SANGEET-SIDDHARTH’S WORTHWHILE MUSIC GAMES!! (LOVE GAMES – LOVE DANGEROUSLY – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sangeet-Siddharth Haldipur
♪ Lyrics by: Kausar Munir & Vikram Bhatt
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 9th March 2016
♪ Movie Released On: 8th April 2016

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Love Games Album Cover


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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Love Games is an upcoming Bollywood romantic thriller, starring ‘Citylights’ fame Patralekhaa, and newcomers Gaurav Arora and Tara Alisha Berry. The movie has been directed by Vikram Bhatt and produced by Mukesh Bhatt and Mahesh Bhatt. Vishesh Films is back after a bit less than a year (after ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’ last June) next offering, which is kind of weird and creepy. So let’s get on to the music of the movie, which will definitely be the highlight, as it’s a collaboration between T-Series Films and Vishesh Films, and the last time that happened, ‘Aashiqui 2’ happened, so, I hope you get what I’m trying to say! The music for this movie is not by really famous composers, but they’re not unknown either! They’ve been in the industry for seven to eight years now, trying to make it big in the music industry, succeeding sometimes but failing other times. It’s none other than the music composer duo, Sangeet & Siddharth Haldipur. I guess they had struck gold with some songs in ‘Murder 2’ (2011) and ‘Blood Money’ (2012), but they hardly came into notice with their songs after that, though they composed for many movies like ‘Aatma’, ‘Nasha’, ‘Hum Hain Raahi Car Ke’, and ‘Mad About Dance’, in which they didn’t score memorable songs as such, barring some, maybe, in ‘Nasha’. So this film would be something like a relaunch for them, being a child of two companies that always work great together, in the music department, T-Series and Vishesh Films. So here we go, to explore the music of ‘Love Games – Love Dangerously’, and see exactly how dangerous it is! 😀


1. Awargi
Singers ~ Sangeet Haldipur & Rasika Shekhar, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir

The grand opening to the album is a sad-sounding romantic song full of pathos and melancholia. It starts with piano notes that have become typical to the Bhatts in today’s time, which are the harbingers of a typical Bhatt-ish melody. When composer Sangeet starts off with the song, though, his humming gives you the feeling that the song isn’t going to be that bad after all. His voice is perfect and has all the right emotions and expressions. To be honest, I had thought it wouldn’t be so good, but I was wrong. Sangeet’s voice is one of the best voices of a composer I’ve heard. His voice quality is pure, without any annoying irritations. Of course, some flat notes are there occasionally, but they seem deliberate, and I didn’t find them disturbing at all. Rasika, on the other hand, has sung in two tracks superimposed on each other. Her special husky voice never fails to make the hair on our skin rise, and always haunts to the core. Though I found it inappropriate in her last song ‘Sau Aasoon’ (Katti Batti) last year, it sounds perfect for this one. Moving on to the composition, it is perfect considering the theme of the film. Especially the part from “Tere aansoon piyoon main, kabhi tujhko hasaaun…. Hai Tuuuuuu!” is really addictive. The tune won’t seem appealing in the first listen, but as you keep hearing it again and again, it will definitely grow on you, being the slow poison that it is. Arrangements are great too, with soft and subtle piano accompanied by acoustic guitars during the initial portions of the song, which eventually break out into a complete rock template with drums and electric guitars, and then calming down again for the latter parts of the song. Kausar’s lyrics are suitable for the song, in that they are romantic and full of pain as a Bhatt song should be. By the way, I’ve seldom seen her writing for a Bhatt song. 😀 A great start to the album, with the Haldipur brothers giving a haunting and catchy romantic song with good vocals and arrangements too! The good lyrics are an additional attraction. #5StarHotelSong!

 

2. Love Games
Singer ~ Aanchal Shrivastava, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir

On seeing that there is a title track for a movie called ‘Love Games’, I was shocked and also sure that it would be pretty cheap. I remembered the title song of ‘Citylights’ and remembered how weird it sounded. So I didn’t expect anything at all from this one either. Boy, was I wrong! The song starts off with a really cool techno tune, followed by a really cool rhythmic sound of clinking a spoon on a glass cup. Aanchal Shrivastava, a debutante as far as I know, impresses highly with her rendition of the pretty innovative, yet retro-cabaret-sounding composition by the Haldipur brothers. Of course, the lyrics don’t really play a great role here, but hearing the sound effects which the composers and the singer have given, is what the song should be heard for. Not exactly haunting, the song has a kind of tune to it, that immediately would be connected with a vamp — which is what Patralekhaa is in the film — and even reminded me of vamps like Ursula (The Little Mermaid) and Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmatians) from Disney movies. 😛 Just imagine these characters dancing to this song… It actually works. 😛 The sound effects are amazing, what with various instruments joining in one after the other, especially in the mukhda, where a plucked string joins the clinking spoons, which is then joined by some great percussion. The backing chorus of men is just splendid, interrupting here and there, never giving a feeling that they’re unwanted. They whistle, and even make various sounds like “waou waou” and “pa pa pa”. The trumpets really deserve a mention. The whole arrangement and instrumentation impressed me a lot! The great composition helps to love all the other things, while the lyrics don’t play much of a role, being entirely situational. One of the most impressive title tracks in the recent past! Great job by the Haldipur brothers in creating an engaging song, with addictive arrangements, and a fantastic rendition by debutante Aanchal. Special mention for the backing vocals, probably by the composers themselves. Another #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Mohabbat
Singer ~ Sangeet Haldipur, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir

The great experience just doesn’t come to an end! This song starts off with piano notes, as soft and subtle as those that started off ‘Awargi’, but, there’s a striking difference between the piano of this song and that. First of all, these notes sound pleasant and not very intense. They take on a lighter mood, than those of ‘Awargi’, and the most important difference is that they’re not typical like those of ‘Awargi’. They do not remind you of the Bhatts at all. As the song progresses, we learn that the piano is the most important and pretty much the only prominent instrument in the song, which takes on a totally unplugged kind of feel. In some places, the piano is joined by a flute, acoustic guitars and some strings. Sangeet & Siddharth have come up with a lilting melody that makes you forget your whereabouts, so that you can just get lost somewhere in the song. Though it is nothing that can be called catchy or groovy, it grows on you immensely. I said this for the first song too, but this one sounds very, very calming and soothing when it has completely grown on you. It is a simple, and sweet tune, which has been interwoven with just as simple words by Kausar. The arrangements are ultra simple; I don’t think something can get as simple as this and sound so great at the same time! Sangeet’s voice sounds perfect here, too, and one wonders why he isn’t heard more in songs composed by others too. He manages to make the song sound beautiful, even without making complicated twists and turns and variations in his voice. Slow and steady wins the race — ‘Mohabbat’ proves this saying, and how! I’d say sweet and simple wins the listener’s heart! Outstanding job by Sangeet-Siddharth on this! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Nirvana
Singer ~ Mohan Kannan, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir

Here we get to yet another upbeat song, like the title track. But when I say “like the title track”, at the same time, I mean that it’s very much unlike the title track too! This one is a rock song, which will hook you from the beginning. Mohan Kannan, lead singer of the Agnee band, gets behind the mic, rendering the song stupendously with all his might and energy. The song starts with haunting bells and some plucked string instrument, probably a cello. When Mohan enters though, everything takes on an even sinister look and the song actually sets soar from there. Credit has to be given to Sangeet-Siddharth’s composition, which strikes the right notes to make the song sound all the more ominous and threatening. It must have been difficult to compose a song with so many different layers, but I guess Sangeet-Siddharth are great at it, after composing for so many films of this type. The hookline is awesome, with the Hindi lyrics interwoven with bursts of English lyrics going “Gimme more Gimme gimme more love”. It sounds spectacular. Where the title song sounded like it was being sung by a vamp, this sounds like it’s being sung by a quintessential villain in superhero movies of Hollywood. 😛 The arrangements are immensely strong — electric guitars, drums, strings, chimes and other contrasting instruments. All these instruments, which do not seem to go well with each other, have gone well with each other in this song. The backing vocals (guessing it is the composers themselves) support Mohan brilliantly, who himself carries most of the song on his own shoulders. If anybody else would’ve been the singer, the song wouldn’t have been even half as captivating, and not even as powerful. Kausar’s lyrics are sinister and deadly as well, both the Hindi and English lyrics. A one-of-its-kind type of song, with haunting vocals, composition and arrangements. Actually, even the lyrics are haunting! This one is hauntingly PERFECT! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Aye Dil
Singer ~ Sunidhi Chauhan, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir

Sunidhi and Sangeet-Siddharth must have a really good relationship with each other. After all, it was Sunidhi’s ‘Aa Zara’ (Murder 2) which they had composed, that got them their actual break in the industry! Here they are, back with Sunidhi, making us expect something even better than ‘Aa Zara’! The song starts off with a police siren, and then a retro-sounding disco-esque electric guitar kicks in. As Sunidhi sings the first few lines, we learn that this song is yet another ominous a sounding song from the album. However, with her next line (the one which starts off on a higher note) the 80s disco template sets itself into position. Sunidhi sings in a rather low-pitched voice, which she modulates as per the requirements, and very effectively too! The way she sings the vocal rhythm “na na na na” sounds really threatening and also catchy at the same time. Her rendition has to be praised — then again, when does she sound bad, anyways! Sangeet-Siddharth have come up with another ‘Aa Zara’ type composition, but this one still makes another place in the mind and heart for itself. The second antara gets unusually calm and kind of on a tangent to the rest of the song, but it sounds beautiful. The way the seamless transition from the mukhdas and antaras to the hook line is done, is worth mentioning. The duo has decorated the song with more weird and haunting sounds, such as the percussion in the hookline, the sounds resembling ghouls wailing, the sounds that remind us of Bappi Lahiri’s disco era, and even some EDM! It all comes together reallllyyy well. Backing vocals (again, I’m guessing it’s by the duo itself) are pretty cool, repeating “Jaane na” in a whispery voice after Sunidhi whenever she says it. 😀 You have to hear it to experience the greatness of it. There are some female backing vocals as well, that come in the last hookline — they sound pretty haunting as well. Kausar has managed to write great lyrics, questioning the heart what it actually wants, and highlighting how it contradicts itself. Sangeet-Siddharth excel in what I think is their speciality, yet again! 🙂 Sunidhi is the star of the song, of course, though! Yet another #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Lock Him Up
Singers ~ Sonia Saigal & Ravindra Chary, Lyrics by ~ Vikram Bhatt

