SALIM-SULAIMAN ARE STILL PLAYING!! (102 NOT OUT – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Salim-Sulaiman, Amitabh Bachchan, Hiral Brahmbhatt, Rohan-Vinayak & S.D. Burman
♪ Lyrics by: Hiral Brahmbhatt, Saumya Joshi, Amitabh Bhattacharya & Kaifi Azmi
♪ Music Label: Saregama
♪ Music Released On: 30th April 2018
♪ Movie Releases On: 4th May 2018

102 Not Out Album Cover

 

Listen to the songs: Saavn

Buy the album: iTunes


102 Not Out is an upcoming Bollywood comedy film starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor, directed by ‘OMG: Oh My God’ fame Umesh Shukla, and produced by Sony Pictures, Treetop Pictures & Benchmark Pictures. The film is about a 102 year old man, who is trying to make his grumpy, 75 year old son live a livelier life. The music by the film has been composed by Salim-Sulaiman, a duo that comes to the fore once a year, as their past two albums have been the only ones they’ve done in that respective year. Both times (‘Jai Gangaajal’ in 2016, and ‘Poorna’ in 2017) the albums have ended up in the ‘Top 30 Albums’ list of the year, so that makes expectations for this high. However, what does bring expectations a bit lower, is the genre of the film. In Bollywood, pure comedies (without romance) rarely have scope for good music, unless the composers are great. Here the composers are great, so looking forward to the music! Oh, and lead actor Amitabh Bachchan debuts as composer in a guest composition, so there’s another thing to look forward to! Another song has been composed by Hiral Brahmbhatt, and another is a remake by Rohan-Vinayak.


Salim-Sulaiman’s album for this year (since they seem to be trying to do only one album per year, unfortunately) starts with an Arijit song, and boy, what an amazing effect his voice brings here! Bachche Ki Jaan is an upbeat song with an enjoyable Caribbean flavour; Salim-Sulaiman see to it that the listener isn’t bored, by adding colourful arrangements, to a catchy hook, and a very well-made composition around that hook. The antaras especially, with Arijit singing in low pitch, are captivating. The horns and Caribbean percussion sound amazing, but I couldn’t help noticing that in parts, the programming sounded quite old-fashioned. Hiral Brahmbhatt’s lyrics are great as well; fun lyrics to accompany the wacky nature of the film.
The duo also rope in the only present generation singer who comes close to Arijit in terms of singing prowess, Armaan Malik, for a retro jazz number Kuch Anokhe Rules. The composition is sweet and the composers add to it a soulful jazz instrumentation: the drums, trumpets, and violins do a great job harking back to the ’60s. Saumya Joshi writes funny lines, which will definitely leave a smile on your face. Armaan’s vocals are impeccable; only he could have sung it as good, and his previous collaborations with Salim-Sulaiman have given them the perfect idea of what songs are fit for him, as we can see in the song, which I can’t imagine anyone else singing, after hearing Armaan’s rendition. Also, the way he sings “khwaab” with a nuance is amazing!
While the previous songs were by Arijit and Armaan respectively, the duo rope in their predecessor Sonu Nigam for a heart-warming number Kulfi, wherein lyricist Saumya Joshi spins a beautiful metaphor of life as a kulfi, melting away second by second. The duo decorates the beautiful Ghazal-like composition with, initially, an acoustic guitar treatment, but later they take the full-fledged ghazal route and add a soulful Tabla-sitar interlude, which continues into the antara. Sonu Nigam’s vocals, as always, are top-notch; no wonder the duo remembered him for such a song, as only he could’ve pulled off such an intricately nuanced composition.
The next song is Phir Laut Aayi Zindagi, composed, sung and written by Hiral Brahmbhatt. The lyrics are meaningful and oh so relatable, and probably the makers were trying to replicate ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’s title song. Hiral Brahmbhatt’s vocals, on the other hand, take some time getting used to; her voice is unique, but I guess it’s perfect for such a song which required a blend of a classical background and a slightly modern way of singing. The arrangements are minimal, but Hiral puts in amazing guitar work and a great strings section as well, not to mention the beautiful flute and santoor.
Lead actor Amitabh Bachchan debuts as a composer with the next song, Badumbaaa, a fun song where he takes one stanza and repeats it about five times, but it nevertheless doesn’t sound repetitive. The man has composed and arranged the song, and of course sung it, with one stanza sung by co-star Rishi Kapoor. His arrangements are fun; he has clearly borrowed the idea for the trumpets from so many songs R.D. Burman has composed for him, and the dholaks from songs like ‘Khaaike Paan Benareswala’ (Don). He gets some programming help from Rohan-Vinayak, the composers of ‘Nil Battey Sannata’ and the ‘Ganpati Aarti’ from ‘Sarkar 3’. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics are very fun, but sometimes, the programming is so jarring, it is hard to hear, especially in the Rishi-sung portions! At the end of the song, you can’t sense what’s happening, as there is an overload of tracks overlapped upon each other, creating a kind of mishmash that is rejected by your brain. All that having been said, the song is still enjoyable, considering it has been composed by Bachchan! The other song programmed by Rohan-Vinayak, is a remake of S.D. Birdman’s Waqt Ne Kiya Kya Haseen Sitam, a very ho-hum rendition by Bachchan, and not up to the mark arrangements by Rohan-Vinayak. I didn’t like the fact that they turned the song into a jazzy number by taking the liberty to change its tune too! Amitabh Bachchan’s voice is no match for Geeta Dutt’s original!


