JOLLY GOOD ALBUM!! (JOLLY LL.B 2 – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Manj Musik, Nilesh Patel, Chirantan Bhatt, Meet Bros. & Vishal Khurana
♪ Lyrics by: Manj Musik, Raftaar, Junaid Wasi, Shabbir Ahmed & Earl Edgar
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 13th January 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 10th February 2017

Jolly LL.B 2 Album Cover

Jolly LL.B 2 Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Jolly LL.B 2 is an upcoming comedy courtroom drama starring Akshay Kumar, Annu Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla and Huma Qureshi in prominent roles. The film has been directed by Subhash Kapoor, who earlier directed ‘Phas Gaye Re Obama’, ‘Jolly LLB’ and ‘Guddu Rangeela’, and produced by Fox Star Studios. The film revolves around the story of a small-time lawyer Jagdishwar Mishra a.k.a. Jolly, who earns a living by fighting small cases. In his desires to become a full-fledged lawyer though, Jolly ends up committing a mistake that could just as well destroy his career as a lawyer. The film deals with how Jolly gets himself out of this predicament. The film is the sequel to 2013 sleeper hit ‘Jolly LLB’. While the earlier film had a music album which can hardly be counted as one of Krsna’s best works, or even good works, as it was as middling a fare as your everyday T-Series multicomposer album, the sequel has an album which is just that — your everyday T-Series multicomposer album. And as it almost always is, there is one song composed by one team of composers. Manj Musik, who has the full support of Akshay Kumar now, what with him composing for Akshay in ‘Gabbar is Back’ and ‘Singh is Bliing’ in 2015, gets the first song. Helping him is Nilesh Patel, who has been credited as “Co-Composer”! Expectations are not too high but not zero either, as he has given good songs in the past, but just messed up a couple of times, thus earning my anger. Next up is Chirrantan Bhatt, another composer whose Bollywood career is strongly backed by Akshay. He gave hits for Akshay in both ‘Boss’ (2013) and in ‘Gabbar is Back’ (2015). This time too, he is back to perhaps give yet another path breaking romantic song. Meet Bros. feature as the third composers on board, and their association with Akshay has started long ago in 2012 when they scored the beautiful ‘Mere Nishaan’ in ‘OMG – Oh My God!’ After that, they went on to score for Akshay in so many films like ‘Boss’ (2013), ‘Baby’ (2015) and ‘Singh is Bliing’ (2015). But that was when Anjjan too was a part of the team. After the split with Anjjan, this is Meet Bros’ first song for Akshay; hopefully, it is just as good. And lastly is one-album old, Vishal Khurana who debuted last February with the stellar album to ‘Neerja’. Thankful that he has got another project finally, (after like ages!) I hope he takes good advantage of it and gives a great song. So let’s see what this multicomposer assortment has in store for us! Because Akshay Kumar and multicomposer have this very nice relationship which more often than always, impresses me! (Take any of the albums mentioned above for example!)


1. Go Pagal

Singers ~ Raftaar & Nindy Kaur, Additional Vocals ~ Girish Nakod & Manj Musik, Music by ~ Manj Musik, Co-composed by ~ Nilesh Patel, Lyrics by ~ Raftaar & Manj Musik

(I didn’t find any lyrics worth mentioning here!)

The album starts with the song I was least excited to hear — a Holi song titled ‘Go Pagal’. Okay, so Manj Musik has given some pretty good songs in the past, but only sticking to one kind of songs — fast, update rap songs (with the exception of the awesome ‘Aaja Mahi’ from ‘Singh Is Bliing’) As such, all his songs sound almost the same and you can really predict what’s going to come next in each song. This song too falls into the same category, but it goes a bit too overboard with the craziness. The composition is a typical Manj composition, though there are some nice folksy lines in the middle, (‘Bheegi bheegi lage lovely lovely…‘) which I suspect are composed by the co-composer Nilesh Patel. Anyway, the composition is quite all round the place and it is kind of hard to grasp on to. And that hookline is just yuck! I was fine till it played. It was such an abrupt end to the flow of the song, that it spoiled all the fun, or whatever fun was there. Also, it is quite similar in sructure to ‘Let’s Nacho’ (Kapoor & Sons) where they ‘say’ the hookline, not sing it, and then some weird tune plays in some very annoyingly high digitized pitch. And what’s worse, the person who says ‘Go Pagal’ here (That’d be Raftaar, I guess) sounds like he’s burping it. It sounds eww. In some places, the composition resembles ‘Tamanche Pe Disco’ (Bullett Raja). The arrangements are very mediocre, though that nice rapid dholak beat is something for which I would listen to the song over and over again, despite everything. And that chipmunk voice that says ‘Goli Re’ in the mukhda is just so cute! Every other thing regarding arrangements is strictly banal. It sounds like it has been thrown out of 2013 and should’ve been in ‘Jolly LLB’, but it forecasted that Akshay Kumar would star in the sequel, which is why it is here for us to get troubled by it. The vocals sound like robots have done it. Raftaar tries to sing charmingly, but how can he? He has to carry the entire song on his shoulders, and though he does quite well, it just sounds very monotonous. And Nindy Kaur in her part initially sounds as if she’s so shy, she can’t sing at all. (She’s trying to sound naughty, but it sounds shy…) Her voice sounds as robotic as ever. The lyrics (Raftaar and Manj) are as banal as possible. A Holi song has never been so trashily written in the history of Bollywood, I guess. Okay, maybe ‘Ang Se Ang Lagana’ from ‘Darr’ is an exception, but in recent times they’ve all been very well-written and fun. Though the makers might think this is fun too, it isn’t. A mediocre start to the album, and a disappointment from Manj and his team.

