Melodious Twist!! (Raman Raghav 2.0 – Music Review)

Anurag Kashyap is back after the magnanimous Bombay Velvet with his typically intriguing psychological thriller starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Music is given by Ram Sampath.

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Music: Ram Sampath;  Lyrics: Varun Grover;  Music Label: T-Series

1. Qatl-E-Aam / Qatl-E-Aam (Unplugged) – Singers: Sona Mohapatra, Yash Divecha – The song is full of Dubstep surrounding a melodic tune in the likable vocals of Sona. Dubstep has been used well though a little variation in the composition could have made things more interesting. Yash has a negligible role to play. Varun’s lyrics is perfectly aligned with the mood of the track. The unplugged is much more endearing and ear-friendly. It’s acoustic and has all the trait of a typically sweet Sona-Ram combo. Varun’s lyrics actually get its recognition in the unplugged. #WelcomeSong

2. Behooda – Singers: Nayantara Bhatkal, Ram Sampath, Vivienne Pocha, Nalini Krishnan – Ram gets to his ‘Talaash’ mode with all the haunting and suspenseful arrangements and vocal sounds that is foot-tapping as well. It has a certain Jazz feeling though the emphasis has been given to weirdness that is evident in the lyrics of Varun which is quite appealing and attention-seeking.

3. Paani Ka Raasta – Singers: Ram Sampath, Siddharth Basrur – Such an emotional philosophical song wasn’t expected in this album so it acts a surprise for the listeners to have a Soft Rock with nice lyrics and giving quite a good scope for the singer to explore. Not appealing, not intriguing, yet a nice soothing track which gives the album an unexpected but much needed emotional content.

4. Raghav Theme – Instrumental – A theme track full of techno sounds which are not at all innovative, but just a random series playing one after the other.

Ram Sampath unexpectedly delivers endearing ear-friendly songs for a psychological thriller. 

The Final Verdict:  OKAY



Chaar Gaano ki Kahani (Do Lafzon Ki Kahani – Music Review)

A love story starring Randeep Hooda and Kajal Aggarwal is directed by Deepak Tijori and has music by Babli Haque, Amaal Mallik, Ankit Tiwari and Arjuna Harjai.

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Music Label: T-Series

1. Jeena Marna / Jeena Marna (Female) – Singer: Altamash Faridi / Palak Muchhal;  Music: Babli Haque;  Lyrics: Sandeep Nath – Babli manages to impress with this composition which relies highly on percussion which have been played sensibly, presenting a nice rhythm to enjoy. The composition is though very typical, something that has been heard quite a few times in past. The song sounds better in Altamash’s voice, the Palak’s version doesn’t leave the same impact. Stereotypical, yet ear-friendly.

2. Kuch Toh Hai – Singer: Armaan Malik;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – Armaan’s vocals soothe you to the core in compositions like this which are simple, uncomplicated and has a heart at the right place. Amaal has been making simpler tunes which have an instant connect with the listeners. The Violin piece is beautiful along with the line kuch toh hai. #WelcomeSong

3. Sehra – Singer: Ankit Tiwari;  Music: Ankit Tiwari;  Lyrics: Sandeep Nath – This composition is thankfully slightly different in style than other romantic tracks of Ankit. The only drawback is that he sings his own compositions which brings all the familiarity and loses the novelty, if any.

4. Ankhiyaan – Singer: Kanika Kapoor;  Music: Arjuna Harjai;  Lyrics: Kumaar – Probably the first slow song of Kanika and she shows her versatility with quite an ease. Arjuna’s composition is likable, has major role of percussion, although loud, gives the song the much needed melancholic mood.

Four composers. Four songs. All pleasant! 

The Final Verdict:  OKAY



Sugar-free Melodies!! (Waiting – Music Review)

Director Anu Menon who returns after her debut London, Paris, New York, is all set for her new venture with Kalki Koechlin and Naseeruddin Shah. Music is given by Mikey McCleary.

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Music: Mikey McCleary;  Music Label: Zee Music Company 

1. Tu Hai Toh Main Hoon – Singers: Anushka Manchanda, Nikhil D’Souza;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – The very first song tells that Mikey is the perfect choice for the film. His style of music goes amazingly well with the mood of the film. Anushka is terrific in this feel good song who harmonizes with Nikhil really well making a nice combo of sounds. Manoj’s lyrics deserve mention even though not having anything special in particular, it does work as a whole. The arrangements are beautiful and worth noticing, particularly the Violin that works behind the Guitar.

2. Got My Eyes On You – Singer: Mikey McCleary;  Lyrics: Mikey McCleary – Quite a weird song which does not have a mass appeal as Mikey has given it a very typical Rock ‘n’ Roll feel and has experimented a lot with not just arrangements but also with his own voice. Nevertheless, the song does have an impact, particularly for Mikey fans who love to hear experimentation from him. Sax, in particular, has a captivating sound.