Overall, the album is pleasant and breezy. Salim-Sulaiman have done their part as composers as well as can be done in such a film! Salim-Sulaiman, though out of the scene for long spells of time very constantly, still remain on pitch and are definitely not out of good music!!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 7.5 + 8.5 + 8.5 + 7.5 + 7 + 4 = 43

Album Percentage: 71.67%

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: Kulfi = Kuch Anokhe Rules > Bachche Ki Jaan = Phir Laut Aayi Zindagi > Badumbaaa > Waqt Ne Kiya Kya Haseen Sitam

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 17 (from previous albums) + 01 = 18

Which is your favourite song from 102 Not Out? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

SARVAGUNA SAM’POORNA’!!! (POORNA – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Salim-Sulaiman
♪ Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 3rd March 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 31st March 2017

Poorna Album Cover

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Poorna is an upcoming Bollywood biopic, starring Aditi Inamdar and Rahul Bose, and the film is directed by Rahul Bose, and produced by the director along with Amit Patni. The film is a biopic on Malavath Poorna, who, at 13 years and 11 months, became the youngest girl to have scaled the highest peak on Mt. Everest on May 25th, 2014. The film is an inspirational one, and I’m sure it will win many hearts once it opens in theatres tomorrow. I mean, the indian cricket team has seen it and loved it, so aren’t we bound to, too? The music of the film has been composed by Salim-Sulaiman. The duo has been absent for quite a long time. There was a time when Salim-Sulaiman composing for a film had to mean it was 90% a rom-com. But their last five Bollywood projects have been ‘Jai Gangaajal’ (2016; an action flick), ‘Wedding Pullav’ (2015; a rom-com), one song from ‘Ungli’ (2014; a political satire), the song from ‘Mardaani’ (2014; an action film), and two songs from ‘Kaanchi’ (a political thriller). Out of five films over three years, they seem to have been consciously trying not to choose rom-coms, as they signed only one! Now they sign this movie which definitely isn’t a rom-com. And they give us three songs, one of which has a second version. Hopefully, like another three-song-wonder, Amit Trivedi’s ‘Kai Po Che’ (which is the epitome of ‘Quality over Quantity’) this one too has an amazing soundtrack. So let’s see how this short album turns out to be! 🙂


1. Kuch Parbat Hilaayein / Kuch Parbat Hilaayein (Intimate)

Singers ~ Arijit Singh / Salim MerchantBacking Vocalists in First Version ~ Raj Pandit, Crystal Sequeira & Gwen Dias

“Woh toofan kya, chattanein jisko mod de,
Woh udaan kya jo, unchaai pe dum tod de,
Khudpe hai bharosa rakhna tujhe,
Jeete jee nahi hai rukna tujhe!
Itihaas hai likhna tujhe!
Kuch parbat hilaayein, toh baat hai!”

