Absurdity!! (Santa Banta Pvt. Ltd. – Music Review)

Directed by Akashdeep Sabir, the film features Vir Das, Boman Irani, Lisa Haydon and Neha Dhupia in lead roles. Music is given by Jassi Katyal, Amjad-Nadeem and Jaidev Kumar.

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Music: Jassi Katyal;  Lyrics: Kumaar;  Music Label: Zee Music Company 

1. Machli Jal Ki Rani Hai – Singer: Sonu Nigam, Vikas Bhalla – Except Sonu Nigam, there’s nothing in this song to boast about. The composition is undoubtedly catchy but the lyrics is simply disgusting, making no sense. It is Sonu who infuses interest in the track with his amazing creativity in between. Sonu Nigam entertains. 

2. Tooti Bolti – Singers: Mika Singh, Sonu Nigam, Dolly Sandhu – Another Punjabi party number, a kind that has been heard numerous times in numerous styles. Sonu and Mika have invested huge efforts in the song and their efforts have not gone in vain. The song is very bearable because of them.

3. Ishq Karle Anytime – Singers: Mika Singh, Sonu Nigam, Dolly Sandhu- Again both the singers have made the song bearable, which is otherwise an insane track with absurd lyrics and extremely weak tune. It shows the very less work done in the track by Jassi Katyal.

4. Hit Kardi – Singers: Sonu Nigam, Daljit Dossain – You might want to bang your head if you hear the lyrics. And this time Sonu Nigam fails to make the song bearable. After the mukhda, it becomes a pain in the ears. The beats are such that if you mute the words, it’s apt for dance.

5. Lo Aa Gaye Santa Banta – Singer: Sonu Nigam;  Guest Composer: Amjad-Nadeem;  Guest Lyricist: Shabbir Ahmed – This title song simply gets unbearable, having Sonu Nigam in a weird sounding voice which does not at all appeal in any way. Shabbir Ahmed can hardly be expected to deliver something good though the level of absurdness is less this time. You just wish it ends soon!

Jassi Katyal and Kumaar team up to deliver a collection of absurd songs. 

The Final Verdict:  DISAGREE



Decent!! (Hero – Music Review)

Nikhil Advani has come up with a remake of a 1983 film Hero which had Jackie Shroff in the lead role. Here, the lead actors are the two debutantes, Sooraj Pancholi, son of Aditya Pancholi and Athiya Shetty, daughter of Suniel Shetty. The music has been given by composers who are in their top form these days, Sachin-Jigar, Amaal Mallik, Meet Bros Anjjan along with Jassi Katyal.

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Music Label: T-Series

1. Main Hoon Hero Tera (Salman Khan Version) / Main Hoon Hero Tera (Armaan Malik Version) – Singer: Salman Khan / Armaan Malik;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Kumaar – On a lyrics that is filled with fantastical romance with a song title that sounds something animated, unreal, Amaal has brought out a simplistic tune with breezy arrangements having minimal but effective beats and a superb Violin orchestration. An excellent utilization of Salman’s vocals has been done as his voice is sounding great and well suited for the track. Armaan’s version is obviously technically better. A romantic fantasy.

2. Yadaan Teriyaan (Rahat Fateh Ali Khan) / Yadaan Teriyaan – Singer: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan / Dev Negi, Shipra Goyal;  Music: Jassi Katyal;  Lyrics: Kumaar – This is quite a predictable composition, something that you must have heard before in a sad Punjabi song. Kumaar is an expert when it comes to songs like these. The use of Flute and Sarangi does create impact on the otherwise ordinary tune. Among the two, Rahat’s version stands out as his vocals are best suited in Punjabi romantic numbers. The duet version fails to create much impact. A decent composition with impressive arrangements.

3. Dance Ke Legend – Singers: Meet Bros Anjjan, Bhoomi Trivedi, Sunaina Singh;  Music: Meet Bros Anjjan;  Lyrics: Kumaar – I would applaud Kumaar for fitting apt lines in such an ordinary composition having such a weak tune and not much stuff in arrangements. Bhoomi quite justifies her role as there’s not much scope of singing here. The second interlude consisting of those Trumpet sounds is good though. They could have made something catchier and quirkier. 

4. Khoya Khoya – Singers: Mohit Chauhan, Priya Saraiya, Arpita Chakraborty, Tanishkaa;  Music: Sachin-Jigar;  Lyrics: Niranjan Iyengar – Apart from a catchy hook line, it’s quite an unusual composition, something that sounds pleasing but would take time to grow. Mohit Chauhan impeccably handles the song and Priya’s breezy vocals aptly support him. The arrangements are really impressive with Flute being primarily used. Unusual yet pleasing!

5. O Khuda – Singers: Amaal Mallik, Palak Muchhal;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Kumaar – I don’t remember when was the last time I got highly impressed with a song having an extremely simple tune. Amaal hasn’t tried to create any kind of complication or gone for some experiment. He has just kept it sweet and simple yet the tune and atmosphere it has created has a mesmerizing effect. Kumaar has also kept the lyrics simple enough to touch every heart. Amaal has finally tried his hands on singing also and he has done a brilliant job. Worth listening! #WelcomeSong

6. Jab We Met – Singers: Rahul Pandey, Shalmali Kholgade, Divya Kumar, Jigar Saraiya;  Music: Sachin-Jigar;  Lyrics: Niranjan Iyengar – It’s a fun song having a funnily light situation and what Sachin-Jigar have done is not even half of what they are capable of. They could have blasted something extraordinary but didn’t seem to be in the mood of doing that. Except some good lines in the lyrics, everything so ordinary that you don’t want to feel it to be a Sachin-Jigar song. They disappoint after a very long time.

