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



Lyrics ki Maa ki!! (Housefull 3 – Music Review)

Housefull franchise has been taken over by Sajid and Farhad the writer duo who just got converted into directors from Entertainment. The music is given by Sohail Sen, Tanishk Bagchi, Sharib-Toshi, Mika Singh and Milind Gaba.

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Music Label: T-Series

1. Pyaar Ki – Singers: Nakash Aziz, Divya Kumar, Anmoll Mallik, Earl Edgar;  Music: Sharib-Toshi;  Lyrics: Manoj Yadav, Farhad Sajid, Danish Sabri – The hook line is indeed catchy yet annoying, particularly the lyrics which actually make no sense. The makers have tried to create some double meaning here and it’s adorable to see how miserably did they fail. I won’t blame Sharib-Toshi much. The composition seems average enough to deal with. The wonder is to see three lyricists writing a song which says pyaar ki maa ki aaj se pooja karni hai which doesn’t last longer than two and a half minutes which is actually its only quality. The shorter in duration the better it is.

2. Taang Uthake – Singers: Mika Singh, Neeti Mohan, Mamta Sharma (Backing Vocals: Hrishikesh Chury, Madan Shukla);  Music: Sohail Sen;  Lyrics: Sameer Sen, Farhad-Sajid, Mamta Sharma, Sanjeev Chaturvedi – Again, the same story goes with this song where Sohail has done a pretty decent work as a composer but the words are just stuffed into the lyrics without checking whether it really means something. Taang Uthake is that phrase which is used in the hook line just for annoying the listeners. Four lyricists have been credited for writing this song. Salute to their efforts. Average composition, nonsensical words. #WelcomeSong

3. Malamaal – Singers: Mika Singh, Akira, Miss Pooja, Kuwar Virk;  Music: Mika Singh, Millind Gaba;  Lyrics: Rani Malik, Farhad-Sajid – The album seems to be turning even worse when you hear Mika’s composition which does not deserve to be called bad or annoying but it is so ordinary that you must have heard something like this at every gali-nukkad. Mika’s vocals sound annoying in his own composition, along with Miss Pooja and other singers who fail to impact. The lyrics make things even worse. Malamaal neither in composition nor in lyrics.

4. Fake Ishq – Singers: Kailash Kher, Nakash Aziz, Altamash Faridi;  Music: Tanishk Bagchi;  Lyrics: Farhad-Sajid, Arafat Mehmood – The fourth song by the fourth composer is a fake qawwali which has lyrics like love mein hum kill gaye and the lifting of phrases like karde mushkil jeena ishq kameena. So, by ignoring the lyrics, Tanishk’s composition is okayish, not anything impressive but he seems to have tried to do something humorous in qawwali which he partially succeeded in, considering the lyrics that has been written. Partial success. 

An album that teaches the importance of lyrics in a song to be good. 

The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM 


Thematic!! (Veerappan – Music Review)

A Ram Gopal Verma film which is based upon the life of Indian bandit Veerappan and the events leading to Operation Cocoon to capture and kill Veerappan. Music is given by Jeet Gannguli and Sharib-Toshi.

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Music Label: T-Series

1. Muchhi Re – Singer: Mohan Kanan;  Music: Jeet Gannguli;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – A very junglee song, giving the depiction as if some jungle warriors are getting ready for some war. Jeet seems to have put everything quite appropriate, considering the theme and the situation. Manoj’s lyrics is just what was needed, nothing great in particular though. Mohan is quite unrecognizable and hence superb. Very Junglee.

2. Veer Veer Veerappan – Singers: Sharib Sabri, Toshi Sabri, Payal Dev, Vee;  Music: Sharib-Toshi;  Lyrics: Manoj Yadav – More of a theme song by Sabri brothers, it actually sounds brilliant in its execution. The composition is not something to notice but the arrangements and the execution of the chorus has been done commendably. Manoj’s lyrics goes well with mood but has nothing to boast about. It will going to impact as the background sound in the film. The right sound for the right situation. #WelcomeSong

3. Khallas – Singers: Jasmine Sandlas, Sharib Sabri, Toshi Sabri;  Music: Sandeep Chowta (Recreated by Sharib-Toshi);  Lyrics: Nitin Raikwar (Additional Lyrics: Manoj Yadav) – A very short remake of a classic song from Company, another RGV film. Originally composed by Sandeep Chowta, this song by Asha Bhosle was rage and till now it is considered to be one of the most popular dance track. Having no comparison to the original, it fails miserably. Although Sharib-Toshi have tried giving it a novel touch, they fail to captivate. 

This three-song soundtrack remains glued to the film’s theme and does not work otherwise. 

The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM 



Suffers from Mediocrity!! (1920 London – Music Review)

1920, the horror flick is back with its third installment, the one directed by Tinu Suresh Desai, starring Sharman Joshi, Meera Chopra, and Vishal Karwal in lead roles. Music is given by the duo Sharib and Toshi, while two newcomers Kaushik and Vishal are launched as guest composers.

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Music: Sharib-Toshi;  Music Label: T-Series

1. Aaj Ro Len De – Singer: Shaarib Sabri;  Lyrics: Sharib, Toshi, Kalim Sheikh – A typical Sharib-Toshi melody which you know is very repetitive yet cannot complain because of its catchy structure and Sharib’s soothing vocals that go well with the beats. It has that intense flavor to its romance which give the identity of a Bhatt template. Nevertheless, the composition does make you feel good. #WelcomeSong

2. Rootha Kyun – Singers: Mohit Chauhan, Payal Dev;  Lyrics: Azeem Shirazi – This is comparatively fast in rhythm yet tries to deliver the similar impact but fails to do so, mainly because of not-so-catchy composition and the lack of vocal impact as Mohit Chauhan seems not a very good choice and Payal miserably leads the latter part of the song. Similar effort, dissimilar impact. 

3. Tujhko Mein – Singers: Shaan;  Lyrics: Azeem Shirazi – Shaan is a very unusual choice for the duo but a very usual choice considering the melody of the song. It’s very Shaan-like melody, simple, mild and meek. Azeem’s lyrics is too familiar to be liked or to be given attention. The composition could have been stronger and the arrangements could have been much attractive. Too ordinary. 

4. Aafreen – Singers: K.K., Antara Mitra;  Guest Composer: Kaushik & Akash (J.A.M.);  Lyrics: Prashant Ingole – Being Pritam’s assistants, Kaushik & Akash have tried delivering a Pritam-like melody but not gone even close to it. Even after having KK supported by Antara, the duo couldn’t manage to pull out a ear-friendly melody. Tried and Failed.

A below average attempt from Sharib-Toshi.

The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM


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 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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Music Label: T-Series

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 




‘Rehnuma’, the only Saving Grace!! (Rocky Handsome – Music Review)

Nishikant Kamat is back with another action thriller after Drishyam, starring John Abraham in and as Rocky Handsome. The music is given by the one film old duo Inder Bawra & Sunny Bawra, Ankit Tiwari and Bombay Rockers.

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Music Label: T-Series 

1. Rock Tha Party – Singers: Bombay Rockers (Navtej Singh Rehal, Thomas Weinholt Sardorf, Jasun Bosen Barnewitz);  Guest Composers:  Bombay Rockers (Navtej Singh Rehal, Thomas Weinholt Sardorf, Jasun Bosen Barnewitz);  Lyrics: Bombay Rockers (Navtej Singh Rehal, Thomas Weinholt Sardorf, Jasun Bosen Barnewitz) – The album kicks off with the decade old superhit party number by Bombay Rockers which was once a rage among youths. The song sounds equally good today though a less groovy. Adding this track into the album serves only one purpose that it gives the reason to the listeners to enjoy it once more and refresh their memories. 

2. Rehnuma – Singers: Shreya Ghoshal, Inder Bawra (Backing Vocals: Deepti Rege, Arohi Mhatre, Mayuri Patwardhan);  Music: Sunny Bawra, Inder Bawra;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir, Sagar Lahauri – The composers have come up with a beautiful mellow composition that has Shreya singing in such base notes that creates a lovely romantic atmosphere all around. The arrangements are as good as the composition. The first words tu jo mila themselves have such a tune that instantly appeals and catches listeners’ attention. Lyrics are beautifully written, accompanying the melody well. Sensuous. #WelcomeSong

3. Alfazon Ki Tarah – Singer: Ankit Tiwari;  Music: Ankit Tiwari;  Lyrics: Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay – As expected, the typical Ankit Tiwari melody with mukhda being good and antara being dull. In the already dull composition, when Guitars are introduced, it becomes even duller. Abhendra’s lyrics have repetitive words and lines that leave nothing to observe in the track. 

4. Aye Khuda / Aye Khuda (Duet) – Singers: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan / Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shreya Ghoshal;  Music: Sunny Bawra, Inder Bawra;  Lyrics: Sachin Pathak, Shekhar Astitwa – A track during which you can have a nap. It is so dull and the lyrics are so full of heard before lines that one wants it to get over with it soon. To whatever limit it is able to engage, it is because of Rahat. The duet version has just one line by Shreya, the rest is similarly dull. Extremely dull.

5. Titliyan – Singer: Sunidhi Chauhan (Backing Vocals: Deepti Rege, Arohi Mhatre, Mayuri Patwardhan);  Music: Sunny Bawra, Inder Bawra;  Lyrics: Sagar Lahauri – It seems that composers did try to create a thematic impact of the film but their efforts did not favor the appeal factor of the song. It mostly has dull moments which only improved a bit by the techno sounds in the end. Poor impact. 

The one romantic song by Sunny & Inder Bawra is the only saving grace in this extremely dull album. 

The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM 


Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (March 2016)

Singer of the Month (Female): Minu Bakshi – Jiske Sir Upar Tu Swami (Zubaan)

Singer of the Month (Male): Bhai Mahinderjit Singh – Jo Mange Thakur (Zubaan)

Singer Jodi of the Month: Rachel Varghese & Mandar Deshpande – Kori Pukar (Zubaan)

Composer of the Month (Song): Ashutosh Pathak – Ajj Saanu O Mileya (Zubaan)

Lyricist of the Month: Manoj Muntashir – Sathi Rey (Kapoor & Sons)

Composer of the Month (Album): Salim-Sulaiman – Jai Gangaajal

Song of the Month: Saathi Rey – Kapoor & Sons  (Arko, Manoj Muntashir)

Album of the Month: Zubaan – T-Series