Rating: 2.5/5

 

2. Bawara Mann

Singers ~ Jubin Nautiyal & Neeti Mohan, Aalap by ~ Rheek Chakraborty, Music by ~ Chirrantan Bhatt, Lyrics by ~ Junaid Wasi

“Bawra Mann raah taake tarse re, Naina bhi malhar banke barse re!
Aadhe se, adhoore se, bin tere hum huye, feeka lagey, mujhko saara jahaan!”

– Junaid Wasi

Chirrantan Bhatt, another composer that Akshay Kumar seems to be backing these days, enters the soundtrack, with his song. Usually, the composer impresses us with nice Bhatt-ish melodies. This time though, he follows the path of one of his earlier songs, ‘Coffee Peetey Peetey’ from ‘Gabbar Is Back’, and presents a breezy, feel-good melody that could not have sounded better. Previously, ‘Coffee Peetey Peetey’ was my favourite song by him, but now I have to say, that it is this one. The composition is, as I said before, very breezy and happy-go-lucky. And I just love it when such songs come out. The mukhda starts off right away with the hookline, a wonderful tune with a light touch to it. It’s as if Chirrantan is saying, “Want to cut down on fat in your musical diet? Well then, listen to this song, with 80% less musical fat than other songs out there!” The antara goes into a nice and soothing low scale, as opposed to the cute high pitch of the mukhda. The composition kind of reminded me of Pritam’s ‘I’m Sorry Par Tumse Pyaar Ho Gaya’ (Shaadi Ke Side/Effects), in that it is a toned down version of the peppy and breezy composition of that song. Arrangements are fantastic, with the ukulele (Shomu Seal) and guitars (Shomu Seal & Sanjoy Das) really winning your heart by the end of the song, and giving the song its quirkiness. Piano notes occasionally bring the sobriety to the song, while wonderrrrrrful harmonicas throughout the song provide that heavenly touch, accompanied by a wonderful vocal choir. The vocals by both singers are fabulous as well. Jubin, who has already sung so many songs this year, ranging from mediocre to beautiful, has emerged as the superstar of the beginning of the year with another fantabulous rendition from his side. Neeti, on the other hand, only strengthens her charming image by singing the second antara, with as much expertise as possible. Her characteristic feathery voice elevates her portions to other levels. Junaid Wasi, who returns to writing lyrics after like four-and-a-half years (His last was in Chirrantan Bhatt’s album ‘1920: Evil Returns’) writes a splendid poetry-like piece. Hindustani classical terminology meets modern romance in his writing, and it actually proves to be a nice and pleasant fusion. This is where the album starts, in my opinion!

Rating: 5/5

 

3. Jolly Good Fellow

Singers ~ Meet Brothers, Additional Vocals by ~ Purnima Solanki, Sanchita Sakat, Rap by ~ Shabbir Ahmed, English Rap by ~ Earl Edgar, Music by ~ Meet Bros., Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed, English Rap Written by ~ Earl Edgar

“Hello, how are you, mera Naam hai Jolly,
Manaane jashn nikli yaaron ki toli..
Bada colourful sa swag hai mera…
Karun jab use apni meethi si boli..
Nature mera hai cool, baaton mein banadoon fool,
Gopiyan bhi line mein hai karte Hi hello!
He’s a Jolly Good Fellow, He’s a Jolly Good Fellow,
Jai kanhaiyalaal ki, bolte chalo!”

– Shabbir Ahmed

What made me freak out even before starting the song was that the folk song ‘He’s A Jolly Good Fellow’ had been recreated! I mean if Bollywood can’t handle its own classics’ recreations, how will a British song be recreated well enough!! But then, the first note of the song played and all my worst doubts disappeared into thin air. The song starts with this uber-cool, smooth flute portion, played to the tune of the nursery rhyme! And from that moment on, you are hooked completely! The Meet Bros. have done an appreciable job in successfully recreating a Western song to suit the Indian music standards. A suitable “Chinta Ta Chita Chita” (Rowdy Rathore) based rhythm makes its way into the song and surprisingly provides an apt background beat for the English folk song. Of course, the duo has added their own composition for the mukhda and antara, and I can’t really say it is bad! The mukhda starts off the song well, showcasing the main character of the movie as a very sacrosanct person, and I must say, the tune is quite sanctimonious-sounding too. I mean, in Janmashtami, you will hear such tunes everywhere in India. The sound effects included by the duo are probably the most enjoyable I’ve heard in recent times. Yes, the sound of the song is very generic and heard-before. But I don’t really have any qualms in liking something that is likeable even though it has been heard before. The arrangements are booming and fun, with the aforementioned beats really infusing a lot of fun into the song. Different instruments, and especially the flute that plays occasionally, sound awesome. Whistles and the like make for nice “roadside attractions”. The vocals are good too,and the Meet Brothers sound at ease rendering the spunky song. The female backing vocalists provide nice entertainment with their cute inputs. Meanwhile the two rappers, (Shabbir Ahmed in Hindi and Earl Edgar in English) do not fare as well, with their commonplace rap. Shabbir, rapping to his own words, sounds confused. You can barely hear what he is saying. That being said, his lyrics are quite decent! It is a perfect character introduction song, and the incorporation of the “Jolly Good Fellow” phrase followed by “jai Kanhaiya laal ki, bolte chalo” is so interesting! It is a theme song that is quite entertaining. Might be irritating for some, but interesting for most!

