TYPICALITY IS NOT INVISIBLE, BUT THE QUALITY IS!! (MR. X – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Jeet Gannguli & Ankit Tiwari
♪ Lyrics by: Mohnish Raza, Rashmi Singh, Manoj Muntashir & Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay
♪ Music Label: Sony Music
♪ Music Released On: 27th March 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 17th April 2015

Mr. X Album Cover

Mr. X Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Mr. X is an upcoming Bollywood sci-fi/thriller film, starring Emraan Hashmi and Amyra Dastur in the lead roles. The film has been directed by Vikram Bhatt, and produced by Mukesh Bhatt & Mahesh Bhatt. It revolves around the story of Raghuram Rathore (Emraan Hashmi) who gains the power of invisibility and uses it against the people who have wronged him. The plot does seem familiar, but has gained a lot of buzz in the country, and Emraan’s star value is enough to drag people to the theaters, I guess. Anyways, the music is composed by Vishesh Films’ favourites (as it seems nowadays) Ankit Tiwari and Jeet Gannguli, who were also composers for Vishesh Films’ previous project, ‘Khamoshiyan’. We know Jeet is always at his best under the Bhatts, so there’s no doubt whether he’ll perform good or not. It’s Ankit who I’m worried about. Though the Bhatts always bring something new from him, to cater to the likes of the audience, they’ll have to make him compose in his typical style. And I’m just wishing that doesn’t happen! So, let’s see, how innovative Ankit and Jeet get for this superhero-ish flick!


1. Tu Jo Hain
Singer ~ Ankit Tiwari, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Mohnish Raza

So, the exact thing which I was dreading, which I was wishing with all my might not to happen, does happen. And at the very start of the album itself. God, give this guy any lyrics, he just seems bent on moulding the composition into his typical yawn-ish, dreamland-ish and boring-by-now style of composition! Ankit Tiwari is back, and after a short gap of three months, gives us yet another song which makes you think, “Doesn’t he have any other tune!! Any other style!! Any variety, for God’s sake?” Unfortunately, we have to bear with him yet again. His voice which sounds like a robot, his composition which is just a mixture of all his previous songs (It goes on adding as the songs increase), all of it has stopped appealing to me anymore. Nothing can get me to like the same thing marketed as something different. Like those “Choclairs” which aren’t supposed to be sticky like “Eclairs”, but still are, well, exactly the same thing Ankit Tiwari is doing to us. This song’s mukhda itself makes you think that any time now, Ankit will sing ‘Sunn Raha Hai Na” or “Galliyan” or “Tu Hai Ki Nahi”. We are reminded of all three of these songs in the first one minute itself!! Imagine what would be the case of the antara then. It just sounds like a faster version of the antara of “Tu Hai Ki Nahi”. He shows no mercy on us poor listeners, who have to bear this torture. Arrangements are refreshing, but the too-familiar composition doesn’t let them get appreciated. Lyrics are good, but again, would have sounded better if they weren’t put to such a dull and typical composition. Better not to say anything else about this song. These were my views, you have all rights to love this song! 🙂 Not really something X-traordinary, but more like the ‘X’th remake of ‘Galliyan!!! We are sick and tired of this typicality Ankit!

 

