Vishal & Shekhar Back in Business!! (Sultan – Music Review)

Director Ali Abbas Zafar has come up with a sports film on wrestling, the much talked about film starring Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma. Vishal & Shekhar are returning as musical duo almost after one and a half years.

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Music: Vishal & Shekhar;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil;  Music Label: YRF Music


1. Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai – Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Shalmali Kholgade, Isheeta, Badshah – Begins with folksy arrangements, the song soon realizes its motive which is hovering around Bass. Justifying the title of the song, Vishal & Shkehar have infused enjoyable bass in the hook line which otherwise suffers from a weak tune. Vishal does his job with efficiency and Shalmali’s vocals help the track sound more classy. The song sounds weird but after multiple hearings it grows tremendously.  A better hook line would have helped. 


2. Jag Ghoomeya / Jag Ghoomeya (Female) – Singer: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan / Neha Bhasin – This soulful number is a breezy romantic song which is written and composed very traditionally, quite accurately giving the picture of Rajasthani essence. Hook line lives up to its expectation, having the much needed catchy melody along with the Dafli-led soothing rhythm. Rahat’s version has a more complex arrangements, having multiple instruments working towards harmony while Neha’s version is more tranquil, particularly the violin used in the background during the hook line. Her singing is splendid, especially the way she has sung the hook line. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics adds intensity. Lovable. #WelcomeSong


3. 440 Volt – Singer: Mika Singh – I never heard a hook line spoiling the whole song so much with its staleness. The song suffers from the weakness of its hook line so much that if you leave it aside, you have quite a fresh peppy track which Mika has sung with all his sagacity. Antara particularly is refreshing, also because of the lyrics where a lot happens. Leave the hook line aside. 


4. Sultan – Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Shadab Faridi – A power-packed performance by the Sukhwinder in this title track with power-packed arrangements. The composition perfectly sets the mood and build the atmosphere of a sports anthem. Electronic Guitar has been used effectively. A line in mukhda slightly resembles Slow Motion Angreza from Bhaag Milkha Bhaag which coincidentally had sung by Sukhwinder only. The song captures the sporty essence of the film.


5. Sachi Muchi – Singers: Mohit Chauhan, Harshdeep Kaur – A highly intriguing foot-tapping track that has Latin American flavor mostly instrumented by Harmonica in wind and Banjo in percussion. The duo has put up an extremely complicated composition but as you focus on every note, its brilliance is realized. The song has so much variation, in almost every line, that it needs attention to enjoy it, and that attention-seeking has been done by the two wonderful engaging voices of Mohit and Harshdeep. Brilliant!


6. Bulleya -Singer: Papon – Another song that surprises in the mukhda. It’s intriguing to predict where the song is moving to. Papon is extremely marvelous as always. Arrangements are superbly happening. The song has not been composed like a typical Bollywood qawwali. Inspite of all the elements of typicality, the song turns out to be quite refreshing and only after a certain period of time, its qawwali nature is realized. Kamil’s lyrics adds inexpressible charm.


7. Tuk Tuk – Singers: Nooran Sisters, Vishal Dadlani –  Each time Nooran Sisters come before the mic, the way they capture the song is something to observe. There are other voices and backing vocals in the song, but throughout the song they only are being heard. They have such an incredible engaging power that it’s hard to get lost somewhere else while listening to them. Composers have tried making it as simple as they could and still it has a little complexity. The haan effect beautifies the song formidably. It’s Nooran Sisters all the way!


8. Rise of Sultan – Singer: Shekhar Ravjiani – A theme track high on percussion, borrowing the main refrain from the title track has Shekhar leading the chorus in such a magnanimous way. This theme track is Grand!


An album that needs to be heard attentively to like and enjoy its brilliance. 


The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE

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

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)

 

When AR Rahman goes catchy!! (Tamasha – Music Review)

AR Rahman – Irshad Kamil, one of the most successful jodis of composer-lyricist recently is back in an Imtiaz Ali romantic-comedy. This is definitely one of the most awaited soundtracks of the year.

