Intentionally 90s!! (Dum Laga Ke Haisha – Music Review)

We haven’t heard of Anu Malik for long. Last I remember, he came up with Laila, a song from Shootout At Wadala. On the verge of his musical career, it’s surprising for him to get a Yash Raj Films movie which is so unique and novel and the director is also a newcomer. Film’s music has intentionally been inclined towards early 90s music with respect to the “heavy” content of the film.

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Music: Anu Malik;  Lyrics: Varun Grover;  Music Label: YRF Music 

1. Moh Moh Ke Dhaage (Male) / Moh Moh Ke Dhaage (Female) – Singer: Papon / Monali Thakur – If returning after a long time in Bollywood, results in a creation like this, I would recommend all the composers to take short breaks and do a comeback. This song is clear example to prove what immense amount of melody is still left in Anu Malik. Papon’s version is outstanding just because of his endearing vocals. Female version lacks that magic inspite of having the same beauty, some songs are meant to be sung by particular gender only might be the reason. Pretty decent Shehnaayi in addition to the perfectly utilized Flute which caters to this already voluptuous melody. Pure Bliss!! #WelcomeSong

2. Dum Laga Ke Haisha – Singers: Kailash Kher, Nooran Sisters (Sultana & Jyoti) – Title songs are mostly avoidable, seemed to be made in fun and are not meant to be taken seriously. Inspite of having brilliant singers on board, it fails to provide even the slightest attraction to listeners. Nooran Sisters didn’t get much scope though Kailash Kher is really good with his vocals. Needs to be watched on screen.

3. Tu – Singer: Kumar Sanu – It is clearly showing that how intentionally the 90s era has been renovated. Kumar Sanu being called is the first intentional proof, the next being the type of tune, lyrics and arrangements. The effort is applauding because when you hear the song, you actually have nothing to prove it to be a latest song. It seems aptly 90s and hence the effort is productive. Missing those old Kumar Sanu songs? Go for it!!

4. Sunder Susheel – Singers: Malini Awasthi, Rahul Ram – More than the composition, it stands out in the lyrics department. Very apt according to the situation, also gives an essence of the film’s theme, perfectly sung by Malini and Rahul Ram in that particular accent and style which the song needed. Varun Grover is the highlighter with his appropriately fun lyrics that need to be heard for the fun factor it provides. 

5. Dard Karaara – Singers: Kumar Sanu, Sadhana Sargam – Again an intentional approach to reincarnate 90s and again a very successful approach. The rhythm has a fun element that keeps you engaged if you enjoy these kind of songs. The tune is catchy enough to be heard atleast once. The chorus in the hook line is well arranged by Anu Malik, providing a beautiful effect to the track. Enjoyable! 

6. Prem’s Theme – Singer: Papon – It’s a Papon show all the way!! Worth a listen!! 

A pretty decent comeback by Anu Malik. 

The Final Verdict:  OKAY


Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (February 2015)

Singer of the Month (Female):  Monali Thakur – Moh Moh Ke Dhaage (Dum Laga Ke Haisha)

Singer of the Month (Male):  Divya Kumar – Jee Karda (Badlapur)

Singer Jodi of the Month:  Kumar Sanu & Sadhana Sargam – Dard Karaara (Dum Laga Ke Haisha)

Composer of the Month (Song):  Anu Malik – Moh Moh Ke Dhaage (Dum Laga Ke Haisha)

Lyricist of the Month:  Priya Saraiya – Jeena Jeena (Badlapur)

Composer of the Month (Album):  Sachin-Jigar – Badlapur

Song of the Month:  Jeena Jeena – Badlapur  (Sachin-Jigar, Priya Saraiya)

Album of the Month:  Badlapur – Eros Music



Shantanu Moitra strikes and loses the same chord!! (Bobby Jasoos – Music Review)

Vidya Balan, roaring the success, suddenly got blockage and two flops back to back came in her bucket. After being the housewife in both the flops, she has again now turned to a women-centric film in which she is playing the role of a detective. Shantanu Moitra has also been facing lots of flops for many years. And, I doubt this album would anyway help him.Bobby_Jasoos_Poster



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Music: Shantanu Moitra;  Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire;  Music Label: T Series


1. Jashn – Singer: Shreya Ghoshal, Bonnie Chakraborty

When a song with a good rhythm, nice instrumentation, pleasant tune, decent lyrics and the voice of Shreya Ghoshal doesn’t appeal you, it definitely means that there is something wrong with it. The wrongness is in the composition. This song is not made in a way which people today expect a song to be. It has an early 2000’s sound attached to it. Inspite of having everything good, it is not a kind of song which can attract people either in a massy way or in a classy way. Some hidden problem in the composition. Lack of appeal.


