Bal’KI’ GOES MULTI’KA’MPOSER!!! (KI & KA – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Meet Bros, Mithoon, Ilaiyaraaja & Yo Yo Honey Singh
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Sayeed Quadri & Amitabh Bhattacharya
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 25th February 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 1st April 2016

Ki & Ka

Ki & Ka

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE

Ki & Ka is an upcoming Bollywood rom-com, starring Kareena Kapoor Khan and Arjun Kapoor in lead roles. It is written and directed by R. Balki, and produced by Sunil Lulla, Ralesh Jhunjhunwala, R.K. Damani R. Balki himself. The film revolves around a young married couple whose relationship challenges the gender roles placed upon men and women by the society. R. Balki is back after a whole year, after his middling ‘Shamitabh’. I had reviewed the album to ‘Shamitabh’, and I found myself one of the rare few who liked it, though not loved it. That album had been composed by Balki’s favourite, Ilaiyaraaja. So it was pretty natural for me (and many others… I hope! Come on, who’s ready to own up? :p ) to think that the music for R. Balki’s next, ‘Ki & Ka’ would also be composed by Ilaiyaraaja, as were his previous ventures — ‘Cheeni Kum’, ‘Paa’ and ‘Shamitabh’. Until the first poster came out, which I’ve included in my post. It credits Ilaiyaraaja as the “Music Director” and further specifies that the Music is by Ilaiyaraaja, Meet Bros & Mithoon. Weird as it sounds, it is the truth. 😛 Ilaiyaraaja was expected but what wasn’t expected was tat he would get to compose merely one song. Instead Meet Bros (The duo has gotten their first realllllyyy big project after their split with Anjjan) get to compose more than a half of the album, with three songs and four tracks, one of them being a “so-called” remake of Yo Yo Honey Singh’s hit, ‘High Heels’. What is left goes to Mithoon, which is, as guessed, a calm song. 😀 More of this later, i.e, in the review! 😀 So lo and behold! Here is my first review after ‘Bhaag Johnny’ (Ya. Sorry for disappearing.) Read on to find out what I liked and what not about the ‘Ki & Ka’ music album! 🙂

1. High Heels Te Nachche
Singers ~ Aditi Singh Sharma, Jaz Dhami, Yo Yo Honey Singh & Meet Bros, Music by ~ Meet Bros, Original Music Riff & Rap By ~ Yo Yo Hoeny Singh, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

{NOTE: I know you’ve already scrunched up your face because I wrote the title of the song like that, but that’s what they changed it to on iTunes, so I’ve no option 😛 }

Not technically a remake, but being propagated among the audience as one, this song has got an unfortunate fate. Meet Bros have actually worked pretty hard to make this “remake” unconventional. They have gone to such lengths as changing the whole hookline of the song. But Alas! People still think it’s a remake! 😦 Personally, I loved this one. If remakes are to be made, whether of old songs or of new ones, then they should be like this, not just revamping the old song and making it fast and adding club and techno elements here and there, but actually showing some creativity by altering it completely. Really, hats-off to Meet Bros for having the courage to offer this one to the producers, and the producers must be realllllly huge-hearted to have accepted it! This remake has nothing similar to the original, except the hook tune played on some computerized horn, which was in Yo Yo Honey Singh’s original, and of course, the rap in the interlude (If I can call it one??). The addition of Aditi Singh Sharma as a singer was a great move, making the song more acceptable for Bollywood, with voices for both male and female in a dance track. The new hookline has totally infected my mind, and has also totally overridden the original song in my head. Another thing I loved is when Aditi says “Shut up!” after Yo Yo’s rap. 😛 Thank God someone in this world has the guts to tell him that. 😀 The antara is owned by Aditi, who makes every possible effort to keep it to herself, and succeeds eventually. Jaz Dhami actually sounds good, unlike what he sounded in this year’s ‘Humne Pee Rakhi Hai’ (Sanam Re). Must be the impact of a good composition, that made him sound good too. Kumaar’s lyrics are typical Punjabi dance track lyrics, but one can’t ignore funny and punny stuff in the lyrics. All in all, a great and enjoyable start to this album. And again, I think this IS NOT A REMAKE!! But I Know in fact, that it is a #5StarHotelSong!!!!


