OCTOBER 2017 ROUND-UP (CHEF, TU HAI MERA SUNDAY, RANCHI DIARIES, GOLMAAL AGAIN, JIA AUR JIA — Mini Music Reviews) + Important Announcement!!


The Important Announcement

Due to the scarcity of time, from now on, I will sum up the entire month’s reviews in a set of two articles each month, one usually around the 15th of the month and the other towards the end. Of course, certain albums that I feel need a separate post (either because they might have many songs, or be spectacular albums, or even if the movies are highly awaited ones) I will do so for those albums. I will reveal the chosen album for this month — it’ll be “Secret Superstar” — I don’t guarantee it’ll be rated very high, but because of the buzz surrounding it, it requires a separate post, I feel! Meanwhile, the usual monthly awards posts will sum everything up once again at the end of every month in the form of awards. I really hope this format helps me balance my schedule! And I can’t wait to return to my normal long posts — till then enjoy your luck of getting to read short reviews from my side!!


October 2017 Round-Up

So this post will cover the reviews for the all but two of October releases that have already released — ‘Chef’ by Raghu Dixit & Amaal Mallik, ‘Tu Hai Mera Sunday’ by Amartya Rahut (Bobo), ‘Ranchi Diaries’ by Nickk, Jeet Gannguli, Tony Kakkar & Bobby-Imran, ‘Golmaal Again’ by Amaal Mallik, Thaman S., Lijo George-DJ Chetas & Abhishek Arora, and ‘Jia Aur Jia’ by Sachin Gupta, Nisschal Zaveri & Sameer Nichani. There will be separate reviews for ‘Secret Superstar’ and ‘Rukh’, both by Amit Trivedi.



♦ A Delectable Treat For The Ears: CHEF Music Review

♪ Music by: Raghu Dixit & Amaal Mallik
♪ Lyrics by: Ankur Tewari & Rashmi-Virag
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 26th September 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 6th October 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes

Listen to ‘Tere Mere’: Saavn
Buy ‘Tere Mere’: iTunes


Raghu Dixit starts off the album with Shugal Laga Le, a song having a heavy folk influence from Kerala. The backing vocalists provide that freshness associated with Kerala, and Raghu’s characteristic voice makes it all the more intriguing to listen to. In his arrangements too, he adds a dash of everything, and especially those percussions are mind blowing, along with the banjo. Ankur’s lyrics made me acquainted with a new phrase “Shugal Laga Le” meaning “find a hobby, or find something to do”. The next song by him is also reliant on folk music, this time Celtic/Irish. Banjaara is steeped heavily on the beautiful flutes that characterise Irish music, with amazing percussion and backing vocals yet again. Vishal Dadlani does great justice to the sing with those power-packed vocals. The song is one of those many motivational songs that Vishal gets to sing in Bollywood, except that this time, it has a whole new style to it. The mellow Darmiyaan, exudes a positivity in spite of the fact that it is a sad song — mostly because of Raghu’s ebullience. A splendid guitar backdrop makes it simple and sweet, and Raghu’s diction has to be lauded. Raghu takes forth the melancholia in a more Bollywood-ish way in Khoya Khoya, which I rank as the best of the album — underrated Shahid Mallya taking charge of the vocals in a very beautiful way, and Dixit’s composition has that old-world-charm to it. The sarangi is quite impressive here! The alternative rock set up will make this one loveable to many! Raghu’s last song on the album is the effervescent Tan Tan, rendered with spunk by Nikhita Gandhi, the only female vocalist on the album. In her texture, she gives off vibes of Shalmali and Shefali. Guest composer Amaal Mallik, whose song Tere Mere was also removed from the album later, produces a song you can immediately tell is by him. That doesn’t make its richness diluted, though — it’s still wonderful, with the nice dholak rhythm accompanying Armaan Malik’s beautiful voice. Also, Rashmi-Virag’s lyrics are amazing!
All in all, Chef is one of the best albums of the year in that it is a clever mix of melancholia, inspiration and romance. Raghu Dixit must sign more and more Bollywood films — I firmly believe that this is his best Bollywood album yet!

