Small Impression, Great Impact!! (Poorna – Music Review)

A story about Malavath Poorna, the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest played by Aditi Inamdar is directed by Rahul Bose who is debuting as a director. Music is by Salim-Sulaiman.

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Music: Salim-Sulaiman;  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya;  Music Label: Zee Music Company


1. Kuch Parbat Hilaayein / Kuch Parbat Hilaayein (Intimate) – Singer: Arijit Singh / Salim Merchant – It starts off well and becomes quite staid as it proceeds.More melodious should have been the mukhda. In antara things get fine again. Amitabh’s lyrics have a more noticeable quality. Another version, sung by Salim himself is more appealing and sounds less staid because there’s Rock background and the arrangements have unplugged setup.


2. Poori Qaaynaat – Singers: Raj Pandit, Vishal Dadlani – Now this is something that definitely brings you a smile if you’re a music lover waiting for an appealing melody to hit you and penetrate into you with its classically laid notes sung efficiently by Raj Pandit. This has actually been adapted from their own work for Coke Studio @ MTV Season 3. The lyrics and the singers were different. While Raj Pandit replacing Rashid Khan is equally refreshing, Vishal Dadlani who gets a decent supporting portion which provides a fusion angle to the song, is a better replacement for Salim himself. The notes are as effective as Raj Pandit’s singing. One of the most outstanding portions in the song is when Sitar is played. Amitabh Bhattacharya writes another inspiring one.


3. Baabul Mora – Singing: Arijit Singh – It sounds like a vocal prelude when Arijit begins but eventually the whole song turns out to be like that. There’s hardly a percussion, just a one-beat rhythm. The song works mostly because of the beautiful notes and the way Arijit has managed to justify it. Salim-Sulaiman has pulled up their creative strength and come up with a song like this which has a great emotional impact, sonically and cinematically. Comes under the bests of Salim-Sulaiman and Arijit.


Salim-Sulaiman might have reduced their quantity of work too much but they still are not compromising with the quality. 

Worth Listening: Poori Qaaynaat, Baabul Mora

The Final Verdict: 3.5/5


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Short yet Solid!! (Trapped – Music Review)

Vikramaditya Motwane after Udaan and Lootera which had huge role of songs, has come with a film where songs are hardly important. It’s a survival drama starring Rajkummar Rao and Geetanjali Thapa. Music is given by Alokananda Dasgupta.

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Music: Alokananda Dasgupta;  Lyrics: Rajeshwari Dasgupta;  Music Label: Zee Music Company


1. Dheemi – Singer: Tejas Menon – Purely acoustic, the song captures the still life of the protagonist trapped in an apartment. Tejas with his breezy vocals justifies the melancholy. Alokananda’s decision of sticking to acoustic helps.


2. Hai Tu – Singer: Gowri Jayakumar – With a similar feel, Alokananda has made it more breezy. The impressive use of chorus adds on to the spirited feel. Gowri’s vocals give a sense of relaxation and the slow paced instrumentation heightens that.


3. Trapped Theme – Instrumental – At the beginning, it seems intense but soon it gets lighter in the mood. With excellently played Piano, the theme has such spontaneously flowing notes that one wishes if it had lasted longer.


4. I Am Trapped – Instrumental – Sounds which we heard in the trailer, the track is full of those and much more. It’s haunting and the way it has been arranged and programmed, it psychologically works extremely well. The sound of a drop of water or the cracking of plate and spoon make a haunting impact.


This short yet solid album from Alokananda Dasgupta eases out, relaxes, then haunts, intensely. 

Worth Listening: Trapped Theme, I Am Trapped

The Final Verdict: 3.5/5


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Ram Sampath Rooted, JAM8 Routined!! (Raees – Music Review)

Rahul Dholakia is returning into mainstream film business after a very long time and so is Ram Sampath. But the makers didn’t seem satisfied with only Ram being on board, so they called Pritam for help. Pritam has provided his and India’s only A&R Jam8, to encourage new talent in music. Under Jam8, Kaushik-Akaash have already delivered few songs in the past. Now the composers under Jam8 have got this grand platform to showcase their talent, and so does Ram Sampath.

