FAILS DUE TO LACK OF INNOVATION! (DAYS OF TAFREE – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Bobby-Imran
♪ Lyrics by: Kunwar Juneja, Imran Ali, Aditya Shri Hari & Anupam Amod (Bobby)
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 10th September 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 23rd September 2016

Days Of Tafree Album Cover

Days Of Tafree Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Days Of Tafree is an upcoming Bollywood coming-of-age comedy film, starring Yash Soni, Ansh Bagri, Sanchay Goswami, Nimisha Mehta, Kinjal Rajpriya, Sarabjeet Bindra and Anuradha Mukherjee. The movie has been directed by Krishnadev Yagnik, and produced by Anand Pandit and Rashmi Sharma. The film is an official remake of the 2015 hit Gujarati film, “Chello Divas”. It revolves around the friendship of seven college students. The movie isn’t really something I would be waiting for; it just doesn’t have that attractiveness. But what I am waiting for, is the music (I practically wait for the music of every movie, that’s what I do! 😛 ) which has been scored by the duo Bobby-Imran. The duo just recently composed one song for the movie ‘Junooniyat’, and since their song released after the others, I did not get to review it, but it wasn’t so good either! Let’s see if their three songs for this movie fit the bill or not!


1. Jeeley Yeh Lamhe
Singers ~ Anupam Amod & Amit Mishra, Lyrics by ~ Kunwar Juneja

The first song very aptly starts with a guitar riff signifying the freedom and liberty of college students. The song fits as the first song in the album, with a strong essence of the collegiate atmosphere. Bobby-Imran surprisingly put in front of you a brilliant composition, utterly feel-good as a whole, and entertaining. The mukhda starts off dully, but as the song progresses, you start getting used to it, and as the hookline plays, you start liking it quite a lot. The hookline has a very sweet and energetic tune to it, and it will surely appeal to the youth. The duo has fashioned a good first antara for the song, with a slower pace and less energetic treatment, which is a technique that always works. However, more dreamy and romantic, is the second antara, where everything mellows down, right from the arrangements to the vocals, and it soon elevates right back up when the hookline arrives again. The arrangements are appealing in all their simplicity and ordinariness. For me the main attraction in the arrangements was the percussion that is prominent in the background, especially in the hookline, where it opens up and helps you enjoy the song even more. There is a wonderful banjo (NOT Indian banjo, but the regular one now!!) interlude which will get you up and dancing. The use of EDM has also been done well by the duo, infusing more youthfulness into the song. The backing chorus does a good job in bringing the song’s collegiate atmosphere forward. The song falls into the league of this year’s other college-styled song, ‘Lapak Jhapak’ (Ghayal Once Again), and though that was composed by as seasoned composers as Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, this song easily comes at par with that one. However, this one is a great mix of both energetic and soulful parts, whereas that one was outright energetic and crazy. The vocals are great too, and somehow, Anupam’s faltery voice works here, if it doesn’t anywhere else, and Amit Mishra complements him well with the other parts (his is the voice that sounds more like K.K. but not so much either!) Anupam sings the soulful parts of the song well, and Amit ‘Manma Emotion’ Mishra, aptly supports him in the upbeat parts. Kunwar Juneja’s lyrics are fun to hear, and will remind people of their college lives, and will make a small kid wish he were in college. The hookline’s lyrics are clichéd but fun nonetheless! A perfect start to the album! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Paarapaa
Singer ~ Anupam Amod, Lyrics by ~ Imran Ali

So next up we have this weird but enticing song that has been composed on the very 80s-ish disco template. The start to the song is interesting, with all the disco sounds grabbing your attention, along with cool rock guitar strums. But when the composition starts, you kind of get confused whether you’re listening to a disco song, or a cheap Punjabi pop song. The song is another one composed on the collegiate theme, but this one doesn’t work half as much as the first. The composition sets you off very badly, right from the mukhda itself. The hookline has practically no substance, except for a vocal imitation of trumpet sounds. The antara seems like a desperate attempt to stretch the song up to over two minutes, and what follows, is just indigestible. The arrangements are discoesque throughout, with a weird thrown-in drum sequence occasionally. Nothing to pay attention to there. Anupam’s voice sounds good here as well, and it has a bit of that grungy texture to it, but it fails to save the miserable composition. There are weird applauses and sounds of ladies laughing, which is so irritating. Imran Ali, who is the Imran in Bobby-Imran, while Anupam is Bobby, writes lyrics that are barely intelligible because of the over-loud arrangements. A song that doesn’t seem to know where it came from. Utterly confusing!

 

3. Main Hun Tu Ho
Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Lyrics by ~ Aditya Shri Hari & Bobby-Imran

The last song on the short album starts off enticingly as well, with a calming guitar riff, along with a very heavenly harmonica playing some very calming notes. As Arijit starts singing, you can’t help but getting hooked to the song, but then the unexpected happens. The harmonica goes offtune somewhere in the background and you just can’t get yourself to think about the song as good as you were, before that happened. The duo has done a good job in composing a romantic song for the young generation, but again, it isn’t so griping as it could’ve been. The pace is kind of slow for you to like it instantly, and you just cannot grip the tune. The hookline just seems out of place, while the rest of the song is quite pleasant, but still not as beautiful as it should’ve and definitely could’ve been. The arrangements are cool, with guitars and harmonica leading, and practically nothing else supporting. The breeze of the composition is something that let’s you enjoy at least that part of the song. Arijit sings with a very soft tone, but it doesn’t really work here for some reason. And for some reason, I just couldn’t make myself enjoy this song. The lyrics too, are quite typical for a romantic song, and I wouldn’t have minded, had the tune been a bit better! An okay-ish end to the generally okay-ish album!


