JAB IMTIAZ MET PRITAM — AGAIN!! (JAB HARRY MET SEJAL – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Pritam Chakraborty, Diplo (Thomas Wesley Pentz) & Rocky Wellstack
♪ Lyrics by: Irshad Kamil
♪ Music Label: Sony Music
♪ Music Released On: 3rd August 2017, 10:30 pm
♪ Movie Released On: 4th August 2017

Jab Harry Met Sejal Album Cover

 

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Jab Harry Met Sejal is a Bollywood rom-com film, starring Anushka Sharma and Shah Rukh Khan, directed by Imtiaz Ali, and produced by Gauri Khan. The film is about two strangers who meet in Europe, and try to find the engagement ring of Sejal (Sharma’s character). Obviously, as is the main theme in an Imtiaz film, they discover themselves through the journey. I think even more exciting than the movie itself, is the music. Imtiaz has said in many interviews that he enjoyed doing the music of this film, and that’s showing in the final outcome. The film is a musical (not full-fledged like ‘Jagga Jasoos’) and has 13 songs, by Pritam, who was Imtiaz’s go-to music composer before Rahman. With this film, they reunite, and after ‘Jab We Met’ and ‘Love Aaj Kal’, two super-hit soundtracks by both of them, this is their third collaboration! Expecting just as much variety in this album, and also expecting the elements of whatever Imtiaz has picked up from Rahman while doing the music of those films (namely ‘Rockstar’, ‘Tamasha’ and ‘Highway’)! So I hope this album will be like a blend of Pritamish Imtiaz and Rahmanish Imtiaz! Plunging into the album very positively, hoping it will astound me!!

P.S. Thanks to my friend Chiranjeev Gorur for acquiring and sharing the full musician credits to the album! 🙂


1. Radha

Singers ~ Sunidhi Chauhan & Shahid Mallya

“Main bani teri Radha, maine sakhiyon se, ankhiyon mein rakhna hai tujhko piya, thoda zyaada zyaada!
Main bani teri Radha, tuney sapnon tadapnon mein rakhna hai mujhko piya thoda zyaada zyaada!
Main bani teri Radha!”

Pritam starts off the album with an amazingly energetic song that makes you want to dance right along to its tune, right away. Now I know everyone has heard this song many times by now, and it’s a huge hit across the nation. It is essentially a Punjabi folk-plus-EDM fusion track, and the way Pritam employs these genres, is spellbinding. The composition itself follows a very desi compositional format, in that it appeals to us Bollywood music listeners right away with its inherent catchiness and energetic vibe. The hook, especially, leads the song, as it should. But it is the mesmerizing antara that was the best part for me. Pritam gives it this rapid tune that you are only able to sing after repeated listening, and that’s how it grows on you eventually. A very amazing Punjabi flavour has been given to the Punjabi portions sung by the male singer. The high pitch might bother some, but it is way more comfortable than listening to a high pitch song by Arijit Singh like the recent ‘Ik Vaari Aa’ (Raabta). And if the first antara takes you by surprise, the second antara, which just released with the album version of the song, is pure bliss. The harmony between the two singers is blissful! The arrangements follow suit and Pritam fuses folk and EDM, like I mentioned above. The flute and khartal (which is a Rajasthan folk instrument, but apparently being used in a Punjabi song) open the song in a very light-hearted and feel-good way. Throughout the mukhda, it’s the flute and khartals that play. Until Pritam introduces the mandatory dhol (Sukanto Singha & Sunny M.R.) in the hookline, you won’t be able to even tell that the song is a Punjab-based song. (Because even the lyrics aren’t proper Punjabi; they’re kind of like a mix between Punjabi and Hindi). Another awesome folksy instance in the song is the second interlude where the sarangi is played, and muffled by the programming! The EDM programming by Sunny MR, and Rohan Chatham’s vocal cuts during the “Raa-aa-aa-aaa” portion, serves for a wonderful catchy hook, which would definitely make people hit the repeat button! The coexistence of the dhols and EDM sounds so good. The vocals are a class apart. Pritam reverts to a singer that used to sing many songs for him back in the day, Sunidhi. This is her first song for Pritam after ‘Dhoom 3’, and we know how much Pritam’s music has boosted after that! She sings it so mellifluously, you don’t even realise the rapidity of the tune. Especially the antara, for which she should get standing ovations from all of us listeners! Shahid is top-notch too, his heavy Punjabi accent reflecting through his singing and making the folksy portions of the song what they are. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are cute too, but there’s a certain Panipat line that had me surprised and worried and disappointed at the same time! 😂 It doesn’t even fit with the rest of the song! Anyway, overall he has written a cute little romantic song. Pritam’s experimentations almost never fail, do they?
Rating: 5/5

 

2. Beech Beech Mein

Singers ~ Arijit Singh, Shalmali Kholgade & Shefali Alvares, Backing Vocals ~ Arjun Chandy & Akashdeep Sengupta

“Hai safar mein zameen, chal raha aasmaan,
Dono ki jo kahaani, ho ki na ho bayaan,
Begaani jagah mein nadaani, karein na, karein toh kahaan?
Jal dheeme, yeh pal dheeme, kyun hai jalte hua?”

The next song on the album falls under a genre that I feel Pritam always aces. A club song. However, this time it is different. The club song isn’t the normal Pritam club you would expect, with heavy EDM and Benny Dayal. Instead, it has a completely retro feel to it, and has been composed as a retro funk song! I can’t remember the last time Pritam composed a retro funk number, because it’s always EDM when he does club songs. So this seems like a very new thing from him. The composition is instantly catchy, and the unconventionality of it all makes it even more appealing! It starts with a very insanely catchy vocal loop repeating the name of the song over and over again, and it is from there that your interest increases. The mukhda (which is the hookline too), is cool, and so is the ‘Shola Shola..’ line! The hook repeats many times throughout the song, but it doesn’t sound repetitive. The crux of the song’s composition lies in the antara, though, where Pritam makes a disco song, melodious! And the cross line which it takes to get back to the refrain, is extra cool!! That’s that about the composition. But it is the arrangements, as always, that really suck you into the song. A groovy guitar (Warren Mendonsa & Ernest Tibbs) riff starts the song off, behind the “beech beech mein” repetitions. The fun arrives, however, only when the drums enter, because they’re so amazing! The drums in this song are really some of the best drums I’ve heard (in non-rock songs) this year! The brass instruments (Trombone by Andrew Lippman, Trumpet & Flugelhorn by Ludo Louis) do their thing by fascinating us in the interludes, and in the antara, they have a really special role to play, when things get a bit melodious. Their harmony is just so enchanting. So now you get why the song can be called retro! 😀 For the vocals, Pritam uses his go-to female singers for club songs, Shalmali and Shefali, both. Of course the male portions are by Arijit. All three sing well; Arijit leads the way while each of the female singers are relegated to the background except for one or two lines. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are fun. A song that should change the way we think about club songs in Bollywood!
Rating: 4.5/5

 

3. Safar

Singer ~ Arijit Singh

“Iss yaqeen se main yahaan hoon,
Ki zamaana ye bhala hai, Aur jo raah mein mila hai,
Thodi door jo chala hai, Woh bhi aadmi bhala hai,
Pata tha, zara bas khafa tha!
Woh bhatka sa rahi, mere gaanv ka hi,
Woh rasta puraana jise yaad aana,
Zaroori tha lekin, jo roya mere bin,
Woh ek mera ghar tha,
Puraana sa darr tha,
Magar ab main na apne ghar ka raha…
Safar ka hi tha main, Safar ka raha!!!”

Imtiaz’s favourite theme, travel, makes itself prominent right from the title of the next song, and all throughout it as well. The song is titled ‘Safar’ (meaning Journey), and it is a journey in itself for music lovers. Pritam’s composition is a slow and lilting composition that grows on you slowly surely. The mukhda is very beautiful and soulful, and sets off the song on a very jazzy and slow rhythm that is magically appealing. The hook is simple but sweet, and effective in the song. The antara is an amazing high-pitched portion where Pritam’s lines flow into each other so seamlessly, you can’t tell where one ends and the other starts! Towards the end, there’s almost a half-minute musical portion, where I feel Pritam could have added a small conclusion stanza, like he usually does in songs. The arrangements are very beautiful and impressive, with a very urban touch — acoustic and electric guitars (Arijit Singh & Aditya Benia), being the main instrumentation! The guitar riffs are wonderful throughout the song. Arijit’s vocals are very raw and rustic, with the gritty texture standing out very prominently; it actually gives the song a wonderful travel-esque feel. The places where his voice cracks, are actually some of the most brilliant parts of the song! Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are high on food for thought, and each and every line makes you think, connect and relate! The whole song is like a story that is being told about the character’s change of lifestyle. An unconventional song, which won’t be loved by one and all, but should be loved by the music lovers!
Rating: 5/5

 

4. Butterfly

Singers ~ Dev Negi, Jyoti Nooran, Sultana Nooran, Sunidhi Chauhan & Aman Trikha, Backing Vocals ~ Laddi Dhaliwal, Jelly Manjitpuri, Neetu Bhalla, Babita, Asa Singh, Amit, Tushar, Akashdeep, Abhishek, Manoj, Shubham

“Mujhmein ishq ya ishq mein hoon main,
Hua mujhe ehsaas re,
Khel raha hoon saath yaar ke,
Main khwaabon ki taash re,
Tu hi usko khoj raha hai, ae dil mere, yeh na soch,
Woh bhi tujhko dhoondh raha hai jiski tujhe talaash re!!”

This song starts right off with the boisterous Punjabi-ness that an Imtiaz Ali-Pritam combo always consists of. The song is a happy-go-lucky and cute Bhangra tune that really has you dancing to it right away. Pritam’s composition is very earthy and raw, and not superficial and hollow like most other Punjabi songs that release these days. The mukhda especially, starts the song off very beautifully, and you can imagine a village romance getting conjured before your eyes. The hook is the cutest part of the song, but catchy too. In the antara, things go haywire though, and you take time to understand the tune of those lines soon. The tune fluctuates so much, that it is quite difficult to grasp. However, both the parts of the Nooran Sisters, have been composed wonderfully, the one at the beginning, and the one that concludes the song on a very nice note. Both parts are heavy on the earthiness quotient and transport you to the fields of Punjab, with its melodious composition. The arrangements are the run-of-the-mill 2006-2009 era Pritam Punjabi arrangements, with loud dhols (Naseeb Singh), effervescent tumbi (Jelly Manjitpuri), a folksy alghoza (Gurpreet Singh) and of course, a nice technical production. The vocals are energetic, and Dev Negi as the forerunner makes things easier for the audience by not singing too loud, and keeping a gentle yet steady voice constant. Sunidhi disappoints, singing in such a high pitch that I can’t fathom. Nooran Sisters are the stars of the song, starting and ending it with a bang. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are quite staid for the majority of the song, but again, the Nooran portions have been written very well, with the “Woh Bhi Tujhko Dhoondh Raha Hai Jiski Tujhe Talaash Re” line translating the film’s tagline ‘What you seek is seeking you’, very efficiently. A fun and cute Punjabi song, but falls flat in places where it tries to do too much.
Rating: 4/5

 

5. Hawayein / Hawayein (Film Version)

Singer ~ Arijit Singh

“Banaati hai jo tu, woh yaadein jaane sang mere kab tak chale,
Inhi mein toh meri, subah bhi dhale, shaamein dhalein, mausam dhale!
Khayalon ka safar, tu jaane tere hone se hi aabaad hai,
Hawayein haq mein, wohi hai aate jaate jo tera naam le,
Deti hai jo sadaayein, hawayein, hawayein,
Na jaane kya bataaye, hawayein, hawayein,
Le jaaye tujhe kahaan, hawayein, hawayein,
Le jaaye mujhe kahaan, hawayein, hawayein,
Le jaaye jaane kahaan, na mujhko khabar, na tujhko pata!”

The next song took my breath away, the first time I listened to it. It is just so marvellous and so ideal and so dreamy. It is the ideal romantic song. A trademark Pritam tune, with the trademark Pritam guitars and Sufi template, and the legendary Arijit Singh singing it. What more can you ask for, to obtain a wholesome and pleasant romantic song? Well, I know, I can’t ask for anything more! The composition by Pritam is utterly fascinating, and hooks you right from the first listen. The mukhda starts off quite slowly, but as soon as the hookline plays, you know that the song is one of the best songs of the year! The hookline is something that conforms to every Bollywood music lover’s music sensibilities! There are two antaras; one with a new tune, which is beautiful too, and one with the same tune as the mukhda. The first antara has a wonderful line that goes on and on, and merges with the hookline so seamlessly. The part where the backing vocalists go “Hawayein, Hawayein” has been structured and placed so beautifully. It reminded me of ‘Daayre’ (Dilwale). Overall, Pritam’s composition here is so much close to his usual style of composition, but still so lilting and dreamy! The vocals by Arijit are top-notch, and he repeats the magic of many previous Pritam-Arijit collabs, in one song. The vocals have shades of ‘Gerua’, ‘Channa Mereya’, ‘Daayre’ and ‘Saware’, and it just helps you love the song even more. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are soothing too, and so poetic! Read out as a poem too, they will be just as impactful. In fact here, Pritam’s strong tune is overbearing. The song appears in two versions — an original, and a film version. Both have splendid arrangements. The first version sticks to Pritam’s trademark arrangement style, with the guitars strongly dominating the arrangements. The Acoustic guitars (Roland Fernandes) are relegated to the background as the electric guitars (also by Fernandes), do that wonderful neverending loop thing that they love to do in Pritam songs! 😄 The ethnic strings (Tapas Roy) provide an amazing first interlude that brings in the earthiness into the beautiful composition. Increasing the Indian-ness of the song, is the nice Sufi template employed in the hook portions, with the Duff and tablas sounding very appealing. The film version has a slightly more haunting arrangement, and sounds straight out of Coke Studio, with a beautiful Hang drum (Sunny MR), and ethnic strings (Tapas Roy) setting up a wonderfully haunting sound that sounds least like it is by Pritam. The Pritamish tune and the haunting Rahmanish arrangements really complement each other, though I never thought they could! A nice and charming wind instrument keeps playing throughout the song, and the guitars (Roland Fernandes) are amazing. All in all, both versions of this song are just as beautiful!!
Rating: 5/5 for Original, 5/5 for Film Version

 

6. Parinda / Parinda (Search)

Singers ~ Pardeep Singh Sran / Tochi Raina & Nikhil D’Souza

“Ikk pardesi, oh yaar banaya,
Main usnu dil de takht bithaya,
O seene de naal usnu laaya,
O apne dil da haal sunaaya,
O maar udaari kithe nikal gaya,
Maar udaari kithe nikal gaya,
Kade bigad gaya, kade machal gaya,
Kade nikal gaya ni hun taan,
Dhoondhan nain bichaare, ni aaj parinda maahi!”

