SABKA MUSIC STYLE BADLA!! (BADLA – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Amaal Mallik, Anupam Roy & Clinton Cerejo
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, A.M. Turaz, Manoj Yadav, Anupam Roy, Siddhant Kaushal & Jizzy
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 1st March 2019
♪ Movie Released On: 8th March 2019

Badla Album Cover

Listen to the songs: JioSaavn | Gaana

Buy the songs: iTunes

 


Badla is a Bollywood film starring Taapsee Pannu and Amitabh Bachchan in lead roles, and directed by Sujoy Ghosh. The film is produced by Gauri Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Sunir Kheterpal, Akshai Puri and Gaurav Verma. The review of this album being already as it is, I’ll jump right into talks about the music, which is by Amaal Mallik, Clinton Cerejo and Anupam Roy. This is Amaal Mallik’s return to film music after a year, after his one-odd song in ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ last year, and it is his first for Sujoy Ghosh. Whereas the other two have composed for Sujoy previously in his productions and/or directorials — Clinton in ‘Te3n’ and ‘Kahaani 2’, and Anupam in ‘Pink’. So let’s see how these ever-trustworthy composers of Sujoy’s fare, this time being guest composers to the lead composer Amaal Mallik!


We hear Amaal Mallik composing for a Bollywood film after a year from ‘Subah Subah’ (Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety), and he returns with two songs (but three tracks) in the same album. Kyun Rabba appears in two versions, the first a traditional Bollywood/Bhattish Rock-Sufi melange, which we have gotten enough of in the 2010s, but I guess some more was needed before the decade ends, just to bring back a.sense of nostalgia. That way, the song is quite nostalgic, what with Amaal employing heard-and-loved elements like the rock guitars accompanying the Sufi elements like Dholak and Tabla (Satyajit and Ratnadeep Jamsandekar). The most attractive part of the arrangements though, are the drums, especially the cymbals, evoking a feel of the chimta from Qawwalis, making it sound like a rock Qawwali! The melody is plain, with a beautiful hookline, and it is catchy, I have to give it that due credit. Armaan’s vocals are spot-on as always; the fact that even though Amaal was relatively absent from the composing scene, Armaan was still singing for other composers, proves the point. The Acoustic Version is yet another traditional Bollywood take on the melody, this time with piano included as a main instrument. The punch that the Rock Version had is missing in this, but this version has a flow that one would want if they wanted to hear a more subtle variant of the song. Personally, I favour the first version!
Amaal’s second offering is a sad song, Tum Na Aaye, in the voice of K.K., another singer we mostly get to hear in only Amaal’s soundtracks over the past year. The song immediately arrives to its melancholic point, wasting no time in long mukhdas or preludes. That is a bit off-putting, but the hookline is strong enough to keep the listener listening. K.K.’s voice soars in the high notes, reminding us how there is an amazing singer who doesn’t get as many songs as he deserves anymore! The arrangements are again, a rock template, with guitars and drums driving the arrangements all the way. A.M. Turaz’s lyrics are standard Bollywood sad song lyrics; nothing remarkable there. The song is a good listen, but I would have preferred a mellower, softer version of the song.
And after Amaal’s part of the album, we get two songs from the other composers, Clinton Cerejo and Anupam Roy, who have both previously worked with Sujoy Ghosh in his productions and/or directorials.
Clinton returns to the Ghosh camp after two short soundtracks — ‘Te3n’ and ‘Kahaani 2’, both in 2016. Those two albums were very mellow and had the Clinton touch all over them, but what he presents here in ‘Badla’, is not at all like what he gave in those albums. Aukaat is a rap song following the new rap craze that ‘Gully Boy’, Emiway Bantai’s ‘Machayenge’, and some other Indie pop songs have brought into the scene. The song starts with Clinton’s trademark haunting piano notes, and goes on to a haunting rap song, carrying the film’s mystery theme well. However, as soon as Amitabh Bachchan and Amit Mishra start with the proceedings of the song, you feel a disconnect, because the song isn’t really catchy in terms of its rap. It is the music that manages to keep you gripped for the short duration of the song, but other than that, the song is yet another typical Bollywood rap song that has nothing new to offer, not even with the lyrics by Siddhant Kaushal.
Anupam Roy’s song is a similar situational track, Badla. Now this song carries a sound you’d never associate with Anupam Roy, a kind of retro digital sound that first irks you out, but then sets in as something weirdly new and addictive. The lyrics by Manoj Yadav and Anupam Roy are all about things changing in the world around us, and the tune manages to keep you hooked, especially in and around the hookline. The mukhda is enough to pique your interest. The minimalistic digital beat is perfect, while the composer adds the occasional eleftronic music sounds to make the song sound atmospheric. The song turns into a drag after the antara starts, though, and it is safe to skip the rest of the song after that.


Badla is yet another one of those albums where one composer has to compose all the musically perfect songs, the songs that would attract the audiences, while the others have to create situational tracks that wouldn’t matter to the public once they’re already seated for the movie. Yes, Amaal is the one who does the best job here, followed by Anupam Roy. A disappointing song by Clinton Cerejo still doesn’t make me worried though; he has the potential to do much better, and just didn’t get the scope here.

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 8 + 7.5 + 7 + 5 + 6.5 = 34

Album Percentage: 68%

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: Kyun Rabba > Kyun Rabba (Acoustic) > Tum Na Aaye > Badla > Aukaat

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ALLAH DUHAI HAI, SELFISH YEH ____ HAI!! (RACE 3 – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Vishal Mishra, Meet Bros., Tushar Joshi (for JAM8), Vicky-Hardik, Shivai Vyas, Gurinder Seagal, Kiran Kamath, Deep Money & Pritam Chakraborty
♪ Lyrics by: Salman Khan, Kumaar, Shabbir Ahmed, Shloke Lal, Raja Kumari, Hardik Acharya, Shivai Vyas, Shanky, Kunaal Vermaa, Rimi Nique & Sameer Anjaan
♪ Music Label: Tips Music
♪ Music Released On: 12th June 2018
♪ Movie Releases On: 15th June 2018

Race 3

 

Listen to the songs: Gaana


Race 3 is an upcoming action thriller (read horror comedy) film starring Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Saqib Saleem, Daisy Shah and Sonakshi Sinha, directed by Remo D’Souza and produced by Salma Khan, Salman Khan and Ramesh Taurani. The film blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah ‘Our business is our business none of your business’ blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah ‘Our business is our business none of your business’ blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah ‘Our business is our business none of your business’ and has music by Salman Khan Vishal Mishra, Meet Bros., Tushar Joshi, Vicky-Hardik, Shivai Vyas and Gurinder Seagal. blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah ‘Our business is our business none of your business’.


NOTE: After reading the review, you are to fill-in the blank in the heading of this review. 😊 Have fun thinking of words that rhyme with ‘Duhai’, like the makers do in every instalment of the ‘Race’ franchise.


