KRIPAYA DHYAAN DE, YEH ALBUM SUNN LE! (LOVE PER SQUARE FOOT – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sohail Sen
♪ Lyrics by: Gopal Datt, Anand Tiwari, Abhishek Dhusia, Sahir Nawab, Sumeet Suvarna, Abhiruchi Chand & Jamil Ahmed
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 14th February 2018
♪ Movie Released On: 14th February 2018

Love Per Square Foot Album Cover

 

Listen to the songs: Saavn

Buy the songs: iTunes


Love Per Square Foot is a Bollywood rom-com that premiered on Netflix this Valentine’s Day. The film stars Vicky Kaushal, Angira Dhar and Alankrita Sahai in lead roles, and is directed by Anand Tiwari, and produced by Ronnie Screwvala. The film’s music has been composed by Sohail Sen, back after a long time; his last was ‘Happy Bhag Jayegi’ in 2016. Let’s hope his musical style is intact and he delivers yet another enjoyable album!


Sohail Sen’s return to music composition after one and a half years doesn’t hold as much magic as his previous outings used to. That being said, this album takes some time to warm up to, and in the first listen, doesn’t create much of an impact.
Proceedings are kicked off by the entertaining Mumbaiya rap song Yatri Kripaya Dhyaan De, a tribute to all things Mumbai. The residents of the metropolis would feel a certain pride once they listen to this song, as will the train station announcers. The rap by Mumbai’s Finest (Abhishek Dhusia, Sahir Nawab & Sumeet Suvarna) is entertaining, a bit in the style of DIVINE, and thankfully fits snugly into the song. Lively beatboxing starts off the song, but the song kind of loses its connect in the initial one minute or so, until it settles into its place. After that, it is really enjoyable. I love the way Sohail introduces a nice Maharashtrian-flavoured bhajan segment towards the end, and a nice Ganpati dhol taasha rhythm in the interlude. The vocalists seem to be newcomers, but do a great job in conveying the youthfulness of the city.
Udit Narayan, the evergreen singer, the only singer who hasn’t seemed to age, returns after quite some time, with Ishq Mein Bajti Hai Ghanti, an upbeat wedding song led by the quintessential brass band. Sohail also composes it in a typical 90s tune, to help Udit get more comfortable, probably. It still works thanks to the catchy rhythms and composition and of course, the vocals! Nothing particularly new here, though. The lyrics are funny though, comparing love and marriage.
Benny Dayal and Shivangi Bhayana get the weakest song of the album, Chicken Dance, a song whose composition falls all over the place, though the initial adlib is entertaining. The electric guitars do not work at all, and it ends up being a clumsy party number with no recall value. Benny thankfully has the magnetism in his voice to help listeners keep listening, but Shivangi doesn’t have that quality yet!
Aashiyana is a beautiful romantic song, the only song of the album whose lyrics (by Abhiruchi Chand) make a huge impact on the song. Altamash Faridi and Tarannum Malik, regulars on Sohail Sen albums, know how to do justice to his music, and so the results in the vocal department are amazing. I commend the composer for not going for Arijit though there was a huge scope, because Altamash’s voice brings a freshness to the song, though slightly over-nasal. Tarannum sings her part beautifully too! The antaras are the best parts of the song, composed in a tune that is easily hummable. The reason the lyrics stand out so much, is the conversational way they have been written, seeming like a tribute to Gulzar, who is also mentioned in the song!
Maqbool Hai, the other song by Altamash, is a nice mellow number, starting off with an operatic piece, and seguing into a very Bhatt-ish but very hauntingly catchy melody that wins your heart over. Again, Altamash sings his heart out, creating beautiful effects. The Rahman touch is audible in the song as well, and somehow it sounds like a song that resembles songs from 2008-2009. It still sounds fresh though.
Rekha Bhardwaj ends the album with two versions of a classically-based melody Raaz Apne Dil Ke, a song that fares better and seems more lovable in its Indian Version, with arrangements that complement the composition — tablas, played in a soothing rhythm, and a wonderful tanpura setting the mood for a wonderful classical listen. The Western Version sounds like the composition is uncomfortable with the clumsy “doo doo doo da” with which the song starts, not to mention the digital beats in the background. Not the very best examples of fusion, but there is still a hint of classical music (sarangi) here too, which makes it bearable, at least.


Sohail Sen has done better than this previously, but overall, the album is enjoyable, with a mixed variety of songs, and none being utterly bad!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 7.5 + 7 + 5.5 + 8.5 + 8 + 8 + 6.5 =

Album Percentage: 72.86%

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: Aashiyana > Maqbool Hai = Raaz Apne Dil Ke (Indian) > Yatri Kripaya Dhyaan De > Ishq Mein Bajti Hai Ghanti > Raaz Apne Dil Ke (Western) > Chicken Dance

 

Which is your favourite song from Love Per Square Foot? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

LET HAPPY RUN AWAY, BECAUSE SOHAIL IS BACK!! (HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sohail Sen
♪ Lyrics by: Mudassar Aziz & Dee MC
♪ Music Label: Eros Music
♪ Music Released On: 28th July 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 19th August 2016

