DANCE, ROMANCE AUR GANGSTERPANTI!! (SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER 3 – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Rana Mazumder, Siddharth Pandit, Anjjan Bhattacharya & Madan Mohan
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Revant Shergill, Sandeep Nath, Kausar Munir & Raja Mehdi Ali Khan
♪ Music Label: Saregama
♪ Music Released On: 26th July 2018
♪ Movie Released On: 27th July 2018

Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3 Album Cover

 

Listen to the songs: Saavn | Gaana

Buy the songs: iTunes


Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3 is a Bollywood action / crime thriller starring Sanjay Dutt, Jimmy Shergill, Chitrangada Singh and Mahie Gill in lead roles, directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia and produced by Rahul Mittra and Tigmanshu Dhulia. The film opened to mostly negative reviews, but thankfully, we music reviewers don’t have to poke our little noses into that. The music album of the film is primarily composed by Rana Mazumder, who made a spectacular  debut last year with Tigmanshu Dhulia’s ‘Raag Desh’, in which the guest composer was Siddharth Pandit, also featuring as guest composer here. They are joined by Anjjan Bhattacharya too, the second guest composer. Now, I barely remember any tracks from the previous installments of this franchise, showing how short their repeat value was. Let’s see whether the tracks in this instalment are any better.


Let’s get the songs by the two guest composers covered first — just my OCD, nothing else. 😂

Kesariya Jugni is another of the countless takes on the ‘Jugni’ folk song, but other than the tumbi nothing reminds me of the original, so I don’t think I’d classify it as a recreation! Anjjan Bhattacharya, who I always believed to be the melody master when Meet Bros. Anjjan was still a trio, takes the opposite path here; he relies more on the sound to propel his song forth. The aforementioned tumbi gives the song its required Punjabi energy, while other techno sounds help give it a universal connect. Dhols and all are present, but don’t contribute much. My favourite touch was the “Aao ji aao sarkar…” portion sung by Amit Gupta. The Nooran Sisters (whose surprisingly it is the first song of the year ONLY! 😕) carry the entire song on the shoulders; whenever it starts getting remotely repetitive, the Noorans keep it interesting and listen-worthy. Kumaar’s lyrics are something that would fit into a ‘Tanu Weds Manu 3’ as well, but Anjjan’s music it what makes it suit the vibe of this franchise.

The other guest composer Siddharth Pandit creates the Baba Theme, which succeeds as a gangster song, but fails to keep the listener attentive. Revant Shergill’s rendition is weak, the composition is closer to a recitation of sorts, and the arrangements are way too repetitive (more than Sanju’s ‘Baba Bolta Hai’ too!) for my liking. Revant Shergill even pens the lyrics, which again, are unsatisfactory. This song is something to skip if you get bored of repetitive sounds in songs.

Rana Mazumder starts his portion of the album with a recreation (more like a cover) of Lag Ja Gale from ‘Woh Kaun Thi’. After Lata Mangeshkar, the only singer who’s gotten even close to her rendition was Shreya Ghoshal, who I’ve been fortunate enough to hear singing this live! Rana Mazumder though, ropes in Jonita Gandhi, who had me floored by her rendition! Obviously not close to Lata di’s rendition, but from the current crop of singers, it’s only Gandhi who can get even this close to Shreya’s rendition too. What’s an added bonus, is that Mazumder keeps the arrangements really, really wonderful. The calmness and emotion of the original song has been kept intact, since Rana has used a beautiful orchestra, wonderful twinkling sounds, a mellifluous flute, chimes, and even a well-placed, iconic sitar. Of course, Madan Mohan ji‘s song is immortal, but I’m pleasantly surprised with this presentation of it. It is definitely a recreation I’d want to reach a million views in a day, but sadly, that kind of ‘recognition’ is in some other song’s fortune. 😦

As we veer over to Rana Mazumder’s original part of the album, we see a shift in the music from the modern, gangster-y music which the two guest composers had used in their songs, to a noticeably Pancham-ish vibe in Mazumder’s original songs. Three of the next five songs have that distinct Pancham touch, the first one being Andheron Mein Rishtey, which features in two versions, both with the same jazzy arrangement, which was a staple arrangement for detective/gangster films in the 70s or so. The trumpets are fascinating, as is the bass, and the composition is aptly sinister, as are Sandeep Nath’s lyrics. The Male Version by Arijit Singh falls below the Female Version by Mandakini Bora (newcomer?) though; Arijit’s sleepy voice just didn’t suit the theme of the song. Mandakini renders the song sensuously; such songs are best in female voices, I feel. That said though, her voice isn’t something I’d listen to the song solely for.

More along the Panchamda vibe is Dil Ka Parinda, which is crooned by the composer along with Usha Uthup. It starts with a pacy Latin rhythm with amazing Spanish guitars and Caribbean-style percussions. The first time around, the song sounds a bit pretentious, but it grows on you with the number of times you listen to it; Usha Uthup as usual is at her best in such songs; she leaves no stone unturned in making it her own song. Even composer Rana Mazumder tries to pull off a Pancham, but he doesn’t do it as well as he had done under Vishal-Shekhar’s music direction in ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ (The Dirty Picture). Even if you don’t like retro songs, you should listen to this song if only for the guitars and percussions. Sandeep Nath’s lyrics, yet again, are fun, though nothing exciting.

Rana departs from the Pancham vibe gradually, but Aye Huzoor still has some distinct Pancham touches in the arrangements. Rana uses sitar wonderfully again, and a very commendable use of muffled tabla sounds makes it a very delightful composition. The ‘Hey Shona’ (Ta Ra Rum Pum) duo Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan render the song beautifully; Sunidhi is singing in the same voice which she had sung in, in that song as well. Though the composition is listener-friendly, I don’t think I see myself revisiting it many times in the future. Kausar Munir has written some cliché Bollywood romance lyrics, but they’re not dated as in irritating at all.

