions are by Arijit. All three sing well; Arijit leads the way while each of the female singers are relegated to the background except for one or two lines. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are fun. A song that should change the way we think about club songs in Bollywood!
Rating: 4.5/5

 

3. Safar

Singer ~ Arijit Singh

“Iss yaqeen se main yahaan hoon,
Ki zamaana ye bhala hai, Aur jo raah mein mila hai,
Thodi door jo chala hai, Woh bhi aadmi bhala hai,
Pata tha, zara bas khafa tha!
Woh bhatka sa rahi, mere gaanv ka hi,
Woh rasta puraana jise yaad aana,
Zaroori tha lekin, jo roya mere bin,
Woh ek mera ghar tha,
Puraana sa darr tha,
Magar ab main na apne ghar ka raha…
Safar ka hi tha main, Safar ka raha!!!”

Imtiaz’s favourite theme, travel, makes itself prominent right from the title of the next song, and all throughout it as well. The song is titled ‘Safar’ (meaning Journey), and it is a journey in itself for music lovers. Pritam’s composition is a slow and lilting composition that grows on you slowly surely. The mukhda is very beautiful and soulful, and sets off the song on a very jazzy and slow rhythm that is magically appealing. The hook is simple but sweet, and effective in the song. The antara is an amazing high-pitched portion where Pritam’s lines flow into each other so seamlessly, you can’t tell where one ends and the other starts! Towards the end, there’s almost a half-minute musical portion, where I feel Pritam could have added a small conclusion stanza, like he usually does in songs. The arrangements are very beautiful and impressive, with a very urban touch — acoustic and electric guitars (Arijit Singh & Aditya Benia), being the main instrumentation! The guitar riffs are wonderful throughout the song. Arijit’s vocals are very raw and rustic, with the gritty texture standing out very prominently; it actually gives the song a wonderful travel-esque feel. The places where his voice cracks, are actually some of the most brilliant parts of the song! Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are high on food for thought, and each and every line makes you think, connect and relate! The whole song is like a story that is being told about the character’s change of lifestyle. An unconventional song, which won’t be loved by one and all, but should be loved by the music lovers!
Rating: 5/5

 

4. Butterfly

Singers ~ Dev Negi, Jyoti Nooran, Sultana Nooran, Sunidhi Chauhan & Aman Trikha, Backing Vocals ~ Laddi Dhaliwal, Jelly Manjitpuri, Neetu Bhalla, Babita, Asa Singh, Amit, Tushar, Akashdeep, Abhishek, Manoj, Shubham

“Mujhmein ishq ya ishq mein hoon main,
Hua mujhe ehsaas re,
Khel raha hoon saath yaar ke,
Main khwaabon ki taash re,
Tu hi usko khoj raha hai, ae dil mere, yeh na soch,
Woh bhi tujhko dhoondh raha hai jiski tujhe talaash re!!”

This song starts right off with the boisterous Punjabi-ness that an Imtiaz Ali-Pritam combo always consists of. The song is a happy-go-lucky and cute Bhangra tune that really has you dancing to it right away. Pritam’s composition is very earthy and raw, and not superficial and hollow like most other Punjabi songs that release these days. The mukhda especially, starts the song off very beautifully, and you can imagine a village romance getting conjured before your eyes. The hook is the cutest part of the song, but catchy too. In the antara, things go haywire though, and you take time to understand the tune of those lines soon. The tune fluctuates so much, that it is quite difficult to grasp. However, both the parts of the Nooran Sisters, have been composed wonderfully, the one at the beginning, and the one that concludes the song on a very nice note. Both parts are heavy on the earthiness quotient and transport you to the fields of Punjab, with its melodious composition. The arrangements are the run-of-the-mill 2006-2009 era Pritam Punjabi arrangements, with loud dhols (Naseeb Singh), effervescent tumbi (Jelly Manjitpuri), a folksy alghoza (Gurpreet Singh) and of course, a nice technical production. The vocals are energetic, and Dev Negi as the forerunner makes things easier for the audience by not singing too loud, and keeping a gentle yet steady voice constant. Sunidhi disappoints, singing in such a high pitch that I can’t fathom. Nooran Sisters are the stars of the song, starting and ending it with a bang. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are quite staid for the majority of the song, but again, the Nooran portions have been written very well, with the “Woh Bhi Tujhko Dhoondh Raha Hai Jiski Tujhe Talaash Re” line translating the film’s tagline ‘What you seek is seeking you’, very efficiently. A fun and cute Punjabi song, but falls flat in places where it tries to do too much.
Rating: 4/5

 

5. Hawayein / Hawayein (Film Version)

Singer ~ Arijit Singh

“Banaati hai jo tu, woh yaadein jaane sang mere kab tak chale,
Inhi mein toh meri, subah bhi dhale, shaamein dhalein, mausam dhale!
Khayalon ka safar, tu jaane tere hone se hi aabaad hai,
Hawayein haq mein, wohi hai aate jaate jo tera naam le,
Deti hai jo sadaayein, hawayein, hawayein,
Na jaane kya bataaye, hawayein, hawayein,
Le jaaye tujhe kahaan, hawayein, hawayein,
Le jaaye mujhe kahaan, hawayein, hawayein,
Le jaaye jaane kahaan, na mujhko khabar, na tujhko pata!”

The next song took my breath away, the first time I listened to it. It is just so marvellous and so ideal and so dreamy. It is the ideal romantic song. A trademark Pritam tune, with the trademark Pritam guitars and Sufi template, and the legendary Arijit Singh singing it. What more can you ask for, to obtain a wholesome and pleasant romantic song? Well, I know, I can’t ask for anything more! The composition by Pritam is utterly fascinating, and hooks you right from the first listen. The mukhda starts off quite slowly, but as soon as the hookline plays, you know that the song is one of the best songs of the year! The hookline is something that conforms to every Bollywood music lover’s music sensibilities! There are two antaras; one with a new tune, which is beautiful too, and one with the same tune as the mukhda. The first antara has a wonderful line that goes on and on, and merges with the hookline so seamlessly. The part where the backing vocalists go “Hawayein, Hawayein” has been structured and placed so beautifully. It reminded me of ‘Daayre’ (Dilwale). Overall, Pritam’s composition here is so much close to his usual style of composition, but still so lilting and dreamy! The vocals by Arijit are top-notch, and he repeats the magic of many previous Pritam-Arijit collabs, in one song. The vocals have shades of ‘Gerua’, ‘Channa Mereya’, ‘Daayre’ and ‘Saware’, and it just helps you love the song even more. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are soothing too, and so poetic! Read out as a poem too, they will be just as impactful. In fact here, Pritam’s strong tune is overbearing. The song appears in two versions — an original, and a film version. Both have splendid arrangements. The first version sticks to Pritam’s trademark arrangement style, with the guitars strongly dominating the arrangements. The Acoustic guitars (Roland Fernandes) are relegated to the background as the electric guitars (also by Fernandes), do that wonderful neverending loop thing that they love to do in Pritam songs! 😄 The ethnic strings (Tapas Roy) provide an amazing first interlude that brings in the earthiness into the beautiful composition. Increasing the Indian-ness of the song, is the nice Sufi template employed in the hook portions, with the Duff and tablas sounding very appealing. The film version has a slightly more haunting arrangement, and sounds straight out of Coke Studio, with a beautiful Hang drum (Sunny MR), and ethnic strings (Tapas Roy) setting up a wonderfully haunting sound that sounds least like it is by Pritam. The Pritamish tune and the haunting Rahmanish arrangements really complement each other, though I never thought they could! A nice and charming wind instrument keeps playing throughout the song, and the guitars (Roland Fernandes) are amazing. All in all, both versions of this song are just as beautiful!!
Rating: 5/5 for Original, 5/5 for Film Version

 

6. Parinda / Parinda (Search)

Singers ~ Pardeep Singh Sran / Tochi Raina & Nikhil D’Souza

“Ikk pardesi, oh yaar banaya,
Main usnu dil de takht bithaya,
O seene de naal usnu laaya,
O apne dil da haal sunaaya,
O maar udaari kithe nikal gaya,
Maar udaari kithe nikal gaya,
Kade bigad gaya, kade machal gaya,
Kade nikal gaya ni hun taan,
Dhoondhan nain bichaare, ni aaj parinda maahi!”

