MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING!!! (RAEES – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Ram Sampath, JAM8, Omgrown Music & Kalyanji-Anandji
♪ Lyrics by: Javed Akhtar, Indeevar, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Mayur Puri, Ram Sampath, Hiral Brahmbhatt & Manoj Yadav
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 24th January 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 25th January 2017

Raees Album Cover

Raees Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Raees is an upcoming Bollywood action / crime thriller film starring Shah Rukh Khan, Mahira Khan and Naseeruddin Shah in prominent roles. The film has been directed by Rahul Dholakia, and produced by Gauri Khan, Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar. The movie sees Shah Rukh Khan playing a gangster, and that’s pretty much all that we all know about it. The album has released one DAY before the movie, and that’s been frowned upon a lot, mostly by me, and I hated this promotion strategy, if you can call it a strategy. The film had three songs running around TV till the album decided to release a day before. Anyway, the music is by Ram Sampath and JAM8, which is Pritam’s Artiste & Repertoire company promoting new talent. One song by JAM8, it hasn’t been specified who has composed, while the two others are by someone named Aheer. So without further ado, (I mean, how can there be any further ado…) let’s see what this latecomer album has to offer, and whether it was worth the suspense.


1. Laila Main Laila

Singer ~ Pawni Pandey, Additional Vocals ~ Chaandni RMW & Team Omgrown, Original Composition by ~ Kalyanji-Anandji, Music Recreated by ~ Ram Sampath, Original Lyrics by ~ Indeevar, New Lyrics by ~ Javed Akhtar

“Mohabbat ka dasta, tumhe naag hai kya,
Tumhare bhi dil mein, lagi aag hai kya?
Mere liye bhi, tadapte ho tum bhi,
Main betaab jaise, tumhare liye hoon?”

– Javed Akhtar

The first song on the album takes the form of a (yes, again!!) remake of a popular old song. This time, ‘Laila O Laila’ from ‘Qurbani’ gets brought to the slaughtering counter. (Or is it? Let’s see..) Anyway, Ram Sampath takes charge of this ambitious remake. Ram Sampath is somebody I never have seen remaking songs. (Correct me if I’m wrong, but the only remake I remember him doing before is that remake of a folk song, ‘Ambarsariya’ in ‘Fukrey’). So he gets to do the remake to this hit club song of the Disco era. Kalyanji-Anandji’s tune for both mukhda and antara get retained, and that is always a pleasure to know. Not that I was a huge fan of the old song, but all celebrations in India (and please note that that is just figurative) are incomplete without this song playing at least once. With the original tune retained, remaking a song properly almost always becomes a piece of cake. Or so I thought. The tune has been retained, and the item-ish flavour has been retained, so as to keep as much similarity with the original and not make an out-of-place remake, but something still seems missing in the song. The arrangements are fantastic. What else can we expect when Taufiq Qureshi is in charge of percussions! Nothing but awe overcomes you when you hear the wonderful and grand percussions — they are so earthy! They make the song which was originally a disco song, a rural number. And that “Bubuchikum, boom bubuchikum” with which the song starts is just crazy! Thats probably one of the best parts of the song. The arrangements of course, like any item song, are incomplete without whistles and a backing chorus going “hey hey“. And everything’s been done here. Even the legendary trumpets (Ed Gibson) have been used and that epic trumpet tune to the hookline has been played throughout the song. But still, something seems missing! Pawni Pandey, who shot to fame with ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs’, has clearly left behind her Li’l-champ-ness. She tries very hard to get the nuances and various little bits of an item song right, but to no avail. (Similar to how Chinmayi couldn’t quite sing ‘Mera Naam Mary’ from ‘Brothers’ well). She only sounds very heavenly when she sings the line, “Laila o Laila Laila, aisi tu Laila“, (she sings in her actual voice there) but not in the lines where she actually sings AS Laila. (On retrospection, I think that might be backing vocalist Chaandni RMW.. So she sounds better than Pawni!) However, that backing vocalist who sings the “phabak phabak” part in this version somewhere in the second interlude, really aces his part! 😀 The lyrics to the antaras have been changed though the tune has been retained, and they carry on the spirit of the old song. At least Javed Akhtar has written something sensible and non-vulgar for such a song too, and not something yucky and stupid. Of course, Indeevar’s classic lyrics for the mukhda can’t really be replaced, can they? Ram Sampath tries his best to deliver a smashing remake, and I must admit, this is better than other recent remakes, (first and foremost, it has no rap! Yay!) but something still lacks, and I can’t seem to understand what!

Note: As I’m writing this review, this song seems to have volatilized from my brain! I mean, it released like a month ago!

Rating: 3/5

 

2. Zaalima

Singers ~ Arijit Singh & Harshdeep Kaur, Music by ~ JAM8, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya

“Deedar tera Milne ke baad hi chhooti meri angdaai,
Tu hi bataade kyun zaalima main kehlaayi?
Kyun iss tarah se duniya jahaan mein Karta hai meri ruswaai?
Tu hi bataade kyun zaalima main kehlaayi!”

