CokeStudio 9, Season Finale

Sab Jag Soye - Quratulain Balouch and Shuja Haider do their best to give us a different song that has been cleverly composed but they somehow fail to make any mark. I have always liked QB but somehow for songs like these, her voice comes across way too heavy and weighs the composition down, pace … Continue reading CokeStudio 9, Season Finale

MSD – Template overload yet surprisingly good at times!

Thoughts on the music album - M.S. Dhoni - The Untold story Music - Amaal Malik and Rochak Kohli Lyrics - Manoj Muntashir M.S. Dhoni has done many a good things for the aspirational small town cricketer because of  which he will always be a shining star in the narrative of modern day cricket. In … Continue reading MSD – Template overload yet surprisingly good at times!

CokeStudio Season 9, Episode 1

Sasu Mangay - Naseebo lal and Umair Jaswal are in their elements in Sasu Mangay. I for one was so relieved to see Umair focussing on singing and not his distracting theatrics, and I quite liked his part. While I absolutely loved the way  Mahotarma Naseebo lends the colour of Rajasthan to the song,  what stood … Continue reading CokeStudio Season 9, Episode 1

Music review – Fever

You can listen to the music review here - http://www.bbc.com/hindi/multimedia/2016/07/160707_bbc_music_review_spk.shtml An album that has as many as 15 songs, misses the melody point completely.

Raman Raghav 2.0 Music review

You can listen to my review here This review appeared first here The unbridled chaos of a crime thriller and the twisted beauty of gore are captured perfectly in the album’s first song, Qatl-e-aam. Although I still cannot figure out why the voice of Sona needed processing, the overall vibe of the song is deliberately sinister, and those menacing … Continue reading Raman Raghav 2.0 Music review

Cabaret + Housefull 3 – Music reviews

Tiring, that is what these film music albums are at best. At one hand we have Cabaret that has one good good song and is accused of murdering some really nice classics along the way. My review here http://bit.ly/cabaretbbc On the other hand we have Housefull 3, the lesser said the better. My review here … Continue reading Cabaret + Housefull 3 – Music reviews

Suno – Shilpa rao (Review + Artist credits)

Ankhiyan Udeek - Accompanied by understated beats and an excellent israj by Arshad khan, this track is nothing like its countless re-imaginations by other Indian artists. Rao sounds comfortable (when has a difficult song troubled her anyway?). There is something in her voice that sticks in your head and if you couple that with excellent … Continue reading Suno – Shilpa rao (Review + Artist credits)

Sarbjit – Music review

This review first appeared on Quint - http://www.thequint.com/entertainment/2016/05/04/music-review-sarbjit-aishwarya-rai-randeep-hooda-richa-chadda-arijit-singh-amaal-malik You can also listen to my music review of Sarbjit on B.B.C. here - http://www.bbc.com/hindi/multimedia/2016/05/160513_bbc_music_review_vm.shtml The makers of Sarbjit have a solid subject and a star at the helm to make it a substantial film, however they decided to take things up a notch by adding music that tries too hard … Continue reading Sarbjit – Music review

Nil Battey Sannata – Music review

Murabba - Is a pleasant song sung by Neuman pinto. Penned superbly by Manoj yadav, the song has a delicate sound yet the point where the song takes a flight doesn’t bother the ears. Easily one of the best songs of this year. Mad props to Rohan and Vinayak for keeping the sound so adorable. … Continue reading Nil Battey Sannata – Music review

Music review – Laal Rang

You can listen to my review here - http://www.bbc.com/hindi/multimedia/2016/04/160415_lal_rang_music_spk A soundtrack that could have been so much more than what it eventually panned out to be, and this is note a classic 'reviewer rant', it is an obvious thing to expect given the kind of artists who are associated with the music of this project.  

Kailash kher – Ishq Anokha review

This review appeared first here - https://www.thequint.com/entertainment/2016/04/08/kailash-kher-ishq-anokha-music-album You can listen to my music review on B.B.C. here - http://www.bbc.com/hindi/multimedia/2016/04/160407_bbc_music_review Ishq Anokha The ‘title’ song is generally something that sets up the tempo for the entire album (and most likely the one that gets the first ‘video’). On the freshness count, the song is not exactly something … Continue reading Kailash kher – Ishq Anokha review

Bollywood Diaries – A super album that went unnoticed

This review first appeared here http://indiaindependentfilms.com/music-album-review-bollywood-diaries/ A wannabe wise ‘trade’ guy told me recently – if there are no stars, the O.S.T. is doomed because who gives a damn about music? (What has music got to do with an O.S.T., after all)? Turns out he was right. I say this because when I came across … Continue reading Bollywood Diaries – A super album that went unnoticed

Music review – Kapoor & Sons (Estd. 1921)

The review first appeared in text here - http://www.thequint.com/entertainment/2016/03/09/kapoor-and-sons-music-review-badshah-alia-bhatt-fawad-khan-sidharth-kapoor You can listen to my review on B.B.C. here http://www.bbc.com/hindi/multimedia/2016/03/160310_music_review_vm Music - Amaal Mallik, Badshah, Arko Pravo Mukherjee and Tanishk Bagchi. Lyrics  - Badshah, Kumaar, Manoj Muntashir, Dr. Devendra Kafir and Abhiruchi Chand In a song that would lead a lot of ‘Posh’ people to believe ‘OMG … Continue reading Music review – Kapoor & Sons (Estd. 1921)

Brief life of insects – A documentary you must check out!

Review appeared first here - http://www.thequint.com/entertainment/2016/02/23/brief-life-of-insects-a-documentary-you-should-not-miss Tarun Bhartiya recently showcased his documentary Brief Life Of Insects at the Mumbai International Film Festival. The film has been produced by Meghalaya government’s Art & Culture Department. One look at this 22 minute journey through the lives of the community living in Umpohwin, (a Bhoi village on the … Continue reading Brief life of insects – A documentary you must check out!