EK COMPOSER, DO COMPOSER, TEEN COMPOSER!! (LUCKNOW CENTRAL – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Arjunna Harjaie, Rochak Kohli, Tanishk Bagchi, Sukhwinder Singh & Mychael Danna
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Adheesh Verma & Sukhwinder Singh
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 18th August 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 15th September 2017

Lucknow Central Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Lucknow Central is a Bollywood drama film, starring Farhan Akhtar, Gippy Grewal, Inaamulhaq, Deepak Dobriyal , Diana Penty, Rajesh Sharma and Ronit Roy. The film has been directed by Ranjit Tiwari, and produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Monisha Advani, Madhu C. Bhojwani and Nikkhil Advani. The plotline of this film closely resembles that of recently released ‘Qaidi Band’, and it is obviously a coincidence of the worst case. There is a difference though. The music here, is done by multiple composers. Leading the way is youngster Arjunna Harjaie, with three songs, and after he impressed so much in ‘Titoo MBA’, I cant wait to hear what he did here. Tanishk Bagchi has two songs too, and one is a remake, because he is the remake specialist according to T-Series. Guest composer Rochak Kohli presents one song in the album. All three of these composers have proved their mettle in the past, and it goes without saying that when it is an Advani production, the film is bound to have good if not great music. Also, I think Farhan Akhtar himself looks into the music of his films, and so it is bound to be great. Comparisons between this film and ‘Qaidi Band’ are sure to happen, but I noticed ‘Qaidi Band’ relied much more on the music, and this will rely much more on plot points. It reflects even in the number of songs — that film had nine, while this one has five and one version. So let’s see if this album supports the film!


1. Kaavaan Kaavaan

Singer ~ Divya Kumar, Chorus ~ Shivek, Anubhav, Aditya, Shubham, Umesh, Veljon, Vishal and Sarthak From Asm Academy, Original Composition by ~ Sukhwinder Singh & Mychael Danna, Music Recreated by ~ Arjunna Harjaie, Original Lyrics by ~ Sukhwinder Singh, New Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

When Bollywood starts remaking songs from Hollywood movies (doesn’t matter that the song is Hindi, though) you would think things are finally messed up for real. However, it is a pleasant surprise when the remake actually turns out to be good, and quite innovative. Arjuna Harjai (now spelling his name as Arjunna Harjaie) returns after a year and a half, after the song from ‘Do Lafzon Ki Kahani’ last year, and gets the opportunity to recreate this quite popular Punjabi number ‘Ajj Mera Jee Karda’ (Monsoon Wedding). The original had been composed jointly by Sukhwinder Singh and the film’s composer Mychael Danna. Now this remake is quite a good one. The composition has been kept intact for most of the song, with Arjunna having composed a new prelude to the song, with a haunting tune that immediately gets you interested. The original composition is good, and the “Kaavaan Kaavaan” portions, which I found irritating in the original, actually sound good here. The thing that makes this remake worthwhile though, is the amazing music. Arjunna equips a booming dhol rhythm (Vishal Dande), that has the required effect on the listener, making him or her groove to it happily. The shehnaai gives a wonderful traditional feel to the song. Strings and dafli have been used occasionally to infuse a strain of pathos through the song, and especially the antara (incorporated from the original itself) is beautiful, both in tune and its arrangements. The numerous tempo changes would normally be very confusing to a listener, but here, Arjunna manages them so seamlessly, it is unbelievable. As for the vocals, Divya Kumar steps into Sukhwinder Singh’s shoes without a problem, but because he does so, it evokes memories of Divya’s own ‘Jee Karda’ (Badlapur) in the first line of the song. 😄 And then a layman can easily say, “Hey! It’s a copy!” Because he wouldn’t know that ‘Ajj Mera Jee Karda’ came before ‘Jee Karda’. But I commend the makers for firmly sticking with Divya’s voice anyway, since he has sung amazingly — the Punjabi-ness comes across beautifully through his voice, and he especially does the emotional portions very nicely. Kumaar’s additional lyrics are good too, adding on Sukhwinder’s original. An apt remake, with an amazing rhythm, and changes that do not disrupt the original song’s integrity.

Rating: 4/5

 

2. Meer-E-Kaarwaan

Singers ~ Amit Mishra & Neeti Mohan, Music by ~ Rochak Kohli, Lyrics by ~ Adheesh Verma

Rochak Kohli enters the soundtrack next, with his sole song, which happens to be a wonderful Sufi duet, with, again, a strain of pathos running through it. The composer doesn’t usually get to do such songs, but he did impress us with the amazingly soothing ‘Rozana’ (Naam Shabana) earlier this year, so it is no surprise that he ended up composing this one so well. The composition is so fresh, and quite like the Pritam school of alternative rock, it mixes Sufi sounds with a templated rock rhythm. Without the Sufi, the rock would’ve sounded incomplete, and vice versa. So it is like a beautiful combination that couldn’t be avoided. The antara is beautiful, and I must mention Neeti here, because she has sung her antara splendidly, and it is a delight to hear her in that whispery voice of hers. Her co-singer, Amit Mishra, builds on where Pritam left him off in ‘Bulleya’ (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil), and here, he makes an effort to remain soft and not as energetic as he was there, and the result is excellent. The arrangements are rich as well, the dholaks providing the authentic Sufi touch, while the amazing guitar work (Keba Jeremiah) and strokes (Tapas Roy) are one of the highlights of the song. The choruses at the end and in the second interlude, have been composed beautifully. Also, there’s a pause after the second interlude, where one thinks the song ends, but it seems Rochak has more to give us! The lyrics by Adheesh Verma are great too! A song that wonderfully mixes elements of Pritam and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy styles of composition, and a beautiful Sufi-Rock arrangement!

Rating: 4.5/5

 

3. Teen Kabootar

Singers ~ Mohit Chauhan & Divya Kumar, Additional Vocals ~ Aflatunes, Music by ~ Arjunna Harjaie, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Rap Written & Performed by ~ Raftaar

Arjunna returns to the album with his second song, this time, a fun a cappella number full of onomatopoeia. The beginning itself gets your interest peaked and you listen closely right from the beginning, where the singers do an innovative sargam, that sounds excellent. The composition by Arjunna, yet again, resembles the style of a cappella that Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy are well-known for, and they have succeeded with it in songs like ‘Maston Ka Jhund’ (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag). The composition doesn’t appeal to you at once though. It is the various vocal rhythms and sound effects that help you to find it appealing. The vocalists do an amazing job. Mohit’s metallic voice is the perfect choice for the song, and when he goes seamlessly from low to high notes, it sounds wonderful! Divya usually takes the high octaves and does so here as well. These lead singers definitely do well, but the backing vocalists also provide a very fun element to the song! The interlude where they sing “Chaaku Chaaku Leke Jaa..” is so fun to listen to! Even Raftaar’s rap adds an element of fun to the song. About the arrangements, whatever I say will be less. Amazing percussions (Taufiq Qureshi’s Mumbai Stamp) and guitar work makes the song appealing to listen to, and as mentioned before, Arjunna’s amazing use of the a cappella style in a desi way makes this song sound very unconventional. Kumaar’s situational lyrics too are clever and serve the purpose well. This song might be Arjunna’s ticket to many more Bollywood films which need quirky music!!

