SHANTANU SCORES, OTHERS ARE FORCED!! (OCTOBER – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Shantanu Moitra, Anupam Roy & Abhishek Arora
♪ Lyrics by: Tanveer Ghazi, Swanand Kirkire & Abhiruchi Chand
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 28th March 2018
♪ Movie Released On: 13th April 2018

October Album Cover

 

Listen to the songs: Saavn

Buy the songs: iTunes


October is a Bollywood film starring Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu and Gitanjali Rao. The film is directed by Shoojit Sircar and produced by Ronnie Lahiri and Sheel Kumar. The film’s music is scored by Shantanu Moitra, Anupam Roy and Abhishek Arora, three composers who have recurring composed for Sircar’s films. Let’s see how well this album turns out!


Lead composer Shantanu Moitra really knows how to shed his Raju Hirani composition style when necessary. For Shoojit Sircar production “Pink” (2016), he created a pensive melody “Kaari Kaari”. This time, he starts the album off with the instrumental that has gained monumental success (especially since it is an instrumental), the October Theme. The track is full of beautiful violins (lead violin by Rohan Roy), a soulful piano (George Joseph, Artem Panteleev), not to forget the deep cello (Ilya Ten). Shantanu’s composition is beautiful, but the treatment he gives it with the instrumentation is what makes it redeeming.
That’s proved in the next song Chal, where the same tune, doesn’t create quite the same impact. Shantanu adds a very awkward 70s pop sound, not going quite well with the standard set by its instrumental version. Monali’s voice sounds very different, and Tanveer Ghazi’s lyrics create no impact whatsoever except a bit of occasional awkwardness. I must say though, the guitars (Ankur) are catchy.
It’s in Manwaa that the composer strikes gold. Sunidhi Chauhan’s voice is a perfect choice for the heart-warming semiclassical composition, and Shantanu’s trademark style of repeating an instrumental loop in the background works wonders as always. Swanand Kirkire pens soulful lyrics, while Shantanu accompanies Sunidhi’s voice with amazing arrangements — mostly digital beats, making it a wonderful fusion track. The composition of the antara is excellent, Sunidhi mastering the high notes as always. The song is hands down the best of the album, and most suited for the film!
Anupam Roy’s Tab Bhi Tu, in the initial couple of listens, sounds like the typical Bollywood Rahat cry fest, but after some time, I warmed up to it. It is definitely a new genre that Anupam Roy tried, and the composition, though maudlin and heavy to the ears, takes some getting accustomed to before you keep humming it all day. Shamik Chakraborty’s arrangements are the highlight here, with the electric guitars (Rishabh Ray) and drums (Sandipan Parial) standing out, and the flute (Sushanta Nandi) neutralising the rock. Tanveer Ghazi’s lyrics, again, create less impact.
Abhishek Arora’s song Theher Ja, is probably the one that suits the film the least, and though the composition is amazing, the composer ruins it with a techno beat, and electric guitars and the like. I would’ve preferred an unplugged version or a version with piano and violins against Armaan’s soothing vocals. Abhiruchi Chand’s lyrics are functional.


Considering that there were no songs in the film, the composers managed to give some good songs, but nothing more, except one I’ll love forever! What the result is, is that Shantanu, also the background score composer for the film, ends up composing within the film’s soundscape, but the others’ songs sound forced in just to create a music album! 

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 8 + 6.5 + 9.5 + 7 + 6 = 37

Album Percentage: 74%

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: 
Manwaa > October Theme > Tab Bhi Tu > Chal > Theher Ja

 

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

RUNNING AHEAD OF STEREOTYPES!! (RUNNING SHAADI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Abhishek-Akshay, Keegan Pinto, Anupam Roy, Sandeep Madhavan & Anjana Ankur Singh
♪ Lyrics by: Manoj Yadav, Shellee, Keegan Pinto, Sonal Sehgal, Tanveer Ghazi & Anas Ali Khan
♪ Music Label: Times Music / Junglee Music
♪ Music Released On: 27th January 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 17th February 2017

