Archive for the ‘Hindi OST’ Category

Kuch parbat hilaayein doesn’t hammer the inspirational high, but manages to wrap it in a warm package. Arijit Singh’s vocals, the fantastic chorus, the lilting pop sound and the world-music’ish chants add significant value. In the song’s intimate version, Salim is equally good, accentuating the nuances perfectly. Poori qaaynaat is straight out of Coke Studio! […]

Aashiq surrender hua is a dedicated Bollywoodisation of an infectious, foot-tapping South-Indian kuthu song! Amaal’s second, Roke na ruke, is the complete opposite! The song transcends conventional Dharma pathos templates riding on Arijit’s affecting singing. Akhil Sachdeva’s—Nasha Band’s vocalist making his Bollywood debut—Humsafar is a passable Pakistani-pop knockoff. Tanishk Bagchi closes the soundtrack with 2 […]

Saturday February 4, 2017 11:02

Irada (Music review), Hindi – Neeraj Shridhar

Mahi is unlike what one expects from a remix-master like Neeraj Shridhar (of Bombay Vikings fame)! Neeraj hands Harshdeep Kaur a captivating melody with a strong Rajasthani folk whiff, while retaining an engaging background rhythm. For the title song, while Nikhil Uzgare sings the guitar-laden rock melody mighty well, the overall package is rather generic. […]

Manoj Yadav’s yin-yang verses and the Bappi-Kalpana Patowary combo lift Pyaar ka test beyond its generic’ness. The charming Mannerless Majnu‘s—Shruti singing about Bitto!—highlight is Sukanya Purkayastha’s delightful rendition. Abhishek-Akshay’s last, the heady, Punjabi Dimpi de naal is (late) Labh Janjua’s lively show. Keegan Pinto’s Pakistani-pop’ish Bhaag milky and the Indi-rock’ish Faraar are competent. Anjana Ankur […]

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 […]

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