I must admit that lead composer Vishal Mishra’s first song Selfish is much better in its music and composition, than it is in its lyrics and female vocals. Salman Khan, who has now proclaimed himself as a lyricist as well, writes lyrics like a ‘Baybeh’. Poor Vishal Mishra gets to decorate his beautiful composition and soulful arrangements with Salman’s awkward lyrics and Iulia Vantur’s just as awkward voice. Her pronunciation isn’t bad though, for somebody who doesn’t know Hindi. Atif Aslam saves what’s left of the song; and that makes the song work anyway. Vishal’s strings and piano actually deserved a better treatment by the production house and the lead actor. Thankfully, we get a Solo Version sung only by Atif Aslam, and it does sound half less awkward than the duet. The Unplugged Version is a duet with Vishal Mishra himself, and though the composer sings well, against the acoustic guitar backdrop, Atif still steals the cake. The bad part is, the exact same lyrics in all three versions — adding up to 15 minutes of ‘Selfish’ on this album. Are you trying to tell us something, Salman?
I started loving ‘Selfish’ even more after listening to I Found Love. Vishal Mishra tries to recreate something like his own ‘Pyar Ho’ (Munna Michael), with similar piano portions and digital beats, but it ends up being so awkward, you wonder how somebody can find love singing this song. The rock part in the hook tries to be Pritam-ish but fails miserably. At least in the previous song, we had a good composition. Here we have no such luck. And Salman sings it as well as writes it. “Ik Baat Achhi Hui Ki Khoobiyon Ke Pehle Khaamiyan Pata Chali.” (I can’t find the *slow claps* emoji… Come on Android, we need one.. fast!) Newcomer Veera Saxena has a functional voice, but I can’t help but wonder why she didn’t sing ‘Selfish’, the good song, and why Iulia didn’t sing this, which was already sounding bad!
The second song Iulia sings on the album, actually sounds good. Party Chale On by newcomer composer duo Vicky-Hardik sounds closest to Pritam’s music, almost consciously mimicking ‘Subha Hone Na De’ (Desi Boyz), and even Iulia sounds good in this one. So does Mika. That doesn’t mean it’s exceptional or anything, but it sure seems so after the two awkward songs. That said, Hardik’s lyrics aren’t all that comfortable either. I appreciate that at least some efforts have been taken in making the arrangements good, but Pritam has been credited with special thanks in the YouTube credits, so now I don’t know what to assume. It’s the only song of the album I sat through without cringing once.
Heeriye is Salman Khan’s attempt to imbibe Punjabi pop in his films as well, given that he has somehow steered clear of it till now. Meet Bros “compose” (since it is a note-to-note remake of Deep Money composed ‘Naina Da Nasha’ which released 3 years ago) a 2000s-ish tune and decorate it with EDM that reminds me of ‘It’s Magic’ (Koi Mil Gaya). Deep Money’s vocals are underwhelming but thankfully, someone else didn’t sing it. Neha Bhasin sounds awesome, but I don’t know why she’s signing songs where she has so little to do. (Swag Se Swagat, and now this). Kamaal Khan’s irritating interruptions of ‘I’ve been thinking about you’ and ‘You blow my mind’ do nothing to add any class to the song. Side note: I just love, love, love the contrast between Jacqueline’s dance and Salman’s dance in the video.
Another newcomer Shivai Vyas is given a ‘big break’ by Salman with the song Ek Galti. Now, this song is decent. But as I said before, it isn’t one where I didn’t cringe. Shivai Vyas composes quite well, and towards the hookline, it actually sounded like something Pritam would offer back in 2008 (that’s ten years ago already! 😱😱) for the ‘Race 1’ album. The song needed someone like Atif Aslam or Arijit Singh (that would be great right? Salman saying to Arijit — ‘Hey, you can sing in ‘Race 3′ if you want’ and then Arijit would reject it and then five more years of waiting for forgiveness from Salman.) But Shivai sings it himself, and ends up shouting in the antara, where the song would’ve sounded intense and serious in someone else’s voice, but now it sounds like a hastily made pop song which ended up in (what’s supposed to be) a big film. He even tries to put tablas and other instruments that make the song sound decent.
Saansain Hui Dhuan Dhuan starts with someone singing “R, A, C, E, 3”, as if the characters of the film know that they’re in a film which is the third instalment of a film franchise called ‘Race’. 😹 That said, Gurinder Seagal makes sure the song has some class; the music is clearly up-to-date, and the composition suits the sinister theme of the film (or the sinister theme the film should have.. which has turned into comedy in this film). Payal Dev sounds impressive, and Iulia must’ve sung that English part, but it still sounds like an Indian accent, so I don’t know why she puts on her Romanian or whatever accent in Hindi songs but puts on an Indian accent in an English part. 😒
Tushar Joshi, acting under JAM8 gets to remake his mentor Pritam’s iconic theme song. Allah Duhai Hai is a sick (I mean sick, not the modern ‘sick’ which people use for saying “Yo man dat’s sick!”) reinterpretation of Pritam’s theme song. The song starts off well enough, thanks to Amit Mishra, but as soon as Sreerama pitches in with that ear-splitting ‘nasha, tera, nashaaa‘, which was oh so graceful when Sunidhi sang it ten years ago, I lost interest in the song. As a result, even with some of the best singers of today (Amit & Jonita) the song turns out underwhelming. The antara has no memorable tune, it just sounds like the singers were given some words and asked to put some tune to it. Shabbir Ahmed’s new lyrics are not bad, considering the standard of lyrics in the rest of the album. Raja Kumari’s rap takes up a major portion of the song, backed with sick (again, you know which ‘sick’) EDM that falls on its face.
Kiran Kamath’s Mashup is a mashup. Don’t listen to it. I’m not gonna tell you ‘well made’ or whatever because mashups are mashups. I’ll just give it a 2/10 based on what I heard. 😏


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Total Points Scored by This Album: 5.5 + 6.5 + 6 + 2 + 7 + 5.5 + 5 + 5 + 4.5 + 2 = 49

Album Percentage: 49%

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: If possible, don’t even try the songs below 5/10

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 21 (from previous albums) + 04 = 25

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NO MUSICAL SORCERY WHATSOEVER!! (AIYAARY – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Rochak Kohli & Ankit Tiwari
♪ Lyrics by: Manoj Muntashir
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 1st February 2018
♪ Movie Released On: 16th February 2018

Aiyaary Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Aiyaary is a Bollywood thriller starring an ensemble cast comprising Sidharth Malhotra, Manoj Bajpayee, Rakul Preet Singh, Vikram Gokhale, Pooja Chopra, Naseeruddin Shah, Kumud Mishra, Adil Hussain and Anupam Kher. The film is directed by Neeraj Pandey and produced by Reliance Entertainment and Pen Studios. Well, the fate of the film and its music has akready been decided, but for the record, I’m completing the albums I missed on my break– this being one of the first ones. The music is by Rochak Kohli and Ankit Tiwari, the former getting a lot of work nowadays, but the latter getting almost no work at all. Anyway, I expect an album that has nothing to do with the film, because it’s a Neeraj Pandey film after all. Hopefully, the songs will be listenable out of the film, if they’re in the film in the first place, that is. Let’s dive right in.


Rochak Kohli’s start to 2018 comes with Lae Dooba, a rehash of his 2017 hit ‘Rozana’ (Naam Shabana), this time in Sunidhi Chauhan’s voice. The song is great even by itself though, with Sunidhi slaying it as always with the calm tune, and the soothing arrangements playing their magic on you. The antara’s composition treads dangerously close to that of ‘Rozana’s antara, and Manoj Muntashir’s lyrics also become ‘Jab Chhooke Tu Nikle’ here, just like it was ‘Mujhe Chhooke Tu Guzar‘ in ‘Rozana’. Rochak is getting typecast now, but still manages to give great music. The arrangements are soothing too, with nice percussion (Sanket Naik) and amazing guitars (Mohit Dogra, Ankur Mukherjee).
His other song Shuru Kar has a nice anthemic vibe to it, harking back to Neerja’s ‘Aankhein Milayenge Darr Se’. Amit Mishra is the perfect rockstar to sing this song, and Neha Bhasin in her short role does well. It works in its intentions to rouse a certain motivation in our heart. Muntashir’s lyrics here are good too, going well with the patriotic and motivational vibe of the song. What will put one off instantly though, are the three stanzas with the exact same tune, making the song sound too repetitive, to top its already repetitive hookline.
Added later to the album, giving me a chance to review it now, is Lae Dooba By Asees Kaur, which is a clubbish interpretation of that song, where Asees graduates from her position as the backing vocalist, to the lead vocalist. Rochak’s lively electronic arrangement here is fresh and entertaining, and what’s best is that it has a life out of the movie. (Actually all Neeraj Pandey movie songs have lives outside the movie because they rarely fit into the movie – “M.S. Dhoni” being the exception!)
Ankit’s Yaad Hai sounds a lot like a Himesh Reshammiya composition, especially the parts the composer himself sings. Palak Muchhal sounds great here, except for a few blunders in diction that should have been rectified. (The first few lines are barely intelligible.) Arrangements are beautiful — especially the piano (Zafar Iqubal Ansari) and violins. Reading DJ Phukan’s name (one of Pritam’s frequent collaborators) in the credits as the arranger and producer doesn’t surprise me, because such beautiful arrangements can only be done by him! The lyrics of this song happen to be the best of the album; not surprising, seeing the past record of songs that Tiwari and Muntashir have made together.


