NOT A VERY IMPORTANT ALBUM!! (VIP 2: LALKAR – HINDI VERSION – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sean Roldan
♪ Lyrics by: Raqueeb Alam
♪ Music Label: Divo Music / VMS Music / Publishing Sdn Bhd
♪ Music Released On: 26th June 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 11th August 2017

VIP 2: Lalkar Album Cover

 

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

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VIP 2 (Lalkar) is an upcoming Tamil film that has been dubbed into Hindi, starring Dhanush and Kajol, directed by Soundarya Rajinikanth and produced by Dhanush and Kalaipuli S. Thanu. It is an action comedy, and a sequel to 2014’s ‘Vellailla Pattadhaari’. Knowing nothing about the first film or its music, except for the fact that it had been composed by talented young composer Anirudh, I’m diving into this album. It has been composed by Sean Roldan, another relatively new composer in the South, who I’ve heard has composed really good music for ‘Power Paandi’ earlier this year. Let’s hope he does the same for his first technically Hindi album!


1. Life Of Raghuvaran – Chal Re Raja

Singers ~ Rahul Nambiar & Yogi B, Backing Vocals ~ Shenbagaraj, Aravind, Deepak, Jithin Raj & Narayanan

Sean Roldan starts the album with a rock song that doesn’t quite impress. The composition is all over the place, very hard to grasp, and understand. The hookline too, is literally very odd and weird. It reminds me of a same kind of song from ‘Kabali’, which was mediocre as well. The pulsating arrangements at least provide some entertainment in the song. Sean Roldan manages to create an enticing and hard-hitting rock rhythm, and the electric guitars (Josh Mark Raj) and drums (Ramkumar Kanakarajan) especially have been played amazingly to ensure that followers of heavy metal would love this song. Sean fuses this with folk instruments like the thavil (Hariprasad). The vocals are not quite welcoming in the song either; they are very crude, and supposed-to-be full of attitude, but it comes across as fake. The English rap sounds like an unwanted interruption in the proceedings of the song. The antara is better; its tune has a kind of Carnatic touch to it, or so I felt. (“Phir Se…”) The lyrics, or at least those that were intelligible, seem to be an inspirational and motivational song slash title song. Not a very enticing rock song, but the arrangements are splendid!

Rating: 2.5/5

 

2. Angel Of Raghuvaran – Tu Mili Hai

Singers ~ Abhay Jodhpurkar & M.M. Manasi, Backing Vocals ~ Vasanth, Sean Roldan, Sudha & Ravi G. 

As soon as this song starts, it reminds me so heavily of ‘Jadoo Rawan Rawan’ from ‘Kabali’. The composition is based on the same raag, I guess. The composition itself is that kind, which haunts you too, but doesn’t leave a lasting impact on your ears. As long as it plays, it sucks you in and you find it impressive, only to forget it right away after it is over. It still is a very good composition; it’s just that it sounds so heard-before, and way too heavy to hear again. I see that Roldan has tried to infuse a kind of Tango-like rhythm, to fuse it with the Carnatic composition, but it fails. The arrangements are heavenly; the strings (Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra) are ravishing, while the twinkly sounds are just marvellous. The flute (Vishnu Vijay) and the strings are what upholds the arrangement though. Drums (Ramkumar Kanakarajan) and trumpets (Jaigopi & Ben) increase the multidimensionality of the arrangements. The vocals are functional; Abhay Jodhpurkar does well as the male singer, but M.M. Manasi sounds kind of out of place here, with her thick voice. The lyrics are the same old romantic lyrics that we find in these songs. A good composition, but too many times heard-before!

Rating: 3.5/5

 

3. Torture of Raghuvaran – Main Ga Raha

Singer ~ K.G. Ranjith, Backing Vocals ~ Shenbagaraj, Aravind, Deepak, Jithin Raj & Narayanan

This song sounds interesting right from the beginning, where it starts off in a kind of humorous way, and right enough, it opens up into a hilarious song about men singing about not wanting to get married! The Carnatic backdrop of the song makes it all the more funny to listen to, and the composition too, seems to be Carnatic-based. The hookline is instantly likeable, and cute. The backing vocalists (Shenbagaraj, Aravind, Deepak, Jithin Raj & Narayanan) do well, and increase the comic value of the song. They complement the lead singer, K.G. Ranjith, who sounds a lot like Ayushmann Khurana, very well. The arrangements are fabulous. The traditional wedding brass band (Ben & Jaigopi) has been played against the backdrop of wonderfully rustic Carnatic folk music, complete with nadaswaram (D. Balasubramaniam), and the wonderful kuthu-style percussion (Two Man Army), which actually suits this song. I pity how Bollywood misuses and overuses that rhythm. The lyrics are extremely funny too. An enjoyable song!

Rating: 4/5

 

4. Raghuvaran Vs. Vasundhara – Doori Zara Banake

Singers ~ Benny Dayal & Shaktishree Gopalan, Backing Vocals ~ Maria Roe Vincent & Sudha

This song sounds like a face-off between men and women kind of like ‘Thug Le’ (Ladies Vs. Ricky Bahl). The composition starts off quite abruptly, and doesn’t actually suck you in until Benny’s lines come in. The arrangements are beautiful! It starts off like a retro funk song with trumpets/brass instruments, and nice digital sounds. It later escalates to a nice and beautiful violin-oriented song in the interlude, where the Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra shows its wonderful skills yet again. The Guitars by Sean Roldan are very impressive too. The composition after the interlude is still below par, and doesn’t really hook you still. The two vocalists do well, especially Benny Dayal, who is incidentally the only Bollywood singer on this soundtrack. The lyrics make the song sound like it is a kind of face off between the two lead characters. Good with its arrangements, but falls flat with the tune!

Rating: 3/5

 

5. Vasundhara – The Empress Arrives

(Instrumental)

This instrumental is quite a grand one, for the entry of Kajol’s character. The feel that strikes you right when the song starts with those trumpets is that she’s a villain from a 1970s Bollywood film, whose music is composed by R.D. Burman. But then those EDM beats arrive and make the song even more interesting. A mysterious ‘Pink Panther’-esque portion follows, which is hinged on just the trumpets (Jaigopi). There is nothing much to hear here, except the mysterious yet whimsical sound of it all.

Rating: 2.5/5


VIP 2 (Lalkar) is yet another dubbed album that we will hear and forget. Forget the dubbed aspect of it; I’m sure it won’t be a memorable album even down south in its original language! Sean Roldan, I’ve heard great things about, but sadly, my first encounter with his music was not all that great! Not a very important album! 

