PUNJABI MEDIUM!! (HINDI MEDIUM – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sachin-Jigar, Guru Randhawa, Rajat Nagpal, Intense, Sukhbir & Abhijit Vaghani
♪ Lyrics by: Priya Saraiya, Kumaar, Guru Randhawa, Arjun & Ikka
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 21st April 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 19th May 2017

Hindi Medium Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Hindi Medium is an upcoming Bollywood comedy film, starring Irrfan Khan, Saba Qamar and Deepak Dobriyal in lead roles. The film is directed by Saket Chaudhary and produced by Dinesh Vijan, Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar. The film follows a young couple who wish to enter the English-speaking society for the sake of their daughter. After watching the trailer, this one looks like it will be a laugh riot, and I’m eagerly waiting for it. The music for this one is given by Sachin-Jigar, Guru Randhawa, Rajat Nagpal and Abhijit Vaghani. While Sachin-Jigar have worked hard and given two new and original songs, the rest have “remade” hit pop songs, and you’ll get to know soon why “remade” is in inverted commas.


1. Suit Suit

Singers ~ Guru Randhawa & Arjun, Original Composition by ~ Intense, Music Recreated by ~ Guru Randhawa & Rajat Nagpal, Lyrics by ~ Guru Randhawa & Arjun

“Oh tenu suit suit karda!” 

– Guru Randhawa

The album starts with something that T-Series are experts at. Recreating old songs. After butchering many songs from Bollywood, T-Series now expands its reach to the Punjabi pop singles they have released earlier. And thus, we get “Suit Suit”, by Guru Randhawa and Arjun (the guy who shot to fame by reprising Bollywood songs into English in a quite ludicrous manner). The song is as typical as a Punjabi pop song can get and after getting to know the soul of Punjab in ‘Phillauri’, thanks to Shashwat Sachdev and Jasleen Royal, we are just taken back to the fake Punjabi feels. Nobody’s going to get tricked into thinking this is what Punjabis listen to all day. Well, maybe at weddings. Anyhow, the song is not even eligible of being called a remake, because it is the exact same thing copied and pasted here, with faster beats. I heard the original, and it has such slow beats, it sounded odd. Thankfully, the new song has faster beats to go with the song. I must admit that the song itself is catchy and my hatred towards the act of remaking songs cannot make me deny that. The beats are something on the lines of the EDM beats that many American artists just add into their songs by default, even before constructing the tune and all. The clichéd tune, originally composed by someone going by the name of Intense, is far from intense, but it is interspersed with Arjun’s English rap, which seems to sound the same in all his songs. In fact, he starts the song off, and that’s how all his female fans will instantly be drawn into the song. The interludes comprise of a weird sound that sounds something like a pig squealing. The hookline is one of the most commonplace tunes, but it still manages to be catchy. Sadly, the rest of the song just sounds repetitive. There’s an impressively rapid rap by Arjun in the second interlude though. I don’t really know what Guru Randhawa and Rajat Nagpal have done by way of recreation here, because everything just sounds the same, but then, they have done the monumental task of making the beats faster. And then again, I am not so well-versed with the original song. Guru Randhawa’s voice is so rustic and earthy, it would “SUIT” a rustic folk song, and I would love to see him do that! As for the lyrics, the hookline is the only reason I can see, for the song to be added in this film — Saba Qamar’s character in the movie must’ve worn a suit to try to fit in with the elite society. But then, couldn’t Sachin-Jigar have made an original, even comedic and better, song for that situation!?

Rating: 2.5/5 {Only for the beats and the hookline!}

 

2. Hoor

Singer ~ Atif Aslam, Backing Vocals by ~ Dawn Cordo, Arun Kamath & Shambhavi Singh, Music by ~ Sachin-Jigar, Lyrics by ~ Priya Saraiya

“Lafzon ke haseen, dhaagon mein kahin,
Piro rahaa hoon kabse main huzoor,
Koshishein zara, hain nigaahon ki,
Tujhe dekhne ki ho khataa zaroor,
Deewangi kahoon isey, ya hai mera fitoor?
Koi hoor, jaise tu!”

– Priya Saraiya

Sachin-Jigar step into the album with the second song, a romantic song with a heavenly Qawwali-ish treatment. The song also brings together Atif Aslam and Sachin-Jigar yet again, after so many beautiful songs that trio has given us over the years. I can’t really say the same about this song though, unfortunately. The song starts with wonderful humming by an awesome backing chorus (Dawn Cordo, Arun Kamath & Shambhavi Singh) but when the actual melody sung by Atif begins, it loses you somewhere. Sachin-Jigar have constructed a very iffy composition there, something that leaves you confused as to whether you like it or not. No, I don’t mean it is bad at all! It is a lilting composition, with the words flowing into one another very freely, but the composition just didn’t connect with me, something I felt very guilty of, and odd about, because I loved that spectacular album of theirs, ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’. The antara was something I could hardly pay attention to as it was not gripping. I kept waiting for that one part in the song that would have me hooked, but it never came. 😦 The few great things I can rave about in the song, though, were the arrangements. A wonderful harmonium-led (Rinku Rajput) portion starts off the song, with occasional tabla beats (Rupak Dhamankar), that sound marvellous. And then the piano (Rinku Rajput) and Drums (Lindsay D’mello) too, are wonderful. The guitars (Kalyan Baruah) that conclude the song sound amazing! It provides a nice lounge-ish feel, with the fusion of Classical and Western Contemporary. Atif’s vocals are great, and his trademark faltering voice infuses beauty into the vocals. He sings the high-pitched line in the hookline beautifully! I’ve already written about the beauty with which the backing vocalists support him. That leaves the lyrics by Priya Saraiya. These are amazing as well, aptly romantic. The hookline has been written very well! A song that excels in everything except the composition, which could’ve been much better compared to Sachin-Jigar’s previous compositions.
Rating: 3.5/5

 

3. Oh Ho Ho Ho (Remix)

Singer ~ Sukhbir, Original Composition by ~ Sukhbir, Music Recreated by ~ Abhijit Vaghani, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Rap Written and Performed by ~ Ikka

“Oh ho ho ho, oh ho ho ho, oh ho ho ho, oh ho ho ishq tera tadpaave!” 

– Kumaar

This song is like a bonus addition. Yeah, because it is just a remix (and a futile one too, at that) of a very famous Bhangra song, “Ishq Tera Tadpaave” by Sukhbir. And guess who’s the chosen one to remix it? Abhijit Vaghani. And guess what he does? Just adds a rap by Ikka somewhere in the middle, which makes the song sound vulgar, and he obviously adds a line about drinking. Who is going to listen to this song, when the original is still fresh in the people’s minds? If they wanted to make the characters dance to it in the film, they could’ve done so without adding a song in the album. I guess Abhijit has added extra beats, but it doesn’t really make a difference. And by the way, kudos to the way T-Series has named the song. “Oh Ho Ho Ho” is like the way I used to search on Google when I heard this song playing in weddings and didn’t know what it is! 😏 A song banking on the popularity of the original. 

Rating: 1/5 {including 0.5 as a bonus for at least choosing this song.}

 

 

4. Ek Jindari

Singer ~ Tanishka Sanghvi, Backing Vocals ~ Sugandha Date, Karishma Butia, Stiphen Ghorpade, Prateek Mane, Arya Mahale, Anica Chabra, Music by ~ Sachin-Jigar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

“Suraj jaise chamkenge, dekhe hain saddi ankhiyaan ne hai sapney ambraan de, eh sapney ambraan de,
Boond boond jodenge pal pal, door door beh jaayenge, eh naal samandaraan de, eh naal samandaraan de!
Assi, aithe khade, hai jaana pare,
Na kum humko tol!
Assi, zidd pe adde, junooni bade,
Eh dil ke ne bol!
Haan ek jindari meri, sau khwahishaan,
Ek ek main poori karaan,
Haan ek jindari meri, sau khwahishaan,
Mushkil humein rokna!”

