Timeless!! (Mirzya – Music Review)

Rakeysh Mehra after a successful collaboration with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, teams up again with the trio on a classic Punjabi romantic tale of Mirza Sahiban, and this time with Gulzar.

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Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy;  Lyrics: Gulzar;  Music Label: T-Series

1. Mirzya – Singers: Daler Mehndi, Sain Zahoor, Akhtar Chinnal, Nooran Sisters – With the title track, the album promises hugely by presenting its varied range from instruments to arrangements and ultimately the chorus, which is the best element in the album. Daler Mehndi predominantly leads with his unbelievably high range of vocals. Percussion adds a remarkable charm to the song. Grandeur.

2. Teen Gawah Hain Ishq Ke – Singers: Siddharth Mahadevan, Sain Zahoor – A breezy romantic track that is away from all the cliched structures or melodies. Sain and Siddharth build a great experience along with the chorus which at times give you goosebumps. The track is mostly on acoustic but the arrangements give it a much grander feel. Gulzar’s lyrics impress you the most. Particularly, the line Teen Gawah Hain Ishq Ke, Ek Rab Hai, Ek Tu Aur Main. 

3. Chakora – Singers: Mame Khan, Shuchismita Das, Akhtar Chinnal – A traditional folksy track that has a tinge of EDM as percussion. Mame Khan, who has been heard in Coke Studio before, responsibly handles what he is best at, although he sounds very familiar to Shankar Mahadevan. Supported by Suchismita and Akhtar, both were last heard with Pritam in different songs, deliver terrific performances. 

4. Aave Re Hitchki – Singers: Mame Khan,Shankar Mahadevan – The rhythmic texture which the song has, is a delight for everyone. Shankar and Mame Khan have pulled the song so flawlessly that it is evident in the song very well. Lyrics metaphorically say a lot which would eventually be more impactful once the film comes. Go for the rhythm!

5. Hota Hai – Singers: Nooran Sisters, Sain Zahoor, Akhtar Chinnal, Daler Mehndi – It’s always a pleasure to hear Nooran Sisters carrying the song with their harmonic energy. I am sure the EDM touch in the beats must have some meaning but I wish if the beats were represented by some instrument with Rajasthani arrangements. The best element in the song is tun-tun-a which the sisters really nailed!

6. Ek Nadi Thi – Singers: Nooran Sisters, K. Mohan – First of all, the melody. The melody is what drives this song, as the arrangements are simply done on Guitars with Claps as rhythm. The melody is so lovable that it keeps you engaged completely. Mohan Kanan’s vocals play a vital role. The melody in his voice sounds even more effective. Plus, Nooran Sisters help in sounding the song not-so-filmy.

7. Doli Re Doli – Singers: Shankar Mahadevan, Mame Khan – What I like about this song in particular is its subtle arrangements having Piano and Trumpet along with soft sounding percussion, all this on a melody that is really praiseworthy. The song is a peaceful melancholy, having Shankar Mahadevan’s voice creating the deserved impact along with Mame Khan who aptly supports.

8. Kaaga – Singer: Kaushiki Chakraborty – A song that creates impact on that very short duration it has. Kaushiki on mic impresses, taking amazing harkats in between. Arrangements are again, something that is worth hearing. 

9. Mirzya Theme (Broken Arrows) – Instrumental – A lovely piece which Sarangi in the first half and Flute in the second half predominate.

Mirzya is Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Gulzar at their best. 

The Final Verdict:  AGREE



A Coke Studious Soundtrack!! (Jugni – Music Review)

Jugni (Firefly) symbolizes the free-flying spirit. The film is all about dealing with the hardships in life and the search of a place which one can call home; where the firefly is at her brightest. A Shefali Bhushan film which has Clinton Cerejo as the music director of the film featuring legends like AR Rahman, Vishal Bhardwaj for the first time as just singers.

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Music: Clinton Cerejo;  Music Label: Sony Music

1. Jugni / Jugni (Unplugged) – Singers: Javed Bashir / Javed Bashir, Neha Kakkar;  Lyrics: Shellee – Starting the album with the title track, this song seems to have been a leftover of Clinton’s Coke Studio episode which Javed Bashir with his typical folksy vocals filled with enormous classical style handled superbly. Neha Kakkar to everybody’s surprise showed her other side in singing which has nothing to do with peppy-pop kind of music and she has justified her part in the unplugged effortlessly. Javed’s solo version has Guitar and the duet version has the beauty of Harmonium and both are capable enough to hold you for long. Infact, the Harmonium in the unplugged is so amazingly played that you do not want it to end so soon. Folksy attraction! 

