ONLY ONE THING STANDS!! SIMPLICITY!! (ONE NIGHT STAND – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Tony Kakkar, Meet Bros, Jeet Gannguli & Vivek Kar
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Jasmine Sandlas, Manoj Muntashir & Shabbir Ahmed
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 6th April 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 6th May 2016

One Night Stand

One Night Stand

 

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One Night Stand is an upcoming Bollywood romantic thriller, starring Sunny Leone, Tanuj Virwani and Nyra Banerjee, directed by Jasmine D’Souza, wife of Tony D’Souza, the director of films like ‘Blue’, ‘Boss’ and the upcoming ‘Azhar’. The movie is produced by Pradeep Sharma & Furquan Khan. The latest trend of multi-composers for a single album has been followed for this album too, with four composers, namely Meet Bros, Tony Kakkar, Jeet Gannguli and Vivek Kar. I have started hearing the album with very little expectations (just saying), so it’s up to these four to impress me with the music for this movie. Meet Bros have been impressive this year, so expecting more of that from them. Jeet hasn’t quite touched the standards with his two songs in ‘Sanam Re’, but I know he has the potential to even raise the standards, so hoping he does some of his exceptional magic here. As for Tony, he has been going on and off when it comes to giving good songs — I can only hope for the best! Vivek Kar, a relative newcomer, hasn’t really impressed with any of his earlier songs (all for very small-budget films), so I don’t know what to expect from him here. With that, here I go to start hearing the songs of this album!


1. Do Peg Maar
Singer ~ Neha Kakkar, Music by ~ Tony Kakkar, Lyrics by ~ Tony Kakkar

The album starts off with the quintessential Bollywood club song about drinks, to say it modestly. Tony has never impressed me with his upbeat tracks, just because he goes a bit too over-the-top with them. The EDM is always overdone, the composition is always too self-imposing on the listener, so much so that it actually does get stuck in the listeners’ heads, but unwantedly. The vocals are always over-stylish. This song, too, faces the same problems. Tony tries to create something catchy, but it comes across merely as annoying and irritating. right from the beginning, that heavy EDM hits your ears and sounds really cheap, which I’m sure wasn’t what Tony wanted. The mukhda has that really bad “trying-to-sound-cool-but-failing-miserably” feel to it. The first time you hear it, you won’t even think it has a tune. At least the antaras are better on that front, but just a little; the overall sound is still cheap. Tony has employed his sister Neha to sing (or rather, cough) this one. I say ‘cough’ because Neha has used a really weird froggy voice here, sounding as if she has a problem with her throat. Again, trying to be cool. Arrangements are nothing but techno beats and loud bombardments of EDM. Even Neha, who usually sounds so energetic in her songs, seems to be bored here. The less said about Tony’s lyrics, the better. It isn’t something he will look back to fifty years later and say, “What a soulful piece I’d penned down!” However, there is one thing that happens with this song, and which happens with all such songs — if you keep hearing it, it will infect you and never leave your brain! So stop before that happens. Usually for bad songs, I say stuff like “hear it only for blah and blah”, but this time, there’s nothing for which you should hear it! Just skip it! A cheap start to the album.

 

2. Ijazat
Singers ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Meet Bros, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed

The next song provides respite from the harsh opening to the album. Meet Bros step into the album to save the day. Their latest with Arijit, ‘Girl I Need You’ (Baaghi), was excellent, so this one was expected to be on the same lines. However, the two songs are poles apart in treatment and other aspects. Acoustic guitars very responsibly manage the opening of the song, with strings joining. Arijit starts off with a melancholic tune, very Bhatt-ish in flavour, but at the same time, not exhausting at all. As he progresses, all  you can do is drown in the ambience created by Meet Bros and Arijit’s vocals. I think it is the first time Meet Bros have gone completely Bhatt-ish in their composition, and they core full marks. They don’t go too typical, though the hookline is predictable; instead, they come up with a song that has good luck just like some of those songs in Bhatt movies, which are no different from the rest, but just seem better than the rest for some reason. Arijit uses his drowsy voice, but this time, it appeals; I guess due to the sultry composition. The composition is excellent. In the hookline, a wonderful portion where Arijit touches the high notes all of a sudden, has been composed so wonderfully, and sung just as effortlessly by Arijit. It is the part when he sings “Aaadat haiiiii ohhhhhh”. It gave me the goosebumps! Arrangements are like a typical Bhatt song — guitars, strings, piano. The only new addition that is really attractive is the accordion that sounds ever-so-scintillating. You have to hear it in the first interlude, where its use has been made to the fullest. The second interlude is also awesome, with a wonderful strings solo, played in a Hindustani classical way. Shabbir surprises highly with his good lyrics, and he has written some stuff that really sounds very good and even better with Meet Bros’ music. Meet Bros strike gold again, this time with something heard-before and with very few innovation! But they still manage to make it a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Ishq Da Sutta
Singers ~ Meet Bros & Jasmine Sandlas, Music by ~ Meet Bros, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Rap by ~ Jasmine Sandlas

