One song lightens up the whole album!! (Naam Shabana – Music Review)

Rarely in our industry prequels are made and if someone has attempted it, I am sure it must be worth experiencing. Naam Shabana is a prequel to Baby, the Neeraj Pandey film which got critical acclaim. The prequel is directed by Shivam Nair though Neeraj is there as writer and producer. Music is given by Rochak Kohli and one song is done by Meet Bros.

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Music: Rochak Kohli;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir;  Music Label: T-Series


1. Rozana – Singer: Shreya Ghoshal – It’s been a while since we heard a song like this from Shreya which Rochak has composed so beautifully. I wish if the interludes could be more interesting, although they managed to be soothing with Violins. The echo which Rochak has provided to her vocals in the mukhda lifts up the song and makes it more romantically suitable for the mood. Lyrics are worth mentioning. There’s an expected muntashirism in it.


2. Zinda – Singer: Sunidhi Chauhan – A tailor-made song for Sunidhi nevertheless has some really tough notes to struggle with but she manages quite effortlessly. The tail of the mukhda could have been better. The antara has been well structured, delivering the interesting variations. Muntashir creates the ambient mood for the film quite well. The song could have some interesting arrangements or varied notes in the mukhda.  


3. Zubi Zubi – Singers: Sukriti Kakar, Rochak Kohli – The Bappi Lahiri song from Dance Dance has been recreated quite decently, not mishandling the original composition, keeping it just for the hook line and adding more originality to it. Sukriti has done a good job though Alisha in the original song was fabulous. Rochak Kohli could have added more to the arrangements and to the programming.


4. Baby Besharam – Singers: Meet Bros, Jasmine Sandlas;  Guest Composer: Meet Br0s;  Guest Lyricist: Kumaar – The album ends on the Meet Bros notes. It’s a typical demand-and-supply material. With quite an unappealing tune and repetitive lyrics, it sounds extremely boring.


Rochak Kohli provides the much-needed decency to the album. 

The Final Verdict:  2/5

Worth Listening: Rozana 


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Classy Romance, Massy Dance!! (Badrinath Ki Dulhania – Music Review)

Shashank Khaitan is back with his Dulhania franchise and this time the Dulhania belongs to Badrinath whom we all met in the trailer and loved. Amaal Mallik, Akhil Sachdeva and Tanishk Bagchi have replaced Sharib-Toshi and Sachin-Jigar who did the music of the previous installment.

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Music Label: T-Series


1. Aashiq Surrender Hua – Singers: Amaal Mallik, Shreya Ghoshal;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed – Amaal kicks off the album with a DDM (Desi Dance Music) instead of a more popular genre EDM (Electronic Dance Music) being on mic himself with the ever dependable Shreya Ghoshal. It’s quite a folksy melody which is quite surprising. Infact, I can even recall a folk song, very similar to the hook line. Also, it’s rare to hear a hook line not just being a part of the mukhda but the complete mukhda itself. Shabbir’s lyrics is exactly what is required of this song. Amaal has made sure that the song justifies the characters and it does.


2. Roke Na Ruke Naina – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Kumaar – If you have followed Amaal’s work, you tend to notice his particular style of composition which so many other composers of his generation don’t have. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s everything a composer needs. As much as one needs a particular style of his/her own compositions, he/she equally needs those compositions to sound versatile and varied from one another. This song, in particular, echoes the similar (not same) structure of notes which his previous few compositions had. Like, the tail of the mukhda just before the hook line ends is one of the structural elements evident in many of his songs. Nonetheless, the song does sound lovely, if not novel. What is really likable is the antara which gives such a ghazal-like feel and that works in the favor of novelty. Kumaar delivers one of his better writings with Amaal.