Pritam ups the ante with the next song, a pulsating rock song that is really foot tapping. The composition is a nice, folksy, Punjabi-flavoured composition, that immediately grows on you. The hookline in particular is just beautiful, what with the amazing high notes. The mukhda and antara both have the same tune, and I love the fluctuations in the tune. The arrangements are high-octane rock arrangements, and it is probably the first time in a long time that I’ve enjoyed rock so much, in the first go! The drums by Alan Hertz are very, very exciting, and of course the guitars (Electric and Acoustic by Josh Smith & Nyzel D’Lima; Bass Guitars by Ernest Tibbs) complement the drums very well, as they always do! The lyrics by Kamil are completely in Punjabi, but very interesting, and I loved them. The two versions of the song only differ much in their vocals. Pardeep Sran in the first version oozes the Punjabi energy that should accompany such a high-energy song, and does an electrifying job! Tochi Raina, however, in the second version, brings a more toned-down version of the same, but still, it isn’t low in energy at all! Nikhil D’Souza has an English portion in this version, which sounds AMAZING! It also has an extra stanza at the end, which has a very energetic composition. Both these singers have worked with Pritam many times in the past, but this song marks them working with him after a long, long time, so I’m very happy!! The backing chorus in both versions is spot-on! Kamil’s lyrics actually contradict the upbeat nature of the song, and give a hint of emotion — the song is actually much more meaningful than it seems! A rock song that shows how fusion between Punjabi folk and Rock should be done!
Rating: 4.5/5 for the Original, 5/5 for the Second Version

 

7. Ghar

Singers ~ Nikhita Gandhi & Mohit Chauhan

“Khaali hai jo tere bina, main woh ghar hoon tera,
Ghoome phire, tu chaahe sab shehar, tu hai mera!”

The next song is what Pritam is all about. This is why people love his music so much. These kind of songs is why he has become so popular. It is a very soothing and calm, semi-classical kind of song, that depends solely on acoustics to propel it. The composition kind of resembles that of Pritam’s own ‘Tu Jaane Na’ (Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani) and ‘Daayre’ (Dilwale) and even the recent ‘Main Agar’ (Tubelight). The hook is what makes you get sucked into the song right away; it sounds so pleasing, that you just get lost in it. The first antara is the peak of the song, and the second one by Mohit is no less. The arrangements are very soothing too, with a lounge-ish treatment, complete with amazing electric and acoustic guitars (Warren Mendonsa) which give off the trademark Pritam touch, and a wonderful tabla (Jeetu Shankar) to complement that. The vocals are just too impressive. I think this is Nikhita’s career best, and after two hit songs from Pritam albums, she finally gets a huge portion in a mind blowing song! The way she introduces variations in the same line each time, shows her versatility, and hints at her classical training, if she has had any! Mohit, again, with Pritam after a long time (maybe because of the Imtiaz connection), does spectacularly in his high-pitched portions. Irshad’s lyrics are amazing, romantic lyrics with a thought-provoking concept. A soothing lounge-ish song that manages to touch your soul! The best of the album till now!
Rating: 5/5

 

8. Yaadon Mein

Singers ~ Jonita Gandhi, Mohammed Irfan & Cuca Roseta, Portuguese Lyrics by ~ Mario Pacheco

“Yaadon mein, jalte rehna, hai tera mera,
Yaadon mein, jalte rehne ko, miley hain kya?
Yaadon mein jeena toh sabse badi sazaa lagey,
Yaadon se, jaana ki faasley hain kya!”

A strong Latino vibe hits you right from the beginning of this next song, which happens to be a kind of Portuguese folk song kind of musical genre called “Fado”, and you get sucked in right away. The composition starts with a melancholic portion that sounds very similar to many Spanish/Portuguese folk songs we have come across in pop culture and other sources. And what a wonderful feeling it gives, to actually see a song like this being made for a Bollywood movie. Usually, whenever European or Portuguese styled music is used in Bollywood, it is for those dance numbers a la ‘Senorita’ (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara), ‘Hawaa Hawaa’ (Rockstar), ‘Udi’ (Guzaarish), and though these were beautiful, too, the unexplored and soothing side of that compositional style really comes across beautifully here, and it sounds oh-so-operatic and chilling! The composition is beautiful, though it is mostly the hook repeating most of the time, but those variations in the hook just kill you then and there. The antaras are nice, especially the female one, and the Portuguese portion by Roseta is wonderful as well. That’s that for the composition. The arrangements by Pritam go beyond what Bollywood has tried in Portuguese music thus far, and goes to a more spine-chilling mixture of the traditional Portuguese guitars (by local guitarist Mario Pacheco) and Pritam’s wonderful strings. The beats get very Pritam-ish in Mohd. Irfan’s antara, but it is a refreshing turn of events. The Portuguese guitar obviously keeps us entertained throughout the songs, and instances of harmonicas are heard as well. The vocals are spot-on. Jonita starts off with a booming introduction, which I would never have believed was sung by her, if it weren’t for the credits! She has changed her voice so beautifully, to make it actually sound like a Portuguese singer. Sure enough, the actual Portuguese singer, Cuca Roseta, sounds very similar to Jonita, but gets a way smaller portion than her. Irfan does well in his parts, in what is also his first song for Pritam too! However, somehow, I felt a lack of connect during his part. The ladies bring that connect back. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are heart-wrenching. Mario Pacheco, the guitarist, has written the Portuguese lyrics. All in all, a wonderful song that mixes up the pathos of a typical Bollywood song, and the richness of Portuguese folk.
Rating: 4.5/5

 

9. Raula

Singers ~ Diljit Dosanjh & Neeti Mohan

“Aankhon ne khwaabon pe aise hai aitbaar kiya,
Jaise do anjaanon ne khulke ho pyaar kiya,
Hota tha pehle jo door kabhi,
Abb woh mujhe paas lage,
Jaane kyun achha sa lagey,
Dil ne jo iss baar kiya!”

