Ram Sampath Rooted, JAM8 Routined!! (Raees – Music Review)

Rahul Dholakia is returning into mainstream film business after a very long time and so is Ram Sampath. But the makers didn’t seem satisfied with only Ram being on board, so they called Pritam for help. Pritam has provided his and India’s only A&R Jam8, to encourage new talent in music. Under Jam8, Kaushik-Akaash have already delivered few songs in the past. Now the composers under Jam8 have got this grand platform to showcase their talent, and so does Ram Sampath.

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Music Label: Zee Music Company 

1. Laila Main Laila – Singer: Pawni Pandey;  Music: Kalyanji-Anandji  (Recreated by Ram Sampath);  Lyrics: Indeevar  (Additional Lyrics: Javed Akhtar) – With every film, there’s a recreated song from any film that is more than ten years old atleast. Very few of those recreations come out to be really enjoyable and this, by Ram Sampath, comes under that. Pawni Pandey’s exuberant singing adds an appropriate amount of zest to the track. Although she lands up sounding Alisha Chenoy at many places, she manages to pull the song on her own.

2. Zaalima – Singer: Arijit Singh, Harshdeep Kaur;  Music: JAM8;  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya – A song by Pritam’s JAM8 which sounds so much like Pritam himself. The style of composition as well as the arrangements are extremely similar. It has Pritam’s footprints all over. Sunidhi might be a better choice, considering the low pitched singing. Arijit has already sung few of Pritam’s songs that matches the similar style of rhythm and he perfects in this as well. Although this is not one of his best, Amitabh manages to remain stick to the mood and style of the song.

3. Udi Udi Jaye – Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Bhoomi Trivedi, Karsan Sgathia;  Music: Ram Sampath;  Lyrics: Javed Akhtar – The Garba-ish rhythm is excellently placed throughout the song, no matter how predictable it sounds, it sets up the mood right there in the beginning. Sukhwinder’s surplus rendition of do dil ude is one of the attractive elements of the song. Lyrics gets a bit cliched, particularly in the mukhda. Mandolin is well used and so is the vocal interlude of Karsan. A predictable composition with predictable lyrics but few vocal and musical arrangements make it appreciable. 

4. Dhingana – Singer: Mika Singh;  Music: Aheer (JAM8);  Lyrics: Mayur Puri – So the moment it began, I got reminded of so many songs which have this similar style and feel. One of them was Satakli from Happy New Year. The song belongs to that genre which is fine but it lands up offering nothing new or appealing. Aheer, in that sense, fails to create his own individuality. With Mika and Mayur Puri behind him, he couldn’t pull off a great start.  

5. Enu Naam Che Raees – Singers: Ram Sampath, Tarannum Malik;  Music: Ram Sampath;  Lyrics: Ram Sampath, Hiral Brahmbhatt – The song has been made appealing with its percussion and few vocal sounds but that do not help much as it does not have a proper catchy tune that can be followed. When it comes to theme tracks, Ram is excellent, which has already been proven in Talaash and Delhi Belly among many. Here, he gets faded because there is not a single tune able enough to hold attention. Could have been way better. 

6. Saanson Ke – Singer: KK;  Music: Aheer (JAM8);  Lyrics: Manoj Yadav – Aheer who manages to be quite better in his second attempt, creates a romantic number for KK, someone who has been strongly associated with Pritam. KK, with his midas touch, has given this song a much-needed feel which would have not been there otherwise. A nice composition, though Aheer seems to have preferred staying in a safer zone.  

7. Ghammar Ghammar – Singer: Roshan Rathod;  Music: Ram Sampath;  Lyrics: Traditional – A traditional melody that Ram Sampath has creatively produced bringing Roshan Rathod on board who has a perfect voice for handling a song like this. Not much effort has been given in the track it seems, and the controlled effort has worked in favor of the song. Short duration is one such.

The problem with the album is the conflict between Ram Sampath’s script rooted songs and JAM8’s mainstream melodies. 

Worth Listening: Zaalima, Udi Udi Jaye

The Final Verdict:  2.5/5

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Not So Well!! (All Is Well – Music Review)

I always wished that the phrase All Is Well in 3 Idiots should have been the name of the movie but since Rajkumar Hirani didn’t use it as its title, Umesh Shukla gained this opportunity. It’s a family comedy. The music is given by Himesh Reshammiya, Amaal Mallik, Mithoon, Meet Bros Anjjan, Anand Milind.