Running Shaadi Album Cover

Running Shaadi Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Running Shaadi is a Bollywood rom-com starring Taapsee Pannu, Amit Sadh and Arsh Bajwa in lead roles. The film is directed by Amit Roy, and produced by Shoojit Sircar. The film is about a young couple who establish a website that helps couples in love elope and get married. The concept sounds interesting, and though the movie has been delayed for like 3 years, it is finally seeing the light of day, probably due to Taapsee’s successful stint in ‘Pink’. Anyway, what we are concerned with is the music! So, the music is composed by four entities — two duos and two individuals. The composers leading the album, with three tracks out of the total of seven, are Abhishek-Akshay, who had composed for a Shoojit Sircar film previously, and it was ‘Vicky Donor’s, also their debut. After that, they scored one “song” for ‘Tere Bin Laden: Dead Or Alive’ (notice the double-quote marks around the word “song”). Clearly I wasnt impressed by both of their previous outings, except for the fact that I appreciate that their song ‘Rum Whisky’ became so popular (I found it overrated.) Hopefully, they’ve done something great in this album, because they’ve bagged the most number of songs anyone in the album has! Next comes Keegan Pinto, a debutant, who has composed two songs for the movie. Keegan is (was: he joined FCB Ulka on February 15th, when I’m writing this) the Creative Head of MTV channel and it is a pleasure to see him foray into Bollywood music composing. Hopefully he has something creative to offer! Anupam Roy comes next, whose Bollywood résumé already boasts of two films that are Shoojit Sircar productions, ‘Piku’, and ‘Pink’, and now a third one, so Happy Hattrick to him. Anyway, he imoressed in both those albums, so hoping for the same here, though he has just one song. Last up is yet another debutant, but this time it is a duo debuting together. Sandeep Madhavan & Anjana Ankur Singh have bagged one song in the album. Hoping that it is one of those multicomposer albums that makes you think again about whether the multicomposer trend really is bad or not, I am diving into this album wih a very open mind, ready for anything! Expecting quirky music, though, because of the theme of the film and its poster!


1. Pyaar Ka Test

Singers ~ Bappi Lahiri & Kalpana Patowary, Music by ~ Abhishek-Akshay, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

“Akhiyan ka, jo jalaye tu torch, dil mein lighting ho jaaye,
Jo tu aaye, nikat mere, bhar-pet loving ho jaaye,
Zulf ka shower khol de toh romance ki barkha barse,
Tere figure ke tukde ko mere jigar ka tukda tarse!”

– Manoj Yadav

The album starts off with a quirky song, as expected. Duo Abhishek-Akshay are helming this song and I must say, the result is something that will be horribly underrated, and dismissed as a bad song, when it isn’t so. Yes, even I had almost dismissed this song as a bad one, but when I got myself thinking, I realised that it can’t be bad if it sticks to the script and it is how it is, deliberately! Let me explain. The song is an entertaining listen, and when you hear it for the first time, you might not notice all its qualities right away. The composition is quite basic, like some weird Bhojpuri wedding song, in the mukhda, to the point that you almost switch the track, but that’s when the impressive part i.e, the antara arrives! The composition of this part has a wonderful 80s disco touch to it, and making Bappi Lahiri sing it increases the feel altogether! The hookline is basic in its structure too, and the song follows the duet template quite seriously, with alternate lines sung by the male and female singers respectively. That brings us to the vocals. As I mentioned before, the choice of Bappi Lahiri was an apt one, seeing as to how impressive he goes in the antara, and even otherwise, he sounds quite funny and quirky enough to make this song a funny one. Kalpana Patowary too, brings her husky voice to good use here, making a nice couple with Bappi da. Arrangements by the duo consist of harmonium-led synthetic sounds, emulating a typical Indian wedding which is never complete without that mandatory speaker that gives out a lot of muffled sound. I must say, the duo has done that bit of programming too well, with the voices recorded a bit unclear deliberately. And how can you make a wedding song and forget the brass band? In my favourite part of the song, the antara, Bappi Lahiri’s signature synth sounds like those claps and quirky sounds find their way into Abhishek-Akshay’s arrangements, and I’m impressed! But the first thing any layman will notice about the song, are its lyrics! Manoj Yadav has written them in such a childish and immature way, that you end up laughing! And hen you realise it is a deliberate degradation of lyrics quality. And that just brings up the image of the song in your eyes so much! 😀 Weird comparisons between lovers and other coupled things from everyday life have been drawn out so efficiently, and it’s just so hilarious! In ‘Housefull 3’s ‘Pyaar Ki Maa Ki’, we heard “Tu meri bread, main tera jam”, but here it goes a million steps ahead, what with “Tum hamari chidiyan hai, hum tumhare hain nest”, “Tum humare ludo ho, hum tumhare hain chess!” And though it sometimes sounds so, so, oh-so-cheesy, it never fails to make you laugh! That’s what a good humorous song should be like! Subtle humour, disguised in a very typical tune. Impressive arrangements and some nice disco touches make this one impressive, not to mention the hilarious lyrics!

