Archive for the ‘Hindi OST’ Category

Kisse lambe depends a lot on Gulzar’s verses and Sukhwinder’s free-flowing vocals; the mid-way shift to Pakistani pop style are good, but the chorus is jarring. Lakeerein fares much better with a uniform texture and fantastic vocals by Papon (along with another, uncredited singer, like Hariharan, perhaps?), not to forget lovely lines by Gulzar. The […]

Ice Cream, despite cringe-worthy lyrics, is an enjoyable Pancham-Shankar Jaikishan mash-up. Himesh’s fascination for Tum hi ho is apparent in Dard dilo ko, while the Xpose theme is banal. Despite Honey Singh and Himesh’s fangled vocals, Hai apna dil‘s captivating tune salvages it! Its Blues Mix cranks up the speed, to impressive result. Ditto with […]

The very-guitary Yaari yaari is at a best passable ‘friendship’ song; hardly in line with the film title’s original, by Ali Haider. Yeh beetey din works considerably better as a lilting farewell song; its acoustic version, even more so! KK does wonderfully well in Dil aaj kal, a breezy and instantly likeable melody with a […]

Sanjeev’s Pancham imitation helps the title song and its reprise, though the other Pancham’ish melody, Kaafi nahi, featuring Asha Bhonsle, gets it better! Despite the Omkara’ish sound, Thaayein kare is middling, but Sanjeev nails the Vishal Bharadwaj’ish sound in Sulgi hui! Rekha Bharadwaj delivers the rhythmic folk Banna banni well; Saawan ki too holds a […]

One-song-per-soundtrack specialists Meet Bros Anjjan join Palash Muchhal for Party to banti hai – good fun, thanks to the ebullient rhythm. Of the three songs by Ram Sampath, Har had gange seems surprisingly bland and devoid of anything from Ram’s current standards, but the man makes up with Dharavi rap, a spunky kids rap featuring […]

Shubha Mudgal headlines Jal de in style, the composing duo conjuring an expansive, Ahir Bhairav and Chakravakam-style sound. Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan and Suzanne’s vocal combination makes superb impact in the truly world music’ish You fill my life. Sonu sounds daringly different in the pulsating Zaalima, while Ambarish Das’s soulful vocals add depth to Paani […]

Subhash Ghai’ish chorus and Ismail Darbar’s own pulsating tune combo helps the title song. Tu sab kuch meanders along pointlessly, while Main mushtanda (music and lyrics by Ghai!) and Koshampa bring back the much-unnecessary parts of 90s music. Even with the subtle nod to Chaand chupa and Purvi-raag base, Kaisa hai dard seems labored. Kambal […]

Aaj laagi is earthy and a tad too simplistic, in Kailash Kher’s dependable vocals, backed by lovely sarangi. Aayi bahaar has extra punch in the orchestration headlined by sarangi to complement the Basant Bahar raaga. Sagar repeats the feat in Yaad saari, led by Kailash and the backgrounds working very well! Ronkini Gupta’s Kaise sukh […]

Offo goes back to the trio’s Dil chahta hai days, riding well on a heady hook and extra melody in the antaras. Locha-e-ulfat is punchy in all aspects, the rhythm, hook and the prominent instrumental piece. Mast magan holds the trio’s Dharma-trademark besides an awkward mridangam interlude, but the vocals by Arijit and Chinmayi make […]

Naach Madhubala is like a banal Salman intro song; they introduce a bhoot instead of bhai. Nahin dungi and Sheeshe ka try mock recreations of the 50s sound, and Rupmatii’s faux singing mauls them. Manoj Mishra does a better job of this in Jaayen to jaayen. Dasni sharab is techno sound gone nuts, and Ishq […]

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