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Music Review: Haseena Parkar


Music Review: Haseena Parkar

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EXPECTATIONS

You expect a conventional soundtrack for Haseena Parkar with a love song, and item song and a situational track filling it in. Moreover, you don’t really look forward to anything memorable since the film is a gangster drama and hence doesn’t really have place for music which would go places. Yes, there are names like Sachin-Jigar involved but by and large you are okay with whatever little that is eventually offered.

MUSIC

It is a sober start for Haseena Parkar as Arijit Singh kick-starts the proceedings with ‘Tere Bina’, a love song, which has lyricist-singer Priya Saraiya join him behind the mike. The sound of the song is alright but comes across as the kind that was prevalent 10 years back. In fact it also leads to faint recollection of ‘Khuda Jaane’ [Bachna Ae Haseeno] though the Vishal-Shekhar composed number was a much better creation. Later, there is also a ‘sad version’ of the song which in fact turns out to be forgettable. All in all, an ordinary number.

Kirthi Shetty a.k.a Slim Shetty (yes, that’s the name of the lyricist!) puts together ‘Bantai’ which aims at being the next ‘Ganpat, Chal Daaru La’. The song was a big chartbuster in director Apoorva Lakhia’s most notable success, Shootout at Lokhandwala. However, ‘Bantai’ comes across as a poor cousin and just doesn’t entice the listener. Divine and Kirthi Shetty come together to sing this one but can’t really push it beyond the situational appeal.

Last to arrive is Sunidhi Chauhan sung ‘Piya Aa’, an item number set in 80s retro. Written by Vayu, this one has a decent hook to it as at least that gets stuck in your mind for a while. Not that the song is overall memorable, more so since it has just been released and hence hasn’t enjoyed much of a breather to make much of a mark. Still, in the narrative of the film it could just about manage to keep the audiences entertained.

OVERALL

Barely passable.

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‘Piya Aa’



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Music Review: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil


Music Review: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

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EXPECTATIONS

Now this is one soundtrack that was keenly awaited for quite some time now. While each of the songs from the film, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has been unleashed one after another over the last few weeks, the complete soundtrack has arrived pretty late in the day. In fact it is rare to witness such a scenario for one of the biggest films of the year, and especially when the first set of songs has already created such a sensation. Nonetheless, the wait has been worth it as composer Pritam and lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya have excelled in their respective departments to ensure that once again, Karan Johar has a musical blockbuster in hands.

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The moment First Look of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil was unveiled; there was a surprise in store as the campaign got an uncharacteristic beginning for itself. The title song, ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, is not a quintessential Bollywood song that is usually the first to arrive for a biggie but then Karan Johar indeed had a different plan in mind. Well, the experiment succeeded as the song, which is slow in pace with a lot of ‘dard’ in there, has ended up becoming an anthem of sorts in last few weeks. Arijit Singh has rendered the track with his heart in and the result is there for all to see as the song finds itself way up in the popularity charts.

One song which has actually turned out to be the hot chartbuster of the season is ‘Bulleya’. A sufi-rock track which has the kind of lyrics that totally go with the genre and style, this love song is an instant hit and is already a hot favorite amongst the youth. In fact Amit Mishra has sung this one with such passion that you just can’t help but admire the young singer for his commitment in making this a song to be remembered. One waits to see how the song appears on screen because of its high energy and infectious appeal. Shilpa Rao joins Amit mid-way and yet again leaves an impression with her different vocals.

Arijit Singh, who has sung four out of six songs in the album, is back with ‘Channa Mereya’. A pathos filled song which has a sad feel to it but doesn’t turn out to be sad in the manner it is composed, styled and sung, this one is again experimental in a setting which is that of a celebration. A true-blue Hindi film song, it is situational in appeal and should make for a good inclusion in the narrative.