Pritam ups the ante with the next song, a pulsating rock song that is really foot tapping. The composition is a nice, folksy, Punjabi-flavoured composition, that immediately grows on you. The hookline in particular is just beautiful, what with the amazing high notes. The mukhda and antara both have the same tune, and I love the fluctuations in the tune. The arrangements are high-octane rock arrangements, and it is probably the first time in a long time that I’ve enjoyed rock so much, in the first go! The drums by Alan Hertz are very, very exciting, and of course the guitars (Electric and Acoustic by Josh Smith & Nyzel D’Lima; Bass Guitars by Ernest Tibbs) complement the drums very well, as they always do! The lyrics by Kamil are completely in Punjabi, but very interesting, and I loved them. The two versions of the song only differ much in their vocals. Pardeep Sran in the first version oozes the Punjabi energy that should accompany such a high-energy song, and does an electrifying job! Tochi Raina, however, in the second version, brings a more toned-down version of the same, but still, it isn’t low in energy at all! Nikhil D’Souza has an English portion in this version, which sounds AMAZING! It also has an extra stanza at the end, which has a very energetic composition. Both these singers have worked with Pritam many times in the past, but this song marks them working with him after a long, long time, so I’m very happy!! The backing chorus in both versions is spot-on! Kamil’s lyrics actually contradict the upbeat nature of the song, and give a hint of emotion — the song is actually much more meaningful than it seems! A rock song that shows how fusion between Punjabi folk and Rock should be done!
Rating: 4.5/5 for the Original, 5/5 for the Second Version

 

7. Ghar

Singers ~ Nikhita Gandhi & Mohit Chauhan

“Khaali hai jo tere bina, main woh ghar hoon tera,
Ghoome phire, tu chaahe sab shehar, tu hai mera!”

The next song is what Pritam is all about. This is why people love his music so much. These kind of songs is why he has become so popular. It is a very soothing and calm, semi-classical kind of song, that depends solely on acoustics to propel it. The composition kind of resembles that of Pritam’s own ‘Tu Jaane Na’ (Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani) and ‘Daayre’ (Dilwale) and even the recent ‘Main Agar’ (Tubelight). The hook is what makes you get sucked into the song right away; it sounds so pleasing, that you just get lost in it. The first antara is the peak of the song, and the second one by Mohit is no less. The arrangements are very soothing too, with a lounge-ish treatment, complete with amazing electric and acoustic guitars (Warren Mendonsa) which give off the trademark Pritam touch, and a wonderful tabla (Jeetu Shankar) to complement that. The vocals are just too impressive. I think this is Nikhita’s career best, and after two hit songs from Pritam albums, she finally gets a huge portion in a mind blowing song! The way she introduces variations in the same line each time, shows her versatility, and hints at her classical training, if she has had any! Mohit, again, with Pritam after a long time (maybe because of the Imtiaz connection), does spectacularly in his high-pitched portions. Irshad’s lyrics are amazing, romantic lyrics with a thought-provoking concept. A soothing lounge-ish song that manages to touch your soul! The best of the album till now!
Rating: 5/5

 

8. Yaadon Mein

Singers ~ Jonita Gandhi, Mohammed Irfan & Cuca Roseta, Portuguese Lyrics by ~ Mario Pacheco

“Yaadon mein, jalte rehna, hai tera mera,
Yaadon mein, jalte rehne ko, miley hain kya?
Yaadon mein jeena toh sabse badi sazaa lagey,
Yaadon se, jaana ki faasley hain kya!”

A strong Latino vibe hits you right from the beginning of this next song, which happens to be a kind of Portuguese folk song kind of musical genre called “Fado”, and you get sucked in right away. The composition starts with a melancholic portion that sounds very similar to many Spanish/Portuguese folk songs we have come across in pop culture and other sources. And what a wonderful feeling it gives, to actually see a song like this being made for a Bollywood movie. Usually, whenever European or Portuguese styled music is used in Bollywood, it is for those dance numbers a la ‘Senorita’ (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara), ‘Hawaa Hawaa’ (Rockstar), ‘Udi’ (Guzaarish), and though these were beautiful, too, the unexplored and soothing side of that compositional style really comes across beautifully here, and it sounds oh-so-operatic and chilling! The composition is beautiful, though it is mostly the hook repeating most of the time, but those variations in the hook just kill you then and there. The antaras are nice, especially the female one, and the Portuguese portion by Roseta is wonderful as well. That’s that for the composition. The arrangements by Pritam go beyond what Bollywood has tried in Portuguese music thus far, and goes to a more spine-chilling mixture of the traditional Portuguese guitars (by local guitarist Mario Pacheco) and Pritam’s wonderful strings. The beats get very Pritam-ish in Mohd. Irfan’s antara, but it is a refreshing turn of events. The Portuguese guitar obviously keeps us entertained throughout the songs, and instances of harmonicas are heard as well. The vocals are spot-on. Jonita starts off with a booming introduction, which I would never have believed was sung by her, if it weren’t for the credits! She has changed her voice so beautifully, to make it actually sound like a Portuguese singer. Sure enough, the actual Portuguese singer, Cuca Roseta, sounds very similar to Jonita, but gets a way smaller portion than her. Irfan does well in his parts, in what is also his first song for Pritam too! However, somehow, I felt a lack of connect during his part. The ladies bring that connect back. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are heart-wrenching. Mario Pacheco, the guitarist, has written the Portuguese lyrics. All in all, a wonderful song that mixes up the pathos of a typical Bollywood song, and the richness of Portuguese folk.
Rating: 4.5/5

 

9. Raula

Singers ~ Diljit Dosanjh & Neeti Mohan

“Aankhon ne khwaabon pe aise hai aitbaar kiya,
Jaise do anjaanon ne khulke ho pyaar kiya,
Hota tha pehle jo door kabhi,
Abb woh mujhe paas lage,
Jaane kyun achha sa lagey,
Dil ne jo iss baar kiya!”

A very trademark Pritam feel-good vibe sets in as the next song rolls in, after that poignant melody. This is another song to go with Shah Rukh’s Punjabi character in the movie — a fun and upbeat Punjabi wedding song. The composition is one of the cutest I’ve heard this year, and instantly has you hooked. The hookline itself is so cute, that everything starts sounding beautiful due to it. The first antara, is something straight out of a 90s Bollywood album, with a noticeable Jatin-Lalit vibe. The bridge from the first antara to the hook is kind of bumpy, but things are great from there. Neeti has the second antara all to herself, and it is pure bliss. Pritam composed that one in trademark 90s Rahman style, and I can’t believe it is by Pritam; the variations in tune sound like the Rahman of the 90s has composed it! It was a pleasant surprise to see Pritam in that form. The vocalists have fun themselves and transmit the energy and boisterous nature of the song to us through the earphones. Diljit is clearly having the time of his life, and his additions like “chak de phatte naap de killi“, are so fun to listen to. Neeti sounds amazing, especially in her solo portion. The arrangements are fun as well, and in a traditional Imtiaz Ali pattern, they are high on dhols, and very interestingly, also have beautiful brass instruments interjecting, with a trademark Laxmikant-Pyarelal vibe. Flamenco Guitars (Josete Ordoñez) are audible in the second interlude. The dhadd and Plucked instruments (Tapas Roy) in Neeti’s solo portion, are so cute! The repetition of the hookline’s tune on those plucked instruments is too cute as well! Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are again, high on the fun quotient, and quirky as well, Especially with those “sangya” (noun), “visheshan” (adjective) and “sarvanaam” (pronoun) additions in Neeti’s parts. One of the most catchy Punjabi songs I’ve heard after ‘Nachde Ne Saare’ (Baar Baar Dekho).
Rating: 4.5/5

 

10. Jee Ve Sohaneya

Singers ~ Jyoti Nooran & Sultana Nooran, Music and A Portion of the Lyrics Traditional

“Kabhi kabhaar sandesa de de, Kya hai tera haal,
Rut pardesi rakhti hogi, shaayad tera khayaal,
Yahaan tere bin patjhad sa hai, har ek mausam hi..
Jee ve sohneya jee, chaahe kisi ka hokar ji!
Maana ke tu ab nahi mera, kabhi tha mera bhi!!”

The singers who enhanced ‘Butterfly’ manifold, Nooran Sisters, get a song all to themselves now, and coincidentally, the song is a built-up on their portion in that song. They sang “Jee Ve Sohneya Jee..”, in that song; here, the rest of the lines follow to make an entire song. The composition is traditional, but Pritam enhances it with his trademark Electric guitars (Roland Fernandes) and digital beats. That’s pretty much all for the arrangements. The stars of the song are actually its lyrics. Irshad Kamil takes the traditional lyrics as a basis to weave a poetic song that is about the relatives of a person who has gone and settled in a foreign land, pleading for him to come back. The lyrics just tug at your heartstrings and remind you of the iconic ‘Ghar Aaja Pardesi’ (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge), which was also sung in an earthy manner. This song has increased the earthiness and rustic nature a lot, by having Nooran Sisters sing it. Their amazing voices really bring out the song’s essence even better! A song whose lyrics and vocals are what will help it to make its way into the hearts of everyone who listens to it!
Rating: 5/5

 

11. Phurrr (Film Version)

Singers ~ Mohit Chauhan & Tushar Joshi, All Hindi Melodic Compositions by ~ Pritam, Music Programming by ~ Diplo & Rocky Wellstack

NOTE: There was another version of this song which Sony Music released a day before the album. That one was a mix by Diplo, which was terrible compared to the ‘Film Version’. You can listen to it HERE. The one included in the album is actually Pritam’s mix, with Diplo’s drop used from the remix of ‘Agony’ by Pinchers.

“Teri hasrat ho, ya ibaadat ho,
Tujhko paana hai, jo bhi soorat ho,
Har taraf sach mein, sach ki chaahat ho,
Lafz na ho pyaar, balki aadat ho!”

The album finally sheds itself of all the folksiness it had built up for itself (almost every song had some Indian-ness to it) and goes outright Western for this finale. The only thing in this song that is remotely and typically ‘Indian’ is how they say “Phurrrrrrr” to signify a bird’s flying. The song is actually very cool and it is an effort that should be appreciated! The composition is by Pritam, and half of the production by Pritam’s team, and the rest by Diplo. The composition itself is very paltry, but still sounds amazing with the whole Western treatment. It is trippy, no doubt. I mean, if people can withstand trash like “Swalla”, they can go through this without flinching! The drop by Diplo suits here very well, and sounds like it was always meant to be for this song. The entire digital treatment is something Pritam rarely does; he usually takes the help of guitars and live instruments, but it actually turned out pretty good. I loved those electronic tablas sounds. And the programming between 2:02 to 2:24 in the song, is just rad! I would like to appreciate the idea of a collaboration too, however good or bad it has turned out. You like the drop of some song, you contact that person and get him on board — that’s the professional way of doing things! A round of applause for Pritam and Imtiaz here! The vocals are good too. Mohit Chauhan is back for the second time in one album, and he renders the fun song with a swag that is unmatched. Tushar Joshi, Pritam’s new blue-eyed boy, does well too! Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are very conveniently sidelined in the song, thanks to all that’s going on. If one were to still make a conscious effort to listen to them though, he wouldn’t find any hidden gem. A song that isn’t really enough to start a new collaboration wave in Bollywood, but will be remembered for its braveness.
Rating: 4/5


Jab Harry Met Sejal, no matter how late the album released, no matter how badly the film tanked, no matter how much Imtiaz disappointed everyone with the film, no matter how many people actually liked it, and no matter how late this review is going up, is really an album that should be applauded first of all, solely for the makers’ interest in creating an album that’ll cater to music lovers and music listeners. The amazing mix of world music and Punjabi music in this album, is spellbinding. It is such an excitement to listen to the album again and again, because every time, something new that we didn’t get before, pops up. The album also marks Pritam and Imtiaz’s reunion after eight years, and evidently, both Imtiaz and Pritam have evolved over the years. The knowledge Imtiaz got from Rahman’s style of work, has reflected in the album, and the sound that Pritam has developed for himself over the 2013-2017 phase of his career, also shows in the album. It is probably only “Butterfly” that smells of old Pritam and old Imtiaz. But in conclusion, I’m happy that Imtiaz met Pritam (Again)!!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 5 + 4.5 + 5 + 4 + 5 + 5 + 4.5 + 5 + 5 + 4.5 + 4.5 + 5 + 4 = 61

Album Percentage: 93.84% {Making it surpass ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’ and making it secure the top rank now!! 🎉🎉🎉}

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: From Track 1 to Track 13 nonstop 🙂

 

 

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A COMMANDO WITH LESS COMMAND ON TUNE! (COMMANDO 2 – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Mannan Shaah, Gourov-Roshin & Pritam Chakraborty
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Aatish Kapadia, Raftaar & Sameer Anjaan
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 13th February 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 3rd March 2017

Commando 2 Album Cover

Commando 2 Album Cover

 

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

To but this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Commando 2 is an upcoming Bollywood action thriller film starring Vidyut Jammwal, Adah Sharma, Esha Gupta and Freddy Daruwala, directed by Deven Bhojani, and produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah. It is a sequel to 2013 sleeper-hit, ‘Commando’, which is still famous for its wonderful action scenes. That film had more of a rustic setting, wheras this one is a sleek, urban film. And that might reflect somehow in the music as well. Which is by the composer of the first movie, Mannan Shaah. I don’t know whether he did some other small albums during these four years, but I definitely didn’t hear any. He has composed three songs for the movie, while the guest composers Gourov-Roshin have “composed” another. It is a remake. My expectations are 50-50, considering that the music of the first film was good as per the movie’s theme, and that T-Series has changed over the years. And also, Gourov-Roshin have remade something, which succeeds only sometimes. At least I hope the Mannan Shaah part of the album is good. So let’s see how the album is, though I’m a bit apprehensive!


1. Hare Krishna Hare Ram

Singers ~ Armaan Malik, Ritika & Raftaar, Original Composition by ~ Pritam Chakraborty, Music Recreated by ~ Gourov-Roshin, Original Lyrics by ~ Sameer Anjaan, New Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Rap by ~ Raftaar

“Hare Ram, hare Ram, Hare Krishna Hare Ram!”

