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It is not normal for me to pen anything about any song before I review the album because 

  1. Noone reads/cares about what I think 
  2. Point number (1) above doesn’t matter to me because I don’t care, am arrogant like that.
  3. I am lazy

But 

All this had to take a break when I heard this song whose screenshot I have pasted. What a delightful ghazal-numa song by Sachin-Jigar! Kausar munir top of her game and Parineeti – So real and not autotuned, emotion just right amount of filmy and piercingly real…and all this in one song!

So thrilled! I hope you give this song a listen even if you are in ‘I don’t like Parineeti’ zone because honestly you would be a bum to avoid a song only because you don’t like what the artist is in actual life/whatever you have come to know about her/him via sources who have nothing to do, but to be on social media and jerk off to mediocre gossip (or pander to celebrities/journos) for a living. 

Suniye…zaroor suniye and zaroor sochiye – What if there is another crackling version of this in unplugged setting?

Sachin Jigar remain one of the most promising music composers we have today. 


P.S. – If you think this is a ‘promoted’ blogpost, read point number (2) above and Fuck off from here! 

Dum Laga Ke Haisha – Music credits

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The review for Dum laga ke haisha will take time and will most probably go online on B.B.C. Web on Feb 27. Meanwhile, you can hear the songs here and see the music credits below (because we must know who is behind the awesomeness or who to blame if things go wrong! ūüôā ) …This is the film that got Anu Malik back!

Music Director : Anu Malik Lyricist : Varun Grover MOH MOH KE DHAAGE (MALE)

VOCALS : PAPON

SONG ARRANGED AND PRODUCED : HITESH MODAK

GUITAR : ADITYA BENIA

FLUTE : NAVEEN KUMAR

SHEHNAI : OMKAR DHUMAL

 

DUM LAGA KE HAISHA

VOCALS : KAILASH KHER, JYOTI NOORAN AND SULTANA NOORAN

SONG ARRANGED AND PRODUCED: ABHIJEET VAGHANI

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMING : HITESH MODAK

PERCUSSIONS : SIVA MANI

FLUTE : NAVEEN KUMAR

 

TU

VOCALS : KUMAR SANU

MUSIC PRODUCTION: PRAFUL KARLEKAR AND PRAKASH PETERS

TRUMPET : KISHORE SODHA

WHISTLE: SANJEEV VERMA

 

SUNDER SUSHEEL

VOCALS : MALINI AWASTHI AND RAHUL RAM

SONG ARRANGED AND PRODUCED: HITESH MODAK

DOTARA/EKTARA/GUITARS  : ADITYA BENIA

PERCUSSIONS: ARUN SOLANKI AND RAJU SALVE

ADDITIONAL BACKING VOCALS : POOJA DAS

SARANGI : DILSHAD KHAN

BRASS SECTION : KISHORE SODHA, BLASCO M, IVEN MUNNS

SHEHNAI : OMKAR DHUMAL

DARD KARAARA

VOCALS : KUMAR SANU AND SADHANA SARGAM

SONG ARRANGED AND PRODUCED: JACKIE V

FEMALE CHORUS:ARCHANA GORE AND GROUP

 GUITAR : HONEY SATAMKAR

STRING ORCHESTRA (VIOLIN, VIVOLA, CHELLO, DOUBBLE BASS): C-M-A Group

ARCHANA GORE AND GROUP

MOH MOH KE DHAAGE (FEMALE)

VOCALS : MONALI THAKUR

SONG ARRANGED AND PRODUCED : HITESH MODAK

GUITAR : ADITYA BENIA

FLUTE : NAVEEN KUMAR

SHEHNAI : OMKAR DHUMAL

 

PREM’S THEME SONG

 

VOICE: PAPON

COMPOSED BY: ANU MALIK

SOUND PRODUCTION BY: ANU MALIK

Ek tha tiger – Music review

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Mashallah – (Composed by Sajid wajid) All the cliches start this song (a girl going ‘oh yalla’ and all that). The mood is truly¬†Arabic¬†and a ‘bhaijaan’ chrous makes no bones about the fact that the song is indeed for Bhaijaan to lazily walk in and out and do some actions in between, if he feels so. Shreya Ghosal is accompanying Wajid as lead vocals. Shreya’s voice is constantly in dual track. Weird but hum-worthy. A good deal of ‘brushing the vocals’ is done no doubt (in the mixing room) Hai na wajid? Plain lyrics. What else do you expect with bhaijaan films¬†anyway? It’s one of those typical songs wherein a word is given (Mashallah in this case) ¬†to the lyricist and she/he is asked to ‘manufacture’ a song around it.

Laapata – (Composed by Sohail sen) – Starts on a very familiar tune (and you can’t help but feel that you have heard it somewhere). Shreya Ghosal (Without any dual track this time). A carnival like setting and good lyrics (by Anvita dutt) ensure that the song is easy on ears (in spite of the liberal use of brass band). Surprisingly the song does absorb you and gets over quickly. Good arrangement and such a relief at that!

