ROCK MODE: OFF 😞 (ROCK ON 2 – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy & Summersalt
♪ Lyrics by: Javed Akhtar & Kit Shangpliang
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company [“Rock On (Revisited)” on T-Series]
♪ Music Released On: 20th September 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 11th November 2016

Rock On 2 Album Cover

Rock On 2 Album Cover


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Rock On 2 is an upcoming Bollywood musical drama starring Farhan Akhtar, Shraddha Kapoor, Arjum Rampal, Purab Kohli, Shashank Arora, Prachi Desai and Shahana Goswami. The film has been directed by Shujaat Saudagar, and produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani. The film is a sequel to the 2008 hit film, ‘Rock On!!’ which was like the pioneer for rock music in India, giving a whole new genre for the nation to like, love and perform for themselves. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy had given a brilliant soundtrack for that movie, and after that rock became an integral part of Bollywood music as well. However, times have changed, and now, after eight years, the rock scene in India has changed a lot! What Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy did in ‘Rock On!!’ now seems very ordinary (in that rock has evolved over the years) and now many composers have started using rock as a way of conveying both angst and fun, in almost all movies. Now, in 2016, the sequel to that movie is releasing, and the trio yet again, have to live up to expectations, but not necessarily live up to the standards of the first album (because rock has changed!) Though comparisons will definitely take place, I will try my best not to, because of the time that has lapsed, and also, because of the change of director for the second film. (The first one being directed by Abhishek Kapoor). Since Shraddha Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar are the female and male leads, it goes without saying that they’re going to sing songs in the album, and hopefully, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy use their limited abilities to bring out the best in both! 🙂 After that epic album to ‘Mirzya’, I’m kinda sure this one will sound less impressive, but you really cant blame the trio, because the genres are miles apart! Also, there is one song where Meghalayan band Summersalt collaborates with the trio, which is the seventh song of the album. So let’s see whether this album rocks on or not! 😛

1. Jaago
Singers ~ Farhan Akhtar & Siddharth Mahadevan

Sure enough, the album starts off with a song sung by none other than Farhan Akhtar, the lead actor of the movie, and lead singer of the Magik band (the band in the movie, in case anyone forgot). The song kicks off with a very groovy, and catchy rock guitar riff, and Farhan’s voice takes over to start off the melody of the song. The composition is quite bland, however. The mukhda is very low-key, and doesn’t scream in your face, “Hey, I’m a rock song, so you better cringe!” I liked that. Even the hookline is very catchy, and especially that line before the hookline which goes, “Sab jaan jaaye tumko…” is very catchy, and I like the way they drop down the scales one by one, in that line. Though the hookline has the singers scream in your ears, you end up liking it, because it is done very well, just like a professional rock song. It is the antaras, that cause the problem in the song. Well, at least the first antara is fine, it is just a repetition of the mukhda. However, once the second antara arrives, you can’t help but notice how long the song has been stretched, and on top of that, the quite sublime composition of this antara doesn’t help. It just gets you wanting the song to end soon, which i believe shouldn’t happen at all in a rock song! The composers do many great tricks with the arrangements though. The vibrant guitars are the main attraction of the song, especially that aforementioned riff. It plays throughout the song, and really helps in keeping you glued to the song. The drums (Jai Row Kavi) wonderfully supplement the guitars, and take the okay-ish melody to a different level. The interludes are full of great electric guitar solos, especially the second interlude, where the guitar first does a very awesome solo, and after that is broken down, making a sound like a machine gun does in video games. 😛 (I didn’t know how to describe that!) That part is electrifying! The vocals by Farhan are surprisingly full of zest, but (obviously because of the high notes) Siddharth has to give him a little help (which is okay with him, as long as it is something to do with screaming, that too, in perfect tune!) with the hookline, and Siddharth just rocks the hookline. Farhan doesn’t sound too husky in the song, and that’s a pleasant surprise. Javed Akhtar has written a good song about standing up to any wrongdoings and standing up for our rights. So, this song is two-in-one: entertainment plus awareness campaign! A good opener for the album, but if only the composition were a bit more well-polished, the song would’ve been awesome!


2. Udja Re
Singer ~ Shraddha Kapoor, Additional Vocals ~ Shankar Mahadevan

Shraddha, as expected, gets her first song for the album right away, and the song starts off with an entrancing and weird semiclassical piece, with Shankar (in a very chipmunkish, nasal voice that is obviously tweaked) singing a very nice aalaap. The composition starts off very mildly, with a quite ordinary mukhda, which is thankfully graced by Shankar’s weird nasal voice, which serves a great attraction, seriously! The composition only picks up in the midst of the mukhda, when Shraddha starts to sing the “Yeh jeena bhi socho koi jeena Hai..” verse. And then she sings the hookline in a very low scale, and that’s when you start loving the composition, which then goes nowhere but uphill. Shraddha repeats the hookline in a high scale, and that’s when the rock guitars and drums start off too, and from that moment onwards, the song is just energizing and catchy. However, it takes like two minutes to get to that part. Nevertheless, the wait is really worth it. The antara comes three and a half minutes after the song starts, and it is quite angsty, and very well-composed, and just as well-rendered by Shraddha. Overall, the composition is catchy and memorable, if not fast to start off. The arrangements by the trio are beautiful yet again. The guitars and drums (Jai Row Kavi) as always provide the perfect background to the song, while Shankar’s AALAAPS provide a nice semiclassical and also alien touch to the song. The drums are really energetic and energizing, and are enough to give you music to a nice morning workout. Shraddha’s singing, be it the miracle of some autotune or natural, is marvelous. She hits every note with perfection, and doesn’t falteer at any step, as I thought she would. (Like she did in ‘Sab Tera’ from ‘Baaghi’ where she was quite too high-pitched). Javed Akhtar’s lyrics are good here too, and motivational. A show-stopper of a song, mostly because of the arrangements and vocals, while the composition yet again, falls a bit flat. Nevertheless this one is a #5StarHotelSong!!


