3rd Annual Musical Sameekshaa Awards 2015 (Nominees)

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Musical Sameekshaa Awards. 

To know how has been the whole year click Musical Recap – 2015

Enjoy the Nominees:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can vote as many times you want. Voting Lines are open till Sunday, 20th December 2015 till 8 PM. So, START!

 

 

 

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The Superb Seven!! (Musical Recap – 2015)

The year 2015 has successfully ended with a super hit album Dilwale through which we relived the 90s era in through modern glasses. It was the year which gave many successful albums and hit numbers though these seven albums were worth writing about. All these seven albums got the highest verdict AGREE. So, what actually was there in these albums which keeps in a superior position to rest of the albums? Let’s relive this year once again with these superb seven albums.


Hawaizaada – This multi-composer album flied with creativity in the very beginning of the year. The album was filled with nine amazing compositions. Out of nine Mangesh Dhakde, a debutante, had four songs to his credit. He quite well understood the flavor of the album and delivered three songs according to that and impressed in just one go! Rochak Kohli got three, out of which Daak Ticket was the most impressive composition sung by Mohit Chauhan. Out of the rest two, one was by Ayushmann, who composed a song out of a Mirza Ghalib ghazal, and the other by Vishal Bhardwaj which created quite an impression. Unfortunately, the film sank at the box office and hence the music could not get the due recognition. Some of them which aired on TV got noticed by people, like Daak Ticket, Maaza My Lord and Dil-E-Nadaan.


Badlapur – The very next month came Sachin-Jigar’s Badlapur. This album was filled with surprises as one never expected an action packed film to have such wonderful compositions. The album got the highest verdict inspite of having just three songs. But those three songs were outstandingly brilliant. The album consisted of a revenge song Jee Karda fabulously sung by Divya Kumar, a simple acoustic romantic track but with a very strong melody Jeena Jeena sung by Atif Aslam and a very experimental sad song Judaai, which had Rekha Bhardwaj singing on an unbelievably low scale along with Arijit Singh making the much needed emotional appeal. An album with just three songs, won the hearts of many.


Bombay Velvet – This is undoubtedly the best work of Amit Trivedi till date. This album was a complete Jazz album, and a very pure one, not at all adulterated with Bollywood style. Amit’s fabulous use of instruments, orchestration, arrangements and above all, Neeti Mohan, created a huge benchmark for others. Neeti Mohan with six out of nine songs, sprinkled her charm and showed what a valuable singer our industry has got. But it came with really bad fate. Film sank badly at the box office and except Mohobaat Buri Bimaari, none of the songs actually got recognition. But we just hope that in the coming years, this album will be counted among the magnum opus in our music industry and Amit’s effort will not go in vain.


ABCD 2 – Another Sachin-Jigar album that was filled with immense creativity, mostly in the way the songs had been programmed. It was a big album with ten songs each of which have ability to impress you with tremendous potential of sounds, arrangements and composition. The album had a Sun Saathiya, Chunar which has become my favorite song based on motherhood, and also an out-and-out commercial track like Tatoo. People thinking that with ABCD they got enough, were proved wrong in the sequel. ABCD 2 was another example to show the tremendous growth of Sachin-Jigar with each album.


Phantom – Pritam made a comeback this year after one year of rest and he came back with a bang! After delivering a totally commercial stuff Bajrangi Bhaijaan, he got into a very technical classy stuff in another Kabir Khan film Phantom. The album had just three songs but all three had enough potential to be included in this list of superb seven. Pritam introduced a fabulous singer Asrar in Afghan Jalebi which became quite a hit but unfortunately other two song Saaware sung by Arijit Singh and Nachde sung by Shahid Mallya went unnoticed. But with this album Pritam again showed that a massy composer like him can do wonders in these edgy soundtracks too.


Tamasha – AR Rahman never stops impressing. With Tamasha, his third collaboration with Imtiaz Ali, he came out with some of the massy stuff after quite a long time. Songs like Matargashti, Agar Tum Saath Ho, Wat Wat Wat and Heer Toh Badi Sad Hai, he proved everybody that he is still capable of producing catchy massy stuffs and has not forgotten what the ears of aam janta really want. The songs are being loved all over the country and yet again Rahman provided the much needed soul to this year’s music.


