HALF-GENERIC, HALF-CREATIVE DIARIES!! (VODKA DIARIES – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Harry Anand, Sandesh Shandilya & Parvaaz Band
♪ Lyrics by: Khalid Ahamed, Kashif Iqbal, Aalok Shrivastav & Harry Anand
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 9th February 2018
♪ Movie Released On: 19th January 2018

Vodka Diaries Album Cover

 

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Buy this album: iTunes


Vodka Diaries is a Bollywood crime thriller starring Kay Kay Menon, Mandira Bedi and Raima Sen in lead roles. The film is directed by and co-produced by Kushal Srivastava. The film’s album comprises music by Harry Anand, Sandesh Shandilya and Parvaaz. While I’m expecting nothing from Harry Anand because of his past works, I’m expecting quite a lot from Shandilya because of his past works. 😅 Parvaaz is a band that is debuting in Bollywood with this film, and hopefully they make a crackling debut!


Lead composer Harry Anand has composed for many an unnoticed (by me) film, and looking back at those songs, I can say I’m happy I didn’t notice them when they released. Here he starts off with a generic and yawn-inducing club song called Angoor, and you know it won’t just be about grapes. The digital sounds have been heard many times before, and the voice of the composer doesn’t help to make the song any better. It is a lame attempt at making a catchy club number about wine. Don’t even ask me about the “Oh Bae Bae Bae Bae Bae Bae-by” loop! He fares better, but only slightly better, in Heeriye, another generic club song, but this time singers like the late Labh Janjua help propel the song. Again, the song is about drinking, but the arrangements are better, if not fresher, than those of ‘Angoor’. Shalmali too, tries to help alleviate the status of the song, but it can only go to a certain extent, until which you are already bored.
Thankfully, Harry Anand doesn’t compose the rest of the songs, and those songs are the best in the album. Bangalore-based Parvaaz Band composes Beparwah, a retro rock song which would make you nostalgic if you listen to the 80s English rock songs. Lead singer Khalid Ahamed has a very distinct voice, which makes the song even more enjoyable, and the constant guitar and drum beats in the background help make the song catchy. A sinister vibe prevails all throughout the song, and it suits the thriller vibe of the movie. Lyrics are good as well.
Sandesh Shandilya, returning after quite some time, gets the best song of the album, Sakhi Ri, a semiclassical melody with Rekha Bhardwaj and Ustad Rashid Khan at their vocal best, crooning a heart-warming melody that is graced with the melodious flute, a regular in Sandesh’s music. The song takes some time to get attuned to at first, but it grows like slow poison. The aalaps by the lead singers are noteworthy, and the beautiful interludes have the best of musical arrangements, like the little digital loop. The strings have been used wonderfully, and the lyrics are also heart-touching. This will surely emerge as one of the best classical songs of the year, but sadly, it went unnoticed.


Half of the album is great and innovative and creative, while the other half is plain generic and boring.

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 3.5 + 4.5 + 7.5 + 8 = 23.5

Album Percentage: 58.75%

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Sakhi Ri > Beparwah > Heeriye > Angoor

 

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RUNNING AHEAD OF STEREOTYPES!! (RUNNING SHAADI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Abhishek-Akshay, Keegan Pinto, Anupam Roy, Sandeep Madhavan & Anjana Ankur Singh
♪ Lyrics by: Manoj Yadav, Shellee, Keegan Pinto, Sonal Sehgal, Tanveer Ghazi & Anas Ali Khan
♪ Music Label: Times Music / Junglee Music
♪ Music Released On: 27th January 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 17th February 2017

Running Shaadi Album Cover

Running Shaadi Album Cover

 

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Running Shaadi is a Bollywood rom-com starring Taapsee Pannu, Amit Sadh and Arsh Bajwa in lead roles. The film is directed by Amit Roy, and produced by Shoojit Sircar. The film is about a young couple who establish a website that helps couples in love elope and get married. The concept sounds interesting, and though the movie has been delayed for like 3 years, it is finally seeing the light of day, probably due to Taapsee’s successful stint in ‘Pink’. Anyway, what we are concerned with is the music! So, the music is composed by four entities — two duos and two individuals. The composers leading the album, with three tracks out of the total of seven, are Abhishek-Akshay, who had composed for a Shoojit Sircar film previously, and it was ‘Vicky Donor’s, also their debut. After that, they scored one “song” for ‘Tere Bin Laden: Dead Or Alive’ (notice the double-quote marks around the word “song”). Clearly I wasnt impressed by both of their previous outings, except for the fact that I appreciate that their song ‘Rum Whisky’ became so popular (I found it overrated.) Hopefully, they’ve done something great in this album, because they’ve bagged the most number of songs anyone in the album has! Next comes Keegan Pinto, a debutant, who has composed two songs for the movie. Keegan is (was: he joined FCB Ulka on February 15th, when I’m writing this) the Creative Head of MTV channel and it is a pleasure to see him foray into Bollywood music composing. Hopefully he has something creative to offer! Anupam Roy comes next, whose Bollywood résumé already boasts of two films that are Shoojit Sircar productions, ‘Piku’, and ‘Pink’, and now a third one, so Happy Hattrick to him. Anyway, he imoressed in both those albums, so hoping for the same here, though he has just one song. Last up is yet another debutant, but this time it is a duo debuting together. Sandeep Madhavan & Anjana Ankur Singh have bagged one song in the album. Hoping that it is one of those multicomposer albums that makes you think again about whether the multicomposer trend really is bad or not, I am diving into this album wih a very open mind, ready for anything! Expecting quirky music, though, because of the theme of the film and its poster!


