IMPRESSIVE TEAMWORK!! (DAAS DEV – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sandesh Shandilya, Vipin Patwa, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Anupama Raag & Shamir Tandon
♪ Lyrics by: Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Deepak Ramola, Dr. Sagar, Bulleh Shah, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Munir Niazi, Gaurav Solanki & Sameer Anjaan
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 21st February 2018
♪ Movie Released On: 27th April 2018

Daas Dev Album Cover

 

Listen to the songs: Saavn

Buy the songs: iTunes


Daas Dev is a Bollywood political thriller starring Rahul Bhat, Aditi Rao Hydari and Richa Chadha in lead roles. The film is directed by Sudhir Mishra, and produced by Saptarishi Cinevision. The film has tanked as Such it Mishra’s weakest film, but we concern ourselves with the music, and let me tell you, this album is probably the dark horse album of the year! The music is composed by Sandesh Shandilya, Vipin Patwa, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Anupama Raag and Shamir Tandon. Read on to find out why I call it the dark horse album of the year so far! 🙂


Sandesh Shandilya and Vipin Patwa are the lead composers for the film: both have two songs each while the other three composers present us with one song each. Let’s start with Vipin Patwa’s portion of the album, since he hasn’t been active for so long!
Sehmi Hai Dhadkan is a melancholic but intense romantic song, that really works opposite to how these songs usually work with me. I actually liked the song. The tune is gripping, the instrumentation deep and likeable, and Atif’s vocals strong. The cello and piano work together against the digital beats, and Vipin’s composition is really captivating, especially with the hook, and the line before it, where Atif performs an impeccable aalaap. Dr. Sagar’s lyrics are good, but run of the mill. Vipin’s other song, Tain To Uttey, is a nice reimagination of Bulleh Shah’s verse, set against an electrifying folksy-rock fusion. Javed Bashir performs in a way that equals his rendition of ‘Piya Tu Kaahe Rootha Re’ (Kahaani), and he sounds amazing in those aalaaps, and in the hookline, when the composer brings in amazing rock elements accompanied by nice classical music elements. The interlude with Javed’s SARGAM is unforgettable.
Sandesh Shandilya though, takes the album to a different plane, with clever folk-techno fusion in both his songs. The relatively weaker (in no means a bad song), Raat Youn Dil Mein Teri, is a sensual romantic song sung by Papon and newcomer Shraddha Mishra. Two of Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s poems get amalgamated into this song, where Papon delivers an amazing performance as always, and even newcomer Mishra supports him and does her part beautifully with her distinct voice. The composition stands out as sensuous and experimental, while the techno sounds give it an even more intense lounge-ish sound. It reminds me of ‘Behroopia’ (Bombay Velvet) with its soundscape. The composition of the antara is mind blowing and tough to not love!
Sandesh’s other song, my personal favourite of the album because of its quirkiness and happy-go-lucky sound, is Challa Chaap Chunariya. The composition is essentially that of a folksy dance song, and it gets really catchy in the hookline and the cross line before it, and even more captivating with Rekha Bhardwaj’s stylish vocals. But the real magic here is the fusion by Shandilya. It’s so surprising this is the same Shandilya who made songs like ‘Suraj Hua Maddham’ (Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham) and ‘Aaoge Jab Tum’ (Jab We Met) in the 2000s, but now he has reinvented his style so drastically! The sarangi pairs beautifully with the psychedelic sounds, and the quirky programming makes it even more addictive.
Arko Pravo Mukherjee also breaks out of his spree of composing sugary sweet romantic songs, to create a nice rock ballad. Rangdaari has all the elements of a catchy rock song. Navraj Hans gets a short prelude in Punjabi, that we wish lasted longer, or featured once more in the song, until Arko takes the mic and sings his addictive composition. The arrangements are just like any rock song you’d hear, but nevertheless, very likeable. The hookline has a catchy composition as well; I just wish some more established singer had sung it. The guitars in the interludes are amazing, and so are the romantic lyrics by Arko Pravo Mukherjee.
Debutante composer Anupama Raag presents Azaad Kar, a song composed on that oh-so-heart-warming seven beat rhythm that is so prevalent in Bollywood, mainly for sad songs. The Indian tune is beautiful, as are the arrangements, with one digital plucked instrument playing throughout, coupled with jingle bells and tablas later on. The choice of Swanand Kirkire for singing it is really perfect; kudos to Anupama for remembering him. Gaurav Solanki’s lyrics are good too.
The weakest song of the album comes from Shamir Tandon; he composes a very heavy pathos-filled rock song, Marne Ka Shauk, that does not connect at all, with cringeworthy vocals (surprisingly by Papon and not so surprisingly by Krishna Beura) and very cringeworthy lyrics (as expected from Sameer Anjaan by now). It’s probably what the Devdas in this retelling sings when he starts drinking. 😂


All in all, this album turns out to be a surprisingly great album from multiple composers, but each pitch in to do their best, as per the script of the movie.