Happy Bhag Jayegi Album Cover

Happy Bhag Jayegi Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Happy Bhag Jayegi is an upcoming Bollywood rom-com starring Diana Penty, Abhay Deol, Ali Fazal, Jimmy Sheirgill and Momal Sheikh in key roles. The film has been directed by ‘Dulha Mil Gaya’ director Mudassar Aziz, and produced by Aanand L. Rai and Krishika Lulla. The story revolves around a runaway bride… Sound familiar? Oh, then maybe you were alive when ‘Dolly Ki Doli’ released.. Something that the makers of this film must’ve thought happened ages ago! 😂 Anyway, what I’m concerned with, is the music of the movie, and when it is a very promising composer like Sohail Sen helming the music album, there should be no doubt that the album would be good. His last complete album was ‘Gunday’, as long as two and a half years ago. He also composed a song for ‘Housefull 3’ earlier this year, which became a fleeting hit. But this time, I’m sure he’ll come up with memorable songs, just like he did in his earlier solo albums like ‘What’s Your Raashee?’, ‘Mere Brother Ki Dulhan’ and ‘Gunday’. There are five songs in the album, and hoping that all five are great, here starts the music review for ‘Happy Bhag Jayegi’!


1. Happy Oye
Singers ~ Harshdeep Kaur & Shahid Mallya

Sohail Sen kicks off the album with a pacy song that suits the ‘runaway bride’ theme only too well. Pacy shehnaai-like electronic sounds start the song off on a fast note, after which Harshdeep, the lead singer starts off with a just as quick and fast mukhda. Sohail Sen’s composition, as I said, is suitably pacy, and thrilling, and talking if runaway brides, I can’t help but notice how similar the entire sound of the song is to the title song of ‘Dolly Ki Doli’. The concept of having a female singer narrate Happy’s story is quite innovative; usually it is a male singer! In spite of the very, very small similarity, the tune really works on you. It gets your ready for an energetic song, something that hasn’t been heard for quite a time in Bollywood. The Punjabi feel in the composition is mind blowing. Sohail has done it with the smallest intricacies right in place. Especially the hookline is really impressive. It is just magical, how the fast-paced composition works so well. A undertone of sadness and grimness persists throughout the song, and though the song sounds all female gangster-type at a glance, deep inside it sounds very emotional. (Sing it with half the tempo and see!) That undertone also does magic, but it isn’t really noticeable full-fledgedly, until the antara, which is like one of those 90s Punjabi songs that used to slow down for the antara to become emotional. That antara is just so beautiful. Arrangements are out-of-the-world. Though it seems to be nothing but a mess of electronic sounds and dhols, it is really much more. The starting electronic shehnaai-like piece keeps repeating throughout the song, and it binds together the various parts of the song. The dhols provide the necessary energy and dynamo to the song, while Sohail uses various standby attractions for the interspersed musical pieces. One of them has an unexpected dubstep piece, which actually follows a wonderful aalap by Shahid Mallya, with a Punjabi rhythm. The same interlude later impresses with a wonderful Irish-sounding bagpipe piece. See how Sohail crams everything into one interlude, and makes it sound gorgeous? The second interlude is also great, with a wonderful Spanish guitar piece backed by more EDM. All in all, Sohail’s arrangements are something only a genius could do! The vocals are interesting as well as impressive. Harshdeep on such a pacy track, is a first, and she graces the mukhda and antara with her energetic vocals only too well, while Shahid takes up the second antara, but doesn’t spread as much magic with his short appearance! Mudassar Aziz, the director, has written good lyrics revolving around the character of Happy, with a strong Punjabi influence. This is one of those title songs, that don’t really sound like the title song, but make a special place in your mind! A pacy track which starts off the album on a very high note! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Gabru Ready To Mingle Hai
Singers ~ Mika Singh, Neeti Mohan, Tarannum Malik & Danish Sabri, English Rap Lyrics by ~ Dee MC

The next song starts off on just as groovy and catchy a note as the title song. A dholak rhythm instantly places a Punjabi wedding scene into your mind, until Sohail cranks up the noise level, with a very energetic dhol, something that always makes you groove (unless doene atrociously!) Sohail’s composition is not too innovative and follows the usual Punjabi wedding song template, but is nevertheless catchy and likeable. The Punjabi flavour remains intact here too, and since it is done in a tasteful manner, it appeals. The mukhda has a cool ring to it, and that line “Bada killer tera style hai…” Which leads up to the hookline, is a winner. The first antara is nothing but a female rap, which sometimes sounds irritating, and other times sounds catchy. The second antara is a proper one, with an actual tune, and it is quite good as well. There is of course, another rap after the first antara, in the interlude. The tune of the Punjabi traditional wedding song that Sohail has composed to open the song, is the same tune as the hookline, and barring the tune of the hookline, I feel that everything else has been composed really well. The rap, had it been done a bit less, would’ve worked, instead of this overdone rap. Arrangements are quite energetic and just make you dance. (Thankfully you don’t have to lift your TAANG, like in Sohail’s last song — you know which!) The arrangement consists of mostly a very heavy and deep-sounding dhol, which is just awesome! The beats are awesome as well. The rap in the second antara has good beats as well, making it sound clubbish. Everywhere else, the DHOL is the highlight of the song. The vocals are good and give you a reason to repeat-listen the song. It is one of those songs where Mika hasn’t sounded like a dog, and clearly voices all the syllables (thankfully!) Sohail repeats his singer duo from ‘Taang Uthake’ (Housefull 3), and places Neeti as the lead female singer, while Tarannum Malik supports her in some raps. The “Don’t follow me like that..” rap is better than the interlude one, and both the ladies kill it in that rap. The other one is quite dull. Danish Sabri is nowhere in the picture, and seems to be involved in merely backing vocals. Mudassar Aziz’s lyrics are good again, and have everything required for a good Punjabi dance track. At the same time, Dee MC’s English raps are kind of weak, but thanks to the singers, they sound better! A song that could’ve been much better, but enjoyable even as it is!!

