DOESN’T DESERVE TO BE WELCOMED!! (WELCOME BACK – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Meet Bros. Anjjan, Anu Malik, Mika Singh, Music MG (Milind Gaba), Siddhant Madhav, Yo Yo Honey Singh & Abhishek Ray
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Manoj Muntashir, Shabbir Ahmed, Music MG (Milind Gaba), Arafat Mehmood, Nitin Raikwar, Deane Sequeira, Manvendra & Abhishek Ray
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 6th August 2015
♪ Movie Released On: 4th September 2015

Welcome Back Album Cover

Welcome Back Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Welcome Back is a Bollywood action comedy film, that stars an ensemble cast consisting of John Abraham, Shruti Haasan, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Paresh Rawal, Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, Shiney Ahuja and Ankita Shrivastava. The film is directed by Anees Bazmee, and produced by Firoz Nadiadwala. As even the newest born baby in the country must be knowing by now, owing to the delay my review has made in arriving, the film is a sequel to the 2007 superhit ‘Welcome’. The absence of Akshay Kumar was already a cause of negative buzz surrounding the film even before its release, and after release, it’s as if the film has been forgotten by most people. Anyways, the music has been given by a horde of music directors, which you can read up in the “Album Details” section, because I’m really too lazy to even copy-paste all that (mostly because of the GENIUS music composers that the list contains). It seems to be an album where T-Series has very little say in what songs to include and what to not, because it has turned out very BAD, frankly. So my review for it will be written with the same amount of interest that the composers have seemed to put into the making of the songs; be ready! 😀 Also look out for many lines where you can point out how irritated I was with the composers as I went through this unnecessarily loooooonnnnnggggg album!


1. Tutti Bole Wedding Di
Singers ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan & Shipra Goyal, Backing Vocals by ~ Ambresh, Ved, Ashish, Ruchir & Bipin, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

To open up this grand album, we have a wedding song that tries to be grander than it should. Larger-than-life arrangements coupled with a staid band-baaja tune is something that is doomed to fail. The Bollywood audience has already had enough of the wedding themes in the 90s and early 2000s itself, and another song along the same lines, without any hint of innovation or evolution is definitely not going to all of a sudden change the mind of the public. Meet Bros. Anjjan, releasing one of their pre-split songs, must’ve been too over-excited after getting a song in such a big-budget movie, that they lost their senses halfway through the process of making it. The stale pe-pe-pein template, a must in Bollywood wedding songs, makes an appearance in this song as well, and it couldn’t have got any more clichéd than this. I have to admit, the good recording and arrangements do give some reason to hear the song despite the boring composition. Meet Bros, making a smart move by not hiring Mika for the song, have also avoided another chance of making the song sound even more stereotypical. Their voices sound way better than Mika would have sounded! Shipra also sounds good in her parts, but again, could’ve added a bit more energy to hear voice. On the arrangements front, dholaks, tumbi, flutes, trumpets and all the other wedding instruments don’t shy away from making appearances at least once in the song. A guitar interlude before the second antara, is worth paying attention to, though! Kumaar’s Hinglish lyrics are neither catchy, nor do they generate any interest in the listener, which is normally the case with Hinglish lyrics. Towards the end, a tempo increase makes things livelier but not at all interesting, and it ends up sounding like a mess! Not an impressive start to the album by Meet Bros. Anjjan!! Arrangements are what makes it tolerable, or else you better just go hear some 90s wedding song — it would be more enjoyable!