– Sameer Anjaan

T-Series’ habit of rehashing old hits continues with the first song of the album itself. And the song isn’t a hit from the 70s, 80s, or even 90s! It is a (relatively) new song (can’t believe ten years have passed already!!) from 2007! The goat that gets sent to the slaughterhouse this time is ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’s title track, by Pritam! And the remake is in the hands of the people I least trust with remakes nowadays, Gourov-Roshin! (With Abhijit Vaghani doing the programming) So yeah, lethal combination. Now, the song’s new composition by Gourov-Roshin cleverly doesn’t stray too far away from the original one, and in doing so, sounds quite similar to the old one in totality. However, it sounds completely incomplete! The song starts off with a rapid rap from Raftaar (if you don’t know, his name means speed 😛 ) which is quite impressive as far as rap is concerned. Then comes the new mukhda, which, as I said, sticks very close to the original. The hookline is the only thing here that deserves to be heard, because of its original catchy and haunting tune by Pritam. The antara too, can’t survive without the old tune serving as a structure. So yeah, I bet the duo did a lot of put-this-note-here-and-that-there, and composed the new parts with the same notes, but jumbled up. The arrangements are quite cool, and there’s a nice tap dance part after the rap at the beginning, which sounds amazing. And that plucked instrument loop from the original has been incorporated in the places you would least expect it to be, sometimes played on some trumpet-like instrument. The beats are groovy. And that synthesiser loop that starts the song is mind blowing. Vocals by Armaan Malik are one of his worst performances ever. The makers have made him song in a different voice, yes, but it doesn’t suit him or the song at all. The female vocalist hardly gets scope to say anything, and that too, is unintelligible. Raftaar, as mentioned before, raps efficiently. The new lyrics by Kumaar are no weirder than the original by Sameer. 😀 Good as a song, but not as a remake as it doesn’t meet the standards of the original, which was way ahead of its time!

Rating: 2.5/5

 

2. Tere Dil Mein / Tere Dil Mein (Club Mix)

Singers ~ Armaan Malik / Armaan Malik & Shefali Alvares, Music by ~ Mannan Shaah, Lyrics by ~ Aatish Kapadia

“Abb toh intezaar hai, bas tere jawaab ka,
Milta hai khayal kya, tere mere khwaab ka,
Mera dil toh ho chala, ikk khuli kitaab re…
Tere dil mein kya hai tu bataa re!”

– Aatish Kapadia

Composer Mannan Shaah takes over from here, and his first song is a dulcet romantic ballad, that instantly gets you hooked. The composition is one of the sweetest I’ve heard this year. Each month seems to be having its own ‘Best romantic Song’, and while January’s and February’s songs were ‘Enna Sona’ (Ok Jaanu) and ‘Bawara Mann’ (Jolly LLB 2) respectively, I would vouch for this one as March’s best romantic track till now. Mannan’s composition is heart-rending, especially the hookline, which has an innate Indian touch to it. It is just so emotional-sounding for some reason! And the line going “Tu hi mera sach hai re…” has been composed beautifully! The antara just continues with the beauty of the composition, and I especially loved the part where the antara bridges to the hookline! That’s when the maximum goosebumps showed up. The arrangements are amazing, with acoustic guitar riffs (Warren Mendonsa) forming the base of the arrangements, and a ravishing Strings section by the Chennai Strings Conducted by Sax Raja blows away your mind. Electric guitar, also by Warren Mendonsa, makes a cameo in the interlude, and that’s quite interesting to listen to too. The vocals by Armaan are cute and sweet, but his diction falters at places, like “kaab” for “khwaab“, and he hasn’t seemed to have got time to rehearse those intricate aalaaps in the mukhda and hookline! Sad, because that makes a technical glitch in such a beautiful song! Armaan is usually good, but I cant help but miss Arijit here. The song is like a modern equivalent to ‘Commando’s romantic song ‘Saawan Bairi’, but gets nowhere close to it in terms of compositional intricacy and perfection. Then again, that was a semiclassical composition. There is a “Club Mix” included in the soundtrack, which is basically a remix, with the original track played at a very high tempo, that barely does any justice to it. There’s a female portion in that track, which is sung by Shefali Alvares (I got that even before reading the credits! Yayyyy! :p ). The song makes for a nice club track, but doesn’t at all do justice to the surreal composition. And yes, I am rating that because if the makers want to degrade their album by adding unnecessary remixes, it’s not my fault! Note that it is the first remix in all of 2017, and that means we are changing! The remix has been essentially done to bring forward another antara, which wasn’t in the original, and unused. So if you want to hear that, hear this club mix. Otherwise, I will only suggest that you hear it if you work as a DJ. The lyrics by Aatish Kapadia are simply wonderful, and I really loved them, both in the original and the antara of the song that got used in the remix. A romantic song straight from the heart.

Rating: 4.5/5 for original, 2/5 for Club Mix

 

3. Seedha Saadha / Seedha Saadha (Reprise Version)

Singers ~ Amit Mishra / Jubin Nautiyal, Music By ~ Mannan Shaah, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

“Seedha saadha dil, Seedha saadha,
Mera Kam hai tera zyaada!”

– Kumaar

A melancholic rock song is the next song Mannan Shaah has to offer here, and from the way it starts, you can tell that it isn’t headed anywhere. The first version, at least. It has that feel to it right at the beginning, which tells you right away that it is a weird, unlikeable composition. And it definitely does start off that way. The composition is as colourless and dull as it can be, before the hookline. The only part the composition ever becomes likeable is in the hookline. The antara too, is decent, but because of the mukhda and other factors we’ll come to later, the song just doesn’t appeal to you. It is a pity that such a good hookline couldn’t get a better fitting part to it. Now for the other factors. Like Amit Mishra’s vocals. Amit Mishra. The one who stunned or entertained us with his renditions in ‘Manma Emotion Jaage’ (Dilwale), ‘Sau Tarah Ke’ (Dishoom) and the best, ‘Bulleya’ (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil), does nothing but disappoint in this song. His faltering voice doesn’t go with the composition, for which even K.K. would’ve worked. Jubin does way better in his version, but then, his version is a subtly arranged one, without as many hard-hitting rock noises as Amit’s version has. And I must say, Mannan’s composition sounds way better as a soft rock song, than a heavy rock song. Jubin’s soft voice had the right voice texture for it to come out right, which is why his version is way better. The arrangements in Amit Mishra’s version are too distracting, and the melody can’t be enjoyed as such. Whereas Jubin’s version has a wonderful, sway-inducing soft rock arrangement, enhanced by a synthesiser loop playing in the interlude. In a nutshell, you should go for the wholesome Reprise, than the incomplete and weird first version. Lyrics by Kumaar are good, but quite typical here. A sad song better felt in Jubin’s voice than Amit’s. It is basically a middling composition relying on voices to uplift it, out of which one clearly could not!

Rating: 2/5 for Original, 3.5/5 for Reprise Version

 

4. Commando (Title Track) / Commando (English Version)

Singer ~ Aditi Singh Sharma, Music by ~ Mannan Shaah, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Commando, commando, commando, commando!” :p

– Kumaar

The last song of the album is the title track of the film. Of course, it isn’t exactly the title track because they don’t say ‘Commando 2’, but then whatever. The composition is yet another middling composition by Mannan, and I don’t get why it flies all over the place and has so many turns and twists, that nobody will be able to decipher or even enjoy it. The mukhda makes it start off like a very run-of-the-mill track, without any shine whatsoever. The hookline is the easiest possible way you could imagine to put a tune to the word ‘Commando’. The interlude sees the song going all fusion-y, and then there’s a tempo increases that gets the song taking off at last. From there, the song at least sounds decent. There’s a nice traditional percussion in that part, and it is followed by a nice electric guitar piece. The antara that follows is also better composed, and has the required attitude that is seen in the action scenes of the movie’s trailer. There’s an English Version, in which just the mukhda’s Hindi parts have been replaced by lines in English, and it was actually unnecessary. They could’ve secretly added it in the movie without giving us another audio track, like some filmmakers do for certain songs that are actually good. Aditi is at her pretentious best, and stylises the words so much that it sounds too false! Mannan’s techno sounds do fare well for the song though. Kumaar’s lyrics are just bland. One of the most boring title tracks of late. *Remembers Raees title song*. Or maybe not.

Rating: 1.5/5 for original , 1.5/5 for English Version


Commando 2 is such a letdown, I can’t explain it in words. Only one song matches any expectations, and that too isn’t as good as the best song of “Commando”. Gourov-Roshin’s remake is good except for the fact that is unnecessarily relies on Pritam’s song to propel it forward. Mannan’s other songs are below the standards he set for himself with the first film’s album. Also, unnecessary reprises bog down the album. This Commando lacks command over tune, and composition! And maybe, choice of singers too.

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 2.5 + 4.5 + 2 + 2 + 3.5 + 1.5 + 1.5 = 17.5

Album Percentage: 50% (How convenient!) 

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: Tere Dil Mein > Seedha Saadha (Reprise Version) > Hare Krishna Hare Ram > Tere Dil Mein (Club Mix) > Seedha Saadha > Commando (Title Track) > Commando (English Version)

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 06 (from previous albums) + 01 (from Commando 2) = 07

 

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ARTISTIC, BRILLIANT, CREATIVE & DEADLY!! (ABCD 2 – Music Review)

Yes I’m late for my ‘ABCD 2’ Music Review, but today, 14th June, is Sachin Sanghvi of Sachin-Jigar’s birthday, so how about posting it as his birthday gift? 😀 So happy birthday, Sachin, and keep providing us with those infectious tunes with Jigar’s help!!


Music Album Details

♪ Music by: Sachin-Jigar
♪ Lyrics by: Mayur Puri, Vishal Dadlani, Priya Saraiya, D. Soldierz, Rimi Nique & Badshah
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 22nd May 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 18th June 2015

ABCD 2 Album Cover

ABCD 2 Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


ABCD 2 is an upcoming Bollywood dance film, starring Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor and Prabhudheva in the lead roles, and Dharmesh Yelande, Raghav Juyal (Crockroaxz) and Lauren Gottlieb in supporting roles. The film has been directed by Remo D’Souza, and produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur. The film revolves around the struggle of choreographers Suresh (Varun Dhawan) and Vinnie (Shraddha Kapoor) from Nalasopara, a suburb in Mumbai, who go on to win the World Hip-Hop Dance Championship. The movie is a sequel to the 2013 film ‘ABCD – Any Body Can Dance’, with everything bigger and larger than before. A bigger starcast — what with some youth heartthrobs joining the bandwagon, a bigger budget — it’s shot in Las Vegas. A bigger everything, basically. So it is just natural for us to expect a bigger soundtrack too, in terms of both number of songs and quality and also appeal. The duo who has worked very hard in order to reach this stage in their career, where they’re giving us great album after year album, Sachin-Jigar, for whom the album of the first film was a turning point, return to compose for the album, along with 10 songs!! So I’m gonna dive right into this “expectedly” great album that I expect to be bigger than its prequel! 🙂 Let’s find out what we get!


1. Bezubaan Phir Se
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani, Anushka Manchanda & Madhav Krishna, Rap by ~ Vishal Dadlani, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

As it is clear from the title of the song, the makers of the film have decided to remake and represent the most famous song of the first film, the song that got the film a name and an identification of its own, ‘Bezubaan’, and since they’ve made it again (re-made) they add the words ‘Phir Se’ to the title, which don’t actually appear in the song. So, the song starts with that tune which has gotten itself to be recognized as the characteristic tune of ‘ABCD’, much like we had one for the ‘Dhoom’ franchise, the ‘Race’ films and even for ‘Ra.One’. This time, though, it doesn’t take shape with the help of rock guitars, but with the help of ancient Chinese-sounding flutes. And they haunt you, at the same time grabbing your attention and making you crave for more. Also, the original song was so great, that you can just expect something more great in this sequel to that song, which the starting assures you, that you will get. Where the first song was a soulful, soft number sung smoothly and calmly by Mohit Chauhan along with some electrifying English rap portions in the middle and a scintillating hookline by Priya Panchal, this version of it is dynamic all the way! When you have a vocal powerhouse such as Vishal Dadlani onboard, what else would you expect? And Vishal very efficiently carries the song on his two shoulders. Infusing the right amount of energy and enjoyability in the song as is required, and also as much as is possible, he zips through the song like a lightning bolt, spreading the zing as he goes. This time, there is very little English rap, but mostly, a catchy Hindi rap, written and sung by Vishal too, very effectively. Anushka Manchanda has a very brief portion, but she soothes us down in that small portion, before and after which Vishal spreads his enthusiasm again. The disappointing part in the vocals, though, is Madhav Krishna with the hookline, which doesn’t sound properly in place after Vishal’s virally infectious parts. After Vishal builds up the climax, it ends quite abruptly at the hookline, leaving you thinking that something is missing. Sachin-Jigar have wonderfully composed the new parts surrounding the hookline, and those parts are very catchy, but again, the hookline itself seems out-of-place somewhat. Their arrangements do make up for it however. New and cool techno sounds, with those electric guitars, really make your day whenever you hear the song, and may even serve as your daily dose of energy! That tabla in Anushka’s part is hard to make out, but when you do hear it, you’ll get goosebumps — it’s that awesome! Again, the percussion part at the end, this time starting off with African beats, seems very flat in front of what we had got to hear in the first song. And Taufiq Qureshi is there, in this song too! Was expecting a lot more from him but this is satisfactory! If only this wasn’t a remake, I wouldn’t be comparing at all! Mayur Puri’s lyrics are brilliant like they always are, and the inspirational factor in them hasn’t gone anywhere between the first song and this one! 🙂 A bit disappointing when compared to the original, but definitely an enjoyable start to the album! I know it must be challenging to remake one of your own songs, so no problem!!

