THE THREE-MAN ARMY IMPRESSES!! (LAAL RANG – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Vipin Patwa, Mathias Duplessy & Shiraz Uppal
♪ Lyrics by: Mange Ram Koch, Dushyant Kumar, Shakeel Sohail, Kausar Munir & Vikas Kumar
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♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 5th April 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 22nd April 2016

Laal Rang Abum Cover

Laal Rang Abum Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Laal Rang is an upcoming Bollywood action thriller starring Randeep Hooda, Piaa Bajpai, Akshay Oberoi, Rajneish Duggall and Meenakshi Dixit. The film is directed by ‘Youngistaan’ director Syed Ahmad Afzal and produced by Nitika Thakur. The movie is a story revolving around friendship and brotherly love and it is set in Haryana. Without getting into the complex details of the plot, let me introduce the music composers, what I’m actually supposed to be writing about. 😀 This movie has music by ‘Finding Fanny’ composer Mathias Duplessy, this year’s ‘Bollywood Diaries’ composer Vipin Patwa, and singer-composer Shiraz Uppal. Mathias leads the way with three songs to his credit, Vipin having two songs with one having two versions, and Shiraz getting merely a single song. Mathias had scored a brilliant situational soundtrack for ‘Finding Fanny’ (two songs, technically) while Vipin gave me a pleasant surprise with his songs in ‘Main Aur Charles’ last year, and ‘Bollywood Diaries’ earlier this year. Shiraz Uppal has not really impressed me as a composer (except with ‘Data Di Diwaani’ from ‘Youngistaan’), so I don’t know what he has in store for me, and I would be glad if I’m surprised by him. 😀 So, let’s get this review started without further ado!


1. Bhaang Ragad Ke
Singers­­­ ~ Vipin Patwa & Vikas Kumar, Music by ~ Vipin Patwa, Lyrics by ~ Mange Ram Koch (Traditional)

Knowing that the film is a crime action thriller, I was expecting something of this sort coming my way, and little did I know it would be the very first song on the album! 😀 The song starts off with a techno sound joined after some time by a Punjabi styled tumbi, and a wonderful but short adlib by the singer, in a very impressive voice. The real song starts after that, right from the hookline itself. The hookline is really catchy, both in terms of tune and vocals too. The song is written completely in Haryanvi, and is actually a remake of a traditional devotional (I know, I’m shocked too.. 😂 ) song. However, Vipin has been made to re-style it so it suits to more of a Haryanvi gangster type feel. 😛 It is a weird song, and it definitely won’t appeal to all. It had me hooked for the first one or two minutes, but later on slowly loosened its grip on me. First of all, it has no universal appeal due to the Haryanvi lyrics. Secondly its length (5 minutes and 54 seconds) stretches to a bit too long, for such a song. I got bored after one antara. What I have to praise is Vikas and his energetic rendition. He seems to be a folk singer picked up from the vast stretches of Haryana itself. Vipin’s arrangements also cannot be praised enough. The rock template blended with Haryanvi folk sounds intriguing. But again being too repetitive, it becomes boring after some time. A decent start to the album, but a good twist to a traditional song to make it a gangster-ish song.

 

2. Bawli Booch
Singer ~ Vikas Kumar, Music by ~ Mathias Duplessy, Lyrics by ~ Dushyant Kumar

It’s Mathias Duplessy coming in with the next song, an offbeat romantic track with a brilliant folksy touch. A wonderful rhythm comprising tumbi, tabla and another folk string instrument, starts off the song and you instantly find yourself grooving to the weird rhythm. Mathias has composed a very sweet romantic song, which brings Haryanvi folk together with European folk, thanks to the wonderful magic created with the various types of instruments and the tune they’re played in. Vikas Kumar again sounds perfect in an outrightly folkish song, singing effortlessly, and striking a chord. Mathias has employed wonderful backing vocalists going “Ohhhh ahhh” who really play an important role in making the song as catchy as it is. The wonderful rhythm mentioned before never makes your attention drift elsewhere, which I think is an attribute of a superb song. It is a wonder how Mathias, being a French national, composes folk songs so beautifully and perfectly. He’s definitely going the Mikey McCleary way! Guitars and tablas and even violins contribute greatly to the attractive arrangements. A pure Qawwali-ish interlude is really quirky, because of some sound effects by a backing vocalist. More such backing vocalists add weird and quirky noises throughout the song. Dushyant Kumar’s lyrics, again have some Haryanvi limbo interspersed throughout them, but all in all, are understandable. Simple and sweet, an unconventional romantic track which has you hooked from the beginning, and is also catchy (which is quite unlike romantic tracks). Great start by Mathias! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Mera Mann
Singers ~ Shiraz Uppal & Kashif Ali, Music by ~ Shiraz Uppal, Lyrics by ~ Shakeel Sohail

Next up is Shiraz Uppal’s song, who really has impressed me a lot with his stint in Bollywood as a singer, but not as much as a composer. For ‘Laal Rang’, he comes up with the second romantic track in the album, this time outrightly Bollywood in style. It is a Sufi track, the likes of which have been heard in Bollywood many times during the recent times, thanks to composers like Pritam, Vishal-Shekhar and even A.R. Rahman. Here comes a relatively new composer, with a song from the same family of romantic Sufi songs. A wonderful aalaap starts off the song, with female voices humming gracefully, making a wonderful first impression. A really high-pitched mukhda makes way for an abrupt and low-pitched hookline. There is a sort of noticeable difference in the transition to the hookline, which bowls you over for a second, but when you hear the hookline, it’s as if nothing ever bothered you, because of the magically composed hookline! Shiraz has composed a sweet, simple, heard-before type of song, but nevertheless, it strikes a chord with the listener. The duet between Shiraz and Kashif is really enchanting. Shiraz takes over the parts which require a soft and mellifluous voice like his, while Kashif seems to have taken charge over the folkish parts with a rough edge to his voice. Tablas and harmoniums are the prominent instrument in the rhythm that forms the base of the song, with guitars appearing in a completely Pritam-ish way. Even drums make a small cameo towards the beginning of the song. All in all, these different instruments make for a soothing listen. Shakeel Sohail’s are definitely nothing new or innovative as such, but with the simple composition, they go well and sound good. A PERFECT song in all departments, and easily Shiraz’s best as a composer! Wish there was a small female part too, though! 😀 #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Aye Khuda
Singers ~ Mukhtiyar Ali & Sameer Khan, Music by ~ Mathias Duplessy, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir

This one starts off with a harp played in a distinct ‘Finding Fanny’ way. I don’t know why, but I instantly got reminded of ‘Finding Fanny’ because of that harp. 😀 Mathias brings the European flavour back into the soundtrack after a heavenly Sufi song by Shiraz. The ‘Fanny Re’ singer features in this track along with a debutant Sameer Khan. Sameer starts off with Mukhtiyar joining him after a while. The song has a really soft feel, almost like an unplugged song. The harp sound is incessant throughout the song, and it is the thing that binds all other aspects of the song together, somehow. Sameer too has a slight folkish touch to his accent, but not full-fledged, making for an interesting voice. His voice texture has deliberately been made husky and it sounds awesome. Mukhtiyar who joins in later, has a bolder and louder voice, creating a larger impact than Sameer’s. Cello has a great role in the song too, and brass instruments join later on. A great orchestra is set up in the otherwise quiet song, towards the end. This part by itself is reason enough to hear the song continuously on loop! The composition has a slight mysterious and gloomy touch to it, as the lyrics talk about a distressed soul tired of the world. Towards the end, the gloomy touch gains intensity and that is the climax of the song — beautiful arrangements, and Mukhtiyar’s booming vocals accompanied by a wonderful symphony. Kausar’s lyrics are the highlight of the haunting situational track, and they’re really meaningful. Haunting to the core, with wonderful arrangements!! Great duet by the two male singers and for me, Mathias’s best composed track of all!!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Laali Dil Se
Singer ~ Sameer Khan, Music by ~ Mathias Duplessy, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir

This song, too starts off brilliantly. And when you have an extravagant start to a song, it is very easy to hook listeners for the rest of the song. Brisk strokes on a violin are a great way to start off a song. It has given a distinct European folk feel to the song, kind of Spanish-Portuguese, reminding one of ‘Sweeta’ (Kill/Dil). It is yet another angst-filled song, this time taking a turn towards the rock side. The castanets have been used very finely, and sound awesome! Mathias’s composition is not exactly catchy, in fact, it is quite heavy to the ears. Nevertheless, it has the power to impress you a lot. Sameer sounds different in this song from what he sounded in ‘Aye Khuda’, but it is a good difference. Mathias has done a splendid job with the arrangements, which I’ve talked a bit about above as well. Violins, electric guitars and drums, castanets, and wonderful interruptions by sarangi are the gist of the instrumentation. The part when Sameer breaks out into a angst-filled rant is really spectacular. His variations are beautiful too! Kausar’s lyrics suit the feel of the song, full of angst and fire. A song not as good as Mathias’s other two songs, but still does have an impact on you! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Kharch Karod (Version 1) / Kharch Karod (Version 2)
Singers ~ Vikas Kumar / Vikas Kumar, Music by ~ Vipin Patwa, Lyrics by ~ Vikas Kumar

The last song in the album comes in two versions, each only about two and a half minutes long. The first one starts off in a tune that quite (okay, a lot) resembles that irritating “Yella yella yella yella” interlude from Sachin-Jigar’s ‘Jadoo Ki Jhappi’ (Ramaiya Vastavaiya). Well, OK. After that it turns into a clubbish track in which a guy tries to impress a girl. Harmoniums and techno sounds are the backbone of the song. The harmonium has been played in a typppppppical trademark Himesh Reshammiya… And that’s not a complaint! 😀 It sounds great. But the total club treatment sounds kind of out-of-place for the song (that you will understand on hearing the second version of the song) and it just makes the song sound like a Punjabi hip hop single. The composition though is awesome, by Vipin Patwa, with mischievous vocals by Vikas Kumar, who’s trying to establish the album as his own, apparently. The second version, or the “slow” version as named on YouTube, is way better than the first, as the song gets a complete makeover, in terms of the arrangements. Tumbi lures you into the song, and then brilliant bongo-congo has been played that just keeps up the great ambience. Vikas kicks in with great silky vocals (a surprise!) and sings the same tune, in such a way that it sounds as fresh as ever! Singing a fast song slowly really does make a great difference, but only the pace isn’t the reason why it sounds better. As I specified earlier, Vipin’s attractive arrangements are also responsible for the greatness of this version. Shakers are also there to keep us listening, and the tumbi never-endingly plays throughout the song, in a very attractive way. The lyrics are the same — they’re ordinary. Vipin saves the grand finale of the album by giving the song in the second version, and only the second version would be a #5StarHotelSong!!


Laal Rang — who would be expecting one great sing after the other in an album like this? This film literally came from nowhere, without much hype, and that’s fine, but the release date too, came like a shock (so early after the trailer released). Three composers who have impressed me with their early works, but they don’t really have a good number of movies to their credit, either. However, they seized this opportunity and made the best use of it as possible. Mathias scores a 100% with all three of his songs being highly impressive, and so does Shiraz with his one song. Vipin, however, takes the backseat here, with just one of his three tracks being extraordinary. Who ever thought this album would be SO good? I never did! Anyways, I’m happy that there is yet another dark horse album this month after ‘Love Games’. This three-man army has done a spectacular job!

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Aye Khuda > Mera Mann > Kharch Karod (Version 2) > Bawli Booch > Laali Dil Se > Bhaang Ragad Ke > Kharch Karod (Version 1) 

 

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

 

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“I” M LOVIN’ IT!! (I – HINDI VERSION – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: A.R. Rahman
♪ Lyrics by: Irshad Kamil
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 29th December 2014
♪ Movie Released On: 15th January 2015

I Album Cover

I Album Cover

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


is a Tamil that has released in Telugu and Hindi as well. The film stars Chiyaan Vikram and Amy Jackson in lead roles, and has been directed by renowned filmmaker Shankar. The film has been produced by V. Ravichandran and D. Ramesh Babu. In the South, the film’s music album has been creating waves ever since its release in September this year. That’s reasonable, considering that the film is being marketed as an A.R. Rahman musical, naturally increasing the buzz! Also given the fact that the Tamil album was the bestselling album of the year on iTunes India, I was too excited to wait for the Hindi album! And after that, due to unavoidable circumstances, I wasn’t able to review anything for two weeks, so here I am posting the review very, very late! 😅

