MUSIC KA MAIDAAN FATEH NA HO PAAYA! (SANJU – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: A.R. Rahman, Rohan-Rohan & Vikram Montrose
♪ Lyrics by: Irshad Kamil, Shekhar Astitwa, Puneet Sharma & Rohan Gokhale
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 29th June 2018
♪ Movie Released On: 29th June 2018

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Sanju Album Cover

Listen to the songs: Saavn

Buy the songs: iTunes


Sanju is a Bollywood biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Dia Mirza, Vicky Kaushal, Sonam Kapoor, Karishma Tanna, Jim Sarbh and Anushka Sharma among others. The film is directed by Rajkumar Hirani, and produced by him along with Vidhu Vinod Chopra. We all know how Sanjay Dutt features in almost all of Hirani’s films, save ‘3 Idiots’. However, Hirani says he never got to know him personally until one day he started talking about all his hardships during an emotional breakdown. That lit a lamp in Hirani’s mind, and he decided to make a biopic. Now, I can’t comment on the movie as I haven’t watched it yet, but I can sure do a music review, right? 🤣 The music of the film has been composed by three composer entities (one being a duo), Rohan-Rohan, Vikram Montrose and A.R. Rahman. It’s surprising to see Rahman first of all in a multicomposer album, because whenever he did those in the past, it was because he left midway due to other commitments. But here, he was the last addition reportedly! Rohan-Rohan have two songs, and it isn’t their Hindi debut; that happened four years ago with ‘Mumbai Delhi Mumbai’, but it is Vikram’s Hindi film debut — he has done some Hindi pop songs and a Marathi album called ‘Bhay’, which was mediocre. Also, I’ve noticed that Hirani uses music as a prop to take the story forward, but not even in the way other filmmakers do (they’ll have a song play in the background and all). No, Hirani will have a full-fledged four-minute song sequence, but it’ll make the moment fun and enjoyable. However, the music itself isn’t always up to the mark. His favourite film album of mine is ‘Pk’, because the music actually was good there. Let’s check out how the music is with ‘Sanju’, though you might already know by my review’s headline. Sorry. I’m dimwitted that way.


Rohan-Rohan are the ‘chosen ones’ who get to begin this album. And they do it in quite a quirky manner too! Main Badhiya Tu Bhi Badhiya is a song that is supposed to be an old song that the character are singing in the 80s, so the song is composed like a 50s nok-jhhok number. It starts with a wonderful opening prelude, which instantly sucks you into the 50s. Sunidhi’s voice modulation is fantastic, and is obviously one of the best vocal renditions of the year. Sonu Nigam, in comparison seems weak, but I wonder, since he can mimic so well, why didn’t he sing in a nasal tone, as well? He still has sung in one, but it could’ve been more pronounced I feel. Rohan-Rohan’s composition is fun, but takes some time getting used to. And Puneet Sharma’s lyrics are very quirky and funny, especially the part when they talk about ‘family planning’ or rather, the lack of it. The song somewhat addresses Sanjay Duty’s commitment issues, and it’s the typical Hirani way of presenting a serious topic in such a flippant and casual way.

Rohan-Rohan’s second song doesn’t fare too well. Bhopu Baj Raha Hain tries to start with a retro sound as well, trumpets blaring, bhopus belting out weird noises, but it soon transcends into a very weird zone. Nakash Aziz was the obvious choice for the song, and I must say Rohan-Rohan’s arrangements are enjoyable, but I’m sure nobody will listen to this song again. There’s not magnetism or attractiveness to it. The antaras are poorly structured, and I’d never expect this song to be in any big commercial film. The worst part is that this is a Hirani film. Though the duo has tried to create the Hirani zone in this song as well, I feel it could’ve been less effervescent. The lyrics by Rohan Gokhale and Shekhar Astitwa are just a bunch of words you never think much about.

Vikram Montrose, the debutant, also starts off his share of the album with a song that everyone would love because of the motivational touch, the powerful vocals and the inspirational lyrics. Kar Har Maidaan Fateh does carry thag irresistibly moving sound, I agree. The choice of Sukhwinder Singh wasn’t surprising, but the choice of Shreya Ghoshal was surprising, and the way she sings is even more surprising — she sings quite lower than she usually sings. She shines even then, though. Sukhwinder Singh’s parts sound almost heard-before and nothing new, but because of the freshness Shreya brings through her low pitch, the song reaches different levels of awesomeness. Vikram arranges is quite standardly, with rock guitars, percussions, and drums. However, the violin playing the hookline in the interludes, is amazing. Also, the composition took some time to grow on me, but when it did, I couldn’t get it out of my head. All in all, it was a good debut for Montrose.

