MUSIC KA MAIDAAN FATEH NA HO PAAYA! (SANJU – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: A.R. Rahman, Rohan-Rohan & Vikram Montrose
♪ Lyrics by: Irshad Kamil, Shekhar Astitwa, Puneet Sharma & Rohan Gokhale
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 29th June 2018
♪ Movie Released On: 29th June 2018

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Sanju Album Cover

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Sanju is a Bollywood biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Dia Mirza, Vicky Kaushal, Sonam Kapoor, Karishma Tanna, Jim Sarbh and Anushka Sharma among others. The film is directed by Rajkumar Hirani, and produced by him along with Vidhu Vinod Chopra. We all know how Sanjay Dutt features in almost all of Hirani’s films, save ‘3 Idiots’. However, Hirani says he never got to know him personally until one day he started talking about all his hardships during an emotional breakdown. That lit a lamp in Hirani’s mind, and he decided to make a biopic. Now, I can’t comment on the movie as I haven’t watched it yet, but I can sure do a music review, right? 🤣 The music of the film has been composed by three composer entities (one being a duo), Rohan-Rohan, Vikram Montrose and A.R. Rahman. It’s surprising to see Rahman first of all in a multicomposer album, because whenever he did those in the past, it was because he left midway due to other commitments. But here, he was the last addition reportedly! Rohan-Rohan have two songs, and it isn’t their Hindi debut; that happened four years ago with ‘Mumbai Delhi Mumbai’, but it is Vikram’s Hindi film debut — he has done some Hindi pop songs and a Marathi album called ‘Bhay’, which was mediocre. Also, I’ve noticed that Hirani uses music as a prop to take the story forward, but not even in the way other filmmakers do (they’ll have a song play in the background and all). No, Hirani will have a full-fledged four-minute song sequence, but it’ll make the moment fun and enjoyable. However, the music itself isn’t always up to the mark. His favourite film album of mine is ‘Pk’, because the music actually was good there. Let’s check out how the music is with ‘Sanju’, though you might already know by my review’s headline. Sorry. I’m dimwitted that way.


Rohan-Rohan are the ‘chosen ones’ who get to begin this album. And they do it in quite a quirky manner too! Main Badhiya Tu Bhi Badhiya is a song that is supposed to be an old song that the character are singing in the 80s, so the song is composed like a 50s nok-jhhok number. It starts with a wonderful opening prelude, which instantly sucks you into the 50s. Sunidhi’s voice modulation is fantastic, and is obviously one of the best vocal renditions of the year. Sonu Nigam, in comparison seems weak, but I wonder, since he can mimic so well, why didn’t he sing in a nasal tone, as well? He still has sung in one, but it could’ve been more pronounced I feel. Rohan-Rohan’s composition is fun, but takes some time getting used to. And Puneet Sharma’s lyrics are very quirky and funny, especially the part when they talk about ‘family planning’ or rather, the lack of it. The song somewhat addresses Sanjay Duty’s commitment issues, and it’s the typical Hirani way of presenting a serious topic in such a flippant and casual way.

Rohan-Rohan’s second song doesn’t fare too well. Bhopu Baj Raha Hain tries to start with a retro sound as well, trumpets blaring, bhopus belting out weird noises, but it soon transcends into a very weird zone. Nakash Aziz was the obvious choice for the song, and I must say Rohan-Rohan’s arrangements are enjoyable, but I’m sure nobody will listen to this song again. There’s not magnetism or attractiveness to it. The antaras are poorly structured, and I’d never expect this song to be in any big commercial film. The worst part is that this is a Hirani film. Though the duo has tried to create the Hirani zone in this song as well, I feel it could’ve been less effervescent. The lyrics by Rohan Gokhale and Shekhar Astitwa are just a bunch of words you never think much about.

Vikram Montrose, the debutant, also starts off his share of the album with a song that everyone would love because of the motivational touch, the powerful vocals and the inspirational lyrics. Kar Har Maidaan Fateh does carry thag irresistibly moving sound, I agree. The choice of Sukhwinder Singh wasn’t surprising, but the choice of Shreya Ghoshal was surprising, and the way she sings is even more surprising — she sings quite lower than she usually sings. She shines even then, though. Sukhwinder Singh’s parts sound almost heard-before and nothing new, but because of the freshness Shreya brings through her low pitch, the song reaches different levels of awesomeness. Vikram arranges is quite standardly, with rock guitars, percussions, and drums. However, the violin playing the hookline in the interludes, is amazing. Also, the composition took some time to grow on me, but when it did, I couldn’t get it out of my head. All in all, it was a good debut for Montrose.

His second song Baba Bolta Hain Bas Ho Gaya, is hinged on the quirky lyrics by Puneet Sharma and Rohan Gokhale. Papon brings a different, rough texture to his otherwise smooth voice, but I enjoyed Ranbir’s parts more. And Supriya Pathak (not the one you’re thinking of) sings her lines quite funnily. The groove and gun sounds throughout the song have been overused so many times in so many gangster movies in Bollywood, that it sounds boring here. The song is also unbearably long, at just under than 5 minutes. However, I’m sure this song is for the theatres.

And then enters A.R. Rahman, who gets two songs too. Ruby Ruby starts with that irresistible bass line, followed by the wonderful guitars (Keba Jeremiah) and a grungy voice keeps whispering “Rrrrrubyy”. When the actual melody starts, you are initially confused, and the song takes some listens to get used to, but since it depicts Dutt’s drug addiction phase, I think it’s deliberately composed like that — so many lines repeating so many times; there’s actually three discernible different parts in the song that keep repeating over and over. And it sends us into a trance. The percussions are amazing too, as are the strings! Shashwat Singh masters the grunge very well, and I especially loved the part when he does the descension from ‘Tu bhi, ruby, ruby…’. Poorvi Koutish is a capable backing vocalists, and her ‘la la la’ is so haunting, it sucks you in.

