Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Jaidev Kumar, Bapi-Tutul, Vivek Kar, Niranjan Khound & Saket Singh
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Amir Khusro & Sahil Sultanpuri
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 7th October 2016
♪ Movie Released On: 14th October 2016
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Saat Uchakkey is a Bollywood comedy film starring Anupam Kher, Manoj Bajpayee, Kay Kay Menon, Annu Kapoor, Vijay Raaz and Aditi Sharma. The movie is directed by Sanjeev Sharma, and produced by Wave Cinemas, Crouching Tiger Films and Shital Bhatia. Since the film has already released, and not created much of a buzz among the public, there’s no use discussing the film, so I’m gonna dive right into what concerns me i.e, music. The music album for this film has four songs, each composed by different composers or composer duos. The first composer is Jaidev Kumar, who came into Bollywood with his ‘Nagin Dance’ (Bajatey Raho) and is still struggling to survive without making these weird party-sharty songs. The second song is by a duo, Bapi-Tutul, whose names I’ve seen in many RGV films like ‘Rann’, ‘Sarkar’, ‘Sarkar Raj’ and ‘Rakht Charitra’. Next up, there’s Vivek Kar, whose name too, I’ve seen in many films, the biggest one I remember being ‘One Night Stand’. And the last song is by another duo, Niranjan Khound & Saket Singh. The ayre debuting with this song, and hopefully, they have something fun in hand. My expectations from the album? Quite a bit of nothing, along with some songs about drinking, and some more of nothing. Basically, I have no expectations. This is like a filler review for me while I wait for the ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ album to release. 😛 So can we get on with it? 😀
1. Neat Quarter
Singer ~ Late Labh Janjua, Music by ~ Jaidev Kumar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar
Jaidev Kumar starts off the album with his song that starts off with a tune oh-so-reminiscent of the ‘Nagin Dance’ (Bajatey Raho), which I guess was his only (though undeserved) hit song, though he did give that wonderful song ‘Das Dae’ in ‘Ishqedarriyan’. Anyway, let’s analyze Jaidev’s career graph later. So, the song starts off with the very generic tune that plays on that typical shehnaai/harmonium mix type of wind instrument. The composition that follows is just more typicality heaped up on top of typicality. The mukhda is another very generic tune, while the hookline is just irritating. Not that the antara is any good either. The arrangements by Jaidev Kumar are quite fun, with a nice Punjabi dhol rhythm throughout overshadowing the average composition. The shehnaai thing is irritating though. Vocals by Labh Janjua, who sadly passed away last year, right when we were all dancing on his ‘Dil Kare Chu Che’, are effusive and seem very lively. This is a song he recorded before his death, of course. The lyrics by Kumaar are those type of lyrics that revolve all around drinks and nothing else. And the line “Liver Ki hai ye demand” just makes you laugh. 😛 A bad opening to the album, with nothing good except the arrangements and Labh’s singing.
2. Chhap Tilak
Singer ~ Kirti Sagathia, Music by ~ Bapi-Tutul, Lyrics by ~ Amir Khusro
Next up, we have a very mystical rendition of the Sufi song by Amir Khusro, ‘Chhap Tilak Sab Chheeni Re’. And what can I say about this one?? It is pure bliss, this song! It starts with a nice aalaap by Kirti Sagathia, who is the go-to for Garbas usually. Here, though, he has clearly been approached by Bapi-Tutul for a Qawwali, arranged quite innovatively. The mukhda reminds you of A.R. Rahman’s ‘Naina Milaike’ (Saathiya). However, that is just a slight resemblance. The composition is very sweet, and the duo seems to have taken extra care to handle this song with care. The hookline is what does the magic. Whenever Kirti sings the word “Cheeen” or any word corresponding to the same tune, you should observe the ease with which he sings them, and the sweetness in the composition that that word imparts. Though the song is practically the same tune repeated over and over again, you never get bored and it never seems repetitive. The arrangements are one of the main reasons for this. The Qawwali arrangements are complete with harmonium, but the percussion is not done by the tablas, and it is done by something quite unexpected — bongos and congos! The ethnic folk drums really add something of a Caribbean touch to the song, and that’s what I loved the most about the song. The claps have been used perfectly and they’ve given a wonderfully catchy rhythm to the song. Kirti’s rendition is fabulous, and his backing chorus helps him really well and it sounds even more fabulous. The lyrics have not been touched, and Khusro’s immortal piece of writing remains as it is, thankfully. Innovative and catchy at the same time! A song that excels in every department! #5StarHotelSong!!
