Archive for the ‘Hindi OST’ Category

The title song‘s repetitive tune is adequately droning, though Mohammed Irfan’s reprise is better than Ankit Tiwari’s. Ditto with Kheech meri photo that’s banally monotonous. Bewajah is interesting, but marred by Himesh’s awkward vocals, while Ek number is hilarious, for all the wrong reasons. Himesh gets Tera chehra right, however, thanks to the new-age ghazal-style […]

Of the two songs by Mithoon, the title song works smoothly given it mixes racy guitars with his trademark melody, sung darn well by Arijit. His other, Tere liye, is mind-numbingly maudlin. Amaal’s Hua hain aaj is an odd throwback to Nadeem-Shravan’s music, while Gazab ka hain is middlingly breezy, propped by Arijit’s vocals. Falak […]

The instantly sing-along’ish title song comes alive in Vishal Dadlani’s angst’y vocals. In Jhalli pataka, Santhosh craftily mixes foot-tapping kuthu rhythms with a very blues’y tune and Sunidhi makes the odd combo work beautifully! Dil ye ladaku is Santhosh’s trademark sound, with a brilliant profusion of violins to help Monali’s tantalizing vocals. Jagaa khunnas is […]

Friday January 1, 2016 20:16

Jugni (Music review), Hindi – Clinton Cerejo

Javed Bashir’s earthy voice adds a rich edge to Jugni‘s racy folk tune that Clinton builds much like his Coke Studio outing. The guitar work, in particular, is brilliant. Neha Kakkar’s Unplugged version, sans that mod coating, is less interesting. There’s a similar Coke Studio sound in Hatt mullah, where lyricist Shellee sings Baba Bulleh […]

Soch na sake, with its gentle lilt and Arijit Singh’s vocals, is pleasant to the point of being soporific before Tulsi Kumar wakes you up with her dependably bad singing. Arijit’s solo version doesn’t have such impediments. Mera nachan nu, led by Divya Kumar, is standard-issue Punjabi liveliness, even invoking Jaidev Kumar’s Dil le gayi […]

Shantanu Moitra’s Maula is standard-issue filmy qawali with only Javed Ali’s singing holding it together. Shantanu’s other song, Tere bin is saccharine-sweet; the tune’s old-world charm, plus Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal wonderful vocals. Ankit Tiwari’s Tu mere paas is his template all through, evoking instant ennui. Prashant Pillai’s Tere liye, a brooding fusion of […]

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 […]

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