 

3. Aashiq Tera
Singer ~ Altamash Faridi

And Sohail finally gets back to his romantic side! With this song, he makes me dismiss all my doubts whether he would ever get back to romantic songs, and if he does, would he be as good as before — ‘Isq Risk’ (Mere Brother Ki Dulhan), ‘Jiya’ (Gunday) being my favourite songs by him! So, this song comes and restores my faith in him (this is just plain drama, and you should ignore me 😂) Anyway, the song is something that has a heavenly touch to it, and a very pure and innocent romance in it. The composition is beautiful, again heavenly, with nothing that could sound wrong. Every single note falls right into place. The high notes are so, so, so, so BEAUTIFUL! The mukhda is unmatchable, whereas the hookline is something with which the goosebumps are going to have a full five-minute party with (which is the longest party they’ve ever had!) The way Sohail repeats the “tera tera tera..” in the hookline, is just too mind blowing. The antara has a wonderful start, but then it sprouts into a wonderful Qawwali, which then takes the high notes route to get to the hookline successfully, and quite intriguingly. The way Sohail intermingles the slightly Baul sound of the hookline with a Qawwali sound, is too interesting. The arrangements are bliss, with harmoniums being its highlight. Other ‘roadside’ attractions include awesome tablas, dholaks, chimtas — mostly a Qawwali-esque treatment. There is a wonderful rabaab solo in the second interlude. Towards the end, just before the hookline, there is about a five second pause, until the hookline bursts out with the wings given by an electrifying rock guitar. That is one of the un-missable parts of the song. Altamash’s vocals strongly carry the entire song in a folksy and sophisticated, not to mention confident, manner, and he aces the song, especially the high notes that are so good! Mudassar’s lyics are pretty clichéd, but work nonetheless, because of the wonderful composition and arrangements. And of course vocals. Sohail sen back at romantic songs, and such a pure and inncoent romance, that it is an unbelievable detour from the everyday bollywood romantic songs! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Zara Si Dosti
Singer ~ Arijit Singh

Sohail brings next, another romantic song, this time in a very typical Bollywood romance zone, that you will be shocked how he made a very different romantic song and a very conventional one in the same album. When you hear the song, you will get what I mean. The composition that Sohail gives us here, sticks to the mainstream romantic songs so well, that I was pleasantly surprised. I was also taken aback at hearing a very stereotypically Jeet Gannguli-ish composition from Sohail. And I’m not complaining. Just as Jeet many a time impresses me with his typical songs, Sohail has impressed me BECAUSE he gave such a song! Even if this song had been composed by Jeet, I would have still loved it. The mukhda is very calming and helps the listener to gain interest in the song. It works, in contrast to many such songs that have released nowadays, where the very flat mukhda spoils the whole song. But here, Sohail gives a very intriguing mukhda, so that the rest of the song can be heard without any guilt of not liking the mukhda. The hookline forms most of the mukhda, but no complaints, because that is quite an entrancing tune! The “oh-oh-ohhh” tune that Arijit sings after the hookline every time, is just sooooo heart-winning! The ANTARA, more calm than the mukhda, is beautifully composed as well, and is a pleasant contrast to the otherwise loud and hard-hitting mukhda and hookline (which is kind of like soft-rock with the drums and guitars not too prominent). Sohail’s arrangements are so serene, and have played a very important role in making me love the song. The acoustic guitars support Arijit very beautifully, and the piano is another highlight in the mukhda. While these instruments take care of the mukhda, the antara is very serenely graced by more graceful instruments like flutes and strings — which make the song sound more lilting than it would’ve! Also, the harmonica is so pleasant! The drums and rock guitars towards the end, support the soft-rock composition. I can picture Arijit singing this on stage and people swaying their arms in the air — such is the impact of Sohail’s composition! Arijit himself is spot-on with the vocals, this time using his usual Bhatt-movie voice, but sounding very energetic and NOT drowsy at all! 😛 The director’s lyrics are good and thought-provoking, not to mention simple and hummable! Sohail in jeet’s costume sounds awesome!!! A lilting romantic song, which impresses unexpectedly! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Yaaram
Singer ~ Javed Ali

