EACH SONG, DOBAARA! (DOBAARA – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Samira Koppikar, D. Wunder & Macks Wolf
♪ Lyrics by: Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Puneet Sharma, D. Wunder & Tasha Tah
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 24th May 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 2nd June 2017

Dobaara Album Cover

 

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Dobaara is an upcoming Bollywood horror film, starring Huma Qureshi, Saqib Saleem, Adil Hussain, Lisa Ray and Rhea Chakraborty in crucial roles. The film has been directed by Prawaal Raman and produced by the director along with Ishaan Saksena, Vikram Khakhar and Sunil Shah. It is an official remake of the 2013 Hollywood horror film ‘Oculus’, which is considered to be one of the scariest movies of all time. So horror films in Bollywood have been very miserably made, with people flying around so pathetically that it looks hilarious. For once, I feel that this is going to be a well-made horror film in Bollywood. Of course, another thing typical of Bollywood horror films is that they have romantic songs. For ‘Dobaara’, the music has been composed by Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Samira Koppikar, D. Wunder and Macks Wolf. Well, I know nothing about the latter two names, so I can’t speak about them, but I am expecting a lot from the first two names — Arko and Samira. Arko has been giving great songs for the whole of the last year and I don’t think he wants to stop now, so expecting good, creative songs from him. Meanwhile, Samira has vanished from composing after her amazing debut more than two years ago, with ‘Maati ka Palang’ (NH10). And she’s back now. Again, expecting a good song from her. So let’s see exactly how haunting the music of ‘Dobaara’ is!


1. Kaari Kaari / Kaari Kaari (Reprise Version)

Singers ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee & Asees Kaur / Arko Pravo Mukherjee & Payal Dev, Music by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Lyrics by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee

“Maazi ko maazi rehne de, ankhiyon se nadiyaan behne de,
Toote inn waqt ke tukdon ko, rab ki farmaaish sehne de,
Shaakhon se kaliyaan tooti hai, jab se tu khud se yun roothi hai,
Zara dekh gaur se, oh saaiyaan, aks yeh tera, tu hi hai!”

– Arko Pravo Mukherjee

The song with which Arko starts off the album, reassures me yet again, that he is going to give amazing songs for this album. A beautiful, and by beautiful I mean extremely beautiful and more than that too, semiclassical melody is what the album starts with, and Arko can bask in the success of the song as it will reach many a listener’s hearts. The composition is a semiclassical melody that instantly hooks you, and Arko has structured it in a way that Bollywood songs usually aren’t. For example, after the mukhda, there’s a short stanza that doesn’t fall into any category and it goes “Tere jaisa hi dikhta hai, aks tera..” That stanza is bliss! The antara is just as soothing as the mukhda, while the hookline (which is subtly hidden within the Mukhda/antara) is just outstanding. As in all classical tunes, this one has intricate nuances, and the vocalists carry them out well. The song, featuring in two version, gets everything right in both versions. The arrangements are slightly different in each version. The first version has a beautiful, acoustic setting, with the guitar riff sounding mind blowing. Piano starts it off with a wonderful female voice programmed so as to enchant you right at the beginning! But the guitar riff that sets in once the melody starts, is just so simple and down-to-earth, that it is tough to dislike! The slide guitars + snaps combo in the interlude is wonderful as well. The Reprise takes the more classical route, and it starts off in a different way altogether. The guitar riff has been scrapped from this, and replaced by digital beats, along with something sounding like a Chinese xylophone. The arrangements of this one were a major throwback to ‘Ab Tohe Jaane Na Dungi’ (Bajirao Mastani), and how coincident that Payal Dev has sung that one too. This one has an amazing aalaap in the interlude, and it is entrancing. Of course, no Arko song is completed without at least one guitar strum or riff, and he brings the guitar into play in the antara. The vocals are flawless in both versions. Asees in her version, gives her career best performance, and it sends chills down the spine listening to her perfecting each and every note, especially the nuances in the hookline. Payal, on the other hand, gives a more classically-toned rendition, which is probably why I remember the ‘Bajirao Mastani’ song. The thing to note is when she suddenly goes high in one of the hooklines towards the end. That was splendid! Arko, with his deep voice, enters in the antara, but complements the two ladies well in their respective songs. He writes the lyrics as well, and gives an aptly romantic, and soulful piece. A mind-blowing classical-based song, but kept extremely simple, all the better to win hearts with! 💜

Rating: 5/5 for Original, 5/5 for Reprise

 

2. Humdard / Humdard (Alt. Version)

Singers ~ Jyotica Tangri / Neha Pandey & Parry G, Music by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Lyrics by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Rap in Alt. Version Written by ~ Parry G

 “Takleef hogi, bechain honge, yeh raaste hain pathreeley,
Woh Zindagi ki, kahaani kaisi, ke bin lade hi jo jee le!”

– Arko Pravo Mukherjee

The next song by Arko, is highly disappointing. It is supposed to be some kind of sad song, but it barely manages to get the emotion right. The composition is more like a club song where a lady is sitting and singing a song while the main characters are sitting in the bar trying to forget their breakup. The beginning itself is so abrupt and odd, that it is tough to go on trying to like the song. The antara is good compared to the rest of the song, though. The arrangements are mostly digital beats that irritate mostly, and remind one of the songs from the ‘Saansein’ (2016) album. However, there’s a nice portion on strings that is mildly entertaining. Both versions have basically the same arrangements, but they differ in the vocal department. And both singers, I must say, fail to fit the bill here, and both of their renditions turn out to be least satisfying. The first version has Jyotica Tangri trying to be Neha Kakkar again, but even Neha Kakkar wouldn’t have sounded great in this song. Maybe Sonu Kakkar. And in the Alternate Version, newcomer Neha Pandey doesn’t impress at all, unfortunately; she suddenly changes vocal tones and that sounds very weird. And a quite impressive rapid rap by Parry G, who impressed even in ‘Jai Maa’ (Behen Hogi Teri), also features in the second version. I must say he sounds a lot like Yo Yo Honey Singh. The lyrics by Arko, are the saving grace of the song. They are actually good, and deserved a better composition to accompany them! A disaapointment from Arko after that brilliant song.

Rating: 1/5 for the Original, 1.5/5 for the Alternate Version

 

3. Ab Raat (Version 1) / Ab Raat (Version 2)

Singers ~ Arijit Singh / Samira Koppikar & Jonathan Rebeiro, Music by ~ Samira Koppikar, Lyrics by ~ Puneet Sharma

“Dard dard andhera, zakhm si chaandni, Dhul jaayegi dhoop mein,
Sard haathon ka ghera, shehar ki berukhi, kho jaayegi goonj mein,
Parindon ki azaanein, gungunaati raah bhi, kehti hain aankhein choomke,
Bas, Abb raat guzarne waali hai, abb raat guzarne waali hai,
Abb raat guzarne waali hai, bas raat guzarne waali hai!”

– Puneet Sharma

At first, I thought this song is a remake of the old song ‘Ab Raat Guzarne Waali Hai’ (Awara), because the lyrics of the hook are the same, but it apparently isn’t, because this song has been released by Zee and not Saregama. 😂 Anyway, Samira steps in with her song, and even this song features twice. (The makers are really taking the title ‘Dobaara’ very seriously, huh?) However, I have no complaints with this song featuring twice. The song is a very, very soulful composition that gives you goosebumps. It is songs like this that must be added into horror films and not useless romantic songs. Samira’s composition is haunting to the core, very apt for the situation. The mukhda starts a bit slowly, but as soon as the hookline plays for the first time, you start getting intrigued and immerse yourself into the song. The first antara has an amazing tune, as does the second one, which is more like a Pritam-ish conclusion, rather than an antara. The arrangements by Samira, are yet another example of how to impress with the most used and most clichéd template ever. She employs a very effective soft rock arrangement to the first version, and it provides the required strength to the composition, which would sound sleepy without it. The drums, acoustic guitars and rock guitars complement each other very well, and it provides such a BEAUTIFUL ambience, spellbinding indeed. A Version 2 has been given a more acoustic treatment till the hookline starts, with the Acoustic guitar prominent. However, instead of making it plain and boring with only the guitar, Samira adds in a bit of this and a bit of that to make it sound better. A heart-rending flute has been employed in various places, and especially the interlude’s flute portion is something not to miss. Samira still doesn’t resist to add the drums here either, though. So this version sounds more like a Lounge Version, due to the combination of the flute, acoustic guitars and drums. Vocals are again flawless in both versions, Arijit at his soulful best, and Samira singing in a very different voice than she has in her other songs. She keeps it high-pitched, unlike the low pitch she uses in many of her songs. She has a co-singer named Jonathan Rebeiro, who has given a couple of words here and there as backing vocals. Last but definitely not the least, can we admire the lyrics here? The song is such a soulful song, but behind that tune are the genius words of Puneet Sharma, who writes less frequently, but has written some amazing songs for ‘Revolver Rani’ (2014; also the first album I ever reviewed!!) and songs for albums like ‘Cute Kameena’ (2016), ‘Mr. Joe B. Carvalho’ (2014) and ‘Aurangzeb’ (2013). But here, he gives another amazing piece of writing, which I just instantly fell for. The song is about waiting for the dark times to pass, and as they say, “This too shall pass”. A ravishing song!