Total Points Scored by This Album (in the order mentioned in the review): 4 + 5 + 4 + 5 + 4.5 + 4 = 26.5

Album Percentage: 88.3%

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: Banjaara = Khoya Khoya > Tan Tan > Tere Mere = Shugal Laga Le = Darmiyaan



♦ A Perfect Sunday Album: TU HAI MERA SUNDAY Music Review

♪ Music by: Amartya Rahut
♪ Lyrics by: Milind Dhaimade
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 29th September 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 6th October 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes


Out of Arijit’s two songs, the classically-steeped sad song Dhundlo Tum fares better, with an addictive strings orchestra accompanying it, and it quickly steers away from the Bhatt-ish genre that it starts off with. Had that continued, it wouldn’t have been half as good. The digital Sitar is beautiful. His other song, Thodi Si Jagah, is also classical-based for some initial parts, before it turns into an upbeat number that loses itself halfway through the song. The rock backdrop ofthe hook line couldn’t have been more clichéd. Arijit’s vocal prowess is clearly showcased in the song though. It is Amartya’s violin solo that impresses though, with its distinct classical tune. The title song, Tu Hai Mera Sunday, takes a pleasant Christmassy turn, with soft jazz making your ears happy. Shalmali renders it with a familiarity that makes you feel amazing. The brass portions have been done really well here, as are the drums. The clarinet and piano is wonderful too. It is nothing more than the lyrics that make it sound even more personal though. Ash King’s Yeh Mera Man is a pleasant departure from his previous song ‘Bandook Meri Laila’ (A Gentleman) and brings him back to his comfort zone. Again, a jazzy tune gives the song a kind of spring, and that whistle portion is so pleasantly surprising and charming, it is hard to dislike. The guitars are impressive here. Yeh Jo Pyaar Hai, a clubbish number sung by Nandini Srikar, is probably the weakest of the album, where the tune and the arrangement are just mismatched; the hookline sounds like this song was pitched for the situation of ‘Aaj Ki Raat’ (Don) before ‘Aaj Ki Raat’ was finalised.
Amartya’s best album to date provides us with a nice mix of classical music, jazz music and a banal club number! This album will go highly underrated and unnoticed though!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album (in order mentioned in the review): 4.5 + 4 + 4 + 3.5 + 3 = 19

Album Percentage: 76%

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: Dhundhlo Tum > Thodi Si Jagah = Tu Hai Mera Sunday > Yeh Mera Man > Yeh Jo Pyaar Hai



♦ Uninteresting Diaries: RANCHI DIARIES Music Review

♪ Music by: Nickk, Jeet Gannguli, Tony Kakkar & Bobby-Imran
♪ Lyrics by: Nickk, Manoj Muntashir, Tony Kakkar & Sattwik Mohanty
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 7th October 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 13th October 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes


Some newcomer Nickk is — he has just been made to make another ‘Baby Doll’, now that Meet Bros. just be refusing to do it. However, Fashion Queen has something in addition to the usual ‘Baby Doll’ sequels — an Arabic strings backdrop that just helps it as much as a car can help you fly. The new singer Raahi seems disillusioned with the ideals that it is okay to sing like Kanika Kapoor if you aren’t her. The composer’s rap is dumb. Helicopter‘s lyricist and composer Tony Kakkar uses the word ‘helicopter’ as a metaphor for ‘getting high’. 😶 Siblings Tony and Neha render it with as much mediocrity as they can muster. I can’t believe Tony is the same guy behind ‘Saawan Aaya Hai’ (Creature 3D) and ‘Khuda Bhi’ (Ek Paheli Leela), but then he has made ‘Ek Do Teen Chaar’ (Ek Paheli Leela) and ‘Do Peg Maar’ (One Night Stand). Jeet Gannguli’s Thoda Aur is the composer’s usual pathos-filled romantic number — you would think that after a year-long break, he would return with something pleasant. But it is the same old Arijit-Palak love story. And the irony is that this song sounds like ‘Saawan Aaya Hai’ (Creature 3D). So did Tony help him here instead of making his own song better? 😏 The last song is a banal Mika solo Godfather, composed by Pritam’s former assistants Bobby-Imran, which I couldn’t even finish once when I started to listen to it.
This is a Hodge-podge of the worst songs from the weirdest mix of composers ever.

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 2 + 1.5 + 3 + 0.5 = 7

Album Percentage: 35%

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Thoda Aur > Fashion Queen > Helicopter > Godfather



♦ Amaal Ka Kamaal (Again): GOLMAAL AGAIN Music Review

♪ Music by: Amaal Mallik, Thaman S., Lijo George, DJ Chetas, Abhishek Arora, Anu Malik & Raamlaxman
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar & Rahat Indori
♪ Music Label: T-Series [“Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate” on Saregama]
♪ Music Released On: 6th October 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 20th October 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes

Listen to “Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate”: Saavn


The album to the much-awaited fourth instalment to the ‘Golmaal’ series starts with the Title Track, where South film composer Thaman S. is called in just to do that clichéd Kuthu rhythm we are all bored of. Brijesh Shandilya does well as the lead male singer, but Aditi Singh Sharma sounds utterly replaceable. She gets another song, Itna Sannata Kyun Hai, composed by Lijo George and DJ Chetas, where her part towers over her male co-singer Amit Mishra’s parts. The hookline is like a desperate scream in our ears, to make noise. The EDM after the hookline is so bad, I can’t describe it. Amaal Mallik, lead composer, gets two songs, where one is obviously a 90s remake. ‘Neend Churayi Meri’ (Ishq) is the privileged song, named by the company as Maine Tujhko Dekha. The song’s best part is that Neeraj Sridhar returns after a long time to sing a song that is tailor-made for his song. Sukriti Kakar complements him well, but the song is better as an individual song than it is as a remake. Had the hookline been original, it would have been amazing! Amaal’s second song happens to be the album’s best — Hum Nahi Sudhrenge gives those rays of positivity like ‘Apna Har Din’ did in ‘Golmaal 3’. Though the song is similar to Amaal’s other EDM numbers like “Sooraj Dooba Hai”, “Buddhu Sa Mann” and “Zindagi Aa Raha Hoon Main”, it works well because of its positivity and Armaan yet again sings charmingly! What Saregama holds of the album is an unplugged, slow-paced version of ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’s Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate, sung very simply by Nikhil D’Souza and Anushka Manchanda, and arranged soothingly by Abhishek Arora (of Abhishek-Akshay) and Samyuktha Narendran. It doesn’t work too much though, in spite of not changing much from the old song.
The worst Golmaal album is held up solely by Amaal’s songs (or song).


Total Points Scored by This Album: 2.5 + 2.5 + 3.5 + 4 + 3.5 = 16

Album Percentage: 64%

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: Hum Nahi Sudhrenge > Maine Tujhko Dekha = Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate > Itna Sannata Kyun Hai = Golmaal Again (Title Track)

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 35 (from previous albums) + 02 (from Golmaal Again) = 37


♦ Nisschal O Nisschal, Aur Compose Karo! : JIA AUR JIA Music Review

♪ Music by: Nisschal Zaveri, Sachin Gupta, Sameer Nichani & Shankar-Jaikishan
♪ Lyrics by: Mudassar Aziz, Raqueeb Alam, Vachaspati Mishra & Hasrat Jaipuri
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company [“Jia O Jia Reprise” on Saregama]
♪ Music Released On: 17th October 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 27th October 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes

Listen to “Jia O Jia Reprise”: Saavn


The songs by Sachin Gupta start off the album, and though they do not impress you immediately, you do get attuned to them on hearing them for a couple of times. Na Shukre is a wild rock song about carefree girls, and Smita Malhotra makes a rocking debut with her vocals in this, the rock guitars played wonderfully. Shivani Bhayana’s Naach Basanti, on the other hand, is a bit too rowdy to go with its amazing club arrangements, but apparently by the lyrics, it is supposed to be some sort of an ode to “Sholay”. Many of the small additions by Gupta in this song happen to catch your attention, like the techno sounds at the beginning, and the folksy portion at the end.
The newcomer composer, Nisschal Zaveri, steps in for the rest of the songs (with lyrics) and I must say, he does quite an amazing job in his first album itself. His lullaby-ish, classical-based Na Jaa appears in two versions, one in Asees Kaur’s voice, with a stark resemblance to her singing in ‘Kaari Kaari’ (Dobaara), while the other is in Nandini Srikar’s voice. Obviously, Nandini’s version wins my heart because of her seasoned voice and more classically inclined singing. The Tabla in this song has to be mentioned, as do the strings, guitars and mandolin. The arrangements overpower the voice of Asees in her version, another drawback of that version. Nandini’s version has everything that the music buff longs for in a good song.
Zaveri’s other song, released by Saregama, is a reprise of Shankar-Jaikishan-Mohd. Rafi classic Jia O Jia, and is an apt remake of the song, with an upbeat clubbish sound, one of the freshest remakes I’ve heard this year. The song feels like a splash of water on your face — despite being a remake, Zaveri uses his creativity to make it a bit unconventional, without being bogged down by the thought of what’s popular these days. The synth has been used amazingly, and the backing chorus singing “Jia O” after every hook is just sweet! Jyotica sounds amazing in this song, the least she has sounded like Neha Kakkar ever! But Rashid Ali, being heard after a long time, falls flat due to the excessive programming done to his voice. The Latino turn of sound midway into the song takes time to get used to, but is awesome!
The background score composer for the film, Sameer Nichani, gets one of his instrumental pieces added to the album, and it is called Jia Aur Jia Theme, and is heavy on Spanish guitars, played in a very sensuous way. It is extremely short at one and a half minute, but soothes your senses for all its worth.
A hidden gem of an album, wherein we find a new composer who must get many, many more songs in Bollywood!! Zaveri scores higher than Gupta here.


 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 3.5 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 4 + 4 = 23.5

Album Percentage: 78.33%

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: Na Jaa By Nandini > Jia O Jia Reprise = Na Jaa = Jia Aur Jia Theme > Na Shukre > Naach Basanti

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 37 (from previous albums) + 01 (from Jia Aur Jia) = 38


I hope that wasn’t too long (though I know it was) but this is what I’m going to have to do until I am a bit more free. I personally liked this method of reviewing and don’t mind continuing it forever too! So maybe, just maybe, you might get the “Secret Superstar” and “Rukh” reviews in this format too, but in separate posts and not clubbed together! Lets see! Till then, enjoy music! 😉

PURE MELODY, NIL SANNATA!! (NIL BATTEY SANNATA – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Rohan-Vinayak (Rohan Utpat & Vinayak Salvi)
♪ Lyrics by: Manoj Yadav, Nitesh Tiwari & Shreyas Jain (Sherry)
♪ Music Label: Eros Music
♪ Music Released On: 13th April 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 22nd April 2016

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Nil Battey Sannata Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Nil Battey Sannata is an upcoming Bollywood comedy/drama film starring Swara Bhaskar, Ratna Pathak Shah, Pankaj Tripathi and child actor Ria Shukla. The film is directed by débutante Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, the wife of director Nitesh Tiwari (‘Chillar Party’ & ‘Bhoothnath Returns’) and produced by Aanand L. Rai, Ajay Rai and Alan McAlex under the Colour Yellow Pictures and JAR Pictures companies. The concept of the movie is really interesting, what with Swara playing a housemaid with a dream to educate her child, and in the events that follow, ends up educating herself too. A film on the lines of ‘English Vinglish’, this one is sure to be one of the best films of the year. Going by the film’s overall look and theme, one wouldn’t expect many songs — I was expecting 3 to 4 songs maximum. However, I was stunned to see that the album has 7 tracks in all, though there is one in three versions. (That makes four anyways 😛 ) The music has been composed by a duo that is debuting with this film, Rohan-Vinayak (Rohan Utpat & Vinayak Salvi). Hoping for a great debut for them with the album to this seemingly cute and sweet film! The music should likewise be sweet and simple as per my expectations! 🙂 Let’s see how it turned out! 😀