 

2. 20-20
Singers ~ Anu Malik, Mamta Sharma & Shadab Faridi, Music by ~ Anu Malik, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir & Shabbir Ahmed 

Anu Malik enters the soundtrack with the second track itself, as if trying to say, “Fear not, I’m here!” But then, does it even apply here? Earlier this year, he gave us a great soundtrack in ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, composing songs that both catered to the audience as well as suited the theme of the movie. He had to compose in 90s style there, as the film was set in the 90s. But does that mean he should eternally compose as if it is always the 90s? Because apparently, he seems to be under the impression that what worked 20 years ago, will work even now, even though not required in the film. So, he churns out a song that seems to have been rotting in his music bank ever since he debuted! Right from the beginning, you instantly feel that you are in that era when stupid lyrics and a “catchy” tune would work no matter what. The arrangements make sure you feel that way. And what should I say about the composition? I’ve already said it sounds like a stale 90s item song, and that is it! Nothing more, nothing less. Add Mamta Dharma’s annoying vocals to it, and crude interruptions from Anu himself, and you can increase the cheapness value by infinity! :/ The only one who seems to shine as far as vocals go, is Shadab Faridi (that too, backing vocals!) And his is the only part I liked! About the lyrics, I would say that I never expected Manoj Muntashir to participate in such a song; Shabbir is at least imaginable! Watching a 20-20 cricket match a thousand times would be a more productive work than listening to this thing which has been unfortunately called a “song”! SKIPPPPP!

 

3. Welcome Back (Title Track)
Singers ~ Mika Singh, Geeta Jhala & Music MG (Milind Gaba), Music by ~ Mika Singh & Music MG (Milind Gaba), Lyrics by ~ Music MG (Milind Gaba)

Of course, the title track of ‘Welcome’ was one of the main attractions in the soundtrack and so, as is Bollywood’s regular convention for a sequel, a remake of the title track is mandatory, isn’t it? So here, Sajid-Wajid’s catchy title track is bestowed into the hands of Mika and Milind Gaba, to try and make it more attractive for today’s audience. If you ask me, well, the two have done their job well, and have to be given credit for it! And by ‘it’, I mean turning the song into a complete club song with club beats and the stereotypical club sound and spoiling it. And also ordering everybody to jump while listening to it, even though what they’ve done isn’t even enough to make anybody react in any way whatsoever. It’s pretty much how you sit in history class, expressionless. Mika’s part that goes “Lachke…” is so irritating, that you keep waiting for it to get over, and when it is over, Music MG kicks in with a super-annoying rap, which will not surprise you even though he says it very fast. Geeta Jhala’s voice is one of those thousands of female voices these days that are programmed to suit the club atmosphere, and we never get to know what they really sound like! The beats are totally techno beats and might offer some respite from the obnoxious lyrics and tune, but just some. Sajid-Wajid should hear this, and laugh at Bazmee. Only good for clubs and functions, where half the people don’t even care or know what song plays!

 

4. Meet Me Daily Baby
Singers ~ Siddhant Madhav & Pawni A Pandey, Backing Vocals ~ Hyasinth D’Souza, Music by ~ Siddhant Madhav, Lyrics by ~ Arafat Mehmood

Till now, we have heard three songs of the album, all three by established and well-known people of the industry, Meet Bros Anjjan, Anu Malik and Mika Singh. None of them really impressed me as such. So when the next song happens to be by a newcomer, naturally my reaction would be something like “Woah! Wait a minute! You mean to say that you’re gonna make me hear a song by a newcomer, after three atrocious songs by non-debutants? How do you expect me to trust you there?!” So I start listening without many expectations. Imagine how surprised I must have been when the song started in a funky, groovy and catchy way! Trumpets and other brass instruments welcome us into the song, and in a really catchy and addictive way. Pawni, whose voice has matured to the fullest by now, starts singing some English lines which don’t really matter as far as what they mean is concerned. The actual song starts when Siddhant Madhav, the composer comes behind the mic and sings his lines in a voice resembling that of Neeraj Shridhar a lot. The composition has been done with care and time, and that’s why I guess it has at least some power to grasp you. Everything is fine until the hookline comes which sounds really cheap and amateur, what with the bad blend of English and Hindi. The lyrics just keep getting worse in the antaras, with phrases like “you know na tere bin main kitni adhoori”, “Within a second tooney Ki Dil Ki chori” and other mixes of Hindi and English we would never even think of using in day-to-day life. Arafat Mehmood seems like another Shabbir Ahmed in making. Siddhant’s arrangements are really engaging, with a slight Latino touch to them, thanks to the wonderful brass instruments, guitars and other techno elements working in favour of the same. As far as the singers are concerned, Siddhant sounds a bit old at places, but that’s the requirement of the film (watch the video — he’s singing for Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar, so…. You get it!) Pawni sounds as cheap as cheap can get in some places, kind of overdoing the accent when she has to sing some English words. Both the singers put unnecessary extra stress on the word “Baby” everytime they sing it, and they say it so many times in the song, it sounds like an overdose of babies. And the way they say it, it sounds like “Bayybaa”. 😒 Overall, one of the better songs of the album, but sometimes overflowing with cheapness. Anyways, since it’s one if the better songs, I would say, don’t underestimate the power of a newcomer!