– Amitabh Bhattacharya

Pritam Chakraborty’s Artists and Repertoire company, JAM8 get charge of the romantic song of the album. Now isnt it such an honour to compose a romantic song for THE Shah Rukh Khan? And I must say, the team has made a good effort in keeping with the star’s legacy. Before you start hurling curses at me, I will stop judging music by star value and let’s get on with the review! So the composer(s) [I don’t really know who it is exactly for JAM8] composes this song with a very evident feel-good vibe to it, and who doesn’t like such breezy music? The mukhda has a very sunshine-ish tune to it, and the hookline is so nicely inserted into it, just like a jigsaw puzzle piece that fits into another piece perfectly. (Must be some great quality cardboard that that jigsaw puzzle is made of! Sorry.) The mukhda contains some nice couplets followed by the interjection “zaalima“, and these couplets have been put to such a nice and playful tune, you can’t help but groove to it, though it isn’t the most conventional of tunes. It reminded me of ‘Aaj Dil Shaayraana’ (Holiday)! It also has PRITAM written all over it; the composer(s??) have done a good job of recreating his style. The mukhda also has another line, which has the most brilliant of tunes, in a high scale of notes. (It’s the part that goes “Aankhein marhaba, baatein marhaba“, in case you’re wondering.) The first antara is yet another playful tune that you just can’t get enough of, especially the seamless way the tune goes from low notes to high, in a very clever bridge note. And then the tune of that “marhaba” part comes back with different words, and so do the goosebumps! After the first antara, you think that the song would end, but JAM8 had more in store. When it continues you wait for another antara or the mukhda repeated (like most songs have nowadays) but what you get is even better. A brilliant conclusion comes in the form of nice Sufi-style lines, put to a heavenly tune and Harshdeep’s awesome vocals. The arrangements are fantastic, what with the trademark Pritam guitars and dholaks on a very breezy melody. Some techno sounds are very impressive, like that nice sound at the beginning of the song, playing all the time before Arijit starts, and after each “O zaalima” hook, and in the first interlude. A nice rhythm of daflis (Iqbal Azad), quite similar to the one Pritam himself had given in ‘Gerua’ (Dilwale), gives a nice and traditional touch to the composition. The first time the “O zaalima” hook crops up, there’s a nice hit of drums (Alan Hertz). The acoustic guitars that start the song (Pawan Rasaily & Arijit Singh) are wonderful and lure the listener into the song perfectly. Even the rock guitars actually rock whenever they play. The first antara has this wonderful ‘Tum Jo Aaye’-ish tabla rhythm, taking you back to the ‘Tum Jo Aaye’ days. The second interlude is phenomenal with a nice harmonium-led (Feroz Shaikh) traditional piece. Vocals are topnotch, with both vocalists impressing. Arijit is his usual charming self, and how I love his voice in such cheerful songs. I think even composers do, because I’m hearing less of his bawling and drawling nowadays. Harshdeep is fantastic too, and her husky voice was a perfect choice to get that small amount of rustic-ness required for the song. She also sings that conclusion stanza very convincingly. The lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya are a good, fine example of clever poetry and have a nice ring to them, especially when Arijit sings it. The fact that the lyrics are great has been proved already, when the makers resorted to lyrics for building up pre-release buzz for the song, instead of releasing teasers of the audio or stills from the video! “Jo tere ishq mein behka pehle se hi, kya use behkaana, O zaalima!” or “Jiski har dhadkan, tu ho aise, dil ko kya dhadkaana, O zaalima!” It is just, perfectly exemplary writing. A good attempt by ‘almost’ newbies JAM8, to create a good romantic track for SRK, and what they will get in return for this is exposure i.e, exposure that being in an SRK film gives you. Surely, bigger projects are in store for them now after the middling ‘1920 London’ last year!

Note: I’m not too sure whether it is the same people behind this song for JAM8, who were behind the songs for ‘1920 London’ (Kaushik-Akash).

Rating: 3.5/5

 

3. Udi Udi Jaye

Singers ~ Sukhwinder Singh, Bhoomi Trivedi & Karsan Sagathia, Music by ~ Ram Sampath, Lyrics by ~ Javed Akhtar

“Kehne ko toh khel hai yeh tera mera sanjha,
Par mera dil hai patang aur teri nazar manjha,
Manjhe se lipti yeh patang judi judi jaaye!”

– Javed Akhtar

Ram Sampath re-enters into the album that was rightly his before JAM8 were taken on board. His next song is a garba track, but it has shades of a romantic track. And this blend has been done so well, that at one point you think it’s a dance number you’re listening to, and at another point, you think it is an out-and-out romantic song. The composition, though quite typical to the genre, is very sweet and innocent, especially the wonderfully crafted hookline. Yes, it has a bit of a 90s touch to it, but that makes it sound all the more charming. The mukhda is a direct plunge into the melody of the song, with the hookline ‘hooking’ you from the very start, just like a hookline is supposed to. That one line that Ram has composed so that we can actually say there is some kind of mukhda (The ‘kehne ko toh khel hai…‘ part) is just sooooo sweet, and whenever it repeats in the chorus, you just can’t help but smile. The antaras have been composed in a just as melodious tune, with an even more evident 90s feel to it, and that touch makes it sound as good as it does! (You see, I have no qualms with 90s touches when they’re well done!) In the second interlude, there’s a wonderful very folksy Gujarati part, crooned by Karsan Sagathia, and that is something to look out for in the song. I like the way Ram has composed such a flavourful Gujarati track, though he isn’t Gujarati himself. That just reflects the unity in diversity of India once again, I guess? 😀 The arrangements are wonderful, and make the song sound grand. If you close your eyes and listen to them, you might just feel you are in the middle of a big Navratri function in the heartlands of Gujarat itself. The powerful, booming percussion (Nitish Ranadive) just can’t be ignored, as it provides such a foot-tapping beat throughout the song. The Gujarati folksy string instruments have been put to great use. That mandolin (Tapas Roy) is just too splendid to ignore! Overall, the arrangements by Sampath set up this very happy and grand ambience, and transport you to Gujarat. Vocals are too impressive to be true. Sukhwinder, as always, is great, but his voice sounds exceptionally well here — barring those small autotunes I can hear occasionally! And the “Chaiyya Chaiyya” (Dil Se) magic is recreated! Bhoomi Trivedi gets her next big song right after her debut in ‘Ram-Leela’, and making great use of the space she gets here, she shines. Her husky voice proves just right for the track, and at places, she sounds just like Sunidhi Chauhan. Karsan’s small interlude, is fantastic, and I don’t know whether it’s a new recording, or a recording of one of his old songs. Probably the former. I don’t know. I don’t think it should matter too. 😛 Javed Akhtar’s lyrics are good; a nice romantic touch is added to the Garba setting with his words. Other than that, there wasn’t anything too exceptional about them. 🙂 A song that will go down as one of the best Garba songs of Bollywood, joining the *recent* hits like ‘Nagada Sang Dhol’ (Ram-Leela), ‘Shubhaarambh’ (Kai Po Che).

Rating: 4/5

 

4. Dhingana

Singer ~ Mika Singh, Additional Vocals by ~ Team Omgrown, Music Composed by ~ Aheer for JAM8, Music Produced by ~ Omgrown Music (Ram Sampath’s company), Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

“Farzi, duniya hai farzi, tedhi jab kar di ungli, toh seedhi chali,
Marzi, apni marzi, jab Hoti gardi, kismat gale lagi
Dhingana dhingana, dhandhe ka dhingana!”

