MUBARAKAN! A FLOP ALBUM HAS BEEN BORN! (MUBARAKAN – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Gourov-Roshin, Hassan Jahangir, Amaal Mallik, Rishi Rich, Yash Anand & R.D. Burman
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Badshah & Hassan Jahangir
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 6th July 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 28th July 2017

Mubarakan Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Mubarakan is an upcoming Bollywood romantic comedy of errors starring Arjun Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz, Athiya Shetty and Ratna Pathak Shah in the lead roles. The film is directed by the only director in Bollywood who still insists on doing comedies with a cast larger than a herd of cows, Anees Bazmee and produced by Ashwin Varde, Murad Khetani and Balwinder Singh Janjua. The film’s plot consists of such never-before-tried aspects like — double roles, a love quadrangle, a huge Punjabi family and Punjabi dance numbers. It is going to redefine Bollywood, I’m sure of it. 😏 If you didn’t get that sarcasm, moving on. The music is by T-Series, and that means multiple composers. Thankfully, one name out of the three composers, is a relief, it being the name of Amaal Mallik, the young composer proving his mettle out there. He gets two, upbeat dance tracks, so I hope those are catchy! The next two composers are Gourov-Roshin, returning after treating us to a small break from their remakes, and sadly they have three songs, and Rishi Rich with Yash Anand, who have composed the title song of the film. Let’s just get this over with, eh?


1. The Goggle Song

Singers ~ Sonu Nigam, Armaan Malik, Neeti Mohan, Tulsi Kumar & Amaal Mallik, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

A wedding song to start the album, this one is an enjoyable tune from Amaal. Not the best he can do for sure, but it still makes you groove to the beat. The beat itself is infectious, with the composer adding quirky sound effects making it sound better. The ensemble of singers does really well for a wedding song, and for once, Tulsi sounds better than Neeti. The lyrics are mediocre, but hilarious at times. A good wedding track, but not very innovative.
Rating: 3.5/5

 

2. Mubarakan (Title Track)

Singers ~ Yash Narvekar, Juggy D, Sukriti Kakar & Badshah, Music by ~ Rishi Rich & Yash Anand, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Rap by ~ Badshah, Yamma Yamma Credits: Music by ~ R.D. Burman

“This is the Rishi Rich beat.” The song starts with this obvious statement, and an unexpected incorporation of some portions ‘Yamma Yamma’ (Shaan). The actual composition falls flat, but it is saved by R.D. Burman’s old song, which plays throughout, and its addition was quite creative. Vocals are horrible. Lyrics are horrible. Rap is horrible. Arrangements are not so horrible. (Mostly, it is the awesome oud from the old song). In short, a horrible song, but for the arrangements and the old song’s portions.
P.S. I wouldn’t call this a Remake as such.
Rating: 2.5/5 (0.5 bonus for using that old song wisely)

 

3. Jatt Jaguar

Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani, Navraj Hans & Apeksha Dandekar, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Another typical Punjabi song, the Punjabi flavour accentuated even more by a mediocre composition that barely manages to grasp your attention, except at the hook. Even Vishal doesn’t sound as energetic as always, but Navraj does. Lyrics are typical. Arrangements are typical, but there are traces Amaal’s digital quirks. At many places the tune seems like some old song I can’t recall! 😥 Not the best Amaal can do.
Rating: 2.5/5

 

4. Haathon Mein Thhe Haath

Singers ~ Papon, Altamash Faridi, Aditi Singh Sharma & Arpita Mukherjee, Backing Vocals by ~ Rinku Giri, Music by ~ Gourov-Roshin, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

A typical Pakistani pop-esque song follows, and it immediately strikes me as Papon’s worst song after a long, long time. The composition is staid and clichéd, his vocals do not help at all. Aditi sounds over stylish as usual. Those typical digital beats add to the melancholia. Backing vocalists add to the staleness, especially the Sufi one. Lyrics are something you won’t even notice. A song that clearly doesn’t know where it belongs.
Rating: 2.5/5

 

5. Hawa Hawa

Singers ~ Mika Singh & Prakriti Kakar, Original Composition by ~ Hassan Jahangir, Music Recreated by ~ Gourov-Roshin, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

The hit Pakistani pop song remade, with a typppppical kuthu beat and rhythm! Mika singing increases the headache, and the new composition is just unbearable. The hookline is good, but the other parts fall flat. The female vocals by Prakriti sound good though. Lyrics belong to a Sajid-Wajid soundtrack. Why????
Rating: 2.5/5

 

6. Dil Dhadke Louder Louder

Singers ~ Rinku Giri & Puja Basnet, Original Composition Traditional, Music Recreated by ~ Gourov-Roshin, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Another Punjabi folksy song ends the album, this time a mélange of two Punjabi folk songs, ‘Kala Doriya’ and ‘Baari Barsi’. The composition doesn’t hook you at all; in fact it sounds like ‘Jatt Jaguar Part 2’. The new singer Rinku Giri is the typical Punjabi male singer affair, he sounds like Diljit Dosanjh. Arrangements are “louder louder”. Lyrics are typical. A song that relies on folk songs to propel it, but fails.
Rating: 2/5


Mubarakan is yet another feather in Bollywood’s cap of Punjabi albums. All of the songs are very staid, heard-before ones, that don’t really help generate any interest. Amaal does okayish in one song, but showcases his quirk in the other. The others perform subpar, with the exception of Rishi Rich, who has made quite a catchy song. But even with its catchiness I couldn’t rate it higher than 2.5. So, for anyone counting, Mubarakan! Another flop album has been born! 

