THE NOT-SO-MEMORABLE QUIRKINESS OF MICHAEL MISHRA!! (THE LEGEND OF MICHAEL MISHRA – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Meet Bros. Anjjan, Nikhil-Ujjwal, Som-Raul, Abhinav Bansal & Rishi-Siddharth
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Nikhil-Ujjwal, Akash, Amitabh Ranjan, Alaukik Rahi & Abhinav Bansal
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 21st July 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 5th August 2016

The Legend Of Michael Mishra Album Cover

The Legend Of Michael Mishra Album Cover

 

Tohear the full songs of this album on Saavn CLICK HERE

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


The Legend of Michael Mishra is an upcoming Bollywood comedy film, starring Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani, Aditi Rao Hydari and Kayoze Irani in prominent roles. The movie is directed by Manish Jha, the director of ‘Anwar’, and produced by Kishor Arora, Shareen Mantri Kedia, and Wave Cinemas. The film is a quirky comedy, with a romance being its core topic. From the looks of it, it seems quite quirky alright, and it also seems like the props and sets and everything were unusually lavish and colorful. I can’t help but state here, that usually, when Bollywood does all this, the films land flat on their faces. Hopefully, we can expect something better from this! Moving on, the music is composed a long list of relative newcomers, except one team who we are quite acquainted with — Meet Bros. Anjjan, which signifies that their song had been composed quite some time ago, when they used to work as a trio. Of course, I’m excited for that one as I’ve started to like their music quite a lot! Then we have a whole list of new composers, the first ones being Nikhil-Ujjwal. Their names are Nikhil Malhotra and Ujjwal Kashyap, and it is their first Bollywood outing. Next we have another debutant duo, Som-Raul (Som Riggs & Rahul Singh). The fourth composer is Abhinav Bansal, a man who used to compose songs and release them as YouTube videos, until the makers of this film came along and not only noticed him, but also roped him in as a composer for their movie. And last, we have Rishi-Siddharth, who had composed for ‘Love Shagun’ earlier this year. Each of the composer teams have one song, making the album a five-song album. Hopefully, the album turns out as ‘legendary’ as it’s supposed to!!


1. Luv Letter
Singers ~ Kanika Kapoor & Meet Bros, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Of course, first up is the song that would reach out to most people, what with Kanika Kapoor being the singer! 😀 The makers have taken a great step in releasing it first, because, believe me, as massy as the other songs are, they wouldn’t have made the public so !much interested in the movie as this has. 😀 So, here we get a Kanika Kapoor song with MBA as the first song on the album. The composition is enjoyable, with a peppy groove to it, and surprisingly bearing very less resemblance to ‘Baby Doll’ (Ragini MMS 2) In fact, the mukhda sounds quite retro like those old songs of the 50s etc. Meet Bros. & Anjjan have worked quite well to make the song sound distinguishing, while at the same time ensuring that it turns out to be a ctachy affair in all. And may I also say that this song has been composed before ‘Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan’ (Roy) and would’ve released before it if the film hadn’t been delayed. That explains the similarities between this song and that, especially in the rap by Meet Bros. The song doesn’t actually resemble ‘Baby Doll’, but it resembles ‘Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan’ quite a bit! Nevertheless, it turns out to be groovy and enjoyable, as I’ve already said. The arrangements consist of the same beats and sound quite similar to ‘Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan’ as well. The techno sounds are quite groovy though. The popping sounds are cute as ever. Kanika’s voice, the oh-so-distinguished voice from everybody else, manages to grab your attention, and she puts on that innocent, sweet girl tone while singing this song. And then there’s Kumaar’s lyrics. Nonsensical as they are, they’re fun to hear. An enjoyable affair, but loses points in the resemblances to previous MBA songs! Something that is enjoyable and will be a mass hit, but will get washed out with the passage of time!

 

2. Ishq Di Gaadi
Singer ~ Karthik Dhiman, Music by ~ Nikhil-Ujjwal, Lyrics by ~ Nikhil, Ujjwal & Akash

The first debutantes of the album, Nikhil-Ujjwal, step into the album with a very folksy and upbeat song. The composition is something that I would associate to the phrase ‘Bhojpuri movie’ before I seriously start listening to its various aspects or start reviewing it seriously. So yeah, the treatment given to the song is kind of over-folksy, something I do not like at all! However, the base composition is one that would have sounded good had it not been treated so folksily. The composition as it stands sounds very mediocre, and has nothing in it that would grab your attention, and nothing to hear the song again and again for. The arrangements are good in that they have tried to resemble a village as far as possible. There’s a ‘however’ to this too! The ‘however’ is that the village treatment seems so forced, that it is hard to believe. You get through the whole song with a straight face and your body in the same position as it was at the beginning of the song. (I thought that according to Newton, a body changes its state of rest when an external force acts on it! I guess there is no force in this song then!) A cute string instrument however, is quite entertaining. The percussion is commendable, but not does in a tasteful manner here, unfortunately. The singer, Karthik Dhiman, has a good rustic voice, but it has been overdone again, and the high pitch doesn’t help at all. In the supposedly romantic song, it is a very big spoilsport. All it does is irritates. The composer duo writes the lyrics along with someone named Akash, and they can come up with strictly amateur lyrics, which actually make you think that the song is from a Bhojpuri film! Rustic-ness, gone wrong!!

 

3. Phir Tu
Singer ~ Sakina Khan, Music by ~ Abhinav Bansal, Lyrics by ~ Abhinav Bansal

Abhinav Bansal, who was discovered by the makers through YouTube, gets to compose the next song, a soft and pensive melody that instantly works its black magic on you. The composition is slow-paced and dreamily solemn. The hookline is really touching and again, is something that you will instantly develop a liking towards. The mukhda is enough to make you ready for the pensiveness that follows, while the antara makes things lighter with a higher pitch. All in all, the debutant’s composition is excellent. His arrangements as well, are mind blowing. Though more on the minimalist side, they stand out perfectly. The song starts with something like a harp, which gets you ready for a serious melody that is coming up. Acoustic guitars and strings join in by the first hookline. Finger snaps make a catchy rhythm in such a mellow song, while a very attractive violin piece entertains in the interludes. The guitar riff that constantly plays in the background is quite engaging as well. Sakina Khan (who debuted in ‘Love Shagun’, coincidentally singing for Rishi-Siddharth, who have a song in the album, and after that sung a foot-tapping song in ‘Phobia’) sings the pensive melody with a lull that truly lulls you, and you find your mind floating dreamily through the song, until it stops. Her husky voice texture is such a boon for the song; it makes the song listenable on loop. Abhinav also writes suitable lyrics to the song, something to think over while hearing the song. A beautiful melody, composed brilliantly by a newcomer! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Nikhatoo
Singer ~ Som Riggs, Music by ~ Som-Raul, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Ranjan

An untuned radio transistor starts off this quirky song, composed by newcomer duo Som-Raul, until the radio settles on a frequency which has some wonderful Arabic percussion and strings playing. The dynamic-ness of it all makes you all set to hear the rest of the song, which is a really enjoyable, groovy and quirky dance fest. The composition has many twists and turns, and so infectiously crazy, that you will definitely end up with your limbs moving in one direction and your head moving in the opposite — even if that’s impossible! Now, this is how a effective village touch can be given to a song. The composers have fused the very folksy composition with very attractive sound effects, like the aforementioned radio transistor, and quirky sounds that cannot be described at all. Most of the grooviness lies in the magic the composers have made while playing with the techno sounds and experimenting by distorting and cramming them into various places in the song. Som Riggs has sung in so many different voices, that it is hard to believe that there is only one man singing the entire song! The duo has really worked hard to make all those weird sounds fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. Towards the end, there is even a very, very effective increase in both pitch and tempo, making the infectious energy of the song increase manifold with it! The quirkiness of it all highly impresses! Amitabh Ranjan has also written some lyrics that are cute and humorous at the same time. And then the hookline is just too crazy! “Hum ho Gaye tohpe lattoo, na samjho nikhatoo, saanjh savere ab toh daalenge tera naam mein rattoo!” A song to definitely become lattoo on! A very experimental, quirky and enjoyable debut by Som-Raul! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Filam Shuru Hui Hai
Singers ~ Rishi-Siddharth, Music by ~ Rishi-Siddharth, Lyrics by ~ Alaukik Rahi

Quirky sounds played on rock guitar ensure you that the song that follows too, is going to be an entertaining one. And that is exactly what you get. Rishi-Siddharth, the only non-debuting team here, besides Meet Bros & Anjjan, have been roped in to make a song that seems to be the opening credits song. The song is an indicator that the movie has started and it is kind of a description of the scene at a movie theater. The composition is a type of pseudo-Qawwali one, with recognizable Qawwali nuances and styles. Various attractions throughout the song grab your attention and make you smile or even full-fledgedly laugh. The duo has come up with a song that is a nice, quirky and catchy opening credits song, and including it in the album is a great move, because I remember that there was such a song ‘Picture Shuru’ before ‘Barfi!’ started too, and it hadn’t been included. I guess that’s because it must be the theme song for Anurag Basu’s Picture Shuru Productions. Whatever. Back to this song. Speaking about arrangements, they are mostly Qawwali-esque arrangements like tablas and harmonium, and help the composition gain more appeal. Various other sound effects neutralize the Qawwali effects, too, though. Alaukik Rahi’s lyrics are hilarious as well as something that would be the common sight at any movie theater. It also explains the various elements that are necessary to get the the Indian mass audience to watch a film — songs, glamour, action etc. Rishi & Siddharth themselves render the song with a nasal twang, which infuses that craziness into the song — something that helps it quite a lot! The backing vocals (I guess, also by them) are mad too! All in all, a perfect end to the album, which might be the start to the movie!! #5StarHotelSong!!


The Legend Of Michael Mishra, is an album that doesn’t really impress with its mix of good and mediocre songs, but impresses individually with the last three songs. The composers, who almost all are relatively new on the music scene, have made decent efforts to keep the music in sync with the movie, and so the album scores high there. However, in spite of its quirkiness, this legend won’t stay with you for long! A washout-type album, that impresses momentarily!

