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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Only 50% Jolly!! (Jolly LLB 2 – Music Review)

Subhash Kapoor has planned to take forward his mildly successful franchise Jolly LLB with a sequel with Akshay Kumar replacing Arshad Warsi. Unlike the previous one which had Krsna, the sequel has multi-composers consisting of Manj Musik, Meet Bros, Chirantan Bhatt and Vishal Khurana.

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Music Label: T-Series


1. Go Pagal – Singers: Raftaar, Nindy Kaur (Additional Vocals: Girish Nakod, Manj Musik);  Music: Manj Musik (Co-Composer: Nilesh Patil);  Lyrics: Manj Musik, Raftaar – The song so rightly justifies the title or infact the whole lyrics. It’s literally nonsense. Raftaar tries hard and Nindy is avoidable. The only good element in this song is Dholak which gives some sense that it’s a Holi song. Apart from that, the song has nothing to offer. Ingnore!


2. Bawara Mann – Singers: Jubin Nautiyal, Neeti Mohan;  Music: Chirantan Bhatt;  Lyrics: Junaid Wasi – What a relief of sanity with a Chirantan Bhatt melody that soothes you within seconds. It has really simplistic notes that fluidly carries the song. Jubin sounds good though I was expecting Arijit for this. Neeti should have got more portion to sing. Junaid’s lyrics does complete justice to the mood.


3. Jolly Good Fellow – Singers: Meet Bros (Additional Vocals: Purnima Solanki, Sanchiti Sakat; Rap: Shabbir Ahmed; English Rap: Earl Edgar);  Music: Meet Bros;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed –  After a romantic relief, comes another wannabe-humorous track that totally survives on the ready-made nursery rhyme of the same name. Besides those catchy notes of the nursery rhyme, not even a single moment is tolerable enough. Shabbir Ahmed’s rap is horrible and Earl Edgar is definitely avoidable. Yawn!


4. O Re Ranreza (Qawaali) – Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Murtza Mustafa, Qadir Mustafa;  Music: Vishal Khurana;  Lyrics: Junaid Wasi – Composing a qawaali is difficult, though it’s disappointing to hear that Vishal, who amazed us in Neerja, didn’t actually take the effort of making it sound different. It has elements you must have heard in almost every filmy qawaali – the music and the vocal arrangements, the lyrics, and the instrumentation. Sukhwinder with Mustafa brothers have really managed to engage by their effective vocals. The way Sukhwinder ends, is the real treat for the listener.


Two worked, two failed, in this album of four songs.  

Worth Listening:  Bawara Mann, O Re Rangreza (Qawaali)

The Final Verdict: 2/5


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A Decent Attempt!! (Baaghi – Music Review)

The Heropanti team is back replacing Kriti Sanon with Shraddha Kapoor in the lead role. The music is given by Amaal Mallik, Manj Musik, Meet Bros and Ankit Tiwari.

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Music Label: T-Series


1. Sab Tera – Singers: Armaan Malik, Shraddha Kapoor;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Sanjeev Chaturvedi – The song is unique in the sense that barring the title words Sab Tera, everything in the song is good. The line Sab Tera gets really planer and dull. The rest of song including the mukhda, both the antaras, interludes as well as arrangements are highly impressive. Shraddha shows her immense potential as a singer and is syncing admirably with Armaan. A lovely track, barring the hook line. 


2. Let’s Talk About Love – Singers: Raftaar, Neha Kakkar, Manj Musik;  Music: Manj Musik;  Lyrics: Raftaar, Sabbir Khan – Manj Musik terribly lowers whatever his standard used to be. The composition is so monotonous that one really craves for atleast some variation to witness. Lyrics is completely absurd and extremely poor and much the same goes with the composition.


3. Cham Cham – Singers: Monali Thakur, Meet Bros;  Music: Meet Bros;  Lyrics: Kumaar – The song suffers the similar issue to that of Sab Tera. Except the line Cham Cham, everything in the song is really impressive, handled by Monali Thakur so adorably. The hook line could have been improvised. The mukhda and the antara both are catchy enough to hold your attention. Monali’s vocals work as icing on the cake. 


4. Agar Tu Hota – Singer: Ankit Tiwari;  Music: Tiwari;  Lyrics: Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay – The best thing Ankit can do to make his song sound different from one another is by using different singers and avoiding singing himself. It completely fails to impact as it sounds just like any of his past songs. By the arrival of the first antara, one starts losing interest, something which Ankit Tiwari now seriously need to look at.


5. Girl I Need You – Singers: Arijit Singh, Khushboo Grewal, Meet Bros (Rap: Roch Killa);  Music: Meet Bros;  Lyrics: Kumaar – Now, this is something a music lover really wishes for. A lovely experiment by Meet Bros on a very romantic track infusing the rap and the hook line in Western style with the support of Tabla. Arijit sounds phenomenal and Khushboo is impressive throughout. Meet Bros show their versatility befriending the ears. #WelcomeSong


The soundtrack gets rich by Amaal Mallik, richer by Meet Bros. 