 

5. Time Lagaye Kaiko
Singers ~ John Abraham & Anmol Malik, Music by ~ Anu Malik, Lyrics by ~ Nitin Raikwar

Those guitars start the song, and I immediately think of Salman Khan’s ‘O O Jaane Jaana’ for some reason. I guess the guitars have been played in a similar way in that song too. 😂 Anyways, this song is the second song by Anu Malik on the soundtrack, and is another one of the decent ones on it. The guitars have a pretty soothing effect, and the composition is tolerable too. But only until the singers don’t kick in. Because when they do, you might get confused and ask, “These are singers?” Well, I’ll tell you. The male voice isn’t that of a singer. It’s an actor. John Abraham singing his first song. Hello John, just because Salman, Alia, Shraddha et al are singing songs in their movies, it doesn’t mean that it’s compulsory for you! He has sung the song, and just had his voice programmed to try to make it sound good, but it doesn’t even sound good. And Anmol, who’s supposed to be a singer, sounds utterly atrocious, trying to torture us with that deliberate nasal twang in her voice. Shruti Haasan should’ve sung it, for all there was, because she’s featuring in the video. At least she would’ve sounded better. Anu Malik has rescued the song from doom by adding interesting guitar arrangements, though, so as long as you hear it by your own will, it’s all fine. The beats aren’t really captivating, by they’re not bad either. One con about the song is its duration, which is well over five minutes, and that is pretty much unbearable for such a song. Nitin has penned lyrics as if an actual tapori is singing. He has added that Mumbaiya language to the words and messed up English, to put in that effect. Nothing great, but just perfect to suit the visuals and situation, I guess. The composition is good at places, but the listener would lose interest in the antaras. But for the extremely stretched length, and the atrociously bad vocals, this one is pretty good!

 

6. Nas Nas Mein
Singers ~ Shabab Sabri, Rani Hazarika & Meet Bros. Anjjan, Rap by ~ Deane Sequiera, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Meet Bros. Anjjan return for their second song, and it takes the form of a gangster party track. Who knew gangsters partied with sinister music and I-wanna-kill-you type music? :p The song starts with a tune played on a really high-pitched horn or something like that. Deane says her rap portions, which really sound like a witch is singing them, thanks to their sinister feel. Techno sounds accompany her, which might make you groove for some time initially, but gradually the whole setup gets awfully boring and it starts sounding too monotonous. Shabab tries his luck at the club genre, and gets it right here, too. He sounds really great in this type of song. The antara sounds better, because it is slightly slower and calmer, plus Shabab shows some of his classical finesse in the notes of the antara. Rani Hazarika gets her one line only in the antara, one line in each of the two antaras, and when she says it, it sounds so much like a man at first, that you can’t make out the difference between her voice and Shabab’s. Deane’s second rap portion in the second interlude is much better than the one she got in the prelude, and keeps listeemers listening at least till the second antara. Meet Bros. Anjjan’s composition is a tad bit too grim and dark, and it sounds really over-the-top at places, and it gets the listener thinking, “Hasn’t Bollywood gotten over the days when gangsters used to party in clubs like this?” Because such songs were pretty common once upon a time. It just sounds outdated in today’s era. Lyrics are good, and suit the composition, with just as much grimness as the tune. The evil feel could have been slightly milder! Wonderful vocals by Shabab are the only attraction here!

