PARTIAL MUSICAL ROBBERY!! (BANK CHOR – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Rochak Kohli, Kailash Kher, Shamir Tandon, Baba Sehgal & Shrikanth Sriram
♪ Lyrics by: Adheesh Verma, Gautam Govind Sharma, Kailash Kher, Ambili Menon, Varun Likhate & Baba Sehgal
♪ Music Label: YRF Music
♪ Music Released On: 24th May 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 16th June 2017

Bank Chor Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Bank Chor is an upcoming Bollywood crime comedy, starring Riteish Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi, Bhuvan Arora, Sahil Vaid, Vikram Thapa and Rhea Chakraborty in lead roles. The film is directed by ‘Luv Ka The End’ fame Bumpy, and produced by Ashish Patil. The film is apparently a comic caper about someone who chooses the wrongest day possible, to rob a bank. Along with two sidekicks who do not know how to even pick a lock. It looks like a spoof on YRF’s own ‘Dhoom’ franchise, and it would be hilarious, I’m sure. The music album is another multicomposer album, as is the norm nowadays. Kailash Kher, Rochak Kohli, Shamir Tandon, Baba Sehgal and Shrikanth Sriram are behind the music. Kailash Kher knows how to compose for comedies, as he proved to us in ‘Chandni Chowk To China’s, so expecting something just as cool as ‘Phatte Chak Lein De’ which was in that film. Rochak Kohli takes the lead, as he has three songs in the album, and after his cool music for ‘Naam Shabana’, a thriller, it will be interesting to see how he moulds himself for a comedy. It’s not that he hasn’t composed for a comedy before, though — remember ‘Welcome 2 Karachi’? Hopefully his songs here are better than those. Shamir Tandon, who has barely impressed me ever before, gets one song, while rapper Baba Sehgal is back with this album, with a single song. Shrikanth Sriram has an instrumental piece to his credit. Hopefully these five men have put together an album that is catchy as well as humorous and sticking to the theme of the movie. Let’s see!


1. Hum Hain Bank Chor

Singers ~ Kailash Kher & Ambili Menon, Music by ~ Kailash Kher, Lyrics by ~ Kailash Kher, Rap Written by ~ Ambili Menon

Kailash Kher, known for his legendary Sufi songs, kicks off the album with its title track, a song that banks on repetitive shouts of the movie’s “clever” title, to propel it forward. Sure enough, the continuous repetition of the title of the film in the way Kailash does it, manages to elicit a few guilty laughs from the audience. The tune as such is very, very artificial and generic, something that wouldn’t have got even one listener if it hadn’t been for the repetitive gag that is the repetition of the “hook”. And I must specify one thing: if you come across this song and you’re like “Oh, how nice, Kailash Kher is back at composing! Let’s give this a go, maybe it’s a Sufi fusion track!”, I’m sorry to tell you that you will be disappointed, so it’s better not to dive into this one with those outrageous expectations, because you know this is a comedy film. And anyway, he has done music for another comedy film in the past, “Chandni Chowk To China”, in which his songs were quite enjoyable too! Looking at it from that point of view, the song is quite enjoyable. The only fun part in the actual composition is the “Jab chori kar loon, chor ke ghar chori, chori karke khoob karoon munhjori!” That line in the antara is the only catchy part of the tune. The arrangements are quite cool, too, by the way. The saxophone is just amazing, and some comedic sound effects entertain the listeners throughout. Kailash’s husky, high-pitched voice is perfect for the song, and he manages to at least sing his faulty composition right. And yeah, since “Bank chor” doesn’t really sound like what he clearly intends it to sound like, he pronounces “Bank” as “Bhank” so that it does. His companion, Ambili, raps something somewhere in the middle that really doesn’t go well with the rest of the song. Kailash pens down the lyrics himself, and I must admit, some of the lyrics are just as hilarious as a song’s lyrics can be. {Which isn’t much; I mean, how loud can you laugh out because of a song!!} An apt song for the film, but not a repeat-listen song! 

Rating: 3/5

 

2. Tashreef / Tashreef Unplugged (Cups Version)

Singer ~ Rochak Kohli / Rochak Kohli, Music by ~ Rochak Kohli, Lyrics by ~ Adheesh Verma

Rochak Kohli steps in now, with his first song out of the two he has composed for the film. And this song, is one of the most innovative stuff we have got from a comedy film of late. If only the makers of ‘Housefull 3’ had roped in Rochak. Anyway, the song is a breezy, feel-good song, about the protagonist who is clearly not feeling very good. The composition is highly innovative and creative, with a country flavour that I’ve lately noticed Rochak uses a lot, like he did in most of his songs from “Hawaizaada”. The composition sounds odd at first, but later, it grows on you amazingly. The arrangements really stand out right away. The guitars are what bring in a nice Goan flavour, similar to that “Crazy Mode” of Pritam’s songs, like ‘Agal Bagal’ (Phata Poster Nikhla Hero), and ‘Chicken Kuk-Do-Koo’ (Bajrangi Bhaijaan). The very weird additions of noises like “Toing toing toing” and other hen and pigeon sounds make the song sound lovely in a very different way. And also cute! The ukulele also sounds beautiful, and makes the arrangements sound very creative. Rochak sings in various different noises, as told earlier, but even when he’s singing in the normal way, it sounds very different from how he usually sings, and it is amazing! He keeps the pitch low, and it makes the song even more effective in bringing out the stress of the protagonist. An unplugged version is actually true to its name (sounds a lot like an unrefined cover version), and the cups that were used in the original too, are more prominent here, due to it being unplugged. It has less of a repeat value though. Adheesh Verma’s lyrics are very impressive, because they’re actually funny in an intellectual way. A highly creative song from a composer who has always meddled around with this kind of arrangement, but never gone up to this level. And now I doubt whether he can outdo himself after this!!

Rating: 4/5 for the Original, 3/5 for Unplugged Version

 

3. BC Rap Knockout: Mumbai Vs Delhi

Singers ~ Naezy & Pardhaan, Music by ~ Shamir Tandon, Lyrics by ~ Varun Likhate

Next up we get something, which at least I have only seen in YouTube videos till now. And it is a Rap Battle. Yes, it is perfectly alright to add the word ‘Epic’ in there, because the song is really an epic showdown between a resident of Mumbai and one of Delhi. There’s no composition as such, as the whole song is a Rap Battle. The arrangements by Shamir Tandon are cool as the backdrop of the battle, and they’re completely digital. What is actually worth hearing the song for, though, are the two amazing rappers behind it. Naezy stands for Mumbai, and Pardhaan for Delhi, and then we get to hear a hilarious competition about which city is the best. The whole attitude which the two rappers carry about themselves is what hooks the listeners to the song, even if it is merely on audio (as of now). Some of the lines they throw at each other are so outlandish, you end up laughing out loud, or at least smiling. And all the credit for that goes to the Lyricist, Varun Likhate. He has penned down an efficient rap battle, and it really sounds very genuine. A nice rap battle.

Rating: 3.5/5

 

4. Jai Baba Bank Chor

Singer ~ Nakash Aziz, Music by ~ Rochak Kohli, Lyrics by ~ Gautam Govind Sharma

This song is the second song by Rochak Kohli on the soundtrack, and after the very creative song, ‘Tashreef’, I bet nobody would have qualms in saying that this one disappoints big-time. The composition is very mediocre, and something we have heard many times. On top of that, Rochak equips a very stale Mumbaiya rhythm to act as the arrangements. Very loud arrangements, and not programmed well enough, makes it sound even more irritating. Nakash’s singing is as usual, energetic and full-hearted. Sadly, the composition doesn’t support him. Gautam Govind Sharma’s lyrics are sad to hear too. A disappointment from Rochak Kohli.

Rating: 1.5/5

 

5. Bae, Baba Aur Bank Chor

Singer ~ Baba Sehgal, Music by ~ Baba Sehgal, Lyrics by ~ Baba Sehgal

This song starts with beats making it sound as if it is a song from an English zombie film. Baba Sehgal is back in Bollywood after quite some time, and he has made this rap song. That makes it the second complete rap song in the soundtrack. This one grips you from the beginning just because of that Zombie-ish background. The rap isn’t too impressive, but you manage to keep listening just because of that background sounds. There is a nice rap in the interlude where Baba Sehgal sings random Spanish names. There isn’t much more by way of arrangements, either, other than that Zombie-ish background, and random sounds of people shouting, lions roaring and whatnot. This time, the shouts of ‘Bank chor!’ aren’t as effective as they were in Kailash Kher’s song. Baba Sehgal raps fine, but the lyrics are very boring. Another stale track, relying on a tune in the background and Baba Sehgal’s name to make it work.

Rating: 2/5

 

6. Mela – The Bank Chor Theme

(Instrumental), Music by ~ Shrikanth Sriram

Someone called Shrikanth Sriram produces this instrumental piece which is so boring, you will be surprised. It is basically the same sounds playing over and over again for five and a half minutes. There is a weird trumpet-like sound playing the main part, and cool percussion in the background, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, but the same thing over and over for such a long duration, … You get the point.

Rating: 1/5


Bank Chor‘s music album starts off quite promisingly, but then just diffuses into a typical, monotonous and trying-to-be-funny kind of zone. I must salute Rochak Kohli though, for his creativity in ‘Tashreef’, and Kailash Kher for his versatility in the title song. The other songs, barring the rap battle by Shamir Tandon, are easily forgettable. An album that only partially manages to steal your heart

Total Points Scored by This Album:  3 + 4 + 3 + 3.5 + 1.5 + 2 + 1

Album Percentage: 51.43%

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Tashreef > BC Rap Knockout: Mumbai Vs Delhi > Hum Hain Bank Chor = Tashreef Unplugged (Cups Version) > Bae, Baba Aur Bank Chor > Jai Baba Bank Chor > Mela – The Bank Chor Theme

 

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

SACHIN-JIGAR’S PYAARA, AFEEMI ALBUM!! (MERI PYAARI BINDU – Music Review)

I would like to start by thanking YRF for releasing the full album early, but giving no such indication by uploading a jukebox or a complete OST on iTunes so that we don’t keep waiting for more! And thanks (this isn’t sarcasm) to Jigar Saraiya for confirming on Twitter, in reply to my question, that it is indeed the full album.

Update — 11th May 2017 — Today YRF released the “full album” on iTunes.


Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sachin-Jigar
♪ Lyrics by: Kausar Munir, Priya Saraiya & Rana Mazumder
♪ Music Label: YRF Music
♪ Music Released On: 25th April 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 12th May 2017

Meri Pyaari Bindu Album Cover

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Meri Pyaari Bindu is an upcoming Bollywood rom-com starring Parineeti Chopra and Ayushmann Khurrana in lead roles. The film is directed by Akshay Roy and produced by Maneesh Sharma. The film is about a writer played by Ayushmann, who, after being frustrated at the lack of critical appreciation his novels get, despite him being a successful writer, moves back to his hometown Kolkata to find inspiration to write better literature. Well, he has been writing his new book for three years. It so happens that he is reminded of one of his best friends, and stumbles upon a cassette of their favourite songs’ playlist. It is from here, that he gets Inspiration for his new novel. So, the crux of the film is quite interesting — it seems sweet and simple, and a look at the many “mini-trailers” (or chapters) they’ve released for the film will reveal that it is a bit quirky and very musical too. All in all, it is something I’m waiting for, and I believe everyone is waiting for. So without ruminating any more upon the movie, let us cherish the music till then, as that is the only way to get closer to the movie before the release. The music for the film has been given by a duo whose music I appreciate and adore, and they’ve got a fair share of high ratings on this blog (not to mention a few forgiveable not-so-good ones), and that duo is the dynamic duo Sachin-Jigar. So last year, since they concentrated on Gujarati film music, they could only manage to do one Bollywood film, ‘A Flying Jatt’s, an album which was amazing musically, but lacked repeat value. Of course, this year they are the busiest music directors on the block, with five films including this one. For this music album, they’ve composed six tracks, a perfect number for a musical in Bollywood. Hoping that these men surprise us just as they always do (though it won’t be much of a surprise) I’m diving into this expected-to-be awesome album!


1. Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin

Singer ~ Parineeti Chopra, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir

“Raaste mein tum milo toh,
Haath milaane ruk jaana!
Saath mein koi, ho tumhare,
Door se hi tum muskaana,
Lekin muskaan ho aisi,
Ki jismein ikraar nahi,
Lekin muskaan ho aisi,
Ki jismein ikraar nahi,
Nazron se naa karna tum bayaan,
Woh jisse inkaar nahin!
Maana ke hum yaar nahin!”

– Kausar Munir

The album starts off with a song we have heard about a year ago, in the video where YRF announced the film. Parineeti was talking about how the makers insisted that she should sing the song. And right from that day, when I heard how beautifully she sings, I couldn’t wait for this day, when I would listen to the full song and review it. The song is essentially a ghazal, and Sachin-Jigar have composed it sooooo beautifully, that it reminds you of many 90s songs, or the 90s era in general, with its tune. The poetic words by Kausar Munir (more on them later) have been put to such a charmingly delightful tune by the duo, that it hardly seems like a sad song. The mukhda is so spectacular, it just pulls you into the song, and you won’t emerge out of it until the song is over. It is the antaras, though, that amazed me the most. Again, a spectacular tune, but this one sounds very layered, as if there are deeper meanings to it, which get revealed one by one, each time you replay the song. Also, Parineeti adds different nuances and variation in both antaras, so it almost feels as if both antaras are composed on the same tune, but still different. That brings us to her vocals. Parineeti’s voice has this rawness to it, which I haven’t heard in any of the actress-singers’ voices. (Well, maybe Priyanka Chopra and Shruti Hassan, but not beyond these). Her husky voice suits the ambience of the song so well, that it just transports you to another world. Of course, she is a trained classical singer, but her command over the tune is amazing considering that she must’ve not been in touch with singing for a long time. And an added bonus is that her voice hasn’t been autotuned! That’s brave, and I appreciate it. Not that it sounds bad anyway. Sachin-Jigar’s arrangements are out of this world. They recreate the 90s through the arrangements — that flute loop (Shreeram Sampath) is spell-binding! It has you hooked right from the first time it plays, and then it keeps on amazing you throughout the song. The folksy percussions (Arun Solanki) in the song are mystifying too. And the piano (Rinku Rajput), played so gracefully right when we don’t expect it, in small pieces all over the song, is so sweet! A special appearance by the sarangi (Dilshad Khan) in the second interlude is something you must not miss at any cost. (In other words, hear the full audio, not just the video promo!) Beside all these wonderful nostalgic instruments, the hardworking guitars (Krishna Pradhan) are sidelined, but they give a constant rhythm throughout, and if you listen carefully, they have an important contribution indeed. Now, I have saved the best for the last. And that is Kausar Munir’s lyrics. She gave us a wonderfully written album, “Begum Jaan” just last month. And she’s already at it again! Her words are so heartbreaking, it gives a whole new definition to sad songs. Both the antaras, not to mention the mukhda, have been written wonderfully! And Sachin-Jigar very cleverly knew how to put a tune to those words so that they don’t sound maudlin and melancholic. Splendid work by Sachin-Jigar and Kausar Munir. A sad song with a refreshing feel! My intuition tells me this will go on to be one of my favourite songs of the year, and probably all time.

Rating: 5/5

 

2. Haareya

Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Lyrics by ~ Priya Saraiya

“Khuli aankhon se dekha woh, haseen khwaab hai tu,
Dil mein jo utar jaaye woh, pyaari baat hai tu,
Tere naam ka nasha, nasha, hai zubaan pe chhaa gaya,
Iss bekhudi mein doobne se main khud ko na rok sakeya!”

– Priya Saraiya

While we had a wonderful old-world-charm in the first song, Sachin-Jigar bring in their favourite, a nice modern touch, to the next song. The composition is odd! And I say that in the best way possible! It has this offbeat touch to it, a tune that is mostly associated with rock songs these days. But no, Sachin-Jigar, the experimentalists that they are, use it for a romantic song! And it works, and succeeds with distinction. The mukhda starts, and you start to get interested in what will come next. When a song compels you to listen to it further because of that reason, it has to be interesting! And then the hookline starts. So low-key, so modestly, so inconspicuously and oh-so-subtly! Unlike the hooklines in which the tempo, instrumentation and vocals go higher in pitch, loudness and whatnot, this one is exactly the opposite. It gets subtle and quiet after a huge and suspenseful buildup to it. It takes a genius to pull that off successfully, and therefore Sachin-Jigar must be geniuses! They could very well have added some rock elements in that hookline, but they refrained from doing so. And it just increased the appeal of the song manifold! Yes, a composition that suits the rock genre, has nothing but a simple (but very infectious, mind you) guitar riff in the arrangements. And I must mention Indrajit Chetia here, for his AMAAAAZZZZING guitar work throughout the song! Ayushmann’s Arijit’s (you’ll see why I did that) vocals are so impressive! The man brings in such a convincing imitation of Ayushmann’s voice, like the way he pronounces each word while singing and the slight nasal twang, that one would initially be confused whether Arijit has sung the song or Ayushmann. He gives his own voice a complete makeover and modifies it just to suit Ayushmann, and how crazy is that? I’ve not seen this happen in quite a while. These days, either a singer’s voice suits an actor by default, or it doesn’t. But a singer tweak his voice for an actor? That’s so 90s! And so amazing! In the antara, he does that amazing transition between the low octave and high octave, so effortlessly, that he does perfect justice to Sachin-Jigar’s composition, which I doubt anyone else could’ve pulled off. Guest lyricist Priya Saraiya writes in a mix of Punjabi and Hindi, and presents yet another amazing piece from her side. A lovestruck man’s emotions are depicted clearly by her writing. A nice experimentation, where a composition tailor-made for rock, is given an acoustic and unplugged type of arrangement. Of course, special mention to Arijit!

Rating: 5/5

 

3. Ye Jawaani Teri

Singers ~ Nakash Aziz & Jonita Gandhi, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir

“Yeh jawaani teri, yeh jawaani meri,
Yeh jawaani teri, yeh jawaani meri,
Yeh jawaani teri, yeh jawaani meri,
J – j – jeene nahi deti!”

– Kausar Munir

Well, we had two romantic songs, one mature and the other slightly more youthful. Be prepared to go even further down memory lane, as we go back to the main characters’ college days and are treated to an amazing retro treat from Sachin-Jigar’s music bank. So basically this is the fun song of the album where the two protagonists are in college, having fun, without a worry. And Sachin-Jigar’s track reflects the same attitude in it. The composition sounds odd at first, but once you realize what it is, you’ll be like “Ohhhhhhh”, and then realize the cleverness of the music directors. The hookline is what the song relies on to propel it, and very aptly, it has been composed to the tune of the iconic Shammi Kapoor guitar riff. After you realize that, the padding, like the mukhda and antara, start sounding amazing thanks to you having discovered the theme of the song. Particularly the line that Jonita sings before the hookline arrives, with that nasal touch, has an amazing tune! The arrangements stick to the retro theme very well, and the guitars (Shomu Seal) steal the show, aptly supported by amazing trumpets (Kishore Sodha), saxophone (Shyamraj) and drums (Debashish Banerjee). It all gives that required retro feel that the song needed. In places, it reminded me of ‘Let’s Talk About Love’ (Baaghi), another good song of the same genre, but one which was suppressed by mediocre vocals and composition. The vocals too, suit the song well, though I thought Nakash could’ve been substituted by Vishal Dadlani and the song would’ve gone miles higher. Jonita sounds very different from what we have heard from her in the Rahman and Pritam camps. She does that aforementioned retro-nasal thing superbly, and ditches her thin and sweet voice to bring in a tinge of naughtiness and youthfulness for this one. Kausar Munir’s lyrics here are purely situational, and I can’t really praise them or the opposite. A fun youthful number, that might take some time to grow.

Rating: 4/5

 

4. Iss Tarah

Singers ~ Clinton Cerejo & Dominique Cerejo, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir

“Tu ret si haathon se, aisi phisal jaati hai,
Mujhe rokna nahi aata, tujhe theherna nahi aata,
Tu sarphiri hawaaon mein, phirki si kyun phiri jaaye,
Mujhe baandhna nahi aata, tujhe thaamna nahi aata!”

– Kausar Munir

Another retro-themed number joins the album, this time a disco song, composed in a trademark Michael Jackson way. Sachin-Jigar take their experimentalism further ahead with this one, and produce a crackling dance song. The composition in the beginning is so less, it almost sounds as if the singer is reciting the lines like a little child recites a poem in front of the class. However, that’s what increases the appeal of the song. And then when the line by Dominique comes in, you are dazzled by its brightness. Brightness as in, Sachin-Jigar’s smart use of the disco elements to make the composition beautiful. And then comes the hard-hitting hookline, which is one of the best I’ve heard in a while, and also something very similar to Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s composition style, a trio who I believe established this style of music in Bollywood. The arrangements are entrancing, especially the trumpet (Kishore Sodha) that plays in the hookline, and steals the limelight right away. The disco-themed digital beats are amazing, and set up a groovy beat even before the tune of the song starts. The guitars (Paresh Kamath) are great too, as are Sachin-Jigar’s clever additions of finger-snaps and the trademark disco sounds. The hookline’s arrangements are out of this world. The vocals too, are mind blowing. Clinton Cerejo, after his successful stint as a music director in Bollywood last year (in three movies) returns to the mic, and nails the song. But the one who steals the spotlight is his better half, Dominique, in her very short portion, that repeats just twice in the entire song, but leaves a lasting impression, and makes you love her voice so much! And that part, as mentioned above, has been composed just as well! Kausar’s lyrics are full of contrast, and it is very interesting to listen to. A successful disco-based retro number, which I can’t wait to watch in the movie! 

Rating: 5/5

 

5. Khol De Baahein

Singer ~ Monali Thakur, Hindi Lyrics by ~  Kausar Munir, Bengali Lyrics by ~ Rana Mazumder

“Barse jo saawan, toh daudke tu aana,
Khud ko tu bheegna sikha de,
Barse jo saawan, toh lautke tu aana,
Khud ko tu bheegna sikha de…”

– Kausar Munir

After a sad song, a romantic song and two dance numbers, it is romantic time again, and this time we get a rather unconventional romantic song. The composition is so beautiful and cute, and it reeks of the Bengali culture with its tune. It has this lilting, lulling tune that just doesn’t let you get bored. Yes, it does take some time to fully grow on you, but when it does, it does so very fulfillingly, and you end up loving the song unconditionally. The mukhda in Bengali, starts off the song wonderfully, while the hookline in Hindi is cute and harmonious. There’s a beautiful short stanza in Bengali after that (“kokhono kokhono…“) which just sounds so endearing. And the antara too, keeps you listening. All in all, Sachin-Jigar’s composition is a winner. The arrangements are no less. On the most part, it is a soothing guitar-led instrumentation (Guitars by Krishna Pradhan), and though the guitars aren’t hard-hitting they are just as amazing as the guitars in ‘Haareya’. The piano notes at the end of the song are beautiful as the conclusion of the song. Monali is the perfect choice as the singer; she goes back and forth between high and low notes effortlessly, and pronounces the Bengali words immaculately. She sounds very cute as always in this lulling romantic song. Kausar’s Hindi lyrics are great, but when I asked one of my friends for a translation of the Bengali lyrics, I got to know that Rana’s Bengali lyrics are just as endearing. Modest and simple, but very strong in terms of composition and arrangements and especially vocals!