Rating: 4/5

 

4. Rangdaari

Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Backing Vocals by ~ Arjunna Harjaie, Music by ~ Arjunna Harjaie, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Arijit Singh has started to get songs in every film yet again; there was a kind of low phase intermittently. The only difference is that before, it used to appear right at the beginning of soundtracks. Now it has changed. And in this album too, we see an Arijit Singh song popping up as the fourth song on the soundtrack. The composition is amazingly beautiful. Arjunna Harjaie composes a wonderful Sufi tune, which is familiar to the ears, but soothing nonetheless. The hookline is something you’ve heard time and again, but still works its magic to soothe you down. Especially that line “tu laagey mujhe dushman si..” has been composed very beautifully. The antaras are beautiful, and the whole structure of the song reminds me of the recently released ‘Bairaagi’ (Bareilly Ki Barfi) which sadly, didn’t work for me as well as this. Arjunna decorates his magical composition with stellar musical instruments. First of all, he gives the genuine Sufi touch with the dholaks (Aanchal Goud), which sound wonderful and very earthy. But it is the interlude, in which he introduces a wonderful flute piece (Shubham Shirule), accompanied by a MIND-BLOWING sargam by Arijit (or is it Arjunna?). And it is then that the song gives off beautiful Rahmanish vibes, but also gets its own place in your heart. The Duff rhythms do sound too heard-before, but they’re ignorable due to the wonderful things Arjunna has added besides that. The ethnic strings sound amazing here, and as always, Tapas Roy has done magic with them. The vocals by Arijit are top-notch, but it is his everyday composition and he aces it as was expected. The lyrics are very impressive here as well. A beautiful Sufi song, with a familiar sound, but still impressed me because of its innocence!

Rating: 4.5/5

 

5. Kaavaan Kaavaan (Remix)

Singers ~ Sukhwinder Singh & Renesa, Original Music by ~ Sukhwinder Singh & Mychael Danna, Music Recreated by ~ Tanishk Bagchi, Original Lyrics by ~ Sukhwinder Singh, New Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

So ‘Kaavaan Kaavaan’, the opening track of the album, gets a ‘Remix’, or so T-Series calls it. But this isn’t the remix of Arjunna Harjaie’s song. It is the remix of the original song from ‘Monsoon Wedding’, done by Tanishk Bagchi, the third composer of the album. Also, I wouldn’t call it a remix at all, since it might just be another remake of the song by Tanishk, but Arjunna’s must have gotten chosen as the main version. This one is merely Tanishk’s original take on this song. That having been said, I can say Tanishk has worked very hard on this one. He tries to add digital beats wherever possible to make the song sound fresh, but some places it just doesn’t work, especially after the Indian arrangements that led the Arjunna version. Not that Tanishk hasn’t added dhols and all, but the emotion of the song doesn’t come across as well in this one. For a dance track though, this is better. Tanishk also ropes in Sukhwinder himself to re-dub the song, and that’s definitely a plus point. Renesa does the female portions of the song, and she sounds awesome. What bugged me was the hookline, where I found the backing vocalists too loud. A more zesty remake, but not more effective.

Rating: 3.5/5

 

6. Baaki Rab Pe Chhod De

Singers ~ Brijesh Shandilya, Vayu, Tanishk Bagchi & Arman Hasan, Music by ~ Tanishk Bagchi, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Tanishk’s second song serves as the caboose for this album, closing the album on a very lively and bright note. I say this because right from the beginning of the song, you know it is going to lift your spirits. It starts quite similarly to ‘Raula’ (Jab Harry Met Sejal), with lively plucked strings. The composition is fun to listen to, too, but gets slightly disjointed in the latter parts. It starts off brilliantly though, and the hookline is delightful. The arrangements here too, are mainly digital beats, but this time they succeed in remaking the song livelier. Tanishk’s trademark liveliness comes across well through this song, and it is a thing to wonder, why he spends time in doing some remakes. The singers do justice to the song, the lead singer, Brijesh doing an exceptionally good job. Little Arman Hasan, who we heard in ‘Kankad’ (Shubh Mangal Saavdhan), singing alongside his father Raja Hasan, does well too. Vayu has probably done some backing vocals, so I couldn’t really place him in the song! Kumaar’s lyrics, are amazing. He writes some amazingly positive lines in this one too, taking the support of various scientific inventors like Thomas Edison and Graham Bell. Lively song, but could’ve been slightly better!

Rating: 4/5


Lucknow Central is one of those rare multicomposer albums that is a delight to listen to. Well, I guess when each composer knows what he is best at, and delivers the best of whatever he is best at, with the proper supervision by the director and producer, the multicomposer album can also turn out well. Ek Composer, Do Composer, Teen Composer, But No Sign That This Album is Multicomposer!!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 4 + 4.5 + 4 + 4.5 + 3.5 + 4 = 24.5

Album Percentage: 81.67%

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: Rangdaari = Meer-E-Kaarwaan > Kaavaan Kaavaan = Baaki Rab Pe Chhod De = Teen Kabootar > Kaavaan Kaavaan (Remix)

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 31 (from previous albums) + 02 {counting both different takes on ‘Ajj Mera Jee Karda’} = 33

 

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

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PARTIAL MUSICAL ROBBERY!! (BANK CHOR – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Rochak Kohli, Kailash Kher, Shamir Tandon, Baba Sehgal & Shrikanth Sriram
♪ Lyrics by: Adheesh Verma, Gautam Govind Sharma, Kailash Kher, Ambili Menon, Varun Likhate & Baba Sehgal
♪ Music Label: YRF Music
♪ Music Released On: 24th May 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 16th June 2017

Bank Chor Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Bank Chor is an upcoming Bollywood crime comedy, starring Riteish Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi, Bhuvan Arora, Sahil Vaid, Vikram Thapa and Rhea Chakraborty in lead roles. The film is directed by ‘Luv Ka The End’ fame Bumpy, and produced by Ashish Patil. The film is apparently a comic caper about someone who chooses the wrongest day possible, to rob a bank. Along with two sidekicks who do not know how to even pick a lock. It looks like a spoof on YRF’s own ‘Dhoom’ franchise, and it would be hilarious, I’m sure. The music album is another multicomposer album, as is the norm nowadays. Kailash Kher, Rochak Kohli, Shamir Tandon, Baba Sehgal and Shrikanth Sriram are behind the music. Kailash Kher knows how to compose for comedies, as he proved to us in ‘Chandni Chowk To China’s, so expecting something just as cool as ‘Phatte Chak Lein De’ which was in that film. Rochak Kohli takes the lead, as he has three songs in the album, and after his cool music for ‘Naam Shabana’, a thriller, it will be interesting to see how he moulds himself for a comedy. It’s not that he hasn’t composed for a comedy before, though — remember ‘Welcome 2 Karachi’? Hopefully his songs here are better than those. Shamir Tandon, who has barely impressed me ever before, gets one song, while rapper Baba Sehgal is back with this album, with a single song. Shrikanth Sriram has an instrumental piece to his credit. Hopefully these five men have put together an album that is catchy as well as humorous and sticking to the theme of the movie. Let’s see!


