FORGETTABLE KAHIN KA!! (JHOOTHA KAHIN KA – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sanjeev-Ajay, Rahul Jain, Siddhant Madhav, Amjad-Nadeem-Aamir, Kashi Richard & Yo Yo Honey Singh
♪ Lyrics by: Amjad-Nadeem, Enbee, Lil Golu, Sanjeev Chaturvedi & Alok Ranjan Jha
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 12th July 2019
♪ Movie Released On: 19th July 2019

Jhootha Kahin Ka Album Cover

Listen to the songs: JioSaavn | Gaana

Buy the songs: iTunes


Jhootha Kahin Ka is a Bollywood comedy film starring Rishi Kapoor, Jimmy Sheirgill, Omkar Kapoor and Sunny Singh in lead roles. The film is directed by Smeep Kang and produced by Anuj Sharma and Deepak Mukut. The film has music by Amjad-Nadeem and their new partner Aamir, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Siddhant Madhav, Sanjeev-Ajay, Rahul Jain and Kashi Richard. I’ve known about Amjad-Nadeem for years, and they have some decent songs, so expecting something worthwhile from them. Not expecting from Honey Singh, and Siddhant Madhav, Rahul Jain, and Kashi Richard, I’ve read their names in passing in some Zee Music albums which I haven’t reviewed or heard. So, let’s see what this album has to offer.


Amjad-Nadeem-Aamir’s Saturday Night happens to be Neeraj Shridhar’s second one with that name, the former being from ‘Bangistan’, composed by Ram Sampath. While in that song, Sampath fused club beats with Celtic sounds, here we get an annoying mix of overused club beats with the intermittent tumbi sounds. Neeraj Shridhar isn’t bad at singing such songs, so the vocals don’t annoy as much as they would’ve with another singer. The rap by Enbee is utterly avoidable, and the female singer Jyotica Tangri barely gets anything to sing. Do we have to talk about the lyrics by Amjad-Nadeem?
Funk Love by Yo Yo Honey Singh has the quintessential Honey Singh beats that have been missing from Bollywood for some time, and Lil Golu’s lyrics, something else that has been missing in Bollywood for quite some time. And after listening to the song, you know why. Though the beats start off quite intriguingly (though there’s nothing new, but that’s just Yo Yo’s forte, I guess) the vocals and lyrics make you cringe all throughout the song. Especially the title lyrics. Which do not sound like ‘Funk Love’ at all.
Out of Sanjeev-Ajay’s two songs, they collaborate with Siddhant Madhav for Munde Da Character, which starts with interesting Punjabi folk sounds created digitally, as can be made out from the sound of it. Brijesh Shandilya handles the vocals of the mukhda and the hookline well, and is accompanied by a horde of other vocalists (Siddhant Madhav, Rani Indrani Sharma, Nazim Ali, Deepak Yadav and Makrand Patankar) who mostly come into action in the antaras. The female vocalist, Rani Sharma, sounds great particularly, in the second antara. The composition is catchy, and thanks to the fresh Punjabi arrangements, it is a song I don’t mind listening to in its entirety, unlike the previous two songs on the album. Sanjeev Chaturvedi’s lyrics are also suitable and how lyrics for a normal Bollywood song should be.
Sanjeev-Ajay’s other song, Jhootha Kahin Ka, is composed in collaboration with Rahul Jain. Again, it starts with a heard-before but catchy Punjabi tumbi piece, which later is joined by harmonium, dholaks and Navraj Hans’ strong voice. The song carries a sound close to Gurdas Mann’s pop numbers, and thanks to Navraj Hans’ vocals, it sounds better. Rahul Jain and Ankit Saainraj accompany him with the vocals, but it is mostly a Navraj show all the way. The hookline is quite weak, and the lyrics (Sanjeev Chaturvedi) too are functional and nothing more.
The last song on the album, Jugni, is another song with club beats, and starts like a Yo Yo Honey Singh song, but it is actually composed by Kashi Richard. Yes, the beats are catchy here, and Enbee doesn’t irritate as much as he did in ‘Saturday Night’. The beats engage you throughout the length of the song, and the four singers, (Enbee, Kapil Thapa, Rohit Sharma and Chintan Bakiwala) though you can’t really differentiate one from the other, seem to have done a good job because the end result sounds good. The hookline has been composed in that typical designed-to-be-annoyingly-catchy way, but the beats and the ‘kadak maamla‘ refrain help the song get my green signal.


Not an album I’ll revisit again for any reason, because none of the songs stuck with me, but I would remember it for the way it is so typical with its beats, in both its club songs and Punjabi songs.

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 5 + 2 + 7 + 5.5 + 6 = 25.5

Album Percentage: 51%

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: Munde Da Character > Jugni > Jhootha Kahin Ka > Saturday Night > Funk Love

 

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DECEMBER 2017 ROUND-UP (FUKREY RETURNS, FIRANGI, TERA INTEZAAR & MONSOON SHOOTOUT – Mini Music Reviews)

It is time for my Round-Up for December 2017, which is slightly delayed due to me being so busy, but better late than never, right?

December 2017 Round-Up

This Round-Up includes the following music reviews:

1) Fukrey Returns – Prem-Hardeep, Jasleen Kaur Royal, Sumeet Bellary, Shaarib-Toshi, Gulraj Singh, IshQ Bector, Shree D & Laxmikant-Pyarelal

2) Firangi – Jatinder Shah

3) Tera Intezaar – Raaj Aashoo

4) Monsoon Shootout – Rochak Kohli, Viveick-Mayur, Chinmay Harshe, Chetan Rao & Vikram Shastry

The music review for “Tiger Zinda Hai” will be posted separately.


♦ Fukrey Returns, But Ram Sampath Doesn’t! – FUKREY RETURNS Music Review

♪ Music by: Prem-Hardeep, Jasleen Kaur Royal, Sumeet Bellary, Shaarib-Toshi, IshQ Bector, Shree D, Gulraj Singh & Laxmikant-Pyarelal
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Late Anand Bakshi, Aditya Sharma, Satya Khare, Raftaar, Rohit Sharma, Arsalaan Akhoon, Shree D, Mrighdeep Singh Lamba & Vipul Vig
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 16th November 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 8th December 2017

 