The first song comes to us in two versions, so we will focus on each separately. The track is a wonderful motivational song, composed marvellously by Salim-Sulaiman. The tune does tread on familiar territory, and you can easily tell that it is Salim-Sulaiman’s composition. The mukhda is simple and sweet; though it sounds heard before, it doesn’t disappoint in its intention of being a motivational tune. Yes, in some parts the composition sounds a bit dreary, but everything can be excused when that liveliest hookline arrives, and takes away your breath. The first antara follows the same tune as the mukhda, while the second takes on a more pensive form, and aptly, given the motivational theme of the song, just like so many Bollywood motivational songs do. They all go serious for some reason, midway. But no complaints. Salim-Sulaiman have wrapped it up quite nicely by bridging it to the hookline in a grand way, making great use of the percussion. That brings us to the arrangements. The Northeast Indian arrangements are audible for like the first minute or so, and then later on they somehow get dissipated amongst a lively show of drums (Darshan Doshi) and guitars (Nyzel D’Lima). The percussion is amazing though, with Sulaiman’s trademark djembe. The backing vocalists (Raj Pandit, Crystal Sequeira, Gwen Dias) are amazing with their Northeastern inputs, and their little rhyme which they sing at the end is adorable. Arijit’s vocals are good, but I felt he could’ve used his lively voice here, instead of his droning voice. (If you have been following me since the inception of my blog, you will know the difference between the two Arijit voices.) Some places he gets very lively, while others, he falls flat, like that mukhda. On a whole though, it is enjoyable hearing him singing a non-romantic song! The “Intimate” version fares well in its own place, trying to be a mellowed-down version of the original, and succeeding. This time, the composition has been backed by wonderful acoustic guitars and occasional piano — providing the required intimate sound. Salim’s vocals are a good substitute because they are soothing and calm; Arijit’s were more suited to the first one. Again, the backing vocalists, in trademark Salim-Sulaiman style, provide a nice and majestic backing chorus. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics are just magically motivational. A good start to this motivational album! 

Rating: 4.5/5 for the Original Version, 5/5 for the Intimate Version

 

2. Poori Qaaynaat

Singers ~ Raj Pandit & Vishal Dadlani

“Chaahe talaashe, gehraaiyaan samandaron ki saari,
Chaand sitaaron, sooraj ki chaahe naap aaye doori,
Par Kabhi dhoondhein tere bhi andar toh jaane!
Hai poori qaaynaat tujhmein kahin,
Sawaalon ka javaab khud hai tu hi!”

For the next song, Salim-Sulaiman recycle their song “Chheene Re Mora Chain” from Coke Studio @ MTV Season 3, resulting in a makeover of a romantic semiclassical song, to a motivational one, again, so apt for the situation of the film. The composition is an amazing one, especially the hookline, which constitutes about 75% of the song! But since it is a semiclassical song, that is expected, just as phrases are repeated a thousand times in classical songs. The fusion is amazing, and I always like me a little rock with classical (Remember ‘Piya Tu Kaahe Rootha Re’ from ‘Kahaani’ by Vishal-Shekhar?) Here, too, Salim-Sulaiman ace it by interweaving the rock portions nicely in between two chunks of the classical parts. There is one antara, also falling into the classical part of the song, and it makes the ambience of the song a shade darker than the rest; the composition is already quite haunting in the way that classical songs always haunt you, pleasantly. The arrangements are ravishing! The rock guitars (Nyzel D’Lima) and drums (Darshan Doshi) do not leave the song even in classical parts, and that’s what makes it even more appealing to the senses. To bring a classical touch to the song, the duo has incorporated a wonderful sitar(Chirag Katti) loop that just blows your mind. In the interlude, a wonderful strings-tablas combination sounds amazing, and even part of the antara is backed by only wonderful tablas. The arrangements are very upbeat on a whole, and won’t leave you dissatisfied. The vocals are beautiful; Raj Pandit carries out the aalaaps effortlessly, and Vishal Dadlani, with his booming voice, aces the rock portions. The lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya, are motivational yet again, and save for the fact that they repeat many times, I enjoyed them! A scintillating fusion! 🙂