3. Humsafar – Singers: Akhil Sachdeva, Mansheel Gujral;  Music: Akhil Sachdeva;  Lyrics: Akhil Sachdeva – The way Mansheel begins, is the high point of the song. Akhil takes over with his Atif-sounding voice which doesn’t work against the song at all. Infact, it suits the melody really well. The instruments are well arranged, particularly the Accordion (is it?). Akhil has also written the song and although there’s nothing novel about it, the lines blend with the composition quite effortlessly. It’s a superb debut from Akhil Sachdeva in singing, composing and writing as well. 


4. Badrinath Ki Dulhania (Title Track) – Singers: Dev Negi, Neha Kakkar, Monali Thakur, Ikka;  Music: Tanishk Bagchi;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed – This folk tune has been taken in films numerous times and it is so catchy that it is able to groove you. Tanishk’s composition does complete justice to the borrowed hook line. Both the compositions blend really well. The singers’ cast is impressive. It’s good to hear Monali in such a song after a long time. Ikka’s rap, particularly in the beginning is superb. It amazingly energizes the atmosphere. Shabbir’s lyrics totally goes with the song. A catchy one! 


5. Tamma Tamma Again – Singers: Bappi Lahiri, Anuradha Paudwal, Badshah;  Music: Bappi Lahiri (Recreated by Tanishk Bagchi);  Lyrics: Indeevar – Badshah is the new member of this 80s family which is probably the biggest song of Bappi Lahiri’s career. Tanishk not exactly re-created but re-mixed the track with very predictable electronic sounds. His only contribution is adding Badshah to give it a contemporary touch. The rest you all know. More of a remixed than a remake. 


Akhil Sachdeva shines in his debut. A pretty entertaining album which pretty much maintains the standards of Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. 

Worth Listening: Humsafar, Roke Na Ruke Naina

The Final Verdict: 3/5


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Not a Command-able Effort!! (Commando 2 – Music Review)

Commando, a film directed by Dilip Ghosh has been made into a sequel which is now directed by the famous television director Deven Bhojani. It stars Vidyut Jamwal and Adah Sharma in lead roles. The music is done Mannan Shah who had also scored for the first installment along with Gourov-Roshin who recreated Pritam’s famous Bhool Bhulaiya track, Hare Krishna Hare Ram.

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Music: Mannan Shah;  Music Label: T-Series


1. Hare Krishna Hare Ram – Singers: Armaan Malik, Ritika (Rap by Raftaar);  Recreated by Gourov-Roshin (Original Composition: Pritam);  Lyrics by Kumaar (Original Lyrics: Sameer) – The track is surely going to make you nostalgic for the 2007 superhit Bhool Bhulaiya. They have kept the notes intact in most of the places. In the antara there’s room for creativity and yet they almost lose this opportunity of holding the listener back. There’s no point in recreating a track which is so fresh in our minds. Armaan’s efforts are worth recognizing. Raftaar does the rap effortlessly (all of this was done solely by Neeraj Shridhar in the original) and Ritika is left with nothing much. A track with no added creative or marketing value.


2. Tere Dil Mein – Singer: Armaan Malik;  Lyrics: Aatish Kapadia – It’s not necessary for pauses to sound good every time. The pause which Mannan gives just before the hook line sounds odd and worthless. Armaan somehow finds grace in this average composition and make it a decent track. Aatish’s lyrics is too ordinary to analyze.  Even the Violin piece, in the end, couldn’t manage to pull the track out of its ordinariness.


3. Seedha Saadha / Seedha Saadha (Reprise Version) – Singer: Amit Mishra / Jubin Nautiyal;  Lyrics: Kumaar – There are songs that you wonder how did they get approval by the director. This is one of those songs which sounds so much out of tune, the notes so flat and blunt that you tend to lose interest halfway in the mukhda itself. Amit has been used clearly because of Bulleya because this song somewhat belongs that genre. Kumaar’s lyrics go unnoticed because you get busy finding ear-friendly notes in the song. On the other hand, Jubin’s version is so much better. Still, it goes mundane in the middle of the antara. 