2. Mr. X
Singers ~ Mahesh Bhatt & Mili Nair, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Rashmi Singh

This song marks Jeet Gannguli’s entry into the album, the man whose speciality it is, to give us something typical, yet sounding great to the ears. Well, here, we cannot say at all, that he’s given us something typical. In fact, here he has tried something new, and something different from what we have known him to do. He composes a title track which has shades of mystery, suspense. You might be thinking that he already has done this in ‘Citylights’, for its title track, but this one’s way more Hollywood-ish, James Bond-ish. Slow-paced piano notes start off the song, which creates an atmosphere of mystery right from the prelude. Mili starts singing, and her voice which I have failed to find anything unique in till now (Because she was aping Shalmali in ‘Meethi Boliyaan’ from ‘Kai Po Che’ and was simply dimmed out by Neeti’s voice in ‘I’m Sorry Par Tumse Pyaar Ho Gaya’ from ‘Shaadi Ke Side/Effects’.) has finally got me to believe that she had some hidden talent which she had not shown the world yet, and it comes out with this song thanks to Jeet. She sings the composition very smoothly, and sustains the mysterious atmosphere. Unfortunately, she cannot hold that up for long. It’s not her fault, but it is her co-singer’s and music director’s fault. Jeet has chosen the perfectly WRONG co-singer for Mili in this song — Mahesh Bhatt! After actors started singing, now it’s time for producers to start singing! Come on, Karan Johar, we’ll try to tolerate you next! (Yeah, as if. 😒 ) Mahesh does his best to spoil the composition with his weird vocals. In English he sounds even worse. Anyone younger than him would have worked for this song. I would have tolerated even Ankit, but this is just too intolerable! And he even sings some English lines at the end, which nobody can comprehend, so that just wasted his energy. 😝 When he says ‘X’ it sounds like ‘Eggs’ actually. Rashmi Singh’s lyrics are yet again, awesome. She has written keeping the theme of the movie in mind, while giving a touch of mystery and suspense to the lyrics. They would’ve sounded better on a different tune and a different male singer singing them, though! Jeet has kept very, very minimal arrangements, except the piano mentioned before, and strings at places. Mili’s backing vocals after Mahesh Bhatt’s lines are like a drop of water after a long famine. A mediocre composition, enhanced by Mili’s singing, then spoilt by Mahesh Bhatt, and again brought up by Mili and ends on a bad note because of Mahesh again. Good attempt by Jeet to make something different though!

 

3. Saad Shukrana
Singer ~ Ankit Tiwari, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

Ankit comes back with his second song, this time starting with refreshing guitar strums, getting you excited for something different from Ankit, finally. Ankit starts singing, and you get impressed that the tune so far bears negligible resemblance to his previous songs. A refreshing composition, if I may say so. Then a slight resemblance in tune with ‘Boond Boond’ (Roy) comes along. We ignore it. Finally, you think, Ankit stops giving typically boring and yawn-provoking songs. The interlude which follows is just wonderfully and mindbogglingly innovative. Whatever weirdly addictive percussion that it is, and joined by a bagpipes-like sounding synthesizer, which just increases the interest of the listener. The antara sounds very, very Rahman-ish, but again, it wins you over! The flute in the background is so lovable and very creatively placed. The percussion from the first interlude keeps on following us throughout the rest of the song, and you can’t help but appreciate it. Since the composition and arrangements clearly show that Ankit is trying to move away from his typicality zone, I have to appreciate his work in this song! His vocals do make things more soothing, but the autotune could’ve been done away with. In spite of all this, though, the song does take a long time to really grow on you, and won’t really stand out to you in the very first listen. For this, and only this, it would be criticized by many. Lyrics by Manoj Muntashir are romantic and have been written well. What’s more, Ankit has used them well in his refreshing composition. Something more refreshing than Ankit’s usual; way better than ‘Tu Jo Hain’ and other remakes of ‘Galliyan’ he has given us over the past year. Deserves a listen!

 

