DECEMBER 2017 ROUND-UP (FUKREY RETURNS, FIRANGI, TERA INTEZAAR & MONSOON SHOOTOUT – Mini Music Reviews)

It is time for my Round-Up for December 2017, which is slightly delayed due to me being so busy, but better late than never, right?

December 2017 Round-Up

This Round-Up includes the following music reviews:

1) Fukrey Returns – Prem-Hardeep, Jasleen Kaur Royal, Sumeet Bellary, Shaarib-Toshi, Gulraj Singh, IshQ Bector, Shree D & Laxmikant-Pyarelal

2) Firangi – Jatinder Shah

3) Tera Intezaar – Raaj Aashoo

4) Monsoon Shootout – Rochak Kohli, Viveick-Mayur, Chinmay Harshe, Chetan Rao & Vikram Shastry

The music review for “Tiger Zinda Hai” will be posted separately.


♦ Fukrey Returns, But Ram Sampath Doesn’t! – FUKREY RETURNS Music Review

♪ Music by: Prem-Hardeep, Jasleen Kaur Royal, Sumeet Bellary, Shaarib-Toshi, IshQ Bector, Shree D, Gulraj Singh & Laxmikant-Pyarelal
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Late Anand Bakshi, Aditya Sharma, Satya Khare, Raftaar, Rohit Sharma, Arsalaan Akhoon, Shree D, Mrighdeep Singh Lamba & Vipul Vig
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 16th November 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 8th December 2017

 

Listen to the songs: Saavn


So Fukrey has returned. Sadly, the man behind “Fukrey”s enjoyable music, Ram Sampath has not returned, and after his underwhelming stint in ‘Raees’, he doesn’t get a chance to bounce back with a franchise that was initially his. Anywho, let’s judge on what we have been given.
Prem-Hardeep, the original composers of ‘Kala Chashma’ before Badshah remade it in ‘Baar Baar Dekho’, get a chance now, to ruin somebody else’s song. Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s ‘O Meri Mehbooba’ (Dharam Veer) gets ‘remade’ into Mehbooba, a banal club song which starts and ends with the Fukras being rejected by a random girl in the club, who happens to be singing in Neha Kakkar’s voice. Yasser Desai gets one line that repeats over and over again, and it is frankly the best line of the song. Raftaar’s rap is too stereotypical. Jasleen Kaur Royal’s Peh Gaya Khalara, though fitting into her now-overused Punjabi dance number template, is quite enjoyable, with the sweet vocals by herself and Divya Kumar, Akasa Singh & Akanksha Bhandari accompanying them. The arrangements are what make the track more enjoyable, and also the quirky lyrics.
Familiar territory is entered in Ishq Bector & Shree D’s semiclassical Raina, which, though quite soothing, gets tedious due to its length (it is the only song on the album over three minutes long, and goes up to over four minutes long!) The arrangements help propel it forward though, and also Shree’s vocals. Shaarib-Toshi enter the Bollywood scene after a long time with a delightful Punjabi melody, Ishq De Fanniyar. The male version by Shaarib is great, but the Female Version has all the feels, hence scores higher. The beautiful melody seems like a wonderful sequel to the first movie’s ‘Ambarsariya’. The lyrics are sweet as well, not to mention amazing accordions in the arrangements.
The techno sounds come along with the last three songs, bunched up together, out of which two are by Sumeet Bellary (composed for ‘Fuddu’ last year), and one is by (another person who re-enters Bollywood as a composer after a loooooong time, longer than Shaarib-Toshi), Gulraj Singh.
Sumeet’s two songs rely on weird techno gimmicks, which fail to propel the songs forward. Tu Mera Bhai Nahi Hai is a quirky friendship anthem, but is pulled down by lack of catchiness in both music and composition. Bura Na Maano Bholi Hai is like a title song, but gets all over the place in no time. The arrangements are slightly better here. Both songs are sung by Gandharv Sachdev, wit Shahid Mallya joining him in the latter song, and aren’t all that well sung.
Gulraj does well in his title song, Fukrey Returns, with a nice catchy musical loop, and heavy use of brass and techno sounds which makes his song sound even better. Siddharth Mahadevan on the vocals is a bonus.


Not as great as the first movie’s album, but still a commendable album considering the amount of new talent on there. But nevertheless, I wish Ram Sampath had returned!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 2.5 + 3.5 + 3.5 + 4 + 4 + 3.5 + 3 + 3.5 = 27.5

Album Percentage: 68.75%

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Ishq De Fanniyar = Ishq De Fanniyar (Female) > Peh Gaya Khalara = Tu Mera Bhai Nahi Hai = Raina = Fukrey Returns > Bura Na Maano Bholi Hai > Mehbooba

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 43 (from previous albums) + 01 (from Fukrey Returns) = 44


♦ Quite A Desi Album! : FIRANGI Music Review

♪ Music by: Jatinder Shah
♪ Lyrics by: Dr. Devendra Kafir, Ashraf Ali & Krishna Bhardwaj
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 21st November 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 1st December 2017

 

Listen to the songs: Saavn


The song with almost the least amount of Punjabi words (second only to ‘Gulbadan’, which comes later on in the album) in its lyrics, Oye Firangi, starts the album off, and Jatinder Shah steals your heart right away. The charming melody immediately gets you grooving — thanks to a little EDM twist in the hookline — and though it is very simple, it is amazing thanks to the programming, and Sunidhi’s marvellous voice. There comes a British-era ballroom style orchestral portion at the end, but I wish the composer had extended that into another antara instead of ending the song with it! Another charming but heard-before melody, Sahiba Russ Gayiya, starts from where ‘Channa Mereya’ ended, with a similar structure and arrangement. Rahat’s voice is a boon to the song, and it’s the first song of his in a long time that doesn’t get on my nerves.(Ahem, ‘Mere Rashke Qamar’!) I love the way he pronounces the hookline. The Unplugged Version sung by Shafqat Amanat Ali, is funnily named ‘Sahiba (Male)’, as if Rahat’s version wasn’t by a male singer. The song itself is an improvement on the original, in that we get to hear Shafqat’s impeccable aalaaps, and though the choice of Shafqat doesn’t make it sound less like a Pritam song in general [Shafqat is just as much of a Pritam camp singer as Rahat is!] it surely does sound less like ‘Channa Mereya’, because the electric guitars have been toned down. Acoustic guitars play the larger role here. However some factors make both versions balance out at the end.
If ‘Sahiba’ had ‘Channa Mereya’ written all over it, Tu Jit Jawna has ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’s title song all, and I mean ALL over it! Daler Mehndi, who I wish had sung the BMB number too, sings this one, and so it is quite bearable, but otherwise, it falls flat and sounds hollow in its emotion. It is also lyrically a counterpart to ‘Oye Firangi’, except Daler paaji doesn’t call him a ‘Firangi’ (foreigner), while Sunidhi did.
Gulbadan is a Qawwali-esque number, sung by Mamta Sharma. Good to hear her sing a different kind of song, though I’m sure the video will be the same kind of Bollywood ‘item number’. The hookline is greatly composed, with amazing arrangements by Shah, but again, falling into the too much tried-and-tested category of arrangements. I guess the best that comes out of this song is hearing Mamta Sharma’s gentle voice, because she thankfully hasn’t been made to sing in the annoying loud voice of hers.
But the album’s best is the wonderful folksy number, Sajna Sohne Jiha, which transports you back to the Punjab of the olden days. Wadali Bros’ Qawwali ‘Ve Sone Diya Kangna’ has been given a nice reinterpretation by Shah, and it works so well. The rhythms at the beginning really bring out the song’s folksiness, and Jyoti Nooran’s strong voice helps propel it to the finish line, where it emerges the winner compared to the other songs of the album!


