BAS ITNA HI MAALOOM KI THIS ALBUM IS A SUPERHIT! (LEKAR HUM DEEWANA DIL – Music Review)

Album Details:-

♪ Music by:- A.R. Rahman
♪ Lyrics by:- Amitabh Bhattacharya
♪ Music Label:- Eros Music
♪ Music Released On:- 3rd June 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 4th July 2014

Lekar Hum Deewana Dil

Lekar Hum Deewana Dil

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Lekar Hum Deewana Dil is an upcoming Bollywood romantic comedy, directed by newcomer Arif Ali, who is the brother of award winning director Imtiaz Ali (‘Jab We Met’, ‘Rockstar’) and produced by Dinesh Vijan, Saif Ali Khan and Sunil Lulla. The film stars newcomer and Ranbir-Kareena’s cousin, Armaan Jain as the male lead, and south actress Deeksha Seth, as the female lead, making her Bollywood acting debut with this film. When the director is a brother of Imtiaz Ali, it was quite predictable that the music director would be A.R. Rahman. After ‘Highway’, ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ and ‘Million Dollar Arm’, it’s Rahman’s fourth album in a single year, which is a very rare case! We are getting an overdose of Rahman, but hey, who’s complaining!? 😉😁 It is also the first collaboration between Rahman and Amitabh Bhattacharya! That’s why I was very excited to hear this album! The expectations from the two were sky-high! Read on to find out my views on this album!


 

1. Khalifa:- Singers ~ A.R. Rahman, Suzanne D’Mello, Shweta Pandit, Konakol by ~ Mahesh Vinayakram, Backing Vocals ~ Hriday Gattani

The album starts with this particular club song, which is already making its way to the top of the charts. Rahman has used techno sounds very effectively, and also sung it just as gracefully (yes, he can bring grace into club songs with his unique voice!) However, his Hindi pronunciation is a big problem here! Nevertheless, he carries the whole song on his shoulders with the help of Suzanne D’Mello and Shweta Pandit. Both of them have sung the rap portions of the song, and it is also Shweta Pandit’s first time rapping! Though the rap is weird, it will grow on you over multiple listens, and you’ll find yourself singing it anywhere anytime! The konnakol, an art of singing percussion syllables in Carnatic music vocally, has been done by Mahesh Vinayakram, and he sounds great too. The tune does fall flat at places, but the musical arrangements which the Maestro has done are amazing and overshadow the tune! Mostly Rahman has used techno sounds which still mesmerize, and a particular guitar riff will win you over completely! The lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya are also nice and youthful and depict the carefree and casual nature of the youths. Thanks to him, India has got a new awesome word, ‘Khalifa’! Though the song is about youths, children and the middle-aged will also love this song anyhow. Weak tune, but outstanding arrangements!

 

2. Maaloom:- Singers ~ Hriday Gattani, Jonita Gandhi, Backing Vocals ~ Nakash Aziz

This song is completely different from the previous. Starting with a calm guitar riff, you would immediately guess it is going to be a beautiful song. Rahman has introduced another great singer to the industry, that is Hriday Gattani, who is actually the son of Rahman’s manager Deepak Gattani so he knows Rahman since childhood! His voice has the factor which makes it instantly connect with the youths. The tune is so good that it will instantly grow on you! The drums and guitar have been used in such a beautiful way, that I wish there was an instrumental version of this track! The lines from ‘mera toh zamaane se lena dena hi nahi…’ to the last ‘meri manzil ka raasta’ have such a cute tune! Nakash Aziz has done great backing vocals and he sounds a lot like Sanam Puri! The lyrics by Amitabh are very good and not like most of the songs in a typical romantic comedy. You must have noticed by now that I’ve not talked about the female singer at all! Well, I was saving her praise for the last! She has only some lines in the antara, but she steals the entire show in those few lines! Her voice reminded me of Asha Bhosle for some reason, maybe because the tune is a bit like what Rahman used to give us years ago. The moment she enters, the whole atmosphere changes and becomes a notch more lively and upbeat. She sings too good! Pity that Vishal-Shekhar had to use her in the ‘Chennai Express’ title track, they could have used her voice in a romantic song! An awesome song, with an awesome tune, and out of the world performances by the singers! Especially Jonita! #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Ala Hada:- Singers ~ Shiraz Uppal