1. Hum Hain Bank Chor

Singers ~ Kailash Kher & Ambili Menon, Music by ~ Kailash Kher, Lyrics by ~ Kailash Kher, Rap Written by ~ Ambili Menon

Kailash Kher, known for his legendary Sufi songs, kicks off the album with its title track, a song that banks on repetitive shouts of the movie’s “clever” title, to propel it forward. Sure enough, the continuous repetition of the title of the film in the way Kailash does it, manages to elicit a few guilty laughs from the audience. The tune as such is very, very artificial and generic, something that wouldn’t have got even one listener if it hadn’t been for the repetitive gag that is the repetition of the “hook”. And I must specify one thing: if you come across this song and you’re like “Oh, how nice, Kailash Kher is back at composing! Let’s give this a go, maybe it’s a Sufi fusion track!”, I’m sorry to tell you that you will be disappointed, so it’s better not to dive into this one with those outrageous expectations, because you know this is a comedy film. And anyway, he has done music for another comedy film in the past, “Chandni Chowk To China”, in which his songs were quite enjoyable too! Looking at it from that point of view, the song is quite enjoyable. The only fun part in the actual composition is the “Jab chori kar loon, chor ke ghar chori, chori karke khoob karoon munhjori!” That line in the antara is the only catchy part of the tune. The arrangements are quite cool, too, by the way. The saxophone is just amazing, and some comedic sound effects entertain the listeners throughout. Kailash’s husky, high-pitched voice is perfect for the song, and he manages to at least sing his faulty composition right. And yeah, since “Bank chor” doesn’t really sound like what he clearly intends it to sound like, he pronounces “Bank” as “Bhank” so that it does. His companion, Ambili, raps something somewhere in the middle that really doesn’t go well with the rest of the song. Kailash pens down the lyrics himself, and I must admit, some of the lyrics are just as hilarious as a song’s lyrics can be. {Which isn’t much; I mean, how loud can you laugh out because of a song!!} An apt song for the film, but not a repeat-listen song! 

Rating: 3/5

 

2. Tashreef / Tashreef Unplugged (Cups Version)

Singer ~ Rochak Kohli / Rochak Kohli, Music by ~ Rochak Kohli, Lyrics by ~ Adheesh Verma

Rochak Kohli steps in now, with his first song out of the two he has composed for the film. And this song, is one of the most innovative stuff we have got from a comedy film of late. If only the makers of ‘Housefull 3’ had roped in Rochak. Anyway, the song is a breezy, feel-good song, about the protagonist who is clearly not feeling very good. The composition is highly innovative and creative, with a country flavour that I’ve lately noticed Rochak uses a lot, like he did in most of his songs from “Hawaizaada”. The composition sounds odd at first, but later, it grows on you amazingly. The arrangements really stand out right away. The guitars are what bring in a nice Goan flavour, similar to that “Crazy Mode” of Pritam’s songs, like ‘Agal Bagal’ (Phata Poster Nikhla Hero), and ‘Chicken Kuk-Do-Koo’ (Bajrangi Bhaijaan). The very weird additions of noises like “Toing toing toing” and other hen and pigeon sounds make the song sound lovely in a very different way. And also cute! The ukulele also sounds beautiful, and makes the arrangements sound very creative. Rochak sings in various different noises, as told earlier, but even when he’s singing in the normal way, it sounds very different from how he usually sings, and it is amazing! He keeps the pitch low, and it makes the song even more effective in bringing out the stress of the protagonist. An unplugged version is actually true to its name (sounds a lot like an unrefined cover version), and the cups that were used in the original too, are more prominent here, due to it being unplugged. It has less of a repeat value though. Adheesh Verma’s lyrics are very impressive, because they’re actually funny in an intellectual way. A highly creative song from a composer who has always meddled around with this kind of arrangement, but never gone up to this level. And now I doubt whether he can outdo himself after this!!

Rating: 4/5 for the Original, 3/5 for Unplugged Version

 

3. BC Rap Knockout: Mumbai Vs Delhi

Singers ~ Naezy & Pardhaan, Music by ~ Shamir Tandon, Lyrics by ~ Varun Likhate

Next up we get something, which at least I have only seen in YouTube videos till now. And it is a Rap Battle. Yes, it is perfectly alright to add the word ‘Epic’ in there, because the song is really an epic showdown between a resident of Mumbai and one of Delhi. There’s no composition as such, as the whole song is a Rap Battle. The arrangements by Shamir Tandon are cool as the backdrop of the battle, and they’re completely digital. What is actually worth hearing the song for, though, are the two amazing rappers behind it. Naezy stands for Mumbai, and Pardhaan for Delhi, and then we get to hear a hilarious competition about which city is the best. The whole attitude which the two rappers carry about themselves is what hooks the listeners to the song, even if it is merely on audio (as of now). Some of the lines they throw at each other are so outlandish, you end up laughing out loud, or at least smiling. And all the credit for that goes to the Lyricist, Varun Likhate. He has penned down an efficient rap battle, and it really sounds very genuine. A nice rap battle.

Rating: 3.5/5

 

4. Jai Baba Bank Chor

Singer ~ Nakash Aziz, Music by ~ Rochak Kohli, Lyrics by ~ Gautam Govind Sharma

This song is the second song by Rochak Kohli on the soundtrack, and after the very creative song, ‘Tashreef’, I bet nobody would have qualms in saying that this one disappoints big-time. The composition is very mediocre, and something we have heard many times. On top of that, Rochak equips a very stale Mumbaiya rhythm to act as the arrangements. Very loud arrangements, and not programmed well enough, makes it sound even more irritating. Nakash’s singing is as usual, energetic and full-hearted. Sadly, the composition doesn’t support him. Gautam Govind Sharma’s lyrics are sad to hear too. A disappointment from Rochak Kohli.

Rating: 1.5/5

 

5. Bae, Baba Aur Bank Chor

Singer ~ Baba Sehgal, Music by ~ Baba Sehgal, Lyrics by ~ Baba Sehgal

This song starts with beats making it sound as if it is a song from an English zombie film. Baba Sehgal is back in Bollywood after quite some time, and he has made this rap song. That makes it the second complete rap song in the soundtrack. This one grips you from the beginning just because of that Zombie-ish background. The rap isn’t too impressive, but you manage to keep listening just because of that background sounds. There is a nice rap in the interlude where Baba Sehgal sings random Spanish names. There isn’t much more by way of arrangements, either, other than that Zombie-ish background, and random sounds of people shouting, lions roaring and whatnot. This time, the shouts of ‘Bank chor!’ aren’t as effective as they were in Kailash Kher’s song. Baba Sehgal raps fine, but the lyrics are very boring. Another stale track, relying on a tune in the background and Baba Sehgal’s name to make it work.