A very desi album to the film ‘Firangi!’

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 3.5 + 3.5 + 4 + 3.5 + 3.5 + 5 = 23

Album Percentage: 76.67%

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: Sajna Sohne Jiha > Sahiba Russ Gayiya (Shafqat) > Oye Firangi = Tu Jit Jawna = Gulbadan = Sahiba Russ Gayiya



♦ No Intezaar for This Album! : TERA INTEZAAR Music Review

♪ Music By: Raaj Aashoo
♪ Lyrics by: Shabbir Ahmed
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 11th November 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 1st December 2017

 

Listen to the songs: Saavn


After a long time (or is it the first time?), one single composer gets a chance to compose an album for a film starring Sunny Leone. Somehow, she debuted smack in the middle of the multicomposer craze and so, got mainly multiple composers to compose for all her films! Raaj Aashoo handles the album.
The title track, titled Intezaar Title, instead of a more apt ‘Tera Intezaar’ (Obviously, because that’s the film’s name), is a dreary 2000s melody, sung by Shreya Ghoshal too, as if she is still in her debut year. Adding to the ennui, is the Qawwali-ish chorus. Raaj’s composition is good, but dated. The arrangement is the best thing about the song, especially the flute. Another very typically 90s melody, Khali Khali Dil, sees Payal Dev and Armaan Malik at their clichéd best. The digital sounds do not help make it more ‘modern’ or anything, and even the harmonica fails to create any impact. Quite a similar sound follows in the dreary Mehfooz, another song straight out of Nadeem-Shravan’s music-bank. The guitar work makes it sound like a version of Mithoon’s ‘Sanam Re’ title track, sans the tablas. Yasser gets a version, and, sounding like Arijit as always, manages to make it sound genuinely interesting. The arrangements here too make this song much more interesting than ‘Khali Khali Dil’. The song appears in two more versions, one by Palak Muchhal and the other by a new singer named Hrishikesh Chury. Palak’s 2½ minute long version fares better than Hrishikesh’s normal length one, because of the pleasant arrangements. Also, Hrishikesh tries to sound like Kumar Sanu.
The best song on the album, Abhagi Piya Ki, becomes the best only because the others don’t deserve it. It appears in two versions, a banal one sung jarringly by Kanika Kapoor and Raja Hasan, and a slightly better version sung much better by Payal Dev and Javed Ali. The tablas that went missing from ‘Mehfooz’ seem to have come to this song, and they play in surplus. The semiclassical touch to the song is good, but the 90s melancholia seems to have followed the composer like a thundercloud whenever he sat to compose for this film.
The only song that does not sound anything like a 90s song is Sexy Baby Girl, and it doesn’t work because it tries to sound uber-cool with its lead singer Swati Sharrma, like always, trying to add unnecessary style to her words, resulting in a disaster. Also, the lyrics are cringeworthy.


This is not an album anyone would have waited for. 

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 3 + 2 + 2.5 + 2.5 + 2 + 3 + 3.5 + 3 = 21.5

Album Percentage: 53.75%

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: Abhagi Piya Ki (Javed/Payal) > Abhagi Piya Ki = Intezaar Title = Sexy Baby Girl > Mehfooz = Mehfooz (Palak) > Mehfooz (Hrishikesh) = Khali Khali Dil



♦ Surprising Monsoon in Winter!!: MONSOON SHOOTOUT Music Review

♪ Music by: Rochak Kohli, Viveick Rajagopalan, Mayur Narvekar, Chinmay Harshe, Chetan Rao & Vikram Shastry
♪ Lyrics by: Sumant Vadhera, Kartik Krishnan, Deepak Ramona, Chinmay Harshe, Rohit Bhasy, Neeraj Sharma, Vinit Gulati, Nidhi Gulati
♪ Music Label: Saregama
♪ Music Released On: 19th December 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 15th December 2017

 

Listen to the songs: Saavn


Rochak gets two songs, and reminds us why he’s one composer that keeps popping up in numerous albums scattered over the year’s span. It is because of his strong melodies. Pal is a cherishable melody which, though predictable, does give you goosebumps, and makes you want it to rain. Arijit’s heart-touching rendition is enough to make anyone fall for the song. On the other hand Miliyo Re is a very Sachin-Jigar-ish romantic song, with Monali and Rochak behind the mic, with vocals that aren’t amazing, but are functional. The composition is good but very commonplace; not as distinct as Rochak’s other songs this year.
Viveick-Mayur present their only song Andheri Raat next, a haunting song with weird Marathi rap, and awesome Punjabi-flavoured male vocals. Neha Bhasin kills it behind the mic, as does her co-singer, Rajiv Sundaresan, doing the aforementioned Punjabi-flavoured portions. The Marathi rap by Aklesh Sutar is funny, and quite weird too.
The other three songs are quite situational, all by newcomers, with neither one exactly standing above the others. Chinmay Harshe’s Miss You Balma, by Akriti Kakar, is experimental but has you questioning “Why??” because the jazzy composition and the rock arrangements don’t really gel well with each other. Akriti aces the vocals though, singing in an unusually (for her) low pitch. The other duo, Chetan Rao & Vikram Shastry, present two songs, one being a folksy item song Maachis Ki Teeli, in which the very unconventional choice of singer, Bhavya Pandit, whi hasn’t ever sung such a song, proves to be great, as she adjusts to the song’s folksiness very well. Her co-vocalists provide good company as the loafers interjecting occasionally. The last song Faislay has a quite dated tune, and a very mismatching digital loop that starts it off, but Mandar Deshpande’s singing brings it up.