4. Alif Se
Singers ~ Ankit Tiwari & Neeti Mohan, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay

It is in the third song of Ankit, that he truly shines above any of his previous songs, and why it is so, you will get to know after you read this and hear the song. It starts with some weird Arabic folk voices like the ones from ‘Katra Katra’ (Alone). They arouse in the listener some curiosity, because nobody was expecting whatever this song is, from Ankit Tiwari! Neeti starts off the main melody, and we are a bit disappointed due to the fact that Ankit Tiwari has altered and autotuned her beautiful voice as well, negating the whole magic of her voice. However, as the song progresses and Ankit enters, we start gaining more and more interest after the disappointing start, and by the time the song reaches the hookline, we cannot help but move and groove to the racy beats and addictive composition. The composition is highly catchy, especially the hookline (just as I like it — catchy, addictive, gets into your brain after only one time if hearing the song) and because of this, the song has a high capability to attract many listeners and get a long playlist-life, if marketed and promoted well. Another shock, as I said before, is that this song is coming from the King of Recycling His Own Songs, Ankit Tiwari! Though this song also feels like a recycled version of ‘Tequila Wakila’ (Samrat & Co.), the similarities end at the beats. The arrangements in that song were Latino-Spanish flavored, but this one has been beautifully garnished with Arabic percussion, Arabic-style backing vocals and techno beats magnifying the effect. The beats also remind you of Pritam’s ‘Malang’ (Dhoom:3) The sitar solo impresses, especially because of the fast pace it has been played in. The antara has both singers getting equal parts to sing, and both impress highly, not because of their vocals (which have been highly interfered with) but because of the intoxicating feel that the autotune and programming has given to their voices. (It even makes Ankit sound like A.R. Rahman!) And Neeti’s ending to the antara is breathtaking! Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay’s lyrics are wholly in Urdu, to the extent that I couldn’t understand a word! Just kidding, I could get that they’re romantic. Only the hookline is kinda tough to decode! However, it just makes the song sound more sophisticated. 😂 An applaudable attempt by Ankit to make a dance song, complete with Arabic beats and an attractive, addictive tune, made even better by both singers’ voices! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Teri Khushboo (Male Version) / Teri Khushboo (Female Version)
Singers ~ Arijit Singh / Palak Muchhal, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Rashmi Singh

The trio of Jeet-Arijit-Rashmi come back again, after two awesome stints, namely ‘Citylights’ and ‘Khamoshiyan’. And they uphold their dignity once again, by delivering yet another beautiful song with awesome composition, vocals and lyrics! A sad, heartbroken, depressed type of melody has been very efficiently spun by Jeet, and it is such an emotional composition, that it would be a sin to dismiss it as dull and not attractive. The composition, on the rhythm of rupak taal with seven beats (but not played on tablas) is truly heart touching and shows the hard work and soul Jeet and Rashmi have put in to create this song. Arijit Singh sings with the same emotion and soul that was expected to carry off this song with expertise. He uses a deep, coarse voice to master this composition. The arrangements consist mostly of guitars, and a dull, sombre-sounding wind instrument which I suspect is the synthesizer, but that synthesizer is so enticing that when it plays throughout the sing, you can’t pay attention anywhere else but the song! Rashmi Singh’s lyrics are full of emotion and pain and go well with the composition — or should I say the composition goes well on her lyrics? 😀 Nevertheless, they’re awesome and beautiful. Palak in her version, also sings beautifully, her voice being the main difference and biggest attraction there, and everything else the same as the male version. However, Arijit’s version is undoubtedly better than hers, with all respect to her. The composition does remind you of songs like ‘Soney Do’ (Citylights), which was one of Jeet and Rashmi’s first and best songs, and Pritam’s ‘Ashq Na Ho’ (Holiday) because of the emotional factor. A great ending to the album with this song, soulfully written, composed and sung! A treat to the ears and has to be marketed and promoted vigorously!! #5StarHotelSong!!


Mr. X is on the whole, a very disappointing affair from the Bhatts. While Ankit sticks to his ‘Guaranteed Hit Formula’ for one song, slightly diverts from it in the other, and impresses highly with his final song, Jeet impresses with both his compositions, one of which is ruined by a wrong choice of singer. A producer debuting as a lead playback singer in his 60s — well, not a great idea. Anyways, with Ankit and Jeet each only offering one outstanding track out of three and two respectively, nothing else can be said except the decline of quality in Vishesh Films’ music isn’t invisible, but the incline in the typicality and ridiculousness is!!

