Demand and Supply!! (Junooniyat – Music Review)

Another T-Series romantic flick directed by Vivek Agnihotri starring the Sanam Re pair Pulkit Samrat and Yami Gautam in lead roles. Music is given by Meet Bros. Anjjan, Stereo Nation, Jeet Gannguli & Ankit Tiwari.

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Music Label: T-Series


1. Nachenge Saari Raat – Singers: Neeraj Shridhar, Tulsi Kumar, Meet Bros;  Music: Meet Bros Anjjan (Original Composition: Stereo Nation);  Lyrics: Kumaar (Original Lyrics: Stereo Nation) – The very famous track of 2000 by Stereo Nation to which probably the whole nation had danced for very long has been recreated by Meet Bros Anjjan giving a slightly different sound though mainly remaining the same. Lyrics have been changed except the hook line. Neeraj Shridhar is heard after a long time and that is the only positively different thing in this remake. Original, remake, does it matter? Basically, remains the same. 


2. Mujhko Barsaat Bana Lo – Singer: Armaan Malik;  Music: Jeet Gannguli;  Lyrics: Rashmi Virag – It seems to be one of the tracks that has been created in a hurry, having no depth either in composition or in lyrics. It’s just a plain staid yet-another kind of romantic song that doesn’t stay with you for long. Armaan too doesn’t seem to be in his original form, delivering just an average performance. Mediocre.


3. Ishqe Di Lat – Singers: Ankit Tiwari, Tulsi Kumar;  Music: Ankit Tiwari;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – Surprisingly, Ankit strikes this time with quite a rhythmic composition which somewhat predicts to have been shot somewhere in snow. Tulsi sounds decent enough to compliment the composition. Manoj’s likable lyrics go in tune with the tune. Arrangements could have been better but it’s good to hear Ankit trying something different. #WelcomeSong


4. Junooniyat – Singer: Falak Shabbir (Backing Vocals: Thomson Andrews, Keshia Braganza, Gwen Dias & Ryan Dias);  Music: Meet Bros Anjjan;  Lyrics: Kumaar – Falak gets a typical song for him which the trio seems to have composed in a way to give the grandeur feel to it. Although it fails to have grandeur, it surely have the needed-intensity in the romance. The lyrics too seem to have been written with intensity of romance in mind. The song, sadly, does not seem fresh.


5. Pagalon Sa Naach – Singers: Meet Bros, Khushboo Grewal (Backing Vocals: Ruchir, Ambresh & Ashish);  Music: Meet Bros Anjjan;  Lyrics: Kumaar – One wonders if Meet Bros Anjjan themselves ever would listen to their own compositions of this kind. It is such a deserves-to-be-skipped song that it becomes hard to tolerate. Lyrics has been written so vaguely and the composition becomes extremely annoying after a certain point. Vague.


6. Tu Junooniyat (Climax Song) – Singers: Shrey Singhal, Akriti Kakar;  Music: Jeet Gannguli;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – It seems that Jeet has got trapped in the chain of immediate demands. He again sounds average with his composition which he usually doesn’t. Shrey sounds extremely mediocre. The song sounds best during Akriti’s portion. Manoj’s lyrics works occasionally.


An album full of below average work. 


The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM

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

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

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

 

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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Music Label: T-Series


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

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


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

‘Rehnuma’, the only Saving Grace!! (Rocky Handsome – Music Review)

Nishikant Kamat is back with another action thriller after Drishyam, starring John Abraham in and as Rocky Handsome. The music is given by the one film old duo Inder Bawra & Sunny Bawra, Ankit Tiwari and Bombay Rockers.

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Music Label: T-Series 


1. Rock Tha Party – Singers: Bombay Rockers (Navtej Singh Rehal, Thomas Weinholt Sardorf, Jasun Bosen Barnewitz);  Guest Composers:  Bombay Rockers (Navtej Singh Rehal, Thomas Weinholt Sardorf, Jasun Bosen Barnewitz);  Lyrics: Bombay Rockers (Navtej Singh Rehal, Thomas Weinholt Sardorf, Jasun Bosen Barnewitz) – The album kicks off with the decade old superhit party number by Bombay Rockers which was once a rage among youths. The song sounds equally good today though a less groovy. Adding this track into the album serves only one purpose that it gives the reason to the listeners to enjoy it once more and refresh their memories. 


