Barfi! Music Review (Pritam)

Anurag Basu and Pritam are a team. So much so for me that I generally tend to forget Kites as Anurag’s movie, going back dircetly to Metro, which the two worked on together, and literally rocked.

Here, they come once again, to give you an album, where not a single piece of a single song seems to be touching Metro. Yeah, it’s all, all new.

The album begins with Ala Ala Matwala Barfi. Mohit Chauhan makes some wonderful onomatopoeic noises here, but it’s the simple tune of Pritam that deserves equal credit. Ranbir this time seems to be doing even better than what he did in rockstar, though it’s not really good to compare as the two are very different movies.

Back to the song. I hope you have all heard the first, Mohit Chauhan version of the song. So more on the Swanand Kirkire version. This one didn’t sound THAT interesting to me after Mohit’s version, though Swanand’s solid voice gives a different touch to the song. Sounds more like an old composer singing his song.

Nickhil Paul George (or call him Nikhil if you so prefer) singing Main kya karoon has been my favorite since the day I heard it for the first time, mostly for the vocals, again other than the light, simple arrangements. The singer, who has sung with Ash King, does sound a lot like him, at least in style. Actually this was quite clear with these two songs that Barfi! is gonna be a much lighter album than Metro, or even an average album of nowadays, and so it is.

The third song, Papon and Sunidhi’s Kyon na hum tum is a simple one. Simple as in, with not too much of new elements. Just a simple song with some nice lyrics. The lyrics of the song are actually sweet, the way ‘roopak’ is used in that. Not sure if what exactly is roopak in English, but I can tell you ‘nazar ke kankadon se khamoshi ki khidkiyan yoon todenge’ is roopak twice. That’s the part I loved the most in this one, with Papon’s evergreen singing.

Arijit Singh is Pritam’s favorite singer nowadays. You can pick any of his past five albums to confirm that. And this time he gets a completely different assignment from his mentor. The song, phir le aaya dil, is more like a Ghazal in its treatment, with all the ‘thehraav’ and of course the tabla based arrangements. And Arijit sings it the lovely Urdu piece quite well.

Of course, Pritam doesn’t leave his beautiful song to Arijit alone this time, not in this Ghazal mode, and gets a perfect version done from none other than Rekha Bharadwaj. Need not say she is a killer yet again, right from the VERY first line. No surprises, it’s in her very forte. MUST listen.

One more experimental-beautiful-old-sounding piece is Aashiyan sung by Shreya and Nickhil. Shreya is a little different with her voice here, though Nickhil remains his regular voice only. The arrangement of the song is interesting, in all its old-western touch. So much so that I can see a girl in something like a polka-dotted frock, in almost black-n-white. Yeah, that’s what music can do to you. To me at least. Anyway, you can guess how much I am into the song, and it is worth it. Very sweet-cute types, nature touching lyrics.

The last song of the album (discounting all the repeat versions as I’ve talked about them all) is Saanwali si raat ho, once again sung by Arijit. This one is a very slow, very simple, and very minimally arranged number. The lyrics are wonderfully romantic in this one. Fall in love with them.

OK. So overall Barfi! is very much in tune with what you would have already heard from the album, almost continuing in the same mood (other than Phir le aaya dil), but still giving you enough to stick on to, for quite a long time. The good things about the album are: It’s simple arrangements, beautiful lyrics, quality compositions, and lastly, it’s lack of remixes. Actually remix is something you wouldn’t even think about in this album. It’s a Barfi that you’d like to savour for quite some time.

PS: At times, I felt like this was a Shantanu Moitra album, with all the slow-soulful-remixless music, and Swanand Kirkire’s lyrics. Special accolades for Pritam for doing something that I’d say out of his comfort zone.

Stand By (2011): Music Review (Aadesh Shrivastav)

With Aadesh’s so-enthusiastic music, Ladd baapu is excruciatingly long with its five and a quarter minutes, even though the lyrics are not bad. The song is a bit noisy but maybe some good publicity and a good video can make it likable. As of now, strictly okay.

Khel Khel mein, again sung by Aadesh and Shaan with Harshit added, is a nice one, especially for background purpose. The song isn’t too fast paced, so it won’t be instantly liked, but in its own time it should work well with the good lyrics and the kind of melody it has. Worth a try.

