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



Rom Rom Pathetic!! (Mastizaade – Music Review)

Writer Milap Milan Zaveri turns director with this sex comedy starring Tushar Kapoor, Vir Das and Sunny Leone. The music is given by Meet Bros Anjjan, Amaal Mallik and Anand Raj Anand.

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Music Label: T-Series

1. Rom Rom Romantic – Singers: Mika Singh, Armaan Malik; Music: Amaal Mallik; Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – The song with a light humor sounds quite innocent considering that it belongs to a sex comedy which is quite an impressive thing for Amaal as well as Manoj Muntashir. Mika sings in his usual way though he made most of the words audible this time. Amaal has tried giving it a Tu Mere Agal Bagal Hai feel and he succeeds too to a certain extent. Surprisingly, a feel good (instead of naughty) song.

2. Hor Nach – Singers: Ritu Pathak, Meet Bros Anjjan; Music: Meet Bros Anjjan; Lyrics: Kumaar – This one comes from Meet Bros Anjjan factory. A very avoidable song as hardly anything can be found to be attractive. Lazy writing, lack of a captivating tune, and very unappealing singing. Forgetful.

3. Dekhega Raja – Singers: Nakash Aziz, Neha Kakkar; Music: Anand Raj Anand;  Lyrics: Anand Raj Anand – Slightly better than the previous one in terms of a catchy tune but worse in terms of lyrics. Very appropriately sung by Neha and Nakash I must say considering the mood of the song. But…… Horrible song by the way!

4. Mastizaade – Singers: Meet Bros Anjjan; Music: Meet Bros Anjjan; Lyrics: Kumaar – Deliberately trying to be funny and miserably failing in that job. A title track that describes about masti quite awfully with again a very avoidable work from the music trio. A time-pass song which you must not pass your time with.

5. Kamina Hai Dil – Singers: Benny Dayal, Meet Bros Anjjan; Music: Meet Bros Anjjan; Lyrics: Kumaar – Pity on Benny Dayal for getting to sing this horrendous song which has elements like uaa uaa ouch aaja on my couch in its hook line. If there’s anything to listen here, it’s Benny Dayal’s voice but only to a certain limit. Here’s yet another miserable product from Meet Bros Anjjan.

An extremely unpleasant, horrifying, terrible soundtrack where Amaal Mallik seems to be the only saving grace.

The Final Verdict:  DISAGREE




A dull production!! (Calendar Girls – Music Review)

Madhur Bhandarkar is back again with a similar kind of sensuous film social issue. His attempt of a romantic comedy had miserably failed which gave birth to Heroine and now Calendar Girls. Unlike Fashion and Heroine, Salim-Sulaiman are not there even after delivering excellent soundtracks in both, one wonders why. The responsibility of music has been given to a younger lot, Meet Bros Anjjan and Amaal Mallik.

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Lyrics: Kumaar;  Music Label: T-Series

1. Awesome Mora Mahiya – Singers: Khushboo Grewal, Meet Bros Anjjan;  Music: Meet Bros Anjjan – It is indeed a catchy number but definitely not a lovable one. Composers have attempted to keep it engaging but on that account, they fail miserably. It sounds like just any other party song that you easily ignore and walk away. Khushboo’s singing seems too much forced making it sounding unauthentic. And anyway, after the mukhda, the song gets too boring!

2. We Will Rock The World – Singers: Neha Kakkar, Meet Bros Anjjan; Additional Vocals: Khushboo Grewal;  Music: Meet Bros Anjjan – Now, this is even more dull, more boring. The good thing is that it has a different sound texture than most of the Meet Bros Anjjan songs have. Antara has been composed well but the hook line is an utter failure. Neha Kakkar too fails to give her spark to this track. A slightly different attempt though not an impressive one.