Banjaara – (Composed by Sohail sen) – A very filmy beginning to the song (With good amount of violin) takes us to Sukhwinder. Oh you have being missed! A chorus heavy song. The only good thing that I can ascertain is that may be this song plays a part in the narrative because the lyrics being simple as they are, the music arrangement is quite over the top at some places. Average. (Although music channels will push this down our throats in the days to come, for sure). Yes, the violin play is superb.

Saiyaara – (Composed by Sohail Sen) – Mohit chauhan gets grabs the microphone for this one. Clarinet and good bass accompanies him through the song. A song that has ‘tu hi tu (dil se)’ sort of backdrop and the accompanying singer¬†Tarannum Malik does a decent enough job. The only good thing about Mohit chauhan is that it’s not one of those ‘lazy’ songs of his which ‘bollywood’ has¬†overdosed¬†on ¬†off late. Nothing great.

Tiger’s theme – composed by Julius packiam¬†doesn’t try and sound like any other theme music of a ‘superstar’ and is just a combination of ‘techno meets istanbul meets general music’ (which ultimately sounds a bit like Tees maar khaan opening music)! ¬†A little more into the track and you can easily hear ‘Don (SRK)’ theme‘s elements in it. UFF!! Bhaijaan! Ye kaise hua?

The remixes are just passable with nothing much to write about.

Overall a below average album.

Rating Р 1.5/5.00

My picks – For ‘bhai’ fans – mashallah and laapata

The only good thing that this album has is the fact that Sajid wajid have composed just ONE song. Thank you God, you still exist.

Ishaqzaade – Music review…Almost!

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Somewhat weird promos and an over emotive ‘hero’ arrested the attention. May be YRF is trying hard to sound ‘raw’, I thought. I heard the album and well…

Ishaqzade – The title song (giving you an intense ‘Udaan’ sound) starts a gentle ‘bigoool’ starts the song in way as to tell us something big is about to happen and then javed ali comes at times thickening his voice to create an impact of seriousness and ‘something big’. The song goes to the top in grand style. The constant participation of ‘bigool’ is an excellent idea Amit Trivedi! Towards the end shreya ghosal comes and sings the lines better than Javed ali (especially the first 2 lines of ‘mukhda’. While javed ali takes excessive ‘vocal turns’, shreya keeps it simple, yet impactful). A superb start to the album.

Chokra jawaan – the song starts with male backup singers setting up a stage and Sunidhi chauhan coming in and doing what she has been doing all through….(isn’t it time for this lovely singer to choose better songs?). Vishal is also present in the song and unlike his style of singing, he has actually done a better job than Sunidhi in the song. My vote to vishal in this song. This song appeared very long to me and I wonder if it will be totally used in the film. Ok ok.

Jhalla wallah – a mix of mischief and classical singing prowess starts this song using shreya ghosal’s voice! Catchy from the word go (partly because of the lyrics and HUGELY because of excellent style of Shreya Ghosal), this song features ‘bulbul tarang’ (also called as indian banjo) along with a lot of harmonium. The ‘shayari’ style before every antraa is very desi and in this case…sweet! Super song! The naughty naughty style of ending the song has Amit trivedi written all over it.

Aafataon ke parindeSuraj jagan announces the song. It wll be a point to put in our CV if you dont get goosebumps when the song starts and a girl goes…’hat hat hat hat hat’! Excellent music arrangement. Excellent effect. Excellent everything. Divya Kumar at times sounding like Sukhwinder and at times singing like Tochi Raina is a good voice to watch out for, for sure! The only thing non excellent is that the song is too tooo tooo short. Well under 4 mins! My pick of the album! Yes we have heard similar songs in the past BUT this one stops. And goes BOOOOM! Am partial towards the song, i guess. Hear it and decide. A song not to be ignored (who knows you might even want to hate it, and that means the song is winning). Waking up the neighbors would never be the same again, with this song….also, DO NOT TRY THIS SONG WHILE DRIVING.

Pareshan pareshan pareshan pareshan – sung beautifully by shalmali kholgade. The song has love written all over it. The treatment is sweet. The music arrangement is amazing. There is nothing wrong about the song. The harmonium in the songs is actually a surprise because the setting is very soft ballad style, but then its the genius Amit Trivedi at work. So there!

Pareshan (remix) – unlike the other remixes these days that are filled with the intention of increasing the number of tracks ina CD, this one is innovative….having a trance feel to it. Cant compare this with the original version because it is REMIX you know! Super work by Abhijit vaghani.

Jhalla wallah (remix) – God knows why i always had a feel of ‘chotey motey shehron se hum to jhola utha ke chaley(bunty aur bubbly)’ right from the start. Anyway, the weakest track of the CD, this. Nothing much to write home about.

Special mention of Kausar munir, the lyricist, particularly for the song ‘hua chokra jawaan hai’ ¬†and the use of the word ‘lantraani’ in the same. Last time I heard lantraani in a song, was by mallika pukhraj n ‘abhi to main jawaan hu’…a song that is completely in contrast to this wacky one!

Anyway I have a major grouse with the makers of the film. They should have included another version of ‘aafaton ke parinde’….a mirror cracking, ear bleeding version. Not to say that the one in the album is less capable.

Amit Trivedi, welcome back.

4.00/5.00

¬†(goes back to play aafaton ke parinde….again!)

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