It starts with an intense piece played by strings, which have been orchestrated perfectly! After that it changes course and becomes a bit more fast, and if you thought that the starting music was perfect, just wait till you hear the rest of the song! It is utterly awe-imspiring! Rahman once again gets ‘Raanjhanaa’ boy Shiraz Uppal to sing a song. While the former was an upbeat desi dance romantic track, this one is a sad song, which has been composed in country style, with the prominent use of guitars. Shiraz has completely nailed it with the vocals, not leaving a single word dull and making each and every word seem magical! The tune is also expertly composed, even though I don’t know why I’m saying that for a person whom everyone already calls an expert! 🙂 The lines ‘tere baghair, jeena lagta hai khaali’ and ‘dil hai magar seena lagta hai khaali’ literally gave me goosebumps! The use of matka in the song has been done very efficiently! Hats off to Rahman for thinking of that! Again, I’ve saved the best for the last! Yes, you guessed it! The lyrics of Amitabh Bhattacharya are truly amazing! He has introduced yet another new and interesting word for the Indian audience to use — ‘Alaahda’ which means separate or separated in Urdu. I loved this song so much! You are also sure to love it! Another awesome and touching sad song, this time with an upbeat tempo. #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Mawali Qawwali:- Singers ~ Raghav Mathur, Tanvi Shah

A totally wacky and crazy song, you would never expect such a song from the Maestro of Madras Rahman, but lo and behold! here it is! Rahman has composed an incredibly energetic and dhinchak song for a romantic comedy! It has traces of ‘Hawaa Hawaa’ from ‘Rockstar’ and ‘Beera’ from ‘Raavan’, and it is probably the first time Rahman composed such a crazy and zany song after ‘Hawaa Hawaa’. The lyricist also has put in immeasurable amounts of weird lyrics which do not at all make sense when heard together. If you think I’m criticizing the song, you are thoroughly mistaken! No, I’m not criticizing the song at all! It is one of the best dance songs of the year! The guitar riff will force you to get up and dance no matter what condition of mind you are in. Spanish folk and African folk music have been fused together so splendidly, that there is no place where they don’t complement each other well! Tanvi Shah has sung her parts very greatly! I didn’t even know she could sing in Spanish! Raghav Mathur has sung his part well too. The energy in his voice is unmatchable! The percussion used is just awesome! Here, after praising the song so much, I must confess that the first time I heard it, I hated it! Afterwards, I started loving it more and more with each listen! And now, I have to hear it at least once a day! You should definitely go for it! If you don’t, well, its your loss! #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Beqasoor:- Singers ~ Shweta Pandit, Nakash Aziz

This song is a typical Rahman melody, and I guess you are familiar with Rahman melodies by now! They have that magic in them which you would never find in any other songs except those by Rahman. This song falls into the same category. After ‘Heera’ from ‘Highway’, Rahman and Shweta are back and have created magic yet again! She has sung flawlessly! The composition is a typical melody as I said earlier, but it will win you over with its soothing nature. The antara has a very mature tune, and I loved it instantly! The arrangements are very simple, mostly piano in the background. The interlude of the sitar-like instrument is awesome too! Now, Nakash Aziz. Wow! What can I say about his part! When he enters, his lines overlapping Shweta’s, you will immediately fall in love with his part. He sounds great in this kind of a song too! Till now we have seen him only in Pritam’s dhinchak tracks in which he sung fabulously, but after hearing this song, anyone will tell that this is undoubtedly his comfort zone! Now I would like to see him feature in a romantic song by Pritam! The lyrics are again as beautiful as the song! The song will, however, take some time to grow on you, like all other Rahman melodies! So please give it time! Yet another soulful, calm and soothing melody from the Maestro and one of his best too! #5StarHotelSong!

 

6. Tu Shining:- Singer ~ Hriday Gattani

Hriday gets his second song in this album (third if you count his backing vocals in ‘Khalifa’) and delivers it with ease too! It’s another youth-oriented track, with no particular sense whatsoever in the lyrics, and the tune also a bit weak. Though it is worth a listen, it is definitely not as strong as the other songs in the album. This song can be excused though, because Rahman wouldn’t make such a short and seemingly meaningless track unless the script calls for it! The saving grace of it is Hriday’s energetic rendition, and the arrangements, with guitars and drums. Give it a listen, but don’t expect the song to shine just because of its name!


