MUSIC KA MAIDAAN FATEH NA HO PAAYA! (SANJU – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: A.R. Rahman, Rohan-Rohan & Vikram Montrose
♪ Lyrics by: Irshad Kamil, Shekhar Astitwa, Puneet Sharma & Rohan Gokhale
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 29th June 2018
♪ Movie Released On: 29th June 2018

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Sanju Album Cover

Listen to the songs: Saavn

Buy the songs: iTunes


Sanju is a Bollywood biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Dia Mirza, Vicky Kaushal, Sonam Kapoor, Karishma Tanna, Jim Sarbh and Anushka Sharma among others. The film is directed by Rajkumar Hirani, and produced by him along with Vidhu Vinod Chopra. We all know how Sanjay Dutt features in almost all of Hirani’s films, save ‘3 Idiots’. However, Hirani says he never got to know him personally until one day he started talking about all his hardships during an emotional breakdown. That lit a lamp in Hirani’s mind, and he decided to make a biopic. Now, I can’t comment on the movie as I haven’t watched it yet, but I can sure do a music review, right? 🤣 The music of the film has been composed by three composer entities (one being a duo), Rohan-Rohan, Vikram Montrose and A.R. Rahman. It’s surprising to see Rahman first of all in a multicomposer album, because whenever he did those in the past, it was because he left midway due to other commitments. But here, he was the last addition reportedly! Rohan-Rohan have two songs, and it isn’t their Hindi debut; that happened four years ago with ‘Mumbai Delhi Mumbai’, but it is Vikram’s Hindi film debut — he has done some Hindi pop songs and a Marathi album called ‘Bhay’, which was mediocre. Also, I’ve noticed that Hirani uses music as a prop to take the story forward, but not even in the way other filmmakers do (they’ll have a song play in the background and all). No, Hirani will have a full-fledged four-minute song sequence, but it’ll make the moment fun and enjoyable. However, the music itself isn’t always up to the mark. His favourite film album of mine is ‘Pk’, because the music actually was good there. Let’s check out how the music is with ‘Sanju’, though you might already know by my review’s headline. Sorry. I’m dimwitted that way.


Rohan-Rohan are the ‘chosen ones’ who get to begin this album. And they do it in quite a quirky manner too! Main Badhiya Tu Bhi Badhiya is a song that is supposed to be an old song that the character are singing in the 80s, so the song is composed like a 50s nok-jhhok number. It starts with a wonderful opening prelude, which instantly sucks you into the 50s. Sunidhi’s voice modulation is fantastic, and is obviously one of the best vocal renditions of the year. Sonu Nigam, in comparison seems weak, but I wonder, since he can mimic so well, why didn’t he sing in a nasal tone, as well? He still has sung in one, but it could’ve been more pronounced I feel. Rohan-Rohan’s composition is fun, but takes some time getting used to. And Puneet Sharma’s lyrics are very quirky and funny, especially the part when they talk about ‘family planning’ or rather, the lack of it. The song somewhat addresses Sanjay Duty’s commitment issues, and it’s the typical Hirani way of presenting a serious topic in such a flippant and casual way.

Rohan-Rohan’s second song doesn’t fare too well. Bhopu Baj Raha Hain tries to start with a retro sound as well, trumpets blaring, bhopus belting out weird noises, but it soon transcends into a very weird zone. Nakash Aziz was the obvious choice for the song, and I must say Rohan-Rohan’s arrangements are enjoyable, but I’m sure nobody will listen to this song again. There’s not magnetism or attractiveness to it. The antaras are poorly structured, and I’d never expect this song to be in any big commercial film. The worst part is that this is a Hirani film. Though the duo has tried to create the Hirani zone in this song as well, I feel it could’ve been less effervescent. The lyrics by Rohan Gokhale and Shekhar Astitwa are just a bunch of words you never think much about.

Vikram Montrose, the debutant, also starts off his share of the album with a song that everyone would love because of the motivational touch, the powerful vocals and the inspirational lyrics. Kar Har Maidaan Fateh does carry thag irresistibly moving sound, I agree. The choice of Sukhwinder Singh wasn’t surprising, but the choice of Shreya Ghoshal was surprising, and the way she sings is even more surprising — she sings quite lower than she usually sings. She shines even then, though. Sukhwinder Singh’s parts sound almost heard-before and nothing new, but because of the freshness Shreya brings through her low pitch, the song reaches different levels of awesomeness. Vikram arranges is quite standardly, with rock guitars, percussions, and drums. However, the violin playing the hookline in the interludes, is amazing. Also, the composition took some time to grow on me, but when it did, I couldn’t get it out of my head. All in all, it was a good debut for Montrose.

