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After Jugni, Clinton gets another album as a solo composer and the songs are penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya. Let’s find out if the music is as thrilling as the premise of the film.

Haq Hai

Haq Hai by Clinton Cerejo is a call to never give up on what is yours, even if the universe tells you otherwise. The song has a constant undercurrent of self belief and lyrics compliment the mood so well that you want to congratulate Clinton for not giving in to the temptation of giving a ‘punch the air with confidence’ tonality to the song. You might not play this song in the gym but you would want to listen to it when you are out on one of your long walks.

Rootha

Rootha is a fabulous song because structure wise, I haven’t heard such a layered film song in a while. It is always reassuring to find a composer who can ‘control’ Benny’s enthusiasm and channel it into a solid effort. To compliment Benny, we have Divya Kumar who is at ease in spite of those long taans and Bianca Gomes (who to my mind, is one of the most under-utilised singers we have today), adds the goosebumps to the song by spotlessly singing lines from a folk song which echo in your mind long after the song ends.

Kyun Re

Kyun Re by Clinton Cerejo is a beautifully composed and solidly worded soft ballad, the kinds that you have your favourite ‘guitar friend’ in the group repeatedly sing for you. I absolutely loved the way a word like ‘choorey’ has made it to a mainstream song. The arrangement is minimal that accentuates the singing and achieves the right effect on the listener. There is another version of this song sung by highly emotive Amitabh Bachchan. Tune and lyrics wise, this version is identical to Clinton’s, but where Clinton focuses on perfect singing presentation, Bachchan’s singing sounds more like a private speech that one indulges in to regulate the pain and fails miserably at it. The pain of losing a loved one, that is. How else can you explain the quiver in his voice at ‘rasta dekhungaa…’? As a composer, the manner in which Clinton makes the helplessness and resignation affect you easily makes this, one of the best songs of this year. It is impossible to pick a favourite between these versions and thank god for that!Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Te3n

Grahan

Vishal Dadlani’s energy and passion are exquisitely matched by a super tune set that has some good guitar play. The song sounds like a tune on which a wounded soul dances, till it passes out. The song is meant to be heavy but in spite of that, it doesn’t weigh you down, perhaps because of the excellent arrangement and programming at play here. Will I listen to this on repeat? No. Is it a good song? Absolutely!

Clinton has achieved a lot in a project that is produced by Sujoy Ghosh who gave us a cracker of a soundtrack in Kahaani and then forgot to include the songs in the film. Do explore the music of this film, it is well worth your time and money!

This review first appeared on Quint here

Childhood habits

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  • I let my teeth chatter musically whenever I hum a song.
  • Whoever I like, I cannot share them with anyone. 
  • Ok I can share them with others but it takes a lot of self convincing
  • I cannot see Amitabh Bachchan die in any film. There is a rather embarassing story pertaining to my childhood about this fact but let me not go there. 

Just saw Piku. Loved it. Fan saala fan hee rahega hamesha.

Thank God for good cinema.

Piddly – Whaaaa? daaa?? faaaaaa?

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Yes, this is the kind of post that I would never do because it is not cool to give out ‘first reaction’
Anyway, this is about shamitabh. This is about a song that has ilayaraja at the helm and words are penned by Swanand kirkire.
When I write ‘piddly’ from my keyboard, it auto-corrects the same to ‘puddle’ and that is exactly what the song is. The song has 1980s feel to it.
1980s when the music cassette was invaded by ‘featuring dialogues’ (because the music is so bad!)
I am ok with the autotune because, well why not! But lyrics are embarrassing to say the least. The ‘stanza’ is embarrassing. No wonder the audio was released after with video because we have to depend on the video Y’all!
Why should English words stay behind in the times when we have a million urdu words around which a song has to be made no matter what happens!
Perhaps some people should stay in 1980s.
It is exactly that kind of a song which the ‘inner circle of the elites’ will praise but would bitch about later and publicly dismiss ‘masses’ for not understanding the ‘finer nuances’.
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Also – Boo!

