JAB IMTIAZ MET PRITAM — AGAIN!! (JAB HARRY MET SEJAL – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Pritam Chakraborty, Diplo (Thomas Wesley Pentz) & Rocky Wellstack
♪ Lyrics by: Irshad Kamil
♪ Music Label: Sony Music
♪ Music Released On: 3rd August 2017, 10:30 pm
♪ Movie Released On: 4th August 2017

Jab Harry Met Sejal Album Cover

 

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Jab Harry Met Sejal is a Bollywood rom-com film, starring Anushka Sharma and Shah Rukh Khan, directed by Imtiaz Ali, and produced by Gauri Khan. The film is about two strangers who meet in Europe, and try to find the engagement ring of Sejal (Sharma’s character). Obviously, as is the main theme in an Imtiaz film, they discover themselves through the journey. I think even more exciting than the movie itself, is the music. Imtiaz has said in many interviews that he enjoyed doing the music of this film, and that’s showing in the final outcome. The film is a musical (not full-fledged like ‘Jagga Jasoos’) and has 13 songs, by Pritam, who was Imtiaz’s go-to music composer before Rahman. With this film, they reunite, and after ‘Jab We Met’ and ‘Love Aaj Kal’, two super-hit soundtracks by both of them, this is their third collaboration! Expecting just as much variety in this album, and also expecting the elements of whatever Imtiaz has picked up from Rahman while doing the music of those films (namely ‘Rockstar’, ‘Tamasha’ and ‘Highway’)! So I hope this album will be like a blend of Pritamish Imtiaz and Rahmanish Imtiaz! Plunging into the album very positively, hoping it will astound me!!

P.S. Thanks to my friend Chiranjeev Gorur for acquiring and sharing the full musician credits to the album! 🙂


1. Radha

Singers ~ Sunidhi Chauhan & Shahid Mallya

“Main bani teri Radha, maine sakhiyon se, ankhiyon mein rakhna hai tujhko piya, thoda zyaada zyaada!
Main bani teri Radha, tuney sapnon tadapnon mein rakhna hai mujhko piya thoda zyaada zyaada!
Main bani teri Radha!”

Pritam starts off the album with an amazingly energetic song that makes you want to dance right along to its tune, right away. Now I know everyone has heard this song many times by now, and it’s a huge hit across the nation. It is essentially a Punjabi folk-plus-EDM fusion track, and the way Pritam employs these genres, is spellbinding. The composition itself follows a very desi compositional format, in that it appeals to us Bollywood music listeners right away with its inherent catchiness and energetic vibe. The hook, especially, leads the song, as it should. But it is the mesmerizing antara that was the best part for me. Pritam gives it this rapid tune that you are only able to sing after repeated listening, and that’s how it grows on you eventually. A very amazing Punjabi flavour has been given to the Punjabi portions sung by the male singer. The high pitch might bother some, but it is way more comfortable than listening to a high pitch song by Arijit Singh like the recent ‘Ik Vaari Aa’ (Raabta). And if the first antara takes you by surprise, the second antara, which just released with the album version of the song, is pure bliss. The harmony between the two singers is blissful! The arrangements follow suit and Pritam fuses folk and EDM, like I mentioned above. The flute and khartal (which is a Rajasthan folk instrument, but apparently being used in a Punjabi song) open the song in a very light-hearted and feel-good way. Throughout the mukhda, it’s the flute and khartals that play. Until Pritam introduces the mandatory dhol (Sukanto Singha & Sunny M.R.) in the hookline, you won’t be able to even tell that the song is a Punjab-based song. (Because even the lyrics aren’t proper Punjabi; they’re kind of like a mix between Punjabi and Hindi). Another awesome folksy instance in the song is the second interlude where the sarangi is played, and muffled by the programming! The EDM programming by Sunny MR, and Rohan Chatham’s vocal cuts during the “Raa-aa-aa-aaa” portion, serves for a wonderful catchy hook, which would definitely make people hit the repeat button! The coexistence of the dhols and EDM sounds so good. The vocals are a class apart. Pritam reverts to a singer that used to sing many songs for him back in the day, Sunidhi. This is her first song for Pritam after ‘Dhoom 3’, and we know how much Pritam’s music has boosted after that! She sings it so mellifluously, you don’t even realise the rapidity of the tune. Especially the antara, for which she should get standing ovations from all of us listeners! Shahid is top-notch too, his heavy Punjabi accent reflecting through his singing and making the folksy portions of the song what they are. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are cute too, but there’s a certain Panipat line that had me surprised and worried and disappointed at the same time! 😂 It doesn’t even fit with the rest of the song! Anyway, overall he has written a cute little romantic song. Pritam’s experimentations almost never fail, do they?
Rating: 5/5

 

2. Beech Beech Mein

Singers ~ Arijit Singh, Shalmali Kholgade & Shefali Alvares, Backing Vocals ~ Arjun Chandy & Akashdeep Sengupta

“Hai safar mein zameen, chal raha aasmaan,
Dono ki jo kahaani, ho ki na ho bayaan,
Begaani jagah mein nadaani, karein na, karein toh kahaan?
Jal dheeme, yeh pal dheeme, kyun hai jalte hua?”

The next song on the album falls under a genre that I feel Pritam always aces. A club song. However, this time it is different. The club song isn’t the normal Pritam club you would expect, with heavy EDM and Benny Dayal. Instead, it has a completely retro feel to it, and has been composed as a retro funk song! I can’t remember the last time Pritam composed a retro funk number, because it’s always EDM when he does club songs. So this seems like a very new thing from him. The composition is instantly catchy, and the unconventionality of it all makes it even more appealing! It starts with a very insanely catchy vocal loop repeating the name of the song over and over again, and it is from there that your interest increases. The mukhda (which is the hookline too), is cool, and so is the ‘Shola Shola..’ line! The hook repeats many times throughout the song, but it doesn’t sound repetitive. The crux of the song’s composition lies in the antara, though, where Pritam makes a disco song, melodious! And the cross line which it takes to get back to the refrain, is extra cool!! That’s that about the composition. But it is the arrangements, as always, that really suck you into the song. A groovy guitar (Warren Mendonsa & Ernest Tibbs) riff starts the song off, behind the “beech beech mein” repetitions. The fun arrives, however, only when the drums enter, because they’re so amazing! The drums in this song are really some of the best drums I’ve heard (in non-rock songs) this year! The brass instruments (Trombone by Andrew Lippman, Trumpet & Flugelhorn by Ludo Louis) do their thing by fascinating us in the interludes, and in the antara, they have a really special role to play, when things get a bit melodious. Their harmony is just so enchanting. So now you get why the song can be called retro! 😀 For the vocals, Pritam uses his go-to female singers for club songs, Shalmali and Shefali, both. Of course the male portions are by Arijit. All three sing well; Arijit leads the way while each of the female singers are relegated to the background except for one or two lines. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are fun. A song that should change the way we think about club songs in Bollywood!
Rating: 4.5/5

 

3. Safar

Singer ~ Arijit Singh

“Iss yaqeen se main yahaan hoon,
Ki zamaana ye bhala hai, Aur jo raah mein mila hai,
Thodi door jo chala hai, Woh bhi aadmi bhala hai,
Pata tha, zara bas khafa tha!
Woh bhatka sa rahi, mere gaanv ka hi,
Woh rasta puraana jise yaad aana,
Zaroori tha lekin, jo roya mere bin,
Woh ek mera ghar tha,
Puraana sa darr tha,
Magar ab main na apne ghar ka raha…
Safar ka hi tha main, Safar ka raha!!!”

Imtiaz’s favourite theme, travel, makes itself prominent right from the title of the next song, and all throughout it as well. The song is titled ‘Safar’ (meaning Journey), and it is a journey in itself for music lovers. Pritam’s composition is a slow and lilting composition that grows on you slowly surely. The mukhda is very beautiful and soulful, and sets off the song on a very jazzy and slow rhythm that is magically appealing. The hook is simple but sweet, and effective in the song. The antara is an amazing high-pitched portion where Pritam’s lines flow into each other so seamlessly, you can’t tell where one ends and the other starts! Towards the end, there’s almost a half-minute musical portion, where I feel Pritam could have added a small conclusion stanza, like he usually does in songs. The arrangements are very beautiful and impressive, with a very urban touch — acoustic and electric guitars (Arijit Singh & Aditya Benia), being the main instrumentation! The guitar riffs are wonderful throughout the song. Arijit’s vocals are very raw and rustic, with the gritty texture standing out very prominently; it actually gives the song a wonderful travel-esque feel. The places where his voice cracks, are actually some of the most brilliant parts of the song! Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are high on food for thought, and each and every line makes you think, connect and relate! The whole song is like a story that is being told about the character’s change of lifestyle. An unconventional song, which won’t be loved by one and all, but should be loved by the music lovers!
Rating: 5/5

 

4. Butterfly

Singers ~ Dev Negi, Jyoti Nooran, Sultana Nooran, Sunidhi Chauhan & Aman Trikha, Backing Vocals ~ Laddi Dhaliwal, Jelly Manjitpuri, Neetu Bhalla, Babita, Asa Singh, Amit, Tushar, Akashdeep, Abhishek, Manoj, Shubham

“Mujhmein ishq ya ishq mein hoon main,
Hua mujhe ehsaas re,
Khel raha hoon saath yaar ke,
Main khwaabon ki taash re,
Tu hi usko khoj raha hai, ae dil mere, yeh na soch,
Woh bhi tujhko dhoondh raha hai jiski tujhe talaash re!!”

This song starts right off with the boisterous Punjabi-ness that an Imtiaz Ali-Pritam combo always consists of. The song is a happy-go-lucky and cute Bhangra tune that really has you dancing to it right away. Pritam’s composition is very earthy and raw, and not superficial and hollow like most other Punjabi songs that release these days. The mukhda especially, starts the song off very beautifully, and you can imagine a village romance getting conjured before your eyes. The hook is the cutest part of the song, but catchy too. In the antara, things go haywire though, and you take time to understand the tune of those lines soon. The tune fluctuates so much, that it is quite difficult to grasp. However, both the parts of the Nooran Sisters, have been composed wonderfully, the one at the beginning, and the one that concludes the song on a very nice note. Both parts are heavy on the earthiness quotient and transport you to the fields of Punjab, with its melodious composition. The arrangements are the run-of-the-mill 2006-2009 era Pritam Punjabi arrangements, with loud dhols (Naseeb Singh), effervescent tumbi (Jelly Manjitpuri), a folksy alghoza (Gurpreet Singh) and of course, a nice technical production. The vocals are energetic, and Dev Negi as the forerunner makes things easier for the audience by not singing too loud, and keeping a gentle yet steady voice constant. Sunidhi disappoints, singing in such a high pitch that I can’t fathom. Nooran Sisters are the stars of the song, starting and ending it with a bang. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are quite staid for the majority of the song, but again, the Nooran portions have been written very well, with the “Woh Bhi Tujhko Dhoondh Raha Hai Jiski Tujhe Talaash Re” line translating the film’s tagline ‘What you seek is seeking you’, very efficiently. A fun and cute Punjabi song, but falls flat in places where it tries to do too much.
Rating: 4/5

 

5. Hawayein / Hawayein (Film Version)

Singer ~ Arijit Singh

“Banaati hai jo tu, woh yaadein jaane sang mere kab tak chale,
Inhi mein toh meri, subah bhi dhale, shaamein dhalein, mausam dhale!
Khayalon ka safar, tu jaane tere hone se hi aabaad hai,
Hawayein haq mein, wohi hai aate jaate jo tera naam le,
Deti hai jo sadaayein, hawayein, hawayein,
Na jaane kya bataaye, hawayein, hawayein,
Le jaaye tujhe kahaan, hawayein, hawayein,
Le jaaye mujhe kahaan, hawayein, hawayein,
Le jaaye jaane kahaan, na mujhko khabar, na tujhko pata!”

