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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Teri Meri Kahaani Music Review

Shahid and Priyanka AKA Krish and Radha
Rating: ★ ★ 
Prasoon Joshi is among those lyricists in the industry that believes in quality meaningful stuffy work, case in point 'Taare Zameen Par' and 'Rang De Basanti' which is considered his best work till date. Kunal Kohli (Writer, Director, Producer) has used Prasoon Joshi from 'Hum Tum' (2004) to 'Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic' (2008) and no surprise for '''Teri Meri Kahaani'' he sticks to this talented artist who last wrote (and composed also) for ‘‘Aarakshan’’ (2011), not to mention the title track of ''Satyamev Jayate''. Coming to the music, Sajid-Wajid comes to the picture but looking back at the average work from the composer duo starting from '''Miley Na Miley Hum'' to ''Housefull 2'' to ''Tezz'' and more recently  '''Rowdy Rathore'', expectations are mixed and a bit on the lower side. But with ''Mukhtsar'' already climbing up the charts, one is keen to check out the five originals along with two remixes that depicts love across different eras- 1910, 1960 and 2012!

Electronic Piano sets the mood straightaway and Wajid enters with all the pumping and thumping beats.."Mukhtasar" is easily the best track of the album that will get on you instantly and is for those who crave for romantic tracks attached with a club feel. Although Wajid's voice reminds me of Mohit Chauhan but still one of the better songs he has sung lately. Prasoon Joshi is pretty average with his pen and doesn't write any groundbreaking stuff except for the word 'Mukhtasar'. All in All a theme based track where the piano renditions may be used for all the three era's (obviously on different instruments depending on each era) and yes, a Chart Scorcher for sure! DJ Suketu handles "Mukhtasar-Remix" which is annoying with same singer, same lyrics and same arrangements, except few extra beats here and there. Waste of time to be very blunt!

Aaaaahhh..Some classical arrangements at the very onset create a soothing peaceful ambience and then the maestro, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (RFAK) voice..WoW Man! "Allah Jaane" has everything, from superbly polished arrangements to brilliantly written lyrics to the absorbing RFAK voiceThe flute, Tabla and Harmonium Jugalbandi in the interludes touches the soul and gives a feeling of 'WoW'. Prasoon Joshi fills romance in each and every word, where one can easily relate the feeling of being in love for the very first time, especially both the antara's: 
''Dagmagane Laga Hai, Guroor Bhi Sharaabi Ho Gaya,
Mitt Gayi Meri Hasti, Koi Husn Inqalibi Ho Gaya''
The composition is right up there with the best of the lot and can even challenge the maestro very own ''Rabba'' from 'Mausam'..One word 'Gorgeous'! Don't miss this one.

As one moves forward to "Jabse Mere Dil Ko Uff" one is straightaway taken back to an era of Shammi Kapoor; 1960's to be more precise. "Shammi is a style icon for a lot of youngsters even today, for the track set in the 60's, Kunal gave me a video compilation of his films and songs to pick up nuances. Through this track, we are paying homage to this Elvis Presley of India"- Shahid Kapoor 
Without surprising anyone, Sajid-Wajid chooses the best voice to suit the retro genre, Sonu Nigam, who else could do justice to the legendary voice of Mohd.Rafi, no one better than him. Joining him is Sunidhi Chauhan and the combination results in an electrifying fun, retro dance number with trademark trumpet/piper sounds and lots of electric bass guitar. The video will unleash craziness and is the one to look out for!

Wajid almost does a Babul Supriyo (Playback Singer) for the starting renditions of the "Humse Pyar Kar Le Tu" which is picturised in the 1910 zone. The best thing about the track is the variety of singers- Wajid, Mika, Shabir Bro and Shreya Ghoshal, not to forget the artistic Jugalbandi between the lead pairs, kudos to the conversational, poetic lyrics by Prasoon Joshi- He is one gifted artist without a sheer doubt! Simply loved how the male singers are switched in the antara's and honestly, for the first time loved how Wajid has sung this one. The second antara defines perfectly the qawwali genre, make no mistake, this is one song that has in it to enjoy a certain shelf life with a brilliantly choreographed video. Addictive! For the remix lovers, "Humse Pyar Kar Le Tu Remix" by DJ Suketu leaves aside the qawwali and turns into a western outing. Mika replaces Wajid's renditions (completely) and this certainly brings on some variety if not much.

The last track "Thats All I Really Wanna Do" starts with Harmonica loops and English chorus..Shaan and Shreya Ghoshal’s sugary vocals bring on the sweetness that a romantic track like this demands. A hummable tune with simple yet effective lyrics and saccharine filled vocals does the trick for this one but nothing innovative as such with the old tried and tested template mostly associated with Shaan. The 'Mukhtasar' Piano loop in the second interlude questions about the picturisation and timing of the song, should make up for an interesting watch on screen!

Sajid-Wajid does a very good job in composing tracks that moves through ten decades (almost) with Prasoon Joshi making every word count with his artistic skills. Listeners seeking something monumental or groundbreaking stuff (like in an Amit Trivedi venture) will leave empty handed as Sajid-Wajid sticks to the basics. 'Mukhtasar', 'Allah Jaane' and 'Humse Pyar Kar Le Tu' will grab instant attention while 'Jabse Mere Dil Ko Uff' has in it to be a rage if choreographed well and promoted aggressively. To conclude, a much better effort by Sajid-Wajid!
I rate it 3.0 out of 5.0
Edited Version @ Planet-Bollywood

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Shanghai Music Review

Rating: ★ ★  1/2
A combination of multi-talented Writer/Director Dibakar Banerjee and the artistic duo of Vishal-Shekhar (V-S) promise some unconventional, innovative stuff in the Political thriller 'Shanghai'. Fresh from the success of 'Kahaani', V-S brings in a complete package with some trademark script interwoven situational numbers and some melodious tunes. Eight tracks with 2 remixes..Well! Let's check them out!

