Small Impression, Great Impact!! (Poorna – Music Review)

A story about Malavath Poorna, the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest played by Aditi Inamdar is directed by Rahul Bose who is debuting as a director. Music is by Salim-Sulaiman.

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Music: Salim-Sulaiman;  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya;  Music Label: Zee Music Company


1. Kuch Parbat Hilaayein / Kuch Parbat Hilaayein (Intimate) – Singer: Arijit Singh / Salim Merchant – It starts off well and becomes quite staid as it proceeds.More melodious should have been the mukhda. In antara things get fine again. Amitabh’s lyrics have a more noticeable quality. Another version, sung by Salim himself is more appealing and sounds less staid because there’s Rock background and the arrangements have unplugged setup.


2. Poori Qaaynaat – Singers: Raj Pandit, Vishal Dadlani – Now this is something that definitely brings you a smile if you’re a music lover waiting for an appealing melody to hit you and penetrate into you with its classically laid notes sung efficiently by Raj Pandit. This has actually been adapted from their own work for Coke Studio @ MTV Season 3. The lyrics and the singers were different. While Raj Pandit replacing Rashid Khan is equally refreshing, Vishal Dadlani who gets a decent supporting portion which provides a fusion angle to the song, is a better replacement for Salim himself. The notes are as effective as Raj Pandit’s singing. One of the most outstanding portions in the song is when Sitar is played. Amitabh Bhattacharya writes another inspiring one.


3. Baabul Mora – Singing: Arijit Singh – It sounds like a vocal prelude when Arijit begins but eventually the whole song turns out to be like that. There’s hardly a percussion, just a one-beat rhythm. The song works mostly because of the beautiful notes and the way Arijit has managed to justify it. Salim-Sulaiman has pulled up their creative strength and come up with a song like this which has a great emotional impact, sonically and cinematically. Comes under the bests of Salim-Sulaiman and Arijit.


Salim-Sulaiman might have reduced their quantity of work too much but they still are not compromising with the quality. 

Worth Listening: Poori Qaaynaat, Baabul Mora

The Final Verdict: 3.5/5


Public Ki Sameekshaa

3rd Annual Musical Sameekshaa Awards 2015 (Results)

Thank you everybody who voted. May the most deserving nominee win in every category.

Here are the Results: 


TECHNICAL Awards:

Best Engineer: DJ Phukan, Sunny MR, Nikhil Paul George, Tanuj Tiku, Jim Satya – Premika (Dilwale)

Best Arranger: Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Deewani Mastani (Bajirao Mastani)


DEBUT Awards:

Best Debut Singer (Female): Payal Dev – Ab Tohe Jane Na Doongi (Bajirao Mastani)

Best Debut Singer (Male): Sayed Asrar Shah – Afghan Jalebi (Phantom)

Best Debut Composer: Tanishk-Vayu – Banno (Tanu Weds Manu Returns)

Best Debut Lyricist: Kunal Vermaa – Hasi (Humari Adhuri Kahani)


MAINSTREAM Awards:

Best Singer (Female): Shreya Ghoshal – Deewani Mastani (Bajirao Mastani)

Best Singer (Male): Mohit Chauhan – Matargashti (Tamasha) & Arijit Singh – Aayat (Bajirao Mastani)

Best Singer Jodi: Shreya Ghoshal & Vaishali Made – Pinga (Bajirao Mastani)

Best Composer (Song): AR Rahman – Matargashti (Tamasha)

Best Lyricist: Irshad Kamil – Agar Tum Saath Ho (Tamasha)

Best Composer (Album): Amit Trivedi – Bombay Velvet & Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Bajirao Mastani

Best Song: Matargashti – Tamasha (AR Rahman, Irshad Kamil)

Best Album: Bajrangi Bhaijaan – T-Series

Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Nakash Aziz, Atif Aslam, Adnan Sami, Imran Aziz Mian, Mika Singh, Mohit Chauhan, Palak Muchhal, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Rekha Bhardwaj, Jubin Nautiyal, KK, Javed Ali & Papon

Music: Pritam

Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya, Kausar Munir, Neelesh Mishra, Mayur Puri & Shabbir Ahmed


SPECIAL Awards:

Best Backing Vocals / Chorus: Shashi Suman, Kunal Pandit, Prithvi Gandharva, Kanika Joshi, Rashi Raagga, Geetikka Manjrekar – Albela Sajan (Bajirao Mastani) 

Best Use of an Instrument: Accordion by AR Rahman – Matargashti (Tamasha)

Song That Provided Wholesome Entertainment: Matargashti – Tamasha (AR Rahman, Irshad Kamil, Imtiaz Ali, T-Series)

Golden Melody of the Year: Janam Janam – Dilwale (Pritam, Amitabh Bhattacharya)

Height of Consistency: Amitabh Bhattacharya (Singer & Lyricist)

Most Unique Soch: Heer Toh Badi Sad Hai – Tamasha (AR Rahman, Irshad Kamil)

Surprise of the Year: Piku – Zee Music Company 

Singers: Anupam Roy, Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan

Music: Anupam Roy

Lyrics: Manoj Yadav, Anupam Roy

Most Underrated Album of the Year: Bombay Velvet – Sony Music / Zee Music Company

Singers: Shefali Alvares, Neeti Mohan, Papon, Mohit Chauhan

Music: Amit Trivedi

Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya


 

Musical Sameekshaa Crown:

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR: Neeti Mohan (for her outstanding performance in Bombay Velvet)

 

If Pritam was in the 90s era…. (Dilwale – Music Review)

This is absolutely the biggest film of this year as Shahrukh and Kajol are romancing on screen after a long time. The songs that are released are already hit and the hit machine Pritam seems to have left no stone unturned in music making for this SRK-Kajol starer Rohit Shetty film Dilwale.

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Music: Pritam;  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya;  Music Label: Sony Music


1. Gerua – Singers: Arijit Singh, Antara Mitra – The grandest song of the year starts very unusually but soon allows the beautifully tuned Flute to enter, giving hints of ecstasy soon to be found in the song. Pritam has attempted to deliver a typical SRK-Kajol track focusing on 90s-like Dafli that would make you remember of all those Yash Chopra melodies. The orchestration is brilliant in end with all those Violins echoing inside your head for quite long. There’s issue with Arijit’s tonal quality though. The song in the second antara sounds a bit monotonous due to the constant high notes which Arijit is seemed to be having trouble with. His vocals sound a bit stressed. Antara Mitra has not much to deal with though one surely misses Shreya here to bring the much needed effortlessness and genuineness in the song. Amitabh’s lyrics are already much talked about especially the word Gerua which is the color Saffron. Blockbuster and Memorable. 


2. Manma Emotion Jaage – Singers: Amit Mishra, Anushka Manchanda, Antara Mitra – A pretty cool Hip-Hop track which has a sufficient amount of desi-ness in the composition as well as in the lyrics. It has that 90s tapori feel in the required amount. Quite unique sounds have been used by Pritam and the programming is done with efficiency. The tune in the mukhda could have been catchier as Pritam has a great history with catchy tunes. The song however grows on you gradually. Amit is impressive in the track, Antara has a catchy desi typical saiyaan portion and Anushka handles the rap quite effortlessly. Desi typical 90s with experimental programming. 


3. Janam Janam – Singer: Arijit Singh, Antara Mitra – This is one of those melodies that can be termed “classic” from day one. Arijit and Antara superbly handles this lovable composition of Pritam which is based on the prelude of Gerua. If Gerua has 90s feel, it has 50s black & white feel which after the half mukhda becomes somewhat Bhatt-like. I wish if Arijit had avoided that aggressive alaap which spoils the sugary essence of the song. Antara has a more prominent role here and she justifies it completely. Magnum Opus #WelcomeSong


4. Tukur Tukur – Singer: Arijit Singh – This amusing Goan-flavor song brings a smile to face. The chorus saying tukur tukur is very impressively arranged. Arijit has justified the mood of the track which is so different from the other Arijit songs in the album. A fun-filled track.


5. Daayre – Singer: Arijit Singh – The only track which has been kept separated from any kind of 90s effect. It comes quite in the Saaware (Phantom) zone, having Guitar setting up the mood. It is a sad song but has a delightful mukhda, the rhythm giving the feel of a journey song. Arijit is flawless in this, being in his comfort zone. Delightful. 