 

Lekar Hum Deewana Dil is an album people were looking forward to, and they had many expectations from it as well. Rahman has lived up to those expectations and has delivered an album which will be liked by all, and with variety in it as well. Barring the underperforming ‘Tu Shining’, each of the songs have their own special vibe, which will be transferred to you as you are hearing each of them. For those who were doubting that Rahman would ever successfully return to the romantic comedy genre, they have just been shut up by Rahman himself when they heard this album. Such a great album, I was honestly not expecting for this movie! He has proved that he can compose for any kind of film which comes his way! Amitabh has also used this opportunity of working with Rahman to showcase the best in him, and he has tried his best to give soulful lyrics to the soulful songs, and nonsensical and wacky lyrics to the nonsensical and wacky songs! So mujhe aur kuchh nahi maaloom, bas itna hi maaloom ki this album is surely a superhit!

 

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

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

 

Which is your favorite song from Lekar Hum Deewana Dil? Please vote for your favourite!

 

Next “dish”:- Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (Music Review), Chefs:- Sharib-Toshi & Sachin-Jigar

 

MILLION DOLLAR ARM (MUSIC REVIEW): Firangi Paani (International Special)

Million Dollar Arm Album Cover

Million Dollar Arm Album Cover

This being my first review for an international album, I was a bit nervous about how I would review it, but the songs are mostly connected to India, so it was pretty easy to write this review! 😀


Soundtrack Details:-

♪ Music by:- A.R. Rahman
♪ Music Label:- Walt Disney Records
♪ Music Released On:- 12th May 2014
♪ Movie Released On:- 9th May 2014 (in India) / 16th May 2014 (abroad)

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


Million Dollar Arm is a Hollywood biographical sports drama film which released on 9th May 2014 in India. It has been directed by Craig Gillespie, written by Tom McCarthy, and distributed by Walt Disney Motion Pictures. It stars Jon Hamm, Madhur Mittal and Suraj Sharma (‘Life of Pi’ fame) in main roles. The music of this film has been scored by A.R. Rahman, making it his fourth international venture after ‘Couples Retreat’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, and ‘127 Hours’. I wasn’t expecting much from the music of this film actually, and it came as a surprise to me when the soundtrack got released in India as well. So I decided to review it! 🙂


1. Makhna:- Singers ~ Sukhwinder Singh, Neeti Mohan

The combo of Rahman and Sukhwinder Singh always produces great songs, and that is the case here too! The song starts with tumbi, and after Sukhwinder starts, you cannot even think of missing it. The composition is an ordinary Punjabi one, but the music is awesome! Neeti Mohan just has some backing vocals, which have been broken up but she does even that well. It is a short track, and whoever has written the lyrics hasn’t been credited. Maybe Rahman himself wrote them. A short Punjabi track, with awesome singing by Sukhwinder! Go for it!

 

2. Million Dollar Dream:- Singers ~ Sukhwinder Singh, Iggy Azalea

This is another Punjabi track, with use of tumbi and dhols, but this one has some English rap blended in with the Hindi part. Both the parts have been blended together very well, and make this track a very nice hear. Iggy Azalea, a rapper from Australia, has done her part very well. Sukhwinder also sings what he is best at, Punjabi songs, in this track, so it is no surprise that he has performed well. Another fun-to-listen Punjabi track, with two very contrasting parts blended in a very genius way by the maestro.

 

3. Unborn Children:- Singers ~ K.S. Chithra, Unni Krishnan, Lyrics by ~ Vairamuthu

This song is a Tamil song, ‘Thirakkatha Kaattukulle’ from the 1999 film ‘En Swasa Kaatre’ which was composed by Rahman himself, and it has been featured in this film too. It is a calm and soothing track, which I would have missed had it not been for this movie. Chithra and Unni Krishnan have sung beautifully! The musical arrangements are great and the composition is timeless, which proves how consistent Rahman was even fifteen years ago! Only problem is that I couldn’t understand a word! 😀  However, this just proves yet again the phrase, ‘Music is a universal language’! A must-listen song, with great music and a sweet tune! It is a  #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. We Could Be Kings:- Singers ~ A.R. Rahman, KT Tunstall, Lyrics by ~ KT Tunstall

