CRYBABYIEE WEDS NRI!! (SWEETIEE WEDS NRI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Jaidev Kumar, Palash Muchhal, Raaj Aashoo & Shah Jahan Ali
♪ Lyrics by: Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Dr. Devendra Kafir, Late Shyam Bhateja, Palak Muchhal, Shakeel Azmi & Banjara Rafi
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 24th May 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 2nd June 2017

Sweetiee Weds NRI Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE

{P.S. The song “Shiddat (Reprise)” is sung by Mohd. Irfan on Saavn and YouTube, and Sharad Patel on iTunes. Since the former is there on two sites, I will review that}


Sweetiee Weds NRI is an upcoming Bollywood rom-com, with the clichéd theme of a wedding. The film stars Himansh Kohli and Zoya Afroz in the lead roles, and is directed by Hasnain Hyderabadwala, and produced by Cyrus Dastur, Dhaval Patel, Sada Bhuvad, and Tariq Mohammed. I couldn’t care less about the plot of the film, so heading on towards the music front. We have a multicomposer album, as is the norm for T-Series, but it is shocking to not see any of the T-Series protégés working for the film. Except maybe Arko. Jaidev Kumar, Palash Muchhal, Raaj Aashoo and newcomer Shah Jahan Ali are the other composers for the film. Jaidev just gave us a better-than-the-original mata-ki-chowki recreation of Badshah’s ‘Kala Chashma’, and he gets one song here. Palash, back after doing nothing in films for three years, gets five songs all of a sudden in this film. Let me break the suspense. It is actually two songs, one of them having four versions. Raaj Aashoo, who has composed quite passable music before, gets a song and its reprise too, while Shah Jahan Ali, newcomer, gets one song too. Let me specify that even Arko has one song only. So with five composers and ten tracks, let’s see whether this grand wedding is just all quantity or has some substance too.


1. O Saathiya

Singers ~ Armaan Malik & Prakriti Kakar, Music by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Lyrics by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee

Thankfully, the first song is composed by the person whose song I was waiting for and at least expecting something from, Arko. And sure enough, the song is a pleasant and enjoyable listen. The composition is a breezy one, and starts off quite pleasantly. The soothing quality of the song continues as it progresses, and the  peak point of the song is the “Humrahi” hook, which is like fresh air. (Don’t watch that part in the video song though! 😂) There is no antara as such, the mukhda is repeated twice in the song, once by the male singer Armaan and the other time, by the female singer, Prakriti. That’s why the song ends up sounding shorter than it is, because the mukhda is repeated twice and that’s it. The arrangements are breezy as Arko’s arrangements usually are. The Acoustic guitars, and shakers and those digital beats in the hookline, giving a ballroom feel, are amazing. The interlude consists of a nice, feel-good, guitar piece, followed by a refreshing flute portion, which is in turn followed by a sweet piano piece. The vocalists carry the song out with ease, Prakriti sounding amazing with the nuanced singing. Armaan sings in that slightly uncomfortable low pitch which he rarely sings in, in the beginning, but gets better in the high pitched hookline. Arko’s lyrics are typical romantic song lyrics, but suit the ambience of the composition. A simple but sweet and effective song.

Rating: 4/5

 

2. Kudi Gujarat Di

Singers ~ Jasbir Jassi, Sonia Sharma, Akasa Singh & KD, Music by (Original and Recreation) ~ Jaidev Kumar, Original Lyrics by ~ Late Shyam Bhateja, New Lyrics by ~ Dr. Devendra Kafir, Rap Written by ~ KD

