PARTIAL MUSICAL ROBBERY!! (BANK CHOR – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Rochak Kohli, Kailash Kher, Shamir Tandon, Baba Sehgal & Shrikanth Sriram
♪ Lyrics by: Adheesh Verma, Gautam Govind Sharma, Kailash Kher, Ambili Menon, Varun Likhate & Baba Sehgal
♪ Music Label: YRF Music
♪ Music Released On: 24th May 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 16th June 2017

Bank Chor Album Cover

 

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

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Bank Chor is an upcoming Bollywood crime comedy, starring Riteish Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi, Bhuvan Arora, Sahil Vaid, Vikram Thapa and Rhea Chakraborty in lead roles. The film is directed by ‘Luv Ka The End’ fame Bumpy, and produced by Ashish Patil. The film is apparently a comic caper about someone who chooses the wrongest day possible, to rob a bank. Along with two sidekicks who do not know how to even pick a lock. It looks like a spoof on YRF’s own ‘Dhoom’ franchise, and it would be hilarious, I’m sure. The music album is another multicomposer album, as is the norm nowadays. Kailash Kher, Rochak Kohli, Shamir Tandon, Baba Sehgal and Shrikanth Sriram are behind the music. Kailash Kher knows how to compose for comedies, as he proved to us in ‘Chandni Chowk To China’s, so expecting something just as cool as ‘Phatte Chak Lein De’ which was in that film. Rochak Kohli takes the lead, as he has three songs in the album, and after his cool music for ‘Naam Shabana’, a thriller, it will be interesting to see how he moulds himself for a comedy. It’s not that he hasn’t composed for a comedy before, though — remember ‘Welcome 2 Karachi’? Hopefully his songs here are better than those. Shamir Tandon, who has barely impressed me ever before, gets one song, while rapper Baba Sehgal is back with this album, with a single song. Shrikanth Sriram has an instrumental piece to his credit. Hopefully these five men have put together an album that is catchy as well as humorous and sticking to the theme of the movie. Let’s see!


1. Hum Hain Bank Chor

Singers ~ Kailash Kher & Ambili Menon, Music by ~ Kailash Kher, Lyrics by ~ Kailash Kher, Rap Written by ~ Ambili Menon

Kailash Kher, known for his legendary Sufi songs, kicks off the album with its title track, a song that banks on repetitive shouts of the movie’s “clever” title, to propel it forward. Sure enough, the continuous repetition of the title of the film in the way Kailash does it, manages to elicit a few guilty laughs from the audience. The tune as such is very, very artificial and generic, something that wouldn’t have got even one listener if it hadn’t been for the repetitive gag that is the repetition of the “hook”. And I must specify one thing: if you come across this song and you’re like “Oh, how nice, Kailash Kher is back at composing! Let’s give this a go, maybe it’s a Sufi fusion track!”, I’m sorry to tell you that you will be disappointed, so it’s better not to dive into this one with those outrageous expectations, because you know this is a comedy film. And anyway, he has done music for another comedy film in the past, “Chandni Chowk To China”, in which his songs were quite enjoyable too! Looking at it from that point of view, the song is quite enjoyable. The only fun part in the actual composition is the “Jab chori kar loon, chor ke ghar chori, chori karke khoob karoon munhjori!” That line in the antara is the only catchy part of the tune. The arrangements are quite cool, too, by the way. The saxophone is just amazing, and some comedic sound effects entertain the listeners throughout. Kailash’s husky, high-pitched voice is perfect for the song, and he manages to at least sing his faulty composition right. And yeah, since “Bank chor” doesn’t really sound like what he clearly intends it to sound like, he pronounces “Bank” as “Bhank” so that it does. His companion, Ambili, raps something somewhere in the middle that really doesn’t go well with the rest of the song. Kailash pens down the lyrics himself, and I must admit, some of the lyrics are just as hilarious as a song’s lyrics can be. {Which isn’t much; I mean, how loud can you laugh out because of a song!!} An apt song for the film, but not a repeat-listen song! 

Rating: 3/5

 

2. Tashreef / Tashreef Unplugged (Cups Version)

Singer ~ Rochak Kohli / Rochak Kohli, Music by ~ Rochak Kohli, Lyrics by ~ Adheesh Verma