Rating: 4/5

 

2. Mannerless Majnu

Singer ~ Sukanya Purkayastha, Music by ~ Abhishek-Akshay, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

“Baatein meaningless magar din raat bakaiti jhaade,
Laaj sharam-less itna ke openly dakaiti maare!
Ho, mere mummy daddy ke hi, saamne humko taade,
Love ke naam pe saara bill yeh only humpe phaade,
Dil Toh shaitaan hai iska, naam ka bhola hai,
Pakka namoona hai piya, kaisa namoona hai piya,
Milgaya mannerless Majnu!!”

– Manoj Yadav

Abhishek-Akshay’s next song on the album is an upbeat and peppy number, which sounds like a kind of Mujra musically. The composition is so cute, I cannot explain in words! Right from the mukhda, to the very catchy hookline, to the amazing antara, the song is a very entertaining listen. The duo has done a great, great job on the composition, and all the notes have been strung into such a tune, that would definitely get anyone up on their toes. The line “pakka namoona hai piyaaaa.. haan, kaisa namoona hai piyaaaa” is so charming, it brings a smile on your face whenever it plays. The duo’s arrangements are just as entertaining, with the dholaks and tablas impressing big-time. The mandolin has been played in such a sweet tune, a loop that surpasses so many redundant instrumental loops we hear in today’s songs. Guitar chords sound awesome whenever they can be heard. Digital beats accompany the traditional instruments in such a wonderful way, that it is fun to hear their mélange. It makes the song very breezy, and makes for a very fun listen. Sukanya Purkayastha, who sang the female version of ‘Pani Da Rang’ from ‘Vicky Donor’ (not composed by Abhishek-Akshay, but by Ayushmann Khurrana), finally gets a strong song for her to showcase her versatility. She has sung the song so beautifully, her performance falls into the league of great singers like Rekha Bhardwaj, Sona Mohapatra and Nandini Srikar. I personally found her voice resembling the last name a lot! Nevertheless, her efficacious rendition should definitely win her awards, if the award shows are “careless” enough to notice such gems by mistake. 😦 Again, Manoj Yadav writes words that fascinate with their humour! New words like “Sharam-less” for “Shameless” and “Public-city” for “publicity” make the lyrics even more fun to listen to. Fun-filled to the core, this song should be noticed by people. Hats off to Abhishek-Akshay!

Rating: 5/5

 

3. Dimpi De Naal Bhaage Bunty

Singer ~ Late Labh Janjua, Music by ~ Abhishek-Akshay, Lyrics by ~ Shellee

“Jaddo Dimpi de Naal Bhaage Bunty, Soni Minty nu leke bhaage Shunty!”

– Shellee

Abhishek-Akshay’s last song in the album turns out to be a Punjabi wedding song, for the making of which, it seems, they required very little extra preparation, as they already had the ready-made template “Rum Whisky” (Vicky Donor) to cheat from. The song follows the exact same template as that song did, but I still found this one listenable. The composition is thankfully a very happy-go-lucky one, though it is just a hair’s breadth away from the “Rum Whisky” tune. The hookline is really catchy, as it should be. (I must say, this duo is amazing at making catchy hooklines!) What’s a Punjabi song without a fast paced tune? This one is aptly fast paced, and it increases the likeability manifold. The mukhda is good, but after some time, it gets monotonous. The arrangements are he everyday Punjabi song arrangements, with tumbi galore. I’m surprised the duo has used very less dhols, so the song sounds very softly arranged in pieces other than the hookline, where the duo suddenly remembered that they had dhols at their disposal. Beats in the other parts are given by the strong bass that he duo has used in the song. Late Labh Janjua’s voice suits the song perfectly, and it is clear he was typecast very badly during his days. So many such songs he has recorded have released posthumously. His booming voice helps increase the repeat value of the song though. Shellee’s lyrics are quite nice, especially the hookline which sums up the job of the main characters well. And Shunty is such a sweet sweeeeeeeeet name! A templated but likeable song!

Rating: 3.5/5

 

4. Bhaag Milky Bhaag

Singers ~ Sanam Puri & Sonu Kakkar, Music by ~ Keegan Pinto, Lyrics by ~ Keegan Pinto & Sonal Sehgal

“Daddy se yun hi na darr, daddy ko hai bas apni fikar,
Tu bhi toh Insaan hai, nahin hai tu Kisi ki medal,
Duniya ko bhool ja, duniya toh hai kal ki!
Bhaag Milky!! Bhaag Milky!!”

