A DISHOOM LACKING PRITAM’S USUAL PUNCH!! (DISHOOM – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Pritam Chakraborty
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Ashish Pandit & Mayur Puri
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 15th July 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 29th July 2016

Dishoom Album Cover

Dishoom Album Cover


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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Dishoom is an upcoming Bollywood action/adventure/thriller film starring John Abraham, Varun Dhawan and Jacqueline Fernandez in leads, while Akshaye Khanna plays the baddie. The film is directed by ‘Desi Boyz’ director, Varun Dhawan’s brother, Rohit Dhawan, and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and Sunil A. Lulla. The film is about two cops, Kabir (John Abraham) and Junaid (Varun Dhawan) who are on a case to find a missing cricketer, who happens to be India’s top batsman and whom the makers have cleverly named as Viraj Kohli (played by Saqib Saleem). The two cops have 36 hours before an ‘India vs. Pakistan’ match (come on, how clichéd can you get!!) to find the man. The only reason I’m following this movie is — no, not the energy of Varun Dhawan or the action by John Abraham. And no, not because Akshaye Khanna is returning in a ‘villainous’ avatar after doing ‘Gali Gali Chor Hai’ in 2012 and disappearing. But the reason is because of the music. My personal favourite, Pritam Chakraborty is in charge, and I’m so excited to hear it, because he had given enjoyable songs for ‘Desi Boyz’ as well, and I’m hoping he has done so in his second collab with Rohit Dhawan too! The movie is expected to have some dance tracks, which I know Pritam does very well! So, here goes! Let’s explore the music album of ‘Dishoom’!!


1. Sau Tarah Ke / Sau Tarah Ke (Revisited)
Singers ~ Jonita Gandhi & Amit Mishra / Aditi Singh Sharma & Abhijeet Sawant, Backing Vocals by ~ Ashwin Kulkarni, Himanshu Shirlekar & Akash, Arabic Choir by ~ Maher Al Halabi, Karim Khayat, Youmni Abou Al Zahab, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Hookline Lyrics by ~ Ashish Pandit

Pritam starts off the soundtrack with an energetic dance track just as expected, and really makes you dance with this one. The song starts off with a very unusually addictive vocal break, which just lures you into the composition so effectively. Pritam sure knows how to attract his audience in a classy way, and he does it here. That vocal break is toooo innovative, and also my favourite part of the song — fortunately for me, it plays everywhere throughout the song. Pritam’s composition is a fun one, with a few grey shades that add the mystery and shadow of the thriller/action film to the song. It is an item-song-ish composition, and you can almost call it one, but of course, everything is done so classily that you can classify it as a club song. The hookline has that folksy feel to it, that tells you that the movie (or at least the song) is set in the middle east. The mukhda doesn’t stand out too well during the first couple of listens, but later on, it grows tremendously. It repeats once more after the antara, to end up the song. The antara itself is a nice portion of the song, with a sensuous tune to it. Pritam conveniently uses club beats to enhance the reach of the song, and the booming bass in the song really helps to propel it ahead in the playlist of the listeners. And again, that wonderful vocal break! He uses EDM at places too, and towards the end, the hookline is played with the EDM sound, and sounds so dynamic! In the beginning, a very thrilling oud invites you into the song with that Arabic flavour. The ney by Sahi Shamat is wonderful as well. Both versions have only the vocals different, and everything else exactly, or almost exactly, the same. In the first version, Jonita startles with her performance — it being her first song of this kind. She has brought a naughtiness into her voice, which always used to sound so pure and innocent. It has that sharp texture to it, which it didn’t in her other songs. Amit Mishra, on the other hand, works well as a replacement for Nakash Aziz, sounding quite like him, but impressing nevertheless. In the second version however, Aditi Singh Sharma’s overstylised vocals are a pain to the ears. She hasn’t modulated her voice well and it comes across as too soft where it should’ve been more confident like Jonita’s! Jonita, who sang such a song for the first time, performed better than a singer who is known for such songs, and that’s pretty shocking! Abhijeet Sawant too, doesn’t work well with the composition. He seems to be trying to hard to sing in the way he’s required to. In both versions there’s this awesome Arabic hookline, sung by the Arabic choir I mentioned above. Kumaar and Ashish Pandit together have come up with quite enjoyable lyrics, that suit the theme as well as appeal to the audience. Nothing seems put of place according to Bollywood standards, and so I’m accepting the lyrics! 😂 Pritam opens the album with a great club song, that has the potential to be a chartbuster and also the club anthem of the year! The first version is definitely a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Toh Dishoom
Singers ~ Raftaar & Shahid Mallya, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