2. Dugg Duggi Dugg – Singers: Vishal Bhardwaj;  Lyrics: Shellee – Vishal Bhardwaj’s first song as a singer for another composer, and for a composer who has arranged numerous compositions of Vishal. A subtle melody with appropriate lyrics and a wonderful use of onomatopoeia in that by Shellee along with simplistic arrangements that work as icing on cake summing it up as a melodious treat from Clinton.  

3. Hatt Mullah / Hatt Mullah (Reprise) – Singers: Bianca Gomes, Clinton Cerejo;  Lyrics: Shellee, Baba Bulleh Shah (Traditional), Clinton Cerejo (English) – On Baba Bulleh Shah’s verse, Clinton has impressively given the Western outfit with Bianca singing the English lines charmingly and Clinton himself singing the traditional lyrics in a completely different avatar from the original Clinton who gets to be heard only when he starts singing the part written by Shellee. A nicely blended song. 

4. Bolladiyaan – Singer: Rekha Bhardwaj;  Lyrics: Shellee – A song highly depending on strings, typically sung by Rekha Bhardwaj has been impressively arranged particularly the latter half of the song. What stands out in this song is its lyrics by Shelle. Beautifully expressed. 

5. Dil Ke Sang – Singer: Nakash Aziz;  Lyrics: Shellee – A mood-shifting song that diverts you from the classical zone to this Bhangra mood. The song is well sung by Nakash but it doesn’t have the capability to hold you for long. Very soon, it starts loosen up the listener’s interest. The not-so-appealing hook line makes the song quite ordinary. 

6. Zarre Zarre Mein Noor Bhara – Singers: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Jazim Sharma;  Lyrics: Shellee – It’s a singers plus chorus show. Brilliant ensemble having Rahat and Jazim leading the troop with utter sincerity, constantly keeping you interested in the seven-minute long track. Clinton shows his versatility by presenting this qawwali in an appealing way which does not have a strong melody to captivate but strong arrangements for sure.

7. Dilaan De Saudey – Singer: Javed Bashir;  Lyrics: Traditional – Another Javed Bashir song. The basic melody if is traditional, or if it belongs to Clinton, either way, what a melody! This is the song which is the most enjoyable one for a music listener who prefers melody over everything. And even if the melody doesn’t belong to Clinton, he deserves appreciation for fabulous arrangements with Guitars, particularly in parts where Javed Bashir chants his sargam. Another brilliant track! 

8. Joban Hai Shawaa – Singer: Neha Kakkar;  Lyrics: Shellee – A less appealing song because the composition is weak but Neha shows her enormous potential to keep listeners engaged with her singing. Among the weaker tracks of the album. 

9. Lakhon Salaam – Singer: AR Rahman;  Guest Composer: Kaashif Sahib;  Lyrics: Kaashif Sahib – The only non-Clinton song in the album and the first song sung by Rahman for some other composer. Kaashif Sahib is the man who had penned Rahman’s Khwaja Mere Khwaja (Jodha Akbar). Besides the song featuring AR Rahman, there’s nothing special or appealing in this. It’s a regular prayer song that is ofcourse played and arranged well. AR Rahman just as a singer, yes deserves an attempt. 

10. Heer – Singer: Nakash Aziz;  Lyrics: Waris Shah – Just a one and half minute melancholic track that has been crooned by Nakash in a very uncliched manner, and he is worth applauding for this attempt. Aziz!! 

A soundtrack by Clinton Cerejo worth buying!! 

The Final Verdict:  AGREE




Blazing Classical!! (Bajirao Mastani – Music Review)

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is back with yet another period drama after a long time with grand sets and enduring classical based music.

