VISHAL-SHEKHAR’S STRONG MUSICAL KICK!! (AKIRA – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Vishal-Shekhar
♪ Lyrics by: Manoj Muntashir & Kumaar
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 16th August 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 2nd September 2016

Akira Album Cover

Akira Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Akira is an upcoming Bollywood action film starring Sonakshi Sinha in the titular role, and Konkona Sen Sharma and Anurag Kashyap in other prominent roles. The movie has been directed by A.R. Murugadoss and produced by himself along with Fox Star Studios. It is the first time Murugadoss isn’t remaking his own movie into Hindi (remember ‘Ghajini’ and ‘Holiday’?) But he’s still remaking somebody else’s movie. And that somebody and his move happens to be Santha Kumar’s 2011 Tamil flick ‘Mouna Guru’. But there’s a twist, which is that, the main character in this movie has been shown as a strong female character, going on the lines of woman empowerment, replacing the male character in the original. The story is about a girl named Akira who finds it difficult to adjust to the society she lives in, and ends up displaying her anger, by which she often ends up in trouble. Troubled by her trouble, she is sent to Mumbai, where she gets into trouble again, as we can guess from the trailer. What trouble, how trouble, why trouble and which trouble (and who trouble, too, if you will) is what we will discover in the movie, but I see a corrupt cop played by Kashyap in the trailer so that would change things a lot, I guess. 😛 Anyway, I’m here to talk about the music. After going for A.R. Rahman in ‘Ghajini’ and Pritam in ‘Holiday’, Murugadoss experiments again and tries out a duo that is working with him for the first time, and a duo that is just done with giving one of the best commercial albums of the year, ‘Sultan’. Yup, behind the music of ‘Akira’ are none other than Vishal-Shekhar, who surely have worked hard for the album, and after ‘Sultan’, I’m expecting a lot from them, though the movie isn’t music-oriented at all. The duo has made four songs, with one of them featuring in two versions, making that a total of five tracks. Without further ado, let’s see how much of a kick or punch the music of ‘Akira’ is!


1. Rajj Rajj Ke (Version 1) / Rajj Rajj Ke (Version 2)
Singers ~ Sonakshi Sinha & Vishal Dadlani / Nahid Afrin & Vishal Dadlani, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

The duo starts the album off with a power-packed theme song, that automatically goes and makes itself a place with songs like ‘Jee Karda’ (Badlapur) and ‘Chhil Gaye Naina’ (NH10). The angst and frustration takes the form of a catchy, heart-touching and foot-tapping song that showcases the nature of the main character very well. The duo has excelled with the composition, gathering various notes that sound pretty energetic and full-of-fury when put together. The song starts with Vishal singing a line that is so soft, yet it is a wonderful opening to the energy and power that is to follow in the rest of the song. The mukhda is a beautifully haunting tune which lures you into the song, in quite a spooky way, but all the spookiness is enjoyable and awe-inspiring. The antara is something that will leave you in shock, with your jaw wide open; it treads on a wide range of notes, starting high and ending low, and how beautifully! The hookline is what you would call a power-packed line. All the fury and emotions of the singer gets poured out in just that one line, and it is sooooo touching, in a unique way! Vishal-Shekhar’s booming arrangements are another reason to hear the song on loop, what with rock guitar strums helping to increase the energy, while drums help the hookline sound marvelous. The first interlude is a wonderful Spanish guitar solo, which sounds astounding! The whole song is placed on an upbeat and groovy beat, which you would love to hear on loop! On the vocals front, the song, featuring in two versions, gets a different treatment from each of the two female singers. While Sonakshi, singing just as a publicity stunt, surprisingly pulls off the song quite commendably (sounding like a non-autotuned Kanika Kapoor), ‘Indian Idol Junior’ Season 1’s finalist Nahid Afrin stuns in her Bollywood debut, and steals the show in her version. The way she sings “Dard bedarrrdaaaa” at the end of the hookline, is so haunting! Her rendition of the wonderfully composed antara is something you can’t afford to miss! Vishal Dadlani, on the other hand, sings his one line, “Dard Bedardaaa, Dard Bedardaaa” in a very rustic voice, with two tracks of his voice over later upon each other, and sounding great! Kumaar’s lyrics display very well the misery/fury of the protagonist and suits the theme very well. Vishal-Shekhar score with the very first song on the album, which is definitely an energetic high! Though both versions are good, I would recommend Nahid’s version to the music lovers! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Purza
Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

With the next song, it seems like Vishal-Shekhar have totally forgotten the angst and fury of the first song, and have drowned themselves into complete romantic mode, but again, when it is Vishal-Shekhar, you can never expect a straightforward, in-your-face romantic song, and that’s just the case with this one, too. The duo has composed a very upbeat and feel-good romantic song, which definitely leaves you puzzled at its unexpected twists and turns; as I said, you can never expect anything straightforward from this duo! The mukhda very beautifully introduces the listener to a very happy-sounding romantic song, which has shades of 90s IndiPop music. The hookline is just bliss, with a very cute repetition of a fabulous line, which will just make your day with its wide range of notes, ranging from low to high. The antaras are just as beautiful, with a very distinct Vishal-Shekhar touch, and reminding me a bit of their ‘Taxi No. 9211’ days, with love songs like ‘Ek Nazar Mein Bhi’. The instrumentation is another marvel by the duo. Acoustic guitars galore, they set the right ambience for the song, while the drums kick in to infuse the spunk into the song. Later on, we witness a wonderful fusion of European-styled harmonica with Caribbean percussion. The interlude after the first antara is one of the most diverse ones I’ve seen in such a breezy romantic song! Starting with apt techno sounds, and going back to the regular acoustic guitars, that interlude is a marvel to hear and believe! Vocals by Arijit are smack-on-the-bulls-eye, and in spite of the various dim-witted people on YouTube commenting stuff like, “Sorry, Arijit, this one wasn’t for you brother”, and “Arijit, itna ghatiya gaana kyun gaaya??” (which, in short, means, “Arijit, why did you sing such a horrible, terrible, nasty, unpleasant song?!”) I would like to believe that Arijit has sung with all his charm, and those who are open to Arijit singing songs other than songs from the ‘Raaz’, ‘Jannat’, ‘Murder’, and ‘Aashiqui’ franchises, would definitely appreciate hit vocals in this one! Manoj Muntashir’s lyrics reach another high, with very charming and cute romantic lyrics, and coupled with Vishal-Shekhar’s cute tune, they sound even more beautiful! A wonderful romantic song that not only defines how great Vishal-Shekhar are at making unique romantic songs, but also how to make a romantic song with Arijit, without relying on a melancholic tune to do the work for you! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Kehkasha Tu Meri
Singer ~ Shekhar Ravjiani, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

It seems that Vishal-Shekhar are finding it harder to leave the romance behind, than the fury! Because here they are, back with a romantic song, the second in an album where you would least expect even one of them! The song happens to be a remake of the duo’s own ‘Haravali Pakhare’, one of their two songs from the album of the Marathi movie ‘Balak Palak’. The composition is a gem of a composition, with every note touching the bottom of your heart, and stubbornly refusing to get out from your mind. The mukhda is bliss, North-Eastern folk screaming at you froim every note, and the way it connects with the hookline, with a brisk “Roshani Se bhari”, is spectacular and a delight to the ears. The hookline itself, though sounding very, very heard-before, is very charming. The antara takes a rather mellow route, with the notes taking unexpected downward twists, before things go back to the heavenly “Roshani Se Bhari” line, and the wondrous hookline. The arrangements are also not very unique or different, but manage to leave you in a very calmed state. Scintillating sounds of chimes and sparkling sounds lighten your mood up, while things crank up a bit during the hookline, with the duffs playing a nice Assamese rhythm. The piano and strings accompany each other very well in the interlude, and you are free to just drown in the bliss! Shekhar, with his soft and silky voice, renders the song with ease and charm; then again, when does he not sound charming!? I couldn’t help but remember Javed Ali’s voice, and how I wish there was another version sung by him too! 😀 Manoj yet again, impresses you with his lyrics, though simple. I contradict my own statement, and say that Vishal-Shekhar make straightforward romantic songs too, but just as beautifully as the twisted ones!! This is a perfect example of that! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Baadal
Singer ~ Sunidhi Chauhan, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