 

7. Damaa Dam Mast Kalandar
Singers ~ Mika Singh & Yo Yo Honey Singh, Music by ~ Mika Singh & Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics ~ Traditional, Additional Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

This song really has the capacity to keep you moving and grooving to the music for as long as it plays, for four minutes. Yes, it has the names of two of the people whose songs I rarely like, Mika and Yo Yo Honey Singh, but this time, I’ve got to admit, they’ve co-composed something really funky yet divine! And that’s another rendition of the classic traditional song, ‘Damaa Dam Mast Kalandar’. I know the composition can’t be credited to them wholly, but the arrangements they’ve done are spectacular! Funky club beats grace the entire composition, and the awesome bass effect enhance the sound even more. Mika always sounds really sweet and awesome when he sings this song, be it under Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s direction in D-Day, or this one that he designed with Yo Yo Honey Singh. If you remember, they had released this as a single two years ago, and it had become a rage, playing on TV and radio numerous times. But in this time, it seems to have been forcefully thrust in, just because of lack of a superhit song in the album! Yo Yo’s parts are really low-pitched, and one of my favourite parts in the whole song! It sounds so divine, the way he kind of raps-cum-chants the words he has to sing. The lyrics are mostly the same from the original song, with additional verses written by Kumaar, like what Yo Yo has to sing. Something that I find tough to digest — the best song in the album is a remake, and that too, by Mika and Yo Yo, and the only #5StarHotelSong!!!

 

8. Welcome Back (Theme)
Singer ~ Abhishek Ray, Rap by ~ Abhishek Ray, Music by ~ Abhishek Ray, Lyrics by ~ Manvendra

The last song on the soundtrack (finalllyyy! — that seemed like eons!) is an utterly atrocious trying-to-be-too-cool kind of track, which calls the Welcome Back Theme. It consists of Abhishek Ray singing.. Or belching out words that don’t make an ounce of sense together, and they just seem to have been placed in the song to make it sound cool. The arrangements are bad except for when the tablas play occasionally. Female vocals keep saying “Woahh-ho-hoaa” throughout the song. Manvendra (who’s DAT?) didn’t have much to write here, just the most idiotic lines that could ever cross his thoughts. What an UNINTERESTING ending to this almost neverending album!


Welcome Back is an album that is a disgrace to Bollywood music. Neither does it contain anything original and good (because the best thing in it is remade), nor does it contain anything someone would want to come back and here multiple times. All the song have pathetic lyrics, most have bad vocals, and some even have bad arrangements. Only one song is perfect in all departments, that too is a remake. The album to its prequel also still sounds fresher than this album itself! :\ That says a lot! It  is an album that doesn’t deserve any special welcome at all! It really needs a farewell, however, from our playlists!

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Damaa Dam Mast Kalandar > Time Lagaye Kaiko > Tutti Bole Wedding Di > Meet Me Daily Baby > Nas Nas Mein > Welcome Back (Title Track) > 20-20 > Welcome Back (Theme)

 

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

 

 

EK PAHELI DR. ZEUS!! (EK PAHELI LEELA – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Dr. Zeus, Uzair Jaswal, Amaal Mallik, Tony Kakkar & Meet Bros. Anjjan
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Manoj Muntashir & Tony Kakkar
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 10th March 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 10th April 2015