Rating: 2/5

 

6. Mela – The Bank Chor Theme

(Instrumental), Music by ~ Shrikanth Sriram

Someone called Shrikanth Sriram produces this instrumental piece which is so boring, you will be surprised. It is basically the same sounds playing over and over again for five and a half minutes. There is a weird trumpet-like sound playing the main part, and cool percussion in the background, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, … You get the point.

Rating: 1/5


Bank Chor‘s music album starts off quite promisingly, but then just diffuses into a typical, monotonous and trying-to-be-funny kind of zone. I must salute Rochak Kohli though, for his creativity in ‘Tashreef’, and Kailash Kher for his versatility in the title song. The other songs, barring the rap battle by Shamir Tandon, are easily forgettable. An album that only partially manages to steal your heart

Total Points Scored by This Album:  3 + 4 + 3 + 3.5 + 1.5 + 2 + 1

Album Percentage: 51.43%

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Tashreef > BC Rap Knockout: Mumbai Vs Delhi > Hum Hain Bank Chor = Tashreef Unplugged (Cups Version) > Bae, Baba Aur Bank Chor > Jai Baba Bank Chor > Mela – The Bank Chor Theme

 

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

SHREYA + SUNIDHI = SHABANA!! (NAAM SHABANA – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Rochak Kohli, Meet Bros. & Bappi Lahiri
♪ Lyrics by: Manoj Muntashir, Kumaar & Anjaan
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 9th March 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 31st March 2017

Naam Shabana Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


P.S. The song ‘Dil Hua Besharam’ can be heard on Saavn, while its reprise ‘Baby Besharam’ can be heard on the YouTube audio jukebox. The Saavn link doesn’t have the latter whereas the YouTube jukebox doesn’t have the former. Thought it necessary to inform in case you get confused! 😀


Naam Shabana is a Bollywood thriller, starring Taapsee Pannu in the titular role, and Manoj Bajpayee, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Elli Avram and Taher Shabbir in supporting roles. The film has been directed by Shivam Nair, whose ‘Bhaag Johnny’ flopped in 2015. The film has been produced by Neeraj Pandey and Shital Bhatia. It is a spin-off to the 2015 super-hit film ‘Baby’, and shows the journey of Taapsee Pannu’s character Shabana from ‘Baby’, before she was roped in to be a part of the mission. The movie is definitely awaited, because of it being the first of its kind; Bollywood has been free of any spin-offs as such, and it is just wonderful that the first Bollywood spin-off is that of such a wonderful thriller. Anyway, let’s go over to the music, because we have a little more time to wait for the movie. We all remember that ‘Baby’ had been touted to be a songless film. Nevertheless, three songs had been included in its album — technically two, because one of the songs had a male and female version. Meet Bros. Anjjan had composed one promotional track, while M.M. Kreem, had composed the two-version track in question. The soundtrack was like an accessory to the film, and not something to cherish in your playlist for a long, long time. This movie seems to be different, in that it has four original tracks, with one having two versions, thus making it five songs. Rochak Kohli, who of late, just composed single additional songs that released after the albums of ‘M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story’ and ‘Wazir’ released, comes back with a substantial chunk of an album after a long time. He last composed three songs out of the five-track ‘Welcome 2 Karachi’ (which were quite ignorable) and before that, three out of ten in ‘Hawaizaada’ (which I still listen to!) So I am not quite sure what he can give in this album, where he has three out of five songs. The other two songs are two versions of the same song, composed by Meet Bros, without Anjjan. Hopefully, they don’t give something too-hard-to-grasp like ‘Baby’s ‘Beparwah’. So let’s see what kind of music this album to a much-awaited thriller, holds in hand!


1. Rozana

Singer ~ Shreya Ghoshal, Music by ~ Rochak Kohli, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

“Inn aankhon se yeh bataa, kitna main dekhun tujhe,
Reh jaati hai kuchh kami, jitna bhi dekhun tujhe,
Rozana main, sochun yahi,
Ki jee loongi main besaans bhi,
Aise hi tu mujhe, milta rahe agar, rozana, rozana!”

– Manoj Muntashir

Rochak decided to start the album off with a mellow, soothing song that would be enough to transport us to dreamland. The first song in the album is a romantic song that has a very beautiful composition; Rochak gets everything right in that he composes this one with the perfect Bollywood ideals of ‘romance’. Each and every note hits your heart and hits hard. The mukhda gives a nice headstart to the song, and the hookline is one which doesn’t care much about imposing itself on you but grows on you like slow poison just as I like it. The antaras hold all the magic of the song; the very powerfully lilting tune of the antaras just leaves you spellbound. The arrangements are quite minimal, but Rochak gives an impressive strings backdrop for most of the song, especially the strings in the interlude are very impressive. Guitars and piano soothe your senses like nothing else can. And also, Rochak has employed a kind of Marching rhythm to the antara. I don’t know why that’s there, but it doesn’t hamper the song in any way. The arrangements provide for a nice nighttime lullabyish listen. And the vocals are by none other than the melody queen, Shreya Ghoshal. She handles each word with utmost care, and the whispery way in which she sings the song proves yet again how wonderful she is as a singer. Unnecessary bouts of loudness can never be found when she is behind the mic. The lyrics by Manoj Muntashir are mind blowing, especially the paragraph I’ve showcased above! A MINDBLOWING start to the album, and it will definitely consolidate Rochak’s career in Bollywood.

Rating: 5/5

 

2. Zinda

Singer ~ Sunidhi Chauhan, Music by ~ Rochak Kohli, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

“Ziddi raaston se paanv yeh, aaj bhi, jhagadna toh bhoole nahin,
Haare hain kayi dafa toh kya, aaj bhi, hum ladna toh bhoole nahin,
Aaj bhi dil baaghi hai, bas yehi kaafi hai,
Zinda hoon abhi, baaki hoon abhi,
Meri har saans mein thodi si zindagi hai abhi!”

– Manoj Muntashir

After the lulling romantic song, Rochak throws in a motivational kind of song next. This time, the composition is a bit weak. It sounds great in the first listen, but later on I found that it is quite typical and offers nothing new. The mukhda starts off the song on a slow pace, which only speeds up when the hookline arrives: the only portion of the song that remains with you after the song ends. Wonderfully composed on pensive sounding high notes, that part will definitely hook you on to the song and assure that you don’t leave it halfway. The antara that follows is also quite sombre, and doesn’t leave an impact on you, unless you hear it many times. On a whole, the song’s tune has nothing much to lap up. The arrangements also fail to offer anything different or innovative. The tune is already so laidback, but the arrangements refuse to make it more interesting, staying very minimal until, again, the hookline comes. Strings and guitars can be heard, but nothing stands out very boldly. Sunidhi Chauhan provides to the song, everything that the tune and arrangements could not. Her energy, though diffused in the song, manages to make the song repeat-listenable, even if only once or twice. Lately, she seems to have gotten stereotyped to these kind of songs. The lyrics by Muntashir, too, are good in their purpose of being motivational. A motivational song that fails to motivate a lot, but is functional to an extent. 