– Keegan Pinto & Sonal Sehgal

Keegan Pinto, enters into the album next with his first song, a feel-good song wih a country music vibe to it. The composition is one that instantly makes you happy, and the guitars really make you feel good. The mukhda starts off the song on a great note, and after the three songs by Abhishek-Akshay that had various Indian flavours to them, a Western song is much welcome. The hookline is very subtle, yet hard-hitting. (Note: Though they’ve named the song ‘Bhaag Milky Bhaag’, probably to resemble the movie ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, the song actually goes, “Bhaag Milky” only.) The first antara continues the Western country music feel, but it is the second antara that impresses much more, when Sonu Kakkar enters just to break into a very charismatic traditional Punjabi folk piece. Keegan’s arrangements are beautiful, guitars in particular. Drums accompany them as always, and very well. The Punjabi portion has a wonderful mehfil feel to it, with the tumbi and dholaks complementing each other fantastically! Overall, it is a great fusion of Western and traditional sounds. Both the vocalists render the composition very impressively, Sanam Puri sounding charming as ever, and Sonu Kakkar as raw and earthy as ever. Towards the end, both break out into a nice harmony, both singing with their respective styles — Sanam in a very Western, rockstar-like way, and Sonu in an earthy way. Keegan & Sonal’s lyrics are humorous in a subtle way. The composition seems so mature, that it will take some time to realize that the lyrics are actually quite whimsical. Though whimsical, they do carry a strong message. 🙂 Sweet and charming!

Rating: 4.5/5

 

5. Faraar

Singer ~ Jubin Nautiyal, Music by ~ Keegan Pinto, Lyrics by ~ Keegan Pinto

“Paabandiyaan nahin ho jahaan, uss paar jayenge, faraar ho jayenge.. faraar ho jayenge!
Ikhtiyaariyan, nahin ho jahaan, uss paar jayenge, faraar ho jayenge, faraar ho jayenge!”

– Keegan Pinto

Keegan’s next song falls flat in front of his previous one, but is still pleasant nevertheless. The composition is quite predictable and there really is nothing new or innovative in it, which one would expect after so many good songs in the album! The mukhda starts relatively entertainingly, but the composition in the hookline is just so commonplace, it is difficult to get hooked and start humming. The antara too sounds very bland, and very commonplace. You can literally guess what is coming next. What’s worse, the song is six minutes long! The vocals by Jubin, Bollywood’s new Arijit, in that he’s getting atleast one song in every other film nowadays, are quite mellowed-down and miss the spunk he usually has. And his voice has been programmed as if he’s singing in a closed room and his voice is echoing from the walls. The arrangements are good, but again, very ordinary. The soft rock template usually does bore me, but not when it is done innovatively. Here, there is literally nothing other than that. Keegan’s lyrics are also functional, and carry the ‘Running Shaadi’ theme forward. One of the less entertaining songs of the album!

Rating: 3/5

 

6. Main Faraar Sa

Singers ~ Anupam Roy & Hamsika Iyer, Music by ~ Anupam Roy, Lyrics by ~ Tanveer Ghazi

“Jismon ki aanch mein bhi, khushboo sa laag hai,
Bheege hain Baal mere, boondon mein aag hai,
Sadiyan bitaa de yun hi re….!
Tu hai toh har kami, kaafur ho gayi,
Mutthi mein dhool thi, sindoor ho gayi!”

– Tanveer Ghazi

Next comes Anupam Roy with a romantic song, and I must say that’s quite late to put a romantic song on an album. Anyway, the song is a beautiful semi-classical composition, fusing magical modern notes with beautiful classical ones. The mukhda starts off with the hookline itself, and it is just mesmerising. However, the real magic comes in the antaras, when a beautiful classical tune takes over. Anupam has composed that part with a magic touch. Even though the song is so slow, it manages to take you over completely. As a whole, the composition is bound to get you listening to it over and over again. The arrangements are amazing as well. Starting with digital beats accompanied by acoustic guitar strums, the song then marvellously transports over to beautiful Indian plucked instruments. (Maybe ektara). The flute is really impressive! The vocals are just as spell-binding. Anupam’s voice has this magnetic aura around it that just makes you drown in it. On the other hand, Hamsika renders the classical touches splendidly, in a high-pitched voice that hits your heart directly. Lyrics here, aren’t by Anupam himself, but by Tanveer Ghazi, who gave us the brilliantly penned ‘Kaari Kaari’ (Pink) last year. Here too, his writing takes the form of a wonderful romantic song, getting sensuous too at places. Charming!

Rating: 5/5

 

7. Kuch To Hai

Singer ~ Jubin Nautiyal, Music by ~ Sandeep Madhavan & Anjana Ankur Singh, Lyrics by ~ Anas Ali Khan

“Kuch to hai, hawaaon ne Rukh jo badla hai,
Kuch to hai, bechainiyan si, darmiyaan bhi hai!”