"Bharat Mata Ki Jai" is a winner straightaway, courtesy some bold/funny/sarcastic lyrics by Dibakar Banerjee himself that describes our country (the Good's and Bad's). Some loud Dhol beats throughout the four minute duration provides the energy. Keerti Sagathia leads from the front and is brilliant with support from Vishal Dadlani, Mandar Apte, Chintamani Sohoni, Dibakar Bannerjee and R N Iyer. A track that will be enjoyed with the Emraan Hashmi presence!
Added Dhol beats combined with whistling sounds bring together "Bharat Mata Ki Jai -Remix" which is not very different from the original and only acts as filler for repeat hearings.

Today, a soundtrack is incomplete unless an item number is included to attract eye balls and lure audiences to the Big Screen.."Imported Kamariya" is a pretty average effort if compared to V-S previous works- 'Chammak Challo' (Ra.One) and 'Sheila Ki Jawani' (Tees Maar Khan). Mamta Sharma is a name that is almost certain with item numbers but this time, Richa Sharma gets behind the mike (and sounds different) with support/chorus vocals from Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani. The lyrics by V-S regular Anvita Dutt Guptan are what demands attention and is the only innovative thing in this track which carries a Dibakar Bannerjee stamp. Hear it for the lyrics and Richa Sharma!

The third track "Duaa" instantly touches the soul with minimal use of orchestra, thus focusing more on vocals, lyrics and melody. After 'Dil Mera Muft Ka' (Agent Vinod) recently, Nandini Shrikar proves her versatility and her combination with the young talented Arijit Singh ('Raabta' from Agent Vinod) proves to be a one deadly affair that is made for repeated hearings. Notice how emotionally and elegantly Arijit handles the high notes..One massive talent.. Fantastic! The lyrics by Kumaar are top-notch to say the least. Shekhar Ravjiani is heard with some alaap in the interlude. The last one minute gets a bit too classical else it's a- Must Hear!

Up next is another absorbing, captivating V-S chartbuster "Khudaaya" where Shekhar Ravjiani will leave you in trance for the whole 2.50 minutes. Sublime subtle orchestra sets the mood with the short but terrific qawwali part (1.17 to 1.34) with opulent use of harmonium and Raja Hasan (Reality show contestant) supporting vocals; seriously he deserves more than the chorus parts. The clapping chant is used throughout but the way it grows at 2.08 is worth noticing. Neelesh Misra is one gem of an artist/writer/lyricist and he proves his menace once again with this number where each and every word is filled with pathos and emotions and makes one feel the pain. Classic!
For the remix lovers, DJ Kiran brings on "Khudaaya Remix" which is very well organised and well paced without sounding loud and overdone. 

The soundtrack takes a 180 degree U-Turn with "Morcha" which reminds of a certain Ajay-Atul (Agneepath) forte with all the nagada's and manjeera's at the very onset. Raja Hasan leads the vocals with support from Vishal Dadlani and is spot on, though his raw, rustic voice reminds me of Sukhwinder Singh but still..Way to go young man! Clearly it's the most important number if seen from the film's perspective and a perfect climax material. Vishal Dadlani hardly disappoints whenever it comes to writing and it shows in the straightforward lines about promises and protests in the mukhda and antara. One word: ‘Riotous’!!

Last to arrive is "Mantra Vishnu Sahasranamam" which makes the proceedings completely traditional and devotional with sitar at the background. Indeed a brave attempt to include a devotional Sanskrit mantra in a Bollywood soundtrack, would love to see how it's used in the movie.

Shanghai is a complete package, 'Khudaaya' and 'Duaa' is for those hunting for melody and lyrically heavy tunes, whereas 'Morcha' and 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' keeps the theme of the movie intact. V-S once again takes a different route after 'Kahaani' and provides the listeners with some quality stuff that is very well written and composed and not just a re-hash of their previous tunes. Give it a few hearings folks and let the magic of V-S grow!
I Rate it 3.5 out of 5.0
 Version @ Planet-Bollywood

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Ishaqzaade Music Review

Rating: ★ ★  1/2
Apart from the movie title "Ishaqzaade”, the musician name Amit Trivedi is what grabs instant attention. After some pretty decent tunes in 'Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu' recently, he straight gets an entry into the 'Yash Raj Films' stable, who of late has used the services of the likes of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Vishal-Shekhar, Pritam and Salim-Sulaiman but also the young Sohail Sen got a chance in 'Mere Brother Ki Dulhan' last year and so it’s the innovation king Amit Trivedi this time. Lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya has been a regular associate (almost) with him from 'Aamir' to 'Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu' but for this Parineeti Chopra and debutant Arjun Kapoor starrer, lyricist Kausar Munir (previous written numbers include: "Falak Tak"-Tashan and ''Anjaana Anjaani Title Track Slower Version'' - Anjaana Anjaani) gets an opportunity to showcase his talent and without a sheer doubt is surely the find of this OST. With five originals and two affluent remix, let's dive in!

The soft, delicate arrangements (trumpet/piper sound) at the very onset (and later also) of the title track "Ishaqzaade" defines the signature style of the composer and certain template that is associated with the YRF banner. Javed Ali with his mesmerising vocals makes connection with the listeners instantly and Shreya Ghoshal ultimate low notes in the last one minute makes sure that the composition stays on with the listeners and is one for repeated hearings. Kausar Munir does well for this romantic number and as a result the soundtrack embarks on a perfect start!

A fun desi number "Chokra Jawaan" is made special by unconstrained and sparkling singing combo of Sunidhi Chauhan and Vishal Dadlani. For the conversational lyrics, Habib Faisal (Guest Lyricist and Director) deserves a big thumps up as he breaks the monotony and as the director of the movie, he very well knew what the situational picturisation demands. Three minutes and the song changes momentum, the tempo increases, moreover the Jugalbandi from 3.27 to 3.40 is stylish and later sees Vishal in his trademark vociferous tone, honestly, I feel that his powerful voice perfectly suits the lead actor, Arjun Kapoor. Wait for the video!