3. You Know What I Mean
Singer ~ Farhan Akhtar

A very happy-go-lucky guitar riff starts off the next song, which instantly reminds you of ‘Socha Hai’ from the first movie. The composition here too, is quite bland, though being so upbeat. The mukhda repeats twice in the song, while the hookline is just plain said, not sung. The antara is better than the mukhda, in that it has a more mellifluous composition. The arrangements are spunky, led by guitars and drums (Aatur Soni) again, and with the 2008 style of rock all around them. Theres not much more to talk about the composition and arrangements, because they are quite ordinary! In the interludes, however, there’s the usual nice rock guitar solos, that still sound impressive (that’s just because this is just the third song in the album) :p The hook where the backing vocalists sing “Oh-ohhh” sounds very clichéd, and also outdated. Farhan’s voice doesn’t help to elevate the pallidness of the song, because here, it is husky and very tedious to hear. Thankfully, the makers have kept the song short. Javed Akhtar’s lyrics are so conversational, that it seems awkward at a point. When you experience déjà vu in such a youthful song, it means things are wrong, because the song is so plain!… You know what I mean! 😉


4. Manzar Naya
Singer ~ Farhan Akhtar

Here comes Farhan yet again, with another song, this time, a dulcet romantic melody. The composition is very pleasant and breezy — something that normal people in the real world (not characters in Bollywood) would compose and sing impromptu. The pleasantness of the composition actually works for it this time, and the trio churns out a very plain, simple song that touches your heart. The mukhda hooks you in all its simplicity, while the hookline very nicely blends in with the song, though reminding you of a lot of other such songs. The antara has quite some high notes, which, surprisingly, Farhan manages to touch rather smoothly. At the end, the mukhda repeats, and the song ends just as calmly as it had started. Talking about the arrangements, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have very beautifully employed a guitar riff that plays throughout the song, and is the USP of the song! (Do they need a riff to do that for them every time!? This is getting quite repetitive, but still wonderful!) But again, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy are the best at those small riffs, be it vocal riffs or guitar riffs or wonderful percussion riffs. Speaking of percussion, the wonderful percussion (Anupam Deghatak) of shakers in this song brings that nice soothing quality to the track. The whistle in the interlude, instantly reminded me of that tune from ‘Teen Gawah Hain Ishq Ke’ (Mirzya), but then it dissipated and changed paths smartly and quickly. Backing vocals are beautifully placed in the antara, and the second mukhda. A female voice that seems to have gotten lost in the song suddenly appears somewhere towards the end, and that was quite weird, because it didn’t appear anywhere else before or after. Stray voice unleashed!! The vocals by Farhan are husky and faltery here too, but nevertheless, perfect for this type of song, which needed a faltering voice, as it was supposed to emulate normal people, and not Bollywood characters. 😛 Jokes apart, Farhan sounded good here, and the high notes in the antara particularly sounded well polished. Javed Akhtar’s lyrics are just as simple and normal as anything else in the song. Pleasing, calm and above all, normal! #5StarHotelSong!!


5. Tere Mere Dil
Singer ~ Shraddha Kapoor

So after three songs by Farhan and one by Shraddha, one more song by Shraddha pops up on the album, and this one is just pure bliss. The “Tu Tu Tu Ru Ru Ru” vocal loop wonderfully opens the song up, and likewise, this is the USP of this song, and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy once again rely on this loop to carry the song. The mukhda is very well-composed, and oh-so-melodious. Technically the title of the song is in the mukhda, while the hookline is different — “Saari Jo kahaaniyaan hain..” and both the a and the hookline sound great in their own place. The hookline takes the song to a high, from where it never drops down. The whole magic of the composition is just so magical and entrancing, and it is the only song on the album which instantly reached out and hooked me. The ANTARA is also very beautiful, with a great assemblage of notes that complement the hookline and the entire song very well. So, the trio scores full marks with the melody of this song, but they still resort to the vocal loop to carry it forward.. Why!! Anyway, the arrangements are beautiful. A wonderful sarod helps Shraddha to make the song sound even more magical, playing the tune of her vocal loop itself. The rock plays a very little role in this song, though I guess the digital beats in the hookline are supposed to resemble the rock sound. However, the electric sarod replaces the guitar really well. The whole song has a similar sound to that of ‘Udja Re’ and also ‘Tumhari Meri Baatein’ from the first film — entrancing and mystical. Shraddha’s vocals are mystifying as well, and here, though it is evident that she has been autotuned, the whole thing just appeals nevertheless. The programming does justice to her rendition, and the trio has spun magic with their technical touches. Javed Akhtar, yet again, writes a good song, this time with a more melancholic feel to it. ‘Tumhari Meri Baatein’s equivalent fares far better than ‘Socha Hai’s equivalent. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy bring a quite otherworldly feel to this one! Mystical! #5StarHotelSong!!


6. Woh Jahaan
Singers ~ Farhan Akhtar & Shraddha Kapoor

So here comes the long-awaited duet between the two lead singers. Now, even though these two have sung enough songs on the album already, I am not feeling any tedium, because the film actually calls for it.. So we can’t really complain. At least the lead actress isn’t Tulsi Kumar, and the lead actor isn’t Abhijeet. This time too, the composition is very mystical, and a kind of melancholia surrounds the whole song, but not the kind of tedious melancholia that gets you bored right away. This time, the melancholia actually works. The mukhda sees Shraddha start off the song, on a beautiful note, with the trio’s low notes working nicely to attract your attention. However, it is only when the hookline arrives, that you actually start getting the hang of the song and grooving to it. This time, the trio doesn’t rely on any instrumental piece to carry forward the song, and this one has pure melody taking it forward. The hookline has a mind-blowing composition. As Farhan takes over with the second stanza, which has the same composition as the first, you start drifting away a bit from the song. His portions aren’t as interesting as Shraddha’s and his voice (in this song) doesn’t really have that capacity to keep listeners listening. His part starts off the same way that Shraddha’s does, but then takes a different turn, as the tune changes as he progresses towards the hookline. After that, it is merely an instrumental piece to listen to, which ends the song on a high. More about that later. The arrangements are impressive in this song. A wonderful sarod (Soumik Dutta) takes centre-stage here too, while the rock elements keep entrancing you. The guitars are impressive as always (here taking a number of impressive variations), while the drums (Darshan Doshi) are just as intriguing. The interlude between Shraddha’s and Farhan’s stanzas, has that wonderful sarod piece, accompanied by piano, as well as a nice shaayari by Shraddha. The piano accompanies the singers well in the stanzas, and then hands over things to the rock instruments. At the end, as I said before, there is a wonderful instrumental piece which just keeps you hooked. There is another wonderful electric guitar solo there, which makes sure you don’t go anywhere. The backing chorus with their chants nicely helps the instrumental piece get more interesting, and it ends with a striking guitar strum. Javed Akhtar’s lyrics are at their philosophical best, and he really weaves up a thought-invoking poem. Another mystical composition, which unfortunately gets highly tedious in the middle. Arrangements propel the listener through the tedium.


