Bal’KI’ GOES MULTI’KA’MPOSER!!! (KI & KA – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Meet Bros, Mithoon, Ilaiyaraaja & Yo Yo Honey Singh
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Sayeed Quadri & Amitabh Bhattacharya
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 25th February 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 1st April 2016

Ki & Ka

Ki & Ka


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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Ki & Ka is an upcoming Bollywood rom-com, starring Kareena Kapoor Khan and Arjun Kapoor in lead roles. It is written and directed by R. Balki, and produced by Sunil Lulla, Ralesh Jhunjhunwala, R.K. Damani R. Balki himself. The film revolves around a young married couple whose relationship challenges the gender roles placed upon men and women by the society. R. Balki is back after a whole year, after his middling ‘Shamitabh’. I had reviewed the album to ‘Shamitabh’, and I found myself one of the rare few who liked it, though not loved it. That album had been composed by Balki’s favourite, Ilaiyaraaja. So it was pretty natural for me (and many others… I hope! Come on, who’s ready to own up? :p ) to think that the music for R. Balki’s next, ‘Ki & Ka’ would also be composed by Ilaiyaraaja, as were his previous ventures — ‘Cheeni Kum’, ‘Paa’ and ‘Shamitabh’. Until the first poster came out, which I’ve included in my post. It credits Ilaiyaraaja as the “Music Director” and further specifies that the Music is by Ilaiyaraaja, Meet Bros & Mithoon. Weird as it sounds, it is the truth. 😛 Ilaiyaraaja was expected but what wasn’t expected was tat he would get to compose merely one song. Instead Meet Bros (The duo has gotten their first realllllyyy big project after their split with Anjjan) get to compose more than a half of the album, with three songs and four tracks, one of them being a “so-called” remake of Yo Yo Honey Singh’s hit, ‘High Heels’. What is left goes to Mithoon, which is, as guessed, a calm song. 😀 More of this later, i.e, in the review! 😀 So lo and behold! Here is my first review after ‘Bhaag Johnny’ (Ya. Sorry for disappearing.) Read on to find out what I liked and what not about the ‘Ki & Ka’ music album! 🙂


1. High Heels Te Nachche
Singers ~ Aditi Singh Sharma, Jaz Dhami, Yo Yo Honey Singh & Meet Bros, Music by ~ Meet Bros, Original Music Riff & Rap By ~ Yo Yo Hoeny Singh, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

{NOTE: I know you’ve already scrunched up your face because I wrote the title of the song like that, but that’s what they changed it to on iTunes, so I’ve no option 😛 }

Not technically a remake, but being propagated among the audience as one, this song has got an unfortunate fate. Meet Bros have actually worked pretty hard to make this “remake” unconventional. They have gone to such lengths as changing the whole hookline of the song. But Alas! People still think it’s a remake! 😦 Personally, I loved this one. If remakes are to be made, whether of old songs or of new ones, then they should be like this, not just revamping the old song and making it fast and adding club and techno elements here and there, but actually showing some creativity by altering it completely. Really, hats-off to Meet Bros for having the courage to offer this one to the producers, and the producers must be realllllly huge-hearted to have accepted it! This remake has nothing similar to the original, except the hook tune played on some computerized horn, which was in Yo Yo Honey Singh’s original, and of course, the rap in the interlude (If I can call it one??). The addition of Aditi Singh Sharma as a singer was a great move, making the song more acceptable for Bollywood, with voices for both male and female in a dance track. The new hookline has totally infected my mind, and has also totally overridden the original song in my head. Another thing I loved is when Aditi says “Shut up!” after Yo Yo’s rap. 😛 Thank God someone in this world has the guts to tell him that. 😀 The antara is owned by Aditi, who makes every possible effort to keep it to herself, and succeeds eventually. Jaz Dhami actually sounds good, unlike what he sounded in this year’s ‘Humne Pee Rakhi Hai’ (Sanam Re). Must be the impact of a good composition, that made him sound good too. Kumaar’s lyrics are typical Punjabi dance track lyrics, but one can’t ignore funny and punny stuff in the lyrics. All in all, a great and enjoyable start to this album. And again, I think this IS NOT A REMAKE!! But I Know in fact, that it is a #5StarHotelSong!!!!

 

2. Ji Huzoori
Singers ~ Mithoon & Deepali Sathe, Backing Vocals by ~ Arun Daga, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Sayeed Quadri

Next up is the song by Mithoon, again someone not expected to be composing in an R. Balki album! 😀 This year he already gave great soothing songs like ‘Mar Jaayen’ (Loveshhuda), ‘Sanam Re’& ‘Tere Liye’ (Sanam Re). So I expected something great from him in this album too. And it was no surprise when he gave me just that! 😀 The song starts off slowly with Mithoon singing, some introductory lines, which later, become the mukhda of the song. But before that, the hookline by A run Daga plays, which is such an essentially beautiful part of the song, that I wonder why Arun has been credited as the “Backing Vocalist!” Mithoon really knows how to create an attractive composition, and most of the time, he succeeds in creating a song just like a spiderweb that in this case, is trapping listeners. The notes in the antara have been woven together so comfortably, with the oh-so-mesmerising hookline interwoven after each line, sung by Deepali, who definitely has a smaller role than Arun in the song, yet she isn’t accompanying Arun in the backing vocals list! One thing I’d love to mention about Mithoon’s songs recently, are that the backing vocals are one of the main attractions of his songs! In ‘Sanam Re’, Anirudh Bhola had one or the best backing vocals I’ve ever heard, and here Arun Daga has been given the role of the magician, what with his incessant “Mohabbat hai yeh ji huzoori nahi” and “Ji haan” throughout the song. The “Ji haan” parts are just so irresistibly addictive! Mithoon too sounds great as the main singer, giving us a good break from the Arijit fever that has taken over Bollywood. Arrangements are top-notch, and Mithoon has to be commended for putting it all together so seamlessly. The percussion (all seems electronic) tablas and manjeeras make the song sound really Rahman-ish, and I wouldn’t be surprised if someone thinks this is a Rahman song. (Which they won’t, because nowadays, in Bollywood, Mithoon is more popular than Rahman in my opinion). The occasional piano pieces are enough to steal your breath. The second interlude has a wonderful shehnaai solo that is worth hearing again and again. Mithoon does his best to create a haunting impact through this song. It kind of reminds you of his early days in the industry (‘Lamhaa’, ‘Anwar’). Like always, saving the best for the last, now’s the time to talk about the lyrics. Smart lyrics by Sayeed Quadri, who usually writes great love songs, but all Bollywood-ish, whereas this one here actually sounds realistic. Even if you just read them without hearing the song, they would appeal to you, I swear! 🙂 A great composition by Mithoon, great singing by him, accompanied by Backing vocalists without which the song would have lost half its magic touch, and outstanding applause-worthy lyrics by the great Quadri saab, make this song a #5StarHotelSong!!!

 

3. Most Wanted Munda / Kabir Most Wanted Munda
Singers ~ Meet Bros / Meet Bros & Palak Muchhal, Rap By ~ Earl Edgar (Version 1) / Arjun Kapoor (Version 2), Backing Vocals ~ Thomson Andrews, Keshia Braganza, Gwen Dias & Ryan Dias, Music by ~ Meet Bros, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Meet Bros’ next song comes in two versions. This one is really quirky and groovy, just like their first song. This one starts with catchy synthetic sounds, that grabbed my attention at once. The backing vocals are awesome in this song as well, what with the girls singing “Nobody hega like him” and “Kehti hai har kudi”. Though the composition on its own practically has no power to attract listeners, it is all the other attractive decorations that help it do so. These include vocals, backing vocals, arrangements and the quirky and funny lyrics by Kumaar. Meet Bros have once again chosen themselves over Mika (Thank God!) and they sing the song really energetically as it should be. It reminds me of songs by almost all composers (except Rahman, who was always following his own trends 😛 ) during the 2006-2008 period. The arrangements are cool, as well, mainly digital, but then they’re to catchy to ignore. Especially the cool tune that starts off the song, which repeats many times throughout the song. A very Ilaiyaraaja-ish first interlude comes across as a pleasant surprise, with the typical train rhythm and beautiful strings. Earl’s rap is good and the lyrics are pretty funny too. 😀 The second version starts off with horns and alien-like voices singing “Most wanted mundaaa…” In this version, the lyrics have been reversed as if it is actually the munda singing about himself — “Main hoon most wanted munda” as opposed to the “Yeh hai most wanted munda”. Palak sounds good in the antara, which hasn’t been altered (probably the only part which has been kept as it is in terms of lyrics). I mean, even the backing vocals lyrics have been changed!! 😀 This one is the version I found more trippier, with more dynamic arrangements — the horns, the dhols. Also, Arjun’s really good at rapping. His accent sounds better in this rap. 😀 Once again, Kumaar writes really funny lyrics that instantly caught my attention. They totally go with the theme of the movie. 😛 Though they make no sense if you happen to randomly pick up this song out of the crores of Bollywood songs, its situational nature gives the assurance that it would become crystal clear if seen in the movie. A catchy dance track, highlighting the fact that men can do what women can — cooking, chopping (vegetables that is!), bargaining, shopping, blah, blah… It’s so quirky that it is a #5StarHotelSong!! 