And yes, I am returning to my original style of writing. I found it more comfortable and the old style was also one of the reasons for the delay of this review…and all that followed. 😅


1. Issak Taari
Singers ~ Nakash Aziz & Neeti Mohan

Who better than the Mozart of Madras knows how to infuse rowdiness and class into the same song? Yes, Rahman once again shows his excellence in composing catchy tunes, that may sound extremely weird at first, but later on make you go crazy like anything! The techno tunes he has used, make you listen intently for anything interesting, and sure enough, some unexpected dhols enter to make the crazy experience crazier still. On top of that, Nakash Aziz has sung the song out-of-this-world-ly! The amount of expression and energy in his voice makes it clear why Rahman chose him to do the honours! Even Neeti, in her brief part of saying just “ishaq taari” again and again in different tunes, impresses a LOT! Each time she sings it, it sounds so fresh! Her backing vocals towards the end… Bravissimo! Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are awesome too! They wonderfully reflect the feelings of a lovestruck Romeo, she same time they make us laugh. “Kaale tavey pe gorey omelette si, apun ki woh kaali aankhon mein yun chamke!” This line itself is GENIUS! 😁 Gonna make you crazy like no song has made you recently! Issak Taari with this song! #5StarHotelSong!

 

2. Tum Todo Na (Male Version) / Tum Todo Na (Female Version)
Singers ~ Ash King & Sunidhi Chauhan / Bela Shendey & Ash King

{Let me specify a few things here before you bombard me with tomatoes and potatoes and eggs for the flaw in the credits: Both the versions are technically duets, so I don’t see what problem T-Series had to name the songs as Version 1 & Version 2. But the male singer has more portions in the so-called Male Version, hence the name. Same with the Female Version. So let’s bear with this terrible flaw of T-Series. 😒😝}

Grand piano welcomes us into this song, which is after some time joined by beautiful flute. The unique voice texture of Ash will instantly grab your attention. This time, Rahman has succeeded in composing a beautiful Broadway-ish composition. It will give the feel of sitting in a theater and watching a musical play. The way Rahman has pulled off the Western style without any flaws, is amazing! A few minutes into the song, comes a grand musical piece, which you don’t want to miss for all it’s worth! Sunidhi’s part (as stated earlier, very short) doesn’t impress as much, but provides a bit of relief in this intense, sad song. The interludes have been brilliantly created, with piano and flute awesomely complementing each other. The conclusion to the song is something that haunts you for a long time and triggers those goosebumps. Irshad’s lyrics are good, but sometimes sound odd, because after all, it is a dub. The so-called Female Version does not manage to create half the ambience that the Male Version did, probably because of Bela Shendey not quite performing up to the mark. In Tamil, this version was better, but in Hindi, sadly, the choice of singer has terribly altered my choice. Everything else in the Female Version however, is beautiful, like Rahman’s arrangements, softer than the Male version. Ash’s cameo towards the end is also nice. A goosebumps-invoking haunting melody, with the power to get you emotional for a while. I would vouch for the “Male Version”, which is definitely a #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Tu Chale
Singers ~ Arijit Singh & Shreya Ghoshal

Taking a look at the singers itself, anyone familiar with Bollywood music (or, for that matter, any Indian film music) can easily get an idea of what’s in store for them. Just as expected, the song takes you to a different world altogether. Simple, ordinary guitar strums open up the song. Though they are very simple, they come across as so catchy because of the way they are presented. Arijit, singing for Rahman for the second time now after ‘Kochadaiiyaan’, just nails it here too, just as he did the first time he sang for Rahman. The beautiful melody is literally enhanced by his singing, so much so, that he surpasses Haricharan who sang the Tamil song. Shreya with her classical-based portions impresses as she always does and her sweet voice suits the composition perfectly. Her di na tirkit taani na parts are just beautiful! The classical-based melody and the contemporary arrangements by Rahman prove to be great fusion and sound great with each other. The two antaras which are different from each other, both impress. The composition would definitely remind you of the Rahman of ‘Taal’ or ‘Jeans’. Rahman has added brilliant arrangements, mostly that of guitar supported by flute. Irshad’s lyrics are brilliant too, and again, dubbing has been done perfectly! An awesome, beautiful, melodious romantic song, which has been enhanced by the perfect choice of singers! Must listen! #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Aiyla
Singers ~ Shiraz Uppal & Natalie Di Luccio