His second song Baba Bolta Hain Bas Ho Gaya, is hinged on the quirky lyrics by Puneet Sharma and Rohan Gokhale. Papon brings a different, rough texture to his otherwise smooth voice, but I enjoyed Ranbir’s parts more. And Supriya Pathak (not the one you’re thinking of) sings her lines quite funnily. The groove and gun sounds throughout the song have been overused so many times in so many gangster movies in Bollywood, that it sounds boring here. The song is also unbearably long, at just under than 5 minutes. However, I’m sure this song is for the theatres.

And then enters A.R. Rahman, who gets two songs too. Ruby Ruby starts with that irresistible bass line, followed by the wonderful guitars (Keba Jeremiah) and a grungy voice keeps whispering “Rrrrrubyy”. When the actual melody starts, you are initially confused, and the song takes some listens to get used to, but since it depicts Dutt’s drug addiction phase, I think it’s deliberately composed like that — so many lines repeating so many times; there’s actually three discernible different parts in the song that keep repeating over and over. And it sends us into a trance. The percussions are amazing too, as are the strings! Shashwat Singh masters the grunge very well, and I especially loved the part when he does the descension from ‘Tu bhi, ruby, ruby…’. Poorvi Koutish is a capable backing vocalists, and her ‘la la la’ is so haunting, it sucks you in.

Speaking of haunting, Rahman’s next song Mujhe Chaand Pe Le Chalo is just that. A sensuous composition, rendered just perfectly by Nikhita Gandhi, the song immediately has you hooked. It has a number of lines ending with high notes, which Nikhita holds so wonderfully. The rhythm Rahman employs in the background is intriguing, and reminds you of ‘Muskaanein Jhoothi Hai’ from ‘Talaash’ with the shakers, the subtle percussion, and very muffled strings that give the song an even more sensuous atmosphere. Irshad Kamil writes lyrics that suit the ambience of the song, and I feel that the song itself can transport you to the moon. Also, Nikhita hums so brilliantly at the end of the song. 😍


Sanju turns out to be the weakest Hirani album for me, due to the meaningless quirks from the newer songs by the younger composers, that just brings the album down. The music field has sadly not been conquered by Hirani this time.

Total Points Scored by This Album: 8 + 5 + 8 + 6 + 8.5 + 9 = 44.5

Album Percentage: 74.17%

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Mujhe Chaand Pe Le Chalo > Ruby Ruby > Main Badhiya Tu Bhi Badhiya = Kar Har Maidaan Fateh > Baba Bolta Hain Bas Ho Gaya > Bhopu Baj Raha Hain

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

VENTILATOR (MUSIC REVIEW): KOLHAPURI TADKA (Marathi Special) 🎉🎊🎇

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Rohan Rohan (Rohan Gokhale & Rohan Pradhan)
♪ Lyrics by: Manoj Yadav & Shantaram Mapuskar
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company (Marathi)
♪ Music Released On: 30th August 2016
♪ Movie Released On: 4th November 2016

Ventilator Album Cover

Ventilator Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE 

To buy “Baba (Female Cover)” on iTunes CLICK HERE

♪ Hear “Baba (Female Cover)” on YouTube:


Ventilator is a Marathi comedy drama film, starring Ashutosh Gowariker, Jitemdra Joshi, Sukanya Kulkarni-Mone, Usha Nadkarni, Nikhil Ratnaparkhi and Abhijeet Chavan, with Boman Irani in a special appearance. The movie has been directed by ‘Ferrari Ki Sawaari’ director Rajesh Mapuskar, and it is his second film, this time in Marathi. The movie has been produced by Priyanka Chopra and Dr. Madhu Chopra. The movie releases today, November 4th, and is likely to create a wave across Maharashtra. Meanwhile, since Priyanka Chopra just released the song sung by her, yesterday, I decided to review the album, which now comprises three songs. The music has been given by ‘Mumbai Delhi Mumbai’ fame duo, Rohan Rohan (Rohan Gokhale & Rohan Pradhan). Without further ado, let’s see how fresh a breeze the songs of this “Ventilator” are!