 

4. Foolishq
Singers ~ Shreya Ghoshal & Armaan Malik, Music by ~ Ilaiyaraaja, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Bhattacharya

So the next song marks the entry of the last composer in the album — Ilaiyaraaja. When a song is by Ilaiyaraaja, it is impossible to describe it without using the word ‘quirky’. Also, it is impossible not to hear synthetic sounds in it. This composition too, shows his quirky side (isn’t that his only side? 😀 ) and the arrangements are really cool too. You can even say they’re youthful. Shreya renders his composition with ease, being pretty used to his style of composing, but I felt Armaan was a bit out-of-place here. Raaja’s composition is not something that would appeal to the audience though, and it is so confusing for me to decide whether I liked it or not! One time I listen to it, I like it, and the next time it sounds annoying. 😥 It has a number of turns, getting out of beat too in some places (deliberately!) On top of that, it sounds pretty irritating when the singers sing “Foooolishq”. 😭 It isn’t a very smart coinage by Amitabh, from whom I was expecting a lot more! However, the arrangements are really good, with the flutes, finger snaps, rock guitars and xylophone-ish sounds, making the song sound pretty oriental Japanese. The antara has a much better tune than the mukhda which falls flat because of the not-so-catchy hookline. It is pretty much only the hookline which is in the mukhda. The other line in the mukhda too isn’t so catchy. Though Shreya and Armaan can’t be criticized for it, they could’ve sung it in a more enticing way. Amitabh’s lyrics, as I said earlier, disappoint, and one wonders where Swanand Kirkire went! (See the irony. This year Amit Trivedi worked in ‘Fitoor’ with Swanand Kirkire, who has worked with Ilaiyaraaja and R. Balki many times previously, whereas Amitabh, who worked with Amit many times, is working with Ilaiyaraaja and R. Balki 😛 ) The lyrics hardly make any sense. 😦 The song which I was really excited about, disappoints in many departments except the music arrangements, which are the saving grace of the song for me! A song which has confused me so much that I don’t know whether I like it or not!

 

5. Pump It (The Workout Song)
Singers ~ Yash Narvekar & Meet Bros, Music by ~ Meet Bros, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

The quintessential barnyard instrument — the banjo — starts off this song, which is the last offering from Meet Bros in the album, and also the finale of the album itself. Debutant Yash Narvekar starts off and you can’t help but think about Benny Dayal — He sounds so similar to Benny. Meet Bros support him in mainly the hookline. The composition is groovy and actually such that it will motivate you to workout. It has been arranged like a club song, with techno beats and all. Some EDM stuff too has been kept in store for us, and especially the tune of the antara sounds suitable for a club song, I don’t know why. :p The hookline is pretty weird, and not as catchy as the rest of the composition. The catchiest part in the song in my opinion was the antara. The song surely does engage you, but it isn’t one that stays with you for a long time afterwards. Kumaar’s lyrics aren’t great, but typical, and work for the song. Though nothing is ‘bad’ as such in the song, it makes for a weaker song than all the others, in the sense that it doesn’t stay with you after it’s over.


Ki & Ka was an album that I wasn’t expecting so much from after I learnt that it is a multicomposer album. I was expecting Ilaiyaraaja to compose all the songs, but what a surprise that the others overshadow him in this album. Mithoon scores an ace with his one and only song, the best in the album for me, and Meet Bros don’t disappoint with any if their songs, though the last falls a bit short of being a great one. Ilaiyaraaja comes up with a confusing song, which, instead of growing on me, went backward and (what should I say??) ‘ungrew’ on me. All in all, the album for ‘Ki & Ka’ is one that is suitable for the rom-com genre, and way better than Balki’s last album ‘Shamitabh’, if I were to compare. R. Balki made a great choice by going the multicomposer way!!! 🙂

 

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: Ji Huzoori > High Heels Te Nachche > Kabir Most Wanted Munda > Most Wanted Munda > Pump It > Foolishq

 

Which one is your favourite song from Ki & Ka? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next “dish”: Baaghi, Chefs: Meet Bros, Amaal Mallik, Ankit Tiwari & Manj Musik

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GOOD IN AN ABNORMAL WAY!! (BHAAG JOHNNY – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Devi Sri Prasad (DSP), Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Sajid-Wajid, Yo Yo Honey Singh & Mithoon
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Faiz Anwar, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Amitabh Verma
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 24th August 2015
♪ Movie Released On: 25th September 2015

Bhaag Johnny

Bhaag Johnny

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Bhaag Johnny is an action thriller Bollywood film, directed by Shivam Nair, produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar and Vikram Bhatt. The film features Kunal Khemu, Zoa Morani and Mandana Karimi in lead roles. The film released on 25th September 2015, to negative to mixed reviews. The film, having been produced by T-Series, was expected to have some good music, and it pretty much stood up to expectations. The music has been given by South-Indian hit machine Devi Sri Prasad, the king of remakes Arko Pravo Mukherjee, remaking one of Sajid-Wajid’s hit songs from Sonu Nigam’s album ‘Deewana’, the youth sensation Yo Yo Honey Singh, and the person without whom such albums feel incomplete, Mithoon. Each of these have one song, except Mithoon who bags two. So, here’s what I thought about ‘Bhaag Johnny’s music!


1. Daddy Mummy
Singers ~ Devi Sri Prasad & M.M. Manasi, Music by ~ Devi Sri Prasad, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Devi Sri Prasad is one of those composers, who hold a huge status and fame down South, but migrate towards the Bollywood industry once in a blue moon. He impressed Salman Khan (and I bet nobody else) with ‘Dhinka Chika’ (Ready), a remake of his Telugu song ‘Ringa Ringa’ (Arya 2), and he impressed him so much that three years later, Salman gives him a chance to compose Daisy Shah’s introductory song in ‘Jai Ho’ (and also in Bollywood, for that matter), ‘Naacho Re’, which impressed me, but was too short and ignorable for the public. Now he comes after a year and a half, in a T-Series film, and I don’t know why or from where. He gets to compose a party song, and so he takes his Telugu song ‘Aakalesthe Annam Pedatha’ (Shankar Dada Zindabad) and remakes it in Hindi. But it isn’t the first time it has been reused! It has already been reused by DSP himself in the Tamil movie ‘Villu’ with the same name as it has in Hindi. So the idea for this song isn’t original. No matter how long its history may be, the song definitely has some vibes that hook you onto it. The tune is amazingly catchy, and the arrangements are really innovative and groovy too. Techno beats dominate, and give the required party effect. The beats can’t be ignored at all. The tune might be annoying for some, but I liked it. Though the song isn’t decent at all considering everything else, like the concept, lyrics etc, it is viable for the catchy tune and great booming beats. Kumaar must’ve written worse than what it must’ve been in Tamil. :p Regarding vocals, M.M. Manasi’s unusually thick voice provides the perfect texture for a song of this playful nature. DSP’s portions have a good tune, but I would’ve preferred Divya Kumar singing them, at least the ones that aren’t raps like “Tu hai beautiful naari…. Baahon Se Teri lipatke”. Programming is awesome and so are the interludes, with great Caribbean touches to them. The awesome percussion and great strings and flutes helps you to pay all attention to the song. A good party, and a decent (music-wise, Okay?? :p ) album-opener. DSP is back with a bang, but the lyrics are what make the song lose that tag. Oh, who am I kidding…here goes… #5StarHotelSong! 🙊

 

2. Iss Qadar Pyaar Hai
Singer ~ Ankit Tiwari, Music Recreated by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Orignal Composition by ~ Sajid-Wajid, New Lyrics by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Original Lyrics by ~ Faaiz Anwar

Sonu Nigam’s soulful and lovely song from his album ‘Deewana’ had had its title track remade earlier this year for the film ‘Ek Paheli Leela’, by Meet Bros. Anjjan. Now, for this album, another song of that album has been called for remaking. What follows is an account from the song’s point of view. (Didn’t you know songs have feelings, a heart and brains too?? 😛 ) The song must’ve been walking nervously on its way to T-Series office. When it arrived at the office, it must’ve been soooooo happy to learn that Arko is going to remake it. It then must’ve surrendered itself totally to Arko for a few months (or days?? Who knows?) But it didn’t know what injustice it was going to face. When it came to know about the injustice, the song happened to file a case in the Court for Enforcement of Songs’ Rights. Firstly, it complained that the legendary singer who became famous because of itself, was being replaced by an amateur who didn’t know how to sing for anything it cost. Then it claimed that its lively nature was being converted to a sleepy, monotonous paced nature, just to get more YouTube views. Another complain it had against the T-Series team was that it’s tune was changed for the worse!! The song, in conversation with Music Mastani last month, claimed, “I had no idea they would change my whole structure! I have been ruined completely!! They robbed me of my whole essence!” We are with the song in its struggle against T-Series, and wish it wins this case against T-Series. Okay, now I’ll stop being a reporter and tell you straightforward: Nothing in this song is better than the original! The tune has only been changed for one note, and it spoils the whole antara. The pace has been slowed down to such an extent that it is intolerable, because of Ankit Tiwari’s sleepy and drugged voice. Arrangements are modernized: guitars, synth beats and nothing much other than that. Arko writes the new lyrics, to make it more Bhatt-ish. Arko has never disappointed with any remake this much, before this!! Even the song says, “My new makeover is unimpressive! I should go into hibernation now!!”