Rating: 3.5/5

 

3. Zubi Zubi

Singers ~ Sukriti Kakar & Rochak Kohli, Original Composition by ~ Bappi Lahiri, Music Recreated by ~ Rochak Kohli, Original Lyrics by ~ Anjaan, New Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

“Mere dil, gaaye jaa, zoo zoo zoobi zoobi zoobi,
Masti mein gaaye jaa, zoo zoo zoobi zoobi zoobi!”

– Anjaan

Next up we have Rochak’s final song for the album, and it happens to be an upbeat club number. This one is a remake, of Bappi Lahiri-composed ‘Zooby Zooby’ (Dance Dance), and it is quite a decent remake too, at that. The composition, though faltering at the beginning, turns out to be quite catchy. The mukhda is what I have a problem with — it seems forced and a bit childish. But right from the first time the hookline is sung, till the end of the song, it is an enjoyable track! The great thing is that, like it used to happen before, only the hookline of the original song has been taken, while the rest has been composed afresh. The antara is a nice continuation of the sensuous dance song, but then that line from the mukhda, “humko hai jaan se bhi pyaari aashiqmizajiyaan“, comes back to irritate. The arrangements are fantastic discoesque arrangements, recreating the Bappi Lahiri era in today’s style. Rochak has added groovy beats, and that amazing programming effect he has added to his own voice when he sings the hookline, keeps me waiting for his parts to come! It makes him sound like an awesome robot. 😀 Sukriti also, has sung well, except the mukhda. (Again!) She sounded a lot like a fake Shefali Alvares there, and I found it quite irritating, as I would have if Shefali herself had sung it. The rest of the song, she shines. Kumaar reworks around Anjaan’s original hookline, and pens down aptly enjoyable lyrics. A good remake, spoiled by a mediocre first stanza.

Rating: 3.5/5

 

4. Baby Besharam / Dil Hua Besharam

Singers ~ Jasmine Sandlas & Meet Bros / Aditi Singh Sharma & Meet Bros, Music by ~ Meet Bros, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

(Nothing to showcase, thanks to Kumaar’s lyrical masterpieces which you’ll read of later on in the passage)

The next song is yet another club song, this one by Meet Bros. The composition sticks quite close to Bollywood’s conventions of composing a ‘catchy’ club song. Right from the beginning Meet Bros “try” to get us caught on to the composition, which, unfortunately, is very staid. The mukhda is bad, and the hookline follows suit. The antara doesn’t provide much respite in this respect either. The arrangements are typical club beats, and it sounds like it should’ve released a year or two ago. Meet Bros have added this weird synthesiser tune, which sounds like the song is part of a comedy movie, an adult comedy to be precise. I wonder if this song was actually composed for some other movie before, and then moved over to ‘Naam Shabana’ Because it couldn’t find a place anywhere else. The vocals are what differentiate one version of the song from the other. It actually had released first in Jasmine’s voice, and that one is outright banal, sounding like it is trying to imitate ‘Yaar Na Miley’ (Kick). Aditi Singh Sharma, though not eligible to win a Best Singer prize or anything for her rendition, provides respite MERELY IN COMPARISON TO Jasmine Sandlas. At least her voice is more club-environment-friendly. Yes, she does spoil some lines with her unnecessarily stylish accent. Oh yeah, and she knows how to pronounce the “Baby” as “Bebe” (which you need to practise if you ever want to make it big in Bollywood as a club singer!), as opposed to Jasmine singing “Baby” as “Bebi”. The way they sing “beyyyyyysharam” is quite torturous. I guess it was first going to be included in ‘Besharam’ as the title track (that would explain the comedic arrangements), until Ishq Bector & Shree D saved us by stepping in. Kumaar’s lyrics feature lyrical masterpieces like “Rafaa dafaa sufi bandon ko karke nasha vasha karlo“, and “Thoda sa bigadne mein bolo na kya harz hai?“. *Slow claps*

Rating: 1/5 for Baby Besharam, 1.5/5 for Dil Hua Besharam


Naam Shabana is a decent album, but not great. Its predecessor had two songs, so it was okay that only one worked. This has four songs, out of which only one works perfectly, the others are decent, and one is bad. For a thriller, the album is apt, with a romantic song, a motivational song, and two situational club songs. However, it will have less of a connect with the audiences. Rochak has done a commendable job though! The only good thing I might remember about this album years later is that it has both Shreya and Sunidhi, modern stalwarts of the Bollywood music industry, lending their voices to the songs.

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 5 + 3.5 + 3.5 + 1 + 1.5 = 14.5

Album Percentage: 58%

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Rozana > Zubi Zubi = Zinda > Dil Hua Besharam > Baby Besharam

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 08 (from previous albums) + 01 (from Naam Shabana) = 09

 

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

THE ALBUM MIGHT MAKE YOU FLEE TO KARACHI!! (WELCOME 2 KARACHI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Rochak Kohli, Jeet Gannguli & Amjad-Nadeem
♪ Lyrics by: Rochak Kohli, Ravi Singhal, Kausar Munir & Sameer Anjaan
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 29th April 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 28th May 2015

Welcome 2 Karachi Album Cover

Welcome 2 Karachi Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Welcome 2 Karachi is an upcoming Bollywood action comedy film, directed by Ashish R. Mohan, produced by Vashu Bhagnani and starring Jackky Bhagnani, Arshad Warsi and Lauren Gottlieb in lead roles. The movie is about how two adventurers find themselves in Karachi, Pakistan where they meet a girl who plays the role of an ISI agent on chase. The trailer makes things look pretty interesting and one looks forward to the film because of Irshad Warsi and the comedy that follows him everywhere. As far as the music is concerned, I wasn’t expecting all that much, but was expecting some pretty good and enjoyable songs. The music has been scored by Rochak Kohli, who impressed us with his songs in ‘Hawaizaada’ earlier this year, Jeet Gannguli, who keeps impressing but didn’t quite do so in his latest project, ‘Ishqedarriyaan’, and Amjad-Nadeem from whom I expect nothing. So let’s find out what the album of ‘Welcome 2 Karachi’ has to offer!! 🙂


1. Lalla Lalla Lori
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani & Shivi, Music by ~ Rochak Kohli, Lyrics by ~ Rochak Kohli