Speaking of haunting, Rahman’s next song Mujhe Chaand Pe Le Chalo is just that. A sensuous composition, rendered just perfectly by Nikhita Gandhi, the song immediately has you hooked. It has a number of lines ending with high notes, which Nikhita holds so wonderfully. The rhythm Rahman employs in the background is intriguing, and reminds you of ‘Muskaanein Jhoothi Hai’ from ‘Talaash’ with the shakers, the subtle percussion, and very muffled strings that give the song an even more sensuous atmosphere. Irshad Kamil writes lyrics that suit the ambience of the song, and I feel that the song itself can transport you to the moon. Also, Nikhita hums so brilliantly at the end of the song. 😍


Sanju turns out to be the weakest Hirani album for me, due to the meaningless quirks from the newer songs by the younger composers, that just brings the album down. The music field has sadly not been conquered by Hirani this time.

Total Points Scored by This Album: 8 + 5 + 8 + 6 + 8.5 + 9 = 44.5

Album Percentage: 74.17%

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: Mujhe Chaand Pe Le Chalo > Ruby Ruby > Main Badhiya Tu Bhi Badhiya = Kar Har Maidaan Fateh > Baba Bolta Hain Bas Ho Gaya > Bhopu Baj Raha Hain

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INNOVATIVE! EMOTIONAL! ENJOYABLE! EXPERIMENTAL! BEAUTIFUL! (SARBJIT – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Amaal Mallik, Tanishk Bagchi, Jeet Gannguli, Shashi-Shivamm, Shail-Pritesh
♪ Lyrics by: Rashmi-Virag, Sandeep Singh, A.M. Turaz, Jaani, Late Haider Najmi & Arafat Mehmood
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 29th April 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 20th May 2016

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Sarbjit Album Cover

 

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Sarbjit is an upcoming Bollywood biographic drama film, starting Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Randeep Hooda, Richa Chadda and Darshan Kumar. The film is directed by ‘Mary Kom’ fame Omung Kumar, and produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Bhushan Kumar, Sandeep Singh, Omung Kumar, Deepshikha Deshmukh, Krishan Kumar, Jackky Bhagnani and Rajesh Singh. The film portrays the struggle of Sarabjit Singh (Randeep Hooda), an Indian national who was convicted of terrorism and spying by a Pakistani court, through the eyes of his sister, Dalbir Kaur (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan). Sarabjit’s wife, Sukhpreet is played by Richa Chadda. Sarbjit’s sister Dalbir fought with the Pakistani Government for nearly 23 years before Sarbjit being declared as innocent. Sarbjit’s case is fought by Awais Sheikh (Darshan Kumar). The film narrates the heart-wrenching story of Sarabjit and his sister and wife. In ‘Mary Kom’, I remember how I was expecting barely four songs, and I got the surprise of seven songs, and a stellar album (scoring a सां on the blog). Here, I expected many songs, because it’s natural looking at the long list of music directors. I expected a maximum of seven songs, and lo and behold! I get ten! 😀 I don’t know where so many songs will go in a biopic, but I can assume one thing for sure, that the songs will be mind blowing just like ‘Mary Kom’, which made me believe that Omung Kumar has a very great music sense. There are five entities, and seven people behind the music this time, and all have had successful stints in the past. The first is Amaal Mallik (with one song); I don’t have to introduce him, do I? And I don’t need to tell you about his past hits, because you already know! So I expect a lot from his as usual. The next is Jeet Gannguli, also with one song, who didn’t quite impress this year with ‘Sanam Re’, but impressed with his single in ‘One Night Stand’, so expecting a good one here too! The next composers are duo Shail-Pritesh, with their Bollywood debut. Shall Hada and Pritesh Mehta have been assistants of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, so again, expecting good music, if not great! Also, their maiden Marathi album ‘Carry On Maratha’ last year was spectacular! And they have five songs… So that explains it. 😀 Tanishk Bagchi, who scored this year with ‘Bolna’ (Kapoor & Sons), and had one of the greatest hits of last year ‘Banno’ (Tamu Weds Many Returns), has two songs in this album. Expectations are a lot from this youngster too! Last but definitely not the least, both the composers from ‘Mary Kom’, Shashi Suman and Shivamm Pathak, come together for a song, having worked separately in ‘Mary Kom’. Why would I expect great things from them, either? 😀 So, with this huge album’s huge introduction, I know you are already exhausted, but there’s lots more… Sorry!! 😀 Read on to see how emotionally right the album of ‘Sarbjit’ is!! 🙂


