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: 


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)


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


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)



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


Musical Sameekshaa Trimester-II Awards 2015 – Results (April, May, June)

Hope you all are satisfied with the nominees. Presenting the results for the Trimester-II awards.

Best Backing Vocals/Chorus:  Gallan Goodiyaan – Dil Dhadakne Do

Best Recorded Song:  Pehli Baar – Dil Dhadakne Do

Best Arranged Song:  Hey Ganaraya – ABCD 2

Best Use of an Instrument:  Harp by Sachin-Jigar – Chunar (ABCD 2)

Song That Provided Wholesome Entertainment:  Banno – Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Best Singer (Female):  Neeti Mohan – Dhadaam Dhadaam (Bombay Velvet)

Best Singer (Male):  Divya Kumar – Hey Ganaraya (ABCD 2)

Best Singer Jodi:  Mohit Chauhan & Neeti Mohan – Behroopia (Bombay Velvet)

Best Composer (Song):  Amit Trivedi – Aam Hindustani (Bombay Velvet) & Sachin-Jigar – Hey Ganaraya (ABCD 2)

Best Lyricist:  Mayur Puri – Chunar (ABCD 2)

Best Composer (Album):  Amit Trivedi – Bombay Velvet & Sachin-Jigar – ABCD 2

Best Song:  Chunar – ABCD 2  (Sachin-Jigar, Mayur Puri)

Best Album:  ABCD 2 – Zee Music Company 


ABCD 2 – Singers – Arijit Singh, Priya Saraiya, Vishal Dadlani, Sachin Sanghvi, Benny Dayal, Divya Kumar, Mika Singh, Shefali Alvares, Daler Mehndi, Anushka Manchanda, Jigar Saraiya, Shalmali Kholgade, Tanishka Sanghvi, Madhav Krishna, Varun Dhavan, Siddharth Basrur, Badshah, D. Soldierz & Rimi Nique

Music: Sachin-Jigar

Lyrics – Mayur Puri, Priya Saraiya, D. Soldierz, Rimi Nique & Badshah

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