MULTICOMPOSERS KI KHATTI-MEETHI BARFI!! (BAREILLY KI BARFI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Tanishk Bagchi, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Tanishk-Vayu, Samira Koppikar & Sameer Uddin
♪ Lyrics by: Shabbir Ahmed, Pravesh Mallick, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Tanishk-Vayu, Puneet Sharma & Akshay Verma
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 11th August 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 18th August 2017

Bareilly Ki Barfi Album Cover

 

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Bareilly Ki Barfi is an upcoming Bollywood rom-com, starring Kriti Sanon, Ayushmann Khurrana, and Rajkummar Rao in lead roles. The film is directed by ‘Nil Battey Sannata’ fame Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, and produced by Nitesh Tiwari and Shreyas Jain. The movie revolves around the Mishra family, who are in search for a suitable groom for their daughter, played by Sanon. The complexities and pressure of getting married is too much for Bitti, Sanon’s character, and she decides to run away. On the run, she finds a book, ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ at the train station, and picks it up, only to realise that the female protagonist thinks a lot like her! Thus she embarks on a quest to look for this someone who thinks so much like her. The story seems very content-driven, but that’s not to stop it from having some good music; in fact, most content-driven films have better music than others! Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s first film, ‘Nil Battey Sannata’, had an awesome album completely composed by a newcomer duo, Rohan-Vinayak. This time, the makers go for the multicomposer route. Tanishk Bagchi, Tanishk-Vayu, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Samira Koppikar and Sameer Uddin are composing the music for this film. As I am expecting an overall good album, and since every name is a known name (even Sameer Uddin, who is the one who had done those remixes in ‘Bluffmaster’ long ago) I don’t think I need to say what I expect from each of them individually! So let’s help ourselves to this ‘Barfi’!


1. Sweety Tera Drama

Singers ~ Dev Negi, Pawni Pandey & Shraddha Pandit, Music by ~ Tanishk Bagchi, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed, Rap Written and Performed by ~ Pravesh Mallick

An aptly U.P. flavoured start to the album, the first song is a fun and upbeat dance number, along the lines of ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’s title song. Coincidentally, the man behind it is Tanishk, the composer of that song. The composition is very fun and enjoyable, and the composer has kept it relevantly short; such songs are least enjoyable if they ramble on for four minutes and longer. The shortness gives it a crisp feel, and leaves you wanting more. There is one mukhda and one antara, both composed entertainingly. The arrangements too resemble those of ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’ title song, with the dholaks (Naveen Sharma), harmoniums and bulbultarang (Pradip Pandit) and quirky digital beats. The star music is amazing, especially that sarangi bit by Sangeet, that is so easy to miss! Tanishk adds very fun sound effects like that rap by Pravesh Mallick, then a random but funny “Myujik” that just plays anytime. His digital instrumentation is fun as well. The song has been sung by three singers and the rapper. The rapper, as stated before, brings out the U.P. flavour very well, and begins on a promising note. Dev Negi is his usual fun self, while Pawni and Shraddha, the two female vocalists, with two lines each, make a difference even with the little scope! Shabbir Ahmed’s lyrics are fun too! A fun dance number that strives to be simple but sweet!

Rating: 4/5

 

2. Nazm Nazm / Nazm Nazm (feat. Ayushmann Khurrana) / Nazm Nazm (feat. Sumedha Karmahe)

Singers ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee / Ayushmann Khurrana / Sumedha Karmahe, Music by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Lyrics by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee

Arko steps forth to present his song, and as is the requisite whenever Arko composes for a multicomposer album nowadays, he gets to do the romantic song of the album. Well, since he is so good at making these, it seems logical. This song here, is yet another example of his romantic song composing skills. The composition is charming, but there is one small drawback, and that is that it takes a long time to grow. It consists of many twists and turns, and isn’t instantly hooking like most of his other songs. The second antara is particularly beautiful. The hookline manages to get the audience charmed. The lyrics though, are beautiful, and are another instance of how beautiful Arko himself writes!! The song appears in three versions, though, and one does feel that it is one too many. Arko doesn’t sing this song as well as he sang ‘Kaari Kaari’ (Dobaara), ‘Dariya’ (Baar Baar Dekho) or ‘Saathi Rey’ (Kapoor & Sons), and thus, his version comes across as slightly boring. The arrangements in this version also resemble ‘Tere Sang Yaara’ (Rustom) with those extra sugary Duff rhythms and synthesizer tune (Keys by Aditya Dev). It reduces the likability a bit. Ayushmann increases the ear-friendliness of the song with his trademark charming voice, and renders it with ease. His style of rounding the vowels makes the song sound so much like he has composed it himself. The variations he takes on many notes, which Arko had not, makes the song sound more layered. The arrangements too, get more Ayushmann-ish, with acoustic guitars (Krishna Pradhan), but the Arko-ness is retained with the amazing piano notes. Thankfully, the Duff rhythms are done away with. The last version happens to be a female version; a version I personally feel was least required. So Zee Music releases videos of singers singing covers of hit songs, and I almost know that this version will be used as that. Not to take it away from Sumedha though; she sings beautifully! Arko arranges this one with a soothing flute, but nothing else really stands out! A romantic song that features so many times, we have no choice but to love it!

