DEBUTANTS HIJACK THE ALBUM FROM NUCLEYA!! (HIGH JACK – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Nucleya, Anurag Saikia, Rajat Tiwari, SlowCheeta & Shwetang Shankar
♪ Lyrics by: Akarsh Khurana, Vibha Saraf, SlowCheeta & Rajat Tiwari
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 5th April 2018
♪ Movie Releases On: 18th May 2018

High Jack Album Cover

 

Listen to the songs: Saavn

Buy the songs: iTunes


High Jack is an upcoming Bollywood comedy film starring Sumeet Vyas, Sonalli Seygall, and Mantra Mugdh, directed by Akarsh Khurana and produced by Phantom Films and Viu. The trailer makes it seem like a movie that requires insanely quirky music, and the music is by multiple composers. Nucleya, Anurag Saikia, Rajat Tiwari, SlowCheeta & Shwetang Shankar are composing for this album, and barring Nucleya, all the other composers are debuting with this album. So, fasten your seatbelts as we take off on this flight that is the album of this film!


Nucleya starts off the album with probably the freshest song I’ve heard in a while, Behka. The song starts with a pleasant guitar strum accompanied by a fresh EDM sound, that runs all throughout the song, and Nucleya does a nice job not making it boring, even though the song runs for four minutes! Vibha Saraf sings one stanza at the beginning, and the same one towards the end; barring that, the song is completely EDM — and good EDM at that! Nucleya is great at this kind of stuff, and it’s nice to see a Bollywood producer actually letting him make it. Anurag Kashyap directed his energies into making a high octane rap song earlier this year in ‘Mukkabaaz’, and now he (because Phantom produced the film) lets him do his signature EDM, which turns out mind blowing.
Nucleya’s other song Aapaatkaleen, is a short theme song with dialogues by the cast members, and another catchy and groovy EDM rhythm, and fun sound effects. It’s nice to see Nucleya get experimental with sound in a Bollywood film.
Anurag Saikia’s Bollywood debut happens with another experimental track, the best of this album, Prabhu Ji. The song appears in two versions. Both versions have the same arrangements, but just sung by two different singers, Asees Kaur and debutant Suvarna Tiwari.
The Asees Kaur Version will definitely be the radio’s favourite, while music lovers would love the Suvarna Tiwari Version, because of the classical singing talent she possesses. At the end of the day, both versions are enjoyable. Anurag Saikia’s composition is a winner, because it is an efficient bhajan-like tune, and the amazing fusion with Electronic music is a wonderful touch, making the song sound extremely fresh. The lyrics by director Akarsh Khurana are great, and intentionally (or unintentionally?) funny, because in such a film you know this isn’t going to be a real bhajan situation, so the lyrics sound all the more quirky!
SlowCheeta and Shwetang Shankar step into Bollywood with Kripya Dhyaan De, another song with some sick electronic programming, especially with the bagpipes. There isn’t much by way of composition here, as it is primarily a rap song, but that too, has been done tastefully. However, it isn’t something that you’ll think of much after listening to it. It’ll play and get over, and you’ll forget about it soon. That’s not saying it isn’t catchy though, and the composers have given it a nice soundscape.
The last composer Rajat Tiwari, also debuting with this album, presents his song Happy Ending Song, also in two versions. Both the First Version and the Second Version go completely acoustic and say so too, in the lyrics by Akarsh Khurana. (“Electronic music kaafi sun liya, isiliye acoustic bajaana hai“). The composition itself is enjoyable, feel-good, much like the rest of the songs in the album, and again the arrangements and vocals are done well. Taaruk Raina is a great find, he sings the song in a charming way in both versions, and while Sumedha Karmahe accompanies him (sounding as usual like she could have sounded better) in the first version, Manasi Mulherkar (sounding like Shefali Alvares). The lyrics are enjoyable and suitable for the end credits scene.


Barring one song, the album is completely high on electronic music, but more than that, it is a launchpad for four talented composers, who kind of hijack the album from Nucleya!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 8 + 7 + 8.5 + 8.5 + 6 + 7 + 7 = 52

Album Percentage: 74. 3%

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: Prabhu Ji (Both Versions) > Behka > Happy Ending Song (Both Versions) = Aapaatkaaleen > Kripya Dhyaan De

 

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DIL RAAZI HAI, TO LISTEN ON LOOP!! (RAAZI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
♪ Lyrics by: Gulzar
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 18th April 2018
♪ Movie Released On: 11th May 2018

Raazi Album Cover

 

Listen to the songs: Saavn

Buy the songs: iTunes

 


Raazi is an upcoming Bollywood period espionage thriller (I swear I made that term up myself; what else can you call it?!) starring Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Rajit Kapur, Jaideep Ahlawat, Amruta Khanvilkar and Soni Razdan in lead roles. The film is directed by ‘Talvar’ fame Meghna Gulzar, and produced by Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar, Apoorva Mehta and Junglee Pictures. The film is based on the novel ‘Calling Sehmat’ by Harinder Sikka. Now, thrillers in Bollywood have very little scope for music. Meghna Gulzar, in her first movie ‘Talvar’, had roped in Vishal Bhardwaj for the music since he was the writer and producer for the film. Here though, she goes for Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, the trio who invented the Bollywood rom-com sound as we know it these days (by which I mean most of the rom-coms that stay obedient and don’t follow the multicomposer trend), which was a surprise. This is the trio’s first project after ‘Rock On 2’ in November 2016, and whose music released in September 2016, so that was a long wait. And even after the wait, it was a thriller film we were going to get their comeback album for, and not a rom-com as I would have liked. Nevertheless, expectations weren’t low! It’s Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Gulzar after all; what can go wrong?


Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, who we are hearing after more than one and a half years, do not make it that obvious. When you come back with a melody as strong as Ae Watan, you really don’t need to worry about whether audiences will remember you even after so long. Half the battle is won there itself! Now, the song comes in two versions, the male version by Arijit, and the female version by Sunidhi. Arijit’s Version has done a good job in attracting the masses towards the album, but that doesn’t mean Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy compromise on its quality. The song is reminiscent of olden day patriotic numbers, complete with a resplendent backing chorus (Raman Mahadevan, Ravi Mishra, Binaya Mohanty, Arun Kamath & Arshad Mohammed). Arijit is in his element, especially when he starts the song with that wonderfully seamless transition from the low to high octave! Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy help him with immersive arrangements that do not fail to appeal to the patriot within you. The strong melody too, makes its mark felt. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s strings and percussions are wonderful, with heavy hangovers from their “Lakshya” album. Just as he started, Arijit ends the song on a high note, literally!
Sunidhi’s Version, on the other hand, takes the folksy rote, making for a blissful and heavenly listen. Sunidhi, as always, sings brilliantly, but it doesn’t end there. She gets an even better backing chorus than Arijit. This time, sweet children accompany the lead singer (from Shankar Mahadevan Academy’s Children’s Chorus). The name that stands out is Satyajeet Jena, who had participated in the last season of “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs”, and he gets his own little solo performance towards the end, which he aces! The children’s chorus, and the tinny programming give the song a wonderful retro touch, like the songs from the era depicted in the film (something like ‘Humko Man Ki Shakti’ from ‘Guddi’). Tapas Roy’s rabaab creates a soulful Kashmiri sound, while Dipesh Varma and Shikhar Naad Qureshi do an amazing job with percussions!
Both versions have mainly the same lyrics, and when it’s Gulzar saab’s pen, you know it can’t go wrong! His lyrics evoke a patriotic feeling right away, and coupled with the beautiful melody, it is hard to ignore this song!
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy continue the Kashmiri folk with Dilbaro, a bidaai song which sounds happy but is lyrically quite heart-wrenching. (Just like Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s ‘Chaandaniya’ from ‘2 States’ which I like to call the happy sad song.) The melody here is so cute, it’s impossible to not start humming along right away. (Part of that is also because it sounds very familiar, but you can’t pinpoint which song or songs it sounds like!) The lead vocalist here is Harshdeep Kaur, who as always, delivers a charming rendition, and sounds like Alka Yagnik in the high-pitched antara too! Shankar Mahadevan’s surprise cameo is wonderfully placed, as are the lyrics by Gulzar for that portion. Vibha Saraf is the one who should be credited though, for piquing your interest in the song, because it is her sweet Kashmiri lines that suck you in right away. On the arrangements front, Tapas Roy returns for wonderful work on the Rabaab, not to mention Arshad Khan’s heart-wrenching esraj; whenever that plays, it’s as if the strings of your heart are being tugged at. The hookline of the song is so powerfully soothing, cute and charming at the same time, it is difficult not to get the song stuck in your mind after just a couple of listens!!
At the end, we have Raazi, a song that equals the ‘Dangal’ title track in many uncanny ways. First of all, it is one of those rare title tracks where the title of the film actually makes sense in the song. Arijit Singh pulls off a ‘Binte Dil’ yet again in the one minute long prelude to the song, where he does the voice inflection impeccably yet again. It is only when the Esraj (again, splendidly performed by Arshad Khan) takes us back to the actual song, when we come back to trademark SEL sound — a repeating Bouzouki riff (oh so trademark SEL!) by Tapas Roy is wonderful. The repeating chants of “Agar Dil Raazi Hai” are equivalent to ‘Dangal’s “Dangal Dangal“. The folksy arrangements are similar to that of ‘Dangal’! I’m just so happy we have these two beautiful title tracks to cherish forever! They are so similar yet so different! Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy bring in even more of their signature marks when the second antara gets very melancholic, something only Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy can manage without making it over the top! And Gulzar saab’s lyrics manage to wow you yet again. The star of the song is definitely Arijit Singh, using different inflections each time he sings the hookline. No wonder he’s the top singer of today…just that some composers know how to use his talent to the best!


Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy return after a hiatus that seemed longer than it was, and it is only when this album came out when I realised what was missing from Bollywood music in 2018 — smart composers who can manage to compose as per the script, but whose songs have a life outside of it as well! Finally, we get a soundtrack this year, which I’ll be raazi to listen to on loop!!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 9 + 9.5 + 9.5 + 9.5 = 37.5

Album Percentage: 93.75% {I guess we got our Best album of the year so far!}

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: 
Don’t. Even. Ask.

 

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THE ‘HAUNT’ AND SOUL OF PUNJAB! (PHILLAURI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Shashwat Sachdev & Jasleen Kaur Royal
♪ Lyrics by: Anvita Dutt, Shellee, Aditya Sharma & Neeraj Rajawat
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 6th March 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 24th March 2017

Phillauri Album Cover

 

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Phillauri is an upcoming Bollywood romantic / comedy / fantasy film starring Anushka Sharma, Suraj Sharma and Diljit Dosanjh in lead roles. The film is directed by Anshai Lal, and produced by Anushka Sharma, Karnesh Sharma and Fox Star Studios. The film is about a man named Kanan who is born under an ‘unlucky star’, and has been told he needs to marry a tree before marrying his love, so that his soul can be cleansed. To his horror/amazement/shock/whatever you might feel if you were in such a situation, he finds a spirit who used to live in the tree following him, unable to go back to her own realm. He needs to help her go back there, but before that she needs to feature in a film and all, so you better watch it, or else she will have come out of the tree for nothing. :p Enough movie promotion, let’s steer on to the music. A newcomer (I believe; and every other website I checked says the same — they also only believe, nobody knows??) Shashwat Sachdev has composed the majority of the album, and the baby-fairy-like sounding girl Jasleen Royal has composed two more. Now, if such a well-known person like Anushka Sharma decides to launch a comooser with her movie, it must mean he has something in him. Clean Slate Films (Anushka’s production company) has previously produced ‘NH10’ and boy, was its music album phenomenal, and also full of composers who has never quite made it big in the industry. This movie seems to have more of a mass appeal, and Jasleen has made it big in the industry already, so the debutant must be really good at his job! Let’s see!!


1. Dum Dum / Dum Dum (Punjabi Version) / Dum Dum (Reprise) [Diljit Dosanjh Version]

Singers ~ Romy & Vivek Hariharan / Romy & Vivek Hariharan / Diljit Dosanjh, Backing Vocals ~ Anurag Sharma, Pawni Pandey, Vibha Saraf, Varsha Tripathi, Abhiruchi Singh, Gaia, Meera Chandy / Anurag Sharma, Pawni Pandey, Vibha Saraf, Varsha Tripathi, Abhiruchi Singh, Gaia, Meera Chandy / Vivek Hariharan, Pawni Pandey & Anand Bhaskar, Music by ~ Shashwat Singh, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt / Shellee / Anvita Dutt

“Aankhein kitaabi, tu khole toh padh loon,
Kaajal si likkhi chhaapi, kahaaniyaan teri mere saiyaan!
Baatein bataashon si zubaan pe rakh doon,
Halke se pighlengi, bole tu chakh loon main saiyaan!”