1. Murabba
Singer ~ Neuman Pinto, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

The first song in the album starts the album off on a light, but very thoughtful note. Neuman Pinto, who I’ve seen getting more backing vocals to sing in Bollywood than the actual song, gets behind the mic to convey this one to us. The vocal “Tu Ru Tu Tu Ru..” rhythm is very similar to the type of music Amit Trivedi would compose in his early days (‘Udaan’, ‘Aisha’, ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’). And Rohan-Vinayak’s composition is composed in the exact same style, so much so that it seems as if Amit had played an important part in making them composers. The composition, though very simple, has the power to hook you and it sticks in your head like anything, all because of its sweetness and simplicity. Neuman is spot-on with his vocals, and impressed a lot. It is a surprise he isn’t getting more songs to sing, which he should!! The breezy composition is supported by just as wonderful arrangements. The acoustic guitar is almost omnipresent, with occasional drums. A beautiful, unforgettable sarod solo twice in the song, which takes you back to last year to Piku’s BGM on sarod. The highlight of the song has to be the meaningful, metaphorical lyrics written by Manoj Yadav. He has wonderfully conveyed through his lyrics what is meant to be said, in a fun and sweet way. Kudos to him. The album starts off on a very high note, with a beautiful, thought-provoking song composed brilliantly. #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Maths Mein Dabba Gul
Singers ~ Rohan Utpat & Aarti Shenai, Lyrics by ~ Nitesh Tiwari

Next up is a fun-filled song describing the plight of helpless students having to study maths. The duo has succeeded to create a song that would fit into the situation, and attract the attention of kids and adults alike at the same time. Nitesh Tiwari has written a funny and fun song, rhyming perfectly despite the huge mathematical words present in it, and especially the first four lines in the starting of the song, have been written geniusly! Who would ever have thought that all these expressions and trigonometrical equations would find a place in a Bollywood song? But Nitesh has given a perfect place for them in this song, which Rohan-Vinayak have composed in an unbelievably cool manner, not making it too heavy on the ears, and not even too kiddish!! Ah, the brilliance! 😀 Some portions of the song have been composed in an extremely fast speed, and that deserves nothing but applause when you hear what the lyrics are in that portion! It just means the team must’ve racked their brains and worked really hard over that one. 🙂 The hook is extremely obsessive and addictive. Arrangements consist of techno sounds and guitars and other sound effects by backing vocalists. The Amit Trivedi touch has its presence felt all throughout the arrangements and the composition. Rohan sings great,and in a fun manner, with Aarti joining (as a backing vocalist) in places. However, Aarti has a sweet little portion in a slower pace, which she owns completely and succeeds in winning our hearts. So, brilliance in lyrics and composition as a start, and great vocals and arrangements to finish it off make this song a complete winner! Maths being my favorite subject, I shouldn’t say this, but the song is a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Maula
Singer ~ Nandini Srikar, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

The next song goes back to being calm and soothing and meaningful. The rabaab opens, giving a slight Kashmiri touch, before Nandini with her rustic, yet soft and silky voice starts to sing. This song sounds more folkish than the others on the album, only due to the beautiful instrumentation and Nandini’s beautiful voice! The composition is slightly heavy on the ears, but with a couple of listens we get accustomed to it, and then there’s nothing that can be more addictive than it. Nandini handles the low and high portions of the song equally well, and with such grace — which isn’t surprising at all! 😀 Rohan-Vinayak have impressed by giving this slightly more mature composition than the others in the album. While the mukhda instantly steals your heart, the hookline is a heavenly experience with a great ensemble of Nandini’s voices in different pitches. The antara is just as beautiful too! The interludes are too wonderful to let go of them. Arrangements have a lot in store. With rabaab, tablas, and acoustic guitars forming the base of the song, it makes for a soothing listen that is pleasing to the ears. Manoj’s lyrics are beautiful too, mainly in Urdu. For me, the best song of the album!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Maa / Maa (Version 2) / Maa Theme (Instrumental)
Singers ~ Mohan Kannan / A. Hariharan / Instrumental, Lyrics by ~ Shreyas Jain (Sherry)

The last song in the album which actually has words, this one is an ode to mothers. The first thing that strikes you is the lyrics. Shreyas Jain, a newcomer, has evoked the right emotions into his writing. Most songs about moms try to go too melodramatic in the lyrics department, but this one has been kept sweet and simple and at the same time, it conveys the needed emotions. Arrangements are cute as well, only acoustic guitars joined occasionally by other instruments like saxophone, harmonica, drums and electric guitars etc. Mohan renders the composition with an awesome blend of energy and emotion. Hariharan’s version has the exact same arrangements, and his smooth, silky voice is perfect for the song, just as Mohan’s was. However, his version is less energetic, and since he is more classically inclined, there are more classical-based variations done by him, which are wonderful! The instrumental theme song is just as worthwhile, the tune being the same, played on violins more beautifully than you can imagine! Piano chords support the instrumental piece, with violins taking care of the melody part. Beautiful!! The simplest song on mothers I’ve ever heard!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Chanda Theme (Instrumental)
Instrumental

