OCTOBER 2017 ROUND-UP (CHEF, TU HAI MERA SUNDAY, RANCHI DIARIES, GOLMAAL AGAIN, JIA AUR JIA — Mini Music Reviews) + Important Announcement!!


The Important Announcement

Due to the scarcity of time, from now on, I will sum up the entire month’s reviews in a set of two articles each month, one usually around the 15th of the month and the other towards the end. Of course, certain albums that I feel need a separate post (either because they might have many songs, or be spectacular albums, or even if the movies are highly awaited ones) I will do so for those albums. I will reveal the chosen album for this month — it’ll be “Secret Superstar” — I don’t guarantee it’ll be rated very high, but because of the buzz surrounding it, it requires a separate post, I feel! Meanwhile, the usual monthly awards posts will sum everything up once again at the end of every month in the form of awards. I really hope this format helps me balance my schedule! And I can’t wait to return to my normal long posts — till then enjoy your luck of getting to read short reviews from my side!!


October 2017 Round-Up

So this post will cover the reviews for the all but two of October releases that have already released — ‘Chef’ by Raghu Dixit & Amaal Mallik, ‘Tu Hai Mera Sunday’ by Amartya Rahut (Bobo), ‘Ranchi Diaries’ by Nickk, Jeet Gannguli, Tony Kakkar & Bobby-Imran, ‘Golmaal Again’ by Amaal Mallik, Thaman S., Lijo George-DJ Chetas & Abhishek Arora, and ‘Jia Aur Jia’ by Sachin Gupta, Nisschal Zaveri & Sameer Nichani. There will be separate reviews for ‘Secret Superstar’ and ‘Rukh’, both by Amit Trivedi.



♦ A Delectable Treat For The Ears: CHEF Music Review

♪ Music by: Raghu Dixit & Amaal Mallik
♪ Lyrics by: Ankur Tewari & Rashmi-Virag
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 26th September 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 6th October 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes

Listen to ‘Tere Mere’: Saavn
Buy ‘Tere Mere’: iTunes


Raghu Dixit starts off the album with Shugal Laga Le, a song having a heavy folk influence from Kerala. The backing vocalists provide that freshness associated with Kerala, and Raghu’s characteristic voice makes it all the more intriguing to listen to. In his arrangements too, he adds a dash of everything, and especially those percussions are mind blowing, along with the banjo. Ankur’s lyrics made me acquainted with a new phrase “Shugal Laga Le” meaning “find a hobby, or find something to do”. The next song by him is also reliant on folk music, this time Celtic/Irish. Banjaara is steeped heavily on the beautiful flutes that characterise Irish music, with amazing percussion and backing vocals yet again. Vishal Dadlani does great justice to the sing with those power-packed vocals. The song is one of those many motivational songs that Vishal gets to sing in Bollywood, except that this time, it has a whole new style to it. The mellow Darmiyaan, exudes a positivity in spite of the fact that it is a sad song — mostly because of Raghu’s ebullience. A splendid guitar backdrop makes it simple and sweet, and Raghu’s diction has to be lauded. Raghu takes forth the melancholia in a more Bollywood-ish way in Khoya Khoya, which I rank as the best of the album — underrated Shahid Mallya taking charge of the vocals in a very beautiful way, and Dixit’s composition has that old-world-charm to it. The sarangi is quite impressive here! The alternative rock set up will make this one loveable to many! Raghu’s last song on the album is the effervescent Tan Tan, rendered with spunk by Nikhita Gandhi, the only female vocalist on the album. In her texture, she gives off vibes of Shalmali and Shefali. Guest composer Amaal Mallik, whose song Tere Mere was also removed from the album later, produces a song you can immediately tell is by him. That doesn’t make its richness diluted, though — it’s still wonderful, with the nice dholak rhythm accompanying Armaan Malik’s beautiful voice. Also, Rashmi-Virag’s lyrics are amazing!
All in all, Chef is one of the best albums of the year in that it is a clever mix of melancholia, inspiration and romance. Raghu Dixit must sign more and more Bollywood films — I firmly believe that this is his best Bollywood album yet!

Total Points Scored by This Album (in the order mentioned in the review): 4 + 5 + 4 + 5 + 4.5 + 4 = 26.5

Album Percentage: 88.3%

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: Banjaara = Khoya Khoya > Tan Tan > Tere Mere = Shugal Laga Le = Darmiyaan



♦ A Perfect Sunday Album: TU HAI MERA SUNDAY Music Review

♪ Music by: Amartya Rahut
♪ Lyrics by: Milind Dhaimade
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 29th September 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 6th October 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes


Out of Arijit’s two songs, the classically-steeped sad song Dhundlo Tum fares better, with an addictive strings orchestra accompanying it, and it quickly steers away from the Bhatt-ish genre that it starts off with. Had that continued, it wouldn’t have been half as good. The digital Sitar is beautiful. His other song, Thodi Si Jagah, is also classical-based for some initial parts, before it turns into an upbeat number that loses itself halfway through the song. The rock backdrop ofthe hook line couldn’t have been more clichéd. Arijit’s vocal prowess is clearly showcased in the song though. It is Amartya’s violin solo that impresses though, with its distinct classical tune. The title song, Tu Hai Mera Sunday, takes a pleasant Christmassy turn, with soft jazz making your ears happy. Shalmali renders it with a familiarity that makes you feel amazing. The brass portions have been done really well here, as are the drums. The clarinet and piano is wonderful too. It is nothing more than the lyrics that make it sound even more personal though. Ash King’s Yeh Mera Man is a pleasant departure from his previous song ‘Bandook Meri Laila’ (A Gentleman) and brings him back to his comfort zone. Again, a jazzy tune gives the song a kind of spring, and that whistle portion is so pleasantly surprising and charming, it is hard to dislike. The guitars are impressive here. Yeh Jo Pyaar Hai, a clubbish number sung by Nandini Srikar, is probably the weakest of the album, where the tune and the arrangement are just mismatched; the hookline sounds like this song was pitched for the situation of ‘Aaj Ki Raat’ (Don) before ‘Aaj Ki Raat’ was finalised.
Amartya’s best album to date provides us with a nice mix of classical music, jazz music and a banal club number! This album will go highly underrated and unnoticed though!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album (in order mentioned in the review): 4.5 + 4 + 4 + 3.5 + 3 = 19

Album Percentage: 76%

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: Dhundhlo Tum > Thodi Si Jagah = Tu Hai Mera Sunday > Yeh Mera Man > Yeh Jo Pyaar Hai



♦ Uninteresting Diaries: RANCHI DIARIES Music Review

♪ Music by: Nickk, Jeet Gannguli, Tony Kakkar & Bobby-Imran
♪ Lyrics by: Nickk, Manoj Muntashir, Tony Kakkar & Sattwik Mohanty
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 7th October 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 13th October 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes


Some newcomer Nickk is — he has just been made to make another ‘Baby Doll’, now that Meet Bros. just be refusing to do it. However, Fashion Queen has something in addition to the usual ‘Baby Doll’ sequels — an Arabic strings backdrop that just helps it as much as a car can help you fly. The new singer Raahi seems disillusioned with the ideals that it is okay to sing like Kanika Kapoor if you aren’t her. The composer’s rap is dumb. Helicopter‘s lyricist and composer Tony Kakkar uses the word ‘helicopter’ as a metaphor for ‘getting high’. 😶 Siblings Tony and Neha render it with as much mediocrity as they can muster. I can’t believe Tony is the same guy behind ‘Saawan Aaya Hai’ (Creature 3D) and ‘Khuda Bhi’ (Ek Paheli Leela), but then he has made ‘Ek Do Teen Chaar’ (Ek Paheli Leela) and ‘Do Peg Maar’ (One Night Stand). Jeet Gannguli’s Thoda Aur is the composer’s usual pathos-filled romantic number — you would think that after a year-long break, he would return with something pleasant. But it is the same old Arijit-Palak love story. And the irony is that this song sounds like ‘Saawan Aaya Hai’ (Creature 3D). So did Tony help him here instead of making his own song better? 😏 The last song is a banal Mika solo Godfather, composed by Pritam’s former assistants Bobby-Imran, which I couldn’t even finish once when I started to listen to it.
This is a Hodge-podge of the worst songs from the weirdest mix of composers ever.

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 2 + 1.5 + 3 + 0.5 = 7

Album Percentage: 35%

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Thoda Aur > Fashion Queen > Helicopter > Godfather



♦ Amaal Ka Kamaal (Again): GOLMAAL AGAIN Music Review

♪ Music by: Amaal Mallik, Thaman S., Lijo George, DJ Chetas, Abhishek Arora, Anu Malik & Raamlaxman
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar & Rahat Indori
♪ Music Label: T-Series [“Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate” on Saregama]
♪ Music Released On: 6th October 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 20th October 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes

Listen to “Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate”: Saavn


The album to the much-awaited fourth instalment to the ‘Golmaal’ series starts with the Title Track, where South film composer Thaman S. is called in just to do that clichéd Kuthu rhythm we are all bored of. Brijesh Shandilya does well as the lead male singer, but Aditi Singh Sharma sounds utterly replaceable. She gets another song, Itna Sannata Kyun Hai, composed by Lijo George and DJ Chetas, where her part towers over her male co-singer Amit Mishra’s parts. The hookline is like a desperate scream in our ears, to make noise. The EDM after the hookline is so bad, I can’t describe it. Amaal Mallik, lead composer, gets two songs, where one is obviously a 90s remake. ‘Neend Churayi Meri’ (Ishq) is the privileged song, named by the company as Maine Tujhko Dekha. The song’s best part is that Neeraj Sridhar returns after a long time to sing a song that is tailor-made for his song. Sukriti Kakar complements him well, but the song is better as an individual song than it is as a remake. Had the hookline been original, it would have been amazing! Amaal’s second song happens to be the album’s best — Hum Nahi Sudhrenge gives those rays of positivity like ‘Apna Har Din’ did in ‘Golmaal 3’. Though the song is similar to Amaal’s other EDM numbers like “Sooraj Dooba Hai”, “Buddhu Sa Mann” and “Zindagi Aa Raha Hoon Main”, it works well because of its positivity and Armaan yet again sings charmingly! What Saregama holds of the album is an unplugged, slow-paced version of ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’s Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate, sung very simply by Nikhil D’Souza and Anushka Manchanda, and arranged soothingly by Abhishek Arora (of Abhishek-Akshay) and Samyuktha Narendran. It doesn’t work too much though, in spite of not changing much from the old song.
The worst Golmaal album is held up solely by Amaal’s songs (or song).


