Archive for the ‘Hindi OST’ Category

Sunday December 6, 2015 12:22

Dilwale (Music review), Hindi – Pritam

Janam janam sounds like checking off a list of standard-issue elements in a Bollywood’ish melody, including clever use of Francis Lai’s Love Story theme, Where Do I Begin. Gerua too uses that, but goes further, with an obviously-pleasant sound, while Dilwale Theme hammers it down finally. Manma emotion is good fun, catchy hip-hop led well […]

Shreya Ghoshal holds fort with her sweet rendition in Deewani mastani, with Sanjay layering it between Marathi folk prelude and a quasi-sufi ending. Shreya is again fantastic in Mohe rang do laal—possibly using raag Purvi (or Puriya Dhanashri) and evoking Pt. Ravi Shankar’s Karuna suno shyam mori from Meera—brilliantly supported by Pt. Birju Maharaj. Pinga, […]

Friday October 16, 2015 19:05

Tamasha (Music review), Hindi – A R Rahman

Matargashti is free-spirited and whimsical. It starts sounding European, but eventually enters a retro Hindi sound, forcing one to smile and throw hands up in the air. The instrumental, Parade De La Bastille is, however, true-blue European, with a lively sound. Irshad Kamil’s word-play lifts the Mika-sung Heer toh, a gorgeous qawali’sh tune that ends […]

There’s an odd comfort in monotony in Prem leela. The title song‘s sparkling melody comes alive with Palak’s voice, while Himesh makes good use of vocalized rhythm in Jalte diye, ruled by Anwesshaa’s vocals. Shaan and Himesh unleash their inner Kumar Sanu and Nadeem-Shravan, respectively, in Aaj unse milna hai (plus Kehna hai, and another […]

Javed-Mohsin’s DJ bajega is an obvious ‘item’ number pandering to post-drunk state of listeners, lyrics and rhythm-wise. With Amjad-Nadeem’s Jugni peeke tight hai and Dr.Zeus’s Bam bam, it’s only lyrics-wise. Tanishk Bagchi’s Samadar has its middle-eastern sound to keep it at good stead despite droning lyrics. Dr.Zeus closes the album with Billi kat gayee that […]

Thursday September 24, 2015 19:12

Shaandaar (Music review), Hindi – Amit Trivedi

In Gulaabo, Vishal Dadlani’s swagger rocks the song, but the horn section is no less impressive given how it holds the song. Anusha Mani comes out with guns blazing in ‘zara gandh pehlado’, as does Amit, on the keyboard, producing some zingy retro-pop. The abrupt title callout in Shaam Shaandaar is as pleasant as expecting […]

Add Bollywood’s garish excesses to an inherently simple and gorgeous folk tune, you get the film’s version of Tung tung. It only forces you to head to Sneha’s own original. Manj Musik gets both his tracks right – Singh aur Kaur is a punchy Punjabi rap package with a catchy hook, and Mahi aaja has […]

Tuesday September 15, 2015 18:57

Talvar (Music review), Hindi – Vishal Bhardwaj

Pakistani singer Arooj Aftab is the soul of Insaaf. She brings her best known trait—breathy vocals that rocked her cover versions of Pakistan’s and the sub-continent’s iconic classics—to add stupendous value to Vishal’s minimal sound. Vishal does an encore with Shaam ke saaye, using Arijit’s voice to create sheer magic in an almost-Pancham tune with […]

Devi Sri Prasad faithfully recreates his Telugu hit for Daddy Mummy, with the Tamil version’s lyrics. It remains absurdly catchy. Yo Yo Honey Singh’s Aankhon aankhon is right up there with Daddy Mummy for its thumpy catchiness and marginally better lyrics. Arko’s recreation of Sajid-Wajid’s original for Sonu Nigam’s Deewana, Iss qadar pyar works easily […]

Lip to lip is a breezy faux-Punjabi number that sees Ritu Pathak in great form, ably supported by Nikhil D’Souza and some cool sax interludes. Sarfira‘s largely predictable techno sound gets better only by Neeti Mohan and Siddharth Mahadevan’s vocals, much like Sau aasoon‘s familiar pathos made listenable by Shankar’s searing singing. Jaago mohan pyaare‘s […]

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