A very trademark Pritam feel-good vibe sets in as the next song rolls in, after that poignant melody. This is another song to go with Shah Rukh’s Punjabi character in the movie — a fun and upbeat Punjabi wedding song. The composition is one of the cutest I’ve heard this year, and instantly has you hooked. The hookline itself is so cute, that everything starts sounding beautiful due to it. The first antara, is something straight out of a 90s Bollywood album, with a noticeable Jatin-Lalit vibe. The bridge from the first antara to the hook is kind of bumpy, but things are great from there. Neeti has the second antara all to herself, and it is pure bliss. Pritam composed that one in trademark 90s Rahman style, and I can’t believe it is by Pritam; the variations in tune sound like the Rahman of the 90s has composed it! It was a pleasant surprise to see Pritam in that form. The vocalists have fun themselves and transmit the energy and boisterous nature of the song to us through the earphones. Diljit is clearly having the time of his life, and his additions like “chak de phatte naap de killi“, are so fun to listen to. Neeti sounds amazing, especially in her solo portion. The arrangements are fun as well, and in a traditional Imtiaz Ali pattern, they are high on dhols, and very interestingly, also have beautiful brass instruments interjecting, with a trademark Laxmikant-Pyarelal vibe. Flamenco Guitars (Josete Ordoñez) are audible in the second interlude. The dhadd and Plucked instruments (Tapas Roy) in Neeti’s solo portion, are so cute! The repetition of the hookline’s tune on those plucked instruments is too cute as well! Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are again, high on the fun quotient, and quirky as well, Especially with those “sangya” (noun), “visheshan” (adjective) and “sarvanaam” (pronoun) additions in Neeti’s parts. One of the most catchy Punjabi songs I’ve heard after ‘Nachde Ne Saare’ (Baar Baar Dekho).
Rating: 4.5/5

 

10. Jee Ve Sohaneya

Singers ~ Jyoti Nooran & Sultana Nooran, Music and A Portion of the Lyrics Traditional

“Kabhi kabhaar sandesa de de, Kya hai tera haal,
Rut pardesi rakhti hogi, shaayad tera khayaal,
Yahaan tere bin patjhad sa hai, har ek mausam hi..
Jee ve sohneya jee, chaahe kisi ka hokar ji!
Maana ke tu ab nahi mera, kabhi tha mera bhi!!”

The singers who enhanced ‘Butterfly’ manifold, Nooran Sisters, get a song all to themselves now, and coincidentally, the song is a built-up on their portion in that song. They sang “Jee Ve Sohneya Jee..”, in that song; here, the rest of the lines follow to make an entire song. The composition is traditional, but Pritam enhances it with his trademark Electric guitars (Roland Fernandes) and digital beats. That’s pretty much all for the arrangements. The stars of the song are actually its lyrics. Irshad Kamil takes the traditional lyrics as a basis to weave a poetic song that is about the relatives of a person who has gone and settled in a foreign land, pleading for him to come back. The lyrics just tug at your heartstrings and remind you of the iconic ‘Ghar Aaja Pardesi’ (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge), which was also sung in an earthy manner. This song has increased the earthiness and rustic nature a lot, by having Nooran Sisters sing it. Their amazing voices really bring out the song’s essence even better! A song whose lyrics and vocals are what will help it to make its way into the hearts of everyone who listens to it!
Rating: 5/5

 

11. Phurrr (Film Version)

Singers ~ Mohit Chauhan & Tushar Joshi, All Hindi Melodic Compositions by ~ Pritam, Music Programming by ~ Diplo & Rocky Wellstack

NOTE: There was another version of this song which Sony Music released a day before the album. That one was a mix by Diplo, which was terrible compared to the ‘Film Version’. You can listen to it HERE. The one included in the album is actually Pritam’s mix, with Diplo’s drop used from the remix of ‘Agony’ by Pinchers.

“Teri hasrat ho, ya ibaadat ho,
Tujhko paana hai, jo bhi soorat ho,
Har taraf sach mein, sach ki chaahat ho,
Lafz na ho pyaar, balki aadat ho!”

The album finally sheds itself of all the folksiness it had built up for itself (almost every song had some Indian-ness to it) and goes outright Western for this finale. The only thing in this song that is remotely and typically ‘Indian’ is how they say “Phurrrrrrr” to signify a bird’s flying. The song is actually very cool and it is an effort that should be appreciated! The composition is by Pritam, and half of the production by Pritam’s team, and the rest by Diplo. The composition itself is very paltry, but still sounds amazing with the whole Western treatment. It is trippy, no doubt. I mean, if people can withstand trash like “Swalla”, they can go through this without flinching! The drop by Diplo suits here very well, and sounds like it was always meant to be for this song. The entire digital treatment is something Pritam rarely does; he usually takes the help of guitars and live instruments, but it actually turned out pretty good. I loved those electronic tablas sounds. And the programming between 2:02 to 2:24 in the song, is just rad! I would like to appreciate the idea of a collaboration too, however good or bad it has turned out. You like the drop of some song, you contact that person and get him on board — that’s the professional way of doing things! A round of applause for Pritam and Imtiaz here! The vocals are good too. Mohit Chauhan is back for the second time in one album, and he renders the fun song with a swag that is unmatched. Tushar Joshi, Pritam’s new blue-eyed boy, does well too! Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are very conveniently sidelined in the song, thanks to all that’s going on. If one were to still make a conscious effort to listen to them though, he wouldn’t find any hidden gem. A song that isn’t really enough to start a new collaboration wave in Bollywood, but will be remembered for its braveness.
Rating: 4/5


Jab Harry Met Sejal, no matter how late the album released, no matter how badly the film tanked, no matter how much Imtiaz disappointed everyone with the film, no matter how many people actually liked it, and no matter how late this review is going up, is really an album that should be applauded first of all, solely for the makers’ interest in creating an album that’ll cater to music lovers and music listeners. The amazing mix of world music and Punjabi music in this album, is spellbinding. It is such an excitement to listen to the album again and again, because every time, something new that we didn’t get before, pops up. The album also marks Pritam and Imtiaz’s reunion after eight years, and evidently, both Imtiaz and Pritam have evolved over the years. The knowledge Imtiaz got from Rahman’s style of work, has reflected in the album, and the sound that Pritam has developed for himself over the 2013-2017 phase of his career, also shows in the album. It is probably only “Butterfly” that smells of old Pritam and old Imtiaz. But in conclusion, I’m happy that Imtiaz met Pritam (Again)!!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 5 + 4.5 + 5 + 4 + 5 + 5 + 4.5 + 5 + 5 + 4.5 + 4.5 + 5 + 4 = 61

Album Percentage: 93.84% {Making it surpass ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’ and making it secure the top rank now!! 🎉🎉🎉}

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: From Track 1 to Track 13 nonstop 🙂

 

 

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A DISHOOM LACKING PRITAM’S USUAL PUNCH!! (DISHOOM – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Pritam Chakraborty
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Ashish Pandit & Mayur Puri
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 15th July 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 29th July 2016

Dishoom Album Cover

Dishoom Album Cover


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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Dishoom is an upcoming Bollywood action/adventure/thriller film starring John Abraham, Varun Dhawan and Jacqueline Fernandez in leads, while Akshaye Khanna plays the baddie. The film is directed by ‘Desi Boyz’ director, Varun Dhawan’s brother, Rohit Dhawan, and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and Sunil A. Lulla. The film is about two cops, Kabir (John Abraham) and Junaid (Varun Dhawan) who are on a case to find a missing cricketer, who happens to be India’s top batsman and whom the makers have cleverly named as Viraj Kohli (played by Saqib Saleem). The two cops have 36 hours before an ‘India vs. Pakistan’ match (come on, how clichéd can you get!!) to find the man. The only reason I’m following this movie is — no, not the energy of Varun Dhawan or the action by John Abraham. And no, not because Akshaye Khanna is returning in a ‘villainous’ avatar after doing ‘Gali Gali Chor Hai’ in 2012 and disappearing. But the reason is because of the music. My personal favourite, Pritam Chakraborty is in charge, and I’m so excited to hear it, because he had given enjoyable songs for ‘Desi Boyz’ as well, and I’m hoping he has done so in his second collab with Rohit Dhawan too! The movie is expected to have some dance tracks, which I know Pritam does very well! So, here goes! Let’s explore the music album of ‘Dishoom’!!


