SOUTH MEETS NORTH! (TUTAK TUTAK TUTIYA – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sajid-Wajid, Vishal Mishra, Gurinder Seagal, Dr. Bal Sidhu, Raaj Aashoo & Music MG
♪ Lyrics by: Irfan Kamal, Danish Sabri, Manoj Yadav, Pranav Vatsa, Shabbir Ahmed, Dr. Bal Sidhu, Lil Golu, Malkit Singh, Veer Rahimpuri & Music MG
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 19th September 2016
♪ Movie Released On: 7th October 2016

Tutak Tutak Tutiya Album Cover

Tutak Tutak Tutiya Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Tutak Tutak Tutiya is a trilingual horror comedy film, made as ‘Devi’ in Tamil and ‘Abhinetri’ in Telugu, starring Tamannaah Bhatia, Prabhudeva and Sonu Sood in lead roles, and Amy Jackson in a special appearance. The movie is directed by Vijay, and produced by Sonu Sood. The movie opened to mixed to positive reviews in all three languages, while the film’s music was creating a wave among masses, and I was writing my exams. 😛 So, heading directly towards the music. The music for the Telugu and Tamil films has been given by Sajid-Wajid and newcomer, Vishal Mishra, each having composed two songs each. These four songs have been included in the Hindi album, along with a bonus of three more songs that will cater to the Hindi audiences and increase the buzz of the movie in Punjab. 😛 They are all either Punjabi songs or by Punjabi artists, and added just to attract the Hindi audience. These songs are composed by Gurinder Seagal, who gave that great non-film single, ‘GF BF’ earlier this year. He has remade one of Dr. Bal Sidhu’s wedding numbers, ‘Rail Gaddi’. The next song is a remake of Malkit Singh’s ‘Tutak Tutak Tutiya’, also the namesake of this album, and that has been recreated by Raaj Aashoo. Lastly, Music MG comes with an original club number, which I’m not excited for. Let’s jump into this ‘Tutak Tutak Tutiya’!


1. Rail Gaddi
Singers ~ Navraj Hans, Swati Sharma & Lil Golu, Original Composition by ~ Dr. Bal Sidhu, Music Recreated by ~ Gurinder Seagal, Original Lyrics by ~ Dr. Bal Sidhu, New Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed, Rap by ~ Lil Golu

The first track on the album is one that will really get those Hindi audiences attracted to the film like bears are attracted to honey. A remake of the hit Punjabi track ‘Rail Gaddi’, this one has already made people go crazy around the nation. As you guys know and must be thinking now, I do not like many of these remakes of Punjabi pop numbers. However, this one is different! The composition, which I found out was originally by Kuljit Bhamrah, but T-Series have credited Dr. Bal Sidhu, is good and catchy, and even Gurinder’s new additions are not bad, though a bit generic. The most generic it gets is in the antara, where the song sounds like a direct lift-off from the antara of the ‘Housefull 3’ song ‘Malamaal’. Or maybe all Punjabi songs sound the same to me. Anyway, the song starts with a hilarious dialogue said in a funny style, and then the quintessential tumbi makes its presence felt by playing the hookline tune. Navraj Hans’ programmed voice sounds good, and also sounds like Vishal Dadlani at places. I appreciate that Gurinder trued to get a big singer to sing the song, but the heavy programming done on his voice could’ve been cut down upon, especially after he sang with such finesse, that rock song ‘Raj Karega Khalsa’ in ‘A Flying Jatt’. Swati Sharma barely gets any scope to sing anything in the first antara, as she gets just one line, which sounds very bad. However, the second antara is all hers, and she spoils whatever fun the song was giving you by singing that. Again, the programming kills her voice, and makes it sound ridiculous. Lil Golu is back, without Yo Yo Honey Singh this time, and his rap might make you faint. He has a rap before both antaras, and both of them are ridiculously stupid. The hookline is definitely the best part of the song, and when the hookline is the best part of a REMADE song, you know things are wrong. However, the arrangements do help to make this one an enjoyable club song. Gurinder, who I think is very good at club beats (after hearing ‘GF BF’ that is) has made the pacy club beats overshadow his run-of-the-mill composition. The great electronic shehnaais really entertain. Shabbir Ahmed’s lyrics are the usual random stuff that people ignore due to the pacy beats, so even I’m ignoring those. 😛 Quite entertaining and enjoyable, but a remake that could’ve been better in terms of vocals and composition. Not lyrics because this is the maximum level of IQ that I expect from such songs!

