Music Reviews


Shootout At Wadala

Sanjay Gupta’s multi-starrer Shootout at Wadala (SAW) is one of the more highly anticipated films this summer. Gupta’s films are known for their stylised action pieces and lavish item numbers. And going by the promos, his latest flick has plenty of both! The soundtrack of SAW, composed by an array ...
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I Love NY

Although the opening track is a revamped version of the traditional Punjabi hit Gud naal ishq, Anupam Amod recreates it interestingly. He throws in Hard Kaur’s rap, a fast-paced drum bed and a very competent Tochi Raina into the mix. Sukhwinder Singh’s rendition of the same number works well too. ...
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Ek Thi Daayan

Yaaram (Sunidhi Chauhan, Clinton Cerejo) is a gorgeous melody that charms from the word ‘go’. The track starts slow, with soft guitar strums and Chauhan’s gentle, soulful voice, only to gather momentum and change tempo midway, with the Dil hook. The guitar work is exemplary and the singers are outstanding. ...
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Commando: A One Man Army

Vidyut Jamwal, the leading man of the action-thriller Commando, is being touted as the next big action star. And going by the death-defying stunts, glimpses of which can be seen in the promos, one would say, rightly so! When action is the USP of a film, one doesn’t quite expect ...
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Nautanki Saala!

Ayushmann Khurrana’s Saadi galli aaja is a worthy follow up to Paani da rang (Vicky Donor). The actor does a commendable job with his delivery of this simple, melodious song that’s been set to tune by him and Rochak Kohli. The Punjabi lyrics aren’t difficult to comprehend either. It also ...
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An ominous whistle and a hook inspired from Beethoven’s Fur Elise are the recurring motifs in the soundtrack of Aatma. The Haldipur brothers, who composed an odd song or two for films so far, take on the task of creating the entire music score for Suparn Verma’s horror flick. ...
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Chashme Baddoor

The composers twist the popular jingle Har ek friend zaroori hota hai to Har ek friend kamina hota hai and create a Jhankaar Beats styled ’90s number that is entertaining till it lasts. Sonu Nigam infuses energy and enthusiasm into his rendition while Munir’s lyrics are colloquial and fun. This ...
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Ajay Devgn & Tamannaah in a Still from 'Tathaiya Tathaiya' song in  Himmatwala (1)


Himmatwala (1983) turned Sridevi into an overnight sensation in Bollywood and won her the sobriquet Thunder Thighs! Over-the-top drama, slapstick humour, hit music and ridiculous choreography made it the highest grossing flick of the year back then. Director Sajid Khan revisits this kitschy classic in his latest film that ...
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Kai Po Che!

The album opens with Amit Trivedi’s emotive and mesmerising rendition of Manja. He fares even better as a composer here, using a delightful array of instruments, including the Esraj to create a celebratory, almost spiritual kind of song. Swanand Kirkire’s eloquent lyrics about ambition and life are outstanding. Manja is ...
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Murder 3

Murder 3 is the third instalment of the successful Murder franchise from the house of Bhatts. What makes this film special is the fact that Pritam, who has repeatedly delivered super-hit music for several Bhatt films, composes for a Murder film for the first time. The album comprises three original ...
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Zila Ghaziabad

Zila Ghaziabad is an action-drama starring Sanjay Dutt, Vivek Oberoi and Arshad Warsi. The music directors are Amjad-Nadeem, who so far have composed for forgettable films like Mumbai Mirror and Main Krishna Hoon. So one does have very low expectations from the soundtrack of this film. Sukhwinder Singh’s title ...
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Soul Searching

Special 26 The opening song Tujh sang lagee (KK, MM Kreem) is a mix between a qawwali and a breezy romantic track. Though the composition is slightly old-school, it’s the brilliance of the ever-reliable KK that makes this number enjoyable. Dharpakad is unlike any earlier Kreem composition. This upbeat ...
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Nothing To Shout About

Akaash Vani The album opens disappointingly with Pad gaye ji (KK, Sunidhi Chauhan), a jaded love ballad. Soft piano notes leading to a build-up of strings and drums has been done to death in many songs of the ’80s. But what kills the song is Chauhan’s surprisingly off-key ...
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Runs Out Of Steam

The Race franchise is known for its glamour, thrills, intrigue and music. After the super success of the first part, makers Abbas-Mustan return with a sequel that promises more glitz,bigger twists and an even bigger star cast. Pritam, who scored some chartbusters for the original, returns as the composer for ...
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Fun & Fabulous

Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola (Sukhwinder Singh, Ranjit Barot) is a superbly composed, hugely entertaining title track. Bhardwaj uses an energetic folk bed and throws in a mélange of sounds including drums, strings and African chants to give the song its frenzied pace. Sukhwinder is outstanding in his rendition, getting ...
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Oh Womaniya

This year saw some fabulous singers making their mark on the Hindi film music scene. Box Office India picks three outstanding female singers who enthralled us with their exquisite vocals in 2012 Shalmali Kholgade Pareshan (Ishaqzaade), Daaru desi (Cocktail), Aga bai (Aiyya) Shalmali Kholpade is the voice of the ...
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Voice Vote

Top 3 male singers of the year As the year inches towards a close, Box Office India picks three male singers who stood out amid the clutter and made a significant impact. Nikhil Paul George Main kya karoon (Barfi) – Nikhil Paul George’s voice has the soul ...
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Three Cheers

Here are some low-profile gems of 2012 that begged to be heard some more 2012 has been the year of item numbers – Chikni chameli (Agneepath), Halkat jawani (Heroine), Fevicol se (Dabangg 2), Anarkali disco chali (Housefull 2), Dreamum wakepum (Aiyya), Disco deewane (SOTY) etc. Interestingly, the year also ...
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Dabangg Reloaded

Chulbul Pandey is back! The hugely endearing character that skyrocketed Salman Khan to mega-stardom returns in Dabangg 2. Every song in the original film was a phenomenal hit. And with music composers Sajid-Wajid at the helm once again, it’s only fair to expect another chartbusting musical score in the sequel. ...
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Khiladi 786

After nearly a decade since the last Khiladi film, Akshay Kumar reprises the avatar in the forthcoming flick, Khiladi 786. Popular music director Himesh Reshammiya composes the music for this fun-filled entertainer and the album, jam-packed with 14 songs, has already found wide appreciation among Reshammiya fans. Lonely (Himesh ...
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Talaash is a hugely anticipated suspense drama that marks superstar Aamir Khan’s return to the silver screen after three years. The film also features two of our biggest leading ladies – Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor. Legendary poet Javed Akhtar has penned the lyrics and Ram Sampath (Satyamev Jayate, Delhi ...
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Ishkq In Paris

2012 has seen a steady stream of films with women as protagonists. Ishkq In Paris is the latest on that list with the effervescent Preity Zinta playing the lead. Zinta also turns producer with this romantic flick, which is scheduled to release next month. The album comprises five original songs ...
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Dreamum wakeupum (Soumya Raoh) is an exaggerated take on the kuthu songs from Tamil films. Trivedi’s spoofy tribute to South Indian street dance songs is a delicious riot. Bhattacharya’s nonsensical lyrics and Soumya Raoh’s faultless rendition make this wacky song immensely enjoyable. Sava dollar is a fairly conventional lavani redeemed ...
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Student Of The Year

Radha is the quintessential Karan Johar chartbuster along the lines of Maahi ve (Kal Ho Naa Ho)and Shava shava (Kabhi Khushi KabhieGham... ). It’s a high-energy desi dance track designed to charm the listener.The song kicks off with a short alaap by Shreya Ghoshal and quickly becomes a sparkling, foot-tapping ...
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English Vinglish

In English Vinglish, Sridevi plays a middle-class housewife who enrolls in an English class to please her family. There is a strong buzz around this project as the former superstar returns to cinema after 14 years. Amit Trivedi, who’s had an excellent year so far with Ishaqzaade and Ek Main ...
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Heroine Sept 2012


It’s common knowledge that Madhur Bhandarkar’s films expose the dark sides of various professions. After exploring the gloomy world of journalism (Page 3), blue-collar jobs (Corporate) and modelling (Fashion), Bhandarkar pulls the mask off the film industry in his latest flick Heroine. The soundtrack, composed by Salim and Sulaiman, comprises ...
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The title track Barfi instantly brings to mind the cheerful songs of yesteryear, especially Kishore Kumar’s whimsical numbers. It’s a lighthearted take on the protagonist’s gloomy life (Radio on hua, amma off hui, toota har sapna, munna mute hi aansoon bahaye) with outstanding lyrics by Kirkire. Mohit Chauhan is fabulous ...
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Shirish Kunder’s debut film Jaan-E-Mann is still remembered for its vivid picturisation of songs. The soundtrack had some sparkling melodies (Humko maloom hain, Ajnabi shehar and Sonu Nigam’s Sau dard) written by Gulzar and set to tune by Anu Malik. In Joker, his second film as director, Kunder ropes in ...
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Raaz 3

Raaz 3 is the third movie from the most successful horror franchise of Indian films. The flick stars Emraan Hashmi, Esha Gupta and marks the return of original cast member Bipasha Basu. Music has played a vital role in the box office returns of this franchise. Nadeem and Shravan composed ...
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Shirin farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi

Easy Listening The album kicks off with the lighthearted Ishq mein tere bina by KKand Shreya Ghoshal. Although the melody is average, Jeet Ganguli designs the composition with delightful guitar interludes and a catchy chorus. Ghoshal is at her playful best and KK, wonderfully restrained. This breezy romantic track ...
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