SAME STORY ∞!! (HATE STORY IV – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Tanishk Bagchi, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Mithoon, Baman-Chand, Tony Kakkar & Himesh Reshammiya
♪ Lyrics by: Manoj Muntashir, Kumaar, Rashmi-Virag, Sanjay Gupta, Sameer Anjaan
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 23rd February 2018
♪ Movie Released On: 9th March 2018

Hate Story IV Album Cover

 

Listen to the songs: Saavn

Buy the songs: iTunes


Hate Story IV Is a Bollywood thriller (cough cough, ahem ahem) starring Urvashi Rautela, Karan Wahi, Vivan Bhatena and Ihana Dhillon, directed by Vishaal Pandya, and produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar and Vivek Bhatnagar. The film has music by Tanishk Bagchi, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Mithoon, Tony Kakkar and Baman-Chand. Now all of these composers have been working with T-Series for quite some time, but that doesn’t mean I expect too much from the album! The reason being that the ‘Hate Story’ franchise has never been strong on music, no matter how popular it has been.


Tanishk Bagchi’s remake spree which seems to be inexorable, continues just as strongly as it had started off. I can’t even remember when it started. ‘Humma’? ‘Tamma’? Who knows. But now he gets to Himesh Reshammiya’s bank of songs. The producers browse for a moment through Himesh’s repertoire, and finally pick out two of his songs, for Tanishk to recreate. Tanishk, reluctantly, complies. One of the recreations has backfired terribly — Aashiq Banaya Aapne ends up being a lazy club number, in which Neha Kakkar lazes around as if she’s reciting a poem instead of singing a song. Tanishk’s too loud programming stuns the ears, and the way he uses Himesh’s voice is terrible. Tanishk never does a remake without having Tapas Roy play the hook of the song on a mandolin or some other ethnic string instrument, and he does that here too, just increasing the heard-before-ness of the song. Manoj Muntashir’s lyrics are almost the only worthwhile stuff in the song. The second one, Naam Hai Mera, at least has good vocals and music, and if you forget that the essence and beauty of the original song, which was soulful, has been demolished, you will like it. Neeti’s powerful voice luckily propels this one to where it is, and Tanishk’s EDM is refreshing. It is the lyrics here, that spoil the song.
Moving on to the original numbers, Arko’s Boond Boond is the best of the lot, with a nice Latino vibe to it, but it is not all that innovative either. It sounds like Arko was trying to recreate the type of songs Bollywood made in 2006-2008, when we were obsessed with Latin American music. Jubin’s voice doesn’t suit the song a lot, but Neeti saves the day (again), while the lyricists Manoj Muntashir and Sanjay Gupta (the filmmaker??) have nothing much to do except search through old Bollywood songs and put together all the clichéd phrases they could find.
Mithoon’s first song of the year is highly disappointing — Tum Mere Ho tries to be a ‘Sanam Re’-esque love song, but ends up being sleazy and lazy. The vocalists Jubin and Amrita Singh only increase the laziness with their lazy voices, making me too lazy to write a review for the song. The only good thing here, are the percussions in the interlude. That’s a nice touch.
If that song was lazy, wait till you hear Mohabbat Nasha Hai, a typical Tony Kakkar cry-fest. But though his previous cry fests like ‘Khuda Bhi’ (Ek Paheli Leela) and ‘Mile Ho Tum Humko’ (Fever) have been quite good, this one, being a mishmash of all of them, and with the same boring beats, is just plain boring. In one of the versions, I can at least listen to Neha Kakkar when her part comes (she sings better here than she sang ‘Aashiq Banaya Aapne’), but in the Male Version I don’t even have that liberty. Oh well.
The other best song of the album, at par with Arko’s song, happens to be Baman-Chand’s Bhatt-ish melody Badnaamiyan. The Male Version by Armaan Malik fares much better, and that’s the one that is the best of the album. Armaan’s voice suits the romantic composition, and Baman-Chand’s arrangements are great, though heard before, especially the electronic tabla. Sukriti Kakar doesn’t do too well in the Female Version, and even the arrangements don’t support her, being the usual boring arrangements used for such songs.


With the fourth instalment in this series (fifth if you count ‘Wajah Tum Ho’), it is evident that T-Series, who seem to have been making the films only for the music, might stop making the films soon, because the music is certainly going down…!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 5.5 + 6 + 7.5 + 5 + 5 + 4.5 + 7.5 + 6 = 47

Album Percentage: 58.75%

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: 
Boond Boond = Badnaamiyan > Naam Hai Mera = Badnaamiyan (Female) > Aashiq Banaaya Aapne > Mohabbat Nasha Hai = Tum Mere Ho > Mohabbat Nasha Hai (Solo)

 

Which is your favourite song from Hate Story IV? Please vote for it below! Thanks!

ALL IS NOT WELL!! (ALL IS WELL – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music By: Amaal Mallik, Himesh Reshammiya, Meet Brothers, Mithoon & Anand-Milind
♪ Lyrics by: Shabbir Ahmed, Badshah, Mayur Puri, Kumaar, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Amitabh Verma & Fateh
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 20th July 2015
♪ Movie Released On: 21st August 2015

All Is Well Album Cover

All Is Well Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


All Is Well is a Bollywood rom-com/drama film starring Abhishek Bachchan, Asin Thottumkal, Rishi Kapoor and Supriya Pathak in lead roles, and also featuring Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub. The film, which received mostly negative reviews from the audience as well as critics, is directed by ‘OMG! Oh My God!’ fame Umesh Shukla, and produced by Shyam Bajaj, Varun Bajaj, Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar. The film is about a road trip during which the Bhalla family, sorts out their differences and misunderstandings, also accompanied by the protagonist’s (played by Abhishek) love interest, played by Asin. Since there’s no use talking about the film anymore, I’ll jump directly to its music. When a film has been produced by T-Series, that feeling of hope remains alive inside you that there are chances for it to be good, if not great. Here too, the names of the composers do excite when we first read them. T-Series’ new hot favourite, Amaal Mallik, their reliable party-track providers Meet Bros. (note the absence of Anjjan!), come together in yet another of their albums after ‘Roy’ and ‘Ek Paheli Leela’. But this time, the accompanying composers are T-Series’ old favourite, Himesh Reshammiya, and the one who shot to overnight fame and success because of them, Mithoon. Together, they promise a soundtrack with good repeat value. Himesh with three songs can get a chance to cover up the flaws he left behind with ‘Action Jackson’, while the others can just continue to give those chartbusters like always. Expectations on a high, let’s jump into this album before you yawn and doze off!! 😀


 

1. Chaar Shanivaar
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani, Armaan Malik & Badshah, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed & Badshah

A really catchy, quirky tune on the electric guitar opens the first song on this album, screaming dappankuthu all the way. Synthesizer joins in later, and spruces it up a bit, after which the vocal powerhouse Vishal Dadlani starts with his ever-energetic, cheerful and dynamic voice! And what he sings is bound to make you get up and dance to the wonderfully catchy rhythm set by Amaal. Amaal, who has proved himself in various genres like romantic songs, club tracks, wedding tracks, now gets a chance to compose an out-and-out massy track on the 6/8 rhythm, and boy, does he succeed!! With the never-exhaustible Vishal Dadlani on board, any music composer can rest assured that their song is gonna be a chartbuster right from the first day of its release. Armaan joins in for backing vocals, and isn’t really recognizable. However much you try to strain your ears trying to find him, chances are you’ll have been reborn by the time you find him finally. We have Amaal Mallik handing over the rap portions very gratuitously to Badshah, a man who’s really gaining popularity fast, and he deserves it, too! The rap he’s put into this song gels in with it very well, and compared to other faltu bakwaas raps of Bollywood, well, all is well in this rap!! 😀 Lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed are, for once, something I agree with. Hafte mein chaar shanivaar hone chahiye. (There should be four Saturdays in a week) I totally agree. And the whole song adds on to this basic theme, giving some really interesting and entertaining lines to listen to. The tune is also really hooking, and instantly infects you. Later on, though it might get reallllllyyyyy annoying after hearing it everywhere and forever, you will still find yourself dancing and humming to it! 😛 😀 That tells how catchy the tune is! Arrangements are what Amaal is best at, mostly EDM with dhinchak dappankuthu percussion beats. Guitars have been used well too, and those backing vocals screaming weird stuff, start working their magic on you. 😀 There are people saying Four, four chaar chaar… after each time the hookline is repeated, and other times, someone says shanivaar bole toh Saturday, woh bhi chaar chaar! It sounds insane!!! Something insane, crazy, and having the potential to make you crazy for it too!! Great massy stuff from Amaal! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Baaton Ko Teri
Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Himesh Reshammiya, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed

The soft and calming sound of guitars (played on the synthesizer, most probably) balances out the insane atmosphere that the first song had left behind, and makes way for the next song, a sad love song. Right from the moment it starts, two names pop into your head — First of all, Mithoon, and then subsequently, Himesh. Everything about the song has both these names written all over it. And not so surprisingly, when you check the credits, and see that you’re right (at least part of it), you don’t really exclaim in victory as it is something that anyone with the basic Bollywood knowledge could guess. Himesh has composed the song in his oh-so-recognizable style, which after ‘Tum Hi Ho’ (Aashiqui 2), Mithoon had taken up as his own! Interestingly, the song takes form as the first song Arijit has sung for Himesh Reshammiya, and he gets to tick off yet another composer on his checklist. 😛 How early he worked with him! 😀 He sings in his trademark style, shouting and screaming in the high parts and droning in the low parts. However, some parts when he brought variation to the lines ‘bhulaaaa na sake‘ or ‘mitaaaa na sake’, is really applause-worthy! About the song, that trademark Himesh style makes it really predictable, and it is bound to be compared to ‘Dard Dilo Ke’ (The Xposé), which personally, I found better than this. The synthesizer tune which plays before Arijit starts off the song bears a very, very strong resemblance to the tune from ‘Dard Dilo Ke’, and I wonder how the makers thought it proper to add it here when the former song was so popular! The composition is not too catchy either, but the way Arijit sings it will definitely attract everyone, right from young people to old ones, to the flies that sit on their food. 😅 Interludes are also not very smartly crafted, and have the same tune as the prelude, so it sounds like the song is starting all over again. The very short antaras are lovable, but again, their abrupt end feels pretty weird to the ears. There is one short follow-up to the mukhda which at first seems like an antara, but later, the actual two antaras come, and then that part seems to be like a bridge between the mukhda and first antara. Not that it does a good job in bridging the two, though! The lyrics sound like Shabbir has picked up lines from all the judaai-bichhdann songs of Bollywood and put them together in the song — not really impressive and totally not anything innovative. The recording gives some respite in that it makes the song tolerable, otherwise the song is strictly for the staunch Arijit and Himesh blind followers! A typpppppical Himesh Reshammiya affair, tailor-made for Arijit!

 

3. Nachan Farrate
Singers ~ Meet Brothers & Kanika Kapoor, Music by ~ Meet Brothers, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

The Meet Brothers are back and this time, without the third member of their group, Anjjan. After their split, it is their first song to release, even though some of their songs as a trio are yet to release. Anyways, for their debut as a duo, they get this T-Series production to prove their talent with in a desi dance track. They rope in Kanika to do the female singing honours, and save loads of money by singing the mle parts themselves, instead of calling Mika to do what he is (apparently) best at. However, there are no complaints from my side against them singing, because they have autotuned their voices so well that no disturbance whatsoever is felt. I think Mika would’ve caused more disturbance. Harmeet and Manmeet really have clear voices and sound great in the song, whereas Kanika uses her characteristic knife-sharp vocals to enchant listeners. The song has a kind of sinister, villainous feel to it, which makes it sound even more enchanting. First of all, Meet Bros’ composition is the kind that you instantly get hooked to, and even though you might have gotten bored of Meet Bros’ usual stuff, this one has a lot of new and innovative things to offer, right from the tune to the crazy arrangements! Right from the beginning, weird computerized sounds entrap you and make you want to keep listening forever! Those sound effects that sound a lot like spoons and dishes, give a really earthy feel to the song, and the other techno arrangements scattered all throughout the song behind the singers’ voices have it in them to surprise and please you. Interludes have been wonderfully and creatively crafted by the two brothers, and those awesome techno sounds make it all the more fun to hear. Kumaar has written lyrics that are worth paying a lot of attention to — if you noticed, he very smartly has woven Meet Brothers’ and his own name into the lyrics; you just have to listen carefully, show interest and not predetermine that you won’t understand anything just because it’s Punjabi. 😂 At the end, crazy pop sounds close the song leaving you craving for more. Oh, and one thing I forgot to mention are the wonderful flutes used in the beginning of the song… Wow! After saying all this, I would just like to spoil it just a little bit for you guys by telling you that it does very, very strongly resemble Anu Malik’s ‘Mehboob Mere’ (Fiza)… Doesn’t it? Especially in the second interlude, it gets reaaaaaallllyyy close to that song! 😛 Anyways, enjoy the song if you can even after I told you this. 😂 All I care about ultimately, is that it sounds great, is catchy, groovy and has everything that is needed in a desi dance track! Nice, creative work from Meet Bros without Anjjan! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Mere Humsafar
Singers ~ Mithoon & Tulsi Kumar, Original Composition by ~ Anand-Milind, Recreated by ~ Mithoon, Original Lyrics by ~ Majrooh Sultanpuri, Additional Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Verma

And in steps Mithoon for his only song in the film. Usually, I’m happy when I see Mithoon’s name in such films, because a) he brings newness to the otherwise stale album with his captivating composition or b) his song surpasses all the songs in terms of quality, no matter how good tee others are. Here, I was hoping for option ‘b’ to hold true, as there are already two awesome songs in the album till now, but imagine how disappointed I was when I found out that he was doing a remake! It brought the excitement level down manifold. Okay, so at least he was remaking a great song — ‘Aye Mere Humsafar’ from the 1988 movie ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’. So there were still hopes. Then I read the singers’ names and my hopes shattered. Mithoon himself was singing — OK, no problem, because I quite enjoyed his autotuned voice in ‘Mehboob Ki’ (Creature 3D) but guess who’s accompanying him, replacing the oh-so-talented Alka Yagnik? Yup, T-Series’ head’s pyaari chhoti behena, Tulsi! And then my hopes fell on the ground and shattered to so many pieces, that I couldn’t even sweep them aside and clean the place! 😢😂 I played the song and then what did I discover? Mithoon has changed the whole feel of the song from a happy romantic duet, to a sad, melancholic romantic duet and the beats he placed in it are the same as those that he used in ‘Tum Hi Ho’ and all. By singing the song, he committed a pretty bad mistake. First of all, he didn’t autotune, so his voice is totally exposed in its true form — it doesn’t sound good! It sounds as if Arijit has a throat infection! He should have made Arijit sing it, because he hasn’t done that good. And actually, Tulsi sounded better! I found myself enjoying her parts more! One more disappointment (actually, it’s an annoyance) is that Mithoon has slowed down the pace of the song so much, that it makes you wait a long time till they say anything else and you literally start getting bored of waiting so much! Amitabh Verma has added some different lyrics here and there, but the tune has been retained, so for all three paragraphs to get over, it takes a lottttt of time. They should have just added the original song in the album as it was, without touching it, because they just wasted the opportunity of having a great emotional song by hiring Mithoon and telling him to remake an old classic, at which he failed! Better hear the original instead!

 

5. Tu Milade
Singer ~ Ankit Tiwari, Music by ~ Himesh Reshammiya, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

When the lead character in a film is a rockstar, just as Abhishek’s character in the film is one, it is a rule written in the Bollywood filmmaking textbook, that there should be a mandatory song, which the rockstar would sing every time he’s shown performing on stage. Out of this rule, comes the birth of this song, which has been assigned to Himesh Reshammiya. Since Ankit Tiwari got overnight fame because of his song which he had composed for a character of a rockstar (“Sunn Raha Hai” from ‘Aashiqui 2’) , who better than him to sing this song? So Himesh uses the tried and tested formulae and gives us a song, which surprisingly, turns out to be really good! Himesh composes in his trademark style which he used to compose in, about six-seven years ago, and the stuff that used to sell rapidly then, comes back now and has the same effect on the public. Okay, the song didn’t get popular, but that’s probably because of less promotion. Otherwise, it had the potential in it to become a chartbuster. A calm and soothing composition put to an awesome rock rhythm played on drums and electric guitars, it provides both a calming effect and an energetic feeling. Ankit sings way better than he does in his own compositions (I’ve noticed he sounds way better singing for Reshammiya than for anybody else, including himself). And the tune is literally tailor-made for him — errrrr, okay, after Himesh, the first choice would be Ankit for this song. Had Himesh sung it, I think it would have revived his lost hit status. The composition is good, but one problem I have with it is the opening line of the antara, copy-pasted directly from Himesh’s 2012 hit, ‘Naina Re Tu Hi’ (Dangerous Ishhq), but he fortunately diverts from that path quick enough for it to get too suspicious. Arrangements and recording have been done wonderfully. It has been given an effect which actually makes listeners feel as though they are sitting in a concert hall! Mayur Puri’s lyrics are heard-before, but fit into the composition well, so don’t really affect the goodness of the song in a negative way. Ankit singing the “Oh-oh-oh” loop is just awesome and that tune is really very catchy! In my opinion, the best song of the album!! Great in every way and should’ve been promoted way more than it has been! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Yolo
Singers ~ Sreeram Chandra & Fateh, Music by ~ Himesh Reshammiya, Music Produced By ~ Dr. Zeus, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar & Fateh

