NOT QUITE BLACK SHEEP ANYMORE!! (BAA BAAA BLACK SHEEP – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Superbia (Gourov-Roshin-Shaan), Jaidev Kumar, Sajid-Wajid & Abhijit Vaghani
♪ Lyrics by: Sunil Sirvaiya, Rajesh Manthan & Jalees Sherwani
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 13th March 2018
♪ Movie Released On: 23rd March 2018

Baa Baaa Black Sheep Album Cover

 

Listen to the songs: Saavn

Buy the songs: iTunes


Baa Baaa Black Sheep is a Bollywood comedy film starring Maniesh Paul, Manjari Fadnnis, Anupam Kher, Kay Kay Menon Annu Kapoor in lead roles. The film is directed by Vishwaas Pandya and has music by Superbia, which is Gourov-Roshin-Shaan’s band. They have given one full album in the past (‘Coffee with D’) which was terrible, but this one seems to be slightly better! Let’s see!


Superbia’s stint in music composition continues after the cringeworthy album to “Coffee With D” (2017). This time, they start the album off with much more promise, recreating a sort of medley that T-Series calls ‘Mixtape’. They recreate Abhijit Vaghani’s recreation/amalgamation of Galla Goriyaan/Aaja Soniye, the two original songs respectively by Harbhajan Mann (a pop single) and Sajid-Wajid (from ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’). I must say, the song works to whatever effect the makers wanted. It is an enjoyable Punjabi club number rendered surprisingly enjoyably by Mika Singh, and Kanika’s voice is as always, addictive. I just wish ‘Aaja Soniye’ had more parts in the song than it does. Harbhajan Mann’s composition to ‘Galla Goriyaan’ does the rest of the work, making this an enjoyable dance song.
Heer, the romantic song, is also surprisingly well sung by Mika Singh, who has sung such numbers in the past, and should sing them more often. Not that it is a soulful number, but still softer than the songs he’s known to sing, like the previous song on the album. Mahalakshmi Iyer is heard after a long, long time, and is pleasant to the ears. The only fault if any, in this song, is the irritating repetition of the hookline, which almost demolishes whatever fun we were having listening to it. The arrangements are nice, with amazing guitar work, but not never-heard-before. Lyrics are functional.
The song that tries to be its own “Ek Do Teen” (Tezaab/Baaghi 2), except this time, counting age instead of days, is Angelina, a typical 2000s type of song sung very 2000s-ishly by Sonu Nigam. The effect of the Latino touch in songs has been wearing off these days, and it just makes them sound dated. The vocal onomatopoeia is just cringeworthy, too.
Then there are two songs that up the quirk quotient, except one does it the right way and the other, the bad way. Baa Baaa Black Sheep is as cringeworthy as a title song can get, sounding contrived at every note. Shaan sings like he had no choice, and the female backing vocalist just sounds weirdly happy singing whatever lines she’s given. The lyrics are just bad, so there’s no point of talking about them.
Ram Leela, on the other hand, had me in splits when I heard it for the first time, especially because of the hilarious “dhikichyaoun” after every hookline. 😂 This one has to be heard to understand, and all I can tell you is that it’s kind of a spoof of the Ramayana with enjoyably funny lyrics.


Superbia’s second full album turns out to be balanced between bad and good, but largely just an album that you’ll forget after listening to it, if at all you stumble upon it!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 7.5 + 6.5 + 5 + 4 + 6 = 31

Album Percentage: 58%

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: 
Galla Goriyaan / Aaja Soniye > Heer > Ram Leela > Angelina > Baa Baaa Black Sheep

 

Which is your favourite song from Baa Baaa Black Sheep? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 15 (from previous albums) + 02 (from Baa Baaa Black Sheep) = 17

WELCOME TO 2012!! (WELCOME TO NEW YORK – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sajid-Wajid, Shamir Tandon & Meet Bros.
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Kausar Munir, Sajid Khan, Danish Sabri, Charanjeet Charan & Varun Likhate
♪ Music Label: Pooja Music / Sony Music
♪ Music Released On: 16th February 2018
♪ Movie Released On: 23rd February 2018

Welcome To New York Album Cover

 

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Welcome to New York is a Bollywood comedy starring Sonakshi Sinha, Diljit Dosanjh, Karan Johar, Boman Irani, Lara Dutta, Riteish Deshmukh and a bunch of whoever turned up at the 2017 IIFA Awards held at New York City. The film is directed by Chakri Toleti and produced by Vashu Bhagnani and Jackky Bhagnani. Now, the film seems to be a huge two hour long advertisement for IIFA, and no wonder it flopped. On top of that, the music is by people who aren’t very famous for giving great music (at least not anymore) — Sajid-Wajid, Meet Bros & Shamir Tandon. So let’s see whether the music of this film is just as farcical as the film itself seems to be!