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Music: AR Rahman;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil;  Music Label: T-Series


1. Matargashti – Singer: Mohit Chauhan – This song is already at the top of all the charts. Needless to say how vibrant, variant and dynamic it is. The very jodi of Rockstar comprising of AR Rahman, Irshad Kamil, Mohit Chauhan and Ranbir Kapoor has again left us mesmerizing and crooning to this extremely cheesy catchy tune which has a feel-good comic flavor. Mohit Chauhan is occasionally good though. In the antara, he seems struggling a bit with immensely high notes and due to which Kamil’s lyrics is not entirely audible. The song is at its best when it goes into the Dev Anand mode, which Mohit Chauhan justifies it completely with all the lyrics that name Dev Anand’s films and songs. Irshad Kamil is terrific with lines like pheka naya paasa, phir de gayi jhaansa, ainve mujhe phaasa, chirkut zindagi you know. AR Rahman with an easy-on-ears tune after a very long time. A song that doesn’t need time to grow, as it is released already fully grown.


2. Heer Toh Badi Sad Hai – Singers: Mika Singh, Nakash Aziz – Mika Singh singing first time for AR Rahman is itself a news. Mika is quite aligned with Rahman’s composition because Rahman’s songs are composed in a way that do not give much highlight to lyrics that is written and Mika too never gives importance to the words that are written as he swallows most of the lyricist’s thoughts. Irshad Kamil’s expressive lyrics sticking to the situation has some of the very beautiful lines. Talking about the composition, well the tune is again very catchy and the arrangements are top notch, excellently avoiding the familiarity of the tune. Separating the swallowing of words issue, Mika is otherwise terrific with his vocals. An enjoyable track with excellent arrangements. 


3. Agar Tum Saath Ho – Singers: Alka Yagnik, Arijit Singh – Arijit has the ability to spellbind the listeners in just one octave and here he is singing in two octaves simultaneously which sounds awesome. The only romantic song of the album is surprisingly catchy enough to engage the listener in just one go! Alka Yagnik after a long time is heard mesmerizing with her mature efficient vocals. Arrangements are typical romantic yet superbly engaging. Kamil’s lyrics perfectly depict the romance and the pain in the song in the lines like mujhe lagta hai ki baatein dil ki, hoti lafzo ki dhokhebaazi and the lines like tum saath ho ya na ho kya fark hai, bedard thi zindagi, bedard hai. Heart-touching, emotionally as well as technically. 


4. Wat Wat Wat – Arijit Singh, Shashwat Singh – The composition is not so much intriguing and the Bhojpuri lyrics seems to try too hard to impress. The song basically relies on arrangements with surprising Shehnai and some unusual beats to which Arijit and Shashwat (the newcomer) impressively leave their marks. The first antara sounds delightful, the second one has a slight absurd ending though it is managed by Arijit very well. A fun track that needs a little time to be addictive to the listener.


5. Chali Kahani – Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Haricharan, Haripriya – Irshad Kamil has his excellence in this by writing a song on love stories by taking examples of different mythological characters portraying something outstanding that would get cleared in the film only. Sukhwinder is as usual justifying to the role he is given of a narrator while Haricharan and Haripriya, the two singers from the south leave the impact successfully. Arrangements are brilliant, one of the best I have seen this year so far. Wait for the film to release in order to leave its full impact. 


6. Safarnama – Singer: Lucky Ali – Personally, I was waiting for this song the most and personally, it disappointed me to the core. The tune is so plain, variation-less effort that completely fails to engage for long. It is Kamil’s lyrics that has somehow saved this song and a bit of nice arrangements too. Otherwise, Lucky Ali, doing a comeback in an ARR musical, goes a sheer wastage. It could have been one of a lifetime song, considering the beautiful lyrics and the engaging arrangements and the singer, if and only if the tune had atleast little variations. Disappointing for now. Hope it grows with time. 


7. Parade De La Bastille – Instrumental – An instrumental track which starts with AR Rahman’s humming that sounds purely devotional but soon changes the flavor to fully European with tremendously delightful instruments and their excellent way of playing and arranging makes it a must listen!