– Mayur Puri

JAM8 comes back with yet another song on the album, this one credited specifically to new composer Aheer composing for JAM8. The song is your everyday gangster song, something full of attitude and loud beats that you might expect to play everywhere around for a while after the film releases. The composition by Aheer is quite good, getting the attitude and spunk quotient right, with the mukhda particularly starting the song off on a note that would get the listener hooked. As it progresses towards the hookline, the composition does get a bit heard-before and tedious, but bearable. It isn’t like the composition would bore you. The hookline itself is full of that gangster attitude. The one antara that follows too, has a nice retro-styled composition, and reminds one of Amitabh Bachchan’s Angry young Man days. One thing is for sure though, that this song will be played numerous times in parties and functions. The arrangements are your normal massy song fare, with loud masala movie styled percussions (that sound a bit too loud, thus reminding me of Sajid-Wajid’s ‘Madamiyan’ from ‘Tevar’), and cool guitars (Shon Pinto). The star of the arrangements, though, has to be the rock guitars tune, the one we heard in the trailer, and what people were calling the “Raees Theme”. They should’ve released an instrumental track based on that trumpet-and-guitars piece! Vocals by Mika are surprisingly not as irritating as they could’ve been, and that’s saying quite something! He adds a bit of a grunge to his voice in places, and it sounnds great! The song’s duration has been kept very short, under three minutes, and rightly so, situational as it is. Mayur Puri, returning in a film album as Lyricist after quite some time, writes functional lyrics, and from what I gather, it is a song where the gangster and his henchmen are celebrating about the success of their business. Enjoyable, but to an extent, that unfortunately gets reached quite soon.

Rating: 3/5

 

5. Enu Naam Che Raees

Singers ~ Ram Sampath & Tarannum Malik, Additional Vocals by ~ Team Omgrown, Music by ~ Ram Sampath, Lyrics by ~ Ram Sampath & Hiral Brahmbhatt

“Enu naam chhe Raees, Enu naam chhe Raees,
Akkhi duniya mein yeh single piece, single piece!
Heilo haalaro, hulle hullare ho!!!”

– Ram Sampath & Hiral Brahmbhatt

Here comes another theme song revolving around the central character, Raees. This one has been composed by Ram Sampath and I’m guessing, was part of the album before SRK started making amendments in the album. I say that because it is horribly disappointing! The composition is a typpppppical Ram Sampath composition. But that’s not bad, is it? Well, it isn’t but the result isn’t too satisfactory either. Yes, the composition does have certain hooks that make it work, like the “Heilo haalaro hulle hullare ho…” loop, which is family catchy, but as a whole, it just doesn’t work out as a theme song which it is meant to be. The hookline seems like something that has been composed for an advertising campaign, and doesn’t seem like something you would add into a Bollywood album. Okay, even if it were sounding like an advertising campaign and sounded good, it would be fine. However, the result is a mishmash of confused sounds and tunes. Barring the vocal loop I pointed out, everything seems below the standards. I don’t even get how the track, which is heavy on trippy Latino and club beats, has found a place in such a folksy (till now) album. It is a bit too far-fetched, no? Arrangements are just that: A confused mash of techno beats and Taufiq Qureshi-ish percussion by Farai Arendse and Dayo Afolayan. Also, I don’t know where the Salsa-style beats came from in this song! Vocals by Ram Sampath sound good, but again, it really does not go well with the rest of the album. Again, the vocalists who have sung the vocal loop, fascinate. Ram Sampath and Hiral Brahmbhatt’s lyrics are a good description of Raees’s character, but could’ve done with a much better comoosition. Sadly, so underwhelming a theme song, that I don’t know if it even will be remembered as one.

Rating: 2.5/5

 

6. Saanson Ke

Singer ~ K.K., Additional Vocals by ~ Thomson Andrews, Ryan Dias, Dean Sequeira, Murishka Dcruz, Shazneen Arethna, Gwen Dias, Music by ~ Aheer for JAM8, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

“Main kis manzil ka raahi hoon, tu kinn raahon pe laayi hai
Samajh paaun na main tujhko, naa tu mujhko…
Jo na manzoor hai mujhko, wohi manzoor hai tujhko
Samajh paaun na main tujhko, naa tu mujhko…”

– Manoj Yadav

As soon as the next song starts, you wonder whether you accidentally opened the “Raaz 5” album. The piano notes that the song starts with evoke memory of everything pertaining to the Bhatts. JAM8 returns yet again, with Aheer helming it yet again. And what follows is a very mediocre sad song, that would have (okay, might have) sounded better in any Bhatt album! The composition has been delivered strictly according to the Bhatts’ needs and requirements, and that template has been followed perfectly. Melancholia, check. Acoustic guitars and strings, check. K.K., check. However, was there any need of such a song here? A wonderfully earthy sad song a la ‘Naina’ (Dangal) could very well have been made as well. And my frustration about this song is much less about it being a trademark Bhatt-ish melody, than it is about it being such a mediocre composition! I mean, Shah Rukh had called in JAM8 to enhance the album, as he thought it was underwhelming, but in such short notice, all that JAM8 too, could offer, is this underwhelming song too! Everything about the composition sounds too heard-before and gives you the feeling that you could just as well hear all of this song’s elements in some other, better, actual Bhatt movie song! That much about the composition. Arrangements fare much better, what with a haunting chorus joining in to make it sound all the more pensive (and also dated, at times). The guitars (Roland Fernandes) help the song nicely throughout the duration. The strings very majestically grace the hookline. The best part of the arrangements are the clarinets and flutes (both by Shirish Malhotra), which you might need to strain your ears to listen to. K.K. as usual, aces the vocals, but again, I can’t help but thinking how bored he must’ve been singing this — a melody, the type of which he has sung a thousand times before! Manoj Yadav’s lyrics are a pleasure to hear, and provide the respite that the other aspects of the song do not. A misfit.

Rating: 2.5/5

 

7. Ghammar Ghammar

Singer ~ Roshan Rathod, Music Produced by ~ Ram Sampath, Composition & Lyrics ~ Traditional

“Ghammar Ghammar maru valonu gaaje,
Shaam aavi ne maari matuki phode!”

– Traditional

The last track on the album is a fun Gujarati folk song recreated by Ram Sampath. And I must say, it is quite impressive! The traditional composition has been given a nice techno revamp, and Roshan Rathod has rendered quite zestfully. What’s most impressive is that the techno sounds and the folk instruments blend perfectly and the techno sounds do not tamper the folksy feel of the song whatsoever. I really have nothing much more to say about this! Just enjoy this one! A short track to dance on in Navratri and/or Janmashtami! 😀

Rating: 3/5


Raees turned out to be quite some disappointment. First of all, you would think an album releasing so late (ONE DAY BEFORE THE MOVIE!!) must be so good for it to be delayed so much. After hearing the album, I could gather that the delay must be due to last-minute additions that clearly went wrong. Ram Sampath’s original music for the film getting scrapped, and JAM8’s new songs (out of which one is great, one is above average, and the other is average) being added like one month before the film releases, takes its toll on the album itself. Whatever was the idea behind this last-minute change of music really backfired on the music itself. And all the pre-release hype that could’ve been created by music has just been wasted. I can just say, Much ado about nothing!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 3 + 3.5 + 4 + 3 + 2.5 + 2.5 + 3 = 21.5