Rating: 3/5

 

4. O Re Rangreza (Qawaali)

Singers ~ Sukhwinder Singh, Murtuza Mustafa & Qadir Mustafa, Music by ~ Vishal Khurana, Lyrics by ~ Junaid Wasi

{I do not know why T-Series is always so adamant on writing “Qawaali” in the title of their songs! I think this is like the third time they’ve done this, and once, the song wasn’t even a Qawwali! I think we are quite competent to make out whether a song is a Qawwali or not, and if they want to continue this, I advise them to write in brackets stuff like “Romantic Song” or “Dumb Party Song” too, why only Qawwali?}

“Rooh ne arzi lagaayi hai, Sahi kadam chala maula,
Mann ko ainth ke baati kar, tera charaag jala maula!”

– Junaid Wasi

Bollywood hasn’t churned out a single satisfying Qawwali as far as I can remember, after Tanishk Bagchi’s splendid rock-qawwali ‘Allah Hu Allah’s (Sarbjit). Now here comes another proper Qawwali, by which I mean a Qawwali without any unnecessary Bollywood elements. The young and talented composer Vishal Khurana (‘Neerja’ fame) has been roped in to compose this Qawwali, and going by the innovative work he did in ‘Neerja’, I was expecting a very, very impressive Qawwali. Unfortunately, I got quite a regular and ordinary one. The composition is good, and suits the situation (one of those situations that often arrive in Bollywood films where the protagonist has lost all hopes and has to leave it all up to God, and then a Qawwali or Bhajan plays) but goes awfully slow. It is not something that one would find themselves listening to too much. Because of these drawbacks, I expect the song to gain momentum only after the movie released, but the prospects of that are less too, because Qawwali isn’t a genre that finds many takers in today’s world. (Though I get fascinated and mesmerized by a good one, when it comes!) Anyway, that’s that in the composition. The “Mushkil kusha o re noor-e-khuda…” hook, though, is very beautifully composed, as are the antaras, slow speed notwithstanding. The arrangements follow a mesmerizing Roopak taal, with the tablas sounding spectacular, as does the Bulbultarang or Indian banjo. Vocals, thankfully, help the listener ignore the slow pace of the song, as Sukhwinder pours  his entire soul into the rendition, sounding very soulful in the process. Supported ably by the Mustafa brothers, he provides a nice, relaxing ambience with his voice. However, the main reason I would listen to this song again, even before the movie releases, is the spectacular writing by Junaid Wasi. He impressed in the romantic song and now impresses in a spiritual one as well. The line I’ve “showcased” is just one of the portions out of the many splendid lines in the song. A déjà-vu inducing Qawwali as far as the composition and arrangements go, but vocals and lyrics make this one an exemplary piece of art.

Rating: 4/5


Jolly LL.B 2 turns out to be quite a good album, if you judge it as a multicomposer album, which it is. Akshay Kumar almost always impresses whenever his music albums are scored by multiple composers. (Glaring exception being ‘Housefull 3′) The six individuals (counting Nilesh Patel and two Meet Brothers) come together to make an album that is definitely not perfect, but functional as a feel-good (or shall I say feel-jolly?) album, that will propagate the buzz of the movie before release. Yes, Manj and Meet Brothers’ songs could’ve been better, but they are still partially enjoyable. And I must say, this album is better than the album by Krsna to the first instalment of the franchise! A jolly jolly album! 😛

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 2.5 + 5 + 3 + 4 = 14.5

Album Percentage: 72.5%

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: Bawara Mann > O Re Rangreza (Qawaali) > Jolly Good Fellow > Go Pagal

 

Remake Counter
No. of Remakes: 04 (from previous albums) + 00 = 04

 

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KHAN-daani DANCE ALBUM! (HAPPY NEW YEAR – Music Review)

Music Album Details:-
♪ Music by:- Vishal-Shekhar, Dr. Zeus, Manj Musik & John Stewart Eduri
♪ Lyrics by:- Irshad Kamil, Jiwan Mann, Kumaar, Farah Khan, Vishal Dadlani & Shekhar Ravjiani
♪ Music Label:- T-Series
♪ Music Released On:- 15th September 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 24th October 2014

Happy New Year Album Cover

Happy New Year Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Happy New Year is an upcoming comedy film directed by Farah Khan, and starring Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah. The story is about six losers, who compete in a ‘World Dance Championship’ and end up on a quest to pull of the biggest diamond heist ever. So, that story doesn’t seem all that new and fresh, but I’m sure Farah has something in mind to make it interesting and intriguing. Anyways, the Shahrukh-Deepika-Farah trio is back together after ‘Om Shanti Om’, and the same magic that was created that time is expected to be created once again now, so let’s just cross our fingers and hope Farah doesn’t go her brother’s way, by putting in too much (and by too much, I mean TOO MUCH) of cheap slapstick humour, and instead gives us a cute little comedy, which could be watched again and again. 🙂 Talking about the music, we have Vishal-Shekhar in charge of the majority of the album, with Dr. Zeus collaborating with them for one song and composing another song by himself. Manj Musik has also collaborated with Vishal-Shekhar for another song. John Stewart Eduri composing an instrumental track. What’s more, the total number of tracks is eleven! Hopes were naturally high, as they always are for a Shahrukh Khan film, and with Vishal-Shekhar working with Farah, then the hopes become tripled, and so the resulting expectations are pretty humongous! Let’s see whether they have met those expectations, exceeded them, or let us down!


1. India Waale / India Waale (Electronic)
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani, K.K., Shankar Mahadevan & Neeti Mohan (Both Versions), Music by ~ Vishal-Shekhar, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

The song which we had heard in the trailer, and on which many people were placing bets that it would be the best track of the album, and it would be a mind-blowing, super hot, superhit track, opens up this massive album. Imagine this: you keep on waiting for your birthday, or any special day, for that matter, and when that day comes, you find yourself getting very bored, as your expectations haven’t quite been satisfied. Either whatever you wished to happen hadn’t happened, or whatever you wanted to do, you couldn’t. You must have felt like this at least once in your lifetime? Well, recall that feeling you felt, and now read the review for this song. It came across as a very, very ordinary song, because a) these kind of songs have been heard innumerable times from Vishal-Shekhar, b) The audience was expecting something new, innovative and brilliant from the song, which would surpass the craziness of ‘Deewangi Deewangi’ from ‘Om Shanti Om’, and c) Even such an awesome lineup of singers has failed to save the song from its fate. Unfortunately, what we have got is something less than a chartbuster, and it can never surpass ‘Deewangi Deewangi’ ever in its life (playlist life), and, well, it’s just too heard-before! They had promised something BIG by saying Indiawaale aa rahe hain… But actually nothing came, neither interest to hear the song on repeat, nor a feeling from the heart saying, Waah! Kya khoob gaana banaaya hai! 😛 Instead, I felt like the song is full of fake desh-prem. :/ Not so impressive! By now, you must have got that the tune is ordinary, so get this, too: the lyrics are nothing special either, and the only elements left are vocals and arrangements. Arrangements, thankfully, have been done very well, and the techno sounds have been used efficiently. The arrangements sound like 80s disco songs, and what Vishal-Shekhar did in ‘The Dirty Picture’ songs. The vocals are also powerful, and Neeti Mohan stands out in her part, and she also sounds beautiful when she sings behind the three male singers. Vishal also stands out, whereas Shankar and K.K. are mostly singing in the chorus, so they don’t have much scope to stand out as such. The electronic version is the same ordinary composition on different arrangements. Those are not of the must-listen types, but there is certainly no harm to hear it, as you’re going to hear this song all throughout Diwali. 😛 Ordinary stuff from Vishal-Shekhar and Irshad Kamil. They say old is gold, but this one is already sold!

 

2. Manwa Laage
Singers ~ Shreya Ghoshal & Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Vishal-Shekhar, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

When I heard ‘India Waale’, I was ready for the second song to be a just as ordinary, just as heard-before, just as disappointing one, but oh, was I wrong! The second song turned out to be a soulful, cute and melodious romantic song, sung by two ever-so-wonderful and talented artists, Shreya Ghoshal, and Arijit Singh. Vishal-Shekhar have woven together a beautiful melody, with hints of the 90s, and have managed to create a tune that will make sure your attention doesn’t go haywire while listening to the song. Instead, the magic of the song will grasp you and your attention, and it will make you start dol-ing to the beats. The enticing accordion tune will be the first thing to grab your attention. After that, comes the even more beautiful dafli beats, providing the catchiness and beat for you to dol as well! 😀 I guarantee that you would dol after hearing them, they are so attractive and catchy! Shreya is awesome as always, but sorry guys, this time Arijit simply stole the show! He has given his career best performance in this song. His voice never appealed to me as much as it did in this song! So it turns out that Vishal-Shekhar have finally given Arijit a filmi and a fully commercial romantic duet, whereas his other romantic duets were probably not as filmi as this, and if you do find one, by any chance, then it would surely not be as beautiful as this! The tune of his lines also attracts you so much, that it instantly becomes your favourite part in the song. Plus, the arrangements in his parts are spellbinding, and it leaves you wanting more and more each time it comes. For that matter, I would have no problem at all, if they made a separate male version of this song, just for the Arijit fans. 😀 (Which I’m not, by the way, nor his hater) Enough of Arijit, let’s move on to Irshad Kamil. He has written such beautiful and innocent lyrics here, that I can’t help but forgive him for what he wrote in ‘India Waale’. Take this line: ‘Musafir hoon main door ka, Deewana hoon main dhoop ka, mujhe na bhaaye, na bhaaye, na bhaaye, chhaanv re!’ Such beauty lies in the lines. Another one: ‘Ho.. Kisika toh hoga hi tu, kyun na tujhe main hee jeetun?’ The sheer innocence which lies in the line! Beautiful! Vishal-Shekhar, as I have said many times, have composed a very, very divine tune, which immediately sets on your tongue and literally becomes a part of your tongue, what I mean to say is that you will always have this song on the tip of your tongue, it is that beautiful! Anyways, there are many more songs, so I’ll wrap up with this song’s infinite praise now, saying Definitely one of the best songs of the year, and it easily joins the list of Vishal-Shekhar’s best romantic melodies! A must-listen and an undoubted #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Satakli
Singers ~ Sukhwinder Singh, Music by ~ Vishal-Shekhar, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

The team who had given us the big hit, ‘Dard-e-Disco’ is back, with just the lyricist replaced. Another huge hit was expected, but sadly, this one too, falls way below expectations. It starts with some Sajid-Wajid type music, then comes the ‘Radhe Radhe bolo jai Kanhaiyalal ki’ part which was heard in the trailer. That part excels, but unfortunately, it is the only gripping part of the song. The rest is just something which has been composed by the confused Vishal & Shekhar. Confused because, they have placed the right groovy beats required for such a song, but the tune lacks any appeal! It doesn’t stand out and make you want to hear it again and again, because it is (very frankly) NOT CATCHY! The lyrics are nothing great, either, so the only saviour for the track is Sukhwinder Singh’s unique voice texture and energy and the great arrangements. The tabla and dholak beats which come in between, sound awesome. The track proves as a great dance track or festival-type track, but it does not prove its worth as a song which you can repeatedly listen to, or even listen to many times — not in loop, because you will get bored after a while. So, a track with perfect groovy beats, and a singer with immense talent and energy, has been degraded in quality because of the ordinary composition which it is. The hookline might come across as catchy for some, but for me it is also heard many times before from Vishal-Shekhar. An ordinary composition can spoil everything no matter how good the arrangements or the vocals are! Good for dancing and festivals, though!

 

4. Lovely
Singers ~ Kanika Kapoor, Ravindra Upadhyay, Fateh & Miraya Varma, Music by ~ Dr. Zeus with Vishal-Shekhar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Additional Lyrics by ~ Jiwan Mann

This can probably be the most meaningless song in the world (I mean, what can this even mean:- Main lovely ho gayiaan naam tera padhke?) It makes no sense at all. Yet, it might also be the first song which makes no sense lyrically, but which I have liked so much musically! Kanika Kapoor is back with her unique and addictive voice after making the whole country crazy with ‘Baby Doll’, and she does the same magic in this song as well! Her voice is so different but awesome, that it instantly makes your ears go in attention mode. Then whatever be the words, whatever be the tune, whatever be the arrangements, the song will still sound great. Singing for a Shahrukh Khan movie in just her second song, is a huge accomplishment for her! She has taken full advantage of the wonderful opportunity and sings well. The composition is a collaboration between Dr. Zeus and Vishal-Shekhar. They have recreated a Punjabi folk tune (and also somewhat made a darker and sultrier sequel to ‘Baby Doll’ 😛 ) very well! The beats are the exact same as ‘Baby Doll’, so the composers lose some points there, but the tune is very addictive and attractive as well. The other singers don’t have much work, but Miraya sounds good in her Arabic parts, Habibi, aashiqui, hayati, asibi. The song overall is a great item song, with something other than the typical Desi rhythm of Bollywood item songs. The upbeat portion towards the end with the dhols and percussion is awesome! The tempo shift makes the climax interesting. Doesn’t make sense, but makes for a very fun and addictive listen! Great collaboration by Dr. Zeus and Vishal-Shekhar! Since I enjoyed it, it’s a #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. World Dance Medley
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani, Neeti Mohan, Sukhwinder Singh, Shahrukh Khan, Shankar Mahadevan, K.K. , Music by ~ Vishal-Shekhar, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

This song is just what it says it is, the title is self-explanatory. They have made a medley by playing the first three songs (the ones by Vishal-Shekhar). Neeti opens with a brilliant rendition on ‘Manwa Laage’, with awesome variation, followed by Sukhwinder, who comes in to sing his energetic song, ‘Satakli’, after which the Badshah Shahrukh himself comes to say a few lines about the patriotism in every Indian’s heart (Really, SRK? Was this needed? Well maybe it was for their Dance competition, so let’s let it be. 😛 ) Vishal-Shekhar cannot get through a song without putting in some or the other surprise element, so here comes Vishal with some amazing patriotic lines, which he sings just as awesomely. Then the India Waale return, to sing ‘India Waale’, and thankfully, wrap up this summarizing song (because it has a summary of all the comparatively better songs by Vishal-Shekhar in the album. Believe me, the worst are yet to come! With some exceptions, of course.) This song is perfect for the situation, the dance competition, so all the better songs of the album are placed here, and I would suggest only to listen to the album up till this medley and not to forget one song which I have liked which is unfortunately after the medley, (and I think the makers had also sensed this, because usually medleys are kept at the end, so they’re seemingly giving a warning — DANGER LIETH AHEAD! 😛 But they have very smartly placed a good song in between the bad songs, so as to make us hear everything at least the first time we hear the album 😛 ) And you’ll get to know which that good song is later. First you have to read about the bad song which comes next! What lies ahead might make you go loony. 😛 Anyways, this track is perfect for school annual functions which have a theme of ‘OUR GREAT COUNTRY: INDIA’! 😀

 

6. Nonsense Ki Night
Singer ~ Mika Singh, Music by ~ Vishal-Shekhar, Lyrics by ~ Farah Khan, Vishal Dadlani & Shekhar Ravjiani

Mika is up to no good these days, singing cheap and irritating songs, so when I heard this song in the trailer, the first thought that came to my mind was, “When will this guy understand?! Why doesn’t he sing something good for once?” However, I still had at least some hopes from the full song, because I do appreciate Vishal-Shekhar’s works. Then the whole song released and I felt as if Vishal-Shekhar have betrayed me by giving me some boring, uninteresting and utterly NONSENSE composition. Then I realized that I must not be the only one thinking this way, and more people must be feeling betrayed by Vishal-Shekhar and Farah Khan because and JUST BECAUSE the lyrics of the song are horrible. They must be thinking “Oh it’ll be awesome if we literally translate Hindi Proverbs into English”. But it turned out to spoil the whole song. It starts with weird noises and what follows is even worse and weirder. The techno sounds are used good, and the dafli sounds awesome. The antaras have been composed very, very amateurishly and I really can’t believe that Vishal-Shekhar have made them. The tune is something I wouldn’t even call a tune! The beats might be catchy like ‘Satakli’ but the cheapness of the lyrics just spoils it all. Mika and his illiterate rendition makes it sound even cheaper. Height of cheapness! Now decide for yourself whether you want to listen to it or not! And if you choose to hear it, decide for yourself whether you like it or not! One of the worst works of Vishal-Shekhar!

 

7. Dance Like A Chammiya
Singers ~ Sunidhi Chauhan & Vishal Dadlani, Music by ~ Vishal-Shekhar, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

The groovy tune and beats at the starting played, and I instantly got hooked to this song. After that BAD song, this one is a great refreshment! Sunidhi, unlike Mika, is just singing better and better songs nowadays. As if she’s challenging him, “Hey Mikkka paaji, I bet you can’t give so many back to back hits like me!” Well, he has given back to back hits many times in the past, but now I’m fed up of him. Back to the song, it is a typical Vishal-Shekhar item-ish song, and it instantly reminded me of ‘Sheila Ki Jawani’ from ‘Tees Maar Khan’ and ‘Chhaliya’ from ‘Tashan’. The music and the composition is for a similar type, and Vishal-Shekhar have rocked it, even though it is a very heard-before composition. So, where they lost their points in ‘India Waale’, they have recovered them with this song. Sunidhi is the undoubted queen of such energetic and naughty songs, and she proves it once again, with her flawless rendition. Again, she sounds angelic like she did in ‘Daawat-e-Ishq Title Track’, in the line ‘subah subah dardon se baaton ho badan ki’ . It is composed awesomely, and Sunidhi makes it sound even better! Vishal’s energetic interruptions are worth hearing as well. The arrangements are awesome and groovy as well, especially those tabla beats that are placed so wonderfully throughout the song. Lyrics are nothing to pay attention to, this one is just for dancing!! Overall, a superhit and super hot dance track!! Not boring at all even though it is the same old typical Vishal-Shekhar composition! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

8. Sharabi
Singers ~ Manj Musik, Nindy Kaur, Vishal Dadlani & Shekhar Ravjiani, Music by ~ Manj Musik with Vishal-Shekhar, Lyrics by Kumaar, Vishal Dadlani & Shekhar Ravjiani

The previous song was just a temporary painkiller. 😛 The atrocity of the album has returned in the form of this song, which just seems like a mishmash of Punjabi words and techno beats, but no strong base, and so it fails to impress. The singers are Manjeet and Nindy, so one would think that the song is composed by Manj only, and not a collboration between Manj and Vishal-Shekhar. Seems that Vishal-Shekhar haven’t tried to take any step forward to improve Manj’s composition, so i dont know why they have been credited! The so-called addictive song has nothing addictive whatsoever to it, and it just barely succeeds in giving a little (very little) comic effect, so it has to be placed at the right place in the movie, so as to make it famous. Or else, they can just leave it as a promotional song, and keep it at the end of the movie when the credits roll — that would be better. Lyrics by Kumaar and Vishal-Shekhar are again, not that impressive. The voices of the lead singers have been altered a lot, and Nindy’s is as annoying as always, but a bit more annoying than that. Manj sounds okay. The beats are mostly techno Punjabi beats and don’t impress at all. While the collaboration with Dr. Zeus impressed, this one with Manj Musik is a plain bore!

 

9. The Heist (Instrumental)
Instrumental by John Stewart Eduri

John Stewart Eduri, who has done the background score of the film, gets a compulsory but unwanted instrumental track in the album, and he creates a two-minute-long track which lacks any sort of punch whatsoever. It has tried to be a thriller background piece, but interest in it is lost in a very short time. The guitars are played energetically but still don’t manage to hook you to this instrumental track. One-time listen! John has not quite made great use of the opportunity of composing background music for a Shahrukh Khan film! Amateur attempt!

 

10. Kamlee
Singers ~ Kanika Kapoor, Ravindra Upadhyay, Fateh & Miraya Varma, Music by ~ Dr. Zeus, Lyrics by ~ Jiwan Mann

This song is like a reprise version of ‘Lovely’ but it has been composed solely by Dr. Zeus. So, naturally, the antaras, which were my favourite parts of ‘Lovely’ are different. This time, they aren’t interesting and catchy and I didn’t like them as much. Kanika has also sung this version as if she had a fever while singing it, very slowly and a bit stretchedly. The way she says ‘Naam tera padhke’ sounds as if she thinks that shes doing a favour on us by singing the song again. 😀 The arrangements are mostly the same, but this one has more of those female ghost sounds. Also, some string arrangements have been added. Many lines have been added like those in the interlude — ‘Akhiyaan vichcho…’ and the antaras as I said before. This version has more rap, as well. All this, but it doesn’t fare as well as its other version. Not as addictive as ‘Lovely’, but if you liked ‘Lovely’, you might like this one as well.