2. Ji Huzoori
Singers ~ Mithoon & Deepali Sathe, Backing Vocals by ~ Arun Daga, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Sayeed Quadri

Next up is the song by Mithoon, again someone not expected to be composing in an R. Balki album! 😀 This year he already gave great soothing songs like ‘Mar Jaayen’ (Loveshhuda), ‘Sanam Re’& ‘Tere Liye’ (Sanam Re). So I expected something great from him in this album too. And it was no surprise when he gave me just that! 😀 The song starts off slowly with Mithoon singing, some introductory lines, which later, become the mukhda of the song. But before that, the hookline by A run Daga plays, which is such an essentially beautiful part of the song, that I wonder why Arun has been credited as the “Backing Vocalist!” Mithoon really knows how to create an attractive composition, and most of the time, he succeeds in creating a song just like a spiderweb that in this case, is trapping listeners. The notes in the antara have been woven together so comfortably, with the oh-so-mesmerising hookline interwoven after each line, sung by Deepali, who definitely has a smaller role than Arun in the song, yet she isn’t accompanying Arun in the backing vocals list! One thing I’d love to mention about Mithoon’s songs recently, are that the backing vocals are one of the main attractions of his songs! In ‘Sanam Re’, Anirudh Bhola had one or the best backing vocals I’ve ever heard, and here Arun Daga has been given the role of the magician, what with his incessant “Mohabbat hai yeh ji huzoori nahi” and “Ji haan” throughout the song. The “Ji haan” parts are just so irresistibly addictive! Mithoon too sounds great as the main singer, giving us a good break from the Arijit fever that has taken over Bollywood. Arrangements are top-notch, and Mithoon has to be commended for putting it all together so seamlessly. The percussion (all seems electronic) tablas and manjeeras make the song sound really Rahman-ish, and I wouldn’t be surprised if someone thinks this is a Rahman song. (Which they won’t, because nowadays, in Bollywood, Mithoon is more popular than Rahman in my opinion). The occasional piano pieces are enough to steal your breath. The second interlude has a wonderful shehnaai solo that is worth hearing again and again. Mithoon does his best to create a haunting impact through this song. It kind of reminds you of his early days in the industry (‘Lamhaa’, ‘Anwar’). Like always, saving the best for the last, now’s the time to talk about the lyrics. Smart lyrics by Sayeed Quadri, who usually writes great love songs, but all Bollywood-ish, whereas this one here actually sounds realistic. Even if you just read them without hearing the song, they would appeal to you, I swear! 🙂 A great composition by Mithoon, great singing by him, accompanied by Backing vocalists without which the song would have lost half its magic touch, and outstanding applause-worthy lyrics by the great Quadri saab, make this song a #5StarHotelSong!!!


3. Most Wanted Munda / Kabir Most Wanted Munda
Singers ~ Meet Bros / Meet Bros & Palak Muchhal, Rap By ~ Earl Edgar (Version 1) / Arjun Kapoor (Version 2), Backing Vocals ~ Thomson Andrews, Keshia Braganza, Gwen Dias & Ryan Dias, Music by ~ Meet Bros, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Meet Bros’ next song comes in two versions. This one is really quirky and groovy, just like their first song. This one starts with catchy synthetic sounds, that grabbed my attention at once. The backing vocals are awesome in this song as well, what with the girls singing “Nobody hega like him” and “Kehti hai har kudi”. Though the composition on its own practically has no power to attract listeners, it is all the other attractive decorations that help it do so. These include vocals, backing vocals, arrangements and the quirky and funny lyrics by Kumaar. Meet Bros have once again chosen themselves over Mika (Thank God!) and they sing the song really energetically as it should be. It reminds me of songs by almost all composers (except Rahman, who was always following his own trends 😛 ) during the 2006-2008 period. The arrangements are cool, as well, mainly digital, but then they’re to catchy to ignore. Especially the cool tune that starts off the song, which repeats many times throughout the song. A very Ilaiyaraaja-ish first interlude comes across as a pleasant surprise, with the typical train rhythm and beautiful strings. Earl’s rap is good and the lyrics are pretty funny too. 😀 The second version starts off with horns and alien-like voices singing “Most wanted mundaaa…” In this version, the lyrics have been reversed as if it is actually the munda singing about himself — “Main hoon most wanted munda” as opposed to the “Yeh hai most wanted munda”. Palak sounds good in the antara, which hasn’t been altered (probably the only part which has been kept as it is in terms of lyrics). I mean, even the backing vocals lyrics have been changed!! 😀 This one is the version I found more trippier, with more dynamic arrangements — the horns, the dhols. Also, Arjun’s really good at rapping. His accent sounds better in this rap. 😀 Once again, Kumaar writes really funny lyrics that instantly caught my attention. They totally go with the theme of the movie. 😛 Though they make no sense if you happen to randomly pick up this song out of the crores of Bollywood songs, its situational nature gives the assurance that it would become crystal clear if seen in the movie. A catchy dance track, highlighting the fact that men can do what women can — cooking, chopping (vegetables that is!), bargaining, shopping, blah, blah… It’s so quirky that it is a #5StarHotelSong!! 