Ek Paheli Leela Album Cover

Ek Paheli Leela Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Ek Paheli Leela is an upcoming Bollywood musical thriller film, directed by debutant director Bobby Khan and produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Ahmed Khan & Shaira Khan. The film stars Sunny Leone in the lead role(s) — she has a triple role. Actors supporting her in the film are Jay Bhanushali, Rajniesh Duggal, Rahul Dev and Mohit Ahlawat. The music of this film has been composed by T-Series’ favourite — Oh yeah, they don’t have any favourite. Their favourite is multi-composer!! 😂 Yup, it’s yet another multi-composer album from T-Series’ side, and again, expectations are low from a multi-composer album! But in this case, Amaal Mallik’s presence does increase some interest, and other songs have been done by Punjabi rapper Dr. Zeus, T-Series regulars Meet Bros. Anjjan, and overnight fame Tony Kakkar (‘Sawan Aaya Hai’ from ‘Creature 3D’) So let’s take a look at how great this album is, right away! (Since I’ve already delayed the review so much 😂)


1. Desi Look
Singer ~ Kanika Kapoor, Music by ~ Dr. Zeus, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

To kick-start this album, we have Dr. Zeus, who seems to have won over Bhushan Kumar’s heart with his “lovely” music, (get it, get it?? 😛 ) so he’s getting one song after the other this year in T-Series albums. He comes back with Kanika Kapoor, who herself has been giving back-to-back hits this year. What a coincidence. And not a surprise that both of them, when come together, produce a sequel to ‘Lovely’ from ‘Happy New Year’. Yup, if ‘Tipsy Hogai’ was similar to ‘Lovely’, you have got to admit that ‘Desi Look’ has been made with an intention to make a follow-up to ‘Lovely’! To start with, we have the same singer and music composer, and the same overall sound of the song. The glasses shattering, the chudail’s wailing, and the bell ringing, all have been taken from ‘Lovely’! Dr. Zeus seems to have run out of ideas, or he must have been too blown away by the success of ‘Lovely’, that he decides to try and impress us with an exactly similar-sounding song that goes along the same lines, but fails miserably to arouse any interest in the listener! Kanika doesn’t sing in her usual high-pitched voice, but uses some monotonous low-pitched voice, which really makes you doubt whether she wants to sing and make you dance, or haunt you. 😝 Dr. Zeus’ rap after the mukhda resembles ‘Let The Music Play’ by Shamur a lot. And also, it’s not that attractive either, what with the guy burping at his own pleasure. :\ Irritating! In the antaras, two tracks of Kanika, one, the predominant low voice, and the other, a higher-than-usual voice, have been kept, and they sound very bad. The guitar riff in the hookline, though, is very catchy. Arrangements-wise, it is nothing exceptional, but they manage to attract listeners when the composition and vocals do not. Kumaar’s lyrics are the usual girl-trying-to-show-off kind, which has gotten pretty boring by now! So, a very bland opening to this very-much hyped-about album, ticking us off from the beginning! Dr. Zeus, please go get a doctorate in music direction and come back!

 

2. Tere Bin Nahi Laage (Male) / Tere Bin Nahi Laage
Singers ~ Uzair Jaswal / Tulsi Kumar, Aishwarya Majmudar, Alam Gir Khan & Daboo Malik, Music by ~ Uzair Jaswal, Music Recreated, Arranged & Produced by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