The pathos enters the album with the final song on it, and in a very IndiPop manner. The duo ends the album with a melancholy tune, which fails to impress as much as the other songs, but still manages to stay with you for quite a good amount of time. The duo’s composition actually sounds like they’re stuck in the early 2000s and forgot to change things in the song to make it sound like it is new. The mukhda is painfully stale-sounding, but the antara makes up for it with a cool assortment of notes that actually touch your heart. Otherwise, the song’s emotion is quite hollow and not so touching. The arrangements constitute not much but a guitar loop that sounds quite trippy, but overdone so much, that you find it kind of irritating towards the end! The arrangements could have had much more happening back there, but the duo seems to have been in a time constraint to deliver this track, hence the shortcomings! Sunidhi, however, manages to leave her mark, as always. Her bold voice is perfect for the song, and the confident way she does her aalaaps, even though she hasn’t been trained in classical music, is commendable! She sings the hookline very charmingly, and you can’t help but fall in love with her voice yet again! Hernhigh notes are a pleasure to hear too! Manoj seems to have been struggling to write something emotional, so that it seems to come out as a desperate attempt to turn the protagonist’s eyes into clouds — we don’t know if it is the black ones or white ones, mind you! 😀 A decent melody, rescued by Sunidhi’s confident carriage!


Akira is an album which definitely wasn’t supposed to have such astounding music, as I had thought when it was announced itself! Without having much scope to do so, Vishal-Shekhar manage to create four songs, with two romantic ones that will surely stay with you for long, an energetic song that redefines the meaning of anthems, and a sad song that doesn’t work as much as the makers would’ve wanted it to! Anyway, these three songs are more than enough to shine in an album where even two astounding songs would be a surprise! After the great and commercially appealing album to ‘Sultan’, Vishal-Shekhar deliver a power-packed kick with this album as well!

 

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: Purza > Kehkasha Tu Meri > Rajj Rajj Ke (Version 2 — Nahid) > Rajj Rajj Ke (Version 1 — Sonakshi) = Baadal

 

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THE SULTANATE OF VISHAL-SHEKHAR IS BACK TO REIGN!! (SULTAN – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Vishal-Shekhar
♪ Lyrics by: 
Irshad Kamil
♪ Music Label:
 YRF Music
Music Released On: 31st May 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 
8th July 2016

Sultan Album Cover

Sultan Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Sultan is an upcoming Bollywood sports drama film, starring Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma in the lead roles. The film has been directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, and produced by Aditya Chopra. The story revolves around a Haryanvi wrestler who goes by the name Sultan (Salman Khan), who has problems in his professional life. His struggle to get back into the wrestling scenario forms the story of ‘Sultan’. The story seems the usual Bollywood story for a sports film, but the execution is what matters. While we wait for the execution to come in front of our eyes, the music album is here for us to cherish. The album marks the comeback of duo Vishal-Shekhar, who disappeared after a mediocre album, ‘Happy New Year’ (2014). They gave that foot-tapping song in ‘Fan’, again for YRF earlier this year, again for a Khan, Shahrukh. This time they come back to compose for YRF’s ‘Sultan’, which is coincidentally their first Salman Khan film!! That’s kind of hard to believe isn’t it? Such a talented duo and composing for Salman for the first time! 😀 What was Salman doing all these years? Playing table tennis with Himesh and Sajid-Wajid? Apparently, he has moved on from his clichéd composers and after Pritam’s stylish and full-of-variety ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, and Himesh’s old-fashioned, but enjoyable ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ last year, he comes back this year with a new choice of Vishal & Shekhar, who are geniuses when it comes to being innovative. Expectations are sky-high and there are so many reasons. a) Vishal-Shekhar’s comeback. b) Vishal-Shekhar’s first for Salman. c) Vishal-Shekhar composing for YRF.. (remember ‘Ta Ra Rum Pum’ and ‘Tashan’?) Something phenomenal indeed is expected. Something mind-blowing and something innovative — just because Vishal-Shekhar are on board. They have composed a big nine-track album, with seven songs, one version and one theme. Let’s see how many of them rise up like a real ‘Sultan’! Really hoping this comeback makes it really big (once again) for the duo after their rough patch recently, the last great album being ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ (2014)! They must emerge as Sultans!


1. Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani, Shalmali Kholgade & Isheeta Chakrvarty, Rap by ~ Badshah

The soundtrack opens up with a fun-filled dance number that has been composed by the duo to really suit Salman’s presence in it. The song starts off with a wonderful rhythm, that you can set your feete tapping to immediately, as soon as it starts. Composed of techno sounds, dhadd, and manjeeras,the rhythm really hooks you right away, and Isheeta’s folk portion doesn’t really help in making you run away from the song. In other words, the song starts off really catchily, just as it should!! Vishal-Shekhar have really moulded themselves into a complete folksy manner, and delivered a composition that would easily connect with the masses. It is very typical, very Salman types, yet it instantly catches onto you. The hookline, kind of composed on the base rhythm of ‘Selfie Le Le Re’ (Bajrangi Bhaijaan), impresses with its briskness. The techno noises after the short hookline are wonderful, and so is the playful flute! The mukhda by Vishal and Shalmali, really grabs your attention. Arrangements in the song are fabulous. The use of techno has been done really impressively. The brisk interventions of the flue are just lovely! They really stole my heart. Traditional instruments like harmonium, dholaks, manjeeras, tumbi, dhadd, impress as well in their small parts. Vishal-Shekhar really know how to fuse everything together into a catchy package. There is a rap by Badshah completely styled like an antara, as it is very cleverly joined with the hookline after it is over. Badshah’s rap is fun to hear, but I miss the very raw Haryanvi feel of Honey Singh’s Haryanvi rap here. Anyway, it is enjoyable. Shalmali sings in her soft voice, which I like better than her other, low-pitched voice. She does the Haryanvi accent very well. She too, has a small stanza to sing after a bit of Badshah’s rap, after which Vishal comes back for the hookline. For Vishal, I’ve no words to express how much I loved his rendition. He sings with the same infectious energy, that he puts into all his other songs, so it is not a surprise. The way he sings the hookline, though resembling his rendition of the hookline of ‘Selfie Le Le Re’, still sounds so mind blowing and cool. Irshad Kamil is back to his fun, enjoyable lyrics. He can easily mould himself to write so many different types of lyrics and they always appeal! He takes the hookline and writes such fun-plus-funny lyrics around it, a usual male v/s female battle as we have in Bollywood dance numbers many times. An infectious, catchy number, perfect as the first song in a Salman album. Vishal-Shekhar have composed a perfect song for Salman, right in their first stint for him! Energetic vocals, enjoyable lyrics, and booming arrangements all make this one a WINNER! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Jag Ghoomeya / Jag Ghoomeya (Female)
Singers ~ Rahat Fateh Ali Khan / Neha Bhasin

A beautiful guitar loop starts off the next song, and you know Vishal-Shekhar are back at doing their thing with the soulful romantic songs. The song is a romantic song, with shades of Vishal-Shekhar’s style, yet suiting Salman’s style perfectly. The composition is a breezy, love ballad with a really happy-go-lucky touch to it, and graced with a beautiful folk rhythm. The mukhda is very charming, and the hookline really lives up to its name — it hooks you completely. The rhythm of the hookline is just too catchy to dislike. It is the antara though, where Vishal-Shekhar really work magic. It has been composed in a manner that reminds you of Vishal-Shekhar’s work in ‘Tashan’, for some reason unknown. Maybe the folksiness makes it connect to ‘Tashan’. The line “jaisi Tu hai vaisi rehnaa” is very pleasant, and my personal favourite from the song. It has some charm in it. The female version has the tempo cranked down a bit, and that appeals so, so much! The duo excels in the arrangements too, as always. In the male version, their brilliance in arranging music is seen in the way they add folk guitars, acoustic guitars and rock guitars into the same song. Percussion is brilliant, with a folksy but electronic dafli and dholak rhythm backing the song. Shakers have been used very cutely. The first interlude has a very majestic strings portion which reminds one of ‘Zehnaseeb’ (Hasee Toh Phasee). It has a strong hangover of that song. However, the mandolin is what steals the show. It is very cute and pleasant to the ears. In the female version, however, Vishal-Shekhar really impress. They have arranged it very beautiful with almost nothing but a folkish guitar in the background. Percussion is very beautiful, and very less and soft too. For me, this is the winner even though it offers less! To talk about vocals, Rahat’s soulful voice brings that rustic feeling to the song (and also brings the Salman-iyat 😛 ) and sounds very familiar, yet appeals. Again, it is the female version which emerges as the winner. Neha has tried something new this time, with an innocent romantic song. Her husky voice perfectly makes for the rustic setting of the movie. The accent is something to fall for! I couldn’t help but miss Harshdeep Kaur here, though! Not that Neha’s rendition is bad in any way!! 😀 Her voice simply reminded me of Harshdeep’s and then I started wanting to hear the song in her voice. 😛 Kamil’s lyrics are sweet, simple, innocent; in short, amazing. Amazing simplicity and innocence in this romantic song. Something worth hearing on loop! For me the female version is better, but both are a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. 440 Volt
Singer ~ Mika Singh

