A PARINDA WITH SMALL WINGS FLIES HIGH!!! (ISHQ KE PARINDEY – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Vijay Verma, Rashid Khan & Sajjad Ali
♪ Lyrics by: Shakeel Azmi, Manthan, Irshad Khan, Sajjad Ali, Tanveer Ghazi & Shakir Khan
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 15th April 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 24th April 2015

Ishq Ke Parindey Album Cover

Ishq Ke Parindey Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Ishq Ke Parindey is an upcoming Bollywood romantic drama film, starring Rishi Verma and Priyanka Mehta as the male and female lead respectively. The film has been directed by Shakir Khan, and produced by Shyam Motion Pictures. The story revolves around two lovebirds (Ishq Ke Parindey… LOL! 😝😝), Sheen (a Pakistani girl played by Priyanka Mehta) and Faiz (an Indian boy played by Rishi Verma). Of course, the families don’t agree, what with all the Indo-Pak conflict going on for ages, and we all can predict what happens next. So, the plot is nothing extraordinary, nor does it showcase anything unique, but I would call it rather seemingly boring. However, what pushed me to review this album, as it always should be, was the music of the film. You must have been wondering why I’ve chosen to do such a small album, and I’ll tell you why. It’s because I was totally taken aback by the wonderful music of the first two song promos, that I decided to review this album, too. The music of this film has been given by Vijay Verma (who had composed a song in ‘Chakravyuh’ in 2012), Rashid Khan (‘Deewana Kar Raha Hai’ – Raaz 3, ‘Kabhi Aayine Pe’ – Hate Story 2) and Sajjad Ali [Chandwani] (‘Khwaabb’). Out of the three, only Rashid Khan is well-known to me, and so I was not expecting a lot from this album, UNTIL the first two song promos came and surprised me! Here are my thoughts about the album! 🙂


1. Ek Hatheli / Ek Hatheli (Sad) / Ek Hatheli (Remix)
Singers ~ Sonu Nigam & Keka Ghoshal / Sonu Nigam / Vijay Verma & Supriya Pathak, Music by ~ Vijay Verma, Lyrics by ~ Shakeel Azmi

This song excited me right from seeing Sonu Nigam’s name as one of the singers. I was expecting quite a lot from it right from then. And boy, were my expectations fulfilled! When you have a sweet, memorable composition, an awesome singer as Sonu Nigam, and cute lyrics, what can possibly go wrong? The result is a song, that has the whole capacity to attract masses and true music lovers. Though the tune is nothing fresh, and something of the type we have heard and loved many times in the past, it has that freshness which binds you to fall in love with it. The mukhda and both antaras, have been composed simply and very efficiently, ensuring itself a good, wide audience. What’s more, Sonu and Keka (who I don’t think is related to Shreya Ghoshal in any way) have brought in the sweetness and cuteness of the song. Both of them sing beautifully, and do justice to the sweet romantic composition. As for the arrangements by Vijay, they are a great amalgamation of traditional instruments like flute, and contemporary ones like guitars, thus promising a great listening experience for both Classical music lovers and Modern music lovers. Shakeel’s lyrics are also nothing new, yet good enough to bring smiles on our faces, and they suit the sweet composition, or vice versa, whatever he the case. Though the original version impresses, there is a “Sad Version” which doesn’t produce many sparks, only because of the fact that, the composition itself is predominantly a romantic, and sweet-sounding one, not suitable to become a sad one. Also, when they have made the sad version, they have just slowed the pace a bit and added strings in the backdrop, just for dramatic effect, which doesn’t do any effect whatsoever. Anyways, Sonu renders it beautifully. There is remix version, strangely sung by the composer and someone name Supriya Pathak (I’m sure it’s not the same Supriya Pathak you and I are thinking of. 😂) Beats are good, but nobody would go for this one, simply because everyone hates remixes now! All in all, only go for the original version, a beautiful, sweet and romantic melody sung and composed beautifully, and the original version is also a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Dil Tod Ke
Singer ~ K.K., Music by ~ Vijay Verma, Lyrics by ~ Manthan