4. Foolishq
Singers ~ Shreya Ghoshal & Armaan Malik, Music by ~ Ilaiyaraaja, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya

So the next song marks the entry of the last composer in the album — Ilaiyaraaja. When a song is by Ilaiyaraaja, it is impossible to describe it without using the word ‘quirky’. Also, it is impossible not to hear synthetic sounds in it. This composition too, shows his quirky side (isn’t that his only side? 😀 ) and the arrangements are really cool too. You can even say they’re youthful. Shreya renders his composition with ease, being pretty used to his style of composing, but I felt Armaan was a bit out-of-place here. Raaja’s composition is not something that would appeal to the audience though, and it is so confusing for me to decide whether I liked it or not! One time I listen to it, I like it, and the next time it sounds annoying. 😥 It has a number of turns, getting out of beat too in some places (deliberately!) On top of that, it sounds pretty irritating when the singers sing “Foooolishq”. 😭 It isn’t a very smart coinage by Amitabh, from whom I was expecting a lot more! However, the arrangements are really good, with the flutes, finger snaps, rock guitars and xylophone-ish sounds, making the song sound pretty oriental Japanese. The antara has a much better tune than the mukhda which falls flat because of the not-so-catchy hookline. It is pretty much only the hookline which is in the mukhda. The other line in the mukhda too isn’t so catchy. Though Shreya and Armaan can’t be criticized for it, they could’ve sung it in a more enticing way. Amitabh’s lyrics, as I said earlier, disappoint, and one wonders where Swanand Kirkire went! (See the irony. This year Amit Trivedi worked in ‘Fitoor’ with Swanand Kirkire, who has worked with Ilaiyaraaja and R. Balki many times previously, whereas Amitabh, who worked with Amit many times, is working with Ilaiyaraaja and R. Balki 😛 ) The lyrics hardly make any sense. 😦 The song which I was really excited about, disappoints in many departments except the music arrangements, which are the saving grace of the song for me! A song which has confused me so much that I don’t know whether I like it or not!


5. Pump It (The Workout Song)
Singers ~ Yash Narvekar & Meet Bros, Music by ~ Meet Bros, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

The quintessential barnyard instrument — the banjo — starts off this song, which is the last offering from Meet Bros in the album, and also the finale of the album itself. Debutant Yash Narvekar starts off and you can’t help but think about Benny Dayal — He sounds so similar to Benny. Meet Bros support him in mainly the hookline. The composition is groovy and actually such that it will motivate you to workout. It has been arranged like a club song, with techno beats and all. Some EDM stuff too has been kept in store for us, and especially the tune of the antara sounds suitable for a club song, I don’t know why. :p The hookline is pretty weird, and not as catchy as the rest of the composition. The catchiest part in the song in my opinion was the antara. The song surely does engage you, but it isn’t one that stays with you for a long time afterwards. Kumaar’s lyrics aren’t great, but typical, and work for the song. Though nothing is ‘bad’ as such in the song, it makes for a weaker song than all the others, in the sense that it doesn’t stay with you after it’s over.

Ki & Ka was an album that I wasn’t expecting so much from after I learnt that it is a multicomposer album. I was expecting Ilaiyaraaja to compose all the songs, but what a surprise that the others overshadow him in this album. Mithoon scores an ace with his one and only song, the best in the album for me, and Meet Bros don’t disappoint with any if their songs, though the last falls a bit short of being a great one. Ilaiyaraaja comes up with a confusing song, which, instead of growing on me, went backward and (what should I say??) ‘ungrew’ on me. All in all, the album for ‘Ki & Ka’ is one that is suitable for the rom-com genre, and way better than Balki’s last album ‘Shamitabh’, if I were to compare. R. Balki made a great choice by going the multicomposer way!!! 🙂


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: Ji Huzoori > High Heels Te Nachche > Kabir Most Wanted Munda > Most Wanted Munda > Pump It > Foolishq