Rating: 5/5

 

3. Baabul Mora

Singer ~ Arijit Singh

“Baabul mora, mora, naihar chhooto hi jaye,
Din ka chola peeche chhoda,
Raat ki chadar odha chali,
Baabul more teri muniya,
Teri duniya chhod chali”

To call it an end to the album, Salim-Sulaiman present a very sombre, pensive classical song. It is a composition which is quite heavy to the ears, unless you really love classical music, which I do! The song starts with a heart-rending high-pitched part sung by Arijit beautifully. The composition that follows might bore some, but it will be a treat for, as I said before, classical music lovers. It is not a song you would hear on loop, but while it lasts, you would cherish it. The small nuances in the composition have been very well-rendered by Arijit. His voice goes straight out to touch the heart, and leaves an impact on you. The arrangements are minimal, with a constant beat going on in the background, intensifying it manifold. Arijit handles the aalaaps and nuances very carefully, and it results in a cherishable sad song. The lyrics are adapted by Amitabh Bhattacharya from Nawab Wajid Ali Shah’s thumri of the same name. The rest of the lyrics are new, and that makes it a non-remake in my eyes. Anyway, the song seems to be in a situation where the girl in the movie misses her home. A beautiful classical melody to end the album, but not something to listen to on loop.

Rating: 4/5


Poorna is a short and sweet album. All three songs and the one version are amazing and contribute something to the movie. They could be played at different situations in the movie, and fit well in with the narration. There are two motivational songs, one sad song, and one happy and pleasant one. Variety shows itself through just four songs. Salim-Sulaiman have done a great job, and though the number of albums they’re doing is diminishing, the quality seems to be increasing and increasing year by year. The duo has long since thrown off their rom-com stereotype, and has started achieving great musical feats, by climbing up the mountain of endless rom-coms, and choosing content-oriented films after reaching the peak! A short but wholesome album: in Hindi, ‘Sarvaguna Sam’POORNA’!!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 4.5 + 5 + 5 + 4 = 18.5

Album Percentage: 92.5% {That makes it the top-scoring album of the year so far! 🙂 }

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: Poori Qaaynaat = Kuch Parbat Hilaayein (Intimate) > Kuch Parbat Hilaayein > Baabul Mora

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 08 (from previous albums) + 00 (from Poorna) = 08

 

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

CHAAR UNGLIYAAN, EK MUTTHI!! (UNGLI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by:- Sachin-Jigar, Gulraj Singh, Salim-Sulaiman & Aslam Keyi
♪ Lyrics by:- Amitabh Bhattacharya, Manoj Yadav & Kumaar
♪ Music Label:- Sony Music
♪ Music Released On:- 10th November 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 28th November 2014

Ungli Album Cover

Ungli Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Ungli is an upcoming Bollywood film, which is directed by Rensil D’Silva and produced by Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar and Apoorva Mehta. It stars Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut, Randeep Hooda, Neil Bhoopalam and Angad Bedi as the “Ungli Gang”. Sanjay Dutt features in a negative role. The film revolves around the Ungli Gang and how they try to teach a lesson to the corrupt government officials. It is a film, which is way different from regular Dharma Production films, and also carries a social message. Rensil, who has directed ‘Kurbaan’ and the TV series ’24’ previously, returns with this film. While Salim-Sulaiman had composed the whole soundtrack for ‘Kurbaan’, this time they get but one song, and they are joined by three other composers, namely Sachin-Jigar, Gulraj Singh (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s long time assistant and also composer of ‘Dil Tutiya’ film soundtrack) and Aslam Keyi (of ‘War Chhod Na Yaar’ fame). Gulraj Singh is the lucky guy with two songs, while the others have got one song each. Normally I cringe at the idea of a multi-composer album (there are some exceptions though, the most recent being “The Shaukeens”) but this time, I could sense something special, because Karan Johar always pays very close attention to the music in his productions. So let’s see if the Ungli album lives up to the Dharma standards or whether it lowers those standards.


