Pad Man is an upcoming Bollywood social drama directed by R. Balki, starring Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor. The film is produced by Twinkle Khanna, SPE Films India, Cape Of Good Films, KriArj Entertainment and Hope Productions. The film revolves around the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu. The film is set to release a day prior to Republic Day, a day that is by default reserved for Akshay Kumar films. This time, Balki does not rely on his frequent collaborator Ilaiyaraaja to score music, but instead borrows his wife, Gauri Shinde’s go-to composer Amit Trivedi, who had scored for both of her films, ‘English Vinglish’ and ‘Dear Zindagi’. This is the first time he will compose for Balki and I believe, for Akshay Kumar too. I expect a lot from him after his successful ‘Qaidi Band’, ‘Secret Superstar’ and ‘Rukh’ last year! Let’s see how the music album for this film turns out!
After completing three albums last year, and using Arijit’s voice in two of them, Amit returns in the new year with his first song being an Arijit song. Aaj Se Teri is a heavenly romantic post-marriage number, whose lyrics by Kausar Munir (2017 is over but she’s still impressing us with her lyrics!) make it even better; the composition is a sweet 90s-ish tune, and Arijit sounding like Kumar Sanu in some parts makes it even better. The amazing arrangements include wonderful shehnaai (Omkar Dhumal) and Ethnic strings by Tapas Roy. The Pad Man Song shows that Amit really enjoys working with Mika, after ‘Sexy Baliye’ in ‘Secret Superstar’, and the result shows itself in an upbeat desi number, with an amazing ladies’ chorus (Deepti Rege, Mayuri Kudalkar & Pragati Joshi). The ladies’ chorus is in Trivedi’s ‘Ghanchakkar Babu’ (Ghanchakkar) zone, especially with the weird Chinese-sounding interruptions. The interlude is owned by the chorus though. The percussions in the song are amazing, and the harmonium (Akhlak Hussain Varsi) gives it a delightful U.P.-Bihar vibe, though Trivedi’s composition itself falls flat in places. The lyrics though, are a great subversion of the conventional image if a ‘superhero’, and make me believe that a ‘real superhero’ is nothing like that. Hu Ba Hu is a clubbish number that makes you wonder where the makers intend to place it in the film, but the signature Amit tune, vocals and arrangements (especially the mandolin, rabaab et al by Tapas Roy) hark back to ‘Queen’s ‘Badra Bahaar’ and ‘O Gujariya’ at the same time, and make it a very enjoyable listen. The onomatopoeia at the beginning is really catchy too, and works properly to suck you into the song. Also amazing are Munir’s lyrics, about two individuals striving to accomplish a joint mission, probably referring to the characters essayed by Akshay and Sonam. Sayaani is the ‘Pad Man’ equivalent to ‘Dangal’s ‘Idiot Banna’, this time with four leading singers, including Yashita Sharma, Jonita Gandhi, Yashika Sikka and Rani Kaur. The backing vocalists also include Meghna Mishra, the young lead singer of “Secret Superstar”! The song itself seems like a mishmash of many wedding songs of Bollywood, and at one point it sounds exactly like a certain song, which I cant remember now! The ladies do sing amazingly though, and Trivedi’s arrangements make it more enjoyable, with the percussions yet again taking centre stage. Also enjoyable are the strings by Tapas Roy. The last song Saale Sapne is another trademark Trivedi affair, has shades of songs from “Queen” and the drums from ‘Gudgudi’ from “Secret Superstar” appear here too. Mohit Chauhan sings well, but the song seems too long to enjoy completely, and too typical. When the second antara starts, it starts to get tedious! Kausar’s lyrics are the only highlight of the song.
Amit continues to play safe, and stays in his comfort zone.
Total Points Scored by This Album: 8.5 + 7.5 + 8 + 7 + 6.5 = 37.5
Album Percentage: 75%
Final Rating for This Album: सा < रे < ग < म < प < ध < नी < सां
Note: The letter which is underlined is the final rating.
