The Superb Seven!! (Musical Recap – 2015)

The year 2015 has successfully ended with a super hit album Dilwale through which we relived the 90s era in through modern glasses. It was the year which gave many successful albums and hit numbers though these seven albums were worth writing about. All these seven albums got the highest verdict AGREE. So, what actually was there in these albums which keeps in a superior position to rest of the albums? Let’s relive this year once again with these superb seven albums.

Hawaizaada – This multi-composer album flied with creativity in the very beginning of the year. The album was filled with nine amazing compositions. Out of nine Mangesh Dhakde, a debutante, had four songs to his credit. He quite well understood the flavor of the album and delivered three songs according to that and impressed in just one go! Rochak Kohli got three, out of which Daak Ticket was the most impressive composition sung by Mohit Chauhan. Out of the rest two, one was by Ayushmann, who composed a song out of a Mirza Ghalib ghazal, and the other by Vishal Bhardwaj which created quite an impression. Unfortunately, the film sank at the box office and hence the music could not get the due recognition. Some of them which aired on TV got noticed by people, like Daak Ticket, Maaza My Lord and Dil-E-Nadaan.

Badlapur – The very next month came Sachin-Jigar’s Badlapur. This album was filled with surprises as one never expected an action packed film to have such wonderful compositions. The album got the highest verdict inspite of having just three songs. But those three songs were outstandingly brilliant. The album consisted of a revenge song Jee Karda fabulously sung by Divya Kumar, a simple acoustic romantic track but with a very strong melody Jeena Jeena sung by Atif Aslam and a very experimental sad song Judaai, which had Rekha Bhardwaj singing on an unbelievably low scale along with Arijit Singh making the much needed emotional appeal. An album with just three songs, won the hearts of many.

Bombay Velvet – This is undoubtedly the best work of Amit Trivedi till date. This album was a complete Jazz album, and a very pure one, not at all adulterated with Bollywood style. Amit’s fabulous use of instruments, orchestration, arrangements and above all, Neeti Mohan, created a huge benchmark for others. Neeti Mohan with six out of nine songs, sprinkled her charm and showed what a valuable singer our industry has got. But it came with really bad fate. Film sank badly at the box office and except Mohobaat Buri Bimaari, none of the songs actually got recognition. But we just hope that in the coming years, this album will be counted among the magnum opus in our music industry and Amit’s effort will not go in vain.

ABCD 2 – Another Sachin-Jigar album that was filled with immense creativity, mostly in the way the songs had been programmed. It was a big album with ten songs each of which have ability to impress you with tremendous potential of sounds, arrangements and composition. The album had a Sun Saathiya, Chunar which has become my favorite song based on motherhood, and also an out-and-out commercial track like Tatoo. People thinking that with ABCD they got enough, were proved wrong in the sequel. ABCD 2 was another example to show the tremendous growth of Sachin-Jigar with each album.

Phantom – Pritam made a comeback this year after one year of rest and he came back with a bang! After delivering a totally commercial stuff Bajrangi Bhaijaan, he got into a very technical classy stuff in another Kabir Khan film Phantom. The album had just three songs but all three had enough potential to be included in this list of superb seven. Pritam introduced a fabulous singer Asrar in Afghan Jalebi which became quite a hit but unfortunately other two song Saaware sung by Arijit Singh and Nachde sung by Shahid Mallya went unnoticed. But with this album Pritam again showed that a massy composer like him can do wonders in these edgy soundtracks too.

Tamasha – AR Rahman never stops impressing. With Tamasha, his third collaboration with Imtiaz Ali, he came out with some of the massy stuff after quite a long time. Songs like Matargashti, Agar Tum Saath Ho, Wat Wat Wat and Heer Toh Badi Sad Hai, he proved everybody that he is still capable of producing catchy massy stuffs and has not forgotten what the ears of aam janta really want. The songs are being loved all over the country and yet again Rahman provided the much needed soul to this year’s music.

Bajirao Mastani – The soundtrack is still in the process of gaining popularity but Bhansali has delivered his career-best performance. This classically-tuned album has ten songs, each having beautifully composed tunes and arrangements, providing the much-needed indianness. With raga Poorvi and Bhopali Sanjay Leela Bhansali has shown what he is capable of and comfortably now secured a well-deserved place for himself among the country’s best composers. The year signed off with a classically rich soundtrack, hoping to come in notice of aam janta.