 

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: Phir Tu > Nikhatoo > Filam Shuru Hui Hai > Luv Letter > Ishq Di Gaadi

 

Which is your favourite song from The Legend of Michael Mishra? Please vote for it below! Thanks 🙂

 

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PASSIONATE ROMANCE, AND FANATICAL DANCE!! (JUNOONIYAT – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Meet Bros. Anjjan, Stereo Nation, Jeet Gannguli & Ankit Tiwari
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Stereo Nation, Manoj Muntashir & Rashmi-Virag
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 30th May 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 24th June 2016

Junooniyat Album Cover

Junooniyat Album Cover

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Junooniyat (meaning: passion) is an upcoming Bollywood romatic comedy starring Pulkit Samrat and Yami Gautam in the lead roles. The film is directed by Vivek Agnihotri and produced by T-Series. Looking at the star cast instantly reminds me of the disaster called ‘Sanam Re’, which had pretty decent music, barring two to three tracks. Here, one of the composers from ‘Sanam Re’ is retained — Jeet Gannguli, with two tracks out of the six in the album. Meet Bros. Anjjan (the music was composed before the split) lead the soundtrack with three tracks, while Ankit Tiwari takes up the rear with one song. Hoping for some good music as this is a T-Series album, is natural. Also, the romantic genre is like an assurance for at least three to four super hit songs. So expecting that, as well. 😀 Let’s see what ‘Junooniyat’ has to offer!


1. Nachange Saari Raat
Singers ~ Neeraj Shridhar, Tulsi Kumar & Meet Bros, Rap by ~ Meet Bros., Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Original Composition by ~ Stereo Nation, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Original Lyrics by ~ Stereo Nation

Meet Bros. Anjjan get to open up the album with a dance party number, that is sure to climb the charts. Techno sounds are the quintessential start to these songs, and the brass instruments carry it forward. Meet Bros. sing an English intro to the song, until Tulsi kicks in with a totally different avatar. Meet Bros. Anjjan have taken StereoNation’s pop song ‘Nachange Saari Raat’ and remade it in a completely Bollywood manner. When they had remade ‘High Heels’ (Ki & Ka) I was really impressed, as they had completely transformed the whole song. However, this time, they have done a very typical remake — with the hookline being the same as the original and then composing some lines trying to match that line. And that is what makes the composition faulty here. It lacks the spunk that must be infused into such party numbers and turns put sounding pretty ordinary, just like the trio almost always did! (I personally liked most of Meet Bros’ work when they became a duo). The mukhda and antaras sound very outdated, something like ‘been there heard that’. The hookline is the only thing that sounds good, and that too, only in Neeraj’s voice. Tulsi seems to have tried too hard to sound different. It sounds good for the first few listens, but sounds irritating later on. Aditi Singh Sharma or Neha Kakkar would’ve been a better choice, in my opinion. Neeraj infuses the energy into the song. Arrangements too play as a savior, with the groovy club beats and brass instruments. Meet Bros. join in for a daaru-centred rap in the second interlude, which is a regular in club songs these days. Kumaar’s lyrics, too, are ordinary party song lyrics, stuff we got bored of in 2010, but Bollywood won’t until 2847. A decent attempt to make us dance all night, but just a temporary obsession. In the long run, it will be tough for this song to survive. A weak start to the album!

 

2. Mujhko Barsaat Bana Lo
Singer ~ Armaan Malik, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Rashmi-Virag

The next song brings in Jeet Gannguli, who has roped in T-Series’ latest obsession, Armaan Malik, to sing it. The song is your everyday romantic song with powerful rock guitars, trying to wail out all the romance in five minutes, just to have the lead couple break up after some time in the movie. Jeet’s composition is not exactly boring, but it isn’t anything great, either. First of all, the hookline is very flat, and doesn’t really appeal like a hookline should. When they say “jaana” at the end of the hookline, it seems like a very abrupt end, and sounds odd. The mukhda is the hookline itself, so you can see where that’s heading. The antara, starting off softly, and ending with the loud hookline, is not so impressive either. All in all, the composition is what too bland and tasteless. After ‘Milne Hai Mujhse Aayi’ (Aashiqui 2), Jeet tries another rock-styled romantic ballad, but doesn’t actually get where he had in that song. He has also tried to make Armaan sing as dynamically as Arijit had in that song, but it sounds like he is merely copying Arijit with a bit of K.K. occasionally. Armaan does do quite a good job though, considering how ordinary the song is. In the arrangements, too, nothing appeals except an awesome saxophone by Raj Sodha which plays many times in the song. Everything else is the normal electric guitars, drums and whatnot. Rashmi-Virag, too, can’t save the song, probably giving one of their most ordinary songs of all. A song which is so ordinary, that you sit through it with a straight face. Disappointing work from Jeet, Armaan and Rashmi-Virag! The second consecutive typical song of the album…

 

3. Ishqe Di Lat
Singers ~ Ankit Tiwari & Tulsi Kumar, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

The third and last composer, Ankit Tiwari steps in with the third song on the soundtrack. This time, I have huge hopes from him, what with him recently showing some great versatility in ‘Sehra’ (Do Lafzon Ki Kahani) and his single song ‘Badtameez’ which was out and out metal! And boy, he impresses and how!! Something I was waiting for from Ankit for a long, long time — a romantic song which doesn’t use all the same notes as all his other songs, something that doesn’t fall right into the category of ‘nighttime songs’. Something that will force me to play it over and over again. The last time he gave such a romantic song before ‘Sehra’, was all the way back in January 2015 — ‘Katra Katra’ (Alone). This time, he goes way ahead of anything he has done before. The song starts off with an acoustic guitar and harmonica combination, and then Ankit starts off with something that won’t really disclose anything about the magic that’s about to follow. At the first glance, it seems like any other Ankit song, a slow and dreamy melody. But it is when the Qawwali sets in, that I get swept away. Ankit has experimented a lot, using a fusion of Qawwali and Spanish arrangements. The hookline is arranged completely on Qawwali instruments. The tablas have been played tooooooo impressively, and it sounds even better than ‘Sanam Re’ title song or ‘Jeena Marna’ (Do Lafzon Ki Kahani), because the rhythm is way more catchy and innovative. Spanish guitars help in making the arrangements sound more dreamy and lilting. Strings and rock guitars also impress highly. I felt that these were one of Ankit’s best ever arrangements. The composition too, is way more than just an ordinary Ankit Tiwari composition. It is very matured and livelier than those others too. Also, the good, long length is like a bonus for us listeners. With two antaras having the same soulful and melodious tune, and the mukhda playing again once at te end, the song is nice and long, and cherishable. It isn’t like all those other good songs that end before they start. 😀 On the vocals front, Ankit seems to be very less autotuned, which I’m happy about. At the same time, Tulsi sounds like herself and sounds very beautiful. In the mukhda, her low pitch voice could’ve been avoided, though. Manoj Muntashir’s lyrics are beautiful as always, and Ankit brought them to life very effectively with such a great composition. A Spanish-Qawwali-rock fusion that works really effectively in engaging the listener right away. A strong hook really works, doesn’t it? Though it’s pretty deep into the soundtrack, here is ‘Junooniyat’s first #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Junooniyat
Singer ~ Falak Shabir, Backing Vocals by ~ Thomson Andrews, Keshia Braganza, Gwen Dias & Ryan Dias, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Meet Bros. Anjjan come back into the album with their second song, which happens to be the title song. The song starts off on a grand note, with a very magnificent strings orchestra, and a wonderful backing chorus. The composition is not actually a typical Bhatt-ish one, either. However, it does sound like something that would sound good in one of those films. The trio has done a very good job trying to infuse as much grandeur in the song as possible, so as to make it sound more enchanting. And it works. The composition, for one, is very imposing; I wasn’t expecting such a heavy composition for the title song of this movie. However, it turns out to be quite heavy, and also takes quite a few listens to completely grow on you. The hookline may seem overdramatic at first, but later on, you get accustomed to it, and it sounds mesmerizing. So mesmerizing, that it won’t leave your head. The mukhda isn’t instantly likable, but sounds great after a few listens. Same goes with the antara. It sounds very typical at first, but after repeated listening, you get the beauty hidden in it. It has been composed on very high notes, and Falak beautifully renders the composition, with its numerous variations. The arrangements are as grand as grand can be. The backing vocalists do their best to make the song sound enchanting, and they succeed. The strings play an important role in infusing magic into the song. Electric guitars and some great percussion lead the song into the category of ‘heavily instrumentated, but sweet sounding songs’. The orchestration is something we have never heard from Meet Bros. Anjjan. The cello and violins have been played so very beautifully. The haunting composition also helps in making the song sound appealing. Flute in the first interlude soothes you down, while electric guitars in the second interlude make you feel more energetic. The whole arrangements somehow reminded me of the music of movies set in Kashmir — ‘Fanaa’, ‘Haider’, ‘Fitoor’ and the like; it was so grand. Falak’s vocals are par excellence. I’ve never heard Falak sing in such a dynamic manner, and I must say, he sings mighty well!! Kumaar has written typical romantic Bhatt-ish lyrics, but the grand composition makes them sound great. They suit the theme of the song. Meet Bros. Anjjan at their best! A Mithoon-styled composition, that is heavy and haunting, but appealing at the same time. The imposing orchestration makes it seems all the more grand, and Falak renders it beautifully. Special mention for the beautiful backing vocalists! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Pagalon Sa Naach
Singers ~ Meet Bros. & Khushboo Grewal, Backing Vocals by ~ Ruchir, Ambresh & Ashish, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