Weird techno beats start off the last sing in the album, and you actually start to believe that it’s going to be a really great grand finale to the album. But then something comes that spoils everything! It is that familiar sound of glass cups shattering, and ladies saying yeaaaaahhh. If it sounds familiar to you, it probably means you’ve heard ‘Lovely’ (Happy New Year) and ‘Desi Look’ (Ek Paheli Leela) many times. It also means that someone called Dr. Zeus is back. But when you see who the music composer is, you see that it is Himesh! Then what is Dr. Zeus’ style doing in the song? Well, he’s apparently produced and programmed the song, and in the process added all his idiotic gimmicks, including an irritating rap by Fateh. But that doesn’t mean that whatever Himesh has done (maybe only the composition) is excellent. The composition is really boring, repetitive and on top of that, the unbearable programming by Dr. Zeus makes things worse. Sreeram’s voice is the only good thing in the song! Dr. Zeus’ arrangements are limited only to the shattering glass, the ladies going “yeaaaahh” and Punjabi dhols. How innovative! :/ Kumaar’s lyrics are nothing fantastic. In fact, they are even below the bad mark. :/ Sometimes he writes awesome and crazy lyrics and other times, cheap to the core. He seems to have written everything only to teach the Bollywood audience what YOLO means — You Only Live Once. Everything else is irrelevant and doesn’t even seem like a wedding song, thanks to the oh-so-slow and boring pace with the repetitive composition. A song which fits nowhere!! I’ve still not understood what its genre is!! YOLO = You Only Listen Once!


All Is Well is not one of T-Series’ best albums. Keeping the film’s fate aside, even just the album, though being one full of variety and mass appeal, it doesn’t have too many great songs. Amaal performs well in his sole composition, and so do Meet Bros in their first venture without Anjjan. Himesh, who had the most songs in the album, only manages to score excellently in one of them, moderately good in one, and very bad in the last. Mithoon, from whom everyone expects so much each time, didn’t perform at all, to be frank. The three great songs will be remembered by masses, but not for a long time, either. By next year, they will probably be wiped out from our heads — barring ‘Chaar Shanivaar’, if repeatedly played on TV and radio (which it surely will :P). All was supposed to be well with everything related to the film and album, but I don’t really think that holds true anymore!!!

 

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: Tu Milade > Chaar Shanivaar > Nachan Farrate > Baaton Ko Teri > Mere Humsafar > Yolo (this one, better leave it unheard! 😝 )

 

Which is your favourite song from All Is Well? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

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DJ BAJEGA LOUD, TOH BULBUL NACHEGI!! (HEY BRO – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Nitz ‘N’ Sony (Nitin Arora & Sony Chandy)
♪ Lyrics by: Pranav Vatsa
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 11th February 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 6th March 2015

Hey Bro Album Cover

Hey Bro Album Cover

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Hey Bro is an upcoming Bollywood comedy & action film, directed by Ajay Chandhok, produced by Vidhi Acharya and starring Ganesh Acharya, Maninder Singh & Nupur Sharma in lead roles. The film is scheduled to release on 27th February, and is one of Ganesh Acharya’s most ambitious projects. The music of this film has been composed by duo Nitz ‘N’ Sony, consisting of Nitin Arora and Sony Chandy. They have previously composed for films like ‘Teesri Aankh’, ‘Swami’, ‘Money Hai Toh Honey Hai’ and the latest, ‘Spark’. Ever since each of the song promos released, both of the songs have literally gone viral. The public is really liking them. The duo has composed five songs for this album, and pretty crazy ones, too! To find out whether I have gotten infected by this virus of the songs, read on!


1. DJ
Singers ~ Sunidhi Chauhan & Ali Zafar

This song was the second song promo to release, and, I personally found it way better than the song which made people go nuts over it, ‘Birju’. So, it is a great relief for me to see this one kicking off the album. A club song, with a slight desi feel to it, which all works in the favourite of the song. The duo Nitz ‘N’ Sony have very efficiently equipped Sunidhi to sing the major portion of the song, and she has done full justice to the composition. She sings every line with a different expression, and very enjoyably to, the credit for which has to, again, go to the composers. Though it looks like they have straightaway lifted the tune of ‘Gangster Baby’ from ‘Action Jackson’, even if they have done that, it sounds way better than ‘Gangster Baby’. But I’m pretty sure it was just a coincidence. The contrast in the hookline and the rest of the song is something to die for. The club song is going on normally, and all of a sudden, the arrangements become silent, with only Sunidhi singing the hookline supported by minimal techno sounds, making that part particularly very catchy. The arrangements, mostly techno sounds does engage the listener, and the brilliant bass used is enough to make him/her keep listening. The bongo-congos have also been smartly equipped. Now, time to talk about Ali Zafar’s Antara-long appearance. He shines! He seems to be the perfect choice for that part which he has got. His deep voice suits the tune well. The lyrics, ummm… Well, we’ll ignore that much, can’t we? Nothing to boast about, except that the lyricist Pranav Vatsa has founded and established a whole new city from where he wants to book a DJ, that is SingaPUR. 😂😂 And yes, the poor singers also have to comply and sing SingaPUR instead of SingaPORE. 😦 I pity them. All in all, a very enjoyable, groovy and also sweet (at times) song, sung awesomely! Was not expecting that good a start to the album! #5StarHotelSong!!

2. Bulbul
Singers ~ Himesh Reshammiya & Shreya Ghoshal 

Next up is a masaledaar desi dance number, ‘Bulbul’, sung by who else but Himesh Reshammiya and the nightingale Shreya! It is a remake of some 70s song ‘Naach Meri Bulbul’ from ‘Roti’ which I’ve never heard, so I can’t judge how good a remake it is. However, if I were asked how I found it as an original song, I would reply, “Ekdam Jhakaass!” The composers have added awesome dance beats, which would be loved by the masses, but I don’t think the classes will shy from shaking a leg or two. They have also used rock guitars, to not make it sound like the regular Kuthu affair. Himesh, as a singer without being the composer, was really a smart decision taken by the duo. He has given the right amount of energy and dhamaka to satisfy the composition and resultantly, the masses too. Shreya, whose first release it is after her marriage, sounds awesome as always. She sounds as great in these rowdy songs as she does in her calm and romantic songs. She gets to sing the antaras, and does very well with her job. The lyrics, are again something to not pay much attention to. It’s the same old cheap ladki-patao business. Otherwise, another enjoyable track on the album! Get up and dance! I mean NAACH! #5StarHotelSong!!

3. Birju
Singers ~ Udit Narayan, Mika Singh, Arya [Acharya] & Naezy

This is the “Viral” song. The whole country seems to have gone crazy because of this song. No, there’s nothing great in the song. It’s all in the video. You can watch it on YouTube. But if you want to hear the song without seeing the video. I’ll just quickly give you the review, so you know what’s in store for you. First of all, the song might just confuse you so much, that you might forget who you are, where you live blah, blah, blah… There are some things I really liked in the song, which are: Udit Narayan’s awesome Birjuuuuuuuu Tu Aai Gava Bitwaa… and Mika’s Laalaa, Meri, Maa Ke Kangan Vaapas Kar De Re… laalaa. These two lines kind of prove to you, why people like this song so much. However, there’s so much more than proves to you, why people SHOULD NOT like this song so much. Firstly, the rap, which may seem impressive because it’s so fast and cool, actually really irritated me. Mika’s parts, other than the one I mentioned above, are really irritating. And Udit’s Lalalalalaaaa… ,well, that’s the most annoying that annoying can get. And last but definitely not the least annoying, is that very, very highly obnoxious high-tempo ending to the song, which leaves you literally like those characters in cartoon movies with the stars and moons spinning on top of their heads. :/Ye kya mazaak tha Nitz ‘N’ Sony Jii????” is what I want to ask the composers for that last part. After two awesome songs, they give us this. Anyways, arrangements are good, and lyrics are bad. LISTEN AT YOUR OWN RISK! BEST SERVED WITH VIDEO!