Rating: 4.5/5 for Version 1, 5/5 for Version 2

 

4. Malang

Singers ~ Tasha Tah & D. Wunder, Music by ~ D. Wunder & Macks Wolf, Lyrics by ~ D. Wunder & Tasha Tah

“Malang Malang Maiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnn” 🐏

– D Wunder

This next song makes me recheck whether I’m actually listening to the ‘Dobaara’ album anymore or not. A generic Punjabi club number on the lines of Dr. Zeus’ songs is what makes up the “grand” finale to this album. The composition is so irritating at places, but catchy in some places. The hookline has the lead female singer bleating like a sheep, “Maiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnn”. That part is so irritating. The arrangements are typical club beats, but they aren’t so engaging. The vocals are execrable, and I’ve given an example up above. The English parts of the song are enjoyable though. But that’s like a “One in a million” good part, to quote the song. The Punjabi parts are so irritating, you forget to like anything else. Lyrics? What lyrics? Appalling.

Rating: 0.5/5


Dobaara is an album that depends on the Reprise versions to propel it. Three out of the four songs have another reprise, so that we hear it again. Thankfully, all these reprises are either better than or equal in comparison with the original songs, so I’m not complaining. Arko strikes gold, and what shiny gold, in the first song of his, but disappoints with the next one. Meanwhile, Samira Koppikar gets her guest composition extremely well, in both versions. Whoever D Wunder & Macks Wolf are, I hope they aren’t looking at Bollywood for a career. An album that gets a much higher rating than it would have, thanks to reprises, which made us hear the songs “dobaara”!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 5 + 5 + 1 + 1.5 + 4.5 + 5 + 0.5 = 22.5

Album Percentage: 64.29%

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: Kaari Kaari = Kaari Kaari (Reprise) = Ab Raat (Version 2) > Ab Raat (Version 1) > Humdard (Alt. Version) > Humdard > Malang

 

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

A BEHEN WHO CAN’T DANCE, BUT CAN ONLY ROMANCE! (BEHEN HOGI TERI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Kaushik-Akash-Guddu for JAM8, Rishi Rich, Jaidev Kumar, Amjad-Nadeem, Yash Narvekar & R.D. Burman
♪ Lyrics by: Bipin Das, Yash Narvekar, Amit Dhanani, Late Anand Bakshi, Sonu Saggu, Rohit Sharma, Parry G & Raftaar
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 23rd May 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 9th June 2017

Behen Hogi Teri Album Cover

 

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Behen Hogi Teri is an upcoming Bollywood romantic comedy starring Shruti Hassan, Rajkummar Rao, Gautam Gulati and Gulshan Grover in lead roles. The film is directed by Ajay K. Pannalal and produced by Tony D’Souza, Amul Vikas Mohan and Nitin Upadhyaya. The film’s slogan is “All Indians are NOT Brothers and Sisters!” Well, going by the trailer and this slogan thingy, it seems like a quirky and light hearted romantic comedy, but you know Bollywood, they can add drama into anything and everything. The music of the film, as expected is by multiple composers, including Pritam’s A&R venture JAM8 (Kaushik-Akash-Guddu this time), Rishi Rich, Amjad-Nadeem (after a long time, huh!), Jaidev Kumar and Yash Narvekar. Out of these composers, none, I repeat none, have given anything outstanding in the past, so one can just hope that some miracle occurs and they give us great music for this film. Expectations are moderate, but hoping for the best, let’s explore the music of ‘Behen Hogi Teri’.


1. Jai Maa

Singers ~ Sahil Solanki, Jyotica Tangri & Parry G, Original Composition by ~ Prem Hardeep & Badshah, Music Recreated by ~ Jaidev Kumar, Lyrics by ~ Sonu Saggu, Rap Lyrics by ~ Parry G

Wow. So now the music industry has started remaking remakes. ‘Kala Chashma’ (Baar Baar Dekho), which was a quite banal remake by Badshah, of the Punjabi pop number ‘Kala Chashma’ by Prem Hardeep, itself, now gets remade into a mata-ki-chowki song. Jaidev Kumar, who had earlier remade ‘Subha Hone Na De’ (Desi Boyz) into a similar satirical devotional song, ‘O Meri Mata’ in ‘Bajatey Raho’, takes the same composition that Badshah had made. Nothing changed in the tune, and that’s why it would make the public even crazier. The arrangements seem more toned down and not as harsh and shrill as they were in the original (I mean the original remake). I guess they added the dhols here specially for the jagraata setting. And they’ve, quite to my immense pleasure, gotten rid of the EDM at the end, and the shouting ladies and breaking glasses from the ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ song. Vocals here sound good and aptly funny as per the Goddess prayer setting. Sahil Solanki sounds much better than Amar Arshi, the original singer of both the original and Badshah’s remake. A rapper called Parry G {I don’t know why these people like to write a single letter after a weird nickname; we are going to meet another one later in the album!} reprises Badshah’s “sadkon pe chale jab ladkon ke dilon mein tu aag laga de baby firrrreeeeee” with a rap that sounds much more pleasant. Jyotica Tangri is a nice replacement for Neha Kakkar, but with less of an edge in her voice. The replacement lyrics by Sonu Saggu are quite funny too, but not something that will make you “ROFL” or “LOL” either. Interesting how the remake of a remake turns out to be better than the original remake. Let’s start remaking remakes now. P.S. I hope a certain music company doesn’t read that or else we will be over-flooded with ‘Baby Doll’ remakes. (Then again, aren’t we already over flooded by them!)

Rating: 3/5

 

2. Tera Hoke Rahoon

Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Kaushik-Akash-Guddu (KAG for JAM8), Lyrics by ~ Bipin Das

Next up, we get a dulcet melody from Pritam’s A&R company, JAM8. This time, the composers of the two songs in ‘1920 London’, Kaushik-Akash, are joined by someone calling himself Guddu, thus making it a trio. And this way, they produce a song that I will remember as one of the best (and the best till now) from any composer for JAM8. The composition, for once, doesn’t sound like a Pritam composition; for once the composers working behind the JAM8 label do not try to emulate Pritam’s late 2000s style of composition. In fact, the composition kind of reminded me of Bobby-Imran’s songs in ‘Badmaashiyan’, or some of Jeet Gannguli’s works. The free flow of the hookline makes it instantly likeable, and the mukhda and antara has a calm, soothing but haunting touch to it, something I’m always ready for if it isn’t too maudlin. The arrangements are fabulous; they just add to the haunting characteristic of the song. The guitar has been played in such a subtle manner, in the beginning, that it is impossible to not be sucked in right away. And when the orchestra sets in, the song just gets many times better. The electronic tabla adds to the serenity, while that wonderful flute interlude is something you shouldn’t miss. In the antara guitars have been played in a wonderful play-stop-play-stop manner that is so comforting. And the tabla doesn’t stop either! Arijit, the first choice for any composer associated with Pritam, and Pritam himself, renders the mellow composition with such ease, in the voice of his that I love, as opposed to that droning voice he uses in sleepy songs. The way he sings the “uff tak na yaara karoon”, is so beautiful! Bipin Das (newcomer?) writes lyrics that are instantly lovable. The first time JAM8 do something that doesn’t resemble their mentor’s work heavily, and it turns out to be a success. 

