3rd Annual Musical Sameekshaa Awards 2015 (Results)

Thank you everybody who voted. May the most deserving nominee win in every category.

Here are the Results: 


Best Engineer: DJ Phukan, Sunny MR, Nikhil Paul George, Tanuj Tiku, Jim Satya – Premika (Dilwale)

Best Arranger: Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Deewani Mastani (Bajirao Mastani)

DEBUT Awards:

Best Debut Singer (Female): Payal Dev – Ab Tohe Jane Na Doongi (Bajirao Mastani)

Best Debut Singer (Male): Sayed Asrar Shah – Afghan Jalebi (Phantom)

Best Debut Composer: Tanishk-Vayu – Banno (Tanu Weds Manu Returns)

Best Debut Lyricist: Kunal Vermaa – Hasi (Humari Adhuri Kahani)


Best Singer (Female): Shreya Ghoshal – Deewani Mastani (Bajirao Mastani)

Best Singer (Male): Mohit Chauhan – Matargashti (Tamasha) & Arijit Singh – Aayat (Bajirao Mastani)

Best Singer Jodi: Shreya Ghoshal & Vaishali Made – Pinga (Bajirao Mastani)

Best Composer (Song): AR Rahman – Matargashti (Tamasha)

Best Lyricist: Irshad Kamil – Agar Tum Saath Ho (Tamasha)

Best Composer (Album): Amit Trivedi – Bombay Velvet & Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Bajirao Mastani

Best Song: Matargashti – Tamasha (AR Rahman, Irshad Kamil)

Best Album: Bajrangi Bhaijaan – T-Series

Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Nakash Aziz, Atif Aslam, Adnan Sami, Imran Aziz Mian, Mika Singh, Mohit Chauhan, Palak Muchhal, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Rekha Bhardwaj, Jubin Nautiyal, KK, Javed Ali & Papon

Music: Pritam

Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya, Kausar Munir, Neelesh Mishra, Mayur Puri & Shabbir Ahmed


Best Backing Vocals / Chorus: Shashi Suman, Kunal Pandit, Prithvi Gandharva, Kanika Joshi, Rashi Raagga, Geetikka Manjrekar – Albela Sajan (Bajirao Mastani) 

Best Use of an Instrument: Accordion by AR Rahman – Matargashti (Tamasha)

Song That Provided Wholesome Entertainment: Matargashti – Tamasha (AR Rahman, Irshad Kamil, Imtiaz Ali, T-Series)

Golden Melody of the Year: Janam Janam – Dilwale (Pritam, Amitabh Bhattacharya)

Height of Consistency: Amitabh Bhattacharya (Singer & Lyricist)

Most Unique Soch: Heer Toh Badi Sad Hai – Tamasha (AR Rahman, Irshad Kamil)

Surprise of the Year: Piku – Zee Music Company 

Singers: Anupam Roy, Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan

Music: Anupam Roy

Lyrics: Manoj Yadav, Anupam Roy

Most Underrated Album of the Year: Bombay Velvet – Sony Music / Zee Music Company

Singers: Shefali Alvares, Neeti Mohan, Papon, Mohit Chauhan

Music: Amit Trivedi

Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya


Musical Sameekshaa Crown:

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR: Neeti Mohan (for her outstanding performance in Bombay Velvet)



A Jazzily Rich Soundtrack!! (Bombay Velvet – Music Review)

Songs in Anurag Kashyap’s films do not hold much importance unless there is Amit Trivedi in it as a composer. The last soundtrack on which they collaborated was Dev D which is still counted as one of the unique musical outings in Hindi film music. Bombay Velvet is the most awaited movie of this year as first time Anurag Kashyap is going into big budget business having Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma along with Karan Johar in the lead role. So, naturally Amit Trivedi must have been in a huge pressure of delivering another masterclass. Did he? Check it out!

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Music: Amit Trivedi;  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya;  Music Label: Sony Music / Zee Music Company

1. Aam Hindustani – Singer: Shefali Alvares – This is undoubtedly the best of what Shefali has sung till now. It starts in a very amusing way with intelligently played Clarinet, drums enjoin on them presenting a rich carnival atmosphere that runs for very long until Shefali enters with her best performance where she sounds to be engrossed in the mood of the song. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics deserve special mention here in which he has used different Hindi phrases and interpreted them in his own way according to the theme of the film. If one is interested in listening to just the instruments, he/she is surely going to have a lovely time listening to this track. Longest but the Richest in arrangements.