Days Of Tafree was not an album I was expecting great songs from, and so it doesn’t really surprise me to hear such average songs from the duo that could barely manage to create excitement when they debuted in ‘Khamoshiyan’ with ‘Tu Har Lamha’, or when they composed the slightly better album for ‘Badmaashiyan’. And when their bad song from ‘Junooniyat’ came out, I doubted they would get many more projects, when this one came along. This one too, sadly has the same fate as the rest of their projects: a very, very minimal outreach and shelf life. If they had done a bit more innovation here, they could’ve passed with distinction!!

 

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: Jeeley Yeh Lamhe > Main Hun Tu Ho > Paarapaa

 

Which is your favourite song from Days of Tafree? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

BOBBY-IMRAN KI MEHERBAANIYAN!! (BADMASHIYAAN – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Bobby-Imran
♪ Lyrics by: Shabbir Ahmed
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 4th February 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 27th February 2015

Badmashiyaan Album Cover

Badmashiyaan Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Badmashiyaan is an upcoming romantic-comedy (being marketed as a rom-CON; Umm… Aren’t we kind of having too much of these con movies lately, what with ‘Dolly Ki Doli’ and now this? 😝) directed by Amit Khanna (of ‘Tutiya Dil’ fame) and produced by Vijay Gutte. The film stars Suzanna Mukherjee (‘Joker’, ‘Tutiya Dil’, ‘Trip To Bhangarh’) in the lead role playing a con-girl, Naari. The three men she con’s are played by Sidhant Gupta (‘Tutiya Dil’), Karan Mehra (‘Blood Money’, ‘Mere Dad Ki Maruti’, ‘Ragini MMS 2’) and Sharib Hashmi (‘Filmistaan’) respectively. Gunjan Malhotra (‘Tevar’) also has a role in the movie. So, the story isn’t that innovative. But we can expect something from the music, which is by the duo launched by the Bhatts with ‘Khamoshiyan’, Bobby-Imran. I also got to know that they have been assistants to Pritam for seven years, and that Bobby is none other than Anupam Amod himself. That really changed my perception about them. Anyways, their last song from ‘Khamoshiyan’ was very Bhatt-ish typical, so didn’t really appeal to me. Let’s see whether their typicality has worn off in this album!


1. Shaitaaniyan / Shaitaaniyan (Encore)
Singers ~ Ankit Tiwari / Anupam Amod

Though the starting piano notes may remind you of  ‘Saawan Aaya Hai’ from ‘Creature 3D’, and the whole song overall might remind you of numerous Vishesh-film songs, there is no stopping you from loving the song nevertheless. Ankit Tiwari, though some might’ve got fed up with his autotune voice, seems to be the perfect choice for this song, and his voice, though it is the same as it is in all the songs he composes himself, suits the composition. Plus, it gives you a nice break from the innumerable Arijit Singh songs coming out these days. Bobby & Imran’s composition, though very typical and Bhatt-ish, still works and still makes you fall for it. It has a slight hangover of ‘Tu Har Lamha’ from ‘Khamoshiyan’, but they’ve definitely gone miles ahead of where that song had stood on our likability meters. 😂 And all for the better, because, people will now actually get a genuine reason to praise them, instead of the false praise they got for their first song, just because it was part of a Bhatt album. Piano and guitars lead the arrangements, and since things have been kept so simple, the song gets one more reason to be loved. Shabbir Ahmed might have actually got a ticket out of that “Absurd Lyricists” list, because he has actually given us something substantial! I mean, he seems to have done a course in writing beautiful lyrics finally, and he has provided some wonderful lyrics for this song! 🙂 The “Encore” sung by Bobby himself, a.k.a. Anupam Amod, is a slightly differently arranged version, and again, Anupam’s voice doesn’t do anything special to enhance the song that Ankit already sang so great, so it doesn’t deserve that much recognition as the original. However, the backing vocals added in this version which aren’t in that version (Haww! That’s so evil and selfish! :\ ) sound beautiful and would sound even better had they been in the original version! The original version is what you must go for; it is one hooky and calming romantic song, in which Ankit excels and so do Bobby & Imran! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Thode Se Hum / Thode Se Hum (Encore)
Singers ~ Mohit Chauhan / Shilpa Rao

The opening notes of this song strikingly resemble the same sonmg with which the duo debuted last month, ‘Tu Har Lamha’, and follows the same Bhatt template, as it seems in the prelude. But when Mohit Chauhan enters, and works his magic on the composition, things start falling right into place. Indeed, it does sound very Vishesh-ish (!!) but on the other hand, it falls on the better side of typicality, just as the first song of the album did. The very prominent Pritam feel can’t be ignored at all, and does make the song enjoyable. The rock feel is used throughout the song, and Bobby-Imran don’t leave any stone unturned to make it become a full-fledged soft rock romantic number, with all the rock guitars and drums. The violins have also been used very nicely, and you just can’t miss the flute interlude. Again, Shabbir Ahmed impresses like he rarely does. 😛 For those who still found it very typical and too wannabe Vishesh, there’s always a better path in life!! 😂 And by that, I mean, there’s a different version for you guys! And that happens to be called the “Encore”. In the first song, the encore was not as good as the original. But that’s not the case here. Here, the encore is a soothing, peaceful, melodious version of the same rock song. And behind the mic is none other than Shilpa Rao. With her distinct voice, she rules the composition, and also very expertly carries away any typicality which might be left in the composition. A song in the female voice sounds less Bhatt-ish.. I just don’t know why. The way the duo has placed her voice on a very soft unplugged-like arrangement, with only guitars and piano notes, is awesome. And her two tracks harmonizing in the hookline, is again, sounding beautiful! So this time, the encore overtakes the original, and the main reason behind that is the soothing voice of Shilpa and arrangements of her version! Not that Mohit’s version is bad, though!! Choose any one, or both!! #5StarHotelSong!!!