Rating: 4.5/5

 

6. Afeemi

Singers ~ Sanah Moidutty & Jigar Saraiya, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir

“Dhaani si, dhaani si, sharbati paani si,
Dheere se dheere se, teri chaahat chadhti hai,
Thodi naadaani si, thodi shaitaani si,
Dheeme se dheeme se, teri aadat badhti hai,
Tu hai toh mere roobaroo, par kya karoon,
Yakeen hi nahi aata,
Shaam se subah karoon, dekha karoon,
Raha bhi nahi jaata!
Afeemi, afeemi, afeemi hai yeh pyaar,
Afeemi hai tera mera pyaar!”

– Kausar Munir

A very simple and humble song brings up the rear of the album. This song is a very sweet and beautiful romantic song, composed in a very trademark Sachin-Jigar way, keeping things sweet and simple. The composition starts off so effervescently, with that sprightly mukhda. And the hookline is a typical Bollywood romantic song hookline, nevertheless, it hooks you right away. The antara has been composed beautifully as well, one line strictly sounding very similar to a line from ‘Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin’ itself, but that’s alright. Also, the hookline sounds like the line “Pooche jo koi, toh tera naam doon“, from Sachin-Jigar’s own ‘Tera Naam Doon’ (Entertainment). Overall though, the song is addictive! Such a simple romantic song, which was also great in its composition, was long-needed in Bollywood. The arrangements follow conventional arrangements, in that it contains everything you would expect in a contemporary romantic song — guitars (Kalyan Baruah), piano (Rinku Rajput), drums (Lindsay D’mello). But the flute by Hamtu is unexpectedly amazing, as are the strings that pitch in occasionally. I personally loved the way the hookline is arranged, on that simple guitar riff, and I love those small rattle-like instrument additions that sound so lovely! Vocals are perfect, with Sanah Moidutty finally getting a song where she is allowed to sing more than or equal to her male co-singer (who in this case happens to be Jigar himself) which she couldn’t do in her previous two songs, ‘Moto Ghotalo’ (Gori Tere Pyaar Mein) and ‘Tu Hai’ (Mohenjo Daro). Her voice is a nice and sweet voice with the vocal quality of someone who has the potential to make it big in Bollywood, where such voices are lapped up by music directors. Jigar himself accompanies her fantastically, and I believe the duo has programmed his voice less than they normally do, and that adds to the natural touch in the song. Kausar’s lyrics are fascinating, and it also marks the first time (probably; I’m not a database) that someone has compared love to opium (‘afeem’ = opium), after comparing it to stuff like alcohol, and hookah bars. A very ‘Afeemi’ (addictive) song!

Rating: 4.5/5


Meri Pyaari Bindu turns out to be just as great and musically rich as I expected it to be. Sachin-Jigar, after a hiatus in which they scored for one Bollywood film ‘A Flying Jatt’, which sadly didn’t have the potential to stay with us for long, they give us yet another taste of their awesomeness, after they had given us two of my favourite albums of theirs, ‘Happy Ending’ in 2014, and ‘Badlapur’ in 2015. Another feather in their cap, ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’ might just be one of their best performances!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 5 + 5 + 4 + 5 + 4.5 + 4.5 = 28

Album Percentage: 93.34% {Surpassing ‘Poorna’ at 92.5%, that makes it this year’s best album so far!!}

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: From start to finish in the same order.

 

Which is your favourite song from Meri Pyaari Bindu? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

CAREFREE EUROPEAN EXPERIMENTATION!! (BEFIKRE – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Vishal-Shekhar
♪ Lyrics by: Jaideep Sahni
♪ Music Label: YRF Music
♪ Music Released On: 1st December 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 9th December 2016

Befikre Album Cover

Befikre Album Cover

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Befikre is an upcoming Bollywood rom-com film starring Vaani Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. The film is written, directed and produced by Aditya Chopra, who returns to the director’s chair after 8 years, after his last film, ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’. This new film of his celebrates being carefree in love, and looks like a light-hearted and fun romantic comedy. The film is scheduled to release on 9th December 2016, and prior to a film’s release, as always, it is solely the music and the occasional dialogue promos that provide it that extra boost in the pre-release week, that will take the public to the theatres. The duo behind the music is none other than Vishal-Shekhar, who have had a fantastic year, what with the single from ‘Fan’, the ‘Sultan’ album, the ‘Akira’ album and the ‘Banjo’ album. Though the last album was a bit disappointing as compared to the others, this one is bound to have great music, with the film having been set in Europe, and more particularly, in Paris, and we know how good the duo are with Western-styled music. The film’s music has had a long promotional period, starting on September 9th 2016, and spanning to December 1st, when the whole album released. Till then, the makers released five singles and just when I started to think that they will follow the strategy that Sony Music followed for ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, the full album released, but just a week before the film does. That’s better than two days before the film though! During the long span of time for which the makers have been promoting the songs, many songs have already struck a chord with the public. So without further ado, lest the movie should release before I finish writing (as you know by now how I tend to overflow with words), let’s jump into this album!

By the way, I’m starting something new from this album onwards.. I noticed that lyrics haven’t been getting their due in my reviews unless they’re very bad (😂) so before the review of every song begins, I will add some of my favourite lines from the song as a kind of showcase! 😀 They might be lines I love, or lines I want to ridicule or lines that are simply humorous! Or they can be lines that sum up the whole song for me! So look out for those! Hope you like them! 😀


1. Nashe Si Chadh Gayi
Singers ~ Arijit Singh & Caralisa Monteiro

“Oh, udti patang jaise, mast Malang jaise,
Masti si Chadh gayi humko turant aise,
Lagti current jaise nikla warrant jaise,
Abhi abhi utra ho net se torrent jaise!”

The first song of the album is the one that has been making the most buzz lately, and it certainly deserves to be on the tip of everyone’s tongues! The song is a nice mélange of Punjabi and European musical elements, and the result is fascinating and quite intoxicating. The composition by Vishal-Shekhar is just the most basic thing you can hear these days, yet it surprises me how beautiful it ends up sounding for some reason! At first listen, it sounds like a very typical, run-of-the-mill Punjabi tune, but later grows on you so much, that the name of the song just suits the song! Vishal-Shekhar have overdone themselves, and also made an awesome and trippy song by using just three choruses that keep on repeating throughout the song, with a conclusion that concludes it on a very good note. Before this, I’ve never seen any other composer (of course, other than Himesh Reshammiya) do the whole repeating-the-tune-all-throughout-the-song thing so well! Vishal-Shekhar take three main tunes, the first being the hookline, “Nashe Si Chadh Gayi oyeee..” the second being the French counterpart of the hookline with those cute and funny “Kaale-oh, Kaale-oh” chipmunk voices, and the last being the wonderful fast-paced portions. The concluding stanza is just an awesome revamp of what traditional Punjabi songs usually comprise. It takes the song from the trippy and upbeat portions to a lilting, but still trippy, romanticised portion, which yet again makes way for the upbeat part before the song ends. Of course, we must compliment the arrangements too, for making a tune that might otherwise be seen as repetitive, into something so intoxicating. The Spanish/Arabic trap music, complete with that Arabic percussion, is just too irresistible. Also, the way the song starts off, with a drop of whatever-you-want-to-assume, is suchhhhhh an apt beginning to the song, which is clearly about intoxication. :p The techno sounds that the duo has added in between the lines of the hookline, are amazing, especially the “Kaale-oh” which I mentioned earlier. The club beats that might be a commonplace thing in the West, do sound quite innovative as per Bollywood’s standards, and yet bring some kind of old-world charm to the song due to the very earthy Punjabi composition. Also, it is interesting how the duo has kept the song sounding quote pleasant to the ears and not too loud, in spite of the beats! Now, on to the vocals! First of all, Arijit sheds his goody-two-shoes image, and renders this with all the spunk and gusto he can muster, which, not surprisingly, is a lot!! Whatever he has done seems to have worked so well, that people I know have actually asked me whether the singer of the song is Adnan Sami or Benny Dayal! Also, the way Arijit says “oyeee”! Too good! Caralisa on the other hand, gets the best portions of the song, and though they are in French, I find myself singing the hookline in French rather than the one in Hindi! Jaideep Sahni’s Lyrics are fun and very intelligently pleasant. Take this for example: “Khulti basant jaise, Dhulta kalank jaise, Dil ki daraar mein ho Pyaar ka cement jaise, Akhiyon hi akhiyon mein Jung ki front jaise, Mil jaye sadiyon se atka refund jaise”! Jaideep’s lyrics acually reminded me of ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ (1942- A Love Story) because of the descriptions of the girl followed by the word “jaise”! A song that will actually get you grooving on it for many days to come! Nashe sa chadh gaya oyeee.. gaana nashe sa chadh gaya! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Ude Dil Befikre
Singers ~ Benny Dayal & Sophie Choudry

“Dard mein yeh nikhre, haath mein jo pakde,
Banke rooi bikhre, armaan hain roohon ke nakhre!”

The next song is the much-awaited title song of the film, which we all heard in the trailer, and which increased everybody’s expectations from the album! So, the composition could otherwise be a very common Bollywood tune, but since the setting of the movie is Paris, the tune sounds all the more European, and we actually start to think of it as a folksy European tune! Anyway, those earlier Bollywood songs of Raj Kapoor’s era were inspired by European music! Back to the song, it takes on a much louder feel than the first song. The composition, as I said, is a nice and folksy European one if you look at it that way. The mukhda is basically the hook of the song, and it is marvellous! The youthful feel to it makes it gain this youth appeal that will really work in its favour. The antara is even better, with its European folksy nuances added perfectly by the duo to a very old-fashioned-sounding composition and delivered impeccably by Benny Dayal. The part where they count in French and end on a blasting Un! (meaning ‘one’) is so good! The opening tune, too, is good — the one played on those folk instruments. Speaking of instruments, let’s go on to the arrangements! The song starts off with awesome Balkan sounds, one sounding a lot like a bazooka. Also, a wonderful oud/rabaab can occasionally be heard there, while the rest is probably synth sounds. However, that amaziiiiinnng percussion just takes away your breath! Not that I doubt Vishal-Shekhar have the ability to do it, but Mikey McCleary is the music producer for the album, and maybe that’s where that distinct European feel has come into all the Bollywoodish tunes! Later in the song we can hear nice claps that go along with the beats, and that bazooka tune keeps repeating, only to please the listeners! 😀 The second interlude has a wonderful rabaab solo which is definitely not to be missed! What’s more, the second antara that follows is completely arranged on that rabaab! Towards the end, Benny evokes a very nomadic folksy voice that tops the whole European setting! Benny is absolutely marvellous throughout the song. His husky voice proves just right for the nuances in Balkan folk music (which of course, does meet the Turkish/Arabic music in some way — Europe and Asia being close as they are). Sophie Choudry is supposed to have sung the French vocals, but the only French vocals I hear are a whisper at the beginning of the song, before the mukhda begins, and that’s kind of minimal. But I guess she also joins Benny in the French counting. Jaideep’s lyrics here aren’t something extraordinary, but good for a situational title track. It definitely does describe the carefree nature of the main characters! A spunky title track, with an old-world tune but livening arrangements and vocals, which make this one a winner! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Je T’aime
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani & Sunidhi Chauhan

“Na dis jamais je T’aime, je T’aime, Na dis jamais je T’aime,
Kehna na yaar pyaar hai, na dis jamais je T’aime!
Phir dil niklega haathon se, Kar le khud pe reham,
Neendein phislengi raaton se, Kar le khud pe reham!”

