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! 🙂

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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! 🙂

 

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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! 🙂

 

Next “dish”:- Tamanchey, Chefs:- Krsna, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Ikka Singh & R.D. Burman

RETURN OF THE MULTI-COMPOSERS! (SINGHAM RETURNS – Music Review)

Album Details:-
♪ Music by:- Jeet Gannguli, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Ankit Tiwari & Yo Yo Honey Singh
♪ Lyrics by:- Sandeep Nath, Shabbir Ahmed, Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay, Yo Yo Honey Singh & Sachin Pathak (YO)
♪ Music Label:- T-Series
♪ Music Released On:- 5th August 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 15th August 2014

Singham Returns Album Cover

Singham Returns Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Singham Returns. Do I have to introduce this film to you guys?? I doubt anyone is there who doesn’t know about Singham. But still, formalities, so here goes. It is an upcoming Bollywood action film, starting Ajay Devgn and Kareena Kapoor Khan. Amole Gupte is playing the role of the main villain in this film, which is a sequel to the 2011 superhit, ‘Singham’. Rohit Shetty has directed the film, and produced by Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty under the banner Reliance Entertainment. A Rohit Shetty film is almost never expected to have chartbuster music, and same was the case here. Ajay-Atul had composed the soundtrack for the prequel, and they had given a short but perfect album. When I heard that they had been replaced by four other composers, I couldn’t help getting angry at Rohit Shetty for this dumb decision of his. My expectations, if any, became zero. Jeet Gannguli, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Ankit Tiwari and Yo Yo Honey Singh, have each composed one song for the film. So Singham has returned, read on to find out whether the good music like that from the prequel has returned as well!


1. Sun Le Zara:- Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Sandeep Nath 

By now, Arijit Singh must be blindly trusting Jeet Gannguli. After all, the man has given him so many hit songs to sing, be it remakes of his Bengali tunes, or original songs composed for Hindi movies. After ‘Suno Na Sangemarmar’ from ‘Youngistaan’, Jeet decides to remake another massive hit Bengali song of his for this album. And that song is ‘Mon Majhi Re’ from the Bengali movie ‘Boss’. The tune and composition is very effective and powerful. The arrangements are also wonderful, with rock mixed in with a very soothing tune. Though the rock background makes it loud, the soothing effect still remains unhampered. The mild piano bits are placed very efficiently, and they keep the listeners listening! Arijit’s soulful rendition will be loved by one and all. Again, he has excelled in the high notes and sung the low notes just as efficiently! While the original song was romantic, this song has been made into a pure devotional and sentimental song, very touching. The lyrics have very nicely been written on Jeet’s soulful tune. I can’t find any fault in the song, and it is sure to be a hit, but maybe after the movie releases. Emotional, devotional and rocking all-in-one package! #5StarHotelSong!

 

2. Singham Returns Theme:- Singers ~ Mika Singh & Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed

When I got to know that Meet Bros. Anjjan have composed a title track for the film, I was very less excited, because I was already disappointed that Ajay-Atul weren’t composing. When I heard the track, I was even more disappointed! Meet Bros. Anjjan have just added some padding around the same hookline, which was composed by Ajay-Atul, and roped in someone who can never make a match against Sukhwinder, Mika Singh, to sing it. The new tune which they have added is not at all that exciting, and neither is it very good. The arrangements might be the best part of the track. Shabbir Ahmed seems more comfortable in writing such character songs. Meet Bros. Anjjan have composed the song in their usual style, and they have tried to connect that tune with the original Singham title track’s hookline, but didn’t quite strike gold over there. Everything else is plain ordinary. Rohit Shetty must have thought that they have been giving many hits lately, like ‘Boss Title Track’ and ‘Baby Doll’, so he must have signed them for the film so that they could create something extraordinary, but they didn’t make good use of the opportunity and instead, gave something very ordinary.

 

3. Kuch Toh Hua Hai:- Singers ~ Ankit Tiwari & Tulsi Kumar, Lyrics by ~ Sandeep Nath & Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay

Ankit Tiwari enters the soundtrack with a romantic track, which starts with beautiful santoor notes. The tune and overall composition being very ordinary, Ankit has relied on the arrangements to propel this track to the next level. He has composed a very traditional Indian romantic tune, like he always does, and has orchestrated it beautifully. Like I said, the tune is very regular, but the arrangements will ensure you are hooked to the track. When Tulsi Kumar enters, she sounds drunk. This time her voice isn’t high pitched, but it sounds too artificial, as if a machine is singing. Ankit has solved this problem like a genius, by making a female chorus sing in the background so loudly, that her actual voice is covered up by the background singers. Ankit himself sings in his usual voice i.e, autotuned voice. Ankit said in an interview that he was informed at the last minute to compose a song, this must be the reason that he wasn’t able to churn out such a good tune like his previous compositions. The santoor in the interlude sounds very beautiful. Other sounds used by Ankit are also good. The tune has a slight resemblance to Ankit’s own ‘Galliyan’ when Tulsi sings ‘khamoshiyan rakhti hai…’. Despite the great arrangements, this track has nothing fresh to offer, and stands nowhere in front of Ankit’s previous compositions!