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 7.5 + 8 + 8.5 + 9 + 7.5 + 8 + 5.5 = 54

Album Percentage: 77.14%

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: Challa Chaap Chunariya > Raat Youn Dil Mein Teri >
Azaad Kar = Tain To Uttey > Sehmi Hai Dhadkan = Rangdaari > Marne Ka Shauk

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

KRSNA ACES THE EMOTIONAL QAWWALIS!! (MIRZA JUULIET – Music Review)

Music Album Details

♪ Music by: Krsna Solo & DJ Notorious
♪ Lyrics by: Sandeep Nath
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 14th March 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 7th April 2017

Mirza Juuliet Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Mirza Juuliet is a Bollywood romantic drama starring Piaa Bajpai and Darshan Kumaar. The film is directed by Rajesh Ram Singh, and produced by Green Apple Media, Falansha Media Pvt. Ltd, and Shemaroo Entertainment. So I’m just interested in the music of this movie, since it has been composed by somebody who has really impressed me in the past, Krsna Solo. The composer, who has earlier scored music for the ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ franchise, and also ‘Jolly LLB’ and ‘Cute Kameena’, out of which the later was a surprisigly good album of last year, now gets another film where it is obvious the film won’t do well, but let’s hope he tries to save it with his music, which I expect will be good!


1. Tukda Tukda

Singer ~ Asees Kaur

“Badalne lagi hain saansein meri, abb angaaron mein,
Ke tujhse hi sajne lagi main singaar mein,
Lo doob rahi hoon main sapnon ke majhdhaaron mein,
Ke raat din hain mere abb gulzaaron mein!”

Krsna begins the album with a breezy romantic song, one that befits his composing style completely. The melody is a lilting one, but a bit too simple, so much so that I took a long time to get accustomed to the simplicity, and look beyond it to find the beauty in the composition. Four to five listens will do the trick, but that’s what is frustrating — you don’t get hooked right away. The composition starts off well enough, but you keep waiting for that one part where you will be treated with something extraordinary; sadly, it never comes. The antara is a nice, high-pitched and mellifluous portion, and the only part for me where the song picked up pace. The arrangements contribute a lot to the magical quality of the song. A wonderful flute embellishes the interludes, and breezy guitar strums, and piano notes decorate the rest of it. Digital snaps are what make the beats even more enjoyable and breezy. Krsna adds some very-typical-of-his-style quirky sounds, and those are a welcome addition as well. Asees sings the song well, but I couldn’t quite connect with the composition in spite of her beautiful rendition. Her rendition of the antaras is something to look out for! Somewhere though, her voice lacks the freshness that a Neeti Mohan or a Jonita Gandhi could’ve infused into it. The lyrics are beautiful romantic lyrics, and Sandeep Nath, back after an extraordinarily long time, makes a good comeback. A song that keeps you waiting for an amazingly extraordinary part which never comes.

Rating: 3.5/5

 

2. Muhabbat Ko Misuse / Muhabbat Ko Misuse (Remix)

SingerKrsna Solo, Remix by ~ DJ Notorious

“Ishq gadhe ki laat, ye jispe pad jaaye,
Adiyal ghode sa woh ziddi add jaaye,
Ruk jaaye phir pyaar ki garmi,
Yaar ke aage naak ragadni, ragadni, ragadni pad jaaye!
Bematlab ego mein, issues na kar,
Emotion ko, ko, ko, tu confuse na kar,
Mohabbat ko, ko, ko, tu misuse na kar!”

Krsna brings in more of his quirk with the next song, an enjoyable upbeat number which he sings himself. The composition doesn’t grip you instantly, but after a couple of lines, and when it does get you grooving in that weird desi manner, which you are so ashamed of showing off to your friends, it gets you grooving hard. The antara is just as enjoyable as the beginning, and that hookline is so unconventional, broken up into parts like that, like a rain that keeps stopping and lurching and stopping and lurching. Krsna adds a quite fun rap in the second interlude. The arrangements are very fun too, with this amazing percussion beat, and upbeat trumpets, giving it this nice Caribbean flavour. The flute which starts the song off is aptly gripping, and it atleast keeps you listening further. A nice mandolin also features in the arrangements, infusing liveliness into the song. Krsna’s vocals are aptly rowdy and folksy. The way he pronounces certain English words in colloquial Indian village pronunciation. The quirk of his voice goes hand-in-hand with the quirk he has added in the composition and arrangements, resulting in a fun listen. Sandeep Nath’s lyrics are just as humorous, and enjoyable. A remix by DJ Notorious rehashes the already upbeat (but having a slow pace nevertheless) composition, and throws in glitzy club beats, making the song seem like a fish out of water. It does not sound good with the club treatment. A decent, enjoyable song, with a banal remix.