 

3. Garden Garden Gave
Singers ~ Mika Singh & Jaspreet Jasz

The next song on the album, is an out-an-out clubby track, but with a very unexpected twist — it has a whole Haryanvi feel to it. On the lines of ‘Boss Title Track’ and ‘Superman’ (Tevar), this one too has a full-of-attitude tune and vocals to it. It is a club song which seems to have been sung by a gangster, going by the lyrics. The techno sounds which open up the song, really get you attracted to the song from the start. Jaspreet’s rappy stuff at the beginning is really impressive, too! As soon as the proper song starts, the attitude instantly kicks in. The percussive beats in the interludes are impressive, as well. Mika’s rendition, is, after a long time, something that I thoroughly enjoyed. Rarely these days, does he really entertain. And this song comes under that “rare” category. 🙂 Unfortunately, even with such a great start to the song, it kind of loses the punch in the antaras. It would have been better if Bobby-Imran could’ve kept up the entertaining stuff for the whole song. Shabbir’s lyrics changed as per the requirements of the song, and now we canfely say, that it isn’t his fault that he has to write such utter stupidity sometimes. 😛 Anyways, nothing special here that he’s written. dumdaar start, but gets diluted as the song progresses! Very good attempt though!

 

4. Kudiyan Baimaan
Singer ~ Manish J. Tipu

Yes, it is very (may I say so?) gaavthi, but it is very well composed at that! Very rarely does such a folksy song catch your attention so much! The tune by the duo is something crazily catchy, with humorous and wacky interruptions by backing vocalists that just make you go crrrrazy. The arrangements are also top-class. Harmonium, dholaks and whatnot add up to the dynamicness of the song. The hookline is something that’ll make you go wild! Manish perfectly suits all the needs of the composition, and delivers well, at the same time not letting go of the comic touch. Bobby-Imran’s tune doesn’t let the listener go, at all! It just keeps you listening till it ends. The lyrics by Shabbir are also amusing, but only if you forget that he’s written them, or else you might have prejudices. The craziness of the composition reminded me very much of ‘Tu Mere Agal Bagal Hai’ from ‘Phata Poster Nikhla Hero’, and we can see where the duo has got the touch of Pritam from, after working with him for seven years! Though some might find it utterly irritating, I personally lived it a lot, and recommend you to listen to it, hoping you do too! Rocking, crazy, quirky, wacky end to the album! Do hear it if you’re looking for something new and fresh! #5StarHotelSong!!


Well, to speak the truth, who in the world, had expected SUCH a good album (considering the status of the film) for this film?? Badmashiyaan is an opportunity that came knocking on Bobby-Imran’s studio door, which they have made the very best out of! I, for one, wasn’t expecting this album to be so good. Although it’s nothing worthy of awards or anything, it does have some pretty lovable and enjoyable tracks, which you can openly groove to. The duo has shed their typical image which they had made, thanks to ‘Khamoshiyan’, and finally I can tag them as versatile. A surprisingly good album by the duo, Bobby – Imran, which I would like to call as their debut, “in the true sense!” They have done a favour (meherbaani) on us by giving such a good album for a film not that big!

 

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: Kudiyab Baimaan > Thode Se Hum (Encore) > Shaitaaniyan > Thode Se Hum > Garden Garden Gave > Shaitaaniyan (Encore)

 

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

 

Next: 10th Music Mastani Monthly Awards 🙂

 

ALL THINGS “VISHESH” BUT NOTHING “VISHESH”!! (KHAMOSHIYAN – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Jeet Gannguli, Bobby-Imran, Naved Zafar & Ankit Tiwari
♪ Lyrics by: Rashmi Singh, Sayeed Quadri & Abhay Upadhyay (Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay)
♪ Music Label: Sony Music
♪ Music Released On: 26th December 2014 (on Saavn) & 29th December 2014 (on iTunes)
♪ Movie Released On: 30th January 2015

Khamoshiyan

Khamoshiyan

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


The renowned Bhatts are back with their first film of the year, Khamoshiyan, a horror flick directed by Karan Darra, and produced by Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt. The film stars Ali Fazal and debutants Gurmeet Choudhary (of “Punar Vivah” – Zee TV fame) and Sapna Pabbi (of “24” – Colors fame) in the lead roles. Last year, Vishesh Films left us with one of the best albums of the year, ‘Citylights’, which is one of those albums that is hard to forget even if you want to! This year, they return with the composer of ‘Citylights’, Jeet Gannguli, with some more composers joining him, making it a dreaded multi-composer album, but the Bhatts can be trusted for making the multi-composer albums likeable too, so let’s not flinch just yet. Accompanying Jeet Gannguli are debutant duo Bobby-Imran, debutant Naved Zafar, and the very well-known by now Ankit Tiwari. So let’s have a look whether the Bhatts can successfully provide us with a multi-composer album that will break the stereotype that multi-composer albums are below-the-mark, or if they disappoint and do not succeed in doing so themselves!