Rating: 4/5 for Arko’s Version, 4.5/5 for Ayushmann’s Version, 3.5/5 for Sumedha’s Version

 

3. Twist Kamariya

Singers ~ Harshdeep Kaur, Yasser Desai, Tanishk Bagchi & Altamash, Music by ~ Tanishk-Vayu, Lyrics by ~ Tanishk-Vayu

The next song has Tanishk coming back together with his partner with which he debuted, Vayu. They keep coming back together occasionally, and it is quite fun. Though their last song ‘Beat It Bijuriya’ could’ve been better, this one is a real treat. The composition is very simple, and if it were not for the amazingly quirky beats and arrangements, the song would not have sounded half as good. Of course, a very templated dhol rhythm accompanies the song, but a very quirky digital sound also comes along with that and everything sounds so innovative. The interlude is amazing, with the dhols and shehnaai. Rock guitars are really electrifying in the antara. The hookline, the way it is sung, is so cool. The pause between ‘Twist’ and ‘Kamariya’ really makes the difference. Im probably hearing Harshdeep Kaur in this zany avatar for the first time. I mean, she has sung upbeat numbers, but not so crazily funny! Tanishk-Vayu’s lyrics are a clever mix of Bhojpuri and Hindi and English. A song that calls for loud whistles and cheers in the theatre! U.P. folk meets techno music!

Rating: 4/5

 

4. Bairaagi / Bairaagi (Samira Koppikar Version)

Singers ~ Arijit Singh / Samira Koppikar, Music by ~ Samira Koppikar,  Lyrics by ~ Puneet Sharma

Samira Koppikar, who really pleasantly surprised me with her song in ‘Dobaara’ earlier this year, jumps onto the album next, with a melancholic song that is sung by –obviously — Arijit! The song is good, I can’t take that away from it. But somewhere the composition evokes so many memories of previous Arijit songs that were composed on the same rock lounge-ish template. It actually sounds like a Pritam song when that beautiful backing chorus comes in, and that’s probably the best effect of the song. The composition too, is beautiful, and hits the heart straight. I just don’t think I would listen to it a lot. The vocals are, obviously spot-on. What can be expected when it is Arijit? Fortunately, there’s another version, possibly for the music lovers. Samira sings this one, and it starts with a heavenly chorus by her. She sings in beautifully, and is first of all supported by a wonderfully soothing folksy string instrument, evoking memories of ‘Sahiba’ (Phillauri). Later that Punjabi feel is increased, when a nice dholak-led rhythm sets in. This version is definitely better than Arijit’s. The lyrics by Puneet Sharma are aptly romantic and melancholic at the same time. The word ‘bairaag‘ is a word I don’t think I’ve heard in a Bollywood song after ‘Laal Ishq’ (Ram-Leela)! Beautiful song, but might not stay with me for long.

Rating: 3.5/5 for Arijit’s Version, 4/5 for Samira’s Version

 

5. Badass Babua

Singers ~ Abhishek Nailwal, Neha Bhasin & Sameer Uddin, Music by ~ Sameer Uddin, Lyrics by ~ Akshay Verma

A relatively newer addition to the album (as the composer Sameer Uddin wasn’t credited in the trailer or first poster of the film), this one is a funky “gangsta” song, probably made for Rajkummar’s character in the movie. The U.P. vagabond and rowdy feel is brought out with entertaining lyrics rendered with spunk by Abhishek Nailwal and the composer himself. The gangster feels are brought out by the rap, the techno beats and the overbearing sinister tone. The composition is catchy, but again, not a very lasting tune. The arrangements are more of what the song might be remembered for, if at all. The vocals are fine, and obviously the male singers have done an amazing job, or else, it wouldn’t have sounded so much like a gangster song full of attitude. Neha Bhasin is sidelined unfortunately, and reminds me of Ambili’s portions in ‘Hum Hain Bank Chor’ (Bank Chor). Entertaining, but not everlasting.