3. Cycle Se Chalaang
Singer ~ Kailash Kher, Music by ~ Vivek Kar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar
After Kirti singing the previous song, we have Kailash Kher himself singing the next. The song has been composed by Vivek Kar, and he has really worked hard to make a quirky and catchy song, on the lines of Kailash Kher’s other quirky and catchy songs. The composition turns out to grow on you after just a few listens, and then it just takes over all the tunes in your head, until only this song is playing in your head all day! Believe me, it happened to me! Vivek Kar’s mukhda is amazing, with all the fun elements in the song appearing right from the beginning, and not from the middle of some line. And the best thing is, they remain throughout the song. Kailash Kher’s style of singing helps to make the song even more catchy, though it might become irritating for others. The antara too is quirky and catchy. The arrangements are tough to follow as there is so much happening everywhere. The harmonium and (again) that shehnaai thing (which sounds good here), and even a santoor help to give the song its fun elements. The percussion is strong and gives the song a catchy beat. Kailash is at his best trying to make us laugh but it is Kumaar’s lyrics that do the job at last. The satire is evident — “Mehnat Ki roti, pad gayi chhoti, isliye neeyat ho gayi khoti!” (What we earned by hard work wasn’t enough, so our intentions became evil!) The lyrics are a dig at the lifestyle of the uchakkey (thieves) of course. 😀 And the way it has been written really makes you smile, if not laugh. A good fun song after quite some time. Proof that you don’t need the mention of drinks to get people laughing in songs! #5StarHotelSong!!
4. Husn Wale Farebi
Singer ~ Saket Singh, Music by ~ Niranjan Khound & Saket Singh, Lyrics by ~ Sahil Sultanpuri
The last song on the album starts and right away, you can guess the genre. A very typical AdLib coupled with a bulbultarang gives it away right away. The disappointing thing though, is that, after the AdLib, the song jumps right into the Qawwali’s hookline! The composition is so outdated, and 90s, that there was actually no use of the makers asking for a Filmi Qawwali. The composers have tried to do it, but all they managed was to ape some old Qawwalis, probably by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and the composition falls flat on its face. As it is, people in this generation are queasy when it comes to Qawwalis (Not me!) and so it was the responsibility of the composers to make the Qawwali sound catchy and not typical. Bollywood has given so many fun Qawwalis over the years. The arrangements offer nothing in terms of innovation, and we have the usual harmonium and tabla leading the way. The singer (and one half of the composer duo) seems bored halfway and seems to be singing for the sake of it. He also sounds like Wajid of Sajid-Wajid. I don’t know if that’s good or bad… 😛 The lyrics by Sahil Sultanpuri (that surname though! 😵) are obviously talking about girls and their ways of rejecting boys. The lyrics are so funny, that they might’ve been paid attention to, had the composition been attractive. But here, that’s doubtful. Nothing is intriguing here except the lyrics, which are funny.
Saat Uchakkey gives a bit more than I expected! I didn’t expect anything at all (which I didn’t get), and I expected a song about drinks (which I got). So my expectations are more than fulfilled as they were so minuscule. Bapi-Tutul, who have been in the industry for more than ten years, give a great interpretation of a classic Qawwali, while on the other hand, debutants Niranjan-Saket screw up a chance to compose a great and funny filmi Qawwali. I would’ve liked ‘Chhap Tilak’ even if it wouldn’t have been innovative and if it would’ve had a traditional arrangement, as it is a traditional song. But the filmi Qawwali has a scope to modify tradition, doesn’t it? The other two songs are supposed to be fun songs, out of which Vivek Kar’s excels, while Jaidev Kumar’s flops, save for Labh Janjua’s rendition. These six music-eteers give quite a mixed bag!
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: Chhap Tilak > Cycle Se Chalaang > Neat Quarter = Husn Wale Farebi
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