Jaidev Kumar steps in here, and with another remake, after his remake of ‘Kala Chashma’ in the recent ‘Behen Hogi Teri’. As we know, this music company’s latest fad is to remake hit Punjabi pop numbers of the 90s, and after they remade ‘Ishq Tera Tadpaave’ by Sukhbir, in ‘Hindi Medium’ last month, they choose ‘Dil Le Gayee’ by Jasbir Jassi to remake this month. And the ingenious naming system of T-Series starts again, naming this one ‘Kudi Gujarat Di’, which are just the words that appear right after ‘Dil le gayee’ in the song’s lyrics. However, I’m quite pleased with this remake. The main reason is that Jaidev Kumar, who had composed the original, which was in fact his debut, has recreated it. So he keeps the flavour of the song intact, and yet manages to add a pleasant club touch. The composition has been kept the same, and lyrics have been changed. Unlike the ‘Ishq Tera Tadpaave’ remix, this one actually is a remake. The arrangements have been changed to good club arrangements that are actually enjoyable. The techno sounds here, make the song more viable for today’s audience, who is only behind club songs. The vocals are great too, with Jasbir showing that he is still sounding as young as ever. The female singers, get very less scope, and I don’t even know which of them has sung what. A rap by someone called KD sounds very spoofish and amateurish. The new lyrics by Dr. Devendra Kafir, who wrote ‘Bolna’ (Kapoor & Sons) before this, are fun but typical. An enjoyable remake. 

Rating: 3.5/5

3. Musafir / Musafir (Reprise) / Musafir (Remix)

Singers ~ Atif Aslam & Palak Muchhal / Arijit Singh / Atif Aslam & Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Palash Muchhal, Lyrics by ~ Palak Muchhal

The next song witnesses Palash entering film music after a long time; his last release was ‘Amit Sahni Ki List’ in July 2014 if I’m not wrong. And this song, he provides in as many as three different versions. The composition is a very typical, Bhatt-ish composition that at first seems very bland and boring, but sounds better the next time. And when you start liking it, you start listening to it frequently, and after listening to it a lot, you start hating it. So like almost all Bhatt-ish songs, this song has a quite uninteresting life story. Jokes apart, Palash’s composition, though nothing innovative, provides temporary relief like Zandu Balm and sticks in your head for that short while as if it has been stuck with Fevicol. (There, I managed to put ‘Dabangg’ references in my review.) The mukhda is very typical, and so is the hookline, so much so that the first time I tried to listen to the song, I didn’t go past the hook. The antara is nothing great either. But despite all this, the song somehow manages to get in your head. So it’s like a Rohit Shetty film — not perfect, but manages to get you watching ahead. The arrangements must be the reason we are able to go forward. Both actual versions (not counting the remix for now) have different arrangements. While the Atif Aslam version has a clichéd-to-the-core acoustic guitar setting with occasional electronic tabla beats, the Arijit Singh version has better arrangements, starting off with a flute, and progressing with a more unplugged-ish acoustic background, piano and guitars. The flute really impressed throughout the song, and Palash isn’t stingy with the use of the flute. Atif’s diction is very irritating in his version, and when he says “Gira” for “Ghira”,Batakta for “Bhatakta“, and “Dikka” for “Dikha“, you can’t help but cringe. Palak joins him to repeat the mukhda at the end of the song. Arijit goes solo in his version, and he rectifies all of Atif’s diction mistakes. However, Palash makes another mistake here, which is making Arijit sing the repeated mukhda at the end, making the song seem extra long. He could have stopped after the antara, or made Palak sing it for some respite from the overbearing drowsiness. The remix is a miserable attempt to quieten the two ever-at-war fan bases of Atif and Arijit, by cramming both into one song. But why would anyone want them to be together in a remix. And I can’t even say how sappy the vocal programming sounds when Palash uses it on Atif, making him sound like a goat. The beats are typical remix beats that make your ears explode. The lyrics by Palak are suitable for the song, but again, very typical and nothing innovative. I don’t even know whether I like this one or not, so I’ll say it’s somewhere in the middle.