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 2.5 + 3.5 + 4 + 3 + 2.5 = 15.5

Album Percentage: 62%

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: Torture of Raghuvaran (Main Ga Raha) > Angel of Raghuvaran (Tu Mili Hai) > Raghuvaran Vs Vasundhara (Doori Zara Banake) > Life of Raghuvaran (Chal Re Raja) = Vasundhara (The Empress Arrives)

 

What is your favourite song from VIP 2 (Lalkar)? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

GRAND BUT BLAND!! (BAAHUBALI 2: THE CONCLUSION – HINDI VERSION – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: M.M. Kreem
♪ Lyrics by: Manoj Muntashir
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 5th April 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 28th April 2017

Baahubali 2 Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is an upcoming Indian epic historical fiction film, starring Prabhas, Anushka Shetty, Rana Daggubati, Sathyaraj, and Tamannaah Bhatia. The film has been directed by S.S. Rajamouli, and produced by Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni. The film is being distributed in Hindi by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. The film is a sequel to 2015’s super-duper hit ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’. Technically this one is a prequel and (SPOILER ALERT FOR ALL WHO HAVEN’T WATCHED THE FIRST FILM, IF ANY OF YOU EXIST) shows the story of Baahubali himself, as opposed to his son Shiva’s story in the first film. It also gives the answer that all India is awaiting — Why Katappa Killed Baahubali. The makers have even made it into a trend called #WKKB. 😂 Anyway, the music director of the film is the same man who did the first film (of course!), M.M. Kreem. The first album was very situational, but three songs nevertheless stood out, out of seven. This album is smaller in size, with five songs, and I also hope it is better in terms of quality too. What I’m expecting is grand, royal and majestic music. And I’m pretty sure I will get it too. Without further delay, let’s jump right into the album to this much-awaited film of 2017.


1. Jiyo Re Bahubali

Singers ~ Daler Mehndi, Sanjeev Chimmalgi & Ramya Behra

“Gali gali teri lau jali, jiyo re Baahubali,
Praanon se badhke humko hai, tu pyaara,
Sab gaayenge, dohraayenge, abb tera jayjaykara!”

The album starts off aptly with a grand, anthemic title song giving the titular character, Baahubali, a larger-than-life image, projecting him as a Superman. The composition by Kreem is quite similar to his other such songs that were included in the first movie. It flows freely, the only impediment it face being the anthemic “Aisa, woh aisa, jaise parvat avichal sa” chants, that kind of restrict the flow of the song. The female portion has been composed very beautifully, and also the mukhda by Daler Mehndi. The rest is very passable, and forgettable as soon as you finish listening to the song. Kreem uses the strings section from ‘Mamta Se Bhari’ from the first film, a very clever inclusion because that portion was like the definition of the song, and the theme song of the film. That brings us to Kreem’s arrangements, which are, very suitably, full of grand war-based sounds, like the booming percussions and impressive strings. The chorus portions are least effective however, and fail to raise the interest of the listener. Vocals are grand, and Daler Mehndi aces the mukhda and hookline. He has just as much scope in the song as Bombay Jayshri had in ‘Mamta Se Bhari’ and Kailash Kher in ‘Jal Rahi Hain’ (Both songs from the first film, in which these singers had negligible portions compared to the chorus, who took away the most part of the song). Similarly, here, Ramya Behra in her stunning antara, and Sanjeev Chimmalgi in his antara. Again, I reiterate that the chorus portions, though important in keeping with that whole war theme of the movie, sound very mediocre. Manoj Muntashir’s lyrics take the grandeur to another level. Only partially impressive in every department except lyrics, in which it is completely impressive!

Rating: 3/5

 

2. Veeron Ke Veer Aa

Singers ~ Aditi Paul & Deepu

“Oh oh re raja, veeron ke veer aa,
Nainon se tu na door hona,
Main toh hoon teri, phir kaisi deri,
Le jaa jahaan tera thikaana,
Haath se ye haath jod lo na,
Hai saath dono ko behna,
Bas teri hai Devasena!”

As soon as the song starts, I got reminded of a construction site, metal clanging against metal, hammers and construction tools at the go. It reminded me a bit of ‘Manohari’ from the first movie. Turns out it isn’t a construction song though, as the lyrics clearly indicate. Anyway, first things first — the composition. M.M. Kreem provides this very weird-sounding composition, which sounds seductive at places (as it is supposed to be), but falls flat in others. The “na na, na na, na na” loop sounds amazing, and the mukhda hooks you, but, as happened in the first song, you will lose your interest in the antara. It just has such a haphazard composition which you can’t keep track of, so you just give up. The bridge line between the antara and hookline though, is cleverly done. The vocals are good, not great. Neeti Mohan would’ve been perfect for the song. I’m still waiting for Aditi Paul to come with another stellar song like ‘Ang Laga De’ (Ram-Leela). That being said, she manages to convey the romance nicely, and does the seductive-Devasena thing properly. Her companion, Deepu, also does well. Kreem’s arrangements barring the construction site sounds are fascinating; a very nice assortment of strings and brass instruments give the song a much-needed grandeur. Manoj Muntashir’s lyrics are functional for the situation. Good but not great.

Rating: 3/5

 

3. Soja Zara

 Singer ~ Madhushree

“Gopiyon ke peeche, phire tu nisdin, palchhin,
Thhak gaye paanv tere!
Saans zara le le, ruk jaa Kanha, thham ja,
Maan bhi jaa pagle!
Saanvare! Baawre!
Kal bhi hongi ye rang raliyaan,
Kal phir aana oh re chhaliya,
Dooba yeh din, chal so jaa!
Kanha soja zara, oh Kanha soja zara!”

Now this is what I was waiting for from this album. A song with a very charming old-world 90s charm to it, this one is a nice and sweet romantic song, using the example of Radha-Krishna, like so many romantic songs like to do in Indian songs. Kreem’s composition is majestic and magnificent, obviously based in a Carnatic Raaga, and the result is just enticing! The mukhda pulls in the listener right away, wih its lilting and upbeat tune, two qualities we don’t quite get in the same song nowadays! The mellifluous hookline is a respite from the jarring hooklines of many recent songs, and the antara is just fabulous with its sweetness double than that of the mukhda. The composer also decorates the composition with wonderful arrangements — on a catchy beat that almost sounds Caribbean if the Carnatic melody is removed from the song! The flute stands out, as it should if the song is based on Lord Krishna! Guitars too, have been played very enticingly, and you can’t not like them! The duff gives a nice old-fashioned-sounding beat to the song. The flute show in the second interlude is MIND-BLOWING!! Madhushree (after a long time!!) proves herself yet again, and though I was initially wishing Shreya Ghoshal had sung this one after hearing its Telugu version, I’m satisfied with Madhushree’s rendition as well. The backing chorus in this song surpasses any backing chorus I’ve heard this year! Their conclusion to the song from 4:00 onwards in the song, ends the song on a beautiful note. Manoj Muntashir’s lyrics here are as cute and sweet as those two words can get! MAGNIFICENT!

Rating: 5/5

 

4. Jay-Jaykara

Singer ~ Kailash Kher

“Kya kabhi ambar se, surya bichhadta hai?
Kya kabhi bin baati, deepak jalta hai?
Kaisi hai yeh anhonee, har aankh hui nam,
Chhod gaya jo tu, kaise jiyenge hum?
Tu hi kinaara, tu hi sahara, tu jag saara,
Tu hi humaara suraj, tu hi taara,
Jay-Jaykara, Jay-Jaykara,
Swami dena saath humaara!”

Kailash Kher, who had sung two songs in the previous film’s album, out of which I loved none, rather got bored by both, returns in this album to sing yet another melancholic song, something I get really apprehensive of hearing. However, to my pleasant surprise, this song is actually better than all the other melancholic Kailash Kher songs out there. The tedium hits you initially but wears off with the advent of that war-chant-like chorus in the interlude after the mukhda. The composition is soulful, but I wouldn’t exactly call it heart-rending. Again, the humming from ‘Mamta Se Bhari’ is incorporated into this song. From the antara, the song sounds very lively, and not melancholic. Kreem’s arrangements help to make this easier, the booming percussion providing an awesome beat, and the strings infusing grandeur and a majestic quality to the song. Kailash Kher has sung well, in his trademark style, and he has been well supported by the chorus singers, who take it away in that interlude I wrote about above. The lyrics make out to us that it isn’t exactly a sad song, it is rather a plea from the subjects to their king Baahubali. And Manoj Muntashir has written them so well, they actually compel you to focus on them instead of the composition for most of the time! A song with great lyrics, a good composition and supported by amazing arrangements, but lacking in repeat value. 

Rating: 3.5/5

 

5. Shivam

“Kya mrityu uss maha samar ki janani hai,
Jiska, varnan, srushti karti,
Kya ambar ki nagari se woh rakhwala aaya,
Jiske paanv choome dharti?”

Another melancholic-sounding song starts, but yet again, the beginning deceives us as it changes course soon enough. This song is like a short background score, an anthem of sorts. There is very less by way of composition, and so, it doesn’t quite stay with you as a listener. The arrangements too, are minimal except for a nice background percussion that gives the song its anthemic quality. The santoor that starts the song is great. The chorus again takes centre stage for most of the song, but the lead vocals are by Kreem’s son, Kaala Bhairava. The lyrics have very little substance, but are very well written. A song made to be heard in the cinema hall.

Rating: 2/5


Baahubali 2 is an album that fits in with its predecessor. The songs do not make much sense or appeal to one without the visuals. The case was similar with the previous album. At least that one had two to three amazing songs to hear as audio songs. Here? Just one. I’m happy at least that one song is outstanding! A soundtrack that sounds grand, but deep down below, is bland!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 3 + 3 + 5 + 3.5 + 2 = 16.5

Album Percentage: 66%

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: Soja Zara > Jay-Jaykara > Veeron Ke Veer Aa = Jiyo Re Bahubali > Shivam

 

Which is your favourite song from Baahubali 2? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

WHO DA MAN? SANTHOSH DA MAN! (KABALI – HINDI VERSION – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Santhosh Narayanan
♪ Lyrics by: Raqueeb Alam & Roshan Jamrock
♪ Music Label: Think Music
♪ Music Released On: 12th July 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 22nd July 2016

Kabali (Hindi) Album Cover

Kabali (Hindi) Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Kabali is an upcoming Tamil gangster-drama film, starring the one and only superstar Rajinikanth, along with Winston Chao and Radhika Apte. The film has been directed by Pa. Ranjith, and produced by Kalaipuli S. Thanu. I am shocked at how the Hindi version of the film hasn’t been promoted too much, like the Hindi versions of ‘Robot’, ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ and ‘Lingaa’ were, but hopefully, the film attracts the audience to theaters! Behind the music, this time, we have not A.R. Rahman, who up till now was a regular in Rajinikanth’s soundtracks, but we have Santhosh Narayanan, a very promising composer, who incidentally also debuted in Bollywood earlier this year with ‘Saala Khadoos’, which had quite some good and energetic songs according to the movie’s theme. This time, his Tamil album has been released in Hindi for the dubbed version of the film, and what a prestige it must be for him to have composed for Rajinikanth in just his fourth year of being a professional composer! (He debuted as a composer for films in 2012). Expectations are high from the music, and keeping in mind that the movie is a gangster drama, I’ll be on the lookout for such music! 😀 Though I don’t always like such songs, hopefully Santhosh’s songs will make me change my likes!! So let’s get into the soundtrack for ‘Kabali’!!


1. Jag Hai Ye Dabang Ka
Singers ~ Shankar Mahadevan & Rohit Fernandes, Rap Written and Performed by ~ Roshan Jamrock

A powerpacked song is offered to you as the first song in the album. The song starts off with dynamic notes, indicating an energetic theme track that is about to start. The song is just that, a theme song that praises and worships the titular character of the movie, Kabali. The composition is just perfect for such a song; it has shades of inspiration, motivation and worship for a god-like figure (who in this case is a gangster 😲) Santhosh adds great variations in each line, and each line has a different effect. The hookline is pretty much the mukhda of the song, and though it sounds like a very typical Rajinikanth song, it manages to hook you very well. The part where they sing “Kabaliiii” sounds very beautiful. Also, the “Taakat apni himmat karde… ” sounds very inspirational. Santhosh Narayanan chooses singers wisely here, and in choosing Shankar Mahadevan for the lead vocals, exercises great cleverness. Shankar is perfect for the energetic and confident vocals of the song, and nobody else could’ve sung it be better. The backing vocals are very motivational and are a characteristic of such motivational songs. It is actually the composition that makes the song work so well. A rap portion by Roshan Jamrock in the interlude entertains and actually has better lyrics. At least it isn’t about party and drinks. Santhosh also wins in the arrangements. Energetic percussion (R.K. Sundar) helps the song to get the required zeal and enthusiasm. The occasional techno sound helps to increase the universal appeal of the song. Strings and electric guitars also add to the majestic part of the arrangements. Raqueeb Alan’s lyrics are, as I said, worshipping a larger-than-life figure, and are pretty functional. A winner by Santhosh right at the beginning of the album! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Jadoo Rawan Rawan
Singers ~ Pradeep Kumar, Ananthu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sanjana Kalmanje