Bajirao Mastani – The soundtrack is still in the process of gaining popularity but Bhansali has delivered his career-best performance. This classically-tuned album has ten songs, each having beautifully composed tunes and arrangements, providing the much-needed indianness. With raga Poorvi and Bhopali Sanjay Leela Bhansali has shown what he is capable of and comfortably now secured a well-deserved place for himself among the country’s best composers. The year signed off with a classically rich soundtrack, hoping to come in notice of aam janta.


 

2015 – The year of Jazz and Classical

 

Musical Sameekshaa Trimester-II Awards 2015 – Results (April, May, June)

Hope you all are satisfied with the nominees. Presenting the results for the Trimester-II awards.

Best Backing Vocals/Chorus:  Gallan Goodiyaan – Dil Dhadakne Do

Best Recorded Song:  Pehli Baar – Dil Dhadakne Do

Best Arranged Song:  Hey Ganaraya – ABCD 2

Best Use of an Instrument:  Harp by Sachin-Jigar – Chunar (ABCD 2)

Song That Provided Wholesome Entertainment:  Banno – Tanu Weds Manu Returns


Best Singer (Female):  Neeti Mohan – Dhadaam Dhadaam (Bombay Velvet)

Best Singer (Male):  Divya Kumar – Hey Ganaraya (ABCD 2)

Best Singer Jodi:  Mohit Chauhan & Neeti Mohan – Behroopia (Bombay Velvet)

Best Composer (Song):  Amit Trivedi – Aam Hindustani (Bombay Velvet) & Sachin-Jigar – Hey Ganaraya (ABCD 2)

Best Lyricist:  Mayur Puri – Chunar (ABCD 2)

Best Composer (Album):  Amit Trivedi – Bombay Velvet & Sachin-Jigar – ABCD 2

Best Song:  Chunar – ABCD 2  (Sachin-Jigar, Mayur Puri)

Best Album:  ABCD 2 – Zee Music Company 

 

ABCD 2 – Singers – Arijit Singh, Priya Saraiya, Vishal Dadlani, Sachin Sanghvi, Benny Dayal, Divya Kumar, Mika Singh, Shefali Alvares, Daler Mehndi, Anushka Manchanda, Jigar Saraiya, Shalmali Kholgade, Tanishka Sanghvi, Madhav Krishna, Varun Dhavan, Siddharth Basrur, Badshah, D. Soldierz & Rimi Nique

Music: Sachin-Jigar

Lyrics – Mayur Puri, Priya Saraiya, D. Soldierz, Rimi Nique & Badshah

Sachin-Jigar fly high with Creativity!! (ABCD 2 – Music Review)

ABCD was that very soundtrack with which Sachin-Jigar had flown to another level of creativity. Directed by Remo D’Souza, this film is wholly based on Dance and unlike its first part, it has two star actors Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor.


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Music: Sachin-Jigar;  Music Label: Zee Music Company 


1. Chunar – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri – A dance soundtrack starts from a soulful song rendered efficaciously by none other than Arijit who comfortably draws us into his own zone and helps Sachin-Jigar’s soulful tune sound mesmerizing to ears. Composers have efficiently used the techno sounds built on the background of a raag-inspired tune. The song starts with a beautiful work on Strings, the sound of Electric Sitar follows and mildly develops into a melodious rhythmic flow. How beautifully Mayur Puri describes the motherly love in the line jab jab mujhpe utha sawaal, maayi teri chunariya lehraayi.If one compares all the songs that have been made on central theme as mother, there’s a huge possibility of this song turning out to be the best one till now. Best song on mother till date!! #WelcomeSong


2. Sun Saathiya – Singer: Priya Saraiya, Divya Kumar;  Lyrics: Priya Saraiya – A person with the slightest of musical mind who has watched ABCD, would guess in no time that it was a part of the background score of that film with maximum one minute duration, which Sachin-Jigar now has turned into a full song and that might be the best decision the duo has ever taken in life. It has a fantastic Piano work, second to the one in Thoda Thoda (Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story) and Priya’s marvelous vocals aptly supported by that of Divya Kumar is sheer brilliance. A lovable melody!!


3. Bezubaan Phir Se – Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Anushka Manchanda, Madhav Krishna;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri –Statistics says that remakes are never better than their originals. This old story continues with this track where Sachin-JIgar have utilized all techno sounds possible but failed to create something of that level. Mohit Chauhan’s portion and the rap of the previous Bezubaan were great. Although it doesn’t appeal one to give multiple hearing, still energetic enough to captivate the listener for a long time. The percussion in the ending is a superb stuff, something worth listening to. Fiery!!