The lead trio, MBA, end their part of the album with a crazy, wacky, insane holi song. Again, this song doesn’t appeal right away, but after a few times of hearing it, it appeals to you and you sstart praising it. The song starts with a crazy flute, in a South-flavoured rhythm, followed by a weird techno sound that is so catchy. The same tune is later played on a shehnaai, and you know that nothing but craziness follows. The trio has composed a zany but immensely catchy song, something that I normally would expect from Pritam or Rahman or Vishal-Shekhar or Sachin-Jigar or Amaal Mallik, too. The trio succeeds in making a composition with numerous twists and turns, tempo changes and weird variations. The craziness doesn’t go overboard, like it does sometimes (‘Housefull 3’), nor does it fall short. It is just right and that is why it sounds good. The dappankuthu rhythm sounds great for the song, and it follows the footsteps of ‘Balam Pichkari’ (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani) in being a Holi song which is silly and catchy at the same time. The way the trio has creatively joined the mukhda and antaras to the hookline with the smooth tempo change, is really fun to hear. The line “subah Ke baje chaahe paanch, chaahe paanch, saade paanch” serves as a tempo changer as well as a seamless bridge to the hookline. Arrangements excel, with techno sounds, dholaks (Sanjeev Sen), the aforementioned shehnaai (Omkar Dhumal) and the percussion conducted by Nikhil Korpade, all sound cool together. The brass band, which is kind of essential in most modern-day Holi songs, has been nicely placed too. Meet Bros’ vocals sound great, as always. I like how both their voices sound like one, every single time. 😀 Khushboo, who impressed in ‘Girl I Need You’ (Baaghi) earlier this year, impresses here too, but in a totally different manner. She sings in so many different voices, sometimes high pitched, and sometimes low. It is really remarkable how she does those variations, because she never showed her versatility before ‘Baaghi’! Last but not the least, Kumaar’s lyrics are fun to hear. They are not too nonsensical, but they at least appeal and don’t come across as disgusting. After all, this is Kumaar’s forte! An insane Holi track, that will get India grooving next spring!! Meet Bros. Anjjan have showed immense versatility in this one album! You must hear this one and you have to pagalon sa naach (dance like idiots :p ) after that!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Tu Junooniyat (Climax)
Singers ~ Shrey Singhal & Akriti Kakar, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

Jeet Gannguli takes over to wrap up the album, with a song that is supposed to be the climax song of the movie, another title song. The first title song by Meet Bros. Anshan was a soulful, haunting number. However, here, Jeet takes us back to 2006-2007 and composes a wonderfully nostalgic number. The song has been composed like a club number, full of pain and sorrow, but nevertheless making you groove to the beats. It falls into the category of songs like ‘Ya Ali’ (Gangster), with numerous techno beats accompanying a purely soulful, yet upbeat composition. Jeet has tried his hand at this, I think for the first time after ‘Blood Money’s ‘Jo Tere Sang’. In fact, the song sounds a lot like ‘Jo Tere Sang’. However, I loved it. Jeet’s composition being so nostalgic, turned out to be an advantage for it. It takes you back to those days when Pritam and Himesh would rule the music industry with these songs. The little couplet sung by Shrey in the beginning, is wonderfully composed, but who would know that it would make way for an electrifying composition! The mukhda is instantly likable, as is the hookline. The main reason is the dynamic arrangements. They are just too groovy. Jeet has composed the first antara as a replica of the mukhda, while the second has Akriti singing a beautiful and soulful tune, that you are surely going to love. While Shrey’s parts have been heavily accentuated by techno club sounds, Akriti’s are minimally decorated, just by soft strings and a loop of electric guitar riffs. Jeet tries dubstep successfully in the first interlude, accompanied by marvelous strings. Ankur Mukherjee’s guitars are beautifully placed in the song, and sound beautiful. To write about the vocals, Shrey sounds very, very much like Atif Aslam, so much so that I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference if Atif himself sings another version of the song later on. Akriti seems to have sung in an uncomfortably high pitch, but nevertheless, she sounds beautiful. Manoj Muntashir, yet again, writes wonderfully romantic lyrics which do have a bit of a climactic tint in them. A song PERFECT for the climax of the movie. Jeet takes us back to 2006/2007 with a wonderful clubbish intense romantic number, which he does beautifully. Both singers are awesome in their rendition, while Jeet’s arrangements just take the song higher! #5StarHotelSong!!


Junooniyat was an album I was expecting not more than three-four great songs. And what a surprise when I get exactly four good songs, the remaining two failing to offer much. Meet Bros. Anshan show immense talent in versatility by composing a party number, an intense romantic track that might even put stalwarts to shame and a Holi number, all in one single album! Time for them to come and compose solo for an album now after their debut ‘Isi Life Mein’ (also their only Solo album, I think!!). Jeet goes diplomatic with one mediocre song and one brilliant song. Loved the way he chose the 2000s path to give a mind blowing climax song. However, the winner of the album, hands-down, is Ankit Tiwari, the chap who has troubled us a lot previously, and decided to come and impress again this year. After great songs, one each in ‘Airlift’ and ‘Do Lafzon Ki Kahani’, he highly impressed with his single song in ‘Junooniyat’. But that single song is what stands tall in front of all the other songs! With that, I must say, this junooniyat (passion) was worth hearing! It is full of passionate romance, and fanatically passionate dance!!

 

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: Ishqe Di Lat > Tu Junooniyat (Climax) > Junooniyat > Pagalon Sa Naach > Nachange Saari Raat > Mujhko Barsaat Bana Lo

 

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

 

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HEROIC IN ALL ASPECTS!! (HERO – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Amaal Mallik, Jassi Katyal, Meet Bros. Anjjan & Sachin-Jigar
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar & Niranjan Iyengar
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 14th August 2015
♪ Movie Released On: 11th September 2015

Hero Album Cover

Hero Album Cover

 

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

To hear “Main Hoon Hero Tera (Sad Version)” on Saavn CLICK HERE

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE

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Hero is a Bollywood romantic action drama film, released on 11th September, 2015. It starred Sooraj Pancholi (Aditya Pancholi’s son) and Athiya Shetty (Suniel Shetty’s daughter) in the lead roles, and serving as the launch vehicle for both of them. The film also stars Aditya Pancholi and Sharad Kelkar in supporting roles. It was directed by Nikhil Advani, and produced by Salman Khan and Subhash Ghai. The film is a remake of the 1983 film of the same name, which had starred Jackie Shroff. It got mostly negative reviews from critics and the public. Anyways, the music of the film was composed by multiple composers, the list consisting of T-Series’ hot favourites Amaal Mallik and Meet Bros. Anjjan, along with Punjabi composer Jassi Katyal who had composed an avoidable song in ‘Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend’ this year, and two songs by Sachin-Jigar. I was really looking forward to the album before it released and when it did, all I can say was that I had heard such a good album full of variety after a long time! Read on to find out my exact views about each song! 🙂


1. Main Hoon Hero Tera (Salman Khan Version) / Main Hoon Hero Tera (Armaan Malik Version) / Main Hoon Hero Tera (Sad Version)
Singers ~ Salman Khan / Armaan Malik / Armaan Malik, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

The title song of this film gets the first slot in the soundtrack, and the ever-promising Amaal Mallik gets the chance to compose it. As you already know, the song became a rage, and also the most famous song from ‘Hero’, but that’s just the public appeal side of it. What did I think of it? Well, don’t worry! I loved it just as much as everyone else did! 😀 Salman is roped in to sing the first version, and it being his production, he probably wanted it to be something special, and that’s why he sang, maybe. Well, however bad I found his voice in Himesh’s ‘Kick’ songs ‘Jumme Ki Raat’ and ‘Tu Hi Tu’, the reprises of which he sang, here his voice has been garnished with all the technicalities and leave it up to Amaal to make it sound as if he’s (almost) a professional! All the technical aspects have been dealt with properly, resulting in Salman sounding better than usual. The second version is by a professional Armaan, so naturally, as far as the vocals go, I prefer Armaan’s version over Salman’s. It is even on a higher pitch, and Armaan’s vocals are way more mellifluous than Salman’s! He even sings the tune a bit differently from Salman when the line “khud Se naaraaz hoon” plays. And the way he sings it, you just can’t suppress that Waaah! from escaping your mouth. When you read the song’s title, you would expect an typical Bollywood upbeat hero introductory song, with dhinchak beats or whatever, but when it plays, you realize that it is a very serene, calm and soothing melodious song. Amaal returns to that genre after doing some crazy stuff here and there like ‘Chaar Shanivaar’, ‘Saiyyan Superstar’ and whatnot, but I’m glad that he hasn’t lost his prowess in composing such soulful songs. The arrangements set up a just as tranquil environment and ensure that we have our attention wholly and solely on the song. The guitars and piano really help in doing that. In the hookline, splendid percussion joins in and gives the song a bit of an Indianized flavour. And those backing vocals going “Haaayeee” compel us to say the same thing when they play. The tune of the antara has been kept really simple, yet sweet. The strings interlude in the second interlude sounds great, and is actually the tune of the hookline of Amaal’s second song in the film, to come later on in the album. And then Kumaar’s lyrics are something that propel the song to heights, in the conversational form which they are written in. The sad version has Armaan behind the mic again, with a slight alteration in the lyrics, to make it sound sad. It goes “Kya main hoon hero tera?”. Duration has been shortened drastically for that version, and arrangements have been minimised as far as they could be, yet having a great impact in the song, especially the wonderful string orchestration, that builds up to the climax, only to calm down after some time, and again increase, finally ending the song on a orchestral low and with Armaan singing “Haan main hoon hero tera”. A soulful start to the album by Amaal Mallik, in three beautiful versions! Kudos to him for doing all the necessary processing to portray Salman’s voice in a melodious way! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Yadaan Teriyaan (Version 1) / Yadaan Teriyaan (Version 2)
Singers ~ Rahat Fateh Ali Khan / Dev Negi & Shipra Goyal, Music by ~ Jassi Katyal, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