Rating: 4.5/5

 

3. Jaanu

Singers ~ Juggy D, Shivi & Raftaar, Original Composition by ~ R.D. Burman, Music Recreated by ~ Rishi Rich, Lyrics by ~ Late Anand Bakshi, Rap Written by ~ Raftaar

So after the remake of a remake, we get a remake of another classic, in fact, one of my favourite songs by R.D. Burman. The likeable, sweet and fun-to-listen-to classic gets a makeover and now it looks horrendous. Rishi Rich seems to have struck a big deal in Bollywood after his long hiatus, because after he returned in ‘Half Girlfriend’, with a mediocre title song, he gets to do another (though horrible) song here. The man makes sure that somebody says “This is a Rishi Rich refix” before the song starts, and that is so annoying! We have the credits in front of us and we can read your name there. I know here are some music listeners out there who don’t care about who made a song, and they will continue not caring, so even if you say your name there, they wouldn’t care. And then comes the cliché of saying the names of the singer (Juggy D) and the rapper (Raftaar). And what I don’t understand is, why not say the name of the female artiste! Hasn’t she contributed anything to the song? They did the same thing in ‘High Heels’ from ‘Ki & Ka’ and they repeat it here. If anything, Shivi is shining in this song amongst the hackneyed renditions of the male artist and Raftaar. Oh by the way, Juggy D. 😄 Another artist naming himself like that. Rishi Rich has kept the composition intact, fortunately. But what he does instead, is even more unfortunate. He breaks up the hookline, making it sound like a cassette that is stuck at one point. And then it stops to make way for a weirdly-placed techno music piece. And then it proceeds and ends. How boring. There are so many raps in the song, it is hard to concentrate on the actual song. And Raftaar raps so oddly. Just to keep the “Behen” theme intact, he adds so many lines about sisters, that were so unnecessary. And now for thr vocals. Juggy D can’t sing at all. The proof? If someone isn’t able to sing the nuance in the word “Hindustan” in this song, he or she is definitely not a good singer. Shivi barely manages to sing that part, but does much better than her co-singers, making her stand out even with a mediocre performance. Of course, they don’t match the singing calibre of the legendary combination of Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle & Usha Mangeshkar from the original song. The arrangements are irritating club sounds, EDM thrown here and there. But I enjoyed the parts with the Spanish guitars, and the strings incorporated from the old song. A horrible remake of a song that deserved a much better remake, or no remake!

Rating: 1/5

 

4. Teri Yaadon Mein / Teri Yaadon Mein (Reprise Version)

Singers ~ Yasser Desai, Pawni Pandey & Yash Narvekar / Yash Narvekar & Sukriti Kakar, Music Composed by ~ Yash Narvekar, Music Produced by ~ Rishi Rich, Lyrics by ~ Yash Narvekar & Amit Dhanani

Rishi Rich comes back for the next song too, but this time, things are different. This time, the song is a romantic song. And this time, Rishi Rich has only produced the song. Rishi Rich gives a composing break to someone I’ve seen many times in the singer category in various Amaal Mallik, Meet Bros. and even Rishi Rich songs, Yash Narvekar. He gets to compose the tune. And I must say, it is quite a commendable tune! Yes,  does follow the usual Bollywood romance template, with its tune, but it manages to engage the listeners. However, the listener does lose interest in some places. The hookline is very typical, but still, it managed to garner my interest. The antara too, follows the same pattern. What really engages the listeners, though, is Rishi Rich’s beats and arrangements. In the first version, Rishi employs a nice and groovy beat, a hip-hop beat in a romantic song, which at first elicits a weird reaction from the listener, but it sets in perfectly after a couple of listens. Especially the tablas which Rishi has added occasionally, are amazing. The second version, the Reprise, takes a more templated route, with guitars and piano taking the lead, making for a more calm listen. A harmonium too pops up later on, quite oddly. The piano interlude in that version is a must-hear. The vocals are good in both versions. While Yasser, sounding as similar to Arijit as ever, and Pawni Pandey stir up a nice chemistry in the first version, the essence of the song only reaches us in the Reprise because the voices of Yash & Sukriti haven’t been touched. Programming ruins the feel of the voices in the first version. However, I loved Yash’s backing vocals in the first song, that sound like tabla bols. Yash & Amit Dhanani together write a song that is full of typical lines and phrases, like the song title itself. Experimental, but works to some extent. The Reprise version fares better!

Rating: 3.5/5 for Original Version, 4/5 for Reprise Version

 

5. Tenu Na Bol Pawaan / Tenu Na Bol Pawaan (Reprise Version)

Singers ~ Yasser Desai & Jyotica Tangri / Asees Kaur, Music by ~ Amjad-Nadeem, Lyrics by ~ Rohit Sharma

Amjad-Nadeem, back in the composing scene after quite some time, have been roped in for the final song on the album. Amjad-Nadeem are usually known to meddle in typical romantic songs or horrendous massy item songs. This time around too, they have provided a typical romantic song, but that typicality is very enjoyable. The composition is sugary-sweet, something that is very rare from Amjad-Nadeem, who usually produce melodramatic sounding songs. The hookline is so heard-before, so clichéd, yet it manages to click with the listener. There is a high-pitched line that just makes you love the song even more. The antaraa are a bit less engaging, but still manage to keep the flow of the song intact. There are two versions to this song as well; one being a male version (with female humming in the background, hence the credit for Jyotica) and the other being a female version, which is kind of unplugged. The male version has heavenly instrumentation. It starts off with nice chimey sounds, followed by the sweetest flute portion I’ve heard in quite a while. The melody is structured on a simple guitar riff that, though it is very simple and typical, engages the listener. Strings join in later, bringing the third dimension to the song, and how! The second version is, as I said before, unplugged, and has a nice acoustic guitar riff playing in the background, and nothing else. The minimalistic feel of it, makes it even more appealing. Vocals are perfect in both versions. This is no doubt, Yasser’s best performance ever, and he sounds so different than usual here! Jyotica does the humming in Yasser’s version. Asees Kaur, on the other hand, renders her unplugged version with such a beautiful aura around her, that it is mesmerizing. Though her track is longer by one minute than Yasser’s, it makes for a good calm listen. The lyrics by Rohit Sharma (I don’t know whether he’s the Sharma who composed the songs of ‘Anaarkali of Aaraah’ or any other one. He’s definitely not the cricketer, right?) are sweet too. A song full of sweet things. Sweetness lies in simplicity after all.

Rating: 4.5/5 for the Original Version, 4.5/5 for the Reprise Version


Behen Hogi Teri is an unexpectedly cool multicomposer album! Going by the composers’ names, I was least expecting such a good album. However, it seems like all the composers have pitched in to provide their best. For a romantic comedy, a good album is a must, and fortunately, this album delivers as expected, if not less than expected. Yes, one song is very bad, but the others make up for it. And since the finance theme predominates the album, maybe that’s why they managed to wrench out such good songs from the music directors. An album predominantly made of romantic songs, but still works fine!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 3 + 4.5 + 1 + 3.5 + 4 + 4.5 + 4.5 = 25

Album Percentage: 71.43%

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: Tera Hoke Rahoon = Tenu Na Bol Pawaan = Tenu Na Bol Pawaan (Reprise) > Teri Yaadon Mein (Reprise) > Teri Yaadon Mein > Jai Maa > Jaanu

 

Remake Counter
No. of Remakes: 12 (from previous albums) + 02 = 14

 

Which is your favourite song from Behen Hogi Teri? Please vote for it below! Thanks!

KRSNA ACES THE EMOTIONAL QAWWALIS!! (MIRZA JUULIET – Music Review)

Music Album Details

♪ Music by: Krsna Solo & DJ Notorious
♪ Lyrics by: Sandeep Nath
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 14th March 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 7th April 2017

Mirza Juuliet Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Mirza Juuliet is a Bollywood romantic drama starring Piaa Bajpai and Darshan Kumaar. The film is directed by Rajesh Ram Singh, and produced by Green Apple Media, Falansha Media Pvt. Ltd, and Shemaroo Entertainment. So I’m just interested in the music of this movie, since it has been composed by somebody who has really impressed me in the past, Krsna Solo. The composer, who has earlier scored music for the ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ franchise, and also ‘Jolly LLB’ and ‘Cute Kameena’, out of which the later was a surprisigly good album of last year, now gets another film where it is obvious the film won’t do well, but let’s hope he tries to save it with his music, which I expect will be good!


1. Tukda Tukda

Singer ~ Asees Kaur

“Badalne lagi hain saansein meri, abb angaaron mein,
Ke tujhse hi sajne lagi main singaar mein,
Lo doob rahi hoon main sapnon ke majhdhaaron mein,
Ke raat din hain mere abb gulzaaron mein!”