Which one is your favourite song from Ki & Ka? Please vote for it below! 🙂


Next “dish”: Baaghi, Chefs: Meet Bros, Amaal Mallik, Ankit Tiwari & Manj Musik


Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Jeet Gannguli, Mithoon & Ami Mishra
♪ Lyrics by: Rashmi Singh, Virag Mishra, Sayeed Quadri & Kunaal Vermaa
♪ Music Label: Sony Music
♪ Music Released On: 20th May, 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 12th June, 2015

Hamari Adhuri Kahani Album Cover

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE

Hamari Adhuri Kahani is an upcoming Bollywood romantic drama, directed by the “master” of these intense love films, Mohit Suri. The film stars Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan and Rajkummar Rao in leading roles, and is produced by Mahesh Bhatt, Mukesh Bhatt and Vishesh Bhatt. The movie is about a married woman who develops a budding romance with a hotel magnate until her past comes back to haunt her. We all know that Vishesh Films have been letting us down for quite some time (their last fully satisfying album was ‘Citylights’) and both their films this year, ‘Khamoshiyan’ & ‘Mr. X’ have tanked at the box office as well as not had a very satisfying album! However, this time, Mohit Suri is heading the project. With that, the film can be guaranteed to be a success! Also, the music album to the film has to be great if it’s him as the director, and Bhatts as producers! Like a double dhamaka! This time, the favourite, Ankit Tiwari hasn’t been approached (or maybe his song hasn’t been retained? That sounds more believable), and the three composers working on the soundtrack are Jeet Gannguli with two songs and one version of one of them, Mithoon with one song, and as it is Mohit Suri’s tradition to launch a new face in each album, here he launches debutant Ami Mishra, who has composed one song in two versions. So what are we waiting for? Let’s drown into the music of ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’, and decode whether it, itself, is incomplete (adhoora) or not! 🙂

1. Hamari Adhuri Kahani / Hamari Adhuri Kahani (Encore)
Singers ~ Arijit Singh / Jeet Gannguli, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Rashmi – Virag (Rashmi Singh & Virag Mishra)

Jeet Gannguli gets to compose the opening piece for the album. Whenever Jeet composes for the Bhatts, you can almost always expect him to compose the title track. He did it for ‘Citylights’, ‘Khamoshiyan’, and even ‘Mr. X’. Now he starts off the album with the title track here, too! I wonder…should I start calling him the Bhatt Title Track Man now? 😀 Anyways, about the song. Ever since ‘Citylights’ album had mesmerized us in terms of both music and lyrics, the duo of Jeet Gannguli and Rashmi Singh has remained intact, appearing together in almost all the songs they did afterwards for the Bhatts (‘Baatein Yeh Kabhi Na’ from ‘Khamoshiyan’ was an exception) Now, for the title song of this much-hyped film, another man joins the duo to make it a trio, none other than Rashmi’s husband, Virag Mishra. The regular singer, Arijit, comes aboard, and tada! here we have for us a scintillating combination, all set to entice us with their song. The song kicks off with very soft and sublime piano notes, such that grab your attention instantly, and would make you emotional right away. A beautiful violin is played after that, which just makes you ready for the even more touching melody to follow. Yes, the song is extremely heart-touching, and sure to melt even the baddest of bad person’s heart. Arijit’s coarse and grainy textured voice helps to increase the emotional factor of the song, at the same time not making it sound too sappy and indigestible either. His delivery of each word is full of emotion, and on top of that, the tune of what he sings, and the words that he sings, all of it has the unmistakable to-fall-for type of quality. Jeet has composed something not really identifiable as something from him. Usually, he sticks to simplicity, and excels in simplicity. However, this time, he chooses the path which Mithoon usually treads, and that is, to try and deliver the best in complexity. The composition has many different twists and turns — starting off quietly, getting more intense as it goes, reaching a climax before the hookline and suddenly becoming soft again in the hookline. The antaras are quiet too, and that is why, they may not sound appealing to everyone. Mostly, the whole song is enticing in its composition. Arrangements are also not regular Jeet Gannguli – Vishesh Films arrangements, which have always been guitars mainly. Here, the guitars take the backseat, allowing wonderful goosebumps-provoking violins and flute to work their magic on the listeners. The rattles and shakers and water drips in the first interlude sound magical and so does the wonderful santoor in the second interlude, which also has a heavenly church-like violin part after that. Rashmi-Virag come together for the best and really weave out the best they could. As complex as other things in the song may be, they, however, have stuck to simplicity and excelled. The pain in the song really stands out thanks to their lyrics. There is an ‘encore’ version to this song, sung by the composer himself, in a rather folksy way, with a very noticeable nasal twang to his voice. For those who want a break from Arijit, this version is recommendable, but I think it doesn’t hold as much magic as Arijit’s version. Instead of that, an ‘unplugged’ version by Arijit or Jeet, anyone, would have sufficed! However Jeet has sung in the ‘Encore’, let’s not pay attention, because he deserves a standing ovation and a very very big round of applause for his extraordinary work in composing and arranging this song to the meaningful lyrics of Rashmi-Virag!! #5StarHotelSong!!