This one does start off well. A twinkly sound opens the sound with various cool and addictive techno sounds. Then it sounds like a pop song since the singers tell their own names in the song (that’s so irritating in pop songs!! We read the credits!) However, that doesn’t matter at all. The song is yet another club song, but not exactly out-and-out clubbish, until the line before the hookline. Meet Bros’ song is totally dependent on the arrangements to score well. The composition is weak, with a very small part to like, for example, the line I mentioned which comes before the hookline — “nashe mein aaj phisalke..”. The hookline, too, is enjoyable. Meet Bros’ interruptions are cool, too! They definitely know how to keep the listener from getting bored. So, though the composition is predominantly weak, some parts here and there grab your attention. The arrangements, on the other hand, are just as Meet Bros would have wanted them to be — addictive, catchy and cool! I never like techno arrangements much, but here, Meet Bros have impressed me with it. Piano and guitars along with the clubbish sounds, really sound great! The arrangements really make sure the listener doesn’t get bored even if the composition is weak. Especially the arrangements in the second interlude, before Jasmine’s rap, are too cool. Meet Bros’ part in the song is too catchy, and doesn’t seem forcedly cool at all. I guess they have cool-ness already inside them. Coming towards the vocals, Jasmine doesn’t sound too good. Yo Yo Honey Singh’s find, I didn’t like her in her debut song, ‘Yaar Na Miley’ (Kick) either. Here, she sounds way too masculine, and I wonder why someone like Hard Kaur wouldn’t have worked. Oh, right, she’s older and might not have the same charm as before, right??? :\ (Sarcasm) Kumaar’s lyrics are not good either, but they suit this type of song. Jasmine’s English rap is pathetic. Meet Bros’ not-so-cool composition excellently enhanced by their too-cool arrangements, but destroyed by Jasmine’s trying-to-be-too-cool voice, doesn’t fare so good.

 

4. Ki Kara
Singers ~ Shipra Goyal, Music by ~ Vivek Kar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Vivek Kar steps into the album for this song, which, again, starts off excellently. Guitars and piano make a wonderful start for melancholic romantic songs in Bollywood, and it’s also a commonly used beginning in Bollywood. The song is wholly and solely in Punjabi, written by Kumaar, so there I kind of had a problem understanding half the words. 😅 Vivek’s overall composition is good, but it gets pretty monotonous and boring at a certain point. The pace, for one, is quite slow, and the arrangements are not captivating at all. Though the composition is decent, the arrangements could’ve had the power to lift it up, if only a bit. Shipra sounds pretty good, but in some parts she sounds exhausted, maybe deliberately. She sings in a low voice, which doesn’t sound so good on her. I can’t help but think how good she sounded under the direction of Vishal-Shekhar in ‘Ishq Bulaava’ (Hasee Toh Phasee). The hookline of the song is good, but again, could’ve been more captivating! The arrangements, as I said before, are a bit on the weaker side. Guitars, both acoustic and electric, sound good, and so do the flutes. But almost half the song has very little arrangements, or they are too soft, and so because of the monotonous composition, the song sounds boring in those parts. In fact, the first time I heard it, I couldn’t pay attention to the song at all; it didn’t let me! Disappointing! A song that could’ve been better!

 

5. Le Chala
Singers ~ Jubin Nautiyal, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

Jeet steps in for his one and only song in the album, and how he impresses! Right from the starting piano notes, which are very captivating, to the end of the song, you can forget about everything else except the song. It is a sweet, romantic song with a happy ring to it, unlike ‘Ijazat’, which was a bit sultry. This one will surely appeal to those who love such romantic songs. Jeet doesn’t try to make the song sound too modern, and instead, makes the composition sound a bit dated, but that is the real magic in the song! The hookline is the perfect example of it; it is nothing we haven’t heard before, but it still appeals just because of the simplicity. The mukhda is the ideal start to the song, and works just like a mukhda should, which is to captiavte listeners in the first minute or so of the song. The antaras get a bit of a melancholic tinge, but still, they stand out, because of the 2000s feel. Jeet’s instrumentation is beautiful. Piano and guitars again, with variosu digital beats. Jeet uses both acoustic and electric guitars very well! The way an electric guitar riff plays in the background during the hookline, sounds very great! The first interlude is a wonderful sitar solo, but played in such a way, you almost mistake it for a piano! The second interlude is a great strings orchestra with horns blaring out beautifully. Jubin is an excellent choice for the song, and handles each and every note with his awsome voice that is smooth as cream! 😀 Manoj’s lyrics are beautiful and soulful, just as the song, though simple. Simplicity at its best!! And with this simplicity, the song wins your heart! The best song of the album for me! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Tum Mere
Singer ~ Dev Negi, Music by ~ Vivek Kar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Vivek comes back for the last song on the album, which is a reprise of his first song, ‘Ki Kara’. Unlike ‘Ki Kara’, this one captivates and hooks the listener right from the beginning! I was so surprised by this one! Electric guitars, a few acoustic guitars and a beautiful synthesizer tune start off the song. Dev Negi takes total control over the vocals, and does it with ease and power. The first time I heard it, I didn’t even notice it’s the reprise of ‘Ki Kara’, as I wasn’t able to pay attention to ‘Ki Kara’. The second time I heard them both, I realized that they have the same tune! Vivek gets it right this time, with perfectly captivating arrangements. The electric guitars are very catchy and instantly likable and also noticeable, unlike ‘Ki Kara’. Also, the pace of this song is faster, and it has an overall upbeat tone, unlike the whiny and monotonous nature of the first one. The composition is the same, but as I said, arrangements make a HUGE difference! It makes the composition which was sounding boring and monotonous, suddenly sound upbeat! Dev Negi’s voice is also cool in this one. That high-pitched synthesizer (I think) tune never leaves your head, and keeps coming in the song, so that it establishes a place in your mind. 😀 Kumaar has reprised the lyrics wonderfully, to make them sound more like they’re being sung from a male’s point of view. A good end to the album, and a saviour for Vivek after his other song that had disappointed. #5StarHotelSong!!