1. Dance Basanti
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani & Anushka Manchanda, Music by ~ Sachin-Jigar, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya

Sachin-Jigar, the talented young duo, who are fresh from the success of the ‘Happy Ending’ album, get the privilege of starting off this album with their catchy tunes. Though they couldn’t quite prove themselves in their first collaboration with Karan Johar, this time they have made sure to set that right. An addictive flute hook starts off the song, and keeps repeating throughout the song. The flute gets interrupted by the tumbi, making the song suddenly sound very Punjabi-style still retaining the catchiness. Vishal’s interventions of “dance, da da da dance” increase the grasping power of the start. The starting itself is so catchy, so naturally the whole song after that follows the footsteps of the start. Vishal, with his energetic voice, is a perfect choice for this club dance number. He carries the whole song on his shoulders. Anushka Manchanda, surprisingly has only a rap portion, but that small portion is greatly effective as well. The antara though it might not appeal to you that much on the first listen, will grow on you slowly and you will find yourself loving that part of the song. The duo has made way better songs than this in the past and also in the most recent ‘Happy Ending’, but the song works perfectly for this movie and for a Karan Johar movie, these type of songs are expected and needed, too! Lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya are something which Shabbir Ahmed can write, but only after he (Shabbir) consults a psychiatrist. 😂 Nothing philosophical was expected anyways from this song’s lyrics, so whatever. Catchy and addictive! A typical Dharma club song, which will gradually appeal to all! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Pakeezah
Singer ~ Gulraj Singh, Additional Vocals By ~ Raaga Trippin (ft. Gary Misquitta, Gwen Dias, Thomson Andrews, Keshia Braganza, Alan DeSouza, Suzanne D’Mello) Arpita Mukherjee, Sashaa Tirupati, Mugdha Hasabnis, Music by ~ Gulraj Singh, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

Fascinating and unique and also unusual vocals start off this song, kinda making it sound like those Christian choirs, very beautiful and refreshing. Gulraj Singh, who was the assistant of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for a long time, has definitely got a lot of influence from their style of composition, and that reflects in his work as well. The guitar riffs resemble Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s typical guitar template, yet sound fresh to the ears. The melody itself is a strong, wonderful and grasping one, with an unusual and new sound, which gets even better mostly because of the magnificent backing vocals. The composition is an instantly lovable, sweet one, with many things that appeal to you and grab your attention. Firstly, as I said, the guitars are one of the main attractions after the backing vocals, and they give a nice rhythm to the song. Then come the flutes, and oh! What can I possibly say about them? They are so calming and soothing, that even Ankit Tiwari’s flute usage (he uses them brilliantly whenever he does, and no offense to him) seems ordinary in front of them! The sargam by the backing vocalists in the interlude, is not an ordinary one, and it has wonderful church choir touches. That whole part reminded me of brilliant genius Rahman compositions that just take your breath away! The antara has such a sweet, catchy and distinctive tune, that I liked it the most out of the whole song. Another great part is the hookline, “ishq tera mera rab se zyada…” which is also very catchy. Lyrics by Manoj Yadav are very beautiful as well, and I don’t remember him impressing that much before this song. This song makes you wonder why Gulraj Singh isn’t getting many, many more songs! A sweet, romantic composition which leaves you spellbound! A must-listen! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Aadarniya Ungli
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani & Neeti Mohan, Additional Vocals By ~ Benny Dayal, Gulraj Singh, Aditi Paul & Pinky Maidasani, Music by ~ Gulraj Singh, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