His second song Baba Bolta Hain Bas Ho Gaya, is hinged on the quirky lyrics by Puneet Sharma and Rohan Gokhale. Papon brings a different, rough texture to his otherwise smooth voice, but I enjoyed Ranbir’s parts more. And Supriya Pathak (not the one you’re thinking of) sings her lines quite funnily. The groove and gun sounds throughout the song have been overused so many times in so many gangster movies in Bollywood, that it sounds boring here. The song is also unbearably long, at just under than 5 minutes. However, I’m sure this song is for the theatres.

And then enters A.R. Rahman, who gets two songs too. Ruby Ruby starts with that irresistible bass line, followed by the wonderful guitars (Keba Jeremiah) and a grungy voice keeps whispering “Rrrrrubyy”. When the actual melody starts, you are initially confused, and the song takes some listens to get used to, but since it depicts Dutt’s drug addiction phase, I think it’s deliberately composed like that — so many lines repeating so many times; there’s actually three discernible different parts in the song that keep repeating over and over. And it sends us into a trance. The percussions are amazing too, as are the strings! Shashwat Singh masters the grunge very well, and I especially loved the part when he does the descension from ‘Tu bhi, ruby, ruby…’. Poorvi Koutish is a capable backing vocalists, and her ‘la la la’ is so haunting, it sucks you in.

Speaking of haunting, Rahman’s next song Mujhe Chaand Pe Le Chalo is just that. A sensuous composition, rendered just perfectly by Nikhita Gandhi, the song immediately has you hooked. It has a number of lines ending with high notes, which Nikhita holds so wonderfully. The rhythm Rahman employs in the background is intriguing, and reminds you of ‘Muskaanein Jhoothi Hai’ from ‘Talaash’ with the shakers, the subtle percussion, and very muffled strings that give the song an even more sensuous atmosphere. Irshad Kamil writes lyrics that suit the ambience of the song, and I feel that the song itself can transport you to the moon. Also, Nikhita hums so brilliantly at the end of the song. 😍


Sanju turns out to be the weakest Hirani album for me, due to the meaningless quirks from the newer songs by the younger composers, that just brings the album down. The music field has sadly not been conquered by Hirani this time.

Total Points Scored by This Album: 8 + 5 + 8 + 6 + 8.5 + 9 = 44.5

Album Percentage: 74.17%

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: Mujhe Chaand Pe Le Chalo > Ruby Ruby > Main Badhiya Tu Bhi Badhiya = Kar Har Maidaan Fateh > Baba Bolta Hain Bas Ho Gaya > Bhopu Baj Raha Hain

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

KAATRU VELIYIDAI (MUSIC REVIEW) : Southern Spice – Tamil (Tamil Special)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: A.R. Rahman
♪ Lyrics by: Vairamuthu, Madhan Karky, Navneet Virk & Shellee
♪ Music Label: Sony Music
♪ Music Released On: 20th March 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 7th April 2017

Kaatru Veliyidai Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Kaatru Veliyidai is an upcoming Tamil language drama/romantic thriller which stars Karthi and Aditi Rao Hydari in the lead roles, and written, directed and produced by Mani Ratnam. The film is a romance between a military pilot and a doctor. Since I do not know Tamil, I cannot make out anything else about it, but I can make out that the film is a Mani Ratnam directorial and that means that it is also an A.R. Rahman musical. Scoring six songs for this movie, Rahman is expected to have taken the magic of the Ratnam-Rahman combo even further. So let’s see how far this album sticks to that!


