Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sangeet-Siddharth Haldipur
♪ Lyrics by: Kausar Munir & Vikram Bhatt
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 9th March 2016
♪ Movie Released On: 8th April 2016
To hear the full songs of this album on Saavn CLICK HERE
To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE
Love Games is an upcoming Bollywood romantic thriller, starring ‘Citylights’ fame Patralekhaa, and newcomers Gaurav Arora and Tara Alisha Berry. The movie has been directed by Vikram Bhatt and produced by Mukesh Bhatt and Mahesh Bhatt. Vishesh Films is back after a bit less than a year (after ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’ last June) next offering, which is kind of weird and creepy. So let’s get on to the music of the movie, which will definitely be the highlight, as it’s a collaboration between T-Series Films and Vishesh Films, and the last time that happened, ‘Aashiqui 2’ happened, so, I hope you get what I’m trying to say! The music for this movie is not by really famous composers, but they’re not unknown either! They’ve been in the industry for seven to eight years now, trying to make it big in the music industry, succeeding sometimes but failing other times. It’s none other than the music composer duo,
Sangeet & Siddharth Haldipur. I guess they had struck gold with some songs in ‘Murder 2’ (2011) and ‘Blood Money’ (2012), but they hardly came into notice with their songs after that, though they composed for many movies like ‘Aatma’, ‘Nasha’, ‘Hum Hain Raahi Car Ke’, and ‘Mad About Dance’, in which they didn’t score memorable songs as such, barring some, maybe, in ‘Nasha’. So this film would be something like a relaunch for them, being a child of two companies that always work great together, in the music department, T-Series and Vishesh Films. So here we go, to explore the music of ‘Love Games – Love Dangerously’, and see exactly how dangerous it is! 😀
Singers ~ Sangeet Haldipur & Rasika Shekhar, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir
The grand opening to the album is a sad-sounding romantic song full of pathos and melancholia. It starts with piano notes that have become typical to the Bhatts in today’s time, which are the harbingers of a typical Bhatt-ish melody. When composer Sangeet starts off with the song, though, his humming gives you the feeling that the song isn’t going to be that bad after all. His voice is perfect and has all the right emotions and expressions. To be honest, I had thought it wouldn’t be so good, but I was wrong. Sangeet’s voice is one of the best voices of a composer I’ve heard. His voice quality is pure, without any annoying irritations. Of course, some flat notes are there occasionally, but they seem deliberate, and I didn’t find them disturbing at all. Rasika, on the other hand, has sung in two tracks superimposed on each other. Her special husky voice never fails to make the hair on our skin rise, and always haunts to the core. Though I found it inappropriate in her last song ‘Sau Aasoon’ (Katti Batti) last year, it sounds perfect for this one. Moving on to the composition, it is perfect considering the theme of the film. Especially the part from “Tere aansoon piyoon main, kabhi tujhko hasaaun…. Hai Tuuuuuu!” is really addictive. The tune won’t seem appealing in the first listen, but as you keep hearing it again and again, it will definitely grow on you, being the slow poison that it is. Arrangements are great too, with soft and subtle piano accompanied by acoustic guitars during the initial portions of the song, which eventually break out into a complete rock template with drums and electric guitars, and then calming down again for the latter parts of the song. Kausar’s lyrics are suitable for the song, in that they are romantic and full of pain as a Bhatt song should be. By the way, I’ve seldom seen her writing for a Bhatt song. 😀 A great start to the album, with the Haldipur brothers giving a haunting and catchy romantic song with good vocals and arrangements too! The good lyrics are an additional attraction. #5StarHotelSong!