 

2. Chal Maar
Singer ~ Wajid, Music by ~ Sajid-Wajid, Lyrics by ~ Irfan Kamal

Sajid-Wajid enter the album for the second song, which is also the first song of the album that is from the Tamil/Telugu versions. And I understand why Prabhudeva must’ve chosen this song for the film! Last October, Sajid-Wajid and Prabhudeva had given us a treat called ‘Cinema Dekhe Mamma’ (Singh Is Bliing), which was a complete desi tune with desi music. This time too, though Prabhudeva isn’t the director here, Sajid-Wajid, two of his favourites, give a song that is at par with that one. The first time you listen to the song, you’ll be like ‘Where am I? Why am I even listening to this?” But after some listens (if you give it time, that is) the composition starts to unfold its magic. The upbeat, very desi composition starts growing on you, and finally, grabs you completely. That shehnaai-like loop just intrigues you and it plays so many times, that you just start loving it! Of course, Sajid-Wajid are experts in giving this kind of music. 😀 But this time, it just worked too well. The composition too, seems average at first, especially the line before the hookline (“Bheja hai kamar pe…. Bend it like Beckham baby!”) and the hookline itself, which consists of only two words, Chal and Maar, seemingly shouted out randomly. The line just before that though, is so sweet and attractive! It goes “Chakhne de, haaye chakhne de, tere ishq ka zaayaka”. Sajid-Wajid have composed that line so beautifully, I die every time I hear it! 😀 The antara, though it could’ve been better, does its job of keeping you glued. What is the reason? The arrangements, of course! You all know how I praise Sajid-Wajid so much for their amazing arrangements every time, and this time too, they have stunned with their magnificent percussion, the slow South-Indian style rhythms and the AMAZING brass band. Of course though, that shehnaai loop (which is actually played on a melodica) is supposed to be the USP of the song, and it definitely is for me! The guitars are wonderful as well. The Tamil and Telugu versions of the song have been sung by Benny Dayal and Nakash Aziz respectively, and at first I was frustrated because we got stuck with Wajid. However, after hearing the song, I can happily say that Wajid, one of the composers, has rendered the song very nicely. He sounds youthful as well as cool! When he sings that sweet line that I pointed out, I just start to sing along. He sings that line so nicely! 😀 And he sings the hook phrase with such attitude, that I concluded that he was the perfect choice for the song. Irfan Kamal’s lyrics too, are ignorable. Very enjoyable, and a perfect song for Prabhudeva to show off his moves onscreen! Hats off to Sajid-Wajid yet again for the arrangements! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Tutak Tutak Tutiya
Singers ~ Malkit Singh, Kanika Kapoor & Sonu Sood, Original Composition by ~ Malkit Singh, Music Recreated by ~ Raaj Aashoo, Original Lyrics by ~ Veer Rahimpuri, New Lyrics by ~ Malkit Singh & Shabbir Ahmed

Yet another remake we have on the album. This one serves as the title track. This one is a remake of Malkit’s 80s hit, ‘Tutak Tutak Tutiya’, and Raaj Aashoo has got the chance to recreate this one. And he seizes the opportunity and makes gold of it. The song starts again, with the representative of Punjabi songs, tumbi, followed by dhadd and a wonderful flute that just makes you feel happy. The composition of the mukhda is basically the same as that of the original, with the first line revamped by Raaj Aashoo. The song mostly follows the same composition of the hookline, and it is a very strong and effective tune. Especially the “Haye Jamaalo!” The antara is short and catchy as well, and definitely a new addition. After that, the hookline takes over once again, until the song ends. The arrangements are basically insane club beats, along with mad flutes winning your heart, and EDM that makes you wanna dance. The vocals are good, with Malkit Singh having re-recorded the song with the new lyrics that he, along with Shabbir Ahmed, has written. Kanika Kapoor gets a very small scope to open up, but her portions sound cute as always. Sonu Sood does a rap portion that is entertaining for all that it’s worth. Raaj Aashoo also makes the vocalists sing “Tutak tutak” in the background at the beginning, and that effect is so cool! 😀 The lyrics are average again, and meant for fun. A foot-tapping remake of a classic pop song, with Raaj Aashoo’s flute standing high above everything else! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Love The Way You Dance
Singers ~ Jazzy B, Sonu Sood & Millind Gaba, Music by ~ Music MG (Millind Gaba), Lyrics by ~ Music MG (Millind Gaba)