– Anas Ali Khan

The final song on the album takes the form of another romantic song, composed by Sandeep-Anjana. The duo has made a quite ordinary composition, but it still manages to reach out and you enjoy it. The mukhda is beautiful, while the “ruk jaa yahiiii” hookline is marvellously composed. It is the antaras, though, that charm with their slow pace and grow on you like slow poison. It is commendable for the duo to have made that antara, as it is so detached from the breezy feel of the rest of the song, but still so impressive. Also, the duo stays clever and keeps the song’s duration just perfect. The arrangements are great as well. This time the rock has been executed slightly better, with drums pitching in, the guitars performing variations, and a BRILLIANT saxophone playing occasionally like a surprise. Vocals by Jubin are much more lively than his other song. Again, he sings the antara brilliantly. The lyrics by Anas Ali Khan, are soothing and relaxing, as is the music. A relaxing end to the album!

Rating: 4/5


Running Shaadi came as a pleasant surprise to me! I was thinking that the movie would have quite massy music that wouldn’t really be innovative, but actually, the music is just opposite! It is fresh and enjoyable. Abhishek-Akshay prove themselves with their three songs, while Keegan makes a smashing debut (okay, half of his debut wasn’t so smashing, but he other half definitely was!) Sandeep and Anjana too, impress with their song, and Anupam as always made a song that soothes your senses. An album made wih love amidst the race of  other albums releasing with it, which are trying to be as typical as they can!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 4 + 5 + 3.5 + 4.5 + 3 + 5 + 4 = 29

Album Percentage: 82.86%

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: Main Faraar Sa = Mannerless Majnu > Bhaag Milky Bhaag > Kuch To Hai > Pyaar Ka Test > Dimpi De Naal Bhaage Bunty > Faraar

 

Remake Counter
No. Of Remakes = 04 (from previous albums) + 00 = 04

 

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

COLOUR THAT HAS FADED AWAY!! (PINK – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Faiza Mujahid, Shantanu Moitra & Anupam Roy
♪ Lyrics by: Faiza Mujahid, Tanveer Ghazi, Anupam Roy & Irshad Kamil
♪ Music Label: Junglee Music / Times Music
♪ Music Released On: 30th August 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 16th September 2016

Pink Album Cover

Pink Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Pink is an upcoming Bollywood courtroom drama / thriller film, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang, Angad Bedi and Piyush Mishra. The film is directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and produced by Rashmi Sharma and Shoojit Sircar. After ‘Piku’, Shoojit is back; he doesn’t direct this, but gives the Bengali director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury (‘Buno Haansh’ fame) a break in Bollywood. The movie is based on women empowerment. Of course, great music for this film would be a pleasant surprise, although I’m not expecting much from it. The number of composers behind the album happens to be three. The first one is Anupam Roy, back to Bollywood after his debut in Shoojit’s previous film ‘Piku’, with two songs in this album. Second is Shantanu Moitra, another Bengali composer with his base in Bollywood, but he has been doing a not-so-well job in Bollywood after his last album that I enjoyed, ‘PK’ came out. All he composed for was ‘Wazir’ (only two songs, both above average) and hopefully, the one song by him in this album will restore my faith in him! 😀 Lastly we have débutante composer Faiza Mujahid, a Pakistani singer/composer, who has composed one song for the movie. Starting off the album with few hopes, let’s see how colorful it can become!!


1. Jeenay De Mujhe
Singer ~ Faiza Mujahid, Music by ~ Faiza Mujahid, Lyrics by ~ Faiza Mujahid

The album starts off with debutante Faiza’s entry into Bollywood, a feel-good, feel-free, rock anthem, with the central theme of freedom. The composer has tried to make an enjoyable anthem which all the girls throughout the world can relate to. The composition that results, though, tells you that this isn’t exactly what she would’ve wanted it to turn out to be. It is something that entertains on and off, something that has no tune that would make listeners love it. The whole thing seems to be rather over-ambitious. The way the composer tries to convey the idea is cringeworthy. After hearing the song, there is nothing that pulls you back to the replay button. The arrangements are ordinary rock arrangements, with guitars and drums placed exactly where you would expect them to be placed. Nothing else features in the song to male you like it. Faiza seems to have done very little effort in making the song memorable and the arrangements innovative, but she has done something innovative in the vocals of the hookline. Innovative in a negative way. She screams out the hookline at the top of her voice, to indicate the theme of freedom. Her lyrics too, fail to impress, sounding quite ordinary as well. The one thing I did like though, was the retro diversion in the second interlude, and the rock guitar solo after that. Quite a boring attempt to make a smashing entry into the industry.