Rating: 4/5 for the Original Version, 2/5 for the Remix

 

3. Seene Mein Lagi Aag

Singer ~ Javed Bashir

“Seene mein lagi hai aag, dil khaak na hovey,
Woh aashiq hai bekaar jo barbaad na hovey!”

The third song of the album is a ravishing song, composed in the form of a Qawwali, and wonderfully rendered by Javed Bashir. Krsna’s composition here will do nothing more than tug at your heartstrings, and it instantly grips you to it, even though it is not the kind of song that will gain immense popularity, unless attached with a film associated with a superstar. The composition dives right into the hookline, and that line has been composed in such a heartfelt manner, the emotion just gets poured out into you when you listen to it. To compose a tune which is supposed to be sad, but still not make it overtly sentimental, and melodramatic, is a difficult task, and yet, Krsna has managed to overcome it very efficiently. The antaras scale high notes, and ensure that the listener keeps listening till the end. The arrangements are another aspect of the song that ensure that your complete attention is on the song. Of course, the traditional Qawwali beat plays on the tablas and dholaks, and meanwhile, a heart-rending shehnaai plays occasionally and takes your breath away. Guitars are the highlight of the arrangements, though. Yes, guitars. The rock guitars do not play throughout the song, and only can be heard at countable places, but when they are played, they leave you shocked and mystified at the same time. Acoustic guitars, too, have been used throughout the song. Javed Bashir’s vocals are one of the best things that the song has to offer. His aalaps are spot-on, especially the “Seene mein lagi…..” take-off he sings everytime before he sings the hookline. His voice infused the required folksiness into the song, and it is so refreshing. The duration of the song is quite long, but never does it bore you, thanks to the wonderful composition, arrangements and vocals. Sandeep Nath’s lyrics here too are amazing, especially the hookline. RAVISHING!

Rating: 5/5

 

4. Teri Razamandi

Singer ~ Javed Ali

“Shah-e-karam humko, tera sahaara hai,
Bigde naseebon ko, tuney sanwaara hai,
Dil ne duaaon mein tujhko pukaara hai,
Tere dar ke deewane aaye hain,
Jholi bharke muraadein laaye hain,
Duniya ne thukraaya hai, tuney hi apnaya hai,
Abb toh koi jalwa kar tu, Ali hamaara hai!
Hai teri razamandi toh hai bulandi, bulandi, bulandi!”

Another Qawwali comes to us, this time, a more traditional spiritual one, as opposed to the previous, romantic one that was fused with modern instruments. This composition is mellow, and heart-melting. It seems like another one of those songs where the protagonist is praying for a solution to his woes. The hookline is very impactful, and the way the last word is repeated thrice, though quite unconventional and very Krsna-ish, gives a nice effect. The “duniya ne thukraya hai, tuney hi apnaaya hai” line is very beautifully composed. The antara gets a bit staid, and very predictable, but it gets better when the “duniya….” line comes back to bridge the antara to the hookline again. With two mukhdas (once repeated at the end), and two antaras, the song is a traditionally long Qawwali, but one thing I missed is that there was no upbeat part at the end, where the tempo increases, like other Qawwalis. On the other hand, the slow pace of the song gives a very tranquil and divine touch to it. The arrangements are your everyday Qawwali arrangements; the harmonium and chimtas and claps give it the required divine sound. The tablas have been played in a heavenly way. Javed Ali leads the group of Qawwals, and does it effectively, creating a serene effect. His characteristic silky voice was the best choice for the song. He handles all the high notes very well, but doesn’t falter  in the low notes either. Sandeep Nath’s lyrics explain the predicament of the protagonist and how he surrenders to the divine for help. A very appeasing Qawwali. 🙂

Rating: 4.5/5


Mirza Juuliet, like almost all of Krsna’s albums, is a surprisingly good one. All four songs have something or the other to like in them, and I don’t think any song disappoints as such. With a few flaws here and there, this album surprisingly turns out to be a very high scorer. Though it didn’t (and won’t) get it’s due, I will surely do the needful by listening to it in the future. The last thing I would like to say is that Krsna aces the Qawwalis here too, just as he did in ‘Tanu Weds Manu’!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 3.5 + 4 + 2 + 5 + 4.5 = 19

Album Percentage: 76%

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: Seene Mein Lagi Aag > Teri Razamandi > Muhabbat Ko Misuse > Tukda Tukda > Muhabbat Ko Misuse (Remix)

 

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

MULTI-COMPOSERS KI OONCHI UDAAN!! (HAWAIZAADA – Music Review)

Greetings! I just thought that it would be sensible to post this review on Republic Day as the movie is about the achievement of an Indian, after all! So Happy Republic Day and enjoy the music review of Hawaizaada!


Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Rochak Kohli, Mangesh Dhakde, Ayushmann Khurrana & Vishal Bhardwaj
♪ Lyrics by: Vibhu Virender Puri & Mirza Ghalib (Dil-E-Nadaan)
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 19th January 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 30th January 2015

Hawaizaada Album Cover

Hawaizaada Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Hawaizaada is an upcoming Bollywood film which is the directorial debut of lyricist Vibhu Virender Puri (‘Guzaarish’, ‘Chor Chor Super Chor’), produced by Vishal Gurnani, Rajesh Banga & Reliance Entertainment and starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Pallavi Sharda & Mithun Chakraborty in key roles. The movie is based on the life of Shivkar Bapuji Talpade, who had allegedly invented a flying machine (the world’s first unmanned plane) here in India six years before the Wright Brothers did so in U.S.A. Since very little information is known about Talpade, Vibhu Puri decided to explore this topic further and make a film about it! The story really seems very interesting, and I just wish the movie also gets all the love and positivity from the audience when it releases on 30th January. Coming to the music, because this is a music review, it has been composed by four composers, thus making it a multi-composer album. The composers are a Marathi composer Mangesh Dhakde, who has composed a Hindi album in 2013 called ‘Chor Chor Super Chor’, Rochak Kohli, Ayushmann Khurrana and a guest composition by the one and only Vishal Bhardwaj! So you can see now why I am so excited about this album. And now, the time has come to review it! Let’s see exactly how high this plane flies! 😉


1. Hawaizaada Dil
Singer ~ Rochak Kohli, Music by ~ Rochak Kohli

The soundtrack is opened up by Rochak’s light and heartwarming rhythmic vocals (pbrooo-pbroo-pbru-pbru-pbru), after which the actual words start. Rochak sounds a lot like Mohit Chauhan, and sings the song in a very lively way. Western-styled guitar has a prominent role in the track; it makes sure the listeners do not get bored, and also keeps the track lively and also very quirky and different. The antaras have the charm in them which makes us groove to the tune and the guitars which Rochak has equipped in the background, also sound great in this composition. Lyrics by Vibhu Puri are also sweet. I also found ththough the composition does not instantly hook you, it grows with time and then it couldn’t be any better! I found myself humming it all day! 😀 Nice, lively opening to the album by Rochak! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Daak Ticket
Singers ~ Mohit Chauhan & Javed Bashir, Music by ~ Rochak Kohli

So here, along comes the actual Mohit, after the first song sung by Rochak who sounded like Mohit. And as always, Mohit impresses and how! His metallic voice proves to be very effective for the song, and half the battle is won there itself. His voice is supported by Javed’s Sufi-esque vocals, which enhances the already great song even more. Going on to Rochak’s composition, I believe that it is one of the sweetest and most motivational songs of the year so far. A beautiful traditional melody mounted on a catchy tabla rhythm just makes you delighted when you hear it. Arrangements are fabulous and make great use of mostly traditional style of playing instruments like the tablas, daflis and flutes. Occassional trumpets and drumrolls give the British rule feel. Again, Vibhu Puri excels with the lyrics, which are so very motivational and radiate that unmistakable positivity. It’s all about the confidence Shivkar Talpade had in himself that he would surely make history. Full marks to Vibhu for the lyrics! A beautiful song, impossible to hate. Full marks for composition, lyrics, arrangements and vocals!! #5StarHotelSong!!!

 

3. Maazaa My Lord
Singers ~ Mohit Chauhan & Neeti Mohan, Portuguese Vocals ~ Thomson Andrews & Gwen Dias, Music by ~ Mangesh Dhakde

The next composer Mangesh steps in with yet another song drenched in brilliance. Mangesh Dhakde had composed a very retro-style tune, one which reminds you instantly of the 50s era of Bollywood music. Mohit and Neeti’s fabulous singing reminds you of the classic Rafi-Asha duets of the time. Right from the beautiful prelude which the song opens up with, wonderfully sung by Mohit Chauhan, you can sense something different and unique about the song. The accordions and Spanish guitars are the main attractions of the song, and they have been equipped mastermindedly by Mangesh. The Latin feel has been brought out awesomely because of the unique composition and music. Neeti sounds a class apart in the song even though she has a comparatively smaller part than Mohit. Her part in the antara is just too lovely. One of the interludes, has a splendid Portuguese chorus which takes your breath away. This song has a very distinct Victorian feel to it. Lyrics are even better in this song, comparing the whole love process to a court case. Unique concept! Words like “my lord”, “vakaalat”, “hukumat”, “kachehri”, “daleel”, “mukaddama”, “binaah” and many more make the song sound more sophisticated. Finally, Neeti’s grand conclusion to the song leaves you wanting more even after 5 and a half minutes! Everything about this song is truly stupendous, and Mangesh very impressively gets his big break in the Bollywood industry! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Dil-E-Nadaan / Dil-E-Nadaan (Reprise)
Singers ~ Ayushmann Khurrana / Ayushmann Khurrana & Shweta Subram, Music by ~ Ayushmann Khurrana, Poetry by ~ Mirza Ghalib