Krsna begins the album with a breezy romantic song, one that befits his composing style completely. The melody is a lilting one, but a bit too simple, so much so that I took a long time to get accustomed to the simplicity, and look beyond it to find the beauty in the composition. Four to five listens will do the trick, but that’s what is frustrating — you don’t get hooked right away. The composition starts off well enough, but you keep waiting for that one part where you will be treated with something extraordinary; sadly, it never comes. The antara is a nice, high-pitched and mellifluous portion, and the only part for me where the song picked up pace. The arrangements contribute a lot to the magical quality of the song. A wonderful flute embellishes the interludes, and breezy guitar strums, and piano notes decorate the rest of it. Digital snaps are what make the beats even more enjoyable and breezy. Krsna adds some very-typical-of-his-style quirky sounds, and those are a welcome addition as well. Asees sings the song well, but I couldn’t quite connect with the composition in spite of her beautiful rendition. Her rendition of the antaras is something to look out for! Somewhere though, her voice lacks the freshness that a Neeti Mohan or a Jonita Gandhi could’ve infused into it. The lyrics are beautiful romantic lyrics, and Sandeep Nath, back after an extraordinarily long time, makes a good comeback. A song that keeps you waiting for an amazingly extraordinary part which never comes.

Rating: 3.5/5

 

2. Muhabbat Ko Misuse / Muhabbat Ko Misuse (Remix)

SingerKrsna Solo, Remix by ~ DJ Notorious

“Ishq gadhe ki laat, ye jispe pad jaaye,
Adiyal ghode sa woh ziddi add jaaye,
Ruk jaaye phir pyaar ki garmi,
Yaar ke aage naak ragadni, ragadni, ragadni pad jaaye!
Bematlab ego mein, issues na kar,
Emotion ko, ko, ko, tu confuse na kar,
Mohabbat ko, ko, ko, tu misuse na kar!”

Krsna brings in more of his quirk with the next song, an enjoyable upbeat number which he sings himself. The composition doesn’t grip you instantly, but after a couple of lines, and when it does get you grooving in that weird desi manner, which you are so ashamed of showing off to your friends, it gets you grooving hard. The antara is just as enjoyable as the beginning, and that hookline is so unconventional, broken up into parts like that, like a rain that keeps stopping and lurching and stopping and lurching. Krsna adds a quite fun rap in the second interlude. The arrangements are very fun too, with this amazing percussion beat, and upbeat trumpets, giving it this nice Caribbean flavour. The flute which starts the song off is aptly gripping, and it atleast keeps you listening further. A nice mandolin also features in the arrangements, infusing liveliness into the song. Krsna’s vocals are aptly rowdy and folksy. The way he pronounces certain English words in colloquial Indian village pronunciation. The quirk of his voice goes hand-in-hand with the quirk he has added in the composition and arrangements, resulting in a fun listen. Sandeep Nath’s lyrics are just as humorous, and enjoyable. A remix by DJ Notorious rehashes the already upbeat (but having a slow pace nevertheless) composition, and throws in glitzy club beats, making the song seem like a fish out of water. It does not sound good with the club treatment. A decent, enjoyable song, with a banal remix.

Rating: 4/5 for the Original Version, 2/5 for the Remix

 

3. Seene Mein Lagi Aag

Singer ~ Javed Bashir

“Seene mein lagi hai aag, dil khaak na hovey,
Woh aashiq hai bekaar jo barbaad na hovey!”

The third song of the album is a ravishing song, composed in the form of a Qawwali, and wonderfully rendered by Javed Bashir. Krsna’s composition here will do nothing more than tug at your heartstrings, and it instantly grips you to it, even though it is not the kind of song that will gain immense popularity, unless attached with a film associated with a superstar. The composition dives right into the hookline, and that line has been composed in such a heartfelt manner, the emotion just gets poured out into you when you listen to it. To compose a tune which is supposed to be sad, but still not make it overtly sentimental, and melodramatic, is a difficult task, and yet, Krsna has managed to overcome it very efficiently. The antaras scale high notes, and ensure that the listener keeps listening till the end. The arrangements are another aspect of the song that ensure that your complete attention is on the song. Of course, the traditional Qawwali beat plays on the tablas and dholaks, and meanwhile, a heart-rending shehnaai plays occasionally and takes your breath away. Guitars are the highlight of the arrangements, though. Yes, guitars. The rock guitars do not play throughout the song, and only can be heard at countable places, but when they are played, they leave you shocked and mystified at the same time. Acoustic guitars, too, have been used throughout the song. Javed Bashir’s vocals are one of the best things that the song has to offer. His aalaps are spot-on, especially the “Seene mein lagi…..” take-off he sings everytime before he sings the hookline. His voice infused the required folksiness into the song, and it is so refreshing. The duration of the song is quite long, but never does it bore you, thanks to the wonderful composition, arrangements and vocals. Sandeep Nath’s lyrics here too are amazing, especially the hookline. RAVISHING!

Rating: 5/5

 

4. Teri Razamandi

Singer ~ Javed Ali

“Shah-e-karam humko, tera sahaara hai,
Bigde naseebon ko, tuney sanwaara hai,
Dil ne duaaon mein tujhko pukaara hai,
Tere dar ke deewane aaye hain,
Jholi bharke muraadein laaye hain,
Duniya ne thukraaya hai, tuney hi apnaya hai,
Abb toh koi jalwa kar tu, Ali hamaara hai!
Hai teri razamandi toh hai bulandi, bulandi, bulandi!”

Another Qawwali comes to us, this time, a more traditional spiritual one, as opposed to the previous, romantic one that was fused with modern instruments. This composition is mellow, and heart-melting. It seems like another one of those songs where the protagonist is praying for a solution to his woes. The hookline is very impactful, and the way the last word is repeated thrice, though quite unconventional and very Krsna-ish, gives a nice effect. The “duniya ne thukraya hai, tuney hi apnaaya hai” line is very beautifully composed. The antara gets a bit staid, and very predictable, but it gets better when the “duniya….” line comes back to bridge the antara to the hookline again. With two mukhdas (once repeated at the end), and two antaras, the song is a traditionally long Qawwali, but one thing I missed is that there was no upbeat part at the end, where the tempo increases, like other Qawwalis. On the other hand, the slow pace of the song gives a very tranquil and divine touch to it. The arrangements are your everyday Qawwali arrangements; the harmonium and chimtas and claps give it the required divine sound. The tablas have been played in a heavenly way. Javed Ali leads the group of Qawwals, and does it effectively, creating a serene effect. His characteristic silky voice was the best choice for the song. He handles all the high notes very well, but doesn’t falter  in the low notes either. Sandeep Nath’s lyrics explain the predicament of the protagonist and how he surrenders to the divine for help. A very appeasing Qawwali. 🙂

Rating: 4.5/5


Mirza Juuliet, like almost all of Krsna’s albums, is a surprisingly good one. All four songs have something or the other to like in them, and I don’t think any song disappoints as such. With a few flaws here and there, this album surprisingly turns out to be a very high scorer. Though it didn’t (and won’t) get it’s due, I will surely do the needful by listening to it in the future. The last thing I would like to say is that Krsna aces the Qawwalis here too, just as he did in ‘Tanu Weds Manu’!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 3.5 + 4 + 2 + 5 + 4.5 = 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: Seene Mein Lagi Aag > Teri Razamandi > Muhabbat Ko Misuse > Tukda Tukda > Muhabbat Ko Misuse (Remix)

 

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

SACHIN-JIGAR’S EXPERIMENTAL FLIGHT!! (A FLYING JATT – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sachin-Jigar
♪ Lyrics by: Vayu Shrivastav, Raftaar, Mayur Puri & Priya Saraiya
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 3rd August 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 25th August 2016

A Flying Jatt Album Cover

A Flying Jatt Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


A Flying Jatt is an upcoming Bollywood comedy/superhero/action movie which stars Tiger Shroff and Jacqueline Fernandez in lead roles, while Australian actor (and retired wrestler) Nathan Jones is essaying the role of the antagonist. The film has been directed by Remo D’Souza, who is back after more than a year after his last hit, ‘ABCD 2’, and produced by Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor, Sameer Nair abd Aman Gill. The story revolves around a very un-superhero-like superhero, played by Tiger Shroff, and his adventures. The synopsis for the movie under the movie trailer on YouTube says that the movie is an account of a young superhero who is scared of heights! I don’t know how exciting that will be to watch, as the movie already looks like a mixture of ‘Singh Is Bliing’ and ‘Krrish’, so much so that it might even be ‘Krrish 4’, wherein Krrish, through his magical powers, turns into a Jatt. 😀 Anyway, since the movie seems to be targeted at little children, the makers are free to get away with anything. Remo D’Souza cannot make a successful album to his movies without his trustworthy duo, Sachin-Jigar, who are on board for this movie as well, coming back after a year, after their two songs in ‘Hero’, before which their last full album was another Remo D’Souza movie! 😛 Of course, seeing the theme of the movie, something zany is expected, and since it is not ‘ABCD 3748’, ten dance songs aren’t expected, so the duo makes 6 songs. Now, to see how high these six songs fly!