 

2. Sun Saathiya
Singers ~ Priya Saraiya & Divya Kumar, Lyrics by ~ Priya Saraiya

The next song is another song that we are familiar with, thanks to the first film. However, the makers hadn’t included it in the OST, but had kept it in the film. That was kind of unreasonable, because it was one of the best songs in the film. After that, the makers got a lot of requests from the audience to release the song as a single, and after two years, the audience’s wish comes true in the form of this song. We get a full, proper song with a mukhda and antara, of which only the mukhda was included in the first film. The duo and Priya Panchal Saraiya have developed the song further, resulting in a song to cherish. The ever-reliable piano intro (it always works, no matter how many times you use it) absorbs you into the song right from the moment it starts. Then Priya, with her smooth-flowing vocals, transports us to dreamland, literally, and we forget all the dimensions of time and space, our ears only open to Sachin-Jigar’s melodious composition, and a wonderful combination of Priya and Divya’s voices. Divya carries put his parts wonderfully, not stumbling anywhere while singing that fast-paced sargam, and he shocks us with his classically perfect rendition. His rustic vocals provide a great contrast to Priya’s more fine vocals, and it sounds brilliant when they have been put together. Priya’s lyrics are great as well, romantic and having an easily-memorizable quality to them. But what really stands out are the duo’s arrangements, a fantastic amalgamation of classical instruments like the tablas, and Western instruments like the piano, violins and even a small drum part somewhere! The violin comes in the interlude, and soothes you down a lot, especially because of Divya’s sargam, wonderfully blended with it. Overall, a nice gift to the audience from Sachin-Jigar, Priya and Divya, wherein we had to wait for two years, but the end result is totally worth it!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Chunar
Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

As soon as the next song starts, you are reminded of the haunting, but soothing music that you get to hear in a typical Sanjay Leela Bhansali album. But this time, it is relatively younger composers, Sachin-Jigar trying their hand at this genre. And they succeed, everything in the song as perfect as possible. First of all, I would like to praise Arijit, who, after singing many songs of the same type and feel, finally sings a song which nobody can call a ‘typical Arijit Singh song’. His nuances are brilliant, and ultimately, it is his textured voice that makes you fall for the track. Everything else falls in place later on because, it just so happens that the first time you hear the track, you notice nothing but Arijit. In subsequent listens, you start taking in more and more from the track and that’s why, you end up loving it even more after many listens. Sachin-Jigar’s melody, as I said, is perfectly haunting and very, very touching, suitable for Mayur’s even more touching lyrics. While ‘Meri Maa’ (Yaariyan) was the best “Ode-To-Mother” song of last year, this year’s has definitely got to be ‘Chunar’, what with the really heart-touching lyrics by Mayur, and the suitably emotional-izing tune to it. If you think this is too many awesome things in one song, wait till you hear about the arrangements, because I’m yet to tell you about them! It starts off with wonderful, haunting sound of a string instrument (turns out it’s a harp, as Sachin said here when I asked him), which just draws you in, after which you cannot escape until the song is over. It sounds like it’s a classical instrument and that’s why I was really surprised to know it’s a harp!! It’s been given a great classical effect! Kudos to the duo for that! It plays constantly in the background for the whole mukhda, after which comes a stunning interlude, something so cool that you won’t believe your ears! Techno sounds coupled with an electric-sounding sitar, wow!! And those vocals! It makes for a wonderful listen! The beats that accompany Arijit in the parts where the harp is silent, are awesome too! Techno beats in a semi-classical composition, sounds awesome! Heart-touching, emotional, and beautifully written, sung and composed!!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Happy Birthday
Singers ~ Sachin Sanghvi, Jigar Saraiya, Varun Dhawan & D. Soldierz, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri, D. Soldierz

In the next song, Sachin-Jigar and Mayur Puri take us one year back, when ‘Johnny Johnny’ had become a rage in the nation. The same insanity, quirkiness, catchiness and infectious nature of that song, returns in this song. While it starts with ignorable dialogues that go away quickly, the parts that follow will have you grooving before you know it! The fact that none of the singers, except Varun Dhawan in some places, are recognizable due to the over-the-top programming done to the voices, can easily be ignored too, because the tune of what they’re singing, is something that is too hard to resist. The composers themselves get behind the mic, and program their own voices so weirdly, that the weirdness starts to sound genius! The various voices they obtained by programming their voices, are really funny and apt for such an energetic and crazy, wacky song. D. Soldierz, a Delhi based Punjabi music duo, has been well utilized in the song, and the line they have sung is what got me to like this song so much, it’s just composed so well by Sachin-Jigar! The beats in the song do resemble those of ‘Johnny Johnny’ a lot, but no complaints! They’re actually really infectious beats! The female voice going “Awww” so many times in the song, sounds so great!! Varun’s rap has been programmed too much as well, and so it sounds very weird when he says some lines after his rap, in his real voice! Mayur’s lyrics here, are quirky and well-suited to the requirements of the song. D. Soldierz have also written a few lines, I guess the ones they sang. 😂😂 I know, I don’t get any prize for guessing that! The duration of the song has been kept really short at just three minutes, which is just right for such a song. An overdose might make all the listeners crazy! (I mean that positively 😂) By now Sachin-Jigar have become experts at giving the public something that they will 100000% love!! This song joins the ranks of ‘Khoon Choos Le’, ‘Johnny Johnny’, ‘Paaji Tussi Such A Pussy Cat’ and ‘G Phaad Ke’! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. If You Hold My Hand
Singer ~ Benny Dayal, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

With each song of the album showing us a different genre, this one comes to the tried-and-tested breezy romance formula, which the ranks of Vishal-Shekhar, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Pritam have done many, many times in the past. This song too, falls in the category of songs which have a mix of English and Hindi lyrics, but actually make sense, and make you want to snap your fingers along to the catchy hookline. Sachin-Jigar go into typical Vishal-Shekhar’s ‘Anjaana Anjaani’, ‘I Hate Luv Storys’ etc, mode for this one, with the familiar-sounding “Oh-oh-ohhh” chorus, and that peppy tune of the lines “You Calling Out For Me, You Got Me On My Knees”, plus that unmistakably Vishal-Shekhar-ish hookline. Benny the rockstar carries it out with ease, managing both the English and Hindi parts effortlessly. He is back after quite some time, all the way after ‘Bang Bang’, and this is his first Hindi song this year to release! There are female backing vocals to support him, which sound suspiciously enough, like Shefali Alvares. And some more in another place sounding like Priya Saraiya. 😅 Arrangements are nice and relaxing, with all the techno sounds placed in a great, calming way. Mayur’s lyrics are good, and thank God they make sense, because some songs mixing Hindi and English make no sense at all. Yes, there are some place in the beginning where the words don’t rhyme in the line that follows, but the tune and Benny’s vocals covers that part up. Did Sachin-Jigar compose this or Vishal-Shekhar!? 😄 An awesome composition which kind of seems like Sachin-Jigar are paying a tribute to Vishal-Shekhar! Awesome, catchy composition, lyrics that are easy to grasp, and a wonderful and engaging performance by Benny! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Hey Ganaraya
Singer ~ Divya Kumar, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

We were treated with a semi-classical ‘Chunar’ earlier in the album, only to be surprised with a full-fledged classical piece later on, in the form of ‘Hey Ganaraya’. The harp is used once again, in a very traditionally Indian way, to start off the song. It is a song overflowing with divinity and devotion, which would surely arouse the faith and bhakti in you. In the first film,,we had two power-packed, dynamic and dhamaakedaar Lord Ganesha songs ‘Shambhu Sutaya’ and ‘Sadda Dil Vi Tu’, but in this film, there is a sole Lord Ganesha song, which is focused in its path, and never diverting from its path. A serious devotional song was definitely not expected, but now that we have got it, I cannot do anything but praise it. Divya Kumar, who was on backing vocals in ‘Shambhu Sutaya’ (identifiable, but uncredited) gets to carry this one solely on his shoulders. Once more, he gets to showcase his versatility and also his effortlessness in performing the sargam. Additional voices supporting him, have done stupendous work, wonderful tabla bols, and an uptempo piece that makes up an interlude, in a pretty Garba-esque style. Sachin-Jigar’s composition is full of the required feel of devotion — that haunting sound, which ironically drives all the fear out of your mind! Their composition is most probably based on a raaga, and makes sure not to steer away from the classical genre even once. Arrangements are unbelievable, as well. The traditional instruments like tablas, dhols and nagada, have been equipped very, very well. The conclusion to the song, has to be paid very close attention to, especially if you are a classical music lover. The tabla solo will just blow you away! Mayur Puri’s lyrics have that ‘pray-and-call-out-to-God-when-in-dilemma’ feel in them, and I think all of us can relate to them in some way or the other. Many of Lord Ganesha’s names have been used, and sound beautiful the way they have been incorporated into the song! A full-fledged classical delight, nothing less!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

7. Happy Hour
Singer ~ Mika Singh, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

After the devotional classical song, a mandatory ‘drunkard’ song, which is necessary in all of today’s albums, jumps unto the album. But this one is a bit different from all those irritating songs. This one has a catchy and addictive starting to it, made up of techno sounds and a tune that wouldn’t really make you turn away and skip the song in disgust. Instead, it makes you eager to listen on, to see what is in store for you in the rest of the song. Well, I know not many have liked this song (in fact, I’m probably the only one I know who loves it…) but I don’t know what’s the problem in it. First of all, the slow-paced the which acts as slow poison, gives it the infectious feeling it should have, making it join the ranks of the classic ‘Intehaan Ho Gayi Intezaar Ki’ in terms of tempo, and the composition too seems a bit inspired from that song. A depressed soul, drinking the night away, blurting out his emotions, but no moments which will have you scrunch your face in disgust, no disturbing moments at all. Half of this, thanks to the incredibly humourous lyrics by Mayur Puri, which have been rendered just as comically by Mika. As I said, the composition takes time to grow, and I’m not sure if it will grow or not, either! It has many abrupt twists and turns and tempo changes, which might seem weird at first, but blend in, in no time. But it did on me, so I hope that at least someone else is on my side regarding this song! 😀 Sachin-Jigar’s arrangements are interesting as well, with those weird yet creative sounds starting off the song, and the beats on which the whole song plays. In the hookline, those techno pinball-like sounds are so catchy! And the interlude, with the unexpected dhols, is awesome too, played at a higher tempo. Divya Kumar, identifiable in the backing vocals, does good too. The conclusion to this song is also extraordinary, with the tempo increase and the high-energy arrangements of techno sounds. Something that will grow on you with time; something really enjoyable and catchy! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

8. Naach Meri Jaan
Singers ~ Benny Dayal, Shalmali Kholgade, Siddharth Basrur & Rimi Nique, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri & Rimi Nique

Here comes another genre, another feel and another sound to the album. This time Sachin-Jigar bring in a perfect Latino-flavoured dance track, with just the right arrangements that help us groove to the beats. The opening techno sounds are just enough to grab your attention, mostly because of their attractive sound and also the catchy tune! After that, Brazilian trumpets and percussion kick in, making the Latino ambience more prominent. Benny Dayal gets his second song in the album, and he starts off with a bang, singing an effective intro to the song. Though Shalmali is part of the song, she has been surprisingly kept in the background, with the main female vocals belonging to Rimi Nique,  of ‘India’s Raw Star’ and ‘The Voice Thailand’ fame, making a powerful and perfect Bollywood singing debut, with an energetic dance number. Her smooth and sugary vocals provide a great contrast between the upbeatness of the song and themselves. She could very well become the new club sensation after Shefali Alvares and Shalmali Kholgade, in the upcoming months. Out of Siddharth Basrur and Shalmali in the background, Shalmali can be heard and identified in her parts, since her voice doesn’t really match with Rimi’s, but I couldn’t identify Siddharth anywhere, because I’ve never really got hold of what he sounds like from his earlier songs. Rimi’s English solo towards the end, is awesome, with those Brazilian beats supporting her. The song makes you feel as if you are in a Carnival in Brazil, itself! Mayur and Rimi work together in writing the song, with Mayur most probably behind the Hindi lyrics and Rimi in charge of the English ones. The lyrics are entertaining, yet nothing out of the box. Though everything falls right into its place, Sachin-Jigar’s composition and arrangements are what makes this a must-listen! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

9. Tattoo
Singer ~ Shefali Alvares, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

The next song starts very, very dynamically and extremely addictively, with the freaky vocals going “Ayy-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ayy”, sounding a lot like they’ve been sung by Hard Kaur, followed by Shefali’s rhythmic lines that build up the suspense up until the very attractive hookline arrives. The uniqueness in Shefali’s voice works in favour of the song once again after her three songs in ‘Bombay Velvet’, and gives it a Western feel, although the lyrics, composition and beats try to keep it as desi as possible. Her rendition is really one of the best in her career in this song, unlike those songs where she gets to be following the footsteps of the male singer, and sing stuff we hardly notice all around the male singer’s lines. Here, she gets the whole song to herself, and doesn’t miss the opportunity to make it as worthwhile as she could. Sachin-Jigar’s addictive tune has to be praised too, of course for this, as it is something, the type of which we haven’t heard for quite some time in Bollywood, a masala-meets-urban type of dance track. Especially the hookline, they have composed really well, and it is something that you can’t just remove from your mind once you’ve heard it! Their beats, too are groovy and foot-tapping, making sure you enjoy yourself all throughout the duration of the song. The various experimentations that have been tried out, also do not fail to impress, and sound really cool. The interludes are mostly made of these weird sounds, that really attract you towards the song. The tune of the line “Ishq insane hai you know” is really catchy as well. Mayur Puri has also written pretty fitting lyrics to the genre of the song, perfectly mixing youth lingo with the desi words. Sensational!! The beats will make you awestruck!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

10. Vande Mataram
Singers ~ Daler Mehndi, Tanishka Sanghvi, Badshah & Divya Kumar, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri & Badshah

The grand finale to the album starts in a very grand manner, with the youngest singer in the album starting it off, Tanishka Sanghvi, Sachin’s daughter, singing in perfect rhythm! We heard her in Sachin-Jigar’s ‘Coke Studio @ MTV Season 4’ episode in the song ‘Laadki’, and here she debuts in Bollywood, with the perfect song, a patriotic anthem. Daler Mehndi, rarely heard nowadays in Bollywood, backs her up with even more grand lines in his deep and impactful voice, also singing the hookline, a new take on the national song of India, ‘Vande Mataram’, which Sachin-Jigar have woven with genuine and true love for the country, as is evident in the result. Recent so-called patriotic songs in Bollywood like ‘India Waale’ (Happy New Year) haven’t managed to achieve as much emotional connect as this one does. While that one seemed like fake patriotism, this one actually awakens the patriot in you, and gives you a proud feeling to be an Indian. Another great feat that the duo has achieved with this song, is incorporating what might be the best rap ever in Bollywood in recent days, performed by Badshah. Of course, the no-nonsense and meaningful quality of the rap helps the rap to sound so good. It is full-on desh-bhakt rap written and performed wonderfully by Badshah. (Yup, that same guy who did ‘Saturday Saturday’ and ‘Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai’ raps.) Isn’t it unbelievable?! The unexpected ‘Chunar’ incorporation into the song also comes as a pleasant surprise, with Divya Kumar getting to do the honours along with Daler paaji. As it concludes with all the more grandeur, you can’t help but let the tears that were, till now, held back, escape. The “Sujalam Suphalam” chants help to conclude the song, with Divya Kumar and Daler Mehndi performing perfect, heart-touching aalaaps, and finally, Tanishka almost ending it all with her rendition of “Shubhra jyotsnaam phulkit yaamini…” before Divya and Dealer come back yet again to provide the perfect, energetic finale to the seven-minute long track. You must’ve noticed I’ve nowhere mentioned about the duration, and that’s just because I wanted to get you acquainted with how worthy the song us of your full-fledged attention for each second of these seven minutes. Sachin-Jigar’s arrangements are mostly dhols and other traditional instruments like manjeeras and a wonderful shehnaai / nadaswaram solo during Badshah’s awesome rap. The energy of the arrangements is so high, that you won’t even notice each of the instruments as an individual, but will remember them as a team. Mayur’s lyrics are full of patriotism, not the fake kind, but this time, true and genuine affection for the homeland. Tanishka with her innocence, Daler with his dynamics, Divya with his heart-toucfing performance, and Badshah with one for the best raps in Bollywood’s history together with Sachin-Jigar’s GENIUS patriotic composition, make this song something to cherish!! A seven-minute-long patriotic treat!! VANDE MATARAM!! #5StarHotelSong!!


As per the huge expectations, ABCD 2 indeed surpasses the sequel in all aspects, musically, and how!! The contrast that each track brings about, is indescribable, and Sachin-Jigar’s successful experimentations in each of them is yet another applaudable thing. They prove their versatility yet again, with an album that contains everything for everyone, from the masses to the classes! Though ‘Bezubaan Phir Se’ does disappoint when compared to the original ‘Bezubaan’, everything else is just spot-on when it comes to the departments of music, composition, lyrics and vocals. The mass appeal of each of the tracks, is also very high! Sachin-Jigar at the peak of innovation and experimentation!! ABCD 2 – Artistic, Brilliant, Creative and Deadly, Too!!

 

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: Chunar > Sun Saathiya > Vande Mataram > Hey Ganaraya > Naach Meri Jaan > Happy Birthday > Happy Hour > If You Hold My Hand > Tattoo > Bezubaan Phir Se

{NOTE: Sorry for the HUGE review once again after ‘Bombay Velvet’, but it was totally worth it!! And the album was long too, standing 10-tracks long! 🙂 }

 

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

 

THE CLASS OF 60s JAZZ!! (BOMBAY VELVET – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Amit Trivedi, Mikey McCleary & O.P. Nayyar
♪ Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya & Majrooh Sultanpuri
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company / Sony Music [‘Fifi – Jata Kahan Hai Deewane (Mikey McCleary Mix)’ on Saregama]
♪ Music Released On: 24th April 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 15th May 2015

Bombay Velvet Album Cover

Bombay Velvet Album Cover

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

To hear ‘Fifi – Jata Kahan Hai Deewane (Mikey McCleary Mix)’ on Saavn CLICK HERE

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE

To buy ‘Fifi – Jata Kahan Hai Deewane (Mikey McCleary Mix)’ on iTunes CLICK HERE


Bombay Velvet is an upcoming Bollywood crime drama film, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in the lead roles, and Karan Johar in a negative role. The movie is directed by Anurag Kashyap, and produced by Fox Star Studios, Vikramaditya Motwane, and Vikas Bahl at Phantom. The movie tells the story of a boxer, Johnny Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor) and an aspiring jazz singer Rosie Noronha (Anushka Sharma) and how their hopes and dreams collide with their individual realities. Karan Johar plays Kaizad Khambata, a Parsi media mogul with shades of grey. Well, we all know how Amit Trivedi rose to fame with Anurag Kashyap’s film’s album composed by him, ‘Dev D’. Once again, Anurag consults Amit to compose the soundtrack for his film, and this time, we expect something more huge, and also something that would remind us of the 60s jazz era, in which the film is set. For those who really can’t wait to read the whole review and then get to know what I have to say about this album, here’s a bit of a relief for you: Let me say that Amit Trivedi has, yet again, proved how great he is!! For those who want to read on, they may do so, but you have been warned — The review is NOT, I repeat, NOT short!! 😀 🙂 Please bear with me this time, because it’s not everyday that a 15-track album comes releasing along. 😛 So, grab some popcorn, otherwise, water/milk will suffice…. 😝


♪ BONUS SONG 

Note: Just as ‘Hungama Ho Gaya’ (Queen) and ‘Whistle Baja’ (Heropanti) were on the Saregama label, because their original songs were on Saregama, exactly the same way, this song’s rights are on Saregama, because its original, ‘Jata Kahan Hai Deewane’ (CID) was on Saregama. So Saregama’s lawyer-panti starts again! 😒😒😒

♦ Fifi – Jata Kahan Hai Deewane (Mikey McCleary Mix)
Singer ~ Suman Sridhar, Original Song’s Singer ~ Geeta Dutt, Original Composition by ~ O.P. Nayyar, Music Re-Arranged By ~ Mikey McCleary, Lyrics by ~ Majrooh Sultanpuri, Music Label ~ Saregama

When you get to remake a song that was originally composed by the maestro O.P. Nayyar,one of the greatest composers Bollywood has ever had, you better consider yourself very lucky. And Mikey McCleary has got exactly this opportunity. First of all, let me get it clear that the remake of the classic song originally sung by Geeta Dutt, is nowhere near the level of the original. However, this is always the case with remixes of our favourite classics, therefore, to judge by comparing to the original is really unfair. Here, I have to say, that the effort done by Mikey to successfully enhance this song is great. He tries to enliven the song, by adding his characteristic quirk and wonderful retro jazzy arrangements. The composition by O.P. Nayyar is too classic and too good, hence, as we can see, Mikey hasn’t altered it even a bit. Good decision. Suman, though sounding quirky and unique, doesn’t exactly do justice to the original rendition by Geeta Dutt. In some parts, she sounds too weird, not exactly going with the song. However, the energy in her voice has to be appreciated. Mikey’s new arrangements have really pepped up the old song a lot, adding many things that wouldn’t have appealed to the public at that time, but will definitely attract listeners now, such as the jazzy techno beats, and the trumpets, saxophone and drums. Majrooh Sultanpuri’s lyrics from the original have also been retained and used as they were in the original. Though Suman sounds a bit too dramatic at places, it is a great attempt at energizing the original by Mikey, yet not coming even this close to the originals level. Nevertheless, it’s a #5StarHotelSong!


And now, let’s start with the review of the original soundtrack of BOMBAY VELVET released by Zee Music Company & Sony Music. Composed by Amit Trivedi, written by Amitabh Bhattacharya! 🙂


1. Aam Hindustani
Singer ~ Shefali Alvares

The very first song on the soundtrack of this massive album, starts in a very unique way. A solo clarinet opens up, after a few seconds joined by piano, violins and whatnot, and really giving a full-fledged circus or carnival feel, and a few seconds into the song, you feel like you’re in the age of Charlie Chaplin, since the whole instrumentation is quite similar to what we hear in old clips featuring Charlie Chaplin and his comic scenes. And get this: The instrumental prelude continues for three minutes and twenty-five seconds!! Showcasing great diversity of instruments, ranging from quirky clarinets and piano, to grand trumpets, trombones, dynamic drums and even majestic strings, the prelude doesn’t get you bored for even a second! What follows after this long, entertaining prelude, is just enough to consolidate your assurance that you won’t get bored in the whole nine minutes for which this song plays. Yes!! Nine minutes! Consisting of three and a half minutes of prelude, and the remaining five and a half minutes, a proper song with a mukhda and two antaras, or technically, three mukhdas because all three stanzas have the same tune. And the foot-tapping tune is so effective, that it makes Shefali, a club singer, actually sound really sophisticated as a jazz singer! Undoubtedly, it is the best song that she has sung. The various sound effects she does herself with her voice like “tadyau dadyaun dadyaun” and all, sounds great. Amit’s tune very closely follows the jazz template, and it results in a peppy number to which you can nod your heads along. The arrangements continue just as awesome as they were is prelude, and carry the whole song along, giving it the strength to move along, and us the patience through sit through this long, but winner of a song. The song gets pretty paced-up in the epilogue, and provides a grand finale-ish feel, with Shefali delivering a power-packed ending to the song, which ends it just as dynamically as it started. Amitabh, with his lyrics, yet again, spins out the same quirk and brilliance which he is known for. This song is like a mockery to the middle-class Indians, who weren’t that well off in those days, while these jazz singers and all lived luxurious lives. 😂 A perfect and booming start to this much-awaited soundtrack! The stars of this song are the arrangements by Amit, and of course, undoubtedly, Shefali, with her career-best performance! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Mohabbat Buri Bimari (Version 2) / Mohabbat Buri Bimari (Version 3)
Singers ~ Neeti Mohan / Shefali Alvares

{Before you wonder whether I know how to count and that surely, 1 comes before 2 or 3, let me clarify that I will review ‘Version 1’, but you will have to wait a bit 😛 😀 }

This next song on the album starts in an equally unique and pretty similar way as the first song started. This time, a trombone gets to welcome us into the song, joined later on by drums, the piano and those quirky waltzy beats. Both of the versions have exactly the same musical arrangements, but the only difference is in the vocals. While one of them is sung wonderfully and lovably by Neeti Mohan, the other is sung rather casually and in a full-of-attitude way by Shefali Alvares. The composition by Amit is utterly sweet and something that will take time to grow on you, but something that will have you under its control in no time, once you start liking it. The hookline especially, has been composed pretty awkwardly, with many of the words not exactly fitting into proper beats. Nonetheless, this quality is the winning quality of the tune. Arrangements are very catchy, and are something to pay close, close attention to. The heart-winning xylophone that comes around occasionally throughout the song, really has a charming effect. Trumpets do most of the work in the hookline, joining each line of the composition to the next, in a very grand manner. The other brass instruments used in the song are really impressive as well. Drumbeats, naturally, lay a prominent role in the song as they do in all jazz pieces. Now to talk about the differences that the singers create in either version. As said before, Neeti’s version is instantly lovable due to her sweet and civilized rendition. Her gimmicks inserted at places really pep up matters in the song. On the other hand, the equally enjoyable version by Shefali has a whole different reason to be loved. Shefali is made to sing in a carefree attitude, and more like an uncivilized, unruly and ill-mannered daredevil girl. 😀 And she carries out this impersonation of that girl very promisingly. Actually, her voice is already that way. 😂 (OK sorry..) Amitabh’s lyrics entertainingly compare love to a bad disease, which can’t be controlled and all the side effects of falling in love, like “Ghar se khuda ko hataake, mehboob ki tasveer taange”. 😛 A just as entertaining song as the first, mostly because of the renditions by the vocalists, and the entertaining lyrics, with the tune also taking its time to make its way to your heart! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Ka Kha Gha
Singer ~ Neeti Mohan

The brass family of instruments kickstarts the next song of the album as well, with the drums to support them. And what follows is an intoxicating and weirdly addictive song, sensuously carried out by Neeti Mohan. Amit’s tune is enough. It’s the only thing you need to get hooked right away to the song. The dark and sinister feel of the song is what makes it so appealing to the ears. Of course, the jazz, cabaret-ish feel follows us here too, and it sounds extraordinary, when it comes together with this marvelous composition. Arrangements are the regular jazzy things, trumpets, trombones, engaging drumbeats and those short and light piano notes, that are played in such an appealing manner. The irresistible saxophone in the first interlude is just mind-blowing! Closing my eyes and paying close attention to the whole feel of the song, I could picturize those grey characters which we see in films of the 60s, standing suspiciously in one of the corners, smoking and listening intently to the jazz singer, but actually hatching plans in their mind. 😂 That just proves how efficiently Amit Trivedi has brought back the 60s jazz era and recreated it in his own way, and also without doubt conveys the message to us, that he has succeeded in his attempt. Amitabh’s lyrics, again, are a description of love, about its unpredictable and vicious character. The phrase “pyaar ka seekha hai Ka Kha Ga Gha”, itself means, “I’ve learnt the basics of love.” or “I’ve learnt the ABCD’s of love”. The whole song is based on that. What really makes you want to go back to this song again and again, is Neeti’s flawless rendition. From being the good girl in the previous track, she suddenly transforms and puts on a naughty voice for this track. Her “aye” sounds perfect each time she says it. She undoubtedly becomes the star of the song right away due to the exemplary delivery of the composition by her! This one takes you back to the sinister 60s, thanks to Amit’s reminiscent tune and Neeti’s rich vocals!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Dhadaam Dhadaam
Singer ~ Neeti Mohan

Dramatic strings welcome you to the next song. After some pep, some romance and some sensuality, it is now time for some melancholia, which this song very beautifully brings with itself. Those violins that open up the song really fascinate you, making you wonder what is so special that Amit had to appoint violins this time, instead of the regular jazz brass instruments to open up the song. When Neeti starts the song, you get to know the reason, which is that, the song is a sad song, full of emotion, quite like the old Bollywood songs of the similar type. Neeti delivers this melodious song with such expression, that it actually makes you want to cry. The song has this amazing opera-esque feel to it, with the jazz taking the backseat for a moment and letting the opera overshadow it. A perfect jazzy blues song, as they are called, has been presented in front of us by Amit Trivedi. Again, Neeti carries out the high notes of this piece with splendid ease, and seems effortless in her rendition. Her usually thin voice booms in this song. Towards the ending, it really sounds as if she’s crying in agony. What a convincing performance! Arrangements are also fantastic, with the strings taking the lead here, of course not completely diminishing the jazz essentials: trumpets, saxophones and trombones. Drums and those piano staccato notes are also heard. Am it’s composition is also very touchy and emotional. It has provided a great scope for Neeti to do whatever she has. Lyrics by Amitabh, are also very sentimental, and the composition goes perfectly with them. A very touchy song, whose star is definitely Neeti!! What a convincing act by her! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Naak Pe Gussa
Singer ~ Neeti Mohan

Lively trumpets and drums build up a very catchy rhythm to start off the next song, a very sweet and entertaining yet calming number. The dynamic nature of the trumpets and drums does start the song off on a pretty loud note, but this slowly reduces to make an entry for someone I’ve really started worshipping after these three songs above — Neeti Mohan! Yup, she comes behind the mic for yet another song. But who’s complaining? This song is a cute number in which the protagonist is trying to conciliate her lover, who’s upset. The composition by Amit is nothing but an ingenious one, something that one would instantly fall in love with. It resembles the old Bollywood songs of the 60s, like those from ‘Waqt’. The roothna-manaana nature of it, is one of its USPs. Especially the line “Bahut paheliyaan banaa chukey ho tum, abb aake hal bataa bhi do” has been composed very, very sweetly. The wonderful arrangements continue with this song as well; the trumpets and drums being the most noticeable and lovable. The perky way that the trumpets have been blown after each line that Neeti sings, is to fall for! The guitar can also be heard in many places, which gives that familiar Amit Trivedi touch to it, and just as you can recognise a close friend’s voice, you instantly see that Amit Trivedi touch in the composition of the guitar notes. Also the humming by Amit Trivedi at places, which is the most familiar characteristic of his music, you find yourself falling for! Amitabh’s lyrics are again class, and demonstrate beautifully the act of rootho-fying and manao-fying. And last but not the least, Neeti’s on-the-target delivery of the composition makes it sound even more pleasant, sugary-sweet and acts as the cherry on top. 🙂 There’s absolutely no need of telling how wonderfully she’s carried out this one! 🙂 One of the cutest songs of the album, and a very pleasant throwback to the 60s!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Sylvia
Singer ~ Neeti Mohan

