3rd Annual Musical Sameekshaa Awards 2015 (Results)

Thank you everybody who voted. May the most deserving nominee win in every category.

Here are the Results: 


Best Engineer: DJ Phukan, Sunny MR, Nikhil Paul George, Tanuj Tiku, Jim Satya – Premika (Dilwale)

Best Arranger: Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Deewani Mastani (Bajirao Mastani)

DEBUT Awards:

Best Debut Singer (Female): Payal Dev – Ab Tohe Jane Na Doongi (Bajirao Mastani)

Best Debut Singer (Male): Sayed Asrar Shah – Afghan Jalebi (Phantom)

Best Debut Composer: Tanishk-Vayu – Banno (Tanu Weds Manu Returns)

Best Debut Lyricist: Kunal Vermaa – Hasi (Humari Adhuri Kahani)


Best Singer (Female): Shreya Ghoshal – Deewani Mastani (Bajirao Mastani)

Best Singer (Male): Mohit Chauhan – Matargashti (Tamasha) & Arijit Singh – Aayat (Bajirao Mastani)

Best Singer Jodi: Shreya Ghoshal & Vaishali Made – Pinga (Bajirao Mastani)

Best Composer (Song): AR Rahman – Matargashti (Tamasha)

Best Lyricist: Irshad Kamil – Agar Tum Saath Ho (Tamasha)

Best Composer (Album): Amit Trivedi – Bombay Velvet & Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Bajirao Mastani

Best Song: Matargashti – Tamasha (AR Rahman, Irshad Kamil)

Best Album: Bajrangi Bhaijaan – T-Series

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


Best Backing Vocals / Chorus: Shashi Suman, Kunal Pandit, Prithvi Gandharva, Kanika Joshi, Rashi Raagga, Geetikka Manjrekar – Albela Sajan (Bajirao Mastani) 

Best Use of an Instrument: Accordion by AR Rahman – Matargashti (Tamasha)

Song That Provided Wholesome Entertainment: Matargashti – Tamasha (AR Rahman, Irshad Kamil, Imtiaz Ali, T-Series)

Golden Melody of the Year: Janam Janam – Dilwale (Pritam, Amitabh Bhattacharya)

Height of Consistency: Amitabh Bhattacharya (Singer & Lyricist)

Most Unique Soch: Heer Toh Badi Sad Hai – Tamasha (AR Rahman, Irshad Kamil)

Surprise of the Year: Piku – Zee Music Company 

Singers: Anupam Roy, Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan

Music: Anupam Roy

Lyrics: Manoj Yadav, Anupam Roy

Most Underrated Album of the Year: Bombay Velvet – Sony Music / Zee Music Company

Singers: Shefali Alvares, Neeti Mohan, Papon, Mohit Chauhan

Music: Amit Trivedi

Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya


Musical Sameekshaa Crown:

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR: Neeti Mohan (for her outstanding performance in Bombay Velvet)



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


Blazing Classical!! (Bajirao Mastani – Music Review)

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is back with yet another period drama after a long time with grand sets and enduring classical based music.

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Music: Sanjay Leela Bhansali;  Music Label: Eros Music

1. Deewani Mastani – Singers: Shreya Ghoshal, Ganesh Chandanshive (Qawwali vocals: Mujtaba Aziz Naza, Shahdab Faridi, Altamash Faridi, Farhan Sabri);  Lyrics: Siddharth-Garima (Qawwali Lyrics: Nasir Faraaz, Marathi Lyrics: Ganesh Chandanshive) –
Huff! So many credits! No wonder, it’s the grandest song of the year (if you have seen the video). There’s a Marathi portion with which Ganesh Chandanshive begins the song, Shreya soon takes over with an enormously endearing melody to perform. Without doubts, she justifies it the way nobody else could have. With Oud, the composer has also poured qawwali essence beautifully into the composition and it is melded with sufi-ism found in the lyrics. Percussion in keherwa makes it sound even more royal. The royal garden of melody.