The next song takes the form of a dreamy, lilting melody that befits the city of Paris in all ways! The song starts with a dialogue from the movie, and I hate when movie dialogues are incorporated into the audio tracks even in today’s world of editing and autotune. So I will have to ignore those dialogues, which are thankfully backed by a nice guitar, and get on to the actual song. A nice and soothing whistle starts off the song, and it abruptly stops to make way for the hook line of the song, which is started off very nicely by Vishal Dadlani. The duo’s composition is the first and foremost reason for the song instantly appealing to your ears. It is impossible to not love this song! 😀 The lilting melody that the duo has crafted in a very European style, sounds both catchy and sensual at the same time. The part after the mukhda which goes “Dard mein royega tu, yaar bhi khoyega tu..” sounds as dreamy as dreamy can get! Also, the line before the hookline is beautifulllll! Towards the end, a wonderful concluding stanza shows how the duo can keep up a certain kind of romance in the air throughout the song. The hookline itself overflows with romance and passion. The arrangements help just as much in making the song worth hearing again and again. A wonderful burst of classical French-styled music, complete with the orchestra, finger snaps, acoustic guitars and whatnot, brings a smile to your face. The saxophone wonderfully bridges stanzas to each other, while the violins excel in the interlude. Again, the duo (and McCleary) do a wonderful job at the instrumentation. The xylophone-thing in the antara, is just tooooooo adorable! The vocals are amazing and couldn’t have been any better! Vishal sounds very sensual, while Sunidhi sounds unusually young, to a great effect. The romance between the two characters can be feel even though the song, and that’s kind of rare in a song! Jaideep’s lyrics are wonderful here too, and the “Never say I love you” theme is very beautifully conveyed. A wonderful piece of art, possibly Vishal-Shekhar’s best romantic song of this year! And Sunidhi is just 😍😍😍😍! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. You And Me
Singers ~ Nikhil D’Souza & Rachel Varghese

“Raste, tedhe medhe raste, jab bhi ho jaaye kabhi yahaan, dal-dal lage jahaan,
Hass le, baahon ko phaila ke, thodi pi jaaye khuli Hawa, free mein mili hawa!”

As soon as this next song starts with its funky beats, you can’t help but get up and groove! A wonderful Mikey McCleary-ish guitar piece warmly welcomes you into the song, and then the crazy elements start appearing one by one. First of all, a weird-sounding bazooka-like sound, which gives way to an awesome and zany vocal rhythm that goes “wave it up up pom wayyy owww” and really gets you into the feel of the song. The composition turns out to be quite a simple one, in that it has not much going on, but it is really fun to hear. The mukhda is really nice, and though it has the same tune repeating eight times, it doesn’t seem monotonous at all. The antara might lose some of your attention, but as soon as it gets to the part where it is about to join the hookline, it gets its act together, and gets saved by a narrow margin! Also, since its short, it doesn’t really matter! The duo’s arrangements are really fun and enjoyable. That foot-tapping beat is just something you can’t forget easily, and see Ranveer and Vaani dancing to it in the video and the step won’t leave your head either. 😛 The drums have been put a really good use, while that aforementioned bazooka-thing (maybe a mouth organ) really excels throughout the song. Even in the interlude, it takes centre stage. The ukulele is awesome throughout the song. Vocals are topnotch yet again. Nikhil D’Souza gets a song he deserves after a long time, and seizes the opportunity, shining throughout. Rachel Varghese, a singer who has been singing for Mikey McCleary quite often, gets her big break after songs in small albums, that went unnoticed, though good. She sings her lines with the required amount of spunk. Jaideep writes fun lyrics that scream “friendship”. It is fun to listen to those situational lyrics. A teddy-bear song i.e, one that you can cuddle with as if it’s a teddy bear, because it’s so cute! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Labon Ka Karobaar
Singer ~ Papon

“Dhoop mein ishq chaaon, dard mein aaraam,
Makhmali har raat, sharbati har shaam
Ishq ka leke naam, dil se nikle salaam
Na chhupa na dabaa, hoja tu belagaam”

After the zany and funky beats, yet another dreamy song comes our way, and just as the former romantic song on the album, this one too, is high on European music conventions! However, no complaints, because in this one, everything falls into place right away. The composers start the song right away, and as Papon takes over right from the first second of the second, you cant help but remember his wonderful rendition of ‘Bulleya’ from Vishal-Shekhar’s other album with YRF this year, ‘Sultan’. Anyway, back to this song. The tune is entrancing. From the first note to the last, the duo makes sure the listener’s attention is on nothing but the song, and they go to great lengths to do so. The song starts off with a nice and cute piece that verges on opera. The same tune repeats in a more quick tempo, and it sounds just as beautiful there too. And at the end of the verse, we get the title of the song. 😀 The “Rooh gaaye, jhoom jaaye…” line is just pure blisssssss! NOTHING could have taken its place on the song, and I’m so glad the duo has asse!bled the song the way they did. And then we go on to the antara, which just leaves no doubt that the song has turned out as fascinating as could ever be! The lines of the antara are just so captivating and sensual, that you just can’t not like them! Not to mention that they’ve been penned down wonderfully by Jaideep as well! The arrangements are something else that stun you from the first second of the song. The mandolin and harmonica just don’t know their limits! They keep on playing, yet make you crave for more. The violins are just opulent. The güiro, which is what’s making that croaking sound at 1:14 and 1:19, and at many, many other places in the song, is just an unsung hero! The violins in the antara actually make it sound silky! The way the antara has been abruptly glued to the hookline, in all its abruptness, seems such a seamless transition and I can’t praise Vishal-Shekhar enough for that! Towards the end, the various degrees of “Jebon mein bikhre hain taare” are a delight to hear! Papon’s voice is heaven! This man sings hardly three to four songs every year, but makes sure all of them are spectacular gems. Sadly, they’re some of the least promoted songs in their respective movies. 😦 In this song, he has taken on a wonderfully pleasant, sultry voice that suits the theme oh-so-well! Jaideep Sahni’s lyrics are something that can’t be spoken enough about! The way each line glides into the other, thanks to the duo Vishal-Shekhar’s expertise, makes them even more pleasant to listen to. The way he has described “kissing” as “Labon ka Karobaar” (the affairs of the lips) is innovative as well as super-genius. A gem!! Nothing less, nothing more! Please YRF, use this in the movie so that everyone can hear it!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Khulke Dulke
Singers ~ Gippy Grewal & Harshdeep Kaur, Backing Vocals by ~ Vishal Dadlani, Kunal Ganjawala & Ankur Tewari

“Ik jindadi na Kar haanji-hunji,
Maar de chhalanga with a bungee, bungee”

Everything about this album was European till now. There were some glimpses of Punjabi in ‘Nashe Si Chadh Gayi’, but that too was overshowed by internationally-appealing club beats. But now, we get a full-too, completely Punjabi song. The song does appear as an incongruity in the otherwise European-themed album, but if I were to judge it as a fun song, it stands proudly in its place. The composers try their best to give it a tune that will attract listeners even after the Western-ness of the previous tracks. And, Indians since we are, the song surely does appeal! The Punjabi-flavoured composition really gives the song a very fun theme and something that can be easily danced on. The song has this sinister sound, unlike the light sound of most Punjabi dance songs. The line “Ishq Di bungee baandh le yaaaaar…” is just so catchy, that you will find yourself singing it all day if you hear the song enough. The hookline too, is fun and enjoyable. The antara is nice and relieving from the loudness of the mukhda. The backing vocalists singing the “Ik jindadi na Kar haanji-hunji” line really surprised me and I found that part really funny, in a good way! The overall tune of the song smelled strongly of Vishal-Shekhar’s own ‘Dil Dance Maare’ (Tashan), but I didn’t find this as irritating as that one. 😛 The arrangements are just as required — loud and quirky. The brass band really squeezes its own life out by overworking itself. The tumbi tune at the beginning is so catchy, as are the horns. The dhols really sound great on earphones. The arrangements might seem like a mishmash at first listen, but in earphones they sound very clear, so do try that experience. Vocals are where the song falters a bit, with Gippy singing in a painfully high-pitched voice. However, you get accustomed to that too, thanks to the other wonderful elements of the song. Also, Harshdeep Kaur is there as the female vocalist, so what can go wrong! She sings her parts very efficiently, and for some reason, reminded me of Shreya Ghoshal’s voice! I don’t know why! 😛 Vishal Dadlani, Kunal Ganjawala and Ankur Tewari in the backing vocalists do an awesome job and provide nice entertainment just when the song seems to be dipping downwards. Jaideep’s lyrics here are quite situational, but that use of the ‘Bungee’ as a metaphor for love is hilarious!!! 😀 Enjoyable! Seems like a black sheep, but is actually a fun respite from the heavy romance in the previous song! I enjoyed it! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

7. Love Is A Dare

(Instrumental), Vocals ~ Rachel Varghese & Sophie Choudry

The album ends on a pact note, with an instrumental track, which is essentially a mélange of all the upbeat tracks we heard in the album. The track starts on a hard-hitting note, with rock guitars starting it off and the “kaale-oh” chipmunk sound from ‘Nashe Si Chadh Gayi’ accompanying it. Later on, it turns into a very thrilling instrumental rock version of the song, which sounds just as infectious as the original song itself. The techno sounds having been used quite generously, the instrumental version really does sound great. After that, not so seamlessly, the song switches to the title song, and this time, Sophie’s French vocals are audible clearly. Against the backdrop of wonderful Spanish guitars, Sophie’s French part from the title track makes for a good variation from the hard rock sound of the initial song. A nice tap-dance music follows, with the tune of the title track played on Spanish guitars, violins gracefully accompanying. And then we switch to the next track, with Rachel Varghese reprising the “wave it up up pom” from ‘You and Me’ for a very short time period, before the song switches yet again to ‘Je T’aime’, the only lilting and lulling piece in the whole instrumental track. Wonderful violins play the main melody of the song, while trumpets wonderfully complement it. Before you know it, the instrumental, which was almost as long as a complete song in itself, is over! Though the medley as such wasn’t very fluid, it was a pleasure to hear all the great songs from the album again. A good finale to the album! #5StarHotelSong!!


Befikre is easily Vishal-Shekhar’s best album this year. Seven tracks full of variety make for a nice repeat-listen album. The last time we had such a good, wholesome commercial album was not too long ago, in ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’. With two dreamy romantic ballads, four fun and enjoyable songs and one instrumental, the album has a lot to offer, and succeeds in its intention. The carefree attitude of the main characters is reflected well in the album, and it is nice to see an album that both sticks to the film’s requirements as well as caters to the audiences. Vishal-Shekhar close their account for 2016 with a winner — a carefree mix of experimental tracks that offers songs according to Bollywood’s music sensibilities, but with an European twist!