I saw the title and singer’s name of the next song and told myself, “Finished. The goodness of this album is over. It’s all over, dude. You were an idiot to think that the album would be so great.” After all, I’ve not been liking Mika’s songs of late; the same, old, repetitive meaningless party tracks. But boy, was I wrong! The song is utterly enjoyable! Nothing less than that. Enjoyable to the fullest. Each and every second is something to cherish and enjoy. I don’t know what Vishal-Shekhar fed Mika before recording the song, but here he sounds very, very different! He doesn’t belch out his words like always, he doesn’t eat any of the syllables, and neither does he try to sound like a pop star. Instead, he pronounces everything perfectly, sings in a very soft textured voice, and tries to sound CUTE! And it works! He does sound cute. Don’t believe me? Hear it! The duo have given him a song quite unlike his style, yet perfect for him! It is a slow-paced, but very catchy and groovy song based on the filmi Qawwali template. It is one of the most entertaining Qawwali spoofs I’ve heard this year. And then there’s that ‘Fake Ishq’ (Housefull 3). [Okay, now ‘Housefull 3’ has really become an example, hasn’t it? Sorry! 😅😅 Couldn’t resist from writing that, though!] Vishal-Shekhar have composed something that is immensely attractive, something that doesn’t only have a catchy hookline to do all the work, but a hardworking (in getting us addicted!) mukhda and very diligently composed antaras. The antara is a very weirdly addictive, slow piece that you can’t get out of your head. The part in the hookline when Mika repeats “Chhoone Se Terey” is just so crazily gooooddd! (Can’t think of a synonym for ‘good’. That’s why I elongated it. No time! 😂 ) The way Mika sings in a Haryanvi accent fulfills my dream of hearing him sing that ever since he didn’t sing the title track of ‘Boss’. (Which I had thought he had sung when I first heard it). The duo’s arrangements are very creative. The rock factor works really well in filmy Qawwalis, so there it is. The harmonium and tablas are also awesome. A wonderful electronic substitute for the tabla has been added by the duo, which you can hear at 2:47 in the song. That space is usually taken by the tablas in any Qawwali. While he first interlude has a full-on rock guitar solo, the second goes the calm way with a Spanish sounding tune on strings and tablas. Irshad Kamil writes very entertaining lyrics, perfectly suitable for a lovestruck Romeo. The hookline is so funny, yet creative. “Lagey 440 Volt Chhoone Se terey”. Now don’t say I unnecessarily hate the lyrics of ‘Hous– oops! ENTERTAINING to the core!! Something very creative and innovative! P.S. Mika as a Qawwali singer sounds awesome! #5StarHotelSong!! (P.P.S. Sorry for the essay)

 

4. Sultan
Singers ~ Sukhwinder Singh & Shadab Faridi, Backing Vocals ~ Abdul Sajjad, Zuber Hashmi, Arun Ingle, R N Iyer, Mandar Aapte, Kaustubh Datar, Rahul Chitnis, Nitin Tupe, Swapnil Godbole, Mangesh Chavan, Nitin Karandikar, Vijay Dhuri, Jitendra Tupe, Mayuresh Madgaonkar

The title song, arrives quite late into the album, and starts off very softly. Later, a voice quite like that of Vishal Dadlani joins the rock guitars that start off the song, and sing some motivational lines. We’re kind of figuring out what’s going on, when suddenly, an electrifying Sukhwinder Singh takes things into his hands and with him, the song goes uphill, and how! An energizing electric guitar hook starts playing, to be joined later on by energetic drums and a wonderful chorus. The composition is also just ad energetic, and definitely motivational. The duo redo their own ‘Tashan Mein’ (Tashan), but in a very different manner. A way better version of the seemingly unbeatable song, in terms of dynamism and vigour. The hookline is very unconventional as it ends abruptly with the chorus singing “Rre sultan”. The khoon and mitti refrain is very catchy, and suits the theme, doesn’t it? All the parts of the song are energetic, and full of the spirit to work and win. The rock arrangements are not over the top, and because of the commercial nature of the rock song, it will appeal to all, unlike other rock songs which aren’t so commercial. You can barely hear anything besides the rock guitars and drums, which I must say, are very classily done. There are some parts in the antara when the rock simmers down, but other than that, rock is everywhere. Sukhwinder and Shadab are a fit duo to sing the song, with Shadab getting very less in comparison to Sukhwinder. Sukhwinder is clearly the king of all this. A wonderful techno-sargam entertains highly in the first interlude. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are highly motivational and more than a character-themed title song, like Salman’s other title songs where the leading hero is a larger-than-life supercop (Ahem, ‘Dabangg’!), the song sounds like a pure motivational and inspirational song. The energy of Sukhwinder and Shadab combined with the energy of Vishal-Shekhar’s guitars and drums, and the intelligence of Kamil’s pen, makes for an enjoyable and worthy listen! One of Salman’s best title songs!! He’ll be like “Achho title song paayo .. Paayo… Aayo.. Laayo… Gaayo.. Bio —” Where’d that come from? 😕 #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Sachi Muchi
Singers ~ Mohit Chauhan & Harshdeep Kaur, Backing Vocals ~ Marianne D’Cruz, Nisha Mascarenhas, Rajiv Sundaresan & Neuman Pinto

Now, the next song is really beautiful. Vishal-Shekhar create a very happy-go-lucky romantic song, very unconventional. The song starts with a wedding baaja type band, playing the tune of the hookline, which sounds really out-of-place, and confusing. However, things clear themselves up when the song starts after the band moves on. A wonderful banjo + harmonica instrumentation sets things into place, and creates a very American folk ambience. (You know, cowboys. 😛 ) Without thinking about what cowboys are doing in Haryana, I start grooving to the feel-good, breezy music. However, it took me very long to really start grooving a lot to the music. The song grows on you as slow as a snail. But when it finishes growing upto however much it wants to grow, it sounds very good to the ears. The same thing happened to me. The composition, though a little weak, sets in after a few listens and seems to very attractive. The Western breeze in the arrangements is something not heard recently in Bollywood. (I don’t really like it when it comes in Bollywood music, though. Sounds boring, generally, too!) Mohit and Harshdeep sing the composition perfectly, with the right amount of gusto. Especially in the hookline, “yeh khwaab hai, chaahatein…. Tere kehne Se li Maine parvaazein”, Mohit along with the backing chorus sings very awesome. The harmonica and banjo sound mind-blowing. The lighthearted composition works really well after some time, just that it takes some time to mark its place in the otherwise commercial album. Irshad’s lyrics are just as lighthearted as needed. This time, a two-sided love song. 😀 A song with less appeal, but will slowly emerge as an undoubted #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Bulleya
Singer ~ Papon, Backing Vocals ~ Altamash Faridi & Shadab Faridi