1. Nallai Allai

Singers ~ Sathya Prakash & Chinmayi, Backing Vocals ~ Arjun Chandy, Lyrics by ~ Vairamuthu

Rahman starts off the album with a charming love song, that will surely please your senses. The composition is a breezy romantic one, with all the elements of a successful romantic song included in it. The mukhda is an apt introduction into the song, with a very soft and soothing sound, and very minimal arrangements. The hookline, when it comes, blows your mind. It is vintage Rahmanish magic — the kind where he gives something utterly simple (and which fake Rahman fans will call ‘Rahman being out of form’) and making it extremely catchy and soothing at the same time. The antara is wonderful, with its low and sombre notes. One bar of notes in that stanza sounds a lot like a bar from ‘Tu Hai’ (Mohenjo Daro). There are two antaras, composed in the same way, something we find Rahman doing very less — sticking to this convention. The arrangements are just as breezy and soothing as the composition, especially the guitars (Keba Jeremiah) which are the highlight of the arrangements. The first interlude has that guitar piece, which resembles the guitar piece in the interlude of ‘Enna Sona’ (Ok Jaanu) so much! Again, I’m not complaining. The vocals are amazing, Sathya Prakash hits the nail right on the head, and his variations and nuances are amazing. Chinmayi, though having no words as such to sing, hums a beautiful tune in the second interlude once, and once at the end of the song. Both times, her voice gives you the goosebumps very efficiently. As I’m not well-versed (what well-versed? I’m not even versed) in Tamil, I cannot comment on the lyrics, but I’ve heard from many people that Vairamuthu has used very archaic Tamil, from the Sangam Age, in this song. That is interesting, Tamil being one of the oldest languages of the world. 🙂 A breezy, love ballad that will soak you with its sweetness.

Rating: 5/5

 

2. Azhagiye

Singers ~ Haricharan, Arjun Chandy & Jonita Gandhi, Backing Vocals ~ Sid Sriram, Bawa Sahni & Keerthi Sagathia, Lyrics by ~ Madhan Karky, Punjabi Lyrics by ~ Navneet Virk

After the breezy romantic track, we have an upbeat youthful romantic song, and whatever Tamil albums I’ve heard, I’ve heard atleast one such song in each of them. And yeah, most (maybe even all) of them were by Rahman, so I guess Rahman loves to add such songs in his Tamil albums. Anyway, the composition redefines the meaning of ‘fresh’. A breeze of fresh air blows over you as you immerse yourself in this youthfully magical song. The hook composition is insanely catchy, and without understanding it, I loved it more than a lot! The way Rahman seems to have composed separate, individual mini-songs and put them all together into one song, is amazing. The seamless flow from Tamil to Punjabi and back, is something that I’ve experienced for the first time! (Yes, my mother tongue, Marathi, does have songs where Marathi and Hindi are mixed into one song, and it sounds horrible!) The humming portions by Jonita have been composed so majestically! She provides a splash of water in the fresh air that the song is. (Sorry if that was cheesy, but get my feelings!) The composition isn’t all-in-your-ears and determined to be on top of the charts, and that’s what I appreciate about it. Rahman has very humbly put a very medium-sized guitar riff (Keba Jeremiah) in the background, and decorates the rest of the composition with amazing strings (Murali, Mohan, Basker, John). The digital beats too, sound great. The harmonium and dholaks in the Punjabi interlude sound amazing, and I wish Rahman had composed such a song (I mean a whole song out of the Punjabi part) in Bollywood before the Tamil industry! The a capella backing vocals are amazing, and I wish more of it would’ve been there. The vocals are simply awesome. Arjun Chandy is in charge of the hookline, and he renders that beautifully, and charmingly. Haricharan does well in the Tamil portions, while Jonita hums her part impeccably well! Those nuances!! 💘 I wish she had more portions! (I guess I just wish everything was of more quantity in this song!!) A song effervescing youthfulness from every note.

Rating: 5/5

 

3. Vaan

Singer ~ Shashaa Tirupati, Backing Vocals ~ Arjun Chandy & Poorvi Koutish, Lyrics by ~ Vairamuthu

After two breezy romantic songs, it is time to get more intense, because here comes the vintage Rahmanish heavy composition, that just manages to find its way into every one of his albums. This composition is surreal, something that you just can’t ignore or dismiss as boring. It has some divine energy in it, which makes it universally appealing. The song has been composed on a very slow pace, and that makes it grow like slow poison. It starts with repetitions of “vaan varuvaan varuvaan…” which fade off. The sultry composition picks up even more at the “kadhal vandhaal..” part. The antara is just more entrancing. The magic is just unbelievable; it soothes you from head to toe. The arrangements are a masterpiece. There are no live instruments, except the flute (Kiran) and the piano, and the rest is digitally produced sound, which sounds amazing. I like the reverse sound effect that Rahman has added at olaces, where the sound seems to be sucked in towards the end. Sparkling, heavenly sounds accompanying the melody are just beautiful ‘tune-side’ attractions. The interlude with the vocal “ta ta ra…“, Sounds odd at first, but sets in later. The vocals by Shashaa are amazing; she has sung it very soulfully. An amazingly intense romantic song, that will leave the listeners in a trance.

