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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More than Okay!! (OK Jaanu – Music Review

Overwhelming is something that AR Rahman tries to do in every album. While this is a remake of a critically and publicly acclaimed Tamil flick Ok Kanmani, Rahman has tried to keep the deja vu aside and create something fresh for Hindi listeners. His music has always been unpredictable and that’s exactly what OK Jaanu has – unpredictability.

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Music: A.R. Rahman;  Lyrics: Gulzar;  Music Label: Sony Music


1. OK Jaanu – Singers: A.R. Rahman, Srinidhi Venkatesh – An antara-less track that is upbeat, catchy and has a nostalgic Rahman hook. Srinidhi unfortunately has got just one line, the song belongs to the composer whose singing has always been an appealing element in a song. Vintage Rahman.


2. Enna Sona – Singer: Arijit Singh – A breezy romantic Arijit lending his voice for a song which doesn’t sound like a Rahman composition, just because it’s so simple. No experimentation has been done in this Guitar-led arranged song which is so impeccably rendered by Arijit. It could have been a Tanishk or an Arko composition. Not-so-Rahman.


3. Jee Lein – Singers: Savithri R. Prithvi, Arjun Chandy, Neeti Mohan – This is something that is highly experimental. It contains n number of techno sounds upon which Savithri’s vocals create a sort of enchanting atmosphere. Neeti Mohan keeps giving her special appearances which is the most melodious and reliable part of the song. A well-crafted interlude could have worked more.


4. Kaara Fankaara – Singers: Paroma Das Gupta, Shashaa Tirupati, Hard Kaur, ADK, kaly, Ashima Mahajan – A hook which is dragged through the entire song with Dubstep giving an edge to it. Lots of well-arranged vocals and lots of EDM sounds create a pretty good impact, though one wishes if the hook could be more elaborate espcially when the track crosses three minutes. The duration should have been shorter, unless there’s some latent intention to it. 


5. Saajan Aayo Re – Singers: Jonita Gandhi, Nakash Aziz – A raga based song that Jonita has efficiently managed though I personally felt that a maturer voice was needed. Nakash potentiates the song as soon as he enters with quite an un-Nakash singing. More work on instrumentation was expected. Surprisingly, the song approaches towards fusion, though thankfully it doesn’t reach there.


6. Maula Wa Sallim – Singer: A.R. Ameen – An aptly pious creation from A.R. Rahman, sung by his son A.R. Ameen which is a devotional song that Rahman has directly kept from the original Tamil film Ok Kanmani. His vocals are as pure as the composition. The song says – “O Mawla! Send prayers and peace always and forever. Upon Your beloved, the best out of all of Creation.” An extremely well-programmed track as well.


7. Sunn Bhavara – Singer: Shashaa Tirupati – Another raga based song which is accentuated by Shashaa’s fitting vocals. Tabla has a prominent role, aptly supporting her vocals at definite pauses. This is arguably the best track in this album. It’s a delight to hear, and a delight for the ears. 


8. The Humma Song – Singers: Jubin Nautiyal, Shashaa Tirupati, Badhshah;  Recreated by Tanishk Bagchi, Badshah (Original Composition: A.R. Rahman);  Lyrics: Mehboob – So, the famous Rahman’s Humma Humma has been recreated by Tanishk and Badshah and that has been done with sheer delight! One of the best remade songs I have heard in recent times. The way the song has been programmed, and I am sure that would have been done under Rahman’s guidance, is praiseworthy. Shashaa shows how amazingly versatile she is, and Jubin has finally got a big ticket to rise high now.


A Romantic mainstream film, set in present time, having raga based classical songs, well that’s surprising. And well, A.R. Rahman is surprising. 

Worth Listening: Enna Sona, OK Jaanu, The Humma Song

Worth Trying: Sunn Bhavara, Mawla Wa Sallim, Saajan Aayo Re

The Final Verdict:  4/5


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Lyrics ki Maa ki!! (Housefull 3 – Music Review)

Housefull franchise has been taken over by Sajid and Farhad the writer duo who just got converted into directors from Entertainment. The music is given by Sohail Sen, Tanishk Bagchi, Sharib-Toshi, Mika Singh and Milind Gaba.

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Music Label: T-Series


1. Pyaar Ki – Singers: Nakash Aziz, Divya Kumar, Anmoll Mallik, Earl Edgar;  Music: Sharib-Toshi;  Lyrics: Manoj Yadav, Farhad Sajid, Danish Sabri – The hook line is indeed catchy yet annoying, particularly the lyrics which actually make no sense. The makers have tried to create some double meaning here and it’s adorable to see how miserably did they fail. I won’t blame Sharib-Toshi much. The composition seems average enough to deal with. The wonder is to see three lyricists writing a song which says pyaar ki maa ki aaj se pooja karni hai which doesn’t last longer than two and a half minutes which is actually its only quality. The shorter in duration the better it is.