1. Ya Re Ya
Singer ~ Rohan Pradhan, Chorus ~ Rohan Gokhale, Vivek Naik, Rahul Chitnis, Nitin Karandikar, Sonal Tawde, Suchita Dalvi, Veena Joshi, Reshma Dhotre, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadab & Shantaram Mapuskar

The first song of the album is a Ganapati song, and you know how Ganapati songs always excite me! The composer duo composes this song in a very traditional Ganesha aarti style, and the tune doesnt really matter in such songs, because it always stands out no matter what. The chorus starts off the song with the hookline, which puts the song to a very heavenly and divine start. The mukhda sees Rohan Pradhan take over, and the tune of the mukhda is really sweet. After that, the chorus comes back with the hookline, which then gets its tempo increased, rather early into the song, because in such songs, the tempo usually goes up at the end of the song. Because of this premature tempo change, the would-be antara by the lead singer, sounds more like a conclusion to the song. The composition of that, too is very beautiful, with the high pitch taking over. The song, however, relies more on the hookline that repeats throughout the song, and becomes a winner because of that splendid backing chorus. On the arrangements front, the duo has decorated the composition with traditional instruments that always represent the Ganapati festival. Manjeeras, the tanpura and the dholaks start off the song wonderfully, and then it is the Dhol-Taasha Pathak (Swapnil Bhandare, Rohan Kasare, Anna Jadhav, Deepak Shiriskar, Kunal Shedge, Rohit Humane, Minesh Shelar, Rishikesh Korhale) that takes over with its boldness and catchiness. The Dhols and Taashas have been played very strongly and have the desired impact on the listener. Towards the end, the blowing of a conch shell is the harbinger of an even more fast-paced and hard-hitting conclusion with chants of “Ganapati Bappa Moraya” and “Mangalmurti Moraya” interspersed with the hookline. The vocals by Rohan Pradhan are great, reminiscent of Javed Ali a bit, but he gets hardly a total of one minute to sing throughout the song, due to the hookline overshadowing everything else, and the strong arrangements. The backing chorus is the star of the song, and it makes the song sound grand. Without them, the song would’ve sounded not even half as great. The lyrics by Manoj Yadav and Shantaram Mapuskar are good too, as a devotional prayer to Lord Ganesha. A showstopper, and something that will be played a lot next September in Ganeshotsav! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Jai Deva
Singers ~ Ganesh Chandanshive, Rohan Gokhale & Rohan Pradhan, Chorus ~ Nishad Chimote, Vivek Naik, Rahul Chitnis, Nitin Karandikar, Sonal Tawde, Suchita Dalvi, Veena Joshi, Reshma Dhotre, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

The next song, is another Ganapati song. And that just made me so excited as soon as the song started with the “Aala aala re Ganapati aala!!” in Ganesh Chandanshive’s rustic and strong voice. The song, in contrast to the first song, which was a traditional aarti piece, is the typical high-energy Ganesha song that you get to hear in literally every Marathi film. The composition has more dark shades than the all-goodie-nature of the previous one, and reminds you of Ajay-Atul’s Ganesha songs. The hookline especially, will be a rage in Maharashtra. The duo has even given a new tune to the Ganesha aarti  and also the Vitthala aarti, in the middle of the song. Ganesh Chandanshive, a name that all Bollywood lovers now know thanks to ‘Deewani Mastani’ (Bajirao Mastani), does his job as the lead singer very well, and ends up giving the song a very enjoyable touch. The arrangements follow closely, the arrangements of the previous song, but this time, the Dhol-Taasha Pathak gets to open up full-fledgedly, and hence the song ends up sounding more high on the energy quotient. The banjo (bulbultarang) does its job well, and the manjeeras and dholaks in the aarti portions sound divine. I liked how the subtle aarti portions give way so nicely to the high-energy hook portions. The strings towards the end are impressive, as are the brass band portions interspersed throughout the song. The backing chorus yet again, takes the song to a whole new level, and do justice to the duo’s composition. The lyrics this time around too, are fantastic, and though they’re typical Ganapati song lyrics, they sound good with the duo’s energetic composition, and Ganesh Chandanshive’s great singing. Ravishing! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Baba (Female Cover)
Singer ~ Priyanka Chopra, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