Rating: 5/5

 

4. Saarattu Vandiyila

Singers ~ A.R. Raihanna, Tipu & Nikhita Gandhi, Backing Vocals ~ Arjun Chandy, Nivas, Santhosh, Aparna, Deepti Suresh, Abhay Jodhpurkar, Lyrics by ~ Vairamuthu

A traditional Tamil wedding song is up next on the soundtrack, and this is something I’ve never heard before. It is so beautiful to drown into some other wedding song, than the typical Punjabi wedding songs we hear in Bollywood. The composition is aptly upbeat, and trademark Rahman composition styles find their way into this one too. The hookline is really catchy, and the folksy beat really makes you dance hard. The arrangements are really vast, and awe-inspiring. The percussions (T.Raja, Yash, Kumar) are what stand out right away, the thavil resounding beautifully. Right from the beginning,the percussions are present. The santoor (Subhani) enters next, and its folksy sound makes everything sound even more beautiful. The flute (Kamlakar) is really sweet, and the solo interlude on the flute is amazing, where the ukulele (Lokesh) joins it. Again the guitar (Keba Jeremiah, Chris Jason) plays an important part in the arrangements. The vocals are really energetic, and the way the female singers, A.R. Raihanna and Nikita Gandhi, bring that sharp edge to their song, to sound more rustic, is really commendable! Tipu is great as the male singer. Backing vocalists play an integral role in the song too. A nice trip to a traditional Tamil wedding.

Rating: 5/5

 

5. Tango Kelaayo

Singers ~ Haricharan & Diwakar, Lyrics by ~ Vairamuthu

Now, from here, I felt the album slipping out of my hands. (Or ears.) The next song is a Tango, named ‘Kelaayo’. Rahman has provided a very efficient tango song, and the composition is aptly sensuous, and sultry. The sharp pauses and smoothly flowing notes, that usually define Tangos, are all present, yet I felt some barrier preventing me from loving the song to infinity, like I did the previous ones. Might be because of the composition, which is a quite typical one, if you compare it with other Tangos. The “unnai pirindhaal” effect has increased the song’s viability, without which it might just have become staid. The antara is a bit below expectations too, but that crescendo taken by Haricharan is beautiful. The arrangements are heavenly, getting the Spanish theme right. The accordions (Karthik Devaraj) and the strings hit the bullseye. The jingles and castanets too, are intriguing. There is one complete musical piece at the end which is basically a Spanish music showcase, and it provides a hard-hitting end to the song. Haricharan sings it well, and as Rahman cleared in one of his Facebook replies to a fan, Haricharan’s voice itself has been tweaked and pitch modulated to sound like that female voice you can hear in the song. Interesting fact! A song that is good, but you connect to it only partly.

Rating: 4/5

 

6. Jugni

Singers ~ A.R. Rahman & Tejinder Singh, Rap Vocals ~ Rajakumari, Shikara, Lyrics by ~ Shellee

The last song is the song I liked the least, from the album. Yes, it is also the only song from the album I totally understood as far as language goes. However, I guess I didn’t understand it as far as its composition and arrangements go. The song is such a typical Punjabi affair, that I am confused whether I like it or not! The composition is very, very monotonous, and that “JUGNI! JUGNI OH!” hook sounded quite irritating. The beats are groovy, but that didn’t make up for the flawed composition, which I just couldn’t catch up with. It goes all over the place, in the usual Rahman way of composition, but this time, I couldn’t grasp any of the tunes, except the aforementioned one, because it was irritatingly catchy. The arrangements consist of gratuitous bass, which sounds good for some time, and gets boring later on. The stereotypical “oye oye” which has been added in many places, is weird. But Rahman has used more great flute work here, and an entrancing sound. The arrangements on the most part are intriguing, but the composition is at fault. Tejinder Singh, “Voice India 2” finalist, excels with his rendition, but again, the composition doesn’t let him marvel too much. Rahman’s parts are those irritating outbursts of “jugni!“. Shellee’s lyrics make it out to be some kind of introductory song for the female lead, where she’ll be shown as a badass main character. A song where the composition plays the spoilsport, and how!