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Teri Khushboo (Both Versions) > Alif Se > Saad Shukrana > Mr. X > Tu Jo Hain

 

Which is your favourite song from Mr. X? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next “dish”: Margarita With A Straw, Chefs: Mikey McCleary & Joi Barua

SHAADI KE SIDE/EFFECTS (MUSIC REVIEW)

Finally I get to review an album, in which the majority of songs are composed by my favourite music director, Pritam!! This movie’s songs were a big hit, but they died away just like the movie did because it didn’t do well. Sadly, this is the truth. Just because the movie didn’t work, people neglected the songs, which were super-hits, after they heard the fate of the movie. Unlike ‘Highway’, this movie’s songs did have a life outside the movie as well, but like ‘Highway’, everyone seems to have forgotten the songs, except one. Since the music was great, and praised by everyone from public to critics, I’ve decided to chose Shaadi Ke Side/Effects as the sixth album to feature in this category! 🙂


Album Details:-

Music by:- Pritam Chakraborty, Mikey McCleary | Lyrics by:- Swanand Kirkire, Mayur Puri, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Ankur Tiwari | Music Label:- T-Series | Music Released On:- 8th February 2014 | Movie Released On:- 28th February 2014

Shaadi Ke Side/Effects Album Cover

Shaadi Ke Side/Effects Album Cover

 

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

Hear “Ahista Ahista” on Youtube:-


Shaadi Ke Side/Effects is a romantic comedy which released on 28th February 2014. It is the sequel to ‘Pyaar Ke Side Effects’ and is directed by Saket Choudhary. It featured Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan in lead roles, and Vir Das in a supporting role. Even thought its music was doing very well, the film did not work, and sadly, the music was nearly forgotten by many people. Ever since it was announced that the music director for this film is Pritam Chakraborty, I was very excited and couldn’t wait for the music to release. However, due to Pritam’s habit (I don’t know whether it’s good or bad 😀 ) of re-dubbing songs with different singers and also making changes to it until the last minute, all of his albums are released pretty late, but it is always worth the wait. He is like the Aamir Khan of music. After his extraordinary year of 2013 with many hit albums and songs, I was very keen on knowing how great he will score for this film! And I got just what I wanted! So let’s see how much I liked the music of ‘Shaadi Ke Side/Effects’ and whether I am still enjoying it or not! However, one thing should be clear. Just because he’s my favourite does not mean I will be biased towards him! 😉


1. Harry’s Not A Brahmachari:- Singers ~ Jazzy B, Divya Kumar & Rap by IshQ Bector (Version 1), Jazzy B, Divya Kumar & Rap by IshQ Bector (The Original Song), Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya, Music by ~ Pritam

When this song released as a single in January, I was very disappointed. First of all, this wasn’t the song which had made me so excited after watching the trailer! I had definitely heard a better version of this song! Anyways, this version starts with techno beats which do not leave you till the end. Pritam has made a great Punjabi composition which is very catchy! Anyways, as I said, this version is nothing once you hear ‘The Original Song’. It starts with the famous Punjabi instrument, Tumbi, followed by a catchy rap by IshQ Bector. The fun starts when Jazzy B enters, and when he starts singing, you might as well get up and dance! The antara, sung by Divya Kumar, has an awesome tune which is a bit hard to sing, but he has carried it out with tremendous ease. The other version doesn’t have all those variations when the singers say ‘Naag ichchadaari…’ and I instantly didn’t like it because of that reason itself! However, ‘the original song’ has many variations, not just in that line, but other lines too! ‘The original song’ also has some additional rapping by IshQ Bector, which, frankly speaking, wasn’t needed, but still it entertains! Amitabh’s lyrics, are unusual as always! With such great music, no wonder it was such a huge hit! Perfect for DJ’s, clubs, parties etc. An instant hit! Go for ‘The Original Song’!

 

2. I’m Sorry Par Tumse Pyaar Ho Gaya (The Hey Song):- Singers ~ Nikhil Paul George, Neeti Mohan, Mili Nair, Lyrics by ~ Swanand Kirkire, Music by ~ Pritam 