A peppy, upbeat rhythm on drums and violins, welcomes listeners into the next track, probably the track of the album resembling O.P. Nayyar’s classics the most. The rhythm has wonderfully been underlaid on a foot-tapping composition, which reminds you of the 50s era of Bollywood music. Amit has very efficiently tried to recreate that era, with a touch of his own quirk and the pre-existing quirk of the 50s. The dynamic hookline has the capacity to keep your ears attuned to the song, ensuring not even a second of boredom. Once again, Neeti proves her expertise in singing, and sings this song just as good as the others. Actually, she sounds extremely lovable in this song! Personally, this one is my favourite on the soundtrack, just because of the addictive tune and mind-blowing performance by Neeti. It really took the song to a whole new level, and reminded me of Geeta Dutt’s classic songs. However, the arrangements of this song make it what it is. They really cheer you up, what with the lively way in which the drums, violins, trumpets, and piano have been played. You just feel like leaving whatever you’re doing, and concentrate on this gem of a song. The quirky way in which each instrument is played, has got to have a lasting effect on you. The interludes keep you hooked and make sure you don’t lose interest in between. And the wonderful male backing vocals — Wow! Amitabh’s lyrics very entertainingly sum up for us, the incident of the Nanavati Case. The protagonist in the song is talking about Sylvia, probably gossiping through a song. 😂 Anyways, it is pretty fun to hear. This one is quite enjoyable and quirky! Fun! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

7. Darbaan
Singer ~ Papon

After so many female solo songs, we finally get to hear the first (and only) solo male song of the album. And the man who is chosen to do the honors is none other than Papon. The composition is another typical jazz composition, and yet another appealing one, too, for that matter. This one starts with sublime piano notes accompanied by awesome trumpets, saxophones and drumbeats. Papon, with his silky smooth and intoxicating voice takes over, and you just drown in the wonderful experience which this song provides. The song is a slow-paced and very intoxicating one, which makes you sway to its melody as it progresses. I just loved the way Amit tries to pep things up with the sudden loud drum beats, after which the song returns to its beautiful tempo and frequency. The song consists of two stanzas with the same tune and lyrics, but it still appeals to the ears. The arrangements, as I said, get lively suddenly, and that provides a really great listening experience. Also, the piano just keeps endearing us with its sweetness. The brass instruments are the showstealers here, however. And the strings orchestra is brilliant, calming things down in the background. Amitabh’s lyrics are also wonderful. Darbaan meaning ‘gaurd’ or ‘gatekeeper’ here symbolizes the hurdles in life that one has to overcome, and that life comes with its ups and downs, not a perfectly flat and easy journey. Excpetional composition, sung brilliantly by Papon and wonderful arrangements as well! However, the lyrics steal the limelight! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

8. Shut Up
Singer ~ Shefali Alvares

Starting with a pretty magnificent drumroll, and then rhythmic drum beats, along with grand and sinister a sounding trumpets, this song starts off on a mysterious note, but then settles into place as a quirky and lively jazz song. Shefali, yet again, takes complete hold of the situation and delivers with spunk and proves her mettle in singing jazz songs yet again. The composition may not grasp you at once, but it surely does grow on you after a few listens. This song showcases very efficiently the talent of Amit Trivedi as far as arrangements are concerned. The vast variety of instruments that he has used in this track, will just make you astonished. From the captivating drum rhythms, to the wonderful connective manner in which the trumpets have been played, to the quirky piano notes, every single instrument in this track has that appealing sound to it. Especially the wonderful beginning and ending to this song, is just fully packed with power, which is just increased by Shefali with her awesome vocals. The beginning and ending have this wonderful trumpet show which sounds pretty suspenseful. Saxophone interludes just keep you listening and craving for more. Amitabh’s lyrics here, also impress and do not disappoint. It will grow on you very quick, and you’ll find yourself loving Shefali’s rendition in no time! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

9. Behroopia
Singers ~ Mohit Chauhan & Neeti Mohan

After all that entertaining jazz, which I admit, was a bit tiring to hear all at once at a single stretch, here’s one song, that has absolutely no connection to the 60s, nor to the type of songs that we’ve been hearing in the album till now. Here comes a Bollywood romantic track, which, mind you, is not at all typical! Amit Trivedi, who’s been constantly coming up with more and more innovative songs since he’s arrived into Bollywood, comes up with yet another take on romantic songs. An awesome wind instrument welcomes us into the song, followed by a trumpet, together giving off a slight Rahman touch. When Mohit Chauhan starts off though, you forget everything else and decide to go with the flow of the song, which flows as constantly as a river, taking you along with it. The hookline, when it comes, is enough to induce those goosebumps, and to make a chill run down your spine. The haunting and intoxication feel of this song cannot be compared to any song that has released in recent days, and this will surely keep you busy for a long time… Just by hearing it on loop again and again. Mohit with his usual smooth, silky and appealing voice does wonders, but Neeti overshadows him in this one. Though she has less compared to him to sing, she steals the heart with her lines. In the high notes of the song, she does just awesome! The arrangements are fab, giving a kind of otherworldly feel to the song, especially in the part where they say the title of the song. Violins have been put to excellent use and those saxophone bits are very attractive. The beats are nice too, and the recording is brilliance at its height! Amitabh’s lyrics are very romantic and go well with the composition. The only duet, which works wonders, and stays with you long after it ends. Trivedi in Rahman attire! 😉 #5StarHotelSong!!

 

So, there’s just a wee bit more… Please bear with this long review. 😝 Now for the three instrumentals and remix (a.k.a. Version 1 of ‘Mohabbat Buri Bimari’) 🙂

 

10. The Bombay Velvet Theme
Instrumental, Music by ~ Amit Trivedi

Right away when it starts, you can’t help but feel that it is something useless, only worth to listen in the theaters when you go watch the moving. However, just as we aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover, we shouldn’t judge an instrumental by its starting. Because what this almost-five-minutes-long background piece conceals deep within, is something that totally deserves your time and attention. For the first one-and-a-half-minute, a wind instrument sounding like a flute or clarinet, tries to keep you listening, but doesn’t really make any effect. But wait! It’s the trumpets that alert you, and make you sit up. After that come the drums and finally a stupendous, mind-boggling electric guitar piece, which finally makes your thoughts about this track change drastically! Suspenseful, thrilling and sinister to the core, this track is sure to have you listening attentively. The Arabic sound of the composition is something that you will find yourself loving, and the royal and also majestic sound of the trumpets makes you love it even more. Amit Trivedi, what can I say? You’re a genius, to make instrumental tracks that sound so captivating even without the visuals! A treat for the cinema-goers, but Amit has made sure the ones who stay at home aren’t missing ANYTHING! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

11. Conspiracy
Instrumental, Music by ~ Amit Trivedi

Judging by the name itself, something mysterious and ominous was expected. Right from the moment it starts, the track has been moulded to make the listener feel just that, and creates just as mysterious an atmosphere as the previous track did. Again, the trumpets have been used efficiently, and they’re sure to create wonderful effects onscreen. The wind instrument towards the later part of the song sounds brilliant as well. The strings, however, are the best part of the track. What brilliant orchestration!! The strings are the ones who, after hearing, the person in charge of making up the names of these instrumental pieces, must have named it ‘Conspiracy’. They are the ones, whose sound itself will provide depth to the scenes in the film where this track would be used. They are the ones, who have fetched this song the honorary tag of #5StarHotelSong!!

 

12. Tommy Gun
Instrumental, Music by ~ Amit Trivedi

The last instrumental piece, is a wonderful display of drums and the brass band. It does contain the same rhythm that ‘Shut Up’ was composed on, and you can call it the instrumental version of ‘Shut Up’. But here, since the voice isn’t there, the arrangements naturally, automatically become more prominent, and you have more scope to appreciate them in their entirety. 🙂 The foot-tapping rhythm made you dance in the song, and makes you dance here as well. Kept short at two-and-a-half minutes, it doesn’t eat much of your time, and provides a good repeat listening to ‘Shut Up’, this time without the vocals. Energetic! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

Last one! 🙂

13. Mohabbat Buri Bimari (Version 1) [Remixed by Mikey McCleary]
Singer ~ Shalmali Kholgade, Composition by ~ Amit Trivedi, Remixed by ~ Mikey McCleary

As I promised, here’s the review for “Version 1” of ‘Mohabbat Buri Bimari’. This one is a redux of the song by Amit, and who else better to remix something, than old McCleary? Like, if you sing to the tune of “Old McDonald Had A Farm”, it would go “Old McCleary made a remix, R-E-M-I-X” 😂😂 Jokes apart, this man has really fine a fantastic job on the original, giving it his own quirk, eliminating the waltz, and making it an out-and-out cabaret jazz number. Shalmali’s sensuous and intoxicating vocals are the cherry on the cake. She delivers each line with lots of pizzazz and style, making it instantly appealing. Arrangements done by Mikey are quite lively, his characteristic liveliness is evident in that he uses those weird but addictive sound effects, which work their magic here too. Trumpets sound awesome and that trumpet that blares after Shalmali sings “lagi tujhe”, is particularly spot-on! Other brass instruments, particularly the saxophone sound awesome as well. An awesome remix, turning the waltzy song into an effective cabaret number. It’s an entertaining show by Mikey, Shalmali and the trumpeter, Ketan Sodha! Of course, credits to Amit for the base composition! #5StarHotelSong!!


You must be thinking… Why don’t I just write a book on ‘The Music of Bombay Velvet’? Come on, the huge albums don’t release everyday, and even if they would’ve, who knows whether they would’ve been just as phenomenal and massive and mind-blowing as this one? Amit Trivedi has really worked hard day and night it seems, and it also seems that he has had thousands of sleepless nights just working on this album. (Note hat he started this album after the release of ‘Dev D’, reportedly) Well, he need not worry. After the release of this album, it is clear that all his immense hard work has not at all gone to waste! He has churned out beautiful songs that resemble the jazz era oh so fantastically, that it is no surprise that everyone was eagerly waiting for this album! The classiness of this album cannot be matched at all. At the same time, Mikey, who has been entrusted with two remixes, has shown his expertise in remixing and presenting songs in a totally different attire! Also, may I say that Neeti has finally got that strong footing in Bollywood which she’s been trying to look for all these days, and that she’s finally consolidated her position in Bollywood as one of the finest female singers of the new generation! Days of hard work by Amit Trivedi and the team of ‘Bombay Velvet’. No doubt, the best album of the year so far! So don’t delay it further, and witness this “class of 60s jazz!”

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

Note: The letter that is underlined is the final rating. Yes, I know, the third सां in four weeks! The music of 2015 is any day better than what we had to tolerate in 2014!!! First ‘Hawaizaada’ and ‘Badlapur’, then ‘Margarita With A Straw’ and ‘Piku’ in close succession and now, this one! THE ‘Bombay Velvet’ by THE Amit Trivedi!

Recommended Listening Order: Decide for yourself and let me know! 😉 I, for one, can’t decide! 😀

Which song from Bombay Velvet is your favourite of all? Please vote for it below! 🙂

Thanks for reading that loooooonnnnngggg review!! 🙂 Keep visiting…even though I know you won’t since you got scared that I would always write this long…! 😂 Well, I don’t! 😀

KHAMMA GHANI TO ALL TRUE MUSIC LOVERS!! (HAPPY ENDING – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by:- Sachin-Jigar
♪ Lyrics by:- Amitabh Bhattacharya, Ashish Pandit & Priya Saraiya
♪ Music Label:- Eros Music
♪ Music Released On:- 22nd October 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 21st November 2014

Happy Ending Album Cover

Happy Ending Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Happy Ending is an upcoming Bollywood comedy film, which is being promoted as ‘a comedy about romantic comedies’. The film has been directed by director duo Raj Nidimoru & Krishna D.K. and produced by Saif Ali Khan, Dinesh Vijan and Sunil Lulla. The film stars Saif Ali Khan, Ileana D’Cruz, Kalki Koechlin and Govinda in lead roles, with Saif in a double role. (The second one is like Pritam!! :D) Last year Raj & DK came up with a Zom-Com ‘Go Goa Gone’, which had awesome experimental music by Sachin-Jigar. So, it was natural, that they would stick to their favorites (worked with them in ‘Shor In The City’ as well) and this film also has music by the talented young duo. 🙂 This year wasn’t as great for the duo as was last year. The single from ‘Finding Fanny’ remains their best of the year so far. Let’s see if this changes with this album! 😀


1. Paaji Tussi Such A Pussy Cat
Singers ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya, Divya Kumar & Jigar Saraiya, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya

The rhythmic and catchy humming with which the first song starts, instantly makes you leave all work and concentrate on the song. The dynamic hums are one of a kind and I’ve never heard something of that kind in Bollywood music. Amitabh Bhattacharya opens the song in his nasal voice, which does provide loads of comic effect. The rhythmic humming continues in the background, and that’s what makes the song sound like a genius composition. The hookline is one of the catchiest ones of the year. The way Amitabh says the ‘caaaaaaaat’ and ‘braaaaaaat’ etc, is just too funny and also very nicely placed. The sound effects by Sachin-Jigar are, as usual, top-class. Small things like the female chorus singing chikachikchik attract our attention and at that time, we can’t help but appreciate the geniusness and talent of Sachin-Jigar! The last antara is at a different, slower pace, and yet it doesn’t create any disturbance whatsoever. The whistles which the duo has added are awesome! One more genius part of the song is the vocals of Jigar in the background, constantly singing something or the other, like ‘Oh tussi’ after each of Amitabh’s lines. Divya Kumar makes an entry towards the end, and with his folk-sy vocals, gives the song a dynamic ending with a big bang. His soprano bit at the end is really worth hearing! Jigar interrupts (I actually liked his interruptions, however!) in between Divya’s parts too, singing some gibberish that sounds awesome and also that ‘paaji paaji paaji’ bit. And also, do not move to the next song without hearing the cute meow! at the end! The lyrics by Amitabh are quite funny, too! Take this line, “bad luck ne diya tohfa, khol ke ho gaya khush” or “aake apne hi chakravyuh mein, beta Abhimanyu Tu phansa”. There are plenty more funny lines! You must have heard this one already, but still, I’ll tell you that it is one of the catchiest songs of the year! A must-listen and another successful innovative and unusual attempt by Sachin-Jigar! #5StarHotelSong!