Well, the film revolves around corruption in the government offices, so one expects at least one satirical song, right? This expectation is met with the next song on the album, which Gulraj gets to compose. Techno sounds interlaced with catchy and unusual voices singing ungilingilingali give a booming start to the song. Vishal Dadlani, in his regular enthusiastic way of singing, starts well with a strong control over his vocals, knowing when and how to modulate them to give a great effect. The backing vocals in this song, again, are commendable and Gulraj Singh has used them just as good as in his former song, this time in a different genre so more bubbly and perky voices. Aditi Paul, Benny Dayal, Pinky Maidasani and the composer himself get the credit for those awesome voices. The aiyo’s and na-na-nana-nana’s and baba ri Baba’s are the main attractions of the backing chorus. Not to mention the cool “at your service” part! The arrangements add to the quirkiness and liveliness of the song. The rock guitars provide the most energy, and here too, the sitar pops in (it seems to be a featured instruments in the month of November! ‘Kill/Dil’, ‘The Shaukeens’ and now this!) and does a great job to add to the excitement. Neeti Mohan has a very small part which she sings well, but it would have been better if she would have got more space in the song. The lyrics by Manoj Yadav highlight the corrupt practices going on in the government nowadays. The reference to the middle finger as middle bai is hilarious! 😃 The state that the country is in nowadays, Manoj has perfectly described it through the lyrics, also covering the theme of the movie at the same time. Something unusual, but still very catchy, and ultimately a very innovative experiment by Gulraj! Well, I guess that’ll be another #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Auliya
Singer ~ Armaan Malik, Music by ~ Salim-Sulaiman, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya

What do you do when you’re stuck in a problem, not knowing what to do next, not sure of what will happen next? Most people just sit there and keep worrying, while the others try to find a path to the solution, usually by praying to God. Well, Amitabh Bhattacharya has written this song exactly based on this situation which everyone has surely faced sometime or the other. Salim-Sulaiman, who don’t compose that much these days (the last  time their compositions were heard was in ‘Mardaani’) have composed a beautiful, soulful melody to Amitabh’s lyrics, and let me tell you, it is a very, very emotional and divine, yet modernly composed song. Armaan Malik, has sung good, but I think there would have been more soul in the song, if Salim himself had sung it. The arrangements, though minimal, are top-notch and go with the mood of the song. The guitars calm you, the piano soothes you, while Armaan’s makes you feel blessed. The song, unfortunately, lasts for a short duration of three and a half minutes only. This song wouldn’t be one of Salim-Sulaiman’s best, but it surely does leave a mark on you, which lasts for pretty long. The backing vocals, which I guess are Salim-Sulaiman themselves have a very beautiful effect on the song, and if they weren’t there, I doubt whether even half the effect would have been observed in those places. Another must-listen track on the soundtrack! Salim-Sulaiman do what they’re best at again! #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Ungli Pe Nachalein
Singers ~ Dev Negi & Shipra Goyal, Music by ~ Aslam Keyi, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Another upbeat track, well, this time composed by the last composer left, Aslam Keyi. I had not thought much of his debut album, ‘War Chhod Na Yaar’, and had only liked one song, ‘Main Jaagun Aksar’ from that movie. However, since all the songs of this album were getting unfolded one after the other and each one was awesome, I considered a bit and expected something good from him too. However, he disappointed compared to the others. He has given a very average track, full of Punjabi dance track typicality, and also the irritating Mika-ish voice which Dev Negi has sung in. Shipra undergoes a transformation from her ‘Ishq Bulaava’ performance, and here she sings a dance track, that also very well. Her part, actually is the most appealing for me. So apparently, she is versatile, at least we got to know that much because of this song. The hookline is very heard-before and typical, nothing fresh and nothing to applaud, either. Towards the end the tempo increases, not giving any different effect whatsoever. The arrangements are done well, but it doesn’t matter here, as the main part, that is the composition and vocals itself are weak. The lyrics are like that of an item song, of course they aren’t good. After that cracker of a soundtrack, this one could rightly be called as last and also the least! Aslam disappoints!