 

3. Aankhon Aankhon
Singer ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Music by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics by ~  Yo Yo Honey Singh

While ‘Daddy Mummy’ was a general party song, this next song is a Yo Yo Honey Singh club track. Though many of his club tracks have been absurd and weird and whatnot, this one is unusually classy and immensely catchy! I’ve never liked a club song of Yo Yo this genuinely before! They’re usually crazy and illogical. Of course, this one isn’t like really scientific like Christopher Nolan’s films, but compared to go Yo’s previous club songs, this one surely has an upper hand in the race. Arrangements being energetic and enough to make you get up and move along to them, and the lyrics being a bit better than whatever Yo Yo usually writes, this one gave me no scope of cursing it. The English parts make it sound like a real English song. The Punjabi parts may annoy, but the composition takes care of that. The techno beats are something that would have you hooked right from the beginning to the end. Things get a bit soft in the second antara before the dynamic arrangements return in the hookline. Speaking of the hookline, it has a really great tune, which was enough to grab my attention. There isn’t much more to write about it, except that it’s a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Kinna Sona
Singer ~ Sunil Kamath, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Verma

Mithoon jumps into the album finally. Along with Arko, he’s the only person I expected to deliver something awesome. However, Arko let me down, and surprisingly, DSP and Yo Yo Honey Singh have impressed till now. With the advent of Mithoon, though, I expect the next two songs to be lovely. This very song consolidates my thought about that. It starts in a wonderful Sufi style, with Sunil Kamath sounding really great with his rustic voice. Acoustic guitars and tablas make way for the actual composition to set in. And when Sunil starts to showcase the beautiful composition which Mithoon has come up with, you are sure to drown in its divine and serene nature. The modern arrangements consisting of guitars and the beats blend in well with the traditional tabla beats, presenting a kind of rock Sufi love ballad. It really reminds you of Mithoon’s early days in the industry, his albums ‘Anwar’ and ‘Lamhaa’. Leaving the style of music he has been stereotyped to be able to make, he shuts up all his criticizers, by creating something that sounds as if the old Mithoon has composed it. The antaras are the most soothing and beautifully composed parts of the song, though the mukhda isn’t far behind. After the hookline, there are some really captivating guitar plucks, which make you leave your mouth gaping in awe. Moving onto debutant Sunil Kamath’s vocals, he sounds like Shadab Faridi in his vocal texture and style, but sounds awesome!! Some places he sounds husky, whereas some places his voice is as sharp as a knife’s edge. Both textures of his voice appeal to the ears, though. Towards the ending Mithoon overlaps two tracks of his voice, both singing the same lines but not in sync. That harmony steals your breath away. Amitabh Verma writes efficient romantic lyrics that are meaningful, probably the best lyrics of the album. Though simple, their appeal lies in that simplicity. Mithoon gives Sunil Kamath a strong and powerful debut, with a captivating yet soothing composition, penned wonderfully by Amitabh Verma. The song really is ‘Kinna Sona’! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Meri Zindagi
Singer ~ Rahul Vaidya, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Verma

After that sublime melody by Mithoon, it’s time for another song composed by him. I was expecting a lot because of how excellent ‘Kinna Sona’ was, but he disappointed me by coming up with something that anybody who’s a regular reader of my blog, knows that I hate. That is those monotonous Pakistani rock songs! Especially the ones Mithoon is unfortunately forced to bring into each and every album. This one literally overdoes the melancholia, with too much dukh-dard overflowing in each and every line. Arrangements are good except the rock arrangements. So whatever instruments are used in this rock song, which aren’t rock guitars and drums, I liked. That’s pretty less, only the flutes and other wind instruments. The strings are also grand and orchestral. Rahul Vaidya, however, steals the show with his versatile voice, bringing in great variations in many lines. The composition did not appeal to me at all simply because it was too plain and staid to appreciate with a big heart. The hookline crosses all heights of melancholia. Amitabh Verma writes according to the theme here too, so it turns pretty boring after a while. Barring Rahul’s mellifluous voice and some of Mithoon’s arrangements (the ones that aren’t rock) this track had nothing that appealed to me except the typical Mithoon-cholia!


Bhaag Johnny was an album that lived up to my expectations, but in a weird way. The people from whom I expected nothing, literally, actually impressed me, and those from whom I expected a lot, disappointed me big time! DSP gives a good youthful party number, while Yo Yo comes up with what I feel is the best club song of his Bollywood career. Mithoon, although impressed greatly with one out of two songs (which is also the best of the album), ruins everything in the next song, while Arko churns out what I think is his worst remake ever. Still, Mithoon has to be commended for making use of two relatively lesser known singers, who prove their talent with their respective songs, instead of vouching for the regular Arijit and Irfan. So, the two upbeat songs score better than two of the three calm songs, which is very unusual, in my opinion. So, I would conclude by calling it good in an abnormal way!

 

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: Kinna Sona > Aankhon Aankhon > Daddy Mummy > Meri Zindagi > Iss Qadar Pyaar Hai

 

Which is your favourite song from Bhaag Johnny? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

DOESN’T DESERVE TO BE WELCOMED!! (WELCOME BACK – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Meet Bros. Anjjan, Anu Malik, Mika Singh, Music MG (Milind Gaba), Siddhant Madhav, Yo Yo Honey Singh & Abhishek Ray
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Manoj Muntashir, Shabbir Ahmed, Music MG (Milind Gaba), Arafat Mehmood, Nitin Raikwar, Deane Sequeira, Manvendra & Abhishek Ray
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 6th August 2015
♪ Movie Released On: 4th September 2015

Welcome Back Album Cover

Welcome Back Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Welcome Back is a Bollywood action comedy film, that stars an ensemble cast consisting of John Abraham, Shruti Haasan, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Paresh Rawal, Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, Shiney Ahuja and Ankita Shrivastava. The film is directed by Anees Bazmee, and produced by Firoz Nadiadwala. As even the newest born baby in the country must be knowing by now, owing to the delay my review has made in arriving, the film is a sequel to the 2007 superhit ‘Welcome’. The absence of Akshay Kumar was already a cause of negative buzz surrounding the film even before its release, and after release, it’s as if the film has been forgotten by most people. Anyways, the music has been given by a horde of music directors, which you can read up in the “Album Details” section, because I’m really too lazy to even copy-paste all that (mostly because of the GENIUS music composers that the list contains). It seems to be an album where T-Series has very little say in what songs to include and what to not, because it has turned out very BAD, frankly. So my review for it will be written with the same amount of interest that the composers have seemed to put into the making of the songs; be ready! 😀 Also look out for many lines where you can point out how irritated I was with the composers as I went through this unnecessarily loooooonnnnnggggg album!


1. Tutti Bole Wedding Di
Singers ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan & Shipra Goyal, Backing Vocals by ~ Ambresh, Ved, Ashish, Ruchir & Bipin, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

To open up this grand album, we have a wedding song that tries to be grander than it should. Larger-than-life arrangements coupled with a staid band-baaja tune is something that is doomed to fail. The Bollywood audience has already had enough of the wedding themes in the 90s and early 2000s itself, and another song along the same lines, without any hint of innovation or evolution is definitely not going to all of a sudden change the mind of the public. Meet Bros. Anjjan, releasing one of their pre-split songs, must’ve been too over-excited after getting a song in such a big-budget movie, that they lost their senses halfway through the process of making it. The stale pe-pe-pein template, a must in Bollywood wedding songs, makes an appearance in this song as well, and it couldn’t have got any more clichéd than this. I have to admit, the good recording and arrangements do give some reason to hear the song despite the boring composition. Meet Bros, making a smart move by not hiring Mika for the song, have also avoided another chance of making the song sound even more stereotypical. Their voices sound way better than Mika would have sounded! Shipra also sounds good in her parts, but again, could’ve added a bit more energy to hear voice. On the arrangements front, dholaks, tumbi, flutes, trumpets and all the other wedding instruments don’t shy away from making appearances at least once in the song. A guitar interlude before the second antara, is worth paying attention to, though! Kumaar’s Hinglish lyrics are neither catchy, nor do they generate any interest in the listener, which is normally the case with Hinglish lyrics. Towards the end, a tempo increase makes things livelier but not at all interesting, and it ends up sounding like a mess! Not an impressive start to the album by Meet Bros. Anjjan!! Arrangements are what makes it tolerable, or else you better just go hear some 90s wedding song — it would be more enjoyable!

 

2. 20-20
Singers ~ Anu Malik, Mamta Sharma & Shadab Faridi, Music by ~ Anu Malik, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir & Shabbir Ahmed 

Anu Malik enters the soundtrack with the second track itself, as if trying to say, “Fear not, I’m here!” But then, does it even apply here? Earlier this year, he gave us a great soundtrack in ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, composing songs that both catered to the audience as well as suited the theme of the movie. He had to compose in 90s style there, as the film was set in the 90s. But does that mean he should eternally compose as if it is always the 90s? Because apparently, he seems to be under the impression that what worked 20 years ago, will work even now, even though not required in the film. So, he churns out a song that seems to have been rotting in his music bank ever since he debuted! Right from the beginning, you instantly feel that you are in that era when stupid lyrics and a “catchy” tune would work no matter what. The arrangements make sure you feel that way. And what should I say about the composition? I’ve already said it sounds like a stale 90s item song, and that is it! Nothing more, nothing less. Add Mamta Dharma’s annoying vocals to it, and crude interruptions from Anu himself, and you can increase the cheapness value by infinity! :/ The only one who seems to shine as far as vocals go, is Shadab Faridi (that too, backing vocals!) And his is the only part I liked! About the lyrics, I would say that I never expected Manoj Muntashir to participate in such a song; Shabbir is at least imaginable! Watching a 20-20 cricket match a thousand times would be a more productive work than listening to this thing which has been unfortunately called a “song”! SKIPPPPP!

 

3. Welcome Back (Title Track)
Singers ~ Mika Singh, Geeta Jhala & Music MG (Milind Gaba), Music by ~ Mika Singh & Music MG (Milind Gaba), Lyrics by ~ Music MG (Milind Gaba)

Of course, the title track of ‘Welcome’ was one of the main attractions in the soundtrack and so, as is Bollywood’s regular convention for a sequel, a remake of the title track is mandatory, isn’t it? So here, Sajid-Wajid’s catchy title track is bestowed into the hands of Mika and Milind Gaba, to try and make it more attractive for today’s audience. If you ask me, well, the two have done their job well, and have to be given credit for it! And by ‘it’, I mean turning the song into a complete club song with club beats and the stereotypical club sound and spoiling it. And also ordering everybody to jump while listening to it, even though what they’ve done isn’t even enough to make anybody react in any way whatsoever. It’s pretty much how you sit in history class, expressionless. Mika’s part that goes “Lachke…” is so irritating, that you keep waiting for it to get over, and when it is over, Music MG kicks in with a super-annoying rap, which will not surprise you even though he says it very fast. Geeta Jhala’s voice is one of those thousands of female voices these days that are programmed to suit the club atmosphere, and we never get to know what they really sound like! The beats are totally techno beats and might offer some respite from the obnoxious lyrics and tune, but just some. Sajid-Wajid should hear this, and laugh at Bazmee. Only good for clubs and functions, where half the people don’t even care or know what song plays!

