Classy Romance, Massy Dance!! (Badrinath Ki Dulhania – Music Review)

Shashank Khaitan is back with his Dulhania franchise and this time the Dulhania belongs to Badrinath whom we all met in the trailer and loved. Amaal Mallik, Akhil Sachdeva and Tanishk Bagchi have replaced Sharib-Toshi and Sachin-Jigar who did the music of the previous installment.

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Music Label: T-Series

1. Aashiq Surrender Hua – Singers: Amaal Mallik, Shreya Ghoshal;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed – Amaal kicks off the album with a DDM (Desi Dance Music) instead of a more popular genre EDM (Electronic Dance Music) being on mic himself with the ever dependable Shreya Ghoshal. It’s quite a folksy melody which is quite surprising. Infact, I can even recall a folk song, very similar to the hook line. Also, it’s rare to hear a hook line not just being a part of the mukhda but the complete mukhda itself. Shabbir’s lyrics is exactly what is required of this song. Amaal has made sure that the song justifies the characters and it does.

2. Roke Na Ruke Naina – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Kumaar – If you have followed Amaal’s work, you tend to notice his particular style of composition which so many other composers of his generation don’t have. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s everything a composer needs. As much as one needs a particular style of his/her own compositions, he/she equally needs those compositions to sound versatile and varied from one another. This song, in particular, echoes the similar (not same) structure of notes which his previous few compositions had. Like, the tail of the mukhda just before the hook line ends is one of the structural elements evident in many of his songs. Nonetheless, the song does sound lovely, if not novel. What is really likable is the antara which gives such a ghazal-like feel and that works in the favor of novelty. Kumaar delivers one of his better writings with Amaal.

3. Humsafar – Singers: Akhil Sachdeva, Mansheel Gujral;  Music: Akhil Sachdeva;  Lyrics: Akhil Sachdeva – The way Mansheel begins, is the high point of the song. Akhil takes over with his Atif-sounding voice which doesn’t work against the song at all. Infact, it suits the melody really well. The instruments are well arranged, particularly the Accordion (is it?). Akhil has also written the song and although there’s nothing novel about it, the lines blend with the composition quite effortlessly. It’s a superb debut from Akhil Sachdeva in singing, composing and writing as well. 

4. Badrinath Ki Dulhania (Title Track) – Singers: Dev Negi, Neha Kakkar, Monali Thakur, Ikka;  Music: Tanishk Bagchi;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed – This folk tune has been taken in films numerous times and it is so catchy that it is able to groove you. Tanishk’s composition does complete justice to the borrowed hook line. Both the compositions blend really well. The singers’ cast is impressive. It’s good to hear Monali in such a song after a long time. Ikka’s rap, particularly in the beginning is superb. It amazingly energizes the atmosphere. Shabbir’s lyrics totally goes with the song. A catchy one! 

5. Tamma Tamma Again – Singers: Bappi Lahiri, Anuradha Paudwal, Badshah;  Music: Bappi Lahiri (Recreated by Tanishk Bagchi);  Lyrics: Indeevar – Badshah is the new member of this 80s family which is probably the biggest song of Bappi Lahiri’s career. Tanishk not exactly re-created but re-mixed the track with very predictable electronic sounds. His only contribution is adding Badshah to give it a contemporary touch. The rest you all know. More of a remixed than a remake. 

Akhil Sachdeva shines in his debut. A pretty entertaining album which pretty much maintains the standards of Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. 

Worth Listening: Humsafar, Roke Na Ruke Naina

The Final Verdict: 3/5

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Helicopter Notes!! (M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story – Music Review)

The biopic on the Indian Captain has been in news for very long now. After the release of the trailer, it seems to be very promising. In music, one of the composers who has been charming with his songs in multi-composer albums, Amaal Mallik, has finally got his first solo album and he seems to be in an excellent form.

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Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir;  Music Label: T-Series

1. Besabriyaan – Singer: Armaan Malik – With an inspirational track which talks more about the the anxiety or say, anxiousness to get what one desires for, the album takes a flight. The first notes and you already start liking the track, as they grip you instantly, being catchy enough to catch your attention. No one can perfect any Amaal’s melody but Armaan. He is the one to be listened to. You’ll have a lot of Besabriyaan to hear it atleast once more. 

