HOPE TO HEAR MORE OF RUPERT’S MUSIC!! (HOPE AUR HUM – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Rupert Fernandes
♪ Lyrics by: Saurabh Dikshit
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 1st May 2018
♪ Movie Releases On: 18th May 2018

Hope Aur Hum Album Cover

 

Listen to the songs: Saavn

Buy the songs: iTunes


Hope Aur Hum is an upcoming Bollywood film starring Naseeruddin Shah and Sonali Kulkarni, directed by Sudip Bandyopadhyay and produced by PVR Pictures and Thumbnail Pictures. The music for this film is given by newcomer Rupert Fernandes, so let’s wait no longer to see how he scores in his debut!


Rupert Fernandes opens his debut album in Bollywood with a groovy title song. Hope Aur Hum works because of its catchy arrangements, composition, and the hook which repeats so many times — almost like a commercial jingle. The composer provides nice padding though, around the hookline. I must say that the song gets repetitive towards the second half, because of the mainly whispery nature it has been sung in. Speaking of which, Bhoomi Trivedi and Suraj Jagan are the perfect choices for such type of vocals. The arrangements consist of engaging rock guitars, drums, and the nice banjo-ish plucked instrument. Saurabh Dikshit’s lyrics suit the children’s movie theme, but that doesn’t mean adults won’t appreciate them too!
Sonu Nigam’s Acche Bacche Rote Nahin is another song where the hookline is repeated a time too many, but the song still hits the nail on its head, because of the way it handles the emotional quotient. Rupert doesn’t make it too melodramatic, and it works just well enough to be an engaging listen throughout! Sonu Nigam’s different variations of the hookline is one reason why the repetition of the line doesn’t matter too much! When you have a performer like Nigam, you can have only one line and repeat it all throughout your song; as if it’ll matter, because he’ll do the rest! Saurabh Dikshit’s limited lyrics still manage to do well in the ‘sad song’ genre, where lyricists usually just beat around the bush, rinse and repeat. I loved Rupert’s addition of engaging guitar riffs throughout the song; it’s the only instrument in the song, and oh, how wonderful it sounds!
Shaan’s Aye Zindagi happens to be the star song of the soundtrack; Dikshit’s verse “Aye zindagi, khelenge phir kabhi, aaj mood nahin hai!” hooks you instantly, and thankfully, Rupert accompanies Dikshit with a just as cute composition to go with the words. Again, guitars feature as the prominent (maybe only) instrument in the song, and the vocalist is depended upon to do the rest — Shaan manages that quite easily! It is a pleasure to hear him in a song he deserves, after a long time! And I commend the composer for roping him in, when the ideal choice would be Arijit Singh or Mohit Chauhan! Anyway, it is another case where the best song is saved for the last! 🙂


A short and sweet soundtrack; I can only hope we get to hear more of Fernandes’ music in the future, because this one will probably, sadly, go unnoticed!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 7 + 7.5 + 8 = 22.5

Album Percentage: 75%

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: Aye Zindagi > Acche Bacche Rote Nahin > Hope Aur Hum

 

Which is your favourite song from Hope Aur Hum? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

 

NOVEMBER 2017 ROUND-UP #1 (ITTEFAQ, THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR, RIBBON, RAM RATAN, SHAADI MEIN ZAROOR AANA & JULIE 2 – Mini Music Reviews)

November 2017 Round-Up #1

NOVEMBER 2017 ROUND-UP #1

This round-up covers the following albums of November 2017 releases: ‘Ittefaq’ by Tanishk Bagchi, ‘The House Next Door’ by Girishh G, ‘Ribbon’ by Mikey McCleary & Sagar Desai, ‘Ram Ratan’ by Bappi Lahiri, ‘Julie 2’ by Rooh Band, Viju Shah & Javed-Mohsin, and ‘Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana’ by Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Kaushik-Akash-Guddu for JAM8, Zain-Sam-Raees, Rashid Khan & Anand Raj Anand.

The ones that haven’t been covered in this post will be included in the next round-up for November, or will be written about in a separate post all for themselves.



♦ Intense & Intriguing, Ittefaq Se: ITTEFAQ Music Review

♪ Music by: Tanishk Bagchi & Bappi Lahiri
♪ Lyrics by: Anjaan, Tanishk Bagchi & Groot
♪ Music Label: Saregama
♪ Music Released On: 23rd October 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 3rd November 2017

Listen to the song: Saavn
Buy the song: iTunes


The only song from this film is a Atmos-Pop remake of “Raat Baaki” (Namak Halaal), named Ittefaq Se. Tanishk Bagchi is back to his remaking streak, after some nice original music in “Shubh Mangal Saavdhan” with partner Vayu. He keeps the original song intact, and that’s good, and he mysterious vibe that accompanies the song goes well with the setting of the film. The beats are nice as well. The only place the song lacks is the vocals, where Jubin sounds like he always does, and is starting to sound monotonous now, and Nikhita eats up her words while producing an over-stylish voice. I would have preferred Neeti Mohan on this one. The change in lyrics from “Pyaar Se” to “Ittefaq Se” actually fits in really well!


A good remake, that called for better voices behind it!

 

Total Points Scored by This Song: 3.5 

Song Percentage: 70%

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

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

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 38 (from previous albums) + 01 (from Ittefaq) = 39


♦ As Always, Romance Predominates: THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR Music Review

♪ Music by: Girishh G
♪ Lyrics by: Shakeel Azmi, Vayu Srivastava & Chen-Yu Maglin
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 16th October 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 3rd November 2017

Listen to the album: Saavn
Buy the album: iTunes


Girishh G starts the album off with a dulcet Mithoon-with-Bhatts-like melody, O Mere Sanam, that impresses because of its complexity, like every other Mithoon melody. Benny Dayal sings in his trademark husky tone for romantic songs, and the hookline is something that gives you goosebumps. Girissh’s piano is the highlight of the arrangements, while Shakeel Azmi’s lyrics are beautiful with a delicious assemblage of Urdu words. Ye Waqt Maut Ka Hai is aptly disturbing, demonic as it is, and the composition is frankly very bad. It is Vayu Srivastava’s lyrics that make the song disturbing, and not because it is scary! Because it is cringeworthy. Suraj Jagan spoils the vocals, his co-singer Shilpa Natarajan could’ve done just fine without him. Xiao Xiao Ma is a haunting Chinese lullaby-ish number, which is good as long as it lasts, volatilizing shortly afterwards. The last track, The House Next Door, is a short instrumental piece, which again has the problem of not being captivating, despite the wonderful use of strings.


Not the best album for Girishh to debut in Bollywood with!

Total Points Scored by This Album: 4.5 + 1.5 + 3 + 3 = 12

Album Percentage: 60%

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: O Mere Sanam > The House Next Door = Xiao Xiao Ma > Ye Waqt Maut Ka Hai

 



♦ Cute Little Ribbon: RIBBON Music Review

♪ Music by: Mikey McCleary & Sagar Desai
♪ Lyrics by: Dr. Sagar & Puneet Sharma
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 31st October 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 3rd November 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes


Mikey McCleary presents a Sufi rock song, Charkha Ghoom Raha Hai, to start off the album, and also introduces a new singer Aniket Mangrulkar, a singer who is a much better tuned rock singer than the much-in-demand Amit Mishra. The composition by McCleary is irresistible, especially in the hook parts. The rhythms are spot on, and the lyrics too, are meaningful. Sagar Desai, the second composer, comes with a dulcet number, Har Mod Par Umeed Hai, which couldn’t have been better sung by anyone other than Jasleen Royal with her sweet voice. The composition is slow and jazzy, and so it takes some time to love, but it is at par with the first song on the lyrics front.


This seems to be the season for short and sweet (and most importantly, script-driven) soundtracks.

Total Points Scored by This Album: 4 + 3.5 = 7.5

Album Percentage: 75%

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: Charkha Ghoom Raha Hai > Har Mod Par Umeed Hai



♦ Bappi’s Music Ratan Has Lost Its Shine!: RAM RATAN Music Review

♪ Music by: Bappi Lahiri
♪ Lyrics by: Deepak Sneh
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 12th October 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 3rd November 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes


So, I only heard this album because the music composer was Bappi Lahiri, and I should’ve realised he is so irrelevant these days as far as composing goes. Nevertheless, here’s the “review” — a highly uninterested one, at that. Nand Lala starts off thinking it is ‘Bairi Piya’ (Devdas), but then goes off into a ‘Maiyya Yashoda’ (Hum Saath Saath Hain), and then becomes cheesier than any Krishna song ever. Palak’s cheap vocals do not help. The composition is bad, as expected, and Bappi doesn’t give anything great in the arrangements either. Instead he adds a cringeworthy English “rap” in the interlude! 😣 Nagada Nagada is the most dated 2000s Gujarati dhol mix, and Raja Hasan and Bhoomi Trivedi are made to sing like pop artists making a Garba album to be sold outside temples. Yeh Hai Dance Bar is as cheesy as its name — and Bappi is singing it himself. He tries to make it full of techno sounds but it flops. Jal Jal Jal Rahi Hain Raatein, starts off as if it could be the best of the album, with the irresistible sensuous tabla beats that R.D. Burman used in ‘Jaane Do Na’ (Saagar), but as soon as Sadhana starts with her outdated voice, it goes downhill. Mohammed Irfan too, sings like Bappi Lahiri! It turns out to be the most cringeworthy song on the album.


Bappi Lahiri clearly has lost his Music Ratan!

Total Points Scored by This Album: 2.5 + 1.5 + 0.5 + 2 = 6.5

Album Percentage: 32.5% 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Why don’t you just skip it? I might be the only one in the world to have had the honour of listening to it!



♦ Reprise Versions Zaroor Sunna: SHAADI MEIN ZAROOR AANA Music Review

♪ Music by: Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Kaushik-Akash-Guddu for JAM8, Raees-Zain-Saim, Rashid Khan & Anand Raaj Anand
♪ Lyrics by: Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Kunaal Vermaa, Shakeel Azmi, Kumaar & Gaurav Krishna Bansal
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 24th October 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 10th November 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes


Out of the three versions that Jogi appears in, any layman would pick Shafqat’s version as the best – owing to his seasoned voice and classical prowess, and amazing nuances, not to mention Arko’s clever usage of wedding sounds at the beginning. The duet version is spoiled by Yasser trying to ape Shafqat’s singing style, and Arko’s typical duff rhythms with harmonica. The female version by Aakanksha Sharma is good too, where Aakanksha sounds like a better version of Palak Muchhal. The overall composition, though, is typical of Arko now, and he needs to move on from this. It is the sister of ‘Tere Sang Yaara’ and ‘Nazm Nazm’. Kaushik-Akash-Guddu compose Main Hoon Saath Tere for JAM8, another song that relies on the company’s previous success, ‘Zaalima’. The digital tune is tweaked, and Harshdeep gets kicked out, and some notes undergo permutations and combinations, and voila! We get this song. The hookline reminds me of some song, but I cannot remember at all which one! Arijit’s singing is very dull and he seems asleep, but Shivani Bhayana’s female version is pretty good, with different arrangements. The song falls flat in the antara though. It is Pallo Latke by newcomers Raees-Zain-Saim, which surprisingly becomes the song of the album, as an individual song (not including the various versions). As a remake of a Rajasthani folk song, it is surprisingly good, and will do until we get to hear some real Rajasthani folk music in “Padmavati”. Jyotica Tangri sounds amazing here, sweeter than she does in her Neha Kakkar avatar. Yasser spoils the song again, along with Fazilpuria’s annoyingly interrupting rap. The Dr. Zeus-esque tumbi seems out of place in a Rajasthani song though. Rashid Khan returns after a loooooooooong time, to give another typical romantic song Tu Banja Gali Benaras Ki, again in three versions, out of which once again, Shafqat’s steals the thunder. The composition is nothing special, it is Rashid’s usual sweet as sugar tune which is oh-so-predictable. Asees sounds sweet in her version, while newcomer Asit Tripathy also does well. Asit’s version scores high because of the beautiful Rajasthani arrangements — the ravanhatta being most prominent. The lyrics resemble those of ‘Main Rang Sharbaton Ka’ (Phata Poster Nikhla Hero), and are good enough until they become very cringeworthy with the Hinglish portion. Last on the album is veteran Anand Raaj Anand’s angsty rock song (in two versions) Mera Intkaam Dekhegi about a boy warning his girlfriend (ex-girlfriend??) that if she rejects him, she will have to see his revenge. Oh, the melodrama. She should just say, “Oh alright, let me get my camera too so the world can see it too.” Krishna hurts the ears with his painful rendition, and Anand’s was skip-worthy right from the beginning.


An ensemble of composers bring five pleasant, but heard-before songs, and are forced to make innumerable versions of them, to make sure we never forget them. No wonder the newcomers steal the cake. 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 4.5 + 4 + 4 + 3 + 3.5 + 4 + 4 + 3.5 + 4 + 1.5 + 1 = 37

Album Percentage: 67.27%

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: Jogi (Shafqat Version) > Pallo Latke = Jogi (Duet) = Jogi (Female) = Tu Banja Gali Benaras Ki (Asit) = Tu Banja Gali Benaras Ki (Shafqat) > Main Hoon Saath Tere (Female) = Tu Banja Gali Benaras Ki (Female) > Main Hoon Saath Tere (Male) > Mera Intkaam Dekhegi (Krishna) > Mera Intkaam Dekhegi (Anand)

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 39 (from previous albums) + 01 (from Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana) = 40

 



♦ Raunchy Diaries: JULIE 2 Music Review

♪ Music by: Viju Shah, Rooh Band, Atif Ali & Javed-Mohsin
♪ Lyrics by: Sameer Anjaan & Shabbir Ahmed
♪ Music Label: Divo Music / VMS Music / Publishing Sdn Bhd
♪ Music Released On: 18th September 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 24th November 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes


Rooh Band & Atif Ali’s debut in Bollywood starts off with quite a corny title song Oh Julie, which is good enough as far as the arrangements and rhythm go, but the vocals and lyrics pull it down; stuff we have heard time and again. Their second song Koi Hausla Toh Hoh, also sung by their leading vocalist Anupam Nair, is the everyday Pakistani pop, something even the Bhatts would resist from including in their albums now, with staid lyrics like “Saanson Ka Chalte Rehna Hi Toh zindagi nahin”. Veteran composer Viju Shah’s stint of three songs for this album is devoid of much electronic disturbance. The romantic song Kabhi Jhootha Lagta Hai, is a typical 90s melody, in which the singer Mistu Bardhan sounds like Sadhana Sargam does in her live concerts. The voice is harsh to the ears. The reprise version Aise Kya Baat Hai, in Palak Muchhal’s voice, is better only because the voice is more ear-friendly. Otherwise, the song is just as flat and dated. His third song happens to be a raunchy item number, Kharama Kharama, sung by Pawni Pandey, and which surprisingly fares much better, thanks to the irresistible South Indian rhythm. Again, it is bogged down by a typically 90s composition, and the lyrics obviously. Javed-Mohsin, nephews of Sajid-Wajid, present the last song, Mala Seenha, sung by Mamta Sharma, a tedious rehash of their uncles’ item songs with the singer. Again, the rhythms are the only worthy parts of the song.


An album that you will automatically avoid.

Total Points Scored by This Album: 2.5 + 2 + 2 + 2.5 + 3 + 3 = 15

Album Percentage: 50%

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: Kharama Kharama = Mala Seenha > Aise Kya Baat Hai = Oh Julie > Kabhi Jhootha Lagta Hai = Koi Hausla Toh Hoh



 

Hope you enjoyed this Round-up! Second one coming soon!!

WHO DA MAN? SANTHOSH DA MAN! (KABALI – HINDI VERSION – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Santhosh Narayanan
♪ Lyrics by: Raqueeb Alam & Roshan Jamrock
♪ Music Label: Think Music
♪ Music Released On: 12th July 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 22nd July 2016

Kabali (Hindi) Album Cover

Kabali (Hindi) Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Kabali is an upcoming Tamil gangster-drama film, starring the one and only superstar Rajinikanth, along with Winston Chao and Radhika Apte. The film has been directed by Pa. Ranjith, and produced by Kalaipuli S. Thanu. I am shocked at how the Hindi version of the film hasn’t been promoted too much, like the Hindi versions of ‘Robot’, ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ and ‘Lingaa’ were, but hopefully, the film attracts the audience to theaters! Behind the music, this time, we have not A.R. Rahman, who up till now was a regular in Rajinikanth’s soundtracks, but we have Santhosh Narayanan, a very promising composer, who incidentally also debuted in Bollywood earlier this year with ‘Saala Khadoos’, which had quite some good and energetic songs according to the movie’s theme. This time, his Tamil album has been released in Hindi for the dubbed version of the film, and what a prestige it must be for him to have composed for Rajinikanth in just his fourth year of being a professional composer! (He debuted as a composer for films in 2012). Expectations are high from the music, and keeping in mind that the movie is a gangster drama, I’ll be on the lookout for such music! 😀 Though I don’t always like such songs, hopefully Santhosh’s songs will make me change my likes!! So let’s get into the soundtrack for ‘Kabali’!!