If you have ever seen a Disney movie, you will immediately recognize the Disney effect which is very prominent in this song, in the form of the English chorus by KT Tunstall. A.R. Rahman has fused the contemporary English lines with the classical lines sung by him very, very well. The most magical line is ‘If I have your hand, I have a million hands…’ I don’t know why, actually, but it is the line which made me love this song instantly! IIt is an inspirational song, and it mostly focuses on teamwork, which is a main theme of the movie since it is about baseball. The tablas have been used exceptionally! Rahman’s sargam will blow you away! KT Tunstall, a Scottish singer-songwriter, also performs amazingly! A fantastic composition, fantastic music and awesome vocals! A must-hear for all those who need motivation! #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Taa Taa Tai:- Singer ~ A.R. Rahman

This track is an awesome example of good fusion! Sitar is the main instrument, and along with Rahman’s extraordinary vocals, which are some classical tabla bols, it is an exemplary piece of music. The techno beats help in generating interest for the international listeners. I wonder how it has been used in the movie! Definitely worth more than a listen!

 

6. Keep The Hustle:- Singers ~ Wale, Raghav Mathur

It starts with too many techno sounds, which did not impress me all that much. This track is purely meant for only international music lovers, and not people like me who love classical touches in music. The famous rapper, Wale, has collaborated with Rahman in this track, and he does great! Raghav Mathur also carries out his part very well. Actually Raghav Mathur is an Indo-Canadian so he is very comfortable singing electronic hip hop songs in English. The female singer has been uncredited. I don’t know why Hollywood likes to leave the names of the people who have done backing vocals a secret, because they actually do a great job! After ‘Wanna Mash Up?’ from ‘Highway’, Rahman is back with a praiseworthy attempt in making an electronic hip hop track, this time for an international project! A great effort by Rahman, but strictly for hip hop lovers!

 

7. Nimma Nimma:- Singer ~ Jaspreet Jazz, Lyrics by ~ Jaspreet Jazz

This song, you might remember, if you watched the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, in which this song was featured. Since this film is a sports film, it is natural that the makers of it will want the song which Rahman had composed for the Olympics. It is another Punjabi song. However, it is a very nice composition with great use of instruments, like dhols, and sitars. Though you might not start dancing in the first listen itself, this song will surely grow on you in the successive listens. Jaspreet Jasz’s lyrics seem to have no connection to the movie. His singing is energetic and he sounds a lot like Daler Mehndi. Try it at least one or two times, you won’t regret it!

 

Instrumental Tracks:-

Bobbleheads:- This track is not actually instrumental as it has some sargam sung by a female voice who is uncredited. :/ Her vocals are not even that great, and out of pitch in most of the places. The music is good, though, and this saves the female singer. Guitar, manjeeras and flute have been used very nicely.

♪ Never Give Up:- This track starts with mild piano notes, followed by great violin orchestration, which A.R. Rahman had showcased in ‘Rana’s Dream’ from ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ as well. It completely changes track few seconds into it, and becomes a fun and quirky song, with just as fun music. The percussion used is very mild, but also such that you will start grooving along with it!

♪ Lucknow:- This track sounds like a tabla baithak, like those which are held in Lucknow, as the name suggests. A.R. Rahman is an expert at such songs, ‘Kun Faaya Kun’ from ‘Rockstar’ being the best recent example. The harmonium, sitar and tablas have been used very brilliantly, and you feel as if it has ended too quickly. Rahman’s voice adds to the magic. By far, the best of the instrumental tracks.

♪ Farewell:- Starting with tanpura and flute, it is another classical-based instrumental track, but it would definitely fit in the movie. The aalaaps by a female singer, again uncredited, are beautiful this time, and Rahman succeeds in making a sad track which would suit in the background of a ‘farewell’ scene in the movie.

♪ Desi Thoughts:- This track only has an electric guitar which seems to be muted playing all throughout the track, which does not make it sound that ‘Desi’. However, the guitar is played in a classical way, like a sitar. The track gives a bit of a haunting feel, but it does fare as well as the other instrumentals of this soundtrack.

♪ First Tryout:- Another track using harmonium, and also piano notes, this track is slow and soft. It is a confusing track, maybe describing the confusion in the head of the person who is giving his first tryout. It ends very abruptly before you can understand a thing, so I say you should skip it.