8. Tu Koi Aur Hai – Singer: AR Rahman, Alma Ferovic, Arjun Chandy – Built on the heavy orchestration, this song is a treat for Rahman fans. It is filled with his typicality of composing a tune that is flowing in any direction and not restricted to a certain pattern but then it’s not mind-friendly as in one can only start crooning after listening it numerous times due to its complications and free-flowing. Though one can’t blame Rahman for not making an easy-on-ears tune which leaves less scope for Kamil’s lyrics to spread its fragrance, as the instrumentation is so healthy and so effective, it can easily move without the use of words. Although not giving importance to the otherwise beautiful lyrics, this is song is forgiven for its hugely impacting instrumentation. 


If the song Safarnama is given time to grow, the whole album hardly has any flaw. Tamasha, as expected, is a Brilliant teaming effort of AR Rahman and Irshad Kamil. 


The Verdict Order:  AGREE

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


Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (November 2015)

Singer of the Month (Female): Alka Yagnik – Agar Tum Saath Ho (Tamasha)

Singer of the Month (Male):  Mohit Chauhan – Matargashti (Tamasha)

Singer Jodi of the Month:  Alka Yagnik & Arijit Singh – Agar Tum Saath Ho (Tamasha)

Composer of the Month (Song):  AR Rahman – Matargashti (Tamasha)

Lyricist of the Month:  Irshad Kamil – Tu Koi Aur Hai (Tamasha)

Composer of the Month (Album):  AR Rahman – Tamasha

Song of the Month: Matargashti – Tamasha (AR Rahman, Irshad Kamil)

Album of the Month:  Tamasha – T-Series

Musically Stubborn Rajshri!! (Prem Ratan Dhan Payo – Music Review)

This is probably the grandest film of Himesh Reshammiya as Sooraj Barjatya is back with Salman Khan after a very long time with a period drama based on Mark Twain’s “The Kind And The Pauper”. Rajshri films have been famous for their melodies, so the music of this film is being looked forward to.

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Music: Himesh Reshammiya;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil;  Music Label: T-Series


1. Prem Leela – Singers: Aman Trikha, Vineet Singh – This much awaited soundtrack starts with a routine Himesh style, that very sound which you feel can be heard in any wedding orchestra program. The composer doesn’t seem to have shown the much needed care. He rather treated it as any of his usually ordinary compositions. Aman Trikha sounds very Himesh in this and Irshad Kamil seems to have done efforts but mostly ends up failing. The usual Reshammiya stuff.


2. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo – Singer: Palak Muchhal – The song starts ecstatically with Palak’s vocals sounding much matured now, quite comparable to that of Shreya. Sadly, it loses the charm because of a sluggishly composed hook line which sounds stale 90s, particularly because of the arrangements. Keeping the arrangements 90s like, doesn’t go in favor of the song as the melody is too week to hold attention or stick into the mind of the listener. The hook line spoils the grandeur. 


3. Jalte Diye – Singers: Harshdeep Kaur, Shabab Sabri, Vineet Singh, Anweshaa – Now, this is something of the level that was “actually” expected from Himesh to deliver for this album. The arrangements are so powerful, clearly giving the royal feeling which goes well with the mood of the film. Himesh clarifies in this song that why Vineet is not getting his due rotis. He sounds so much like Sonu Nigam that one doubts if there was any harm in using the original man himself. Anweshaa is a surprising package. She is brilliant in engaging the listener with her glorifying vocals. Harshdeep has a short yet special role in giving a really unique start to the song. Irshad Kamil’s lovely lyrics add up to the pleasure. Something which was expected. Lovely melody, brilliant arrangements. #WelcomeSong


4. Aaj Unse Milna Hai – Singer: Shaan – Ah! So depressingly 90s! Even the lyrics are so cliche`d 90s aaj unse milna hai hume… thodi barfi varfi lete chale.. thodi mathri vathri lete chale. Barring Shaan’s soothing vocals, there’s nothing to hear in the song. More than a tribute or an effort to make it sound authentically 90s, it seems to be an effort of imitating the 90s music which ofcourse would have been done unintentionally by the composer. Too 90s to digest in 2015!