1. Khamoshiyan / Khamoshiyan (Unplugged)
Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Rashmi Singh

Jeet Gannguli gets to compose the title track of this movie, and when it is Jeet and Vishesh Films, we can now assume even before the songs release that the singer will be the one and only Arijit Singh. The ‘Citylights’ team of singer-composer-lyricist once again come together and once again produce a soft, lovable melody, that is so predictable yet so gripping. Jeet doesn’t directly take a Bengali song and remake it this time, but he takes one of his Hindi remakes which was originally a Bengali song (talking about “Sunn Le Zara” from “Singham Returns” here) and rearranges the notes in such a way that it will create a new melody on the same lines. The rhythm, tempo and everything is nearly the same as “Sunn Le Zara”. Guitars lead the arrangements, with piano also playing a huge hand in it. Arijit has very well managed the vocals, even making some variations at places, which come unexpectedly, but are likable. Rashmi Singh’s lyrics are again marvelous just as they were in ‘Citylights’. The unplugged version gives more of that haunting and sinister feel which is necessary to keep in the background at one of the essential (in simple terms, scary) parts of a horror movie. The piano holds much more importance in this version than the original, as the whole song has been recorded in a slow pace on nothing but the soft piano notes. Occasional wind sounds and chimes can be heard as well. Overall, the unplugged version has been very well managed as well! Another awesome melody from Jeet’s pocket! Heard-before, but definitely works! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Tu Har Lamha
Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Bobby-Imran, Lyrics by ~ Sayeed Quadri

Here is another song opening with guitar riffs, but they don’t exactly invite you as promisingly as the ones in the first song did. Sure enough, the composition which lies ahead is pretty stale and uninteresting, as a result of the same old boring stuff repeated again and again. Bobby-Imran, debutants, come up with a good romantic melody, I’m not saying it’s bad, but just that it could have and would have been better without so many of the stereotypes, like Arijit’s droning voice, the hookline which doesn’t seem to radiate any attractiveness towards it at all, and above all the composition. The composition as I’ve already said, is on the same lines as many older Bhatt-styled songs, the types that so many of us have gotten plain bored of, but a fraction of us still have some love for them left. Had they tried something relatively fresher, they might have ended up getting a wider audience. The rock arrangements do not help a bit in propelling this song any further as far as likability and catchiness is concerned. Since the composition fails, it isn’t any fun to hear Arijit drawl out the tune in a goat-ish voice. Sayeed’s lyrics however, which are almost always flawless, give some reason for everyone, even those bored of this genre, to hear the song at least once or twice. But, at the end of the day, it is the Bhatts who have taken this song into their album, so who isn’t going to say “I loved it!”? Blind followers: 1, Real Music Lovers: 0!!!

 

3. Baatein Yeh Kabhi Na (Male) / Baatein Yeh Kabhi Na (Female)
Singers ~ Arijit Singh / Palak Muchhal, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Sayeed Quadri

Jeet comes back into the album and treats us with yet another soothing, melodious song. Again, the song is full of the déjà vu factor, and definitely isn’t something unique and fresh. But, as expected, and as it should be, the composition’s catchiness and likability is what matters. And it is an instantly lovable melody, which Jeet has churned out. It oddly starts with some very out-of-the-place techno sounds, which I fail to understand why they have been used. But as the song continues, one cannot help but fall in love with it, because the tune is so beautiful and soulful and heart-touching, that (I can’t think of anything to compare it to, but you get the point, don’t you? 😝 ) Arijit performs very well, and does full justice to the composition. Both the Mukhda and antaras have a kind of instant connection with the audience, improving matters for the song even more! The guitar-led arrangements have been done well. The flute does surprise you when it enters and the orchestra is superb. Sayeed Quadri has written some very simple lyrics, which still strike a chord with listeners. They work perfectly with Jeet’s even more simplistic melody. Palak in the female version, does great as well,probably sounding so because of the charm in the tune. She seriously needs to open her mouth more while singing; all her words do not sound proper. (Sochna as soochna, royi as ruuyi) Another simple, heard-before but heart-touching and soulful melody from Jeet!! I would recommend Arijit’s version! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Kya Khoya
Singer ~ Naved Zafar, Music by ~ Naved Zafar, Lyrics by ~ Rashmi Singh

Newcomer Naved Zafar steps in with his track, which he himself sings, probably thinking that he’s a world-famous superstar. And I’m saying so because what he treats us with in the form of this song, is pure torture to the ears. His faltery voice hardly manages to create any interest in the listener’s mind to go on, and resultantly, the listener might just skip the rest of the song. So it is clear, he doesn’t know how to sing, at least not for a Bollywood movie (and that too, for the Bhatts!! :\ Wow!) but, unfortunately, what he has composed isn’t much better whatsoever. Typical Pakistani Rock full of melancholia and patheticness. I’m very bored of this stuff by now, honestly! Rock guitars and drums are naturally the only instruments audible prominently in the track. Piano notes, acoustic guitars, violins do make entries at places, but provide only seconds of relief. Rashmi disappoints this time around with her lyrics. They just fail to make any impact or convey whatever they want to. This song is on the same lines as ‘Zaroorat’ from ‘Ek Villain’, ‘Ik Pal Yahi’ from ‘Creature’. And just like these, it doesn’t have anything to offer in terms of innovativity and freshness. KYA KHOYA, KYA PAAYA ITNA KYU SOCHE HAI, JUST SKIP IT FOR GOD’S SAKE!

 

5. Bheegh Loon (Female) / Bheegh Loon (Male)
Singers ~ Prakriti Kakar / Ankit Tiwari, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay

The final composer, Ankit Tiwari, enters with a bang, and what he gives, is enough to make you hear it on loop for long! He teams up with Prakriti Kakar once again after ‘Alone’, and gives her yet another sensuous, slow-paced and thrilling song, one that stimulates those goosebumps. Ankit has aced the composition, perfectly infusing that Latino element into the song. Thanks to his arrangements, the song gets transported to a whole different level. The Spanish guitars beautifully lead the way followed by the other attractions like the techno sounds, backing vocals, strings and most importantly, the vocals by Prakriti! Prakriti again nails it with her singing and seems to be the PERFECT choice for this song. The peak of the song is undoubtedly the line “main jalti raatein teri, tu woh subah Jo bujha de”. It creates a wonderful spine-chilling climax up to the hookline, which is epic. Abhendra’s lyrics definitely suit the atmosphere created by the composition. Ankit, in his version sounds brilliant! And that’s because there’s no autotune! Why he uses auto tune even when he sounds so great without it, I fail to understand! Of course, the lyrics have been altered to suit the male version. Ankit exits his comfort zone after those numerous T-Series songs and gives us something innovative! Both versions are must-listens! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Subhan Allah
Singer ~ Anupam Amod, Music by ~ Bobby-Imran, Lyrics by ~ Sayeed Quadri

Bobby-Imran return with a variant of ‘Tu Har Lamha’, this time with a different singer. However, their choice here is also bad, is all I can say. Anupam Amod, though has the perfect Sufi-esque voice for the song, fails to convey any expression through his rendition. A person like Javed Bashir would have nailed this song. The originally soft rock song has got a Sufiana makeover, thus making it better at places. As a result, the hookline, which the most boring part of the original song, suddenly becomes the most gripping part of this version. The tablas have beautifully accentuated the hookline and make it all the more pleasant to hear. However, the tune of the rest of the song remains the same, that is umipressive and dull! Better than the original, because of the Sufiana touch, but spoiled due to wrong choice of singer!!


Khamoshiyan is your typical Bhatt album, full of romance, sorrow and sensuality. All the songs do have something or the other to vouch for. The team of composers has produced something that would go well with this horror flick. Ankit can be seen evolving the most as a composer, and his song might be the only one on the soundtrack which could be mistaken for a non-Bhatt album song. Jeet rules the album though, with his simple yet attractive melodies. The three newcomers, duo Bobby-Imran and Naved Zafar, do not fare as well, and they seemed bent on providing songs that would come across as typical straightaway. Overall, it is a typical though likeable “Vishesh Films” album, which has nothing vishesh (special) to offer whatsoever!

 

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 (My favourite to least favourite): Baatein Yeh Kabhi Na (Male) > Bheegh Loon (Female) > Khamoshiyan > Bheegh Loon (Male) > Khamoshiyan (Unplugged) > Baatein Yeh Kabhi Na (Female) > Subhan Allah > Tu Har Lamha > Kya Khoya

 

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

 

Next: 9th Music Mastani Monthly Awards (January 2015)

Next “dish”: Shamitabh, Chef: Ilaiyaraaja

A PROMISING ‘RAJA’ HAS ENTERED BOLLYWOOD! (RAJA NATWARLAL – Music Review)

Album Details:-
♪ Music by:- Yuvan Shankar Raja
♪ Lyrics by:- Irshad Kamil
♪ Music Label:- UTV/Times Music/Junglee Music
♪ Music Released On:- 25th July 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 29th August 2014

Raja Natwarlal Album Cover

Raja Natwarlal Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Raja Natwarlal is an upcoming Bollywood crime thriller starring Emraan Hashmi and newcomer Humaima Malick in lead roles. It also stars Paresh Rawal and Kay Kay Menon in supporting roles. The film is directed by Kunal Deshmukh, and produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur. Kunal Deshmukh’s films have always given us albums to cherish, be it ‘Jannat’ or ‘Tum Mile’ or ‘Jannat 2’. Pritam has always featured as composer in his movies. But this has changed with the arrival of this movie, in which the composer is the famous South-Indian music director, Yuvan Shankar Raja. From a Kunal Deshmukh film, expectations are always there from the music, and no doubt the same is the case here as well. So without any further delay, let’s proceed to the review of the music of ‘Raja Natwarlal’!


1. Tere Hoke Rehengay/Rahengay:- Singers ~ Arijit Singh (Original Version), Shweta Pandit (Reprise)

The first time Arijit is singing a solo song for Emraan Hashmi, the moment all Arijit and Emraan fans were waiting for since ‘Tum Hi Ho’ released last year, has finally arrived! The first song of the album starts with grand piano notes, which actually do sound very grand, and when they are followed and supported by Arijit’s incomparable voice, they sound all the more awesome! The song is a kind of slow poison; it will grow on you after some listens, and when it does grow on you, you can do nothing but keep grooving to the beats! Arijit very effortlessly carries out the high notes, as well as the very low notes! The type of slow, romantic song it seems to be at the beginning is a trick, I’m sure, because later, it becomes somewhat upbeat, and very catchy. The ‘oh oh oh‘s are trademark Pritam style and it just reminds you of the hit songs Pritam and Kunal Deshmukh have given. The hookline is the catchiest and has the best tune. The arrangements of the song are very good, with a lot of instruments contributing to the greatness factor. The hookline that comes after the antara, is orchestrated wonderfully, with violins beautifully doing the job! The lyrics are very simple, yet they are also very awesome, by the genius Irshad Kamil. Well, I can go on and on about this song, but we mustn’t forget about Shweta! She has sung the reprise version and the name of her version has been spelled differently, which is why I gave two spellings above. 😛 It doesn’t matter much, because the arrangements in this one are picture perfect! The vocals are picture perfect! The variations taken by Shweta are flawless! She sounds a lot like, actually even surpasses Neeti Mohan in this song! What else left to say? I guess you’ve got the idea that I loved this version way, way more than the original! The clicking/snapping Spanish-type sounds added by Yuvan in the background in this version have just got me even more addicted to the song. Also, the piano at the start of Arijit’s version has been replaced here by acoustic guitars, making the song sound even more Spanish. The harmonium has also very intelligently been added here. I’m sorry for such a long review for this single song, but what to do? It is brilliant! A must-listen! Shweta’s version is more effective than Arijit’s but both deserve this: #5StarHotelSong!!!

