Archive for the ‘Hindi OST’ Category

From Shahid Mallya’s earthy opening to Sunidhi’s punchy hook, Radha comes beautifully alive with even that fantastic EDM line in the middle! In Beech beech mein, Pritam cooks up superb retro-funk, with a touch of jazz, while Arijit literally showboats the rendition with his falsetto. In Phurr, Diplo, Tushar Joshi and Mohit Chauhan join to […]

I am India, the anthemic band song rides on the easy, repetitive hook and the racy ending, though Arijit sounding so much like Amit Trivedi is supremely discomforting. Amit does differentiate his voice in the song’s other version, a decidedly more street-smart version with a less anthemic sound. Hulchul, Junooni and Udanchoo are trademark Amit […]

Of the 2 songs by Vickey Prasad, Hans mat pagli is an easy winner, with its folksy, breezy melody that evokes composer Krsna’s repertoire and winsome vocals by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghosal. In comparison, Vickey’s other song, Bakheda—and Sachet-Parampara’s Shuba ki train—are standard-issue, familiar materials. Manas-Shikhar’s Gori tu latthmaar is a complete joy! The […]

Zeb hands over her Sandara number (originally by Haji Saifuddin)—re-written by Anvita Dutt as Jigi jigi—to Malini Awasthi. Malini folksy raunch gives it a new twist, with Zeb’s brilliantly mounted brass. Ishquiya‘s groovy disco funk is handled with perfect oomph by Neeti Mohan, with excellent support by Ankur Mukherjee’s guitar. In Le li jaan, Zeb […]

Thursday July 13, 2017 20:01

Jagga Jasoos (Music review), Hindi – Pritam

There’s so much to like in Ullu ka pattha – Vivienne Pocha’s ‘Ulule’ hook—with a clever yodel effect, Daniel García Diego’s scintillating Flamenco guitar, and the way multiple streams converge when Nikitha Gandhi starts, ‘Be sar pair ki…”. Arijit and Nikitha are fantastic, handling the energetic tune. Plagiarism allegations notwithstanding, there is definitely a Bihu/Assamese […]

Barring that energetic rhythm and Sonu Nigam’s singing, Goggle Song is painfully generic. Amaal Mallik’s second song Jatt Jaguar is no different – that breezy interlude featuring Apeksha Dandekar is a good diversion, though. Rishi Rich and Yash Anand’s title song is completely banal while trying something Pancham’y in the background. Gourov-Roshin’s Haathon mein is […]

Nadeem gets an apt alternative to Kumar Sanu in Yasser Desai, with a similar nasal twang. Yasser does well in the title song and Hue bechain. The former has a likeable tune, with a catchy ‘Tum kahaan the’ hook, but Nadeem mauls Yasser’s singing with digital processing. The duet version (featuring Palak Muchhal) is badly […]

Tuesday June 27, 2017 20:27

Mom (Music review), Hindi – A R Rahman

O sona tere liye plays like a sedate—and soporific—lullaby, with Shashaa’s vocals clearly bettering Rahman’s trademark high pitch surges that seem labored. Kooke kawn‘s burst of faux-Punjabi energy seems rather generic in Sukhwinder’s over familiar vocals, while Raakh baaki, barring that psychedelic ending, remains uniformly bizarre. Freaking Life starts off tentatively, but steadily builds into […]

Monday June 26, 2017 17:46

Shab (Music review), Hindi – Mithoon

Arijit’s sullen rendition in O saathi doesn’t help at all. Or, it’s just Mithoon’s maudlin tune and lyrics combination. Things don’t improve in Musafir; despite KK’s singing making a difference, Mithoon’s tune just refuses to make any headway from the current rut he seems to be stuck in. Afiya is strike three! The faux-sufi sound […]

Main hoon‘s 80s dance-pop vibe comes wonderfully alive in Siddharth Mahadevan’s compelling vocals and Tanishk Baagchi’s easy-on-the-ears tune. In Tanishk’s other song, Beat it bijuriya, co-composed with Vayu, Asees Kaur’s singing keeps it reasonably likeable. Javed-Mohsin’s Ding dang and Meet Bros’ Shake karaan are mediocre T-series style masala mixes. Vishal Mishra’s Pyar ho (and Redux) […]

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