Here we have a change of lyricists. Kausar retires for the rest of the album, she must be tired of writing such good lyrics, and Vikram Bhatt himself steps into her shoes for the remaining two songs. Well, this song starts off with the female singer Sonia Saigal singing some weird English lyrics in a weird tone and accent — what she’s saying is unintelligible. The song is nowhere as cool and great as the previous songs of the album, in that it has no tune which would stick inside your head, nor does it have good vocals, and not even lyrics (I was expecting that last one, anyways). The only thing good about the song is its arrangements, with lively guitar riffs, electric guitars and brass instrumentation and also some cool solos on the sitar (with the male singer Ravindra Chary playing it). The lyrics are all-English, and there is practically no composition. The less written about it is better, because if I say more it is a ease of my time and your time too. 🙂 You can hear it for the sitar though, the only worthwhile part of the song!

 

7. Poison
Singer ~ Shon Pinto, Lyrics by ~ Vikram Bhatt

The electric guitars hit your ears hard when this song starts. Shin starts singing something in English in a grungy voice. You wonder where you are and if you accidentally sleep-walked over to a rock concert. 😛 The song tries hard to be a great heavy rock song, but I guess it fails because, a) I couldn’t remember a thing of it after it was over, and b) it was too short for me to notice or remember anything other than the fact that it’s an irritating rock song. Sangeet-Siddharth’s arrangements are wonderful and it seems as if it is a rock song composed in the Western countries. Kudos to them for that. But the other aspects of the song are just miserable. Composition is not memorable, the singer is just shouting, and Vikram Bhatt’s lyrics can’t be heard spat some places, thus ending up sounding like rubbish. The album that started off so promisingly loses points very quickly with two bad songs at the end.


 

Love Games really surprised me. I wasn’t expecting Sangeet-Siddharth to come up with so many songs that would hook me so much. However, they made sure to deliver something good for this Vishesh Films & T-Series collaboration, and their efforts have bore fruit. So what if the last two songs are simply bleh? The first five are the ones that have hooked me like anything and the hard work of the duo really reflects in those songs. The last two being situational, naturally have no appealing factor. I would say that Sangeet-Siddharth’s Music Games (the trials and errors they must have done while composing the songs) have bore fruit, which is definitely not poisonous! 😀

 

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: Mohabbat > Aye Dil > Love Games > Nirvana > Awargi > Poison > Lock Him Up

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

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TEMPORARY KATTI WITH SHANKAR-EHSAAN-LOY!! (KATTI BATTI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 28th August 2015
♪ Movie Released On: 18th September 2015

Katti Batti Album Cover

Katti Batti Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Katti Batti is a Bollywood rom-com film, which starred Imran Khan and Kangana Ranaut in the lead roles. The film was directed by Nikhil Advani, and produced by him along with Siddharth Roy Kapur. Vivan Bhatena also starred in a supporting role in the film. The story is about two people Madhav (Maddy) and Payal, played by Imran and Kangana respectively, who are in love, but a sudden turn of events makes Payal leave Maddy. So the plot of the story goes something like that. Nikhil Advani, who had also directed “Hero” this year, releasing a week before this, now comes back to his forte, that is rom-com. The film flopped inspite of such a great hype; maybe a fault in the storytelling. Anyways, how does that concern me? Let’s talk about the music. The music has been given by Nikhil’s favourites for rom-coms, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. After the success of their album to Zoya Akhtar’s “Dil Dhadakne Do”, I expect them to do exceptionally well in this album. a) because they are awesome at composing for rom-coms — they have been stunning us right from ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ and albums like that, and b) because their collaborations with Nikhil, I believe, are always awesome, and should be in the future too! They have composed five songs for the movie, now only to see how much they appeal to me. So, here we go!! 🙂