1. Salamat
Singers ~ Arijit Singh & Tulsi Kumar, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Rashmi-Virag

Amaal gets to open the album, and wow! He takes full advantage of the fact that he has only one song in such a huge album, by giving something spectacularly good. To start with, electric guitars give a single blare, quickly followed by wonderful sarangi, harmonium and beautiful sparkling sounds. This is just the beginning of the soulful arrangements. The splendid arrangements continue throughout the whole song, and never fail to catch your attention. It is Amaal’s composition, though, which plays the lead role in the song, and that’s how it should always be! Have a strong composition, and the rest falls in place all by itself (of course, there are some exceptions!). A soulful song, with every note touching your heart deeply, is probably the best thing that you could ever find in an album. What’s more, Amaal composed it owhen he was just 17 years old! What a remarkable feat, because the composition is his most mature composition EVER, and it deserves nothing but many rounds of applause, which would also seem less. The antara, though, is the same tune as the ‘Hero’ theme song. 😀 Loved how Amaal incorporated that here! Going the Himesh way, who put ‘Desi Beat’ (Bodyguard) into ‘Son Of Sardaar’ title song, and ‘Main Jahaan Rahoon’ (Namastey London) into ‘Lonely’ (Khiladi 786). 😀 Amaal goes the traditional way for arrangements, of course, adding some modern twists, to create a pan-generational appeal. What I have to endlessly praise, is that, even though he has added some modern elements, like electric guitars and all, he has made sure not to go overboard, and that is what I appreciate about him —  he knows how much is right, and the songs are perfectly done. Traditional instruments include the tablas, woodwinds (they sound oh so beautiful!!!), dafli, harmonium and so many more instruments just making small cameos. The first interlude has a traditional string instrument which has been amplified and made to sound like an electric guitar, while the second interlude has been decorated wisely with the flutes. The flutes have to get a special mention for being used so beautifully all throughout the song, especially the last time the hookline is sung. Speaking about vocals, Arijit sounds as majestic as ever, possibly even more, and his low-pitched voice which I never like, suddenly appealed to me a lot! Tulsi, too, sings exceptionally well! She must sing like this more often!! Both of them score great together again, after ‘Soch Na Sake’ (Airlift). Rashmi and Virag write some soulful romantic lyrics, typical Bollywood style, but still appealing, especially the different words in the hookline each time. What a brilliant start to the album by Amaal! Amaal’s most mature composition hands-down! And the flutes!! 😘 #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Dard
Singer ~ Sonu Nigam, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Rashmi-Virag & Jaani

The next song starts similarly, with the sarangi notes touching each corner of the heart and making our eyes watery. (Okay, that’s exaggeration.. 😝) Anyway, the instrument always sounds very majestic, and so, it is an appreciated start to the song. Jeet composes this one, with Sonu behind the mic, ready to stun the audiences again. Jeet’s composition is totally emotional and it will make you emotional, especially when you try to sing along. The line ‘Jo tujhe lagta baarish hai, woh main hoon jo ro-oon’, has been crafted soooooo beautifully! I loved that line so much, it can’t be explained in words. The whole song, in fact, seems to be composed really carefully, unlike today’s timepass songs that are composed in seconds by adding techno beats and a repetitive rhythm, and become super-duper hits. Jeet has given such a composition last year too, with ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’ title song. He knows how to make songs emotional and heart-touching even if they sound overdramatic sometimes. Yes, this song does sound a bit too dramatic, but Jeet has somehow managed to make it very lovable! Both the mukhda and antara share this property. There is a paragraph that comes once in the song, and it is the peak point of the song, like the climax of a movie. The instrumentation suddenly intensifies there and the vocals go high-pitched and also, the composition is more intense there. This paragraph is “Pankh agar hote…” Marvelous! Jeet’s arrangements in the song are spectacular. Acoustic guitars, sarangi, cello, dafli and violins make up the main arrangements. Digital beats support the whole song. Sonu’s voice never disappoints me, and it appeals here too. He has one of those magical voices that nobody can ever match. He renders Jeet’s heart-wrenching composition with so much ease, that it is unbelievable, but believable only because it’s him! By the way, I can totally imagine Rahat Fateh Ali Khan singing this one; if only there was a reprise! Rashmi-Virag and Jaani team up to write brilliantly heart touching lyrics, and since they’re so good, I don’t care that it took three people to write them! It makes perfect sense, in fact. 🙂 A wonderful song from Jeet; I consider it as one of his best! And with it, the album gets yet another #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Tung Lak
Singers ~ Sukhwinder Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shail Hada & Kalpana Gandharv, Backing Vocals ~ Deepti Rege, Mayuri Patwardhan, Roshni, Hargun, Music by ~ Shail-Pritesh, Lyrics by ~ Sandeep Singh

Shail-Pritesh step in for the next song, which will be their Bollywood debut song. The duo get an upbeat Punjabi bhangra number, which is pretty heavy for a celebratory song. I’ll explain. The song starts off with a high-pitched couplet sung by Shail, which is highly impressive. Then the song starts off, complete with the typical bhangra noises made from the mouth, which is impossible to explain. 😄 The hookline is catchy, but doesn’t have a universal appeal. The composition is, as I said, heavy on the ears. And a celebratory song should be light! The makers have tried to recreate the magic of ‘Gallan Goodiyaan’ (Dil Dhadakne Do), but that had a prominent modern sound to it, and hence appealed even though it was kind of heavy. I have to applaud the efforts, though! The duo has included many twists and turns in the composition, and it is quite difficult to understand what’s going on. Arrangements are awesome, with typical Punjabi dhols, dhadd, nagada, tumbi and the vocal sounds. There is a weird dubstep treatment in one paragraph, which leaves you wondering, “Is this 1990 (the time period of the movie, or rather, the starting period of the movie) or 2015?” The singers are spot-on with their rendition, though. Sukhwinder Singh never disappoints in such songs, and singing such a fast-paced composition with so much energy, is not an easy feat! Kudos to him! Sunidhi Chauhan sounds like what she sounded in the 2000s, maybe because the song sounds like that. The song also has a 90s feel (it’s supposed to, but I don’t think that’s deliberate! :P) Shail is good in additional vocals, while Kalpana (The Haryanvi ‘Old School Girl’ from ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ singer) has a rap portion which she handles well, but again, it seems out of place. The lyrics are celebratory, and suit the occasion, but not so amusing as they were meant to be. The song has left me in a fix. I don’t seem to understand it. It seems a mishmash of tunes of various Punjabi songs, and it’s WAY TOO COMPLEX for a celebratory song!

