Mashallah (Ek Tha Tiger): Music Review (Sajid-Wajid)

You might call me mad for this, but the first three-four seconds into the song felt a little like Sneha Khanwalkar singing Bhaiya Bhaiya from Jiya ho Bihar ke lala to me. From then on though, the song was a different thing, with all Turkish-Arabic style patterned arrangements on an okay composition by Sajid-Wajid.

To tell the truth, I had been expecting something better, something maybe of the level of Tere Mast Mast Do Nain, but then the news that Wajid himself would be singing the song had its own problems. However, the result was just an okay one. The composition is good in some places, mostly where Shreya is singing (like tu mila mili mujhe khudai), but does not retain the quality througout.

The second best part is my ringtone, i.e. the prelude of the song that appeared in the theatrical as well.

One more positive aspect in the mediocre song is Wajid’s singing. No, he hasn’t suddenly become KK or Sonu Nigam, but he sounds better than almost all his previous attempts, e.g. Dabangg title song where he was supposed to sing just ‘hud hud dabang dabang dabang dabang’ and he sang that too as daBHang daBHang instead.

I have my own doubts about singing as Mashallah what I thought to be Masha Allah or Masha’Allah, but I am sure that Dabang is Dabang only and is not rendered as DaBHang in any dialect.

Other than all that, just to state the obvious, Shreya Ghoshal is one of the best things to have happened to the song. She’s the one who is singing it beautifully, like always.

Chammak Challo (Ra.One) Akon: Leaked n reviewed

OK. This one is an illegal review. Or should I say a legal review of an illegally ‘leaked’ song. Either way, a song by Akon in a Bollywood movie was too attractive a prospect to leave unheard. Or even unreviewed. So there I go.

The first thing I had to notice in the song: Akon can sing Hindi lines beautifully. Kaisa sharmana aaja nach ke dikha de. Aa meri hove aaja parda gira de. Aa meri akhiyon se akhiyan mila le. Aa tu na nakhre dikha seem to be sung almost as good as any foreigner has ever sung in Hindi.

The second thing, the song is a typical Akon number. I don’t know if the song is an Akon’s composition or Vishal-Shekhar’s, but either way, Akon has made it his song completely. The song is addictive as Akon’s songs generally are and I’m pretty sure wannabe my Chhammak challo is gonna be there almost everywhere.

Check the lyrics of Chhammak Chhallo HERE and check the meaning of Chhammak Chhallo HERE.

Tujhko jo paaya, to jeena aaya..

When a Pritam album comes out, the first thing I look for is whether the album has a KK song or not. The next comes which song is sung by Mohit Chauhan and then what is there by Neeraj Shridhar. Then comes the rest.

But this time I was surprised with myself and the album, and of course with the guy who made it happen. There is a song called Mere bina, which goes like ‘Mere Bina main, rehne laga hoon/ teri hawaon mein, behne laga hoon/ jaane main kaise, tera hua hoon/ mujhe to lagta hai main shayad tere dil ki dua hoon/ tujhko jo paaya, to jeena aaya/ ab ye lamha theher jaye tham jaye bas jaye hum dono ke darmiyaan.’ The song is sung by Mohit Chauhan, KK and that new guy called Nikhil D’Souza. By the way, if you have never heard the name, NIkhil recently sang Anjaana Anjaani ki Kahani for Vishal-Shekhar. For those who want to know more, he’s a SUTASI finalist, and probably a post-topic for near future.

Anyway, coming back to the song, the song has three instances, and since the makers don’t want people to think ‘why have they given one song thrice’ with their very first looks at the album cover, they have the song with two names, Mere Bina and Tujhko Jo paaya. Mere Bina and its Unplugged version are sung by Nikhil and KK respectively while Tujhko jo paaya, which also sounds like an even more unplugged version, is given to Mohit.

This was the detail. Now comes what is interesting, what makes me write this post. The interesting part is that even with Mohit Chauhan and KK present in the album with the same song, and have sung it in their well known, lovable styles, I’m falling for the version sung by this new guy, Nikhil.

Reasons. One. The guy has an awesome voice and has sung the song just wonderfully. Even though KK and Mohit are as good as ever, Nikhil sounds not just good but new too, and that might be an added plus. Two. His version of the song is really well arranged, the music is definitely good but the way all the experimenting is done on the song, like reversing the beats, it’s just wonderful. (Reversing the beats is not a technical term as far as I know but if you haven’t got what I mean by that, listen to the beats at ‘raahon pe teri’ near 1:52 minutes and observe the similar phenomenon happening in between the song. At the phrase, it gets quite pronounced.) Loved all of it.