1. Sarfira
Singers ~ Siddharth Mahadevan & Neeti Mohan, Rap by ~ Qaran Mehta

I worship Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy when it comes to club songs. Here, the album starts off with a similar club song, as they used to give in the past, with full on techno sounds and more techno sounds and even more techno sounds. However, let me confess to you, that this time, I didn’t find anything special in the song at all! Starting with techno sounds that make you go, “Oh, the same typical club beats… Let’s see what comes up ahead.” this song doesn’t have the trio going beyond the usual things that they put in every club song, making it sound pretty stale than the other club songs. Their experimentation power is very high, as we know from other songs, then, I wonder why they didn’t use that power of theirs here! The song starts with techno sounds that sound a lot like they’ve been played on a keyboard, followed by guitar strums which are really energetic and enthusiastic. Neeti’s intermissions saying “Fizool hai” are also good enough to make you feel that something extraordinary just might be around the corner. But when Siddhartha starts to sing, the tune of what he sings, carries a very heavy déjà vu feeling, something we have heard from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy many a time in the past, and so it doesn’t click right away. What’s more, the mukhda does not even get over, or so it seems, before the hookline starts, very abruptly and it sounds pretty odd, as if the trio was in a hurry to get to it. However, the hookline itself is catchy as far as composition goes. Arrangements are nothing special though. As we progress towards the antara, the composition does get a little interesting, or at least more than the the previous parts. Arrangements, however, stay dull and bland. There comes a point when you start wondering why they didn’t put any arrangements other than the typical EDM, techno beats, just as a small attraction somewhere in the interlude or something. Well, that’s because the interlude is reserved for some new rapper called Qaran Mehta (what’s up with the spelling? Is it just to make it look cool? Because he didn’t rap that good.. It’s really annoying the way he raps) The composition has its shares of interesting and dull moments, whereas the arrangements are ordinary all throughout the song. Vocals by Siddharth and Neeti are good, but just that, nothing more. No variations, no anything. Lyrics by Kumaar though, are worth hearing — they do connect with today’s audience, though they are nothing extraordinary or funny like his other songs. Something which the trio has done so many times, the magic has just worn off now, and results in an unattractive song. Not such an impressive start to the album!

 

2. Sau Aasoon
Singers ~ Shankar Mahadevan & Rasika Shekhar

What I was actually expecting from the trio from the first song in the album, comes a bit late, but it comes better than expected. Better late, than never, right? There’s nothing like a sad, romantic, soft rock number from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. On top of that when it’s sung by Shankar himself, the expectations are tripled. Even though it’s a soft, sad number when we hear the tune, it takes on a really addictive form when we hear the arrangements, and Shankar’s versatile vocals suit the mellow song. High notes and low ones alike, he sings with great ease, as always. The song starts off with a wonderfully captivating guitar riff, joined a few seconds later by another awesome electric guitar playing beautiful notes. Shankar, when he steps in, deliberately sings out of the regular beat, pretty much like what the trio made Arijit do in ‘Mast Magan’ (2 States). He starts when you least expect it, because the guitar riffs mislead you. But it sounds exceptional when he jumps into the song unexpectedly. The hookline is something that you would feel like hearing over and over again forever. Rasika’s husky voice, though it might be sounding a bit too much autotuned, has this addictive tone to it, which makes anyone fall in love with it. However, in this song, she has two different roles: the humming and once or twice to sing the hookline. The first job she executes very well, but our heavy and husky voice just isn’t cut out for singing the hookline, which I would’ve preferred in Shankar’s husky yet soft voice. The antara has a very sweet and touching tune, including many variations, executed perfectly by Shankar. The backing chorus also supports well in these parts. Towards the ending we witness a beautiful jugalbandi of sorts between Shankar and Rasika, and it ends the song on a marvellous note. Arrangements consist of guitars, both acoustic and electric, sounding really great together in the same song. The drums have been added which increase the addictive nature of the song. To give the song a polished appearance, we have the piano, a misfit in a rock song, but sounding exceptional here particularly! Kumaar’s lyrics, are meaningful here, and again he surprises me with his immensely great ability to write both meaningful and meaningless songs with the same dedication or carelessness respectively. 😂 A complete Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy show from start to end! The song will get you pondering after it’s over and leave a huge impact! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Lip To Lip
Singers ~ Nikhil D’Souza & Ritu Pathak 

Youngsters Nikhil D’Souza and Ritu Pathak (credited wrongly as Phatak :p ) bag the next song, a cute little romantic song revolving around “kissiyaan” (kisses). The main element of this song that enters right from the starting and stays till the end, and because of which you keep listening, is the quirkiness of it. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy try to make a quirky, catchy and youthfully mad song, and succeed with distinction! I mean, the great composers that they are, how would they fail? Nikhil has been employed very effectively and he brings the Westernized flavour into the song, while at the same time, Ritu Pathak brings in the desi flavour and gives the best performance of her career, in my opinion. She keeps aside all the cheapness she brings into every other song and sings this one with all possible naughtiness, but without the cheapness. A time in the song comes when she goes totally nasal into Shamshad Begum mode, and another when, in the interlude, she says “O Sajnaa Veeee” in an unmistakable Richa Sharma voice. In fact, she kind of sounds similar to Richa Sharma throughout the song! Wonderful attempt! Nikhil is his usual casual, carefree a sounding self, and his fresh voice is always a pleasure to hear, unless the composition isn’t interesting. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s composition took no time at all to grow on me, and in no time, I found myself humming the tune many times! The tune of the line “Main yaaaar tenu miss kardi, tenu yadaan vich kiss kardi…” is just too cutely addictive! The arrangements, too are unmatchable! A beautiful vocal rhythm starts off the song and the same rhythm forms the pillars for the song even later on in it. Acoustic guitars, saxophone, some quirky Amit Trivedish sounds, work together to make it a wonderful listening experience. Drums and some Arabic percussion also make an appearance later on in the song. Kumaar uses some gimmicky terms and his Hinglish lyrics are tough to forget, but very easy to remember. They have an instant youth connect and may be the reason why this song worked so much! In short, the song is something you must not miss, if you’re looking for something new, fresh, breezy et al!! Extra marks for the way Ritu Pathak has been made to sing!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Ove Janiya / Ove Jaaniye (Reprise)
Singers ~ Mohan Kannan / Sayani Palit