 

4. Meet Me Daily Baby
Singers ~ Siddhant Madhav & Pawni A Pandey, Backing Vocals ~ Hyasinth D’Souza, Music by ~ Siddhant Madhav, Lyrics by ~ Arafat Mehmood

Till now, we have heard three songs of the album, all three by established and well-known people of the industry, Meet Bros Anjjan, Anu Malik and Mika Singh. None of them really impressed me as such. So when the next song happens to be by a newcomer, naturally my reaction would be something like “Woah! Wait a minute! You mean to say that you’re gonna make me hear a song by a newcomer, after three atrocious songs by non-debutants? How do you expect me to trust you there?!” So I start listening without many expectations. Imagine how surprised I must have been when the song started in a funky, groovy and catchy way! Trumpets and other brass instruments welcome us into the song, and in a really catchy and addictive way. Pawni, whose voice has matured to the fullest by now, starts singing some English lines which don’t really matter as far as what they mean is concerned. The actual song starts when Siddhant Madhav, the composer comes behind the mic and sings his lines in a voice resembling that of Neeraj Shridhar a lot. The composition has been done with care and time, and that’s why I guess it has at least some power to grasp you. Everything is fine until the hookline comes which sounds really cheap and amateur, what with the bad blend of English and Hindi. The lyrics just keep getting worse in the antaras, with phrases like “you know na tere bin main kitni adhoori”, “Within a second tooney Ki Dil Ki chori” and other mixes of Hindi and English we would never even think of using in day-to-day life. Arafat Mehmood seems like another Shabbir Ahmed in making. Siddhant’s arrangements are really engaging, with a slight Latino touch to them, thanks to the wonderful brass instruments, guitars and other techno elements working in favour of the same. As far as the singers are concerned, Siddhant sounds a bit old at places, but that’s the requirement of the film (watch the video — he’s singing for Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar, so…. You get it!) Pawni sounds as cheap as cheap can get in some places, kind of overdoing the accent when she has to sing some English words. Both the singers put unnecessary extra stress on the word “Baby” everytime they sing it, and they say it so many times in the song, it sounds like an overdose of babies. And the way they say it, it sounds like “Bayybaa”. 😒 Overall, one of the better songs of the album, but sometimes overflowing with cheapness. Anyways, since it’s one if the better songs, I would say, don’t underestimate the power of a newcomer!

 

5. Time Lagaye Kaiko
Singers ~ John Abraham & Anmol Malik, Music by ~ Anu Malik, Lyrics by ~ Nitin Raikwar

Those guitars start the song, and I immediately think of Salman Khan’s ‘O O Jaane Jaana’ for some reason. I guess the guitars have been played in a similar way in that song too. 😂 Anyways, this song is the second song by Anu Malik on the soundtrack, and is another one of the decent ones on it. The guitars have a pretty soothing effect, and the composition is tolerable too. But only until the singers don’t kick in. Because when they do, you might get confused and ask, “These are singers?” Well, I’ll tell you. The male voice isn’t that of a singer. It’s an actor. John Abraham singing his first song. Hello John, just because Salman, Alia, Shraddha et al are singing songs in their movies, it doesn’t mean that it’s compulsory for you! He has sung the song, and just had his voice programmed to try to make it sound good, but it doesn’t even sound good. And Anmol, who’s supposed to be a singer, sounds utterly atrocious, trying to torture us with that deliberate nasal twang in her voice. Shruti Haasan should’ve sung it, for all there was, because she’s featuring in the video. At least she would’ve sounded better. Anu Malik has rescued the song from doom by adding interesting guitar arrangements, though, so as long as you hear it by your own will, it’s all fine. The beats aren’t really captivating, by they’re not bad either. One con about the song is its duration, which is well over five minutes, and that is pretty much unbearable for such a song. Nitin has penned lyrics as if an actual tapori is singing. He has added that Mumbaiya language to the words and messed up English, to put in that effect. Nothing great, but just perfect to suit the visuals and situation, I guess. The composition is good at places, but the listener would lose interest in the antaras. But for the extremely stretched length, and the atrociously bad vocals, this one is pretty good!

 

6. Nas Nas Mein
Singers ~ Shabab Sabri, Rani Hazarika & Meet Bros. Anjjan, Rap by ~ Deane Sequiera, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Meet Bros. Anjjan return for their second song, and it takes the form of a gangster party track. Who knew gangsters partied with sinister music and I-wanna-kill-you type music? :p The song starts with a tune played on a really high-pitched horn or something like that. Deane says her rap portions, which really sound like a witch is singing them, thanks to their sinister feel. Techno sounds accompany her, which might make you groove for some time initially, but gradually the whole setup gets awfully boring and it starts sounding too monotonous. Shabab tries his luck at the club genre, and gets it right here, too. He sounds really great in this type of song. The antara sounds better, because it is slightly slower and calmer, plus Shabab shows some of his classical finesse in the notes of the antara. Rani Hazarika gets her one line only in the antara, one line in each of the two antaras, and when she says it, it sounds so much like a man at first, that you can’t make out the difference between her voice and Shabab’s. Deane’s second rap portion in the second interlude is much better than the one she got in the prelude, and keeps listeemers listening at least till the second antara. Meet Bros. Anjjan’s composition is a tad bit too grim and dark, and it sounds really over-the-top at places, and it gets the listener thinking, “Hasn’t Bollywood gotten over the days when gangsters used to party in clubs like this?” Because such songs were pretty common once upon a time. It just sounds outdated in today’s era. Lyrics are good, and suit the composition, with just as much grimness as the tune. The evil feel could have been slightly milder! Wonderful vocals by Shabab are the only attraction here!

 

7. Damaa Dam Mast Kalandar
Singers ~ Mika Singh & Yo Yo Honey Singh, Music by ~ Mika Singh & Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics ~ Traditional, Additional Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

This song really has the capacity to keep you moving and grooving to the music for as long as it plays, for four minutes. Yes, it has the names of two of the people whose songs I rarely like, Mika and Yo Yo Honey Singh, but this time, I’ve got to admit, they’ve co-composed something really funky yet divine! And that’s another rendition of the classic traditional song, ‘Damaa Dam Mast Kalandar’. I know the composition can’t be credited to them wholly, but the arrangements they’ve done are spectacular! Funky club beats grace the entire composition, and the awesome bass effect enhance the sound even more. Mika always sounds really sweet and awesome when he sings this song, be it under Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s direction in D-Day, or this one that he designed with Yo Yo Honey Singh. If you remember, they had released this as a single two years ago, and it had become a rage, playing on TV and radio numerous times. But in this time, it seems to have been forcefully thrust in, just because of lack of a superhit song in the album! Yo Yo’s parts are really low-pitched, and one of my favourite parts in the whole song! It sounds so divine, the way he kind of raps-cum-chants the words he has to sing. The lyrics are mostly the same from the original song, with additional verses written by Kumaar, like what Yo Yo has to sing. Something that I find tough to digest — the best song in the album is a remake, and that too, by Mika and Yo Yo, and the only #5StarHotelSong!!!

 

8. Welcome Back (Theme)
Singer ~ Abhishek Ray, Rap by ~ Abhishek Ray, Music by ~ Abhishek Ray, Lyrics by ~ Manvendra

The last song on the soundtrack (finalllyyy! — that seemed like eons!) is an utterly atrocious trying-to-be-too-cool kind of track, which calls the Welcome Back Theme. It consists of Abhishek Ray singing.. Or belching out words that don’t make an ounce of sense together, and they just seem to have been placed in the song to make it sound cool. The arrangements are bad except for when the tablas play occasionally. Female vocals keep saying “Woahh-ho-hoaa” throughout the song. Manvendra (who’s DAT?) didn’t have much to write here, just the most idiotic lines that could ever cross his thoughts. What an UNINTERESTING ending to this almost neverending album!


Welcome Back is an album that is a disgrace to Bollywood music. Neither does it contain anything original and good (because the best thing in it is remade), nor does it contain anything someone would want to come back and here multiple times. All the song have pathetic lyrics, most have bad vocals, and some even have bad arrangements. Only one song is perfect in all departments, that too is a remake. The album to its prequel also still sounds fresher than this album itself! :\ That says a lot! It  is an album that doesn’t deserve any special welcome at all! It really needs a farewell, however, from our playlists!