 

2. Dukki Tikki:- Singer ~ Mika Singh

A very, very catchy flute tune is the opener for this song. The starting itself is so catchy, and the rest of the song follows suit, and doesn’t disappoint! The song has been composed on the standard Kuthu template, like ‘Gandi Baat’ from ‘R…Rajkumar’ last year. The composer has done awesome Kuthu style instrumentation, with an awesome wind instrument that can be heard in all South Indian folk music forms, and outstanding use of percussion! Mika has returned to delivering better songs (recently, he had been singing many below average and also plain bad songs) and he sings very well here. The song is a tapori song, and his vocals match the song perfectly! His energy is unmatchable. Just one complaint is that when he sings ‘badshah’ it comes across as ‘bhasha’. The lyrics go with the theme of the movie, that is gambling. I have heard that this is a remake of Yuvan’s own South Indian song, but as long as it’s entertaining, I don’t have any problem! And it is just that! Not a single second will you get bored, and the song is pretty long at five minutes. Hats-off to Yuvan and Mika, for giving a definite chartbuster! It’s awesome! #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Kabhi Ruhani Kabhi Rumani:- Singer ~ Benny Dayal

This song is a Qawwali-style romantic number. Benny Dayal has returned to the romantic genre after a long time, after his few romantic songs composed by Rahman. This time Yuvan has roped him in for a romantic song. Yuvan has composed it very well, with great arrangements, and the tune is also very good. The fault here is in the vocals. Benny has sung decently, but he doesn’t seem at ease in the song, his voice coming out a bit husky and not as smooth as he normally sings. K.K. would have been a way better choice than Benny here. The arrangements are great, harmonium and tabla and other techno sounds making them up. The saarangi in the second interlude is beautiful. The bulbul tarang plays throughout the song and it is too beautoful to ignore. The Sufi style composition helps to gather the listener’s interest in the song. Songs like theses are my personal favourite, but they should have a strong singer on the vocals front! The lyrics by Irshad Kamil are very good too, and give the perfect Qawwali-esque feel to the song with lots of Urdu lyrics, making the song seem more authentic. A better and more established singer could have done, but everything else is great!

 

4. Namak Paare:- Singers ~ Mamta Sharma & Anupam Amod

I read the two names in the singer credits and was ready for another atrocious item song. Well, it turned out to be a lot better than what I thought it would be! It starts with a catchy tune played on harmonium, which is supported by tumbi for a split of a second, I guess. Mamta enters, and actually sounds good here! Maybe this is the effect of not having any cheap songs sung by her for a long time, almost three whole months (‘Bawri’ from ‘Angry Young Man’ was the last one). Also, she is singing in a mainstream Bollywood film after almost eight months! This is a great feat achieved by Bollywood! 😛 The composition is good and enjoyable, the vocals of Mamta as I said, sound refreshing, and the arrangements are awesome too. Especially the percussion done wonderfully. Tablas make short scattered cameos, but the main percussion is of the dhols, done very efficiently. But I seriously don’t know why Yuvan has used frog sounds at the starting of the song! Really, in the starting, it sounds like frogs are croaking in the background! Anupam does decent singing, but does not impress much as Mamta has already taken center-stage in the song. The way she sings the hookline after Anupam’s part is so awesome! She breaks the word ‘namak paare’ so that it sounds like ‘namak paare ay ay ay’. Lyrics are nothing to boast of, except that use of ‘namak paare’. The name of the food item has been used, but not in a very smart way. :/ Entertaining, but not perfect!

 

5. Flip Your Collar Back:- Singer ~ Benny Dayal

Usually, the best is saved for the last. Here, the case is opposite. This song has nothing to boast of except the smart and intelligent lyrics (Okay, except the hookline, because it is just nonsensical). It is supposed to be a boy trying to patao-fy girl song, but the composition and arrangements dissapoint to such an extent, that it is impossible to pay attention to the good lyrics and vocals. Benny got a song of his type, but here the composer is at fault with the composition and arrangements, which are too loud. The tune is not engaging at all, and makes the song a plain boring one to listen to. The use of techno is overdone in this song, and that makes it the least appealing in the soundtrack. Some unnecessary elements like these could have been thrown out of the song. Some uncredited singers support Benny, like a rapper who comes and raps sometime in the middle of the song, but doesn’t entertain. Towards the end, Yuvan tries to patch up the mistakes by placing his signature Kuthu beats in the song, but that just makes it even worse! 😛 Failed attempt to compose a good tune for innovative lyrics!


Raja Natwarlal is an album which offers songs that are pretty entertaining, but only two manage to impress wholly, others having some or the other faults in them. Yuvan has composed a decent Bollywood debut album, but I doubt it is better than any of his South movie albums. What’s more, the songs of a Kunal Deshmukh directorial are way better than this, looking at the past movies. Many of the songs have brilliant arrangements. Vocals in certain songs could have been better. The album might not even get a longer shelf life due to the lesser degree of superhit songs. Surely, Yuvan Shankar can do much better than this, and with an album that ranks above average in his debut for Bollywood, I would say he is very promising, and that he might do even better in future Bollywood projects, if he gets any. An above average debut album by Yuvan, that is not even close to previous Kunal Deshmukh film albums, and so might not find that many takers. 