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Music Label:  T-Series

1. Chaar Shanivaar – Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Armaan Malik, Badshah;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed – Amaal chose the right person to do justice with his composition. Vishal Dadlani is an energy that forces you to leave everything aside and dance. Amaal has done excellent percussions with a very amusingly motivating line by Shabbir Ahmed. For once in my life I liked his writing “hafte mein chaar shanivaar hone chahiye” I guess there’s nobody in this world who won’t agree to it. A fun catchy number! Dance to the fullest! #WelcomeSong

2. Baaton Ko Teri – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Music: Himesh Reshammiya;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed – With the quality of beats and that very familiar sound, you can easily predict it to be a Himesh Reshammiya song. The Reshammiya effect is heard in Arijit’s style of singing too. The song stays to be very ordinary and has not a single impressive element. Extreme ordinariness.

3. Nachan Farrate – Singers: Meet Bros Anjjan, Kanika Kapoor;  Music: Meet Bros Anjjan;  Lyrics: Kumaar – Whatever they have been composing after Baby Doll, although hasn’t been of that level, still the each of the compositions have remained catchy enough to tap your feet or nod your head. Kanika Kapoor is although overused by them, sounds really good in every track. The same repetitive surprisingly stuff still works.

4. Mere Humsafar – Singer: Mithoon, Tulsi Kumar;  Music: Mithoon, Anand Milind;  Lyrics: Amitabh Verma, Majrooh Sultanpuri – The 90s superhit romantic track from Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak has been remade by Mithoon with his cliched digital beats and little bit of Guitar. With Tulsi’s vocals, it becomes very T-Series. Mithoon hasn’t done much with the composition so why not would one prefer listening to the original in the voice of Udit Narayan! Even after being remade, it still sounds 90s.

5. Tu Milade – Singer: Ankit Tiwari;  Music: Himesh Reshammiya;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri – Another track by Himesh is set on the Rock background with unnecessary loudness and the monotonous tune having Ankit Tiwari’s vocals autotuned, doesn’t help Mayur Puri’s lyrics fully flourish. Something to ignore.

6. Yolo – Singer: Sreeraamachaandra;  Music: Himesh Reshammiya;  Lyrics: Kumaar – This is very unlike Himesh Reshammiya as the handling of the techno sounds doesn’t resemble his style in this track. Also, the hook line has a tune very different from what his hook line generally are. But that doesn’t mean that this track is enjoyable. No! Not at all! You only live once. So don’t waste your time listening to it.

Amaal Mallik scores the best, Meet Bros Anjjan has their regular enjoyable stuff but the rest disappoints.

The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM


A Secular Soundtrack!! (Bajrangi Bhaijaan – Music Review)

Kabir Khan is back with Salman Khan again after Ek Tha Tiger and Pritam is back with Kabir Khan again after New York. So, the trio is into the scene for the very first time. As it has Salman Khan so you expect the sundtrack to be out and out commercial. Although it is, most of the songs are able to maintain the class too.

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Music: Pritam;  Music Label: T-Series

1. Selfie Le Le Re – Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Nakash Aziz, Pritam; Rap: Badshah;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri – The techno sound with which it begins, is a delight to hear. The tune is obviously catchy though very ordinary, something which we hear in 90s desi tracks. Arrangements are also surprisingly poor which is a very unexpected element in Pritam’s music. The saving grace is Vishal Dadlani. The effortless singing he has done, made the track sound special. His vocals gave this 90s sounding track a modern flavor. Mayur Puri’s lyrics are just a game of rhymes without yielding much sense. A decent desi track not of the Pritam-standard.

2. Tu Chahiye – Singer: Atif Aslam;  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya – It begins with a Pritam-ish Guitar riff, that you instantly fall in love with. The tune has that recognizable sweetness which you must have heard in many of the romantic tracks of Pritam. What amazes the most in this song is the Sarangi played in the interlude along with the heavy beats already going in the background. The antara makes you remember the similarity it has with the song Kyon from Barfi! The sudden old world charm in this extremely techno fused modern romantic track is a good surprising element. Lovable!

