Saheb Biwi aur Gangster: Music Review (Various)

I was wondering whether to write a review or leave it for tomorrow when the second song of the album, Shail Hada’s Main ek Bhanwra caught my attention. A composition of Amit Sial and penned by Sandeep Nath, the simple song reminds me of the songs of Kishore Kumar’s days, should I say the ’70s if I am not exaggerating too much. Anyway, I think I have said a lot about the song. So listen and decide for yourself.

The next comes Rekha Bharadwaj’s I love to love you, composed by Anuj Garg. The lyrics of the song remind me of Gulaal to some extent, while the music of the song has a retro touch. Rekha is perfect here.

Chu Chu Acoustic version, which is sung by Debojit Saha, sounds a bit strange in the beginning though the song sounds like quite a nice composition going further. A slow number, with a retro feel again. Nice.
Continue reading “Saheb Biwi aur Gangster: Music Review (Various)”

Mumbai Mast Kallander: Music Review

The album starts with Sloshed, a song composed by Teenu Arora, though it sounds quite like a Pritam composition as it’s sung by Neeraj Shridhar in his typical way, the way he sings all the Pritam songs. Saru Maini doesn’t offer much of a deviation, but the songs sounds quite fine, with Neeraj taking most of the credit for that.

The next, the title song, Mumbai Mast Kalandar, is more of a background thing with some rap and some pop. While some of the lyrics sound almost meaningless, some lines are quite good too, making the song overall an okay experience. If promoted well, the song has a potential to be liked.
Continue reading “Mumbai Mast Kallander: Music Review”

Guzaarish: Music Review

When I heard the songs of Guzaarish for the first time (I’m not talking of the promo here), my first reaction was of disappointment. I could see that there were songs very similar in nature, to each other, and to that of Saanwariya. But I could see that given time, some of the songs could grow on me, or anyone who would listen to them. So I have taken my own time writing a review, hoping I can do justice to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s first attempt at music composition.

The album starts with the title song, bas itni si tumse guzaarish hai. The song, sung by KK and Shail Hada, is a slow, beautiful plea with not too much of music, but some really lovable words. The music is the type you would like to listen to while sitting in your balcony with no work troubling your mind. I don’t think you can appreciate the song if you have something else on your mind and just trying to soothe yourself with the track. It’s just not that involving. So the verdict is simply ‘good.’

The second track of the Guzaarish gets a bit Gulzar-ish with the words. Sau gram zindagi treats human life very tangibly and talks about it very poetically. At the same time, the music is almost like supporting the poetry and not going much ‘musical.’ Bhansali gets the required softness in music quite aptly at times but you can feel it’s lack of experience that right after quite a melodic line you get a very banal melody. Anyway, the whole song does sound okay.

Tera Zikr Hai is one of the very highly poetic songs of the album and Bhansali gives quite some interesting music to the few words in every line of poetry. The song makes me feel Bhansali can be a composer even though the song is just likable.

The next song, Saiba, sung by Vibhavari Joshi and Francois Castellino (the guy sings Nakhre of Action Replayy too) is a very soft, little thing, that doesn’t have a lot to show off in terms of music or lyrics but just its sweetness and the beginning parts sung by Francois. Since Bhansali sells the sweetness in three minutes and doesn’t stretch things beyond limits, it’s not bad. Likable stuff.

The next song, or rather track, is Jaane kiske Khwaab, a three minute piece sung by KK. This one is almost a poem recited as there is hardly any music and quite minimal instruments. The negative point about the song is that the lyrics, which make the majority of the song, aren’t too great and hence the song fails to affect.

The next, Sunidhi’s Udi is definitely something to listen to and sounds quite different from the entire album. Bhansali n his team understand that well too and that’s the reason you can see the song being promoted quite highly on television. The song has some fast and different music even though the arrangements have similar touch as the rest of the album. Sunidhi is definitely good with the song and it sounds attractive from the very first time. Most important of all, the song gives you a break from all the similar songs.

Next song is Shail Hada’s solo piece, Keh na Sakoon. This one is quite a touching one and somehow my favorite from the album right now. The song has some good lyrics like most of the songs in the album and while the music is kinda minimal again, Shail’s voice feels touching in this one, especially at the beginning lines of the song, keh na sakun-seh na sakun. I recommend.

The next song of the album is Chaand ki Katori Hai, sung by Harshdeep Kaur. Harshdeep is one of those singers whose name still makes me curious and in Guzaarish once again I loved her voice. The music of the song is not that great but this one is sung beautifully and one can listen to the song for that alone. Overall, the song is okay.

Shall I say that Daayein Baayein is Bhansali’s tryst with modernism here? The next track, daayein baayein, sung by KK, is a bit different from the album and some minor resemblances to what we hear all the time, i.e. Pritam etc. I’m not asking you to expect a complete Pritam song, but this is probably the closest Bhansali as a composer can get to Pritam’s style, or so I feel after listening to Guzaarish. Not bad. Nothing great either though.

Dhundhli Dhundhli Shaam hui, ab to wapas aa jao, ke is samay to parinde bhi laut aate hain, rendered by Shankar Mahadevan. Frankly, such beautiful words and that great singer can make something worth listening to even without any music. To add to this, Sanjay Leela Bhansali gives some very lightly arranged, but deep music to the words and the effect that comes with Shankar’s voice is almost mesmerizing. Somehow I’m expecting more from the little song in the movie as I hope it’ll sound even more beautiful with fitting scenes. Btw, the song in some of its corners reminds me of refugee, probably some notes in the song.

Overall, I have quite a mixed opinion about Guzaarish. The major negative of the album is that many songs of the album sound quite similar in style and arrangement and there’s a lack of variety. The positives include the lyrics, some light, touching music in places and some good work done by singers, the last one matters here more because with the type of songs here, this is one very important requirement. Another positive is that even though many songs of the album are not instantly likable, many songs slowly grow on you and I guess that the songs should anyway have a longer shelf life.

As far as Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s work as a composer is concerned, I’ll have to agree that he is talented here too and he CAN compose, but I think he’s not good enough to compose complete albums with ten songs. Especially when he has a history of movies like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas.

Lafangey Parindey: Music Review (R Anandh)

It’s strange to see how Yash Raj Films suddenly picked an unknown composer called R Anandh for their new project Lafangey Parindey. Lafangey Parindey is the new movie of Pradeep Sarkar who has made Parineeta and Laaga Chunri mein Daag and this time moves to a totally different genre.

The album starts with a rock-ish title song sung by another newcomer called Rohit Sarkar. The song has a punch feel attached to it and Swanand Kirkire’s lyrics quite help that. Nothing great but the song certainly sounds good as a background in the promos. I think good promotion will make the song popular for at least some time, till the release or so.
Continue reading “Lafangey Parindey: Music Review (R Anandh)”

Right Yaaa Wrong: Music Review (Monty Sharma)

When I was listening to the first song of the album, Meri Aashaon ki bhor tu, I was wondering why Monty Sharma’s music doesn’t click. Probably after Saanwariya he has got all strange movies with not a very good fate. While Chamku had Bobby Deol (enough to flop a movie, even if it is good), Heroes and Fox both had Sunny Deol and I am not very hopeful about Right yaaa Wrong either.

I quite liked the first song of the album, even though after that I never found that touch again in the album. The song, Meri Ashaon ki, is a melody based, slow song, that makes me feel good about the album. The song is sung by an unheard of singer, Amitraj. And frankly, I loved the singer as well.
Continue reading “Right Yaaa Wrong: Music Review (Monty Sharma)”