7. Hoi Kiw / Chalo Chalo
Singers ~ Usha Uthup, Kit Shangpliang & Pynsuklin Syiemiong, Co-Composers ~ Summersalt, Khasi Lyrics by ~ Kit Shangpliang

The next song finally sees some other singers taking the mic. And who else it is but the bold-voiced Usha Uthup? Along with a North-East Indian band called Summersalt, two of whose members accompany Usha on the vocals front. The composition for this one is quite fun and upbeat, but again, just as ‘You Know What I Mean’, I couldn’t quite catch hold of it. It might sound stupid, but I felt that the composition was just too typical, and reminded me of some European folk song. I found nothing in the composition that was hooking in any sense, and the hookline seemed very passable. The Khasi portions were fun to hear, but then it is not something I would hear again and again, either. The vocals by Usha Uthup seemed overshadowed by the Khasi band, whose lead male singer, Kit Shangpliang really excelled in the vocals. Usha seemed sidelined like a side attraction in the song, while the female Khasi singer barely had much of a scope to open up. The arrangements were pleasant, with the folksy duitara (Adorbha C. Shangpliang) sounding very nice and groovy. The rock arrangements in this song were quite similar to those in ‘You Know What I Mean’, and I found it quite boring. The Hindi lyrics were good, and depict a very free nature, while it was fun to hear the Khasi lyrics and not understand them. Very mixed feelings about this song…


8. Ishq Mastana
Singers ~ Digvijay Singh Pariyar & Shankar Mahadevan

This next song seems like such a misfit in this album.. But I’m still gonna review it as if I am a robot who can’t really make that out. The composition seems like a song that just ran away from the ‘Mirzya’ album and made a home for itself in this album — maybe a rejected song that was supposed to be there before ‘Hota Hai’. 😛 Or maybe an unused song that was lying around since the days of ‘Mission Kashmir’. The angsty feel in the song makes me feel this song isn’t going to be one that the band in the movie performs, but it might be a background song, which plays at a critical point in the storyline. The composition is quite interesting, a typical Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Punjabi folk composition, which has a very catchy hookline. The rest of the composition is quite low-key and ordinary, something that didn’t really compel me to listen to it over and over again. The arrangements are fantastic here as well (tired of saying this so many times!) The keyboard (Gulraj Singh) which very professionally tries to imitate the tumbi, is the USP of this song, and it does a good job too. The rock element, though, is surprisingly the best part of this folk misfit. The rock guitars (played here by Ehsaan Noorani) and drums (Aatur Soni) always go well with a nice Qawwali-esque folk composition, and that is evident here too. The bass (Dibyajyoti Nath) really stands out here, which it didn’t in the previous songs. The percussions (Anupam Deghatak), mainly tabla, stand out well, but sound very clichéd and heavy. The dhols (Hanif Dafrani & Aslam Dafrani), which seem to be remnants of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s ‘Hulla Re’ (2 States), really do a great job in catching the listener’s attention. Meanwhile the dholaks (Prasad Malandkar) fail to reach out in the hard-hitting rock. The vocals are amazing too, with Digvijay Singh (the one from ‘Jaago Mohan Pyaare’ from ‘Katti Batti’) overshadowing Shankar! His voice is simply magical! However, Shankar shows his finesse in the high notes and aalaaps. Javed Akhtar’s lyrics are not excellent, but they’re good here. A song that doesn’t fit into the album, but even if I judge it without knowing that, a song with a very underwhelming composition for a Punjabi folk song! The only great thing here is the arrangements, AGAIN!


♪ Extra Song – released by T-Series

9. Rock On (Revisited)
Singers ~ Farhan Akhtar & Shraddha Kapoor

Since the first album was on the T-Series music label, of course T-Series retains the rights for the remake to the title song, and so this track released separately later on. This could well have been the first promotional song of the album, but the makers chose ‘Jaago’ instead. On a whole, the overall sound of both the songs is the same, and the electric guitar riff that is the USP of the original song, gets a makeover here. It was broken down like staccato in the original song, whereas here, it is a complete, flowing guitar piece. I liked the change, it sounds fresh. The new composition is good too, especially the mukhda, which instantly drew me into the song. The hookline is already a favourite of the nation, and I can’t really comment anything else on that, as it is wonderful. The antara is beautifully composed as well, and continues the original hookline, not to mention supports it, well. The arrangements are, as in the rest of the album, electrifying. The electric guitars and drums (Darshan Doshi) yet again, provide the awesome rock feel to the song, without making it too boring. Again, a nice guitar solo graces the interlude. The vocals though, is where the song could’ve been a bit (a lot???) better. Farhan sings well, and I can’t really say much since he sang the original song, but I couldn’t help feeling that after the “Zindagi milegi na dobaraaa”, he sounds as of a ghost has suddenly possessed him or he is suffering from a sudden chill. I don’t know..! Shraddha has sung her parts very flatly, and it could’ve been way better. Well, yes, it kind of brought the raw feel to the song, but I would’ve enjoyed it if it were technically right as well. Javed Akhtar’s lyrics suit the youthful craze of the song, and will do well. A good revamp of the title song, and I really can’t expect more than this for this remake, so it is a #5StarHotelSong!!

Rock On 2 is a very underwhelming album. I started listening to it with a lot of hopes, thinking Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy would repeat the magic of the first album, and also because of their recent release, ‘Mirzya’, which was beauuuutiful. However, the trio seems to have delivered some quite stale songs. When an album I expected so much out of, disappoints in this way, I start doubting myself. 😬 The songs really fail to strike that chord, barring a few of them. The others rely on gags like a repeating guitar riff to propel them forwards. On a brighter note, a thing I noticed about the album is how Shraddha’s songs (except the title track) are mostly the mellow, sobre and melancholic types, while Farhan’s are the upbeat ones. Maybe it has something to do with Shraddha’s character in the movie, who isn’t allowed to explore herself as a musician owing to her parents’ restrictions. But I noticed that and found it worthy to be pointed out. Also noticed that Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy seem to be struggling with modern-day and normal-life-movies albums after their comeback. ‘2 States’ and ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ being an exception, their other albums for rom-coms and other urban-themed movies have been underwhelming, like ‘Katti Batti’, ‘One By Two’, and ‘Ghayal Once Again’, and now this. On the other hand, they composed awesome music for period films and films with a different theme. So I guess that that has become their weak point over the years. Anyway, when such a talented trio disappoints you can’t really do anything (because you know it is not going to happen again and again) but wait for their next album in the hope of it being better than the last! Rock mode is definitely ‘off’ for this one!


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: Tere Mere Dil > Udja Re > Manzar Naya > Rock On (Revisited) > Jaago > Woh Jahaan > Ishq Mastana > Hoi Kiw / Chalo Chalo > You Know What I Mean


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BAAGHI?? I DON’T THINK SO!!! (BAAGHI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Amaal Mallik, Manj Musik, Ankit Tiwari & Meet Bros
♪ Lyrics by: Sanjeev Chaturvedi, Raftaar, Sabbir Khan, Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay, Kumaar, Roach Killa & Meet Bros
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 29th March 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 29th April 2016

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Baaghi Album Cover


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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE

Baaghi is an upcoming Bollywood action / romantic film starring Shraddha Kapoor Tiger Shroff in the lead roles and Badminton player + Telugu actor Sudheer Babu in a negative role, marking his Hindi film debut. The film has been directed by ‘Kambakkht Ishq’ and ‘Heropanti’ fame Sabbir Khan, and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. Tiger’s first movie was also directed by the same person, produced by the same person, but ‘Heropanti’ and ‘Baaghi’ have only one person in common in the music credits, and that is Manj Musik, with one song. This album, too, follows the trend that is being liked by one and all nowadays, which is the multi-composer trend. T-Series’ hot favourite, Amaal Mallik, also composes a song, and so does Ankit Tiwari. However, Meet Bros. get the maximum number of songs (that’s just two 😛 ). Manj, last heard in ‘Singh Is Bliing’, where he composed some great songs, is expected to give great songs again. I expect Amaal to come up with another attractive and unforgettable song, and Ankit, I can’t really say what I expect, because I’m not sure if I even expect anything! Meet Bros though, stunned me with their latest ‘Ki & Ka’, so I’m awaiting some catchy songs from them in this too! 🙂 So read on to see exactly how much my expectations got fulfilled!