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Labon Ka Karobaar > Je T’aime > Whatever order suits you! 😀

 

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

THE SULTANATE OF VISHAL-SHEKHAR IS BACK TO REIGN!! (SULTAN – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Vishal-Shekhar
♪ Lyrics by: 
Irshad Kamil
♪ Music Label:
 YRF Music
Music Released On: 31st May 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 
8th July 2016

Sultan Album Cover

Sultan Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Sultan is an upcoming Bollywood sports drama film, starring Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma in the lead roles. The film has been directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, and produced by Aditya Chopra. The story revolves around a Haryanvi wrestler who goes by the name Sultan (Salman Khan), who has problems in his professional life. His struggle to get back into the wrestling scenario forms the story of ‘Sultan’. The story seems the usual Bollywood story for a sports film, but the execution is what matters. While we wait for the execution to come in front of our eyes, the music album is here for us to cherish. The album marks the comeback of duo Vishal-Shekhar, who disappeared after a mediocre album, ‘Happy New Year’ (2014). They gave that foot-tapping song in ‘Fan’, again for YRF earlier this year, again for a Khan, Shahrukh. This time they come back to compose for YRF’s ‘Sultan’, which is coincidentally their first Salman Khan film!! That’s kind of hard to believe isn’t it? Such a talented duo and composing for Salman for the first time! 😀 What was Salman doing all these years? Playing table tennis with Himesh and Sajid-Wajid? Apparently, he has moved on from his clichéd composers and after Pritam’s stylish and full-of-variety ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, and Himesh’s old-fashioned, but enjoyable ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ last year, he comes back this year with a new choice of Vishal & Shekhar, who are geniuses when it comes to being innovative. Expectations are sky-high and there are so many reasons. a) Vishal-Shekhar’s comeback. b) Vishal-Shekhar’s first for Salman. c) Vishal-Shekhar composing for YRF.. (remember ‘Ta Ra Rum Pum’ and ‘Tashan’?) Something phenomenal indeed is expected. Something mind-blowing and something innovative — just because Vishal-Shekhar are on board. They have composed a big nine-track album, with seven songs, one version and one theme. Let’s see how many of them rise up like a real ‘Sultan’! Really hoping this comeback makes it really big (once again) for the duo after their rough patch recently, the last great album being ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ (2014)! They must emerge as Sultans!


1. Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani, Shalmali Kholgade & Isheeta Chakrvarty, Rap by ~ Badshah

The soundtrack opens up with a fun-filled dance number that has been composed by the duo to really suit Salman’s presence in it. The song starts off with a wonderful rhythm, that you can set your feete tapping to immediately, as soon as it starts. Composed of techno sounds, dhadd, and manjeeras,the rhythm really hooks you right away, and Isheeta’s folk portion doesn’t really help in making you run away from the song. In other words, the song starts off really catchily, just as it should!! Vishal-Shekhar have really moulded themselves into a complete folksy manner, and delivered a composition that would easily connect with the masses. It is very typical, very Salman types, yet it instantly catches onto you. The hookline, kind of composed on the base rhythm of ‘Selfie Le Le Re’ (Bajrangi Bhaijaan), impresses with its briskness. The techno noises after the short hookline are wonderful, and so is the playful flute! The mukhda by Vishal and Shalmali, really grabs your attention. Arrangements in the song are fabulous. The use of techno has been done really impressively. The brisk interventions of the flue are just lovely! They really stole my heart. Traditional instruments like harmonium, dholaks, manjeeras, tumbi, dhadd, impress as well in their small parts. Vishal-Shekhar really know how to fuse everything together into a catchy package. There is a rap by Badshah completely styled like an antara, as it is very cleverly joined with the hookline after it is over. Badshah’s rap is fun to hear, but I miss the very raw Haryanvi feel of Honey Singh’s Haryanvi rap here. Anyway, it is enjoyable. Shalmali sings in her soft voice, which I like better than her other, low-pitched voice. She does the Haryanvi accent very well. She too, has a small stanza to sing after a bit of Badshah’s rap, after which Vishal comes back for the hookline. For Vishal, I’ve no words to express how much I loved his rendition. He sings with the same infectious energy, that he puts into all his other songs, so it is not a surprise. The way he sings the hookline, though resembling his rendition of the hookline of ‘Selfie Le Le Re’, still sounds so mind blowing and cool. Irshad Kamil is back to his fun, enjoyable lyrics. He can easily mould himself to write so many different types of lyrics and they always appeal! He takes the hookline and writes such fun-plus-funny lyrics around it, a usual male v/s female battle as we have in Bollywood dance numbers many times. An infectious, catchy number, perfect as the first song in a Salman album. Vishal-Shekhar have composed a perfect song for Salman, right in their first stint for him! Energetic vocals, enjoyable lyrics, and booming arrangements all make this one a WINNER! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Jag Ghoomeya / Jag Ghoomeya (Female)
Singers ~ Rahat Fateh Ali Khan / Neha Bhasin

A beautiful guitar loop starts off the next song, and you know Vishal-Shekhar are back at doing their thing with the soulful romantic songs. The song is a romantic song, with shades of Vishal-Shekhar’s style, yet suiting Salman’s style perfectly. The composition is a breezy, love ballad with a really happy-go-lucky touch to it, and graced with a beautiful folk rhythm. The mukhda is very charming, and the hookline really lives up to its name — it hooks you completely. The rhythm of the hookline is just too catchy to dislike. It is the antara though, where Vishal-Shekhar really work magic. It has been composed in a manner that reminds you of Vishal-Shekhar’s work in ‘Tashan’, for some reason unknown. Maybe the folksiness makes it connect to ‘Tashan’. The line “jaisi Tu hai vaisi rehnaa” is very pleasant, and my personal favourite from the song. It has some charm in it. The female version has the tempo cranked down a bit, and that appeals so, so much! The duo excels in the arrangements too, as always. In the male version, their brilliance in arranging music is seen in the way they add folk guitars, acoustic guitars and rock guitars into the same song. Percussion is brilliant, with a folksy but electronic dafli and dholak rhythm backing the song. Shakers have been used very cutely. The first interlude has a very majestic strings portion which reminds one of ‘Zehnaseeb’ (Hasee Toh Phasee). It has a strong hangover of that song. However, the mandolin is what steals the show. It is very cute and pleasant to the ears. In the female version, however, Vishal-Shekhar really impress. They have arranged it very beautiful with almost nothing but a folkish guitar in the background. Percussion is very beautiful, and very less and soft too. For me, this is the winner even though it offers less! To talk about vocals, Rahat’s soulful voice brings that rustic feeling to the song (and also brings the Salman-iyat 😛 ) and sounds very familiar, yet appeals. Again, it is the female version which emerges as the winner. Neha has tried something new this time, with an innocent romantic song. Her husky voice perfectly makes for the rustic setting of the movie. The accent is something to fall for! I couldn’t help but miss Harshdeep Kaur here, though! Not that Neha’s rendition is bad in any way!! 😀 Her voice simply reminded me of Harshdeep’s and then I started wanting to hear the song in her voice. 😛 Kamil’s lyrics are sweet, simple, innocent; in short, amazing. Amazing simplicity and innocence in this romantic song. Something worth hearing on loop! For me the female version is better, but both are a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. 440 Volt
Singer ~ Mika Singh

I saw the title and singer’s name of the next song and told myself, “Finished. The goodness of this album is over. It’s all over, dude. You were an idiot to think that the album would be so great.” After all, I’ve not been liking Mika’s songs of late; the same, old, repetitive meaningless party tracks. But boy, was I wrong! The song is utterly enjoyable! Nothing less than that. Enjoyable to the fullest. Each and every second is something to cherish and enjoy. I don’t know what Vishal-Shekhar fed Mika before recording the song, but here he sounds very, very different! He doesn’t belch out his words like always, he doesn’t eat any of the syllables, and neither does he try to sound like a pop star. Instead, he pronounces everything perfectly, sings in a very soft textured voice, and tries to sound CUTE! And it works! He does sound cute. Don’t believe me? Hear it! The duo have given him a song quite unlike his style, yet perfect for him! It is a slow-paced, but very catchy and groovy song based on the filmi Qawwali template. It is one of the most entertaining Qawwali spoofs I’ve heard this year. And then there’s that ‘Fake Ishq’ (Housefull 3). [Okay, now ‘Housefull 3’ has really become an example, hasn’t it? Sorry! 😅😅 Couldn’t resist from writing that, though!] Vishal-Shekhar have composed something that is immensely attractive, something that doesn’t only have a catchy hookline to do all the work, but a hardworking (in getting us addicted!) mukhda and very diligently composed antaras. The antara is a very weirdly addictive, slow piece that you can’t get out of your head. The part in the hookline when Mika repeats “Chhoone Se Terey” is just so crazily gooooddd! (Can’t think of a synonym for ‘good’. That’s why I elongated it. No time! 😂 ) The way Mika sings in a Haryanvi accent fulfills my dream of hearing him sing that ever since he didn’t sing the title track of ‘Boss’. (Which I had thought he had sung when I first heard it). The duo’s arrangements are very creative. The rock factor works really well in filmy Qawwalis, so there it is. The harmonium and tablas are also awesome. A wonderful electronic substitute for the tabla has been added by the duo, which you can hear at 2:47 in the song. That space is usually taken by the tablas in any Qawwali. While he first interlude has a full-on rock guitar solo, the second goes the calm way with a Spanish sounding tune on strings and tablas. Irshad Kamil writes very entertaining lyrics, perfectly suitable for a lovestruck Romeo. The hookline is so funny, yet creative. “Lagey 440 Volt Chhoone Se terey”. Now don’t say I unnecessarily hate the lyrics of ‘Hous– oops! ENTERTAINING to the core!! Something very creative and innovative! P.S. Mika as a Qawwali singer sounds awesome! #5StarHotelSong!! (P.P.S. Sorry for the essay)

 

4. Sultan
Singers ~ Sukhwinder Singh & Shadab Faridi, Backing Vocals ~ Abdul Sajjad, Zuber Hashmi, Arun Ingle, R N Iyer, Mandar Aapte, Kaustubh Datar, Rahul Chitnis, Nitin Tupe, Swapnil Godbole, Mangesh Chavan, Nitin Karandikar, Vijay Dhuri, Jitendra Tupe, Mayuresh Madgaonkar

The title song, arrives quite late into the album, and starts off very softly. Later, a voice quite like that of Vishal Dadlani joins the rock guitars that start off the song, and sing some motivational lines. We’re kind of figuring out what’s going on, when suddenly, an electrifying Sukhwinder Singh takes things into his hands and with him, the song goes uphill, and how! An energizing electric guitar hook starts playing, to be joined later on by energetic drums and a wonderful chorus. The composition is also just ad energetic, and definitely motivational. The duo redo their own ‘Tashan Mein’ (Tashan), but in a very different manner. A way better version of the seemingly unbeatable song, in terms of dynamism and vigour. The hookline is very unconventional as it ends abruptly with the chorus singing “Rre sultan”. The khoon and mitti refrain is very catchy, and suits the theme, doesn’t it? All the parts of the song are energetic, and full of the spirit to work and win. The rock arrangements are not over the top, and because of the commercial nature of the rock song, it will appeal to all, unlike other rock songs which aren’t so commercial. You can barely hear anything besides the rock guitars and drums, which I must say, are very classily done. There are some parts in the antara when the rock simmers down, but other than that, rock is everywhere. Sukhwinder and Shadab are a fit duo to sing the song, with Shadab getting very less in comparison to Sukhwinder. Sukhwinder is clearly the king of all this. A wonderful techno-sargam entertains highly in the first interlude. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are highly motivational and more than a character-themed title song, like Salman’s other title songs where the leading hero is a larger-than-life supercop (Ahem, ‘Dabangg’!), the song sounds like a pure motivational and inspirational song. The energy of Sukhwinder and Shadab combined with the energy of Vishal-Shekhar’s guitars and drums, and the intelligence of Kamil’s pen, makes for an enjoyable and worthy listen! One of Salman’s best title songs!! He’ll be like “Achho title song paayo .. Paayo… Aayo.. Laayo… Gaayo.. Bio —” Where’d that come from? 😕 #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Sachi Muchi
Singers ~ Mohit Chauhan & Harshdeep Kaur, Backing Vocals ~ Marianne D’Cruz, Nisha Mascarenhas, Rajiv Sundaresan & Neuman Pinto

Now, the next song is really beautiful. Vishal-Shekhar create a very happy-go-lucky romantic song, very unconventional. The song starts with a wedding baaja type band, playing the tune of the hookline, which sounds really out-of-place, and confusing. However, things clear themselves up when the song starts after the band moves on. A wonderful banjo + harmonica instrumentation sets things into place, and creates a very American folk ambience. (You know, cowboys. 😛 ) Without thinking about what cowboys are doing in Haryana, I start grooving to the feel-good, breezy music. However, it took me very long to really start grooving a lot to the music. The song grows on you as slow as a snail. But when it finishes growing upto however much it wants to grow, it sounds very good to the ears. The same thing happened to me. The composition, though a little weak, sets in after a few listens and seems to very attractive. The Western breeze in the arrangements is something not heard recently in Bollywood. (I don’t really like it when it comes in Bollywood music, though. Sounds boring, generally, too!) Mohit and Harshdeep sing the composition perfectly, with the right amount of gusto. Especially in the hookline, “yeh khwaab hai, chaahatein…. Tere kehne Se li Maine parvaazein”, Mohit along with the backing chorus sings very awesome. The harmonica and banjo sound mind-blowing. The lighthearted composition works really well after some time, just that it takes some time to mark its place in the otherwise commercial album. Irshad’s lyrics are just as lighthearted as needed. This time, a two-sided love song. 😀 A song with less appeal, but will slowly emerge as an undoubted #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Bulleya
Singer ~ Papon, Backing Vocals ~ Altamash Faridi & Shadab Faridi

While Mika sang a filmy Qawwali earlier in the album, Papon is here with a full-fledged traditional Qawwali of his own. Vishal-Shekhar have composed a totally sweet, innocent composition for this Qawwali, fit for mehfils. Papon starts off with a very lovely AdLib, after which Vishal-Shekhar kick in with the beautiful Qawwali rhythm, complete with the Faridi brothers singing in a heavenly manner, and a harmonium striking the chords of our hearts. Papon rejoins with very sugary lines written wonderfully by Kamil. He renders them very beautifully, and those waah’s cant stop from escaping from your mouth. The way the duo connects this part to the hookline, is when you really get transported to another world. And the hookline is what keeps you there. And you stay there for the remaining duration of the song. A beautiful entrancing arrangement of dholaks, tablas, dafli, harmonium and chimtas, complements Papon during his heavenly rendition. The foot-tapping rhythm is what makes the song sound so beautiful. The rhythm in the hookline is indescribable. It is also the composition that has brought out the bliss in Papon’s voice. Vishal-Shekhar’s divine and spiritual composition is what makes you love everything about the song. The interlude has a wonderful rock guitar portion, which doesn’t sound out-of-place in the spiritual song at all. The Faridi bros are excellent in their spiritual interventions in the song. Lastly, Irshad is a genius. He has written such impressive romantic, spiritual and sad lyrics, which are excellent. It is like a request from the boy to his lover, instead of the usual sad romantic songs where the boy assumes that the girl is leaving him and starts wailing. 😂 The way the spiritual touch has been put into the lyrics, is wondrous. Divine, spiritual and blessed. Something to hear on loop! Perfect ‘Coke Studio’ material from Vishal-Shekhar! Papon, you are a rockstar!!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

7. Tuk Tuk
Singers ~ Nooran Sisters & Vishal Dadlani

This song starts with a weird AdLib like one in a Qawwali. I am guessing that has been sung by Shekhar. Anyway, the AdLib makes way for some entrancing, divine techno music. It is so beautiful, that you can’t stop from swaying. Piano, chimes and techno sounds have been wonderfully fused together to make something really addictive and entrancing. The Nooran Sisters start off with their usual folksy Punjabi rendition, which starts off really promising. And then, it drops down so fast. The hookline arrives so fast, you are not sure what actually happened. Suddenly, the techno trance breaks and you find yourself in a very typical Punjabi tumbi-dhol arrangement (with very low volume, like Amit Trivedi’s style) with a very averagely composed hookline. It takes quite some time for the song to pick up pace again, and that is when Vishal comes in with his out-of-this-world rap! His rap is actually meaningful. The song is another meaningful, inspirational one, which completely grips you until the part I mentioned arrives. After Vishal’s raps though, the Punjabi part sounds perfectly fine and acceptable. It is the “re bole dhola dhol tadak dhin” line that plays the spoilsport in the song. It just sounds out-of-place here. Everything else falls into place perfectly. Even the antara, which has a Punjabi folk arrangement, sounds great. So why does that hookline sound odd? The flaw is in the abrupt composition. The EDM and techno music is really addictive, and the programming on the Noorans’ voices is very cool. The fusion is really something to appreciate, and something other composers must follow soon!! Irshad’s lyrics are very inspirational, and the metaphors are very clever. Something that would have been exceptionally innovative, but spoiled by the hookline!!

 

8. Rise of Sultan
Singer ~ Shekhar Ravjiani, Backing Vocals ~ Abdul Sajjad, Zuber Hashmi, Arun Ingle, R N Iyer, Mandar Aapte, Kaustubh Datar, Rahul Chitnis, Nitin Tupe, Swapnil Godbole, Mangesh Chavan, Nitin Karandikar, Vijay Dhuri, Jitendra Tupe, Mayuresh Madgaonkar

To close this very much awaited album, we have something on the lines of a theme song. Again motivational in spirit, this track takes the khoon-mitti refrain of the title song and has it crafted into a wonderful background piece. The composition as we know it, it purely motivational and so it has a very positive effect in this track. It makes the song sound so otherworldly. Shekhar leads the vocals with a horde of backing vocalists following him, without which it would’ve sounded lifeless. What I really want to praise is the MINDBLOWING percussion. They are so energetic and vigorous, you can’t help but love them. The rock guitars do not leave this opportunity of showing their prowess either, and impress yet again, along with their new companion, the percussion. The song suits the storyline of the film, as it starts slow and gets high-spirited towards the end, with the strings and brass kicking in later on. It is symbolic of the “Rise” of the character, Sultan. A perfect title, I must say! An INVIGORATING end to the impressive album! #5StarHotelSong!!


Sultan turns out to be way better than expected. Yes, I know my expectations were huge anyway, but not so high! I had never expected such a great album, especially when there is Salman’s commercialism to cater to. But Vishal-Shekhar really prove themselves. They are experts in music arrangements, and they use this plus point to raise the level of each and every song in the album. If there is a typical Salman dance number in ‘Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai’, there is also a spiritual Qawwali in ‘Bulleya’ and an enjoyable track in ‘440 Volt’. An album full of variety, and I’m thinking, one of Salman’s best albums since 2010. Ali Abbas Zafar has brought out the best from the duo, considering the movie’s genre. If Vishal-Shekhar can deliver so well in a film that doesn’t need such good music, I can’t even imagine what they will do in films like ‘Banjo’ and ‘Befikre’ coming later this year! 😉 The sultans of Bollywood are back to reign!!

 

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: Bulleya > Jag Ghoomeya (Female) > 440 Volt > Sultan > Jag Ghoomeya > Rise of Sultan > Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai > Sachi Muchi > Tuk Tuk

 

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

 

Note: ‘Sultan’ will be included in July 2016 monthly awards 🙂

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VISHAL – SHEKHAR’S ‘FAN’TASTIC COMEBACK!! (FAN – Music Review) : Dessert Review

Single Track Details
♪ Song Name: Jabra Fan
♪ Music by: Vishal-Shekhar
♪ Singer: Nakash Aziz
♪ Lyrics by: Varun Grover
♪ Music Label: YRF Music
♪ Song Released On: 16th February 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 15th April 2016

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Jabra Fan

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Fan is an upcoming Bollywood action thriller (kind of) film starring Shah Rukh Khan in a double role — one as the superstar Aryan Khanna and the other as his die-hard fan Gaurav. The film, directed by Maneesh Sharma and produced by Aditya Chopra, revolves around the life of the fan, who eventually gets obsessed with the superstar. Certain events lead to a tiff between the fan and superstar, and this is what ‘Fan’ is about! As we can see in the trailer, intense action scenes between the fan and superstar make up most of the trailer, and they do look pretty interesting! I always look forward to the music in Maneesh Sharma’s films, but for this film, he has chosen to have no songs barring a single promotional song. At first speculations about why only one song, how would this one song be, and whatnot crossed my mind. But then I got to know that it would be the uber-cool hit composer duo Vishal-Shekhar who would be getting the honor to compose this single track in the film, and I started jumping up and down with joy. (Of course not literally!) So, let’s see how Vishal-Shekhar, back after a long time (their last was ‘Happy New Year’ in 2014!) score with this track! 🙂


♪ Jabra Fan
Singer ~ Nakash Aziz, Music by ~ Vishal-Shekhar, Lyrics by ~ Varun Grover

Weird burp-like sounds start off the song, accompanied by groovy beats. It’s not long before guitars and trumpets and more instruments follow, played in the trademark Laxmikant-Pyarelal style, which Pritam usually takes up these days. It is a surprise that Vishal-Shekhar have taken it up, and oh-so-wonderfully! The instrumentation sounds so vast and grand, even without being something too heavy on the ears, that I can just go on praising it. It seems to be a wonderful amalgamation of Southern rhythm, in the Delhi style, with some retro arrangements thrown in like a side dish. You find yourself moving to the beats right from the beginning. Another song this year which falls in the same league was ‘Kheech Meri Photo’ (Sanam Teri Kasam), and I still cannot find more songs this year to join them there. 😀 The infectious, foot-tapping energy of these two are so much more natural than the artificial, wannabe energy of songs like ‘Akkad Bakkad’ (Sanam Re) and other similar songs. This song is obviously hookline-obsessed, as it relies on the hookline to do the needful of attracting listeners all across, and has the strongest part as its hookline. Promotional song, after all. But I must admit, that the other parts of the song are nevertheless very enticing and enjoyable. In the antara, there is a line which goes “tera yaar haay, mujhko bukhaar haay”. It is just so ridiculously cute and catchy at the same time! Talking about the vocals, I bet there is nobody other than Nakash who could’ve imparted the necessary energy to the song! His voice is the perfect mix of urban and rural and thus, he is the PERFECT choice for the song. Vishal-Shekhar have to be commended for their hard work here, making such an infectiously catchy tune, employing the right singer to carry it out (this is commendable because it is the first time they’ve worked with Nakash, and they hit the bullseye in the first chance itself!) Their arrangements are sure to hook you till the last second, with all the cool sound effects — the burp noises, guitars (with which they’ve made a great infectious rhythm), the trumpets (with which they’ve infused a Laxmikant-Pyarelal touch into the song), other synthetic sounds (especially that disco sound in the hookline! I don’t know what ir is called..) and great percussion which sounds real but is probably electronic. The dhols and nagadas give a pure North-Indian touch to the song, where as the kuthu rhthm gives the South-Indian flavour. So here’s there ‘Kashmir Main, Tu Kanyakumari’ part 2. 😂 Varun Grover writes lyrics having a universal appeal, and im really surprised how wonderfully it has been written. Fans all across the world can sing this for their idols universally. Plus, the lyrics are really humorous, highlighting the sometimes silly, or idiotic things people do out of extreme fandom. 😛 I can’t say anything more except that it is a PERFECT song and a #5StarHotelSong!!


