CRYBABYIEE WEDS NRI!! (SWEETIEE WEDS NRI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Jaidev Kumar, Palash Muchhal, Raaj Aashoo & Shah Jahan Ali
♪ Lyrics by: Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Dr. Devendra Kafir, Late Shyam Bhateja, Palak Muchhal, Shakeel Azmi & Banjara Rafi
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 24th May 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 2nd June 2017

Sweetiee Weds NRI Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE

{P.S. The song “Shiddat (Reprise)” is sung by Mohd. Irfan on Saavn and YouTube, and Sharad Patel on iTunes. Since the former is there on two sites, I will review that}


Sweetiee Weds NRI is an upcoming Bollywood rom-com, with the clichéd theme of a wedding. The film stars Himansh Kohli and Zoya Afroz in the lead roles, and is directed by Hasnain Hyderabadwala, and produced by Cyrus Dastur, Dhaval Patel, Sada Bhuvad, and Tariq Mohammed. I couldn’t care less about the plot of the film, so heading on towards the music front. We have a multicomposer album, as is the norm for T-Series, but it is shocking to not see any of the T-Series protégés working for the film. Except maybe Arko. Jaidev Kumar, Palash Muchhal, Raaj Aashoo and newcomer Shah Jahan Ali are the other composers for the film. Jaidev just gave us a better-than-the-original mata-ki-chowki recreation of Badshah’s ‘Kala Chashma’, and he gets one song here. Palash, back after doing nothing in films for three years, gets five songs all of a sudden in this film. Let me break the suspense. It is actually two songs, one of them having four versions. Raaj Aashoo, who has composed quite passable music before, gets a song and its reprise too, while Shah Jahan Ali, newcomer, gets one song too. Let me specify that even Arko has one song only. So with five composers and ten tracks, let’s see whether this grand wedding is just all quantity or has some substance too.


1. O Saathiya

Singers ~ Armaan Malik & Prakriti Kakar, Music by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Lyrics by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee

Thankfully, the first song is composed by the person whose song I was waiting for and at least expecting something from, Arko. And sure enough, the song is a pleasant and enjoyable listen. The composition is a breezy one, and starts off quite pleasantly. The soothing quality of the song continues as it progresses, and the  peak point of the song is the “Humrahi” hook, which is like fresh air. (Don’t watch that part in the video song though! 😂) There is no antara as such, the mukhda is repeated twice in the song, once by the male singer Armaan and the other time, by the female singer, Prakriti. That’s why the song ends up sounding shorter than it is, because the mukhda is repeated twice and that’s it. The arrangements are breezy as Arko’s arrangements usually are. The Acoustic guitars, and shakers and those digital beats in the hookline, giving a ballroom feel, are amazing. The interlude consists of a nice, feel-good, guitar piece, followed by a refreshing flute portion, which is in turn followed by a sweet piano piece. The vocalists carry the song out with ease, Prakriti sounding amazing with the nuanced singing. Armaan sings in that slightly uncomfortable low pitch which he rarely sings in, in the beginning, but gets better in the high pitched hookline. Arko’s lyrics are typical romantic song lyrics, but suit the ambience of the composition. A simple but sweet and effective song.

Rating: 4/5

 

2. Kudi Gujarat Di

Singers ~ Jasbir Jassi, Sonia Sharma, Akasa Singh & KD, Music by (Original and Recreation) ~ Jaidev Kumar, Original Lyrics by ~ Late Shyam Bhateja, New Lyrics by ~ Dr. Devendra Kafir, Rap Written by ~ KD

Jaidev Kumar steps in here, and with another remake, after his remake of ‘Kala Chashma’ in the recent ‘Behen Hogi Teri’. As we know, this music company’s latest fad is to remake hit Punjabi pop numbers of the 90s, and after they remade ‘Ishq Tera Tadpaave’ by Sukhbir, in ‘Hindi Medium’ last month, they choose ‘Dil Le Gayee’ by Jasbir Jassi to remake this month. And the ingenious naming system of T-Series starts again, naming this one ‘Kudi Gujarat Di’, which are just the words that appear right after ‘Dil le gayee’ in the song’s lyrics. However, I’m quite pleased with this remake. The main reason is that Jaidev Kumar, who had composed the original, which was in fact his debut, has recreated it. So he keeps the flavour of the song intact, and yet manages to add a pleasant club touch. The composition has been kept the same, and lyrics have been changed. Unlike the ‘Ishq Tera Tadpaave’ remix, this one actually is a remake. The arrangements have been changed to good club arrangements that are actually enjoyable. The techno sounds here, make the song more viable for today’s audience, who is only behind club songs. The vocals are great too, with Jasbir showing that he is still sounding as young as ever. The female singers, get very less scope, and I don’t even know which of them has sung what. A rap by someone called KD sounds very spoofish and amateurish. The new lyrics by Dr. Devendra Kafir, who wrote ‘Bolna’ (Kapoor & Sons) before this, are fun but typical. An enjoyable remake. 

Rating: 3.5/5

3. Musafir / Musafir (Reprise) / Musafir (Remix)

Singers ~ Atif Aslam & Palak Muchhal / Arijit Singh / Atif Aslam & Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Palash Muchhal, Lyrics by ~ Palak Muchhal

The next song witnesses Palash entering film music after a long time; his last release was ‘Amit Sahni Ki List’ in July 2014 if I’m not wrong. And this song, he provides in as many as three different versions. The composition is a very typical, Bhatt-ish composition that at first seems very bland and boring, but sounds better the next time. And when you start liking it, you start listening to it frequently, and after listening to it a lot, you start hating it. So like almost all Bhatt-ish songs, this song has a quite uninteresting life story. Jokes apart, Palash’s composition, though nothing innovative, provides temporary relief like Zandu Balm and sticks in your head for that short while as if it has been stuck with Fevicol. (There, I managed to put ‘Dabangg’ references in my review.) The mukhda is very typical, and so is the hookline, so much so that the first time I tried to listen to the song, I didn’t go past the hook. The antara is nothing great either. But despite all this, the song somehow manages to get in your head. So it’s like a Rohit Shetty film — not perfect, but manages to get you watching ahead. The arrangements must be the reason we are able to go forward. Both actual versions (not counting the remix for now) have different arrangements. While the Atif Aslam version has a clichéd-to-the-core acoustic guitar setting with occasional electronic tabla beats, the Arijit Singh version has better arrangements, starting off with a flute, and progressing with a more unplugged-ish acoustic background, piano and guitars. The flute really impressed throughout the song, and Palash isn’t stingy with the use of the flute. Atif’s diction is very irritating in his version, and when he says “Gira” for “Ghira”,Batakta for “Bhatakta“, and “Dikka” for “Dikha“, you can’t help but cringe. Palak joins him to repeat the mukhda at the end of the song. Arijit goes solo in his version, and he rectifies all of Atif’s diction mistakes. However, Palash makes another mistake here, which is making Arijit sing the repeated mukhda at the end, making the song seem extra long. He could have stopped after the antara, or made Palak sing it for some respite from the overbearing drowsiness. The remix is a miserable attempt to quieten the two ever-at-war fan bases of Atif and Arijit, by cramming both into one song. But why would anyone want them to be together in a remix. And I can’t even say how sappy the vocal programming sounds when Palash uses it on Atif, making him sound like a goat. The beats are typical remix beats that make your ears explode. The lyrics by Palak are suitable for the song, but again, very typical and nothing innovative. I don’t even know whether I like this one or not, so I’ll say it’s somewhere in the middle.

Rating: 2.5/5 for Musafir, 3/5 for Musafir Reprise, 0.5/5 for Musafir Remix

 

4. Wedding

Singers ~ Shahid Mallya & Palak Muchhal, Music by ~ Palash Muchhal, Lyrics by ~ Palak Muchhal

Palash’s second song is the wedding song of the album, very uncreatively titled “Wedding”. The composition is something that totally belongs to an Indian animated film for children. Come on, even children’s songs are composed more thoughtfully than this. The “Saiyaan Oh Saiyaan” refrain by Palak is very cheesy. Some of it is way too sweet to digest, and the lack of usual Punjabi arrangements, makes it even more bland. Instead, Palash uses weird-sounding techno sounds that make it sound very over-the-top. And of course, the typical brass band, which is also, unfortunately, digital. A weird EDM-ish interlude tries to makes things “cool”. Palash tries to bring in a folksy feel to the song by roping in Shahid Mallya to sing it, but he sounds so uninterested, it comes out through his singing. And the lines he’s made to sing! 😵 Palak sounds too, too, sweet, like the syrup in Gulabjamun if someone adds too much sugar. Her lyrics too, are straight out of a fairy tale; the cringeworthy Hinglish takes a toll on you by the time the song ends. When EDM and an overly sweet melody spoil everything.

Rating: 1.5/5 

 

5. Shiddat / Shiddat (Reprise)

Singers ~ Armaan Malik / Mohd. Irfan, Additional Vocals by ~ Priyanka Negi, Seepi Jha & Bhuvan Ahuja, Music by ~ Raaj Aashoo, Lyrics by ~ Shakeel Azmi

With Raaj Aashoo’s song, things take an even more downhill turn. Totally overloaded by a very overbearing melancholic sound, the song exhausts you by the time it is over. The composition is something even the Bhatts would shy away from nowadays. What’s more, the song spans for over five minutes, something utterly unbearable. And two versions. So it sadly has eleven minutes of unmerited footage in this already long album. The arrangements are typical digital beats that would be a rage if it were 2007 right now. The vocalists in neither version could keep the interest of the listener in place, till the end. Armaan, trying to be K.K., disappoints like never before. On the other hand, Mohd. Irfan in his version sings in a voice that defies the beauty of his real, silky smooth voice. The female backing vocalists are irritating throughout. I would rather not talk about the unstylish lyrics. Welcome to 2007.

Rating: 1/5 for Shiddat, 1/5 for Shiddat Reprise

 

6. Zindagi Bana Loon

Singer ~ Palak Muchhal, Music by ~ Shah Jahan Ali, Lyrics by ~ Banjara Rafi

Newcomer Shah Jahan Ali comes into Bollywood with this song, and brings yet another old-fashioned, slow-paced song into the album, much to the dislike of the audience. The tune is so complicated, with so many pauses in random places, and no indication as to whether it is a happy romantic or a sad romantic song, that you just forget about it after you hear it once. Shah Jahan Ali must have been feeling like Roop Kumar Rathod felt while composing ‘Agar Tum Mil Jao’ (Zeher), or M.M. Kreem while composing ‘Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai’ (Jism), because the song is like a wannabe version of those. The slow pace doesn’t help either. Neither do the arrangements. The guitars are played so typically, the lack of innovation makes you go crazy. Palak tries to bring nuances like Shreya Ghoshal into her singing, succeeding at none of them. She sings in such an unnaturally high-pitched voice, it even surpasses the cheesiness of ‘Kaabil Hoon’ (Kaabil). The lyrics of the song are cringeworthy again. Another staid composition.

Rating: 1.5/5

 

7. Kinara

Singer ~ Palak Muchhal, Music by ~ Palash Muchhal, Lyrics by ~ Palak Muchhal

Finally the album comes to an end. But waiting right at the end for us, is another version of ‘Musafir’ by Palash Muchhal. This time it has been disguised under another name, ‘Kinara’ because the word ‘Musafir‘ doesn’t come in the new lyrics. But it is a version of ‘Musafir’. This album has so many versions of ‘Musafir’, which means tourist. As if the album is a tourist destination! The composition and lyrics are much the same, except one line in the hook, where the lyrics have been changed. The arrangements comprise an overtly sentimental combination of violin, piano and jingle bells. Palak tries again to imitate Shreya, when she does her Female Versions, like the one of “Sunn Raha Hai” (Aashiqui 2) and that of “Hasi” (Hamari Adhuri Kahani). Even Palash tries to imitate the arrangements of the former, with those jingles and the occasional tabla. Clearly, the makers were under the false impression that the public would love ‘Musafir’ so much that they would hover around long enough to wait for a mediocre female version. 

Rating: 1.5/5 


It looks like the album of Sweetiee Weds NRI was finalized years ago. Dated melodies, arrangements that originated sometime before the dinosaurs, and a tracklist trying to imitate ‘Aashiqui 2’ with vocals that sound bland to say the least and the same vocalists used over and over again, this album isn’t really as good as the makers made it out to be when they were promoting it. Instead of Sweetiee Weds NRI, the name should’ve been Crybabyiee (you can throw a few more e’s in there if you want) Weds NRI!!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 4 + 3.5 + 2.5 + 3 + 0.5 + 1.5 + 1 + 1 + 1.5 + 1.5 = 

Album Percentage: 40%

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:  O Saathiya > Kudi Gujarat Di > Musafir (Reprise) > Musafir > Wedding = Zindagi Bana Loon = Kinara > Shiddat = Shiddat (Reprise) > Musafir (Remix)