♪ Calling Scouts Again:- Such a sound was last heard in the instrumental tracks of ‘Jal’, with great folkish percussion. It sounds very nice and quirky, and you will immediately start dancing or moving to the beats. Definitely try this one!

♪ Welcome to India:- This is a calming track, and it will give you lots of mental peace. Again, traditional Indian instruments have been used, creating an Indian ambience which I am sure the international listeners will be blown away by! At the end, the flute comes in to add in to the peacefulness. A great track!

♪ The Final Pitch:- This is the longest instrumental in the album, and another peaceful one, too, like the previous one. Piano has been used very mildly throughout the song, giving the feel of a piano recital abroad. At five minutes, though, this track is too long. Rahman’s vocals are also featured in this track. Violins also come and go, and they have been orchestrated very, very well! Towards the end, the suspense builds, like a suspense movie’s climax, and the tempo also increases. Percussion and horns are introduced towards the end. Maybe this is when the main character hits the baseball finally. Thank you for hitting it and ending the song! 😀 With this track, the album also comes to an end.

 

Overall:- Rahman has shown the world that he is capable of composing for nearly any type and genre of movies, with this album. Though it is a Hollywood film, he has shown us that he has the capacity to score for Hollywood films, yet again! Out of the songs, though having an overdose of Punjabi tracks, they have been composed and arranged very well, and it has been a good attempt by Rahman. The Tamil song is the sureshot winner out of the songs. Where the instrumentals are concerned, Rahman has delivered exactly what was needed in each situation, like for ‘Lucknow’ and ‘Welcome To India’ and of course ‘The Final Pitch’. The only problem is that the Indian audience won’t be able to connect with some songs, and neither will the international audience with others.  Again, Rahman shows his versatility with this album, and it is a very good attempt by him. According to the Hollywood standards (which are anyday less than those of Bollywood) this soundtrack is great!

 

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

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

 

Next “dish”:- Queen, Chef:- Amit Trivedi

 

KOCHADAIIYAAN – HINDI VERSION (MUSIC REVIEW)

So the time has come for me to finally post my first review on this blog! I hope you guys enjoy! I’m a very big Pritam fan but there isn’t a new album composed by him to review so I decided to start with this album because it is by the ‘Mozart of Madras’, ‘Musical Maestro’, the one and only, A.R. Rahman! One of the finest and most popular composers in our country nowadays. Read on!


Album Details:-

Music by:- A.R. Rahman | Lyrics by:- Irshad Kamil, Raqueeb Alam & Mehboob | Music Label:- Eros Music | Music Released On:- 13th March 2014 | Movie Releasing On:- 9th May 2014

Kochadaiiyaan Album Cover

Kochadaiiyaan Album Cover

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

 


Kochadaiiyaan is the latest film starring the ‘Thalaivaa’, Rajinikanth. This film has been in the news since the past three years or so and it has got delayed many times. However, it is finally releasing on the 9th of May this year! In this film directed by Rajinikanth’s daughter herself, Soundarya Ashwin, Rajinikanth will be starring opposite the current queen of Bollywood, Deepika Padukone. What’s more, it is an out-and-out animated film using Motion Capture Technology, which is a first for India! It is a period drama film and its name is inspired by the name of the Pandya Dynasty king, Kochadaiyan Ranadhiran. However, the main thing which I was looking forward to about this movie was its music by A.R. Rahman. After an Okay Okay album for Highway, I had huge expectations from this album. So did the music meet my expectations? Read on to find out!