A typical Neeraj Pandey short, simple and straightforward soundtrack with no ‘Aiyaary’ (sorcery) whatsoever.

 

Total Points Scored by This Album:8.5 + 6.5 + 7.5 + 8 = 30.5

Album Percentage: 76.25%

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: Lae Dooba > Yaad Hai > Lae Dooba By Asees Kaur > Shuru Kar

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

NOVEMBER 2017 ROUND-UP #2 (QARIB QARIB SINGLLE, TUMHARI SULU, AKSAR 2 & DIL JO NA KEH SAKA – Mini Music Reviews)

NOVEMBER ROUND-UP #2

November 2017 Round-Up #2

This Round-Up covers the rest of the albums of the November 2017 releases. Due to ‘Padmavati’s withdrawal from the 1st December release date, ‘Firangi’ and ‘Tera Intezaar’, have moved their dates to 1st December, so they will be included in the December Round-Up. The albums featured in this post are:

1) Qarib Qarib Singlle – (Music: Vishal Mishra & Rochak Kohli)
2) Tumhari Sulu – (Music: Tanishk Bagchi, Guru Randhawa, Rajat Nagpal, Amartya Rahut & Santanu Ghatak)
3) Aksar 2 – (Music: Mithoon)
4) Dil Jo Na Keh Saka – (Music: Shail-Pritesh)



♦ Qarib Qarib Perrfect: QARIB QARIB SINGLLE Music Review

♪ Music by: Vishal Mishra, Rochak Kohli & Ali Merchant
♪ Lyrics by: Raj Shekhar & Hussain Haidry
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 10th November 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 10th November 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes


Relative newcomer Vishal Mishra gets two songs in the film, and I must say, these two songs are definitely going to consolidate his place in the industry, even though I think it had been consolidated right from the moment he debuted (that spark that a good debutant possesses is always discernible). I say so because both his songs can be counted as his Bollywood career’s best music as yet. The opening track, Khatam Kahani, is outright hilarious, putting to great use the Nooran Sisters’ folksy voices to concoct a song with a strong Rajasthani folk element, and still having an amazing melody. Harmonium, khartals and dholaks provide us with the required expense to travel to the land of kings. Raj Shekhar’s comic lyrics enhance the listening experience, and they are quite comparable to the lyrics of ‘Haanikaarak Bapu’ (Dangal), when the lovers agree to kill each other. 😃 After the delightful and upbeat folksy number, Vishal puts in extra effort to create a sad song that is just as soulful as the first song is peppy. Jaane De, though nothing that we’ve not heard before — the seven-beat rhythm, on Atif’s sugar-sweet vocals — is a treat to listen to, mostly thanks to Mishra’s amazing composition, not to mention Raj Shekhar’s excellence that reflects in the lyrics. The words have such a poetic twinge to them, it just calms the soul. Arrangements are soulful too — the guitars and tabla being most prominently beautiful. A nice Spanish guitar interlude is a perfect interval from the melancholia.
Rochak Kohli also gets to present two songs, the first a journey-based one, again with amazing lyrics by Hussain Haidry. The unexpected twist midway through the song really puts one off guard, but it is really innovative. The composition of the rest is quite pleasant, with a nice and groovy lilt to it, and Rochak Kohli presents it with a nice drumbeat. {He is quite good with drum beats — ‘Rozana’ from ‘Naam Shabana’ earlier this year was another song where he presented great drum work!} Papon’s feathery voice is perfect for the song. Rochak’s second song Tanha Begum, is at the peak of experimentation, and is probably the most experimental song I’ve heard this year so far, which is at the same time so entertaining. It is a clever take on Nawab Wajid Ali Khan’s classical song, ‘Baabul Mora’, which was also remade earlier this year in ‘Poorna’ by Salim-Sulaiman. This time though, Hussain Haidry’s lyrics give it a modern twist. Actually, the modern lyrics are interspersed with some very old-school lyrics, and the contrast is brought out even better with Antara Mitra handling the old-school parts with an amazing imitation of Suraiya, while Neeti Mohan handles the modern portions with an amazing rock template supporting her. Rochak’s composition for the whole song is different, and quote innovative: only the lyrics of the hook from the Nawab’s old song have been taken.
Ali Merchant steps in last moment to make a hastily-made Qarib Qarib Singlle Mashup, which is probably the worst track on the album. Also, it is just a mashup of ‘Khatam Kahani’ and ‘Tanha Begum’. The beats are mismatching and don’t fit in with the folksy vibe of the songs. These two songs don’t even REQUIRE a remix!


An enjoyable album from two young composers, where both of them bring out the best in them! The album is (barring the mashup) Qarib Qarib Perrfect!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 4.5 + 5 + 4 + 4.5 + 1 = 19

Album Percentage: 76%

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: Jaane De > Khatam Kahani = Tanha Begum > Tu Chale Toh > Qarib Qarib Singlle Mashup

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 40 (from previous albums) + 01 (from Qarib Qarib Singlle) = 41

{Will have to count ‘Tanha Begum’ as a remake since I had counted ‘Baabul Mora’ (Poorna) as one}



♦ Light-Hearted Album Where the Mellow Song Scores High! : TUMHARI SULU Music Review

♪ Music by: Tanishk Bagchi, Guru Randhawa, Rajat Nagpal, Amartya Rahut, Santanu Ghatak, Laxmikant-Pyarelal & Haji Springer
♪ Lyrics by: Guru Randhawa, Javed Akhtar, Vayu Srivastava, Siddhant Kaushal & Santanu Ghatak
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 4th November 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 17th November 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes


Remake specialist Tanishk Bagchi leads the album, with two out of the five songs. Since he is the currently in-demand remake specialist, it would be treason not to demand yet another rehash from him. This time, the song chosen is Mr. India’s ‘Hawa Hawai’, which has been named Hawa Hawai 2.0. If I’m not wrong though, this is Hawa Hawai 3.0 because Mikey McCleary remade it already in 2011. 😆 The song itself is peppy, and a perfect celebratory number. Kavita’s vocals being retained is the best part of the song, while I can’t figure out where Shashaa’s voice is. The composer plays around with technology and cleverly copies and pastes the gibberish bits into different parts in the song, creating an overall whimsical and enjoyable effect. His second song too, is, coincidentally, based on the metaphorical flying. Manva Likes To Fly is the standard Tanishk experimental song, where the composer plays around with technology to merge electronic sounds and Indian classical sounds. The classical instruments in particular here, sounds beautiful. Shalmali’s voice is perfect for the uplifting nature of the song, and Vayu Srivastava as usual writes positive lyrics that make you smile by default.
Next up is the much overrated, in my opinion, Ban Ja Rani, in which Guru Randhawa represents his pop song composed by Haji Springer, in a way that it doesn’t fit into the movie’s setting at all — but since when has that mattered? The whistling is the catchiest part in this song. Amartya Rahut too, in his song, Farrata, tries to create a nice and upbeat song complete with a children’s chorus (Adithyan leads and sounds very cute) and enjoyable ukuleles. However, the song fails to create an impact. Armaan Malik fails to make the song sound better, and the composition is many notches lower than what Amartya offered in the recent ‘Tu Hai Mera Sunday’.
What really grabbed my attention is newcomer Santanu Ghatak’s Rafu, a beautiful semiclassical number, which really gave me the goosebumps. Written as soulfully as it has been composed, and sung just as beautifully by Ronkini Gupta, who has sung previously in ‘Aankhon Dekhi’ under the music direction of Sagar Desai. She is a voice to counter Kaushiki Chakraborty’s classical singing prowess.