Rating: 3/5


Kaatru Veliyidai is an album that radiates the Rahman-Ratnam combo’s magic out-and-out. With the exception of one and a half songs, all songs are something that will go down in Tamil music industry’s history. Rahman has tried to finish up that small link which was missing in his last album for Mani Ratnam, ‘O Kadhal Kanmani’, and covers it up beautifully with this, which definitely supersedes ‘OKK’. For me, as a Hindi music listener, I found this album an intriguing mix of Western tunes, Tamil folk rhythms, romantic tunes and mixes of world music. Another masterstroke from the Mozart of Madras! 

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 4 + 3 = 27

Album Percentage: 90%

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: Nallai Allai = Azhagiye = Vaan = Saarattu Vandiyila > Tango Kelaayo > Jugni

 

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

SHAADI KE SIDE/EFFECTS (MUSIC REVIEW)

Finally I get to review an album, in which the majority of songs are composed by my favourite music director, Pritam!! This movie’s songs were a big hit, but they died away just like the movie did because it didn’t do well. Sadly, this is the truth. Just because the movie didn’t work, people neglected the songs, which were super-hits, after they heard the fate of the movie. Unlike ‘Highway’, this movie’s songs did have a life outside the movie as well, but like ‘Highway’, everyone seems to have forgotten the songs, except one. Since the music was great, and praised by everyone from public to critics, I’ve decided to chose Shaadi Ke Side/Effects as the sixth album to feature in this category! 🙂


Album Details:-

Music by:- Pritam Chakraborty, Mikey McCleary | Lyrics by:- Swanand Kirkire, Mayur Puri, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Ankur Tiwari | Music Label:- T-Series | Music Released On:- 8th February 2014 | Movie Released On:- 28th February 2014

Shaadi Ke Side/Effects Album Cover

Shaadi Ke Side/Effects Album Cover

 

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

Hear “Ahista Ahista” on Youtube:-


Shaadi Ke Side/Effects is a romantic comedy which released on 28th February 2014. It is the sequel to ‘Pyaar Ke Side Effects’ and is directed by Saket Choudhary. It featured Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan in lead roles, and Vir Das in a supporting role. Even thought its music was doing very well, the film did not work, and sadly, the music was nearly forgotten by many people. Ever since it was announced that the music director for this film is Pritam Chakraborty, I was very excited and couldn’t wait for the music to release. However, due to Pritam’s habit (I don’t know whether it’s good or bad 😀 ) of re-dubbing songs with different singers and also making changes to it until the last minute, all of his albums are released pretty late, but it is always worth the wait. He is like the Aamir Khan of music. After his extraordinary year of 2013 with many hit albums and songs, I was very keen on knowing how great he will score for this film! And I got just what I wanted! So let’s see how much I liked the music of ‘Shaadi Ke Side/Effects’ and whether I am still enjoying it or not! However, one thing should be clear. Just because he’s my favourite does not mean I will be biased towards him! 😉


1. Harry’s Not A Brahmachari:- Singers ~ Jazzy B, Divya Kumar & Rap by IshQ Bector (Version 1), Jazzy B, Divya Kumar & Rap by IshQ Bector (The Original Song), Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya, Music by ~ Pritam

When this song released as a single in January, I was very disappointed. First of all, this wasn’t the song which had made me so excited after watching the trailer! I had definitely heard a better version of this song! Anyways, this version starts with techno beats which do not leave you till the end. Pritam has made a great Punjabi composition which is very catchy! Anyways, as I said, this version is nothing once you hear ‘The Original Song’. It starts with the famous Punjabi instrument, Tumbi, followed by a catchy rap by IshQ Bector. The fun starts when Jazzy B enters, and when he starts singing, you might as well get up and dance! The antara, sung by Divya Kumar, has an awesome tune which is a bit hard to sing, but he has carried it out with tremendous ease. The other version doesn’t have all those variations when the singers say ‘Naag ichchadaari…’ and I instantly didn’t like it because of that reason itself! However, ‘the original song’ has many variations, not just in that line, but other lines too! ‘The original song’ also has some additional rapping by IshQ Bector, which, frankly speaking, wasn’t needed, but still it entertains! Amitabh’s lyrics, are unusual as always! With such great music, no wonder it was such a huge hit! Perfect for DJ’s, clubs, parties etc. An instant hit! Go for ‘The Original Song’!