Rochak Kohli steps in now, with his first song out of the two he has composed for the film. And this song, is one of the most innovative stuff we have got from a comedy film of late. If only the makers of ‘Housefull 3’ had roped in Rochak. Anyway, the song is a breezy, feel-good song, about the protagonist who is clearly not feeling very good. The composition is highly innovative and creative, with a country flavour that I’ve lately noticed Rochak uses a lot, like he did in most of his songs from “Hawaizaada”. The composition sounds odd at first, but later, it grows on you amazingly. The arrangements really stand out right away. The guitars are what bring in a nice Goan flavour, similar to that “Crazy Mode” of Pritam’s songs, like ‘Agal Bagal’ (Phata Poster Nikhla Hero), and ‘Chicken Kuk-Do-Koo’ (Bajrangi Bhaijaan). The very weird additions of noises like “Toing toing toing” and other hen and pigeon sounds make the song sound lovely in a very different way. And also cute! The ukulele also sounds beautiful, and makes the arrangements sound very creative. Rochak sings in various different noises, as told earlier, but even when he’s singing in the normal way, it sounds very different from how he usually sings, and it is amazing! He keeps the pitch low, and it makes the song even more effective in bringing out the stress of the protagonist. An unplugged version is actually true to its name (sounds a lot like an unrefined cover version), and the cups that were used in the original too, are more prominent here, due to it being unplugged. It has less of a repeat value though. Adheesh Verma’s lyrics are very impressive, because they’re actually funny in an intellectual way. A highly creative song from a composer who has always meddled around with this kind of arrangement, but never gone up to this level. And now I doubt whether he can outdo himself after this!!

Rating: 4/5 for the Original, 3/5 for Unplugged Version

 

3. BC Rap Knockout: Mumbai Vs Delhi

Singers ~ Naezy & Pardhaan, Music by ~ Shamir Tandon, Lyrics by ~ Varun Likhate

Next up we get something, which at least I have only seen in YouTube videos till now. And it is a Rap Battle. Yes, it is perfectly alright to add the word ‘Epic’ in there, because the song is really an epic showdown between a resident of Mumbai and one of Delhi. There’s no composition as such, as the whole song is a Rap Battle. The arrangements by Shamir Tandon are cool as the backdrop of the battle, and they’re completely digital. What is actually worth hearing the song for, though, are the two amazing rappers behind it. Naezy stands for Mumbai, and Pardhaan for Delhi, and then we get to hear a hilarious competition about which city is the best. The whole attitude which the two rappers carry about themselves is what hooks the listeners to the song, even if it is merely on audio (as of now). Some of the lines they throw at each other are so outlandish, you end up laughing out loud, or at least smiling. And all the credit for that goes to the Lyricist, Varun Likhate. He has penned down an efficient rap battle, and it really sounds very genuine. A nice rap battle.

Rating: 3.5/5

 

4. Jai Baba Bank Chor

Singer ~ Nakash Aziz, Music by ~ Rochak Kohli, Lyrics by ~ Gautam Govind Sharma

This song is the second song by Rochak Kohli on the soundtrack, and after the very creative song, ‘Tashreef’, I bet nobody would have qualms in saying that this one disappoints big-time. The composition is very mediocre, and something we have heard many times. On top of that, Rochak equips a very stale Mumbaiya rhythm to act as the arrangements. Very loud arrangements, and not programmed well enough, makes it sound even more irritating. Nakash’s singing is as usual, energetic and full-hearted. Sadly, the composition doesn’t support him. Gautam Govind Sharma’s lyrics are sad to hear too. A disappointment from Rochak Kohli.

Rating: 1.5/5

 

5. Bae, Baba Aur Bank Chor

Singer ~ Baba Sehgal, Music by ~ Baba Sehgal, Lyrics by ~ Baba Sehgal

This song starts with beats making it sound as if it is a song from an English zombie film. Baba Sehgal is back in Bollywood after quite some time, and he has made this rap song. That makes it the second complete rap song in the soundtrack. This one grips you from the beginning just because of that Zombie-ish background. The rap isn’t too impressive, but you manage to keep listening just because of that background sounds. There is a nice rap in the interlude where Baba Sehgal sings random Spanish names. There isn’t much more by way of arrangements, either, other than that Zombie-ish background, and random sounds of people shouting, lions roaring and whatnot. This time, the shouts of ‘Bank chor!’ aren’t as effective as they were in Kailash Kher’s song. Baba Sehgal raps fine, but the lyrics are very boring. Another stale track, relying on a tune in the background and Baba Sehgal’s name to make it work.

Rating: 2/5

 

6. Mela – The Bank Chor Theme

(Instrumental), Music by ~ Shrikanth Sriram

Someone called Shrikanth Sriram produces this instrumental piece which is so boring, you will be surprised. It is basically the same sounds playing over and over again for five and a half minutes. There is a weird trumpet-like sound playing the main part, and cool percussion in the background, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, … You get the point.