– Anvita Dutt

Shashwat starts off his Bollywood debut with one of the most soulful folksy numbers I’ve ever heard in recent times. ‘Dum Dum ‘ starts off like a purely soulful Punjabi / Sufi song, with amazing instrumentation giving the perfect introduction into the song. The composition is an aptly folksy one, with numerous twists and turns throughout the song. The hookline is catchy, but some might get a bit annoyed by the fact that it repeats too many times — in the true sense of a Sufi song, if you ask me. So that didn’t bother me too much. The mukhda follows a very lilting tune, and the high-pitched antara really helps to consolidate the listeners’ interest in the song. It is the conclusion of the song which is really impressive, and Shashwat slows the pace down there, only to increase it towards the end beautifully ending the song on a high tempo. The arrangements are fantabulous, as said before. The folk instruments have been put to great use — especially the tablas, dholaks, the plucked string instruments and the other folksy percussions. The first two versions have primarily the same arrangements, but it is Diljit who gsts to sing against the backdrop of an almost unplugged instrumentation in his version. That makes things lively and ‘different’ and innovative; it is a bliss to the ears to hear such a grounded composition backed by digital music. But towards the end of the Diljit version, there’s a wonderful sitar piece that is to die for!! That part is sheer brilliance on the part of the music programmer. The vocals in all three version are very impressive. Romy makes his Bollywood debut (Although I think I’ve read his name somewhere, he calls this his debut.) with this wonderful Punjabi song. His voice has been reminding everybody of Shahid Mallya’s voice, and I felt that too, with a tinge of Divya Kumar as well. He gets extremely loud at parts, but the soul of the song doesn’t diminish in any way. Vivek Hariharan effectively joins him in the latter part of the song which I earlier described as the ‘Conclusion’, and his voice texture is sooooo beautiful, it is hard to not love his portion. And of course, the “dum dum dum dum dum dum hai dua” part which everyone should love so much. The singers reprise their roles in the Punjabi version, except with different Punjabi lyrics penned by Shellee, as opposed to the Hindi ones by Anvita Dutt. It kind of reduced the appeal of the song, and I couldn’t make myself to love that version, with different lyrics, which i couldn’t understand nor sing along to. Save an extra ad-lib at the beginning by Romy, this one is a carbon copy of the first version as far as arrangements go. Diljit’s rendition of the same is a bit toned-down, and could’ve been better, but the arrangements by Shashwat make up for the little void that his voice couldn’t fill. Guitars in this version sound more of the modern acoustic guitars than folk instruments, and it gives a nice and modern touch to the song. (Which is clearly for promotional purposes). The disappointing part of this version is that it doesn’t have the “conclusion” which I loved! The lyrics of the Hindi version are amazing, and I’m sure the ones by Shellee in the Punjabi version are too, but I couldn’t understand them! Unusual, because I usually grasp most of the Punjabi in other Punjabi Bollywood songs! A soulfully folksy start to the album!

Rating: 4.5/5 for the Hindi Version, 3/5 for the Punjabi Version, 3.5/5 for the Reprise Version by Diljit Dosanjh

 

2. What’s Up

Singers ~ Mika Singh & Jasleen Royal, Music by ~ Jasleen Royal, Lyrics by ~ Aditya Sharma 

“Ajj haathan di takiyan te khil aayi kaliyaan,
Surma laan akhiyan ch vekhe teri galiyaan,
Hansdi ae jachdi ae sohneya ve sachhiya
Nazraan na laggan ke khairan ne mangeya!”

– Aditya Sharma

The second song of the album is Jasleen Royal’s first out of the two she has composed in the album. This one is an upbeat Punjabi wedding song, and going by Jasleen’s list of songs, she has only one such song to her credit, which is ‘Nachde Ne Saare’ (Baar Baar Dekho), which is one of my favourite Punjabi wedding songs of all time now. Now this song is also just as catchy and infectious. The energy just gets to you in no time. At first, the composition might seem very ordinary for a Punjabi wedding song, following the same template to the tee. But, as usually happens, later on I started loving the song just because of its immense simplicity. Jasleen’s composition is a sprightly one with nothing coming in the way of the listeners’ happiness. Especially the interludes she sings herself, are very cute and mood-uplifting. The other stanzas have been composed well too, and rendered boisterously by Mika, the go-to for such songs. Finally, he gets a song where he actually was required to sing it! The arrangements are as upbeat as can be, and Jasleen doesn’t necessarily recycle her ‘Nachde Ne Saare’ arrangements, but tries to make this sound different with more dhols. And the brass band makes an unignorable appearance in the song. It makes the song very breezy and happy-go-lucky. Of course, Jasleen also follows the traditional ‘play-the-hookline-on-brass-instruments’ method that Amaal Mallik recently followed in ‘Aashiq Surrender Hua’ (Badrinath Ki Dulhania). The vocals are amazing. As I mentioned, nobody but Mika could’ve sung this wih the same energy, and he sings like the old Mika, the Mika everybody enjoyed! So it is very enjoyable. Jasleen, in her fairy-like voice, sings her two stanzas very well, and though they are mere interludes, they get etched into your memory. They are very cute and sprightly. Aditya Sharma’s lyrics are fun and enjoyable, describing a Punjabi wedding beautifully! One of the more catchy Punjabi wedding songs of recent times!

Rating: 4/5

 

3. Naughty Billo

Singers ~ Diljit Dosanjh, Nakash Aziz, Shilpi Paul & Anushka Sharma, Backng vocals ~ Vivek Hariharan, Romy, Shilpi Paul & Surya Raghunathan, Music by ~ Shashwat Sachdev, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

“Malmal wala kurta rang firozi tha,
Uss par kaatil ik button tha Chaandi da,
Do nainon ka woh hamla, phass gaya bhola jatt yamla,
Marta kya na Karta!”

– Anvita Dutt

This song is Shashwat’s ticket to getting more and more offers from more and more producers and directors later on. Why? Because of the sheer innovativeness with which he has handled this song. Okay, so let me start from the beginning. The song is an experimental Punjabi dance song, quite similar to so many of the Punjabi pop numbers of today. However, there’s a nice catch in here. And that is the fact that Shashwat has so cleverly infused funky groove into the Punjabi song. The composition could’ve been better, but everything else covers that up, because the song excels in all other departments. I’ve not heard such a perfect Punjabi pop -ish number in quite a while. The song starts with a traditional old-fashioned Punjabi portion and we as listeners think the entire will follow suit. However, just as we are sure that will happen, Shashwat takes us by surprise and introduces a catchy (and purely modern, mind you) hookline that just makes you listen on! It is kind of a reprise to the old ‘Jhooth Boliya’ song. The arrangements are so experimental, and offbeat, that you just end up loving them. The funky beats are enough to make you dance without any inhibitions. Shashwat adds nice dhol percussion, and awesome brass instruments add the necessary funky element, not to mention the quintessential tumbi. So many backing vocalists randomly add their portions into the song as the song progresses, and it sounds like a free-for-all jam. Whatever the result is though, it is really innovative. The vocals are great too, with Diljit handling the Punjabi parts well, and Nakash the hookline. Shilpi Paul does well in her short parts, but Anushka steals the thunder with her full-of-attitude rap towards the end of the song. And it’s not even the “I-will-do-anything-just-to-make-my-movie-work” kind of stint! She actually sounds awesome in this new rapper form of hers! Anvita Dutt’s lyrics are fun and enjoyable. A fun funky song!

Rating: 4.5/5

 

4. Sahiba

Singers ~ Romy & Pawni Pandey, Backing Vocals ~ Vivek Hariharan, Anurag Singh, Vibha Saraf, Abhiruchi Singh, Pawni Pandey, Varsha Tripathi & Gaia, Music by ~ Shashwat Sachdev, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

“Tujhse aisa uljha, dil dhaaga dhaaga khincha,
Dargah pe jaise ho chadaron sa bichha,
Yun hi roz yeh udhadha buna,
Kissa ishq ka kai baar, humne phir se likha!
Sahebaan, sahebaan, chal wahaan jahaan Mirza!”