The next track probably offers some of the craziest stuff you’ve heard lately. First of all, the lyrics do not make any sense at all, but sound awesome nevertheless with the unique composition. Shiraz comes out of his comfort zone for this song, and does a great job here, as well. The song is an upbeat and catchy song which might not attract you in the very first listen, but later will definitely grow on you. Rahman’s composition is complex and very hard to learn, what with all the twists and turns it takes. Each line is different from the other. He has used many instruments to ensure that our attention is fully towards the song, mostly techno sounds, with Arabic drums, dhols, strings and piano joining at parts to make it more attractive. However, Natalie has to be given full credit for making this song what it is with her voice and vast range of notes. The opera parts, she carries out very well, just as she does the normal parts. The length of the song might disturb some at first, but once you start liking the song, you might not be able to keep track of time! A very innovative affair by the Mozart of Madras! Something very unique and new! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Lady O
Singer ~ Nikita Gandhi

Full of techno-sounds, and having an out-and-out international feel, I cannot guarantee that everyone will love this song, especially the classical music lovers. However, I’ve loved it and appreciate how well Rahman has tried to compose a fully Western modern number. Newcomer Nikita sings some unintelligible words with ease and expertise, and does well, but I missed Shalmali in this song. The beat and tempo change at around 54 seconds into the song has been done very smoothly and surprisingly, doesn’t come across as abrupt! The Antara has to be the best part of the song. Lyrics don’t really seem to play much of an important role in the song. That they’re kind of hard to make out is a different story altogether. Besides universal appeal, everything else has fallen right into place. And just because of this factor, the song has not succeeded in getting the tag which all the other songs have got. Actually, very efficiently composed in a fulltoo international style, but might not appeal to all kinds of audience! Do try it!


am — umm… Is — an album full of variety, and with all songs composed very dedicatedly and efficiently by Rahman. All to the songs work in their place and all sound awesome when heard as individual songs, as well! This is a pretty rare thing to happen, and I’m sure the composer doesn’t do it purposely, but it just happens, unknowingly. Except maybe the female version of ‘Tum Todo Na’ and ‘Lady O’ a bit, all the songs have repeat value and universal appeal. The album is enough for your to say after hearing it, “I love I!!”

 

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:

Tu Chale > Tum Todo Na (Male) > Issak Taari > Aiyla > Lady O > Tum Todo Na (Female)

(on basis of my favourite in the album — you don’t have to follow, you can always have different opinions!) 

 

Which is your favourite song from “I”? Please vote for it below! 😊

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BAS ITNA HI MAALOOM KI THIS ALBUM IS A SUPERHIT! (LEKAR HUM DEEWANA DIL – Music Review)

Album Details:-

♪ Music by:- A.R. Rahman
♪ Lyrics by:- Amitabh Bhattacharya
♪ Music Label:- Eros Music
♪ Music Released On:- 3rd June 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 4th July 2014

Lekar Hum Deewana Dil

Lekar Hum Deewana Dil

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Lekar Hum Deewana Dil is an upcoming Bollywood romantic comedy, directed by newcomer Arif Ali, who is the brother of award winning director Imtiaz Ali (‘Jab We Met’, ‘Rockstar’) and produced by Dinesh Vijan, Saif Ali Khan and Sunil Lulla. The film stars newcomer and Ranbir-Kareena’s cousin, Armaan Jain as the male lead, and south actress Deeksha Seth, as the female lead, making her Bollywood acting debut with this film. When the director is a brother of Imtiaz Ali, it was quite predictable that the music director would be A.R. Rahman. After ‘Highway’, ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ and ‘Million Dollar Arm’, it’s Rahman’s fourth album in a single year, which is a very rare case! We are getting an overdose of Rahman, but hey, who’s complaining!? 😉😁 It is also the first collaboration between Rahman and Amitabh Bhattacharya! That’s why I was very excited to hear this album! The expectations from the two were sky-high! Read on to find out my views on this album!


 

1. Khalifa:- Singers ~ A.R. Rahman, Suzanne D’Mello, Shweta Pandit, Konakol by ~ Mahesh Vinayakram, Backing Vocals ~ Hriday Gattani

The album starts with this particular club song, which is already making its way to the top of the charts. Rahman has used techno sounds very effectively, and also sung it just as gracefully (yes, he can bring grace into club songs with his unique voice!) However, his Hindi pronunciation is a big problem here! Nevertheless, he carries the whole song on his shoulders with the help of Suzanne D’Mello and Shweta Pandit. Both of them have sung the rap portions of the song, and it is also Shweta Pandit’s first time rapping! Though the rap is weird, it will grow on you over multiple listens, and you’ll find yourself singing it anywhere anytime! The konnakol, an art of singing percussion syllables in Carnatic music vocally, has been done by Mahesh Vinayakram, and he sounds great too. The tune does fall flat at places, but the musical arrangements which the Maestro has done are amazing and overshadow the tune! Mostly Rahman has used techno sounds which still mesmerize, and a particular guitar riff will win you over completely! The lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya are also nice and youthful and depict the carefree and casual nature of the youths. Thanks to him, India has got a new awesome word, ‘Khalifa’! Though the song is about youths, children and the middle-aged will also love this song anyhow. Weak tune, but outstanding arrangements!

 

2. Maaloom:- Singers ~ Hriday Gattani, Jonita Gandhi, Backing Vocals ~ Nakash Aziz

This song is completely different from the previous. Starting with a calm guitar riff, you would immediately guess it is going to be a beautiful song. Rahman has introduced another great singer to the industry, that is Hriday Gattani, who is actually the son of Rahman’s manager Deepak Gattani so he knows Rahman since childhood! His voice has the factor which makes it instantly connect with the youths. The tune is so good that it will instantly grow on you! The drums and guitar have been used in such a beautiful way, that I wish there was an instrumental version of this track! The lines from ‘mera toh zamaane se lena dena hi nahi…’ to the last ‘meri manzil ka raasta’ have such a cute tune! Nakash Aziz has done great backing vocals and he sounds a lot like Sanam Puri! The lyrics by Amitabh are very good and not like most of the songs in a typical romantic comedy. You must have noticed by now that I’ve not talked about the female singer at all! Well, I was saving her praise for the last! She has only some lines in the antara, but she steals the entire show in those few lines! Her voice reminded me of Asha Bhosle for some reason, maybe because the tune is a bit like what Rahman used to give us years ago. The moment she enters, the whole atmosphere changes and becomes a notch more lively and upbeat. She sings too good! Pity that Vishal-Shekhar had to use her in the ‘Chennai Express’ title track, they could have used her voice in a romantic song! An awesome song, with an awesome tune, and out of the world performances by the singers! Especially Jonita! #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Ala Hada:- Singers ~ Shiraz Uppal

It starts with an intense piece played by strings, which have been orchestrated perfectly! After that it changes course and becomes a bit more fast, and if you thought that the starting music was perfect, just wait till you hear the rest of the song! It is utterly awe-imspiring! Rahman once again gets ‘Raanjhanaa’ boy Shiraz Uppal to sing a song. While the former was an upbeat desi dance romantic track, this one is a sad song, which has been composed in country style, with the prominent use of guitars. Shiraz has completely nailed it with the vocals, not leaving a single word dull and making each and every word seem magical! The tune is also expertly composed, even though I don’t know why I’m saying that for a person whom everyone already calls an expert! 🙂 The lines ‘tere baghair, jeena lagta hai khaali’ and ‘dil hai magar seena lagta hai khaali’ literally gave me goosebumps! The use of matka in the song has been done very efficiently! Hats off to Rahman for thinking of that! Again, I’ve saved the best for the last! Yes, you guessed it! The lyrics of Amitabh Bhattacharya are truly amazing! He has introduced yet another new and interesting word for the Indian audience to use — ‘Alaahda’ which means separate or separated in Urdu. I loved this song so much! You are also sure to love it! Another awesome and touching sad song, this time with an upbeat tempo. #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Mawali Qawwali:- Singers ~ Raghav Mathur, Tanvi Shah