Total Points Scored by This Album: 2.5 + 2.5 + 3.5 + 4 + 3.5 = 16

Album Percentage: 64%

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: Hum Nahi Sudhrenge > Maine Tujhko Dekha = Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate > Itna Sannata Kyun Hai = Golmaal Again (Title Track)

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 35 (from previous albums) + 02 (from Golmaal Again) = 37


♦ Nisschal O Nisschal, Aur Compose Karo! : JIA AUR JIA Music Review

♪ Music by: Nisschal Zaveri, Sachin Gupta, Sameer Nichani & Shankar-Jaikishan
♪ Lyrics by: Mudassar Aziz, Raqueeb Alam, Vachaspati Mishra & Hasrat Jaipuri
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company [“Jia O Jia Reprise” on Saregama]
♪ Music Released On: 17th October 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 27th October 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes

Listen to “Jia O Jia Reprise”: Saavn


The songs by Sachin Gupta start off the album, and though they do not impress you immediately, you do get attuned to them on hearing them for a couple of times. Na Shukre is a wild rock song about carefree girls, and Smita Malhotra makes a rocking debut with her vocals in this, the rock guitars played wonderfully. Shivani Bhayana’s Naach Basanti, on the other hand, is a bit too rowdy to go with its amazing club arrangements, but apparently by the lyrics, it is supposed to be some sort of an ode to “Sholay”. Many of the small additions by Gupta in this song happen to catch your attention, like the techno sounds at the beginning, and the folksy portion at the end.
The newcomer composer, Nisschal Zaveri, steps in for the rest of the songs (with lyrics) and I must say, he does quite an amazing job in his first album itself. His lullaby-ish, classical-based Na Jaa appears in two versions, one in Asees Kaur’s voice, with a stark resemblance to her singing in ‘Kaari Kaari’ (Dobaara), while the other is in Nandini Srikar’s voice. Obviously, Nandini’s version wins my heart because of her seasoned voice and more classically inclined singing. The Tabla in this song has to be mentioned, as do the strings, guitars and mandolin. The arrangements overpower the voice of Asees in her version, another drawback of that version. Nandini’s version has everything that the music buff longs for in a good song.
Zaveri’s other song, released by Saregama, is a reprise of Shankar-Jaikishan-Mohd. Rafi classic Jia O Jia, and is an apt remake of the song, with an upbeat clubbish sound, one of the freshest remakes I’ve heard this year. The song feels like a splash of water on your face — despite being a remake, Zaveri uses his creativity to make it a bit unconventional, without being bogged down by the thought of what’s popular these days. The synth has been used amazingly, and the backing chorus singing “Jia O” after every hook is just sweet! Jyotica sounds amazing in this song, the least she has sounded like Neha Kakkar ever! But Rashid Ali, being heard after a long time, falls flat due to the excessive programming done to his voice. The Latino turn of sound midway into the song takes time to get used to, but is awesome!
The background score composer for the film, Sameer Nichani, gets one of his instrumental pieces added to the album, and it is called Jia Aur Jia Theme, and is heavy on Spanish guitars, played in a very sensuous way. It is extremely short at one and a half minute, but soothes your senses for all its worth.
A hidden gem of an album, wherein we find a new composer who must get many, many more songs in Bollywood!! Zaveri scores higher than Gupta here.


 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 3.5 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 4 + 4 = 23.5

Album Percentage: 78.33%

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: Na Jaa By Nandini > Jia O Jia Reprise = Na Jaa = Jia Aur Jia Theme > Na Shukre > Naach Basanti

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 37 (from previous albums) + 01 (from Jia Aur Jia) = 38


I hope that wasn’t too long (though I know it was) but this is what I’m going to have to do until I am a bit more free. I personally liked this method of reviewing and don’t mind continuing it forever too! So maybe, just maybe, you might get the “Secret Superstar” and “Rukh” reviews in this format too, but in separate posts and not clubbed together! Lets see! Till then, enjoy music! 😉

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

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

Amit Sahni Ki List Album Cover

Amit Sahni Ki List Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


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


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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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


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

 

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

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

 

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