When was the last time you heard the word 'Pareshan' being used as a synonym for 'Being in Love', hear the next and the best "Pareshan" which has already got appreciation with the video being released almost a week before. Shalmali Kholgade makes the song her own with the innocence pouring from each and every word she sings...My god! What an immense talent! The use of harmonium in both interludes and especially from 3.49 to 4.04 is what Amit Trivedi is all about, the way he uses the harmonium instead of the vocals for the line 'Main Pareshan Main Pareshan' are sheer listening delights. I remember the same treatment being done in 'Kar Chalna Shuru Tu' from 'Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu' where his favourite instrument Trumpet was arranged beautifully. Coming back to 'Pareshan', lyricist Kausar Munir spreads freshness and here is an extract:
'Chahat Ke Cheente Hai, Khaare Bhi, Meethe Hai,
 Zara Zara Fitrat Badalne Laga Dil Mera, 
Zara Zara Kismat Se Ladne Laga Dil Mera'
Surely, a song that will grow with repeated hearings and will be a hit among the fans of Amit Trivedi! Remember 'Aahatein Remix' by Abhijit Vaghani (Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu)... hear "Pareshaan Remix" by the same artist and no wonder there are extreme similarities. A remix where the focus completely shifts from vocals to pumping thumping beats. The flute renditions from 1.26 to 1.42 and 3.18 to 3.34 are magical to say the least. In the words of Filmmaker and Bollywood critic Ankit Ojha, the four minutes are pure 'Eargasm'!

Shreya Ghoshal's versatility is proven once again in "Jhallah Wallah" which lands in the territory of 'Kajra Re' (Bunty Babli) right from the first note and the more said is less for a talent like Shreya. Kausar Munir definitely deserves a standing ovation for such clever, innovative and refreshing stuff without being overdone which is mostly the case with item numbers these days. Both the interludes are high on orchestra with harmonium leading the arrangements from the front. Expect some visual extravaganza for this commercial masala number which can prove to be a perfect marketing tool for the promotions if picturised lavishly in the movie. Fantastic!
If that wasn't enough, comes the 'Remix Specialist' Abhijit Vaghani with "Jhallah Wallah Remix" with added English Raps and some western Hip-Hop beats converting the commercial Indian song into more of a Western style like early days of Neeraj Shridhar. It gives a much needed break from other stereotyped remix which just acts as a filler these days in almost every soundtrack. Must Hear!
Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra

The song made viral 10 days ago on the internet finds its place at the end.."Aafaton Ke Parindey".. an adrenalizing, energizing and electrifying composition. Any other day, Vishal Dadlani or Sukhwinder Singh would have easily appeared beside the credentials but the 'Zehereelay' (Rock On) and 'Give Me Some Sunshine' (3 Idiots) fame Suraj Jagan is no ordinary singer and he proves with some special  High and Low notes, especially the last 30 seconds..plug in your earphones and let the powerful three minutes absorb you completely. Divya Kumar credited as another singer has nothing to do apart from some alaap in the prelude and then in the first half and I was surprised as the male voice in the previous song 'Pareshan' was no where credited which should have been. 

Amit Trivedi compositions in Ishaqzaade are symbolic to commercial and masala entertainers while providing enough innovation in some tunes like 'Pareshan' and 'Aafaton Ke Parindey' which are bound to get appreciation with time. 'Jhallah Wallah' will be a rage as soon as the video is out and will lure the audiences to the Big Screen. All in All, a good- fun-quality soundtrack which certainly deserves a hear or two..Go grab your CD's now!
I Rate it 3.5 out of 5
Edited Version @ Planet-Bollywood

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Tezz Music Review

Ajay Devgan and Kangana Ranaut
Rating: ★ 1/2
After a dull score in Housefull 2 recently, Sajid-Wajid composes for an action thriller "Tezz", honestly there are minimum expectations from the music considering the promotions and the star cast and more importantly, Sajid-Wajid have given hits only when Salman power is associated with them. To much surprise, there are as much as twelve (12) tracks and shockingly only four (4) original numbers with Jalees Sherwani (a more of a regular with Sajid-Wajid) and Shabbir Ahmed handling the lyrics (two each). Without wasting any more words on the number of Remixes and Reprises, let’s see what the composer duo offers this time!

The counting starts with the melodious "Tere Bina" by the most bankable artist Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. It’s one of those songs that will grab attention on the first hear but soon would fade out easily, especially due to the same old RFAK and the average lyrics by Jalees Sherwani. Although both the antaras are high on melody and one that one would hum around easily. All in all a good start!
If there is one versatile female singer today, that is Shreya Ghosal, from infinite romantic love numbers to 'O La La' to 'Chikini Chameli', she has been an immense talent. This time she handles "Tere Bina (Female Version)" which is a pure gem and wondering if better than the original...well..Yeah it is, especially the ease with which she spreads her charm in the antara's. 
Then there are three more versions by RFAK, "Tere Bina (Remix) by Kiran Kamath" wasn't required at all and nor the English vocals which are inserted forcefully. "Tere Bina (Sad Version)" is more of an unplugged version with an absorbing violin and piano. Some change in lyrics is most welcomed. Good!
The last version "Tere Bina (Indian)" starts off in a trademark sufiana andaaz with sitar and the alaap's. Apart from this, the rest is same as the original. Could have been more Indian at heart!