2. Aayat – Singer: Arijit Singh (Qawwali Vocals: Mujtaba Aziz Naza, Shahdab Faridi, Altamash Faridi, Farhan Sabri);  Lyrics: A.M. Turaz (Qawwali Lyrics: Nasir Faraaz) –
A semi-classical ghazal that has the potential to captivate you and spread its charm the moment you begin listening to it. Arijit’s echo-ed vocals have been designed perfectly letting the melody to impact you to a great extent. Bhansali hasn’t dealt much with the complications and kept it simple enough to get on the nerves of listeners quite easily. Arijit is able to mesmerize with beautiful harkats in the lines consisting of “ki tarah”. All the qawwali vocals have been arranged impressively. Violin has been aptly infused in the later part, creating deep emotions and diluting the technicalities. Mesmerizing. 

3. Malhari – Singer: Vishal Dadlani;  Lyrics: Prashant Ingole – This calls for Vishal Dadlani for removing the hangover still left from Ramleela. The fast-paced rhythm of Dhol takes you to the Tatad Tatad zone right away. The song doesn’t offer much and hence becomes the weakest song of the album. It is well arranged and could have been given the soft corner, if the annoying gasping vocal sounds were omitted. On the lines of Tatad Tatad.

 4. Mohe Rang Do Laal – Singers: Pandit Birju Maharaj & Shreya Ghoshal;  Lyrics: Siddharth-Garima – This is the only pure classical song of the album. Based on the raga Poorvi (it seems) although it’s technically limited to the listeners, the song has been sung by Shreya in a way that gives it a slight filmy flavor due to which the song doesn’t land up catering to very limited technically sound listeners but to each of those who have the knack of listening soft music. A rare film track. 

5. Albela Sajan – Singers: Shashi Suman, Kunal Pandit, Prithvi Gandharva, Kanika Joshi, Rashi Raagga & Geetikka Manjrekar;  Lyrics: Traditional – This traditional song that was sung by Sutan Khan in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam was based on the raga Ahir Bhairav while the composer has this time converted it into raga Bhupali which doesn’t actually seem to be a good decision as this song in Bhupali is less appealing and the presentation of it in chorus of six singers is more looking like an All India Radio melody rather than a film track. Anyway, it’s a good attempt and hopefully goes in favor of the film. The Bhupali version. 

6. Ab Tohe Jane Na Doongi – Singers: Payal Dev & Shreyas Puranik;  Lyrics: A.M. Turaz – Payal surprises with her engaging vocals, handles each note, takes every harkat so maturely with ease and not letting the composition predominate her in any way. Infact, she seems to be controlling the composition. Shreyas is impressive too, entering in the second half, providing the much needed totality to the melody. A successful semi-classical attempt written aptly by A.M. Turaz. A heavy melody handled amazingly by both the singers. 

7. Pinga – Singers: Shreya Ghoshal, Vaishali Made;  Lyrics: Siddharth-Garima – “Pinga” is a ceremonial activity that is performed by Maharashtrian (typically Brahmin) married women on the occasion of Mangalagaur. So, there must be this occasion shown in the movie. Shreya and Vaishali have maintained the already lifted spirit of this Marathi track which Bhansali has composed really well keeping it quite engaging, making the listeners remember of Dola Re Dola from Devdas. Percussion is aptly utilized in the arrangements giving nuance to the whole track.  Well-attempted Pinga!

8. Aaj Ibaadat – Singer: Javed Bashir (Backing Vocals: Shahdab Faridi, Altamash Faridi, Shashi Suman, Shreyas Puranik);  Lyrics: A.M. Turaz – A beautiful blending of Hindu devotional and Sufi elements in the composition as well as in the lyrics. Enchantingly played Sitar laid on the Sufi vocal texture of Javed Bashir who spellbinds with his enormous harkats because of which the track is beautified. Well-Ripened.