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A couple of peppy tracks find an entry next. The first to arrive is ‘The Break Up Song’. From a ‘Break Up Party’ sequence in Love Aaj Kal to ‘The Break Up Song’, this one goes on a high right at the beginning as Jonita Gandhi goes about rendering it with a lot of spunk. In fact she sings it in such a manner that you almost visualize Anushka Sharma recording it herself in the studio. Ditto for Arijit Singh who sounds just like Ranbir Kapoor and hence elevates the song further well. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s are a delight to listen to as they cater to the youth and Badshah’s rap along with Nakash Aziz’s vocals are a good fit too.

As rightly proclaimed by the makers, the song that comes next is truly ‘filmy’ in its appeal. Titled ‘Cutie Pie’, this one has a Punjabi ‘shaadi byaah’ beginning to it with characteristic Pritam effect coming into play. Yet again, Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics are the ones that catch your attention instantly as they have the kind of language that would appeal instantly to the current generation. Moreover, Pardeep Singh Sran and Nakash Aziz sing it so well that you can’t help but join them in a jig for the dance floors. Meenal Jain and Antara chip in as well behind the mike for ‘Cutie Pie’ which is an instant hit in the making.

The album concludes on a softer note as Arijit Singh returns with a melodic solo ‘Alizeh’. Reminding of ‘I Love You’ from Salman Khan’s Bodyguard when it comes to the softer tones adopted for the song’s styling, ‘Alizeh’ is very easy on ears and should make for a good viewing on the big screen. Pritam pretty much composes a track which is in the zone that he has excelled over the years, and ‘Alizeh’ makes for a good inclusion.

OVERALL

The music of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is very good and is totally in lines with the expectations that you have from a film belonging to the romantic drama genre, as well as the cast that it features. Most of the songs do well instantly and majority would go on to have a long run even after the film is off the screens. Pritam and Amitabh Bhattacharya along with their team of singers show yet again that they have an eye on a popular score with a good blend of class and mass effect.

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‘Bulleya’, ‘The Break Up Song’, ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, ‘Cutie Pie’



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Music Review: Saansein – The Last Breath


Music Review: Saansein – The Last Breath

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EXPECTATIONS

There are certain soundtracks that don’t really come with many expectations. You just hope and want to believe that there is something special that would be churned out. Saansein is one such film and with half a dozen songs in there, you look forward to what composer Vivek Kar has to offer along with lyricist Kumaar.

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Ash King begins his rendition on English lyrics and soon enough Swati Sharma steps in for ‘Mera Ishq’. She sounds really good in her icy cold voice and once Arijit Singh comes on the forefront, you know that this one is actually a good song in the offering. Vivek does well to utilize his three singers quite well for this romantic track based on Sufi music and even though Ash King is the lead singer her, you find Arijit Singh chipping in quite well too, hence resulting in a good musical outing.

It is the sound of piano that is heard for a little while before Armaan Malik takes over the mike and fetches attention of one and all. A beautiful song with some loveable lyrics by Kumaar, ‘Tum Jo Mile’ is a very catchy number that instantly changes one’s perception around the soundtrack of Saansein. Since the song is extremely well paced, written and sung, you now want to hear what Vivek Kar and Kumaar have in store from the songs that follow next. Later, newcomers Amit Gupta and Pratap Dodla get an opportunity to sing an unplugged version and never once you question their inclusion. A good effort indeed!

Newcomer Najam Bajwa gets a platform for him in Bollywood with ‘Tum Ho Mere’, another love song, and this one too pretty much follows the template that has been put together by the musical team in the earlier two songs. If you have liked the kind of music that Vikram Bhatt offers in his romantic musical horror flicks then you would like this one as well.

The best song of the album comes right in the middle though, what with Dev Negi scoring a six with his solo number ‘Dil Yeh Khamakha’. An excellent track that any major young actor from the current generation would have loved to include in a film of his, ‘Dil Yeh Khamakha’ is wonderfully paced and touches your heart in the first go itself. While the start of the song is quite well structured, it is the manner in which the hook-line arrives that makes you fall in love with the song. No wonder, there is a ‘reprise’ version of the song as well and young Nikhil D’Souza does quite well too to make his presence felt.