An album that is good, but still will be a wipeout.

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 4 + 4 + 3.5 + 3 + 3.5 + 3 = 21

Album Percentage: 70%

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: Pal = Miliyo Re > Andheri Raat = Maachis Ki Teeli > Miss You Balma = Faislay



Hope you liked this section of reviews! The review for ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ will be out soon!

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

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

Great Grand Masti

Great Grand Masti

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


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


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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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


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

 

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

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

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

 

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

KAAYAR-APPAN!! (VEERAPPAN – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Jeet Gannguli, Sharib-Toshi & Sandeep Chowta
♪ Lyrics by: Manoj Muntashir, Manoj Yadav & Nitin Raikwar
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 17th May 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 27th May 2016

Veerappan Album Cover

Veerappan Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Veerappan is an upcoming Bollywood biographical crime/action/thriller film, starring Sandeep Bharadwaj, Sachiin J. Joshi, Usha Jadhav and Lisa Ray in prominent roles. The film is directed by Ram Gopal Varma, and produced by Raina Sachiin Joshi. The movie is a biopic of bandit Koose Muniswamy Veerappan, dominant in the Sathyamangalam Forest in the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala, and it revolves around his life and the events leading to Operation Cocoon, the mission to capture and kill him. Ram Gopal Varma had directed a Kannada movie named ‘Killing Veerappan’ that released earlier this year, but this, he claims, is not a remake of it. There are absolutely no hopes from the music of a gangster film, more over, a Ram Gopal Varma film, and it shocked me to see Jeet Gannguli as one of the composers. He has one song in the album, and the remaining three tracks are by duo Sharib-Toshi, from whom I’ve stopped expecting good music after ‘1920 London’ and ‘Housefull 3’. They have actually composed only one song, in two versions, and the third song is a remake of the superhit ‘Khallas’ (Company) by Sandeep Chowta, who I’ve credited, but T-Series hadn’t. :\ So. Let’s check this small album out, and I’m starting with the least of expectations.


1. Muchhi Re
Singer ~ Mohan Kannan, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

Jeet Gannguli gets to start off the album with his sole composition in the album. He decides to create a folkish song that is very perfect for a song that is being sung at some type of celebration at a gangster hideout. Folksy woodwinds kick start the song, followed by a catchy folk string instrument (probably rabaab). I must say, Jeet has made a great attempt at giving a perfect gangster song, that would suit the theme of the film. However, the composition gets very boring after the mukhda. The hookline has no spunk, and the antaras are lifeless, with no actual tune to really make them catchy or appealing. The variations in the tune actually work against the song. The first antara, is very stale, while the second is at least decent. The “Chalat raho, ladat raho” chants are pretty irritating too. Mohan Kannan’s brilliant and energetic voice seems to infuse a god amount of life into the lifeless composition, but it still falls short of the standard. There are so many different voices, that I doubt Mohan sang it all by himself. The saving grace of the song is Jeet’s awesome arrangements. He has put in all his efforts to make the song sound genuinely gangster-ish, and his efforts have bore the desired fruit. The various sound effects, and the string instrument, percussion and woodwinds, all stand out beautifully. Especially the strings and percussion. Interludes are gripping and frankly, it is just the arrangements that make you hear the song multiple times. The rock guitars added in places are commendable. Manoj Muntashir’s lyrics go well with the composition and the theme of the movie, but I don’t know why he wrote about the “Muchhi” (Moustache). Looking at the poster of the movie and Veerappan’s appearance though, that’s reasonable! 😂 A great attempt at something different from Jeet Gannguli. Arrangements are spot-on, while in the other departments, he needs to make some serious improvement! Fantastic attempt considering that it isn’t Jeet’s forte!

 

2. Veer Veer Veerappan / Veer Veer Veerappan (Rap Version)
Singers ~ Payal Dev, Vee, Sharib Sabri & Toshi Sabri (Both Versions), Music by ~ Sharib-Toshi, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

Here come Sharib & Toshi with their first song in the album. The song has been included in two versions in the album, and what I don’t understand is, why!!????!! Is it just to force us to hear the pathetic song twice? I don’t know, but it sure seems so. The song is an attempt at creating something scary and frightening, but it comes across as cheap. First of all, Payal Dev in a screechy voice, trying to sound like Monjulika (Heck, Monjulika sounds better!) is not the usual idea we have of a gangster theme song. She has tried with all her might to be as cheap as possible, and I am pretty sure she won’t try such a song again. If she does, I have no comments. 😛 Sharib-Toshi’s base composition is really bad, and it has literally nothing to like, except maybe the hookline. The hookline has actually been composed seriously. Everything else has been composed like they are deliberately trying to be scary. Every time Payal comes to sing her parts, a different weird tune has been composed for each part. And guess what, her parts are reprises of children’s nursery rhymes! Manoj Yadav has just spoiled so many kids’ childhood! Take this: “Lalla Lalla Lori, Khoon Ki Katori” and “Jungle Jungle Baat Chali Hai Pata Chala Hai, Veerappan Khoon Karne Ko Nikala Hai”. I don’t feel like giving more examples. I mean, how are these lyrics even approved? Another line blatantly goes, “Narsanhaar Ki usey lagan Hai”. I’m like “Okayyyyyyy….?” And then they shamelessly use the “Shiva Mrutyunjay Mantra” at the end. 😂😂 The mantra which was so beautifully used in two songs of ‘Neerja’, now gets to feature in a BEAUTIFUL song of ‘Veerappan’! Congrats! 😒😨 Arrangements are slightly okay, compared to the rest of the song. The hookline has a groovy beat to it with manjeeras and tablas. The rest of the song has techno sounds, an overdose of EDM, ghouls screeching (ghouls have become a prominent musical instrument nowadays, I guess! :\ ) and lions roaring. And one guy who keeps yelling “Rrraaa!” The “Rap Version” just has some rap by someone called Vee. (What if that’s Veerappan himself! :O Oh I’m so scared!) The rap is in English and it’s pathetic. “I promise your life will come to an end.” and such is the award-deserving rap. I can’t un-hear that… So I’m rescuing you… Don’t hear it!!

 

3. Khallas
Singers ~ Jasmine Sandlas, Sharib Sabri & Toshi Sabri. Original Composition by ~ Sandeep Chowta, Music Recreated by ~ Sharib-Toshi, Original Lyrics by ~ Nitin Raikwar, Additional Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

Sandeep Chowta’s ‘Khallas’ (Company) has been featured on this album and there’s another addition to the list of bad remakes. What’s more, this song is what I will call a ‘Copy Remake’. Before you think that I’m stupid, by thinking that remakes are always copies technically, let me be clear. The fact that it is a remake is a different story. The song’s beats have been copied from a song which is not the song of which it is a remake! Yes, you heard me right! The song is a remake of ‘Khallas’ but its beats are the same as the beats of the song ‘Get Low’ from the ‘Furious 7’ soundtrack. That’s why they’re so impressive. That whole Arabic theme and all. But it’s not original, it is ‘inspired’. Speaking about the composition, nothing much new has been added except the antara, which has a boring tune too. What’s worse, Jasmine’s voice serves as a spoilsport for the whole thing. If Asha Bhosle hears it, she’ll be shocked at how they’ve reduced her song to something stupid. The lyrics have been changed for the worse. ‘Ye hai ishq samjha tujhe kar dega khallas’ has been very happily changed to ‘Ye hai maut Teri, tujhe kar hi dega khallas’. Sharib-Toshi’s new composition for the antara is pretty irritating, coupled with the lyrics. And when Jasmine sings it, it is just cheap. ‘Bachke Tu Rehna’ from this song!!!


Veerappan turned out just as expected. Sharib-Toshi continue on their disappointing spree of cheap songs, while Jeet Gannguli actually tries to raise the level of the album! I guess nothing more could’ve been expected from a gangster film, right? Instead of Veerappan, I would call the album Kaayar-appan!! (‘Veer’ = brave, ‘kaayar’ = scaredy-cat 😂)

 

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: Only hear Muchhi Re for the arrangements, everything else isn’t listen-worthy! 

 

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

 

Next: 19th Music Mastani Monthly Awards (May 2016)

UTTERLY UN’POSSESSIVE’!!! (1920 LONDON – Music Review)

Music Album Details:
♪ Music by: Sharib-Toshi, Kaushik-Akash (JAM) & Shankar-Jaikishan
♪ Lyrics by: Kunaal Vermaa, Hasrat Jaipuri, Sharib-Toshi, Kaalim Sheikh, Azeem Shirazi & Prashant Ingole
♪ Music Label: T-Series [‘Gumnaam Hai Koi’ on Saregama]
♪ Music Released On: 21st April 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 6th May 2016

1920 London Album Cover

1920 London Album Cover

 

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

To hear ‘Gumnaam Hai Koi’ on Saavn CLICK HERE

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE

To buy ‘Gumnaam Hai Koi’ on iTunes CLICK HERE


1920 London is an upcoming Bollywood horror flick. It is the third installment in the “dreaded” 1920 franchise, and stars Sharman Joshi as the exorcist, Meera Chopra as the wife of the person who is possessed, and Vishal Kharwal as the person who is possessed. 😛 The film is written by Vikram Bhatt, and directed by Tinu Suresh Desai, who was supposed to debut with the upcoming Akshay Kumar flick, ‘Rustom’, but this happened to release first. The film is produced by Reliance Entertainment. There’s no point discussing the story, because there will be a twist somewhere or the other, so let’s move on to discuss about the music. The music has been composed by Sharib-Toshi (Now to be credits as Shaarib and Toshi) who haven’t really impressed highly with their previous works (maybe a bit in ‘Zid’ and ‘Jashnn’). Hopefully, this might be their best album, going by the music of the first and second parts of the franchise. The duo has three songs in the album. Debutants Kaushik-Akash are the guest composers, with two songs, representing a company known as JAM (Just About Music) which has been founded by Pritam. It is an A&R (Artists & Repertoire) venture by Pritam, under which he will launch new music directors and look after their development in the industry. This is his first go at the venture, and hopefully, it turns out successful, so that he will be motivated to introduce more newbies and we will get many new, talented composers! 😀 So, here I start hearing the music of ‘1920 London’ with great expectations! Let’s hope the music keeps up to expectations!


♪ BONUS SONG

♦ Gumnaam Hai Koi
Singers ~ Jubin Nautiyal & Antara Mitra, Original Song’s Singer ~ Lata Mangeshkar, Music Recreated and Composed by ~ Kaushik-Akash, Original Composition by ~ Shankar-Jaikishan, New Lyrics by ~ Kunaal Vermaa, Original Lyrics by ~ Hasrat Jaipuri, Music Label ~ Saregama

Saregama is still at its silly behaviour, claiming rights to their old songs, if remade. That’s absolutely right, but kinda irritating by now. 😛 Anyways, they should be proud of the wonderful collection of songs they have in their kitty and the first song of the ‘1920 London’ album is yet another one of such famous old songs from them. This time, since it is a horror movie, nothing could’ve been better than this song to pick, and the makers have chosen it perfectly. The song I’m talking about is the haunting old song composed by maestros Shankar-Jaikishan, and sung by none other than Lata Mangeshkar, ‘Gumnaam Hai Koi’ (Gumnaam). And the newcomers Kaushik-Akash get a chance to put forth to the world, their version of the classic haunting song. They get the general idea, which is to make the song haunting and totally ghoulish, right. The starting itself is wonderful with all kinds of sound effects — wind, screeching bats, and a whole lot of weird ghostly whispers. Antara starts the song with a line that sounds more of a backing vocal line. Once Jubin starts singing, you definitely will get goosebumps. His smooth voice has the right amount of haunt and romance and even dominance. He touches the high notes with such ease, it is hard to imagine. The duo has beautifully crafted his part of the song, which is their own composition. The only thing retained from the old song is the hookline, and that is helmed by Antara, not sounding like herself thanks to the heavy programming of whispers, trying to make her sound like a ghost, but kind of failing. I would’ve preferred it if she would’ve been allowed to sing freely without any programming done to her voice. Nevertheless, it has been sung great, in a whispery voice and I guess it was necessary to make it sound more scary. The duo has composed Jubin’s parts perfectly, and they’re the best parts in the song. The mukhda hooks the listener, while the antara does the job of not letting go, which means the attempt has been successful. Kunaal Vermaa (‘Hasi’ — Hamari Adhuri Kahani fame) writes nice lyrics here, but I can’t make out whether they’re romantic or haunting or both. The duo excel in the arrangements. As mentioned earlier, various sound effects grace the song, and it sounds awesome. They send chills down the spine, but of course it isn’t exactly spooky; after all, it is a song. Piano and strings gracefully lead the arrangements, while the rest is digital stuff. Owls, bats, ghouls form the sound effects part of the song, and it is commendable. A great first attempt for Kaushik-Akash, and a decent revamp of the classic. Jubin excels, while Antara gets very less scope to open up!