1. Jag Hai Ye Dabang Ka
Singers ~ Shankar Mahadevan & Rohit Fernandes, Rap Written and Performed by ~ Roshan Jamrock

A powerpacked song is offered to you as the first song in the album. The song starts off with dynamic notes, indicating an energetic theme track that is about to start. The song is just that, a theme song that praises and worships the titular character of the movie, Kabali. The composition is just perfect for such a song; it has shades of inspiration, motivation and worship for a god-like figure (who in this case is a gangster 😲) Santhosh adds great variations in each line, and each line has a different effect. The hookline is pretty much the mukhda of the song, and though it sounds like a very typical Rajinikanth song, it manages to hook you very well. The part where they sing “Kabaliiii” sounds very beautiful. Also, the “Taakat apni himmat karde… ” sounds very inspirational. Santhosh Narayanan chooses singers wisely here, and in choosing Shankar Mahadevan for the lead vocals, exercises great cleverness. Shankar is perfect for the energetic and confident vocals of the song, and nobody else could’ve sung it be better. The backing vocals are very motivational and are a characteristic of such motivational songs. It is actually the composition that makes the song work so well. A rap portion by Roshan Jamrock in the interlude entertains and actually has better lyrics. At least it isn’t about party and drinks. Santhosh also wins in the arrangements. Energetic percussion (R.K. Sundar) helps the song to get the required zeal and enthusiasm. The occasional techno sound helps to increase the universal appeal of the song. Strings and electric guitars also add to the majestic part of the arrangements. Raqueeb Alan’s lyrics are, as I said, worshipping a larger-than-life figure, and are pretty functional. A winner by Santhosh right at the beginning of the album! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Jadoo Rawan Rawan
Singers ~ Pradeep Kumar, Ananthu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sanjana Kalmanje

In the next song, we get bliss for 4½ minutes, and Santhosh leaves no stone unturned while ensuring that the listeners get the best experience of their lives listening to the song. To start off, we get a ravishing guitar loop, which is what makes you get goosebumps right at the beginning of the song. When Pradeep Kumar starts singing though, you know nothing can get better. Santhosh has created such a soulful, emotional, melancholic composition with strong classical undertones, haunting to the core. Each and every line holds a surprise for the listener. It is a melody that will take the listener into an altogether different space for 4½ minutes. It is the hookline that’s sooooo well composed and haunting, and giving you the most haunting experience you’ve had since a long time. I wish more songs like this were composed in proper Bollywood! Coming to the singers, it is not a surprise that the song needed three voices to make it sound so good. The two male voices are excellent. On the one hand, we have Pradeep Kumar (a Tamil singer), whose voice is so sweet and smooth, while on the other hand there’s Ananthu, with a folksier voice. He has taken charge of the hookline, which is composed like a Carnatic classical song. The composer has brought a great contrast between the two. And then we have our very own Bollywood singer Shreya Ghoshal, who handles her parts so charismatically, it actually feels like a dream. Sanjana Kalmanje with the backing vocals, in the second interlude too, does well. Arrangements have to be fabulous if I’m praising the song so much. Santhosh weaves magic with the tablas (played oh-so-wonderfully by Sai Shravanam) and then there is the acoustic guitar by Keba Jeremiah, which impresses highly! The Spanish guitars (by the singer himself, Pradeep Kumar) bring a great variation into the song in the first interlude. The Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra does some wonderful strings in the song, too. At the end of the song, though, it is the tabla that has left a striking impact on us. Raqueeb’s lyrics are great, too, and make you think, or rather, are meant to make you think. I’m saying that because Santhosh’s wonderful composition hardly let’s you think of anything else except the composition, arrangements and the vocals!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Veeron Ki Bheed Men
Singer ~ Francois Castellino, Rap Written & Performed by ~ Roshan Jamrock

After that beautiful classical gem of a song, here’s a song that takes you back to the jazz era. The song sounds quite weird at the first listen, but later you start grooving to it, dancing along to it and whatnot. The song starts off with an awesome acapella group, that makes the start of the song really interesting. Santhosh doesn’t really have to compose much in this song, which leaves you thinking where you are, and whether you’ve played the right song. The whole song is like a rap song, with most of it being just rao and nothing else much. This really makes it sound a lot like what it should, being a song in a gangster-themed movie. The problem is, there’s nothing to follow in the song, with everything going haywire. Arrangements make up for the minimal composition, and Santhosh really experiments with jazz — the trumpets (Vijay) accompanying each other nicely. Drums (Tapass Naresh) are another highlight of the track. Jhanu Chantar’s electric guitars give that groove, a characteristic groove that each song of this type usually has. Francois Castellino, who I remember only as the ‘Nakhre’ (Action Replayy) singer, ‘sings’ or rather, says the song with the required ‘swag’ and attitude. At some places, he actually sounds like Amitabh Bachchan. 😀 Raqueeb Alam writes the Hindi lyrics, while Roshan Jamrock writes the English rap, and performs both Hindi and English raps. 😛 Both are situational, so there really is no point in deciphering what they mean. Pretty good, but without that gripping factor that the previous two songs had!

