Archive for October, 2017

Thaman’s recreated title song lives on the borrowed steam of Vishal-Shekhar’s original 2006 version. The kuthu elements Thaman adds are trite, at best. Maine tujhko dekha has Amaal Mallik awkwardly proving that he is indeed Anu Malik’s nephew! He lifts, just like his uncle, Linear’s Sending All My Love again, in the guise of insipid […]

Meghna Mishra’s debut, Main kaun hoon, has the earnestness of a newcomer, thanks to poignant lyrics by Kausar Munir. Kausar’s lyrics work even better in Meri pyaari Ammi, with its lived-in feel, though Nachdi phira is trademark-Amit rock that’s relatively less engaging. The combo’s best is Sapne re, with an old-world charm accentuated by Sanket […]

Thodi si jagah has fantastic Carnatic-style strings by Finix Ramdas amidst the lively rock sound! Arijit is in his effortless, Amit Trivedi-mode. Arijit’s other song, Dhundlo tum is a soaring, soulful melody that expects a lot from the singer, and he, expectedly, delivers! Yeh mera man captures the Calypso’ish joie de vivre in Ash King’s […]

The generic Middle Eastern sounds and familiar rhythm are downers but Nickk’s tune in Fashion queen is catchy, and works pretty well in Raahi’s vocals. Jeet Gannguli’s Thoda aur is left to Arjit Singh and Palak Muchhal to salvage given the melody’s extremely generic sound – it does have a throwaway pleasantness. The desi hiphop […]

An early scene in Arjun Reddy categorically portends to what the man is all about. In what is an episode that Arjun and his friend Shiva briefly discuss much later in the film, Arjun doesn’t get what he wants and is literally in heat. He walks out to a flabbergasted ‘Darling open the door’ husband […]

Rajini’s Muthu quip in Yechacha is clever, but the tune+rhythm combo is so predictably Imman! Sophia is no different, with—awkwardly enough—a banal Harris Jayaraj sound. Aei arakka‘s racy sound is excellent though, with pulsating rhythm and superb vocals by Benny Dayal. Imman also scores beautifully in Aram seyya virumbu, roping in Hariharan to sing Vairamuthu’s […]

World of Shiva Masala Coffee’s interpretation of Aalayal thara venam remains consistently enjoyable, with that lovely Anandhabhairavi-raaga base, Krishnaraj’s scintillating violin, and Sooraj Santhosh and Varun Sunil’s vocals. The reprise is highly interesting as well, stripping the energy of the original, but letting the melody’s inherent beauty come to fore. Aigiri Nandini gets a searing […]

Single Saavn playlist of (almost) all the songs (except ‘Pallikkalachante Mole’ from the Malayalam film, Sherlock Toms that’s not available on Saavn – please listen to it via the YouTube link below): Hindi Shugal laga le and Darmiyaan – Chef (Raghu Dixit) Piya aa – Haseena Parkar (Sachin-Jigar) Chalti hai kya and Oonchi hai building […]

I found Season 9 middle-of-the-road. In comparison, Season 10 is no better; in fact, I thought season 9 was significantly better when compared to season 10. But a season of Pakistani Coke Studio always has something interesting and worthwhile, at the very least. They are middling only in comparison to earlier, superior seasons. So, here’s […]

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