Yet another newcomer is given a break by Vivek Kar, what with Shibani Sur getting a solo for herself in the form of ‘Royi’. A lounge track where Shibani is heard right from the very first moment of the outing, this one is actually a title track of sorts, what with the word ‘Saansein’ kick-starting the proceedings. Yet another good piece that has a nice start to it and converges well into the hook words ‘royi royi’, it is a situational track that should make for a good inclusion in the film’s narrative.

OVERALL

The music of Saansein is the biggest surprise of the season and entertains as a whole. It boasts of a consistent sound and with this album, one must welcome newcomer composer Vivek Kar who does well with his first ever complete soundtrack for a film. Give this one a hear for sure!

OUR PICK(S)

‘Dil Yeh Khamakha’, ‘Tum Jo Mile’, ‘Mera Ishq’



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Music Review: Wajah Tum Ho


Music Review: Wajah Tum Ho

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EXPECTATIONS

There are good expectations from the music from Wajah Tum Ho and there are a couple of reasons for that. First and foremost the film is backed by T-Series. Secondly, music of Vishal Pandya’s films [Three – Love, Lies, Betrayal, Hate Story 2, Hate Story 3] has been traditionally good and hence one expects something good from his newest film as well.

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What surprises though right at the beginning is the fact that there is just one original track in the film. Other than that, each of the remaining three numbers is a recreated version of a yesteryear chartbuster. Well, given the kind of composition that the title song ‘Wajah Tum Ho’ turns out to be, one wonders if the makers could have included a couple of other original tracks as well, since this Mithoon composition is actually quite good on ears. Written by Manoj Muntashir, who has been consistently belting out some good lyrics, this one has some good singing by Tulsi Kumar who totally runs the show here.

There are a couple of added versions as well with Altamash Faridi. While he features in the opening duet as well, he later goes solo and then also features in a lounge version. While he does try to fit into the proceedings, one just feels if Mithoon could have tried out different male singers for these three versions in order to bring on some variety.

Kishore Kumar rendered ‘Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas’ [Blackmail] has retained its charm even four decades after it was heard first as the Kalyanji Anandji’s composition had boasted of some great melody with Rajendra Krishna’s lyrics carrying good simplicity. Now for Wajah Tum Ho, composer Abhijit Vaghani creates his own version ‘Dil Ke Paas’. Well, Arijit Singh has expressed his displeasure about how he sounds in the song but the fact remains that after one hears this version a couple of times, it brings in its own charm. In fact Tulsi Kumar is a good companion here and impresses all over again. Neuman Pinto chips in too with his English part.

Later, the song is also heard in an ‘unplugged’ version and this time around, it is Armaan Malik who is brought on board. This one is presented in a contemporary avtar with minimal instruments in the background and yet again, Armaan impresses with his soft-n-subtle style of singing. He has Tulsi Kumar for company while Shamita Bhatkar does too as a back-up vocalist.

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Next to arrive is the recreated version of R.D. Burman’s ‘Aise Na Mujhe Tum Dekho’ [Darling Darling] and it actually turns out to be an even better song than ‘Dil Ke Paas’. Reason being that it has an altogether new beginning which integrates seamlessly with the yesteryear chartbuster. Titled ‘Dil Mein Chhupa Loonga’, it has Armaan Malik leading the show and he is convincing singing for words written by Late Anand Bakshi as well as Kumaar. Meet Bros do a good job in making this song appeal well to the current generation and when Tulsi Kumar comes on board, she gives a completely different account from her usual self.

Almost a decade and a half ago, Kaante [2002] had turned out to be a smash musical hit and good credit for that had gone to the chartbuster number ‘Maahi Vey’ which was a Anand Raj Anand composition. This Richa Sharma song was a major success back then and Dev Kohli’s lyrics had picked up well too cross generations. Now Kumaar adds on his own lyrics to the Neha Kakkar version which has been recreated by Gourov Roshin as ‘Maahi Ve’. The song retains the charm of the original but one waits to see how it is actually choreographed for Wajah Tum Ho. It is a decent hear though one may prefer the original one.

OVERALL

Wajah Tum Ho is a well-rounded album with a consistent sound to it. Yes, most of the songs are recreated versions and that would make the purists go up in arms. However, the fact remains that there is good recollection quotient coming into play here which should ensure good ears (and eyeballs) for the film.

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‘Wajah Tum Ho’, ‘Dil Mein Chhupa Loonga’, ‘Dil Ke Paas’



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Music Review: Force 2


Music Review: Force 2

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EXPECTATIONS

Music for an action film is traditionally situational. There have been a handful of such films where music has been all around entertaining and is remembered till date. Otherwise, the idea for most such soundtracks is to have the kind of score that fits in well into the narrative, doesn’t let the pace down, get integrated well into the ambience and stay on well while the film plays on screen. This is what one expects from Force 2 as well which has music by Gourov Roshin and lyrics by Kumaar with Amaal Mallik and Rashmi Virag too chipping in with a song.

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John Abraham’s voiceover kick-starts the proceedings for Force 2 as he comes to the forefront for ‘Rang Laal’. While he does make an impact right away with good baritone (and then reappears later in the song as well during the middle and end), it is the coming together of Dev Negi and Aditi Singh Sharma that aims at igniting passion when it comes to patriotism and fighting it out for what truly belongs to us all. Going by the current headlines when it comes to fighting the negative elements of the society, ‘Rang Laal’ gains well from good timing.

Laxmikant Pyarelal and Javed Akhtar’s ‘Kaate Nahi Katate Yeh Din Yeh Raat – I Love You’ [Mr. India] is recreated as ‘O Janiya’ and the lady who is brought in to do the job is Neha Kakkar. The young woman is just the right follow up to Alisha Chinai as her voice comes with the right mix of naughtiness and seduction that had made the Sridevi number a huge chartbuster back in the 80s. Of course the ‘remix’ feel that one gets in this heavily orchestrated version would make quite a few purists cry aloud. However, when the intent is to have a song make an instant impact in quick time, ‘O Janiya’ does its job.

The song which comes next is ‘Ishaara’ which is an Amaal Mallik and Rashmi Virag show with Armaan Malik as the singer. The song does sound good on ears, though one does wonder about its fitment in the film, considering its action theme. The song has a melodic feel about it and while it could have been a much better bet (with promise of added popularity) in a romantic affair, one just hopes that it does get a good follow through after the theatrical run of Force 2 is through.

Gourov Roshin and Kumaar come back with their third song from the album, ‘Catch Me If U Can’. This one has that sound right at the beginning which currently plays with the theatrical promo of the film. A situational track that should be a part of the background score and is expected to elevate the action appeal of the film, this one has Amaal Mallik heard in an altogether different avtar as he takes a full throated route. This one has a good pace around it and is used effectively in the film’s narrative should end up enhancing it well.

OVERALL

As expected, the music of Force 2 is primarily as a ‘fit-into-the-narrative’ affair. Though one doesn’t expect it to have a really long shelf life, it is quick and snappy that should keep the proceedings crisp.

OUR PICK(S)

‘Rang Laal’, ‘Ishaara’



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Music Review – Dear Zindagi


Music Review – Dear Zindagi

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EXPECTATIONS

Though a couple of songs from Dear Zindagi have been on air for a while, surprisingly the entire soundtrack has been unveiled just a couple of days back. Considering the fact that the film is a biggie, one would have expected a much sooner arrival for the music which has composer Amit Trivedi and lyricist Kausar Munir at the helm of affairs.

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Jasleen Royal has been making her presence felt of late and she does well yet again with the opening number of the album, ‘Love You Zindagi’. A beautifully written and composed track, this one is sung quite well too, hence making it a complete package affair. While the start is fantastic, it is also the chorus portion that makes the song all the more special. Hear this one on a ride down the highway and you would fall in love with it. There is a ‘club mix’ version of the song too that has Alia Bhatt coming behind the mike. She does well too and gives a good account of herself as a singer. This is one double whammy that you like.