– Kumaar

Sachin-Jigar get to wrap up this album, thankfully. And the song really does make for a grand finale! It starts with a vocal rhythm sung by the cute Tanishkaa Sanghvi, Sachin’s daughter, coupled with wonderful rhythms by Taufiq Qureshi, someone who always makes the song sound great when he works with Sachin-Jigar. The song is a motivational one, and stands true to its theme, with a hard-hitting rhythm and a composition that does succeed indeed to move you. The mukhda starts the song off on such a high level, that it must’ve been difficult to compose the rest of the song without letting that level drop. And I must say, Sachin-Jigar succeed in that mission exceptionally well. That neverending, breathless styled line in the mukhda is astounding! The two antaras that follow are amazing, the first being another “strong will and motivation” type stanza emulating the tune of the mukhda, while the second is a toned-down and calm one, a nice respite in an amazingly hard-hitting song. The “assi…” effect in the lines before the hookline is really intriguing, and Tanishka renders it with spunk. The hookline itself is so well-placed, and the chorus (Sugandha Date, Karishma Butia, Stiphen Ghorpade, Prateek Mane, Arya Mahale, Anica Chabra) joins Tanishka to make it sound more effective. The arrangements are electrifying, with the rock guitars, drums, and Taufiq Qureshi’s amazing percussion lifting up the already amazing composition manifold. Tanishkaa handles the composition with maturity and cuteness, a deadly combination. How cool is it that motivational songs sung by kids are the most motivational! 😄 Kumaar’s lyrics are some of the best lyrics by him this year, and maybe in his career. The song I was waiting for arrives at the end!

Rating: 5/5


Hindi Medium is quite a decent album, overall. It is a Sachin-Jigar show all the way, and I wouldn’t have minded if the other two songs hadn’t been there. Anyway, those two are the reason this album will score very low. Though Sachin-Jigar leave me confused with one song, the other ones makes up for that completely. Abhijit Vaghani can keep on “remaking” songs, while Guru Randhawa will hardly be seen again in Bollywood, I guess, especially not as a music composer. They just added this song because they needed it. Anyway, since all the songs but one are Punjabi, why don’t we call the album Punjabi Medium? 😄

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 2.5 + 3.5 + 1 + 5 = 12

Album Percentage: 60%

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: Ek Jindari > Hoor > Suit Suit > Oh Ho Ho Ho (Remix)

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes in 2017: 10 (from previous albums) + 02 (from Hindi Medium) = 12

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

SACHIN-JIGAR’S EXPERIMENTAL FLIGHT!! (A FLYING JATT – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sachin-Jigar
♪ Lyrics by: Vayu Shrivastav, Raftaar, Mayur Puri & Priya Saraiya
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 3rd August 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 25th August 2016

A Flying Jatt Album Cover

A Flying Jatt Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


A Flying Jatt is an upcoming Bollywood comedy/superhero/action movie which stars Tiger Shroff and Jacqueline Fernandez in lead roles, while Australian actor (and retired wrestler) Nathan Jones is essaying the role of the antagonist. The film has been directed by Remo D’Souza, who is back after more than a year after his last hit, ‘ABCD 2’, and produced by Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor, Sameer Nair abd Aman Gill. The story revolves around a very un-superhero-like superhero, played by Tiger Shroff, and his adventures. The synopsis for the movie under the movie trailer on YouTube says that the movie is an account of a young superhero who is scared of heights! I don’t know how exciting that will be to watch, as the movie already looks like a mixture of ‘Singh Is Bliing’ and ‘Krrish’, so much so that it might even be ‘Krrish 4’, wherein Krrish, through his magical powers, turns into a Jatt. 😀 Anyway, since the movie seems to be targeted at little children, the makers are free to get away with anything. Remo D’Souza cannot make a successful album to his movies without his trustworthy duo, Sachin-Jigar, who are on board for this movie as well, coming back after a year, after their two songs in ‘Hero’, before which their last full album was another Remo D’Souza movie! 😛 Of course, seeing the theme of the movie, something zany is expected, and since it is not ‘ABCD 3748’, ten dance songs aren’t expected, so the duo makes 6 songs. Now, to see how high these six songs fly!


1. A Flying Jatt (Title Track)
Singers ~ Raftaar, Mansheel Gujral & Tanishkaa Sanghvi, Lyrics by ~ Vayu Shrivastav, Rap Lyrics & Vocals by ~ Raftaar

The first song on the album is what Sachin-Jigar are known for. The whackiness, craziness and catchiness of it all is their signature style of composing such songs. The song starts off with an anthemic chant that goes “Ho aa gaye J.A.T.T. maaro saare seeti...” The tune that it has been composed in, is just so infectious, that it actually made me take interest in such a song which I would never have listened to otherwise! The opening line is just too catchy to leave the song halfway and dismiss it as stupid or bad. The “Pagg, peg, swag, set” chants are just as catchy and crazy. The base composition is good as well, and Mansheel Gujral, contestant of 2014’s ‘Raw Star’, renders it with the right amount of gusto and gangsta-swag! The composition is more like a Punjabi pop song, butt the treatment is purely Sachin-Jigar! The hookline is something that will grow on you as you keep progressing through the song; it is repeated so many times, that you end up loving it unknowingly! The mukhda has the perfect gangster-pop feel to it, while the first antara follows the same tune. It is the second antara, where Sachin-Jigar introduce a clever twist, with a little girl singing about “Flying Jatt”, who is apparently her boyfriend. And that girl is none other than Sachin’s own daughter, Tanishkaa Sanghvi. She sings the little girl’s part soooo cute, and it sounds good in the song, which is obviously made for children to pull their parents to the theaters in order to watch a superhero movie. Raftaar’s rap constitutes most of the song, and it is surprisingly very entertaining! Maybe because it isn’t unnecessarily added into a song that doesn’t need it! In fact, it gels in quite well with the song, which idolizes the protagonist, a flying Sikh superhero. Sachin-Jigar of course, can’t make a peppy song without some insane additions randomly thrown into the song. This time, it is the insanity of the chorus going “Pagg, peg, swag, set” followed by somebody singing “aajao aajao aajao saare!” It is so random, that you end up loving it so much! The arrangements are apt, with the whole song placed upon a techno base, which is addictive and peppy. Of course, the duo place an unexpected twist in the form of typical Punjabi dhols in the hookline once, and that part sounds awesome! The lyrics by Vayu are cool, and suit the superhero-theme. Raftaar’s rap is a very enjoyable “be-good” kind of rap, which again, will help the superhero attract kids’ attention! A title track that is very experimental and showcases Sachin-Jigar’s ability to get listeners (old or young), hooked! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Toota Jo Kabhi Taara
Singers ~ Atif Aslam & Sumedha Karmahe, Lyrics by ~ Priya Saraiya