The next song on the album also comes in two versions. One by Pakistani Sufi singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, and the other by relatively newbies, Dev Negi & Shipra Goyal. Jassi Katyal, who had composed some very atrocious ‘Mata ka jagrata’ called ‘Maa De Dandeya’ in ‘Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend’, hadn’t really impressed me there, so I wasn’t expecting anything from him. And of course, I was expecting another upbeat and atrocious track. But then I saw Rahat’s name and that left me utterly confused. For all I knew, Rahat wouldn’t sign any atrociously sick party track. After hearing the song, I got to know that it was a typical Punjabi rock romantic song. It starts with the breathtaking sound of a sarangi, followed by the very rustic and lovely voice of Rahat. The twinkling sounds make it sound even more soothing. When the drums kick in, it starts sounding a bit too typical, and coupled with the electric guitars, even more so. The sarangi keeps making inputs throughout the song, and Rahat’s beautiful singing along with those arrangements sounds awesome. The composition does get a bit dull and boring at places, and the length doesn’t help much either. Flutes have also been used in a mind blowing way, something that I would never have expected from Jassi after that disgusting first impression of his. The lyrics are pure Punjabi lyrics, as soulful as the arrangements. The second version takes the form of a duet between Dev Negi and Shipra Goyal, and the arrangements are mainly the same, but the difference is that the switching from male to female voices in the duet version provides the necessary change, which in turn, makes this version a bit more enjoyable and interesting. Shipra’s voice is sweet and Dev also sounds beautiful with his deliberately husky voice. All that and more, made me like the duet version more than Rahat’s solo. An unexpectedly great composition from Jassi, just getting a bit too typical at times, but I would recommend the duet version, which is a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Dance Ke Legend
Singers ~ Meet Brothers & Bhoomi Trivedi, Additional Vocals by ~ Sunaina Singh, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

As soon as it starts, you can’t help but wondering where you’ve heard that tune before. I was very, very sure I had heard it somewhere in some song, yet I couldn’t recall which song exactly! And I ended up getting trapped into the net of catchiness that the tune has set out for listeners like us. It is my common experience that almost everything Meet Bros. Anjjan offer to us, it always turns out to be catchy and something likable in terms of the tune. Here too, I observed the same! The song is the boys vs. girls kind of dance face-off we have grown up watching many times in Bollywood movies, but this time with a modern touch. The club beats and all is fine, but apart from that, the tune doesn’t really stand out as something extraordinary, making the sound seem a bit on the weaker side in that department. Had there been a better tune especially to the mukhda, the song would have excelled. That part does the job of making sure the listener has all attention on the song, and if that itself fails to catch the listener’s attention, then it’s an attempt that fails, no matter how good the stuff that follows is. The catchiest part has to be that hookline which really makes you behave as if you yourself are the ‘Dancing Floor Ke Legend’, since you dance along to the beats and tune. About the vocals, Meet Bros make a very smart move yet again by singing the song themselves instead of making Mika sing a song that seems tailor-made for him. They sound good, too, except that the two voices sound a bit annoying, always together, never solo. 😛 Bhoomi Trivedi, who sang really well in her first Bollywood song, ‘Ram Chahe Leela’ (Ram Leela), doesn’t get as much scope here, but does a satisfying job whatever she sings. Sunaina sounds really cheap, however when she sings “Show meeee… Votcha gott” like a typical German. 😂 Arrangements are pretty cool, especially the interludes, the first one being a kind of weird techno beats that really sounds awesome with great sound effects, and the second one with an out-and-out Latino-Brazilian touch with the brass instruments, and vocal interruptions. Kumaar’s lyrics are interesting, and provide the necessary entertainment which the tune other than the hookline fails to give. They are what make the song a memorable, for at least some time, girls vs. boys face-off. If only the composition had been better, this one would have been really good!! But since it isn’t, all there is to pay attention to, is mainly Kumaar’s entertaining lyrics!

 

4. Khoya Khoya
Singers ~ Mohit Chauhan & Priya Saraiya, Backing Vocals by ~ Tanishka Sanghvi & Arpita Chakroborty, Music by ~ Sachin-Jigar, Lyrics by ~ Niranjan Iyengar

Sachin-Jigar, fresh from the success of their awesome album ‘ABCD 2’, now jump into the album, to treat us to the first of their two songs in this album. When this one started, I couldn’t help but drown into the very dreamy, Gujarati/Rajasthani folk lines sung by Sachin’s daughter, Tanishka, who had spellbound us with ‘Vande Mataram’ (ABCD 2) earlier this year. The programming done with her voice serves as a hindrance to some, but some may find it to be beautifying her voice. As soon as Mohit starts, the striking resemblance to Sachin-Jigar’s own ‘Jeene De’ (Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya) can’t be ignored, and coincidentally both songs are sung by Mohit. It lasts for a very short time, and Priya with her beautifully programmed voice, comes and rescues the song from sounding too familiar, and the tune of her lines is awesome, as is the hookline that Mohit sings after them. Arpita does some wonderful classical vocals in the first interlude, sounding very sweet. Sachin-Jigar’s awesome arrangements, mostly traditional and sounding very North-Easternized thanks to the awesome dafli percussion, matkas, and serene flutes, meeting the modern guitars, are tremendously attractive. The second interlude has a tune that starts off sounding a lot like ‘Jaane Dil Mein Kabse Hai Tu’ (Mujhse Dosti Karoge); well, that’s the new ‘Hero’ signature tune. The antara continues with the beautiful composition, vocals and arrangements, and before you know it, the song is over. Though it is a bit above 5 minutes in duration, it has not a single boring moment, except that the hookline may sound a bit like ‘Rabba’ (Heropanti), but only if you are bent on finding faults in the song. If you forget about it, it sounds pretty normal. Niranjan Iyengar’s lyrics are romantic and sweet, cute at the same time, like a youth romantic song should sound. Everybody associated with this song has done a lot of hard work, and that’s why it sounds so good as a result! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. O Khuda
Singers ~ Amaal Mallik & Palak Muchhal, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Amaal Mallik’s second song in the album starts off with a captivating harmonica, followed by wonderful flute, supported by Spanish guitars and sounds like castanets. And then guess who starts singing? I would’ve expected Armaan to sing, as he sings mostly for Amaal, but here, the composer himself steps behind the mic and beautifies everything with his just-as-soothing voice! His debut as a singer has bore fruits and I hope he sings even more in the days to come. About the composition, it is something that will just transport you to another land, possibly that is what they call the Land of Dreams in all those fairy tales we’ve read as little kids. But seriously, this song has some sort of magical power that just makes you speechless for the five minutes of its duration, and even when it’s over, you might be unable to shake yourself out of that trance. Palak has just one line in each antara, so it didn’t really matter to me how she sung; I liked it anyhow. The serene and free-flowing composition ensures that you are completely, totally immersed in it’s awesomeness and no matter how simple it may be, it has the power to grasp you. Arrangements are just as beautiful throughout the song, as they are in the prelude, with grand strings, Spanish guitars, flutes and some awesome theatrical percussion. Rock guitars also make a cameo and impress in their short performance too. In the second interlude, Amaal plays on the cello, the same ‘Hero’ signature tune which we heard in ‘Khoya Khoya’, and it is supported by a wondrous chorus, which also provides a great impact in other parts of the song as well. The hookline, in all its simplicity, is one of the most captivating hooks for a sad song in recent times. Kumaar’s lyrics clearly depict the sadness of two parted lovers, kept apart due to circumstances against them. The Spanish touch to an emotional romantic song, plus the awesome vocals and composition, and perfect lyrics, makes it a sureshot #5StarHotelSong!!!

 

6. Jab We Met
Singers ~ Rahul Pandey & Shalmali Kholgade, Backing Vocals by ~ Divya Kumar & Jigar Saraiya, Music by ~ Sachin-Jigar, Lyrics by ~ Niranjan Iyengar

To end the album, we have the dependable Sachin-Jigar coming back with their second song, which starts off resembling quite a lot their own ‘Haseena Tu Kameena Mein’ (Happy Ending), with that peppy sound and weird vocal sounds by Jigar. Nevertheless, it captivated me right from the first second. Rahul Pandey (also a singer on that song from ‘Happy Ending’) starts the song in a great way, with his slightly husky voice, sounding a lot like Nikhil D’Souza. Shalmali kicks in with a very bold and accentuated voice, sounding really great as well. And she sings the part of the song that leads up to the hookline, a very crazily created, catchy, zany, insane, wacky thing that will just make you gyrate your body to its tune. Divya and Jigar make sure that it reaches the heights of craziness and peppiness, still keeping it catchy and groovy. They start it after taking a little pause, making it all the more catchier! The awesome Punjabi dhols and popping sounds, and the Bhangra “haay! haay!” all provide the listener with things that would not leave him bored for even a second! In the interludes things get a bit emotional, with that ‘Hero’ tune playing on a flute, but they get lively once more with the onset of the antara. Shalmali’s English portion, sounds really professional and it is worth hearing again and again. In the second antara, she does some full-fledged emotional humming portion, which gives a small relief from the craziness, and makes you ready for the craziness to continue after that small part is over! The song being the longest in the album, it doesn’t seem so, only because of the many interesting elements that Sachin-Jigar have included in it, so that we have a good time hearing it. Niranjan’s lyrics are quite suitable for a romantic comedy movie, unlike this one, but maybe the situation in the movie called for it, so I can’t say much on that. However, if the situation is a light romantic one, I’m quite sure that these lyrics are both entertaining and relevant at the same time! An entertaining mix of Punjabi folk and modern sounds! Great and successful attempt by Sachin-Jigar in making this song so addictive! And special marks for Divya’s loud parts in the hookline! He shines! #5StarHotelSong!!


Hero is a multi-composer album that just proves wrong whatever assumptions I have about multi-composer albums in general! All the songs are catchy in some or the other way, suit the situations in the film, and none of them are such that you would skip them right away! With four composers, it rarely happens that they come together and blend together in a seamless manner, but it has happened here, with Nikhil Advani’s ‘Hero’. Though there are some small faults here and there in my opinion, they are small enough to be ignored, because all the songs together provide the variety that is required in a commercial action / romantic film’s album! An album that would emerge as a hero among multi-composer albums!!