A film that seems to be made on a whim, just because people happened to be available to make a film with, has music too, that seems to be made on a whim. What else can justify the creation of a song called Pant Mein Gun? Maybe the fact that Sajid-Wajid have composed it makes it a bit less shocking. The only good that comes out of this one, is that we know that Sajid-Wajid know how to play with EDM now. But that’s not good, either, considering how great they are at doing the live instruments thing. Diljit Dosanjh and Sajid himself belt this one out as if they’re robots, repeating the same lines over and over again. This is definitely one of those songs that are so bad that they are good! Highly recommended.
The other one by Sajid-Wajid is Nain Phisal Gaye, a quite entertaining song about a tailor fantasizing that she is stitching clothes for Salman Khan. How interesting. 😐 Well, Sajid-Wajid’s composition is purely desi thankfully; they get the best out of themselves when they go the desi way, and has a kind of retro vibe to it. The lyrics by Kausar Munir are fun, though situational, with ample references to words that come across everyday in a tailor’s business. Payal Dev sings it effectively, and thankfully doesn’t repeat her horrific act from ‘Haseeno Ka Deewana’ (Kaabil) last year.
Shamir Tandon gets two songs as well, with Ishtehaar turning out to be the best of the album, but only because of it adhering to the conventional Bollywood sad song template, and roping in Rahat Fateh Ali Khan makes it all work. Dhvani Bhanushali, debuting in Bollywood with this song, makes it sure that she is here to stay for some time. Her voice is perfect for Bollywood! The flute has been played wonderfully in this song, and that’s pretty much all that is noteworthy!
Shamir’s other song, Smiley Song, is a song where the composer himself, along with Dhvani Bhanushali and Boman Irani take it in turns to try and imitate the laughter of a number of Bollywood celebrities — it gets highly irritating after a point.
The last song is by Meet Bros, a Punjabi number which sounds like we have all heard it many times before, bearing the name Meher Hai Rab Di. The song itself doesn’t have “rab di mehr” because of its laidback sound and typical lyrics and whatnot. Also, it is sung by Mika (don’t need to explain why that is an excuse for it’s being bad) and Khushboo Grewal, who hardly gets anything to sing.


As a means of timepass also, this album fails miserably! Welcome to 2012 I would say, when songs like these were oh-so-prevalent.

Total Points Scored by This Album: 4 + 6.5 + 7.5 + 5.5 + 6 = 29.5

Album Percentage: 59%

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: Ishtehaar > Nain Phisal Gaye > Meher Hai Rab Di > Smiley Song > Pant Mein Gun

 

Which is your favourite song from Welcome To New York? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

DUOS GOOD(WAAH), SANDEEP-ANU JUDWAA!! (JUDWAA 2 – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sajid-Wajid, Meet Bros., Sandeep Shirodkar & Anu Malik
♪ Lyrics by: Dev Kohli, Danish Sabri & Sonu Saggu
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 12th September 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 29th September 2017

Judwaa 2 Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Judwaa 2 is an upcoming Bollywood comedy movie, starring Varun Dhawan (x2), Jacqueline Fernandez and Taapsee Pannu. The film is directed by David Dhawan, and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. The film’s title indicates that it a sequel to 1996’s ‘Judwaa’, because in this era of intolerance, we sadly cannot tolerate a remake which would just make the 90s kids conscious of how old they are that a movie from the 90s is being remade! Anyway, the film looks like a typical David Dhawan film, and that means mindless fun. The music in a David Dhawan film is usually light too, and recently it has been Sajid-Wajid who have been composing for his films, but because it is the latest trend, Dhawan also tries the multicomposer formula for this album. Sajid-Wajid are part of the album; his albums are incomplete without them, but only one song this time. The other two composers are Meet Bros., composing an original track, and Sandeep Shirodkar (a well-known background score composer) gets to remake two songs from Anu Malik’s original album to ‘Judwaa’. Sandeep had scored the BGM for ‘Chashme Baddoor’and ‘Main Tera Hero’ so we know how he got onto this album, and not Tanishk Bagchi, the usual go-to for remakes. So let’s see how good this album is!


1. Chalti Hai Kya Nau Se Barah

Singers ~ Dev Negi & Neha Kakkar, Original Composition by ~ Anu Malik, Music Recreated by ~ Sandeep Shirodkar, Lyrics by ~ Dev Kohli

Obviously, the makers open the album with the remake of ‘Tan Tana Tan’ and very creatively name it ‘Chalti Hai Kya Nau Se Barah’. Now, the composer who has been roped in for this album, only to do the remakes, Sandeep Shirodkar, has kept most of the song intact. The only aberration he does to old song, is that he cuts out two lines of the antaras, in both antaras. And the song still sounds good. Also, he makes the pace of the song quicker, making it more enjoyable in today’s times. I appreciate how he didn’t add any composition of his own, and though it doesn’t make the song excellent either, at least it doesn’t add any atrocious new sounds to this song. All the iconic pieces from the old song, like the “Tyaun Tyaun” music that begins it, and the female singer repeating the hookline after the male singer, have been retained, and that will increase the song’s nostalgia value, for the 90s kids, who now will realise they’re eighteen-plus year olds. 😄 Also, Sandeep’s sounds are glitzier than Anu’s from the old song, and definitely has a lot more going on, like the amazing electric guitars, synthetic strings and the whole club setting. The singers do justice to the song, and Dev Negi surprises, singing a song I never thought I’d hear him sing. On the other hand, Neha Kakkar’s portions seemed forced into the song, just for the sake of giving Jacqueline and Taapsee something to say. The lyrics by Dev Kohli have been retained completely. A good remake with nothing much tampered with.