– Anvita Dutt

The way this song starts, reminds me of the starting of ‘Deewani Mastani’ (Bajirao Mastani). Anyway, the song is no doubt the best song of the album. Shashwat comes with yet another earthy folksy melody with this song. The mukhda starts quite slowly, but you will definitely start loving the song after you hear the hookline, which has a catchy and attractive old-world charm to it. Pawni Pandey’s antara has been composed very soulfully, in heart-rending low notes. Later the male part once again takes the song on a wonderful folksy route. However, it is the ‘conclusion’ of the song, that steals the spotlight. The song breaks into a Qawwali-esque mode there. Right from the “ohh sahibaaaaa…” till the end of the song, the song goes on a never-ending high, until the song itself ends. The “tere bina” verse is marvellous! Arrangements in this track are fabulous. The plucked strings (David Sinchury, Sanjoy Das, Youngmin Kim, Shashwat Sachdev) at the beginning, that oh-so-majestically reminded me of ‘Deewani Mastani’, are so gripping; they just pull you into the song. Also, Shashwat introduces a jingling sound in the beat after that, and it sounds so rustic and folksy! Lovely like never before. The percussions that break out in the hookline are wondrous as well. dholaks (Manoj Kumar) very well put the Punjabi theme of the song into action. The orchestra (Czech National Symphony Orchestra) works wonderfully throughout the song to give it a regal tinge, and they’ve accomplished it, I’m glad to say! The vocals by Romy are ravishing. The part he sings after Pawni’s, he has sung that so beautifully! And the Qawwali part too! It just gave me goosebumps! Pawni comes across as decent; she doesn’t seem to be managing the low notes too well. However Romy covers it with his magnificence in handling both high and low notes. The lyrics by Anvita Dutt are amazing here as well. Soul-stirring!

Rating: 5/5

 

5. Bajaake Tumba

Singers ~ Romy & Shehnaz Akhtar, Backing Vocals ~ Vivek Hariharan, Music by ~ Shashwat Sachdev, Lyrics by ~ Anvita Dutt

“Bajaake tumba, saare pind ki kudiyon ka, phillauri nachda!”

– Anvita Dutt

The folk doesn’t seem to get over just yet. Shashwat has yet another song left, and he makes sure the Punjabi folk influence doesn’t leave his songs until the last one. This one is a fun and enjoyable, but clearly situational song, which we listeners won’t be able to make heads or tails of as of yet, but it is fun to hear at least! It is an upbeat traditional bhangra number with an amazingly catchy tune considering its situational nature. It starts off quite odd, but gets better and better as it goes on. The hookline comes as an unexpected one with odd notes, that don’t match the fun nature of the other notes. That’s where the song gets interesting and experimental. The best part I loved in the song was the “oh yaara mere phirrrr na pooochooo aage kya hogaa…” part which was so smoothly sung by the singer!! The ‘timb lakk lakk timb’ loop is fun as well. The arrangements are just as fun as the composition. Of course dhols, dhadd, nagadas and the tumba make an integral part of the arrangements. A wonderful flutes assortment plays through the interlude. And the harmonium is splendid, too! The tempo increase towards the end is amusing as well! The two singers, Romy and Shehnaz Akhtar, do an amazing job in bringing forth the celebratory nature of the song through their singing. Though I’m not so qualified as to know who sang what, what I heard sounds good, and so I’m assuming both sang well. :p The backing vocalists play an important part in this song too, and their inputs make the song fun to listen to. About the lyrics, it seems that it is a kind of a story-telling session like we commonly see in films, where the man tells his friends about his experiences in winning the girl’s heart… Maybe? I don’t know. Enjoyable, but to an extent that can be crossed only after watching the film.

Rating: 3.5/5

 

6. Din Shagna Da

Singer ~ Jasleen Royal, Music by ~ Jasleen Royal, Lyrics by ~ Neeraj Rajawat

“Jaavan na main bin shehnaiyan
Satrangi rubaiyaan,
Sunaa ja tu harjaiyaa..
Shamiyaana sajavan
Doli leke main aavan
Aatishbazi karaake
Tenu leke main jaavan”

– Neeraj Rajawat

Jasleen re-enters the soundtrack with her second track, which is actually her pop single which she has released in 2013. The song has been incorporated as it was into the soundtrack. It is a bidaai song with its own merits. The composition lies quite close to most of her previous songs, but is also instantly likeable; you don’t get time to compare it with the others because it is so emotional and heart-moving. Also, she takes the help of wonderful instrumentation to uplift the sound of this song. Instead of her usual acoustic guitar arrangements, she also adds apt dholaks, a sarangi, and I was surprised to hear a nice piano introduction to the song, and that plucked string instrument in the interlude is amazing! The magic lies in the second stanza, where she has programmed everything with a nice sound effect to it (can’t describe, but hear from 2:30 to the end) The composition is so heart-rending, (and I’ll say that it is already a common song that plays at weddings!) that it is perfectly apt for the situation. The vocals are beautiful. Jasleen sounds sweet and nothing less. Neeraj Rajawat’s lyrics, or whatever I could make out of them, are beautiful. A great depiction of the “sad” side of a wedding!

Rating: 4/5


Phillauri is an album full of the heart and soul of Punjab. No rapper comes to degrade Punjab’s honour, and create a dismal image of Punjab in our heads. On the other hand, two talented youngsters don the captain’s hat and compose some wonderful songs with the essence of the real Punjab. It is so true to the folk music of Punjab that it gets haunting at some point! Shashwat and Jasleen present, the heart haunt and soul of Punjab! 🙂

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 4.5 + 3 + 3.5 + 4 + 4.5 + 5 + 3.5 + 4 = 32

Album Percentage: 80%

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Sahiba > Naughty Billo > What’s Up = Din Shagna Da = Dum Dum > Dum Dum (Reprise) = Bajaake Tumba > Dum Dum (Punjabi Version)

 

Remake Counter:
No. of Remakes: 08 (From previous albums) + 00 (from Phillauri) = 08

 

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

 

A REFRESHING ‘RAINBOW’ IN THIS HOT SUMMER!! (DHANAK – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Tapas Relia
♪ Lyrics by: Manoj Yadav, Mir Ali Husain & Tapas Relia
♪ Music Label: Junglee Music / Times Music
♪ Music Released On: 18th May 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 17th June 2016

Dhanak Album Cover

Dhanak Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Dhanak (meaning ‘rainbow’) is an upcoming Bollywood road travel film, starring Hetal Gadda and Krish Chhabria in the lead roles of siblings, Pari and Chotu respectively. The film has been directed by Nagesh Kukunoor (director of ‘Iqbal’, ‘Dor’, ‘Mod’, ‘8×10 Tasveer’, ‘Aashayein’ and ‘Lakshmi’, to name a few), and it is produced by Manish Mundra, Nagesh Kukunoor and Elahe Hiptoola. The movie follows the journey of the two siblings. Pari has promised Chotu, her blind little brother, to help him get back his eyesight before he turns 10 years old. When she sees Shah Rukh Khan on a poster for an eye donation drive, she is convinced that the superstar will help her in her mission. 😀 So, the story seems interesting. Now, moving on to the music. Nagesh’s last film ‘Lakshmi’s music was also composed by the same person, and he had given a spectacular soundtrack, which I still hear today, two years later. The man, I believe, is extremely underrated in the Bollywood industry. And his name is Tapas Relia. This time, let’s see what Tapas has to offer, with his six songs!