After that dull start to the album, we move ahead, hoping for something innovative and refreshing. This next song, is a Pakistani song, originally composed by Uzair Jaswal in 2012. Amaal Mallik, the rising star of Bollywood, who has started his journey in Bollywood with Salman Khan’s ‘Jai Ho’, and has been impressing us ever since, has recreated, rearranged and produced the music on it, and boy, what a wonderful job he has done! Last we heard him was ‘Sooraj Dooba Hain’ in ‘Roy’, and we were impressed at how expertly he composed a club track. Now he returns to the genre he started off with i.e, romantic songs. Uzair’s original composition has just been retained in the form of the mukhda, and it is a great, soulful start to the song. First up, we’ll talk about the male version. Uzair’s unpolished, but sweet voice, suits the composition, but one feels the absence of Armaan Malik here, and that he would’ve done better justice to the composition, though it is Uzair’s composition. The antaras, composed by Amaal, continue the soulfulness of the song, and take it to a new level. Arrangements have been done wonderfully, yet again, and the rock guitars are what stand out the most. Of course, the acoustic guitars follow closely, and the drums provide a nice, catchy beat for our heads to sway to. It just sounds splendid to the ears, and is something that would lift up your mood anytime. Moving on to the other version (Which of course can’t be called the female version, can it? It has men singing in it too! I guess people from T-Series finally read some of my last criticisms about their weird names of versions 😛 ), you might get frightened when you read Tulsi’s name as the singer, but let me assure you, that the way Amaal has equipped her in the song, you might not even feel that it is the same Tulsi who has earlier tortured us in ‘Roy’ and ‘Yaariyan’,  that Tulsi who won over our hearts in ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’ and ‘Ready’! She has tried to do her best, and succeeds. Though it is not pitch-perfect, her rendition, still it manages to make you smile. This version is definitely better than the Male version, because of various reasons. First of all, Aishwarya and Tulsi together make a perfect combo, and Aishwarya with her traditional Rajasthani lines, just sounds so cute! Especially the Kesariya Baalama inculcation comes as a huge surprise! Also, the backing vocals by Alam Khan and Daboo Malik, are efficiently placed, giving a rustic traditional Rajasthani folk touch to the song. It is definitely calmer, thanks to the wonderful semiclassical and traditional arrangements — Sarangi, dholaks, whatnot! And Amaal excels in that, as well! He really proves his versatility yet again with this version of the song. Kumaar writes efficient, suited to the theme of the song, and soulful lyrics. Before you get bored reading my essay, I would advise you to just go ahead and listen to this song, both versions! You won’t regret it at all! Amaal rocks yet again, this time proving his excellence in traditional folk music! Go for both the versions, which drastically differ in their styles! #5StarHotelSong!!

{Excuse me for the essay, but it was too difficult to write something concise for this wonderful song with two versions!}

 

3. Saiyaan Superstar
Singer ~ Tulsi Kumar, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Amaal’s second sing is a typical wedding dhol-baaja song sung by someone who you would never, ever expect to sing it — Tulsi Kumar! And she does so, with so much gusto and spunk, that you can hardly believe your ears. These type of songs suit her way more than all those songs where she sings reprise versions of romantic songs (of course, ‘Tere Bin Nahi Laage’ is an exception) where it looks like she has been singing just because she’s been told to. But here, she actually seems to be enjoying herself, and thanks to Amaal Mallik for discovering this side of her! Now it’s a request to all music directors, to try to use Tulsi in such a way. Anyways, back to the song. Amaal’s composition is again, very Pritam-ish, and catchy too. His arrangements are fabulous as well, with the trumpets, dhols and other techno sounds sounding awesome. The nuances Tulsi has done not to sound exactly urban, but slightly rural, like rolling her R’s in all the words, and pronouncing some words as someone in rural areas would (like “Parrpose” for “propose” and “Suparrstarr” for “superstar”) , are really great. The second interlude by Amaal, with the guitars in a pretty Spanish way, is something worth hearing. Kumaar’s lyrics are also entertaining, and keep you listening. All in all, an excellent song, sure to be liked by the masses and classes alike! Way to go Amaal, and thanks for reinventing Tulsi! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Khuda Bhi
Singer ~ Mohit Chauhan, Music by ~ Tony Kakkar, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

