One song lightens up the whole album!! (Naam Shabana – Music Review)

Rarely in our industry prequels are made and if someone has attempted it, I am sure it must be worth experiencing. Naam Shabana is a prequel to Baby, the Neeraj Pandey film which got critical acclaim. The prequel is directed by Shivam Nair though Neeraj is there as writer and producer. Music is given by Rochak Kohli and one song is done by Meet Bros.

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Music: Rochak Kohli;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir;  Music Label: T-Series

1. Rozana – Singer: Shreya Ghoshal – It’s been a while since we heard a song like this from Shreya which Rochak has composed so beautifully. I wish if the interludes could be more interesting, although they managed to be soothing with Violins. The echo which Rochak has provided to her vocals in the mukhda lifts up the song and makes it more romantically suitable for the mood. Lyrics are worth mentioning. There’s an expected muntashirism in it.

2. Zinda – Singer: Sunidhi Chauhan – A tailor-made song for Sunidhi nevertheless has some really tough notes to struggle with but she manages quite effortlessly. The tail of the mukhda could have been better. The antara has been well structured, delivering the interesting variations. Muntashir creates the ambient mood for the film quite well. The song could have some interesting arrangements or varied notes in the mukhda.  

3. Zubi Zubi – Singers: Sukriti Kakar, Rochak Kohli – The Bappi Lahiri song from Dance Dance has been recreated quite decently, not mishandling the original composition, keeping it just for the hook line and adding more originality to it. Sukriti has done a good job though Alisha in the original song was fabulous. Rochak Kohli could have added more to the arrangements and to the programming.

4. Baby Besharam – Singers: Meet Bros, Jasmine Sandlas;  Guest Composer: Meet Br0s;  Guest Lyricist: Kumaar – The album ends on the Meet Bros notes. It’s a typical demand-and-supply material. With quite an unappealing tune and repetitive lyrics, it sounds extremely boring.

Rochak Kohli provides the much-needed decency to the album. 

The Final Verdict:  2/5

Worth Listening: Rozana 

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Only 50% Jolly!! (Jolly LLB 2 – Music Review)

Subhash Kapoor has planned to take forward his mildly successful franchise Jolly LLB with a sequel with Akshay Kumar replacing Arshad Warsi. Unlike the previous one which had Krsna, the sequel has multi-composers consisting of Manj Musik, Meet Bros, Chirantan Bhatt and Vishal Khurana.

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Music Label: T-Series

1. Go Pagal – Singers: Raftaar, Nindy Kaur (Additional Vocals: Girish Nakod, Manj Musik);  Music: Manj Musik (Co-Composer: Nilesh Patil);  Lyrics: Manj Musik, Raftaar – The song so rightly justifies the title or infact the whole lyrics. It’s literally nonsense. Raftaar tries hard and Nindy is avoidable. The only good element in this song is Dholak which gives some sense that it’s a Holi song. Apart from that, the song has nothing to offer. Ingnore!

2. Bawara Mann – Singers: Jubin Nautiyal, Neeti Mohan;  Music: Chirantan Bhatt;  Lyrics: Junaid Wasi – What a relief of sanity with a Chirantan Bhatt melody that soothes you within seconds. It has really simplistic notes that fluidly carries the song. Jubin sounds good though I was expecting Arijit for this. Neeti should have got more portion to sing. Junaid’s lyrics does complete justice to the mood.

3. Jolly Good Fellow – Singers: Meet Bros (Additional Vocals: Purnima Solanki, Sanchiti Sakat; Rap: Shabbir Ahmed; English Rap: Earl Edgar);  Music: Meet Bros;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed –  After a romantic relief, comes another wannabe-humorous track that totally survives on the ready-made nursery rhyme of the same name. Besides those catchy notes of the nursery rhyme, not even a single moment is tolerable enough. Shabbir Ahmed’s rap is horrible and Earl Edgar is definitely avoidable. Yawn!

4. O Re Ranreza (Qawaali) – Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Murtza Mustafa, Qadir Mustafa;  Music: Vishal Khurana;  Lyrics: Junaid Wasi – Composing a qawaali is difficult, though it’s disappointing to hear that Vishal, who amazed us in Neerja, didn’t actually take the effort of making it sound different. It has elements you must have heard in almost every filmy qawaali – the music and the vocal arrangements, the lyrics, and the instrumentation. Sukhwinder with Mustafa brothers have really managed to engage by their effective vocals. The way Sukhwinder ends, is the real treat for the listener.

Two worked, two failed, in this album of four songs.  

Worth Listening:  Bawara Mann, O Re Rangreza (Qawaali)

The Final Verdict: 2/5

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