6. Premika – Singer: Benny Dayal, Kanika Kapoor – Pritam has nailed this one, giving the 90s style composition his unique signature. A very catchy track with lots and lots of interesting sounds in the background that are sufficient to drive you towards dance floor. Benny and Kanika who are the complete dynamos seem to be a perfect choice for this song. More than just the composition, it has layers and layers of unique sounds. Better put on your headphones.


Dilwale is an answer to this question of how the songs would have been if Pritam had been composing in the 90s era. 


The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE

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


Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards  (December 2015)

Singer of the Month (Female):  Shreya Ghoshal – Deewani Mastani (Bajirao Mastani)

Singer of the Month (Male):  Arijit Singh – Aayat (Bajirao Mastani)

Singer Jodi of the Month:  Shreya Ghoshal & Vaishali Made – Pinga (Bajirao Mastani)

Composer of the Month (Song): Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Mohe Rang Do Laal (Bajirao Mastani)

Lyricist of the Month:  A.M. Turaz – Aayat (Bajirao Mastani)

Composer of the Month (Album):  Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Bajirao Mastani

Song of the Month:  Janam Janam – Dilwale (Pritam, Amitabh Bhattacharya)

Album of the Month:  Bajirao Mastani (Eros Music) 

 

 

Musical Sameekshaa Trimester-III Awards 2015 – Results (July, August, September)

Results


Best Backing Vocals/Chorus: Afghan Jalebi (Phantom)

Best Recorded Song: Ishq Karenge (Bangistan)

Best Arranged Song: Sooiyan (Guddu Rangeela)

Best Use of an Instrument: Oud by Pritam – Nachda (Phantom)

Song That Provided Wholesome Entertainment: Selfie Le Le Re (Bajrangi Bhaijaan)


Best Singer (Female): Chinmayi Sripada – Sahebaan (Guddu Rangeela)

Best Singer (Male): Asrar – Afghan Jalebi (Phantom)

Best Singer Jodi: Arijit Singh & Chinmayi Sripada – Sooiyan (Phantom)

Best Composer (Song): Pritam – Nachda (Phantom)

Best Lyricist: Kausar Munir – Nachda (Phantom)

Best Composer (Album): Pritam – Phantom

Best Song: Afghan Jalebi – Phantom (Pritam, Amitabh Bhattacharya)

Best Album: Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Nakash Aziz, Atif Aslam, Adnan Sami, Imran Aziz Mian, Mika Singh, Mohit Chauhan, Palak Muchhal, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Rekha Bhardwaj, Jubin Nautiyal, KK, Javed Ali & Papon

Music: Pritam

Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya, Kausar Munir, Neelesh Mishra, Mayur Puri & Shabbir Ahmed

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

A Mohit Suri Album!! (Humari Adhuri Kahani – Music Review)

Mohit Suri has made a hattrick by directing three films in three consecutive years. The melodrama was well received in Aashiqui 2 and people enjoyed Ek Villain too but it is the music of his films that actually draws the much needed attention of the audience. Mithoon is his pet composer, being almost in his every film, along with Jeet Ganguli and a newcomer Ami Mishra.

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Music Label:  Sony Music


1. Humari Adhuri Kahani / Humari Adhuri Kahani (Encore) – Singer: Arijit Singh / Jeet Ganguli;  Music: Jeet Ganguli;  Lyrics: Rashmi-Virag – The trio is well known for churning out melodious hits but this time the man joining the team is Rashmi’s husband Virag and undoubtedly, the song has grown even more heart-touching barring just that line with which I have problem, ishq sahcha wahi, jisko milti nahi manzilein. With this, you are trying to tell that those who get success in living together, their love is not true?? Anyway, the other lines are really beautiful, easily making a lot of lovers cry their heart out. Jeet’s music has also an extra emotional touch that easily drives the listener’s pain towards replaying the song. Not with traditional Bhatt-Guitars, but it has been decorated with amazing melancholic Flute and grand Violins with good support of Santoor in the second interlude. Arijit is the most obvious and perfect choice for this track. If not with the tune, if not with the lyrics, one gets emotional by Arijit’s voice only. If you get bored with this version, there’s another version sung by the composer himself. But I doubt you will get bored of this one. The most emotional song of the year. 