When Sunidhi’s Din duba started, for some time I felt that with a little different arrangements (with a slight acoustic touch to it) and Sunidhi’s vocals, the song might be something quite new, but the quality did not last for the entire four and half minutes, going banal especially at the end of first antara. Still the song is not bad, if you listen to it for a few times.

The album also has three instrumentals for all three tracks, and while they’re not bad, I didn’t understand why they run for the entire length of the song.

Anyway, the album overall is of course not too great, but that wasn’t expected either. With a good Khel Khel mein, an okay din duba and a noisy ladd bapu, the album is just okay.

Music Review: Robot: Hindi

Robot, the Hindi version of Rajnikant-Aishwarya’s Enthiran was a much waited album, composed by A R Rahman. Here is a review of the album.

The album starts with O Naye Insaan and you get to know that this Robot is going to be actually robotic. The song anyhow sounds good as Srinivas croons in two almost different voices, doing the awesome work that is done by two people in Tamil and Telugu. The song has a deep electronic effect and you can feel you’re listening to some sci-fi music. The song is mechanical from the very start and the beginning is the most interesting, I’d say addictively so. But the lyrics are too tough and I doubt many people would be able to understand much in the first few times. Khatija, Rahman’s daughter who sings for the first time here, sounds like a child and I guess it’ll take some time before she should come to sing full-fledged.
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Peepli Live: Music Review

Aamir Khan is a pucca perfectionist. This time round he makes a movie touching the very Indian ground of Indian villages and who he chooses to compose and sing – Indian Ocean, along with Nageen Tanvir, Ram Sampath and Raghuvir Yadav. Here is a review of his album Peepli [Live].

The album starts with Indian Ocean’s Des Mera Rangrez ye baabu. The song is a typical Indian Ocean piece with their familiar voices and instruments. The song is a satirical one on India and the country’s system from top to bottom. Swanand Kirkire and Sanjeev Sharma write some good lyrics and words like ‘raai pahaad hai kankar shankar’ say a lot among them. Must listen. For all the music and words.

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Raajneeti: Music Review

Quite opposite to once expectations and Prakash Jha’s image, Raajneeti seems to be a full fledged musical once you read the names of composers and singers on the cover of this album. And most of them succeed in doing it to quite an extent. Yes, Raajneeti has it’s fare share of good music. Here is more.

The album starts with Bheegi si, bhaagi si, which is a peppy, foot-tapping, Pritam type song sung by Mohit Chauhan with a relatively very new Antara Mitra who sounds something like Shreya Ghoshal. A good one to say the least. Catchy. Not long term, but not bad certainly.
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Ishq Barse Boondan Boondan – Rajneeti

Atkan Matkan dahi chataa,
chor pigeonwa fur hui jaa
aare aare kaare kaaga
chun chun moti kha re kha
boondan boondan barse barse
dhuaan dhuaan hui ja re ja
atkan matkan dahi chata,
aare kaaga kha re kha..

A wonderful Indi-rap starts Ishq Barse, the guest composition of Shantanu Moitra in Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti. Prakash says that Shantanu has never created this type of peppy compositions and that’s why he could come up with a ‘fresh’ tune. Well, Shantanu seems to have done it as I quite liked the song, especially the rap part, which is most probably sung by Swanand Kirkire.
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Well Done Abba: Music Review

It’s not always that you get two back to back good movie albums within 24 hours. So good that I didn’t have time to listen to Shafqat Amanat Ali’s new album even though I loved his previous one, Tabeer. So here it comes, after Lahore, album of Well Done Abba, a Shyam Benegal movie.

The first song of the album is Meri banno Hoshiyaar sung by Ila Arun (with Daniel B George), who sings her own words on a tune that is almost Saiyyaan Jhoothon ka Bada Sartaj Nikla of V Shantaram’s Do Aankhen Baarah Hath, in a full folk manner, on an orchestration that reminds me of Rahman’s Genda Phool. But frankly, the song is completely new and has it’s identity completely different from both the songs I named here, something not at all easy. Ila is obviously superb in her singing and the Telugu counting in the background (Okkati, Rendu, Moodu, Naalgu…) is something in it’s own ranks. Must listen song.
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Striker: Music Review

Striker is the new movie of actor Siddharth, the guy known for Rang De Basanti among Hindi cinema followers. The music for the album is created by various composers from Vishal Bharadwaj to Amit Trivedi to AR Rahman’s favorite Blaaze to Yuvan Shankar Raja who is composer of many Tamil and Telugu albums.