2. Humnava
Singer ~ Papon, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Sayeed Quadri

Mithoon enters the soundtrack next, and as always, leaves us awestruck with his mesmerizing sound. For this album, he decides to do something special. All his regulars — Arijit, Mohammed Irfan, Mustafa Zahid — he puts them aside, and who does he choose to do the honours on this track? The one and only, Papon! This year Papon has been on a roll, with his songs from ‘Baby’, ‘Hawaizaada’, ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ and the most recent ‘Bombay Velvet’ all being exceptional, and now he bags his first song with Mithoon, for a Bhatt film! 🙂 Great job! He makes excellent use of his opportunity, and renders Mithoon’s soulful composition with the touch of excellence that only he could have done! With his silk-smooth voice, he works wonders and sheds all his inhibitions, easily giving one of his career’s best performances. Mithoon’s composition, too, has to be praised here. A soft, soulful, romantic number, not too heavy on the ears, but with Mithoon’s characteristic complexity definitely evident. It goes right to your heart and, stubborn as it is, sits right in there. 😀 And you, too wish not to let it go for a long time. The tune is instantly lovable, unlike Mithoon’s other gradually growing tunes. This one immediately comes across as sweet and lovely. Shades of 90s Rahman are audible in the antara, and that might tick some people off, while it may make others, like me, love the track even more! Mithoon has provided apt arrangements, with his regular beats, the ones that we heard in ‘Banjaara’ (Ek Villain) and ‘Baarish’ (Yaariyan) leading the song, and other beautiful sounds like the Mithoon-ish guitars, violin impressing. Papon’s wonderful aalaps sound divine, and after ‘Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’ and this, I want to see him in an out-and-out classical song. 😀 Surprisingly enough, Mithoon doesn’t write his own lyrics this time, but composes on none other than Sayeed Quadri’s words, and as usual, Quadri writes perfect lyrics, that touch the heart. Altogether, it makes an outstanding outing by Mithoon and Sayeed Quadri, made even more mystical by Papon’s silky voice! #5StarHotelSong!!

3. Hasi (Male Version) / Hasi (Female Version)
Singers ~ Ami Mishra / Shreya Ghoshal, Music by ~ Ami Mishra, Lyrics by ~ Kunaal Vermaa

Time for the newcomer to step into the soundtrack. Ami Mishra makes his dream debut, in a Mohit Suri film, that is being produced by Vishesh Films. What more could he have asked for!? He follows the typical Bhattish template but the result is something that would really make you happy. A soft rock song, with the normal touch of romance in it that all Mohit Suri film songs have, and also a catchy flavour to it. Unlike other typical Bhatt songs, this one grew on me quickly, and I found myself liking it, after which I found myself criticizing myself for liking it, but then deciding I like it a lot. 😛 In other, plain and simple words, I liked the typicality of it! 😅😅 Ami has created a rock song, full of romance, having a quite simple but really entertaining tune, quite like Ankit Tiwari and got immensely successful with ‘Sunn Raha Hai’ (Aashiqui 2). Rock guitars, drums are the core of arrangements, with other techno beats occasionally coming in. Kunaal’s lyrics are also simple, and nothing extraordinary, but appealing and going with the flow of the composition, or it might be the other way around also. Ami sings well, and has complete control over his own composition. The actual vocals part of the song gets over quite soon, after which there’s a whole rock solo, which acts as the conclusion. Nothing extraordinary, but not bad either! Things get more interesting in the Female Version. Shreya Ghoshal, the nightingale, takes over with a spellbinding hum for starters, and after that, everything seems like a fantasy. Only because of her voice, which anyone would find, makes a huge, huge difference. The arrangements are not necessarily traditionally Indian classical arrangements, but are definitely softer than the male version. They are a mix of everything. The Indian flavour is added by enchanting flute, and some beats on which the whole track plays. Guitars feature here too, but stay in the background. A soothing interlude joins the two parts of the song. And that interlude contains magic. Flute, piano and a sudden jazz flavour with the trumpet, that disappears as soon as it comes, makes your heart happy. Kunaal alters lyrics for this version, making it sound more suitable for a girl to be singing. Both versions are equally good, but the female version will get many more takers, simply because of Shreya Ghoshal, and also because of the soothing arrangements there. #5StarHotelSong!!