1. Aye Jawaan:- Singers ~ A.R. Rahman, A.R. Raihanna, Lyrics ~ Mehboob

The album kicks off with a song sung by the Maestro himself, along with his sister A.R. Raihanna, who is also the mother of composer G.V. Prakash Kumar who had composed for ‘Joker’ in 2012. This is her first Hindi song. The song kicks off with a trumpet fanfare like that in most movies about kings and queens from the past centuries. Then Raihanna starts with her part, which is the same paragraph repeating again and again throughout the whole song. Even though she just has to repeat the same lines in the whole song, she sings them very nicely and her vocals sound great with the trumpets in the background. Of course her pronunciations of some Hindi words are not spot-on. Then comes in the Maestro Rahman. When he sung his first lines, I felt great! I don’t know why but I just did! His voice is that powerful! The music is great and perfect for this type of inspirational song, especially the chorus part which starts from ‘Aye Hawaa…’ and ends with ‘….thakta hi nahi.’ It will make you forget everything that you’re doing at the time and just listen to the song! The lyrics are also perfect for an inspirational song. The song, in spite of being so loud, still has a calming effect on you. Especially, again, the chorus part, which is loud, but just as much calm as it is loud. The last stanza ‘Sona chandi tohfa hai…’ is just like a sweet conclusion to such a loud but great song. When the seven-odd minute song ended, I didn’t at all feel that it was so long! When it ends, you will feel that it was pretty short and you will be left wanting more. A must-listen track with fabulous vocals from the Maestro and his sister!

 

2. Dil Chaspiya:- Singers ~ Jonita Gandhi, Arijit Singh, Lyrics ~ Irshad Kamil

Ever since ‘Tum Hi Ho’ fever started last year, Arijit Singh had got a chance to work with almost every famous music director, right from Vishal-Shekhar, who he had worked with before ‘Tum Hi Ho’ also, in ‘Shanghai’, to Amit Trivedi and Sajid-Wajid recently in ‘Queen’ and ‘Main Tera Hero’. But there was one composer who he hadn’t yet worked with, and that was A.R. Rahman. So when he actually got to sing a song for A.R. Rahman and that too, as the voice of Rajinikanth, we can imagine what he must have felt. Anyways, back to the song. This song starts with a piano piece on loop and flute in between. Jonita starts with her part which sounds good, but when Arijit starts, you will forget that there is even a female singer too! He sings with such a great voice that the next time you will hear the song, you will want to skip the female parts and hear only the parts where Arijit sings. The lyrics by Irshad Kamil are also good. The music is great, and it reminded me of the old songs which Rahman used to make. The tune of the antara is better than the mukhda, which repeats after the antara. I was hoping for two antaras but the song had only one and then the same mukhda played again, which was the only disappointing part of the song. The traditional Indian percussion instruments like tabla and Matka are used very nicely throughout the song. Rahman returned to his old days with this song and the other star is Arijit who took hold of the opportunity when he got a chance to sing for Rahman! #5StarHotelSong  

 

3. Bol De:- Singers ~ Javed Ali, Rajinikanth and V. Umashankar (Vocals at the end which is known as Jathi in Carnatic music), Lyrics ~ Irshad Kamil

This song starts very dramatically with very loud percussion which, even though it is loud, is amazing! The track is full of inspirational sayings which are said by Rajinikanth himself. In this song, Javed Ali uses a different voice from his usual sweet voice. In this song he uses a deep and ‘buland’ (loud and strong) voice, but he still sounds great. Half of the song is not sung, but said only. However, you will never get bored of the dialogues because of the way that Rajinikanth delivers them. The chorus part is so strong that you will feel inspired to do something and incorporate the golden sayings which Rajinikanth is reciting. The song revolves around how important change is in life. At the background of the dialogue portions, there are instruments played like trumpet and orchestra bits have also been added. The end of the song is yet another awesome part of the song and that is a classical vocal part by V. Umashankar. He has done his part flawlessly. Must listen to this song for the excellent use of the percussion and orchestra and wonderful use of Rajinikanth’s voice in the song!  

 

4. Vaada Vaada:- Singer ~ (Female Version) ~ Shashaa Tirupathi, (Male Version) ~ Karthik, Lyrics ~ Irshad Kamil

This song is a wedding song and the moment it starts, you get lost in the music! It gives a soothing effect as well as a divine feeling. The singer of the female version, Shashaa Tirupati, has not sung many songs in Bollywood, but in this song, she does great! The music is great in which we can hear traditional Indian instruments like shehnaai and manjira. The tune is also very simple and sweet, just perfect for a wedding song. It is a very short track compared to the others and when it ends you feel like there should have been one more stanza or at least a little instrumental piece at the end to make it longer. But there’s a male version too, and I guess that’s why the song was deliberately short. The female version is better than the male version. The male version starts on a higher scale than the female version. I personally thought that this type of song didn’t need a male version as it was sounding good in the female version itself. However, the singer of the male version, Karthik, has also done his job sincerely. I guess all the credit goes to Rahman for composing such a divine track and choosing the singers well. Try it if you want to experience an awesome soothing effect along with a feeling of divinity.    