 

2. Kaari Kaari
Singer ~ Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch, Music by ~ Shantanu Moitra, Lyrics by ~ Tanveer Ghazi

This next song brings in the instant feel of a very mature composition, right before the actual melody even starts! The prelude itself, makes you ready for a wonderful song ahead. The European strings open the song so attractively, that you can’t help but playing it over and over again just to hear that magic again and again. After the failed attempt by a debutante to open the album with a bang, Shantanu takes over and fixes things, with his experienced arrangements and composition skills. Whenever I think of Shantanu Moitra’s compositions, I am reminded of his happy-go-lucky composition style, where the happiness is overflowing and his sugary-sweet tunes. However, I’ve got to admit, he is just as good at composing dark, haunting tunes, just like this one here. Shantanu has come up with a composition that is apt for the situation here, and the haunting tone coupled with those wonderful plucks of the guitar, makes it sound even better. Shantanu’s composition is awe-inspiring. The mukhda is something that instantly hooks you onto it, while the antara perfectly keeps that feeling going. While the mukhda has those wonderful guitar plucks to give it its tempo, the antara has wonderful studio beats, with drums keeping beat. And then after it is over, the guitars kick in again. The composition of the antara is just too wonderful; something that you will most likely never forget. Shantanu’s arrangements too, are wonderful, and besides the guitar plucks throughout the song and the drums in the antaras, beautiful strings grace the rest of the song. A grand orchestra amazes even in the hookline, while it really opens up when the antaras end, when there is a wonderful orchestral piece. The first interlude has a wonderful sitar piece, while the second interlude actually takes you back to the Beethoven era, where there is a wonderful stop to the song with a very slow-paced orchestra. After that, the mukhda plays once more before the second antara, which is a really ingenious idea by Shantanu! After the second mukhda, yet another wonderful orchestral piece is played, this time accompanied by piano notes! The arrangements are just too good to explain completely! And then there are the vocals. Shantanu discovers a great find in Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch, a Pakistani singer, whose rustic voice is what appeals the most! The young singer has a very mature and deep voice, which is the highlight of the song. She sings every note of Shantanu’s touching composition with such emotion, that the song actually touches your heart, and doesn’t remain a song with hollow emotion. Tanveer’s lyrics are beautiful as well, giving more reasons to love the song and adding even more emotion in it. Shantanu strikes gold with this one: a wonderful emotional song following the women empowerment theme, and excelling in the arrangements department. And by excelling I mean EXCELLING! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Tujhse Hi Hai Roshni
Singer ~ Anupam Roy, Music by ~ Anupam Roy, Lyrics by ~ Anupam Roy

With the next song, the last composer, Anupam Roy steps into the album. The song starts off quite abruptly, with a ordinary, but groovy piano loop introducing us to Anupam’s lovable composition. The composer uses his typical composition style, and weaves a tune which is easily appealing to the ears and light on the ears as well. It resembles his songs from ‘Piku’ quite a bit (not surprising, because they themselves resembled each other a lot!) The mukhda is sweet in its simplicity, while the antara sees things getting more interesting with variations in the tune and a more Westernized treatment to the song. The hookline is something that isn’t extraordinary, but manages to appeal to you anyway. The arrangements are more interesting here, though, than they were in ‘Piku’. While those songs were quite minimally arranged, or calmly arranged, this one has a lot going on in the background. The drums are the main attraction, obviously. And the piano loop is something that gets stuck in your head after you hear the song for a repeated number of times. The composition, though not something that people would like right away, manages to make you smile and feel good after it’s over. The rock elements have been added in the song very nicely, and it gives it more of an upbeat feel, like a pop song, rather than having a melancholic and nostalgic and very contemplative song. Anupam sings it well, with his slight nasal twang. His voice isn’t boring at all, and though not perfect technically, it manages to attract the listener’s attention. His lyrics too, are quite good, not too simple and not too complicated. Though reminiscent of Anupam’s debut album ‘Piku’, the composition works due to the new arrangements. #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Pink
Singer ~ Jonita Gandhi, Rap By ~ EPR Iyer, Music by ~ Anupam Roy, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

