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! 😉

CAREFREE EUROPEAN EXPERIMENTATION!! (BEFIKRE – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Vishal-Shekhar
♪ Lyrics by: Jaideep Sahni
♪ Music Label: YRF Music
♪ Music Released On: 1st December 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 9th December 2016

Befikre Album Cover

Befikre Album Cover

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Befikre is an upcoming Bollywood rom-com film starring Vaani Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. The film is written, directed and produced by Aditya Chopra, who returns to the director’s chair after 8 years, after his last film, ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’. This new film of his celebrates being carefree in love, and looks like a light-hearted and fun romantic comedy. The film is scheduled to release on 9th December 2016, and prior to a film’s release, as always, it is solely the music and the occasional dialogue promos that provide it that extra boost in the pre-release week, that will take the public to the theatres. The duo behind the music is none other than Vishal-Shekhar, who have had a fantastic year, what with the single from ‘Fan’, the ‘Sultan’ album, the ‘Akira’ album and the ‘Banjo’ album. Though the last album was a bit disappointing as compared to the others, this one is bound to have great music, with the film having been set in Europe, and more particularly, in Paris, and we know how good the duo are with Western-styled music. The film’s music has had a long promotional period, starting on September 9th 2016, and spanning to December 1st, when the whole album released. Till then, the makers released five singles and just when I started to think that they will follow the strategy that Sony Music followed for ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, the full album released, but just a week before the film does. That’s better than two days before the film though! During the long span of time for which the makers have been promoting the songs, many songs have already struck a chord with the public. So without further ado, lest the movie should release before I finish writing (as you know by now how I tend to overflow with words), let’s jump into this album!

By the way, I’m starting something new from this album onwards.. I noticed that lyrics haven’t been getting their due in my reviews unless they’re very bad (😂) so before the review of every song begins, I will add some of my favourite lines from the song as a kind of showcase! 😀 They might be lines I love, or lines I want to ridicule or lines that are simply humorous! Or they can be lines that sum up the whole song for me! So look out for those! Hope you like them! 😀


1. Nashe Si Chadh Gayi
Singers ~ Arijit Singh & Caralisa Monteiro

“Oh, udti patang jaise, mast Malang jaise,
Masti si Chadh gayi humko turant aise,
Lagti current jaise nikla warrant jaise,
Abhi abhi utra ho net se torrent jaise!”

The first song of the album is the one that has been making the most buzz lately, and it certainly deserves to be on the tip of everyone’s tongues! The song is a nice mélange of Punjabi and European musical elements, and the result is fascinating and quite intoxicating. The composition by Vishal-Shekhar is just the most basic thing you can hear these days, yet it surprises me how beautiful it ends up sounding for some reason! At first listen, it sounds like a very typical, run-of-the-mill Punjabi tune, but later grows on you so much, that the name of the song just suits the song! Vishal-Shekhar have overdone themselves, and also made an awesome and trippy song by using just three choruses that keep on repeating throughout the song, with a conclusion that concludes it on a very good note. Before this, I’ve never seen any other composer (of course, other than Himesh Reshammiya) do the whole repeating-the-tune-all-throughout-the-song thing so well! Vishal-Shekhar take three main tunes, the first being the hookline, “Nashe Si Chadh Gayi oyeee..” the second being the French counterpart of the hookline with those cute and funny “Kaale-oh, Kaale-oh” chipmunk voices, and the last being the wonderful fast-paced portions. The concluding stanza is just an awesome revamp of what traditional Punjabi songs usually comprise. It takes the song from the trippy and upbeat portions to a lilting, but still trippy, romanticised portion, which yet again makes way for the upbeat part before the song ends. Of course, we must compliment the arrangements too, for making a tune that might otherwise be seen as repetitive, into something so intoxicating. The Spanish/Arabic trap music, complete with that Arabic percussion, is just too irresistible. Also, the way the song starts off, with a drop of whatever-you-want-to-assume, is suchhhhhh an apt beginning to the song, which is clearly about intoxication. :p The techno sounds that the duo has added in between the lines of the hookline, are amazing, especially the “Kaale-oh” which I mentioned earlier. The club beats that might be a commonplace thing in the West, do sound quite innovative as per Bollywood’s standards, and yet bring some kind of old-world charm to the song due to the very earthy Punjabi composition. Also, it is interesting how the duo has kept the song sounding quote pleasant to the ears and not too loud, in spite of the beats! Now, on to the vocals! First of all, Arijit sheds his goody-two-shoes image, and renders this with all the spunk and gusto he can muster, which, not surprisingly, is a lot!! Whatever he has done seems to have worked so well, that people I know have actually asked me whether the singer of the song is Adnan Sami or Benny Dayal! Also, the way Arijit says “oyeee”! Too good! Caralisa on the other hand, gets the best portions of the song, and though they are in French, I find myself singing the hookline in French rather than the one in Hindi! Jaideep Sahni’s Lyrics are fun and very intelligently pleasant. Take this for example: “Khulti basant jaise, Dhulta kalank jaise, Dil ki daraar mein ho Pyaar ka cement jaise, Akhiyon hi akhiyon mein Jung ki front jaise, Mil jaye sadiyon se atka refund jaise”! Jaideep’s lyrics acually reminded me of ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ (1942- A Love Story) because of the descriptions of the girl followed by the word “jaise”! A song that will actually get you grooving on it for many days to come! Nashe sa chadh gaya oyeee.. gaana nashe sa chadh gaya! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Ude Dil Befikre
Singers ~ Benny Dayal & Sophie Choudry

“Dard mein yeh nikhre, haath mein jo pakde,
Banke rooi bikhre, armaan hain roohon ke nakhre!”

The next song is the much-awaited title song of the film, which we all heard in the trailer, and which increased everybody’s expectations from the album! So, the composition could otherwise be a very common Bollywood tune, but since the setting of the movie is Paris, the tune sounds all the more European, and we actually start to think of it as a folksy European tune! Anyway, those earlier Bollywood songs of Raj Kapoor’s era were inspired by European music! Back to the song, it takes on a much louder feel than the first song. The composition, as I said, is a nice and folksy European one if you look at it that way. The mukhda is basically the hook of the song, and it is marvellous! The youthful feel to it makes it gain this youth appeal that will really work in its favour. The antara is even better, with its European folksy nuances added perfectly by the duo to a very old-fashioned-sounding composition and delivered impeccably by Benny Dayal. The part where they count in French and end on a blasting Un! (meaning ‘one’) is so good! The opening tune, too, is good — the one played on those folk instruments. Speaking of instruments, let’s go on to the arrangements! The song starts off with awesome Balkan sounds, one sounding a lot like a bazooka. Also, a wonderful oud/rabaab can occasionally be heard there, while the rest is probably synth sounds. However, that amaziiiiinnng percussion just takes away your breath! Not that I doubt Vishal-Shekhar have the ability to do it, but Mikey McCleary is the music producer for the album, and maybe that’s where that distinct European feel has come into all the Bollywoodish tunes! Later in the song we can hear nice claps that go along with the beats, and that bazooka tune keeps repeating, only to please the listeners! 😀 The second interlude has a wonderful rabaab solo which is definitely not to be missed! What’s more, the second antara that follows is completely arranged on that rabaab! Towards the end, Benny evokes a very nomadic folksy voice that tops the whole European setting! Benny is absolutely marvellous throughout the song. His husky voice proves just right for the nuances in Balkan folk music (which of course, does meet the Turkish/Arabic music in some way — Europe and Asia being close as they are). Sophie Choudry is supposed to have sung the French vocals, but the only French vocals I hear are a whisper at the beginning of the song, before the mukhda begins, and that’s kind of minimal. But I guess she also joins Benny in the French counting. Jaideep’s lyrics here aren’t something extraordinary, but good for a situational title track. It definitely does describe the carefree nature of the main characters! A spunky title track, with an old-world tune but livening arrangements and vocals, which make this one a winner! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Je T’aime
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani & Sunidhi Chauhan

“Na dis jamais je T’aime, je T’aime, Na dis jamais je T’aime,
Kehna na yaar pyaar hai, na dis jamais je T’aime!
Phir dil niklega haathon se, Kar le khud pe reham,
Neendein phislengi raaton se, Kar le khud pe reham!”

