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)



I – Music Review (Tamil)

This is the first music review of a Tamil film album as Musical Sameekshaa has extended its boundaries to Tamil, Telugu and Bengali film music. In the very first review, I find a very strange thing that this film “I” which is going to release on 9th January 2015, its music already got released 4 months back i.e on 15th September 2014. The film has been directed by a renowned Tamil director Shankar who has already worked with AR Rahman and given multiple hit albums. I_film_poster


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Music: AR Rahman;  Music Label: Sony Music


1. Mersalaayiten – Singers: Anirudh Ravichander, Neeti Mohan;  Lyrics: Kabilan

Rahman begins the soundtrack with a catchy techno tuned song that pleasantly engages you but soon you come to know that it’s actually partially hollow from inside as he doesn’t seem to have worked much with the composition. Neeti has an amusing cameo though Anirudh unfortunately hardly leaves any impact with his singing, more because of the vocal processing. The Violin piece in the second interlude is worth appreciating and the arrangements have been taken care of charmingly by the composer. That techno tune is what makes you return again and again for this song.


2. Ennodu Nee Irundhaal / Ennodu Nee Irundhaal (Reprise) – Sunitha Sarathy, Sid Sriram / Chinmayi, Sid Sriram;  Lyrics: Kabilan

Sid Sriram has actually nailed this one. There’s not a single moment when you don’t praise his singing, except the ones where Sunitha has played her short but lovely role, balancing the soothe with her classically woven textural voice. Along with Sid, there’s Flute, Guitar and typical Rahman-ish vibrant Piano pieces that provide you the much needed comfort zone in this technically complex track but that comfort zone dies out when the perturbed sounding arrangements in the Electric Guitar piece take over, although thanks to Sid for presenting his knack for flexible singing. The same lines crooned by Chinmayi in the Reprise version, sounds even better and more profound as the sweetness of her vocals goes deep and gets intense. This version is less complex in arrangements and hence has the ability to get more listeners in comparison. Chinmayi in Reprise, Sid Sriram in original have spelled their magic beautifully!


3. Ladio – Singer: Nikita Gandhi;  Lyrics: Madhan Karky

Ladio is all about playing with techno sounds and Rahman has quite creatively played with that resulting it in sounding catchy, attractive and most importantly international. At one point, you forget that you are actually listening to a Tamil song. Nobody seems to be aware about the word “Ladio” but sounds like a mixture of Lady and Radio. Nikita Gandhi is pretty good with her singing, promisingly justified the genre of the track which is highly enjoyable and has an awesome international feel. 


4. Pookkalae Sattru Oyivedungal – Singers: Haricharan, Shreya Ghoshal;  Lyrics: Madhan Karky

That Guitar-led sound is somewhat very fascinating and catchy too, making the listeners draw by its melodic charm. Shreya and Haricharan are icings on the cake. They have taken this already charming composition to a completely different level, justifying each note of it. Rahman hasn’t used much instruments here as the Guitar is more than enough to fascinate you. It’s melodious to its core! A Must Listen track! #WelcomeSong


5. Aila Aila – Singers: Aditya Rao, Natalie Di Luccio;  Lyrics: Madhan Karky

Inspite of Natalie having done complete justice to what she is provided with, the song lacks goodness in the tune. Rahman has tried making it a “different” kind of track which upto certain extent, has worked in the form of excellent arrangements and setting up of the chorus, but lets the listeners down when you look out for a tune to croon. Aditya sounds pretty decent and Natalie’s operatic singing adds to the uniqueness of the track. Though “different” in many aspects, still gets boring after a certain point.


This soundtrack is all about showing Rahman’s quality of being a techno-savvy. Pookkale Satru Oyivedungal is a winner among all the tracks.


The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE



Music isn’t as Super as the Nani!! (Super Nani – Music Review)

Super Nani is based on a Gujarati play “Baa Ae Maari Boundary” and by watching its trailer, it doesn’t seem to be anything more than just a play. Rekha being the lead, can only attract the viewers. The great news is that Harshit Saxena is finally back after a long hibernation though delivering songs like Haal-e-Dil and Mahejaan, it’s tough to imagine how we would have handled this kind of genre which has typical Rajshri touch to it. Still he hasn’t got the full album as one song is by the duo Sanjeev-Darshan.



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Music: Harshit Saxena;  Lyrics: Sameer Anjaan;  Music Label: Zee Music Company


1. Prabhu Mere Ghar Ko – Singer: Shreya Ghoshal

    This is a kind of a “Bhajan” and who better than Shreya Ghoshal can handle such a track. It’s a typical traditional family oriented song. The tune is quite catchy and simple as most of the Bhajans do have. The song has been mixed very well. It’s a four-antara long song with modern beats by Harshit laid on the traditional Guitar playing and supportive Flute. Sameer has also done a justifying performance on demand. The USP is anyway Shreya as she just nails whatever genre the song has. Applauding effort by Harshit Saxena! 


2. Maheroo Maheroo – Singers: Shreya Ghoshal, Darshan Rathod;  Guest Composer: Sanjeev-Darshan

The duo has kept the rhythm very traditional and it somehow works as the tune is quite melodious, more because of Shreya’s magnificent vocals. Darshan of Sanjeev-Darshan doesn’t impress much as his vocals sound very staid and not in sync with the melody of the song. Though the duo has done good effort, still I feel it would be much better if this song would have been provided to Harshit as he has already shown in the past how much he is capable of when it comes to romantic songs. Also, though having nice tune, the song’s melody and its arrangements sound very 90’s or early 2000’s. If ignoring that it’s 2014, it’s an impressive melody! #WelcomeSong


3. Nani Maa – Singer: Sonu Nigam

You have heard many songs on mother, father, brother, sister, teacher, this must be the first song on grandmother, to be specific, a song on Nani as there’s already a song on Dadi. For Harshit, Sonu Nigam must be the perfect choice yet somehow Sonu completely fails to impress (which is quite rare). It may be because the melody is not effective. It loosens up the interest of the listeners after some time. Harshit is known for good melody, well that’s not his genre but still a composer is expected to be good at every genre. Not at all effective! Emotionally fake!


4. Dhaani Chunariya / Dhaani Chunariya (Rock Version) – Singers: Shreya Ghoshal, Harshit Saxena / Harshit Saxena

The only thing to hear in this track is honestly Shreya Ghoshal. Otherwise, it’s so nonviable in today’s times. The composer gets behind the mic though for a small portion and completely disappoints. The percussion has been used well though not with any creativity. The Radhe shyaam part has a really nice and effective tune, rest of the song is completely avoidable. It’s better not to talk about Sameer’s lyrics. In the Rock Version, Harshit takes the center position and only worsen the condition. It’s way behind the time!


5. Haathi Ghoda Paalki – Singer: Harshit Saxena, Additional Vocals: Rohan Malode

Starts with a Shankh, and dynamic Dhol and Nagada take over the stage. A very short duration song with just one line in it. Haathi ghoda paalki, jai kanhaiya laal ki. Nothing to review!


Everybody would be glad to see Harshit Saxena back on musical world, but what you get in this album, is a bucket full of disappointment. 


The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM



Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (October 2014)

Singer of the Month (Female):  Harshdeep Kaur – Uff (Bang Bang)

Singer of the Month (Male):  Javed Bashir – Jigariyaa (Jigariyaa)

Singer Jodi of the Month:  Shreya Ghoshal & Arijit Singh – Manwa Laage (Happy New Year)

Composer of the Month (Song):  Vishal Bharadwaj – Bismil (Haider)

Lyricist of the Month:  Gulzar – Bismil (Haider)

Composer of the Month (Album):  Vishal Bharadwaj – Haider    

Song of the Month:  Manwa Laage – Happy New Year (Vishal-Shekhar, Irshad Kamil)

Album of the Month:  Haider (Junglee Music)


Next:  Kill Dil

Kailash Kher as a Composer!! (Desi Kattey – Music Review)

Desi Kattey is a movie about two friends, who’ve been making guns and accidentally learn shooting. The story is about their journey of how one of them represents India as a shooter in the Olympics and the other joins the under-world. It’s a story of good versus evil, how two pistol manufacturers choose diametrically different fields. So, the plot is quite good. Now everything is dependent on the director. Kailash Kher is the composer and that is the point which makes you a little attentive towards the soundtrack.DesiKattey



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Music: Kailash Kher;  Lyrics: Kailash Kher;  Music Label: Zee Music Company


1. Tak Dhoom – Singers: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Kailash Kher

Kailash Kher being proficient as a singer brings another professional Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. The song is on friendship and has very meaningful lyrics but the name “tak dhoom” deviates from the meaning of the song and has no meaning in itself. Rahat is superb in singing as it is only he who brings the song to a certain level. The arrangement has been done mainly on Harmonium and the percussion used is soothing. Pretty decent though provides nothing new.


2. Albeliya – Singer: Shreya Ghoshal

The techno sound in the background is nothing innovative. It seems like an inexperienced way of building sounds from a software. The tune though impresses a lot. Shreya’s way of rendering the melody is damn applauding. The lyrics inspite of not being written by a professional lyricist, are fantastic. The whole song on techno sounds doesn’t seem to be much impressive. Had it been on some other instrument, it would be nicer. Impressive melody! #WelcomeSong


3. Bas Tum Ho – Singers: Sreekant Krishnamurthy, Akriti Kakkar

This song is unfortunately sounding aged. Although the melody is pretty good, the sound attached to it is very stale. Singers are the highlights actually. Akriti’s attenuated voice manages the first half well and the surprising factor of the song Sreekant does a superb job. His vocals specially in the higher notes are adorable. The sound of percussion makes the rhythm interesting enough to attempt the song. Insincere approach towards the song.


4. Daagh De – Singers: Kailash Kher, M. M. Manasi 

Kailash Kher chose the correct song for himself. His vocals fit perfectly in these types of songs. Strangely he has used Ravanhatta which is very unlike of this genre. The tune is very average though we can’t accept much from these type of tracks but still Kailash Kher could have made it more interesting. The poor arrangement is one of the reasons for the song to sound very faded. The Violin part in the end is pretty good though. M.M. Manasi who has been credited hardly has any role. Staid and colorless. 


5. Patnewaali (Movie version) / Patnewaali – Singers: Kailash Kher, Rekha Bhardwaj / Hard Kaur, Rekha Bhardwaj

The two versions of the worst song of the album is a torturous effort from the makers. The film version has folksy elements, arrangements mainly being done on Harmonium and Dholak. Kailash Kher is superb with singing. In the other version Hard Kaur too is awesome with her English raps. Rekha Bharawdwaj’s voice though suits the song very well but the song sounds extremely cheap. The composition is itself cheap and Rekha’s vocals have made it cheaper. The line patnewaalu hoon is damn irritating. Do miss it!


Desi Kattey – Kailash Kher was expected to deliver a good engaging soundtrack but he fails miserably, Albeliya rendered by Shreya Ghoshal being an exception. 


The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM



Next: Khoobsurat / Balwinder Singh Famous Ho Gaya

Shantanu Moitra strikes and loses the same chord!! (Bobby Jasoos – Music Review)

Vidya Balan, roaring the success, suddenly got blockage and two flops back to back came in her bucket. After being the housewife in both the flops, she has again now turned to a women-centric film in which she is playing the role of a detective. Shantanu Moitra has also been facing lots of flops for many years. And, I doubt this album would anyway help him.Bobby_Jasoos_Poster



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Music: Shantanu Moitra;  Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire;  Music Label: T Series


1. Jashn – Singer: Shreya Ghoshal, Bonnie Chakraborty

When a song with a good rhythm, nice instrumentation, pleasant tune, decent lyrics and the voice of Shreya Ghoshal doesn’t appeal you, it definitely means that there is something wrong with it. The wrongness is in the composition. This song is not made in a way which people today expect a song to be. It has an early 2000’s sound attached to it. Inspite of having everything good, it is not a kind of song which can attract people either in a massy way or in a classy way. Some hidden problem in the composition. Lack of appeal.


2. Tu / Tu (Reprise) – Singers: Papon, Shreya Ghoshal

     Shantanu strikes wonderfully with this 7-minute long track. It’s a semi-classical composition in which he has used almost everything that the song needed. It starts with Guitar which doesn’t at all promise for a classical song but as the Tabla starts, we get to hear a surprising semi-classical melody which is at its best. Although the melody belongs to Hindustani Classical music, the composer has arranged the brass department in a Carnatic way along with the beautifully played Veena which we don’t get to hear often nowadays. He has quite intelligently exchanged the roles of Papon and Shreya on both the versions. In the original one, Papon has got to sing the classical part and Shreya supports him while in the Reprise, vice-versa happens. All the arrangements are exactly same in both the versions. Papon seems to be another Hariharan. His voice has a certain gimmick which makes us appealed for his singing. Lyrics by Swanand Kirkire are magnificent. Truly Beautiful! #WelcomeSong


3. B.O.B.B. – Singers: Neeraj Shridhar, Deepti Rege, Mayuri Patwardhan, Aparna Ullal, Archana Gore

It’s correct that you get very less space for a good composition to evolve in these type of tracks. Shantanu has well managed it though. With the help of Neeraj Shridhar, he has tried hard to make an interesting song but has failed. The rhythm is apt and so are the lyrics. Somehow, this track is not made for the appeal. Still, it is assumed that Shantanu could have done much better even with this genre. He has done a good use of Trumpets and the chorus. Much he could have done by reducing its duration. Unappealing. Uninteresting. 


4. Sweety – Singers: Monali Thakur, Aishwarya Nigam

It starts with a beautiful Banjo but as the song progresses, it gets worse. The hook line is intolerable and the worst part which is rare for songs. Monali Thakur has been wasted fully. The rhythm is again engaging but a good tune lacks here. This time, the lyrics also fail to help the song. The only good thing in the song is the instrumentation which is the speciality of Shantanu. Rest is a time waste.


Bobby Jasoos: It’s a very small album with just four songs among which the only song that appeals, is Tu. The rest three are totally unappealing and waste of time. Although Shantanu seems to have given efforts in this album, things didn’t go right.  The melodious semi-classical song Tu  keeps Shantanu Moitra very much in the scene and saves this album to some extent.


The Final Vedict:  NOT A PROBLEM



Listeners Ki Sameekshaa  (Public Review)

  • Papon sang that gazalish tune beautifully in Tu. The guy is one of the best singers of recent times but Shantanu did a mistake to add the fast mukhra in the song. It doesn’t suit with the beautiful ghazal part.
  • Big big big big big thumbs down. I have always told about Shantanu that his songs are always undercooked. It’s very very incomplete. That’s why he is not still recognized well nor his songs played more than a week in anyone’s player or radio.
  • Starting of Sweety is like Gunday Title track’s starting. But it doesn’t suit here, it suits well in Gunday song.


Next:  Hate Story 2

It’s all about the Blind Following! (Samrat & Co. – Music Review)

Indians have the habit of blindly following their contemporaries. Mohit Suri, last year, gave a soundtrack which touched millions of hearts with Mithoon and Ankit Tiwari being the most popular in that multiple composer soundtrack. Now since their togetherness created a rage, other producers have started taking advantage of that. So, this Rajshri Productions’ Samrat & Co. have the same togetherness having one song by Mithoon, two by Ankit Tiwari and the remaining one by a trio Gopal, Anand and Pawan. Samrat_&_Co_—_poster



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Music Label: Rajshri Music / Sony Music


1. Tequila Wakila – Singers: Shreya Ghoshal, Ankit Tiwari;  Music: Ankit Tiwari;  Lyrics: Sanjay Masoom

This heard-before melody seem to belong to the previous decade. The tune is damn catchy and addictive but the overview of the song leaves a stale impression on the listener. Ankit has used Horns throughout the track and after a certain limit of time, it starts sounding boring as there’s no different interludes. In both the interludes, the same notes of Horn is played which soon vanishes all the excitement which you had after listening such an addictive tune. Shreya’s vocals contribute a lot in resisting the listeners’ excitement as her vocals have that glare which gives the glamorizing feeling to the ears. Ankit has just the hook line as a singer. Sanjay Masoom’s lyrics completely fail to impress. Tequila has no connection with the rest of the lyrics of the song. Just for the sake of a catchy name, he did that. And he did it quite badly. A one-time listen for the catchy tune and Shreya’s vocals. The rest attempts depend on a particular listener.


2. Shukr Tera – Singers: Chinmayi, Arijit Singh;  Music: Mithoon;  Lyrics: Mithoon

After Tumhi Ho, Mithoon seems to be more careful in composing and that’s why he is losing up his original sound. Anyway, that’s another topic. After Baarish, there’s again a beautiful and peaceful melody which has everything to impress a romantic listener. At the starting, you feel that it should have been sung by Shreya but as you move on, Chinmayi’s vocals start seeming perfect for this melody. It starts with Chinmayi’s humming and a beautiful Guitar piece follows. Talking about the basic melody, well it is much weaker than that of Baarish. But Mithoon has overpowered all that by the instruments this time. In Baarish, if you were impressed with Sarangi, you would be flattering the Guitar which has been played here. The first antara belongs to Chinmayi alone. The mild Piano in the second interlude followed by mesmerizing Violin piece set the decorative entry for Arijit Singh. His antara starts from the high note and completes the song by not leaving any flaw behind. Besides the music, I specially want to recommend you the lyrics. For me, it is definitely Mithoon’s best work as a lyricist. She says “Kis tarah se shukr tera ab ada karun main” and he, in reply, says “Dene wala sab dekar bhi keh raha hai shukriya”. A must listen track just like all Mithoon tracks are. Mithoon as a lyricist impresses more than as a composer. #WelcomeSong


3. Sawaalon Mein – Singer: Shreya Ghoshal;  Music: Ankit Tiwari;  Lyrics: Sandeep Nath

The trio of Sun Raha Hai is back in this song. Sandeep Nath joins Ankit and Shreya with his writing. The song has been tried of creating a thrilling impact, a kind of suspense oriented atmosphere but the attempt seemed a failure as the track sounds more like a horror film song. Melody is undoubtedly beautiful. Shreya’s vocals sound enchanting and haunting. The whole haunt has been given by Piano with a flattering supportive rhythm. The antara is filled with variations making the song tough to sing. There’s not a single moment of plainness in the antara. Each note is entirely different from the other. As an overview, the song sounds simple but when you listen to it with care, it fascinates you for its variations. Lyrics by Sandeep Nath is not memorable as in Sun Raha Hai as this is of different genre, but very apt for the situation. It is thoughtful and metaphorical. One of the best haunting melodies. 


4. Samrat & Co. – Singers: Benny Dayal, Pavan;  Music: Gopal, Anand, Pawan;  Lyrics: Gopal Dutt

You wonder how and why in a melodious soundtrack, comes such a track. Although not intolerable, it’s a very staid composition which presents the irresponsible approach of composers towards the song. I wonder why the three guys hired Benny Dayal to sing such a lame track. They could have sung it together. The lyrics which are written by one of the composers Gopal, are just the boasting of how good Samrat and his company is. There are also some senseless boring dialogues in between which make it worse. Skip this one purposely.


5. O Humnavaa – Singers: Chinmayi, Gajendra Verma;  Music: Mithoon;  Lyrics: Mithoon

What Meri Aashiqui is for Tumhi Ho and Mujhe Ishq Se is for Baarish, O Humnavaa is for Shukr Tera. Gajendra Verma replaces Arijit in this but his part is absolutely different. The way Palak Muchhal starts Meri Aashiqui and it gets connected to Tumhi Ho, in the same way Gajendra Verma begins. The rhythm is completely different and not the typical Mithoon style. The line wo hai bhala depicts the Mithoon of pre-TumhiHo period. The so-called hook line O Humnavaa is beautifully composed with bi-directional notes. It has a single antara but sounds complete in itself. Considering Shukr Tera, this is equally worth the attempt.


6. Samrat’s Theme – Instrumental;  Music: Sandeep Shirodkar

Since it’s a detective thriller, the theme track could have been pulsating and exciting. Sadly, the theme track completely fails to create any impact of thrilling experience. It rather contributes dullness towards the soundtrack. There’s no specific tune apart from the Violin which is continuously played throughout the track. A very ordinary theme track. 


Samrat  & Co. is saved by Mithoon and Ankit Tiwari. Tequila Vakila is an addictive heard-before composition, Sawaalon Mein has Ankit Tiwari trying something new and Shreya Ghoshal delivering a power packed performance. Mithoon’s Shukr Tera is as usual a strong melody rendered beautifully by Chinmayi, Arijit and Gajendra Verma in O Humnavaa. The title track by the trio and the theme track by Sandeep Shirodkar are leave without any impact. Samrat & Co. has Ankit Tiwari opening his genre driven boundaries and Mithoon coming up as a better lyricist than as a composer.


The Final Verdict:  OKAY



Listeners Ki Sameekshaa  (Public Review)


  •     Sony Music has finally tried the multi-composer formula which T-Series does in every other film. However,Sony Music has actually succeeded in getting the best from each of the composers. Ankit gives his best in his two songs, while Mithoon gives nice romantic tracks and GAP have given a great title track. Sony Music has succeeded where T-Series always goes wrong! Music-wise the album is great but not as good as the big hit albums of this year such as SKSE, Gunday, HTP or 2 States.But it will surely stay with you in the coming months. 
  • Shukr Tera- Chinmayi Sripada, Arijit Singh is highly recommended!
  • Shukr Tera from Samrat & Co is worth hearing. Soothing and refreshing. Thank you Chinmayi, Arijit and Mithoon.


Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (April 2014)


Singer of the Month (Female):  Chinmayi – Shukr Tera (Samrat & Co.)

Singer of the Month (Male):  Benny Dayal – Locha-E-Ulfat (2 States)

Singer Jodi of the Month:  Chinmayi & Gajendra Verma – O Humnavaa (Samrat & Co.)

Composer of the Month (Song):  Sonu Nigam & Bikram Ghosh – Jal De (Jal)

Lyricist of the Month:  Mithoon – Shukr Tera (Samrat & Co.)

Composer of the Month (Album):  Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy – 2 States

Song of the Month:  Locha-E-Ulfat – 2 States  (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Amitabh Bhattacharya)

Album of the Month:  2 States (T Series)


Next:  The Xpose


A Masterpiece from the Maestro! (Kochadaiiyan (Hindi) – Music Review)

AR Rahman has been doing a lot of experimentation in his albums since he has won the Oscars. Rockstar, Raanjhana and the latest Highway were full of experiments. Specially, Highway was an overdose of experiments. The composer made it so heavy that it became uneasy for an ordinary listener to carry the tunes with him. It is also rare for the composer to be seen with two albums back to back within a month gap. Kochadaiiyan, the movie which is in news for a while, has Rajnikanth in an animated role. It is India’s first of its kind. So, obviously Rahman was expected to experiment with its music, but surprisingly he has kept it sweet and simple. Yes, sweet and simple, a very rare combo for him.

(Note: The album Kochadaiiyan is orginally composed and written in Tamil and is being translated for Hindi speaking listeners. The original lyrics is penned by Vairamuthu and Vaalee. The Hindi lyrics has been written by Irshad Kamil, Raqueeb Alam and Mehboob)Kochadaiiyaan


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Music: AR Rahman;  Music Label: Eros Music


1. Aye Jawaan – Singers: AR Rahman, AR Raihanna;  Lyrics: Mehboob

It’s two ARs singing the song together. No, not to be confused with that pop singer Rihanna. Raihanna is Rahman’s sister and mother of the music composer GV Prakash Kumar. Her vocals, particularly in this song, sounds stunning. She has not much role but whatever she got, sounded awesome in that. Often you have heard Rahman singing a soulful track. Here, he has attempted a different kind of track which is not niche` to his vocals. But what an incredible singing he has done! Marvelous! And what level of percussion has been used! It is vivacious. It will sound GRAND in theaters!


2. Dil Chaspiya – Singers: Arijit Singh, Jonita Gandhi;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

Jonita’s vocal sounds too poor to give a good efficient start. As Arijit begins, everything comes into place. It stats with mild Rahman-ish Piano. The outstanding use of Tabla, Mrindangam and Matka create an old Rahman flavor. Mridangam actually resembles to that of Saawariya from Swades. Everybody was waiting for Arijit to sing for Rahman and when he actually did, the song witnessed an undying beauty. Interlude Violins and a systematic chorus increase its worth. It’s a soft romantic track with traditional Indian beauty and something which Rahman hasn’t composed for years.


3. Bol De – Singer: Javed Ali;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

This song will make every Rahman fan proud. Again incredible percussion! I didn’t like the first line as it is too dramatic to be digested but since it’s for an animated film, apt! Now, the best line is the line crooned by splendid chorus Badlaav zindagi mein soch se hi aayega. What a beautiful catchy line which makes you feel that you are listening to something precious. After listening multiple times, you actually would start crooning it and I bet you would love to do that! Lyrically this song is a gem! It’s a king of inspirational tracks. Specially the lines said in the dialogue form are full of enthusiasm and practicality. I don’t know whether Irshad Kamil just translated the Tamil lyrics or he has added his creation. The orchestra that Rahman used in the dialogues in the heavy trenching voice of Rajnikanth, is phenomenal! In the end, we hear a classical rhythm section played with sincerity. One of the most melodious inspirational tracks! Something to proud of! 


4. Vaada Vaada (Female) / Vaada Vaada (Male): Singer: Shashaa Tirupati / Karthik;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

Though it would have sounded superb in the voice of Shreya Ghoshal but Sashaa Tirupati who have sung in few film albums, have crooned it nicely. The first line struck me immediately being resembled with the line Gin paayega unke gun koi kya, itne shabd hi kahaan hain from the old Rahman song Pal Pal Hai Bhaari (Swades). Here, he has used Shehnaayi/Naadaswaram in the typical way along with Thavil in percussion. A mild Manjeera like sound is continuously played resulting it to be a masterpiece arrangement. While both the versions are exactly same, I personally prefer the female one as the melody is more suitable for the female voice. Swades, Lagaan, Taal wala Rahman is back!


5. Mera Gham – Singers: Shreya Ghoshal, Javed Ali;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

It is the most classically oriented composition of the album. Shreya’s part is more free from instrument and Javed’s part has plenty of percussion which give the song a multi directional approach. Shreya brings this near-to-perfect composition perfectionism and Javed aptly supports her vocals being soothing throughout the track. It starts and ends in a similar way with Shreya’s off-instrumental vocals. The end, in particular is very well given a base with Taanpura and finally ends with a bell. Ting! Height of impressiveness!


6. Thandav – Singer: Chorus;  Lyrics: Raqueeb Alam 

Heavy use of percussion has been done, giving it an adorable rhythm. Rahman has always been excellent in managing his chorus, be it Ghanan Ghanan or Azeem-O-Shaan Shehenshah. It, I guess, must be an integral part of the background score and it deserves to get a place in the soundtrack as it’s  a brilliant effort by the whole Rahman team. Will surely be a rich experience for the movie goer. 


7. Rana’s Dream – Instrumental

It is again a part of the background score. It has been played by the London Sessions Orchestra. Flute with different brass instruments blended with the string section so well and they crossover each other beautifully as railway tracks do (a weird comparison though). You are gonna have a great time in theater. 


8. Aaya Khwaab Ka Mausam- Singer: Raghav Mathur;  Lyrics: Raqueeb Alam

Finally the first single release originally named as Engae Pogudho Vaanam is again a wonderful example for the use of heavy percussion. It was released in October last year and received great response. I would recommend you to listen the Tamil version as the Hindi version sounds very odd and the lyrics seem to be not fitted perfectly. Also, the Tamil Version has SP Balasubrahmanyam which is itself a delight to listen and also makes a huge difference from any other singer’s voice. It sounds like a war song and AR has created it showing his immense understanding of every kind of situation. A not-so-good translation makes it ordinary in Hindi but incredible in Tamil.


Kochadaiiyan is one of those few soundtracks which has the potential to live through generations. It’s a Tamil movie and therefore the songs originally are in Tamil but it’s good that they released the songs in Hindi and Telugu too to reach to wider listeners throughout India. Translating lyrics is one of the toughest job and lyricist always try to avoid this job due to the fear that they might go wrong. Swanand Kirkire made a huge regret for doing the translation of Robot songs. I don’t think Irshad Kamil would ever regret for this work because he has done a commendable job. Songs translated by him have words that beautifully blended with the tune and has not a single moment of oddness in them. AR Rahman, after a very long time, has composed songs like these which have traditional Indian melody and are far away from western music. Rahman kept his fusion mania far away from him, gave tunes which creates deja-vu experience and did things which he is known for. 


The Final Verdict:  AGREE  (Not to be included in Musical Sameekshaa Awards – Originally a Tamil album)



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