Now this second song, is the one which made me make this firm decision that I would, no matter what, review this small and unnoticed album. I was taken in by the magical tune and vocals of this song. So let’s see what exactly lured me into the trap of reviewing this album. (It’s a pretty good trap, though! 😀 ) First of all, the song starts with very attractive guitar riffs and some mellow notes played on the flute, which you can’t help but fall for! As soon as K.K., the very, very less-heard-nowadays singer starts singing the composition, you can’t suppress that waah! which comes out from your mouth, or if you don’t say it aloud, you will surely say it in your mind. Not for the vocals, no, but this time, for the composition. What A.R. Rahman or M.M. Kreem were known for in the 90s, Vijay Verma does it in this beauty of a composition. That haunting, but heart-winning composition is just irresistible. The repetition of each line in such a catchy and well-composed way, sounds magnificent. Resemblances in the antara to Rahman’s “Pyaar Ye Jaane Kaisa Hai’ from ‘Rangeela’, make the song sound more fun to hear, actually. 😀 The arrangements, again, are both classical and modern fused together in an efficient way, so as to enhance the composition as far ad possible, and it has definitely worked. It is showing in the results. The guitars, and tablas together sound awesome! That bagpipe-like instrument from ‘Teri Khushboo’ (Mr. X) makes an appearance here too! I really have to know which instrument that is!! The flute also makes wonderful entries occasionally. K.K. has sung the whole song with utterly amazing excellence. It doesn’t even seem that he has sung something after two months (latest was in ‘Roy’) but instead, it feels that he has been having continuous releases the whole time, seeing that his singing is just as soulful and beautiful. I just hope he gets way more songs than he has been getting nowadays. Manthan’s lyrics are typical romantic, sad lyrics, about someone breaking somebody’s heart, and the heart-broken guy telling her that he still needs her, hasn’t forgotten her, can’t sleep peacefully anymore, and other depressing things, which many have gotten pretty used to by now. But because of the lyrics being typical, I cannot neglect such a marvelous composition by Vijay Verma! Ati Uttam (Too good) rendition by K.K., and even better composition by Verma! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Rab Se Maangi / Rab Se Maangi (Remix)
Singers ~ Javed Ali & Palak Muchhal / Mohd. Irfan & Suvani Raaj, Music by ~ Rashid Khan, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Khan

The next song is yet another romantic song, this one composed by Rashid Khan. He chooses his regulars Javed Ali and Palak Muchhal to do the honours with the singing, and they do their part good. The tune, however, is too typical for Rashid Khan. We have heard this kind of stuff innumerable times in Rashid’s earlier songs like “Deewana Kar Raha Hai” (Raaz 3) and “Kabhi Aayine Pe Likha Tujhe” (Hate Story 2). It also somewhat resembles ‘Maheroo Maheroo’ (Super Nani) in its overall sound. Now for this album, too, he brings his regular, typical composition style, with the mukhda, followed by some ohhh-ohhh-ohhh humming. No doubt the composition is good, but very similar to the aforementioned two songs. In other words, I was sure Rashid Khan could do better than just sequels to his previous songs. Another drawback is the utterly atrocious voice programming done to Palak’s voice in the antaras. I think three-odd tracks of her voice have been placed on top of each other, making it take on a very ghostly sound. Even the lyrics are nothing fresh, just strictly suitable for the composition. And the length of the song (about 6½ minutes) given the genre of the song, could frankly have been way shorter. Anyways, some pros about this song are Javed’s mellifluous voice, which did keep me listening at least for the first time. Also, the arrangements by Rashid are good, too. His favourite, the flute, gets to follow him here too. Indian instruments like the santoor, make great surprising appearances. Surprising because most of the song is on a guitar loop, very typical of Rashid. The second interlude with very strange 90s-type percussion (like those 90s songs which had been shot in vast mountain ranges where the actor and actress dance weirdly, without any stress about the world around). The remix version is sung by Mohd. Irfan. Shocked to see his voice used in the remix. It could have been for a reprise. He does well, but his voice is drained out by the strong beats, which really do make you groove. His co-singer Suvani Raaj — not that good. She sounds like an amateur Sadhana Sargam prototype. And imagine this, the remix is even longer than the original! Who’ll spend their time on this remix, except a DJ or a die-hard Mohd. Irfan fan? Anyways, not very captivating, and the length is a setback because of the genre which doesn’t require such a long song. But definitely deserves at least one listen. The remix, however, can be skipped unless you’re a Mohd. Irfan fan (but you’ll still be disappointed after you hear it 😛 )