 

4. Rabba
Singer ~ Shafqat Amanat Ali, Music by ~ Tanishk Bagchi, Lyrics by ~ Arafat Mehmood

Young composer Tanishk steps in with his first song of the album, and brings in Shafqat Amanat Ali, a voice we’ve not heard for quite some time now. The song is a melancholic song composed on a Middle-Eastern template, of which the beats are groovy. The composition itself, I found a bit overdramatic at places. It has quite a dated feel to it, but Shafqat takes it higher with his deep and silky vocals. Tanishk tries to do justice to the theme of the movie, but the composition is not something that you would call catchy. Arrangements are good, with flutes, santoor and some electric guitars too. However, again, they are heard-before and turn out to make the composition pretty dull and make it sound more monotonous. The antara gets really boring at a particular moment, and at that time, it seems like a task to continue with the song. The lyrics too, are not very impressive. Backing vocals seem to be trying hard to impress, but don’t. An exhausting composition, whose saving grace is Shafqat’s vocals and the Middle-Eastern template (a bit).

 

5. Meherbaan
Singers ~ Sukhwinder Singh, Shail Hada & Munnawar Masoom, Music by ~ Shail-Pritesh, Lyrics by ~ A.M. Turaz

Take a look at the singers and you get no prizes for guessing that the song is a Qawwali. Shail-Pritesh have done a wonderful job at composing a Qawwali that follows the traditional template, and also hooks you. Sukhwinder, again using his magical voice, starts off the song, to be joined by Munnawar in the AdLib. And after that, the real fun part of every Qawwali starts, when the tablas start all of a sudden, and everything falls into perfect rhythm. A wonderful sitar-tabla jugalbandi has been showcased by the duo, and that is what invokes the “waaah”, at the sheer beauty of it all. The duo has used such beautiful arrangements all throughout the Qawwali! Following the regular Qawwali template, they still manage to give something innovative, by using no, or very little, harmonium! I mean, I thought a Qawwali is nothing without a harmonium! This Qawwali, however, relies on the sitar mostly to do its job. And boy, does it work! The rapid way in which the sitar is played, it would take sheer concentration and talent to do that! And the duo is full of that, it seems! The composition, like all Qawwalis, will not appeal to all, but to me, it sounded realllly catchy. The hookline sounds better because of the arrangements, otherwise, such a simple hookline wouldn’t sound so good in a Qawwali. However, the other parts have been composed very well! Especially the line before the hookline, “Toh phir karde khatam yeh jo sarhad hai hamaare darmiyaan”. Wow!! What a stupendous tune! And it provides a seamless transition from the mukhda to the hookline. On the vocals front, Sukhwinder fortunately handles the most part of the song. Munnawar & Shail too have a good number of parts, yet it feels like Sukhwinder is that main singer, the one who sits in front of all the rest in a baithak. 😂😂 Towards the end, all three do a great jugalbandi, withh Munnawar and Sukhwinder handling aalaaps, Shail handling the hookline. And towards the end, this Qawwali breaks into full bhangra mode for some reason, with dhols and the nagada. Turaz’s lyrics are apt for a Qawwali, and like all Qawwalis, they are situational words, and suits a devotional Qawwali. A great harmonium-less Qawwali, with a great trio of singers, and a beautiful composition from the duo! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Barsan Laagi
Singer ~ Shail Hada, Music by ~ Shail-Pritesh, Lyrics by ~ A.M. Turaz

A wonderful, feel-good sitar solo starts off the song, with Shail’s aalaaps accompanying it. Once he starts singing the real composition, you can’t help but go “Wooooowww!!!” Atleast, that’s what I felt! The song is a breath of fresh air after the heavy songs of the album up till now. Shail-Pritesh’s composition is sooooo beautiful, I really felt like it was one of Rahman’s 2000s compositions, and I also felt like it was one of those beautiful Lata Mangeshkar songs from the 1950s! There is a lot of magic in the composition, and when songs make you feel rejuvenated and refreshed, you have got to notice that there is a certain spark of magic in them. This song is one of those. The duo has put before us an exquisite, radiant, semi-classical composition, which is really hard to dislike. The hookline, which has nothing to do with the title of the song, “Aaj malang nu savran de, Khushiyon da pani barsan de”, is just simply charming. The antaras are sweet, but definitely not simple, nevertheless they shine like gems in the song. About the arrangements, what can I say?? They are just too captivating and enchanting for me to say anything. The aforementioned sitar has a prominent part, in both a low pitch and high pitch, and acoustic guitars have been used well in the hookline, along with ravishing strings. The matka sounds exceptionally sweet, too! There are shehnais at places too, waiting to astonish you with their wonderful sound. Shail’s vocals are beautiful too! No wonder he was Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s favourite! His voice has the right texture — a mix of rustic and smoothness. Turaz yet again, writes marvelous lyrics! A feel-good song, which will really lift up your mood! Shail-Pritesh excel in the composition, arrangements and Shail sing is it out beautifully! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

7. Allah Hu Allah
Singers ~ Altamash Faridi, Shashaa Tirupati & Rabbani Mustafa, Additional Vocals by ~ Arsh Mohammed & Supriya Pathak, Music by ~ Tanishk Bagchi, Lyrics by ~ Late Haider Najmi (Traditional), Additional Lyrics by ~ Arafat Mehmood