This blend of music directors manages to provide the film it’s required happy-go-lucky touch, although very superficial. It is ironically the most mellow song, by debutant Santanu, that steals the show.

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 3.5 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 4.5 = 18

Album Percentage: 72%

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: Rafu > Manva Likes To Fly > Hawa Hawai 2.0 > Ban Ja Rani = Farrata

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 41 (from previous albums) + 01 (from Tumhari Sulu) = 42


♦ Aksar Sune Huye Gaane: AKSAR 2 Music Review

♪ Music by: Mithoon
♪ Lyrics by: Sayeed Quadri
♪ Music Label: Tips Music
♪ Music Released On: 7th November 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 17th November 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes


The only song from the album that stands out right away is Aaj Zid, a wonderful romantic song with a groovy techno rhythm. Mithoon proves he is not only able to just make addictive romantic songs, but also club numbers. Well we knew that if you remember ‘Woh Ajnabee’ from his earlier days. Arijit sings wonderfully, and it is all in all a very nice and upbeat song, without letting go of the sensuality that should be a part of such a film’s music. The other two songs are the usual pathos-filled Bhatt-ish songs I have started to get afraid of hearing nowadays. Jaana Ve is so crybaby-ish, it is sad, and Arijit’s voice being auto tuned in the hookline is sad too, because he is a singer who doesn’t need autotuning! The antara of the song gives signature Mithoon goosebumps though! About Tanhaiyaan, the lesser said, the better. Pakistani pop is one genre which composers never experiment with, and present it as it is every single time. Here too, the fake emotions fail to penetrate our eardrums and touch the heart. The album is not even magnificent lyrically, which I would usually expect from a Sayeed Quadri-written album! But he seems to have moulded in with the stereotypical Bhatt setting as well.


An album which we have ‘Aksar’ heard. Definitely not as good as Himesh’s album to the first film.

Total Points Scored by This Album: 4 + 3 + 2 = 9

Album Percentage: 60%

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: Aaj Zid > Jaana Ve > Tanhaiyaan



♦ Shail-Pritesh Sarbjit Mein Jo Kar Sake, Yahaan Nahin Kar Sake!: DIL JO NA KEH SAKA Music Review

♪ Music by: Shail-Pritesh
♪ Lyrics by: A.M. Turaz, Devshi Khanduri & Sandeep Singh Kamboj
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 7th November 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 17th November 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes


With the title track of Dil Jo Na Keh Saka, I find that Shail Hada has lost that magic touch that used to be present in his voice until ‘Sarbjit’; he sounds terribly off tune in some places, while his co-singer, Shreya Ghoshal has been terribly miscast, and tries to fit into the mould of the song but fails. Shail-Pritesh’s composition is quite the typical 90s romantic song, and so fails to create much impact. However, the duo gets it amazingly right in the much more breezy and pleasant Bandh Khwabon Ki, in which Shail Hada thankfully returns to normal, barring some places. The composition here is thankfully, more contemporary and relatable. The finger snaps are really enjoyable, and the guitars are refreshing too.
Going to the retro portion of the album, Khwabon Ko Ankhon Mein is an enjoyable jazz number, and soulful too. The piano is splendid, as is the brass portion, because if the brass in jazz is bad, then it isn’t jazz. Aditi Paul sings beautifully too, touching the high notes effortlessly. The last romantic song on the album, Tanha Tanha Ghum Ke Dhunde Dil, is a pleasant and breezy love ballad, again, a bit more inclined towards the previous decade than the current. Nevertheless, it provides for a fun couple of listens, after which its beauty kind of wears off. Jubin handles the vocals well, and with the 90s-ish composition and his voice, it sounds like a runaway song from ‘Kaabil’. The guitars are good here too, and very simple. Aditi Paul has less to do here, so she pales in comparison to Jubin. Obviously.
Out of the upbeat songs, Band Viyah Da Baje, builds on Shail-Pritesh’s earlier ‘Tung Lak’ (Sarbjit), but still manages to turn out enjoyable — Divya Kumar & Pratibha Baghel with their energetic voices infuse life into the complicated composition — surprisingly the first really complicated tune on the album, and intricacy is the thing Shail-Pritesh and their mentor Sanjay Leela Bhansali are known for! The ‘Tung Lak’ hangover stays till the end though, especially in the female portions. The second upbeat song, Nadaniyan Kar Jaati Hai, is a youthful club song with a very avoidable composition and just as avoidable vocals. It turns out to be the worst on the album!


Shail-Pritesh can do much better than this, but I guess they are much, much better at those classical melodies like they presented in ‘Sarbjit’, and they must stick to that!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 2.5 + 3.5 + 3.5 + 3 + 3.5 + 1.5 = 17.5

Album Percentage: 58.33%

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: Bandh Khwabon ki = Band Viyah Da Baje = Khwabon ko Aankhon Mein > Tanha Tanha Ghum Ke Dhundhe Dil > Dil Jo Na Keh Saka > Nadaniyan Kar Jaati Hai



So that’s it for November, stay tuned for the Monthly Awards, which will be up in a moment!

OCTOBER 2017 ROUND-UP (CHEF, TU HAI MERA SUNDAY, RANCHI DIARIES, GOLMAAL AGAIN, JIA AUR JIA — Mini Music Reviews) + Important Announcement!!


The Important Announcement

Due to the scarcity of time, from now on, I will sum up the entire month’s reviews in a set of two articles each month, one usually around the 15th of the month and the other towards the end. Of course, certain albums that I feel need a separate post (either because they might have many songs, or be spectacular albums, or even if the movies are highly awaited ones) I will do so for those albums. I will reveal the chosen album for this month — it’ll be “Secret Superstar” — I don’t guarantee it’ll be rated very high, but because of the buzz surrounding it, it requires a separate post, I feel! Meanwhile, the usual monthly awards posts will sum everything up once again at the end of every month in the form of awards. I really hope this format helps me balance my schedule! And I can’t wait to return to my normal long posts — till then enjoy your luck of getting to read short reviews from my side!!


October 2017 Round-Up

So this post will cover the reviews for the all but two of October releases that have already released — ‘Chef’ by Raghu Dixit & Amaal Mallik, ‘Tu Hai Mera Sunday’ by Amartya Rahut (Bobo), ‘Ranchi Diaries’ by Nickk, Jeet Gannguli, Tony Kakkar & Bobby-Imran, ‘Golmaal Again’ by Amaal Mallik, Thaman S., Lijo George-DJ Chetas & Abhishek Arora, and ‘Jia Aur Jia’ by Sachin Gupta, Nisschal Zaveri & Sameer Nichani. There will be separate reviews for ‘Secret Superstar’ and ‘Rukh’, both by Amit Trivedi.



♦ A Delectable Treat For The Ears: CHEF Music Review

♪ Music by: Raghu Dixit & Amaal Mallik
♪ Lyrics by: Ankur Tewari & Rashmi-Virag
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 26th September 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 6th October 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes

Listen to ‘Tere Mere’: Saavn
Buy ‘Tere Mere’: iTunes


Raghu Dixit starts off the album with Shugal Laga Le, a song having a heavy folk influence from Kerala. The backing vocalists provide that freshness associated with Kerala, and Raghu’s characteristic voice makes it all the more intriguing to listen to. In his arrangements too, he adds a dash of everything, and especially those percussions are mind blowing, along with the banjo. Ankur’s lyrics made me acquainted with a new phrase “Shugal Laga Le” meaning “find a hobby, or find something to do”. The next song by him is also reliant on folk music, this time Celtic/Irish. Banjaara is steeped heavily on the beautiful flutes that characterise Irish music, with amazing percussion and backing vocals yet again. Vishal Dadlani does great justice to the sing with those power-packed vocals. The song is one of those many motivational songs that Vishal gets to sing in Bollywood, except that this time, it has a whole new style to it. The mellow Darmiyaan, exudes a positivity in spite of the fact that it is a sad song — mostly because of Raghu’s ebullience. A splendid guitar backdrop makes it simple and sweet, and Raghu’s diction has to be lauded. Raghu takes forth the melancholia in a more Bollywood-ish way in Khoya Khoya, which I rank as the best of the album — underrated Shahid Mallya taking charge of the vocals in a very beautiful way, and Dixit’s composition has that old-world-charm to it. The sarangi is quite impressive here! The alternative rock set up will make this one loveable to many! Raghu’s last song on the album is the effervescent Tan Tan, rendered with spunk by Nikhita Gandhi, the only female vocalist on the album. In her texture, she gives off vibes of Shalmali and Shefali. Guest composer Amaal Mallik, whose song Tere Mere was also removed from the album later, produces a song you can immediately tell is by him. That doesn’t make its richness diluted, though — it’s still wonderful, with the nice dholak rhythm accompanying Armaan Malik’s beautiful voice. Also, Rashmi-Virag’s lyrics are amazing!
All in all, Chef is one of the best albums of the year in that it is a clever mix of melancholia, inspiration and romance. Raghu Dixit must sign more and more Bollywood films — I firmly believe that this is his best Bollywood album yet!