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Music: Sanjay Leela Bhansali;  Music Label: Eros Music

1. Deewani Mastani – Singers: Shreya Ghoshal, Ganesh Chandanshive (Qawwali vocals: Mujtaba Aziz Naza, Shahdab Faridi, Altamash Faridi, Farhan Sabri);  Lyrics: Siddharth-Garima (Qawwali Lyrics: Nasir Faraaz, Marathi Lyrics: Ganesh Chandanshive) –
Huff! So many credits! No wonder, it’s the grandest song of the year (if you have seen the video). There’s a Marathi portion with which Ganesh Chandanshive begins the song, Shreya soon takes over with an enormously endearing melody to perform. Without doubts, she justifies it the way nobody else could have. With Oud, the composer has also poured qawwali essence beautifully into the composition and it is melded with sufi-ism found in the lyrics. Percussion in keherwa makes it sound even more royal. The royal garden of melody.

2. Aayat – Singer: Arijit Singh (Qawwali Vocals: Mujtaba Aziz Naza, Shahdab Faridi, Altamash Faridi, Farhan Sabri);  Lyrics: A.M. Turaz (Qawwali Lyrics: Nasir Faraaz) –
A semi-classical ghazal that has the potential to captivate you and spread its charm the moment you begin listening to it. Arijit’s echo-ed vocals have been designed perfectly letting the melody to impact you to a great extent. Bhansali hasn’t dealt much with the complications and kept it simple enough to get on the nerves of listeners quite easily. Arijit is able to mesmerize with beautiful harkats in the lines consisting of “ki tarah”. All the qawwali vocals have been arranged impressively. Violin has been aptly infused in the later part, creating deep emotions and diluting the technicalities. Mesmerizing. 

3. Malhari – Singer: Vishal Dadlani;  Lyrics: Prashant Ingole – This calls for Vishal Dadlani for removing the hangover still left from Ramleela. The fast-paced rhythm of Dhol takes you to the Tatad Tatad zone right away. The song doesn’t offer much and hence becomes the weakest song of the album. It is well arranged and could have been given the soft corner, if the annoying gasping vocal sounds were omitted. On the lines of Tatad Tatad.

 4. Mohe Rang Do Laal – Singers: Pandit Birju Maharaj & Shreya Ghoshal;  Lyrics: Siddharth-Garima – This is the only pure classical song of the album. Based on the raga Poorvi (it seems) although it’s technically limited to the listeners, the song has been sung by Shreya in a way that gives it a slight filmy flavor due to which the song doesn’t land up catering to very limited technically sound listeners but to each of those who have the knack of listening soft music. A rare film track. 

5. Albela Sajan – Singers: Shashi Suman, Kunal Pandit, Prithvi Gandharva, Kanika Joshi, Rashi Raagga & Geetikka Manjrekar;  Lyrics: Traditional – This traditional song that was sung by Sutan Khan in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam was based on the raga Ahir Bhairav while the composer has this time converted it into raga Bhupali which doesn’t actually seem to be a good decision as this song in Bhupali is less appealing and the presentation of it in chorus of six singers is more looking like an All India Radio melody rather than a film track. Anyway, it’s a good attempt and hopefully goes in favor of the film. The Bhupali version. 

6. Ab Tohe Jane Na Doongi – Singers: Payal Dev & Shreyas Puranik;  Lyrics: A.M. Turaz – Payal surprises with her engaging vocals, handles each note, takes every harkat so maturely with ease and not letting the composition predominate her in any way. Infact, she seems to be controlling the composition. Shreyas is impressive too, entering in the second half, providing the much needed totality to the melody. A successful semi-classical attempt written aptly by A.M. Turaz. A heavy melody handled amazingly by both the singers. 

7. Pinga – Singers: Shreya Ghoshal, Vaishali Made;  Lyrics: Siddharth-Garima – “Pinga” is a ceremonial activity that is performed by Maharashtrian (typically Brahmin) married women on the occasion of Mangalagaur. So, there must be this occasion shown in the movie. Shreya and Vaishali have maintained the already lifted spirit of this Marathi track which Bhansali has composed really well keeping it quite engaging, making the listeners remember of Dola Re Dola from Devdas. Percussion is aptly utilized in the arrangements giving nuance to the whole track.  Well-attempted Pinga!

8. Aaj Ibaadat – Singer: Javed Bashir (Backing Vocals: Shahdab Faridi, Altamash Faridi, Shashi Suman, Shreyas Puranik);  Lyrics: A.M. Turaz – A beautiful blending of Hindu devotional and Sufi elements in the composition as well as in the lyrics. Enchantingly played Sitar laid on the Sufi vocal texture of Javed Bashir who spellbinds with his enormous harkats because of which the track is beautified. Well-Ripened.