It is the sound of guitar that kick-starts the proceedings for ‘Tu Hi Hai’. Just the kind of song that you would like to pick up when the name Arijit Singh appears on the credits, this one revels in simplicity and you wonder if it could well have made a straight entry into an Imtiaz Ali-Ranbir Kapoor film! With the kind of flow to it that makes you croon along as it plays, this one is for an evening with friends around a bonfire.

Guitar and Arijit Singh go hand in hand for ‘Taarefon Se’ as well, though this time around there is saxophone playing a vital role as well. With an old world feel to it, this one has a trademark Amit Trivedi stamp to it. One is almost transported to a stage where a live performance is on the way in a nice and cosy lounge with a candle light dinner in the offering. Though this one isn’t the kind that emerges as a chartbuster, it should play on well with the film’s narrative.

Remember ‘O Pardesi’ [Dev D]? Well, there is a similar vibe here too, at least in the beginning portions. Vishal Dadlani is the one behind the mike for ‘Let’s Break Up’ which, as the title suggests, is about moving on in life when things aren’t really working out in the lives of a couple. There was a ‘Break Up song’ heard very recently in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil too which was more on the peppy side with a ‘desi’ touch to it. This one is more Western in its theme and has its play restricted to the film’s run.

Given the film’s theme and treatment, it seems imperative that the central protagonist Alia Bhatt seems to be finding her way into finding out (or moving away from) love. This is evident in the next track too which has been titled ‘Just Go To Hell Dil’. The song sees the arrival of Sunidhi Chauhan on the musical scene after some time and this time around it is the conversation with a ‘dil’ which is in the motions.

Last to arrive is the legendary track ‘Ae Zindagi Gala Laga Le’ from Sadma [Composer: Ilaiyaraaja, Lyricist: Gulzar] which has been recreated by Amit Trivedi. What seemed to be an exception till a year ago has now almost become a trend where practically every second film has a song from the past being recreated. While one waits to see whether this trend would continue in time to come as well, one wonders if originality would take a back seat eventually. That said, the original song in this case is thankfully not tampered with much in the Arijit Singh version and later the Alia Bhatt version doesn’t sound odd either!

OVERALL

Dear Zindagi primarily has a series of situational songs that should sound good in the film’s narrative. With half a dozen songs in there, one waits to see if they all feature in the film.

OUR PICK(S)

‘Love You Zindagi’, ‘Tu Hi Hai’, ‘Ae Zindagi Gale Laga Le’



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Music Review: Kahaani 2


Music Review: Kahaani 2

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EXPECTATIONS 

Considering the fact that Kahaani 2 is a thriller with a central plot to it which is suspenseful and intriguing, one doesn’t really carry any set expectations from the film’s music. Sujoy Ghosh’s last production Te3n had theme based music and now with composer Clinton Cerejo and lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya coming together for Kahaani 2, you brace up for something similar in this short soundtrack.

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It is the sound of guitar that accompanies Arijit Singh as he goes about rendering ‘Mehram’. Since the film has Vidya Balan as the central protagonist, one would have expected a female singer to croon a track which narrates her life. However, Arijit is roped in instead and one doesn’t mind that since as always, he does a wonderful job in coming up with a sweet and simple rendition that goes with the flow of the film.

The song that comes next, ‘Aur Main Khush Hoon’, is pretty much a continuation of ‘Mehram’ and this time around it is Ash King who takes centre-stage. Boasting of some simple and beautiful lyrics with a poetic feel to them, the song is just the kind which you would like to sing during a bonfire outing with just a guitar in hand. A happy song which could be set between a couple in love or a family with a kid with them, this one is again for the film’s narrative.