The next song is a haunting romantic song, composed beautifully on a scintillating background. The song starts off with sounds that indicate nighttime and a field with crickets chirping in it, with a grand orchestration accompanying it. And then the real magic starts, when the piano kicks in with such a haunting and catchy tune, which actually is the hooktune of the song. The silence of it all makes you so serene, that it is hard to believe! The duo’s composition is pure black magic, with notes that touch your heart and how! When the piano gives way to Atif’s voice, which starts off with a dulcet melody, you get ready for the best romantic song you’ve heard in quote some time, but then, the duo surprises you with a very unexpected high-pitched, grand second line, which builds up to the hookline, which is just as calming and soothing. The structure of the song is the most interesting thing of all. After the hookline, the singers hum the tune which had started off the song (on piano), and it sounds so heavenly and extremely lovely! The duo follows the new-age trend of composing two antaras with different compositions, and give one completely to Atif, while the other goes completely to Sumedha. Both the antaras are bliss, with haunting notes galore! The second one though, is my personal favourite, with Sumedha (who has worked with the duo before in the movie ‘Teree Sang’) singing in the low octaves so beautifully, that it sounds as if she is singing specially for you! Atif’s antara, on the other hand, treads higher octaves (yet not too high either) with a very melodious tune. The way he sings some words rapidly to bridge one line to the next is a very ingenious trick played by the duo! It sounds so magical! About the arrangements, I can write a whole essay!! Sachin-Jigar have set such an entrancing backing rhythm to the song, made of nothing but techno sounds, which are just so enchanting! The way they’ve used the instruments is mind blowing and spectacular; a perfect blend of haunting strings and lilting flute, and that beautiful piano loop will stay in your mind for a long time! Sparkling sounds accentuate the fantasy-like, dreamy composition very well. Finger snaps and brisk strings in the first interlude grab your attention, while the second interlude is highly reduced, with only a flute playing that haunting tune that usually plays on the piano, followed by Sumedha’s antara. The magic of the strings though, is just unmatchable. A great assortment of high and low pitched strings make the listening experience worthwhile. I can just imagine how it is going to sound in the theaters! Priya Saraiya’s lyrics are the icing on top of the extra-sweet cake. She writes the song wonderfully, making many references to dreams herself. So what wrong is it to call the song a dreamy one?? Nothing, right? The dreamiest song I have heard recently! A masterstroke by the whole team behind the song! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Khair Mangda
Singer ~ Atif Aslam, Lyrics by ~ Priya Saraiya

The duo bring Atif back to sing the next song, which is another haunting, dreamy and lilting, but very emotional and heart touching song. The composition has dark shades and is pure black magic, something that instantly makes your hair stand on end and sends a chill down your spine. The composition is highly reminiscent of the duo’s own song ‘Chunar’ from Remo D’Souza’s previous movie, ‘ABCD 2’, but still manages to strike a chord with the listener. Treading on the emotional notes, the composition still has a charm that will make you ready to hear it again and again, for a countless number of times. The mukhda is quite soft, until it gets into the high notes just before the hookline, which is when the goosebumps start to appear. The hookline itself, is exceptionally hooking and haunting. The way Atif introduces small variations in the tune each time he sings “khair mangda“, is remarkable. The antara continues with the darkness, but in a different way. The duo has churned out a trademark Rahman-styled composition, something he would constantly give in the 90s. The arrangements are mostly guitars, and other digital sounds that help the song sound more graceful. The gracious strings that elevate the thrill in the song, are wonderful. Everything else is almost only done by the guitars, and some wonderful chimes, which make it sound very enchanting. The song is tailor-made for Atif, and he doesn’t disappoint, proving how beautiful a singer he is, yet again. The humming he does in the start and in the interludes, is mind blowing, though very short! Priya, on the other hand, is adept at writing heart-touching lyrics, which she shows yet again here, as well. Though most of it is in Punjabi, the listener can instantgy connect to the words and it grows very soon. A song that is on an emotional high, something that needs repeat listens to discover each and every aspect of the song. in other words, another masterpiece by Sachin-Jigar!! #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Bhangda Pa
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani, Divya Kumar & Asees Kaur, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

After the pathos, the duo is back to what they love, and what we love them doing! And that is, an upbeat, happy-sounding track that will get you up and dancing. Of course, such songs are usually very situational, and you don’t always love them before you see them in the movie, with the surrounding content and their placement. Made with the intention of entertainment and enjoyment, this song is a dance fest. The duo’s composition is definitely nothing great, and a quite typical Punjabi bhangra track, but does manage to entertain you for as long as it lasts. The mukhda is a very interestingly structured one with very fast-paced lines, fun to hear being sung so rapidly by Vishal Dadlani and Divya Kumar, the powerhouse male voices behind the track. The hookline is not so addictive, but as I said, it may grow after watching the movie. The first antara has the same tune as the mukhda, and again, keeps you listening for that masterclass singing by both the lead male singers, each having their own unique voice texture and quality. Vishal’s husky tone and Divya’s cutting-edge-like voice are a very interesting and compatible combination. The second antara, however, sees Asees Kaur, Zee Music Company’s pet singer, singing a quite ordinary giddha stanza which doesn’t entertain as much as her “timb lak lak timb“s interspersed throughout the song, which are insane! Arrangements are typical BHANGRA arrangements, but so energetic, dynamic and booming, that they end up making you like the song. The dhadd and dhols are powerful and just awesome. Of course, the duo can’t make a song with straightforward typical arrangements, so they do add some techno sounds, which aren’t so effective. The lyrics by Mayur Puri are enjoyable, and fun even in their nonsense manner. A dance song which clearly shows how the makers underestimated Sachin-Jigar, and eventually extracted an ordinary dance track out of them!

 

5. Beat Pe Booty
Singers ~ Sachin Sanghvi, Jigar Saraiya, Vayu Shrivastav & Kanika Kapoor, Lyrics by ~ Vayu Shrivastav

A techno beat lures you into the next track, a dance track totally arranged on addictive techno and EDM beats. Of course, a track is needed to show off Tiger’s dance moves, and this seems to be the track made for that purpose. Sachin-Jigar are at their best with the composition, which is an insanely catchy one even in its simplicity and Yo-Yo-Honey-Singh-ishness (Yup, I invented that word!! I hope its meaning has stared back at you while you were staring at it!) Just like their own song ‘Johnny Johnny’ (Entertainment), the duo has made a very simple and monotonous composition, and they are apparently very confident, that it will be a superhit. And why shouldn’t they be? The song has everything you need for a catchy song, and it sounds PERFECT for its genre. The beats are insanely catchy (I don’t know how many times I’ve already said that, but they are). The composition can’t get out of your head and the vocals are so addictive! Talking about vocals, Sachin-Jigar along with Vayu sing the male parts good (with special care taken not to make it sound too perfect, either, which would spoil the fun!) But it is Kanika’s short part that won over my heart. The part when she says “nacha de, mainu nacha de, nacha de mainu” is so catchy! And after that, when she sings the song’s antara, her sweet and addictive voice makes magic there too. To think that she’s working with Sachin-Jigar for the first time!! The Afro feel of the song makes it even more catchier than ever. Lyricist Vayu writes words that are enjoyable as well as humorous, and they go well with the addictive and sultry nature of the song. All in all, the song is an enjoyable dance track, where the duo full-fledgedly shows their experimentation capability! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Raj Karega Khalsa
Singers ~ Navraj Hans & Daler Mehndi, Lyrics by ~ Priya Saraiya

To end the album on a very dynamic note, the duo now brings into the album a kind of heavy metal song. The song is a spectacular one, with a splendid use of rock guitars and drums. Electrifying electric guitar strums start the song off, until a composition that anyone would usually expect Vishal Dadlani to sing, sets into pace, with someone unexpected, Navraj Hans, (Hans Raj Hans’ son) rendering it with an immense amount of energy, and sounding awesome in the bargain. He is accompanied by Daler Mehndi in some places, who is more of a backing singer; the main parts of the song go to Navraj. Daler excels though, with his aalaaps in the background, and his occasional one-or-two lines in the song. He has some lines in the first interlude which he aces with his wonderful high-pitched voice. The duo’s composition is really emotional and also motivational at the same time. The song has those positive vibes in it, that make you feel both proud and sentimental at the same time. The hookline, “jaako raakhe saaiyaan… ” is phenomenal! This is probably another rock song (which usually don’t really appeal to me) which has appealed to me this much after Sultan’s title track, but of course, this one is less commercially appealing. The choice of singers is very experimental as well. Using the two rustic voices, the duo has succeeded in bringing home the idea that desi-flavoured rock songs do sound good! 😀 Navraj with his powerful voice, and Daler paaji with a just as powerful voice complement each other well to infuse the required energy into this quite darkly-composed rock song. Arrangements by the duo are fab, and they take liberty to add in techno elements, orchestral strings and trumpets to make the song sound less monotonous with just guitars and drums! Priya’s lyrics are a wonderful ode to the Sikh community and yet, are a kind of motivation for the whole world. The duo manages to end the album on such a brilliant note, that you are stunned after you finish hearing it!! Fantabulous!! #5StarHotelSong!!