4. Happy B’day – Singers: Sachin Sanghvi, Jigar Saraiya, Varun Dhawan, D. Soldierz;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri, D. Soldierz – A very interesting composition on birthday where the composers have come forward on the mic along with the actor. Intriguingly fast beats with an amusing tune that force you to let yourself free and dance. By listening to it for the first time, it seems to be an ordinary track but there’s a lot of experimentation to explore. It’s a typical Sachin-Jigar fun track with excessive programming, so much so that those unreal sounding voices start sounding really good. Enjoyable!!


5. If You Hold My Hand – Singer: Benny Dayal;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri – Here’s a foot-tapping romantic number that makes you bob your head for the catchy tune and jouncing rhythm. Benny Dayal is so perfect for this track that you can’t imagine it in any other voice. Mayur Puri has written it in pure Hinglish i.e one line in Hindi, the other in English which makes it an entirely youthful romantic number. I personally felt that it has an early 2000’s pop flavor that gives a 90’s born guy a slight nostalgic feel too. Delightful!! 


6. Hey Ganaraya – Singer: Divya Kumar;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri – As if Sachin-Jigar were’t contented with two Ganpati songs they already created in ABCD, they have come up yet again with another brilliant creation tactfully handled by Divya Kumar. How swimmingly they have blended pure classical stuff with a typical Gujarati Dhol rhythm! A classically inclined tune, awesome percussion and Mayur Puri’s aptly written lyrics along with a brilliant singing by Divya makes it a worth listen! If you are looking for something creatively brilliantly different, look here! 


7. Happy Hour – Singer: Mika Singh;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri – As it is the introduction song of Prabhu Deva’s character Vishnu sir who is fully drunk, Sachin-Jigar have composed the most apt tune considering a character who is drunk. Mika is good for the track; he justifies that too by his singing. It falls into the zone of Psycho Re a song in ABCD featuring Mika. Sachin-Jigar are expert in playing with techno sounds and they have played well again! Considering the situation, well, commendable!! 


8. Naach Meri Jaan – Singers: Benny Dayal, Shalmali Kholgade, Siddharth Basrur, Rimi Nique;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri, Rimi Nique – Another fun peppy track with less of experimentation which is rare for this album, has a feel-good catchy tune that clearly portrays the fun the characters must be having in this particular situation. Lyrics are very ordinary and nothing extraordinary was needed either. Even after being so much unique and different, Sachin-Jigar still have their Pritam sir left in them. A very Pritam-ish track.


9. Tattoo – Singer: Shefali Alvares;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri – This song sadly falls into the trap of a typical desi masala item number category; atleast by the tune and by the lyrics you can tell that it has actually fallen. But Sachin-Jigar wonderfully saves it by the brilliant programming they have done, turning out to be the best in the form of ay-y-y-y-ay-y-y-y. Unless one doesn’t notice the weird experiments in the programming which are also the part of he interludes, the song doesn’t appeal at all. Programming doesn’t let it becoming ordinary.


10. Vande Mataram – Singers: Daler Mehndi, Tanishka Sanghvi, Badshah, Divya Kumar;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri, Badshah – The longest song of the album and hence without any guesses it is definitely the finale song of the dance competition in the movie. A versatile patriotic song that has singers from classically trained Daler Mehndi to rapper Badshah. Each of them justify their role fruitfully. The coordination between Daler Mehndi and Divya Kumar is endearing. But obviously the best of all turns out to be Sachin’s daughter Tanishka who, with her childlike voice, spreads innocence in the intense patriotic atmosphere. A well-crafted track!


Sachin-Jigar already in their top form, adds another gem to their bucket! 


The Final Verdict:  AGREE

The Verdict Order:  DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE


Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (June 2015)

Singer of the Month (Female):  Priya Saraiya – Sun Saathiya (ABCD 2)

Singer of the Month (Male):  Divya Kumar – Hey Ganaraya (ABCD 2)

Singer Jodi of the Month:  Sukriti Kakkar & Siddharth Mahadevan – Pehli Baar (Dil Dhadakne Do)

Composer of the Month (Song):  Sachin-Jigar – Hey Ganaraya (ABCD 2)

Lyricist of the Month:  Mayur Puri – Chunar (ABCD 2)

Composer of the Month (Album):  Sachin-Jigar – ABCD 2

Song of the Month:  Chunar – ABCD 2  (Sachin-Jigar, Mayur Puri)

Album of the Month:  ABCD 2 – Zee Music Company