Yes, I know. I’ve written the spelling of the reprise version differently right? :p Contact Zee Music Company for more details. I myself have no idea why it’s named like that! 😀 Anyways, after hearing the song, all of Zee’s mistakes are forgiven. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy present a soft, slow and calm, sad number sung beautifully by Mohan Kannan. When he last worked with them for ‘Chaandaniya’ (2 States), it resulted in an awesome sad song, with a groove to it that was hard to forget! This time, the song has no catchy groove as such, but it is the composition, which hooks you…if not instantly, then at least after two or three listens. The arrangements, though as minimal as possible, have the capability to soothe you down, and the song is just as effective as a lullaby to lull you to sleep, and I mean that in a positive way. First of all, mild piano notes start off the song, and an African-style percussion instrument gives the rhythm along with guitars and shakers and even the cymbals of drums, but all used in such a tranquil manner, that you wouldn’t believe it. Mohan renders the composition beautifully, and his voice just increases the serenity of the song manifold. His sargam portion in the first interlude stole my breath away. Otherwise too, he is spot-on with his rendition. Kumaar has written meaningful lyrics again, in Punjabi, romantic and emotional at the same time. The words have a unique ring to them, thanks to the trio’s unusually soft but beautiful composition. The reprise sees classical singer Sayani Palit come behind the mic, also making her Bollywood debut. Her version wasn’t as hooking as Mohan’s to me, but that would vary from person to person. Of course, her technicalities in singing the song are more perfect than Mohan, but it makes her version sound more difficult to connect with and less youthful and less contemporary than Mohan’s. This version has been sung on a backdrop of only very soft piano, and nothing else at all! Those piano arrangements are wonders to behold and the trio deserves a huge applause for them. If only somebody whose voice had more weight, maybe Kavita Seth or Rekha Bhardwaj had sung this version, it would have done way better. Or, if they had to retain Sayani, a nice clasica backdrop would’ve been more than enough to make me delighted, complete with tablas and sitar and the likes. The original is beyond all expectations, while the reprise falls just below them! Anyhow, both versions have scintillating arrangements, and lyrics, and the composition can’t be missed at any cost!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Jaago Mohan Pyaare
Singers ~ Siddharth Basrur, Digvijay Singh Pariyar, Raman Mahadevan & Rasika Shekhar

To conclude the album, we have something very unusual. Taking a glimpse at its name, you would think it is some bhajan, but press the play button and your ears seem to be playing tricks on you. It is a high-energy rock song, with a little folkish touch to it, sung with immense energy and dynamics by four singers with heavy voices. Well, I have to admit, the composition isn’t bad, and while it plays, you will enjoy it to the utmost, but the drawback is that, after it gets over, you will practically forget it. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy try to bring that one crazy song that each of their albums nowadays have, but they do not quite surpass the bar that they themselves have raised to a very high level with the very recent ‘Gallan Goodiyaan’ (Dil Dhadakne Do). Siddharth Basrur, with his Vishal Dadlani-like voice, gets a bit too loud at times, but overall does good. Raman Mahadevan, who was a Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy regular atone particular time, and Digvijay Singh Pariyar, newcomer, and whose voice falls between that of Sanam Puri and Divya Kumar, do well too. The sole female singer, Rasika Shekhar, getting her second song in the album, sounds perfect here, contrary to being a misfit in ‘Sau Aasoon’. Arrangements are good but lack anything extraordinary. A fusion of rock and Punjabi folk, has been heard before, and hearing the way they have been used here, definitely doesn’t make it stand out as a composition by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The tumbi part particularly sounds very ordinary. The rock guitars and drums sound better and if the song would have been purely rock, I wouldn’t have minded, but probably the script called for a Punjabi twist. If so, the trio had the capacity to work wonders with that! Kumaar, however, saves the trio by writing interesting lyrics, a boys vs. girls faceoff. As I said, the composition is great, but it has no repeat value. I am only hearing it now, because I didn’t have time when it released. :p I might be the only person, other than Imran Khan, Kangana Ranaut and everyone else associated with the film, who must be hearing it now! Not bad, but not excellent like the trio usually does! Vocals are good, so is the composition, and so are arrangements. But only the lyrics are great!