9. Fitoori – Singer: Vaishali Made (Folk Sung By: Ganesh Chandanshive,  Backing Vocals: Aishwarya Bhandari);  Lyrics: Prashant Ingole (Folk Lyrics: Ganesh Chandanshive) –
Sanjay Leela Bhansali has created a tune which so much goes with the mujra flavor. Lyrics do not even need to show its impact, the tune itself is so much in accordance with the mood of a mujra. Vaishali has nailed this one with the vocals the song really needed. Without seeing anything, you’ll be able to visualize a mujra in front of you. Impressive!

10. Gajanana – Singer: Sukhwinder Singh;  Lyrics: Prashant Ingole – Another Ganpati song added to the huge list of such amazing songs being composed. Having Sachin-Jigar, Ajay Atul coming into the scene, the creativity level is so high that this song by Bhansali doesn’t at all grab your attention. Unfortunately, It remains to be a repetitive attempt. 

Certainly, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s best work as a musician.

The Final Verdict:   AGREE




When AR Rahman goes catchy!! (Tamasha – Music Review)

AR Rahman – Irshad Kamil, one of the most successful jodis of composer-lyricist recently is back in an Imtiaz Ali romantic-comedy. This is definitely one of the most awaited soundtracks of the year.

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Music: AR Rahman;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil;  Music Label: T-Series

1. Matargashti – Singer: Mohit Chauhan – This song is already at the top of all the charts. Needless to say how vibrant, variant and dynamic it is. The very jodi of Rockstar comprising of AR Rahman, Irshad Kamil, Mohit Chauhan and Ranbir Kapoor has again left us mesmerizing and crooning to this extremely cheesy catchy tune which has a feel-good comic flavor. Mohit Chauhan is occasionally good though. In the antara, he seems struggling a bit with immensely high notes and due to which Kamil’s lyrics is not entirely audible. The song is at its best when it goes into the Dev Anand mode, which Mohit Chauhan justifies it completely with all the lyrics that name Dev Anand’s films and songs. Irshad Kamil is terrific with lines like pheka naya paasa, phir de gayi jhaansa, ainve mujhe phaasa, chirkut zindagi you know. AR Rahman with an easy-on-ears tune after a very long time. A song that doesn’t need time to grow, as it is released already fully grown.

2. Heer Toh Badi Sad Hai – Singers: Mika Singh, Nakash Aziz – Mika Singh singing first time for AR Rahman is itself a news. Mika is quite aligned with Rahman’s composition because Rahman’s songs are composed in a way that do not give much highlight to lyrics that is written and Mika too never gives importance to the words that are written as he swallows most of the lyricist’s thoughts. Irshad Kamil’s expressive lyrics sticking to the situation has some of the very beautiful lines. Talking about the composition, well the tune is again very catchy and the arrangements are top notch, excellently avoiding the familiarity of the tune. Separating the swallowing of words issue, Mika is otherwise terrific with his vocals. An enjoyable track with excellent arrangements. 

3. Agar Tum Saath Ho – Singers: Alka Yagnik, Arijit Singh – Arijit has the ability to spellbind the listeners in just one octave and here he is singing in two octaves simultaneously which sounds awesome. The only romantic song of the album is surprisingly catchy enough to engage the listener in just one go! Alka Yagnik after a long time is heard mesmerizing with her mature efficient vocals. Arrangements are typical romantic yet superbly engaging. Kamil’s lyrics perfectly depict the romance and the pain in the song in the lines like mujhe lagta hai ki baatein dil ki, hoti lafzo ki dhokhebaazi and the lines like tum saath ho ya na ho kya fark hai, bedard thi zindagi, bedard hai. Heart-touching, emotionally as well as technically. 

4. Wat Wat Wat – Arijit Singh, Shashwat Singh – The composition is not so much intriguing and the Bhojpuri lyrics seems to try too hard to impress. The song basically relies on arrangements with surprising Shehnai and some unusual beats to which Arijit and Shashwat (the newcomer) impressively leave their marks. The first antara sounds delightful, the second one has a slight absurd ending though it is managed by Arijit very well. A fun track that needs a little time to be addictive to the listener.