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1. Laila Main Laila – Singer: Pawni Pandey;  Music: Kalyanji-Anandji  (Recreated by Ram Sampath);  Lyrics: Indeevar  (Additional Lyrics: Javed Akhtar) – With every film, there’s a recreated song from any film that is more than ten years old atleast. Very few of those recreations come out to be really enjoyable and this, by Ram Sampath, comes under that. Pawni Pandey’s exuberant singing adds an appropriate amount of zest to the track. Although she lands up sounding Alisha Chenoy at many places, she manages to pull the song on her own.


2. Zaalima – Singer: Arijit Singh, Harshdeep Kaur;  Music: JAM8;  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya – A song by Pritam’s JAM8 which sounds so much like Pritam himself. The style of composition as well as the arrangements are extremely similar. It has Pritam’s footprints all over. Sunidhi might be a better choice, considering the low pitched singing. Arijit has already sung few of Pritam’s songs that matches the similar style of rhythm and he perfects in this as well. Although this is not one of his best, Amitabh manages to remain stick to the mood and style of the song.


3. Udi Udi Jaye – Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Bhoomi Trivedi, Karsan Sgathia;  Music: Ram Sampath;  Lyrics: Javed Akhtar – The Garba-ish rhythm is excellently placed throughout the song, no matter how predictable it sounds, it sets up the mood right there in the beginning. Sukhwinder’s surplus rendition of do dil ude is one of the attractive elements of the song. Lyrics gets a bit cliched, particularly in the mukhda. Mandolin is well used and so is the vocal interlude of Karsan. A predictable composition with predictable lyrics but few vocal and musical arrangements make it appreciable. 


4. Dhingana – Singer: Mika Singh;  Music: Aheer (JAM8);  Lyrics: Mayur Puri – So the moment it began, I got reminded of so many songs which have this similar style and feel. One of them was Satakli from Happy New Year. The song belongs to that genre which is fine but it lands up offering nothing new or appealing. Aheer, in that sense, fails to create his own individuality. With Mika and Mayur Puri behind him, he couldn’t pull off a great start.  


5. Enu Naam Che Raees – Singers: Ram Sampath, Tarannum Malik;  Music: Ram Sampath;  Lyrics: Ram Sampath, Hiral Brahmbhatt – The song has been made appealing with its percussion and few vocal sounds but that do not help much as it does not have a proper catchy tune that can be followed. When it comes to theme tracks, Ram is excellent, which has already been proven in Talaash and Delhi Belly among many. Here, he gets faded because there is not a single tune able enough to hold attention. Could have been way better. 


6. Saanson Ke – Singer: KK;  Music: Aheer (JAM8);  Lyrics: Manoj Yadav – Aheer who manages to be quite better in his second attempt, creates a romantic number for KK, someone who has been strongly associated with Pritam. KK, with his midas touch, has given this song a much-needed feel which would have not been there otherwise. A nice composition, though Aheer seems to have preferred staying in a safer zone.  


7. Ghammar Ghammar – Singer: Roshan Rathod;  Music: Ram Sampath;  Lyrics: Traditional – A traditional melody that Ram Sampath has creatively produced bringing Roshan Rathod on board who has a perfect voice for handling a song like this. Not much effort has been given in the track it seems, and the controlled effort has worked in favor of the song. Short duration is one such.


The problem with the album is the conflict between Ram Sampath’s script rooted songs and JAM8’s mainstream melodies. 

Worth Listening: Zaalima, Udi Udi Jaye

The Final Verdict:  2.5/5


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Trance-scending Folk to EDM!! (Udta Punjab – Music Review)

Abhishek Chaubey is finally out of his Ishqiya zone and is ready for his dark comedy which has Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh in lead roles. Music is given by Amit Trivedi.

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Music: Amit Trivedi;  Music Label: Zee Music Company


1. Chitta Ve – Singers: Babu Haabi, Shahid Mallya, Bhanu Prtap;  Lyrics: Shellee – A full on hardcore EDM track that does not have much space for the lyrics and relies mainly on the beats that really groove you to the extreme. The lyrics, if any, is in the form of two raps that fail to work yet the atmosphere that has been created by Amit is commendable.