 

4. Aata Majhi Satakli:- Singers ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Mamta Sharma & Nitu Choudhary, Music by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Additional Marathi Lyrics by ~ Sachin Pathak (YO)

This song is the compulsory Yo Yo Honey Singh track in every big film whose music company is T-Series. Yo Yo has shown very little creativity in the song. It starts very similar to the way ‘Party With The Bhoothnath’ from ‘Bhoothnath Retirns’ starts. The initial lines have a tune very similar to that of ‘Lungi Dance’. The lyrics are stupid. The tune is not even worth to be called a tune. The arrangements are good, like in all Yo Yo songs, and the other good thing is the choice of Mamta Sharma as a singer. It is a great refreshment from the bad singing of Jasmine Sandals which Yo Yo had used in ‘Yaar Na Miley’ from ‘Kick’. Mamta does her part very good,ronpuncing Marathi words very well, while the child shouting ‘mala raag yetoy’ is a sheer nuisance. Again, Yo Yo has repeated the lines of the song so many times, that now he has surpassed even Himesh Reshammiya when it comes to repetition. Nothing else that is worth talking about in this song, but remember one thing — be ready to hear it many, many, many times in the rest of the year, because it is one of those songs which will gain immediate hit status. I won’t tell you not to hear it, because you are going to hear it everywhere, whether you like it or not!


Again, T-Series has produced a multi-composer album, which disappoints in the form of Singham Returns. I don’t know till where this trend of multi-composers will go and till where T-Series will decide to support the ridiculous strategy. A single composer or team (duo or trio) discussing with each other and solving out the problems is way better than four composers, each composing in their comfort zone and none of them having a single idea what the other is doing. Jeet Gannguli provides the only musical wonder in the album, by remaking a hit Bengali tune of his. Ankit Tiwari comes in second place, scoring a decent romantic track with fabulous arrangements. The remaining two have given passable songs, which would only cater to the first-benchers. Given the standard set by Ajay-Atul in the prequel, this soundtrack seems lost in nowhere, giving only one gem.

 

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

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

 

Which is your favourite song from Singham Returns? Please vote for your favourite! 🙂

 

Next “dish”:- Mardaani, Chefs:- Salim-Sulaiman & Main Tera Hero & 2 States (Albums of Early 2014) which I need to finish and couldn’t get time to. 😛

SAMRAT & CO. (MUSIC REVIEW)

Album Details:-
Music by:- Ankit Tiwari, Mithoon, GAP (Gopal-Anand-Pawan) & Sandeep Shirodkar | Lyrics by:- Sanjay Masoomm, Mithoon, Sandeep Nath & Gopal Dutt | Music Label:- Sony Music/Rajshri Music | Music Released On:- 11th April 2014 | Movie Releases On:- 25th April 2014

Samrat & Co. Album Cover

Samrat & Co. Album Cover

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

 

 


Samrat & Co. is the latest film from Rajshri Productions. Looking at the list of all the films produced Rajshri Productions till now, this movie is not at all what you would expect from them, as it is a detective thriller film. Yes, you heard it right. A DETECTIVE THRILLER! Surprised? The film stars Rajeev Khandelwal as the detective named Samrat, and Madalsa Sharma in lead roles, with a huge supporting cast. The film is directed by Kaushik Ghatak and produced by Kavita Barjatya. Now, about the music of this film. Ankit Tiwari, who became a star overnight when his song from ‘Aashiqui 2’, ‘Sunn Raha Hai Na’, released last year, has composed two songs for the film, while Mithoon, who got a taste of much-deserved success after ‘Tum Hi Ho’, has also composed two songs in the film. The title track is by the trio Gopal, Anand & Pawan, or GAP, while Sandeep Shirodkar has composed a little instrumental piece. With all these music directors of the newer generation composing, expectations from this album were very huge. So did Ankit and Mithoon do better than they did in ‘Aashiqui 2’? Read my review to get the answer!


1. Tequila Wakila:- Singers ~ Shreya Ghoshal, Ankit Tiwari, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Sanjay Masoomm

This track is a party track which starts with some female vocals in English. The music which follows has a Latin or Mexican/Spanish Flamenco dance feel which is produced by trumpets. Shreya sounds great in a track which is of the type she rarely gets to sing. She got yet another chance to show off her versatility and she has succeeded. Ankit Tiwari’s vocals which come in the chorus are okay. His voice sounds different from his usual voice. The antaras are good but I liked the mukhda more. The lyrics are also okay. The chorus being catchy, listeners will be forced to repeat this song. However after the first antara in the interlude, you will get the feeling of boredom as it is the same thing playing all over again which played in the interlude after the mukhda also. Not a must-listen, but hear it at least once because you don’t want to miss the catchy tune of the chorus and of course, Shreya’s vocals. 

