WHEN EXPERIMENTATION GOES HAYWIRE!!!! (CABARET – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Kaustav Narayan Niyogi, Munish Makhija & Tony Kakkar
♪ Lyrics by: Kaustav Narayan Niyogi, Tony Kakkar & Qateel Shifai
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 27th April 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 27th May 2016

Cabaret Album Cover

Cabaret Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Cabaret is an upcoming Bollywood romantic/dance film, starring Richa Chadda, Gulshan Devaiah and cricketer S. Sreesanth in lead roles. The film is directed by debutant Kaustav Narayan Niyogi and produced by Pooja Bhatt. The film is based on the struggles in the life of a cabaret dancer, and I strongly guess that the film is set in the past. When the film is about a dancer, and that too, cabaret dancer, one expected great music. This time, the music has been given by newcomers though. The director of the film, Kaustav Narayan Niyogi, is one of the music directors, while actor Munish Makhija is another. The only name in the music directors list who is known for music, is Tony Kakkar. If the director felt the need of composing songs himself, it must be required and he must’ve given his best shot! He has composed three songs along with Munish, while Munish composes or rather, remixes, two songs all by himself, both remakes of traditional songs. Tony gets only one song, and thankfully, it isn’t a club song, so we can expect something beautiful. With that, I start reviewing the music of ‘Cabaret’!


1. Paani Paani
Singer ~ Sunidhi Chauhan, Music by ~ Kaustav Narayan Niyogi & Munish Makhija, Lyrics by ~ Kaustav Narayan Niyogi

The first song of the album is composed by Kaustav and Munish together as a duo. Sunidhi being credited as the singer of the song really increases expectations, and they are eventually met. The song starts with a techno tune, which is really hooking. As Sunidhi bursts in with her bold and heavy voice, the song shines even more. The composition treads familiar item song territory, reminding heavily of ‘Kamli’ (Dhoom 3), yet charms in its own way. Kaustav-Munish do come up with stuff that serves as an instant earworm. Though the composition does invoke memories of other Sunidhi songs, it does impress nevertheless. The hookline, mainly, has the power to attract listeners. Sunidhi’s vocals are the main attraction in the song. The song would have sounded boring, had another singer sung it. She has infused right amounts of energy and feel to the song and doesn’t make it sound cheap, which is the usual tag given to songs in this category. Her vocal nuances and variation do impress, and after all, she is one of the best today. The duo’s arrangements are really cool, and though they are a LONG way from cabaret, they appeal, and so it makes the song worth listening. Electronic tablas before the hookline impress, as do electric guitars wonderfully throughout the whole song. Other than those, everything else is digital, and it still sounds great! It is commendable how the duo has made the song classy by adding all the techno elements and rock elements. Kaustav’s lyrics are typical to item songs, but as I said, the arrangements plays the gamechanger and elevates the lyrics, not making it sound like one. A good fusion by the newcomers! Catchy and groovy, with the wonderful Sunidhi’s great voice! Good start to the album! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Phir Teri Bahon Mein
Singer ~ Sonu Kakkar, Music by ~ Tony Kakkar, Lyrics by ~ Tony Kakkar

Tony steps in next, for his sole composition in the album. Just a few days ago, I had really thrashed his song ‘Do Peg Maar’ (One Night Stand), which was really very cheap. However, this time he is here with a romantic song, sung by his second sister Sonu, whose voice I really enjoy more than Neha’s. The song has been styled like a ghazal and has been composed really soulfully. Tony seems to have put all his soul into the composition and also seems to want to apologise for the blunder that was his last song. The composition is one of those rare gems that arrive once in a while, which is really, really, slow-paced, yet it appeals to you. It makes you want to keep hearing again and again on loop, and that is what means the song has been successful. Sonu sings with all her heart and soul, and impresses like never! The arrangements are highly subtle, with almost nothing but acoustic guitars and digital beats. They sound beautiful with the slow-paced song, and the soulful vocals. Tony has worked really hard to make this composition mind-blowing, and his sincerity is evident in the heart-rending resulting composition. I just thought one line in the antara resembled the antara of ‘Sunn Raha Hai’ (Aashiqui 2). The mukhda, or you can say the hookline, is really emotional and soulful, while the antara just keeps those emotions intact until the end of the song! Tony writes as soulfully as he composes, with wonderful ghazal-like lyrics that accompany the song really well! I just have one real complaint against the song, which is that it is wayyyyy too small at 3 minutes and 32 seconds! 😀 A complete winner in all departments! Composition is stellar, arrangements are fabulous, while the vocals and lyrics are heart-touching. What more can I ask for?? The album just got better with Tony’s song! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Do Anjaane
Singer ~ Roopkumar Rathod, Music by ~ Kaustav Narayan Niyogi & Munish Makhija, Lyrics by ~ Kaustav Narayan Niyogi