1. Sab Tera

Singers ~ Armaan Malik & Shraddha Kapoor, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Sanjeev Chaturvedi

First up, we get Amaal’s song. It starts with a soft and soothing piano piece, followed by the same tune played on a synthesizer. Armaan’s clear and mellifluous voice starts off with the actual words of the song, and there itself, it hooks you. Shraddha follows and tries her best to sing beautifully. Though she sounds off-note at some places and too high at others, being an actress, her singing is really commendable, if not technically perfect. Armaan and Shraddha do make a great pair and complement each other very well, making it easy for us to lean back and enjoy the song. Amaal’s composition is very calm and soothing, and he relies on a traditional-sounding Indian-ish tune to take the song forward, and it works really good. Right from the mukhda, to the hookline, to the antara, the song’s tune smells strongly of India. 😀 And Amaal’s songs almost always take forward the Indian culture through their composition and music. In this song, the arrangements are blissful, and again, totally Indian! He has done all he could to make the song sound totally and wholly Indian. Here, we have various percussion sounds that are probably electronic, but sound like a dafli, again giving the Indian feel. Guitars predominantly support the composition and seem to be the main instruments in the song. They’re just too beautiful! Sanjeev’s lyrics are the typical Bollywood romantic lyrics you hear everyday, but thanks to Amaal’s magic with the composition, they’ve been elevated to a totally different level! A feel-good romantic track to start the album off with! Not one of Amaal’s best, but, in this album, it is a #5StarHotelSong!!


2. Let’s Talk About Love
Singers ~ Neha Kakkar, Raftaar & Manj Musik, Music by ~ Manj Musik, Lyrics by ~ Raftaar & Manj Musik

The next song is brought to us by Manj Musik, who had a fun time giving us two great songs in ‘Singh Is Bliing’ last year, an atrocious one in ‘Gabbar Is Back’, and then one good and one bad song in ‘Heropanti’, last to last year. :p So I’m really doubtful about what he has in store now! The song follows the retro template, trying to imitate songs like ‘Jabse Mere Dil Ko Uff’ (Teri Meri Kahaani) and ‘Gustaakh Dil’ (Dil Maange More), but ending up to be nothing like them. It doesn’t even reach their level. The brass instruments — trumpets, trombones, the drums, rock guitars make for a great retro rock-n-roll ambience, but the other aspects of the song totally spoil the great arrangements. Neha Kakkar and Raftaar are not apt singers for this genre at all, and neither do they suit in this song. The composition is decent, and maybe I think it’s only decent, just because the singers haven’t done a good job at presenting it to us. Maybe if they had sung better, I would’ve found the composition better! 😀 Another problem is the programming. The trumpets and guitars are so loud, that the singers’ voices can be heard without understanding head nor tail of what they’re trying to say. (Anyways, the lyrics — Raftaar & Sabbir Khan — might not even be so meaningful for us to care about what they actually ARE! 😛 ) Another thing I’d like to point out is the “GREAT” pronunciation of Raftaar. The word “love” is pronounced just as it’s spelled — instead of saying ‘luvv’! Neha sounds good, but somebody else would definitely be there, who would’ve done even better! The lyrics (at least the ones I was ‘lucky’ enough to decipher) are nothing great (e.g, ‘Tu Spiderman hai, Teri jaal mein Phasee gaya chhokra”), they’re the usual Bollywood lyrics where a boy tries to impress the girl, and the girl remains unimpressed and ignorant until the last ten-twenty seconds of the song, when she suddenly develops a liking for him. Out of the blue. Yup. All I can say is that the song shouldn’t be skipped, but shouldn’t be heard with great expectations either!


3. Cham Cham
Singers ~ Monali Thakur & Meet Bros, Music by ~ Meet Bros, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Rap by ~ Meet Bros

You all know I was impressed by Meet Bros’ work in ‘Ki & Ka’, and now they’re back with ‘Baaghi’. They bring their first song, collaborating with Monali Thakur, who had sung for them in ‘Dhol Baaje’ (Ek Paheli Leela). She had done an unbelievable job back then, a year ago, and this time too, she is expected to rock it, what with her receiving the National Award for ‘Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’ (Dum Laga Ke Haisha) and all. 😀 The song starts off with a nadaswaram as if waking everyone up at dawn, from a sound sleep. Monali joins in with the ‘cham cham cham’ accompanied by bells ringing rhythmically. As expected, Monali does an overwhelming job, this time, changing her voice texture to make it a bit harsh and rustic, as opposed to her regular soft and sooth voice texture. Meet Bros only come to rap once in the first interlude, and the rap isn’t actually a typical ‘rap’, but just some English lines in an otherwise totally Hindi song. The composition by Meet Bros is really engaging, a celebratory tune, and extremely refreshing. Both the antaras have a different tune, both equally catchy, innovative and beautiful. It just refreshes your mind for a short period of time, and this is how it tempts you to hear it once more. Arrangements are truly fantastic here in this song, with a blend of South Indian elements in a garba-style rhythm. The temple bells give a pure and sacred feel to the song. Other digital elements enhance the song too. Towards the end, the song breaks into total garba mode, with a whole tempo change too. The lyrics are, again, nothing great, but again, they’re enhanced by beautiful singing, composition, and beautiful arrangements around them. The English lyrics by Meet Bros sound weird though… Still pondering over how exactly raindrops can ‘bounce’!!! A celebratory song that has the power to get you up on your feet and dance! Pretty much PERFECT in all departments, a little less in the lyrics one though! #5StarHotelSong!!