In the next song, we get bliss for 4½ minutes, and Santhosh leaves no stone unturned while ensuring that the listeners get the best experience of their lives listening to the song. To start off, we get a ravishing guitar loop, which is what makes you get goosebumps right at the beginning of the song. When Pradeep Kumar starts singing though, you know nothing can get better. Santhosh has created such a soulful, emotional, melancholic composition with strong classical undertones, haunting to the core. Each and every line holds a surprise for the listener. It is a melody that will take the listener into an altogether different space for 4½ minutes. It is the hookline that’s sooooo well composed and haunting, and giving you the most haunting experience you’ve had since a long time. I wish more songs like this were composed in proper Bollywood! Coming to the singers, it is not a surprise that the song needed three voices to make it sound so good. The two male voices are excellent. On the one hand, we have Pradeep Kumar (a Tamil singer), whose voice is so sweet and smooth, while on the other hand there’s Ananthu, with a folksier voice. He has taken charge of the hookline, which is composed like a Carnatic classical song. The composer has brought a great contrast between the two. And then we have our very own Bollywood singer Shreya Ghoshal, who handles her parts so charismatically, it actually feels like a dream. Sanjana Kalmanje with the backing vocals, in the second interlude too, does well. Arrangements have to be fabulous if I’m praising the song so much. Santhosh weaves magic with the tablas (played oh-so-wonderfully by Sai Shravanam) and then there is the acoustic guitar by Keba Jeremiah, which impresses highly! The Spanish guitars (by the singer himself, Pradeep Kumar) bring a great variation into the song in the first interlude. The Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra does some wonderful strings in the song, too. At the end of the song, though, it is the tabla that has left a striking impact on us. Raqueeb’s lyrics are great, too, and make you think, or rather, are meant to make you think. I’m saying that because Santhosh’s wonderful composition hardly let’s you think of anything else except the composition, arrangements and the vocals!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Veeron Ki Bheed Men
Singer ~ Francois Castellino, Rap Written & Performed by ~ Roshan Jamrock

After that beautiful classical gem of a song, here’s a song that takes you back to the jazz era. The song sounds quite weird at the first listen, but later you start grooving to it, dancing along to it and whatnot. The song starts off with an awesome acapella group, that makes the start of the song really interesting. Santhosh doesn’t really have to compose much in this song, which leaves you thinking where you are, and whether you’ve played the right song. The whole song is like a rap song, with most of it being just rao and nothing else much. This really makes it sound a lot like what it should, being a song in a gangster-themed movie. The problem is, there’s nothing to follow in the song, with everything going haywire. Arrangements make up for the minimal composition, and Santhosh really experiments with jazz — the trumpets (Vijay) accompanying each other nicely. Drums (Tapass Naresh) are another highlight of the track. Jhanu Chantar’s electric guitars give that groove, a characteristic groove that each song of this type usually has. Francois Castellino, who I remember only as the ‘Nakhre’ (Action Replayy) singer, ‘sings’ or rather, says the song with the required ‘swag’ and attitude. At some places, he actually sounds like Amitabh Bachchan. 😀 Raqueeb Alam writes the Hindi lyrics, while Roshan Jamrock writes the English rap, and performs both Hindi and English raps. 😛 Both are situational, so there really is no point in deciphering what they mean. Pretty good, but without that gripping factor that the previous two songs had!

 

4. Taare Saare Chhup Gae
Singer ~ Pradeep Kumar, Backing Vocals ~ Vasudevan, Senthil Das, Sam, Sunderrajan, Balaji, Murali

A dazzling flute (Vishnu Vijay) opens up this song, another melodic piece composed on classical notes. The composition does have shades of ‘Jadoo Rawan Rawan’, and seems like a reprise of it, but it isn’t. The composition is endearing, and Santhosh puts all his soul into it. It results in a melodious song which seems to be placed at a very critical scene in the movie. Again, the composition is totally unpredictable, with vast ranges of notes and sudden changes. It is heavy on the ears, but grows slowly. The vocals by Pradeep are applause worthy. He very beautifully puts the emotion into the song. The backing chorus does well too, arriving mostly after the first antara, and singing a haunting operatic piece. The haunting composition stands out because of the minimal arrangements. Piano notes play out the melody, while the strings (again by the Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra) impress a lot. The flute happens to impress thoroughly though, and like every song has a highlight, the flute is the highlight of this song. Haunting percussion are present after the first antara, when things get more heavy and haunting, replacing the minimal guitars (Pradeep Kumar) that led through the first part of the song. Raqueeb’s lyrics are good, but of course the dubbing disadvantages kick in at places, and some lines seem out of their place. Another beautiful symphonic piece! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Aag Hun Main
Singers ~ Suraj Jagan & Arunraja Kamaraj

To end the soundtrack, we have a grungy heavy metal song, which really suits the theme of the movie, but kind of tough to digest for me! Nevertheless, I will try to rate it unbiasedly. The song starts off with a weird, wailing, siren sound, which is earsplitting. Until someone says in a grungy voice, “Aag Hun Main!!!!”, which makes you make that weird facial expression signifying “What have I landed myself into!?” The composition by Santhosh is very situational, and definitely not to be liked by everyone. It is more like a theme track, like the ones that play in a movie when the bad guy has finished doing his bad deeds, and walks away with the camera focusing on his evil smile. The tune is really tough to catch, but will be devoured by rock lovers. The arrangements however, provide really interesting stuff to hear! The rock guitars (Jhanu Chantar) are soooo electrifying. They do resemble the rock guitars in ‘Dil Haara’ (Tashan) a bit in the beginning of the song though. The next main highlight in the arrangements is the whistle. It is as good as the whistle in the ‘Kill/Dil’ title track, which had that type of whistle, and which was lapped up by all kinds of listeners. Vijaynarain and Sri Shyamalangan have done the whistle wonderfully! Nothing else is really prominent, except maybe the drums by Tapass Naresh. Electronic noises are present as well, making it just as much of a dynamic affair. Suraj Jagan is at comfort, with the vocals, as it is his forte. Raqueeb writes lyrics that again, are situational, so I don’t really mind about them. Pretty disappointing for someone who doesn’t hold much interest in such heavy rock, but will be devoured by the rock lovers!


Kabali is a great theme-based album. It may be lacking in its qualities as a whole album, but it does have some good songs. Santhosh, after proving himself in Bollywood with ‘Saala Khadoos’ earlier this year, also makes it big in his first Rajinikanth album. (And I say first because I believe there are many more to come!) Santhosh sticks to the theme of the movie, and proves that he’s da man!

 

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: Jadoo Rawan Rawan > Taare Saare Chhup Gae > Jag Hai Ye Dabang Ka > Veeron Ki Bheed Men > Aag Hun Main

 

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YE TOH BAS SHURUAAT HAI!! (BAAHUBALI: THE BEGINNING – HINDI VERSION – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: M.M. Keeravani (M.M. Kreem)
♪ Lyrics by: Manoj Muntashir
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 1st July 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 10th July 2015

Baahubali - The Beginning (Hindi Version) Album Cover

Baahubali – The Beginning (Hindi Version) Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Baahubali – The Beginning is an upcoming Telugu period epic film, that is simultaneously being made in Tamil and dubbed into Hindi and Malayalam as well. The film stars an ensemble cast consisting of Prabhas Raju, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah Bhatia, Ramya Krishnan and Sathyaraj playing crucial roles. The film has been directed by S.S. Rajamouli, and produced by Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni. In Hindi, the film is being distributed by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. It is touted to be the most expensive film in the history of Indian cinema. Also, the sequel is already in talks as the story is going to be presented in two parts! Now, time to speak about the part I’m concerned about — the music! Rajamouli has roped in someone for the music and background score, with whom he has had an aaliance ever since his first film, right up to their last film together, which was ‘Makkhi’ (‘Eega’ in Telugu). That someone is none other than M.M. Kreem. After giving us one spectacular song in ‘Baby’ this year, he has returned, this time with a dubbed album. Hopefully, his work is something appreciable (since I hadn’t like the album of ‘Makkhi’ much) and something that would give the film a good start. Manoj Muntashir has done the lyrics of the Hindi version of the soundtrack. So let’s see how this combo of M.M. Keeravani [Kreem] and Manoj Muntashir have done!