Rating: 1/5


Bank Chor‘s music album starts off quite promisingly, but then just diffuses into a typical, monotonous and trying-to-be-funny kind of zone. I must salute Rochak Kohli though, for his creativity in ‘Tashreef’, and Kailash Kher for his versatility in the title song. The other songs, barring the rap battle by Shamir Tandon, are easily forgettable. An album that only partially manages to steal your heart

Total Points Scored by This Album:  3 + 4 + 3 + 3.5 + 1.5 + 2 + 1

Album Percentage: 51.43%

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: Tashreef > BC Rap Knockout: Mumbai Vs Delhi > Hum Hain Bank Chor = Tashreef Unplugged (Cups Version) > Bae, Baba Aur Bank Chor > Jai Baba Bank Chor > Mela – The Bank Chor Theme

 

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

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DJ BAJEGA LOUD, TOH BULBUL NACHEGI!! (HEY BRO – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Nitz ‘N’ Sony (Nitin Arora & Sony Chandy)
♪ Lyrics by: Pranav Vatsa
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 11th February 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 6th March 2015

Hey Bro Album Cover

Hey Bro Album Cover

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Hey Bro is an upcoming Bollywood comedy & action film, directed by Ajay Chandhok, produced by Vidhi Acharya and starring Ganesh Acharya, Maninder Singh & Nupur Sharma in lead roles. The film is scheduled to release on 27th February, and is one of Ganesh Acharya’s most ambitious projects. The music of this film has been composed by duo Nitz ‘N’ Sony, consisting of Nitin Arora and Sony Chandy. They have previously composed for films like ‘Teesri Aankh’, ‘Swami’, ‘Money Hai Toh Honey Hai’ and the latest, ‘Spark’. Ever since each of the song promos released, both of the songs have literally gone viral. The public is really liking them. The duo has composed five songs for this album, and pretty crazy ones, too! To find out whether I have gotten infected by this virus of the songs, read on!


1. DJ
Singers ~ Sunidhi Chauhan & Ali Zafar

This song was the second song promo to release, and, I personally found it way better than the song which made people go nuts over it, ‘Birju’. So, it is a great relief for me to see this one kicking off the album. A club song, with a slight desi feel to it, which all works in the favourite of the song. The duo Nitz ‘N’ Sony have very efficiently equipped Sunidhi to sing the major portion of the song, and she has done full justice to the composition. She sings every line with a different expression, and very enjoyably to, the credit for which has to, again, go to the composers. Though it looks like they have straightaway lifted the tune of ‘Gangster Baby’ from ‘Action Jackson’, even if they have done that, it sounds way better than ‘Gangster Baby’. But I’m pretty sure it was just a coincidence. The contrast in the hookline and the rest of the song is something to die for. The club song is going on normally, and all of a sudden, the arrangements become silent, with only Sunidhi singing the hookline supported by minimal techno sounds, making that part particularly very catchy. The arrangements, mostly techno sounds does engage the listener, and the brilliant bass used is enough to make him/her keep listening. The bongo-congos have also been smartly equipped. Now, time to talk about Ali Zafar’s Antara-long appearance. He shines! He seems to be the perfect choice for that part which he has got. His deep voice suits the tune well. The lyrics, ummm… Well, we’ll ignore that much, can’t we? Nothing to boast about, except that the lyricist Pranav Vatsa has founded and established a whole new city from where he wants to book a DJ, that is SingaPUR. 😂😂 And yes, the poor singers also have to comply and sing SingaPUR instead of SingaPORE. 😦 I pity them. All in all, a very enjoyable, groovy and also sweet (at times) song, sung awesomely! Was not expecting that good a start to the album! #5StarHotelSong!!

2. Bulbul
Singers ~ Himesh Reshammiya & Shreya Ghoshal 

Next up is a masaledaar desi dance number, ‘Bulbul’, sung by who else but Himesh Reshammiya and the nightingale Shreya! It is a remake of some 70s song ‘Naach Meri Bulbul’ from ‘Roti’ which I’ve never heard, so I can’t judge how good a remake it is. However, if I were asked how I found it as an original song, I would reply, “Ekdam Jhakaass!” The composers have added awesome dance beats, which would be loved by the masses, but I don’t think the classes will shy from shaking a leg or two. They have also used rock guitars, to not make it sound like the regular Kuthu affair. Himesh, as a singer without being the composer, was really a smart decision taken by the duo. He has given the right amount of energy and dhamaka to satisfy the composition and resultantly, the masses too. Shreya, whose first release it is after her marriage, sounds awesome as always. She sounds as great in these rowdy songs as she does in her calm and romantic songs. She gets to sing the antaras, and does very well with her job. The lyrics, are again something to not pay much attention to. It’s the same old cheap ladki-patao business. Otherwise, another enjoyable track on the album! Get up and dance! I mean NAACH! #5StarHotelSong!!