5. Jab Tum Chaho – Singers: Mohammed Irfan, Palak Muchhal, Darshan Raval – Another dated melody, completely staled which Palak, Mohammed Irfan along with Darshan Raval totally fail to keep it engaging. The above song had Shaan as the savior, this 90s stuff has nobody to save and hence, it sinks entirely! Dated, Boring, Stale! Yawn!!


6. Halo Re – Singer: Aman Trikha – Among the dated melodies, this track rendered by Aman Trikha, fairs better than the rest. A not-so-fast dance track that has quite an engaging rhythm and mood-setting arrangements. Kamil’s lyrics suitably fall into the composition that has indeed a decent melody. Aman Trikha is a performer! Decent effort!


7. Tod Tadaiyya – Singers: Neeraj Shridhar, Neeti Mohan – Neeraj Shridhar doesn’t suit well in the song, Neeti Mohan is too loud for unknown reasons. A somewhat quirk-filled naughty song in terms of a Barjatya film, inspite of being catchy, doesn’t hold the interest for long. Tries too hard to be enjoyable.


8. Bachpan Kahan? – Singer: Himesh Reshammiya – The composer arrives behind the mic to sing a simple yet engaging melody about childhood, excellently written by Irshad Kamil. The arrangements could have been more modern as the song is not suffering from the 90s fever but it neither has the sound of the current era. Sweet n Simple


9. Murli Ki Taanon Si – Singer: Shaan – A slow version of Aaj Unse Milna Hai with those chorus and daphli, it flashes the background score of all those 90s family dramas. It is short yet/hence, more engaging than the original. The one-minute slow version fairs better than the original. 


10. Aaj Unse Kehna Hai – Singers: Shaan, Palak Muchhal, Aishwarya Majumdar – Yet another version of the same song. The song which has the most 90s sound, sadly has three versions. Again, this version also scores much better than the original. Aishwarya lifts up the song well, joined by Palak and Shaan later when it gets fused with the hook line of the title track. Aishwarya impresses!


An album with weak melodies, dated sound, and not-so-impressive lyrics by Himesh Reshammiya and team leaves us with disappointment.


The Final Verdict:   OKAY

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

Surprisingly Cute!! (Guddu Rangeela – Music Review)

If you remember how good Jolly LLB was or if you have even watched Phas Gaye Re Obama, well then you might be familiar with this name Subhash Kapoor. He is an amazing satirical filmmaker who now has come up with his new flick Guddu Rangeela. Unlike his previous films, he has this time, has given attention to music also and that’s why Amit Trivedi and Irshad Kamil have been invited on board to operate the melody in the soundtrack.

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Music: Amit Trivedi;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil;  Music Label: Zee Music Company / Sony Music


1. Guddu Rangeela – Singers: Amit Trivedi, Divya Kumar – As soon as it begins, you notice some familiarity and in no time you succeed in guessing the familiarity to be with Allah Meherbaan (Ghanchakkar), another song by Amit, coincidentally sung by Amit and Divya only. It is so similar that this title track seems to be generated from the same seed with which that Ghanchakkar track was created. Similar beats with a slightly different arrangements and the almost similar mood of the tune. Anyway, both the songs are likable and fun to hear. Enjoyable!


2. Sooiyan – Singers: Arijit Singh, Chinmayi Sripada – Who else can write with such innocence-filled maturity than Irshad Kamil! Lyrics blend so beautifully with Amit’s utterly melodious composition, having two spectacularly soothing voices of Arijit and Chinmayi that it gets you addicted to it right from the first listen. The soothing arrangements using Matka and Banjo are something to fall for. The hook line is composed, written and arranged in the most adorable way possible which makes it worth listening#WelcomeSong


3. Sahebaan – Singers: Chinmayi Sripada, Shahid Mallya – If the previous one was playful, this one has some serious romance again featuring Chinmayi along with Shahid Mallya. It starts with Guitar and soon an ecstatically played Sarangi follows which paves the way for Kamil’s lovable lyrics. Yet the best part remains in the antara when Shahid’s vocals get awesomely blended with Daphli played on the Keherwa rhythm and as soon he ends his part, arrangement again turns to Guitar. Lovable!