Katti Batti definitely doesn’t score among Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s best works, having two downright average songs (above average if compared to other composers’ work at present) and the rest awesome. There used to be a time when each and every song in an S-E-L album used to be stellar, enticing and magical in its own way. Since their mainstream comeback with ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ in 2013, this has definitely got to be their most underwhelming album. And yeah, that’s counting the ‘One By Two’ album and their two songs in ‘Darr @ The Mall’! The others, ‘2 States’, ‘Kill/Dil’ and ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ had very few of the dull moments and compared to that, this one has too many!! And I’m not saying this is a bad album — not at all, because it is good in its own way. Just that it’s not the usual awesomeness that is expected from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. That said, I’m on a temporary ‘katti’ with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy henceforth, till their next Bollywood album ‘Ghayal Once Again’ releases, from which I’ll be keeping immense hopes nevertheless! 😁

P.S. I’m already ‘batti’ with them because of their stellar soundtrack to Marathi movie ‘Katyar Kaljat Ghusali’!

 

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: Ove Janiya > Lip To Lip > Sau Aasoon > Ove Jaaniye (Reprise) > Jaago Mohan Pyaare > Sarfira

 

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

 

THE PANCHRATNA HAVE KILLED DIL YET AGAIN!! (KILL/DIL – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by:- Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
♪ Lyrics by:- Gulzar
♪ Music Label:- YRF Music
♪ Music Released On:- 9th October 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 14th November 2014

Kill/Dil Album Cover

Kill/Dil Album Cover

 

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Kill/Dil is an upcoming Bollywood action film, directed by Shaad Ali, and produced by Aditya Chopra. It stars Ranveer Singh, Ali Zafar, Parineeti Chopra and Govinda in the lead roles. The film is the story of Dev (Ranveer) and Tutu (Ali Zafar) who were nurtured by Bhaiyaji (Govinda) who trained them to be killers. The film follows the Western Spaghetti genre with a classic Desi twist to it. The music is composed by Shaad Ali’s regulars (his last two films had music by them), Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. This year, they had given a soundtrack full of variety for ‘2 States’, and I expected a LOT from them, because a) They are back in Bollywood and are here to stay forever now (I hope!) and b) because when it is Shaad Ali plus them, there is no doubt that the music will be mind-blowing! Lyrics are by Gulzar, who had written for Shaad in ‘Saathiya’, ‘Bunty Aur Babli’, and ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom’ as well. So, read on to find out how good the music of ‘Kill/Dil’ is! 🙂


1. Kill Dil
Singers ~ Sonu Nigam, Shankar Mahadevan & Gulzar

Gulzar kicks off the title track, with not such a BANG! as expected, but with some lines in shaayari form which I frankly found rather irritating (I know I shouldn’t be starting off the review to a Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy-Gulzar-Shaad Ali collaboration like this, but trust me, this chap is gonna come and irritate many more times in the album, so I’ll just tell you that you can edit out his portions at the start of the song for each song). But what follows is so wonderful and awesome, that I can very well ignore the irritation (and that goes for all the other songs which he speaks in as well 😂) Okay, back to the song. The song has been composed in a purely Western classic style, complete with the grand instrumentations and all. Starting with the brass horns, it really grabs your attention, and the waau waau sounds that follow help to keep you literally hooked to the song. The whistling, drums, guitar, all just increase the likability of the song. Once Shankar kicks in with his heavy vocals, everything gets even better, and when Sonu with his smooth and silky voice enters, awesomeness is at its peak! The high notes are very easily touched by both singers, and they complement each other very well! The hookline is one of the catchiest title song hooks of recent times. If you thought ‘Bang Bang Title Track’ was awesome, then you’re in for a better surprise with this track. The antara has an awesome tune as well, somewhat resembling the 80s sound of Bollywood. Again, high notes are touched with utmost ease in the antara. Well, I think I’ve said enough! This title track is one of the best in recent times, and best sung as well! Try it out for further information! However I can give you one more clue: #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Happy Budday
Singers ~ Sukhwinder Singh & Shankar Mahadevan

The name being the desi Punjabi variant of ‘Happy Birthday’, one would expect a lot of weirdness and craziness in this track. It starts with the drone of a tanpura, which was not at all expected going by the name of the song. Also, the sitar has also been used in the first one minute of the song, and in that one minute, I decided that this song is something different! It is one of those songs that grow on you more and more each time you hear them. The tune is very catchy, and the arrangements have been done very innovatively, with the use of sitar in every little unexpected place. The tinak dhin vocals in the background grab your attention instantly. The hookline is also very catchy. Though the song does not have any meaning if you consider it as a birthday song, it instead comes across as a romantic dance song. The lyrics are humorous though! Sukhwinder has sung flawlessly–these type of songs come to him naturally, it seems. Though he doesn’t pronounce ‘birthday’ as ‘budday’, but rather something like ‘birdday’! 😂 Shankar has a negligible part in the background, with some raps. The dhols in the hookline are brilliantly placed, and so is the brass trumpet which plays in the hookline! I keep replaying the song to hear that trumpet piece! Again, a beautiful interlude is witnessed in the song, and the antara is again very unusual yet sounds great! The last time the hookline is repeated, a wonderful, to-die-for type sitar piece can be heard! This fusion deserves a hats-off Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy triumph in a genre which very rarely gives scope for something new and something different! Don’t miss this one either! Definitely another #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Sajde
Singers ~ Arijit Singh, Nihira Joshi-Deshpande & Gulzar