Check out the song and feel free to disagree with me

Kahaani – Music review

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There was a time when I used to feel Vishal Shekhar (hereafter referred at times as VS) are the hope for hindi film music. Then so many similar soundtracks happened and it all faded away. I was (Still am) vocal of their ‘same sound’. The soundtrack of ‘Kahaani’ gives me a gentle punch by showcasing the excellent variety of this musical duo. Happy to be proved wrong!

The album starts off like a oriental music concert soon accompanied by quick piano play….Usha Uthup swings in to let us know why kolkata is a land of contradictions with lots of activity…yet static! Amidst the 1970s music just before the first antaraa u cant help but notice that this is a character in itself, this song. Has to be a background piece and i wish it happens. The fierce vocals that accompany usha uthup appear intrusive at first but soon you realise that u are humming the song with them. One would expect Vishal to be the one ‘shouting’ in this song but surprise surprise!! It is Shekhar. VS appear serious to change their ‘sound’ of music (thankfully!)

So Aami Shotti Bolchi, all and all a good song. Won’t be a chartbuster for long but you will come out of the picture hall, humming this song. Yep.

Javed bashir starts of this song with a mix of alaap and a bengali music setting. Soon after aggressive guitars take over and javed breaks it off with piya tu kahey rootha rey. Excellent lyrics! Yet again ‘police siren like sound’ and the ‘lane-by-lane’ sort of turns in the setting hint that this is also a song that will further the narrative and not stall it. Vishal shekhar have kept it in mind that they will have to sound different and thats evident by their choice of singer in this song. They could have used someone else. May be Tochi raina….but then they opted for Javed bashir. Good choice. Still i didnt like the song. May be you will. Definitely worth listening to once at least. The only thing i loved in this song is when it ends and how it ends, leaving the superlative Calcutta in your ears! Kudos VS !

KahaaniVishal starts off this sing by calling out (in a manner that is trademark of a typical saleem suleman composition…..shukran allah, songs of fanaa and so many others!). Again, you would associate Shekhar with a soulful ‘call’ but then it’s Vishal here! A very pleasant role reversal. The difference being vishal looks content with being in background (Unlike Saleem in most cases). Melodiousy so. KK o my dear dear KK! How we love you like this (sans any ‘wooo hooo and all that’). The song belongs to KK and how! The song is easy on ears and reflective on the soul. The song couldn’t have achieved half of what it has if vishal wasnt accompanying KK. My pick of the abum…this! (How can you not notice the flute especially towards the end of the song…literally hugging the vocals of KK)

Tore bina – Superb beginning, very folkish. Guitar accompanies and launches the song in a very ‘cokestudio india’ fashion with Sukhwinder going behind the microphone. Adorable lyrics. Yet the problem that i have with this song is that it comes across as very ‘instrument heavy’ and the voice, the strong voice of Sukhwinder feels caged amidst all this. I would have preferred an almost ‘unplugged’ version of this song to this one. If you argue that this song is melodious in parts, i will agree and will gently point that the ‘melodious’ parts are those where the music setting is relatively quieter and is giving sukhwinder a chance to sing. Good song. Could have been so much more.

The unplugged version of kahaani by Shreya ghosal starts off again with Vishal who is sounding more in the lead because of a minimalistic music arrangement. Melodious no doubt. Shreya ghosal has sung such type of songs so many times so it doesnt come as a surprise when she effortlessly pulls this song well. A very ‘by the campfire’ version. Thumbs up!

Ekla cholo re – A composition weaved around the poetry of Shri Rabindranath Tagore with THE BIG B behind the microphone. The song starts on a contemporary tone with THE BIG B making an entry flamboyantly and arresting your attention in the process. Towards the end this song gets hindi words wich also sound very good. The Only problem (nitpicking) that i have is that at times the chorus is forced and is loud. May be the situation demands it like that still i didnt like it.

Special mention of the lyrics by Anvita dutt and Vishal. (Excellent use of the word ‘tram’ in the song kahaani)

Will you hum the songs 2 months after its release?

Barring kahaani and aami shatti bolchee dont see any other song lasting long.