4. Agar Tu Hota
Singer ~ Ankit Tiwari, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Ankit Tiwari  (😜)  Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay 

Ankit Tiwari arrives next to offer his song. His last song, ‘Alfazon Ki Tarah’ (Rocky Handsome), though being very similar to all his other songs, impressed me to a pretty good extent, and so I was open to hear this one too. 😀 And it isn’t really bad either! It starts off with piano and electric guitars in that trademark Pritam style, which he had used in ‘Mere Bina’ (Crook) and ‘Yaariyan’ (Cocktail) and also ‘Kabira’ (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani), and which Amaal Mallik had also used in ‘Naina’ (Khoobsurat). Though the guitars were very captivating, the mukhda which follows is really captivating too, because it isn’t at all composed like Ankit’s usual composition style. However, the magic spell is apparently broken somewhere between the end of the mukhda and the end of the song, because I found myself yawning (yes, literally!) before the song ended. It was probably the repetitive guitar arrangements that helped me to get so sleepy. This time, Ankit hasn’t composed a sleepy song which is really slow-paced. The song is considerably full-of-life, if compared with his previous songs like ‘Tu Hai Ki Nahi’ (Roy), ‘Dil Darbadar’ (PK), ‘Tu Mere Paas’ (Wazir), ‘Tu Jo Hain’, ‘Saad Shukrana’ (Mr. X) and the list goes on and on..! His voice also sounds natural in this song, surprisingly devoid of that irritating autotuning, or maybe it has been reduced, and I’m glad that he sounds great anyways. 🙂 The lyrics are pretty good, but here it is exactly the opposite of what happened in the other songs, where the lyrics fell short of the composition’s beauty. Here, the lyrics overpower the composition. Abhendra has written really commendable lyrics, which must be heard. On a whole, a decent affair. Lyrics are a must-hear, while arrangements are livelier than the other Ankit songs. What spoils it is that somewhere in the song, listeners are bound to lose interest, which indirectly means that it would’ve been better had the song been shorter! Otherwise, an applause-worthy attempt by Ankit!


5. Girl I Need You
Singers ~ Roach Killa, Arijit Singh, Khushboo Grewal & Meet Bros, Backing Vocals ~ Uddipan Sharma, Music by ~ Meet Bros, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Soothing piano notes start off the last song in the album, with amazing vocal supplementary rhythms. All this is just a sneak peek of what’s to come. It cools you down for the time being, but as soon as Arijit kicks in, you can’t help but relax and pay attention to nothing else but the song. You just completely submit to the song. This happens because of two things — first of all, Arijit’s voice has a really magical impact on you and secondly, Meet Bros’ composition is unmatchable! It just lets you drown in the song. The mukhda by Arijit seamlessly makes way for Roach Killa’s hookline, and he totally takes away the show! It’s his part that give you the most goosebumps! His seemingly breathless Hindi rap lines after the hookline reminded me of Shreya Ghoshal’s similar part in ‘Tere Naina’ (Chandni Chowk To China) Khushboo gets some beautiful lines to sing in each antara, and she carries them out with perfection. It is interesting how Arijit doesn’t actually become the leading vocalist in the song, being supported by two others, who give a great competition to him, sometimes even overpowering him! Especially Roach Killa! Meet Bros’ programming on Khushboo’s voice, is awesome, making it double and all, making it sound even more magical. Meet Bros’ composition is one-of-a-kind, a blend of a traditional Indian tune with a totally western complement. Arijit’s parts sound totally Indian, while Roach Killa’s sound totally Western, and Khushboo’s somewhere in the middle. Arijit gets two awesome lines right before the antara ends, which really sound cute! And what’s more, the song has been decorated by amazing arrangements, like flute (Naveen Kumar) and tablas and whatnot. The guitars (Pawan Rasaily) are great and play an important part in making the song what it is, beautifully unique. There is a breathtaking flute solo in the second interlude, which is worth dying for! Meet Bros have graced the composition with great beats, so much so that it almost starts resembling English pop songs in general, but then the oriental instruments like the flute (the way it’s played here) and the tabla, are what keep is from drifting off towards the West, and bring us back to India! Lyrics by Kumaar are beautiful too, or it must be the composition which makes them sound so good. Even the rap parts by Roach Killa are outstanding. Never have I praised Meet Bros so much, not even before their split from Anjjan and not even after. So, all it proves is that this song is the BEST from them out of all of their previous works! Great arrangements, beautiful composition, awesome vocals (and also, not relying on solely Arijit to take forth the song) give the song a unique touch!! The best of Meet Bros, the best of the album, and one of the best songs of the year till now! Also, a trendsetter for Meet Bros and the whole of Bollywood!! Waiting for more like this from Meet Bros! Definitely a #5StarHotelSong!!

Baaghi is definitely a mixed bag album. On one side, Amaal, as always, doesn’t disappoint and gives a soothing romantic melody, while on the other side Manj Musik fails miserably to create a catchy upbeat dance track. Where Ankit gives commendable stuff, stepping out of his comfort zone, Meet Bros score great with both of their songs! So I can’t really call any song bad as such, as each of them has their own strong parts. It is Meet Bros who take away the prize though, with one song that’s really good, and another that’s an example for all the other composers! Meet Bros continue to be on fire….!!! Along with Amaal, they make sure that this album isn’t as much a ‘baaghi’ (rebellious) as its title suggests!! 🙂


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: Girl I Need You > Cham Cham > Sab Tera > Agar Tu Hota > Let’s Talk About Love


Which is your favourite song from Baaghi? Please vote for the same below! 🙂 Thanks!


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Music Album Details:-
♪ Music by:- Vishal Bharadwaj
♪ Lyrics by:- Gulzar & Faiz Ahmed Faiz
♪ Music Label:- UTV/Junglee Music/Times Music
♪ Music Released On:- 12th September 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 2nd October 2014

Haider Album Cover

Haider Album Cover


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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE

Haider is an upcoming Bollywood drama film, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. The film is produced by Vishal Bhardwaj and Siddharth Roy Kapur and it stars Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Tabu, Irrfan Khan and Kay Kay Menon in prominent roles. After making modern-day adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays ‘Macbeth’ (Maqbool) and ‘Othello’ (Omkara), Vishal is all set to complete his Shakespeare trilogy with this film, ‘Haider’ which is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ and it is set in Kashmir. The music has been composed by Vishal himself, who mostly composes only for his self-directed movies nowadays, with some exceptions here and there. This year he already gave us one stellar album in the form of ‘Dedh Ishqiya’, and so expectations from this album were naturally massive. Some or the other influences from Kashmiri folk music also are expected, as Vishal usually showcases the folk music of the part of the world in which his film is set. So, without wasting anymore precious time, let’s see what I think about this latest album, ‘Haider’!

1. Aao Na:- Singer ~ Vishal Dadlani, Lyrics by ~ Gulzar

The first song of the album, which is already on the tips of everyone’s tongue nowadays wherever you go, is a perfect opener to the album. After ‘Dhan Te Nan’ (Kaminey), both the Vishals come together once again to create a rocking track. The heavy rock template, which I normally hate like anything in normal Bollywood music, has been used so wonderfully here by Vishal Bharadwaj, that you would instantly fall in love with it! The energy level has been kept on the highest possible degree, thanks to the electric guitars which are played in a very attractive way and tune and also the drums supporting them. The clinking sounds like that of a spoon on a glass are noticeable throughout the song. A kind of microphone feedback effect has been very smartly added by Bharadwaj, to give the effect as if it’s a live rock concert! The tune which he has composed is also very attractive, actually addictive! This addictiveness of the song is the best part of it, because it can turn even Rock music haters (as me) into Rock maniacs, at least for the four odd minutes for which it plays! So I’ve spoken about the first Vishal, now time to talk about the man who has lent his powerful voice to the song, i.e, Vishal Dadlani. This man’s energy is always a topic of speculation. One wonders how he can produce such a powerful voice and manage to attract listeners to it each time! His voice takes this composition to a degree of energy which might not even be on the scale! 😛 Whether he’s singing softly, or loudly, the same amount of energy can be noticed! Kudos to him! The hookline comes to life thanks only to him, and if it were anybody other than him, the required energy definitely would never have reached the listeners. Gulzar has written dark, but great lyrics! ‘Hamlet’ has some references to gravediggers, so keeping that in mind, if one hears this song, paying close attention to the lyrics, it would sound very very spooky and creepy, but Gulzar has very well incorporated this aspect into the lyrics. Great in all aspects, and Vishal-Vishal combo again deliver a must-listen energetic track! #5StarHotelSong! 