Rating: 3.5/5

 

2. Suno Ganpati Bappa Morya

Singer ~ Amit Mishra, Music by ~ Sajid-Wajid, Lyrics by ~ Danish Sabri

Since this album is basically an album of remakes interspersed with an equal number of original songs, the first original song appears now. Sajid-Wajid, after that atrocious album ‘Daddy’, return here, with a director who always gets the best out of them. However, I’m not too sure of that after listening to this song. The composition is a good one, with only the hookline sounding contrived. The antara especially has an amazing composition; something Sajid-Wajid should do more! I particularly loved the fast paced line in the antara. Amit Mishra delivers the song with an equal amount of zest, and presents the picture of a naughty Varun Dhawan’s character very well, through his slight gimmicks throughout the song. Sajid-Wajid, as always, though, score with their arrangements. The foreign band Pandora, was an amazing inclusion here in this (supposedly) Ganpati song. The band brings in cool instrumental pieces like that signature trumpet of the song, the amazing percussion that starts the song off, and of course the scintillating Spanish guitars in the antara. An amazing beatboxer performs in the beginning of the song too. Thankfully, this Ganpati song doesn’t get abominated by Sajid-Wajid’s typical dhols, though they do make an entry at the end of the song. The lyrics are unnerving, especially the hook lyrics. But again, what can we expect from a Casanova like Raja? 😂 Not the best David Dhawan has gotten from Sajid-Wajid, but definitely a good song.

Rating: 3.5/5

 

3. Oonchi Hai Building 2.0

Singers ~ Anu Malik & Neha Kakkar, Original Composition by ~ Anu Malik, Music Recreated by ~ Sandeep Shirodkar, Lyrics by ~ Dev Kohli

I’d like to start by congratulating the makers on naming this remake in an extra-creative way by adding a ‘2.0’ at the end of the song’s name. I’m waiting for Rajinikanth in Shankar’s ‘2.0’ by the way, and these people aren’t helping! Sandeep returns to remake another “gem” from Anu’s original soundtrack for ‘Judwaa’, and sadly, or happily, I don’t know, this one is utterly bad. The original was bad itself, I don’t know how they even thought of remaking it. A cringeworthy replacement of lyrics now makes the female refrain “aaja aaja aaja mere swagger waale raja“, which Neha Kakkar sings so beautifully, “Swagger” sounds like “Sagar”. Anu Malik has clearly redubbed vocals for the song, and it’s not sounding any better. Also, Sandeep adds too many extra noises, that make the song sound yucky. And that extra long, never-ending antara, oh God! I would say SKIP it, but you’re not going to end this year without it falling onto your eardrum in some way or the other.

Rating: 2/5 {I don’t even know why I’m rating it so high so -0.5} = 1.5/5

 

4. Aa Toh Sahi

Singers ~ Meet Bros. & Neha Kakkar, Music by ~ Meet Bros., Lyrics by ~ Sonu Saggu, Rap by ~ Roach Killa

The second original song on the album, and the last song on the album, happen to be the same thing. Meet Bros. enter now, with a groovy song following the Tropical House genre, with some delicious EDM to tease our senses. Sadly enough though, along with that, they serve us some of the same old hip-hop stuff that we have been hearing for five years or so. The hookline has been composed nicely, and makes sure that people will get hooked to the song. It is the mukhda that might just prevent the song from growing though. The arrangements sound a lot like those from ‘Nashe Si Chadh Gayi’ (Befikre), and when I checked the music credits, I found out why. Mikey McCleary has programmed the track, and that’s where the amazing international sounding beats came from. The vocals are good enough, and though this is Neha’s third song on the soundtrack, she sounds the best here. Meet Bros, who are pros at imitating Mika, but sounding better than Mika while doing so, do it here too. Roach Killa’s rap is forgettable except that it sounds a lot like Badshah’s ‘Mercy’. Lyrics are middling, using the patriotic “Dil Diya Hai Jaan Bhi Denge” line as a romantic one. 😆 Good, not great. But it definitely had the potential with the amazing beats!