The next song is a haunting, yet scintillating piece by Kaustav and Munish. A haunting start with a whistle creates the perfect ambience for the song, after which a synthesizer tune builds up to the actual melody of the song. The duo has taken the retro path for this one, making the song sound like a Bollywood 70s or 80s song. The overall composition is very soulful and lovely. The mukhda makes the perfect start to the song, with a hooking tune. The antara is even better and sounds more retro. All in all, the composition is very impressive and goes with the theme of the movie. It reminded me a bit of early Rahman songs. The duo has done a really good job at making it feel that they aren’t newcomers in this field at all. Techno sounds don’t sound weird here, as they are neither overused nor are they too raw. They are just perfect so they do appeal. There are literally no more arrangements other than techno sounds, which do the job of keeping listeners’ ears glued to the song. There is a wonderful wind instrument solo in the second interlude, and though it is pretty soft to the ears, it does impress. Roopkumar, who we are hearing after a pretty long time, impresses with his seasoned vocals, and we can just sit back and relax throughout the song, thanks to his perfect rendition of the song. He doesn’t fail to impress in any part of the song, though it is a pretty simple composition. Kaustav’s lyrics are good, not great. A great song, with a beautiful tune and impressive vocals. The bonus is that, the techno arrangements don’t disappoint#5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Mohe Na Aaye Na Jag Se Laaj
Singer ~ Neeti Mohan, Music by ~ Munish Makhija, Lyrics by ~ Qateel Shifai (Traditional)

For the next song, Munish wears the cap of the sole music director. The song is a classical mujra-styled song, but not the usual one, as it is fused with techno arrangements. The composition is traditional, and legends such as Pankaj Udhas, Abida Parveen, Anuradha Paudwal, Salma Agha have all tried a go at it. For Gen-Y though, here it is, remastered and rearranged, much to my disappointment. I hadn’t heard the old versions of the song before this, but the composition was the same, so actually, Munish has done nothing on the composition front. The composition, whoever has done it and passed it down generation to generation, is splendid. A soothing feeling overcomes you as the song plays, and this is all because of the traditional composition. Neeti gets to do the vocals, and shines like always, her husky voice being the star of the song. She does complete justice to the composition. What a fabulous rendition she’s done, and that would only be believed when heard. A wonderful aalaap towards the end makes your day. That is all that is good about the song, and also the traditional lyrics by Qateel saab. Everything else is just a trick on the ears. By adding various annoying techno sounds, Munish plays with our brain, tricking us into thinking he’s done a very extraordinary renovation of the song. However, it is just an obstacle in the otherwise great song. A mujra done in a rock template has been heard before (Dil Mera Muft Ka from ‘Agent Vinod’ and Hamari Atariya Pe from ‘Dedh Ishqiya’). A techno-mujra would be so interesting, but only if very well-done! Munish has just added weird beats everywhere, and since the composition is traditional, a traditional approach was expected, at least some fusion like tablas and sitar with the techno sounds would have been better. I can’t do anything but commend Munish for his efforts, but I would’ve liked it, had he not spoiled the song. An original techno-mujra or a rock-mujra would’ve been better! In spite of all that, award-winning rendition from Neeti Mohan!! Hear it only for her and the soothing composition!

 

5. Aakhri Shaam
Singer ~ Bhoomi Trivedi, Music by ~ Kaustav Narayan Niyogi & Munish Makhija, Lyrics by ~ Kaustav Narayan Niyogi

After a techno-item song, a ghazal-styled romantic song, a haunting song, and a mujra, here comes a disco cabaret number. Bhoomi Trivedi gets to do the honours of singing the track. The song starts off with haunting piano notes, and a voice saying “I love you” very weirdly. As soon as the mukhda starts, you get the feeling that something is missing in the track. And that something is, innovation in the composition. The tune seems really typical to disco cabaret numbers of the past (except of course, with more digitalization). The tune is so heard-before, you feel like listening to a Bappi Lahiri 80s number instead of this. Secondly, on top of the heard-before tune, it isn’t well-polished and put together well either! It seems like a mashup of so many cabaret songs. And when the composition is weak, there is practically no hopes for the song to survive for long in our playlist, forget in our minds. Bhoomi does her work with great responsibility, and ends up being the star of the song. Her rendition is at par and maybe even better than her rendition of ‘Ram Chahe Leela’ (Goliyon Ki Rasleela — Ramleela), but due to the weak and dated composition, it hasn’t been exploited to its fullest. The arrangements are great as well, but again, a bit too dated. I mean, Bollywood has been there and got over that a few years ago! The disco era has been revisited many times in the recent past, and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy seem to have given it its best tribute with many songs in the Don franchise. The techno sounds are typical (and frankly, this album has started to make me hate techno!! It is so overdone here!!) and the strings and piano try to survive among those noises, but can barely be noticed. Kaustav’s lyrics again, are typical with the essential rhyming words of ‘shaam’ and ‘jaam’ and ‘mere naam’ in many disco songs of the past. When disco was introduced to Bollywood, nobody would have thought such an overdone tribute would be made in the future! A miserable composition whose only saving grace is Bhoomi’s bold vocals! Plus, one of those songs that gets stuck in your mind unwantedly, so you decide whether to hear it or not!