1. Jeene Se Bhi Zyada Jeeyein
Singer ~ Shivamm Pathak, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

Tapas Relia starts off the album with a breezy, refreshing, folksy melody crooned beautifully by Shivamm Pathak. The song itself starts with a wonderful aalaap by Shivamm, followed by temple bells, a wonderful sarangi, and a wonderful folksy rhythm takes over within forty seconds. Guitar plucks, bagpipes, sarangi come together to make the song seem like a fusion of three cultures, three musical styles. Tapas’ composition is so mature, yet immature. It flushes you with new energy and re-energises you as soon as it starts playing. It is also very jolly-sounding and sure to make you nod your heads up and down. The hookline comes as a pleasant surprise; high-pitched, unlike the otherwise low-pitched song, and that makes it sound all the more beautiful. The rest of the song, too, has been crafted very beautifully, which shows the immense efforts put into it by Tapas. As I said before, the arrangements range from Rajasthani-flavoured sarangi to Irish-flavoured bagpipes, to a typical olden-day European jig, with the clapping of hands, making it sound very lively. This wide range of musical styles from all over the world make the song sound rich. Shivamm’s voice really surprised me. It was a great surprise for me when he sang the song in such a deep voice! He sounded almost like a mix of Papon and Sukhwinder Singh. He boldly sings the composition and brings a smile on your face.  Manoj Yadav’s lyrics too, work for the same cause. It is basically a song about living life to the fullest, and even more! The way the lyricist has given so many ideas of how to live life that way, makes me really want to do them, but that’s pretty far-fetched, isn’t it? Unfortunately. Hmmm. A vivacious song to start off the album, refresh you, and also brighten up your day. BEAUTIFUL! I would recommend you to hear it as soon as you wake up; it sounds all the more rejuvenating! This summer, this song is my ice-cream! #5StarHotelSong!! (can I give more? 😦 😦 )

 

2. Chal Chalein
Singers ~ Papon, Vibha Saraf & Shivamm Pathak, Lyrics by ~ Mir Ali Husain

The next song starts off with an unusual but lilting fusion of an almost neverending loop of a harp, with a regal trumpet. Papon’s smooth-as-silk voice switches your attention totally towards him, and then Vibha, who I only know as the singer of ‘O Soniye’ (Titoo MBA), starts off with a voice that seems less trained, less experienced, yet functional. At this moment, the song is in a comparatively low phase. But when the hookline starts for the first time, that is the magical part. After that, the song goes only on a climb uphill, and never comes back in that valley again. The composition is fantastic, and the orchestration is fabulous, and grand. With the hookline, a nice and groovy rhythm with guitar chords, and a cool Caribbean rhythm kicks in. At the same time, Shivamm Pathak kicks in with a totally Rajasthani-flavoured line; Tapas shows his brilliance in making two cultures meet, yet again. The idea is excellent, but what matters most is the execution, which is superb. Arrangements basically revolve around the Caribbean rhythm with bongo-Congo drums. Vibha gets an interesting solo portion in an antara, where you can hear a wonderful mandolin in the background. Arrangements pick up with royal strings and trumpets, but only yo go back to the Caribbean. 😀 This creativity is what I love in Bollywood, instead of the usual bleating of “goats” in romantic songs. A wonderful folk flute assortment leads a great tune in the song; whenever it plays, it just makes you feel so fresh. In fact, the whole song is unbelievably refreshing. The three singers are undoubtedly great, with the major portion of the sing belonging to Papon and Vibha as a duet, while Shivamm only sings a small, but awe-inspiring Rajasthani folk part. The duet portion is beautiful, too! Mir Ali Husain, who I think I’ve never heard of, comes up with an immensely meaningful and relatable piece of writing. Stuff like “iss raat Ki bhi hogi ek seher”, and “duniya mein aaye hai, Dil paaye hain; kyun na jeeyein?” restore my faith in Bollywood lyrics, and make Mir Ali Husain a one of the heroes for Bollywood lyrics. A song fit for a road trip, again with pretty much the same message as the first song, this time with a Caribbean rhythm instead of an Irish jig! And Tapas’ beautiful fusion bowls me over yet again!! BRILLIANCE AT ITS PEAK!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Dum-A-Dum
Singers ~ Chet Dixon & Devu Khan Manganiyar, Lyrics by ~ Tapas Relia (English Lyrics) & Traditional (Amir Khusro & Bulleh Shah) 

The next offering on my plate (come on guys, it’s a food-based music blog, and I never get to talk about food, so now food has paid me to give it a special appearance in my next review.. Please don’t mind it, and forgive it!) is an interesting one. We’ve heard many recreations of the eternal folk song “Damadam Mast Qalander”. Well, I’m sure we have never heard anything like this before! This version right here, is a fusion of the traditional folk song with some nice and gentle English lines. The song starts right away with some English vocals by Chet Dixon, who’s singing as the American hippie in the film. It’s not something you can call catchy, but it is really fun to hear. The fun starts when the hippie starts trying to teach Chotu (the little boy) how to sing the song, and his failed attempts. Chet’s polished English vocals coupled with Devu’s folksy, rustic, earthy voice make a brilliant combo, and sound awesome together. Secondly, Tapas’ attempt to make a believable jam between both has succeeded. It sounds realistic, like when the boy breaks into “Dum-A-Dum” when he can’t sing the English lines. Tapas has composed and written the English parts really nicely, and they don’t sound preachy, though they carry a moral. The arrangements too, are refreshing, with a mix of acoustic guitars and the traditional dholaks, nothing more! Towards the end, the hippie and the little boy do a beautiful jugalbandi with Dixon also trying out the folk song. A refreshing adaptation of the classic song! Who would have thought it would become a jam between a foreigner and a folk singer!? #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Dhanak
Singer ~ Monali Thakur, Lyrics by ~ Mir Ali Husain

