Compilations of Disappointments! (Kaanchi – Music Review)

When you think of Subhash Ghai, what comes first to your mind? His films? No! His films’ music. He is gifted with a musical ear and a musical luck, as said by him. That’s the reason why even today, songs of Pardes, Taal or Yuvraaj pleases us in a way that no other album can. It was sanctity and innocence in those songs. If talking about sanctity, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas were no less. We thought it was Ismail Darbar’s magic which showered us with that bliss but the scene was something different. Something mysterious that we came to know just last year when Ramleela released….Kaanchi..._poster


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Music Label:  Mukta Arts


1. Kaanchi Re Kaanchi – Singer: Sukhwinder Singh;  Music: Ismail Darbar;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

It kicks off with a dramatic start in a voice calling “Kaanchiiii”. A very commendable Guitar arrangements have been done by Ismail Darbar. The song is a typical Subhash Ghai zoned, completely nurtured in the Nature’s beauty. The sounds of birds chirping and the chorus by kids are treats to listen. The trumpet has been played mildly in the interlude which sounds beautiful. Ismail Darbar optimizes Sukhwinder’s vocals accurately and has kept everything perfect according to the needs. Lyrics is apt for the situation. It would make you remember Taal Title Track and I Love My India of Pardes. Though they were much much much beautiful.


2. Tu Sab Kuch Re – Singers: Sonu Nigam, Anwesha Sarkar, Ismail Darbar;  Music: Ismail Darbar;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

Anweshaa, the Chhote Ustaad contestant belonged to Shreya school of singing. Ismail Darbar efficiently utilizes her vocals to the level it could be. Though Shreya would have given this song a magical approach but Anweshaa too carried the song quite well along with Sonu Nigam whom we are listening in a track like this after a very long time. The composition at instances, gives resemblance to Tera Jaadu Chal Gaya. Again, the former was incomparable. Here also, he has used chorus wonderfully and placed his vocals at places. Irshad Kamil is expert when it comes to centralizing the love. Brass sections could have been improved. Specially, in the end, that shaadi-like arrangement doesn’t sound nice. A very ordinary but breezy romantic composition when considering Subhash Ghai, Ismail Darbar and Irshad Kamil.


3. Main Mushtanda – Singers: Mika, Aishwarya Majumdar;  Music: Subhash Ghai;  Lyrics: Subhash Ghai                

Whatever the name Subhash Ghai you have associated to till now, this song will break all those past imaginations and land into contradictions. That gentleman has composed and written this song and it is for the very first time. Surprisingly, the song doesn’t at all match up to his image. First of all, the composition is totally avoidable. It has some non-sense Honey Singh type raps that annoy a lot.  Talking about lyrics, well, using lines like mere tann mein seduction or arey lust karun ya love karun are vulgar and falls into the anti Subhash Ghai school of music. There was no benefit of taking Mika. Honey Singh se hi kaam chal jaata.


4. Kambal Ke Neeche – Singers: Neeti Mohan, Aishwarya Majumdar, Aman Trikha, Sanchita Bhattacharya;  Music: Ismail Darbar;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

The song which has been appearing in news for very long, is nothing but a waste of excitement. I don’t know why Irshad Kamil has been credited in this. Makers have used all the old Subhash Ghai, Ismail Darbar and  Salim-Sulaiman songs and just added Kambal Ke Neeche. So, it is like Do dil mil rahe hain…. Kambal Ke Neeche. Okay, that is so vulgar but atleast makes some sense. But what’s this: Main ramta jogi main ramta jogi… Kambal Ke Neeche or Ye dil deewana… Kambal Ke Neeche. Does it make any sense? I doubt if he (Subhash Ghai) is the same person who is known for his musical taste and ears. Whoever has done the compilation of the songs, is so unintelligent, unlearned and is born with a missing common sense. I hope he is not the filmmaker himself. Do you criticize the lyrics of item songs? Well, you won’t, from now. Just listen to this.


5. Thumka – Singers: Sonu Nigam, Suzanne D’Mello;  Music: Salim-Sulaiman;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

Now, this track neither belongs to Subhash Ghai type music category nor it has potential to irritate the listeners as some of the above the songs did. The moment it stars, you come to know that it’s a Salim-Sulaiman song because the techno rhythm at the start gives instant resemblance to Aadat Se Majboor (Ladies Vs Ricky Behl). It’s a kind of a club track though it is not as fast as most club tracks are. Composition is quite ordinary but likable. The same case goes with the lyrics. It is Sonu Nigam’s vocals that gives the song a special treatment. Salim-Sulaiman could have composed something much better but we should remain satisfied with what we got. Definitely makes a one-time listen!