 

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

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

 

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Next “dish”:- Singham Returns, Chefs:- Jeet Gannguli, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Ankit Tiwari & Yo Yo Honey Singh

YAARIYAN (MUSIC REVIEW)

Okay, so I know you are thinking why in the world I am reviewing this album now, right? 😀 Well, as I had promised at the end of my Heropanti Review, I will be reviewing the albums of 2014 which left a mark and still are playing on most of your iPods or music systems. I started my blog in the middle of the year just out of the blue, so I couldn’t review these albums. So I decided to at least review some of the albums which had released before my blog started and were either hit material and/or appreciated by true music lovers. The first album which fits these criteria happens to be Yaariyan, and what a co-incidence that it just recently premiered on TV a few weeks back, and was aired again a few days back! So enjoy this flashback and travel back in time six months back and remember the time when you heard the Yaariyan album for the first time! But don’t worry I’ll be writing my views both then and now!


Album Details:- Music by:- Pritam Chakraborty, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Mithoon & Anupam Amod | Lyrics by:- Amitabh Bhattacharya, Irshad Kamil, Mithoon, Yo Yo Honey Singh & Arko Pravo Mukherjee | Music Label:- T-Series | Music Released On:- 9th December 2013 | Movie Released On:- 10th January 2014

Yaariyan Album Cover

Yaariyan Album Cover

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Yaariyan is a coming-of-age romantic adventure film directed by Divya Khosla Kumar, the wife of T-Series Chairman and Managing Director, Bhushan Kumar, who has produced the film under the banner of T-Series. The film stars several young newcomers, like Himansh Kohli, Rakul Preet Singh, Nicole Faria and Shreyas Pardiwalla. The film’s music was received very well by the audience. It has music scored by big names like Pritam, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Mithoon and lesser known names like, Arko Pravo Mukherjee and Anupam Amod. As the film is a T-Series musical, many great songs were expected and that is exactly what the people got. After ‘Aashiqui 2’ people got another great music album from T-Series. However, the film did not do too good and the best part of it has to be its music. With as many as five composers, a well-balanced “dish” or album was expected. And that also the people got! 😀  So let’s take a walk down memory lane 😛  (I know it’s not so old, but still) and look back at the music of Yaariyan!


 

1. ABCD:- Singers ~ Benny Dayal, Shefali Alvares, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Music by ~ Pritam Chakraborty (Rap by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh), Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya (Rap Written by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh)

The album starts with this song, which is a party song full of techno beats and youth-oriented lyrics. This song was lapped up by the youth and it is pretty obvious why. Benny, who seems to be the king of such numbers, sings this song with ease and is supported very nicely by Shefali, who I would call the queen of such songs 😀 . Pritam’s music is a bit ordinary but I loved it nevertheless. Amitabh Bhattacharya has disappointed with the lyrics though this time. His usually quirky lyrics are nowhere to be seen in this track. Instead, they are pretty ordinary. The rap written by Honey Singh is typical Honey Singh rap but it is used well in the song. The mukhada’s tune is repeated in the antara and after that comes a Honey Singh rap portion. If there had been one more antara with a different tune, it would have been better, but the best part of this song is the hook line which is the only catchy thing in this song. However, this song was a hit then, and still can be heard on radios everywhere. It has not been wiped out from anybody’s head yet! Was expecting more from Pritam-Amitabh Bhattacharya combo, but this works too and I have to admit it is a good song!

 

2. Baarish:- Singers ~ Mohammed Irfan, Gajendra Verma, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Mithoon

The only word to describe this song is “Waah!” Right from the starting aalaap by Gajendra to his aalaap in the end with of course the lead vocals by Mohammed Irfan, everything in this song is ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. Yes, you read correctly! ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!! The king of romantic melodies Mithoon has given the world another great, beautiful love song to enjoy after ‘Tum Hi Ho’. The song has a strong tune with just as strong lyrics by Mithoon himself. The use of guitar and sarangi is brilliant in this song. Mohammed Irfan has ruled this song with his rendition. This song is a genius composition with a magical tune, magical voices behind the mic, magical lyrics and most important, magical arrangements! Even now, after six months, it has not left my playlist and plays at least once everyday on each radio channel and music channel on TV. A great romantic track which will be loved not only by youth but by people of all ages. Another track by Mithoon which made the country go crazy while swaying to its tunes! A PERFECT song. In short, a #5StarHotelSong !

 

3. Sunny Sunny:- Singers ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Neha Kakkar, Music by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh

Okay, I was not at all expecting such a good song from Yo Yo Honey Singh, not even in my dreams! But, as it turned out, I was hooked to this song from the day its teaser released, because of the tune which we can hear althroughout the song. Then, when the single song released, I had it on repeat for the whole day! And I’m pretty sure the whole country had it on repeat that day and I’m also pretty sure that it has not budged from its place on anyone’s playlist on their iPods either! I had almost made my mind that it would be another one of Yo Yo’s stupid compositions, but this one actually impressed me! Though the lyrics really are typical Yo Yo lyrics, the music is something completely different from most dance songs today. And the rap is…the rap is…the rap is…well, guess what!!! THERE IS NO RAP!!! I was waiting for the rap to come, and before it came, the song ended! Probably that was the factor that made a huge difference for me, and made it the first Yo Yo Honey Singh song that I liked so much! His vocals also aren’t annoying as usual, and this time he brings in a female singer to sing too, Neha Kakkar. She also sings her part awesomely! And this song is still being treated like a brand new song, getting played at least thrice a day everywhere. Nope, the nation hasn’t gotten over this song even a bit and it is still played everywhere, be it family functions or birthday parties! 😛 An unexpected great composition by Honey Singh, in fact, his best composition to date, and he deserves the praise for it. So I will give this song of his (very reluctantly 😉 ) the title of  #5StarHotelSong ! because you can hate him or like him, but you cannot ignore him! 🙂

 

4. Allah Waariyan:- Singer ~ Shafqat Amanat Ali, Music by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Lyrics by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee

When this song starts, you will immediately be reminded of ‘Tum Jo Aaye’ from ‘Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai’ because of the traditional Indian rhythm in both songs. But that was a romantic track, whereas this one is a sad song. The melody and composition are very nice, and Arko Pravo Mukherjee has proved himself once more after Jism 2. The hookline of this song is just phenomenal. However, the antara is the best part of the song, any day! The flute interlude is so sweet you will love it instantly. Shafqat’s vocals are flawless and suit the song too well. The lyrics are very good, by the composer himself. Once again, this song was a favourite of the audience and still is being loved by everyone. It is a very heart-touching song and it cannot be forgotten easily or quickly. Nothing much more to say because it’s just too good and it is yet another #5StarHotelSong in this album!

 

5. Love Me Thoda Aur:- Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Pritam Chakraborty, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

So, this is the second song by Pritam for this movie. I was expecting a great romantic song, which is catchy, and that is exactly what I got! Pritam has composed this song like he used to compose some years back, and that is what made this song work for me. On top of that, the English vocals are also great. The voice which Arijit has used in this song is his voice which I like and not his nasal type voice, which I like only sometimes. The antara’s tune is better than the mukhda’s, and it will give you a great feeling! Though the song is a bit ordinary, it is still fine as there isn’t anything wrong and there’s is nothing at all to criticise about it. However, this song, I don’t hear playing anywhere as much as I hear the above songs, and I wonder why! A cute song, which didn’t get the popularity it deserved, but still it is nice in terms of quality!

 

6. Meri Maa:- Singers ~ K.K. (Original Version), K.K. (Reprise Version), Anupam Amod (Unplugged Version), Music by ~ Anupam Amod/Pritam, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

Okay, first of all, I would like to clear the doubts of everyone who is cursing me in their mind for crediting Anupam Amod as the music director for this song. He is clearly credited in the Yaariyan CD also, and he has even confirmed it in one of his interviews, which you can read here. Also here is the CD cover for all of you.

However, after hearing the song, you will easily come to know it is a Pritam composition. It has slight resemblance to the antara of ‘Main Rang Sharbaton Ka’ from ‘Phata Poster Nikhla Hero’ in its hook line. That is why I’ve also credited Pritam. Moving on to the song. What to say about it! Anything I say is too less! K.K. has sung the song beautifully and the song is a rock song dedicated to mothers. After ‘Maa’ from ‘Taare Zameen Par’, ‘Meri Maa’ from ‘Dasvidaniya’, and ‘Janam Janam’ from ‘Phata Poster Nikhla Hero’, this song has been added to my list of favourite songs about mothers. The lyrics are very touching, and so is the tune. The reprise version is better as such a song needs soft music. The reprise version has one antara with different lyrics, and is much softer, and so it works more than the original. The last version is a big no! Do NOT go for it! Anupam Amod has sung very badly and his voice just doesn’t suit this song! A very nice tribute to mothers in terms of tune and composition but it only worked in the two versions sung by K.K. So this song is another #5StarHotelSong but not Anupam Amod’s version! 😀

 

7. Zor Lagaake Haishaa:- Singer ~ Vishal Dadlani, Music by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

This track is purely situational. It’s a kind of patriotic song and it’s good considering the situation, but it won’t get your attention like the other songs. It will sound good only when you watch the movie and understand the situation at which it is placed. The lyrics are perfect for the song and Vishal’s vocals are great too. It is also a bit too long and you will get bored by the time half of the song is over. Most of the people who haven’t seen the movie won’t even know that there is such a song in the film.  😀  A song which is longer than required and the only track in this album with nearly none or very less shelf life.

 

8. Mujhe Ishq Se:- Singers ~ Tulsi Kumar, Gajendra Verma, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Mithoon

Here comes the queen of reprises, Tulsi Kumar, with a pathetic rendition of such a great song! 😦 This song is a reprise version of ‘Baarish’ and is sung in the most pathetic way by Tulsi Kumar, whom I guess Mithoon was forced by Bhushan Kumar to use, because she is his sister! I’m pretty sure Mithoon didn’t have Tulsi in mind for this song, and it would have sounded awesome in the voice of either Palak or Chinmayi, instead of Tulsi. Tulsi spoiled such a genius tune and composition with her ‘I can’t describe it in writing’ voice. This song has a line ‘Mujhe Ishq Se Rehna Tha Door..’ Well, all I can say is, ‘Iss Gaane Se Rehna Tum Door!’

 

Overall:- Overall, this album is a mixed bag with lots of variety. It has great melodies and great peppy numbers. It has touched the hearts of lots of people and is still a favourite of many people. Where music is concerned, Bhushan Kumar has asked the composers to compose songs according to their forte, and each of them has delivered exactly what was needed. This album was the first hit album of the year in terms of both popularity and good music, and that is why it is on many playlists even after six months of its release! It was lapped up by everyone then also and the fever hasn’t gone down yet! All the composers tried to give their best and more or less succeeded! The saying ‘Too many cooks spoil the broth’ has been proven wrong with this album. An overall great album, although a couple of tracks were unnecessary. An album with a very long shelf life. After ‘Aashiqui 2’, Bhushan Kumar has given us another great album!

 

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

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

 

Review by Rujul Deolikar

Next “dish” from old albums of 2014:- Dedh Ishqiya, Chef:- Vishal Bharadwaj, and from new albums:- Citylights, Chef:- Jeet Gannguli