The last song, Davaa Bhi Woh, is drastically different from the previous songs of the album. It is entirely reminiscent of the Ismail Darbar – Sanjay Leela Bhansali combinations in ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ and ‘Devdas’, especially the latter. Right from the female chorus in the beginning, to the overbearing tablas and kathak sounds, like the ghungroos and bols, this song is splendid. The new singer Saberi Bhattacharya is wonderful as well, and reminds me of Alka Yagnik in places. Rana Mazumder spins a beautiful melody based on Raag Khamaaj (I believe; don’t quote me) and reminds you of other songs like ‘Jagaave Saari Raina’ (Dedh Ishqiya). The conclusion to the song is magnificent as it should be, and I wonder what it is doing here in this soundtrack. 🙄


Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3 turns out to be the most memorable album of the franchise; I can see myself humming most of these tunes in the near future at least! Rana Mazumder manages to churn out entertainingly varied songs even for a gangster flick!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 6.5 + 4 + 8.5 + 6 + 6.5 + 7 + 7.5 + 9 = 55

Album Percentage: 68.75%

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Davaa Bhi Woh > Lag Ja Gale > Aye Huzoor > Dil Ka Parinda > Andheron Mein Rishtey (Female) = Kesariya Jugni > Andheron Mein Rishtey (Male) > Baba Theme

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

Which is your favourite song from Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

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NAWABS THAT PARTY AND DANCE IN CLUBS..? (NAWABZAADE – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Gurinder Seagal, Guru Randhawa & Badshah
♪ Lyrics by: Guru Randhawa, Kunaal Vermaa, Ikka, Kumaar, Sandeep Nath & Badshah
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 17th July 2018
♪ Movie Releases On: 27th July 20181400x1400bb2

Listen to the songs: Saavn | Gaana

Buy the songs: iTunes


Nawabzaade is an upcoming comedy film starring Raghav Juyal, Dharmesh Yelande, Punit J. Pathak and Isha Rikhi. The film is directed by Jayesh Pradhan and produced by Lizelle D’Souza and Mayur K Barot. The music for the film is composed by Guru Randhawa, Gurinder Seagal and Badshah. I don’t really expect much from the album, looking at the composer names, and I’ll be honest: I’m reviewing it so I don’t have to have only two big albums, Dhadak and Soorma competing in the monthly awards. 😅 So let’s see what entails…


Guru Randhawa continues his spree of rehashing his pop sinhles under T-Series, into Bollywood club tracks; he also continues making the Bollywood variants sound fresher and less raw than the pop songs — giving them a more polished sound. High Rated Gabru is propelled by the two special appearances by Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor, though. The song is your typical Guru Randhawa EDM number that attracts you at first, but wears off with further listens. As for me, it hasn’t worn off yet though, so I guess this is one of the stronger ones. I like the drum beats Guru has put in occasionally, and the club sound still sounds fresh, so I guess he still has the audience grooving. The Female Version is even more unnecessary than having ice cream in December. Aditi Singh Sharma’s over-stylised vocals seem to say “Remember me? I haven’t got a song in Bollywood for a long time, but I still can’t sing in a normal voice.” The Punjabi reprise of the lyrics just sounds odd. The programming in this version isn’t as fresh and bubbly as in the male version, so it’s bound to get less takers.

Badshah too, is made to rehash his tried-and-tested formula, with a steady beat running throughout the song, Tere Naal Nachna is adorned with noises like an Indian auntyji going “Hainn?” The bass line though, is really addictive, and the hookline by newcomer (?) Sunanda Sharma is irresistible. Badshah has the most catchy female singer portions in his songs! Looks like after Aastha Gill, he is now introducing another quirky singer. The lyrics are the usual Badshah rap stuff, while vodka makes a cameo in the hookline, as always.

Lead composer Gurinder Seagal gets three songs to his credit: he doesn’t make much of the opportunity, though. Amma Dekh is a pacy dubstep number that should have been released two or three years ago. Sukriti Kakar awkwardly tries to sing like Neeti Mohan, while Ikka provides a banal rap portion. Gurinder does give it a cool sound though, with a variety of sound effects used throughout the song. Kumaar’s lyrics are nothing except for Sameer’s hookline from the song ‘Amma Dekh’ (Stuntsman).

If that was cringeworthy though, what awaits you in Mummy Kasam will have you wincing in terror. The staid-by-now Bollywood kuthu rhythm has been given a tedious presentation here, with cringeworthy lyrics by Kunaal Vermaa, and weird vocals by Gurinder Seagal. Ikka presents an even worse rap in this song than he did in the former. Payal Dev tries to sound like Neha Kakkar, and obviously fails. Too loud for my liking.

The only song where Gurinder remotely proves that he can compose, and not just program, is Lagi Hawa Dil Ko, which just happens to be the best song of the album because all the others are nowhere near it. It sounds refreshing to get a normal, romantic melody after so much noise, and my brain felt glad to get to process something for once. Altamash Faridi leads the vocals wonderfully, while others like Gurinder Singh, Shivay Vyas, Nettle and even Mika Singh in a short energetic departure from the romantic tune, complement him well. The reason this song stands out from the others is that it has variety. The arrangements are pleasant — guitars, harmonica, tablas, even, in a short Qawwali portion, drums, trumpets and rock guitars in a rock-and-roll portion, this song has a wide range. Sandeep Nath’s lyrics are nothing great, but more of better-than-the-rest.


Except for one experimental song, this album is mainly going to be heard and forgotten. In fact, I can’t even guarantee that the experimental song won’t be forgotten!!

Total Points Scored by This Album: 6.5 + 5.5 + 7 + 5 + 3 + 7.5 = 34.5

Album Percentage: 57.5%

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: Lagi Hawa Dil Ko > Tere Naal Nachna > High Rated Gabru > High Rated Gabru (Female) > Amma Dekh > Mummy Kasam

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes : 27 (from previous albums) + 02 = 29

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KRSNA ACES THE EMOTIONAL QAWWALIS!! (MIRZA JUULIET – Music Review)

Music Album Details

♪ Music by: Krsna Solo & DJ Notorious
♪ Lyrics by: Sandeep Nath
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 14th March 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 7th April 2017

Mirza Juuliet Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Mirza Juuliet is a Bollywood romantic drama starring Piaa Bajpai and Darshan Kumaar. The film is directed by Rajesh Ram Singh, and produced by Green Apple Media, Falansha Media Pvt. Ltd, and Shemaroo Entertainment. So I’m just interested in the music of this movie, since it has been composed by somebody who has really impressed me in the past, Krsna Solo. The composer, who has earlier scored music for the ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ franchise, and also ‘Jolly LLB’ and ‘Cute Kameena’, out of which the later was a surprisigly good album of last year, now gets another film where it is obvious the film won’t do well, but let’s hope he tries to save it with his music, which I expect will be good!


1. Tukda Tukda

Singer ~ Asees Kaur

“Badalne lagi hain saansein meri, abb angaaron mein,
Ke tujhse hi sajne lagi main singaar mein,
Lo doob rahi hoon main sapnon ke majhdhaaron mein,
Ke raat din hain mere abb gulzaaron mein!”

Krsna begins the album with a breezy romantic song, one that befits his composing style completely. The melody is a lilting one, but a bit too simple, so much so that I took a long time to get accustomed to the simplicity, and look beyond it to find the beauty in the composition. Four to five listens will do the trick, but that’s what is frustrating — you don’t get hooked right away. The composition starts off well enough, but you keep waiting for that one part where you will be treated with something extraordinary; sadly, it never comes. The antara is a nice, high-pitched and mellifluous portion, and the only part for me where the song picked up pace. The arrangements contribute a lot to the magical quality of the song. A wonderful flute embellishes the interludes, and breezy guitar strums, and piano notes decorate the rest of it. Digital snaps are what make the beats even more enjoyable and breezy. Krsna adds some very-typical-of-his-style quirky sounds, and those are a welcome addition as well. Asees sings the song well, but I couldn’t quite connect with the composition in spite of her beautiful rendition. Her rendition of the antaras is something to look out for! Somewhere though, her voice lacks the freshness that a Neeti Mohan or a Jonita Gandhi could’ve infused into it. The lyrics are beautiful romantic lyrics, and Sandeep Nath, back after an extraordinarily long time, makes a good comeback. A song that keeps you waiting for an amazingly extraordinary part which never comes.

Rating: 3.5/5

 

2. Muhabbat Ko Misuse / Muhabbat Ko Misuse (Remix)

SingerKrsna Solo, Remix by ~ DJ Notorious

“Ishq gadhe ki laat, ye jispe pad jaaye,
Adiyal ghode sa woh ziddi add jaaye,
Ruk jaaye phir pyaar ki garmi,
Yaar ke aage naak ragadni, ragadni, ragadni pad jaaye!
Bematlab ego mein, issues na kar,
Emotion ko, ko, ko, tu confuse na kar,
Mohabbat ko, ko, ko, tu misuse na kar!”

Krsna brings in more of his quirk with the next song, an enjoyable upbeat number which he sings himself. The composition doesn’t grip you instantly, but after a couple of lines, and when it does get you grooving in that weird desi manner, which you are so ashamed of showing off to your friends, it gets you grooving hard. The antara is just as enjoyable as the beginning, and that hookline is so unconventional, broken up into parts like that, like a rain that keeps stopping and lurching and stopping and lurching. Krsna adds a quite fun rap in the second interlude. The arrangements are very fun too, with this amazing percussion beat, and upbeat trumpets, giving it this nice Caribbean flavour. The flute which starts the song off is aptly gripping, and it atleast keeps you listening further. A nice mandolin also features in the arrangements, infusing liveliness into the song. Krsna’s vocals are aptly rowdy and folksy. The way he pronounces certain English words in colloquial Indian village pronunciation. The quirk of his voice goes hand-in-hand with the quirk he has added in the composition and arrangements, resulting in a fun listen. Sandeep Nath’s lyrics are just as humorous, and enjoyable. A remix by DJ Notorious rehashes the already upbeat (but having a slow pace nevertheless) composition, and throws in glitzy club beats, making the song seem like a fish out of water. It does not sound good with the club treatment. A decent, enjoyable song, with a banal remix.

Rating: 4/5 for the Original Version, 2/5 for the Remix

 

3. Seene Mein Lagi Aag

Singer ~ Javed Bashir

“Seene mein lagi hai aag, dil khaak na hovey,
Woh aashiq hai bekaar jo barbaad na hovey!”

The third song of the album is a ravishing song, composed in the form of a Qawwali, and wonderfully rendered by Javed Bashir. Krsna’s composition here will do nothing more than tug at your heartstrings, and it instantly grips you to it, even though it is not the kind of song that will gain immense popularity, unless attached with a film associated with a superstar. The composition dives right into the hookline, and that line has been composed in such a heartfelt manner, the emotion just gets poured out into you when you listen to it. To compose a tune which is supposed to be sad, but still not make it overtly sentimental, and melodramatic, is a difficult task, and yet, Krsna has managed to overcome it very efficiently. The antaras scale high notes, and ensure that the listener keeps listening till the end. The arrangements are another aspect of the song that ensure that your complete attention is on the song. Of course, the traditional Qawwali beat plays on the tablas and dholaks, and meanwhile, a heart-rending shehnaai plays occasionally and takes your breath away. Guitars are the highlight of the arrangements, though. Yes, guitars. The rock guitars do not play throughout the song, and only can be heard at countable places, but when they are played, they leave you shocked and mystified at the same time. Acoustic guitars, too, have been used throughout the song. Javed Bashir’s vocals are one of the best things that the song has to offer. His aalaps are spot-on, especially the “Seene mein lagi…..” take-off he sings everytime before he sings the hookline. His voice infused the required folksiness into the song, and it is so refreshing. The duration of the song is quite long, but never does it bore you, thanks to the wonderful composition, arrangements and vocals. Sandeep Nath’s lyrics here too are amazing, especially the hookline. RAVISHING!

Rating: 5/5

 

4. Teri Razamandi

Singer ~ Javed Ali

“Shah-e-karam humko, tera sahaara hai,
Bigde naseebon ko, tuney sanwaara hai,
Dil ne duaaon mein tujhko pukaara hai,
Tere dar ke deewane aaye hain,
Jholi bharke muraadein laaye hain,
Duniya ne thukraaya hai, tuney hi apnaya hai,
Abb toh koi jalwa kar tu, Ali hamaara hai!
Hai teri razamandi toh hai bulandi, bulandi, bulandi!”

Another Qawwali comes to us, this time, a more traditional spiritual one, as opposed to the previous, romantic one that was fused with modern instruments. This composition is mellow, and heart-melting. It seems like another one of those songs where the protagonist is praying for a solution to his woes. The hookline is very impactful, and the way the last word is repeated thrice, though quite unconventional and very Krsna-ish, gives a nice effect. The “duniya ne thukraya hai, tuney hi apnaaya hai” line is very beautifully composed. The antara gets a bit staid, and very predictable, but it gets better when the “duniya….” line comes back to bridge the antara to the hookline again. With two mukhdas (once repeated at the end), and two antaras, the song is a traditionally long Qawwali, but one thing I missed is that there was no upbeat part at the end, where the tempo increases, like other Qawwalis. On the other hand, the slow pace of the song gives a very tranquil and divine touch to it. The arrangements are your everyday Qawwali arrangements; the harmonium and chimtas and claps give it the required divine sound. The tablas have been played in a heavenly way. Javed Ali leads the group of Qawwals, and does it effectively, creating a serene effect. His characteristic silky voice was the best choice for the song. He handles all the high notes very well, but doesn’t falter  in the low notes either. Sandeep Nath’s lyrics explain the predicament of the protagonist and how he surrenders to the divine for help. A very appeasing Qawwali. 🙂

Rating: 4.5/5


Mirza Juuliet, like almost all of Krsna’s albums, is a surprisingly good one. All four songs have something or the other to like in them, and I don’t think any song disappoints as such. With a few flaws here and there, this album surprisingly turns out to be a very high scorer. Though it didn’t (and won’t) get it’s due, I will surely do the needful by listening to it in the future. The last thing I would like to say is that Krsna aces the Qawwalis here too, just as he did in ‘Tanu Weds Manu’!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 3.5 + 4 + 2 + 5 + 4.5 = 19

Album Percentage: 76%

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: Seene Mein Lagi Aag > Teri Razamandi > Muhabbat Ko Misuse > Tukda Tukda > Muhabbat Ko Misuse (Remix)

 

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

TYPICALITY KI KAHANI!! (DO LAFZON KI KAHANI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Babli Haque, Amaal Mallik, Ankit Tiwari & Arjuna Harjai
♪ Lyrics by: Sandeep Nath, Manoj Muntashir & Kumaar
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 18th May 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 10th June 2016

Do Lafzon Ki Kahani Album Cover

Do Lafzon Ki Kahani Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Do Lafzon Ki Kahani is an upcoming Bollywood romantic drama film, starring Kajal Aggarwal and Randeep Hooda in the lead roles. The movie is directed by Deepak Tijori, abd produced by Jayantilal Gada, Dhiraj Shetty, Avinaash Rai, Deepak Tijori and Dhaval Jayantilal Gada. The movie is an adaptation of the 2011 Korean movie ‘Always’, which had been remade into Kannada as ‘Boxer’ in 2015. The story revolves around a boxer, Suraj (Randeep Hooda) and a blind girl Jenny (Kajal Aggarwal), who fall in love with each other. Anyway, moving on to the music! The music has been handled by T-Series, guaranteeing a multi-composer album, with great songs. (‘Sarbjit’ is a classic example now!) There are four composers behind the album, each having one song. The first is who I always introduce as T-Series’ favourite, junior Pritam — Amaal Mallik. The next composer is Babli Haque, who has composed previously for small films like ‘Bezubaan Ishq’ and done quite well. I think this is his first big film. Next up is Arjuna Harjai, who debuted in ‘Titoo MBA’ and gave us the memorable ‘O Soniye’ among a bunch of not-so-memorable songs. And last up is Ankit Tiwari, who is impressing on and off (with the OFF portion being slightly longer than the ON portion!) Hopefully, these four have come together to give us a bunch of good songs, seeing that the number of songs is less! So let’s start with the analysis of the music album to ‘Do Lafzon Ki Kahani’!


1. Jeena Marna / Jeena Marna (Female Version)
Singers ~ Altamash Faridi / Palak Muchhal, Music by ~ Babli Haque, Lyrics by ~ Sandeep Nath

Babli Haque starts off the album with a soulful romantic song, following the Sufi + rock template. Techno sounds start off the song followed by the blaring of a rock guitar and a very Ankit Tiwari-ish “O yaaaaraaaa”. It sounds quite like the “yaaraa” from ‘Sunn Raha Hai’ (Aashiqui 2). The mukhda, when it starts, sounds like something one would compose as an antara. But that’s a very wonderful move by Haque. The whole composition is really soulful, and though it is nothing innovative at all, it manages to appeal to you instantly. The typical Bhatt-ish composition works best for these Sufi songs. The hookline, in particular, has been composed very whole-heartedly, and that shows in how it manages to make you nod as if you are a judge on a singing reality show. The antara too, has been composed soulfully, and though it is nothing innovative, it would make me feel like hearing it over and over. Lyrics by Sandeep Nath are also nothing new or innovative, but they strike a chord with the listener in that they sound good, even though they are the same old Bollywood stuff. Moving on to arrangements, both versions have different arrangements. The make version has more prominent arrangements, with the rock and Sufi standing high. The tablas with the guitars in the hookline are really catchy, but they were the exact same in ‘Sanam Re’ (Sanam Re). That’s fine because it still sounds good. 😛 Guitars are the prominent instrument in the song, and it leads the way nicely; a wonderful rock interlude keeps you listening for more. In the female version, on the other hand, it seems as though the arrangements from the male version have just been muted and whatever is left audible, has been kept, and it sounds pretty messy. Piano and guitars can be heard here, but it sounds very amateur, and not finished and polished. The hookline and antara have more accentuated tablas here, though, while the rock template is hardly audible, but you can clearly hear that it has been muffled, which is suspicious and also looks lazy! Speaking about vocals, Altamash carries the whole song on his shoulders, giving the perfect expressions and giving a full-of-life rendition. The way he sings “Mujheeee” in the hookline is praiseworthy, and my favorite part of the song. However, Palak seems uneasy singing the song. First of all, it has been recorded so lazily, that her voice has been muffled many a times. Also, she seems to have sung this half-heartedly. Her rendition lacks the punch that could’ve been brought in with a more energetic rendition. Fortunately, she has sung the “mujheeee” comfortably, and I loved the way she sang it too. Babli Haque follows Jeet Gannguli’s style of composing and gives us a soulful Sufi-Rock combo in this song, whose female version was unnecessary, but the male version excels! The male version is a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Kuch To Hai
Singer ~ Armaan Malik, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

Amaal steps in for the next song, which is a typical Amaal Mallik-style romantic song. I say typical, because now I know that Amaal’s forte are these kind of songs — ‘Main Rahoon Ya Na Rahoon’, ‘Bol Do Na Zara’ and now this. Nobody in the industry does this genre as good as Amaal. A slow, lilting melody, on a soft but functional rhythm and Armaan’s sugar-sweet voice, make for a usual Amaal Mallik song. And I can’t help but say that Amaal always manages to pull out the best of himself in these kind of songs. This song has a beautiful, slightly haunting but mostly soothing tune, which does invite those goosebumps. It is so soulful, that you might even fall asleep to the dulcet tune. The hookline being crafted so well, the rest of the song falls into place just like that. Though the transition from mukhda to hookline seems abrupt, Amaal covers for that with the rest of the song. The antara is so very pleasing, as well! Armaan impresses, and sounds sweet as ever. He handles all the notes wonderfully, and again, these songs are tailor-made for him. The way he sings the “Ayy aahh ahhh” in the interludes is brilliant! Arrangements are par excellence. The music is so orchestral! The flute, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, piano are all nothing in front of the wonderful strings that Amaal introduces towards the end, in the second interlude. They infuse even more grandeur into the song, and make it sound so regal, and are accompanied by a very sweet flute. Manoj Muntashir has written one more great song, but you might need to hear the song another time to pay attention to the lyrics as you will be paying attention to Armaan and Amaal’s magic for most of the time!! 😀 Amaal strikes yet again, with a dulcet melody, full of soul, and perfectly arranged and beautifully sung! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Sehra
Singer ~ Ankit Tiwari, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Sandeep Nath