Tanishk’s next song is a fusion Qawwali, with a striking rock template. After a mediocre song, ‘Rabba’, he impresses highly with this second song of his. First of all, the composition is really complicated, yet it has the appeal to all kinds of people, especially music lovers! Many twists and turns in the composition ensure it to appeal even more. The chorus “Apna kar lijo mohe, daras de dijo mohe, karam kar dijo mope” has been composed so beautifully, it is impossible not to like it. And the whole song is just as likable and soulful. Each line holds something new in store, and the fact that it has been composed on the roopak taal, with seven beats, increases its attractiveness manifold for me. To me, that rhythm sounds very classy and I love any song composed on it! The offbeat treatment done in the antara, where the words don’t necessarily fit right into the rhythm, has turned out really beautiful. Arrangements are beautiful too. Qawwali instruments like tablas, harmonium, and then simple clapping blended gracefully with modern styles of music like rock with the rock guitars, drums, make for a very interesting listen. It sounds very enticing as long as it plays. The bulbultarang too, sounds great in the beginning. However, the tablas are what won my heart over. 😍 They have been beautifully done, and the rock guitars complement them BEAUTIFULLYYY! A wonderful flute interlude is not to be missed, either. Vocals are spot-on, and the two male singers can’t really be differentiated, while Shashaa sings only in the chorus with them; most of the song is a chorus song, though. Haider Najmi’s traditional lyrics have been really well-used, and thank God they have been used so wonderfully, while Arafat writes apt new lyrics too. So Tanishk makes up for his mediocre song with this highly awe-inspiring song! IMPRESSIVE is all I can say!! The Rock-Qawwali has never been done so well, without sounding too filmy! A winner in all departments! I can hear this one on loop! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

8. Mera Junoon
Singer ~ Shail Hada, Music by ~ Shail-Pritesh, Lyrics by ~ A.M. Turaz

The Sikh devotional song ‘Jo Mange Thakur’ starts off this song, along with some flutes plauign around the vocals. Shail-Pritesh’s fourth song, this one is a melancholic song but motivating nevertheless. The composition is painfully soulful, and touches the heart, quite unusually. Usually, such songs seem overdramatic, but here, the emotions have been well woven into the song, so as to make it seem justified. And it sounds a lot like a Sanjay Leela Bhansali composition. This composition too, has many twists and turns, so making it pretty difficult to follow it, yet striking some chord somewhere with the listeners. Especially the hookline, is something stellar. Shail’s heart-touching rendition makes the song all the more believable, and the spectacular lyrics by Turaz describe the determination and passion of a sister, still looking for her brother, even after so many failures. And Shail has brought the lyrics to life with his lively rendition. Arrangements done by the duo are fabulous as well. The percussion rhythm playing all throughout the song is the base of the song, while flutes and woodwinds join occasionally, only to add more magic into the already magical ambience. The guitars too, have been played well. As I said earlier, A.M. Turaz has written motivating lyrics that describe the feelings of a very strong-willed person. Another complete package! This is how melancholia should ideally be portrayed! Perfect! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

9. Nindiya
Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Shashi-Shivamm, Lyrics by ~ Sandeep Singh

Shashi Suman and Shivamm Pathak, the two masterminds behind the ‘Mary Kom’ album, come together for a single song, after having worked separately in that album. In ‘Mary Kom’, Shashi had composed a simple, sweet lullaby, ‘Chaoro’, which had been beautifully sung by Priyanka Chopra. This time, Shashi, along with Shivamm, goes a step further and cranks it up a notch higher. The composition this time is really complex and layered, unlike the one-dimensional lullaby that ‘Chaoro’ was. This one has many dimensions. On one note it sounds sweet and simple, while on the next, it suddenly sounds haunting. I really get the goosebumps WHENEVER I hear this song, no matter how many times I’ve heard it before. It has this magical feel to it, and this time, the magical feel surpasses the magical feel of all the other songs of the album — it actually sounds realistic! I really can’t explain it all, but you will have to hear it yourself! It is just a spectacular song from the two! Arijit’s vocals are a brilliant choice; when he sings in the soft and husky voice, his voice sounds really soothing, so here’s anothter thing in favour of the duo. Arrangements are splendid too. Strings make up most of the arrangements, be it violins or folk instruments. Other sound effects like chimes have been used properly to make the song sound like a lullaby, with the harp pitching in at places! The flute too, helps in making the song something to hear again and again. Sandeep Singh’s lyrics are calming too, and with the composition, it sounds even better! At under three minutes, this is the song that stands tall above them all! That’s all I can tell you!! For further information, hear the song!!! BRILLIANCE AT ITS PEAK! 👌👌 #5StarHotelSong!!

 

10. Sarbjit (Theme)
Vocals ~ Shail Hada, Music by ~ Shail-Pritesh

With all those extraordinary songs, there should be an instrumental theme to top it off, right? I mean, albums sound complete with an instrumental! 😀 So, the makers of ‘Sarbjit’ decide to give an instrumental theme to finish off the album. Shail-Pritesh manage to make a haunting piece of music, with the strings playing the major role in it. The sarangi in a very low pitch handle almost everything in the track. The percussion beats in the background are catchy too. Shail pitches in with some ravishing vocals and it sounds even better. Towards the end, the song starts going uphill until it reaches a climactic part where brass, strings and percussion all meet each other at their respective majestic bests. A three minute instrumental that will transport you to the BGM of any Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie, and also, a ravishing finish to the album by Shail-Pritesh, the stars of the album! #5StarHotelSong!!