For the final song on the album, Sohail comes up with quite a soft and subtle Sufi tune, which is sweet and lovable. However, the composition sounds quite dated, with the Sufi composition resembling so many previous songs that have released in past years. Sadly, this one doesn’t excite as much as those did. The composition, on top of sounding dated, also sounds quite bare and could’ve been more layered instead of being this straightforward. It sounds as if some song meant to be sung by Sonu Nigam, and composed in the 2000s, has been released now! We know Sohail can do better, as we’ve heard him doing Sufi before! The hookline sounds weak, and heard-before. The mukhda is composed of the hookline, followed by quite a pleasant tune which again, unfortunately sounds out of its era. The antara makes the song get slightly better though, with its high notes and Javed Ali acing them. And the bridge from the antara to the hookline is so cute! Sohail’s arrangements however, are beautiful, with the keherwa taal playing on the tabla throughout the song. The flutes throughout the song manage to gain the listener’s attention, but didn’t really keep me hooked. The strings and dafli provide a good backing music to the song. The first interlude has a wonderful string instrument and flute duet, which is enough to make you say “Wow!” out of enticement! The second interlude has a modern-sounding acoustic guitar solo piece, which is equally intriguing! The vocals by Javed Ali somehow sound weak here! Usually Javed Ali’s sweet and soft voice impresses me, but somehow it didn’t manage to impact me here! In fact, I missed Sonu Nigam on this track! The lyrics by Mudassar are painfully dated as well… And aren’t really attractive! Sohail ends the album on quite a faltering note, with a song that might appeal to some, but might get others bored! However, the arrangements make for atleast one listen! 🙂


Happy Bhag Jayegi is Sohail Sen’s comeback to composing full albums, and after his last full album ‘Gunday’ which was awesome, he impresses quite a lot with this one. The album is full of variety, as his albums always are, and it is an album that suits the definition of ‘Bollywood Album’ very well. With two upbeat songs and three soft melodies, the album has something for every kind of music lover. Sohail seems to have worked hard to come back with a bang, and it also seems to have turned out successful! Two of the songs could’ve been better, but they are good in some way or the other. All I can say is, “Let Happy Run Away, Because Sohail Is Now Back!!”

 

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: Aashiq Tera > Zara Si Dosti > Happy Oye > Gabru Ready To Mingle Hai > Yaaram

 

Which is your favourite song from Happy Bhag Jayegi? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

 

Next “dish”: Budhia Singh – Born To Run, Chefs: Hitesh Sonik, Sidhant Mathur & Ishaan Chhabra

DEMOLITION OF THE MUSICAL HOUSE THAT WAS ONCE FULL!!! (HOUSEFULL 3 – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sohail Sen, Mika Singh, Milind Gaba, Sharib-Toshi & Tanishk Bagchi
♪ Lyrics by: Sameer Sen, Farhad-Sajid, Earl Edgar, Sanjeev Chaturvedi, Mamta Sharma, Arafat Mehmood, Rani Malik, Manoj Yadav & Danish Sabri
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 9th May 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 3rd June 2016

Housefull 3 Album Cover

Housefull 3 Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Housefull 3 is an upcoming Bollywood comedy film, starring Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Abhishek Bachchan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Lisa Haydon and Nargis Fakhri in lead roles, with Boman Irani and Jackie Shroff in supporting roles. The film is directed by Farhad-Sajid, and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. The movie is the third part in the ‘Housefull’ franchise, and we can see where the franchise is heading. The quality of the second part was nohere near that of the first; I doubt that the third one will even match the second, going by the trailer. As for the music, the first part had an awesome and enjoyable album by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The second had quite a decent album by Sajid-Wajid, which didn’t match up to the first, but was good anyway. The third part however, has a multicomposer album, and I’ve seen where multi-composer albums go with comedy films (Ahem, ‘Welcome Back’, we’re hinting at you…!) The list of composers isn’t so impressive, either, and each team gets only one song, so, yeah…! Sharib-Toshi, fresh from the success (*cough cough*) of their three songs from the ‘1920 London’ album, are the first music directors in the album. Not expecting something great from them, but I will be happy if they manage to give something good, because here they can’t give typical Bhatt-ish stuff, can they? 😂 The next is Sohail Sen. I wonder from where he ended up doing this album, but nevertheless, expectations are high from him as he seems to be the composer I like the most in this album! After ‘Gunday’, a great song is expected. The third composers on the list are Mika Singh and his all-time partner Millind Gaba. (I think it’s the other way around.. Mika is the partner of Millind… I guess…?) I am not expecting anything from them, going by their ridiculous title song in ‘Welcome Back’. And the last composer is Tanishk Bagchi. Now, he has been impressing right from ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ to ‘Kapoor & Sons’ to the recent ‘Sarbjit’. He had got a rom-com action film ‘Direct Ishq’ in between, where he didn’t impress much, so let’s see how he does in this rom-com! Read on to find out how the songs of the much awaited ‘Housefull 3’ are!


