A PROMISING ‘RAJA’ HAS ENTERED BOLLYWOOD! (RAJA NATWARLAL – Music Review)

Album Details:-
♪ Music by:- Yuvan Shankar Raja
♪ Lyrics by:- Irshad Kamil
♪ Music Label:- UTV/Times Music/Junglee Music
♪ Music Released On:- 25th July 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 29th August 2014

Raja Natwarlal Album Cover

Raja Natwarlal Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Raja Natwarlal is an upcoming Bollywood crime thriller starring Emraan Hashmi and newcomer Humaima Malick in lead roles. It also stars Paresh Rawal and Kay Kay Menon in supporting roles. The film is directed by Kunal Deshmukh, and produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur. Kunal Deshmukh’s films have always given us albums to cherish, be it ‘Jannat’ or ‘Tum Mile’ or ‘Jannat 2’. Pritam has always featured as composer in his movies. But this has changed with the arrival of this movie, in which the composer is the famous South-Indian music director, Yuvan Shankar Raja. From a Kunal Deshmukh film, expectations are always there from the music, and no doubt the same is the case here as well. So without any further delay, let’s proceed to the review of the music of ‘Raja Natwarlal’!


1. Tere Hoke Rehengay/Rahengay:- Singers ~ Arijit Singh (Original Version), Shweta Pandit (Reprise)

The first time Arijit is singing a solo song for Emraan Hashmi, the moment all Arijit and Emraan fans were waiting for since ‘Tum Hi Ho’ released last year, has finally arrived! The first song of the album starts with grand piano notes, which actually do sound very grand, and when they are followed and supported by Arijit’s incomparable voice, they sound all the more awesome! The song is a kind of slow poison; it will grow on you after some listens, and when it does grow on you, you can do nothing but keep grooving to the beats! Arijit very effortlessly carries out the high notes, as well as the very low notes! The type of slow, romantic song it seems to be at the beginning is a trick, I’m sure, because later, it becomes somewhat upbeat, and very catchy. The ‘oh oh oh‘s are trademark Pritam style and it just reminds you of the hit songs Pritam and Kunal Deshmukh have given. The hookline is the catchiest and has the best tune. The arrangements of the song are very good, with a lot of instruments contributing to the greatness factor. The hookline that comes after the antara, is orchestrated wonderfully, with violins beautifully doing the job! The lyrics are very simple, yet they are also very awesome, by the genius Irshad Kamil. Well, I can go on and on about this song, but we mustn’t forget about Shweta! She has sung the reprise version and the name of her version has been spelled differently, which is why I gave two spellings above. 😛 It doesn’t matter much, because the arrangements in this one are picture perfect! The vocals are picture perfect! The variations taken by Shweta are flawless! She sounds a lot like, actually even surpasses Neeti Mohan in this song! What else left to say? I guess you’ve got the idea that I loved this version way, way more than the original! The clicking/snapping Spanish-type sounds added by Yuvan in the background in this version have just got me even more addicted to the song. Also, the piano at the start of Arijit’s version has been replaced here by acoustic guitars, making the song sound even more Spanish. The harmonium has also very intelligently been added here. I’m sorry for such a long review for this single song, but what to do? It is brilliant! A must-listen! Shweta’s version is more effective than Arijit’s but both deserve this: #5StarHotelSong!!!

 

2. Dukki Tikki:- Singer ~ Mika Singh

A very, very catchy flute tune is the opener for this song. The starting itself is so catchy, and the rest of the song follows suit, and doesn’t disappoint! The song has been composed on the standard Kuthu template, like ‘Gandi Baat’ from ‘R…Rajkumar’ last year. The composer has done awesome Kuthu style instrumentation, with an awesome wind instrument that can be heard in all South Indian folk music forms, and outstanding use of percussion! Mika has returned to delivering better songs (recently, he had been singing many below average and also plain bad songs) and he sings very well here. The song is a tapori song, and his vocals match the song perfectly! His energy is unmatchable. Just one complaint is that when he sings ‘badshah’ it comes across as ‘bhasha’. The lyrics go with the theme of the movie, that is gambling. I have heard that this is a remake of Yuvan’s own South Indian song, but as long as it’s entertaining, I don’t have any problem! And it is just that! Not a single second will you get bored, and the song is pretty long at five minutes. Hats-off to Yuvan and Mika, for giving a definite chartbuster! It’s awesome! #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Kabhi Ruhani Kabhi Rumani:- Singer ~ Benny Dayal