The next song took my breath away, the first time I listened to it. It is just so marvellous and so ideal and so dreamy. It is the ideal romantic song. A trademark Pritam tune, with the trademark Pritam guitars and Sufi template, and the legendary Arijit Singh singing it. What more can you ask for, to obtain a wholesome and pleasant romantic song? Well, I know, I can’t ask for anything more! The composition by Pritam is utterly fascinating, and hooks you right from the first listen. The mukhda starts off quite slowly, but as soon as the hookline plays, you know that the song is one of the best songs of the year! The hookline is something that conforms to every Bollywood music lover’s music sensibilities! There are two antaras; one with a new tune, which is beautiful too, and one with the same tune as the mukhda. The first antara has a wonderful line that goes on and on, and merges with the hookline so seamlessly. The part where the backing vocalists go “Hawayein, Hawayein” has been structured and placed so beautifully. It reminded me of ‘Daayre’ (Dilwale). Overall, Pritam’s composition here is so much close to his usual style of composition, but still so lilting and dreamy! The vocals by Arijit are top-notch, and he repeats the magic of many previous Pritam-Arijit collabs, in one song. The vocals have shades of ‘Gerua’, ‘Channa Mereya’, ‘Daayre’ and ‘Saware’, and it just helps you love the song even more. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are soothing too, and so poetic! Read out as a poem too, they will be just as impactful. In fact here, Pritam’s strong tune is overbearing. The song appears in two versions — an original, and a film version. Both have splendid arrangements. The first version sticks to Pritam’s trademark arrangement style, with the guitars strongly dominating the arrangements. The Acoustic guitars (Roland Fernandes) are relegated to the background as the electric guitars (also by Fernandes), do that wonderful neverending loop thing that they love to do in Pritam songs! 😄 The ethnic strings (Tapas Roy) provide an amazing first interlude that brings in the earthiness into the beautiful composition. Increasing the Indian-ness of the song, is the nice Sufi template employed in the hook portions, with the Duff and tablas sounding very appealing. The film version has a slightly more haunting arrangement, and sounds straight out of Coke Studio, with a beautiful Hang drum (Sunny MR), and ethnic strings (Tapas Roy) setting up a wonderfully haunting sound that sounds least like it is by Pritam. The Pritamish tune and the haunting Rahmanish arrangements really complement each other, though I never thought they could! A nice and charming wind instrument keeps playing throughout the song, and the guitars (Roland Fernandes) are amazing. All in all, both versions of this song are just as beautiful!!
Rating: 5/5 for Original, 5/5 for Film Version

 

6. Parinda / Parinda (Search)

Singers ~ Pardeep Singh Sran / Tochi Raina & Nikhil D’Souza

“Ikk pardesi, oh yaar banaya,
Main usnu dil de takht bithaya,
O seene de naal usnu laaya,
O apne dil da haal sunaaya,
O maar udaari kithe nikal gaya,
Maar udaari kithe nikal gaya,
Kade bigad gaya, kade machal gaya,
Kade nikal gaya ni hun taan,
Dhoondhan nain bichaare, ni aaj parinda maahi!”

Pritam ups the ante with the next song, a pulsating rock song that is really foot tapping. The composition is a nice, folksy, Punjabi-flavoured composition, that immediately grows on you. The hookline in particular is just beautiful, what with the amazing high notes. The mukhda and antara both have the same tune, and I love the fluctuations in the tune. The arrangements are high-octane rock arrangements, and it is probably the first time in a long time that I’ve enjoyed rock so much, in the first go! The drums by Alan Hertz are very, very exciting, and of course the guitars (Electric and Acoustic by Josh Smith & Nyzel D’Lima; Bass Guitars by Ernest Tibbs) complement the drums very well, as they always do! The lyrics by Kamil are completely in Punjabi, but very interesting, and I loved them. The two versions of the song only differ much in their vocals. Pardeep Sran in the first version oozes the Punjabi energy that should accompany such a high-energy song, and does an electrifying job! Tochi Raina, however, in the second version, brings a more toned-down version of the same, but still, it isn’t low in energy at all! Nikhil D’Souza has an English portion in this version, which sounds AMAZING! It also has an extra stanza at the end, which has a very energetic composition. Both these singers have worked with Pritam many times in the past, but this song marks them working with him after a long, long time, so I’m very happy!! The backing chorus in both versions is spot-on! Kamil’s lyrics actually contradict the upbeat nature of the song, and give a hint of emotion — the song is actually much more meaningful than it seems! A rock song that shows how fusion between Punjabi folk and Rock should be done!
Rating: 4.5/5 for the Original, 5/5 for the Second Version

 

7. Ghar

Singers ~ Nikhita Gandhi & Mohit Chauhan

“Khaali hai jo tere bina, main woh ghar hoon tera,
Ghoome phire, tu chaahe sab shehar, tu hai mera!”

The next song is what Pritam is all about. This is why people love his music so much. These kind of songs is why he has become so popular. It is a very soothing and calm, semi-classical kind of song, that depends solely on acoustics to propel it. The composition kind of resembles that of Pritam’s own ‘Tu Jaane Na’ (Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani) and ‘Daayre’ (Dilwale) and even the recent ‘Main Agar’ (Tubelight). The hook is what makes you get sucked into the song right away; it sounds so pleasing, that you just get lost in it. The first antara is the peak of the song, and the second one by Mohit is no less. The arrangements are very soothing too, with a lounge-ish treatment, complete with amazing electric and acoustic guitars (Warren Mendonsa) which give off the trademark Pritam touch, and a wonderful tabla (Jeetu Shankar) to complement that. The vocals are just too impressive. I think this is Nikhita’s career best, and after two hit songs from Pritam albums, she finally gets a huge portion in a mind blowing song! The way she introduces variations in the same line each time, shows her versatility, and hints at her classical training, if she has had any! Mohit, again, with Pritam after a long time (maybe because of the Imtiaz connection), does spectacularly in his high-pitched portions. Irshad’s lyrics are amazing, romantic lyrics with a thought-provoking concept. A soothing lounge-ish song that manages to touch your soul! The best of the album till now!
Rating: 5/5

 

8. Yaadon Mein

Singers ~ Jonita Gandhi, Mohammed Irfan & Cuca Roseta, Portuguese Lyrics by ~ Mario Pacheco

“Yaadon mein, jalte rehna, hai tera mera,
Yaadon mein, jalte rehne ko, miley hain kya?
Yaadon mein jeena toh sabse badi sazaa lagey,
Yaadon se, jaana ki faasley hain kya!”

A strong Latino vibe hits you right from the beginning of this next song, which happens to be a kind of Portuguese folk song kind of musical genre called “Fado”, and you get sucked in right away. The composition starts with a melancholic portion that sounds very similar to many Spanish/Portuguese folk songs we have come across in pop culture and other sources. And what a wonderful feeling it gives, to actually see a song like this being made for a Bollywood movie. Usually, whenever European or Portuguese styled music is used in Bollywood, it is for those dance numbers a la ‘Senorita’ (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara), ‘Hawaa Hawaa’ (Rockstar), ‘Udi’ (Guzaarish), and though these were beautiful, too, the unexplored and soothing side of that compositional style really comes across beautifully here, and it sounds oh-so-operatic and chilling! The composition is beautiful, though it is mostly the hook repeating most of the time, but those variations in the hook just kill you then and there. The antaras are nice, especially the female one, and the Portuguese portion by Roseta is wonderful as well. That’s that for the composition. The arrangements by Pritam go beyond what Bollywood has tried in Portuguese music thus far, and goes to a more spine-chilling mixture of the traditional Portuguese guitars (by local guitarist Mario Pacheco) and Pritam’s wonderful strings. The beats get very Pritam-ish in Mohd. Irfan’s antara, but it is a refreshing turn of events. The Portuguese guitar obviously keeps us entertained throughout the songs, and instances of harmonicas are heard as well. The vocals are spot-on. Jonita starts off with a booming introduction, which I would never have believed was sung by her, if it weren’t for the credits! She has changed her voice so beautifully, to make it actually sound like a Portuguese singer. Sure enough, the actual Portuguese singer, Cuca Roseta, sounds very similar to Jonita, but gets a way smaller portion than her. Irfan does well in his parts, in what is also his first song for Pritam too! However, somehow, I felt a lack of connect during his part. The ladies bring that connect back. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are heart-wrenching. Mario Pacheco, the guitarist, has written the Portuguese lyrics. All in all, a wonderful song that mixes up the pathos of a typical Bollywood song, and the richness of Portuguese folk.
Rating: 4.5/5

 

9. Raula

Singers ~ Diljit Dosanjh & Neeti Mohan

“Aankhon ne khwaabon pe aise hai aitbaar kiya,
Jaise do anjaanon ne khulke ho pyaar kiya,
Hota tha pehle jo door kabhi,
Abb woh mujhe paas lage,
Jaane kyun achha sa lagey,
Dil ne jo iss baar kiya!”

A very trademark Pritam feel-good vibe sets in as the next song rolls in, after that poignant melody. This is another song to go with Shah Rukh’s Punjabi character in the movie — a fun and upbeat Punjabi wedding song. The composition is one of the cutest I’ve heard this year, and instantly has you hooked. The hookline itself is so cute, that everything starts sounding beautiful due to it. The first antara, is something straight out of a 90s Bollywood album, with a noticeable Jatin-Lalit vibe. The bridge from the first antara to the hook is kind of bumpy, but things are great from there. Neeti has the second antara all to herself, and it is pure bliss. Pritam composed that one in trademark 90s Rahman style, and I can’t believe it is by Pritam; the variations in tune sound like the Rahman of the 90s has composed it! It was a pleasant surprise to see Pritam in that form. The vocalists have fun themselves and transmit the energy and boisterous nature of the song to us through the earphones. Diljit is clearly having the time of his life, and his additions like “chak de phatte naap de killi“, are so fun to listen to. Neeti sounds amazing, especially in her solo portion. The arrangements are fun as well, and in a traditional Imtiaz Ali pattern, they are high on dhols, and very interestingly, also have beautiful brass instruments interjecting, with a trademark Laxmikant-Pyarelal vibe. Flamenco Guitars (Josete Ordoñez) are audible in the second interlude. The dhadd and Plucked instruments (Tapas Roy) in Neeti’s solo portion, are so cute! The repetition of the hookline’s tune on those plucked instruments is too cute as well! Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are again, high on the fun quotient, and quirky as well, Especially with those “sangya” (noun), “visheshan” (adjective) and “sarvanaam” (pronoun) additions in Neeti’s parts. One of the most catchy Punjabi songs I’ve heard after ‘Nachde Ne Saare’ (Baar Baar Dekho).
Rating: 4.5/5

 

10. Jee Ve Sohaneya

Singers ~ Jyoti Nooran & Sultana Nooran, Music and A Portion of the Lyrics Traditional

“Kabhi kabhaar sandesa de de, Kya hai tera haal,
Rut pardesi rakhti hogi, shaayad tera khayaal,
Yahaan tere bin patjhad sa hai, har ek mausam hi..
Jee ve sohneya jee, chaahe kisi ka hokar ji!
Maana ke tu ab nahi mera, kabhi tha mera bhi!!”

The singers who enhanced ‘Butterfly’ manifold, Nooran Sisters, get a song all to themselves now, and coincidentally, the song is a built-up on their portion in that song. They sang “Jee Ve Sohneya Jee..”, in that song; here, the rest of the lines follow to make an entire song. The composition is traditional, but Pritam enhances it with his trademark Electric guitars (Roland Fernandes) and digital beats. That’s pretty much all for the arrangements. The stars of the song are actually its lyrics. Irshad Kamil takes the traditional lyrics as a basis to weave a poetic song that is about the relatives of a person who has gone and settled in a foreign land, pleading for him to come back. The lyrics just tug at your heartstrings and remind you of the iconic ‘Ghar Aaja Pardesi’ (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge), which was also sung in an earthy manner. This song has increased the earthiness and rustic nature a lot, by having Nooran Sisters sing it. Their amazing voices really bring out the song’s essence even better! A song whose lyrics and vocals are what will help it to make its way into the hearts of everyone who listens to it!
Rating: 5/5

 

11. Phurrr (Film Version)

Singers ~ Mohit Chauhan & Tushar Joshi, All Hindi Melodic Compositions by ~ Pritam, Music Programming by ~ Diplo & Rocky Wellstack

NOTE: There was another version of this song which Sony Music released a day before the album. That one was a mix by Diplo, which was terrible compared to the ‘Film Version’. You can listen to it HERE. The one included in the album is actually Pritam’s mix, with Diplo’s drop used from the remix of ‘Agony’ by Pinchers.