Listen to the songs: Saavn


So Fukrey has returned. Sadly, the man behind “Fukrey”s enjoyable music, Ram Sampath has not returned, and after his underwhelming stint in ‘Raees’, he doesn’t get a chance to bounce back with a franchise that was initially his. Anywho, let’s judge on what we have been given.
Prem-Hardeep, the original composers of ‘Kala Chashma’ before Badshah remade it in ‘Baar Baar Dekho’, get a chance now, to ruin somebody else’s song. Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s ‘O Meri Mehbooba’ (Dharam Veer) gets ‘remade’ into Mehbooba, a banal club song which starts and ends with the Fukras being rejected by a random girl in the club, who happens to be singing in Neha Kakkar’s voice. Yasser Desai gets one line that repeats over and over again, and it is frankly the best line of the song. Raftaar’s rap is too stereotypical. Jasleen Kaur Royal’s Peh Gaya Khalara, though fitting into her now-overused Punjabi dance number template, is quite enjoyable, with the sweet vocals by herself and Divya Kumar, Akasa Singh & Akanksha Bhandari accompanying them. The arrangements are what make the track more enjoyable, and also the quirky lyrics.
Familiar territory is entered in Ishq Bector & Shree D’s semiclassical Raina, which, though quite soothing, gets tedious due to its length (it is the only song on the album over three minutes long, and goes up to over four minutes long!) The arrangements help propel it forward though, and also Shree’s vocals. Shaarib-Toshi enter the Bollywood scene after a long time with a delightful Punjabi melody, Ishq De Fanniyar. The male version by Shaarib is great, but the Female Version has all the feels, hence scores higher. The beautiful melody seems like a wonderful sequel to the first movie’s ‘Ambarsariya’. The lyrics are sweet as well, not to mention amazing accordions in the arrangements.
The techno sounds come along with the last three songs, bunched up together, out of which two are by Sumeet Bellary (composed for ‘Fuddu’ last year), and one is by (another person who re-enters Bollywood as a composer after a loooooong time, longer than Shaarib-Toshi), Gulraj Singh.
Sumeet’s two songs rely on weird techno gimmicks, which fail to propel the songs forward. Tu Mera Bhai Nahi Hai is a quirky friendship anthem, but is pulled down by lack of catchiness in both music and composition. Bura Na Maano Bholi Hai is like a title song, but gets all over the place in no time. The arrangements are slightly better here. Both songs are sung by Gandharv Sachdev, wit Shahid Mallya joining him in the latter song, and aren’t all that well sung.
Gulraj does well in his title song, Fukrey Returns, with a nice catchy musical loop, and heavy use of brass and techno sounds which makes his song sound even better. Siddharth Mahadevan on the vocals is a bonus.


Not as great as the first movie’s album, but still a commendable album considering the amount of new talent on there. But nevertheless, I wish Ram Sampath had returned!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 2.5 + 3.5 + 3.5 + 4 + 4 + 3.5 + 3 + 3.5 = 27.5

Album Percentage: 68.75%

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: Ishq De Fanniyar = Ishq De Fanniyar (Female) > Peh Gaya Khalara = Tu Mera Bhai Nahi Hai = Raina = Fukrey Returns > Bura Na Maano Bholi Hai > Mehbooba

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 43 (from previous albums) + 01 (from Fukrey Returns) = 44


♦ Quite A Desi Album! : FIRANGI Music Review

♪ Music by: Jatinder Shah
♪ Lyrics by: Dr. Devendra Kafir, Ashraf Ali & Krishna Bhardwaj
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 21st November 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 1st December 2017

 

Listen to the songs: Saavn


The song with almost the least amount of Punjabi words (second only to ‘Gulbadan’, which comes later on in the album) in its lyrics, Oye Firangi, starts the album off, and Jatinder Shah steals your heart right away. The charming melody immediately gets you grooving — thanks to a little EDM twist in the hookline — and though it is very simple, it is amazing thanks to the programming, and Sunidhi’s marvellous voice. There comes a British-era ballroom style orchestral portion at the end, but I wish the composer had extended that into another antara instead of ending the song with it! Another charming but heard-before melody, Sahiba Russ Gayiya, starts from where ‘Channa Mereya’ ended, with a similar structure and arrangement. Rahat’s voice is a boon to the song, and it’s the first song of his in a long time that doesn’t get on my nerves.(Ahem, ‘Mere Rashke Qamar’!) I love the way he pronounces the hookline. The Unplugged Version sung by Shafqat Amanat Ali, is funnily named ‘Sahiba (Male)’, as if Rahat’s version wasn’t by a male singer. The song itself is an improvement on the original, in that we get to hear Shafqat’s impeccable aalaaps, and though the choice of Shafqat doesn’t make it sound less like a Pritam song in general [Shafqat is just as much of a Pritam camp singer as Rahat is!] it surely does sound less like ‘Channa Mereya’, because the electric guitars have been toned down. Acoustic guitars play the larger role here. However some factors make both versions balance out at the end.
If ‘Sahiba’ had ‘Channa Mereya’ written all over it, Tu Jit Jawna has ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’s title song all, and I mean ALL over it! Daler Mehndi, who I wish had sung the BMB number too, sings this one, and so it is quite bearable, but otherwise, it falls flat and sounds hollow in its emotion. It is also lyrically a counterpart to ‘Oye Firangi’, except Daler paaji doesn’t call him a ‘Firangi’ (foreigner), while Sunidhi did.
Gulbadan is a Qawwali-esque number, sung by Mamta Sharma. Good to hear her sing a different kind of song, though I’m sure the video will be the same kind of Bollywood ‘item number’. The hookline is greatly composed, with amazing arrangements by Shah, but again, falling into the too much tried-and-tested category of arrangements. I guess the best that comes out of this song is hearing Mamta Sharma’s gentle voice, because she thankfully hasn’t been made to sing in the annoying loud voice of hers.
But the album’s best is the wonderful folksy number, Sajna Sohne Jiha, which transports you back to the Punjab of the olden days. Wadali Bros’ Qawwali ‘Ve Sone Diya Kangna’ has been given a nice reinterpretation by Shah, and it works so well. The rhythms at the beginning really bring out the song’s folksiness, and Jyoti Nooran’s strong voice helps propel it to the finish line, where it emerges the winner compared to the other songs of the album!


A very desi album to the film ‘Firangi!’

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 3.5 + 3.5 + 4 + 3.5 + 3.5 + 5 = 23

Album Percentage: 76.67%

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: Sajna Sohne Jiha > Sahiba Russ Gayiya (Shafqat) > Oye Firangi = Tu Jit Jawna = Gulbadan = Sahiba Russ Gayiya



♦ No Intezaar for This Album! : TERA INTEZAAR Music Review

♪ Music By: Raaj Aashoo
♪ Lyrics by: Shabbir Ahmed
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 11th November 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 1st December 2017

 

