Archive for April, 2015

Move On is a frenetically paced, borderline Middle Eastern (Vakulabharanam raga based?) track that Sunidhi completely owns, while lyricist Raj Shekhar’s melancholic lines come out really well in Ankit Tiwari’s involved vocals and Krsna’s haunting, but simple tune in Mat jaa re. Ghani bawri is earthy and catchy, and Jyoti Nooran is fantastic with her […]

The title song starts off like yet-another club dance number, but gets totally infectitious, thanks to the foot-tapping rhythm and Baba Sehgal’s vocals. Naavaadai is a sweet listen – that persistent viola-like sound stays long after the song is over, even as Chinmayi rocks the vocals! Hello hello has a cool, fresh tune, while Oho […]

Sithara sounds severely labored singing Nanayumee mazha; it’s only Gopi’s gorgeous interludes and reasonably pleasant tune that holds it together. Rathri mulla than is more like good old Gopi – a whispery ghazal beautifully sung by Najeem Arshad and Radhika Narayanan. Meharuba‘s male and female versions are completely contrasting – Preethi Bulla’s female version has […]

The title song by Jeet Ganguly uses the Aashiqui 2 template well, with Ankit delivering too. Jeet’s other, Georgia sae Jalandhar is a middling dance track salvaged by Master Salim’s enthusiastic singing. Jaidev Kumar pitches in with two songs – Arijit propels Judaa‘s sweeping tune well even as Jaidev layers the limited background sound to […]

Ikka, Arko and Intense’s (yes!) Honey Singh’ish Paani wala dance achieves its purpose of helping you visualize a wet Sunny Leone. Arko’s recreation of Pancham’s Saagar song in Aao no is fantastic – well spruced up, while retaining the flavor. Amjad Nadeem’s Daaru peeke is straight out of a Tamil/Telugu raucous kuthu. Their other two […]

Babber Sher, sung by Devi Sri Prasad, sounds like something he’d have composed in any Telugu film and roped in Baba Sehgal for singing it – standard issue hero-worship song. Thithili is no different – very Telugu-style catchy song that’s easily forgotten. Vijay Prakash handles the drunk-reggae Seereli hudugeena and pop-kuthu What to do like […]

Sunday April 26, 2015 08:19

Hitman – April 18, 2015

An edited version of this list was originally published in The Hindu. Nacchite ye panaina Dohchay (Telugu) Music: Sunny M.R. Sunny M.R. happens to be Hindi composer Pritam’s ex-sound engineer and has been producing some really good music in… err, not in Hindi, but in Telugu (he is 3 films old in AP)! His 4th, […]

After 3 minutes of lively ‘circus music’ in Aam Hindustani, Shefali Alvares arrives in smouldering style, mouthing Amitabh Bhattacharya’s amusing Mumbaiya filmy verses, with the brass band offering solid backdrop. Shefali does a redux in Shut Up too, an essentially Amit Trivdedi’esque tune, but with a really smooth jazz makeover. Shefali’s 3rd song, Mohabbat buri […]

Wednesday April 22, 2015 18:52

Vajrakaya (Music review), Kannada – Arjun Janya

No problem‘s harmonica sounds scream ‘Harris Jayaraj’, but the highlight is Dhanush’s cool vocals that no doubt include the phrase ‘Kolaveri di’. The title song is as bombastic as a Telugu hero intro song – devotional-kuthu. Thukathu gada bada too would be hot property in Tollywood – the Sharan, Sunitha sung song is rhythmic and […]

Wednesday April 22, 2015 18:49

Vaa Deal (Music review), Tamil – Thaman S

Paesi paesi is typically Thaman – a slow-burning melody set amidst minimal, ambient backgrounds and very well sung by Haricharan, with even the vocal chorus doing a great job. Andharu andharu has Velmurugan at his highest pitch, but the kuthu song is way too predictable. The title song is considerably better, with a pulsating sound […]

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