3. Birju
Singers ~ Udit Narayan, Mika Singh, Arya [Acharya] & Naezy

This is the “Viral” song. The whole country seems to have gone crazy because of this song. No, there’s nothing great in the song. It’s all in the video. You can watch it on YouTube. But if you want to hear the song without seeing the video. I’ll just quickly give you the review, so you know what’s in store for you. First of all, the song might just confuse you so much, that you might forget who you are, where you live blah, blah, blah… There are some things I really liked in the song, which are: Udit Narayan’s awesome Birjuuuuuuuu Tu Aai Gava Bitwaa… and Mika’s Laalaa, Meri, Maa Ke Kangan Vaapas Kar De Re… laalaa. These two lines kind of prove to you, why people like this song so much. However, there’s so much more than proves to you, why people SHOULD NOT like this song so much. Firstly, the rap, which may seem impressive because it’s so fast and cool, actually really irritated me. Mika’s parts, other than the one I mentioned above, are really irritating. And Udit’s Lalalalalaaaa… ,well, that’s the most annoying that annoying can get. And last but definitely not the least annoying, is that very, very highly obnoxious high-tempo ending to the song, which leaves you literally like those characters in cartoon movies with the stars and moons spinning on top of their heads. :/Ye kya mazaak tha Nitz ‘N’ Sony Jii????” is what I want to ask the composers for that last part. After two awesome songs, they give us this. Anyways, arrangements are good, and lyrics are bad. LISTEN AT YOUR OWN RISK! BEST SERVED WITH VIDEO!

4. Line Laga
Singers ~ Mika Singh & Anu Malik

If ‘Birju’ was a cheat and a mazaak, then this would be an outright SCAM. When a song has a tune, that you can’t even make out or get a trip on, you know something is really wrong. And when backing female vocalists singing “Naram naram naram Garam garam” sound better than Mika, and when Anu Malik (imagine that) sounds better than Mika, you know that something really weird and indigestible is what you’re listening to. Nitz ‘N’ Sony give another BAD composition, but thank God they’ve at least decorated it with rather quirky sound effects, which sound awesome in the background. Anu gets only one line in each of the first two paragraphs, and sounds more dumdaar than Mika with even that little to sing. But then he sings one whole paragraph at the end, and imagine what we are treated to in those four or five lines. Mika just constantly sounds like an even more angried Ajay Devgn. The lyrics, we don’t care about, because the song itself bores so much that we can’t really comprehend any of the words, or, even if we do, we forcefully choose not to break our heads over them. Ultimately, the stars of the song are the female backing vocalists singing “Naram naram naram Garam garam”. And how to forget Anu Malik?? 😂

5. Hu Tu Tu
Singers ~ Sonu Nigam & A. Sivamani

Sonu starts with his versatile voice, and we are treated to a show of very interesting sounds and noises, which might irritate you, might interest you. But when Sivamani enters, you can’t help but notice how asthmatic he sounds, totally spoiling the whole humorous mood set up by Sonu. He does get conscious of that and sounds less asthmatuc later on in the song, though. The song has been composed on the kuthu template, and does make you move along to the beats. Each of the stanzas has a pleasant surprise waiting round the corner. The tempo changes many times throughout the song, which changes the mood of the song every time, but the whole time, retaining the particular comic effect that was supposed to be there. Arrangements are really very impressive. They are the best arrangements that this album has to offer. The song really showcases some awesome South-Indian-folksy music styles, all of which really engage the listener through the whole seven minutes for which the song plays. Sonu and Sivamani make sure we don’t lose interest throughout the song. Lyrics too retain the humour in them, which the crazy composition has done and both go very well in complement with each other. What starts off as a stupid thing, slowly unfolds to be something highly innovative, creative and impressive!!! Awesome arrangements, crazy composition and dynamic vocals! But I’m warning you that you might be irritated! #5StarHotelSong!!


Hey Bro makes you feel that sometimes, even single composer albums do not perform up to the mark. But, if you see in terms of creativity, ‘Hu Tu Tu’ is the best track of the album. If seen in terms of public likability, ‘DJ’ and ‘Bulbul’ are really catchy and will quickly climb charts. At the same time ‘Birju’ is something people are really liking a lot, but I didn’t at all. ‘Line Laga’ is hopeless from all aspects, so better not to speak about it. Nitz ‘N’ Sony have come up with a decent album, which doesn’t impress highly as a whole, but some songs do stand out as great and enjoyable. Nitz ‘N’ Sony have stuck to the needs of the script i.e, comedy, and churned out some comic tracks, out of which only some work. Middling affair, overall!

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: DJ > Bulbul > Hu Tu Tu (Just because of the weirdness, or else I would’ve kept it at the top) > Birju > Line Laga

Which is your favorite song from Hey Bro? Please vote for it below!! 🙂

Next “dish”: Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Chef: Anu Malik