MUBARAKAN! A FLOP ALBUM HAS BEEN BORN! (MUBARAKAN – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Gourov-Roshin, Hassan Jahangir, Amaal Mallik, Rishi Rich, Yash Anand & R.D. Burman
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Badshah & Hassan Jahangir
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 6th July 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 28th July 2017

Mubarakan Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Mubarakan is an upcoming Bollywood romantic comedy of errors starring Arjun Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz, Athiya Shetty and Ratna Pathak Shah in the lead roles. The film is directed by the only director in Bollywood who still insists on doing comedies with a cast larger than a herd of cows, Anees Bazmee and produced by Ashwin Varde, Murad Khetani and Balwinder Singh Janjua. The film’s plot consists of such never-before-tried aspects like — double roles, a love quadrangle, a huge Punjabi family and Punjabi dance numbers. It is going to redefine Bollywood, I’m sure of it. 😏 If you didn’t get that sarcasm, moving on. The music is by T-Series, and that means multiple composers. Thankfully, one name out of the three composers, is a relief, it being the name of Amaal Mallik, the young composer proving his mettle out there. He gets two, upbeat dance tracks, so I hope those are catchy! The next two composers are Gourov-Roshin, returning after treating us to a small break from their remakes, and sadly they have three songs, and Rishi Rich with Yash Anand, who have composed the title song of the film. Let’s just get this over with, eh?


1. The Goggle Song

Singers ~ Sonu Nigam, Armaan Malik, Neeti Mohan, Tulsi Kumar & Amaal Mallik, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

A wedding song to start the album, this one is an enjoyable tune from Amaal. Not the best he can do for sure, but it still makes you groove to the beat. The beat itself is infectious, with the composer adding quirky sound effects making it sound better. The ensemble of singers does really well for a wedding song, and for once, Tulsi sounds better than Neeti. The lyrics are mediocre, but hilarious at times. A good wedding track, but not very innovative.
Rating: 3.5/5

 

2. Mubarakan (Title Track)

Singers ~ Yash Narvekar, Juggy D, Sukriti Kakar & Badshah, Music by ~ Rishi Rich & Yash Anand, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Rap by ~ Badshah, Yamma Yamma Credits: Music by ~ R.D. Burman

“This is the Rishi Rich beat.” The song starts with this obvious statement, and an unexpected incorporation of some portions ‘Yamma Yamma’ (Shaan). The actual composition falls flat, but it is saved by R.D. Burman’s old song, which plays throughout, and its addition was quite creative. Vocals are horrible. Lyrics are horrible. Rap is horrible. Arrangements are not so horrible. (Mostly, it is the awesome oud from the old song). In short, a horrible song, but for the arrangements and the old song’s portions.
P.S. I wouldn’t call this a Remake as such.
Rating: 2.5/5 (0.5 bonus for using that old song wisely)

 

3. Jatt Jaguar

Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani, Navraj Hans & Apeksha Dandekar, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Another typical Punjabi song, the Punjabi flavour accentuated even more by a mediocre composition that barely manages to grasp your attention, except at the hook. Even Vishal doesn’t sound as energetic as always, but Navraj does. Lyrics are typical. Arrangements are typical, but there are traces Amaal’s digital quirks. At many places the tune seems like some old song I can’t recall! 😥 Not the best Amaal can do.
Rating: 2.5/5

 

4. Haathon Mein Thhe Haath

Singers ~ Papon, Altamash Faridi, Aditi Singh Sharma & Arpita Mukherjee, Backing Vocals by ~ Rinku Giri, Music by ~ Gourov-Roshin, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

A typical Pakistani pop-esque song follows, and it immediately strikes me as Papon’s worst song after a long, long time. The composition is staid and clichéd, his vocals do not help at all. Aditi sounds over stylish as usual. Those typical digital beats add to the melancholia. Backing vocalists add to the staleness, especially the Sufi one. Lyrics are something you won’t even notice. A song that clearly doesn’t know where it belongs.
Rating: 2.5/5

 

5. Hawa Hawa

Singers ~ Mika Singh & Prakriti Kakar, Original Composition by ~ Hassan Jahangir, Music Recreated by ~ Gourov-Roshin, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

The hit Pakistani pop song remade, with a typppppical kuthu beat and rhythm! Mika singing increases the headache, and the new composition is just unbearable. The hookline is good, but the other parts fall flat. The female vocals by Prakriti sound good though. Lyrics belong to a Sajid-Wajid soundtrack. Why????
Rating: 2.5/5

 

6. Dil Dhadke Louder Louder

Singers ~ Rinku Giri & Puja Basnet, Original Composition Traditional, Music Recreated by ~ Gourov-Roshin, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Another Punjabi folksy song ends the album, this time a mélange of two Punjabi folk songs, ‘Kala Doriya’ and ‘Baari Barsi’. The composition doesn’t hook you at all; in fact it sounds like ‘Jatt Jaguar Part 2’. The new singer Rinku Giri is the typical Punjabi male singer affair, he sounds like Diljit Dosanjh. Arrangements are “louder louder”. Lyrics are typical. A song that relies on folk songs to propel it, but fails.
Rating: 2/5


Mubarakan is yet another feather in Bollywood’s cap of Punjabi albums. All of the songs are very staid, heard-before ones, that don’t really help generate any interest. Amaal does okayish in one song, but showcases his quirk in the other. The others perform subpar, with the exception of Rishi Rich, who has made quite a catchy song. But even with its catchiness I couldn’t rate it higher than 2.5. So, for anyone counting, Mubarakan! Another flop album has been born! 

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 3.5 + 2.5 + 2.5 + 2.5 + 2.5 + 2 = 15.5

Album Percentage: 51.67%

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: The Goggle Song > Mubarakan = Jatt Jaguar = Haathon Mein Thhe Haath = Hawa Hawa > Dil Dhadke Louder Louder

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 18 (from previous albums) + 02 (from Mubarakan) = 20

 

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UNWANTED GUEST GENRES!! (GUEST IIN LONDON – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Raghav Sachar, Stereo Nation & Amit Mishra
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, T.S. Jarnail, Arya Acharya, Navendu Tripathi & Saint Shah Hussain
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 2nd June 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 7th July 2017

Guest Iin London Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Guest Iin London is an upcoming Bollywood comedy starring Paresh Rawal, Kartik Aaryan, Tanvi Azmi and Kriti Kharbanda. The film has been directed by Ashwni Dhir and produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak. The movie is not the sequel to 2010’s sleeper hit, ‘Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?’, but it is along the same lines, with a different guest (though portrayed by Rawal again), visiting a different family, and this time with his wife! If the funny quotient of ‘Atithi…’ is anything to go by, this film too would leave me in splits, and the trailer actually has already made me laugh and watch it over and over again. The only weak thing about that movie was its music — full of situational songs that don’t really make for listening outside of the movie. While it was Pritam and Amit Mishra (not the new singer, but a composer named the same) in that film, here we get Raghav Sachar and the same Amit Mishra composing. Raghav was last heard composing for ‘Rustom’, its title track. He rarely disappoints, and when he does, disappoints highly. Let’s hope he can bring some life into the album, because I have no hopes from Mishra!