Now, the review of the ‘1920 London’ album, released by T-Series, consisting of four songs, with three by Sharib-Toshi and one by Kaushik-Akash. 🙂


1. Aaj Ro Len De
Singer ~ Sharib Sabri, Music by ~ Sharib-Toshi, Lyrics by ~ Sharib-Toshi & Kaalim Sheikh

The first song in the album starts off with a beautiful Middle-Eastern feel of the oud, starting off the song on a high. Sharib-Toshi go the familiar way, composing a song quite similar to all their previous works of this genre. I couldn’t help but think of all their other works. It is a romantic song with a very heavy melancholic touch. To be honest, I am already very tired and sick of all this from the duo. The hookline, though repetitive and typical, however, foes garner some interest from the listener, as do all of Sharib-Toshi’s melodies. It is in the parts surrounding the hookline, where the problem lies. Nothing has been composed in a very likable or catchy tune; in fact, it exhausted me to hear the song, which is just less than five minutes long (too long when the song has nothing new to offer!) The mukhda might interest listeners, but the interest wears off until the antara. Sharib’s voice is good, but I would’ve preferred somebody else to sing this song. His voice seems too soft and rustic for the composition, which hasn’t worked in its favour, sadly. The duo really works hard to make up for the lack in melody, by giving wonderful, awe-inspiring arrangements! The arrangements are something which I haven’t heard recently! With an Indian and Middle-Eastern touch, they touch the heart and sound really grand — the aforementioned oud, various string instruments, and I think a santoor, if that’s not the oud itself, being played on a higher note. The lyrics are exhausting and boring, too, trying to be too fancy. I wonder what Sharib-Toshi wrote and what Kaalim Sheikh wrote. 😁 This will be liked only by those who love the typical Bhatt-ish songs. I’m so drained out after hearing this song! 😦 A very disappointing start by the duo.

 

2. Rootha Kyun
Singers ~ Mohit Chauhan & Payal Dev, Music by ~ Sharib-Toshi, Lyrics by ~ Azeem Shirazi

The next song in the album does start off quite promisingly. As I have said before, piano notes are a wonderful way to start off a song. They have the power to grab the attention of the listener from the beginning of the song. This time, Sharib-Toshi do just that. They use the very diplomatic piano to lure listeners into the song. However, once the listeners are lured inside, the trap is quite pleasant. Unlike my expectations after hearing ‘Aaj Ro Len De’, this song fares better. Mohit Chauhan is a safe choice taken by the composers. He sings the heard-before-yet-appealing composition beautifully. Especially the way he sings the hookline, is impressive. Payal gets to sing the second antara along with the hookline. Let me say it takes time to get used to her voice there. She seems to have used an unnecessarily high-pitched voice, trying to ape Sadhana Sargam, but after a listen or two, it starts sounding beautiful, and then it seems nobody could have done better. i don’t know how that happened because until I wrote this, I had only heard the song once and didn’t like her voice, but now suddenly started liking it. Sharib-Toshi get it right with the composition, and play  it safe there too. Though typical, it is pretty catchy, unlike the first one, which only had a catchy hook. But this song has the mukhda and antaras catchy too. The main reason for the catchiness has to be the fast pace of the song, which does make a huge difference. The hookline has been composed really well, and as I said before, sang just as well by Mohit and Payal, later on. Again, arrangements are fabulous. I remember Sharib-Toshi’s fab arrangements in ‘Zid’ as well, and it is great how they always pay attention to their arrangements, though their compositions might not be so strong. Here, they have equally balanced both. The arrangements are a good mixture of a string orchestra, rock elements (guitars and drums), digital sounds and sparkling Indian instruments like the santoor. Azeem’s lyrics are typical too, but still go well with the song and sound good, so that’s is passable. When typicality meets genius, it sounds like this. A safe song from all angles! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Tujhko Mein
Singer ~ Shaan, Music by ~ Sharib-Toshi, Lyrics by ~ Azeem Shirazi

Here Sharib-Toshi try to do what I’ve been ranting and rambling on about — something that isn’t the typical horror Bhatt-ish stuff. They rope in Shaan for this, and you will understand why, after you hear the song. Sharib-Toshi have composed a happy-go-lucky, sugary-sweet song, which tries so hard to be romantic without getting melancholic. The result? The duo fails miserably even there. The sweetness is overdone, just like an over-ripe fruit. Too sweet, and you start feeling nauseated. The same is the case with this song. The composition falls into the same category of songs which Shaan is getting nowadays, that sound pretty mild and kiddish. He does well, no doubt, but it has gotten boring hearing him sing the same types of songs, with no variations at all. In the hookline he sings “main aankhon mein” in a very irritating manner. Sharib-Toshi do try hard to  give a good composition, but as I sad, it sounds too goody-goody, and artificial. With the composition and vocals not making a deep impact, we can only expect the duo to add great instrumentation, but sadly, the arrangements here are pretty clichéd and banal. What with the seemingly forced finger snaps, and other weird digital beats. Guitars and the saxophone try to normalise things, but to a limited extent. A synthesiser tries to impress in the first interlude, but even that does not work. There is nothing new in the arrangements, and if the duo wanted to make an outstanding romantic track, there are many things they could have added to the otherwise boring composition. It is high time they realise that things have changed since their debut in ‘Raaz: The Mystery Continues’ in 2009, seven years ago, when all this seemed appealing. Azeem Shirazi’s lyrics are plain and simple, but not backed by a strong composition, they fall flat on their nose, if they have one. 😛 I wanted the duo to do something different. They did. But not very impressively. It is called Typicality in Experimentation.