 

4. Ishq Ke Parindey, Pt. 1 / Ishq Ke Parindey, Pt. 2
Singer ~ Shadab Faridi (Both Parts), Music by ~ Sajjad Ali, Lyrics by ~ Shakir Khan / Tanveer Ghazi

The title track has been given to the third composer on the album, Sajjad Ali, and he does a great job in composing it. First of all it has been composed in two “parts”, both drastically different from each other, and coincidentally, both written by different people, but both sung by the same person i.e, Shadab Faridi. The first “part” starts with a patriotic dialogue about the unity of India & Pakistan, which is followed by a beautiful tune played on the Oud, which suits the theme of the dialogue that preceded it. The dholaks enter, playing a beautiful seven-beat rhythm called the Roopak taal. Half of the splendidness of the song is achieved because of the beautiful captivating rhythm. The flute and occasional strings can also be heard at places throughout the song. The composition is very beautiful and also enough to get stuck in your heads for long even after hearing it only once. Shadab has delivered the composition very awesomely. His deep voice suits the traditional, and heavy composition well. The female backing vocalists (uncredited) really add sweetness to the song. Shakir Khan, the director has written apt lyrics for the situation, full of the spirit of unity, and also very divine-sounding, thanks to the arrangements and composition. It talks about love having no boundaries. The Qawwali feeling given to the song is enough for it to be loved. The second interlude and second antara have been composed pretty creatively, and a kind of prayer to God. So the first “Part” works, now let’s move on to the second. It starts so dramatically, that you actually are surprised by what they’ve done to the beautiful song. The composition and lyrics are entirely different. As for the tune, it doesn’t work at all, being too dramatic. More like a great background piece to play in the climax of the film. At 1¼ minutes, it doesn’t really waste much of your time. The arrangements are also way too booming, not really of the same beauty as the former part. Lyrics are too less to talk about. Shadab, however, delivers with zest and emotion. Go for the first “part”, which is sure to steal your heart, in all aspects — composition, vocals, arrangements & lyrics. The first part is a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Tumse Mil Ke
Singers ~ Javed Ali & Palak Muchhal, Music by ~ Vijay Verma, Lyrics by ~ Shakeel Azmi

Javed and Palak return for another duet, this time helmed by Vijay Verma, who comes back into the album for his third and final song. This duet between Palak & Javed fares much, much better than their other duet by Rashid Khan. Right from the first line, it attracts you and its cuteness makes you keep listening. Javed once again traps you with his utterly sweet and dulcet voice. The composition is one that you would think is from some movie from the 2000s, but it is one of those, that still grasps you from start to end. The hookline itself is so catchy and wonderful, that it will instantly appeal to people of all ages. Palak doesn’t have much in the first half or so, except a line, but she gets an antara to sing later in the song. She sounds very good in this song, thanks to the composition, again. About the arrangements, they are also beautiful, with guitars, flutes and tablas helping to increase the likability of the song. Beautiful orchestration in the hookline makes it stand out even more than it already does. Lyrics by Shakeel are good in this song, with good use of many Urdu words, and imparting a sweet flavour to the song. At 3½ minutes it doesn’t bore, but leaves listeners craving for more. Beautifully composed, arranged, written and above all, sung!! Way to go, Vijay Verma!