3. Bhar Do Jholi Meri / Bhar Do Jholi Meri (Reprise) – Singer: Adnan Sami, Imran Aziz Mian;  Music: Traditional (Recreated by Pritam);  Lyrics:Traditional (Recreated by Kausar Munir) – You don’t often expect a qawwali in a Salman Khan film so its presence is a surprise itself. Another astonishing fact is the bringing of Adnan Sami on board. Surprisingly, being a pop singer, he managed the song superbly. All the typical Qawwali instruments are used with a very cliche arrangements, ignoring all the experiments that could have been done. The composer has used the traditional qawwali famously rendered by Sabri Brothers. The antara has been changed to some extent but the rest has been kept safe. The Adnan Sami version sounds more filmy, hence more appealing, but for a true qawwali fan, the latter would be more appealing. A decent recreation.

4. Aaj Ki Party – Singer: Mika Singh;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed – Here comes the typical Salman Khan film song with a very ordinary tune, below average lyrics and monotonous beats in the name of arrangements. Since it’s Pritam, it is atleast enjoyable if not creatively good. That dum-dum-dukud-dukud is enough creative stuff for a song like this. Mika is an obvious choice for these kind of tracks though it has now started sounding boring to hear his voice in every desi party track. A pure commercial stuff.

5. Chicken Kuk-Doo-Koo – Singers: Mohit Chauhan, Palak Muchhal;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri – It’s a situational song brilliantly written by Mayur Puri, showing a Hanuman devotee trying to make a Muslim girl happy by serving her Chicken. His writing instantly drives your attention towards the song when you hear lines like thodi biryani bukhaari, thodi fir nalli nihaari, le aao aaj dharam bhrasht ho jaaye. It’s a children song sweetly giving the message of secularism. Pritam has infused funny sounds of Chicken and given the Goanese flavor to the rhythm. Mohit Chauhan has handled the song with much ease, giving apt emphasis on the words that require. Something different yet catchy!

6. Zindagi Kuch Toh Bata / Zindagi Kuch Toh Bata (Reprise) – Singers: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Rekha Bhardwaj / Jubin Nautiyal;  Lyrics: Neelesh Mishra – Did that sound similar? Yes, the second line of mukhda is very much similar to the notes of another Pritam track Good Night from Ferrari Ki Sawaari. Even if that’s repeated, it is such an endearing tune that you yet again fall in love with it. Both the versions are equally good though the original has Rekha along with Rahat which makes it more harmonious. Rekha’s portion is composed with utter subtlety which forces you to give attention to it. Jubin has too done a good job with his Reprise version. Neelesh Mishra’s lyrics about life are equally beautiful. It’s all about that endearing Mukhda. #WelcomeSong

7. Tu Jo Mila / Tu Jo Mila (Dekhna Na Mudke) / Tu Jo Mila (Reprise) – Singer: K.K. / Javed Ali / Papon;  Lyrics: Kausar Munir – Another melodious treat in this album comes in three different versions with three great singers, the one by K.K. being the best as the kind of song it is, seems to have been made just for K.K.’s vocals. The tune makes you remember Pritam’s days of Tum Mile where his melodies were as simple and catchy as it could be. The use of Sitar is an element to notice in this song. Javed Ali too mesmerizes us and Papon does no different in his version which is more melancholic. Still, K.K. wins as the song comes under his comfort zone. A delightful trademark Pritam stuff!

Inspite of being a Salman Khan film album, Pritam manages to retain his class.

The Final Verdict:  OKAY


Sachin-Jigar fly high with Creativity!! (ABCD 2 – Music Review)

ABCD was that very soundtrack with which Sachin-Jigar had flown to another level of creativity. Directed by Remo D’Souza, this film is wholly based on Dance and unlike its first part, it has two star actors Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor.