4. Line Laga
Singers ~ Mika Singh & Anu Malik

If ‘Birju’ was a cheat and a mazaak, then this would be an outright SCAM. When a song has a tune, that you can’t even make out or get a trip on, you know something is really wrong. And when backing female vocalists singing “Naram naram naram Garam garam” sound better than Mika, and when Anu Malik (imagine that) sounds better than Mika, you know that something really weird and indigestible is what you’re listening to. Nitz ‘N’ Sony give another BAD composition, but thank God they’ve at least decorated it with rather quirky sound effects, which sound awesome in the background. Anu gets only one line in each of the first two paragraphs, and sounds more dumdaar than Mika with even that little to sing. But then he sings one whole paragraph at the end, and imagine what we are treated to in those four or five lines. Mika just constantly sounds like an even more angried Ajay Devgn. The lyrics, we don’t care about, because the song itself bores so much that we can’t really comprehend any of the words, or, even if we do, we forcefully choose not to break our heads over them. Ultimately, the stars of the song are the female backing vocalists singing “Naram naram naram Garam garam”. And how to forget Anu Malik?? 😂

5. Hu Tu Tu
Singers ~ Sonu Nigam & A. Sivamani

Sonu starts with his versatile voice, and we are treated to a show of very interesting sounds and noises, which might irritate you, might interest you. But when Sivamani enters, you can’t help but notice how asthmatic he sounds, totally spoiling the whole humorous mood set up by Sonu. He does get conscious of that and sounds less asthmatuc later on in the song, though. The song has been composed on the kuthu template, and does make you move along to the beats. Each of the stanzas has a pleasant surprise waiting round the corner. The tempo changes many times throughout the song, which changes the mood of the song every time, but the whole time, retaining the particular comic effect that was supposed to be there. Arrangements are really very impressive. They are the best arrangements that this album has to offer. The song really showcases some awesome South-Indian-folksy music styles, all of which really engage the listener through the whole seven minutes for which the song plays. Sonu and Sivamani make sure we don’t lose interest throughout the song. Lyrics too retain the humour in them, which the crazy composition has done and both go very well in complement with each other. What starts off as a stupid thing, slowly unfolds to be something highly innovative, creative and impressive!!! Awesome arrangements, crazy composition and dynamic vocals! But I’m warning you that you might be irritated! #5StarHotelSong!!


Hey Bro makes you feel that sometimes, even single composer albums do not perform up to the mark. But, if you see in terms of creativity, ‘Hu Tu Tu’ is the best track of the album. If seen in terms of public likability, ‘DJ’ and ‘Bulbul’ are really catchy and will quickly climb charts. At the same time ‘Birju’ is something people are really liking a lot, but I didn’t at all. ‘Line Laga’ is hopeless from all aspects, so better not to speak about it. Nitz ‘N’ Sony have come up with a decent album, which doesn’t impress highly as a whole, but some songs do stand out as great and enjoyable. Nitz ‘N’ Sony have stuck to the needs of the script i.e, comedy, and churned out some comic tracks, out of which only some work. Middling affair, overall!

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: DJ > Bulbul > Hu Tu Tu (Just because of the weirdness, or else I would’ve kept it at the top) > Birju > Line Laga

Which is your favorite song from Hey Bro? Please vote for it below!! 🙂

Next “dish”: Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Chef: Anu Malik 

HEY PRABHU!! (ACTION JACKSON – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by:- Himesh Reshammiya
♪ Lyrics by:- Shabbir Ahmed & Sameer Anjaan
♪ Music Label:- Eros Music
♪ Music Released On:- 6th November 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 5th December 2014

Action Jackson Album Cover

Action Jackson Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE

 

♪ Hear AJ Theme on YouTube:- 


Action Jackson is an upcoming Bollywood Masala entertainer flick, directed by the man known for the huge amount of entertainment (and nonsense 😜) in his movies, i.e, Prabhudheva. The film has been produced by Vic Walia, Gordhan Tanwani and Sunil Lulla, and features Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Yami Gautam and debutante Manasvi Mamgai in the lead roles. Prabhudheva’s films are well-known for their entertaining rustic music, that always manages to make us groove, and of course, the picturisations are always so lively and energetic. After working with Sajid-Wajid for two movies, Sachin-Jigar for one movie, and Pritam for his latest movie, and garnering positive reviews for each of the albums, Prabhudheva has settled on Himesh Reshammiya to compose for this movie. It is the first time they are working together, and dynamic and entertaining-to-the-core songs were expected from Himesh, who gave pretty good music for ‘The Xposé’, ‘Humshakals’ and two songs from ‘Kick’ this year. So, how well does the first collaboration between Prabhudheva and Himesh go? Let’s find out!


1. Keeda / Keeda (Reprise)
Singers ~ Himesh Reshammiya & Neeti Mohan, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed

Himesh has always been and continues to be known as one of the most sensational composers that ever entered Bollywood, giving numerous hits, be it dance tracks or romantic songs. His sensational songs are also, for that matter, pretty weird and confusing and they make you think “This is a hit?!” The exact same thing has happened with this song. Since it is in a Prabhudheva film, it got the little good luck which it did, but I doubt it would have gotten such a status had it been in any other film. First of all, it starts with an annoying and literally keeda-like sound, pretty similar to the sound those insects make at night when they wake you up in the middle of your sweet dream. 😂 Himesh kicks in with an unusually (for him) low-pitched voice, which is apparently meant to sound like a rockstar or something, but fails miserably. Neeti also fails to create any impact, with only the mukhda for her to repeat after Himesh. Though the song has been making huge waves amongst the masses, I don’t see any reason for it to be doing so, because very frankly speaking, it has not many attractive elements at all. Whatever Shabbir Ahmed has called “lyrics”, all I can say about them is that, it seems that he had been kept at gunpoint and forced to hastily scribble the most illogical words he could ever think of and place them in such a way that they would make less sense than a saas-bahu daily soap opera. I guess Prabhudheva didn’t understand what lyrics he approved. 😅 If I had to point out any positive thing about the song, however, I would definitely say that the beats are groovy! Again, the recording could have been a thousand times better, given the music era we are witnessing today! The reprise version in nothing different, except for the fact that it has more lines sung by Neeti, so there is a plus point in it. A song which you cannot ignore, but you can’t do anything about it either! A literal KEEDA!

 

2. Punjabi Mast
Singers ~ Ankit Tiwari, Vineet Singh, Himesh Reshammiya, Arya Acharya, Alam Gir Khan & Neeti Mohan, Lyrics by ~ Sameer Anjaan

The second song, sees Himesh re-enter in his typical Punjabi-mode, similar to what he did in the songs of ‘Son Of Sardaar’, but a tad bit less catchy and attractive. A catchy tune, however, does welcome you into the song, and Ankit and Vineet’s voices welcome us very warmly into the song. After that, you would be expecting an awesome build-up to the hookline, but, on the contrary, the hookline abruptly plays and actually seems like some link has been broken between the starting lines and the hookline. The hookline itself has very little oomph, which makes it disapointing considering that it is a collaboration of Himesh and Prabhudheva! One makes tremendously catchy music while the other choreographs sensationally! This song is supposed to be playing in two different situations at the same time, and Sameer has said that it was difficult to achieve that for the song. Well, then Mr. Sameer, I think you don’t know about that song ‘Bol Beliya’ from ‘Kill Dil’ geniusly written by Gulzar! It is just another meaningless mishmash of words. Talking about the vocals, all the singers have sung whatever their part is, great, but some of those lines which they have sung just don’t fit in the song. Firstly, Arya’s rap is not at all catchy, and on top of that, since it is in a Punjabi dance song, it sounds all the more odd and unsuitable. Another thing is that, though Mamta Sharma would have done a great job as the female vocalist, Himesh has insisted on transforming Neeti into Mamta! Thanks for that! Ankit, Vineet and Alam Gir Khan have stood out with their respective parts, while Himesh does join in at the hookline. Definitely better than the album opener, but not yet containing the expected punch of an ideal Himesh Reshammiya song! Another middling effort!

 

3. Chichora Piya
Singers ~ Himesh Reshammiya & Shalmali Kholgade, Lyrics by ~ Sameer Anjaan

Finally, we get to experience some actual Himesh stuff (by that I mean, catchy and viral!) with the third song in the album! Starting with an extremely catchy and attractive and just beautiful harmonium tune, it instantly grips you and pulls you towards it. The aah aah aah and pop sounds with which the song starts are just too, too appealing. Shalmali acts as the cherry on top, with her sweet, yet naughty vocals. But then comes the ususal Himesh ‘item song’ beats, and the usual ‘repetition’ which HAS to be there in one of Himesh’s songs! (Or does it?) The same beats as ‘Piya Ke Bazaar Mein’ from ‘Humshakals’ can be heard, with the exact same arrangements! What’s more, Himesh is sounding way too high-pitched in this particular song, more than he has ever sounded recently! Because of him, even Shalmali’s nasal voice seems reduced. The lyrics in this song are the exact same case, illogical, irrelevant and height of shamelessness. But that suits the tune, so not much qualms about it. Considering the first two songs, this song definitely excels, but individually, doesn’t seem like an extraordinary composition either. The antaras have no outstanding tune either, and work as boring lengtheners to the good mukhda. The arrangements being the same old stuff, don’t impress much, but as I said, that harmonium loop is something you should not miss! What starts off as an exciting and enjoyable song turns out to be a tiring listen! Dhamakedaar start with a lacklustre continuation!

 

4. Dhoom Dhaam
Singers ~ Ankit Tiwari & Palak Muchhal, Lyrics by ~ Sameer Anjaan

A sweet 90s-type rhythm of daflis and bagpipe-like tune welcomes us into the next song of the album, a soft romantic duet by Palak Muchhal and Ankit Tiwari. Throughout this year, Himesh has reserved Palak for songs which are not ideally meant for her, and aren’t in her comfort zone. But here, he takes her back to her forté (but that doesn’t mean she’s perfect at it, because that position is still being occupied by Shreya Ghoshal 😃 ) Anyways, the tune is a cute old-fashioned one with many attractive elements, and even by hearing just thirty seconds of the song, you can immediately make out that this is the gem of the album (Not a gem, mind you, but merely the gem of the album!) Ankit and Palak’s voices sound good together, and Ankit sounds better in this song than he does in his own compositions, probably because of the fact that his voice hasn’t been autotuned to disturbance here. 😂 One thing I must point out though, is his terrible diction and pronunciation of certain words. (har jagah ab dikke tu… sounds so odd! Might be bcause the lyrics don’t fit well into the tune or vice versa!) The hookline might irritate some, but I frankly found it awesome and very catchy. Antaras work as well, in giving the song more attractiveness. But yes, the disturbances in the lyrics are not done away with here either! Just try translating the lyrics into English and you’ll get my point. Also, arrangements and recording here isn’t top class either! The tune lacks the universal appeal, and ten years later, you might have forgotten all about this song, and when you hear it, you might just mistake it for some song which released in 1993. The best song of the album, but again, if they would have given more importance to the arrangements, freshness of tune and recording, it would have been a class apart!

 

5. Gangster Baby
Singers ~ Neeti Mohan & Neeraj Shridhar, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed

Well, to be honest, after hearing the two other songs which Neeti has sung in this album, I wasn’t ready to hear another just because of the terrible fate of the first two. However, I still had some hope, because Neeti is a very talented singer, and I was hoping that she would finally make some mark in the album and leave some legacy for the album behind. 😂 Well, it was just a wrong and ridiculous expectation, and too great an expectation as well. Himesh Reshammiya has literally redefined the rock genre, and that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s enhanced it. The rock guitar tune (which has been lifted from a South song) does entertain to some extent, but when Neeti enters, everything suddenly changes. She has been given such an unattractive, flat, boring and trying-to-be-the-new-cool composition to sing, that I feel utterly sorry for her. The experiments that have been done with her voice by HR fail to impress as well. On top of that, when Shabbir Ahmed comes to write the most absurd words he can think of, then we can rest assured that the song’s fate is bad. He has written any stupid lyrics! I think he thinks that adding bootylicious or django or bloody to the lyrics automatically makes the song sound good! Well, no sir, it isn’t like that; writing lyrics is also an art! The interludes in the song are some of the worst I’ve ever come across, and they don’t actually attract and keep people listening, like interludes are supposed to. Neeraj enters briefly, but fails to set anything right. Ajay Devgn’s mindless dialogues just make the listeners even more irritated. Rock redefined for the worse!

 

Extra Song
♪ AJ Theme
Voice ~ Ajay Devgn

The theme song of the movie, which released last, is surprisingly very entertaining, and unexpectedly catchy! After the disastrous fate of the album, such a comparatively awesome theme was definitely not what I was expecting. But all this praise is mostly just for one bit of the theme, and that is the small harmonium-tabla combo tune that keeps coming to entertain us. The bongo-congo also sounds great. Other instruments like the guitars, and other techno sounds have been used well, but could have been used in a catchier way. Ajay irritates with his dialogues, though. Better than some of the actual full-fledged songs in this album! Enjoy the end credits with this song!


Action Jackson is one of those albums, for which I had huge expectations, and probably that’s why I was so disappointed when the album finally released, and did not meet even half of my expectations. The catchiness, hummability and repeat value which is usually present in a Himesh album, is somehow absent from this album. The lyrics are absurd and the recording is worse than the 90s! Some elements from each song make it overall a decent affair, but I seriously don’t think this album is going to be on people’s playlists for long. The theme song being better than four of the five actual songs, is enough to prove my point and also justify my final rating for this album! What’s more, there isn’t a single song in the album, which I can confidently and proudly call a #5StarHotelSong. So, this ends up as the worst album reviewed on my blog. (And it just had to be a single-composer album by one of the t composers of Bollywood! Uggghh I feel so bad for having to do this..) Hey Prabhu!! Ye Tune Kya Kiya! The HR-Prabhu combo just didn’t work!

 

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

Note:- The letter which is underlined is the final rating. Also, please don’t be offended by the low rating…Read my Humshakals and The Xposé reviews to get to know that I’m not at all a HR hater!

 

Which is your favourite song from Action Jackson? Please vote for it below! 😊

 

Next “dish”:- PK, Chefs:- Shantanu Moitra, Ajay-Atul & Ankit Tiwari

KICK MEIN KITNA HAI DUM? (KICK – Music Review)

So, I know my review for ‘Kick’ is late, but its for a valid reason. I decided that since it is Himesh Reshammiya’s Birthday today (Happy Birthday to him!) I would post this review today! Please forgive if you nevertheless think it is unnecessarily late even after knowing the reason!


Album Details:-
♪ Music by:- Himesh Reshammiya, Meet Bros. Anjjan & Yo Yo Honey Singh
♪ Lyrics by:- Shabbir Ahmed, Kumaar, Mayur Puri & Yo Yo Honey Singh
♪ Music Label:- T-Series
♪ Music Released On:- 6th July 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 25th July 2014

Kick Album Cover

Kick Album Cover

 

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

To hear the extra songs “Hai Yehi Zindagi” by Mohammed Irfan and Salman Khan on Gaana CLICK HERE

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE

Hear ‘Hai Yehi Zindagi’ by Salman Khan on YouTube:-

Hear ‘Hai Yehi Zindagi’ by Mohd. Irfan on YouTube:-


Kick is an upcoming action flick starring Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez in lead roles, with a supporting cast consisting of Randeep Hooda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Saurabh Shukla. The film is directed and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, who is currently having a great time, with many successes to his credit, the latest one being ‘Heropanti’. The film has Salman playing the role of a thief, calling himself as ‘Devil’. Well, the movie definitely looks very interesting, so the music is naturally expected to create enough buzz for the movie before the release, and that has successfully happened. The music is also expected to be awesome, mindblowing and have touches of ‘Bhaigiri’ or ‘Salmania’ in it. This album is another multi-composer album from T-Series, with Himesh Reshammiya and Meet Bros. Anjjan having two songs each (not counting remixes or versions) and Yo Yo Honey Singh having his usual sole song. The album has total 16 songs if versions and remixes are counted, but not counting remixes, it has 9 songs (counting versions 😛 ). If the versions are also not taken into consideration, the number reduces to a mere 5 songs. Toh aa dekhein zara, KICK mein kitna hai dum! 😀


1. Jumme Ki Raat:- Singers ~ Mika Singh & Palak Muchhal (Version 1), Salman Khan & Palak Muchhal (Version 2), Music by ~ Himesh Reshammiya, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed & Kumaar

This song has the HR template all over it. Same beats, same arrangements and same overall feel. The song is already a chartbuster, but that might be because of Salman’s star value. The tune is average, with the mukhda a little weak, but both antaras have an awesome tune, covering up the weak mukhda. The beats as I said are typical HR beats, the same as we heard in ‘Go Go Govinda’ and ‘Piya Ke Bazaar Mein’. They are groovy however. The interludes have been done awesomely, with the percussion instruments rocking the scene. The harmonium music is the best part of the song! It is too catchy! Mika is a perfect choice for such kind of songs. Palak sounds different as usual, and this is probably the first time we get to hear her voice in this mode. She succeeds in singing in a low voice as well. I still don’t understand why Shreya wasn’t chosen, because she could have given the right amount of energy needed for this song, which Palak only succeeded to give to a certain extent. The lyrics are just as crazy as any Salman Khan song, and interestingly are written by two people! 😛 The second version sung by Salman is just annoying to the ears. Salman does not sound good at all, and it sounds like he is yelling like Tarzan. I understand he’s not professional, but had he sung a tad better, he might have gotten it better. After all, so many actors are singing nowadays and all of them put their hard work behind it. This time, Salman hasn’t gotten it right though. The rest of the song is exactly the same. Entertaining, and catchy, but could have been better! Go for the first version sung by Mika!

 

2. Hangover:- Singers ~ Salman Khan, Shreya Ghoshal & Meet Bros. Anjjan, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

The violin with which this song starts will immediately attract you towards this track. They are followed by beautiful piano notes which instantly reminded me of ‘Surroor’ from ‘The Xposé’. Salman starts this song surprisingly beautifully, with a much more surila voice than what he had sung with in ‘Jumme Ki Raat’. Shreya supports as sweetly as ever and sounds awesome! She is the perfect choice for this song. Her voice resonates wonderfully. The tune is very catchy, and very pleasant to hear. The violin and piano have been used prominently, and electric guitar makes a cameo in the first interlude, sounding great! The beats are also foot-tapping, and make this a very unusual romantic song. The antaras and mukhda have equally brilliant tunes. Salman’s voice has been autotuned, but it doesn’t create a huge problem because it sounds way better this way. Meet Bros. Anjjan have given the required background vocals where needed. They have come up with a very catchy, pleasant and nice romantic tune. A must-listen! Meet Bros. Anjjan are definitely improving! #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Tu Hi Tu:- Singers ~ Mohammed Irfan (Version 1), Neeti Mohan (Reprise), Salman Khan (Version 2), Music by ~ Himesh Reshammiya, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

Starting with mild piano, followed by violins and then guitars, this track is another beautiful romantic song, sung by Mohd. Irfan and Himesh’s second song for the movie. The first time I heard it, I didn’t feel it was that good, but as I went on listening to it, it kept on growing on me and now I love it! The tune is such that it will take time for you to like it and it won’t attract you in the very first listen. The tune of the ‘woh oh oh’ is the same tune HR had given to the ‘woh oh oh’ in ‘Just Look Into My Eyes’ from ‘Humshakals’. However, it suits better in this song. The guitar riff playing throughout the song is very cute and sounds very sweet! The tune of the antaras is just plain awesome! I don’t think the tune can get any better than that! It is just so beautiful! Mohammed Irfan carries out the song with utter beauty and though he sounds different here, without his usual robotic voice, it still sounds utterly melodious! Mayur Puri is the real star of the song, though. His lyrics are very heart-touching and lovely! The man is really versatile! The reprise version by Neeti Mohan is on a higher scale, and she also sings the marvellous tune flawlessly! Her versatility can be proved any number of times! Salman’s version is a bit underwhelming after these two beautiful versions by the professionals. His voice is autotuned, but here it can be clearly made out whereas it doesn’t seem so obvious in ‘Hangover’. He doesn’t give full justice to the brilliant composition, and makes it boring to hear. A gem of a composition by Himesh, sung just as beautifully by Mohd. Irfan and Neeti Mohan! Yet another #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Yaar Na Miley:- Singers ~ Jasmine Sandlas, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Music by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh

Yo Yo Honey Singh arrives to add something supposedly sensational to this album, which I had very less complaints about till now. Well, it’s true he has added something sensational to it, because the song is climbing up the charts slowly. However, I disagree that the song is actually good. The arrangements are mostly techno beats, and are too loud. Moreover, he has roped in a singer who is making her Bollywood debut, Jasmine Sandlas, and I don’t know why everyone is tripping over her voice so much! It is horribly horrible and disgusting, like the song. Honey also tries to sing towards the end of the song, but I think he’s joking, he sounds so stupid! 😂 One day I might even Starr liking the tune because of overexposure of my ears to the song, but I can never like the voice of this new Jasmine person who Honey has discovered. The lyrics are also dumb. With so many stupid, dumb aspects, I wonder how the song will sound good! The tune isn’t even catchy, it just keeps elevating on the scale, and then abrubtly stops with ‘te marjaawan’. It sounds so miserable! One had expected way more from Yo Yo Honey Singh after the innovative songs from ‘Fugly’! Maha-dumb song!

 

5. Hai Yehi Zindagi:- Singers ~ Mohammed Irfan (Version 1), Salman Khan (Version 2), Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

This song was just recently added to the album, and I haven’t heard it much, just once right now while reviewing. Meet Bros. Anjjan get their excuse for a second song in the album with this one, and it is primarily a sad song with a hangover of ‘Hangover’, so you can say it is a sad version of ‘Hangover’. It is a very beautiful and touching composition, with just as beautiful lyrics as well. Mohd. Irfan does very well and sounds like his usual self in this song. The violins are way more prominent in this song, and support Irfan very well. Salman, in his version, sounds good too, and Meet Bros. Anjjan have again autotuned his voice without making it so obvious. The flute in both versions sounds beautiful too. It doesn’t create as much likability for itself as ‘Hangover’ does for itself. very Touching and emotional composition.


Kick is another one of T-Series multi-composer albums that fail to live up to expectations. Himesh and Meet Bros. Anjjan do their parts of the soundtrack well with a few negligible disturbances here and there, but Honey Singh fails to live up to expectations, and delivers a super-dumb sounding song (if you can call it one). Meet Bros. Anjjan have made the most of the opportunity of working with Salman Khan for the first time, but Yo Yo has wasted it. 😛 Also, Salman Khan movies do not usually depend on music. Considering the previous Salman Khan movies, this one is better. But considering other movies which have been releasing, many have stronger soundtracks because of having a single composer or composer duo or trio working on the songs. When the album falls into the hands of more than two composers, things start falling apart, and more often than not, the album misses out expectations by miles, as is the case with this album, though not by miles, but surely we were expecting a lot more from it! An album which has been destroyed just by the super ridiculous multi-composer formula which is favored so much nowadays. 

 

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

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

 

Which is your favourite song from Kick? Please vote for your favourite! 🙂

 

Next “dish”:- Pizza 3D, Chefs:- Mikey McCleary, Saurabh Kalsi, Shamir Tandon, Gaurav Godkhindi & Ramon Ibrahim

HOUSEFULL OF GOOD MUSIC! (HUMSHAKALS – Music Review)

Album Details:-

♪ Music by:- Himesh Reshammiya
♪ Lyrics by:- Sameer Anjaan, Shabbir Ahmed & Mayur Puri
♪ Music Label:- Zee Music Company/Sony Music
♪ Music Released On:- 26th May 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 20th June 2014

Humshakals Album Cover

Humshakals Album Cover

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Humshakals is an upcoming comedy film directed by Sajid Khan and produced by Vashu Bhagnani. The film stars Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and Ram Kapoor as the male leads, and the interesting part is that each of them has a triple role. The female leads are played by Tamannaah Bhatia, Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta. With such a huge starcast, a lot of expectations are there from the film. Along with the film, there are even more expectations from the soundtrack! The music has been composed by Himesh Reshammiya, who is fresh from the success of The Xposé. Another great soundtrack like ‘The Xposé’ was expected. So let’s see whether he gave what was expected or more!