 

4. Taare Saare Chhup Gae
Singer ~ Pradeep Kumar, Backing Vocals ~ Vasudevan, Senthil Das, Sam, Sunderrajan, Balaji, Murali

A dazzling flute (Vishnu Vijay) opens up this song, another melodic piece composed on classical notes. The composition does have shades of ‘Jadoo Rawan Rawan’, and seems like a reprise of it, but it isn’t. The composition is endearing, and Santhosh puts all his soul into it. It results in a melodious song which seems to be placed at a very critical scene in the movie. Again, the composition is totally unpredictable, with vast ranges of notes and sudden changes. It is heavy on the ears, but grows slowly. The vocals by Pradeep are applause worthy. He very beautifully puts the emotion into the song. The backing chorus does well too, arriving mostly after the first antara, and singing a haunting operatic piece. The haunting composition stands out because of the minimal arrangements. Piano notes play out the melody, while the strings (again by the Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra) impress a lot. The flute happens to impress thoroughly though, and like every song has a highlight, the flute is the highlight of this song. Haunting percussion are present after the first antara, when things get more heavy and haunting, replacing the minimal guitars (Pradeep Kumar) that led through the first part of the song. Raqueeb’s lyrics are good, but of course the dubbing disadvantages kick in at places, and some lines seem out of their place. Another beautiful symphonic piece! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Aag Hun Main
Singers ~ Suraj Jagan & Arunraja Kamaraj

To end the soundtrack, we have a grungy heavy metal song, which really suits the theme of the movie, but kind of tough to digest for me! Nevertheless, I will try to rate it unbiasedly. The song starts off with a weird, wailing, siren sound, which is earsplitting. Until someone says in a grungy voice, “Aag Hun Main!!!!”, which makes you make that weird facial expression signifying “What have I landed myself into!?” The composition by Santhosh is very situational, and definitely not to be liked by everyone. It is more like a theme track, like the ones that play in a movie when the bad guy has finished doing his bad deeds, and walks away with the camera focusing on his evil smile. The tune is really tough to catch, but will be devoured by rock lovers. The arrangements however, provide really interesting stuff to hear! The rock guitars (Jhanu Chantar) are soooo electrifying. They do resemble the rock guitars in ‘Dil Haara’ (Tashan) a bit in the beginning of the song though. The next main highlight in the arrangements is the whistle. It is as good as the whistle in the ‘Kill/Dil’ title track, which had that type of whistle, and which was lapped up by all kinds of listeners. Vijaynarain and Sri Shyamalangan have done the whistle wonderfully! Nothing else is really prominent, except maybe the drums by Tapass Naresh. Electronic noises are present as well, making it just as much of a dynamic affair. Suraj Jagan is at comfort, with the vocals, as it is his forte. Raqueeb writes lyrics that again, are situational, so I don’t really mind about them. Pretty disappointing for someone who doesn’t hold much interest in such heavy rock, but will be devoured by the rock lovers!


Kabali is a great theme-based album. It may be lacking in its qualities as a whole album, but it does have some good songs. Santhosh, after proving himself in Bollywood with ‘Saala Khadoos’ earlier this year, also makes it big in his first Rajinikanth album. (And I say first because I believe there are many more to come!) Santhosh sticks to the theme of the movie, and proves that he’s da man!

 

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: Jadoo Rawan Rawan > Taare Saare Chhup Gae > Jag Hai Ye Dabang Ka > Veeron Ki Bheed Men > Aag Hun Main

 

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

MIND BLOWING MUSIC-STAAN!! (BANGISTAN – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Ram Sampath
♪ Lyrics by: Puneet Krishna
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 8th July 2015
♪ Movie Released On: 7th August 2015

Bangistan Album Cover

Bangistan Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Bangistan is an upcoming Bollywood comedy satire film, directed by debutant director Karan Anshuman and produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar. The film stars Riteish Deshmukh and Pulkit Samrat in lead roles, with Jacqueline Fernandez appearing in a cameo. The film is about two terrorists who have set out to change the world. The music of the film has been scored by Ram Sampath, who is composing for a satirical film, for the second time in a row after ‘Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami’. That was a political satire, whereas this is more of a religious satire. He hadn’t really delivered a soundtrack which was expected from him in that movie, and had underwhelmed me with that album. So, I hope he makes up for it with this album, even though I know that even this one doesn’t have much scope for music! Anyways, I’m keeping my fingers crossed and hoping he delivers a mind-blowing album. Let’s find out whether he has or not!


1. Ishq Karenge / Ishq Karenge (EDM Version)
Singers ~ Sona Mohapatra, Abhishek Nailwal & Shadab Faridi

The album starts off with something that would immediately increase the rate of your heartbeat, and make you really excited for what’s next on the album. No, your heartbeat won’t increase because of the fact that you got scared of what Ram has given us in this song, and so you want to check out the others right away! But, it will increase because what Ram has given is enough to make you love the song immediately and make you so excited that you cannot wait to hear the other songs right away! An outright pacy and cheerful song, is what Ram Sampath has placed in front of you. As it starts with the aalaap by Shadab Faridi and Sonali Mohapatra, you can’t help but guess that something brilliant is on the way. And as the actual song starts after the aalaap, things get really fun. Though the song is arranged mainly on the Qawwali template, modern arrangements also make a place for themselves in it thanks to Ram. Those rock guitars entering occasionally, would make the new generation love the song too. At the same time, harmonium and tablas give the classic Qawwali touch. With three melodious antaras, the song is a real treat to hear. Of course, the composition has a distinct and easily identifiable Ram Sampath-trademark stamp on it, but that just makes it all the more enjoyable. In some places, it sounds like the Amazon India advertisement song, ‘Aur Dikhao’, also composed by Ram. The trio of singers really do their best in making it sound lively, and they don’t fail at all. Sona’s rustic voice is perfect for the nuances that make it sound more Qawwali-esque, and so is Shadab’s. Abhishek sounds a lot like Ram himself, and his voice brings in the contrast to the song, as it isn’t rustic at all. Puneet Krishna’s lyrics are quirky and do sound very weird at places, but perfect for a Bollywod Qawwali as this. The other version, called the EDM version, is not different at all, except in arrangements, as is evident from the title. Electronic Dance Music — EDM — touch has been wonderfully given, and ensures that this version would appeal more to the youngsters. In the antaras, wonderful electronic tablas have been added here, which made me love this version more. 😂😂 😀 Everything else, the same as the former version. A Bollywood Qawwali following the Bollywood norms, with a groovy tune, massy Hinglish lyrics, and wonderful arrangements! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Hogi Kranti
Singers ~ Ram Sampath & Abhishek Nailwal