P.S. Henceforth, for albums securing a score ‘Pa’ and below, I won’t be writing my extensive, long, trademark style review. It will be shorter.

P.P.S. This review is a bit longer in spite of the album not scoring above ‘Pa’, because I’m still not too used to condensing my matter. Will get the hang of it by the time I do some two-three albums!


1. Frankly Tu Sona Nachdi

Singers ~ Raghav Sachar & Tarannum Malik, Music by ~ Raghav Sachar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Raghav starts off the album with a very templated Punjabi number that barely hooks you the first time you listen to it, but gets better after a couple of times. The composition is something that would fit in the 2007-2008 era, and Raghav tries to jazz it up with his saxophone, but to no avail; it just makes the song sound forced. The hookline is the only thing that is catchy as such. The antaras have a very clichéd tune. The arrangements are, as I said, forced. You can’t put modern sounds on a Punjabi track to try to sound cool; it has to fit seamlessly, which it doesn’t in this song. The lack of proper percussion makes the song sound very lacklustre. The vocals are horrendous. Raghav’s autotuned voice is not something I’d want to hear everyday. Tarannum sounds like a robotic version of Sunidhi Chauhan. Kumaar’s lyrics are again, clichéd. He writes about earrings from Bareilly, so you can actually make out which era the song is from. Lacklustre Punjabi track that works slightly only because of its hookline.

Rating: 2.5/5

 

2. Dil Mera

Singers ~ Ash King, Prakriti Kakar & Shahid Mallya, Music by ~ Raghav Sachar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Raghav follows it up with another very iffy romantic song. The composition sounds good; it reminds you of the 2006-2007 period again, but this time, it’s more of a pleasant reminder. It sounds like Himesh’s compositions of that time. The hookline is just a desperate repetition in hopes of people catching on to it. The arrangements are cool, with a techno base. The portion that sounds very oddly placed is Shahid Mallya’s “jaaniyaaa ve jaaniyaaa” portion; there’s no need to cram Sufi lines in every romantic song, because it doesn’t sound good. The goodness of the composition stays only till the mukhda, and in the antara, the song completely falls apart. Ash King sings well, but I have no idea what Raghav was thinking when he programmed Prakriti to sound like that. It sounds terrible. Kumaar’s lyrics are typical romantic song lyrics. We get stuff like “Meri saansein na chalengi bin tere, raatein na katengi bin tere.Another lacklustre song, with only the mukhda and Ash King working in its favour.

Rating: 2.5/5

 

3. Daru Vich Pyaar

Singer ~ Taz, Original Composition by ~ Stereo Nation, Music Recreated by ~ Raghav Sachar, Lyrics by ~ T.S. Jarnail, Rap Written & Performed by ~ Arya Acharya

Another “Tum Bin” song gets remade with this; this time it’s a club song. ‘Daru Vich Pyaar’ from ‘Tum Bin’ gets a disco-esque rehash, thanks to Raghav. This is Raghav’s comfort zone, and it is immediately evident in the song. He doesn’t spoil the song anymore than it was already bad. In fact, he adds the disco flavour and makes it a bit more likeable. The “O saajnaaa” could have been avoided though. Arya Acharya’s rap too, is better than the likes of Badshah and Honey Singh and Raftaar. Raghav’s saxophone too adds to the fun quotient of the song. The line “Meri ankhiyaan di pyaas bujhade”, is my favourite part of the song! The vocals and lyrics have been retained from the original. You can’t spoil an already not-so-good song, but you can cleverly tweak it to appeal to world music lovers, by adding disco and jazz elements.

(P.S. I hated this song when it released like a month ago, and only started liking it now while reviewing, seeing how mediocre the first two songs sound now!)

Rating: 3/5

 

4. Guest In London

Singers ~ Navendu Tripathi & Amit Mishra, Music by ~ Amit Mishra, Lyrics by ~ Navendu Tripathi & Amit Mishra

Amit Mishra now steps in, with a kind of rehash of his ‘Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge’ title song, with the same kind of bhajan-ish touch, and irritating nasal twang in the singing and annoying dialogues in between. The composition sounds like ‘Joote De Do Paise Le Lo’ (Hum Aapke Hain Koun), in places, and like the ‘Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge’ title song in others, of course. The vocals are irritating. If the composition can’t hold your attention, why would some irritating vocals do the same? The only fun part of the song is the “Udam udam” part, and the lyrics, but just this much. It was funny once; not anymore. 

Rating: 1.5/5

 

5. Rabba Meray Haal Da Mehram Tu

Singers ~ Sumeet Anand & Amit Mishra, Music by ~ Amit Mishra, Lyrics by ~ Saint Shah Hussain

The next song is a seven plus minute sad song, probably a traditional Punjabi devotional song. But no element of the song sounds appealing, and I’ve heard very appealing Punjabi folk songs. The song starts as if Ankit Tiwari is singing. And that asynchronous “harmonization” they do when they sing “Hussain”, just sounds horrible! The composition doesn’t help to gather your attention, and you would not even listen to it completely, as it is the same repetitive and dull stuff over and over again for seven minutes! 😑 SKIP!

 

Rating: 0.5/5


Guest Iin London is a horrible album, and that’s that. At least Raghav Sachar tries to bring some life into the album, as I forecasted, but his songs too, seem flimsy and do not stay with us for very long. And with a remake being the best song (according to me) you can see where the album lies compared to its contemporaries. I just have one doubt.. if the couple is only busy dancing at Punjabi weddings, singing romantic songs and going to clubs, why should they be so troubled by the arrival of a guest?? That’s three songs out of five that go out of sync with the main theme, and the other two are just bad. 😄 In fact, I would say this album is full of unnecessary, unwanted “Guest Genres” that weren’t called for by the script. 