 

6. Saiyaan
Singer ~ Raktima, Music by ~ Sajjad Ali, Lyrics by ~ Sajjad Ali

This song is a weird song. It starts with a haunting line by the singer, and the composition seems like one of A.R. Rahman’s less-impressive ones. It is a semi-classical song, which has been composed very averagely, so much that one cannot find oneself liking the song even after repeated hearing. I guess it will make sense only in the movie. Sajjad Ali’s arrangements consist mostly of techno beats and low-pitched flutes. And his lyrics are sad, but not heart-touching at all. Raktima, the singer, carries it out good, with apt backing vocals supporting her, and she even sounds like Madhushree in the song. It didn’t really appeal to me; I don’t think it will to you either! Hard to grasp this composition, and pretty heavy to ears too!

 

7. Maula Karde Karam
Singers ~ Javed Ali, Altamash Faridi, Aftab Sabri & Hashim Sabri, Music by ~ Rashid Khan, Lyrics by ~ Tanveer Ghazi

The melodious welcome to this last song on the soundtrack, is done by beautiful notes on a bulbultarang, which ensure you that a Qawwali is definitely to follow. And just as you had predicted, a divine Qawwali starts with Altamash singing (very expertly) the prelude to it. He sings his part at the start and other parts throughout the song with brilliance. The Sabri brothers, Aftab & Hashim, also do well, and are a great choice for such a Qawwali. All three of these singers sing with utter ease and impeccability, but the one who shines has got to be Javed Ali. With his voice, a mix of smoothness and folksiness, he just takes away your breath, and forces you to say that waah! Of course, as I said, Altamash, Aftab & Hashim are close behind. However, all the credit has to go to Rashid Khan, who has churned out such a catchy, and heavenly Qawwali, which was definitely not expected from him after his above average other song from this album. But each line in the song has been treated with infinite love and care, as is evident when we hear the result, a perfect combination of brilliance and divinity and catchiness. All the traditional Qawwali instruments can be heard in the arrangements, from dholaks, to tablas, to the bulbul tarang mentioned before and the beautiful harmoniums with jingle-bell type chimes. Half the beauty of the arrangements lies in the percussion — a wonderful experience. Lyrics by Tanveer Ghazi are a great mix of romance and devotion. It is one of the romantic Qawwalis which are addressed to God. And the most important thing about the song is, that even though it stands at a long duration of seven minutes, there’s not a single dull or bland or boring moment in the entire song! A beautiful and divine end to the album by Rashid Khan. Definitely the best song of the album! Excellent singing, arrangements and lyrics too! You can’t miss it! #5StarHotelSong!!


Ishq Ke Parindey is one of those albums for movies with a small budget and a very short reach, which unexpectedly surprises highly. Each and every song is as per needs of the script, though as individual songs, a couple don’t strike chords with listeners. However, most of them are such that will instantly appeal to you. All three tracks by Vijay Verma are beautiful and lovable, while Rashid Khan and Sajjad Ali each impress with one of their tracks out of three. However, Rashid’s one song overshadows all of the other tracks on the album. Rarely do albums like these come, which have small reaches and a puny audience but which have very worthwhile songs. The last I remember was ‘Jigariyaa’. With heavy promotion and maybe better-known faces, the album would’ve gotten the deserved acknowledgement, but there are pretty less hopes now. All I can say is that this “Parinda” (the album; parinda means ‘bird’ in Hindi) with small wings (the small budget of the film and album) has flown pretty high!