 

6. Bibi Sanam
Singer ~ Usha Uthup, Backing Vocals by ~ Bianca Gomes & Shazeen Arethna, Music by ~ Munish Makhija, Lyrics by ~ Traditional, Additional Lyrics by ~ Kaustav Narayan Niyogi

The last song on the album is another remake. This time a traditional Afghani folk song has been remade. The song has got a complete pop makeover, and Munish has employed some hip-hop arrangements to complement the composition, which is traditional. It is the song that most suits the cabaret theme, and it has been remade decently too. However, what it lacks is spunk and style, and instead seems to be trying way too hard to sound cool. The backing vocalists, who are usually a great accessory in songs, bring down the song’s quality. What I felt about the arrangements was that they were pretty cool, yet a bit undercooked. They didn’t seem perfect and it left the song sounding a bit incomplete. The horns are a great choice though! And so are the hip-hoppish beats. Usha Uthup, with all due respect, doesn’t sound as good as normal, but I’m sure that’s not her fault! The lyrics are traditional, and the additional lines added by Kaustav are in tune with the theme and work. Weak composition, weak arrangements, and weak vocals — weak song. Another folk song ruined by experimentation.


I was expecting a lot from Cabaret. Little did I know that the makers wanted to overdo it with the experimentation. Great compositions have been spoiled by weird techno sounds. At first it was fine, but when the whole album practically turned out like that, it got pretty annoying. But that’s not why I liked the first three songs and not the last three. I liked them because they were good, and the others were trying to be too good! Munish Makhija with his remakes does decently in both, but spoils them with the arrangements. Out of Kaustav-Munish’s three songs together, ‘Do Anjaane’ got most of my love, while ‘Paani Paani’ closely follows, and ‘Aakhri Shaam’ takes the last position. Tony Kakkar is the star of the album with his one and only song scoring full marks from me. 🙂 This album is a classic example of why sweet and simple wins the race; too much experimentation ruined the album.

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Phir Teri Bahon Mein > Do Anjaane > Paani Paani > Mohe Aaye Na Jag Se Laaj > Bibi Sanam > Aakhri Shaam

 

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

 

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ZEE MUSIC’S SURPRISE PACKAGES! (RANG RASIYA, TITOO MBA & ZED PLUS – Quasi Music Reviews)

Well, I had hardly any time to write proper reviews for these three albums, and I didn’t want to miss out on them either, because each of them has some noteworthy songs. Therefore, I decided to write a single post for all three of them, and what made my job easier was that all of them had one thing in common, i.e, the music label, Zee Music Company. Since it isn’t a proper review, I would term it as a Quasi-Music Review! 🙂 Enjoy!

NOTE: However, I am writing a proper review for the best album of the three i.e, Rang Rasiya 😂


♦ THE PASSIONATE CLASSICAL DELIGHT: Rang Rasiya Music Review

Rang Rasiya: Colors Of Passion

Rang Rasiya: Colors Of Passion

♪ Music by:- Sandesh Shandilya
♪ Lyrics by:- Manoj Muntashir
♪ Music Released On:- 25th September, 2014
♪ Movie Released On:- 7th November, 2014

♪ To hear the full songs of this album online CLICK HERE

♪ To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


This film directed by Ketan Mehta, starring Randeep Hooda and Nandana Sen, is based on the famous painter, Raja Ravi Varma’s life. It was going to release in 2008, but got delayed due to unavoidable circumstances. Well, now it has finally released and has garnered positive reviews from mostly everywhere. The music has been helmed by Sandesh Shandilya whose compositions we hardly get to hear these days, the last being the ‘Kya Dill Kya Lahore’ album. It all depends on him, to make the music of a film which is six years old, appeal to today’s audience. So let’s have a look at how good he has done here!


1. Rang Rasiya
Singers ~ Kirti Sagathiya & Sunidhi Chauhan

Traditional sounds like manjeeras and bells and ghungroos help give a prefect classical start to this album. Keerthi Sagathia, who has somehow been disguised as Kirti Sagathiya (we still know you’re the same guy! 😂) for this song, opens, repeating the title of the movie, followed by the entry of Sunidhi, who does nothing but repeat the same words again. After that, they both sing ‘rang rasiya rang rasiya’ happily for some time. This is how the first one minute and 45 seconds of the song pass. Sounded to me like some Slice ad, which would star Katrina and the bottle of mango juice. They just say something else for two minutes total, one minute makes the first antara, the other minute makes the second. Those lines are kinda romantic and I don’t see how the title of the movie fit into this romantic song. So Manoj Muntashir didn’t impress much in this song. Sandesh, however, impressed with the good tune and great arrangements! Good, likable tune, but seems flat because of the nothingness in it. Should have been reserved for a TV commercial.