2. Kaun Tujhe – Singer: Palak Muchhal – Palak’s utterly sugary vocals never let you miss any other singers, mainly because the song is so high on melody that it’s hard to not get carried away with the romance it represents. Particularly, the humming part and the bridge in antara connecting to the mukhda are the portions where one simply can just do nothing but admire it. If you’re looking for a romantic track that could make you emotional, this is the one I vouch for. #KaunTujhe

3. Jab Tak / Jab (Redux) – Singer: Armaan Malik – Another romantic track having mixed emotions of passion which the singer justifies completely through his rendition. Coming with two versions, the one differs from the other on lyrics and arrangements in which the Redux one undoubtedly sounds better. Go for it!

4. Phir Kabhi – Singer: Arijit Singh – The song mostly relies on its catchy rhythm and the so-called hook line Tujhme khoya rahun main… . The rest of the song does not have much to engage with. There is definitely a decently composed antara which definitely impresses but the song doesn’t have something which one should listen for, ofcourse if you’re an Arijit admirer which most of us are, that’s a different story.

5. Parwah Nahi – Singer: Siddharth Basrur – It didn’t work for me on hearing it once. It grew quite well with time. It’s a hard rock material that Siddharth Basrur justifies with excellent energy. The problem with the song is that it sounds too familiar to stuffs we have heard in the past in this genre. The composition is definitely fresh but the sound does give a heard before feeling. Guitars have worked so well that it compliments the effort of the singer. Arrangements is something to listen to. 

6. Padhoge Likhoge – Singers: Ananya Nanda, Adithyan A Prithviraj – Ananya, the winner of Indian Idol Junior along with another interesting kid, entertain in this amusing track which is written on a popular Hindi proverb. The choice of the singers is so apt. The song gets what it needed, these voices that create immense pleasure and humor to sustain the composition.

Amaal Mallik’s first solo album is extremely high on melody.

The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE


Chaar Gaano ki Kahani (Do Lafzon Ki Kahani – Music Review)

A love story starring Randeep Hooda and Kajal Aggarwal is directed by Deepak Tijori and has music by Babli Haque, Amaal Mallik, Ankit Tiwari and Arjuna Harjai.

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Music Label: T-Series

1. Jeena Marna / Jeena Marna (Female) – Singer: Altamash Faridi / Palak Muchhal;  Music: Babli Haque;  Lyrics: Sandeep Nath – Babli manages to impress with this composition which relies highly on percussion which have been played sensibly, presenting a nice rhythm to enjoy. The composition is though very typical, something that has been heard quite a few times in past. The song sounds better in Altamash’s voice, the Palak’s version doesn’t leave the same impact. Stereotypical, yet ear-friendly.

2. Kuch Toh Hai – Singer: Armaan Malik;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – Armaan’s vocals soothe you to the core in compositions like this which are simple, uncomplicated and has a heart at the right place. Amaal has been making simpler tunes which have an instant connect with the listeners. The Violin piece is beautiful along with the line kuch toh hai. #WelcomeSong

3. Sehra – Singer: Ankit Tiwari;  Music: Ankit Tiwari;  Lyrics: Sandeep Nath – This composition is thankfully slightly different in style than other romantic tracks of Ankit. The only drawback is that he sings his own compositions which brings all the familiarity and loses the novelty, if any.

4. Ankhiyaan – Singer: Kanika Kapoor;  Music: Arjuna Harjai;  Lyrics: Kumaar – Probably the first slow song of Kanika and she shows her versatility with quite an ease. Arjuna’s composition is likable, has major role of percussion, although loud, gives the song the much needed melancholic mood.

Four composers. Four songs. All pleasant! 

The Final Verdict:  OKAY



High-Five!! (Sarbjit – Music Review)

After Mary Kom, Omung Kumar comes up with his second directorial, another biopic based on the life of Sarbjit who was an Indian national who was tried and convicted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan for a series of bomb attacks in Lahore and Faisalabad that killed 14 bystanders in 1990. Omung has opted for multiple composers this time, giving just one song to his previous composers Shashi-Shivamm and the rest to Shail-Pritesh, Amaal Mallik, Jeet Gannguli and Tanishk Bagchi.