 

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: Maula Karde Karam > Dil Tod Ke > Ek Hatheli > Ishq Ke Parindey Pt. 1 > Tumse Mil Ke > Rab Se Maangi > Ek Hatheli (Sad) > Ishq Ke Parindey Pt. 2 > Saiyaan

 

Which is your favourite song from Ishq Ke Parindey? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next: 12th Music Mastani Monthly Awards (April 2015)

TOO MANY COOKS SPOIL THE BROTH… AND GENERATE HATE! (HATE STORY 2 – Music Review)

Album Details:-
♪ Music by:- Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Rashid Khan, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Mithoon & Laxmikant-Pyarelal
♪ Lyrics by:- Aziz Qaisi, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Tanveer Ghazi, Kumaar & Mithoon
♪ Music Label:- T-Series
♪ Music Released On:- 18th June 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 18th July 2014

Hate Story 2

Hate Story 2

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Hate Story 2 is an upcoming revenge thriller, directed by Vishal Pandya, and produced by Vikram Bhatt. It stars two famous TV anchors in their Bollywood debut, Jay Bhanushali (Best known for being the anchor of ‘Dance India Dance’) and Surveen Chawla (Best known for being the anchor of ‘Comedy Circus Ke Superstars’). The film is the sequel of ‘Hate Story’ which released in 2012. The music of ‘Hate Story’ was a hit, even though it was only three songs, and so there were high expectations from ‘Hate Story 2’ music. The music has been composed by Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Rashid Khan, Meet Bros. Anjjan and Mithoon. Each of them have one song each, and of course, each of the songs have remixes, a specialty of T-Series. So let’s see how each of them score in their one song!


1. Aaj Phir:- Singers ~ Arijit Singh & Samira Koppikar, Mukhda Originally Composed by ~ Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Music Recreated by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Lyrics of Mukhda Originally Written by ~ Aziz Qaisi, New Lyrics by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee

This song is a remake of the old song ‘Aaj Phir Tum Pe’ from ‘Dayavan’. Laxmikant-Pyarelal had composed it and I had never heard of it nor heard it before this. I checked it out on Saavn and found out that the old one wasn’t half as interesting in terms of arrangements and music as the remake! Arko has remade the song very efficiently and has given quite interesting arrangements to the song. Mostly, it is techno elements. The tabla makes a very short entry at places, making the song even more interesting. The saxophone interlude is also a must-listen! The choice of Arijit for this song was obvious, because, come on, no one can deny that after ‘Aashiqui 2’, no T-Series film is complete without an Arijit song! Anyways, he has sung in his deep voice this time, and has sung fabulously, considering that the song is in a very low scale. He has brought life into a practically dead-sounding song (The old version). His partner, Samira Koppikar, however, seems to be an amateur. Well, it is her first song, after all. But she doesn’t at all sound like someone who should be allowed to sing in a T-Series film, but she sounds like someone who should sing in a C-Grade film with newcomer music directors. Instead of her, Shalmali Kholgade would have been a great choice. Arko has written the new lyrics well, too, retaining the romantic nature of the song. A song which is currently topping the charts, and it deserves it! A must-listen and a #5StarHotelSong!

 

2. Kabhi Aayine Pe Likha Tujhe:- Singer ~ K.K., Music by ~ Rashid Khan, Lyrics by ~ Tanveer Ghazi

After ‘Soniye’ (Heartless) and ‘Dil Aaj Kal’ (Purani Jeans), K.K.’s third (yeah, I know, only third! 😦 ) romantic song of the year finally arrives in the form of an outdated tune composed by Rashid Khan. K.K.’s voice is refreshing as always. Rashid Khan has composed an old fashioned tune as always. However, when it is K.K., I don’t think that matters. Even though the tune is old-fashioned, it still makes for a very pleasant listen. The song is typical in every way, yet sounds refreshing because of the vocals. The arrangements are also very good. The song starts with mild piano notes, followed by Rashid Khan’s favourite, flute. The guitar riffs in the antaras are just awesome! The lyrics are good, however, one word ‘diary’ in the mukhda just doesn’t fit in well with the rest of the words. It seems weird. The ‘Aye Khuda‘ portion is too heard-before and doesn’t help the song much. The English female chorus also doesn’t impress at all. Though it is a pleasant listen overall, it might get boring after multiple listens. Unless you just want to hear K.K! A K.K. show all the way! Flat tune, but soothing vocals.