Will You enjoy the songs when they appear in the movie?

I guess so

And thats what counts in OSTs

Hai na?

Overall a 3.50/5.00 because of the super effort by VS. was fed up listening to the same tunes and same setting. This is a breeze of fresh air and a fantastic ode to Kolkatta..nah!! Calcutta!

My picks – Kahaani (KK version), Aami Shotti Bolchi, Ekla cholo re, Kahaani (Shreya) 

And Your picks are….?

Image credit – @P1j or as we know him…Hindi cinema encyclopedia

AgneePath – Music review

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Yes, it’s here. The much awaited (Ok not much awaited album but what the heck!). Let’s hear it all out shall we?

1. Chikni Chameli – A rehash of a popular Marathi Song. Yep no points for guessing it because the beginning is pleasantly very very ‘Marathi’. Never been a fan of such songs but have to give it where it’s due so Ms. Shreya Ghosal, take a bow. The cheeky lyrics are superbly sung by Shreya and for once she is not trying too hard to convey ‘look how sweet I sound’. Kudos to Shreya for this song. Just listen to her when she says ‘Pauuwa’. Every time.

2. O Saiyyan – Beautiful start to an interesting track with Piano and in comes Roop kumar Rathod accompanied by a group of soothing background singers. The song has a pinch of ‘Saware’ (shor in the city) in the beginning, but a very theatrical song otherwise. A song which talks about pain. Lots of it. The heavy violins featuring in every antraas add up to the theatrical feel of the song. I love the way Roop Kumar’s voice echoes. The song starts with a lot of promise but fails somewhere in between. My view.

3. Gun Gun Guna – Hello Sunidhi chauhan! Err wait! Why the song is so below average right from the start? Wait wait! Please lift it up. Ok. Failed! No problem. We know you are capable of much more. The song is an attempt to be the ‘Why so serious?’ item in the film. Might work. Didn’t for me. Udit Narayan is present just for the sake of it.

4. Shah Ka Rutba – Qawwali like starting and Sukhwinder confirms that it is a song to praise a human being as he is the special one to be blessed by the powers that be. Anand Raaj Anand & Krishna Beura give a good support to Sukhwinder and try their best to lift the song. The song is supposed to be ‘inspirational’. It might look like a treat on the screen and grown then, not now. Again, my view.

5. Abhi Mujh meinSonu Nigam! An instrument light beginning with Sonu nigam taking the song to the peak and then calming things down almost instantly. Powerful lyrics and the tune which is similar in some respects to the track sung by Roop Kumar Rathod. Still one can actually visualize a pained Male Protagonist looking back in time and breathing, or at least trying to. Do catch the slow tabla and how it flirts with Sonu Nigam in the second antraa. Post the title song of Kal ho na ho, this is the song that would surely be a career milestone for Sonu Nigam and rightfully so. My pick of this album. Quite simply.

6. Deva Shree Ganesha – Yes, the anticipation of it all! Loads of chanting and an explosion of nagadas and other ‘Arti’ like instruments. Atul  sorry it is Ajay. Error pointed out rightly by the @mpmainka in the comment section. (One of the music directors for this film) goes behind the mic and blares it out, in style. The music setting is shouting only two things – Blood and revenge. The last 56 seconds of this song is what will remind us all of the iconic Aarti in the film Vaastav, the difference however is that in Vaastav, the male protagonist starts his final ‘run’ to hide from his adversaries, in the case of AgneePath the male protagonist will take his enemies HEAD ON! This difference comes out quite clearly in the last 56 seconds. Good job!

To be fair to this album, how many of us remember the songs of AgneePath 1? I remember ‘Ali baba…mil gaya chalees choron mein’ and nothing else (I am not talking about the iconic poetry of the film because that belongs to another league completely).

If we give some allowance to the fact above, the soundtrack isn’t all that bad. Ajay Atul (music directors) are definitely here to stay and the Lucknow lad Amitabh Bhattacharya (Lyricist) is a boon to the hindi film industry.

Not a musical treat but certainly worth a ‘listen’

3.00/5.00

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