The next song takes the form of a dreamy, lilting melody that befits the city of Paris in all ways! The song starts with a dialogue from the movie, and I hate when movie dialogues are incorporated into the audio tracks even in today’s world of editing and autotune. So I will have to ignore those dialogues, which are thankfully backed by a nice guitar, and get on to the actual song. A nice and soothing whistle starts off the song, and it abruptly stops to make way for the hook line of the song, which is started off very nicely by Vishal Dadlani. The duo’s composition is the first and foremost reason for the song instantly appealing to your ears. It is impossible to not love this song! 😀 The lilting melody that the duo has crafted in a very European style, sounds both catchy and sensual at the same time. The part after the mukhda which goes “Dard mein royega tu, yaar bhi khoyega tu..” sounds as dreamy as dreamy can get! Also, the line before the hookline is beautifulllll! Towards the end, a wonderful concluding stanza shows how the duo can keep up a certain kind of romance in the air throughout the song. The hookline itself overflows with romance and passion. The arrangements help just as much in making the song worth hearing again and again. A wonderful burst of classical French-styled music, complete with the orchestra, finger snaps, acoustic guitars and whatnot, brings a smile to your face. The saxophone wonderfully bridges stanzas to each other, while the violins excel in the interlude. Again, the duo (and McCleary) do a wonderful job at the instrumentation. The xylophone-thing in the antara, is just tooooooo adorable! The vocals are amazing and couldn’t have been any better! Vishal sounds very sensual, while Sunidhi sounds unusually young, to a great effect. The romance between the two characters can be feel even though the song, and that’s kind of rare in a song! Jaideep’s lyrics are wonderful here too, and the “Never say I love you” theme is very beautifully conveyed. A wonderful piece of art, possibly Vishal-Shekhar’s best romantic song of this year! And Sunidhi is just 😍😍😍😍! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. You And Me
Singers ~ Nikhil D’Souza & Rachel Varghese

“Raste, tedhe medhe raste, jab bhi ho jaaye kabhi yahaan, dal-dal lage jahaan,
Hass le, baahon ko phaila ke, thodi pi jaaye khuli Hawa, free mein mili hawa!”

As soon as this next song starts with its funky beats, you can’t help but get up and groove! A wonderful Mikey McCleary-ish guitar piece warmly welcomes you into the song, and then the crazy elements start appearing one by one. First of all, a weird-sounding bazooka-like sound, which gives way to an awesome and zany vocal rhythm that goes “wave it up up pom wayyy owww” and really gets you into the feel of the song. The composition turns out to be quite a simple one, in that it has not much going on, but it is really fun to hear. The mukhda is really nice, and though it has the same tune repeating eight times, it doesn’t seem monotonous at all. The antara might lose some of your attention, but as soon as it gets to the part where it is about to join the hookline, it gets its act together, and gets saved by a narrow margin! Also, since its short, it doesn’t really matter! The duo’s arrangements are really fun and enjoyable. That foot-tapping beat is just something you can’t forget easily, and see Ranveer and Vaani dancing to it in the video and the step won’t leave your head either. 😛 The drums have been put a really good use, while that aforementioned bazooka-thing (maybe a mouth organ) really excels throughout the song. Even in the interlude, it takes centre stage. The ukulele is awesome throughout the song. Vocals are topnotch yet again. Nikhil D’Souza gets a song he deserves after a long time, and seizes the opportunity, shining throughout. Rachel Varghese, a singer who has been singing for Mikey McCleary quite often, gets her big break after songs in small albums, that went unnoticed, though good. She sings her lines with the required amount of spunk. Jaideep writes fun lyrics that scream “friendship”. It is fun to listen to those situational lyrics. A teddy-bear song i.e, one that you can cuddle with as if it’s a teddy bear, because it’s so cute! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Labon Ka Karobaar
Singer ~ Papon

“Dhoop mein ishq chaaon, dard mein aaraam,
Makhmali har raat, sharbati har shaam
Ishq ka leke naam, dil se nikle salaam
Na chhupa na dabaa, hoja tu belagaam”

After the zany and funky beats, yet another dreamy song comes our way, and just as the former romantic song on the album, this one too, is high on European music conventions! However, no complaints, because in this one, everything falls into place right away. The composers start the song right away, and as Papon takes over right from the first second of the second, you cant help but remember his wonderful rendition of ‘Bulleya’ from Vishal-Shekhar’s other album with YRF this year, ‘Sultan’. Anyway, back to this song. The tune is entrancing. From the first note to the last, the duo makes sure the listener’s attention is on nothing but the song, and they go to great lengths to do so. The song starts off with a nice and cute piece that verges on opera. The same tune repeats in a more quick tempo, and it sounds just as beautiful there too. And at the end of the verse, we get the title of the song. 😀 The “Rooh gaaye, jhoom jaaye…” line is just pure blisssssss! NOTHING could have taken its place on the song, and I’m so glad the duo has asse!bled the song the way they did. And then we go on to the antara, which just leaves no doubt that the song has turned out as fascinating as could ever be! The lines of the antara are just so captivating and sensual, that you just can’t not like them! Not to mention that they’ve been penned down wonderfully by Jaideep as well! The arrangements are something else that stun you from the first second of the song. The mandolin and harmonica just don’t know their limits! They keep on playing, yet make you crave for more. The violins are just opulent. The güiro, which is what’s making that croaking sound at 1:14 and 1:19, and at many, many other places in the song, is just an unsung hero! The violins in the antara actually make it sound silky! The way the antara has been abruptly glued to the hookline, in all its abruptness, seems such a seamless transition and I can’t praise Vishal-Shekhar enough for that! Towards the end, the various degrees of “Jebon mein bikhre hain taare” are a delight to hear! Papon’s voice is heaven! This man sings hardly three to four songs every year, but makes sure all of them are spectacular gems. Sadly, they’re some of the least promoted songs in their respective movies. 😦 In this song, he has taken on a wonderfully pleasant, sultry voice that suits the theme oh-so-well! Jaideep Sahni’s lyrics are something that can’t be spoken enough about! The way each line glides into the other, thanks to the duo Vishal-Shekhar’s expertise, makes them even more pleasant to listen to. The way he has described “kissing” as “Labon ka Karobaar” (the affairs of the lips) is innovative as well as super-genius. A gem!! Nothing less, nothing more! Please YRF, use this in the movie so that everyone can hear it!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Khulke Dulke
Singers ~ Gippy Grewal & Harshdeep Kaur, Backing Vocals by ~ Vishal Dadlani, Kunal Ganjawala & Ankur Tewari

“Ik jindadi na Kar haanji-hunji,
Maar de chhalanga with a bungee, bungee”