A Flying Jatt turns out to be an apt album for a comedy/action/masala superhero film as this. Sachin-Jigar have introduced high levels of variety into the songs and each song sounds different than the next. The songs are enjoyable and they have not only created buzz to bring people to the movie, but will also be played after the movie releases too! All six songs are miles apart from each other and that is the USP of the album. To sum up, I would say that the duo, who is back after a year, is still flying with the same amount of variety and experimentation with which they had left us!! 

 

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: Toota Jo Kabhi Taara = Khair Mangda > Raj Karega Khalsa > Beat Pe Booty > A Flying Jatt (Title Track) > Bhangda Pa

 

Which is your favourite song from A Flying Jatt? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

 

HEROIC IN ALL ASPECTS!! (HERO – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Amaal Mallik, Jassi Katyal, Meet Bros. Anjjan & Sachin-Jigar
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar & Niranjan Iyengar
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 14th August 2015
♪ Movie Released On: 11th September 2015

Hero Album Cover

Hero Album Cover

 

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

To hear “Main Hoon Hero Tera (Sad Version)” on Saavn CLICK HERE

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE

To buy “Main Hoon Hero Tera (Sad Version)” on iTunes CLICK HERE

Hear “Main Hoon Hero Tera (Sad Version)” on YouTube:


Hero is a Bollywood romantic action drama film, released on 11th September, 2015. It starred Sooraj Pancholi (Aditya Pancholi’s son) and Athiya Shetty (Suniel Shetty’s daughter) in the lead roles, and serving as the launch vehicle for both of them. The film also stars Aditya Pancholi and Sharad Kelkar in supporting roles. It was directed by Nikhil Advani, and produced by Salman Khan and Subhash Ghai. The film is a remake of the 1983 film of the same name, which had starred Jackie Shroff. It got mostly negative reviews from critics and the public. Anyways, the music of the film was composed by multiple composers, the list consisting of T-Series’ hot favourites Amaal Mallik and Meet Bros. Anjjan, along with Punjabi composer Jassi Katyal who had composed an avoidable song in ‘Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend’ this year, and two songs by Sachin-Jigar. I was really looking forward to the album before it released and when it did, all I can say was that I had heard such a good album full of variety after a long time! Read on to find out my exact views about each song! 🙂


1. Main Hoon Hero Tera (Salman Khan Version) / Main Hoon Hero Tera (Armaan Malik Version) / Main Hoon Hero Tera (Sad Version)
Singers ~ Salman Khan / Armaan Malik / Armaan Malik, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

The title song of this film gets the first slot in the soundtrack, and the ever-promising Amaal Mallik gets the chance to compose it. As you already know, the song became a rage, and also the most famous song from ‘Hero’, but that’s just the public appeal side of it. What did I think of it? Well, don’t worry! I loved it just as much as everyone else did! 😀 Salman is roped in to sing the first version, and it being his production, he probably wanted it to be something special, and that’s why he sang, maybe. Well, however bad I found his voice in Himesh’s ‘Kick’ songs ‘Jumme Ki Raat’ and ‘Tu Hi Tu’, the reprises of which he sang, here his voice has been garnished with all the technicalities and leave it up to Amaal to make it sound as if he’s (almost) a professional! All the technical aspects have been dealt with properly, resulting in Salman sounding better than usual. The second version is by a professional Armaan, so naturally, as far as the vocals go, I prefer Armaan’s version over Salman’s. It is even on a higher pitch, and Armaan’s vocals are way more mellifluous than Salman’s! He even sings the tune a bit differently from Salman when the line “khud Se naaraaz hoon” plays. And the way he sings it, you just can’t suppress that Waaah! from escaping your mouth. When you read the song’s title, you would expect an typical Bollywood upbeat hero introductory song, with dhinchak beats or whatever, but when it plays, you realize that it is a very serene, calm and soothing melodious song. Amaal returns to that genre after doing some crazy stuff here and there like ‘Chaar Shanivaar’, ‘Saiyyan Superstar’ and whatnot, but I’m glad that he hasn’t lost his prowess in composing such soulful songs. The arrangements set up a just as tranquil environment and ensure that we have our attention wholly and solely on the song. The guitars and piano really help in doing that. In the hookline, splendid percussion joins in and gives the song a bit of an Indianized flavour. And those backing vocals going “Haaayeee” compel us to say the same thing when they play. The tune of the antara has been kept really simple, yet sweet. The strings interlude in the second interlude sounds great, and is actually the tune of the hookline of Amaal’s second song in the film, to come later on in the album. And then Kumaar’s lyrics are something that propel the song to heights, in the conversational form which they are written in. The sad version has Armaan behind the mic again, with a slight alteration in the lyrics, to make it sound sad. It goes “Kya main hoon hero tera?”. Duration has been shortened drastically for that version, and arrangements have been minimised as far as they could be, yet having a great impact in the song, especially the wonderful string orchestration, that builds up to the climax, only to calm down after some time, and again increase, finally ending the song on a orchestral low and with Armaan singing “Haan main hoon hero tera”. A soulful start to the album by Amaal Mallik, in three beautiful versions! Kudos to him for doing all the necessary processing to portray Salman’s voice in a melodious way! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Yadaan Teriyaan (Version 1) / Yadaan Teriyaan (Version 2)
Singers ~ Rahat Fateh Ali Khan / Dev Negi & Shipra Goyal, Music by ~ Jassi Katyal, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

The next song on the album also comes in two versions. One by Pakistani Sufi singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, and the other by relatively newbies, Dev Negi & Shipra Goyal. Jassi Katyal, who had composed some very atrocious ‘Mata ka jagrata’ called ‘Maa De Dandeya’ in ‘Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend’, hadn’t really impressed me there, so I wasn’t expecting anything from him. And of course, I was expecting another upbeat and atrocious track. But then I saw Rahat’s name and that left me utterly confused. For all I knew, Rahat wouldn’t sign any atrociously sick party track. After hearing the song, I got to know that it was a typical Punjabi rock romantic song. It starts with the breathtaking sound of a sarangi, followed by the very rustic and lovely voice of Rahat. The twinkling sounds make it sound even more soothing. When the drums kick in, it starts sounding a bit too typical, and coupled with the electric guitars, even more so. The sarangi keeps making inputs throughout the song, and Rahat’s beautiful singing along with those arrangements sounds awesome. The composition does get a bit dull and boring at places, and the length doesn’t help much either. Flutes have also been used in a mind blowing way, something that I would never have expected from Jassi after that disgusting first impression of his. The lyrics are pure Punjabi lyrics, as soulful as the arrangements. The second version takes the form of a duet between Dev Negi and Shipra Goyal, and the arrangements are mainly the same, but the difference is that the switching from male to female voices in the duet version provides the necessary change, which in turn, makes this version a bit more enjoyable and interesting. Shipra’s voice is sweet and Dev also sounds beautiful with his deliberately husky voice. All that and more, made me like the duet version more than Rahat’s solo. An unexpectedly great composition from Jassi, just getting a bit too typical at times, but I would recommend the duet version, which is a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Dance Ke Legend
Singers ~ Meet Brothers & Bhoomi Trivedi, Additional Vocals by ~ Sunaina Singh, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