1. Mamta Se Bhari
Singer ~ Bombay Jayashri

The soundtrack starts with a song, that has been made from the point of view of a mother. We have heard many songs from the viewpoint of children in Bollywood, but very rarely do we come across a song having a mom sing prayers for her child’s success, in Bollywood. Well, thanks to Telugu cinema, now Bollywood listeners can hear such a song too after quite some time. 😃 As is my system for dubbed soundtracks, I try as much as it is possible, to ignore the misfits of the words in the tune, and do not criticise them unless too unbearable. This system, I will continue for this album too. So, in this song, though the lyrics sound a bit odd, they are pretty meaningful, about a mother singing for her son. Manoj Muntashir has written apt lyrics and managed to fit it well with the tune. The lyrics aren’t only from the mother’s point of view, but later on, the chorus also enters, acting as the subjects of the main character who’s a king. This also makes the song sound more like a song in an epic film set sometime long ago. Bombay Jayashri’s voice, heard in Bollywood very less, doesn’t sound perfect, but I think there was an intention to that. It also makes her sound more like a mother. The male chorus, uncredited, supports her well. Kreem’s composition is really apt for the situation, and very trademark South-Indian, with all the grand instruments like trumpets, nagadas, and flutes coming together to make the song sound epic, like a real ode to a warrior. Kreem and even Rahman have made such songs in the past very successfully, and Kreem just aces it once again. The percussion in the song is also wonderful. The santoor and violins in the beginning are also charming. Cello plucks are quite prominent throughout the song. A song, perfect to start the album with, as it is a sort of description of the main character, plus a song full of grandeur! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Jal Rahin Hain
Singer ~ Kailash Kher

Kailash Kher’s name in the credits for the next song really got me excited. And when I played it, I was not disappointed at all, but that feeling lasted only for 30 seconds. The first 30 seconds of the song showcases the immense talent of Kailash Kher, but I guess the makers didn’t want to showcase any more of his talent, because he has ABSOLUTELY NO MORE LINES after these thirty seconds are over! After that, some backing vocalists, male and female, take over, and keep singing (or may I say, droning) some monotonous line over and over again. Manoj Muntashir’s lyrics might be good, but aren’t really something that you can catch hold of — they sound really outdated and I don’t think anybody would find any kind of instant connect with them. Of course, according to the film, they are perfect, but again, they are unintelligible. Kreem’s composition is really monotonous. I don’t even know how to describe it here, but I really don’t want to tell you to hear it and then be called names for making you hear it! 😂 However, one department in which the song excels is the arrangements. Those grand and epic arrangements really make you feel sorry that in all the other departments, the song fails. Trumpets, gongs, and strings help to at least make the background of the song likable. But what’s the use of good arrangements if the stuff they connect is just too monotonous to sit through??

 

3. Swapn Sunehere
Singers ~ Bombay Jayashri & Swetha Raj

Bombay Jayashri returns in this track, for a sombre piece with a very short duration of just one and a half minutes or so. She is supported by Swetha Raj, who I guess, sang the vocal “oh-oh-oh” in the starting, and does it well, imparting the needed soothing and slightly shady tone to the song. Once Bombay Jayashri joins, the song gets even more haunting, with the composition. A continuous cello plays in the background, which makes it even more serious. Lyrics are again, pretty old fashioned. The composition, however, is something that again, doesn’t appeal even after quite a few listens. The best parts of the song are the vocals and the string arrangements.

 

4. Khoya Hain
Singers ~ Kala Bhairava & Neeti Mohan

This one starts with entrancing female vocals, and some interesting arrangements consisting of percussion. Then Neeti Mohan starts off the main composition, and you finally develop an interest towards the album again, after those two slightly disappointing tracks. Neeti sings in a high-pitch here, sounding all the more sweet. The composition by Kreem takes absolutely no time to grow on you, and instantly would apeal to you, having wonderful twists and turns and a trademark South Indian stamp on it. (That’s a compliment!) The antara is especially, too awesomely composed. The hook sounds like it has a slightly Westernized yet dominantly Hindustani tune. The backing vocals that join in the hook, which is either Sanskrit or Telugu, are hauntingly charming as well. Neeti sounds extremely angelic in the song, thanks to wonderful programming on top of her already sugary voice. She gets to sing most of the song, the remaining part sung by a male singer, Kala Bhairava, who I’ve heard of for the first time. Anyways, his voice is a bit rough than what you would expect for an ideal male singer in a romantic song like this one. Dubbed Lyrics are good, and fit perfectly into the tune, not at all sounding odd anywhere. And now, to talk about the best part of the song — the arrangements!! Beautiful classical instruments have graced this song with their presence. The enchanting sounds of timpani, matkas, santoor, some entrancing techno sounds, flutes and awesome strings occasionally, really leave you spellbound. The percussion makes it sound like a really imposing song. The superiority of the arrangements are just unmatchable! Towards the end, a wholly Sanksrit conclusion to the song increases the divine feeling of it all. Just HEAVENLY!! Ignoring this song, is ignoring some of the best stuff that the album has to offer! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Kaun Hai Voh
Singers ~ Kailash Kher & Mounima

So Kailash Kher is back, and before playing this song, one can’t help but to hope that he gets more time to display his singing talent in this song, at least. And the song, which starts with a divine percussion show of damroo, starts with a powerful Shiv Tandav, and then the chorus makes way for Kaikash Kher, who sings a catchy yet powerfully divine tune, which instantly grasps the listener, provided the listener likes classical music. Kreem’s composition is something that could be reserved for only classical music lovers and understand-ers. And the lyrics are again, really pure Hindi that might not be accepted very nicely by today’s generation. Kailash’s powerful vocals, however, really provide something worth hearing the song for. The divine composition doubled with his energetic vocals sums up to give a song that radiates energy no matter what. Whoever hears it, will instantly find himself full of energy thanks to the great arrangements and divinity of the song. The arrangements by Kreem are a class apart. Wonderful percussion is there, but apart from that, some stellar shehnaai solos steal your breath away. It gives you the feeling as if you have actually been transported through time, and that you have landed up at the time of this king, whom the film is about, and you are a resident of his kingdom. Wonderful brass fanfares sum up the great arrangements. Mounima is mostly in the background, along with the chorus, but she really spoils it when she comes to sing solo at the end of the song. She gets only one line, and that too, she sings with the least interest ever!! I can’t even imagine how she could sing so uninterestedly under a legend such as Kreem’s direction! So she ends the interesting song on a boring note. One of the better-off of the average songs in the album, just because of Kailash and the powerful tune and arrangements!