1. Sau Tarah Ke / Sau Tarah Ke (Revisited)
Singers ~ Jonita Gandhi & Amit Mishra / Aditi Singh Sharma & Abhijeet Sawant, Backing Vocals by ~ Ashwin Kulkarni, Himanshu Shirlekar & Akash, Arabic Choir by ~ Maher Al Halabi, Karim Khayat, Youmni Abou Al Zahab, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Hookline Lyrics by ~ Ashish Pandit

Pritam starts off the soundtrack with an energetic dance track just as expected, and really makes you dance with this one. The song starts off with a very unusually addictive vocal break, which just lures you into the composition so effectively. Pritam sure knows how to attract his audience in a classy way, and he does it here. That vocal break is toooo innovative, and also my favourite part of the song — fortunately for me, it plays everywhere throughout the song. Pritam’s composition is a fun one, with a few grey shades that add the mystery and shadow of the thriller/action film to the song. It is an item-song-ish composition, and you can almost call it one, but of course, everything is done so classily that you can classify it as a club song. The hookline has that folksy feel to it, that tells you that the movie (or at least the song) is set in the middle east. The mukhda doesn’t stand out too well during the first couple of listens, but later on, it grows tremendously. It repeats once more after the antara, to end up the song. The antara itself is a nice portion of the song, with a sensuous tune to it. Pritam conveniently uses club beats to enhance the reach of the song, and the booming bass in the song really helps to propel it ahead in the playlist of the listeners. And again, that wonderful vocal break! He uses EDM at places too, and towards the end, the hookline is played with the EDM sound, and sounds so dynamic! In the beginning, a very thrilling oud invites you into the song with that Arabic flavour. The ney by Sahi Shamat is wonderful as well. Both versions have only the vocals different, and everything else exactly, or almost exactly, the same. In the first version, Jonita startles with her performance — it being her first song of this kind. She has brought a naughtiness into her voice, which always used to sound so pure and innocent. It has that sharp texture to it, which it didn’t in her other songs. Amit Mishra, on the other hand, works well as a replacement for Nakash Aziz, sounding quite like him, but impressing nevertheless. In the second version however, Aditi Singh Sharma’s overstylised vocals are a pain to the ears. She hasn’t modulated her voice well and it comes across as too soft where it should’ve been more confident like Jonita’s! Jonita, who sang such a song for the first time, performed better than a singer who is known for such songs, and that’s pretty shocking! Abhijeet Sawant too, doesn’t work well with the composition. He seems to be trying to hard to sing in the way he’s required to. In both versions there’s this awesome Arabic hookline, sung by the Arabic choir I mentioned above. Kumaar and Ashish Pandit together have come up with quite enjoyable lyrics, that suit the theme as well as appeal to the audience. Nothing seems put of place according to Bollywood standards, and so I’m accepting the lyrics! 😂 Pritam opens the album with a great club song, that has the potential to be a chartbuster and also the club anthem of the year! The first version is definitely a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Toh Dishoom
Singers ~ Raftaar & Shahid Mallya, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

Next up, we have the title track for the movie, a theme song that is composed on sinister lines, with dark shades predominating in the composition. The composition is actually very less; it is mostly made up of Raftaar’s rap, which is in a tune that keeps repeating whenever the hookline isn’t playing, so in the mukhda and antara. Actually there is no mukhda and antara, as it is the Punjabi rap-styled tune that keeps playing on loop until the hookline comes to rescue it. 😀 The hookline, which is sung by Shahid Mallya and actually has a tune, is pretty good, and has kind of a sinister tune to it. It is actually the backing music that has the mysterious tone to it; the guitars which play in the background. Pritam has not impressed as such with the composition, as the song is very simple, and not of his level. Also, the credits in the jukebox read “Melody based on generic traditional punjabi folk progressions.” I don’t know how to interpret that! The rap is the most prominent part of the song, and that too, gets kind of irritating towards the end. However, as I said, the hookline is good. There is a rapid rap in the second interlude, and at that part I just completely zoned out of the song; it was so tedious to hear. Raftaar’s voice is not too impressive, of course, as he isn’t a singer. Shahid, on the other hand, tries his best to save the song, and manages to do so to a good extent. It is his “Toh dishoommm… Toh dishoommm” parts that I keep waiting for in the song. Pritam’s arrangements are good, and stick to the action theme of the movie, and perfect for a theme song for a heroic character. Especially those guitars and club beats. Some places, it sounds a lot like the ‘Desi Boyz’ title track too! Mayur Puri is back after ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’s ‘Selfie Le Le Re’ and ‘Chicken Kuk-Du-Koo’, and writes words that hardly make any sense. After impressing so much with so many songs, he disappoints very badly with this one, literally writing whatever comes to mind and adding a “Toh dishoom” at last to make it sound related to the movie. Lines in the rap sound pretty unbelievable as well. It’s pretty much how the person has a very bad personal life, but in a mock-heroic style, tries to explain how he will punch people when they do stuff he doesn’t like. All in all, a disappointing offering, with just the hookline being the saviour of the song!!

 

3. Jaaneman Aah (Version 1) / Jaaneman Aah (Version 2)
Singers ~ Aman Trikha & Antara Mitra / Nakash Aziz & Antara Mitra, Backing Vocals by ~ Ashwin, Akashdeep & Himanshu, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

Claps, percussion and guitars start off the third song of the album, quire resembling ‘Afghan Jalebi’ (Phantom) in its overall treatment. After that, a bazooka-like instrument plays a tune that is what makes the starting interesting, and alluring. But from there, the song suffers a number of ups and down, never being consistent in its catchiness. The composition by Pritam is pretty bland and tasteless, and it is that kind of composition that depends on its arrangements to do its work of attracting the listeners to it. There is a line however, that really impressed me, in all its oddness and though it is kind of a misfit in the song. The line I mention, is the line just before the hookline, which, in the mukhda goes like “Ishq mein saare, ilzaam hai sacche.. “. The tune of that line is an oddball in the song, which is predominantly of a happy tune. But that line has a darker shade to it, which is why I loved it! The rest of the tune follows a really Sajid-Wajid-ish template of item songs, which I didn’t exactly expect from Pritam, after great songs of this genre like ‘Dhating Naach’ (Phata Poster Nikhla Hero), ‘Gandi Baat’ (R…Rajkumar) and ‘Afghan Jalebi’ (Phantom). It is the arrangements that makes the song at least listen-worthy. The exciting dhols (Percussion by Dipesh Varma, Keyur Barve and Shikhar Naad Qureshi) help the song get the required energy, while that bazooka tune keeps playing throughout. Aditya Benia is great with the guitars, too. On the vocals front, again, we have two choices to choose our favourite from. In the first place we have Himesh Reshammiya’s blue-eyed boy, Aman Trikha. Singing for Pritam for the first time, it was bound to be a powerpacked rendition from his side, and that’s what we get, but we can’t help but miss Nakash. Pritam saves us the time that we would spend in brooding over Nakash not being there, and actually records the “Film Version” or “Version 2” of the song in Nakash’s voice. His infectious energy is unmatchable, and he sings well, putting in the punch that was lacking in the first version! 😀 The female voice in both versions is Pritam’s own blue-eyed girl, Antara Mitra. You can’t believe it is the ‘Gerua’ girl who’s sung it, but then you remember she sang ‘Saree Ke Fall Sa’ and ‘Kaddu Katega’ from ‘R…Rajkumar’ too, and then realize it isn’t such a big deal. She sings with the right vocal texture, but I’ve said this many a time jokingly and will say it again — she needs to find a comfort zone for herself in the industry! I can’t help but think she keeps changing her voice too many times and it is getting irritating now!! 😀 Jokes apart, her versatility is really commendable. It is Mayur Puri, the lyricist, who disappoints gravely. His lyrics in this song are nothing like what I like his lyrics for! The whole song is full of lines that a man sings to a lady, trying to convince her to marry him! Lines like “Do saal mein hinge tere bacche, mere bachhe” really make you cringe and think where Mayur’s splendid writing has gone in that one year! 😦 The song starts with the two characters playing ping-pong with names of relatives. I didn’t get that part of the song, either! Though Pritam has scored very well in the past with these songs, this time, he doesn’t really make the cut! Most of the credit for it goes to the disappointing lyrics!