 

2. G Phaad Ke
Singers ~ Divya Kumar & Shefali Alvares, Lyrics by ~ Ashish Pandit

A techno sound starts the next song, followed by a catchy rap by an uncredited guy. This is another song, which has a catchy hookline, and everything around the hookline is also equally catchy. Divya Kumar was an unusual choice for this club song, but he has fit in well with the club feel, and Sachin-Jigar have used his voice very well, to suit the composition. The arrangements mostly consist of techno elements, but the techno elements have also been used so awesomely, which makes this track stand out amongst other regular club songs by unknown people nowadays. Shefali, who seems to only sing in these kind of songs strictly, does well in her part. She also sings in places around Divya’s voice throughout the song. The aaha’s in the song, which I don’t know whether she has sung or not, have been brilliantly placed and sound great. The “hillll Ke naacho” part is mindblowing! The lyrics by Ashish Pandit are purely for comedic effect, and they do their work. Unless you see the spelling of the song, you would not get the humour. That’s pretty smart (and also evil 😂). The small percussion beats which Sachin-Jigar have added in the song are very catchy. It has “CATCHY” written all over it! So naacho saare g phaad ke! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Jaise Mera Tu
Singers ~ Arijit Singh & Priya Panchal, Lyrics by ~ Priya Panchal

This song is the Hindi remake of Sachin-Jigar’s Telugu song ‘Meher Meher’ from ‘D For Dopidi’ which was a Raj & Dk production. Cute guitar riffs start off the song, and then Priya’s beautiful voice takes over to sing a fascinating mukhda. It is awesome how she changes her voice to suit the crazy songs like ‘Johnny Johnny’ or ‘Maa Ka Phone’ to the songs like ‘Gulabi’ or this one. This song also marks the first song of Arijit Singh for Sachin-Jigar. I was always hoping for a beautiful romantic song by Arijit composed by them. The composition is very refreshing, just like ‘Khushamdeed’ from ‘Go Goa Gone’. It is one that can lift your spirits, a breezy and light, cute melody. The harmony between Arijit and Priya is awesome, and it is accentuated by the magical harmonium bits in between. The antara is not too different from the mukhda, yet gives a relaxing feeling. The lyrics by Priya are very beautiful and romantic. When Arijit enters the song, he brings in with him a whole new beautiful and magical ambience. The hookline is so catchy, even though it sounds heard before. When Arijit sings, ‘aise tera main’, the percussion behind him is awesome. Such small details Sachin-Jigar have given attention to, and that is why they have been successful in making this song so beautiful and attractive. One of the better-composed romantic songs of the season! Nothing innovative, but very refreshing! And the breathtaking harmonium! #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Khamma Ghani
Singers ~ Papon, Smita Jain & Vidhi Mehta, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya

Time for some emotional stuff! The next song is a kind of sad song, which confuses you and makes you think whether it is a sad song, or a happy romantic one! Guitars kick off this track too, and pave the way for Papon’s Mohit-esque vocals. Papon’s rendition is enchanting, and he succeeds to put the right emotions in the song. Amitabh has introduced yet another unusual term in Bollywood music — ‘Khamma Ghani’ which is a Rajasthani expression for greeting, meaning either ‘welcome’ or ‘sorry’. (In the title of my post, I’ve used the former meaning, and so has Amitabh in the song) The hookline reminds you of one of Sachin-Jigar’s best and most famous works, ‘Saibo’ from ‘Shor In The City’. The female chorus of Smita Jain and Vidhi Mehta sound beautiful as a complement to Papon. The lyrics have been written in a very touching way, and that emotion has been emphasized by the extremely brilliant composition by Sachin-Jigar. The lyrics of the antara are especially very nice and touching. Plus, the words saza yafta have been used so incredibly geniusly by Amitabh! “Hai dil mera saza yafta!” What a comparison! The drums in the hookline have been utilized in a great way. The guitar interlude is worth hearing and the tune of the antara which follows is just spellbinding! Towards the end a Rajasthani folk-osh voice can be heard, which I doubt is of Papon, but whoever sang it has done it so well, that it is a pity he’s not credited. If it is Papon, however, I just have to give him a standing ovation! Very touching, emotional composition and lyrics, and a heartrending rendition by Papon and the female chorus! #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Mileya Mileya
Singers ~ Rekha Bhardwaj, Jigar Saraiya & Priya Andrews, Lyrics by ~ Priya Panchal

Sometimes a song makes you so speechless, that you cannot classify it into any specific category, romantic, sad etc. It becomes a special song close to your heart. This is exactly what this song has done to me. It is an upbeat yet very melodious and emotional composition, which has equally touching lyrics by Priya Panchal. The three singers, Jigar, newcomer Priya Andrews, and the wonderful Rekha Bhardwaj, have harmonized with each other very well, and create a beautiful atmosphere. Priya’s soft vocals, Rekha’s rustic voice and Jigar’s highly autotuned yet pleasant voice sound awesome together. Though Rekha seems like an unusual choice, but she’s the one who puts all the class into the song. The arrangements are brilliant as well. Special mention has to be made of the exceptional saxophone played by Shirish Malhotra both in the interlude and the conclusion. The distribution of lines has been done perfectly and the lines which Rekha has got, are the best in the song! Priya’s beautiful lyrics come to life with the three singers’ exceptional rendition. All the lines of the song have been geniusly written and I can tell that Priya has evolved a lot as a lyricist since her ‘Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya’ and ‘Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story’ days. The hookline has been written very very beautifully. Beautiful vocals, arrangements, composition and the best lyrics! #5StarHotelSong!

 

6. Haseena Tu Kameena Mein
Singers ~ Rahul Pandey, Shruti Pathak & Siddharth Basrur, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya

The ending song to this great album is just as great and catchy as the other upbeat songs of the album. Rahul Pandey debuts with this song, and he has sung great, slightly resembling Ash King or Nikhil D’Souza in places. The catchy and quirky arrangements definitely grasp your attention. It is slightly resemblant of ‘Dil Duffer’ from ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’, and ‘Daaru Desi’ from ‘Cocktail’. The tune is very refreshing and makes for a very fun listen. The sounds in the background are probably produced by beatboxing. The snaps, whistles and other attraction add to the catchiness. It seems like Sachin-Jigar have the recipe for catchy hit songs kept somewhere in a secret cupboard to which they refer each time they get a brief for an upbeat song! 😂 They are experts at this stuff! The lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya are very amusing as well. The antaras have an awesome tune, and the ‘don’t you know don’t you know’ is just awesome! Shruti and Rahul have awesome chemistry and sound well singing with each other. Siddharth has been kept mostly in the background. A catchy song which makes for a very fun listen! Has been made very geniusly! Refreshing! #5StarHotelSong!


Happy Ending is an album which… Well, which redefines a rom-com album! Sachin-Jigar have provided exceptional music to this romantic comedy, and Raj & DK, Saif Ali Khan and Dinesh Vijan have done a great job in choosing the songs! Three upbeat and three melodious songs makes the album well-balanced and one that would stay with you for a very long time! It is one of the best albums of the year! That’s why I would like to invite all true music lovers to enjoy this album by saying, Khamma Ghani, aao aur yeh album suno!

 

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

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

 

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

 

Next “dish”:- The Shaukeens, Chefs:- Yo Yo Honey Singh, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Hard Kaur & Vikram Nagi

A ROYAL SOUNDTRACK FOR THIS QUEEN! (QUEEN – Music Review)

In all the excitement for the new albums which were releasing last month, I totally forgot about my Early 2014 category! So now I am coontinuing with it! 🙂 The seventh album in my Early 2014 category has got to be be ‘Queen’. No, I’m not just reviewing it because the movie became a huge hit, but because its music was also very commendable! So here is my review for the ‘Queen’ music album!


Album Details:-

♪ Music by:- Amit Trivedi, Rupesh Ram & Laxmikant-Pyarelal
♪ Lyrics by:- Anvita Dutt, Raghu Nath, Varma Malik
♪ Music Label:- T-Series, Saregama
♪ Music Released On:- 30th January 2014
♪ Movie Released On:- 7th March 2014

Queen Album Cover

Queen Album Cover

 

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

To hear “Hungama Ho Gaya” full song on Saavn CLICK HERE

To buy this album from iTunes CLICK HERE

To buy “Hungama Ho Gaya” from iTunes CLICK HERE

 


Queen is a Bollywood comedy drama film which released on March 7th 2014. It is a joint production between Phantom Films and Viacom18 Motion Pictures. The film has been directed by Vikas Bahl and produced by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane. It stars Kangana Ranaut, Lisa Haydon and Rajkummar Rao in the lead roles. When I got to know that Amit Trivedi is going to score music for this film, I was very excited, because that man makes great music, though many times it is a bit too typical. After ‘Kai Po Che!’ and ‘Lootera’ albums being widely acclaimed last year, he can!e back this year with ‘Queen’. Though all songs weren’t noticed that much, they were still worth hearing and this album deserves to be in this category of mine. So let’s read my review for the music of ‘Queen’!


1. London Thumakda:- Singers ~ Labh Janjua, Sonu Kakkar, Neha Kakkar, Music by ~ Amit Trivedi, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

This song is a Punjabi Wedding Song, with the typical Amit Trivedi trademark all over it. He has used banjo to create the Punjabi atmosphere which is usually the job of the tumbi. Along with the banjo, dhols have been used in the traditional Punjabi way. In the antara, however, Amit has used his quirky techno sounds (which I cannot describe in words, only that they sound like a duck, but they sound good!). And who better than the Punjabi king Labh Janjua to sing this song! He has sung it very, very fabulously. There is not one single moment in the song where you will get bored. The Kakkar sisters, Sonu and Neha, have given brilliant supporting vocals. Anvita Dutt’s lyrics are very good, funny in places. If it were any other composer, he would have put too much of noise in whatever song he would have made for this situation, but Amit, using relatively less instruments, has shown that many instruments and loudness is not necessarily compulsory for Punjabi songs! And as expected right from the time it released, this song has become a huge hit over the weeks and is one of the best Punjabi dance songs this year!

 

2. Badra Bahaar:- Singer ~ Amit Trivedi, Music by ~ Amit Trivedi, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

Starting with horns, and instantly grabbing your attention, you will immediately come to know something different will be featured in this track. The composer’s unique voice and exceptional singing helps this tune a lot. Not that it is bad! Not at all! It is a very nice tune, but it will not sound so good in the first listen itself. Rather, you will have to give it some time to grow on you. The use of electric guitars in this track along with a classical-based tune shows exceptional fusion. ‘Bandish’ type lyrics (the ones which are there in classical songs) have been written by Anvita Duty to create a melancholic atmosphere, but the music does not make it feel that melancholic, and changes it to make it sound upbeat. The sitar’s use has been done in a very smart way, in the interlude along with drums, creating a beautiful effect. A very good track, but give it lots of time to grow on you! After it grows on you, you will surely feel like it is a  #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. O Gujariya:- Singers ~ Shefali Alvares, Nikhil D’Souza, Music by ~ Amit Trivedi, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

To be very honest, I didn’t like this song when it released and still don’t like it. However, when it became a hit, it became obvious to me that since everyone is liking it, there must be something good about it. So I will review it not from only my point of view but from a general point of view. The tune is a bit dull, which is why I didn’t like it. However, the musical arrangements and vocals have been done very skillfully, making the track at least a bit interesting. It is an upbeat song, supposedly a party song if you don’t watch the video, which isn’t shot in a party or anything like that. It is a feel good song and a forgrt-all-your-stresses kind of track. It starts with a horn-like instrument followed by techno sounds and Shefali’s typical ‘weird’ voice (which I personally don’t like 😛 ) but she has sung it well, no matter how weird her voice is, but it is unique. Nikhil also uses his typical voice which sounds a lot like the voice of the composer himself. Amit has mainly used techno elements in the track which make it way more interesting. The antara is also a typical Amit Trivedi antara, with a line sung by the lead singer, and the next line by the backing singers. This is a very interesting and prominent feature in many Amit Trivedi songs. I personally thought that the techno part at the end was a bit too stretched and could have been cut down a bit. A dull tune, fixed by the arrangements! Fun to listen to, though!

 

4. Taake Jhanke:- Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Amit Trivedi, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

So with this song, Arijit has ticked off Amit Trivedi on his list also! 😀 It starts in a typical Amit Trivedi style (yes, again!) and then come the brilliant backing vocals by someone who is uncredited (or maybe it is Arijit himself). Then an awesome mouth organ solo piece cones which will blow you away! Arijit is the right choice for this song. I cannot imagine anyone else singing this song other than him. The tune is very cute and is one that will be liked by all be it old or young. It is another happy-go-lucky song, which is at the peak of catchiness. The lyrics are also very nice and cute and the music suits the lyrics. The composition changes scale two or three songs, instantly making this simple song into a complex song. But Arijit changes scale with great ease, effortlessly. He seems at ease singing an Amit Trivedi composition. The music has also been arranged very well, with guitar as the prominent instrument along with the mouth organ, drums and Amit’s usual quirky sounds. So Amit has mostly concentrated on Western elements for this track. A great song which is cute in all aspects! Surely has to be a  #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Jugni:- Singer ~ Amit Trivedi, Music by ~ Amit Trivedi, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

The composer again comes behind the mic for this song, which is again another song just showing off his typicality. The tune is very nice, and I enjoyed it a lot because of the way it seems to motivate you and cheer you up. The main instruments are again guitars and drums. The backing vocalists play a very important part in the song, and they give that impact which wouldn’t have come without them. Lyrics by Anvita are about freedom, and the music by Amit has given a great feeling of freedom as well. Amit has sung the track very well too, in his unique voice. Again in the antara comes his typical antara-composing style, with him singing a line and the backing vocalists singing the next. It just sounds so magical! The banjo played at the starting and ending also sounds awesome. It is just another example of the fact that no matter how typical the sounds are, the song can still attract many listeners. A great tune, which will make you feel free! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Harjaiyaan:- Singer ~ Nandini Srikar, Music by ~ Amit Trivedi, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

The way iypt starts with mild piano, you will instantly come to know that a calm, soothing track is to follow. The string instrument used after that is just too good! It creates a very magical atmosphere around you, and you will slowly get immersed in the song. Nandini has sung the song very, very effortlessly. Amit Trivedi has used a garba effect similar to the way he did in ‘Shubhaarambh’ from ‘Kai Po Che!’. It starts less than halfway through the song. The hookline has a bit of a haunting feel, which will surely make goosebumps appear on your skin. Anvita Dutt’s lyrics are exceptional! The state of mind of a person left alone has been depicted perfectly through her lyrics! The sitar-like instrument at the end just increases the want for more of the song, it feels too short. A PERFECT song! A type of song which no one can ever criticise! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

7. Kinare:- Singer ~ Mohan Kanan, Music by ~ Amit Trivedi, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

Again starting with the Amit Trivedi copyrighted sound, this song is one of the weaker tracks of the album. I didn’t find the tune that strong, whereas the music has been given very efficiently. The sitar has been used in an outstanding manner! The track is a soft rock number, so naturally there are dripums and electric guitars present. However, the main highlight is Mohan Kanan’s singing. He has performed exceptionally. The lyrics are also good. It will remind you instantly of ‘Shikaayatein’ from ‘Lootera’, but that was many times stronger in terms of the tune. A weak tune which still deserves a listen though, for the vocals and arrangements.