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1. Salamat – Singers: Arijit Singh, Tulsi Kumar;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Rashmi Virag – Amaal comes up with one of his best melodies which he apparently created when he was just 17 which is a huge accomplishment in itself. The melody is predictable and very Jeet Gannguli-like yet it is so strong and appealing that one wants to hear it more and more. Arijit is more than perfect here and Rashmi Virag doesn’t fail to impress at all. Both the interludes are technically good and the antara is as heartwarming as the mukhda. Simply remarkable!! 

2. Dard – Singer: Sonu Nigam;  Music: Jeet Gannguli;  Lyrics: Rashmi Virag, Jaani – Although it’s a typical Jeet Gannguli composition, also very predictable in the antara, the song nonetheless creates a huge impact primarily the reason being the vocals and the lyrics which contains phrases like “jo tujhe lagta baarish hai, main woh hun jo roun”. The composition is anyway extremely impressive. This song is a realization of the craving to hear more from Sonu Nigam. 

3. Tung Lak – Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shail Hada, Kalpana Gandharv;  Music: Shail-Pritesh;  Lyrics: Sandeep Singh – After two heart-warming melodies comes an entirely different mood by Shail-Pritesh with a Punjabi folksy textured song that is delivered quite justly by Sukhwinder and Sunidhi. The song doesn’t appeal much yet it has a flair of likeability. 

4. Rabba – Singer: Shafqat Amanat Ali;  Music: Tanishk Bagchi;  Lyrics: Arafat Mehmood – Comes the fourth composer Tanishk with a decent composition having Shafqat behind the mic who handles it quite nicely making the song sound better than ordinary since the composition and lyrics have been extremely mediocre. 

5. Meherbaan – Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Shail Hada, Munnawar Masoom;  Music: Shail-Pritesh;  Lyrics: A M Turaz – Sukhwinder along with Shail and Munnawar brilliantly capture the song, making it quite engaging with their vocals which otherwise does not have much of appeal to captivate the listener. The song has a qawwali texture and these pseudo qawwalis do not impress unless they have the much needed uniqueness in the melody itself. Vocals engage, composition doesn’t.

6. Barsan Laagi – Singer: Shail Hada;  Music: Shail-Pritesh;  Lyrics: A M Turaz – Moving on the semi-classical mood, the composition is laden with beautiful arrangements by the duo. Shail’s singing is an icing on the cake, as the soft texture of his vocals sounds apt for the composition. The Guitar pieces in-between sounds pleasant and the lyrics has its own charm. Ravishing. 

7. Allah Hu Allah – Singers: ShashaaTirupati, Altamash, Rabbani Mustafa Khan (Additional Voices: Arsh Mohammad, Supriya Pathak);  Music: Tanishk Bagchi;  Lyrics: Late Haider Najmi (Additional Lyrics: Arafat Mehmood) – Tanishk moves to a whole another level with this composition which is so extremely brilliantly sung, composed, arranged and written. The rhythmic structure is so intriguing and alluring and the instruments have been arranged creating such a fascinating sound that one wishes if the song had a longer duration. #WelcomeSong

8. Mera Junoon – Singer: Shail Hada;  Music: Shail-Pritesh;  Lyrics: A M Turaz – Shail again strikes with his endearing vocals for the song that is composed with sincerity. The melody is dynamic, having constantly changing notes which keeps the listeners engaged throughout. Each line has a variation in notes which makes it highly intriguing.

9. Nindiya – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Music: Shashi-Shivamm;  Lyrics: Sandeep Singh – The duo who were the only composers of Mary Kom, Shashi-Shivamm, inspite of getting just one song, have struck the right chord with a lullaby that has such varied notes yet remains melodious throughout. Arrangements are according to the mood and Arijit’s voice is a perfect stimulus for a lullaby.

10. Sarbjit Theme (Instrumental) – Singer: Shail Hada;  Music: Shail-Pritesh – With Violins and apt chords, Shail-Pritesh have captured the mood of the whole film enormously and effectively.

Seven brilliant tracks out of ten, leaving three in average zone, Sarbjit manages to pull out the brilliance in all five composers. 

