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

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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

A G-Phaadu Album!! (Happy Ending – Music Review)

Coming from Pritam’s classroom, composing Pritam-ish albums like Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya, and then suddenly bringing their own unique “hatke” sound from ABCD, Sachin-Jigar are the composers who have evolved the most in these years. Here they are again with Dinesh Vijan as their producer and Raj & DK as their directors after Go Goa Gone, which itself was one of the most innovative albums being witnessed, with Happy Ending and this time it’s not a Zom-Com album but a regular Rom-Com with ofcourse their creativity at its best.

 

 

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Music: Sachin-Jigar;  Music Label: Eros Music

 

1.G-Phaad Ke – Singers: Divya Kumar, Shefali Alvarez;  Lyrics: Ashish Pandit

Well, that’s a smart double meaning attempt by Ashish. You can sing it in front of anybody as the letter “G” is pronounced as Jee which means mann in Hindi so in that case, you are not being pointed as singing a “vulgar” song. Beside smart lyrics, comes the crazy singing by Divya Kumar. It’s purely a club song and if I am not wrong, it is his first attempt of a club song as his vocals have a folksy texture but all credits to the duo who has used him in such a dynamic way. Shefali gets the catchiest line in the antara and she is the mistress of club songs. Sachin-Jigar are expert in EDM though it’s not entirely an EDM still the expertness is clearly depicting the energetically awesome beats. Not just dance, but Hillll dul ke Dance.

 

2. Paaji Tussi Such A Pussycat – Singers: Amitabh Bhattacharya, Jigar Saraiya, Divya Kumar;  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya

The humming is the highlight of this track with which the song begins and that’s actually the groove of the track. Amitabh is clearly the winner here, introducing a new concept of men being compared to a pussy cat contrary to the notion that compares men with dog. A cute humor is attached to it like, apni barbaadi ka siren sunke bhi, besharam puchhe what is that! Amitabh’s tuning with Divya is stunning. The child-like tune by Sachin-Jigar caaaaaaat, braaaaat, chaaaaaat does attract a lot and depicts the creativity in their sound. Talking about creativity, I have never seen something like the sudden slowing of rhythm in the second antara which depicts that the duo is always trying to make their compositions sound unique in some way. Full on creativity in composition as well as in lyrics.

 

3. Jaise Mera Tu – Singers: Arijit Singh, Priya Saraiya;  Lyrics: Priya Saraiya

Sachin-Jigar beautifully change themselves according to the “kind” of the director and producer they are working with. Their romantic songs with Tips Films are so different from that of the songs which they do with Illuminati or Remo D’Souza. With the improvement that Priya had done in her lyrics in Mann Basiyo Saawariyo from ABCD, has kept on maintaining that level. The hook is nothing unique still seems fresh Aise tera main, jaise mera tu. After this line it’s the accordion that completes the mukhda. Arijit is always pleasant to hear and it is somewhat different for Arijit too from the type of romantic songs he usually does. The best moment in the track according to me, is the meher meher meherbaani part in the beginning. A fresh take on romantic genre.

 

4. Mileya Mileya – Singers: Rekha Bharadwaj, Jigar Saraiya, Priya Andrews;  Lyrics: Priya Saraiya

Now, this is a very unique track which neither can be called romantic, nor fast nor inspirational. It is though literally a foot tapping melody which the trio of Jigar, Priya and Rekha Bharadwaj has worked out flawlessly. Priya is continuously outdoing herself in lyrics writing. This is one of the best written songs of this year. The inner meaning which she has tried to show is beautifully conceptualized. Jigar’s autotuned voice never irritates, rather it soothes you which is rare in the case of autotuning, and that may be the result of good programming. Plus, you hear, not one but, two brilliant Saxophone pieces which immediately bring a beautiful smile on your face. A very uniquely composed and arranged track.

 

5. Khamma Ghani – Singers: Papon, Smita, Vidhi;  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya

When you greet someone in Rajasthan, you say “Khamma Ghani” and the person will reply with “Ghanni Khamma”. Balika Vadhu viewers must be quite friendly with this word. The inspirational and the serious side of Amitabh is rarely seen as he mostly gets quirky numbers to write. Well, he performs both equally well. Undoubtedly Papon is the soul of this track. The song seems to have been made for him exclusively. Smita and Vidhi, two new singers haven’t impressed much. Their vocals sound too sweet to be digested. Percussion is another charm in the track and even Guitar has been played with novelty. This track will have a pretty long shelf life.