“Teri hasrat ho, ya ibaadat ho,
Tujhko paana hai, jo bhi soorat ho,
Har taraf sach mein, sach ki chaahat ho,
Lafz na ho pyaar, balki aadat ho!”

The album finally sheds itself of all the folksiness it had built up for itself (almost every song had some Indian-ness to it) and goes outright Western for this finale. The only thing in this song that is remotely and typically ‘Indian’ is how they say “Phurrrrrrr” to signify a bird’s flying. The song is actually very cool and it is an effort that should be appreciated! The composition is by Pritam, and half of the production by Pritam’s team, and the rest by Diplo. The composition itself is very paltry, but still sounds amazing with the whole Western treatment. It is trippy, no doubt. I mean, if people can withstand trash like “Swalla”, they can go through this without flinching! The drop by Diplo suits here very well, and sounds like it was always meant to be for this song. The entire digital treatment is something Pritam rarely does; he usually takes the help of guitars and live instruments, but it actually turned out pretty good. I loved those electronic tablas sounds. And the programming between 2:02 to 2:24 in the song, is just rad! I would like to appreciate the idea of a collaboration too, however good or bad it has turned out. You like the drop of some song, you contact that person and get him on board — that’s the professional way of doing things! A round of applause for Pritam and Imtiaz here! The vocals are good too. Mohit Chauhan is back for the second time in one album, and he renders the fun song with a swag that is unmatched. Tushar Joshi, Pritam’s new blue-eyed boy, does well too! Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are very conveniently sidelined in the song, thanks to all that’s going on. If one were to still make a conscious effort to listen to them though, he wouldn’t find any hidden gem. A song that isn’t really enough to start a new collaboration wave in Bollywood, but will be remembered for its braveness.
Rating: 4/5


Jab Harry Met Sejal, no matter how late the album released, no matter how badly the film tanked, no matter how much Imtiaz disappointed everyone with the film, no matter how many people actually liked it, and no matter how late this review is going up, is really an album that should be applauded first of all, solely for the makers’ interest in creating an album that’ll cater to music lovers and music listeners. The amazing mix of world music and Punjabi music in this album, is spellbinding. It is such an excitement to listen to the album again and again, because every time, something new that we didn’t get before, pops up. The album also marks Pritam and Imtiaz’s reunion after eight years, and evidently, both Imtiaz and Pritam have evolved over the years. The knowledge Imtiaz got from Rahman’s style of work, has reflected in the album, and the sound that Pritam has developed for himself over the 2013-2017 phase of his career, also shows in the album. It is probably only “Butterfly” that smells of old Pritam and old Imtiaz. But in conclusion, I’m happy that Imtiaz met Pritam (Again)!!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 5 + 4.5 + 5 + 4 + 5 + 5 + 4.5 + 5 + 5 + 4.5 + 4.5 + 5 + 4 = 61

Album Percentage: 93.84% {Making it surpass ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’ and making it secure the top rank now!! 🎉🎉🎉}

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: From Track 1 to Track 13 nonstop 🙂

 

 

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THE MUSICAL DIVINITY THAT WORKS ONLY PARTIALLY! (SHIVAAY – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Mithoon & Jasleen Royal
♪ Lyrics by: Sandeep Shrivastava, Sayeed Quadri & Aditya Sharma
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 7th October 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 28th October 2016

Shivaay Album Cover

Shivaay Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Shivaay is an upcoming Bollywood action thriller film starring Ajay Devgn, Erika Kaar and Sayyeshaa Saigal in lead roles. The film is directed and produced by Ajay Devgn himself. The film seems grand at every scale, and hopefully, Ajay’s direction proves to be fruitful and the movie becomes a success. The trailer makes everything looks so magnanimous, that I am really getting excited for the movie. For the time being though, all we can do to get close to the movie, is spend time with its music. The music of ‘Shivaay’ has been composed by Mithoon, a music composer who rarely gets to experiment these days because of the incessant demand of the public for more and more ‘Tum Hi Ho’s, and Jasleen Royal, who debuted just last month in ‘Baar Baar Dekho’. She is more of a guest composer as she has composed one song in the album, with one version, and Mithoon has composed the remaining three songs. Hopefully, the two have worked well to make Ajay Devgn’s directorial a good musical as well. Let’s find out! 😀


1. Bolo Har Har Har
Singers ~ Mithoon, Mohit Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh, Badshah, Megha Sriram Dalton & Anugrah, Backing Vocals by ~ Parthiv Gohil, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Sandeep Shrivastava

The album starts off on an epic, grand note, with a devotional song in a very innovative style. The song starts off with a couplet by Mohit Chauhan, who sings it with immense perfection and concentration. And then there’s Mithoon’s electrifying rock guitar riff, along with Sukhwinder Singh’s classical bols. The composition of Mohit’s part has been done in a very typically Mithoon style by Mithoon, and the rest of the song is actually rap. The only thing that has a tune, is the hookline (Sukhwinder’s part). Megha Sriram Dalton very effectively leads the way with a mystical Aghor Mantra throughout the song, and her parts are what I keep waiting for in the song. The lead singer is obviously Badshah, and with his raps, he praises Lord Shiva a lot. Mithoon’s electrifying arrangements are very attractive, and help to attract the new generation towards the song. The rock guitars really crank up things in the song, while club beats and a very striking EDM makes the song worthwhile. Percussion by Bobby Shrivastava gets full marks. The vocals by all singers are awesome, and the confidence with which Badshah performs the rap, is applause-worthy. There are many parts of the rap that stand out among the rest. One such line I loved was “Wohi shunya hai, wahi ikaay, jiske bhitar basa Shivaay”, and yet another was the climax line, “Ja ja Kailash, ja kar vinaash”. The way these lines are repeated in the song, is just awesome. Megha Dalton sings her mantras very convincingly, while Mohit Chauhan’s parts are haunting and Sukhwinder’s parts are the energy of the song — whenever you feel it going a bit weak, his parts come and lift it back up. Backing vocals by Anugrah and Parthiv Gohil are good as well. Towards the end, all the singers’ parts come together, and with the help of a strong backing rock template, Mithoon brings a very good end to the song. The lyrics are by the film’s scriptwriter Sandeep Shrivastava himself, and he’s also written the raps, which are merely performed by Badshah, fortunately, and fortunately, performed very well! His lyrics are very good, describing Lord Shiva gloriously. A strong opening to the album, and a song that will give the movie a strong opening too! 😀 Also, happy to see that Mithoon tried out something different!!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Darkhaast
Singers ~ Sunidhi Chauhan, Arijit Singh & Mithoon, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Sayeed Quadri

After the electrifying rock song, Mithoon mellows things down with a song that starts with a very comforting piano tune, and Sunidhi’s sweet voice. The song is a romantic one, and sees Mithoon back in the ‘vintage Mithoon’ mode, which is totally different from the Mithoon who gives endless ‘Tum Hi Ho’s. The composition is very pleasant, uplifting and calm, and gives you a sense of calm as well. The starting paragraph by Sunidhi is the mukhda, and it is a kind of unplugged start to the song, after which Arijit comes with the hookline, a very beautiful tune that Mithoon seems to have saved for a special movie, like this, for a superstar like Ajay. The line “Tu meri baahon mein duniya bhula de” hits you so hard (with love) that you just fall in love immediately. Arijit renders the hookline with a very happy tone, and makes you smile after hearing it. However, he has used his very bored, casual voice tone here sometimes, and sometimes, suddenly becomes interested in delivering a good rendition. 😀 I don’t know what that’s about, all I know is that the final result is amazing. He sounds awesome in the high notes, and a little less in the low notes, but it works anyway. Sunidhi is perfect as usual. Her notes are mostly on the high scale in this song, and she sings them gracefully. Her vocals here remind me of her vocals in ‘Yaaram’ (Ek Thi Daayan) where she went oh-so-gracefully from low notes to high notes and back! The first antara, sung by Arijit, has a very typical and heard-before tune to it, but Arijit delivers it so passionately, that it sounds awesome. Sunidhi, on the other hand, aces the wonderful, mellow composition of the second antara. After both antaras, there is a wonderful addition by Mithoon where he sings “Tu meri baahon mein duniya bhula de” in a very different, rhythmic way. At the end of the song, Sunidhi wraps things up with a very soft and gentle rendition of the hookline, just like she opened up the song. She does it so nicely, that she would impress anybody’s grandmother, as she places everything right where she takes it out from. 😀 😛 (Don’t worry if you didn’t understand that, it was ridiculous anyway) The arrangements are scintillating. Mithoon decorates the song with very lively percussion (programmed by Bobby Shrivastava) and that gives the song a quite pleasant, upbeat touch. Of course, Mithoon’s piano keeps impressing you throughout the song, and guitars (Kalyan Baruah) are very breezy. The singers complement the arrangements so well, that everything falls into place perfectly. Sayeed Quadri’s lyrics are mind blowing. Once again, he impressed with simple words, and Mithoon has taken them and woven a beautiful melody out of them. Romance at its simple best! Arijit and Sunidhi ace this one, and Mithoon should start giving more such songs!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Raatein / Raatein (Reprise)
Singers ~ Jasleen Kaur Royal / Jasleen Kaur Royal, Music by ~ Jasleen Kaur Royal, Lyrics by ~ Aditya Sharma

Jasleen steps into the album as a guest composer for this song, which appears in two versions in the album. The first version is a sweet, breezy composition that I would have liked, had it not been so, so, so similar to Jasleen’s ‘Kho Gaye Hum Kahan’ (Baar Baar Dekho). The composition style, the dulcet, calm and breezy melody, we’ve all heard before in the song from ‘Baar Baar Dekho’. It seems like Jasleen has modified some notes somewhere and presented this song after modification. The vocals too, are very similar to the way she sang in that song. Arrangements might be the only difference in both songs, but very slight. The guitars are here too, but it is joined by pleasant percussions that will sound awesome in the theaters. Strings do their job very well. At the end of the first antara, Jasleen has added a wonderful strings orchestra, with crisp strokes, which is worth hearing the song for! And at the end of the second, she adds a strings piece which is in one piece and not broken into strokes. The flute that she has placed in places throughout the song, is wonderful, while the banjo towards the end really makes the mood lighter. However, at the end there’s an “Oooooo-ooooo-oooo” which is a copy paste of the “Oooooo-ooooo-oooo” from ‘Nachde Ne Saare’ (Baar Baar Dekho). The “Hey-ya-hey-ya” effect that she has put in places around the song, is pleasing though. Aditya Sharma, who had written ‘Nachde Ne Saare’ too, writes this one quite nicely, but it gets boring after a while. The reprise is just as opulent in terms of arrangements. The reprise starts with a tune that Jasleen had used in the antara in the original version. This version is more of an unplugged version, with a slow pace and a haunting sound about it. Jasleen sings in a whispery voice for this one, and it turns out to produce a very haunting effect. In the first half, the song is unplugged, until a grand, striking percussion takes away the silence to gradually pull you into a more sinister land. The oboe very nicely conveys the sinister nature of the song. In the second half, Jasleen starts singing in a high pitch and louder, to make that sinister touch more evident. The ‘Hey-ya” tune is tweaked to make it sound more sinister, too! 😀 Basically, this song is just the original tweaked, to make it sound sinister. The arrangements are more opulent, with strong percussion and graceful strings bringing out the haunting quality of the song. The lyrics here have also been tweaked, and work for the theme of this version. Overall, both versions have great arrangements, but the first one is too similar to Jasleen’s previous song, while the second one is not soemthing I would take out time to listen to again and again — it will sound great in the theaters! A bit of a disappointment from the promising Jasleen Royal! 😦

 

4. Tere Naal Ishqa
Singer ~ Kailash Kher, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Sayeed Quadri

The last song on the album started off with a tune that resembles the opening tune of ‘Ji Huzoori’ (Ki & Ka) a bit, and I was so excited for a moment, because Mithoon with another ‘Ji Huzoori’ would be as fun as the world with another India. 😀 But to my disappointment, what followed was a composition that seemed to have worn out right away. The mukhda was so melancholic, that you get set back right away after it starts, and it just gets more boring after that. The hookline is decent, with the typical Mithoon trademark over it. The whole song reminded me of ‘Zaroorat’ (Ek Villain) instead of ‘Ji Huzoori’. 😦 And that isn’t good! The antara is quite slow-paced and hard to catch. The cross line which joins the antara to the hook, is also so outdated. The song has a very laid back tune in general. Kailash Kher’s vocals don’t help, as it just makes the song sound more outdated. He ends up boring the listener as the song progresses. The arrangements by Mithoon were a sort of a saviour for the mediocre composition, with rock livening things up a bit. The typical electric dafli-like beats just follow the tried-and-tested formula, which I’ve started hating after Vishal-Shekhar have overdone it in such songs. The length of the song is also a letdown. Such a melancholic composition, and six minutes, is a too long time! I really don’t like it when Mithoon takes such outdated tunes and stretches them for six minutes. On the other hand, I didn’t even notice how six minutes passed during ‘Darkhaast’. Sayeed Quadri’s lyrics are good here too, but could’ve done with better composition by Mithoon. A lacklustre melody that has worn away with time.