A march-past rhythm starting off a Bollywood song, surely leaves you astonished, and wondering whether you’ve not somehow traveled back in time to your school days! And that is just how this next song on the album starts. With an attention-grasping whistle, and that same rhythm that you used to hear every time you used to practice for the parade in your schooldays, the song instantly makes you concentrate on itself and only itself. The composition is very well composed around a patriotic theme, and set on a patriotic-sounding rhythm as well. Using some lines from the famous patriotic song ‘Hum Honge Kamyaab’, both the lyricist Puneet Krishna and composer Ram Sampath, prove their versatility and expertise in all things experimental. We already know how good Ram is at experimenting, and that quality of himself just magnifies itself after we hear this song. The parade feel is prominent in the first two stanzas, while the third stanza makes way for a rustic feel in the lyrics, but the arrangements are awesome with the ukelele used in a brilliant manner, and after which the tempo is increased and the song prepares for a grand ending with fiddles and ukelele. The percussions of the song are also awesomely done. Puneet’s lyrics are really creative in the sense that he’s spoofing a really famous patriotic song, and the whole theme of the song lies in the basic idea of the protagonist trying to convince himself and other people around him that he will become a ‘successful’ terrorist. The lines he’s written make you laugh out loud, and paired with Ram’s creative and catchy music, it makes for an entertaining listen for the whole three short minutes that it plays for, leaving the listener seem really unsatisfied when it ends, wanting more. Ram and Abhishek’s vocals appeal to the ear, and though it is really difficult to distinguish between both their voices, if you listen carefully you’ll manage to figure it out. Ram has the major part to sing, while Abhishek joins in at places. All in all, an excellent spoof! The magic lies in the lyrics, and composition! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Saturday Night
Singers ~ Aditi Singh Sharma, Benny Dayal, Neeraj Shridhar & Janusz Krucinski

Guitar riffs welcome the listener into the next song of the album, with a lively bagpipe melody following it, and the two experts or may I say, prime consultants when it comes to club songs nowadays, Benny and Aditi start the actual song, which has a jolly, and swingy rhythm to it, that will surely make you get up to your feet and groove along to the beats. And when the hookline punches in with that awesomely composed and sung “Fullll tight..”, you can’t help but keep listening and grooving. Ram composes a club song, that will definitely grasp the attention of today’s youth, and chooses all the right singers to execute his awesome composition. The composition has the right European (mainly Irish) feel to it, complete with the yodels and all. The mukhda starts the song off so brilliantly , that the antaras sound catchy by default. The singers Aditi, Benny, Neeraj and Janusz do well. Aditi leads along with Benny, while the other two stay mainly in the background. There are some places when you can hear Neeraj quite distinctly, and it feels very delighting to hear him again after a long time. (Of course, I’m not taking his negligible part in ‘Gangster Baby’ from ‘Action Jackson’ into consideration.) Aditi sounds pretty different here, and is the only singer whose diction isn’t perfect, resulting in a hodgepodge of words that are not easy to make out. All the others do their parts well, though, and cover up for her. Ram’s EDM arrangements make the scene really lively, yet give the song a distinct ‘night song’ stamp, as in, it sounds better when heard at night. The Irish touch with bagpipes, harmonicas etc. gives it an interesting experimentation angle too. Puneet’s lyrics are perfect club song lyrics, but again, they’re killed in places by Aditi, when we can’t really figure out what they are! An enjoyable club song, almost perfect in all fields, but definitely doesn’t fail to serve its purpose!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Maula
Singers ~ Ram Sampath & Rituraj Mohanty

All that loud and enjoyable and fast-paced music, must’ve made listeners exhausted from dancing, and so the makers play a smart move by including a calm song after three of the fast ones. This one is on the lines of religious tolerance. The message of secularism is very well conveyed to listeners through the lyrics that talk about this very theme in a very clichéd, yet entertaining manner. Many people have tried their hand at writing such songs before, and Puneet in his debut album itself, tries it out, and succeeds. What makes it even more lovable, is Ram’s twisting and turning composition and his awesome arrangements. Composed on a beautiful Keherwa rhythm, which steals your heart, the song becomes likable right from the starting beats of electronic tablas. The tune is something that you would not expect in a mainstream Bollywood movie, and the very, very unexpected turn which it takes at 2:10, the very awe-inspiring Qawwali touch, leaves the listener shocked, but at the same time, mesmerized. The Qawwali instruments very beautifully grace this part, and actual tablas (not electronic) have been used for this magical part along with the quintessential harmonium. After some time, the song gets back to its original tempo and rhythm. The hookline “Allah hoo, Allah hoo, hey Ram, Ram, Ram” has a nice ring to it, and appeals to the ears too. The secular message is so prominent in this line itself, so imagine what a great job Puneet must’ve done in the rest of the song! He has just outdone himself with every line. Each line wins over the previous line. Lastly, the vocals. The wonderful vocals. Ram has made Rituraj sing ‘Sahib’ in ‘Bhoothnath Returns’ previously, and they repeat the same magic with each other. Rituraj sings the song with such finesse and grace, complemented by Ram himself in places, that the listener has to get goosebumps due to his touching rendition. The vocals are a cherry on top of the delicious cake that this song is, whose every piece is to be cherished slowly, and thoughtfully. A strong message of secularism in the lyrics, brilliantly conveyed, a soothing composition and just as soothing vocals, beautiful arrangements, what else could you ask for!! This song is just a treat for music lovers! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Meri Zidd
Singers ~ Ram Sampath & Siddharth Basrur