4. Mata Ka Email – Singer: Gajender Phogat;  Guest Composer: Subhash Kapoor;  Guest Lyricist: Subhash Kapoor – After a numerous annoying attempts of spoofing a jagrata, director Subhash Kapoor does it efficiently by hiring the original jagrata singer who has made the atmosphere sound quite genuine. Also, the arrangements where Harmonium, Dholak, claps and the microphone effect add up to the likability of the song. Lyrics are fun and engaging. Its short duration acts as an advantage for it. Successful spoofing attempt.


This Amit Trivedi – Irshad Kamil combo is an adorable one!


  The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE

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

Nonsense Ki Height!! (Happy New Year – Music Review)

Vishal and Shekhar have collaborated with Farah Khan now for the third time. Om Shanti Om had turned out to be a timeless album, though Tees Maar Khan wasn’t upto the mark, Sheila Ki Jawani being the lone savior. Now according to the trailer, the movie doesn’t seem to have any kind of novelty in it so it’s not worth expecting something different from the songs. Also, this time there’s a guest composer Dr. Zeus who has got one song.

 

 

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Music Label: T Series

 

1. India Waale / India Waale (Electronic) – Neeti Mohan, Vishal Dadlani, KK, Shankar Mahadevan; Music: Vishal-Shekhar; Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

The “would be” anthem of the nation as predicted by the makers, has not a single trait to become an anthem. It’s catchy though repetitive. It’s soothing though heard-before. It’s full of scope though less of utilization. Irshad Kamil has written justifying lyrics, portraying all the traits of true Indians. The ensemble cast of voices of some of the most awesome singers does attract the listeners to its den. The first impression of the song is boring, repetitive and tiresome but as you move on with it, it grows on you a bit. Neeti’s part is the best in the whole song. Lovely beats and Classy vocals, it’s just a matter of stale tune.

 

2. Manwa Laage – Singers: Shreya Ghoshal, Arijit Singh; Music: Vishal-Shekhar; Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

It begins with a pleasant Accordion and you feel that you are going to hear something really beautiful. Yes, this song has been woven so wonderfully that you can easily hear it at a single stretch. Shreya is in her typical form, filled with sweetness and hardly goes wrong anywhere. Arijit plays the role which Sonu Nigam and Udit Narayan used to play some years ago, a handsome voice singing as confidently as possible. The highlight of this song is actually its rhythm. The dha-tinak-dhin-dhindhin-tinak-dhik structure of the rhythm which used to be there in almost every 80s and 90s song, surprisingly impresses the most and mostly because of the mastering being done. Irshad Kamil is more than perfect for these kind of melodies. The song is all about the girl confessing her love to the guy and he is constantly refusing her with the arguments and the girl replying back with arguments. It’s a conversational lyrics which Irshad Kamil has decoratively set according to the tune. All the true India waale will like it! #WelcomeSong

 

3. Satakli – Singer: Sukhwinder Singh; Music: Vishal-Shekhar; Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

Well, Radhe Radhe, which you heard in the trailer, only that portion is good. The rest of the song is unbelievably by Vishal-Shekhar. It actually takes time to believe that they have composed such a track. No doubt it’s  catchy with good dancing beats but the tune completely fails to impress. Lyrics also do not play a savior’s role, rather drowns this already sinking composition. The arrangements are good and the singing is powerful yet it disappoints because you don’t often witness such kind of composition from the top most composers of the industry. Dance once and forget forever. 

 

4. Lovely – Singers: Kanika Kapoor, Ravindra Upadhyay, Miraya Varma, Fateh;  Music: Dr. Zeus;  Lyrics: Jiwan Mann, Kumaar

Composers these days don’t even try thinking something fresh. If there’s Kanika Kapoor, and since she is associated with Baby Doll, the same type of beats should be there. A type of item song which didn’t need others, still Zeus has gathered useless voices which are not at all benefiting the track. The tune is basically very weak and the composer has entirely relied on the Baby Doll rhythm. Lyrics also provide staleness to the track. It’s a same old story. Director orders to name the song Lovely. Now what can be easier than writing main lovely ho gayi naam tera padhke. Now basically it doesn’t mean anything, still whistles are must!