4. Yeh Kaisi Jagah
Singer ~ Deepali Sathe, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Rashmi-Virag (Rashmi Singh & Virag Mishra)

Jeet returns to conclude the album. He started off the album with an impressive melody, which makes us hope that he ends it with just the same impressiveness. This time he composes a completely female song, and doesn’t choose Palak Muchhal this time, but chooses one of the singers he’s worked with in Bengali music industry, Deepali Sathe. It is not her debut song, but definitely her biggest song. She’s sung previously for movies like ‘Ankur Arora Murder Case’, ‘War… Chhod Na Yaar’, ‘Gang of Ghosts’ and is one of the many singers of ‘Daingad Daingad’ from ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’. So we can just imagine how big this song is for her! Plus, it’s her first solo song. So it’s all up to Jeet Gannguli, to launch her with the best possible composition. The song is essentially about the feelings of the character of Vidya Balan, a woman who is married but falls in love with someone else. The turmoil in her mind is aptly presented in front of us by Rashmi & Virag who have done a splendid job with the lyrics. They have used the situation of Meerabai — a devotee of Lord Krishna, to bring out the feelings of the woman in the song. I found this quite commendable! Deepali sings beautifully, and showcases her talent for the first time in such a complete and fulfilling way, making both the listener and herself happy. There is a male voice that keeps singing wonderful aalaaps in the interludes and at the end of the song, which sounds a lot like Zubeen Garg, but whoever it is, hasn’t been credited! :/ Jeet’s arrangements are spectacular, as well, again with flute and guitars leading. The other beats that accompany these instruments are just brilliant! Thanks to them, the composition, which does actually let you divert your attention from the track, can be heard again and again and also be forgiven. Some parts in the composition sound a bit too typical and outdated, too. Therefore, the track doesn’t keep you busy for a long time. You gradually lose interest as the number of times you hear it increase, and after that, you might just hear it only for the wonderful singing, lyrics and arrangements! Not a perfect song, as far as composition goes, but more than perfect when it comes to lyrics, arrangements and the vocals! Special mention for the uncredited male vocals!

Hamari Adhuri Kahani is an album that finally gives us what we’ve been expecting for a long year from Vishesh Films — a complete, fulfilling album, that gives you the typical Bhatt stuff, but without the staleness and with the addictiveness. Jeet Gannguli and Mithoon, who always impress, do it once more with the intervention of Mohit Suri’s musical ear and taste, and Mohit Suri brings forward a star in the making, Ami Mishra, from whom I’m expecting a lot and something very different, as soon as he comes out of the Vishesh Films banner. He must not continue doing the same stuff, so that it becomes so repetitive that people get fed up of it, as is the case with Ankit Tiwari now. Also, Mohit Suri has returned with an album better than his last, and Bhatts have returned with an album better than both of their last two combined! 😜 Overall, an album that completes the incompleteness of Bhatt music that we had been witnessing so far this year!

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Humnava > Hasi (Both Versions) > Hamari Adhuri Kahani > Yeh Kaisi Jagah > Hamari Adhuri Kahani (Encore)

Which is your favorite song from Hamari Adhuri Kahani? Please vote for it below! 🙂

Next “dish”: ABCD 2, Chefs: Sachin-Jigar


Album Details:-

♪ Music by:- Sharib-Toshi, Sachin-Jigar, Badshah, The Titans & Jawad Ahmed
♪ Lyrics by:- Irshad Kamil, Kumaar, Shashank Khaitan, Badshah & Ahmad Anees
♪ Music Label:- Sony Music
♪ Music Released On:- 16th June 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 11th June 2014

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Album Cover

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Album Cover


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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania is Karan Johar’s next production under his production house Dharma Productions. Again they are introducing a new director Shashank Khaitan for this film. The film stars the ‘Student of The Year’ Jodi Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan. The movie is a romantic comedy set in Punjab. Siddharth Shukla is playing an important role in the film too. The music of the film has been given by Sharib and Toshi Sabri, and Sachin-Jigar. Both of the duos are working with Dharma for the first time, and I was eager to know what they come up with for a film with such a quirky name. All the composers have always given their best while working for Dharma. I was hoping for the same with these two duos as well. Turns out that two of Sharib-Toshi’s songs have been recreated by them, with only one original. Sachin-Jigar have composed three songs. So let’s see how the songs of this album are!

