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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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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Helicopter Notes!! (M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story – Music Review)

The biopic on the Indian Captain has been in news for very long now. After the release of the trailer, it seems to be very promising. In music, one of the composers who has been charming with his songs in multi-composer albums, Amaal Mallik, has finally got his first solo album and he seems to be in an excellent form.

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Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir;  Music Label: T-Series


1. Besabriyaan – Singer: Armaan Malik – With an inspirational track which talks more about the the anxiety or say, anxiousness to get what one desires for, the album takes a flight. The first notes and you already start liking the track, as they grip you instantly, being catchy enough to catch your attention. No one can perfect any Amaal’s melody but Armaan. He is the one to be listened to. You’ll have a lot of Besabriyaan to hear it atleast once more. 


2. Kaun Tujhe – Singer: Palak Muchhal – Palak’s utterly sugary vocals never let you miss any other singers, mainly because the song is so high on melody that it’s hard to not get carried away with the romance it represents. Particularly, the humming part and the bridge in antara connecting to the mukhda are the portions where one simply can just do nothing but admire it. If you’re looking for a romantic track that could make you emotional, this is the one I vouch for. #KaunTujhe


3. Jab Tak / Jab (Redux) – Singer: Armaan Malik – Another romantic track having mixed emotions of passion which the singer justifies completely through his rendition. Coming with two versions, the one differs from the other on lyrics and arrangements in which the Redux one undoubtedly sounds better. Go for it!


4. Phir Kabhi – Singer: Arijit Singh – The song mostly relies on its catchy rhythm and the so-called hook line Tujhme khoya rahun main… . The rest of the song does not have much to engage with. There is definitely a decently composed antara which definitely impresses but the song doesn’t have something which one should listen for, ofcourse if you’re an Arijit admirer which most of us are, that’s a different story.


5. Parwah Nahi – Singer: Siddharth Basrur – It didn’t work for me on hearing it once. It grew quite well with time. It’s a hard rock material that Siddharth Basrur justifies with excellent energy. The problem with the song is that it sounds too familiar to stuffs we have heard in the past in this genre. The composition is definitely fresh but the sound does give a heard before feeling. Guitars have worked so well that it compliments the effort of the singer. Arrangements is something to listen to. 


6. Padhoge Likhoge – Singers: Ananya Nanda, Adithyan A Prithviraj – Ananya, the winner of Indian Idol Junior along with another interesting kid, entertain in this amusing track which is written on a popular Hindi proverb. The choice of the singers is so apt. The song gets what it needed, these voices that create immense pleasure and humor to sustain the composition.


Amaal Mallik’s first solo album is extremely high on melody.


The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE

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

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

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

 

Sugar-free Melodies!! (Waiting – Music Review)

Director Anu Menon who returns after her debut London, Paris, New York, is all set for her new venture with Kalki Koechlin and Naseeruddin Shah. Music is given by Mikey McCleary.

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Music: Mikey McCleary;  Music Label: Zee Music Company 


1. Tu Hai Toh Main Hoon – Singers: Anushka Manchanda, Nikhil D’Souza;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – The very first song tells that Mikey is the perfect choice for the film. His style of music goes amazingly well with the mood of the film. Anushka is terrific in this feel good song who harmonizes with Nikhil really well making a nice combo of sounds. Manoj’s lyrics deserve mention even though not having anything special in particular, it does work as a whole. The arrangements are beautiful and worth noticing, particularly the Violin that works behind the Guitar.


2. Got My Eyes On You – Singer: Mikey McCleary;  Lyrics: Mikey McCleary – Quite a weird song which does not have a mass appeal as Mikey has given it a very typical Rock ‘n’ Roll feel and has experimented a lot with not just arrangements but also with his own voice. Nevertheless, the song does have an impact, particularly for Mikey fans who love to hear experimentation from him. Sax, in particular, has a captivating sound.


3. Waiting For You – Singers: Anushka Manchanda, Mikey McCleary;  Lyrics: Mikey McCleary – On that endearing rhythm, this song is more like Mikey’s ad jingles and it sounds as pleasing as the jingles do. Anushka has an expertise in these compositions of Mikey and performs excellently. The arrangements are ear-friendly and capable of appealing most.


4. Zara Zara – Singers: Kavita Seth, Vishal Dadlani;  Lyrics: Ankur Tewari – Kavita Seth nails this melody which Mikey has tried to create out of his comfort zone. Vishal gives the apt amount of support to her but Kavita’s vocals easily overpower his dynamic voice. Still, both the singers nicely compliment each other. Violin works here prominently. A lovely composition. #WelcomeSong


An album that patiently delivers relaxing melodies. 

The Final Verdict:  OKAY

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


Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (May 2016)

Singer of the Month (Female): Kavita Seth – Zara Zara (Waiting)

Singer of the Month (Male): Sonu Nigam – Dard (Sarbjit)

Singer Jodi of the Month: Arijit Singh & Antara Mitra – Itni Si Baat Hai (Azhar)

Composer of the Month (Song): Tanishk Bagchi – Allah Hu Allah (Sarbjit)

Lyricist of the Month: Rashmi Virag, Jaani – Dard (Sarbjit)

Composer of the Month (Album): Amaal Mallik, Jeet Gannguli, Tanishk Bagchi, Shail-Pritesh, Shashi-Shivamm – Sarbjit 

Song of the Month: Bol Do Na Zara – Sarbjit (Amaal Mallik, Rashmi Virag)

Album of the Month: Sarbjit – T-Series

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 

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