 

5. World Dance Medley – Singers: Neeti Mohan, Vishal Dadlani, Sukhwinder Singh, KK, Shankar Mahadevan, Shahrukh Khan;  Music: Vishal-Shekhar;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

Makers do not need a mashup differently as there’s an in-built mashup in the form of medley, most probably it would be used as the grand finale of the dancing championship in the film. Neeti Mohan starts with the the romantic Manwa Laage in a peaceful yet dynamic way. Then comes Sukhwinder with his Satakli, mostly the part from the original and then comes King Khan with some narrative lines on India and at the last Vishal steadily establishes the atmosphere for the original India Waale where all the four singers come up with their lines and Neeti Mohan working as the backing vocalist rendering Manwa Laage in complete harmony. If you don’t have much time to go through the whole album, this is a summary of atleast half of the album.

 

6. Nonsense Ki Night – Singer: Mika Singh;  Music: Vishal-Shekhar;  Lyrics: Farah Khan, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani

More than Vishal or Shekhar, it seems to be written by Farah Khan. I must say, they have literally proved and justified the title of the song. Such nonsense lyrics are there that even when I tried to hear, I hardly got any meaning. The only good element in this song is the catchy hook line. Rest of the song is easily passable. Mika has gone typed, singing the similar kind of songs and making the listeners bored. One cannot expect such non-creative track from Vishal and Shekhar. Avoidable!

 

7. Dance Like a Chammiya – Sunidhi Chauhan, Vishal Dadlani;  Music: Vishal-Shekhar;  Lyrics: Vishal Dadlani

Now this is real Vishal-Shekhar. The makers have tried hard to get the essence of Sheila Ki Jawani, that’s why the same kind of beats, the same singer, quite similar arrangements and a lovable catchy tune. Finally the composers have succeeded in bringing a lovable tune and specially the tune in the line rahein na jo apne hi jismo pe kaabu is damn seductive. It proves how efficient the composers are and still they are delivering a mess in this album. Sunidhi is fantastic and specially in the line which I have mentioned. It seems that she also has an immense respect and love for that line. Hook line could have been better. Typical Vishal-Shekhar song!

 

8. Sharabi – Singers: Manj Musik, Nindy Kaur, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani;  Music: Vishal-Shekhar;  Lyrics: Kumaar, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani

It’s not likable until you imagine something comic happening on the screen. Composers hiring Manj has made the song sound in his style only. There’s no sign of evidence of Vishal-Shekhar’s sound. Not even there essence. It’s the same old alcoholic song which Manj has already created many times under his direction. It’s quite weird to think that it must be the first time that composers have molded their composition style according to the singer’s style. It’s likable only if it will be presented on the screen with a comic aspect. 

 

9. The Heist (Instrumental Version) – Instrumental;  Music: John Stewart Eduri

I don’t find any point in including this instrumental piece in the soundtrack. Instrumentals are generally included if they deliver something special. John Stewart who is most probably giving the background score of the film, has produced this theme-sounding track. Mainly, Electric Guitars, Trumpets, Horns and Drums have been used. The only goodness it has, is that it is quite short in duration. Not worth the time.

 

10. Kamlee – Singers: Kanika Kapoor, Ravindra Upadhyay, Miraya Varma, Fateh;  Music: Dr. Zeus;  Lyrics: Jiwan Mann

This is another version of the song Lovely. The only difference traceable is the replacement of the word lovely from kamlee. Still it doesn’t imply any meaning. main kamlee ho gayi naam tera padh ke. Due to this word and some other ignoring stuffs, Kumaar’s name is not there in this version. The composer has added some additional sounds to it namely the scream of a girl as if he is making a song for a horror movie. The similar beats, similar arrangements, and hence it remains to be a poor composition.

 

The two lovely leading ladies, Shreya and Sunidhi, save the New Year party from getting spoiled. Otherwise, this New Year has nothing to be happy about. 

