Helicopter Notes!! (M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story – Music Review)

The biopic on the Indian Captain has been in news for very long now. After the release of the trailer, it seems to be very promising. In music, one of the composers who has been charming with his songs in multi-composer albums, Amaal Mallik, has finally got his first solo album and he seems to be in an excellent form.

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Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir;  Music Label: T-Series

1. Besabriyaan – Singer: Armaan Malik – With an inspirational track which talks more about the the anxiety or say, anxiousness to get what one desires for, the album takes a flight. The first notes and you already start liking the track, as they grip you instantly, being catchy enough to catch your attention. No one can perfect any Amaal’s melody but Armaan. He is the one to be listened to. You’ll have a lot of Besabriyaan to hear it atleast once more. 

2. Kaun Tujhe – Singer: Palak Muchhal – Palak’s utterly sugary vocals never let you miss any other singers, mainly because the song is so high on melody that it’s hard to not get carried away with the romance it represents. Particularly, the humming part and the bridge in antara connecting to the mukhda are the portions where one simply can just do nothing but admire it. If you’re looking for a romantic track that could make you emotional, this is the one I vouch for. #KaunTujhe

3. Jab Tak / Jab (Redux) – Singer: Armaan Malik – Another romantic track having mixed emotions of passion which the singer justifies completely through his rendition. Coming with two versions, the one differs from the other on lyrics and arrangements in which the Redux one undoubtedly sounds better. Go for it!

4. Phir Kabhi – Singer: Arijit Singh – The song mostly relies on its catchy rhythm and the so-called hook line Tujhme khoya rahun main… . The rest of the song does not have much to engage with. There is definitely a decently composed antara which definitely impresses but the song doesn’t have something which one should listen for, ofcourse if you’re an Arijit admirer which most of us are, that’s a different story.

5. Parwah Nahi – Singer: Siddharth Basrur – It didn’t work for me on hearing it once. It grew quite well with time. It’s a hard rock material that Siddharth Basrur justifies with excellent energy. The problem with the song is that it sounds too familiar to stuffs we have heard in the past in this genre. The composition is definitely fresh but the sound does give a heard before feeling. Guitars have worked so well that it compliments the effort of the singer. Arrangements is something to listen to. 

6. Padhoge Likhoge – Singers: Ananya Nanda, Adithyan A Prithviraj – Ananya, the winner of Indian Idol Junior along with another interesting kid, entertain in this amusing track which is written on a popular Hindi proverb. The choice of the singers is so apt. The song gets what it needed, these voices that create immense pleasure and humor to sustain the composition.

Amaal Mallik’s first solo album is extremely high on melody.

The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE



Vishal & Shekhar Back in Business!! (Sultan – Music Review)

Director Ali Abbas Zafar has come up with a sports film on wrestling, the much talked about film starring Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma. Vishal & Shekhar are returning as musical duo almost after one and a half years.

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Music: Vishal & Shekhar;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil;  Music Label: YRF Music

1. Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai – Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Shalmali Kholgade, Isheeta, Badshah – Begins with folksy arrangements, the song soon realizes its motive which is hovering around Bass. Justifying the title of the song, Vishal & Shkehar have infused enjoyable bass in the hook line which otherwise suffers from a weak tune. Vishal does his job with efficiency and Shalmali’s vocals help the track sound more classy. The song sounds weird but after multiple hearings it grows tremendously.  A better hook line would have helped. 

2. Jag Ghoomeya / Jag Ghoomeya (Female) – Singer: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan / Neha Bhasin – This soulful number is a breezy romantic song which is written and composed very traditionally, quite accurately giving the picture of Rajasthani essence. Hook line lives up to its expectation, having the much needed catchy melody along with the Dafli-led soothing rhythm. Rahat’s version has a more complex arrangements, having multiple instruments working towards harmony while Neha’s version is more tranquil, particularly the violin used in the background during the hook line. Her singing is splendid, especially the way she has sung the hook line. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics adds intensity. Lovable. #WelcomeSong

3. 440 Volt – Singer: Mika Singh – I never heard a hook line spoiling the whole song so much with its staleness. The song suffers from the weakness of its hook line so much that if you leave it aside, you have quite a fresh peppy track which Mika has sung with all his sagacity. Antara particularly is refreshing, also because of the lyrics where a lot happens. Leave the hook line aside. 