Another instrumental track, this one with a haunting sound to it, more melancholic. Beautifully played on violins, it is quick to grain your attention and love. Usually, instrumentals do not hook you as such, but this one has hooked me. Strings all the way, played in all sorts of manners — high, low, high, low — steal the show. Sitar too makes an entry towards the ending part. A beautiful instrumental piece! #5StarHotelSong!!


Nil Battey Sannata was unexpectedly brilliant and mind-blowing. Rohan-Vinayak being debutants, I was not expecting such a brilliant album at all! However, it turned out to be a dark horse album. With brilliant compositions, the album gradually went from light songs to heavier ones at the end, the heaviest being the last instrumental. I’m sure the duo is going to get critical acclaim as well as public acclaim for their spectacular work in their debut album itself. Waiting for more from them, I’ll sign off by saying that this album has pure, total, melody with no traces of sannata (silence)!! 

 

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: Whichever you want to, whenever you want to, wherever you want to, however you want to and whyever you want to!

 

Which is your favourite song from Nil Battey Sannata? Please vote for the same below! Thanks! 🙂

 

 

A ROYAL SOUNDTRACK FOR THIS QUEEN! (QUEEN – Music Review)

In all the excitement for the new albums which were releasing last month, I totally forgot about my Early 2014 category! So now I am coontinuing with it! 🙂 The seventh album in my Early 2014 category has got to be be ‘Queen’. No, I’m not just reviewing it because the movie became a huge hit, but because its music was also very commendable! So here is my review for the ‘Queen’ music album!


Album Details:-

♪ Music by:- Amit Trivedi, Rupesh Ram & Laxmikant-Pyarelal
♪ Lyrics by:- Anvita Dutt, Raghu Nath, Varma Malik
♪ Music Label:- T-Series, Saregama
♪ Music Released On:- 30th January 2014
♪ Movie Released On:- 7th March 2014

Queen Album Cover

Queen Album Cover

 

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

To hear “Hungama Ho Gaya” full song on Saavn CLICK HERE

To buy this album from iTunes CLICK HERE

To buy “Hungama Ho Gaya” from iTunes CLICK HERE

 


Queen is a Bollywood comedy drama film which released on March 7th 2014. It is a joint production between Phantom Films and Viacom18 Motion Pictures. The film has been directed by Vikas Bahl and produced by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane. It stars Kangana Ranaut, Lisa Haydon and Rajkummar Rao in the lead roles. When I got to know that Amit Trivedi is going to score music for this film, I was very excited, because that man makes great music, though many times it is a bit too typical. After ‘Kai Po Che!’ and ‘Lootera’ albums being widely acclaimed last year, he can!e back this year with ‘Queen’. Though all songs weren’t noticed that much, they were still worth hearing and this album deserves to be in this category of mine. So let’s read my review for the music of ‘Queen’!


1. London Thumakda:- Singers ~ Labh Janjua, Sonu Kakkar, Neha Kakkar, Music by ~ Amit Trivedi, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

This song is a Punjabi Wedding Song, with the typical Amit Trivedi trademark all over it. He has used banjo to create the Punjabi atmosphere which is usually the job of the tumbi. Along with the banjo, dhols have been used in the traditional Punjabi way. In the antara, however, Amit has used his quirky techno sounds (which I cannot describe in words, only that they sound like a duck, but they sound good!). And who better than the Punjabi king Labh Janjua to sing this song! He has sung it very, very fabulously. There is not one single moment in the song where you will get bored. The Kakkar sisters, Sonu and Neha, have given brilliant supporting vocals. Anvita Dutt’s lyrics are very good, funny in places. If it were any other composer, he would have put too much of noise in whatever song he would have made for this situation, but Amit, using relatively less instruments, has shown that many instruments and loudness is not necessarily compulsory for Punjabi songs! And as expected right from the time it released, this song has become a huge hit over the weeks and is one of the best Punjabi dance songs this year!