 

The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM

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

 

Next:  Bang Bang

 

 

Yuvan Shankar Raja in Emraan Hashmi’s skin!! (Raja Natwarlal – Music Review)

Kunal Deshmukh has been collaborating with Emraan Hashmi for very long. They started with the successful Jannat and moved to Tum Mile, Jannat 2 and now they have come up with Raja Natwarlal. It is  the first time that this collaboration is presented by UTV and not by Vishesh Films. Pritam was also in this team providing successful chart busting yet soulful music in all the three films. This time not due to his busy schedule but because of his decision of taking rest for some months, he denied the offer and suggested Yuvan Shankar Raja’s name who is a well known noted South Indian composer. Raja_Natwarlal

 

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Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil;  Music Label: UTV 

 

1. Dukki Tikki – Singer: Mika Singh

Who can lead a tapori song better than Mika. Yuvan’s very own Tamil sound can be witnessed in this track. It’s a very catchy track having a damn good percussion arrangements (Dhol is notably good). Horns are now a trademark instrument for these kind of songs. However they never sound boring or exhaustive. The song is perfectly suited for Mika though he again ate many words written by Irshad Kamil. A sincere effort! 

 

2. Tere Hoke Rahengay / Tere Hoke Rahengay (Reprise) – Singer: Arijit Singh / Shweta Pandit

Now if you have heard Yuvan Shankar Raja as a Tamil music composer, you won’t find even a particle of Yuvan in this song. It completely seems to be the Director’s song in which Kunal has made the Pritam-ness alive. It has some nice elements too. Arijit’s version sounds more filmy, and seems having an average sound; a sound which you must have heard in many of the romantic tracks. Contrary to that, Shweta’s version sounds more fresh and novel. The orchestration is really good in both the versions, though slightly better in Shweta’s version. However, the antara sounds better in Arijit’s voice, and mukhda has been justified in the reprise. So, Both the versions have their equal share of faults and both have some nice elements to hear. #WelcomeSong

 

3. Namak Paare – Singers: Mamta Sharma, Anupam Amod

Again you hardly find any essence of Yuvan in this track. Still, you feel relieved to hear a good item song after such a long time i.e an item song or a Mamta Sharma song which you can enjoy listening to. It’s not made for multiple listen though. Although Anupam Amod has been credited, you hardly hear him in the whole song. The arrangements have been kept in a complete item song mood. The beats have made the song impressive. Commendable attempt!

 

4. Kabhi Ruhani Kabhi Rumani – Singer: Benny Dayal

Rhythm is the highlight of the song. The traditional rhythm which goes along with Tabla and Mrindangam, gives the song a special feel. Benny isn’t offered much romantic songs these days so it’s good for him to get one. Again, great orchestration, with a supporting Sarangi in the second interlude. Inspite of having not-so-great tune, decent arrangements of the rhythm overpower the week elements in the song. Lyrics are likable and easy on ears. Likable song though nothing special.

 

5. Flip Your Collar Back – Singer: Benny Dayal

This seriously wasn’t expected from Yuvan Shankar Raja. The techno sounds that he has used, are not at all likable and darkens your mood. The song is made to be enjoyable but sadly Yuvan is not able to satisfy the needs of the track. Benny Dayal also sounds tiresome and even his voice doesn’t appeal to listen more. Passable lyrics by Irshad Kamil. Overuse of techno sounds ruin the tinge of novelty in the song.

 

Raja Natwarlal – An unfortunate big entry in Bollywood by a superb Tamilian composer Yuvan Shankar Raja

 

The Final Verdict:   OKAY

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

 

Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards  (August 2014)

 

Best Singer (Female):  Priya Panchal – Johnny Johnny (Entertainment)

Best Singer (Male):  Sonu Nigam – Kya Sunaaoon (Life Is Beautiful)

Best Singer Jodi:  Atif Aslam & Shalmali Kholgade – Tera Naam Doon (Entertainment)

Best Composer (Song):  John T. Hunt – Kya Sunaaoon (Life Is Beautiful)

Best Lyrics:  Mayur Puri – Veerey Di Wedding (Entertainment)

Best Composer (Album):  Sachin-Jigar – Entertainment

Best Song:  Johnny Johnny – Entertainment  (Sachin-Jigar, Mayur Puri)

Best Album:  Entertainment (Tips Music)

 

Next: Daawat-e-Ishq