The next song, is the only song on the album that isn’t about Ganapati. This one however, is an ode to fathers. The composition by Rohan Rohan is enough to compete with any emotional song that Bollywood produces nowadays; in fact, it is better than most! The composition just touches your heart with its simplicity. The mukhda starts the song off on a very touching note, while the antaras take it to another level on the emotions scale. The second antara is the most emotionally touching, with the high notes, rendered impressively by Priyanka directly entering your heart. The hookline is subtle and that’s what I loved about it. The song is a wonderful piece sung by a daughter for her father. The arrangements are beautiful, with the piano leading the way through the mukhda, accompanies by wonderful guitars (Shon Pinto). Towards the end of the mukhda, the strings (Jitendra Thankur) kick in, and bring to the song, more emotion with their gracefulness. The first interlude takes a brilliant turn with the flute (Shashank Acharya) topping everything else, while the second interlude has a wonderful tinkling xylophonic sound giving the beats to a scintillating violin piece. Vocals by Priyanka are very impressive, and her Marathi diction is spot-on! Throughout the song, I found her diction and pronunciation perfect! The amount of hard work she must’ve put in for this one, really has to be saluted! About her singing, she hits each and every note with a perfection that I could not hear in any actor who has attempted to sing a song till now. She aces he brilliant composition with ease and a certain finesse. Manoj Yadav’s lyrics are very touching, and just leave you awestruck! A magical finale to the short album! #5StarHotelSong!!


Ventilator is an impressive album, and I’m glad I decided to hear it out and review it! I would have missed something great! The three songs hit the bullseye with their composition and above all, their arrangements. The duo Rohan Rohan, who couldn’t really make it big in Bollywood, can now surely rest assured that they will do great in the Marathi industry after this album! A breeze of fresh air!

 

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: Hear them all! 🙂

 

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

SAWAN AAYI HAI! (MUMBAI DELHI MUMBAI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by:- Rohan Rohan (Rohan Gokhale & Rohan Pradhan) & Sawan Dutta
♪ Lyrics by:- Rohan Rohan (Rohan Gokhale & Rohan Pradhan) & Priya Panchal
♪ Music Label:- T-Series
♪ Music Released On:- 27th September 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 5th December 2014

Mumbai Delhi Mumbai Album Cover

Mumbai Delhi Mumbai Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Mumbai Delhi Mumbai is a Bollywood film that released (quite on a small scale and very ignorably) on 5th December, 2014. It stars ‘Boss’ fame Shiv Pandit and South actress Piaa Bajpai in the lead roles. The film is a remake of the popular Marathi (Yes! Marathi to Hindi remake! Surprising!) film ‘Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai’ and has been directed by the same director i.e, Satish Rajwade. The film has been produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. Well, I’ve seen the Marathi original film, and liked it as well as its songs by Avinash-Vishwajeet, so I was expecting good songs in the wider appealing Hindi remake. I found out that the music of the movie is by Sawan Dutta, who had composed for ‘Chai Paani Etc.’ years ago in 2005. Now she returns to compose for this film, which went unnoticed because of terrible promotions. (Or should I say practically NO promotions?) The album also has a guest composition by Rohan Rohan a.k.a. the duo Rohan Gokhale & Rohan Pradhan. So let’s see how this album fares amongst the biggies of December 2014!


1. Entry To Delhi
Singer ~ Amandeep Singh Jolly, Music by ~ Sawan Dutta, Lyrics by ~ Priya Panchal

The album starts off not so impressively, with your usual loud Punjabi stuff with dhol-taashe and band baajaa. We have heard Amit Trivedi’s take on Delhi in ‘No One Killed Jessica’, now it’s time for is to hear this one-film-old composer’s version. Sawan has composed a very ordinary and typical song, one that nobody likes to hear nowadays just because of the overdose of such songs in the recent years. The tune does not manage to grab your attention whatsoever, and that is the sole factor which a Punjabi song needs to rely on nowadays, because everything else, remains the same these days in Punjabi songs. Priya Panchal does a good job in describing Delhi through her lyrics, but it gets very boring after a while. The arrangements by Sawan provide respite for a short time, mostly because of the good techno sounds she has used. The singer does well, but it is not his fault that we are already bored of these songs! Strictly a one-time listen!