Albums like Sarbjit are very rare nowadays. The makers of ‘Sarbjit’ have really been very brave by having such an album. By “such”, I mean an album which isn’t afraid of not being noticed, an album which clearly doesn’t rely on commercial stuff, and treads its own path, ignorant of the hullabaloo around it. Not all of the songs would appeal to the masses, except maybe ‘Salamat’ and ‘Dard’. The others are strictly instrumental in carrying the story forward. And that’s what I appreciated about the album. Innovative! Emotional! Enjoyable! Experimental! Beautiful!

 

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 {Ohhh this is gonna be tough!!}Nindiya > Allah Hu Allah > Salamat = Dard > Barsan Laagi > Meherbaan > Mera Junoon > Sarbjit (Theme) > Tung Lak > Rabba

 

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

 

Next: A Surprise! 😀

A PARINDA WITH SMALL WINGS FLIES HIGH!!! (ISHQ KE PARINDEY – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Vijay Verma, Rashid Khan & Sajjad Ali
♪ Lyrics by: Shakeel Azmi, Manthan, Irshad Khan, Sajjad Ali, Tanveer Ghazi & Shakir Khan
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 15th April 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 24th April 2015

Ishq Ke Parindey Album Cover

Ishq Ke Parindey Album Cover

 

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Ishq Ke Parindey is an upcoming Bollywood romantic drama film, starring Rishi Verma and Priyanka Mehta as the male and female lead respectively. The film has been directed by Shakir Khan, and produced by Shyam Motion Pictures. The story revolves around two lovebirds (Ishq Ke Parindey… LOL! 😝😝), Sheen (a Pakistani girl played by Priyanka Mehta) and Faiz (an Indian boy played by Rishi Verma). Of course, the families don’t agree, what with all the Indo-Pak conflict going on for ages, and we all can predict what happens next. So, the plot is nothing extraordinary, nor does it showcase anything unique, but I would call it rather seemingly boring. However, what pushed me to review this album, as it always should be, was the music of the film. You must have been wondering why I’ve chosen to do such a small album, and I’ll tell you why. It’s because I was totally taken aback by the wonderful music of the first two song promos, that I decided to review this album, too. The music of this film has been given by Vijay Verma (who had composed a song in ‘Chakravyuh’ in 2012), Rashid Khan (‘Deewana Kar Raha Hai’ – Raaz 3, ‘Kabhi Aayine Pe’ – Hate Story 2) and Sajjad Ali [Chandwani] (‘Khwaabb’). Out of the three, only Rashid Khan is well-known to me, and so I was not expecting a lot from this album, UNTIL the first two song promos came and surprised me! Here are my thoughts about the album! 🙂


1. Ek Hatheli / Ek Hatheli (Sad) / Ek Hatheli (Remix)
Singers ~ Sonu Nigam & Keka Ghoshal / Sonu Nigam / Vijay Verma & Supriya Pathak, Music by ~ Vijay Verma, Lyrics by ~ Shakeel Azmi

This song excited me right from seeing Sonu Nigam’s name as one of the singers. I was expecting quite a lot from it right from then. And boy, were my expectations fulfilled! When you have a sweet, memorable composition, an awesome singer as Sonu Nigam, and cute lyrics, what can possibly go wrong? The result is a song, that has the whole capacity to attract masses and true music lovers. Though the tune is nothing fresh, and something of the type we have heard and loved many times in the past, it has that freshness which binds you to fall in love with it. The mukhda and both antaras, have been composed simply and very efficiently, ensuring itself a good, wide audience. What’s more, Sonu and Keka (who I don’t think is related to Shreya Ghoshal in any way) have brought in the sweetness and cuteness of the song. Both of them sing beautifully, and do justice to the sweet romantic composition. As for the arrangements by Vijay, they are a great amalgamation of traditional instruments like flute, and contemporary ones like guitars, thus promising a great listening experience for both Classical music lovers and Modern music lovers. Shakeel’s lyrics are also nothing new, yet good enough to bring smiles on our faces, and they suit the sweet composition, or vice versa, whatever he the case. Though the original version impresses, there is a “Sad Version” which doesn’t produce many sparks, only because of the fact that, the composition itself is predominantly a romantic, and sweet-sounding one, not suitable to become a sad one. Also, when they have made the sad version, they have just slowed the pace a bit and added strings in the backdrop, just for dramatic effect, which doesn’t do any effect whatsoever. Anyways, Sonu renders it beautifully. There is remix version, strangely sung by the composer and someone name Supriya Pathak (I’m sure it’s not the same Supriya Pathak you and I are thinking of. 😂) Beats are good, but nobody would go for this one, simply because everyone hates remixes now! All in all, only go for the original version, a beautiful, sweet and romantic melody sung and composed beautifully, and the original version is also a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Dil Tod Ke
Singer ~ K.K., Music by ~ Vijay Verma, Lyrics by ~ Manthan

