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



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


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