2. Love Games
Singer ~ Aanchal Shrivastava, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir
On seeing that there is a title track for a movie called ‘Love Games’, I was shocked and also sure that it would be pretty cheap. I remembered the title song of ‘Citylights’ and remembered how weird it sounded. So I didn’t expect anything at all from this one either. Boy, was I wrong! The song starts off with a really cool techno tune, followed by a really cool rhythmic sound of clinking a spoon on a glass cup. Aanchal Shrivastava, a debutante as far as I know, impresses highly with her rendition of the pretty innovative, yet retro-cabaret-sounding composition by the Haldipur brothers. Of course, the lyrics don’t really play a great role here, but hearing the sound effects which the composers and the singer have given, is what the song should be heard for. Not exactly haunting, the song has a kind of tune to it, that immediately would be connected with a vamp — which is what Patralekhaa is in the film — and even reminded me of vamps like Ursula (The Little Mermaid) and Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmatians) from Disney movies. 😛 Just imagine these characters dancing to this song… It actually works. 😛 The sound effects are amazing, what with various instruments joining in one after the other, especially in the mukhda, where a plucked string joins the clinking spoons, which is then joined by some great percussion. The backing chorus of men is just splendid, interrupting here and there, never giving a feeling that they’re unwanted. They whistle, and even make various sounds like “waou waou” and “pa pa pa”. The trumpets really deserve a mention. The whole arrangement and instrumentation impressed me a lot! The great composition helps to love all the other things, while the lyrics don’t play much of a role, being entirely situational. One of the most impressive title tracks in the recent past! Great job by the Haldipur brothers in creating an engaging song, with addictive arrangements, and a fantastic rendition by debutante Aanchal. Special mention for the backing vocals, probably by the composers themselves. Another #5StarHotelSong!!
Singer ~ Sangeet Haldipur, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir
The great experience just doesn’t come to an end! This song starts off with piano notes, as soft and subtle as those that started off ‘Awargi’, but, there’s a striking difference between the piano of this song and that. First of all, these notes sound pleasant and not very intense. They take on a lighter mood, than those of ‘Awargi’, and the most important difference is that they’re not typical like those of ‘Awargi’. They do not remind you of the Bhatts at all. As the song progresses, we learn that the piano is the most important and pretty much the only prominent instrument in the song, which takes on a totally unplugged kind of feel. In some places, the piano is joined by a flute, acoustic guitars and some strings. Sangeet & Siddharth have come up with a lilting melody that makes you forget your whereabouts, so that you can just get lost somewhere in the song. Though it is nothing that can be called catchy or groovy, it grows on you immensely. I said this for the first song too, but this one sounds very, very calming and soothing when it has completely grown on you. It is a simple, and sweet tune, which has been interwoven with just as simple words by Kausar. The arrangements are ultra simple; I don’t think something can get as simple as this and sound so great at the same time! Sangeet’s voice sounds perfect here, too, and one wonders why he isn’t heard more in songs composed by others too. He manages to make the song sound beautiful, even without making complicated twists and turns and variations in his voice. Slow and steady wins the race — ‘Mohabbat’ proves this saying, and how! I’d say sweet and simple wins the listener’s heart! Outstanding job by Sangeet-Siddharth on this!
Singer ~ Mohan Kannan, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir
Here we get to yet another upbeat song, like the title track. But when I say “like the title track”, at the same time, I mean that it’s very much unlike the title track too! This one is a rock song, which will hook you from the beginning. Mohan Kannan, lead singer of the Agnee band, gets behind the mic, rendering the song stupendously with all his might and energy. The song starts with haunting bells and some plucked string instrument, probably a cello. When Mohan enters though, everything takes on an even sinister look and the song actually sets soar from there. Credit has to be given to Sangeet-Siddharth’s composition, which strikes the right notes to make the song sound all the more ominous and threatening. It must have been difficult to compose a song with so many different layers, but I guess Sangeet-Siddharth are great at it, after composing for so many films of this type. The hookline is awesome, with the Hindi lyrics interwoven with bursts of English lyrics going “Gimme more Gimme gimme more love”. It sounds spectacular. Where the title song sounded like it was being sung by a vamp, this sounds like it’s being sung by a quintessential villain in superhero movies of Hollywood. 😛 The arrangements are immensely strong — electric guitars, drums, strings, chimes and other contrasting instruments. All these instruments, which do not seem to go well with each other, have gone well with each other in this song. The backing vocals (guessing it is the composers themselves) support Mohan brilliantly, who himself carries most of the song on his own shoulders. If anybody else would’ve been the singer, the song wouldn’t have been even half as captivating, and not even as powerful. Kausar’s lyrics are sinister and deadly as well, both the Hindi and English lyrics. A one-of-its-kind type of song, with haunting vocals, composition and arrangements. Actually, even the lyrics are haunting! This one is hauntingly PERFECT! #5StarHotelSong!!