2. Humnava – Singer: Papon;  Music: Mithoon;  Lyrics: Sayeed Quadri – When it comes to writing lyrics, Sayeed Quadri never disappoints. He again delivers a winner! The phrase sookhi padi dil ki is zameen ko bhiga de is an example of an extremely mature writing. Mithoon though, with the tune, doesn’t impress much this time. Although it is melodious, it is  lovable but one expects more from Mithoon. The Guitar-led arrangements along with the typical Mithoon-ish digital beats doesn’t offer anything new but using Papon for the first time is a great decision. The song sounds grand in his vocals. A melodious attempt!


3. Hasi (Male) / Hasi (Female) – Singer: Ami Mishra / Shreya Ghoshal;  Music: Ami Mishra;  Lyrics: Kunaal Vermaa –  This track is just among those romantic numbers which spread its fragrance as soon as they release but fade out with time. Ami Mishra is the new guy, another find of Mohit Suri after Ankit Tiwari. Coincidentally just like Ankit, Ami has also sung and composed one version and made Shreya Ghoshal sing the other one. The song has almost everything on Electric Guitar, not too loud though. It’s a cutely written song, a kind of stuff that is anyday liked by the youth. Great first-attempt!


4. Yeh Kaisi Jagah – Singer: Deepali Sathe;  Music: Jeet Ganguli;  Lyrics: Rashmi-Virag – This is the most situation-oriented track where Vasudha played by Vidya Balan is brought by Emraan Hashmi to his own world, a world of happiness. Jeet Ganguli rightfully chooses Deepali over Palak and she completely justified Jeet’s choice with her delightful vocals. Jeet has again used lot of Flute here and the a voice which badly needed to be credited hasn’t been credited for unknown reasons. That male voice seems to be of Zubeen Garg and his vocals have created a great impact on the song. The weakest among all. 


Although being a nice melodious soundtrack, it remains to be the shortest and the weakest of the Mohit Suri’s film albums.


The Final Verdict:  OKAY

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

The J Factor!! (Badlapur – Music Review)

Sachin-Jigar have been impressing all of us since 2012 when they had come up with a creative idea called ABCD – Any Body Can Dance. After that, they just constantly kept on improving and moving towards excellence. Their latest Happy Ending had terrific music and now Badlapur to everybody seemed very promising from the promos.

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Music: Sachin-Jigar;  Lyrics: Priya Saraiya;  Additional Lyrics: Dinesh Vijan;  Music Label: Eros Music


1. Jee Karda / Jee Karda (Rock Version) – Singer: Divya Kumar – This track clearly symbolizes the creativity which the duo has. They have fantastically fused Guitars and Shehnai and perfectly utilized Divya Kumar’s hard hitting vocals which inspite of all the loudness sound good to ears. Aj mera jee karda is a very popular Punajbi folk phrase which has already been used several times but not in this unique way for sure. The original itself is very intriguing with a brilliant engaging tune, the Rock version is an amplifier of all the sounds used in the original in addition to a terrific Harmonium played in between all the heavy Guitars. You can’t praise them enough for this!! 


2. Jeena Jeena – Singer: Atif Aslam – Sachin-Jigar know the best how to utilize Atif Aslam’s vocals. The duo is famous for using heavy techno sounds but surprisingly without even having a different unplugged version of that, they have kept the arrangements very cool, not allowing a single digital beat to interfere, using simplistic Flute and Guitar and spreading the wonderful Acoustic atmosphere with that. The tune is typical Sachin-Jigar type with typical Priya waali lyrics yet it is so beautifully composed, sung and arranged that it doesn’t sound like a repeated work. People are simply gonna love this!


3. Judaai – Singers: Rekha Bhardwaj, Arijit Singh – One more Jheeni Re Jheeni that Sachin-Jigar had worked on was from Issaq that was a marvelous composition and this one is not less in any way. The duo has used Rekha Bhardwaj in a never-heard-before avatar which engages you right from the beginning. Sarangi is intelligently blended with Rekha’s portion and Arijit impresses in the very first moment. This is again a very very experimental attempt from the duo and again a very successful one which doesn’t only impress but also express. Soulful experiment.


Sachin-Jigar’s another move towards excellence. An album very low in quantity but extremely high in quality.


The Final Verdict:  AGREE

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