Rating: 3/5


Bareilly Ki Barfi is a relatively good multicomposer album. I think these days, the quality of multicomposer albums is definitely increasing, because makers now know the formula for it. You obviously need two upbeat numbers to increase the album’s hit status, and of course, a romantic song, a sad song (preferably by Arijit) and then a couple of versions. Zee seems to have mastered the formula, and they produce another album like ‘Behen Hogi Teri’, which is a mix of styles from different composers, yet comes together as a united album. With a mixed variety of songs, these multiple composers have come up with a nice, khatti-meethi Barfi!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 4 + 4 + 4.5 + 3.5 + 4 + 3.5 + 4 + 3 = 31

Album Percentage: 76.25%

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: Nazm Nazm (Ayushmann Khurrana) > Twist Kamariya = Sweety Tera Drama = Nazm Nazm = Bairaagi (Samira Koppikar) > Bairaagi = Nazm Nazm (Sumedha Karmahe) > Badass Babua

 

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BAHOT KUCH LOCHA HAI!! (KUCH KUCH LOCHA HAI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Ikka Singh, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Intense, Amjad-Nadeem, R. D. Burman, Dharam-Sandeep, Ali Quli Mirza & King
♪ Lyrics by: Ikka Singh, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Sameer Anjaan, Sanjeev Chaturvedi, Himank Kalal, Mani Soni, Amjad-Nadeem, Ali Quli Mirza & Javed Akhtar
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 24th April 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 8th May 2015

Kuch Kuch Locha Hai

Kuch Kuch Locha Hai

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Kuch Kuch Locha Hai is an upcoming Bollywood comedy film starring Sunny Leone, Ram Kapoor, Evelyn Sharma and Navdeep Chhabra. The film is directed by Devang Dholakia, and produced by Mukesh Purohit. Straight to the point. The music has been given by multiple composers (already I have a look of contempt on my face. :/  Ikka Singh, Intense, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Amjad-Nadeem, Dharam-Sandeep, Ali Quli Mirza and somebody who calls himself King. You saw the name of R.D. Burman only because one of his songs has been remade. Out of that list of composers, I’m only expecting something from Arko, and the others, well, nothing. The long list of lyricists (half of which are unknown to me) guarantees bad lyrics. So let’s see what the album of ‘Kuch Kuch Locha Hai’ offers to our ears.


1. Paani Wala Dance
Singers ~ Ikka Singh, Shraddha Pandit & Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Music by ~ Ikka Singh, Arko Pravo Mukherjee & Intense, Lyrics by ~ Ikka Singh & Arko Pravo Mukherjee

Nowadays, we have a trend of multi-composer albums. Well, this song is sure to set the trend of multi-composer SONGS into roll. And by that, I mean composers, who don’t work together (like Vishal-Shekhar, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy) but have come together for a single song in their careers. And these composers are Ikka Singh (remember? The chhora who dances in da club, peeke sharaab?), his partner Intense (the man with the irritating rap portions), and Arko Pravo Mukherjee (he’s good, I won’t complain about him 😛 ) Well, these three come together and make a poolside party song, which you can make out by the lyrics itself. Its similarity to ‘Sunny Sunny’ (Yaariyan) just works in favour of the song, with the same kind of techno beats with which it starts. The tune that all of these have made, does catch your attention, but only occasionally, more particularly, only in the female parts sung wonderfully by Shraddha. The other stuff, like the parts sung by Ikka and his ridiculous rap, are very irritating! Even the hookline, is something that will make you scrumch up your face in disgust. You can’t really make out what Arko has sung in this track, because he seems to have stayed in the shadows. Arrangements are pretty good for a party song, and good recording enhances the listening experience. Of only we had something worthwhile to listen to! :\ Lyrics… Let’s not start about that. They are utterly absurd and ridiculous. Take this for example: “Swimming pool mein nahaake tum aur bhi, namkeen ho gayi ho.” And what about this: “Baby you just like a fish, kisike haath na aaye!” So lyrics get an “F” grade. A song trying to ape ‘Sunny Sunny’ and ends up with a miserable fate. Hear it for Shraddha and the beats. Try to ignore Ikka, if it’s possible! (Which it isn’t, by the way!)