Happy New Year — Okay, I won’t bore you any further, because I’m sure you must be already knowing what I think of the album, by now. I would just want to say that Farah Khan might have had hopes of repeating the success of the ‘Om Shanti Om’, and even we did, but unfortunately, this album misses by a long distance! Vishal-Shekhar have tried their best, but haven’t performed as good as they did with their other two albums this year. The album isn’t bad, but definitely not very good either. I would call it above average, hence the rating. However, the songs are perfect for dancing, and functions and since it’s always important to enjoy whatever you hear, the album gets more marks there too. 😀 But most of the songs are strictly NOT for music lovers like me. For Farah — Quality is always better than Quantity! 

 

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

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

 

Which is your favourite song from Happy New Year? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next “dish”:- Jigariyaa, Chefs:- Agnel Roman – Faizan Hussain & Raj – Prakash

HEROPANTI (MUSIC REVIEW)

Album Details:-   

Music by:- Sajid-Wajid, Manjeet Singh Ral (Manj Musik), Mustafa Zahid & Bilal Saeed | Lyrics by:- Kausar Munir, Raftaar, Mustafa Zahid & Bilal Saeed | Music Label:- T-Series, (“Whistle Baja” on Saregama) | Music Released On:- 21st April 2014 | Movie Releases On:- 23rd May 2014

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

Heropanti Album Cover

Heropanti Album Cover

To hear “Whistle Baja” on Saavn CLICK HERE


Heropanti is an upcoming romantic/action film directed by Sabbir Khan of ‘Kambakkht Ishq’ fame. The film has been produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, who is currently enjoying the success of his latest film, ‘2 States’, a joint production between him and Karan Johar. Heropanti marks the acting debut of Jackkie Shroff’s son, Tiger Shroff, and also the Bollywood debut of Kriti Sanon, who was seen earlier this year in the Telugu film ‘1: Nennokadine’. The promos of the film are already creating a lot of buzz and the songs are getting lapped up by the audience. Heropanti is a multi-composer album with three songs by Sajid-Wajid, one song by Manj Musik (Manjeet Singh Ral from the band RDB which split after ‘Tamanchey Pe Disco’ from ‘Bullett Raja’ last year) and the last one is a collaboration between Mustafa Zahid and Bilal Saeed. There is an extra song “Whistle Baja” which is also composed by Manj Musik. Seeing Sajid-Wajid as one of the composers, I was expecting their specialty, which is rowdy and massy songs like they had given for ‘Rowdy Rathore’ and ‘Dabangg’. Songs from their latest album, ‘Main Tera Hero’ can still be seen on almost all of the music charts today. However, the music which they give is almost never or very rarely up to the expectations of music lovers, and very little trace of quality can be seen in their works. So have they improved at least a bit with this album? Read my review to find out!


Extra Song:- 

Whistle Baja:- Singers ~ Manjeet Singh Ral (Manj Musik), Nindy Kaur Ft. Raftaar, Music by ~ Manj Musik, Lyrics by ~ Raftaar, Music Label ~ Saregama

You must be wondering why I have titled this as an extra song, right? Well, turns out that this song has been released by Saregama instead of T-Series. Why, you ask? Well, because of legal issues! This song uses the signature ‘Hero’ flute tune from Shubhash Ghai’s ‘Hero’, and the music rights of ‘Hero’ were with Saregama. I personally do not think they should have created such a fuss about it; after all, it is just that tune which has been used in this song, and not the whole song, ‘Lambi Judaai’. So there is the history behind why this song was not released by T-Series. Now enough of ‘laywer-panti’  😀 , let’s get back to the review. So the song starts with the flute tune in question and then it is transformed from the sad tune in the original song to a full-on Punjabi bhangra type song. The tune is repeated many times in the song but by whistling. The tune of the song is catchy and can’t leave your head once you hear it. The vocals are a bit annoying, but work in the song. The rap portion is typical Raftaar rap like the one in ‘Tamanchey Pe Disco’ except they are a bit slower than that. The lyrics are also typical Punjabi-dance song lyrics where the boy tries to pataa-ofy the girl. All of this, however, works in favour of the song and it will never-the-less be in many music charts. A typical Punjabi dance track with nothing new, but you will still enjoy it!