As soon as it starts, you can’t help but wondering where you’ve heard that tune before. I was very, very sure I had heard it somewhere in some song, yet I couldn’t recall which song exactly! And I ended up getting trapped into the net of catchiness that the tune has set out for listeners like us. It is my common experience that almost everything Meet Bros. Anjjan offer to us, it always turns out to be catchy and something likable in terms of the tune. Here too, I observed the same! The song is the boys vs. girls kind of dance face-off we have grown up watching many times in Bollywood movies, but this time with a modern touch. The club beats and all is fine, but apart from that, the tune doesn’t really stand out as something extraordinary, making the sound seem a bit on the weaker side in that department. Had there been a better tune especially to the mukhda, the song would have excelled. That part does the job of making sure the listener has all attention on the song, and if that itself fails to catch the listener’s attention, then it’s an attempt that fails, no matter how good the stuff that follows is. The catchiest part has to be that hookline which really makes you behave as if you yourself are the ‘Dancing Floor Ke Legend’, since you dance along to the beats and tune. About the vocals, Meet Bros make a very smart move yet again by singing the song themselves instead of making Mika sing a song that seems tailor-made for him. They sound good, too, except that the two voices sound a bit annoying, always together, never solo. 😛 Bhoomi Trivedi, who sang really well in her first Bollywood song, ‘Ram Chahe Leela’ (Ram Leela), doesn’t get as much scope here, but does a satisfying job whatever she sings. Sunaina sounds really cheap, however when she sings “Show meeee… Votcha gott” like a typical German. 😂 Arrangements are pretty cool, especially the interludes, the first one being a kind of weird techno beats that really sounds awesome with great sound effects, and the second one with an out-and-out Latino-Brazilian touch with the brass instruments, and vocal interruptions. Kumaar’s lyrics are interesting, and provide the necessary entertainment which the tune other than the hookline fails to give. They are what make the song a memorable, for at least some time, girls vs. boys face-off. If only the composition had been better, this one would have been really good!! But since it isn’t, all there is to pay attention to, is mainly Kumaar’s entertaining lyrics!

 

4. Khoya Khoya
Singers ~ Mohit Chauhan & Priya Saraiya, Backing Vocals by ~ Tanishka Sanghvi & Arpita Chakroborty, Music by ~ Sachin-Jigar, Lyrics by ~ Niranjan Iyengar

Sachin-Jigar, fresh from the success of their awesome album ‘ABCD 2’, now jump into the album, to treat us to the first of their two songs in this album. When this one started, I couldn’t help but drown into the very dreamy, Gujarati/Rajasthani folk lines sung by Sachin’s daughter, Tanishka, who had spellbound us with ‘Vande Mataram’ (ABCD 2) earlier this year. The programming done with her voice serves as a hindrance to some, but some may find it to be beautifying her voice. As soon as Mohit starts, the striking resemblance to Sachin-Jigar’s own ‘Jeene De’ (Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya) can’t be ignored, and coincidentally both songs are sung by Mohit. It lasts for a very short time, and Priya with her beautifully programmed voice, comes and rescues the song from sounding too familiar, and the tune of her lines is awesome, as is the hookline that Mohit sings after them. Arpita does some wonderful classical vocals in the first interlude, sounding very sweet. Sachin-Jigar’s awesome arrangements, mostly traditional and sounding very North-Easternized thanks to the awesome dafli percussion, matkas, and serene flutes, meeting the modern guitars, are tremendously attractive. The second interlude has a tune that starts off sounding a lot like ‘Jaane Dil Mein Kabse Hai Tu’ (Mujhse Dosti Karoge); well, that’s the new ‘Hero’ signature tune. The antara continues with the beautiful composition, vocals and arrangements, and before you know it, the song is over. Though it is a bit above 5 minutes in duration, it has not a single boring moment, except that the hookline may sound a bit like ‘Rabba’ (Heropanti), but only if you are bent on finding faults in the song. If you forget about it, it sounds pretty normal. Niranjan Iyengar’s lyrics are romantic and sweet, cute at the same time, like a youth romantic song should sound. Everybody associated with this song has done a lot of hard work, and that’s why it sounds so good as a result! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. O Khuda
Singers ~ Amaal Mallik & Palak Muchhal, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Amaal Mallik’s second song in the album starts off with a captivating harmonica, followed by wonderful flute, supported by Spanish guitars and sounds like castanets. And then guess who starts singing? I would’ve expected Armaan to sing, as he sings mostly for Amaal, but here, the composer himself steps behind the mic and beautifies everything with his just-as-soothing voice! His debut as a singer has bore fruits and I hope he sings even more in the days to come. About the composition, it is something that will just transport you to another land, possibly that is what they call the Land of Dreams in all those fairy tales we’ve read as little kids. But seriously, this song has some sort of magical power that just makes you speechless for the five minutes of its duration, and even when it’s over, you might be unable to shake yourself out of that trance. Palak has just one line in each antara, so it didn’t really matter to me how she sung; I liked it anyhow. The serene and free-flowing composition ensures that you are completely, totally immersed in it’s awesomeness and no matter how simple it may be, it has the power to grasp you. Arrangements are just as beautiful throughout the song, as they are in the prelude, with grand strings, Spanish guitars, flutes and some awesome theatrical percussion. Rock guitars also make a cameo and impress in their short performance too. In the second interlude, Amaal plays on the cello, the same ‘Hero’ signature tune which we heard in ‘Khoya Khoya’, and it is supported by a wondrous chorus, which also provides a great impact in other parts of the song as well. The hookline, in all its simplicity, is one of the most captivating hooks for a sad song in recent times. Kumaar’s lyrics clearly depict the sadness of two parted lovers, kept apart due to circumstances against them. The Spanish touch to an emotional romantic song, plus the awesome vocals and composition, and perfect lyrics, makes it a sureshot #5StarHotelSong!!!

 

6. Jab We Met
Singers ~ Rahul Pandey & Shalmali Kholgade, Backing Vocals by ~ Divya Kumar & Jigar Saraiya, Music by ~ Sachin-Jigar, Lyrics by ~ Niranjan Iyengar

To end the album, we have the dependable Sachin-Jigar coming back with their second song, which starts off resembling quite a lot their own ‘Haseena Tu Kameena Mein’ (Happy Ending), with that peppy sound and weird vocal sounds by Jigar. Nevertheless, it captivated me right from the first second. Rahul Pandey (also a singer on that song from ‘Happy Ending’) starts the song in a great way, with his slightly husky voice, sounding a lot like Nikhil D’Souza. Shalmali kicks in with a very bold and accentuated voice, sounding really great as well. And she sings the part of the song that leads up to the hookline, a very crazily created, catchy, zany, insane, wacky thing that will just make you gyrate your body to its tune. Divya and Jigar make sure that it reaches the heights of craziness and peppiness, still keeping it catchy and groovy. They start it after taking a little pause, making it all the more catchier! The awesome Punjabi dhols and popping sounds, and the Bhangra “haay! haay!” all provide the listener with things that would not leave him bored for even a second! In the interludes things get a bit emotional, with that ‘Hero’ tune playing on a flute, but they get lively once more with the onset of the antara. Shalmali’s English portion, sounds really professional and it is worth hearing again and again. In the second antara, she does some full-fledged emotional humming portion, which gives a small relief from the craziness, and makes you ready for the craziness to continue after that small part is over! The song being the longest in the album, it doesn’t seem so, only because of the many interesting elements that Sachin-Jigar have included in it, so that we have a good time hearing it. Niranjan’s lyrics are quite suitable for a romantic comedy movie, unlike this one, but maybe the situation in the movie called for it, so I can’t say much on that. However, if the situation is a light romantic one, I’m quite sure that these lyrics are both entertaining and relevant at the same time! An entertaining mix of Punjabi folk and modern sounds! Great and successful attempt by Sachin-Jigar in making this song so addictive! And special marks for Divya’s loud parts in the hookline! He shines! #5StarHotelSong!!