Ayushmann gets his first credit as a music composer in a Bollywood film with this film, and what he has given us, really proves that he deserves this honour! Actually, this should’ve happened ages before, is what we think! Mirza Ghalib’s immortal poetry, which has already been recreated many times before, gets yet another variation to it. Ayushmann has composed a completely different tune to the poem, and it is one which will give you goosebumps, literally! The use of tablas really enhances the composition throughout, and a lot! Santoor notes each time in the hookline, really give a calming effect. Guitars have not been used as prominently as in other Ayushmann songs, but this time the classical instruments have overshadowed it. Violins and a sitar interlude also impress greatly, not to mention waterdrop sounds in the second antara. Ayushmann’s performance is awesome, with his usual sweet sounding variations. The reprise version takes the classical song to rock level, giving it an altogether different feel. Do watch out for the twist in the second antara in this version. Shweta Subram, newcomer, starts off wonderfully with the couplets of Jigar Modarabaadi’s “Aag Ka Dariya Doob Ke Jaana”. She sounds awesome! Though it is rock song, it still sounds very soothing somehow! Hats-off to Ayushmann for giving such a beautiful composition!!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Udd Jayega
Singers ~ Sukhwinder Singh & Ranadeep Bhasker, Backing Vocals ~ Rahul Mukherjee, Ranadeep Bhasker, Aanandi Joshi & Moumeeta Choudhury, Music by ~ Mangesh Dhakde

A folksy string instrument welcomes us into the nest song with Sukhwinder’s unique rustic vocals following. The song is another motivational and inspirational one, feeling even more so because of the energetic composition by Mangesh. Actually, the composition reminded me a lot of A.R. Rahman’s songs from ‘Lagaan’. Awesome job by Mangesh to accomplish something like this. His arrangements are also outstanding. The wind instruments and Daflis placed each time the hookline comes, makes you get hooked to the song instantly. The lyrics by Vibhu enhance the inspirational feeling even more. He has compared the plane (which is being designed by the scientist in the film) to a swan or hans. What a great comparison! Of course, we can also take it to mean that the hans is the scientist, who will accomplish his dream of building a flying machine and fly to the heights (as in, get famous). That has been left to us to decode. 😃 The vocals by Sukhwinder, are as always great, and Ranadeep’s short recitation from the Bhagavad Geeta has been wonderfully incorporated into the song. The backing vocalists also do a brief but great job. Catchy arrangements enhance the composition to levels which are unbelievable! Kudos to Mangesh! Yet another #5StarHotelSong!!!

 

6. Dil Todne Ki Masheen
Singer ~ Rekha Bhardwaj, Music by ~ Vishal Bhardwaj

The senior to all the other composers, and a musical genius according to me, Vishal Bhardwaj, finally enters this till-now superb album, to add some magic of his own to it. And what he presents in front of us, is something very amazing and stunning. For a female item or dance number, what better choice has he than to take his own better half, Rekha Bhardwaj? And she renders his awesome, catchy composition with ease and expertise. Here, he has composed a very traditional Maharashtrian folk song, a Lavani, in a very professional way, as if he himself is a Maharashtrian. The introduction to the song itself assures you that the song will definitely have something incredible to offer you. The contrast between the mukhda, which is very raunchy and masaaledaar, and the antaras, which are a bit milder and have a easier-to-the-ears tune, has been balanced expertly. Traditional lavani instruments like lezim and dholkis have been used by Vishal to make the song sound like a genuine lavani. Both the male and female backing vocals appointed by Vishal have done great to take the song to another level. The unusual Spanish guitars in the lavani also work in favourite of the song! That was an interesting fusion! Vibhu’s lyrics also go with the theme of the song. 😃 Vishal gives us one of the most dhamaakedaar item/dance numbers of late! Finally a song for the masses in this classy album! Not that the classes won’t appreciate it, though! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

7. Yaadien Gatthri Mein
Singer ~ Harshdeep Kaur, Music by ~ Mangesh Dhakde

Mangesh returns with a shorter and more soothing version of ‘Udd Jayega’, this one sung peacefully by the Sufi queen of today, Harshdeep Kaur. Though she has very little lines to sing, she does present them with extreme serenity and showcases her immense talent even in these one and a half minutes. Mangesh supports her with beautiful backing orchestrations consisting of violins and flutes. Short and sweet, sure to bring a smile on your face! Nevertheless, it is definitely a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