1. Pyaar Ka Test

Singers ~ Bappi Lahiri & Kalpana Patowary, Music by ~ Abhishek-Akshay, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

“Akhiyan ka, jo jalaye tu torch, dil mein lighting ho jaaye,
Jo tu aaye, nikat mere, bhar-pet loving ho jaaye,
Zulf ka shower khol de toh romance ki barkha barse,
Tere figure ke tukde ko mere jigar ka tukda tarse!”

– Manoj Yadav

The album starts off with a quirky song, as expected. Duo Abhishek-Akshay are helming this song and I must say, the result is something that will be horribly underrated, and dismissed as a bad song, when it isn’t so. Yes, even I had almost dismissed this song as a bad one, but when I got myself thinking, I realised that it can’t be bad if it sticks to the script and it is how it is, deliberately! Let me explain. The song is an entertaining listen, and when you hear it for the first time, you might not notice all its qualities right away. The composition is quite basic, like some weird Bhojpuri wedding song, in the mukhda, to the point that you almost switch the track, but that’s when the impressive part i.e, the antara arrives! The composition of this part has a wonderful 80s disco touch to it, and making Bappi Lahiri sing it increases the feel altogether! The hookline is basic in its structure too, and the song follows the duet template quite seriously, with alternate lines sung by the male and female singers respectively. That brings us to the vocals. As I mentioned before, the choice of Bappi Lahiri was an apt one, seeing as to how impressive he goes in the antara, and even otherwise, he sounds quite funny and quirky enough to make this song a funny one. Kalpana Patowary too, brings her husky voice to good use here, making a nice couple with Bappi da. Arrangements by the duo consist of harmonium-led synthetic sounds, emulating a typical Indian wedding which is never complete without that mandatory speaker that gives out a lot of muffled sound. I must say, the duo has done that bit of programming too well, with the voices recorded a bit unclear deliberately. And how can you make a wedding song and forget the brass band? In my favourite part of the song, the antara, Bappi Lahiri’s signature synth sounds like those claps and quirky sounds find their way into Abhishek-Akshay’s arrangements, and I’m impressed! But the first thing any layman will notice about the song, are its lyrics! Manoj Yadav has written them in such a childish and immature way, that you end up laughing! And hen you realise it is a deliberate degradation of lyrics quality. And that just brings up the image of the song in your eyes so much! 😀 Weird comparisons between lovers and other coupled things from everyday life have been drawn out so efficiently, and it’s just so hilarious! In ‘Housefull 3’s ‘Pyaar Ki Maa Ki’, we heard “Tu meri bread, main tera jam”, but here it goes a million steps ahead, what with “Tum hamari chidiyan hai, hum tumhare hain nest”, “Tum humare ludo ho, hum tumhare hain chess!” And though it sometimes sounds so, so, oh-so-cheesy, it never fails to make you laugh! That’s what a good humorous song should be like! Subtle humour, disguised in a very typical tune. Impressive arrangements and some nice disco touches make this one impressive, not to mention the hilarious lyrics!

Rating: 4/5

 

2. Mannerless Majnu

Singer ~ Sukanya Purkayastha, Music by ~ Abhishek-Akshay, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

“Baatein meaningless magar din raat bakaiti jhaade,
Laaj sharam-less itna ke openly dakaiti maare!
Ho, mere mummy daddy ke hi, saamne humko taade,
Love ke naam pe saara bill yeh only humpe phaade,
Dil Toh shaitaan hai iska, naam ka bhola hai,
Pakka namoona hai piya, kaisa namoona hai piya,
Milgaya mannerless Majnu!!”

– Manoj Yadav

Abhishek-Akshay’s next song on the album is an upbeat and peppy number, which sounds like a kind of Mujra musically. The composition is so cute, I cannot explain in words! Right from the mukhda, to the very catchy hookline, to the amazing antara, the song is a very entertaining listen. The duo has done a great, great job on the composition, and all the notes have been strung into such a tune, that would definitely get anyone up on their toes. The line “pakka namoona hai piyaaaa.. haan, kaisa namoona hai piyaaaa” is so charming, it brings a smile on your face whenever it plays. The duo’s arrangements are just as entertaining, with the dholaks and tablas impressing big-time. The mandolin has been played in such a sweet tune, a loop that surpasses so many redundant instrumental loops we hear in today’s songs. Guitar chords sound awesome whenever they can be heard. Digital beats accompany the traditional instruments in such a wonderful way, that it is fun to hear their mélange. It makes the song very breezy, and makes for a very fun listen. Sukanya Purkayastha, who sang the female version of ‘Pani Da Rang’ from ‘Vicky Donor’ (not composed by Abhishek-Akshay, but by Ayushmann Khurrana), finally gets a strong song for her to showcase her versatility. She has sung the song so beautifully, her performance falls into the league of great singers like Rekha Bhardwaj, Sona Mohapatra and Nandini Srikar. I personally found her voice resembling the last name a lot! Nevertheless, her efficacious rendition should definitely win her awards, if the award shows are “careless” enough to notice such gems by mistake. 😦 Again, Manoj Yadav writes words that fascinate with their humour! New words like “Sharam-less” for “Shameless” and “Public-city” for “publicity” make the lyrics even more fun to listen to. Fun-filled to the core, this song should be noticed by people. Hats off to Abhishek-Akshay!

Rating: 5/5

 

3. Dimpi De Naal Bhaage Bunty

Singer ~ Late Labh Janjua, Music by ~ Abhishek-Akshay, Lyrics by ~ Shellee

“Jaddo Dimpi de Naal Bhaage Bunty, Soni Minty nu leke bhaage Shunty!”