 

2. Shukr Tera:- Singers ~ Chinmayi Sripada, Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Mithoon

This song is a Chinmayi show all the way. She has more than half of the song to herself and she seizes the opportunity and does her best. Her vocals are great! The tune is a typical Mithoon tune and sounds a bit like his own ‘Kaise Bataoon’ from 3G. The violins in the second interlude followed by piano notes, welcome Arijit into the song, which is pretty late, but even though his part is small, it is just that much greatly sung! The song has very minimal instruments supporting the singers. The main instrument playing throughout the song is a guitar. The first and second antaras are totally different. The first antara is fully sung by Chinmayi and the second totally by Arijit. Considering the simple lyrics which Mithoon usually writes, comparatively this song has more complicated lyrics and very meaningful too! At the end a flute portion is there which is definitely worth listening! A must-listen track by the expert of romantic songs, Mithoon with superb vocals by Chinmayi and Arijit both! Definitely a #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Sawaalon Mein:- Singers ~ Shreya Ghoshal, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Sandeep Nath

This song starts with haunting notes playing on a piano. It is a very haunting and eerie melody, which would sound great in a horror movie rather than a thriller. Shreya’s vocals are top-notch as usual. The song has a very high pitched line ‘Hai Kai Sargoshiyaan…’ which is very hard to sing and keeps repeating throughout the song along with the line ‘Sawaalon mein he kaisi zindagi…’ The antaras are even eerier and the song seems like an old fashioned song which uses to be made in Bollywood in the past. The music given by Ankit Tiwari is also very good. Great percussion has been used all throughout the song. Ankit, who disappointed a bit with his first song, but totally makes up for that with this song! Definitely go for it! You will find yourself covered with goosebumps! An awesome haunting melody sung by The New-Age Nightingale! 

 

4. Samrat & Co. (Title Song):- Singers ~ Benny Dayal, Pawan, Music by ~ GAP, Lyrics by ~ Gopal Dutt

A typical title song, describing the character of Samrat played by Rajeev Khandelwal, is next. It starts with some dialogues which I guess are by Rajeev himself. It is a bit too short, but that’s better because the song, though having a good mysterious feel, as needed in this movie, gets a little boring after very less time. However, lovers of this genre will love this song. It has too many techno sounds and sound effects like police sirens throughout the song. The lyrics are suitable for this track. I don’t know why a detective would sing about himself and his  team through a song like this! Benny Dayal sounds weird in this song. Perfect for the end credits and nothing else!

 

5. O Humnavaa:- Singers ~ Gajendra Verma, Chinmayi Sripaada, Mithoon, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Mithoon

Mithoon’s pattern nowadays is easy to notice:- compose a song, add some different lines to it, and use the new lines in a reprise version of the original song. Do you think I’m not happy with this song? Well, nothing like that, I’m just bringing to your notice Mithoon’s pattern! Like he made ‘Mujhe Ishq Se’ from ‘Baarish’ and ‘Meri Aashiqui’ from ‘Tum Hi Ho’, the same way he has made this song from the above song, ‘Shukr Tera’. And no complaints! Chinmayi’s part is taken as it is from ‘Shukr Tera’ so l will not talk about that now. Instead I will focus on Gajendra’s part. He starts the song with some lines which will give you peace. He sings the part very well. Then Mithoon joins in singing a line ‘Woh Hai Bhala…’ again and again. In that he sounds a lot like AR Rahman and that particular line gives you goosebumps. Such is the magic of Mithoon’s voice. Then Gajendra’s part with the title of the song (O Humnavaa) starts after Chinmayi’s part. He sings that very well also. The lyrics which Mithoon added in this version of the song are also great. This song has more instrumental support than the original. Instead of guitar, great use of percussion is done in the song, making it sound more rustic than the original. Both the versions are equally awesome and peaceful. Therefore, you should definitely go for it! It will give you peace, sukoon, whatever you would like to call it! And that’s why it is also a #5StarHotelSong!

 

6. Samrat’s Theme:- Instrumental, Music by ~ Sandeep Shirodkar

This is a very good instrumental piece which suits the theme of the movie and the main character. Being a detective movie, this type of instrumental track was expected. The percussion plays a major part throughout the track, but the orchestra, which joins towards the end also sounds great! Its a very short instrumental piece so I can’t say much about it except that you should hear it and experience the mystery yourself! In the theaters it will sound great!

 

Overall:- In this album, Sony Music has used the multi-composer formula which T-Series does in every other film. However, unlike T-Series, Sony Music has actually succeeded in getting the best from each of the composers excepting the new trio GAP. Ankit gives his best in his two songs, while Mithoon gives nice romantic tracks and GAP have given an okay title track. Lyrics are also good. Sony Music has succeeded where T-Series always goes wrong! Ankit Tiwari has tried two tracks totally out of the genre that the public has associated him with. Mithoon has given what he’s great at, romantic songs, which are not as great as ‘Tum Hi Ho’ or ‘Baarish’, but still, not considering his previous works, he has given awesome music. Music-wise the album is great but not as good as the big hit albums of this year such as SKSE, Gunday, HTP or 2 States. An album with great music and lyrics, which will definitely stay with you in the coming months.

 

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

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

 

Next “dish”:- Revolver Rani, Chef:- Sanjeev Srivastava

 

Review by Rujul Deolikar