Considering that I was expecting really little from this album, Ine Night Stand turns out to be decent. Tony disappoints even more than anything, while Vivek gets it right with one out of two tracks. Meet Bros do well in both tracks, but ‘Ishq Da Sutta’ could’ve had better vocals and composition. Jeet, however, impresses with his sole song, by going on the road of simplicity. I noticed that in this album, all the good songs are really simple compositions, which aren’t anything new, but nevertheless, they appeal! The ones that try to impress going the modern way, lose it some place or the other. Therefore, in this album, only one thing stands, and that is simplicity! 🙂

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Le Chala > Ijazat > Tum Mere > Ishq Da Sutta > Ki Kara > Do Peg Maar

 

Which is your favourite song from One Night Stand? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

 

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HEROIC IN ALL ASPECTS!! (HERO – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Amaal Mallik, Jassi Katyal, Meet Bros. Anjjan & Sachin-Jigar
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar & Niranjan Iyengar
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 14th August 2015
♪ Movie Released On: 11th September 2015

Hero Album Cover

Hero Album Cover

 

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

To hear “Main Hoon Hero Tera (Sad Version)” on Saavn CLICK HERE

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE

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Hero is a Bollywood romantic action drama film, released on 11th September, 2015. It starred Sooraj Pancholi (Aditya Pancholi’s son) and Athiya Shetty (Suniel Shetty’s daughter) in the lead roles, and serving as the launch vehicle for both of them. The film also stars Aditya Pancholi and Sharad Kelkar in supporting roles. It was directed by Nikhil Advani, and produced by Salman Khan and Subhash Ghai. The film is a remake of the 1983 film of the same name, which had starred Jackie Shroff. It got mostly negative reviews from critics and the public. Anyways, the music of the film was composed by multiple composers, the list consisting of T-Series’ hot favourites Amaal Mallik and Meet Bros. Anjjan, along with Punjabi composer Jassi Katyal who had composed an avoidable song in ‘Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend’ this year, and two songs by Sachin-Jigar. I was really looking forward to the album before it released and when it did, all I can say was that I had heard such a good album full of variety after a long time! Read on to find out my exact views about each song! 🙂


1. Main Hoon Hero Tera (Salman Khan Version) / Main Hoon Hero Tera (Armaan Malik Version) / Main Hoon Hero Tera (Sad Version)
Singers ~ Salman Khan / Armaan Malik / Armaan Malik, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

The title song of this film gets the first slot in the soundtrack, and the ever-promising Amaal Mallik gets the chance to compose it. As you already know, the song became a rage, and also the most famous song from ‘Hero’, but that’s just the public appeal side of it. What did I think of it? Well, don’t worry! I loved it just as much as everyone else did! 😀 Salman is roped in to sing the first version, and it being his production, he probably wanted it to be something special, and that’s why he sang, maybe. Well, however bad I found his voice in Himesh’s ‘Kick’ songs ‘Jumme Ki Raat’ and ‘Tu Hi Tu’, the reprises of which he sang, here his voice has been garnished with all the technicalities and leave it up to Amaal to make it sound as if he’s (almost) a professional! All the technical aspects have been dealt with properly, resulting in Salman sounding better than usual. The second version is by a professional Armaan, so naturally, as far as the vocals go, I prefer Armaan’s version over Salman’s. It is even on a higher pitch, and Armaan’s vocals are way more mellifluous than Salman’s! He even sings the tune a bit differently from Salman when the line “khud Se naaraaz hoon” plays. And the way he sings it, you just can’t suppress that Waaah! from escaping your mouth. When you read the song’s title, you would expect an typical Bollywood upbeat hero introductory song, with dhinchak beats or whatever, but when it plays, you realize that it is a very serene, calm and soothing melodious song. Amaal returns to that genre after doing some crazy stuff here and there like ‘Chaar Shanivaar’, ‘Saiyyan Superstar’ and whatnot, but I’m glad that he hasn’t lost his prowess in composing such soulful songs. The arrangements set up a just as tranquil environment and ensure that we have our attention wholly and solely on the song. The guitars and piano really help in doing that. In the hookline, splendid percussion joins in and gives the song a bit of an Indianized flavour. And those backing vocals going “Haaayeee” compel us to say the same thing when they play. The tune of the antara has been kept really simple, yet sweet. The strings interlude in the second interlude sounds great, and is actually the tune of the hookline of Amaal’s second song in the film, to come later on in the album. And then Kumaar’s lyrics are something that propel the song to heights, in the conversational form which they are written in. The sad version has Armaan behind the mic again, with a slight alteration in the lyrics, to make it sound sad. It goes “Kya main hoon hero tera?”. Duration has been shortened drastically for that version, and arrangements have been minimised as far as they could be, yet having a great impact in the song, especially the wonderful string orchestration, that builds up to the climax, only to calm down after some time, and again increase, finally ending the song on a orchestral low and with Armaan singing “Haan main hoon hero tera”. A soulful start to the album by Amaal Mallik, in three beautiful versions! Kudos to him for doing all the necessary processing to portray Salman’s voice in a melodious way! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Yadaan Teriyaan (Version 1) / Yadaan Teriyaan (Version 2)
Singers ~ Rahat Fateh Ali Khan / Dev Negi & Shipra Goyal, Music by ~ Jassi Katyal, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