1. Pyar Ki
Singers ~ Nakash Aziz, Anmol Malik, Divya Kumar & Sharib-Toshi, Rap by ~ Earl Edgar, Music by ~ Sharib-Toshi, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav, Farhad-Sajid & Danish Sabri

Sharib-Toshi, back after their middling songs in ‘1920 London’ (I thought they wouldn’t dare to make music after that!) get the very first song in the album. Sharib-Toshi have had a decent track record with upbeat songs, the best being ‘Emotional Fool’ (Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania) for me. Here, they give an upbeat track with literally no meaning, except a trying-to-be-catchy composition, which works to some extent. The makers play it safe by employing four lyricists on this track, so we can’t catch the culprit who is feeding nonsense to our ears! Well, good escape!! Sharib-Toshi’s composition does appeal on and off, but when it does, something has to spoil it — either the lyrics or the vocals. Frankly, the composition is catchy. A hookline that is perfect for Bollywood and specifically, such movies in Bollywood, does grab your attention, while the other parts of the song have been composed pretty good too. Divya’s Qawwali portion is a good addition. In spite of the decent composition, the lyrics are atrocious. Manoj, Farhad, Sajid and Danish team up to give lyrics that try to be smart with a very stupid double meaning hookline, that doesn’t even shock you in the least. In the rap portion, I’m guessing written by Danish, as I can even hear him singing (though not credited!), it is suggested that the relationship of two lovers is just like that of bread and JAM! 😛 In the song, the moon gains weight (“Chaand ko chadh gayi hai charbi”) and the Sun starts talking in Arabic! (“Sooraj bhi laga bakkne Arabi”) These idiotic lines make the song appeal even more, and cater to your laughter. And the rap (I’m mentioning it again..) is a must-hear! 😂😂 On the vocals front, two singers try to save the song, with Nakash using his totally lovable voice, and Divya singing a wonderful Qawwali bit. Anmol, however, is back with her over-stylish vocals singing ‘baby’ like ‘baibaa’ and interfering by inserting random “yeaaahh”s everywhere. Earl’s rap is stupid. Sharib-Toshi’s arrangements are catchy, too. Mostly techno sounds, but they do surprise by adding good Spanish guitars and harmonium in between. A ridiculously funny start to the album! This time Sharib-Toshi do commendably well, but others spoil their work! Oh, yeah.. And salute to the lyricists! They’re surely gonna win awards worldwide for that!

 

2. Taang Uthake
Singers ~ Mika Singh, Mamta Sharma, Neeti Mohan & Sohail Sen, Backing Vocals by ~ Hrishikesh Chury & Madan Shukla, Music by ~ Sohail Sen, Lyrics by ~ Sameer Sen, Farhad-Sajid, Mamta Sharma & Sanjeev Chaturvedi

Here comes another song with a Topsy-Turvy name. Sohail Sen holds the baton for this one, and fails to do much wonder with it. The composition is the typical Bollywood-Dappankuthu combo, with the typical kuthu rhythm supporting the Bappi Lahiri-styled composition. Sohail tries hard to create another ‘Tune Maari Entriyaan’, but fails miserably. All he manages to create is a decent dance track, which isn’t a sureshot earworm. The composition being very stale and heard-before types, it does not appeal as much as ‘Tune Maari Entriyaan’ either. Sohail has roped in Mika as the lead male singer, singing for three actors, while Mamta and Neeti get their voices superimposed on each other, and thank God Neeti’s voice is clearly audible, while you have to strain your ears to hear Mamta’s, which I’m sure nobody will do. Their parts, trough, have been composed very good, and are actually catchy, especially the second antara. Mika, as always, eats up most of his words, and in a line says something like “Kiltapille pultapille”. He puts in that unusual dog sound while singing, and it seems more dog-like ever since he sang that wonderfully catchy song ‘Tu Mere Agal Bagal Hai’ (Phata Poster Nikhla Hero)! But sadly, the same magic hasn’t been repeated here. Sohail’s arrangements remind you of ‘Tune Maari Entriyaan’, and I guess he has copy-pasted the same rhythm into this song. The dhols, rock guitars, are all the same. He seems to have added the brass band and Shehnaai. And now, coming to the lyricists! Here, there are not two, not three and not even four, but a total of FIVE lyricists! (Plus, Mamta is one of them!) And what can they offer? A song about lifting up your legs and dancing the whole night! What an amazing concept!! I was really awestruck on hearing the lyrics! Too good! If you think I would say all that, you’re so much mistaken. Judge for yourself. Here are some lines — “Jhoomega body ka har part taang uthake”… So are you telling me that our legs have legs, toes have legs, fingers have legs, our eyes have legs, our ears have legs, our stomach has legs, our pancreas has legs, our appendix has legs, our lungs have legs and everything else has legs? Thanks for the wonderful lesson on anatomy! I never knew all this! 😀 Here’s another one — “Main wine Ki bottle, jismein nasha total, all the guys just want a piece of me”… No comments… So, you get the idea! All the lines are just a mishmash of supposedly “fun” words, but none appeal. It’s just a compilation of lines from various dance songs which have come and gone across the years. A catchy composition, but everything else, boring! Lyrics again, deserve a standing ovation, for giving such an unknown fact about human anatomy!