Listen to the songs: Saavn


After a long time (or is it the first time?), one single composer gets a chance to compose an album for a film starring Sunny Leone. Somehow, she debuted smack in the middle of the multicomposer craze and so, got mainly multiple composers to compose for all her films! Raaj Aashoo handles the album.
The title track, titled Intezaar Title, instead of a more apt ‘Tera Intezaar’ (Obviously, because that’s the film’s name), is a dreary 2000s melody, sung by Shreya Ghoshal too, as if she is still in her debut year. Adding to the ennui, is the Qawwali-ish chorus. Raaj’s composition is good, but dated. The arrangement is the best thing about the song, especially the flute. Another very typically 90s melody, Khali Khali Dil, sees Payal Dev and Armaan Malik at their clichéd best. The digital sounds do not help make it more ‘modern’ or anything, and even the harmonica fails to create any impact. Quite a similar sound follows in the dreary Mehfooz, another song straight out of Nadeem-Shravan’s music-bank. The guitar work makes it sound like a version of Mithoon’s ‘Sanam Re’ title track, sans the tablas. Yasser gets a version, and, sounding like Arijit as always, manages to make it sound genuinely interesting. The arrangements here too make this song much more interesting than ‘Khali Khali Dil’. The song appears in two more versions, one by Palak Muchhal and the other by a new singer named Hrishikesh Chury. Palak’s 2½ minute long version fares better than Hrishikesh’s normal length one, because of the pleasant arrangements. Also, Hrishikesh tries to sound like Kumar Sanu.
The best song on the album, Abhagi Piya Ki, becomes the best only because the others don’t deserve it. It appears in two versions, a banal one sung jarringly by Kanika Kapoor and Raja Hasan, and a slightly better version sung much better by Payal Dev and Javed Ali. The tablas that went missing from ‘Mehfooz’ seem to have come to this song, and they play in surplus. The semiclassical touch to the song is good, but the 90s melancholia seems to have followed the composer like a thundercloud whenever he sat to compose for this film.
The only song that does not sound anything like a 90s song is Sexy Baby Girl, and it doesn’t work because it tries to sound uber-cool with its lead singer Swati Sharrma, like always, trying to add unnecessary style to her words, resulting in a disaster. Also, the lyrics are cringeworthy.


This is not an album anyone would have waited for. 

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 3 + 2 + 2.5 + 2.5 + 2 + 3 + 3.5 + 3 = 21.5

Album Percentage: 53.75%

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: Abhagi Piya Ki (Javed/Payal) > Abhagi Piya Ki = Intezaar Title = Sexy Baby Girl > Mehfooz = Mehfooz (Palak) > Mehfooz (Hrishikesh) = Khali Khali Dil



♦ Surprising Monsoon in Winter!!: MONSOON SHOOTOUT Music Review

♪ Music by: Rochak Kohli, Viveick Rajagopalan, Mayur Narvekar, Chinmay Harshe, Chetan Rao & Vikram Shastry
♪ Lyrics by: Sumant Vadhera, Kartik Krishnan, Deepak Ramona, Chinmay Harshe, Rohit Bhasy, Neeraj Sharma, Vinit Gulati, Nidhi Gulati
♪ Music Label: Saregama
♪ Music Released On: 19th December 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 15th December 2017

 

Listen to the songs: Saavn


Rochak gets two songs, and reminds us why he’s one composer that keeps popping up in numerous albums scattered over the year’s span. It is because of his strong melodies. Pal is a cherishable melody which, though predictable, does give you goosebumps, and makes you want it to rain. Arijit’s heart-touching rendition is enough to make anyone fall for the song. On the other hand Miliyo Re is a very Sachin-Jigar-ish romantic song, with Monali and Rochak behind the mic, with vocals that aren’t amazing, but are functional. The composition is good but very commonplace; not as distinct as Rochak’s other songs this year.
Viveick-Mayur present their only song Andheri Raat next, a haunting song with weird Marathi rap, and awesome Punjabi-flavoured male vocals. Neha Bhasin kills it behind the mic, as does her co-singer, Rajiv Sundaresan, doing the aforementioned Punjabi-flavoured portions. The Marathi rap by Aklesh Sutar is funny, and quite weird too.
The other three songs are quite situational, all by newcomers, with neither one exactly standing above the others. Chinmay Harshe’s Miss You Balma, by Akriti Kakar, is experimental but has you questioning “Why??” because the jazzy composition and the rock arrangements don’t really gel well with each other. Akriti aces the vocals though, singing in an unusually (for her) low pitch. The other duo, Chetan Rao & Vikram Shastry, present two songs, one being a folksy item song Maachis Ki Teeli, in which the very unconventional choice of singer, Bhavya Pandit, whi hasn’t ever sung such a song, proves to be great, as she adjusts to the song’s folksiness very well. Her co-vocalists provide good company as the loafers interjecting occasionally. The last song Faislay has a quite dated tune, and a very mismatching digital loop that starts it off, but Mandar Deshpande’s singing brings it up.


An album that is good, but still will be a wipeout.

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 4 + 4 + 3.5 + 3 + 3.5 + 3 = 21

Album Percentage: 70%

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: Pal = Miliyo Re > Andheri Raat = Maachis Ki Teeli > Miss You Balma = Faislay



Hope you liked this section of reviews! The review for ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ will be out soon!

SOUTH MEETS NORTH! (TUTAK TUTAK TUTIYA – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sajid-Wajid, Vishal Mishra, Gurinder Seagal, Dr. Bal Sidhu, Raaj Aashoo & Music MG
♪ Lyrics by: Irfan Kamal, Danish Sabri, Manoj Yadav, Pranav Vatsa, Shabbir Ahmed, Dr. Bal Sidhu, Lil Golu, Malkit Singh, Veer Rahimpuri & Music MG
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 19th September 2016
♪ Movie Released On: 7th October 2016

Tutak Tutak Tutiya Album Cover

Tutak Tutak Tutiya Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Tutak Tutak Tutiya is a trilingual horror comedy film, made as ‘Devi’ in Tamil and ‘Abhinetri’ in Telugu, starring Tamannaah Bhatia, Prabhudeva and Sonu Sood in lead roles, and Amy Jackson in a special appearance. The movie is directed by Vijay, and produced by Sonu Sood. The movie opened to mixed to positive reviews in all three languages, while the film’s music was creating a wave among masses, and I was writing my exams. 😛 So, heading directly towards the music. The music for the Telugu and Tamil films has been given by Sajid-Wajid and newcomer, Vishal Mishra, each having composed two songs each. These four songs have been included in the Hindi album, along with a bonus of three more songs that will cater to the Hindi audiences and increase the buzz of the movie in Punjab. 😛 They are all either Punjabi songs or by Punjabi artists, and added just to attract the Hindi audience. These songs are composed by Gurinder Seagal, who gave that great non-film single, ‘GF BF’ earlier this year. He has remade one of Dr. Bal Sidhu’s wedding numbers, ‘Rail Gaddi’. The next song is a remake of Malkit Singh’s ‘Tutak Tutak Tutiya’, also the namesake of this album, and that has been recreated by Raaj Aashoo. Lastly, Music MG comes with an original club number, which I’m not excited for. Let’s jump into this ‘Tutak Tutak Tutiya’!