Hero is a multi-composer album that just proves wrong whatever assumptions I have about multi-composer albums in general! All the songs are catchy in some or the other way, suit the situations in the film, and none of them are such that you would skip them right away! With four composers, it rarely happens that they come together and blend together in a seamless manner, but it has happened here, with Nikhil Advani’s ‘Hero’. Though there are some small faults here and there in my opinion, they are small enough to be ignored, because all the songs together provide the variety that is required in a commercial action / romantic film’s album! An album that would emerge as a hero among multi-composer albums!!

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: O Khuda > Jab We Met > Main Hoon Hero Tera (Armaan Malik Version) > Khoya Khoya > Main Hoon Hero Tera (Sad Version) > Main Hoon Hero Tera (Salman Khan Version) > Yadaan Teriyaan (Version 2) > Dance Ke Legend > Yadaan Teriyaan (Version 1)

 

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ARTISTIC, BRILLIANT, CREATIVE & DEADLY!! (ABCD 2 – Music Review)

Yes I’m late for my ‘ABCD 2’ Music Review, but today, 14th June, is Sachin Sanghvi of Sachin-Jigar’s birthday, so how about posting it as his birthday gift? 😀 So happy birthday, Sachin, and keep providing us with those infectious tunes with Jigar’s help!!


Music Album Details

♪ Music by: Sachin-Jigar
♪ Lyrics by: Mayur Puri, Vishal Dadlani, Priya Saraiya, D. Soldierz, Rimi Nique & Badshah
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 22nd May 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 18th June 2015

ABCD 2 Album Cover

ABCD 2 Album Cover

 

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ABCD 2 is an upcoming Bollywood dance film, starring Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor and Prabhudheva in the lead roles, and Dharmesh Yelande, Raghav Juyal (Crockroaxz) and Lauren Gottlieb in supporting roles. The film has been directed by Remo D’Souza, and produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur. The film revolves around the struggle of choreographers Suresh (Varun Dhawan) and Vinnie (Shraddha Kapoor) from Nalasopara, a suburb in Mumbai, who go on to win the World Hip-Hop Dance Championship. The movie is a sequel to the 2013 film ‘ABCD – Any Body Can Dance’, with everything bigger and larger than before. A bigger starcast — what with some youth heartthrobs joining the bandwagon, a bigger budget — it’s shot in Las Vegas. A bigger everything, basically. So it is just natural for us to expect a bigger soundtrack too, in terms of both number of songs and quality and also appeal. The duo who has worked very hard in order to reach this stage in their career, where they’re giving us great album after year album, Sachin-Jigar, for whom the album of the first film was a turning point, return to compose for the album, along with 10 songs!! So I’m gonna dive right into this “expectedly” great album that I expect to be bigger than its prequel! 🙂 Let’s find out what we get!


1. Bezubaan Phir Se
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani, Anushka Manchanda & Madhav Krishna, Rap by ~ Vishal Dadlani, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

As it is clear from the title of the song, the makers of the film have decided to remake and represent the most famous song of the first film, the song that got the film a name and an identification of its own, ‘Bezubaan’, and since they’ve made it again (re-made) they add the words ‘Phir Se’ to the title, which don’t actually appear in the song. So, the song starts with that tune which has gotten itself to be recognized as the characteristic tune of ‘ABCD’, much like we had one for the ‘Dhoom’ franchise, the ‘Race’ films and even for ‘Ra.One’. This time, though, it doesn’t take shape with the help of rock guitars, but with the help of ancient Chinese-sounding flutes. And they haunt you, at the same time grabbing your attention and making you crave for more. Also, the original song was so great, that you can just expect something more great in this sequel to that song, which the starting assures you, that you will get. Where the first song was a soulful, soft number sung smoothly and calmly by Mohit Chauhan along with some electrifying English rap portions in the middle and a scintillating hookline by Priya Panchal, this version of it is dynamic all the way! When you have a vocal powerhouse such as Vishal Dadlani onboard, what else would you expect? And Vishal very efficiently carries the song on his two shoulders. Infusing the right amount of energy and enjoyability in the song as is required, and also as much as is possible, he zips through the song like a lightning bolt, spreading the zing as he goes. This time, there is very little English rap, but mostly, a catchy Hindi rap, written and sung by Vishal too, very effectively. Anushka Manchanda has a very brief portion, but she soothes us down in that small portion, before and after which Vishal spreads his enthusiasm again. The disappointing part in the vocals, though, is Madhav Krishna with the hookline, which doesn’t sound properly in place after Vishal’s virally infectious parts. After Vishal builds up the climax, it ends quite abruptly at the hookline, leaving you thinking that something is missing. Sachin-Jigar have wonderfully composed the new parts surrounding the hookline, and those parts are very catchy, but again, the hookline itself seems out-of-place somewhat. Their arrangements do make up for it however. New and cool techno sounds, with those electric guitars, really make your day whenever you hear the song, and may even serve as your daily dose of energy! That tabla in Anushka’s part is hard to make out, but when you do hear it, you’ll get goosebumps — it’s that awesome! Again, the percussion part at the end, this time starting off with African beats, seems very flat in front of what we had got to hear in the first song. And Taufiq Qureshi is there, in this song too! Was expecting a lot more from him but this is satisfactory! If only this wasn’t a remake, I wouldn’t be comparing at all! Mayur Puri’s lyrics are brilliant like they always are, and the inspirational factor in them hasn’t gone anywhere between the first song and this one! 🙂 A bit disappointing when compared to the original, but definitely an enjoyable start to the album! I know it must be challenging to remake one of your own songs, so no problem!!

 

2. Sun Saathiya
Singers ~ Priya Saraiya & Divya Kumar, Lyrics by ~ Priya Saraiya

The next song is another song that we are familiar with, thanks to the first film. However, the makers hadn’t included it in the OST, but had kept it in the film. That was kind of unreasonable, because it was one of the best songs in the film. After that, the makers got a lot of requests from the audience to release the song as a single, and after two years, the audience’s wish comes true in the form of this song. We get a full, proper song with a mukhda and antara, of which only the mukhda was included in the first film. The duo and Priya Panchal Saraiya have developed the song further, resulting in a song to cherish. The ever-reliable piano intro (it always works, no matter how many times you use it) absorbs you into the song right from the moment it starts. Then Priya, with her smooth-flowing vocals, transports us to dreamland, literally, and we forget all the dimensions of time and space, our ears only open to Sachin-Jigar’s melodious composition, and a wonderful combination of Priya and Divya’s voices. Divya carries put his parts wonderfully, not stumbling anywhere while singing that fast-paced sargam, and he shocks us with his classically perfect rendition. His rustic vocals provide a great contrast to Priya’s more fine vocals, and it sounds brilliant when they have been put together. Priya’s lyrics are great as well, romantic and having an easily-memorizable quality to them. But what really stands out are the duo’s arrangements, a fantastic amalgamation of classical instruments like the tablas, and Western instruments like the piano, violins and even a small drum part somewhere! The violin comes in the interlude, and soothes you down a lot, especially because of Divya’s sargam, wonderfully blended with it. Overall, a nice gift to the audience from Sachin-Jigar, Priya and Divya, wherein we had to wait for two years, but the end result is totally worth it!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Chunar
Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