4. Commando (Title Track) / Commando (English Version) – Singer: Aditi Singh Sharma;  Lyrics: Kumaar – It would be better if Mannan had kept the whole track thematic without words. The composition is not worth becoming a song with words and vocals. It sounds so much out of place particularly after the first stanza when the rhythm unnecessarily increase. It definitely does not deserve two versions, one in Hindi the other in English with ditto same arrangements.


The only saving grace of this album is the recreated version of Pritam’s Hare Krishna Hare Ram. 

The Final Verdict: 1/5

Worth Listening: Hare Krishna Hare Ram


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Not Kaabil enough!! (Kaabil – Music Review)

So Rakesh Roshan’s Kaabil which is directed by Sanjay Gupta is about to hit theaters though its songs by Rajesh Roshan doesn’t seem to connect with the people. But on an unbiased note, let’s go through the soundtrack of Kaabil.

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Music: Rajesh Roshan;  Music Album: T-Series 


1. Kaabil Hoon / Kaabil Hoon (Sad) – Singers: Jubin Nautiyal, Palak Muchhal;  Lyrics: Nasir Faraaz – Rajesh Roshan seems to have visited his chaand sitaare days (pun intended) while composing this song. It’s a vintage Roshan melody that definitely stays with you because of its rhythmic flow and a pious melody, but doesn’t help in sounding stale. Jubin and Palak lives up to staleness of the song somehow. Nasir Faraaz’s lyrics certainly proves to be no help either. When Jubin croons the similar lines but extremely slowly, it’s the sad version. Just that!


2. Haseeno Ka Deewana – Singers: Payal Dev, Raftaar;  Recreated by Gourov-Roshin;  Lyrics: Kumaar  (Original Lyrics: Anjaan) – The kisi ko mera shauk hai part has been done really well which actually makes you somewhat interested in the track. Otherwise, Payal has solely handled this song with aptly needed zest. Nothing else is exciting in this recreated Rajesh Roshan track. Raftaar’s portion is totally avoidable and Kumaar’s lyrics has nothing noticeable.


3. Kuch Din – Singer: Jubin Nautiyal;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – Jubin seems apt to render this song, the credit of which goes to Rajesh Roshan for making a right choice. Sadly, Jubin sounds miserable, the cause being his trying-so-hard-to-sound-emotional singing. I personally expected something new from Manoj Muntashir. The orchestration is well handled but the old-school recording drowns the song.


4. Mon Amour – Singer: Vishal Dadlani;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – Vishal owns this song the moment he begins, or even before that. A typical trumpetized Bollywood French-Italian imitation which has been heard so many times before. Nonetheless, it’s enjoyable enough though the novelty factor sucks.


5. Kisi Se Pyar Ho Jaye – Singer: Jubin Nautiyal;  Recreated by Gourov-Roshin;  Lyrics: Kumaar  (Original Lyrics: Anand Bakshi) – Somewhere I felt Arijit could have pulled this much better. Jubin tries hard but reaches nowhere near the original rendition of Kishore Kumaar. The one line that is added in this version sounds totally alien to this composition. It doesn’t fit at all. The rest of the song is ditto similar barring the arrangement ofcourse.


Rajesh Roshan does better than Krishh 3, atleast.

Worth Trying: Kaabil Hoon, Mon Amour 

The Final Verdict: 2/5


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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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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

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

Chaar Gaano ki Kahani (Do Lafzon Ki Kahani – Music Review)

A love story starring Randeep Hooda and Kajal Aggarwal is directed by Deepak Tijori and has music by Babli Haque, Amaal Mallik, Ankit Tiwari and Arjuna Harjai.

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Music Label: T-Series


1. Jeena Marna / Jeena Marna (Female) – Singer: Altamash Faridi / Palak Muchhal;  Music: Babli Haque;  Lyrics: Sandeep Nath – Babli manages to impress with this composition which relies highly on percussion which have been played sensibly, presenting a nice rhythm to enjoy. The composition is though very typical, something that has been heard quite a few times in past. The song sounds better in Altamash’s voice, the Palak’s version doesn’t leave the same impact. Stereotypical, yet ear-friendly.