The next song on the album also comes in two versions. One by Pakistani Sufi singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, and the other by relatively newbies, Dev Negi & Shipra Goyal. Jassi Katyal, who had composed some very atrocious ‘Mata ka jagrata’ called ‘Maa De Dandeya’ in ‘Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend’, hadn’t really impressed me there, so I wasn’t expecting anything from him. And of course, I was expecting another upbeat and atrocious track. But then I saw Rahat’s name and that left me utterly confused. For all I knew, Rahat wouldn’t sign any atrociously sick party track. After hearing the song, I got to know that it was a typical Punjabi rock romantic song. It starts with the breathtaking sound of a sarangi, followed by the very rustic and lovely voice of Rahat. The twinkling sounds make it sound even more soothing. When the drums kick in, it starts sounding a bit too typical, and coupled with the electric guitars, even more so. The sarangi keeps making inputs throughout the song, and Rahat’s beautiful singing along with those arrangements sounds awesome. The composition does get a bit dull and boring at places, and the length doesn’t help much either. Flutes have also been used in a mind blowing way, something that I would never have expected from Jassi after that disgusting first impression of his. The lyrics are pure Punjabi lyrics, as soulful as the arrangements. The second version takes the form of a duet between Dev Negi and Shipra Goyal, and the arrangements are mainly the same, but the difference is that the switching from male to female voices in the duet version provides the necessary change, which in turn, makes this version a bit more enjoyable and interesting. Shipra’s voice is sweet and Dev also sounds beautiful with his deliberately husky voice. All that and more, made me like the duet version more than Rahat’s solo. An unexpectedly great composition from Jassi, just getting a bit too typical at times, but I would recommend the duet version, which is a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Dance Ke Legend
Singers ~ Meet Brothers & Bhoomi Trivedi, Additional Vocals by ~ Sunaina Singh, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

As soon as it starts, you can’t help but wondering where you’ve heard that tune before. I was very, very sure I had heard it somewhere in some song, yet I couldn’t recall which song exactly! And I ended up getting trapped into the net of catchiness that the tune has set out for listeners like us. It is my common experience that almost everything Meet Bros. Anjjan offer to us, it always turns out to be catchy and something likable in terms of the tune. Here too, I observed the same! The song is the boys vs. girls kind of dance face-off we have grown up watching many times in Bollywood movies, but this time with a modern touch. The club beats and all is fine, but apart from that, the tune doesn’t really stand out as something extraordinary, making the sound seem a bit on the weaker side in that department. Had there been a better tune especially to the mukhda, the song would have excelled. That part does the job of making sure the listener has all attention on the song, and if that itself fails to catch the listener’s attention, then it’s an attempt that fails, no matter how good the stuff that follows is. The catchiest part has to be that hookline which really makes you behave as if you yourself are the ‘Dancing Floor Ke Legend’, since you dance along to the beats and tune. About the vocals, Meet Bros make a very smart move yet again by singing the song themselves instead of making Mika sing a song that seems tailor-made for him. They sound good, too, except that the two voices sound a bit annoying, always together, never solo. 😛 Bhoomi Trivedi, who sang really well in her first Bollywood song, ‘Ram Chahe Leela’ (Ram Leela), doesn’t get as much scope here, but does a satisfying job whatever she sings. Sunaina sounds really cheap, however when she sings “Show meeee… Votcha gott” like a typical German. 😂 Arrangements are pretty cool, especially the interludes, the first one being a kind of weird techno beats that really sounds awesome with great sound effects, and the second one with an out-and-out Latino-Brazilian touch with the brass instruments, and vocal interruptions. Kumaar’s lyrics are interesting, and provide the necessary entertainment which the tune other than the hookline fails to give. They are what make the song a memorable, for at least some time, girls vs. boys face-off. If only the composition had been better, this one would have been really good!! But since it isn’t, all there is to pay attention to, is mainly Kumaar’s entertaining lyrics!

 

4. Khoya Khoya
Singers ~ Mohit Chauhan & Priya Saraiya, Backing Vocals by ~ Tanishka Sanghvi & Arpita Chakroborty, Music by ~ Sachin-Jigar, Lyrics by ~ Niranjan Iyengar