2. Bismil:- Singer ~ Sukhwinder Singh, Lyrics by ~ Gulzar

Catchy Rabaab plucks grab your attention right at the starting of the song. Instantly, we get to know that we will get a glimpse of Kashmiri folk music in this song. Sukhwinder Singh, a regular on every Vishal Bharadwaj album, gets to croon this story-through-song type of track. His voice texture is perfect for this folksy track. He delivers it with the right amount of expressions and energy. He has done variations in each and every line, thanks to his unique voice texture, and that keeps the listeners at attention, and makes sure they don’t get bored at even a single moment in the song. The lyrics have been written to narrate a story, so you’re missing out if you haven’t paid attention to the lyrics in this song. The character is telling the audience everything which he has discovered, but in code language. The whole story has been beautifully crafted into a poetic manner by Gulzar, and he has done it so brilliantly! If you listen very carefully, you’ll be able to understand the story too. Decorative Urdu words have been used, making it sound very royal. The composition by Vishal is just too awesome to explain in words. It takes abrupt turns many times, and each time a new ambience is created. The song starts with a happy feeling, and ends in a mysterious, angry, vengeful mood. The Kashmiri folk music has also been beautifully used in the song, with rabaabs leading in most of the song, and awesome percussion as well, which gives a slight Russian feel as well, if I’m not mistaken. Towards the end, a grand orchestration has been done, complete with violins played in a fast manner. When the song ends, you might feel like you have missed a lot of what was happening, because that’s true! So many things happen at once in the song, that it is very tough to notice all of them. However, the only cure for this would be to listen to it again! And again! And again! Stories get an entirely new definition from now on! A track invoking interest in each second! #5StarHotelSong!!


3. Khul Kabhi:- Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Lyrics by ~ Gulzar

If there was any established composer whom I was looking forward to employ Arijit Singh, it had to be Vishal Bharadwaj. His unique style of music and Arijit’s voice yet had to create magic together. And my wish has come true in this album. Vishal has composed one of his typical, retro style melodies like that of ‘Zabaan Jale Hai’ from ‘Dedh Ishqiya’ and has wonderfully garnered the beautiful composition with Arijit’s voice. Arijit has not at all left any stone unturned in order to make the song sound beautiful. Previously, he has sung so many romantic songs, which people have loved, but they were all the same type. ‘Tum Hi Ho’, ‘Suno Na Sangemarmar’, ‘Muskurane’, all had that Bhatt feel to them, and it is very refreshing to hear him in a new kind of melody, which is typical only to VB, and which we barely get to hear regularly unlike those other romantic songs. Anyways, he has sung it so flawlessly, as though this song were made for him. Gulzar’s lyrics are romantic and go with the slow pace of the song. Beautiful arrangements have been done by Vishal too, with the violins making it sound grand here too. Of course, guitar can also be witnessed throughout the song. The sound of a shehnai at the start gets you ready for more pleasant surprises which the song has in store for you. The tune, as I said, is very unconventional and will need some time to grow on you, but when it fully grows on you, it will sound awesome and very addictive. The tune of the antara deserves a special mention for such an unusual but catchy tune! An intelligently composed and intelligently written song, with the great vocals of Arijit! What more could you ask for? #5StarHotelSong!! 


4. Gulon Mein Rang Bhare:- Singer ~ Arijit Singh, New Lyrics by ~ Gulzar, Original Lyrics by ~ Faiz Ahmed Faiz

This song is a ghazal , written by Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Gulzar has written some new lyrics, with which Arijit starts the song. Vishal has given a pure guitar background to this ghazal, so that it would cater to the modern listeners, while at the same time, retaining the richness in the composition, and keeping it calm and soothing. Arijit has sung it with utter innocence, and has done justice to the ghazal. After Mehdi Hasan, Jagjit Singh, Mohit Chauhan and K.K., it is time for Arijit Singh to croon this beautiful one. Though it isn’t the first time he has sung such a song (‘Phir Le Aaya Dil’ from ‘Barfi!’) it can still be said that it is yet another side of him. Vishal has given a small drum buildup to the hookline, which makes it sound even more beautiful. The arrangements have been kept soft, and they give a calm effect to the song. The tune is the same as the original, which I heard after hearing this version. Of course, the ambience created by this version can never match up to the level of the original, but if you are hearing it for the first time, it still sounds mind-blowing, so you know that nothing is wrong with this version either. I had wished for one song with Arijit and Vishal Bharadwaj together, and I got two in the same album! Both of them have been sung extremely well by the talented guy! The tinge of innocence in Arijit’s voice is the only thing it will need for you to fall in love with this song!! #5StarHotelSong!!


5. Ek Aur Bismil:- Singer ~ Sukhwinder Singh, Lyrics by ~ Gulzar

After the highly catchy and interesting ‘Bismil’, I was very excited when I saw the name of this track, because I was expecting something hatke from the original, as we saw in ‘Darling’ and ‘Doosri Darling’ from ‘7 Khoon Maaf’. And was I let down? Not at all! The catchiness gets more in this version! Vishal has given it an Arabic touch and it also sounds like Caribbean music in some places. Horns have been used almost everywhere, and they give that Caribbean flavour to the song. The percussion, on the other hand, gives a very Arabian feeling. There are strings used as well, which are interspersed throughout the song at places. I was definitely expecting something very upbeat, but who knew it would be so groovy and so catchy?! The whole mood of the song is energetic, vibrant and groovy, which you would never have expected after hearing the original, which had some shady moods as well. Sukhwinder has done variations even on the variations he took in the original! 😀 Again, his voice suits the Arabic-ness of the composition. There is a new antara by Gulzar in this one, and it has a different tune too! That one was for the theaters, this ones for the clubs! #5StarHotelSong!!