Rating: 3/5


Judwaa 2 is one of the weakest David Dhawan albums, and the reason seems to be that half the album has been made by remaking the songs of ‘Judwaa’. With lack of innovation or creativity, a good album cannot be expected. What ‘Main Tera Hero’, ‘Chashme Baddoor’ had were a) solo composers, and b) original songs. That being said, the duos who made the original songs, Sajid-Wajid and Meet Bros have done well, but Sandeep has done his best to try and make his songs judwaas of Anu’s originals!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 3.5 + 1.5 + 3.5 + 3 = 11.5

Album Percentage: 57.5%

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: ‘Chalti Hai Kya Nau Se Barah = Suno Ganpati Bappa Morya > Aa Toh Sahi > Oonchi Hai Building 2.0

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 33 (from previous albums) + 02 (from Mubarakan) = 35

 

Which is your favourite song from Judwaa 2? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

RATHER ‘DEAD’Y!! (DADDY – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sajid-Wajid, Olefonken & Bappi Lahiri
♪ Lyrics by: Danish Sabri, Prashant Ingole & Anjaan
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 21st August 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 8th September 2017

Daddy Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Daddy is an upcoming biographical crime film, starring Arjun Rampal, Aishwarya Rajesh, Anand Ingle and Nishikant Kamat. The film is directed by Ashim Ahluwalia, and produced by Arjun Rampal and Rutvij Patel. The film documents the life of gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli. The film has music by Sajid-Wajid and a Norwegian DJ named Olenfonken, and I would expect something good from a movie about a gangster’s life. Let’s see how close to my expectations the composers deliver!


1. Eid Mubarak

Singers ~ Shabab Sabri & Tanvir Hussain, Music by ~ Sajid-Wajid, Lyrics by ~ Danish Sabri

Sajid-Wajid are usually great at Qawwali, and here they present a Qawaali as the first song. Well, the composition is the traditional Qawwali, and so it isn’t hooking right away, but if you’re the Qawwali lover, you would love it. As always, for a Sajid-Wajid song, they give it booming arrangements, making it worth listening to as a Qawwali. Harmonium, tablas, dholaks make the arrangements very rich and beautiful. As for the vocals, Shabab and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2016 contestant Tanvir Hussain (who’s exceptional with those aalaaps), handle them well. Lyrics are suitable too. A trademark Sajid-Wajid Qawwali.

Rating: 3/5

 

2. Zindagi Meri Dance Dance

Singers ~ Alisha Chinai & Vijay Benedict, Original Composition by ~ Bappi Lahiri, Music Recreated by ~ Olefonken, Lyrics by ~ Anjaan

Now I know I’m breaking my own rules, but this song is so bad it calls for a long review. 😅 Get ready. So the song starts with a nice, retro beat (the beat from Bappi Lahiri’s old song “Zindagi Meri Dance Dance” from “Dance Dance”, the song which this song is a “remake” of). After that an emcee announces that we, the audience are now going to be taken to the moon, and asks us to look at a rocket, in which the whole audience will apparently fit, without any food supply, water supply or anything. Then he erases all our doubts and tells us that a particular Mehbooba and her Mehboob are going to climb out of this rocket, and dance, in the “pyaar ki masti“, on the moon. Then we get to hear the Mehbooba, who says “Hi Darling, I want to daaaaance with you. Daaaaance. Daaaance of love. Daaaaance on the moon.” It’s so cringeworthy you feel like stopping the song then and there, but you continue for the sake of it. Later we learn that the boy’s life is “Dense” (“Zindagi Meri Dense Dense“). Well of course bro, life is a dense jungle, you need to bear with it. Luckily for us, the girl pronounces “Dance” well enough. All throughout the song, a good composition is spoiled by various stupid interjections by the characters, and it is so irritating. Midway, the Mehboob decides he has the money and brains enough to take his Mehbooba to Venus. Now if I were him I would die before going to Venus, because I would anyway die on Venus. Someone please tell him he’s gonna die on Venus. His Mehbooba, stupid as she is, complies, and gets all happy about going to Venus, and even counts down! And then the stupid backing chorus sings “Venus! We Are Venus!” I don’t know if they know they’re speaking incorrect English or whether they think they are Venus. The Mehboob and Mehbooba further go on to romance on Venus! She says “Dekhe Jo Tu Aise Mujhe, Mere Kadam Dagmagayein!” Well, I bet that’s because of the poisonous gases, lady. But she doesn’t get the point, and keeps romancing him. Later she gets bored of Venus (Or maybe an alien is after them) so the lady very casually points out, “Darling, Chalo Kisi Aur Duniya Mein Chalo” (Let’s go to another world.) And the smart Mehboob immediately says “Mars.” Ugh, idiot!! Thankfully they don’t romance on Mars, and the makers stop the song there, instead of going till Pluto. Still, the song ends at a staggering six and a half minutes! 😛 Olefonken has basically remixed the old song, but nobody will like it anyway. The only thing this is good for, is a hearty laugh.

Rating: 1.5/5

 

3. Aala Re Aala Ganesha

Singers ~ Wajid & Ganesh Chandanshive, Music by ~ Sajid-Wajid, Lyrics by ~ Prashant Ingole

Where the first song was a Qawwali, the last song is a Ganesha song. And very badly composed too. Such a dark composition doesn’t suit a Ganpati song at all. It’s a typical Sajid-Wajid bad composition with no appeal at all. Those percussions are the same percussions they use everywhere, the dhol taashas, but that’s actually the best part of the song. The vocals are terrible, Wajid doing it himself. He is accompanied by Ganesh Chandanshive (‘Deewani Mastani’ fame) who disappoints as well. Lyrics are just so cringeworthy, like “Shambhu Cha Baal Kon?” (Who is Shankar’s son?). And then the chorus answers ‘Ganesha’. Another bad Ganesha song to release in the season, after the one from ‘Sniff’.