The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE


More Romantic, Less Sporty!! (Azhar – Music Review)

The life of the former Indian Cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin has been extremely controversial and who better than Emraan Hashmi could play him in Tony D’Souza directed Azhar. Pritam had been hired for the music but due to some health issued, he had to leave midway and Amaal Mallik was called to the rescue. The one song by Pritam has been retained, and a Kalyanji-Anandji song that has been remade by DJ Chetas.

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Music Label: T-Series

1. Bol Do Na Zara – Singer: Armaan Malik;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Rashmi Virag – The best thing about this song is that Amaal is able to keep the ethos of Main Rahoon Ya Na Rahoon alive. With his brother Armaan, he has again delivered miraculously effortless melody that easily sails to your heart. Rashmi Virag’s lyrics deserve special mention. The lyrics have few lines that deserve attention. A melody full of charm!!

2. Itni Si Baat Hain – Singers: Arijit Singh, Antara Mitra;  Music: Pritam;  Lyrics: Manoj Yadav – The old wine Pritam after a long time has come with his late 2000s avatar where he delivers a free-flowing melody without much experimentation, and that structure of inviting the female voice only in the antara. The composition is tremendously beautiful, instantly likable, and unpretentious. Lyrics walk quite on the same route, saying as simply as could itni si baat hai, mujhe tumse pyaar hai. Extremely Pritam!

3. Oye Oye – Singers: Aditi Singh Sharma, Armaan Malik;  Music: Kalyanji-Anandji (Recreated by DJ Chetas);  Lyrics: Manoj Yadav – Manoj Yadav pens the next song which is a remake of a superhit Kalyanji-Anandji song from Tridev. Since the remake has been done by a DJ, the beats had to be the prime focus in the song. The composition is quite weak though. Nevertheless, Aditi and Armaan amazingly carry the song and make it decent enough to enjoy.

4. Tu Hi Na Jaane – Singers: Sonu Nigam, Prakriti Kakar;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Kumaar – This is very different from what Amaal has been doing in past. Choosing Sonu Nigam for this song, seems to have proved a brilliant step in favor of Amaal. The composition carries a lot of depth in it. Prakriti quite responsibly supports Sonu Nigam, proving to be another right choice. When it comes to writing sad songs, one well knows how efficient Kumaar is. A mature composition, handled with utter maturity. #WelcomeSong

5. Jeetne Ke Liye – Singer: K.K.;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Kumaar – The song seems to have been made especially for K.K. It has all the apt notes for him to hit and make his mark as he always does. The composition is quite predictable yet pleasurable to hear. Kumaar’s lyrics has the similar predictability, nevertheless, the song enormously carried by K.K. does make impact. 

With a decent remake, a song by Pritam, three by Amaal Mallik, Azhar manages to grip you quite effortlessly. 

The Final Verdict:  OKAY



A Decent Attempt!! (Baaghi – Music Review)

The Heropanti team is back replacing Kriti Sanon with Shraddha Kapoor in the lead role. The music is given by Amaal Mallik, Manj Musik, Meet Bros and Ankit Tiwari.

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1. Sab Tera – Singers: Armaan Malik, Shraddha Kapoor;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Sanjeev Chaturvedi – The song is unique in the sense that barring the title words Sab Tera, everything in the song is good. The line Sab Tera gets really planer and dull. The rest of song including the mukhda, both the antaras, interludes as well as arrangements are highly impressive. Shraddha shows her immense potential as a singer and is syncing admirably with Armaan. A lovely track, barring the hook line. 

2. Let’s Talk About Love – Singers: Raftaar, Neha Kakkar, Manj Musik;  Music: Manj Musik;  Lyrics: Raftaar, Sabbir Khan – Manj Musik terribly lowers whatever his standard used to be. The composition is so monotonous that one really craves for atleast some variation to witness. Lyrics is completely absurd and extremely poor and much the same goes with the composition.

3. Cham Cham – Singers: Monali Thakur, Meet Bros;  Music: Meet Bros;  Lyrics: Kumaar – The song suffers the similar issue to that of Sab Tera. Except the line Cham Cham, everything in the song is really impressive, handled by Monali Thakur so adorably. The hook line could have been improvised. The mukhda and the antara both are catchy enough to hold your attention. Monali’s vocals work as icing on the cake. 