2. Rehnuma – Singers: Shreya Ghoshal, Inder Bawra (Backing Vocals: Deepti Rege, Arohi Mhatre, Mayuri Patwardhan);  Music: Sunny Bawra, Inder Bawra;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir, Sagar Lahauri – The composers have come up with a beautiful mellow composition that has Shreya singing in such base notes that creates a lovely romantic atmosphere all around. The arrangements are as good as the composition. The first words tu jo mila themselves have such a tune that instantly appeals and catches listeners’ attention. Lyrics are beautifully written, accompanying the melody well. Sensuous. #WelcomeSong


3. Alfazon Ki Tarah – Singer: Ankit Tiwari;  Music: Ankit Tiwari;  Lyrics: Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay – As expected, the typical Ankit Tiwari melody with mukhda being good and antara being dull. In the already dull composition, when Guitars are introduced, it becomes even duller. Abhendra’s lyrics have repetitive words and lines that leave nothing to observe in the track. 


4. Aye Khuda / Aye Khuda (Duet) – Singers: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan / Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shreya Ghoshal;  Music: Sunny Bawra, Inder Bawra;  Lyrics: Sachin Pathak, Shekhar Astitwa – A track during which you can have a nap. It is so dull and the lyrics are so full of heard before lines that one wants it to get over with it soon. To whatever limit it is able to engage, it is because of Rahat. The duet version has just one line by Shreya, the rest is similarly dull. Extremely dull.


5. Titliyan – Singer: Sunidhi Chauhan (Backing Vocals: Deepti Rege, Arohi Mhatre, Mayuri Patwardhan);  Music: Sunny Bawra, Inder Bawra;  Lyrics: Sagar Lahauri – It seems that composers did try to create a thematic impact of the film but their efforts did not favor the appeal factor of the song. It mostly has dull moments which only improved a bit by the techno sounds in the end. Poor impact. 


The one romantic song by Sunny & Inder Bawra is the only saving grace in this extremely dull album. 


The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM 

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


Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (March 2016)

Singer of the Month (Female): Minu Bakshi – Jiske Sir Upar Tu Swami (Zubaan)

Singer of the Month (Male): Bhai Mahinderjit Singh – Jo Mange Thakur (Zubaan)

Singer Jodi of the Month: Rachel Varghese & Mandar Deshpande – Kori Pukar (Zubaan)

Composer of the Month (Song): Ashutosh Pathak – Ajj Saanu O Mileya (Zubaan)

Lyricist of the Month: Manoj Muntashir – Sathi Rey (Kapoor & Sons)

Composer of the Month (Album): Salim-Sulaiman – Jai Gangaajal

Song of the Month: Saathi Rey – Kapoor & Sons  (Arko, Manoj Muntashir)

Album of the Month: Zubaan – T-Series

 

 

A Sincere Soundtrack!! (Airlift – Music Review)

Airlift is a patriotic thriller based on a true incident which has Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur in the lead. Music is given by Amaal Mallik. It is his first solo album which includes Ankit Tiwari as the guest composer.

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Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Kumaar;  Music Label: T-Series


1. Soch Na Sake – Singers: Arijit Singh, Tulsi Kumar / Arijit Singh (song adapted from B.Praak, Jaani & Hardy Sandhu’s Soch) – Those who have heard the original have loved it immensely and those are who will listen to this adaptation will give the same amount of love. Arijit perfectly handles the soulful tune which Amaal has responsibly adapted and beautified it by infusing his own interpretation. There are two versions. One is a duet with Tulsi Kumar, the other is Arijit’s solo, and undoubtedly the solo version is better. An impressive adaptation! #WelcomeSong


2. Dil Cheez Tujhe Dedi – Singers: Arijit Singh;  Guest Composer: Ankit Tiwari – The song has a slight Arabic texture with quirky arrangements and fabulous singing by Arijit. The song is extremely catchy and vibrant, very unlike that of Ankit Tiwari kind of music which usually is drowsy, lazy and draggy. A welcome change from Ankit Tiwari. 


3. Mera Nachan Nu – Singers: Divya Kumar, Brijesh Shandilya – The song starts with Brijesh’s folksy vocals which very amazingly fits into its authentic Punjabi flavor joined by Divya Kumar, another folksy voice who brings the much needed contemporariness in the song. Not appealing but definitely appeasing. 


4. Tu Bhoola Jise – Singers: K.K. – Finally a patriotic song for a patriotic film which is definitely very appealing in its nature. KK has empowered the already fine melody with his captivating vocals. Brass-led arrangements are managed by Amaal quite maturely. A song that will get embraced with visuals which nevertheless is complete in itself without visuals. 


Amaal Mallik handles his first solo soundtrack quite impressively, with one song by Ankit Tiwari that brings a welcome change in his music style. 


The Final Verdict:  OKAY

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

 

 

Less Atrangi this time!! (Wazir – Music Review)

Bejoy Nambiar is famous in managing multiple composers for his films quite impressively, not losing the unilateral flavor of the album. Since the film has been produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, his regular composer Shantanu Moitra is ought to be there along with Bejoy’s regular Prashant Pillai plus Ankit Tiwari and Advaita.