Recommended Listening Order: Aaj Se Teri > Hu Ba Hu > The Pad Man Song > Sayaani > Saale Sapne
Which is your favourite song from Pad Man? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂
Music Album Details ♪ Music by:- Agnel Roman-Faizan Hussain & Raj-Prakash ♪ Lyrics by:- Arun Kumar, Faraaz Ahmad & Agnel Roman ♪ Music Label:- T-Series ♪ Music Released On:- 20th September 2014 ♪ Movie Released On:- 10th October 2014
Jigariyaa Album Cover
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Jigariyaa is a Bollywood romantic film directed by Raj Purohit, produced by Raju Chadha and Vinod Bachchan, and starring newcomers Harshvardhan Deo and Cherry Mardia that released on October 10th, 2014.It is based on true events, and tells the love story of Shyamlal played by Harshvardhan and Radhika played by Cherry. However, as they grow fond of each other, their love story takes an unexpected twist and they drift apart. So, the story is nothing different from usual Bollywood romantic dramas, but there definitely must be something different about the movie. It reminded me of ‘Raanjhanaa’ a bit, for some reason, but while ‘Raanjhanaa’ was set in Benaras, this is set in Agra. The major part of the music has been composed by the four-album-old duo (who composed only one song in three of those four albums, ‘Ragini MMS’, ‘Mickey Virus’ and ‘Darr @ the Mall’ and composed the whole album for ‘Maazii’) Agnel Roman & Faizan Hussain. So if you ask me, it is pretty fair that another newcomer duo, Raj-Prakash is debuting with a guest composition in their album. I was not expecting much from this album at all, but let me tell you something before I start with the actual review: The music has blown me away! 😀
1. Ishq Hai / Ishq Hai (Reprise) For Original ~ Singer ~ Javed Ali, For Reprise ~ Singers ~ Javed Ali & Yashika Sikka ♦ For Both Versions ~ Music by ~ Agnel Roman & Faizan Hussain, Lyrics by ~ Arun Kumar
It is always a pleasant surprise to see Javed Ali in the credits of any song, and when he is, we can rest assured that the song will NOT dissapoint! 🙂 And this song falls under the same category. As I expected, Javed has sung it magnificently in his magical voice. The composition is not your everyday romantic composition, with the typical “romantic” tune, which gets monotonic after some time. In fact, it is very innovative and something unusual yet catchy, which will surely attract your attention. The song has been very creatively composed on the Roopak taal, rarely heard in Bollywood songs these days. The ambience created by the song is so wonderful that you can’t help but start daydreaming while hearing it, it is so beautiful! It reminded me of ‘Tum Tak’ from ‘Raanjhanaa’ which had a similar unusual and variating tune, but was a brilliant composition. Javed Ali with his voice has added the sweetness required for the song, making it sound very innocent with his melodious voice. The tune has many twists and turns, which will just help you get even more engrossed in the song. The instrumentation has to be some of the best instrumentations of a song done recently. The Sufi touch has been brilliantly blended with some trendy rhythms, such as the opening guitar riff. Harmonium, tabla, and flute have been used very efficiently as well. The hookline is something that will at first seem like something very different and weird, but as I said, it will grow on you very quickly, and will appear cute and loveable in no time! The hookline is very sweet and the part after the hookline, where all the qualities and attributes of love have been described is just mind-blowing! The reprise starts with Yashika Sikka crooning some lines. It reminded me of Rahman’s old songs for some reason. She sings very well, in a husky voice. The flute is most prominent in this version. Javed sings the whole song in a softer and calmer voice, in a slightly slower tempo as well. The reprise is as beautiful as the original. The lyrics by Arun Kumar are beautiful, and with ‘ishq’ being the theme of the whole song, he has quite creatively woven the words around that base, with the composers at their best in the composition! Both versions are just DIVINE! One of the best compositions by Agnel-Faizan! Both deserve to be a#5StarHotelSong!