Next up, we have the title track for the movie, a theme song that is composed on sinister lines, with dark shades predominating in the composition. The composition is actually very less; it is mostly made up of Raftaar’s rap, which is in a tune that keeps repeating whenever the hookline isn’t playing, so in the mukhda and antara. Actually there is no mukhda and antara, as it is the Punjabi rap-styled tune that keeps playing on loop until the hookline comes to rescue it. 😀 The hookline, which is sung by Shahid Mallya and actually has a tune, is pretty good, and has kind of a sinister tune to it. It is actually the backing music that has the mysterious tone to it; the guitars which play in the background. Pritam has not impressed as such with the composition, as the song is very simple, and not of his level. Also, the credits in the jukebox read “Melody based on generic traditional punjabi folk progressions.” I don’t know how to interpret that! The rap is the most prominent part of the song, and that too, gets kind of irritating towards the end. However, as I said, the hookline is good. There is a rapid rap in the second interlude, and at that part I just completely zoned out of the song; it was so tedious to hear. Raftaar’s voice is not too impressive, of course, as he isn’t a singer. Shahid, on the other hand, tries his best to save the song, and manages to do so to a good extent. It is his “Toh dishoommm… Toh dishoommm” parts that I keep waiting for in the song. Pritam’s arrangements are good, and stick to the action theme of the movie, and perfect for a theme song for a heroic character. Especially those guitars and club beats. Some places, it sounds a lot like the ‘Desi Boyz’ title track too! Mayur Puri is back after ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’s ‘Selfie Le Le Re’ and ‘Chicken Kuk-Du-Koo’, and writes words that hardly make any sense. After impressing so much with so many songs, he disappoints very badly with this one, literally writing whatever comes to mind and adding a “Toh dishoom” at last to make it sound related to the movie. Lines in the rap sound pretty unbelievable as well. It’s pretty much how the person has a very bad personal life, but in a mock-heroic style, tries to explain how he will punch people when they do stuff he doesn’t like. All in all, a disappointing offering, with just the hookline being the saviour of the song!!

 

3. Jaaneman Aah (Version 1) / Jaaneman Aah (Version 2)
Singers ~ Aman Trikha & Antara Mitra / Nakash Aziz & Antara Mitra, Backing Vocals by ~ Ashwin, Akashdeep & Himanshu, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

