Thaniye is markedly old-fashioned, but Chithra’s incredible handling of the indulgent melody—with a tinge of pathos—is the song’s highlight. Hrudayavaathil is Mejo attempting a Harris Jayaraj’ish song and in Vineeth and Jyotsna’s dependable singing, it is spunky and likeable. On the other hand, it’s Rahman in Aromale – Chinmayi’s singing is fantastic and so is the very-Rahman flute interludes. Kaushik Menon’s male version is an equally good listen. Chakkikkochamme is the soundtrack’s most inventive, tune-wise, with a conversational, faux-classical give-and-take between Yazin Nizar and Sithara Krishnakumar punctuated by brisk backgrounds! After 2014’s Law Point, Mejo makes a decent enough comeback!

Keywords: C/O Saira Banu, Mejo Joseph, Mejjo Josseph

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Hindi

Aashiq surrender hua, Roke na ruke and Tamma tamma again – Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya (Amaal Mallik and Tanishk Bagchi)

Poori qaaynaat and Kuch parbat hilaayein – Poorna (Salim-Sulaiman)

Tamil

Enga pora Dora and Vaazhavudu – Dora (Vivek-Mervin)

Oxygen and Theeraadha vilayaattu pillai – Kavan (Hiphop Tamizha)

Sokki poraandi, Kannodu kannodu and Uyirile – Mupparimanam (G.V.Prakash Kumar)

Aagaayam and Pudavai nilave – Yaadhumaagi Nindraai (Ashwin Vinayagamoorthy)

Kuyile, Kanavugal aayiram and Vinnulaka devathai – Engeyum Naan Iruppen (Afzal Yusuf)

Telugu

Na BC centarlu – Winner (SS Thaman)

Pranam poye badha, Thelupana and Yemaindho yemo gani – O Pilla Nee Valla (Madhu Ponnas)

Johny Johny yes papa and Ardhamaina – Kittu Unnadu Jagratha (Anup Rubens)

Aa chandamama, Sarangi O Sarangi and Guchi guchi – Maa Abbayi (Suresh Bobbili)

Aanandham and Vayyari kalahamsika – Om Namo Venkatesaya (M.M.Keeravani)
Removed from a Rajamouli’s vision or demand in a film like Baahubali, Keeravani’s music in the film is rather generic. The listenable songs too have a predictable sound, beyond the other pedestrian sounding songs. So Aanandham evokes memories of S A Rajkumar’s Pallanguzhiyin vattam (from… surprise!! – Anandham!) and manages to sound catchy. Vayyari kalahamsika is the soundtrack’s best, with a breezy faux-classical melody that takes on interesting contours, layered with Keeravani’s strings all through. Revanth and Sunitha handle it brilliantly.

Boogie woogie and My wife – Showtime (M.M.Keeravani)
The other Keeravani soundtrack that falls flat, with minor succor. Boogie woogie has some spunk left in Sony’s (the female singer) parts, and the tune too is confidently offbeat. The soundtrack’s genuinely interesting song is My wife, with Kaala Bhairava’s fantastic baritone and a breezy jazz flavor that Keeravani aces with a lovely profusion of background strings and brass.

Anaghaa Anaghaa and Pranam Paravana – Aakatayi (Mani Sharma)
Sri Krishna’s voice is mauled beyond recognition using digital advancements in Anaghaa Anaghaa, but Mani has the tune sorted alright, particularly the anupallavi. Pranam is that whispery melody that Mani owns and produces mighty regularly. The rest of the soundtrack is oddly lackluster but, like his Gentleman last year, these 2 songs make up for it!

Malayalam

Onnurangi and Paripparakkum kili – Aby (Bijibal)

Ayalathe and Do naina/La vettam – Angamaly Diaries (Prashant Pillai)

Varminnal, Ilamai and Enthanu mone – Adventures of Omanakuttan (Arun Muraleedharan)

Aaro ee yathrayengo – Ayal Jeevichirippundu (Ouseppachan)
Aaro is a delightful cocktail as it moves from the main tune to a joyous Goan festivity phrase! Ouseppachan keeps the tune in perfect sync even with these vibrant deviations.

Emanmaraii and Ivalaro – Oru Mexican Aparatha (Ranjith Chittade and Manikandan Ayyappa)
The soundtrack of Oru Mexican Aparatha is throbbing with a revolutionary zeal. Ranjith Chittade’s lone song, Emanmaraii is the pick of the album, with its vibrant and powerful sound and Shebin Mathew’s punchy singing amidst a profusion of chendai drums. Manikandan Ayyappa’s composition Ivalaro is the opposite, with its breezy, romantic outlook and a guitar’y disposition. But the chendai base soon catches up to add spice!

Kannada

Thera haadu – Saheba (V.Harikrishna)

Adda bidde madesaa, Preetiya hesare neenu and Kaurava Theme – Happy New Year (Raghu Dixit)

Gapu gapalli, Ringa ringa and Kanasina – Srinivasa Kalayana (Midhun Mukundan and Raghavendra Thane)

Marathi

Antaricha – Rubik’s Cube (Vishal Mishra)
Except for the typically Marathi sound in the words, obviously because of the lyrics, the overall sound is very Bollywood! Vishal Mishra’s tune could have been part of a conventional Bollywood film, but the beauty of Marathi lifts the song significantly. Not that the melody is any bad – it is a lovely listen. As of on cue, the song goes Hindi mid-way with ‘Mahiya’ ‘Tere bina’ etc.

Rozana rides on Shreya Ghoshal’s vocals and the lady—as usual—handles it magnificently! Rochak Kohli’s choice of backgrounds is extremely interesting, in what sounds almost like a muted march past music! But it works to accentuate the lovely melody. Sunidhi does her best in Zinda, but the tune doesn’t really push beyond standard inspirational templates. Zubi zubi revisits Bappi Lahiri’s 1987 plagiarized version (Dance Dance) of Modern Talking’s 1986 song Brother Louie, in a funky techno package led by Sukriti Kakar’s cheerful vocals. Jasmine Sandlas’ singing elevates Meet Bros’ Baby besharam that is otherwise middlingly predictable. Rochak’s Rozana is Shabana’s highlight.

Keywords: Naam Shabana, Rochak Kohli, Meet Bros

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It’s perhaps Ananthu’s incredibly affecting vocals. Or, it could be the beautifully layered strings. Or, is it the Celtic-infused prelude that sets the context and carries across the song? Vaanam is one heck of a title song! Selvaraghavan’s lyrics have a unique challenge – to write about a grandfather! And the lines take a refreshingly different approach, while also trying to eulogize the titular character aptly. Soorakaathu, with its delightfully cheeky chorus and folk base, reeking heavily of Ilayaraja, is a knockout! The song seems tailor-made for Dhanush’s voice and the rhythm is hard not to sway to!

Paarthen and Venpani are the kind of songs that scream, ‘Adei Dhanush, why dodn’t you go to Ilayaraja directly?’. But, Raja’s essence, coming from Sean’s mind has its undeniable charm. Paarthen is straight out of say, Mudhal Mariyaadhai, with Sean and Shweta doing an incredible job. Venpani—both versions—is drop dead gorgeous! The constant violin backdrop significantly accentuates the already-mellifluous tune, particularly the way Sean sashays it around the Venpani line while bridging it at the end of the anupallavi! Dhanush makes up for all his absurd lyrics in the past by writing this one! He captures the sensation of a post-youth man’s love in a beautifully expressive package.

Veesum kaathodadhaan has an infectitious energy as Sean and Anthony Daasan play off each others vocals perfectly. The smaller nuances, like the flute bits during ‘Engo paadhaigal’ are stuff of Raja’ish brilliance! Ditto for the swingy ‘Adadaa’ in the anupallavi! Sean ropes in his ‘Joker’ director Rajumurugan for the lyrics and he brings forth the aimlessness of a senior citizen, called a nomad in the song, beautifully, likening it to the freedom of direction in birds. Joker, last year… and Power Paandi, this year! Composer Sean Roldan is truly, and incredibly, on a roll!