Sachin-Jigar, fresh from the success of their awesome album ‘ABCD 2’, now jump into the album, to treat us to the first of their two songs in this album. When this one started, I couldn’t help but drown into the very dreamy, Gujarati/Rajasthani folk lines sung by Sachin’s daughter, Tanishka, who had spellbound us with ‘Vande Mataram’ (ABCD 2) earlier this year. The programming done with her voice serves as a hindrance to some, but some may find it to be beautifying her voice. As soon as Mohit starts, the striking resemblance to Sachin-Jigar’s own ‘Jeene De’ (Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya) can’t be ignored, and coincidentally both songs are sung by Mohit. It lasts for a very short time, and Priya with her beautifully programmed voice, comes and rescues the song from sounding too familiar, and the tune of her lines is awesome, as is the hookline that Mohit sings after them. Arpita does some wonderful classical vocals in the first interlude, sounding very sweet. Sachin-Jigar’s awesome arrangements, mostly traditional and sounding very North-Easternized thanks to the awesome dafli percussion, matkas, and serene flutes, meeting the modern guitars, are tremendously attractive. The second interlude has a tune that starts off sounding a lot like ‘Jaane Dil Mein Kabse Hai Tu’ (Mujhse Dosti Karoge); well, that’s the new ‘Hero’ signature tune. The antara continues with the beautiful composition, vocals and arrangements, and before you know it, the song is over. Though it is a bit above 5 minutes in duration, it has not a single boring moment, except that the hookline may sound a bit like ‘Rabba’ (Heropanti), but only if you are bent on finding faults in the song. If you forget about it, it sounds pretty normal. Niranjan Iyengar’s lyrics are romantic and sweet, cute at the same time, like a youth romantic song should sound. Everybody associated with this song has done a lot of hard work, and that’s why it sounds so good as a result! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. O Khuda
Singers ~ Amaal Mallik & Palak Muchhal, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Amaal Mallik’s second song in the album starts off with a captivating harmonica, followed by wonderful flute, supported by Spanish guitars and sounds like castanets. And then guess who starts singing? I would’ve expected Armaan to sing, as he sings mostly for Amaal, but here, the composer himself steps behind the mic and beautifies everything with his just-as-soothing voice! His debut as a singer has bore fruits and I hope he sings even more in the days to come. About the composition, it is something that will just transport you to another land, possibly that is what they call the Land of Dreams in all those fairy tales we’ve read as little kids. But seriously, this song has some sort of magical power that just makes you speechless for the five minutes of its duration, and even when it’s over, you might be unable to shake yourself out of that trance. Palak has just one line in each antara, so it didn’t really matter to me how she sung; I liked it anyhow. The serene and free-flowing composition ensures that you are completely, totally immersed in it’s awesomeness and no matter how simple it may be, it has the power to grasp you. Arrangements are just as beautiful throughout the song, as they are in the prelude, with grand strings, Spanish guitars, flutes and some awesome theatrical percussion. Rock guitars also make a cameo and impress in their short performance too. In the second interlude, Amaal plays on the cello, the same ‘Hero’ signature tune which we heard in ‘Khoya Khoya’, and it is supported by a wondrous chorus, which also provides a great impact in other parts of the song as well. The hookline, in all its simplicity, is one of the most captivating hooks for a sad song in recent times. Kumaar’s lyrics clearly depict the sadness of two parted lovers, kept apart due to circumstances against them. The Spanish touch to an emotional romantic song, plus the awesome vocals and composition, and perfect lyrics, makes it a sureshot #5StarHotelSong!!!

 

6. Jab We Met
Singers ~ Rahul Pandey & Shalmali Kholgade, Backing Vocals by ~ Divya Kumar & Jigar Saraiya, Music by ~ Sachin-Jigar, Lyrics by ~ Niranjan Iyengar

To end the album, we have the dependable Sachin-Jigar coming back with their second song, which starts off resembling quite a lot their own ‘Haseena Tu Kameena Mein’ (Happy Ending), with that peppy sound and weird vocal sounds by Jigar. Nevertheless, it captivated me right from the first second. Rahul Pandey (also a singer on that song from ‘Happy Ending’) starts the song in a great way, with his slightly husky voice, sounding a lot like Nikhil D’Souza. Shalmali kicks in with a very bold and accentuated voice, sounding really great as well. And she sings the part of the song that leads up to the hookline, a very crazily created, catchy, zany, insane, wacky thing that will just make you gyrate your body to its tune. Divya and Jigar make sure that it reaches the heights of craziness and peppiness, still keeping it catchy and groovy. They start it after taking a little pause, making it all the more catchier! The awesome Punjabi dhols and popping sounds, and the Bhangra “haay! haay!” all provide the listener with things that would not leave him bored for even a second! In the interludes things get a bit emotional, with that ‘Hero’ tune playing on a flute, but they get lively once more with the onset of the antara. Shalmali’s English portion, sounds really professional and it is worth hearing again and again. In the second antara, she does some full-fledged emotional humming portion, which gives a small relief from the craziness, and makes you ready for the craziness to continue after that small part is over! The song being the longest in the album, it doesn’t seem so, only because of the many interesting elements that Sachin-Jigar have included in it, so that we have a good time hearing it. Niranjan’s lyrics are quite suitable for a romantic comedy movie, unlike this one, but maybe the situation in the movie called for it, so I can’t say much on that. However, if the situation is a light romantic one, I’m quite sure that these lyrics are both entertaining and relevant at the same time! An entertaining mix of Punjabi folk and modern sounds! Great and successful attempt by Sachin-Jigar in making this song so addictive! And special marks for Divya’s loud parts in the hookline! He shines! #5StarHotelSong!!