4. Sultan – Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Shadab Faridi – A power-packed performance by the Sukhwinder in this title track with power-packed arrangements. The composition perfectly sets the mood and build the atmosphere of a sports anthem. Electronic Guitar has been used effectively. A line in mukhda slightly resembles Slow Motion Angreza from Bhaag Milkha Bhaag which coincidentally had sung by Sukhwinder only. The song captures the sporty essence of the film.

5. Sachi Muchi – Singers: Mohit Chauhan, Harshdeep Kaur – A highly intriguing foot-tapping track that has Latin American flavor mostly instrumented by Harmonica in wind and Banjo in percussion. The duo has put up an extremely complicated composition but as you focus on every note, its brilliance is realized. The song has so much variation, in almost every line, that it needs attention to enjoy it, and that attention-seeking has been done by the two wonderful engaging voices of Mohit and Harshdeep. Brilliant!

6. Bulleya -Singer: Papon – Another song that surprises in the mukhda. It’s intriguing to predict where the song is moving to. Papon is extremely marvelous as always. Arrangements are superbly happening. The song has not been composed like a typical Bollywood qawwali. Inspite of all the elements of typicality, the song turns out to be quite refreshing and only after a certain period of time, its qawwali nature is realized. Kamil’s lyrics adds inexpressible charm.

7. Tuk Tuk – Singers: Nooran Sisters, Vishal Dadlani –  Each time Nooran Sisters come before the mic, the way they capture the song is something to observe. There are other voices and backing vocals in the song, but throughout the song they only are being heard. They have such an incredible engaging power that it’s hard to get lost somewhere else while listening to them. Composers have tried making it as simple as they could and still it has a little complexity. The haan effect beautifies the song formidably. It’s Nooran Sisters all the way!

8. Rise of Sultan – Singer: Shekhar Ravjiani – A theme track high on percussion, borrowing the main refrain from the title track has Shekhar leading the chorus in such a magnanimous way. This theme track is Grand!

An album that needs to be heard attentively to like and enjoy its brilliance. 

The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE


Trance-scending Folk to EDM!! (Udta Punjab – Music Review)

Abhishek Chaubey is finally out of his Ishqiya zone and is ready for his dark comedy which has Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh in lead roles. Music is given by Amit Trivedi.

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Music: Amit Trivedi;  Music Label: Zee Music Company

1. Chitta Ve – Singers: Babu Haabi, Shahid Mallya, Bhanu Prtap;  Lyrics: Shellee – A full on hardcore EDM track that does not have much space for the lyrics and relies mainly on the beats that really groove you to the extreme. The lyrics, if any, is in the form of two raps that fail to work yet the atmosphere that has been created by Amit is commendable.

2. Da Da Dasse – Singers: Kanika Kapoor, Babu Haabi;  Lyrics: Shellee – Kanika is used quite late by Amit but he has made sure that he uses her uniquely. She sounds very justifying to the composition which is a blend of folksy melody and EDM treatment. The rap again is not able to live up to its expectation and Babu Haabi again fails to impress though the atmosphere that has been created might remind you of Dev D.

3. Ikk Kudi / Ikk Kudi (Reprise) – Singer: Shahid Mallya / Diljit Dosanjh;  Lyrics: (from the poem by) Late Shri Shiv Kumar Batalvi – This non-EDM track, the lyrics of which has been adapted from a poem by the same name, Amit has nicely made this Punjabi poem his own by using Guitars and Drums in his very own style which is witnessed in many of his songs. Reprise is somewhat has a Rock background while Mallya’s version is more bassy. Both the arrangements go well with the vocals. #WelcomeSong

4. Ud-Daa Punjab – Singers: Amit Trivedi, Vishal Dadlani;  Lyrics: Varun Grover – Sounding like Angreji Beat in the beginning, this song does not have Yo Yo or Badshah for the rap but Vishal Dadlani who handles the part impressively giving the apt emphasis on each word. Amit sings the main portion with utmost zeal and Varun’s lyrics thoroughly entertains.