Total Points Scored by This Album (in the order mentioned in the review): 4 + 5 + 4 + 5 + 4.5 + 4 = 26.5

Album Percentage: 88.3%

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: Banjaara = Khoya Khoya > Tan Tan > Tere Mere = Shugal Laga Le = Darmiyaan



♦ A Perfect Sunday Album: TU HAI MERA SUNDAY Music Review

♪ Music by: Amartya Rahut
♪ Lyrics by: Milind Dhaimade
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 29th September 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 6th October 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes


Out of Arijit’s two songs, the classically-steeped sad song Dhundlo Tum fares better, with an addictive strings orchestra accompanying it, and it quickly steers away from the Bhatt-ish genre that it starts off with. Had that continued, it wouldn’t have been half as good. The digital Sitar is beautiful. His other song, Thodi Si Jagah, is also classical-based for some initial parts, before it turns into an upbeat number that loses itself halfway through the song. The rock backdrop ofthe hook line couldn’t have been more clichéd. Arijit’s vocal prowess is clearly showcased in the song though. It is Amartya’s violin solo that impresses though, with its distinct classical tune. The title song, Tu Hai Mera Sunday, takes a pleasant Christmassy turn, with soft jazz making your ears happy. Shalmali renders it with a familiarity that makes you feel amazing. The brass portions have been done really well here, as are the drums. The clarinet and piano is wonderful too. It is nothing more than the lyrics that make it sound even more personal though. Ash King’s Yeh Mera Man is a pleasant departure from his previous song ‘Bandook Meri Laila’ (A Gentleman) and brings him back to his comfort zone. Again, a jazzy tune gives the song a kind of spring, and that whistle portion is so pleasantly surprising and charming, it is hard to dislike. The guitars are impressive here. Yeh Jo Pyaar Hai, a clubbish number sung by Nandini Srikar, is probably the weakest of the album, where the tune and the arrangement are just mismatched; the hookline sounds like this song was pitched for the situation of ‘Aaj Ki Raat’ (Don) before ‘Aaj Ki Raat’ was finalised.
Amartya’s best album to date provides us with a nice mix of classical music, jazz music and a banal club number! This album will go highly underrated and unnoticed though!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album (in order mentioned in the review): 4.5 + 4 + 4 + 3.5 + 3 = 19

Album Percentage: 76%

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: Dhundhlo Tum > Thodi Si Jagah = Tu Hai Mera Sunday > Yeh Mera Man > Yeh Jo Pyaar Hai



♦ Uninteresting Diaries: RANCHI DIARIES Music Review

♪ Music by: Nickk, Jeet Gannguli, Tony Kakkar & Bobby-Imran
♪ Lyrics by: Nickk, Manoj Muntashir, Tony Kakkar & Sattwik Mohanty
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 7th October 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 13th October 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes


Some newcomer Nickk is — he has just been made to make another ‘Baby Doll’, now that Meet Bros. just be refusing to do it. However, Fashion Queen has something in addition to the usual ‘Baby Doll’ sequels — an Arabic strings backdrop that just helps it as much as a car can help you fly. The new singer Raahi seems disillusioned with the ideals that it is okay to sing like Kanika Kapoor if you aren’t her. The composer’s rap is dumb. Helicopter‘s lyricist and composer Tony Kakkar uses the word ‘helicopter’ as a metaphor for ‘getting high’. 😶 Siblings Tony and Neha render it with as much mediocrity as they can muster. I can’t believe Tony is the same guy behind ‘Saawan Aaya Hai’ (Creature 3D) and ‘Khuda Bhi’ (Ek Paheli Leela), but then he has made ‘Ek Do Teen Chaar’ (Ek Paheli Leela) and ‘Do Peg Maar’ (One Night Stand). Jeet Gannguli’s Thoda Aur is the composer’s usual pathos-filled romantic number — you would think that after a year-long break, he would return with something pleasant. But it is the same old Arijit-Palak love story. And the irony is that this song sounds like ‘Saawan Aaya Hai’ (Creature 3D). So did Tony help him here instead of making his own song better? 😏 The last song is a banal Mika solo Godfather, composed by Pritam’s former assistants Bobby-Imran, which I couldn’t even finish once when I started to listen to it.
This is a Hodge-podge of the worst songs from the weirdest mix of composers ever.

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 2 + 1.5 + 3 + 0.5 = 7

Album Percentage: 35%

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: Thoda Aur > Fashion Queen > Helicopter > Godfather



♦ Amaal Ka Kamaal (Again): GOLMAAL AGAIN Music Review

♪ Music by: Amaal Mallik, Thaman S., Lijo George, DJ Chetas, Abhishek Arora, Anu Malik & Raamlaxman
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar & Rahat Indori
♪ Music Label: T-Series [“Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate” on Saregama]
♪ Music Released On: 6th October 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 20th October 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes

Listen to “Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate”: Saavn


The album to the much-awaited fourth instalment to the ‘Golmaal’ series starts with the Title Track, where South film composer Thaman S. is called in just to do that clichéd Kuthu rhythm we are all bored of. Brijesh Shandilya does well as the lead male singer, but Aditi Singh Sharma sounds utterly replaceable. She gets another song, Itna Sannata Kyun Hai, composed by Lijo George and DJ Chetas, where her part towers over her male co-singer Amit Mishra’s parts. The hookline is like a desperate scream in our ears, to make noise. The EDM after the hookline is so bad, I can’t describe it. Amaal Mallik, lead composer, gets two songs, where one is obviously a 90s remake. ‘Neend Churayi Meri’ (Ishq) is the privileged song, named by the company as Maine Tujhko Dekha. The song’s best part is that Neeraj Sridhar returns after a long time to sing a song that is tailor-made for his song. Sukriti Kakar complements him well, but the song is better as an individual song than it is as a remake. Had the hookline been original, it would have been amazing! Amaal’s second song happens to be the album’s best — Hum Nahi Sudhrenge gives those rays of positivity like ‘Apna Har Din’ did in ‘Golmaal 3’. Though the song is similar to Amaal’s other EDM numbers like “Sooraj Dooba Hai”, “Buddhu Sa Mann” and “Zindagi Aa Raha Hoon Main”, it works well because of its positivity and Armaan yet again sings charmingly! What Saregama holds of the album is an unplugged, slow-paced version of ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’s Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate, sung very simply by Nikhil D’Souza and Anushka Manchanda, and arranged soothingly by Abhishek Arora (of Abhishek-Akshay) and Samyuktha Narendran. It doesn’t work too much though, in spite of not changing much from the old song.
The worst Golmaal album is held up solely by Amaal’s songs (or song).


