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