The way this song starts, your mind suddenly cries out “West!” 😛 The shameless aping of the West that happens in so many Bollywood club songs, is evident in this song as well. And guess what? Millind Gaba is back, after his epic fails in Bollywood, from that ‘Welcome Back’ title song, to the most recent ‘Housefull 3’ song ‘Malamaal’. The composition, I admit, is quite decent, as it tries to keep you hooked. However, it just doesn’t work out. The club beats are a direct lift of Millind Baba’s own ‘Welcome Back’ title song. Also, the hookline is so pathetically composed, that whatever you feel about the start of the song, all evaporates because of the hookline. The generic composition has nothing to offer in terms of variation or innovation. This Music MG has a unidimensional thought and composition style. The vocals by Jazzy B are just irritating, and the overdone Punjabi lyrics by Millind are too much to handle. Sonu Sood’s rap sounds horrifying. Of course, this is a horror comeda, isn’t it! 😀 Terrible attempt to ape the West!

 

5. Chalte Chalte
Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Vishal Mishra, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

The next song marks the entry of another composer into the album, this time, a debutant – Vishal Mishra. Now this is the same Vishal Mishra who sang a song in ‘Shorgul’ as well. He steps into composing with this film, and with such a composition, you know he didn’t just foray into composing just for the sake of it! The composition is extremely pleasing and calming, as well as groovy at the same time. The mukhda has the power of pulling you in instantly, and the hookline is so, so cute, that you just cat ignore it. What’s more, it doesn’t force itself on you, and rather, plays on its own will, and you don’t even get to know. The antara is just a continuation of the sweetness. Both the times it plays, you are reminded of those sweet songs where the boy is just preoccupied with thoughts of some girl he’s seen somewhere in the middle of nowhere, that always play in Bollywood films. One of them is ‘I Love You’ (Bodyguard), and this song reminded me a lot of that, as well as the recent ‘Purza Purza’ (Akira). Vishal’s decision to get Arijit to sing this song turns out to be a very efficient one. Arijit, with sweetness ozzing out of his voice, delivers it with the same cuteness as it was meant to be delivered. His high notes leave you stunned, while he is, as it is, a master at low notes. The arrangements are awesome as well, with a cool jazzy touch to them. The guitars throughout provide a foot-tapping rhythm, while electronic beats are at their best in the song. A rock guitar interlude steals the show when it plays, even though it plays for about less than 10 seconds. Manoj Yadav’s lyrics are the first good lyrics in the album, and they do suit the romance theme, as well as give you some good words for your ears to chew on. Trippy! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Suku Suku
Singer ~ Shivranjani Singh, Music by ~ Sajid-Wajid, Lyrics by ~ Danish Sabri