Total Points Scored by This Album: 2.5 + 2.5 + 3.5 + 4 + 3.5 = 16

Album Percentage: 64%

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: Hum Nahi Sudhrenge > Maine Tujhko Dekha = Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate > Itna Sannata Kyun Hai = Golmaal Again (Title Track)

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 35 (from previous albums) + 02 (from Golmaal Again) = 37


♦ Nisschal O Nisschal, Aur Compose Karo! : JIA AUR JIA Music Review

♪ Music by: Nisschal Zaveri, Sachin Gupta, Sameer Nichani & Shankar-Jaikishan
♪ Lyrics by: Mudassar Aziz, Raqueeb Alam, Vachaspati Mishra & Hasrat Jaipuri
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company [“Jia O Jia Reprise” on Saregama]
♪ Music Released On: 17th October 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 27th October 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes

Listen to “Jia O Jia Reprise”: Saavn


The songs by Sachin Gupta start off the album, and though they do not impress you immediately, you do get attuned to them on hearing them for a couple of times. Na Shukre is a wild rock song about carefree girls, and Smita Malhotra makes a rocking debut with her vocals in this, the rock guitars played wonderfully. Shivani Bhayana’s Naach Basanti, on the other hand, is a bit too rowdy to go with its amazing club arrangements, but apparently by the lyrics, it is supposed to be some sort of an ode to “Sholay”. Many of the small additions by Gupta in this song happen to catch your attention, like the techno sounds at the beginning, and the folksy portion at the end.
The newcomer composer, Nisschal Zaveri, steps in for the rest of the songs (with lyrics) and I must say, he does quite an amazing job in his first album itself. His lullaby-ish, classical-based Na Jaa appears in two versions, one in Asees Kaur’s voice, with a stark resemblance to her singing in ‘Kaari Kaari’ (Dobaara), while the other is in Nandini Srikar’s voice. Obviously, Nandini’s version wins my heart because of her seasoned voice and more classically inclined singing. The Tabla in this song has to be mentioned, as do the strings, guitars and mandolin. The arrangements overpower the voice of Asees in her version, another drawback of that version. Nandini’s version has everything that the music buff longs for in a good song.
Zaveri’s other song, released by Saregama, is a reprise of Shankar-Jaikishan-Mohd. Rafi classic Jia O Jia, and is an apt remake of the song, with an upbeat clubbish sound, one of the freshest remakes I’ve heard this year. The song feels like a splash of water on your face — despite being a remake, Zaveri uses his creativity to make it a bit unconventional, without being bogged down by the thought of what’s popular these days. The synth has been used amazingly, and the backing chorus singing “Jia O” after every hook is just sweet! Jyotica sounds amazing in this song, the least she has sounded like Neha Kakkar ever! But Rashid Ali, being heard after a long time, falls flat due to the excessive programming done to his voice. The Latino turn of sound midway into the song takes time to get used to, but is awesome!
The background score composer for the film, Sameer Nichani, gets one of his instrumental pieces added to the album, and it is called Jia Aur Jia Theme, and is heavy on Spanish guitars, played in a very sensuous way. It is extremely short at one and a half minute, but soothes your senses for all its worth.
A hidden gem of an album, wherein we find a new composer who must get many, many more songs in Bollywood!! Zaveri scores higher than Gupta here.


 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 3.5 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 4 + 4 = 23.5

Album Percentage: 78.33%

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: Na Jaa By Nandini > Jia O Jia Reprise = Na Jaa = Jia Aur Jia Theme > Na Shukre > Naach Basanti

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 37 (from previous albums) + 01 (from Jia Aur Jia) = 38


I hope that wasn’t too long (though I know it was) but this is what I’m going to have to do until I am a bit more free. I personally liked this method of reviewing and don’t mind continuing it forever too! So maybe, just maybe, you might get the “Secret Superstar” and “Rukh” reviews in this format too, but in separate posts and not clubbed together! Lets see! Till then, enjoy music! 😉

DUOS GOOD(WAAH), SANDEEP-ANU JUDWAA!! (JUDWAA 2 – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sajid-Wajid, Meet Bros., Sandeep Shirodkar & Anu Malik
♪ Lyrics by: Dev Kohli, Danish Sabri & Sonu Saggu
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 12th September 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 29th September 2017

Judwaa 2 Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Judwaa 2 is an upcoming Bollywood comedy movie, starring Varun Dhawan (x2), Jacqueline Fernandez and Taapsee Pannu. The film is directed by David Dhawan, and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. The film’s title indicates that it a sequel to 1996’s ‘Judwaa’, because in this era of intolerance, we sadly cannot tolerate a remake which would just make the 90s kids conscious of how old they are that a movie from the 90s is being remade! Anyway, the film looks like a typical David Dhawan film, and that means mindless fun. The music in a David Dhawan film is usually light too, and recently it has been Sajid-Wajid who have been composing for his films, but because it is the latest trend, Dhawan also tries the multicomposer formula for this album. Sajid-Wajid are part of the album; his albums are incomplete without them, but only one song this time. The other two composers are Meet Bros., composing an original track, and Sandeep Shirodkar (a well-known background score composer) gets to remake two songs from Anu Malik’s original album to ‘Judwaa’. Sandeep had scored the BGM for ‘Chashme Baddoor’and ‘Main Tera Hero’ so we know how he got onto this album, and not Tanishk Bagchi, the usual go-to for remakes. So let’s see how good this album is!


1. Chalti Hai Kya Nau Se Barah

Singers ~ Dev Negi & Neha Kakkar, Original Composition by ~ Anu Malik, Music Recreated by ~ Sandeep Shirodkar, Lyrics by ~ Dev Kohli

Obviously, the makers open the album with the remake of ‘Tan Tana Tan’ and very creatively name it ‘Chalti Hai Kya Nau Se Barah’. Now, the composer who has been roped in for this album, only to do the remakes, Sandeep Shirodkar, has kept most of the song intact. The only aberration he does to old song, is that he cuts out two lines of the antaras, in both antaras. And the song still sounds good. Also, he makes the pace of the song quicker, making it more enjoyable in today’s times. I appreciate how he didn’t add any composition of his own, and though it doesn’t make the song excellent either, at least it doesn’t add any atrocious new sounds to this song. All the iconic pieces from the old song, like the “Tyaun Tyaun” music that begins it, and the female singer repeating the hookline after the male singer, have been retained, and that will increase the song’s nostalgia value, for the 90s kids, who now will realise they’re eighteen-plus year olds. 😄 Also, Sandeep’s sounds are glitzier than Anu’s from the old song, and definitely has a lot more going on, like the amazing electric guitars, synthetic strings and the whole club setting. The singers do justice to the song, and Dev Negi surprises, singing a song I never thought I’d hear him sing. On the other hand, Neha Kakkar’s portions seemed forced into the song, just for the sake of giving Jacqueline and Taapsee something to say. The lyrics by Dev Kohli have been retained completely. A good remake with nothing much tampered with.

Rating: 3.5/5

 

2. Suno Ganpati Bappa Morya

Singer ~ Amit Mishra, Music by ~ Sajid-Wajid, Lyrics by ~ Danish Sabri

Since this album is basically an album of remakes interspersed with an equal number of original songs, the first original song appears now. Sajid-Wajid, after that atrocious album ‘Daddy’, return here, with a director who always gets the best out of them. However, I’m not too sure of that after listening to this song. The composition is a good one, with only the hookline sounding contrived. The antara especially has an amazing composition; something Sajid-Wajid should do more! I particularly loved the fast paced line in the antara. Amit Mishra delivers the song with an equal amount of zest, and presents the picture of a naughty Varun Dhawan’s character very well, through his slight gimmicks throughout the song. Sajid-Wajid, as always, though, score with their arrangements. The foreign band Pandora, was an amazing inclusion here in this (supposedly) Ganpati song. The band brings in cool instrumental pieces like that signature trumpet of the song, the amazing percussion that starts the song off, and of course the scintillating Spanish guitars in the antara. An amazing beatboxer performs in the beginning of the song too. Thankfully, this Ganpati song doesn’t get abominated by Sajid-Wajid’s typical dhols, though they do make an entry at the end of the song. The lyrics are unnerving, especially the hook lyrics. But again, what can we expect from a Casanova like Raja? 😂 Not the best David Dhawan has gotten from Sajid-Wajid, but definitely a good song.

