Success comes to those who will and dare; who craves for it; who works hard for it and who is liked by everybody. Pritam has been working so hard for more than seven years now, just to prove himself the best in the music industry. And finally, when he got his first Filmfare for Barfi!, he knew that he has done it. But that’s not the only duty of a successful person. The most important is to maintain that success. He did that too by again winning almost all the big awards for his last year’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Last two years have been wonderful for him. This year doesn’t seem to be any different. Besides Pritam, Mikey Mcleary has one song which got included two days later after the music release. Among all the films releasing in February, Shaadi Ke Side Effects have been the most awaited as it’s a sequel to a super hit 2006 movie Pyaar Ke Side Effects and also because industry’s two best actors are to be paired on screen for the first time.
Music: Pritam; Music Label: T Series
1. Harry’s Not A Brahmachari / Harry’s Not A Brahmachari (The Original Song) – Singers: Jazzy B, Divya Kumar, Ishq Bector; Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya
This track was heard for the first time in November on the release of the first theatrical trailer. At that time only, it had started gathering its fans and till January, it gained a huge hype. And when the song released, listeners got very upset as they didn’t find what they actually wanted. T Series released its remix version in which there was nothing comical like the trailer version had. Finally the trailer version released with the soundtrack as “The Original Song”. It starts with the Tumbi sound which garners the interest of the listeners right from the starting whereas in the other version, the intro has been done using Been. Pritam has appointed all three of them, the roles which perfectly harmonize with them. Jazzy B has been assigned to sing the mukhda, Divya Kumar shows his diligence with the antara and Ishq Bector is provided a vigorous rap to sing. The typical quirky Amitabh Bhattacharya kind of lyrics with the high pitched vocals of Jazzy B makes it a waggish Punjabi track that would thoroughly be enjoyed by the party goers. On the other hand Divya Kumar’s part has a slight Classical touch while the energy of the rhythm remains the same. The original version has various amusing sounds that gets filled in spaces after atyachaari, bantadhaari in order to make the song humorous. The other version has nothing like that, instead, it has heavy techno beats to energize it more but sadly, that didn’t work. The mood of the song is apt for the background given in the original version. The original version witnesses two raps while the rap is completely absent in the other one. The original version seems to be much better but that, I guess, is because of the familiarity and attachment with it because of its presence in the trailer.
2. I’m Sorry Par Tumse Pyar Ho Gaya (The Hey Song) – Singers: Nikhil Paul George, Neeti Mohan, Mili Nair; Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire
Pritam is a perfectionist when it comes to his catchy sweet melodious romantic tunes but the case is slightly different here. He has created something which is quite different to his typical style of composing. He has used two of his previous sounds, Barfi!’s composition style and singing style of I Love You (Bodyguard) and fused it so well that the resultant sound which got produced, is awe-inspiring. The song is so apt for Nikhil’s voice that it quite easily overpowers his previous works with Pritam. The background that has been kept is so perfectly sounding that sometimes, Nikhil’s vocals and the background sound is indistinguishable. I tried a lot to identify the vocals of Neeti and Mili Nair individually but failed. I assumed and guessed that mukhda must have been sung by Mili and the antara by Neeti. The adorable Violin piece with parts of Saxophone at appropriate places, is an overwhelming experience. The best part is when the tune quite delicately takes the higher notes in Zara zara tedhi medhi phir bhi wo pyaari hai. Quite an innovative step by Pritam in his romanticism. #WelcomeSong
3. Tauba Main Vyaah Karke Pachhtaya / Tauba Main Vyaah Karke Pachhtaya (Punjabi Version) – Singers: Shahid Mallya, Poorvi Kautish, Alam / Arif Lohar, Shahid Mallya, Poorvi Kautish, Alam; Lyrics: Mayur Puri
It starts with the traditional marriage tune and mantra and then enters the extra-dynamic Dhol which heightens the prequel effect in which Pyar changed to Vyah in accordance with the movie. Actually the change had occur in the prequel only. It’s actually inspired by a Punjabi folk track Main Te Viah Karke Pachhtaya by Alam Lohar. So, they changed it to pyaar in Pyaar Ke Side Effects and the sequel didn’t need the change as vyah already goes with the movie. Pyar Karke Pachhtaya was sung by Labh Janua. To bring it a change, they have used Shahid Mallya and Arif Lohar in Hindi and Punjabi version respectively retaining the owner of the song Alam Lohar. Beats and arrangements are superb giving a soothing enjoyable sound inspite of being loud. The tune which was quite simple in the old song, is slightly complex and innovative too. Although Shahid Mallya has sung with complete energy, Arif Lohar has indescribable energy in his vocals which brings more power to the Punjabi version. But the hero of this song is definitely Mayur Puri. He has been retained just for this song as he was the solo writer for Pyaar Ke Side Effects. He has written some of the most amusing, comical, entertaining lyrics. Specially the antara where he has compared the situation with every super hero. Enjoy this track to the fullest but do have a look on the witty lyrics.