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

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

 

 

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THE CASE OF THE UNCONVENTIONAL BOLLYWOOD SOUNDTRACK! (DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Madboy/Mink (Imaad Shah & Saba Azad), Sneha Khanwalkar, Dibakar Banerjee, Blek, Peter Cat Recording Co. (PCRC), Mode AKA, Joint Family & IJA
♪ Lyrics by: Madboy/Mink (Imaad Shah & Saba Azad), Sneha Khanwalkar, Dibakar Banerjee, Rishi Bradoo, Suryakant Sawhney, Sandeep Madhavan, Akshay De & IJA
♪ Music Label: YRF Music
♪ Music Released On: 16th March 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 3rd April 2015

Detective Byomkesh Bakshy Album Cover

Detective Byomkesh Bakshy Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Detetctive Byomkesh Bakshy is an upcoming Bollywood detective thriller film, starring Sushant Singh Rajput in the titular role of the fictional detective Byomkesh Bakshy, created by Bengali writer Sharadindi Bandyopadhyay, upon whom he wrote many stories, and many films and TV shows have already been made in Bengali, this one being the first in Hindi! Supporting him are actors like Anand Tiwari playing his sidekick, Swastika Mukherjee and Meiyang Chang playing characters with grey shades. Thanks to director Dibakar Banerjee, those of us who aren’t familiar with Bakshy babu, like me, will be introduced to this sleuth. Those of us who have read his stories in Bengali, will get to see a new adaptation of the two stories ‘Satyanweshi’ and ‘Pother Kanta’, which are the stories which the film showcases. The film is a joint production between Dibakar Banerjee and one of the biggest production houses of Bollywood, Aditya Chopra’s Yash Raj Films. Going by the trailers, which were very intriguing, the movie is sure to have something unique and not just a regular detective flick. The music, I had thought, before the album released, would mostly consist of Background pieces, and therefore, wouldn’t be something that would make much of a mark. When the album released, I saw that SEVEN different names of people or groups were responsible for the music. Even though I saw that it is a multi-composer, I had some hopes, because this year, we’ve seen some brilliant cases of multi-composer albums that have triumphed like ‘Hawaizaada’, ‘NH10’, ‘Khamoshiyan’ to some extent. Seeing Sneha Khanwalkar having composed a song increased my expectations as she was the only person who I recognized. And last but definitely not the least, I thought about how prestigious both the production houses are, and how they can ever fail in giving a good album. So, did they meet my expectations? Read on to find out!


1. Calcutta Kiss
Singers ~ Imaad Shah & Saba Azad, Music by ~ Madboy/Mink, Lyrics by ~ Madboy/Mink

The strong percussive beats really give a wrong impression at he starting of the song, because who would think a retro jazzy, foot-tapping number would follow those beats, which could pretty much make their place in any upbeat song of these days as well. Anyways, as soon as that rhythm starts which takes you back to the 50s – 60s era, the song starts to fall into place. The sound effects in the prelude are very well-appointed, and they do give the retro feel, which works in favourite of the song, given the era that the film is set in. Saba and Imaad, who are the members of this Madboy/Mink band, themselves come behind the mic to create an atmosphere that’ll surely get you up and dancing to the enthusiastic rhythm. Saba sings in her trademark style, the Bartender voice, and helps the song become what it is, a catchy cabaret-ish number with shades of jazz. Had it been anyone else (except maybe Shalmali) the effect wouldn’t have been even half of this. The band has remade one of their songs from their album ‘All Ball’, which was called ‘Taste The Kiss’, adding some Hindi vocals in it, and also making Saba (or Mink) sing most of it. In the original, Imaad (or Madboy) had sung everything. The composition is just as lively and groovy as the rhythm, and has that mysterious element in it. The line “Do you know what time it is” is the peak of the song, and ensures the listeners to be humming along. Trumpets, piano, guitars and those sound effects, all create a queer, but wonderful environment. And that percussion is just awesome throughout the song. Even the lyrics build up a sense of suspense and mystery. Due to the beats, composition, vocals and to some extent, the Hindi lyrics, this song would probably be the closest to Bollywood music that there is on this soundtrack, and the most commercial as well. An impressive retro jazz number, which will make you tap your feet and nod your head along to its beats! Fabulous! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Bach Ke Bakshy
Singers ~ Gowri Jayakumar, Big Deal, Thomson Andrews, Trevor, Rap by ~ Smokey the Ghosht, Craz Professa, Music by ~ Sneha Khanwalkar & Dibakar Banerjee, Lyrics by ~ Sneha Khanwalkar & Dibakar Banerjee

The next song is jointly composed by Sneha Khanwalkar (Probably the most well-known person on this soundtrack for Bollywood listeners) and Dibakar Banerjee, the director himself. So, wonder what this song has, that he had to contribute something to Sneha’s sole composition? Well, to tell you what it has would be a pretty long thing to do, so you better ask what it doesn’t have! Right from addictive rap, to a catchy, suspenseful composition, to dubstep, to some weird programming, it has everything that would just instantly appeal to your ears, which might be craving for something so unconventional for ages now! Smokey the Ghosht & Crazy Professa open up with their rap, which is quite a lot unlike the rap that is getting famous in India by some people (hinting at Honey Singh, Raftaar, Badshah, Dr. Zeus and the lot of Punjabi rappers that have been ruining the Bollywood industry with their only-they-think-it-is-cool rap) However, this rap really sounds awesome, and not an irritant. The hookline which follows, is some really mysteriously composed one and instantly stands out as something innovative. Gowri with her classical-based parts, balances out the song. Arrangements have been done just amazingly by Sneha. We already know how great she is at that. Mostly techno sounds, because that is what she is known for, and she uses them excellently. Disco beats also sound awesome in Gowri’s line. The weird breaking that she does with the vocals is evident here too, and works for the song. The lyrics are also well-suited to the theme of the movie, and provide for an interesting listen, so listen carefully! Overall, the song is a perfect theme song for a detective movie, which can arouse in the listeners, a sense of curiosity and eagerness to watch the movie. Innovation is her middle name, and she proves it yet again with this haunting track!! Great going Sneha! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Byomkesh In Love
Singers ~ Rishi Bradoo, Anil Bradoo & Usri Banerjee, Music by ~ Blek, Lyrics by ~ Rishi Bradoo

Electric guitar starts off this song vibrantly, followed by some lively English lines, which sound very much like a full-fledged English song. It will surely appeal to you, though, even if you don’t like English songs. Because what comes next will blow your mind. Usri Banerjee comes in with her traditional classical Indian part, and provides the second aspect of this song. Two genres from across the world, when are fused together in one song, sound brilliant. The band Blek, an alt punk band consisting of Rishi Bradoo, Jared Creado and Linford D’Souza, has amalgamated both the genres very naturally, as though they were meant to co-exist. However, here’s the truth: the English part of this song is Blek’s 2012 song ‘Fog + Strobe’, and now, three years later, for Bollywood, they have infused a Thumri by Usri Banerjee into it, so it fits into the script and yet appeals to the audience! Really, hats off to them for accomplishing this! The arrangements are awesome, as well. The regular drums, electric guitars of English punk music, backs even the classical parts, giving a great contrast. The vocals have been done as well as international artists. And Usri stuns with her amazing rendition of the classical part. A romantic song, which is really unconventional! Kudos to Dibakar for fishing out such a weird and unusually extraordinary song from Indie artists like Blek! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Jaanam
Singer ~ Suryakant Sawhney, Music by ~ Peter Cat Recording Co. (PCRC), Lyrics by ~ Suryakant Sawhney

The retro waltz beats with which this song starts, are enough to divert your attention from whatever you are doing at the moment, and do nothing else but solely hear this wonderful romantic number. Peter Cat Recording Co. (PCRC) is a Delhi based psych rock band, and they have revamped their song ‘Pariquel’ from their album ‘Sinema’, by making it into a full Hindi song, with Hindi lyrics. Suryakant Sawhney, a member of the band, had sung the original version in English and he sings and writes the Hindi version for this album very efficiently. The arrangements are really very captivating, and you can’t help but nod your head to those waltz beats. Even the clattering sounds like those castanets, as used in old Bollywood films’ cabaret songs like the music of O.P. Nayyar and the lot, has been used magnificently! But here, I think they are just two drumsticks (not the vegetable) which are being hit on each other. (If you can’t hear them, hear closely when the singer says “Ye din toh aayega..”) The occasional sound of a cymbal, and drums, sounds good in the song. The composition is very, very sweet and addictive, and Bollywood is already familiar to this type of composition, thus giving it more of a Bollywood audience to appeal to. The whole song seems to have been intentionally muffled, to make it sound more like it has been recorded in the 50s or so. That is why, when the song ends, you feel awkward, because of the sudden silence. 😀 Suryakant’s vocals are a bit off tune at some places, but it wouldn’t have sounded that good if they hadn’t been, and would’ve sounded very artificial. And the lyrics have shades of betrayal in them. Definitely hear this one, for its beautiful tune, thought-provoking lyrics and awesome arrangements!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Chase In Chinatown
Singers ~ Vyshnav Balasubramaniam, Sandeep Madhavan & Manas Ullas, Music by ~ Mode AKA, Lyrics by ~ Sandeep Madhavan

This is one of the original songs on this score, a song which breaks any previous conception that metal is something which Bollywood is not cut out for at all. You must have heard it in the trailer of the movie, and must have fallen in love (let’s say fascination, because it doesn’t sound right to fall in “love” with a metal song 😂 ) So you must’ve got fascinated by it right when you heard it in the trailer. And fascinate you is all it does! It hardly has any intelligible words, so the lyrics don’t count here. The vocals have a very small role to play, when the guys yell some things, and half of them since you can’t make out, you subconsciously ignore the vocals too. But they are full of angst wherever they do exist. So all your attention goes to the stellar arrangements — the brilliant electric guitars, the bass sounds, the techno synth sounds, which just impress you more and more each time you hear the song. The mic feedback sound effects also sound awesome. The rhythm which the song is on, is one that, yet again, manages to make you dance. The various sounds that the band has used in this track, never fail to catch your attention. Yet another brilliant and unusual composition, this one introducing metal genre into Bollywood, with a whole lot of cool new sounds!! A must-listen!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Life’s A Bitch
Singer ~ Akshay De, Music by ~ Joint Family, Lyrics by ~ Akshay De

The next track on the soundtrack is yet another metal song, this time more full-fledged, open and bold than the previous track. Again, the lyrics and vocals play very less part as compared to the arrangements and composition. Unlike the previous track, this one won’t instantly appeal to all listeners. Joint Family very conveniently just picks up their 2007 song with the same name and gives it to Dibakar to make it a part of his film’s soundtrack. The attempt to create a Metal song in India in 2007, that too, such an open one, has to be appreciated! It might come across as too loud for some, but awesomely cool to others. As for me, I fall in between these two categories. I’ve been impressed by the wonderful arrangements on the track and the awesome , but those monstrous vocals of the lead singer kinda put me off. I get that this is the whole idea of Metal, but the yelling was a bit too much to bear. 😂😂 Moving on, the accent of Akshay De seems like he’s an Australian. 😜 A great attempt to introduce heavy metal to India, but I guess it’s a bit too heavy. Nevertheless, it deserves at least one listen!