 

2. Thham Sa Gaya / Thham Sa Gaya (Jazz Version)
Singers ~ Papon / Sawan Dutta, Music by ~ Sawan Dutta, Lyrics by ~ Priya Panchal

The next track starts with light piano notes, that instantly give a feeling of calmness, soothe and tranquility. The various other sounds do interest as well, the soft rushing of water, the flute and the chiming sound. Papon with his very melodious voice renders the melody with ease and expertise. Sawan’s composition is one of those, which make you feel on hearing them, that they should have been in a big-budget film and they should definitely have gotten much more recognition! It is a beautiful romantic melody enriched by nice elements like the ones I’ve mentioned above. But more than those, I really loved the way the tabla has been used. Of course, the chiming bell sounds do not stop enchanting us as the song progresses and they would make a smile appear on your face whenever they come. The tune has been beautifully decorated with violins and guitar too. Lyrics by Priya are awesome, as always in her romantic songs. The other version of the song, sung by the composer herself, witnesses the sing go through a whole makeover and transform from a traditional melody to a jazzy song, complete with the saxophones, and jazz beats and rhythm. The song gives a nice 60s feel. The composer has also sung the song in a very jazzy way, though one misses Sunidhi here. A beautiful composition, making for a very soothing listen! Both versions are recommended! #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Pawan Guru Paani Pita
Singer ~ Smriti Minocha, Music by ~ Sawan Dutta, Lyrics by ~ Traditional (From ‘Guru Granth Sahib’)

This, I wouldn’t call a song, because it has lines from the Guru Granth Sahib, the religious text of the Sikhs. Sawan has wonderfully woven the words into an entrancing chant sort of thing, and newcomer Smriti Minocha has sung it awesomely and very soothingly as well. Most of the song is instrumental, with Smriti’s bits nicely interwoven into the music. There are two tracks of her voice, one high and the other low, which have been played simultaneously and produce a mesmerizing harmony. The instrumental parts have wonderful flutes, piano and sound very traditional. Anyhow, this is not meant to be a song to be played on repeat mode, but just listen once and take in the divinity and holiness of it. It will surely give you a feel of peace and solitude. Hear it not for making it a hit, but for giving yourself a feeling of content and happiness! #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Rahi Rahi / Raahi Raahi (Rock Version)
Singers ~ Neeti Mohan & Tochi Raina / Wrisha Dutta & Rohan Rohan, Music by ~ Rohan Rohan, Lyrics by ~ Rohan Gokhale

The guest composition by duo Rohan Rohan, is the last song to feature on the album, and it just proves the saying “Last but not the least” yet again! The composition is a breezy one, the kind which inspires you to move, to explore, to get up and discover new things. The duo has composed and written brilliant stuff, and gives the surprise happy ending to this album in the form of this song. Neeti and Tochi both know their parts well and perform up to the mark. Neeti’s voice soothes, while Tochi’s is the actual stimulator to make you get up and explore. Their drastically different voices surprisingly complement each other very well! Though it is so lively and inspirational, it still has a sense of calmness in it. It just makes you feel on top of the world no matter what. ☺ The rock version doesn’t manage to create even half the ambience of the original version. First of all, Wrisha sounds like she’s just trying to show off with her voice. The duo has added the rock guitars and drums into this because it is the rock version. Though he has not been credited, I could still make out Tochi Raina’s voice in some parts of this version. Rohan has also sung, and his voice doesn’t have that impact that Tochi’s does. So it is evident that you should go for the original! A nice breezy and powerful road trip song! #5StarHotelSong!


Mumbai Delhi Mumbai is a very very surprising album, with just one underperforming song. But the rest impress and how! Sawan has impressed in her second album, after that debut of hers which everyone has forgotten about by now. The guest composition by Rohan Gokhale also manages to make you press that repeat button. Though this album has gotten (lemme speak very frankly here) less listeners than even many B-Grade films out there, it sure did have the capacity to get recognized, had the film’s promotions been better. (I actually mean “Had there been any promotion at all for the film”.. Very frankly!) So yeah, this blame goes on the producers and marketing department of the film, but the music department of the film has tried its best to be outstanding! I can just warn other music directors that “Sawan Aayi Hai!!!” 

 

Final Rating for This Album:- सा < र < ग < म < प <  < नी < सां

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

 

Next: Music Mastani Monthly Awards (December 2014)