A TRIPLE-DEBUT TREAT TOILET!! (TOILET: EK PREM KATHA – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Vickey Prasad, Manas-Shikhar & Sachet-Parampara
♪ Lyrics by: Siddharth-Garima
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 13th July 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 11th August 2017

Toilet – Ek Prem Katha Album Cover

 

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Toilet – Ek Prem Katha is an upcoming Bollywood satire, starring Alshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar, Divyendu Sharma and Anupam Kher,  directed by Shree Narayan Singh, and produced by Aruna Bhatia, Shital Bhatia, Abundantia, Viacom Motion Pictures, Arjun N. Kapoor and Hitesh Thakkar. The film comes in support of PM Modi’s ‘Swacchh Bharat Abhiyaan’ by raising fingers at the issue of open defecation, prevalent in remote and underdeveloped parts of the country. Now it is a really good topic, but somehow, by the trailer and promos, I am not sure whether it will be carried out in a humorous way without looking dramatic. Anyway, the music, very surprisingly, has been scored by three debutant music composers, two duos and one individual. Vickey Prasad, Manas-Shikhar and Sachet-Parampara are the five lucky people who got to debut in Bollywood with an Akshay Kumar album, and how wonderful an opportunity is that!! I hope they make great use of it though, and provide us with a nice and clean ‘Toilet’! {Sorry for the desperate joke!}


1. Hans Mat Pagli

Singers ~ Sonu Nigam & Shreya Ghoshal, Music by ~ Vickey Prasad

The first newcomer starts off the album with a cute romantic song which sends off a great rural-setting vibe. The song’s composition is nothing innovative as such, but it still manages to hook the listeners, since it is so cute and such a throwback to Bollywood of the 90s. The only grouse I have with the composition is that the hookline sounds a lot like the antara of ‘Pardesi Pardesi’ (Raja Hindustani), which would be where the 90s vibes are coming from. The song is structured quite oddly, with a male mukhda, a male antara, and then a female mukhda followed by a female antara. Why couldn’t they just club the mukhdas together and the antaras together? That way, the listener would get some variation from male to female and then back to a male voice. Anyway, as they wish. The composition for all these stanzas is very cute again. The recording seems a bit faulty and raw, but that’s probably deliberate? The arrangements are again, not anything new or innovative, but that soft Qawwali setting to the hookline gives a soothing feeling, and the dholaks have been played beautifully, as are the plucked string instruments throughout the song, and the guitar itself. There is a wonderful rapid tabla piece before Sonu sings his antara. The rhythm is heard before, but the cuteness of the composition helps you listen to such a rhythm yet again without complaining. The vocals send you back to 2005-2007, when Sonu-Shreya duets were the thing. Every director wanted a Sonu-Shreya duet in their film; sadly, nowadays, that happens only in films where the director knows only about the old singers, and hence his music ends up sounding outdated. But here, there is no datedness whatsoever. It is more like a nostalgia. Both singers do an amazing job, though I somewhere thought that Shreya was struggling with such a high-pitched line in the antara. Siddharth-Garima choose the perfect line for the hookline; it increases the cuteness quotient of the song. The rest of the lyrics are cute too, but not too innovative. A good song to start the album with, but it has its own faults.
Rating: 4/5

 

2. Bakheda

Singers ~ Sukhwinder Singh & Sunidhi Chauhan, Music by ~ Vickey Prasad

Vickey has the second song to his credit as well, making him the main composer on this album. This song takes a more lively route, but stays a romantic song. As soon as it starts, the folksy vibe hits you, and you are also relieved that Vickey has used a more modern recording style for this one; it proves that the recording was deliberately done that way for the previous song. The composition is a lively one, but the hookline is really a letdown — it is so staid and bland. Also, we have heard such a hook so many times where the mukhda builds up to it, and then after a pause, the hookline takes the song forward. The antaras are very well composed. Sukhwinder, at his usual energetic self, renders the song with ease, and creates a good impact on the listeners. The problem lies in Sunidhi’s vocals, which seem less energetic as usual. It really sounds like she wasn’t interested, or maybe the pitch was too low. That makes her portion sound very odd, despite the beautiful composition of the antara. The arrangements are lively folksy arrangements with the percussion leading, and a nice plucked instrument entertaining throughout. A sarangi can also be made out occasionally. The percussion is the star of the song though. Siddharth-Garima, again, write an effective song to go with the film, but the impact of the lyrics doesn’t reach the audience out of the film. A functional song, but won’t really stay with you for long.
Rating: 3/5

 

3. Gori Tu Latth Maar

Singers ~ Sonu Nigam & Palak Muchhal, Backing Vocals ~ Umesh Joshi, Vijay Dhuri, Swapnil Godbole, Karan Kagale & Rishikesh Patel, Music by ~ Manas-Shikhar