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 3.5 + 2.5 + 2.5 + 2.5 + 2.5 + 2 = 15.5

Album Percentage: 51.67%

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: The Goggle Song > Mubarakan = Jatt Jaguar = Haathon Mein Thhe Haath = Hawa Hawa > Dil Dhadke Louder Louder

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 18 (from previous albums) + 02 (from Mubarakan) = 20

 

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

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A HUGE SACRIFICE BY T-SERIES!! (BABY – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Meet Bros. Anjjan & M.M. Kreem
♪ Lyrics by: Manoj Muntashir
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 7th January 2015
♪ Movie Released On: 23rd January 2015

Baby Album Cover

Baby Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Baby is an upcoming Bollywood spy thriller film, directed by Neeraj Pandey and produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Shital Bhatia, Cape of Good Films and Crouching Tiger Films. The movie stars an ensemble cast consisting of Akshay Kumar, Rana Daggubati, Anupam Kher, Kay Kay Menon, Taapsee Pannu, Madhurima Tuli, Danny Denzongpa, Sushant Singh, Mikaal Zulfiqar while Rasheed Naz plays a negative role. Neeraj Pandey’s films definitely do not need soundtracks, at least not ones that are required in the film. However, they always have one, and, since T-Series, the leading music company of India, is connected this time, it would be stupid not to have a music album to the film. But, when it was announced that the film has only two songs by two different composers, Meet Bros. Anjjan & M.M. Kreem, I had to praise T-Series for such a big sacrifice of having just two songs in the album. Since there are only two songs, and considering that the great composer, M.M. Kreem is involved (he gave a great soundtrack for Neeraj’s film ‘Special 26’) I was very excited about the two songs, however they would be! And this is what I got… Read on to find out!


1. Beparwah
Singers ~ Apeksha Dandekar & Meet Bros. Anjjan, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan

Interesting noises start off this song, which grab your attention from the first second. The backing female vocals just increase the interest of the listener. Meet Bros. Anjjan’s composition is something that fits well with the film’s theme and genre, and gives a kind of thrilling feel, but only to some extent. The listener might very soon lose interest, maybe because of the length of the song (it would be better if kept shorter, in my opinion), or maybe because this type of music just doesn’t appeal to the Bollywood audience. However, I feel that it is a big thing in itself that Meet Bros. Anjjan have moved on from that utterly atrocious genre which they always vouch for, that is the senseless Punjabi songs with nonsensical rap. Their arrangements and beats, as always, win your heart. Use of a middle-eastern string instrument (maybe Oud) is awesome. They have also used many techno sounds, which are very catchy and they give some reason to keep hearing the song. Manoj Muntashir has written suitable lyrics, going by the movie’s genre. Apeksha, however, displays her immense talent and sings with attitude, which anyone would love! Her vocals are the biggest attraction in the song, and keep the listener listening. Hear this song for the great arrangements by MBA, lyrics by Manoj Muntashir and fabulous rendition by Apeksha! A song that suits the theme of the film, but still, doesn’t fulfill all the requirements of such songs.

 

2. Main Tujhse Pyaar Nahin Karta
Singer ~ Papon, Music by ~ M.M. Kreem

Very soft, but impactful guitar strums and electric guitar sounds, are what introduce us to the M.M. Kreem half of this small album. Papon with his smooth-as-silk voice, very efficiently carries Kreem’s sweet melody on his shoulders, and the emotions required to be portrayed in the song, all come out beautifully because of his voice. Kreem’s composition is pretty complex, not a straightforward one, but twisting and curving. This is the aspect of the song I loved a lot, because you never know what’s coming up next in the song. Even the arrangements are such that they just make you love the song more and more. They are so beautiful and perfectly fit in with the music scene of nowadays, despite having been done by an industry senior. The violins, the guitars all enhance the composition a lot. More than all this, though, the song belongs to the lyricist Manoj Muntashir, who has done an exceptional job in weaving magic through some sweet and simple words. Hear the song for yourself to experience and witness the magic! A song in which everything right from the composition to the arrangements, to the lyrics right till the vocals, falls perfectly into place! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Main Tujhse Pyaar Nahin Karti
Singer ~ Ramya Behra, Music by ~ M.M. Kreem

The female equivalent to ‘Main Tujhse Pyaar Nahin Karta’, this song also succeeds in winning you heart. Ramya, a Telugu singer, renders the song wonderfully with the right emotions, and makes us wonder why she isn’t heard more often in Bollywood. Arrangements in this sing are simpler, with mainly just acoustic guitars supporting the singer. I personally liked the lyrics of this version better than the male version. They so show felt more soulful and also emotional. And they make the song sound sad too. Many lines are very simple and such that people use in real life nowadays, and not just the stars on screen. A slightly better version of the song, mainly because of the altered lyrics. #5StarHotelSong!!


Baby is one of the shortest albums I’ve come across in a long time, with only two songs, and the fact that the movie is being produced by T-Series, just makes it even more surprising that it has only two songs. However, both the songs go well with the theme of the film and have been chosen wisely by the director and producer of the film. Just if ‘Beparwah’ would have had more of a universal appeal, the soundtrack would have been liked more. M.M. Kreem ultimately emerges as the winner within this album, with both versions of his song being so delightfully sweet. As for what I would say about the makers of the film — They are careless (beparwah) to the fact that they have just two songs in the album, because they know about the impact the soundtrack can make, they know its potential. 🙂 T-Series has really made a great sacrifice, but it is one which really worked, resulting in a short, but sweet soundtrack in which Kreem emerges the winner!

 

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 (most-liked to least-liked): Main Tujhse Pyaar Nahin Karti > Main Tujhse Pyaar Nahin Karta > Beparwah

 

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

 

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