1. Rail Gaddi
Singers ~ Navraj Hans, Swati Sharma & Lil Golu, Original Composition by ~ Dr. Bal Sidhu, Music Recreated by ~ Gurinder Seagal, Original Lyrics by ~ Dr. Bal Sidhu, New Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed, Rap by ~ Lil Golu

The first track on the album is one that will really get those Hindi audiences attracted to the film like bears are attracted to honey. A remake of the hit Punjabi track ‘Rail Gaddi’, this one has already made people go crazy around the nation. As you guys know and must be thinking now, I do not like many of these remakes of Punjabi pop numbers. However, this one is different! The composition, which I found out was originally by Kuljit Bhamrah, but T-Series have credited Dr. Bal Sidhu, is good and catchy, and even Gurinder’s new additions are not bad, though a bit generic. The most generic it gets is in the antara, where the song sounds like a direct lift-off from the antara of the ‘Housefull 3’ song ‘Malamaal’. Or maybe all Punjabi songs sound the same to me. Anyway, the song starts with a hilarious dialogue said in a funny style, and then the quintessential tumbi makes its presence felt by playing the hookline tune. Navraj Hans’ programmed voice sounds good, and also sounds like Vishal Dadlani at places. I appreciate that Gurinder trued to get a big singer to sing the song, but the heavy programming done on his voice could’ve been cut down upon, especially after he sang with such finesse, that rock song ‘Raj Karega Khalsa’ in ‘A Flying Jatt’. Swati Sharma barely gets any scope to sing anything in the first antara, as she gets just one line, which sounds very bad. However, the second antara is all hers, and she spoils whatever fun the song was giving you by singing that. Again, the programming kills her voice, and makes it sound ridiculous. Lil Golu is back, without Yo Yo Honey Singh this time, and his rap might make you faint. He has a rap before both antaras, and both of them are ridiculously stupid. The hookline is definitely the best part of the song, and when the hookline is the best part of a REMADE song, you know things are wrong. However, the arrangements do help to make this one an enjoyable club song. Gurinder, who I think is very good at club beats (after hearing ‘GF BF’ that is) has made the pacy club beats overshadow his run-of-the-mill composition. The great electronic shehnaais really entertain. Shabbir Ahmed’s lyrics are the usual random stuff that people ignore due to the pacy beats, so even I’m ignoring those. 😛 Quite entertaining and enjoyable, but a remake that could’ve been better in terms of vocals and composition. Not lyrics because this is the maximum level of IQ that I expect from such songs!

 

2. Chal Maar
Singer ~ Wajid, Music by ~ Sajid-Wajid, Lyrics by ~ Irfan Kamal

Sajid-Wajid enter the album for the second song, which is also the first song of the album that is from the Tamil/Telugu versions. And I understand why Prabhudeva must’ve chosen this song for the film! Last October, Sajid-Wajid and Prabhudeva had given us a treat called ‘Cinema Dekhe Mamma’ (Singh Is Bliing), which was a complete desi tune with desi music. This time too, though Prabhudeva isn’t the director here, Sajid-Wajid, two of his favourites, give a song that is at par with that one. The first time you listen to the song, you’ll be like ‘Where am I? Why am I even listening to this?” But after some listens (if you give it time, that is) the composition starts to unfold its magic. The upbeat, very desi composition starts growing on you, and finally, grabs you completely. That shehnaai-like loop just intrigues you and it plays so many times, that you just start loving it! Of course, Sajid-Wajid are experts in giving this kind of music. 😀 But this time, it just worked too well. The composition too, seems average at first, especially the line before the hookline (“Bheja hai kamar pe…. Bend it like Beckham baby!”) and the hookline itself, which consists of only two words, Chal and Maar, seemingly shouted out randomly. The line just before that though, is so sweet and attractive! It goes “Chakhne de, haaye chakhne de, tere ishq ka zaayaka”. Sajid-Wajid have composed that line so beautifully, I die every time I hear it! 😀 The antara, though it could’ve been better, does its job of keeping you glued. What is the reason? The arrangements, of course! You all know how I praise Sajid-Wajid so much for their amazing arrangements every time, and this time too, they have stunned with their magnificent percussion, the slow South-Indian style rhythms and the AMAZING brass band. Of course though, that shehnaai loop (which is actually played on a melodica) is supposed to be the USP of the song, and it definitely is for me! The guitars are wonderful as well. The Tamil and Telugu versions of the song have been sung by Benny Dayal and Nakash Aziz respectively, and at first I was frustrated because we got stuck with Wajid. However, after hearing the song, I can happily say that Wajid, one of the composers, has rendered the song very nicely. He sounds youthful as well as cool! When he sings that sweet line that I pointed out, I just start to sing along. He sings that line so nicely! 😀 And he sings the hook phrase with such attitude, that I concluded that he was the perfect choice for the song. Irfan Kamal’s lyrics too, are ignorable. Very enjoyable, and a perfect song for Prabhudeva to show off his moves onscreen! Hats off to Sajid-Wajid yet again for the arrangements! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Tutak Tutak Tutiya
Singers ~ Malkit Singh, Kanika Kapoor & Sonu Sood, Original Composition by ~ Malkit Singh, Music Recreated by ~ Raaj Aashoo, Original Lyrics by ~ Veer Rahimpuri, New Lyrics by ~ Malkit Singh & Shabbir Ahmed

Yet another remake we have on the album. This one serves as the title track. This one is a remake of Malkit’s 80s hit, ‘Tutak Tutak Tutiya’, and Raaj Aashoo has got the chance to recreate this one. And he seizes the opportunity and makes gold of it. The song starts again, with the representative of Punjabi songs, tumbi, followed by dhadd and a wonderful flute that just makes you feel happy. The composition of the mukhda is basically the same as that of the original, with the first line revamped by Raaj Aashoo. The song mostly follows the same composition of the hookline, and it is a very strong and effective tune. Especially the “Haye Jamaalo!” The antara is short and catchy as well, and definitely a new addition. After that, the hookline takes over once again, until the song ends. The arrangements are basically insane club beats, along with mad flutes winning your heart, and EDM that makes you wanna dance. The vocals are good, with Malkit Singh having re-recorded the song with the new lyrics that he, along with Shabbir Ahmed, has written. Kanika Kapoor gets a very small scope to open up, but her portions sound cute as always. Sonu Sood does a rap portion that is entertaining for all that it’s worth. Raaj Aashoo also makes the vocalists sing “Tutak tutak” in the background at the beginning, and that effect is so cool! 😀 The lyrics are average again, and meant for fun. A foot-tapping remake of a classic pop song, with Raaj Aashoo’s flute standing high above everything else! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Love The Way You Dance
Singers ~ Jazzy B, Sonu Sood & Millind Gaba, Music by ~ Music MG (Millind Gaba), Lyrics by ~ Music MG (Millind Gaba)

The way this song starts, your mind suddenly cries out “West!” 😛 The shameless aping of the West that happens in so many Bollywood club songs, is evident in this song as well. And guess what? Millind Gaba is back, after his epic fails in Bollywood, from that ‘Welcome Back’ title song, to the most recent ‘Housefull 3’ song ‘Malamaal’. The composition, I admit, is quite decent, as it tries to keep you hooked. However, it just doesn’t work out. The club beats are a direct lift of Millind Baba’s own ‘Welcome Back’ title song. Also, the hookline is so pathetically composed, that whatever you feel about the start of the song, all evaporates because of the hookline. The generic composition has nothing to offer in terms of variation or innovation. This Music MG has a unidimensional thought and composition style. The vocals by Jazzy B are just irritating, and the overdone Punjabi lyrics by Millind are too much to handle. Sonu Sood’s rap sounds horrifying. Of course, this is a horror comeda, isn’t it! 😀 Terrible attempt to ape the West!

