Demand and Supply!! (Junooniyat – Music Review)

Another T-Series romantic flick directed by Vivek Agnihotri starring the Sanam Re pair Pulkit Samrat and Yami Gautam in lead roles. Music is given by Meet Bros. Anjjan, Stereo Nation, Jeet Gannguli & Ankit Tiwari.

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Music Label: T-Series

1. Nachenge Saari Raat – Singers: Neeraj Shridhar, Tulsi Kumar, Meet Bros;  Music: Meet Bros Anjjan (Original Composition: Stereo Nation);  Lyrics: Kumaar (Original Lyrics: Stereo Nation) – The very famous track of 2000 by Stereo Nation to which probably the whole nation had danced for very long has been recreated by Meet Bros Anjjan giving a slightly different sound though mainly remaining the same. Lyrics have been changed except the hook line. Neeraj Shridhar is heard after a long time and that is the only positively different thing in this remake. Original, remake, does it matter? Basically, remains the same. 

2. Mujhko Barsaat Bana Lo – Singer: Armaan Malik;  Music: Jeet Gannguli;  Lyrics: Rashmi Virag – It seems to be one of the tracks that has been created in a hurry, having no depth either in composition or in lyrics. It’s just a plain staid yet-another kind of romantic song that doesn’t stay with you for long. Armaan too doesn’t seem to be in his original form, delivering just an average performance. Mediocre.

3. Ishqe Di Lat – Singers: Ankit Tiwari, Tulsi Kumar;  Music: Ankit Tiwari;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – Surprisingly, Ankit strikes this time with quite a rhythmic composition which somewhat predicts to have been shot somewhere in snow. Tulsi sounds decent enough to compliment the composition. Manoj’s likable lyrics go in tune with the tune. Arrangements could have been better but it’s good to hear Ankit trying something different. #WelcomeSong

4. Junooniyat – Singer: Falak Shabbir (Backing Vocals: Thomson Andrews, Keshia Braganza, Gwen Dias & Ryan Dias);  Music: Meet Bros Anjjan;  Lyrics: Kumaar – Falak gets a typical song for him which the trio seems to have composed in a way to give the grandeur feel to it. Although it fails to have grandeur, it surely have the needed-intensity in the romance. The lyrics too seem to have been written with intensity of romance in mind. The song, sadly, does not seem fresh.

5. Pagalon Sa Naach – Singers: Meet Bros, Khushboo Grewal (Backing Vocals: Ruchir, Ambresh & Ashish);  Music: Meet Bros Anjjan;  Lyrics: Kumaar – One wonders if Meet Bros Anjjan themselves ever would listen to their own compositions of this kind. It is such a deserves-to-be-skipped song that it becomes hard to tolerate. Lyrics has been written so vaguely and the composition becomes extremely annoying after a certain point. Vague.

6. Tu Junooniyat (Climax Song) – Singers: Shrey Singhal, Akriti Kakar;  Music: Jeet Gannguli;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – It seems that Jeet has got trapped in the chain of immediate demands. He again sounds average with his composition which he usually doesn’t. Shrey sounds extremely mediocre. The song sounds best during Akriti’s portion. Manoj’s lyrics works occasionally.

An album full of below average work. 

The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM



Thematic!! (Veerappan – Music Review)

A Ram Gopal Verma film which is based upon the life of Indian bandit Veerappan and the events leading to Operation Cocoon to capture and kill Veerappan. Music is given by Jeet Gannguli and Sharib-Toshi.

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Music Label: T-Series

1. Muchhi Re – Singer: Mohan Kanan;  Music: Jeet Gannguli;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – A very junglee song, giving the depiction as if some jungle warriors are getting ready for some war. Jeet seems to have put everything quite appropriate, considering the theme and the situation. Manoj’s lyrics is just what was needed, nothing great in particular though. Mohan is quite unrecognizable and hence superb. Very Junglee.

2. Veer Veer Veerappan – Singers: Sharib Sabri, Toshi Sabri, Payal Dev, Vee;  Music: Sharib-Toshi;  Lyrics: Manoj Yadav – More of a theme song by Sabri brothers, it actually sounds brilliant in its execution. The composition is not something to notice but the arrangements and the execution of the chorus has been done commendably. Manoj’s lyrics goes well with mood but has nothing to boast about. It will going to impact as the background sound in the film. The right sound for the right situation. #WelcomeSong

3. Khallas – Singers: Jasmine Sandlas, Sharib Sabri, Toshi Sabri;  Music: Sandeep Chowta (Recreated by Sharib-Toshi);  Lyrics: Nitin Raikwar (Additional Lyrics: Manoj Yadav) – A very short remake of a classic song from Company, another RGV film. Originally composed by Sandeep Chowta, this song by Asha Bhosle was rage and till now it is considered to be one of the most popular dance track. Having no comparison to the original, it fails miserably. Although Sharib-Toshi have tried giving it a novel touch, they fail to captivate. 

This three-song soundtrack remains glued to the film’s theme and does not work otherwise. 

The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM 



High-Five!! (Sarbjit – Music Review)

After Mary Kom, Omung Kumar comes up with his second directorial, another biopic based on the life of Sarbjit who was an Indian national who was tried and convicted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan for a series of bomb attacks in Lahore and Faisalabad that killed 14 bystanders in 1990. Omung has opted for multiple composers this time, giving just one song to his previous composers Shashi-Shivamm and the rest to Shail-Pritesh, Amaal Mallik, Jeet Gannguli and Tanishk Bagchi.

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Music Label: T-Series

1. Salamat – Singers: Arijit Singh, Tulsi Kumar;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Rashmi Virag – Amaal comes up with one of his best melodies which he apparently created when he was just 17 which is a huge accomplishment in itself. The melody is predictable and very Jeet Gannguli-like yet it is so strong and appealing that one wants to hear it more and more. Arijit is more than perfect here and Rashmi Virag doesn’t fail to impress at all. Both the interludes are technically good and the antara is as heartwarming as the mukhda. Simply remarkable!! 

2. Dard – Singer: Sonu Nigam;  Music: Jeet Gannguli;  Lyrics: Rashmi Virag, Jaani – Although it’s a typical Jeet Gannguli composition, also very predictable in the antara, the song nonetheless creates a huge impact primarily the reason being the vocals and the lyrics which contains phrases like “jo tujhe lagta baarish hai, main woh hun jo roun”. The composition is anyway extremely impressive. This song is a realization of the craving to hear more from Sonu Nigam. 

3. Tung Lak – Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shail Hada, Kalpana Gandharv;  Music: Shail-Pritesh;  Lyrics: Sandeep Singh – After two heart-warming melodies comes an entirely different mood by Shail-Pritesh with a Punjabi folksy textured song that is delivered quite justly by Sukhwinder and Sunidhi. The song doesn’t appeal much yet it has a flair of likeability. 

4. Rabba – Singer: Shafqat Amanat Ali;  Music: Tanishk Bagchi;  Lyrics: Arafat Mehmood – Comes the fourth composer Tanishk with a decent composition having Shafqat behind the mic who handles it quite nicely making the song sound better than ordinary since the composition and lyrics have been extremely mediocre. 

5. Meherbaan – Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Shail Hada, Munnawar Masoom;  Music: Shail-Pritesh;  Lyrics: A M Turaz – Sukhwinder along with Shail and Munnawar brilliantly capture the song, making it quite engaging with their vocals which otherwise does not have much of appeal to captivate the listener. The song has a qawwali texture and these pseudo qawwalis do not impress unless they have the much needed uniqueness in the melody itself. Vocals engage, composition doesn’t.

6. Barsan Laagi – Singer: Shail Hada;  Music: Shail-Pritesh;  Lyrics: A M Turaz – Moving on the semi-classical mood, the composition is laden with beautiful arrangements by the duo. Shail’s singing is an icing on the cake, as the soft texture of his vocals sounds apt for the composition. The Guitar pieces in-between sounds pleasant and the lyrics has its own charm. Ravishing. 

7. Allah Hu Allah – Singers: ShashaaTirupati, Altamash, Rabbani Mustafa Khan (Additional Voices: Arsh Mohammad, Supriya Pathak);  Music: Tanishk Bagchi;  Lyrics: Late Haider Najmi (Additional Lyrics: Arafat Mehmood) – Tanishk moves to a whole another level with this composition which is so extremely brilliantly sung, composed, arranged and written. The rhythmic structure is so intriguing and alluring and the instruments have been arranged creating such a fascinating sound that one wishes if the song had a longer duration. #WelcomeSong

8. Mera Junoon – Singer: Shail Hada;  Music: Shail-Pritesh;  Lyrics: A M Turaz – Shail again strikes with his endearing vocals for the song that is composed with sincerity. The melody is dynamic, having constantly changing notes which keeps the listeners engaged throughout. Each line has a variation in notes which makes it highly intriguing.

9. Nindiya – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Music: Shashi-Shivamm;  Lyrics: Sandeep Singh – The duo who were the only composers of Mary Kom, Shashi-Shivamm, inspite of getting just one song, have struck the right chord with a lullaby that has such varied notes yet remains melodious throughout. Arrangements are according to the mood and Arijit’s voice is a perfect stimulus for a lullaby.

10. Sarbjit Theme (Instrumental) – Singer: Shail Hada;  Music: Shail-Pritesh – With Violins and apt chords, Shail-Pritesh have captured the mood of the whole film enormously and effectively.

Seven brilliant tracks out of ten, leaving three in average zone, Sarbjit manages to pull out the brilliance in all five composers. 

The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE


One Song Stands Out!! (One Night Stand – Music Review)

An erotic thriller directed by Jasmine D’Souza starring Sunny Leone and Tanuj Virwani in lead roles. Music is given by Vivek Kar, Jeet Gannguli, Vivek Kar and Meet Bros.

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Music Label: T-Series

1. Do Peg Maar – Singer: Neha Kakkar;  Music: Tony Kakkar;  Lyrics: Kumaar – A typical Neha Kakkar styled track composed by her brother who is otherwise excellent in composing party numbers, fails here miserably. With absence of a catchy tune, and presence of absurd lyrics, the song totally fails to appeal.  

2. Ijazat – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Music: Meet Bros;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed – Meet Bros have done impressive orchestration and the composition is quite strong in melody, sounds extremely soothing in Arijit’s vocals. Shabbir’s lyrics surprisingly is good, blends well into the composition.

3. Ishq Da Sutta – Singers: Jasmine Sandlas, Meet Bros;  Music: Meet Bros;  Lyrics: Kumaar – With vague lyrics, Meet Bros have tried turning into an addictive track. Although it fails to be that, it remains to be a decent track with ear friendly beats though Jasmine could have been replaced by someone else.

4. Ki Kara – Singer: Shipra Goyal;  Music: Vivek Kar;  Lyrics: Kumaar – After somehow not being able to offer an impressive song, Vivek Kar finally manages to deliver one. With fabulous singing by Shipra Goyal and Kumaar’s ear friendly Punajbi lyrics, Vivek’s composition easily manages to impress. 

5. Le Chala – Singer: Jubin Nautiyal;  Music: Jeet Gannguli;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – Jeet Gannguli with this song in the album clearly shows his experience and his potential of making melodies. Jubin is a voice that one wishes to keep hearing. Lyrics by Manoj Muntashir manages to grab your attention. Impressive!! #WelcomeSong

6. Tum Mere – Singer: Dev Negi;  Music: Vivek Kar;  Lyrics: Kumaar – Vivek here although not being able to impress totally, delivers something definitely to listen for. Dev Negi proves to be his saving grace, the totality with which he handles the composition. Deserves a chance. 

Jeet Gannguli tunes his experience. 

The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM


A Soundtrack by Mrs. T-Series!! (Sanam Re – Music Review)

Mrs. T-Series Divya Khosla Kumar is back with her second directorial after Yaariyan. Music is given by Mithoon, Amaal Mallik, Jeet Gannguli and a group called Epic Bhangra.

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Music Label: T-Series 

1. Sanam Re – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Music: Mithoon;  Lyrics: Mithoon – Since Mithoon had also a song in Divya’s previous film Yaariyan, it is clearly visible (or audible, in this case) how Mithoon has degraded his class. The song is undoubtedly decent enough to be liked but that unique extreme-melodic essence of Mithoon is absent. Rather than being a lovable Mithoon Melody, it remains to be just another average forgettable track.

2. Gazab Ka Hain Yeh Din – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – The whole song on one side and the humming on the other. The tune which Arijit hums, stands out alone irrespective of the whole song. It is fabulously composed by Amaal. Although the video is out and it shows the characters romancing and relaxing on a beach, the audio itself gives that feeling with Arijit’s refreshing vocals and Guitar being played superbly. Lyrics in the antara deserve special mention. Refreshing.

