Small Impression, Great Impact!! (Poorna – Music Review)

A story about Malavath Poorna, the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest played by Aditi Inamdar is directed by Rahul Bose who is debuting as a director. Music is by Salim-Sulaiman.

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Music: Salim-Sulaiman;  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya;  Music Label: Zee Music Company

1. Kuch Parbat Hilaayein / Kuch Parbat Hilaayein (Intimate) – Singer: Arijit Singh / Salim Merchant – It starts off well and becomes quite staid as it proceeds.More melodious should have been the mukhda. In antara things get fine again. Amitabh’s lyrics have a more noticeable quality. Another version, sung by Salim himself is more appealing and sounds less staid because there’s Rock background and the arrangements have unplugged setup.

2. Poori Qaaynaat – Singers: Raj Pandit, Vishal Dadlani – Now this is something that definitely brings you a smile if you’re a music lover waiting for an appealing melody to hit you and penetrate into you with its classically laid notes sung efficiently by Raj Pandit. This has actually been adapted from their own work for Coke Studio @ MTV Season 3. The lyrics and the singers were different. While Raj Pandit replacing Rashid Khan is equally refreshing, Vishal Dadlani who gets a decent supporting portion which provides a fusion angle to the song, is a better replacement for Salim himself. The notes are as effective as Raj Pandit’s singing. One of the most outstanding portions in the song is when Sitar is played. Amitabh Bhattacharya writes another inspiring one.

3. Baabul Mora – Singing: Arijit Singh – It sounds like a vocal prelude when Arijit begins but eventually the whole song turns out to be like that. There’s hardly a percussion, just a one-beat rhythm. The song works mostly because of the beautiful notes and the way Arijit has managed to justify it. Salim-Sulaiman has pulled up their creative strength and come up with a song like this which has a great emotional impact, sonically and cinematically. Comes under the bests of Salim-Sulaiman and Arijit.

Salim-Sulaiman might have reduced their quantity of work too much but they still are not compromising with the quality. 

Worth Listening: Poori Qaaynaat, Baabul Mora

The Final Verdict: 3.5/5

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Less Scope, Great Effort, Impressive Outcome!! (Jai Gangaajal – Music Review)

Jai Gangaajal is said to be the sequel to the super-hit Prakash Jha film Gangaajal. Priyanka Chopra is replacing Ajay Devgan in the lead role. The music is by Salim-Sulaiman.

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Music: Salim-Sulaiman;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir;  Music Label: Zee Music Company

1. Maya Thagni – Singer: Pravesh Mallick – A well-made composition by the duo with noticeable variation in the notes which sounds really interesting. Pravesh delivers exactly what is required in the track. Likable composition.

2. Tetua – Singer: Sukhwinder Singh – A typical Sukhwinder Singh song. This could not have been better. The scope of a good composition is so less in these songs that even if it’s bearable, it’s good. Must be apt for the situation.

3. Joganiya – Singer: Udit Narayan – Surprisingly, quite a groovy track in an absolutely soothing voice, which quite soon manages to engage the listener. It is not a kind of a song that is expected to engage but somehow it does with the help of good recording and fine vocals. Surprisingly good!

4. Dheere Dheere – Singer: Pravesh Mallick – How impressively the song has been sung by Pravesh. The amusing attitude of this song goes exactly as it must have been intentioned by the composers. The arrangements are noteworthy. Highly impressive with such less scope. 

5. Ghanghor Ghana Ghan – Singer: Keerthi Sagathia – With a slight use of Dubstep, the duo quite excitingly glorified this otherwise dry composition which would have been gone unappealing but the track has been handled really well.

6. Najar Tori Raja – Singer: Richa Sharma;  Additional Lyrics: Prakash Jha – The duo has delivered exactly what must have been required. It seems, from the vocals and from the arrangements, that the requirement for the mood of the song has been fulfilled by them. A nice folksy kind of item number that works with the mood if not not otherwise. 

7. Binu Baadar – Singer: Divya Kumar – This song which seems folksy has all the elements to have an impact on the screen with the visuals. Divya’s apt vocals, the folksy mood, and the infusion of EDM beats in between. A likable track, must be effective on screen. 

8. Sanke Hai San San – Singer: Bappi Lahiri – The song is undoubtedly catchy and gets even catchier with those groovy beats but Bappi Lahiri fails to engage though he hardly fails to do that. Again, the arrangements, the instruments remain impressively intact throughout the song.