Album Percentage: 61. 43%

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: Udi Udi Jaye > Zaalima > Ghammar Ghammar > Dhingana > Laila Main Laila > Saanson Ke = Enu Naam Che Raees

 

Remake Counter
No. Of Remakes: 03 (from previous albums) + 01 (from Raees) = 04

 

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

RAM SAMPATH 2.0!! (RAMAN RAGHAV 2.0 – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Ram Sampath
♪ Lyrics by: Varun Grover
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 3rd June 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 24th June 2016

Raman Raghav 2.0 Album Cover

Raman Raghav 2.0 Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Raman Raghav 2.0 is an upcoming Bollywood psychological thriller, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the titular role of Raman Raghav (Psycho Raman), and Vicky Kaushal as a cop. The film has been directed by Anurag Kashyap, abd produced by him along with Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena. The movie is based on the life of the notorious serial killer, Raman Raghav (1929-1995) who operated in Mumbai during the late 60s. However, Kashyap says it is not a biopic and the character that Nawazuddin plays is merely inspired by the life of Raman Raghav. 🙂 All that being said, let’s veer over to the music department. The music has been given by Ram Sampath, who left us with a great soundtrack to ‘Bangistan’ last year and a below average single song in ‘Tere Bin Laden Dead Or Alive’ earlier this year. It isn’t his first time composing for a thriller — ‘Talaash’ was one of his bests — so I expect something great from him here as well. He has given us four songs, with one version = five tracks. I hope all five stand out as great ones individually! Let’s see how “deadly” an album Ram has offered!!


1. Qatl-e-Aam / Qatl-e-Aam (Unplugged)
Singers ~ Sona Mohapatra & Yash Divecha / Sona Mohapatra

A Ram Sampath album without his wife, Sona Mohapatra singing a song, is like the world without water. Indeed, Ram gives the very first song of the album to his wife, to sing with her amazingly addictive voice, that we mostly get to hear only in his albums, unfortunately. The song traverses the club genre, with foot-tapping EDM, dubstep and trance. Ram’s composition is very ghazal-like, and instantly strikes a chord with the everyday Bollywood listener as well as listeners who are up for something more unconventional. Ram has wonderfully blended the two genres together to produce a trippy song. The hookline is so addictive, you can’t get it our of your head once you hear it. Ram really knows how to gain the attention of his listeners. And he’s really good at it. The second antara takes an unexpected turn to the lower octave, and Sona singing in that low pitch just wins over your heart. Her high pitched portions are amazing as well! It’s a shame we don’t get to hear her more often! The composition, with three short antaras, doesn’t leave your attention wandering while it plays, and that’s the magic. Sona sings the song with a very sensuous tone, that really makes you fall in love with her voice yet again. Her co-singer, Yash Divecha, who has also done the additional arrangements, gets a very little part after the hookline, which is really cool, though. The way he sings that “Qatl-e qatl-e” is so dark, grungy and cool! A small part, but provijes the necessary darkness to the song. Varun Grover’s lyrics are great with very ghazal-like words, the essence of which can truly be enjoyed in the “unplugged” version of the song. In this version, Sona shines like never before. It reminds one of ‘Dil Aaj Kal (Unplugged)’ (Purani Jeans) which also had been sung by Sona. The guitars here are much better than the EDM in the original version (which were great, too!) The arrangements in this version suit the theme, lyrics and Sona’s voice way much more than those of the club version did! Guitars by Pawan Rasailly steal the limelight from Sona in this one, but Sona does her best nonetheless. Interludes are blissful, with the guitar showing off to the fullest. While the EDM/club freaks will enjoy the first version, the music lover will enjoy the second. The composition is beautiful, and so, for me, sounds beautiful in both versions!! Both versions are a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Behooda
Singer ~ Nayantara Bhatkal, Backing Vocals ~ Ram Sampath, Vivienne Pocha & Nalini Krishnan

The next song on the album takes us back to Ram’s ‘Talaash’ days, the jazz, the sinister music and the unconventional female vocals, not sweet at all, but mischievous. Nayantara Bhatkal, who was all sugar in her last song ‘Main Jo’ (NH10), gets into the salt and pepper mode for this song, and gives a very impressive rendition, suitable for the 60s jazz theme that Ram has given to the song. The composition is really addictive, yet again, and something that will grow on you. The slow and sultry tune really works wonders for the song. The hookline is very catchy, with the line “Tu saccha behooda” or “Tu aisa behooda” repeating, and the singer singing various other lines in between the lines that repeat. I always love when that style is used in songs. It sounds so impressive. Backing vocalists are barely heard, because all the voices sounded quite the same to me! However, that repeating “ooh ooh ooh ohh ohho” is mindblowingly attractive! Ram wins with the arrangements, as well. Jazz guitars, strings make it a melodious listen, and drums provide an engaging beat to sway to. A sound like a xylophone impressed as well. Nayantara’s rendition, as I said before, is really impressive. It reminded me of Suman Shridhar’s rendition of ‘Muskaanein Jhoothi Hain’ from Ram’s album to ‘Talaash’. Varun Grover has written lyrics that suit the theme, with a girl describing Raman’s character in the wildest ways possible. It is fun to hear and entertaining as well as sinister at the same time! Ram takes jazz to a new level, with a sinister take on it. Nayantara’s husky voice helps the song to sound very addictive, and Grover writes clever lyrics! Ram teachers the right way to do a evil character-based theme song. Not like ‘Veerappan’! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Paani Ka Raasta
Singers ~ Siddharth Basrur & Ram Sampath

The next song is a calm, thoughtful number. A surprise in an album to the psychological thriller, this one has been soulfully composed by Ram and just as beautifully sung by Siddharth, accompanied by Ram. Ram’s composition is pleasant and soulful, but not appealing at all. It is slow, and slow doesn’t really strike a chord with the listeners always, unless arrangements help it there. The tune has a number of twists and turns, that are pretty hard to digest, and it gets boring after about half is over. The arrangements start off with acoustic guitar and slow strings for the first half, and slowly breaks into soft rock with electric guitar and drums, but again, it sounds so typical and heard-before, that it fails to make any impact. Siddharth sounds a lot like Benny Dayal with a more grungy side to his voice. I feel Benny with his soft and smooth voice would’ve done this song better than Siddharth. Not that Siddharth hasn’t done a bad job. Ram accompanies him very well. Varun writes perfect lyrics with a dominant touch of demotivation and melancholia. I really don’t have much more to write about this one. It is pleasant, but too heavy for the ears, somehow. 😦

 

4. Raghav Theme
(Instrumental)

The last song of the album is a theme song, with a pulsating electronic beat to it. Ram has come up with a gripping theme to the film, but the problem is that it is so passive and uneventful! Nothing big happens in it, and it just seems like the same techno beats are being repeated over and over again, and for five minutes! I think this might be used during some chase scene, or critical scene in the film, and the whole track is the BGM for that particular scene. That explains the length. The album could’ve done with just a glimpse of this, though. Two minutes would’ve been just fine. The only attraction besides the beats, is the barely audible sarangi in the background. It is too muffled, though. A gripping theme song, perfect for the screen, but not suitable as something to put in an album. A bit more variation was welcome… With this, I just felt like I played some video game!