 

5. Chalte Chalte
Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Vishal Mishra, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

The next song marks the entry of another composer into the album, this time, a debutant – Vishal Mishra. Now this is the same Vishal Mishra who sang a song in ‘Shorgul’ as well. He steps into composing with this film, and with such a composition, you know he didn’t just foray into composing just for the sake of it! The composition is extremely pleasing and calming, as well as groovy at the same time. The mukhda has the power of pulling you in instantly, and the hookline is so, so cute, that you just cat ignore it. What’s more, it doesn’t force itself on you, and rather, plays on its own will, and you don’t even get to know. The antara is just a continuation of the sweetness. Both the times it plays, you are reminded of those sweet songs where the boy is just preoccupied with thoughts of some girl he’s seen somewhere in the middle of nowhere, that always play in Bollywood films. One of them is ‘I Love You’ (Bodyguard), and this song reminded me a lot of that, as well as the recent ‘Purza Purza’ (Akira). Vishal’s decision to get Arijit to sing this song turns out to be a very efficient one. Arijit, with sweetness ozzing out of his voice, delivers it with the same cuteness as it was meant to be delivered. His high notes leave you stunned, while he is, as it is, a master at low notes. The arrangements are awesome as well, with a cool jazzy touch to them. The guitars throughout provide a foot-tapping rhythm, while electronic beats are at their best in the song. A rock guitar interlude steals the show when it plays, even though it plays for about less than 10 seconds. Manoj Yadav’s lyrics are the first good lyrics in the album, and they do suit the romance theme, as well as give you some good words for your ears to chew on. Trippy! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Suku Suku
Singer ~ Shivranjani Singh, Music by ~ Sajid-Wajid, Lyrics by ~ Danish Sabri

The next song turns out to be Sajid-Wajid’s second and last song in the album, and it starts with very, very impressive hip-hop beats through which they really prove their mettle at making music of so many different styles yet again. The impressive introduction, though, gives way to something that just falls downhill until the antara. The mukhda is such a weakly composed one, that I’m surprised Sajid-Wajid couldn’t get a better opening line to such a wonderfully opened song. The tune sounds sappy and something that goes in very low status movies. I mean, what is “Dance karle aiissaaaa, Sridevi jaiiiisaaaa!”!? The hookline too, is not impressive at all. However, the antara is composed so nicely and sweetly, in a pleasant desi tune, that you wonder how the duo could get this tune after such a bland opening. The composers have paid too much attention, as always, to giving a very great auditory experience to the listeners. The arrangements are just mind-blowing. With very cool EDM and techno beats, the composers score high with the arrangements. A very entertaining and professional African percussion piece plays in one of the interludes, and that is just not to be missed. Backing vocalists going “Yeah!” at random places also qualifies as good Western-styled arrangements. 😛 And the composers have aced that as well. The vocals by Shivranjani Singh, who seems to have become the composer duo’s favourite now for item songs, instead of Mamta Sharma, sings the composition well, but the texture she gives to her voice, makes her sound drunk like always. (Like she sounded in ‘Lalla Lalla Lori’ from ‘Welcome 2 Karachi’) She sings that antara very cutely though. 😀 And the hookline, sounds very obnoxious in her voice. WHAT IS A SUKU SUKU?! HOW DO YOU DANCE LIKE A SUKU SUKU?? These are the questions I would like to ask Danish Sabri, who, when the time comes, very nicely gives only backing vocals to Qawwali-esque songs, but when it comes to writing, writes all this ‘Suku’ stuff. :/ At least write something we understand? How do you expect us to dance like a Suku Suku if we don’t know what a Suku Suku is? Is that some new species discovered by you, Mr. Danish Sabri? Please enlighten us then! This song is suitable only for Suku Sukus. Barring the splendid arrangements, and the composition for the antara, this song is a Suku Suku!

 

7. Ranga Re
Singer ~ Shreya Ghoshal, Music by ~ Vishal Mishra, Lyrics by ~ Pranav Vatsa

For the grand finale of the album, we have a very dulcet melody to mellow things down after all that Suku Suku. Vishal Mishra is back to give this grand finale to the album. The composition is a very peaceful and soulful one, with touches of classical oriental Asian music. The melody is something that seems to be the only one on the abum that has been planned out before and made in a good amount of time, as it has turned out rather perfect. The mukhda has the low notes appealoung to you and luring you into the song, while the hookline takes things to a more lively scale, and it ends up chilling you with its majestic qualities. The antaras are just as beautiful, and deserve to be paid more attention, if you ask me. On a whole, the composition is very scintillating. In some places, it has shades of ‘Sapna Jahan’ (Brothers) and in others it also coincidentally sounds like ‘Rangaa Re’ (Fitoor). The arrangements are sparkling. First, we have mellow piano, along with flute (Varad Kathaurka) and a wonderful entrancing rhythm in the background. After that, things elevate to an all-out rock song, with guitars, both electric and acoustic (both by Vaibhav Pani) leading the way. In the interludes, Vishal Mishra weaves magic with the instrumentation. The first interlude has a dulcet flute solo, ranging from low to high notes. In the second, things are exactly opposite, with a lively and charismatic rock guitar giving a very electrifying performance. Vocals by Shreya Ghoshal are beautiful, but definitely not her best. At places, I thought she was singing like Shilpa Rao too! 😀 There is a particular part in the song where I loved her variations, and that is the last time she sings the word ‘Banjaaaraaa’, at 4:55 minutes into the song. Pranav Vatsa’s lyrics are good, and inspirational. A grand finale indeed! The only matured composition on the album, and sung by the Nightingale. #5StarHotelSong!!


Tutak Tutak Tutiya gives whatever it has promised, with songs catering to both masses and classes (with Vishal Mishra catering to the classes and the rest to the masses :P) The seven songs compiled for the Hindi version of the film are a great mix of the North Indian and South Indian flavour. Though Vishal Mishra’s songs sound more like Bollywood songs, the fact that they were originally for the Southern versions of the film, makes you look at it from a whole new light. The two remakes have been done good, and revamped so that the new generation will like them, with the title track faring slightly better. The four tracks that are also in the Tamil & Telugu versions of the album, are good, with ‘Suku Suku’ being the only disappointing one, but that one too has amazing arrangements. At the end though, it is Vishal Mishra who creates the most magic in the album, with both his songs working perfectly, and I’m sure, instrumental for the film. A perfect comedy film album, with a good mix of South and North India!

 

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: Ranga Re > Chal Maar > Tutak Tutak Tutiya > Chalte Chalte > Rail Gaddi > Suku Suku > Love The Way You Dance

 

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

FROM ACTION TO ROMANCE!! (GABBAR IS BACK – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Chirantan Bhatt, Yo Yo Honey Singh &
Manj Musik
♪ Lyrics by: Manoj Yadav, Kumaar, Sahil Kaushal, Manj Musik, Raftaar & Big Dhillon
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 20th April 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 1st May 2015

Gabbar Is Back Album Cover

Gabbar Is Back Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Gabbar Is Back is an upcoming Bollywood action drama film, starring Akshay Kumar in the titular role of Gabbar. Along with superstar Akki, the film features Shruti Haasan, Suman Talwar, Sunil Grover and Jaideep Ahlawat. Kareena Kapoor Khan will be seen in a cameo appearance as Akshay’s wife in a song sequence and Chitrangada Singh is featuring in an item number in the film. The film is a remake of A.R. Murugadoss’ 2002 hit Tamil film ‘Ramanaa’, which has been already remade into Telugu and Kannada. The Hindi version, releasing this Friday, has been directed by Bollywood newcomer Krish and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Shabinaa Khan. Akshay Kumar plays a common man known to the people as Gabbar, who tries to abolish corruption altogether from the society at all levels. For the music, the makers have turned to three people. Chirantan Bhatt, nowhere to be heard after his one song in ‘Ragini MMS 2’, gets two songs, whereas Punjabi rappers Yo Yo Honey Singh and Manjeet Ral (Manj Musik) get one song each. Looking at the names, one would expect something from Chirantan naturally, and also, for that matter, from Honey Singh, given his wonderful track record of hit songs for Akshay and Akshay’s productions. As for Manj, I don’t expect anything. So let’s see, with how much power Gabbar has returned! And whether he has a good music sense or not! 😉


1. Teri Meri Kahaani
Singers ~ Arijit Singh & Palak Muchhal, Music by ~ Chirantan Bhatt, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

Success for an album these days can be calculated by a simple formula. If the number of Arijit Singh songs in the album is more, the success of the album is more. Thus proved that the number of Arijit Singh songs in an album and its success are directly proportional. 😝😝 Okay, enough with the jokes. This song is nothing to be joked about. Chirantan, returning after more than a year, after his scary lullaby in ‘Ragini MMS 2’ last year, this time gets something which is more like his cup of tea. A romantic song. Of course, the romantic guy of Bollywood, Arijit, would get to do the honours of crooning this one. He has worked with Chirantan before in ‘Uska Hi Banana’ (1920: Evil Returns), ‘Aye Dil Bata’ (Ishk Actually) and ‘Har Kisi Ko’ (Boss), all of which were impressive! And man, does he do justice to this song, too!! He uses his deep voice here, instead of his sweet and innocent one, and simply works wonders, nothing more and nothing less. Chirantan has composed a quite energetic, yet soulful composition, which also has the ability to make you nod your head along. The mukhda being very energetic, at the same time the antara starts off quite softly, and builds up in momentum as it progresses. Of course, it wouldn’t have been easy for any singer to ace the composition. But Arijit has done it perfectly. Since the composition is very typical Bhatt-ish, it won’t take time to grow on anyone. (Here’s a secret though: it took time to grow on me, strangely!) However, there is a plus point to the typicality of the composition here, and that is, the guaranteed success for it. It has already been making everyone crazy about itself. Palak complements Arijit very well, and after having been singing female versions of Arijit’s songs for Jeet Gannguli for so many times, I can imagine how happy she might be to sing an actual duet with him after so long. 😃 This time, she sounds not that Shreya-ish, and finally seems to have carved out a niche for herself in Bollywood, as the ‘kind-of like Shreya’ girl. Here, she sounds fantastic. Arrangements by Chirantan are not to miss, either! Those spunky guitar riffs that start the song do not leave except for some places in the song, and they sound awesome throughout. Drums, and electric guitars very adequately join wherever required, giving a good and substantial Bhatt feel. The rock romance genre, rarely heard done perfectly nowadays, has finally been proved accomplished by Chirantan Bhatt! Manoj Yadav’s lyrics are also full of romance, suit the composition, and have a catchy ring to them. The Bhatt effect, this time a positive effect! Sure to get Chirantan a lot more songs in Bollywood! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Aao Raja
Singers ~ Neha Kakkar, Yo Yo Honey Singh & Teflon, Music by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics by ~ Sahil Kaushal

Yes. I was desperately waiting for this song. No, not because there’s Chitrangada Singh in it as a special appearance. Neither because it is an item song. Here’s the reason. I was waiting for it because of the brilliant songs that Yo Yo has given for Akshay Kumar in films like ‘Fugly’ and the latest ‘The Shaukeens’. Also, whenever Yo Yo and Neha Kakkar have come together, it has always resulted in mind-blowing and innovative songs. ‘Sunny Sunny’ (Yaariyan) was a nice and youthful party number, whereas ‘Manali Trance’ (The Shaukeens) was the first trance track of Bollywood, with an addictive vibe to it. So naturally, I was eagerly awaiting this track, when I heard about it being composed by Honey Singh and sung by Neha. Well, it starts off very promisingly, with a techno tune and awesome percussion. Yo Yo’s rap, for the first time, I can admit that it actually sounded good, starting off the song. But then, Neha kicks in with some ridiculously bland lines, which don’t really keep up the listener’s interest in listening much more. The tune is nothing that can be called ‘addictive’. Moreover, she keeps repeating the same lines all throughout the song. Other parts are either Yo Yo’s rap, or English rap by somebody called Teflon. This guy really lives up to his name. 😂 As Teflon coating protects a cooking utensil, the same way, this guy protects this song, by giving listeners something good to hear at least. Yep, his rap is better, compared to Honey’s rap which comes sometime midway into the song. He’s a rapper from New York. And Yo Yo gave him hardly ten seconds of the song. LOL! Oh, and in case you’re wondering who is the mahaan hasti behind the lyrics, it is Sahil Kaushal urf Lil Golu. 😂😂😂 I guess he grew up and so Yo Yo wanted to showcase his talent to the world, so gave him this song to write, saying “Go my son. Show the world what you’re made of.” Well. I think he’s made of nothing special, in fact, I think he has a lower IQ than you and I. Yo Yo, however bad the rap and however dull the overall composition may be, has given great arrangements as always, which of course, guarantee at least one listen by every one of his followers and non-followers too. Because thereafter, only his followers might touch the song. Smart guy, I’ve got to say. 😝 Barring the arrangements and the English rap, there is NOTHING innovative about this track, nor anything catchy. Disappointing song from Yo Yo-Neha combo. Sajid-Wajid with Mamta can do better than this!