3. Waiting For You – Singers: Anushka Manchanda, Mikey McCleary;  Lyrics: Mikey McCleary – On that endearing rhythm, this song is more like Mikey’s ad jingles and it sounds as pleasing as the jingles do. Anushka has an expertise in these compositions of Mikey and performs excellently. The arrangements are ear-friendly and capable of appealing most.

4. Zara Zara – Singers: Kavita Seth, Vishal Dadlani;  Lyrics: Ankur Tewari – Kavita Seth nails this melody which Mikey has tried to create out of his comfort zone. Vishal gives the apt amount of support to her but Kavita’s vocals easily overpower his dynamic voice. Still, both the singers nicely compliment each other. Violin works here prominently. A lovely composition. #WelcomeSong

An album that patiently delivers relaxing melodies. 

The Final Verdict:  OKAY


Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (May 2016)

Singer of the Month (Female): Kavita Seth – Zara Zara (Waiting)

Singer of the Month (Male): Sonu Nigam – Dard (Sarbjit)

Singer Jodi of the Month: Arijit Singh & Antara Mitra – Itni Si Baat Hai (Azhar)

Composer of the Month (Song): Tanishk Bagchi – Allah Hu Allah (Sarbjit)

Lyricist of the Month: Rashmi Virag, Jaani – Dard (Sarbjit)

Composer of the Month (Album): Amaal Mallik, Jeet Gannguli, Tanishk Bagchi, Shail-Pritesh, Shashi-Shivamm – Sarbjit 

Song of the Month: Bol Do Na Zara – Sarbjit (Amaal Mallik, Rashmi Virag)

Album of the Month: Sarbjit – T-Series

Quite a ‘Nek’ Album!! (Traffic – Music Review)

Director Rajesh Pillai is no more with us but his film definitely is. The film is featuring Manoj Bajpai, Kitu Gidwani & Jimmy Shergill which is a Hindi remake of a Tamil film by the same director and by the same name. Music is given by Mithoon and the guest composer is Shailendra Barve.

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Music: Mithoon;  Music Label: Zee Music Company

1. Keh Bhi De – Singers: Benny Dayal, Palak Muchhal;  Lyrics: AM Turaz – The constant looping sound with Palak handling the mukhra pretty well sounds quite nice along with Benny in the antara who takes it to few notches higher. Inspite of all this, the composition is quite week, the melody is not as strong as you expect from Mithoon. Nonetheless, it’s easy on ears and pleasant to hear.

2. Neki Ki Raah – Singer: Arijit Singh, Mithoon;  Lyrics: Mithoon – Not just the melody, but the lyrics too by Mithoon is able to leave quite an impression. Both the antaras featuring Mithoon behind the mic sounds uniquely impressive. Arijit on the other hand has got quite an easy melody this time and he handles it with equal ease.The composition is although predictable and has a heard-before feeling, still manages to impact somehow, lyrics being the prime contributor.

3. Kuch Der – Singer: Palak Muchhal, Mithoon;  Lyrics: Mithoon – With stable arrangements, Mithoon cracks out this wonderful melody, melancholic in mood which Palak handles aptly. Flute sounds very authentic, and the violin after the antara has a great impact but mostly the song relies on percussion. Mithoon is audible in just one short alaap. Palak steals the show. #WelcomeSong

4. Vitthala Naam – Singer: Prasenjit Kosambi;  Guest Composer: Shailendra Barve;  Lyrics: Jitendra Joshi – It’s quite a dynamic composition which definitely is not a melody treat but something that tells you there must be a  lot going in the film while it plays. Shailendra’s percussive arrangements are top notch. Prasenjit’s vocals are justifying that zone in which the song lies. An apt song for the film. 

5. Tu Alvida – Singers: Aakanksha Sharma, Mithoon;  Lyrics: Sayeed Quadri – With yet another pleasing melody Mithoon launches Aakanksha who has a really sweet voice which goes apt with this song. The melody although not strong, does not fail to impress. Mithoon joines Aakanksha later in the song and his voice gives the song the much needed novelty.

Inspite of failing to deliver some strong melodies, Mithoon does not fail to impress. 

The Final Verdict:  OKAY


Lacking the Appeal!! (Cabaret – Music Review)

Very less often the director of the film is responsible for the music album also. Kaustav Narayan Niyogi is one such director who is the music director of the film along with Munish Makhija and Tony Kakkar.

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Music Label: T-Series

1. Paani Paani – Singer: Sunidhi Chauhan;  Music: Kaustav Narayan Niyogi, Munish Makhija;  Lyrics: Kaustav Narayan Niyogi – It’s an out and out Sunidhi show. The composition never builds up the mood though the arrangements have been impressive and the techno sounds have been utilized well. Sunidhi manages to pull out the best in the track by her stylized vocals that always prove to be a savior.