Raman Raghav 2.0 doesnt quite meet up to my expectations. One of my expectations was met, though. That was the expectation that Ram would show us a different side of his music, and he did, with an impressive cocktail of slow, melodious and gripping, sinister songs. However, he didn’t quite impress as much as I wanted him to. The first two songs, and the unplugged version of ‘Qatl-e-Aam’ were impressive. The remaining two didn’t quite gain my attention. Nevertheless, infusing melody into an album which didn’t require music, let alone melody, was a very impressive and commendable job he did! Though Ram could’ve done better, he has definitely shown us a glimpse of Ram Sampath 2.0 with this album!!

 

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: Qatl-e-Aam (Unplugged) > Behooda > Qatl-e-Aam > Paani Ka Raasta > Raghav Theme

 

Which is your favourite song from Raman Raghav 2.0? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

 

MIND BLOWING MUSIC-STAAN!! (BANGISTAN – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Ram Sampath
♪ Lyrics by: Puneet Krishna
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 8th July 2015
♪ Movie Released On: 7th August 2015

Bangistan Album Cover

Bangistan Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Bangistan is an upcoming Bollywood comedy satire film, directed by debutant director Karan Anshuman and produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar. The film stars Riteish Deshmukh and Pulkit Samrat in lead roles, with Jacqueline Fernandez appearing in a cameo. The film is about two terrorists who have set out to change the world. The music of the film has been scored by Ram Sampath, who is composing for a satirical film, for the second time in a row after ‘Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami’. That was a political satire, whereas this is more of a religious satire. He hadn’t really delivered a soundtrack which was expected from him in that movie, and had underwhelmed me with that album. So, I hope he makes up for it with this album, even though I know that even this one doesn’t have much scope for music! Anyways, I’m keeping my fingers crossed and hoping he delivers a mind-blowing album. Let’s find out whether he has or not!


1. Ishq Karenge / Ishq Karenge (EDM Version)
Singers ~ Sona Mohapatra, Abhishek Nailwal & Shadab Faridi

The album starts off with something that would immediately increase the rate of your heartbeat, and make you really excited for what’s next on the album. No, your heartbeat won’t increase because of the fact that you got scared of what Ram has given us in this song, and so you want to check out the others right away! But, it will increase because what Ram has given is enough to make you love the song immediately and make you so excited that you cannot wait to hear the other songs right away! An outright pacy and cheerful song, is what Ram Sampath has placed in front of you. As it starts with the aalaap by Shadab Faridi and Sonali Mohapatra, you can’t help but guess that something brilliant is on the way. And as the actual song starts after the aalaap, things get really fun. Though the song is arranged mainly on the Qawwali template, modern arrangements also make a place for themselves in it thanks to Ram. Those rock guitars entering occasionally, would make the new generation love the song too. At the same time, harmonium and tablas give the classic Qawwali touch. With three melodious antaras, the song is a real treat to hear. Of course, the composition has a distinct and easily identifiable Ram Sampath-trademark stamp on it, but that just makes it all the more enjoyable. In some places, it sounds like the Amazon India advertisement song, ‘Aur Dikhao’, also composed by Ram. The trio of singers really do their best in making it sound lively, and they don’t fail at all. Sona’s rustic voice is perfect for the nuances that make it sound more Qawwali-esque, and so is Shadab’s. Abhishek sounds a lot like Ram himself, and his voice brings in the contrast to the song, as it isn’t rustic at all. Puneet Krishna’s lyrics are quirky and do sound very weird at places, but perfect for a Bollywod Qawwali as this. The other version, called the EDM version, is not different at all, except in arrangements, as is evident from the title. Electronic Dance Music — EDM — touch has been wonderfully given, and ensures that this version would appeal more to the youngsters. In the antaras, wonderful electronic tablas have been added here, which made me love this version more. 😂😂 😀 Everything else, the same as the former version. A Bollywood Qawwali following the Bollywood norms, with a groovy tune, massy Hinglish lyrics, and wonderful arrangements! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Hogi Kranti
Singers ~ Ram Sampath & Abhishek Nailwal

A march-past rhythm starting off a Bollywood song, surely leaves you astonished, and wondering whether you’ve not somehow traveled back in time to your school days! And that is just how this next song on the album starts. With an attention-grasping whistle, and that same rhythm that you used to hear every time you used to practice for the parade in your schooldays, the song instantly makes you concentrate on itself and only itself. The composition is very well composed around a patriotic theme, and set on a patriotic-sounding rhythm as well. Using some lines from the famous patriotic song ‘Hum Honge Kamyaab’, both the lyricist Puneet Krishna and composer Ram Sampath, prove their versatility and expertise in all things experimental. We already know how good Ram is at experimenting, and that quality of himself just magnifies itself after we hear this song. The parade feel is prominent in the first two stanzas, while the third stanza makes way for a rustic feel in the lyrics, but the arrangements are awesome with the ukelele used in a brilliant manner, and after which the tempo is increased and the song prepares for a grand ending with fiddles and ukelele. The percussions of the song are also awesomely done. Puneet’s lyrics are really creative in the sense that he’s spoofing a really famous patriotic song, and the whole theme of the song lies in the basic idea of the protagonist trying to convince himself and other people around him that he will become a ‘successful’ terrorist. The lines he’s written make you laugh out loud, and paired with Ram’s creative and catchy music, it makes for an entertaining listen for the whole three short minutes that it plays for, leaving the listener seem really unsatisfied when it ends, wanting more. Ram and Abhishek’s vocals appeal to the ear, and though it is really difficult to distinguish between both their voices, if you listen carefully you’ll manage to figure it out. Ram has the major part to sing, while Abhishek joins in at places. All in all, an excellent spoof! The magic lies in the lyrics, and composition! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Saturday Night
Singers ~ Aditi Singh Sharma, Benny Dayal, Neeraj Shridhar & Janusz Krucinski