The next song turns out to be Sajid-Wajid’s second and last song in the album, and it starts with very, very impressive hip-hop beats through which they really prove their mettle at making music of so many different styles yet again. The impressive introduction, though, gives way to something that just falls downhill until the antara. The mukhda is such a weakly composed one, that I’m surprised Sajid-Wajid couldn’t get a better opening line to such a wonderfully opened song. The tune sounds sappy and something that goes in very low status movies. I mean, what is “Dance karle aiissaaaa, Sridevi jaiiiisaaaa!”!? The hookline too, is not impressive at all. However, the antara is composed so nicely and sweetly, in a pleasant desi tune, that you wonder how the duo could get this tune after such a bland opening. The composers have paid too much attention, as always, to giving a very great auditory experience to the listeners. The arrangements are just mind-blowing. With very cool EDM and techno beats, the composers score high with the arrangements. A very entertaining and professional African percussion piece plays in one of the interludes, and that is just not to be missed. Backing vocalists going “Yeah!” at random places also qualifies as good Western-styled arrangements. 😛 And the composers have aced that as well. The vocals by Shivranjani Singh, who seems to have become the composer duo’s favourite now for item songs, instead of Mamta Sharma, sings the composition well, but the texture she gives to her voice, makes her sound drunk like always. (Like she sounded in ‘Lalla Lalla Lori’ from ‘Welcome 2 Karachi’) She sings that antara very cutely though. 😀 And the hookline, sounds very obnoxious in her voice. WHAT IS A SUKU SUKU?! HOW DO YOU DANCE LIKE A SUKU SUKU?? These are the questions I would like to ask Danish Sabri, who, when the time comes, very nicely gives only backing vocals to Qawwali-esque songs, but when it comes to writing, writes all this ‘Suku’ stuff. :/ At least write something we understand? How do you expect us to dance like a Suku Suku if we don’t know what a Suku Suku is? Is that some new species discovered by you, Mr. Danish Sabri? Please enlighten us then! This song is suitable only for Suku Sukus. Barring the splendid arrangements, and the composition for the antara, this song is a Suku Suku!

 

7. Ranga Re
Singer ~ Shreya Ghoshal, Music by ~ Vishal Mishra, Lyrics by ~ Pranav Vatsa

For the grand finale of the album, we have a very dulcet melody to mellow things down after all that Suku Suku. Vishal Mishra is back to give this grand finale to the album. The composition is a very peaceful and soulful one, with touches of classical oriental Asian music. The melody is something that seems to be the only one on the abum that has been planned out before and made in a good amount of time, as it has turned out rather perfect. The mukhda has the low notes appealoung to you and luring you into the song, while the hookline takes things to a more lively scale, and it ends up chilling you with its majestic qualities. The antaras are just as beautiful, and deserve to be paid more attention, if you ask me. On a whole, the composition is very scintillating. In some places, it has shades of ‘Sapna Jahan’ (Brothers) and in others it also coincidentally sounds like ‘Rangaa Re’ (Fitoor). The arrangements are sparkling. First, we have mellow piano, along with flute (Varad Kathaurka) and a wonderful entrancing rhythm in the background. After that, things elevate to an all-out rock song, with guitars, both electric and acoustic (both by Vaibhav Pani) leading the way. In the interludes, Vishal Mishra weaves magic with the instrumentation. The first interlude has a dulcet flute solo, ranging from low to high notes. In the second, things are exactly opposite, with a lively and charismatic rock guitar giving a very electrifying performance. Vocals by Shreya Ghoshal are beautiful, but definitely not her best. At places, I thought she was singing like Shilpa Rao too! 😀 There is a particular part in the song where I loved her variations, and that is the last time she sings the word ‘Banjaaaraaa’, at 4:55 minutes into the song. Pranav Vatsa’s lyrics are good, and inspirational. A grand finale indeed! The only matured composition on the album, and sung by the Nightingale. #5StarHotelSong!!


Tutak Tutak Tutiya gives whatever it has promised, with songs catering to both masses and classes (with Vishal Mishra catering to the classes and the rest to the masses :P) The seven songs compiled for the Hindi version of the film are a great mix of the North Indian and South Indian flavour. Though Vishal Mishra’s songs sound more like Bollywood songs, the fact that they were originally for the Southern versions of the film, makes you look at it from a whole new light. The two remakes have been done good, and revamped so that the new generation will like them, with the title track faring slightly better. The four tracks that are also in the Tamil & Telugu versions of the album, are good, with ‘Suku Suku’ being the only disappointing one, but that one too has amazing arrangements. At the end though, it is Vishal Mishra who creates the most magic in the album, with both his songs working perfectly, and I’m sure, instrumental for the film. A perfect comedy film album, with a good mix of South and North India!

 

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: Ranga Re > Chal Maar > Tutak Tutak Tutiya > Chalte Chalte > Rail Gaddi > Suku Suku > Love The Way You Dance

 

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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

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


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! 🙂

 

 

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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To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


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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