The last song on the album is the most upbeat of the lot; the most commercially viable of the lot. And though it is commercially viable, it is definitely not for those audiences of Bollywood music who love to dance on Punjabi songs. It is for that mass of Indians, who are constantly complaining about Bollywood music being bad, uninteresting, boring, bleh, etc, and go on praising songs from the West. Composer Anupam Roy here, has wonderfully tried to make a song that will be closest as possible to the English pop singles, and even succeeds to some extent! I mean, the composition is very groovy and catchy! The beats are groovy and the singing is energetic! The song in its treatment, is just like an English pop song, and kudos to Anupam for that! He has managed to bring that flavour into the song quite perfectly. The tune is so catchy, that you start grooving to it. However, it repeats itself twice and gets quite boring at some time in the song, and even sounds too outdated (by the standards of such pop songs) at some time. This is a tune we have heard many times before in various hit English pop songs! The anthemic ring of it definitely surpasses the first song of this album though! The arrangements are good, with techno sounds being the primary attractions here. Some very Latino styled horns in the hookline appeal to the listener a lot. They’re also the horns that start the song off. That tune is amazing! Coming to the vocals, Jonita is a wonderful choice for them. She proves yet again after ‘Sau Tarah Ke’ (Dishoom) that she is great at such songs, but the diva inside her is kind of suppressed here, while she was singing completely freely in that song! Her English diction is amazing, and there I get reminded that she’s an Indo-Canadian. She sings the hookline, “My world goes Pink!” wonderfully. The rapper EPR Iyer, on the other hand, puts in more of the feel of an English pop song, as he sings around Jonita throughout the song. He doesn’t even sound like he’s an Indian when he sings in English; more like an American! His rap is okay, but when he says “Put your hands up for the pink anthem” towards the end of the song, it sounds great! The lyrics by Irshad Kamil are average as well, but they put forth the freedom theme well. A better composition would’ve helped the awesome arrangements!


Pink is an album that definitely turns out to be as expected. Not many songs in total, and out of those too, only two are exceptional. The three composers try to get an album that conveys the themes of freedom and women empowerment very well, but it turns out to fail in its purpose. Two of the songs will help both to attract audiences and as great background pieces in the movie, while one song will serve as a club song, if it reaches the public, that is. The other song seems to be an odd one out in that nothing is going well in it, and it also turns out to be a bad debut for Faiza Mujahid. As for Anupam Roy, his outdated tunes are saved by good arrangements. The only winner in this album is Shantanu Moitra. Overall, the color of this ‘Pink’ has faded quite a bit!!

 

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: Kaari Kaari > Tujhse Hi Hai Roshni > Pink > Jeenay De Mujhe

 

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

 

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

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

Ishq Ke Parindey Album Cover

Ishq Ke Parindey Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


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


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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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


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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

TOO MANY COOKS SPOIL THE BROTH… AND GENERATE HATE! (HATE STORY 2 – Music Review)

Album Details:-
♪ Music by:- Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Rashid Khan, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Mithoon & Laxmikant-Pyarelal
♪ Lyrics by:- Aziz Qaisi, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Tanveer Ghazi, Kumaar & Mithoon
♪ Music Label:- T-Series
♪ Music Released On:- 18th June 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 18th July 2014

Hate Story 2

Hate Story 2

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Hate Story 2 is an upcoming revenge thriller, directed by Vishal Pandya, and produced by Vikram Bhatt. It stars two famous TV anchors in their Bollywood debut, Jay Bhanushali (Best known for being the anchor of ‘Dance India Dance’) and Surveen Chawla (Best known for being the anchor of ‘Comedy Circus Ke Superstars’). The film is the sequel of ‘Hate Story’ which released in 2012. The music of ‘Hate Story’ was a hit, even though it was only three songs, and so there were high expectations from ‘Hate Story 2’ music. The music has been composed by Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Rashid Khan, Meet Bros. Anjjan and Mithoon. Each of them have one song each, and of course, each of the songs have remixes, a specialty of T-Series. So let’s see how each of them score in their one song!


1. Aaj Phir:- Singers ~ Arijit Singh & Samira Koppikar, Mukhda Originally Composed by ~ Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Music Recreated by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Lyrics of Mukhda Originally Written by ~ Aziz Qaisi, New Lyrics by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee

This song is a remake of the old song ‘Aaj Phir Tum Pe’ from ‘Dayavan’. Laxmikant-Pyarelal had composed it and I had never heard of it nor heard it before this. I checked it out on Saavn and found out that the old one wasn’t half as interesting in terms of arrangements and music as the remake! Arko has remade the song very efficiently and has given quite interesting arrangements to the song. Mostly, it is techno elements. The tabla makes a very short entry at places, making the song even more interesting. The saxophone interlude is also a must-listen! The choice of Arijit for this song was obvious, because, come on, no one can deny that after ‘Aashiqui 2’, no T-Series film is complete without an Arijit song! Anyways, he has sung in his deep voice this time, and has sung fabulously, considering that the song is in a very low scale. He has brought life into a practically dead-sounding song (The old version). His partner, Samira Koppikar, however, seems to be an amateur. Well, it is her first song, after all. But she doesn’t at all sound like someone who should be allowed to sing in a T-Series film, but she sounds like someone who should sing in a C-Grade film with newcomer music directors. Instead of her, Shalmali Kholgade would have been a great choice. Arko has written the new lyrics well, too, retaining the romantic nature of the song. A song which is currently topping the charts, and it deserves it! A must-listen and a #5StarHotelSong!