 

4. Aafreen
Singers ~ K.K. & Antara Mitra, Music by ~ Kaushik-Akash, Lyrics by ~ Prashant Ingole

The newcomer duo comes back to finish off the album with their second song, a romantic duet. The song does have a heard-before tune, but it has been crafted so well, that it manages to appeal to the ears, and fits into the category of breezy romantic songs Bollywood used to produce in wholesale, until those melancholic romantic songs started arriving in bulk. So, this song provides a great respite from those melancholic songs of these days. Unlike ‘Tujhko Mein’, this is a great example of how such a song is done. Kaushik-Akash score with the composition. The distinct Pritam-ish touch is omnipresent in the song, and it sounds good. The hookline does remind of Salim-Sulaiman’s method of composing romantic hooklines, and is quite pleasant itself. As with the composition, the duo has made a great choice by roping in K.K. to do the male vocals. This is his territory, and he rules in such songs, as is evident in the song. Antara does seem out of place, and to be extremely honest, Tulsi Kumar would have carried it out beautifully too, as she has sung such songs before. Antara gets more scope to open up in this song than ‘Gumnaam Hai Koi’, but still she sounds too artificially sweet. It is all the fault of her having different voices in each song. Her parts have been composed beautifully, though, doing half of her job for her. The arrangements are mostly techno sounds, but electric guitars and a faint string orchestra are audible. The fingersnaps sound good in this song. In the line just before the hookline, a wonderful church-like choir joins in with great harmonious backing vocals. Prashant Ingole’s lyrics, which would seem dull and typical otherwise, are definitely saved by the composition. At last the finale is great, with the duo showing a lot of promise. Great for a debut! Vocals and composition holds all the magic! #5StarHotelSong!!


As much as I was expecting, 1920 London isn’t even half as good! The newcomers from the A&R project fare well, even if I don’t consider that it is their debut. While on one side, with the remake of ‘Gumnaam Hai Koi’, they give a quite hellish composition, on the other side they give a breezy, heavenly composition with ‘Aafreen’. Sharib-Toshi, the more seasoned artists of the two, however, disappoint. They stick to their old templates, out of which luckily, one turned out to be exceptional, while the other two are extremely avoidable. In 2014, when the duo had claimed that ‘Zid’ was their career best, I ignored it as it was unbelievably ordinary. But now I think they had said it right. In retrospect, their career best does seem to be ‘Zid’. Horror films are seemingly their forté, seeing their albums, but here they disappoint. And thoughh the newcomers do well, neither of their two songs will have a long life; they aren’t that strong either! So overall, the album is full of song that would not grip you, or shall I say would not ‘possess’ you?? 😀 👻👻

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Aafreen > Rootha Kyun > Gumnaam Hai Koi > Tujhko Mein > Aaj Ro Len De

 

Which is your favorite song from 1920 London? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

 

Next “dish”: Cabaret, Chefs: Kaustav Narayan Niyogi, Munish Makhija & Tony Kakkar

COMPOSERS KI ‘ZID’… (ZID – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by:- Sharib-Toshi
♪ Lyrics by:- Shakeel Azmi
♪ Music Label:- Sony Music
♪ Music Released On:- 13th November 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 28th November 2014

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Zid

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Zid is an upcoming Bollywood film, starring Karanvir Sharma, Mannara (you might know her as Barbie Handa 😝) and Shraddha Das. The film marks the debut of Mannara, the cousin sister of Priyanka Chopra & Parineeti Chopra. The film has been directed by Vivek Agnihotri, and produced by Anubhav Sinha. Vivek Agnihotri, with his fourth directorial venture, makes us expect great songs, as his last film ‘Hate Story’, which was of the same genre, had a good soundtrack by Harshit Saxena. This time, he has roped in the duo Sharib-Toshi, to do the honours. We heard them earlier this year in ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’, where they recreated two songs and composed one. Last year they gave us one of the year’s biggest hits ‘Kabhi Jo Baadal Barse’ from ‘Jackpot’. Apart from all their past hits, they have constantly being calling this album as their best work. Considering all of this, I was pretty excited what they would produce in this album. So, let’s see whether it really is their best album, or not. 😀


1. Saanson Ko
Singer ~ Arijit Singh

A soothing flute tune welcomes us into the first track of this album. At that moment, you will get a feeling, that maybe there is some truth in whatever Sharib-Toshi were saying about this album being their best album. But remember, it’s just a feeling, and feelings can deceive — and oh, how it deceives! The positivity takes an U-turn to negativity in the first line itself. The been there, heard that feel comes to you, when Arijit starts the song. Since the rhythm and arrangements are awesome, however, all hope has not been lost at this point. However, just as Arijit started the next line, the high-pitched one that goes, “Tu mila toh khuda ka sahaaraa mil gaya”, you feel as if you have heard it somewhere, and you remember that song ‘Main Dhoondne Ko Zamaane Mein’ from the film ‘Heartless’ that we had heard earlier this year. Yes, the tune has straightaway been copy-pasted with a few edits here and there. Pity to Gaurav Dagaonkar, the original composer. Later in the antara, we hear a line that is a lift from Sharib-Toshi’s own ‘Kabhi Jo Baadal Barse’ from ‘Jackpot’, and that is when you know that this song will have just as much of a shelf life as all the other overrated typical, dull compositions these days. Composers these days, when briefed for a romantic track for such a movie, just try to make some Bhatt-ish melody and make Arijit sing it. After all, they know that the presence of Arijit in the song, is directly proportional to the number of takers for the song! 😂 Lyrics are good, but mostly the same heard-before stuff, like tu mila toh this and that happened and blah blah blah. Arrangements and technical aspects win in this song, while the composition just drawls on and on. Still, there will not be a shortage of takers and lovers of this song!

 

2. Tu Zaroori / Tu Zaroori (Male)
Singers ~ Sunidhi Chauhan & Sharib Sabri / Sharib Sabri

Whenever Sunidhi is seen in the credits, my hopes always rise, because something which is guaranteed by her singing any song is fun and excitement and lots of soul and expression. This song, after the typicality of the opening song, brings with it a fresh breeze and as it starts, we are assured that this one is going to be a lot better than the first one. It starts with dynamic yet calm (weird irony :D) rhythmic vocals by the two vocalists. The hummna haainiga hummniga haainiga rhythm which is maintained very beautifully by the two of them, is just so catchy and it immediately grasps you into the song. Sunidhi starts with a what might seem artificial voice, but later it comes to be known that she has done it to suit the composition style. The beats are also very good, and unusual for this type of romantic duet. The hookline is nicely and cutely composed, especially the double tracks of each singer, one in the other ground while the other is in the background, giving the awesomeness to the hook. The tune is also very beautiful and likeable. While Sunidhi sings with utmost expression, one feels that Sharib could’ve sung Bette than how he has; if not, at least he could’ve been replaced by a better singer, maybe K.K. The melody here too is typical, but here, it is not dull and unattractive, but instead it is catchy as well as soothing. The lyrics by Shakeel are the same thing here, too, but the nice co position has covered that up! As for the male version by Sharib alone, it fares much worse than the original. Sharib doesn’t sound comfortable in the original itself, so I wonder what the makers were thinking when they made him sing a whole male version altogether by himself! As I said earlier, K.K. would have been preferred here. A beautiful romantic song with unique beats and great arrangements! Definitely a must-listen! #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Mareez-E-Ishq
Singer ~ Arijit Singh