The Rahman vibe hits you as soon as this one starts with the beautiful chimey music at the beginning. Manas-Shikhar, another debutant duo, enter the album with this song, and with only one song to prove their worth, they seize the opportunity and let me tell you, they make the best use of it, better than both of the other composer teams on this album! They employ a very lively setting to a supposed-to-be sad song. It is the festival of Holi, but of course, Bhumi Pednekar’s character is mad at Akshay’s character, because of we know what! So this is a situational song, in which Akshay pleads to her for forgiving him. Against the backdrop of a Holi song, a very emotional song, and I’ve heard something like this for the first time. Siddharth-Garima’s lyrics reveal all the emotion in the best way possible. Now let’s go back to Manas-Shikhar’s music. Their composition is just so catchy, especially the mukhda, which should be catchy in order to hook the listeners right away. It sounds like something straight out of a Rahman song. The hookline also succeeds in being a very beautiful, and catchy line. The antara is the female part of the song, and it has a very beautiful tune as well, which will remind you of the 90s songs, that used to slow down in the middle for the female parts. There’s a nice tempo-rise towards the end, in which we hear the already popular “Radhe Radhe” chorus. Sonu Nigam renders the tune with such brilliance, knowing when to emote which emotion, and wonderful aalaaps. Palak too, sings beautifully, and the brilliant composition of her portion helps her do that wonderfully. The arrangements are ever fluctuating, with the emotional and soft sound from the mukhda alternating with the usual Holi sound of the dholaks and other percussions. The shehnaai is played in a very beautiful tune. Those bells at the beginning are the most beautiful though. A wholesome song that defines what Bollywood is all about — colour, festivity, emotion and dance! Oh, and congratulations to Manas-Shikhar for a smashing debut!
Rating: 5/5

 

4. Subha Ki Train

Singers ~ Sachet Tandon & Parampara Thakur, Backing Vocals ~ Sukriti Kakar & Rituraj Mohanty, Music by ~ Sachet-Parampara

The last of the debutants bring up the finale of the album, which happens to be yet another cute romantic song. This one is a little less folksy than the others, but it does have the effect that it should. Sachet Tandon and Parampara Thakur have composed a lilting melody, that, though situational, and very predictable, still makes you smile and feel good. The prelude gave off some vibes of “Tere Sang Yaara” (Rustom). The mukhda is very sweet and simple, and instantly grabs your attention. The letdown here is the hook, which is as staid and heard-before as imaginable. But the antara is mind-blowing; especially the second line of it. The arrangements too, follow a very simple template, with that cute Duff rhythm, and in a wonderful second interlude, the flutes assortment and strings orchestra just mystifies. The first interlude with the mouth organ is splendid too. Sachet and Parampara handle the vocals themselves, and strangely enough, employ Rituraj Mohanty and Sukriti Kakar as backing vocalists for the aalaaps. Parampara’s is a voice to look out for, while Sachet’s voice just blends in with the multitude of new male voices we have in Bollywood, other than Arijit. 😅 Again, Siddharth-Garima stick to situational yet catchy lyrics; the hook lyrics made me smile. A good finale, and a promising debut, but not a song that will stay in my head for more than a month.
Rating: 3.5/5


Toilet – Ek Prem Katha is an album just like Akshay Kumar movie albums usually are — fun, vibrant and groovy, but with an overbearing romantic theme. What makes it even more special is that all the composers are debutants and it is commendable of the makers to have accepted the three for a film which will reach so many people! Seizing the opportunity, all three newcomers do a good job, and especially Manas-Shikhar do an amazing one. The album is a triple-debut treat!!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 4 + 3 + 5 + 3.5 = 15.5

Album Percentage: 77.5%

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: Gori Tu Latth Maar > Hans Mat Pagli > Subha Ki Train > Bakheda

 

Which is your favourite song from Toilet – Ek Prem Katha? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

AN ALBUM BORN TO RUN, BUT ENDS UP FLYING!! (BUDHIA SINGH: BORN TO RUN – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Hitesh Sonik, Sidhant Mathur & Ishaan Chhabra
♪ Lyrics by: Prashant Ingole, Gopal Datt, Abhishek Dubey & Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 1st August 2016
♪ Movie Released On: 5th August 2016

Budhia Singh: Born To Run Album Cover

Budhia Singh: Born To Run Album Cover

 

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Budhia Singh: Born To Run is a Bollywood biographical sports film, starring Mayur Patole, Manoj Bajpayee, Shruti Marathe and Tilottama Shome in prominent roles. The movie has been directed by Soumendra Padhi, produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Code Red Films. The movie revolves around the wonder boy Budhia Singh, who ran as many as 48 mmarathon, at the tender age of five!! The boy, who hails from Odisha, ran from Puri to Bhubaneswar at the age of four, covering 65 kilometers in seven hours and two minutes! What an achievement! So the movie is about his struggles and the hurdles he faced. As for the music, I was expecting not more than three songs or so, so I was pleasantly surprised when I got the album with 5 songs! The music has been done by multiple composers, with three songs by Sidhant Mathur, a composer who has composed for the 2014 film ‘Children of War’. The second one is the well-known Hitesh Sonik, who has one song to his credit, while the last song is by Ishaan Chhabra. As such films always unexpectedly surprise me with their music, even though they aren’t music-driven, I would expect a lot from the music! So, let’s run straight into the music of this album!