Rating: 1.5/5


Daddy is such a bad album, it is unbelievable. Two composers who used to be on the A-list of Bollywood composers once upon a time, now making this kind of music, is really sad. The guest “song” by Norwegian DJ Olefonken too, is dumb. Rather than “Daddy”, it should be called “Dead-y”!!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album:  3 + 1.5 + 1.5 = 6

Album Percentage: 40%

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: Eid Mubarak > Zindagi Meri Dance Dance= Aala Re Aala Ganesha

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 29 (from previous albums) + 01 = 30

 

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

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

 

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NOT SO FREAKY; RATHER SWEET!! (FREAKY ALI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sajid-Wajid
♪ Lyrics by: Shabbir Ahmed & Danish Sabri
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 19th August 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 9th September 2016

Freaky Ali Album Cover

Freaky Ali Album Cover

 

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To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Freaky Ali is an upcoming Bollywood sports / comedy film, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Amy Jackson, Arbaaz Khan, Jas Arora, Seema Biswas and Nikitin Dheer. The movie has been directed and produced by Sohail Khan, and presented by Salman Khan. The movie is an unofficial remake of Adam Sandler’s 1996 movie, ‘Happy Gilmore’, and revolves around the story of a debt collector, Ali, whose fate changes when he discovers that he is made for playing golf, and what follows is the inspirational story of Ali. The story seems good, and would be interesting to watch, but what grabs my attention is a question — Where do songs come in the picture here?? Leave it up to Sohail though, for finding a perfect musical duo to compose for the movie, and that is Sajid-Wajid, returning after eight months after the flop that their album to ‘Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3’ was, with only ‘Jawaani Le Doobi’ busting the charts. This time, they decide to compose a mere three songs for the film, and that is surprising! Hopefully, they compose three gems according to the theme of the film, and stun us with their renowned arrangements. So, let’s see how many shots they score in their own musical game!


1. Din Mein Karengey Jagrata
Singers ~ Wajid, Divya Kumar & Swati Sharma, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed

Sajid-Wajid start off this short album with a dance song, which is quite typical of their composition style, yet sounds different and unique. The song seems like a celebratory one, to be placed at a very happy occasion in the movie. The composer duo has produced a tune that doesn’t really fascinate you as such, but it still does what it is supposed to do, which is to entertain you. There are some places where the hookline is painfully dull and very heard-before and typical of Sajid-Wajid, but some lines are very polished and energetically captivating. The song starts off nicely, with some lines sung by Swati Sharma that are really quirky and funny, and when Divya Kumar starts, the song goes to a whole different level of fun and enthusiasm. The mukhda is quite captivating, managing to grab the listener’s attention, fortunately, because the rest of the song fails to match the enthusiasm of the starting, sounding uncontrollably outdated. The hookline itself is weak enough, but the antaras don’t help at all. (Reminding you a lot, lot, lot, of Sajid-Wajid’s ‘Phatte Tak Nachna’ from ‘Dolly Ki Doli’) However, just to save themselves from listeners leaving the song because of a weak composition, the duo infuses some great arrangements to catch your attention — rather, to divert it from the composition. The brass band is played in quite a quirky way, and after doing so many such songs in Bollywood, Sajid-Wajid seem to have got the hang of it. Some weird but catchy pigeon sounds grace the whole song, and the duo has put in more attractive sound effects like this. Of course, the traditional harmonium, dhols and electronic tablas can’t stay away in a wedding song by Sajid-Wajid! And no complaints, either. The duo cover up for the composition with their booming arrangements. The harmonium-led second interlude is a wonderful one. The duo also uses a lot of techno music to make the song connect more with the modern audience. The vocals are good as well, with Swati Sharma very nicely singing like a village girl, again, after ‘Banno’ (Tanu Weds Manu Returns). Her voice is very suitable for this track and kudos to Sajid-Wajid for roping her in for this song, and making it her first song with them. Also, I am afraid they would’ve used Mamta Sharma’s voice if not Swati’s so thank God! Divya Kumar is as energetic as ever, and though he has sung so many songs of this type previously, he just steals the show, along with Wajid, who accompanies him mostly in the hookline. The lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed are not too bad, and not excellent, but enjoyable and suitable for this type of song! Sajid-Wajid shoot back with this song, which could’ve done with a better composition, otherwise, it’s a song to tap your feet on and go crazy to!

