Bioscopewala is a Bollywood drama film starring Danny Denzongpa, Geetanjali Thapa and Adil Hussain, directed by Deb Medhekar and produced by Sunil Doshi. The film is based on Rabindranath Tagore’s short story ‘Kabuliwala’. The movie has only one song, composed by Sandesh Shandilya, with lyrics by Gulzar. I’m guessing the reason for roping in Gulzar was that he wrote the lyrics for the 1961 ‘Kabuliwala’ film starring Balraj Sahni. (Except the song ‘Aye Mere Pyaare Watan’). So I expect this song to be amazing and connected to the theme of cinema, because the ‘Bioscopewala’ in this film shows movies to children as opposed to the ‘Kabuliwala’ who sold dry fruits to them. 😂
Bioscopewala starts off with an amazing adlib, and the oud in the background actually transports you to the hills of the Northwest region. Throughout the song, composer Sandesh Shandilya mesmerizes you with layered string instruments, coupled with a nice Caribbean percussion, and that’s where the song’s strength lies. Singer Mohan Kannan too, helps a lot with his great voice, and moulds his voice into the perfect voice hat would suit a man who goes around showcasing movies to young children. The story of the ‘Kabuliwala’ would come alive in your mind just by listening to the song — the wonderful children’s chorus, the amazing lyrics by Gulzar saab, using phrases from various iconic songs and movies that Bollywood has produced — the small touches like this, make this song very deep and heart-warming. It reminded me of the Swanand Kirkire-sung version of “Ala Barfi” (Barfi), because of the similar vocal techniques used by the lead singers in the respective songs, to make it sound more earthy and raw.
This song really showcases Shandilya’s talent in music composition, and it raises the question why we don’t hear him more often!
Total Points Scored by this Track: 8.5
Final Rating: सा < रे < ग < म < प < ध < नी< सां
Note: The letter which is underlined is the final rating.
Mirzya – Dare To Love is an upcoming Bollywood romantic period drama, directed by the famous Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, and produced by Rohit Khattar, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, P.S. Bharathi and Rajiv Tandon, and Cinestaan Film Company.The film stars new talents Harshvardhan Kapoor (Anil Kapoor’s son) and Saiyami Kher (Tanvi Azmi’s niece). The film is inspired from the famous Punjabi folklore of “Mirza-Sahibaan”. Well, after great movies like ‘Rang De Basanti’, ‘Delhi-6’ and ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, I’m sure Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has put in more than his best for this ambitious film, and I was hoping this magnum opus worked out well; sad that it didn’t! Meanwhile, we got to enjoy the music of the film, and whether the film works or not, we are always here to enjoy the music, which is expected to be great, just like all of Rakeysh’s other film’s music was. Seeing how successful his decision of roping in the most successful musical trio of Bollywood, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, turned out in his last outing ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, Rakeysh ropes them in for this ambitious project as well. But this time, he changes his usual lyricist Prasoon Joshi, and ropes in the mastermind Gulzar, who had also worked with him on his first film ‘Aks’. Gulzar was the perfect choice when it comes to a movie like this; clearly, a theme-based movie, which will need songs strictly following its narrative. Another point I would like to note is that Daler Mehndi has scored the background music of the film, and six of the fifteen tracks in the album are his background vocal tracks — less than a minute long, and nothing that can be described individually, so I would advise you to hear them while watching the movie if you don’t like such tracks. First of all, let’s see how Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s nine tracks constituting the actual reviewable part of the album fares! Hopefully, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy shoot the arrows right on the bullseye!
The title track arrives first on the album, and it is something that will leave you awestruck by the end of it. It is Pakistani folk singer Saieen Zahoor (spelled by T-Series as Sain) who gets to open the track, and his voice is very representative of the setting and locale of the film — a rural area. It is fascinating things such as this that constitute the best moments of the song. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy seem to have taken great efforts in making this one what it is. The song is a great showcase of beautiful folksy rhythms and melodies, and I’ve never seen the north-western folk music represented in such a beautiful way in films recently (Thank you, Badshah and Yo Yo Honey Singh!) All the singers associated with this song are natives of that region, but surprisingly, the music-makers themselves, aren’t! What a magnificently remarkable work they’ve done! The composition has many layers, tones and undertones. At first listen, it sounds like a very happy-go-lucky folk song, until you start noticing the sinister and emotional undertones too! The song starts with Saieen’s folksy voice singing a verse that hookss you instantly, and then his wonderful “Mirzyaaaaa hoo-ohhh” starts off the actual song. Daler Mehndi steps in, with all his energy focused onto the song, bringing out a brilliant performance. His famous high notes don’t fail to fascinate here either. The hookline is genius at its peak. The mukhda has Daler Mehndi singing an awesome high-pitched portion, and along with Saieen, he carries it out with impeccable finesse. But the high point a of the composition is whenever Daler sings “Oh mirzyaaaa“. The “Gol gol ghume zameen…” line, too, has been composed beautifully. The antara is led by the Nooran Sisters, and their part is very cuteand likable. Akhtar Chanal is in there somewhere, not getting much scope to shine individually, but I’m sure his voice is making a difference somewhere or the other. The backing vocals are beautiful, and their roles are so important in making the song what it is. Towards the end, they sing a wonderful, dreamy portion that goes like “Sunn teri oh dastaan re mirzya“, and it is so good!! The Salvation Singers’ intermittent vocals in between the lines of the song, are too good to miss. This is one of those songs where the backing chorus plays a very important role. Coming to the arrangements by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, they are very energetic and catchy. The rhythms by Taufiq Qureshi instantly catch your attention, and you can’t forget the rhythm on which the song is composed. The dhadd plays throughout the song, infusing the Punjabi touch to it, while the earthy string instruments are something you don’t get to hear everyday. Towards the end Naveen Kumar’s BRILLIANT flutes and pungis play a very upbeat folksy piece which makes you smile. At the end of the song, you just can’t help but think how skillfully Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have crafted the music and composition for this song. Gulzar’s lyrics are clearly folk lyrics out of which we can understand some things here and there, and so it might appeal to less people, but I loved whatever I could discern! The way he has employed a story-telling manner to put forth the legend of Mirzya, is commendable. A title track that is as legendary as the legend it is supposed to be describing! Something as fascinating as this can simply not go unnoticed or unappreciated!!#5StarHotelSong!!