A soft and mellow flute tune welcomes us into the next song, promising something awesome right at the beginning. So when Mohit enters with his metallic and melodious voice, you can’t help but get goosebumps. Tony’s melody sounds like a typical Bhatt-ish melody, but other than that, it is also a very touching, full-of-emotions, romantic song, which you are surely gonna love. When the part “Itni anmol cheez de di kaise, sochta hoga..” comes, it is sure to induce goosebumps on your body, and the way Mohit sings it, just helps in doing so. Mohit’s vocals are the best choice for this song, and he puts in the right expressions wherever needed. Tony has decorated his beautiful composition, with even more beautiful arrangements, which enhance the composition manifold. First of all, the beautiful flute which had welcomed us into the song, continues to play throughout the song to ensure we do not get bored. In the aforementioned line, Tony has placed beautiful electronic tablas, giving the song the required classical, traditional sound. Sitar in the first interlude, and a beautiful flute solo in the second, keep the listener attached even in the interludes. And the magic of the antara is just indescribable. The high notes, when Mohit touches, instantly appeals to the ears, before going back to the hookline, which is already so beautiful. Manoj Muntashir’s lyrics are fantastic as well. Thry give the soul to the song, and really make you want to hear it again and again just for the words. They’re that beautiful! This song is miles from where Tony left us last year with ‘Sawan Aaya Hai’ from ‘Creature 3D’. He seems to have evolved between these two songs, both in composition and arrangements. And thank God, that he didn’t choose Arijit to sing this one, which might not have made it as magical as when Mohit sang it. A heart-touching song, with beautiful vocals, soothing arrangements and lovely lyrics!! Yet another #5StarHotelSong!!!

 

5. Glamorous Ankhiyaan
Singers ~ Krishna Beura, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

This song starts with the alien-spaceship-like sound of an electronic tanpura. It surprises you for a moment, till that familiar Rajasthani folk sound dominates, along with awesome bass effect. Krishna steps in to win over our hearts with his rendition, as he has done many times before this. Meet Bros. Anjjan have tried to combine Sufi, Rajasthani folk and modern techno sounds here, and they succeed in it, too! The composition is based on Rajasthani folk with shades of Sufi, and every line is as captivating as the one that follows. The whole song is so catchy, that the listener won’t want to stop listening. One of the most innovative compositions of Meet Bros. Anjjan, it is when they come up with something like this when you wonder why they also do those typical Punjabi rap songs sometimes, which everyone might have gotten bored to hearing by now. This song also has shades of Himesh Reshammiya’s compositions in the 2006-2008 era. Krishna handles each and every note, be it high or low, with ease and flows through the song, sounding very folk-sy as he does. His voice was a great choice for this song. Coming to the arrangements, Meet Bros. Anshan impress here, as well. The sound-effects they have placed all over the song, cannot be described here, but have to be heard to believe. Instruments like flute, electronic tabla, chimes, etc have been used very efficiently. Also, the techno sounds give the effect of a fashion show, which is pretty much where this song would be played in the movie. Krishna’s “Oh oh oh oh..” keep you listening and is so catchy! Kumaar again writes entertaining lyrics, a blend of folk-sy words and English words. The title itself gives a sneak peek of what you can expect in the lyrics! 😀 One of Meet Bros. Anjjan’s most innovative and captivating compositions! Has to be applauded! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Main Hoon Deewana Tera
Singers ~ Arijit Singh, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Backing Vocals by ~ Ved, Ambresh & Ashish, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Original Composition by ~ Sajid-Wajid, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Original Lyrics by ~ Faiz Anwar

The next song by Meet Bros. Anjjan is a remake of the 1999 hit track ‘Deewana Tera’ from Sonu Nigam’s album ‘Deewana’, which had been composed by Sajid-Wajid. Now let me tell you before you think anything, that there is no way this song is better than the original, but if seen as a song by itself, it sounds great. Comparisons with the original will always happen, but let’s not do that here, except for say that Arijit hasn’t managed to pull it off as awesome as Sonu had. Okay, so now, let’s see it as a whole new song. The basic tune of the mukhda has been kept the same, so it is a proper remake, but the arrangements, lyrics and vocals have been altered. Meet Bros. Anjjan have put many techno elements into the song, making you wonder whether their intention was to make it a club song! Arijit shines in both low and high notes, and under Meet Bros. Anjjan’s direction, sounds sweet and innocent. The tune of the antaras has been changed, and this tune also is likable, which Arijit sings with ease. The rock guitars, techno sounds really make the originally calm song sound more lively than it should. But I kind of liked that too. The strings which have been played the second time the hookline comes, keep you listening. Interludes, one rock, the other Church choir-like, are attractive too! Lyrics by Kumaar are the same usual romantic lyrics, with just the hookline retained from what Faiz Anwar had written. After hearing this redux of such a great 90s song, I have very mixed feelings as I love Sonu’s original version, but this one sounds great as well, as a standalone song, if not compared to where it is remade from. Arijit didn’t shine like Sonu, but it still sounded great thanks to Meet Bros. Anjjan trying to match the level of their song with the original. Though it didn’t work, the result is appreciable! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