5. Hass Nach Le – Singer: Shahid Mallya;  Lyrics: Shellee – Amidst those high voltage EDM tracks, this soulful Sufi stands out with brilliance. Shahid Mallya shows his excellence in this beautifully written song which has bass inserted by Amit at such an appropriate place that the sound glorifies the track wonderfully. Soothing.

6. Vadiya – Singer: Amit Trivedi;  Lyrics: Shellee – It does not remain just an EDM track; Amit has taken it to the Trance level. The song has familiarity with Queen’s O Gujariya in arrangements while Amit’s singing too gives the heard-before feeling which unfortunately does not make it a complete package though in terms of Trance, it is promising.

Amit Trivedi promises a cocktail of EDM and Punjabi folk and he delivers the best in that. 

The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE


Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (June 2016)

Singer of the Month (Female): Monali Thakur – Dhanak (Dhanak)

Singer of the Month (Male): Devu Khan Manganiyar – Dum-A-Dum (Dhanak)

Singer Jodi of the Month: Chet Dixon & Devu Khan Manganiyar – Dum-A-Dum (Dhanak)

Composer of the Month (Song): Tapas Relia – Dum-A-Dum (Dhanak)

Lyricist of the Month: Amitabh Bhattacharya – Kyun Re (TE3N)

Composer of the Month (Album): Tapas Relia – Dhanak 

Song of the Month: Dhanak – Dhanak (Tapas Relia, Mir Ali Husain)

Album of the Month: Udta Punjab – Zee Music Company

Appealing the Unappealing!! (TE3N – Music Review)

A Ribhu Dasgupta thriller backed by Sujoy Ghosh, it is a film about a grandfather who is in search of his lost granddaughter. The film has Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Music is given by Clinton Cerejo.

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Music: Clinton Cerejo;  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya;  Music Label: T-Series1.

1. Haq Hai – Singer: Clinton Cerejo – It is that song which the film needs. It amazingly sets up the tension that is probably there in the film. Clinton’s vocals help more in bringing up that intense atmosphere to the surface. Arrangements have been done simply with Piano, Guitar and Drums and the lyrics goes accordingly with it.

2. Rootha – Singers: Benny Dayal, Divya Kumar, Bianca Gomes – After setting up the atmosphere, Clinton cleverly introduces a foot-tapping rhythm having a lovely Bengali sound in the percussion along with some Bengali lines by Bianca. Benny and Divya shoulder the song excellently and a catchy hook line makes it quite appealing and lyrics makes it even more. #WelcomeSong

3. Kyun Re – Singer: Clinton Cerejo / Amitabh Bachchan (Backing Vocals: Clinton Cerejo) – Another extremely soothing melody which Clinton and Big B handles equally beautifully in their respected versions. The composition is arranged simplistically using only Guitar and the vocals as integrals. Amitabh’s lyrics stands out in this soothing melancholy.

4. Grahan – Singer: Vishal Dadlani – It’s fascinating to hear Vishal carrying these kind of compositions so well. Clinton has given it a complete Rock sound which totally justifies the composition and the vocals. The pace is appealing and the lyrics of Amitabh is full of mysteries which gives the listener a reason to enjoy the track more. Pacey

Clinton Cerejo pulls out the appeal from the unappealing. 

The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE 



Experimenting with Simplicity!! (Dhanak – Music Review)

A Nagesh Kukunoor film which has been premiered at Berlin International Film Festival is all set for its worldwide release starring two kids Hetal Gadda and Krrish Chhabria in lead roles who are playing siblings in the film. Music is given by Tapas Relia who also had collaborated with the director in his previous Lakshmi.

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Music: Tapas Relia;  Music Label: Junglee Music

1. Jeene Se Bhi Zyada Jeeyein – Singer: Shivamm Pathak;  Lyrics: Manoj Yadav – With his inspirational lyrics, Manoj Yadav has tried capturing the essence of the film by maintaining the innocence and Tapas on the other hand has given a folksy touch by Shivamm’s vocals and the Sarangi that is played in the latter half of the song. Strings have been nicely arranged giving the song the much needed energy and the feel of a road journey. 

2. Chal Chalein – Singers: Papon, Vibha Saraf, Shivamm Pathak;  Lyrics: Mir Ali Husain – Papon handles each song in his own extravagant way. He does it with Vibha Saraf beautifully making a rather sophisticated composition sound quite smooth and likable. Percussion sounds wonderful, having been arranged in a way that a regular listener could enjoy it without the need to focus on that complicated notes. Sensibly arranged and well-sung.  