2. Phir Teri Bahon Mein – Singer: Sonu Kakkar;  Music: Tony Kakkar;  Lyrics: Tony Kakkar – Tony having got just one track seems to have put all his efforts in making it a worth listening track. The composition has a Ghazal-like texture mixed with passionate romantic flavor which his sister Sonu endearingly inserts with her vocals that always provides a certain uniqueness to the song. Lyrics too are worth noticing. Tranquilizer. #WelcomeSong

3. Do Anjaane – Singer: Roopkumar Rathod;  Music: Kaustav Narayan Niyogi, Munish Makhija;  Lyrics: Kaustav Narayan Niyogi – The only thing good about this song is Roopkumar Rathod. The composition is quite dull and unappealing. The techno sounds were not needed at all, and they have been used immensely throughout the song. Those sounds are actually working against the composition making it ineffective. 

4. Mohe Aaye Na Jag Se Laaj – Singer: Neeti Mohan;  Music: Munish Makhija;  Lyrics: Qateel Shefai – A semi-classical song which Neeti Mohan in base notes has song phenomenally well. It’s an experimental composition which has gone totally in the favor of the song. Qateel’s lyrics also gel with the composition quite amazingly. Munish’s solo composition proves to be way better. 

5. Aakhri Shaam – Singer: Bhoomi Trivedi;  Music: Kaustav Narayan Niyogi, Munish Makhija;  Lyrics: Kaustav Narayan Niyogi – Again, the constantly hustling techno sounds fail to create impression. The composition is decent if not strong, but the constant use of techno sounds reduces the impact which otherwise the composition could have had. Bhoomi is extremely impressive, having these kind of songs being her forte.

6. Bibi Sanam – Singer: Usha Uthup (Backing Vocals: Bianca Gomes, Shazneen Arethna);  Music: Munish Makhija;  Lyrics: Kaustav Narayan Niyogi – With this composition, the album gets more tiresome. Munish has tried experimenting and although the composition as well as Usha Uthup has turned out to be quite decent, the song remains unappealing.

The experimentation remains unappealing in the album inspite of having a phenomenal composition by Tony Kakkar. 

The Final Verdict:  OKAY


More Romantic, Less Sporty!! (Azhar – Music Review)

The life of the former Indian Cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin has been extremely controversial and who better than Emraan Hashmi could play him in Tony D’Souza directed Azhar. Pritam had been hired for the music but due to some health issued, he had to leave midway and Amaal Mallik was called to the rescue. The one song by Pritam has been retained, and a Kalyanji-Anandji song that has been remade by DJ Chetas.

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Music Label: T-Series

1. Bol Do Na Zara – Singer: Armaan Malik;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Rashmi Virag – The best thing about this song is that Amaal is able to keep the ethos of Main Rahoon Ya Na Rahoon alive. With his brother Armaan, he has again delivered miraculously effortless melody that easily sails to your heart. Rashmi Virag’s lyrics deserve special mention. The lyrics have few lines that deserve attention. A melody full of charm!!

2. Itni Si Baat Hain – Singers: Arijit Singh, Antara Mitra;  Music: Pritam;  Lyrics: Manoj Yadav – The old wine Pritam after a long time has come with his late 2000s avatar where he delivers a free-flowing melody without much experimentation, and that structure of inviting the female voice only in the antara. The composition is tremendously beautiful, instantly likable, and unpretentious. Lyrics walk quite on the same route, saying as simply as could itni si baat hai, mujhe tumse pyaar hai. Extremely Pritam!

3. Oye Oye – Singers: Aditi Singh Sharma, Armaan Malik;  Music: Kalyanji-Anandji (Recreated by DJ Chetas);  Lyrics: Manoj Yadav – Manoj Yadav pens the next song which is a remake of a superhit Kalyanji-Anandji song from Tridev. Since the remake has been done by a DJ, the beats had to be the prime focus in the song. The composition is quite weak though. Nevertheless, Aditi and Armaan amazingly carry the song and make it decent enough to enjoy.

4. Tu Hi Na Jaane – Singers: Sonu Nigam, Prakriti Kakar;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Kumaar – This is very different from what Amaal has been doing in past. Choosing Sonu Nigam for this song, seems to have proved a brilliant step in favor of Amaal. The composition carries a lot of depth in it. Prakriti quite responsibly supports Sonu Nigam, proving to be another right choice. When it comes to writing sad songs, one well knows how efficient Kumaar is. A mature composition, handled with utter maturity. #WelcomeSong

5. Jeetne Ke Liye – Singer: K.K.;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Kumaar – The song seems to have been made especially for K.K. It has all the apt notes for him to hit and make his mark as he always does. The composition is quite predictable yet pleasurable to hear. Kumaar’s lyrics has the similar predictability, nevertheless, the song enormously carried by K.K. does make impact. 

With a decent remake, a song by Pritam, three by Amaal Mallik, Azhar manages to grip you quite effortlessly. 

The Final Verdict:  OKAY



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


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