2. Teen Gawah Hain Ishq Ke Singers ~ Siddharth Mahadevan & Sain Zahoor, Chorus ~ The Salvation Singers & Loy Mendonsa
The sound of a woodwind opens up the next song and you can easily understand that this one is going to be a fresh romantic song with a folksy aura to it. Sure enough, that is just what you get. It is Saieen Zahoor again, who gets to start the sing off with a very enchanting couplet, that made me get goosebumps. And what follows is pure bliss. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy get it right with the composition, a breezy and enjoyable one which is as fresh as you can imagine. Of course, the trio has excelled in making these songs, but this one seems to top them all. The composition is a breeze of fresh air. After Saieen’s couplet, Siddharth sings a wonderful vocal rhythm which goes ‘Tannanaa Nannanaa” and the wonderful Salvation Singers accompany him in the “Hoo-oh-ohh“. The mukhda is something that instantly gets you hooked. The hookline is entrancing, if not anything else. The low notes of the mukhda make you ready for a very soft and quiet song which stays in the low notes for the whole time, but the antara is an exception, where the trio expertly let the composition traverse into high notes, and it sounds equally tranquil. Towards the end, Saieen does a wonderful closing aalaap, which is worth looking out for! The Salvation Singers and Loy do a wonderful job in supporting Siddharth, who is clearly at his best here. The man usually gets high-pitched, high-energy, dynamic songs where he is forced to yell (though it sounds good, nothing against that!) but this seems to be the very first song where he has actually been able to sing in a normal pitch, voice and without risking his throat! 😀 And the result? It is a very melodious, mellifluous voice that I couldn’t ever imagine Siddharth Mahadevan producing! Leave it up to Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy to discover new singing styles in singers, even if the singer is the son of the first third of the trio. 😀 It is the arrangements that add the necessary charm to the song. With those guitar riffs playing throughout the song, it is impossible to not get lost in the music! It is Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s trademark, those riffs! In each song they have some or the other musical loop, be it that vocal one in ‘Mera Yaar’ (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag) or the digital one in ‘Gallan Goodiyan’ (Dil Dhadakne Do) which starts off the song. Along with those guitars, the trio has a wonderful folk percussion instrument called the dimdi (played by Abhay Rumde) which helps to get the folksy feel. There are other sounds like chinks on glass, which must be the genius of Taufiq Qureshi at work. 😀 It is the backing chorus made up of the Salvation Singers and Lot that make the song as breezy as it is. Last but definitely not the least, Gulzar’s lyrics come into picture. What a brilliant hookline he has written! “Teen gawah hain ishq ke, ikk rab hai, ikk tu, aur main!” (There are there witnesses of love, one is God, and you, and me!) I don’t know where he gets such ideas from, but much to our enjoyment, he gets them anyway! 😀 Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy ace this one, and deliver what must be the breeziest love song I’ve heard in a while! Kudos to Siddharth Mahadevan for showing this side of him!#5StarHotelSong!!
3. Chakora Singers ~ Mame Khan, Suchismita Das & Akhtar Chanal, Chorus ~ Shankar Mahadevan & Suchismita Das
You would be a nasty, ugly little liar, if you said that you weren’t waiting for some or the other kind of a dance track in this movie. When it’s a folk-themed movie, based in Rajasthan, and when you have composers like Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy on board, wouldn’t you be eager to hear a dance song? Yes you would, at least I think you would. And so, the next song presents itself as a folksy dance track. Of course, there can’t be a straightforward dance track when it comes to Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy either! They have to twist it some way or the other. And so what do they do? They conveniently infuse techno beats into the Rajasthani folksy song. And the result is stupendous!! The composition has the very much necessary folk touch, and calls out to you right away. The mukhda starts with a very enticing “Arey Haalaaaaaa” by Mame Khan, a contemporary folk artist who has sung in Coke Studio Season 2 for Amit Trivedi, indicating that a folksy melody is following. The mukhda is very catchy, and both Mame Khan and Shuchismita Das sing wonderfully to make it sound entrancing. The hookline, “Lipat lipat chal gayo re dola” is sooooo good! The trio has made up a very appealing melody for that. The antara is made up of many twists and turns, all of which just make the song sound even more beautiful. With one singer singing half a line, which is later continued by the other singer, this part is definitely not to be missed! The song may be raaga-based, but it really doesn’t seem to be, with the arrangements that the trio has given. A wonderful techno sound has been added to the song, reminiscent of the times when the trio has introduced such songs to Bollywood, and in particular, the entire sound reminded me of ‘Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe’ (Dil Chahta Hai). The other folk instruments play an important role in making the folk aspect of the song stand out — particularly the percussion. The vocals are magnificent, though I do bear a grudge against Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for having autotuned Mame Khan’s voice! 😦 It sounds good autotuned too, but I feel the folksy aspect would’ve stood out if it had been left as it was. Suchismita sings wonderfully as she always does, but gets little space to be noticed among Mame Khan’s wonderful singing. Akhtar Chanal, once again, is sidelined and I think he’s the person who sings those mystical-sounding chants at the start of the song, which I thought sounded a lot like Gulzar! 😀 Shankar Mahadevan’s backing vocals are amazing, and he leaves no space empty, making sure every second of the song is filled with some sounh or the other! Gulzar’s lyrics are great, here as well, perfectly describing love in a very metaphorical manner. The underlying suggestion that the line “Aasmaan par udey chakora, chaand pakadne jaave, ishq udey jab tez dhaar pe dono pankh kataave” gives, also explains the pain of the two lovers. A fun song, with undertones of emotion and love! Genius stuff from Gulzar, and brought to life very effusively by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Mame Khan & Suchismita Das!#5StarHotelSong!!