2. Mohabbat Buri Bimari (Version 2) / Mohabbat Buri Bimari (Version 3) – Singer: Neeti Mohan / Shefali Alvares –  Since the film is set in the 60’s era and is wholly based on Jazz music, one cannot forget Shankar-Jaikishan’s Raga-Jazz style and that’s what can be actually depicted in this track where Amit starts off with an amusingly played Trumpet that instantly grabs your attention. Version 1 is a remix of these versions by Mikey McCleary. So, version 2 belongs to Neeti Mohan who has given one of her best performances, stretching and exaggerating each word in a drunken manner that sounds purposely sexy. Along with all the jazzing, Amit has beautifully infused a twinkling sound that gives him his own approach to typical Jazz style. Version 3 becomes uninteresting after certain duration. Although Shefali delivers it quite confidently, Neeti is just more than good in this.

3. Ka Kha Gha – Singer: Neeti Mohan – Listening to Jazz and missing Saxophone? Well, in this you are going to find one in the first interlude. The typical Jazzy rhythm can also be found in this on which Neeti Mohan delivers another cracking performance with the help of which she is perfectly able to cover up the otherwise ordinary tune of Amit Trivedi. The Drums are magnificently played, especially in the end when Neeti enthrallingly ends giving extra emphasis on Ka Kha Ga Gha. The song represents the most basic form of Jazz i.e the Ka Kha Ga Gha of Jazz.

4. Dhadaam Dhadaam – Singer: Neeti Mohan – If you think that Neeti did her best in above-mentioned songs, you are absolutely wrong. She performed in a way as if she actually rolled her tears down singing Amit’s melancholically tuned song which has name that sounds like some action packed lyrics but it is one of the most emotional songs of this year. Violins have a major role in this and how beautifully their orchestration has been done! Neeti Mohan brings tears with this one. 

5. Naak Pe Gussa – Singer: Neeti Mohan – Amitabh Bhattacharya impresses with this cutely written lyrics about convincing one’s beloved when he/she is filled with anger. Lots of Trumpet-ized arrangements that I feel wasn’t needed much. Still, the Saxophone, the bursting Drums and ofcourse the wonderful lady Neeti with the help of Amitabh’s lyrics are able to pull the song quite efficiently. Chhupa bhi na sake, bata bhi na sake, jataa bhi na sake, toh phir fizool hai ye qissa. Agree? Yes, definitely!

6. Sylvia – Singer: Neeti Mohan – This song is a full-on brassly-laid rhythmic show partially based on the Hindi retro melodies of 50’s, particularly similar to that of OP Nayyar with respect to the tune. On that kind of tune, Amit creatively underlays the Trumpet-ized rhythm accompanied by a huge brass section. Neeti has completely justified the mood of the song managing her vocals to sound apt for both, OP Nayyari-sh melody, and jazzing Trumpets. The humming in the background by Amit is damn good. A very enjoyable one!

7. Darbaan – Singer: Papon – Amit returns to the basic Jazz rhythm with Papon, in spite of singing in a soporific manner, gets the desired attention particularly because of the smooth alteration in the notes which is one of the most intriguing qualities found in Jazz. Splendidly played Trumpets lead the song well towards the maintenance of the engagement of listeners. A mild Saxophonic sound constantly in the background supporting Papon’s vocals is beautiful. Amitabh’s lyrics are icing on the cake with amazing phrases aptly used to describe the situation. Papon’s successful effort to Jazz.

8. Shut Up – Singer: Shefali Alvares – Shefali returns with an extremely catchy track excellently placed on Amitabh’s rhythmic words. The rhythm section full of Drums blows your mind with respect to the excellence with which it is played, particularly in the beginning and in the end. The song is completely justified by Shefali. Finally, the jazzy Piano which was left untouched is used here in the first interlude, played impressively! Entertainingly catchy!

9. Behroopia – Singers: Mohit Chauhan, Neeti Mohan – The only duet and the only romantic track with the least jazzing effort is the most mass-oriented track of the album although to give it a slight jazzy touch, there’s a constant Trumpet aptly supporting and beautifying the already lovely composition with uniquely beautiful vocal arrangements without absenting its contemporary nature. Mohit and Neeti make a wonderful jodi and with that Trumpet, Romance gets intensified in the most creative way. 