Rating: 3.5/5

 

3. Oonchi Hai Building 2.0

Singers ~ Anu Malik & Neha Kakkar, Original Composition by ~ Anu Malik, Music Recreated by ~ Sandeep Shirodkar, Lyrics by ~ Dev Kohli

I’d like to start by congratulating the makers on naming this remake in an extra-creative way by adding a ‘2.0’ at the end of the song’s name. I’m waiting for Rajinikanth in Shankar’s ‘2.0’ by the way, and these people aren’t helping! Sandeep returns to remake another “gem” from Anu’s original soundtrack for ‘Judwaa’, and sadly, or happily, I don’t know, this one is utterly bad. The original was bad itself, I don’t know how they even thought of remaking it. A cringeworthy replacement of lyrics now makes the female refrain “aaja aaja aaja mere swagger waale raja“, which Neha Kakkar sings so beautifully, “Swagger” sounds like “Sagar”. Anu Malik has clearly redubbed vocals for the song, and it’s not sounding any better. Also, Sandeep adds too many extra noises, that make the song sound yucky. And that extra long, never-ending antara, oh God! I would say SKIP it, but you’re not going to end this year without it falling onto your eardrum in some way or the other.

Rating: 2/5 {I don’t even know why I’m rating it so high so -0.5} = 1.5/5

 

4. Aa Toh Sahi

Singers ~ Meet Bros. & Neha Kakkar, Music by ~ Meet Bros., Lyrics by ~ Sonu Saggu, Rap by ~ Roach Killa

The second original song on the album, and the last song on the album, happen to be the same thing. Meet Bros. enter now, with a groovy song following the Tropical House genre, with some delicious EDM to tease our senses. Sadly enough though, along with that, they serve us some of the same old hip-hop stuff that we have been hearing for five years or so. The hookline has been composed nicely, and makes sure that people will get hooked to the song. It is the mukhda that might just prevent the song from growing though. The arrangements sound a lot like those from ‘Nashe Si Chadh Gayi’ (Befikre), and when I checked the music credits, I found out why. Mikey McCleary has programmed the track, and that’s where the amazing international sounding beats came from. The vocals are good enough, and though this is Neha’s third song on the soundtrack, she sounds the best here. Meet Bros, who are pros at imitating Mika, but sounding better than Mika while doing so, do it here too. Roach Killa’s rap is forgettable except that it sounds a lot like Badshah’s ‘Mercy’. Lyrics are middling, using the patriotic “Dil Diya Hai Jaan Bhi Denge” line as a romantic one. 😆 Good, not great. But it definitely had the potential with the amazing beats!

Rating: 3/5


Judwaa 2 is one of the weakest David Dhawan albums, and the reason seems to be that half the album has been made by remaking the songs of ‘Judwaa’. With lack of innovation or creativity, a good album cannot be expected. What ‘Main Tera Hero’, ‘Chashme Baddoor’ had were a) solo composers, and b) original songs. That being said, the duos who made the original songs, Sajid-Wajid and Meet Bros have done well, but Sandeep has done his best to try and make his songs judwaas of Anu’s originals!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 3.5 + 1.5 + 3.5 + 3 = 11.5

Album Percentage: 57.5%

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: ‘Chalti Hai Kya Nau Se Barah = Suno Ganpati Bappa Morya > Aa Toh Sahi > Oonchi Hai Building 2.0

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 33 (from previous albums) + 02 (from Mubarakan) = 35

 

Which is your favourite song from Judwaa 2? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

EK COMPOSER, DO COMPOSER, TEEN COMPOSER!! (LUCKNOW CENTRAL – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Arjunna Harjaie, Rochak Kohli, Tanishk Bagchi, Sukhwinder Singh & Mychael Danna
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Adheesh Verma & Sukhwinder Singh
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 18th August 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 15th September 2017

Lucknow Central Album Cover

 

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Lucknow Central is a Bollywood drama film, starring Farhan Akhtar, Gippy Grewal, Inaamulhaq, Deepak Dobriyal , Diana Penty, Rajesh Sharma and Ronit Roy. The film has been directed by Ranjit Tiwari, and produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Monisha Advani, Madhu C. Bhojwani and Nikkhil Advani. The plotline of this film closely resembles that of recently released ‘Qaidi Band’, and it is obviously a coincidence of the worst case. There is a difference though. The music here, is done by multiple composers. Leading the way is youngster Arjunna Harjaie, with three songs, and after he impressed so much in ‘Titoo MBA’, I cant wait to hear what he did here. Tanishk Bagchi has two songs too, and one is a remake, because he is the remake specialist according to T-Series. Guest composer Rochak Kohli presents one song in the album. All three of these composers have proved their mettle in the past, and it goes without saying that when it is an Advani production, the film is bound to have good if not great music. Also, I think Farhan Akhtar himself looks into the music of his films, and so it is bound to be great. Comparisons between this film and ‘Qaidi Band’ are sure to happen, but I noticed ‘Qaidi Band’ relied much more on the music, and this will rely much more on plot points. It reflects even in the number of songs — that film had nine, while this one has five and one version. So let’s see if this album supports the film!


1. Kaavaan Kaavaan

Singer ~ Divya Kumar, Chorus ~ Shivek, Anubhav, Aditya, Shubham, Umesh, Veljon, Vishal and Sarthak From Asm Academy, Original Composition by ~ Sukhwinder Singh & Mychael Danna, Music Recreated by ~ Arjunna Harjaie, Original Lyrics by ~ Sukhwinder Singh, New Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

When Bollywood starts remaking songs from Hollywood movies (doesn’t matter that the song is Hindi, though) you would think things are finally messed up for real. However, it is a pleasant surprise when the remake actually turns out to be good, and quite innovative. Arjuna Harjai (now spelling his name as Arjunna Harjaie) returns after a year and a half, after the song from ‘Do Lafzon Ki Kahani’ last year, and gets the opportunity to recreate this quite popular Punjabi number ‘Ajj Mera Jee Karda’ (Monsoon Wedding). The original had been composed jointly by Sukhwinder Singh and the film’s composer Mychael Danna. Now this remake is quite a good one. The composition has been kept intact for most of the song, with Arjunna having composed a new prelude to the song, with a haunting tune that immediately gets you interested. The original composition is good, and the “Kaavaan Kaavaan” portions, which I found irritating in the original, actually sound good here. The thing that makes this remake worthwhile though, is the amazing music. Arjunna equips a booming dhol rhythm (Vishal Dande), that has the required effect on the listener, making him or her groove to it happily. The shehnaai gives a wonderful traditional feel to the song. Strings and dafli have been used occasionally to infuse a strain of pathos through the song, and especially the antara (incorporated from the original itself) is beautiful, both in tune and its arrangements. The numerous tempo changes would normally be very confusing to a listener, but here, Arjunna manages them so seamlessly, it is unbelievable. As for the vocals, Divya Kumar steps into Sukhwinder Singh’s shoes without a problem, but because he does so, it evokes memories of Divya’s own ‘Jee Karda’ (Badlapur) in the first line of the song. 😄 And then a layman can easily say, “Hey! It’s a copy!” Because he wouldn’t know that ‘Ajj Mera Jee Karda’ came before ‘Jee Karda’. But I commend the makers for firmly sticking with Divya’s voice anyway, since he has sung amazingly — the Punjabi-ness comes across beautifully through his voice, and he especially does the emotional portions very nicely. Kumaar’s additional lyrics are good too, adding on Sukhwinder’s original. An apt remake, with an amazing rhythm, and changes that do not disrupt the original song’s integrity.