The album concludes with an upbeat number ‘Lamhon Ke Rasgulle’ and though it seems like a little offbeat when compared to the couple of tracks heard before it, you still want to check out what it has to offer. The lyrics take a very different tangent in this song which is about living life to the fullest and at the end of the day; the final impact is just about okay. One wonders how this Sunidhi Chauhan and Bianca Gomes number would fit into the storytelling of Kahaani 2.

OVERALL 

The music of Kahaani 2 is strictly situational and one waits to see how they are incorporated in the film for better impact.

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‘Mehram’, ‘Aur Main Khush Hoon’



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Music Review: Befikre


Music Review: Befikre

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EXPECTATIONS

There are very good expectations from the music of Befikre. After all, the man who is in charge is Aditya Chopra and now that he has roped in Vishal-Shekhar and lyricist JaideepSahni to do the job for him, nothing less than spectacular would do. Music of his films DilwaleDulhaniya Le Jayenge and Mohabbatein are played till date while Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi had a couple of songs doing well too in the long run. Now it has to be seen whether Befikre works instantly or takes time to grow on you.

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It is a fantastic start for the soundtrack as Arijit Singh kick-starts the proceedings with ‘Nashe Si ChadhGayi’. The song has a smooth free flowing feel to it and you indeed get a sense of intoxication with the way it unravels. The song has a good fusion of ‘desi’ and ‘videshi’ music coming together, hence making it truly interesting. JaideepSahni’s lyrics are truly different too and one can sense that the words have been designed especially for an Aditya Chopra film. All in all, a well packaged affair where Arijit Singh excels once again, this time with Vishal-Shekhar as the composer duo.

The fun continues the song that follows, ‘UdeDilBefikre’, is just the kind that you instantly associate with a Yash Raj film. It is apparent that Aditya Chopra was quite clear about what he wanted to hear for his title song and it is remarkable how Vishal-Shekhar, JaideepSahni and singer Benny Dayal give him exactly that with this song. With an Arabian feel to it, this one actually has the kind of style that was prevalent in the films from the 60s where Shammi Kapoor, Biswajeet or Joy Mukherjee would have been happy to lay their hands on it.

‘Je T’aime’ is the song that follows and it basis its situation in the film where both protagonists decide that they would ‘Never Say I Love You’! The title of the song here is in French and the overall feel, theme and unravelling has its base set in European musical setting too. Vishal Dadlani brings himself behind the mike for this one and Sunidhi Chauhan, the most experienced female singer in the current musical scenes, is roped in as well to give him company. A situational number, this one is the kind that takes time to grow on you and should be able to cover a distance if the film turns out to be successful commercially.

Nikhil D’Souza has Rachel Varghese for company as the duo gets behind the mike for a fun celebration number ‘You And Me’. This one has a youthful feel to it and yet again, it is unconventional lyrics on play here. A happy song which is about two young ones coming together and just having some good times on the streets of Europe, ‘You and Me’ is situational as well and turns out to be an easy hear.

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There isn’t any musical preamble at play here as Papon comes to the point right from the very first second as his voice is heard in ‘LabonKaKarobaar’. This one too has a 60s feel to it and one does get an impression that the Bollywood composers of the era gone by were truly influenced from their Western counterparts back then. Surprisingly though, the song has a lazy feel to it and the manner in which Papon sings it doesn’t bring in much energy into play as well. One waits to see how this song appears in the narrative of the film.

Thankfully, there is some good energy on play once Gippy Grewal takes centre-stage for ‘KhulkeDulke’. This one has the kind of sound that reminds one of the music that Vishal-Shekhar had put together for Tashan, which was also an Aditya Chopra production. A fun celebration track that has a good pace to it, ‘KhulkeDulke’ is a ‘bhangra’ track that has beauties from Paris no less shaking a leg or two. As for the female voice, it is Harshdeep Kaur who does the honours and along with Gippy Grewal there is a winner in the offering. In fact the song also makes one wonder why it wasn’t one of the first to be unveiled.