Starting with some very catchy vocals by Nikhil, which will instantly draw your attention totally towards the song! The magic which follows is indescribable. After ‘Barfi!’, Nikhil is back behind the mic for a Pritam composition, and he repeats the greatness which he had made in ‘Barfi!’ as well. It is a very sweet, cute and simple romantic song, which you will fall in love with! The vocals ‘Tuliyuliappapey..’ are so catchy and sweet! Swanad Kirkire’s lyrics are also very cute. There are too many cute things in thus song to sit and count them all! One thing I couldn’t understand is where Neeti sings, and where Mili does. The female voice in the song sounds as if it is of a single person. I could feel a slight difference in voice in the starting of the second antara, but it again started sounding like Neeti. So I guess they have the same voice! 😛 The ‘Hey..’ part is just too catchy and again, sweet! The music is a bit retro like that of ‘Barfi!’. The mouth organ has been used very nicely in the in the second interlude. The drum beats and snaps which are audible throughout the song take the song to another level of catchiness altogether! A very sweet, cute and simple melody, which is too catchy to forget easily! It is a  #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Tauba Main Vyaah Karke Pachtaya:- Singers ~ Shahid Mallya, Poorvi Koutish & Alam Lohar (Original Version), Arif Lohar, Poorvi Koutish, Shahid Mallya & Alam Lohar (Punjabi Version), Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri, Music by ~ Pritam

This is something highly innovative by Pritam! It is a Punjabi Wedding Song, which describes the ‘side effects of marriage.’ It can easily be called the title or theme song of this film. It was originally a song by Alam Lohar, whose voice they have retained in the song. Pritam had remade it in the prequel of this film itself, as ‘Pyaar Karke Pachtaya’ sung by Labh Janjua. This time they have kept the same title ‘Vyaah Karke Pachtaya’ because this film is about ‘vyah’ or ‘shaadi’. It starts with a shehnaai tune which is always associated with marriage, but Pritam has changed its tune a bit, to give a new feel. The mantras which follow have a tinge of humour, because of the coughs, and the funny stuff is present throughout the song. Indian Idol find Poorvi Koutish has done great rapping, and she sounds like a really ‘khadoos’ wife, which I guess she is supposed to! Shahid Mallya gets to sing a song which is of his typical genre, Punjabi, and he does very well. Though all these elements in the song are great, the highlight has got to be the lyrics of this song! If you pay very careful attention to the Hinglish lyrics, written by Mayur Puri, you might laugh so hard, that tears will come out of your eyes! Yes, they are that funny! Take this line– ‘Phantom chhodo uski biwi chalta phirta pain, pit-pitke hi neela pad gaya main, hai ghar mein aake jaale saaf karta Spiderman, woh Hulk hai nanga, kapde phaade biwi din air rain.’ Just too funny! This level of humour is constant in the lyrics of this song, and they will force you to repeat it over and over again. The tune is very nice too, and the music is awesome with dhols used throughout the song and trumpets making an entrance towards the end. The Punjabi version has been sung by Alan Lohar’s son himself, Arif Lohar (‘Cocktail’ and ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ fame) and he sings with utmost energy. The only differences in this version is that the lyrics have been translated into Punjabi, and some techno beats have been added in the background. Instead of the loud Band Baaja ending to the original song, the Punjabi song has a relatively softer ending. A light, ear-friendly song, even though it is loud. Mayur Puri has written great lyrics, and the singers have carried it out very well. Go for both versions! It is a  #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Desi Romance:- Singers ~ Arijit Singh, Suchi (Suchismita Das), Lyrics by ~ Swanand Kirkire, Music by ~ Pritam

When it starts with very soft piano notes, you would instantly get hooked to it! Then a magical voice starts, and that would be of Suchismita Das a.k.a. Suchi. This is her first Bollywood song, and she doesn’t even sound like a newcomer! A very experienced newcomer, she is! Her lines are some classical lines, which are very, very catchy! Then Arijit enters and does his magic, with some contemporary lines, after which the song turns into a full-fledged club song. The way Pritam has fused the two parts (Classical and Club) together, is just plain great!! Arijit and Suchi complement each other very well! The most innovative song of Pritam till now, I can say! The hook line, in which Suchi has joined Arijit by singing her classical part, right in the middle of the hook-line, is awesome! After that the long techno beats follow and the beautiful antara will blow you away! With Arijit singing a soft line, and Suchi singing her classical part after that, it is probably not going to leave your head until a long time. Though it is a club song, it will release such positive vibes that you will feel a calming effect! However, I can’t hear it anymore on TV or radio as frequently as I used to before the release of the movie. This is very shameful that such a genius composition has been rejected npby people just because of the bad fate of the movie! :/ Anyways, it’s an awesome song, which you should definitely try, no matter what type of songs you like, because it has a classical portion as well as a contemporary portion! A very light, and calming song, with a bit of everything! Another  #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Yahaan Vahaan:- Singer ~ Farhan Akhtar (Original and Reprise Versions), Lyrics by ~ Swanand Kirkire, Music by ~ Pritam