Shivaay partly lives up to expectations. The album offers a very electrifying song that will be the cracker for this Diwali, and a very sweet romantic song, but other than that, the other songs seem to suffer. Jasleen seems to be stuck in her comfort zone, and must get out of it, considering that this is only her third song and it smells so much of her first. Ankit Tiwari was different. He took so long to get out of ‘Sunn Raha Hai’ that all his songs started overlapping and then we got used to it, and got a pleasant surprise whenever he let go of it. But I don’t wish that to happen in Jasleen’s music, as she seems very promising a composer. Mithoon’s last song is just avoidable, as it reeks of the 2005-2007 era so much. At the end of the day, the musical divinity only partially works.

 

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: Darkhaast > Bolo Har Har Har > Raatein (Reprise) > Raatein > Tere Naal Ishqa

 

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REFRESHING AWARA-PAN!! (HAI APNA DIL TOH AWARA – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Ajay Singha, Subhash Pradhan & Pervez Quadir
♪ Lyrics by: Mohit Pathak, Pinky Poonawala, Bulleh Shah & Kumaar
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 7th June 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 24th June 2016

Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara Album Cover

Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara is an upcoming Bollywood rom-com, starring Sahil Anand (‘Student of The Year’, ‘Babloo Happy Hai’) and Niyati Joshi. The film has been directed by Monjoy Joy Mukerji, and produced by Deepakk R. Gupta, Neha D. Gupta and Monjoy Joy Mukerji. The music of the film has been given by Ajay Singha, Subhash Pradhan & Pervez Quadir. Ajay Singha impresses me with remakes of old Bollywood songs that play on ‘Sony Mix’ channel, and it is his first Bollywood album, so expecting a lot from him as his pop album ‘In Raahon Mein’ was something worth hearing too. Meanwhile, Subhash Pradhan has composed for Bollywood movies like ‘Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baaki Hai’ (2012) and ‘Doctor I Love You’ (2015), which I’ve never heard of before. Therefore, there are not many expectations from him, but more than zero for sure. The third composer, Pervez Quadir, is a famous pop singer/composer, but I’ve never heard any of his works, so again, I can’t have any expectations as such. All I can hope for, is that all three composers do something great to make this small album big with their music! Ajay leads the album with four songs, while Subhash and Pervez each compose one song each. Let’s see how the music of ‘Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara’ turns out!!


1. Chu Liya
Singers ~ Papon & Neha Rajpal, Music by ~ Ajay Singha, Lyrics by ~ Mohit Pathak

Ajay Singha opens the album with a serene love duet with a predominant calm and dulcet sound to it. The composer has managed to create a very sweet love song that would instantly grab the listener’s attention. A very pleasant Assamese rhythm manages to keep you listening for more and more magic, and gives a very pleasant North-Eastern touch to the song. Ajay’s composition is not the usual Bollywood romantic song, but oozes with positivity. It makes you feel so good, and that is why it just wins your heart. Ajay has wonderfully used the Northeast flavour to make the song lovable, and it turns out to be beautiful. Acoustic guitars complement the usual Northeast folksy arrangements like flute and the percussion (dafli). The flute is the star of the song, and leaves a very happy impression on you. The very raw sound effects liek that of water and shakers make you feel so close to nature and if you close your eyes and hear it, you can just imagine a beautiful scenery in front of you.  The singers use their talent to take the song to another level. Papon in a romantic duet is a very rare thing to hear (I think the last romantic duet he sang was ‘Tu’ (Bobby Jasoos) with Shreya Ghoshal) and he sounds perfect in the song, more so because he is from the Northeast. 😀 On the other hand, Neha, a regular in Marathi albums, sounds weaker and more amateurish, but pleases you nevertheless. She sounds like Version 2 of Sadhana Sargam. Mohit Pathak, Ajay’s lyricist for ‘In Raahon Mein’, his pop album, writes pleasant lyrics as well, with Bollywood written all over them, yet sounding good with the composition and arrangements. A very soft and pleasant love song, that is a refreshing break from typical overdramatic love songs. #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Meheram Mere
Singer ~ Mohit Chauhan, Music by ~ Ajay Singha, Lyrics by ~ Mohit Pathak

Ajay continues with the pleasant breeze of music with his second song, this time crooned by Mohit Chauhan, perfect for this kind of song. The composition has shades of Pritam in its every note and line. Ajay has presented another pleasant romantic song, this time with a very soothing Sufi touch to it. The hookline is a very trademark Pritam-esque composition, and one wonders whether Pritam himself has helped with it. The mukhda is totally composed in a style that Pritam has become famous for mastering. Ajay has done a good job composing something that is light to the ears, and at the same time, makes you tap your feet and nod your head to the beats. Ajay’s arrangements are also very typical, yet strike a chord with the listener. Guitars and tablas stand out like the heroes of the song. Mohit’s professionality really helps the song, which otherwise, might never have sounded so beautiful and catchy. His beautiful and smooth voice is what makes the listener get so enchanted by the song, which is nothing new or special. Mohit Pathak has written yet another typical Bollywood song, but yet again, it appeals to the ears solely because of the pleasant composition and arrangements. Yet again, simple and sweet arrangements and a strong, but heard-before composition fails to BORE! 😀 Something that appeals to the ears even though it is so plain and heard-before! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara
Singer ~ Nikhil D’Souza, Music by ~ Subhash Pradhan, Lyrics by ~ Pinky Pooniwala

The title song has been composed by Subhash Pradhan, and comes very unexpectedly after two beautiful romantic songs. This one, too, follows the same pattern as the previous two. It follows a template that has been done before, heard before, loved before, and yet, it impresses you with all its simplicity. Subhash has tried to make a very sweet-sounding, happy-go-lucky song, and succeeded. He makes sure that the listener will have a smile on his or her face after the song is over and also while it is playing. The best thing is that (and I’ve loved this thing in many recent songs) the hookline is so laid-back and humble, and that is what makes the song so special. You don’t even feel like the hookline just played, but it leaves an impact on you just as well. Arrangements are as breezy as the composition, with a strong countryside touch to them, with guitar riffs being the most prominent throughout the song. The harmonica has also been used very well, and so has the flute. Drums at certain places do accentuate the moment better. Nikhil with his husky voice, brings in the perfect feel of someone bored with his routine life and longing for a change, and Pinky Pooniwala beautifully explains that with the lyrics. The “hoo hoo hoo” by Nikhil is really commendable, and is very nicely and seamlessly done. A perfect song for a long drive, oozing of freshness and a pleasant breeze! An unexpected surprise from Subhash! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Tere Ishq Ne Nachaaya
Singer ~ Pervez Quadir, Music by ~ Pervez Quadir, Lyrics by ~ Bulleh Shah

Pervez jumps into the album with the next song, which is the first song on the album that is actually upbeat and not calm. Pervez has taken Bulleh Shah’s poem and made a clubby number out of it. It still has that essence that it should have, but it sounds quite odd at places. Pervez has composed it well, keeping the essence of the poem in mind. It has been given a soft and soothing tune, something like a chant. It isn’t exactly what you would call catchy. The arrangements though, are a good mix of techno sounds, guitars and drums, which keeps you from getting bored. However, if the purpose was to keep you entertained, it doesn’t quite get fulfilled, as the lyrics and composition do not go well with those arrangements. Pervez’s voice too has been programmed weirdly, and it comes across as a mad mix of voices reciting a poem in a hodgepodge manner. Not an impressive fusion!!

 

5. Bhool Saari Baat
Singer ~ Ajay Singha, Music by ~ Ajay Singha, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Ajay re-enters into the album with this song, a quiet and soothing sad song. It has been composed on very minimal arrangements, and doesn’t fail to grab you into its web of enchanting music. The composition has been very carefully done, so as to make you love it to the fullest. Recently, ‘Kapoor & Sons’ had a similar sad song ‘Saathi Rey’, which had a just as pleasant and sweet and positive touch to it. Ajay has surprised me a lot with the composition, which is so simple, yet so complex. The way the composition travels from low notes to high, so very effortlessly, is just praiseworthy. The arrangements are nothing but some acoustic guitars, soft strings and fingersnaps as the rhythm. Shakers have been used well, too. Ajay has rendered the song with a calm presence, and a very controlled voice, though we can hear the autotune at places. And he sounds like Atif Aslam at places, when he goes on the loud high notes. Nevertheless, it is a great attempt from his side. And the highlight of this sweet little song are the very poetic lyrics by Kumaar. It is just so haunting to hear the lyrics along with the dulcet composition. They are very heart-touching, and Kumaar is an expert at such lyrics, as well as silly and insane ones! 😀 A masterpiece, that doesn’t try at all to be a masterpiece. Soft, soothing, and haunting without any haunting notes at all! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Dil Ke Rahi
Singer ~ Raman Mahadevan, Music by ~ Ajay Singha, Lyrics by ~ Pinky Pooniwala

The last song on the album is quite similar to the title song, with a countryside flavor, something that sounds a lot like a travel song. The acoustic guitars make the song feel breezier than it should. The base composition is quite bland and not as appealing as the other songs. Ajay has tried to make a breezy and catchy composition, but nothing works out as planned. The hookline doesn’t grab your attention, nor does any other part of the composition. The arrangements are the saving grace, with a catchy guitar-drums combo that always works for such songs. Rock guitars, a wonderful sitar, and piano notes attract your attention on the way towards the end of the song, but there’s not much else to hear and you end up getting bored soon. Raman’s voice isn’t pitch perfect either, and that makes it worse. The slow pace of the composition doesn’t go well with the upbeat and breezy composition here, and though it tries to sound like an IndiPop song, it ends up sounding pretty stale. Pinky Pooniwala’s lyrics are good, though. Nothing new, but nothing bad, either. A song that is a disappointing end to an unexpectedly great album.


I wouldn’t even have reviewed Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara. I had never heard about the movie or anything about the songs. But when I heard it, I was pretty blown away with the dedication of the makers. Even though the movie might not have a big star cast to boast of, the makers have made sure that the music finds as many takers as possible. The songs are a fresh change from the usual albums to small films as these, and I was really surprised on hearing it. Refreshing!

 

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: Meheram Mere > Bhool Saari Baat > Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara > Chu Liya > Dil Ke Rahi > Dil Ke Rahi

 

Which is your favourite song from Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

 

THE SULTANATE OF VISHAL-SHEKHAR IS BACK TO REIGN!! (SULTAN – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Vishal-Shekhar
♪ Lyrics by: 
Irshad Kamil
♪ Music Label:
 YRF Music
Music Released On: 31st May 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 
8th July 2016

Sultan Album Cover

Sultan Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Sultan is an upcoming Bollywood sports drama film, starring Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma in the lead roles. The film has been directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, and produced by Aditya Chopra. The story revolves around a Haryanvi wrestler who goes by the name Sultan (Salman Khan), who has problems in his professional life. His struggle to get back into the wrestling scenario forms the story of ‘Sultan’. The story seems the usual Bollywood story for a sports film, but the execution is what matters. While we wait for the execution to come in front of our eyes, the music album is here for us to cherish. The album marks the comeback of duo Vishal-Shekhar, who disappeared after a mediocre album, ‘Happy New Year’ (2014). They gave that foot-tapping song in ‘Fan’, again for YRF earlier this year, again for a Khan, Shahrukh. This time they come back to compose for YRF’s ‘Sultan’, which is coincidentally their first Salman Khan film!! That’s kind of hard to believe isn’t it? Such a talented duo and composing for Salman for the first time! 😀 What was Salman doing all these years? Playing table tennis with Himesh and Sajid-Wajid? Apparently, he has moved on from his clichéd composers and after Pritam’s stylish and full-of-variety ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, and Himesh’s old-fashioned, but enjoyable ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ last year, he comes back this year with a new choice of Vishal & Shekhar, who are geniuses when it comes to being innovative. Expectations are sky-high and there are so many reasons. a) Vishal-Shekhar’s comeback. b) Vishal-Shekhar’s first for Salman. c) Vishal-Shekhar composing for YRF.. (remember ‘Ta Ra Rum Pum’ and ‘Tashan’?) Something phenomenal indeed is expected. Something mind-blowing and something innovative — just because Vishal-Shekhar are on board. They have composed a big nine-track album, with seven songs, one version and one theme. Let’s see how many of them rise up like a real ‘Sultan’! Really hoping this comeback makes it really big (once again) for the duo after their rough patch recently, the last great album being ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ (2014)! They must emerge as Sultans!


1. Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani, Shalmali Kholgade & Isheeta Chakrvarty, Rap by ~ Badshah

The soundtrack opens up with a fun-filled dance number that has been composed by the duo to really suit Salman’s presence in it. The song starts off with a wonderful rhythm, that you can set your feete tapping to immediately, as soon as it starts. Composed of techno sounds, dhadd, and manjeeras,the rhythm really hooks you right away, and Isheeta’s folk portion doesn’t really help in making you run away from the song. In other words, the song starts off really catchily, just as it should!! Vishal-Shekhar have really moulded themselves into a complete folksy manner, and delivered a composition that would easily connect with the masses. It is very typical, very Salman types, yet it instantly catches onto you. The hookline, kind of composed on the base rhythm of ‘Selfie Le Le Re’ (Bajrangi Bhaijaan), impresses with its briskness. The techno noises after the short hookline are wonderful, and so is the playful flute! The mukhda by Vishal and Shalmali, really grabs your attention. Arrangements in the song are fabulous. The use of techno has been done really impressively. The brisk interventions of the flue are just lovely! They really stole my heart. Traditional instruments like harmonium, dholaks, manjeeras, tumbi, dhadd, impress as well in their small parts. Vishal-Shekhar really know how to fuse everything together into a catchy package. There is a rap by Badshah completely styled like an antara, as it is very cleverly joined with the hookline after it is over. Badshah’s rap is fun to hear, but I miss the very raw Haryanvi feel of Honey Singh’s Haryanvi rap here. Anyway, it is enjoyable. Shalmali sings in her soft voice, which I like better than her other, low-pitched voice. She does the Haryanvi accent very well. She too, has a small stanza to sing after a bit of Badshah’s rap, after which Vishal comes back for the hookline. For Vishal, I’ve no words to express how much I loved his rendition. He sings with the same infectious energy, that he puts into all his other songs, so it is not a surprise. The way he sings the hookline, though resembling his rendition of the hookline of ‘Selfie Le Le Re’, still sounds so mind blowing and cool. Irshad Kamil is back to his fun, enjoyable lyrics. He can easily mould himself to write so many different types of lyrics and they always appeal! He takes the hookline and writes such fun-plus-funny lyrics around it, a usual male v/s female battle as we have in Bollywood dance numbers many times. An infectious, catchy number, perfect as the first song in a Salman album. Vishal-Shekhar have composed a perfect song for Salman, right in their first stint for him! Energetic vocals, enjoyable lyrics, and booming arrangements all make this one a WINNER! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Jag Ghoomeya / Jag Ghoomeya (Female)
Singers ~ Rahat Fateh Ali Khan / Neha Bhasin

A beautiful guitar loop starts off the next song, and you know Vishal-Shekhar are back at doing their thing with the soulful romantic songs. The song is a romantic song, with shades of Vishal-Shekhar’s style, yet suiting Salman’s style perfectly. The composition is a breezy, love ballad with a really happy-go-lucky touch to it, and graced with a beautiful folk rhythm. The mukhda is very charming, and the hookline really lives up to its name — it hooks you completely. The rhythm of the hookline is just too catchy to dislike. It is the antara though, where Vishal-Shekhar really work magic. It has been composed in a manner that reminds you of Vishal-Shekhar’s work in ‘Tashan’, for some reason unknown. Maybe the folksiness makes it connect to ‘Tashan’. The line “jaisi Tu hai vaisi rehnaa” is very pleasant, and my personal favourite from the song. It has some charm in it. The female version has the tempo cranked down a bit, and that appeals so, so much! The duo excels in the arrangements too, as always. In the male version, their brilliance in arranging music is seen in the way they add folk guitars, acoustic guitars and rock guitars into the same song. Percussion is brilliant, with a folksy but electronic dafli and dholak rhythm backing the song. Shakers have been used very cutely. The first interlude has a very majestic strings portion which reminds one of ‘Zehnaseeb’ (Hasee Toh Phasee). It has a strong hangover of that song. However, the mandolin is what steals the show. It is very cute and pleasant to the ears. In the female version, however, Vishal-Shekhar really impress. They have arranged it very beautiful with almost nothing but a folkish guitar in the background. Percussion is very beautiful, and very less and soft too. For me, this is the winner even though it offers less! To talk about vocals, Rahat’s soulful voice brings that rustic feeling to the song (and also brings the Salman-iyat 😛 ) and sounds very familiar, yet appeals. Again, it is the female version which emerges as the winner. Neha has tried something new this time, with an innocent romantic song. Her husky voice perfectly makes for the rustic setting of the movie. The accent is something to fall for! I couldn’t help but miss Harshdeep Kaur here, though! Not that Neha’s rendition is bad in any way!! 😀 Her voice simply reminded me of Harshdeep’s and then I started wanting to hear the song in her voice. 😛 Kamil’s lyrics are sweet, simple, innocent; in short, amazing. Amazing simplicity and innocence in this romantic song. Something worth hearing on loop! For me the female version is better, but both are a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. 440 Volt
Singer ~ Mika Singh

I saw the title and singer’s name of the next song and told myself, “Finished. The goodness of this album is over. It’s all over, dude. You were an idiot to think that the album would be so great.” After all, I’ve not been liking Mika’s songs of late; the same, old, repetitive meaningless party tracks. But boy, was I wrong! The song is utterly enjoyable! Nothing less than that. Enjoyable to the fullest. Each and every second is something to cherish and enjoy. I don’t know what Vishal-Shekhar fed Mika before recording the song, but here he sounds very, very different! He doesn’t belch out his words like always, he doesn’t eat any of the syllables, and neither does he try to sound like a pop star. Instead, he pronounces everything perfectly, sings in a very soft textured voice, and tries to sound CUTE! And it works! He does sound cute. Don’t believe me? Hear it! The duo have given him a song quite unlike his style, yet perfect for him! It is a slow-paced, but very catchy and groovy song based on the filmi Qawwali template. It is one of the most entertaining Qawwali spoofs I’ve heard this year. And then there’s that ‘Fake Ishq’ (Housefull 3). [Okay, now ‘Housefull 3’ has really become an example, hasn’t it? Sorry! 😅😅 Couldn’t resist from writing that, though!] Vishal-Shekhar have composed something that is immensely attractive, something that doesn’t only have a catchy hookline to do all the work, but a hardworking (in getting us addicted!) mukhda and very diligently composed antaras. The antara is a very weirdly addictive, slow piece that you can’t get out of your head. The part in the hookline when Mika repeats “Chhoone Se Terey” is just so crazily gooooddd! (Can’t think of a synonym for ‘good’. That’s why I elongated it. No time! 😂 ) The way Mika sings in a Haryanvi accent fulfills my dream of hearing him sing that ever since he didn’t sing the title track of ‘Boss’. (Which I had thought he had sung when I first heard it). The duo’s arrangements are very creative. The rock factor works really well in filmy Qawwalis, so there it is. The harmonium and tablas are also awesome. A wonderful electronic substitute for the tabla has been added by the duo, which you can hear at 2:47 in the song. That space is usually taken by the tablas in any Qawwali. While he first interlude has a full-on rock guitar solo, the second goes the calm way with a Spanish sounding tune on strings and tablas. Irshad Kamil writes very entertaining lyrics, perfectly suitable for a lovestruck Romeo. The hookline is so funny, yet creative. “Lagey 440 Volt Chhoone Se terey”. Now don’t say I unnecessarily hate the lyrics of ‘Hous– oops! ENTERTAINING to the core!! Something very creative and innovative! P.S. Mika as a Qawwali singer sounds awesome! #5StarHotelSong!! (P.P.S. Sorry for the essay)

 

4. Sultan
Singers ~ Sukhwinder Singh & Shadab Faridi, Backing Vocals ~ Abdul Sajjad, Zuber Hashmi, Arun Ingle, R N Iyer, Mandar Aapte, Kaustubh Datar, Rahul Chitnis, Nitin Tupe, Swapnil Godbole, Mangesh Chavan, Nitin Karandikar, Vijay Dhuri, Jitendra Tupe, Mayuresh Madgaonkar

The title song, arrives quite late into the album, and starts off very softly. Later, a voice quite like that of Vishal Dadlani joins the rock guitars that start off the song, and sing some motivational lines. We’re kind of figuring out what’s going on, when suddenly, an electrifying Sukhwinder Singh takes things into his hands and with him, the song goes uphill, and how! An energizing electric guitar hook starts playing, to be joined later on by energetic drums and a wonderful chorus. The composition is also just ad energetic, and definitely motivational. The duo redo their own ‘Tashan Mein’ (Tashan), but in a very different manner. A way better version of the seemingly unbeatable song, in terms of dynamism and vigour. The hookline is very unconventional as it ends abruptly with the chorus singing “Rre sultan”. The khoon and mitti refrain is very catchy, and suits the theme, doesn’t it? All the parts of the song are energetic, and full of the spirit to work and win. The rock arrangements are not over the top, and because of the commercial nature of the rock song, it will appeal to all, unlike other rock songs which aren’t so commercial. You can barely hear anything besides the rock guitars and drums, which I must say, are very classily done. There are some parts in the antara when the rock simmers down, but other than that, rock is everywhere. Sukhwinder and Shadab are a fit duo to sing the song, with Shadab getting very less in comparison to Sukhwinder. Sukhwinder is clearly the king of all this. A wonderful techno-sargam entertains highly in the first interlude. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are highly motivational and more than a character-themed title song, like Salman’s other title songs where the leading hero is a larger-than-life supercop (Ahem, ‘Dabangg’!), the song sounds like a pure motivational and inspirational song. The energy of Sukhwinder and Shadab combined with the energy of Vishal-Shekhar’s guitars and drums, and the intelligence of Kamil’s pen, makes for an enjoyable and worthy listen! One of Salman’s best title songs!! He’ll be like “Achho title song paayo .. Paayo… Aayo.. Laayo… Gaayo.. Bio —” Where’d that come from? 😕 #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Sachi Muchi
Singers ~ Mohit Chauhan & Harshdeep Kaur, Backing Vocals ~ Marianne D’Cruz, Nisha Mascarenhas, Rajiv Sundaresan & Neuman Pinto

Now, the next song is really beautiful. Vishal-Shekhar create a very happy-go-lucky romantic song, very unconventional. The song starts with a wedding baaja type band, playing the tune of the hookline, which sounds really out-of-place, and confusing. However, things clear themselves up when the song starts after the band moves on. A wonderful banjo + harmonica instrumentation sets things into place, and creates a very American folk ambience. (You know, cowboys. 😛 ) Without thinking about what cowboys are doing in Haryana, I start grooving to the feel-good, breezy music. However, it took me very long to really start grooving a lot to the music. The song grows on you as slow as a snail. But when it finishes growing upto however much it wants to grow, it sounds very good to the ears. The same thing happened to me. The composition, though a little weak, sets in after a few listens and seems to very attractive. The Western breeze in the arrangements is something not heard recently in Bollywood. (I don’t really like it when it comes in Bollywood music, though. Sounds boring, generally, too!) Mohit and Harshdeep sing the composition perfectly, with the right amount of gusto. Especially in the hookline, “yeh khwaab hai, chaahatein…. Tere kehne Se li Maine parvaazein”, Mohit along with the backing chorus sings very awesome. The harmonica and banjo sound mind-blowing. The lighthearted composition works really well after some time, just that it takes some time to mark its place in the otherwise commercial album. Irshad’s lyrics are just as lighthearted as needed. This time, a two-sided love song. 😀 A song with less appeal, but will slowly emerge as an undoubted #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Bulleya
Singer ~ Papon, Backing Vocals ~ Altamash Faridi & Shadab Faridi

While Mika sang a filmy Qawwali earlier in the album, Papon is here with a full-fledged traditional Qawwali of his own. Vishal-Shekhar have composed a totally sweet, innocent composition for this Qawwali, fit for mehfils. Papon starts off with a very lovely AdLib, after which Vishal-Shekhar kick in with the beautiful Qawwali rhythm, complete with the Faridi brothers singing in a heavenly manner, and a harmonium striking the chords of our hearts. Papon rejoins with very sugary lines written wonderfully by Kamil. He renders them very beautifully, and those waah’s cant stop from escaping from your mouth. The way the duo connects this part to the hookline, is when you really get transported to another world. And the hookline is what keeps you there. And you stay there for the remaining duration of the song. A beautiful entrancing arrangement of dholaks, tablas, dafli, harmonium and chimtas, complements Papon during his heavenly rendition. The foot-tapping rhythm is what makes the song sound so beautiful. The rhythm in the hookline is indescribable. It is also the composition that has brought out the bliss in Papon’s voice. Vishal-Shekhar’s divine and spiritual composition is what makes you love everything about the song. The interlude has a wonderful rock guitar portion, which doesn’t sound out-of-place in the spiritual song at all. The Faridi bros are excellent in their spiritual interventions in the song. Lastly, Irshad is a genius. He has written such impressive romantic, spiritual and sad lyrics, which are excellent. It is like a request from the boy to his lover, instead of the usual sad romantic songs where the boy assumes that the girl is leaving him and starts wailing. 😂 The way the spiritual touch has been put into the lyrics, is wondrous. Divine, spiritual and blessed. Something to hear on loop! Perfect ‘Coke Studio’ material from Vishal-Shekhar! Papon, you are a rockstar!!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

7. Tuk Tuk
Singers ~ Nooran Sisters & Vishal Dadlani

This song starts with a weird AdLib like one in a Qawwali. I am guessing that has been sung by Shekhar. Anyway, the AdLib makes way for some entrancing, divine techno music. It is so beautiful, that you can’t stop from swaying. Piano, chimes and techno sounds have been wonderfully fused together to make something really addictive and entrancing. The Nooran Sisters start off with their usual folksy Punjabi rendition, which starts off really promising. And then, it drops down so fast. The hookline arrives so fast, you are not sure what actually happened. Suddenly, the techno trance breaks and you find yourself in a very typical Punjabi tumbi-dhol arrangement (with very low volume, like Amit Trivedi’s style) with a very averagely composed hookline. It takes quite some time for the song to pick up pace again, and that is when Vishal comes in with his out-of-this-world rap! His rap is actually meaningful. The song is another meaningful, inspirational one, which completely grips you until the part I mentioned arrives. After Vishal’s raps though, the Punjabi part sounds perfectly fine and acceptable. It is the “re bole dhola dhol tadak dhin” line that plays the spoilsport in the song. It just sounds out-of-place here. Everything else falls into place perfectly. Even the antara, which has a Punjabi folk arrangement, sounds great. So why does that hookline sound odd? The flaw is in the abrupt composition. The EDM and techno music is really addictive, and the programming on the Noorans’ voices is very cool. The fusion is really something to appreciate, and something other composers must follow soon!! Irshad’s lyrics are very inspirational, and the metaphors are very clever. Something that would have been exceptionally innovative, but spoiled by the hookline!!

 

8. Rise of Sultan
Singer ~ Shekhar Ravjiani, Backing Vocals ~ Abdul Sajjad, Zuber Hashmi, Arun Ingle, R N Iyer, Mandar Aapte, Kaustubh Datar, Rahul Chitnis, Nitin Tupe, Swapnil Godbole, Mangesh Chavan, Nitin Karandikar, Vijay Dhuri, Jitendra Tupe, Mayuresh Madgaonkar

To close this very much awaited album, we have something on the lines of a theme song. Again motivational in spirit, this track takes the khoon-mitti refrain of the title song and has it crafted into a wonderful background piece. The composition as we know it, it purely motivational and so it has a very positive effect in this track. It makes the song sound so otherworldly. Shekhar leads the vocals with a horde of backing vocalists following him, without which it would’ve sounded lifeless. What I really want to praise is the MINDBLOWING percussion. They are so energetic and vigorous, you can’t help but love them. The rock guitars do not leave this opportunity of showing their prowess either, and impress yet again, along with their new companion, the percussion. The song suits the storyline of the film, as it starts slow and gets high-spirited towards the end, with the strings and brass kicking in later on. It is symbolic of the “Rise” of the character, Sultan. A perfect title, I must say! An INVIGORATING end to the impressive album! #5StarHotelSong!!


Sultan turns out to be way better than expected. Yes, I know my expectations were huge anyway, but not so high! I had never expected such a great album, especially when there is Salman’s commercialism to cater to. But Vishal-Shekhar really prove themselves. They are experts in music arrangements, and they use this plus point to raise the level of each and every song in the album. If there is a typical Salman dance number in ‘Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai’, there is also a spiritual Qawwali in ‘Bulleya’ and an enjoyable track in ‘440 Volt’. An album full of variety, and I’m thinking, one of Salman’s best albums since 2010. Ali Abbas Zafar has brought out the best from the duo, considering the movie’s genre. If Vishal-Shekhar can deliver so well in a film that doesn’t need such good music, I can’t even imagine what they will do in films like ‘Banjo’ and ‘Befikre’ coming later this year! 😉 The sultans of Bollywood are back to reign!!

 

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: Bulleya > Jag Ghoomeya (Female) > 440 Volt > Sultan > Jag Ghoomeya > Rise of Sultan > Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai > Sachi Muchi > Tuk Tuk

 

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

 

Note: ‘Sultan’ will be included in July 2016 monthly awards 🙂

Next “dish”: Raman Raghav 2.0, Chef: Ram Sampath

UTTERLY UN’POSSESSIVE’!!! (1920 LONDON – Music Review)

Music Album Details:
♪ Music by: Sharib-Toshi, Kaushik-Akash (JAM) & Shankar-Jaikishan
♪ Lyrics by: Kunaal Vermaa, Hasrat Jaipuri, Sharib-Toshi, Kaalim Sheikh, Azeem Shirazi & Prashant Ingole
♪ Music Label: T-Series [‘Gumnaam Hai Koi’ on Saregama]
♪ Music Released On: 21st April 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 6th May 2016

1920 London Album Cover

1920 London Album Cover

 

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

To hear ‘Gumnaam Hai Koi’ on Saavn CLICK HERE

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE

To buy ‘Gumnaam Hai Koi’ on iTunes CLICK HERE


1920 London is an upcoming Bollywood horror flick. It is the third installment in the “dreaded” 1920 franchise, and stars Sharman Joshi as the exorcist, Meera Chopra as the wife of the person who is possessed, and Vishal Kharwal as the person who is possessed. 😛 The film is written by Vikram Bhatt, and directed by Tinu Suresh Desai, who was supposed to debut with the upcoming Akshay Kumar flick, ‘Rustom’, but this happened to release first. The film is produced by Reliance Entertainment. There’s no point discussing the story, because there will be a twist somewhere or the other, so let’s move on to discuss about the music. The music has been composed by Sharib-Toshi (Now to be credits as Shaarib and Toshi) who haven’t really impressed highly with their previous works (maybe a bit in ‘Zid’ and ‘Jashnn’). Hopefully, this might be their best album, going by the music of the first and second parts of the franchise. The duo has three songs in the album. Debutants Kaushik-Akash are the guest composers, with two songs, representing a company known as JAM (Just About Music) which has been founded by Pritam. It is an A&R (Artists & Repertoire) venture by Pritam, under which he will launch new music directors and look after their development in the industry. This is his first go at the venture, and hopefully, it turns out successful, so that he will be motivated to introduce more newbies and we will get many new, talented composers! 😀 So, here I start hearing the music of ‘1920 London’ with great expectations! Let’s hope the music keeps up to expectations!


♪ BONUS SONG

♦ Gumnaam Hai Koi
Singers ~ Jubin Nautiyal & Antara Mitra, Original Song’s Singer ~ Lata Mangeshkar, Music Recreated and Composed by ~ Kaushik-Akash, Original Composition by ~ Shankar-Jaikishan, New Lyrics by ~ Kunaal Vermaa, Original Lyrics by ~ Hasrat Jaipuri, Music Label ~ Saregama

Saregama is still at its silly behaviour, claiming rights to their old songs, if remade. That’s absolutely right, but kinda irritating by now. 😛 Anyways, they should be proud of the wonderful collection of songs they have in their kitty and the first song of the ‘1920 London’ album is yet another one of such famous old songs from them. This time, since it is a horror movie, nothing could’ve been better than this song to pick, and the makers have chosen it perfectly. The song I’m talking about is the haunting old song composed by maestros Shankar-Jaikishan, and sung by none other than Lata Mangeshkar, ‘Gumnaam Hai Koi’ (Gumnaam). And the newcomers Kaushik-Akash get a chance to put forth to the world, their version of the classic haunting song. They get the general idea, which is to make the song haunting and totally ghoulish, right. The starting itself is wonderful with all kinds of sound effects — wind, screeching bats, and a whole lot of weird ghostly whispers. Antara starts the song with a line that sounds more of a backing vocal line. Once Jubin starts singing, you definitely will get goosebumps. His smooth voice has the right amount of haunt and romance and even dominance. He touches the high notes with such ease, it is hard to imagine. The duo has beautifully crafted his part of the song, which is their own composition. The only thing retained from the old song is the hookline, and that is helmed by Antara, not sounding like herself thanks to the heavy programming of whispers, trying to make her sound like a ghost, but kind of failing. I would’ve preferred it if she would’ve been allowed to sing freely without any programming done to her voice. Nevertheless, it has been sung great, in a whispery voice and I guess it was necessary to make it sound more scary. The duo has composed Jubin’s parts perfectly, and they’re the best parts in the song. The mukhda hooks the listener, while the antara does the job of not letting go, which means the attempt has been successful. Kunaal Vermaa (‘Hasi’ — Hamari Adhuri Kahani fame) writes nice lyrics here, but I can’t make out whether they’re romantic or haunting or both. The duo excel in the arrangements. As mentioned earlier, various sound effects grace the song, and it sounds awesome. They send chills down the spine, but of course it isn’t exactly spooky; after all, it is a song. Piano and strings gracefully lead the arrangements, while the rest is digital stuff. Owls, bats, ghouls form the sound effects part of the song, and it is commendable. A great first attempt for Kaushik-Akash, and a decent revamp of the classic. Jubin excels, while Antara gets very less scope to open up!


Now, the review of the ‘1920 London’ album, released by T-Series, consisting of four songs, with three by Sharib-Toshi and one by Kaushik-Akash. 🙂


1. Aaj Ro Len De
Singer ~ Sharib Sabri, Music by ~ Sharib-Toshi, Lyrics by ~ Sharib-Toshi & Kaalim Sheikh

The first song in the album starts off with a beautiful Middle-Eastern feel of the oud, starting off the song on a high. Sharib-Toshi go the familiar way, composing a song quite similar to all their previous works of this genre. I couldn’t help but think of all their other works. It is a romantic song with a very heavy melancholic touch. To be honest, I am already very tired and sick of all this from the duo. The hookline, though repetitive and typical, however, foes garner some interest from the listener, as do all of Sharib-Toshi’s melodies. It is in the parts surrounding the hookline, where the problem lies. Nothing has been composed in a very likable or catchy tune; in fact, it exhausted me to hear the song, which is just less than five minutes long (too long when the song has nothing new to offer!) The mukhda might interest listeners, but the interest wears off until the antara. Sharib’s voice is good, but I would’ve preferred somebody else to sing this song. His voice seems too soft and rustic for the composition, which hasn’t worked in its favour, sadly. The duo really works hard to make up for the lack in melody, by giving wonderful, awe-inspiring arrangements! The arrangements are something which I haven’t heard recently! With an Indian and Middle-Eastern touch, they touch the heart and sound really grand — the aforementioned oud, various string instruments, and I think a santoor, if that’s not the oud itself, being played on a higher note. The lyrics are exhausting and boring, too, trying to be too fancy. I wonder what Sharib-Toshi wrote and what Kaalim Sheikh wrote. 😁 This will be liked only by those who love the typical Bhatt-ish songs. I’m so drained out after hearing this song! 😦 A very disappointing start by the duo.