 

2. Kahe Sataye
Singers ~ Roopkumar Rathod & Sunidhi Chauhan

Sunidhi returns for a more intense romantic song. Though classical is definitely not her forté, she delivers the beautiful tune very well. Her voice texture suits the song perfectly. Her co-singer, Roopkumar, is as always, awesome! The way he ends the song with a bang is worth hearing! Again, Sandesh has used so many traditional instruments to make the raaga-based composition stand out. The percussion and winds sound very grand and majestic, and on top of that the awesome strings portions. The lyrics by Manoj are also good, too! A classical melody to be liked by all! Wonderful! #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. O Kamini
Singer ~ Sonu Nigam

Sonu Nigam renders this extremely intense romantic number with ease and perfection. The vocals that open the song, are so great, I wonder why they haven’t been credited! This song has been composed like a typical Sanjay Leela Bhansali song, with shades of the songs of ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ and ‘Devdas’. The composition is so confusing, that one without any classical music interest or background, might just dismiss it as another pakaav and uninteresting song, without giving a single thought what a gem it actually is! The arrangements are beautiful with great percussion provided by thavil and manjeeras. The brief interruptions of the horns in the background are awesome too! The interlude featuring a string instrument, is surely worth hearing! Lyrics by Manoj suit the mood of the composition. It is a must-listen! #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Anhad Naad
Singers ~ Kailash Kher & Anwar Khan

A beautiful Rajasthani folkish composition by Sandesh, sung wonderfully by Kailash Kher and Anwar Khan, is next on the album. The arrangements themselves are very grand and marvelous. The wonderful harmony between the two singers is beautiful. The Rajasthani-Sufi combo sounds brilliant. The tablas, and other percussion instruments, help to enhance the already beautiful song. The use of the phrase ‘anhad naad’, is remarkable. It means a primeval or primordial sound, which has been existing since the beginning of the universe. Sure enough, it has been stated by Saint Kabir, a great saint of the Bhakti era. Kudos to Manoj for presenting this new phrase in front of today’s audience! You cannot miss this gem of a composition! #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Sun Balam
Singer ~ Rajashwari Pathak

The last song on the soundtrack has been sung by Rajashwari Pathak, apparently a debutante. It is a nicely composed semiclassical melody with great use of classical instruments and a calming classical beat as well. The newcomer sings well, and all the variations she has taken sound great. Her voice sounds a bit like Kavita Seth, fit for classical compositions. The tablas and flute have been very effectively placed. The lyrics by Manoj are also impressive. However, it doesn’t have that connect as all the other songs of the album have. Though it is a nice melody, it could have been more interesting!


 

Rang Rasiya is a treat for classical lovers and will also appeal to others as well. Surprisingly, the songs do not sound dated!

Final Rating for Rang Rasiya:- सा < रे < ग < म < प <  < नी < सां

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


As for the other two albums, I will be writing mini-reviews for them.

So here’s the second album, Titoo MBA


♦ THE MIXED BAG: Titoo MBA Music Review

Titoo MBA

Titoo MBA

♪ Music by:- Arjuna Harjai & Leonard Victor
♪ Lyrics by:- Surabhi Dashputra, Kumaar & Nitin Raikwar
♪ Music Released On:- 15th November, 2014
♪ Movie Released On:- 21st November, 2014

♪ To hear the full songs of this album online CLICK HERE

♪ To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Without the movie info, the review starts immediately… ‘Coz this is a quasi-review 😉

1. O Soniye
Singers ~ Arijit Singh & Vibha Saraf, Music by ~ Arjuna Harjai, Lyrics by ~ Surabhi Dashputra

(And this is how a quasi-review goes like…)

Composition: Very soulful composition by Arjuna, which was definitely not expected to be in such a small film. He will surely come into limelight through this song.
Vocals: Arijit is, as always, flawless. He does the variations very well, especially in the Sufi portion. Vibha (newcomer?) also has sung beautifully. Her background portions enhance the song’s soul. Both of them complement each other well!
Lyrics: Surabhi Dashputra has not presented something very fresh with the lyrics, but the Punjabi lyrics suit the sweet tune by Arjuna.
Music/Arrangements/Recording: Arrangements are also exceptional. Guitars have been used very well and so are tablas in the Sufi part. Recording is fab.
Mass Appeal: It will definitely appeal to one and all! The Arijit fever of the country will help it get humongous fame.
Anything Special Worth Hearing: Vibha’s soulful harmony with Arijit, the Sufi stanza, in the antara.
#5StarHotelSong Or Not?? Definitely a #5StarHotelSong!

 

2. Plan Bana Le
Singers ~ Aishwarya Nigam & Surabhi Dashputra, Music by ~ Arjuna Harjai, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Composition: Arjuna has composed an utterly ridiculous party track with no catchiness at all; comes across as CHEAP! Hard to believe that the same guy composed ‘O Soniye’!
Vocals: Aishwarya Nigam tries to ape Mika Singh in parts, but fails miserably, and Surabhi doesn’t impress either. Unattractive vocals.
Lyrics: One word: Pathetic! Kumaar has not written any appreciable lines.
Music/Arrangements/Recording: The trumpet part tries to ape Pritam’s ‘Badtameez Dil’. Otherwise, the arrangements are just techno sounds. The music suits the composition.
Mass Appeal: Of course, some people would enjoy this song a lot! But most would just let it pass as a below average one.
Anything Special Worth Hearing: Yeah, you should hear how ridiculous the song is! 😜
#5StarHotelSong Or Not?? Obviously not…

 

3. Kyu Hua
Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Arjuna Harjai, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Composition: Another soulful sad composition, which might seem typical and the same old thing at first, but later grows on you. Arjuna scores again.
Vocals: Arijit’s delivery is spot-on! While humming in the initial parts of the song, he sounds a bit like Vishal Dadlani! He has sung soulfully.
Lyrics: Lyrics by Kumaar are nothing new, though way better than ‘Plan Bana Le’!
Music/Arrangements/Recording: Rock elements fused with a sad melody, always creates an awesome impact! Arrangements are awesome!
Mass Appeal: It has a lot of mass appeal, again because of Arijit and also because of the soulful composition.
Anything Special Worth Hearing: The antara! 👌👌 & the hookline!
#5StarHotelSong Or Not?? Yupssss!!! #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Atyachaari
Singers ~ Arjuna Harjai & Surabhi Dashputra, Music by ~ Arjuna Harjai, Lyrics by ~ Surabhi Dashputra

Composition: Supposedly humorous, but only manages to stifle a few laughs, after which it sounds too repetitive. Raps by Arjuna are irritating.
Vocals: Surabhi excels with her nasal voice, but Arjuna hardly manages to impress.
Lyrics: All I can understand is that a wife and husband are fighting. Pretty stupid lyrics. At least it is the first Bollywood song that refers to ‘WhatsApp’ 😂
Music/Arrangements/Recording: Music is very entertaining, with a twist of Qawwali and rap. Harmonium has been used impressively.
Mass Appeal: If it gets famous, which is very unlikely, then it’ll spread like a virus.
Anything Special Worth Hearing: The Qawwali twist, and the humorous voices.
#5StarHotelSong Or Not?? Sorry, please call back later. 😂

 

5. O Ranjhna
Singer ~ Surabhi Dashputra, Music by ~ Arjuna Harjai, Lyrics by ~ Surabhi Dashputra

Composition: Just a female version of ‘O Soniye’, with a slower pace, making it sound even more soulful! The unusual beats enhance the composition.
Vocals: Surabhi sings so well, that I wonder why it wasn’t her, who sang the original song as well! 😃 Full marks to her for singing so well!
Lyrics: Surabhi has written very good lyrics as well! Makes the song sound even more passionate.
Music/Arrangements/Recording: Piano is soulful, and the other beats in the background are awesome!
Mass Appeal: It will surely not get the recognition it deserves, but definitely had the potential.
Anything Special Worth Hearing: Surabhi, Surabhi and Surabhi!
#5StarHotelSong Or Not?? Yes….!! #5StarHotelSong!

 

6. Kyu Hua Khafa
Singer ~ Neeti Mohan, Music by ~ Arjuna Harjai, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Composition: The female version of Kyu Hua, with a different tune as well in the hookline, which doesn’t hook you as much as the original.
Vocals: Neeti delivers the composition with perfection! A pity that the song is so short.
Lyrics: Kumaar has written good lyrics, different from the original again.
Music/Arrangements/Recording: The arrangements are minimal, just like ‘O Ranjhna’, but even less than that. It provides a soothing feeling.
Mass Appeal: Doesn’t appeal much, unlike the original.
Anything Special Worth Hearing: Neeti’s awesome vocals and rendition.
#5StarHotelSong Or Not?? Not as intriguing as the original, so no tag for this one.

 

7. Saiyaan Bedardi
Singers ~ Abhishek Kumar & Priyanka Agarwal, Music by ~ Leonard Victor, Lyrics by ~ Nitin Raikwar

Composition: Yuckk!!! So utterly BAD and obnoxious! Was supposed to be humorous, but ends up annoying.
Vocals: Equally irritating! Especially Priyanka’s saiyyyaaaaaaaaaa 
Lyrics: Even worse! Disgrace to all lyricists!
Music/Arrangements/Recording: Nothing impressive… 😒
Mass Appeal: Zero!
Anything Special Worth Hearing: The whole song is literally a special case 😂 LISTEN AT YOUR OWN RISK!
#5StarHotelSong Or Not?? Yeah…as if… 😵


Final Rating For Titoo MBA:- सा < रे < ग <  < प < ध < नी < सां

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



 

And now the final album…. Zed Plus!


♦ JUST SHORT OF GETTING ‘A+’!! Zed Plus Music Review

Zed Plus

Zed Plus

♪ Music by:- Sukhwinder Singh & Nayab Raja
♪ Lyrics by:- Manoj Muntashir
♪ Music Released On:- 26th November, 2014
♪ Movie Released On:- 28th November, 2014

♪ To hear the full songs of this album online CLICK HERE

♪ To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


A political satire, with music by Sukhwinder Singh along with a partner, Nayab Raja. Had to review! Songs are also pretty surprisingly good!