Arijit comes back for another romantic song, but this time matters are a bit different. Okay, they are a lot different! The arrangements, here too, are brilliant. A spellbinding Arabic touch has been created by the composers, using pretty traditional Arabic instruments — percussion, strings, everything. The violins here are awesome, while the backing vocals going o-o-o-ho-o are just mindboggling! So is the humming in the background. The guitar strum placed geniusly after some lines, is mindblowing too. The tune of this song is also way better than ‘Saanson Ko’. The mukhda talab hai Tu…’ is the highlight of the song. The lyrics by Shakeel Azmi are better in this song, and bring out the feeling of the song. In some places, even this song might feel a bit dull, but overall, if you look at it, it’s a beautiful composition. Arijit doesn’t use the boring and drawling side of his voice, and so this song has you paying attention to it for most of its duration. The line “haath rakh de, Tu Dil pe zara”, he sings with such style and expression, making it sound so attractive and special! Another brilliant composition by Sharib-Toshi! This one, you should not miss! #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Zid
Singer ~ Sunidhi Chauhan

It starts with a typical horror tune on a piano, followed by a sinister violin tune, played very low pitched. A rock guitar picks up the composition, and gets us intrigued immediately. As Sunidhi joins the slow and hair-rising song, you might feel goosebumps and start shivering and check around you, lest there should be any evil spirits lurking around — Oh, who am I kidding! This song is anything but goosebumps-provoking. Though Sunidhi rendition is fabulous and with the perfect expression, it fails to make a mark on you. Maybe the tune of the hookline might intrigue you for a few seconds, but not more than that, unfortunately. The arrangements, are again fantastic. I think Sharib-Toshi pay too much attention to their arrangements, so much so that sometimes, they forget to double-check whether their composition is audience-friendly. What’s more, this song has two long, long antaras, seeming unusually long mainly because of the stretched and slow pace of the song with long interludes as well. However, the tuba-ish sound in the first interlude is awesome! Tunes of the two antaras, different from each other, one being of a frightening tone, and the other in a slightly lighter tone, are not that hooking either. Apart from the great vocals and arrangements, lyrics of the song have been penned down well. Prolonged exposure of your ears to this title track, might bore you to death, so beware! By the way, it will not at all scare you, so don’t worry about that. 😜


Zid was supposed to be Sharib-Toshi’s best album, according to them at least. However, it turns out to be a pretty middling album, with two intriguing songs, and two boring and flat songs. The arrangements, however are class in each of the songs. Having top singers such as Arijit and Sunidhi will also help the album to get many buyers. It must be one of the best recorded albums of the season. If Sharib-Toshi were talking about the recording and arrangements when they said ‘our best work’, then I can understand. However, since they were talking about the songs (of course) all I can say is that the ‘zid’ of the composers backfired on them!

 

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

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NOT A TYPICAL DHARMA DULHANIA! (HUMPTY SHARMA KI DULHANIA – Music Review)

Album Details:-

♪ Music by:- Sharib-Toshi, Sachin-Jigar, Badshah, The Titans & Jawad Ahmed
♪ Lyrics by:- Irshad Kamil, Kumaar, Shashank Khaitan, Badshah & Ahmad Anees
♪ Music Label:- Sony Music
♪ Music Released On:- 16th June 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 11th June 2014

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Album Cover

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Album Cover

 

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Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania is Karan Johar’s next production under his production house Dharma Productions. Again they are introducing a new director Shashank Khaitan for this film. The film stars the ‘Student of The Year’ Jodi Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan. The movie is a romantic comedy set in Punjab. Siddharth Shukla is playing an important role in the film too. The music of the film has been given by Sharib and Toshi Sabri, and Sachin-Jigar. Both of the duos are working with Dharma for the first time, and I was eager to know what they come up with for a film with such a quirky name. All the composers have always given their best while working for Dharma. I was hoping for the same with these two duos as well. Turns out that two of Sharib-Toshi’s songs have been recreated by them, with only one original. Sachin-Jigar have composed three songs. So let’s see how the songs of this album are!


1. Saturday Saturday:- Singers ~ Indeep Bakshi, Badshah & Akriti Kakkar ; Original Lyrics by ~ Badshah, New Lyrics by ~ Kumaar ; Original Music by ~ Badshah & The Titans, Recreated by ~ Sharib-Toshi

This song is a club song which was released two years ago. Well, Sharib-Toshi say they have “recreated” it. We should believe them, shouldn’t we? Even though the song sounds exactly the same in terms of musical arrangements, we should call it a recreation! I mean come on! They’ve worked SO HARD to “compose” the Akriti part, right! Well turns out the song has no changes whatsoever in arrangements and tune, but Sharib-Toshi have just told Kumaar to write some lyrics to the same tune for a single paragraph and gotten Akriti to sing that. Kumaar has written the lyrics of the new paragraph suiting the mood of the song — Punjabi club — and Akriti sings it well, but seriously, Karan Johar didn’t need to call them just for that. :/ Badshah and The Titans have composed an efficient club song and if the makers of the film needed a female part in it, they could have just asked Badshah, why trouble the “oh so busy” Sharib-Toshi? 😛 Okay, sorry, now I will review the song actually, but all the credit will go to Badshah and the Titans. They have as I said composed an efficient club song with awesome techno and electronic beats, and In deep Bakshi has sung it well. The rap by Badshah is also good and catchy. The only problem I had with it was that they seem to be saying “Sachurday” and emphasizing on the “t” in Saturday a bit too much, with an American accent, that doesn’t sound so good in a Punjabi song frankly. 😛 The song is nevertheless a hit, so it doesn’t matter that much whether I liked it, and you should definitely listen to it!