3. Khwaishein (Rock Version) / Khwaishein (Film Version) – Singers: Arijit Singh, Armaan Malik / Armaan Malik;  Music: Amaal Mallik – This reminds me of Khwaishein from Heroine which was a gem by Salim-Sulaiman and Amitabh Bhattacharya. This, in particular, is a real good attempt by Amaal of creating Bhatt-sounding composition. Film version is basically the unplugged version which sounds really soothing in Armaan’s voice. The Rock version has Arijit singing fabulously but making the composition more Bhatt-like and less Amaal-like. A soulful track indeed! #WelcomeSong

4. Shaadi Wali Night – Singer: Aditi Singh Sharma;  Music: Amaal Mallik – Nothing interesting can be found in this track. Aditi doesn’t seem to be in the right form, Amaal has kept the arrangements too ordinary to gain interest in this extremely ordinary composition to which Kumaar writes the most ordinary lines possible. Disappointing!

In this latest Madhur Bhandarkar film album, Salim-Sulaiman’s melodies are badly missed!

The Final Verdict: NOT A PROBLEM


Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (September 2015)

Singer of the Month (Female):  Sayani Palit – Ove Janiya (Katti Batti)

Singer of the Month (Male):  Mohan Kanan – Ove Janiya (Katti Batti)

Singer Jodi of the Month:  Ritu Pathak & Nikhil D’Souza – Lip To Lip (Katti Batti)

Composer of the Month (Song): Amaal Mallik – O Khuda (Hero)

Lyricist of the Month:  Kumaar – Sau Aasoon (Katti Batti)

Composer of the Month (Album):  Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy – Katti Batti

Song of the Month:  Main Hoon Hero Tera – Hero (Amaal Mallik. Kumaar)

Album of the Month: Katti Batti – Zee Music Company

Decent!! (Hero – Music Review)

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

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Music Label: T-Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Final Verdict:  OKAY


Do Not Welcome!! (Welcome Back – Music Review)

Anees Bazmee is back after years with Welcome Back, a sequel to his superhit Welcome which is still one of the most loved films in satellite television. The music has been given by Anu Malik, Meet Bros Anjjan, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Siddhant Madhav, Mika Singh, Music Mg.. and theme music give by Abhishek Ray.

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Lyrics: Kumaar;  Music Label – T-Series

1. Tuti Bole Wedding Di – Singers: Meet Bros Anjjan, Shipra Goyal;  Music: Meet Bros Anjjan – First coming up among the lot are Meet Bros Anjjan who have been given to create a wedding track with a Punjabi comic flavor in it which they are quite expert in making. It is good to hear a non-Kanika Kapoor singer in their dance track aptly justified by Shipra who has sung along with the trio who has primarily used lot of loud Horns to justify it as the wedding track. It is definitely catchy but with an extremely low shelf life. Won’t last on dance floors more than a month.

2. 20-20 – Singers: Anu Malik, Shadaab, Mamta Sharma;  Music: Anu Malik – I don’t need to write much about it. Just listen yourself and get to know the height of cheapness in the lyrics. Kumaar has this attitude of going extremely classy to the extremity of cheapness when he is told to. So the lyrics goes like this main bubbly hui, tu bunty hua, band kamre mein 20-20 hua. The lyrics when undergoes through the vocals of Mamta Sharma which are supported by the vocals of Anu Malik, you can imagine what immense horribleness it must have created. If you are brave enough to tolerate…

3. Welcome Back – Title Track – Singers: Mika Singh, Geeta Jhala, Music Mg..;  Music: Mika Singh, Music Mg.. – Mika has sung as well as composed the track along with “Music Mg..”. One wonders who the hell is he, a person, a band, or a machine and why it has two dots after Mg? Anyway, the song is and had to be typical Mika track which has no relation with the title track of the first installment. The line Welcome welcome is just forcefully infused in order to call it a title track. It still somehow manages to impress enough to deserve atleast a listen.

4. Meet Me Daily Baby – Singer: Siddhant Madhav, Pawni A Pandey, Hyasinth D’Souza;  Music: Siddhant Madhav – A newcomer has come to the rescue to this sinking soundtrack of the sequel but he too gets mingled in this nuisance that is existing in the album. Pawni surprises with the sudden maturity in her vocals. Siddhant too impresses with his vocals and surprisingly Hyasinth who is basically a song programmer, has given his contribution in the vocals too. Siddhant could have made it a more entertaining and enjoyable track but loses the opportunity. 

5. Time Lagaye Kaiko – Singers: John Abraham, Anmol Malik;  Music: Anu Malik – Actually the tune is not and would not have sounded so bad if the singers and the lyrics were better. John’s autotuned voice is horrible and Anmol’s original voice is no less either. Kumaar’s idea of using the suffix ko in each word to give the song the Mumbaiyaa touch is terrible. I would recommend it to experience something horrible like this in your life.

6. Nas Nas Mein – Singers: Meet Bros Anjjan, Shabab Sabri, Rani Hazarika, Deane Sequeira;  Music: Meet Bros Anjjan – Certainly better than some previous songs that we just heard but certainly not of the level of Meet Bros Anjjan. Shabab’s vocals are the only impacting thing in the song along with some strong beats that make the song appear to sound good but in actuality, it has a very weak tune with lyrics that do not make much sense. It can easily be skipped. 

7. Damaa Dam Mast Kalandar (Traditional) – Singers: Mika Singh, Yo Yo Honey Singh;  Music: Mika Singh, Yo Yo Honey Singh – Mika has impressively used the traditional melody and made it his own. He has sung and composed equally well by using some wonderful percussion and along with that, well-utilized techno sounds. This song sounds really good in Mika’s vocals. What else can we expect from Yo Yo Honey Singh than delivering a rap, an extremely boring rap this time, not even a proper one. Mika owns the song, and wonderfully! This is the saving grace for the soundtrack. #WelcomeSong.

8. Welcome Back – Theme – Singer: Abhishek Ray;  Music: Abhishek Ray – The theme track that mainly introduces what actually is in the film, the character sketches and the elements that you would come across. It’s a nice attempt but turns dull very soon. Abhishek neither impresses with his vocals nor with his composition. Boring!

One of the most disappointing soundtracks of this year. You better not welcome it!

The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM



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


Efforts of Carelessness!! (Dharam Sankat Mein – Music Review)

It seems that making films on religion is becoming a fashion. After Oh My God and PK, here’s another satire on religion. It has been directed by a first-time director Fuwad Khan (not to be confused with the actor Fawad Khan). Three composers have been roped in namely, Sachin Gupta, Meet Bros Anjjan and Jatinder Shah, Shamir Tandon.

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Lyrics: Kumaar;  Music Label: Zee Music Company

1. Tu Takke Tu – Singers: Gippy Grewal, Khushboo Grewal;  Music: Meet Bros Anjjan – A decently composed catchy Punjabi track which one can easily attempt to listen yet nothing innovative or novel. Gippy’s vocals create some impact but because of the heard-before feeling for the composition, one cannot praise and enjoy it much. Very typical!

2. Shiv Tandav – Singer: Aman Trikha;  Music: Shamir Tandon – This is not a song but simply pronouncing religious chants which has been left untouched by any kind of techno sound or instrument except a Tanpura. And this effort is very appreciable as it is difficult these days to resist yourself from using any techno sound. A very good attempt!

3. Neelanand – Singer: Ravi Chowdhary;  Music: Sachin Gupta – A song portrayed on the character played by Naseeruddin Shah is a satire on his character and all those babas whom he is representing. Aptly supported by Manjeera as it is a spoof of devotional songs, Guitars are intelligently used too. Arrangement is fab with good management of chorus. Not worth listening though a good attempt.

4. Allah Hoo (Ravi Chowdhary Version) / Allah Hoo (Pardeep Sran Version) – Singer: Ravi Chowdhary / Pardeep Sran;  Music: Sachin Gupta – Sachin’s composition is lovable. It’s really beautiful and has that divine touch that is needed for these kind of songs. The song won’t appeal to mass though as few people have the patience to sit and listen carefully. Lyrics are beautifully written by Kumaar. It’s hard to compare both the versions. Both are equally good and have their own qualities though I found some flaws in Ravi’s singing. Worth listening! #WelcomeSong

5. Do You Know Baby – Singer: Gippy Grewal;  Music: Jatinder Shah – Jatinder Shah with a boring typical Punjabi track has come up, along with Gippy who sounds annoying unlike in the first track of the album. The song has been poorly programmed and what is most disgusting is the lyrics which are actually not making any sense of what the lyricist want to say or write. An extremely disappointing attempt by Jatinder Shah.

Sachin Gupta scores good with one track, the rest is vague efforts by the composers.

The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM