Mar 26, 2017

Music review: Noor (2017)

Note: the link to the soundtrack jukebox, and the soundtrack credits are featured at the end of this post.

Review



The title track Uff Yeh Noor sung by Armaan Malik feels like something different from his usual style of songs, and he nails this one as well. The track has a very peppy and light feel to it, also featuring some interesting instrumental portions towards the second half of it.

Sukriti Kakar gets behind the mic for Jise Kehte Pyaar Hai, and does a great job at giving it the finesse and subtlety required, for what is a fresh breezy and sweet composition. The sargam portions are a really nice touch, nicely executed by Sukriti. Amaal Mallik keeps it simple for this one, and it ends up creating a feel-good and happy song.

Prakriti Kakar gets an ace of a composition through Hai Zaroori, which is my second-most favorite song of the album. Following the style and feel of songs like Tujhe Bhula Diya from Anjaana Anjaani and Mitra from Band Baaja Baaraat, this one belongs to that category of songs, which simply strike a chord in you. It ends up being an impactful composition with brilliant vocals, effective lyrics by Manoj Muntashir, and all the right feels.

To be frank, I have not been a fan of all the recent remakes of older songs, with only a few of them working for me. Moreover, the bit of Gulabi 2.0 which was featured in the trailer got me a bit worried, yet when the whole song came out it instantly thrilled me - and it is my top pick of this album. An incredibly innovative arrangement, highly catchy beats, effective vocals by Tulsi Kumar, Yash Narvekar, and Amaal Mallik himself, with some fun lyrics thrown in the mix. It is a remake that sounds fresh, without ruining the original by RD Burman, all while being a totally different product on its own - something that a lot of the recent remixes failed to achieve.


What is the Verdict: Ishq Waala LoveLoveLikey a lotLikeySo-soBadReally BadHorrible?

My Verdict: Likey a lot

Final Word: After Amaal Mallik's highly impressive debut solo album in MS Dhoni - An Untold Story, he delivers yet another winner with the soundtrack of Noor. Keeping things simple, yet giving them a creative twist where needed, he creates a highly likable handful of songs, in what is a small but cool soundtrack.


Soundtrack Jukebox




Full Soundtrack Credits


Song - Uff Yeh Noor 
Music Composer - Amaal Mallik
Singer - Armaan Malik.
Lyrics - Manoj Muntashir 
Music Label - T-Series 
Song Arranged and Produced by - Meghdeep Bose & Amaal Mallik.
Song Mixed & Mastered By - Eric Pillai at Future Sound Of Bombay.
Mix Assistants - Michael Edwin Pillai & Lucky.
Music Assistants - Shishir Samant, Krish Trivedi, Zaid Patni, Yash Narvekar, Gaurav Sanghvi, Anvay Patil & Rujul Deolikar.
Lead Vocals Recorded by - Amey Londhe & Vincent Joseph at Audiogarage Studios.

Song Name : Gulabi 2.0 
Singers - Amaal Mallik, Tulsi Kumar & Yash Narvekar.
Music - Amaal Mallik
Lyrics - Kumaar
Music Label - T-Series 
Song Arranged and Produced by - Abhijit Vaghani & Sourav Roy.
Addition Programming - Amaal Mallik & Riz Shain. Aditya N.
Song Mixed & Mastered By - Eric Pillai at Future Sound Of Bombay.
Mix Assistants - Lucky & Michael Edwin Pillai.
Music Assistants - Shishir Samant, Krish Trivedi, Zaid Patni, Yash Narvekar, Gaurav Sanghvi, Anvay Patil & Rujul Deolikar.
Vocals Recorded by - Surajit Ghosh Mazumdar & Datta Narvekar (T Series Studios) Amey Londhe & Vincent Joseph (Audiogarage Studios).
Choreography by - Adil Shaikh

Original Song Credits: Film- The Train. Singer-Mohammed Rafi.
Music By- R. D. Burman. Lyricist- Anand Bakshi.
Original Music Composition Rights: Universal Music Publishing Pvt.Ltd.

Song: Jise Kehte Pyaar Hai 
Singer: Sukriti Kakar
Music: Amaal Mallik 
Lyrics: Kumaar 
Music Label: T-Series 
Song Arranged And Produced By - Jim Satya & Amaal Mallik.
Song Mixed & Mastered By - Eric Pillai At Future Sound Of Bombay.
Mix Assistants - Lucky & Michael Edwin Pillai.
Music Assistants - Shishir Samant, Krish Trivedi, Zaid Patni ,Yash Narvekar, Gaurav Sanghvi, Anvay Patil & Rujul Deolikar. 
Live Guitars - Ankur Mukherjee. Lead Vocals Conducted By - Krish Trivedi. 
Backing Vocals Arranged By - Meghdeep Bose. 
Backing Vocalists - Roshni Baptist, Mohini Gaur, Shishir Samant & Meghdeep Bose. 
Song Recorded By Amey Londhe & Vincent Joseph At Audiogarage Studios. 

Song : Hai Zaroori 
Singer: Prakriti Kakar
Music: Amaal Mallik 
Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir
Music Label : T-Series 
Song Arranged And Produced By - Meghdeep Bose & Amaal Mallik. 
Additional Programming - Joel Mukherjee & Nilotpal Bora. 
Song Mixed & Mastered By - Eric Pillai At Future Sound Of Bombay. 
Mix Assistants - Lucky & Michael Edwin Pillai. 
Music Assistants - Shishir Samant, Krish Trivedi, Zaid Patni, Yash Narvekar, Gaurav Sanghvi, Anvay Patil & Rujul Deolikar. 
Live Guitars - Joel Mukherjee.
Vocals Conducted & Recorded By - Amaal Mallik & Meghdeep Bose. 