And if I still need to say this, I am totally in love with the music of the song, and the lyrics are good too, if not very.

As the last word, I think I know that I’ll be looking for one new name on the album covers now.

PS: Mohit’s version of the song sounds really good too, as he’s been given a completely different task with same lyrics and melody.

Cry Cry, Itna Cry…

Beautiful. After a so-techno and confusing Robot, A R Rahman does something so simple and almost magical with the ever-so-sweet and innocent tune of cry cry itna cry in Jhootha hi Sahi. The song and the music are no big bang, and all he has done is make something that sounds ‘cute’, arranged some pretty light music and added two sweet voice singers. And the result is a tune that just goes and sits in the ‘to be hummed’ section of one’s mind. I love it.

Though, what I don’t love in the song is the try-too-hard lyrics of the song. In order to keep the rhyming, Abbas Tyrewalla, who is lyricist for the movie too, has added almost any word, way too unnecessarily at times. For example, the lines with chaanta and kaanta have no absolutely nothing to do with each other and the kaanta line almost breaks the entire flow of the talk, but he’s put it there to rhyme. Again, raatein and baatein are made to rhyme with an non-existent word haalaatein. Frankly, Haalaat is a plural for haal and there’s no meaning of Haalatein. Rest of the song, it’s all good. Rashid Ali sounds real, while Shreya sounds sooo-sweet.

Here are the lyrics and their meaning.

Dedh Inch Oopar

Today I was planning to write a review of this new album called Soch Lo, composed by Charu Moohan, a guy I had not really heard much about, and Nitesh Pires, a guy who had launched an album one or two years back and I had liked one song. But I was somehow interested in the album and I started listening to it.

I started listening to the song, Dedh inch Oopar hoon main, and I was stuck. Believe me, before going to the second song, I heard dedh inch upar some 5-6 times. And interestingly, after listening to the entire album, I was back to the song again.
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Jailhouse Rock: Death of an Immortal song

Jailhouse Rock was born on September 24, 1945. This hit of Elvis was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and was on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Songs of all times.

And now, Karan Johar buys this song for his remake of Stepmom and gets it almost killed by one of the country’s finest musicians, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Oh, I do count them one. 🙂

Talking of the new version, it’s clear Kajol, Kareena and Arjun are shown trying to sing the song while they don’t remember the words from the song, as Kajol (actually Anushka Manchanda) says chalo hato pare nacho dil khol ke let’s rock, hello ji let’s rock, main to bhool gayi phir kya wordings the, something something Jailhouse Rock. Interestingly, while Anushka does the job of being causal perfectly (as shown in the video on Kajol), Suraj Jagan who has been a lot into rock a lot, and my thinking is, could well have been a big fan of Elvis, doesn’t get all that casual, as he seems to be giving his best to the song, result of which is that he doesn’t really sound casual unlike Anushka. Frankly, I did not like the song after the original version but still the best part of the song for me was where Suraj sings alone, especially where he says ‘yo mama let’s rock.’

And now, after saying such negative things about the song, I’ll tell you why this song will be a hit.

1. It’s a song in a Karan Johar movie with SEL’s music, so any relatively weak song would also have a chance of lasting much longer than it would have had in some other movie.
2. The music is still the same. The one that was there in one of World’s top 500 songs.
3. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy know what they do. They might have made the song a bit irritating, but it certainly is very tongue sticking. Listen to it thrice and bingo! you’re humming it.

So don’t get irritated, nor try to get used to the song. It’ll be there on your tongue in some time, as long as you’re in contact with TV or radio.

PS: I don’t know how Akriti Kakkar seems to have gone a bit down in the song, most probably it’s Anushka who has been in too high a voltage to let me concentrate much on Akriti’s voice.

Reham-O-Karam!

One of the best songs I have heard in past some time. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Vishal, rock together in Karan’s We are Family. So here are the lyrics of the song.

aaj phir din hua
phir armaan jagne lage
chahaten uthi, nayi,
lo seene mein benaam si,
khwahishen dabi hui
kai dilon mein kayi
kya hua kyon bhala
dil mazaron se ho gaye
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Jail House Rock

And Karan Johar’s next song arrives. OK, not Karan Johar’s song, but his production’s next movie’s first song is out and here goes their first song, Dil khol ke let’s rock which is actually a version of Elvis Presley’s 1957 song JailHouse rock. Thus, Karan Johar and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy go a step ahead from Pretty Woman which was a 1990’s movie. I need not think twice to guess that Karan would have got the rights for this one too.

It’s another matter that I didn’t like the song so much as the original one, even though I’m not a big fan of Elvis. Probably I didn’t like the voice of Anushka in the song (I hope it’s her) and for sure I don’t think Kajol and Kareena go with that rock voice right after Lata and Alka and Shreya Ghoshal. Still, if the song exists in a Karan Johar movie, it has to be a hit, and however liked or disliked by me, a song can never be not worth a hear if it comes from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, and that too one that was made by Elvis and that when it was listed on the 500 best songs ever.

Oh, btw, Suraj Jagan sounds good in the song.

Here is the video.

and if you want, here is the original JailHouse Rock from 1957. Colorized later, of course.

Des Mera: Peepli Live: Lyrics

Indian Ocean are really wonderful musicians, and Aamir Khan gets them to sing for his production in a movie which totally suits them. Peepli [Live] gets Indian Ocean’s music and not talking much, I’d say Des Mera is a song that you must listen to. Typical Indian Ocean.

Des mera rangrez ye babu
Ghat ghaat yahan ghat-ta jadoo
Des mera angrez ye babu

Rai pahad hai kankar shankar
Baat hai choti bada batangad
Are India sir ye cheese dhurandar
Rang rangeela Parjatantar

Saat rang satranga mela
Bas ranga sa bada jhamela
Saat rang sat ranga mela
Bas ranga sa bada jhamela
Gira gagan se khajur ne dhela
Sukh-dukh pakdam pakdi khela
Ek rang duniyon ka nirala
Ek rang hathiyari
Rang rang mein hod lagi hai
Rang rangi manmani

Des mera rangrez ye babu
Ghaat ghaat yahan ghat-ta jaadu
Des mera rangrez ye babu
Ghaat ghaat yahan ghat-ta jaadu

Sukhe naina rukhi aankhiyan dundhla dundhla sapna
Aansoo bhi namkeen hai pyare jo tapke so chakhna
Dundhla dundhla sapna pyaare
Dundhla dundhla sapna
Sukhe naina rukhi ankhiyan
Sukhe naina rukhi
Dundhla dundhla sapna pyaare
Dundhla dundhla sapna

Des mera rangrez ye babu…. hoye!

Gal Mitthi Mitthi Bol – Aisha (Tochi Raina)

After Dev.D, Amit Trivedi composes his next Punjabi song for Aisha. This time the song is sung by his favorite, singer of Pardesi and Iktara male version, Tochi Rainaa. The song is a not-so-fast dance number and instantly reminds you of Dev.D’s Punjabi numbers though the songs in Dev.D were sung by Labh Janjua. Anyway, the song is good and here are the lyrics of the song.

Gal mitthi mitthi bol, Bajne de taashe dhol..

Gal mitthi mitthi bol, ras kaano vich ghol
Bajne de taashe dhol, masti mein tu vi dol
Mann de naina tu khol
Chahat ke moti rol
Dil hunda ae anmol, ke daulat se na tol
Aa sohni tenu chaand ki main choodi pehrawa
Mainu kar de ishaara te main doli lai aanwa
Gal mitthi mitthi bol, ras kaano vich gol
Bajne de taashe dhol, masti mein tu vi dol
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Lehren – Aisha

Lehren, sung by Anusha, Neuman Pinto and Nikhil is one of the best songs of the album, Aisha. The song is a slow, sad and deep one with some really good and touching lyrics by Javed Akhtar.

Here are the lyrics of the song.

khoyi khoyi si hoon main
kyun ye dil ka haal hai
dhundhle saare khaab hain
uljha har khayaal hai
saari kaliyaan murjha gayin
rang unke yaadon mein reh gaye
saare gharonde ret ke,
lehrein aayin lehron mein beh gaye.
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Shaam bhi koi – Aisha

And, as expected, Amit Trivedi does it. I was not even done with listening to Amit’s Udaan, and his Aisha is here. As per my rule, I decided to go for Amit’s self sung Shaam first, and the song just bowled me over. It’s a soft piece with Javed Akhtar’s matching lyrics. The song reminded me of Aamir and when I heard it the first time, there were times when I thought ‘here it goes into rock mode’, but the song never did. Soft, soulful, and Amit Trivedi’s typical. Well done by Neuman Pinto n Amit. Here are the lyrics of the song.
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ik udaan kab talak qaid rahegi

It’s a small one, but definitely a good one. Udaan’s Nadi mein talab has some beautiful, inspiring lyrics coming from the pen of Amitabh Bhattacharya again. Here are the lyrics of the semi-rock song sung by Amit Trivedi, Joi Barua and Neuman Pinto.