 

2. I’m Sorry Par Tumse Pyaar Ho Gaya (The Hey Song):- Singers ~ Nikhil Paul George, Neeti Mohan, Mili Nair, Lyrics by ~ Swanand Kirkire, Music by ~ Pritam 

Starting with some very catchy vocals by Nikhil, which will instantly draw your attention totally towards the song! The magic which follows is indescribable. After ‘Barfi!’, Nikhil is back behind the mic for a Pritam composition, and he repeats the greatness which he had made in ‘Barfi!’ as well. It is a very sweet, cute and simple romantic song, which you will fall in love with! The vocals ‘Tuliyuliappapey..’ are so catchy and sweet! Swanad Kirkire’s lyrics are also very cute. There are too many cute things in thus song to sit and count them all! One thing I couldn’t understand is where Neeti sings, and where Mili does. The female voice in the song sounds as if it is of a single person. I could feel a slight difference in voice in the starting of the second antara, but it again started sounding like Neeti. So I guess they have the same voice! 😛 The ‘Hey..’ part is just too catchy and again, sweet! The music is a bit retro like that of ‘Barfi!’. The mouth organ has been used very nicely in the in the second interlude. The drum beats and snaps which are audible throughout the song take the song to another level of catchiness altogether! A very sweet, cute and simple melody, which is too catchy to forget easily! It is a  #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Tauba Main Vyaah Karke Pachtaya:- Singers ~ Shahid Mallya, Poorvi Koutish & Alam Lohar (Original Version), Arif Lohar, Poorvi Koutish, Shahid Mallya & Alam Lohar (Punjabi Version), Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri, Music by ~ Pritam

This is something highly innovative by Pritam! It is a Punjabi Wedding Song, which describes the ‘side effects of marriage.’ It can easily be called the title or theme song of this film. It was originally a song by Alam Lohar, whose voice they have retained in the song. Pritam had remade it in the prequel of this film itself, as ‘Pyaar Karke Pachtaya’ sung by Labh Janjua. This time they have kept the same title ‘Vyaah Karke Pachtaya’ because this film is about ‘vyah’ or ‘shaadi’. It starts with a shehnaai tune which is always associated with marriage, but Pritam has changed its tune a bit, to give a new feel. The mantras which follow have a tinge of humour, because of the coughs, and the funny stuff is present throughout the song. Indian Idol find Poorvi Koutish has done great rapping, and she sounds like a really ‘khadoos’ wife, which I guess she is supposed to! Shahid Mallya gets to sing a song which is of his typical genre, Punjabi, and he does very well. Though all these elements in the song are great, the highlight has got to be the lyrics of this song! If you pay very careful attention to the Hinglish lyrics, written by Mayur Puri, you might laugh so hard, that tears will come out of your eyes! Yes, they are that funny! Take this line– ‘Phantom chhodo uski biwi chalta phirta pain, pit-pitke hi neela pad gaya main, hai ghar mein aake jaale saaf karta Spiderman, woh Hulk hai nanga, kapde phaade biwi din air rain.’ Just too funny! This level of humour is constant in the lyrics of this song, and they will force you to repeat it over and over again. The tune is very nice too, and the music is awesome with dhols used throughout the song and trumpets making an entrance towards the end. The Punjabi version has been sung by Alan Lohar’s son himself, Arif Lohar (‘Cocktail’ and ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ fame) and he sings with utmost energy. The only differences in this version is that the lyrics have been translated into Punjabi, and some techno beats have been added in the background. Instead of the loud Band Baaja ending to the original song, the Punjabi song has a relatively softer ending. A light, ear-friendly song, even though it is loud. Mayur Puri has written great lyrics, and the singers have carried it out very well. Go for both versions! It is a  #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Desi Romance:- Singers ~ Arijit Singh, Suchi (Suchismita Das), Lyrics by ~ Swanand Kirkire, Music by ~ Pritam