Hero is a multi-composer album that just proves wrong whatever assumptions I have about multi-composer albums in general! All the songs are catchy in some or the other way, suit the situations in the film, and none of them are such that you would skip them right away! With four composers, it rarely happens that they come together and blend together in a seamless manner, but it has happened here, with Nikhil Advani’s ‘Hero’. Though there are some small faults here and there in my opinion, they are small enough to be ignored, because all the songs together provide the variety that is required in a commercial action / romantic film’s album! An album that would emerge as a hero among multi-composer albums!!

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: O Khuda > Jab We Met > Main Hoon Hero Tera (Armaan Malik Version) > Khoya Khoya > Main Hoon Hero Tera (Sad Version) > Main Hoon Hero Tera (Salman Khan Version) > Yadaan Teriyaan (Version 2) > Dance Ke Legend > Yadaan Teriyaan (Version 1)

 

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

DOESN’T DESERVE TO BE WELCOMED!! (WELCOME BACK – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Meet Bros. Anjjan, Anu Malik, Mika Singh, Music MG (Milind Gaba), Siddhant Madhav, Yo Yo Honey Singh & Abhishek Ray
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Manoj Muntashir, Shabbir Ahmed, Music MG (Milind Gaba), Arafat Mehmood, Nitin Raikwar, Deane Sequeira, Manvendra & Abhishek Ray
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 6th August 2015
♪ Movie Released On: 4th September 2015

Welcome Back Album Cover

Welcome Back Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Welcome Back is a Bollywood action comedy film, that stars an ensemble cast consisting of John Abraham, Shruti Haasan, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Paresh Rawal, Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, Shiney Ahuja and Ankita Shrivastava. The film is directed by Anees Bazmee, and produced by Firoz Nadiadwala. As even the newest born baby in the country must be knowing by now, owing to the delay my review has made in arriving, the film is a sequel to the 2007 superhit ‘Welcome’. The absence of Akshay Kumar was already a cause of negative buzz surrounding the film even before its release, and after release, it’s as if the film has been forgotten by most people. Anyways, the music has been given by a horde of music directors, which you can read up in the “Album Details” section, because I’m really too lazy to even copy-paste all that (mostly because of the GENIUS music composers that the list contains). It seems to be an album where T-Series has very little say in what songs to include and what to not, because it has turned out very BAD, frankly. So my review for it will be written with the same amount of interest that the composers have seemed to put into the making of the songs; be ready! 😀 Also look out for many lines where you can point out how irritated I was with the composers as I went through this unnecessarily loooooonnnnnggggg album!


1. Tutti Bole Wedding Di
Singers ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan & Shipra Goyal, Backing Vocals by ~ Ambresh, Ved, Ashish, Ruchir & Bipin, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

To open up this grand album, we have a wedding song that tries to be grander than it should. Larger-than-life arrangements coupled with a staid band-baaja tune is something that is doomed to fail. The Bollywood audience has already had enough of the wedding themes in the 90s and early 2000s itself, and another song along the same lines, without any hint of innovation or evolution is definitely not going to all of a sudden change the mind of the public. Meet Bros. Anjjan, releasing one of their pre-split songs, must’ve been too over-excited after getting a song in such a big-budget movie, that they lost their senses halfway through the process of making it. The stale pe-pe-pein template, a must in Bollywood wedding songs, makes an appearance in this song as well, and it couldn’t have got any more clichéd than this. I have to admit, the good recording and arrangements do give some reason to hear the song despite the boring composition. Meet Bros, making a smart move by not hiring Mika for the song, have also avoided another chance of making the song sound even more stereotypical. Their voices sound way better than Mika would have sounded! Shipra also sounds good in her parts, but again, could’ve added a bit more energy to hear voice. On the arrangements front, dholaks, tumbi, flutes, trumpets and all the other wedding instruments don’t shy away from making appearances at least once in the song. A guitar interlude before the second antara, is worth paying attention to, though! Kumaar’s Hinglish lyrics are neither catchy, nor do they generate any interest in the listener, which is normally the case with Hinglish lyrics. Towards the end, a tempo increase makes things livelier but not at all interesting, and it ends up sounding like a mess! Not an impressive start to the album by Meet Bros. Anjjan!! Arrangements are what makes it tolerable, or else you better just go hear some 90s wedding song — it would be more enjoyable!

 

2. 20-20
Singers ~ Anu Malik, Mamta Sharma & Shadab Faridi, Music by ~ Anu Malik, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir & Shabbir Ahmed 

Anu Malik enters the soundtrack with the second track itself, as if trying to say, “Fear not, I’m here!” But then, does it even apply here? Earlier this year, he gave us a great soundtrack in ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, composing songs that both catered to the audience as well as suited the theme of the movie. He had to compose in 90s style there, as the film was set in the 90s. But does that mean he should eternally compose as if it is always the 90s? Because apparently, he seems to be under the impression that what worked 20 years ago, will work even now, even though not required in the film. So, he churns out a song that seems to have been rotting in his music bank ever since he debuted! Right from the beginning, you instantly feel that you are in that era when stupid lyrics and a “catchy” tune would work no matter what. The arrangements make sure you feel that way. And what should I say about the composition? I’ve already said it sounds like a stale 90s item song, and that is it! Nothing more, nothing less. Add Mamta Dharma’s annoying vocals to it, and crude interruptions from Anu himself, and you can increase the cheapness value by infinity! :/ The only one who seems to shine as far as vocals go, is Shadab Faridi (that too, backing vocals!) And his is the only part I liked! About the lyrics, I would say that I never expected Manoj Muntashir to participate in such a song; Shabbir is at least imaginable! Watching a 20-20 cricket match a thousand times would be a more productive work than listening to this thing which has been unfortunately called a “song”! SKIPPPPP!