A refreshing, mellifluous flute prelude starts off the title song of the album. Considering title songs, I’m always a bit skeptical whether they will be good or not, because titles might not really work if they’re really short, like ‘Dhanak’. While some composers just keep repeating the title a thousand times and thus making it the hookline of the song, others come up with pretty unusual, but innovative and pleasant ideas of implementing the title into the title song, and Tapas is one of them! The way he has used the title, smack in the middle of the hookline, only once in every hookline, is commendable, and all the more effective, as well! His composition is one of the best compositions I’ve heard this year — lilting, breezy, enlightening and dreamy at the same time. The mukhda starts the song off on a very beautiful note, and the hookline is what does the magic. Such a beautiful atmosphere gets created when the hookline plays, that I just can’t describe it. Antaras are sweet and simple, too. In fact, the composition as a whole is a beautiful lullaby-ish composition, which will also work to refresh you whenever you feel low. The arrangements are top-notch, with the serene flute (Paras Nath) leading, and Dilshad Khan doing a spectacular job with the sarangi. Rain-stick shakers sprinkle the required sweetness into the song. Twinkling sounds in the percussion are just too good. In the first interlude, a beautiful bongo-Congo rhythm accompanies the flute to create a beautiful ambience, while the flute leads the way through the second interlude, accompanied by guitars. Strings (Jeetendra Thakur’s violins) in the antaras just add to the grandeur. Monali’s voice is just too sweet to be ignored; in fact, she is the star of the song. Had some other singer sing this song, it wouldn’t have produced the same effect! NOBODY. The way she sings the hookline, is just too cute, making you fall in love with her voice yet again (Because I know everybody already loves it either from ‘Zara Zara Touch Me’ or ‘Sawaar Loon’ or ‘Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’, which I feel are the important milestones in her Bollywood journey.) Each and every word in her voice seems so calming and soothing. Mir Ali Husain comes up with lilting words as well, poetic to the core. Meaningful as they are, they instantly connect with you. A lullaby that has been crafted beautifully! A winner in all aspects!! The best hookline of the year till now, for me!! Forgive me for twisting it, but I want to say this — Abb dekhenge hum dhanak, raaton mein!! #5StarHotelSong!! (Again, I feel like giving more!!)

 

5. Mehandi
Singers ~ Anwar Khan Manganiyar, Swaroop Khan & Niyaz Khan, Lyrics by ~ (Traditional)

The next song, which is the last verbal song on the soundtrack, gets into traditional Rajasthani wedding flavour. Three folk singers with a folk background — out of which only Swaroop is known to me, and I’m guessing Anwar Khan is Devu Khan Manganiyar’s father or some relative — carry the song forward. The traditional mehandi song has been given a nice and groovy techno beat by Tapas, making it all the more appealing and also making it sound catchy and innovative. Of course, traditional instruments do make an appearance as well — with Dilshad Khan coming back on his sarangi, and stealing the show here, as well. Khartals (those clicking sounds are of the khartalsby Jasu Khan Manganiyar (another Manganiyar! What a talented folk musician family! 🙂 ) too sound great in the folk-techno song. The composition won’t appeal to all; after all, it is a folk song. However, the quality of the music is commendable. The trio handles the song boldly, with their bold voices being the highlight of the song. I’m astonished at how high they can go with such a deep voice! Awesome! Swaroop is kind of sidelined, with the other two getting more portions to sing, out of which I can’t differentiate between the two. All in all, a fun and groovy traditional song, which will lift up your mood! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Theme To Dhanak
(Instrumental)

The album ends off with a small instrumental, standing at three minutes long. It starts with a dreamy piano piece, that is so lilting, you can go off to sleep. The soulfulness of the piano takes the song levels ahead of what it might have been without the piano. When the piano stops, beautiful strings take over. Jeetendra Thakur’s violins are so grand, you cannot help but praise them. A symphony of sorts is created there and then, after which the piano is played again, joined by a bit, just a bit, of brass instruments, like some motivational music. The real surprise is in the last 45 seconds of the song, where the piano gives way suddenly to traditional Rajasthani percussion — matkas, dhols, manjeeras, khartals, accompanied by beautiful sarangi playing the tune of the mukhda of ‘Jeene Se Bhi Zyada Jeeyein’. I must say, that was a pleasant surprise after the lilting piano-strings orchestral piece. And the song really ends the album on a high. A perfect grand finale to the album. Kind of a gist of the whole album, with lilting orchestra, and lively folk music! #5StarHotelSong!!


Dhanak turned out to be just as expected, nothing less, nothing more. I had high expectations and they were met! Tapas impressed as always, but I can’t help but praise the way he has done fusion in each and every song, except probably the title song. All the songs have a great display of folk instruments coupled with some or the other kind of foreign music, be it Western classical, or Caribbean folk, or even Irish folk. Tapas has actually showed us how to bring versatility into simplicity. Simple but appealing compositions, lifted levels and levels higher due to the grand arrangements! What more can a music lover ask for? Tapas shows us a refreshing ‘rainbow’ (dhanak) in this hot, hot summer!!

 

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: Whatever you want!! 😀 

 

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

 

Next “dish”: Junooniyat, Chefs: Meet Bros. Anjjan, Jeet Gannguli, Ankit Tiwari & Stereo Nation

ZEE MUSIC’S SURPRISE PACKAGES! (RANG RASIYA, TITOO MBA & ZED PLUS – Quasi Music Reviews)

Well, I had hardly any time to write proper reviews for these three albums, and I didn’t want to miss out on them either, because each of them has some noteworthy songs. Therefore, I decided to write a single post for all three of them, and what made my job easier was that all of them had one thing in common, i.e, the music label, Zee Music Company. Since it isn’t a proper review, I would term it as a Quasi-Music Review! 🙂 Enjoy!

NOTE: However, I am writing a proper review for the best album of the three i.e, Rang Rasiya 😂


♦ THE PASSIONATE CLASSICAL DELIGHT: Rang Rasiya Music Review

Rang Rasiya: Colors Of Passion

Rang Rasiya: Colors Of Passion

♪ Music by:- Sandesh Shandilya
♪ Lyrics by:- Manoj Muntashir
♪ Music Released On:- 25th September, 2014
♪ Movie Released On:- 7th November, 2014

♪ To hear the full songs of this album online CLICK HERE

♪ To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


This film directed by Ketan Mehta, starring Randeep Hooda and Nandana Sen, is based on the famous painter, Raja Ravi Varma’s life. It was going to release in 2008, but got delayed due to unavoidable circumstances. Well, now it has finally released and has garnered positive reviews from mostly everywhere. The music has been helmed by Sandesh Shandilya whose compositions we hardly get to hear these days, the last being the ‘Kya Dill Kya Lahore’ album. It all depends on him, to make the music of a film which is six years old, appeal to today’s audience. So let’s have a look at how good he has done here!


1. Rang Rasiya
Singers ~ Kirti Sagathiya & Sunidhi Chauhan

Traditional sounds like manjeeras and bells and ghungroos help give a prefect classical start to this album. Keerthi Sagathia, who has somehow been disguised as Kirti Sagathiya (we still know you’re the same guy! 😂) for this song, opens, repeating the title of the movie, followed by the entry of Sunidhi, who does nothing but repeat the same words again. After that, they both sing ‘rang rasiya rang rasiya’ happily for some time. This is how the first one minute and 45 seconds of the song pass. Sounded to me like some Slice ad, which would star Katrina and the bottle of mango juice. They just say something else for two minutes total, one minute makes the first antara, the other minute makes the second. Those lines are kinda romantic and I don’t see how the title of the movie fit into this romantic song. So Manoj Muntashir didn’t impress much in this song. Sandesh, however, impressed with the good tune and great arrangements! Good, likable tune, but seems flat because of the nothingness in it. Should have been reserved for a TV commercial.

