Khoobsurat is a remake of the 80s Khubsoorat with not only the difference of two “oo” and “u” but also has become grander, glamorous and richer. The biggest change is actually the music. No other music director can be as weird as Sneha is. So, in this album, she has shown her typicality as well done something innovative. One song is by Badshah and one bonus track is by Amal Malik.
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Music Label: T Series
1. Engine Ki Seeti – Singers: Sunidhi Chauhan, Resmi Sateesh; Music: Sneha Khanwalkar; Lyrics: Ikram Rajasthani
Sneha playfully kicks off the soundtrack with an inspiration from a folk song. Having the folk essence remained, Ikra Rajasthani has been called to write it giving the right amount of commercialism with earthy elements. Sunidhi leads the song with Resmi Sateesh in supporting role. Resmi provides you the folk-y texture and Sunidhi adds the filmy elements to it, making it a fun track. Commendable arrangements done by Sneha balancing the Rajasthani instruments with the techno sounds. It’s an item song in the Sneha way!
2. Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai – Singers: Badshah, Aastha; Music: Badshah; Lyrics: Badshah
Just one thing was constant in my mind while listening to this track “Is he challenging Honey Singh?” Making a party song on the exact rhythm of Sunny Sunny (Yaariyaan), replying to his previous song with “aunty police bula legi toh yaar tera kar lega handle.” Sachin-Jigar continued the party till 4 and Badshah has plans for continuing it “till 6 in the morning”. Heavy use of techno sounds and heavily inspired from Sunny Sunny.
3. Baal Khade – Singer: Sunidhi Chauhan; Music: Sneha Khanwalkar; Lyrics: Sunil Choudhary
The weirdness in Sneha’s music never ends, rather it keeps on being more technical. This is another weird song where Sunidhi has tried to sing in the most manly way possible. Although Sneha has used techno sounds, the real spirit of the song lies in the percussion. The lyrics have a Rajasthani touch which actually helps the song in raising its humor. Arrangements are always a thing to look out for in Sneha’s compositions. It impresses in the arrangements, especially, at the beginning of the song. A video-oriented track.
4. Preet -Singer: Jasleen Kaur Royal; Music: Sneha Khanwalkar; Lyrics: Amitabh Verma
Now, this is a beautiful gift from Sneha. It’s an amazing melancholy sung by Jasleen who seems to be very young. It has the cliche` Sneha effects but the basic melody is superbly strong. Right after a minute the song begins, you start humming. The backing vocals by Sneha just after the mukhda, sounds vibrant. It has two proper antara which you hardly witness in a Sneha song. The lowering of the notes preet na kariyo koye, is extremely beautifully driven. Sneha’s habit of giving more importance to sound disturbs the melody of the antara. It should have been more clearly sounded. Lyrics by Amitabh is a treat to listen. One of the best compositions of Sneha. #WelcomeSong
5. Maa Ka Phone – Singers: Priya Panchal, Mouli Dave; Music: Sneha Khanwalkar; Lyrics: Amitabh Verma, Sneha Khanwalkar
This is pure comedy. It is when Sneha’s musical weirdness gives the shape of a comical texture in the lyrics that sync fantastically with the music. You can easily witness that in melodrama melodrama. The most amusing phrase of the country Teri maa ka which is not an abuse on its own but it becomes when you add something after it and here, Amitabh has used this superbly as teri maa ka phone aaya. The techno sounds are purely the work of awesomeness. The starting and the basic techno tune slightly resembles Do Dhaari Talwaar (Mere Brother Ki Dulhan). Priya after impressing with her sexy vocals in Johnny Johnnu, has done a complete renovation in her vocals and she is the soul of this humorous track, I must tell you. If you know Sneha’s school of music, you’ll definitely gonna love it!
(Bonus Track) Naina – Singers: Sona Mohapatra, Armaan Malik; Music: Amaal Malik; Lyrics: Kumaar
There’s a bonus track which has Sona’s lovely vocals which everytime give a folks-y feel. The whole song has been arranged with Guitar and Malik brothers have done a commendable job. Preet is sad so the soundtrack was lacking a good romantic track which Amaal has delivered promisingly. Armaan’s voice sounds maturer or it has been sounded in a way to match up with the vocals of Sona. After lot of humor, sadness and weirdness, the album ends with sweetness.
Khoobsurat is an album which seems to be a grand glamorous rom-com if seen from far, but turns out to be a highly weird, experimental and innovative soundtrack when you touch it.
The Final Verdict: OKAY
The Verdict Order: DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE
Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (September)
Singer of the Month (Female): Shalmali Kholgade – Shaayrana (Daawat-e-Ishq)
Singer of the Month (Male): Vishal Dadlani – Salaam India (Mary Kom)
Singer Jodi of the Month: Priya Panchal & Mouli Dave – Maa Ka Phone (Khoobsurat)
Composer of the Month (Song): Sajid-Wajid – Shaayrana (Daawat-e-Ishq)
Lyricist of the Month: Prashant Ingole – Ziddi Dil (Mary Kom)
Composer of the Month (Album): Sajid-Wajid – Daawat-e-Ishq
Song of the Month: Shaayrana – Daawat-e-Ishq (Sajid-Wajid, Kausar Munir)
Album of the Month: Mary Kom (Zee Music Company)
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