Everything about this album was European till now. There were some glimpses of Punjabi in ‘Nashe Si Chadh Gayi’, but that too was overshowed by internationally-appealing club beats. But now, we get a full-too, completely Punjabi song. The song does appear as an incongruity in the otherwise European-themed album, but if I were to judge it as a fun song, it stands proudly in its place. The composers try their best to give it a tune that will attract listeners even after the Western-ness of the previous tracks. And, Indians since we are, the song surely does appeal! The Punjabi-flavoured composition really gives the song a very fun theme and something that can be easily danced on. The song has this sinister sound, unlike the light sound of most Punjabi dance songs. The line “Ishq Di bungee baandh le yaaaaar…” is just so catchy, that you will find yourself singing it all day if you hear the song enough. The hookline too, is fun and enjoyable. The antara is nice and relieving from the loudness of the mukhda. The backing vocalists singing the “Ik jindadi na Kar haanji-hunji” line really surprised me and I found that part really funny, in a good way! The overall tune of the song smelled strongly of Vishal-Shekhar’s own ‘Dil Dance Maare’ (Tashan), but I didn’t find this as irritating as that one. 😛 The arrangements are just as required — loud and quirky. The brass band really squeezes its own life out by overworking itself. The tumbi tune at the beginning is so catchy, as are the horns. The dhols really sound great on earphones. The arrangements might seem like a mishmash at first listen, but in earphones they sound very clear, so do try that experience. Vocals are where the song falters a bit, with Gippy singing in a painfully high-pitched voice. However, you get accustomed to that too, thanks to the other wonderful elements of the song. Also, Harshdeep Kaur is there as the female vocalist, so what can go wrong! She sings her parts very efficiently, and for some reason, reminded me of Shreya Ghoshal’s voice! I don’t know why! 😛 Vishal Dadlani, Kunal Ganjawala and Ankur Tewari in the backing vocalists do an awesome job and provide nice entertainment just when the song seems to be dipping downwards. Jaideep’s lyrics here are quite situational, but that use of the ‘Bungee’ as a metaphor for love is hilarious!!! 😀 Enjoyable! Seems like a black sheep, but is actually a fun respite from the heavy romance in the previous song! I enjoyed it! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

7. Love Is A Dare

(Instrumental), Vocals ~ Rachel Varghese & Sophie Choudry

The album ends on a pact note, with an instrumental track, which is essentially a mélange of all the upbeat tracks we heard in the album. The track starts on a hard-hitting note, with rock guitars starting it off and the “kaale-oh” chipmunk sound from ‘Nashe Si Chadh Gayi’ accompanying it. Later on, it turns into a very thrilling instrumental rock version of the song, which sounds just as infectious as the original song itself. The techno sounds having been used quite generously, the instrumental version really does sound great. After that, not so seamlessly, the song switches to the title song, and this time, Sophie’s French vocals are audible clearly. Against the backdrop of wonderful Spanish guitars, Sophie’s French part from the title track makes for a good variation from the hard rock sound of the initial song. A nice tap-dance music follows, with the tune of the title track played on Spanish guitars, violins gracefully accompanying. And then we switch to the next track, with Rachel Varghese reprising the “wave it up up pom” from ‘You and Me’ for a very short time period, before the song switches yet again to ‘Je T’aime’, the only lilting and lulling piece in the whole instrumental track. Wonderful violins play the main melody of the song, while trumpets wonderfully complement it. Before you know it, the instrumental, which was almost as long as a complete song in itself, is over! Though the medley as such wasn’t very fluid, it was a pleasure to hear all the great songs from the album again. A good finale to the album! #5StarHotelSong!!


Befikre is easily Vishal-Shekhar’s best album this year. Seven tracks full of variety make for a nice repeat-listen album. The last time we had such a good, wholesome commercial album was not too long ago, in ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’. With two dreamy romantic ballads, four fun and enjoyable songs and one instrumental, the album has a lot to offer, and succeeds in its intention. The carefree attitude of the main characters is reflected well in the album, and it is nice to see an album that both sticks to the film’s requirements as well as caters to the audiences. Vishal-Shekhar close their account for 2016 with a winner — a carefree mix of experimental tracks that offers songs according to Bollywood’s music sensibilities, but with an European twist!

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Labon Ka Karobaar > Je T’aime > Whatever order suits you! 😀

 

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

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? HEAR ‘WAITING’!! (WAITING – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Mikey McCleary
♪ Lyrics by: Manoj Muntashir, Mikey McCleary & Ankur Tewari
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 16th May 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 27th May 2016

Waiting Album Cover

Waiting Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Waiting is an upcoming Bollywood comedy/drama movie starring Kalki Koechlin and Naseeruddin Shah in the lead roles, and Rajat Kapoor, Suhasini Maniratnam and Arjun Mathur in supporting roles. The movie is directed by Anu Menon (director of ‘London, Paris, New York’ and co-director of ‘X: Past Is Present’) and produced by Priti Gupta and Manish Mundra. The film was premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival in December 2015. It was also showcased at the London Asian Film Festival, and Menon had won the award for the best director at that festival. The film, received well by critics at these events, is now set to release this summer. The film revolves around two married (not to each other) individuals, Shiv Kumar (Naseeruddin Shah) and Tara Deshpande (Kalki Koechlin), who are from different walks of life. They befriend each other at the hospital, while they visit and nurse their respective spouses, who are both comatose! The story is one which deals with coping with grief and finding a way towards hope at the same time, and it definitely seems unique! The music is by Mikey McCleary. Last year, Mikey had scored for Kalki’s ‘Margarita With A Straw’, which I had reviewed and rated it with the highest rating on the blog; that’s how much I had loved it. While that album had a full-fledged nine-track album, this one is a short one with four tracks, but I’m still very excited to hear them! Mikey McCleary and such ‘art films’ as I would call it, go hand in hand! So, let’s see whether Mikey impresses again after ‘Margarita With A Straw!’


1. Tu Hai Toh Main Hoon
Singers ~ Anushka Manchanda & Nikhil D’Souza, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

A very engaging guitar riff opens up this sweet and simple little track. The breeze of freshness that hits the ears when this one starts, is something that I’ve not experienced in a long time! Anushka Manchanda starts off in a quite low-pitched, husky voice, unlike most songs she has sung for other composers. However, the singer, who is a regular in most of Mikey’s works, usually sings with this voice texture for the composer. The composition by Mikey is really breezy, fresh, and brisk. I don’t think anything can match its utter simplicity, and the best part is that, in spite of being so elementary and basic, it manages to appeal much more to the ears, than other compositions based on classical raagas etc, do these days. This one will appeal to not many people, though, since it is really unconventional to be soooo utterly fundamental and straightforward in composition, at least in Bollywood. But I say, that is the sheer magic of the song. The medium pace, and breezy composition are stunners. Anushka sounds great, and Nikhil just accompanies her almost like a backing vocalist, not making it much of a duet. Both having husky voices, the song seems to appeal more. In some places, I felt Anushka sounded very much like Shalmali! Arrangements are simpler than simple, if that is even possible. Acoustic guitars are what form the base of the arrangements. Harmonica is audible in places, and so are strings. Drums have been played so softly, it took me some times of hearing the song to even notice them! And that’s way better than the bombardment of drum sounds we get in rock songs nowadays! Manoj Muntashir’s lyrics are just as simple as the composition, and really sweet. Not something that will create history, and not something that will win many hearts, but once it wins your heart, that is the ultimate stage! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Got My Eyes On You
Singer ~ Mikey McCleary, Lyrics by ~ Mikey McCleary

I don’t know what I was expecting, looking at the title, but it was definitely not this! I thought it must be some romantic song, as breezy as the previous one. But boy, was I wrong! To some extent. 😛 The song is indeed breezy, and romantic too, if you think about it. On top of all this, it is reallllllly groovy too! The song starts with the trademark retro rock-n-roll rhythm and a tune after which you are 99.99% sure that they will say “Mera naam chinchin choo, chin chin choo” after that. The rhythm is so so infectious, you will not believe that it is a song composed today, and you will think it is an old song from the 50s-60s era of rock-n-roll. Those English songs of those days, which play in the parties in English movies, or the Bollywood songs of the Shammi Kapoor era, fall into the same category as this one. The composition is as infectious as something can get. You can’t help but move and groove like those old black-and-white people. 😂 The arrangements unbelievably resemble the arrangements of those days, with the drums, guitars and those funny sounds with the horns, tambourines. The trumpet tune that goes on in a loop in the background is just amazingly awesome, with that catchy groove coming with it. I’ve never heard Mikey singing in such a grungy voice, and I have to say, hats-off to the man, for singing it with such gusto. Though he seems like a stalker singing those words. 😀 Which brings us to the lyrics, which are purely in English. The lyrics definitely seem like the man is stalking some lady, but they’re so fun and go perfectly with the era. Also, they’re not cheap! (Ahem, ‘Housefull 3’!) A great experience, and a perfect throwback to the 50s rock and roll era! Wonderful!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Waiting For You
Singers ~ Mikey McCleary & Anushka Manchanda, Lyrics by ~ Mikey McCleary