While Mika sang a filmy Qawwali earlier in the album, Papon is here with a full-fledged traditional Qawwali of his own. Vishal-Shekhar have composed a totally sweet, innocent composition for this Qawwali, fit for mehfils. Papon starts off with a very lovely AdLib, after which Vishal-Shekhar kick in with the beautiful Qawwali rhythm, complete with the Faridi brothers singing in a heavenly manner, and a harmonium striking the chords of our hearts. Papon rejoins with very sugary lines written wonderfully by Kamil. He renders them very beautifully, and those waah’s cant stop from escaping from your mouth. The way the duo connects this part to the hookline, is when you really get transported to another world. And the hookline is what keeps you there. And you stay there for the remaining duration of the song. A beautiful entrancing arrangement of dholaks, tablas, dafli, harmonium and chimtas, complements Papon during his heavenly rendition. The foot-tapping rhythm is what makes the song sound so beautiful. The rhythm in the hookline is indescribable. It is also the composition that has brought out the bliss in Papon’s voice. Vishal-Shekhar’s divine and spiritual composition is what makes you love everything about the song. The interlude has a wonderful rock guitar portion, which doesn’t sound out-of-place in the spiritual song at all. The Faridi bros are excellent in their spiritual interventions in the song. Lastly, Irshad is a genius. He has written such impressive romantic, spiritual and sad lyrics, which are excellent. It is like a request from the boy to his lover, instead of the usual sad romantic songs where the boy assumes that the girl is leaving him and starts wailing. 😂 The way the spiritual touch has been put into the lyrics, is wondrous. Divine, spiritual and blessed. Something to hear on loop! Perfect ‘Coke Studio’ material from Vishal-Shekhar! Papon, you are a rockstar!!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

7. Tuk Tuk
Singers ~ Nooran Sisters & Vishal Dadlani

This song starts with a weird AdLib like one in a Qawwali. I am guessing that has been sung by Shekhar. Anyway, the AdLib makes way for some entrancing, divine techno music. It is so beautiful, that you can’t stop from swaying. Piano, chimes and techno sounds have been wonderfully fused together to make something really addictive and entrancing. The Nooran Sisters start off with their usual folksy Punjabi rendition, which starts off really promising. And then, it drops down so fast. The hookline arrives so fast, you are not sure what actually happened. Suddenly, the techno trance breaks and you find yourself in a very typical Punjabi tumbi-dhol arrangement (with very low volume, like Amit Trivedi’s style) with a very averagely composed hookline. It takes quite some time for the song to pick up pace again, and that is when Vishal comes in with his out-of-this-world rap! His rap is actually meaningful. The song is another meaningful, inspirational one, which completely grips you until the part I mentioned arrives. After Vishal’s raps though, the Punjabi part sounds perfectly fine and acceptable. It is the “re bole dhola dhol tadak dhin” line that plays the spoilsport in the song. It just sounds out-of-place here. Everything else falls into place perfectly. Even the antara, which has a Punjabi folk arrangement, sounds great. So why does that hookline sound odd? The flaw is in the abrupt composition. The EDM and techno music is really addictive, and the programming on the Noorans’ voices is very cool. The fusion is really something to appreciate, and something other composers must follow soon!! Irshad’s lyrics are very inspirational, and the metaphors are very clever. Something that would have been exceptionally innovative, but spoiled by the hookline!!

 

8. Rise of Sultan
Singer ~ Shekhar Ravjiani, Backing Vocals ~ Abdul Sajjad, Zuber Hashmi, Arun Ingle, R N Iyer, Mandar Aapte, Kaustubh Datar, Rahul Chitnis, Nitin Tupe, Swapnil Godbole, Mangesh Chavan, Nitin Karandikar, Vijay Dhuri, Jitendra Tupe, Mayuresh Madgaonkar

To close this very much awaited album, we have something on the lines of a theme song. Again motivational in spirit, this track takes the khoon-mitti refrain of the title song and has it crafted into a wonderful background piece. The composition as we know it, it purely motivational and so it has a very positive effect in this track. It makes the song sound so otherworldly. Shekhar leads the vocals with a horde of backing vocalists following him, without which it would’ve sounded lifeless. What I really want to praise is the MINDBLOWING percussion. They are so energetic and vigorous, you can’t help but love them. The rock guitars do not leave this opportunity of showing their prowess either, and impress yet again, along with their new companion, the percussion. The song suits the storyline of the film, as it starts slow and gets high-spirited towards the end, with the strings and brass kicking in later on. It is symbolic of the “Rise” of the character, Sultan. A perfect title, I must say! An INVIGORATING end to the impressive album! #5StarHotelSong!!


Sultan turns out to be way better than expected. Yes, I know my expectations were huge anyway, but not so high! I had never expected such a great album, especially when there is Salman’s commercialism to cater to. But Vishal-Shekhar really prove themselves. They are experts in music arrangements, and they use this plus point to raise the level of each and every song in the album. If there is a typical Salman dance number in ‘Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai’, there is also a spiritual Qawwali in ‘Bulleya’ and an enjoyable track in ‘440 Volt’. An album full of variety, and I’m thinking, one of Salman’s best albums since 2010. Ali Abbas Zafar has brought out the best from the duo, considering the movie’s genre. If Vishal-Shekhar can deliver so well in a film that doesn’t need such good music, I can’t even imagine what they will do in films like ‘Banjo’ and ‘Befikre’ coming later this year! 😉 The sultans of Bollywood are back to reign!!

 

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: Bulleya > Jag Ghoomeya (Female) > 440 Volt > Sultan > Jag Ghoomeya > Rise of Sultan > Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai > Sachi Muchi > Tuk Tuk

 

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

 

Note: ‘Sultan’ will be included in July 2016 monthly awards 🙂

Next “dish”: Raman Raghav 2.0, Chef: Ram Sampath

KHAN-daani DANCE ALBUM! (HAPPY NEW YEAR – Music Review)

Music Album Details:-
♪ Music by:- Vishal-Shekhar, Dr. Zeus, Manj Musik & John Stewart Eduri
♪ Lyrics by:- Irshad Kamil, Jiwan Mann, Kumaar, Farah Khan, Vishal Dadlani & Shekhar Ravjiani
♪ Music Label:- T-Series
♪ Music Released On:- 15th September 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 24th October 2014

Happy New Year Album Cover

Happy New Year Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Happy New Year is an upcoming comedy film directed by Farah Khan, and starring Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah. The story is about six losers, who compete in a ‘World Dance Championship’ and end up on a quest to pull of the biggest diamond heist ever. So, that story doesn’t seem all that new and fresh, but I’m sure Farah has something in mind to make it interesting and intriguing. Anyways, the Shahrukh-Deepika-Farah trio is back together after ‘Om Shanti Om’, and the same magic that was created that time is expected to be created once again now, so let’s just cross our fingers and hope Farah doesn’t go her brother’s way, by putting in too much (and by too much, I mean TOO MUCH) of cheap slapstick humour, and instead gives us a cute little comedy, which could be watched again and again. 🙂 Talking about the music, we have Vishal-Shekhar in charge of the majority of the album, with Dr. Zeus collaborating with them for one song and composing another song by himself. Manj Musik has also collaborated with Vishal-Shekhar for another song. John Stewart Eduri composing an instrumental track. What’s more, the total number of tracks is eleven! Hopes were naturally high, as they always are for a Shahrukh Khan film, and with Vishal-Shekhar working with Farah, then the hopes become tripled, and so the resulting expectations are pretty humongous! Let’s see whether they have met those expectations, exceeded them, or let us down!