This song is a Qawwali-style romantic number. Benny Dayal has returned to the romantic genre after a long time, after his few romantic songs composed by Rahman. This time Yuvan has roped him in for a romantic song. Yuvan has composed it very well, with great arrangements, and the tune is also very good. The fault here is in the vocals. Benny has sung decently, but he doesn’t seem at ease in the song, his voice coming out a bit husky and not as smooth as he normally sings. K.K. would have been a way better choice than Benny here. The arrangements are great, harmonium and tabla and other techno sounds making them up. The saarangi in the second interlude is beautiful. The bulbul tarang plays throughout the song and it is too beautoful to ignore. The Sufi style composition helps to gather the listener’s interest in the song. Songs like theses are my personal favourite, but they should have a strong singer on the vocals front! The lyrics by Irshad Kamil are very good too, and give the perfect Qawwali-esque feel to the song with lots of Urdu lyrics, making the song seem more authentic. A better and more established singer could have done, but everything else is great!

 

4. Namak Paare:- Singers ~ Mamta Sharma & Anupam Amod

I read the two names in the singer credits and was ready for another atrocious item song. Well, it turned out to be a lot better than what I thought it would be! It starts with a catchy tune played on harmonium, which is supported by tumbi for a split of a second, I guess. Mamta enters, and actually sounds good here! Maybe this is the effect of not having any cheap songs sung by her for a long time, almost three whole months (‘Bawri’ from ‘Angry Young Man’ was the last one). Also, she is singing in a mainstream Bollywood film after almost eight months! This is a great feat achieved by Bollywood! 😛 The composition is good and enjoyable, the vocals of Mamta as I said, sound refreshing, and the arrangements are awesome too. Especially the percussion done wonderfully. Tablas make short scattered cameos, but the main percussion is of the dhols, done very efficiently. But I seriously don’t know why Yuvan has used frog sounds at the starting of the song! Really, in the starting, it sounds like frogs are croaking in the background! Anupam does decent singing, but does not impress much as Mamta has already taken center-stage in the song. The way she sings the hookline after Anupam’s part is so awesome! She breaks the word ‘namak paare’ so that it sounds like ‘namak paare ay ay ay’. Lyrics are nothing to boast of, except that use of ‘namak paare’. The name of the food item has been used, but not in a very smart way. :/ Entertaining, but not perfect!

 

5. Flip Your Collar Back:- Singer ~ Benny Dayal

Usually, the best is saved for the last. Here, the case is opposite. This song has nothing to boast of except the smart and intelligent lyrics (Okay, except the hookline, because it is just nonsensical). It is supposed to be a boy trying to patao-fy girl song, but the composition and arrangements dissapoint to such an extent, that it is impossible to pay attention to the good lyrics and vocals. Benny got a song of his type, but here the composer is at fault with the composition and arrangements, which are too loud. The tune is not engaging at all, and makes the song a plain boring one to listen to. The use of techno is overdone in this song, and that makes it the least appealing in the soundtrack. Some unnecessary elements like these could have been thrown out of the song. Some uncredited singers support Benny, like a rapper who comes and raps sometime in the middle of the song, but doesn’t entertain. Towards the end, Yuvan tries to patch up the mistakes by placing his signature Kuthu beats in the song, but that just makes it even worse! 😛 Failed attempt to compose a good tune for innovative lyrics!


Raja Natwarlal is an album which offers songs that are pretty entertaining, but only two manage to impress wholly, others having some or the other faults in them. Yuvan has composed a decent Bollywood debut album, but I doubt it is better than any of his South movie albums. What’s more, the songs of a Kunal Deshmukh directorial are way better than this, looking at the past movies. Many of the songs have brilliant arrangements. Vocals in certain songs could have been better. The album might not even get a longer shelf life due to the lesser degree of superhit songs. Surely, Yuvan Shankar can do much better than this, and with an album that ranks above average in his debut for Bollywood, I would say he is very promising, and that he might do even better in future Bollywood projects, if he gets any. An above average debut album by Yuvan, that is not even close to previous Kunal Deshmukh film albums, and so might not find that many takers. 

 

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

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

 

Which is your favourite song from Raja Natwarlal? Please vote for it here! 🙂

 

Next “dish”:- Singham Returns, Chefs:- Jeet Gannguli, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Ankit Tiwari & Yo Yo Honey Singh

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!