Suddenly an effort to pump in some adrenaline is tried through the title song "Tezz" where Sunidhi Chauhan disappoints and so does the lyricist Jalees Sherwani. The arrangements are outdated and have nothing to boast about. May look a bit good on screen with the action sequences but I have even very few hopes from the movie. Don't even think of plugging in your earphones and playing the song..Disappointed!
Adding to the disappointed is a Shaan version "Tezz (Male Version)" which is slightly better than Sunidhi's one, although that feeling is short lived for the starting 1.50 minutes. A vociferous voice like Vishal Dadlani or Suraj Jagan, who knows, may have done some damage control. Anyways, two Remixes follows, "Tezz (Female Remix)" and "Tezz (Male Remix)" both of which doesn't offers anything extraordinary or worth mentioning.

The BIG name Mohit Chauhan appears for the third track "Main Hoon Shab" and one keeps the fingers crossed wondering if Sajid-Wajid would do full justice to a talent like him? It's gorgeous, it’s melodious and a certain template that one would relate to Pritam and S-E-L. Some beautiful piano sets the mood at the start and Mohit's voice simply touches the soul at first strike. Shabbir Ahmed lyrics are perfect. The arrangements are dynamic with terrific combinations of Harmonica, Guitar and Piano in the interludes and as well as for the whole duration, a special mention for the pretentious Jugalbandi of Piano and Harmonica in the second interlude from 3.00 to 3.24: WoW Man! The only disappointment is that there is no mention of the voice that supports the chorus part with Mohit, should have been credited. 

Then comes a torture "Laila" by Sunidhi Chauhan whose video has been rolling on for quite some time now and looks an attempt to re create the 'Jalebi Bai' with Mallika Sherawat which fails completely. Don't waste your precious five minutes on this number which suffers from some real bad/usual item number lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed and some really bad arrangements: 3.05 to 3.14. If still not convinced, go risk your life!
It has a "Laila Remix" also...Skip Skip Skip!

Sajid-Wajid disappointing run continues, 'Miley Na Miley Hum', 'Housefull 2' and now "Tezz". It has some same usual tunes with plentiful of remix as fillers which doesn't works at all, barring 'Tere Bina' and 'Main Hoon Shab' which are the only saviours in this dreaded stormy night and that too for a very short while and none will enjoy a very long shelf life. With Jannat 2 already ruling and Ishaqzaade on the verge of release with the innovative Amit Trivedi, I don’t think it will get many listeners. Forget Tezz; better hear Jannat 2 on REPEAT mode!
I rate it 1.5 out of 5

Edited Version@ Planet-Bollywood

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Jannat 2 Music Review

Rating: ★ ★  1/2
Pritam Chakraborty, Emraan Hashmi, Sayeed Qadri (Lyricist) and the 'Bhatt' camp -  a well stirred combination of these four artist brings forward the much anticipated soundtrack of 2012, "Jannat 2" which comes with loads and loads of expectation, reason being their previous venture, Jannat, which is still considered one of the finest soundtrack to come out of the stable of Pritam. This time an added advantage on the vocals with maestro's like Shafqat Amanat Ali, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Mohit Chauhan makes one anxious and adding on that curiosity Pritam provides a stunner with nine tracks, although as usual five originals with 4 reprise versions with a different set of singers. Let's see if Jannat 2 matches upto all the hoopla and hype created!

Going by the trend, the first track "Tu Hi Mera" was made viral a week before the music release and the aggressive promotions on small screen has already made this a HIT. Shafqat Amanat Ali is underutilized and the lyrics by Sayeed are clichéd and predictable but Emraan Hashmi screen presence and the melodious tune will make one listen to this for sure. A number that will grow with time but seriously could have been much more rich on the lyrics and vocals department. Good start anyways!

Up next Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in "Tera Deedar Hua" makes an impact straightaway with his high pitched vocals. Pritam again gives his own treatment to the qawwali genre (earlier before in 'Dil Mera Muft Ka') and is a treat for RFAK fans. The alaap in the first interlude and the guitar riff in the second are worth hearing. The lyrics by Sanjay Masoomm are mediocre in an era where artists like Amitabh Bhattacharya, Prasoon Joshi and Irshad Kamil have raised the bar very high with their pen. The picturisation can do wonders with the beautiful Esha Gupta (debutant) alongside Emraan if choreographed and presented well. As an audio alone, it will have a limited shelf live!
It has a "Tera Deedar Hua (From The Heart)" where Javed Ali steps in and surprisingly the final result is better than the original as his voice brings out more emotions and pathos. The whole song is one note low as far as the high pitch in the original is considered and suits the genre well. The alaap from 1.29 to 1.47: WoW! Must hear! (Note: In both versions, the mukhda has been composed by Anupam Amod)

Some gorgeous Piano starts "Tujhe Sochta Hun" and the 'King of Pain’ K.K weaves magic around Sayeed beautiful and at the same time painful lyrics. The piano in the background is haunting, mesmerising, hypnotising to say the least..Make no mistake, there would be enormous Piano Cover Versions of the song very soon (waiting for Aakash Gandhi's version). K.K is top-notch and shows why he is still considered the best playback voice in the industry, my God! What enormous alaap. The song is right up there with the best of the lot and can even challenge Pritam very own ''Zara Sa'' (Jannat). The Arabic renditions by some female voice seem unnecessary unless explained in the video and also its surprising as the voice hasn't been credited on the covers. Forget everything people and lay your hands on this prolific composition. Magnificent! (Can’t get the piano out of my head) 
Nikhil D'souza is a massive talent and Pritam has proved it lately, this time he performs a reprise version of 'Tujhe Sochta Hun' named "Sang Hoon Tere" where the piano is eradicated (almost) and some rock-lounge feeling has been created with added English vocals. Tough choice between the two versions, treatment wise, each track has its own beauty and will have its fans likewise. I would prefer the one by K.K.! 