1. India Waale / India Waale (Electronic)
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani, K.K., Shankar Mahadevan & Neeti Mohan (Both Versions), Music by ~ Vishal-Shekhar, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

The song which we had heard in the trailer, and on which many people were placing bets that it would be the best track of the album, and it would be a mind-blowing, super hot, superhit track, opens up this massive album. Imagine this: you keep on waiting for your birthday, or any special day, for that matter, and when that day comes, you find yourself getting very bored, as your expectations haven’t quite been satisfied. Either whatever you wished to happen hadn’t happened, or whatever you wanted to do, you couldn’t. You must have felt like this at least once in your lifetime? Well, recall that feeling you felt, and now read the review for this song. It came across as a very, very ordinary song, because a) these kind of songs have been heard innumerable times from Vishal-Shekhar, b) The audience was expecting something new, innovative and brilliant from the song, which would surpass the craziness of ‘Deewangi Deewangi’ from ‘Om Shanti Om’, and c) Even such an awesome lineup of singers has failed to save the song from its fate. Unfortunately, what we have got is something less than a chartbuster, and it can never surpass ‘Deewangi Deewangi’ ever in its life (playlist life), and, well, it’s just too heard-before! They had promised something BIG by saying Indiawaale aa rahe hain… But actually nothing came, neither interest to hear the song on repeat, nor a feeling from the heart saying, Waah! Kya khoob gaana banaaya hai! 😛 Instead, I felt like the song is full of fake desh-prem. :/ Not so impressive! By now, you must have got that the tune is ordinary, so get this, too: the lyrics are nothing special either, and the only elements left are vocals and arrangements. Arrangements, thankfully, have been done very well, and the techno sounds have been used efficiently. The arrangements sound like 80s disco songs, and what Vishal-Shekhar did in ‘The Dirty Picture’ songs. The vocals are also powerful, and Neeti Mohan stands out in her part, and she also sounds beautiful when she sings behind the three male singers. Vishal also stands out, whereas Shankar and K.K. are mostly singing in the chorus, so they don’t have much scope to stand out as such. The electronic version is the same ordinary composition on different arrangements. Those are not of the must-listen types, but there is certainly no harm to hear it, as you’re going to hear this song all throughout Diwali. 😛 Ordinary stuff from Vishal-Shekhar and Irshad Kamil. They say old is gold, but this one is already sold!

 

2. Manwa Laage
Singers ~ Shreya Ghoshal & Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Vishal-Shekhar, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

When I heard ‘India Waale’, I was ready for the second song to be a just as ordinary, just as heard-before, just as disappointing one, but oh, was I wrong! The second song turned out to be a soulful, cute and melodious romantic song, sung by two ever-so-wonderful and talented artists, Shreya Ghoshal, and Arijit Singh. Vishal-Shekhar have woven together a beautiful melody, with hints of the 90s, and have managed to create a tune that will make sure your attention doesn’t go haywire while listening to the song. Instead, the magic of the song will grasp you and your attention, and it will make you start dol-ing to the beats. The enticing accordion tune will be the first thing to grab your attention. After that, comes the even more beautiful dafli beats, providing the catchiness and beat for you to dol as well! 😀 I guarantee that you would dol after hearing them, they are so attractive and catchy! Shreya is awesome as always, but sorry guys, this time Arijit simply stole the show! He has given his career best performance in this song. His voice never appealed to me as much as it did in this song! So it turns out that Vishal-Shekhar have finally given Arijit a filmi and a fully commercial romantic duet, whereas his other romantic duets were probably not as filmi as this, and if you do find one, by any chance, then it would surely not be as beautiful as this! The tune of his lines also attracts you so much, that it instantly becomes your favourite part in the song. Plus, the arrangements in his parts are spellbinding, and it leaves you wanting more and more each time it comes. For that matter, I would have no problem at all, if they made a separate male version of this song, just for the Arijit fans. 😀 (Which I’m not, by the way, nor his hater) Enough of Arijit, let’s move on to Irshad Kamil. He has written such beautiful and innocent lyrics here, that I can’t help but forgive him for what he wrote in ‘India Waale’. Take this line: ‘Musafir hoon main door ka, Deewana hoon main dhoop ka, mujhe na bhaaye, na bhaaye, na bhaaye, chhaanv re!’ Such beauty lies in the lines. Another one: ‘Ho.. Kisika toh hoga hi tu, kyun na tujhe main hee jeetun?’ The sheer innocence which lies in the line! Beautiful! Vishal-Shekhar, as I have said many times, have composed a very, very divine tune, which immediately sets on your tongue and literally becomes a part of your tongue, what I mean to say is that you will always have this song on the tip of your tongue, it is that beautiful! Anyways, there are many more songs, so I’ll wrap up with this song’s infinite praise now, saying Definitely one of the best songs of the year, and it easily joins the list of Vishal-Shekhar’s best romantic melodies! A must-listen and an undoubted #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Satakli
Singers ~ Sukhwinder Singh, Music by ~ Vishal-Shekhar, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

The team who had given us the big hit, ‘Dard-e-Disco’ is back, with just the lyricist replaced. Another huge hit was expected, but sadly, this one too, falls way below expectations. It starts with some Sajid-Wajid type music, then comes the ‘Radhe Radhe bolo jai Kanhaiyalal ki’ part which was heard in the trailer. That part excels, but unfortunately, it is the only gripping part of the song. The rest is just something which has been composed by the confused Vishal & Shekhar. Confused because, they have placed the right groovy beats required for such a song, but the tune lacks any appeal! It doesn’t stand out and make you want to hear it again and again, because it is (very frankly) NOT CATCHY! The lyrics are nothing great, either, so the only saviour for the track is Sukhwinder Singh’s unique voice texture and energy and the great arrangements. The tabla and dholak beats which come in between, sound awesome. The track proves as a great dance track or festival-type track, but it does not prove its worth as a song which you can repeatedly listen to, or even listen to many times — not in loop, because you will get bored after a while. So, a track with perfect groovy beats, and a singer with immense talent and energy, has been degraded in quality because of the ordinary composition which it is. The hookline might come across as catchy for some, but for me it is also heard many times before from Vishal-Shekhar. An ordinary composition can spoil everything no matter how good the arrangements or the vocals are! Good for dancing and festivals, though!

 

4. Lovely
Singers ~ Kanika Kapoor, Ravindra Upadhyay, Fateh & Miraya Varma, Music by ~ Dr. Zeus with Vishal-Shekhar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Additional Lyrics by ~ Jiwan Mann

This can probably be the most meaningless song in the world (I mean, what can this even mean:- Main lovely ho gayiaan naam tera padhke?) It makes no sense at all. Yet, it might also be the first song which makes no sense lyrically, but which I have liked so much musically! Kanika Kapoor is back with her unique and addictive voice after making the whole country crazy with ‘Baby Doll’, and she does the same magic in this song as well! Her voice is so different but awesome, that it instantly makes your ears go in attention mode. Then whatever be the words, whatever be the tune, whatever be the arrangements, the song will still sound great. Singing for a Shahrukh Khan movie in just her second song, is a huge accomplishment for her! She has taken full advantage of the wonderful opportunity and sings well. The composition is a collaboration between Dr. Zeus and Vishal-Shekhar. They have recreated a Punjabi folk tune (and also somewhat made a darker and sultrier sequel to ‘Baby Doll’ 😛 ) very well! The beats are the exact same as ‘Baby Doll’, so the composers lose some points there, but the tune is very addictive and attractive as well. The other singers don’t have much work, but Miraya sounds good in her Arabic parts, Habibi, aashiqui, hayati, asibi. The song overall is a great item song, with something other than the typical Desi rhythm of Bollywood item songs. The upbeat portion towards the end with the dhols and percussion is awesome! The tempo shift makes the climax interesting. Doesn’t make sense, but makes for a very fun and addictive listen! Great collaboration by Dr. Zeus and Vishal-Shekhar! Since I enjoyed it, it’s a #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. World Dance Medley
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani, Neeti Mohan, Sukhwinder Singh, Shahrukh Khan, Shankar Mahadevan, K.K. , Music by ~ Vishal-Shekhar, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

This song is just what it says it is, the title is self-explanatory. They have made a medley by playing the first three songs (the ones by Vishal-Shekhar). Neeti opens with a brilliant rendition on ‘Manwa Laage’, with awesome variation, followed by Sukhwinder, who comes in to sing his energetic song, ‘Satakli’, after which the Badshah Shahrukh himself comes to say a few lines about the patriotism in every Indian’s heart (Really, SRK? Was this needed? Well maybe it was for their Dance competition, so let’s let it be. 😛 ) Vishal-Shekhar cannot get through a song without putting in some or the other surprise element, so here comes Vishal with some amazing patriotic lines, which he sings just as awesomely. Then the India Waale return, to sing ‘India Waale’, and thankfully, wrap up this summarizing song (because it has a summary of all the comparatively better songs by Vishal-Shekhar in the album. Believe me, the worst are yet to come! With some exceptions, of course.) This song is perfect for the situation, the dance competition, so all the better songs of the album are placed here, and I would suggest only to listen to the album up till this medley and not to forget one song which I have liked which is unfortunately after the medley, (and I think the makers had also sensed this, because usually medleys are kept at the end, so they’re seemingly giving a warning — DANGER LIETH AHEAD! 😛 But they have very smartly placed a good song in between the bad songs, so as to make us hear everything at least the first time we hear the album 😛 ) And you’ll get to know which that good song is later. First you have to read about the bad song which comes next! What lies ahead might make you go loony. 😛 Anyways, this track is perfect for school annual functions which have a theme of ‘OUR GREAT COUNTRY: INDIA’! 😀

 

6. Nonsense Ki Night
Singer ~ Mika Singh, Music by ~ Vishal-Shekhar, Lyrics by ~ Farah Khan, Vishal Dadlani & Shekhar Ravjiani

Mika is up to no good these days, singing cheap and irritating songs, so when I heard this song in the trailer, the first thought that came to my mind was, “When will this guy understand?! Why doesn’t he sing something good for once?” However, I still had at least some hopes from the full song, because I do appreciate Vishal-Shekhar’s works. Then the whole song released and I felt as if Vishal-Shekhar have betrayed me by giving me some boring, uninteresting and utterly NONSENSE composition. Then I realized that I must not be the only one thinking this way, and more people must be feeling betrayed by Vishal-Shekhar and Farah Khan because and JUST BECAUSE the lyrics of the song are horrible. They must be thinking “Oh it’ll be awesome if we literally translate Hindi Proverbs into English”. But it turned out to spoil the whole song. It starts with weird noises and what follows is even worse and weirder. The techno sounds are used good, and the dafli sounds awesome. The antaras have been composed very, very amateurishly and I really can’t believe that Vishal-Shekhar have made them. The tune is something I wouldn’t even call a tune! The beats might be catchy like ‘Satakli’ but the cheapness of the lyrics just spoils it all. Mika and his illiterate rendition makes it sound even cheaper. Height of cheapness! Now decide for yourself whether you want to listen to it or not! And if you choose to hear it, decide for yourself whether you like it or not! One of the worst works of Vishal-Shekhar!

 

7. Dance Like A Chammiya
Singers ~ Sunidhi Chauhan & Vishal Dadlani, Music by ~ Vishal-Shekhar, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

The groovy tune and beats at the starting played, and I instantly got hooked to this song. After that BAD song, this one is a great refreshment! Sunidhi, unlike Mika, is just singing better and better songs nowadays. As if she’s challenging him, “Hey Mikkka paaji, I bet you can’t give so many back to back hits like me!” Well, he has given back to back hits many times in the past, but now I’m fed up of him. Back to the song, it is a typical Vishal-Shekhar item-ish song, and it instantly reminded me of ‘Sheila Ki Jawani’ from ‘Tees Maar Khan’ and ‘Chhaliya’ from ‘Tashan’. The music and the composition is for a similar type, and Vishal-Shekhar have rocked it, even though it is a very heard-before composition. So, where they lost their points in ‘India Waale’, they have recovered them with this song. Sunidhi is the undoubted queen of such energetic and naughty songs, and she proves it once again, with her flawless rendition. Again, she sounds angelic like she did in ‘Daawat-e-Ishq Title Track’, in the line ‘subah subah dardon se baaton ho badan ki’ . It is composed awesomely, and Sunidhi makes it sound even better! Vishal’s energetic interruptions are worth hearing as well. The arrangements are awesome and groovy as well, especially those tabla beats that are placed so wonderfully throughout the song. Lyrics are nothing to pay attention to, this one is just for dancing!! Overall, a superhit and super hot dance track!! Not boring at all even though it is the same old typical Vishal-Shekhar composition! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

8. Sharabi
Singers ~ Manj Musik, Nindy Kaur, Vishal Dadlani & Shekhar Ravjiani, Music by ~ Manj Musik with Vishal-Shekhar, Lyrics by Kumaar, Vishal Dadlani & Shekhar Ravjiani

The previous song was just a temporary painkiller. 😛 The atrocity of the album has returned in the form of this song, which just seems like a mishmash of Punjabi words and techno beats, but no strong base, and so it fails to impress. The singers are Manjeet and Nindy, so one would think that the song is composed by Manj only, and not a collboration between Manj and Vishal-Shekhar. Seems that Vishal-Shekhar haven’t tried to take any step forward to improve Manj’s composition, so i dont know why they have been credited! The so-called addictive song has nothing addictive whatsoever to it, and it just barely succeeds in giving a little (very little) comic effect, so it has to be placed at the right place in the movie, so as to make it famous. Or else, they can just leave it as a promotional song, and keep it at the end of the movie when the credits roll — that would be better. Lyrics by Kumaar and Vishal-Shekhar are again, not that impressive. The voices of the lead singers have been altered a lot, and Nindy’s is as annoying as always, but a bit more annoying than that. Manj sounds okay. The beats are mostly techno Punjabi beats and don’t impress at all. While the collaboration with Dr. Zeus impressed, this one with Manj Musik is a plain bore!

 

9. The Heist (Instrumental)
Instrumental by John Stewart Eduri

John Stewart Eduri, who has done the background score of the film, gets a compulsory but unwanted instrumental track in the album, and he creates a two-minute-long track which lacks any sort of punch whatsoever. It has tried to be a thriller background piece, but interest in it is lost in a very short time. The guitars are played energetically but still don’t manage to hook you to this instrumental track. One-time listen! John has not quite made great use of the opportunity of composing background music for a Shahrukh Khan film! Amateur attempt!

 

10. Kamlee
Singers ~ Kanika Kapoor, Ravindra Upadhyay, Fateh & Miraya Varma, Music by ~ Dr. Zeus, Lyrics by ~ Jiwan Mann

This song is like a reprise version of ‘Lovely’ but it has been composed solely by Dr. Zeus. So, naturally, the antaras, which were my favourite parts of ‘Lovely’ are different. This time, they aren’t interesting and catchy and I didn’t like them as much. Kanika has also sung this version as if she had a fever while singing it, very slowly and a bit stretchedly. The way she says ‘Naam tera padhke’ sounds as if she thinks that shes doing a favour on us by singing the song again. 😀 The arrangements are mostly the same, but this one has more of those female ghost sounds. Also, some string arrangements have been added. Many lines have been added like those in the interlude — ‘Akhiyaan vichcho…’ and the antaras as I said before. This version has more rap, as well. All this, but it doesn’t fare as well as its other version. Not as addictive as ‘Lovely’, but if you liked ‘Lovely’, you might like this one as well.


Happy New Year — Okay, I won’t bore you any further, because I’m sure you must be already knowing what I think of the album, by now. I would just want to say that Farah Khan might have had hopes of repeating the success of the ‘Om Shanti Om’, and even we did, but unfortunately, this album misses by a long distance! Vishal-Shekhar have tried their best, but haven’t performed as good as they did with their other two albums this year. The album isn’t bad, but definitely not very good either. I would call it above average, hence the rating. However, the songs are perfect for dancing, and functions and since it’s always important to enjoy whatever you hear, the album gets more marks there too. 😀 But most of the songs are strictly NOT for music lovers like me. For Farah — Quality is always better than Quantity! 

