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

To buy “Main Hoon Hero Tera (Sad Version)” on iTunes CLICK HERE

Hear “Main Hoon Hero Tera (Sad Version)” on YouTube:


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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ALL IS NOT WELL!! (ALL IS WELL – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music By: Amaal Mallik, Himesh Reshammiya, Meet Brothers, Mithoon & Anand-Milind
♪ Lyrics by: Shabbir Ahmed, Badshah, Mayur Puri, Kumaar, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Amitabh Verma & Fateh
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 20th July 2015
♪ Movie Released On: 21st August 2015

All Is Well Album Cover

All Is Well Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


All Is Well is a Bollywood rom-com/drama film starring Abhishek Bachchan, Asin Thottumkal, Rishi Kapoor and Supriya Pathak in lead roles, and also featuring Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub. The film, which received mostly negative reviews from the audience as well as critics, is directed by ‘OMG! Oh My God!’ fame Umesh Shukla, and produced by Shyam Bajaj, Varun Bajaj, Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar. The film is about a road trip during which the Bhalla family, sorts out their differences and misunderstandings, also accompanied by the protagonist’s (played by Abhishek) love interest, played by Asin. Since there’s no use talking about the film anymore, I’ll jump directly to its music. When a film has been produced by T-Series, that feeling of hope remains alive inside you that there are chances for it to be good, if not great. Here too, the names of the composers do excite when we first read them. T-Series’ new hot favourite, Amaal Mallik, their reliable party-track providers Meet Bros. (note the absence of Anjjan!), come together in yet another of their albums after ‘Roy’ and ‘Ek Paheli Leela’. But this time, the accompanying composers are T-Series’ old favourite, Himesh Reshammiya, and the one who shot to overnight fame and success because of them, Mithoon. Together, they promise a soundtrack with good repeat value. Himesh with three songs can get a chance to cover up the flaws he left behind with ‘Action Jackson’, while the others can just continue to give those chartbusters like always. Expectations on a high, let’s jump into this album before you yawn and doze off!! 😀


 

1. Chaar Shanivaar
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani, Armaan Malik & Badshah, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed & Badshah

A really catchy, quirky tune on the electric guitar opens the first song on this album, screaming dappankuthu all the way. Synthesizer joins in later, and spruces it up a bit, after which the vocal powerhouse Vishal Dadlani starts with his ever-energetic, cheerful and dynamic voice! And what he sings is bound to make you get up and dance to the wonderfully catchy rhythm set by Amaal. Amaal, who has proved himself in various genres like romantic songs, club tracks, wedding tracks, now gets a chance to compose an out-and-out massy track on the 6/8 rhythm, and boy, does he succeed!! With the never-exhaustible Vishal Dadlani on board, any music composer can rest assured that their song is gonna be a chartbuster right from the first day of its release. Armaan joins in for backing vocals, and isn’t really recognizable. However much you try to strain your ears trying to find him, chances are you’ll have been reborn by the time you find him finally. We have Amaal Mallik handing over the rap portions very gratuitously to Badshah, a man who’s really gaining popularity fast, and he deserves it, too! The rap he’s put into this song gels in with it very well, and compared to other faltu bakwaas raps of Bollywood, well, all is well in this rap!! 😀 Lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed are, for once, something I agree with. Hafte mein chaar shanivaar hone chahiye. (There should be four Saturdays in a week) I totally agree. And the whole song adds on to this basic theme, giving some really interesting and entertaining lines to listen to. The tune is also really hooking, and instantly infects you. Later on, though it might get reallllllyyyyy annoying after hearing it everywhere and forever, you will still find yourself dancing and humming to it! 😛 😀 That tells how catchy the tune is! Arrangements are what Amaal is best at, mostly EDM with dhinchak dappankuthu percussion beats. Guitars have been used well too, and those backing vocals screaming weird stuff, start working their magic on you. 😀 There are people saying Four, four chaar chaar… after each time the hookline is repeated, and other times, someone says shanivaar bole toh Saturday, woh bhi chaar chaar! It sounds insane!!! Something insane, crazy, and having the potential to make you crazy for it too!! Great massy stuff from Amaal! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Baaton Ko Teri
Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Himesh Reshammiya, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed

The soft and calming sound of guitars (played on the synthesizer, most probably) balances out the insane atmosphere that the first song had left behind, and makes way for the next song, a sad love song. Right from the moment it starts, two names pop into your head — First of all, Mithoon, and then subsequently, Himesh. Everything about the song has both these names written all over it. And not so surprisingly, when you check the credits, and see that you’re right (at least part of it), you don’t really exclaim in victory as it is something that anyone with the basic Bollywood knowledge could guess. Himesh has composed the song in his oh-so-recognizable style, which after ‘Tum Hi Ho’ (Aashiqui 2), Mithoon had taken up as his own! Interestingly, the song takes form as the first song Arijit has sung for Himesh Reshammiya, and he gets to tick off yet another composer on his checklist. 😛 How early he worked with him! 😀 He sings in his trademark style, shouting and screaming in the high parts and droning in the low parts. However, some parts when he brought variation to the lines ‘bhulaaaa na sake‘ or ‘mitaaaa na sake’, is really applause-worthy! About the song, that trademark Himesh style makes it really predictable, and it is bound to be compared to ‘Dard Dilo Ke’ (The Xposé), which personally, I found better than this. The synthesizer tune which plays before Arijit starts off the song bears a very, very strong resemblance to the tune from ‘Dard Dilo Ke’, and I wonder how the makers thought it proper to add it here when the former song was so popular! The composition is not too catchy either, but the way Arijit sings it will definitely attract everyone, right from young people to old ones, to the flies that sit on their food. 😅 Interludes are also not very smartly crafted, and have the same tune as the prelude, so it sounds like the song is starting all over again. The very short antaras are lovable, but again, their abrupt end feels pretty weird to the ears. There is one short follow-up to the mukhda which at first seems like an antara, but later, the actual two antaras come, and then that part seems to be like a bridge between the mukhda and first antara. Not that it does a good job in bridging the two, though! The lyrics sound like Shabbir has picked up lines from all the judaai-bichhdann songs of Bollywood and put them together in the song — not really impressive and totally not anything innovative. The recording gives some respite in that it makes the song tolerable, otherwise the song is strictly for the staunch Arijit and Himesh blind followers! A typpppppical Himesh Reshammiya affair, tailor-made for Arijit!

 

3. Nachan Farrate
Singers ~ Meet Brothers & Kanika Kapoor, Music by ~ Meet Brothers, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

The Meet Brothers are back and this time, without the third member of their group, Anjjan. After their split, it is their first song to release, even though some of their songs as a trio are yet to release. Anyways, for their debut as a duo, they get this T-Series production to prove their talent with in a desi dance track. They rope in Kanika to do the female singing honours, and save loads of money by singing the mle parts themselves, instead of calling Mika to do what he is (apparently) best at. However, there are no complaints from my side against them singing, because they have autotuned their voices so well that no disturbance whatsoever is felt. I think Mika would’ve caused more disturbance. Harmeet and Manmeet really have clear voices and sound great in the song, whereas Kanika uses her characteristic knife-sharp vocals to enchant listeners. The song has a kind of sinister, villainous feel to it, which makes it sound even more enchanting. First of all, Meet Bros’ composition is the kind that you instantly get hooked to, and even though you might have gotten bored of Meet Bros’ usual stuff, this one has a lot of new and innovative things to offer, right from the tune to the crazy arrangements! Right from the beginning, weird computerized sounds entrap you and make you want to keep listening forever! Those sound effects that sound a lot like spoons and dishes, give a really earthy feel to the song, and the other techno arrangements scattered all throughout the song behind the singers’ voices have it in them to surprise and please you. Interludes have been wonderfully and creatively crafted by the two brothers, and those awesome techno sounds make it all the more fun to hear. Kumaar has written lyrics that are worth paying a lot of attention to — if you noticed, he very smartly has woven Meet Brothers’ and his own name into the lyrics; you just have to listen carefully, show interest and not predetermine that you won’t understand anything just because it’s Punjabi. 😂 At the end, crazy pop sounds close the song leaving you craving for more. Oh, and one thing I forgot to mention are the wonderful flutes used in the beginning of the song… Wow! After saying all this, I would just like to spoil it just a little bit for you guys by telling you that it does very, very strongly resemble Anu Malik’s ‘Mehboob Mere’ (Fiza)… Doesn’t it? Especially in the second interlude, it gets reaaaaaallllyyy close to that song! 😛 Anyways, enjoy the song if you can even after I told you this. 😂 All I care about ultimately, is that it sounds great, is catchy, groovy and has everything that is needed in a desi dance track! Nice, creative work from Meet Bros without Anjjan! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Mere Humsafar
Singers ~ Mithoon & Tulsi Kumar, Original Composition by ~ Anand-Milind, Recreated by ~ Mithoon, Original Lyrics by ~ Majrooh Sultanpuri, Additional Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Verma