A totally wacky and crazy song, you would never expect such a song from the Maestro of Madras Rahman, but lo and behold! here it is! Rahman has composed an incredibly energetic and dhinchak song for a romantic comedy! It has traces of ‘Hawaa Hawaa’ from ‘Rockstar’ and ‘Beera’ from ‘Raavan’, and it is probably the first time Rahman composed such a crazy and zany song after ‘Hawaa Hawaa’. The lyricist also has put in immeasurable amounts of weird lyrics which do not at all make sense when heard together. If you think I’m criticizing the song, you are thoroughly mistaken! No, I’m not criticizing the song at all! It is one of the best dance songs of the year! The guitar riff will force you to get up and dance no matter what condition of mind you are in. Spanish folk and African folk music have been fused together so splendidly, that there is no place where they don’t complement each other well! Tanvi Shah has sung her parts very greatly! I didn’t even know she could sing in Spanish! Raghav Mathur has sung his part well too. The energy in his voice is unmatchable! The percussion used is just awesome! Here, after praising the song so much, I must confess that the first time I heard it, I hated it! Afterwards, I started loving it more and more with each listen! And now, I have to hear it at least once a day! You should definitely go for it! If you don’t, well, its your loss! #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Beqasoor:- Singers ~ Shweta Pandit, Nakash Aziz

This song is a typical Rahman melody, and I guess you are familiar with Rahman melodies by now! They have that magic in them which you would never find in any other songs except those by Rahman. This song falls into the same category. After ‘Heera’ from ‘Highway’, Rahman and Shweta are back and have created magic yet again! She has sung flawlessly! The composition is a typical melody as I said earlier, but it will win you over with its soothing nature. The antara has a very mature tune, and I loved it instantly! The arrangements are very simple, mostly piano in the background. The interlude of the sitar-like instrument is awesome too! Now, Nakash Aziz. Wow! What can I say about his part! When he enters, his lines overlapping Shweta’s, you will immediately fall in love with his part. He sounds great in this kind of a song too! Till now we have seen him only in Pritam’s dhinchak tracks in which he sung fabulously, but after hearing this song, anyone will tell that this is undoubtedly his comfort zone! Now I would like to see him feature in a romantic song by Pritam! The lyrics are again as beautiful as the song! The song will, however, take some time to grow on you, like all other Rahman melodies! So please give it time! Yet another soulful, calm and soothing melody from the Maestro and one of his best too! #5StarHotelSong!

 

6. Tu Shining:- Singer ~ Hriday Gattani

Hriday gets his second song in this album (third if you count his backing vocals in ‘Khalifa’) and delivers it with ease too! It’s another youth-oriented track, with no particular sense whatsoever in the lyrics, and the tune also a bit weak. Though it is worth a listen, it is definitely not as strong as the other songs in the album. This song can be excused though, because Rahman wouldn’t make such a short and seemingly meaningless track unless the script calls for it! The saving grace of it is Hriday’s energetic rendition, and the arrangements, with guitars and drums. Give it a listen, but don’t expect the song to shine just because of its name!


 

Lekar Hum Deewana Dil is an album people were looking forward to, and they had many expectations from it as well. Rahman has lived up to those expectations and has delivered an album which will be liked by all, and with variety in it as well. Barring the underperforming ‘Tu Shining’, each of the songs have their own special vibe, which will be transferred to you as you are hearing each of them. For those who were doubting that Rahman would ever successfully return to the romantic comedy genre, they have just been shut up by Rahman himself when they heard this album. Such a great album, I was honestly not expecting for this movie! He has proved that he can compose for any kind of film which comes his way! Amitabh has also used this opportunity of working with Rahman to showcase the best in him, and he has tried his best to give soulful lyrics to the soulful songs, and nonsensical and wacky lyrics to the nonsensical and wacky songs! So mujhe aur kuchh nahi maaloom, bas itna hi maaloom ki this album is surely a superhit!

 

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

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

 

Which is your favorite song from Lekar Hum Deewana Dil? Please vote for your favourite!

 

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