Rochak Kohli is someone who has gained great appreciation and praise from everyone for his three songs in ‘Hawaizaada’. Here, he has two songs. Now, since things are different in this movie — it is a comedy film, it is kind of commercially viable — Rochak needs to follow those guidelines, go with the script and give exactly those type of songs. And that is why, you might feel that his quality has stooped very low with his songs of this album. The first song starts with an instantly appealing techno tune, which is very catchy and easily grabs your attention. The vocals of Vishal Dadlani that come afterwards, “La la la, la la la Lori” are also pretty addictive. However, after that, things take a sharp U-turn, and become really weird, ungraspable and nonsensical. First of all, the tune after that didn’t hook me that much, except in the hookline. The same tune gets repeated as the antara. The voice of Vishal Dadlani has been programmed so heavily, that it might be the first time where his natural energy can’t been heard. Shivi (I believe that’s the same Shivi [R. Kashyap] who composed the album of ‘Tere Mere Phere’, and a song ‘Aisi Hi Hoon Mein’ from ‘Amit Sahni Ki List’ previously.) sounds weird and aptly drunk, going by the theme of the song. Her parts are the worst in both tune and vocals. Jackky’s rap is not that catchy, but neither is it worse as Honey Singh, Badshah and all. Of course, Jackky has just sung, and Rochak has composed and written the rap. Also, the rest of the song which Rochak has written too, is nothing great, and makes that lullaby about a bowl of milk into a lullaby about a bowl of alcohol. The whole song revolves around that. With all those negative points, however, I have got to appreciate Rochak’s arrangements, with awesome club beats, techno/EDM sounds, and towards the end, a wonderful concert effect, complete with claps and echoes. Not excellent, but pretty catchy in the hookline, which it needed. Vocals are average as they’ve been programmed too much, lyrics are bad, but arrangements stand out!! An apt party song, but good for nothing else!!

 

2. Boat Ma Kukdookoo
Singers ~ Mika Singh, Shivi, Deane Sequiera & Rochak Kohli, Music by ~ Rochak Kohli, Lyrics by ~ Rochak Kohli & Ravi Singhal

This song starts just as impressively (arrangements-wise) as the first, and loses its impressiveness just as quick as the first, as well. The beats with which the sing kickstarts, get you hooked. But only for a relatively short time. After that the interventions (by Rochak??) that go “Kuku duku duku du” makes you lose some interest, and those female vocals succeed in doing so completely, and whatever little patience and interest you have left, quickly drains out. Anyways, after that things get a bit better once again, when the song starts with its mukhda, sung by Mika in his usual characteristic style, that makes it sound enjoyable, undoubtedly. Rochak composes the mukhda in a catchy style, but the antara gets utterly ridiculous!!! Both of them do not go together at all, and it sounds pretty weird after that. The antara has Mika singing in a very low pitch, and it doesn’t really suit him. And those female vocals come back, this time with an even more stupid tune. The hookline, again, just as in the first song, is the best part of the song. Towards the end, we get to hear some experimentation from Rochak, adding garba beats in the party song, and also singing the trademark “Hey Jeereyyyyyyy” as soon as those beats start. I was expecting something good to go with the garba beats, but no such luck, and he just repeats the hookline in a higher tempo, where those irritating voices of Shivi and Deane come back. Arrangements are good, saving the song to some extent, consisting mostly of techno beats. The dhols have been added in the hookline very efficiently, and they are what makes the hookline as catchy at it is. And, as I’ve mentioned, that garba rhythm, though not utilized well, does give some relief. Rochak teams up with Ravi Singhal this time, and they both create very slightly entertaining but mostly cheap lyrics about Gujarati food items mixed with alcohol. A failure from Rochak, barring the arrangements and the hookline!! And Mika sounds good, but only in the high-pitched portions! Everything else is irritating!

 

3. Shakira
Singer ~ Shalmali Kholgade, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir

Jeet Gannguli, when he had composed for Vashu Bhagnani’s production ‘Youngistaan’, had remade one of his Bengali songs to give us ‘Suno Na Sangemarmar’, one of the best romantic songs of the year. This time, the makers give him not his usual genre, romantic songs, but give him an item song to make. Yup, item song. And to do the honours in this track, Jeet chooses Shalmali Kholgade, whom he has worked with in the Bengali music industry. The song starts with an entranocng shayari by Shalmali, making you ready for an awesome mujra track. But then, the middle-eastern instruments like the banjo, horns played in an Arabic style, alter the whole feel of the song. When Shalmali starts singing the mukhda, ich is quite catchy in itself, you can’t help but move to the groove of Jeet’s composition. He succeeds in doing something different, after the album of ‘Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi’ and ‘Kya Raaz Hai’ (Raaz 3). The antaras have been composed just as efficiently, which make you keep listening and keeps your interest towards the song intact throughout the song. The hookline, which showcases Shalmali singing the title of the song in various tunes, is addictive too. Shalmali’s fiery rendition, in a cute but flirtatious high-pitched voice, is another reason to love it. Arrangements have been done appreciatively as well, and hats-off to Jeet for succeeding in giving catchy arrangements in a track which we are not used to hearing from him (which of course, doesn’t mean that he can’t make one) The Arabic rhythm plays throughout the song, guitars and railway engine-type beats entertain you at places, and the strings are awesome! Kausar Munir writes lyrics that don’t degrade women, as in other item songs, but somewhere sounds a lot like the woman is bragging too much. The use of different places and cities in the lyrics, though, make them interesting to hear. It adds quirk as well as a mass appeal to the song. Something never expected from Jeet, and in which he surprisingly succeeds! A catchy Latino-Araboc flavored item song, with impressive vocals, lyrics and arrangements!!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Chal Bhaag
Singers ~ Wajid & Love Juneja, Music by ~ Amjad-Nadeem, Lyrics by ~ Sameer Anjaan

The last song which this album has to offer, starts with a catchy rock guitar riff, which builds up your interest as to find out what lies ahead. But all that lies ahead is an annoying rock song, sung in an irritating manner by nobody but the composers, Amjad-Nadeem’s cousin brother, Wajid along with someone called Love Juneja. Amjad-Nadeem try to make a suspenseful, situational track, that would also appeal to the masses, but fail to come up with a grasping composition. Wajid’s energetic vocals don’t help at all either, because they sound irritating due to sounding double. What at first sounds like something interesting, turns out to be an exhausting affair. First of all, though the arrangements are commendable, with rock guitars and drums, they need to be used with an efficient composition, don’t they? But because the composition isn’t at all good, they fail to impress either. Amjad-Nadeem take inspiration from Sajid-Wajid, but the song ends up nowhere near their brothers’ rock songs, which usually impress. Also, after the Mukhda and first antara get over, the moment when you realize that there’s another interlude and antara to follow, you have no wish to continue to hear the song, as it seems too stretched at one antara itself, that you would get exhausted by the time the second antara is over. So the song is unnecessarily long and stretched. Sameer writes his usual lyrics that fall under the ABSURD category, and they don’t impress nor do they entertain. They’re just stupid and don’t make sense. Nothing to hear here, except the rock arrangements!


Welcome 2 Karachi is an album, that might as well be forgotten within one week of its release and then again be remembered after the film releases, only to be forgotten forever after that. With only Jeet’s song standing out amongst the varying degrees of ridiculosity that the album has to offer, it can be said that it is one of the most middling affairs of recent times. Also, though the film might not be needing one, a romantic track would have been appreciated! Thank God that the album is short!! Instead of hearing this album, I advise you to flee to Karachi yourself! 😝😝

Okay, it’s not that bad, as each song has something or the other to offer, and hence I have given a rating that might seem too high for this album to you.

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Shakira > Lalla Lalla Lori > Boat Ma Kukdookoo > Chal Bhaag

 

Which is your favourite song from Welcome 2 Karachi? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next: 13th Music Mastani Monthly Awards (May 2015)

MULTI-COMPOSERS KI OONCHI UDAAN!! (HAWAIZAADA – Music Review)

Greetings! I just thought that it would be sensible to post this review on Republic Day as the movie is about the achievement of an Indian, after all! So Happy Republic Day and enjoy the music review of Hawaizaada!


Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Rochak Kohli, Mangesh Dhakde, Ayushmann Khurrana & Vishal Bhardwaj
♪ Lyrics by: Vibhu Virender Puri & Mirza Ghalib (Dil-E-Nadaan)
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 19th January 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 30th January 2015

Hawaizaada Album Cover

Hawaizaada Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Hawaizaada is an upcoming Bollywood film which is the directorial debut of lyricist Vibhu Virender Puri (‘Guzaarish’, ‘Chor Chor Super Chor’), produced by Vishal Gurnani, Rajesh Banga & Reliance Entertainment and starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Pallavi Sharda & Mithun Chakraborty in key roles. The movie is based on the life of Shivkar Bapuji Talpade, who had allegedly invented a flying machine (the world’s first unmanned plane) here in India six years before the Wright Brothers did so in U.S.A. Since very little information is known about Talpade, Vibhu Puri decided to explore this topic further and make a film about it! The story really seems very interesting, and I just wish the movie also gets all the love and positivity from the audience when it releases on 30th January. Coming to the music, because this is a music review, it has been composed by four composers, thus making it a multi-composer album. The composers are a Marathi composer Mangesh Dhakde, who has composed a Hindi album in 2013 called ‘Chor Chor Super Chor’, Rochak Kohli, Ayushmann Khurrana and a guest composition by the one and only Vishal Bhardwaj! So you can see now why I am so excited about this album. And now, the time has come to review it! Let’s see exactly how high this plane flies! 😉


1. Hawaizaada Dil
Singer ~ Rochak Kohli, Music by ~ Rochak Kohli

The soundtrack is opened up by Rochak’s light and heartwarming rhythmic vocals (pbrooo-pbroo-pbru-pbru-pbru), after which the actual words start. Rochak sounds a lot like Mohit Chauhan, and sings the song in a very lively way. Western-styled guitar has a prominent role in the track; it makes sure the listeners do not get bored, and also keeps the track lively and also very quirky and different. The antaras have the charm in them which makes us groove to the tune and the guitars which Rochak has equipped in the background, also sound great in this composition. Lyrics by Vibhu Puri are also sweet. I also found ththough the composition does not instantly hook you, it grows with time and then it couldn’t be any better! I found myself humming it all day! 😀 Nice, lively opening to the album by Rochak! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Daak Ticket
Singers ~ Mohit Chauhan & Javed Bashir, Music by ~ Rochak Kohli

So here, along comes the actual Mohit, after the first song sung by Rochak who sounded like Mohit. And as always, Mohit impresses and how! His metallic voice proves to be very effective for the song, and half the battle is won there itself. His voice is supported by Javed’s Sufi-esque vocals, which enhances the already great song even more. Going on to Rochak’s composition, I believe that it is one of the sweetest and most motivational songs of the year so far. A beautiful traditional melody mounted on a catchy tabla rhythm just makes you delighted when you hear it. Arrangements are fabulous and make great use of mostly traditional style of playing instruments like the tablas, daflis and flutes. Occassional trumpets and drumrolls give the British rule feel. Again, Vibhu Puri excels with the lyrics, which are so very motivational and radiate that unmistakable positivity. It’s all about the confidence Shivkar Talpade had in himself that he would surely make history. Full marks to Vibhu for the lyrics! A beautiful song, impossible to hate. Full marks for composition, lyrics, arrangements and vocals!! #5StarHotelSong!!!

 

3. Maazaa My Lord
Singers ~ Mohit Chauhan & Neeti Mohan, Portuguese Vocals ~ Thomson Andrews & Gwen Dias, Music by ~ Mangesh Dhakde

The next composer Mangesh steps in with yet another song drenched in brilliance. Mangesh Dhakde had composed a very retro-style tune, one which reminds you instantly of the 50s era of Bollywood music. Mohit and Neeti’s fabulous singing reminds you of the classic Rafi-Asha duets of the time. Right from the beautiful prelude which the song opens up with, wonderfully sung by Mohit Chauhan, you can sense something different and unique about the song. The accordions and Spanish guitars are the main attractions of the song, and they have been equipped mastermindedly by Mangesh. The Latin feel has been brought out awesomely because of the unique composition and music. Neeti sounds a class apart in the song even though she has a comparatively smaller part than Mohit. Her part in the antara is just too lovely. One of the interludes, has a splendid Portuguese chorus which takes your breath away. This song has a very distinct Victorian feel to it. Lyrics are even better in this song, comparing the whole love process to a court case. Unique concept! Words like “my lord”, “vakaalat”, “hukumat”, “kachehri”, “daleel”, “mukaddama”, “binaah” and many more make the song sound more sophisticated. Finally, Neeti’s grand conclusion to the song leaves you wanting more even after 5 and a half minutes! Everything about this song is truly stupendous, and Mangesh very impressively gets his big break in the Bollywood industry! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Dil-E-Nadaan / Dil-E-Nadaan (Reprise)
Singers ~ Ayushmann Khurrana / Ayushmann Khurrana & Shweta Subram, Music by ~ Ayushmann Khurrana, Poetry by ~ Mirza Ghalib