5. Chali Kahani – Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Haricharan, Haripriya – Irshad Kamil has his excellence in this by writing a song on love stories by taking examples of different mythological characters portraying something outstanding that would get cleared in the film only. Sukhwinder is as usual justifying to the role he is given of a narrator while Haricharan and Haripriya, the two singers from the south leave the impact successfully. Arrangements are brilliant, one of the best I have seen this year so far. Wait for the film to release in order to leave its full impact. 

6. Safarnama – Singer: Lucky Ali – Personally, I was waiting for this song the most and personally, it disappointed me to the core. The tune is so plain, variation-less effort that completely fails to engage for long. It is Kamil’s lyrics that has somehow saved this song and a bit of nice arrangements too. Otherwise, Lucky Ali, doing a comeback in an ARR musical, goes a sheer wastage. It could have been one of a lifetime song, considering the beautiful lyrics and the engaging arrangements and the singer, if and only if the tune had atleast little variations. Disappointing for now. Hope it grows with time. 

7. Parade De La Bastille – Instrumental – An instrumental track which starts with AR Rahman’s humming that sounds purely devotional but soon changes the flavor to fully European with tremendously delightful instruments and their excellent way of playing and arranging makes it a must listen!

8. Tu Koi Aur Hai – Singer: AR Rahman, Alma Ferovic, Arjun Chandy – Built on the heavy orchestration, this song is a treat for Rahman fans. It is filled with his typicality of composing a tune that is flowing in any direction and not restricted to a certain pattern but then it’s not mind-friendly as in one can only start crooning after listening it numerous times due to its complications and free-flowing. Though one can’t blame Rahman for not making an easy-on-ears tune which leaves less scope for Kamil’s lyrics to spread its fragrance, as the instrumentation is so healthy and so effective, it can easily move without the use of words. Although not giving importance to the otherwise beautiful lyrics, this is song is forgiven for its hugely impacting instrumentation. 

If the song Safarnama is given time to grow, the whole album hardly has any flaw. Tamasha, as expected, is a Brilliant teaming effort of AR Rahman and Irshad Kamil. 

The Verdict Order:  AGREE


Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (November 2015)

Singer of the Month (Female): Alka Yagnik – Agar Tum Saath Ho (Tamasha)

Singer of the Month (Male):  Mohit Chauhan – Matargashti (Tamasha)

Singer Jodi of the Month:  Alka Yagnik & Arijit Singh – Agar Tum Saath Ho (Tamasha)

Composer of the Month (Song):  AR Rahman – Matargashti (Tamasha)

Lyricist of the Month:  Irshad Kamil – Tu Koi Aur Hai (Tamasha)

Composer of the Month (Album):  AR Rahman – Tamasha

Song of the Month: Matargashti – Tamasha (AR Rahman, Irshad Kamil)

Album of the Month:  Tamasha – T-Series

Pritam’s classy texture!! (Phantom – Music Review)

Not even a month has passed after Bajrangi Bhaijaan hit the theaters, and Kabir Khan and Pritam are back yet again with Phantom. The former had lots of commercial stuffs, but the latter is an experimentally classy album with just three songs.

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Music: Pritam;  Music Label:  T-Series

1. Afghan Jalebi (Ya Baba) / Afghan Jalebi (Film Version) / Ya Baba (Fitna Farebi) / Afghan Jalebi (Dumbek Version) – Singer: Asrar (Syed Asrar Shah) / Akhtar Channal / Nakash Aziz / Akhtar Channal;  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya – So there are four versions of a single song which are not too different from one another except some minor arrangements. This is surely one of the most addictive songs of this year. The line afghan jalebi is brilliantly catchy and the way the singer Akhtar and Asrar have sung it, makes it even more addictive. Amitabh’s lyrics is just outstanding, perfectly suiting to the mood of the song. Pritam has created a pure Afghani track primarily using Harmonium and the rest is done through percussion. The techno sound with which it begins, is highly compelling. The first version is devoid of the digital beats, the second is the most enjoyable one for every kind of listener, the third version is weakest among all and the fourth one is a weirdly impressive experiment. A likable classy track for mass. Outstandingly catchy!