2. Tu / Tu (Reprise) – Singers: Papon, Shreya Ghoshal

     Shantanu strikes wonderfully with this 7-minute long track. It’s a semi-classical composition in which he has used almost everything that the song needed. It starts with Guitar which doesn’t at all promise for a classical song but as the Tabla starts, we get to hear a surprising semi-classical melody which is at its best. Although the melody belongs to Hindustani Classical music, the composer has arranged the brass department in a Carnatic way along with the beautifully played Veena which we don’t get to hear often nowadays. He has quite intelligently exchanged the roles of Papon and Shreya on both the versions. In the original one, Papon has got to sing the classical part and Shreya supports him while in the Reprise, vice-versa happens. All the arrangements are exactly same in both the versions. Papon seems to be another Hariharan. His voice has a certain gimmick which makes us appealed for his singing. Lyrics by Swanand Kirkire are magnificent. Truly Beautiful! #WelcomeSong


3. B.O.B.B. – Singers: Neeraj Shridhar, Deepti Rege, Mayuri Patwardhan, Aparna Ullal, Archana Gore

It’s correct that you get very less space for a good composition to evolve in these type of tracks. Shantanu has well managed it though. With the help of Neeraj Shridhar, he has tried hard to make an interesting song but has failed. The rhythm is apt and so are the lyrics. Somehow, this track is not made for the appeal. Still, it is assumed that Shantanu could have done much better even with this genre. He has done a good use of Trumpets and the chorus. Much he could have done by reducing its duration. Unappealing. Uninteresting. 


4. Sweety – Singers: Monali Thakur, Aishwarya Nigam

It starts with a beautiful Banjo but as the song progresses, it gets worse. The hook line is intolerable and the worst part which is rare for songs. Monali Thakur has been wasted fully. The rhythm is again engaging but a good tune lacks here. This time, the lyrics also fail to help the song. The only good thing in the song is the instrumentation which is the speciality of Shantanu. Rest is a time waste.


Bobby Jasoos: It’s a very small album with just four songs among which the only song that appeals, is Tu. The rest three are totally unappealing and waste of time. Although Shantanu seems to have given efforts in this album, things didn’t go right.  The melodious semi-classical song Tu  keeps Shantanu Moitra very much in the scene and saves this album to some extent.


The Final Vedict:  NOT A PROBLEM



Listeners Ki Sameekshaa  (Public Review)

  • Papon sang that gazalish tune beautifully in Tu. The guy is one of the best singers of recent times but Shantanu did a mistake to add the fast mukhra in the song. It doesn’t suit with the beautiful ghazal part.
  • Big big big big big thumbs down. I have always told about Shantanu that his songs are always undercooked. It’s very very incomplete. That’s why he is not still recognized well nor his songs played more than a week in anyone’s player or radio.
  • Starting of Sweety is like Gunday Title track’s starting. But it doesn’t suit here, it suits well in Gunday song.


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It’s Gulzar all the way! (Kya Dilli Kya Lahore – Music Review)

The film is set in the post-independence period and deals with Indo-Pak partition. It is a directorial debut of an actor Vijay Raaz who is quite famous for his comic timing, particularly being the Kauwa Biryani scene in the movie Run. The music has been given by Sandesh Shandilya. It is quite a long time now when we hear his songs. The lyrics is penned by Gulzar. After a phenomenal performance in Dedh Ishqiya and winning Dada Saheb Phalke Award, he is on the roll!Kya_dilli_kya_lahore_the_movie



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Music: Sandesh Shandliya;  Lyrics: Gulzar;  Music Label: T Series


1. Kisse Lambe – Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Sandesh Shandilya, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

It’s a Punjabi track with folk-ish feel carefully rendered by Sunkhwinder Singh. Rahat seems to be dominated by Sukhwinder’s hard hitting vocals having a brilliant throw in it. The whistle sound that Sandesh has used, is quite potent but unknowingly that sound is nowhere to be heard after the mukhda. Gulzar is quite innovative in Punjabi nowadays be it Challa or Heer or any other song and this seems to be no different. Chorus part has been nicely done. For Punjabis who love serious Folk music.


2. Lakeerein – Singer: Papon

Although there’s Papon, there’s Sandesh Shandilya and they both have nicely done their job, the ovation is for Gulzar. What a thought-provoking thought! Lakeerein hain toh rehne do, kisi ne rooth kar gusse mein shayad kheech di hongi. Inhi ko ab banao paala, Aur aao Kabaddi khelte hain. What would you say about this! That is something beyond excellence. This whole line is spoken by Gulzar in the starting. In this very line the whole song has been composed. Papon’s singing always leaves a great impact on ears. His voice is just an icing on the cake, baked deliciously by Gluzar. The composition could have been more tune-specific. The whole song has a Drum base but Sandesh has used Sarangi to give it an earthy feel. It’s a nice attempt of making Sarangi and Drums perform on the same stage together. Gulzar and Papon makes it worth attempting. #WelcomeSong


3. Jo Dikhte Ho – Singer: Shafqat Amanat Ali

Why does it seem that Sandesh Shandilya is not comfortable composing tunes on Gluzar’s lyrics! It does seems so. His tunes have always been his strength. The instruments, arrangements, mixing come later. In this song, he seems to have certain discomfort in making the song sound ear-friendly which he has been doing for years. Shafqat’s singing is flawless as always. Sandesh has mainly used Guitar, Drums and Shafqat’s alaap as instruments. In the second interlude he has created tuning-folk like sound which sounds impressive. Gulzar’s lyrics are quite philosophical, revealing the harsh reality of people. Could have been amazing if the composer had shown more interest.


4. Kaleje Mein – Singer: Ustad Hamid Ali Khan

Bina dushman akela reh gaya hota. Gulzar, in this song, tells us that even our enemy is equally important for us in our life. Without them also, we would have been alone. It is agreeable that it’s a sad song but Sandesh’s composition is too dull to attempt. He could have improved that by the choice of singer, instruments, arrangement but he did none of that. The composition is not bad in any way but it is somehow not appealing. It takes time to grow and hardly anybody would give that much time to this song. Gulzar owns it!


It is a pretty short soundtrack containing four songs, all of them belonging to a same genre. Sandesh Shandilya, who is known for his great melody, fails to impress in any of the songs. The tunes and the rhythm are too average to get noticed. It is Gulzar who acts like a hero for this soundtrack. In all the four songs, he has shown his brilliance of his writing. The composer disappoints, the lyricist impresses. It’s a lyrically dominated soundtrack.


The Final Verdict:  OKAY



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Short, Innocent and Pleasant! (Lakshmi – Music Review)

Monali Thakur, who sang many superhit songs and recently won her first Filmfare for the song Sawaar Loon (Lootera), is now all set to build her new career as an actor. We still adore those songs of Iqbal, a Nagesh Kukunoor film. Many took inspiration from Aashayein. Songs of Lakshmi are no different. Though they are not inspiring, but soothing, pleasant and innocent. Music of the film is by Tapas Relia who previously has done background scores of movies like Ferrari Ki Sawaari, Kuchh Love Jaisa and few animated films. Manoj Yadav, who impressed everyone with his work last year in songs like Har Kisi Ko, has penned the lyrics.



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Music: Tapas Relia;  Lyrics: Manoj Yadav;  Music Label: Tips Music


1. Hai Reham, Hai Karam – Singer: Kailash Kher

It’s a sort of qawwali which gives a heard-before feeling but the instrumentation is fabulous. Tabla plays a prominent role and is played briskly throughout the track. Guitars and Drums also give a valuable support to it making the song sound really amazing. Kailash Kher is always perfect for these kind of songs. Recording as in mixing, could have been better as the instruments, apart from Tabla, are not sounding clearly. Manoj Yadav’s lyrics and good instrumentation improve the level of this average-tuned song.


2. Sun Sugana Re – Singer: Suchi, Ankita Joshi

It’s a folk-ish melody which gives a traditional Indian flavor and the lyrics written by Manoj Yadav has that beautiful essence of rural soil. Singers do the icing on the cake. Suchi, who still hasn’t recovered from the superb success for her latest track Desi Romance (Shaadi Ke Side Effects), has sung brilliantly, making the listeners taste every bit of the song’s melody. Ankita Joshi, a trained classical singer, also the disciple of The Great Pt. Jasraj, has made her Bollywood debut in an experienced gesture. Enthralling Flute and Shehnaayi at regular instances with the continuously played Mridangam would make you feel patting Tapas Relia. A must listen for the ones who love soft folk.


3. Sun Ri Baavli – Singer: Papon

It’s a kind of song that impresses you in the very first attempt. If you were not satisfied with that much flute in Sun Sugana Re, this track is for you then. Crafty Flute dominates the whole track beautifully that leaves you spell bound. The rhythm is cute, the tune is cuter and Papon’s singing adds more awesomeness to it. Acoustic Guitar has nicely been played to maintain the classy rhythm. But it’s Manoj Yadav who supplied the best with his department of writing lyrics. It is undoubtedly his best work till date. What amazing metaphors he donated to the song!  “Tann ka kamra” “mann ki kothi” “Saanso ka khel khilona”. Beautiful!! #WelcomeSong


4. Aa Ghar Chalein Hum – Singer: Monali Thakur

If the Flute had a remarkable effect on your ears, it’s time for Saarangi to impress you with its sparkling overlaid tune. The leading lady of the film does here what she is known for. Her voice sounds innocent but confident at the same time and also trained, in this semi-classical melody where Tabla aptly and faithfully supports her. Besides Tapas Relia’s melodious tune, Manoj Yadav’s lyrics again gives that retro feeling which is not often heard these days. Give it a listen for sure! 


Lakshmi is a small, lovely, ear-friendly soundtrack that peeps out innocently in the midst of all the big commercial albums but it has the potential to reach to those for whom it is desirable. All the four songs have a particular kind of maturity and innocence too. Singers, instruments and lyrics have a great coordination among themselves making it pleasant for the listeners. This Tapas Relia – Manoj Yadav combo has turned out to be the most promising composer-lyricist jodi of Bollywood. A soundtrack that contributes well in purifying the current Bollywood lyrics standard. 


The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE



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