As soon as one reads the name Mohit Chauhan credited below a song expectations goes for a somersault sky dive...”Rab Ka Shukrana" is a kind of composition that needs some hearings to settle down and unlike Pritam's other instantly catchy tune, its a slow and steady horse that will be a smash hit once the video is out. After 46 seconds of piano (and sitar also) with soft and peaceful arrangements, one gets to hear Mohit Chauhan and he is simply terrific as always and does full justice to the song. The lyrics by Sanjay Masoomm are somewhat fresh with some religious words being used well as a synonym for love. As far as the video is considered, I think a love-making picturisation in on the cards for this one with hot and sizzling pair of Emraan Hashmi and Esha Gupta. Can't wait!
The best reprise of the soundtrack comes in the form of "Rab Ka Shukrana (Reprise)" where Anupam Amod (who hardly had any hit apart from Aakrosh's 'SaudeBaaji' and 'Thoda Sa Pyar' for the movie 'Kuch Luv Jaisa') makes a connection instantly. The arrangements here are a class apart and certainly deserve an applaud. The chorus is used very beautifully and one gets a feeling of WoW as the first interlude starts and the song picks up some rhythm and pace. The English vocals bring on some change and the use of Piano in the background is fascinating and intoxicating. As an audio alone, I would prefer this version (not many would agree with me on that though) and from the movie perspective Mohit Chauhan will do the magic! 

"Jannatein Kaha" is a rehash of the previous super hit 'Zara Sa' and who else than K.K can handle this responsibility. English rap, rock beats, police sirens...too much? Naah! It will grab attention instantly more importantly due to the whoo oo hooo hooo part which was a signature tune for 'Jannat', although the best part of the song is from 2.44 to 3.18. Lyricist Mayur Puri although falls nowhere near to what Sayeed did for original 'Zara Sa' but still a good tune that would surely make up for an interesting watch on screen if not wasted on promotional stuff/credits.
Nikhil D'Souza returns with "Jannatein Kaha (Power Ballad)" which is minus all the unnecessary raps and beats. Better than the original..Yeah..Definitely! The change in the lyrics and the bracing guitar riff acts as icing on the cake and Nikhil proves his menace once again. No doubt sooner or later he will join the elite list of the bankable artists. 

Jannat 2 is a typical Pritam and Bhatt soundtrack which will definitely rule the charts for the next one month, especially 'Tujhe Sochta Hu', 'Rab Ka Shukrana' and 'Tu Hi Mera'. Emraan Hashmi charismatic screen presence will do wonders for each song although it disappoints on certain aspects, more importantly Lyrics and creativity in the tunes. While Jannat was much heavy on the lyrics part, Jannat 2 fails to leave an impression with the lyrics and each song is clichéd. Nevertheless, enjoy all the songs as they are made to rule the charts for next 5 weeks, at least!
I Rate it 3.5 out of 5!
Edited Version@ Planet-Bollywood

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bittoo Boss Music Review

Pulkit Samrat and Amita Pathak
Rating: ★ ★  1/2
Some masala tracks in the fun frolic voice of Mika Singh and Raghav Sachar, add to that exuberant skill of Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal and Shahid Maliya with some added spicy effects from Natalie Di Luccio and Master Saleem...that's what the soundtrack of "Bittoo Boss" is all about (from the makers of last year hit 'Pyar Ka Punchnama'). The most beautiful thing about this OST is that the listeners don’t know what to expect from the music director Raghav Sachar and guest composer Gajendra Verma, who hardly had any recognisable soundtrack in Bollywood till date. With six bindaas originals and two remix versions, let's dwell inside and find out what this Sesky V.D.O Shooter offers with Kumaar on the seat of Lyricist with guest lyricist Luv Ranjan and Aseem Ahmed Abbasi.

It's naughty, it’s catchy, it’s mischievous...”Bittoo Sab Ki Lega" is a kind of obvious euphemism which kickstarts the proceedings and surprises everyone. Guest lyricist Luv Ranjan (Director, Story Writer and Lyricist of 'Pyar Ka Punchnama') writes some double meaning phrases which will get mixed reactions from the listeners. At the music launch Salman Khan claimed this song to be a strong contender for DK Bose, but honestly DK Bose was more clever and creative whereas this composition goes straight in the face. Nevertheless, Mika sets the mood perfectly with good support from Natalie Di Luccio and Neeti Mohan, although a talent like Natalie is not utilized to her full potential. All in all, an introductory composition which may very well be used for the starting credits and as a background score. Good start!

When artists like Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal are roped in together for a composition, expect some vivacious and quality stuff...”Kaun Kenda" is one such number where any other day and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy would have bagged it with both hands. Beautiful guitar strums gives an unplugged kind of feel and the short flute rendition at 0.17 raises the bar a few inches more and as soon as Sonu Nigam joins with his soul-stirring voice, it creates an aura of its own that is hard to put away. Lyricist Kumaar is fab with his pen, an extract from this beautiful number that deserves attention (3.30 to 3.56):
"Ishq De Charkhe Nu, Dil Utthe Rakhi Jaava,
Roo Tere Naam Waali, Har Vele Katti Jaavan"
Don't miss this one folks, a perfect chart scorcher that has in it to enjoy a long shelf life and a certain place in the playlist of all music lovers!
Shahid Maliya replaces Sonu Nigam (not actually) for the reprise version, "Kaun Kenda (Version)" which is more of a solo outing for Shreya Ghoshal where Shahid Maliya does some terrific alaap portions here and there. Shreya Ghoshal is a gifted artist without a sheer doubt; I was in trance on realizing how amazingly beautifully she does the qawwali portion from 3.30 to 3.56. A certain 10 on 10!

The soundtrack takes a 180 degree turn with "Kick Lag Gayi" which is in the limelight for past one week, courtesy some pretentious energetic dance moves by the lead debutant actor Pulkit Samrat, must say- well choreographed steps. Tulsi Kumar starts with some Punjabi folk renditions and Raghav Sachar energetic singing turns the number into a complete Punjabi dance number with lots of dhols and a blend of desi and Western instruments. Tulsi Kumar's voice is stereotyped for such folk renditions, well done Raghav. Come to the lyrics and Kumaar impresses yet again with Punjabi lyrics. It will get immense popularity with time and moreover once the movie releases. Smash Hit!
Undoubtedly it returns back in the voice of hugely talented Master Saleem with no change in the female vocals. "Kick Lag Gayi (Version)" is more or less the same as the original and surprisingly despite Master Saleem being a master of this Punjabi genre, the other version in the voice of Raghav Sachar was more effective and powerful. Anyways, this is a kind of track that is worth repeated hearings, so ENJOYY!