4. Desi Romance – Singers: Arijit Singh, Suchi; Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire
So, here Bollywood welcomes a new promising singer Suchi who was featured in the song Jagao Mere Des Ko by AR Rahman in Coke Studio season 3 episode 1. The song starts with mildly played Piano and Suchi sings a Classical line which signifies that something interesting would going to happen. Yes, it does have a lot of interesting elements. As Arijit begins, you get to know that it’s actually a club track. Suchi has been given the role to sing only the Classical part and Arijit to sing the Club part of the song. The Classical has been fused so well in the Club-ness that it would keep you engage throughout the song. The hook line is typical Pritam-ish but he experimented with that too. Arijit, when croons the hook line, Aaj piyenge all through the night, Suchi peeps in Ratiyaa chhaaye, toh jiya lalchaave, and again the hook line continues. After the second time, when hook line gets over, comes the heavy techno sound that used to be heard only in rave parties or music festivals like Sunburn. It is so damn energetic and heavy that you would be getting an awesome experience on a good quality headphones. Everyone is saying that it’s a typical Pritam-ish track. I don’t agree. So much of innovations and a high level of fusion is not involved in his regular tracks. A song for Classical lovers, Club lovers and Romantic lovers. A song for all.
5. Yahaan Vahaan / Yahaan Vahaan (Reprise) – Singer: Farhan Akhtar; Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire
It’s all about the Guitar. The original version has acoustics and the reprise version has electric. A very neat and likable melody that sticks to your mind after multiple listen. Farhan Akhtar, the lead protagonist, who is playing a musician in the movie, gets this song in his own voice. Pritam has managed him quite well. He has made Farhan, sing a kind of song that he has attempted never before. Farhan has gone out of his comfort zone this time, and delivered it awesomely with sublime confidence. Also, Farhan’s husky voice is nowhere to be heard and he sings with smoothness. The song in the former version sounds ordinary until you listen to the reprise version. Pritam has kept the same background in the reprise version as was there in one of the versions of Mere Bina Tu (Phata Poster Nikla Hero). The arrangements and the way of playing the Electric Guitar is quite similar to that in Yaariyan (Cocktail). So, it’s because of the Acoustic Guitar that the original version doesn’t sound to be a Pritam composition and it’s because of the way the Electric Guitars have been played that the reprise version sounds to be owned by Pritam. As I said, It’s all about the Guitar.
6. Bawla Sa Sapna / Bawla Sa Sapna (The Children Come To Sing) – Singer: Mohit Chauhan / Diva; Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire
Do you have ever heard a five year old child doing the lead playback in a Bollywood song? I am sure you haven’t. It is the first time that 5 year old girl has done the solo singing in a film song. Diva, the girl who is the daughter of Pritha Majumdar, a Bengali Singer, has sung it giving each and every expression right and what can I say about her singing. It’s a tough song for a 5 year old child to sing. Specially in the antara, it becomes quite complex but she has managed all brilliantly. There didn’t seem to have any moment that it could felt that something was going wrong. She sang perfectly the whole song. Mohit Chauhan, on the other hand gets a sweet melodious tune to sing and he sang superb as always. In Mohit Chauhan’s version, strings have been played beautifully aptly supported by Saxophone. In Diva’s version strings have been replaced by Piano. The children chorus sounds harmonious. It’s a lullaby in the form of a cute story of “Sapna” (dream), who tries to fulfill his son Sapnu’s demand to bring him the moon. It’s all about how he manages to reach there and how he works hard to get the moon for his son. But the story ends in a cuter way when Sapna shows his son a mirror “bola mere pyaare sapnu, tu hi hai chaand apna”. It is Pritam’s as well as Swanand’s one of the best works in recent times.
(Additional Track) Ahista Ahista – Singer: Farhan Akhtar; Music: Mikey Mcleary; Lyrics: Ankur Tiwari
The solo track by Mikey wasn’t released with the music. It’s an additional track that released two days after the music release. It’s a beautiful westernized track on Guitars working as the percussion and string both. Farhan is sounding awesome in this track also. It seems that he has improved his singing a lot and his husky voice has been cared by the composers now. It has a brilliant orchestration and arrangements are just superb. The tune is a bit plain but grows on you after listening to numerous times. The only non-Pritam track also deserves to get a thumbs up!
Shaadi Ke Side Effects, the soundtrack is not just about composing good melodies but it also has amazing accordance with the situations in the movie. There’s a song for every stage of love life. When you proposes your beloved and enter into a relationship, you have Tumse Pyaar Ho Gaya. After your marriage is fixed, you have a bachelor party just before the marriage ceremony, Harry’s Not A Brahmchari. After the marriage, you come to know the real meaning of “wife” and hence you have Vyaah Karke Pachhtaya. After having a sweet baby, you wish to sing a lullaby for him/her, Bawla Sa Sapna is there. Rest of the tracks would definitely have a particular situation in the movie. The soundtrack introduces a female singer Suchi who sounds very promising in her debut. It is also the first time that a 5 year old child, Diva, has done the solo playback. After Rock On, Farhan Akhtar has again held the mike for two beautiful songs which he rendered soulfully with sanctity. Whether you call him Mr. Perfectionist or name him Badshaah of Bollywood music, Pritam has again proved to all the doubters that he is the best! This album has everything that an ideal artistic successful soundtrack should have.
The Final Verdict: AGREE
The Verdict Order: DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE
Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (February 2014)
Singer of the Month (Female): Diva – Bawla Sa Sapna (Shaadi Ke Side Effects)
Singer of the Month (Male): Arif Lohar – Tauba Main Vyaah Karke Pachhtaya (Shaadi Ke Side Effects)
Composer of the Month (Song): AR Rahman – Patakha Guddi (Highway)
Composer of the Month (Album): Pritam – Shaadi Ke Side Effects
Lyricist of the Month: Irshad Kamil – Sooha Saaha (Highway)
Song of the Month: Tune Maari Entriyaan – Gunday (Sohail Sen, Irshad Kamil)
Album of the Month: Shaadi Ke Side Effects (T Series)
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