Ayushmann gets his first credit as a music composer in a Bollywood film with this film, and what he has given us, really proves that he deserves this honour! Actually, this should’ve happened ages before, is what we think! Mirza Ghalib’s immortal poetry, which has already been recreated many times before, gets yet another variation to it. Ayushmann has composed a completely different tune to the poem, and it is one which will give you goosebumps, literally! The use of tablas really enhances the composition throughout, and a lot! Santoor notes each time in the hookline, really give a calming effect. Guitars have not been used as prominently as in other Ayushmann songs, but this time the classical instruments have overshadowed it. Violins and a sitar interlude also impress greatly, not to mention waterdrop sounds in the second antara. Ayushmann’s performance is awesome, with his usual sweet sounding variations. The reprise version takes the classical song to rock level, giving it an altogether different feel. Do watch out for the twist in the second antara in this version. Shweta Subram, newcomer, starts off wonderfully with the couplets of Jigar Modarabaadi’s “Aag Ka Dariya Doob Ke Jaana”. She sounds awesome! Though it is rock song, it still sounds very soothing somehow! Hats-off to Ayushmann for giving such a beautiful composition!!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Udd Jayega
Singers ~ Sukhwinder Singh & Ranadeep Bhasker, Backing Vocals ~ Rahul Mukherjee, Ranadeep Bhasker, Aanandi Joshi & Moumeeta Choudhury, Music by ~ Mangesh Dhakde

A folksy string instrument welcomes us into the nest song with Sukhwinder’s unique rustic vocals following. The song is another motivational and inspirational one, feeling even more so because of the energetic composition by Mangesh. Actually, the composition reminded me a lot of A.R. Rahman’s songs from ‘Lagaan’. Awesome job by Mangesh to accomplish something like this. His arrangements are also outstanding. The wind instruments and Daflis placed each time the hookline comes, makes you get hooked to the song instantly. The lyrics by Vibhu enhance the inspirational feeling even more. He has compared the plane (which is being designed by the scientist in the film) to a swan or hans. What a great comparison! Of course, we can also take it to mean that the hans is the scientist, who will accomplish his dream of building a flying machine and fly to the heights (as in, get famous). That has been left to us to decode. 😃 The vocals by Sukhwinder, are as always great, and Ranadeep’s short recitation from the Bhagavad Geeta has been wonderfully incorporated into the song. The backing vocalists also do a brief but great job. Catchy arrangements enhance the composition to levels which are unbelievable! Kudos to Mangesh! Yet another #5StarHotelSong!!!

 

6. Dil Todne Ki Masheen
Singer ~ Rekha Bhardwaj, Music by ~ Vishal Bhardwaj

The senior to all the other composers, and a musical genius according to me, Vishal Bhardwaj, finally enters this till-now superb album, to add some magic of his own to it. And what he presents in front of us, is something very amazing and stunning. For a female item or dance number, what better choice has he than to take his own better half, Rekha Bhardwaj? And she renders his awesome, catchy composition with ease and expertise. Here, he has composed a very traditional Maharashtrian folk song, a Lavani, in a very professional way, as if he himself is a Maharashtrian. The introduction to the song itself assures you that the song will definitely have something incredible to offer you. The contrast between the mukhda, which is very raunchy and masaaledaar, and the antaras, which are a bit milder and have a easier-to-the-ears tune, has been balanced expertly. Traditional lavani instruments like lezim and dholkis have been used by Vishal to make the song sound like a genuine lavani. Both the male and female backing vocals appointed by Vishal have done great to take the song to another level. The unusual Spanish guitars in the lavani also work in favourite of the song! That was an interesting fusion! Vibhu’s lyrics also go with the theme of the song. 😃 Vishal gives us one of the most dhamaakedaar item/dance numbers of late! Finally a song for the masses in this classy album! Not that the classes won’t appreciate it, though! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

7. Yaadien Gatthri Mein
Singer ~ Harshdeep Kaur, Music by ~ Mangesh Dhakde

Mangesh returns with a shorter and more soothing version of ‘Udd Jayega’, this one sung peacefully by the Sufi queen of today, Harshdeep Kaur. Though she has very little lines to sing, she does present them with extreme serenity and showcases her immense talent even in these one and a half minutes. Mangesh supports her with beautiful backing orchestrations consisting of violins and flutes. Short and sweet, sure to bring a smile on your face! Nevertheless, it is definitely a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

8. Turram Khan
Singers ~ Papon, Ayushmann Khurrana & Monali Thakur, Music by ~ Rochak Kohli

Rochak returns towards the end of the soundtrack after his two brilliant opening songs, bringing back with him, his quirk and individuality. Ordinary, soft, contemporary guitar riffs kick off the song, composed mostly on the country template. An abrupt and unexpected tempo switch not too far into the song, surprises, but also makes you smile. Lively arrangements made up of impressive banjos and whistles, have been awesomely managed by Rochak. The hookline with the rhythmic “Tu Tu Tu Tu turru Tu..” also sound great. Lyrics by Vibhu Puri give a clear insight as to what situation this song must have been placed in the film, with the scientist’s peers not quite believing in him, and dismissing his dream as nonsense. Of course, since the song is situational, it might not impress all at once, but the vocalists and energetic tune take care of that. Ayushmann and Monali, do not have very big parts as compared to Papon, who does very well, but even they impress in their short portions. A wonderful glimpse of country music is displayed in this song, with awesome vocals, lyrics and quirky music! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

9. Teri Dua
Singers ~ Wadali Brothers, Lakhwinder Singh, Harshdeep Kaur, Ravindra Sathe, Backing Vocals ~ Ranadeep Bhasker, Rahul Mukherjee, Aanandi Joshi & Moumeeta Choudhury, Music by ~ Mangesh Dhakde

‘Udd Jayega’ once again gets a makeover, and this time, with a divine Qawwali and Bhajan touch. The Wadali Brothers, Lakhwinder and Harshdeep bring in the beautiful Sufi touch required and Mangesh does a brilliant job in giving a Qawwali twist to the already magnificent composition. A wonderful Bhajan touch has also been given towards the middle of the song. Qawwali instruments like harmonium, tablas, pakhawaj make the composition sound even more angelic. Vibhu’s altered lyrics, in my opinion, are the best lyrics of any song in the album! Again, the song radiates a lot of positive and supreme energy. Backing vocals have been equipped and managed expertly in this song as well. In the Bhajan portion, sacred manjeeras and bells do the job of grasping our attention very well, before giving way again to the Qawwali. All the singers have been aptly chosen and do an outstanding to provide a memorable ending to the album! The best version of ‘Udd Jayega’ in my opinion, solely for the Qawwali-Bhajan fusion and the vibrant arrnagemnts and vocals! Brilliant ending to this fabulous album! #5StarHotelSong!!


As you can see, Hawaizaada can easily be called a #5StarHotelAlbum, as all songs in it are #5StarHotelSongs! With the numerous multi-composer albums releasing nowadays, which didn’t quite impress, Hawaizaada is the first in months that we actually had faith in to break the stereotype and prove that, of well-managed, even a multi-composer album can do wonders! Director and lyricist Vibhu Puri has done a great job in selecting apt songs for all the situations which would sound great with the narration as well as sound great when heard individually! Hawaizaada turns out to be a special case, in the sense that it is the first multi-composer album in which all the songs impress, and all the composers seem to be complementing each other very well, unlike others in which the composers seem to be conflicting in musical style and genres! The multi-composers have shown their ability to embark on a flight to the musical heights!!

 

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: No order as such, as all the songs are gems, but make sure you do not miss even a single one!

 

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

 

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