3. Hua Hain Aaj Pehli Baar – Singers: Armaan Malik, Palak Muchhal;  Music: Armaan Mallik;  Lyrics: Manoj Yadav – Amaal comes up with his second, the song which is quite rich in melody, particularly the melody of mukhda which Armaan has sung with sincerity. Palak has a very small portion to sing which only works in the favor of the song. The indianized instrumentation seems to have been done intentionally which could have been avoided since it’s taking away the freshness of the composition. Lyrics does have substance. Lovely melody. #WelcomeSong

4. Humne Pee Rakhi Hai – Singers: Jaz Dhami, Neha Kakkar, Ikka;  Music: Epic Bhangra;  Lyrics: Kumaar, Ikka – Just because there should be a club track, here it is. Epic Bhangra has nothing epic to offer. It has the lamest hook line one must have heard. Neha, being a talented singer, must avoid these songs now. And I won’t hesitate to say this – it is the worst club track I have ever heard.

5. Kya Tujhe Ab Ye Dil Bataye – Singer: Falak Shabbir;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – Amaal Mallik with his third track offers a Bhatt-like template with Falak Shabbir’s crystal-clear vocals on Rock arrangements to which Manoj Muntashir chooses the apt words to represent that particular mood. Lacks freshness. 

6. Tere Liye – Singer: Ankit Tiwari;  Music: Mithoon;  Lyrics: Mithoon – It sounds more like a Himesh Reshammiya song than a Mithoon Sharma song. Otherwise, it’s a good melody, not having much shelf life though, unlike previous Mithoon songs that are ever-alive. Ankit sings for Mithoon for the first time and sounds much better than what he does in his own compositions. A decent stuff. 

7. Tum Bin – Singer: Shreya Ghoshal;  Music: Jeet Gannguli;  Lyrics: Rashmi Virag – T-Series team nowadays is recreating their older tracks. Although previous tracks were just remade, this track is modified completely. It has been composed in a certain pattern, particularly the mukhda in the way that one line consists of the original tune, the other consists of the new tune. The antara is completely fresh though. Who better than Shreya to render it in order to maintain the level of the original which Chitra had sung. Lyrics too have a tough competition to the lyrics of original, though it’s difficult to predict whether it is going to be remembered for long. Modified version of Tum Bin Jiya Jaaye Kaise (Tum Bin).

8. Chhote Chhote Tamashe – Singer: Shaan;  Music: Jeet Gannguli;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – This seems, to me, the only situational song in the album. Shaan is quite professional in singing these kind of ‘children songs’. Jeet has composed a likable melody which suits the mood of the situation perfectly along with Manoj’s lyrics working as an additional flavor if not offering something unique. A song for kids. 

Amaal Mallik leading the soundtrack with his two rich melodies, Mithoon and Jeet Gannguli lagging far behind. 

The Final Verdict:  OKAY 




A Mohit Suri Album!! (Humari Adhuri Kahani – Music Review)

Mohit Suri has made a hattrick by directing three films in three consecutive years. The melodrama was well received in Aashiqui 2 and people enjoyed Ek Villain too but it is the music of his films that actually draws the much needed attention of the audience. Mithoon is his pet composer, being almost in his every film, along with Jeet Ganguli and a newcomer Ami Mishra.

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Music Label:  Sony Music

1. Humari Adhuri Kahani / Humari Adhuri Kahani (Encore) – Singer: Arijit Singh / Jeet Ganguli;  Music: Jeet Ganguli;  Lyrics: Rashmi-Virag – The trio is well known for churning out melodious hits but this time the man joining the team is Rashmi’s husband Virag and undoubtedly, the song has grown even more heart-touching barring just that line with which I have problem, ishq sahcha wahi, jisko milti nahi manzilein. With this, you are trying to tell that those who get success in living together, their love is not true?? Anyway, the other lines are really beautiful, easily making a lot of lovers cry their heart out. Jeet’s music has also an extra emotional touch that easily drives the listener’s pain towards replaying the song. Not with traditional Bhatt-Guitars, but it has been decorated with amazing melancholic Flute and grand Violins with good support of Santoor in the second interlude. Arijit is the most obvious and perfect choice for this track. If not with the tune, if not with the lyrics, one gets emotional by Arijit’s voice only. If you get bored with this version, there’s another version sung by the composer himself. But I doubt you will get bored of this one. The most emotional song of the year. 