3. Dum-A-Dum – Singers: Chet Dixon, Devu Khan, Manganiyar;  Lyrics: Tapas Relia, Traditional – The song has been versioned so many time that all it matters now is how well you versioned it. Tapas Relia’s exotic version of this traditional composition will surely bring you a smile. The jugalbandi between Chet and Devu is worth listening. Devu sounds extremely impressive and so is Chet with his own style of crooning the English verses which is written so beautifully by Tapas himself. Something worth listening to. 

4. Dhanak – Singer: Monali Thakur;  Lyrics: Mir Ali Husain – Begins with a lovely Flute, Tapas delivers the sweetest song of the album sung by the sugary Monali. Sarangi has been used well at appropriate places. The composition is a little complicated but till the second antara it gets familiar with the listener and engages amazingly. Mir Ali’s lyrics is worth noticing as there resides the actual innocence the song is based on. Deserves on-loop playing. #WelcomeSong

5. Mehandi – Singers: Anwar Khan Mangariyar, Swaroop Khan, Niyaz Khan;  Lyrics: Traditional – Based on Rajasthani Folk, this song impresses with the singers it has. Swaroop is already known to be capable of so much. Anwar and Niyaz Khan along with him make a great team and deliver an engaging performance. The arrangements have not been done in a completely traditional way. Tapas has made sure to give the song the contemporary touch and it actually benefits the song.

6. Theme To Dhanak – Instrumental – Begins with a mild Piano which Violin takes over smoothly and then plays a beautiful rhythm having Violin in background.

Folksy essence, contemporary treatment. 

The Final Verdict: POSSIBLE


High-Five!! (Sarbjit – Music Review)

After Mary Kom, Omung Kumar comes up with his second directorial, another biopic based on the life of Sarbjit who was an Indian national who was tried and convicted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan for a series of bomb attacks in Lahore and Faisalabad that killed 14 bystanders in 1990. Omung has opted for multiple composers this time, giving just one song to his previous composers Shashi-Shivamm and the rest to Shail-Pritesh, Amaal Mallik, Jeet Gannguli and Tanishk Bagchi.

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Music Label: T-Series

1. Salamat – Singers: Arijit Singh, Tulsi Kumar;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Rashmi Virag – Amaal comes up with one of his best melodies which he apparently created when he was just 17 which is a huge accomplishment in itself. The melody is predictable and very Jeet Gannguli-like yet it is so strong and appealing that one wants to hear it more and more. Arijit is more than perfect here and Rashmi Virag doesn’t fail to impress at all. Both the interludes are technically good and the antara is as heartwarming as the mukhda. Simply remarkable!! 

2. Dard – Singer: Sonu Nigam;  Music: Jeet Gannguli;  Lyrics: Rashmi Virag, Jaani – Although it’s a typical Jeet Gannguli composition, also very predictable in the antara, the song nonetheless creates a huge impact primarily the reason being the vocals and the lyrics which contains phrases like “jo tujhe lagta baarish hai, main woh hun jo roun”. The composition is anyway extremely impressive. This song is a realization of the craving to hear more from Sonu Nigam. 

3. Tung Lak – Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shail Hada, Kalpana Gandharv;  Music: Shail-Pritesh;  Lyrics: Sandeep Singh – After two heart-warming melodies comes an entirely different mood by Shail-Pritesh with a Punjabi folksy textured song that is delivered quite justly by Sukhwinder and Sunidhi. The song doesn’t appeal much yet it has a flair of likeability. 

4. Rabba – Singer: Shafqat Amanat Ali;  Music: Tanishk Bagchi;  Lyrics: Arafat Mehmood – Comes the fourth composer Tanishk with a decent composition having Shafqat behind the mic who handles it quite nicely making the song sound better than ordinary since the composition and lyrics have been extremely mediocre. 

5. Meherbaan – Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Shail Hada, Munnawar Masoom;  Music: Shail-Pritesh;  Lyrics: A M Turaz – Sukhwinder along with Shail and Munnawar brilliantly capture the song, making it quite engaging with their vocals which otherwise does not have much of appeal to captivate the listener. The song has a qawwali texture and these pseudo qawwalis do not impress unless they have the much needed uniqueness in the melody itself. Vocals engage, composition doesn’t.