1. Caller Tune:- Singers ~ Neeraj Shridhar, Neeti Mohan, Lyrics by ~ Sameer Anjaan

Right from the starting beats, you will start grooving along to the music of this song. The horn tune is very catchy and so is the hookline. Neeraj Shridhar is the perfect choice for this song, and his voice suits the composition very well. I’m sure that if this song wasn’t in this film, Himesh would have sung it himself (Neeraj seems to be a must in almost every Sajid Khan film 😛 ) Himesh has gone into the Pritam-zone with this song, but his touches are not absent. His way of repeating the lines many times in the same song can be seen in this song. The violin in the first interlude and wind instrument in the second interlude sound very good, however. Neeti Mohan has done a fantastic job! I just love the way she says “Caaaaalertune” at the end of Neeraj’s line. Her part in the antara has also been sung very efficiently. The way Himesh has overlapped the two lines “Tu mera hai junoon” and “Callertune baby” is outstanding! Also, I went crazy over the small guitar strum after “tu mera hai nasha“! It is so brilliantly placed! The lyrics by Sameer are typical for a romantic/dance track. If the words “Callertune baby” are excepted, and if you read out the lyrics without any tune, it will be the lyrics of a romantic song! 😀 A nice, catchy song, perfect for a Sajid Khan comedy!

 

2. Piya Ke Bazaar Mein:- Singers ~ Himesh Reshammiya, Shalmali Kholgade & Palak Muchhal, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed

I would term this track as a “Dandiya Qawwali”. Himesh has very geniusly fused two folk genres, Dandiya and Qawwali, to invent a Dandiya Qawwali. It starts with a harmonium tune which is so catchy, you will never forget it for at least five years! 😛 The tune is brilliantly composed, and it is another catchy tune like the previous song. The arrangements are fabulous! I can’t find any fault at all in them. Harmonium, dandiyas, dhols, all sound great in their own places in the song. Special mention for the whistles too! 😀 Himesh does not sound his usual nasal self, but tries to sing in a low pitch this time. He succeeds! I don’t think anyone will have any problem with his voice in this song. Shalmali’s part has such a sweet tune, and she has sung it very gracefully. Palak also does very well in this song. Himesh, the one who introduced her into the industry, always gives her very good songs to sing. Still, I don’t understand why Shalmali hasn’t sung the whole song. The lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed are a bit better than ‘Ice Cream’, but not so great that they should win awards, either! 😛 A near PERFECT song! Very catchy, and awesome arrangements and vocals! #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Just Look Into My Eyes:- Singers ~ Ash King, Neeti Mohan, Lyrics by ~Sameer Anjaan

The techno tune with which is starts is very, very catchy. After that ends, the song goes on a downhill trip to I don’t know where. I mean, with such a catchy start, any normal person would expect a lot from the rest of the song. The rest of the song doesn’t help that much. Some parts are very nice, like the antaras, but the mukhda is very weak. Himesh’s trademark ‘Woh oh oh’ can also be heard in the song. So the tune is a bit weak, but the vocals, they are the saving grace of the song and the way Ash King and Neeti Mohan complement each other and hold the song on their shoulders is pretty commendable. Especially Neeti’s line “Ye dil hua faraar…” sounds very nice, with two layers of her voice, one high pitched and the other very low. Sameer’s lyrics are good in the antaras, but again, weak in the mukhda. A weak mukhda can change the perspective of someone to look at the whole song, even though the antaras might be good. That’s why the mukhda should have been a bit more strong in terms of tune at least. A vocal show all the way! Listen to it for the great vocals!

 

4. Barbaad Raat:- Singers ~ Sanam Puri, Shalmali Kholgade, Backing Vocals by ~ Himesh Reshammiya, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

This song is the Himesh equivalent of ‘Right Now Now’ from ‘Housefull 2’ which was composed by Sajid-Wajid. However, this song has a better vibe to it and a tune which would instantly be picked up by the ears of today’s youth. Plus, it doesn’t have elder people singing it like ‘Right Now Now’ (hinting at Wajid 😛 ) but it has youngsters singing it, providing the youth connect as well. After working with Chirantan Bhatt in ‘Ishk Actually’ and Vishal-Shekhar in ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein!’ and ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’, Sanam Puri has sung for Himesh Reshammiya in this song! A big achievement at such an initial phase of his singing career in Bollywood! He has sung this song with the right amounts of energy needed and also with good expression. Shalmali has supported him very, very well. The tune is again very catchy (I guess it’s Himesh’s specialty to make catchy songs!) and the backing vocals by Himesh are catchy, but some might find it a bit annoying. The composition is perfect! Especially the antaras, where Sanam repeats a line three times with a different tune each time. The use of the trumpet is fantastic! The techno sounds have also been used great! The pace of the song is slow, and that is the best part about it! The lyrics by Mayur Puri also suit the song. If you don’t like it in the first listen, which is likely to happen, please give it some more time. A must-listen, with great vocals and music! Definitely a  #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Hum Pagal Nahin Hai:- Singer ~ Himesh Reshammiya, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

This song is a very innovative, brave and awesome song! I have fallen short of words to describe it! The song is in the league of funny classics like ‘Aakey Sidhi Lagi’ from ‘Half Ticket’ and ‘Ek Chatur Naar’ from ‘Padosan’. It has been composed in R.D. Burman style, and it is about two people in the mental asylum. In this song, I think everything is PERFECT! Himesh has sung very well, so well that nobody will be able to criticise his voice in the song! Especially the last line where he sings in a child’s voice! The tune is very good and I wonder how Himesh gave a tune to such a weird line as ‘Hum pagal nahin hai bhaiyya, hamara dimaag kharab hai!’ The main instruments are those dafli-like percussion instruments used in Gujarati folk. The trumpets are also used well! Saving the best for the last, and definitely not the least, I would like to applaud the lyrics here. Mayur Puri has written beautiful lyrics! They are as crazy as it can get! Along with being crazy, they also talk about the sadness of the people in the mental asylum, while they are away from their family and getting tortured in the asylum. The main hero of this song is aactually Mayur Puri, then Himesh! Hats off to him for writing such funny lyrics! Everything is perfect so it has to be a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Khol De Dil Ki Khidki:- Singers ~ Mika Singh, Palak Muchhal, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed This might be the only song in this album which is a bit disappointing. It starts with a banjo, which is quite catchy, but then Mika does his grand entry 😜 and to be honest, I’ve had enough of Mika now. The tune is good, but not that catchy. Palak’s part has the best tune. The tune from ‘Pe Pe Pe’ from ‘Shortcut Romeo’ has been recycled and reused in this song. The lyrics are typical Shabbir Ahmed lyrics, and not so great. Mika has sung in his usual style. Palak sounds great. Some may like this song, some may not. However, it is interesting on the screen, with the female humshakals of Saif, Riteish and Ram lip syncing the female part! 😝 Situational song, better on screen, but not that interesting to hear without the video.


Humshakals is an album in which Himesh has delivered the right amount of entertainment which is required in a Sajid Khan directorial venture. Each of the songs contribute exactly what is needed according to the genre of the movie. I will not compare the album to ‘The Xposé’ and behave like a fool, because both the movies were of two totally different genres, and they each had different needs in terms of music. If looked at that way, Humshakals is a perfect album. Most of the songs are very catchy whereas a few songs are a bit weak in that aspect. The choices of singers are perfect too, and there was nowhere I felt that this song should have been sung by someone else. No wonder Sajid Khan was calling Himesh the unsung hero of ‘Humshakals’! He really is! Humshakals is an album which is full of songs, which are exactly what the script must demand and I can say that the album is housefull of good tunes!

 

Final Rating for this album:- सा < रे < ग < म < प <  < नी

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THE XPOSÉ (MUSIC REVIEW)

Album Details:-
Music by:- Himesh Reshammiya | Lyrics by:- Shabbir Ahmed, Sameer Anjaan, Kumaar | Music Label:- T-Series | Music Released On:- 14th April 2014 | Movie Releases On:- 16th May 2014

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The Xposé Album Cover

The Xposé Album Cover

 

 

 

 


The Xposé is an upcoming Bollywood musical thriller film starring Himesh Reshammiya. Sonali Raut and Zoya Afroz play supporting roles in the film with Yo Yo Honey Singh in a negative cameo, and Irrfan Khan in a special appearance. The film is directed by Ananth Mahadevan and being produced by Vipin Reshammiya, who is Himesh Reshammiya’s father. The film is set in the 60’s and revolves around a murder which the character played by Himesh, Detective Ravi Kumar, is inspecting. This is Himesh’s first film as a music director after the not-so-good Policegiri and Shortcut Romeo last year, which did not have many memorable songs. This album has 18 songs, with only 6 originals, 2 reprises, one theme, one mashup, and the remaining 8 remixes! So is Himesh Reshammiya, the nasal king, back with a bang with the music of The Xposé? Let’s see! Read on to find out!