2. Humnava – Singer: Papon;  Music: Mithoon;  Lyrics: Sayeed Quadri – When it comes to writing lyrics, Sayeed Quadri never disappoints. He again delivers a winner! The phrase sookhi padi dil ki is zameen ko bhiga de is an example of an extremely mature writing. Mithoon though, with the tune, doesn’t impress much this time. Although it is melodious, it is  lovable but one expects more from Mithoon. The Guitar-led arrangements along with the typical Mithoon-ish digital beats doesn’t offer anything new but using Papon for the first time is a great decision. The song sounds grand in his vocals. A melodious attempt!

3. Hasi (Male) / Hasi (Female) – Singer: Ami Mishra / Shreya Ghoshal;  Music: Ami Mishra;  Lyrics: Kunaal Vermaa –  This track is just among those romantic numbers which spread its fragrance as soon as they release but fade out with time. Ami Mishra is the new guy, another find of Mohit Suri after Ankit Tiwari. Coincidentally just like Ankit, Ami has also sung and composed one version and made Shreya Ghoshal sing the other one. The song has almost everything on Electric Guitar, not too loud though. It’s a cutely written song, a kind of stuff that is anyday liked by the youth. Great first-attempt!

4. Yeh Kaisi Jagah – Singer: Deepali Sathe;  Music: Jeet Ganguli;  Lyrics: Rashmi-Virag – This is the most situation-oriented track where Vasudha played by Vidya Balan is brought by Emraan Hashmi to his own world, a world of happiness. Jeet Ganguli rightfully chooses Deepali over Palak and she completely justified Jeet’s choice with her delightful vocals. Jeet has again used lot of Flute here and the a voice which badly needed to be credited hasn’t been credited for unknown reasons. That male voice seems to be of Zubeen Garg and his vocals have created a great impact on the song. The weakest among all. 

Although being a nice melodious soundtrack, it remains to be the shortest and the weakest of the Mohit Suri’s film albums.

The Final Verdict:  OKAY


Lacking Novelty!! (Ishqedarriyaan – Music Review)

ISHQEDARRIYAAN is a story about love, sacrifice, family values and relationships. Rishteydarriyaan means relationships and Ishqedarriyaan signifies the relationship when you fall in love! It is directed by V. K. Prakash and produced by Rajesh Banga. The music has been given by Jaidev Kumar, Jeet Gannguli and Bilal Saeed.

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Music Label: Zee Music Company

1. Ishqedarriyaan – Singer: Ankit Tiwari;  Music: Jeet Gannguli;  Lyrics: Kausar Munir – An extremely ordinary composition with the soft-rock background that has nothing to boast about. Ankit too fails to charm with his singing and Kausar’s lyrics seem to have not much effort being spent in it. Things could have been better.

2. Das Dae – Singer: Mohit Chauhan;  Music: Jaidev Kumar;  Lyrics: Kumaar – Punjabi lyrics suit Mohit Chauhan’s voice very much and that is the primary for the song to be likable. The composition, although having very ordinary arrangements and regular programming with digital beats, sounds soothing and hence one can have a pleasurable time hearing this melody. Pretty good and likable.

3. Mohabbat Yeh – Singer: Bilal Saeed;  Music: Bilal Saeed;  Lyrics: Bilal Saeed – What one can expect from Bilal Saeed it’s all there in the song. Regular digital beats, over-programmed vocals, and the most typical lyrics on love possible. Hence, it is just for those who like listening to romantic tracks even if they lack novelty. Decent yet boring!

4. Judaa – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Music: Jaidev Kumar;  Lyrics: Kumaar – Another lovely composition by Jaidev with nice arrangements full of Piano and Violin supporting at appropriate places. The way it all gets calm when the antara arrives is a beautiful thing to be noticed. The song is beautifully rendered by Arijit, particularly the upper notes. A lovable composition. #WelcomeSong

5. Georgia Sae Jalandhar – Singer: Master Saleem;  Music: Jeet Gannguli;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – Thankfully of very short duration, this song must be apt on screen, as it impresses or attracts neither with singing, composition, lyrics or arrangements. Let it go!

All the effort in vain except the two impressive melodies by Jaidev Kumar.

The Final Verdict: NOT A PROBLEM