 

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

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

 

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

 

Next “dish”:- Jigariyaa, Chefs:- Agnel Roman – Faizan Hussain & Raj – Prakash

BANG ON! (BANG BANG! – Music Review)

Music Album Details:-
♪ Music by:- Vishal-Shekhar
♪ Lyrics by:- Vishal Dadlani, Anvita Dutt & Kumaar
♪ Music Label:- Zee Music Company/Sony Music
♪ Music Released On:- 16th September 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 2nd October 2014

Bang Bang! Album Cover

Bang Bang! Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Bang Bang! is the latest venture of Siddharth Anand, starring Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif in the lead roles. This action thriller flick also stars Danny Denzongpa and Jaaved Jaffrey in supporting roles. The film is a Bollywood remake of the Hollywood film, ‘Knight and Day’, and naturally, there is a huge hype surrounding it. What’s more, with this film, Anand, whose previous four films were romantic comedies, is going to try his hand at action. That would be something worth watching! It came as no surprise when it was announced that Vishal-Shekhar would be composing for this film, since Siddharth Anand had roped them in for all his earlier movies, and they had composed popular and great songs for them. So, there was no harm in expecting a lot from this soundtrack! Vishal-Shekhar, who had opened their account this year with the great music for ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’, were expected to raise their bar even higher! So, how have they performed, you ask? Well, read on to find out! 😀


1. Tu Meri
Singer ~ Vishal Dadlani, Lyrics by ~ Vishal Dadlani

When it comes to club songs, I believe that Vishal-Shekhar and Pritam are the most efficient for that genre, and considering the innumerable amount of hits they have given in this genre, expectations from Vishal-Shekhar are never low for a club track. That is why, when this song came across and I heard it for the first time, my reaction was, “THIS is a Vishal-Shekhar composition?!” I was expecting something that would exceed their own standard of club songs. What I got was not bad, definitely not bad at all, but it just lacked that freshness in terms of composition. Later on, it started working its magic on me, and I started loving it. The technical part is perfect, with great use of techno sounds which makes it a beautiful EDM track. The whole composition is backed by electronic sounds, and that makes it very catchy, thanks to those sounds which make the song sound so energetic. But the glitch lies in the composition. The antara has been composed fabulously, but the mukhda and hookline, have a kind of amateurish feel to them. The repetition of ‘tu tu tu tu meri ri ri’ gets unnerving at a point, but thank God Vishal-Shekhar have put those electronic sounds in the hookline, because they actually do change the perspective a LOT! The lyrics are ordinary and have nothing interesting or innovative or whatever to them, but I don’t think that matters for a dance track. Towards the end, in the hookline, there are less electronic sounds, but they are replaced by sounds that sound like claps, and that is worth hearing. The song ends on a pretty abrupt note, after the hookline is repeated twice. Vishal’s energetic voice contributes to some of the interesting elements of the song and it gives another reason to love the song. The composition might be faulty, but the arrangements and vocals make up for that big time to result in a catchy and likable EDM track! Do not miss it!

 

2. Meherbaan / Meherbaan (Reprise)
For Original ~ Singers ~ Ash King, Shilpa Rao, Shekhar Ravjiani, Backing Vocals by ~ Vishal Dadlani, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt ♦ For Reprise ~ Singer ~ Shekhar Ravjiani, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt, Kumaar

A beautiful accordion melody welcomes us to the next song, supported by guitar riffs which make way for Shilpa to once again stun us with her beautiful voice. And she does just that. Ash King sings for Vishal-Shekhar for the first time, and he comes back into the music scene with a bang! He just reminded me yet again that, before Arijit Singh came and copied his style of singing, he used to sing many hit romantic songs! His voice is so beautiful, and it has a kind of fresh feel to it, which attracts ears to his voice each time he sings! The melody he has got to sing is one that would be remembered for a long time. His smooth voice is the perfect choice for this song. Shekhar has a solo part which I will describe later because it is so marvellous! The slow rhythm of the song makes the song very, very addictive and such that you will instantly fall in love with the lovely melody. Vishal-Shekhar have included many surprise elements throughout the song. The first, as I had promised to talk about ‘later’, is Shekhar’s solo. As the calm melody is commencing, the composition suddenly takes an unexpected twist, and dhols and nagada joins in, increasing the catchiness of the song even more! Shekhar sings his line very energetically, and it sounds awesome! The second surprise element is the Spanish-sounding guitars before the second antara. It actually feels as though you are sitting at an orchestra show in Spain. Anvita Dutt’s lyrics are also beautiful and enrich the feel of the song even more. Vishal has done a splendid job on the backing vocals, and my favorite part of his is when he hums after the line ‘Tu ibadat hai, Tu hi hai mazhab’. His vocals at the end make that line sound so magical! The hookline has been composed brilliantly, with awesome dafli-like percussion. The line in which Ash sings ‘meri raahein aaye tujh tak’, has been decorated by another track of Ash, making it sound wonderful, again! Moving on to the reprise, which sounds like Shekhar recorded it some time when alone. The result is tremendously beautiful and soothing. The sole instrument here is the acoustic guitar, and Shekhar sounds awesome, with the support of the guitar. The new lyrics by Kumaar are good too, and keep up the standard of the original. The variations are worth looking out for, and the song ends with you wanting more! Immortal melody by Vishal-Shekhar and one of the most mature romantic songs of the year! Definitely a #5StarHotelSong! 

 

3. Uff
Singers ~ Harshdeep Kaur & Benny Dayal, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

Refreshing guitar strums open up the next track in the album. That was a surprise, as Harshdeep Kaur’s name was seen in the credits, and she usually sings soft, calm songs. But this upbeat romantic song has been sung by her so beautifully, that I wish she would sing these types of songs more often! The composition is an ordinary, yet heart-winning, cute one, and you cannot help but feeling good, happy and stress-free after hearing this song. Harshdeep has managed the energetic parts very well. Benny enters in the antara, and his part sounds very nice, and he has sung it well too. The high notes which Harshdeep touches in the hookline ‘Humko naa khabar kab kaise aaya woh, dil se khus phus kya farmaaya woh’ , she has managed very effortlessly. The tune of that line is just too cute to express in words! The beats in that portion are also well done by Vishal-Shekhar, with the dafli-like sound here as well. The backing vocals ‘Oh oh…oh oh…’ are beautiful, and very catchy as well! The hookline is given a disco/club touch, the last time it is sung, and I have to say, it does get you up and grooving! The lyrics by Anvita are also very cute and the situation can easily be guessed going by the lyrics. Overall, it makes for a very refreshing listen, and you must not miss this one, at any cost! #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Bang Bang
Singers ~ Benny Dayal & Neeti Mohan, Lyrics by ~ Vishal Dadlani

This song has been composed in the exact same way that old pop songs used to be composed in the west (America is the main target here 😀 ) by some great stars (Michael Jackson is the main target here 😛 ). The piano chords start the song with a bang, and Benny and Neeti’s dark and addictive voices carry it forward, with the right amount of attitude and expression required for such a song. The lyrics are okay, again by Vishal, but again they don’t matter. The beats of the song make it something very interesting to listen to, and catchy as well. The disco-esque beats make the song very groovy, and still it has that thriller aspect as well. The composition is also very attractive and resembles the retro style of the west very well. The hookline is the most addictive part of the song, and the way Vishal-Shekhar have composed the tune for the two words followed by the line ‘raat bhar, baat kar, Tu mere saath chal, Dil pe chala hai jaadu, jaane kyon!’ deserves lots of praise. That line is so addictive, and you’ll only get to know how much after you hear the song! The way Vishal-Shekhar have composed the song in a stylish and grand, typical Western action thriller way, deserves infinite applause, because it is not everyday we get to hear such well-composed retro songs in the Western style! Though the title of the song has no relation to what they say after that, you can’t help but ignore it and enjoy the song!! The little interruption in the middle with the dance beats, and the vocals of Vishal Dadlani, is worth hearing again and again! A very well-composed title song in the Western retro style! Awesome! #5StarHotelSong!!


Bang Bang! is a short album, yet it contains all the aspects, which are required in the soundtrack album to an action thriller flick. Three out of four songs are brilliant, with the last one just short of being awesome though it isn’t bad either. Vishal-Shekhar have delivered a great soundtrack for Siddharth Anand yet again, this time for a different type of film, and so consequently the album is also of a slightly different type! There is nothing wrong in the album, when you look at it as a soundtrack to an action film. After opening up their account this year with the beautiful album to ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ though it isn’t as wonderful as that, Vishal-Shekhar definitely do not disappoint with their second outing, and deliver as per needs of the movie. The soundtrack is Bang On! It, along with Hrithik and Katrina’s star value, will assure an opening with a BANG! for the film! 

 

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 Bang Bang? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next “dish”:- Happy New Year, Chefs:- Vishal-Shekhar, Dr. Zeus & John Stewart Eduri

 

HASEE TOH PHASEE (MUSIC REVIEW)

The third album which fits the criteria given for reviewing the albums which I missed is Hasee Toh Phasee. This album was liked by critics and public alike, and has not at all left the minds of anyone, even after five months (give or take), after its release! The songs of this movie can still be heard on radio, can still be seen on TV, and I bet they are still on your iPod playlist!