The best thing about the album is that it has six different composers and still manages to be good. Something that is not really common with music albums.
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Best lyrics of 2009

No. This is not a poll/vote/awards or any fight like that. Here I am simply sharing some good words of the year 2009 that I found appealing due to various reasons. It can be a line, a mukhda, an antara, a complete song, or a complete album. So here comes my list. Don’t worry about numbers. They’re just for time pass.

1. Aarambh hai prachand: This list could hardly have a better start. I still remember that from the Gulaal promo during Dev.D, I had taken only these words home. I love the entire song, but the first line, Aarambh hai prachand gives the song the start it deserves. And then, there was Duniya, composed, sung, written by Piyush Mishra. Ye Duniya agar mil bhi jaye to kya hai was probably the best tribute Sahir could have. Through the genius of Piyush Mishra.

2. Sapno se bhare Naina: Believe it or not, I consider them one of the best lines composed by Javed Akhtar ever. When you start with Chhoo le ise sagar jise har koi maane, you think it’s good. The next line Paani hai wo ya ret hai ye kaun jaane, even better, wow. Superb. And then, the next two lines beat them, Jaise ki din se rain alag hain, sukh hai alag aur chain alag hai and I thought that was the climax, until I heard par jo ye dekhe wo nain alag hain, chain to hai apna sukh hain paraye. The giant wave has passed from over my head. No matter what Shankar Mahadevan sings now. I am mesmerized. Drenched in those words.
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3 Idiots: Review

The review doesn’t have the story, but some little points about it. If you want to avoid spoilers completely, leave the parts appearing between <spoiler> and </spoiler> tags.

Do you know what is Aamir Khan paradox? Simple. It’s unfortunate that we make a movie on college students with a 44 year old Aamir Khan, not believing any young actor to be able to perform the role and wondering how a 44 year old will look 22 (actually even less, 17-18 if you talk of first year of engineering) but end of the day he performs there and fortunately, looking 22 or not, he manages to make himself fit in the role, not even making people think if the role demanded a younger actor, of the age of Ranbir Kapoor and Imran Khan.

Yes. 3 Idiots is a good film, though solely for entertainment. And this, too, belongs to Aamir Khan aka Rancho.

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Mere Paa (Amitabh Bachchan): Lyrics

A wonderful song sung by Amitabh Bachchan. The lyrics and music of the song are wonderful, but the credit is taken away by Amitabh Bachchan for his superb singing. I guess it’s his best song ever. Here are the lyrics as I got them.

meri jaan teri hai mere paa
meri maa teri hai mere paa..
meri maa teri hai mere paa
meri jaan teri hai mere paa..

maano meri baat
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Paa: Music Review

Paa is an album I had been long waiting for. No, it’s not something that you would be humming after listening to it once and forget by the next month. It’s something that will take its own time, to come as well as to go. One important thing about the album is that while Ilayaraaja has been good with his music in the album, Swanand Kirkire has been an equal with his pen as the lyrics are wonderful almost everywhere, without much of an exception.

Here is my review of the album, Paa.

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Give me some Sunshine (3 Idiots)

Give me some sunshine,
Give me some rain,
Give me another chance,
I wanna grow up once again.

Swanand Kirkire has done it again. Superb superb lyrics and some good music by Shantanu Moitra have made this song really worth listening. The USP of the song is the lyrics and added dialogs of Sharman Joshi. The best one being: ‘Kandhon ko kitabon ke bojh ne jhukaya, rishwat dena to khud papa ne sikhaya…’ yeah, the sentence still goes further. Wonderful.

bachpan to gaya jawani bhi gayi
ik pal to ab humein jeene do jeene do..

Saari umr hum mar mar ke jee liye,
ik pal to ab humein jeene do jeene do..

By the way, na na na na na in the song makes it a completely engineers’ song. If you know what I mean. 😉