 

2. Kahe Sataye
Singers ~ Roopkumar Rathod & Sunidhi Chauhan

Sunidhi returns for a more intense romantic song. Though classical is definitely not her forté, she delivers the beautiful tune very well. Her voice texture suits the song perfectly. Her co-singer, Roopkumar, is as always, awesome! The way he ends the song with a bang is worth hearing! Again, Sandesh has used so many traditional instruments to make the raaga-based composition stand out. The percussion and winds sound very grand and majestic, and on top of that the awesome strings portions. The lyrics by Manoj are also good, too! A classical melody to be liked by all! Wonderful! #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. O Kamini
Singer ~ Sonu Nigam

Sonu Nigam renders this extremely intense romantic number with ease and perfection. The vocals that open the song, are so great, I wonder why they haven’t been credited! This song has been composed like a typical Sanjay Leela Bhansali song, with shades of the songs of ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ and ‘Devdas’. The composition is so confusing, that one without any classical music interest or background, might just dismiss it as another pakaav and uninteresting song, without giving a single thought what a gem it actually is! The arrangements are beautiful with great percussion provided by thavil and manjeeras. The brief interruptions of the horns in the background are awesome too! The interlude featuring a string instrument, is surely worth hearing! Lyrics by Manoj suit the mood of the composition. It is a must-listen! #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Anhad Naad
Singers ~ Kailash Kher & Anwar Khan

A beautiful Rajasthani folkish composition by Sandesh, sung wonderfully by Kailash Kher and Anwar Khan, is next on the album. The arrangements themselves are very grand and marvelous. The wonderful harmony between the two singers is beautiful. The Rajasthani-Sufi combo sounds brilliant. The tablas, and other percussion instruments, help to enhance the already beautiful song. The use of the phrase ‘anhad naad’, is remarkable. It means a primeval or primordial sound, which has been existing since the beginning of the universe. Sure enough, it has been stated by Saint Kabir, a great saint of the Bhakti era. Kudos to Manoj for presenting this new phrase in front of today’s audience! You cannot miss this gem of a composition! #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Sun Balam
Singer ~ Rajashwari Pathak

The last song on the soundtrack has been sung by Rajashwari Pathak, apparently a debutante. It is a nicely composed semiclassical melody with great use of classical instruments and a calming classical beat as well. The newcomer sings well, and all the variations she has taken sound great. Her voice sounds a bit like Kavita Seth, fit for classical compositions. The tablas and flute have been very effectively placed. The lyrics by Manoj are also impressive. However, it doesn’t have that connect as all the other songs of the album have. Though it is a nice melody, it could have been more interesting!


 

Rang Rasiya is a treat for classical lovers and will also appeal to others as well. Surprisingly, the songs do not sound dated!

Final Rating for Rang Rasiya:- सा < रे < ग < म < प <  < नी < सां

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


As for the other two albums, I will be writing mini-reviews for them.

So here’s the second album, Titoo MBA


♦ THE MIXED BAG: Titoo MBA Music Review

Titoo MBA

Titoo MBA

♪ Music by:- Arjuna Harjai & Leonard Victor
♪ Lyrics by:- Surabhi Dashputra, Kumaar & Nitin Raikwar
♪ Music Released On:- 15th November, 2014
♪ Movie Released On:- 21st November, 2014

♪ To hear the full songs of this album online CLICK HERE

♪ To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Without the movie info, the review starts immediately… ‘Coz this is a quasi-review 😉

1. O Soniye
Singers ~ Arijit Singh & Vibha Saraf, Music by ~ Arjuna Harjai, Lyrics by ~ Surabhi Dashputra

(And this is how a quasi-review goes like…)

Composition: Very soulful composition by Arjuna, which was definitely not expected to be in such a small film. He will surely come into limelight through this song.
Vocals: Arijit is, as always, flawless. He does the variations very well, especially in the Sufi portion. Vibha (newcomer?) also has sung beautifully. Her background portions enhance the song’s soul. Both of them complement each other well!
Lyrics: Surabhi Dashputra has not presented something very fresh with the lyrics, but the Punjabi lyrics suit the sweet tune by Arjuna.
Music/Arrangements/Recording: Arrangements are also exceptional. Guitars have been used very well and so are tablas in the Sufi part. Recording is fab.
Mass Appeal: It will definitely appeal to one and all! The Arijit fever of the country will help it get humongous fame.
Anything Special Worth Hearing: Vibha’s soulful harmony with Arijit, the Sufi stanza, in the antara.
#5StarHotelSong Or Not?? Definitely a #5StarHotelSong!

 

2. Plan Bana Le
Singers ~ Aishwarya Nigam & Surabhi Dashputra, Music by ~ Arjuna Harjai, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Composition: Arjuna has composed an utterly ridiculous party track with no catchiness at all; comes across as CHEAP! Hard to believe that the same guy composed ‘O Soniye’!
Vocals: Aishwarya Nigam tries to ape Mika Singh in parts, but fails miserably, and Surabhi doesn’t impress either. Unattractive vocals.
Lyrics: One word: Pathetic! Kumaar has not written any appreciable lines.
Music/Arrangements/Recording: The trumpet part tries to ape Pritam’s ‘Badtameez Dil’. Otherwise, the arrangements are just techno sounds. The music suits the composition.
Mass Appeal: Of course, some people would enjoy this song a lot! But most would just let it pass as a below average one.
Anything Special Worth Hearing: Yeah, you should hear how ridiculous the song is! 😜
#5StarHotelSong Or Not?? Obviously not…

 

3. Kyu Hua
Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Arjuna Harjai, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Composition: Another soulful sad composition, which might seem typical and the same old thing at first, but later grows on you. Arjuna scores again.
Vocals: Arijit’s delivery is spot-on! While humming in the initial parts of the song, he sounds a bit like Vishal Dadlani! He has sung soulfully.
Lyrics: Lyrics by Kumaar are nothing new, though way better than ‘Plan Bana Le’!
Music/Arrangements/Recording: Rock elements fused with a sad melody, always creates an awesome impact! Arrangements are awesome!
Mass Appeal: It has a lot of mass appeal, again because of Arijit and also because of the soulful composition.
Anything Special Worth Hearing: The antara! 👌👌 & the hookline!
#5StarHotelSong Or Not?? Yupssss!!! #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Atyachaari
Singers ~ Arjuna Harjai & Surabhi Dashputra, Music by ~ Arjuna Harjai, Lyrics by ~ Surabhi Dashputra

Composition: Supposedly humorous, but only manages to stifle a few laughs, after which it sounds too repetitive. Raps by Arjuna are irritating.
Vocals: Surabhi excels with her nasal voice, but Arjuna hardly manages to impress.
Lyrics: All I can understand is that a wife and husband are fighting. Pretty stupid lyrics. At least it is the first Bollywood song that refers to ‘WhatsApp’ 😂
Music/Arrangements/Recording: Music is very entertaining, with a twist of Qawwali and rap. Harmonium has been used impressively.
Mass Appeal: If it gets famous, which is very unlikely, then it’ll spread like a virus.
Anything Special Worth Hearing: The Qawwali twist, and the humorous voices.
#5StarHotelSong Or Not?? Sorry, please call back later. 😂

 

5. O Ranjhna
Singer ~ Surabhi Dashputra, Music by ~ Arjuna Harjai, Lyrics by ~ Surabhi Dashputra

Composition: Just a female version of ‘O Soniye’, with a slower pace, making it sound even more soulful! The unusual beats enhance the composition.
Vocals: Surabhi sings so well, that I wonder why it wasn’t her, who sang the original song as well! 😃 Full marks to her for singing so well!
Lyrics: Surabhi has written very good lyrics as well! Makes the song sound even more passionate.
Music/Arrangements/Recording: Piano is soulful, and the other beats in the background are awesome!
Mass Appeal: It will surely not get the recognition it deserves, but definitely had the potential.
Anything Special Worth Hearing: Surabhi, Surabhi and Surabhi!
#5StarHotelSong Or Not?? Yes….!! #5StarHotelSong!