– Shellee

Abhishek-Akshay’s last song in the album turns out to be a Punjabi wedding song, for the making of which, it seems, they required very little extra preparation, as they already had the ready-made template “Rum Whisky” (Vicky Donor) to cheat from. The song follows the exact same template as that song did, but I still found this one listenable. The composition is thankfully a very happy-go-lucky one, though it is just a hair’s breadth away from the “Rum Whisky” tune. The hookline is really catchy, as it should be. (I must say, this duo is amazing at making catchy hooklines!) What’s a Punjabi song without a fast paced tune? This one is aptly fast paced, and it increases the likeability manifold. The mukhda is good, but after some time, it gets monotonous. The arrangements are he everyday Punjabi song arrangements, with tumbi galore. I’m surprised the duo has used very less dhols, so the song sounds very softly arranged in pieces other than the hookline, where the duo suddenly remembered that they had dhols at their disposal. Beats in the other parts are given by the strong bass that he duo has used in the song. Late Labh Janjua’s voice suits the song perfectly, and it is clear he was typecast very badly during his days. So many such songs he has recorded have released posthumously. His booming voice helps increase the repeat value of the song though. Shellee’s lyrics are quite nice, especially the hookline which sums up the job of the main characters well. And Shunty is such a sweet sweeeeeeeeet name! A templated but likeable song!

Rating: 3.5/5

 

4. Bhaag Milky Bhaag

Singers ~ Sanam Puri & Sonu Kakkar, Music by ~ Keegan Pinto, Lyrics by ~ Keegan Pinto & Sonal Sehgal

“Daddy se yun hi na darr, daddy ko hai bas apni fikar,
Tu bhi toh Insaan hai, nahin hai tu Kisi ki medal,
Duniya ko bhool ja, duniya toh hai kal ki!
Bhaag Milky!! Bhaag Milky!!”

– Keegan Pinto & Sonal Sehgal

Keegan Pinto, enters into the album next with his first song, a feel-good song wih a country music vibe to it. The composition is one that instantly makes you happy, and the guitars really make you feel good. The mukhda starts off the song on a great note, and after the three songs by Abhishek-Akshay that had various Indian flavours to them, a Western song is much welcome. The hookline is very subtle, yet hard-hitting. (Note: Though they’ve named the song ‘Bhaag Milky Bhaag’, probably to resemble the movie ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, the song actually goes, “Bhaag Milky” only.) The first antara continues the Western country music feel, but it is the second antara that impresses much more, when Sonu Kakkar enters just to break into a very charismatic traditional Punjabi folk piece. Keegan’s arrangements are beautiful, guitars in particular. Drums accompany them as always, and very well. The Punjabi portion has a wonderful mehfil feel to it, with the tumbi and dholaks complementing each other fantastically! Overall, it is a great fusion of Western and traditional sounds. Both the vocalists render the composition very impressively, Sanam Puri sounding charming as ever, and Sonu Kakkar as raw and earthy as ever. Towards the end, both break out into a nice harmony, both singing with their respective styles — Sanam in a very Western, rockstar-like way, and Sonu in an earthy way. Keegan & Sonal’s lyrics are humorous in a subtle way. The composition seems so mature, that it will take some time to realize that the lyrics are actually quite whimsical. Though whimsical, they do carry a strong message. 🙂 Sweet and charming!

Rating: 4.5/5

 

5. Faraar

Singer ~ Jubin Nautiyal, Music by ~ Keegan Pinto, Lyrics by ~ Keegan Pinto

“Paabandiyaan nahin ho jahaan, uss paar jayenge, faraar ho jayenge.. faraar ho jayenge!
Ikhtiyaariyan, nahin ho jahaan, uss paar jayenge, faraar ho jayenge, faraar ho jayenge!”

– Keegan Pinto

Keegan’s next song falls flat in front of his previous one, but is still pleasant nevertheless. The composition is quite predictable and there really is nothing new or innovative in it, which one would expect after so many good songs in the album! The mukhda starts relatively entertainingly, but the composition in the hookline is just so commonplace, it is difficult to get hooked and start humming. The antara too sounds very bland, and very commonplace. You can literally guess what is coming next. What’s worse, the song is six minutes long! The vocals by Jubin, Bollywood’s new Arijit, in that he’s getting atleast one song in every other film nowadays, are quite mellowed-down and miss the spunk he usually has. And his voice has been programmed as if he’s singing in a closed room and his voice is echoing from the walls. The arrangements are good, but again, very ordinary. The soft rock template usually does bore me, but not when it is done innovatively. Here, there is literally nothing other than that. Keegan’s lyrics are also functional, and carry the ‘Running Shaadi’ theme forward. One of the less entertaining songs of the album!

Rating: 3/5

 

6. Main Faraar Sa

Singers ~ Anupam Roy & Hamsika Iyer, Music by ~ Anupam Roy, Lyrics by ~ Tanveer Ghazi

“Jismon ki aanch mein bhi, khushboo sa laag hai,
Bheege hain Baal mere, boondon mein aag hai,
Sadiyan bitaa de yun hi re….!
Tu hai toh har kami, kaafur ho gayi,
Mutthi mein dhool thi, sindoor ho gayi!”

– Tanveer Ghazi

Next comes Anupam Roy with a romantic song, and I must say that’s quite late to put a romantic song on an album. Anyway, the song is a beautiful semi-classical composition, fusing magical modern notes with beautiful classical ones. The mukhda starts off with the hookline itself, and it is just mesmerising. However, the real magic comes in the antaras, when a beautiful classical tune takes over. Anupam has composed that part with a magic touch. Even though the song is so slow, it manages to take you over completely. As a whole, the composition is bound to get you listening to it over and over again. The arrangements are amazing as well. Starting with digital beats accompanied by acoustic guitar strums, the song then marvellously transports over to beautiful Indian plucked instruments. (Maybe ektara). The flute is really impressive! The vocals are just as spell-binding. Anupam’s voice has this magnetic aura around it that just makes you drown in it. On the other hand, Hamsika renders the classical touches splendidly, in a high-pitched voice that hits your heart directly. Lyrics here, aren’t by Anupam himself, but by Tanveer Ghazi, who gave us the brilliantly penned ‘Kaari Kaari’ (Pink) last year. Here too, his writing takes the form of a wonderful romantic song, getting sensuous too at places. Charming!