2015 – The year of Jazz and Classical



Musical Sameekshaa Trimester-III Awards 2015 – Results (July, August, September)


Best Backing Vocals/Chorus: Afghan Jalebi (Phantom)

Best Recorded Song: Ishq Karenge (Bangistan)

Best Arranged Song: Sooiyan (Guddu Rangeela)

Best Use of an Instrument: Oud by Pritam – Nachda (Phantom)

Song That Provided Wholesome Entertainment: Selfie Le Le Re (Bajrangi Bhaijaan)

Best Singer (Female): Chinmayi Sripada – Sahebaan (Guddu Rangeela)

Best Singer (Male): Asrar – Afghan Jalebi (Phantom)

Best Singer Jodi: Arijit Singh & Chinmayi Sripada – Sooiyan (Phantom)

Best Composer (Song): Pritam – Nachda (Phantom)

Best Lyricist: Kausar Munir – Nachda (Phantom)

Best Composer (Album): Pritam – Phantom

Best Song: Afghan Jalebi – Phantom (Pritam, Amitabh Bhattacharya)

Best Album: Bajrangi Bhaijaan

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

Pritam’s classy texture!! (Phantom – Music Review)

Not even a month has passed after Bajrangi Bhaijaan hit the theaters, and Kabir Khan and Pritam are back yet again with Phantom. The former had lots of commercial stuffs, but the latter is an experimentally classy album with just three songs.

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Music: Pritam;  Music Label:  T-Series

1. Afghan Jalebi (Ya Baba) / Afghan Jalebi (Film Version) / Ya Baba (Fitna Farebi) / Afghan Jalebi (Dumbek Version) – Singer: Asrar (Syed Asrar Shah) / Akhtar Channal / Nakash Aziz / Akhtar Channal;  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya – So there are four versions of a single song which are not too different from one another except some minor arrangements. This is surely one of the most addictive songs of this year. The line afghan jalebi is brilliantly catchy and the way the singer Akhtar and Asrar have sung it, makes it even more addictive. Amitabh’s lyrics is just outstanding, perfectly suiting to the mood of the song. Pritam has created a pure Afghani track primarily using Harmonium and the rest is done through percussion. The techno sound with which it begins, is highly compelling. The first version is devoid of the digital beats, the second is the most enjoyable one for every kind of listener, the third version is weakest among all and the fourth one is a weirdly impressive experiment. A likable classy track for mass. Outstandingly catchy!

2. Saware – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya – It’s a heartwarming melody, breezy, catchy and sophisticated enough to be liked by the class. Arijit is the real power behind its beauty besides the tune. His vocal texture suits fabulously to this track. The Guitar work before the ending lines is terrific and so is Arijit’s style in the ending notes. Amitabh’s lyrics is philosophically beautiful with almost all the lines worth noticing. My favorite lines are dhalti raat ka ek musaafir, subah alvida keh chala, jeete jee tera ho saka na, marke haq adaa kar chala. An extremely impressive composition and writing.

3. Nachda – Singer: Shahid Mallya;  Lyrics: Kausar Munir – Another song with Arabic arrangements but this time a little brooding yet captivating, this song is superbly sung by Shahid Mallya with two antaras having entirely different notes, soulfully owing the whole atmosphere. This is not regular Pritam as he experimented Arabic instruments on Rock background with a hard-hitting tune. This is something you don’t often get to hear and definitely not from Pritam’s baggage! Grab it!

After fulfilling all the commercial needs in Bajrani Bhaijaan, Pritam delivers a brilliant classy album!

The Final Verdict:  AGREE


Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (August 2015)

Singer of the Month (Female):  Shreya Ghoshal – Gaaye Jaa (Brothers)

Singer of the Month (Male):  Sonu Nigam – Sapna Jahan (Brothers)

Singer Jodi of the Month:  Sonu Niga & Neeti Mohan – Sapna Jahan (Brothers)

Composer of the Month (Song):  Pritam – Nachda (Phantom)

Lyricist of the Month:  Amitabh Bhattacharya – Sapna Jahan (Brothers) 

Composer of the Month (Album):  Pritam – Phantom

Song of the Month:  Afghan Jalebi – Phantom (Pritam, Amitabh Bhattacharya)

Album of the Month:  Phantom – T-Series