 

4. Ishqa
Singers ~ Abhijeet Sawant & Antara Mitra, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

The album ends on a very celebratory note, with an Arabic-styled party song that has distinct shades of Pritam’s typical composition styles. The composition is really enjoyable though! The song, standing at a duration of just less than three minutes, 2:47 to be precise, is too short, and too catchy; I wish there was more! There is no distinct demarcation of hooklinebut there is one loop of a line, sung by Antara, which goes like “Zyaada main toh nahi kehti…” and that line is so insanely catchy!!! Pritam has composed the song very beautifully, given that it is so short. The mukhda and antara are both by Abhijeet, and he sounds way better here than he did in the second version of ‘Sau Tarah Ke’. Antara has just that one line which repeats many times, but as I said is really well sung by her, and really well composed by Pritam too. Another great thing is the arrangements. The Spanish guitars are the highlight of the song, while the Arabic percussion is really great. The Arabic strings are stunning as well! There is a great electronic interlude that is so insane! The whole thing together sounds very catchy and groovy. Kumaar’s lyrics are good, as well, again, without being cheap or anything. A finale that actually delivers what was expected throughout the album!! #5StarrHotelSong!!


Dishoom is definitely not what I expected. I rarely say this, but this time, Pritam did not deliver as much as I was expecting. He has composed all four songs as per the requirements to make a fun album, but I know he can do way better than this. Two songs, ‘Sau Tarah Ke’ and ‘Ishqa’ actually deliver what I expect when I hear the name ‘Pritam’. The other two seem very templated songs, with very less composition and more of a dependency on lyrics, which are bad, and arrangements, which excel. So, I would say, the Pritam Punch in this ‘Dishoom’ was lacking!!

 

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: Sau Tarah Ke > Ishqa > Toh Dishoom > Jaaneman Aah (Version 2) > Jaaneman Aah (Version 1) > Sau Tarah Ke (Revisited)

 

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SANGEET SANKAT MEIN!! (DHARAM SANKAT MEIN – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sachin Gupta, Jatinder Shah, Meet Bros. Anjjan & Shamir Tandon
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 30th March 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 10th April 2015

Dharam Sankat Mein Album Cover

Dharam Sankat Mein Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Dharam Sankat Mein is an upcoming Bollywood comedy / religious satirical film starring Paresh Rawal in the lead role, and Naseeruddin Shah, Annu Kapoor in supporting roles. It has veen directed by debutant Fuwad Khan, and produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Sajjad Chunawala and Shariq Patel. The film is about a Hindu man played by Paresh Rawal, who discovers that he was only adopted into a Hindu family, but was actually born into a Muslim family. This makes him go search for his father. The plot of the movie really does seem interesting, like all other movies of this genre, and is sure to get a great opening just because of the star value of Paresh Rawal. The music of this film, though I am not expecting much from it, yet seems like it would be something interesting. It is a multi-composer album, with two songs by Sachin Gupta (“Prince”, “Mere Dad Ki Maruti” fame) and one each by Jatinder Shah (“Janib” from “Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend” fame), Meet Bros. Anjjan (do I really need to specify their ticket to fame?) and Shamir Tandon respectively. So, let’s see how far the album helps this religious satire!


1. Neelanand
Singer ~ Ravi Chowdhury, Music by ~ Sachin Gupta

Sachin Gupta is one of those composers, who pops up once in a year or so, and fails to create much impact with that little work he does. This time, he has come back after composing two songs in ‘Badlapur Boys’, which I didn’t review because it wasn’t that great. Before that, he had composed the entire album of ‘Mere Dad Ki Maruti’, so you can see the gaps in his popping-up. 😂 Anyways, now he’s back with two songs in this satirical film. This song is a song which seems like an anthem for the Babaji who is portrayed by Naseeruddin Shah in the film, Neelanand Baba. It’s quite a situational track, which goes on praising the Baba. Lyrics are of course, humorous just as they should be in such a song. The tune is pretty catchy as well. The song actually sounds like the bhakts of the Baba (saint) are sitting and chanting these lines for him. The “Neelanand Neelanand Neelanand BABA” chants are weirdly addictive, and you will find yourself crooning them, when you least expect them to pop in your mind. Ravi’s folksy vocals suit the composition and also this situation. He’s actually a Bhojpuri singer, debuting in Bollywood with this song. In the arrangements too, the song doesn’t lag behind, with interesting use of rock guitars in this type of song. Manjeeras adorn most of the composition, and give the religious feel, which is balanced out by these rock guitars, which is an interesting combo. I guess I could hear the dumroo in places too, and it sounded so great! The mukhda might be pretty catchy, but that interest is lost in the antaras, where only the “Neelanand BABA” chants are there to entertain you. A good attempt at making a catchy tribute to a dhongi baba!! Catchy hook helps the song, but just misses the coveted tag! 😜

 

2. Do You Know Baby
Singer ~ Gippy Grewal, Music by ~ Jatinder Shah

After giving us a wonderful, beautiful melody ‘Janib’ in ‘Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend’, I guess Jatinder Shah signed this film, just to show his true colors. I did praise him and all for giving something traditionally, and beautifully Punjab-flavoured, but here he is, giving another song which sounds just like aall these Punjabi composers in Bollywood are trying to do. An utterly ridiculous sounding song, sung by the Punjabi singer/actor Gippy Grewal. Gippy’s voice is pretty irritating, and singing in Punjabi-Hindi-English lyrics mixed just sounds weird in his voice. Arrangements by Jatinder are pretty catchy, though, with the techno sounds and dhols pepping up the song. Lyrics are ridiculous, and nothing more was expected from Kumaar with such a song. The guy says “Hum pangdhe (Bhangre) ke sardaar, do you know baby?” That just sounds so stupid in itself! The hookline, is catchy, like it should be, but unfortunately, the other parts of the song just loosely revolve around this hook, thereby not making the listener that interested till the hookline comes, and then after it’s done, the condition becomes the same as it was before the hook had come. 😂 So it would have been better if they had just made the song with only one tune — that of the hook. Thank God, they kept the song short at only two and a half minutes. Jatinder disappoints, this time, because he shows variety…. An unwanted variety, for that matter!

 

3. Tu Takke
Singers ~ Gippy Grewal, Khushboo Grewal & Meet Bros. Anjjan, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan

A very familiar-sounding Tumbi sound brings us to the next song, where Meet Bros. Anjjan, probably the most well-known composers composing for his film, enter the soundtrack. And you know why it sounds so familiar? Because it bears a very striking resemblance to the opening Tumbi from Amit Trivedi’s ‘London Thumakda’ (Queen). Now I were them, I would really watch out before such a coincidence happened, because the whole nation knows that song, and then I would be exposed to all kinds of accusations of plagiarism. Even though it was simply a coincidence. So, that really gives a bad impression to the listeners right from the beginning. Anyways, since it quickly changes and gets off that ‘London Thumakda’ sound, the makers are saved. After that, though, what follows isn’t that great either. Gippy gets another song with different composers (pretty rare) in the same album, and I guess Meet Bros. Anjjan had to compose keeping his style in mind i.e, typical Punjabi wedding/rap/irritating songs. This is a major letdown from people like me, who were expecting something innovative. Meet Bros. Anjjan always deliver great when it’s not expected of them, but fail to do so when it is expected. How irritating is that! Meet Bros Anjjan’s rap is nothing worth hearing. Khushboo’s part is a relief, and she does well, actually providing something to hear in the song. The composition, again, is dependent on the hookline to make it work. Everything else, loose and dull and stale and heard-before. (Not that the hookline is something brilliant either, but we can cut them some slack there) Arrangements are good once again, tumbi and dhols leading it. Techno sounds are also used occasionally throughout the song. Kumaar’s lyrics are yet again, nothing fresh, the same Punjabi wedding stuff and irritating blend of Punjabi, Hindi and English. Nothing to appreciate as true or entertaining lyrics. Meet Bros. Anjjan stick to the everyday Punjabi wedding song template, thereby failing to give anything applaudable. Makes for a good dance to play at weddings though! 😝

 

4. Allah Hoo / Allah Hoo Allah
Singers ~ Ravi Chowdhury & Sachin Gupta / Pardeep Sran, Music by ~ Sachin Gupta

After three upbeat songs, out of which none were exceptional, but one did manage to at least interest me, finally I got something I would love to hear. Sachin Gupta re-enters with this Sufi track, with two versions, one sung by Ravi Chowdhury & the other by Pardeep Sran. The composition is a very soothing and calming song, sure to make the listener get emotional. It does remind you a lot of A.R. Rahman’s ‘Khwaja Mere Khwaja’ from ‘Jodhaa Akbar’. It has the same aura of divinity around it, as that song had. Ravi’s rendition suits the theme and pace of the song. Every single nuance has been done with ease and finesse by him. His voice has the required rustic-ness in it, with which he could carry out this rendition with no problem whatsoever. Arrangements are as soothing as soothing can be, with all the dholaks, harmoniums played in such a divine way, that you might even imagine yourself in a Gurudwara of you close your eyes. Sachin has provided beautiful orchestration in the hookline, which in itself has a master tune. Pardeep Sran, another debutant to Bollywood, in his version, manages to pull off the composition with as much ease and as expertly as Ravi. Though they have named his version ‘Allah Hoo Allah’, there is nothing different in this version and the former. His voice reminds you more of the folksiness of Punjab, slightly resembling Kailash Kher’s voice. The hookline in Pradeep’s version sounds way more traditional, because of the pronunciation, and it brings in an element of folk Punjab into the song. Kumaar has written meaningful lyrics, seeming to describe the feelings of a person, who has lost hopes from his life, and really doesn’t understand what his importance on the world is. Finally, true music lovers get what they would love, and Sachin Gupta aces with the composition! Brilliant work to create a Sufi traditional song! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Shiv Tandav
Singer ~ Aman Trikha, Music by ~ Shamir Tandon, Lyrics ~ Traditional

This is an out-and-out religious stotra, not at all spoilt by any techno sounds, and kept playing on the divine background of the tanpura drone. Aman has chanted the “Shiv Tandav” we all might be familiar with, with great and intense energy, at the same time making sure that energy is radiated out to the listeners as well. There is nothing much to describe here, except that you must not skip it just because you have heard it, or you think that you may get bored by it, because of you think so, you are very sadly mistaken. Shamir has designed the whole thing perfectly, and succeeds in his intention to make something impactful. Awesome!!!!! Divine!!!!! #5StarHotelSong!!


 

Dharam Sankat Mein is an album, in which songs seem to have been forced, just for promotion of the movie. The smart makers of this film have merely catered to the likes of the public, and so, whatever be the subject of the film, Punjabi music is a must. A wedding song, and a bhangra (failed one, if I may say so) have been added for the sake of the public, it seems. Entertaining, yes. Appreciated, no. Wanted, absolutely not. At the end of the day, it is Sachin Gupta (whom I was expecting the least from) and Shamir Tandon who give the best tracks on the album, partly because their songs are relevant to the movie, and partly because they have repeat value as well. Three good songs, put of which two are exceptional, not a very good thing for the overall album, so, may I say, sangeet sankat mein??

 

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

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

Rexommended Listening Order: Allah Hoo / Allah Hoo Allah > Shiv Tandav > Neelanand > Tu Takke > Do You Know Baby

 

Which is your favourite song from Dharam Sankat Mein? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next “dish”: Mr. X, Chefs: Ankit Tiwari & Jeet Gannguli

‘SHAUKEEN’GLY GREAT SOUNDTRACK!! (THE SHAUKEENS – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by:- Yo Yo Honey Singh, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Hard Kaur & Vikram Nagi
♪ Lyrics by:- Sahil Kaushal (Lil Golu), Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Siddharth Banerjee, Shabbir Ahmed & Vikram Nagi
♪ Music Label:- Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On:- 21st October 2014
♪ Movie Released On:- 7th November 2014

The Shaukeens Album Cover

The Shaukeens Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


The Shaukeens is a Bollywood comedy film, starring Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor, Piyush Mishra and Lisa Haydon in lead roles with Akshay Kumar featuring in a cameo, playing himself! The film is directed by Abhishek Sharma and produced by Ashvin Varde, Murad Khetani and Akshay Kumar. It is a remake of the 1982 film ‘Shaukeen’. The music of the film is composed by Yo Yo Honey Singh, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Hard Kaur & Vikram Nagi. This triggered a sense of eagerness in me and I was waiting for the songs for a long time. Akshay Kumar always extracts the best out of Honey Singh, and Arko and Hard Kaur have been doing great since they entered Bollywood. It is Vikram’s debut album and one expects a lot from him as well. So let’s see, whether this quartet of composers have delivered as per expectations, exceeded them or missed them! 😀


1. Alcoholic
Singer ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Music by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics by ~ Sahil Kaushal (Lil Golu)

Seeing the name itself, you can instantly guess that this sing is by ‘aapka apna Yo Yo Honey Singhaaaaa!!’ But if you play it, you would never believe your ears. For the first time, Yo Yo has composed a tune unlike his typical useless tunes, a tune which is not loud, not irritating (which is a great feat accomplished by him!), and something that is catchy. (Everything he composes is catchy actually 😛 But it is more often than not ridiculous) However, this time the tune isn’t ridiculous. The tune is fresh and something different from regular Yo Yo tunes (read “Aata Majhi Satakli”, “Lungi Dance”, “Party All Night”, “Chaar Botal Vodka” and “Party With Bhoothnath” 😂) However, even if the tune is as novel as Yo Yo has got in party songs, the lyrics are the same old garbage. They’re not even by Yo Yo himself, but by Lil Golu, who seems to have become Honey Singh’s inseparable partner-in-making-people’s-ears-burst 😜 He has written any stupid lyrics, and shame on him if he thinks the public is going to tolerate them (half of the public have already tolerated the lyrics, but thankfully, sensible people still exist who hate such lyrics.) The arrangements are softer than previous Yo Yo songs, but seriously they are not up to the mark. They will grasp your attention for some time, but will get boring as the song progresses. The booming bass beats, however, are nice. I mean, Pritam has composed so many of such songs, with way better arrangements, and of course way better lyrics. 😃 This one is better for the party-lovers and club-goers. Nice tune, groovy beats but lyrics could have been way better. Save it for the screen!