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Damaa Dam Mast Kalandar > Time Lagaye Kaiko > Tutti Bole Wedding Di > Meet Me Daily Baby > Nas Nas Mein > Welcome Back (Title Track) > 20-20 > Welcome Back (Theme)

 

Which is your favourite song from Welcome Back? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

 

FROM ACTION TO ROMANCE!! (GABBAR IS BACK – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Chirantan Bhatt, Yo Yo Honey Singh &
Manj Musik
♪ Lyrics by: Manoj Yadav, Kumaar, Sahil Kaushal, Manj Musik, Raftaar & Big Dhillon
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 20th April 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 1st May 2015

Gabbar Is Back Album Cover

Gabbar Is Back Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Gabbar Is Back is an upcoming Bollywood action drama film, starring Akshay Kumar in the titular role of Gabbar. Along with superstar Akki, the film features Shruti Haasan, Suman Talwar, Sunil Grover and Jaideep Ahlawat. Kareena Kapoor Khan will be seen in a cameo appearance as Akshay’s wife in a song sequence and Chitrangada Singh is featuring in an item number in the film. The film is a remake of A.R. Murugadoss’ 2002 hit Tamil film ‘Ramanaa’, which has been already remade into Telugu and Kannada. The Hindi version, releasing this Friday, has been directed by Bollywood newcomer Krish and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Shabinaa Khan. Akshay Kumar plays a common man known to the people as Gabbar, who tries to abolish corruption altogether from the society at all levels. For the music, the makers have turned to three people. Chirantan Bhatt, nowhere to be heard after his one song in ‘Ragini MMS 2’, gets two songs, whereas Punjabi rappers Yo Yo Honey Singh and Manjeet Ral (Manj Musik) get one song each. Looking at the names, one would expect something from Chirantan naturally, and also, for that matter, from Honey Singh, given his wonderful track record of hit songs for Akshay and Akshay’s productions. As for Manj, I don’t expect anything. So let’s see, with how much power Gabbar has returned! And whether he has a good music sense or not! 😉


1. Teri Meri Kahaani
Singers ~ Arijit Singh & Palak Muchhal, Music by ~ Chirantan Bhatt, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

Success for an album these days can be calculated by a simple formula. If the number of Arijit Singh songs in the album is more, the success of the album is more. Thus proved that the number of Arijit Singh songs in an album and its success are directly proportional. 😝😝 Okay, enough with the jokes. This song is nothing to be joked about. Chirantan, returning after more than a year, after his scary lullaby in ‘Ragini MMS 2’ last year, this time gets something which is more like his cup of tea. A romantic song. Of course, the romantic guy of Bollywood, Arijit, would get to do the honours of crooning this one. He has worked with Chirantan before in ‘Uska Hi Banana’ (1920: Evil Returns), ‘Aye Dil Bata’ (Ishk Actually) and ‘Har Kisi Ko’ (Boss), all of which were impressive! And man, does he do justice to this song, too!! He uses his deep voice here, instead of his sweet and innocent one, and simply works wonders, nothing more and nothing less. Chirantan has composed a quite energetic, yet soulful composition, which also has the ability to make you nod your head along. The mukhda being very energetic, at the same time the antara starts off quite softly, and builds up in momentum as it progresses. Of course, it wouldn’t have been easy for any singer to ace the composition. But Arijit has done it perfectly. Since the composition is very typical Bhatt-ish, it won’t take time to grow on anyone. (Here’s a secret though: it took time to grow on me, strangely!) However, there is a plus point to the typicality of the composition here, and that is, the guaranteed success for it. It has already been making everyone crazy about itself. Palak complements Arijit very well, and after having been singing female versions of Arijit’s songs for Jeet Gannguli for so many times, I can imagine how happy she might be to sing an actual duet with him after so long. 😃 This time, she sounds not that Shreya-ish, and finally seems to have carved out a niche for herself in Bollywood, as the ‘kind-of like Shreya’ girl. Here, she sounds fantastic. Arrangements by Chirantan are not to miss, either! Those spunky guitar riffs that start the song do not leave except for some places in the song, and they sound awesome throughout. Drums, and electric guitars very adequately join wherever required, giving a good and substantial Bhatt feel. The rock romance genre, rarely heard done perfectly nowadays, has finally been proved accomplished by Chirantan Bhatt! Manoj Yadav’s lyrics are also full of romance, suit the composition, and have a catchy ring to them. The Bhatt effect, this time a positive effect! Sure to get Chirantan a lot more songs in Bollywood! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Aao Raja
Singers ~ Neha Kakkar, Yo Yo Honey Singh & Teflon, Music by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics by ~ Sahil Kaushal

Yes. I was desperately waiting for this song. No, not because there’s Chitrangada Singh in it as a special appearance. Neither because it is an item song. Here’s the reason. I was waiting for it because of the brilliant songs that Yo Yo has given for Akshay Kumar in films like ‘Fugly’ and the latest ‘The Shaukeens’. Also, whenever Yo Yo and Neha Kakkar have come together, it has always resulted in mind-blowing and innovative songs. ‘Sunny Sunny’ (Yaariyan) was a nice and youthful party number, whereas ‘Manali Trance’ (The Shaukeens) was the first trance track of Bollywood, with an addictive vibe to it. So naturally, I was eagerly awaiting this track, when I heard about it being composed by Honey Singh and sung by Neha. Well, it starts off very promisingly, with a techno tune and awesome percussion. Yo Yo’s rap, for the first time, I can admit that it actually sounded good, starting off the song. But then, Neha kicks in with some ridiculously bland lines, which don’t really keep up the listener’s interest in listening much more. The tune is nothing that can be called ‘addictive’. Moreover, she keeps repeating the same lines all throughout the song. Other parts are either Yo Yo’s rap, or English rap by somebody called Teflon. This guy really lives up to his name. 😂 As Teflon coating protects a cooking utensil, the same way, this guy protects this song, by giving listeners something good to hear at least. Yep, his rap is better, compared to Honey’s rap which comes sometime midway into the song. He’s a rapper from New York. And Yo Yo gave him hardly ten seconds of the song. LOL! Oh, and in case you’re wondering who is the mahaan hasti behind the lyrics, it is Sahil Kaushal urf Lil Golu. 😂😂😂 I guess he grew up and so Yo Yo wanted to showcase his talent to the world, so gave him this song to write, saying “Go my son. Show the world what you’re made of.” Well. I think he’s made of nothing special, in fact, I think he has a lower IQ than you and I. Yo Yo, however bad the rap and however dull the overall composition may be, has given great arrangements as always, which of course, guarantee at least one listen by every one of his followers and non-followers too. Because thereafter, only his followers might touch the song. Smart guy, I’ve got to say. 😝 Barring the arrangements and the English rap, there is NOTHING innovative about this track, nor anything catchy. Disappointing song from Yo Yo-Neha combo. Sajid-Wajid with Mamta can do better than this!

 

3. Coffee Peetey Peetey
Singers ~ Dev Negi & Paroma Das Gupta, Music by ~ Chirantan Bhatt, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Chirantan re-enters, to treat us with yet another romantic song. This time, he steers clear of all conventions and tries to make something sweet and simple, that will nevertheless strike a chord with listeners. The result is in front of us, and I can tell that he has worked very hard to get something so effective as this song. Just as the name suggests, the song actually sounds like something that would play in a coffee shop, or soemthing that would play in the minds of two people, meeting over a cup of coffee. The very Pritam-ish ring it has, makes it something that instantly seems outstanding, and indeed, it is something unique in the name of a romantic song. Calming, soothing and groovy at the same time, is pretty rare. Dev Negi, earlier heard in ‘Ungli Pe Nachalein’ (Ungli) sounds drastically different from what he did in that song. The entire folksiness in his voices seems to have disappeared to reveal an urban side of his voice. Where he didn’t sound good at all trying to ape Mika and failing miserably in that song, he sounds awesome aping Sanam Puri in this song (😜) and actually gives a good impression to the listeners. His co-singer, Paroma Das Gupta, sounds good, as well, but also sounds as if she’s really trying to create a false aura of internationality around herself in the antara, where she sounds too over-stylish. 😝 The wonderful choruses of “Hey Ohh..” and “I’m in Love, He’s in love” and “Nasha hai ye pehle pyaar ka”, are really catchy, and as I always keep saying, serve their purpose of the hookline. 🙂 Kumaar’s lyrics are as sweet and simple as it can get. The lyrics being so simple, really make the song sound natural and not too dramatic like so many songs these days. The modern arrangements done by Chirantan increase the attractiveness of the song. Guitars — both acoustic and electric, sound awesome, along with nice soft piano notes. And those techno beats that carry the whole song forward, are just too irresistible. 😀 So ultimately, Chirantan aces both of his songs, and this one is a perfect sweet and simple song, sure to be loved by you! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Warna Gabbar Aa Jayega
Singers ~ Manj Musik & Raftaar, Music by ~ Manj Musik, Lyrics by ~ Manj Musik, Raftaar & Big Dhillon

On the sight of this Manj’s name as one of the composers of this album, I was sure that he’s gonna continue his ‘Utter Stupid Song’ list with this too, and boy, was I right. I was expecting him to compose something Punjabi, but thank God he didn’t do that. Anyways, what he did do was nothing better than Punjabi rap that he always does. He gets the opportunity to compose the theme song for ‘Gabbar Is Back’, and how doe she utilize this opportunity? Very badly. It isn’t an understatement to say he wasted it completely. It seems to be a mishmash of dialogues of Gabbar Singh from ‘Sholay’ and some stupid rap by Raftaar. What he has actually “composed”, I don’t understand. He shouldn’t even be credited for composing anything. Whatever he calls the “tune”, is just one line, too insufficient. Arrangements are some of the most irritating I’ve heard recently. Kind of like what only Manj Musik can do, exclusively. 😝 Three people credited for lyrics, gives an impression of something huge having been done, but actually, what they’ve written is equivalent to zero. If you do not want to suffer, listen to me and skip this track. It’s utter torture!


Gabbar Is Back is an album, which already has an insufficient number of tracks at just four. I like it at least five or above. Anyways, you might argue that quality is more important than quantity. Okay. I agree. But here, the so-called quality is evident only in two tracks, that too, by the same man, Chirantan Bhatt. Honey and Manj contribute very little to the album, and I guess everything of that little also comes from Honey only. So ultimately, Manj has done zero, zilch, nada, nothing! Whatever the makers were thinking, by making this a multi-composer album, I guess they’ve learned their lesson. As for Akshay Kumar, I guess he’ll stick to Sajid-Wajid the next time he does a masala action film. So, with both of Chirantan’s love songs working well, I guess now people will think “Gabbar = Romance” instead of “Gabbar = Action”. 😝 A multi-composer album gone wrong, as they mostly do!!