8. Turram Khan
Singers ~ Papon, Ayushmann Khurrana & Monali Thakur, Music by ~ Rochak Kohli

Rochak returns towards the end of the soundtrack after his two brilliant opening songs, bringing back with him, his quirk and individuality. Ordinary, soft, contemporary guitar riffs kick off the song, composed mostly on the country template. An abrupt and unexpected tempo switch not too far into the song, surprises, but also makes you smile. Lively arrangements made up of impressive banjos and whistles, have been awesomely managed by Rochak. The hookline with the rhythmic “Tu Tu Tu Tu turru Tu..” also sound great. Lyrics by Vibhu Puri give a clear insight as to what situation this song must have been placed in the film, with the scientist’s peers not quite believing in him, and dismissing his dream as nonsense. Of course, since the song is situational, it might not impress all at once, but the vocalists and energetic tune take care of that. Ayushmann and Monali, do not have very big parts as compared to Papon, who does very well, but even they impress in their short portions. A wonderful glimpse of country music is displayed in this song, with awesome vocals, lyrics and quirky music! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

9. Teri Dua
Singers ~ Wadali Brothers, Lakhwinder Singh, Harshdeep Kaur, Ravindra Sathe, Backing Vocals ~ Ranadeep Bhasker, Rahul Mukherjee, Aanandi Joshi & Moumeeta Choudhury, Music by ~ Mangesh Dhakde

‘Udd Jayega’ once again gets a makeover, and this time, with a divine Qawwali and Bhajan touch. The Wadali Brothers, Lakhwinder and Harshdeep bring in the beautiful Sufi touch required and Mangesh does a brilliant job in giving a Qawwali twist to the already magnificent composition. A wonderful Bhajan touch has also been given towards the middle of the song. Qawwali instruments like harmonium, tablas, pakhawaj make the composition sound even more angelic. Vibhu’s altered lyrics, in my opinion, are the best lyrics of any song in the album! Again, the song radiates a lot of positive and supreme energy. Backing vocals have been equipped and managed expertly in this song as well. In the Bhajan portion, sacred manjeeras and bells do the job of grasping our attention very well, before giving way again to the Qawwali. All the singers have been aptly chosen and do an outstanding to provide a memorable ending to the album! The best version of ‘Udd Jayega’ in my opinion, solely for the Qawwali-Bhajan fusion and the vibrant arrnagemnts and vocals! Brilliant ending to this fabulous album! #5StarHotelSong!!


As you can see, Hawaizaada can easily be called a #5StarHotelAlbum, as all songs in it are #5StarHotelSongs! With the numerous multi-composer albums releasing nowadays, which didn’t quite impress, Hawaizaada is the first in months that we actually had faith in to break the stereotype and prove that, of well-managed, even a multi-composer album can do wonders! Director and lyricist Vibhu Puri has done a great job in selecting apt songs for all the situations which would sound great with the narration as well as sound great when heard individually! Hawaizaada turns out to be a special case, in the sense that it is the first multi-composer album in which all the songs impress, and all the composers seem to be complementing each other very well, unlike others in which the composers seem to be conflicting in musical style and genres! The multi-composers have shown their ability to embark on a flight to the musical heights!!

 

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: No order as such, as all the songs are gems, but make sure you do not miss even a single one!

 

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

 

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MUSIC THAT TOUCHES YOUR JIGARIYAA!! (JIGARIYAA – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by:- Agnel Roman-Faizan Hussain & Raj-Prakash
♪ Lyrics by:- Arun Kumar, Faraaz Ahmad & Agnel Roman
♪ Music Label:- T-Series
♪ Music Released On:- 20th September 2014
♪ Movie Released On:- 10th October 2014

Jigariyaa Album Cover

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Jigariyaa is a Bollywood romantic film directed by Raj Purohit, produced by Raju Chadha and Vinod Bachchan, and starring newcomers Harshvardhan Deo and Cherry Mardia that released on October 10th, 2014. It is based on true events, and tells the love story of Shyamlal played by Harshvardhan and Radhika played by Cherry. However, as they grow fond of each other, their love story takes an unexpected twist and they drift apart. So, the story is nothing different from usual Bollywood romantic dramas, but there definitely must be something different about the movie. It reminded me of ‘Raanjhanaa’ a bit, for some reason, but while ‘Raanjhanaa’ was set in Benaras, this is set in Agra. The major part of the music has been composed by the four-album-old duo (who composed only one song in three of those four albums, ‘Ragini MMS’, ‘Mickey Virus’ and ‘Darr @ the Mall’ and composed the whole album for ‘Maazii’) Agnel Roman & Faizan Hussain. So if you ask me, it is pretty fair that another newcomer duo, Raj-Prakash is debuting with a guest composition in their album. I was not expecting much from this album at all, but let me tell you something before I start with the actual review: The music has blown me away! 😀