2. Taang Uthake – Singers: Mika Singh, Neeti Mohan, Mamta Sharma (Backing Vocals: Hrishikesh Chury, Madan Shukla);  Music: Sohail Sen;  Lyrics: Sameer Sen, Farhad-Sajid, Mamta Sharma, Sanjeev Chaturvedi – Again, the same story goes with this song where Sohail has done a pretty decent work as a composer but the words are just stuffed into the lyrics without checking whether it really means something. Taang Uthake is that phrase which is used in the hook line just for annoying the listeners. Four lyricists have been credited for writing this song. Salute to their efforts. Average composition, nonsensical words. #WelcomeSong


3. Malamaal – Singers: Mika Singh, Akira, Miss Pooja, Kuwar Virk;  Music: Mika Singh, Millind Gaba;  Lyrics: Rani Malik, Farhad-Sajid – The album seems to be turning even worse when you hear Mika’s composition which does not deserve to be called bad or annoying but it is so ordinary that you must have heard something like this at every gali-nukkad. Mika’s vocals sound annoying in his own composition, along with Miss Pooja and other singers who fail to impact. The lyrics make things even worse. Malamaal neither in composition nor in lyrics.


4. Fake Ishq – Singers: Kailash Kher, Nakash Aziz, Altamash Faridi;  Music: Tanishk Bagchi;  Lyrics: Farhad-Sajid, Arafat Mehmood – The fourth song by the fourth composer is a fake qawwali which has lyrics like love mein hum kill gaye and the lifting of phrases like karde mushkil jeena ishq kameena. So, by ignoring the lyrics, Tanishk’s composition is okayish, not anything impressive but he seems to have tried to do something humorous in qawwali which he partially succeeded in, considering the lyrics that has been written. Partial success. 


An album that teaches the importance of lyrics in a song to be good. 


The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM 

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

High-Five!! (Sarbjit – Music Review)

After Mary Kom, Omung Kumar comes up with his second directorial, another biopic based on the life of Sarbjit who was an Indian national who was tried and convicted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan for a series of bomb attacks in Lahore and Faisalabad that killed 14 bystanders in 1990. Omung has opted for multiple composers this time, giving just one song to his previous composers Shashi-Shivamm and the rest to Shail-Pritesh, Amaal Mallik, Jeet Gannguli and Tanishk Bagchi.

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Music Label: T-Series


1. Salamat – Singers: Arijit Singh, Tulsi Kumar;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Rashmi Virag – Amaal comes up with one of his best melodies which he apparently created when he was just 17 which is a huge accomplishment in itself. The melody is predictable and very Jeet Gannguli-like yet it is so strong and appealing that one wants to hear it more and more. Arijit is more than perfect here and Rashmi Virag doesn’t fail to impress at all. Both the interludes are technically good and the antara is as heartwarming as the mukhda. Simply remarkable!! 


2. Dard – Singer: Sonu Nigam;  Music: Jeet Gannguli;  Lyrics: Rashmi Virag, Jaani – Although it’s a typical Jeet Gannguli composition, also very predictable in the antara, the song nonetheless creates a huge impact primarily the reason being the vocals and the lyrics which contains phrases like “jo tujhe lagta baarish hai, main woh hun jo roun”. The composition is anyway extremely impressive. This song is a realization of the craving to hear more from Sonu Nigam. 


3. Tung Lak – Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shail Hada, Kalpana Gandharv;  Music: Shail-Pritesh;  Lyrics: Sandeep Singh – After two heart-warming melodies comes an entirely different mood by Shail-Pritesh with a Punjabi folksy textured song that is delivered quite justly by Sukhwinder and Sunidhi. The song doesn’t appeal much yet it has a flair of likeability. 


4. Rabba – Singer: Shafqat Amanat Ali;  Music: Tanishk Bagchi;  Lyrics: Arafat Mehmood – Comes the fourth composer Tanishk with a decent composition having Shafqat behind the mic who handles it quite nicely making the song sound better than ordinary since the composition and lyrics have been extremely mediocre. 


5. Meherbaan – Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Shail Hada, Munnawar Masoom;  Music: Shail-Pritesh;  Lyrics: A M Turaz – Sukhwinder along with Shail and Munnawar brilliantly capture the song, making it quite engaging with their vocals which otherwise does not have much of appeal to captivate the listener. The song has a qawwali texture and these pseudo qawwalis do not impress unless they have the much needed uniqueness in the melody itself. Vocals engage, composition doesn’t.