 

3. Coffee Peetey Peetey
Singers ~ Dev Negi & Paroma Das Gupta, Music by ~ Chirantan Bhatt, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Chirantan re-enters, to treat us with yet another romantic song. This time, he steers clear of all conventions and tries to make something sweet and simple, that will nevertheless strike a chord with listeners. The result is in front of us, and I can tell that he has worked very hard to get something so effective as this song. Just as the name suggests, the song actually sounds like something that would play in a coffee shop, or soemthing that would play in the minds of two people, meeting over a cup of coffee. The very Pritam-ish ring it has, makes it something that instantly seems outstanding, and indeed, it is something unique in the name of a romantic song. Calming, soothing and groovy at the same time, is pretty rare. Dev Negi, earlier heard in ‘Ungli Pe Nachalein’ (Ungli) sounds drastically different from what he did in that song. The entire folksiness in his voices seems to have disappeared to reveal an urban side of his voice. Where he didn’t sound good at all trying to ape Mika and failing miserably in that song, he sounds awesome aping Sanam Puri in this song (😜) and actually gives a good impression to the listeners. His co-singer, Paroma Das Gupta, sounds good, as well, but also sounds as if she’s really trying to create a false aura of internationality around herself in the antara, where she sounds too over-stylish. 😝 The wonderful choruses of “Hey Ohh..” and “I’m in Love, He’s in love” and “Nasha hai ye pehle pyaar ka”, are really catchy, and as I always keep saying, serve their purpose of the hookline. 🙂 Kumaar’s lyrics are as sweet and simple as it can get. The lyrics being so simple, really make the song sound natural and not too dramatic like so many songs these days. The modern arrangements done by Chirantan increase the attractiveness of the song. Guitars — both acoustic and electric, sound awesome, along with nice soft piano notes. And those techno beats that carry the whole song forward, are just too irresistible. 😀 So ultimately, Chirantan aces both of his songs, and this one is a perfect sweet and simple song, sure to be loved by you! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Warna Gabbar Aa Jayega
Singers ~ Manj Musik & Raftaar, Music by ~ Manj Musik, Lyrics by ~ Manj Musik, Raftaar & Big Dhillon

On the sight of this Manj’s name as one of the composers of this album, I was sure that he’s gonna continue his ‘Utter Stupid Song’ list with this too, and boy, was I right. I was expecting him to compose something Punjabi, but thank God he didn’t do that. Anyways, what he did do was nothing better than Punjabi rap that he always does. He gets the opportunity to compose the theme song for ‘Gabbar Is Back’, and how doe she utilize this opportunity? Very badly. It isn’t an understatement to say he wasted it completely. It seems to be a mishmash of dialogues of Gabbar Singh from ‘Sholay’ and some stupid rap by Raftaar. What he has actually “composed”, I don’t understand. He shouldn’t even be credited for composing anything. Whatever he calls the “tune”, is just one line, too insufficient. Arrangements are some of the most irritating I’ve heard recently. Kind of like what only Manj Musik can do, exclusively. 😝 Three people credited for lyrics, gives an impression of something huge having been done, but actually, what they’ve written is equivalent to zero. If you do not want to suffer, listen to me and skip this track. It’s utter torture!


Gabbar Is Back is an album, which already has an insufficient number of tracks at just four. I like it at least five or above. Anyways, you might argue that quality is more important than quantity. Okay. I agree. But here, the so-called quality is evident only in two tracks, that too, by the same man, Chirantan Bhatt. Honey and Manj contribute very little to the album, and I guess everything of that little also comes from Honey only. So ultimately, Manj has done zero, zilch, nada, nothing! Whatever the makers were thinking, by making this a multi-composer album, I guess they’ve learned their lesson. As for Akshay Kumar, I guess he’ll stick to Sajid-Wajid the next time he does a masala action film. So, with both of Chirantan’s love songs working well, I guess now people will think “Gabbar = Romance” instead of “Gabbar = Action”. 😝 A multi-composer album gone wrong, as they mostly do!!

 

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: Coffee Peetey Peetey > Teri Meri Kahaani > Aao Raja > Warna Gabbar Aa Jayega

 

Which is your favourite song from Gabbar Is Back? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

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‘SHAUKEEN’GLY GREAT SOUNDTRACK!! (THE SHAUKEENS – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by:- Yo Yo Honey Singh, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Hard Kaur & Vikram Nagi
♪ Lyrics by:- Sahil Kaushal (Lil Golu), Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Siddharth Banerjee, Shabbir Ahmed & Vikram Nagi
♪ Music Label:- Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On:- 21st October 2014
♪ Movie Released On:- 7th November 2014

The Shaukeens Album Cover

The Shaukeens Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


The Shaukeens is a Bollywood comedy film, starring Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor, Piyush Mishra and Lisa Haydon in lead roles with Akshay Kumar featuring in a cameo, playing himself! The film is directed by Abhishek Sharma and produced by Ashvin Varde, Murad Khetani and Akshay Kumar. It is a remake of the 1982 film ‘Shaukeen’. The music of the film is composed by Yo Yo Honey Singh, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Hard Kaur & Vikram Nagi. This triggered a sense of eagerness in me and I was waiting for the songs for a long time. Akshay Kumar always extracts the best out of Honey Singh, and Arko and Hard Kaur have been doing great since they entered Bollywood. It is Vikram’s debut album and one expects a lot from him as well. So let’s see, whether this quartet of composers have delivered as per expectations, exceeded them or missed them! 😀


1. Alcoholic
Singer ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Music by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics by ~ Sahil Kaushal (Lil Golu)

Seeing the name itself, you can instantly guess that this sing is by ‘aapka apna Yo Yo Honey Singhaaaaa!!’ But if you play it, you would never believe your ears. For the first time, Yo Yo has composed a tune unlike his typical useless tunes, a tune which is not loud, not irritating (which is a great feat accomplished by him!), and something that is catchy. (Everything he composes is catchy actually 😛 But it is more often than not ridiculous) However, this time the tune isn’t ridiculous. The tune is fresh and something different from regular Yo Yo tunes (read “Aata Majhi Satakli”, “Lungi Dance”, “Party All Night”, “Chaar Botal Vodka” and “Party With Bhoothnath” 😂) However, even if the tune is as novel as Yo Yo has got in party songs, the lyrics are the same old garbage. They’re not even by Yo Yo himself, but by Lil Golu, who seems to have become Honey Singh’s inseparable partner-in-making-people’s-ears-burst 😜 He has written any stupid lyrics, and shame on him if he thinks the public is going to tolerate them (half of the public have already tolerated the lyrics, but thankfully, sensible people still exist who hate such lyrics.) The arrangements are softer than previous Yo Yo songs, but seriously they are not up to the mark. They will grasp your attention for some time, but will get boring as the song progresses. The booming bass beats, however, are nice. I mean, Pritam has composed so many of such songs, with way better arrangements, and of course way better lyrics. 😃 This one is better for the party-lovers and club-goers. Nice tune, groovy beats but lyrics could have been way better. Save it for the screen!