1. Ishq Hai / Ishq Hai (Reprise)
For Original ~ Singer ~ Javed Ali, For Reprise ~ Singers ~ Javed Ali & Yashika Sikka ♦ For Both Versions ~ Music by ~ Agnel Roman & Faizan Hussain, Lyrics by ~ Arun Kumar

It is always a pleasant surprise to see Javed Ali in the credits of any song, and when he is, we can rest assured that the song will NOT dissapoint! 🙂 And this song falls under the same category. As I expected, Javed has sung it magnificently in his magical voice. The composition is not your everyday romantic composition, with the typical “romantic” tune, which gets monotonic after some time. In fact, it is very innovative and something unusual yet catchy, which will surely attract your attention. The song has been very creatively composed on the Roopak taal, rarely heard in Bollywood songs these days. The ambience created by the song is so wonderful that you can’t help but start daydreaming while hearing it, it is so beautiful! It reminded me of ‘Tum Tak’ from ‘Raanjhanaa’ which had a similar unusual and variating tune, but was a brilliant composition. Javed Ali with his voice has added the sweetness required for the song, making it sound very innocent with his melodious voice. The tune has many twists and turns, which will just help you get even more engrossed in the song. The instrumentation has to be some of the best instrumentations of a song done recently. The Sufi touch has been brilliantly blended with some trendy rhythms, such as the opening guitar riff. Harmonium, tabla, and flute have been used very efficiently as well. The hookline is something that will at first seem like something very different and weird, but as I said, it will grow on you very quickly, and will appear cute and loveable in no time! The hookline is very sweet and the part after the hookline, where all the qualities and attributes of love have been described is just mind-blowing! The reprise starts with Yashika Sikka crooning some lines. It reminded me of Rahman’s old songs for some reason. She sings very well, in a husky voice. The flute is most prominent in this version. Javed sings the whole song in a softer and calmer voice, in a slightly slower tempo as well. The reprise is as beautiful as the original. The lyrics by Arun Kumar are beautiful, and with ‘ishq’ being the theme of the whole song, he has quite creatively woven the words around that base, with the composers at their best in the composition! Both versions are just DIVINE! One of the best compositions by Agnel-Faizan! Both deserve to be a #5StarHotelSong!

 

2. Arziyaan
Singers ~ Vikrant Bhartiya & Aishwarya Majmudar, Music by ~ Raj-Prakash, Lyrics by ~ Faraaz Ahmad

The second duo enters with this guest composition, another beautiful and melodious romantic song. The beats are quite catchy, and Vikrant (a newcomer) croons the lines beautifully and without any flaws. His voice seems very rustic and earthy, and the appropriate feel is generated by his vocals. The female vocalist, Aishwarya has not been used in the audio, but only in the video but she has still been credited for the audio. The tune is very refreshing, even though it isn’t like it hasn’t been heard before. It is not a new tune, yet very refreshing, which is very rare. The new duo Raj-Prakash have utilised their opportunity very well, and have delivered a spot-on song! It has been composed in a very innocent and sweet manner. Faraaz Ahmad’s lyrics are also very typical, but the tune gives a whole new ring and groove to them! The arrangements have also played a very prominent role in making the sing wonderful to hear. The string portions and the flute have been done very well. Other beats have also been done very well. This one will stay with you for quite a long time and so will this duo in Bollywood!! #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Mora Ranggdar Saiyyaan
Singers ~ Prajakta Shukre & Roopkumar Rathod, Music by ~ Agnel Roman & Faizan Hussain, Lyrics by ~ Arun Kumar

A wonderful and sweet banjo-like sound of the dotara opens this song, and manages to catch our attention with its catchy sound and great resonance. It paves the path for Prajakta’s beautiful voice. The Indian Idol Season 1 contestant seems to have had a great time recording the song, and that energy and fun while recording can be seen, reflected in her singing. The composition being a 80s-style one, attracted me instantly, and it will attract you as well, if you used to love the songs of the 80s! Roopkumar Rathod is great as always, and with his earthy voice, he impresses even with the minimal lines that he has to sing. The two of them have sung very joyfully and playfully. The dotara continies to impress throughout the song. The awesome dafli beats make the composition stand out even more, and definitely they grab your attention; you can’t finish the song without grooving to those dafli beats at least once! The Maharashtrian folk interlude sounds wonderful in the song, and adds to the already high energy. Lyrics by Arun Kumar are romantic and beautiful in a sweet way. The small Bhojpuri touches like mora and humra really beautify the lyrics to a huge extent. It sounds very cute! The groove and Desi vibe (or should I say Desi Beat?) of this song is too much to forget it even after a long time! 😀 A cute, lovable, joyous song sung beautifully and written + composed even more beautifully! One more #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Jigariyaa
Singer ~ Javed Bashir, Music by ~ Agnel Roman & Faizan Hussain, Lyrics by ~ Agnel Roman

The tring-tring of a cycle bell actually tricked me into thinking that this song would be an upbeat song, quite like the cycle bells before ‘Tere Mere Beech Mein’ from ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’. However, I was taken by surprise when Javed Bashir sung the first note in a sad, soulful manner. Am I complaining? No! With his unusually rough-textured and rough voice, he has worked wonders yet again! His unusual voice is his uniqueness! It has made the song sound utterly beautiful and just awesome! The composition is a soulful one that will touch you instantly. Kudos to Agnel-Faizan for making such a wonderful song. The violin has been used very effectively, and so have the wind instruments. The booming, thunderous percussion really works magic in the song! A dark feeling is felt after hearing the song, which is sure to make you at least a little bit emotional. The cycle bells ring androvide the beat throughout the song. The string instruments being plucked sound very beautiful. The lyrics of Agnel just add to the sentimentality of the song, they are extremely soulful. Javed’s rendition of them brings them to life and it seems like they are haunting you while you listen to the song. Javed’s murkiyaan and harqatein sound very soulful and he has sung with all his heart. A song which is written, composed and sung with extreme soulfulness! An honourary mention to the beautiful instrumentation! This is undoubtedly another #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Rang Rang De
Singers ~ Suchi, Jatinder Pal Singh & Yashika Sikka, Music by ~ Agnel Roman & Faizan Hussain, Lyrics by ~ Arun Kumar

Another Holi song amongst all the Holi songs, that Bollywood is producing these days, but undoubtedly, this one is something special indeed. The traditional Indian touch is evident in this song. Dhols provide the fun percussion throughout the song, and make it sound very, very energetic and enjoyable. The tune of the song is very catchy and sweet. Particularly the parts of Suchi, sound brilliant! After ‘Desi Romance’ in ‘Shaadi Ke Side/Effects’, she has performed outstandingly once more in her next song! Jatinder Singh sounds very much like Roopkumar Rathod, and he gives the required folksy feel to this lively melody. Yashika Sikka seems to have sung mainly in the background, because I could only identify Suchi’s voice in the female parts. Suchi sounds awesome when she pronounces the ‘R’s in the song like ‘morrrii’ and ‘rrrang rrrasiya’ and ‘chunarrr’. I like the way she rolls her ‘R’ sounds. The sargam part is also amazing. With the great groove that the song has, it is just too hard to resist dancing. The lyrics are also very traditional and go well with the melody and the theme of the movie. The line ‘more kanha jo aayo palat ke..abki hori main khelungi datke..’ has been given a different tune, which sounds beautiufl! The flute accompanies the dhols and singers throughout the song. The ending to the song creates a heavenly ambience and ends the song with a bangA song that is irresistible! Again, great instrumentation and all other aspects are also PERFECT! #5StarHotelSong!!!

 

6. Phurr Phurr
Singers ~ Aishwarya Majmudar, Manjira Ganguly & Agnel Roman, Music by ~ Agnel Roman & Faizan Hussain, Lyrics by ~ Arun Kumar

To sum it all up, another very lively and groovy song comes our way. It starts with very engaging vocals that sound like pigeon sounds. Then a childish voice sings some lines, and finally Aishwarya Majmudar enters. Her voice bears a striking resemblance to that of Palak Muchhal, so much so, that first I thought it was Palak, then I saw the credits! The makers have tried to make a ‘Masakali’, but were not as lucky, and though the song is definitely not bad at all, in fact it’s very catchy, but it does not strike that chord which the previous songs of the album did. Aishwarya has given a stellar performance, full of high energy. Agnel sounds awesome as well, in the Baul parts which he has sung. The santoor and flute music is very attractive as well. The only disappointing factor is the tune of the song in some of the parts of the song. What’s more, the song is kind of too long than was sufficient. Towards the end, it gets a bit boring and loses its charm. The song, however, will be a treat for small kids and people who like traditional folk music. Lyrics are situational, and nothing to boast of. Again, instrumentation and vocals are the strong departments, but this time the composition has faults. A disappointing ending to the brilliant soundtrack!


Jigariyaa has quite a variety of music to offer! I had definitely not expected the music to be so great, frankly speaking! Agnel & Faizan have delivered their career’s best songs in this album. The new duo, Raj-Prakash have also done a splendid job. All the songs have been arranged beautifully, all the songs have been sung wonderfully. One just above average song is there, but who is so cruel not to forgive that? The other songs have showcased beautiful traditional qualities, all of them being very rich in Indian culture. It is not everyday we get to hear an album totally devoid of any annoying techno noises, or rock disturbances! Jigariyaa is Indian to the roots, and that is what makes it a beautiful, splendorous, and fantabulous album! Agnel-Faizan must be getting thousands of offers now! 😀 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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