 

3. Welcome Back (Title Track)
Singers ~ Mika Singh, Geeta Jhala & Music MG (Milind Gaba), Music by ~ Mika Singh & Music MG (Milind Gaba), Lyrics by ~ Music MG (Milind Gaba)

Of course, the title track of ‘Welcome’ was one of the main attractions in the soundtrack and so, as is Bollywood’s regular convention for a sequel, a remake of the title track is mandatory, isn’t it? So here, Sajid-Wajid’s catchy title track is bestowed into the hands of Mika and Milind Gaba, to try and make it more attractive for today’s audience. If you ask me, well, the two have done their job well, and have to be given credit for it! And by ‘it’, I mean turning the song into a complete club song with club beats and the stereotypical club sound and spoiling it. And also ordering everybody to jump while listening to it, even though what they’ve done isn’t even enough to make anybody react in any way whatsoever. It’s pretty much how you sit in history class, expressionless. Mika’s part that goes “Lachke…” is so irritating, that you keep waiting for it to get over, and when it is over, Music MG kicks in with a super-annoying rap, which will not surprise you even though he says it very fast. Geeta Jhala’s voice is one of those thousands of female voices these days that are programmed to suit the club atmosphere, and we never get to know what they really sound like! The beats are totally techno beats and might offer some respite from the obnoxious lyrics and tune, but just some. Sajid-Wajid should hear this, and laugh at Bazmee. Only good for clubs and functions, where half the people don’t even care or know what song plays!

 

4. Meet Me Daily Baby
Singers ~ Siddhant Madhav & Pawni A Pandey, Backing Vocals ~ Hyasinth D’Souza, Music by ~ Siddhant Madhav, Lyrics by ~ Arafat Mehmood

Till now, we have heard three songs of the album, all three by established and well-known people of the industry, Meet Bros Anjjan, Anu Malik and Mika Singh. None of them really impressed me as such. So when the next song happens to be by a newcomer, naturally my reaction would be something like “Woah! Wait a minute! You mean to say that you’re gonna make me hear a song by a newcomer, after three atrocious songs by non-debutants? How do you expect me to trust you there?!” So I start listening without many expectations. Imagine how surprised I must have been when the song started in a funky, groovy and catchy way! Trumpets and other brass instruments welcome us into the song, and in a really catchy and addictive way. Pawni, whose voice has matured to the fullest by now, starts singing some English lines which don’t really matter as far as what they mean is concerned. The actual song starts when Siddhant Madhav, the composer comes behind the mic and sings his lines in a voice resembling that of Neeraj Shridhar a lot. The composition has been done with care and time, and that’s why I guess it has at least some power to grasp you. Everything is fine until the hookline comes which sounds really cheap and amateur, what with the bad blend of English and Hindi. The lyrics just keep getting worse in the antaras, with phrases like “you know na tere bin main kitni adhoori”, “Within a second tooney Ki Dil Ki chori” and other mixes of Hindi and English we would never even think of using in day-to-day life. Arafat Mehmood seems like another Shabbir Ahmed in making. Siddhant’s arrangements are really engaging, with a slight Latino touch to them, thanks to the wonderful brass instruments, guitars and other techno elements working in favour of the same. As far as the singers are concerned, Siddhant sounds a bit old at places, but that’s the requirement of the film (watch the video — he’s singing for Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar, so…. You get it!) Pawni sounds as cheap as cheap can get in some places, kind of overdoing the accent when she has to sing some English words. Both the singers put unnecessary extra stress on the word “Baby” everytime they sing it, and they say it so many times in the song, it sounds like an overdose of babies. And the way they say it, it sounds like “Bayybaa”. 😒 Overall, one of the better songs of the album, but sometimes overflowing with cheapness. Anyways, since it’s one if the better songs, I would say, don’t underestimate the power of a newcomer!

 

5. Time Lagaye Kaiko
Singers ~ John Abraham & Anmol Malik, Music by ~ Anu Malik, Lyrics by ~ Nitin Raikwar

Those guitars start the song, and I immediately think of Salman Khan’s ‘O O Jaane Jaana’ for some reason. I guess the guitars have been played in a similar way in that song too. 😂 Anyways, this song is the second song by Anu Malik on the soundtrack, and is another one of the decent ones on it. The guitars have a pretty soothing effect, and the composition is tolerable too. But only until the singers don’t kick in. Because when they do, you might get confused and ask, “These are singers?” Well, I’ll tell you. The male voice isn’t that of a singer. It’s an actor. John Abraham singing his first song. Hello John, just because Salman, Alia, Shraddha et al are singing songs in their movies, it doesn’t mean that it’s compulsory for you! He has sung the song, and just had his voice programmed to try to make it sound good, but it doesn’t even sound good. And Anmol, who’s supposed to be a singer, sounds utterly atrocious, trying to torture us with that deliberate nasal twang in her voice. Shruti Haasan should’ve sung it, for all there was, because she’s featuring in the video. At least she would’ve sounded better. Anu Malik has rescued the song from doom by adding interesting guitar arrangements, though, so as long as you hear it by your own will, it’s all fine. The beats aren’t really captivating, by they’re not bad either. One con about the song is its duration, which is well over five minutes, and that is pretty much unbearable for such a song. Nitin has penned lyrics as if an actual tapori is singing. He has added that Mumbaiya language to the words and messed up English, to put in that effect. Nothing great, but just perfect to suit the visuals and situation, I guess. The composition is good at places, but the listener would lose interest in the antaras. But for the extremely stretched length, and the atrociously bad vocals, this one is pretty good!