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: O Khuda > Jab We Met > Main Hoon Hero Tera (Armaan Malik Version) > Khoya Khoya > Main Hoon Hero Tera (Sad Version) > Main Hoon Hero Tera (Salman Khan Version) > Yadaan Teriyaan (Version 2) > Dance Ke Legend > Yadaan Teriyaan (Version 1)

 

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DOESN’T DESERVE TO BE WELCOMED!! (WELCOME BACK – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Meet Bros. Anjjan, Anu Malik, Mika Singh, Music MG (Milind Gaba), Siddhant Madhav, Yo Yo Honey Singh & Abhishek Ray
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Manoj Muntashir, Shabbir Ahmed, Music MG (Milind Gaba), Arafat Mehmood, Nitin Raikwar, Deane Sequeira, Manvendra & Abhishek Ray
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 6th August 2015
♪ Movie Released On: 4th September 2015

Welcome Back Album Cover

Welcome Back Album Cover

 

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Welcome Back is a Bollywood action comedy film, that stars an ensemble cast consisting of John Abraham, Shruti Haasan, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Paresh Rawal, Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, Shiney Ahuja and Ankita Shrivastava. The film is directed by Anees Bazmee, and produced by Firoz Nadiadwala. As even the newest born baby in the country must be knowing by now, owing to the delay my review has made in arriving, the film is a sequel to the 2007 superhit ‘Welcome’. The absence of Akshay Kumar was already a cause of negative buzz surrounding the film even before its release, and after release, it’s as if the film has been forgotten by most people. Anyways, the music has been given by a horde of music directors, which you can read up in the “Album Details” section, because I’m really too lazy to even copy-paste all that (mostly because of the GENIUS music composers that the list contains). It seems to be an album where T-Series has very little say in what songs to include and what to not, because it has turned out very BAD, frankly. So my review for it will be written with the same amount of interest that the composers have seemed to put into the making of the songs; be ready! 😀 Also look out for many lines where you can point out how irritated I was with the composers as I went through this unnecessarily loooooonnnnnggggg album!


1. Tutti Bole Wedding Di
Singers ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan & Shipra Goyal, Backing Vocals by ~ Ambresh, Ved, Ashish, Ruchir & Bipin, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

To open up this grand album, we have a wedding song that tries to be grander than it should. Larger-than-life arrangements coupled with a staid band-baaja tune is something that is doomed to fail. The Bollywood audience has already had enough of the wedding themes in the 90s and early 2000s itself, and another song along the same lines, without any hint of innovation or evolution is definitely not going to all of a sudden change the mind of the public. Meet Bros. Anjjan, releasing one of their pre-split songs, must’ve been too over-excited after getting a song in such a big-budget movie, that they lost their senses halfway through the process of making it. The stale pe-pe-pein template, a must in Bollywood wedding songs, makes an appearance in this song as well, and it couldn’t have got any more clichéd than this. I have to admit, the good recording and arrangements do give some reason to hear the song despite the boring composition. Meet Bros, making a smart move by not hiring Mika for the song, have also avoided another chance of making the song sound even more stereotypical. Their voices sound way better than Mika would have sounded! Shipra also sounds good in her parts, but again, could’ve added a bit more energy to hear voice. On the arrangements front, dholaks, tumbi, flutes, trumpets and all the other wedding instruments don’t shy away from making appearances at least once in the song. A guitar interlude before the second antara, is worth paying attention to, though! Kumaar’s Hinglish lyrics are neither catchy, nor do they generate any interest in the listener, which is normally the case with Hinglish lyrics. Towards the end, a tempo increase makes things livelier but not at all interesting, and it ends up sounding like a mess! Not an impressive start to the album by Meet Bros. Anjjan!! Arrangements are what makes it tolerable, or else you better just go hear some 90s wedding song — it would be more enjoyable!

 

2. 20-20
Singers ~ Anu Malik, Mamta Sharma & Shadab Faridi, Music by ~ Anu Malik, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir & Shabbir Ahmed 

Anu Malik enters the soundtrack with the second track itself, as if trying to say, “Fear not, I’m here!” But then, does it even apply here? Earlier this year, he gave us a great soundtrack in ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, composing songs that both catered to the audience as well as suited the theme of the movie. He had to compose in 90s style there, as the film was set in the 90s. But does that mean he should eternally compose as if it is always the 90s? Because apparently, he seems to be under the impression that what worked 20 years ago, will work even now, even though not required in the film. So, he churns out a song that seems to have been rotting in his music bank ever since he debuted! Right from the beginning, you instantly feel that you are in that era when stupid lyrics and a “catchy” tune would work no matter what. The arrangements make sure you feel that way. And what should I say about the composition? I’ve already said it sounds like a stale 90s item song, and that is it! Nothing more, nothing less. Add Mamta Dharma’s annoying vocals to it, and crude interruptions from Anu himself, and you can increase the cheapness value by infinity! :/ The only one who seems to shine as far as vocals go, is Shadab Faridi (that too, backing vocals!) And his is the only part I liked! About the lyrics, I would say that I never expected Manoj Muntashir to participate in such a song; Shabbir is at least imaginable! Watching a 20-20 cricket match a thousand times would be a more productive work than listening to this thing which has been unfortunately called a “song”! SKIPPPPP!

 

3. Welcome Back (Title Track)
Singers ~ Mika Singh, Geeta Jhala & Music MG (Milind Gaba), Music by ~ Mika Singh & Music MG (Milind Gaba), Lyrics by ~ Music MG (Milind Gaba)

Of course, the title track of ‘Welcome’ was one of the main attractions in the soundtrack and so, as is Bollywood’s regular convention for a sequel, a remake of the title track is mandatory, isn’t it? So here, Sajid-Wajid’s catchy title track is bestowed into the hands of Mika and Milind Gaba, to try and make it more attractive for today’s audience. If you ask me, well, the two have done their job well, and have to be given credit for it! And by ‘it’, I mean turning the song into a complete club song with club beats and the stereotypical club sound and spoiling it. And also ordering everybody to jump while listening to it, even though what they’ve done isn’t even enough to make anybody react in any way whatsoever. It’s pretty much how you sit in history class, expressionless. Mika’s part that goes “Lachke…” is so irritating, that you keep waiting for it to get over, and when it is over, Music MG kicks in with a super-annoying rap, which will not surprise you even though he says it very fast. Geeta Jhala’s voice is one of those thousands of female voices these days that are programmed to suit the club atmosphere, and we never get to know what they really sound like! The beats are totally techno beats and might offer some respite from the obnoxious lyrics and tune, but just some. Sajid-Wajid should hear this, and laugh at Bazmee. Only good for clubs and functions, where half the people don’t even care or know what song plays!

 

4. Meet Me Daily Baby
Singers ~ Siddhant Madhav & Pawni A Pandey, Backing Vocals ~ Hyasinth D’Souza, Music by ~ Siddhant Madhav, Lyrics by ~ Arafat Mehmood

Till now, we have heard three songs of the album, all three by established and well-known people of the industry, Meet Bros Anjjan, Anu Malik and Mika Singh. None of them really impressed me as such. So when the next song happens to be by a newcomer, naturally my reaction would be something like “Woah! Wait a minute! You mean to say that you’re gonna make me hear a song by a newcomer, after three atrocious songs by non-debutants? How do you expect me to trust you there?!” So I start listening without many expectations. Imagine how surprised I must have been when the song started in a funky, groovy and catchy way! Trumpets and other brass instruments welcome us into the song, and in a really catchy and addictive way. Pawni, whose voice has matured to the fullest by now, starts singing some English lines which don’t really matter as far as what they mean is concerned. The actual song starts when Siddhant Madhav, the composer comes behind the mic and sings his lines in a voice resembling that of Neeraj Shridhar a lot. The composition has been done with care and time, and that’s why I guess it has at least some power to grasp you. Everything is fine until the hookline comes which sounds really cheap and amateur, what with the bad blend of English and Hindi. The lyrics just keep getting worse in the antaras, with phrases like “you know na tere bin main kitni adhoori”, “Within a second tooney Ki Dil Ki chori” and other mixes of Hindi and English we would never even think of using in day-to-day life. Arafat Mehmood seems like another Shabbir Ahmed in making. Siddhant’s arrangements are really engaging, with a slight Latino touch to them, thanks to the wonderful brass instruments, guitars and other techno elements working in favour of the same. As far as the singers are concerned, Siddhant sounds a bit old at places, but that’s the requirement of the film (watch the video — he’s singing for Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar, so…. You get it!) Pawni sounds as cheap as cheap can get in some places, kind of overdoing the accent when she has to sing some English words. Both the singers put unnecessary extra stress on the word “Baby” everytime they sing it, and they say it so many times in the song, it sounds like an overdose of babies. And the way they say it, it sounds like “Bayybaa”. 😒 Overall, one of the better songs of the album, but sometimes overflowing with cheapness. Anyways, since it’s one if the better songs, I would say, don’t underestimate the power of a newcomer!

 

5. Time Lagaye Kaiko
Singers ~ John Abraham & Anmol Malik, Music by ~ Anu Malik, Lyrics by ~ Nitin Raikwar

Those guitars start the song, and I immediately think of Salman Khan’s ‘O O Jaane Jaana’ for some reason. I guess the guitars have been played in a similar way in that song too. 😂 Anyways, this song is the second song by Anu Malik on the soundtrack, and is another one of the decent ones on it. The guitars have a pretty soothing effect, and the composition is tolerable too. But only until the singers don’t kick in. Because when they do, you might get confused and ask, “These are singers?” Well, I’ll tell you. The male voice isn’t that of a singer. It’s an actor. John Abraham singing his first song. Hello John, just because Salman, Alia, Shraddha et al are singing songs in their movies, it doesn’t mean that it’s compulsory for you! He has sung the song, and just had his voice programmed to try to make it sound good, but it doesn’t even sound good. And Anmol, who’s supposed to be a singer, sounds utterly atrocious, trying to torture us with that deliberate nasal twang in her voice. Shruti Haasan should’ve sung it, for all there was, because she’s featuring in the video. At least she would’ve sounded better. Anu Malik has rescued the song from doom by adding interesting guitar arrangements, though, so as long as you hear it by your own will, it’s all fine. The beats aren’t really captivating, by they’re not bad either. One con about the song is its duration, which is well over five minutes, and that is pretty much unbearable for such a song. Nitin has penned lyrics as if an actual tapori is singing. He has added that Mumbaiya language to the words and messed up English, to put in that effect. Nothing great, but just perfect to suit the visuals and situation, I guess. The composition is good at places, but the listener would lose interest in the antaras. But for the extremely stretched length, and the atrociously bad vocals, this one is pretty good!