 

6. Panchhi Bole
Singers ~ M.M. Keeravani & Palak Muchhal

This one starts with wonderful and optimistic-sounding strings, which may remind you of Rahman’s ‘Saans’ (Jab Tak Hai Jaan). But the resemblance lasts for a short while, and soon the violins make way for a wonderful Keherwa rhythm on the dafli, making the song fall into that very-distinct 90s template, yet making it sound very appealing! Palak sings her lines with immense sweetness and sounds very happy singing it, just increasing the optimistic nature of the song. (I don’t know since when songs can be optimistic, but I guess I discovered this property of songs right now!) Kreem himself comes behind the mic to support her in this sweet romantic duet, but sadly, his voice doesn’t have that punch which would be required to complement a female singer as efficient as Palak in the song. Also, he sounds too exhausted which totally spoils the effect of the song. His composition is instantly likable, and I had loved it in the Telugu version, which had Karthik singing Kreem’s parts. Had he been retained in the Hindi version as well, this song would have definitely been better. Arrangements are awesome, with the dafli constantly playing the Keherwa taal in the background, and strings doing the rest of the magic. In the first antara, beautiful matkas, and bansuris join. The second interlude has a wonderful and very short santoor piece. Manoj’s lyrics, are typical 90s type romantic lyrics like “Dil ne dil se yeh vaada kiya…” and “Abb toh jeena hai tere liye…”. Sweet melody, beautiful arrangements, but spoiled by the presence of the composer as a singer!!

 

7. Manohari
Singers ~ Divya Kumar & Neeti Mohan

Heavy and intense percussion kicks off this song, followed by a wonderful vocal rhythm and an awwwwwwweeeessssssoooooommmmmmeeeee guitar piece, that is just so intoxicating! Neeti, when she starts, sounds really great!! Her voice has never been this addictive, and rustic at the same time. Divya and Neeti’s combo is unusual, but together, they actually rocked it!! Their combo is like a firecracker! Kreem’s tune is very creative and very addictive, and you never want to stop listening to it. It is probably the only song of the album with any mass appeal at all, and also the only one that would instantly connect with today’s audience. Divya and Neeti really give you a reason to hear the song, but I would credit Kreem before them, because he has stirred up such an intoxicating song, that you can just drown in and hear again and again. Wonderful arrangements in this song, as well, keep the interest of the listener maintained at a high level, making him find no faults whatsoever in the song! And the Antara, is just Bravissimo!!! Very 90s-ish, but not typical at all! Kind of like what Kreem and Rahman were experts at in the 90s — churning out something experimental (for those times) and at the same time being sure that it would become a mass hit. The conclusion of the song really leaves you craving for more, and hoping that the song was a bit longer. That feeling is created because of a heavenly sitar solo, in the tune of the mukhda of the song. Neeti’s sugary voice plus Divya’s rustic vocals provide for continuous repeat listens to a song that has been graced by wonderful arrangements, and composition by Kreem! The best track of the album!! #5StarHotelSong!!


Baahubali – The Beginning is an album that wouldn’t really appeal to each and every person who takes it up for listening. However, some tracks are such that, no matter who hears them, they will instantly catch on to the listener. Others are such that, no matter how many times someone hears them, he/she will never find them interesting. However, one thing is common amongst all songs, and that is the stupendicular arrangements on each track, wonderfully representing the era that the film is set in. Also, the recording has been done wonderfully. So Kreem has to get the appreciation he requires! It is evident he has worked hard to recreate the era, but just didn’t live up to standards. Not a bad album, but has very little appeal!! However, some tracks are a must-listen!! What I want to say is: “Ye Toh Bas Shuruaat Hai!!!”

 

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: Manohari > Khoya Hain > Mamta Se Bhari > Panchhi Bole > Kaun Hai Voh > Swapn Sunehere > Jal Rahin Hain

 

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“I” M LOVIN’ IT!! (I – HINDI VERSION – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: A.R. Rahman
♪ Lyrics by: Irshad Kamil
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 29th December 2014
♪ Movie Released On: 15th January 2015

I Album Cover

I Album Cover

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


is a Tamil that has released in Telugu and Hindi as well. The film stars Chiyaan Vikram and Amy Jackson in lead roles, and has been directed by renowned filmmaker Shankar. The film has been produced by V. Ravichandran and D. Ramesh Babu. In the South, the film’s music album has been creating waves ever since its release in September this year. That’s reasonable, considering that the film is being marketed as an A.R. Rahman musical, naturally increasing the buzz! Also given the fact that the Tamil album was the bestselling album of the year on iTunes India, I was too excited to wait for the Hindi album! And after that, due to unavoidable circumstances, I wasn’t able to review anything for two weeks, so here I am posting the review very, very late! 😅

And yes, I am returning to my original style of writing. I found it more comfortable and the old style was also one of the reasons for the delay of this review…and all that followed. 😅


1. Issak Taari
Singers ~ Nakash Aziz & Neeti Mohan

Who better than the Mozart of Madras knows how to infuse rowdiness and class into the same song? Yes, Rahman once again shows his excellence in composing catchy tunes, that may sound extremely weird at first, but later on make you go crazy like anything! The techno tunes he has used, make you listen intently for anything interesting, and sure enough, some unexpected dhols enter to make the crazy experience crazier still. On top of that, Nakash Aziz has sung the song out-of-this-world-ly! The amount of expression and energy in his voice makes it clear why Rahman chose him to do the honours! Even Neeti, in her brief part of saying just “ishaq taari” again and again in different tunes, impresses a LOT! Each time she sings it, it sounds so fresh! Her backing vocals towards the end… Bravissimo! Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are awesome too! They wonderfully reflect the feelings of a lovestruck Romeo, she same time they make us laugh. “Kaale tavey pe gorey omelette si, apun ki woh kaali aankhon mein yun chamke!” This line itself is GENIUS! 😁 Gonna make you crazy like no song has made you recently! Issak Taari with this song! #5StarHotelSong!

 

2. Tum Todo Na (Male Version) / Tum Todo Na (Female Version)
Singers ~ Ash King & Sunidhi Chauhan / Bela Shendey & Ash King

{Let me specify a few things here before you bombard me with tomatoes and potatoes and eggs for the flaw in the credits: Both the versions are technically duets, so I don’t see what problem T-Series had to name the songs as Version 1 & Version 2. But the male singer has more portions in the so-called Male Version, hence the name. Same with the Female Version. So let’s bear with this terrible flaw of T-Series. 😒😝}

Grand piano welcomes us into this song, which is after some time joined by beautiful flute. The unique voice texture of Ash will instantly grab your attention. This time, Rahman has succeeded in composing a beautiful Broadway-ish composition. It will give the feel of sitting in a theater and watching a musical play. The way Rahman has pulled off the Western style without any flaws, is amazing! A few minutes into the song, comes a grand musical piece, which you don’t want to miss for all it’s worth! Sunidhi’s part (as stated earlier, very short) doesn’t impress as much, but provides a bit of relief in this intense, sad song. The interludes have been brilliantly created, with piano and flute awesomely complementing each other. The conclusion to the song is something that haunts you for a long time and triggers those goosebumps. Irshad’s lyrics are good, but sometimes sound odd, because after all, it is a dub. The so-called Female Version does not manage to create half the ambience that the Male Version did, probably because of Bela Shendey not quite performing up to the mark. In Tamil, this version was better, but in Hindi, sadly, the choice of singer has terribly altered my choice. Everything else in the Female Version however, is beautiful, like Rahman’s arrangements, softer than the Male version. Ash’s cameo towards the end is also nice. A goosebumps-invoking haunting melody, with the power to get you emotional for a while. I would vouch for the “Male Version”, which is definitely a #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Tu Chale
Singers ~ Arijit Singh & Shreya Ghoshal

Taking a look at the singers itself, anyone familiar with Bollywood music (or, for that matter, any Indian film music) can easily get an idea of what’s in store for them. Just as expected, the song takes you to a different world altogether. Simple, ordinary guitar strums open up the song. Though they are very simple, they come across as so catchy because of the way they are presented. Arijit, singing for Rahman for the second time now after ‘Kochadaiiyaan’, just nails it here too, just as he did the first time he sang for Rahman. The beautiful melody is literally enhanced by his singing, so much so, that he surpasses Haricharan who sang the Tamil song. Shreya with her classical-based portions impresses as she always does and her sweet voice suits the composition perfectly. Her di na tirkit taani na parts are just beautiful! The classical-based melody and the contemporary arrangements by Rahman prove to be great fusion and sound great with each other. The two antaras which are different from each other, both impress. The composition would definitely remind you of the Rahman of ‘Taal’ or ‘Jeans’. Rahman has added brilliant arrangements, mostly that of guitar supported by flute. Irshad’s lyrics are brilliant too, and again, dubbing has been done perfectly! An awesome, beautiful, melodious romantic song, which has been enhanced by the perfect choice of singers! Must listen! #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Aiyla
Singers ~ Shiraz Uppal & Natalie Di Luccio

The next track probably offers some of the craziest stuff you’ve heard lately. First of all, the lyrics do not make any sense at all, but sound awesome nevertheless with the unique composition. Shiraz comes out of his comfort zone for this song, and does a great job here, as well. The song is an upbeat and catchy song which might not attract you in the very first listen, but later will definitely grow on you. Rahman’s composition is complex and very hard to learn, what with all the twists and turns it takes. Each line is different from the other. He has used many instruments to ensure that our attention is fully towards the song, mostly techno sounds, with Arabic drums, dhols, strings and piano joining at parts to make it more attractive. However, Natalie has to be given full credit for making this song what it is with her voice and vast range of notes. The opera parts, she carries out very well, just as she does the normal parts. The length of the song might disturb some at first, but once you start liking the song, you might not be able to keep track of time! A very innovative affair by the Mozart of Madras! Something very unique and new! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Lady O
Singer ~ Nikita Gandhi

Full of techno-sounds, and having an out-and-out international feel, I cannot guarantee that everyone will love this song, especially the classical music lovers. However, I’ve loved it and appreciate how well Rahman has tried to compose a fully Western modern number. Newcomer Nikita sings some unintelligible words with ease and expertise, and does well, but I missed Shalmali in this song. The beat and tempo change at around 54 seconds into the song has been done very smoothly and surprisingly, doesn’t come across as abrupt! The Antara has to be the best part of the song. Lyrics don’t really seem to play much of an important role in the song. That they’re kind of hard to make out is a different story altogether. Besides universal appeal, everything else has fallen right into place. And just because of this factor, the song has not succeeded in getting the tag which all the other songs have got. Actually, very efficiently composed in a fulltoo international style, but might not appeal to all kinds of audience! Do try it!


am — umm… Is — an album full of variety, and with all songs composed very dedicatedly and efficiently by Rahman. All to the songs work in their place and all sound awesome when heard as individual songs, as well! This is a pretty rare thing to happen, and I’m sure the composer doesn’t do it purposely, but it just happens, unknowingly. Except maybe the female version of ‘Tum Todo Na’ and ‘Lady O’ a bit, all the songs have repeat value and universal appeal. The album is enough for your to say after hearing it, “I love I!!”

 

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:

Tu Chale > Tum Todo Na (Male) > Issak Taari > Aiyla > Lady O > Tum Todo Na (Female)

(on basis of my favourite in the album — you don’t have to follow, you can always have different opinions!) 

 

Which is your favourite song from “I”? Please vote for it below! 😊

Next “dish”: Alone, Chefs: Ankit Tiwari, Mithoon, Jeet Gannguli, Raghav Sachar & Dr. Zeus

THE MOZART OF MADRAS AND THALAIVAR STRIKE BACK! (LINGAA – HINDI VERSION – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by:- A.R. Rahman
♪ Lyrics by:- Gulzar
♪ Music Label:- Eros Music
♪ Music Released On:- 5th December 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 26th December 2014

Lingaa Album Cover

Lingaa Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Lingaa is an upcoming dubbed action thriller movie, which has already released this Friday in Tamil and Telugu. The film, directed by K.S. Ravikumar and produced by Rockline Venkatesh, stars Rajinikanth, Anushka Shetty and Sonakshi Sinha in lead roles, with Jagapati Babu in a negative role. The movie, sure to go unnoticed in the north until it plays on TV 😂 has also received mixed reviews in the south. However, the reason I have to review it is surely valid. Here is the reason: Music is by the one and only ‘Mozart of Madras’, A.R. Rahman. This year Rahman has been on a roll, with one album releasing after the other — ‘Highway’, ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ (Tamil, Telugu and Hindi), ‘Lekar Hum Deewana Dil’, ‘Kaaviyathalaivan’ (Tamil), ‘I’ (Tamil; Hindi & Telugu yet to release) and also his non-film album ‘Raunaq’. Not to mention the two Hollywood soundtracks, ‘Million Dollar Arm’ and ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’!! So it is clear that he has been one busy man this past year, so let’s see whether he could take out enough dedicated time to provide a spectacular soundtrack for the Thalaivar in this album! 🙂


