Archive for the ‘Hindi OST’ Category

The original Laila from Qurbani, by Kalyanji-Anandji is so compelling a dance track that it’s no surprise the recreation works seamlessly too. Ram’s imagination, particularly Ed Gibson’s amped up trumpets, work brilliantly, as does Pawni Pandey’s spirited vocals. Udi udi jaye is straight out of Ram’s Coke Studio (MTV, Season 3) repertoire, given the heady […]

The women in Rangoon seem to be having raucous fun, while the men either brood or sing jubilant praises of the woman! Sunidhi enthusiastically swears (in) Bloody hell, lamenting the bell that stalled a proposal, with Gulzar adding many other ‘English’ acts, besides English kiss! Mere miyan gaye England is Gulzar mischievously subverting Mere piya […]

The holi song, Go pagal, has Manj Musik as composer and Nilesh Patel as co-composer! For that composing power, it is a pretty mundane mix, albeit with a frivolously catchy tone. Chirantan Bhatt’s Bawara mann is a lot more assured, with a breezy accordion sound and a tinge of retro in the pleasant melody, besides […]

Kaara fankaara‘s promising start devolves into droning nama nama nei. Enna sonna is adequately pleasant; more Arko than Rahman. Jaanu is jubilantly uptempo and instantly catchy. Saajan aayo re is a pleasant surprise, Jonita’s vocal dexterity and Darbari Kanada raag flowing infinitely better in Hindi. Jee lein is Yuva leftover, while Ameen’s Maula wa salim […]

Saturday December 24, 2016 13:14

Kaabil (Music review), Hindi – Rajesh Roshan

The title song is a pretty neat combination of Rajesh’s old-world charm of a melody and a spiffy new orchestration. Gourov-Roshin’s recreation of Rajesh’s Saara zamaana is surprisingly punchy, with a pulsating new rhythm. But, in Kuch din, Jubin drones on miserably, with music that’s akin to a teen’s first stage performance. Mon amour is […]

Wednesday December 14, 2016 16:32

Dangal (Music review), Hindi – Pritam

Haanikarak bapu is Sarwar Khan and Sartaj Khan Barna’s—the Manganiyar singers who happen to be young kids—triumph. The kids bring a fabulously playful tone to the already ebullient tune. But lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya’s whimsical lines (“Sote jagte chhoot rahi hai, Aansu ki pichkari, Phir bhi khushna hua Mogambo, Hum tere balihari!) and Pritam’s energetic rock […]

Friday December 2, 2016 20:40

Befikre (Music review), Hindi – Vishal-Shekhar

Nashe si chadh gayi, barring the annoying chipmunks’ish intrusions, is a lovely listen, with a hypnotic, Middle-Eastern tune and wonderfully voiced by Arijit. More Middle Eastern sound in the title song, but it is also significantly more predictable. Je T’aime is exotic European sound and that charm alone carries it easily, while You and Me‘s […]

Mehram is almost entirely powered by Arijit Singh’s impactful singing. Clinton’s music is aptly restrained, letting the smooth melody reign with Arijit leading it, and it taking on an anthemic, repetitive ring eventually. Lamhon ke rasgulle‘s whimsical lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya work perfectly on top of the easily catchy, synth-driven 80s one-hit wonder style pop […]

Love you zindagi has an ebullient tune, but is too steeped in predictably—including Jasleen’s now-familiar woman-child voice—Amit Trivedi’ish sound (the club mix, featuring Alia, has more spunk). Ditto with Vishal Dadlani’s swagger in Let’s break up and Sunidhi politely requesting dil to Just go to hell; way… too… familiar! Amit mounts Tu hi hai and […]

Beyond the jingoistic ode to the Indian Army, Rang laal has nothing going for it, given it is a loosely strung set of dialogs and occasional outbursts of so-called tune. Gourov-Roshin’s remix of Mr.India’s iconic Kaate nahi in O janiya has a distinct 90s Indipop feel and Neha Kakkar’s labored singing doesn’t make it any […]

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