The Final Verdict:  OKAY

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


Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (April 2016)

Singer of the Month (Female):  Monali Thakur – Cham Cham (Baaghi)

Singer of the Month (Male):  Mukhtiyar Ali – Aye Khuda (Laal Rang)

Singer Jodi of the Month:  Armaan Malik & Shraddha Kapoor – Sab Tera (Baaghi)

Composer of the Month (Song):  Mathias Duplessy – Aye Khuda (Laal Rang)

Lyricist of the Month:  Sayeed Quadri – Ji Huzoori (Ki & Ka)

Composer of the Month (Album):  Rohan & Vinayak – Nil Battey Sannata 

Song of the Month:  Ji Huzoori – Ki & Ka (Mithoon, Sayeed Quadri)

Album of the Month: Baaghi – T-Series

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

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

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Music Label: T-Series


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


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


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


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


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


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


Jeet Gannguli tunes his experience. 


The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM

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

The One-Song Solution!! (Ki & Ka – Music Review)

Balki has come up with an extremely interesting subject this time, with the tagline being Streeling, Pulling, Samething, starring Arjun Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor in lead roles. Also, Balki has gone multi-composer this time having Mithoon and Meet Bros along with Illayaraja.

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1. High Heels Te Nachche – Singer: Jaz Dhami, Aditi Singh Sharma;  Music: Yo Yo Honey Singh (Recreated by Meet Bros);  Lyrics: Kumaar (Rap: Yo Yo Honey Singh) – The superhit Honey Singh track has been recreated having Aditi as an additional voice and Kumaar’s added lines. The song neither sounds elevated nor degraded. It rather has a mixed flavor having the rap as the prominent element like it always has been. Hardly any change in quality, remains just like the original making the point of remaking it pointless. 


2. Ji Huzoori – Singer: Mithoon, Deepali (Backing Vocals: Arun Daga);  Music: Mithoon;  Lyrics: Sayeed Quadri – Mithoon after a very long time is heard with his original sound, something which he is known for. The arrangements are vintage Mithoon-ish, not just having digital beats which his songs usually have lately. But the lyrics is something to actually look out for in this song. This is one of the best songs by Sayeed Quadri, disregarding all the weird theories of love in Bollywood songs. It’s worth mentioning. Meri har khushi mein toh teri khushi, mohobbat mein aisa zaroori nahi, tu milna chaahe na mil sakun main, na milna mera koi doori nahi, mohobbat hai yeh, ji huzoori nahiOne of the most sensible songs in recent times. #WelcomeSong


3. Most Wanted Munda / Kabir Most Wanted Munda – Singers: Meet Bros / Meet Bros, Palak Muchhal;  Music: Meet Bros;  Lyrics: Kumaar – This is such a song that after listening, one wonders why did Balki approve it. It’s such an ordinary track from Meet Bros, something of a kind which one must have heard so many times before. It’s hard to find any difference in both the versions because there is none. Ridiculously catchy. 


4. Foolishq – Singers: Shreya Ghoshal, Armaan Malik;  Music: Illaiyaraja;  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya – Absurd lyrics, extremely ordinary composition, and not-much-to-do-about singing. It was not at all expected from Illaiyaraja, and definitely not expected from Amitabh to write such avoidable lyrics. The composition is so flat, unappealing and dull that it leaves not much option but to skip. 


5. Pump It (The Workout Song) – Singers: Yash Narvekar, Meet Bros;  Music: Meet Bros;  Lyrics: Kumaar – Another passable track by Meet Bros who do not at all seem to be in form, delivering tunes which are so unappealing and avoidable. Yash doesn’t help the song with his vocals neither does Kumaar with his lyrics. Avoid


 

This album with unappealing compositions and absurd lyrics has Mithoon – Sayeed Quadri song being the only exception.


The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM 

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

 

 

Partially Impressive!! (Hate Story 3 – Music Review)

 

The makers are back with the third installment of Hate Story franchise with more erotic content starring Sharman Joshi, Zarine Khan, Daisy Shah and Karan Singh Grover. The film is directed by Vishal Pandya and the music is given by Amaal Mallik, Meet Bros and a newcomer Baman.

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Music Label: T-Series


1. Tumhe Apna Banane Ka – Singer: Armaan Malik, Neeti Mohan;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Rashmi Virag – Amaal has well-utilized the remake of this song from Sadak according to the mood of the film which is sensuously sexy. Using the most apt instrument Saxophone, he has given the required romantic feel to the song. Armaan on the mic is superb, doing what Arijit generally does with his smooth vocals adding more to the romantic flavor along with Neeti who has done pretty decent job. One of the best remakes in recent past. #WelcomeSong


2. Tu Isaq Mera – Singers: Neha Kakkar, Meet Bros (Rap by Earl Edgar);  Music: Meet Bros;  Lyrics: Kumaar – Neha Kakkar just nailed this one! She was expected to that. Meet Bros with yet another catchy composition made it worthwhile to listen. They did what the song needed. The beats, the rap, the vocal texture of Neha and the techno tune, all go in favor of the mood and requirement of the song. Pretty enjoyable. 


3. Wajah Tum Ho – Singer: Armaan Malik;  Music: Baman;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – So, this newcomer Baman has tried being impressive but fails miserably. The song quite boring while Armaan’s vocals help a bit to save some interest of the listener but the long duration reduces his efforts. Go for the video instead, that is interesting for sure 😉


4. Neendein Khul Jaati Hain – Singers: Mika Singh, Kanika Kapoor, Meet Bros;  Music: Meet Bros;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed – This lonely dance track has Mika Singh singing the catchy lines of mukhda while Kanika is in her worst form. The way her vocals are programmed (intentionally, I guess) sounds so annoying that it doesn’t feel right to listen to the whole track. Shabbir Ahmed’s lyrics as usual need no words of praise. Totally unimpressive. 


 


Out of four, two songs leave quite an impression!


The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM 

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

Entertainment! Entertainment! Entertainment! (Singh Is Bliing – Music Review)

After a torturous affair in the form of Action Jackson, Prabhudeva is back in a comedy with Akshay Kumar. Using Sajid-Wajid, Pritam and Himesh Reshammiya one after another, he has finally moved on to multiple composers just like his contemporaries.

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Music Label:  Zee Music Company


1. Tung Tung Baje – Singers: Diljit Dosanjh, Nooran Sisters;  Music: Sneha Khanwalkar;  Lyrics: Sneha Khanwalkar – Sneha Khanwalkar famous for her MTV Sound Trippin episodes, had founded these two treasures, The Nooran Sisters and this was their very first song which soon gave their first break in Bollywood with Highway. So, what better for Sneha than to modify her own track, giving it a bit more commercial feel, adding more techno-friendly elements and calling Diljit (dil jeet) on mic to justify the meaning of his name and literally win hearts. An amusing treat!


2. Singh And Kaur – Singers: Manj Musik, Nindy Kaur, Raftaar;  Music: Manj Musik;  Lyrics: Manj Musik, Nindy Kaur, Raftaar, Big Dhillon – Manj Musik’s music has generally the similar kind of elements that are definitely groovy which lead you towards the nearest dance floor available. It is surely enjoyable with Raftaar’s rap adding more fun to it, not having the shelf life though. There are four lyricists among which only Raftaar’s rap makes some sense.  Pretty much the same stuff!


3. Cinema Dekhe Mamma – Singers: Wajid, Shaan, Ritu Pathak;  Music: Sajid-Wajid;  Lyrics: Wajid, Irfan Kamal –  Sajid-Wajid are back again in the Prabhudeva camp creating the memorable Dhadang Dhadang effect which had made people including me crazy on the dance floors. It’s not as fast as that was but the groove is kind of similar, plus Shaan has justified it completely in the antaras which although slows the track, still keeps engaged. Mukhda is super fun that you might croon all day happily. Totally enjoyable!! 


4. Mahi Aaaja / Mahi Aaja (Unplugged) – Singers: Manj Musik, Sasha / Manj Musik, Arijit Singh;  Music: Manj Musik;  Lyrics: Manj Musik – It’s a household song. Almost every Indian, particularly North Indian, is well acquainted with RDB’s first track which still is an obvious song in a North Indian baraat. Now since Manj is left, he recreated the track and it sounds beautiful, particularly the unplugged version sung by Arijit. The unplugged one has brought the real romantic essence which was hidden in its beats before. In a way, it has grown more compelling! #WelcomeSong


5. Dil Kare Chu Che – Singers: Labh Janjua, Apeksha Dandekar, Meet Bros;  Music: Meet Bros;  Lyrics: Kumaar –  Another fun track and something very different from what Meet Bros – Kumaar combo usually create. Labh Janjua is a perfect material for these Punjabi tracks which have a comic element. In this, what Labh says in Punjabi, Apeksha translates that into English, considering the Amy’s character who knows only English. Kumaar’s lyrics are quite funny and the composition as a whole is catchy enough to get fully entertained!   


Prabhudeva’s first attemot of going for multiple composers turns out to be a success! Sneha Khanwalkar, Sajid-Wajid, Manj Musik and Meet Bros, all four entertain to the fullest!


The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE

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