Here comes what we can call the title song of the movie, crooned by the composer himself and Anushka Manchanda. This one too, is totally in English. This composition, though not as easily likable as the first two, takes two listens at least to impress you to the fullest. Mikey has made a lovely, waltz-ish composition, which again, won’t appeal to all. However, I loved it. Though not very breezy, and with more of pathos in it, it appeals because of the sense of calm that is omnipresent all over the song. The song doesn’t try hard to gain attention or listeners, and I think that is what makes it appeal the most — its honesty and truthfulness. The arrangements too, are minimal, with acoustic guitar, harmonica, and a xylophone-ish sound (which is really cute!) Again, the guitars form the base. At one place in the song, there is a wonderful ballroom waltz-like ambience, with the royal drums, and that xylophone-ish sound (which is probably a keyboard). Mikey and Anushka handle the composition with care, and do complete justice to the heartfelt melody. Mikey gets the major portion of the song, and here, you can understand why I was shocked to hear his grungy voice in ‘Got My Eyes On You’! It is wonderful how he had modified it for that song! Anushka in her part that continues from the second stanza, excels too. Mikey’s lyrics, are cute as usual, and something sweet and simple, that would appeal to all. A cute song, with a Westernized treatment, and made with love! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Zara Zara
Singers ~ Kavita Seth & Vishal Dadlani, Lyrics by ~ Ankur Tiwari

For the grand finale, Mikey gets more Indianised in his song composition style. And I noticed, with that, he gets more complicated in the composition’s structure, too! Piano chords and subtle notes with them, open up the song for us, and as I always say, one should know that when a song is preceded by piano notes, magic lies ahead. That is exactly what we get to see in this song. As soon as Kavita starts singing with her unexplainably beautiful, marvellous, fabulous, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious voice, the goosebumps get a cordial invitation to join the ceremony! And indeed, the composition is no less than ceremonious. The grandeur, soul and heart in this composition is something I’ve found in very less songs this year. Most that try, manage to be overdramatic too! This one seems to have done it effortlessly! The layered composition is something that is instantly likable and utterly un-hateable! Especially the hookline, is the ultimate bliss! When the hookline manages to catch hold of you in the first listen itself, you know the song is of some different level altogether! The mukhda is really catchy, though being a sad song. That is really rare, and when it happens, my heart does the Irish jig. (I know that’s mean when those characters in the movie are mentally dying, but what should I do? 😦 ) Mikey has composed a really melodious and mature composition, and so close to Indian music and Indian roots, and that leaves me wondering how!!!? His arrangements are just as majestic. The piano, already mentioned above, is replaced by many others like strings, flutes, drums, rock guitars and some Indian percussion too. My favourite is the hookline, where the rock arrangements do the whole magic, blended with the strings and in some places, the flute. Previously I had said Kavita’s voice made me get goosebumps, but when Vishal kicks in, the song reaches its apex! It is a scintillating moment in the song when that happens. It’s just wow! Both the singers have done justice to the composition and rendered it with heart and soul. Ankur has written mind-blowing lyrics… I think it is his career’s best! Vishal and Kavita bring those words to life with their pathos-filled rendition. A complete winner! The most complete song of the album in terms of everything put together. Mikey going the traditional Indian melodious way is nothing but great!!! It will appeal to all Bollywood lovers and everyone else too! Something fit for the finale! #5StarHotelSong!!


Waiting was an album I was really waiting for since forever. After I learnt about the cast, story and then the composer, my excitement knew no bounds. And then the promos of two songs just made me even desperate to hear the full album. And that’s why, when it released out of nowhere today, I chose to review it today itself! Mikey has done a wonderful job with all the songs, with two of them being completely Western in treatment, one going retro style, and the last one being a lovely Indian-style composition, which is the only song on the soundtrack, which probably, everyone will love. After hearing the album, all I can say is, “What are you waiting for?? Hear ‘Waiting’!!

 

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: Zara Zara first, and then any order you wish! 😀 

 

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

 

A WELL-BAKED PIZZA!! (PIZZA 3D – Music Review)

Album Details:-
♪ Music by:- Mikey McCleary, Saurabh Kalsi, Gaurav Godkhindi, Ramon Ibrahim & Shamir TandonTandon
♪ Lyrics by:- Ankur Tiwari, Tanmay Bahulekar, Sameer Pandey, Shashank Kunwar, Abhishek Kumar & Abhijeet Deshpande
♪ Music Label:- UTV/Times Music/Junglee Music
♪ Music Released On:- 25th June 2014
♪ Movie Released On:- 18th July 2014

Pizza 3D Album Cover

Pizza 3D Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Pizza (in 3D) is a Bollywood supernatural thriller (horror) film which released on 18th July, 2014. It has been directed by Akshay Akkineni and produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur and Bejoy Nambiar. The film stars Akshay Oberoi, Parvathy Omanakuttan and Dipannita Sharma in lead roles. I was not expecting any decent soundtrack to this film after Bejoy’s previous film’s music being very bad (‘Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi’), and even after the songs released, I ignored them and decided not to review them because the lyricists weren’t credited, but after hearing the songs, I realized they deserve a review and so what if the lyricists weren’t credited? At least the composers are, and so I decided to review it at the last moment before I post the Music Mastani Awards of July. So, the music of this film is composed by Mikey McCleary, Saurabh Kalsi, Gaurav Godkhindi-Ramon Ibrahim and Shamir Tandon. Three of them I’ve never heard of, but they have given me all the surprises! Read on to find out more!

Note:- I only know who the lyricists of two of the songs are, so please forgive me for not providing all the details, because nowhere has Times Music or UTV specified the details! :/


1. Gimme Pizza!:- Singer ~ Ankur Tiwari, Music by ~ Mikey McCleary, Lyrics by ~ Ankur Tiwari & Tanmay Bahulekar

This song is a mishmash of interesting sounds, with a mainly rock background. The tune is very weak, but the arrangements do the trick here, making for a pretty interesting listen. The rock elements are supported brilliantly by classical instruments like tablas and sitar. The lyrics don’t have any role in this song, which depends solely on the arrangements. I don’t know what was so great about this song that they needed two people to write it! They do get pretty loud at places, but overall, hey are very commendable. Mikey has used a very impressive amount of instruments, to cover up the bad tune. Ankur has sung it pretty well, but I think his voice has been altered, because the last time I heard it, it was pretty ‘besura’ in ‘Tu Tu Tu’ in ‘Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi’. Either that, or maybe he is better at singing such rock songs. This is the very stuff I always expect from Mikey. I don’t know why I keep expecting more and more from him even when he fails in a certain movie. However, this time he really did live up to my expectations. Very impressive fusion! Thumbs-up to Mikey for that!

 

2. Tum Chal Diye:- Singer ~ Arjun Kanungo (Acoustic Version), Arjun Kanungo (Reprise), Music by ~ Saurabh Kalsi, Lyrics by ~ Shashank Kunwar & Abhishek Kumar

A beautiful romantic song, with a retro feel, this one you will find yourself instantly liking because of the simple yet lovable tune, and the awesome vocals by Arjun Kanungo, who had sung last year in ‘Khoon Choose Le’ from ‘Go Goa Gone’. It isn’t his first song, but of course it will add to his little fame, and might make him the next favourite of all composers. The arrangements are very simple, with mostly only acoustic guitars in the background (because it’s the ACOUSTIC version 😛 ). The lyrics are also good and go well with the theme of the song. Arjun has a kind of texture in his voice that is worth hearing. While the first version is a romantic song, the reprise version is a haunting, sad melody. The lyrics also change, and arrangements have taken a way more intense tone. The violins and orchestra has been managed awesomely, while the rock guitars and drums also join in. Arjun aces this one too, and the composer, Saurabh Kalsi also does just as brilliant work in this version too. This is his first film as a composer. He has composed songs for TV serials earlier. Well, it is great to have yet another immensely talented musician in Bollywood! Both versions are a must-listen, and you cannot afford to miss them! Great Bollywood debut by Saurabh! #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Theher Ja:- Singer ~ Aparna Dauria, Music by ~ Gaurav Godkhindi & Ramon Ibrahim, Lyrics by ~ ? (Abhijeet Deshpande??)

If ‘Tum Chal Diye (Acoustic)’ sounded like a retro themed song, then wait till you hear this one! This one has got a totally retro 50s feel to it and it is sure to remind you of those old black-and-white Hindi songs where the actress just used to walk around in front of the actors with a rose in their hands with no apparent aim whatsoever, except maybe to show off how nice their flower smells. 😝 But seriously, the song is composed so perfectly that you will actually be transported to that era. Aparna Dauria sounds a lot like Shalmali Kholgade here, but she does an excellent job as well. The singer carries it out flawlessly, and the choice of instruments by the composers is perfect too! The brass instruments and drums just give it all the more of a retro feel. Gaurav Godkhindi has popped up in many albums, the latest one being ‘David’ for the remix of the remake of ‘Mast Kalandar’. The other guy I’ve never heard of. However, the duo has composed this track so very efficiently that I can’t find any other option but to praise, praise and praise them! Whoever has written the lyrics has also done a great job! Another must-listen song! And another #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Haddiwali Mundi:- Singer ~ Ahan Shah, Music by ~ Shamir Tandon, Lyrics by ~ ? (Sameer Pandey??)

With the album getting better and better with each song, one would expect this song to be a great one…butt the truth is that it turns out to be the worst song of the album, and probably of the month as well. It is a heavy metal/rock song, with no fixed tune it seems, and lyrics that are just ‘anything’! The vocals are fine, but the song still doesn’t work because of the bad tune. The arrangements are way too loud. Whoever wrote the lyrics here should be banned from the industry. 😝 Good that the song is just two and a half minutes long, because it is simply ‘unjhelable’ and who knows what would happen if it was longer! It’s called weird, random, stupid, whatever you wanna call it! Or how about a better idea…just SKIP it!!


Pizza 3D is a surprisingly good album, with just one track being thoroughly disappointing. Otherwise, the album is pretty decent, with two outstanding romantic tracks and one awesome haunting sad melody. The title song is also very innovative. The composers have done justice to the theme of the movie by giving a surprisingly decent album. Who would have thought that these very-little-known people would churn out some beautiful melodies? I’m surprised and thoroughly impressed. As for the more-known composers, Mikey has delivered as per expectation, but Shamir has disappointed highly! An album with three gems, the other two songs being forgettable. This pizza is tasty to a certain extent!

 

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

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

 

 

Next:- 3rd Music Mastani Monthly Awards (July 2014)… Be ready to vote!!! 🙂

Reviews Next Month:- Entertainment, Singham Returns, Mad About Dance, Raja Natwarlal, Desi Kattey, Daawat-E-Ishq & More!!!

A SHORTER LIST WOULD HAVE BEEN SWEETER! (AMIT SAHNI KI LIST – Music Review)

Album Details:-
♪ Music by:- Raghu Dixit, Palash Muchhal, Warren Mendonsa, Sidd Coutto, Shivi R. Kashyap & Karthick Iyer
♪ Lyrics by:- Ankur Tiwari, Ajay Bhuyan, Tina Nagpaul, Vir Das, Shivi R. Kashyap, Shiv Singh Benawra & Palak Muchhal
♪ Music Label:- Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On:- 18th June 2014
♪ Movie Released On:- 18th July 2014

Amit Sahni Ki List Album Cover

Amit Sahni Ki List Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Amit Sahni Ki List is the latest romantic comedy movie starring Vir Das, along with a bunch of supporting actors like Kavi Shastri, Vega Tamotia, Anindita Nayar and Natasha Rastogi. The film is directed by Ajay Bhuyan and produced under the banner Pyxis Pictures. The story is about a man trying to find himself a prefect girl based on his list. The film has released on this Friday and is not getting such a good response. (As if it was going to 😛 ) I was not expecting much from the music of the film, but when I read Raghu Dixit’s name as one of the composers, that automatically changed. The other composers are Palash Muchhal, Warren Mendonsa & Sidd Coutto (Alien Chutney), Shivi R. Kashyap and the album also features an instrumental piece by Karthick Iyer. So read on to find out whether this album can entertain you, just satisfy you or bore you!


1. Ab Mein Kya Karoon:- Singer ~ Raghu Dixit, Music by ~ Raghu Dixit, Lyrics by ~ Ankur Tiwari

This song starts with the typpppical (say in typical Indian accent) Raghu Dixit guitar strums, and it makes its way into one of the most senseless songs of the month. Actually saying that can be avoided, because ‘Mawaali Qawwali’ from ‘Lekar Hum Deewana Dil’ was also senseless, but at least it was catchy. Here, first of all, the music is too loud with drums almost everywhere, so as a result the words are not audible properly. Secondly, some of the words he says are audible but not interpretable and so that’s a problem with his diction, I guess. The tune is horribly weak, and the English hook might just be the worst thing the guy has ever come up with! The positive points, if any, are probably the brass instruments, which support the rock guitars and drums in the hook. A weak song in all aspects, which comes across as a noise instead of music.

 

2. What The Fark:- Singers ~ Rahul Vaidya, Amit Mishra & Aditi Singh Sharma, Music by ~ Palash Muchhal, Lyrics by ~ Ajay Bhuyan & Tina Nagpaul

This next song is thoroughly enjoyable if I don’t look at it from a reviewer point-of-view, with all the techno beats required for a Western type dance song. However, I am looking at it from a reviewer point-of-view, so it definitely isn’t perfect. The repetition of the hook line gets too boring and makes the song sound monotonous after a certain time. The voices of the three singers can hardly be understood that whose voice is which, and Aditi’s voice seems to just come at the beginning. She might even be singing, but one can’t separate her voice whatsoever from the two male voices, which are also kind of mixed together. Techno and electronic beats have actually been overdone, and this song also becomes very loud because of them. It is catchy, though, so it’s worth a listen or two.

 

3. Pyar Hai Kutti Cheez:- Singer ~ Vir Das, Music by ~ Warren Mendonsa / Sidd Coutto (Alien Chutney), Lyrics by ~ Vir Das 

This is a song sung and written by Vir Das himself, and composed by the other two members of his band ‘Alien Chutney’, Warren and Sidd. The song is a heavy metal rock song, and naturally drums and electric guitar play the vital role in the arrangements. The tune is weak, except for the hook line, and Vir’s singing is average, out of pitch at places, but still worth praising since he isn’t a professional singer. He has written lyrics well too which are about the character not wanting any love in his life, and the disadvantages or bad things about it. 😛 The composers have kept the song short and that is good, because who would have heard a song like this for five minutes straight? 😀 A couple of times of listening is all it deserves!

 

4. Aisi Hi Hoon Mein:- Singer ~ Shivi R. Kashyap, Music by ~ Shivi R. Kashyap, Lyrics by ~ Shivi R. Kashyap, Shiv Singh Benawra

Do you know who Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift etc. are? Do you know what kind of songs they make? If you don’t then don’t worry! Their Indian counterpart has been discovered finally! And her name is Shivi R. Kashyap. Yes, this song reminded me immediately of those songs by female American popstars like the ones I mentioned before. It has been composed, sung and written in a fully western way, and the attempt is applaudable. The techno beats ensure you are grooving for most of the time, and the tune is also not bad! The lyrics are mostly in English, and that’s what I didn’t like about the track, the use of Hindi and English together, making it sound stupid at places. The composer has made a song which is pretty good, but lacks in the lyrics department. Definitely give it a try! Good attempt of a pop song.

 

5. Sargoshi:- Singers ~ Palak Muchhal, Anirudh Bhola, Music by ~ Palash Muchhal, Lyrics by ~ Palak Muchhal

This song is a soft, calm and soothing romantic track, composed by Palash Muchhal and written and sung by his elder sister Palak. It starts with piano notes, followed by the voice of ‘Duplicate Shreya Ghoshal’, Palak Muchhal. She sounds just like Shreya Ghoshal used to in her earlier days in the industry, but she cannot create the magic which Shreya’s voice holds. Anyways, she sings this song well, and her co-singer Anirudh Bhola also sounds good. The tune is nothing fresh, but the lyrics are beautiful! The arrangements are average. The harmony the two singers have created in the hook line is so lovely, it will leave you speechless! Beautiful, calm and soothing, but a fault in the composition.

 

6. Waakeyi:- Singers ~ Nikhil D’Souza, Shruti Pathak, Music by ~ Raghu Dixit, Lyrics by ~ Ankur Tiwari

Now, this is a class composition! Raghu makes a re-entry into the soundtrack, and brings with him a very beautiful romantic song, with very interesting beats and awesome vocals. The trademark of Raghu, the flute, is present to entertain throughout the song. The unusual rhythm on which this song is composed sounds very cool! Shruti Pathak and Nikhil D’Souza both sing near flawlessly. The lyrics by Ankur Tiwari are a bit ordinary, but still go well with the type of happy-go-lucky song that this is. The arrangements are also beautiful. This song is far better than what the soundtrack has offered so far. A must-listen, unusual but cooool romantic song! #5StarHotelSong!

 

7. Parchhai:- Singer ~ Sonu Nigam, Music by ~ Palash Muchhal, Lyrics by ~ Palak Muchhal

This song is a sad version of the earlier song, ‘Sargoshi’. The name Sonu Nigam itself can tell that this song will be better than its romantic version. Again, Palak’s lyrics are very beautiful, but here, Palash also excels in the arrangements, with strings forming the whole background of the song, and the violin sounds extremely awesome!! Sonu’s vocals are obviously the highlight of this song. The tune is the same one, slowed down, but his voice takes it to a whole new level. Beautiful, calm, touching and soothing, again, but the difference all lies in vocals and arrangements.

 

8. Violin Recital:- Instrumental, Music by ~ Karthick Iyer

This instrumental piece is sheer beauty! Though it has been called violin recital, the violin has been supported by a variety of instruments. The classical piece towards the end is awesome! The tablas, sitar etc. create a wonderful ambience, and make the track very interesting to listen to. The violins have been played perfectly! Karthick Iyer has managed everything so beautifully, and this instrumental piece is better than most songs on this soundtrack! Beautiful instrumental piece! It is PERFECT! #5StarHotelSong!


Amit Sahni Ki List is full of songs. 😀 Yes, it is full of songs. Though the first half of the soundtrack might make you feel a bit bored and as if you’ve wasted your time, the second half is full of the beauty. The romantic tracks stand out in this album whereas the other songs come across as noises, or rather wandering souls with no apparent reason to be on Earth. 😛 Seriously, it seems they have just added these songs to increase the number of songs. Also, this is probably the first time an instrumental track has impressed me so much, and might be the last! So, this album starts bad, ends beautifully but still doesn’t leave that mark in your head to come back and hear it again. Shorter would have been sweeter!

 

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

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

 

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KUKU MATHUR KI JHAND HO GAYI (MUSIC REVIEW)

Album Details:-

♪ Music by:- Parichay, Dr. Palash Sen, Mikey McCleary & Anand Bajpai
♪ Lyrics by:- Manoj Yadav, Parichay, Dr. Palash Sen, Deekshant Sehrawat, Tanmay Bahulekar, Ankur Tiwari & Raghav Dutt
♪ Music Label:- T-Series
♪ Music Released On:- 23rd May 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 30th May 2014

Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi Album Cover

Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi Album Cover

 

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

 


Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi is a comedy film which releases tomorrow. 😛 (Yeah, yeah, I know the review is late, but the music released just as late, too) The film features Siddharth Gupta (a newcomer) in the title role, and Simran Kaur Mundi (who debuted in Bollywood with ‘Jo Hum Chahein’ in 2011) in the female lead role. The film has been directed by Aman Sachdeva and produced by Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor and Bejoy Nambiar. Bejoy Nambiar movies are known to have many songs, and most often, none of the songs even get noticed! 😛 I guess the case is the same with this movie as well, or maybe they predicted it would happen and then released the music a mere week before the movie’s release date! The music has been given by four people, and out of the four, I only expected some decent songs from Mikey McCleary. Lyrics are by a list of people, and there too I knew about only two or three of them. :/ So, in short, I was expecting nothing from this album. Let’s see if the album met my low expectations, or not even that!


1. Tarzan:- Singers ~ Anu Malik, Anmol Malik, Music by ~ Parichay, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav, Rap written and sung by ~ Parichay

I have no ‘parichay’ with this guy Parichay except that he had composed that ‘O Meri Chandni’ remix for ‘Chaar Din Ki Chandni’ in 2012. After that, he was hibernating I guess. 😀 Now he seems to be out of hibernation, and he gets to compose a song in this film. The song is a party number, with a bit too many techno elements, which serve as a big nuisance throughout the song. The rap by Parichay is in Punjabi, and it sounds STUPID. 😛 And don’t even ask me how Anu Malik sounds! He still sounds the same, especially in that junglee Tarzan yelp. It suits him, though, if you think over it. It looks like they have tried to change his voice but everything failed. His daughter Anmol Malik doesn’t sound all that great either, but when you compare it to her father’s it will sound awesome! The lyrics are also nonsense. Oh, but feel free to listen to this if you are going to play the role of Tarzan in any play or something, the song will teach you exactly what it takes to be Tarzan! 😛 Just sing like Anu Malik, and poof! You are Tarzan! 😀 I hope Parichay goes back to hibernate after this! Listen at your own risk!

 

2. Phacebook Pyaar:- Singers ~ Dr. Palash Sen, Tulsi Kumar, Music by ~ Dr. Palash Sen, Lyrics by ~ Dr. Palash Sen, Deekshant Sehrawat

This song is ‘phultoo Bhojpuri ishtyle-ma’. 😀 Dr. Palash Sen, the founder of India’s leading rock band, Euphoria, has composed, sung and written this fun track very brilliantly. You will immediately start dancing to its beats. Dholaks have been used very efficiently throughout the song. Palash Sen’s nasal vocals work for this song. It sounds like a 90s dance song, and the tempo changes have been done very smartly. The composition is very catchy. Tulsi Kumar also sounds okay-ish in this song and for once, I wasn’t harmed at all because of her voice! (which is at a frequency too high for normal human ears to bear) 😛 The lyrics are also such that today’s youth can relate to, and they are full of Facebook terms such as ‘like’, ‘add’, ‘friend’, ‘tag’ to name a few. Give it a listen!

 

3. Welcome Maiyya:- Singers ~ Jitender Dev, Onkar Singh, Music by ~ Dr. Palash Sen, Lyrics by ~ Dr. Palash Sen, Deekshant Sehrawat

This song is a ‘maata ka jagraata’. I don’t know how Palash Sen has managed to compose such a song. It is just so random! It really is composed like a ‘jagraata’ and the tune changes every now and then. It doesn’t seem planned at all and it seems like a spontaneous composition. It starts with the harmonium, and a slow verse. Then the ‘jagraata starts in true sense. The conch shell is blown, tempo increases and dialogues start. The people singing the song in the movie even call people from the audience and introduce them to the people at the ‘jagraata’. They are welcoming the goddess. The dholaks, manjeeras and all are also heard. Right when the song seems to be ending, a ‘farmaaish’ comes from one of the audience members for them to sing another bhajan! Then i decided that this song is useless unless you actually are at a ‘jagraata’ and the people there don’t have anything to sing, so you can play this song there. :/ I don’t know what the need was to make this song seven-and-a-half minutes long! I get that ‘jagraatas’ are for the whole night, but I seriously don’t think they have to show it in actual time in the movie! 😛 Palash Sen has composed a very efficient ‘jagraata’ but frankly speaking, it was not needed.

 

4. Chop Chop:- Singer ~ Mic3ophone, Music by ~ Mikey McCleary, Lyrics by ~ Tanmay Bahulekar

As soon as it starts, you will be reminded of the title song from the movie ‘My Friend Ganesha’. I know it sounds kiddish, but it’s true! You know that tune from ‘My Friend Ganesha’, which went like ‘ting ding ding’, right? Well this song starts with the same tune. Okay, now ignore that. Let the song continue. A person who is called Mic3ophone (I don’t know how to pronounce that either 😀 ) has sung the whole song. It is just a random mix of sounds. Mikey has disappointed very much with this song. It is the title song of the movie and good that it has been kept short, or else it would have been too boring. Nothing to hear here! Skip it!

 

5. Tu Tu Tu:- Singer ~ Ankur Tiwari, Music by ~ Mikey McCleary, Lyrics by ~ Ankur Tiwari

This song has been composed in retro style, which Mikey seems to love a lot. To be frank, Ankur’s voice is nothing compared to his brother’s. The man is not at all as ‘sureela’ as Ankit Tiwari. One would never guess they are related unless you tell them that Ankur has sung it. His lyrics are cute, and so is the tune. A singer like Ash King would have been better, though. The tune is almost the same throughout the whole song. Another hear-able song from this movie. Good attempt by Mikey.

 

6. 1 – 2 – 3 (Gangster Jaagran):- Singers ~ Ashish Ddavidd, Jitender Dev, Music by ~ Dr. Palash Sen, Lyrics by ~ Dr. Palash Sen

This is another worthless track. It is just the so-called ‘Gangster version’ of the ‘jagraata’ we heard earlie in the soundtrack. The less said about it is better :/ I just don’t understand why such a meaningless song has even been included in the soundtrack. Fortunately, it is short! SKIPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!! If you are rebellious and still heard it, well, you will just regret doing that!

 

7. Tu Mera Joota Main Tera Fita:- Singer ~ Anand Bajpai, Music by ~ Anand Bajpai, Lyrics by ~ Raghav Dutt

This is an average song with nonsense lyrics. The tune is a little catchy, and it has been sung well too. The sound effects used are good too. Again, the song seems to be crammed in the soundtrack for the sake of it. The song, in spite of all things it has in its favour will not be noticed at all. 😛 The makers have kept it less than three minutes and that in itself is a blessing! Listen if you want. It is skippable but also hear-able. 😛

 

Overall:- It would have been better if the makers hadn’t released this album, because anyways they released it very late, and also, most of the songs aren’t even worth listening. I don’t know what the music directors were thinking while signing this film, and even more, while making these noises which somehow have qualified as songs. The only song with repeat value is ‘Phacebook Pyaar’, which, by the way, isn’t #5StarHotelSong material either, thanks to Tulsi. 😛 The promotions of the music aren’t that great either and I think I know why. 😀 Well, a life-time supply of ‘Jhand’-u Balm must be worth more than this album. Hahaha! 😛 This album has reached the height of jhandupan and it will definitely win lots of awards (:P for worst album in decades.) I’ve seriously not seen any album nowadays in which so many tracks consecutively are skip material! The multi-composer formula has been put to terrible use with this album. Make sure you have some ‘Jhand’-u Balm ready to apply on your head after you are done hearing this album! 😛 😀

 

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

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

 

Next:- 1st Music Mastani Monthly Awards (May 2014) 

The first Music Mastani Monthly Awards are coming up! 😀 I’m so excited! The albums that will be taken into consideration are Purani Jeans, Hawaa Hawaai, The Xposé, Kochadaiiyaan (Hindi), Heropanti, Citylights and Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi. The winners will be announced tomorrow evening!

Reviews coming next month:- Holiday, Filmistaan, Fugly, Humshakals, Ek Villain and more! 🙂 

 

SHAADI KE SIDE/EFFECTS (MUSIC REVIEW)

Finally I get to review an album, in which the majority of songs are composed by my favourite music director, Pritam!! This movie’s songs were a big hit, but they died away just like the movie did because it didn’t do well. Sadly, this is the truth. Just because the movie didn’t work, people neglected the songs, which were super-hits, after they heard the fate of the movie. Unlike ‘Highway’, this movie’s songs did have a life outside the movie as well, but like ‘Highway’, everyone seems to have forgotten the songs, except one. Since the music was great, and praised by everyone from public to critics, I’ve decided to chose Shaadi Ke Side/Effects as the sixth album to feature in this category! 🙂


Album Details:-

Music by:- Pritam Chakraborty, Mikey McCleary | Lyrics by:- Swanand Kirkire, Mayur Puri, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Ankur Tiwari | Music Label:- T-Series | Music Released On:- 8th February 2014 | Movie Released On:- 28th February 2014

Shaadi Ke Side/Effects Album Cover

Shaadi Ke Side/Effects Album Cover

 

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

Hear “Ahista Ahista” on Youtube:-


Shaadi Ke Side/Effects is a romantic comedy which released on 28th February 2014. It is the sequel to ‘Pyaar Ke Side Effects’ and is directed by Saket Choudhary. It featured Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan in lead roles, and Vir Das in a supporting role. Even thought its music was doing very well, the film did not work, and sadly, the music was nearly forgotten by many people. Ever since it was announced that the music director for this film is Pritam Chakraborty, I was very excited and couldn’t wait for the music to release. However, due to Pritam’s habit (I don’t know whether it’s good or bad 😀 ) of re-dubbing songs with different singers and also making changes to it until the last minute, all of his albums are released pretty late, but it is always worth the wait. He is like the Aamir Khan of music. After his extraordinary year of 2013 with many hit albums and songs, I was very keen on knowing how great he will score for this film! And I got just what I wanted! So let’s see how much I liked the music of ‘Shaadi Ke Side/Effects’ and whether I am still enjoying it or not! However, one thing should be clear. Just because he’s my favourite does not mean I will be biased towards him! 😉


1. Harry’s Not A Brahmachari:- Singers ~ Jazzy B, Divya Kumar & Rap by IshQ Bector (Version 1), Jazzy B, Divya Kumar & Rap by IshQ Bector (The Original Song), Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya, Music by ~ Pritam

When this song released as a single in January, I was very disappointed. First of all, this wasn’t the song which had made me so excited after watching the trailer! I had definitely heard a better version of this song! Anyways, this version starts with techno beats which do not leave you till the end. Pritam has made a great Punjabi composition which is very catchy! Anyways, as I said, this version is nothing once you hear ‘The Original Song’. It starts with the famous Punjabi instrument, Tumbi, followed by a catchy rap by IshQ Bector. The fun starts when Jazzy B enters, and when he starts singing, you might as well get up and dance! The antara, sung by Divya Kumar, has an awesome tune which is a bit hard to sing, but he has carried it out with tremendous ease. The other version doesn’t have all those variations when the singers say ‘Naag ichchadaari…’ and I instantly didn’t like it because of that reason itself! However, ‘the original song’ has many variations, not just in that line, but other lines too! ‘The original song’ also has some additional rapping by IshQ Bector, which, frankly speaking, wasn’t needed, but still it entertains! Amitabh’s lyrics, are unusual as always! With such great music, no wonder it was such a huge hit! Perfect for DJ’s, clubs, parties etc. An instant hit! Go for ‘The Original Song’!