6. Kaisa Hai Dard Mera – Singer: Ankit Tiwari;  Music: Ismail Darbar;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

It’s a sad haunting melody taking us to the typical Ismail Darbar zone beautifully crooned by Ankit Tiwari. It’s a song that would be with you for very long. I wish it had another version in the voice of Sonu Nigam. Ankit Tiwari at some places sounds like Mohit Chauhan. The first interlude is inspired by Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam tunes which I tried to ignore but landed out comparing. Obviously, that was much better. In the second interlude, the weird jugalbandi of Electric Guitar and Violin sounds very odd. The same happens with the drums at the end of the second antara. Barring minor nuances, it’s a winner in the soundtrack! #WelcomeSong


7. Hindustan Kahan Hai – Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Mohit Chauhan, Raj Pandit;  Music: Salim-Sulaiman;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

A good use of Saare Jahaan Se Achha and Jana Gana Mana to make an efficient patriotic song. Sukhwinder’s vocals provided the needed energy and Mohit Chauhan provided the needed emotion in the song. Nicely written by Irshad Kamil, this song has been composed by keeping in mind all the traits of a patriotic song. Salim-Sulaiman captured the beauty of the composition very well by creating beautiful chorus, and backing vocals by Salim himself. Well, it depends on the film that whether this song would make a secure place in Independence and Republic Day functions but all I can say that it has been composed with great efficiency.


8. Koshampa – Singers: Aman Trikha, Sanchita Bhattacharya, Anwesha Sarkar, Subhash Ghai;  Music: Ismail Darbar;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

Ismail Darbar here uses all the reality show singers. Aman Trikha from Sur Kshetra, Sanchita from SaReGaMaPa Li’l Champs and Anwesha from Chhote Ustaad. But they are not little, they are not chhote. They have all grown big and sung with amazing energy. The song starts with Saare Jahaan Se Achha tune and then no body knows where does it go. It seems to be a pointless composition. Also, the lyrics is not at all clearly depicting what the song is about. A cycle bell sound overlaid by Accordion is played throughout the track and gets formed into a very boring creation. A very boring composition!


9. Adiye Adiye – Singers: Sanchita Bhattacharya, Avril Quadros;  Music: Ismail Darbar;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

It’s a weird composition and a very irritating one, annoyingly sung by Sanchita. It’s a composition which gives the image that resembles Indian mythological animated movies where we are often made to see some Rakshas partying and enjoying together. There’s also a devil’s laughter which is played at places. I am not gonna believe that it is written by Irshad Kamil. No, I won’t! Beware of this track!


Kaanchi is a very disappointing soundtrack. Barring few tracks, it is stale, irritating and poignant. Some tracks are even bad for health and give shock to its listeners when they read names like Subhash Ghai, Ismail Darbar and Irshad Kamil. Ismail Darbar had criticized Rahman a lot when he had won the Oscar and alleged him of lifting the tune. He totally showed his jealousy towards him. Now when he got the opportunity to compose for Subhash Ghai, why didn’t he make good use of this opportunity? Everyone knows what a gem Taal album was and how good Yuvraaj album was! Leaving Tu Sab Kuch Re and Kaisa Hai Dard Mera, none of his other composition lived up to the expectation. Talking about his past records of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas, well they were Sanjay Leela Bhansali films. As you all have heard the Ramleela album by SLB, you must be knowing now that they were his sounds and not Ismail Darbar’s. Without SLB, he was nothing and he is nothing and he will be nothing. An unexpected shock from Subhash Ghai and Irshad Kamil. An expected shock from Ismail Darbar. And Salim-Sulaiman gets hidden somewhere in this lengthy soundtrack. 


The Final Verdict:  OKAY



Listeners Ki Sameekshaa  (Public Review)

  •  The soft songs are nice but the dance tracks are very hate-able, my favorites are the title track, Tu Sab Kuch Re and Hindustan Kahan Hai
  • In all the noise I forgot to say this every important thing. I hope after Kaanchi Subhash Ghai retires for good. Celluloid is crying.
  • The songs of Kaanchi are good Subhash Ghai is awesome.
  • The music of Kaanchi is intoxicating.. My fav is Sab kuch re!!
  • Kambal ke Neeche is funny… The outstanding track from Kaanchi is Thumka. Adiye from Kaanchi is refreshing..specially the laughter in between..
  • Heard few songs from Kaanchi… Bleeding from ears … Bad Mornings


Next:  Kochadaiiyaan


5 thoughts on “Compilations of Disappointments! (Kaanchi – Music Review)

  1. u cant imagine how much relief i got after knowing that main mushtanda is not penned by irshad kamil…disappointing album but atleast got to hear sonu after a long time..
    And Awesome Review…as always


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