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 2.5 + 2.5 + 3 + 1.5 + 0.5 = 10

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:  Daru Vich Pyaar > Dil Mera = Frankly Tu Sona Nachdi > Guest In London > Rabba Meray Haal Da Mehram Tu

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 17 (from previous albums) + 01 (from Guest Iin London) = 18

 

Which is your favourite song from Guest Iin London? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

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

 

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AMAAL’S ‘NOOR’AANI ALBUM!! (NOOR – Music Review)

Music Album Details

♪ Music by: Amaal Mallik & R.D. Burman
♪ Lyrics by: Manoj Muntashir, Kumaar & Anand Bakshi
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 24th March 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 21st April 2017

Noor Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Noor is an upcoming Bollywood drama starring Sonakshi Sinha in the titular role and Purab Kohli, Kanan Gill, Shibani Dandekar in supporting roles. The film, directed by Sunhil Sippy and produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar and Vikram Malhotra, is based on Pakistani author Saba Imtiaz’s novel, ‘Karachi, You’re Killing Me!’ which is the account of a Pakistani journalist and her misadventures in both her profession and her love life. The film takes the setting to Mumbai, of course, or else who knows who would have to incur the wrath of You-Know-Who. Anyway, we are here for the music. So, the music of the film has been given by Amaal Mallik, making it his second ever completely solo album after ‘M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story’. Of course, I expect something fresh and light-hearted in keeping with the movie’s promos and theme. After two good songs in ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’ earlier this year, it is his second venture this year and hopefully it will get just as amazing a response.


1. Uff Yeh Noor

Singer ~ Armaan Malik, Backing Vocals ~ Roshni Baptist, Aditi Paul, Abin Thomas, Shishir Samant & Akshay Jadhav, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

“Seedhe seedhe sab chale, par ye tedhi chale,
Afra-tafri ho jahaan, ye bas nahi miley,
Paagalon se zyaada paagal, miley zameen aur maange baadal,
Kahin se jaake zara akal laa,
Uff ye Noor, Wallah!”

– Manoj Muntashir

The first song happens to be an apt title song, a song that enlightens us on what we can expect from the character of Noor in the movie. And it does give us quite a detailed insight on that, as well. Amaal’s composition is not only buttery and light-hearted, forcing you to groove to it, but it is also instantly catchy. A very Amit Trivedi-ish vibe accompanies the composition, and that hookline is one of the cutest stuff I’ve heard in a while. The groove that the song carries with it, is just unmatchable. The composition of the antara is just amazing. What helps the composition big time are the arrangements, trying to lighten the mood even more, what with the amazing brass instruments — the trumpet (Ketan Sodha), the Saxophone (Shyaam) and the trombone (Blasco). These three instruments remind one of another song from the genre, ‘Suno Aisha’ (Aisha) which was by Amit Trivedi. There’s an amazing flute portion (Tejas Vinchurkar) towards the end of the song, that’s very easy to miss, so listen carefully, and there is also another flute/woodwinds portion in one of the interludes, which is amazingly played! Occasional strings and those two dholak beats (Akshay Jadhav) at the beginning of the hookline, are some easily missable additions that Amaal has added into the song. Of course, you can’t talk about this song without talking about the instrument that gives it most of its fresh vibes, which is the guitar (Meghdeep Bose). The vocals by Armaan are amazing, and show his versatility; of course he doesn’t just sing romantic songs! It is probably one of his best performances. He controls our emotions of fun and laughter so well in this song, and also conveys the character of Noor very perfectly, as does lyricist Manoj Muntashir. The lyrics are where the similarities to ‘Suno Aisha’ end officially. In ‘Aisha’, Aisha was placed on a pedestal and how her ego was raised when Amitabh Bhattacharya wrote stuff like “Tum ho kamaal, tum bemisaal, tum lajawaab ho Aisha.” On the other hand, Manoj is doing nothing but hurting Noor’s ego, by saying stuff like “Kahin se jaake nayi shakal laa, and “Aankhon mein gussa bhara hai, chehre pe baarah baja hai“! Jokes apart, Manoj does a great job writing the lyrics! A nice protagonist-oriented song, with innumerable fresh vibes!

Rating: 5/5

 

2. Gulabi 2.0 / Gulabi Redux

Singers ~ Amaal Mallik, Tulsi Kumar & Yash Narvekar / Yash Narvekar, Tulsi Kumar & Amaal Mallik, Original Composition by ~ R.D. Burman, Music Recreated & New Composition by ~ Amaal Mallik, Original Lyrics by ~ Anand Bakshi, New Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

“Haal hua behaal hua mera haal hua behaal!!!”

– Kumaar

We are all familiar with probably the most famous Rafi song ever, ‘Gulabi Aankhein’ (The Train), a song that almost everyone, from the kids, to the grandparents in India, know by heart. Why wouldn’t we know it, considering that it has been through so many remakes and recreations and revamps by the likes of Atif Aslam, Raghav Sachar and of course the wonderful performance by Sonu Nigam in London. Well, now, the makers of ‘Noor’ make sure we get yet another version of the song, this time, a club revamp. Well, this song actually un-grew on me. I used to like it (just like) the first time I heard it, but it just slipped away after that; I couldn’t bring myself to love it any more, and whatever I liked also started to seem ordinary. The good thing about this remake is, that it only retains the hook of the old song. However, the tune that works as padding, is a bit weak, except the “haal hua behaal hua mera haal hua behaal” loop. The antara is super-ordinary, something I never expected from Amaal. The numerous interruptions going “gulabi, gulabi“, sound boring after some listens. There is an English female rap though, that is quite entertaining. The arrangements are mostly EDM, which is loud for the most part, but I will still maintain that it is better than all the noisy cacophony we find ourselves tripping to nowadays. Vocals are okay-ish as well, and the two versions differ from each other only in terms of vocals, the first one sung by Amaal, the second by Yash Narvekar. Still, Yash has backing vocals in the first song, and Amaal has backing vocals in the second. 😄😄 The two songs sound pretty much the same. The female singer is Tulsi Kumar, supposedly singing in a newly thick voice she has obtained. I just hope she doesn’t think that voice is good, and I hope she stops using this kind of voice. The additional lyrics by Kumaar are functional considering it is a club song. A cacophonous remake, which I hadn’t expected!

Rating: 3/5 for Gulabi 2.0, 3/5 for Gulabi Redux

 

3. Jise Kehte Pyaar Hai

Singer ~ Sukriti Kakar, Backing Vocals ~ Roshni Baptist, Mohini Gaur, Shishir Samant & Meghdeep Bose, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

“Yeh sabhi mausam ho rahe apne
Kal talak thhe jo ajnabi
Yeh safar yunhi le chala aage
Piche ab raahein na rahi!
Saari khwahishein,
Dil ki yeh farmaishein,
Tune suni iss tarah,
Koi duaa, jis tarah, sunle Khuda!”