1. Ishq Ishq
Singers ~ Sukhwinder Singh & Madhavi Srivastav

Composition: A nice folk-sy Qawwali, with a very catchy tune. Impressive work by Sukhwinder-Nayab! On the lines of ‘Chhaiyya Chaiiyaa’ (Dil Se)
Vocals: Both Sukhwinder and Madhavi do well in their respective parts. Because of them, the composition stands out!
Lyrics: Manoj has written great Punjabi folk lyrics which suit the dynamic Qawwali composition.
Music/Arrangements/Recording: The arrangements are very beautiful! Qawwali touch has been brought about very efficiently. Dholaks, accordion and the like have enhanced the composition.
Mass Appeal: Again, will not be noticed much by the masses because of the low-scale-ness of the movie. Most probably will get famous after people watch the movie.
Anything Special Worth Hearing: The genius inclusion of the folk song ‘Kesariyo Balam Padharo Mhaaro Des’ at the end of the song!
#5StarHotelSong Or Not?? Definitely!! #5StarHotelSong!

 

2. Maula Pal Mein Palat De Baazi
Singer ~ Sukhwinder Singh

Composition: A heart-touching, sweet composition which sounds like a 80s/90s song. The song could have been a but shorter, standing a as long as 7 minutes 26 seconds! Mukhda and hookline attract, leaving weird, unusual, but good antaras.
Vocals: Sukhwinder, out of his comfort zone, still excels and Singh beautifully! In some places, he even sounds like Mohit Chauhan.
Lyrics: This seems the satirical song which is compulsory in such films. And Manoj has written the lines describing the states of the State these days, and also in the form of a prayer to God, to make everything better.
Music/Arrangements/Recording: The music is sweet like the composition. Winds (mainly flutes) and daflis are more pronounced, with tablas entering for a brief interlude with sargam. Orchestra also makes it grander.
Mass Appeal: Again, it will have its effect after people go and watch it in theaters!
Anything Special Worth Hearing: The sargam at 5:38, the lyrics by Manoj Muntashir, Sukhwinder-Nayab’s sweet tune…basically everything!
#5StarHotelSong Or Not?? Yes, of course!!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Fislan Hai
Singer ~ Sukhwinder Singh

Composition: It is a thrilling composition with an Arabic+Rajasthani (ultimately desert) feel, supposedly composed for the climactic parts of the film. Sukhwinder-Nayab have impressed, but only to a certain extent. Some parts come across as way too dramatic and ridiculous, like when they sing in English in this folk-sy song. 😂
Vocals: Sukhwinder has autotuned his voice in places, and that sounds good. He delivers the other parts flawlessly as well, but the flawed tune is responsible for some unattractiveness that arises.
Lyrics: Manoj has written nice suspenseful lyrics, that suit the mood of the lyrics. Fislan hai, fislan hai, kadam kadam par fislan hai! 
Music/Arrangements/Recording: The beats are pretty intriguing, and actually make for a good club song or DJ song! 😂 The string instrument has been played well, making appearances many times throughout the song.
Mass Appeal: Has the potential to be hit, but a bigger and larger movie would have helped. Anyways, it bores halfway through the song!
Anything Special Worth Hearing: The awesome kad-a-kad-a-kad-a-kadam-a-kadam-a-par, and of course the R.D. Burman-ish vocals by Sukhwinder while singing maya khel dikhaati hai…kya kya naach nachaati hai… for the third time or so!
#5StarHotelSong Or Not?? Nope.


Final Rating For Zed Plus:- सा < रे < ग < म < प <  < नी < सां

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



And with that, my 3-in-1 review comes to a wrap and so does my reviews for November month. While Rang Rasiya clearly wins out of these three, Zed Plus Also follows close behind and Sukhwinder-Nayab do not disappoint at all. It is ultimately Titoo MBA which turns out a below average album, with two gems which stand out amongst the other stupidity!

Thank you! 😊

 

MUSIC THAT TOUCHES YOUR JIGARIYAA!! (JIGARIYAA – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by:- Agnel Roman-Faizan Hussain & Raj-Prakash
♪ Lyrics by:- Arun Kumar, Faraaz Ahmad & Agnel Roman
♪ Music Label:- T-Series
♪ Music Released On:- 20th September 2014
♪ Movie Released On:- 10th October 2014

Jigariyaa Album Cover

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To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Jigariyaa is a Bollywood romantic film directed by Raj Purohit, produced by Raju Chadha and Vinod Bachchan, and starring newcomers Harshvardhan Deo and Cherry Mardia that released on October 10th, 2014. It is based on true events, and tells the love story of Shyamlal played by Harshvardhan and Radhika played by Cherry. However, as they grow fond of each other, their love story takes an unexpected twist and they drift apart. So, the story is nothing different from usual Bollywood romantic dramas, but there definitely must be something different about the movie. It reminded me of ‘Raanjhanaa’ a bit, for some reason, but while ‘Raanjhanaa’ was set in Benaras, this is set in Agra. The major part of the music has been composed by the four-album-old duo (who composed only one song in three of those four albums, ‘Ragini MMS’, ‘Mickey Virus’ and ‘Darr @ the Mall’ and composed the whole album for ‘Maazii’) Agnel Roman & Faizan Hussain. So if you ask me, it is pretty fair that another newcomer duo, Raj-Prakash is debuting with a guest composition in their album. I was not expecting much from this album at all, but let me tell you something before I start with the actual review: The music has blown me away! 😀