2. Kuch Toh Hai – Singer: Armaan Malik;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – Armaan’s vocals soothe you to the core in compositions like this which are simple, uncomplicated and has a heart at the right place. Amaal has been making simpler tunes which have an instant connect with the listeners. The Violin piece is beautiful along with the line kuch toh hai. #WelcomeSong


3. Sehra – Singer: Ankit Tiwari;  Music: Ankit Tiwari;  Lyrics: Sandeep Nath – This composition is thankfully slightly different in style than other romantic tracks of Ankit. The only drawback is that he sings his own compositions which brings all the familiarity and loses the novelty, if any.

4. Ankhiyaan – Singer: Kanika Kapoor;  Music: Arjuna Harjai;  Lyrics: Kumaar – Probably the first slow song of Kanika and she shows her versatility with quite an ease. Arjuna’s composition is likable, has major role of percussion, although loud, gives the song the much needed melancholic mood.


Four composers. Four songs. All pleasant! 


The Final Verdict:  OKAY

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

 

More Romantic, Less Sporty!! (Azhar – Music Review)

The life of the former Indian Cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin has been extremely controversial and who better than Emraan Hashmi could play him in Tony D’Souza directed Azhar. Pritam had been hired for the music but due to some health issued, he had to leave midway and Amaal Mallik was called to the rescue. The one song by Pritam has been retained, and a Kalyanji-Anandji song that has been remade by DJ Chetas.

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Music Label: T-Series


1. Bol Do Na Zara – Singer: Armaan Malik;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Rashmi Virag – The best thing about this song is that Amaal is able to keep the ethos of Main Rahoon Ya Na Rahoon alive. With his brother Armaan, he has again delivered miraculously effortless melody that easily sails to your heart. Rashmi Virag’s lyrics deserve special mention. The lyrics have few lines that deserve attention. A melody full of charm!!


2. Itni Si Baat Hain – Singers: Arijit Singh, Antara Mitra;  Music: Pritam;  Lyrics: Manoj Yadav – The old wine Pritam after a long time has come with his late 2000s avatar where he delivers a free-flowing melody without much experimentation, and that structure of inviting the female voice only in the antara. The composition is tremendously beautiful, instantly likable, and unpretentious. Lyrics walk quite on the same route, saying as simply as could itni si baat hai, mujhe tumse pyaar hai. Extremely Pritam!


3. Oye Oye – Singers: Aditi Singh Sharma, Armaan Malik;  Music: Kalyanji-Anandji (Recreated by DJ Chetas);  Lyrics: Manoj Yadav – Manoj Yadav pens the next song which is a remake of a superhit Kalyanji-Anandji song from Tridev. Since the remake has been done by a DJ, the beats had to be the prime focus in the song. The composition is quite weak though. Nevertheless, Aditi and Armaan amazingly carry the song and make it decent enough to enjoy.


4. Tu Hi Na Jaane – Singers: Sonu Nigam, Prakriti Kakar;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Kumaar – This is very different from what Amaal has been doing in past. Choosing Sonu Nigam for this song, seems to have proved a brilliant step in favor of Amaal. The composition carries a lot of depth in it. Prakriti quite responsibly supports Sonu Nigam, proving to be another right choice. When it comes to writing sad songs, one well knows how efficient Kumaar is. A mature composition, handled with utter maturity. #WelcomeSong


5. Jeetne Ke Liye – Singer: K.K.;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Kumaar – The song seems to have been made especially for K.K. It has all the apt notes for him to hit and make his mark as he always does. The composition is quite predictable yet pleasurable to hear. Kumaar’s lyrics has the similar predictability, nevertheless, the song enormously carried by K.K. does make impact. 


With a decent remake, a song by Pritam, three by Amaal Mallik, Azhar manages to grip you quite effortlessly. 


The Final Verdict:  OKAY

 

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