Monday April 21, 2014

Heropanti (Music review), Hindi – Sajid-Wajid, Mustafa Zahid & Bilal Saeed and Manj Musik

Posted by Karthik

Barring Kausar Munir’s use of ‘kathai* aankhen’, Rabba is pleasant, but contrived, with Mohit Chauhan valiantly trying to save it. Ditto with Tabah – Mohit is the bright spot in the familiar melody. Sajid-Wajid get their 3rd song right though – Raat bhar‘s foot-tapping techno sound works. Mustafa Zahid and Bilal Saeed’s Tere binaa is very Roxen, very droning. Ex-RDB Manjeet Ral’s Pappi song sounds like a sub-standard Honey Singh ditty. The soundtrack’s winner is Manjeet’s other song, Whistle baja**, that uses Hero’s flute theme in a pulsating Punjabi dance format! This soundtrack’s heropanti belongs to ex-RDB Manjeet Ral Singh!

Keywords: Heropanti, Sajid-Wajid, Manjeet Singh Ral, Manj Musik, Mustafa Zahid, Bilal Saeed

*The word ‘kathai’ was last used in the 1998 film Duplicate, in the song, ‘Kathai aankhon waali ek ladki’, by Javed Akhtar. Music was Anu Malik, of course!

**The official soundtrack of Heropanti, released by T-series, doesn’t include ‘Whistle Baja’. The song uses the Flute theme from Subhash Ghai’s 1983 film, Hero, with music by Laxmikant Pyarelal. Ex-RDB Manjeet Singh Ral, credited as Manj Musik, has used the Flute theme to create Whistle Baja, and since Saregama has the rights to that song, they have released the new song under their own label, as a single. But the song is of course part Heropanti – it’s just not part of the T-series owned soundtrack.



  • Ali G

    is raat bhar not copied from mukhtasar from teri meri kahani

  • Akash

    Aren’t you much biased, when it comes to Sajid Wajid?

    I mean fine, one can have issues, i don’t even like them every time. But, you are going too far bro. Rabba is mesmerizing!

  • arziyaan

    i spent the day listening to the duplicate number. oh how I miss songs like this <3 classic

  • Kiran Kumar Bandiatmakur

    Hello Karthik
    You have not reviewed Anamika (Telugu Remake of Kahani) directed by Shekar Kammula and music by Keeravani. It has some good songs.

  • Jaydeep

    Whats wrong with word Kathai ? Didn’t really understand why you put so much stress on it.

    Whistle bajaa is peppy. Isn’t it amazing that flute piece, although in its new avataar still works big time, even after so many years.

    • milliblog

      Wrong? I meant good – the sentence ends with contrived, so ‘barring kathai’ indicates kathai is good choice of word… Gulzar’ish novelty, I thought, though JA used it in the last known instance.

      • Chiaroscuro7

        I can see where it might be misleading – while you start with “Barring Kathai” – you go on to say “Rabba is pleasant” followed by “but contrived”. Thanks for clearing it up 🙂

        • Jaydeep

          Thanks for hitting nail on the head, that’s how exactly I looked at it.
          I too find use of word kathai pretty novel when done by modern lyricist. Although it’s seldom used now, I have heard it a lot as a child. kathai was only word used to describe color brown in colloquial gujarati, back then.

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