 

2. Rootha Kyun
Singers ~ Mohit Chauhan & Payal Dev, Music by ~ Sharib-Toshi, Lyrics by ~ Azeem Shirazi

The next song in the album does start off quite promisingly. As I have said before, piano notes are a wonderful way to start off a song. They have the power to grab the attention of the listener from the beginning of the song. This time, Sharib-Toshi do just that. They use the very diplomatic piano to lure listeners into the song. However, once the listeners are lured inside, the trap is quite pleasant. Unlike my expectations after hearing ‘Aaj Ro Len De’, this song fares better. Mohit Chauhan is a safe choice taken by the composers. He sings the heard-before-yet-appealing composition beautifully. Especially the way he sings the hookline, is impressive. Payal gets to sing the second antara along with the hookline. Let me say it takes time to get used to her voice there. She seems to have used an unnecessarily high-pitched voice, trying to ape Sadhana Sargam, but after a listen or two, it starts sounding beautiful, and then it seems nobody could have done better. i don’t know how that happened because until I wrote this, I had only heard the song once and didn’t like her voice, but now suddenly started liking it. Sharib-Toshi get it right with the composition, and play  it safe there too. Though typical, it is pretty catchy, unlike the first one, which only had a catchy hook. But this song has the mukhda and antaras catchy too. The main reason for the catchiness has to be the fast pace of the song, which does make a huge difference. The hookline has been composed really well, and as I said before, sang just as well by Mohit and Payal, later on. Again, arrangements are fabulous. I remember Sharib-Toshi’s fab arrangements in ‘Zid’ as well, and it is great how they always pay attention to their arrangements, though their compositions might not be so strong. Here, they have equally balanced both. The arrangements are a good mixture of a string orchestra, rock elements (guitars and drums), digital sounds and sparkling Indian instruments like the santoor. Azeem’s lyrics are typical too, but still go well with the song and sound good, so that’s is passable. When typicality meets genius, it sounds like this. A safe song from all angles! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Tujhko Mein
Singer ~ Shaan, Music by ~ Sharib-Toshi, Lyrics by ~ Azeem Shirazi

Here Sharib-Toshi try to do what I’ve been ranting and rambling on about — something that isn’t the typical horror Bhatt-ish stuff. They rope in Shaan for this, and you will understand why, after you hear the song. Sharib-Toshi have composed a happy-go-lucky, sugary-sweet song, which tries so hard to be romantic without getting melancholic. The result? The duo fails miserably even there. The sweetness is overdone, just like an over-ripe fruit. Too sweet, and you start feeling nauseated. The same is the case with this song. The composition falls into the same category of songs which Shaan is getting nowadays, that sound pretty mild and kiddish. He does well, no doubt, but it has gotten boring hearing him sing the same types of songs, with no variations at all. In the hookline he sings “main aankhon mein” in a very irritating manner. Sharib-Toshi do try hard to  give a good composition, but as I sad, it sounds too goody-goody, and artificial. With the composition and vocals not making a deep impact, we can only expect the duo to add great instrumentation, but sadly, the arrangements here are pretty clichéd and banal. What with the seemingly forced finger snaps, and other weird digital beats. Guitars and the saxophone try to normalise things, but to a limited extent. A synthesiser tries to impress in the first interlude, but even that does not work. There is nothing new in the arrangements, and if the duo wanted to make an outstanding romantic track, there are many things they could have added to the otherwise boring composition. It is high time they realise that things have changed since their debut in ‘Raaz: The Mystery Continues’ in 2009, seven years ago, when all this seemed appealing. Azeem Shirazi’s lyrics are plain and simple, but not backed by a strong composition, they fall flat on their nose, if they have one. 😛 I wanted the duo to do something different. They did. But not very impressively. It is called Typicality in Experimentation.

 

4. Aafreen
Singers ~ K.K. & Antara Mitra, Music by ~ Kaushik-Akash, Lyrics by ~ Prashant Ingole

The newcomer duo comes back to finish off the album with their second song, a romantic duet. The song does have a heard-before tune, but it has been crafted so well, that it manages to appeal to the ears, and fits into the category of breezy romantic songs Bollywood used to produce in wholesale, until those melancholic romantic songs started arriving in bulk. So, this song provides a great respite from those melancholic songs of these days. Unlike ‘Tujhko Mein’, this is a great example of how such a song is done. Kaushik-Akash score with the composition. The distinct Pritam-ish touch is omnipresent in the song, and it sounds good. The hookline does remind of Salim-Sulaiman’s method of composing romantic hooklines, and is quite pleasant itself. As with the composition, the duo has made a great choice by roping in K.K. to do the male vocals. This is his territory, and he rules in such songs, as is evident in the song. Antara does seem out of place, and to be extremely honest, Tulsi Kumar would have carried it out beautifully too, as she has sung such songs before. Antara gets more scope to open up in this song than ‘Gumnaam Hai Koi’, but still she sounds too artificially sweet. It is all the fault of her having different voices in each song. Her parts have been composed beautifully, though, doing half of her job for her. The arrangements are mostly techno sounds, but electric guitars and a faint string orchestra are audible. The fingersnaps sound good in this song. In the line just before the hookline, a wonderful church-like choir joins in with great harmonious backing vocals. Prashant Ingole’s lyrics, which would seem dull and typical otherwise, are definitely saved by the composition. At last the finale is great, with the duo showing a lot of promise. Great for a debut! Vocals and composition holds all the magic! #5StarHotelSong!!


As much as I was expecting, 1920 London isn’t even half as good! The newcomers from the A&R project fare well, even if I don’t consider that it is their debut. While on one side, with the remake of ‘Gumnaam Hai Koi’, they give a quite hellish composition, on the other side they give a breezy, heavenly composition with ‘Aafreen’. Sharib-Toshi, the more seasoned artists of the two, however, disappoint. They stick to their old templates, out of which luckily, one turned out to be exceptional, while the other two are extremely avoidable. In 2014, when the duo had claimed that ‘Zid’ was their career best, I ignored it as it was unbelievably ordinary. But now I think they had said it right. In retrospect, their career best does seem to be ‘Zid’. Horror films are seemingly their forté, seeing their albums, but here they disappoint. And thoughh the newcomers do well, neither of their two songs will have a long life; they aren’t that strong either! So overall, the album is full of song that would not grip you, or shall I say would not ‘possess’ you?? 😀 👻👻

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Aafreen > Rootha Kyun > Gumnaam Hai Koi > Tujhko Mein > Aaj Ro Len De

 

Which is your favorite song from 1920 London? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

 

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

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

Hero Album Cover

Hero Album Cover

 

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

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE

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


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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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


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

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

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

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

 

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

THE BAJRANGBALI OF BOLLYWOOD MUSIC IS BACK!! (BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN – Music Review)

Music Album Details:
♪ Music by: Pritam Chakraborty
♪ Lyrics by: Mayur Puri, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Kausar Munir, Shabbir Ahmed, Neelesh Mishra
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 8th July 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 16th July 2015

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Bajrangi Bhaijaan Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Bajrangi Bhaijaan is an upcoming Bollywood action/comedy/drama (let’s say masala, but not quite masala) film, starring Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Harshaali Malhotra and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead roles. The film is directed by Kabir Khan, and produced by Salman Khan and Rockline Venkatesh. The story of the film is about how a man named Pawan Chaturvedi (played by Salman Khan), a devout Hanuman bhakt, finds a small mute girl from Pakistan (played by Harshali Malhotra), who has wandered across the border into India. Since she has no way to get back over the border, it is up to Pawan to get her safely back to her home. But instead of being excited for the film, as is the case with many Slamn Khan films, this time, I’m more excited about its music. Why, you ask? Because the man behind it, is none other than Pritam Chakraborty, returning after a one year sabbatical after doing ‘Holiday’. Yes, it is Pritam’s third time working with Salman, if you count the single from ‘Bodyguard’. That just increases the expectations more, and from Pritam, the expectations are always sky-high, being one of the most renowned composers of the industry. Therefore, it was a pleasant surprise when news came out that Pritam would compose for this film. So, let’s see what Pritam comes up with as an Eid Dhamaka, and as his comeback!!

NOTE: Despite me being a huge fan of Pritam, the review is going to be totally unbiased, and will be judged fairly, just as all albums are.


1. Selfie Le Le Re
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani, Nakash Aziz, Pritam, Rap By ~ Badshah, Additional Vocals ~ Aditya Pushkarna, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

Something is just compulsory in a Salman Khan film. And that something is, an introductory song featuring Salman, which projects him as either, the most virtuous human being ever in existence (e.g, ‘Bodyguard’ title song, ‘Baaki Sab First Class Hai’ from ‘Jai Ho’), or the most naughty and casual human being in the world (e.g, ‘Character Dheela Hai’ from ‘Ready’, ‘Jumme Ki Raat’ from ‘Kick’). And the first song of the album, falls in the former category. It projects him as the biggest devotee of Hanuman that ever exists! And for such a song, mass appeal is a must, catchy tune is a must, great programming is mandatory, and lyrics have to spot-on and such, that it should stay with us for quite some time after the song plays in the movie, creating an impact of the character’s character. (That sounds confusing, but just read it again — it’ll be clear sometime or the other. :p ) The song, which is a fulltoo masala dhamakedaar number introducing the audience to the protagonist, works very well as far as mass appeal is concerned. The tune is really catchy, especially the hook going “Ae Le Le Ae Le Ae Le Ae Le Le Le Le Re”, with Nakash delivering with the perrrfect amounts of energy and gusto. Pritam, who always brings some memorable, crazy and infectious tunes, has proved yet again what an expert he is at it. Moving on to arrangements, it is really, really weird and unusual having techno synthesizer sounds in a desi song, but Pritam manages to make it sound as if it is the convention for years, to have techno sounds in such songs. Percussion of dhols, also probably techno, sounds great as well. Harmonium bits please the ears too. The vocals, done by an ensemble of singers, and headed by Vishal Dadlani are right up to the mark. Vishal’s spontaneous energy can never cause harm to any song at all, by now I have understood this fact. The first antara, he delivers flawlessly. Badshah’s rap makes up the second antara, another impressive rap in a row, after that awesome one in ‘Vande Mataram’ (ABCD 2). This one, he’s not rapping as a patriot, but a devotee of Hanuman, and the lyrics and rap both sound great! The only thing that really upset me here, is Mayur Puri’s lyrics. The creativity in the mukhda with the use of pure Hindi words, if applaudable, but that is all ruined when the title of the song comes in — “Selfie”. It doesn’t make sense at all. The song should have been only about a Hanuman devotee, and didn’t need any scope of Selfie whatsoever, in my opinion. Of course, it’s not his fault, but the makers’ fault. Selfies are in demand nowadays, and so will this song be, which is great in all aspects, except the ‘Selfie’ aspect, which makes the lyrics sound forced, and also the tune of the title line!