2. Saware – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya – It’s a heartwarming melody, breezy, catchy and sophisticated enough to be liked by the class. Arijit is the real power behind its beauty besides the tune. His vocal texture suits fabulously to this track. The Guitar work before the ending lines is terrific and so is Arijit’s style in the ending notes. Amitabh’s lyrics is philosophically beautiful with almost all the lines worth noticing. My favorite lines are dhalti raat ka ek musaafir, subah alvida keh chala, jeete jee tera ho saka na, marke haq adaa kar chala. An extremely impressive composition and writing.

3. Nachda – Singer: Shahid Mallya;  Lyrics: Kausar Munir – Another song with Arabic arrangements but this time a little brooding yet captivating, this song is superbly sung by Shahid Mallya with two antaras having entirely different notes, soulfully owing the whole atmosphere. This is not regular Pritam as he experimented Arabic instruments on Rock background with a hard-hitting tune. This is something you don’t often get to hear and definitely not from Pritam’s baggage! Grab it!

After fulfilling all the commercial needs in Bajrani Bhaijaan, Pritam delivers a brilliant classy album!

The Final Verdict:  AGREE


Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (August 2015)

Singer of the Month (Female):  Shreya Ghoshal – Gaaye Jaa (Brothers)

Singer of the Month (Male):  Sonu Nigam – Sapna Jahan (Brothers)

Singer Jodi of the Month:  Sonu Niga & Neeti Mohan – Sapna Jahan (Brothers)

Composer of the Month (Song):  Pritam – Nachda (Phantom)

Lyricist of the Month:  Amitabh Bhattacharya – Sapna Jahan (Brothers) 

Composer of the Month (Album):  Pritam – Phantom

Song of the Month:  Afghan Jalebi – Phantom (Pritam, Amitabh Bhattacharya)

Album of the Month:  Phantom – T-Series

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


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

A Jazzily Rich Soundtrack!! (Bombay Velvet – Music Review)

Songs in Anurag Kashyap’s films do not hold much importance unless there is Amit Trivedi in it as a composer. The last soundtrack on which they collaborated was Dev D which is still counted as one of the unique musical outings in Hindi film music. Bombay Velvet is the most awaited movie of this year as first time Anurag Kashyap is going into big budget business having Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma along with Karan Johar in the lead role. So, naturally Amit Trivedi must have been in a huge pressure of delivering another masterclass. Did he? Check it out!

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Music: Amit Trivedi;  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya;  Music Label: Sony Music / Zee Music Company

1. Aam Hindustani – Singer: Shefali Alvares – This is undoubtedly the best of what Shefali has sung till now. It starts in a very amusing way with intelligently played Clarinet, drums enjoin on them presenting a rich carnival atmosphere that runs for very long until Shefali enters with her best performance where she sounds to be engrossed in the mood of the song. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics deserve special mention here in which he has used different Hindi phrases and interpreted them in his own way according to the theme of the film. If one is interested in listening to just the instruments, he/she is surely going to have a lovely time listening to this track. Longest but the Richest in arrangements.

2. Mohabbat Buri Bimari (Version 2) / Mohabbat Buri Bimari (Version 3) – Singer: Neeti Mohan / Shefali Alvares –  Since the film is set in the 60’s era and is wholly based on Jazz music, one cannot forget Shankar-Jaikishan’s Raga-Jazz style and that’s what can be actually depicted in this track where Amit starts off with an amusingly played Trumpet that instantly grabs your attention. Version 1 is a remix of these versions by Mikey McCleary. So, version 2 belongs to Neeti Mohan who has given one of her best performances, stretching and exaggerating each word in a drunken manner that sounds purposely sexy. Along with all the jazzing, Amit has beautifully infused a twinkling sound that gives him his own approach to typical Jazz style. Version 3 becomes uninteresting after certain duration. Although Shefali delivers it quite confidently, Neeti is just more than good in this.

3. Ka Kha Gha – Singer: Neeti Mohan – Listening to Jazz and missing Saxophone? Well, in this you are going to find one in the first interlude. The typical Jazzy rhythm can also be found in this on which Neeti Mohan delivers another cracking performance with the help of which she is perfectly able to cover up the otherwise ordinary tune of Amit Trivedi. The Drums are magnificently played, especially in the end when Neeti enthrallingly ends giving extra emphasis on Ka Kha Ga Gha. The song represents the most basic form of Jazz i.e the Ka Kha Ga Gha of Jazz.