1. A Flying Jatt (Title Track)
Singers ~ Raftaar, Mansheel Gujral & Tanishkaa Sanghvi, Lyrics by ~ Vayu Shrivastav, Rap Lyrics & Vocals by ~ Raftaar

The first song on the album is what Sachin-Jigar are known for. The whackiness, craziness and catchiness of it all is their signature style of composing such songs. The song starts off with an anthemic chant that goes “Ho aa gaye J.A.T.T. maaro saare seeti...” The tune that it has been composed in, is just so infectious, that it actually made me take interest in such a song which I would never have listened to otherwise! The opening line is just too catchy to leave the song halfway and dismiss it as stupid or bad. The “Pagg, peg, swag, set” chants are just as catchy and crazy. The base composition is good as well, and Mansheel Gujral, contestant of 2014’s ‘Raw Star’, renders it with the right amount of gusto and gangsta-swag! The composition is more like a Punjabi pop song, butt the treatment is purely Sachin-Jigar! The hookline is something that will grow on you as you keep progressing through the song; it is repeated so many times, that you end up loving it unknowingly! The mukhda has the perfect gangster-pop feel to it, while the first antara follows the same tune. It is the second antara, where Sachin-Jigar introduce a clever twist, with a little girl singing about “Flying Jatt”, who is apparently her boyfriend. And that girl is none other than Sachin’s own daughter, Tanishkaa Sanghvi. She sings the little girl’s part soooo cute, and it sounds good in the song, which is obviously made for children to pull their parents to the theaters in order to watch a superhero movie. Raftaar’s rap constitutes most of the song, and it is surprisingly very entertaining! Maybe because it isn’t unnecessarily added into a song that doesn’t need it! In fact, it gels in quite well with the song, which idolizes the protagonist, a flying Sikh superhero. Sachin-Jigar of course, can’t make a peppy song without some insane additions randomly thrown into the song. This time, it is the insanity of the chorus going “Pagg, peg, swag, set” followed by somebody singing “aajao aajao aajao saare!” It is so random, that you end up loving it so much! The arrangements are apt, with the whole song placed upon a techno base, which is addictive and peppy. Of course, the duo place an unexpected twist in the form of typical Punjabi dhols in the hookline once, and that part sounds awesome! The lyrics by Vayu are cool, and suit the superhero-theme. Raftaar’s rap is a very enjoyable “be-good” kind of rap, which again, will help the superhero attract kids’ attention! A title track that is very experimental and showcases Sachin-Jigar’s ability to get listeners (old or young), hooked! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Toota Jo Kabhi Taara
Singers ~ Atif Aslam & Sumedha Karmahe, Lyrics by ~ Priya Saraiya

The next song is a haunting romantic song, composed beautifully on a scintillating background. The song starts off with sounds that indicate nighttime and a field with crickets chirping in it, with a grand orchestration accompanying it. And then the real magic starts, when the piano kicks in with such a haunting and catchy tune, which actually is the hooktune of the song. The silence of it all makes you so serene, that it is hard to believe! The duo’s composition is pure black magic, with notes that touch your heart and how! When the piano gives way to Atif’s voice, which starts off with a dulcet melody, you get ready for the best romantic song you’ve heard in quote some time, but then, the duo surprises you with a very unexpected high-pitched, grand second line, which builds up to the hookline, which is just as calming and soothing. The structure of the song is the most interesting thing of all. After the hookline, the singers hum the tune which had started off the song (on piano), and it sounds so heavenly and extremely lovely! The duo follows the new-age trend of composing two antaras with different compositions, and give one completely to Atif, while the other goes completely to Sumedha. Both the antaras are bliss, with haunting notes galore! The second one though, is my personal favourite, with Sumedha (who has worked with the duo before in the movie ‘Teree Sang’) singing in the low octaves so beautifully, that it sounds as if she is singing specially for you! Atif’s antara, on the other hand, treads higher octaves (yet not too high either) with a very melodious tune. The way he sings some words rapidly to bridge one line to the next is a very ingenious trick played by the duo! It sounds so magical! About the arrangements, I can write a whole essay!! Sachin-Jigar have set such an entrancing backing rhythm to the song, made of nothing but techno sounds, which are just so enchanting! The way they’ve used the instruments is mind blowing and spectacular; a perfect blend of haunting strings and lilting flute, and that beautiful piano loop will stay in your mind for a long time! Sparkling sounds accentuate the fantasy-like, dreamy composition very well. Finger snaps and brisk strings in the first interlude grab your attention, while the second interlude is highly reduced, with only a flute playing that haunting tune that usually plays on the piano, followed by Sumedha’s antara. The magic of the strings though, is just unmatchable. A great assortment of high and low pitched strings make the listening experience worthwhile. I can just imagine how it is going to sound in the theaters! Priya Saraiya’s lyrics are the icing on top of the extra-sweet cake. She writes the song wonderfully, making many references to dreams herself. So what wrong is it to call the song a dreamy one?? Nothing, right? The dreamiest song I have heard recently! A masterstroke by the whole team behind the song! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Khair Mangda
Singer ~ Atif Aslam, Lyrics by ~ Priya Saraiya

The duo bring Atif back to sing the next song, which is another haunting, dreamy and lilting, but very emotional and heart touching song. The composition has dark shades and is pure black magic, something that instantly makes your hair stand on end and sends a chill down your spine. The composition is highly reminiscent of the duo’s own song ‘Chunar’ from Remo D’Souza’s previous movie, ‘ABCD 2’, but still manages to strike a chord with the listener. Treading on the emotional notes, the composition still has a charm that will make you ready to hear it again and again, for a countless number of times. The mukhda is quite soft, until it gets into the high notes just before the hookline, which is when the goosebumps start to appear. The hookline itself, is exceptionally hooking and haunting. The way Atif introduces small variations in the tune each time he sings “khair mangda“, is remarkable. The antara continues with the darkness, but in a different way. The duo has churned out a trademark Rahman-styled composition, something he would constantly give in the 90s. The arrangements are mostly guitars, and other digital sounds that help the song sound more graceful. The gracious strings that elevate the thrill in the song, are wonderful. Everything else is almost only done by the guitars, and some wonderful chimes, which make it sound very enchanting. The song is tailor-made for Atif, and he doesn’t disappoint, proving how beautiful a singer he is, yet again. The humming he does in the start and in the interludes, is mind blowing, though very short! Priya, on the other hand, is adept at writing heart-touching lyrics, which she shows yet again here, as well. Though most of it is in Punjabi, the listener can instantgy connect to the words and it grows very soon. A song that is on an emotional high, something that needs repeat listens to discover each and every aspect of the song. in other words, another masterpiece by Sachin-Jigar!! #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Bhangda Pa
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani, Divya Kumar & Asees Kaur, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

After the pathos, the duo is back to what they love, and what we love them doing! And that is, an upbeat, happy-sounding track that will get you up and dancing. Of course, such songs are usually very situational, and you don’t always love them before you see them in the movie, with the surrounding content and their placement. Made with the intention of entertainment and enjoyment, this song is a dance fest. The duo’s composition is definitely nothing great, and a quite typical Punjabi bhangra track, but does manage to entertain you for as long as it lasts. The mukhda is a very interestingly structured one with very fast-paced lines, fun to hear being sung so rapidly by Vishal Dadlani and Divya Kumar, the powerhouse male voices behind the track. The hookline is not so addictive, but as I said, it may grow after watching the movie. The first antara has the same tune as the mukhda, and again, keeps you listening for that masterclass singing by both the lead male singers, each having their own unique voice texture and quality. Vishal’s husky tone and Divya’s cutting-edge-like voice are a very interesting and compatible combination. The second antara, however, sees Asees Kaur, Zee Music Company’s pet singer, singing a quite ordinary giddha stanza which doesn’t entertain as much as her “timb lak lak timb“s interspersed throughout the song, which are insane! Arrangements are typical BHANGRA arrangements, but so energetic, dynamic and booming, that they end up making you like the song. The dhadd and dhols are powerful and just awesome. Of course, the duo can’t make a song with straightforward typical arrangements, so they do add some techno sounds, which aren’t so effective. The lyrics by Mayur Puri are enjoyable, and fun even in their nonsense manner. A dance song which clearly shows how the makers underestimated Sachin-Jigar, and eventually extracted an ordinary dance track out of them!

