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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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Himmatwala

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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