And in steps Mithoon for his only song in the film. Usually, I’m happy when I see Mithoon’s name in such films, because a) he brings newness to the otherwise stale album with his captivating composition or b) his song surpasses all the songs in terms of quality, no matter how good tee others are. Here, I was hoping for option ‘b’ to hold true, as there are already two awesome songs in the album till now, but imagine how disappointed I was when I found out that he was doing a remake! It brought the excitement level down manifold. Okay, so at least he was remaking a great song — ‘Aye Mere Humsafar’ from the 1988 movie ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’. So there were still hopes. Then I read the singers’ names and my hopes shattered. Mithoon himself was singing — OK, no problem, because I quite enjoyed his autotuned voice in ‘Mehboob Ki’ (Creature 3D) but guess who’s accompanying him, replacing the oh-so-talented Alka Yagnik? Yup, T-Series’ head’s pyaari chhoti behena, Tulsi! And then my hopes fell on the ground and shattered to so many pieces, that I couldn’t even sweep them aside and clean the place! 😢😂 I played the song and then what did I discover? Mithoon has changed the whole feel of the song from a happy romantic duet, to a sad, melancholic romantic duet and the beats he placed in it are the same as those that he used in ‘Tum Hi Ho’ and all. By singing the song, he committed a pretty bad mistake. First of all, he didn’t autotune, so his voice is totally exposed in its true form — it doesn’t sound good! It sounds as if Arijit has a throat infection! He should have made Arijit sing it, because he hasn’t done that good. And actually, Tulsi sounded better! I found myself enjoying her parts more! One more disappointment (actually, it’s an annoyance) is that Mithoon has slowed down the pace of the song so much, that it makes you wait a long time till they say anything else and you literally start getting bored of waiting so much! Amitabh Verma has added some different lyrics here and there, but the tune has been retained, so for all three paragraphs to get over, it takes a lottttt of time. They should have just added the original song in the album as it was, without touching it, because they just wasted the opportunity of having a great emotional song by hiring Mithoon and telling him to remake an old classic, at which he failed! Better hear the original instead!

 