 

5. Mera Gham:-  Singers ~ Shreya Ghoshal, Javed Ali, Lyrics ~ Irshad Kamil

THIS was the type of song I was waiting for in this album! A song of the old 90s waala Rahman, a song which is purely classically inspired, a song like the hit songs he used to give back then such as ‘Hai Rama Yeh Kya Kiya’ from ‘Rangeela’. And yes, this song will remind you of that song. It starts with Shreya Ghoshal’s vocals which are supported with very minimal instruments until she says the haunting lines which will transport you out of this world and those lines start from ‘Meri jaaaaan…..aise, o aise…’ and end at ‘….kaisi hulchul meri palkon pe.’ Then Rahman makes her repeat those lines once more, giving a double treat to the ears. Then Javed Ali enters, again using his ‘buland’ voice. His part has more of percussion and instruments. When Shreya takes the aalaap after that, you will feel even more great! Then she says the lines once more! The same tune of the whole mukhada repeats and the song ends with the vocals of Shreya Ghoshal with only support of the taanpura. As it started, the same way it ends, with very less instruments, and a slow line sung by Shreya. The lyrics by Irshad Kamil are also great, but since this album is originally Tamil, and translated into Hindi, they might sound odd and as if they don’t fit in with the music. A great, haunting but still melodious track, which will make you feel proud that you have been born in the same time period as Rahman and Shreya Ghoshal! #5StarHotelSong  

 

6. Thandav:-  Singers ~ Kochadaiiyaan Ensemble, Lyrics ~ Raqueeb Alam

This can be called the title song of the movie, as it describes the main character, Kochadaiiyaan and his greatness. This song also starts with fanfare from trumpets, and a lot of percussion is used. The lyrics sound like an overdose of Sanskrit, but they are needed according to the time period of the movie. All the singers in the ensemble sing very well. It will remind you of ‘Azeem-O-Shaan Shahenshah’ from ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ because it is of the same type where the subjects are praising their king or something like that. Good song which is needed in such a film but not as great as other songs which Rahman has made in this genre.  

 

7. Rana’s Dream:-  Instrumental, played by London Session Orchestra

It is an instrumental piece which most probably will play in the background, and Rahman has conducted the London Sessions Orchestra very efficiently. It sounds great with flutes and violins being heard prominently. There isn’t much to say about this track except for a piece of advice, that is, to hear it with earphones/headphones for the best experience!  

 

8. Aaya Khwaab Ka Mausam:- Singer ~ Raghav Mathur, Lyrics ~ Raqueeb Alam

Turns out that the previous track was an instrumental version of this song, which was released last year, but only in Tamil, so I didn’t pay attention to it. It is a type of song which would be played while a war is going on. This song also has great percussion and brass instruments along with violins. The singing by Raghav Mathur (last heard in ‘Ishq Shava’ from ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’) is average, and please don’t ask about the lyrics, which do not fit at all with the music. Because of that problem I forced myself to hear the Tamil version, sung by S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, which sounded way better though i didn’t understand it. The best part of this song, I felt, was the bagpipe part in between the second last and last stanza. Please forgive the lyricist of the Hindi version and listen to the Tamil version.  

 

Overall:- This album, which I had huge expectations from, has lived up to my expectations! I had expected Rahman to put aside his western side while composing most of the songs of this album, and he did just that! Most of the songs are classically based, and use traditional Indian instruments, like tabla, matka, shehnaai and manjira to name just a few. Since it is after all, a Tamil album, the lyrics might sound weird in some places, but translating songs is a very hard job, and Irshad Kamil has done it very efficiently. In this album, Rahman reminded us of the albums he had made ten to fifteen years ago like Taal, Rangeela, Lagaan. I cannot praise him enough for this album. This album has the capability to stay in people’s minds for generations to come and will go into history as one of Rahman’s best albums.  

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

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

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:- You must have seen the hashtag followed by the words ‘5StarHotelSong‘ ; this means that those songs are the best songs in the album for me. Of course you can have different choices too, I’ve just given my opinion! 🙂  

 

Next “dish”:- Purani Jeans, Chef:- Ram Sampath

 

Review by Rujul Deolikar