– Kumaar

The next song turns out to be a very light-hearted romantic song, something that we know Amaal is an expert at, especially after ‘Sau Aasmaan’ (Baar Baar Dekho). This song is quite similar to that one in terms of overall feel of the song; a very sprightly and vivacious sound helps you forget your worries for the entire length of the song. The mukhda starts off quite abruptly, but you get used to it. The hookline is the peak of the song, obviously. But it is the antara that really surprised me pleasantly. I’ve never heard an antara starting so calmly and without making any ruckus like “Oh, I’m the antara now, you guys!” In fact, it just merges in so well with the interludes, you feel it is some extra stanza in the interlude, until it is so long that it has to be an antara. The arrangements add to the lightness of the song, the guitar (Ankur Mukherjee) played in this very MJ kind of way, is so oddly placed in such a song, yet so wonderful-sounding. The vocals are nice as well, Sukriti sounds cute in her very energetic rendition. I couldn’t help missing Neeti though, who usually sings such songs. Then I realised it would just sound like ‘Sau Aasmaan’ Part 2, so I started accepting Sukriti’s voice after that. 😂 The way she sings the sargam, in the first interlude is very beautiful. Kudos to Amaal for composing that. The backing vocalists really have a spectacular job, repeating the lines of the hookline after Sukriti. Lyrics are just as happy and boisterous as everything else, and suitable for the theme of the song. An enjoyable romantic song!

Rating: 4/5

 

4. Hai Zaroori

Singer ~ Prakriti Kakar, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

“Nasamajh thhe hum, jo yeh bhi na samjhe,
Waqt aane par, sab badalte hain!
Manzilein kya hain, aur raaste kya hain,
Log pal bhar mein, yahaan rabb badalte hain!
Kisi ke vaaste kahaan, kinaare aayi kashtiyaan,
Yeh dooriyan hai bas dooriyan!
Ke chori chori chupke se chupke se rona, hai zaroori,
Ke paani paani ankhiyon ka, ankhiyon ka hona, hai zaroori,
Reh gayi aarzoo ik adhuri,
Ke kabhi kabhi aisa bhi, aisa bhi hona, hai zaroori!”

-Manoj Muntashir

A sombre and pensive melody brings up the rear of the album, and it is a sheer delight to the ears. In spite of the song being pensive and slow-paced, it touches your heart in a way that probably no song has, recently. The song has a very beautiful tune, which makes you feel as if you are flying high in the sky. The composition has a very Western classical touch to it, and the arrangements just support the same feeling. The mukhda itself is so hard-hitting, you can’t help but listen further. And that hookline, that’s what can be charged legally for making people go crazy and making them speechless. The antaras carry forward the serious feel of the song perfectly, and it makes for a great listen overall. That bridge line between the antara and hookline is so heartbreaking! The arrangements as I was saying, are amazing. They ooze out grandeur like a leaking pipe. The live strings are so overwhelming (in a positive way), it transports you to a whole different world. You will feel like you are sitting in an Orchestra Hall in Europe. The slow pace is made up for by the grand arrangements, which make sure nobody has the audacity to dismiss this song by calling it boring. Twinkly sounds, heavenly wind instruments and amazing guitars (Joell Mukherjee) in an interlude, constitute the rest of the arrangements. Amaal’s piano notes are amazing, and he plays them like little treats throughout the larger treat that the song is. Prakriti steals the show, and after ‘Bheegh Loon’ (Khamoshiyan), it is her second song where she gets the opportunity to shine by herself. Her graceful, lilting voice in this song is something that I frankly never expected her to pull off, and she has!! Manoj Muntashir’s lyrics are a spectacular piece of poetry, and it is after such a long time that I’m hearing a sad song that doesn’t go overboard with its sentimentality. I’m ready to be sad for a day, listening to this song on loop! Amaal surpasses his own ‘Kaun Tujhe’ (M.S. Dhoni) with this one!

Rating: 5/5


Noor is a charming album. With just four tracks, it still has the most variety I’ve seen in recent albums. With not song sounding even close to the next, Amaal provides us with a mixed bag, wherein anything you pick out from it, will be a treat to the ears. Barring one. Of course, everything has some flaws. Here, it is the club song. I’m sure Amaal would’ve been better off producing an original club song than remaking an old song! Anyway, the rest of the songs are a breeze of fresh air, something that has dwindled nowadays, what with music makers following some unnecessary clichés that will make their music hit for a week or so. But this album seems like something that will stay on my playlist for sure. ‘Noor’ means ‘light’, and the songs are so light-hearted, so I call this album Amaal’s Noor-aani album!! Bright and light!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 5 + 3 + 3 + 4 + 5 = 20

Album Percentage: 80%

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: Hai Zaroori = Uff Yeh Noor > Jise Kehte Pyaar Hai > Gulabi 2.0 = Gulabi Redux

 

Remake Counter
No. Of Remakes in 2017: 09 (from previous albums) + 01 (from Noor) = 10

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AZHAR NE KIYA HAI ISHAARA, AMAAL KA HAI KHEL SAARA!! (AZHAR – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Amaal Mallik, Pritam Chakraborty, DJ Chetas & Kalyanji-Anandji
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Manoj Yadav, Rashmi-Virag & Anand Bakshi
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 19th April 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 13th May 2016

Azhar Album Cover

Azhar Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Azhar is an upcoming Bollywood biopic, based on Indian cricket team’s former captain, Mohammad Azharuddin. The movie stars Emraan Hashmi as Azharuddin, Prachi Desai as Naureen, his first wife, and Nargis Fakhri as Sangeeta Bijlani, his second wife. Supporting cast includes Lara Dutta, Gautam Gulati and Kunaal Roy Kapur. The film is directed by Tony D’Souza, and produced by Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor and Sony Pictures Networks. The movie highlights the famous and well-known events in the cricketer’s life, which resulted in his downfall and debacle. I wasn’t expecting some huge number of songs for this movie, but at 5, the number meets my expectations, being neither too less nor too much. What’s more, though the album was previously supposed to be composed solely by hit-machine Pritam Chakraborty, due to some health issues Pritam had, the task of matching up to his level and completing some unfinished business had to be handed over to none other than Amaal Mallik, who I regard as ‘Junior Pritam’, what with his consistent hits coming even after such a short time of being a composer. So here too, he’s expected to make Pritam (whose assistant he was before) proud. However, Pritam’s one song has been retained in the album. There is a remake of two of Kalyanji-Anandji‘s superhit tracks from the movie ‘Tridev’, done by DJ Chetas, but that’s like a bonus for me, as I wasn’t interested in it from the beginning itself after I read DJ Chetas’ name. With T-Series producing the album, hits are guaranteed, but there is still lots of curiosity and hopes that Amaal performs well on stepping into his master’s shoes. 🙂 So… Gajar ne kiya hai ishaara… It’s time to read my review! 😀