Among others, Amaal Mallik highly impresses and easily dominates this soundtrack with his simple yet impacting compositions. 

The Final Verdict:  OKAY


Assembly of Composers!! (Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend – Music Review)

It doesn’t happen normally that you get to hear an album consisting of eight songs by eight different composers unless it is a T-Series album. They hired eight composers for this small film, you wonder why, after listening to the album.

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Music Label: T-Series

1. Birthday Bash – Singers: Yo Yo Honey Singh, Alfaaz;  Music: Yo Yo Honey Singh;  Lyrics: Alfaaz – After reaching to a certain level of creativity, Honey Singh has again returned to his standard dance numbers that become so monotonous after a certain period of time that you just feel like stopping it. Alfaaz’s lyric writing is even worse than that of Honey Singh. The song is not able to covey anything, not even the zaalimness of the girlfriend properly. Highly monotonous!

2. Tipsy Hogai – Singers: Rajveer Singh, Miss Pooja;  Music: Dr. Zeus;  Lyrics: Zora Randhawa, Mavi Bains –  Assembly has yet another repetitive composer who just tried to renovate the Happy New Year song Lovely. You clearly find instances where you just about to croon the line main lovely ho gayi. No wonder the lyrics also didn’t change much. It just renovated from lovely ho gayi to tipsy ho gayi. I am amazed by the amount of hard work that Dr. Zeus has done in this song. What a renovation, or just a recreation, or whatever it is!

3. Zaalim Dilli – Singers: Jazzy B, Hard Kaur;  Music: Tiger Style;  Lyrics: Bunty Bains – Tiger Style is a Scottish Punjabi music group from the British background. They have numerous albums to their credit and this is supposed to be their Bollywood debut and not an impressive one, I should say. The composition is quite staid and fails to hold the listeners for long. Their style seems to be similar with that of Manj Muzic. Jazzy B and Hard Kaur excels but the composition fails to impress.

4. Tere Liye – Singers: Indeep Bakshi, Soni B;  Music: Indeep Bakshi;  Lyrics: Indeep Bakshi – A very stereotypical romantic track that relies highly on the techno beats and autotuning. Indeep Bakshi although has handled all the three departments but sadly fails to impress in any of them. Soni B has a small portion which she performs decently. Composition is nice though it doesn’t have the ability to retain itself for long as the song is totally a result of machine work.  

5. Janib (Duet) / Janib (Female) – Singers: Arijit Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan / Sunidhi Chauhan;  Music: Jatinder Shah;  Lyrics: Kumaar – This is a big relief. Thanks to Jatinder Shah. His composition is an amazingly sweet melody with very appropriate and fitting lyrics by Kumaar. Arijit as always has ruled over the song with powerful lovable voice along with a pretty appreciable support from Sunidhi. Duet is definitely better as it maintains the balance well between the two though Arijit has got more portions to sing. The female version is also impressive though the impact that the duet version creates is incomparable. Wonderful arrangements and orchestration add up to the soothe. Highly recommended!! #WelcomeSong

6. Meri Marzi, Teri Raza – Singers: K Mohan, Meet Bros Anjjan;  Music: Meet Bros Anjjan;  Lyrics: Kumaar –  Fortunate listeners who are reading this review, can skip all those above tracks and listen to songs like Janib and this one. It’s vague to expect a serious song from Meet Bros Anjjan these days but thankfully they have finally attempted a serious one after a long time. K Mohan’s voice never fails to create impact although the composition could have been brighter in terms of the tunes and arrangements. Some might easily find this a boring as the only drawback it has is its long duration.

7. Saddi Dilli – Singer: Milind Gaba;  Music: Milind Gaba;  Lyrics: Milind Gaba – The soundtrack returns to its techno Punjabi flavor with this song describing about Delhi’s quality and speciality of Delhiites, basically giving an extremely bad impression about Delhi to the outsiders. Milind Gaba’s singing, composition both fail miserably and lyrics are not worse than to be called pathetic. Bad attempt.

8. Maa De Dandeya – Singer: Jassi Katyal;  Music: Jassi Katyal;  Lyrics: Kumaar – It’s a satirical song having lyrics with an agenda. Composition doesn’t seem to be having much scope. It must have been appropriate on the screen. Kumaar’s lyrics is the highlight which is good enough to engage the listeners. The rest of the department has nothing exciting to offer.  

Eight composers. Eight songs. Seven failed miserably. Jatinder Shah beautifully saves the album with his melodious creation.

The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM


Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (March 2015)

Singer of the Month (Female):  Sunidhi Chauhan – Janib (Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend)

Singer of the Month (Male):  Arijit Singh – Janib (Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend)

Singer Jodi of the Month:  Arijit Singh & Sona Mohapatra – Chori Chori (Hunterrr)

Composer of the Month (Song):  Jatinder Shah – Janib (Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend)

Lyricist of the Month:  Swanand Kirkire – Bachpan (Hunterrr)

Composer of the Month (Album):  Khamosh Shah – Hunterrr

Song of the Month:  Janib – Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend  (Jatinder Shah, Kumaar)

Album of the Month:  Hunterrr – Zee Music Company