 

3. Pink Lips:- Singers ~ Khushboo Grewal, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Just because ‘Baby Doll’ (Ragini MMS 2) became a huge chartbuster hit, now T-Series has made Meet Bros. Anjjan compose another song like that for this film too. A newcomer Khushboo Grewal has been roped in to sing this song and maybe the trio of Meet Bros. & Anjjan were hoping that it will get immediate hit status like ‘Baby Doll’ if they make a new singer sing it, like what happened to Kanika Kapoor. But sadly, Khushboo doesn’t impress that much with her vocals, nor is the song anywhere close to the former. On top of that, it sounds like she is saying ‘Pin Clips’ instead of ‘Pink Lips’. 😂 The composition is just average, but the arrangements however are awesome. They give a disco-esque feel to the song which sounds good. Anyways, I really hope the song doesn’t gain as much popularity as ‘Baby Doll’ as it is nothing impressive, but who knows what the public might like? It will just prove again how bad the Indian public is in choosing undeserving songs to become superhits and neglecting the deserving ones. :/ Not impressive! Not expected!

 

4. Hai Dil Ye Mera:- Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Mithoon

Mithoon just loves to make Arijit and Mohammed Irfan sings his compositions! This time Arijit is the lucky one. The song has Mithoon’s mark all over it. Mithoon has composed a haunting melody, which acts as slow poison. It will gradually trick you into getting addicted to it. It bears slight resemblances to ‘Tum Hi Ho’ (Aashiqui 2) and ‘Banjaara’ (Ek Villain), but still rules over your mind while you are listening to it. I just don’t get how Mithoon manages to recycle his songs and still make them work so awesomely! It’s as if his songs themselves have a brain and know what we are thinking about the song being a recycled version of a previous Mithoon song, and then they hypnotize us in thinking that it is a brand new sound, and every time it works! The vocals are also too good. Arijit has rendered it flawlessly! The first time I heard it, I thought I would never hear it again. The fifth time, I suddenly found myself pressing the repeat button on my device! The arrangements and lyrics are fabulous! Again, Mithoon uses simple language and leaves a deep impact. 🙂 A Mithoon trademark song which will not instantly appeal to you, but will surely be on top of your playlist in the coming days! #5StarHotelSong!


Hate Story 2 is a mixed album. It has two great tracks, one underperforming track, and one disappointing track. Both the great songs have Arijit Singh singing them, so it is no surprise why they are the best. The song by Rashid Khan has nothing to offer except the greatness of K.K.’s voice, which can never get boring as such. Meet Bros. Anjjan have strictly disappointed, giving a song which was never expected from them at all, in the negative sense. The prequel had just three songs, all of them being marvellous tunes by Harshit Saxena, who is absent from the Bollywood scene nowadays. In comparison to the prequel, though, this album is a bit underperforming. Mithoon and Arko have performed beautifully, and that’s about it! Though the multi-composer formula worked well in ‘Yaariyan’, here it makes the album fall apart and proves that ‘Too Many Cooks Spoil The Broth’! However, in this case, they don’t generate heat to get the soup cooking, but they generate hate! 😂 Thus, the appetizer and the dessert are delicious, by chefs Arko and Mithoon, while the main course does not tingle the taste buds whatsoever. 😉

 

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

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

 

And which is your favourite song from ‘Hate Story 2’? Please vote for it!