1. Bol Do Na Zara
Singer ~ Armaan Malik, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Rashmi Virag

Amaal kickstarts this album, with a soft and mellow romantic song. Piano notes that will blow your mind away open up the song, and continue to fascinate you until Armaan with his soft and innocent voice starts singing in a lovely manner, which is sure to touch your heart. He has taken care of the whole song very responsibly and half of the magic of the song lies in his vocals, and I’m glad he hasn’t imitated Arijit in this one. Amaal is the star behind this greatness in the song. Besides choosing the right singer, he has woven up a beautiful song with notes that are pure and instantly likable when heard together. Instrumentation is subtle and minimal, but fascinating nonetheless. The aforementioned piano is there, guitars do play a role, electric and acoustic both. Strings can also be heard occasionally. Other digital beats complete the song wherever it seems incomplete. Armaan and his aalaaps in the beginning and end of the song are marvellous. The mukhda itself has the power to attract numbers of listeners and hook them all the way through the song. Imagine how good it must be, to be doing that! Rashmi-Virag’s lyrics are perfect for the theme of the song, not too over romantic, but stilll have the right measure of Bollywood romance in them. One thing i liked about Amaal’s composition is that it ranges greatly from low notes to high, and how seamlessly! Kudos to him for that. A wonderful synthesizer interlude will impress you a lot! With this one, Amaal starts off the album on a PERFECT note! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Itni Si Baat Hain
Singers ~ Arijit Singh & Antara Mitra, Music by ~ Pritam Chakraborty, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

Pritam continues the magic in the album with something I believe he’s the best at. Romantic songs. Guitar plucks start off the song, and Arijit kicks in. For me, this song didn’t start off as well as the first, but instead, the magic lies in the latter part of this song. The tune with which Arijit starts off the song, did remind me a bit of ‘Wafa Ne Bewafai’ (Teraa Surroor), but only for a very very small time, after which it becomes totally different. The magic in the composition lies completely in its simplicity, something Pritam hasn’t done for a while, as he was giving us all those experimental romantic songs. However, this one is out-and-out simple and innocent, not trying really hard to impress and win hearts, but doing so anyways! Arijit carries forth the mukhda and first antara of the song beautifully, both having the same tune and structure. Antara takes over with the second antara, (Pun unintended, so please… 😒😂) continuing ever-so-gracefully. It’s something I never understand how she sounds so different in each song, and it is commendable, but she should carve out a niche for herself in the industry nevertheless. Here, she sounds sugar-sweet, but I can’t help but miss Neeti Mohan for this one. Anyways, Pritam has composed the best part of the song for Antara, and she does justice to it, being all sweet and goody-goody. Arrangements, too, are minimal. The song’s base is a digital rhythm that plays throughout. On top of that, Pritam has added beautiful sarod (Prateek Srivastav) and tablas (Jitu Shankar). Guitars (Pawan Rasaily) are a prominent part of the song. Towards the end of Antara’s part, both Arijit and Antara harmonize together wonderfully, reminding me somehow of Rahman in the 2000s. Manoj Yadav’s lyrics are sweet and simple too, but could’ve been better, too. A song that takes time to grow, but when it grows, nothing could be better! It all lies in its subtlety and simplicity! #5StarHotelSong!! 

 

3. Oye Oye
Singers ~ Aditi Singh Sharma & Armaan Malik, Music by ~ Kalyanji-Anandji, Recreated and Remixed by ~ DJ Chetas, Lyrics by ~ Anand Bakshi

Next up is the song I was least excited for — a remake/remix of the superhit ‘Gajar Ne Kiya Hai Ishaara’ (Tridev) by none other than the Mashup King of recent times, DJ Chetas. Where Sadhana Sargam, Alka Yagnik and Sapna Mukherjee led the old song, this one is led by a sole female singer, Aditi Singh Sharma, the one who is the best choice for club songs these days. Armaan does join, but later on. The surprise is that the whole song isn’t ‘Gajar Ne Kiya Hai Ishaara’, but Chetas has included the hookline of ‘Gali Gali Mein Phirta Hai’ (Tridev) as well, into the remake. That part is when Armaan gets his only line in the song. When it is a DJ remaking an old classic, all we can do is place our foreheads in our palms out of shame. Apart from Aditi adding unnecessarily stylish nuances to the vocals, DJ Chetas adds nothing but beats, that help in places but lower the song’s quality in other places. Armaan is the best thing that happened to the song, extracting an extremely different voice from what we usually hear him singing with. Lyrics are the exact same as the old song, and so is the composition. Though the song is groovy, due to the beats, Aditi’s singing isn’t really what I would’ve liked in the remake to this song. Also, it adds to the looooooonnnnnnnnngggggggg list of ‘Bollywood Classics Spoiled By Being Remade’. Had Amaal or Pritam remade it, it might’ve been better, and if they could’ve been made to compose an original club disco song with this theme, there would’ve been nothing like it. My favorite part of the song, if I had to choose, would definitely be the ‘Gali Gali Mein Phirta Hai’ lines by Armaan. Perfect song for clubs.

 

4. Tu Hi Na Jaane
Singers ~ Sonu Nigam & Prakriti Kakar, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

After that bombardment to the ears, here’s Amaal to the rescue, with a soft, soothing, lovable, calming and any-other-good-adjective-you-can-think-of type of song. Further, it’s Amaal’s first song with Sonu Nigam, the legend! It is a huge leap for him and a milestone in his career. The song starts off so calmly, it is a huge refreshment from the loudness of ‘Oye Oye’. And when Sonu starts off, it is heavenly! A beautiful composition is the strength of the song, and the song is perfect for Sonu Nigam, with the intense heartbroken nature of the lyrics, which he’s best at. Prakriti also, is a great choice for the song. Her Punjabi parts are so melodious and fascinating, that they have made a place for themselves in my mind and heart. Amaal’s arrangements are beautiful, the rock plus classical combination heard many times before, but seldom done as good as this. Electric guitars, drums on one side perfectly complement the tablas, flutes and a wonderful sarangi interlude. The soul of the song lies in the composition and vocals, while the arrangements hold the both together as one. Kumaar’s lyrics are out of this world! Once you hear them, you would fall in love with them yourself, and Sonu and Prakriti do a fantabulous job expressing the pain in the lyrics. Though it is a sad song, it doesn’t go over the top with melodrama nor does it fall short of emotions. It strikes the right emotions in you and might bring you to are as well! Oh, the magic! The antaras have been well divided between Sonu and Prakriti, each getting one. I can even imagine what situation this song would appear in the film, and it is pretty obvious too. Keeping it in mind, the song is perfect! A song that will make you speechless! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 One of the best songs of 2016, and welcome back FOR REAL, Sonu Nigam! Extremely well done Amaal!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Jeetne Ke Liye
Singer ~ K.K., Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