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Music Label: T-Series


 

1. Tere Bin – Singers: Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal;  Music: Shantanu Moitra;  Lyrics: Vidhu Vinod Chopra – Shockingly blatantly inspired from Afzal Yusuff’s Malyalam composition Oru Naal, this song has a lovely tune which apparently do not belong to Shantanu Moitra although he has done endearing instrumentation and a crooning sargam in the most appropriate duet jodi. The original should have been credited. 


2. Tu Mere Paas – Singer: Ankit Tiwari;  Music: Ankit Tiwari;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – One reason why all his songs sound similar is because he sings all of them. Talking particularly about this song, it would have sounded a slightly different composition if he had not sung it. Lyrics here are worth praising. Lyrics make it worth attempting. 


3. Maula – Singer: Javed Ali;  Music: Shantanu Moitra;  Lyrics: Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Swanand Kirkire – Shantanu Moitra could have made a masterpiece out of this but he landed up making a very average shallow sufi number. There’s actually nothing in this song, just the numerous repetition of the same line; why it needed two lyricists for that, I doubt! Thanks to Javed Ali, the song managed to be a decent affair. 


4. Tere Liye – Singers: Gagan Baderiya, Prashant Pillai;  Music: Prashant Pillai;  Lyrics: A.M. Turaz – Just what you expect from Prashant Pillai, that is a heavy dose of techno sounds and not much work into the basic tune of the song. Turaz’s potential is not utilized properly as the space for lyrics is impeded by the composer. Wish if it was a proper song. 


5. Khel Khel Mein – Singer: Amitabh Bachchan;  Music: Advaita;  Lyrics: Abhijeet Deshpande – Not a proper song, but a really impressive theme-sounding track which has Big B’s voice in prosaic form, having a nice instrumentation throughout. Advaita could have delivered something even better though. 


6. Wazir Theme – Instrumental;  Music: Gaurav Godkhindi – Theme tracks are expected to have impact on the screen only, and anyway, this track has nothing attractive on its own. It may get better with the visuals. An average thematic experience. 


Additional Song: Atrangi Yaari – Singers: Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar;  Music: Rochak Kohli;  Lyrics: Deepak Ramola, Gurpreet Saini – Surprisingly the song which is not included in the main album, an additional track is the best song of the album. Rochak Kohli has completely justified the mood of this atrangi yaari between these two actors and singers. Big B sounds great and so is Farhan. The song is catchy and has a great repeat value. Not beneficial to skip this one. #WelcomeSong 


Shantanu Moitra, Ankit Tiwari lessen the creative space which the soundtracks of Bejoy Nambiar’s films generally have. 


The Final Verdict:  OKAY 

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

 

Ankit Tiwari goes solo and versatile!! (Yaara Silly Silly – Music Review)

Yaara Silly Silly is a film directed by Subhash Sehgal, starring Paoli Dam and Parambrata Chatterjee. Music is given by Ankit Tiwari.

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Music: Ankit Tiwari;  Lyrics: Sandeep Nath;  Music Label: Zee Music Company


1. Sathia (Solo) / Sathia (Duet) / Sathia (Unplugged) – Singer(s): Ankit Tiwari / Ankit Tiwari, Mehak Suri / Mehak Suri –  After a decent interval Ankit Tiwari is heard and the decency of the interval goes in his favor. The composition is really nice, the Guitars are utilized quite well. Duet is even better which has Mehak (the newcomer) to delight with her vocals. The unplugged is a bit dull because the mood of the song really suits the Electric Guitar arrangement. Likable. #WelcomeSong


2. Behki – Singers: Mehak Suri, Shadaab Hussain – Delightfully catchy, the song is amazingly composed by Ankit with all the use of Guitar perfectly as well the vocals of Mehak, who sounds similar to Palak, and Shadaab creates a good impact. The only drawback is that the hook line is not well recorded, as the words are not entirely audible,being dominated by the excessive guitaring. Feel-good!


3. Yun Hai – Singer: Neeti Mohan – A slightly retro styled composition with Accordion and other instruments, where Neeti plays an integral part in providing freshness to the song. Lyrics are also well written by Sandeep, considering the romantic retro mood. With fine arrangements, again, a really good attempt by Ankit.   


4. Tuk Tuk – Singer: Nandini Srikar – Likability of this song is less though it is good to hear Nandini after a long time. She, as always, has sung efficiently, suiting the mood of the song perfectly. Arrangements are really impressive and the hardwork of Ankit is clearly visible, actually audible. Another good attempt.


The album shows the versatility of Ankit Tiwari when he works outside T-Series.


The Final Verdict:  OKAY

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