The Superb Seven!! (Musical Recap – 2015)

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


 

2015 – The year of Jazz and Classical

 

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Flying with Creativity!! (Hawaizaada – Music Review)

Vibhu Virender Puri, an FTII graduate has come up with this unique untold and hence unknown story about Shivkar Bapuji Talpade, a man who is said to be the actual inventor of world’s first plane much before the invention done by Wright Brothers who are officially called the inventors of Plane. It is the debut film of Vibhu as director, writer and lyricist. Music has been given by a debutante Mangesh Dhakde, Rochak Kohli, Ayushmann Khurrana and Vishal Bhardwaj.

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Lyrics: Vibhu Virender Puri;  Music Label: T-Series

1. Hawaizaada Dil – Singer: Rochak Kohli;  Music: Rochak Kohli 

The carelessly flowing composition is actually the highlight of the title track which is Rochak Kohli’s first song as singer with the voice that sounds like an appropriate mixture of the voice of Mohit Chauhan and Ayushmann. Rochak has set the arrangements very alive with whistle and backing vocals ornamenting the track and Guitar being the leader, successfully impresses the listeners. The drawback is just that it grows on you after listening multiple times and not gets carried with you in the first attempt. Give it few chances to be liked by you. 

2. Daak Ticket – Singers: Javed Bashir, Mohit Chauhan;  Music: Rochak Kohli

Rochak gets much amazingly better in his next track which has a lovely tune and the playfully played keherwa rhythm beautifies it even more. But what stands out is the lyrics by Vibhu Puri. If you clearly know what the film is about, you’ll flatter the way the lyrics has been written. Each line tells you Mr. Talpade’s passion for inventing the Plane. The lyrics seem to be depicting that the song happens after the invention of Plane or just before the completion. Mohit Chauhan is outstanding and so is the Flute that appears everytime in the line Daak ticket jaari hogi. An adorable creation!

3. Maazaa My Lord – Singers: Mohit Chauhan, Neeti Mohan;  Music: Mangesh Dhakde

     The song kicks off with splendidly played Accordion that itself indicates that you are going to find something special. Mohit superbly delivers yet another applauding performance and Neeti gets the most melodious portion of the song which makes you remember the black & white 50s songs. Vibhu here too is fabulous with the writing. Mangesh has used the Goanese flavor which is very intriguing. Fascinatingly good.

4. Dil-E-Nadaan / Dil-E-Nadaan (Reprise) – Singer: Ayushmann Khurrana / Ayushmann Khurrana, Shweta Subram;  Music: Ayushmann Khurrana;  Lyrics: Mirza Ghalib

Generally, Ayushmann’s songs are recognized by the typical way of playing Guitar, but here he has  quite intelligently composed Ghalib’s popular poem which is already used many times before with completely different notes, in a poppy way and fused it with Ghazalion texture using Sitar and Santoor in the first and second interlude respectively with Tabla being the consistent supporter. The reprise version is even more poppy where he has replaced the instruments with beats which is also very appealing. Shweta’s brief rendition of aankh ka dariya in the Reprise just makes it more lovable. She sounds very similar to Shilpa Rao, that’s what I noticed. A youth/mass appealing approach of Ghalib.

5. Udd Jayega – Singers: Sukhvinder Singh, Ranadeep Bhasker;  Music: Mangesh Dhakde

Apart from proving to be meaningful for the film, it also has nice inspirational lines which fit into every aspect of our life. The Hans has been metaphorically presented as the Plane which he had invented as well as Mr. Talpade himself or his dream. The orchestration is good and has given a devotional approach to the song. Sukhvinder, as always, is fabulous with partner Ranadeep. Mangesh scores in this too!

6. Dil Todne Ki Masheen – Singer: Rekha Bhardwaj;  Music: Vishal Bhardwaj

Vishal Bhardwaj has come up with the most rocking track of the album. A lavani number rendered by who better than his wife Rekha Bhardwaj with her typical salty vocals. What I liked most about the song is the beats which Vishal has put in the hook line. Amazing beats which are so well mixed that everytime they come, you get a smile on your face. Antara is impressive and so is the chorus. A Killlller by Vishal Bhardwaj!

7. Yaadien Gatthri Mein – Singer: Harshdeep Kaur;  Music: Mangesh Dhakde

Don’t excite yourself much by seeing Harshdeep’s name as it’s just another much shorter version of Udd Jayega which is handled enchantingly by Harshdeep. Mangesh has kept Violin orchestra in background with constant humming sound that is sounding relishing to ears but we wish it would be a little longer. Short but damn soothing!