4. Dhadaam Dhadaam – Singer: Neeti Mohan – If you think that Neeti did her best in above-mentioned songs, you are absolutely wrong. She performed in a way as if she actually rolled her tears down singing Amit’s melancholically tuned song which has name that sounds like some action packed lyrics but it is one of the most emotional songs of this year. Violins have a major role in this and how beautifully their orchestration has been done! Neeti Mohan brings tears with this one. 

5. Naak Pe Gussa – Singer: Neeti Mohan – Amitabh Bhattacharya impresses with this cutely written lyrics about convincing one’s beloved when he/she is filled with anger. Lots of Trumpet-ized arrangements that I feel wasn’t needed much. Still, the Saxophone, the bursting Drums and ofcourse the wonderful lady Neeti with the help of Amitabh’s lyrics are able to pull the song quite efficiently. Chhupa bhi na sake, bata bhi na sake, jataa bhi na sake, toh phir fizool hai ye qissa. Agree? Yes, definitely!

6. Sylvia – Singer: Neeti Mohan – This song is a full-on brassly-laid rhythmic show partially based on the Hindi retro melodies of 50’s, particularly similar to that of OP Nayyar with respect to the tune. On that kind of tune, Amit creatively underlays the Trumpet-ized rhythm accompanied by a huge brass section. Neeti has completely justified the mood of the song managing her vocals to sound apt for both, OP Nayyari-sh melody, and jazzing Trumpets. The humming in the background by Amit is damn good. A very enjoyable one!

7. Darbaan – Singer: Papon – Amit returns to the basic Jazz rhythm with Papon, in spite of singing in a soporific manner, gets the desired attention particularly because of the smooth alteration in the notes which is one of the most intriguing qualities found in Jazz. Splendidly played Trumpets lead the song well towards the maintenance of the engagement of listeners. A mild Saxophonic sound constantly in the background supporting Papon’s vocals is beautiful. Amitabh’s lyrics are icing on the cake with amazing phrases aptly used to describe the situation. Papon’s successful effort to Jazz.

8. Shut Up – Singer: Shefali Alvares – Shefali returns with an extremely catchy track excellently placed on Amitabh’s rhythmic words. The rhythm section full of Drums blows your mind with respect to the excellence with which it is played, particularly in the beginning and in the end. The song is completely justified by Shefali. Finally, the jazzy Piano which was left untouched is used here in the first interlude, played impressively! Entertainingly catchy!

9. Behroopia – Singers: Mohit Chauhan, Neeti Mohan – The only duet and the only romantic track with the least jazzing effort is the most mass-oriented track of the album although to give it a slight jazzy touch, there’s a constant Trumpet aptly supporting and beautifying the already lovely composition with uniquely beautiful vocal arrangements without absenting its contemporary nature. Mohit and Neeti make a wonderful jodi and with that Trumpet, Romance gets intensified in the most creative way. 

10. The Bombay Velvet Theme – Instrumental – Nothing interesting in the beginning but as the Guitar takes its place, things get awesome. The way the Guitar is played, is brilliant, grabbing all the attention one can have. Pretty engaging.

11. Conspiracy – Instrumental – Another engaging instrumental track that justifies its name as it creates an intriguing impact on the ears with its marvelous arrangements. Interesting!

12. Tommy Gun – Instrumental – Sounding similar? Yes, it plays the rhythm similar to that of Shut Up. Fully laden with Drums, this instrumental track is the most impressive one as it slightly resembles very likable score of Birdman, with Horns in between summing up to pleasurable hearing. Very impressive! 

Fifi (Bonus Track) – Singer: Suman Sridhar;  Music: Mikey McCleary;  Original Singer: Geeta Dutt;  Original Music: O. P. Nayyar;  Original Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri;  Music Label: Saregama – One who has heard the original one is definitely not going to like it. Although Mikey’s recreated tracks are always brilliant, this, in particular, seems to lack something. Suman’s overstyled singing doesn’t attract much. The Drums do not somehow suit the track. They could have easily chosen some other old song to be recreated as there are many such tracks of O.P. Nayyar. Fails to impress.

The most awaited soundtrack of the year lives up to its expectation. Amit Trivedi takes the Hindi film music a step forward and a level ahead with Neeti Mohan being the most prominent contributor. 

The Final Verdict:  AGREE