 

3. Malamaal
Singers ~ Mika Singh, Akira, Miss Pooja & Kuwar Virk, Music by ~ Mika Singh & Millind Gaba, Lyrics by ~ Rani Malik & Farhad-Sajid

Mika has already driven us crazy in ‘Taang Uthake’, and now he’s here to compose a song with Millind Gaba, someone whose songs I’ve never liked. This is a Punjabi wedding song, which has a pretty enjoyable composition, but gets boring after a minute, because if the atrocious vocals and lyrics, again! The starting has a dholak portion that sounds like the start of ‘Balam Pichkari’, but just for a second. After that, a very poorly recorded female sangeet portion, only to be disturbed by Bhangra elements like that phurr phurr sound. Mika sings in an utterly intolerable high pitch, which is sure to puncture your eardrums if you hear it for too long. The female singers don’t help. Miss Pooja’s voice isn’t as harsh as usual, but is more irritating than ever. Akira, who had a song in the recent ‘Santa Banta Pvt. Ltd.’, has only one single line in the song, which I suspect is a line that had to be replaced, because it’s smack in the middle of Miss Pooja’s stanza. And her voice is atrocious! Hear it in ‘Ishq Karle Anytime’ (Santa Banta Pvt. Ltd.) for a more detailed hearing experience. Millind and Mika have horribly and terribly recorded the “song”, if I can call it one. It sounds as if we are hearing it on a radio in some garage. Heck, garages pick up a better signal, than this song’s recording makes it sound like! Irritating Bhangra sounds make up most of the arrangements, with harmonium, techno sounds, and the quintessential tumbi pitching in occasionally. The lyrics are by Rani Malik, a pretty renowned lyricist of the 90s, and she writes lyrics that will put all the lyricists of the album to shame. They’ll wonder how they couldn’t come up with such bad lyrics and they’ll curse themselves for not torturing the listeners as much as she has. Here’s an example — “Mauka hai dastoor bhi hai, Par why you standing far. Take me in your arms raja, Like a true sardar”. It is an insult of Hinglish!! Farhad-Sajid too force their names in the lyricists list; I guess they must’ve made up one or two lines in each song, and hence, they feature as lyricists on every song. ATROCIOUS!!!! RIDICULOUS!!! YUCK!! Stepping on cow dung in the village with bare feet is better than hearing this, because at least we can wash our feet, whereas this song won’t even get washed out of your brain!

 

4. Fake Ishq
Singers ~ Kailash Kher, Nakash Aziz & Altamash Faridi, Music by ~ Tanishk Bagchi, Lyrics by ~ Arafat Mehmood & Farhad-Sajid

Tanishk is back after a mediocre and a mindblowing song in ‘Sarbjit’. I had praised him for not making his rock Qawwali ‘Allah Hu Allah’ in ‘Sarbjit’, filmy at all. And lo and behold! Here he comes with a filmy rock Qawwali, just against my wishes. Just as I expected, he overdoes the filminess, and ends up spoiling everything. The singers lineup will not make you think so, by trust me, the singing is horrendous! I’ve never seen Kailash Kher singing so badly, in such an unnecessarily high voice, and whenever I have, it sounded pleasant! Nakash’s talent has been purely wasted by making him wail random “Abbaaaa”‘s all throughout the song, which is a real pest to the ears. Altamash is the most modest, only showing up in the hookline — that too, overshadowed by Kailash’s booming voice. Nakash gets to do an atrociously worded AdLib before the Qawwali actually starts, but he sings it decently. Tanishk’s core composition is pretty boring, too, desperately trying to ape Sohail Sen’s ‘Isq Risk’ (Mere Brother Ki Dulhan) which was leagues ahead, and of a totally different level. The composition is ridiculously high-pitched, and a troublesome one too, at that. It is tooooooo dull and toooooo trying-to-be-emotional. Arrangements too, sound odd. I’ve never heard a shehnaai in a Qawwali before, and it doesn’t sound good, I’ve learned today! The rock element hasn’t been overdone, though, and thankfully, most of the arrangements are the usual tabla and harmonium. The lyrics, yet again, do not impress at all!!! “Bada fake tha pehle, yeh ishq ishq, yeh ishq ishq. Abb nek lagey hai, yeh ishq ishq”.  Wow, you must have got a very weak heart, man. “Emotion Ke jo taar hil gaye, kele Ke chhilke jaise chhil Gaye, love mein hum kill Gaye”. This line is trying so hard to be funny.. Hahahaha! Here, I laughed.. Happy? And lines like “Aeroplane Se rail ho Gaye” and “Topper se hum fail ho Gaye”, “Heaven Se hum hell ho Gaye” (pronounced by Kailash as ‘Hail’, so that makes sense, because hail comes from heaven, right?) just degrade the song even more. An insult to the Qawwali genre, a miserable copy of ‘Isq Risk’, an insult to a legend like Kailash, and a waste of his talent. Was expecting better from Tanishk!


You saw how “good” Housefull 3 was. Yes, it was funny. Yes, it is a comedy movie. But comedy movies can have better soundtracks. I think a single composer would’ve done way better on the album! And if they really wanted multiple composers, just to keep on with the trend, I guess, more experienced composers would have done better. In my opinion, Sohail should have done the Qawwali. 😀 Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Sajid-Wajid’s albums guaranteed a house full opening for the first two films… Not sure about this one, though!! 😂

 

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: Pyar Ki > Taang Uthake > Fake Ishq = Malamaal

 

Which is your favourite song from Housefull 3? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

 

Note: ‘Housefull 3’ being a June release, it will be counted in the June Music Mastani Monthly awards… Just reviewed it because ‘Waiting’ and ‘Veerappan’ albums are still awaited! 😣

GUNDAY (MUSIC REVIEW)

The music of ‘Gunday’ was also appreciated by critics as well as the public, just like the last album I reviewed, ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’. One particular song created a huge rage in the country. It was being played everywhere, literally! Even if that song is not considered, the album is full of great tracks, with awesome music! So, the fourth album I have chosen in this category is Gunday!