 

2. Parinda Hai Parinda
Singer ~ Wajid, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed

The next song happens to be a motivational song, and the duo have made an excellent song. The composition evokes memory of Ajay-Atul’s Marathi song from ‘Sairat’, ‘Aatach Baya Ka Baavarla’ in the first line, but that gets diffused as soon as the listener can catch it. The duo has come up with a composition which is quite melodious and soulful, with a distinct Sufi touch to it. The song has the power to make you hear it patiently for the first time. The mukhda is very good and the melody sucks you in, while the antara keeps up the sweetness, and the hookline is something that appeals to you even in its clichéd-ness! Overall, Sajid-Wajid have struck the right notes with the composition. The arrangements are beautiful too. With the violin very gracefully starting the song off, the acoustic guitar and cello take over to make the arrangements sound more Westernized. The use of strings throughout the song is marvelous, with each of them superseding the other, resulting in a grand orchestration by Sajid-Wajid, consisting of so many stringed instruments, like both electric and acoustic guitars, violins, a cello, and many other types of strings! The beats are wonderful as well, with a very catchy groove to them. What did bother me though, was Wajid’s singing. His voice sounded very unusually shaky and it definitely did not work in favour of the composition, because the first thing I noticed when I first heard the song was his singing itself! It just didn’t go well with the tune, that, in my opinion, required a very young and smooth voice. Shabbir’s lyrics again, are good. This time he writes many more Urdu words in the song, and they sound good for sure. 😀 The lyrics trace Ali’s journey and success well. A good song, but again, shortly misses to be a great song, because of wrong choice of singer!!

 

3. Ya Ali Murtaza (Qawwali)
Singers ~ Wajid, Danish Sabri & Payal Dev, Lyrics by ~ Danish Sabri

The name of this song suggests right away that it is a Qawwali, but T-Series still thought it better to specify that extrinsically just in case. Anyway, if you know Sajid-Wajid, then you should also know that they are awesome at making Qawwalis too. However, this here isn’t a traditional Qawwali. Rather, it is a fusion of two cultures, two traditions and ultimately, two religions. The composition is a very strong and instantly-healing type. It exudes strength and makes you feel protected all of a sudden. The duo has done a wonderful job in fusing a typical Qawwali composition with a typical bhajan composition. Both the tunes have fused together so well, that it is hard to think after hearing this song, that a bhajan and a Qawwali are two different music styles! Last we heard this kind of fusion between a bhajan and a Qawwali was almost two years ago in ‘Teri Dua’ (Hawaizaada). The duo excel with this fusion, and though there is an omnipresent dark and sinister tone to the song, it is nothing but strengthening and motivating. The duo’s fantastic arrangement skills are showed off in this song as well, more so because it is a fusion between two music styles. Most of the song is arranged on Ganpati beats, with the dhols, taashe and lezims, along with a very trademark Marathi tune played in the first interlude. The duo very nicely go back and forth between the bhajan and Qawwali. The song starts with the adlib before a traditional Qawwali, sung with a lot of confidence and gusto by Danish Sabri and Wajid. After that is over, the energetic Ganpati beats set in, on which the hookline has been arranged! Everything happens so fast, that you need a couple of times hearing the song to process it all! There is a seamless transition from the loud Ganpati beats to traditional Qawwali beats on the tablas in the mukhda, but the manjeeras from the Ganpati side still don’t stop!! The antara starts with a bhajan which is again followed by a Qawwali portion. The brilliant idea and thought behind the song leaves you in awe. The duo must’ve worked really hard to bring out the contrast, yet unity in the song. At the end, there is a big tempo change, and the bhajan is interspersed with cries to “Maula” and “Ya ali murtaza“. The vocals are spectacular, and the coordination between the two parts is what makes it sound even better. Wajid and Danish Sabri handle the Qawwali with lots of boost and confidence, while Payal Dev’s voice has this very overpowering quality, while singing the aarti. All three of them sound fabulous together. Danish Sabri’s lyrics are very devotional, and you just drown into them. Here, the gem of the album is hidden; A devotional song for two communities showcasing the unity of these two prominent communities. A genius idea of the makers gets executed excellently and turns out to end this album on a very grand scale! #5StarHotelSong!!


Freaky Ali turns out to be quite a good album. Sajid-Wajid live up to expectations from a sports film like this one, by delivering less, but good songs. All three songs have a different touch to them, and though the first two lack in one department, as a whole the album is good! Sajid-Wajid give music to this film about a ‘freak’ in a very non-freaky, but sweet and enjoyable way!!