Nadi mein talab hai, Kahin jo agar
Samandar kahan door hai
Damakti garaz hai, sone mein agar
To jalna bhi manzoor hai

Ik udaan kab talak yoon kaid rahegi
Roko na chhod do isse
Ik udaan hi sapno ko zindagi degi
Sapno se jod do isse
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Naya Kuch Naya to Zaroor hai

One of the most inspiring songs of Udaan is Geet mein dhalte lafzon mein, sung by composer-lyricist duo Amit-Amitabh. The song is simply some awesome poetry of Amitabh Bhattacharya and you can feel the zest in almost every line of the song. Be it a hardcore ‘haan ye umangon se phoola hua seena, lamha ye maanga nahi ise humne chheena hai,’ or a more Gulzar-ish ‘jebon mein hum raatein liye ghooma karen‘, the song never goes down a bit in enthusiasm.

So here are the lyrics of the full of life song, with all my wishes to Amitabh Bhattacharya and even Amit Trivedi.

Geet mein dhalte lafzon mein
Taal pe chalti nabzon mein
Naya kuchh naya to zaroor hai
Shaam se leke sehron mein
Dhoop jadi duphero mein
Naya kuchh naya to zaroor hai

Kya baat hai jo baat hai taaza lage
Zindagi ki nayi nayi faza lage o..

Haan yeh umango se phoola hua seena hai
Lamha yeh maanga nahi, isse humne chheena hai
Yunhi jeena hai
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Naav – Udaan: Lyrics

Naav or chadhti lehren laangh na paayen is probably the best song of Anurag Kashyap’s next production, Udaan, which has been composed by none other than Amit Trivedi and with lyrics of Amitabh Bhattacharya. The song, sung by Mohan, has a folkish touch and has Amit’s signature rock mood too. And somehow, I agree with my friend Dunkdaft who says the song reminds him of SD Burman too. Anyway, the song has some real good singing with some superb music but it’s the lyrics that I’m loving the most, so here are the lyrics of the song, as best as I could hear them.

chadhti lehren laangh na paayen kyun haanpti si naav hai teri naav hai teri
tinka tinka jod ke saanse kyun haanpti si naav hai teri naav hai teri
ulti behti dhaar hai bairi dhaar hai bairi
ulti behti dhaar hai bairi dhaar hai bairi
ke ab kuch kar ja re panthi..

jigar juta kya baat baandh le hai baat thehri jaan pe teri jaan pe teri
Haiya Ho Ki Taan Saath Le Jo Baat Tehri Jaan Pe Teri Shaan Pe Teri

Chal Jeet Jeet Lehra Parcham tu laal Phehra Ja
Ab Kar Ja Tu Ya Mar Ja Karle Taiyari
Udja Banke Dhoop Ka Panchi chura ke gehri chhaon Andheri Chaao Andheri
Tinka Tinka Joodle Saase Kyun Haanphti Si Naav Hai Teri

Rakh Dega JhakJhor ke tujhe
Tufano Ka Ghor Hai Dera Ghor Hai Dera
Bhanwar Se dar Jo Haar Maan Le
Kaheka Phir Jor Hai Tera Jor Hai Tera

Hai Dil Mei Roshni Tere
Tu Cheer Daal Sab Ghere
Lehron Ki Gardan Kas Ke
Daal Phande Re

Ki Dariyan Bole waaha Re Panthi
Saar Ankhon Pe Naav Hai Teri Naav Hai Teri
Chadti Lehren Laangh Na Paaye
Kyun Hanpti Si Naav Hai Teri Naav Hai Teri

Ulti Behti Dhaar Hai Bairi Dhaar Hai Bairi
Ulti Behti Dhaar Hai Bairi Dhaar Hai Bairi
Ke Ab Kuch Kar Ja Re panthi..

Update: Full meaning of the song is Here.