2. Arziyaan Singers ~ Vikrant Bhartiya & Aishwarya Majmudar, Music by ~ Raj-Prakash, Lyrics by ~ Faraaz Ahmad
The second duo enters with this guest composition, another beautiful and melodious romantic song. The beats are quite catchy, and Vikrant (a newcomer) croons the lines beautifully and without any flaws. His voice seems very rustic and earthy, and the appropriate feel is generated by his vocals. The female vocalist, Aishwarya has not been used in the audio, but only in the video but she has still been credited for the audio. The tune is very refreshing, even though it isn’t like it hasn’t been heard before. It is not a new tune, yet very refreshing, which is very rare. The new duo Raj-Prakash have utilised their opportunity very well, and have delivered a spot-on song! It has been composed in a very innocent and sweet manner. Faraaz Ahmad’s lyrics are also very typical, but the tune gives a whole new ring and groove to them! The arrangements have also played a very prominent role in making the sing wonderful to hear. The string portions and the flute have been done very well. Other beats have also been done very well. This one will stay with you for quite a long time and so will this duo in Bollywood!!#5StarHotelSong!
3. Mora Ranggdar Saiyyaan Singers ~ Prajakta Shukre & Roopkumar Rathod, Music by ~ Agnel Roman & Faizan Hussain, Lyrics by ~ Arun Kumar
A wonderful and sweet banjo-like sound of the dotara opens this song, and manages to catch our attention with its catchy sound and great resonance. It paves the path for Prajakta’s beautiful voice. The Indian Idol Season 1 contestant seems to have had a great time recording the song, and that energy and fun while recording can be seen, reflected in her singing. The composition being a 80s-style one, attracted me instantly, and it will attract you as well, if you used to love the songs of the 80s! Roopkumar Rathod is great as always, and with his earthy voice, he impresses even with the minimal lines that he has to sing. The two of them have sung very joyfully and playfully. The dotara continies to impress throughout the song. The awesome dafli beats make the composition stand out even more, and definitely they grab your attention; you can’t finish the song without grooving to those dafli beats at least once! The Maharashtrian folk interlude sounds wonderful in the song, and adds to the already high energy. Lyrics by Arun Kumar are romantic and beautiful in a sweet way. The small Bhojpuri touches like mora and humra really beautify the lyrics to a huge extent. It sounds very cute! The groove and Desi vibe (or should I say Desi Beat?) of this song is too much to forget it even after a long time! 😀 A cute, lovable, joyous song sung beautifully and written + composed even more beautifully! One more#5StarHotelSong!!
4. Jigariyaa Singer ~ Javed Bashir, Music by ~ Agnel Roman & Faizan Hussain, Lyrics by ~ Agnel Roman
The tring-tring of a cycle bell actually tricked me into thinking that this song would be an upbeat song, quite like the cycle bells before ‘Tere Mere Beech Mein’ from ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’. However, I was taken by surprise when Javed Bashir sung the first note in a sad, soulful manner. Am I complaining? No! With his unusually rough-textured and rough voice, he has worked wonders yet again! His unusual voice is his uniqueness! It has made the song sound utterly beautiful and just awesome! The composition is a soulful one that will touch you instantly. Kudos to Agnel-Faizan for making such a wonderful song. The violin has been used very effectively, and so have the wind instruments. The booming, thunderous percussion really works magic in the song! A dark feeling is felt after hearing the song, which is sure to make you at least a little bit emotional. The cycle bells ring androvide the beat throughout the song. The string instruments being plucked sound very beautiful. The lyrics of Agnel just add to the sentimentality of the song, they are extremely soulful. Javed’s rendition of them brings them to life and it seems like they are haunting you while you listen to the song. Javed’s murkiyaan and harqatein sound very soulful and he has sung with all his heart. A song which is written, composed and sung with extreme soulfulness! An honourary mention to the beautiful instrumentation! This is undoubtedly another#5StarHotelSong!!