The finale to the album brings K.K. and Amaal together once again after an unforgettable ‘Tu Bhoola Jise’ (Airlift). This time, a motivational song has been crafted by Amaal, and K.K. has sung it in his trademark style. The song is also tailor-made for him, being a rock song with an emotional touch. Amaal’s arrangements are very cool, with the electric guitars blaring and drums providing the rhythm to move our heads to. Acoustic guitars appear in the relatively calm antaras until the energetic, almost hard rock hookline comes. Strings too make a short appearance in the song. Amaal has composed the song quite well, and it suits the theme — a person who has lost hopes motivating himself to fight on and on and finally win the fight against bad situations. Kumaar’s lyrics perfectly explain it. Amaal’s composition is something that doesn’t appeal much at first, but when heard again and again, and when lyrics are taken into consideration, it sounds awesome! The impactful hookline is all that is needed to touch one’s heart. The finale to the album is indeed grand! K.K. at his best after a LONG time! #5StarHotelSong!!


Azhar is an album in which I was not expecting three out of five songs to be romantic. Azhar is an album which I was waiting for since last summer, because Pritam was going to compose for it. Azhar is an album in which the once-assistant of Pritam, Amaal Mallik, composes alongside his guru. Azhar is an album in which disciple overtakes the teacher, making the teacher extremely proud. Azhar is an album in which Amaal showed to the world that he can compose such beautiful stuff in such a short notice of two to three weeks! Incredible and fantastic. I would say, barring DJ Chetas’ song, Azhar is an album for a film in which such great music was never expected. Last but not the least, I would say that Amaal is the star of ‘Azhar’!!

 

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: Tu Hi Na Jaane > Bol Do Na Zara > Itni Si Baat Hain > Jeetne Ke Liye > Oye Oye

 

What is your favourite song from Azhar? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

 

Next “dish”: Sairat (Marathi Album), Chefs: Ajay-Atul

ALL THINGS “VISHESH” BUT NOTHING “VISHESH”!! (KHAMOSHIYAN – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Jeet Gannguli, Bobby-Imran, Naved Zafar & Ankit Tiwari
♪ Lyrics by: Rashmi Singh, Sayeed Quadri & Abhay Upadhyay (Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay)
♪ Music Label: Sony Music
♪ Music Released On: 26th December 2014 (on Saavn) & 29th December 2014 (on iTunes)
♪ Movie Released On: 30th January 2015

Khamoshiyan

Khamoshiyan

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


The renowned Bhatts are back with their first film of the year, Khamoshiyan, a horror flick directed by Karan Darra, and produced by Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt. The film stars Ali Fazal and debutants Gurmeet Choudhary (of “Punar Vivah” – Zee TV fame) and Sapna Pabbi (of “24” – Colors fame) in the lead roles. Last year, Vishesh Films left us with one of the best albums of the year, ‘Citylights’, which is one of those albums that is hard to forget even if you want to! This year, they return with the composer of ‘Citylights’, Jeet Gannguli, with some more composers joining him, making it a dreaded multi-composer album, but the Bhatts can be trusted for making the multi-composer albums likeable too, so let’s not flinch just yet. Accompanying Jeet Gannguli are debutant duo Bobby-Imran, debutant Naved Zafar, and the very well-known by now Ankit Tiwari. So let’s have a look whether the Bhatts can successfully provide us with a multi-composer album that will break the stereotype that multi-composer albums are below-the-mark, or if they disappoint and do not succeed in doing so themselves!


1. Khamoshiyan / Khamoshiyan (Unplugged)
Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Rashmi Singh

Jeet Gannguli gets to compose the title track of this movie, and when it is Jeet and Vishesh Films, we can now assume even before the songs release that the singer will be the one and only Arijit Singh. The ‘Citylights’ team of singer-composer-lyricist once again come together and once again produce a soft, lovable melody, that is so predictable yet so gripping. Jeet doesn’t directly take a Bengali song and remake it this time, but he takes one of his Hindi remakes which was originally a Bengali song (talking about “Sunn Le Zara” from “Singham Returns” here) and rearranges the notes in such a way that it will create a new melody on the same lines. The rhythm, tempo and everything is nearly the same as “Sunn Le Zara”. Guitars lead the arrangements, with piano also playing a huge hand in it. Arijit has very well managed the vocals, even making some variations at places, which come unexpectedly, but are likable. Rashmi Singh’s lyrics are again marvelous just as they were in ‘Citylights’. The unplugged version gives more of that haunting and sinister feel which is necessary to keep in the background at one of the essential (in simple terms, scary) parts of a horror movie. The piano holds much more importance in this version than the original, as the whole song has been recorded in a slow pace on nothing but the soft piano notes. Occasional wind sounds and chimes can be heard as well. Overall, the unplugged version has been very well managed as well! Another awesome melody from Jeet’s pocket! Heard-before, but definitely works! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Tu Har Lamha
Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Bobby-Imran, Lyrics by ~ Sayeed Quadri

Here is another song opening with guitar riffs, but they don’t exactly invite you as promisingly as the ones in the first song did. Sure enough, the composition which lies ahead is pretty stale and uninteresting, as a result of the same old boring stuff repeated again and again. Bobby-Imran, debutants, come up with a good romantic melody, I’m not saying it’s bad, but just that it could have and would have been better without so many of the stereotypes, like Arijit’s droning voice, the hookline which doesn’t seem to radiate any attractiveness towards it at all, and above all the composition. The composition as I’ve already said, is on the same lines as many older Bhatt-styled songs, the types that so many of us have gotten plain bored of, but a fraction of us still have some love for them left. Had they tried something relatively fresher, they might have ended up getting a wider audience. The rock arrangements do not help a bit in propelling this song any further as far as likability and catchiness is concerned. Since the composition fails, it isn’t any fun to hear Arijit drawl out the tune in a goat-ish voice. Sayeed’s lyrics however, which are almost always flawless, give some reason for everyone, even those bored of this genre, to hear the song at least once or twice. But, at the end of the day, it is the Bhatts who have taken this song into their album, so who isn’t going to say “I loved it!”? Blind followers: 1, Real Music Lovers: 0!!!