2. Da Da Dasse – Singers: Kanika Kapoor, Babu Haabi;  Lyrics: Shellee – Kanika is used quite late by Amit but he has made sure that he uses her uniquely. She sounds very justifying to the composition which is a blend of folksy melody and EDM treatment. The rap again is not able to live up to its expectation and Babu Haabi again fails to impress though the atmosphere that has been created might remind you of Dev D.


3. Ikk Kudi / Ikk Kudi (Reprise) – Singer: Shahid Mallya / Diljit Dosanjh;  Lyrics: (from the poem by) Late Shri Shiv Kumar Batalvi – This non-EDM track, the lyrics of which has been adapted from a poem by the same name, Amit has nicely made this Punjabi poem his own by using Guitars and Drums in his very own style which is witnessed in many of his songs. Reprise is somewhat has a Rock background while Mallya’s version is more bassy. Both the arrangements go well with the vocals. #WelcomeSong


4. Ud-Daa Punjab – Singers: Amit Trivedi, Vishal Dadlani;  Lyrics: Varun Grover – Sounding like Angreji Beat in the beginning, this song does not have Yo Yo or Badshah for the rap but Vishal Dadlani who handles the part impressively giving the apt emphasis on each word. Amit sings the main portion with utmost zeal and Varun’s lyrics thoroughly entertains.


5. Hass Nach Le – Singer: Shahid Mallya;  Lyrics: Shellee – Amidst those high voltage EDM tracks, this soulful Sufi stands out with brilliance. Shahid Mallya shows his excellence in this beautifully written song which has bass inserted by Amit at such an appropriate place that the sound glorifies the track wonderfully. Soothing.


6. Vadiya – Singer: Amit Trivedi;  Lyrics: Shellee – It does not remain just an EDM track; Amit has taken it to the Trance level. The song has familiarity with Queen’s O Gujariya in arrangements while Amit’s singing too gives the heard-before feeling which unfortunately does not make it a complete package though in terms of Trance, it is promising.


Amit Trivedi promises a cocktail of EDM and Punjabi folk and he delivers the best in that. 


The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE

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


Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (June 2016)

Singer of the Month (Female): Monali Thakur – Dhanak (Dhanak)

Singer of the Month (Male): Devu Khan Manganiyar – Dum-A-Dum (Dhanak)

Singer Jodi of the Month: Chet Dixon & Devu Khan Manganiyar – Dum-A-Dum (Dhanak)

Composer of the Month (Song): Tapas Relia – Dum-A-Dum (Dhanak)

Lyricist of the Month: Amitabh Bhattacharya – Kyun Re (TE3N)

Composer of the Month (Album): Tapas Relia – Dhanak 

Song of the Month: Dhanak – Dhanak (Tapas Relia, Mir Ali Husain)

Album of the Month: Udta Punjab – Zee Music Company

Sugar-free Melodies!! (Waiting – Music Review)

Director Anu Menon who returns after her debut London, Paris, New York, is all set for her new venture with Kalki Koechlin and Naseeruddin Shah. Music is given by Mikey McCleary.

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Music: Mikey McCleary;  Music Label: Zee Music Company 


1. Tu Hai Toh Main Hoon – Singers: Anushka Manchanda, Nikhil D’Souza;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – The very first song tells that Mikey is the perfect choice for the film. His style of music goes amazingly well with the mood of the film. Anushka is terrific in this feel good song who harmonizes with Nikhil really well making a nice combo of sounds. Manoj’s lyrics deserve mention even though not having anything special in particular, it does work as a whole. The arrangements are beautiful and worth noticing, particularly the Violin that works behind the Guitar.


2. Got My Eyes On You – Singer: Mikey McCleary;  Lyrics: Mikey McCleary – Quite a weird song which does not have a mass appeal as Mikey has given it a very typical Rock ‘n’ Roll feel and has experimented a lot with not just arrangements but also with his own voice. Nevertheless, the song does have an impact, particularly for Mikey fans who love to hear experimentation from him. Sax, in particular, has a captivating sound.