 

2. Meherbani
Singer ~ Jubin Nautiyal, Music by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Lyrics by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee

Serene piano notes start off this beautiful romantic track, and Jubin, in his second Bollywood outing, starts singing it in a very Nikhil D’Souza type voice. Arko has created a wonderful melody that will make you feel special and unique. After the superb ‘Dildar’ from ‘Tamanchey’, which was more of a rustic melody, Arko has proved himself once more this year with this urban-type romantic song. The arrangements, despite being very soft and minimal, will nevertheless carry you away! The amazing piano chords in the background will keep you hooked to the song. The guitar has been added geniusly in places. The beats are groovy as well as calming, and they will give you delight as you hear the sublime melody. The first two stanzas are the same, but it’s the third which does the trick and emerges as the winner. The tune of that particular stanza has stayed with me ever since this song released. The lyrics by Arko himself are quite pretty as well. It is about a boy comparing himself to his lover, sounding pretty guilty at places (“dildaar tu, khudgarz main”) He’s thanking his lover for all she has done for him, and for making him improve in personality. So, there’s a tick on the list beside “GOOD LYRICS”. 😊 As for Jubin, what to say! He’s exceptional even in his second song! I just hope he gets more and more recognition as the days pass, and we can soon see him singing for bigger composers! A sweet, breezy romantic melody, which will steal your heart with its beautiful composition, arrangements, lyrics and exceptional vocals! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Manali Trance
Singers ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh/Lil Golu & Neha Kakkar, Music by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics by ~ Sahil Kaushal (Lil Golu)

Starting with a very addictive hum by Neha, this song will transport you in a different space altogether. And now you must be thinking it is a romantic song, cause usually romantic songs do that. But this isn’t a romantic song, nor is it a typical Yo Yo Honey Singh stupidity show. Yo Yo has gotten the privilege to introduce trance into Bollywood music. Well, I have to say, he has done an unbelievably exceptional job! The beats are so addictive, it makes you want to groove to the music. Trance and EDM have been used very effectively by Yo Yo. Neha’s rendition is amazing as well, and she sings each and every line with the required ‘intoxicated’ expressions. Her voice is unique and stands out amongst all those loud techno sounds (which are loud but awesome!) The male singer, who is credited as Yo Yo somewhere and Lil Golu elsewhere, does not sing perfectly, but I guess that was intentional. The lyrics don’t really matter in this song, as there is no scope for superb award-winning lyrics anyways. The Afro percussion beats are the highlight of the track, and will surely appeal to you! Who would ever have expected Yo Yo to carry out this responsibility of introducing trance music to Bollywood so well!? I’m very much impressed by his performance here! Right from Neha’s addictive humming, to the awesome beats and the catch composition, this track is a treat to the ears, and on top of that, since it is coming from Honey Singh, the surprise increases a lot! #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Aashiq Mizaaj
Singer ~ Aman Trikha, Music by ~ Hard Kaur, Lyrics by ~ Siddharth Banerjee

The claps and the negligible female vocals at the start do not engage you immediately, but what follows will surely do the job! From Himesh Reshammiya’s camp, Aman Trikha renders this catchy composition with fun and liveliness. Hard Kaur, who we last heard composing in ‘O Teri’ to produce an awesome folkish satirical song, returns with a bang and composes yet another very catchy and vibrant song. The beats used are mainly techno sounds, and nothing else. Aman Trikha is the highlight here; he carries the song on his shoulders with his flamboyant vocals. The hookline is pretty catchy. The lyrics by Siddharth Banerjee are only a bit humorous, but go well with the mood of the song, and Aman’s delivery of the song makes the lyrics sound more funny than they should. The techno sounds which play in the background in the hookline, are worth hearing, though they are different in the promo video which plays on TV. 😂 There’s nothing much more to say about the song, except do give it a try! Catchy! #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Ishq Kutta Hai
Singer ~ Mika Singh, Music by ~ Vikram Nagi, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed

Well, I’m tired of Mika. My facial expression while pressing the play button for this song was plain, but as the song progressed, it became more and more unplain. 😝 The newcomer, Vikram Nagi, has composed an impressive rock track, with Mika at the vocals department. Mika delivers the song brilliantly, and the tune which he sings is also quite catchy. Vikram has composed a rather ‘angry’ tune which is at the same time catchy. The arrangements are typical rock arrangements, at least I thought so at first. But when the sitar made an entry in unexpected places, I was shocked as well as impressed. The use of sitar in a rock song was a pretty stunning idea to me. The song has three Antaras, and side it is written by Shabbir Ahmed, I was pretty reluctant to sit through and hear it thrice while reviewing, but when I paid close attention to the lyrics, they sounded pretty good as compared to Shabbir Ahmed’s standards (which you will get to know in my music review of ‘Humshakals’, ‘The Xposé’ and ‘Kick’) He has compared love to a dog, and though it isn’t a novel idea, it still proves to be a pretty engaging set of words, when put together with a wonderful rock composition. Impressive debut by Vikram, good vocals by Mika, and better lyrics (not Great!) by Shabbir Ahmed! Watch out for that awesome sitar interlude! #5StarHotelSong!

 

6. Lonely
Singer ~ Anu Malik, Music by ~ Vikram Nagi, Lyrics by ~ Vikram Nagi

After ‘Ishq Kutta Hai’, Vikram Nagi impressed us with yet another great composition, this time sad. The soft piano arrangements are very calming, and the chipmunk-ish voice provides comic effect. The lyrics are also meant to be humorous. But, let me be truthful to you and warn you before any harm is done — this song is sung “wonderfully” by Anu Malik! His Tarzan-ish voice is enough for Himesh haters to start loving Himesh’s voice. So, with such an exceptional composition, Vikram Nagi could only think of Anu Malik to croon this song??? I mean, Annu Kapoor, the famous Antakshari host, is in your cast, man! Why didn’t you choose him? Or else, why not Himesh? He would have sung a thousand times better than Anu Malik! Here the choice of singer spoils everything!


The Shaukeens is one of the better-faring multicomposer albums of recent times. Each composer has done well, Vikram Nagi debuts impressively, Hard Kaur, who composes very rarely, provides a nice catchy track, and Arko gives us a beautiful romantic track. But the most surprising is humaara apna Yo Yo Honey Singh, who has evolved so, so much, with the first trance song of Bollywood! Kudos to him! I’ve noticed he gives his best in Akshay Kumar starter films… 😝 The Shaukeens is an album that is enjoyable to the core, with occasional disturbances here and there, but overall…ENJOY!