1. Saturday Saturday:- Singers ~ Indeep Bakshi, Badshah & Akriti Kakkar ; Original Lyrics by ~ Badshah, New Lyrics by ~ Kumaar ; Original Music by ~ Badshah & The Titans, Recreated by ~ Sharib-Toshi

This song is a club song which was released two years ago. Well, Sharib-Toshi say they have “recreated” it. We should believe them, shouldn’t we? Even though the song sounds exactly the same in terms of musical arrangements, we should call it a recreation! I mean come on! They’ve worked SO HARD to “compose” the Akriti part, right! Well turns out the song has no changes whatsoever in arrangements and tune, but Sharib-Toshi have just told Kumaar to write some lyrics to the same tune for a single paragraph and gotten Akriti to sing that. Kumaar has written the lyrics of the new paragraph suiting the mood of the song — Punjabi club — and Akriti sings it well, but seriously, Karan Johar didn’t need to call them just for that. :/ Badshah and The Titans have composed an efficient club song and if the makers of the film needed a female part in it, they could have just asked Badshah, why trouble the “oh so busy” Sharib-Toshi? 😛 Okay, sorry, now I will review the song actually, but all the credit will go to Badshah and the Titans. They have as I said composed an efficient club song with awesome techno and electronic beats, and In deep Bakshi has sung it well. The rap by Badshah is also good and catchy. The only problem I had with it was that they seem to be saying “Sachurday” and emphasizing on the “t” in Saturday a bit too much, with an American accent, that doesn’t sound so good in a Punjabi song frankly. 😛 The song is nevertheless a hit, so it doesn’t matter that much whether I liked it, and you should definitely listen to it!


2. Samjhawan:- Singers ~ Arijit Singh & Shreya Ghoshal ; Original Lyrics by ~ Ahmad Anees, New Lyrics by ~ Kumaar ; Original Music by ~ Jawad Ahmed, Recreated by ~ Sharib-Toshi

Sharib-Toshi return with another “recreated” track, this time of a famous Punjabi song from the Punjabi movie ‘Virsa’ and the song was sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan originally, and composed by Jawad Ahmed. Of course, this time Sharib-Toshi have decided to actually make the song a bit different from the original. Though they have not changed the tune, they have made it more suitable for the Bollywood audiences, by replacing Rahat sahab with Arijit, the nation’s current musical heartthrob, and adding the female singer as Shreya Ghoshal. Again, some lyrics have also been altered to cater to the Bollywood audiences, by changing some Punjabi words to Hindi. The song has been recreated very beautifully, and unlike ‘Saturday Saturday’, it actually sounds great, whatever they have done to recreate the track. Arijit has sung the song very soulfully, but of course he couldn’t match up to the sukoon level which Rahat sahab’s voice has. Shreya was supposed to sing just an interlude as per the old song, but she gets a whole extra paragraph to sing. And that paragraph which Shreya sings, is like a treat to all music lovers. She will amaze you with her voice, like she might have already done ‘n’ number of times till now, but she will amaze you yet again! The music has also been recreated very effectively. The harmonium part which plays many times in the song is just awesome, and after the song ends with that harmonium piece, it will leave you wanting more. A must-listen recreation! Almost flawless recreation of a superhit Punjabi track! #5StarHotelSong!! 


3. Daingad Daingad:- Singers ~ Divya Kumar, Pratibha Baghel, Deepali Sathe, Akriti Kakkar, Udit Narayan & Niharika Sinha, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil, Music by ~ Sachin-Jigar

With this song, Sachin-Jigar enter into the soundtrack with the first original song of the soundtrack. Looking at the never ending list of singers, I was expecting a great dhinchak type track, but what I got missed my expectations terribly. A wannabe ‘London Thumakda’ or ‘Kikli Kalerdi’ (Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana) track, which just sounds like a mishmash of sentences and lines of different songs put together, this track fails terribly in whatever it wanted to achieve. Unless it wanted to annoy you. 😛 Sachin-Jigar have tried to make a wedding song and note that I have used the term “tried to” as in they haven’t succeeded in doing so. The two prime reasons to attempt this track are:- a) because you want to hear Udit Narayan’s voice after a long time since he only sings in Dharma films nowadays or b) because you’re hearing it for the first time, whicisare probably the only two reasons to hear it, because frankly speaking, after you hear it once, you might not play it again unless you are compelled to do so, for some reason! The lyrics by Irshad Kamil aren’t that impressive either, and out of the seven singers, only the known ones that is Divya, Akriti and Udit Narayan do well, others annoy. They sound like old aunties, which is probably the situation in the movie. The arrangements are very less, and not attractive at all. A mediocre song, with weak lyrics and average vocals. Listen at your own risk.