 

3. Baatein Yeh Kabhi Na (Male) / Baatein Yeh Kabhi Na (Female)
Singers ~ Arijit Singh / Palak Muchhal, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Sayeed Quadri

Jeet comes back into the album and treats us with yet another soothing, melodious song. Again, the song is full of the déjà vu factor, and definitely isn’t something unique and fresh. But, as expected, and as it should be, the composition’s catchiness and likability is what matters. And it is an instantly lovable melody, which Jeet has churned out. It oddly starts with some very out-of-the-place techno sounds, which I fail to understand why they have been used. But as the song continues, one cannot help but fall in love with it, because the tune is so beautiful and soulful and heart-touching, that (I can’t think of anything to compare it to, but you get the point, don’t you? 😝 ) Arijit performs very well, and does full justice to the composition. Both the Mukhda and antaras have a kind of instant connection with the audience, improving matters for the song even more! The guitar-led arrangements have been done well. The flute does surprise you when it enters and the orchestra is superb. Sayeed Quadri has written some very simple lyrics, which still strike a chord with listeners. They work perfectly with Jeet’s even more simplistic melody. Palak in the female version, does great as well,probably sounding so because of the charm in the tune. She seriously needs to open her mouth more while singing; all her words do not sound proper. (Sochna as soochna, royi as ruuyi) Another simple, heard-before but heart-touching and soulful melody from Jeet!! I would recommend Arijit’s version! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Kya Khoya
Singer ~ Naved Zafar, Music by ~ Naved Zafar, Lyrics by ~ Rashmi Singh

Newcomer Naved Zafar steps in with his track, which he himself sings, probably thinking that he’s a world-famous superstar. And I’m saying so because what he treats us with in the form of this song, is pure torture to the ears. His faltery voice hardly manages to create any interest in the listener’s mind to go on, and resultantly, the listener might just skip the rest of the song. So it is clear, he doesn’t know how to sing, at least not for a Bollywood movie (and that too, for the Bhatts!! :\ Wow!) but, unfortunately, what he has composed isn’t much better whatsoever. Typical Pakistani Rock full of melancholia and patheticness. I’m very bored of this stuff by now, honestly! Rock guitars and drums are naturally the only instruments audible prominently in the track. Piano notes, acoustic guitars, violins do make entries at places, but provide only seconds of relief. Rashmi disappoints this time around with her lyrics. They just fail to make any impact or convey whatever they want to. This song is on the same lines as ‘Zaroorat’ from ‘Ek Villain’, ‘Ik Pal Yahi’ from ‘Creature’. And just like these, it doesn’t have anything to offer in terms of innovativity and freshness. KYA KHOYA, KYA PAAYA ITNA KYU SOCHE HAI, JUST SKIP IT FOR GOD’S SAKE!

 

5. Bheegh Loon (Female) / Bheegh Loon (Male)
Singers ~ Prakriti Kakar / Ankit Tiwari, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay

The final composer, Ankit Tiwari, enters with a bang, and what he gives, is enough to make you hear it on loop for long! He teams up with Prakriti Kakar once again after ‘Alone’, and gives her yet another sensuous, slow-paced and thrilling song, one that stimulates those goosebumps. Ankit has aced the composition, perfectly infusing that Latino element into the song. Thanks to his arrangements, the song gets transported to a whole different level. The Spanish guitars beautifully lead the way followed by the other attractions like the techno sounds, backing vocals, strings and most importantly, the vocals by Prakriti! Prakriti again nails it with her singing and seems to be the PERFECT choice for this song. The peak of the song is undoubtedly the line “main jalti raatein teri, tu woh subah Jo bujha de”. It creates a wonderful spine-chilling climax up to the hookline, which is epic. Abhendra’s lyrics definitely suit the atmosphere created by the composition. Ankit, in his version sounds brilliant! And that’s because there’s no autotune! Why he uses auto tune even when he sounds so great without it, I fail to understand! Of course, the lyrics have been altered to suit the male version. Ankit exits his comfort zone after those numerous T-Series songs and gives us something innovative! Both versions are must-listens! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Subhan Allah
Singer ~ Anupam Amod, Music by ~ Bobby-Imran, Lyrics by ~ Sayeed Quadri

Bobby-Imran return with a variant of ‘Tu Har Lamha’, this time with a different singer. However, their choice here is also bad, is all I can say. Anupam Amod, though has the perfect Sufi-esque voice for the song, fails to convey any expression through his rendition. A person like Javed Bashir would have nailed this song. The originally soft rock song has got a Sufiana makeover, thus making it better at places. As a result, the hookline, which the most boring part of the original song, suddenly becomes the most gripping part of this version. The tablas have beautifully accentuated the hookline and make it all the more pleasant to hear. However, the tune of the rest of the song remains the same, that is umipressive and dull! Better than the original, because of the Sufiana touch, but spoiled due to wrong choice of singer!!


Khamoshiyan is your typical Bhatt album, full of romance, sorrow and sensuality. All the songs do have something or the other to vouch for. The team of composers has produced something that would go well with this horror flick. Ankit can be seen evolving the most as a composer, and his song might be the only one on the soundtrack which could be mistaken for a non-Bhatt album song. Jeet rules the album though, with his simple yet attractive melodies. The three newcomers, duo Bobby-Imran and Naved Zafar, do not fare as well, and they seemed bent on providing songs that would come across as typical straightaway. Overall, it is a typical though likeable “Vishesh Films” album, which has nothing vishesh (special) to offer whatsoever!

 

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 (My favourite to least favourite): Baatein Yeh Kabhi Na (Male) > Bheegh Loon (Female) > Khamoshiyan > Bheegh Loon (Male) > Khamoshiyan (Unplugged) > Baatein Yeh Kabhi Na (Female) > Subhan Allah > Tu Har Lamha > Kya Khoya

 

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

 

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THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY! (ALONE – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Ankit Tiwari, Mithoon, Jeet Gannguli, Raghav Sachar & Dr. Zeus
♪ Lyrics by: Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay, Mithoon, Sandeep Nath, Kumaar, L. Joseph, A. Hunjan, L. Reim, G. Abbasi, K. Roma, V. Nayar, Dr. Zeus
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 30th December 2014
♪ Movie Released On: 16th January 2015

Alone

Alone

 

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Alone is a horror film that released this Friday, starring the queen of Bollywood Horror Movies, Bipasha Basu and debutant Karan Singh Grover (Zee TV’s ‘Qubool Hai’ fame) The film has been directed by Bhushan Patel and produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak, Abhishek Pathak, Pradeep Agarwal & Prashant Sharma. It is a remake of the Thai film of the same name, and is the story of two conjoined twins (played by Bipasha) who fall in love with the same guy (played by Karan Singh Grover) When they are separated by an operation one of the twins dies. Naturally, she comes and haunts her twin sister later on! I mean, I could never guess this could happen in a movie! :/ Anyways, considering the genre of the movie, it was clear that the music would be the kind that engages you even though it is typical. Seeing the music composers, Ankit Tiwari, Mithoon, Jeet Gannguli & Raghav Sachar, my doubt just got more secured. So I was expecting pretty much from the music, but at the same time knew it would not break any records or give anything fresh. So let’s have a look at how the music of this latest horror movie is!


1. Katra Katra
Singers ~ Ankit Tiwari & Prakriti Kakar, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay

Ankit Tiwari gets to open up the album, and he does so with a boom. A slow, intoxicating song which will instantly be lived by all, is what he offers. With guitars and a bit of folkish backing vocals, he kicks off the track very beautifully, gaining more momentum yet, as the song progresses, with Prakriti’s awesome prelude sung very attractively. Ankit himself repeats the whole auto-tune business, but here, as he presents the composition in a different way than always, it suits. This composition is one of his better ones recently since ‘Galliyan’ from ‘Ek Villain’. The song which stands at a long duration (for today’s times) of 6 minutes 21 seconds, may seem monotonous because of the extremely slow pace, but I felt nothing of the sort. Guitars have been used predominantly, and of course, Ankit’s favourite, which he never fails to incorporate some way or the other in to his songs — the flute! And in this slow, sensuous and a bit dark song, it sounds beautiful! The musical piece at the end which plays for about a whole minute, will just steal your heart. And did I mention the snaps? Those are just so attractive! Lyrics by Abhendra suit the composition (or maybe vice versa) and work in favour of it and both singers do well in making them come alive in the song. Finally, a big break for Prakriti, and in a beautiful composition by Ankit! Must-listen! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Awaara
Singers ~ Altamash Faridi & Saim Bhatt, Music & Lyrics by ~ Mithoon

Saim opens up this song with his Mithoon-ish voice (I’m kinda doubting it WAS Mithoon?) followed by typical Mithoon piano notes, soothing to the ears. When Altamash enters, though, the song gets transformed to something totally different and heavenly and unexplainable-in-common-words! The hook of the song takes it to yet a higher level, and you instantly fall in love with the song. Again, Mithoon succeeds to steal our hearts with the same stuff! And again, I’m awestruck at exactly how he manages to do so everytime! The guitar strums fall into place, both acoustic and rock here. Rock guitars in the interludes, and acoustic in the background while the singers are singing, provides a beautiful contrast. Atamash literally sounds a lot like Rahat Fateh Ali Khan at places. The antaras are composed brilliantly, but one line in the mukhda is enough to make you fall in love with the whole song: “Paas laaya mere, yun sataaya mujhe, phir tere lite majboor kiya, majboor kiya”. It just provides a heavenly build-up to the surreal hookline. And lyrics by Mithoon as always, are simple and universally understandable. No use of unnecessary big and sophisticated words, instead, simple, everyday words have been used. Kudos to him for that. A soothing, romantic song that has the power to pull you towards itself and then force you to fall into its trap! As I call it, Mithoon Magic! #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Chand Aasmano Se Laapata
Singer ~ Bhaven Dhanak, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Sandeep Nath

Jeet enters with another romantic track, this one a bit more emotional. He breaks the stereotype of making Arijit sing these kind of songs, and ropes in a not-so-famous singer, Bhaven Dhanak, to do the honors of singing the song. Bhaven sang two songs in Bollywood (at least, I only know of two) in the movies ‘Jai Ho’ and ‘Youngistaan’ last year. Teey were both club songs. This year, he gets a pleasant romantic track composed very well in the 90s style by Jeet. The melody surely has the power to grasp your attention, though not instantly. The singer might seem odd for some people, because we all are so much used to Arijit in these songs by now, that we refuse to accept anyone else in his place and his territory. (That includes me, because at first I didn’t like the song much because of the singer. But then his voice also grew on me.) Jeet’s arrangements are simple. The beautiful synthesizer hook is very attractive. It doesn’t really sound like an actual instrument being played, so I guess its an electronic sound. Anyways, its beautiful. Guitars and finger snaps accentuate the composition even more. Lyrics are good and pleasant too, and work for the song. Another pleasant song; Jeet, Bhaven and Sandeep have churned up a likeable song! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Touch My Body
Singer ~ Aditi Singh Sharma, Music by ~ Dr. Zeus, Music Recreated for the Album by ~ Raghav Sachar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Original Lyrics by ~ L. Joseph, A. Hunjan, L. Reim, G. Abbasi, K. Roma, V. Nayar, Dr. Zeus

Raghav, a last-minute addition to the album, because his name wasn’t in any poster or the trailer, ends the album with his song, which is a recreation of the Pop song ‘Don’t Be Shy’ originally composed by Dr. Zeus, which itself was a remake of his famous song ‘Kangna Tera Ni’! Almost everything from Dr. Zeus’ song has been revived into this one, but I don’t see why they made it done from someone as talented as Raghav. He could just as well have composed a dance track of his own, if that was what they wanted. The flute part (which is also pretty much the same as that in the original) is one of the only catchy parts in the song. Aditi’s voice proves to be another reason to hear it, otherwise you would just plain waste your time by hearing it. The long list of lyricists of the original song hasn’t done much of a good job with whatever they came up with together (Now I get where the saying “Too many cooks spoil the broth” comes from!) And Kumaar hasn’t written anything genius either. Overall, a tiring affair! Do not ho for this one!


Alone has three out of four of its songs simply reaching out to your heart and instantly lovable. The fourth one, though, makes you hate it a lot. 😂 Ankit, Jeet and Mithoon (The Aashiqui 2 team, you can say) have churned out great tracks and they turn out to be the ‘good’ parts of the album. Raghav has made himself look like an idiot by agreeing to recreate this track, which just came out boring, and he comprises the ‘bad’ part of the album. As for the ‘ugly’ part, that’s just something fun for the people who are gonna watch this movie in the theaters, because that ghost is gonna be real ugly! 😂😂 Overall, an album with the typical romantic songs that horror movies usually have, but which will stay with you for a long time — plus a song that tries to be dofferent but fails miserably! 😂

 

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:

Awaara > Katra Katra > Chand Aasmano Se Laapata > Touch My Body

 

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

 

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