4. Agar Tu Hota – Singer: Ankit Tiwari;  Music: Tiwari;  Lyrics: Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay – The best thing Ankit can do to make his song sound different from one another is by using different singers and avoiding singing himself. It completely fails to impact as it sounds just like any of his past songs. By the arrival of the first antara, one starts losing interest, something which Ankit Tiwari now seriously need to look at.

5. Girl I Need You – Singers: Arijit Singh, Khushboo Grewal, Meet Bros (Rap: Roch Killa);  Music: Meet Bros;  Lyrics: Kumaar – Now, this is something a music lover really wishes for. A lovely experiment by Meet Bros on a very romantic track infusing the rap and the hook line in Western style with the support of Tabla. Arijit sounds phenomenal and Khushboo is impressive throughout. Meet Bros show their versatility befriending the ears. #WelcomeSong

The soundtrack gets rich by Amaal Mallik, richer by Meet Bros. 

The Final Verdict:  OKAY


Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (April 2016)

Singer of the Month (Female):  Monali Thakur – Cham Cham (Baaghi)

Singer of the Month (Male):  Mukhtiyar Ali – Aye Khuda (Laal Rang)

Singer Jodi of the Month:  Armaan Malik & Shraddha Kapoor – Sab Tera (Baaghi)

Composer of the Month (Song):  Mathias Duplessy – Aye Khuda (Laal Rang)

Lyricist of the Month:  Sayeed Quadri – Ji Huzoori (Ki & Ka)

Composer of the Month (Album):  Rohan & Vinayak – Nil Battey Sannata 

Song of the Month:  Ji Huzoori – Ki & Ka (Mithoon, Sayeed Quadri)

Album of the Month: Baaghi – T-Series

No Chull, Only Beautiphull!! (Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921) – Music Review)

Shakun Batra is back after a very long time since the release of his previous rom-com Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu which had Amit Trivedi as the composer. This time he has tried his hands on a multiple composer album. The songs are composed by Amaal Mallik, Badshah, Tanishk Bagchi, Arko, Nucley & Benny Dayal.

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Music Label: Sony Music

1. Kar Gayi Chull – Singers: Badshah, Fazilpuria, Sukriti Kakar, Neha Kakkar;  Music: Badshah (Recreated by Amaal Mallik);  Lyrics: Badshah, Kumaar – This very popular party number of Badshah featuring Fazilpuria has been recreated by Amaal Mallik, retaining both of them as singers and adding Sukriti and Neha make it sound more glamorous. The offensive lyrics have been turned up towards decency by Kumaar while the mukhda has been retained. The song is undoubtedly extremely catchy and groovy, being perfect mood setter for the parties.  

2. Bolna – Singers: Arijit Singh, Asees Kaur;  Music: Tanishk Bagchi;  Lyrics: Dr. Devender Kafir – Arijit’s earthy vocals work tremendously in the favor of the song. More than half of the impression of the song is made just by the first line. It’s so beautifully composed with a tinge of familiarity that one is easily able to croon it. Asees Kaur seems to be decent though not much could be revealed about her vocals in the track. Instantly likable. 

3. Buddhu Sa Mann – Singers: Armaan Malik, Amaal Mallik;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Abhiruchi Chand – An EDM track by Mallik brothers that quite easily snares your attention has a very Dharma-like lyrics which together makes a nice familiar-novel combo. Armaan is so perfect for the track that it’s hard to think of any other voice that could do justice to the track. Whistle plays poignant role in attracting the listeners. A feel-good track. 

4. Saathi Rey – Singer: Arko;  Music: Arko;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – The sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought. The only sad song in the album turns out to be the most effective one having Arko on the vocals as well with his impactful voice crooning a melancholic composition that is well-structured and well-arranged. The piano notes are superb. The saddest sounds the sweetest. #WelcomeSong

5. Let’s Nacho – Singers: Badshah, Benny Dayal;  Music: Nucleya & Benny Dayal;  Lyrics: Kumaar, Christopher Pradeep – The weakest track of the album which Badshah and Benny totally fail to impact. The composition is loosely structured, having beats and techno sounds that are heard so many times before. Worst for the Last. 

This multiple composer album of Dharma has Arko shining while Amaal and Tanishk remaining in their impressive form. 

The Final Verdict:  OKAY