 

2. Tu Chahiye
Singer ~ Atif Aslam, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya

Now time for some romance, after the craziness. Though this song is a romantic song, it has been given a treatment completely different from what is given to a romantic song. Yes, it starts like a normal romantic song, with soft guitar riffs, that instantly make you nod your head, but as soon as the hookline plays, you will understand a bit what I’m talking about, and will completely understand it by the first interlude. Pritam has given the song a total EDM treatment, with club beats, but still retains the soulfulness and calmness of the song. The groove is so funky, you can’t resist to nod your head, not as you nod it to other EDM tracks, but a bit calmer than that. Atif Aslam, singing for Pritam for the umpteenth time, but for Salman, the first time, nails the composition, but his slightly wavery voice may seem unusual at first. Later on, as you get accustomed to it, you would not imagine anybody else crooning this number. His transition from low notes to high notes within a millisecond is just extraordinary! Though I mentioned that Pritam has given a complete EDM treatment to the song, there are some parts which have wonderful instruments performing along with the techno beats. For example, strong violins and a heavenly sarangi in the first interlude, and strings in the antara, guitars almost everywhere else, they all lessen some boredom that EDM might give to certain lot of people, who don’t really like EDM (like me!) The wonderful kids’ chorus going “Woh oh oh..” is like an interesting advertisement on TV — it doesn’t let your mind wander off even in breaks! (interludes 😉 ) The composition is just beautiful again. Though I have to admit that the mukhda sounds very ordinary, the antara is something not anybody can do! The way that each line is at a pitch higher than the previous is just so pleasant! The best part of the song, however, is arguably the last one minute of the song. Pritam composes a sort of conclusion (it doesn’t seem like a proper antara) which takes the form of a gripping climax, if a song has one. The composition of that part is just something that invokes goosebumps. The way Atif says “Chhuann” and “Agann” is praiseworthy, and also blissful. Again, lyrics are nothing to be boastful about, but this time, they at least go well with the song and don’t sway from the theme. They appeal to the ears, however simple they are. Isn’t that Amitabh’s specialty? To make simple songs sound sweet, and philosophical songs sound genius, and other humorous songs do the needful! 😀 The Pritam-Atif combo hasn’t lost its spark even outside the Tips banner! A wonderful EDM-infused love song, sure to have you grooving even if you are sitting still, in one place! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

 

3. Aaj Ki Party
Singer ~ Mika Singh, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed

It is a Salman Khan film, yaar! How can it not have an out-and-out celebratory and solely promotional track that would help the film gather audiences?? So of course, here it comes in the form of ‘Aaj Ki Party’, and Eid celebration track sung by the ideal desi party track singer, Mika paaji. Pritam goes the ‘Gandi Baat’ way, with a 6/8 standard dappankuthu rhythm, with very addictive beats. Here, instead of South Indian instruments as the nadswaram, thavil though, Pritam uses synthesizers to grace the song, supported by dhols, again technologized, quite like “Selfie Le Le Re” arrangements. Mika delivers the song very energetically, and is one of the main reasons to keep the listeners engaged for most of the time. The presence of a female singer would have been fun though, in such kind of a song. The kids’ chorus features in this song too, and at this point, it really makes me wonder who these kids are, because they do an awesome job here too, singing a vocal rhythm that is just so crazy, that you have to repeat it yourself, just for the sake of trying something stupid, but fun! What I’m talking about is: “Dum Dum Dukur Dukur, Dum Dum Dukur Dukur, Dum Dum Dukur Dukur, Dhing Fatafat Dhingdi Popo!!” Weird, but the next cool thing. Composition of the mukhda may be pretty ordinary, but the antara sees things getting more interesting, with something really unexpected, and that is a calm-ish and cooling portion in a dance track, the effect off which is magnified because of the arrangements. Shabbir Ahmed writes here too, what he always writes, and he seems to be an expert of what all happens at parties, which is why he always gets to write such songs. 😂 Not impressive, but the composition helps it to sounds at least a bit catchy. The repetition of the mukhda once more at the end, seemed really unnecessary, and has just increased the length of the song, with nothing new than what we already heard in the other parts of it. That’s why it stands as long as four and a half minutes long, when it could have been just three and a half or four. Enjoyable, but isn’t going to have a very long playlist life!! Good for promotional purposes, though, as it is a Salman film!

 

4. Bhar Do Jholi Meri / Bhar Do Jholi Meri (Reprise)
Singers ~ Adnan Sami / Imran Aziz Mian, Song ~ Traditional, Music Recreated By ~ Pritam Chakraborty, Original Lyrics ~ Traditional, New Lyrics ~ Kausar Munir

Finally, a song which I feel, has been added because it is actually important for the narrative, without caring about whether it will be loved by people or not, and without having any worries of criticism. A Qawwali track is the next in this album which has given nothing but variety until now, but only one excellent track. It being a Qawwali really made my hopes rise up like a rocket at launch time. And I was not at all disappointed. It features in two versions, so it is a double the treat for Qawwali lovers like me. Someone who you would never imagine could pull off a Qawwali, sings the first version, and that somebody is Pakistani pop singer Adnan Sami. No complaints, though! With his voice, he brings a total variation to the Qawwali genre, and those variations really bring a smile on the faces of people who love innovative things. His bold and distinct identifiable voice is a pleasant surprise in the track, and his various nuances make the ambience even more spiritual. The other version is sung by Imran Aziz Mian, who had sung ‘Main Sharabi’ for Yo Yo Honey Singh some three years ago. His voice sounds more like a traditional Qawwali artist’s, and hence doesn’t quite appeal, though it is perfect conventionally. Of course, I would choose the unconventional stuff over the conventional stuff, which is why Adnan won my heart here. However, Imran’s beautiful adlib-like intro sounds better than Adnan’s, with shades of the intro of Pritam’s own ‘Ye Tune Kya Kiya’ (Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbaai Dobaara). Also, his improvisations at the end of the track sound really perfectly placed, as if preparing the audience for some impending suspense right after the track ends. Talking about the composition, the mukhda has been recreated by Pritam from the classic folk Qawwali of the same name, previously sung by prominent voices as Sabri Brothers and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Pritam has composed the antaras though, and how greatly! The spiritual factor doesn’t disappear at all, and the emotional connect is present throughout the track. Especially the second antara really upholds the divinity of the track. New lyrics in the antaras, by Kausar Munir are excellent, and again, sound really sacred. Arrangements are not very innovative, just tablas and dholaks, but perfect for a Qawwali; I just wish Pritam would’ve experimented a bit regarding them. His touch though, is recognizable in the interludes, when those harmonium, bulbul-tarang and tabla pieces kick in, reminding listeners of the ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’ albums. Even though I’ve not heard the original, I’m sure the makers have done utmost justice to it in terms of lyrics, arrangements, new composition and also vocals! Spiritual in the true meaning of the word! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Chicken Kuk Doo Koo
Singers ~ Mohit Chauhan & Palak Muchhal, Yodeling By ~ Wylie Gustafson & Nernhard Betschart, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

Next up on the album is something that defines Pritam. Time and again, he has been churning out crazy, yet lovable and cute songs that just get glued into the folds of your brain, and can never be removed from there, after that. Something exactly like that, is what makes up the next song, a silly, groovy and wild song that does nothing but what I have described above. Palak starts off the track, chanting some humorous lines in a voice, sounding the least ever like her normal voice in other songs. The sound effects accompanying her in these lines are just even more catchy. In no time, the song breaks into full sprint, with an utterly sweet Goanese flavour dominating the song, and awesome Hyderabadi-flavoured nadaswaram making short but unforgettable interruptions throughout. And to lead the song in the vocal front, we have someone who has been rarely heard from in Bollywood recently, the man with a golden voice, Mohit Chauhan. And he carries the song totally on his shoulders, with the perfect expression required for a comic song like this, yet not making it sound extremely immature either! The way he delivers some words, leaves a great impact on the listeners, sounding really addictive. Of course, another reason that he sounds so great, is that the underlying composition itself, is just irresistible. With shades of ‘Tu Mere Agal Bagal Hai’ (Phata Poster Nikhla Hero), it has just the right mixture of entertainment, comedy and catchiness, not to mention likability. It has a very sweet overall feel to it, which makes it stay with you for long. Palak barely has any important parts after her intro, but can be heard in the antaras, supportung Mohit, oh-so-sweetly. Pritam’s Goan-meets-South arrangements do create an impact, but those yodels are what really stand out in the song, very efficiently carried out by Wylie Gustafson & Nernhard Betschart. The guitars impart the Goan feel, nadaswaram does the same to bring a South flavour, and lively chicken sounds entertain throughout the song. The song sounds even more flavoursome, thanks to Mayur Puri’s impressive and entertaining lyrics, showcasing everything food. It makes the song sound very delicious! Too much cuteness! But who’s complaining! A must-not-miss! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Zindagi Kuch Toh Bata / Zindagi Kuch Toh Bata (Reprise)
Singers ~ Jubin Nautiyal / Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Rekha Bhardwaj, Lyrics by ~ Neelesh Mishra

So far, the album has been quite lively, energetic and entertaining. Also, not to mention, slightly massy. However, the wishes of those who were craving for a thought-provoking and pensive melody, will finally be fulfilled with the next track on the album. A no nonsense, utterly serious and philosophical song is up next in the album, something that would leave everyone awestruck. And that includes me. There is a slight confusion as to which version is the reprise, so I’ll just call them the ‘solo’ version (by Jubin) and ‘duet’ (by Rahat & Rekha) henceforth. So, first comes the solo version. Jubin finally gets something he deserves, and that is, his first song with a mainstream music director like Pritam, in a mainstream film like ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’. Guitar plucks make way for him into the melody, and when he starts, I have to admit, he sounds not so effective, but his voice works like slow poison, getting better and better with each passing second. The composition with endless twists and turns, makes you just want to lay down and listen to it on end for a long time, nonstop. The slight nasal twang in Jubin’s voice makes things better for the listener, and also makes the song appeal to whoever’s listening. The hookline has been crafted with uttermost love and passion, something that Pritam can do with his eyes closed. The conclusion, with the Western-style choir, makes the song end on an intense note, and does not disappoint at all. In the duet version, similar notes start off the song, but here, Rekha soon takes over with a short aalaap until Rahat steals the limelight from her, with his high-pitched, soulful and rustic voice. Conversely, the arrangements in this version are more to the Western side, with a dynamic soft rock template, consisting of guitars and drums, in a fast pace. This version, too ends with an awesome improvisation, this time with the Western chorus singing something, while simultaneously, Rekha sings some beautiful classically-crafted lines in the foreground. Lyrics by Neelesh are something you just can’t afford not to pay attention to! If you miss the wonderful lyrics, it’s something truly unfortunate for you. They’re just brilliant, and the same in both versions. Something you can’t miss!! Very thoughtful, and one of the best Salman songs in recent times! Both versions are great in their own places! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

7. Tu Jo Mila / Tu Jo Mila (Dekhna Na Mudke) / Tu Jo Mila (Reprise)
Singers ~ K.K. / Javed Ali / Papon, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir

To bring the album to a conclusion, we have another soft and melodious song, this one appearing in three versions! It would take you back to the ‘Tum Mile’ days, mostly because of the two versions by singers like K.K. and Javed, whose songs from that album were stupendous. It really is a treat to hear them singing for Pritam again after two years. K.K’s version comes up first, and he proves that he is an expert at such songs, his sugary-sweet voice just perfect for such compositions. The arrangements, mostly soft guitar strums, which get loud only in the hookline, and that too, the pleasant kind of loud. Breathtaking strings are also present in the arrangements. The sitar is a wonderful surprise thrown in by Pritam, and takes listeners aback when they hear its inclusion in a Westernized melody as this one. The second version has Javed coming behind the mic, and he too, sings with maximum care and ease, proving that he is no less than K.K. in singing such songs, either. His diction in some places is intentionally different from what it should be, like ‘Dharkan’ for ‘Dhadkan’, but it just sounds sweet and cute that way. His version sounds more sweet than K.K’s but that might be because the arrangements are slightly, just slightly, softer, and his voice texture is more fine. Lastly, comes Papon’s version, totally different than the other two in both the treatment, composition and even arrangements. It turns the positive song, into a slightly repentful and mourning song, with some shades of sadness and retrospect. Papon’s metallic voice helps this feel to enter the song very easily, and his wonderful vocal aalaaps, are a treat to hear. The antara has been given a new tune, not as catchy and instantly addictive as the other two, yet applause-worthy, mostly because of the intense arrangements that invoke those goosebumps. It has been given a truly theatrical feel to it, instead of the filmy romance that the other two have. Kausar’s lyrics are commendable, and worth noticing. Pritam’s tune might sound like it has been heard before, but is highly addictive nonetheless, and doesn’t let your mind wander anywhere else. A song which provides a grand finale to this huge, and beautiful album!! Pritam back in form!! #5StarHotelSong!!


Bajrangi Bhaijaan is one of the best albums for a Salman Khan-starrer in recent times. An assorted basket of variety, it offers silly, romantic, pensive, humorous and catchy stuff all in the same container. Not so many moments are in the soundtrack, when the listener gets bored. Rather, there are numerous moments when he is left spellbound and mute, just like the little girl in the movie. Pritam’s comeback after a whole year, and it was really worth the long wait!!

 

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: Zindagi Kuch Toh Bata > Tu Jo Mila > Tu Chahiye > Chicken Kuk Doo Koo > Bhar Do Jholi Meri > Aaj Ki Party > Selfie Le Le Re

 

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