Album Details:-

Music by:- Sohail Sen | Lyrics by:- Irshad Kamil, Ali Abbas Zafar, Bappi Lahiri & Gautam Susmit | Music Label:-  YRF Music | Music Released On:- 7th January 2014 | Movie Released On:- 14th February 2014

Gunday Album Cover

Gunday Album Cover

 

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


 

After ‘Mere Brother Ki Dulhan’, Ali Abbas Zafar is back on the director’s chair, with Gunday. While the former was a romantic comedy, the latter is an action thriller, based on the coal mafia and set from 70s to the 80s. It featured Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor in the lead roles, with Priyanka Chopra and Irrfan Khan in the supporting roles. The music is composed by Sohail Sen, who, inspire of his immense talent, is getting very less movies! He debuted with ‘What’s Your Rashee!’ and got his next three movie with one of the biggest production houses in Bollywood, YRF. His songs in ‘Mere Brother ki Dulhan’ were awesome, and so were they in ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. Even the songs of ‘Gunday’ got very popular and that itself shows what a talented person he is! So let’s look back at his music for ‘Gunday’.


1. Jashn-e-Ishqa:- Singers ~ Javed Ali, Shadab Faridi (Original Version), Shadab Faridi (Rhythm Of Jashn-e-Ishqa), Lyrics ~ Irshad Kamil 

This is an energetic song, which describes the two protagonists. The vocals by the two singers are top-notch and they have sung this song with just the right amount of energy! Javed Ali, though his vocals are very smooth, sounds great in this song! Shadab Faridi also sounds great. They have sung alternate lines. The backing vocals ‘Jashn-e-ishqa…’ are the most magical part of this song! They keep you listening and ensure you don’t get bored, which you anyways won’t! The chorus part is the most energetic and in that too, Javed Ali does backing vocals in a different tune, creating beautiful harmony. The lyrics by Irshad Kamil are perfect for this type of ‘character’ song. ‘Loha jag him aari, sab pe hain hum bhaari..’ Great description of the two main characters! ‘Rhythm of Jashn-e-Ishqa’ is mostly an instrumental track, in which the percussion is awesome! They have tried to give the sound effect of a train, and it has worked out brilliantly! Shadab Faridi keeps repeating the word ‘Jashn-e-Ishqa’. A great song to start this album with, featuring the energetic vocals of Javed and Shadab, and just as energetic music!

 

2. Tune Maari Entriyaan:- Singers ~ K.K., Vishal Dadlani, Neeti Mohan & Bappi Lahiri (Original Version), Bappi Lahiri & Monali Thakur (Bengali Version), Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil (Original Version), Bappi Lahiri & Gautam Susmit (Bengali Version)

Just by reading the names of the singers, you can tell that something wacky is going to happen in this song! This song is full of vocal powerhouses! Right from the starting, it grabs your attention, with the Bengali lines crooned by Bappida, and till the end, I don’t think your attention level had gone down anyhwere in the song. On the contrary, it must have increased at one point, not decreased! The instruments used are mostly Indian instruments like dhols, dafli and bansuris. Apart from the Indian instruments, electric guitar seems like the main instrument in this song. It keeps on playing in the backgsod. K.K. and Vishal Dadlani harmonise well, but because of Vishal’s loud voice, K.K. is less heard! The two antaras sung by Neeti are very catchy, and they are sung with the greatest ease possible. I think the ‘o shona, o shona’ part is also sung by Bappi Lahiri and altered using some software. The lyrics by Irshad Kamil are very dhinchak! 😀 And last but definitely not the least (as it is the highlight of the whole song), the ‘tang tang tang’, how catchy a song can get has been proved with this song! The first thirty seconds and the last thirty seconds are a treat to the ears, the first being full of Bengali type music, and the last being full of South type dhols and all. The Bengali Version is the same, but translated into Bengali. Bappida has sung it well and Monali Thakur has supported him very very well! She has performed almost as perfectly as Neeti, in this version. However, one complaint against this version is that the ‘tang tang tang’ has been replaced by ‘o shona o shona’. And wherever they do say ‘tang tang tang’, it sounds like ‘pong pong pong!’ 😛 This song is one of the most catchiest songs of the decades, and I know it will be played everywhere for a long, long, long time! And it’s also a  #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Jiya:- Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

Starting with great instrumentation of the saz, it will instantly grab you and force you to keep it on repeat! The use of exotic instruments is at the greatest in this song! Firstly, I’ll talk about Arijit’s vocals. He has used his deep and rough voice in this song, but I liked it a lot! He has sung the song in two pitches, and they have been layered on top of each other to create a beautiful harmony. It instantly reminded me of ‘Saiyaara’ from ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ because of its beautiful melody and its slightly Middle-eastern feel. The percussion, and wind instruments, are used brilliantly, but the best instrumental part in this song was the violin before the second antara. Wow! It is just indescribable, the way it is played! Even the violin part before the mukhda is great as well. It ends too quickly, the same way it started, with saz. This song is a haunting romantic song, and the lyrics are brilliant. After ‘Manchala’ from ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’, here is another great example of ‘Yamak’ or ‘Homonym’. The word ‘Jiya’ here has been used as the ‘Yamak’, as it has two meanings. ‘Jiya, main na jiya’ translates to ‘Oh my life (as in Priyanka’s character) I didn’t live’. This melody can never leave my head for all it’s worth! A great haunting melody, with great arrangements and stupendous vocals! Another  #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Asalaam-e-Ishqum:- Singers ~ Neha Bhasin, Bappi Lahiri, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