The next song also starts off like a very calm song. Mild piano notes open it up, and then Ram sings two lines very calmly, preparing the listener for another soft song. However, the next line brings the unexpected twist to the song. When I first heard it, I was completely shocked as it was something I wasn’t expecting at all. The song turns into an out-and-out rock song, though not metal either. I personally hate the rock genre, but I couldn’t help but love this song! Ram’s implementation of the rock elements into the song is perfectly done, and even the composition doesn’t lack appeal at all. It is a kind of composition that you cannot forget after you’ve heard it. It just makes a home in your mind. Drums, electric guitars, the usual rock stuff constitute the arrangements here, and sound really well with Ram’s composition. Siddhartha’s vocals are spot-on, and bringing that grungy texture into his voice as is required for rock songs, he sings the song really well and it seems, effortlessly too! Ram joins in at parts, serves mostly as only the backing vocalist and also sings two lines at the beginning, nothing more. The song ends rather abruptly, and the listeners do get an incomplete feeling, but had it been longer, it wouldn’t have kept the listeners hooked onto it that much. Puneet has written lyrics that perfectly capture the emotions of a person who is guilty of the bad things he’s done in life, and is ready to live more, in order to wash away his sins. All of the aspects together, make for a song which is really interesting to hear! Ram succeeds in giving us a cool rock song with an interesting theme! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Is Duniya Se Ladna Hai
Singers ~ Suraj Jagan & Abhishek Nailwal

Suraj Jagan and Abhishek Nailwal join together behind the mic for the last song on the soundtrack. As soon as it starts, the dappankuthu sets in, and you brace yourself for something entertaining. However, unfortunately, things aren’t what they were expected to be, and the song proves to be an utter disappointment. The 6/8 rhythm infused with rock elements fails to light any fire of interest inside the listener, and comes across as pretty bland and dull. The lyrics are fine, but the composition that supports them doesn’t live up to the expectations. Arrangements are not anything special or unique, and are very much heard-before. Suraj, who very rarely impresses me, probably because he almost only sings rock songs, which don’t appeal to me that much. Abhishek has sung his parts well, but again, the composition doesn’t support him throughout the song. A very disappointing ending to an otherwise awesome album!!!


Bangistan is an album in which Ram has tried to show immense creativity and he has experimented wherever he got an opportunity to do so. Except one, all the songs have a different feel to them, and each of them impresses in its own way. The album doesn’t lack variety at all, and that is why it should’ve helped in bringing people to the cinemas for this movie, but I guess bad promotion of the music, except for two songs ‘Ishq Karenge’ and ‘Saturday Night’, prevented this from happening and resulted in the movie being wiped out quite soon. Whatever be the verdict on the movie, the fact remains that Ram has composed one of his most experimental albums, and has jumped back into the scene after a bland album ‘Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami’, with a huge BANG!!

 

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: Maula > Hogi Kranti > Ishq Karenge (EDM Version) > Saturday Night > Ishq Karenge > Meri Zidd > Is Duniya Se Ladna Hai

 

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

 

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RAAJA: 1000 NOT OUT!! (SHAMITABH – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Ilaiyaraaja
♪ Lyrics by: Swanand Kirkire & Kausar Munir
♪ Music Label: Eros Music
♪ Music Released On: 16th January 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 6th February 2015

Shamitabh Album Cover

Shamitabh Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Shamitabh is an upcoming Bollywood film, directed by R. Balki and produced by Sunil Lulla, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, RK Damani, Gauri Shinde & Abhishek Bachchan, and starring Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush & debutante Akshara Haasan in lead roles. As Amitabh Bachchan has said abut the story of the movie, it is about two individuals who possess different talents, come together for a purpose and discover that they can not be successful without the other. When their egos clash, they begin to drift apart, and that is what the movie is all about! So the story seems very interesting, and to make it better and increase the buzz about it, is the role of the soundtrack. On board for composing the songs, is the one and only Ilaiyaraaja, coming back into the scene directly after R. Balki’s ‘Paa’. What’s more, it is his 1000th album and so expectations from the soundtrack are as high as high could possibly mean. So, let’s have a look at what the Raaja scores for his 1000th soundtrack!


1. Ishq E Fillum
Singer ~ Suraj Jagan, Lyrics by ~ Swanand Kirkire

The very first song on the album starts off with techno sounds, so we know that the Maestro has used some different arrangements all throughout the song, and probably the whole soundtrack. Rock star Suraj Jagan renders the tribute-paying lyrics with good expressions, and he has the right voice texture required for the song, though Vishal Dadlani might’ve done better! Swanand’s lyrics do a good job in paying tribute to our Bollywood film industry, and perfectly describe the way we Indians are crazy for our films. Ilaiyaraaja’s tune is also catchy, but gets a bit boring in a while. However, he has made up for the want of a better tune in arranging the song wonderfully on techno sounds. A good attempt! Lyrics stand out, while everything else is your normal affair. Yet, the song deserves a try!

 

2. Sha Sha Sha Mi Mi Mi
Singer ~ Caralisa Monteiro, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir

What you can call the title song of the film appears next on the soundtrack. A Broadway-styled trumpet fanfare welcomes the singer Caralisa into the track, and she does a brilliant job! Her voice assures that the listeners would keep listening till the end. Each and every line, she has sung with a different kind of reverberance in her voice, and it has been autotuned very well at places in the song. Again, the tune is laid completely on computerized noises, which is very impressive coming from the Raaja himself. The tune of the song is a very catchy one, that stays with you long after the sing ends as well. The soft aah aah that precedes the hookline, is very calming and catchy too. Kausar, the guest lyricist, hasn’t impressed that much with whatever she’s written, but it works along with the great tune that itself has the power to attract many an ear. The best part of the song has got to be the hook! Wonderful tune, and crooned awesomely by Caralisa too! A catchy title song, with the power to stay with you for a long time, thanks to Ilaiyaraaja’s music, composition and Caralisa’s vocals! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Piddly Si Baatein
Singer ~ Amitabh Bachchan, Lyrics by ~ Swanand Kirkire

A synthetic orchestra leads us fifty seconds into the song, though not coming across as boring for even one of those fifty seconds, after which finally, Big B enters, to do magic with his autotuned (still sounding awesome) voice. The tune by Ilaiyaraaja is one of the catchiest tunes heard in recent times! A soft, yet rocking tune has been composed by the Maestro, each line forcing us to keep listening for the next line, each line giving us happiness! Swanand has also come up with good lyrics, enough to stifle a few laughs as well, if you’re in the mood for it, and also sound cute coming from Big B’s mouth! 😀 The interludes have been arranged beautifully. Strings do sound prominent in the whole song, but other small techno elements have decorated the comosoition here and there, and make the song what it is. It is probably the most commercial song of the whole album, because it has that thing in it that will help it to get more listeners and more shelf life. Also, the fact that Amitabh himself has sung it, will propel it higher on music charts and people’s playlists. Wonderfully arranged by Ilaiyaraaja, and sung flawlessly by the Big B!!! Catchy, I would say addictive too! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Stereophonic Sannata
Singer ~ Shruti Haasan, Lyrics by ~ Swanand Kirkire

Dynamic and experimental beat-boxing kicks off this song, which seems like a very loud one despite the irony in its title ( I found the title very amusing, because of the idea of stereophonic sannata meaning silence.) The tune is such that won’t appeal at all at first, but later on it will grow on you very fast. Arrangements are very impressive, and are a major highlight of the song. Another one has got to be Shruti’s husky and dynamic vocals, which perfectly suit the theme of the song. It has been composed in a very cool, poppy and quirky way. Lyrics by Swanand Kirkire do trigger many thoughts. In the jukebox, this song has been listed as “Sannata”, so if that title is taken into consideration, the lyrics take on a whole new meaning, possibly meaning that all the words in the song have been used to describe the song itself, as in “Top of the charts hai Sannata” or “Viral Jaayega Sannata”. If we take in the literal meaning, it could not have any apparent meaning at all! In the antaras, the song seems to have a whole different meaning, on the lines of the singers and lyricists getting so less credit as compared to the actors who bring the song to life onscreen. So that’s a debatable thing about what the song is actually trying to say. Anyways, this one is a sure shot hit, and whatever has been said about the song that it’ll go viral and all, I hope it were true!! The star of this track is Shruti! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Thappad
Singers ~ Suraj Jagan & Earl D’Souza, Lyrics by ~ Swanand Kirkire

Suraj returns, with an utterly stupid song about slaps. Ilaiyaraaja’s tune is nothing to boast around about, and the vocals are nothing except a few lines describing slapping in a whispering voice. Lyrics are stupid. Earl’s rap is fine, nothing great. The arrangements is what makes this track worthy of even one listen. Ilaiyaraaja has added very interesting arrangements throughout the song, which you will have to hear the sing to experience, they can’t really be explained in words. Do pay close attention to the music and ignore what they are singing, because the arrangements will impress, not the vocals and lyrics! The famous Big B “Hayii” has been placed at interesting places. Arrangements is what guarantees at least one listen for this song!

 

6. Lifebuoy
Singer ~ Suraj Jagan, Lyrics by ~ Swanand Kirkire

The famous sanitizing company gets a makeover to its jingle in this track. But it turns into a worse form. Suraj sings well, but its the composition that doesn’t support him much and loses interest to sound interesting after some time. Thank God the song is short, because it really has no apparent intention whatsoever, except to tell us to KILL THE KITANU! The lyrics are something to hear — not because they’re good or anything, but because they’ll make you go: “What the heck!!?” Timepass song!! Seems to have been included for comic relief!


Shamitabh is Ilaiyaraaja’s 1000th album. I guess it just happened to be his 1000th album by chance, and I guess he noticed it after he had finished all work on it, because, to be honest, he hasn’t done anything very special for it! Yes, it is unique in its own different way and yes, it is catchy in its own unique way, but no, it has not the power to attract many listeners towards it, or, for that matter, stay on playlists for very long. Three out of six songs impressing, is a very below average thing coming from Ilaiyaraaja. It is an unique album, not the usual Bollywood affair, but one which will not have many takers!

 

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 (My Favorite to least favourite): Piddly Si Baatein > Stereophonic Sannata > Sha Sha Sha Mi Mi Mi > Ishq E Fillum > Thappad > Lifebuoy

 

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

 

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