Rating: 5/5

 

7. Kuch To Hai

Singer ~ Jubin Nautiyal, Music by ~ Sandeep Madhavan & Anjana Ankur Singh, Lyrics by ~ Anas Ali Khan

“Kuch to hai, hawaaon ne Rukh jo badla hai,
Kuch to hai, bechainiyan si, darmiyaan bhi hai!”

– Anas Ali Khan

The final song on the album takes the form of another romantic song, composed by Sandeep-Anjana. The duo has made a quite ordinary composition, but it still manages to reach out and you enjoy it. The mukhda is beautiful, while the “ruk jaa yahiiii” hookline is marvellously composed. It is the antaras, though, that charm with their slow pace and grow on you like slow poison. It is commendable for the duo to have made that antara, as it is so detached from the breezy feel of the rest of the song, but still so impressive. Also, the duo stays clever and keeps the song’s duration just perfect. The arrangements are great as well. This time the rock has been executed slightly better, with drums pitching in, the guitars performing variations, and a BRILLIANT saxophone playing occasionally like a surprise. Vocals by Jubin are much more lively than his other song. Again, he sings the antara brilliantly. The lyrics by Anas Ali Khan, are soothing and relaxing, as is the music. A relaxing end to the album!

Rating: 4/5


Running Shaadi came as a pleasant surprise to me! I was thinking that the movie would have quite massy music that wouldn’t really be innovative, but actually, the music is just opposite! It is fresh and enjoyable. Abhishek-Akshay prove themselves with their three songs, while Keegan makes a smashing debut (okay, half of his debut wasn’t so smashing, but he other half definitely was!) Sandeep and Anjana too, impress with their song, and Anupam as always made a song that soothes your senses. An album made wih love amidst the race of  other albums releasing with it, which are trying to be as typical as they can!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 4 + 5 + 3.5 + 4.5 + 3 + 5 + 4 = 29

Album Percentage: 82.86%

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: Main Faraar Sa = Mannerless Majnu > Bhaag Milky Bhaag > Kuch To Hai > Pyaar Ka Test > Dimpi De Naal Bhaage Bunty > Faraar

 

Remake Counter
No. Of Remakes = 04 (from previous albums) + 00 = 04

 

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THE 6 MUSIC-ETEERS!! (SAAT UCHAKKEY – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Jaidev Kumar, Bapi-Tutul, Vivek Kar, Niranjan Khound & Saket Singh
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Amir Khusro & Sahil Sultanpuri
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 7th October 2016
♪ Movie Released On: 14th October 2016

Saat Uchakkey Album Cover

Saat Uchakkey Album Cover

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Saat Uchakkey is a Bollywood comedy film starring Anupam Kher, Manoj Bajpayee, Kay Kay Menon, Annu Kapoor, Vijay Raaz and Aditi Sharma. The movie is directed by Sanjeev Sharma, and produced by Wave Cinemas, Crouching Tiger Films and Shital Bhatia. Since the film has already released, and not created much of a buzz among the public, there’s no use discussing the film, so I’m gonna dive right into what concerns me i.e, music. The music album for this film has four songs, each composed by different composers or composer duos. The first composer is Jaidev Kumar, who came into Bollywood with his ‘Nagin Dance’ (Bajatey Raho) and is still struggling to survive without making these weird party-sharty songs. The second song is by a duo, Bapi-Tutul, whose names I’ve seen in many RGV films like ‘Rann’, ‘Sarkar’, ‘Sarkar Raj’ and ‘Rakht Charitra’. Next up, there’s Vivek Kar, whose name too, I’ve seen in many films, the biggest one I remember being ‘One Night Stand’. And the last song is by another duo, Niranjan Khound Saket Singh. The ayre debuting with this song, and hopefully, they have something fun in hand. My expectations from the album? Quite a bit of nothing, along with some songs about drinking, and some more of nothing. Basically, I have no expectations. This is like a filler review for me while I wait for the ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ album to release. 😛 So can we get on with it? 😀


1. Neat Quarter
Singer ~ Late Labh Janjua, Music by ~ Jaidev Kumar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Jaidev Kumar starts off the album with his song that starts off with a tune oh-so-reminiscent of the ‘Nagin Dance’ (Bajatey Raho), which I guess was his only (though undeserved) hit song, though he did give that wonderful song ‘Das Dae’ in ‘Ishqedarriyan’. Anyway, let’s analyze Jaidev’s career graph later. So, the song starts off with the very generic tune that plays on that typical shehnaai/harmonium mix type of wind instrument. The composition that follows is just more typicality heaped up on top of typicality. The mukhda is another very generic tune, while the hookline is just irritating. Not that the antara is any good either. The arrangements by Jaidev Kumar are quite fun, with a nice Punjabi dhol rhythm throughout overshadowing the average composition. The shehnaai thing is irritating though. Vocals by Labh Janjua, who sadly passed away last year, right when we were all dancing on his ‘Dil Kare Chu Che’, are effusive and seem very lively. This is a song he recorded before his death, of course. The lyrics by Kumaar are those type of lyrics that revolve all around drinks and nothing else. And the line “Liver Ki hai ye demand” just makes you laugh. 😛 A bad opening to the album, with nothing good except the arrangements and Labh’s singing.