Keywords: Sean Roldan, Power Paandi, 300, #300

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For Pinjula‘s bizarre lyrics and offbeat, stoner variant of the love-failure template, STR’s pedestrian singing actually seems appropriate. Vishal’s choice of mounting the efficient rock sound of Marandhadhe on Anirudh’s vocals works pretty well, while Sarpetta, beyond the catchiness, is good old Santhosh Narayanan material. Sinduri lifts the already trippy Pesugiraai to a new high, with Vishal layering an eclectic groove to great effect. Bow wow retains Jil Jung Juk’s zaniness, and Siddarth’s singing adds to the hugely enjoyable retro funk. Vandhaene is weirdly unsettling while being incredibly catchy, given how Vishal ties all that together neatly. Simba romba toppa!

Keywords: Simba, Vishal Chandrashekhar

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Swati Sharma is unabashedly brash in Dunaliya mein and Mora piya, the latter working fervently into a qawali’ish rhythm. Indu Sonali’s Lahanga jhaanke and Hamre jobna too are expectedly ribald. Rohit creates a poignant, beautifully raaga based thumri, Badnaam jiya that Rekha Bhardwaj handles with quintessential grace. Pawni Pandey rocks the Bhojpuri dance floor with the spirited, bawdy Aye sakhi and Mera balam, while turning Sa ra ra into a fiery revenge narrative! Rohit sounds tentative in Laal laal, while Man beqaid huva—the soundtrack’s most disparate—is a charming melody that Sonu Nigam effortlessly aces. Relentlessly bawdy and earthy, this Aarahwali!

Keywords: Anaarkali of Aarah, Rohit Sharma

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Bajake tumba is earthy Punjabi template done very well, backed by Romy’s lively singing. Romy is even better in Dum dum and Sahiba, both delightfully breezy folk numbers! The former has a beautiful sufi-sound, with a captivating incantation-style twist mid-way, while the latter is an incredibly sweet melody, with Pawni Pandey joining Romy seamlessly. Diljit Dosanjh’s Dum dum is Coke Studio-clean, though. The soundtrack’s irresistible foot-stomper is Naughty billo, a hyper-enthusiastic reimagination of Jhoot boliya! Jasleen Royal—again—does her child-woman singing in Din shagna da and her out-of-comfort-zone Whats Up is rather generic. Shashwat is a talent to watch out for!

Keywords: Phillauri, Shashwat Sachdev, Jasleen Royal

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Itna tumhe sounds like something that’s the output of Mahesh Bhatt/Vishesh Films roping in Justin Bieber to produce a song for them. It does have an affable sound and Yaseer Desai’s singing helps. Tu hi toh mera too is very Bhatt and the strings-loaded sound is passably interesting. Chatur naar has its sight at the foot and manages to move it a few seconds. Jubin Nautiyal leads Tera junoon pretty well, with the sound is captivatingly and stereotypically remaining Middle Eastern. Dr.Zeus’s sole contribution Brake’an fail is punchy Punjabi pop riding on Jasmine Sandlas’ rousing vocals. Typically Abbas-Mustan mainstream soundtrack.

PS: The Mast mast remix that was released beyond the actual soundtrack (for no obvious/particular reason, I’m assuming) is as bad as Tanishk’s Humma humma remix. It’s baffling that he can produce a genuinely interesting remix like Tamma tamma again (Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya), but also produces mediocre, pointless remixes like these too.

Keywords: Machine, Tanishk Bagchi, Dr.Zeus, Viju Shah

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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! Salim-Sulaiman’s melody is likeably semi-classical, with a punchy pop base and excellent singing by Raj Pandit. Baabul mora sees Arijit handling hugely involving, somber melody beautifully. A year ago, the duo produced the severely underrated, but brilliant music of Jai Gangaajal. Poorna is an encore!

Keywords: Poorna, Salim-Sulaiman

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Kadhiley kadhiley has some snazzy keys and guitar, but fails to engage as a tune, while Rangadeva would make Thaman proud. Hey Sairam treats the peace loving Sai with some manic sound. Composer Suresh Bobbili hits back in Aa chandamama, with a lovely MJ’ish pop sound, supported darn well by Sweekar Agasthya’s singing. Things get even better with Guchi guchi, a beautifully flowing melody that Suresh hands over to Anjana Soumya and Anudeep, complete with an incredible second interlude. Sarangi O Sarangi, the designated ‘mass’ does what it promises with its frenzied percussion. Suresh delivers, at least in 3 songs!

Keywords: Maa Abbayi, Suresh Bobbili

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