Rating: 4/5

 

2. Meer-E-Kaarwaan

Singers ~ Amit Mishra & Neeti Mohan, Music by ~ Rochak Kohli, Lyrics by ~ Adheesh Verma

Rochak Kohli enters the soundtrack next, with his sole song, which happens to be a wonderful Sufi duet, with, again, a strain of pathos running through it. The composer doesn’t usually get to do such songs, but he did impress us with the amazingly soothing ‘Rozana’ (Naam Shabana) earlier this year, so it is no surprise that he ended up composing this one so well. The composition is so fresh, and quite like the Pritam school of alternative rock, it mixes Sufi sounds with a templated rock rhythm. Without the Sufi, the rock would’ve sounded incomplete, and vice versa. So it is like a beautiful combination that couldn’t be avoided. The antara is beautiful, and I must mention Neeti here, because she has sung her antara splendidly, and it is a delight to hear her in that whispery voice of hers. Her co-singer, Amit Mishra, builds on where Pritam left him off in ‘Bulleya’ (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil), and here, he makes an effort to remain soft and not as energetic as he was there, and the result is excellent. The arrangements are rich as well, the dholaks providing the authentic Sufi touch, while the amazing guitar work (Keba Jeremiah) and strokes (Tapas Roy) are one of the highlights of the song. The choruses at the end and in the second interlude, have been composed beautifully. Also, there’s a pause after the second interlude, where one thinks the song ends, but it seems Rochak has more to give us! The lyrics by Adheesh Verma are great too! A song that wonderfully mixes elements of Pritam and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy styles of composition, and a beautiful Sufi-Rock arrangement!

Rating: 4.5/5

 

3. Teen Kabootar

Singers ~ Mohit Chauhan & Divya Kumar, Additional Vocals ~ Aflatunes, Music by ~ Arjunna Harjaie, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Rap Written & Performed by ~ Raftaar

Arjunna returns to the album with his second song, this time, a fun a cappella number full of onomatopoeia. The beginning itself gets your interest peaked and you listen closely right from the beginning, where the singers do an innovative sargam, that sounds excellent. The composition by Arjunna, yet again, resembles the style of a cappella that Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy are well-known for, and they have succeeded with it in songs like ‘Maston Ka Jhund’ (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag). The composition doesn’t appeal to you at once though. It is the various vocal rhythms and sound effects that help you to find it appealing. The vocalists do an amazing job. Mohit’s metallic voice is the perfect choice for the song, and when he goes seamlessly from low to high notes, it sounds wonderful! Divya usually takes the high octaves and does so here as well. These lead singers definitely do well, but the backing vocalists also provide a very fun element to the song! The interlude where they sing “Chaaku Chaaku Leke Jaa..” is so fun to listen to! Even Raftaar’s rap adds an element of fun to the song. About the arrangements, whatever I say will be less. Amazing percussions (Taufiq Qureshi’s Mumbai Stamp) and guitar work makes the song appealing to listen to, and as mentioned before, Arjunna’s amazing use of the a cappella style in a desi way makes this song sound very unconventional. Kumaar’s situational lyrics too are clever and serve the purpose well. This song might be Arjunna’s ticket to many more Bollywood films which need quirky music!!

Rating: 4/5

 

4. Rangdaari

Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Backing Vocals by ~ Arjunna Harjaie, Music by ~ Arjunna Harjaie, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Arijit Singh has started to get songs in every film yet again; there was a kind of low phase intermittently. The only difference is that before, it used to appear right at the beginning of soundtracks. Now it has changed. And in this album too, we see an Arijit Singh song popping up as the fourth song on the soundtrack. The composition is amazingly beautiful. Arjunna Harjaie composes a wonderful Sufi tune, which is familiar to the ears, but soothing nonetheless. The hookline is something you’ve heard time and again, but still works its magic to soothe you down. Especially that line “tu laagey mujhe dushman si..” has been composed very beautifully. The antaras are beautiful, and the whole structure of the song reminds me of the recently released ‘Bairaagi’ (Bareilly Ki Barfi) which sadly, didn’t work for me as well as this. Arjunna decorates his magical composition with stellar musical instruments. First of all, he gives the genuine Sufi touch with the dholaks (Aanchal Goud), which sound wonderful and very earthy. But it is the interlude, in which he introduces a wonderful flute piece (Shubham Shirule), accompanied by a MIND-BLOWING sargam by Arijit (or is it Arjunna?). And it is then that the song gives off beautiful Rahmanish vibes, but also gets its own place in your heart. The Duff rhythms do sound too heard-before, but they’re ignorable due to the wonderful things Arjunna has added besides that. The ethnic strings sound amazing here, and as always, Tapas Roy has done magic with them. The vocals by Arijit are top-notch, but it is his everyday composition and he aces it as was expected. The lyrics are very impressive here as well. A beautiful Sufi song, with a familiar sound, but still impressed me because of its innocence!

Rating: 4.5/5

 

5. Kaavaan Kaavaan (Remix)

Singers ~ Sukhwinder Singh & Renesa, Original Music by ~ Sukhwinder Singh & Mychael Danna, Music Recreated by ~ Tanishk Bagchi, Original Lyrics by ~ Sukhwinder Singh, New Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

So ‘Kaavaan Kaavaan’, the opening track of the album, gets a ‘Remix’, or so T-Series calls it. But this isn’t the remix of Arjunna Harjaie’s song. It is the remix of the original song from ‘Monsoon Wedding’, done by Tanishk Bagchi, the third composer of the album. Also, I wouldn’t call it a remix at all, since it might just be another remake of the song by Tanishk, but Arjunna’s must have gotten chosen as the main version. This one is merely Tanishk’s original take on this song. That having been said, I can say Tanishk has worked very hard on this one. He tries to add digital beats wherever possible to make the song sound fresh, but some places it just doesn’t work, especially after the Indian arrangements that led the Arjunna version. Not that Tanishk hasn’t added dhols and all, but the emotion of the song doesn’t come across as well in this one. For a dance track though, this is better. Tanishk also ropes in Sukhwinder himself to re-dub the song, and that’s definitely a plus point. Renesa does the female portions of the song, and she sounds awesome. What bugged me was the hookline, where I found the backing vocalists too loud. A more zesty remake, but not more effective.

Rating: 3.5/5

 

6. Baaki Rab Pe Chhod De

Singers ~ Brijesh Shandilya, Vayu, Tanishk Bagchi & Arman Hasan, Music by ~ Tanishk Bagchi, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Tanishk’s second song serves as the caboose for this album, closing the album on a very lively and bright note. I say this because right from the beginning of the song, you know it is going to lift your spirits. It starts quite similarly to ‘Raula’ (Jab Harry Met Sejal), with lively plucked strings. The composition is fun to listen to, too, but gets slightly disjointed in the latter parts. It starts off brilliantly though, and the hookline is delightful. The arrangements here too, are mainly digital beats, but this time they succeed in remaking the song livelier. Tanishk’s trademark liveliness comes across well through this song, and it is a thing to wonder, why he spends time in doing some remakes. The singers do justice to the song, the lead singer, Brijesh doing an exceptionally good job. Little Arman Hasan, who we heard in ‘Kankad’ (Shubh Mangal Saavdhan), singing alongside his father Raja Hasan, does well too. Vayu has probably done some backing vocals, so I couldn’t really place him in the song! Kumaar’s lyrics, are amazing. He writes some amazingly positive lines in this one too, taking the support of various scientific inventors like Thomas Edison and Graham Bell. Lively song, but could’ve been slightly better!

Rating: 4/5


Lucknow Central is one of those rare multicomposer albums that is a delight to listen to. Well, I guess when each composer knows what he is best at, and delivers the best of whatever he is best at, with the proper supervision by the director and producer, the multicomposer album can also turn out well. Ek Composer, Do Composer, Teen Composer, But No Sign That This Album is Multicomposer!!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 4 + 4.5 + 4 + 4.5 + 3.5 + 4 = 24.5

Album Percentage: 81.67%

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: Rangdaari = Meer-E-Kaarwaan > Kaavaan Kaavaan = Baaki Rab Pe Chhod De = Teen Kabootar > Kaavaan Kaavaan (Remix)

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 31 (from previous albums) + 02 {counting both different takes on ‘Ajj Mera Jee Karda’} = 33

 

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