1. Born To Run (Anthem)
Singers ~ Siddharth Mahadevan & Arhaan Khan, Music by ~ Hitesh Sonik, Lyrics by ~ Prashant Ingole

This song has been tagged as an anthem specifically, but I’m sure we would’ve been able to discern that without them telling us so! The energy of the song is definitely anthemic, and Hitesh Sonik, back after almost a year, (his last being ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’), has cooked up a very, very enjoyable and energetic composition. The song starts with some interesting bell chimes, followed by some really electrifying rock guitar strums. That just sets up the anthem setting only too well, and you prepare yourself for the actual anthem that is to follow. Hitesh’s composition is one that instantly grips your attention with its mix of in-your-face aggression (of course, the motivational kind of aggression!) and determination. The hookline which goes “Saansein humariii… HUZOOOOOORRRR” is very apt for the situation, and sounds so cute!! A great concoction of folk music and rock makes this anthem worth listening on loop. The various twists and turns which Hitesh throws into the composition, are beautiful! The arrangements are also interesting, with no overdose of rock elements, but they are neutralized well by the folk elements and techno sounds. Towards the end of the song, it breaks into complete folk music, with a Bhajani theka played with manjeeras, and chants of ‘Jai Jagannath’, that go well with the Odishan setting of the film. A cute kids chorus sings most of the song, while their leader is Arhaan Khan, the son of Arbaaz Khan & Malaika Arora Khan. And that boy has bundles of enthusiasm just packed up inside! His voice is so sweet, but with lots and lots and lots of energy! The way he rolls his ‘R’ at the end of “huzoorrrr” is marvellous! Siddharth Mahadevan on the other hand, leads the whole song brilliantly! If someone has been made for singing anthems in Bollywood, it has got to be Siddharth Mahadevan — after ‘Zinda’ (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag), he proves himself once again in such a song! Lyrics writer Prashant Ingole is back after quite some time (the last I remember him writing were some songs in ‘Bajirao Mastani’) and he comes back with a bang! He writes a great inspirational song (again, after ‘Ziddi Dil’ from ‘Mary Kom’) and succeeds! A very greatly enthusiastic start to the album, and an anthem that has the potential to rock, but might be unfortunately overlooked! 😦 #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Sunapua… Thu Daud Daud
Singer ~ Rituraj Mohanty, Music by ~ Sidhant Mathur, Lyrics by ~ Gopal Datt

The next song takes the folksiness of the album to a whole new level, with something like a Carnatic verse starting the song off, followed by the heart-touching sound of a violin played on a quirky vocal rhythm. The composition by Sidhant Mathur is exceptional! Such a feel-good composition, that you feel more than just “good”! The mukhda is quite reminiscent of the songs of ‘Dhanak’, which I had loved infinitely. The hookline, though, is where the composer has concentrated most of the magic! A wonderful rhythmic hookline that gets you swaying to its beats, is the most magical thing on this world for me! 😀 And this hookline is just like that! The antara is more of a contemplative tune, with a slow and steady rhythm, contrary to the other parts of the song. But at the end of the antara, is a very fun, fast part, which leads up brilliantly to the hookline! The composer must’ve had tons of fun composing this one, because it’s so fun to hear! The arrangements rely on folk arrangements to do their work, and it really works great. There is a splendid tabla theka right before the hookline, and it steals your breath away; your heart literally skips a beat, and you are very, very vulnerable at that time! 😂🙈 The whole song has more of a Rajasthani feel to it, with the aalaaps in the background and the Rajasthani-flavoured arrangements. The beats of the hookline are beautiful and so enchanting! Flutes have been generously added to add to the charm of the song. The first interlude has a wonderful orchestral piece, that’ll blow your mind away. The secind interlude, however, is on a xylophone, and sounds marvelous as well! The vocals by Rituraj are amazing, and it is good to have an Odishan singer singing, but one can’t help but miss Papon on this track. His metallic voice would’ve done wonders here. Nevertheless, Rituraj doesn’t make me complain. The way he sings the “dauuud dauud” in the hookline, is spectacular! Lyrics by Gopal Datt are good as well, and he borrows some lines from the Odiya language, which mean ‘sweet son’ and ‘son of gold’. A feel-good song with a charming composition and beautiful arrangements! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Udi Jaa
Singer ~ K. Mohan, Music by ~ Sidhant Mathur, Lyrics by ~ Gopal Datt