8. Turram Khan – Singers: Papon, Ayushmann Khurrana, Monali Thakur;  Music: Rochak Kohli

Rochak Kohli has actually showed his creativity now with this album. He goes creatively amazing in this track as well with Papon leading it. It’s far from what we listen regularly in Bollywood yet it goes well with ears having Banjo creating the atmosphere of uniqueness and happiness. Ayushmann and Monali each have got just a line to sing which doesn’t have much relevance though changes the mood delightfully for a very short period of time. Lyrics are again clearly depicting what would be happening in the film. A well-attempted creativity. 

9. Teri Dua – Singers: Wadali Brothers, Lakhwinder Wadali, Harshdeep Kaur, Ravindra Sathe, Ranadeep Bhasker, Sukhwinder Singh;  Music: Magesh Dhakde

Another variant of Udd Jayega which has a Sufi approach, Wadali Brothers aptly being on board, has made the Sufi atmosphere stronger. With Harmoniums, Tabla and the utterly well-managed chorus and arrangements, the song sounds more beautiful. Vibhu has changed the lyrics for good and the ensemble voices are creating a strong impact which is again for good. The Sufi variant of Udd Jayega, better in some aspects.

You hardly get to hear so much of creativity with melody in a single album! Rochak Kohli, Mangesh Dhakde, Ayushmann Khurrana, Vishal Bhardwaj and Vibhu Virender Puri along with the blessings of Mirza Ghalib, deliver one of the best albums of 2015!

The Final Verdict:  AGREE

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

Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards January 2015

Singer of the Month (Female):  Shruti Haasan – Joganiyan (Tevar)

Singer of the Month (Male):  Mohit Chauhan – Daak Ticket (Hawaizaada)

Singer Jodi of the Month:  Mohit Chauhan & Neeti Mohan – Maazaa My Lord (Hawaizaada)

Composer of the Month (Song):  Rochak Kohli – Daak Ticket (Hawaizaada)

Lyricist of the Month:  Vibhu Virender Puri – Daak Ticket (Hawaizaada) & Manoj Muntashir – Main Tujhse Pyaar Nahin Karta (Baby)

Composer of the Month (Album):  Sajid-Wajid – Dolly Ki Doli

Song of the Month:  Baatein Ye Kabhi Na – Khamoshiyan (Jeet Ganguli, Sayeed Quadri)

Album of the Month:  Hawaizaada – T-Series

It’s a new sound for Bollywood! (Bewakoofiyaan – Music Review)

When I say Raghu Dixit, you all know whom I am talking about, inspite of his belonging from Non-Film music. Yes, everybody knows him because he has established his own independent identity. His famous Raghu Dixit Project gained worldwide popularity. He has recently won his first GIMA (Global Indian Music Awards) for Best Live Performer. After making huge fan following in the Indie world, he is all set to make everyone fell in love with his Bollywood tunes. He debuted as a film composer in a a Kannada film Psycho though his Bollywood debut was with YRF’s minor banner Y Films in Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge, directed by Nupur Asthana, who has again collaborated with Raghu in Bewakoofiyaan, now under the real YRF.

(Note: A single of Ayushmann Khurrana, O Heeriye released by YRF some months back, has been included in this soundtrack as a bonus track).Bewakoofiyaan_Poster 

 
 

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Music: Raghu Dixit;  Music Label: YRF Music

 

1. Gulcharrey – Singers: Benny Dayal, Aditi Singh Sharma;  Lyrics: Anvita Dutt

It’s a song written with high self esteem. Benny Dayal, who is like a king of club songs these days, though I won’t consider it as a club song, has sung with high energy and great enthusiasm. The pitch of the song is quite high and difficult to sing. But he has managed the whole song perfectly. It has 3 stanzas of same notes. Nagada that has been used in last two stanzas and not in the first one, adds some extra energy to the song. Not the same repetitive words but meaningful lyrics by Anvita. Although Aditi Singh Sharma has been mentioned as the singer, you won’t be able to listen her voice just because Benny’s vocals have fully captured the song. Benny Dayal show!

 

2. Khamakhaan – Singers: Ayushmann Khurrana, Neeti Mohan;  Lyrics: Habib Faisal

Starts with Neeti’s music-less vocals which sounds beautiful and gives the feeling as if something amazing would be there in the song. And yes, this song is full of amazing-ness. The rockstar is the Flute. It has been played in an amusing way just as it has been played in the song You’re My love (Partner). It did give me a slight 90’s touch and to be precise, Rahmanian 90’s where songs like Humma Humma used to made. That line Har story ki main teri heroine hoon, har story ki main teri happy ending hoon is a game changer. Lyrically, it is the most attractive part in the song. Also, Neeti Mohan has sung it with her adorable adaa. Also, it is the tune of that very line which made me hear the 90’s sound and the same line which musically sounds fresh too. That’s some of the specialities of that line. Ayushmann is always good behind the mic. Thanks to Habib Faisal for writing the line which I ve mentioned. The line which made me, and hopefully you, sing along all the time after listening. #WelcomeSong

 

3. Bewakoofiyaan – Singer: Raghu Dixit;  Lyrics: Anvita Dutt

This must be the most innovative title track ever! Although the starting notes resemble a bit with the line Khushnuma awaara sa, besabar bechara sa lamha tha of the song Lamha Yeh Jaayega Kahaan from Dil Dosti Etc but as it moves forward, it brings the much needed freshness to your ears. The rhythmic drums with steady Guitar strums makes it a nice foot-tapping track. But if you are still getting bored with this unusual sound, Raghu Dixit has a very unique thing for you all. That is, BewakooOOOfiyaan. His extra ooo‘s authenticates and justifies the title of the song and the film. It was truly unexpected but it surely satisfies its listeners. Listen to it for those OOO, a kind of vocal sound that was never heard before. (Note: It’s not a Yodling sound).

 

4. Rumaani Sa – Sngers: Shreya Ghoshal, Mohit Chauhan;  Lyrics: Anvita Dutt

It was about to be a typical Rom-com song but Raghu Dixit seems to have firmly decided not to include any typicality of any genre or style and therefore has added and modified it too. The brighter Shreya Ghoshal sounded, the duller Mohit Chauhan’s vocals performed. It has catchy tunes that other songs lacked and also sounded as fresh as others. Not any applauding tune but the way the Guitar has been played, is really beautiful. Shreya’s vocals showed their immense brightness in the hook line Rumaani sa, rumaani si and that line is the best part in the song which has capability to get the listeners attracted, and made the song to be played on loop. Mohit Chauhan could have shown more enthusiasm. A track to love, for a limited time period. 

 

5. Aye Jigida – Singer: Vishal Dadlani;  Lyrics: Anvita Dutt

If it doesn’t suit in this fantastic soundtrack, it will surely look perfect in the film. The only situation-oriented track which offers nice instrumentation with Banjo supporting throughout the song faithfully. Choosing Vishal, if for the situation perspective, I would applaud, but if as for a commercial aspect, then Vishal’s vocals completely failed to yield the interest of the listeners. After listening to the above awesomeness, it would surely bore you after a certain time. Although it failed to do an impressive job in the soundtrack, I have complete faith in it that it will be liked by people while watching the movie. A one time listen track!

 

(Additional Track) O Heeriye – Singer: Ayushmann Khurrana;  Music: Ayushmann Khurrana, Rochak Kohli;  Lyrics: Ayushmann Khurrana, Rochak Kohli

Ends abruptly, starts abruptly, and above all, it has been included abruptly in the soundtrack. It’s a Single released by YRF last year in September featuring Ayushmann. I hadn’t liked the song that time. So, ofcourse, I don’t like it today also. It’s a Punjabi pop ballad which has some annoying sounds of instruments specially Electric Guitar after the line  Yeh Gal Tu Maan Vich Basaa. I liked Ayushmann’s vocals though. It was not a hit at the time when it was released. It wasn’t even noticed properly and that’s why they included it as a film track to popularize it. But they have to accept that the track has nothing in it to get popularity. It’s a below average composition. A disappointing effort after their gorgeous  Paani Da Rang and beautiful Saadi Gali Aaja.

 

Bewakoofiyaan has brought back Raghu Dixit to mainstream film music and Raghu Dixit has brought his own sound and introduced it decoratively to Bollywood. Gulcharrey is catchy and lyrically innovative, Anvita Dutt’s one of the best works. I select Khamakha as the best of the album as it has the power to make its listeners croon the tune all the time after listening to just once. Habib Faisal’s lyrics has a big role in that. Title track is highly innovative and its OOO is incredibly attractive and applauding. Rumaani Sa is a typical lovable foot tapping melody with a tinge of Raghu Dixit’s sound. Aye Jigida has to be the weakest track though it has been composed and written well but it is limited to the movie and not a soundtrack-friendly. The additional track, out of nowhere, has been added in the soundtrack just to make it reach to more listeners. But it’s a big let down. All I hope for next time is that Ayushmann and Rochak Kohli compose some fresh sounding melodies and not just the repeating stuffs.

 

The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE

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

 

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