Another one from the Freshitarian Sohail Sen! (Gunday – Music Review)

I was carried away with the soundtrack of Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and I loved Laapata and Saiyaara from Ek Tha Tiger and I liked almost all the songs of What’s Your Rashee. Sohail Sen, the composer got his first big film because of the rejection done by AR Rahman when Ashutosh Gowariker offered him Multi – Priyanka Chopra starer What’s Your Rashee. He then didn’t look back and got his three consecutive projects with the largest production house, Yash Raj Films. After Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, he has yet again worked with lyricist Irshad Kamil and director Ali Abbas Zafar. Gunday, has already created buzz all around and increased the list of successful albums in his bucket.




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Music: Sohail Sen;  Music Label: YRF Music


1. Jashn-E-Ishqa / Rhythm Of Jashn-E-Ishqa – Singers: Javed Ali, Shadab Faridi / Shadab Faridi;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

To compose a song which belongs to the Action genre, is one of the most difficult tasks. By song, I mean a good song. This track goes far away from  the title tracks of Singham or Dabangg in terms of composition, rhythm, arrangements and not to forget, lyrics. Sohail Sen has quite cleverly chosen the singers. Javed Ali, whose vocals have a soft texture has made an amazing combo with Shadab who has a hard core voice and they both showed a good coordination. The sounds used are exceptionally well. The beats in the antara are more than enough to impress the listeners. In  the rhythm version has pulsating beats and imaginative sounds including the ambiance sounds like that of the train. The chorus is damn energetic and interesting. Expressive Engineering, planned Arrangements, pleasurable Composition and nice Lyrics! 


2. Tune Maari Entriyaan / Tune Maari Entriyaan (Bangla Version) – Singers: Vishal Dadlani, KK, Neeti Mohan, Bappi Lahiri / Bappi Lahiri, Monali Thakur;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil / Bappi Lahiri, Gautam Susmit

                      A song which has singers  like Vishal, KK  and Neeti Mohan behind the mike, it’s height of awesomeness. It doesn’t get awesome just because of the singers but because of the the real hero Sohail Sen. What an addictive tune he has created! Not just the mukhda, the antara also has a damn cute tune which is rendered cutely by Neeti. Irshad Kamil, who is known for his literature in his songs, has written a masala quirky lyrics which is decent as well as energetic. The backing vocals having the tang tang tang sound is attractive and the backing vocals done by Bappi Lahiri is a lot humorous. The Electric Guitar has been used very well and so is the Dumroo. Horns have been used in both the antara. Vishal and KK have coordinated well and both of their voices have been melded very well that you have to consciously concentrate to identify their individual voice. Beats are appropriate for dancing and the arrangements are superb. The Bangla version has Bappi Lahiri as the lead singer and Monali Thakur in place of Neeti Mohan. More humor has been tried to create here but it lands somewhat dull compared to the Hindi version. All the arrangements are exactly same except in place of tang tang, they have used o shona o shona to give more Bengali touch. This version is also a fun to hear. A catchy mukhda and a lovable antara. #WelcomeSong


3. Jiya – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

Just the way it starts, a vibe is created all around and you are bound to love this song. It starts with a beautiful tune played with Santoor and the rhythm has that same Saiyaara (Ek Tha Tiger) like sound which I personally love. Arijit Singh rendered it perfectly. At the first time, the part where mukhda ends, sounds a bit odd but few listening improves this oddness and changes it into beauty. The Violin has been played wonderfully in the interlude. The basic tune of antara sounds a bit 90’s, though still it has a fresh sound. The tune of mukhda is quite depressing and dull but antara is lovable and catchy. Irshad Kamil, according to his habit, has played with words a lot. The word Jiya is a Pun here which is depicting two meanings in the same situation. A refreshing dull track! 


4. Asalaam-E-Ishqum – Singers: Bappi Lahiri, Neha Bhasin;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

Neha Bhasin is back after the superhit Dhunki with Sohail Sen in this Cabaret track which is quite catchy and foot tapping. The tune is perfect for a Cabaret like track and so is the lyrics but the rhythm and the horns that are used, do not at all sound apt for this. The best part of the songs is the tune of the line by Bappi Lahiri, Apni Salaamati… It’s damn catchy and rhythmic. His vocals have played an important role in energizing the song and making it full of flavors and colors. The song, at times, sounded old, something that was used to be created way back. Well, then their aim is complete. They had to sound it like an old track as the movie has a story set up in 1970’s. It makes us remember of the old 70’s movies Cabaret dance tracks and hence, they are successful in their mission. 


5. Saaiyaan – Singer: Shahid Mallya;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

                      Kal Meera tadpi Kanha ko, sab laaj samaaj ganvaayi re, Ab prem mein tadpan-tarsan ki hai baari Kanha ki aayi re. That’s Irshad Kamil for you. It’s a typical Hindi film sad song which has Shahid Mallya who also had sung for Sohail Sen in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. It has a slight inclination towards Rock as Drums and Electric Guitars are highly used. Violin has also been played to beautify it more. Shahid Mallya has done amazing singing. He has sung with appropriate amount of emotions and feelings. It also has that old sounding quality. It might have been done knowingly. Nothing New, though Nice!


6. Mann Kunto Maula / Mann Kunto Maula (Classical Version) – Singers: Altamash Faridi, Shadab Faridi;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

Here a Sufi Qawwali has been given a Rock sound. To attempt it, is itself a big thing and for that I must applaud Sohail Sen. But somehow, this idea of sounding it as Rock, didn’t work quite well. The lyrics, the singers, the chorus and the composition are all well suited for Sufi arrangements and not the Rock ones. Although the Electric Guitars are played brilliantly leaving no stone unturned, it doesn’t at all connect to the listeners and doesn’t provide the pleasure which is needed in these type of songs. You can get the required pleasure in its Classical version that should have been named as Sufi version. It has all the arrangements that were being waited for. From Tabla to Dholak to Harmonium, each instrument receives a well deserving applaud. Faridi brothers sounded more comfortable in this version and sang their heart out. Lyrics are thoughtful and full of devotion. Classical one is the better version. Go for it!


7. Gunday – Singer: Sohail Sen;  Lyrics: Ali Abbas Zafar

In the end, composer takes over the mike and sings the title track. If you are given a word like Gunday and told to create a tune on that. I am sure people who even compose, can’t create a good tune. Mukhda is nice. The intro with Banjo is superb. But that line Hum Hain Gunday is beyond everything. It’s a very short tune but highly effective. How he would have imagined such a tune with the given word Gunday! It’s a very small song having no antara but the way which it is composed and arranged is fab. Don’t take it lightly, It’s a powerful track.


Gunday is a soundtrack which has been given 70’s and 90’s essence, still it has a fresh sound attached to it. It’s a full fledged album of seven songs and of different genres. Tune Maari Entriyaan is definitely the best. Jiya is truly awesome with that Santoor sound. Saaiyaan is the same old stuff of sadness blended with a little Rock. Asalaam-E-Ishqum is a perfectly made track with a faulty rhythm which could have been better. Man Kunto Maula’s both the versions are good but the Classical one has its own charm. The two tracks for which I actually want to applaud Sohail Sen is Jashn-E-Ishqa and Gunday. He has correctly used his imagination in both the tracks in which there was very less scope of good composition, yet he created something highly innovative.


The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE



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