9. Maai – Singer: Sugandha Date – An emotional song was much needed amidst so many outrageous tracks. Sugandha Date, the little angel from the first season of Indian Idol Junior has done a phenomenal job, handling this mature composition so responsibly. The arrangements are top notch! Endearing! #WelcomeSong

10. Sab Dhan Maati (Radio Mix) / Sab Dhan Maati – Singer: Arijit Singh / Amruta Fadnavis – Another track high on emotional content with moving lyrics by Manoj Muntashir. Arijit, as we all know, sings his heart out along with all the technical beauty in his vocals. Amruta, (get ready for the surprise) is the wife of the chief minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis. She proves to be an excellent singer. Her vocals seem absolutely suitable for a song like this. Moving! 

In an album with such low scope for music, Salim-Sulaiman has delivered a soundtrack which is one of their career-best. 

The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE




Charmless!! (Wedding Pullav – Music Review)

Wedding Pullav seems to be the film that is based on the similar traditional rom-com concept of two best friends falling in love. Its music is being looked forward to as it’s a comeback movie of Salim-Sulaiman as composers.

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Music: Salim-Sulaiman;  Lyrics: Irfan Siddiqui;  Music Label: Zee Music Company

1. Oh Jaaniya – Singers: Salim Merchant, Shreya Ghoshal, Raj Pandit – Salim, being a tyrant, captures the whole song, leaving less space for Shreya Ghoshal to spread her magnificence. Raj Pandit’s portion is aptly short. The song represents a very cliche`d style of duo and Salim being on the mic himself, only magnifies this typicality. Nevertheless, it’s soothing enough to please you though not for long. Decently attempted.

2. Naseeba / Naseeba (Reprise) – Singer: Sunidhi Chauhan / Sreerama Chandra – Perfectly owned by Sunidhi, this song is impressively written by Irfan, pouring out the confusing emotions well on the ordinary yet soothing tune by the duo. Quite interestingly Sarangi is brought out at places though they could have worked out some more attractive elements. Reprise is extremely simple with just a Guitar, still sounds beautiful in Sreeram’s vocals. Sunidhi flawlessly impresses!

3. The Wedding Pullav – Arijit Singh, Salim Merchant – There are elements in this song that one doesn’t expect to be in a wedding song. Half of the song has dull beats though the tune is catchy and soothing as well, plus Arijit’s vocals give the song that grand texture it needed. As one expects, a wedding song mostly comprises of dhols nagadas the second half of the song has heavy club beats that sound inappropriate. Likable.

4. Party Karni Hai – Salim Merchant, Apeksha Dandekar – Quite heavy beats they used for this club track, still it poorly fails to create any impact. The composition is too weak to engage and the beats are used vaguely, not showing any kind of creativity or novelty. Irfan’s lyrics too are too ordinary to be mentioned. Miserably fails!

5. Ishq Da Panga – Singers: Vipul Mehta, Shalmali Kholgade – Going on the lines of Jigad Da Tukda, this song, just like its parent, does not present anything to boast about. Shalmali manages to get through impressively but Vipul hardly manages to impress. Composition is weak again and it seems that the duo hasn’t made much efforts to glorify it. Charmless.

6. Banjaare – Singers: Digvijay Singh, Minal Jain – Apart from the chorus portion, things hardly impress. Minal does sound good though. Composition is decent enough to be liked but gradually it is felt to be dull. Lyrics are not able to behold the grace which has been tried with different portions of arrangements. As ordinary as it could be

7. Lagan Lagi – Singer: Raj Pandit;  Lyrics: Bulleh Shah (Traditional) – This is something different than usual to be heard in this soundtrack. Raj Pandit impressively own this song with a powerful composition that does create impact unlike other songs in the album. Rhythmic! #WelcomeSong

Not such an impressive comeback by Salim-Sulaiman.

The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM 



Respected Aadarniya Ungli!! (Ungli – Music Review)

Rensil D’Silva is back with his new youth-based flick on corruption which is expected to have some quirky dialogues, some whistle blowing content and a moral for all of us. It seems that the success of Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania has lured Dharma to go again for multi-composer formula with not just two but four composers for five songs among which Gulraj Singh having two and Sachin-Jigar, Salim-Sulaiman, Aslam Keyi with one each. ungli-pic-1


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1. Dance Basanti – Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Anushka Manchanda;  Music: Sachin-Jigar;  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya

When I heard it for the first time, I was very disappointed from the composers who just created a mind blowing soundtrack of Happy Ending but later I found that this song has an amazing power of growing in you. The more you listen to it, the more you enjoy it. That not-so-catchy hook line on the first listen, now sounds really addictive. Vishal is a power house for these kind of songs. Anushka has a negligible role and it’s a kind of a song that Amitabh can write even in his most unconscious mode. A simple fun catchy track that grows steadily.


2. Pakeezah – Singer: Gulraj Singh;  Music: Gulraj Singh;  Lyrics: Manoj Yadav

When you hear a word like pakeezah, that 1971 film’s image of the same name strikes you and the word itself is a heavy Urdu but Manoj Yadav has quite intelligently made it the hook of this lighthearted track which just implies the thought ishq tera mera, rab se zyada which Gulraj has cutely sung and composed with mild Guitar arrangements and use of Harmonica at places that fantastically fits in the voids. The composition seems to be very Pritam-ish, especially the line ishq tera mera. It’s a kind of a song that all age people will enjoy. A song with a long shelf life. 


3. Aadarniya Ungli – Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Neeti Mohan;  Music: Gulraj Singh;  Lyrics: Manoj Yadav

This song is all about creativity. Gulraj and Manoj Yadav unlike in Pakeezah, combines here for letting their anti-corruption rebel go free from all the boundaries and that’s how such creativity born. Starting from the singing, Vishal has nailed it completely, in full enthusiasm depicting what fun he would be having in recording this track. Neeti Mohan should have got a proper antara to sing, which also ends very abruptly sounding a bit odd. Lyrics plays a very prominent role in this track as it covers the whole theme of the film, of what it is actually about. Manoj Yadav has done a fabulous job, using phrases like overall duniya ghus gayi under the table, depicting the situation of corruption in our country in a very humorous way. He also tells the importance of beech ki Ungli. Gulraj could have improvised a bit in the at your service part but I guess it’s just the way it is. The song has been mixed extremely well and also arrangements creating a good impact. What Ungli is all about in just 3:44 minutes shedding fun and creativity. #WelcomeSong


4. Auliya – Singer: Armaan Malik;  Music: Salim-Sulaiman;  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya

With utterly mild and simple arrangements on Piano and Guitar, Salim-Sulaiman soothe you with their amazing composition that literally warms your heart. Getting Armaan on board is a treat for the listeners as his melodious vocals winning over the pacifying melody that can easily be played on a repeat mode. Amitabh’s lyrics gives a beautiful contentment which also motivates you a lot. A peaceful melody, depicting a prayer from the almighty for motivation. 


5. Ungli Pe Nachalein – Singers: Dev Negi, Shipra Goyal;  Music: Aslam Keyi;  Lyrics: Kumaar

This track seems to be in the end credits as it’s the most meaningless song of the album, not at all defining what actually it wants to say. Shipra’s portion is avoidable, leaving just the hook line Ungli Pe Nachalein as an enjoyable part in which Dev Negi’s voice sounds perfect for it. Though Aslam has attempted a catchy tune and though being successful in it to a certain extent, he could have improvised it a lot which he didn’t. If it falls on your ears, just enjoy the beats! 


Ungli is one of the best Multi-Composer albums in recent times. Sachin-Jigar, Salim-Sulaiman, Gulraj Singh and Aslam Keyi scored decently good with their partners Amitabh Bhattacharya, Manoj Yadav and Kumaar respectively. 


The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE



Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (November 2014)

Singer of the Month (Female):  Rajashwari Pathak – Sun Balam (Rang Rasiya)

Singer of the Month (Male):  Arijit Singh – Sajde (Kill Dil)

Singer Jodi of the Month:  Shankar Mahadevan & Sonu Nigam – Kill Dil (Kill Dil) 

Composer of the Month (Song):  Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy – Sajde (Kill Dil)

Lyricist of the Month:  Priya Saraiya – Mileya Mileya (Happy Ending)

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

Song of the Month:  Sajde – Kill Dil  (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Gulzar)

Album of the Month:  Happy Ending (Eros Music)


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Compilations of Disappointments! (Kaanchi – Music Review)

When you think of Subhash Ghai, what comes first to your mind? His films? No! His films’ music. He is gifted with a musical ear and a musical luck, as said by him. That’s the reason why even today, songs of Pardes, Taal or Yuvraaj pleases us in a way that no other album can. It was sanctity and innocence in those songs. If talking about sanctity, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas were no less. We thought it was Ismail Darbar’s magic which showered us with that bliss but the scene was something different. Something mysterious that we came to know just last year when Ramleela released….Kaanchi..._poster


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Music Label:  Mukta Arts


1. Kaanchi Re Kaanchi – Singer: Sukhwinder Singh;  Music: Ismail Darbar;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

It kicks off with a dramatic start in a voice calling “Kaanchiiii”. A very commendable Guitar arrangements have been done by Ismail Darbar. The song is a typical Subhash Ghai zoned, completely nurtured in the Nature’s beauty. The sounds of birds chirping and the chorus by kids are treats to listen. The trumpet has been played mildly in the interlude which sounds beautiful. Ismail Darbar optimizes Sukhwinder’s vocals accurately and has kept everything perfect according to the needs. Lyrics is apt for the situation. It would make you remember Taal Title Track and I Love My India of Pardes. Though they were much much much beautiful.


2. Tu Sab Kuch Re – Singers: Sonu Nigam, Anwesha Sarkar, Ismail Darbar;  Music: Ismail Darbar;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

Anweshaa, the Chhote Ustaad contestant belonged to Shreya school of singing. Ismail Darbar efficiently utilizes her vocals to the level it could be. Though Shreya would have given this song a magical approach but Anweshaa too carried the song quite well along with Sonu Nigam whom we are listening in a track like this after a very long time. The composition at instances, gives resemblance to Tera Jaadu Chal Gaya. Again, the former was incomparable. Here also, he has used chorus wonderfully and placed his vocals at places. Irshad Kamil is expert when it comes to centralizing the love. Brass sections could have been improved. Specially, in the end, that shaadi-like arrangement doesn’t sound nice. A very ordinary but breezy romantic composition when considering Subhash Ghai, Ismail Darbar and Irshad Kamil.


3. Main Mushtanda – Singers: Mika, Aishwarya Majumdar;  Music: Subhash Ghai;  Lyrics: Subhash Ghai                

Whatever the name Subhash Ghai you have associated to till now, this song will break all those past imaginations and land into contradictions. That gentleman has composed and written this song and it is for the very first time. Surprisingly, the song doesn’t at all match up to his image. First of all, the composition is totally avoidable. It has some non-sense Honey Singh type raps that annoy a lot.  Talking about lyrics, well, using lines like mere tann mein seduction or arey lust karun ya love karun are vulgar and falls into the anti Subhash Ghai school of music. There was no benefit of taking Mika. Honey Singh se hi kaam chal jaata.


4. Kambal Ke Neeche – Singers: Neeti Mohan, Aishwarya Majumdar, Aman Trikha, Sanchita Bhattacharya;  Music: Ismail Darbar;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

The song which has been appearing in news for very long, is nothing but a waste of excitement. I don’t know why Irshad Kamil has been credited in this. Makers have used all the old Subhash Ghai, Ismail Darbar and  Salim-Sulaiman songs and just added Kambal Ke Neeche. So, it is like Do dil mil rahe hain…. Kambal Ke Neeche. Okay, that is so vulgar but atleast makes some sense. But what’s this: Main ramta jogi main ramta jogi… Kambal Ke Neeche or Ye dil deewana… Kambal Ke Neeche. Does it make any sense? I doubt if he (Subhash Ghai) is the same person who is known for his musical taste and ears. Whoever has done the compilation of the songs, is so unintelligent, unlearned and is born with a missing common sense. I hope he is not the filmmaker himself. Do you criticize the lyrics of item songs? Well, you won’t, from now. Just listen to this.


5. Thumka – Singers: Sonu Nigam, Suzanne D’Mello;  Music: Salim-Sulaiman;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

Now, this track neither belongs to Subhash Ghai type music category nor it has potential to irritate the listeners as some of the above the songs did. The moment it stars, you come to know that it’s a Salim-Sulaiman song because the techno rhythm at the start gives instant resemblance to Aadat Se Majboor (Ladies Vs Ricky Behl). It’s a kind of a club track though it is not as fast as most club tracks are. Composition is quite ordinary but likable. The same case goes with the lyrics. It is Sonu Nigam’s vocals that gives the song a special treatment. Salim-Sulaiman could have composed something much better but we should remain satisfied with what we got. Definitely makes a one-time listen!


6. Kaisa Hai Dard Mera – Singer: Ankit Tiwari;  Music: Ismail Darbar;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

It’s a sad haunting melody taking us to the typical Ismail Darbar zone beautifully crooned by Ankit Tiwari. It’s a song that would be with you for very long. I wish it had another version in the voice of Sonu Nigam. Ankit Tiwari at some places sounds like Mohit Chauhan. The first interlude is inspired by Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam tunes which I tried to ignore but landed out comparing. Obviously, that was much better. In the second interlude, the weird jugalbandi of Electric Guitar and Violin sounds very odd. The same happens with the drums at the end of the second antara. Barring minor nuances, it’s a winner in the soundtrack! #WelcomeSong


7. Hindustan Kahan Hai – Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Mohit Chauhan, Raj Pandit;  Music: Salim-Sulaiman;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

A good use of Saare Jahaan Se Achha and Jana Gana Mana to make an efficient patriotic song. Sukhwinder’s vocals provided the needed energy and Mohit Chauhan provided the needed emotion in the song. Nicely written by Irshad Kamil, this song has been composed by keeping in mind all the traits of a patriotic song. Salim-Sulaiman captured the beauty of the composition very well by creating beautiful chorus, and backing vocals by Salim himself. Well, it depends on the film that whether this song would make a secure place in Independence and Republic Day functions but all I can say that it has been composed with great efficiency.


8. Koshampa – Singers: Aman Trikha, Sanchita Bhattacharya, Anwesha Sarkar, Subhash Ghai;  Music: Ismail Darbar;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

Ismail Darbar here uses all the reality show singers. Aman Trikha from Sur Kshetra, Sanchita from SaReGaMaPa Li’l Champs and Anwesha from Chhote Ustaad. But they are not little, they are not chhote. They have all grown big and sung with amazing energy. The song starts with Saare Jahaan Se Achha tune and then no body knows where does it go. It seems to be a pointless composition. Also, the lyrics is not at all clearly depicting what the song is about. A cycle bell sound overlaid by Accordion is played throughout the track and gets formed into a very boring creation. A very boring composition!


9. Adiye Adiye – Singers: Sanchita Bhattacharya, Avril Quadros;  Music: Ismail Darbar;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

It’s a weird composition and a very irritating one, annoyingly sung by Sanchita. It’s a composition which gives the image that resembles Indian mythological animated movies where we are often made to see some Rakshas partying and enjoying together. There’s also a devil’s laughter which is played at places. I am not gonna believe that it is written by Irshad Kamil. No, I won’t! Beware of this track!


Kaanchi is a very disappointing soundtrack. Barring few tracks, it is stale, irritating and poignant. Some tracks are even bad for health and give shock to its listeners when they read names like Subhash Ghai, Ismail Darbar and Irshad Kamil. Ismail Darbar had criticized Rahman a lot when he had won the Oscar and alleged him of lifting the tune. He totally showed his jealousy towards him. Now when he got the opportunity to compose for Subhash Ghai, why didn’t he make good use of this opportunity? Everyone knows what a gem Taal album was and how good Yuvraaj album was! Leaving Tu Sab Kuch Re and Kaisa Hai Dard Mera, none of his other composition lived up to the expectation. Talking about his past records of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas, well they were Sanjay Leela Bhansali films. As you all have heard the Ramleela album by SLB, you must be knowing now that they were his sounds and not Ismail Darbar’s. Without SLB, he was nothing and he is nothing and he will be nothing. An unexpected shock from Subhash Ghai and Irshad Kamil. An expected shock from Ismail Darbar. And Salim-Sulaiman gets hidden somewhere in this lengthy soundtrack. 


The Final Verdict:  OKAY



Listeners Ki Sameekshaa  (Public Review)

  •  The soft songs are nice but the dance tracks are very hate-able, my favorites are the title track, Tu Sab Kuch Re and Hindustan Kahan Hai
  • In all the noise I forgot to say this every important thing. I hope after Kaanchi Subhash Ghai retires for good. Celluloid is crying.
  • The songs of Kaanchi are good Subhash Ghai is awesome.
  • The music of Kaanchi is intoxicating.. My fav is Sab kuch re!!
  • Kambal ke Neeche is funny… The outstanding track from Kaanchi is Thumka. Adiye from Kaanchi is refreshing..specially the laughter in between..
  • Heard few songs from Kaanchi… Bleeding from ears … Bad Mornings


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