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

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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

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

 

Which is your favorite song from Humshakals? Please vote for your favorite!

 

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