2. Daaru Peeke Dance
Singers ~ Neha Kakkar, Aishwarya Nigam & Ikka Singh, Music by ~ Amjad-Nadeem, Lyrics by ~ Sameer Anjaan

Here comes another dance, this time conceptualized by Amjad-Nadeem, cousins of established duo Sajid-Wajid. This duo has proven their expertise many times with romantic tracks, the latest being ‘Ek Mulakat’ from ‘Sonali Cable’, but here, they have gotten a dance track with some stupid name, so I doubt they will be able to do much good, given their history of upbeat tracks, where they have ruined whatever name they had created every single time they attempted one. So when we hear this song and discover that it’s nothing different from their other item-ish dance numbers, nobody is surprised. Neha Kakkar, the new Mamta Sharma it seems, sings in her usual high-pitched annoying style, and she steals Mamta’s partner for two songs, Aishwarya Nigam too, who tries very badly to imitate Mika, getting nowhere near doing so. Even if he would’ve succeeded to copy Mika, I wouldn’t have appreciated it at all. 😝 The composition has been laid on a foot-tapping dappankuthu rhythm, that is catchy enough to let you survive through the song for the first time. The arrangements make it sound better than it should. The techno beats help a lot to keep the listener engaged while the singers try to finish the song quick, before the listener gets bored with the arrangements and notices them doing stupid stuff. 😂 Ikka’s rap forced into the middle sounds disgusting, only because up till he hasn’t sung anything, the song was tolerable, but as soon as he enters, it becomes highly intolerable. Composition is average, but as I said, beats help you forget that, and the song ends before you can notice what stupidity you just heard. :\ Lyrics — Zero marks! Sameer Anjaan’s already bad quality of writing lyrics is just stooping lower and lower by the day. Amjad-Nadeem’s middling affair, to try to make a good and entertaining dance number. Well, they succeed only in the arrangements.

3. Aao Na
Singers ~ Ankit Tiwari, Shraddha Pandit & Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Original Composition By ~ R.D. Burman, Recreated by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Original Lyrics by ~ Javed Akhtar, New Lyrics by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee

The king of remakes, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, comes back after ‘The Shaukeens’, and here, he gets to remake an awesome old classic song originally composed by R.D. Burman. The song in question is ‘Jaane Do Na’ from ‘Saagar’. The makers of this film have changed the name to ‘Aao Na’, and called Arko to apply his Midas touch to remake the song and turn it into a gold, shining remake with his touch. And the ever-reliable Arko does just that. Electronic matkas start the song off, making it get a very catchy beginning. As the song progresses, we hear some awesome English lines sung by Arko himself, and it doesn’t even feel that we’re hearing a remake of an old song, but it sounds like we’re hearing an original song. The arrangements provide half the enjoyability themselves. Wonderful beats decorate the whole composition, and sitar at places really enhances the song a lot. Backing vocals provided by Arko don’t disappoint either. Both the lead singers carry out the song with ease and with the required sensuality. Ankit’s sleepy and drowsy voice finally comes to great use here, as the composition itself is of that type, and as a result, he sounds awesome! Shraddha does wonders here as well, doing complete justice to Asha Bhosle’s original rendition. Arko has retained the mukhda of the song, and added new antaras, which have a very playful and catchy ring to them, instantly appealing to the ears. The new lyrics by Arko go with the original ones by Javed Akhtar, and end up sounding great in the song. The king of remakes applies his Midas Touch once again, and it results in an enjoyable remake of a classic! #5StarHotelSong!!

4. Na Jaane Kya Hai Tumse Waasta
Singers ~ Jubin Nautiyal & Asees Kaur, Music by ~ Amjad-Nadeem, Lyrics by ~ Sanjeev Chaturvedi

For the next song, Amjad-Nadeem step back into the album, and try their hand at a romantic rock anthem. I was expecting them to at least crack this one easily, but no such luck. The song comes across as very typical, and it also seems as of they’ve taken the notes of ‘Ek Mulakat’, and tossed them around to get another, different tune. Of course, the feel of the song remains the same, and their plan to trick the listeners doesn’t work! Following Ankit Tiwari’s footsteps isn’t gonna take you anywhere, Amjad-Nadeem! :\ 😛 The presence of Jubin Nautiyal as a singer, might also be one of the reasons it sounds so very similar to the former song. Anyways, he sings what he has been told pretty good. His co-singer, Asees Kaur, also sounds good, but doesn’t have much scope to leave any impression on us. Arrangements are typical rock arrangements — rock guitars, drums, which start to sound monotonous after some time, also because of the not-so-appealing tune. However, this is one of those songs that will instantly be liked by a certain section of people. In my opinion, it doesn’t score much though. Lyrics are thankfully, not bad. Sanjeev has written some sit-through-able lyrics. Resemblance to ‘Ek Mulakat’ spoils it all! 😦

5. Kuch Kuch Locha Hai
Singers ~ Divya Kumar, Shraddha Pandit & Sandman, Music by ~ Dharam-Sandeep, Lyrics by ~ Himank Kalal & Mani Soni

When the beginning of a song sounds like ‘Ungli Pe Nachalein’ (Ungli), played in double the regular speed, you know something is wrong with the song. And when singers like Divya Kumar and Shraddha Pandit fail to impress with their renditions, you are 1000% percent sure, that there is something wrong with it. That’s exactly the case with this song. Being a title song, it should’ve been composed with complete thoughtfulness and should’ve gotten a catchy tune. But instead, the tune is some notes that don’t go together at all, that don’t sound good with each other, and end up scaring the audience. Dharam-Sandeep (the duo who had composed the unspeakably bad album of ‘Gang Of Ghosts’ last year) have come up with the worst song that could ever have been used as a title song. The hookline is probably the best thing of the song. Divya sounds really stupid singing such ridiculous lines, and Shraddha is no less. The arrangements are just techno beats that fail to impress. A rap by someone who calls himself Sandman, will surely make you press the ‘NEXT’ option on your players. And the lyrics, written by two people together, sound as if someone opened the dictionary for the first time in their lives, and found out some rhyming words, and used them just because they rhymed, without a care whether it makes sense or not. 😒 Atrocious! Kuch BAHOT Kuch Locha Hai with this track!!

6. Ishq Da Maara
Singer ~ Jubin Nautiyal, Music by ~ Amjad-Nadeem, Lyrics by ~ Amjad-Nadeem

Every other song in this album is by Amjad-Nadeem. Fine. Because here, in their last song, is where they really get things right, finally! The composition is pretty sweet and catchy, with the romantic element not acting as a bother for listeners. This song too, is a rock song with a romantic touch, but in terms of composition, this song is way more reliable, in that it doesn’t make you feel bored as much as the other one did. Also, the composition is good enough to let you listen undisturbedly for the whole duration. Amjad-Nadeem have done wonders with the rock guitars and drums this time, setting up an engaging rhythm which makes you sway. Jubin’s spot-on performance in unforgettable. Though he does seem a bit less interested as he did in his other songs, it works overall. The long duration of the sing doesn’t seem all that long once you start getting attuned to the song and start swaying, as I said. The hookline is one of the sweetest things I’ve heard from Amjad-Nadeem and one of the sweetest things I’ve heard in a rock song, of all. The lyrics by the duo are good too, and go well with the composition. Finally, Amjad-Nadeem get it right, and strike the right chord! Jubin’s rendition is worth listening! #5StarHotelSong!!

7. Yeh Ishq
Singer ~ Ali Quli Mirza, Music by ~ Ali Quli Mirza & King, Lyrics by ~ Ali Quli Mirza

I think it’s better if I don’t review this song. Big Boss 8 contestant Ali Quli Mirza gets a Bollywood song. Fine. But what does he do? Creates some song that hardly connects with you, with a tune that keeps repeating throughout the song. And also, Ali Quli Mirza, for your kind information, Bollywood is over this type of songs since the 90s. Indipop in the 90s was pretty much like this. So, this song fails to impress at all. However, listen to it once for Daniel Weber (Sunny’s husband) and his wonderful guitar solos!


Kuch Kuch Locha Hai is actually an understatement for this album. With only two songs impressing, and the best song being a remake of a Bollywood classic, it is clear that there is some locha, not kuch kuch, but bahot Kuch!! BAHOT KUCH LOCHA HAI!!!! 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Aao Na > Ishq Da Maara > Paani Wala Dance > Na Jaane Kya Hai Tumse Waasta > Daaru Peeke Dance > Kuch Kuch Locha Hai > Yeh Ishq

Which is your favourite song from Kuch Kuch Locha Hai? Please vote for it below! 🙂

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