 

Next “dish”:- Lai Bhaari (Music Review) {Kolhapuri Tadka – Marathi Special} 

CITYLIGHTS (MUSIC REVIEW)

Album Details:-

Music by:- Jeet Gannguli | Lyrics by:- Rashmi Singh | Music Label:- Sony Music | Music Released On:- 6th May 2014 | Movie Releases On:- 30th May 2014

Citylights Album Cover

Citylights Album Cover

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


After directing the critically acclaimed ‘Shahid’ last year, this year Hansal Mehta is back with a film called Citylights, starring Rajkummar Rao, who was also the lead actor in ‘Shahid’. Starring alongside him is debutante Patralekha. The film is about a Rajasthani farmer whose life gets struck by tragedy, and so he moves to Mumbai, where he hopes to find a better life, but understands that life in the city isn’t that easy, when he reaches to Mumbai. Hansal Mehta’s last ‘Shahid’ only had one song called ‘Beparwah’ which was composed by Karan Kulkarni. Due to poor promotions, many people are not aware of this gem of a song. Since this film is produced by Mukesh Bhatt, it was obvious that there would be many songs and not just one. The soundtrack was very much awaited ever since the film was announced. The music of the film has been composed by Jeet Gannguli, who had recently composed ‘Suno Na Sangemarmar’ for ‘Youngistaan’. I don’t like much of his music as, most of the time, he just remakes his Bengali songs with Hindi lyrics. However, in this album, he has not reused any of his Bengali tunes, which is a great achievement, I must say! Kailash Kher was going to compose for this film first, but he left the project due to royalty issues. So let’s see how Jeet has done in place of Kailash Kher!


1. Muskurane:- Singers ~ Arijit Singh (Romantic Version), Mohammed Irfan (Unplugged Version)

The two princes of romantic songs these days, have both sung a version of this song! Good that Jeet is being fair to both of them! 😀 Arijit has been roped in to sing the romantic version, and he is the perfect choice for it! I cannot imagine anyone else singing this song! The tune is just plain awesome! It is a typical Jeet Gannguli composition– romantic and soothing. Though it is a romantic song, because it is a bit slow, it sounds like a sad song. The lyrics are by a newcomer Rashmi Singh, and she has written this song beautifully! The lyrics are very sweet and romantic. The song starts with a wind instrument followed by piano notes, then Arijit starts with his magical voice. The tune of the mukhda and antaras both are great! The use of violin is outstanding in this track too! It has an awesome melody which will stay with you for a very, very long time! The Unplugged Version by Mohammed Irfan is more of a Sad Version of the song, in which the singer is supported mainly by piano. Mohammed Irfan’s robotic type voice, which sounds as if it has been altered with some software, sounds great as usual! The violin orchestration done is also brilliant and you will feel as if you are listening to an orchestra in London or somewhere else abroad. Though he doesn’t carry this song out with as much ease as Arijit, he still does a commendable job, and delivers what is needed for the Unplugged Version of this song. A great melody, which you will instantly like, but won’t instantly forget! 😀 Definitely a  #5StarHotelSong!

 

 

2. Darbadar:- Singer ~ Neeti Mohan

Starting with piano notes and electric guitar, this song instantly hooks you with its haunting tune (which I realized after a friend pointed it out 😛 , thanks, I guess you know who you are! 🙂 ) The moment Neeti starts singing, you will not at all dare to skip this track, either because you are too scared to do so 😛 or because you have loved it! Most probably the latter option, right? 😀 The song mainly describes the main plot of the movie, about how Rajkummar’s character is searching for a better life in the city, and hence, the line ‘Dhoondhe jo tu pagle, nahi woh yahaan’! Rashmi Singh’s lyrics perfectly describe the plot of the movie! Neeti Mohan’s vocals will make sure you won’t miss this track, they are so great! This is probably her most meaningful track yet! A great haunting melody by Jeet Ganguly, great lyrics by the newcomer Rashmi Singh, and exceptional singing by the versatile Neeti Mohan! It is yet another  #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Ek Charraiya:- Singers ~ Arijit Singh (Original Version), Jeet Gannguli (Unplugged Version)