Guitar riffs welcome the listener into the next song of the album, with a lively bagpipe melody following it, and the two experts or may I say, prime consultants when it comes to club songs nowadays, Benny and Aditi start the actual song, which has a jolly, and swingy rhythm to it, that will surely make you get up to your feet and groove along to the beats. And when the hookline punches in with that awesomely composed and sung “Fullll tight..”, you can’t help but keep listening and grooving. Ram composes a club song, that will definitely grasp the attention of today’s youth, and chooses all the right singers to execute his awesome composition. The composition has the right European (mainly Irish) feel to it, complete with the yodels and all. The mukhda starts the song off so brilliantly , that the antaras sound catchy by default. The singers Aditi, Benny, Neeraj and Janusz do well. Aditi leads along with Benny, while the other two stay mainly in the background. There are some places when you can hear Neeraj quite distinctly, and it feels very delighting to hear him again after a long time. (Of course, I’m not taking his negligible part in ‘Gangster Baby’ from ‘Action Jackson’ into consideration.) Aditi sounds pretty different here, and is the only singer whose diction isn’t perfect, resulting in a hodgepodge of words that are not easy to make out. All the others do their parts well, though, and cover up for her. Ram’s EDM arrangements make the scene really lively, yet give the song a distinct ‘night song’ stamp, as in, it sounds better when heard at night. The Irish touch with bagpipes, harmonicas etc. gives it an interesting experimentation angle too. Puneet’s lyrics are perfect club song lyrics, but again, they’re killed in places by Aditi, when we can’t really figure out what they are! An enjoyable club song, almost perfect in all fields, but definitely doesn’t fail to serve its purpose!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Maula
Singers ~ Ram Sampath & Rituraj Mohanty

All that loud and enjoyable and fast-paced music, must’ve made listeners exhausted from dancing, and so the makers play a smart move by including a calm song after three of the fast ones. This one is on the lines of religious tolerance. The message of secularism is very well conveyed to listeners through the lyrics that talk about this very theme in a very clichéd, yet entertaining manner. Many people have tried their hand at writing such songs before, and Puneet in his debut album itself, tries it out, and succeeds. What makes it even more lovable, is Ram’s twisting and turning composition and his awesome arrangements. Composed on a beautiful Keherwa rhythm, which steals your heart, the song becomes likable right from the starting beats of electronic tablas. The tune is something that you would not expect in a mainstream Bollywood movie, and the very, very unexpected turn which it takes at 2:10, the very awe-inspiring Qawwali touch, leaves the listener shocked, but at the same time, mesmerized. The Qawwali instruments very beautifully grace this part, and actual tablas (not electronic) have been used for this magical part along with the quintessential harmonium. After some time, the song gets back to its original tempo and rhythm. The hookline “Allah hoo, Allah hoo, hey Ram, Ram, Ram” has a nice ring to it, and appeals to the ears too. The secular message is so prominent in this line itself, so imagine what a great job Puneet must’ve done in the rest of the song! He has just outdone himself with every line. Each line wins over the previous line. Lastly, the vocals. The wonderful vocals. Ram has made Rituraj sing ‘Sahib’ in ‘Bhoothnath Returns’ previously, and they repeat the same magic with each other. Rituraj sings the song with such finesse and grace, complemented by Ram himself in places, that the listener has to get goosebumps due to his touching rendition. The vocals are a cherry on top of the delicious cake that this song is, whose every piece is to be cherished slowly, and thoughtfully. A strong message of secularism in the lyrics, brilliantly conveyed, a soothing composition and just as soothing vocals, beautiful arrangements, what else could you ask for!! This song is just a treat for music lovers! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Meri Zidd
Singers ~ Ram Sampath & Siddharth Basrur

The next song also starts off like a very calm song. Mild piano notes open it up, and then Ram sings two lines very calmly, preparing the listener for another soft song. However, the next line brings the unexpected twist to the song. When I first heard it, I was completely shocked as it was something I wasn’t expecting at all. The song turns into an out-and-out rock song, though not metal either. I personally hate the rock genre, but I couldn’t help but love this song! Ram’s implementation of the rock elements into the song is perfectly done, and even the composition doesn’t lack appeal at all. It is a kind of composition that you cannot forget after you’ve heard it. It just makes a home in your mind. Drums, electric guitars, the usual rock stuff constitute the arrangements here, and sound really well with Ram’s composition. Siddhartha’s vocals are spot-on, and bringing that grungy texture into his voice as is required for rock songs, he sings the song really well and it seems, effortlessly too! Ram joins in at parts, serves mostly as only the backing vocalist and also sings two lines at the beginning, nothing more. The song ends rather abruptly, and the listeners do get an incomplete feeling, but had it been longer, it wouldn’t have kept the listeners hooked onto it that much. Puneet has written lyrics that perfectly capture the emotions of a person who is guilty of the bad things he’s done in life, and is ready to live more, in order to wash away his sins. All of the aspects together, make for a song which is really interesting to hear! Ram succeeds in giving us a cool rock song with an interesting theme! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Is Duniya Se Ladna Hai
Singers ~ Suraj Jagan & Abhishek Nailwal

Suraj Jagan and Abhishek Nailwal join together behind the mic for the last song on the soundtrack. As soon as it starts, the dappankuthu sets in, and you brace yourself for something entertaining. However, unfortunately, things aren’t what they were expected to be, and the song proves to be an utter disappointment. The 6/8 rhythm infused with rock elements fails to light any fire of interest inside the listener, and comes across as pretty bland and dull. The lyrics are fine, but the composition that supports them doesn’t live up to the expectations. Arrangements are not anything special or unique, and are very much heard-before. Suraj, who very rarely impresses me, probably because he almost only sings rock songs, which don’t appeal to me that much. Abhishek has sung his parts well, but again, the composition doesn’t support him throughout the song. A very disappointing ending to an otherwise awesome album!!!


Bangistan is an album in which Ram has tried to show immense creativity and he has experimented wherever he got an opportunity to do so. Except one, all the songs have a different feel to them, and each of them impresses in its own way. The album doesn’t lack variety at all, and that is why it should’ve helped in bringing people to the cinemas for this movie, but I guess bad promotion of the music, except for two songs ‘Ishq Karenge’ and ‘Saturday Night’, prevented this from happening and resulted in the movie being wiped out quite soon. Whatever be the verdict on the movie, the fact remains that Ram has composed one of his most experimental albums, and has jumped back into the scene after a bland album ‘Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami’, with a huge BANG!!