 

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: Coffee Peetey Peetey > Teri Meri Kahaani > Aao Raja > Warna Gabbar Aa Jayega

 

Which is your favourite song from Gabbar Is Back? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next “dish”: Bombay Velvet, Chefs: Mikey McCleary & Amit Trivedi

BOLLYWOOD KE ZAALIM RAPPERS!! (DILLIWAALI ZAALIM GIRLFRIEND – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Yo Yo Honey Singh, Dr. Zeus, Tigerstyle, Indeep Bakshi, Jatinder Shah, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Milind Gaba & Jassi Katyal
♪ Lyrics by: Alfaaz, Zora Randhawa, Mavi Bains, Indeep Bakshi, Bunty Bains, Kumaar & Milind Gaba
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 9th March 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 20th March 2015

Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend Album Cover

Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend is an upcoming Bollywood romantic comedy film, starring Divyendu Sharma, Prachi Mishra & Ira Dubey. The film also stars Jackie Shroff in a negative role. The film has been directed by a female director, Japinder Kaur, and it’s her first feature film, making it a very ambitious project for her. It has been produced by Tarnpreet Singh & Manjeet Kaur under the banner of ‘JAP Films’. Moving on to the music aspect of the film, there were next to zero expectations from this album, looking at the number of music directors it has, and that most are those rappers from Punjab, who have been constantly trying to ruin the Bollywood music industry (no offense, but the whole culture of Bollywood has vanished due to their entry). The people that make up this long list of composers for this film are, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Dr. Zeus, Tigerstyle, Indeep Bakshi, Jatinder Shah, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Milind Gaba & Jassi Katyal. Of course, since there are so many composers, it is obvious that each of them has only one song. And also, there are chances that some would deliver good things, as well. So, here’s what I thought about the music! 


1. Birthday Bash
Singers ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh & Alfaaz, Music by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics by ~ Alfaaz

So finally, after five months of bedrest (according to rumours..) Aapka apna Yo Yo Honey Singhaaaa is back! (At least it might seem like ‘finally’ for his followers and fans… Not that much for me 😝) After giving us two appreciable songs — compared to his others — in ‘The Shaukeens’ last year, he is back with one song in this relatively small film. One expected him to have gotten some sense after being ill for five months, but it doesn’t look like it, going by the sing he gave us. Naturally, it’s a party song, situated at the birthday party of a girl in the movie. Techno beats “welcome” us into the song, rather loudly too, for that matter. But they manage to grab our attention, so no qualms about them. Later on, Alfaaz joins in, singing some atrocious lines he wrote. Yo Yo seems to have used another male singer besides him, for the first time, in this song. However, it doesn’t make much difference, because Alfaaz also sings with the same level of atrocity. The hookline, though, is really captivating, and it must be the main reason for this song getting so many listeners. Honey’s rap is the same old stuff — trying-to-be-cool, but failing in that miserably. About the lyrics, the lesser said is better. So, the guy tries to impress the girl on her birthday by getting for her various stuff like ‘LV ka bag’, ‘Gucci’ but she doesn’t get impressed and does ‘nakhre’. I mean, what an osiginal idea!! These lyrics should win..win… a MIRCHI MUSIC AWARD!! :\ Something that is worth hearing in the song, though, are the arrangements and the beats. As I said earlier, they are really captivating and give one reason to hear this song, but not on loop. The composition being a typical Yo Yo Honey Singh composition, it will mostly appeal to his fans. Honey Singh opens his accpunt this year on an average note, with a typical party track.

 

2. Tipsy Hogai
Singers ~ Miss Pooja & Rajveer Singh, Music by ~ Dr. Zeus, Lyrics by ~ Zora Randhawa & Mavi Bains

Dr. Zeus enters the album with his sole composition, another clubbish track, but this time with female vocals. And to do the honours for those female vocals, is the ‘Second Hand Jawaani’ fame, Miss Pooja. While she might have sounded good in that song, (because her voice was not differentiable from Neha Kakkar’s over there) she sounds utterly annoying in this song, what with that screeching, high-pitched voice. The composition is good, and catchy too, but she spoils it all. Dr. Zeus uses some of his “lovely” sound effects from ‘Lovely’ (Happy New Year) in this track, like those ear-piercing screams of random ladies and that shattering glass. Whatever it be, the composition and arrangements at least provide some relief from the weird voice of that female singer. The line “munda mere vaal vekhe, main vi ohde vaal vekhan”, is weirdly addictive. Dr. Zeus also uses some tune from the song, ‘Let The Music Play’, which was a composition by Shamur. Rajveer Singh gets to sing these lines, and does it very inexpressively. The antaras resemble ‘Lovely’ a lot! And therefore, sound good, but it just increases the doubt that Dr. Zeus can’t get over ‘Lovely’. Lyrics are nothing to be mentioned specially, either and I don’t see how it needed two people to write it! A sequel to ‘Lovely’, in a slower pace, and in an irritating voice. Dr. Zeus, next time, bring something new if you can!

 

3. Zaalim Dilli
Singers ~ Jazzy B & Hard Kaur, Music by ~ Tigerstyle, Lyrics by ~ Bunty Bains

This one is full of the Punjabi factor, and jazzy B’s unique vocals help in making it sound more Punjabi. Hard Kaur gets to start, with her rap, not that impressive. When Jazzy B enters, the condition does improve a bit, and the song sounds more catchy. However, barring Jazzy B’s vocals, nothing stands out much in the song. The arrangements are the regular techno arrangements, with a dubstep touch, which become a bit dull and boring after a certain time. The lyrics are nothing great in this song either, or maybe I didn’t understand them because I don’t understand the Punjabi language. 😅 The composition is catchy, but nothing that would secure a good long shelf life for the song. Tigerstyle, who I’ve heard about for the first time, has composed a very ordinary track, that might attract you at first, but then wear off in successive listens! Nothing new, and mildly attractive!

 

4. Tere Liye
Singers ~ Indeep Bakshi & Soni B, Music by ~ Indeep Bakshi, Lyrics by ~ Indeep Bakshi

Subtle piano notes start the song off on a pretty cool and calm note, enhanced by Indeep’s humming. When he starts singing, you might feel that he sounds a little weird, as the music is louder than his voice. However, it is nevertheless a very likable song, despite the fact that his voice has been overshadowed by the music. After ‘Saturday Saturday’, who ever expected Indeep to surprise us with such a beautiful sad, romantic track? Yet, he succeeds in his attempt, and manages to churn out a soulful number, thanks to the arrangements, mostly. Beautiful flute, piano and even tablas act as attractions in the song. At places, Indeep sounds a lot like Himesh Reshammiya, with the nasal twang in his voice. Soni B gets a beautiful, melodious part to sing, which leaves a smile on your face even though it is very short. She shines in that small duration as well. Though the lyrics might not be that great, the soulful composition and arrangements make up for it. Indeep surprises with this romantic angle, and he also gives us the first #5StarHotelSong!!! of the album!

 

5. Janib (Duet Version) / Janib (Female Version)
Singers ~ Arijit Singh & Sunidhi Chauhan / Sunidhi Chauhan, Music by ~ Jatinder Shah, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

This next song, is by a composer who’s been making it big in the Punjabi industry for quite some time now, Jatinder Shah. So he makes his entry into Bollywood with this song, and I must say, what a PERFECT debut! This is one of those songs that makes you feel that you’ve never had enough of it, and keep listening to it repeatedly, without getting bored even once! Let me explain. First of all, the composition itself is so sweet, romantic and soothing, that it transports you mentally to Punjab in its purest sense. These rappers who’ve been trying to uphold Punjab’s glory nowadays in Bollywood, have not done even half as much as Jatinder does here with just one song. I don’t know why, because it doesn’t have that Punjabi rustic feel or anything, but yet it seems so Punjabi-flavoured on hearing it. Both the versions of the song are equally beautiful and attractive, with that sweet tune not letting you leave it ever, till it ends! Arijit in the duet version, of course, is a cherry on the cake, because Sunidhi has much less verses as compared to him in that one. His Punjabi aalaap in Punjabi is breathtaking! However, at the same time, you’ve got to admit that Sunidhi, in her solo version, has done wonderfully, and yet again broken all stereotypes people seem to have enforced upon her that she can only sing upbeat songs (even though she keeps proving her versatility). How well she manages the high notes while at the same time, keeping great control over her voice in the low parts. In the duet, the beats are lively, pleasant and soothing. Excellent use of strings, electronic tablas, water drop sounds, matka, enhances the shine of the song. The female version has pretty much the same arrangements, with no instantly observable amendments. Lyrics are also praiseworthy. Kumaar’s use of words like ‘janib’ and ‘wajib’ in this context sounds great. Composition, arrangements, lyrics and vocals, all being perfect, this song surely becomes the best song of this album! I’ve written way too much; too further witness this beauty, stop whatever you’re doing and hear it! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Meri Marzi Teri Raza
Singer ~ K. Mohan, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Meet Bros. Anjjan enter the soundtrack with their contribution, a soulful rock song, sung beautifully by Agnee’s K. Mohan. It starts off with an awesome dotara and guitar riff, which captivates you right from the beginning. When that divine sarangi joins in to increase our interest in the song, it just becomes a hundred times better. The song seems like an out-and-out inspirational and motivational song, going by its tune, and lyrics. K. Mohan’s unique deep voice gives the song a whole new depth, and this depth transports the song to its peak. 😀 His vocals are really very intriguing, and throughout the entire six-odd minute duration of the song, they make you keep listening, and you never know where those six minutes went. The composition by Meet Bros. Anjjan really comes across as one of their career’s best, and given the type of songs they have made themselves known for composing these days, I really have to applaud them on their successful effort at composing an inspirational track like this one. Arrangements are great as well, with rock guitars, drums, and whatever string instrument that is in the first interlude, is just mind blowing. Of course, Meet Bros. Anjjan also treat us with more of the sarangi throughout the song. The backing chorus singing “Ooohh khuda”, sounds brilliant and has been very effectively appointed. Once again, Kumaar gives appreciable lyrics, and describes well the situation of somebody who is irritated with his life, and asking God “Why?!” All-in-all, a very impressive song by Meet Bros. Anjjan, and a successful attempt at trying something different. #5StarHotelSong!

 

7. Saddi Dilli
Singer ~ Milind Gaba, Music by ~ Milind Gaba, Lyrics by ~ Milind Gaba

So, after a short relief of some beautiful, mind blowing songs, here comes another rapper, ready to make his mark in the album, in his own small way. Okay, if you’re on of those people who likes club beats, I’m with you on that. The beats in this song are really catchy, but I would warn you not to get lured by that. These beats trapped me, and might try you as well. The song sounds decent and nothing intolerable, until Milind starts doing a wannabe Honey Singh rap, which just seems cheap. However, let’s have a round of applause for him, because if he was supposed to mimic Honey Singh with this song, he has succeeded and passed with full marks!! When he started the rap, I doubted whether it was really someone other than Honey. Listen for yourself and come back to me if it doesn’t sound like Honey. Whatever. I hope you guys get sarcasm. Moving on, some more irritating things are left to discuss, such as the creaking of that chair. :\ Lyrics are supposed to describe Delhi, I guess, but more than that, it talks about youngsters partying in Delhi at night, and wasting their time singing some idiotic rap. If you want an account of what happened in and after the party, then hear the song, because this rapper has been kind enough to tell us that, too, as if it’s an Akbar-Birbal story! How “generous” of him! :\ You get the point, man. Skip the song.

 

8. Maa De Dandeya
Singer ~ Jassi Katyal, Music by ~ Jassi Katyal, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

I guess the sound of a conch shell, the bell of a temple, the drone of the tanpura, is supposed to mean that something divine and utterly religious is supposed to follow. That too, in the traditional Hindu style. But who was expecting a maata ka jaagran, which is just so irritating, and too Punjabi to even sound like a song!? I get that it is intentionally supposed to be like that, but with this song, the makers have gone and taken it too far. I mean, seriously? A Punjabi rap and maata ka jaagran do not work well together!! The “Jai Mata Di” chants just do not sound well in this song. Kumaar’s lyrics might be comical and satirical, but it would’ve been better, had they been given to a better composed song, which was catchier. Vocals don’t matter in such a song anyways, because of most of it being just something you and me can go and speak in a mic in front of two-thousand people. This song sounds like something that should have been a background piece in a movie like ‘PK’ or ‘OMG’. Weird, and not at all catchy.


Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend. An album with eight songs and eight music composers. Eight different styles and moods. So, there you have variety. But before you think that I’m praising it, let me tell you, that this isn’t praiseworthy, but in this album, the same variety which I usually praise for other albums, turns out to be a curse for this album. Each of the composers, trying to contribute to the album in their own particular way doesn’t exactly assure a superhit album — or a musically rich one either. Out of those that do impress, Jatinder Shah is the one we’ll be expecting more and more from in the coming days. In deep tried something new with a romantic track, whereas Meet Bros. Anjjan surprised as always. (Because I don’t really expect from them, but still get the results). So this album full of some really “zaalim” rappers, turns out to be a waste of our time except for a few stupendous tracks!

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Janib (Duet) > Janib (Female) > Meri Marzi Teri Raza > Tere Liye > Birthday Bash > Zaalim Dilli > Tipsy Hogai > Maa De Dandeya > Saddi Dilli

 

Which is your favourite song from Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next: 11th Music Mastani Monthly Awards (March 2015)

‘SHAUKEEN’GLY GREAT SOUNDTRACK!! (THE SHAUKEENS – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by:- Yo Yo Honey Singh, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Hard Kaur & Vikram Nagi
♪ Lyrics by:- Sahil Kaushal (Lil Golu), Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Siddharth Banerjee, Shabbir Ahmed & Vikram Nagi
♪ Music Label:- Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On:- 21st October 2014
♪ Movie Released On:- 7th November 2014

The Shaukeens Album Cover

The Shaukeens Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


The Shaukeens is a Bollywood comedy film, starring Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor, Piyush Mishra and Lisa Haydon in lead roles with Akshay Kumar featuring in a cameo, playing himself! The film is directed by Abhishek Sharma and produced by Ashvin Varde, Murad Khetani and Akshay Kumar. It is a remake of the 1982 film ‘Shaukeen’. The music of the film is composed by Yo Yo Honey Singh, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Hard Kaur & Vikram Nagi. This triggered a sense of eagerness in me and I was waiting for the songs for a long time. Akshay Kumar always extracts the best out of Honey Singh, and Arko and Hard Kaur have been doing great since they entered Bollywood. It is Vikram’s debut album and one expects a lot from him as well. So let’s see, whether this quartet of composers have delivered as per expectations, exceeded them or missed them! 😀


1. Alcoholic
Singer ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Music by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics by ~ Sahil Kaushal (Lil Golu)

Seeing the name itself, you can instantly guess that this sing is by ‘aapka apna Yo Yo Honey Singhaaaaa!!’ But if you play it, you would never believe your ears. For the first time, Yo Yo has composed a tune unlike his typical useless tunes, a tune which is not loud, not irritating (which is a great feat accomplished by him!), and something that is catchy. (Everything he composes is catchy actually 😛 But it is more often than not ridiculous) However, this time the tune isn’t ridiculous. The tune is fresh and something different from regular Yo Yo tunes (read “Aata Majhi Satakli”, “Lungi Dance”, “Party All Night”, “Chaar Botal Vodka” and “Party With Bhoothnath” 😂) However, even if the tune is as novel as Yo Yo has got in party songs, the lyrics are the same old garbage. They’re not even by Yo Yo himself, but by Lil Golu, who seems to have become Honey Singh’s inseparable partner-in-making-people’s-ears-burst 😜 He has written any stupid lyrics, and shame on him if he thinks the public is going to tolerate them (half of the public have already tolerated the lyrics, but thankfully, sensible people still exist who hate such lyrics.) The arrangements are softer than previous Yo Yo songs, but seriously they are not up to the mark. They will grasp your attention for some time, but will get boring as the song progresses. The booming bass beats, however, are nice. I mean, Pritam has composed so many of such songs, with way better arrangements, and of course way better lyrics. 😃 This one is better for the party-lovers and club-goers. Nice tune, groovy beats but lyrics could have been way better. Save it for the screen!

 

2. Meherbani
Singer ~ Jubin Nautiyal, Music by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Lyrics by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee

Serene piano notes start off this beautiful romantic track, and Jubin, in his second Bollywood outing, starts singing it in a very Nikhil D’Souza type voice. Arko has created a wonderful melody that will make you feel special and unique. After the superb ‘Dildar’ from ‘Tamanchey’, which was more of a rustic melody, Arko has proved himself once more this year with this urban-type romantic song. The arrangements, despite being very soft and minimal, will nevertheless carry you away! The amazing piano chords in the background will keep you hooked to the song. The guitar has been added geniusly in places. The beats are groovy as well as calming, and they will give you delight as you hear the sublime melody. The first two stanzas are the same, but it’s the third which does the trick and emerges as the winner. The tune of that particular stanza has stayed with me ever since this song released. The lyrics by Arko himself are quite pretty as well. It is about a boy comparing himself to his lover, sounding pretty guilty at places (“dildaar tu, khudgarz main”) He’s thanking his lover for all she has done for him, and for making him improve in personality. So, there’s a tick on the list beside “GOOD LYRICS”. 😊 As for Jubin, what to say! He’s exceptional even in his second song! I just hope he gets more and more recognition as the days pass, and we can soon see him singing for bigger composers! A sweet, breezy romantic melody, which will steal your heart with its beautiful composition, arrangements, lyrics and exceptional vocals! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Manali Trance
Singers ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh/Lil Golu & Neha Kakkar, Music by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics by ~ Sahil Kaushal (Lil Golu)

Starting with a very addictive hum by Neha, this song will transport you in a different space altogether. And now you must be thinking it is a romantic song, cause usually romantic songs do that. But this isn’t a romantic song, nor is it a typical Yo Yo Honey Singh stupidity show. Yo Yo has gotten the privilege to introduce trance into Bollywood music. Well, I have to say, he has done an unbelievably exceptional job! The beats are so addictive, it makes you want to groove to the music. Trance and EDM have been used very effectively by Yo Yo. Neha’s rendition is amazing as well, and she sings each and every line with the required ‘intoxicated’ expressions. Her voice is unique and stands out amongst all those loud techno sounds (which are loud but awesome!) The male singer, who is credited as Yo Yo somewhere and Lil Golu elsewhere, does not sing perfectly, but I guess that was intentional. The lyrics don’t really matter in this song, as there is no scope for superb award-winning lyrics anyways. The Afro percussion beats are the highlight of the track, and will surely appeal to you! Who would ever have expected Yo Yo to carry out this responsibility of introducing trance music to Bollywood so well!? I’m very much impressed by his performance here! Right from Neha’s addictive humming, to the awesome beats and the catch composition, this track is a treat to the ears, and on top of that, since it is coming from Honey Singh, the surprise increases a lot! #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Aashiq Mizaaj
Singer ~ Aman Trikha, Music by ~ Hard Kaur, Lyrics by ~ Siddharth Banerjee

The claps and the negligible female vocals at the start do not engage you immediately, but what follows will surely do the job! From Himesh Reshammiya’s camp, Aman Trikha renders this catchy composition with fun and liveliness. Hard Kaur, who we last heard composing in ‘O Teri’ to produce an awesome folkish satirical song, returns with a bang and composes yet another very catchy and vibrant song. The beats used are mainly techno sounds, and nothing else. Aman Trikha is the highlight here; he carries the song on his shoulders with his flamboyant vocals. The hookline is pretty catchy. The lyrics by Siddharth Banerjee are only a bit humorous, but go well with the mood of the song, and Aman’s delivery of the song makes the lyrics sound more funny than they should. The techno sounds which play in the background in the hookline, are worth hearing, though they are different in the promo video which plays on TV. 😂 There’s nothing much more to say about the song, except do give it a try! Catchy! #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Ishq Kutta Hai
Singer ~ Mika Singh, Music by ~ Vikram Nagi, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed

Well, I’m tired of Mika. My facial expression while pressing the play button for this song was plain, but as the song progressed, it became more and more unplain. 😝 The newcomer, Vikram Nagi, has composed an impressive rock track, with Mika at the vocals department. Mika delivers the song brilliantly, and the tune which he sings is also quite catchy. Vikram has composed a rather ‘angry’ tune which is at the same time catchy. The arrangements are typical rock arrangements, at least I thought so at first. But when the sitar made an entry in unexpected places, I was shocked as well as impressed. The use of sitar in a rock song was a pretty stunning idea to me. The song has three Antaras, and side it is written by Shabbir Ahmed, I was pretty reluctant to sit through and hear it thrice while reviewing, but when I paid close attention to the lyrics, they sounded pretty good as compared to Shabbir Ahmed’s standards (which you will get to know in my music review of ‘Humshakals’, ‘The Xposé’ and ‘Kick’) He has compared love to a dog, and though it isn’t a novel idea, it still proves to be a pretty engaging set of words, when put together with a wonderful rock composition. Impressive debut by Vikram, good vocals by Mika, and better lyrics (not Great!) by Shabbir Ahmed! Watch out for that awesome sitar interlude! #5StarHotelSong!

