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Gori Tere Pyaar Mein

YouTube singing star Sanam Puri shines in his big Bollywood debut Dhat teri ki, a frothy, retro-style dance number. And joining him is the talented Aditi Singh Sharma. In fact, their fresh voices add tremendously to the appeal of this potential chartbuster. The only gripe is that the English lyrics ...
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Music director Uttam Singh, best known for his romantic melodies in Dil To Pagal Hai and Gadar, returns after a long hiatus to compose the soundtrack of Rajjo starring the versatile Kangna Ranaut. The album features seven songs written by veteran lyricists Sameer and Dev Kohli. The opening track ...
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Bhoomi Trivedi opens the album with a spirited rendition of the catchy title track Ram chahe Leela. Trivedi, best known for participating in a music reality show, is outstanding in her delivery of this energetic number. Bhansali’s tune is an entertaining fusion of rock and folk that makes for great ...
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The title track is heavily EDM based and is meant to be a party number, with Ishq Bector and Shree D providing the vocals. Love ki ghanti has a retro vibe to it, taking us back to the endearing melodies by Kishoreda. The track has already climbed up the charts, ...
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Phata Poster Nikhla Hero

After the resounding success of Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009) director Rajkumar Santoshi returns with Phata Poster Nikhla Hero, an action comedy featuring Shahid Kapoor and Ileana D’Cruz. Pritam fresh from the musical success of Yeh Jawaani Hain Deewani, has composed the soundtrack for this film too. The album ...
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Shuddh Desi Romance

With their previous albums, Sachin-Jigar had set themselves apart – their style of having an electronic bassline with a layer of processed vocals and heavy beats made a mark. Go Goa Gone especially heralded this and was imprinted in public memory. But Shuddh Desi Romance doesn’t see any of these ...
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Ram Charan and Priyanka Chopra in a still from Zanjeer


Pinky is a stereotypical Mamta Sharma item number – rambunctious and rowdy, with a strong Maharashtrian folk flavour. The track will find popularity but the lady has sung so many of these songs that serious fatigue has begun to set in! The only bright spot in Mumbai ka hero (Mika ...
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Madras Cafe

Last year, the producer-director team of John Abraham and Shoojit Sircar had packed a solid punch with the runaway success of their maiden collaboration Vicky Donor. Now the same team returns with the political espionage thriller Madras Cafe. The album features four original compositions and four instrumental pieces set to ...
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The title track Satyagraha (Rajiv Sundresan, Shivam Pathak, Shweta Pandit) is a remix of the popular bhajan Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram refurbished with Prasoon Joshi’s thought-provoking lyrics. The song starts well, conveying a feeling of rebellion and angst, but loses steam midway, only to end up as a routine remix. ...
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Once Upon

Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara!

Pritam’s soundtrack for Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai was a huge success. Songs such as Pee loon, Tum jo aaye and Parda set the radio waves on fire for months after the film released. Director Milan Luthria now returns with the highly-anticipated sequel Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai ...
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Chennai Express – Fun & Funky Ride

The opening track One two three four (Vishal Dadlani, Hamsika Iyer) is a delightful, thumping dance number that grabs you right away. Vishal-Shekhar take the popular Tamil dance (Kuthu) template, give it a modern twist, and pack in heavy percussion and a fun chorus in Tamil. The easy, sing-along lyrics ...
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Shortcut Romeo

Composer Himesh Reshammiya is in dire need of a lyricist. After the tedious Po po po (Son Of Sardaar), he returns with another mind-numbing track – Pe pe pe! Be warned, the asinine tune and dim-witted lyrics could prompt you to commit acts of violence. This one deserves an instant ...
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Ghanchakkar is a short album featuring four loony tracks composed by Amit Trivedi. The title track Ghanchakkar Babu is a quirky, catchy and extremely hummable number packed with delightful-sounding nonsensical lyrics – spontaneous jholumpatti, continuous thukampatti, nalasopara dekho sayonara etc. placed on a disco bed. Trivedi renders this number in ...
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Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Exuberant saxophone and trumpet notes set the mood for the high-energy, instantly likeable Badmateez dil (Benny Dayal, Shefali Alvares). Bhattacharya’ s nonsensical lyrics coupled with Dayal’s spirited vocals make this retro-style dance track an immediate favorite. Pritam’s composition is a delightfully massy track that’s going to be blaring out ...
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Fukrey is a soundtrack that really captures the excitement of the youth; flawlessly mixing electronica with bhangra and usual Bollywood music. The title track starts like a usual bhangra based dance track. But once the melody comes in with heavily distorted guitars playing the chords, you are hooked. The lyrics ...
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Aurangzeb marks the directorial debut of writer Atul Sabharwal, who had earlier directed the critically acclaimed TV series Powder and written the taut thriller My Wife’s Murder. Sabharwal has managed a dream cast for his maiden film which includes stalwarts like Rishi Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Amrita Singh and newcomers Prithviraj ...
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Vishal and Shekhar have composed terrific music whenever they have collaborated with Dharma Productions – Dostana, I Hate Luv Storys and more recently Student of the Year are shining examples. So when their names are credited as composers for Dharma’s latest flick Gippi, expectations soar sufficiently high. The album with ...
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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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