Now this second song, is the one which made me make this firm decision that I would, no matter what, review this small and unnoticed album. I was taken in by the magical tune and vocals of this song. So let’s see what exactly lured me into the trap of reviewing this album. (It’s a pretty good trap, though! 😀 ) First of all, the song starts with very attractive guitar riffs and some mellow notes played on the flute, which you can’t help but fall for! As soon as K.K., the very, very less-heard-nowadays singer starts singing the composition, you can’t suppress that waah! which comes out from your mouth, or if you don’t say it aloud, you will surely say it in your mind. Not for the vocals, no, but this time, for the composition. What A.R. Rahman or M.M. Kreem were known for in the 90s, Vijay Verma does it in this beauty of a composition. That haunting, but heart-winning composition is just irresistible. The repetition of each line in such a catchy and well-composed way, sounds magnificent. Resemblances in the antara to Rahman’s “Pyaar Ye Jaane Kaisa Hai’ from ‘Rangeela’, make the song sound more fun to hear, actually. 😀 The arrangements, again, are both classical and modern fused together in an efficient way, so as to enhance the composition as far ad possible, and it has definitely worked. It is showing in the results. The guitars, and tablas together sound awesome! That bagpipe-like instrument from ‘Teri Khushboo’ (Mr. X) makes an appearance here too! I really have to know which instrument that is!! The flute also makes wonderful entries occasionally. K.K. has sung the whole song with utterly amazing excellence. It doesn’t even seem that he has sung something after two months (latest was in ‘Roy’) but instead, it feels that he has been having continuous releases the whole time, seeing that his singing is just as soulful and beautiful. I just hope he gets way more songs than he has been getting nowadays. Manthan’s lyrics are typical romantic, sad lyrics, about someone breaking somebody’s heart, and the heart-broken guy telling her that he still needs her, hasn’t forgotten her, can’t sleep peacefully anymore, and other depressing things, which many have gotten pretty used to by now. But because of the lyrics being typical, I cannot neglect such a marvelous composition by Vijay Verma! Ati Uttam (Too good) rendition by K.K., and even better composition by Verma! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Rab Se Maangi / Rab Se Maangi (Remix)
Singers ~ Javed Ali & Palak Muchhal / Mohd. Irfan & Suvani Raaj, Music by ~ Rashid Khan, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Khan

The next song is yet another romantic song, this one composed by Rashid Khan. He chooses his regulars Javed Ali and Palak Muchhal to do the honours with the singing, and they do their part good. The tune, however, is too typical for Rashid Khan. We have heard this kind of stuff innumerable times in Rashid’s earlier songs like “Deewana Kar Raha Hai” (Raaz 3) and “Kabhi Aayine Pe Likha Tujhe” (Hate Story 2). It also somewhat resembles ‘Maheroo Maheroo’ (Super Nani) in its overall sound. Now for this album, too, he brings his regular, typical composition style, with the mukhda, followed by some ohhh-ohhh-ohhh humming. No doubt the composition is good, but very similar to the aforementioned two songs. In other words, I was sure Rashid Khan could do better than just sequels to his previous songs. Another drawback is the utterly atrocious voice programming done to Palak’s voice in the antaras. I think three-odd tracks of her voice have been placed on top of each other, making it take on a very ghostly sound. Even the lyrics are nothing fresh, just strictly suitable for the composition. And the length of the song (about 6½ minutes) given the genre of the song, could frankly have been way shorter. Anyways, some pros about this song are Javed’s mellifluous voice, which did keep me listening at least for the first time. Also, the arrangements by Rashid are good, too. His favourite, the flute, gets to follow him here too. Indian instruments like the santoor, make great surprising appearances. Surprising because most of the song is on a guitar loop, very typical of Rashid. The second interlude with very strange 90s-type percussion (like those 90s songs which had been shot in vast mountain ranges where the actor and actress dance weirdly, without any stress about the world around). The remix version is sung by Mohd. Irfan. Shocked to see his voice used in the remix. It could have been for a reprise. He does well, but his voice is drained out by the strong beats, which really do make you groove. His co-singer Suvani Raaj — not that good. She sounds like an amateur Sadhana Sargam prototype. And imagine this, the remix is even longer than the original! Who’ll spend their time on this remix, except a DJ or a die-hard Mohd. Irfan fan? Anyways, not very captivating, and the length is a setback because of the genre which doesn’t require such a long song. But definitely deserves at least one listen. The remix, however, can be skipped unless you’re a Mohd. Irfan fan (but you’ll still be disappointed after you hear it 😛 )

 

4. Ishq Ke Parindey, Pt. 1 / Ishq Ke Parindey, Pt. 2
Singer ~ Shadab Faridi (Both Parts), Music by ~ Sajjad Ali, Lyrics by ~ Shakir Khan / Tanveer Ghazi

The title track has been given to the third composer on the album, Sajjad Ali, and he does a great job in composing it. First of all it has been composed in two “parts”, both drastically different from each other, and coincidentally, both written by different people, but both sung by the same person i.e, Shadab Faridi. The first “part” starts with a patriotic dialogue about the unity of India & Pakistan, which is followed by a beautiful tune played on the Oud, which suits the theme of the dialogue that preceded it. The dholaks enter, playing a beautiful seven-beat rhythm called the Roopak taal. Half of the splendidness of the song is achieved because of the beautiful captivating rhythm. The flute and occasional strings can also be heard at places throughout the song. The composition is very beautiful and also enough to get stuck in your heads for long even after hearing it only once. Shadab has delivered the composition very awesomely. His deep voice suits the traditional, and heavy composition well. The female backing vocalists (uncredited) really add sweetness to the song. Shakir Khan, the director has written apt lyrics for the situation, full of the spirit of unity, and also very divine-sounding, thanks to the arrangements and composition. It talks about love having no boundaries. The Qawwali feeling given to the song is enough for it to be loved. The second interlude and second antara have been composed pretty creatively, and a kind of prayer to God. So the first “Part” works, now let’s move on to the second. It starts so dramatically, that you actually are surprised by what they’ve done to the beautiful song. The composition and lyrics are entirely different. As for the tune, it doesn’t work at all, being too dramatic. More like a great background piece to play in the climax of the film. At 1¼ minutes, it doesn’t really waste much of your time. The arrangements are also way too booming, not really of the same beauty as the former part. Lyrics are too less to talk about. Shadab, however, delivers with zest and emotion. Go for the first “part”, which is sure to steal your heart, in all aspects — composition, vocals, arrangements & lyrics. The first part is a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Tumse Mil Ke
Singers ~ Javed Ali & Palak Muchhal, Music by ~ Vijay Verma, Lyrics by ~ Shakeel Azmi