As soon as the next song starts, you are reminded of the haunting, but soothing music that you get to hear in a typical Sanjay Leela Bhansali album. But this time, it is relatively younger composers, Sachin-Jigar trying their hand at this genre. And they succeed, everything in the song as perfect as possible. First of all, I would like to praise Arijit, who, after singing many songs of the same type and feel, finally sings a song which nobody can call a ‘typical Arijit Singh song’. His nuances are brilliant, and ultimately, it is his textured voice that makes you fall for the track. Everything else falls in place later on because, it just so happens that the first time you hear the track, you notice nothing but Arijit. In subsequent listens, you start taking in more and more from the track and that’s why, you end up loving it even more after many listens. Sachin-Jigar’s melody, as I said, is perfectly haunting and very, very touching, suitable for Mayur’s even more touching lyrics. While ‘Meri Maa’ (Yaariyan) was the best “Ode-To-Mother” song of last year, this year’s has definitely got to be ‘Chunar’, what with the really heart-touching lyrics by Mayur, and the suitably emotional-izing tune to it. If you think this is too many awesome things in one song, wait till you hear about the arrangements, because I’m yet to tell you about them! It starts off with wonderful, haunting sound of a string instrument (turns out it’s a harp, as Sachin said here when I asked him), which just draws you in, after which you cannot escape until the song is over. It sounds like it’s a classical instrument and that’s why I was really surprised to know it’s a harp!! It’s been given a great classical effect! Kudos to the duo for that! It plays constantly in the background for the whole mukhda, after which comes a stunning interlude, something so cool that you won’t believe your ears! Techno sounds coupled with an electric-sounding sitar, wow!! And those vocals! It makes for a wonderful listen! The beats that accompany Arijit in the parts where the harp is silent, are awesome too! Techno beats in a semi-classical composition, sounds awesome! Heart-touching, emotional, and beautifully written, sung and composed!!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Happy Birthday
Singers ~ Sachin Sanghvi, Jigar Saraiya, Varun Dhawan & D. Soldierz, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri, D. Soldierz

In the next song, Sachin-Jigar and Mayur Puri take us one year back, when ‘Johnny Johnny’ had become a rage in the nation. The same insanity, quirkiness, catchiness and infectious nature of that song, returns in this song. While it starts with ignorable dialogues that go away quickly, the parts that follow will have you grooving before you know it! The fact that none of the singers, except Varun Dhawan in some places, are recognizable due to the over-the-top programming done to the voices, can easily be ignored too, because the tune of what they’re singing, is something that is too hard to resist. The composers themselves get behind the mic, and program their own voices so weirdly, that the weirdness starts to sound genius! The various voices they obtained by programming their voices, are really funny and apt for such an energetic and crazy, wacky song. D. Soldierz, a Delhi based Punjabi music duo, has been well utilized in the song, and the line they have sung is what got me to like this song so much, it’s just composed so well by Sachin-Jigar! The beats in the song do resemble those of ‘Johnny Johnny’ a lot, but no complaints! They’re actually really infectious beats! The female voice going “Awww” so many times in the song, sounds so great!! Varun’s rap has been programmed too much as well, and so it sounds very weird when he says some lines after his rap, in his real voice! Mayur’s lyrics here, are quirky and well-suited to the requirements of the song. D. Soldierz have also written a few lines, I guess the ones they sang. 😂😂 I know, I don’t get any prize for guessing that! The duration of the song has been kept really short at just three minutes, which is just right for such a song. An overdose might make all the listeners crazy! (I mean that positively 😂) By now Sachin-Jigar have become experts at giving the public something that they will 100000% love!! This song joins the ranks of ‘Khoon Choos Le’, ‘Johnny Johnny’, ‘Paaji Tussi Such A Pussy Cat’ and ‘G Phaad Ke’! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. If You Hold My Hand
Singer ~ Benny Dayal, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

With each song of the album showing us a different genre, this one comes to the tried-and-tested breezy romance formula, which the ranks of Vishal-Shekhar, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Pritam have done many, many times in the past. This song too, falls in the category of songs which have a mix of English and Hindi lyrics, but actually make sense, and make you want to snap your fingers along to the catchy hookline. Sachin-Jigar go into typical Vishal-Shekhar’s ‘Anjaana Anjaani’, ‘I Hate Luv Storys’ etc, mode for this one, with the familiar-sounding “Oh-oh-ohhh” chorus, and that peppy tune of the lines “You Calling Out For Me, You Got Me On My Knees”, plus that unmistakably Vishal-Shekhar-ish hookline. Benny the rockstar carries it out with ease, managing both the English and Hindi parts effortlessly. He is back after quite some time, all the way after ‘Bang Bang’, and this is his first Hindi song this year to release! There are female backing vocals to support him, which sound suspiciously enough, like Shefali Alvares. And some more in another place sounding like Priya Saraiya. 😅 Arrangements are nice and relaxing, with all the techno sounds placed in a great, calming way. Mayur’s lyrics are good, and thank God they make sense, because some songs mixing Hindi and English make no sense at all. Yes, there are some place in the beginning where the words don’t rhyme in the line that follows, but the tune and Benny’s vocals covers that part up. Did Sachin-Jigar compose this or Vishal-Shekhar!? 😄 An awesome composition which kind of seems like Sachin-Jigar are paying a tribute to Vishal-Shekhar! Awesome, catchy composition, lyrics that are easy to grasp, and a wonderful and engaging performance by Benny! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Hey Ganaraya
Singer ~ Divya Kumar, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

We were treated with a semi-classical ‘Chunar’ earlier in the album, only to be surprised with a full-fledged classical piece later on, in the form of ‘Hey Ganaraya’. The harp is used once again, in a very traditionally Indian way, to start off the song. It is a song overflowing with divinity and devotion, which would surely arouse the faith and bhakti in you. In the first film,,we had two power-packed, dynamic and dhamaakedaar Lord Ganesha songs ‘Shambhu Sutaya’ and ‘Sadda Dil Vi Tu’, but in this film, there is a sole Lord Ganesha song, which is focused in its path, and never diverting from its path. A serious devotional song was definitely not expected, but now that we have got it, I cannot do anything but praise it. Divya Kumar, who was on backing vocals in ‘Shambhu Sutaya’ (identifiable, but uncredited) gets to carry this one solely on his shoulders. Once more, he gets to showcase his versatility and also his effortlessness in performing the sargam. Additional voices supporting him, have done stupendous work, wonderful tabla bols, and an uptempo piece that makes up an interlude, in a pretty Garba-esque style. Sachin-Jigar’s composition is full of the required feel of devotion — that haunting sound, which ironically drives all the fear out of your mind! Their composition is most probably based on a raaga, and makes sure not to steer away from the classical genre even once. Arrangements are unbelievable, as well. The traditional instruments like tablas, dhols and nagada, have been equipped very, very well. The conclusion to the song, has to be paid very close attention to, especially if you are a classical music lover. The tabla solo will just blow you away! Mayur Puri’s lyrics have that ‘pray-and-call-out-to-God-when-in-dilemma’ feel in them, and I think all of us can relate to them in some way or the other. Many of Lord Ganesha’s names have been used, and sound beautiful the way they have been incorporated into the song! A full-fledged classical delight, nothing less!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

7. Happy Hour
Singer ~ Mika Singh, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

After the devotional classical song, a mandatory ‘drunkard’ song, which is necessary in all of today’s albums, jumps unto the album. But this one is a bit different from all those irritating songs. This one has a catchy and addictive starting to it, made up of techno sounds and a tune that wouldn’t really make you turn away and skip the song in disgust. Instead, it makes you eager to listen on, to see what is in store for you in the rest of the song. Well, I know not many have liked this song (in fact, I’m probably the only one I know who loves it…) but I don’t know what’s the problem in it. First of all, the slow-paced the which acts as slow poison, gives it the infectious feeling it should have, making it join the ranks of the classic ‘Intehaan Ho Gayi Intezaar Ki’ in terms of tempo, and the composition too seems a bit inspired from that song. A depressed soul, drinking the night away, blurting out his emotions, but no moments which will have you scrunch your face in disgust, no disturbing moments at all. Half of this, thanks to the incredibly humourous lyrics by Mayur Puri, which have been rendered just as comically by Mika. As I said, the composition takes time to grow, and I’m not sure if it will grow or not, either! It has many abrupt twists and turns and tempo changes, which might seem weird at first, but blend in, in no time. But it did on me, so I hope that at least someone else is on my side regarding this song! 😀 Sachin-Jigar’s arrangements are interesting as well, with those weird yet creative sounds starting off the song, and the beats on which the whole song plays. In the hookline, those techno pinball-like sounds are so catchy! And the interlude, with the unexpected dhols, is awesome too, played at a higher tempo. Divya Kumar, identifiable in the backing vocals, does good too. The conclusion to this song is also extraordinary, with the tempo increase and the high-energy arrangements of techno sounds. Something that will grow on you with time; something really enjoyable and catchy! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