The next track "Audi (Tenu Tak De)" is an anthem straightaway and has in it to be a rage among the youth in no time. A more of a non-filmy Punjabi Hip-Hop number sung audaciously by Raghav Sachar. Natalie Di Luccio hardly makes her presence felt with her short English vocals. Kumaar is ostentatious and continues to impress, here is an extract:
"Gali Vich Jana Teri, Saadi Routine, Teri Ishq di Seene Vich Bajti Been,
Munde Saare Pagla Jaande, Dekh Tenu , Bhangda Paande"
A remix is what one craves for!

An attempt with some philosophical thoughts is what "Kabootar" by Mika Singh is all about. A fast paced fun number which will be an interesting watch onscreen. The second interlude (2.46 onwards) has a touch of retro to it with some sublime trumpet/piper sounds alongside electric guitar- Good arrangements indeed! Kumaar disappoints a bit in the only antara, where he had the liberty to induce some more thought-provoking stuff.

Here comes THE song of the album or more specifically THE song of 2012 till date (after the superb 'Raabta' from 'Agent Vinod' recently)... "Mann Jaage" is enriched with quality, all from the lyrics to the arrangements to the singing. Guest composer Gajendra Verma (the controversial singer behind non-film composition 'Emptiness-Tune Mere Jaana') uses the newly found talent of Shahid Maliya in an aristocratic way and boy! What stuffy, striking work by guest lyricist Aseem Ahmed Abbasi. The beautiful Jugalbandi of sitar/santoor, piano and guitar at the very start (and later in the interludes as well) leaves one in trance- Majestic! Close to six minutes, its absorbing, captivating and top notch. An aggressive promotional strategy is what this elegant work demands.

Bittoo Boss comes as a big surprise, not that it offers something monumental or extraordinary but it does provide tunes that are at least worth a single hear. All the songs are high on lyrics, especially 'Kaun Kenda' and 'Mann Jaage'. Raghav Sachar provides some pure Punjabi fun tracks that will help along the narration and will be a key in luring the audience to the Big Screen. Go grab the Cd's now!

I rate it 3.5 out of 5

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Housefull 2 Music Review

The Dirty Dozen
Rating: ★ ★ 
"I do not copy, I Create!"
                                  -Sajid Khan
The man behind two blockbusters: Heyy Baby (2007) and Housefull (2010) each had chartbuster tunes by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (S-E-L) and so "Housefull 2" with the 'Dirty Dozen' comes with loads of expectations, be it the movie or the soundtrack. According to Sajid Khan, some date issues with S-E-L turned the table for Sajid-Wajid where they have composed four originals with the equal amount of remixes alongside Sameer on lyrics. 'Dabbang' was the last recognised OST by the composer duo, not to mention the shocking inelegant 'Miley Na Miley Hum' (MNMH) last year. Can Sajid-Wajid deliver? Can they match upto the immense hype and buzz that comes with a sequel and that too with such a heavy star cast? Well read on...

It without a doubt starts with the already popular "Papa Toh Band Bajaye", which is funny to the core and Sameer does a handsome job with the catch phrase 'Idiot ho tum gadhe ho, Abhi tumhe knowledge nahi hai'. Neeraj Shridhar does what he has been doing for Pritam for past few years. The arrangements set the mood in the first 40 seconds but sadly the mukdha is the only good thing about the composition (considering the audio alone). The picturisation is indeed a visual extravaganza but the repetitive (and limited) lyrics disappoint after a time and the two antaras doesn't ensure any sort of repeated hearings. The song will fade out as soon as the movie ends it run at the silver screen and may be used in Sangeet ceremonies but nothing more. All in all a situational number that will be enjoyed with the video.

Mamta Sharma is a voice associated with Item-Numbers since her inception with 'Munni Badnaam' and this time the combination of Malaika Arora Khan and Mamta Sharma brings forward "Anarkali Disco Chali", where there would be illustrious comparisons but honestly, it would be an injustice to compare 'Munni', 'Sheila' and 'Chikini Chameli' with this 'Anarkali' as it lands more in the corridor of 'Kajra Re' right from the start. The mukhda is quite ordinary but the following antaras are exciting, arousing and enthralling with Sukhwinder Singh joining in with his high pitched notes later. It slightly knocks at the doorsteps of 'Palki Mein Hoke Sawaar Chali Re' from 'Khalnayak'. Sameer does well with his pen although nothing quite extraordinary or monumental as such. Nevertheless a post-interval trademark composition for Sajid Khan as it has been the case with 'Dhanno' and 'Mast Kalandar'. HIT!
Two remix follow: "Anarkali Disco Chali-Hyper Mix" by DJ Shiva and "Anarkali Disco Chali Remix" by DJ Khushi. Hyper Mix is loud, fast paced and turns into a complete western outing. The other remix is much better that starts with an introductory rap and then shifts completely towards Punjabi Desi flavour. Impressive!

Ever since Vishal-Shekhar roped in international artist Akon in Ra.One for 'Criminal' and 'Chammak Challo', a trend established and the next composition "Right Now Now" is a prime example and is a refined version of Sajid-Wajid's own 'Wake Up Now' (MNMH). After some usual rap portions, Wajid's auto tuned voice (simply hate this effect) takes over with Suzzane D'Mello for the English vocals in the first interlude and later Sunidhi Chauhan seductively joins in for the antara's. Overall a good situational composition that should work fine along the narrative of the movie and may grow with time. The video picturised on three couples reminds of 'Papa Jag Jaega' from the previous movie and to be very honest, the couple Riteish Deshmukh and Zarine Khan is the odd one out with Zarine Khan looking more like a mother to Riteish rather than Girlfriend. Sajid Khan seriously gets this wrong.
Akshay-Asin & John-Jacqueline in the song 'Do You Know'
"Right Now Now Remix" by DJ Khushi is usual. Skip!