 

5. Beat Pe Booty
Singers ~ Sachin Sanghvi, Jigar Saraiya, Vayu Shrivastav & Kanika Kapoor, Lyrics by ~ Vayu Shrivastav

A techno beat lures you into the next track, a dance track totally arranged on addictive techno and EDM beats. Of course, a track is needed to show off Tiger’s dance moves, and this seems to be the track made for that purpose. Sachin-Jigar are at their best with the composition, which is an insanely catchy one even in its simplicity and Yo-Yo-Honey-Singh-ishness (Yup, I invented that word!! I hope its meaning has stared back at you while you were staring at it!) Just like their own song ‘Johnny Johnny’ (Entertainment), the duo has made a very simple and monotonous composition, and they are apparently very confident, that it will be a superhit. And why shouldn’t they be? The song has everything you need for a catchy song, and it sounds PERFECT for its genre. The beats are insanely catchy (I don’t know how many times I’ve already said that, but they are). The composition can’t get out of your head and the vocals are so addictive! Talking about vocals, Sachin-Jigar along with Vayu sing the male parts good (with special care taken not to make it sound too perfect, either, which would spoil the fun!) But it is Kanika’s short part that won over my heart. The part when she says “nacha de, mainu nacha de, nacha de mainu” is so catchy! And after that, when she sings the song’s antara, her sweet and addictive voice makes magic there too. To think that she’s working with Sachin-Jigar for the first time!! The Afro feel of the song makes it even more catchier than ever. Lyricist Vayu writes words that are enjoyable as well as humorous, and they go well with the addictive and sultry nature of the song. All in all, the song is an enjoyable dance track, where the duo full-fledgedly shows their experimentation capability! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Raj Karega Khalsa
Singers ~ Navraj Hans & Daler Mehndi, Lyrics by ~ Priya Saraiya

To end the album on a very dynamic note, the duo now brings into the album a kind of heavy metal song. The song is a spectacular one, with a splendid use of rock guitars and drums. Electrifying electric guitar strums start the song off, until a composition that anyone would usually expect Vishal Dadlani to sing, sets into pace, with someone unexpected, Navraj Hans, (Hans Raj Hans’ son) rendering it with an immense amount of energy, and sounding awesome in the bargain. He is accompanied by Daler Mehndi in some places, who is more of a backing singer; the main parts of the song go to Navraj. Daler excels though, with his aalaaps in the background, and his occasional one-or-two lines in the song. He has some lines in the first interlude which he aces with his wonderful high-pitched voice. The duo’s composition is really emotional and also motivational at the same time. The song has those positive vibes in it, that make you feel both proud and sentimental at the same time. The hookline, “jaako raakhe saaiyaan… ” is phenomenal! This is probably another rock song (which usually don’t really appeal to me) which has appealed to me this much after Sultan’s title track, but of course, this one is less commercially appealing. The choice of singers is very experimental as well. Using the two rustic voices, the duo has succeeded in bringing home the idea that desi-flavoured rock songs do sound good! 😀 Navraj with his powerful voice, and Daler paaji with a just as powerful voice complement each other well to infuse the required energy into this quite darkly-composed rock song. Arrangements by the duo are fab, and they take liberty to add in techno elements, orchestral strings and trumpets to make the song sound less monotonous with just guitars and drums! Priya’s lyrics are a wonderful ode to the Sikh community and yet, are a kind of motivation for the whole world. The duo manages to end the album on such a brilliant note, that you are stunned after you finish hearing it!! Fantabulous!! #5StarHotelSong!!


A Flying Jatt turns out to be an apt album for a comedy/action/masala superhero film as this. Sachin-Jigar have introduced high levels of variety into the songs and each song sounds different than the next. The songs are enjoyable and they have not only created buzz to bring people to the movie, but will also be played after the movie releases too! All six songs are miles apart from each other and that is the USP of the album. To sum up, I would say that the duo, who is back after a year, is still flying with the same amount of variety and experimentation with which they had left us!! 

 

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: Toota Jo Kabhi Taara = Khair Mangda > Raj Karega Khalsa > Beat Pe Booty > A Flying Jatt (Title Track) > Bhangda Pa

 

Which is your favourite song from A Flying Jatt? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

 

BITTER-SWEET MUSICAL RELATIONS!! (ISHQEDARRIYAAN – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Jaidev Kumar, Jeet Gannguli, Bilal Saeed & Bloodline
♪ Lyrics by: Kausar Munir, Manoj Muntashir, Kumaar & Bilal Saeed
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 24th April 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 29th May 2015

Ishqedarriyaan Album Cover

Ishqedarriyaan Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Ishqedarriyaan is an upcoming Bollywood romantic drama, starring Mahaakshay Chakraborty (Mithun Chakraborty’s son), Evelyn Sharma and Mohit Dutta. The film has been directed by V.K. Prakash and produced by Rajesh Banga. It is a story about love, sacrifice, family values and relationships. The title of the movie means the relationship of love. The plot is about Luvleen, a teacher who wants to collect donations for her grandfather’s school, and her relationships with Aagam, a millionaire and Arjun, an aspiring singer. The plot is a typical love triangle. So what interests me more, is of course, the music! The album is a multi-composer album, in which two songs are composed by Jeet Gannguli, two by Punjabi music composer Jaidev Kumar, and one by Pakistani singer/composer Bilal Saeed (debuting in Bollywood as a composer with this album). So, since the two names other than Jeet aren’t familiar to me, all I can do is expect from Jeet, and hope hope hope that the other two do well! Let’s see how they did!


1. Judaa
Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Jaidev Kumar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

So the makers let Jaidev Kumar, a popular and successful Punjabi composer, start off the album! This man has scored for the award-winning Punjabi movie ‘Chaar Sahibzaade’ and now he finally gets his break in Bollywood with two songs in this movie. Yes, he did that horrendous remake of ‘Subha Hone Na De’ called “O Meri Mata” (Bajatey Raho) which half of you might not even know of, but that was a remake of a Pritam song. This is his first original song in Bollywood. And no, he’s not as young as you might be thinking. 😛 Anyways, back to the song! It starts with piano notes that make you think “Wow, so peaceful!” As Arijit steps in, it instantly creates a fully melancholic and calming, but haunting atmosphere. However, it isn’t very deep and heart-touching, but on the contrary, seems very fake and artificial. Yes, I know you must be silently cursing me while reading this, but I found this song way too typical, and on top of that, too fake. The composition didn’t grasp me all that much. However, Arijit’s rendition was fabulous. The arrangements are great too, with the piano, strings and beats perfectly in sync with the composition. In the antaras, everything gets pretty quiet and soft, and the hookline brings the sing back to its original instensity. Kumaar’s lyrics are good, though heard-before. The only thing disappointing here (for me) is the composition, which might impress you, but for me… that is not the case! Mild debut by Jaidev!

 

2. Ishqedarriyaan
Singer ~ Ankit Tiwari, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir

Jeet comes back into the scene after hardly a month since his last songs in ‘Mr. X’, one of which was highly touching. Here he comes without his regular singer, Arijit. This time Jeet opts for one of his colleagues on various projects (if I name them, you’ll get bored and also feel like you’re reading “The List Of All The Cities That There Are In The Whole Wide World”) and I’m pretty sure you can guess who. Yup, it’s our Maharaja of Autotuning — Mr. Ankit Tiwari. Jeet gets the title song here, and what does he do? He creates a composition, that grabs our attention here, then leaves it, then grabs it again somewhere after some time and so on. So you get that the composition isn’t all that continuously attractive. Moving on to the vocals. How does the autotune master sound under someone else’s direction, you ask? I say, he sounds good enough. Since he has made it known to the world clearly what he sounds like, and he wants to sound like, of course every single person who directs him, is going to make him sing in his trademark voice (which nobody likes, I believe!) So poor Jeet suffers once more because of wrong choice of singer. Kausar writes efficient lyrics for Jeet, but at places it seems that they’ve written anything just to provide fillers, which go “Ishqaaaaa… Ishqaaa” and irritate you. And Jeet does try to cover this up. Maybe he realized that it is of no use to try and change the composition, which will anyways get spoiled by Ankit’s autotune voice as the makers must’ve told him to use nobody else. So he quite expertly puts in mind blowing arrangements, like the acoustic guitars, piano, and moreover, the rock guitars and drums. The arrangements do give listeners something good at least to hear. So, barring arrangements and lyrics to some extent, this song has not much to offer!