6. Barsan Laagi – Singer: Shail Hada;  Music: Shail-Pritesh;  Lyrics: A M Turaz – Moving on the semi-classical mood, the composition is laden with beautiful arrangements by the duo. Shail’s singing is an icing on the cake, as the soft texture of his vocals sounds apt for the composition. The Guitar pieces in-between sounds pleasant and the lyrics has its own charm. Ravishing. 


7. Allah Hu Allah – Singers: ShashaaTirupati, Altamash, Rabbani Mustafa Khan (Additional Voices: Arsh Mohammad, Supriya Pathak);  Music: Tanishk Bagchi;  Lyrics: Late Haider Najmi (Additional Lyrics: Arafat Mehmood) – Tanishk moves to a whole another level with this composition which is so extremely brilliantly sung, composed, arranged and written. The rhythmic structure is so intriguing and alluring and the instruments have been arranged creating such a fascinating sound that one wishes if the song had a longer duration. #WelcomeSong


8. Mera Junoon – Singer: Shail Hada;  Music: Shail-Pritesh;  Lyrics: A M Turaz – Shail again strikes with his endearing vocals for the song that is composed with sincerity. The melody is dynamic, having constantly changing notes which keeps the listeners engaged throughout. Each line has a variation in notes which makes it highly intriguing.


9. Nindiya – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Music: Shashi-Shivamm;  Lyrics: Sandeep Singh – The duo who were the only composers of Mary Kom, Shashi-Shivamm, inspite of getting just one song, have struck the right chord with a lullaby that has such varied notes yet remains melodious throughout. Arrangements are according to the mood and Arijit’s voice is a perfect stimulus for a lullaby.


10. Sarbjit Theme (Instrumental) – Singer: Shail Hada;  Music: Shail-Pritesh – With Violins and apt chords, Shail-Pritesh have captured the mood of the whole film enormously and effectively.


Seven brilliant tracks out of ten, leaving three in average zone, Sarbjit manages to pull out the brilliance in all five composers. 


The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE

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

No Chull, Only Beautiphull!! (Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921) – Music Review)

Shakun Batra is back after a very long time since the release of his previous rom-com Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu which had Amit Trivedi as the composer. This time he has tried his hands on a multiple composer album. The songs are composed by Amaal Mallik, Badshah, Tanishk Bagchi, Arko, Nucley & Benny Dayal.

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Music Label: Sony Music


1. Kar Gayi Chull – Singers: Badshah, Fazilpuria, Sukriti Kakar, Neha Kakkar;  Music: Badshah (Recreated by Amaal Mallik);  Lyrics: Badshah, Kumaar – This very popular party number of Badshah featuring Fazilpuria has been recreated by Amaal Mallik, retaining both of them as singers and adding Sukriti and Neha make it sound more glamorous. The offensive lyrics have been turned up towards decency by Kumaar while the mukhda has been retained. The song is undoubtedly extremely catchy and groovy, being perfect mood setter for the parties.  


2. Bolna – Singers: Arijit Singh, Asees Kaur;  Music: Tanishk Bagchi;  Lyrics: Dr. Devender Kafir – Arijit’s earthy vocals work tremendously in the favor of the song. More than half of the impression of the song is made just by the first line. It’s so beautifully composed with a tinge of familiarity that one is easily able to croon it. Asees Kaur seems to be decent though not much could be revealed about her vocals in the track. Instantly likable. 


3. Buddhu Sa Mann – Singers: Armaan Malik, Amaal Mallik;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Abhiruchi Chand – An EDM track by Mallik brothers that quite easily snares your attention has a very Dharma-like lyrics which together makes a nice familiar-novel combo. Armaan is so perfect for the track that it’s hard to think of any other voice that could do justice to the track. Whistle plays poignant role in attracting the listeners. A feel-good track. 


4. Saathi Rey – Singer: Arko;  Music: Arko;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – The sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought. The only sad song in the album turns out to be the most effective one having Arko on the vocals as well with his impactful voice crooning a melancholic composition that is well-structured and well-arranged. The piano notes are superb. The saddest sounds the sweetest. #WelcomeSong


5. Let’s Nacho – Singers: Badshah, Benny Dayal;  Music: Nucleya & Benny Dayal;  Lyrics: Kumaar, Christopher Pradeep – The weakest track of the album which Badshah and Benny totally fail to impact. The composition is loosely structured, having beats and techno sounds that are heard so many times before. Worst for the Last. 


This multiple composer album of Dharma has Arko shining while Amaal and Tanishk remaining in their impressive form. 


The Final Verdict:  OKAY

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