1. Ishq Hai / Ishq Hai (Reprise)
For Original ~ Singer ~ Javed Ali, For Reprise ~ Singers ~ Javed Ali & Yashika Sikka ♦ For Both Versions ~ Music by ~ Agnel Roman & Faizan Hussain, Lyrics by ~ Arun Kumar

It is always a pleasant surprise to see Javed Ali in the credits of any song, and when he is, we can rest assured that the song will NOT dissapoint! 🙂 And this song falls under the same category. As I expected, Javed has sung it magnificently in his magical voice. The composition is not your everyday romantic composition, with the typical “romantic” tune, which gets monotonic after some time. In fact, it is very innovative and something unusual yet catchy, which will surely attract your attention. The song has been very creatively composed on the Roopak taal, rarely heard in Bollywood songs these days. The ambience created by the song is so wonderful that you can’t help but start daydreaming while hearing it, it is so beautiful! It reminded me of ‘Tum Tak’ from ‘Raanjhanaa’ which had a similar unusual and variating tune, but was a brilliant composition. Javed Ali with his voice has added the sweetness required for the song, making it sound very innocent with his melodious voice. The tune has many twists and turns, which will just help you get even more engrossed in the song. The instrumentation has to be some of the best instrumentations of a song done recently. The Sufi touch has been brilliantly blended with some trendy rhythms, such as the opening guitar riff. Harmonium, tabla, and flute have been used very efficiently as well. The hookline is something that will at first seem like something very different and weird, but as I said, it will grow on you very quickly, and will appear cute and loveable in no time! The hookline is very sweet and the part after the hookline, where all the qualities and attributes of love have been described is just mind-blowing! The reprise starts with Yashika Sikka crooning some lines. It reminded me of Rahman’s old songs for some reason. She sings very well, in a husky voice. The flute is most prominent in this version. Javed sings the whole song in a softer and calmer voice, in a slightly slower tempo as well. The reprise is as beautiful as the original. The lyrics by Arun Kumar are beautiful, and with ‘ishq’ being the theme of the whole song, he has quite creatively woven the words around that base, with the composers at their best in the composition! Both versions are just DIVINE! One of the best compositions by Agnel-Faizan! Both deserve to be a #5StarHotelSong!

 

2. Arziyaan
Singers ~ Vikrant Bhartiya & Aishwarya Majmudar, Music by ~ Raj-Prakash, Lyrics by ~ Faraaz Ahmad

The second duo enters with this guest composition, another beautiful and melodious romantic song. The beats are quite catchy, and Vikrant (a newcomer) croons the lines beautifully and without any flaws. His voice seems very rustic and earthy, and the appropriate feel is generated by his vocals. The female vocalist, Aishwarya has not been used in the audio, but only in the video but she has still been credited for the audio. The tune is very refreshing, even though it isn’t like it hasn’t been heard before. It is not a new tune, yet very refreshing, which is very rare. The new duo Raj-Prakash have utilised their opportunity very well, and have delivered a spot-on song! It has been composed in a very innocent and sweet manner. Faraaz Ahmad’s lyrics are also very typical, but the tune gives a whole new ring and groove to them! The arrangements have also played a very prominent role in making the sing wonderful to hear. The string portions and the flute have been done very well. Other beats have also been done very well. This one will stay with you for quite a long time and so will this duo in Bollywood!! #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Mora Ranggdar Saiyyaan
Singers ~ Prajakta Shukre & Roopkumar Rathod, Music by ~ Agnel Roman & Faizan Hussain, Lyrics by ~ Arun Kumar

A wonderful and sweet banjo-like sound of the dotara opens this song, and manages to catch our attention with its catchy sound and great resonance. It paves the path for Prajakta’s beautiful voice. The Indian Idol Season 1 contestant seems to have had a great time recording the song, and that energy and fun while recording can be seen, reflected in her singing. The composition being a 80s-style one, attracted me instantly, and it will attract you as well, if you used to love the songs of the 80s! Roopkumar Rathod is great as always, and with his earthy voice, he impresses even with the minimal lines that he has to sing. The two of them have sung very joyfully and playfully. The dotara continies to impress throughout the song. The awesome dafli beats make the composition stand out even more, and definitely they grab your attention; you can’t finish the song without grooving to those dafli beats at least once! The Maharashtrian folk interlude sounds wonderful in the song, and adds to the already high energy. Lyrics by Arun Kumar are romantic and beautiful in a sweet way. The small Bhojpuri touches like mora and humra really beautify the lyrics to a huge extent. It sounds very cute! The groove and Desi vibe (or should I say Desi Beat?) of this song is too much to forget it even after a long time! 😀 A cute, lovable, joyous song sung beautifully and written + composed even more beautifully! One more #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Jigariyaa
Singer ~ Javed Bashir, Music by ~ Agnel Roman & Faizan Hussain, Lyrics by ~ Agnel Roman