3. Waiting For You – Singers: Anushka Manchanda, Mikey McCleary;  Lyrics: Mikey McCleary – On that endearing rhythm, this song is more like Mikey’s ad jingles and it sounds as pleasing as the jingles do. Anushka has an expertise in these compositions of Mikey and performs excellently. The arrangements are ear-friendly and capable of appealing most.


4. Zara Zara – Singers: Kavita Seth, Vishal Dadlani;  Lyrics: Ankur Tewari – Kavita Seth nails this melody which Mikey has tried to create out of his comfort zone. Vishal gives the apt amount of support to her but Kavita’s vocals easily overpower his dynamic voice. Still, both the singers nicely compliment each other. Violin works here prominently. A lovely composition. #WelcomeSong


An album that patiently delivers relaxing melodies. 

The Final Verdict:  OKAY

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


Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (May 2016)

Singer of the Month (Female): Kavita Seth – Zara Zara (Waiting)

Singer of the Month (Male): Sonu Nigam – Dard (Sarbjit)

Singer Jodi of the Month: Arijit Singh & Antara Mitra – Itni Si Baat Hai (Azhar)

Composer of the Month (Song): Tanishk Bagchi – Allah Hu Allah (Sarbjit)

Lyricist of the Month: Rashmi Virag, Jaani – Dard (Sarbjit)

Composer of the Month (Album): Amaal Mallik, Jeet Gannguli, Tanishk Bagchi, Shail-Pritesh, Shashi-Shivamm – Sarbjit 

Song of the Month: Bol Do Na Zara – Sarbjit (Amaal Mallik, Rashmi Virag)

Album of the Month: Sarbjit – T-Series

Quite a ‘Nek’ Album!! (Traffic – Music Review)

Director Rajesh Pillai is no more with us but his film definitely is. The film is featuring Manoj Bajpai, Kitu Gidwani & Jimmy Shergill which is a Hindi remake of a Tamil film by the same director and by the same name. Music is given by Mithoon and the guest composer is Shailendra Barve.

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Music: Mithoon;  Music Label: Zee Music Company


1. Keh Bhi De – Singers: Benny Dayal, Palak Muchhal;  Lyrics: AM Turaz – The constant looping sound with Palak handling the mukhra pretty well sounds quite nice along with Benny in the antara who takes it to few notches higher. Inspite of all this, the composition is quite week, the melody is not as strong as you expect from Mithoon. Nonetheless, it’s easy on ears and pleasant to hear.


2. Neki Ki Raah – Singer: Arijit Singh, Mithoon;  Lyrics: Mithoon – Not just the melody, but the lyrics too by Mithoon is able to leave quite an impression. Both the antaras featuring Mithoon behind the mic sounds uniquely impressive. Arijit on the other hand has got quite an easy melody this time and he handles it with equal ease.The composition is although predictable and has a heard-before feeling, still manages to impact somehow, lyrics being the prime contributor.


3. Kuch Der – Singer: Palak Muchhal, Mithoon;  Lyrics: Mithoon – With stable arrangements, Mithoon cracks out this wonderful melody, melancholic in mood which Palak handles aptly. Flute sounds very authentic, and the violin after the antara has a great impact but mostly the song relies on percussion. Mithoon is audible in just one short alaap. Palak steals the show. #WelcomeSong


4. Vitthala Naam – Singer: Prasenjit Kosambi;  Guest Composer: Shailendra Barve;  Lyrics: Jitendra Joshi – It’s quite a dynamic composition which definitely is not a melody treat but something that tells you there must be a  lot going in the film while it plays. Shailendra’s percussive arrangements are top notch. Prasenjit’s vocals are justifying that zone in which the song lies. An apt song for the film. 


5. Tu Alvida – Singers: Aakanksha Sharma, Mithoon;  Lyrics: Sayeed Quadri – With yet another pleasing melody Mithoon launches Aakanksha who has a really sweet voice which goes apt with this song. The melody although not strong, does not fail to impress. Mithoon joines Aakanksha later in the song and his voice gives the song the much needed novelty.


Inspite of failing to deliver some strong melodies, Mithoon does not fail to impress. 


The Final Verdict:  OKAY

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