The soundtrack concludes with the instrumental track ‘Love Is A Dare’ which basically amalgamates the theme of all the songs that have been heard so far in the album. It is after a while when a track like this has been heard in the music of a Hindi film and you don’t mind that at all as ‘Love Is A Dare’ has been woven well.

OVERALL

The music of Befikre goes well with the spirit and theme of the film and one can be sure that even with half a dozen tracks out there, the snappy duration (the soundtrack lasts just 26 minutes) would help it all fit in well into the narrative.

OUR PICK(S)

‘UdeDilBefikre’, ‘Nashe Si ChadhGayi’, ‘KhulkeDulke’



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Music Review: Dangal


Music Review: Dangal

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EXPECTATIONS

Finally, soundtrack of one of the biggest films of 2016 has arrived. This is practically the last major album for film releases of the current year, and hence, one just hopes that composer Pritam and lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya churn out something interesting. There are four songs from the film that are already out along with the videos and hence you have a fair idea of the kind of Haryanvi flavor that the music carries.

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It is a supremely fun start for Dangal as kids Sarwar Khan and Sartaz Khan Barna come together to croon ‘Haanikaarak Bapu’. Soaking in Haryanvi folk sound, this one is about kids wondering if their father (Bapu) is out for their lives by putting them through a series of gruelling sessions in order to get fit. A foot tapping number with some real fun lyrics, this one is a chartbuster from the word ‘go’!

The manner in which ‘Dhaakad’ begins, you are instantly reminded of ‘Banno’ (Tanu Weds Manu Returns). Well, that is understandable too considering the fact that both films had Haryanvi characters taking the centre-stage. This time around, it is Raftaar who gets into Haryanvi rap and the way he sets the base for ‘Dhaakad’ catches your attention straightaway. A ‘desi’ number all the way, it also has an ‘Aamir Khan version’ where the actor does well all over again to give a good account of himself as a singer. He sings this one at a low pitch and ends up making a high impression all over again.

The song that brings in a different sound in the course of the flow of the soundtrack is ‘Gilehriyaan‘. A sweet sounding number with a poetic feel to it, this one is sung quite well by Jonita Gandhi. She expresses the thoughts and emotions of a girl who is just exploring the sense of youthfulness after moving on from being a teenager. A situational song that should bring in some ‘thehrav’ in the narrative, it works well.

Next to arrive is the title song and the man who has been entrusted to do the job, Daler Mehndi, is in his characteristic thumping form. There is good build up to ‘Dangal‘ which has a good chorus going for it before Daler Mehndi takes centre-stage. Expect the sound of this song to play right through the narrative of the film, especially at the interval point and then during the climax. This one has an arresting sound.

As for those who need their regular dose of Arijit Singh in every soundtrack, there is ‘Naina’. Though the song is not the kind that gets on your lips after the first hearing itself, it sounds pleasant every time you play it around. A sad song which has Pritam delivering a kind of tune which doesn’t lend a usual platform to Arijit, it has quite some variation going for it which warrants that the song is given a close hearing.

Nooran sisters (Jyoti and Sultana) come together for ‘Idiot Banna’ and somehow end up sounding like Mamta Sharma. In fact the manner in which the song begins also reminds one of songs like ‘Munni Badnaam’, ‘Fevicol Se’ and ‘Tinku Jiya’ to name a few. Nonetheless, it is Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics with Pritam’s setting of the song in the Haryanvi ambience that makes all the difference. The song is about a newly married woman wondering how her husband has entirely different ideas of romance and one can well expect this to be set in a flashback where Sakshi Tanwar remembers her earlier days with Aamir Khan.

OVERALL

The music of Dangal is largely entertaining and while it has a predominantly situational feel to it, all credit to Pritam and Amitabh Bhattacharya for still going ahead and adding good enough ingredients to the songs that are set to keeps the pace of the narrative flowing.