 

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: Maula > Hogi Kranti > Ishq Karenge (EDM Version) > Saturday Night > Ishq Karenge > Meri Zidd > Is Duniya Se Ladna Hai

 

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

 

Next “dish”: Brothers, Chefs: Ajay-Atul

FEEKI SALAAMI!! (EKKEES TOPPON KI SALAAMI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by:- Ram Sampath
♪ Lyrics by:- Sandeep Nath
♪ Music Label:- T-Series
♪ Music Released On:- 19th September 2014
♪ Movie Released On:- 10th October 2014

Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami Album Cover

Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami is a Bollywood film that released on 10th October, 2014. The film is a political satire, and has been receiving good reviews. The story is about two sons who set out to give their father an ultimate sign of respect. The film has been directed by Ravindra Gautam, produced by Neetu Jain and Asheema Shukla and stars Anupam Kher, Divyendu Sharma, Manu Rishi, Aditi Sharma (from ‘Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl’) and Neha Dhupia. I wasn’t expecting much from the music of this film, but then I got to know that the man behind the music was Ram Sampath, who has impressed a lot with albums like ‘Delhi Belly’, ‘Talaash’ and ‘Fukrey’. So it was natural of me to expect more from the music after getting to know that. The surprising thing is that while Ram usually does selective albums per year, this is his third album this year, and if you count ‘Satyamev Jayate Season 3’, then that’s four! What’s more, I’ve heard he’s composing for ‘PK’ as well! So let’s have a glimpse at what I felt about the music of ‘Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami’! 🙂


1. Ghoor Ghoor Ke
Singer ~ Sona Mohapatra

Whenever I see Sona Mohapatra in the credits nowadays, I make myself ready for a great enjoyable song, and it always turns out to be just that. Well, this time, the song isn’t a romantic song as she has been singing for quite a while now, but it’s a kind of item song. It starts with a short shaayari by Sona, and then some very catchy techno beats, which will surely grab your attention. Though the lyrics are typically cheap as in all item songs, the vocals of Sona give that magic element to the song, and make it sound awesome. She can make the most boring of compositions sound great. This time, though, the composition isn’t bad, but it’s highly catchy. That catchy techno tune keeps coming in order to keep us attracted to the song. The tune of the antaras is very beautiful and innovative. The tabla beats at the end of the antara add to the great grooviness of the song. The recording of the song, however is very bad and provide some disturbance. Here, the husband-wife jodi win and make a catchy song, but recording and lyrics fail to impress! Since the tune is catchy, though, here goes:- #5StarHotelSong!

 

2. Tod De Kataar
Singers ~ Labh Janjua, Divya Kumar & Ram Sampath

This song here does not get as lucky as the previous one as far as the tune and beats are concerned. Labh sings with his usual Punjabi folksy voice, accompanied by Ram Sampath in his Westernized voice and Divya Kumar in the background vocals. The tune that Tam has composed is pretty ordinary, and is not going to attract many ears. The techno beats manage to provide momentary relief, but it returns to the ordinary stuff after not so long. Anyways, Divya Kumar does manage to pull off an engaging act with his beautiful sargam towards the end after each of Ram’s English lines. The star of the song, however is Sandeep Nath. He has come up with something quite interesting! The lyrics focus on the satirical theme of the film. As said by the director of the film in the interview, “Tod De Kataar is an ode to the common man who needs to break out of the line to do what is unimaginable of him”. Keeping this in mind, if we listen carefully to the lyrics, they seem genius! Here, the composition lacks spice, and the vocals only impressed to a certain extent, whereas lyrics are the highlight!

 

3. Hum Tumhe Kaise Bataye (Ghazal)
Singers ~ Aman Trikha & Tarannum Mallik

On reading the word ‘Ghazal’ after the song, I was ready for something that actually sounds like a ghazal. When I played the song, however, I realised that it was nowhere near a Ghazal at all! So I just erased that ‘Ghazal’ word from the name, so it wouldn’t spoil my thoughts about the rest of the song. 😛 The song (after I mentally erased the word ‘ghazal’ from its name) is a very soulful and beautiful song. Aman has sung it very beautifully, but Tarannum has not done as well. She has used some fake Tulsi Kumar voice and spoilt everything. The composition is an utterly dreamy and magical one and it is impossible not to love it instantly. Tarannum might prove as an obstacle for you to like the song, but you will get accustomed to it after about two or three listens. The lyrics are also beautiful and very romantic. Ram has added various beautiful elements in the song, like the sitar and piano. The beats in the background are so catchy! They are soft and almost inaudible, but manage to attract your attention! Again, the composition isn’t all that innovative and it has been heard before, but it still has that vibe to it that makes you fall for it. In the short duration of four and a half minutes, four antaras have been crammed up, leaving minimal space for any interludes whatsoever. 😛 No complaints, but it is weird how the song has so many antaras. Beautiful! There’s no harm in calling it a #5StarHotelSong!! 

 

4. Bitua
Singer ~ Mohit Chauhan

Beautiful guitar strums and flute music start off this song, and a calm and serene atmosphere is created right from the first note. Mohit Chauhan with his amazing metallic voice, will attract you like a magnet. 😛 (Okay, sorry for the cheap jokes, but it’s true! His voice is too attractive!) The song is a lullaby, sung by a father for his son. Ram’s tune is very, very touching and emotional. It is easily one of his best compositions. The lyrics by Sandeep are again very good, and emotional. The arrangements are very soft, and have a calm, serene, dreamy touch to them, perfect for the kind of song that it is. The song is such that it can provide you bliss whenever you listen to it. 🙂 One of the best songs of Ram, Mohit and the best song of the album — so much so that I didn’t have much to write at all! I think this would be enough:- #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami
Singers ~ Ram Sampath & Earl Edgar D

The last song in the album, is the title song, and it is something that sounds very cheap. Cheap and fake Americanization, too. 😛 Ram has sung some lines in mixed Hindi and English. It just sounds so weird how he sings in English suddenly, and that too seems like he’s trying to fit in the lyrics in the tune, which is nothing great either. Especially the hook line, which seems like it’s a song composed by a fifth-grader (very frankly speaking). Rap by Earl Edgar is good. Though Ram is singing some uninteresting and bland lines, he has sung them good, with the required feel. Towards the end, he has just computerized his voice to make it sound like a woman’s voice. The techno arrangements which he has garnered the song with are plain annoying. The lyrics are about the film, and looking at them, I would guess that it has been placed at the end of the film, when the credits roll. (No, I’ve not seen it, so don’t suspect me if I’m correct! 😛 ) Disappointing title song!


Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami is definitely not an album that would feature in the list of “Ram Sampath’s Best Albums”. It would directly land at the bottom of the list of all of his albums, instead. Even though it isn’t that bad overall, when you look at how good his previous albums were, this one is nowhere near them, except maybe ‘Purani Jeans’. Three good and enjoyable songs, but two uninteresting compositions, make this album a mixed bag, out of which you can only select some items. Though it isn’t anywhere near his previous albums, Ram Sampath has delivered an album which has a majority of good songs and lands in the safe zone!

 

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

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

 

Which is your favourite song from Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next “dish”:- Tamanchey, Chefs:- Krsna, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Ikka Singh & R.D. Burman

PURANI JEANS (MUSIC REVIEW)

Album Details:-
Music by:- Ram Sampath | Lyrics by:- Ashish Pandit, Prashant Ingole, Kunwar Juneja, Munna Dhiman | Music Label:- Eros Music | Music Released On:- 3rd April 2014 | Movie Releasing On:- 2nd May 2014

To hear the full songs on Saavn CLICK HERE

Purani Jeans Album Cover

Purani Jeans Album Cover

 

 


 Purani Jeans is an upcoming Bollywood film starring Tanuj Virwani, Aditya Seal and Izabelle Leite in lead roles. The film is based purely on friendship and tells the story of a young boy who returns to his hometown and reconnects with his old friends. The story is set in the 90’s so I expected 90’s type music for this film. The music is given by Ram Sampath who recently gave good music for Bhoothnath Returns and great music for Fukrey last year. Does he continue giving good music with this album? Read on to find out!


1. Yaari Yaari:- Singer ~ Ram Sampath, Lyrics ~ Ashish Pandit

This song is a cute and full-of-happiness friendship anthem. The lyrics by Ashish Pandit are great with many terms which youngsters use a lot everyday and they are written in half-English, half-Hindi (Hinglish). The music is perfect for this type of song, very light on ears. Guitars, drums and brass instruments are used very well throughout the song. Ram Sampath’s husky voice also is perfect for this song. At the end, he sings in a high-pitched voice without any trouble, very easily! Even though all of these great elements are there in this song, it is a pretty ordinary song which you will soon forget, and it will not stay with you for many days as it doesn’t have repeat value. After a lot of listens, this song got very boring because there isn’t anything special or unique about it. Good for a week or so, after that you will be scared to even play it!

 

2. Dil Aaj Kal:- Singer ~ K.K. (Original Version), Sona Mohapatra (Unplugged Version), Lyrics ~ Prashant Ingole

The song starts with a guitar, which plays for about thirty seconds after which K.K. starts with his magical romantic voice. He has returned to his comfort zone, that is, romantic songs, with this song, after a long time. The lyrics are very good and perfect for the song. It’s a cute, slow-paced romantic song which will not make you feel bored for even a millisecond. The music, as I expected, reminded me of 90’s music. The antaras have a great tune also. The best part of the song, I felt, was the ‘Kya tum ho…’ part. It sounds like one of Pritam’s old romantic songs which he used to compose few years ago. The Unplugged Version is sung by Ram Sampath’s wife herself, who is a must in all his albums, Sona Mohapatra. This version is shorter but equally great in terms of music. It has a little Spanish touch also with great use of the guitar. Sona’s vocals are fabulous like always. Both versions are highly recommended! Must-hear! #5StarHotelSong

 

3. Out of Control Mundey:- Singers ~ Mika Singh, Deane Sequira, Suzanne D’Mello, Lyrics by ~ Kunwar Juneja

Do you like electric guitars and heavy metal? If you do, then this song has a lot of that! You must be thinking of listening to this song now, right? But I would recommend you not to hear this song, even if you are a heavy metal fan. Why? Because it’s too (and by too I mean TOO) loud, the lyrics are such that you will understand very less of what they are saying and lastly, there is not such a likeable tune to this song. Even roping in Mika to sing this song, did not save it. The two female singers only join him in the chorus and they sing a little rap portion in between also. Do not even play it, if you do, then at least don’t hear it with headphones or earphones on! You will be inviting a headache!

 

4. Yeh Beetey Din:- Singer ~ Ram Sampath (Rock Version & Acoustic Version), Lyrics ~ Munna Dhiman

A very cute composition, about remembering the happy days of the past. The Rock Version, of course, has more of drums and guitars. Ram Sampath again, is perfect for the song, with his husky vocals dominating the song such that you will be forced to hear his voice more than the music. The lyrics are also very cute and great for this genre of songs. The Acoustic Version, which I liked just a little more than the Rock one, has less of instrumentation, which is why I liked it more. It gives a calmer effect than the previous version. The rest is all the same, vocals awesome, lyrics great! Both versions are equally great in tune, but I liked the Acoustic Version more, because it gives a calming effect, without the drums and guitars. Try both versions, they are must-listens!

 

5. Jind Meriye:- Singers ~ Navraj Hans, Ram Sampath, Lyrics by ~ Munna Dhiman

This is a sad song with Punjabi lyrics. The first time I heard this song, I felt it was dull and not that great. However, as I heard it more times, I started liking it a lot, and now I find myself humming it throughout the day. The vocals by Navraj Hans (son of the famous Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans) are awesome. He seems very comfortable with singing this type of song. The English part sung by Ram Sampath is also great. The techno sounds used throughout the song also sound great! Hats-off to Ram Sampath for composing such a soulful song! It’s a very great song but you need to have patience to like it and hear it more than once instead of hearing it once and leaving it, thinking that it will always sound dull.

 

Overall:- This album is overall a nice album, with some great compositions by Ram Sampath, though it cannot be counted as one of his great works, except the song ‘Dil Aaj Kal’. He had composed much better music for ‘Delhi Belly’, ‘Talaash’, and ‘Fukrey’. I was expecting a lot from this album because of his past hits, but he didn’t quite meet my expectations. I did not expect such a loud track (‘Out of Control’) from him, nor a track that bored me after hearing it for five to seven times (‘Yaari Yaari’). Though it was a nice attempt, but not quite what people were expecting, and the tracks are very ordinary, heard-before types. As I said before, excepting the song ‘Dil Aaj Kal’, none of the songs are better than or even as good as his previous works, including Satyamev Jayate. If it had to be ranked amongst all other albums composed by Ram Sampath, it would surely get a place right at the bottom of the list. 

 

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

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

 

Next “dish”:- The Xposé, Chef:- Himesh Reshammiya

 

Review by Rujul Deolikar