Javed and Palak return for another duet, this time helmed by Vijay Verma, who comes back into the album for his third and final song. This duet between Palak & Javed fares much, much better than their other duet by Rashid Khan. Right from the first line, it attracts you and its cuteness makes you keep listening. Javed once again traps you with his utterly sweet and dulcet voice. The composition is one that you would think is from some movie from the 2000s, but it is one of those, that still grasps you from start to end. The hookline itself is so catchy and wonderful, that it will instantly appeal to people of all ages. Palak doesn’t have much in the first half or so, except a line, but she gets an antara to sing later in the song. She sounds very good in this song, thanks to the composition, again. About the arrangements, they are also beautiful, with guitars, flutes and tablas helping to increase the likability of the song. Beautiful orchestration in the hookline makes it stand out even more than it already does. Lyrics by Shakeel are good in this song, with good use of many Urdu words, and imparting a sweet flavour to the song. At 3½ minutes it doesn’t bore, but leaves listeners craving for more. Beautifully composed, arranged, written and above all, sung!! Way to go, Vijay Verma!

 

6. Saiyaan
Singer ~ Raktima, Music by ~ Sajjad Ali, Lyrics by ~ Sajjad Ali

This song is a weird song. It starts with a haunting line by the singer, and the composition seems like one of A.R. Rahman’s less-impressive ones. It is a semi-classical song, which has been composed very averagely, so much that one cannot find oneself liking the song even after repeated hearing. I guess it will make sense only in the movie. Sajjad Ali’s arrangements consist mostly of techno beats and low-pitched flutes. And his lyrics are sad, but not heart-touching at all. Raktima, the singer, carries it out good, with apt backing vocals supporting her, and she even sounds like Madhushree in the song. It didn’t really appeal to me; I don’t think it will to you either! Hard to grasp this composition, and pretty heavy to ears too!

 

7. Maula Karde Karam
Singers ~ Javed Ali, Altamash Faridi, Aftab Sabri & Hashim Sabri, Music by ~ Rashid Khan, Lyrics by ~ Tanveer Ghazi

The melodious welcome to this last song on the soundtrack, is done by beautiful notes on a bulbultarang, which ensure you that a Qawwali is definitely to follow. And just as you had predicted, a divine Qawwali starts with Altamash singing (very expertly) the prelude to it. He sings his part at the start and other parts throughout the song with brilliance. The Sabri brothers, Aftab & Hashim, also do well, and are a great choice for such a Qawwali. All three of these singers sing with utter ease and impeccability, but the one who shines has got to be Javed Ali. With his voice, a mix of smoothness and folksiness, he just takes away your breath, and forces you to say that waah! Of course, as I said, Altamash, Aftab & Hashim are close behind. However, all the credit has to go to Rashid Khan, who has churned out such a catchy, and heavenly Qawwali, which was definitely not expected from him after his above average other song from this album. But each line in the song has been treated with infinite love and care, as is evident when we hear the result, a perfect combination of brilliance and divinity and catchiness. All the traditional Qawwali instruments can be heard in the arrangements, from dholaks, to tablas, to the bulbul tarang mentioned before and the beautiful harmoniums with jingle-bell type chimes. Half the beauty of the arrangements lies in the percussion — a wonderful experience. Lyrics by Tanveer Ghazi are a great mix of romance and devotion. It is one of the romantic Qawwalis which are addressed to God. And the most important thing about the song is, that even though it stands at a long duration of seven minutes, there’s not a single dull or bland or boring moment in the entire song! A beautiful and divine end to the album by Rashid Khan. Definitely the best song of the album! Excellent singing, arrangements and lyrics too! You can’t miss it! #5StarHotelSong!!


Ishq Ke Parindey is one of those albums for movies with a small budget and a very short reach, which unexpectedly surprises highly. Each and every song is as per needs of the script, though as individual songs, a couple don’t strike chords with listeners. However, most of them are such that will instantly appeal to you. All three tracks by Vijay Verma are beautiful and lovable, while Rashid Khan and Sajjad Ali each impress with one of their tracks out of three. However, Rashid’s one song overshadows all of the other tracks on the album. Rarely do albums like these come, which have small reaches and a puny audience but which have very worthwhile songs. The last I remember was ‘Jigariyaa’. With heavy promotion and maybe better-known faces, the album would’ve gotten the deserved acknowledgement, but there are pretty less hopes now. All I can say is that this “Parinda” (the album; parinda means ‘bird’ in Hindi) with small wings (the small budget of the film and album) has flown pretty high!

 

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: Maula Karde Karam > Dil Tod Ke > Ek Hatheli > Ishq Ke Parindey Pt. 1 > Tumse Mil Ke > Rab Se Maangi > Ek Hatheli (Sad) > Ishq Ke Parindey Pt. 2 > Saiyaan

 

Which is your favourite song from Ishq Ke Parindey? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next: 12th Music Mastani Monthly Awards (April 2015)