OUR PICK(S)

‘Haanikaarak Bapu’, ‘Dhaakad’, ‘Gilehriyaan’, ‘Dangal’



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Music Review: Kaabil


Music Review: Kaabil

Kaabil

EXPECTATIONS

Director Sanjay Gupta isn’t quite known to make love stories. Pick up his films and most of these, except for his last release Jazbaa, have macho characters taking centre-stage. That leads to high decibel music as evidenced in films like Kaante, Musafir and Shootout at Wadala, to name a few. Hence, when he makes a love story cum revenge tale Kaabil with Hrithik Roshan in the lead, one looks forward to what he has to offer. More so since Rakesh Roshan steps in as a producer and brings Rajesh Roshan on board as the composer, hence promising a good fusion of timeless melodies with contemporary sound.

MUSIC

Kaabil sees a fantastic start with the title song ‘Kaabil Hoon’. It is remarkable to see how Rajesh Roshan brings to fore the kind of tune that he had offered way back in films like Khudgarz and Khoon Bhari Maang, and there is similar sound in ‘Kaabil Hoon’ as well which has simplicity written all over it. One has to compliment Nasir Faraaz for the kind of poetic words that he puts together which makes you fall in love with the characters. This is further accentuated by some brilliant singing by Jubin Nautiyal and Palak Muchhal which makes ‘Kaabil Hoon’ a complete package affair in its original as well as the ‘sad version’.

One begins to play ‘Haseeno Ka Deewana’ with an element of apprehension. After all, Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Saara Zamaana’ from Yaarana has been iconic and one continues to enjoy Kishore Kumar rendering this Anjaan written track. However, all these apprehensions are quashed once Gourov-Roshin recreate this track in a new ‘andaaz’ with Payal Dev and Baadshah lending complete justice to their version. They bring in an element of spice to this track with fusion lyrics by Kumaar. Eventually ‘Haseeno Ka Deewana’ turns out to be a foot tapping outing which manages to establish an identity of its own after three to four hearing.

Manoj Muntashir steps in as a lyricist with a couple of back to back songs at this point in time. Along with singer Jubin Nautiyal, he creates ‘Kuch Din’ – yet another love song – which has a trademark Rajesh Roshan stamp to it. With mushy lyrics going with it, this one has a smooth sailing feel which lets the song go past by in a jiffy. Though between the two romantic numbers so far my pick would be the title song ‘Kaabil Hoon’, it would be interesting to see how some lively picturisation makes ‘Kuch Din’ further stand out.

The manner in which Vishal Dadlani begins to render the next song, you imagine another heart-warming love song to follow next. In fact the words that are heard right at the onset, ‘Kadam Se Kadam Jo Mile’ are the ones that play in the theatrical promo and the sound of saxophone is haunting too, something that immediately reminds one of many a Rajesh Roshan composition from the era gone by. However, soon enough French words ‘Mon Amour’ (which stands for My Love) are heard and the song takes a different route altogether by turning into a Spanish carnival outing. A fun celebratory foot tapping track.

Kaabil gets a grand finale for itself as Rajesh Roshan’s chartbuster composition ‘Dil Kya Kare Jab Kisi Se’ from Julie is recreated as ‘Kisi Se Pyar Ho Jaye’ by Gourov-Roshin. Lyricist Kumaar brings on his own touch to the immortal words penned by Anand Bakshi and the team makes sure that the essence of the original is retained in entirety. Jubin Nautiyal gets his third track in the album and makes sure that the kind of confidence shown in him is completely justified through his effort. He is effortless behind the mike and the spirit of ‘Dil Kya Kare Jab Kisi Se’ ends up being loveable all over again. A chartbuster all over again.

OVERALL

The music of Kaabil is a big winner and has a consistent sound to it. In fact it is good to see the mix of timeless melodies with today’s sound integrating well into a fulfilling experience. The musical team has clearly given Sanjay Gupta his best soundtrack since Musafir and for Hrithik Roshan too, this is a complete album that he would be proud of.

OUR PICK(S)

‘Kaabil Hoon’, ‘Haseeno Ka Deewana’, ‘Kuch Din’, ‘Kisi Se Pyar Ho Jaye’



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