5. Rang Rang De Singers ~ Suchi, Jatinder Pal Singh & Yashika Sikka, Music by ~ Agnel Roman & Faizan Hussain, Lyrics by ~ Arun Kumar
Another Holi song amongst all the Holi songs, that Bollywood is producing these days, but undoubtedly, this one is something special indeed. The traditional Indian touch is evident in this song. Dhols provide the fun percussion throughout the song, and make it sound very, very energetic and enjoyable. The tune of the song is very catchy and sweet. Particularly the parts of Suchi, sound brilliant! After ‘Desi Romance’ in ‘Shaadi Ke Side/Effects’, she has performed outstandingly once more in her next song! Jatinder Singh sounds very much like Roopkumar Rathod, and he gives the required folksy feel to this lively melody. Yashika Sikka seems to have sung mainly in the background, because I could only identify Suchi’s voice in the female parts. Suchi sounds awesome when she pronounces the ‘R’s in the song like ‘morrrii’ and ‘rrrang rrrasiya’ and ‘chunarrr’. I like the way she rolls her ‘R’ sounds. The sargam part is also amazing. With the great groove that the song has, it is just too hard to resist dancing. The lyrics are also very traditional and go well with the melody and the theme of the movie. The line ‘more kanha jo aayo palat ke..abki hori main khelungi datke..’ has been given a different tune, which sounds beautiufl! The flute accompanies the dhols and singers throughout the song. The ending to the song creates a heavenly ambience and ends the song with a bang! A song that is irresistible! Again, great instrumentation and all other aspects are also PERFECT!#5StarHotelSong!!!
6. Phurr Phurr Singers ~ Aishwarya Majmudar, Manjira Ganguly & Agnel Roman, Music by ~ Agnel Roman & Faizan Hussain, Lyrics by ~ Arun Kumar
To sum it all up, another very lively and groovy song comes our way. It starts with very engaging vocals that sound like pigeon sounds. Then a childish voice sings some lines, and finally Aishwarya Majmudar enters. Her voice bears a striking resemblance to that of Palak Muchhal, so much so, that first I thought it was Palak, then I saw the credits! The makers have tried to make a ‘Masakali’, but were not as lucky, and though the song is definitely not bad at all, in fact it’s very catchy, but it does not strike that chord which the previous songs of the album did. Aishwarya has given a stellar performance, full of high energy. Agnel sounds awesome as well, in the Baul parts which he has sung. The santoor and flute music is very attractive as well. The only disappointing factor is the tune of the song in some of the parts of the song. What’s more, the song is kind of too long than was sufficient. Towards the end, it gets a bit boring and loses its charm. The song, however, will be a treat for small kids and people who like traditional folk music. Lyrics are situational, and nothing to boast of. Again, instrumentation and vocals are the strong departments, but this time the composition has faults. A disappointing ending to the brilliant soundtrack!
Jigariyaa has quite a variety of music to offer! I had definitely not expected the music to be so great, frankly speaking! Agnel & Faizan have delivered their career’s best songs in this album. The new duo, Raj-Prakash have also done a splendid job. All the songs have been arranged beautifully, all the songs have been sung wonderfully. One just above average song is there, but who is so cruel not to forgive that? The other songs have showcased beautiful traditional qualities, all of them being very rich in Indian culture. It is not everyday we get to hear an album totally devoid of any annoying techno noises, or rock disturbances! Jigariyaa is Indian to the roots, and that is what makes it a beautiful, splendorous, and fantabulous album! Agnel-Faizan must be getting thousands of offers now! 😀
Final Rating for This Album:- सा < रे < ग < म < प < ध < नी< सां
Note:- The letter which is underlined is the final rating.
Which is your favourite song from Jigariyaa? Please vote for it below! 🙂
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