6. Barsan Laagi – Singer: Shail Hada;  Music: Shail-Pritesh;  Lyrics: A M Turaz – Moving on the semi-classical mood, the composition is laden with beautiful arrangements by the duo. Shail’s singing is an icing on the cake, as the soft texture of his vocals sounds apt for the composition. The Guitar pieces in-between sounds pleasant and the lyrics has its own charm. Ravishing. 

7. Allah Hu Allah – Singers: ShashaaTirupati, Altamash, Rabbani Mustafa Khan (Additional Voices: Arsh Mohammad, Supriya Pathak);  Music: Tanishk Bagchi;  Lyrics: Late Haider Najmi (Additional Lyrics: Arafat Mehmood) – Tanishk moves to a whole another level with this composition which is so extremely brilliantly sung, composed, arranged and written. The rhythmic structure is so intriguing and alluring and the instruments have been arranged creating such a fascinating sound that one wishes if the song had a longer duration. #WelcomeSong

8. Mera Junoon – Singer: Shail Hada;  Music: Shail-Pritesh;  Lyrics: A M Turaz – Shail again strikes with his endearing vocals for the song that is composed with sincerity. The melody is dynamic, having constantly changing notes which keeps the listeners engaged throughout. Each line has a variation in notes which makes it highly intriguing.

9. Nindiya – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Music: Shashi-Shivamm;  Lyrics: Sandeep Singh – The duo who were the only composers of Mary Kom, Shashi-Shivamm, inspite of getting just one song, have struck the right chord with a lullaby that has such varied notes yet remains melodious throughout. Arrangements are according to the mood and Arijit’s voice is a perfect stimulus for a lullaby.

10. Sarbjit Theme (Instrumental) – Singer: Shail Hada;  Music: Shail-Pritesh – With Violins and apt chords, Shail-Pritesh have captured the mood of the whole film enormously and effectively.

Seven brilliant tracks out of ten, leaving three in average zone, Sarbjit manages to pull out the brilliance in all five composers. 

The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE


Excellent Debut by Rohan & Vinayak!! (Nil Battey Sannata – Music Review)

Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari brings a film on mother-daughter relationship starring Swara Bhaskar and Ria Shukla in lead roles. Music is given by the debutante duo Rohan & Vinayak.

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Music: Rohan & Vinayak;  Music Label: Eros Music

1. Murabba – Singer: Neuman Pinto;  Lyrics: Manoj Yadav – Another Murabba after Bombay Talkies and it as innocent as that. Neuman’s breezy vocals justify the mood of the song quite well while the duo’s composition is extremely simple, sweet and melodious. It is the lyrics by Manoj Yadav that stands out. After Sun Ri Baavli (Lakshmi), he seems to be in his best. Lovely Murabba. 

2. Maths Mein Dabba Gul – Singers: Rohan Utpat, Aarti Shenai;  Lyrics: Nitesh Tiwari – This is fun and highly relatable song as most of the people can relate with the frightening nature of Maths. Rohan Utpat does the amazing job of singing with such weird speed while Aarti Shenai sounds beautiful in her relatively short portion. The duo has created an apt song for the theme of the film with the help of Nitesh’s equally apt lyrics.

3. Maula – Singer: Nandini Srikar;  Lyrics: Manoj Yadav – Who stands out is again Manoj Yadav with his excellent writing. Apart from him, Nandini is always a charmer with her serene vocals that impact deeply. The composition is likable because of the mature arrangements they have done.

4. Maa / Maa (Hariharan) / Maa Theme (Instrumental) – Singer: Mohan Kannan / A. Hariharan;  Lyrics: Shreyas Jain (Sherry) – The duo not only deserves applaud for the composition but also for the choice of singers for both the versions. Hariharan and Mohan Kannan both are efficient in extracting emotions from a song and they both do it with extreme comfort. Arrangements have been kept light and soothing with a beautiful Violin piece in the instrumental. Worth attempting. #WelcomeSong

5. Chanda Theme (Instrumental) – A lovely piece of Violin to end with.

An excellent music debut by Rohan & Vinayak with lyrics writing at its best. 

The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE