Classy Romance, Massy Dance!! (Badrinath Ki Dulhania – Music Review)

Shashank Khaitan is back with his Dulhania franchise and this time the Dulhania belongs to Badrinath whom we all met in the trailer and loved. Amaal Mallik, Akhil Sachdeva and Tanishk Bagchi have replaced Sharib-Toshi and Sachin-Jigar who did the music of the previous installment.

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Music Label: T-Series


1. Aashiq Surrender Hua – Singers: Amaal Mallik, Shreya Ghoshal;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed – Amaal kicks off the album with a DDM (Desi Dance Music) instead of a more popular genre EDM (Electronic Dance Music) being on mic himself with the ever dependable Shreya Ghoshal. It’s quite a folksy melody which is quite surprising. Infact, I can even recall a folk song, very similar to the hook line. Also, it’s rare to hear a hook line not just being a part of the mukhda but the complete mukhda itself. Shabbir’s lyrics is exactly what is required of this song. Amaal has made sure that the song justifies the characters and it does.


2. Roke Na Ruke Naina – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Kumaar – If you have followed Amaal’s work, you tend to notice his particular style of composition which so many other composers of his generation don’t have. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s everything a composer needs. As much as one needs a particular style of his/her own compositions, he/she equally needs those compositions to sound versatile and varied from one another. This song, in particular, echoes the similar (not same) structure of notes which his previous few compositions had. Like, the tail of the mukhda just before the hook line ends is one of the structural elements evident in many of his songs. Nonetheless, the song does sound lovely, if not novel. What is really likable is the antara which gives such a ghazal-like feel and that works in the favor of novelty. Kumaar delivers one of his better writings with Amaal.


3. Humsafar – Singers: Akhil Sachdeva, Mansheel Gujral;  Music: Akhil Sachdeva;  Lyrics: Akhil Sachdeva – The way Mansheel begins, is the high point of the song. Akhil takes over with his Atif-sounding voice which doesn’t work against the song at all. Infact, it suits the melody really well. The instruments are well arranged, particularly the Accordion (is it?). Akhil has also written the song and although there’s nothing novel about it, the lines blend with the composition quite effortlessly. It’s a superb debut from Akhil Sachdeva in singing, composing and writing as well. 


4. Badrinath Ki Dulhania (Title Track) – Singers: Dev Negi, Neha Kakkar, Monali Thakur, Ikka;  Music: Tanishk Bagchi;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed – This folk tune has been taken in films numerous times and it is so catchy that it is able to groove you. Tanishk’s composition does complete justice to the borrowed hook line. Both the compositions blend really well. The singers’ cast is impressive. It’s good to hear Monali in such a song after a long time. Ikka’s rap, particularly in the beginning is superb. It amazingly energizes the atmosphere. Shabbir’s lyrics totally goes with the song. A catchy one! 


5. Tamma Tamma Again – Singers: Bappi Lahiri, Anuradha Paudwal, Badshah;  Music: Bappi Lahiri (Recreated by Tanishk Bagchi);  Lyrics: Indeevar – Badshah is the new member of this 80s family which is probably the biggest song of Bappi Lahiri’s career. Tanishk not exactly re-created but re-mixed the track with very predictable electronic sounds. His only contribution is adding Badshah to give it a contemporary touch. The rest you all know. More of a remixed than a remake. 


Akhil Sachdeva shines in his debut. A pretty entertaining album which pretty much maintains the standards of Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. 

Worth Listening: Humsafar, Roke Na Ruke Naina

The Final Verdict: 3/5


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Only 50% Jolly!! (Jolly LLB 2 – Music Review)

Subhash Kapoor has planned to take forward his mildly successful franchise Jolly LLB with a sequel with Akshay Kumar replacing Arshad Warsi. Unlike the previous one which had Krsna, the sequel has multi-composers consisting of Manj Musik, Meet Bros, Chirantan Bhatt and Vishal Khurana.

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Music Label: T-Series


1. Go Pagal – Singers: Raftaar, Nindy Kaur (Additional Vocals: Girish Nakod, Manj Musik);  Music: Manj Musik (Co-Composer: Nilesh Patil);  Lyrics: Manj Musik, Raftaar – The song so rightly justifies the title or infact the whole lyrics. It’s literally nonsense. Raftaar tries hard and Nindy is avoidable. The only good element in this song is Dholak which gives some sense that it’s a Holi song. Apart from that, the song has nothing to offer. Ingnore!


2. Bawara Mann – Singers: Jubin Nautiyal, Neeti Mohan;  Music: Chirantan Bhatt;  Lyrics: Junaid Wasi – What a relief of sanity with a Chirantan Bhatt melody that soothes you within seconds. It has really simplistic notes that fluidly carries the song. Jubin sounds good though I was expecting Arijit for this. Neeti should have got more portion to sing. Junaid’s lyrics does complete justice to the mood.


3. Jolly Good Fellow – Singers: Meet Bros (Additional Vocals: Purnima Solanki, Sanchiti Sakat; Rap: Shabbir Ahmed; English Rap: Earl Edgar);  Music: Meet Bros;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed –  After a romantic relief, comes another wannabe-humorous track that totally survives on the ready-made nursery rhyme of the same name. Besides those catchy notes of the nursery rhyme, not even a single moment is tolerable enough. Shabbir Ahmed’s rap is horrible and Earl Edgar is definitely avoidable. Yawn!


4. O Re Ranreza (Qawaali) – Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Murtza Mustafa, Qadir Mustafa;  Music: Vishal Khurana;  Lyrics: Junaid Wasi – Composing a qawaali is difficult, though it’s disappointing to hear that Vishal, who amazed us in Neerja, didn’t actually take the effort of making it sound different. It has elements you must have heard in almost every filmy qawaali – the music and the vocal arrangements, the lyrics, and the instrumentation. Sukhwinder with Mustafa brothers have really managed to engage by their effective vocals. The way Sukhwinder ends, is the real treat for the listener.


Two worked, two failed, in this album of four songs.  

Worth Listening:  Bawara Mann, O Re Rangreza (Qawaali)

The Final Verdict: 2/5


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One Song Stands Out!! (One Night Stand – Music Review)

An erotic thriller directed by Jasmine D’Souza starring Sunny Leone and Tanuj Virwani in lead roles. Music is given by Vivek Kar, Jeet Gannguli, Vivek Kar and Meet Bros.

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Music Label: T-Series


1. Do Peg Maar – Singer: Neha Kakkar;  Music: Tony Kakkar;  Lyrics: Kumaar – A typical Neha Kakkar styled track composed by her brother who is otherwise excellent in composing party numbers, fails here miserably. With absence of a catchy tune, and presence of absurd lyrics, the song totally fails to appeal.  


2. Ijazat – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Music: Meet Bros;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed – Meet Bros have done impressive orchestration and the composition is quite strong in melody, sounds extremely soothing in Arijit’s vocals. Shabbir’s lyrics surprisingly is good, blends well into the composition.


3. Ishq Da Sutta – Singers: Jasmine Sandlas, Meet Bros;  Music: Meet Bros;  Lyrics: Kumaar – With vague lyrics, Meet Bros have tried turning into an addictive track. Although it fails to be that, it remains to be a decent track with ear friendly beats though Jasmine could have been replaced by someone else.


4. Ki Kara – Singer: Shipra Goyal;  Music: Vivek Kar;  Lyrics: Kumaar – After somehow not being able to offer an impressive song, Vivek Kar finally manages to deliver one. With fabulous singing by Shipra Goyal and Kumaar’s ear friendly Punajbi lyrics, Vivek’s composition easily manages to impress. 


5. Le Chala – Singer: Jubin Nautiyal;  Music: Jeet Gannguli;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – Jeet Gannguli with this song in the album clearly shows his experience and his potential of making melodies. Jubin is a voice that one wishes to keep hearing. Lyrics by Manoj Muntashir manages to grab your attention. Impressive!! #WelcomeSong


6. Tum Mere – Singer: Dev Negi;  Music: Vivek Kar;  Lyrics: Kumaar – Vivek here although not being able to impress totally, delivers something definitely to listen for. Dev Negi proves to be his saving grace, the totality with which he handles the composition. Deserves a chance. 


Jeet Gannguli tunes his experience. 