The last track "Do You Know" is a routine romantic outing with Shaan and Shreya Ghoshal at the helm of affairs. The orchestration is a mixed of various instruments in both the interludes and catches attention. As far as innovation in the lyrics and tune, it fails miserably. The video with all the glamour quotient (as in 'Oh Girl You Are Mine') is what can only prove to be a saviour for this one and as an audio alone, it just doesn't delivers. 
"Do You Know Remix" by DJ Shiva is adding insult to injury. Don't bother giving it a hear!

Housefull 2 disappoints musically. The tracks are situational to the core and don’t work without the video. 'Anarkali' will surely lure the audience to the big screen and 'Papa Toh Band Bajaye' will be enjoyed. Overall, Sajid-Wajid doesn't live upto the expectations one has from a Sajid Khan venture. 
I rate it 2 out of 5

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Agent Vinod Music Review

Rating: ★ ★  1/2
Saif Ali Khan in Agent Vinod
Musical Thrillers and Pritam Chakraborty goes hand-in-hand; for instance consider 'Dhoom', 'Chocolate', 'Race', 'Gangster', 'Jannat' and more recently 'Dum Maaro Dum'. "Agent Vinod" lays immense expectations both as an OST and an action packed thriller with today's hottest couple ('Reel' and 'Real') Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor sharing screen space after their last outing 'Kurbaan' went dhadaam at the Box Office. A look at the CD cover, eleven tracks with few reprises, few remixes, typical Pritam..add to that unconstrained and vivacious talent of lyricist (and singer also) Amitabh Bhattacharya (A.B.) ..well, there is much more than the usual Pritam this time!

The proceeding kick-starts with the much promoted "I'll Do The Talking (Steal The Night)", a resurrected (official) version of a pop song called 'Rasputin'. An English Rap soon joined by Barbie Amod's chirpy tone with some electrifying pumping and thumping beats, 55 seconds and Pritam brings on his regular 'soundtrack opener' Neeraj Shridhar followed by Shefali Alvaris (wonder if ever could hear Shefali without the auto-tuned effect). Aditi Singh Sharma is used well for the English part and the Na Na Na NaNaNaNa. The harmonica piece in the interlude could have been much more innovative, still is arranged well. A.B. is effective with some Desi Punjabi and English lyrics. The music at places though reminds of 'Jhoom Jhoomta Hu Main' (Players) but nevertheless it embarks a perfect thrilling start and should be used for a crucial sequence in the movie.
"I'll Do The Talking (Steal The Night) Remix" is perfect dance material with some useful changes here and there. Loved the ending 'Come Together and Sing Ringa Ringa Ringa Ring'!

Kareen Kapoor in the song 'Dil Mera Muft Ka'

"Dil Mera Muft Ka" certainly is not the usual 'Umrao Jaan' mujra types and is instilled with quite a lot of rock and rolla which certainly needs few hearings to settle down and adjust to the unusual techno arrangements. An attempt to be innovative but lacks the punch as in 'Chikini Chameli' and 'Chammak Challo' and so the shelf life will be restricted and directly proportional to the film's fate at the box office. Nandini Shrikar ('Bhare Naina'-Ra.One) leads the vocals among a gang of credited artists for the backing vocals/chorus (Muazzam, Rizwan, Shadab Faridi, Altamush Faridi, Sabab Sabri). Guest lyricist Neelesh Misra is excellent in the mukhda (with all the pachchttar's and sattattar'sbut doesn't meets the expectations in the following antaras. Without a doubt a climax sequence should be picturised on this and may gain some taali's and seeti's from the front runners, still could have been much better. Average stuff and honestly hated the Ni Main Kamli Kamli part!
"Dil Mera Muft Ka Remix" is without all the rock ribbed effect where Malini Avasthi replaces all the artists and works as a good filler. The treatment is different from the original but still nothing extraordinary.

Hamsika Iyer ('Chammak Challo'-Ra.One) and Arijit Singh ('Jhoom Jhoom Ta Hu Main Film Version'-Players) together creates an aura in "Raabta (Siyaah Raatein)" than can't be expressed in words. Beautiful soothing piano starts the proceedings with soft guitar strums and Hamsika manages to make one fall in love instantly in the breathless mukhda and later Arijit Singh (a classical trained artist) with his refined alaap leaves no stone unturned and makes everyone speechless and completely numb. Joi Barua brings on a perfect end to this jaw dropping composition with the English vocals. A.B. at his best with the lyrics and the more said is less for this talented artist. Pritam is the 'King' of love genre and he proves it yet again with three other versions of the song desperately waiting to be heard!
"Raabta (Night In A Motel)" sees Aditi Singh Sharma (a blunder with Hamsika credited instead of Aditi on the covers) replacing Hamsika for the female lead and is top notch. The composition turns more soft and unplugged as Arijit is made to skip the alaap (as in original). Joi Barua part is eradicated. Some change of lyrics would have been appreciated with both ears but still- Brilliant!
A solo by Arijit Singh "Raabta" is intoxicating and best of the four versions (although it depends). After a minute of pure orchestration, Pritam makes Arijit almost does a Ash King (especially at the end) but the young talent makes the song his own with A.B. providing the much required change in the lyrics (mukhda). The extra beats provide the extra zing and ensure that one can't resist playing the song in loop for hours at stretch.
Now the last version "Raabta (Kehte Hai Khuda Ne)" lands in a forte that belongs to the wonderful saccharine filled voice of Shreya Ghoshal and boy, her combination with Arijit blasts dynamite..Boom! Speechless...go hear all the versions and let your mind and heart wander in a world created by Pritam and A.B. Majestic!