2. Chhap Tilak
Singer ~ Kirti Sagathia, Music by ~ Bapi-Tutul, Lyrics by ~ Amir Khusro

Next up, we have a very mystical rendition of the Sufi song by Amir Khusro, ‘Chhap Tilak Sab Chheeni Re’. And what can I say about this one?? It is pure bliss, this song! It starts with a nice aalaap by Kirti Sagathia, who is the go-to for Garbas usually. Here, though, he has clearly been approached by Bapi-Tutul for a Qawwali, arranged quite innovatively. The mukhda reminds you of A.R. Rahman’s ‘Naina Milaike’ (Saathiya). However, that is just a slight resemblance. The composition is very sweet, and the duo seems to have taken extra care to handle this song with care. The hookline is what does the magic. Whenever Kirti sings the word “Cheeen” or any word corresponding to the same tune, you should observe the ease with which he sings them, and the sweetness in the composition that that word imparts. Though the song is practically the same tune repeated over and over again, you never get bored and it never seems repetitive. The arrangements are one of the main reasons for this. The Qawwali arrangements are complete with harmonium, but the percussion is not done by the tablas, and it is done by something quite unexpected — bongos and congos! The ethnic folk drums really add something of a Caribbean touch to the song, and that’s what I loved the most about the song. The claps have been used perfectly and they’ve given a wonderfully catchy rhythm to the song. Kirti’s rendition is fabulous, and his backing chorus helps him really well and it sounds even more fabulous. The lyrics have not been touched, and Khusro’s immortal piece of writing remains as it is, thankfully. Innovative and catchy at the same time! A song that excels in every department! #5StarHotelSong!!

3. Cycle Se Chalaang
Singer ~ Kailash Kher, Music by ~ Vivek Kar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

After Kirti singing the previous song, we have Kailash Kher himself singing the next. The song has been composed by Vivek Kar, and he has really worked hard to make a quirky and catchy song, on the lines of Kailash Kher’s other quirky and catchy songs. The composition turns out to grow on you after just a few listens, and then it just takes over all the tunes in your head, until only this song is playing in your head all day! Believe me, it happened to me! Vivek Kar’s mukhda is amazing, with all the fun elements in the song appearing right from the beginning, and not from the middle of some line. And the best thing is, they remain throughout the song. Kailash Kher’s style of singing helps to make the song even more catchy, though it might become irritating for others. The antara too is quirky and catchy. The arrangements are tough to follow as there is so much happening everywhere. The harmonium and (again) that shehnaai thing (which sounds good here), and even a santoor help to give the song its fun elements. The percussion is strong and gives the song a catchy beat. Kailash is at his best trying to make us laugh but it is Kumaar’s lyrics that do the job at last. The satire is evident — “Mehnat Ki roti, pad gayi chhoti, isliye neeyat ho gayi khoti!” (What we earned by hard work wasn’t enough, so our intentions became evil!) The lyrics are a dig at the lifestyle of the uchakkey (thieves) of course. 😀 And the way it has been written really makes you smile, if not laugh. A good fun song after quite some time. Proof that you don’t need the mention of drinks to get people laughing in songs! #5StarHotelSong!!

4. Husn Wale Farebi
Singer ~ Saket Singh, Music by ~ Niranjan Khound & Saket Singh, Lyrics by ~ Sahil Sultanpuri

The last song on the album starts and right away, you can guess the genre. A very typical AdLib coupled with a bulbultarang gives it away right away. The disappointing thing though, is that, after the AdLib, the song jumps right into the Qawwali’s hookline! The composition is so outdated, and 90s, that there was actually no use of the makers asking for a Filmi Qawwali. The composers have tried to do it, but all they managed was to ape some old Qawwalis, probably by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and the composition falls flat on its face. As it is, people in this generation are queasy when it comes to Qawwalis (Not me!) and so it was the responsibility of the composers to make the Qawwali sound catchy and not typical. Bollywood has given so many fun Qawwalis over the years. The arrangements offer nothing in terms of innovation, and we have the usual harmonium and tabla leading the way. The singer (and one half of the composer duo) seems bored halfway and seems to be singing for the sake of it. He also sounds like Wajid of Sajid-Wajid. I don’t know if that’s good or bad… 😛 The lyrics by Sahil Sultanpuri (that surname though! 😵) are obviously talking about girls and their ways of rejecting boys. The lyrics are so funny, that they might’ve been paid attention to, had the composition been attractive. But here, that’s doubtful. Nothing is intriguing here except the lyrics, which are funny.


Saat Uchakkey gives a bit more than I expected! I didn’t expect anything at all (which I didn’t get), and I expected a song about drinks (which I got). So my expectations are more than fulfilled as they were so minuscule. Bapi-Tutul, who have been in the industry for more than ten years, give a great interpretation of a classic Qawwali, while on the other hand, debutants Niranjan-Saket screw up a chance to compose a great and funny filmi Qawwali. I would’ve liked ‘Chhap Tilak’ even if it wouldn’t have been innovative and if it would’ve had a traditional arrangement, as it is a traditional song. But the filmi Qawwali has a scope to modify tradition, doesn’t it? The other two songs are supposed to be fun songs, out of which Vivek Kar’s excels, while Jaidev Kumar’s flops, save for Labh Janjua’s rendition. These six music-eteers give quite a mixed bag!

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Chhap Tilak > Cycle Se Chalaang > Neat Quarter = Husn Wale Farebi

Which is your favourite song from Saat Uchakkey? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

FEEKI SALAAMI!! (EKKEES TOPPON KI SALAAMI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by:- Ram Sampath
♪ Lyrics by:- Sandeep Nath
♪ Music Label:- T-Series
♪ Music Released On:- 19th September 2014
♪ Movie Released On:- 10th October 2014

Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami Album Cover

Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami is a Bollywood film that released on 10th October, 2014. The film is a political satire, and has been receiving good reviews. The story is about two sons who set out to give their father an ultimate sign of respect. The film has been directed by Ravindra Gautam, produced by Neetu Jain and Asheema Shukla and stars Anupam Kher, Divyendu Sharma, Manu Rishi, Aditi Sharma (from ‘Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl’) and Neha Dhupia. I wasn’t expecting much from the music of this film, but then I got to know that the man behind the music was Ram Sampath, who has impressed a lot with albums like ‘Delhi Belly’, ‘Talaash’ and ‘Fukrey’. So it was natural of me to expect more from the music after getting to know that. The surprising thing is that while Ram usually does selective albums per year, this is his third album this year, and if you count ‘Satyamev Jayate Season 3’, then that’s four! What’s more, I’ve heard he’s composing for ‘PK’ as well! So let’s have a glimpse at what I felt about the music of ‘Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami’! 🙂


1. Ghoor Ghoor Ke
Singer ~ Sona Mohapatra

Whenever I see Sona Mohapatra in the credits nowadays, I make myself ready for a great enjoyable song, and it always turns out to be just that. Well, this time, the song isn’t a romantic song as she has been singing for quite a while now, but it’s a kind of item song. It starts with a short shaayari by Sona, and then some very catchy techno beats, which will surely grab your attention. Though the lyrics are typically cheap as in all item songs, the vocals of Sona give that magic element to the song, and make it sound awesome. She can make the most boring of compositions sound great. This time, though, the composition isn’t bad, but it’s highly catchy. That catchy techno tune keeps coming in order to keep us attracted to the song. The tune of the antaras is very beautiful and innovative. The tabla beats at the end of the antara add to the great grooviness of the song. The recording of the song, however is very bad and provide some disturbance. Here, the husband-wife jodi win and make a catchy song, but recording and lyrics fail to impress! Since the tune is catchy, though, here goes:- #5StarHotelSong!

 

2. Tod De Kataar
Singers ~ Labh Janjua, Divya Kumar & Ram Sampath

This song here does not get as lucky as the previous one as far as the tune and beats are concerned. Labh sings with his usual Punjabi folksy voice, accompanied by Ram Sampath in his Westernized voice and Divya Kumar in the background vocals. The tune that Tam has composed is pretty ordinary, and is not going to attract many ears. The techno beats manage to provide momentary relief, but it returns to the ordinary stuff after not so long. Anyways, Divya Kumar does manage to pull off an engaging act with his beautiful sargam towards the end after each of Ram’s English lines. The star of the song, however is Sandeep Nath. He has come up with something quite interesting! The lyrics focus on the satirical theme of the film. As said by the director of the film in the interview, “Tod De Kataar is an ode to the common man who needs to break out of the line to do what is unimaginable of him”. Keeping this in mind, if we listen carefully to the lyrics, they seem genius! Here, the composition lacks spice, and the vocals only impressed to a certain extent, whereas lyrics are the highlight!

 

3. Hum Tumhe Kaise Bataye (Ghazal)
Singers ~ Aman Trikha & Tarannum Mallik

On reading the word ‘Ghazal’ after the song, I was ready for something that actually sounds like a ghazal. When I played the song, however, I realised that it was nowhere near a Ghazal at all! So I just erased that ‘Ghazal’ word from the name, so it wouldn’t spoil my thoughts about the rest of the song. 😛 The song (after I mentally erased the word ‘ghazal’ from its name) is a very soulful and beautiful song. Aman has sung it very beautifully, but Tarannum has not done as well. She has used some fake Tulsi Kumar voice and spoilt everything. The composition is an utterly dreamy and magical one and it is impossible not to love it instantly. Tarannum might prove as an obstacle for you to like the song, but you will get accustomed to it after about two or three listens. The lyrics are also beautiful and very romantic. Ram has added various beautiful elements in the song, like the sitar and piano. The beats in the background are so catchy! They are soft and almost inaudible, but manage to attract your attention! Again, the composition isn’t all that innovative and it has been heard before, but it still has that vibe to it that makes you fall for it. In the short duration of four and a half minutes, four antaras have been crammed up, leaving minimal space for any interludes whatsoever. 😛 No complaints, but it is weird how the song has so many antaras. Beautiful! There’s no harm in calling it a #5StarHotelSong!! 

 

4. Bitua
Singer ~ Mohit Chauhan

Beautiful guitar strums and flute music start off this song, and a calm and serene atmosphere is created right from the first note. Mohit Chauhan with his amazing metallic voice, will attract you like a magnet. 😛 (Okay, sorry for the cheap jokes, but it’s true! His voice is too attractive!) The song is a lullaby, sung by a father for his son. Ram’s tune is very, very touching and emotional. It is easily one of his best compositions. The lyrics by Sandeep are again very good, and emotional. The arrangements are very soft, and have a calm, serene, dreamy touch to them, perfect for the kind of song that it is. The song is such that it can provide you bliss whenever you listen to it. 🙂 One of the best songs of Ram, Mohit and the best song of the album — so much so that I didn’t have much to write at all! I think this would be enough:- #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami
Singers ~ Ram Sampath & Earl Edgar D

The last song in the album, is the title song, and it is something that sounds very cheap. Cheap and fake Americanization, too. 😛 Ram has sung some lines in mixed Hindi and English. It just sounds so weird how he sings in English suddenly, and that too seems like he’s trying to fit in the lyrics in the tune, which is nothing great either. Especially the hook line, which seems like it’s a song composed by a fifth-grader (very frankly speaking). Rap by Earl Edgar is good. Though Ram is singing some uninteresting and bland lines, he has sung them good, with the required feel. Towards the end, he has just computerized his voice to make it sound like a woman’s voice. The techno arrangements which he has garnered the song with are plain annoying. The lyrics are about the film, and looking at them, I would guess that it has been placed at the end of the film, when the credits roll. (No, I’ve not seen it, so don’t suspect me if I’m correct! 😛 ) Disappointing title song!


Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami is definitely not an album that would feature in the list of “Ram Sampath’s Best Albums”. It would directly land at the bottom of the list of all of his albums, instead. Even though it isn’t that bad overall, when you look at how good his previous albums were, this one is nowhere near them, except maybe ‘Purani Jeans’. Three good and enjoyable songs, but two uninteresting compositions, make this album a mixed bag, out of which you can only select some items. Though it isn’t anywhere near his previous albums, Ram Sampath has delivered an album which has a majority of good songs and lands in the safe zone!

 

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

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

 

Which is your favourite song from Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next “dish”:- Tamanchey, Chefs:- Krsna, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Ikka Singh & R.D. Burman

A ROYAL SOUNDTRACK FOR THIS QUEEN! (QUEEN – Music Review)

In all the excitement for the new albums which were releasing last month, I totally forgot about my Early 2014 category! So now I am coontinuing with it! 🙂 The seventh album in my Early 2014 category has got to be be ‘Queen’. No, I’m not just reviewing it because the movie became a huge hit, but because its music was also very commendable! So here is my review for the ‘Queen’ music album!


Album Details:-

♪ Music by:- Amit Trivedi, Rupesh Ram & Laxmikant-Pyarelal
♪ Lyrics by:- Anvita Dutt, Raghu Nath, Varma Malik
♪ Music Label:- T-Series, Saregama
♪ Music Released On:- 30th January 2014
♪ Movie Released On:- 7th March 2014

Queen Album Cover

Queen Album Cover

 

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

To hear “Hungama Ho Gaya” full song on Saavn CLICK HERE

To buy this album from iTunes CLICK HERE

To buy “Hungama Ho Gaya” from iTunes CLICK HERE

 


Queen is a Bollywood comedy drama film which released on March 7th 2014. It is a joint production between Phantom Films and Viacom18 Motion Pictures. The film has been directed by Vikas Bahl and produced by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane. It stars Kangana Ranaut, Lisa Haydon and Rajkummar Rao in the lead roles. When I got to know that Amit Trivedi is going to score music for this film, I was very excited, because that man makes great music, though many times it is a bit too typical. After ‘Kai Po Che!’ and ‘Lootera’ albums being widely acclaimed last year, he can!e back this year with ‘Queen’. Though all songs weren’t noticed that much, they were still worth hearing and this album deserves to be in this category of mine. So let’s read my review for the music of ‘Queen’!


1. London Thumakda:- Singers ~ Labh Janjua, Sonu Kakkar, Neha Kakkar, Music by ~ Amit Trivedi, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

This song is a Punjabi Wedding Song, with the typical Amit Trivedi trademark all over it. He has used banjo to create the Punjabi atmosphere which is usually the job of the tumbi. Along with the banjo, dhols have been used in the traditional Punjabi way. In the antara, however, Amit has used his quirky techno sounds (which I cannot describe in words, only that they sound like a duck, but they sound good!). And who better than the Punjabi king Labh Janjua to sing this song! He has sung it very, very fabulously. There is not one single moment in the song where you will get bored. The Kakkar sisters, Sonu and Neha, have given brilliant supporting vocals. Anvita Dutt’s lyrics are very good, funny in places. If it were any other composer, he would have put too much of noise in whatever song he would have made for this situation, but Amit, using relatively less instruments, has shown that many instruments and loudness is not necessarily compulsory for Punjabi songs! And as expected right from the time it released, this song has become a huge hit over the weeks and is one of the best Punjabi dance songs this year!

 

2. Badra Bahaar:- Singer ~ Amit Trivedi, Music by ~ Amit Trivedi, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

Starting with horns, and instantly grabbing your attention, you will immediately come to know something different will be featured in this track. The composer’s unique voice and exceptional singing helps this tune a lot. Not that it is bad! Not at all! It is a very nice tune, but it will not sound so good in the first listen itself. Rather, you will have to give it some time to grow on you. The use of electric guitars in this track along with a classical-based tune shows exceptional fusion. ‘Bandish’ type lyrics (the ones which are there in classical songs) have been written by Anvita Duty to create a melancholic atmosphere, but the music does not make it feel that melancholic, and changes it to make it sound upbeat. The sitar’s use has been done in a very smart way, in the interlude along with drums, creating a beautiful effect. A very good track, but give it lots of time to grow on you! After it grows on you, you will surely feel like it is a  #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. O Gujariya:- Singers ~ Shefali Alvares, Nikhil D’Souza, Music by ~ Amit Trivedi, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

To be very honest, I didn’t like this song when it released and still don’t like it. However, when it became a hit, it became obvious to me that since everyone is liking it, there must be something good about it. So I will review it not from only my point of view but from a general point of view. The tune is a bit dull, which is why I didn’t like it. However, the musical arrangements and vocals have been done very skillfully, making the track at least a bit interesting. It is an upbeat song, supposedly a party song if you don’t watch the video, which isn’t shot in a party or anything like that. It is a feel good song and a forgrt-all-your-stresses kind of track. It starts with a horn-like instrument followed by techno sounds and Shefali’s typical ‘weird’ voice (which I personally don’t like 😛 ) but she has sung it well, no matter how weird her voice is, but it is unique. Nikhil also uses his typical voice which sounds a lot like the voice of the composer himself. Amit has mainly used techno elements in the track which make it way more interesting. The antara is also a typical Amit Trivedi antara, with a line sung by the lead singer, and the next line by the backing singers. This is a very interesting and prominent feature in many Amit Trivedi songs. I personally thought that the techno part at the end was a bit too stretched and could have been cut down a bit. A dull tune, fixed by the arrangements! Fun to listen to, though!