The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM

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

Absurdity!! (Santa Banta Pvt. Ltd. – Music Review)

Directed by Akashdeep Sabir, the film features Vir Das, Boman Irani, Lisa Haydon and Neha Dhupia in lead roles. Music is given by Jassi Katyal, Amjad-Nadeem and Jaidev Kumar.

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Music: Jassi Katyal;  Lyrics: Kumaar;  Music Label: Zee Music Company 


1. Machli Jal Ki Rani Hai – Singer: Sonu Nigam, Vikas Bhalla – Except Sonu Nigam, there’s nothing in this song to boast about. The composition is undoubtedly catchy but the lyrics is simply disgusting, making no sense. It is Sonu who infuses interest in the track with his amazing creativity in between. Sonu Nigam entertains. 


2. Tooti Bolti – Singers: Mika Singh, Sonu Nigam, Dolly Sandhu – Another Punjabi party number, a kind that has been heard numerous times in numerous styles. Sonu and Mika have invested huge efforts in the song and their efforts have not gone in vain. The song is very bearable because of them.


3. Ishq Karle Anytime – Singers: Mika Singh, Sonu Nigam, Dolly Sandhu- Again both the singers have made the song bearable, which is otherwise an insane track with absurd lyrics and extremely weak tune. It shows the very less work done in the track by Jassi Katyal.


4. Hit Kardi – Singers: Sonu Nigam, Daljit Dossain – You might want to bang your head if you hear the lyrics. And this time Sonu Nigam fails to make the song bearable. After the mukhda, it becomes a pain in the ears. The beats are such that if you mute the words, it’s apt for dance.


5. Lo Aa Gaye Santa Banta – Singer: Sonu Nigam;  Guest Composer: Amjad-Nadeem;  Guest Lyricist: Shabbir Ahmed – This title song simply gets unbearable, having Sonu Nigam in a weird sounding voice which does not at all appeal in any way. Shabbir Ahmed can hardly be expected to deliver something good though the level of absurdness is less this time. You just wish it ends soon!


Jassi Katyal and Kumaar team up to deliver a collection of absurd songs. 


The Final Verdict:  DISAGREE

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

Partially Impressive!! (Hate Story 3 – Music Review)

 

The makers are back with the third installment of Hate Story franchise with more erotic content starring Sharman Joshi, Zarine Khan, Daisy Shah and Karan Singh Grover. The film is directed by Vishal Pandya and the music is given by Amaal Mallik, Meet Bros and a newcomer Baman.

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Music Label: T-Series


1. Tumhe Apna Banane Ka – Singer: Armaan Malik, Neeti Mohan;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Rashmi Virag – Amaal has well-utilized the remake of this song from Sadak according to the mood of the film which is sensuously sexy. Using the most apt instrument Saxophone, he has given the required romantic feel to the song. Armaan on the mic is superb, doing what Arijit generally does with his smooth vocals adding more to the romantic flavor along with Neeti who has done pretty decent job. One of the best remakes in recent past. #WelcomeSong


2. Tu Isaq Mera – Singers: Neha Kakkar, Meet Bros (Rap by Earl Edgar);  Music: Meet Bros;  Lyrics: Kumaar – Neha Kakkar just nailed this one! She was expected to that. Meet Bros with yet another catchy composition made it worthwhile to listen. They did what the song needed. The beats, the rap, the vocal texture of Neha and the techno tune, all go in favor of the mood and requirement of the song. Pretty enjoyable. 


3. Wajah Tum Ho – Singer: Armaan Malik;  Music: Baman;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – So, this newcomer Baman has tried being impressive but fails miserably. The song quite boring while Armaan’s vocals help a bit to save some interest of the listener but the long duration reduces his efforts. Go for the video instead, that is interesting for sure 😉


4. Neendein Khul Jaati Hain – Singers: Mika Singh, Kanika Kapoor, Meet Bros;  Music: Meet Bros;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed – This lonely dance track has Mika Singh singing the catchy lines of mukhda while Kanika is in her worst form. The way her vocals are programmed (intentionally, I guess) sounds so annoying that it doesn’t feel right to listen to the whole track. Shabbir Ahmed’s lyrics as usual need no words of praise. Totally unimpressive. 


 


Out of four, two songs leave quite an impression!


The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM 

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