 

2. Badra Bahaar:- Singer ~ Amit Trivedi, Music by ~ Amit Trivedi, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

Starting with horns, and instantly grabbing your attention, you will immediately come to know something different will be featured in this track. The composer’s unique voice and exceptional singing helps this tune a lot. Not that it is bad! Not at all! It is a very nice tune, but it will not sound so good in the first listen itself. Rather, you will have to give it some time to grow on you. The use of electric guitars in this track along with a classical-based tune shows exceptional fusion. ‘Bandish’ type lyrics (the ones which are there in classical songs) have been written by Anvita Duty to create a melancholic atmosphere, but the music does not make it feel that melancholic, and changes it to make it sound upbeat. The sitar’s use has been done in a very smart way, in the interlude along with drums, creating a beautiful effect. A very good track, but give it lots of time to grow on you! After it grows on you, you will surely feel like it is a  #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. O Gujariya:- Singers ~ Shefali Alvares, Nikhil D’Souza, Music by ~ Amit Trivedi, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

To be very honest, I didn’t like this song when it released and still don’t like it. However, when it became a hit, it became obvious to me that since everyone is liking it, there must be something good about it. So I will review it not from only my point of view but from a general point of view. The tune is a bit dull, which is why I didn’t like it. However, the musical arrangements and vocals have been done very skillfully, making the track at least a bit interesting. It is an upbeat song, supposedly a party song if you don’t watch the video, which isn’t shot in a party or anything like that. It is a feel good song and a forgrt-all-your-stresses kind of track. It starts with a horn-like instrument followed by techno sounds and Shefali’s typical ‘weird’ voice (which I personally don’t like 😛 ) but she has sung it well, no matter how weird her voice is, but it is unique. Nikhil also uses his typical voice which sounds a lot like the voice of the composer himself. Amit has mainly used techno elements in the track which make it way more interesting. The antara is also a typical Amit Trivedi antara, with a line sung by the lead singer, and the next line by the backing singers. This is a very interesting and prominent feature in many Amit Trivedi songs. I personally thought that the techno part at the end was a bit too stretched and could have been cut down a bit. A dull tune, fixed by the arrangements! Fun to listen to, though!

 

4. Taake Jhanke:- Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Amit Trivedi, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

So with this song, Arijit has ticked off Amit Trivedi on his list also! 😀 It starts in a typical Amit Trivedi style (yes, again!) and then come the brilliant backing vocals by someone who is uncredited (or maybe it is Arijit himself). Then an awesome mouth organ solo piece cones which will blow you away! Arijit is the right choice for this song. I cannot imagine anyone else singing this song other than him. The tune is very cute and is one that will be liked by all be it old or young. It is another happy-go-lucky song, which is at the peak of catchiness. The lyrics are also very nice and cute and the music suits the lyrics. The composition changes scale two or three songs, instantly making this simple song into a complex song. But Arijit changes scale with great ease, effortlessly. He seems at ease singing an Amit Trivedi composition. The music has also been arranged very well, with guitar as the prominent instrument along with the mouth organ, drums and Amit’s usual quirky sounds. So Amit has mostly concentrated on Western elements for this track. A great song which is cute in all aspects! Surely has to be a  #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Jugni:- Singer ~ Amit Trivedi, Music by ~ Amit Trivedi, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

The composer again comes behind the mic for this song, which is again another song just showing off his typicality. The tune is very nice, and I enjoyed it a lot because of the way it seems to motivate you and cheer you up. The main instruments are again guitars and drums. The backing vocalists play a very important part in the song, and they give that impact which wouldn’t have come without them. Lyrics by Anvita are about freedom, and the music by Amit has given a great feeling of freedom as well. Amit has sung the track very well too, in his unique voice. Again in the antara comes his typical antara-composing style, with him singing a line and the backing vocalists singing the next. It just sounds so magical! The banjo played at the starting and ending also sounds awesome. It is just another example of the fact that no matter how typical the sounds are, the song can still attract many listeners. A great tune, which will make you feel free! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Harjaiyaan:- Singer ~ Nandini Srikar, Music by ~ Amit Trivedi, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