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 14 (from previous albums) + 01 (from Sweetiee Weds NRI) = 15

 

Which is your favourite song from Sweetiee Weds NRI? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

A SHORTER LIST WOULD HAVE BEEN SWEETER! (AMIT SAHNI KI LIST – Music Review)

Album Details:-
♪ Music by:- Raghu Dixit, Palash Muchhal, Warren Mendonsa, Sidd Coutto, Shivi R. Kashyap & Karthick Iyer
♪ Lyrics by:- Ankur Tiwari, Ajay Bhuyan, Tina Nagpaul, Vir Das, Shivi R. Kashyap, Shiv Singh Benawra & Palak Muchhal
♪ Music Label:- Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On:- 18th June 2014
♪ Movie Released On:- 18th July 2014

Amit Sahni Ki List Album Cover

Amit Sahni Ki List Album Cover

 

To hear the full songs of this album for free on Hungama CLICK HERE

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Amit Sahni Ki List is the latest romantic comedy movie starring Vir Das, along with a bunch of supporting actors like Kavi Shastri, Vega Tamotia, Anindita Nayar and Natasha Rastogi. The film is directed by Ajay Bhuyan and produced under the banner Pyxis Pictures. The story is about a man trying to find himself a prefect girl based on his list. The film has released on this Friday and is not getting such a good response. (As if it was going to 😛 ) I was not expecting much from the music of the film, but when I read Raghu Dixit’s name as one of the composers, that automatically changed. The other composers are Palash Muchhal, Warren Mendonsa & Sidd Coutto (Alien Chutney), Shivi R. Kashyap and the album also features an instrumental piece by Karthick Iyer. So read on to find out whether this album can entertain you, just satisfy you or bore you!


1. Ab Mein Kya Karoon:- Singer ~ Raghu Dixit, Music by ~ Raghu Dixit, Lyrics by ~ Ankur Tiwari

This song starts with the typpppical (say in typical Indian accent) Raghu Dixit guitar strums, and it makes its way into one of the most senseless songs of the month. Actually saying that can be avoided, because ‘Mawaali Qawwali’ from ‘Lekar Hum Deewana Dil’ was also senseless, but at least it was catchy. Here, first of all, the music is too loud with drums almost everywhere, so as a result the words are not audible properly. Secondly, some of the words he says are audible but not interpretable and so that’s a problem with his diction, I guess. The tune is horribly weak, and the English hook might just be the worst thing the guy has ever come up with! The positive points, if any, are probably the brass instruments, which support the rock guitars and drums in the hook. A weak song in all aspects, which comes across as a noise instead of music.

 

2. What The Fark:- Singers ~ Rahul Vaidya, Amit Mishra & Aditi Singh Sharma, Music by ~ Palash Muchhal, Lyrics by ~ Ajay Bhuyan & Tina Nagpaul

This next song is thoroughly enjoyable if I don’t look at it from a reviewer point-of-view, with all the techno beats required for a Western type dance song. However, I am looking at it from a reviewer point-of-view, so it definitely isn’t perfect. The repetition of the hook line gets too boring and makes the song sound monotonous after a certain time. The voices of the three singers can hardly be understood that whose voice is which, and Aditi’s voice seems to just come at the beginning. She might even be singing, but one can’t separate her voice whatsoever from the two male voices, which are also kind of mixed together. Techno and electronic beats have actually been overdone, and this song also becomes very loud because of them. It is catchy, though, so it’s worth a listen or two.

 

3. Pyar Hai Kutti Cheez:- Singer ~ Vir Das, Music by ~ Warren Mendonsa / Sidd Coutto (Alien Chutney), Lyrics by ~ Vir Das 

This is a song sung and written by Vir Das himself, and composed by the other two members of his band ‘Alien Chutney’, Warren and Sidd. The song is a heavy metal rock song, and naturally drums and electric guitar play the vital role in the arrangements. The tune is weak, except for the hook line, and Vir’s singing is average, out of pitch at places, but still worth praising since he isn’t a professional singer. He has written lyrics well too which are about the character not wanting any love in his life, and the disadvantages or bad things about it. 😛 The composers have kept the song short and that is good, because who would have heard a song like this for five minutes straight? 😀 A couple of times of listening is all it deserves!

 

4. Aisi Hi Hoon Mein:- Singer ~ Shivi R. Kashyap, Music by ~ Shivi R. Kashyap, Lyrics by ~ Shivi R. Kashyap, Shiv Singh Benawra

Do you know who Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift etc. are? Do you know what kind of songs they make? If you don’t then don’t worry! Their Indian counterpart has been discovered finally! And her name is Shivi R. Kashyap. Yes, this song reminded me immediately of those songs by female American popstars like the ones I mentioned before. It has been composed, sung and written in a fully western way, and the attempt is applaudable. The techno beats ensure you are grooving for most of the time, and the tune is also not bad! The lyrics are mostly in English, and that’s what I didn’t like about the track, the use of Hindi and English together, making it sound stupid at places. The composer has made a song which is pretty good, but lacks in the lyrics department. Definitely give it a try! Good attempt of a pop song.

 

5. Sargoshi:- Singers ~ Palak Muchhal, Anirudh Bhola, Music by ~ Palash Muchhal, Lyrics by ~ Palak Muchhal

This song is a soft, calm and soothing romantic track, composed by Palash Muchhal and written and sung by his elder sister Palak. It starts with piano notes, followed by the voice of ‘Duplicate Shreya Ghoshal’, Palak Muchhal. She sounds just like Shreya Ghoshal used to in her earlier days in the industry, but she cannot create the magic which Shreya’s voice holds. Anyways, she sings this song well, and her co-singer Anirudh Bhola also sounds good. The tune is nothing fresh, but the lyrics are beautiful! The arrangements are average. The harmony the two singers have created in the hook line is so lovely, it will leave you speechless! Beautiful, calm and soothing, but a fault in the composition.

 

6. Waakeyi:- Singers ~ Nikhil D’Souza, Shruti Pathak, Music by ~ Raghu Dixit, Lyrics by ~ Ankur Tiwari

Now, this is a class composition! Raghu makes a re-entry into the soundtrack, and brings with him a very beautiful romantic song, with very interesting beats and awesome vocals. The trademark of Raghu, the flute, is present to entertain throughout the song. The unusual rhythm on which this song is composed sounds very cool! Shruti Pathak and Nikhil D’Souza both sing near flawlessly. The lyrics by Ankur Tiwari are a bit ordinary, but still go well with the type of happy-go-lucky song that this is. The arrangements are also beautiful. This song is far better than what the soundtrack has offered so far. A must-listen, unusual but cooool romantic song! #5StarHotelSong!

 

7. Parchhai:- Singer ~ Sonu Nigam, Music by ~ Palash Muchhal, Lyrics by ~ Palak Muchhal

This song is a sad version of the earlier song, ‘Sargoshi’. The name Sonu Nigam itself can tell that this song will be better than its romantic version. Again, Palak’s lyrics are very beautiful, but here, Palash also excels in the arrangements, with strings forming the whole background of the song, and the violin sounds extremely awesome!! Sonu’s vocals are obviously the highlight of this song. The tune is the same one, slowed down, but his voice takes it to a whole new level. Beautiful, calm, touching and soothing, again, but the difference all lies in vocals and arrangements.

 

8. Violin Recital:- Instrumental, Music by ~ Karthick Iyer

This instrumental piece is sheer beauty! Though it has been called violin recital, the violin has been supported by a variety of instruments. The classical piece towards the end is awesome! The tablas, sitar etc. create a wonderful ambience, and make the track very interesting to listen to. The violins have been played perfectly! Karthick Iyer has managed everything so beautifully, and this instrumental piece is better than most songs on this soundtrack! Beautiful instrumental piece! It is PERFECT! #5StarHotelSong!


Amit Sahni Ki List is full of songs. 😀 Yes, it is full of songs. Though the first half of the soundtrack might make you feel a bit bored and as if you’ve wasted your time, the second half is full of the beauty. The romantic tracks stand out in this album whereas the other songs come across as noises, or rather wandering souls with no apparent reason to be on Earth. 😛 Seriously, it seems they have just added these songs to increase the number of songs. Also, this is probably the first time an instrumental track has impressed me so much, and might be the last! So, this album starts bad, ends beautifully but still doesn’t leave that mark in your head to come back and hear it again. Shorter would have been sweeter!

 

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

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

 

Which is your favourite song from Amit Sahni Ki List? Please vote for it!

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