Now here comes the addiction "Pungi" where Pritam brings on his hot favourite Mika Singh for the vocals with support from A.B., Nakash and himself. A.B. writes some wacky lyrics that will surely catch attention and if heard carefully, apart from the lyrics, the composition has many arrangements that are funny to the core and brings a smile on the face of the listeners (leave apart the video). Javed Jaffery inputs a short rap after 3.50 where it's impossible to guess what he is trying to say. The composition has in it to be a rage in the coming days if promoted (and used) well!
“Pungi Remix” wasn’t required and offers nothing new.

"Agent Vinod (Theme)" is what everyone has heard since the first teaser of the movie was released; a more of a Bond meets Bourne and some Mission Impossibles! Starts off well, but becomes a tad bit overstretched and repetitive after 2.5 minutes with the never ending horns sound. Definitely would be used for various junctures in the narrative.

To conclude, First of all Thumps up to Pritam for showing immense confidence in the young talented Arijit Singh where any other day and Mohit Chauhan would have bagged at least one version out of four. Agent Vinod is one of the finest works from Pritam (considering 2011) with all the ingredients of 'Hit' material. 'Raabta' will rule the charts for at least a month or two and certainly will find place in playlist of every music lover. An entertaining soundtrack indeed!
I rate it 3.5 out of 5
Edited Version @ Planet-Bollywood

Monday, February 20, 2012

Kahaani Music Review

Rating: ★ ★  1/2
Vidya Balan AKA Vidya Bagchi
Sujoy Ghosh: Story Writer, Screenplay, Producer and Director for "Kahaani" where Vidya Balan (read 'Bidda Balan') portrays another challenging unconventional role of pregnant women in search of her husband. As a Writer and Director, Sujoy has three movies to his name : Jhankaar Beats(2003), Home Delivery (2005), Aladin (2009), all three had some good tunes by Vishal-Shekhar (V-S) but neither of these three tasted success at the box office and vanished without creating any fuss. This time with a dramatical thriller, hopes are again being lined up and as far as the soundtrack by V-S is considered, situational and some quality stuff is expected. Well, read on to know if the expectations have been met?

Some Jazz, some Hard Rock and some Retro, that makes up for a riotous start with "Aami Shotti Bolchi" where veteran Usha Uthup leads the vocals. It's a take on the city of Kolkata (with Vishal Dadlani as lyricist), without a sheer doubt, it would gel well along the narration of the movie and will do wonders as a background score and the theme of the movie. Shekhar Ravjiani continues his 'Raftaarein' (Ra.One) and surprises everyone with vociferous lines like 'Kolkata-You are sexy!’ Vishwesh Krishnamurthy provides the backing vocals/chorus and the three minutes keeps the listeners hooked.

Javed Bashir starts off in Ustaad Rashid Khan Style with alaap and sargams for "Piya Tu Kahe Rootha Re" and soon some fascinating electric guitar takes over alongside continuous manjeera sounds-a perfect fusion of Classical and Western instruments with the lyrics by Sandeep Shrivastava being eminent. V-S carries on from where they left in Ra.One's 'Bhare Naina' and the result is an impressive composition which would be surely applauded by people who knows what good and quality music is. An artistic Jugalbandi is what one gets to hear from 4.10 onwards- 'Intoxicating'!

V-S enters their trademark forte with the title track "Kahaani" that brings on the much required versatility to the soundtrack. A peaceful melodious situational composition with K.K at the very helm of affairs and Vishal Dadlani providing that extra zing with his supporting vocals as well as deep thought-provoking lyrics that beautifully defines the city of Kolkata and may be very well be used at various junctures in the movie. The flute renditions in the second interlude are first class and touch the soul. 

One wonders, that being a movie which is Women oriented, a feminine track is what it demands and V-S brings on Shreya Ghoshal for "Kahaani-Female", which is a 'WoW' composition and quite honestly is better than the K.K's version, be it the Live Acoustic Guitar by Gaurav Gupta or some neat and refined singing by Shreya, everything is simply terrific and makes one hit the 'Repeat On' mode instantly. Must Hear!

Sukhwinder Singh and V-S have a 'Hit' track record and it carries on with much ease in "Tore Bina" which is undoubtedly the Best of the lot. It starts with beautiful folk arrangements and as one prepares to hear a pure traditional song Indian at heart, suddenly some heavy electric guitar strums take over and leaves one spellbound. V-S brings on their regular and trusted artist Anvita Dutt Guptan for the lyrics and she is just terrific with the pen and does full justice to this theme-based-background track. Sukhwinder Singh hardly disappoints with his singing anyhow and this time also he strikes gold with his superlative high pitched notes, can't even imagine this composition in any other voice. One word-'Terrific'!

Last to arrive is "Ekla Cholo Re", a reprise version of Rabindranath Tagore's Bengali composition. Rendered by Amitabh Bachchan, it is surely the highlight of the album and apart from Tagore's poetry crooned by the Shehanshah (especially the second antara); the English vocals by Clinton Cerejo are worth noticing and give a Western touch to this epic composition. It would certainly be very interesting watch on screen!

Vishal-Shekhar, fresh from the huge commercial success of 'Chammak Challo' and 'O la la', completely breaks the shackles and goes totally unconventional for 'Kahaani'. The tunes wouldn't make one tap their feet, neither are sorts which the listeners would hum around (except for the title track 'Kahaani') but certainly are instilled with quality and does full justice to the theme of the movie. Of course, a soundtrack like this will be regarded as 'Boring' by the listeners who are in search of some commercial and masala numbers but in the context of the film, it should fit in pretty well and will grow insanely after the movie hits the silver screen. 
V-S: You Are Beauty!
I rate it 3.5 out of 5
Edited Version @ Planet-Bollywood


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