The tring-tring of a cycle bell actually tricked me into thinking that this song would be an upbeat song, quite like the cycle bells before ‘Tere Mere Beech Mein’ from ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’. However, I was taken by surprise when Javed Bashir sung the first note in a sad, soulful manner. Am I complaining? No! With his unusually rough-textured and rough voice, he has worked wonders yet again! His unusual voice is his uniqueness! It has made the song sound utterly beautiful and just awesome! The composition is a soulful one that will touch you instantly. Kudos to Agnel-Faizan for making such a wonderful song. The violin has been used very effectively, and so have the wind instruments. The booming, thunderous percussion really works magic in the song! A dark feeling is felt after hearing the song, which is sure to make you at least a little bit emotional. The cycle bells ring androvide the beat throughout the song. The string instruments being plucked sound very beautiful. The lyrics of Agnel just add to the sentimentality of the song, they are extremely soulful. Javed’s rendition of them brings them to life and it seems like they are haunting you while you listen to the song. Javed’s murkiyaan and harqatein sound very soulful and he has sung with all his heart. A song which is written, composed and sung with extreme soulfulness! An honourary mention to the beautiful instrumentation! This is undoubtedly another #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Rang Rang De
Singers ~ Suchi, Jatinder Pal Singh & Yashika Sikka, Music by ~ Agnel Roman & Faizan Hussain, Lyrics by ~ Arun Kumar

Another Holi song amongst all the Holi songs, that Bollywood is producing these days, but undoubtedly, this one is something special indeed. The traditional Indian touch is evident in this song. Dhols provide the fun percussion throughout the song, and make it sound very, very energetic and enjoyable. The tune of the song is very catchy and sweet. Particularly the parts of Suchi, sound brilliant! After ‘Desi Romance’ in ‘Shaadi Ke Side/Effects’, she has performed outstandingly once more in her next song! Jatinder Singh sounds very much like Roopkumar Rathod, and he gives the required folksy feel to this lively melody. Yashika Sikka seems to have sung mainly in the background, because I could only identify Suchi’s voice in the female parts. Suchi sounds awesome when she pronounces the ‘R’s in the song like ‘morrrii’ and ‘rrrang rrrasiya’ and ‘chunarrr’. I like the way she rolls her ‘R’ sounds. The sargam part is also amazing. With the great groove that the song has, it is just too hard to resist dancing. The lyrics are also very traditional and go well with the melody and the theme of the movie. The line ‘more kanha jo aayo palat ke..abki hori main khelungi datke..’ has been given a different tune, which sounds beautiufl! The flute accompanies the dhols and singers throughout the song. The ending to the song creates a heavenly ambience and ends the song with a bangA song that is irresistible! Again, great instrumentation and all other aspects are also PERFECT! #5StarHotelSong!!!

 

6. Phurr Phurr
Singers ~ Aishwarya Majmudar, Manjira Ganguly & Agnel Roman, Music by ~ Agnel Roman & Faizan Hussain, Lyrics by ~ Arun Kumar

To sum it all up, another very lively and groovy song comes our way. It starts with very engaging vocals that sound like pigeon sounds. Then a childish voice sings some lines, and finally Aishwarya Majmudar enters. Her voice bears a striking resemblance to that of Palak Muchhal, so much so, that first I thought it was Palak, then I saw the credits! The makers have tried to make a ‘Masakali’, but were not as lucky, and though the song is definitely not bad at all, in fact it’s very catchy, but it does not strike that chord which the previous songs of the album did. Aishwarya has given a stellar performance, full of high energy. Agnel sounds awesome as well, in the Baul parts which he has sung. The santoor and flute music is very attractive as well. The only disappointing factor is the tune of the song in some of the parts of the song. What’s more, the song is kind of too long than was sufficient. Towards the end, it gets a bit boring and loses its charm. The song, however, will be a treat for small kids and people who like traditional folk music. Lyrics are situational, and nothing to boast of. Again, instrumentation and vocals are the strong departments, but this time the composition has faults. A disappointing ending to the brilliant soundtrack!


Jigariyaa has quite a variety of music to offer! I had definitely not expected the music to be so great, frankly speaking! Agnel & Faizan have delivered their career’s best songs in this album. The new duo, Raj-Prakash have also done a splendid job. All the songs have been arranged beautifully, all the songs have been sung wonderfully. One just above average song is there, but who is so cruel not to forgive that? The other songs have showcased beautiful traditional qualities, all of them being very rich in Indian culture. It is not everyday we get to hear an album totally devoid of any annoying techno noises, or rock disturbances! Jigariyaa is Indian to the roots, and that is what makes it a beautiful, splendorous, and fantabulous album! Agnel-Faizan must be getting thousands of offers now! 😀 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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