Rating: 2.5/5 for Musafir, 3/5 for Musafir Reprise, 0.5/5 for Musafir Remix

 

4. Wedding

Singers ~ Shahid Mallya & Palak Muchhal, Music by ~ Palash Muchhal, Lyrics by ~ Palak Muchhal

Palash’s second song is the wedding song of the album, very uncreatively titled “Wedding”. The composition is something that totally belongs to an Indian animated film for children. Come on, even children’s songs are composed more thoughtfully than this. The “Saiyaan Oh Saiyaan” refrain by Palak is very cheesy. Some of it is way too sweet to digest, and the lack of usual Punjabi arrangements, makes it even more bland. Instead, Palash uses weird-sounding techno sounds that make it sound very over-the-top. And of course, the typical brass band, which is also, unfortunately, digital. A weird EDM-ish interlude tries to makes things “cool”. Palash tries to bring in a folksy feel to the song by roping in Shahid Mallya to sing it, but he sounds so uninterested, it comes out through his singing. And the lines he’s made to sing! 😵 Palak sounds too, too, sweet, like the syrup in Gulabjamun if someone adds too much sugar. Her lyrics too, are straight out of a fairy tale; the cringeworthy Hinglish takes a toll on you by the time the song ends. When EDM and an overly sweet melody spoil everything.

Rating: 1.5/5 

 

5. Shiddat / Shiddat (Reprise)

Singers ~ Armaan Malik / Mohd. Irfan, Additional Vocals by ~ Priyanka Negi, Seepi Jha & Bhuvan Ahuja, Music by ~ Raaj Aashoo, Lyrics by ~ Shakeel Azmi

With Raaj Aashoo’s song, things take an even more downhill turn. Totally overloaded by a very overbearing melancholic sound, the song exhausts you by the time it is over. The composition is something even the Bhatts would shy away from nowadays. What’s more, the song spans for over five minutes, something utterly unbearable. And two versions. So it sadly has eleven minutes of unmerited footage in this already long album. The arrangements are typical digital beats that would be a rage if it were 2007 right now. The vocalists in neither version could keep the interest of the listener in place, till the end. Armaan, trying to be K.K., disappoints like never before. On the other hand, Mohd. Irfan in his version sings in a voice that defies the beauty of his real, silky smooth voice. The female backing vocalists are irritating throughout. I would rather not talk about the unstylish lyrics. Welcome to 2007.

Rating: 1/5 for Shiddat, 1/5 for Shiddat Reprise

 

6. Zindagi Bana Loon

Singer ~ Palak Muchhal, Music by ~ Shah Jahan Ali, Lyrics by ~ Banjara Rafi

Newcomer Shah Jahan Ali comes into Bollywood with this song, and brings yet another old-fashioned, slow-paced song into the album, much to the dislike of the audience. The tune is so complicated, with so many pauses in random places, and no indication as to whether it is a happy romantic or a sad romantic song, that you just forget about it after you hear it once. Shah Jahan Ali must have been feeling like Roop Kumar Rathod felt while composing ‘Agar Tum Mil Jao’ (Zeher), or M.M. Kreem while composing ‘Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai’ (Jism), because the song is like a wannabe version of those. The slow pace doesn’t help either. Neither do the arrangements. The guitars are played so typically, the lack of innovation makes you go crazy. Palak tries to bring nuances like Shreya Ghoshal into her singing, succeeding at none of them. She sings in such an unnaturally high-pitched voice, it even surpasses the cheesiness of ‘Kaabil Hoon’ (Kaabil). The lyrics of the song are cringeworthy again. Another staid composition.

Rating: 1.5/5

 

7. Kinara

Singer ~ Palak Muchhal, Music by ~ Palash Muchhal, Lyrics by ~ Palak Muchhal

Finally the album comes to an end. But waiting right at the end for us, is another version of ‘Musafir’ by Palash Muchhal. This time it has been disguised under another name, ‘Kinara’ because the word ‘Musafir‘ doesn’t come in the new lyrics. But it is a version of ‘Musafir’. This album has so many versions of ‘Musafir’, which means tourist. As if the album is a tourist destination! The composition and lyrics are much the same, except one line in the hook, where the lyrics have been changed. The arrangements comprise an overtly sentimental combination of violin, piano and jingle bells. Palak tries again to imitate Shreya, when she does her Female Versions, like the one of “Sunn Raha Hai” (Aashiqui 2) and that of “Hasi” (Hamari Adhuri Kahani). Even Palash tries to imitate the arrangements of the former, with those jingles and the occasional tabla. Clearly, the makers were under the false impression that the public would love ‘Musafir’ so much that they would hover around long enough to wait for a mediocre female version. 