 

6. Nas Nas Mein
Singers ~ Shabab Sabri, Rani Hazarika & Meet Bros. Anjjan, Rap by ~ Deane Sequiera, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Meet Bros. Anjjan return for their second song, and it takes the form of a gangster party track. Who knew gangsters partied with sinister music and I-wanna-kill-you type music? :p The song starts with a tune played on a really high-pitched horn or something like that. Deane says her rap portions, which really sound like a witch is singing them, thanks to their sinister feel. Techno sounds accompany her, which might make you groove for some time initially, but gradually the whole setup gets awfully boring and it starts sounding too monotonous. Shabab tries his luck at the club genre, and gets it right here, too. He sounds really great in this type of song. The antara sounds better, because it is slightly slower and calmer, plus Shabab shows some of his classical finesse in the notes of the antara. Rani Hazarika gets her one line only in the antara, one line in each of the two antaras, and when she says it, it sounds so much like a man at first, that you can’t make out the difference between her voice and Shabab’s. Deane’s second rap portion in the second interlude is much better than the one she got in the prelude, and keeps listeemers listening at least till the second antara. Meet Bros. Anjjan’s composition is a tad bit too grim and dark, and it sounds really over-the-top at places, and it gets the listener thinking, “Hasn’t Bollywood gotten over the days when gangsters used to party in clubs like this?” Because such songs were pretty common once upon a time. It just sounds outdated in today’s era. Lyrics are good, and suit the composition, with just as much grimness as the tune. The evil feel could have been slightly milder! Wonderful vocals by Shabab are the only attraction here!

 

7. Damaa Dam Mast Kalandar
Singers ~ Mika Singh & Yo Yo Honey Singh, Music by ~ Mika Singh & Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics ~ Traditional, Additional Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

This song really has the capacity to keep you moving and grooving to the music for as long as it plays, for four minutes. Yes, it has the names of two of the people whose songs I rarely like, Mika and Yo Yo Honey Singh, but this time, I’ve got to admit, they’ve co-composed something really funky yet divine! And that’s another rendition of the classic traditional song, ‘Damaa Dam Mast Kalandar’. I know the composition can’t be credited to them wholly, but the arrangements they’ve done are spectacular! Funky club beats grace the entire composition, and the awesome bass effect enhance the sound even more. Mika always sounds really sweet and awesome when he sings this song, be it under Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s direction in D-Day, or this one that he designed with Yo Yo Honey Singh. If you remember, they had released this as a single two years ago, and it had become a rage, playing on TV and radio numerous times. But in this time, it seems to have been forcefully thrust in, just because of lack of a superhit song in the album! Yo Yo’s parts are really low-pitched, and one of my favourite parts in the whole song! It sounds so divine, the way he kind of raps-cum-chants the words he has to sing. The lyrics are mostly the same from the original song, with additional verses written by Kumaar, like what Yo Yo has to sing. Something that I find tough to digest — the best song in the album is a remake, and that too, by Mika and Yo Yo, and the only #5StarHotelSong!!!

 

8. Welcome Back (Theme)
Singer ~ Abhishek Ray, Rap by ~ Abhishek Ray, Music by ~ Abhishek Ray, Lyrics by ~ Manvendra

The last song on the soundtrack (finalllyyy! — that seemed like eons!) is an utterly atrocious trying-to-be-too-cool kind of track, which calls the Welcome Back Theme. It consists of Abhishek Ray singing.. Or belching out words that don’t make an ounce of sense together, and they just seem to have been placed in the song to make it sound cool. The arrangements are bad except for when the tablas play occasionally. Female vocals keep saying “Woahh-ho-hoaa” throughout the song. Manvendra (who’s DAT?) didn’t have much to write here, just the most idiotic lines that could ever cross his thoughts. What an UNINTERESTING ending to this almost neverending album!


Welcome Back is an album that is a disgrace to Bollywood music. Neither does it contain anything original and good (because the best thing in it is remade), nor does it contain anything someone would want to come back and here multiple times. All the song have pathetic lyrics, most have bad vocals, and some even have bad arrangements. Only one song is perfect in all departments, that too is a remake. The album to its prequel also still sounds fresher than this album itself! :\ That says a lot! It  is an album that doesn’t deserve any special welcome at all! It really needs a farewell, however, from our playlists!

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Damaa Dam Mast Kalandar > Time Lagaye Kaiko > Tutti Bole Wedding Di > Meet Me Daily Baby > Nas Nas Mein > Welcome Back (Title Track) > 20-20 > Welcome Back (Theme)

 

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

 

 

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

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

Ungli Album Cover

Ungli Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


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


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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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


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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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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