 

3. Das Dae
Singer ~ Mohit Chauhan, Music by ~ Jaidev Kumar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Here comes Jaidev Kumar again. After giving that average song which started off the album, he returns with something that really changed my opinion about him. Going by that song, I thought he always gave such typical Bhatt-ish things. However, he proves me wrong with this song. With the ever-reliable Mohit Chauhan behind the mic, this song is a beautiful romantic melody, which attracts you right from the first listen. The composition is something that is sure to have you falling in love with it instantly, and is enough to soothe you down whenever you need to be calmed down. Both mukhda and antaras have been composed very, very efficiently, and whatever the makers wanted, they have achieved. Mohit’s splendid voice works its magic for this song as well (where doesn’t it?) and provides listeners with a wonderful experience hearing the song. Wonderful guitars accompany Mohit throughout the song, and the guitars in turn are supported by so many effective beats and sounds. Written by Kumaar entirely in Punjabi, this song is really meaningful and sure to have you listening to it on loop. Jaidev proved his worth finally with his second song, perfectly rendered by Mohit and wonderfully written by Kumaar in pure Punjabi! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Mohabbat Yeh / Mohabbat Yeh (Reprise)
Singers ~ Bilal Saeed / Asees Kaur, Music by ~ Bilal Saeed / Bilal Saeed & Bloodline, Lyrics by ~ Bilal Saeed

So the last composer comes into the album, and it marks the much-awaited entry of Bilal Saeed into Bollywood. And he definitely grabs this opportunity, and makes the best out of it, giving us a song which we can tolerate and actually listen happily, and not with a face like those frustration emoticons people send when they’re frustrated. Of course, it’s another romantic song. Yes, a bit typical, but it instantly struck a chord with me. Bilal has composed it with great proficiency, and it does have shades of that Pakistani pop, but not as much as I expected. For one, I never expected him to churn out such an appealing track! I was sure he would come up with a typical pop-like song, with that angry rock and all. But what I got really got me happy, because I wasn’t expecting it at all. He doesn’t sing that spot-on perfectly, but at least he doesn’t sound too out of tune. Arrangements have been done beautifully, mostly those catchy beats in the hookline and the strings in the hookline, which make you swing to the tune, and at the same time pay close attention to them in admiration. In other parts, the guitars will entertain you, no doubt. Lyrics also don’t fall behind at all. Bilal has written surprisingly good. The reprise, apparently composed by both Bilal and some Bloodline (even though the tune is not different at all from the original version) has to be heard only for the rearrangement that has been done. A wonderful Spanish/Latino rhythm takes the lead in this one with awesome guitars hooking you. However, the singer is too over-dramatic. Asees pronounces half the words wrong, and seems as if she’s just trying to show off, while failing miserably! :\ The original version is my pick, whereas the arrangements of the reprise are pretty captivating! The first version is a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Georgia Sae Jalandhar
Singer ~ Master Salim, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

Jeet returns to wrap up the album with a song, which you won’t believe he has composed, until you hear it. Master Salim gets to sing a song after a long, long time. But he shouldn’t be too happy about that. Because it isn’t a really good song that he gets to sing. It’s one of Jeet’s most horrible compositions, because whenever he tries to do dance songs, this always happens. Like in ‘Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi’. Anyways, the composition barely hooks you except the line “firangi hai na Desi hai…” Also, Manoj has written lyrics which I can’t imagine him writing. He has made new discoveries in physics. Somehow the girl is an electric shock, and the boy calls himself a live wire. :\ Oh god!!! Arrangements are very annoying. Some techno beats sound good, but with the tune and lyrics sounding boring, what’s the use? Even Master Salim can’t save this disgraceful song. Jeet Gannguli should not have even agreed to make such a song!! Or he could have made it for himself and kept it with himself.


Ishqedarriyaan is an average album. What else can you say for an album in which a titan like Jeet Gannguli fails in both his songs? The two Bollywood debutants do better than him! Bilal impresses with his song, while Jaidev impresses with one of his. I cannot say much for this because it’s pretty awkward when two newcomers do better than someone who has consistently been giving good songs, and suddenly disappoints. :\ Therefore I’ll call this the Bitter-sweet relationship of music in this album!

 

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: Das Dae > Mohabbat Yeh > Judaa > Ishqedarriyaan > Mohabbat Yeh (Reprise) > Georgia Sae Jalandhar

 

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

 

Next “dish”: Tanu Weds Many Returns, Chefs: Tanishk-Vayu, Krsna & Surj RDB

BAHOT KUCH LOCHA HAI!! (KUCH KUCH LOCHA HAI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Ikka Singh, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Intense, Amjad-Nadeem, R. D. Burman, Dharam-Sandeep, Ali Quli Mirza & King
♪ Lyrics by: Ikka Singh, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Sameer Anjaan, Sanjeev Chaturvedi, Himank Kalal, Mani Soni, Amjad-Nadeem, Ali Quli Mirza & Javed Akhtar
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 24th April 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 8th May 2015

Kuch Kuch Locha Hai

Kuch Kuch Locha Hai

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To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Kuch Kuch Locha Hai is an upcoming Bollywood comedy film starring Sunny Leone, Ram Kapoor, Evelyn Sharma and Navdeep Chhabra. The film is directed by Devang Dholakia, and produced by Mukesh Purohit. Straight to the point. The music has been given by multiple composers (already I have a look of contempt on my face. :/  Ikka Singh, Intense, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Amjad-Nadeem, Dharam-Sandeep, Ali Quli Mirza and somebody who calls himself King. You saw the name of R.D. Burman only because one of his songs has been remade. Out of that list of composers, I’m only expecting something from Arko, and the others, well, nothing. The long list of lyricists (half of which are unknown to me) guarantees bad lyrics. So let’s see what the album of ‘Kuch Kuch Locha Hai’ offers to our ears.


1. Paani Wala Dance
Singers ~ Ikka Singh, Shraddha Pandit & Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Music by ~ Ikka Singh, Arko Pravo Mukherjee & Intense, Lyrics by ~ Ikka Singh & Arko Pravo Mukherjee

Nowadays, we have a trend of multi-composer albums. Well, this song is sure to set the trend of multi-composer SONGS into roll. And by that, I mean composers, who don’t work together (like Vishal-Shekhar, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy) but have come together for a single song in their careers. And these composers are Ikka Singh (remember? The chhora who dances in da club, peeke sharaab?), his partner Intense (the man with the irritating rap portions), and Arko Pravo Mukherjee (he’s good, I won’t complain about him 😛 ) Well, these three come together and make a poolside party song, which you can make out by the lyrics itself. Its similarity to ‘Sunny Sunny’ (Yaariyan) just works in favour of the song, with the same kind of techno beats with which it starts. The tune that all of these have made, does catch your attention, but only occasionally, more particularly, only in the female parts sung wonderfully by Shraddha. The other stuff, like the parts sung by Ikka and his ridiculous rap, are very irritating! Even the hookline, is something that will make you scrumch up your face in disgust. You can’t really make out what Arko has sung in this track, because he seems to have stayed in the shadows. Arrangements are pretty good for a party song, and good recording enhances the listening experience. Of only we had something worthwhile to listen to! :\ Lyrics… Let’s not start about that. They are utterly absurd and ridiculous. Take this for example: “Swimming pool mein nahaake tum aur bhi, namkeen ho gayi ho.” And what about this: “Baby you just like a fish, kisike haath na aaye!” So lyrics get an “F” grade. A song trying to ape ‘Sunny Sunny’ and ends up with a miserable fate. Hear it for Shraddha and the beats. Try to ignore Ikka, if it’s possible! (Which it isn’t, by the way!)

2. Daaru Peeke Dance
Singers ~ Neha Kakkar, Aishwarya Nigam & Ikka Singh, Music by ~ Amjad-Nadeem, Lyrics by ~ Sameer Anjaan

Here comes another dance, this time conceptualized by Amjad-Nadeem, cousins of established duo Sajid-Wajid. This duo has proven their expertise many times with romantic tracks, the latest being ‘Ek Mulakat’ from ‘Sonali Cable’, but here, they have gotten a dance track with some stupid name, so I doubt they will be able to do much good, given their history of upbeat tracks, where they have ruined whatever name they had created every single time they attempted one. So when we hear this song and discover that it’s nothing different from their other item-ish dance numbers, nobody is surprised. Neha Kakkar, the new Mamta Sharma it seems, sings in her usual high-pitched annoying style, and she steals Mamta’s partner for two songs, Aishwarya Nigam too, who tries very badly to imitate Mika, getting nowhere near doing so. Even if he would’ve succeeded to copy Mika, I wouldn’t have appreciated it at all. 😝 The composition has been laid on a foot-tapping dappankuthu rhythm, that is catchy enough to let you survive through the song for the first time. The arrangements make it sound better than it should. The techno beats help a lot to keep the listener engaged while the singers try to finish the song quick, before the listener gets bored with the arrangements and notices them doing stupid stuff. 😂 Ikka’s rap forced into the middle sounds disgusting, only because up till he hasn’t sung anything, the song was tolerable, but as soon as he enters, it becomes highly intolerable. Composition is average, but as I said, beats help you forget that, and the song ends before you can notice what stupidity you just heard. :\ Lyrics — Zero marks! Sameer Anjaan’s already bad quality of writing lyrics is just stooping lower and lower by the day. Amjad-Nadeem’s middling affair, to try to make a good and entertaining dance number. Well, they succeed only in the arrangements.

3. Aao Na
Singers ~ Ankit Tiwari, Shraddha Pandit & Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Original Composition By ~ R.D. Burman, Recreated by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Original Lyrics by ~ Javed Akhtar, New Lyrics by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee

The king of remakes, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, comes back after ‘The Shaukeens’, and here, he gets to remake an awesome old classic song originally composed by R.D. Burman. The song in question is ‘Jaane Do Na’ from ‘Saagar’. The makers of this film have changed the name to ‘Aao Na’, and called Arko to apply his Midas touch to remake the song and turn it into a gold, shining remake with his touch. And the ever-reliable Arko does just that. Electronic matkas start the song off, making it get a very catchy beginning. As the song progresses, we hear some awesome English lines sung by Arko himself, and it doesn’t even feel that we’re hearing a remake of an old song, but it sounds like we’re hearing an original song. The arrangements provide half the enjoyability themselves. Wonderful beats decorate the whole composition, and sitar at places really enhances the song a lot. Backing vocals provided by Arko don’t disappoint either. Both the lead singers carry out the song with ease and with the required sensuality. Ankit’s sleepy and drowsy voice finally comes to great use here, as the composition itself is of that type, and as a result, he sounds awesome! Shraddha does wonders here as well, doing complete justice to Asha Bhosle’s original rendition. Arko has retained the mukhda of the song, and added new antaras, which have a very playful and catchy ring to them, instantly appealing to the ears. The new lyrics by Arko go with the original ones by Javed Akhtar, and end up sounding great in the song. The king of remakes applies his Midas Touch once again, and it results in an enjoyable remake of a classic! #5StarHotelSong!!

4. Na Jaane Kya Hai Tumse Waasta
Singers ~ Jubin Nautiyal & Asees Kaur, Music by ~ Amjad-Nadeem, Lyrics by ~ Sanjeev Chaturvedi

For the next song, Amjad-Nadeem step back into the album, and try their hand at a romantic rock anthem. I was expecting them to at least crack this one easily, but no such luck. The song comes across as very typical, and it also seems as of they’ve taken the notes of ‘Ek Mulakat’, and tossed them around to get another, different tune. Of course, the feel of the song remains the same, and their plan to trick the listeners doesn’t work! Following Ankit Tiwari’s footsteps isn’t gonna take you anywhere, Amjad-Nadeem! :\ 😛 The presence of Jubin Nautiyal as a singer, might also be one of the reasons it sounds so very similar to the former song. Anyways, he sings what he has been told pretty good. His co-singer, Asees Kaur, also sounds good, but doesn’t have much scope to leave any impression on us. Arrangements are typical rock arrangements — rock guitars, drums, which start to sound monotonous after some time, also because of the not-so-appealing tune. However, this is one of those songs that will instantly be liked by a certain section of people. In my opinion, it doesn’t score much though. Lyrics are thankfully, not bad. Sanjeev has written some sit-through-able lyrics. Resemblance to ‘Ek Mulakat’ spoils it all! 😦

5. Kuch Kuch Locha Hai
Singers ~ Divya Kumar, Shraddha Pandit & Sandman, Music by ~ Dharam-Sandeep, Lyrics by ~ Himank Kalal & Mani Soni

When the beginning of a song sounds like ‘Ungli Pe Nachalein’ (Ungli), played in double the regular speed, you know something is wrong with the song. And when singers like Divya Kumar and Shraddha Pandit fail to impress with their renditions, you are 1000% percent sure, that there is something wrong with it. That’s exactly the case with this song. Being a title song, it should’ve been composed with complete thoughtfulness and should’ve gotten a catchy tune. But instead, the tune is some notes that don’t go together at all, that don’t sound good with each other, and end up scaring the audience. Dharam-Sandeep (the duo who had composed the unspeakably bad album of ‘Gang Of Ghosts’ last year) have come up with the worst song that could ever have been used as a title song. The hookline is probably the best thing of the song. Divya sounds really stupid singing such ridiculous lines, and Shraddha is no less. The arrangements are just techno beats that fail to impress. A rap by someone who calls himself Sandman, will surely make you press the ‘NEXT’ option on your players. And the lyrics, written by two people together, sound as if someone opened the dictionary for the first time in their lives, and found out some rhyming words, and used them just because they rhymed, without a care whether it makes sense or not. 😒 Atrocious! Kuch BAHOT Kuch Locha Hai with this track!!

6. Ishq Da Maara
Singer ~ Jubin Nautiyal, Music by ~ Amjad-Nadeem, Lyrics by ~ Amjad-Nadeem

Every other song in this album is by Amjad-Nadeem. Fine. Because here, in their last song, is where they really get things right, finally! The composition is pretty sweet and catchy, with the romantic element not acting as a bother for listeners. This song too, is a rock song with a romantic touch, but in terms of composition, this song is way more reliable, in that it doesn’t make you feel bored as much as the other one did. Also, the composition is good enough to let you listen undisturbedly for the whole duration. Amjad-Nadeem have done wonders with the rock guitars and drums this time, setting up an engaging rhythm which makes you sway. Jubin’s spot-on performance in unforgettable. Though he does seem a bit less interested as he did in his other songs, it works overall. The long duration of the sing doesn’t seem all that long once you start getting attuned to the song and start swaying, as I said. The hookline is one of the sweetest things I’ve heard from Amjad-Nadeem and one of the sweetest things I’ve heard in a rock song, of all. The lyrics by the duo are good too, and go well with the composition. Finally, Amjad-Nadeem get it right, and strike the right chord! Jubin’s rendition is worth listening! #5StarHotelSong!!

7. Yeh Ishq
Singer ~ Ali Quli Mirza, Music by ~ Ali Quli Mirza & King, Lyrics by ~ Ali Quli Mirza

I think it’s better if I don’t review this song. Big Boss 8 contestant Ali Quli Mirza gets a Bollywood song. Fine. But what does he do? Creates some song that hardly connects with you, with a tune that keeps repeating throughout the song. And also, Ali Quli Mirza, for your kind information, Bollywood is over this type of songs since the 90s. Indipop in the 90s was pretty much like this. So, this song fails to impress at all. However, listen to it once for Daniel Weber (Sunny’s husband) and his wonderful guitar solos!


Kuch Kuch Locha Hai is actually an understatement for this album. With only two songs impressing, and the best song being a remake of a Bollywood classic, it is clear that there is some locha, not kuch kuch, but bahot Kuch!! BAHOT KUCH LOCHA HAI!!!! 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Aao Na > Ishq Da Maara > Paani Wala Dance > Na Jaane Kya Hai Tumse Waasta > Daaru Peeke Dance > Kuch Kuch Locha Hai > Yeh Ishq

Which is your favourite song from Kuch Kuch Locha Hai? Please vote for it below! 🙂

Next “dish”: Ishqedarriyaan, Chefs: Jeet Gannguli, Jaidev Kumar, Bilal Saeed & Bloodline