Woah! Here is a completely different side of Arijit’s voice which I have never heard before! He sings with a very rustic voice, and I was surprised that Arijit could sing like this! Jeet has composed a traditional Bengali folkish tune, which will instantly remind you of ‘Monta Re’ from ‘Lootera’. Arijit sounds as if his throat is dry, and it is very hard to sing like this and bring that effect to your voice. The lyricist has compared the character of Rajkummar to a bird, who leaves his nest and goes to a different land. The song is all about how Rajkummar’s character doesn’t like it in an environment totally different from his home. Wow! What a nice way to tell this– by comparing the character to a bird! Rashmi Singh seems like a promising lyricist! What great lyrics she has given! The tune is very sweet and such that you can never hate this song! The Unplugged Version of this song is pretty much the same. It has the same amount of instruments, so I don’t know why they have called it Unplugged! Jeet Gannguli’s singing is even more rustic than Arijit’s, but I felt that Arijit’s version is a bit better because the vocals are better in that version. Listen to this song for peace and a calming effect. It is the third #5StarHotelSong in this album!!

 

4. Soney Do:- Singer ~ Arijit Singh

I think Jeet Gannguli is trying to repeat ‘Aashiqui 2’ by giving more than 50% of the album (not counting the unplugged versions) to Arijit to sing. However, no complaints at all! Arijit has carried out this song with great ease. It is another haunting melody, most probably based on some raaga. It is a very complicated song to sing, with many low notes, which Arijit has sung effortlessly! The sargam piece after the second antara has been sung superbly. The haunting tune which plays on loop is just mind-blowing! The percussion is also great, and it sounds like a dafli. The lyrics are also good, mainly about the main character finding life in the city hard. I couldn’t stop myself from keeping it on loop, it’s just so magical! One of the best classical-based songs of the year! And the FOURTH #5StarHotelSong of this album!

 

5. Citylights (Title Song):- Singers ~ Ustad Rashid Khan, Usha Uthup

This track starts with techno sounds, almost similar to those which Jeet Gannguli had used in the title song of ‘Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi’. But the song after that is totally different. It is a semi-classical song, with Rashid Khan taking care of the classical parts, and Usha Uthup singing the contemporary parts. It is a fast-paced track efficiently describing the chaos in the city. It instantly reminded me of ‘Hona Hai Kya’ from ‘Talaash’, the background music is quite similar. The vocals by both of the singers are flawless, but I felt that the composition is lacking something, and that was a likeable tune. Even though there isn’t much scope for a great tune with the word ‘Citylights’, I thought that after the above four songs, Jeet Gannguli would impress with the title song as well, but he didn’t, sadly. However, since the song is situational, maybe it will make more sense in the movie. Not bad, but not as good as the other gems in this soundtrack.

 

Overall:- To be frank, when I learnt that the composer was initially going to be Kailash Kher, I suddenly had no expectations from this album, because the composer would be Jeet Gannguli. So I didn’t really care much about when the soundtrack is releasing. However, when the first song promo (Muskurane) released, I loved it! Since then, I was waiting for this album to release, and when I heard the songs, I was blown away! The songs were GREAT! I had never expected such a gem of an album from Jeet Gannguli. I had liked only a few songs from his previous films, with ‘Raaz 3’ and ‘Aashiqui 2’ leading, but they were mostly recyclings from Jeet’s Bengali albums! Therefore, I’m happy to announce that my favourite album by Jeet Gannguli is now Citylights! Okay, sorry for slipping into award-show-presenter-mode 😛 . But seriously, Citylights is not one of the best albums of Jeet Gannguli. It’s THE best! 😀 Good to see Jeet Gannguli getting over his Bengali songs which he seems to unconditionally love. He should understand that his music turns out better if it’s original! ‘Citylights’ is Jeet Gannguli’s best album, at least in Bollywood! However, I’m pretty sure that these songs are SO good, that some years down the line, some of the directors of his Bengali films will beg for him to remake these songs in BENGALI! 😀

 

Final Rating for this Album:- (Seriously? Can’t you guess?!) सा < रे < ग < म < प < ध < नी

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

 

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