10. The Bombay Velvet Theme – Instrumental – Nothing interesting in the beginning but as the Guitar takes its place, things get awesome. The way the Guitar is played, is brilliant, grabbing all the attention one can have. Pretty engaging.

11. Conspiracy – Instrumental – Another engaging instrumental track that justifies its name as it creates an intriguing impact on the ears with its marvelous arrangements. Interesting!

12. Tommy Gun – Instrumental – Sounding similar? Yes, it plays the rhythm similar to that of Shut Up. Fully laden with Drums, this instrumental track is the most impressive one as it slightly resembles very likable score of Birdman, with Horns in between summing up to pleasurable hearing. Very impressive! 

Fifi (Bonus Track) – Singer: Suman Sridhar;  Music: Mikey McCleary;  Original Singer: Geeta Dutt;  Original Music: O. P. Nayyar;  Original Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri;  Music Label: Saregama – One who has heard the original one is definitely not going to like it. Although Mikey’s recreated tracks are always brilliant, this, in particular, seems to lack something. Suman’s overstyled singing doesn’t attract much. The Drums do not somehow suit the track. They could have easily chosen some other old song to be recreated as there are many such tracks of O.P. Nayyar. Fails to impress.

The most awaited soundtrack of the year lives up to its expectation. Amit Trivedi takes the Hindi film music a step forward and a level ahead with Neeti Mohan being the most prominent contributor. 

The Final Verdict:  AGREE


Decent Effort! (Main Tera Hero – Music Review)

Sajid-Wajid teamed up again with David Dhawan and it is their fourth film with the director. No matter how much Sajid-Wajid disappoint, their music has always left a good impression on the listeners in every David Dhawan film. Well, something is there that he extracts from the duo which other directors fail to. Does this album has the capability to overpower Sajid-Wajid’s best work Partner? I asked the same question before Chashme Buddoor review and the answer was “No”. MTH_Poster




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Music: Sajid-Wajid;  Music Label: T Series


1. Besharmi Ki Height – Singers: Benny Dayal, Shalmali Kholgade;  Lyrics: Kumaar, Kausar Munir

A very catchy but ordinary Pritam-ish club track filled with vivacious techno sounds. The tune is quite catchy and also sounds classy unlike recent Sajid-Wajid tracks. It seems that Sajid-Wajid are exhausted of delivering flops and that’s why they have tried to leave no stone unturned by using the Club experts Benny and Shalmali. It’s a great jodi. They have always impressed in many of Pritam’s compositions and they does the same this time. Mukhda and antara both are pretty attractive and pleases you instantly. I am surprised with the classiness that Sajid-Wajid have shown in this. It is only after Partner when they made a decent classy dance track. But what about the lyrics? Here, Kumaar and Kausar both have been credited. I guess that’s because they both don’t want to be blamed for writing such dirty lyrics. Catchy composition, cheap lyrics. And hence it will be played everywhere on DJ.


2. Palat Tera Hero Idhar Hai – Singers: Arijit Singh;  Lyrics: Kausar Munir

A pretty good adaption of the famous track Jahan Teri Ye Nazar Hai. The opening and closing Guitar riff is superb and makes you remember the old Sajid-Wajid who often used to bring such awesomeness in their compositions. Thankfully only Kausar has been credited in lyrics who has written the Govinda type phrases Coffee pilaun, Picture dikhau etc. The real rockstar is Arijit. What a splendid and energetic singing he has done! He has sung the word palat everytime in a different way. The composition is average. It is Arijit who takes it to another level and his singing gives the listeners numerous reasons to listen it on a repeat mode. The Arijit’s show. #WelcomeSong


3. Shanivaar Raati – Singers: Arijit Singh, Shalmali Kholgade;  Lyrics: Kumaar

So, the culprit is Kumaar and not Kausar. Disappointing lyrics here again by Kumaar which is combined with Sajid-Wajid’s stale catchy tune. Things which we already have heard in 90’s David Dhawan films, nothing is different here. Sajid-Wajid have kept indianized arrangements as it’s a desi track. Arijit seems to be singing forcefully. His hoye hoye in many parts are damn annoying and sounded cheap. This track was not made for Shalmali. Her vocals are suited for urbanized tracks. So, wrong choice of singers. Do not go with the attractive name. Yes, Shanivaar Raati is actually a very attractive name. That’s how I got attracted. 


4. Galat Baat Hai – Singers: Javed Ali, Neeti Mohan;  Lyrics: Kausar Munir, Danish Sabri

I love this rhythm. The same rhythm which had made everyone mad in Tumse Milke Dil Ka Hai Jo Haal from Main Hoon Naa. Since then, it had become one of my favorite rhythms. But again, it has been presented here in an un-classy way. I liked the tune also but not the lyrics. There’s nothing in the lyrics to like about. Javed Ali is perfect for the track and Neeti Mohan also impressed as it is her first desi type song. A nice tune but bad arrangements and lyrics.


Besharmi Ki Height is seriously the height of besharmi in the lyrics. Composition is classy and catchy. Title track is fun, based on the typical David Dhawan films’ characters. Arijit is flawless in this but loses his charm in Shanivaar Raati and the track just settles on being an average number. The so-called only romantic track has Javed Ali and Neeti Mohan bagging the responsibility of the soundtrack in Galat Baat Hai which has a likable tune but below average lyrics. Main Tera Hero is a soundtrack that is easy on ears and easy to forget. Shall we assume it to be Sajid-Wajid’s comeback in good music production or shall we just sit and wait for next David Dhawan film to come!


The Final Verdict:  OKAY



Listeners Ki Sameekshaa (Public Review)

  • Palat and Besharmi are best, rest average.
  • Last two songs are not upto the mark, first two songs are awesome.
  • Very average album. Besharmi Ki Height is the only above average song for me.
  • I like the title track only. Rest of the songs are very disappointing.
  • It is the only album which already has every kind of song.
  • When the trailer of Main Tera Hero was out, my expectation was huge. When, the first song released, I was more excited!! But, when the full songs released, I’m not happy on the outcome….
  •  Repetitive….. Its kinda S-W repetitive style….
  • i loved Besharmi Ki Height, Palat n Shanivaar RaatiPalat is my fav from the album…


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It’s a new sound for Bollywood! (Bewakoofiyaan – Music Review)

When I say Raghu Dixit, you all know whom I am talking about, inspite of his belonging from Non-Film music. Yes, everybody knows him because he has established his own independent identity. His famous Raghu Dixit Project gained worldwide popularity. He has recently won his first GIMA (Global Indian Music Awards) for Best Live Performer. After making huge fan following in the Indie world, he is all set to make everyone fell in love with his Bollywood tunes. He debuted as a film composer in a a Kannada film Psycho though his Bollywood debut was with YRF’s minor banner Y Films in Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge, directed by Nupur Asthana, who has again collaborated with Raghu in Bewakoofiyaan, now under the real YRF.

(Note: A single of Ayushmann Khurrana, O Heeriye released by YRF some months back, has been included in this soundtrack as a bonus track).Bewakoofiyaan_Poster 


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Music: Raghu Dixit;  Music Label: YRF Music


1. Gulcharrey – Singers: Benny Dayal, Aditi Singh Sharma;  Lyrics: Anvita Dutt

It’s a song written with high self esteem. Benny Dayal, who is like a king of club songs these days, though I won’t consider it as a club song, has sung with high energy and great enthusiasm. The pitch of the song is quite high and difficult to sing. But he has managed the whole song perfectly. It has 3 stanzas of same notes. Nagada that has been used in last two stanzas and not in the first one, adds some extra energy to the song. Not the same repetitive words but meaningful lyrics by Anvita. Although Aditi Singh Sharma has been mentioned as the singer, you won’t be able to listen her voice just because Benny’s vocals have fully captured the song. Benny Dayal show!


2. Khamakhaan – Singers: Ayushmann Khurrana, Neeti Mohan;  Lyrics: Habib Faisal

Starts with Neeti’s music-less vocals which sounds beautiful and gives the feeling as if something amazing would be there in the song. And yes, this song is full of amazing-ness. The rockstar is the Flute. It has been played in an amusing way just as it has been played in the song You’re My love (Partner). It did give me a slight 90’s touch and to be precise, Rahmanian 90’s where songs like Humma Humma used to made. That line Har story ki main teri heroine hoon, har story ki main teri happy ending hoon is a game changer. Lyrically, it is the most attractive part in the song. Also, Neeti Mohan has sung it with her adorable adaa. Also, it is the tune of that very line which made me hear the 90’s sound and the same line which musically sounds fresh too. That’s some of the specialities of that line. Ayushmann is always good behind the mic. Thanks to Habib Faisal for writing the line which I ve mentioned. The line which made me, and hopefully you, sing along all the time after listening. #WelcomeSong


3. Bewakoofiyaan – Singer: Raghu Dixit;  Lyrics: Anvita Dutt

This must be the most innovative title track ever! Although the starting notes resemble a bit with the line Khushnuma awaara sa, besabar bechara sa lamha tha of the song Lamha Yeh Jaayega Kahaan from Dil Dosti Etc but as it moves forward, it brings the much needed freshness to your ears. The rhythmic drums with steady Guitar strums makes it a nice foot-tapping track. But if you are still getting bored with this unusual sound, Raghu Dixit has a very unique thing for you all. That is, BewakooOOOfiyaan. His extra ooo‘s authenticates and justifies the title of the song and the film. It was truly unexpected but it surely satisfies its listeners. Listen to it for those OOO, a kind of vocal sound that was never heard before. (Note: It’s not a Yodling sound).


4. Rumaani Sa – Sngers: Shreya Ghoshal, Mohit Chauhan;  Lyrics: Anvita Dutt

It was about to be a typical Rom-com song but Raghu Dixit seems to have firmly decided not to include any typicality of any genre or style and therefore has added and modified it too. The brighter Shreya Ghoshal sounded, the duller Mohit Chauhan’s vocals performed. It has catchy tunes that other songs lacked and also sounded as fresh as others. Not any applauding tune but the way the Guitar has been played, is really beautiful. Shreya’s vocals showed their immense brightness in the hook line Rumaani sa, rumaani si and that line is the best part in the song which has capability to get the listeners attracted, and made the song to be played on loop. Mohit Chauhan could have shown more enthusiasm. A track to love, for a limited time period. 


5. Aye Jigida – Singer: Vishal Dadlani;  Lyrics: Anvita Dutt

If it doesn’t suit in this fantastic soundtrack, it will surely look perfect in the film. The only situation-oriented track which offers nice instrumentation with Banjo supporting throughout the song faithfully. Choosing Vishal, if for the situation perspective, I would applaud, but if as for a commercial aspect, then Vishal’s vocals completely failed to yield the interest of the listeners. After listening to the above awesomeness, it would surely bore you after a certain time. Although it failed to do an impressive job in the soundtrack, I have complete faith in it that it will be liked by people while watching the movie. A one time listen track!


(Additional Track) O Heeriye – Singer: Ayushmann Khurrana;  Music: Ayushmann Khurrana, Rochak Kohli;  Lyrics: Ayushmann Khurrana, Rochak Kohli

Ends abruptly, starts abruptly, and above all, it has been included abruptly in the soundtrack. It’s a Single released by YRF last year in September featuring Ayushmann. I hadn’t liked the song that time. So, ofcourse, I don’t like it today also. It’s a Punjabi pop ballad which has some annoying sounds of instruments specially Electric Guitar after the line  Yeh Gal Tu Maan Vich Basaa. I liked Ayushmann’s vocals though. It was not a hit at the time when it was released. It wasn’t even noticed properly and that’s why they included it as a film track to popularize it. But they have to accept that the track has nothing in it to get popularity. It’s a below average composition. A disappointing effort after their gorgeous  Paani Da Rang and beautiful Saadi Gali Aaja.


Bewakoofiyaan has brought back Raghu Dixit to mainstream film music and Raghu Dixit has brought his own sound and introduced it decoratively to Bollywood. Gulcharrey is catchy and lyrically innovative, Anvita Dutt’s one of the best works. I select Khamakha as the best of the album as it has the power to make its listeners croon the tune all the time after listening to just once. Habib Faisal’s lyrics has a big role in that. Title track is highly innovative and its OOO is incredibly attractive and applauding. Rumaani Sa is a typical lovable foot tapping melody with a tinge of Raghu Dixit’s sound. Aye Jigida has to be the weakest track though it has been composed and written well but it is limited to the movie and not a soundtrack-friendly. The additional track, out of nowhere, has been added in the soundtrack just to make it reach to more listeners. But it’s a big let down. All I hope for next time is that Ayushmann and Rochak Kohli compose some fresh sounding melodies and not just the repeating stuffs.


The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE



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