 

6. Lonely
Singer ~ Anu Malik, Music by ~ Vikram Nagi, Lyrics by ~ Vikram Nagi

After ‘Ishq Kutta Hai’, Vikram Nagi impressed us with yet another great composition, this time sad. The soft piano arrangements are very calming, and the chipmunk-ish voice provides comic effect. The lyrics are also meant to be humorous. But, let me be truthful to you and warn you before any harm is done — this song is sung “wonderfully” by Anu Malik! His Tarzan-ish voice is enough for Himesh haters to start loving Himesh’s voice. So, with such an exceptional composition, Vikram Nagi could only think of Anu Malik to croon this song??? I mean, Annu Kapoor, the famous Antakshari host, is in your cast, man! Why didn’t you choose him? Or else, why not Himesh? He would have sung a thousand times better than Anu Malik! Here the choice of singer spoils everything!


The Shaukeens is one of the better-faring multicomposer albums of recent times. Each composer has done well, Vikram Nagi debuts impressively, Hard Kaur, who composes very rarely, provides a nice catchy track, and Arko gives us a beautiful romantic track. But the most surprising is humaara apna Yo Yo Honey Singh, who has evolved so, so much, with the first trance song of Bollywood! Kudos to him! I’ve noticed he gives his best in Akshay Kumar starter films… 😝 The Shaukeens is an album that is enjoyable to the core, with occasional disturbances here and there, but overall…ENJOY!

 

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

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

 

Which is your favorite song from The Shaukeens? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next “dish”:- Ungli, Chefs:- Sachin-Jigar, Gulraj Singh, Salim-Sulaiman & Aslam Keyi

RETURN OF THE MULTI-COMPOSERS! (SINGHAM RETURNS – Music Review)

Album Details:-
♪ Music by:- Jeet Gannguli, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Ankit Tiwari & Yo Yo Honey Singh
♪ Lyrics by:- Sandeep Nath, Shabbir Ahmed, Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay, Yo Yo Honey Singh & Sachin Pathak (YO)
♪ Music Label:- T-Series
♪ Music Released On:- 5th August 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 15th August 2014

Singham Returns Album Cover

Singham Returns Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Singham Returns. Do I have to introduce this film to you guys?? I doubt anyone is there who doesn’t know about Singham. But still, formalities, so here goes. It is an upcoming Bollywood action film, starting Ajay Devgn and Kareena Kapoor Khan. Amole Gupte is playing the role of the main villain in this film, which is a sequel to the 2011 superhit, ‘Singham’. Rohit Shetty has directed the film, and produced by Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty under the banner Reliance Entertainment. A Rohit Shetty film is almost never expected to have chartbuster music, and same was the case here. Ajay-Atul had composed the soundtrack for the prequel, and they had given a short but perfect album. When I heard that they had been replaced by four other composers, I couldn’t help getting angry at Rohit Shetty for this dumb decision of his. My expectations, if any, became zero. Jeet Gannguli, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Ankit Tiwari and Yo Yo Honey Singh, have each composed one song for the film. So Singham has returned, read on to find out whether the good music like that from the prequel has returned as well!


1. Sun Le Zara:- Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Sandeep Nath 

By now, Arijit Singh must be blindly trusting Jeet Gannguli. After all, the man has given him so many hit songs to sing, be it remakes of his Bengali tunes, or original songs composed for Hindi movies. After ‘Suno Na Sangemarmar’ from ‘Youngistaan’, Jeet decides to remake another massive hit Bengali song of his for this album. And that song is ‘Mon Majhi Re’ from the Bengali movie ‘Boss’. The tune and composition is very effective and powerful. The arrangements are also wonderful, with rock mixed in with a very soothing tune. Though the rock background makes it loud, the soothing effect still remains unhampered. The mild piano bits are placed very efficiently, and they keep the listeners listening! Arijit’s soulful rendition will be loved by one and all. Again, he has excelled in the high notes and sung the low notes just as efficiently! While the original song was romantic, this song has been made into a pure devotional and sentimental song, very touching. The lyrics have very nicely been written on Jeet’s soulful tune. I can’t find any fault in the song, and it is sure to be a hit, but maybe after the movie releases. Emotional, devotional and rocking all-in-one package! #5StarHotelSong!

 

2. Singham Returns Theme:- Singers ~ Mika Singh & Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed

When I got to know that Meet Bros. Anjjan have composed a title track for the film, I was very less excited, because I was already disappointed that Ajay-Atul weren’t composing. When I heard the track, I was even more disappointed! Meet Bros. Anjjan have just added some padding around the same hookline, which was composed by Ajay-Atul, and roped in someone who can never make a match against Sukhwinder, Mika Singh, to sing it. The new tune which they have added is not at all that exciting, and neither is it very good. The arrangements might be the best part of the track. Shabbir Ahmed seems more comfortable in writing such character songs. Meet Bros. Anjjan have composed the song in their usual style, and they have tried to connect that tune with the original Singham title track’s hookline, but didn’t quite strike gold over there. Everything else is plain ordinary. Rohit Shetty must have thought that they have been giving many hits lately, like ‘Boss Title Track’ and ‘Baby Doll’, so he must have signed them for the film so that they could create something extraordinary, but they didn’t make good use of the opportunity and instead, gave something very ordinary.

 

3. Kuch Toh Hua Hai:- Singers ~ Ankit Tiwari & Tulsi Kumar, Lyrics by ~ Sandeep Nath & Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay

Ankit Tiwari enters the soundtrack with a romantic track, which starts with beautiful santoor notes. The tune and overall composition being very ordinary, Ankit has relied on the arrangements to propel this track to the next level. He has composed a very traditional Indian romantic tune, like he always does, and has orchestrated it beautifully. Like I said, the tune is very regular, but the arrangements will ensure you are hooked to the track. When Tulsi Kumar enters, she sounds drunk. This time her voice isn’t high pitched, but it sounds too artificial, as if a machine is singing. Ankit has solved this problem like a genius, by making a female chorus sing in the background so loudly, that her actual voice is covered up by the background singers. Ankit himself sings in his usual voice i.e, autotuned voice. Ankit said in an interview that he was informed at the last minute to compose a song, this must be the reason that he wasn’t able to churn out such a good tune like his previous compositions. The santoor in the interlude sounds very beautiful. Other sounds used by Ankit are also good. The tune has a slight resemblance to Ankit’s own ‘Galliyan’ when Tulsi sings ‘khamoshiyan rakhti hai…’. Despite the great arrangements, this track has nothing fresh to offer, and stands nowhere in front of Ankit’s previous compositions!

 

4. Aata Majhi Satakli:- Singers ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Mamta Sharma & Nitu Choudhary, Music by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lyrics by ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh, Additional Marathi Lyrics by ~ Sachin Pathak (YO)

This song is the compulsory Yo Yo Honey Singh track in every big film whose music company is T-Series. Yo Yo has shown very little creativity in the song. It starts very similar to the way ‘Party With The Bhoothnath’ from ‘Bhoothnath Retirns’ starts. The initial lines have a tune very similar to that of ‘Lungi Dance’. The lyrics are stupid. The tune is not even worth to be called a tune. The arrangements are good, like in all Yo Yo songs, and the other good thing is the choice of Mamta Sharma as a singer. It is a great refreshment from the bad singing of Jasmine Sandals which Yo Yo had used in ‘Yaar Na Miley’ from ‘Kick’. Mamta does her part very good,ronpuncing Marathi words very well, while the child shouting ‘mala raag yetoy’ is a sheer nuisance. Again, Yo Yo has repeated the lines of the song so many times, that now he has surpassed even Himesh Reshammiya when it comes to repetition. Nothing else that is worth talking about in this song, but remember one thing — be ready to hear it many, many, many times in the rest of the year, because it is one of those songs which will gain immediate hit status. I won’t tell you not to hear it, because you are going to hear it everywhere, whether you like it or not!


Again, T-Series has produced a multi-composer album, which disappoints in the form of Singham Returns. I don’t know till where this trend of multi-composers will go and till where T-Series will decide to support the ridiculous strategy. A single composer or team (duo or trio) discussing with each other and solving out the problems is way better than four composers, each composing in their comfort zone and none of them having a single idea what the other is doing. Jeet Gannguli provides the only musical wonder in the album, by remaking a hit Bengali tune of his. Ankit Tiwari comes in second place, scoring a decent romantic track with fabulous arrangements. The remaining two have given passable songs, which would only cater to the first-benchers. Given the standard set by Ajay-Atul in the prequel, this soundtrack seems lost in nowhere, giving only one gem.

 

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

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

 

Which is your favourite song from Singham Returns? Please vote for your favourite! 🙂

 

Next “dish”:- Mardaani, Chefs:- Salim-Sulaiman & Main Tera Hero & 2 States (Albums of Early 2014) which I need to finish and couldn’t get time to. 😛