1. Ice Cream:- Singers ~ Palak Muchhal, Himesh Reshammiya, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed

The first song of this album, ‘Ice Cream’ will instantly remind you of the R.D. Burman days. From the trumpets to the “Haw Haw”, everything in this song will remind you of R.D. Burman’s era. The rap at the starting and interlude by Honey Singh sounds weird in this song, but I guess he has to have some rap if he is acting in the movie! When Himesh starts singing the names of various girls, you will get to know that it is another one of the songs which fall under the category of great music, but very bad lyrics, which are by Shabbir Ahmed, who should retire now, seriously! Palak’s vocals have improved a lot in this song, maybe because we have never got to hear her in this type of retro song, but still you will feel that Shreya Ghoshal would have been a better choice. The antara’s tune is ten times better than the mukhda. The percussion (bongo-congo I guess) is done brilliantly, but of course not as great as Pancham da! Himesh had tried this type of a song recently in ‘Khiladi 786’ also (‘Balma’) but that was a class apart from this one because of Shreya’s vocals. This song has the capability of becoming a super-hit, like all other songs which become that because of their nonsensical lyrics! Try it to get yourself reminded of Panchamda’s era by the music. Ignore the lyrics.

 

2. Dard Dilo Ke:- Singers ~ Mohammed Irfan (Original Version), Mohammed Irfan, Neeti Mohan, Lyrics ~ Sameer Anjaan

From Mohammed Irfan’s vocals, to the tune of this song, to the lyrics, everything about this song is soulful. It’s a sad, slow-paced, romantic song about judaai or bichhadna. Though one line in the mukhda resembles the hit song ‘Tum Hi Ho’, that can easily be forgiven by listeners when they hear the whole song. The antara is as new and original as blank paper (I know it’s a weird comparison but I couldn’t think of anything else! :-D). The violins and piano are used brilliantly by Himeshji. The vocals of Mohammed Irfan, whose recent song ‘Baarish’ from ‘Yaariyan’ was very well-received by listeners, are very smooth and soothing. I personally liked the way he pronounces his “J’s”, very softly, so it sounds like “Zh”. The lyrics are also too great! With very less instrumentation, Mohammed Irfan’s voice stands out prominently and it sounds great! Now, for the reprise version. Well, the less said about it is better, because the exceptional talent of a great rising singer of our country, Neeti Mohan, has been wasted very badly in this song. Her parts are in English with one line of Hindi in between. Throughout the Reprise song, she keeps saying “Ex-P-Oh-Ess-Ee Exposay” which sounds very annoying. And don’t even ask me about the techno sounds! Mohammed Irfan’s part is taken as it is from the original and remixed ( It does sound like one too. :-/The Original Version is a Must-Listen and also a #5StarHotelSong but steer clear of the Reprise Version! You won’t miss anything much!

 

3. Hai Apna Dil Toh Awaara:- Singers ~ Himesh Reshammiya, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics by ~ Sameer Anjaan

When you see the name, you will think it is a remake of the old song from ‘Solva Saal’. Well, I can’t actually call it a remake, but the music does remind you of that era when S.D. Burman used to rule the music industry. Yo Yo Honey Singh starts with some lines which sound great and repeat throughout the song. Himesh’s vocals sound great in this song. The instruments and various sounds used in the song also make it what it is. Right from the whistling, to the way the drums are played, you will be reminded of S.D. Burman’s music. The mukhda and antaras are both brilliantly composed. Nothing much more to say except, do try it! You will not regret hearing it!

 

4. Catch Me If You Can:- Singers ~ Himesh Reshammiya, Neeti Mohan, Mika Singh, Mohit Chauhan, Shubhangi Tiwari, Shalmali Kholgade, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

It starts with Neeti Mohan’s vocals which are not supported by any music. After hearing those, I regret saying that Himesh wasted her talent in ‘Dard Dilo Ke (Reprise)’ because he has used her vocals beautifully in this song. Mika’s vocals sound a bit annoying in this song except for a solo bit which he has in the middle which goes like “Tere Naina Di…”. Mohit’s vocals are never heard on their own and are merged together with Himesh’s own vocals in all the lines which he has sung. All of their lines are like that in the song. However, the remaining two female singers, Shubhangi and Shalmali, cannot be heard at all in all the noise. This song is perfect considering the theme of the movie and it can be called the title song of this movie. The only thing which I didn’t like is the choice of so many singers. But the song suits in this movie and gives a feeling of thrill with a rock elements. A good attempt but not as good as the other songs in this album. Still, try it once!

 

5. Surroor:- Singers ~ Himesh Reshammiya, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Shalmali Kholgade, Lyrics by ~ Sameer Anjaan

When it starts, you will feel like you are hearing a Western classical composition. Yes, it is that classy! The violins, flute, and piano help in making it very enjoyable to listen. Even Himesh’s nasal voice which is annoying to some, can be forgiven because of the excellent music. It’s another romantic song which is very soulful. The use of guitar in one of the interludes, along with violin, is great! Shalmali’s vocals are awesome as always. She has used a voice, very different from what she has used in previous songs. After ‘Pareshaan’ from ‘Ishaqzaade’, it is her first out-ant-out romantic song. Honey Singh’s little rap sounds very cute (I never thought I would say this, but here it is!) and suits him. The lyrics by Sameer are also very romantic. Thumbs-up for this composition! A very classy composition by HR who used to give such great music only in the past, five or six years ago. Must-listen!

 

6. Sheeshe Ka Samundar:- Singers ~ Ankit Tiwari (Original Version), Rekha Bharadwaj (Reprise Version), Lyrics ~ Sameer Anjaan

At the starting of this song, you will think it’s a Western-style slow rock song, but when you least expect, the music completely shifts from Western-style to an Indian classical-type melody. It sounds like a Ghazal, and its like a poem, which you can read without a tune, though the tune of this song is too great to praise! The voice of Ankit Tiwari is very fresh and perfect for the new-generation listeners. He is working with Himesh for the first time and he makes use of the great opportunity which he got! The mukhda and antaras are both very soulful and soothing. You might miss Arijit Singh in this song for a while, but then you will change your mind. Rekhaji’s version (the Reprise), starts with an Arabic-sounding tune. But then, just like the original, it changes to a ghazal-type melody. I personally liked her version better, because her vocals are perfect for this type of song, and it also reminded me of ‘Phir Le Aaya Dil’ from ‘Barfi!’, not because the tune sounds similar (it doesn’t at all!), but because of Rekhaji‘s singing style, very soulful. Thank God, Himesh Reshammiya didn’t get this song recorded by Tulsi Kumar, the queen of reprises, or we wouldn’t have gotten to hear such a wonderful version of it! The song will not at all bore you, not even for a second. However, It will transport you to a different land altogether, lift up your mood if you are sad, or make you even happier if you are already happy! It is another #5StarHotelSong.

 

7. Theme of Xposé:- Singers ~ Neeti Mohan, Irrfan Khan, Lyrics by ~ Sameer Anjaan

This is a timepass song (if you can call it one), with the same annoying part of Neeti Mohan from ‘Dard Dilo Ke (Reprise)’, but interspersed within her parts, throughout the song are Irrfan Khan’s dialogues, which are just the lyrics of ‘Sheeshe Ka Samundar’. However, his voice sounds creepy and gives the thriller effect to the song. Nothing to hear over here except Irrfan’s dialogues.

 

Overall:- Those who were saying that Himesh will be back with a bang with The Xposé, have been proved right. The soundtrack is full of great songs with great lyrics (except ‘Ice Cream’ of course) and great melodies/fast-paced tracks. Himesh has certainly performed way better than what he did in ‘Policegiri’ and ‘Shortcut Romeo’ last year. Leaving one annoying reprise (Dard Dilo Ke Reprise), another song which is top-class in music but fails in its lyrics (Ice Cream), and a song which is great but falls down due to the great melodies in this album (Catch Me If You Can), the remaining five songs are very nice, with mind-blowing music and awesome vocals. Those who had huge expectations from this album, are content, and I can say that with this album, Himesh IS back with a bang!

 

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

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

 

Next “dish”:- Samrat & Co. , Chefs:- Ankit Tiwari, Mithoon, GAP, Sandeep Shirodkar

 

Review by Rujul Deolikar