 

2. Samjhawan:- Singers ~ Arijit Singh & Shreya Ghoshal ; Original Lyrics by ~ Ahmad Anees, New Lyrics by ~ Kumaar ; Original Music by ~ Jawad Ahmed, Recreated by ~ Sharib-Toshi

Sharib-Toshi return with another “recreated” track, this time of a famous Punjabi song from the Punjabi movie ‘Virsa’ and the song was sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan originally, and composed by Jawad Ahmed. Of course, this time Sharib-Toshi have decided to actually make the song a bit different from the original. Though they have not changed the tune, they have made it more suitable for the Bollywood audiences, by replacing Rahat sahab with Arijit, the nation’s current musical heartthrob, and adding the female singer as Shreya Ghoshal. Again, some lyrics have also been altered to cater to the Bollywood audiences, by changing some Punjabi words to Hindi. The song has been recreated very beautifully, and unlike ‘Saturday Saturday’, it actually sounds great, whatever they have done to recreate the track. Arijit has sung the song very soulfully, but of course he couldn’t match up to the sukoon level which Rahat sahab’s voice has. Shreya was supposed to sing just an interlude as per the old song, but she gets a whole extra paragraph to sing. And that paragraph which Shreya sings, is like a treat to all music lovers. She will amaze you with her voice, like she might have already done ‘n’ number of times till now, but she will amaze you yet again! The music has also been recreated very effectively. The harmonium part which plays many times in the song is just awesome, and after the song ends with that harmonium piece, it will leave you wanting more. A must-listen recreation! Almost flawless recreation of a superhit Punjabi track! #5StarHotelSong!! 

 

3. Daingad Daingad:- Singers ~ Divya Kumar, Pratibha Baghel, Deepali Sathe, Akriti Kakkar, Udit Narayan & Niharika Sinha, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil, Music by ~ Sachin-Jigar

With this song, Sachin-Jigar enter into the soundtrack with the first original song of the soundtrack. Looking at the never ending list of singers, I was expecting a great dhinchak type track, but what I got missed my expectations terribly. A wannabe ‘London Thumakda’ or ‘Kikli Kalerdi’ (Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana) track, which just sounds like a mishmash of sentences and lines of different songs put together, this track fails terribly in whatever it wanted to achieve. Unless it wanted to annoy you. 😛 Sachin-Jigar have tried to make a wedding song and note that I have used the term “tried to” as in they haven’t succeeded in doing so. The two prime reasons to attempt this track are:- a) because you want to hear Udit Narayan’s voice after a long time since he only sings in Dharma films nowadays or b) because you’re hearing it for the first time, whicisare probably the only two reasons to hear it, because frankly speaking, after you hear it once, you might not play it again unless you are compelled to do so, for some reason! The lyrics by Irshad Kamil aren’t that impressive either, and out of the seven singers, only the known ones that is Divya, Akriti and Udit Narayan do well, others annoy. They sound like old aunties, which is probably the situation in the movie. The arrangements are very less, and not attractive at all. A mediocre song, with weak lyrics and average vocals. Listen at your own risk.

 

4. Lucky Tu Lucky Me:- Singers ~ Benny Dayal, Anushka Manchanda, Lyrics by ~ Shashank Khaitan, Music by ~ Sachin-Jigar

Here is the second song by Sachin-Jigar, and along with being the second song by them, it is also the second club song in the same film. This one is also very catchy, but totally dependent on the video. The part from ‘banda main bachelor..’ till the title of the song comes has a very nice tune. Sachin-Jigar, who are the best nowadays at electronic music, have composed a good tune and the arrangements are also awesome. Benny Dayal must be so accustomed to singing such songs till now and he must have been the first choice for this song, too. If any composers are making club songs, by default they should call Benny first, because he is an expert at these now. Anushka, who has a small part, also sounds good, but I don’t know why her voice never reaches to us in its original form, and is always altered. The song is a good club song, but it won’t attract many listeners as an individual song, and will work mostly with the picturization. Lyrics by the director himself are perfect for the song, and Varun’s rap is also commendable. Give it an attempt, there’s nothing to regret!

 

5. Emotional Fool:- Singer ~ Toshi Sabri, Backing Vocals ~ Geet Sagar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Music by ~ Sharib-Toshi

Sharib-Toshi re-enter the album with their first original track of the album, which strikes the right chord. They have composed a fun, romantic/peppy track, with interesting lyrics by Kumaar, and great arrangements. That is just for the mukhda. The song loses its charm in the antaras which follow. Toshi’s voice sounds great singing this composition, and the techno beats are catchy, but the catchiness and good stuff fall apart in the antaras, and aa great start gets wiped away by the subsequent antaras and disappoint. Nevertheless, the song provides entertainment and I guess that is what matters. Entertaining and disappointing at the same time!

 

6. D Se Dance:- Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani, Shalmali Kholgade, Backing Vocals ~ Anushka Manchanda, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil, Music by ~ Sachin-Jigar

Right from the moment it starts, you will get reminded of the superhit ‘Balam Pichkari’ from ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ because of the harmonium arrangements along with the dholaks. When the singers kick in, the small feeling of resemblance to ‘Balam Pichkari’ becomes a certainty. The use of the same arrangements with the same singers, is something never to be done if the first song isn’t composed by you. Sachin-Jigar have done exactly what I have stated not to do. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are also okay. Though the song will surely make you dance along, it doesn’t have that special ingredient which other Dharma dance songs have. The vocals are great, but again bear a big resemblance to ‘Balam Pichkari’, and though that isn’t a huge problem, but pretty unsafe to be so close to such a big hit song. Of course, Sachin-Jigar’s electronic touches are present throughout the song. Another average song, which is catchy but not up to the Dharma standards.


Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania is an album from which everyone had a lot of expectations. With each film, Dharma was giving superhit music up till now, and from this film, everyone was expecting even more. On top of that, it was Sachin-Jigar and Sharib-Toshi’s first time working with the big production house. Last year Pritam showed us his ability to compose for Dharma. Amit Trivedi succeeded in composing his first full album for Dharma in 2012 with ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’. Ajay-Atul had showed us their versatility when working with Dharma for the first time. Vishal and Shekhar time and time again show us their comfort in composing for Dharma, it is like their second home. However, I have to say that these two duos have not taken advantage of this opportunity. They have produced very ordinary songs, which could as well have been for any film, and not a Dharma film. Considering the standard of music which Dharma was known for, this album is simply a disgrace. Otherwise, it is an okay album. Both duos have delivered good songs but of course these good songs did have the scope to have been way better. It is definitely not a typical Dharma album, because Dharma albums are known for their repeat value, and in this album, very few so gs have that quality! So I conclude by saying that Sachin-Jigar and Sharib-Toshi did not make well use of the great opportunity which they had got and they have given to the world, the worst album ever in the history of Dharma films!

 

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

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