A cabaret track to be performed by Priyanka Chopra needs a very bold voice, and Sohail Sen has made the right choice by choosing Neha Bhasin for this track. Her voice suits the song well and she also sings it effortlessly! Bappi Lahiri sounds great, especially in the antaras. The antaras sound exactly like a song which would have been made in the 70s. The trumpets and horns are used very nicely, sounding great throughout the song. The percussion is also done well. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics suit this song perfectly. Good song, good arrangements and great vocals!

 

5. Saaiyaan:- Singer ~ Shahid Mallya, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

This song is a great, melodious, traditional Punjabi folkish sad song (sorry for the chain of adjectives 😛 ) which is brilliantly sung by Shahid Mallya. The dholaks play a very important part in the song, and in the end they are replaced by a louder percussion instrument, maybe dhol. It also has traces of rock elements, with drums and electric guitars pitching in whenever required. The lyrics by Irshad Kamil are brilliant! The first time I heard this song, I didn’t like it that much as it felt ordinary, but after listening to it many more times, I started liking it, and after watching the movie, even more! It’s a heart-touching song. A nice, melodious song with great folk beats and exceptional singing!  #5StarHotelSong!

 

6. Mann Kunto Maula:- Singers ~ Altamash Faridi, Shadab Faridi (Original Version), Altamash Faridi, Shadab Faridi (Classical Version)

If you thought that the review of ‘Tune Maari Entriyaan’ was an essay, then brace yourselves, because this will be like a short story for you! 😀 😛 This is a kind of rock qawwali about friendship. To be frank, I didn’t pay much attention to this song when it released and so I didn’t quite understand what an awesome song it is! The Faridi brothers complement each other very well. With their voices contrasting, one very hard and ‘buland’ (Shadab) and one very soft and calm (Altamash), the track sounds even more magical. It starts like a normal qawwali with an aalaap and a verse recited very slowly, with many aalaaps and taans. But after that verse is over, it totally changes course, and in come the drums and electric guitars, turning it into a full-on Rock Qawwali! The antara has a very magical tune and it will transport you in your own world. I’m talking about the part ‘Tere baghair Jo guzre… ‘ waah! It has been sung with a lot of ease by Altamash, followed by exceptional aalaaps by Shadab! The chorus is awesome! The lyrics are also great! The Classical Version witnesses the same Rock Qawwali transform into a pure, classical Qawwali which we are all used to hearing! After ‘Kya Hoga’ from ‘Dedh Ishqiya’, Bollywood has come up with another great Qawwali, this time by a comparatively less experienced music director, Sohail Sen. This calls for applause! He has done such a great job in composing a traditional Qawwali, that I was left speechless. That too, he had to remake it from a song which was originally a rock song! This version has everything needed for a pure Qawwali from tablas, to harmoniums, to the up-beat ending! Being more of a classical-music type person, of course the classical version is my favourite version, though both are great! Sadly, due to it not being promoted at all, hardly anyone who didn’t watch the movie is aware that there is such a song in the film. In fact, I don’t think that many people who watched the film also noticed it! 😛 If you are not a classical music lover, go for the original. It you are a classical music lover, go for both! 😉 It is another  #5StarHotelSong!!

 

7. Gunday:- Singers ~ Sohail Sen, Rap by ~ Kinga Rhymes, Lyrics by ~ Ali Abbas Zafar

Starting with a contemporary rap, this song will attract many contemporary music lovers. It has the tune like an Irish folk song and the lyrics by Ali Abbas Zafar are also good. Though the music director has sung it well, I would have preferred someone like Javed Ali for this track. As far as the music is concerned, he has given a great tune to the title of the film, and no one could have made it better than him! A short track with a likeable tune. And hence the short review!

 

Overall:- Sohail Sen has composed a very well-balanced album for ‘Gunday’, with an action song, a masala entertaining song, a haunting romantic melody, a cabaret track, a sad song, a Rock Qawwali, pure Qawwali and of course, to sum up the film, a short title track! All the songs have been composed just as per the demands of the script, and still they have been very popular. Though all of them aren’t heard everywhere like those of ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’, they are still heard sometimes if not very frequently. However, one song which has created a rage throughout India and probably the whole world, can still be heard wherever you go, be it birthday parties or weddings. That song is ‘Tune Maari Entriyaan’. I just wish ‘Mann Kunto Maula’ had gotten at least some fame, such a brilliant composition it is! If ever, in the future, you wonder why Sohail Sen was absent from the music scene all through 2013, remember that he must be working on this great album, so he could surprise us in 2014! 🙂

 

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

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

 

Next “dish”:- Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi, Chefs:- Parichay, Dr. Palash Sen, Mikey McCleary, Anand Bajpai, From Albums of early 2014:- Highway, Chef:- A.R. Rahman