 

6. Nas Nas Mein
Singers ~ Shabab Sabri, Rani Hazarika & Meet Bros. Anjjan, Rap by ~ Deane Sequiera, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Meet Bros. Anjjan return for their second song, and it takes the form of a gangster party track. Who knew gangsters partied with sinister music and I-wanna-kill-you type music? :p The song starts with a tune played on a really high-pitched horn or something like that. Deane says her rap portions, which really sound like a witch is singing them, thanks to their sinister feel. Techno sounds accompany her, which might make you groove for some time initially, but gradually the whole setup gets awfully boring and it starts sounding too monotonous. Shabab tries his luck at the club genre, and gets it right here, too. He sounds really great in this type of song. The antara sounds better, because it is slightly slower and calmer, plus Shabab shows some of his classical finesse in the notes of the antara. Rani Hazarika gets her one line only in the antara, one line in each of the two antaras, and when she says it, it sounds so much like a man at first, that you can’t make out the difference between her voice and Shabab’s. Deane’s second rap portion in the second interlude is much better than the one she got in the prelude, and keeps listeemers listening at least till the second antara. Meet Bros. Anjjan’s composition is a tad bit too grim and dark, and it sounds really over-the-top at places, and it gets the listener thinking, “Hasn’t Bollywood gotten over the days when gangsters used to party in clubs like this?” Because such songs were pretty common once upon a time. It just sounds outdated in today’s era. Lyrics are good, and suit the composition, with just as much grimness as the tune. The evil feel could have been slightly milder! Wonderful vocals by Shabab are the only attraction here!

 

7. Damaa Dam Mast Kalandar
Singers ~ Mika Singh & Yo Yo Honey Singh, Music by ~ Mika Singh & Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics ~ Traditional, Additional Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

This song really has the capacity to keep you moving and grooving to the music for as long as it plays, for four minutes. Yes, it has the names of two of the people whose songs I rarely like, Mika and Yo Yo Honey Singh, but this time, I’ve got to admit, they’ve co-composed something really funky yet divine! And that’s another rendition of the classic traditional song, ‘Damaa Dam Mast Kalandar’. I know the composition can’t be credited to them wholly, but the arrangements they’ve done are spectacular! Funky club beats grace the entire composition, and the awesome bass effect enhance the sound even more. Mika always sounds really sweet and awesome when he sings this song, be it under Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s direction in D-Day, or this one that he designed with Yo Yo Honey Singh. If you remember, they had released this as a single two years ago, and it had become a rage, playing on TV and radio numerous times. But in this time, it seems to have been forcefully thrust in, just because of lack of a superhit song in the album! Yo Yo’s parts are really low-pitched, and one of my favourite parts in the whole song! It sounds so divine, the way he kind of raps-cum-chants the words he has to sing. The lyrics are mostly the same from the original song, with additional verses written by Kumaar, like what Yo Yo has to sing. Something that I find tough to digest — the best song in the album is a remake, and that too, by Mika and Yo Yo, and the only #5StarHotelSong!!!

 

8. Welcome Back (Theme)
Singer ~ Abhishek Ray, Rap by ~ Abhishek Ray, Music by ~ Abhishek Ray, Lyrics by ~ Manvendra

The last song on the soundtrack (finalllyyy! — that seemed like eons!) is an utterly atrocious trying-to-be-too-cool kind of track, which calls the Welcome Back Theme. It consists of Abhishek Ray singing.. Or belching out words that don’t make an ounce of sense together, and they just seem to have been placed in the song to make it sound cool. The arrangements are bad except for when the tablas play occasionally. Female vocals keep saying “Woahh-ho-hoaa” throughout the song. Manvendra (who’s DAT?) didn’t have much to write here, just the most idiotic lines that could ever cross his thoughts. What an UNINTERESTING ending to this almost neverending album!


Welcome Back is an album that is a disgrace to Bollywood music. Neither does it contain anything original and good (because the best thing in it is remade), nor does it contain anything someone would want to come back and here multiple times. All the song have pathetic lyrics, most have bad vocals, and some even have bad arrangements. Only one song is perfect in all departments, that too is a remake. The album to its prequel also still sounds fresher than this album itself! :\ That says a lot! It  is an album that doesn’t deserve any special welcome at all! It really needs a farewell, however, from our playlists!

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Damaa Dam Mast Kalandar > Time Lagaye Kaiko > Tutti Bole Wedding Di > Meet Me Daily Baby > Nas Nas Mein > Welcome Back (Title Track) > 20-20 > Welcome Back (Theme)

 

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

 

 

SANGEET SANKAT MEIN!! (DHARAM SANKAT MEIN – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sachin Gupta, Jatinder Shah, Meet Bros. Anjjan & Shamir Tandon
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 30th March 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 10th April 2015

Dharam Sankat Mein Album Cover

Dharam Sankat Mein Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Dharam Sankat Mein is an upcoming Bollywood comedy / religious satirical film starring Paresh Rawal in the lead role, and Naseeruddin Shah, Annu Kapoor in supporting roles. It has veen directed by debutant Fuwad Khan, and produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Sajjad Chunawala and Shariq Patel. The film is about a Hindu man played by Paresh Rawal, who discovers that he was only adopted into a Hindu family, but was actually born into a Muslim family. This makes him go search for his father. The plot of the movie really does seem interesting, like all other movies of this genre, and is sure to get a great opening just because of the star value of Paresh Rawal. The music of this film, though I am not expecting much from it, yet seems like it would be something interesting. It is a multi-composer album, with two songs by Sachin Gupta (“Prince”, “Mere Dad Ki Maruti” fame) and one each by Jatinder Shah (“Janib” from “Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend” fame), Meet Bros. Anjjan (do I really need to specify their ticket to fame?) and Shamir Tandon respectively. So, let’s see how far the album helps this religious satire!


1. Neelanand
Singer ~ Ravi Chowdhury, Music by ~ Sachin Gupta

Sachin Gupta is one of those composers, who pops up once in a year or so, and fails to create much impact with that little work he does. This time, he has come back after composing two songs in ‘Badlapur Boys’, which I didn’t review because it wasn’t that great. Before that, he had composed the entire album of ‘Mere Dad Ki Maruti’, so you can see the gaps in his popping-up. 😂 Anyways, now he’s back with two songs in this satirical film. This song is a song which seems like an anthem for the Babaji who is portrayed by Naseeruddin Shah in the film, Neelanand Baba. It’s quite a situational track, which goes on praising the Baba. Lyrics are of course, humorous just as they should be in such a song. The tune is pretty catchy as well. The song actually sounds like the bhakts of the Baba (saint) are sitting and chanting these lines for him. The “Neelanand Neelanand Neelanand BABA” chants are weirdly addictive, and you will find yourself crooning them, when you least expect them to pop in your mind. Ravi’s folksy vocals suit the composition and also this situation. He’s actually a Bhojpuri singer, debuting in Bollywood with this song. In the arrangements too, the song doesn’t lag behind, with interesting use of rock guitars in this type of song. Manjeeras adorn most of the composition, and give the religious feel, which is balanced out by these rock guitars, which is an interesting combo. I guess I could hear the dumroo in places too, and it sounded so great! The mukhda might be pretty catchy, but that interest is lost in the antaras, where only the “Neelanand BABA” chants are there to entertain you. A good attempt at making a catchy tribute to a dhongi baba!! Catchy hook helps the song, but just misses the coveted tag! 😜

 

2. Do You Know Baby
Singer ~ Gippy Grewal, Music by ~ Jatinder Shah

After giving us a wonderful, beautiful melody ‘Janib’ in ‘Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend’, I guess Jatinder Shah signed this film, just to show his true colors. I did praise him and all for giving something traditionally, and beautifully Punjab-flavoured, but here he is, giving another song which sounds just like aall these Punjabi composers in Bollywood are trying to do. An utterly ridiculous sounding song, sung by the Punjabi singer/actor Gippy Grewal. Gippy’s voice is pretty irritating, and singing in Punjabi-Hindi-English lyrics mixed just sounds weird in his voice. Arrangements by Jatinder are pretty catchy, though, with the techno sounds and dhols pepping up the song. Lyrics are ridiculous, and nothing more was expected from Kumaar with such a song. The guy says “Hum pangdhe (Bhangre) ke sardaar, do you know baby?” That just sounds so stupid in itself! The hookline, is catchy, like it should be, but unfortunately, the other parts of the song just loosely revolve around this hook, thereby not making the listener that interested till the hookline comes, and then after it’s done, the condition becomes the same as it was before the hook had come. 😂 So it would have been better if they had just made the song with only one tune — that of the hook. Thank God, they kept the song short at only two and a half minutes. Jatinder disappoints, this time, because he shows variety…. An unwanted variety, for that matter!