 

4. Taake Jhanke:- Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Amit Trivedi, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

So with this song, Arijit has ticked off Amit Trivedi on his list also! 😀 It starts in a typical Amit Trivedi style (yes, again!) and then come the brilliant backing vocals by someone who is uncredited (or maybe it is Arijit himself). Then an awesome mouth organ solo piece cones which will blow you away! Arijit is the right choice for this song. I cannot imagine anyone else singing this song other than him. The tune is very cute and is one that will be liked by all be it old or young. It is another happy-go-lucky song, which is at the peak of catchiness. The lyrics are also very nice and cute and the music suits the lyrics. The composition changes scale two or three songs, instantly making this simple song into a complex song. But Arijit changes scale with great ease, effortlessly. He seems at ease singing an Amit Trivedi composition. The music has also been arranged very well, with guitar as the prominent instrument along with the mouth organ, drums and Amit’s usual quirky sounds. So Amit has mostly concentrated on Western elements for this track. A great song which is cute in all aspects! Surely has to be a  #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Jugni:- Singer ~ Amit Trivedi, Music by ~ Amit Trivedi, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

The composer again comes behind the mic for this song, which is again another song just showing off his typicality. The tune is very nice, and I enjoyed it a lot because of the way it seems to motivate you and cheer you up. The main instruments are again guitars and drums. The backing vocalists play a very important part in the song, and they give that impact which wouldn’t have come without them. Lyrics by Anvita are about freedom, and the music by Amit has given a great feeling of freedom as well. Amit has sung the track very well too, in his unique voice. Again in the antara comes his typical antara-composing style, with him singing a line and the backing vocalists singing the next. It just sounds so magical! The banjo played at the starting and ending also sounds awesome. It is just another example of the fact that no matter how typical the sounds are, the song can still attract many listeners. A great tune, which will make you feel free! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Harjaiyaan:- Singer ~ Nandini Srikar, Music by ~ Amit Trivedi, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

The way iypt starts with mild piano, you will instantly come to know that a calm, soothing track is to follow. The string instrument used after that is just too good! It creates a very magical atmosphere around you, and you will slowly get immersed in the song. Nandini has sung the song very, very effortlessly. Amit Trivedi has used a garba effect similar to the way he did in ‘Shubhaarambh’ from ‘Kai Po Che!’. It starts less than halfway through the song. The hookline has a bit of a haunting feel, which will surely make goosebumps appear on your skin. Anvita Dutt’s lyrics are exceptional! The state of mind of a person left alone has been depicted perfectly through her lyrics! The sitar-like instrument at the end just increases the want for more of the song, it feels too short. A PERFECT song! A type of song which no one can ever criticise! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

7. Kinare:- Singer ~ Mohan Kanan, Music by ~ Amit Trivedi, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

Again starting with the Amit Trivedi copyrighted sound, this song is one of the weaker tracks of the album. I didn’t find the tune that strong, whereas the music has been given very efficiently. The sitar has been used in an outstanding manner! The track is a soft rock number, so naturally there are dripums and electric guitars present. However, the main highlight is Mohan Kanan’s singing. He has performed exceptionally. The lyrics are also good. It will remind you instantly of ‘Shikaayatein’ from ‘Lootera’, but that was many times stronger in terms of the tune. A weak tune which still deserves a listen though, for the vocals and arrangements.

 

8. Ranjha:- Singer ~ Rupesh Kumar Ram, Music by ~ Ruoesh Kumar Ram, Lyrics by ~ Raghu Nath

The only song which is not composed by Amit Trivedi, also deserves a very special mention. Though it is pretty short, the tune is very strong. When I say strong, it does not necessarily mean that it is complicated. In fact, it is exactly the opposite and is very sweet and simple. The composer sings it very good without the support of any instruments, making the tune stand out even more. The melancholic tune is instantly likeable. Lyrics are fully in Punjabi, and the composition has made it sound like a Punjabi folk song. Definitely deserves a listen as well!

 

Extra Song:-

Hungama Ho Gaya:- Singers ~ Asha Bhosle, Arijit Singh, Original Composition by ~ Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Recreated by ~ Amit Trivedi, Original Lyrics by ~ Varma Malik, New Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt, Music Label ~ Saregama

When the original song is a chartbuster, the chances of the remake to be a superhit increase by millions. That is exactly the case with this song over here. The mukhda sung by Ashatai has been kept as it is, but of course remixed with many techno sounds added to it. And trust me, if you are thinking it might be sounding very bad after remixing a classic song, you are completely wrong! It sounds awesome! We have not yet even come to the best part of the song, which is undoubtedly the Antara which has been added, with the vocals of none other than Arijit Singh! He has used a completely different texture in his voice for this song, probably imitating R.D. Burman’s voice texture, and succeeds with full marks (at least in my opinion). I loved his part!! The song has been remixed very very efficiently by Amit Trivedi, and the various sounds which he has used are just indescribable, creating a full on party mood and ambience. Not a single moment of the whole song in which you will feel bored. Even the least noticeable things like the backing vocalists singing “Hungama, hungama, hungama” are ‘ekdum’ perfect! I guess you’ve already understood that it is a  #5StarHotelSong!! 

Overall:- Queen is such a soundtrack which inspite of its typicality, has been liked by almost everyone. It is extremely light on ears, and each song has a certain feel-good vibe associated with it, be it the calm ‘Harjaiyaan’ or the enjoyable ‘London Thumakda’ or even the loud (opposite to Amit’s usual music) ‘Hungama Ho Gaya’. The typicality of Amit which is obvious in most of the songs, is liked by many but many dislike it as well. Even though it is high time he started trying different sounds, I feel he has already shown his versatility by composing songs of many genres, although sticking to his own template. He has tried all genres, but always sticking to his sound. This shows that he is confident of his sound, and the soundtrack of ‘Queen’ itself is an example that his typicality isn’t that big a problem, as he always leaves people awestruck when they hear his new songs. This album, though typical Amit Trivedi style, has been loved by one and all, because of the simplicity in the tunes, the light on ears quotient being more, and the brilliant arrangements. 

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

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

Next “dish”:- Humshakals, Chef:- Himesh Reshammiya