4. Lucky Tu Lucky Me:- Singers ~ Benny Dayal, Anushka Manchanda, Lyrics by ~ Shashank Khaitan, Music by ~ Sachin-Jigar

Here is the second song by Sachin-Jigar, and along with being the second song by them, it is also the second club song in the same film. This one is also very catchy, but totally dependent on the video. The part from ‘banda main bachelor..’ till the title of the song comes has a very nice tune. Sachin-Jigar, who are the best nowadays at electronic music, have composed a good tune and the arrangements are also awesome. Benny Dayal must be so accustomed to singing such songs till now and he must have been the first choice for this song, too. If any composers are making club songs, by default they should call Benny first, because he is an expert at these now. Anushka, who has a small part, also sounds good, but I don’t know why her voice never reaches to us in its original form, and is always altered. The song is a good club song, but it won’t attract many listeners as an individual song, and will work mostly with the picturization. Lyrics by the director himself are perfect for the song, and Varun’s rap is also commendable. Give it an attempt, there’s nothing to regret!


5. Emotional Fool:- Singer ~ Toshi Sabri, Backing Vocals ~ Geet Sagar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Music by ~ Sharib-Toshi

Sharib-Toshi re-enter the album with their first original track of the album, which strikes the right chord. They have composed a fun, romantic/peppy track, with interesting lyrics by Kumaar, and great arrangements. That is just for the mukhda. The song loses its charm in the antaras which follow. Toshi’s voice sounds great singing this composition, and the techno beats are catchy, but the catchiness and good stuff fall apart in the antaras, and aa great start gets wiped away by the subsequent antaras and disappoint. Nevertheless, the song provides entertainment and I guess that is what matters. Entertaining and disappointing at the same time!


6. D Se Dance:- Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani, Shalmali Kholgade, Backing Vocals ~ Anushka Manchanda, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil, Music by ~ Sachin-Jigar

Right from the moment it starts, you will get reminded of the superhit ‘Balam Pichkari’ from ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ because of the harmonium arrangements along with the dholaks. When the singers kick in, the small feeling of resemblance to ‘Balam Pichkari’ becomes a certainty. The use of the same arrangements with the same singers, is something never to be done if the first song isn’t composed by you. Sachin-Jigar have done exactly what I have stated not to do. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are also okay. Though the song will surely make you dance along, it doesn’t have that special ingredient which other Dharma dance songs have. The vocals are great, but again bear a big resemblance to ‘Balam Pichkari’, and though that isn’t a huge problem, but pretty unsafe to be so close to such a big hit song. Of course, Sachin-Jigar’s electronic touches are present throughout the song. Another average song, which is catchy but not up to the Dharma standards.

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania is an album from which everyone had a lot of expectations. With each film, Dharma was giving superhit music up till now, and from this film, everyone was expecting even more. On top of that, it was Sachin-Jigar and Sharib-Toshi’s first time working with the big production house. Last year Pritam showed us his ability to compose for Dharma. Amit Trivedi succeeded in composing his first full album for Dharma in 2012 with ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’. Ajay-Atul had showed us their versatility when working with Dharma for the first time. Vishal and Shekhar time and time again show us their comfort in composing for Dharma, it is like their second home. However, I have to say that these two duos have not taken advantage of this opportunity. They have produced very ordinary songs, which could as well have been for any film, and not a Dharma film. Considering the standard of music which Dharma was known for, this album is simply a disgrace. Otherwise, it is an okay album. Both duos have delivered good songs but of course these good songs did have the scope to have been way better. It is definitely not a typical Dharma album, because Dharma albums are known for their repeat value, and in this album, very few so gs have that quality! So I conclude by saying that Sachin-Jigar and Sharib-Toshi did not make well use of the great opportunity which they had got and they have given to the world, the worst album ever in the history of Dharma films!


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

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


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