 

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: Ya Ali Murtaza (Qawwali) > Parinda Hai Parinda > Din Mein Karengey Jagrata

 

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

 

Next “dish”: Raaz Reboot, Chefs: Jeet Gannguli & Sangeet-Siddharth Haldipur

GOOD IN AN ABNORMAL WAY!! (BHAAG JOHNNY – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Devi Sri Prasad (DSP), Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Sajid-Wajid, Yo Yo Honey Singh & Mithoon
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Faiz Anwar, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Amitabh Verma
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 24th August 2015
♪ Movie Released On: 25th September 2015

Bhaag Johnny

Bhaag Johnny

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Bhaag Johnny is an action thriller Bollywood film, directed by Shivam Nair, produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar and Vikram Bhatt. The film features Kunal Khemu, Zoa Morani and Mandana Karimi in lead roles. The film released on 25th September 2015, to negative to mixed reviews. The film, having been produced by T-Series, was expected to have some good music, and it pretty much stood up to expectations. The music has been given by South-Indian hit machine Devi Sri Prasad, the king of remakes Arko Pravo Mukherjee, remaking one of Sajid-Wajid’s hit songs from Sonu Nigam’s album ‘Deewana’, the youth sensation Yo Yo Honey Singh, and the person without whom such albums feel incomplete, Mithoon. Each of these have one song, except Mithoon who bags two. So, here’s what I thought about ‘Bhaag Johnny’s music!


1. Daddy Mummy
Singers ~ Devi Sri Prasad & M.M. Manasi, Music by ~ Devi Sri Prasad, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Devi Sri Prasad is one of those composers, who hold a huge status and fame down South, but migrate towards the Bollywood industry once in a blue moon. He impressed Salman Khan (and I bet nobody else) with ‘Dhinka Chika’ (Ready), a remake of his Telugu song ‘Ringa Ringa’ (Arya 2), and he impressed him so much that three years later, Salman gives him a chance to compose Daisy Shah’s introductory song in ‘Jai Ho’ (and also in Bollywood, for that matter), ‘Naacho Re’, which impressed me, but was too short and ignorable for the public. Now he comes after a year and a half, in a T-Series film, and I don’t know why or from where. He gets to compose a party song, and so he takes his Telugu song ‘Aakalesthe Annam Pedatha’ (Shankar Dada Zindabad) and remakes it in Hindi. But it isn’t the first time it has been reused! It has already been reused by DSP himself in the Tamil movie ‘Villu’ with the same name as it has in Hindi. So the idea for this song isn’t original. No matter how long its history may be, the song definitely has some vibes that hook you onto it. The tune is amazingly catchy, and the arrangements are really innovative and groovy too. Techno beats dominate, and give the required party effect. The beats can’t be ignored at all. The tune might be annoying for some, but I liked it. Though the song isn’t decent at all considering everything else, like the concept, lyrics etc, it is viable for the catchy tune and great booming beats. Kumaar must’ve written worse than what it must’ve been in Tamil. :p Regarding vocals, M.M. Manasi’s unusually thick voice provides the perfect texture for a song of this playful nature. DSP’s portions have a good tune, but I would’ve preferred Divya Kumar singing them, at least the ones that aren’t raps like “Tu hai beautiful naari…. Baahon Se Teri lipatke”. Programming is awesome and so are the interludes, with great Caribbean touches to them. The awesome percussion and great strings and flutes helps you to pay all attention to the song. A good party, and a decent (music-wise, Okay?? :p ) album-opener. DSP is back with a bang, but the lyrics are what make the song lose that tag. Oh, who am I kidding…here goes… #5StarHotelSong! 🙊

 

2. Iss Qadar Pyaar Hai
Singer ~ Ankit Tiwari, Music Recreated by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Orignal Composition by ~ Sajid-Wajid, New Lyrics by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Original Lyrics by ~ Faaiz Anwar

Sonu Nigam’s soulful and lovely song from his album ‘Deewana’ had had its title track remade earlier this year for the film ‘Ek Paheli Leela’, by Meet Bros. Anjjan. Now, for this album, another song of that album has been called for remaking. What follows is an account from the song’s point of view. (Didn’t you know songs have feelings, a heart and brains too?? 😛 ) The song must’ve been walking nervously on its way to T-Series office. When it arrived at the office, it must’ve been soooooo happy to learn that Arko is going to remake it. It then must’ve surrendered itself totally to Arko for a few months (or days?? Who knows?) But it didn’t know what injustice it was going to face. When it came to know about the injustice, the song happened to file a case in the Court for Enforcement of Songs’ Rights. Firstly, it complained that the legendary singer who became famous because of itself, was being replaced by an amateur who didn’t know how to sing for anything it cost. Then it claimed that its lively nature was being converted to a sleepy, monotonous paced nature, just to get more YouTube views. Another complain it had against the T-Series team was that it’s tune was changed for the worse!! The song, in conversation with Music Mastani last month, claimed, “I had no idea they would change my whole structure! I have been ruined completely!! They robbed me of my whole essence!” We are with the song in its struggle against T-Series, and wish it wins this case against T-Series. Okay, now I’ll stop being a reporter and tell you straightforward: Nothing in this song is better than the original! The tune has only been changed for one note, and it spoils the whole antara. The pace has been slowed down to such an extent that it is intolerable, because of Ankit Tiwari’s sleepy and drugged voice. Arrangements are modernized: guitars, synth beats and nothing much other than that. Arko writes the new lyrics, to make it more Bhatt-ish. Arko has never disappointed with any remake this much, before this!! Even the song says, “My new makeover is unimpressive! I should go into hibernation now!!”