4. Aave Re Hitchki Singers ~ Shankar Mahadevan & Mame Khan, Chorus ~ Sapna Pathak, Arsh Mohammed, Rehan Khan, Firoz Khan & Farhan Sabri
When the gratifying sound of the sarangi opens a song, the song more often than every time, turns out to be a very beautiful one. And this one is another song which can be added to that list. The song wonderfully starts off with an enchanting sarangi piece, played by Mame Khan’s troupe. And then the roopak taal sets in to make the ambience more soulful and soothing. It is the first line of the composition itself, that brings out the goosebumps. The tune is so sweet and charming, that you just can’t NOT like it. The way the mukhda is made up of three parts, the first one being the first line, “Nidra mein kisne...”, the second being “Sandesa aayo na chhithiyaa bhijayi…” and the third going on a different scale and tune with “Dhoop mundhere chadh gayo dola..“, is a masterstroke idea. And the hookline, oh!! It is so charming, that you end up falling in love with it by the time it has played twice. There are actually two very wonderful hooklines or refrains in the song — the title of the song being one, and the second being a just as wonderfully composed (in fact, sounding better!) “Talaiyya sookhi, keekhar sookha, bheetar sookha re“. The seamless transition from each line of that hookline, is what makes it so beautiful. The antara traverses very calm notes, that instantly connect with the listener. And towards the end there’s a wonderful bit of the song, which goes “Mann tarse, ghan barse“.. And the way the trio has composed these two words in so many different tunes, also with the tune of the hookline, is such a pleasure to hear! 😀 What can I say about the vocals? Shankar Mahadevan is at his graceful best. The RAAGA-based composition couldn’t be sung better by anyone but him, and I particularly loved how he sings the high notes! The backing chorus effusively sings the hookline, and makes it stand out amazingly. The arrangements are nothing to miss, either! The trio has appointed a number of instruments to help to make the song sound grand. I must bring out the sarangi, (by the Mame Khan Troupe) which has been played the most beautifully throughout the song. One part in the interlude where the hookline’s tune has been played on the sarangi, is just awesome. And then there are the brilliant, BRILLIANT guitars (Neill Mukherjee) which support the composition on every note. The Spanish Guitars in the interlude particularly, are worth hearing a million times! Dholaks (also by the Mame Khan Troupe) are also great. But one of the most intriguing sounds in the song, is Shankar Mahadevan’s flawless “HICHH!” in one of the hooklines, which you really have to watch out for! 🙂 Gulzar’s lyrics are worth a salute, and I can’t really say anything much except that you should go and hear them and also try to decipher them, and when you do, wait for the smile that’ll come on your face! 😀 A masterpiece from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, fit for repeat listening, and wonderfully bringing out the rajasthani folk part of the movie!#5StatHotelSong!!
The angst in the album was missing, until this song comes along in the playlist. The way it starts, you wouldn’t think it would turn into a sinister, dark-sounding, angsty song later on! The Nooran Sisters start off with a very groovy vocal beat, which is basically Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy showing off at how well they compose such groovy vocal loops. This song is the song around which the gist of the story is centered. The line “Chot kahin lag jaati hai par zakhm kahin par hota hai” is the tagline of the film, and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy wonderfully incorporate it into the song. The way the composition is not delimited by a fixed tune, and is rather flexible, in that the folk singers can be seen at their liberty to sing anything anytime, is just fabulous. I personally loved the way Akhtar Chanal & Saieen Zahoor interrupt throughout the song with weird vocals, that actually bring you to like the song even more. But the song belongs to the Nooran Sisters, who are at their best in bringing a whole different kind of suspense to the song, and vivaciously bring forth the ideas of Gulzar saab. The composition itself is filled with very dark undertones and the dark sound of it all does nothing but attract you. There is a wonderful line in the song sung by Shankar Mahadevan along with the Salvation Singers. And to top it all, at the end, Daler Mehndi comes back with his hard-hitting “Ohhhh mirzyaaaaa” from the title song. The composers have made sure that the composition, despite all of its unconventional-ness, reaches out to the listener and grabs him, not instantly, but a bit more each time. It is the awesome arrangements that give the song half of its greatness. The techno beats and the typical Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy club beats fuse with a mesmerizing folk act by the Nooran Sisters, Saieen and Akhtar. The sarangi (Delshad Khan) in the interlude is just wow. And then there are the khartals (Mame Khan Troupe) which attract your attention. And the harmony between Jyoti and Sultana Nooran is unmatchable! Gulzar’s lyrics are all about how love is deceptive and blah blah, but the way he has portrayed it, is worth listening. Something unconventional, that might not get the desired praise and acclaim, but definitely touched my heart!#5StarHotelSong!!
6. Ek Nadi Thi Singers ~ Jyoti Nooran, Sultana Nooran & K. Mohan,
This song starts with a wonderful heart-touching aalaap by one of the Nooran Sisters (really can’t distinguish which one!) The real magic though, starts when Mohan Kanan with his very deep voice starts to sing the sweet melody of the song, and it is from this moment that you really start grooving to the song. The beats too, are worth grooving to! The song is arranged on nothing but acoustic guitars and claps and snaps, giving a very homely and minimalistic feel to the entire affair. The composition by the trio is so catchy and absorptive at the same time, that you just can’t forget it once you hear it. The hookline is just something that seems to have come from the composers’ hearts. The antara continues the freshness of the song, and the harmony that the Nooran Sisters create with K. Mohan, who is probably the only lead singer on the album who is not known for folk, is pretty awesome! The high notes touched by the Nooran Sisters and the low notes rendered by Mohan, complement each other very well, despite so much contrast. I can hear Shankar Mahadevan leading the Salvation Singers in the background, and it sounds so beautiful, that sometimes, you will find yourself focusing more on his parts than the parts of the lead singers! I wonder why T-Series hasn’t credited them like they have for the other songs! The arrangements mesmerize you with their simplicity — who has ever heard a song arranged merely on acoustic guitars and claps and snaps, when the song is in an album made for a folksy movie? Well it is allthe work of the mastermind percussionist Taufiq Qureshi! Towards the end, the two entities, Nooran Sisters and K. Mohan, perform a wonderful harmonic interpretation of the hookline, with one of them saying one line and the other following the first, with the classic style of starting right in the middle of the first singer’s line. Gulzar’s words make it known that the nadi (river) that he’s talking about is Sahibaan, and he has woven a metaphorical story around her through the song. Simplicity takes over in this otherwise quite complicated album!#5StarHotelSong!!