Rating: 1.5/5 


It looks like the album of Sweetiee Weds NRI was finalized years ago. Dated melodies, arrangements that originated sometime before the dinosaurs, and a tracklist trying to imitate ‘Aashiqui 2’ with vocals that sound bland to say the least and the same vocalists used over and over again, this album isn’t really as good as the makers made it out to be when they were promoting it. Instead of Sweetiee Weds NRI, the name should’ve been Crybabyiee (you can throw a few more e’s in there if you want) Weds NRI!!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 4 + 3.5 + 2.5 + 3 + 0.5 + 1.5 + 1 + 1 + 1.5 + 1.5 = 

Album Percentage: 40%

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:  O Saathiya > Kudi Gujarat Di > Musafir (Reprise) > Musafir > Wedding = Zindagi Bana Loon = Kinara > Shiddat = Shiddat (Reprise) > Musafir (Remix)

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 14 (from previous albums) + 01 (from Sweetiee Weds NRI) = 15

 

Which is your favourite song from Sweetiee Weds NRI? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

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NEITHER GREAT, NOR GRAND, BUT DEFINITELY FULL OF MASTI!! (GREAT GRAND MASTI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sanjeev-Darshan, Sharib-Toshi & Superbia (Shaan-Gourov-Roshin)
♪ Lyrics by: Sameer Anjaan, Manoj Yadav & Kumaar
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 7th July 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 15th July 2016

Great Grand Masti

Great Grand Masti

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Great Grand Masti is an upcoming Bollywood comedy film, starring Riteish Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani and Urvashi Rautela in lead roles. The film has been directed by Indra Kumar, and produced by Sameer Nair, Aman Gill, Ashok Thakeria, Sri Adhikari Brothers and Anand Pandit. The film is the third of its type to release this year, and all I know is that both of those, namely ‘Mastizaade’ and ‘Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3’, fell flat on their noses, and I expect this one to do so, as well, so all I’m concerned about is the music. The music of ‘Mastizaade’ was a one-hit wonder, with ‘Rom Rom Romantic’ by Amaal Mallik being the only song I loved out of four other songs by Meet Bros Anjjan and Anand Raaj Anand. In ‘Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3’ too, only one song — ‘Jawaani Le Doobi’, was really addictive, out of the four, all by Sajid-Wajid. Here, we have three entities — firstly, the thrice-in-a-blue-moon (please understand what that means) composers Sanjeev-Darshan, sons of Shravan Rathod of Nadeem-Shravan. They had composed the title track for ‘Grand Masti’ and now get two songs out of four in the sequel. Next up is the consistently disappointing (at least this year) duo, Sharib-Toshi, with one song, and last up is the band Superbia, with its members being singer Shaan, and Gourov Dasgupta and Roshin Balu. They too, get one song, and so the album is very conveniently made up of songs composed by two duos and a trio. What we have to see, is exactly how enjoyable the songs actually are. (because those of ‘Grand Masti’ weren’t at all!)


1. Teri Kamar Ko
Singers ~ Sanjeev Rathod, Darshan Rathod & Kanika Kapoor, Music by ~ Sanjeev-Darshan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