1. Ranga Ranga
Singers ~ S.P. Balasubrahmanyam & Jaspreet Jasz

The Maestro starts off the album with a grand affair — a kind of introduction song for the character of Rajini in the film. And who better to sing it with the required grandeur, than the one and only S.P.B!? With his unique and weighty (on particular words and syllables) voice, he steals the show for himself! The attitude of a boss is clearly reflected through the song, and I guess that’s all that’s needed for a Rajinikanth intro song! Rahman’s arrangements are worth listening and talking on and on about. He has given the song a beautiful feel of a mixture of Spanish, Arabic and a wonderful 70s-80s Bollywood retro touch as well. The brass portions have been carried out well, and the backing vocalists are awesome. I guess the backing chorus is comprised of the same people as the Tamil version, with the replacement of Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam with Jaspreet Jasz. The composition is a catchy one, with many interesting elements, the Spanish guitars being one of the main attractions of the song, giving it that Flamenco touch. Gulzar has evidently tried his best to dub it and also make it sound natural, and it has turned out pretty good, except for the fact that in some places the lyrics aren’t fitting that properly into the rhythm, causing just a teensy-weensy disturbance, but overall turning out to be a good attempt — I mean, I don’t think dubbing is all that easy! A grand opening to the album, with a senior once again proving his talent! Kudos to SPB and double thumbsup for Rahman and Gulzar! #5StarHotelSong!

 

2. Chalke Re
Singers ~ Aditi Paul & Srinivas

A very pleasant strings orchestra welcomes us to the next song, a beautiful romantic duet by Aditi Paul and Srinivas. Aditi, who got her big break in Bollywood through Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Ram-Leela’, features in her next Hindi song, this time composed by A.R. Rahman! And she still sounds just as melodious. Rahman has composed a splendid song, on the 90s template. The dafli beats act as attention-grabbers and surely make you instantly love the song. Rahman always uses the matka in a very beautiful way and in this sing he has done no less! Throughout the song, he has infused nice orchestral strokes and all on a traditional Indian template. The shehnaai portion is magnificent, also enhanced by the percussion and the sitars. Another thing you must pay close attention to, is the wonderful sargam by the female backing vocalists, and the Jathi or the tabla bols in one of the interludes. Srinivas does seem a bit uneasy to sing in Hindi, but only a little. The composition is overall nothing new; we have heard this type of stuff many times from Rahman, but everytime it comes covered in a new wrapping and still attracts our attention towards itself — that would be the magic of the Maestro. Gulzar’s lyrics sound as if they are not at all dubbed, but the lyrics of an originally Hindi song! Wonderful dubbing done by him! Another appealing romantic song from Rahman, sung wonderfully and with just as splendorous arrangements! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. India Re
Singer ~ Javed Ali

Rahman’s typical grand patriotic introduction kicks off the next song, with a nice choir and impressive percussion as always. Then comes the awesome orchestra and Javed Ali, with his booming yet calming (I have no idea how they go together, but they do, in this person named ‘Javed Ali’! 😂 ) voice starts singing the sweet and patriotic composition. At places he sounds like Rahman himself. Rahman has placed an awesome backing vocal chorus, which really increases the beauty of the song. The second interlude witnesses Rahman give us a majestic orchestral treat. The antara That follows is just as awesome! The entire mood shifts and gives the feeling of determination and commitment, that is to come together as compatriots. The arrangements just keep getting better and better as the song progresses and so does the composition. The hookline is very catchy and full of grandeur, yet sounding sweet at the same time. As I have said before, the backing vocals make it sound even more sweet. Javed’s variations have come out brilliantly. Gulzar has written awesomely patriotic lyrics, and they actually sound great in the tune! Again, it sounds as if it is originally a Hindi song! 😃 This one is an ingenious patriotic composition by Rahman! The arrangements are so magnificent that the cinema-gfoers will be in for a wonderful surprise! #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Mona Gasolina
Singers ~ Mano & Neeti Mohan

Sometimes the effect of Rahman’s music doesn’t strike you after the very first listen, but it gets stronger and stronger with each time you hear it later. Well, this song here has exactly the same problem (I mean this in a positive way) The first time I heard it, I was like, “Okay, this is something different, ummm… But what exactly is it??” The next time, “Rahman is an expert at bringing something new to the industry!” The third time, which is supposed to be a lucky number, I was literally singing along with the lyrics and grooving to them! Of course, all this happened while hearing the Tamil song, so by the time the Hindi sing released, I was ready to attack! 😂 Anyways, as you must’ve already deduced from my rave about the song, Rahman has tried something new and wacky and crazy and insane and everything you can think of. Just as ‘Mawali Qawwali’ from ‘Lekar Hum Deewana Dil’ was a brilliantly wacky song, this song also steals your breath away after you start liking it. After you start liking it, you won’t stop humming it! Rahman has brought to notice the naughty side of Neeti’s voice, and Mano has sung extremely well, with that rough texture to his voice. The hookline, the Mukhda, the antara, all are wonderfully composed. The arrangements are something else I should rave on and on about. With the opening flute, and some weird noises that follow, the song opens on an utterly crazy note. The pigeon sounds that can be heard throughout the song are just so…. Weird! And awesome! Neeti has an awesome combination of smooth and thunderous voices that she can make with that awesome voice of hers, that instantly appeal to you. The little nasal bit in the antara is just breathtaking! The percussion that Rahman has done is so strong and grand! The guitar portions are also wonderful. Rahman has even used classical Carnatic instruments like thavil in the song! Gulzar’s lyrics, though unintelligible at some places due to Mano’s pronunciation, are just as wacky as the song. So now, before I reveal all the secrets of what this song has in store for you, go hear it!! This song finds itself at the peak of insanity! And also the peak of cathciness and innovativeness! In my opinion, the best song of the album! Another #5StarHotelSong!!!

 

5. Din Dooba Hai
Singer ~ Haricharan

A melancholic orchestra triggers the next song, a sad song rendered soulfully by Haricharan, a very talented young singer of the South. Of course, the composition is also very soulful, and appeals to you, but only to a certain extent. After the first antara ends, and you find that there is another one to come, you would actually get very bored for the rest of the song. Haricharan has sung the song very nicely, with lots of feel and expression, but since the song is so monotonous and dull, the required effect doesn’t really come. He sounds a bit like Mohd Irfan at places, with his smooth and clear voice. In fact, I have a doubt that Irfan himself has sung the song. Rahman’s arrangements are again, very beautiful and he has tried to enhance the composition, at which he only succeeds to some extent. Gulzar has dubbed the lyrics amazingly, and the lyrics do give some reason to hear the song, other than the nice vocals and arrangements. Due to the length, it turns out to be boring and tedious!


Lingaa is another soundtrack in which Rahman proves yet again that he is the one and only Rahman. This time, without doing too much of experimentation, he succeeds to win over the listeners’ hearts. With the exception of one song, all of the songs have the power to control your brain and male you repeatedly press that repeat button. Though being a dubbed soundtrack, it still sounds original, thanks to the amazing work by Gulzar. All the songs have been recorded and arranged beautifully, leaving no scope for criticism in that aspect. I would say — Another addition to the hit record of Thalaivar and Mozart of Madras!! 

 

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

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

 

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