Starting with some acoustic guitar riffs, followed by Farhan’s husky voice, this song will instantly grab your attention, because it is such a sweet song with just as sweet lyrics. It is like an apology song, and the other person is trying to ‘manaofy’ the person who is ‘khafa.’ 😛 Jokes apart, the composition is very nice, and Farhan, who is usually known for singing upbeat, high-tempo rock songs, carries this out with ease too! The simple tune, is the plus point of this song, because such a song would not work if the arrangements and tune are too complex and heavy on ears. Swanand has written perfect lyrics! The other version, with the same lyrics and tune, just has one difference and that is the background on which the song has been played. While the first version has an acoustic guitar, the reprise has electric guitars, and more drums, to give a soft rock feel, which Pritam is an expert at! With nothing much more to say, I conclude that this song is a treat for everyone!

 

6. Bawla Sa Sapna:- Singers ~ Mohit Chauhan (Original Version), Diva Roy (“The Children Come To Sing” Version), Lyrics by ~ Swanand Kirkire, Music by ~ Pritam 

The ‘Ala Barfi’ trio come back to make a song just as sweet as the former! Pritam, Swanand and Mohit are back with a story song. It is a lullaby, but it is so sweet that the baby won’t sleep, instead he will keep smiling until it is over! It starts with plucking of a string instrument, which comes and goes throughout the song. Mohit’s metallic voice suits this song very well. While ‘Ala Barfi’ was the story of Murphy, this is the story of a man called ‘Sapna’ which means dream in Hindi, and how he tries to catch the moon for his son ‘Sapnu’! It was obvious that Mohit would do well, but it wasn’t known that in the other version (The Children Come To Sing) a small 5-year old girl would do so, so good! Yes, Diva Roy, the daughter of singer Pritha Majumdar, has sung the other version of this song, and despite her age, she has sung it near perfectly! In her version, the arrangements are a bit softer, and piano is used instead of the plucking of the string instrument. Her voice is very cute. A sweet lullaby, with sweet lyrics, and sweet singing in both versions! Highly recommended for Barfi fans, so that means everyone! 😀  #5StarHotelSong!

 

7. Ahista Ahista:- Singer ~ Farhan Akhtar, Lyrics by ~ Ankur Tiwari, Music by ~ Mikey McCleary

The second song sung by Farhan has been composed by Mikey McCleary. It is another sad song, and again, Farhan has sung great out of his comfort zone, too! The lyrics by Ankur Tiwari are typical sad lyrics. Mikey’s music is also very ordinary, and compared to the great songs filled in this movie, this song didn’t appeal to me as much. The best part of thus song is Farhan’s singing and the basic tune. Go for it, if you didn’t like the other songs.

 

Overall:- Shaadi Ke Side/Effects is one of the best albums of Pritam and one of the best albums of the year so far. With songs that would appeal to mass, as well as class, and with a diverse range of songs (a party song, a romantic song, a club song, a Punjabi wedding song, two sad songs, and a lullaby) it will definitely not bore you. It has a little for everyone and it is very ear-friendly, unlike the last album I reviewed, ‘Highway’ which was very heavy on ears. One thing I didn’t like is the decline of this album on music charts, after the film bombed. :/ Mikey’s song as a guest composer is also a good attempt, but in front of Pritam’s songs, it seems very ordinary. After many hit albums last year, Pritam is being very consistent with his songs. A Must-Listen Album!

 

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

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

 

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