The next song is another feel-good one, which starts off with a calming guitar riff, and a rhythm played by shakers. Sidhant Mathur’s composition is very soft and calming, with a very contemporary touch to it. The mukhda is very charming, especially the line “Sapne jab subah… Chalne lagte hain” right before the hookline, which a very effective motivational one. It will give you that boost of energy that will make you love the song immediately. The antara too, is very beautiful, with Mohan adding detailed variations in the singing style, which is remarkable. The way Sidhant has overlapped two tracks of Mohan singing two different things — one singing the hookline and the other with a classical aalaap/sargam, towards the end, is fabulous. The arrangements are calming, mostly guitars and shakers, but the drums add that spunk factor to the song which make it sound all the more motivational and energetic. The whole treatment makes the song sound like what Amit Trivedi would compose for a breezy song in a rom-com. 😀 The piano as well, is quite enjoyable. There are fervent strings that are sooooo marvelous, that it is no use telling you; you should go hear them yourself. The flute, of course, charms as usual! Mohan renders the song in his usual deep and attractive voice, and sings it with such ease! Gopal Datt’s lyrics are impressive as well, and suit the inspirational theme of the song and movie very well! An enjoyable inspirational song with a very uniquely composed hookline! Yet again, a bingo to the credit of Sidhant Mathur! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Bheed
Singer ~ Sidhant Mathur, Music by ~ Sidhant Mathur, Lyrics by ~ Abhishek Dubey

The next song is yet another invigorating inspirational song, a bit on the emotional side this time. The composition is another contemporary styled one, quite catchy at that, but it hasn’t actually been made to be catchy. The song has an emotional side to it which touches your heart effectively. The mukhda isn’t something that is going to welcome you with its arms open in a very friendly way; it will be more like you either love it or you don’t. No intermediate stage. For me, the song is amazingly energetic and beautifully emotional. The hookline has been composed so liltingly, and on a rock rhythm, it sounds even more effective. Again, the treatment sounds like an Amit Trivedi song, and that makes things better. Sidhant Mathur has added touches that would make the song sound very heart touching when it plays in the movie. The song is situational and send to be placed at an important part of the movie. Sidhant’s arrangements are great, mostly soft, but it gets quite invigorating at the hookline, with drums and rock guitars. The contrast between the soft verses and the very enticing and hard-hitting rock in the hookline, has been brought out very effectively and impressively. Sidhant’s voice, though not tuned like a professional singer, sounds perfect for the song, with that faltering voice of his proving to be best for such a rock song. Abhishek Dubey (debutant?) writes great lyrics, though it is a situational track, but good words at that. A sad song that has the grip to it, and it wins because of the rock template, without which it would have sounded bland! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Utkal Janani (Anthem)
Singers ~ Chintan Kalra, Aashna, Nanki, Jahnvi, Shairee, Kshitij & Malvika, Music Arranged by ~ Ishaan Chhabra, Music Composed by ~ Sidhant Mathur, Lyrics by ~ Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra

The final song on the album starts off with a very folksy shout, and goes on to break into a song that is basically a background music track, with a chorus of kids singing the state anthem of Odisha, ‘Bande Utkala Janani’, which was written by Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra. The composition is not exactly something memorable, but the fervour it has, would be very instrumental in making a scene onscreen come to life. The first part of the song has the kids singing the state anthem, with a three-beat rhythm on folksy percussion backing their voices. The second half, however, sees the song break into a pacy, upbeat trumpet fanfarish ballad with the trumpets playing a key role in bringing the song forward. An aboriginal kind of beat helps the song appeal. Though all this is happening, the way it has been executed kind of disappoints. A state anthem could have been composed way more enthusiastically and aptly than it has been composed here. Saying that, I must say it is not the end to the album I was expecting!


Budhia Singh: Born To Run is the typical sports film album. And by that I mean an album which will be composed for a movie which might even probably have all the songs playing in the background, with no song-and-dance sequence or typical Bollywoodisation of the songs. The song will serve their purpose in merely carrying forward the story. Also, the inspiration, zeal and fervour in the songs will be unmatchable. Similarly, this album has the same characteristics. Hitesh Sonik, with his one song, manages to touch your heart with a very connectable anthem, while Sidhant Mathur does three of his four songs very well. Last but not the least, I would like to say that this album was born to run, but I’m not surprised that it has flown!

 

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: Born To Run (Anthem) > Udi Jaa > Sunapua… Thu Daud Daud > Bheed > Utkal Janani (Anthem)

 

Which is your favourite song from Budhia Singh: Born To Run? 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

 

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