You are free to edit out the first thirteen seconds (yeah, it’s the lines narrated by Gulzar) but only if they get TOO irritating, because believe me, you have no idea what’s in store for you! Remember ‘Mast Magan’ from ‘2 States’? Well, it created history (yeah, I know its only been like eight months, but still, let’s follow convention and say these stupid things, okay? 😝) when it released, and it was also the first Bollywood song that Arijit had sung for this rocking trio. In their next album itself, he got a chance to prove himself to them even more, with this very song. Okay, let’s get back to Arijit later, because I always have so much to write for him, so let’s save it for the end. Well, this track, starts with a beautiful Punjabi couplet written by none other than Gulzar and sung very dynamically by Arijit, followed by soothing aalaaps by Nihira, who had sung for Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy in ‘Bunty Aur Babli’ and ‘Salaam-E-Ishq’ as well. The composition is a fusion of classical and rock music, and you guys knows how much I love semi-classical melodies! They’re my favourite after..well, after classical melodies! 😜 The sound of water dripping is just brilliant! The guitar plucks sound awesome, too! The tune of the song is brilliant, and it is something that is instantly likeable. Nihira does a decent job, but I would have preferred Chinmayi to sing this song. The rock guitar is one of the main attractions of this song, and so is the awesome way that the drums have been played. The violins have been used very grandly, and the tablas are just waah! When Arijit repeats the lines which Gulzar says at the start, but this time with a tune, they seem to jump to life, all because of his attractive voice. The lyrics of the song are beautiful, and that was expected from Gulzar! Now, let’s move on to Arijit. “Yay!” is what all the girls must be shouting 😝 He has surpassed all his previous songs (except “Laal Ishq” from “Ram-Leela”, that is just DIVINE!) with this song, and sings with exceptional beauty and ease. The hookline is fully dependent on his energetic and dynamic vocals. And he delivers exactly what is needed. He seems to be the perfect choice for this song. The rhythm of the song is so beautiful and it is so hard to sing, that Arijit and Nihira deserve a standing ovation, a kya baat, kya baat Mithun-da style, and what not! They have done exceptionally well! Of course, half the credit goes to the trio and the lyricist, for creating such a spellbinding melody to some beautiful lines and infusing it with such wonderful fusion. Time to fall in love with Arijit’s voice yet again! A must-listen; one of Arijit’s best performances, and PERFECT composition, lyrics and arrangements! What more could you ask for!? #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Bol Beliya
Singers ~ Siddharth Mahadevan, Sunidhi Chauhan & Shankar Mahadevan

Starting with a dynamic drumroll and old-fashioned 80s trumpet fanfare, the mood switches to a very dark and sinister one with this next track on the soundtrack. Siddharth starts with the required punch and dynamics. He seems to be always getting songs in which he has to shout at the top of his lungs! Time to hear him in a romantic track now! Anyways, the song is full of groovy rhythmic beats and dynamic percussion. The two lead vocalists are both vocal powerhouses, and they both perform very well, and take the song to a different level. The very catchy ‘bol beliya’ vocals in the background, probably by Shankar, sound awesome! In places, it sounds a lot like ‘Hulla Re’ from ‘2 States’, but still sounds awesome. The characteristic sinister tone that the song carries is very intriguing. The other interesting part to this song is that it has to be used in two different places and two different situations, but it still makes sense if heard as a separate song. Kudos to Gulzar for achieving this! Sunidhi is the queen of such songs, and she sings both the high and low pitched parts wonderfully. The two singers complement each other perfectly. The dhols which have been used provide an awesome groovy beat to the song, and they reflect the signature style of the trio. One of the catchiest, scariest (okay, I don’t mean ‘Paranormal Activity’ type scary 😝) songs of the year! Great performance by the singers! #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Sweeta
Singer ~ Adnan Sami

Before starting about this song, let me ask one single question to Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Shaad Ali. Why, oh why did you have to make this sweeeeeet track so short?? I demand the answer! 😜 Yes, this beautiful song is just two minutes long! 😞 So I’ll review it however I can for such a small track. But even though it is so small, I have so much to say about it (relatively). Adnan Sami, of whom we haven’t heard much these days, croons this one flawlessly. The brilliant Italian style melody has been decorated with wonderful accordion and violin instrumentations and mindblowing percussion, most probably the bongo-congo drums. Again, the retro style is observed in this song as well. The strings and Adnan’s vocals are the main attraction in this song. His silky voice just suits the composition perfectly well. The lyrics by Gulzar are quirky and not ordinary, but funny. It is a short track with two stanzas having the same tune, and I wish Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy had made it longer, so we could enjoy it even more. Because now the listener’s situation is like cherish it till it lasts! Nevertheless it deserves to be a #5StarHotelSong!