 

8. Ranjha:- Singer ~ Rupesh Kumar Ram, Music by ~ Ruoesh Kumar Ram, Lyrics by ~ Raghu Nath

The only song which is not composed by Amit Trivedi, also deserves a very special mention. Though it is pretty short, the tune is very strong. When I say strong, it does not necessarily mean that it is complicated. In fact, it is exactly the opposite and is very sweet and simple. The composer sings it very good without the support of any instruments, making the tune stand out even more. The melancholic tune is instantly likeable. Lyrics are fully in Punjabi, and the composition has made it sound like a Punjabi folk song. Definitely deserves a listen as well!

 

Extra Song:-

Hungama Ho Gaya:- Singers ~ Asha Bhosle, Arijit Singh, Original Composition by ~ Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Recreated by ~ Amit Trivedi, Original Lyrics by ~ Varma Malik, New Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt, Music Label ~ Saregama

When the original song is a chartbuster, the chances of the remake to be a superhit increase by millions. That is exactly the case with this song over here. The mukhda sung by Ashatai has been kept as it is, but of course remixed with many techno sounds added to it. And trust me, if you are thinking it might be sounding very bad after remixing a classic song, you are completely wrong! It sounds awesome! We have not yet even come to the best part of the song, which is undoubtedly the Antara which has been added, with the vocals of none other than Arijit Singh! He has used a completely different texture in his voice for this song, probably imitating R.D. Burman’s voice texture, and succeeds with full marks (at least in my opinion). I loved his part!! The song has been remixed very very efficiently by Amit Trivedi, and the various sounds which he has used are just indescribable, creating a full on party mood and ambience. Not a single moment of the whole song in which you will feel bored. Even the least noticeable things like the backing vocalists singing “Hungama, hungama, hungama” are ‘ekdum’ perfect! I guess you’ve already understood that it is a  #5StarHotelSong!! 

Overall:- Queen is such a soundtrack which inspite of its typicality, has been liked by almost everyone. It is extremely light on ears, and each song has a certain feel-good vibe associated with it, be it the calm ‘Harjaiyaan’ or the enjoyable ‘London Thumakda’ or even the loud (opposite to Amit’s usual music) ‘Hungama Ho Gaya’. The typicality of Amit which is obvious in most of the songs, is liked by many but many dislike it as well. Even though it is high time he started trying different sounds, I feel he has already shown his versatility by composing songs of many genres, although sticking to his own template. He has tried all genres, but always sticking to his sound. This shows that he is confident of his sound, and the soundtrack of ‘Queen’ itself is an example that his typicality isn’t that big a problem, as he always leaves people awestruck when they hear his new songs. This album, though typical Amit Trivedi style, has been loved by one and all, because of the simplicity in the tunes, the light on ears quotient being more, and the brilliant arrangements. 

Final Rating for this album:- सा < रे < ग < म < प < ध  < नी

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

Next “dish”:- Humshakals, Chef:- Himesh Reshammiya

 

YAARIYAN (MUSIC REVIEW)

Okay, so I know you are thinking why in the world I am reviewing this album now, right? 😀 Well, as I had promised at the end of my Heropanti Review, I will be reviewing the albums of 2014 which left a mark and still are playing on most of your iPods or music systems. I started my blog in the middle of the year just out of the blue, so I couldn’t review these albums. So I decided to at least review some of the albums which had released before my blog started and were either hit material and/or appreciated by true music lovers. The first album which fits these criteria happens to be Yaariyan, and what a co-incidence that it just recently premiered on TV a few weeks back, and was aired again a few days back! So enjoy this flashback and travel back in time six months back and remember the time when you heard the Yaariyan album for the first time! But don’t worry I’ll be writing my views both then and now!


Album Details:- Music by:- Pritam Chakraborty, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Mithoon & Anupam Amod | Lyrics by:- Amitabh Bhattacharya, Irshad Kamil, Mithoon, Yo Yo Honey Singh & Arko Pravo Mukherjee | Music Label:- T-Series | Music Released On:- 9th December 2013 | Movie Released On:- 10th January 2014

Yaariyan Album Cover

Yaariyan Album Cover

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


Yaariyan is a coming-of-age romantic adventure film directed by Divya Khosla Kumar, the wife of T-Series Chairman and Managing Director, Bhushan Kumar, who has produced the film under the banner of T-Series. The film stars several young newcomers, like Himansh Kohli, Rakul Preet Singh, Nicole Faria and Shreyas Pardiwalla. The film’s music was received very well by the audience. It has music scored by big names like Pritam, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Mithoon and lesser known names like, Arko Pravo Mukherjee and Anupam Amod. As the film is a T-Series musical, many great songs were expected and that is exactly what the people got. After ‘Aashiqui 2’ people got another great music album from T-Series. However, the film did not do too good and the best part of it has to be its music. With as many as five composers, a well-balanced “dish” or album was expected. And that also the people got! 😀  So let’s take a walk down memory lane 😛  (I know it’s not so old, but still) and look back at the music of Yaariyan!


 

1. ABCD:- Singers ~ Benny Dayal, Shefali Alvares, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Music by ~ Pritam Chakraborty (Rap by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh), Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya (Rap Written by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh)

The album starts with this song, which is a party song full of techno beats and youth-oriented lyrics. This song was lapped up by the youth and it is pretty obvious why. Benny, who seems to be the king of such numbers, sings this song with ease and is supported very nicely by Shefali, who I would call the queen of such songs 😀 . Pritam’s music is a bit ordinary but I loved it nevertheless. Amitabh Bhattacharya has disappointed with the lyrics though this time. His usually quirky lyrics are nowhere to be seen in this track. Instead, they are pretty ordinary. The rap written by Honey Singh is typical Honey Singh rap but it is used well in the song. The mukhada’s tune is repeated in the antara and after that comes a Honey Singh rap portion. If there had been one more antara with a different tune, it would have been better, but the best part of this song is the hook line which is the only catchy thing in this song. However, this song was a hit then, and still can be heard on radios everywhere. It has not been wiped out from anybody’s head yet! Was expecting more from Pritam-Amitabh Bhattacharya combo, but this works too and I have to admit it is a good song!

 

2. Baarish:- Singers ~ Mohammed Irfan, Gajendra Verma, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Mithoon

The only word to describe this song is “Waah!” Right from the starting aalaap by Gajendra to his aalaap in the end with of course the lead vocals by Mohammed Irfan, everything in this song is ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. Yes, you read correctly! ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!! The king of romantic melodies Mithoon has given the world another great, beautiful love song to enjoy after ‘Tum Hi Ho’. The song has a strong tune with just as strong lyrics by Mithoon himself. The use of guitar and sarangi is brilliant in this song. Mohammed Irfan has ruled this song with his rendition. This song is a genius composition with a magical tune, magical voices behind the mic, magical lyrics and most important, magical arrangements! Even now, after six months, it has not left my playlist and plays at least once everyday on each radio channel and music channel on TV. A great romantic track which will be loved not only by youth but by people of all ages. Another track by Mithoon which made the country go crazy while swaying to its tunes! A PERFECT song. In short, a #5StarHotelSong !

 

3. Sunny Sunny:- Singers ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Neha Kakkar, Music by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh

Okay, I was not at all expecting such a good song from Yo Yo Honey Singh, not even in my dreams! But, as it turned out, I was hooked to this song from the day its teaser released, because of the tune which we can hear althroughout the song. Then, when the single song released, I had it on repeat for the whole day! And I’m pretty sure the whole country had it on repeat that day and I’m also pretty sure that it has not budged from its place on anyone’s playlist on their iPods either! I had almost made my mind that it would be another one of Yo Yo’s stupid compositions, but this one actually impressed me! Though the lyrics really are typical Yo Yo lyrics, the music is something completely different from most dance songs today. And the rap is…the rap is…the rap is…well, guess what!!! THERE IS NO RAP!!! I was waiting for the rap to come, and before it came, the song ended! Probably that was the factor that made a huge difference for me, and made it the first Yo Yo Honey Singh song that I liked so much! His vocals also aren’t annoying as usual, and this time he brings in a female singer to sing too, Neha Kakkar. She also sings her part awesomely! And this song is still being treated like a brand new song, getting played at least thrice a day everywhere. Nope, the nation hasn’t gotten over this song even a bit and it is still played everywhere, be it family functions or birthday parties! 😛 An unexpected great composition by Honey Singh, in fact, his best composition to date, and he deserves the praise for it. So I will give this song of his (very reluctantly 😉 ) the title of  #5StarHotelSong ! because you can hate him or like him, but you cannot ignore him! 🙂

 

4. Allah Waariyan:- Singer ~ Shafqat Amanat Ali, Music by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Lyrics by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee

When this song starts, you will immediately be reminded of ‘Tum Jo Aaye’ from ‘Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai’ because of the traditional Indian rhythm in both songs. But that was a romantic track, whereas this one is a sad song. The melody and composition are very nice, and Arko Pravo Mukherjee has proved himself once more after Jism 2. The hookline of this song is just phenomenal. However, the antara is the best part of the song, any day! The flute interlude is so sweet you will love it instantly. Shafqat’s vocals are flawless and suit the song too well. The lyrics are very good, by the composer himself. Once again, this song was a favourite of the audience and still is being loved by everyone. It is a very heart-touching song and it cannot be forgotten easily or quickly. Nothing much more to say because it’s just too good and it is yet another #5StarHotelSong in this album!

 

5. Love Me Thoda Aur:- Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Pritam Chakraborty, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

So, this is the second song by Pritam for this movie. I was expecting a great romantic song, which is catchy, and that is exactly what I got! Pritam has composed this song like he used to compose some years back, and that is what made this song work for me. On top of that, the English vocals are also great. The voice which Arijit has used in this song is his voice which I like and not his nasal type voice, which I like only sometimes. The antara’s tune is better than the mukhda’s, and it will give you a great feeling! Though the song is a bit ordinary, it is still fine as there isn’t anything wrong and there’s is nothing at all to criticise about it. However, this song, I don’t hear playing anywhere as much as I hear the above songs, and I wonder why! A cute song, which didn’t get the popularity it deserved, but still it is nice in terms of quality!

 

6. Meri Maa:- Singers ~ K.K. (Original Version), K.K. (Reprise Version), Anupam Amod (Unplugged Version), Music by ~ Anupam Amod/Pritam, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

Okay, first of all, I would like to clear the doubts of everyone who is cursing me in their mind for crediting Anupam Amod as the music director for this song. He is clearly credited in the Yaariyan CD also, and he has even confirmed it in one of his interviews, which you can read here. Also here is the CD cover for all of you.

However, after hearing the song, you will easily come to know it is a Pritam composition. It has slight resemblance to the antara of ‘Main Rang Sharbaton Ka’ from ‘Phata Poster Nikhla Hero’ in its hook line. That is why I’ve also credited Pritam. Moving on to the song. What to say about it! Anything I say is too less! K.K. has sung the song beautifully and the song is a rock song dedicated to mothers. After ‘Maa’ from ‘Taare Zameen Par’, ‘Meri Maa’ from ‘Dasvidaniya’, and ‘Janam Janam’ from ‘Phata Poster Nikhla Hero’, this song has been added to my list of favourite songs about mothers. The lyrics are very touching, and so is the tune. The reprise version is better as such a song needs soft music. The reprise version has one antara with different lyrics, and is much softer, and so it works more than the original. The last version is a big no! Do NOT go for it! Anupam Amod has sung very badly and his voice just doesn’t suit this song! A very nice tribute to mothers in terms of tune and composition but it only worked in the two versions sung by K.K. So this song is another #5StarHotelSong but not Anupam Amod’s version! 😀

 

7. Zor Lagaake Haishaa:- Singer ~ Vishal Dadlani, Music by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

This track is purely situational. It’s a kind of patriotic song and it’s good considering the situation, but it won’t get your attention like the other songs. It will sound good only when you watch the movie and understand the situation at which it is placed. The lyrics are perfect for the song and Vishal’s vocals are great too. It is also a bit too long and you will get bored by the time half of the song is over. Most of the people who haven’t seen the movie won’t even know that there is such a song in the film.  😀  A song which is longer than required and the only track in this album with nearly none or very less shelf life.

 

8. Mujhe Ishq Se:- Singers ~ Tulsi Kumar, Gajendra Verma, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Mithoon

Here comes the queen of reprises, Tulsi Kumar, with a pathetic rendition of such a great song! 😦 This song is a reprise version of ‘Baarish’ and is sung in the most pathetic way by Tulsi Kumar, whom I guess Mithoon was forced by Bhushan Kumar to use, because she is his sister! I’m pretty sure Mithoon didn’t have Tulsi in mind for this song, and it would have sounded awesome in the voice of either Palak or Chinmayi, instead of Tulsi. Tulsi spoiled such a genius tune and composition with her ‘I can’t describe it in writing’ voice. This song has a line ‘Mujhe Ishq Se Rehna Tha Door..’ Well, all I can say is, ‘Iss Gaane Se Rehna Tum Door!’

 

Overall:- Overall, this album is a mixed bag with lots of variety. It has great melodies and great peppy numbers. It has touched the hearts of lots of people and is still a favourite of many people. Where music is concerned, Bhushan Kumar has asked the composers to compose songs according to their forte, and each of them has delivered exactly what was needed. This album was the first hit album of the year in terms of both popularity and good music, and that is why it is on many playlists even after six months of its release! It was lapped up by everyone then also and the fever hasn’t gone down yet! All the composers tried to give their best and more or less succeeded! The saying ‘Too many cooks spoil the broth’ has been proven wrong with this album. An overall great album, although a couple of tracks were unnecessary. An album with a very long shelf life. After ‘Aashiqui 2’, Bhushan Kumar has given us another great album!

 

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

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

 

Review by Rujul Deolikar

Next “dish” from old albums of 2014:- Dedh Ishqiya, Chef:- Vishal Bharadwaj, and from new albums:- Citylights, Chef:- Jeet Gannguli