 

2. I’m Sorry Par Tumse Pyaar Ho Gaya (The Hey Song):- Singers ~ Nikhil Paul George, Neeti Mohan, Mili Nair, Lyrics by ~ Swanand Kirkire, Music by ~ Pritam 

Starting with some very catchy vocals by Nikhil, which will instantly draw your attention totally towards the song! The magic which follows is indescribable. After ‘Barfi!’, Nikhil is back behind the mic for a Pritam composition, and he repeats the greatness which he had made in ‘Barfi!’ as well. It is a very sweet, cute and simple romantic song, which you will fall in love with! The vocals ‘Tuliyuliappapey..’ are so catchy and sweet! Swanad Kirkire’s lyrics are also very cute. There are too many cute things in thus song to sit and count them all! One thing I couldn’t understand is where Neeti sings, and where Mili does. The female voice in the song sounds as if it is of a single person. I could feel a slight difference in voice in the starting of the second antara, but it again started sounding like Neeti. So I guess they have the same voice! 😛 The ‘Hey..’ part is just too catchy and again, sweet! The music is a bit retro like that of ‘Barfi!’. The mouth organ has been used very nicely in the in the second interlude. The drum beats and snaps which are audible throughout the song take the song to another level of catchiness altogether! A very sweet, cute and simple melody, which is too catchy to forget easily! It is a  #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Tauba Main Vyaah Karke Pachtaya:- Singers ~ Shahid Mallya, Poorvi Koutish & Alam Lohar (Original Version), Arif Lohar, Poorvi Koutish, Shahid Mallya & Alam Lohar (Punjabi Version), Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri, Music by ~ Pritam

This is something highly innovative by Pritam! It is a Punjabi Wedding Song, which describes the ‘side effects of marriage.’ It can easily be called the title or theme song of this film. It was originally a song by Alam Lohar, whose voice they have retained in the song. Pritam had remade it in the prequel of this film itself, as ‘Pyaar Karke Pachtaya’ sung by Labh Janjua. This time they have kept the same title ‘Vyaah Karke Pachtaya’ because this film is about ‘vyah’ or ‘shaadi’. It starts with a shehnaai tune which is always associated with marriage, but Pritam has changed its tune a bit, to give a new feel. The mantras which follow have a tinge of humour, because of the coughs, and the funny stuff is present throughout the song. Indian Idol find Poorvi Koutish has done great rapping, and she sounds like a really ‘khadoos’ wife, which I guess she is supposed to! Shahid Mallya gets to sing a song which is of his typical genre, Punjabi, and he does very well. Though all these elements in the song are great, the highlight has got to be the lyrics of this song! If you pay very careful attention to the Hinglish lyrics, written by Mayur Puri, you might laugh so hard, that tears will come out of your eyes! Yes, they are that funny! Take this line– ‘Phantom chhodo uski biwi chalta phirta pain, pit-pitke hi neela pad gaya main, hai ghar mein aake jaale saaf karta Spiderman, woh Hulk hai nanga, kapde phaade biwi din air rain.’ Just too funny! This level of humour is constant in the lyrics of this song, and they will force you to repeat it over and over again. The tune is very nice too, and the music is awesome with dhols used throughout the song and trumpets making an entrance towards the end. The Punjabi version has been sung by Alan Lohar’s son himself, Arif Lohar (‘Cocktail’ and ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ fame) and he sings with utmost energy. The only differences in this version is that the lyrics have been translated into Punjabi, and some techno beats have been added in the background. Instead of the loud Band Baaja ending to the original song, the Punjabi song has a relatively softer ending. A light, ear-friendly song, even though it is loud. Mayur Puri has written great lyrics, and the singers have carried it out very well. Go for both versions! It is a  #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Desi Romance:- Singers ~ Arijit Singh, Suchi (Suchismita Das), Lyrics by ~ Swanand Kirkire, Music by ~ Pritam

When it starts with very soft piano notes, you would instantly get hooked to it! Then a magical voice starts, and that would be of Suchismita Das a.k.a. Suchi. This is her first Bollywood song, and she doesn’t even sound like a newcomer! A very experienced newcomer, she is! Her lines are some classical lines, which are very, very catchy! Then Arijit enters and does his magic, with some contemporary lines, after which the song turns into a full-fledged club song. The way Pritam has fused the two parts (Classical and Club) together, is just plain great!! Arijit and Suchi complement each other very well! The most innovative song of Pritam till now, I can say! The hook line, in which Suchi has joined Arijit by singing her classical part, right in the middle of the hook-line, is awesome! After that the long techno beats follow and the beautiful antara will blow you away! With Arijit singing a soft line, and Suchi singing her classical part after that, it is probably not going to leave your head until a long time. Though it is a club song, it will release such positive vibes that you will feel a calming effect! However, I can’t hear it anymore on TV or radio as frequently as I used to before the release of the movie. This is very shameful that such a genius composition has been rejected npby people just because of the bad fate of the movie! :/ Anyways, it’s an awesome song, which you should definitely try, no matter what type of songs you like, because it has a classical portion as well as a contemporary portion! A very light, and calming song, with a bit of everything! Another  #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Yahaan Vahaan:- Singer ~ Farhan Akhtar (Original and Reprise Versions), Lyrics by ~ Swanand Kirkire, Music by ~ Pritam

Starting with some acoustic guitar riffs, followed by Farhan’s husky voice, this song will instantly grab your attention, because it is such a sweet song with just as sweet lyrics. It is like an apology song, and the other person is trying to ‘manaofy’ the person who is ‘khafa.’ 😛 Jokes apart, the composition is very nice, and Farhan, who is usually known for singing upbeat, high-tempo rock songs, carries this out with ease too! The simple tune, is the plus point of this song, because such a song would not work if the arrangements and tune are too complex and heavy on ears. Swanand has written perfect lyrics! The other version, with the same lyrics and tune, just has one difference and that is the background on which the song has been played. While the first version has an acoustic guitar, the reprise has electric guitars, and more drums, to give a soft rock feel, which Pritam is an expert at! With nothing much more to say, I conclude that this song is a treat for everyone!

 

6. Bawla Sa Sapna:- Singers ~ Mohit Chauhan (Original Version), Diva Roy (“The Children Come To Sing” Version), Lyrics by ~ Swanand Kirkire, Music by ~ Pritam 

The ‘Ala Barfi’ trio come back to make a song just as sweet as the former! Pritam, Swanand and Mohit are back with a story song. It is a lullaby, but it is so sweet that the baby won’t sleep, instead he will keep smiling until it is over! It starts with plucking of a string instrument, which comes and goes throughout the song. Mohit’s metallic voice suits this song very well. While ‘Ala Barfi’ was the story of Murphy, this is the story of a man called ‘Sapna’ which means dream in Hindi, and how he tries to catch the moon for his son ‘Sapnu’! It was obvious that Mohit would do well, but it wasn’t known that in the other version (The Children Come To Sing) a small 5-year old girl would do so, so good! Yes, Diva Roy, the daughter of singer Pritha Majumdar, has sung the other version of this song, and despite her age, she has sung it near perfectly! In her version, the arrangements are a bit softer, and piano is used instead of the plucking of the string instrument. Her voice is very cute. A sweet lullaby, with sweet lyrics, and sweet singing in both versions! Highly recommended for Barfi fans, so that means everyone! 😀  #5StarHotelSong!

 

7. Ahista Ahista:- Singer ~ Farhan Akhtar, Lyrics by ~ Ankur Tiwari, Music by ~ Mikey McCleary

The second song sung by Farhan has been composed by Mikey McCleary. It is another sad song, and again, Farhan has sung great out of his comfort zone, too! The lyrics by Ankur Tiwari are typical sad lyrics. Mikey’s music is also very ordinary, and compared to the great songs filled in this movie, this song didn’t appeal to me as much. The best part of thus song is Farhan’s singing and the basic tune. Go for it, if you didn’t like the other songs.

 

Overall:- Shaadi Ke Side/Effects is one of the best albums of Pritam and one of the best albums of the year so far. With songs that would appeal to mass, as well as class, and with a diverse range of songs (a party song, a romantic song, a club song, a Punjabi wedding song, two sad songs, and a lullaby) it will definitely not bore you. It has a little for everyone and it is very ear-friendly, unlike the last album I reviewed, ‘Highway’ which was very heavy on ears. One thing I didn’t like is the decline of this album on music charts, after the film bombed. :/ Mikey’s song as a guest composer is also a good attempt, but in front of Pritam’s songs, it seems very ordinary. After many hit albums last year, Pritam is being very consistent with his songs. A Must-Listen Album!

 

Final Rating for this Album:- सा < रे < ग < म < प < ध < नी

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

 

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