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Gunday

Jashn-e-Ishqa is an adrenaline rush – a macho song of celebration. The composer uses bass drums and electric guitars to give the track a rock flavour. It also helps immensely that both Javed Ali and Shadab Faridi deliver the number with unbridled energy. The next track, Tune maari entriyaani ...
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Jai Ho

Salman Khan returns to cinemas after a year and a half with Jai Ho, a remake of the Telugu film Stalin. If the promos are any indication, we have a typical Khan blockbuster film to look forward to, replete with action, music and drama. Three different music directors – Armaan ...
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High Five

In the second part of our special series, we take a look at the top five songs of 2013. Chartbusters that generated hysteria among the audience: 1. Tum Hi Ho (Aashiqui 2) Mithoon’s soulful and stunning composition was undoubtedly the song of the year! Using the piano, strings ...
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2013- Music To Our Ears

Top 10 Hindi Songs of the Year (Part 1) This year has been great for Hindi film music, with nearly every music director delivering a successful album – Shankar Ehsaan Loy (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag), Vishal-Shekhar (Chennai Express), AR Rahman (Raanjhanaa), Pritam (Yeh Jawaani Hain Deewani, R... Rajkumar) and Amit ...
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Jackpot

Arijit Singh shines in the opening track Kabhi jo baadal barse, a soulful, romantic ballad composed by Sharib and Toshi. The brothers create a lilting number that’s no doubt melodious but doesn’t get marks for novelty. The song seems straight out of a film from the Bhatt camp. Shreya Ghoshal’s ...
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R… Rajkumar

Prabhudeva’s films are unabashedly loud, with over-the-top drama, intricately choreographed song sequences and mind-numbing action pieces. And truth be told, his films, despite all the heavy-duty masala, have been extremely successful at the box office and in many instances, quite enjoyable too. The man is back with his latest, curiously ...
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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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Rajjo

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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Ram-Leela

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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Besharam

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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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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Satyagraha

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 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

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

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

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

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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Gippi

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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Aatma

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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