An ode to the “Mastiiiiiii” from Anand Raaj Anand’s title track of the first ‘Masti’ movie, begins the album to the third instalment of the franchise. Not before long, the title of this movie comes and the peppy song takes off. Sanjeev-Darshan, who had composed a very dull and uninteresting title song fro ‘Grand Masti’, actually make up for their mistake there, with this song. This is the ideal song you want in a comedy movie — peppy, enjoyable, addictive and hummable. The duo have proved themselves in the 90s and it is commendable how they’ve evolved and are composing contemporary music, till date. Here, they do get in a bit of the templatised late 2000s sound of Bollywood, but everything is done very craftily. By craftily, I don’t mean it is a musical gem or something, but it is quite catchy, as it should be! The hook is infectious and energetic. It makes you groove along to it. The duo has composed a just as infectious tune, with three parts repeating, which are 1) the “Teri Kamar Ko” hook, 2) Kanika’s “darliiing” part, and 3) the 90s bhangra piece that goes like “oh baby teri look kamaal lagti hai…” . All three parts repeat throughout the song and mutually complement each other, to result in quite an appealing composition, overall. There is not even one word above the three parts I have mentioned, and that is kind of weird for a Bollywood song. So the mukhda is the antara and vice versa. Sanjeev-Darshan’s energetic singing too, gives the song half of its catchiness. Kanika sounds good, but not as unique as she does in other songs. It is Sanjeev-Darshan, who steal the spotlight. Arrangements are good as well. That groovy beat is present throughout the song, which is unforgettable. Brass has been used generously and it sounds great. The Punjabi part I spoke about has a great Dhol rhythm to it. Kumaar’s lyrics are enjoyable too. Especially true female part, is hilarious. Indifferent to the boys’ pleas, the clever girlfriends want a party, a ride in the car, a margarita, a diamond AND a meeting with his parents, before, in Kumaar’s words, “Jo bhi chaahe karle”! Surprisingly VERY catchy, and something that will play everywhere for a while! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Resham Ka Rumaal
Singers ~ Toshi Sabri & Soniya Sharma, Original Song by ~ Ila Arun, Music by ~ Sharib-Toshi, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

Sharib-Toshi are back after an unsuccessful stint in the first half of this year, with bad or just below average songs from ‘1920 London’, ‘Veerappan’ & ‘Housefull 3’. After composing for two ‘third instalments’ — those of ‘1920’ and ‘Housefull’, they are back in the third instalment for ‘Masti’, and this time, they remix a traditional folk song by Ila Arun, ‘Resham Ka Rumaal’, with, of course, many modern club beats and whatnot. The song actually starts off with a funky groove, but when the actual composition starts, you can’t help but daydream and get bored. The composition is really dull, and also a desperate mix of their very own ‘Emotional Fool’ (Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania) and ‘Pyaar Ki’ (Housefull 3). It is just the typical Sharib-Toshi composition for dance songs. {They have typical compositions in dance as well as romance!! :\ } The hookline is taken as it is from Ila Arun’s song, and I don’t actually like the composition of that either, so this was a nightmare, especially with the masculine voice of the female voice! That brings us to the vocals. Toshi sounds dull and bland, and as feminine as ever. The female singer sounds more masculine than him. Both sound bad, in short. She has included unnecessary nuances in order to sound cool, especially in the hookline, adding the “ha” sound everywhere she can, to make it sound kind of like this — “Rehesham kaha ruhumaahal galehe pehe dahalke tu aajana, o dude mere main, main dillihi kaha surma lagahake arree, khadi hun ca-lub kehe darwahajje pehe.” It is so irritating! I was as irritated while hearing it, as you were while reading that! And then there’s a rap that sounds stupid. The arrangements are not interesting at all, with club beats trying to elevate the song’s quality, but reducing it in the bargain. Manoj Yadav changes the hookline to make it sound more modern and ‘cool’, like changing “dildar” to “dude”, and “kab Se khadi hun darwaje pe” in the original to “khadi hun ca-lub [club] Ke darwaaje pe.” Disgusting. And then another disgusting line goes “Where are you, where are you, mujhe taiyaar karke”, to which the female singer answers with the hookline of the song in that annoying voice and pronunciation. Sharib-Yoshi and Manoj Yadav are back with another bad song! Skip!

 

3. I Wanna Tera Ishq
Singers ~ Shivranjani Singh & Shivangi Bhayana, Music by ~ Sanjeev-Darshan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

This song starts off VERRRRYYY addictively. The percussion that starts off the song really helps in attracting the listener’s attention. And the rattles after that just increase his/her interest. Sanjeev-Darshan have cone up with another catchy and haunting tune, which grabs you, but not as great as the title song. Nevertheless, it is quite groovy! The hookline is something that irritates you the first time, but gets better and better with each listen. The antara is something that has gotten stuck in my mind. The mukhda, too, attracts the listener and makes sure he doesn’t leave halfway. The arrangements are another great aspect of the song, with catchy and addictive beats, Arabic arrangements like the percussion and the rattle, which reminds me of a snake rattle for some reason. 😀 A wonderful saxophone interlude fills the gap between two stanzas, and electronic tabla beats sound great. The two lead singers really sing the song the way it is supposed to, with a sensuous tone, to make it more addictive. I can’t differentiate between the two, but both sound good (irritating at first, but again, better each time) and also remind one of Neha Kakkar. It is the lyrics where the song lacks out, as was expected. The hookline makes no sense. 😛 “I wanna tera ishq” means “I want to your love” which is nonsensical. But again, the vocals and composition saves Kumaar! Another catchy song from Sanjeev-Darshan! #5StarHotelSong!! {I haven’t had tomatoes thrown at me for a long time!! Bring it on!!}

 

4. Lipstick Laga Ke
Singers ~ Payal Dev & Shaan, Music by ~ Superbia, Lyrics by ~ Sameer Anjjan

The last song on the album goes into the calmest mode of the album, more like Indipop of 2000s, with Superbia (a trio comprising Shaan, Gourov Dasgupta & Roshin Balu) behind the composition and arrangements. The trio composes a decent song, which could’ve easily topped the charts, but in the time period I mentioned — the 2000s. In this decade, too, it is sounding good, but just that. The song is a like Punjabi pop number, with a slow-paced tune arranged on an overdose of tumbi, making it sound like a Kanika Kapoor song without Kanika Kapoor, and a Kanika Kapoor song without Kanika Kapoor is like ice cream without ice cream! 😦 😂😂😂 Nevertheless, the trio have made a nice instrumentation for themselves in the song, with a great guitar riff, and nice shehnais throughout. It is just the tumbi that sounds unnecessarily overdone. The “oh saiyyan ve” is crazily infectious, even in its slow pace! Payal Dev sounds good here, and at least she doesn’t sound irritating (like in “Veerappan”), but her voice sounds pretty addictive. And Shaan sings in a different avatar after a loooooonnnngggg time. His goody-goody songs are done I hope, and he features in an outright baddy-baddy song here, and sounds great rapping in Punjabi! A pleasant surprise for his peers. At least he didn’t add his too-sugary voice here, and spoil the song! Sameer’s lyrics are ATROCIOUS though. They’re too ridiculous to be talked about, but here are some highlights: “Lipstick lagake tenu loot liya ve / akhiyaan milake heart attack diya ve.” Excuse me, what’s “Myocardial infarction” then?? :\ I’m pretty sure Sameer learnt Biology with the lyricists of ‘Taang Uthake’, who are of the opinion that all our body parts have legs! A good composition, but a bit predictable and “on-and-off” type grooviness.


I never expected Great Grand Masti to have good songs. At the most, I was expecting one great song and the rest time pass. Yes, I know all are time pass songs, but for me, two of them stood out, and those are the two composed by the most senior composers, Sanjeev-Darshan. I know they’re ridiculous and I usually thrash such songs, but why thrash them when the movie needs such ridiculous songs. On one hand, we can have ridiculous songs with bad compositions (‘Housefull 3’) and on the other, they can have really addictive tunes (like these two). Even Superbia comes up with a functional composition, and partially gains my interest, but it is only Sharib-Toshi who disappoint. Again. And again. And again… All in all, it is an album that is neither great, nor grand, but full of ‘Masti’ for sure!!

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Teri Kamar Ko > I Wanna Tera Ishq > Lipstick Laga Ke > Resham Ka Rumaal

 

Which is your favourite song from Great Grand Masti? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