Neeraj Shridhar as a Composer!! (Irada – Music Review)

An eco-thriller directed by Aparnaa Singh has Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, Divya Dutt along with other notable actors. The music of the film is given by well-noted singer Neeraj Shridhar and Irada is his first film as a music director.

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Music: Neeraj Shridhar;  Lyrics: Neeraj Shridhar;  Music Label: Junglee Music


1. Mahi – Singers: Harshdeep Kaur, Shabab Sabri – Harshdeep takes off quite well though she lacks the charm that she carries with her in every song. The song lacks in novelty and fails in engaging. It would have helped if Shabab had got some prominent lines to sing, making it a proper duet. It would bring some color to the composition. It ends in a very traditional way, leaving no room for any kind of creative impact.


2. Irada – Nikhil Uzgare – Belonging to Bollywood Rock, a genre that, if not composed well, becomes a daunting task to hear, this song is nothing more than that. Nikhil’s efforts are acknowledgeable. Lyrics could have been way better, although that would not have helped the song much. Tiresome. 


3. Chaand Rajai Odhe – Singer: Papon – A lullaby relief is here, a song with soothing notes rendered in a more soothing vocal of Papon. The song is too long, though. Reaching the end, one tends to feel a little bored. The motive of a lullaby is to provide a sleep not out of boredom. If the song had a shorter duration, it would have been much interesting and engaging.


4. Mitran De – Singers: Master Saleem, KaurB., Earl Edgar – This sounds like one of those necessary songs that are kept while the end titles roll. It’s another Punjabi flavored heard before track following the similar graph of notes, playing extremely safe. Master Saleem’s vocals somehow take the song forward. That hardly helps, though.


Neeraj Shridhar’s disappointing debut. 

Worth Listening: Chaand Rajai Odhe

The Final Verdict: 1/5

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A “Could have been better” Album!! (Teraa Surroor – Music Review)

Himesh Reshammiya is back with a sequel to his decade-old first film as an actor Aap Ka Suroor – The Movie. Needless to say who has given the music.

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Music: Himesh Reshammiya;  Music Label: T-Series


1. Main Woh Chaand – Singer: Darshan Raval;  Lyrics: Sameer Anjaan – Darshan Raval has become one of the most regular singers of HR. His vocals really suit the HR style of music. The composition is actually likable and a proper Reshammiya stuff but the arrangements are very Mithoon-ish. The ordinary digital beats increase the typicality of the track and make it sound repetitive.


2. Bekhudi – Singers: Darshan Raval, Aditi Singh Sharma;  Lyrics: Sameer Anjaan – On the lines of Naina Re, the song does not fall into the trap of repetitiveness. HR has done fine arrangements here, creating a tune of his very own style, having Darshan on board which all add up to make it sound really good. The HR kind of tune. 


3. Wafa Ne Bewafai – Singers: Arijit Singh, Neeti Mohan, Suzanne D’Mello;  Lyrics: Sameer Anjaan – The album gets even better with this song having constant anthem-like beats which sound amazing only till a certain period of time. The arrangements could have been varied, especially in Neeti’s antara. This would have sounded equally good in HR’s voice too. One ought to love it if one has a developed taste of HR’s style. #WelcomeSong


4. Teri Yaad / Teri Yaad (Reprise) – Singers: Himesh Reshammiya, Badshah / Himesh Reshammiya;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed – Although it’s also one of the typical HR style of compositions, it does not belong to the likable ones. HR seems to have tried the Khiladi 786 kind of rap oriented track but has failed miserably. Badshah’s rap is a huge let down, so is HR’s composition. But the Reprise version is quite soothing and likable.


5. Adhuri Zindagi – Rituraj Mohanty;  Lyrics: Sameer Anjaan – This is very unlike HR and this non-HR approach of HR doesn’t seem to have gone in his favor. Rituraj does effort but doesn’t seem much impressive. The duration should have been shorter. Arrangements are good, the composition is not.


6. Ishq Samundar (Reloaded) – Singers: Himesh Reshammiya, Kanika Kapoor;  Lyrics: Anand Raj Anand – It should be quite interesting to know how and why did Anand Raj Anand use his own composition in HR’s film and not even take credit for music but only for lyrics, which was not even penned by him but Dev Kohli. Moreover, Kanika is not even near to what Sunidhi has done in the original and the hook line in HR’s voice does not sound as effective as it did in Anand’s voice. Sunidhi is incomparable in the original. 


An album in which Himesh Reshammiya could have done a lot better than what he did. 


The Final Verdict:  OKAY

The Verdict Order: DISGAREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE

 

 

Rhythmically Poor!! (Rhythm – Music Review)

It’s a romantic musical directed by Vivek Kumar starring Adeel Chaudhry and Rinil Routh in the lead roles. Music is given by Adeel Chaudhry, Suresh Peters & Salman Ahmad, Naveed Zafar & Pranay Rijia.

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Music Label: Zee Music Company 


1. Do You Wanna Dance With Me – Singers: Sunidhi Chauhan, Suresh Peters;  Music: Suresh Peters;  Lyrics: Sameer Anjaan – To begin with, beats are pretty cool if not amazing but the problem lies particularly in the composition which could have been a lot better considering the scope and the vocals. Sunidhi owns it completely. 


2. Yaaro – Singers: Sunidhi Chauhan, Salman Ahmad;  Music: Salman Ahmad;  Lyrics: Salman Ahmad – Salman Ahmad performs even worse. Even Sunidhi fails to make the track sound appealing. Except the comparatively soft portion of the song, nothing appeals. The most annoying part is yaaro. Lyrics is avoidable. Thumbs down.


3. Ankhon Se Ojhal / Ankhon Se Ojhal (Sad) – Singer: Adeel Chaudhry;  Music: Adeel Chaudhry;  Lyrics: Sameer Anjaan – Adeel Chaudhry as a singer although sounds ordinary, sounds better in the sad version. And as a composer, he is just an addition to Mithoon & co. following the same league of depressed, heart-broken lover churning out a composition which appeals immensely for few days and vanishes like it never existed.


 

4. Kaise Boloon – Singer: Salman Ahmad;  Music: Salman Ahmad;  Lyrics: Salman Ahmad – The title is so apt. Kaise Boloon. I really do not know what to say and how to say anything about this song. I even failed to know whether it is a romantic, a club or a thriller track. Lyrics tells that it’s a romantic song as it says I am in love, soul to soul. But the composition is soulless.


5. Yeh Nasha – Singers: KK, Natalie Di Luccio;  Music: Pranay Rijia;  Lyrics: Sameer Anjaan – KK really has this ability to turn an avoidable track into a likable melody. The antara sounds so beautiful in his voice that you do not want it to end. Natalie has a very insignificant role. Composition is ordinary but the antara is really good. KK steals the show and how!


6. Fattey Chuck – Singer: Naveed Zafar;  Music: Naveed Zafar;  Lyrics: Naveed Zafar – The similar kind of track which you must have heard lot of times before. Naveed completely lost this opportunity where there was much scope to do experiments with techno sounds. Skip! 


The album offers nothing. Not even good rhythm. 


The Final Verdict:  DISAGREE

The Verdict Order:  DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE

 

Shravan-less Nadeem!! (Ishq Forever – Music Review)

Nadeem Saifi of Nadeem-Shravan fame is back with a romantic movie directed by Sameer Sippy starring Krishna Chaturvedi, a newcomer and Ruhi Singh.

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Music: Nadeem Saifi;  Lyrics: Sameer Anjaan;  Music Label: Zee Music Company 


1. Ishq Forever – Singers: Jubin Nautiyal, Palak Muchhal – Nadeem seems to have tried retaining his own sound and giving the modern touch as well, he seems to be having success in this by the kind of composition it has turned out to be. Lyrics terribly suffers with the title-obsession. The suffering is this: jisse bhi ishq karo, ishq forever karo. Yes, now you know. Nice melody suffered by terrible lyrics.


2. Expectation – Singer: Neeti Mohan – Again, poor lyrics add up to the already unimpressive composition with extremely poor recording and arrangements. Neeti’s energetic vocals fail to give the song any energy. Disappointing.


3. Happy Birthday – Singer: Nakash Aziz – Surprisingly quite an impressive tune from Nadeem but unfortunately he doesn’t seem to be very comfortable with the changed sound. The track doesn’t sound fresh and that’s all what is lacking in this otherwise feel-good melody.


4. Ishq Ki Baarish – Singers: Javed Ali, Shreya Ghoshal – Quite a melodious song that again suffers with the problem of staleness. The melody seems to belong to early 2000s. Shreya’s touch lacks though Javed is in pretty good form. Lacks appeal.


5. Bilkul Socha Na – Singers: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Palak Muchhal – Although this melody seems to have kept alive from the Nadeem-Shravan era, it still has that freshness, and the recording has been done really well. Impressive. #WelcomeSong


6. Mere Ankhon Se Nikle Ansoo – Singers: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shreya Ghoshal – This is the stalest song having that typical 90s sound of Nadeem-Shravan which totally fails to appeal. Rahat’s vocals sound suitable though, Shreya does not have much of a role. Lyrics is extremely typical. Staled 90s melody.


7. Oh My God – Singers: Siddharth Mahadevan, Sarosh Nanavaty – Nadeem gracefully saves the worst for the last. Siddharth tries hard to sound it good but the composition is extremely poor and unappealing that it remains to be a passable track.


Nadeem without Shravan in 2016 comes back with an ordinary mixed bag.


The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM

The Verdict Order:  DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE

 

 

 

Engaging!! (Sanam Teri Kasam – Music Review)

The film is directed by the director duo Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru. It has Harshvardhan Rane and Mawra Hocane in lead roles. The music is given by Himesh Reshammiya.

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Music: Himesh Reshammiya;  Music Label: Eros Music 


1. Sanam Teri Kasam / Sanam Teri Kasam (Reprise) – Singers: Ankit Tiwari, Palak Muchhal / Mohammed Irfan, Palak Muchhal;  Lyrics: Sameer Anjaan – The title track is a melodious Reshammiya product, typically starts with high notes which Ankit Tiwari sounded more comfortable with, than Mohammed Irfan in the reprise who seemed a bit lost in the mukhda but regained his comfort in antara. Palak sounds sweet with one line repeated after each stanza. A could-have-been-better kind of melody. 


2. Kheech Meri Photo – Singers: Neeti Mohan, Akasa Singh & Darshan Raval;  Lyrics: Sameer Anjaan – If it’s intentional, as does it seem to be, it’s one of the most interesting tracks of Himesh. The weirdness of Neeti’s rendered hook line is clearly the main attraction of the song. The song doesn’t make much sense when you focus on the lyrics but who cares till it entertains you completely. Must Listen!


3. Bewajah – Singer: Himesh Reshammiya;  Lyrics: Sameer Anjaan – The composer comes before the mic for this one and does the job fabulously. It’s a strong melody from him on which he laid the arrangements quite decently with Drums, Guitars and Piano accompanying each other nicely. Impressive. 


4. Tera Chehra – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed – Guitar and Tabla quite sportingly accompanies Arijit right from the start until Violin enters after the first antara and refreshes the whole track which might have gone monotonous. A romantic track rendered by Arijit with perfection and composed by Himesh with sincerity. 


5. Haal-E-Dil (Male) / Haal-E-Dil (Female) – Singer: Sreerama Chaandra / Neeti Mohan;  Lyrics: Sameer Anjaan – An extremely effective track with the melancholic mood which Himesh sets fire to with his beautiful composition. Both the versions are equally good though the male version having more charm in the mukhda and the female one having that in the antara, the melody remains compelling. #WelcomeSong


6. Ek Number – Singers: Himesh Reshammiya, Neeti Mohan;  Lyrics: Himesh Reshammiya – It’s quite a decent likable track if you ignore the lyrics. It’s quite difficult to do that though. Given the fact that Himesh has written it, the lyrics is nice on that basis but otherwise, it’s actually degrading the otherwise an enjoyable track. Antara has a very sudden seriousness yet it doesn’t create any jerk in the fun mood of the song. Lyrics written by the composer himself contributes towards spoiling his own composition. 


7. Main Teri Yaadon Mein – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Lyrics: Subrat Sinha – It’s such a nice composition that it had sounded fabulous if the techno sounds were not being kept in the background. Even if they were, they should not have been kept constant. They needed to be having a lot of variations in order to make it interesting. Good melody, gets monotonous due to arrangements. 


Thoroughly impressive album from Himesh Reshammiya.


The Final Verdict:  OKAY

The Verdict Order:  DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE

 

 

 

Tolerable!! (Welcome 2 Karachi – Music Review)

The film is a political satire about two Indians who land in Karachi, without their passports. No sooner do they get trapped in the web of the Taliban and try to find a way to get back to India. The film is directed by Ashish R Mohan and produced by Vashu Bhagnani and Uzair Junejo. The album consists of four songs, two by Rochak Kohli and one each by Jeet Gannguli and Amjad-Nadeem.

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Music Label: T-Series


1. Lalla Lalla Lori – Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Shivi;  Music: Rochak Kohli;  Lyrics: Rochak Kohli – Another alcohol-obsessed song which hardly implies any meaning in any of the lines. Rochak Kohli has been consistently good till now and this must be his worst composition and lyrics (why did he even try writing it?). Vishal Dadlani’s vocals have either been programmed so badly or they are infected because he is not being able to be recognized. Shivi has got few lines which do not hold much importance to the song. Ridiculously written!


2. Boat Ka Kudookoo – Singers: Mika Singh, Shivi, Deane Sequiera, Rochak Kohli;  Music: Rochak Kohli;  Lyrics: Rochak Kohli, Ravi Singhal – Another party track (thankfully no alcohol here), which has nothing but some regular beats, extremely weak tune and ordinary programming. Mika must have got bored of singing such similar kind of tracks which neither promises enjoyable experience nor present any creativity. Boring!


3. Shakira – Singer: Shalmali Kholgade;  Music: Jeet Gannguli;  Lyrics: Kausar Munir – It would have been good if Jeet Gannguli had got a slow track. Unfortunately gets an item song that thankfully not being written cheaply, with decent words and phrases. Composition could have been much better considering the level of Jeet Gannguli, still Shalmali’s vocals helped in making it sound a decent attempt. Not cheap though very ordinary. 

4. Chal Bhaag – Singers: Wajid, Love Juneja;  Music: Amjad-Nadeem;  Lyrics: Sameer Anjaan – A song on Rock arrangements with Electric Guitars sounds promising until it reaches the hook line where it says “chal bhaag nahi toh G pe laat pad jayegi”. The composition also then starts getting repetitive and monotonous. Bogus!


An album with nothing interesting. 


The Final Verdict:  DISAGREE

The Verdict Order:  DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE

Beware of this Irritating Keeda!! (Action Jackson – Music Review)

After a musical success like R..Rajkumar, Prabhu Deva switched to Himesh Reshammiya after working with Sajid-Wajid, Sachin-Jigar and Pritam. I would call it a bad switching. No? What? Himesh is a good composer? Yes, he is but not this time, no, not at all this time! Beware of him! Here, read and know why I am warning you.

 

 

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Music: Himesh Reshammiya;  Music Label: Eros Music

 

1. Keeda – Singers: Himesh Reshammiya, Neeti Mohan;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed

Those buzzing insects that irritates you in the rainy season, insects which look and sound so bad that you can’t tolerate them even for a second, well this song is not that bad, which means you can tolerate it atleast for a minute. After hearing this track, I felt pity for Neeti Mohan that after few years when she’ll look at the list of the songs she did in the beginning of her career, she’ll come across Keeda and feel ashamed. But being a young singer, you simply can’t reject a song from a composer like Himesh Reshammiya. Now more than Himesh, let’s come to highlighter of this track, Mr. Shabbir Ahmed. From many years I have been trying to find some meaning in his lyrics but this man always fails me. This time, he has crossed the limits of being a nonsense lyricist. Okay, I have to mention some lines from this epic track – Tumse milne ka keeda andar hai, dating karle tu, open calender hai, som, mangal, budh, guru, shukr, shani ravi, aaja meri gali, aaja meri gali. 

 

2. Punjabi Mast – Singers: Himesh Reshammiya, Ankit Tiwari, Arya Acharya, Vineet Singh, Alam Gir Khan, Neeti Mohan;  Lyrics: Sameer Anjaan

HR used so many singers for THIS song!! Shabbir’s brother from another mother is Mr. Sameer Anjaan who has just kept on degrading himself in these years. Bringing a hook line Surya ast, Punjabi mast, depicts how much he has lowered down his standard. HR seems to be no different, using some outdated techno sounds and badly arranged Nagada and a waste queue of such good singers. Not a catchy hook, not a well arranged sound and a landing into the “similar” kind of stuffs.

 

3. Chichora Piya – Singers: Himesh Reshammiya, Shalmali Kholgade;  Lyrics: SameerAnjaan

There’s a hook tune that is somewhat very addictive but the rest of the song is simply intolerable. Situation gets worse when HR enters with his high pitched vocals and croons some horrible lines that he has composed with Sameer Anjaan. Pity on Shalmali as well. Till now, he used her in decent tracks but now she is also trapped in that horribleness. HR has used Shehnai in its baddest form and arranged the song in a very unattractive manner. Yes that tune attracts you from distance, but do not go near to it!

 

4. Dhoom Dhaam – Singers: Ankit Tiwari, Palak Muchhal;  Lyrics: Sameer Anjaan

What a late 80’s song HR has made! Ankit is the track’s highlight and Palak sounds as artificial as always. I liked that Daphli but it hardly matters as the composition and lyrics are so damn stale that it’s really hard to believe that you are actually listening to a 2014 song. What the hell does bas teri dhoom dhaam hai mean! The antara gets even more stale and stodgy and leaves you with nothing but just tolerance.

 

5. Gangster Baby – Singers: Neeraj Shridhar, Neeti Mohan;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed

Neeti Mohan’s another horrible track which is a kind of a theme track where Neeraj Shridhar’s avoidable rap and Ajay Devgn’s me criminally good only worsen it. Shabbir’s extremely nonsensical lyrics doesn’t provide the meaning of a single line it says. HR has kept the beats similar to what we hear in low standard orchestra parties. This is not even worth touching. All I want to say is bechaari Neeti!

 

Himesh Reshammiya’s worst performance till date. One of the most badly composed, written and recorded albums of all time. 

 

The Final Verdict:  DISAGREE

The Verdict Order:  DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE

 

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