8. Naach Meri Jaan
Singers ~ Benny Dayal, Shalmali Kholgade, Siddharth Basrur & Rimi Nique, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri & Rimi Nique

Here comes another genre, another feel and another sound to the album. This time Sachin-Jigar bring in a perfect Latino-flavoured dance track, with just the right arrangements that help us groove to the beats. The opening techno sounds are just enough to grab your attention, mostly because of their attractive sound and also the catchy tune! After that, Brazilian trumpets and percussion kick in, making the Latino ambience more prominent. Benny Dayal gets his second song in the album, and he starts off with a bang, singing an effective intro to the song. Though Shalmali is part of the song, she has been surprisingly kept in the background, with the main female vocals belonging to Rimi Nique,  of ‘India’s Raw Star’ and ‘The Voice Thailand’ fame, making a powerful and perfect Bollywood singing debut, with an energetic dance number. Her smooth and sugary vocals provide a great contrast between the upbeatness of the song and themselves. She could very well become the new club sensation after Shefali Alvares and Shalmali Kholgade, in the upcoming months. Out of Siddharth Basrur and Shalmali in the background, Shalmali can be heard and identified in her parts, since her voice doesn’t really match with Rimi’s, but I couldn’t identify Siddharth anywhere, because I’ve never really got hold of what he sounds like from his earlier songs. Rimi’s English solo towards the end, is awesome, with those Brazilian beats supporting her. The song makes you feel as if you are in a Carnival in Brazil, itself! Mayur and Rimi work together in writing the song, with Mayur most probably behind the Hindi lyrics and Rimi in charge of the English ones. The lyrics are entertaining, yet nothing out of the box. Though everything falls right into its place, Sachin-Jigar’s composition and arrangements are what makes this a must-listen! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

9. Tattoo
Singer ~ Shefali Alvares, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

The next song starts very, very dynamically and extremely addictively, with the freaky vocals going “Ayy-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ayy”, sounding a lot like they’ve been sung by Hard Kaur, followed by Shefali’s rhythmic lines that build up the suspense up until the very attractive hookline arrives. The uniqueness in Shefali’s voice works in favour of the song once again after her three songs in ‘Bombay Velvet’, and gives it a Western feel, although the lyrics, composition and beats try to keep it as desi as possible. Her rendition is really one of the best in her career in this song, unlike those songs where she gets to be following the footsteps of the male singer, and sing stuff we hardly notice all around the male singer’s lines. Here, she gets the whole song to herself, and doesn’t miss the opportunity to make it as worthwhile as she could. Sachin-Jigar’s addictive tune has to be praised too, of course for this, as it is something, the type of which we haven’t heard for quite some time in Bollywood, a masala-meets-urban type of dance track. Especially the hookline, they have composed really well, and it is something that you can’t just remove from your mind once you’ve heard it! Their beats, too are groovy and foot-tapping, making sure you enjoy yourself all throughout the duration of the song. The various experimentations that have been tried out, also do not fail to impress, and sound really cool. The interludes are mostly made of these weird sounds, that really attract you towards the song. The tune of the line “Ishq insane hai you know” is really catchy as well. Mayur Puri has also written pretty fitting lyrics to the genre of the song, perfectly mixing youth lingo with the desi words. Sensational!! The beats will make you awestruck!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

10. Vande Mataram
Singers ~ Daler Mehndi, Tanishka Sanghvi, Badshah & Divya Kumar, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri & Badshah

The grand finale to the album starts in a very grand manner, with the youngest singer in the album starting it off, Tanishka Sanghvi, Sachin’s daughter, singing in perfect rhythm! We heard her in Sachin-Jigar’s ‘Coke Studio @ MTV Season 4’ episode in the song ‘Laadki’, and here she debuts in Bollywood, with the perfect song, a patriotic anthem. Daler Mehndi, rarely heard nowadays in Bollywood, backs her up with even more grand lines in his deep and impactful voice, also singing the hookline, a new take on the national song of India, ‘Vande Mataram’, which Sachin-Jigar have woven with genuine and true love for the country, as is evident in the result. Recent so-called patriotic songs in Bollywood like ‘India Waale’ (Happy New Year) haven’t managed to achieve as much emotional connect as this one does. While that one seemed like fake patriotism, this one actually awakens the patriot in you, and gives you a proud feeling to be an Indian. Another great feat that the duo has achieved with this song, is incorporating what might be the best rap ever in Bollywood in recent days, performed by Badshah. Of course, the no-nonsense and meaningful quality of the rap helps the rap to sound so good. It is full-on desh-bhakt rap written and performed wonderfully by Badshah. (Yup, that same guy who did ‘Saturday Saturday’ and ‘Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai’ raps.) Isn’t it unbelievable?! The unexpected ‘Chunar’ incorporation into the song also comes as a pleasant surprise, with Divya Kumar getting to do the honours along with Daler paaji. As it concludes with all the more grandeur, you can’t help but let the tears that were, till now, held back, escape. The “Sujalam Suphalam” chants help to conclude the song, with Divya Kumar and Daler Mehndi performing perfect, heart-touching aalaaps, and finally, Tanishka almost ending it all with her rendition of “Shubhra jyotsnaam phulkit yaamini…” before Divya and Dealer come back yet again to provide the perfect, energetic finale to the seven-minute long track. You must’ve noticed I’ve nowhere mentioned about the duration, and that’s just because I wanted to get you acquainted with how worthy the song us of your full-fledged attention for each second of these seven minutes. Sachin-Jigar’s arrangements are mostly dhols and other traditional instruments like manjeeras and a wonderful shehnaai / nadaswaram solo during Badshah’s awesome rap. The energy of the arrangements is so high, that you won’t even notice each of the instruments as an individual, but will remember them as a team. Mayur’s lyrics are full of patriotism, not the fake kind, but this time, true and genuine affection for the homeland. Tanishka with her innocence, Daler with his dynamics, Divya with his heart-toucfing performance, and Badshah with one for the best raps in Bollywood’s history together with Sachin-Jigar’s GENIUS patriotic composition, make this song something to cherish!! A seven-minute-long patriotic treat!! VANDE MATARAM!! #5StarHotelSong!!


As per the huge expectations, ABCD 2 indeed surpasses the sequel in all aspects, musically, and how!! The contrast that each track brings about, is indescribable, and Sachin-Jigar’s successful experimentations in each of them is yet another applaudable thing. They prove their versatility yet again, with an album that contains everything for everyone, from the masses to the classes! Though ‘Bezubaan Phir Se’ does disappoint when compared to the original ‘Bezubaan’, everything else is just spot-on when it comes to the departments of music, composition, lyrics and vocals. The mass appeal of each of the tracks, is also very high! Sachin-Jigar at the peak of innovation and experimentation!! ABCD 2 – Artistic, Brilliant, Creative and Deadly, Too!!

 

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: Chunar > Sun Saathiya > Vande Mataram > Hey Ganaraya > Naach Meri Jaan > Happy Birthday > Happy Hour > If You Hold My Hand > Tattoo > Bezubaan Phir Se

{NOTE: Sorry for the HUGE review once again after ‘Bombay Velvet’, but it was totally worth it!! And the album was long too, standing 10-tracks long! 🙂 }

 

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