 

2. Kabhi Aayine Pe Likha Tujhe:- Singer ~ K.K., Music by ~ Rashid Khan, Lyrics by ~ Tanveer Ghazi

After ‘Soniye’ (Heartless) and ‘Dil Aaj Kal’ (Purani Jeans), K.K.’s third (yeah, I know, only third! 😦 ) romantic song of the year finally arrives in the form of an outdated tune composed by Rashid Khan. K.K.’s voice is refreshing as always. Rashid Khan has composed an old fashioned tune as always. However, when it is K.K., I don’t think that matters. Even though the tune is old-fashioned, it still makes for a very pleasant listen. The song is typical in every way, yet sounds refreshing because of the vocals. The arrangements are also very good. The song starts with mild piano notes, followed by Rashid Khan’s favourite, flute. The guitar riffs in the antaras are just awesome! The lyrics are good, however, one word ‘diary’ in the mukhda just doesn’t fit in well with the rest of the words. It seems weird. The ‘Aye Khuda‘ portion is too heard-before and doesn’t help the song much. The English female chorus also doesn’t impress at all. Though it is a pleasant listen overall, it might get boring after multiple listens. Unless you just want to hear K.K! A K.K. show all the way! Flat tune, but soothing vocals.

 

3. Pink Lips:- Singers ~ Khushboo Grewal, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Just because ‘Baby Doll’ (Ragini MMS 2) became a huge chartbuster hit, now T-Series has made Meet Bros. Anjjan compose another song like that for this film too. A newcomer Khushboo Grewal has been roped in to sing this song and maybe the trio of Meet Bros. & Anjjan were hoping that it will get immediate hit status like ‘Baby Doll’ if they make a new singer sing it, like what happened to Kanika Kapoor. But sadly, Khushboo doesn’t impress that much with her vocals, nor is the song anywhere close to the former. On top of that, it sounds like she is saying ‘Pin Clips’ instead of ‘Pink Lips’. 😂 The composition is just average, but the arrangements however are awesome. They give a disco-esque feel to the song which sounds good. Anyways, I really hope the song doesn’t gain as much popularity as ‘Baby Doll’ as it is nothing impressive, but who knows what the public might like? It will just prove again how bad the Indian public is in choosing undeserving songs to become superhits and neglecting the deserving ones. :/ Not impressive! Not expected!

 

4. Hai Dil Ye Mera:- Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Mithoon

Mithoon just loves to make Arijit and Mohammed Irfan sings his compositions! This time Arijit is the lucky one. The song has Mithoon’s mark all over it. Mithoon has composed a haunting melody, which acts as slow poison. It will gradually trick you into getting addicted to it. It bears slight resemblances to ‘Tum Hi Ho’ (Aashiqui 2) and ‘Banjaara’ (Ek Villain), but still rules over your mind while you are listening to it. I just don’t get how Mithoon manages to recycle his songs and still make them work so awesomely! It’s as if his songs themselves have a brain and know what we are thinking about the song being a recycled version of a previous Mithoon song, and then they hypnotize us in thinking that it is a brand new sound, and every time it works! The vocals are also too good. Arijit has rendered it flawlessly! The first time I heard it, I thought I would never hear it again. The fifth time, I suddenly found myself pressing the repeat button on my device! The arrangements and lyrics are fabulous! Again, Mithoon uses simple language and leaves a deep impact. 🙂 A Mithoon trademark song which will not instantly appeal to you, but will surely be on top of your playlist in the coming days! #5StarHotelSong!


Hate Story 2 is a mixed album. It has two great tracks, one underperforming track, and one disappointing track. Both the great songs have Arijit Singh singing them, so it is no surprise why they are the best. The song by Rashid Khan has nothing to offer except the greatness of K.K.’s voice, which can never get boring as such. Meet Bros. Anjjan have strictly disappointed, giving a song which was never expected from them at all, in the negative sense. The prequel had just three songs, all of them being marvellous tunes by Harshit Saxena, who is absent from the Bollywood scene nowadays. In comparison to the prequel, though, this album is a bit underperforming. Mithoon and Arko have performed beautifully, and that’s about it! Though the multi-composer formula worked well in ‘Yaariyan’, here it makes the album fall apart and proves that ‘Too Many Cooks Spoil The Broth’! However, in this case, they don’t generate heat to get the soup cooking, but they generate hate! 😂 Thus, the appetizer and the dessert are delicious, by chefs Arko and Mithoon, while the main course does not tingle the taste buds whatsoever. 😉

 

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

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

 

And which is your favourite song from ‘Hate Story 2’? Please vote for it!

 

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