 

6. Haseena Tu Kameena Main – Singers: Siddharth Basrur, Shruti Pathak, Rahul Pandey;  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya

Here comes the very typical Amitabh with his cheesy lyrics Haseena tu kameena main, hai mausam tu mahina main, that’s cliche Amitabh Bhattacharya school of writing. Siddharth and Shweta’s chemistry is awesome and that’s actually what this song needed. A fun catchy composition resembling Vishal-Shekhar’s zone. This is the only song in the album that is less novel in terms of composition and lyrics but still it has that wonderful Rom-Com vibe which has the ability to attract the youth. A refreshing Rom-Com track in the literal sense.

 

This album has freshness to its core. In every beat, in every swar, there’s freshness overflowing!! Even before the year ends, Sachin-Jigar has already given a very Happy Ending to 2014. 

 

The Final Verdict:  AGREE

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

 

Next: The Shaukeens

It’s…………….Different!! (Finding Fanny – Music Review)

Homi Adajania, after directing a traditional rom-com Cocktail written by Imtiaz Ali, has returned back to his original zone where he is usual of making weird cinema which does not at all target traditional Indian masses, but some of the very selected elite class. Being Cyrus, though being a flop, left a tag of being “different” and by watching the trailer of Finding Fanny, one can say that it is definitely gonna be “different”. The music is by Mathias Duplessy, a Spanish composer and multi-instrumentalist who has also worked on the soundtrack of Peepli Live. Guest composers are Sachin-Jigar with one song.Finding_Fanny_Theatrical_release_poster

 

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Music Label: Sony Music

 

1. Fanny Re – Singer: Mukhtiyar Ali;  Music: Mathias Duplessy;  Lyrics: Mukhtiyar Ali

Sung and written equally beautifully by a Rajasthani singer Mukhtiyar Ali. He was involved in the non film devotional album “The Kabir Project”. Debuting excellently in Bollywood with this track, he along with Mathias Duplessy, triumphs in spreading their own magical world using Spanish Guitar and Violin charmingly. The interlude has an awesome Accordion playing which is damn impressive. The song seems to have a resemblance of old Raj Kapoor songs and some really cool Spanish elements by which the song sounds different and unique. Lovely instrumentation and tune which gives you an old-world charm! #WelcomeSong

 

2. Mahi Ve – Singer: Mukhtiyar Ali;  Music: Mathias Duplessy;  Lyrics: Mukhtiyar Ali

Heard the above title track? Now replace the word “Fanny Re” with “Mahi Ve” and you get this track. Bollywood is somehow obsessed with the word Mahi and tries to include the word wherever possible even if it takes to create another whole version for this word. Exactly similar to Fanny Re and hence, Pleasing!

 

3. Ding Dong – Singer: Mathias Duplessy;  Music: Mathias Duplessy;  Lyrics: Alan Mercer

This song is in English crooned by the composer himself. It’s a French oriented music which is quite endearing. The vocals of Mathias are damn classy and his guttural voice gives the European feel to the song. The sound of Guitar is playfully overlaid with Banjo and the rhythm gets a foot tapping gesture. Alan Mercer has been a sound supervisor in an English show; his lyrics are decent to hear. Tough to attract mass, otherwise a decent effort!

 

4. Shake Your Bootiya – Singer: Divya Kumar;  Music: Sachin-Jigar;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri, Dinoo

After Spanish and bits of European flavor, comes our very own Sachin-Jigar with Divya Kumar behind the mic. It’s catchy, attractive and colorful yet very experimental. A fun loving track in which Sachin-Jigar along with Dinoo has been credited for lyrics by the label though actually Mayur Puri has written the song. Who can write such fun lyrics better than him! If I am not wrong, Dinoo must be the producer Dinesh Vijan. The song starts with weird funny sounds of coughing, rocking a chair etc and suddenly turns to be the most mass oriented track of the album. Divya Kumar steals the show!

 

Finding Fanny – An album that does not allow you to be mainstreamed. Mathias Duplessy moves you, Sachin-Jigar grooves you. Strictly not applicable for the masses. 

 

The Final Verdict:  OKAY

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

 

Next:  Desi Kattey