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Music: Sachin-Jigar;  Music Label: Zee Music Company 

1. Chunar – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri – A dance soundtrack starts from a soulful song rendered efficaciously by none other than Arijit who comfortably draws us into his own zone and helps Sachin-Jigar’s soulful tune sound mesmerizing to ears. Composers have efficiently used the techno sounds built on the background of a raag-inspired tune. The song starts with a beautiful work on Strings, the sound of Electric Sitar follows and mildly develops into a melodious rhythmic flow. How beautifully Mayur Puri describes the motherly love in the line jab jab mujhpe utha sawaal, maayi teri chunariya lehraayi.If one compares all the songs that have been made on central theme as mother, there’s a huge possibility of this song turning out to be the best one till now. Best song on mother till date!! #WelcomeSong

2. Sun Saathiya – Singer: Priya Saraiya, Divya Kumar;  Lyrics: Priya Saraiya – A person with the slightest of musical mind who has watched ABCD, would guess in no time that it was a part of the background score of that film with maximum one minute duration, which Sachin-Jigar now has turned into a full song and that might be the best decision the duo has ever taken in life. It has a fantastic Piano work, second to the one in Thoda Thoda (Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story) and Priya’s marvelous vocals aptly supported by that of Divya Kumar is sheer brilliance. A lovable melody!!

3. Bezubaan Phir Se – Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Anushka Manchanda, Madhav Krishna;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri –Statistics says that remakes are never better than their originals. This old story continues with this track where Sachin-JIgar have utilized all techno sounds possible but failed to create something of that level. Mohit Chauhan’s portion and the rap of the previous Bezubaan were great. Although it doesn’t appeal one to give multiple hearing, still energetic enough to captivate the listener for a long time. The percussion in the ending is a superb stuff, something worth listening to. Fiery!!

4. Happy B’day – Singers: Sachin Sanghvi, Jigar Saraiya, Varun Dhawan, D. Soldierz;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri, D. Soldierz – A very interesting composition on birthday where the composers have come forward on the mic along with the actor. Intriguingly fast beats with an amusing tune that force you to let yourself free and dance. By listening to it for the first time, it seems to be an ordinary track but there’s a lot of experimentation to explore. It’s a typical Sachin-Jigar fun track with excessive programming, so much so that those unreal sounding voices start sounding really good. Enjoyable!!

5. If You Hold My Hand – Singer: Benny Dayal;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri – Here’s a foot-tapping romantic number that makes you bob your head for the catchy tune and jouncing rhythm. Benny Dayal is so perfect for this track that you can’t imagine it in any other voice. Mayur Puri has written it in pure Hinglish i.e one line in Hindi, the other in English which makes it an entirely youthful romantic number. I personally felt that it has an early 2000’s pop flavor that gives a 90’s born guy a slight nostalgic feel too. Delightful!! 

6. Hey Ganaraya – Singer: Divya Kumar;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri – As if Sachin-Jigar were’t contented with two Ganpati songs they already created in ABCD, they have come up yet again with another brilliant creation tactfully handled by Divya Kumar. How swimmingly they have blended pure classical stuff with a typical Gujarati Dhol rhythm! A classically inclined tune, awesome percussion and Mayur Puri’s aptly written lyrics along with a brilliant singing by Divya makes it a worth listen! If you are looking for something creatively brilliantly different, look here! 

7. Happy Hour – Singer: Mika Singh;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri – As it is the introduction song of Prabhu Deva’s character Vishnu sir who is fully drunk, Sachin-Jigar have composed the most apt tune considering a character who is drunk. Mika is good for the track; he justifies that too by his singing. It falls into the zone of Psycho Re a song in ABCD featuring Mika. Sachin-Jigar are expert in playing with techno sounds and they have played well again! Considering the situation, well, commendable!! 

8. Naach Meri Jaan – Singers: Benny Dayal, Shalmali Kholgade, Siddharth Basrur, Rimi Nique;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri, Rimi Nique – Another fun peppy track with less of experimentation which is rare for this album, has a feel-good catchy tune that clearly portrays the fun the characters must be having in this particular situation. Lyrics are very ordinary and nothing extraordinary was needed either. Even after being so much unique and different, Sachin-Jigar still have their Pritam sir left in them. A very Pritam-ish track.

9. Tattoo – Singer: Shefali Alvares;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri – This song sadly falls into the trap of a typical desi masala item number category; atleast by the tune and by the lyrics you can tell that it has actually fallen. But Sachin-Jigar wonderfully saves it by the brilliant programming they have done, turning out to be the best in the form of ay-y-y-y-ay-y-y-y. Unless one doesn’t notice the weird experiments in the programming which are also the part of he interludes, the song doesn’t appeal at all. Programming doesn’t let it becoming ordinary.