 

6. Daiyya Maiyya
Singers ~ Udit Narayan, Shankar Mahadevan, Jaaved Jaaferi & Rasika Chandrashekhar

Well, it starts in a rather impressive Qawwali manner, and immediately grasps your attention, and everything going fine. Brass horns followed by beautiful tabla beats sound awesome as a start. Then an impressive harmonium tune after which we hear Udit Narayan singing some Qawwali lines, accompanied by Shankar Mahadevan. All is going perfectly fine, until some utterly ridiculous auto-tuned Udit Narayan’s voice takes over to sing a totally unimpressive and unfitting hookline,which is totally devoid of any catchiness or sensibility whatsoever. I couldn’t believe it was by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy at all! What an abrupt turn in the tune of the song! Plus, it sounds like a line from ‘Maahi Ve’ from ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’. Jaaved Jaaferi (I don’t know why he has been pulled in, when they have a perfect rapper in Ranveer Singh himself) utters even more stupid rap, and then the title track, features in this song after the rap, and it has also been spoilt; they have destroyed it completely! A little temporary relief is brought by Rasika Chandrashekhar. She doesn’t do that good a job, either, but her part has a likebale tune. Her nasal voice is supposed to humorous, and it works a bit. By the way, just for your information, her voice has been disturbingly auto-tuned as well. :/ The main attraction of this song, however, has to be the lyrics by Gulzar, which provide at least some, if not a lot of, comic relief. The only unsatisfactory track in this album. Still, do hear it for the weirdness!

 

7. Baawra
Singers ~ Shankar Mahadevan, Nihira Joshi-Deshpande, Gulzar & Loy Mendonsa

Again, Gulzar starts with some lines, but in this song, his lines suit the ambience and he, contrary to irritating like the first songs, helps to gain interest in the starting of the song. It is a very unusual sad composition, and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have succeeded in making a beautiful and emotional one, at that. The piano notes at the start which diminish and fade away are just magical. Also worth mentioning is the touch of rock that the trio has infused into this semi-classical melody. Shankar, is as his best in such songs, and he probes once again that he is the king of classical songs. Nihira does better than she did in the other song, too! The tune of the song is instantly likeable and unforgettable. The hookline from “Zindagi uljha hua sauda hai…” to “…main baawara” is just awesome. That line has the capacity to attract many listeners. And it would also be the line which will get most famous in the song. The aalaaps and sargam have been sung by Shankar so effortlessly. It truly seems like heaven when he does such variations. The guitars by Loy sound first-class. Flute has also been used in huge proportions. The second antara which Nihira starts, has a very sweet and pretty tune. The tablas in that part are just breath-taking. Her rendition is no less breathtaking. She has sung it very beautifully, and I guess that she is very comfortable singing with her master instead of Arijit. 😁 The lyrics by Gulzar are very beautiful and innovative. Listen closely for references to ‘Sweeta’. Also, look for the genius line, “Dil waali naukri ne maara”. 👌 A composition with class written all over it! Another Muat-listen and another #5StarHotelSong!

 

8. Nakhriley
Singers ~ Shankar Mahadevan, Ali Zafar, Mahalakshmi Iyer & Gulzar

The next and last song on the soundtrack is an old-fashioned 80s-style Qawwali number. This time, the trio has gone the full way with the old-fashionedness of the song. They have made a song, which you would find it difficult to identify as from 2014. Rather like 1994 or something. Nevertheless, I found it very nice. In this song, Gulzar irritates, so you can cut that part out if you need. 😜 The strings, and tablas and traditional Qawwali instruments have been used very efficiently. When I first heard it, I could only picturise Shahrukh Khan and Kajol dancing in ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ or ‘Kabhie Khushi Kabhi Gham’. It seriously sounds like it is from that era. Anyways, the jugalbandi of Shankar and Ali Zafar is fun to hear, but Mahalakshmi’s voice doesn’t quite fit in well. Sunidhi would have been the ideal choice over here. Nevertheless since she performs well, we can’t blame the trio for choosing her. It is a surprise to hear Ali Zafar doing harqatein and variations all of a sudden, and he does them beautifully. Shankar, well, he’s the badshah of all this, so no use to try to find any mistake there. 😜 The conclusion of the song, which may seem like a second antara, is very, very interesting to hear. The tempo changes have been done very smoothly, but sometimes even I get confused as to how they have been done! This song is very likable, and even if it doesn’t appeal to you in the first listen, it will surely do so in the subsequent listens! You might argue that it is too old-fashioned, but, umm I don’t think that’s a problem, is it? Maybe the situation is like that. 😊 Beautiful Qawwali composed in the traditional style!  #5StarHotelSong!


Kill/Dil is another masterpiece album by the trio and Shaad Ali with Gulzar’s lyrics. One song, ‘Daiyya Maiyya’ is below expectations, but the others efficiently meet all expectations. I would say that the ‘Panchratna’ (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy + Gulzar + Shaad Ali) have killed ‘Dil’ once again!! 

 

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

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

 

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