Claps, percussion and guitars start off the third song of the album, quire resembling ‘Afghan Jalebi’ (Phantom) in its overall treatment. After that, a bazooka-like instrument plays a tune that is what makes the starting interesting, and alluring. But from there, the song suffers a number of ups and down, never being consistent in its catchiness. The composition by Pritam is pretty bland and tasteless, and it is that kind of composition that depends on its arrangements to do its work of attracting the listeners to it. There is a line however, that really impressed me, in all its oddness and though it is kind of a misfit in the song. The line I mention, is the line just before the hookline, which, in the mukhda goes like “Ishq mein saare, ilzaam hai sacche.. “. The tune of that line is an oddball in the song, which is predominantly of a happy tune. But that line has a darker shade to it, which is why I loved it! The rest of the tune follows a really Sajid-Wajid-ish template of item songs, which I didn’t exactly expect from Pritam, after great songs of this genre like ‘Dhating Naach’ (Phata Poster Nikhla Hero), ‘Gandi Baat’ (R…Rajkumar) and ‘Afghan Jalebi’ (Phantom). It is the arrangements that makes the song at least listen-worthy. The exciting dhols (Percussion by Dipesh Varma, Keyur Barve and Shikhar Naad Qureshi) help the song get the required energy, while that bazooka tune keeps playing throughout. Aditya Benia is great with the guitars, too. On the vocals front, again, we have two choices to choose our favourite from. In the first place we have Himesh Reshammiya’s blue-eyed boy, Aman Trikha. Singing for Pritam for the first time, it was bound to be a powerpacked rendition from his side, and that’s what we get, but we can’t help but miss Nakash. Pritam saves us the time that we would spend in brooding over Nakash not being there, and actually records the “Film Version” or “Version 2” of the song in Nakash’s voice. His infectious energy is unmatchable, and he sings well, putting in the punch that was lacking in the first version! 😀 The female voice in both versions is Pritam’s own blue-eyed girl, Antara Mitra. You can’t believe it is the ‘Gerua’ girl who’s sung it, but then you remember she sang ‘Saree Ke Fall Sa’ and ‘Kaddu Katega’ from ‘R…Rajkumar’ too, and then realize it isn’t such a big deal. She sings with the right vocal texture, but I’ve said this many a time jokingly and will say it again — she needs to find a comfort zone for herself in the industry! I can’t help but think she keeps changing her voice too many times and it is getting irritating now!! 😀 Jokes apart, her versatility is really commendable. It is Mayur Puri, the lyricist, who disappoints gravely. His lyrics in this song are nothing like what I like his lyrics for! The whole song is full of lines that a man sings to a lady, trying to convince her to marry him! Lines like “Do saal mein hinge tere bacche, mere bachhe” really make you cringe and think where Mayur’s splendid writing has gone in that one year! 😦 The song starts with the two characters playing ping-pong with names of relatives. I didn’t get that part of the song, either! Though Pritam has scored very well in the past with these songs, this time, he doesn’t really make the cut! Most of the credit for it goes to the disappointing lyrics!

 

4. Ishqa
Singers ~ Abhijeet Sawant & Antara Mitra, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

The album ends on a very celebratory note, with an Arabic-styled party song that has distinct shades of Pritam’s typical composition styles. The composition is really enjoyable though! The song, standing at a duration of just less than three minutes, 2:47 to be precise, is too short, and too catchy; I wish there was more! There is no distinct demarcation of hooklinebut there is one loop of a line, sung by Antara, which goes like “Zyaada main toh nahi kehti…” and that line is so insanely catchy!!! Pritam has composed the song very beautifully, given that it is so short. The mukhda and antara are both by Abhijeet, and he sounds way better here than he did in the second version of ‘Sau Tarah Ke’. Antara has just that one line which repeats many times, but as I said is really well sung by her, and really well composed by Pritam too. Another great thing is the arrangements. The Spanish guitars are the highlight of the song, while the Arabic percussion is really great. The Arabic strings are stunning as well! There is a great electronic interlude that is so insane! The whole thing together sounds very catchy and groovy. Kumaar’s lyrics are good, as well, again, without being cheap or anything. A finale that actually delivers what was expected throughout the album!! #5StarrHotelSong!!


Dishoom is definitely not what I expected. I rarely say this, but this time, Pritam did not deliver as much as I was expecting. He has composed all four songs as per the requirements to make a fun album, but I know he can do way better than this. Two songs, ‘Sau Tarah Ke’ and ‘Ishqa’ actually deliver what I expect when I hear the name ‘Pritam’. The other two seem very templated songs, with very less composition and more of a dependency on lyrics, which are bad, and arrangements, which excel. So, I would say, the Pritam Punch in this ‘Dishoom’ was lacking!!