 

3. Tu Takke
Singers ~ Gippy Grewal, Khushboo Grewal & Meet Bros. Anjjan, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan

A very familiar-sounding Tumbi sound brings us to the next song, where Meet Bros. Anjjan, probably the most well-known composers composing for his film, enter the soundtrack. And you know why it sounds so familiar? Because it bears a very striking resemblance to the opening Tumbi from Amit Trivedi’s ‘London Thumakda’ (Queen). Now I were them, I would really watch out before such a coincidence happened, because the whole nation knows that song, and then I would be exposed to all kinds of accusations of plagiarism. Even though it was simply a coincidence. So, that really gives a bad impression to the listeners right from the beginning. Anyways, since it quickly changes and gets off that ‘London Thumakda’ sound, the makers are saved. After that, though, what follows isn’t that great either. Gippy gets another song with different composers (pretty rare) in the same album, and I guess Meet Bros. Anjjan had to compose keeping his style in mind i.e, typical Punjabi wedding/rap/irritating songs. This is a major letdown from people like me, who were expecting something innovative. Meet Bros. Anjjan always deliver great when it’s not expected of them, but fail to do so when it is expected. How irritating is that! Meet Bros Anjjan’s rap is nothing worth hearing. Khushboo’s part is a relief, and she does well, actually providing something to hear in the song. The composition, again, is dependent on the hookline to make it work. Everything else, loose and dull and stale and heard-before. (Not that the hookline is something brilliant either, but we can cut them some slack there) Arrangements are good once again, tumbi and dhols leading it. Techno sounds are also used occasionally throughout the song. Kumaar’s lyrics are yet again, nothing fresh, the same Punjabi wedding stuff and irritating blend of Punjabi, Hindi and English. Nothing to appreciate as true or entertaining lyrics. Meet Bros. Anjjan stick to the everyday Punjabi wedding song template, thereby failing to give anything applaudable. Makes for a good dance to play at weddings though! 😝

 

4. Allah Hoo / Allah Hoo Allah
Singers ~ Ravi Chowdhury & Sachin Gupta / Pardeep Sran, Music by ~ Sachin Gupta

After three upbeat songs, out of which none were exceptional, but one did manage to at least interest me, finally I got something I would love to hear. Sachin Gupta re-enters with this Sufi track, with two versions, one sung by Ravi Chowdhury & the other by Pardeep Sran. The composition is a very soothing and calming song, sure to make the listener get emotional. It does remind you a lot of A.R. Rahman’s ‘Khwaja Mere Khwaja’ from ‘Jodhaa Akbar’. It has the same aura of divinity around it, as that song had. Ravi’s rendition suits the theme and pace of the song. Every single nuance has been done with ease and finesse by him. His voice has the required rustic-ness in it, with which he could carry out this rendition with no problem whatsoever. Arrangements are as soothing as soothing can be, with all the dholaks, harmoniums played in such a divine way, that you might even imagine yourself in a Gurudwara of you close your eyes. Sachin has provided beautiful orchestration in the hookline, which in itself has a master tune. Pardeep Sran, another debutant to Bollywood, in his version, manages to pull off the composition with as much ease and as expertly as Ravi. Though they have named his version ‘Allah Hoo Allah’, there is nothing different in this version and the former. His voice reminds you more of the folksiness of Punjab, slightly resembling Kailash Kher’s voice. The hookline in Pradeep’s version sounds way more traditional, because of the pronunciation, and it brings in an element of folk Punjab into the song. Kumaar has written meaningful lyrics, seeming to describe the feelings of a person, who has lost hopes from his life, and really doesn’t understand what his importance on the world is. Finally, true music lovers get what they would love, and Sachin Gupta aces with the composition! Brilliant work to create a Sufi traditional song! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Shiv Tandav
Singer ~ Aman Trikha, Music by ~ Shamir Tandon, Lyrics ~ Traditional

This is an out-and-out religious stotra, not at all spoilt by any techno sounds, and kept playing on the divine background of the tanpura drone. Aman has chanted the “Shiv Tandav” we all might be familiar with, with great and intense energy, at the same time making sure that energy is radiated out to the listeners as well. There is nothing much to describe here, except that you must not skip it just because you have heard it, or you think that you may get bored by it, because of you think so, you are very sadly mistaken. Shamir has designed the whole thing perfectly, and succeeds in his intention to make something impactful. Awesome!!!!! Divine!!!!! #5StarHotelSong!!


 

Dharam Sankat Mein is an album, in which songs seem to have been forced, just for promotion of the movie. The smart makers of this film have merely catered to the likes of the public, and so, whatever be the subject of the film, Punjabi music is a must. A wedding song, and a bhangra (failed one, if I may say so) have been added for the sake of the public, it seems. Entertaining, yes. Appreciated, no. Wanted, absolutely not. At the end of the day, it is Sachin Gupta (whom I was expecting the least from) and Shamir Tandon who give the best tracks on the album, partly because their songs are relevant to the movie, and partly because they have repeat value as well. Three good songs, put of which two are exceptional, not a very good thing for the overall album, so, may I say, sangeet sankat mein??

 

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

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

Rexommended Listening Order: Allah Hoo / Allah Hoo Allah > Shiv Tandav > Neelanand > Tu Takke > Do You Know Baby

 

Which is your favourite song from Dharam Sankat Mein? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

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EK PAHELI DR. ZEUS!! (EK PAHELI LEELA – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Dr. Zeus, Uzair Jaswal, Amaal Mallik, Tony Kakkar & Meet Bros. Anjjan
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Manoj Muntashir & Tony Kakkar
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 10th March 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 10th April 2015

Ek Paheli Leela Album Cover

Ek Paheli Leela Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Ek Paheli Leela is an upcoming Bollywood musical thriller film, directed by debutant director Bobby Khan and produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Ahmed Khan & Shaira Khan. The film stars Sunny Leone in the lead role(s) — she has a triple role. Actors supporting her in the film are Jay Bhanushali, Rajniesh Duggal, Rahul Dev and Mohit Ahlawat. The music of this film has been composed by T-Series’ favourite — Oh yeah, they don’t have any favourite. Their favourite is multi-composer!! 😂 Yup, it’s yet another multi-composer album from T-Series’ side, and again, expectations are low from a multi-composer album! But in this case, Amaal Mallik’s presence does increase some interest, and other songs have been done by Punjabi rapper Dr. Zeus, T-Series regulars Meet Bros. Anjjan, and overnight fame Tony Kakkar (‘Sawan Aaya Hai’ from ‘Creature 3D’) So let’s take a look at how great this album is, right away! (Since I’ve already delayed the review so much 😂)


1. Desi Look
Singer ~ Kanika Kapoor, Music by ~ Dr. Zeus, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

To kick-start this album, we have Dr. Zeus, who seems to have won over Bhushan Kumar’s heart with his “lovely” music, (get it, get it?? 😛 ) so he’s getting one song after the other this year in T-Series albums. He comes back with Kanika Kapoor, who herself has been giving back-to-back hits this year. What a coincidence. And not a surprise that both of them, when come together, produce a sequel to ‘Lovely’ from ‘Happy New Year’. Yup, if ‘Tipsy Hogai’ was similar to ‘Lovely’, you have got to admit that ‘Desi Look’ has been made with an intention to make a follow-up to ‘Lovely’! To start with, we have the same singer and music composer, and the same overall sound of the song. The glasses shattering, the chudail’s wailing, and the bell ringing, all have been taken from ‘Lovely’! Dr. Zeus seems to have run out of ideas, or he must have been too blown away by the success of ‘Lovely’, that he decides to try and impress us with an exactly similar-sounding song that goes along the same lines, but fails miserably to arouse any interest in the listener! Kanika doesn’t sing in her usual high-pitched voice, but uses some monotonous low-pitched voice, which really makes you doubt whether she wants to sing and make you dance, or haunt you. 😝 Dr. Zeus’ rap after the mukhda resembles ‘Let The Music Play’ by Shamur a lot. And also, it’s not that attractive either, what with the guy burping at his own pleasure. :\ Irritating! In the antaras, two tracks of Kanika, one, the predominant low voice, and the other, a higher-than-usual voice, have been kept, and they sound very bad. The guitar riff in the hookline, though, is very catchy. Arrangements-wise, it is nothing exceptional, but they manage to attract listeners when the composition and vocals do not. Kumaar’s lyrics are the usual girl-trying-to-show-off kind, which has gotten pretty boring by now! So, a very bland opening to this very-much hyped-about album, ticking us off from the beginning! Dr. Zeus, please go get a doctorate in music direction and come back!

 

2. Tere Bin Nahi Laage (Male) / Tere Bin Nahi Laage
Singers ~ Uzair Jaswal / Tulsi Kumar, Aishwarya Majmudar, Alam Gir Khan & Daboo Malik, Music by ~ Uzair Jaswal, Music Recreated, Arranged & Produced by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

After that dull start to the album, we move ahead, hoping for something innovative and refreshing. This next song, is a Pakistani song, originally composed by Uzair Jaswal in 2012. Amaal Mallik, the rising star of Bollywood, who has started his journey in Bollywood with Salman Khan’s ‘Jai Ho’, and has been impressing us ever since, has recreated, rearranged and produced the music on it, and boy, what a wonderful job he has done! Last we heard him was ‘Sooraj Dooba Hain’ in ‘Roy’, and we were impressed at how expertly he composed a club track. Now he returns to the genre he started off with i.e, romantic songs. Uzair’s original composition has just been retained in the form of the mukhda, and it is a great, soulful start to the song. First up, we’ll talk about the male version. Uzair’s unpolished, but sweet voice, suits the composition, but one feels the absence of Armaan Malik here, and that he would’ve done better justice to the composition, though it is Uzair’s composition. The antaras, composed by Amaal, continue the soulfulness of the song, and take it to a new level. Arrangements have been done wonderfully, yet again, and the rock guitars are what stand out the most. Of course, the acoustic guitars follow closely, and the drums provide a nice, catchy beat for our heads to sway to. It just sounds splendid to the ears, and is something that would lift up your mood anytime. Moving on to the other version (Which of course can’t be called the female version, can it? It has men singing in it too! I guess people from T-Series finally read some of my last criticisms about their weird names of versions 😛 ), you might get frightened when you read Tulsi’s name as the singer, but let me assure you, that the way Amaal has equipped her in the song, you might not even feel that it is the same Tulsi who has earlier tortured us in ‘Roy’ and ‘Yaariyan’,  that Tulsi who won over our hearts in ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’ and ‘Ready’! She has tried to do her best, and succeeds. Though it is not pitch-perfect, her rendition, still it manages to make you smile. This version is definitely better than the Male version, because of various reasons. First of all, Aishwarya and Tulsi together make a perfect combo, and Aishwarya with her traditional Rajasthani lines, just sounds so cute! Especially the Kesariya Baalama inculcation comes as a huge surprise! Also, the backing vocals by Alam Khan and Daboo Malik, are efficiently placed, giving a rustic traditional Rajasthani folk touch to the song. It is definitely calmer, thanks to the wonderful semiclassical and traditional arrangements — Sarangi, dholaks, whatnot! And Amaal excels in that, as well! He really proves his versatility yet again with this version of the song. Kumaar writes efficient, suited to the theme of the song, and soulful lyrics. Before you get bored reading my essay, I would advise you to just go ahead and listen to this song, both versions! You won’t regret it at all! Amaal rocks yet again, this time proving his excellence in traditional folk music! Go for both the versions, which drastically differ in their styles! #5StarHotelSong!!