7. Dhol Baaje
Singers ~ Monali Thakur, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Original Composition by ~ Ismail Darbar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Original Lyrics by ~ Mehboob

Another remake, again done by Meet Bros. Anjjan. This time, the hit track ‘Dholi Taaro Dhol Baaje’ from 1999 movie, ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ has been targeted. However, this remake fares much better than ‘Deewana Tera”s because and just because of a strong composition. It starts strong with dhols and dholaks playing energetically, after which a very catchy loop of a Rajasthani folk instrument plays. When Monali enters, she makes you smile very broadly, and sounds very sweet and cute! Meet Bros. Anjjan have beautified this song with fully traditional instruments, with just a few techno sounds here and there. The hookline has been broken in a pretty weird way, which might appeal to some, but may be hated by others. I liked it. Nothing else is similar to the original song. The antaras are the best parts of the whole song. Monali sings all the small nuances and variations brilliantly, making you say Waah! Her voice is so crystal clear that you cannot imagine anyone other than her who could’ve done so much justice to the song and sung with so much expression and energy. Kumaar’s new lyrics make the dance song sound like some item song where the girl is just yapping on about herself, but the composition being mild, doesn’t make them seem all that item-ish either. So the great composition balances the mediocre lyrics. Arrangements, as always with Meet Bros. Anjjan’s songs, impress to the core. The beats make you groove along to the rhythm. Especially the electronic tablas are very, very attractive. Of course nowhere near the original, but enjoyable! Very great effort to remake this song, and it succeeds, mostly thanks to the great vocals by Monali! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

8. Ek Do Teen Chaar
Singers ~ Neha Kakkar, Tony Kakkar, Music by ~ Tony Kakkar, Lyrics by ~ Tony Kakkar

This last track does the job of breaking this great run of awesome songs from this album. A club song, frankly not needed in this movie, and an utterly atrocious one too, at that. It has all you need to make an unsuccessful party track — Neha Kakkar trying to show off, Tony Kakkar getting too overconfident with his other song ‘Khuda Bhi’ that he decided to make a club song as well, and failed at it miserably. It doesn’t even have a catchy hook like ‘Desi Look’, neither does it have any appreciable arrangements. In fact, the arrangements are way too loud and unbearable. Lyrics do not even deserve to be discussed. Tony has just written a mixture of words, only for the sake of rhyming them. Whether they make any sense or not, I guess he forgot to check. :/ For me, the album ends at ‘Dhol Baaje’ itself! Skip this one!


Ek Paheli Leela is another multi-composer album, which fares quite well compared to other multi-composer albums we have encountered last year. With only two disappointing songs, one by Dr. Zeus (I’ve actually never expected anything from him anyways, so its alright with me.) and the other by Tony Kakkar (Yes, this was shocking. He could’ve worked way harder on this one.) the album doesn’t exactly disappoint and stays true to its marketing as a musical.

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Tere Bin Nahi Laage > Khuda Bhi > Glamorous Ankhiyaan > Saiyaan Superstar > Dhol Baaje > Main Hoon Deewana Tera > Desi Look > Ek Do Teen Chaar

 

Which is your favourite song from Ek Paheli Leela? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next “dish”: Dharam Sankat Mein, Chefs: Sachin Gupta, Jatinder Shah, Meet Bros. Anjjan & Shamir Tandon