5. Aye Dil
Singer ~ Sunidhi Chauhan, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir
Sunidhi and Sangeet-Siddharth must have a really good relationship with each other. After all, it was Sunidhi’s ‘Aa Zara’ (Murder 2) which they had composed, that got them their actual break in the industry! Here they are, back with Sunidhi, making us expect something even better than ‘Aa Zara’! The song starts off with a police siren, and then a retro-sounding disco-esque electric guitar kicks in. As Sunidhi sings the first few lines, we learn that this song is yet another ominous a sounding song from the album. However, with her next line (the one which starts off on a higher note) the 80s disco template sets itself into position. Sunidhi sings in a rather low-pitched voice, which she modulates as per the requirements, and very effectively too! The way she sings the vocal rhythm “na na na na” sounds really threatening and also catchy at the same time. Her rendition has to be praised — then again, when does she sound bad, anyways! Sangeet-Siddharth have come up with another ‘Aa Zara’ type composition, but this one still makes another place in the mind and heart for itself. The second antara gets unusually calm and kind of on a tangent to the rest of the song, but it sounds beautiful. The way the seamless transition from the mukhdas and antaras to the hook line is done, is worth mentioning. The duo has decorated the song with more weird and haunting sounds, such as the percussion in the hookline, the sounds resembling ghouls wailing, the sounds that remind us of Bappi Lahiri’s disco era, and even some EDM! It all comes together reallllyyy well. Backing vocals (again, I’m guessing it’s by the duo itself) are pretty cool, repeating “Jaane na” in a whispery voice after Sunidhi whenever she says it. 😀 You have to hear it to experience the greatness of it. There are some female backing vocals as well, that come in the last hookline — they sound pretty haunting as well. Kausar has managed to write great lyrics, questioning the heart what it actually wants, and highlighting how it contradicts itself. Sangeet-Siddharth excel in what I think is their speciality, yet again! 🙂 Sunidhi is the star of the song, of course, though! Yet another #5StarHotelSong!!
6. Lock Him Up
Singers ~ Sonia Saigal & Ravindra Chary, Lyrics by ~ Vikram Bhatt
Here we have a change of lyricists. Kausar retires for the rest of the album, she must be tired of writing such good lyrics, and Vikram Bhatt himself steps into her shoes for the remaining two songs. Well, this song starts off with the female singer Sonia Saigal singing some weird English lyrics in a weird tone and accent — what she’s saying is unintelligible. The song is nowhere as cool and great as the previous songs of the album, in that it has no tune which would stick inside your head, nor does it have good vocals, and not even lyrics (I was expecting that last one, anyways). The only thing good about the song is its arrangements, with lively guitar riffs, electric guitars and brass instrumentation and also some cool solos on the sitar (with the male singer Ravindra Chary playing it). The lyrics are all-English, and there is practically no composition. The less written about it is better, because if I say more it is a ease of my time and your time too. 🙂 You can hear it for the sitar though, the only worthwhile part of the song!
Singer ~ Shon Pinto, Lyrics by ~ Vikram Bhatt
The electric guitars hit your ears hard when this song starts. Shin starts singing something in English in a grungy voice. You wonder where you are and if you accidentally sleep-walked over to a rock concert. 😛 The song tries hard to be a great heavy rock song, but I guess it fails because, a) I couldn’t remember a thing of it after it was over, and b) it was too short for me to notice or remember anything other than the fact that it’s an irritating rock song. Sangeet-Siddharth’s arrangements are wonderful and it seems as if it is a rock song composed in the Western countries. Kudos to them for that. But the other aspects of the song are just miserable. Composition is not memorable, the singer is just shouting, and Vikram Bhatt’s lyrics can’t be heard spat some places, thus ending up sounding like rubbish. The album that started off so promisingly loses points very quickly with two bad songs at the end.
Love Games really surprised me. I wasn’t expecting Sangeet-Siddharth to come up with so many songs that would hook me so much. However, they made sure to deliver something good for this Vishesh Films & T-Series collaboration, and their efforts have bore fruit. So what if the last two songs are simply bleh? The first five are the ones that have hooked me like anything and the hard work of the duo really reflects in those songs. The last two being situational, naturally have no appealing factor. I would say that Sangeet-Siddharth’s Music Games (the trials and errors they must have done while composing the songs) have bore fruit, which is definitely not poisonous! 😀
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: Mohabbat > Aye Dil > Love Games > Nirvana > Awargi > Poison > Lock Him Up
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