5. Tu Milade
Singer ~ Ankit Tiwari, Music by ~ Himesh Reshammiya, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

When the lead character in a film is a rockstar, just as Abhishek’s character in the film is one, it is a rule written in the Bollywood filmmaking textbook, that there should be a mandatory song, which the rockstar would sing every time he’s shown performing on stage. Out of this rule, comes the birth of this song, which has been assigned to Himesh Reshammiya. Since Ankit Tiwari got overnight fame because of his song which he had composed for a character of a rockstar (“Sunn Raha Hai” from ‘Aashiqui 2’) , who better than him to sing this song? So Himesh uses the tried and tested formulae and gives us a song, which surprisingly, turns out to be really good! Himesh composes in his trademark style which he used to compose in, about six-seven years ago, and the stuff that used to sell rapidly then, comes back now and has the same effect on the public. Okay, the song didn’t get popular, but that’s probably because of less promotion. Otherwise, it had the potential in it to become a chartbuster. A calm and soothing composition put to an awesome rock rhythm played on drums and electric guitars, it provides both a calming effect and an energetic feeling. Ankit sings way better than he does in his own compositions (I’ve noticed he sounds way better singing for Reshammiya than for anybody else, including himself). And the tune is literally tailor-made for him — errrrr, okay, after Himesh, the first choice would be Ankit for this song. Had Himesh sung it, I think it would have revived his lost hit status. The composition is good, but one problem I have with it is the opening line of the antara, copy-pasted directly from Himesh’s 2012 hit, ‘Naina Re Tu Hi’ (Dangerous Ishhq), but he fortunately diverts from that path quick enough for it to get too suspicious. Arrangements and recording have been done wonderfully. It has been given an effect which actually makes listeners feel as though they are sitting in a concert hall! Mayur Puri’s lyrics are heard-before, but fit into the composition well, so don’t really affect the goodness of the song in a negative way. Ankit singing the “Oh-oh-oh” loop is just awesome and that tune is really very catchy! In my opinion, the best song of the album!! Great in every way and should’ve been promoted way more than it has been! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Yolo
Singers ~ Sreeram Chandra & Fateh, Music by ~ Himesh Reshammiya, Music Produced By ~ Dr. Zeus, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar & Fateh

Weird techno beats start off the last sing in the album, and you actually start to believe that it’s going to be a really great grand finale to the album. But then something comes that spoils everything! It is that familiar sound of glass cups shattering, and ladies saying yeaaaaahhh. If it sounds familiar to you, it probably means you’ve heard ‘Lovely’ (Happy New Year) and ‘Desi Look’ (Ek Paheli Leela) many times. It also means that someone called Dr. Zeus is back. But when you see who the music composer is, you see that it is Himesh! Then what is Dr. Zeus’ style doing in the song? Well, he’s apparently produced and programmed the song, and in the process added all his idiotic gimmicks, including an irritating rap by Fateh. But that doesn’t mean that whatever Himesh has done (maybe only the composition) is excellent. The composition is really boring, repetitive and on top of that, the unbearable programming by Dr. Zeus makes things worse. Sreeram’s voice is the only good thing in the song! Dr. Zeus’ arrangements are limited only to the shattering glass, the ladies going “yeaaaahh” and Punjabi dhols. How innovative! :/ Kumaar’s lyrics are nothing fantastic. In fact, they are even below the bad mark. :/ Sometimes he writes awesome and crazy lyrics and other times, cheap to the core. He seems to have written everything only to teach the Bollywood audience what YOLO means — You Only Live Once. Everything else is irrelevant and doesn’t even seem like a wedding song, thanks to the oh-so-slow and boring pace with the repetitive composition. A song which fits nowhere!! I’ve still not understood what its genre is!! YOLO = You Only Listen Once!


All Is Well is not one of T-Series’ best albums. Keeping the film’s fate aside, even just the album, though being one full of variety and mass appeal, it doesn’t have too many great songs. Amaal performs well in his sole composition, and so do Meet Bros in their first venture without Anjjan. Himesh, who had the most songs in the album, only manages to score excellently in one of them, moderately good in one, and very bad in the last. Mithoon, from whom everyone expects so much each time, didn’t perform at all, to be frank. The three great songs will be remembered by masses, but not for a long time, either. By next year, they will probably be wiped out from our heads — barring ‘Chaar Shanivaar’, if repeatedly played on TV and radio (which it surely will :P). All was supposed to be well with everything related to the film and album, but I don’t really think that holds true anymore!!!

 

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: Tu Milade > Chaar Shanivaar > Nachan Farrate > Baaton Ko Teri > Mere Humsafar > Yolo (this one, better leave it unheard! 😝 )

 

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