Song: Gulabi Redux 
Singer : Yash Narvekar & Tulsi Kumar 
Music : Amaal Mallik 
Lyrics : Kumaar 
Music Label: T-Series
Song Arranged And Produced By - Abhijit Vaghani & Sourav Roy.
Addition Programming - Amaal Mallik & Riz Shain. Aditya N.
Song Mixed & Mastered By - Eric Pillai At Future Sound Of Bombay.
Mix Assistants - Lucky & Michael Edwin Pillai.
Music Assistants - Shishir Samant, Krish Trivedi, Zaid Patni, Yash Narvekar, Gaurav Sanghvi, Anvay Patil & Rujul Deolikar.
Vocals Recorded By - Surajit Ghosh Mazumdar & Datta Narvekar (T Series Studios) Amey Londhe & Vincent Joseph (Audiogarage Studios).
Choreography By - Adil Shaikh

Original Song Credits: Film- The Train. Singer-Mohammed Rafi. 
Music By- R. D. Burman. Lyricist- Anand Bakshi. 

Original Music Composition Rights : Universal Music Publishing Pvt.Ltd. 

Jan 22, 2017

Lifeblog: New year, same me (January 2017)

Greetings, one and all!

We may be reaching the end of January, but here's still taking the opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year! Here's hoping you have a wonderful year ahead, with a lot of happiness, prosperity and good health!

It is indeed yet another clean slate to start all over again, regardless of how we fared during the previous year. Whenever we approach the end of the year, I always used to feel very gloomy about it - and this dates back to my teenage years! While every person of my age group was out there in a festive and happy mood, I was mostly deeply sad and sort of pessimistic about the year that went by. Yeah, I was kind of a pointless philosopher even during my teenage years, as weird as it may sound. *rolls his eyes* And that mindset stuck in my head ever since for all these years...

...until this year, thankfully! Despite 2016 having been a pretty awful year for me in many ways, I made the conscious decision of keeping myself calm and genuinely happy during the month of December, and it ended being the month where a lot of things were moving forward, thankfully! "Fortune favors the brave" and all that, I guess?

And as we are slowly approaching February, I feel very zen and satisfied at this point in my life. Things may be moving really slowly, but I'm just being thankful that they finally are. In terms of career, health, and various other aspects, a lot of things are FINALLY falling into place... Even if it took me an entire year to get things going.

The whole "new year, new me" mindset (which people often make fun of, as seen in memes like the one below) may be "annoying" in many ways, but it is a good place to be, as you enter a new year. I personally stopped making resolutions, but I still believe in the concept of "dreams", and "ambitions". At least it feels like there is less pressure in this sort of mindset... The whole "external factor" (whether you call it "luck", "God", "destiny", or whatever it is for you) always has a major impact on these sort of things - so even if you put in your best (which you should, either way!), when things fall apart you tend to feel down because you "broke your resolution".



Whereas if you simply make a list of "wishes", or "dreams", which you keep as a note, you can have the luxury of fulfilling them, to the best of your ability. It sounds much lighter and less "rigid" than a "resolution", for me personally. Think of it of as a "bucket list" for 2017 - try to tick as many as you can, before the year ends. Has a very fun and happy vibe to it!

Now I can imagine some of you are entering 2017 after having faced hurdles, failures, personal tragedies, or just mere disappointment. If it's indeed the case, I'm truly sorry... I happened to watch a bunch of Disney movies off late, and as conveniently comforting it was for me, there were a lot of deep quotes that really surprised, inspired and moved me. So keeping in mind this context, here's one for you from the Lion King:



"Oh yes, the past can hurt you. But the way I see it, you can either run from it... or learn from it!"
- Rafiki, The Lion King (1994)


Have a wonderful year.. make it yours! Cheers :)



P.S. Have given the blog a new look, including a page with all my various covers posted on my social media profiles. Do check it out -> http://santhosh-geneva.blogspot.ch/p/singing-and-music-samples.html

Jan 2, 2017

2016 Year In Review for Bollywood, and Upcoming 2017 Releases

Hello one and all!

Here's wishing everyone a very Happy New Year, and wishing you lots of happiness, good health, and success this year! Despite posting this a tad later than desired, I did not want to miss out on writing my usual Year In Review for Bollywood post, as it has been a ritual on this blog for the last few years. This post is sort of like my personal Bollywood guide on what I felt to be the best movies of 2016, and the movies to look forward to this year.

A quick side note: It has been kind of annoying to read on a few Indian media websites things like "2016 having been a bad year for Hindi cinema" or "2016 not having too many good Hindi movies" - when there have been a good number of well-made movies this year! So here we go, hope you enjoy the following lists, which includes the movies I watched and enjoyed, as well as the movies I couldn't watch but heard good or great things about them. Here we go!


Dec 28, 2016

Year-End Special: Top 30 Bollywood songs of 2016

Hello all!

As this year comes to an end, here's reviving my blog yet again to write the usual year-end posts; it is indeed a personal "ritual" I do not want to lose, and these posts are usually among the most popular ones on my blog. So why change a winning formula, right?

The first one of the year-end posts will be my pick for what I deem to be the best Bollywood songs of the year. And wow, this has been yet another great year for Hindi music generally! Thus it was obviously a rather difficult list to compile, as it is every year - I am indeed expecting some feedback on the lines of "Why did you leave out THIS song?" and the likes. This list is based on my personal choices, but I'm hoping you will enjoy it. I have featured a playlist at the bottom including all these songs mentioned in the list. Here we go!