 

6. Kyu Hua Khafa
Singer ~ Neeti Mohan, Music by ~ Arjuna Harjai, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Composition: The female version of Kyu Hua, with a different tune as well in the hookline, which doesn’t hook you as much as the original.
Vocals: Neeti delivers the composition with perfection! A pity that the song is so short.
Lyrics: Kumaar has written good lyrics, different from the original again.
Music/Arrangements/Recording: The arrangements are minimal, just like ‘O Ranjhna’, but even less than that. It provides a soothing feeling.
Mass Appeal: Doesn’t appeal much, unlike the original.
Anything Special Worth Hearing: Neeti’s awesome vocals and rendition.
#5StarHotelSong Or Not?? Not as intriguing as the original, so no tag for this one.

 

7. Saiyaan Bedardi
Singers ~ Abhishek Kumar & Priyanka Agarwal, Music by ~ Leonard Victor, Lyrics by ~ Nitin Raikwar

Composition: Yuckk!!! So utterly BAD and obnoxious! Was supposed to be humorous, but ends up annoying.
Vocals: Equally irritating! Especially Priyanka’s saiyyyaaaaaaaaaa 
Lyrics: Even worse! Disgrace to all lyricists!
Music/Arrangements/Recording: Nothing impressive… 😒
Mass Appeal: Zero!
Anything Special Worth Hearing: The whole song is literally a special case 😂 LISTEN AT YOUR OWN RISK!
#5StarHotelSong Or Not?? Yeah…as if… 😵


Final Rating For Titoo MBA:- सा < रे < ग <  < प < ध < नी < सां

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



 

And now the final album…. Zed Plus!


♦ JUST SHORT OF GETTING ‘A+’!! Zed Plus Music Review

Zed Plus

Zed Plus

♪ Music by:- Sukhwinder Singh & Nayab Raja
♪ Lyrics by:- Manoj Muntashir
♪ Music Released On:- 26th November, 2014
♪ Movie Released On:- 28th November, 2014

♪ To hear the full songs of this album online CLICK HERE

♪ To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


A political satire, with music by Sukhwinder Singh along with a partner, Nayab Raja. Had to review! Songs are also pretty surprisingly good!


1. Ishq Ishq
Singers ~ Sukhwinder Singh & Madhavi Srivastav

Composition: A nice folk-sy Qawwali, with a very catchy tune. Impressive work by Sukhwinder-Nayab! On the lines of ‘Chhaiyya Chaiiyaa’ (Dil Se)
Vocals: Both Sukhwinder and Madhavi do well in their respective parts. Because of them, the composition stands out!
Lyrics: Manoj has written great Punjabi folk lyrics which suit the dynamic Qawwali composition.
Music/Arrangements/Recording: The arrangements are very beautiful! Qawwali touch has been brought about very efficiently. Dholaks, accordion and the like have enhanced the composition.
Mass Appeal: Again, will not be noticed much by the masses because of the low-scale-ness of the movie. Most probably will get famous after people watch the movie.
Anything Special Worth Hearing: The genius inclusion of the folk song ‘Kesariyo Balam Padharo Mhaaro Des’ at the end of the song!
#5StarHotelSong Or Not?? Definitely!! #5StarHotelSong!

 

2. Maula Pal Mein Palat De Baazi
Singer ~ Sukhwinder Singh

Composition: A heart-touching, sweet composition which sounds like a 80s/90s song. The song could have been a but shorter, standing a as long as 7 minutes 26 seconds! Mukhda and hookline attract, leaving weird, unusual, but good antaras.
Vocals: Sukhwinder, out of his comfort zone, still excels and Singh beautifully! In some places, he even sounds like Mohit Chauhan.
Lyrics: This seems the satirical song which is compulsory in such films. And Manoj has written the lines describing the states of the State these days, and also in the form of a prayer to God, to make everything better.
Music/Arrangements/Recording: The music is sweet like the composition. Winds (mainly flutes) and daflis are more pronounced, with tablas entering for a brief interlude with sargam. Orchestra also makes it grander.
Mass Appeal: Again, it will have its effect after people go and watch it in theaters!
Anything Special Worth Hearing: The sargam at 5:38, the lyrics by Manoj Muntashir, Sukhwinder-Nayab’s sweet tune…basically everything!
#5StarHotelSong Or Not?? Yes, of course!!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Fislan Hai
Singer ~ Sukhwinder Singh

Composition: It is a thrilling composition with an Arabic+Rajasthani (ultimately desert) feel, supposedly composed for the climactic parts of the film. Sukhwinder-Nayab have impressed, but only to a certain extent. Some parts come across as way too dramatic and ridiculous, like when they sing in English in this folk-sy song. 😂
Vocals: Sukhwinder has autotuned his voice in places, and that sounds good. He delivers the other parts flawlessly as well, but the flawed tune is responsible for some unattractiveness that arises.
Lyrics: Manoj has written nice suspenseful lyrics, that suit the mood of the lyrics. Fislan hai, fislan hai, kadam kadam par fislan hai! 
Music/Arrangements/Recording: The beats are pretty intriguing, and actually make for a good club song or DJ song! 😂 The string instrument has been played well, making appearances many times throughout the song.
Mass Appeal: Has the potential to be hit, but a bigger and larger movie would have helped. Anyways, it bores halfway through the song!
Anything Special Worth Hearing: The awesome kad-a-kad-a-kad-a-kadam-a-kadam-a-par, and of course the R.D. Burman-ish vocals by Sukhwinder while singing maya khel dikhaati hai…kya kya naach nachaati hai… for the third time or so!
#5StarHotelSong Or Not?? Nope.


Final Rating For Zed Plus:- सा < रे < ग < म < प <  < नी < सां

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



And with that, my 3-in-1 review comes to a wrap and so does my reviews for November month. While Rang Rasiya clearly wins out of these three, Zed Plus Also follows close behind and Sukhwinder-Nayab do not disappoint at all. It is ultimately Titoo MBA which turns out a below average album, with two gems which stand out amongst the other stupidity!

Thank you! 😊