Milliblog Weeklies, Week 205 – December 11, 2022

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist.
Week 205: On Spotify | On YouTube
8 songs this week. All the songs are available on both YouTube and Spotify.

Tum Jo Milo – Freddy (Pritam) – Hindi: An absolutely gorgeous melody by Pritam that is accentuated by Abhijeet Srivastava’s singing. Not just that… Irshad Kamil’s lines are easy on the ear too with simple and relatable lines like “Khaali se cafe mein tum chalo… Coffee piyenge baatein karenge” 🙂

Current Laga Re – Cirkus (Lijo George – Dj Chetas) – Hindi: To be sure, this is a by-the-numbers Rohit Shetty song that is specifically amped up for dance. But it does work to a large extent given how ebullient it is. The Tamil lines don’t sound awkward or silly, for a change, though the singing could have been better.

Saath – Faadu – A Love Story (Santhosh Narayanan) – Hindi: This is a pleasant surprise – Santosh’s Hindi debut (if you overlook Iruthi Suttru’s songs also being used in the Hindi version, Saala Khadoos) with an original Hindi song that has not been composed in another language previously. And this one harks back to his Attakathi musical phase with its dulcet melody that gets an added punch in the background sound towards the end. The singers lift the melody wonderfully – Sathyaprakash, Amira Gill and Haricharan.

Thee Thalapathy – Varisu (Thaman S) – Tamil: Aha, STR singing for Vijay! And the video launched for the song makes it almost seem like an STR song than a Vijay song! But Thaman gets the song’s punch very right – it’s pulsating, and the musical phrases work damn well.

Time Ivvu Pilla – 18 Pages (Gopi Sundar) – Telugu: Looks like STR is taking his singing career very seriously considering the other languages he is singing in. So, after The Warriorr’s Bullet song in Telugu and Taali Taali, the Hindi song from Double XL, here he is with another Telugu song! Surprisingly, Gopi throws fairly complex phrases packed with words between the catchy hook that STR handles very well! The hook is what makes the song, though – simple and addictive.

Almost Padipoyindhe Pilla – Das Ka Dhamki (Leon James) – Telugu: I recall hearing snatches of the song in the trailer and making a note to listen to the song when it releases, and here it is already! Leon seems to be making good strides in Telugu after some false starts. This one’s an instantly catchy song with a stellar hook.

Ghalib Hona Hai & Tujhe Bhi Chand – Sukoon (Sanjay Leela Bhansali) – Hindi: Sanjay releasing his own musical album is quite a surprise! The overall album, while being a pleasant enough listen, didn’t work in its entirety much like some of his self-composed film soundtracks, but 2 songs do stand out. Armaan Malik’s singing elevates Ghalib Hona Hai’s old-fashioned ghazal-style melody and the melody takes some interesting turns that keep it consistently engaging. Tujhe Bhi Chand’s melody took me back to Border’s Sandese Aate Hai, but Sanjay has enough in the tune to differentiate and build upon. And of course, it’s Shreya Ghoshal’s magnificent show as always.