 

So now for the actual soundtrack for Heropanti which is on T-Series:-

 

1. Rabba:- Singer ~ Mohit Chauhan, Music by ~ Sajid-Wajid, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir

Starting with the guitar and with violins closely following, it will instantly remind you of ‘Allah Jaane’ from ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’, which was also by Sajid-Wajid. But the tune and composition is so sweet that this can easily be forgotten. Once Mohit pitches in with his metallic and soothing voice, the song full-fledgedly starts. The tune is a nice Indian melody and you will fall in love with it instantly. While hearing this song, I could only imagine Shahrukh Khan singing a romantic song for Anushka Sharma. (I don’t know why, but it somehow reminded me of ‘Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai’ maybe because of the Indian melody 🙂 ) The lyrics by Kausar Munir are also great as always. Sajid-Wajid are experts at creating such traditional melodies, which are always the best songs in all their albums. The mukhda and antara both have a sweet tune, even though there are some similarities to Sajid-Wajid’s previous works. An overall cute and sweet melody, which you will want to hear on loop! #5StarHotelSong 

 

2. Raat Bhar:- Singers ~ Arijit Singh, Shreya Ghoshal, Music by ~ Sajid-Wajid, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir

This song will attract you because of the singers. Yes, this is why I got attracted to it–I thought it would be a great romantic duet between Arijit and Shreya. So, I played it. It started just like I was expecting, with soft piano notes like in most romantic duets. But then, it completely switches track, and becomes a second version of ‘Mukhtasar’ from ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’. I can make out what Sajid-Wajid were thinking while making this song. (Something like, ‘Hey, let’s just make another version of our hit song “Mukhtasar”! What a great idea! And let’s add Arijit and Shreya so everyone will at least hear the song once!’) So they have done just that and added a lot of techno sounds. The tune is, as I said, nothing new, and resembling ‘Mukhtasar’, even the lyrics are plain. Arijit sings using his “boring”, deeper voice than usual, and a tinge of nasal-ness. Sadly, Shreya does not shine in this song as she always does, because she has an almost negligible portion and also, its tune isn’t that great either. However, since Sajid-Wajid very rarely get a chance to make club tracks, the least we can do is praise them at least for the bit of improvement shown in their work and the efforts taken to make this track enjoyable.

 

3. Tabah:- Singer ~ Mohit Chauhan, Music by ~ Sajid-Wajid, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir

The second song sung by Mohit for this film, and it strikes the right chord AGAIN! Yes, it is a sad romantic rock composition, and such a composition is very rarely heard from Sajid-Wajid, so before telling you my review for it, I would like to appreciate their effort taken in making this track. So, back to the song, it is a sad romantic song, and with rock elements. The singing by Mohit is very soulful and will definitely work for you instantly. The electric guitars and drums have been used very efficiently, and one of the interludes played with a flute is very beautiful. The antara sounds a bit happier than the rest of the song for a moment, but it switches back to sad quick enough for you to notice. The lyrics are again very typical for this type of song, but they are good. Great effort by Sajid-Wajid to compose a sad rock song and great arrangements! It’s the second #5StarHotelSong in this album!

 

4. The Pappi Song:- Singer ~ Raftaar, Music by ~ Manjeet Singh Ral (Manj Musik), Lyrics by ~ Raftaar

I don’t even want to review this song, but since I have to, I will! It is another Punjabi dance song, and it tries to grab your attention! So don’t fall into its trap! With the techno sounds it tries to grab your attention, but afterwards the ‘pappi’ sounds follow, and you feel like skipping this track, but just when you are about to press the skip button, the song ends! What a pleasant surprise! This song is like a fly, which annoys you, you let it annoy you for a little time, and then when you have had enough and try to swat it, it flies away! 😀 The ‘pappi’ sound made is so disturbing, I can’t explain it! So after all of Sajid-Wajid’s hard work in this album, Manj came and spoiled it! :/ Good that Manj had sense enough to keep this song short! An annoying track which you should definitely skip!

 

5. Tere Binaa:- Singer ~ Mustafa Zahid, Music by ~ Mustafa Zahid, Bilal Saeed, Lyrics by ~ Mustafa Zahid, Bilal Saeed

Most of the songs by Mustafa Zahid sound exactly the same to me. Most of the time, I can’t tell one of them from the other. This song is another one of those. A typical Pakistani pop composition, suit for a Bhatt movie. Mustafa’s vocals sound amateurish and not that good. Though the tune is likeable, but very simple and it has nothing special to offer. However, you can hear this track if you like soulful, sad tracks. The lines ‘Piya laagey na… Jiya laagey na’ have a great tune. The lyrics are also good. It is a good track but doesn’t have repeat value as in, you wouldn’t find yourself, or anyone, for that matter, humming it a month or so later.

 

Overall:- Heropanti was an album which many people were looking forward to after hearing the name of Sajid-Wajid, and that the signature Hero tune is going to be used in one of the songs. With two great songs and one good attempt, Sajid-Wajid have proved to their haters that they can make good music also. Out of Manj’s two songs, ‘Whistle Baja’ works while the other fails miserably, and Mustafa-Bilal’s song is average. Clearly Sajid-Wajid have improved from the days when everyone used to openly criticise them. The first three songs will make a place for themselves in your playlist for quite a long time, whereas the other two most probably won’t even make it there. Of course, ‘Whistle Baja’ will stay in your playlist for some time too! So after giving average music for ‘Jai Ho’, and decent music for ‘Main Tera Hero’ this year, Sajid-Wajid have struck the right chord finally with ‘Heropanti’! I hope they keep giving such music! They are the heroes of this album!

 

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

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

 

Review by Rujul Deolikar

 

Next I will be reviewing all of the good albums of 2014 so far which I missed to review because my blog started after they released. I will write these reviews whenever I get the time when no big albums have released! I hope you enjoy that section. The albums which I will review for this are:- Yaariyan, Dedh Ishqiya, Hasee Toh Phasee, Gunday, Shaadi Ke Side/Effects, Highway, Queen and 2 States. Thank you!