 

7. Yang Guang Lives
Singer ~ IJA, Music by ~ IJA, Lyrics by ~ IJA 

This song (or background piece) is composed by band IJA, and showcases some stunning sound effects. It starts with the sound of a gong, followed by some percussion beats, after which it falls silent for quite some time. The vocals are nothing but a man whispering some things in anger, which arouse the sense of suspense and mystery inside you. The whole song is pretty silent, with nothing much to hear or describe in a review, for the first two minutes, after which a catchy techno tune starts, which slowly gains pace and intrigues you as it progresses. Meanwhile the members of IJA keep whispering stuff. It eventually takes a rock form, and the electric guitars have been played in an awesome way. The composition seems to be one that would be played in the climax of the movie, in the background, when things are tense, when the detective is very, very close to solving the mystery. Drums also complement the guitars, making it end as something which makes you think what you just heard. Something different from the usual background pieces included in Bollywood albums. Hear it for the awesome sound effects and the marvelous arrangements towards the end!! A silent ending to the album! #5StarHotelSong!!


Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! Whatever I say about this album, it would be an understatement. Dibakar Banerjee has stayed true to his convention of doing the unconventional, whereas Aditya Chopra has broken all the stereotypes that had been given to YRF by including such tracks in this album and producing the album. Both of them together have picked out in total, seven songs from artists from a music scene that barely gets the importance it needs in India. By doing this, they have taken it upon themselves to promote such talents, and they have done so with utmost excellence. Each of the artists have very efficiently delivered what was needed from them, and definitely what was unexpected. Dibakar stays true to his film’s tagline i.e, EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!! And this was indeed unexpected!! 

 

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: Jaanam > Byomkesh In Love > Calcutta Kiss > Chase In Chinatown > Bach Ke Bakshy > Yang Guang Lives > Life’s A Bitch

 

Which is your favourite song from Detective Byomkesh Bakshy? Please vote for it below! 🙂 Thanks!

 

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SUR LAGA KE HAISHA!!! (DUM LAGA KE HAISHA – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Anu Malik
♪ Lyrics by: Varun Grover
♪ Music Label: YRF Music
♪ Music Released On: 9th February 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 27th February 2015

Dum Laga Ke Haisha Album Cover

Dum Laga Ke Haisha Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Dum Laga Ke Haisha is an upcoming Bollywood romantic comedy, directed by debutant Sharat Katariya, produced by Aditya Chopra, and starring Ayushmann Khurrana along with debutante Bhumi Pednekar in the lead roles. The film is about a man, who ends up with an “oversized and mismatched” wife, who he thinks is a spanner in his life. However, he discovers that she will actually lead him to something quite cool. So, the story is something new, seems interesting. Oh, and I forgot to tell you, that the character of Ayushmann in the movie, has been shown as a huge fan of Kumar Sanu, and so it was clear that Kumar Sanu will have sung for the movie, and indeed, he does have TWO songs in this album, which is composed by none other than the person whose music (and probably voice, too) everyone was crazy for, in the 90s and early 2000s. That person is Anu Malik!! After composing two songs in ‘Shootout at Wadala’, and singing some hopeless songs sometime between ‘Shootout at Wadala’ and this album, he is back into the composing scene, with a YRF album. May I also note that it is his first YRF album even after so many years in the industry. Considering that fact, there really must’ve been some very valid reason to bring this man on board, and Aditya Chopra must have really called him in for some particular flavour to get included in his movie’s songs. So let’s go ahead and see, what exactly it was, that made Aditya opt for Anu Malik in particular, and whether Anu has satisfied his needs!


1. Moh Moh Ke Dhaage (Male Version) / Moh Moh Ke Dhaage (Female Version)
Singers ~ Papon / Monali Thakur

Anu Malik takes you back to his ‘Refugee’ days, in which there was a song ‘Mere Humsafar’. Well, this song very perfectly radiates the same romantic and calming feeling of that song. The composition by Anu Malik, based on Raag Yaman-Kalyan, is one of the best I’ve come across this year. It also has a tinge of a ‘Devdas’ touch to it, or may I say, it sounds like a proper Sanjay Leela Bhansali film song, what with the slightly haunting, yet appearing sweet tune, and the awesome traditional arrangements, like the manjeeras, shehnai, and flute. I also think there is some use of matka and certain parts with the extremely blissful sound if the waterdrops, enhance the composition a lot. The composition and arrangements both come to their peaks in the antara. The only thing you get by listening this song is bliss, nothing more (I don’t think there’s anything better than bliss, though) and nothing less. Papon sings the song perfectly, and he makes you feel that nobody except him, could do justice to the beautiful composition. His smooth and metallic voice doesn’t let you divert your attention anywhere else and keeps you glued to the song. Monali, in the female, sounds very sweet and charming, and once again after ‘Sawaar Loon’ from ‘Lootera’, she gets a chance to prove her immense talent in singing classical music, even though she’s being tagged as a club singer in Bollywood, pitifully. Surprisingly, her version works more as the song is from the point of view of a female. Cute lyrics by Varun increase the likability of the song even more. One of the best composition of the year, beautifully rendered by Papon and Monali in their respective versions! All credit to Anu Malik for giving us this must-listen, divine track! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Dum Laga Ke Haisha
Singers ~ Kailash Kher, Jyoti Nooran & Sultana Nooran

When it comes to compose a title song, it is very difficult for composers, as the pressure is always looming over them, that the song has to be catchy, and instantly become an earworm of everyone. Here, Anu Malik tries his best to bring in that catchiness, and also some very enjoyable feel, but it doesn’t produce the required feel, and falls just a tad bit short of expectations. Though we can see awesome singers like Kailash Kher and the Nooran Sisters (whose second Bollywood song it is, after exactly a year from their superhit ‘Patakha Guddi’ with Rahman) we can’t help but lose interest halfway through the song. The composition is a bit loose and falls apart until we get halfway through the song. It just seems abrupt and incomplete at parts, and so doesn’t have much of a great impact. The singers, however, do well in their parts. Kailash with his very distinct hoarse folksy voice is the best choice for the song, while the Nooran Sisters complement him very well. Their solo part, which sounds very much like ‘Patakha Guddi’ itself, sounds amazing. Arrangements are also catchy and make up for the faults in the composition. Varun’s lyrics are fine, considering it is a title track. Though a faulty composition, the dynamic vocals and great arrangements make up for it, to result in an enjoyable track overall! Worth a listen!

 

3. Tu
Singer ~ Kumar Sanu

On your marks…Get Set…Go!! Back to the 90s! This next song will make you go back in time to the 90s, with exactly the same style of composition, the same style of arrangements, even the same style of lyrics! And above all, the same style of singing, and why does it seem so similar? Because it has been done by the same man, the man who holds the record of winning the Filmfare for Best Singer (Male 😛 ) FIVE times IN A ROW!! Yes, you guessed it! Kumar Sanu! The way he sounds after so many days, and in the same type of song that we all used to love him in, is just brilliant! The makers must have intentionally made Anu bring back the 90s, as the character of Ayushmann is a huge Kumar Sanu fan. Everything is just resemblant of the 90s, and very perfectly, too. The orchestra, the percussion, and the repetitive background music on loop, perfectly resemble those love songs everyone was crazy for back then. The short duration of the song (it only has a mukhda, not even an antara) might put some people off, because of course they were expecting a proper song when it is Sanu da’s comeback! Nevertheless, the song does engage the listener. The duration is a letdown, but everything else is PERFECT! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Sunder Susheel
Singers ~ Malini Awasthi & Rahul Ram

Here comes another totally, purely, folksy song, sung by two singers whose voices have the right amounts of folksiness in them to make this song work. The composition doesn’t instantly call out to you, but takes some time for you to get accustomed to and set in. The arrangements, however, are awesome, and again, they manage to keep the listener busy inspite of the composition which didn’t do what it was supposed to. The percussion consisting of daflis, dholaks and whatnot, really attracts. And the harmonium has been used awesomely too. But I have to specially mention the ektara which sounds very catchy in the song. Malini Awasthi overshadows Rahul Ram here, because her voice has a certain sharp edge to it, which instantly appeals to the ears, whereas Rahul Ram fails to make a strong impact with his vocals. Malini’s solo piece after the first antara is something to hear! So are her Tanana Nanana Nanana parts throughout the song. But what is the highlight of the song are the lyrics, by Varun Grover. Very attractive, humorous and also suitable lyrics. Pay close attention to them. The Hinglish does a great job to keep us entertained. Great lyrics and vocals and arrange!ents save the not-so-attractive composition!

 

5. Dard Karaara
Singers ~ Kumar Sanu & Sadhana Sargam

Kumar Sanu comes back into the album for his second song, this time accompanied by Sadhana Sargam, to deliver another 90s-styled composition. The opening backing vocals remind you of the 90s, which proves that Anu Malik has succeeded once again, in bringing back the 90s. The dandiya-like instrumental loop is really catchy and gives a good start to the song. The violin strokes before the hookline, are just brilliant and perfectly placed! And the percussion, again hits the bulls-eye! The whole song is reminiscent of the 90s era, and seems as if it actually belongs to a 90s album! Sadhana Sargam sounds very sweet singing along with Kumar Sanu, and they both complement each other very well. The composition is also very beautiful and sweet, and it will surely have you hooked! It has been placed on a great Dadra rhythm, which was highly prevalent in the 90s songs. The lyrics have even more of the 90s flavour in them, and have been written very efficiently. So efficiently composed as a 90s reminder, that it actually seems as if it belongs to a 90s album! Wonderful! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Prem’s Theme
Singer ~ Papon

It actually sounds like an instrumental version of ‘Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’, and Papon’s vocals make it sound even more so. This one is kind of low on the instruments, and Papon’s voice has been supported by just soft guitar strums in the background, while he sings a truly haunting vocal piece. All the Aalaaps, he takes with great ease and flexibility. This track just proves how immensely talented Papon is!! Do not miss this one!! #5StarHotelSong!!


Dum Laga Ke Haisha, the much hyped-about comeback of Anu Malik as a sole composer, and into the music composing scene after two years, turns out to be a very satisfying album! Though the two upbeat songs have faulty compositions, there are other aspects about them, that are very likable, such as the lyrics and arrangements. And in every single song, the choice of singers is PERFECT. Nowhere do the singers fall short of expectations, though Anu Malik does somewhere or the other. The romantic songs are all beautiful, and maybe that’s why I delayed this review till Valentine’s Day? 😉 😀 So, on a whole, Dum Laga Ke Haisha is an album that Anu Malik should be proud of making a comeback with!! 

 

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: Moh Moh Ke Dhaage (Female Version) > Moh Moh Ke Dhaage (Male Version) > Dard Karaara > Tu > Prem’s Theme > Dum Laga Ke Haisha > Sunder Susheel 

 

Which is your favorite song from Dum Laga Ke Haisha? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

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