{Excuse me for the essay, but it was too difficult to write something concise for this wonderful song with two versions!}

 

3. Saiyaan Superstar
Singer ~ Tulsi Kumar, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Amaal’s second sing is a typical wedding dhol-baaja song sung by someone who you would never, ever expect to sing it — Tulsi Kumar! And she does so, with so much gusto and spunk, that you can hardly believe your ears. These type of songs suit her way more than all those songs where she sings reprise versions of romantic songs (of course, ‘Tere Bin Nahi Laage’ is an exception) where it looks like she has been singing just because she’s been told to. But here, she actually seems to be enjoying herself, and thanks to Amaal Mallik for discovering this side of her! Now it’s a request to all music directors, to try to use Tulsi in such a way. Anyways, back to the song. Amaal’s composition is again, very Pritam-ish, and catchy too. His arrangements are fabulous as well, with the trumpets, dhols and other techno sounds sounding awesome. The nuances Tulsi has done not to sound exactly urban, but slightly rural, like rolling her R’s in all the words, and pronouncing some words as someone in rural areas would (like “Parrpose” for “propose” and “Suparrstarr” for “superstar”) , are really great. The second interlude by Amaal, with the guitars in a pretty Spanish way, is something worth hearing. Kumaar’s lyrics are also entertaining, and keep you listening. All in all, an excellent song, sure to be liked by the masses and classes alike! Way to go Amaal, and thanks for reinventing Tulsi! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Khuda Bhi
Singer ~ Mohit Chauhan, Music by ~ Tony Kakkar, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

A soft and mellow flute tune welcomes us into the next song, promising something awesome right at the beginning. So when Mohit enters with his metallic and melodious voice, you can’t help but get goosebumps. Tony’s melody sounds like a typical Bhatt-ish melody, but other than that, it is also a very touching, full-of-emotions, romantic song, which you are surely gonna love. When the part “Itni anmol cheez de di kaise, sochta hoga..” comes, it is sure to induce goosebumps on your body, and the way Mohit sings it, just helps in doing so. Mohit’s vocals are the best choice for this song, and he puts in the right expressions wherever needed. Tony has decorated his beautiful composition, with even more beautiful arrangements, which enhance the composition manifold. First of all, the beautiful flute which had welcomed us into the song, continues to play throughout the song to ensure we do not get bored. In the aforementioned line, Tony has placed beautiful electronic tablas, giving the song the required classical, traditional sound. Sitar in the first interlude, and a beautiful flute solo in the second, keep the listener attached even in the interludes. And the magic of the antara is just indescribable. The high notes, when Mohit touches, instantly appeals to the ears, before going back to the hookline, which is already so beautiful. Manoj Muntashir’s lyrics are fantastic as well. Thry give the soul to the song, and really make you want to hear it again and again just for the words. They’re that beautiful! This song is miles from where Tony left us last year with ‘Sawan Aaya Hai’ from ‘Creature 3D’. He seems to have evolved between these two songs, both in composition and arrangements. And thank God, that he didn’t choose Arijit to sing this one, which might not have made it as magical as when Mohit sang it. A heart-touching song, with beautiful vocals, soothing arrangements and lovely lyrics!! Yet another #5StarHotelSong!!!

 

5. Glamorous Ankhiyaan
Singers ~ Krishna Beura, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

This song starts with the alien-spaceship-like sound of an electronic tanpura. It surprises you for a moment, till that familiar Rajasthani folk sound dominates, along with awesome bass effect. Krishna steps in to win over our hearts with his rendition, as he has done many times before this. Meet Bros. Anjjan have tried to combine Sufi, Rajasthani folk and modern techno sounds here, and they succeed in it, too! The composition is based on Rajasthani folk with shades of Sufi, and every line is as captivating as the one that follows. The whole song is so catchy, that the listener won’t want to stop listening. One of the most innovative compositions of Meet Bros. Anjjan, it is when they come up with something like this when you wonder why they also do those typical Punjabi rap songs sometimes, which everyone might have gotten bored to hearing by now. This song also has shades of Himesh Reshammiya’s compositions in the 2006-2008 era. Krishna handles each and every note, be it high or low, with ease and flows through the song, sounding very folk-sy as he does. His voice was a great choice for this song. Coming to the arrangements, Meet Bros. Anshan impress here, as well. The sound-effects they have placed all over the song, cannot be described here, but have to be heard to believe. Instruments like flute, electronic tabla, chimes, etc have been used very efficiently. Also, the techno sounds give the effect of a fashion show, which is pretty much where this song would be played in the movie. Krishna’s “Oh oh oh oh..” keep you listening and is so catchy! Kumaar again writes entertaining lyrics, a blend of folk-sy words and English words. The title itself gives a sneak peek of what you can expect in the lyrics! 😀 One of Meet Bros. Anjjan’s most innovative and captivating compositions! Has to be applauded! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Main Hoon Deewana Tera
Singers ~ Arijit Singh, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Backing Vocals by ~ Ved, Ambresh & Ashish, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Original Composition by ~ Sajid-Wajid, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Original Lyrics by ~ Faiz Anwar

The next song by Meet Bros. Anjjan is a remake of the 1999 hit track ‘Deewana Tera’ from Sonu Nigam’s album ‘Deewana’, which had been composed by Sajid-Wajid. Now let me tell you before you think anything, that there is no way this song is better than the original, but if seen as a song by itself, it sounds great. Comparisons with the original will always happen, but let’s not do that here, except for say that Arijit hasn’t managed to pull it off as awesome as Sonu had. Okay, so now, let’s see it as a whole new song. The basic tune of the mukhda has been kept the same, so it is a proper remake, but the arrangements, lyrics and vocals have been altered. Meet Bros. Anjjan have put many techno elements into the song, making you wonder whether their intention was to make it a club song! Arijit shines in both low and high notes, and under Meet Bros. Anjjan’s direction, sounds sweet and innocent. The tune of the antaras has been changed, and this tune also is likable, which Arijit sings with ease. The rock guitars, techno sounds really make the originally calm song sound more lively than it should. But I kind of liked that too. The strings which have been played the second time the hookline comes, keep you listening. Interludes, one rock, the other Church choir-like, are attractive too! Lyrics by Kumaar are the same usual romantic lyrics, with just the hookline retained from what Faiz Anwar had written. After hearing this redux of such a great 90s song, I have very mixed feelings as I love Sonu’s original version, but this one sounds great as well, as a standalone song, if not compared to where it is remade from. Arijit didn’t shine like Sonu, but it still sounded great thanks to Meet Bros. Anjjan trying to match the level of their song with the original. Though it didn’t work, the result is appreciable! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

7. Dhol Baaje
Singers ~ Monali Thakur, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Original Composition by ~ Ismail Darbar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Original Lyrics by ~ Mehboob

Another remake, again done by Meet Bros. Anjjan. This time, the hit track ‘Dholi Taaro Dhol Baaje’ from 1999 movie, ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ has been targeted. However, this remake fares much better than ‘Deewana Tera”s because and just because of a strong composition. It starts strong with dhols and dholaks playing energetically, after which a very catchy loop of a Rajasthani folk instrument plays. When Monali enters, she makes you smile very broadly, and sounds very sweet and cute! Meet Bros. Anjjan have beautified this song with fully traditional instruments, with just a few techno sounds here and there. The hookline has been broken in a pretty weird way, which might appeal to some, but may be hated by others. I liked it. Nothing else is similar to the original song. The antaras are the best parts of the whole song. Monali sings all the small nuances and variations brilliantly, making you say Waah! Her voice is so crystal clear that you cannot imagine anyone other than her who could’ve done so much justice to the song and sung with so much expression and energy. Kumaar’s new lyrics make the dance song sound like some item song where the girl is just yapping on about herself, but the composition being mild, doesn’t make them seem all that item-ish either. So the great composition balances the mediocre lyrics. Arrangements, as always with Meet Bros. Anjjan’s songs, impress to the core. The beats make you groove along to the rhythm. Especially the electronic tablas are very, very attractive. Of course nowhere near the original, but enjoyable! Very great effort to remake this song, and it succeeds, mostly thanks to the great vocals by Monali! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

8. Ek Do Teen Chaar
Singers ~ Neha Kakkar, Tony Kakkar, Music by ~ Tony Kakkar, Lyrics by ~ Tony Kakkar

This last track does the job of breaking this great run of awesome songs from this album. A club song, frankly not needed in this movie, and an utterly atrocious one too, at that. It has all you need to make an unsuccessful party track — Neha Kakkar trying to show off, Tony Kakkar getting too overconfident with his other song ‘Khuda Bhi’ that he decided to make a club song as well, and failed at it miserably. It doesn’t even have a catchy hook like ‘Desi Look’, neither does it have any appreciable arrangements. In fact, the arrangements are way too loud and unbearable. Lyrics do not even deserve to be discussed. Tony has just written a mixture of words, only for the sake of rhyming them. Whether they make any sense or not, I guess he forgot to check. :/ For me, the album ends at ‘Dhol Baaje’ itself! Skip this one!


Ek Paheli Leela is another multi-composer album, which fares quite well compared to other multi-composer albums we have encountered last year. With only two disappointing songs, one by Dr. Zeus (I’ve actually never expected anything from him anyways, so its alright with me.) and the other by Tony Kakkar (Yes, this was shocking. He could’ve worked way harder on this one.) the album doesn’t exactly disappoint and stays true to its marketing as a musical.

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Tere Bin Nahi Laage > Khuda Bhi > Glamorous Ankhiyaan > Saiyaan Superstar > Dhol Baaje > Main Hoon Deewana Tera > Desi Look > Ek Do Teen Chaar

 

Which is your favourite song from Ek Paheli Leela? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next “dish”: Dharam Sankat Mein, Chefs: Sachin Gupta, Jatinder Shah, Meet Bros. Anjjan & Shamir Tandon

BOLLYWOOD KE ZAALIM RAPPERS!! (DILLIWAALI ZAALIM GIRLFRIEND – Music Review)

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

Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend Album Cover

Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend Album Cover

 

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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 <  < 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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