 

Next “dish”:- Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (Music Review), Chefs:- Sharib-Toshi & Sachin-Jigar

 

HIGHWAY (MUSIC REVIEW)

The fifth album of this category is ‘Highway’. Okay, so the songs of this album weren’t popular as such among the public, as only two of them were promoted before the film released. However, everyone seems to have heard the songs. Everyone wants to prove that they have heard a Rahman album, and they will even say that the songs of Highway are so good that they keep listening to the album on loop! :/ And after that if you ask them how many songs are there, they will reply, ‘about two-three, right? So sad that this album has such a less number of songs!’ Then you would probably just leave them to hear what they think is the ‘whole album’ of ‘Highway’. 😀 The songs of Highway, barring two particular tracks, are experimental to the core, and I don’t think people loving songs like ‘Tune Maari Entriyaan’ and ‘Sunny Sunny’ at that time, would play this album on loop even now! However, the music was appreciated by critics and all, so that is the ticket for ‘Highway’ to appear in this category of reviews. 🙂


Album Details:-

Music by:- A.R. Rahman | Lyrics by:- Irshad Kamil, Lady Kash ‘n’ Krissy, Sant Kabir | Music Label:- T-Series | Music Released On:- 24th January 2014 | Movie Released On:- 21st February 2014

Highway Album Cover

Highway Album Cover

 

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


Highway is a drama film which released on 21st February 2014. It is written and directed by Imtiaz Ali, and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. It stars Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda in lead roles. It is the story of a city girl who gets kidnapped just before her marriage, and is held for ransom. However, a bond of affection starts to develop between her and her kidnapper, and that’s what this movie is about. After the success of ‘Rockstar’ and its music, Imtiaz Ali again tries to make a different film. And the music director is the same, A.R. Rahman! Ever since I came to know that he was composing for this film, I was very excited and expected a lot from the album. So let’s see whether the music of ‘Highway’ had met my expectations then, and what I think of it now.


1. Patakha Guddi (Female Version):- Singers ~ Jyoti Nooran, Sultana Nooran & Backing Vocals by A.R. Rahman, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

The Nooran Sisters, Jyoti and Sultana, who have been seen in Coke Studio singing for Hitesh Sonik and in MTV Sound Trippin’ for Sneha Khanwalkar, surprisingly make their Bollywood debut with a Rahman song! In this song based on Punjabi Sufi folk music, which is their forte, you are sure that there is going to be some magic awaiting you ahead. Right from the starting when the techno beats start, to the ending, this song will entertain you through the whole duration of four minutes and forty five seconds through which it lasts. The singers have done a splendid job, and Rahman has made a great decision of launching them in Bollywood! The flute used all through the song, is used brilliantly, and it sounds so beautiful! I loved this fusion of Punjabi Sufi with techno beats, and it sounds wonderful! The song twists and turns like a ghaat, but the tune is so lovable that the complexity will be forgotten. (And if you–for some of the fake Rahman fans out there–still think it’s complicated, then just hear the other songs, because there are more than two 😀 ) Rahman’s backing vocals are also awesome (“oo-oo-oo-oo”). As loudly as it started, it ended just as gently 🙂 A beautiful mix of Punjabi Sufi and techno, with the energetic vocals of the Nooran Sisters, who are going to make it big in Bollywood, I am sure! It is a  #5StarHotelSong!

 

2. Maahi Ve:- Singer ~ A.R. Rahman, Backing Vocals by ~ Maria Roe Vincent, Rhea Raphael, Neethi Dorairaju, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

I personally feel, that a Rahman album is incomplete without his voice. Since he didn’t sing in ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’, I guess that’s why he decided to sing two songs in ‘Raanjhanaa’, and now my theory is proved again in this album. He does sing a song, and it comes in the form of this beautiful, romantic song, which is a typical Rahman song! It starts with some beats which are so catchy that you will instantly start swaying slowly, without realizing it. These beats don’t disappear through the whole song, and they are always there throughout the song to accompany you, lest you get bored (but you won’t!) The line ‘Tu saath hai, ho din raat hai’ is very catchy too. Rahman’s voice is magical as usual, and slowly, it will start growing on you, so be patient! 🙂 This song has been concluded in a very different way, and I liked it! Right from ‘yeh jeena bhi, na jeena bhi…’ till the end of the song, it is a perfect conclusion to this sweet song! A perfect romantic song, performed by the maestro himself, with utter perfection! However, it is a very typical Rahman song.

 

3. Kahaan Hoon Main:- Singer ~ Jonita Gandhi, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

A singer who debuted with a song like ‘Chennai Express (Title Song)’, that too, a very minimal portion, gets a Rahman song as her second song! What a leap! Starting off with piano notes, and with Jonita’s voice supported by very just piano following, this song will grab your attention instantly…NOT! This song will take a long time to grow on you unless you are a fan of Western romantic songs. This song has no trace of anything Indian except the language, and the ending tune of the antaras, where the singer takes a kind of taan or something. After Neeti Mohan, I think Rahman is off to make a permanent space for Jonita now in Bollywood as well! She has sung brilliantly! But still, I would have preferred Sunidhi or Neeti herself in this song, for some reason. Either of them could have taken the song to another level altogether. Good to see Rahman encouraging new generation singers, too, however! (Sorry for the sentences contrasting each other in each line!) The piano solo in the second interlude is too good! Also the strings have been coordinated very well! Thumbs up for Rahman to create such a Westernized track but it’s not catchy at all, so it won’t connect with most of the Indian audience, who need dhamaka, even in romantic songs 😀

 

4. Wanna Mash Up:- Singers ~ Kash ‘n’ Krissy, Suvi Suresh, Lyrics by ~ Kash ‘n’ Krissy

The moment it starts, you know it’s going to be something totally different from what Bollywood witnesses everyday. Yes, it is. It is a song written and sung totally in English. Lady Kash and Krissy, if you remember (you probably won’t) had also sung for Rahman in ‘Enthiran’ (‘Robot’ is the Hindi version). They had sung the song ‘Irumbile oru Iradhaiyam’, (Known as ‘Naina Miley’ to the Hindi audience). They are back to sing for Rahman in this track, which is a great attempt by Rahman. He has done a commendable job in composing a Western hip-hop type number! The lyrics are such that you will hardly understand much, but the way Kash ‘n’ Krissy sing it is outstanding! To be frank, I didn’t like the song when it released. But after the movie released, and after the song videos were uploaded on the T-Series YouTube channel, I saw the video of this song, and I guess it is a crucial part of the film. It shows the character played by Alia Bhatt dancing and enjoying herself, while in custody of kidnappers! So it is a situational song, and that’s why it won’t appeal to you unless you watch the movie. Purely situational, but hear it if you are a fan of electronic hip-hop! This track is not a regular Rahman track!

 

5. Sooha Saaha:- Singers ~ Zeb (Zebunnisa Bangash), Alia Bhatt, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

Here is a plain beautiful song! I was waiting for a song like this from Rahman for a very, very long time! And the best thing about it is that, it is a lullaby, and it does its work perfectly! The ukelele has been played at the starting by Haniya, and her partner, Zeb, sings the song. Alia Bhatt opens with some humming, which is also beautiful! When Zeb starts, you get the feel of sleeping in a village on a starry, calm night. Such magic I have never experienced while hearing any song! The mukhda and both antaras are totally different from each other. The antara sung by Alia Bhatt is great. She can sing very well, but her pronunciation is a bit bad. For ‘dekhoon’ it sounds like she’s saying ‘dekho’ and ‘baari’ sounds like ‘baarey’. Zeb is fantastic as well and her voice gives the required folkish feel to the sound. The lyrics by Irshad Kamil are highly innovative. Take the title line, for instance–‘Sooha saaha amma ka’–which means red rabbit of mother! A mother singing a lullaby, and calling her child a red rabbit of hers! So cute!! So sad that it wasn’t noticed because it deserved to be! 😦 Nothing to say. Just that this song is a  #5StarHotelSong!

 