6. Jhelum:- Singer ~ Vishal Bharadwaj, Lyrics by ~ Gulzar

The sound of water rushing welcomes you to this track, and then a heavenly santoor portion makes you feel at home listening to the track. It is another typical Vishal Bharadwaj melody, which reminded me of ‘Badal Uthiya’ from ‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ki Mandola’, and just like that song, it has won me over! Jhelum is a river in Kashmir, and Gulzar has written the lyrics very beautifully. The orchestration in this song has been done wonderfully. The violins play a very important part in carrying forward the song, and the before I mentioned santoor constantly haunts with its part. The guitar solo in one of the interludes is beautiful. Vishal sings in an earthy tone, and the haunting melody he has composed is perfect for his voice. The climax of the song is at the peak of grandeur, with violins backed by ferocious percussion, and Vishal singing in a very dynamic manner, giving the feel of a Western live orchestra. The haunting melody seems to end too quickly, even though it is pretty decent in duration. It kind of reminded me of two of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film’s songs, one being ‘Tadap Tadap Ke’ from ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ and the other is ‘Ang Laga De’ from ‘Ram-Leela’. The ghostly ambience created by this song is similar to that created by these two songs. Instantly lovable haunting melody which will leave you covered with goosebumps! Hats-off to Vishal for creating this! #5StarHotelSong!!


7. So Jao:- Singers ~ Alaap Majgavkar, Sourabh Joshi, Mayukh Sarkar, Muzamil Bhawani, Bashir Bhawani, Bashir Lone, Lyrics by ~ Gulzar

The first song of the album gets a makeover in this song. While ‘Bismil’ got more of a Western twist, this one here was already a Western-style composition, so it gets a folk twist. Yes, ‘Aao Na’ in a folk twist!! The singers are all Kashmiri folk singers, who I don’t know a thing about. The song starts with the sound of digging — this track is most probably going to be the only version in the movie, so it must be picturized on gravediggers — anyways, the sound effect has been done so realistically, it actually feels as if the people are digging in your ears. 😂 Then the lead voice starts and you might laugh at first, but later you get to know, that they are singing awesome! It’s their style of ‘rocking’ it, as we say! This version definitely has more of the haunting effect, all with the spooky lyrics and the melody too. Oud has been used here, and it sounds great. The track is short and lasts for a short time, but it definitely creeps you out! Whatever it was supposed to do it does that! Definitely try this one! You are not to miss it! #5StarHotelSong!!


8. Do Jahaan:- Singers ~ Suresh Wadkar & Shraddha Kapoor, Lyrics by ~ Gulzar

This one starts with some guitar strums, and then some rattling noises, followed by Suresh Wadkar’s nasal, but very melodious voice. He welcomes you to this composition so warmly, that you can’t help but to love it instantly. Shraddha sings for the second time after ‘Galliyan (Unplugged)’ in ‘Ek Villain’, and here she has some Kashmiri folk lines to croon. She does so, with much calmness and serenity in her voice, which sounds the same as it did in ‘Galliyan’, so I guess that is how she sings, and her voice when she talks just sounds miles apart from her singing voice. The composition is a lullaby-like melody, fully cloaked in tranquility. The lyrics by Gulzar are good, too. The guitars have been played throughout the song by Vishal, and so have the tablas and the shakers. The guitar interlude is wonderful. If there is any fault in the song, it just has to be that after a point, it can be that the tune has nothing new to offer, but is still enjoyable nevertheless. Otherwise, a cute and soothing, enjoyable, feel-good melody! #5StarHotelSong!!


9. Aaj Ke Naam:- Singer ~ Rekha Bharadwaj, Lyrics by ~ Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Another piece of writing by Faiz Ahmed Faiz, is featured in this album. There is always a song sung by Rekha Bharadwaj in a Vishal Bharadwaj album, and this time, she has got a beautiful nazm to sing. The background has been kept soft, with piano there at the start, then tablas dominating for a major part, and then again, piano coming into dominance. Vishal has composed the song wonderfully, and the musical arrangements really help to give some mental peace. Rekha’s unique voice suits the composition very well, and she takes the nazm to a whole new level. You would feel as if you are sitting at a tabla baithak in Lucknow, the tabla has been played so beautifully. The song is part of a long poem ‘Intesaab’ written by Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Vishal has adapted it quite beautifully here. 🙂 It is about the different roles a women plays in a single lifetime. This song is probably one of the most peaceful songs I’ve heard in recent times! If you want mental peace, then this song is for you! It is a must-listen!! The album ends with a #5StarHotelSong!!!

Haider is that type of album that will leave you speechless after you are done listening to it. All the songs have some particular intriguing element to them, and none of them disappoint, not even a single second of any of the songs leaves you bored. Vishal Bharadwaj has given nine gems of songs, let’s call it the Navratna! What’s more, the album is full of variety! The songs are a mix of groovy, calm, sad, romantic, intense and beautiful songs, all of them standing out amongst other nonsense, garbage songs of current times. Whether you are old, young or just born, you are sure to LOVE this album! Vishal Bharadwaj has outdone himself, and he has created a splendorous, stellar soundtrack! Definitely an album which might stay behind in the race on the music charts, but will win the races on people’s iPod playlists! A must-listen album, which is highly recommended for ALL!


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 Haider? Please vote for it below!


Next “dish”:- Bang Bang, Chefs:- Vishal-Shekhar


Album Details:-

♪ Music by:- Mithoon, Ankit Tiwari & Soch – The Band (Adnan Dhool & Rabbi Ahmed)
♪ Lyrics by:- Manoj Muntashir, Mithoon & Soch – The Band (Adnan Dhool & Rabbi Ahmed)
♪ Music Label:- T-Series
♪ Music Released On:- 28th May 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 27th June 2014

Ek Villain Album Cover

Ek Villain Album Cover


To hear the full songs of Ek Villain on Saavn CLICK HERE

To buy the songs of Ek Villain on iTunes CLICK HERE


Ek Villain is an upcoming and highly awaited romantic thriller film, which is directed by Mohit Suri and produced by Ekta Kapoor. It stars Sidharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh in the lead roles, and since the day the teaser released, everyone has been waiting eagerly for the film, mostly because of the suspense which the teaser and the trailer carry. There were huge expectations from the music of this film, because, first of all, it is a Mohit Suri directorial venture, and his films are known for their super hit music. ‘Zeher’, ‘Awarapan’, ‘Raaz 2’, ‘Murder 2’, ‘Crook’, all of these were very strong in terms of music. And of course how can we forget the latest (and the hugest) ‘Aashiqui 2’?! All of his films have had awesome music, and the same was expected from this one too. Secondly, since the soundtrack is on T-Series, it is safe to expect some mind-blowing tunes. Leave it up to Bhushan Kumar to choose some great melodies. And last but not the least, the music composers of this film, who are Mithoon, Ankit Tiwari and Soch the Band (consisting of Adnan Dhool and Rabbi Ahmed), have added up to the great excitement about this album. So let’s see if the country (or the world, for that matter) can be satisfied with the music of ‘Ek Villain’.