 

3. Aankhon Aankhon
Singer ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Music by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics by ~  Yo Yo Honey Singh

While ‘Daddy Mummy’ was a general party song, this next song is a Yo Yo Honey Singh club track. Though many of his club tracks have been absurd and weird and whatnot, this one is unusually classy and immensely catchy! I’ve never liked a club song of Yo Yo this genuinely before! They’re usually crazy and illogical. Of course, this one isn’t like really scientific like Christopher Nolan’s films, but compared to go Yo’s previous club songs, this one surely has an upper hand in the race. Arrangements being energetic and enough to make you get up and move along to them, and the lyrics being a bit better than whatever Yo Yo usually writes, this one gave me no scope of cursing it. The English parts make it sound like a real English song. The Punjabi parts may annoy, but the composition takes care of that. The techno beats are something that would have you hooked right from the beginning to the end. Things get a bit soft in the second antara before the dynamic arrangements return in the hookline. Speaking of the hookline, it has a really great tune, which was enough to grab my attention. There isn’t much more to write about it, except that it’s a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Kinna Sona
Singer ~ Sunil Kamath, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Verma

Mithoon jumps into the album finally. Along with Arko, he’s the only person I expected to deliver something awesome. However, Arko let me down, and surprisingly, DSP and Yo Yo Honey Singh have impressed till now. With the advent of Mithoon, though, I expect the next two songs to be lovely. This very song consolidates my thought about that. It starts in a wonderful Sufi style, with Sunil Kamath sounding really great with his rustic voice. Acoustic guitars and tablas make way for the actual composition to set in. And when Sunil starts to showcase the beautiful composition which Mithoon has come up with, you are sure to drown in its divine and serene nature. The modern arrangements consisting of guitars and the beats blend in well with the traditional tabla beats, presenting a kind of rock Sufi love ballad. It really reminds you of Mithoon’s early days in the industry, his albums ‘Anwar’ and ‘Lamhaa’. Leaving the style of music he has been stereotyped to be able to make, he shuts up all his criticizers, by creating something that sounds as if the old Mithoon has composed it. The antaras are the most soothing and beautifully composed parts of the song, though the mukhda isn’t far behind. After the hookline, there are some really captivating guitar plucks, which make you leave your mouth gaping in awe. Moving onto debutant Sunil Kamath’s vocals, he sounds like Shadab Faridi in his vocal texture and style, but sounds awesome!! Some places he sounds husky, whereas some places his voice is as sharp as a knife’s edge. Both textures of his voice appeal to the ears, though. Towards the ending Mithoon overlaps two tracks of his voice, both singing the same lines but not in sync. That harmony steals your breath away. Amitabh Verma writes efficient romantic lyrics that are meaningful, probably the best lyrics of the album. Though simple, their appeal lies in that simplicity. Mithoon gives Sunil Kamath a strong and powerful debut, with a captivating yet soothing composition, penned wonderfully by Amitabh Verma. The song really is ‘Kinna Sona’! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Meri Zindagi
Singer ~ Rahul Vaidya, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Verma

After that sublime melody by Mithoon, it’s time for another song composed by him. I was expecting a lot because of how excellent ‘Kinna Sona’ was, but he disappointed me by coming up with something that anybody who’s a regular reader of my blog, knows that I hate. That is those monotonous Pakistani rock songs! Especially the ones Mithoon is unfortunately forced to bring into each and every album. This one literally overdoes the melancholia, with too much dukh-dard overflowing in each and every line. Arrangements are good except the rock arrangements. So whatever instruments are used in this rock song, which aren’t rock guitars and drums, I liked. That’s pretty less, only the flutes and other wind instruments. The strings are also grand and orchestral. Rahul Vaidya, however, steals the show with his versatile voice, bringing in great variations in many lines. The composition did not appeal to me at all simply because it was too plain and staid to appreciate with a big heart. The hookline crosses all heights of melancholia. Amitabh Verma writes according to the theme here too, so it turns pretty boring after a while. Barring Rahul’s mellifluous voice and some of Mithoon’s arrangements (the ones that aren’t rock) this track had nothing that appealed to me except the typical Mithoon-cholia!


Bhaag Johnny was an album that lived up to my expectations, but in a weird way. The people from whom I expected nothing, literally, actually impressed me, and those from whom I expected a lot, disappointed me big time! DSP gives a good youthful party number, while Yo Yo comes up with what I feel is the best club song of his Bollywood career. Mithoon, although impressed greatly with one out of two songs (which is also the best of the album), ruins everything in the next song, while Arko churns out what I think is his worst remake ever. Still, Mithoon has to be commended for making use of two relatively lesser known singers, who prove their talent with their respective songs, instead of vouching for the regular Arijit and Irfan. So, the two upbeat songs score better than two of the three calm songs, which is very unusual, in my opinion. So, I would conclude by calling it good in an abnormal way!

 

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: Kinna Sona > Aankhon Aankhon > Daddy Mummy > Meri Zindagi > Iss Qadar Pyaar Hai

 

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