 

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: Sau Tarah Ke > Ishqa > Toh Dishoom > Jaaneman Aah (Version 2) > Jaaneman Aah (Version 1) > Sau Tarah Ke (Revisited)

 

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

KHAMMA GHANI TO ALL TRUE MUSIC LOVERS!! (HAPPY ENDING – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by:- Sachin-Jigar
♪ Lyrics by:- Amitabh Bhattacharya, Ashish Pandit & Priya Saraiya
♪ Music Label:- Eros Music
♪ Music Released On:- 22nd October 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 21st November 2014

Happy Ending Album Cover

Happy Ending Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Happy Ending is an upcoming Bollywood comedy film, which is being promoted as ‘a comedy about romantic comedies’. The film has been directed by director duo Raj Nidimoru & Krishna D.K. and produced by Saif Ali Khan, Dinesh Vijan and Sunil Lulla. The film stars Saif Ali Khan, Ileana D’Cruz, Kalki Koechlin and Govinda in lead roles, with Saif in a double role. (The second one is like Pritam!! :D) Last year Raj & DK came up with a Zom-Com ‘Go Goa Gone’, which had awesome experimental music by Sachin-Jigar. So, it was natural, that they would stick to their favorites (worked with them in ‘Shor In The City’ as well) and this film also has music by the talented young duo. 🙂 This year wasn’t as great for the duo as was last year. The single from ‘Finding Fanny’ remains their best of the year so far. Let’s see if this changes with this album! 😀


1. Paaji Tussi Such A Pussy Cat
Singers ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya, Divya Kumar & Jigar Saraiya, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya

The rhythmic and catchy humming with which the first song starts, instantly makes you leave all work and concentrate on the song. The dynamic hums are one of a kind and I’ve never heard something of that kind in Bollywood music. Amitabh Bhattacharya opens the song in his nasal voice, which does provide loads of comic effect. The rhythmic humming continues in the background, and that’s what makes the song sound like a genius composition. The hookline is one of the catchiest ones of the year. The way Amitabh says the ‘caaaaaaaat’ and ‘braaaaaaat’ etc, is just too funny and also very nicely placed. The sound effects by Sachin-Jigar are, as usual, top-class. Small things like the female chorus singing chikachikchik attract our attention and at that time, we can’t help but appreciate the geniusness and talent of Sachin-Jigar! The last antara is at a different, slower pace, and yet it doesn’t create any disturbance whatsoever. The whistles which the duo has added are awesome! One more genius part of the song is the vocals of Jigar in the background, constantly singing something or the other, like ‘Oh tussi’ after each of Amitabh’s lines. Divya Kumar makes an entry towards the end, and with his folk-sy vocals, gives the song a dynamic ending with a big bang. His soprano bit at the end is really worth hearing! Jigar interrupts (I actually liked his interruptions, however!) in between Divya’s parts too, singing some gibberish that sounds awesome and also that ‘paaji paaji paaji’ bit. And also, do not move to the next song without hearing the cute meow! at the end! The lyrics by Amitabh are quite funny, too! Take this line, “bad luck ne diya tohfa, khol ke ho gaya khush” or “aake apne hi chakravyuh mein, beta Abhimanyu Tu phansa”. There are plenty more funny lines! You must have heard this one already, but still, I’ll tell you that it is one of the catchiest songs of the year! A must-listen and another successful innovative and unusual attempt by Sachin-Jigar! #5StarHotelSong!

 

2. G Phaad Ke
Singers ~ Divya Kumar & Shefali Alvares, Lyrics by ~ Ashish Pandit

A techno sound starts the next song, followed by a catchy rap by an uncredited guy. This is another song, which has a catchy hookline, and everything around the hookline is also equally catchy. Divya Kumar was an unusual choice for this club song, but he has fit in well with the club feel, and Sachin-Jigar have used his voice very well, to suit the composition. The arrangements mostly consist of techno elements, but the techno elements have also been used so awesomely, which makes this track stand out amongst other regular club songs by unknown people nowadays. Shefali, who seems to only sing in these kind of songs strictly, does well in her part. She also sings in places around Divya’s voice throughout the song. The aaha’s in the song, which I don’t know whether she has sung or not, have been brilliantly placed and sound great. The “hillll Ke naacho” part is mindblowing! The lyrics by Ashish Pandit are purely for comedic effect, and they do their work. Unless you see the spelling of the song, you would not get the humour. That’s pretty smart (and also evil 😂). The small percussion beats which Sachin-Jigar have added in the song are very catchy. It has “CATCHY” written all over it! So naacho saare g phaad ke! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Jaise Mera Tu
Singers ~ Arijit Singh & Priya Panchal, Lyrics by ~ Priya Panchal

This song is the Hindi remake of Sachin-Jigar’s Telugu song ‘Meher Meher’ from ‘D For Dopidi’ which was a Raj & Dk production. Cute guitar riffs start off the song, and then Priya’s beautiful voice takes over to sing a fascinating mukhda. It is awesome how she changes her voice to suit the crazy songs like ‘Johnny Johnny’ or ‘Maa Ka Phone’ to the songs like ‘Gulabi’ or this one. This song also marks the first song of Arijit Singh for Sachin-Jigar. I was always hoping for a beautiful romantic song by Arijit composed by them. The composition is very refreshing, just like ‘Khushamdeed’ from ‘Go Goa Gone’. It is one that can lift your spirits, a breezy and light, cute melody. The harmony between Arijit and Priya is awesome, and it is accentuated by the magical harmonium bits in between. The antara is not too different from the mukhda, yet gives a relaxing feeling. The lyrics by Priya are very beautiful and romantic. When Arijit enters the song, he brings in with him a whole new beautiful and magical ambience. The hookline is so catchy, even though it sounds heard before. When Arijit sings, ‘aise tera main’, the percussion behind him is awesome. Such small details Sachin-Jigar have given attention to, and that is why they have been successful in making this song so beautiful and attractive. One of the better-composed romantic songs of the season! Nothing innovative, but very refreshing! And the breathtaking harmonium! #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Khamma Ghani
Singers ~ Papon, Smita Jain & Vidhi Mehta, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya

Time for some emotional stuff! The next song is a kind of sad song, which confuses you and makes you think whether it is a sad song, or a happy romantic one! Guitars kick off this track too, and pave the way for Papon’s Mohit-esque vocals. Papon’s rendition is enchanting, and he succeeds to put the right emotions in the song. Amitabh has introduced yet another unusual term in Bollywood music — ‘Khamma Ghani’ which is a Rajasthani expression for greeting, meaning either ‘welcome’ or ‘sorry’. (In the title of my post, I’ve used the former meaning, and so has Amitabh in the song) The hookline reminds you of one of Sachin-Jigar’s best and most famous works, ‘Saibo’ from ‘Shor In The City’. The female chorus of Smita Jain and Vidhi Mehta sound beautiful as a complement to Papon. The lyrics have been written in a very touching way, and that emotion has been emphasized by the extremely brilliant composition by Sachin-Jigar. The lyrics of the antara are especially very nice and touching. Plus, the words saza yafta have been used so incredibly geniusly by Amitabh! “Hai dil mera saza yafta!” What a comparison! The drums in the hookline have been utilized in a great way. The guitar interlude is worth hearing and the tune of the antara which follows is just spellbinding! Towards the end a Rajasthani folk-osh voice can be heard, which I doubt is of Papon, but whoever sang it has done it so well, that it is a pity he’s not credited. If it is Papon, however, I just have to give him a standing ovation! Very touching, emotional composition and lyrics, and a heartrending rendition by Papon and the female chorus! #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Mileya Mileya
Singers ~ Rekha Bhardwaj, Jigar Saraiya & Priya Andrews, Lyrics by ~ Priya Panchal

Sometimes a song makes you so speechless, that you cannot classify it into any specific category, romantic, sad etc. It becomes a special song close to your heart. This is exactly what this song has done to me. It is an upbeat yet very melodious and emotional composition, which has equally touching lyrics by Priya Panchal. The three singers, Jigar, newcomer Priya Andrews, and the wonderful Rekha Bhardwaj, have harmonized with each other very well, and create a beautiful atmosphere. Priya’s soft vocals, Rekha’s rustic voice and Jigar’s highly autotuned yet pleasant voice sound awesome together. Though Rekha seems like an unusual choice, but she’s the one who puts all the class into the song. The arrangements are brilliant as well. Special mention has to be made of the exceptional saxophone played by Shirish Malhotra both in the interlude and the conclusion. The distribution of lines has been done perfectly and the lines which Rekha has got, are the best in the song! Priya’s beautiful lyrics come to life with the three singers’ exceptional rendition. All the lines of the song have been geniusly written and I can tell that Priya has evolved a lot as a lyricist since her ‘Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya’ and ‘Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story’ days. The hookline has been written very very beautifully. Beautiful vocals, arrangements, composition and the best lyrics! #5StarHotelSong!

 

6. Haseena Tu Kameena Mein
Singers ~ Rahul Pandey, Shruti Pathak & Siddharth Basrur, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya

The ending song to this great album is just as great and catchy as the other upbeat songs of the album. Rahul Pandey debuts with this song, and he has sung great, slightly resembling Ash King or Nikhil D’Souza in places. The catchy and quirky arrangements definitely grasp your attention. It is slightly resemblant of ‘Dil Duffer’ from ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’, and ‘Daaru Desi’ from ‘Cocktail’. The tune is very refreshing and makes for a very fun listen. The sounds in the background are probably produced by beatboxing. The snaps, whistles and other attraction add to the catchiness. It seems like Sachin-Jigar have the recipe for catchy hit songs kept somewhere in a secret cupboard to which they refer each time they get a brief for an upbeat song! 😂 They are experts at this stuff! The lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya are very amusing as well. The antaras have an awesome tune, and the ‘don’t you know don’t you know’ is just awesome! Shruti and Rahul have awesome chemistry and sound well singing with each other. Siddharth has been kept mostly in the background. A catchy song which makes for a very fun listen! Has been made very geniusly! Refreshing! #5StarHotelSong!


Happy Ending is an album which… Well, which redefines a rom-com album! Sachin-Jigar have provided exceptional music to this romantic comedy, and Raj & DK, Saif Ali Khan and Dinesh Vijan have done a great job in choosing the songs! Three upbeat and three melodious songs makes the album well-balanced and one that would stay with you for a very long time! It is one of the best albums of the year! That’s why I would like to invite all true music lovers to enjoy this album by saying, Khamma Ghani, aao aur yeh album suno!

 

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

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

 

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

 

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PURANI JEANS (MUSIC REVIEW)

Album Details:-
Music by:- Ram Sampath | Lyrics by:- Ashish Pandit, Prashant Ingole, Kunwar Juneja, Munna Dhiman | Music Label:- Eros Music | Music Released On:- 3rd April 2014 | Movie Releasing On:- 2nd May 2014

To hear the full songs on Saavn CLICK HERE

Purani Jeans Album Cover

Purani Jeans Album Cover

 

 


 Purani Jeans is an upcoming Bollywood film starring Tanuj Virwani, Aditya Seal and Izabelle Leite in lead roles. The film is based purely on friendship and tells the story of a young boy who returns to his hometown and reconnects with his old friends. The story is set in the 90’s so I expected 90’s type music for this film. The music is given by Ram Sampath who recently gave good music for Bhoothnath Returns and great music for Fukrey last year. Does he continue giving good music with this album? Read on to find out!


1. Yaari Yaari:- Singer ~ Ram Sampath, Lyrics ~ Ashish Pandit

This song is a cute and full-of-happiness friendship anthem. The lyrics by Ashish Pandit are great with many terms which youngsters use a lot everyday and they are written in half-English, half-Hindi (Hinglish). The music is perfect for this type of song, very light on ears. Guitars, drums and brass instruments are used very well throughout the song. Ram Sampath’s husky voice also is perfect for this song. At the end, he sings in a high-pitched voice without any trouble, very easily! Even though all of these great elements are there in this song, it is a pretty ordinary song which you will soon forget, and it will not stay with you for many days as it doesn’t have repeat value. After a lot of listens, this song got very boring because there isn’t anything special or unique about it. Good for a week or so, after that you will be scared to even play it!

 

2. Dil Aaj Kal:- Singer ~ K.K. (Original Version), Sona Mohapatra (Unplugged Version), Lyrics ~ Prashant Ingole

The song starts with a guitar, which plays for about thirty seconds after which K.K. starts with his magical romantic voice. He has returned to his comfort zone, that is, romantic songs, with this song, after a long time. The lyrics are very good and perfect for the song. It’s a cute, slow-paced romantic song which will not make you feel bored for even a millisecond. The music, as I expected, reminded me of 90’s music. The antaras have a great tune also. The best part of the song, I felt, was the ‘Kya tum ho…’ part. It sounds like one of Pritam’s old romantic songs which he used to compose few years ago. The Unplugged Version is sung by Ram Sampath’s wife herself, who is a must in all his albums, Sona Mohapatra. This version is shorter but equally great in terms of music. It has a little Spanish touch also with great use of the guitar. Sona’s vocals are fabulous like always. Both versions are highly recommended! Must-hear! #5StarHotelSong

 

3. Out of Control Mundey:- Singers ~ Mika Singh, Deane Sequira, Suzanne D’Mello, Lyrics by ~ Kunwar Juneja

Do you like electric guitars and heavy metal? If you do, then this song has a lot of that! You must be thinking of listening to this song now, right? But I would recommend you not to hear this song, even if you are a heavy metal fan. Why? Because it’s too (and by too I mean TOO) loud, the lyrics are such that you will understand very less of what they are saying and lastly, there is not such a likeable tune to this song. Even roping in Mika to sing this song, did not save it. The two female singers only join him in the chorus and they sing a little rap portion in between also. Do not even play it, if you do, then at least don’t hear it with headphones or earphones on! You will be inviting a headache!

 

4. Yeh Beetey Din:- Singer ~ Ram Sampath (Rock Version & Acoustic Version), Lyrics ~ Munna Dhiman

A very cute composition, about remembering the happy days of the past. The Rock Version, of course, has more of drums and guitars. Ram Sampath again, is perfect for the song, with his husky vocals dominating the song such that you will be forced to hear his voice more than the music. The lyrics are also very cute and great for this genre of songs. The Acoustic Version, which I liked just a little more than the Rock one, has less of instrumentation, which is why I liked it more. It gives a calmer effect than the previous version. The rest is all the same, vocals awesome, lyrics great! Both versions are equally great in tune, but I liked the Acoustic Version more, because it gives a calming effect, without the drums and guitars. Try both versions, they are must-listens!

 

5. Jind Meriye:- Singers ~ Navraj Hans, Ram Sampath, Lyrics by ~ Munna Dhiman

This is a sad song with Punjabi lyrics. The first time I heard this song, I felt it was dull and not that great. However, as I heard it more times, I started liking it a lot, and now I find myself humming it throughout the day. The vocals by Navraj Hans (son of the famous Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans) are awesome. He seems very comfortable with singing this type of song. The English part sung by Ram Sampath is also great. The techno sounds used throughout the song also sound great! Hats-off to Ram Sampath for composing such a soulful song! It’s a very great song but you need to have patience to like it and hear it more than once instead of hearing it once and leaving it, thinking that it will always sound dull.

 

Overall:- This album is overall a nice album, with some great compositions by Ram Sampath, though it cannot be counted as one of his great works, except the song ‘Dil Aaj Kal’. He had composed much better music for ‘Delhi Belly’, ‘Talaash’, and ‘Fukrey’. I was expecting a lot from this album because of his past hits, but he didn’t quite meet my expectations. I did not expect such a loud track (‘Out of Control’) from him, nor a track that bored me after hearing it for five to seven times (‘Yaari Yaari’). Though it was a nice attempt, but not quite what people were expecting, and the tracks are very ordinary, heard-before types. As I said before, excepting the song ‘Dil Aaj Kal’, none of the songs are better than or even as good as his previous works, including Satyamev Jayate. If it had to be ranked amongst all other albums composed by Ram Sampath, it would surely get a place right at the bottom of the list. 

 

Final Rating for the Album:- सा < रे < ग < म < प <  < नी < सां  

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

 

Next “dish”:- The Xposé, Chef:- Himesh Reshammiya

 

Review by Rujul Deolikar