6. Patakha Guddi (Male Version):- Singer ~ A.R. Rahman, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

The thoughts in your head while you are about to play this song for the first time–“Wow! Patakha Guddi again! That too, sung by the one and only A.R. Rahman! This is gonna be awesome!! Woohoo!! ARR Rocks!”–Right? Well, it’s natural to think so! I have even included this song separately because I wanted to write a LOT about it. So, here are your thoughts after the song starts–“Okay, abhi tak toh sirf shuruaat hai, aagey aagey dekhte hain hota hai kya!”–because it starts great! The first part of the song is actually great, if you except Rahman’s vocals! The new antara is good, too! Harmonium and manjeera are played in this version! It becomes a Sufi Qawwali instead of techno Punjabi Sufi. After the second antara, however, you might skip the track, because in comes an unwanted noise of rock instruments. Electric guitar and drums enter the song just like mosquitoes enter our houses in the evening! UNWANTEDLY! This rock part is totally a bin bulaaya mehmaan in this Sufi track. It even stays for that long! It lasts for exactly one minute!! After that, the song comes back on track and becomes the Sufi Qawwali again, and you would think–“What had happened to this song in between?”–because you would actually be shocked that such a great Sufi Qawwali transformed into a rock beast all of a sudden. Just as if it had gotten possessed by some ghost or something! :O After the rock portion is over, you feel that because you were criticizing his pronunciation in the earlier part of the song, Rahman put in the rock portion to punish you. I felt exactly like that! 😀 I had read that this was initially going to be the only ‘Patakha Guddi’ version in the soundtrack, but when Rahman found out that the protagonist is a woman, he made the female version too! Thank you, Imtiaz Ali, for writing a script with a female protagonist! 😀 Great attempt of a Sufi Qawwali, which Rahman could have made the best track in the album, had it not been for the rock part! :/

 

7. Implosive Silence:- Singer ~ Jonita Gandhi

This track is something which showcases the immense talent of Rahman! In an interview, he described it as “a state of mind—soothing yet enigmatic”. It features Jonita humming something and it is reversed. It has also been described by Rahman as “a musical piece which tries to capture the sounds in Alia’s character, Veera’s head as the travels along the highway”. Well, it does exactly that! It sounds like a confused person is thinking a lot, and all the thoughts are getting mixed up in the person’s head! A reverse track, which does what it’s supposed to excellently!

 

8. Tu Kuja:- Singer ~ Sunidhi Chauhan, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

Sunidhi with Rahman! A very rare combo which has given songs in the past, but not in the very recent past. One song, which was very famous, sung by Sunidhi and composed by Rahman was ‘Saiyaan Pakad Baiyaan’ from ‘Nayak’, and the other one, was ‘Gulfisha’ from ‘Ada…A Way of Life’. Well, here she is singing for Rahman for the third time! This song’s title line, ‘Tu Kuja Man Kuja’ refers to a Persian phrase, and the parts which follow are Hindi and inspired by the Amir Khusro song ‘Kirpa Karo Maharaj’. It sounds like a devotional or ‘bhakti’ song, and is beautifully rendered by Sunidhi! It is a bit too experimental, however, and it won’t connect with the audience of today. Not that it got that famous, either, as most people don’t even know about it! It is like a rat which lives in our house, without us knowing about it! The lyrics which are a mix of Persian, Sanskrit and Hindi are too dramatic to digest! This is what I call ‘the experimentalist Rahman’. Nobody would even catch the tune of this song in two of three listens, like they do for other songs! Too dramatic, too experimental, but great music and just as fabulous vocals!

 

9. Heera:- Singer ~ Shweta Pandit, Lyrics by ~ Sant Kabir, modified by Irshad Kamil

This song is the song in which Shweta puts an end to all the weird stuff in this soundtrack, and croons a sweet and simple melody. The violin piece at the starting is great! It sounds beautiful. The antaras have a better tune than the mukhda. Shweta has sung Sant Kabir’s ‘dohe’ to which Rahman has made a tune, very well! It is a very calming song, and it will definitely give you a soothing effect. Shweta’s voice sounded very nice in this song. I hope she sings for Rahman more often as she is always featured in his tours and all. A track which lacks repeat value but is undoubtedly a ‘heera’ and also a  #5StarHotelSong!

 

Overall:- Highway is not a bad album at all, when it comes to the demand of the script. Also, the music given by Rahman and the experimentation done by him is very clever and outstanding! All of the songs except the first two, lack one common thing, and that is repeat value! Nobody would want to repeat the songs, as they would be too tired to do that! Yes, it is a bit tiring to listen to so much experimentation in one hour. Though the music met the demands of the script, it is nothing without the script. The music of ‘Gunday’ and ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ also matched the demands of the script, but it also had repeat value. Barring the first two tracks, none of the songs are such that you would play them again. Of course I have given the tag of ‘5StarHotelSong’ to four songs, but that stands individually and is not at all related to the final rating of the album! Overall, an album with good music, but height of experimentation, which is why it failed and didn’t get so popular. Good for listening to before sleeping, though, for mental peace!

 

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

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

 

Review by Rujul Deolikar

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