Album Details:-

Music by:- Vishal-Shekhar | Lyrics by:- Amitabh Bhattacharya, Kumaar | Music Label:- Sony Music | Music Released On:- 3rd January 2014 | Movie Released On:- 7th February 2014

Hasee Toh Phasee Album Cover

Hasee Toh Phasee Album Cover

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


Hasee Toh Phasee is a romantic comedy film which released on 7th February 2014. Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra both have performed their best in this movie. Karan Johar has co-produced this film along with Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl and Vikramaditya Motwane, who are the three producers who work under the Phantom banner. The film is directed by a newcomer, Vinil Mathew. After a not-that-great year last year, with ‘Gippi’ and ‘Chennai Express’ music being decent, but ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’ being a great album, Vishal-Shekhar had started this year off with this album, and I was expecting a LOT from it! The film and its music, has gotten immense praise from both critics and public. So without further ado, let’s take a look back at the songs of ‘Hasee Toh Phasee!’


1. Punjabi Wedding Song:- Singers ~ Sunidhi Chauhan, Benny Dayal & Vishal Dadlani, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya

First up we have a Punjabi wedding song, which you can guess just by the title of the song! 😛 This is the song which was in the trailer, and everyone was eagerly waiting for it after watching the trailer. The song is a fun, enjoyable, but short song, which will get you up and dancing before you know it! Sunidhi’s vocals are the highlight of this song, and she has done a great job! Her voice is perfect for these types of songs. Benny Dayal, who has done more like an extended cameo in this song, sounds like his typical self. The dholaks play an important role in this song. The English chorus is very catchy, but in the mukhda I felt that something is missing. I guess that was because the mukhda was unusually short. The antaras are good, and Sunidhi has made her presence be felt in both of them. However, the transition of the second antara to its ending has been done very sloppily in that ‘Baant mithaiyaan, lakkh vadhaiyaan…’ line. Nevertheless, though there are some “could-be-better” elements in the song, you will like it. It’s a fun, track, which could have been longer. However, I know Vishal-Shekhar have the capacity to make much better songs!

 

2. Shake It Like Shammi:- Singers ~ Benny Dayal, Vishal Dadlani, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya

Starting with some jazz drum beats, followed by techno sounds and then Benny Dayal’s PERFECT vocals (for this track), this song is a full-on entertaining song, and I can’t possibly point out any mistake! The rap by Vishal Dadlani is also great and it makes the song connect with new-age listeners even though the song is about Shammi Kapoor! In fact, Shammi era people will also love this youthful song! 😀 The trumpets have been used perfectly in the track. The antaras made me feel like it is supposed to be a tribute to the 60s jazz era of Bollywood, whereas the techno beats and Vishal’s backing vocals and rap kept me in this era. This song is a GREAT tribute to Shammi Kapoor, and the best out of the three dance songs in the movie. A PERFECT song, with great vocals, great musical arrangements and tune, and quirky lyrics. In other words, a #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Drama Queen:- Singers ~ Shreya Ghoshal, Vishal Dadlani, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya

When it released as a single track in December, I liked it. But, little did I know that the other songs in the album would be better. Great quirky lyrics, great energetic vocals, great tune, but it is all reduced to dust because of the arrangements. Inspite of everything being great, the song sounds very sloppy due to the poor arrangements. It also sounds very loud. Like the first song of the album, I felt that something was missing in the mukhda. They have ended it very abruptly and immediately started with the hook, which is too catchy to hate! Out of the two antaras, I liked Vishal’s more than Shreya’s, for some reason. Poor arrangements have spoiled a great tune, but the masses don’t actually care; for them it is a hit no matter what! 🙂

 

4. Manchala:- Singers ~ Shafqat Amanat Ali, Nupur Pant, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya

Here comes an immortal melody, which will be liked by both class and mass alike! First of all, I would like to applaud Vishal-Shekhar for choosing a newcomer, Nupur Pant, for this song! She has sung splendidly! The male singer, Shafqat, has performed great as usual. This type of song is not difficult for him to sing at all, and he carries out such songs with ease. Secondly, the instruments used are used in an indescribable way! The mouth organ at the start, the violin in the interlude, the drums everywhere, everything is just OUTSTANDING! In the antara, after one line which is sung by Nupur, the mouth organ joins that line to the next, and that small part of the song is my absolutely favourite part in the whole song! The two lines have been joined in such a way, which only geniuses can think of! Lastly, the lyrics, what can I say about them! Amitabh Bhattacharya has used a play on words, in the lines, ‘Manchala, mann chal teri ore..’! This is called ‘homonym’ in English and ‘yamak’ in Hindi. A great melody, with great lyrics, great vocals, and everything else JUST PERFECT! It is a sad romantic song, which will give you immense happiness! I think you have already guessed that it is a #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Zehnaseeb:- Singers ~ Chinmayi Sripada, Shekhar Ravjiani, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya

After ‘Titli’ from ‘Chennai Express’, the quartet — Vishal-Shekhar-Amitabh-Chinmayi — won over people’s hearts yet again with this soothing melody. Starting with violin, played in a very retro-ish way, followed by finger snaps, and vocals by Shekhar, the track will instantly grab your attention. Chinmayi is a great singer, and performs great in this song too. Shekhar also does a great job! The lyrics are great with nice Urdu words sprinkled here and there. The violin, which supports the singers throughout the whole song, is played brilliantly. Guitar is also used occasionally. I wish the song would have been longer, because for me, one antara isn’t sufficient for such great songs! 😀 A short and sweet song which will carry you out of this world! It is another #5StarHotelSong!

 

6. Ishq Bulaava:- Singers ~ Sanam Puri, Shipra Goyal, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Woooohhh!! Here comes the same team–Vishal-Shekhar-Sanam-Kumaar–which was behind the hit club number ‘Dhat Teri Ki’ from ‘Gori Tere Pyar Mein’. Just minus Aditi Singh Sharma and add Shipra Goyal. Once more, i’m applauding Vishal-Shekhar for giving such a great voice to Bollywood, Shipra Goyal. Though she has a very minimal part in the song, she sings it with great ease. Sanam Puri’s previous two songs (One of them, hardly anyone knows, i.e, ‘Lucky Tonight’ from ‘Ishk Actually’ composed by Chirantan Bhatt) were club songs, whereas this one is an all-out Punjabi romantic track. He got a chance to impress us with his versatility and he has done too good! I think I can hear Vishal doing the backing vocals, but everytime I convince myself that it’s Vishal, it sounds like Sanam again, so I don’t know, I’m confused! Anyways, they are brilliant and without them, the song wouldn’t be catchy at all! At first, I couldn’t believe at all that Vishal-Shekhar had composed such an awesome, complicated song, which Vishal Bharadwaj is usually known for, not Vishal-Shekhar! However, after continuous listens I started loving this song, and its placement in the film made me like it even more! Kumaar, has impressed a lot with his sweet lyrics! A sweet melody, with sweet vocals, and too sweet tune! ONE MORE #5StarHotelSong!!

 

Overall:- As I said in the intro, this album has not yet been wiped from anyone’s memory, even after five months. So, I don’t think I need to prove that this album has been a topper for the masses this year. On top of that, since the film received good word-of-mouth, more people went to watch it, and subsequently, must have loved the songs too! All three of the melodies are too great to be described. ‘Shake It Like Shammi’ is a great tribute to Shammi Kapoor and the jazz era of Bollywood, whereas ‘Punjabi Wedding Song’ could have been a bit better in tune, and ‘Drama Queen’ could have been–Oh, what am I saying!–It SHOULD have been a LOT better on the technical front. It is literally a well-balanced album with three romantic songs, and three dance numbers. The album still gives me great happiness whenever I hear it! I must say that Vishal-Shekhar have started off this year with a great album in the form of ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’!

 

 

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

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

 

Next “dish”:- From albums of early 2014:- Gunday, Chef:- Sohail Sen, From New Albums:- Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi, Chefs:- Parichay, Dr. Palash Sen, Mikey McCleary, Anand Bajpai