9. Fitoori – Singer: Vaishali Made (Folk Sung By: Ganesh Chandanshive,  Backing Vocals: Aishwarya Bhandari);  Lyrics: Prashant Ingole (Folk Lyrics: Ganesh Chandanshive) –
Sanjay Leela Bhansali has created a tune which so much goes with the mujra flavor. Lyrics do not even need to show its impact, the tune itself is so much in accordance with the mood of a mujra. Vaishali has nailed this one with the vocals the song really needed. Without seeing anything, you’ll be able to visualize a mujra in front of you. Impressive!

10. Gajanana – Singer: Sukhwinder Singh;  Lyrics: Prashant Ingole – Another Ganpati song added to the huge list of such amazing songs being composed. Having Sachin-Jigar, Ajay Atul coming into the scene, the creativity level is so high that this song by Bhansali doesn’t at all grab your attention. Unfortunately, It remains to be a repetitive attempt. 

Certainly, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s best work as a musician.

The Final Verdict:   AGREE




Musical Sameekshaa Trimester-4 Awards 2013 – Results (October November December)

Though this trimester was not so good yet the nominations showed strict competition.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s Ramleela and Pritam‘s R…Rajkumar and Dhoom 3 produced a great excitement in this trimester awards.

Note – The results are not at all biased and are given after a serious analysis of each category. I hope you all like the results.




Best Recorded Song:  Dhat Teri Ki (Gori Tere Pyaar Mein)


Best Arranged Song:  Saree Ke Fall Sa (R…Rajkumar)


Best Use of an Instrument:  Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Shehnaayi in Poore Chaand (Ramleela)


Song That Provided Wholesome Entertainment: Saree Ke Fall Sa (R…Rajkumar)


Best Singer (Female):  Sunidhi Chauhan – Mat Maari (R…Rajkumar)


Best Singer (Male):  Arijit Singh – Laal Ishq (Ramleela)


Best Singer Jodi:  Nakash Aziz & Antara Mitra – Saree Ke Fall Sa (Ramleela)


Best Music:  Pritam – Dhoom Tap (Dhoom 3)


Best Lyrics:  Siddharth-Garima – Laal Ishq (Ramleela)


Best Song:  Malang – Dhoom 3 (Pritam, Sameer) & Laal Ishq – Ramleela (Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Siddharth-Garima)


Best Album:  Dhoom 3 – YRF Music


Next:  Musical Sameekshaa Awards 2013 – Nominees

Musical Sameekshaa Trimester-4 Awards – Nominees (October November December)

In this beautiful year of music, we reach the last segment, the last trimester awards.

The previous three Trimesters had some incredible albums which created a tough competition. However, This last 3 months set was not so great. October was the worst , month for music after March. Some Big film albums like Besharam completely disappointed. This Continued in November also, Krrish 3 being the prime example. Bur from mid November, things steadily came into place.

Albums like Rajjo, Boss, Singh Saab The Great gave same relief. But it was Ramleela, Gori Tere Pyaar Mein and R…Rajkumar that made this trimester quite enjoyable. Sanjay Leela Bhansali tried his hands in composing again after Guzaarish. The result was awesome. Ramleela was an album of full of decorations. It had an enormous combination of semi classical songs and desi commercial songs. Listeners liked almost all the songs and made it one of the best albums of the year. Vishal-Shekhar‘s Gori Tere Pyaar Mein had typical Dharma sound. The songs created right notes with its listeners and immediately jumped at top position on the charts. Pritam with R…Rakumar brought some addictive music with brilliant rhythmic texture and some awesome singers. If some big albums disappointed, some small ones came with huge surprises. The new composer duo Sai and Piyush made their debut album Huff It’s Too Much! with great enthusiasm and struck the right chord among the listeners. Chrantan Bhatt while enjoying the success of his superhit song Har Kisi Ko, composed a beautiful romantic album Ishk Actually which had variety of songs and could be called a perfect album. Club 60 had another debut composer Pranit Gedham who composed a beautiful album.

The Biggest album released as the last album of 2013 Dhoom 3. As everyone had expected, It had that right vibe and colorful sounds. Fusion music had a significant role in its soundtrack.

Some Singles also surprised us. Ishq Bector‘s Besharam Title Track, Chirantan Bhatt’s Har Kisi Ko from Boss, Nitin Raikwar’s Tu Nahi from Satya 2, Sonu Nigam’s Singh Saab The Great Title Track, and Sharib-Toshi’s Kabhi Jo Baadal Barse from Jackpot which pleased all the listeners. So let’s see who is deserving enough to get a nomination.

The Nominees Are:


Best Singer (Female): 

  • Shreya Ghoshal – Dhoop (Ramleela)
  • Shreya Ghoshal – Kabhi Jo Baadal Barse (Jackpot)
  • Aditi Paul – Ang Laga De (Ramleela)
  • Antara Mitra – Saree Ke Fall Sa (R…Rajkumar)
  • Sunidhi Chauhan – Mat Maari (R…Rajkumar)
  • Sunidhi Chauhan – Kamli (Dhoom 3)


Best Singer (Male):

  • Arijit Singh – Har Kisi Ko (Boss)
  • Arijit Singh – Laal Ishq (Ramleela)
  • Sonu Nigam – Singh Saab The Great (Singh Saab The Great)
  • Sanam Puri – Dhat Teri Ki (Gori Tere Pyaar Mein)
  • Nakash Aziz – Saree Ke Fall Sa (R…Rajkumar)
  • Raju Singh – Rooh Mein (Club 60)


Best Singer Jodi:

  •  Arijit Singh & Neeti Mohan – Har Kisi Ko (Boss)
  • Aditi Paul & Osman Mir – Man Mor Bani Thangat Kare (Ramleela)
  • Javed Ali & Bela Shende – Kaise Milu Main Piya (Rajjo)
  • Shankar Mahadevan & Shalmali Kholgade – Chingam Chabake (Gori Tere Pyaar Mein)
  • Nakash Aziz & Antara Mitra – Saree Ke Fall Sa (R…Rajkumar)
  • Siddharth Mahadevan & Shilpa Rao – Malang (Dhoom 3)


Best Music:

  • Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Dhoop (Ramleela)
  • Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Laal Ishq (Ramleela)
  • Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Man Mor Bani Thangat Kare (Ramleela)
  • Pritam – Saree Ke Fall Sa (R…Rajkumar)
  • Pritam – Malang (Dhoom 3)
  • Pritam – Dhoom Tap (Dhoom 3)


Best Lyrics:

  •  Siddharth-Garima – Laal Ishq (Ramleela)
  • Siddharth-Garima – Man Mor Bani Thangat Kare (Ramleela)
  • Kausar Munir – Saamne Hai Savera (Bullet Raja)
  • Kumar – Dhat Teri Ki (Gori Tere Pyaar Mein)
  • Turaz, Azeem Shirazi – Kabhi Jo Baadal Barse (Jackpot)
  • Mahendra Madhukar – Rooh Mein (Club 60)


Best Song:

  • Har Kisi Ko – Boss  (Chirantan Bhatt, Manoj Yadav)
  • Laal Ishq – Ramleela  (Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Siddharth-Garima)
  • Dhat Teri Ki – Gori Tere Pyaar Mein  (Vishal-Shekhar, Kumar)
  • Kabhi Jo Baadal Barse – Jackpot  (Sharib-Toshi, Turaz & Azeem Shirazi)
  • Saree Ke Fall Sa – R…Rajkumar  (Pritam, Mayur Puri)
  • Malang – Dhoom 3  (Pritam, Sameer)


Best Album: 

  • Boss – T Series
  • Huff! It’s Too Much – Goosebumps Music
  • Ramleela – Eros Music
  • Gori Tere Pyaar Mein – Sony Music
  • R…Rajkumar – Eros Music
  • Dhoom 3 – YRF Music


Next:  Musical Sameekshaa Trimester-4 Awards – Results

Sanjay Ki Leela! (Ramleela – Music Review)



It’s now more than a decade when Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam had released. It had a Rajasthani essence to the soundtrack composed by Ismail Darbaar. The songs were super hit and even today whenever they are played, we get lost in that era. After some immortal semi-classical melodies that Ismail Darbaar gave, Sanjay Leela Bhansali moved to Monty Sharma for Black and Saawaraiya and again the result was outstanding. But it was in 2010 when Hritik-Aishwarya starer Gizaarish came that Sanjay Leela Bhansali himself took the responsibility for Music Direction and he produced a nice soundtrack. He is again here as a music director in his latest Ramleela. Though he has composed nicely in Guzaarish and the track of Ramleela are also being noticed, did you miss the music of Monty Sharma in Guzaarish or do you miss the music of Ismail Drabaar in Rameela. Do You??


Music:  Sanjay Leela Bhansali;  Lyrics:  Siddharth-Garima;  Music Label:  Eros Music – S 


1. Ang Laga De – Singers: Aditi Paul, Shail Hada

Starting with a simple synthesizer, this track is an intense sad melody which is a semi classical one. It has a slight inclination to Pratdeep Raag. Though the string and percussion in the first half of the song is typically Indian, the second half is laden with jazzing sound. Aditi Paul, the Indian Idol Season One contestant, (Top Six) sang effortlessly and truly showed her immense dedication and practice these years in her singing. Shail Hada has rendered amazing backing vocals that beautifies the song. This song is a must listen!


2. Dhoop – Singer: Shreya Ghoshal

A typical SLB film song. A typical Ismail Darbaar song. A typical Shreya Ghoshal song. Whatever you call, all are apt for this track. Though Ismai Darbaar has nothing to do with this, but almost all the music lovers would try connecting it with Silsila Ye Chaahat Ka from Devdas. The same sound of pain for love in both the tracks. Though in older one, the pain sounds more serious and intense. Shreya totally rules this semi-classical melody dealing with the incredible ups and downs in the composition. It starts with a painful alaap and the flute has been played gently with the so called hook line. The first and the only interlude has Been and after it, Esraj and Sarangi. The percussion instruments used here are noticeable. Instruments like Tabla, Ghatam / Matka, and Mridangam are beautifully arranged and sounded.


3. Ishqyaun Dhishqyaun – Singer: Aditya Narayan

The sexy sound of Flute is the intro of the song. Aditya Narayan after a very long time has done playback. The use of Flute with beats is a nice attempt. The techno beats and the sound of a toy gun is great. Blending Sarangi with Dhol surrounded by the techno beats is quite creative and applauding. Aditya whose voice sounds partially Shaan’s and partially Udit Narayan’s has done a nice attempt. His romantic giddy voice gives a naughty sound that really goes well with the song.


4. Laal Ishq – Singer: Arijit Singh

It starts with some devotional sounds like bell in a temple and very smoothly turns into a romantic track. With Arijit’s beautifully rendered alaap, this track comes into its full form and creates magic among the listeners. As Arijit takes the alaap, Mridangam has been played enormously and supports him throughout. The composition is a semi-classical rendition based on raag Yaman (Kalyani). The first interlude is piano driven whereas the second one is supported by Shehnaai. The tune of both the antara is totally different. The first ends on the hook line, the second ends in the starting part of mukhda. Tabla in both the antara us played very well. Although Tabla is generally the main instrument in these kind of songs, Bhansali has used Mridangam in a more efficient way and had made it more powerful and improtant. The song also ends in the same way it started with the sounds of temple. Sanjay Leela Bhansali has totally impressed his listeners here. The lyrics are very well written. I should definitely mention this beautifully written line Tujh Sang Bair Lagaya Aisa, Raha Na Main Phir Apne Jaisa. The deep emotions are filled in it. It is Arijit’s best performance undoubtedly. The Lukka Chhupi kind of Guitar in the Tera Naam Ishq doesn’t sound necessary though it doesn’t affect much either. A lovable, memorable immortal melody! The WELCOME song.


5. Lahu Munh Lag Gaya – Singer: Shail Hada

Bhansali’s pet singer Shail Hada presents a solo number here which has a brilliant movable rhythm. The beats are really good and inclined to Garba form.  Sarangi and Been are the prime instruments used. The typical Rajasthani sound has been created by having intelligent arrangements. Shail Hada’s vocals suit very well to the song. Lyrics does not have any prominent role here. The chorus part is done wonderfully. A track with a very short life.


6. Man Mor bani Thangat Kare – Singers: Aditi Paul, Osman Mir

This is a very very well presented song which starts with awesome echo effects and with a supportive Manjeera. It’s a traditional Gujarati folk based track. The lyrics is in pure Gujarati. The vocals of Osman Mir sounded purely traditional and Aditi sang perfectly. The perfect use of Veena has been done in the second interlude. It starts from there and supports the whole antara followed by the interlude. The percussion sound has been kept low to feel the folk-ish atmosphere. Not a song of mass but of class! A must listen for Gujaratis.!


7. Nagada Sang Dhol Baaje – Singers: Shreya Ghoshal, Osman Mir

It is something from which many composers can learn about the presentation of a dance track. It starts in a traditional way with a Shankh. The Been follows faithfully. Shreya Ghoshal enters lavishly with Nagada all around. Bhansali has set an enormously beautiful atmosphere with amazing arrangements and powerful setup of coordination of different instruments. Yes, it sounds a lot similar to the memorable Dhol Baaje of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. I would even call it a recreation of that track. But just listen to that once and you would feel that besides recreating, he has done a lot of hard work with this one. The composition of antara is fabulous. Much stronger than that of mukhda. Shreya sounds awesome in antara but has a little tiresome attitude after the end of second antara and didn’t sound fresh. It ends in the similar manner as Dhol Baaje ends, though the ending of the older one was more effective. It’s a perfect Garba track which is quite enjoyable too apart from being traditional.


8. Poore Chand – Singer: Shail Hada

Listening to the vocals of Shail Hada here would make you remember of Yun shabnami from Saawariya. The rhythm and the arrangements are highly similar to Jab Se Tere Naina. That rhythm is so good that it sounds awesome in this track too. Shail Hada didn’t sound much impressive here as compared to Yun Shabnami. But again the presentation has been so well done that these faults seem to be quite minor. The best part is when he is unable to complete the line Poore Chand ki ye… and the Shehnaai with brilliant rhythm starts. It happens in the whole track and that’s the only beauty of this track. Do listen it for this beauty. The beautiful tune which Shehnaai says, would definitely make everyone smile.


9. Ram Chahe Leela – Singer: Bhoomi Trivedi

Another Indian Idol contestant in the same soundtrack, this time Bhoomi Trivedi, the top three finalist of season five. It starts with some dialogues as if some orchestra function is going on. It has been given a rock feel but it failed to impress. The tune fells flat and so is the lyrics. A satirical humor has been tried but it leaves no imapact on the listener. Bhoomi who used to sing soft songs in Indian Idol didn’t impress at all. Her vocals sound straight and boring. Sadly, her first song didn’t live up to the expectation.


10. Tattad Tattad – Singer: Aditya Narayan

Coincidentally, both the disappointing tracks have been given to Aditya Narayan. Though I personally liked this one. Not the whole song but just the Tattad Tattad part. That part is so so so aptly supported by flute that it you would just wonder how it would have been created. Because of that flute, this hard hitting word sounds cute. Variety of instruments are used. Guitar, Harmonium, Dhol, Mridangam along with Flute being the prime instrument and all of them are rightly placed and arranged. The tune was below average abut again the presentation did the work!


Ramleela is a typical SLB soundtrack. It has a high inspiration of Gujarati folk music. Laal Ishq and Dhoop are undoubtedly the best of the soundtrack. Nagada Sang Dhol, Poore Chand and Ang Laga De also leave a great impression. Rest of the tracks have lack of good tune. The tune is flat and dull. But this whole album has been presented very well. The presentation and decoration of each song make each of them a must listen. Neither it brought the immortality of Ismail Darbar’s tunes nor it created the vibe of Monty Sharma’s music but when compared to SLB’s music, it’s a much better soundtrack than Guzaarish.


The Final Verdict:  AGREE



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