7. Doli Re Doli Singers ~ Shankar Mahadevan & Mame Khan
The wonderful opening lines sung by Mame Khan bring an opulent start to the next song, which is a very unconventional bidaai song! The opening lines by Mame Khan sound like the start of a garba, but then stop sounding like one almost at once, and when you get to know, much to your disappointment that the song isn’t a garba, you get excited on knowing that it is, indeed, a soft jazz song! Yes, you read it right! A bidaai song with a jazz backdrop! After Mame’s introduction is over, Loy’s keyboard comes in and steals the show, coupled with a wonderful trumpet (Victor Garcia) that was definitely not anticipated! And while all this magic is happening, Shankar is busy at the mic, singing a tranquilizing aalaap. When the first line of the melody hits you, you can’t believe your ears for a minute, but then your ears decide to digest the fact that the composition is so melodious, and though it has a sad undertone, you can’t help feel your mood lightened up a bit after hearing. The classical-based composition coupled with the emotional soft jazz arrangements consisting of showstopping keyboard solos by Loy, not to mention the drums (out of which the cymbals are played oh so wonderfully! — credits to Kalyan Pathak). The signature melodica played by Shankar himself, is the epitome of classiness in the song. That brings us to the vocals which are by Shankar too, and couldn’t be better! I can’t praise him enough for this song! The way he brilliantly breezes through those aalaaps in the song (they’re almost everywhere — try to locate each and every one of them, as they’re not to be missed!) Gulzar, on the other hand, writes away at a heartrending piece of poetry, which puts forth the sentiments of the bride during bidaai, very well. Lines like “Chaukhat pyaar Jo pair dhare toh, main len den chukayo baabul” (I have repaid all the debts to my parents after I cross the threshold of their house) tell you why Gulzar is such a renowned writer. 🙂 The sweetness of the album reaches a new level with this song. Something that is as unconventional as this, has to be par excellence!#5StarHotelSong!!
8. Kaaga Singer ~ Kaushiki Chakraborty
After all that folk and the jazz of the previous song, you’re really not ready for what awaits you in this song. As soon as it starts playing, an opulent symphony strikes you and you feel as of you’re in some orchestra performance, where one of the stalwarts like Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Chopin, Haydn and the like. The violins really fill your heart and mind with some pleasing and soothing quality, but also leave you craving for more after it all ends. BUT WAIT!! We haven’t finished yet! I still have to tell you about the start! So, back to the beginning of the song. After that wonderful symphony — which, sadly, T-Series and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy haven’t given any sort of musician credits for (which is simply not done, okay! You don’t NOT give musician credits for some song I really wanna know the musician credits of! 😦 ) — so yeah, after that symphony, a sweet twinkling sound (xylophone most probably) takes you to the main melody of the song, and who waits for you there? The fantastic classical singer, the majestic Kaushiki Chakraborty. With her each and every note, she manages to take away some fraction of your breath, and that’s why you call it breathtaking! Her AALAAPS are simply amazing, and it is her magnificent vocals that decorate the already magnificent composition and arrangements by the trio. Wonderful use of strings and the flute, makes this song what it is. The brass portions give a very otherworldly feel, and you feel as if you are in outer space. Gulzar’s lyrics are nostalgically refreshing! Something in which Kaushiki, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, and Gulzar, all are at their very best! And special bows to the musicians!!!#5StarHotelSong!!
9. Mirzya Theme – Broken Arrows (Instrumental)
To end the album, we have an instrumental that is bound to get you teary-eyed, to the extent that even if you’re in Shangri-La while listening to it, you will get that inabominable feeling of pain and hurt in your heart. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy yet again bring in the strings — this time the violin, to bring out the emotion in the piece. The trio cleverly takes the backing chorus’ humming tune from ‘Teen Gawah’ and weaves it into a mellow, sombre and emotional piece, which is quite brimful of emotions. The violin does the job in the first half of this piece and in the second half, the relay is seamlessly passed on to the flute, which is the best choice ever! Again, T-Series and the trio haven’t provided any musician credits of any sort, so I take it for granted that they played the instruments themselves. Anyway, it is a beautiful way of the composers and director telling us that all that happiness in the ‘Teen Gawah’ sequence was just illusory, so don’t pay it any attention, because we all know the fate of Mirza and Sahibaan. A track that will play in the back of your head in your free time and try to make you feel like you’re in a movie and your life is depressing, so try to limit that depression to the characters of the movie and listen to the song, to have a wonderful experience! Emotion at its best! 🙂#5StarHotelSong!!
Mirzya – Dare To Love is an album that really forces you, not dares you, to love it. Nine wonderfully arranged musical pieces with awe-inspiring vocals by attractive rustic voices, coupled with groovy beats from the maestros Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and the vision of a mastermind like Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, makes this album one to die for. The choice of singers is fantastic — Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy gather up a team of folk singers and wonderfully employ them throughout the album. The Nooran Sisters and Saieen Zahoor, particularly, strike gold through this album. The Noorans spectacularly make their presence felt throughout the album. The two Pakistani folk singers, Saieen and Akhtar Channal, though they get less scope, don’t fail to impress you, while Mame Khan and his musician troupe, hailing from the deserts of Rajasthan, amaze you with their rustic vocals. The two very smooth-textured voices on the album, Suchismita Das and Kaushiki Chakraborty, both from West Bengal, do magic in their relatively small roles on the album. K. Mohan and Siddharth Mahadevan, practically the only commercial singers of the new generation on the album, do a splendid job in their respective songs, though the Noorans do overshadow Mohan in his song. Shankar Mahadevan himself spectacularly sings two of the songs, which are two of my favorites from the album too! Not to mention the wonderful harmonies of The Salvation Singers!! Just splendid! 😀 And last but not the least, Daler Mehndi with his splendid baritone voice surpassing all with his rendition of the title song, and his theme tracks that are interspersed throughout the album. A special mention to his voice that goes “Ohhhh mirzyaaaaaaaa” at the end of every television promo of the movie. 😍😍😍😍 When will the goosebumps get to sleep!? Gulzar’s words perfectly make this album a repeat-listen-worthy album, and it is in albums like this that my emotions overflow so much and I rave about the album, not noticing that my “conclusion”, which is supposed to be the shortest part of the review, is just a complete introduction altogether. I guess that the last time I did so was in ‘Bombay Velvet’. So, without further ado, let’s go on to my verdict! This miraculous album will make you fall in love… With itself!
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: Why ask!? Why rub salt on my wounds!! 😢😢😡
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Music Album Details ♪ Music by: Hitesh Sonik, Sidhant Mathur & Ishaan Chhabra ♪ Lyrics by: Prashant Ingole, Gopal Datt, Abhishek Dubey & Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra ♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company ♪ Music Released On: 1st August 2016 ♪ Movie Released On: 5th August 2016
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Budhia Singh: Born To Run is a Bollywood biographical sports film, starring Mayur Patole, Manoj Bajpayee, Shruti Marathe and Tilottama Shome in prominent roles. The movie has been directed by Soumendra Padhi, produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Code Red Films. The movie revolves around the wonder boy Budhia Singh, who ran as many as 48 mmarathon, at the tender age of five!! The boy, who hails from Odisha, ran from Puri to Bhubaneswar at the age of four, covering 65 kilometers in seven hours and two minutes! What an achievement! So the movie is about his struggles and the hurdles he faced. As for the music, I was expecting not more than three songs or so, so I was pleasantly surprised when I got the album with 5 songs! The music has been done by multiple composers, with three songs by Sidhant Mathur, a composer who has composed for the 2014 film ‘Children of War’. The second one is the well-known Hitesh Sonik, who has one song to his credit, while the last song is by Ishaan Chhabra. As such films always unexpectedly surprise me with their music, even though they aren’t music-driven, I would expect a lot from the music! So, let’s run straight into the music of this album!
1. Born To Run (Anthem) Singers ~ Siddharth Mahadevan & Arhaan Khan, Music by ~ Hitesh Sonik, Lyrics by ~ Prashant Ingole
This song has been tagged as an anthem specifically, but I’m sure we would’ve been able to discern that without them telling us so! The energy of the song is definitely anthemic, and Hitesh Sonik, back after almost a year, (his last being ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’), has cooked up a very, very enjoyable and energetic composition. The song starts with some interesting bell chimes, followed by some really electrifying rock guitar strums. That just sets up the anthem setting only too well, and you prepare yourself for the actual anthem that is to follow. Hitesh’s composition is one that instantly grips your attention with its mix of in-your-face aggression (of course, the motivational kind of aggression!) and determination. The hookline which goes “Saansein humariii… HUZOOOOOORRRR” is very apt for the situation, and sounds so cute!! A great concoction of folk music and rock makes this anthem worth listening on loop. The various twists and turns which Hitesh throws into the composition, are beautiful! The arrangements are also interesting, with no overdose of rock elements, but they are neutralized well by the folk elements and techno sounds. Towards the end of the song, it breaks into complete folk music, with a Bhajani theka played with manjeeras, and chants of ‘Jai Jagannath’, that go well with the Odishan setting of the film. A cute kids chorus sings most of the song, while their leader is Arhaan Khan, the son of Arbaaz Khan & Malaika Arora Khan. And that boy has bundles of enthusiasm just packed up inside! His voice is so sweet, but with lots and lots and lots of energy! The way he rolls his ‘R’ at the end of “huzoorrrr” is marvellous! Siddharth Mahadevan on the other hand, leads the whole song brilliantly! If someone has been made for singing anthems in Bollywood, it has got to be Siddharth Mahadevan — after ‘Zinda’ (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag), he proves himself once again in such a song! Lyrics writer Prashant Ingole is back after quite some time (the last I remember him writing were some songs in ‘Bajirao Mastani’) and he comes back with a bang! He writes a great inspirational song (again, after ‘Ziddi Dil’ from ‘Mary Kom’) and succeeds! A very greatly enthusiastic start to the album, and an anthem that has the potential to rock, but might be unfortunately overlooked! 😦#5StarHotelSong!!
2. Sunapua… Thu Daud Daud Singer ~ Rituraj Mohanty, Music by ~ Sidhant Mathur, Lyrics by ~ Gopal Datt
The next song takes the folksiness of the album to a whole new level, with something like a Carnatic verse starting the song off, followed by the heart-touching sound of a violinplayed on a quirky vocal rhythm. The composition by Sidhant Mathur is exceptional! Such a feel-good composition, that you feel more than just “good”! The mukhda is quite reminiscent of the songs of ‘Dhanak’, which I had loved infinitely. The hookline, though, is where the composer has concentrated most of the magic! A wonderful rhythmic hookline that gets you swaying to its beats, is the most magical thing on this world for me! 😀 And this hookline is just like that! The antara is more of a contemplative tune, with a slow and steady rhythm, contrary to the other parts of the song. But at the end of the antara, is a very fun, fast part, which leads up brilliantly to the hookline! The composer must’ve had tons of fun composing this one, because it’s so fun to hear! The arrangements rely on folk arrangements to do their work, and it really works great. There is a splendid tabla theka right before the hookline, and it steals your breath away; your heart literally skips a beat, and you are very, very vulnerable at that time! 😂🙈 The whole song has more of a Rajasthani feel to it, with the aalaaps in the background and the Rajasthani-flavoured arrangements. The beats of the hookline are beautiful and so enchanting! Flutes have been generously added to add to the charm of the song. The first interlude has a wonderful orchestral piece, that’ll blow your mind away. The secind interlude, however, is on a xylophone,and sounds marvelous as well! The vocals by Rituraj are amazing, and it is good to have an Odishan singer singing, but one can’t help but miss Papon on this track. His metallic voice would’ve done wonders here. Nevertheless, Rituraj doesn’t make me complain. The way he sings the “dauuud dauud” in the hookline, is spectacular! Lyrics by Gopal Datt are good as well, and he borrows some lines from the Odiya language, which mean ‘sweet son’ and ‘son of gold’. A feel-good song with a charming composition and beautiful arrangements!#5StarHotelSong!!
3. Udi Jaa Singer ~ K. Mohan, Music by ~ Sidhant Mathur, Lyrics by ~ Gopal Datt
The next song is another feel-good one, which starts off with a calming guitar riff, and a rhythm played by shakers. Sidhant Mathur’s composition is very soft and calming, with a very contemporary touch to it. The mukhda is very charming, especially the line “Sapne jab subah… Chalne lagte hain” right before the hookline, which a very effective motivational one. It will give you that boost of energy that will make you love the song immediately. The antara too, is very beautiful, with Mohan adding detailed variations in the singing style, which is remarkable. The way Sidhant has overlapped two tracks of Mohan singing two different things — one singing the hookline and the other with a classical aalaap/sargam, towards the end, is fabulous. The arrangements are calming, mostly guitars and shakers, but the drums add that spunk factor to the song which make it sound all the more motivational and energetic. The whole treatment makes the song sound like what Amit Trivedi would compose for a breezy song in a rom-com. 😀 The piano as well, is quite enjoyable. There are fervent strings that are sooooo marvelous, that it is no use telling you; you should go hear them yourself. The flute, of course, charms as usual! Mohan renders the song in his usual deep and attractive voice, and sings it with such ease! Gopal Datt’s lyrics are impressive as well, and suit the inspirational theme of the song and movie very well! An enjoyable inspirational song with a very uniquely composed hookline! Yet again, a bingo to the credit of Sidhant Mathur!#5StarHotelSong!!
4. Bheed Singer ~ Sidhant Mathur, Music by ~ Sidhant Mathur, Lyrics by ~ Abhishek Dubey
The next song is yet another invigorating inspirational song, a bit on the emotional side this time. The composition is another contemporary styled one, quite catchy at that, but it hasn’t actually been made to be catchy. The song has an emotional side to it which touches your heart effectively. The mukhda isn’t something that is going to welcome you with its arms open in a very friendly way; it will be more like you either love it or you don’t. No intermediate stage. For me, the song is amazingly energetic and beautifully emotional. The hookline has been composed so liltingly, and on a rock rhythm, it sounds even more effective. Again, the treatment sounds like an Amit Trivedi song, and that makes things better. Sidhant Mathur has added touches that would make the song sound very heart touching when it plays in the movie. The song is situational and send to be placed at an important part of the movie. Sidhant’s arrangements are great, mostly soft, but it gets quite invigorating at the hookline, with drums and rock guitars. The contrast between the soft verses and the very enticing and hard-hitting rock in the hookline, has been brought out very effectively and impressively. Sidhant’s voice, though not tuned like a professional singer, sounds perfect for the song, with that faltering voice of his proving to be best for such a rock song. Abhishek Dubey (debutant?) writes great lyrics, though it is a situational track, but good words at that. A sad song that has the grip to it, and it wins because of the rock template, without which it would have sounded bland!#5StarHotelSong!!
5. Utkal Janani (Anthem) Singers ~ Chintan Kalra, Aashna, Nanki, Jahnvi, Shairee, Kshitij & Malvika, Music Arranged by ~ Ishaan Chhabra, Music Composed by ~ Sidhant Mathur, Lyrics by ~ Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra
The final song on the album starts off with a very folksy shout, and goes on to break into a song that is basically a background music track, with a chorus of kids singing the state anthem of Odisha, ‘Bande Utkala Janani’, which was written by Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra. The composition is not exactly something memorable, but the fervour it has, would be very instrumental in making a scene onscreen come to life. The first part of the song has the kids singing the state anthem, with a three-beat rhythm on folksy percussion backing their voices. The second half, however, sees the song break into a pacy, upbeat trumpet fanfarish ballad with the trumpets playing a key role in bringing the song forward. An aboriginal kind of beat helps the song appeal. Though all this is happening, the way it has been executed kind of disappoints. A state anthem could have been composed way more enthusiastically and aptly than it has been composed here. Saying that, I must say it is not the end to the album I was expecting!
Budhia Singh: Born To Run is the typical sports film album. And by that I mean an album which will be composed for a movie which might even probably have all the songs playing in the background, with no song-and-dance sequence or typical Bollywoodisation of the songs. The song will serve their purpose in merely carrying forward the story. Also, the inspiration, zeal and fervour in the songs will be unmatchable. Similarly, this album has the same characteristics. Hitesh Sonik, with his one song, manages to touch your heart with a very connectable anthem, while Sidhant Mathur does three of his four songs very well. Last but not the least, I would like to say that this album was born to run, but I’m not surprised that it has flown!
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: Born To Run (Anthem) > Udi Jaa > Sunapua… Thu Daud Daud > Bheed > Utkal Janani (Anthem)
Which is your favourite song from Budhia Singh: Born To Run? Please vote for it below! 🙂 Thanks!
Music Album Details ♪ Music by: Yo Yo Honey Singh, Dr. Zeus, Tigerstyle, Indeep Bakshi, Jatinder Shah, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Milind Gaba & Jassi Katyal ♪ Lyrics by: Alfaaz, Zora Randhawa, Mavi Bains, Indeep Bakshi, Bunty Bains, Kumaar & Milind Gaba ♪ Music Label: T-Series ♪ Music Released On: 9th March 2015 ♪ Movie Releases On: 20th March 2015
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Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend is an upcoming Bollywood romantic comedy film, starring Divyendu Sharma, Prachi Mishra & Ira Dubey. The film also stars Jackie Shroff in a negative role. The film has been directed by a female director, Japinder Kaur, and it’s her first feature film, making it a very ambitious project for her. It has been produced by Tarnpreet Singh & Manjeet Kaur under the banner of ‘JAP Films’. Moving on to the music aspect of the film, there were next to zero expectations from this album, looking at the number of music directors it has, and that most are those rappers from Punjab, who have been constantly trying to ruin the Bollywood music industry (no offense, but the whole culture of Bollywood has vanished due to their entry). The people that make up this long list of composers for this film are, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Dr. Zeus, Tigerstyle, Indeep Bakshi, Jatinder Shah, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Milind Gaba & Jassi Katyal. Of course, since there are so many composers, it is obvious that each of them has only one song. And also, there are chances that some would deliver good things, as well. So, here’s what I thought about the music!
1. Birthday Bash Singers ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh & Alfaaz, Music by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics by ~ Alfaaz
So finally, after five months of bedrest (according to rumours..) Aapka apna Yo Yo Honey Singhaaaa is back! (At least it might seem like ‘finally’ for his followers and fans… Not that much for me 😝) After giving us two appreciable songs — compared to his others — in ‘The Shaukeens’ last year, he is back with one song in this relatively small film. One expected him to have gotten some sense after being ill for five months, but it doesn’t look like it, going by the sing he gave us. Naturally, it’s a party song, situated at the birthday party of a girl in the movie. Techno beats “welcome” us into the song, rather loudly too, for that matter. But they manage to grab our attention, so no qualms about them. Later on, Alfaaz joins in, singing some atrocious lines he wrote. Yo Yo seems to have used another male singer besides him, for the first time, in this song. However, it doesn’t make much difference, because Alfaaz also sings with the same level of atrocity. The hookline, though, is really captivating, and it must be the main reason for this song getting so many listeners. Honey’s rap is the same old stuff — trying-to-be-cool, but failing in that miserably. About the lyrics, the lesser said is better. So, the guy tries to impress the girl on her birthday by getting for her various stuff like ‘LV ka bag’, ‘Gucci’ but she doesn’t get impressed and does ‘nakhre’. I mean, what an osiginal idea!! These lyrics should win..win… a MIRCHI MUSIC AWARD!! Something that is worth hearing in the song, though, are the arrangements and the beats. As I said earlier, they are really captivating and give one reason to hear this song, but not on loop. The composition being a typical Yo Yo Honey Singh composition, it will mostly appeal to his fans. Honey Singh opens his accpunt this year on an average note, with a typical party track.
2. Tipsy Hogai Singers ~ Miss Pooja & Rajveer Singh, Music by ~ Dr. Zeus, Lyrics by ~ Zora Randhawa & Mavi Bains
Dr. Zeus enters the album with his sole composition, another clubbish track, but this time with female vocals. And to do the honours for those female vocals, is the ‘Second Hand Jawaani’ fame, Miss Pooja. While she might have sounded good in that song, (because her voice was not differentiable from Neha Kakkar’s over there) she sounds utterly annoying in this song, what with that screeching, high-pitched voice. The composition is good, and catchy too, but she spoils it all. Dr. Zeus uses some of his “lovely” sound effects from ‘Lovely’ (Happy New Year) in this track, like those ear-piercing screams of random ladies and that shattering glass. Whatever it be, the composition and arrangements at least provide some relief from the weird voice of that female singer. The line “munda mere vaal vekhe, main vi ohde vaal vekhan”, is weirdly addictive. Dr. Zeus also uses some tune from the song, ‘Let The Music Play’, which was a composition by Shamur. Rajveer Singh gets to sing these lines, and does it very inexpressively. The antaras resemble ‘Lovely’ a lot! And therefore, sound good, but it just increases the doubt that Dr. Zeus can’t get over ‘Lovely’. Lyrics are nothing to be mentioned specially, either and I don’t see how it needed two people to write it! A sequel to ‘Lovely’, in a slower pace, and in an irritating voice. Dr. Zeus, next time, bring something new if you can!
3. Zaalim Dilli Singers ~ Jazzy B & Hard Kaur, Music by ~ Tigerstyle, Lyrics by ~ Bunty Bains
This one is full of the Punjabi factor, and jazzy B’s unique vocals help in making it sound more Punjabi. Hard Kaur gets to start, with her rap, not that impressive. When Jazzy B enters, the condition does improve a bit, and the song sounds more catchy. However, barring Jazzy B’s vocals, nothing stands out much in the song. The arrangements are the regular techno arrangements, with a dubstep touch, which become a bit dull and boring after a certain time. The lyrics are nothing great in this song either, or maybe I didn’t understand them because I don’t understand the Punjabi language. 😅 The composition is catchy, but nothing that would secure a good long shelf life for the song. Tigerstyle, who I’ve heard about for the first time, has composed a very ordinary track, that might attract you at first, but then wear off in successive listens! Nothing new, and mildly attractive!
4. Tere Liye Singers ~ Indeep Bakshi & Soni B, Music by ~ Indeep Bakshi, Lyrics by ~ Indeep Bakshi
Subtle piano notes start the song off on a pretty cool and calm note, enhanced by Indeep’s humming. When he starts singing, you might feel that he sounds a little weird, as the music is louder than his voice. However, it is nevertheless a very likable song, despite the fact that his voice has been overshadowed by the music. After ‘Saturday Saturday’, who ever expected Indeep to surprise us with such a beautiful sad, romantic track? Yet, he succeeds in his attempt, and manages to churn out a soulful number, thanks to the arrangements, mostly. Beautiful flute, piano and even tablas act as attractions in the song. At places, Indeep sounds a lot like Himesh Reshammiya, with the nasal twang in his voice. Soni B gets a beautiful, melodious part to sing, which leaves a smile on your face even though it is very short. She shines in that small duration as well. Though the lyrics might not be that great, the soulful composition and arrangements make up for it. Indeep surprises with this romantic angle, and he also gives us the first#5StarHotelSong!!! of the album!
5. Janib (Duet Version) / Janib (Female Version) Singers ~ Arijit Singh & Sunidhi Chauhan / Sunidhi Chauhan, Music by ~ Jatinder Shah, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar
This next song, is by a composer who’s been making it big in the Punjabi industry for quite some time now, Jatinder Shah. So he makes his entry into Bollywood with this song, and I must say, what a PERFECT debut! This is one of those songs that makes you feel that you’ve never had enough of it, and keep listening to it repeatedly, without getting bored even once! Let me explain. First of all, the composition itself is so sweet, romantic and soothing, that it transports you mentally to Punjab in its purest sense. These rappers who’ve been trying to uphold Punjab’s glory nowadays in Bollywood, have not done even half as much as Jatinder does here with just one song. I don’t know why, because it doesn’t have that Punjabi rustic feel or anything, but yet it seems so Punjabi-flavoured on hearing it. Both the versions of the song are equally beautiful and attractive, with that sweet tune not letting you leave it ever, till it ends! Arijit in the duet version, of course, is a cherry on the cake, because Sunidhi has much less verses as compared to him in that one. His Punjabi aalaap in Punjabi is breathtaking! However, at the same time, you’ve got to admit that Sunidhi, in her solo version, has done wonderfully, and yet again broken all stereotypes people seem to have enforced upon her that she can only sing upbeat songs (even though she keeps proving her versatility). How well she manages the high notes while at the same time, keeping great control over her voice in the low parts. In the duet, the beats are lively, pleasant and soothing. Excellent use of strings, electronic tablas, water drop sounds, matka, enhances the shine of the song. The female version has pretty much the same arrangements, with no instantly observable amendments. Lyrics are also praiseworthy. Kumaar’s use of words like ‘janib’ and ‘wajib’ in this context sounds great. Composition, arrangements, lyrics and vocals, all being perfect, this song surely becomes the best song of this album! I’ve written way too much; too further witness this beauty, stop whatever you’re doing and hear it!#5StarHotelSong!!
6. Meri Marzi Teri Raza Singer ~ K. Mohan, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar
Meet Bros. Anjjan enter the soundtrack with their contribution, a soulful rock song, sung beautifully by Agnee’s K. Mohan. It starts off with an awesome dotara and guitar riff, which captivates you right from the beginning. When that divine sarangi joins in to increase our interest in the song, it just becomes a hundred times better. The song seems like an out-and-out inspirational and motivational song, going by its tune, and lyrics. K. Mohan’s unique deep voice gives the song a whole new depth, and this depth transports the song to its peak. 😀 His vocals are really very intriguing, and throughout the entire six-odd minute duration of the song, they make you keep listening, and you never know where those six minutes went. The composition by Meet Bros. Anjjan really comes across as one of their career’s best, and given the type of songs they have made themselves known for composing these days, I really have to applaud them on their successful effort at composing an inspirational track like this one. Arrangements are great as well, with rock guitars, drums, and whatever string instrument that is in the first interlude, is just mind blowing. Of course, Meet Bros. Anjjan also treat us with more of the sarangi throughout the song. The backing chorus singing “Ooohh khuda”, sounds brilliant and has been very effectively appointed. Once again, Kumaar gives appreciable lyrics, and describes well the situation of somebody who is irritated with his life, and asking God “Why?!” All-in-all, a very impressive song by Meet Bros. Anjjan, and a successful attempt at trying something different.#5StarHotelSong!
7. Saddi Dilli Singer ~ Milind Gaba, Music by ~ Milind Gaba, Lyrics by ~ Milind Gaba
So, after a short relief of some beautiful, mind blowing songs, here comes another rapper, ready to make his mark in the album, in his own small way. Okay, if you’re on of those people who likes club beats, I’m with you on that. The beats in this song are really catchy, but I would warn you not to get lured by that. These beats trapped me, and might try you as well. The song sounds decent and nothing intolerable, until Milind starts doing a wannabe Honey Singh rap, which just seems cheap. However, let’s have a round of applause for him, because if he was supposed to mimic Honey Singh with this song, he has succeeded and passed with full marks!! When he started the rap, I doubted whether it was really someone other than Honey. Listen for yourself and come back to me if it doesn’t sound like Honey. Whatever. I hope you guys get sarcasm. Moving on, some more irritating things are left to discuss, such as the creaking of that chair. Lyrics are supposed to describe Delhi, I guess, but more than that, it talks about youngsters partying in Delhi at night, and wasting their time singing some idiotic rap. If you want an account of what happened in and after the party, then hear the song, because this rapper has been kind enough to tell us that, too, as if it’s an Akbar-Birbal story! How “generous” of him! You get the point, man. Skip the song.
8. Maa De Dandeya Singer ~ Jassi Katyal, Music by ~ Jassi Katyal, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar
I guess the sound of a conch shell, the bell of a temple, the drone of the tanpura, is supposed to mean that something divine and utterly religious is supposed to follow. That too, in the traditional Hindu style. But who was expecting a maata ka jaagran, which is just so irritating, and too Punjabi to even sound like a song!? I get that it is intentionally supposed to be like that, but with this song, the makers have gone and taken it too far. I mean, seriously? A Punjabi rap and maata ka jaagran do not work well together!! The “Jai Mata Di” chants just do not sound well in this song. Kumaar’s lyrics might be comical and satirical, but it would’ve been better, had they been given to a better composed song, which was catchier. Vocals don’t matter in such a song anyways, because of most of it being just something you and me can go and speak in a mic in front of two-thousand people. This song sounds like something that should have been a background piece in a movie like ‘PK’ or ‘OMG’. Weird, and not at all catchy.
Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend. An album with eight songs and eight music composers. Eight different styles and moods. So, there you have variety. But before you think that I’m praising it, let me tell you, that this isn’t praiseworthy, but in this album, the same variety which I usually praise for other albums, turns out to be a curse for this album. Each of the composers, trying to contribute to the album in their own particular way doesn’t exactly assure a superhit album — or a musically rich one either. Out of those that do impress, Jatinder Shah is the one we’ll be expecting more and more from in the coming days. In deep tried something new with a romantic track, whereas Meet Bros. Anjjan surprised as always. (Because I don’t really expect from them, but still get the results). So this album full of some really “zaalim” rappers, turns out to be a waste of our time except for a few stupendous tracks!
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: Janib (Duet) > Janib (Female) > Meri Marzi Teri Raza > Tere Liye > Birthday Bash > Zaalim Dilli > Tipsy Hogai > Maa De Dandeya > Saddi Dilli
Which is your favourite song from Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend? Please vote for it below! 🙂
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