The way iypt starts with mild piano, you will instantly come to know that a calm, soothing track is to follow. The string instrument used after that is just too good! It creates a very magical atmosphere around you, and you will slowly get immersed in the song. Nandini has sung the song very, very effortlessly. Amit Trivedi has used a garba effect similar to the way he did in ‘Shubhaarambh’ from ‘Kai Po Che!’. It starts less than halfway through the song. The hookline has a bit of a haunting feel, which will surely make goosebumps appear on your skin. Anvita Dutt’s lyrics are exceptional! The state of mind of a person left alone has been depicted perfectly through her lyrics! The sitar-like instrument at the end just increases the want for more of the song, it feels too short. A PERFECT song! A type of song which no one can ever criticise! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

7. Kinare:- Singer ~ Mohan Kanan, Music by ~ Amit Trivedi, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

Again starting with the Amit Trivedi copyrighted sound, this song is one of the weaker tracks of the album. I didn’t find the tune that strong, whereas the music has been given very efficiently. The sitar has been used in an outstanding manner! The track is a soft rock number, so naturally there are dripums and electric guitars present. However, the main highlight is Mohan Kanan’s singing. He has performed exceptionally. The lyrics are also good. It will remind you instantly of ‘Shikaayatein’ from ‘Lootera’, but that was many times stronger in terms of the tune. A weak tune which still deserves a listen though, for the vocals and arrangements.

 

8. Ranjha:- Singer ~ Rupesh Kumar Ram, Music by ~ Ruoesh Kumar Ram, Lyrics by ~ Raghu Nath

The only song which is not composed by Amit Trivedi, also deserves a very special mention. Though it is pretty short, the tune is very strong. When I say strong, it does not necessarily mean that it is complicated. In fact, it is exactly the opposite and is very sweet and simple. The composer sings it very good without the support of any instruments, making the tune stand out even more. The melancholic tune is instantly likeable. Lyrics are fully in Punjabi, and the composition has made it sound like a Punjabi folk song. Definitely deserves a listen as well!

 

Extra Song:-

Hungama Ho Gaya:- Singers ~ Asha Bhosle, Arijit Singh, Original Composition by ~ Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Recreated by ~ Amit Trivedi, Original Lyrics by ~ Varma Malik, New Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt, Music Label ~ Saregama

When the original song is a chartbuster, the chances of the remake to be a superhit increase by millions. That is exactly the case with this song over here. The mukhda sung by Ashatai has been kept as it is, but of course remixed with many techno sounds added to it. And trust me, if you are thinking it might be sounding very bad after remixing a classic song, you are completely wrong! It sounds awesome! We have not yet even come to the best part of the song, which is undoubtedly the Antara which has been added, with the vocals of none other than Arijit Singh! He has used a completely different texture in his voice for this song, probably imitating R.D. Burman’s voice texture, and succeeds with full marks (at least in my opinion). I loved his part!! The song has been remixed very very efficiently by Amit Trivedi, and the various sounds which he has used are just indescribable, creating a full on party mood and ambience. Not a single moment of the whole song in which you will feel bored. Even the least noticeable things like the backing vocalists singing “Hungama, hungama, hungama” are ‘ekdum’ perfect! I guess you’ve already understood that it is a  #5StarHotelSong!! 

Overall:- Queen is such a soundtrack which inspite of its typicality, has been liked by almost everyone. It is extremely light on ears, and each song has a certain feel-good vibe associated with it, be it the calm ‘Harjaiyaan’ or the enjoyable ‘London Thumakda’ or even the loud (opposite to Amit’s usual music) ‘Hungama Ho Gaya’. The typicality of Amit which is obvious in most of the songs, is liked by many but many dislike it as well. Even though it is high time he started trying different sounds, I feel he has already shown his versatility by composing songs of many genres, although sticking to his own template. He has tried all genres, but always sticking to his sound. This shows that he is confident of his sound, and the soundtrack of ‘Queen’ itself is an example that his typicality isn’t that big a problem, as he always leaves people awestruck when they hear his new songs. This album, though typical Amit Trivedi style, has been loved by one and all, because of the simplicity in the tunes, the light on ears quotient being more, and the brilliant arrangements. 

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

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

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