 

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

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

 

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

 

Next “dish”:- Ungli, Chefs:- Sachin-Jigar, Gulraj Singh, Salim-Sulaiman & Aslam Keyi

FEEKI SALAAMI!! (EKKEES TOPPON KI SALAAMI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by:- Ram Sampath
♪ Lyrics by:- Sandeep Nath
♪ Music Label:- T-Series
♪ Music Released On:- 19th September 2014
♪ Movie Released On:- 10th October 2014

Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami Album Cover

Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami is a Bollywood film that released on 10th October, 2014. The film is a political satire, and has been receiving good reviews. The story is about two sons who set out to give their father an ultimate sign of respect. The film has been directed by Ravindra Gautam, produced by Neetu Jain and Asheema Shukla and stars Anupam Kher, Divyendu Sharma, Manu Rishi, Aditi Sharma (from ‘Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl’) and Neha Dhupia. I wasn’t expecting much from the music of this film, but then I got to know that the man behind the music was Ram Sampath, who has impressed a lot with albums like ‘Delhi Belly’, ‘Talaash’ and ‘Fukrey’. So it was natural of me to expect more from the music after getting to know that. The surprising thing is that while Ram usually does selective albums per year, this is his third album this year, and if you count ‘Satyamev Jayate Season 3’, then that’s four! What’s more, I’ve heard he’s composing for ‘PK’ as well! So let’s have a glimpse at what I felt about the music of ‘Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami’! 🙂


1. Ghoor Ghoor Ke
Singer ~ Sona Mohapatra

Whenever I see Sona Mohapatra in the credits nowadays, I make myself ready for a great enjoyable song, and it always turns out to be just that. Well, this time, the song isn’t a romantic song as she has been singing for quite a while now, but it’s a kind of item song. It starts with a short shaayari by Sona, and then some very catchy techno beats, which will surely grab your attention. Though the lyrics are typically cheap as in all item songs, the vocals of Sona give that magic element to the song, and make it sound awesome. She can make the most boring of compositions sound great. This time, though, the composition isn’t bad, but it’s highly catchy. That catchy techno tune keeps coming in order to keep us attracted to the song. The tune of the antaras is very beautiful and innovative. The tabla beats at the end of the antara add to the great grooviness of the song. The recording of the song, however is very bad and provide some disturbance. Here, the husband-wife jodi win and make a catchy song, but recording and lyrics fail to impress! Since the tune is catchy, though, here goes:- #5StarHotelSong!

 

2. Tod De Kataar
Singers ~ Labh Janjua, Divya Kumar & Ram Sampath

This song here does not get as lucky as the previous one as far as the tune and beats are concerned. Labh sings with his usual Punjabi folksy voice, accompanied by Ram Sampath in his Westernized voice and Divya Kumar in the background vocals. The tune that Tam has composed is pretty ordinary, and is not going to attract many ears. The techno beats manage to provide momentary relief, but it returns to the ordinary stuff after not so long. Anyways, Divya Kumar does manage to pull off an engaging act with his beautiful sargam towards the end after each of Ram’s English lines. The star of the song, however is Sandeep Nath. He has come up with something quite interesting! The lyrics focus on the satirical theme of the film. As said by the director of the film in the interview, “Tod De Kataar is an ode to the common man who needs to break out of the line to do what is unimaginable of him”. Keeping this in mind, if we listen carefully to the lyrics, they seem genius! Here, the composition lacks spice, and the vocals only impressed to a certain extent, whereas lyrics are the highlight!

 

3. Hum Tumhe Kaise Bataye (Ghazal)
Singers ~ Aman Trikha & Tarannum Mallik

On reading the word ‘Ghazal’ after the song, I was ready for something that actually sounds like a ghazal. When I played the song, however, I realised that it was nowhere near a Ghazal at all! So I just erased that ‘Ghazal’ word from the name, so it wouldn’t spoil my thoughts about the rest of the song. 😛 The song (after I mentally erased the word ‘ghazal’ from its name) is a very soulful and beautiful song. Aman has sung it very beautifully, but Tarannum has not done as well. She has used some fake Tulsi Kumar voice and spoilt everything. The composition is an utterly dreamy and magical one and it is impossible not to love it instantly. Tarannum might prove as an obstacle for you to like the song, but you will get accustomed to it after about two or three listens. The lyrics are also beautiful and very romantic. Ram has added various beautiful elements in the song, like the sitar and piano. The beats in the background are so catchy! They are soft and almost inaudible, but manage to attract your attention! Again, the composition isn’t all that innovative and it has been heard before, but it still has that vibe to it that makes you fall for it. In the short duration of four and a half minutes, four antaras have been crammed up, leaving minimal space for any interludes whatsoever. 😛 No complaints, but it is weird how the song has so many antaras. Beautiful! There’s no harm in calling it a #5StarHotelSong!! 

 

4. Bitua
Singer ~ Mohit Chauhan

Beautiful guitar strums and flute music start off this song, and a calm and serene atmosphere is created right from the first note. Mohit Chauhan with his amazing metallic voice, will attract you like a magnet. 😛 (Okay, sorry for the cheap jokes, but it’s true! His voice is too attractive!) The song is a lullaby, sung by a father for his son. Ram’s tune is very, very touching and emotional. It is easily one of his best compositions. The lyrics by Sandeep are again very good, and emotional. The arrangements are very soft, and have a calm, serene, dreamy touch to them, perfect for the kind of song that it is. The song is such that it can provide you bliss whenever you listen to it. 🙂 One of the best songs of Ram, Mohit and the best song of the album — so much so that I didn’t have much to write at all! I think this would be enough:- #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami
Singers ~ Ram Sampath & Earl Edgar D

The last song in the album, is the title song, and it is something that sounds very cheap. Cheap and fake Americanization, too. 😛 Ram has sung some lines in mixed Hindi and English. It just sounds so weird how he sings in English suddenly, and that too seems like he’s trying to fit in the lyrics in the tune, which is nothing great either. Especially the hook line, which seems like it’s a song composed by a fifth-grader (very frankly speaking). Rap by Earl Edgar is good. Though Ram is singing some uninteresting and bland lines, he has sung them good, with the required feel. Towards the end, he has just computerized his voice to make it sound like a woman’s voice. The techno arrangements which he has garnered the song with are plain annoying. The lyrics are about the film, and looking at them, I would guess that it has been placed at the end of the film, when the credits roll. (No, I’ve not seen it, so don’t suspect me if I’m correct! 😛 ) Disappointing title song!


Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami is definitely not an album that would feature in the list of “Ram Sampath’s Best Albums”. It would directly land at the bottom of the list of all of his albums, instead. Even though it isn’t that bad overall, when you look at how good his previous albums were, this one is nowhere near them, except maybe ‘Purani Jeans’. Three good and enjoyable songs, but two uninteresting compositions, make this album a mixed bag, out of which you can only select some items. Though it isn’t anywhere near his previous albums, Ram Sampath has delivered an album which has a majority of good songs and lands in the safe zone!

 

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

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

 

Which is your favourite song from Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next “dish”:- Tamanchey, Chefs:- Krsna, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Ikka Singh & R.D. Burman