1. Galliyan:- Singers ~ Ankit Tiwari (Original Version), Shraddha Kapoor, Ankit Tiwari (Unplugged Version), Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

The album kicks off with this melodious song composed and sung by Ankit Tiwari. It has already gained immense popularity and is on every single one of the music charts. By this only we get to know how good the song is. It starts with a sound which sounds like some wind instrument, which sounds very magical. After that the violin starts followed by Ankit’s highly autotuned voice (which is to some, an irritation and to some a pleasant experiment). I think it is a nice experiment, but in some places, it seems overdone and irritates a bit. The arrangements are fantabulous, with beautiful use of each and every instrument which has been used. The flute and electric guitar deserves a special mention, both having been placed at a perfect spot in the song. The lyrics by Manoj Muntashir, who has written songs for films like ‘Tere Mere Phere’ and ‘Love U…Mr. Kalakaar’ and most recently, Shreya Ghoshal’s ghazal album ‘Humnasheen’, are very nice, sweet and though they are complicated, they fit perfectly with the music. In the unplugged version, we witness Shraddha Kapoor singing as if she is a trained singer. She has performed very well in her Bollywood singing debut. She, being a non-singer also, has carried the song on her shoulders supported by guitars, and after the second interlude, by Ankit too. He is not sounding that good here and I would have preferred the whole song to be sung by Shraddha only. Nevertheless, this song is clearly a winner, and it deserves to be a #5StarHotelSong no matter what!


2. Banjaara:- Singer ~ Mohammed Irfan, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Mithoon

Mohammed Irfan is undoubtedly the person each music composer will want to have one of their songs sung by after the Arijit craze is over (which I doubt will ever happen, but still! 😜) His voice is so magical that everyone unknowingly starts liking it! After ‘Baarish’, Mithoon (his mentor) takes us for another magical musical journey with him. The tune and composition is very, very similar to that of ‘Baarish’ itself, and it seems deliberate. Even the tempo of the song is the same as that of ‘Baarish’. Even though this is a major drawback of the song, there are more good things than drawbacks, so let’s talk about those! Mithoon has probably written the best lyrics he has ever written, and has given them a beautiful tune, even though it is recycled from another song of his, but still wonderful! Mohammed has rendered the song with utter brilliance and flawlessness. The arrangements have made me speechless! What graceful arrangements! In this song, Mithoon has used harmonium as the main instrument to create a wonderful Sufi feel. The piano piece at the starting, followed by Mohammed Irfan’s lines, sound awesome! Mohammed Irfan has perfect diction too! Nowhere does he pronounce anything weirdly or wrongly! Great arrangements, awesome lyrics and fantastic vocals makes this song pleasant to hear! #5StarHotelSong!


3. Zaroorat:- Singer ~ Mustafa Zahid, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Mithoon

This song is weird. Sometimes it seems like a great song, and at other times it seems like the same old type of Bollywood tracks which used to come about seven or eight years back. Mithoon has composed the song in the typical old style in which he used to compose when he was new to the industry. The guitars play an important role in the song. The lyrics are good but not exceptional. At some places, I felt like some of the words weren’t fitting in with the tune. The weird part is that I found out that when I was singing it, I discovered how much I liked the tune, and when I played it, it again became a bit monotonous and boring. Maybe because of the singer. He no doubt sings good, but there is something that nags me in his style of singing, and I don’t know what. The second antara sounds great. The other parts of the song are also awesome, but unfortunately, the song has nothing new to offer, with the same old Mithoon sound. A song for which I have drastically contrasting views at every other moment. Great tune, however, so give it a listen!


4. Awari:- Singers ~ Momina Mustehsan, Adnan Dhool, Music by ~ Soch The Band (Adnan Dhool & Rabbi Ahmed), Lyrics by ~ Adnan Dhool & Rabbi Ahmed

With this song, a promising Pakistani band called ‘Soch’ makes a huge debut in Bollywood. The have recreated their own song which was featured in ‘Nescafe Basement’, adding a female voice and some lines to it. The female voice is (what to say!!!) too good to say much about! The composition is brilliant. It is a haunting melody which you will not think much about at first, but as you listen it time and time again, it turns into such an addictive track, which you will start loving immensely! The newcomer Momina Mustehsan, a biomedical engineering student from Pakistan, has a very very promising voice as I said before, and I hope to hear her many more times in the future! After Kanika Kapoor of ‘Baby Doll’ fame, Bollywood has gotten another very talented female singer this year! Adnan Dhool also sounds good and resembles Kailash Kher a lot. The arrangements are also very stupefying! The reverse humming a few seconds into the song sounds awesome, and the finger snaps also sound great! When the real instruments kick in, you will be put into a trance! The duo has tried to make it interesting by adding a weird techno song in the first interlude. Well, it won’t interest you, but it will irritate you! Because it sounds like a pig which was an insect in its last birth. 😂😂 However, since it is quickly covered up by a wonderful sitar part, I am forgiving it. The antara has a beautiful tune also! Well, I can’t think of any faults in the song, it is near PERFECT except for the pig insect. 😁😁 Very impressive debut by Soch Band, and also immense thanks to them for introducing a great singer to the industry! No doubt that it is a  #5StarHotelSong!!


5. Humdard:- Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Mithoon

This song is the compulsory Arijit song in almost every movie and every T-Series album nowadays. No, seriously, it’s as if Arijit Singh is the new Kumar Sanu or Udit Narayan or something! Looks like he records at least five songs a day! However, the song is so beautiful, and melodious, that all those things can easily be forgotten! Though it bears a slight resemblance to Mithoon’s previous songs, ‘Shukr Tera’ and ‘Tum Hi Ho’ (a bit, I felt like that), it entertains, and serves its purpose, by giving people another romantic song by Arijit to drool over. Even though it is very nice in terms of tune and arrangement, which is mostly guitar, it does not have the potential to gain chartbuster status like ‘Tum Hi Ho’ or ‘Phir Mohabbat’. The antara has a happy-but-still-sad type of feel, and that, I loved a lot! Arijit’s rendering is awesome as usual. The lyrics by Mithoon are also perfect for the song. A good melody overall!


Ek Villain was one of the most awaited albums of the year, and it can undoubtedly be said that it has not disappointed at all. Mohit Suri has churned out nice melodious pieces from each of the composers and though they are not the best of those respective composers, they are still very beautiful songs. The excitement that had surrounded this album before release must have encouraged the composers to compose even better, resulting in a great final outcome, as the songs are being liked by a huge majority of the audience! Mithoon, who has the most number of songs (five) has not tried anything new, but has still delivered commendable stuff. Soch The Band has made a very promising debut in Bollywood with their song, and in doing so, have also given the industry a gem in the form of a new female vocalist, Momina Mustehsan. Ankit Tiwari, after showing us his versatility in ‘Samrat & Co.’, has returned to the genre by which he shot to fame, and delivers another beautiful gem of a song. This album has everything which it needs, and has not disappointed the ones who were eagerly waiting for it. A nice album with a few drawbacks here and there, but nonetheless very melodious and that has worked in its favour!


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

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