When it starts with very soft piano notes, you would instantly get hooked to it! Then a magical voice starts, and that would be of Suchismita Das a.k.a. Suchi. This is her first Bollywood song, and she doesn’t even sound like a newcomer! A very experienced newcomer, she is! Her lines are some classical lines, which are very, very catchy! Then Arijit enters and does his magic, with some contemporary lines, after which the song turns into a full-fledged club song. The way Pritam has fused the two parts (Classical and Club) together, is just plain great!! Arijit and Suchi complement each other very well! The most innovative song of Pritam till now, I can say! The hook line, in which Suchi has joined Arijit by singing her classical part, right in the middle of the hook-line, is awesome! After that the long techno beats follow and the beautiful antara will blow you away! With Arijit singing a soft line, and Suchi singing her classical part after that, it is probably not going to leave your head until a long time. Though it is a club song, it will release such positive vibes that you will feel a calming effect! However, I can’t hear it anymore on TV or radio as frequently as I used to before the release of the movie. This is very shameful that such a genius composition has been rejected npby people just because of the bad fate of the movie! :/ Anyways, it’s an awesome song, which you should definitely try, no matter what type of songs you like, because it has a classical portion as well as a contemporary portion! A very light, and calming song, with a bit of everything! Another  #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Yahaan Vahaan:- Singer ~ Farhan Akhtar (Original and Reprise Versions), Lyrics by ~ Swanand Kirkire, Music by ~ Pritam

Starting with some acoustic guitar riffs, followed by Farhan’s husky voice, this song will instantly grab your attention, because it is such a sweet song with just as sweet lyrics. It is like an apology song, and the other person is trying to ‘manaofy’ the person who is ‘khafa.’ 😛 Jokes apart, the composition is very nice, and Farhan, who is usually known for singing upbeat, high-tempo rock songs, carries this out with ease too! The simple tune, is the plus point of this song, because such a song would not work if the arrangements and tune are too complex and heavy on ears. Swanand has written perfect lyrics! The other version, with the same lyrics and tune, just has one difference and that is the background on which the song has been played. While the first version has an acoustic guitar, the reprise has electric guitars, and more drums, to give a soft rock feel, which Pritam is an expert at! With nothing much more to say, I conclude that this song is a treat for everyone!

 

6. Bawla Sa Sapna:- Singers ~ Mohit Chauhan (Original Version), Diva Roy (“The Children Come To Sing” Version), Lyrics by ~ Swanand Kirkire, Music by ~ Pritam 

The ‘Ala Barfi’ trio come back to make a song just as sweet as the former! Pritam, Swanand and Mohit are back with a story song. It is a lullaby, but it is so sweet that the baby won’t sleep, instead he will keep smiling until it is over! It starts with plucking of a string instrument, which comes and goes throughout the song. Mohit’s metallic voice suits this song very well. While ‘Ala Barfi’ was the story of Murphy, this is the story of a man called ‘Sapna’ which means dream in Hindi, and how he tries to catch the moon for his son ‘Sapnu’! It was obvious that Mohit would do well, but it wasn’t known that in the other version (The Children Come To Sing) a small 5-year old girl would do so, so good! Yes, Diva Roy, the daughter of singer Pritha Majumdar, has sung the other version of this song, and despite her age, she has sung it near perfectly! In her version, the arrangements are a bit softer, and piano is used instead of the plucking of the string instrument. Her voice is very cute. A sweet lullaby, with sweet lyrics, and sweet singing in both versions! Highly recommended for Barfi fans, so that means everyone! 😀  #5StarHotelSong!

 

7. Ahista Ahista:- Singer ~ Farhan Akhtar, Lyrics by ~ Ankur Tiwari, Music by ~ Mikey McCleary

The second song sung by Farhan has been composed by Mikey McCleary. It is another sad song, and again, Farhan has sung great out of his comfort zone, too! The lyrics by Ankur Tiwari are typical sad lyrics. Mikey’s music is also very ordinary, and compared to the great songs filled in this movie, this song didn’t appeal to me as much. The best part of thus song is Farhan’s singing and the basic tune. Go for it, if you didn’t like the other songs.

 

Overall:- Shaadi Ke Side/Effects is one of the best albums of Pritam and one of the best albums of the year so far. With songs that would appeal to mass, as well as class, and with a diverse range of songs (a party song, a romantic song, a club song, a Punjabi wedding song, two sad songs, and a lullaby) it will definitely not bore you. It has a little for everyone and it is very ear-friendly, unlike the last album I reviewed, ‘Highway’ which was very heavy on ears. One thing I didn’t like is the decline of this album on music charts, after the film bombed. :/ Mikey’s song as a guest composer is also a good attempt, but in front of Pritam’s songs, it seems very ordinary. After many hit albums last year, Pritam is being very consistent with his songs. A Must-Listen Album!

 

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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