 

2. Meherbani
Singer ~ Jubin Nautiyal, Music by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Lyrics by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee

Serene piano notes start off this beautiful romantic track, and Jubin, in his second Bollywood outing, starts singing it in a very Nikhil D’Souza type voice. Arko has created a wonderful melody that will make you feel special and unique. After the superb ‘Dildar’ from ‘Tamanchey’, which was more of a rustic melody, Arko has proved himself once more this year with this urban-type romantic song. The arrangements, despite being very soft and minimal, will nevertheless carry you away! The amazing piano chords in the background will keep you hooked to the song. The guitar has been added geniusly in places. The beats are groovy as well as calming, and they will give you delight as you hear the sublime melody. The first two stanzas are the same, but it’s the third which does the trick and emerges as the winner. The tune of that particular stanza has stayed with me ever since this song released. The lyrics by Arko himself are quite pretty as well. It is about a boy comparing himself to his lover, sounding pretty guilty at places (“dildaar tu, khudgarz main”) He’s thanking his lover for all she has done for him, and for making him improve in personality. So, there’s a tick on the list beside “GOOD LYRICS”. 😊 As for Jubin, what to say! He’s exceptional even in his second song! I just hope he gets more and more recognition as the days pass, and we can soon see him singing for bigger composers! A sweet, breezy romantic melody, which will steal your heart with its beautiful composition, arrangements, lyrics and exceptional vocals! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Manali Trance
Singers ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh/Lil Golu & Neha Kakkar, Music by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics by ~ Sahil Kaushal (Lil Golu)

Starting with a very addictive hum by Neha, this song will transport you in a different space altogether. And now you must be thinking it is a romantic song, cause usually romantic songs do that. But this isn’t a romantic song, nor is it a typical Yo Yo Honey Singh stupidity show. Yo Yo has gotten the privilege to introduce trance into Bollywood music. Well, I have to say, he has done an unbelievably exceptional job! The beats are so addictive, it makes you want to groove to the music. Trance and EDM have been used very effectively by Yo Yo. Neha’s rendition is amazing as well, and she sings each and every line with the required ‘intoxicated’ expressions. Her voice is unique and stands out amongst all those loud techno sounds (which are loud but awesome!) The male singer, who is credited as Yo Yo somewhere and Lil Golu elsewhere, does not sing perfectly, but I guess that was intentional. The lyrics don’t really matter in this song, as there is no scope for superb award-winning lyrics anyways. The Afro percussion beats are the highlight of the track, and will surely appeal to you! Who would ever have expected Yo Yo to carry out this responsibility of introducing trance music to Bollywood so well!? I’m very much impressed by his performance here! Right from Neha’s addictive humming, to the awesome beats and the catch composition, this track is a treat to the ears, and on top of that, since it is coming from Honey Singh, the surprise increases a lot! #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Aashiq Mizaaj
Singer ~ Aman Trikha, Music by ~ Hard Kaur, Lyrics by ~ Siddharth Banerjee

The claps and the negligible female vocals at the start do not engage you immediately, but what follows will surely do the job! From Himesh Reshammiya’s camp, Aman Trikha renders this catchy composition with fun and liveliness. Hard Kaur, who we last heard composing in ‘O Teri’ to produce an awesome folkish satirical song, returns with a bang and composes yet another very catchy and vibrant song. The beats used are mainly techno sounds, and nothing else. Aman Trikha is the highlight here; he carries the song on his shoulders with his flamboyant vocals. The hookline is pretty catchy. The lyrics by Siddharth Banerjee are only a bit humorous, but go well with the mood of the song, and Aman’s delivery of the song makes the lyrics sound more funny than they should. The techno sounds which play in the background in the hookline, are worth hearing, though they are different in the promo video which plays on TV. 😂 There’s nothing much more to say about the song, except do give it a try! Catchy! #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Ishq Kutta Hai
Singer ~ Mika Singh, Music by ~ Vikram Nagi, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed

Well, I’m tired of Mika. My facial expression while pressing the play button for this song was plain, but as the song progressed, it became more and more unplain. 😝 The newcomer, Vikram Nagi, has composed an impressive rock track, with Mika at the vocals department. Mika delivers the song brilliantly, and the tune which he sings is also quite catchy. Vikram has composed a rather ‘angry’ tune which is at the same time catchy. The arrangements are typical rock arrangements, at least I thought so at first. But when the sitar made an entry in unexpected places, I was shocked as well as impressed. The use of sitar in a rock song was a pretty stunning idea to me. The song has three Antaras, and side it is written by Shabbir Ahmed, I was pretty reluctant to sit through and hear it thrice while reviewing, but when I paid close attention to the lyrics, they sounded pretty good as compared to Shabbir Ahmed’s standards (which you will get to know in my music review of ‘Humshakals’, ‘The Xposé’ and ‘Kick’) He has compared love to a dog, and though it isn’t a novel idea, it still proves to be a pretty engaging set of words, when put together with a wonderful rock composition. Impressive debut by Vikram, good vocals by Mika, and better lyrics (not Great!) by Shabbir Ahmed! Watch out for that awesome sitar interlude! #5StarHotelSong!

 

6. Lonely
Singer ~ Anu Malik, Music by ~ Vikram Nagi, Lyrics by ~ Vikram Nagi

After ‘Ishq Kutta Hai’, Vikram Nagi impressed us with yet another great composition, this time sad. The soft piano arrangements are very calming, and the chipmunk-ish voice provides comic effect. The lyrics are also meant to be humorous. But, let me be truthful to you and warn you before any harm is done — this song is sung “wonderfully” by Anu Malik! His Tarzan-ish voice is enough for Himesh haters to start loving Himesh’s voice. So, with such an exceptional composition, Vikram Nagi could only think of Anu Malik to croon this song??? I mean, Annu Kapoor, the famous Antakshari host, is in your cast, man! Why didn’t you choose him? Or else, why not Himesh? He would have sung a thousand times better than Anu Malik! Here the choice of singer spoils everything!


The Shaukeens is one of the better-faring multicomposer albums of recent times. Each composer has done well, Vikram Nagi debuts impressively, Hard Kaur, who composes very rarely, provides a nice catchy track, and Arko gives us a beautiful romantic track. But the most surprising is humaara apna Yo Yo Honey Singh, who has evolved so, so much, with the first trance song of Bollywood! Kudos to him! I’ve noticed he gives his best in Akshay Kumar starter films… 😝 The Shaukeens is an album that is enjoyable to the core, with occasional disturbances here and there, but overall…ENJOY!

 

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

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

 

Which is your favorite song from The Shaukeens? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

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