10. Vande Mataram – Singers: Daler Mehndi, Tanishka Sanghvi, Badshah, Divya Kumar;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri, Badshah – The longest song of the album and hence without any guesses it is definitely the finale song of the dance competition in the movie. A versatile patriotic song that has singers from classically trained Daler Mehndi to rapper Badshah. Each of them justify their role fruitfully. The coordination between Daler Mehndi and Divya Kumar is endearing. But obviously the best of all turns out to be Sachin’s daughter Tanishka who, with her childlike voice, spreads innocence in the intense patriotic atmosphere. A well-crafted track!

Sachin-Jigar already in their top form, adds another gem to their bucket! 

The Final Verdict:  AGREE


Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (June 2015)

Singer of the Month (Female):  Priya Saraiya – Sun Saathiya (ABCD 2)

Singer of the Month (Male):  Divya Kumar – Hey Ganaraya (ABCD 2)

Singer Jodi of the Month:  Sukriti Kakkar & Siddharth Mahadevan – Pehli Baar (Dil Dhadakne Do)

Composer of the Month (Song):  Sachin-Jigar – Hey Ganaraya (ABCD 2)

Lyricist of the Month:  Mayur Puri – Chunar (ABCD 2)

Composer of the Month (Album):  Sachin-Jigar – ABCD 2

Song of the Month:  Chunar – ABCD 2  (Sachin-Jigar, Mayur Puri)

Album of the Month:  ABCD 2 – Zee Music Company

Sachin-Jigar blasts in their very typical way!! (Entertainment – Music Review)

A very disappointing start of 2014 by Sachin-Jigar with Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania gets overcome very soon with Enertainment. A story about a dog being the only scion of Akshay’s father’s property and how he comically fights for his right. Sajid-Farhad being a renowned writer duo of Bollywood has finally stepped out for direction. Just like they have been entertaining the public with their writing till now, it’s time to get some entertainment from their direction also.Its_Entertainment



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Music: Sachin-Jigar;  Music Label: Tips Music


1. Veerey Di Wedding – Singer: Mika Singh;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri

Starting with a wonderful rhythm, this song gives you the required fun that you need specially in a marriage ceremony. Punjabis would be very happy with this song. On the first listen it sounds very average and doesn’t appeal you to listen more and the reason behind this is Mika. These days he has been signing some ridiculous songs and hence his voice in this song gives the impression of another average song. To make it sound like an innovative track, you have to concentrate on Sachin-Jigar and Mayur Puri. Some excellent dealing with techno sounds that Sachin-Jigar always do and some witty lyrics by Mayur Puri makes this song a fun number. Lyrics can be heard with much difficulty as Mika alway eats away half of the charm in a good lyrics. Some beautiful elements by Sachin-Jigar include “DJ nu bajwa do… bajwa do bajwado wa do..” Would be even better if Sonu Nigam had sung this song. Brilliant work by Sachin-Jigar!


2. Tera Naam Doon – Singers: Atif Aslam, Shalmali Kholgade;  Lyrics: Priya Panchal

Priya had improved herself as a lyricist from Man Basiyo Saawariyo of ABCD – Any Body Can Dance. Now she has a strong hold on what she has to say. This time she has brought a beautiful concept which is though not very new but still has a freshness in it. The concept of blaming your beloved with love here implies Main keh doon sabhi ko ki tera hi hai asar, puche jo koi toh tera naam doon. Sachin-Jigar in their very typical mood, has arranged an engaging rhythm along with Atif and Shalmali making a decent jodi. Atif, inspite of being a little auto tuned, sounds really awesome. A flute-like sound has a damn good melody that helps the listeners to explore the beauty of this song. Good conceptual lyrics and a crooning tune. 


3. Johnny Johnny – Singers: Priya Panchal, Madhav Krishna, Jigar Saraiya;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri

Thanks to Mayur Puri for introducing a refreshing modern Johny Johny with an extra ‘n’. Whatever Sajid-Farhad had briefed them, I am sure they have made something better. It’s an innovative composition which again is highly relied on techno sounds. The computerized child-like sound which answers haan ji! na ji!, has been designed in a very humorous way. The highlight, the attraction, the pleasure lies in Priya’s singing style No no no maine pee nahi hai. Haan ji mainu pila di gayi hai! The way she has sung this line has actually made this song a worth listen. The tune is damn addictive and the fun in the lyrics is amazing. Sachin-Jigar have laid too much of auto tuning in the line sunta nahi baap ki, aadataein kharab ki. No doubt they are excellent in using techno sounds but they should avoid such heavy use of auto tuning. Fun, catchy and innovative song by Sachin-Jigar and Hat’s off to Mayur Puri. #WelcomeSong


4. Teri Mahima Aprampaar – Singers: Anushka Manchanda, Udit Narayan;  Lyrics: Ashish Pandit

After three awesome tracks, comes a track which unfortunately lowers the level of the album. Having a veteran like Udit Narayan deserves only a one time listen partially because of a week tune and partially because of uninteresting lyrics. The English lyrics sung by Udit Narayan sounds too dramatic and very absurd. Not even any special techno beats this time and hence it becomes the weakest track of the album. After listening to this song, you might wonder what the hell happened to Sachin-Jigar after three innovative compositions. Disappointing!


5. Nahin Woh Saamne – Singer: Atif Aslam;  Lyrics: Priya Panchal

It’s a kind of a Reprise version of Tera Naam Doon. In the original track, there are beats along with many instruments that have helped hiding Atif’s faulty singing. Now here it’s not hidden. He is clearly tuneless at the “main kaise” point. Generally you don’t expect to hear a tuneless singing as the songs recording has been done with so much of clarity. So even the machines couldn’t hide the fact that he can’t sing. Nevertheless, Priya’s lyrics again spread a nice impact. The whole song has been done on acoustics and the duration is too short to judge much. Tuneless singing by Atif and perfect lyrics by Priya.


Entertainment – Sachin-Jigar, Mayur Puri and Priya have clearly justified the title Entertainment. Barring Teri Mahima Aprampaar, all the three songs provide a complete full-fledged entertainment. Sachin-Jigar have rocked with their regulars Mayur Puri and Priya Panchal.


The Final Verdict:  OKAY



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“Dil mein bhi nahi aata aur Samajh mein bhi nahi”!! (Kick – Music Review)

What do you expect from the songs of a Salman Khan movie? At least two tapori songs, one extra breezy romantic song and a nautanki song where the lyricist goes mad writing nonsense lyrics and the choreographer loses its originality and lets Salman be the choreographer. But one doesn’t expect three songs sung by Salman Khan himself. Two songs are by Himesh Reshammiya, one by Meet Bros Anjjan and one by Yo Yo Honey Singh.Kick_poster



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Music Label:  T Series


1. Jumme Ki Raat (Version 1) / Jumme Ki Raat (Version 2) – Singers: Mika Singh, Palak Muchhal / Salman Khan, Palak Muchhal;  Music: Himesh Reshammiya;  Lyrics: Kumaar, Shabbir Ahmed

This is one of those songs which gets a “hit” tag instantly and the listeners forget it probably after a month. A version sung by Mika would not impress you much and the other by Salman Khan would irritate you much. Palak has an avoidable role as she just has to always be fake Shreya Ghoshal and sing with a voice as thin as she can make it. Tune by Himesh although not very impressive, is quite engaging. Himesh has kept same arrangements in both the versions just having a difference in the starting. The Horns in Mika’s version has a more classy texture while in Salman’s version, it begins abruptly with more than enough energy. Two lyricists were needed for writing this song. This is quite an amazing joke of this year. According to rumors Shabbir Ahmed wasn’t able to write the song after the mukhda so Kumaar came on board and wrote the rest of the song. This rumor can easily be believed by seeing Shabbir Ahmed’s previous performances. Not for class, not for mass, only for wedding and only for a month or two.


2. Hangover – Singers: Salman Khan, Meet Bros Anjjan, Shreya Ghoshal;  Music: Meet Bros Anjjan;  Lyrics: Kumaar

Surprisingly, Salman’s vocals are sounding very decent in this track. Thanks to Meet Bros Anjjan for that. You can call his voice a distorted sound of Mohit Chauhan’s voice. The composers seem to have done a good amount of work with Salman’s vocals to make it sound comfortable with Shreya Ghoshal. They have done a good use of Violin and the style of Piano is very much similar to that of Himesh Reshammiya. Also, the song is a bit long. It could have been much shorter. The line dil se kabhi na utre is the best in the song. The only thing that is not workable is Kumaar’s forcefully written lyrics. The word Hangover clearly seems to be added without any sense. A good decent romantic track spoiled by the title of the song “Hangover”.


3. Tu Hi Tu (Version 1) / Tu Hi Tu (Reprise) / Tu Hi Tu (Version 2) – Singer: Mohd. Irfan / Neeti Mohan / Salman Khan;  Music: Himesh Reshammiya;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri

The first version by Mohd. Irfan is ofcourse good because the song is really beautiful. Raaste har jagah sirf tera pata sounds really awesome. It’s a soothing romantic song with a typical Himesh Piano along with the melodious Violin. Somehow Mohd. Irfan’s voice didn’t sound crystal clear this time. However Neeti Mohan in the Reprise version also held the song very well with obviously in a different scale. Lyrics by Mayur Puri is the highlight of this song. The way he has laid the words on Himesh’s tune is damn perfect. Lyrics in antara are also composition oriented and likable. Salman Khan somehow didn’t sound as good as he did in Hangover. Salman makes this composition a little staid so avoid Salman’s version and you are left with the other two.


4. Yaar Naa Miley – Singers: Yo Yo Honey Singh, Jasmine Sandlas;  Music: Yo Yo Honey Singh;  Lyrics: Yo Yo Honey Singh, Jasmine Sandlas

Honey Singh should stop his discoveries of finding new singers. Whoever this Jasmine Sandlas is, she is simply pathetic. The composition gets included in the list of worst songs by Honey Singh. This singer makes it even worse. Honey Singh has also given her the lead role and kept satisfied himself with the rap. If not tune, beats are always a speciality in a Honey Singh song but it is the first time that his song has disappointed in this department also. One of the worst songs of Yo Yo Honey Singh. 


5. Hai Yehi Zindagi (Version 1) / Hai Yehi Zindagi (Version 2) – Singer: Salman Khan / Mohd. Irfan;  Music: Meet Bros Anjjan;  Lyrics: Kumaar

You can call this a sad version of Hangover as similar traits can be found here specially the line Hangover sung by Shreya Ghoshal. Although there are two version among which one of them is by Salman, you won’t be able to crack much difference in the singing of both the versions. Salman’s voice has strictly been auto tuned. Mohd. Irfan is very much in his original form and sounded quite decent in this beautiful composition by Meet Bros Anjjan. They have used Violin in almost the whole song and style is very much similar to that of Hangover. Kumaar has also written it nicely. Rhythm is beautifully soothing. Definitely the #WelcomeSong.


Kick – This album is filled with numerous versions having just four songs among which three have been sung by Salman Khan himself. His voice in two of them have sounded bad but the one by Meet Bros Anjjan has surprisingly sounded very decent. Overall, Mayur Puri gave the best performance in the whole album as he got just one song to write and he wrote it excellently. No wonder these are Salman Khan film’s songs. Cheap (Jumme Ki Raat), Nonsense (Hangover) and Pathetic (Yaar Naa Miley) but responsibly saved by Himesh Reshammiya’s Tu Hi Tu and Meet Bros Anjjan’s Hai Yehi Zindagi. Better than recent Salman’s film’s albums. 


The Final Verdict:  OKAY



Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards  (July 2014)


Singer of the Month (Female):  Shweta Pandit – Beqasoor (Lekar Hum Deewana Dil)

Singer of the Month (Male):  Papon – Tu (Bobby Jasoos)

Singer Jodi of the Month:  Nakash Aziz & Shweta Pandit – Beqasoor (Lekar Hum Deewana Dil)

Composer of the Month (Song):  AR Rahman – Beqasoor (Lekar Hum Deewana Dil) & Shantanu Moitra – Tu (Bobby Jasoos)

Lyricist of the Month:  Amitabh Bhattacharya – Maloom (Lekar Hum Deewana Dil)

Composer of the Month (Album):  AR Rahman – Lekar Hum Deewana Dil

Song of the Month:  Samjhawan – Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania  (Sharib-Toshi, Jawad Ahmed, Kumaar, Ahmad Anees)

Album of the Month:  Lekar Hum Deewana Dil (Eros Music)


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HR missed the chance!! (Humshakals – Music Review)

The Xpose in which Himesh Reshammiya acted and gave music, satisfied us with its music inspite of few annoying elements. Since his first film this year performed well, expectations increased. Many were waiting for the collaboration of Sajid Khan and Himesh Reshammiya. People started waiting more when Sajid Khan said in an interview that “Himesh Reshammiya is the fourth hero of the film as he has provided awesome music.” Now, the thing is to check to what extent was Sajid Khan right.Humshakals_poster



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Music: Himesh Reshammiya;  Music Label: Sony Music / Zee Music Company


1. Caller Tune – Singers: Neeraj Shridhar, Neeti Mohan;  Lyrics: Sameer

This was the first song that released and withing days it climbed the charts. There’s Himesh’s sound and Sajid Khan’s style and both are blended for good. Neeraj Shridhar has a must song for Sajid Khan’s films. He performed amazingly just like he did in his previous films. The tune is damn catchy and it is loved for the variation that happens in tu mera hai nasha, tu mera hai junoon. Even if the song is getting hit, its lyrics are simply nonsense. Himesh Reshammiya always misuses Neeti Mohan’s vocals like he did for The Xpose. All the entertainment is right here!


2. Piya Ke Bazaar – Singers: Himesh Reshammiya, Shalmali Kholgade, Palak Muchhal;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed

                 This song defines the mujra feel quite well as Himesh has composed a justifying tune. Although the basic tune is melodious and catchy, the yelping tune in the starting is awful. The combination of Palak and Shalmali sounds really good. The portion given to Shalmali is the limelight of the song. The arrangements are authentic and Himesh’s singing is also likable. The culprit is just Shabbir Ahmed. It’s not very surprising because you can’t expect any better lyrics from him. Satisfactory, considering the level of Himesh and Shabbir Ahmed.


3. Just Look Into My Eyes – Singers: Ash King, Neeti Mohan;  Lyrics: Sameer

Himesh Reshammiya’s club songs have always been very different from that of other composers. To make it easier, Jhalak Dikhlaja was also a club song. The starting techno tune is damn catchy. Ash King is a perfect choice for this track as it has many English phrases in between which sound perfect in his voice. I guess, Himesh has some enmity in his mind for Neeti Mohan. Again, she has been given a very neglected portion of the song. It has few different arrangement styles but the composition is too average to praise. Not so great but atleast different from regular club songs.


4. Barbaad Raat – Singers: Sanam Puri, Shalmali Kholgade;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri

This is a song which could have been really awesome. Sanam Puri and Shalmali together have rocked it. Mukhda is truly lovable but only till hona jaaye barbaad teri meri raat. After that, Himesh has completely spoiled the song by making that weird sound as if someone is brushing his teeth. The use of the word “baby” is too much which is sounding odd. Otherwise, the lyrics are pretty good. The beats are foot tapping and very different from the style of Himesh. A song which could have been damn addictive.


5. Hum Pagal Nahin Hai – Singer: Himesh Reshammiya;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri

Himesh Reshammiya rocked this by his singing but fails to compose an attractive tune. A beautiful catchy tune could have been composed on this amazing lyrics of Mayur Puri. The rhythm is well made but arrangements could have been more improvised. Basically, it’s a typical Sajid Khan song made full of nonsense humor. I guess, this pagal nahin hai phrase would be suggested by Sajid Khan only. The stuttering by Himesh in the end sounds nice. If you love Sajid Khan’s nonsense, it’s a treat for you!


6. Khol De Dil Ki Khidki – Singers: Mika Singh, Palak Muchhal;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed

The song starts with Banjo after which follows Jaws Harp for the comical gesture. In terms of Sajid Khan’s films, Himesh Reshammiya fails as the songs of the similar situation created by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Sajid-Wajid were far better. Also, I wonder how much the directors influence in the sound of music. The sound which comes after khol de dil ka door is so similar to the sound used in Papa Toh Band Bajayein. Shabbir Ahmed’s lyrics are just too annoying to say anything. It is good that HR didn’t take Shreya and satisfied himself with Palak only. No need to give time for it.


Humshakals: It’s not good when you hear that Caller Tune turns out to be the best track of the album. It’s a soundtrack that had all the traits of being awesome but sadly, Himesh Reshammiya didn’t utilize this brilliant opportunity. 


The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM



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