Ungli is another multi composer album, just like ‘Yaariyan’, ‘Samrat & Co.’ and ‘The Shaukeens’, in which, inspite of there being a horde of different composers with different specialities altogether, all the composers have come together as one, and provided us with an enjoyable and memorable album. They are like four fingers (little finger, ring finger, index finger and thumb) of a fist, which contribute to make up the fist. Of course one of them has to be shorter and seem worthless (little finger) while one has to be most important (thumb), which would, in this case, be Aslam Keyi and Gulraj Singh respectively. The index and ring fingers, would be Salim-Sulaiman and Sachin-Jigar, both equally effective. As for the remaining one finger, if you insist on knowing about it, it has got to be the producer as he has had a very great impact on all of his albums and always pays attention to the music of his films, as shows here as well. Karan Johar has succeeded with the multi composer business finally, after that failure of an album with ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’! An album made worthwhile only because of the producer, who has chosen talented composers, who have tries their best to live up to the expectations! 

 

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

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

 

Which is your favorite song from Ungli? Please vote for it below! 😊

 

Next “dish”:- Zid, Chefs:- Sharib-Toshi

CHHOTA PACKET BADA DHAMAKA!! (MARDAANI – Music Review) : Dessert Review

I have classified this review in a category ‘Desserts’. This just means ‘Singles’, as in songs that aren’t from any movie or are from a movie but release later, or the movie itself only has one song. In this case, ‘Mardaani’ has only one song.


Single Track Details:-
♪ Music by:- Salim-Sulaiman
♪ Singers:- Sunidhi Chauhan & Vijay Prakash
♪ Lyrics by:- Kausar Munir
♪ Music Label:- YRF Music
♪ Song Released On:- 5 August 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 22nd August 2014

Mardaani Anthem

Mardaani Anthem

 

To hear this song on Saavn CLICK HERE

To buy this song on iTunes CLICK HERE

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Mardaani is an upcoming Bollywood woman-centric crime drama directed by Pradeep Sarkar, produced by Aditya Chopra, and starring Rani Mukerji in the lead role. Rani will be seen as a rough and tough cop named Shivani Shivaji Roy in the film. Pradeep Sarkar films usually have many songs, but this one only has a single song composed by Salim-Sulaiman with which I have no problems, because I personally appreciate Salim-Sulaiman’s hard work. After their two songs in ‘Kaanchi’ earlier this year, they get a song in this film, so let’s see whether they showcase their talent in the song!


Mardaani Anthem:- Singers ~ Sunidhi Chauhan & Vijay Prakash, Music by ~ Salim-Sulaiman, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir

The song starts with a conch shell sound followed by the Durga Devi shloka ‘yaa Devi sarva bhuteshu…’ Vijay Prakash gets to sing these lines, and then Sunidhi makes her power-packed entry into the song. She enters on very low notes, and makes her way up the ladder of notes as she progresses through the song. She sounds very energetic, and I don’t think anyone else could have performed as well as her. She has sung many songs for Rani in the past, and though their voices are different from each other, the voice suits very well on Rani Mukerji. YRF’s favourite (at some particular time in the past) Salim-Sulaiman have churned out a great track, which has the correct amount amount of energy and suits perfectly with the theme of the movie. The tune is dynamic, the arrangements powerful, everything seems perfect! The confidence of the lady officer which Rani is playing, is very efficiently conveyed through the zealous music and empowering lyrics by Kausar Munir. Vijay keeps entering with the shloka, but no doubt the stars here are Salim-Sulaiman. They have finally got the opportunity to compose for a relatively large movie, and they have used the opportunity very, very well! Not a single stone have they left unturned. This will surely work as their grand comeback to Bollywood! The song will ensure that they get even more albums in the future. When Salim-Sulaiman and YRF combine, it always results in a dhamaakedaar result. A must-listen song! It’s a ‘chhota packet bada dhamaaka!’ #5StarHotelSong!

 

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

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

 

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