For the third song on the album, Ankit Tiwari comes back after some good, but not excellent, performances in ‘Rocky Handsome’ and ‘Baaghi’. This time, though, he is back with something not as monotonous or boring as his previous songs. This time, he has made sure that there is some freshness retained in the song. The overall composition is really fresh, something I never expected after Ankit kept disappointing in this genre after ‘Galliyan’ (Ek Villain). He kept doing dance songs and horror movies good, that’s it. 😛 But now he makes a comeback into this genre, and a very strong one, at that. The mukhda is really similar to all of his previous songs, but just before he starts the hookline, there’s a beautiful line that’s makes the difference. And that line is, “Yunhi saanson mein saans liye”. And this line is something unlike any line in any of his other songs. Also, the way he sings it, is just too cute! The hookline too, is really catchy, and not at all sleep-inducing like his others. You just can’t go to sleep in this one. The antara, though it goes back to familiar territory for some time, gets better after a line or so. Speaking about the vocals, Ankit has really tried not to sound like always, and let me tell you, he has succeeded quite a bit! The autotune machine can now safely be disposed of! The line I mentioned above, he sings in a whispery, feathery voice that sounds quite unlike him! The arrangements too, are fresh. Finger snaps as beats, acoustic guitars giving the melody in the arrangements, and the usual computerized sounds that addict us every time, come together for a wonderful experience. A wonderful backing chorus has been employed to make the song sound polished in all aspects. Sandeep’s lyrics are good, as well. Entrancing!!!! One of Ankit’s best in the romantic genre! I wish he keeps coming up with such songs!!! But again, he shouldn’t overdo it like he did, the last time we said this, after ‘Sunn Raha Hai’! 😂😂😂😂🙈🙈🙈 #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Ankhiyaan
Singer ~ Kanika Kapoor, Backing Vocals by ~ Arjuna Harjai, Music by ~ Arjuna Harjai, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

The last song on the album is by relative newbie Arjuna Harjai. After the unforgettable ‘O Soniye’ (Titoo MBA), in which he composed five other forgettable songs with that one, I was hoping for a great song here, given that he has got only one! However, I was quite disappointed with what I heard. The composition, for one, is a typical Bhatt-ish composition. Sometimes, these songs are composed beautifully and soulfully, and sometimes really boringly. This one is composed boringly. A sad song with a very monotonous and dull touch to it isn’t actually something anyone loves to hear. The hookline isn’t so catchy as one would want it to be, and the antara is really monotonous. Kanika, though, impresses even in a mediocre composition. She hasn’t sung such a calm song; it’s her first I guess. She sounds marvelous in this genre too! It reminds me of Richa Sharma, who sings upbeat dance numbers as well as sooting Punjabi/Sufi folk numbers, both equally well! Arjuna’s basic arrangements are great. The violin takes the front seat here, playing the tune of the hookline every time the singer stops singing. Other instruments like the dafli, rock guitars, acoustic guitars, and a wonderful santoor take the backseat, and impress highly. Kumaar’s lyrics are suitable for the sad feel, but again, the Punjabi sounds far-fetched in a totally Hindi album. A disappointing end to an otherwise surprisingly good album! Arjuna doesn’t perform as well as the one song he did good in, in his debut. Maybe that was a fluke!?


Do Lafzon Ki Kahani actually meets expectations. I wasn’t expecting something too good, nor something too bad — somewhere in the middle. Just as expected, all composers do well, with Arjuna falling a bit behind the other three. Babli comes up with a good Sufi number, fused with rock, while Amaal follows his own template and makes a lilting melody. Ankit, however, treads untrodden territory and gives a song as fresh as he has ever given. Many of the senior composers don’t give such a song nowadays. All I would say is that, everyone follows the road of typicality and succeed, while Ankit gets non-typical for once, and succeeds!

 

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: Sehra > Kuch To Hai > Jeena Marna > Ankhiyaan > Jeena Marna (Female Version)

 

Which is your favourite song from Do Lafzon Ki Kahani? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

 

Next “dish”: Dhanak, Chef: Tapas 

AMAAL KA KAMAAL!! (ROY – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Amaal Mallik, Ankit Tiwari & Meet Bros. Anjjan
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay & Sandeep Nath
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 9th January 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 13th February 2015

Roy Album Cover

Roy Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Roy is an upcoming Bollywood romantic thriller film, directed by debutant Vikramjit Singh, produced by Bhushan Kumar, Divya Khosla Kumar & Krishan Kumar under the T-Series banner, and which stars Arjun Rampal, Jacqueline Fernandez and Ranbir Kapoor. The film revolves around the characters of these three, Kabir (Arjun Rampal) who is a filmmaker, making films about the robberies of Roy (Ranbir Kapoor) a thief, and Ayesha (Jacqueline Fernandez), Kabir’s girlfriend. Tia, a globetrotter, is also played by Jacqueline in her second role. Giving the music for this film are, as expected from a T-Series album, multiple composers, namely Amaal Mallik, Ankit Tiwari & Meet Bros. Anjjan. Expectations are high from Amaal, who has recently impressed us with his latest song ‘Naina’, from ‘Khoobsurat’. From Ankit, we always expect something sensational, only to be treated to the same old things again and again, so no use of expecting very high. And from Meet Bros. Anjjan, not much is expected, though we can at least hope for something good. So Amaal and MBA have one song each, while Ankit dominates the album with three songs. Now it’s time to see who performs as per expectations, who let’s us down and who exceeds the expectations!


1. Sooraj Dooba Hain / Sooraj Dooba Hain (Duet Version)
Singers ~ Arijit Singh & Aditi Singh Sharma, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

A party number is what the album starts off with. And what to say about this particular song!? Amaal, Kumaar, Arijit and Aditi have all come together and the result is one mind-blowing and addictive club track! After showing his immense talent in ‘Naina’ from ‘Khoobsurat’, this time Amaal tries something totally different, and what do you know? He succeeds in this genre, as well. One of the most important aspects of party songs has to be that they should be catchy, and addictive, and instantly intoxicating. And this song has all of it! The arrangements which Amaal has done, enhance the great composition as well. Arijit and Aditi are in top-notch form, and deliver with a bang, bringing the song to life. Kumaar’s lyrics perfectly suit the theme of the song. One might even mistake this song as a Pritam composition! Both the mukhda and antaras stay with you long after the song ends, and make a huge impact on you, that is, making you get up and groove along with the beats! The duet version (both are duets, so I don’t know what they were thinking before naming it the duet version) provides a great second listen, with a slight variation, that Aditi has sung more lines than she has in the original version. However, her style of singing “Matlabi…” really makes you go crazy for more and more lines of hers. Another difference is the hookline coming after the first Antara, where Aditi overshadows Arijit, treating our ears to a wonderful harmony between the two! So don’t miss the second version! A very addictive, and instantly lovable party number which is here to stay for a loooonnnggg time! Hats-off and well done, Amaal! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Tu Hai Ki Nahi / Tu Hai Ki Nahi (Unplugged)
Singers ~ Ankit Tiwari / Tulsi Kumar, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay

A very catchy whistle loop, lures us into the next song, which marks the entry of Ankit into the album. Then Ankit, with his boring-by-now and repetitive style of autotuning his voice, enters and with him, returns his typical style of composition. After hearing this song, I seriously got fed up of his repetitiveness. I guess, by now, all of you might have discovered that if you assemble one line of each of his songs together, it will still sound like a single song. Why, you ask? Well, because they all sound exactly the same. Same sound, same composition style, same voice (autotuned), same slow pace, same everything! This song has nothing new to offer, except the catchy whistle, which saved it for me. Lyrics by Abhendra suit the composition and he has done well in writing the song. The arrangements have also been done brilliantly. Absence of the flute in an Ankit Tiwari song is something to be noted. 😀 Though he hasn’t used it in ‘Bheegh Loon’ either, but neither had he used autotune in that. So, everything is right in its place, except the composition, from which way more was expected, frankly. The unplugged version has nothing to comment about, because of the mere fact that it is Bhushan’s pyaari behena Tulsi behind the mic. She doesn’t fail to pierce your eardrums as always! Scientists need to do more research on her vocal chords, so they can announce the discovery of a new type of vocal chord: Tulsi’s Chords. :/ Okay, jokes apart, Bhushan seriously has to understand that nobody appreciates his brotherly love that much. However, Ankit’s piano is worth a hear! Ankit fails only in the composition, which could have been more gripping, which makes the whole song rely on the whistle!

 

3. Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan
Singers ~ Kanika Kapoor, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Peppy meets sweet in the next song on the soundtrack, which is composed by Meet Bros. Anjjan, and in all their obsession to repeat the success of ‘Baby Doll’, they naturally go for nobody other than Kanika Kapoor. The same beats decorate the whole song, and in some aspects this one is better than ‘Baby Doll’, but in some, it falls short. The overall tune is quite similar, so it becomes kind of predictable at places. Nevertheless, it does a great job to increase your pep, and gets you up and dancing. Arrangements are also quite similar to ‘Baby Doll’, and so some might get put off, saying that it is repetitive, and therefore boring. But I felt quite the opposite, and this song engaged me just as much as the former song had about a year ago. Kumaar hasn’t written anything great, but it suits the sweet composition. At places, the composition does get very sweet, cute and calm, like in the antara, or in the male part at the end. At other places, it helps to get you move your body. MBA’s rap is engaging, as well. Overall, the song makes for a pleasant and breezy listen. Repetitive, yes. But we’re not bored of it just yet. Let it keep coming till we’re bored! #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Boond Boond
Singer ~ Ankit Tiwari, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay

Now, Ankit might thought that ‘Tu Hai Ki Nahi’ is intoxicating, but actually, it wasn’t. Instead, this song is a thousand times much more intoxicating than that! The composition is actually very similar to Ankit’s other compositions, but it also provides a lot of variety in the antaras, which dominates over the similarity. The various instruments like strings, santoor, and guitars really make the song very worthwhile. The hookline main na bachaa… has a certain addictive ring to it, and certainly does stand out and please your ears. Despite all these praiseworthy things that the song has, it does get boring after repeated listens, and only manages to engage for a few listens. It just doesn’t have that everlasting quality in it. Abhendra Kumar’s lyrics are also likable. Other sound effects used by Ankit are very impressive. Though way better than ‘Tu Hai Ki Nahi’, it won’t last much longer than ‘Tu Hai Ki Nahi’ either, and will keep on sounding more and more monotonous and boring.

 

5. Yaara Re
Singer ~ K.K., Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Sandeep Nath

A church-like female voice opens up the next song, which is again another typical Ankit Tiwari composition. However, the presence of one person makes it all the more better. And that one person is K.K.! After a long time, he has got a whole song to himself, and he totally makes use of the golden opportunity, and shows the world his capabilities. (Which we already know, but still) He has made this typical composition sound way, way, better than it would have in the composer’s autotune voice. Ankit made a great decision by taking K.K. on board for this song. The soft rock number has an emotional touch, and really has the capability to bring tears into your eyes. The composition has been accentuated by great piano notes, guitar strums, and violin strokes. However, the rock template is what stands out throughout the whole song, and actually engages the listener, encourages him to listen further. Lyrics by Sandeep are also beautiful and emotional. Ankit offers nothing new, except that K.K. has sung the song, which makes a drastic difference! The above average composition becomes a mind blowing one, just because of K.K!! #5StarHotelSong!!


Roy is the standard T-Series multi-composer album, with a great pre-release hype surrounding it, only to find out after it releases, that only a select few songs manage to trigger your finger to press the repeat button. Ankit, responsible for most of the soundtrack, lets us down completely, barring his one exceptional song — that too because of K.K. Meet Bros. Anjjan and Amaal, on the other hand, give the party songs, which really impress, with Amaal doing more so. He is one of the future stars of the music industry, and he’s been shining brightly since ‘Khoobsurat’. This song just consolidates the fact, and assures us that he is going to carry along with him this tag for very long. Very rarely do the party songs of an album overshadow the romantic songs! So, this album belongs solely to Amaal, who has once again shown us his ‘Kamaal’!!

 

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: Sooraj Dooba Hain > Yaara Re > Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan > Boond Boond > Tu Hai Ki Nahi

 

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

 

Next “dish”: Badlapur, Chefs: Sachin-Jigar

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY! (ALONE – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Ankit Tiwari, Mithoon, Jeet Gannguli, Raghav Sachar & Dr. Zeus
♪ Lyrics by: Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay, Mithoon, Sandeep Nath, Kumaar, L. Joseph, A. Hunjan, L. Reim, G. Abbasi, K. Roma, V. Nayar, Dr. Zeus
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 30th December 2014
♪ Movie Released On: 16th January 2015

Alone

Alone

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Alone is a horror film that released this Friday, starring the queen of Bollywood Horror Movies, Bipasha Basu and debutant Karan Singh Grover (Zee TV’s ‘Qubool Hai’ fame) The film has been directed by Bhushan Patel and produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak, Abhishek Pathak, Pradeep Agarwal & Prashant Sharma. It is a remake of the Thai film of the same name, and is the story of two conjoined twins (played by Bipasha) who fall in love with the same guy (played by Karan Singh Grover) When they are separated by an operation one of the twins dies. Naturally, she comes and haunts her twin sister later on! I mean, I could never guess this could happen in a movie! :/ Anyways, considering the genre of the movie, it was clear that the music would be the kind that engages you even though it is typical. Seeing the music composers, Ankit Tiwari, Mithoon, Jeet Gannguli & Raghav Sachar, my doubt just got more secured. So I was expecting pretty much from the music, but at the same time knew it would not break any records or give anything fresh. So let’s have a look at how the music of this latest horror movie is!


1. Katra Katra
Singers ~ Ankit Tiwari & Prakriti Kakar, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay

Ankit Tiwari gets to open up the album, and he does so with a boom. A slow, intoxicating song which will instantly be lived by all, is what he offers. With guitars and a bit of folkish backing vocals, he kicks off the track very beautifully, gaining more momentum yet, as the song progresses, with Prakriti’s awesome prelude sung very attractively. Ankit himself repeats the whole auto-tune business, but here, as he presents the composition in a different way than always, it suits. This composition is one of his better ones recently since ‘Galliyan’ from ‘Ek Villain’. The song which stands at a long duration (for today’s times) of 6 minutes 21 seconds, may seem monotonous because of the extremely slow pace, but I felt nothing of the sort. Guitars have been used predominantly, and of course, Ankit’s favourite, which he never fails to incorporate some way or the other in to his songs — the flute! And in this slow, sensuous and a bit dark song, it sounds beautiful! The musical piece at the end which plays for about a whole minute, will just steal your heart. And did I mention the snaps? Those are just so attractive! Lyrics by Abhendra suit the composition (or maybe vice versa) and work in favour of it and both singers do well in making them come alive in the song. Finally, a big break for Prakriti, and in a beautiful composition by Ankit! Must-listen! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Awaara
Singers ~ Altamash Faridi & Saim Bhatt, Music & Lyrics by ~ Mithoon

Saim opens up this song with his Mithoon-ish voice (I’m kinda doubting it WAS Mithoon?) followed by typical Mithoon piano notes, soothing to the ears. When Altamash enters, though, the song gets transformed to something totally different and heavenly and unexplainable-in-common-words! The hook of the song takes it to yet a higher level, and you instantly fall in love with the song. Again, Mithoon succeeds to steal our hearts with the same stuff! And again, I’m awestruck at exactly how he manages to do so everytime! The guitar strums fall into place, both acoustic and rock here. Rock guitars in the interludes, and acoustic in the background while the singers are singing, provides a beautiful contrast. Atamash literally sounds a lot like Rahat Fateh Ali Khan at places. The antaras are composed brilliantly, but one line in the mukhda is enough to make you fall in love with the whole song: “Paas laaya mere, yun sataaya mujhe, phir tere lite majboor kiya, majboor kiya”. It just provides a heavenly build-up to the surreal hookline. And lyrics by Mithoon as always, are simple and universally understandable. No use of unnecessary big and sophisticated words, instead, simple, everyday words have been used. Kudos to him for that. A soothing, romantic song that has the power to pull you towards itself and then force you to fall into its trap! As I call it, Mithoon Magic! #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Chand Aasmano Se Laapata
Singer ~ Bhaven Dhanak, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Sandeep Nath

Jeet enters with another romantic track, this one a bit more emotional. He breaks the stereotype of making Arijit sing these kind of songs, and ropes in a not-so-famous singer, Bhaven Dhanak, to do the honors of singing the song. Bhaven sang two songs in Bollywood (at least, I only know of two) in the movies ‘Jai Ho’ and ‘Youngistaan’ last year. Teey were both club songs. This year, he gets a pleasant romantic track composed very well in the 90s style by Jeet. The melody surely has the power to grasp your attention, though not instantly. The singer might seem odd for some people, because we all are so much used to Arijit in these songs by now, that we refuse to accept anyone else in his place and his territory. (That includes me, because at first I didn’t like the song much because of the singer. But then his voice also grew on me.) Jeet’s arrangements are simple. The beautiful synthesizer hook is very attractive. It doesn’t really sound like an actual instrument being played, so I guess its an electronic sound. Anyways, its beautiful. Guitars and finger snaps accentuate the composition even more. Lyrics are good and pleasant too, and work for the song. Another pleasant song; Jeet, Bhaven and Sandeep have churned up a likeable song! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Touch My Body
Singer ~ Aditi Singh Sharma, Music by ~ Dr. Zeus, Music Recreated for the Album by ~ Raghav Sachar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Original Lyrics by ~ L. Joseph, A. Hunjan, L. Reim, G. Abbasi, K. Roma, V. Nayar, Dr. Zeus

Raghav, a last-minute addition to the album, because his name wasn’t in any poster or the trailer, ends the album with his song, which is a recreation of the Pop song ‘Don’t Be Shy’ originally composed by Dr. Zeus, which itself was a remake of his famous song ‘Kangna Tera Ni’! Almost everything from Dr. Zeus’ song has been revived into this one, but I don’t see why they made it done from someone as talented as Raghav. He could just as well have composed a dance track of his own, if that was what they wanted. The flute part (which is also pretty much the same as that in the original) is one of the only catchy parts in the song. Aditi’s voice proves to be another reason to hear it, otherwise you would just plain waste your time by hearing it. The long list of lyricists of the original song hasn’t done much of a good job with whatever they came up with together (Now I get where the saying “Too many cooks spoil the broth” comes from!) And Kumaar hasn’t written anything genius either. Overall, a tiring affair! Do not ho for this one!


Alone has three out of four of its songs simply reaching out to your heart and instantly lovable. The fourth one, though, makes you hate it a lot. 😂 Ankit, Jeet and Mithoon (The Aashiqui 2 team, you can say) have churned out great tracks and they turn out to be the ‘good’ parts of the album. Raghav has made himself look like an idiot by agreeing to recreate this track, which just came out boring, and he comprises the ‘bad’ part of the album. As for the ‘ugly’ part, that’s just something fun for the people who are gonna watch this movie in the theaters, because that ghost is gonna be real ugly! 😂😂 Overall, an album with the typical romantic songs that horror movies usually have, but which will stay with you for a long time — plus a song that tries to be dofferent but fails miserably! 😂

 

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:

Awaara > Katra Katra > Chand Aasmano Se Laapata > Touch My Body

 

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

 

Next “dish”: Baby, Chefs: Meet Bros. Anjjan & M.M. Kreem

FEEKI SALAAMI!! (EKKEES TOPPON KI SALAAMI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by:- Ram Sampath
♪ Lyrics by:- Sandeep Nath
♪ Music Label:- T-Series
♪ Music Released On:- 19th September 2014
♪ Movie Released On:- 10th October 2014

Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami Album Cover

Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami is a Bollywood film that released on 10th October, 2014. The film is a political satire, and has been receiving good reviews. The story is about two sons who set out to give their father an ultimate sign of respect. The film has been directed by Ravindra Gautam, produced by Neetu Jain and Asheema Shukla and stars Anupam Kher, Divyendu Sharma, Manu Rishi, Aditi Sharma (from ‘Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl’) and Neha Dhupia. I wasn’t expecting much from the music of this film, but then I got to know that the man behind the music was Ram Sampath, who has impressed a lot with albums like ‘Delhi Belly’, ‘Talaash’ and ‘Fukrey’. So it was natural of me to expect more from the music after getting to know that. The surprising thing is that while Ram usually does selective albums per year, this is his third album this year, and if you count ‘Satyamev Jayate Season 3’, then that’s four! What’s more, I’ve heard he’s composing for ‘PK’ as well! So let’s have a glimpse at what I felt about the music of ‘Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami’! 🙂


1. Ghoor Ghoor Ke
Singer ~ Sona Mohapatra

Whenever I see Sona Mohapatra in the credits nowadays, I make myself ready for a great enjoyable song, and it always turns out to be just that. Well, this time, the song isn’t a romantic song as she has been singing for quite a while now, but it’s a kind of item song. It starts with a short shaayari by Sona, and then some very catchy techno beats, which will surely grab your attention. Though the lyrics are typically cheap as in all item songs, the vocals of Sona give that magic element to the song, and make it sound awesome. She can make the most boring of compositions sound great. This time, though, the composition isn’t bad, but it’s highly catchy. That catchy techno tune keeps coming in order to keep us attracted to the song. The tune of the antaras is very beautiful and innovative. The tabla beats at the end of the antara add to the great grooviness of the song. The recording of the song, however is very bad and provide some disturbance. Here, the husband-wife jodi win and make a catchy song, but recording and lyrics fail to impress! Since the tune is catchy, though, here goes:- #5StarHotelSong!

 

2. Tod De Kataar
Singers ~ Labh Janjua, Divya Kumar & Ram Sampath

This song here does not get as lucky as the previous one as far as the tune and beats are concerned. Labh sings with his usual Punjabi folksy voice, accompanied by Ram Sampath in his Westernized voice and Divya Kumar in the background vocals. The tune that Tam has composed is pretty ordinary, and is not going to attract many ears. The techno beats manage to provide momentary relief, but it returns to the ordinary stuff after not so long. Anyways, Divya Kumar does manage to pull off an engaging act with his beautiful sargam towards the end after each of Ram’s English lines. The star of the song, however is Sandeep Nath. He has come up with something quite interesting! The lyrics focus on the satirical theme of the film. As said by the director of the film in the interview, “Tod De Kataar is an ode to the common man who needs to break out of the line to do what is unimaginable of him”. Keeping this in mind, if we listen carefully to the lyrics, they seem genius! Here, the composition lacks spice, and the vocals only impressed to a certain extent, whereas lyrics are the highlight!

 

3. Hum Tumhe Kaise Bataye (Ghazal)
Singers ~ Aman Trikha & Tarannum Mallik

On reading the word ‘Ghazal’ after the song, I was ready for something that actually sounds like a ghazal. When I played the song, however, I realised that it was nowhere near a Ghazal at all! So I just erased that ‘Ghazal’ word from the name, so it wouldn’t spoil my thoughts about the rest of the song. 😛 The song (after I mentally erased the word ‘ghazal’ from its name) is a very soulful and beautiful song. Aman has sung it very beautifully, but Tarannum has not done as well. She has used some fake Tulsi Kumar voice and spoilt everything. The composition is an utterly dreamy and magical one and it is impossible not to love it instantly. Tarannum might prove as an obstacle for you to like the song, but you will get accustomed to it after about two or three listens. The lyrics are also beautiful and very romantic. Ram has added various beautiful elements in the song, like the sitar and piano. The beats in the background are so catchy! They are soft and almost inaudible, but manage to attract your attention! Again, the composition isn’t all that innovative and it has been heard before, but it still has that vibe to it that makes you fall for it. In the short duration of four and a half minutes, four antaras have been crammed up, leaving minimal space for any interludes whatsoever. 😛 No complaints, but it is weird how the song has so many antaras. Beautiful! There’s no harm in calling it a #5StarHotelSong!! 

 

4. Bitua
Singer ~ Mohit Chauhan

Beautiful guitar strums and flute music start off this song, and a calm and serene atmosphere is created right from the first note. Mohit Chauhan with his amazing metallic voice, will attract you like a magnet. 😛 (Okay, sorry for the cheap jokes, but it’s true! His voice is too attractive!) The song is a lullaby, sung by a father for his son. Ram’s tune is very, very touching and emotional. It is easily one of his best compositions. The lyrics by Sandeep are again very good, and emotional. The arrangements are very soft, and have a calm, serene, dreamy touch to them, perfect for the kind of song that it is. The song is such that it can provide you bliss whenever you listen to it. 🙂 One of the best songs of Ram, Mohit and the best song of the album — so much so that I didn’t have much to write at all! I think this would be enough:- #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami
Singers ~ Ram Sampath & Earl Edgar D

The last song in the album, is the title song, and it is something that sounds very cheap. Cheap and fake Americanization, too. 😛 Ram has sung some lines in mixed Hindi and English. It just sounds so weird how he sings in English suddenly, and that too seems like he’s trying to fit in the lyrics in the tune, which is nothing great either. Especially the hook line, which seems like it’s a song composed by a fifth-grader (very frankly speaking). Rap by Earl Edgar is good. Though Ram is singing some uninteresting and bland lines, he has sung them good, with the required feel. Towards the end, he has just computerized his voice to make it sound like a woman’s voice. The techno arrangements which he has garnered the song with are plain annoying. The lyrics are about the film, and looking at them, I would guess that it has been placed at the end of the film, when the credits roll. (No, I’ve not seen it, so don’t suspect me if I’m correct! 😛 ) Disappointing title song!


Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami is definitely not an album that would feature in the list of “Ram Sampath’s Best Albums”. It would directly land at the bottom of the list of all of his albums, instead. Even though it isn’t that bad overall, when you look at how good his previous albums were, this one is nowhere near them, except maybe ‘Purani Jeans’. Three good and enjoyable songs, but two uninteresting compositions, make this album a mixed bag, out of which you can only select some items. Though it isn’t anywhere near his previous albums, Ram Sampath has delivered an album which has a majority of good songs and lands in the safe zone!

 

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

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

 

Which is your favourite song from Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

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