Posts Tagged ‘Sneha Khanwalkar’


When there is no competition, you generally don’t get good products, because sooner or later, producers of those products would hallucinate and think they are Gods, and their consumers are insignificant. This theory fits perfectly when we think of film music in our country. If you don’t believe me, try to remind yourself of 5 film albums which you liked last year. Got my drift?

We live in times when everything should make money for the makers. Music has to be catchy enough for caller tune. Who cares if people forget about the music 3 days after the promos end! Last year, it was Haider, a music album that enveloped the feel of the film and not compromising with the melody in the process. The first quarter of this year has ended and Dibakar Banerjee has given us Detective Byomkesh Bakshy.

The album starts with immensely talented Madboy/Mink jiving on Calcutta kiss. I don’t know about you but I never thought we will witness such vibrancy and joie de vivre in a film song. The song kicks it and does a kick ass job at it. It has a deliciously flirtatious vibe, and my God, it is amazing! Saba Azad is a Goddess and I love the way she economizes her vocal spend on Hindi film songs. A wise man told me long time back that Sneha Khanwalkar might create good sound but she has a long way to go for making a melodious song that sticks in your head. Now I don’t know how they will use all songs in the film, but if used well, I challenge you to come out of the hall and not have ‘Bach ke bakshy…tu jhoootha hai makkaar playing in your head. With this song, Sneha builds a villa on the already cemented spot that she occupies – one of the few, very few good musicians of our times whose songs will outlive us all and future generations will try unsuccessfully to find out the ‘formula’ behind the varied sounds she produced in her lifetime. I don’t know Sneha but I would love to know the questions she asks the maker when she is given the brief on the song that she has to make for a particular film. She gets it right every time!. Double pat to the lyricists of the song (Sneha and Dibakar, we are told)…whoever came up with beh gaya jo khoon uska kya blood type hai?!! The ‘bach ke bakshy tu jhootha hai makkar‘ has the same deadness to it, which some of us would remember experiencing when we heard kiley ka rahasya‘s title song.

I have always had a bone to pick with the non-film music scene in India, which has more often than not tried hard to bollywoodize itself to get validation (read recognition and money). The almost disgusting attempts at aping our innovative and rich neighbors’ music scene have failed because we try to put a bollywood touch to everything, and the sound gets hijacked. In comes ‘Byomkesh in love‘, and you feel not everything is wrong after all. The song has been fused well and in spite of English words in between, you will surely smile at the thumri-sque complaints of the singer asking her beloved to stay with the ‘other’ woman. The only other time it was done so beautifully was when Ram Sampath created this beautiful song. That was 13 years ago. In spite of somewhat average lyrics, what will arrest your attention in jaanam’ is the tripping Synth arrangement in the song. Suryakant Sawhney does a great job at giving us a retro but not dated love song.

There was a time when to make your film song ‘hep’, you had to have a song from Suraj Jagan. It worked but not totally, may be because the songs always wanted mass acceptance from Bollywood music lovers who are overfed with silly items songs and template of rondu-rotlu songs. Thankfully ‘Life’s a bitch’ by Akshay De is NOT at all like that. The song doesn’t try to pander to ‘General population’ and keeps the death metal ( is it?) feel alive. Akshay de is angry and his rough (yet never out of tune) singing makes it up for a song which you will either love, like I do or hate! Nothing grey here. Chase in Chinatown marched passed all of us in the first trailer of the film. The music and the mood of this track is elevated a great deal by Vyshnav Balasubramaniam. The rap is rough and much like ‘life’s a bitch’ this might not be everyone’s cup of tea but the track is trippy and one that fits the stealthy title to the T. Yang Guang Lives – is a meandering track that has interesting sound to it.  IJA has created this more like a background score with occasional commentary. Thanks to the superb pace of the entire O.S.T., this track might wear you out because it breaks off a lot in between. It won’t be wrong to conclude that the track is more a film piece than a song piece. That said, the track will give multiple orgasms to bass junkies.

Dibakar got 7 composers to make 7 songs. I am not the most vocal advocate of bringing hajaar composers in one O.S.T because I feel that the sound of the film gets compromised and doesn’t stay uniform. Thankfully, it is not the case here. For all we know, Dibakar would do a ‘kahaani’ and not include any song in the film. Even then, every note that you encounter in this album wraps itself around the feel of the film so well that it makes you want to see the film immediately!

We dont know what the film has in store for us. All we have got so far is just an eerie anticipation of something sinister which is about to unfold and the music just enhances that feeling. I cannot ask for anything more from an O.S.T..

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Let us know which song worked for you and which one didn’t.



Kanu Behl’s Titli is all set to premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. And the makers have just released the poster and the first trailer of the film. It looks so intense, and so unlike any other YRF film ever. Have a look.

And here’s the Offficial Synopsis

In the badlands of Delhi’s dystopic underbelly, Titli, the youngest member of a violent car-jacking brotherhood plots a desperate bid to escape the ‘family’ business.

His struggle to do so is countered at each stage by his indignant brothers, who finally try marrying him off to ‘settle’ him.

Titli, finds an unlikely ally in his new wife, caught though she is in her own web of warped reality and dysfunctional dreams. They form a strange, beneficial partnership, only to confront their inability to escape the bindings of their family roots. But is escape, the same as freedom?

Cast and Crew

Directed by: Kanu Behl
Produced by: Dibakar Banerjee and Yashraj Films
Music by: Karan Gour
Written by: Sharat Katariya & Kanu Behl

– Starring Ranveer Shorey, Amit Sial and introducing Shashank Arora

– Earlier Varun Grover wrote about Titli in this post.


Though the music CDs are still to hit the stores, the music of Gangs of Wasseypur – 2 is out online. Our regular (almost in-house) music critic Rohit has sent in this post. Padho aur suno!

(Rohit wrote on GoW-1 music too, here. And a recent post on GoW-2 lyrics by Varun Grover, here.

Over to Rohit…


Even Apple isn’t so tight lipped about their new products! We don’t know if it was the music company or the production house but the fact remains, the music being released 3 odd weeks before the film is to be released isn’t a great idea no matter what logic is thrown at us. The songs need some space of their own as well. Anyway, let’s get down to business.

1. Chicha ledar – The song starts with that familiar sound that all the people who lived near a cotton extracting/beating shop would easily identify. (Those huge sitar-like equipments) and then with appropriate ‘building up’ the song launches into a constant beat arrangement and in comes Durga. Backed by extremely good lyrics the song grabs you and runs and runs. Special mention of the amazing use of words like ‘cheecha ledar, sarau, word play (whether i like the weather)’. The constant ‘joota joota joota’ gives the song a ‘remixed’ feel and then the ‘dub step’ comes in. Maha-amaJing! My grouse with the song is that it is JUST 4 minutes. Clearly a GAJJJJAB start to the album! (Varun insists that the usage of ‘sarau’ is a tribute to Lucknow, I must add).

Special mention of Durga (the 12-year old singer), listen carefully how she says ‘dil’ in the song. Everytime. That’s called hugging the lyrics and not just singing it. Kudos!

2. Kaala re – Sneha khanwalkar. at. her. best. If the ‘keh ke loonga’ made us all hear Sneha launch into her ‘catty’ avatar, this one explores the playful undertones (with a very dark and haunting cello/bass arrangement). Saiyyan kartey ji coal-bazari. A song that’s helped a great deal by excellent lyrics. (Kaala bilkul surmey wala). All shades of black, explored. very. well. Perhaps some parallel will be drawn with the sound of A.R. Rahman.

3. Electric piya – Rasika D Rani starts off (and must say the pronunciation of ‘elektric’ is very very ‘chic’!’), then a very bhojpuri (Trinidad Tobago also?) music setting takes over (aided by ‘casio’like sound, harmonium, dholak and manjeeras). Dholak and Harmonium are quite prominent in addition to the vocals. A very naughty (in a very un-womaniya way) song. This is more like leg pulling of your ‘piya’. The words are pronounced in a flow and might not be able to get into the mind immediately. Repeat the song and you will find yourself smiling.

4.  Bahut Khoob – I am VERY interested to see the way this is going to be filmed. Very theatrical in the way it uses the voice of the kids (And at times Sneha in between). Hear it to make an opinion on the song. Mix and scratch and mix and scratch again and again!

5. Taar bijli – Harmonium with a lot of female backup singers (and some ‘chammach’ on dholak) leaves us with Padamshree Sharda Sinha to weave magic. The setting is very playful. Lyrics full of gentle banter directed towards her in-laws by the bride. ‘Na idhar na udhar hi sihaare piya’…! excellent lyrics. The song is NOT another ‘womaniya’. While Womaniya was more ‘intimate, naughty and personal’, this one puts out the banter in open and poses some questions to the entire family about the bridegroom. The song is actually a satire on the worsening condition of Bihar in 80s and 90s. Perhaps the most conventional song of the pack. Sweet and melodious.

6. Aabroo – Starts with bulbul tarang and dholak. The setting is very ‘gali mohalla’ style. Piyush mishra (and you can picture him sitting on a ‘chowk’ surrounded by people. A little different from his normal style, Piyush Mishra emotes ‘ekdam ghus key’. Bhupesh singh very smartly contests Piyush Mishra (not teams up, contests). An election campaign song, it’s the ‘compteesan’ that has been got music as a background. Kudos to Piyush Mishra! Hilarious to the core. A genre that has resurfaced after a long time,

7. Perpendicular theme – Using a mix of brass band and other sounds, this less than a 2 minute track ends too soon (May be weird just for me, because I am used to the ‘themes’ being longer). A kid’s playful voice a shehnai (may be) and drums at times. Also, the brass band plays a tune in between. I have heard it somewhere and can’t put a finger to it. Who can remember it? I liked the song but disliked the fact it’s too short. The theme is paced so well that you would want to listen to it for a longer duration but then, it ends.

8. Moora – Guitar and mandolin together and you know the song will make you smile. Sneha khanwalkar gives a whispering start to the song. Chiefly using Mandolin and Guitar (just ‘by the side’ arrangement), the beauty of the song is that the vocals are also understated. Would have liked a little more ‘energy’ in the vocals. The lyrics anyway talk of hope so found this version a little dim. The interesting part of this version is a faint male voice. It’s the voice of Robbie styles from Trinidad who played cuatro and mandolin in the song. Best part – he doesn’t know Hindi.

9. Tunya – Bulbultarang’s excellent use with the members of ‘Baal party’ (and if you hear attentively I guess there is a bit of Sneha in the background too). This is just 1:22 minutes track and boy is it sticky or what? As I continue to complain about the duration of this track I can’t help but feel this will make a great ringtone too!

10. Bahut Khoob (8 Bit dubstep) – Excellent use of the 8 bit dubstep arrangement has made this piece (which is still less than 3 minutes!) breezy and intriguing at the same time. From 1:50 minutes, Sneha uses Super Mario music (with altered tempo) and then constructs a bit of her own tune around it. This is sheer brilliance! (90s kids, rejoice!). Although in the lyrics post, it was mentioned that the words are random, I am quite sure that the kids are referring to the movements of a train. Varun (the lyricist) points out that the song refers to the movement of ‘Ganga, the river’. Hear hear and then let’s discuss?

11. Electric piya (Fused) – Not remixed, Fused! Pretty straight forward ‘fused’ version. Harmonium remains and is aided by uniform beats and at times echo. Didn’t like this version much. May be you will. Try it out.

12. Moora (Morning) – Compared to the previous version of ‘Moora’, this one starts with more instruments and the mandolin makes way for  The ‘Humni ke chori ke nagariya’ boy Deepak gets behind the microphone again to give us a more soulful rendition of this song. Lyrics, excellent. Energy (and music arrangement) – Up to the mark! No guitar. Some echo. Some trance like sound. Kabir-sque lyrics. Ends very very techno istyle! My pick of the album, this.

13. KKL – Sneha! Sneha! echoes ‘KKL’ which is nothing but Keh ke loonga. This version will tickle all the ‘techno junkies’ at the right places. If we remember right, the ‘loonga loonga keh ke’ (from part 1 isn’t used in Gangs of Wasseypur part 1, the film). This track features the all male chorus from the song and then mixes up with tiny bits of Sneha’s voice. Sneha has used the bits from the part 1 song superbly! This is what you can easily call as a ‘ball busting ass kicking’ music arrangement. (Try getting the ‘चीख’ of sneha out of your head when she goes ‘Teri keh ke longaaaaaaa’.) What I shudder thinking about is – our reality TV shows will kill this song by ‘performing’ on this.

 A lot of talk has happened pointing directly towards how some of the tracks in Gangs of wasseypur sound like ‘Sound trippin’. If we are to go back in time by say 2 years (when Gangs of wasseypur’s music was being made), MTV had no idea of Sound trippin. Could it not be a possibility that Sound trippin came AFTER viacomm heard the music and sounded off their Music channel to make a show around these ‘unique’ songs and sounds that Sneha accumulated? Think about it.

With the Music of Gangs of Wasseypur 1,  sitting pretty already and other credentials in her bag (rather backpack!), Sneha Khanwalkar delivers a different sound with this album. While the Gangs of Wasseypur 1 album was tilted heavily towards the folk sound, this one is more contemporary. The selection of singers and lyrics continue to play a smart role in the overall feel of the album. Piyush mishra appears for just one song and hits a home run. Varun Grover should probably start preparing for a speech already because kala rey will cause a lot of cheecha ledar and might make a moora of a lot of lyricists this year. All we shall do is just celebrate the arrival of a deeply rooted (to the story line and narration) lyricist and yes the words bahut khoob will be incidental.

Our pick – Entire album. With so much prem pritam pyare and bro-jid-esque music around, if any album is worth your full time, it is this.

The much awaited music (by Sneha Khanwalkar) of part 2 of Anurag Kashyap’s gangster-political-crime-drama Gangs of Wasseypur is finally out. Just 3 weeks before the film’s release on 8th August. A tad bit late, some may feel but der-durust and all that.

Given the film’s bhojpuri-mixed-Hindi dialect, we thought of doing another post (like last time) with lyrics. And embedded the songs too from soundcloud, so that you can read and sing-along if in the mood. Over to album’s co-lyricist Varun Grover.


२ साल, और उन दो सालों के हर दिन के चौबीसों घंटे लगे यहाँ तक पहुँचने में. इतना intense क्रियटिव प्रोसेस मैंने इससे पहले कभी नहीं देखा था. और थोड़े दिन पहले तक भी मुझे लग रहा था कि वो दिन कभी आएगा ही नहीं जब वासेपुर के गानों का काम खतम हो जाएगा. लेकिन आ गया है. सारे गाने एक-एक कर के यहाँ नीचे हैं…शब्दों के साथ.

और सबके बारे में २-२ लाइनें भी.

छीछालेदर: Singer: Durga, Lyrics: Varun Grover

‘छीछालेदर’ शब्द अनुराग कश्यप ने दिया. उनको एक बिना लॉजिक का गाना चाहिए था. कैरेक्टर स्केच की तरह. बस टुकड़ों-टुकड़ों में किसी बंदे की व्याख्या करते हुए. गाया है १२-१३ साल की दुर्गा ने जो मूलतः आंध्र प्रदेश की है.

Mera joota fake leather,

Dil chichha-ledar

Wo humse poochey whether,

I like the weather

Chamcham waali goggle, bhool ke sarahu bhaage,

Makhmal waala maflar, chhorh ke sarahu bhaagey

Tere naam ke raadhe bhaiyya

Najar kateeli laser.

Mera joota fake leather,

Dil chichha-ledar

Wo humse poochey whether,

I like the weather

Hedar-dedar hedar-dedar

Dil chhichha-ledar

Maar tamaam haraamkhori,

lambi lambi chhorhe

Kare tikalla, jaat aghori,

Bani banaayi godhey…

Maar tamaam haraamkhori,

lambi lambi chhorhe

Daant se kholey beer botal,

Nain se loha modey-modey…

Nakshebaaji haath mein lekar,

Sab rangbaaji saath mein lekar,

Dar se farr se bedar…(2)

Hedar-dedar hedar-dedar (4)

Dil chhichha-ledar…

काला रे: Singer: Sneha Khanwalkar, Lyrics: Varun Grover

फिल्म का इकलौता ‘रोमांटिक’ गाना. लेकिन क्योंकि हीरो (फैज़ल खान) गैंगस्टर भी है और काला भी, इसलिए गाना भी थोड़ा dark और haunting बनाना था.

Kaala re, saiyyaan, kaala re…

Mann kaala re, tann kaala re,

Kaali zubaan ki kaali gaari….

Kaale din ki kaali shaamein,

Saiyyaan karte ji kolbazaari…

Bairi kol kol kol, chheney tol tol tol,

Chhat aangan chaar deewari…

Saiyyaan karte ji…saiyyaan karte ji…

Saiyyan karte ji kolbazaari…

Kaali mitti, kutta kaala,

Kaala bilkul surmey waala,

Kaala kauvva, hauvva kaala….

Kaala baadal ghirne waala,

Kaala moti, girne waala,

Kaala jhanda, danda kaala….

Kaala batua, paisa kaala..

Kaali aankhon jaisa kaala,

Kaali agni…

Kaali garmi, sooraj kaala,

Kaala beegha, aur gaj kaala,

Kaali baaati…haathi kaala…


Bairi coal coal…

Bairi kol kol kol,

chheeney whole-sole-tol….

Rang paani aur pichkaari…

Saiyyaan karte ji…saiyyaan karte ji…

Saiyyan karte ji kolbazaari…

बहुत खूब: Singer: A group of school kids (एक बच्चे का नाम, जिसकी आवाज़ में कविता सबसे ज़्यादा है: पड़फूल था.)

यह किसी ने नहीं लिखा. बिहार में फिल्म पर रिसर्च के दौरान स्नेहा मुज़फ्फरपुर के बेरिया गाँव में पहुंची. स्कूल से लौटे बच्चों ने टेक्नोलोजी से लदे ‘शहरी’ ग्रुप को घेर लिया. स्नेहा ने  बच्चों से कहा कोई कविता सुनाओ, मैं रिकार्ड करूंगी. वही आवाजें रिकार्ड की और फिर उन्हीं को जोड़ कर यह गीत बना.

Bahut khoob Bahut khoob Bahut khoob

Chakachak kumari..

Chattanon se krida karti

Kal kal karti, chal chal karti

Chattanon se krida karti

Kabhi idhar mud, kabhi udhar mud

Ban parbat mein lipti chhupti.

Dharti ke har kisi chor se,

Ban parbat ke kisi mod se

Boond boond se bana hai, kaun

Chaar dhaamon se juda hai, kaun.

Bahut khoob Bahut khoob Bahut khoob

मूरा: Singer: Sneha Khanwalkar/Deepak Kumar Lyrics: Varun Grover

इस गीत के दो versions हैं. एक स्नेहा की आवाज़ में और दूसरा दीपक कुमार (जिसने Gow-1 में ‘हमनी के छोरी के’ गाया था) की आवाज़ में. कोशिश थी एक tongue-in-cheek pep-talk song लिखने की. IT-BHU में रहते हुए hostel में ‘फ्रस्टियाओ’ और ‘नर्भसाओ’ बहुत सुना था. वो काम आया. इसमें भी स्नेहा की संगत में एक कैलिप्सो बैंड है, उसके कैरिबियन रिसर्च के दौरान ढूँढा हुआ.

Moora Morning (sung by Deepak Kumar)

Frustiyaao nahin moora,

Narbhasaao nahin moora,

Anytime moodwa ko,

Anytime moodwa ko,

Upsettaao nahin moora…

Anytime moodwa ko,

Anytime moodwa ko,

Upsettaao nahin moora…

Jo bhi wrongwa hai usey,

Set right-wa karo ji,

Naahin loojiye ji hope,

Thoda fightwa karo ji…

Jo bhi wrongwa hai usey,

Set right-wa karo ji,

Naahin loojiye ji hope,

Thoda fightwa karo ji…moora…

Anytime moodwa ko,

Anytime moodwa ko,

Upsettaao nahin moora…

Kaahe muthhi mein pakad,

Raha paniya re moora…

Kaahe muthhi mein pakar,

Raha paniya re moora…

Rahe paani ki na yaad

Naa nisaniya re moora

Startey startey startey..

Startey brainwa re moora,

Charh trainwa re moora,

Startey brainwa re moora,

Charh trainwa re moora,

Naahin pagla re bann,

Act sane-wa re moora..

Anytime anytime,

Hai yeh retiya kaa ghar,

Anytime anytime,

Bharbharaao nahin moora..

Anytime anytime,

Diye chance-wa jo life,

Refuse-aao nahin moora…

Sakpakaao nahin moora,

Latpataao nahin moora…

Sakpakaao nahin moora,

Latpataao nahin moora…

Anytime moodwa ko,

Anytime moodwa ko,

Upsettaao nahin moora…

आबरू: Singer: Bhupesh Singh, Piyush Mishra, Lyrics: Piyush Mishra

कव्वाली-मुकाबला जैसी शैली में रामाधीर सिंह और फैज़ल खान के चुनाव प्रचार के लिए एक गीत बनाना था. पीयूष मिश्रा ने अपने धुरंधर अंदाज़ में लिखा और गाया.

Hum zahar se bhare, bicchhuon mein paley

arey tu humein kaatne ki saza payega

Arey aabroo ki kasam, cheer denge tujhe

Dum kate saanp sa.. bil bila jayega

Aabroo ke jane, draupadi ki kasam

Kauravon ki sabha mein jo aa jayega

Arey Dushaasan hain hum, kheench lenge tujhey

Aabroo jo bachi hai luta jayega

Aabroo ki kahi aaj sun le abhi

Choli lehanga pehan ke kahan jaayega

Jo har ik chhed mein goliyan jo padi

toh har ik chhed bansi baaja jayega

chhedo.. chhedo chhedo.. chhedo

oh chhedon key khuda meri sun to zara

beech baazaar mein tu toh aa jayega

le aa gaya beech bazaar mein, ab bol.

Toh ruk…

Sand ban ke nache-ga, sarey aam tuu..

Bhaand ban ke muhaley mein chaa jayega.

Hum to duryodhan ke poot, saath mein raavan ke chele

Hum to  bhari-putna surpanakha ki godon mein khele

hum to aise hain chandal cheer ke kutta khate hain

hum to aise teer-andaj aadmi ain chabate hain

hum to shakuni hain, hum kansraj hain kulta shulta neech

hum toh narbhakshi hain, gaay bhains ka chara khaan ley kheench

arey hum maar tamancha, bail pe nikley, bail bech aaye

hum to kirkit ka balla chodo hum khel bech aaye.

Haaji maula Haaji maula Haaji maula, Haaji maula Haaji maula..

तार बिजली: Singer: (Padmashree) Sharda Sinha, Lyrics: Varun Grover (Mukhda from traditional/folk)

फॉर्मेट से शादी का गीत है. लेकिन शब्द पोलिटिकल हैं. ‘८० और ‘९० के दशक के बिहार की बिगड़ती दशा पर एक दुहाई है देश के ‘पालनहारों’ से कि ये क्या कर दिया ‘हमारे पिया’ के साथ. Surreal मान सकते हैं…कि ऐसा गीत अब इस फिल्म की दुनिया में लोकगीत बन गया है और शादी में गाया जा रहा है. और गाया है legendary शारदा सिन्हा जी ने. बहुत सालों बाद फिल्म संगीत में वापसी है उनके लिए यह.

Taar bijli se patley, humaare piya…(x2)

O ri saasu bata tuney yeh kya biya…(x2)

Sookh ke ho gaye hain chhuaare piya…(x2)

Bechaarey piya…

Sab haarey piya…

Kuchh khaatey nahin hain…

Kuchh khaatey nahin hain…humaarey piya

O ri saasu bata tuney yeh kya biya…

Taar bijli se patley humaare piya….

Kha dhatoora ji sutley humaare piya,

Maara dhakka na uthley dulaare piya, (x2)

O re bapu bata tuney yeh kya biya,

Yeh kya biya tuney yeh kya biya…

(chorus) Gulaabi Chachha…

Gulaabi Chachha ki kyaari mein kaanta bhara…

Na idhar na udhar hi sihaare piya…

Taar bijli se…

Ghupp andhera mein chaltey, dulaarey piya,

Ghupp andhera mein chaltey, dulaarey piya,

Jindagi kolbari, phoot paani bhara,

Aarra Chhapra ke Babuji yeh kya kiya?

Loknayak jalaaye yeh kaisa diya? (x2)

Bhaav koyla ke bik-lay dihaari piya…

Nihaari piya….Bihaari piya….

Maarey dukh ke ji phootey fuhaarey piya…

Haan fuhaare-fuhaarey-fuhaarey piya…

Taar bijli se patley, humaare piya…

Taar bijli se patley, humaare piya…

O ri saasu bata tuney yeh kya biya…

O ri saasu bata tuney yeh kya biya…

O ri bhauji bata tuney yeh kya biya…

O re Bapu bata tuney yeh kya biya…

O re Chacha bata tuney yeh kya biya…

Loknayak bata tuney yeh kya biya…

Jan-nayak bata tuney yeh kya biya…

Baba Saaheb bata tuney yeh kya biya…

Taar bijli se patle humaare piya…

इलेक्ट्रिक पिया: Singer: Rasika Rani, Lyrics: Varun Grover

यह गाना स्नेहा ने कैरिबियन में रिकार्ड किया. वहाँ वो चटनी म्युज़िक ढूँढने गयी थी और रसिका से मिली. इसका पूरा अरेंजमेंट चटनी है इसलिए शब्द भी fusion हैं. ‘तार बिजली’ को लोकगीत का surreal जामा पहनाने में भी यह गीत मदद करता है. फिल्म में यह गीत एक पार्टी में बज रहा है. मतलब एक ऐसी दुनिया है जहाँ यह (और ‘तार बिजली’) पहले से प्रचलित हैं. इसमें भी मर्म वही है…दुहाई है…लेकिन इसमें मूड एकदम अलग है. यह सत्ता के iron curtain के दूसरी तरफ खड़े लोगों का गीत है. ‘तार बिजली’ से ठीक उल्टा. (फिल्म देखेंगे तो पूरा subtext समझ आएगा.)

Electric piya…electric piya!

Taar bijli se patle humaare piya..

Arre taar taar taar…

Taar bijli se patle humaare piya..

As thin as a wire, humaare piya

Taar bijli se patle humaare piya..

As thin as a wire, humaare piya

Ghar aate hain deri se, tutli hai road…

Road road road…arre tutli hai road…

Roj roj roj roj…

Baba-saaheb kathin kitna rasta diya,

Jan-Nayak re haalat kya khasta kiya,

Riding donkeys, my horse-rider piya…

Getting tangled in web of spider piya…

Electric piya…electric piya….

Electric piya…electric piya….

Taar bijli se patle humaare piya..

As thin as a wire, humaare piya

Taar bijli se patle humaare piya..

As thin as a wire, humaare piya

My loveless, and luck less, and messed-up piya…

Arre messed-up piya… Arre messed-up piya…

Aandhi-maata bata tuney yeh kya biya,

100-baras jeeney waale re yeh kya kiya,

Slipping out of my hands, humaarepiya,

Falling into quick-sands, humaare piya…

Electric piya…electric piya!

Taar bijli se patle humaare piya..

Arre taar taar taar…

Taar bijli se patle humaare piya..

As thin as a wire, humaare piya

Taar bijli se patle humaare piya..

As thin as a wire, humaare piya

We’ve seen all kinds of reactions to Gangs Of Wasseypur… and like many would say, what good is a film if it doesn’t spark intense discussion and debate? But the reactions that are most interesting to see are in the form of fan art. Fan Posters is a relatively new trend here and we’ve recently had a whole wave of Bollywood and Indian movie inspired fan posters.

So here are some interesting ‘fanboy’ posters for Gangs Of Wasseypur… Take a look, and do send us your own if you’ve made any of your own. Enjoy!

The 10th, 11th and 12th posters are by Vijesh Rajan, Akshar Pathak and Abhinav Bhatt respectively.

The first 9  are by Neeraj Ghaywan… Who was clearly very bored during post-production for the film. And also the last one, dedicated to the 3 Womaniyas who were a major force behind the film and had to suffer much at the hands of a certain Mr K. Here they have their revenge. This one is our favorite!

(Update: Added Sumit Purohit‘s Minimalist Poster as well. Keem ’em coming!)

(Update 2: Added  अमित aka @hypnosh‘s fantastic new minimal poster. We love this!)

Gangs OF Wasseypur by Vijesh Rajan

Gangs Of Wasseypur by Vijesh Rajan

Gangs Of Wasseypur Minimal Poster by Akshar Pathak

Gangs Of Wasseypur Minimal Poster by Akshar Pathak

Gangs Of Wasseypur Minimal Movie Poster by Abhinav Bhatt

Gangs Of Wasseypur Minimal Movie Poster by Abhinav Bhatt

Gangs Of Wasseypur Minimal Poster by Sumit Purohit


Gangs of Wasseypur Minimal Poster by @hypnosh


Gals Of Wasseypur

Anubhuti, Shweta and Sneha. Hell yeah.

This barter of bloody blows will make you cry, you’ll know my name when I fuck you dry.

There have been a lot of requests for the translations for Gangs of Wasseypur lyrics ( Written by apna Varun Grover and Piyush Mishra). So here are the ‘adaptions’ of the lyrics in English (as the team would like to call it).

English adaptations by:  Renuka Kunzru, Neeraj Ghaywan, and Varun Grover.

Renuka Kunzru (with Neeraj Ghaywan) has done the subtitling of both the parts of Gangs of Wasseypur and you have seen her in a cameo in ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’. She’s the girl (Mala) at the airport the friends’ gang narrates the love story of Jai and Aditi to.


(Lyrics: Piyush Mishra)
Ek bagal mein chand hoga, ek bagal mein rotiyan  I dream of a bejeweled moon, some warm bread,
Ek bagal mein neend hogi, ek bagal mein loriyan  I dream of gentle sleep, and a lullaby in my head.
Hum chaand pe, roti ki chaadar, daal kar so jayenge Dear moon, I’ll cover you with my bread warm
Aur neend se keh denge lori kal sunane aynege And soon, dear sleep, I will sing thee my song.
Ek bagal mein khankhanati seepiyan ho jayngi | My dream sees shells bobbing,
Ek bagal mein kuch rulati sisikiyan ho jayengi  | My dream hears muffled sobbing…
Hum seepiyon mein bhar ke saare tare chu ke aayenge | So I’ll ride my shells to my dream,
Aur siskiyon ko gudgudi kar kar key un bahlayenge |and tickle my tears till they beam.
Amma teri siskiyon pe koi rone aayega | Fear not, mother, your plight will not go unwept
Gham na kar jo ayega  woh phir kabhi naa jayega |The friendly shoulder will stay, and your tears will be kept.
Yaad rakh par koi anhoni nahin tu layegi | But dearest mother, just wish for no doom,
Layegi t phir kahani aur kuch ho jayegi  | Or my simple dream, will be my tomb.
Honi aur anhoni ki parwah kisie hai  meri jaan | Not that I fear ill luck or a doomed end
Hadh se jyaada ye hi hoga hum yahin mar jayenge  | If the worst is death, he is an old friend.
Hum maut ko sapna bata kar , uth khade honge yahin| I guess I’ll charm death with my dream-like riddle
Aur honi ko thenga dikha kar  khil khilate jayenge | And con fate,  with a wink and a giggle

2. Womaniya

(Lyrics: Varun Grover)

Taare jo babuna, tarti babuni | He ogles, stares and waits
Babuna ke hathe na chadti babuni | While she teases, taunts and baits.
Maange jo babuna prem nisaniya | He asks, ‘A loving bite on my chin, dear?’
Bole jo thodi, kattti ho kaniya | So she leans over and nibbles his ear.
Badle rupaya ke dena chawaniya | She gives him a quarter if he asks for a rupee
Saiyaan ji jhapte to ho na hiraniyan | And when he lunges, she flees like a flea
Rah rah ke maange choli bataniyan | Don’t let him play with your buttons, it’s a trick;
Jee mey lukaaye lot lotaniyan | The innocent game will end on his prick

Chaahe muh-jhaunsa jab haath sikaniya | When the bastard tries to warm his hands,
Kandha mein dena ji daant bhukaniya | Play along and bite his shoulder
 Bolega babuna, chal jai-ho Patna, | The fiancé will offer you a ride to Patna,
Patna bahaane wo chaahega satna, | And will see this as a chance to get close…
Dai-ho na pahuna ko ticket kataniya… | Don’t go all the way (to Patna) with him..
Patna naa jaana chaahe jaana Sivaniya… | Go only up to (Distt.) Sivan, dear.


(Lyrics: Piyush Mishra)

Ras bheege saude ka ye, khooni anjam teri keh ke loonga | This barter of bloody blows will make you cry,
Teri keh ke loonga  | you’ll know my name when I fuck you dry
Khanjar se doodh gire yaan, ho katle aam teri keh ke loonga | Sweet milk or blood my dagger shall reap
Teri keh ke loonga (2) | You’ll know my name when I fuck you deep
Saason ko saanp sunghan ke, jangli til chatta la ke, keh ke loonga | I’m a  scorpion’s kiss, a toxic lullaby at night
Bichu se hoth katta ke, lori jahreeli gaa ke keh ke looonga | It is I, sir, that has fucked you right.
Panghat ko bechunga main, mar mar ghat ke daam teri keh ke loonga |  Your fancy estate, I’ll sell at a graveyard’s price. Ain’t I nice, I just fucked you twice.
Khuli ho sadke, tambu thane chahe mil vil ho ya baaz mekhkama, mekhamaa aaaa | Hit the road, find a remote hut, prison or fort,
Jisme bachna ho bach le, yee, jisme bachna ho bach le, bach meri jaan teri keh ke loonga | Hide, take cover, run, my man, run, I’ll still fuck you, just for fun!


(Lyrics: Varun Grover)

Jiya ho bihar ke laal, | Long live, Son of Bihar…
jiya tu hajaar saal, |  May you live a thousand years
Tani naachi ke, tani gaayi ke, | So sing and dance
Tani naachi gaayi, sabke mann behlaava re bhaiyya…| May you always sing and dance and make us smile, son.
Tu maati ka laal re laala, Bhaiyya-3| You’re the son of the soil, dear son…
Tohra magahi saan niraala,Bhaiyya-3 | May every breath you take be as majestic as this royal state, dear son…
Tere purkhey jiye andhera,aur tuney jana ujaala…| Your ancestors lived in darkness, but with you, may light be born, my son
Tere god pakhaarey ganga, tere tej se aag jhulasta |May the Holy Ganges keep washing your feet,  I pray that your aura be fiercer than even fire
Tere kandhey chadh ke sooraj, aakas mein roj pahunchta…|May your shoulders be so mighty, my son, that the sun rises by standing over them
Jiyaa tu honhaaaaaaar….| Aren’t you my good son, dear son?
Tani ghoom-ghaam ke, tani dhoomdhaam se…May everyone dance, rejoice and celebrate…
Tani taan kheench ke, taansen, kehlaawa re bhaiyya…. and open their hearts and sing to the skies.
Tani naachi gaayi sabke mann behlawa re bhaiyya,May you always sing and dance  and make us smile, son.
Tani neeke-neeke bol pe geet sunaava re bhaiyya…Tani teekhe-teekhe bol pe dhol bajaawa re bhaiyya…May your sweet words turn into songs…
Tani jhaal utha ke, taal se taal milaava re bhaiyya…may your sharp words turn  into drum beats.
Tani dholak, maandar, matka, chammach, laava re bhaiyya…Pick up any instrument and  join the others …And let the melody flow.
Tani oka-boka-teen-tadoka…
Tani chandan-maati-chauka-kaathi…
Tani oka-boka-teen-tadoka gaava re bhaiyya..We wait for your crazy music…
Tani chandan-maati-chauka-kaathi laava re bhaiyya…we know you will bring us light.
Tani saans fula ke phoonk se dhool udaava re bhaiyya, Only your mighty breath can blow the dust off our lives.
Tani jaan jala ke geet ke tel pilaava re bhaiyya...Only you can re-light our dying lamp.

5.     Bhoos ke dher mein 

(Lyrics: Varun Grover)

Bhoos ke dher mein raai ka daana, | Like looking for a pin in a haystack,
Rang biranga bail sayaana, | Like spotting a smart, colorful buffalo,
Bhoos ke dher mein raai ka daana,
Rang biranga bail sayaana,
Dooje pahar mein toot-ta taara, | Like seeing a falling star mid-afternoon,
Paani pe tirta pakka paara… | Like having mercury float on water…
Naa milihey…| You won’t find it…
Naa milihey…naa…| Won’t find…
Na soch, Na khoj, | Don’t even think, Or try…
Ud jayi-ho, jag hai toap…| The world will vanish like a cannon…
Hai kohra rakh sab haath taan, | It’s vague ahead, so stick your hands out…
Imaan na dayi-ho hili-hey…| Just don’t let your faith wither…
Naa milihey…
Naa milihey…naa…
Naa milihey…
Naa milihey…naa…
Batiyaati haathon ki lakeera, | Like fate talking without ambiguity,
Mahal duwaarey, khada fakeera…| Like an ascetic waiting at a palace gate…
Ghaath laga le, Raat jaga le, | By hook or by crook,
Suruj ka sab ghoda bhaga le, baba..| Or by capturing the horses of Sun,
Dhar le chaahe bhoot ki dhoti, | Or by latching on to the ghost’s fabric,
Paa le ashwathhama ka moti, | Or by acquiring the mythical pearl of eternity,
Paani mein…

Paani mein, maati mein, | Or in water or mud,
Loha mein, kaathi mein, | Or in iron or wood,
Jiya ke jod mein, aankhan ki paati mein… | Or in the joint of hearts or crack of eyes,
Aakaas khuley mein, mann ki gaanthi mein…| Or in the vast skies or closed minds…
 Naa… Not a chance!
Batiyaati haathon ki lakeera, | Like fate talking without ambiguity,
Mahal duwaarey, khada fakeera…| Like an ascetic waiting at a palace gate…
Bhari dupahari naachey mayura, | Like a peacock dancing in blazing sun,
Yam se chatur, gaanv ka moora….| Like a village idiot more wicked than the Devil…
Na milihey… You won’t find it.
Hai kohra rakh sab haath taan,
Imaan na dayi-ho hili-hey…
Naa milihey…
Naa milihey…naa…
Naa milihey…
Naa milihey…naa…

6.     Humni Ke…

(Lyrics: Folk/Traditional)

Humni ke chhori ke nagariya ae baba… You have abandoned us, father,
Ki arre baba chhori dihala ghar-parivaar kahun banwa maayi gayili ho…| You have forsaken your town and family,
Ki aaho baba soooni kayi ke gharwa-duvaar, kawan banwa maayi gayili ho, | And now the empty walls of our home echo with loneliness, just like dear mother’s heart
Gaunwaan ke logawa, kehu…kehu se na bolein..|The little one refuses to speak to anyone,
Chhotaka laikawaa, bhora-hi se aankh nahin kholey..|He even refuses to see the morning sun…
Sunsaan bhaiyili dagariya ae baba…|Every road, every possible way is deserted, father,
Ki arre baba nimiya ho gayil patjhaar, kawan banwa maayi gayili ho..| Even the family tree has slipped into a long winter, much like dear mother’s heart.
Kaisa-hoo ae baba, humaraa maayi se milaa da | Father, bring our mother back…
Saparo tajaa ke humro araj sunaa da…| Only you can convey our message to her far away ears.
Chhutka ke chhote-ba umiriya re baba..| I implore you for the sake of the little boy and his tiny life,
Ki arre baba, pari lin hum pauwwaan tohaar kawan banwa maayi gayi li ho..| I do beg you, father, please bring his mother back.
Ki aaho baba soooni kayi ke anganwa-duvaar, kawan banwa maayi gayili ho, | For you have deserted us father, And made our home an empty shell, much like dear mother’s heart. 

If you have been following this blog for sometime, you will know that music review means it’s time for Rohit to take over. So over to him. But before you read the review, you can check out all the songs here.

Also, click here to read our earlier post in which lyricist Varun Grover introduced the two hit songs of the album – jiya ho Bihar ke lala and I am a hunter, the foot-tapping and fun song, which i feel, is dying to have a music video. Mr Kashyap, do it. The song has great potential. You are sitting on a goldmine. Explore it!

The post also has lyrics of six songs – Jiya ho Bihar ke lala, I am a hunter, Ek bagal, Keh ke loonga, O Womania and Humne ke chhori ke.

Back to the music review.

Music – Sneha Khanwalkar

Lyrics – Varun Grover, Piyush Mishra

इतना दिन से इन्तेज़ार था. पूरा उत्तर प्रदेश और बिहार में लोग बाग कोई गाना नहीं सुन रहे थे. चलो ज़रा देखें ससुरा इन्तेज़ार के लायक था या नहीं?

1. Jiya ho Bihar – The song starts with faint ‘thaaps’ as if a traditional song but soon is joined by electric guitars and then the techno arrangement leads us to the very desi Manoj Tiwari. The song makes no bones, thanks to excellent Manoj Tiwari and some real catchy lyrics (Tani Taan kheech ke taansen kehlawo rey bhaiyya, for example). The backup vocals are excellent. Somewhere in the background you will hear shehnai as well. Yes. The marriage of techno sound with Manoj Tiwari is just brilliant. There is a constant ‘bhaiyya bhaiyya’ in the background! Just too good a touch!

There is always that song from which you associate a movie, This one will be the image of Gangs of Wasseypur).

If interested, you can get the lyrics here.

2. I am a hunter – (पापी लोग का नाम है – वेदेश सोकू, मुन्ना ओर रजनीश) The song starts with a ‘Heyllllo’(and TRUST ME!, you will repeat the ‘heylllo’ to hear if it is actually said the way it is said) and then something that we all have done while growing up! (Listen and tell me if you can find it, not telling it here). Special mention must be made for Sneha. This is a fun song and trust me, the song has 2 funny moments per second. Be it the laughter in the background, be it the interplay between vocals along with the constant Caribbean beats the song has ‘fun’ written all over it. Yes, it’s a tad naughty. Still, the words like ‘bhokali’ will ensure that this is played by guys (And girls, may be!) in bonfires. Yes. Up till now Patti rap was THE song that got guys (and sometimes girls together) in a gathering. Now, that place belongs, rightfully to ‘I am a hunter’. Best.Bakchod.Song.Ever.

You can check out the lyrics of the song here.

3. O Womaniya Live (Performed by – Khushboo Raj, Rekha Jha ओर उनकी सहेलिया) Singers start this song in a way that will remind the people who have grown up in north India, those ‘sangeet’ settings that happen during marriages wherein the ‘ladies’ (pronounced as – lay-deej) sing and poke fun at the new bride or may be her ‘in laws’ or may be her ‘bridegroom’. The words are pure ‘North’ and are laced with lot of fun (and naughty-ness). People who will have tough time trying to find the meaning of the songs will get the ‘fun quotient’ when the backup vocal singers will go ‘o o o ho ho ho’ Very naughty! The music setting is very ‘drawing room’ like and even when backup singers giggle you get the feel that they are sharing a joke! Singing is just incidental to the setting. Kudos Sneha! Kudos for reading this very rare, Very, very rare genre. The words of this song in particular have a flavor of north. Big time. Varun Grover, take a bow! Also the singer will remind you of that one character in such family settings who is the ‘leader’ and repeats certain words in order to poke fun at the bride, डबल अर्थ wala fun. (case in context – Patna and satna. ‘Satna’ means when someone sits uncomfortably close to someone else)

4. Keh ke loonga – Night. That’s what the ‘itchy’ start of this song reminds you of. Sneha gets behind the microphone and gets on with it. Accompanied by Amit Trivedi, the ‘graveyard’ feeling of the song gets scarier when the intentions are reflected in words. No matter where you are, I will dig you up and ‘teri keh ke loonga’. It has a very ‘Ghar mein ghus ke maroonga’ feel. Still, it’s not loud. The song just stares at you with the coldness of a dead body. We need Sneha Khanwalkar to sing more. Much more. Much, much more. She is THAT good in the song. Composed by Piyush Mishra and arranged by Sneha. Amit Trivedi is in his usual brilliant self! The resonating sound of howling might not be liked by all. Dark. Scary. This sums up the song.

5. Bhoos ke dher mein – Manish J. Tipu and Bhupesh start the song and will actually lead you into believing that it’s a sad song. Suddenly, an ‘all male’ group of backup singers (accompanied by harmonium and brass band), get into your ears shouting ‘Na milihey’ (you shall not get). This song has a message. More like the songs that you associate with the wanderers who gives out message about life in their songs. The difference? There are way too many singers (and at times a barking dog in the background if I heard it right!). Situational song. Has a very ‘chadhta suraj dheerey dheerey dhalta hai dhal jayega’ (A qawwali-sque song by Aziz Naza, very popular up North). Won’t be a chartbuster. May be that’s exactly what is needed. Let’s see.

6. Ek Bagal – Flute and Sitar talk between themselves and put you at ease immediately and then the strong bass creates a perfect platform for Piyush Mishra (PM) to start what is probably the most powerful song (in terms of effect that it will leave on you) of the film. The excellent use of electric flute deserves a repeat mention. It is THAT good. There is no doubt that this song is penned by PM himself and composed by him as well. The song has a little ‘jis raat sheher mein khoon ki baarish aayi thee’ feel in between. I suspect this song will find a place in the second part of the film as well. Minimalistic ‘arranged’ music. Authentic is the word. 2 thumbs up!

For lyrics, click here.

7. Bhaiyya – This track, performed by the musahars of Sundapur, is another avtaar of a folk song but is music heavy. My guess, this is a background song again. It ends too soon. Didn’t touch me. May be you will like it.

8. Tain Tain – A good harmonium along with at least 10 other sounds suddenly start this song. Then it all settles down. The beat continues and so does a siren! And then Sneha Khanwalkar goes ‘tey tey tey’. Before you figure out what’s happening, the brass band arrests your attention! Ok, too much happening at the same time! This has to be a background sound. This track is just a mix of a lot of sounds (whistles, vocal ‘ta ta ta chu chu ley ley lu li’ and so much more!). Remember the track ‘dol dol’ from ‘Yuva’? This track, in principal is the same, BUT is very DESI. This track grow on you and somehow satisfies the ‘constant casio synthesizer beats wali bhookh’ in me.

9. Suna kar ke Gharwa – performed by Sujeet (From Gaya ओर उनके दोस्त भाई लोग). The song uses a slow tabla and ‘manjeera’. Very folk. But too short. सब लोगों को नही समझ आएगा. It has a sound of a ‘folk singer’ closing his eyes as he connects with self and the powers that be via his singing.

10. Aey Jawanon – Yes, some shayari. Some ‘UP-Bihar’ style shayari about how people are selfish. The stop-and-go and stop-and-run music arrangement completely reminds a ‘northie’ like me of the roadside ‘nautanki’ music. To you, it might remind of ‘pintya gela’ (from shaitaan) in essence, because the instruments used are completely different but the linear tune is somewhat ‘pintya gela’ like.

11. Womaniya (Remix) – Starts exactly like the ‘live’ version but the bass and trance effects soon take over. Something that I haven’t heard ever. Something Desi…real wala desi mixed with ‘mehengai dayan’ like remix (from Peepli Live). The naughty feel of the song is retained. At times I felt some excessive instruments were used but I won’t be surprised if this is played in pubs and people go ‘OMG OMG’! There is a brief romantic exchange of words between shehnai and electric guitar…Just too damn good! मुहझौंसा and what not! This remix grew on me!

The pronunciation of ‘womaniya’ as ऊमनिया is just too adorable (in both the versions)

12. Mann Mauji – Probably one of the best romantic songs this year. Iktaara, algoza and so many other beautiful sounds along with the singer Usari Banerjee is a touch of pure genius. Even the singing style has a touch of vintage in it! ‘Khula hai bajuband phata hai kaaj sambhal ke chalna hoga’. Composed and penned by Piyush Mishra, arranged excellently by Sneha, this song has a sweet vintage feel. Hear it. The ‘secondary vocal’ (at times algoza, at times violin) that constantly accompanies the singer is so so so vintage. Brings back the days of कुएँ के किनारे गाना और नाचना.

13. Loonga loonga (Remix) – The roadside shayari about life (Along with constant beats and ‘loonga loonga’ in the background) starts the song. A faint ‘siren’ (The one that you associate with IPL when a bowler bowls a No-ball and free hit is about to be executed. This is a short version and thankfully so, because the music arrangement and the overall sound of this song is in contrast to the theme of the album. Passable.

14. Humni ki chhoree ke – (Sung by Deepak Kumar – मुजफ्फरपुर वाले) – With just the harmonium and very पक्का ओर रिसा हुआ गला the singer gives us a flavor of a very, very touching song. It’s a folk bhojpuri song and many a singers have sung it already. We could come across Pawan Singh and few others (Check them out on youtube) but this version, with minimalistic music arrangement, has everything that will make you very sad, lump in throat stuff. Even if you don’t understand the meaning of it. Magic of good music, isn’t it? Highly recommended!

Overall a fantastic album! The music stays true to the overalls of the film. Even though 2 remixes are included (to make the album appeal to the ‘non small town’ पब्लिक) फिर भी, This will go down as a फसाद मचाने वाला album by Sneha Khanwalkar and Piyush Mishra. Comparisons will be made with the OST of Omkara, Dev D, Gulaal and so on, but this album will stand it’s ground. Quite easily.

The backdrop is more or less same (in terms of geography), so the sound influences could overlap. Still, inclusion of some pure folk songs of the region is a superb idea and makes the album more relatable. The effort in terms of penning the right lyrics (Piyush Mishra, Varun Grover and Vikas (for hunter – english lyrics), arranging and composing music (Piyush Mishra and Sneha Khanwalkar), singers and the sheer research about it all is praiseworthy.

Rough around edges, raw and melodious in equal measure, here is an unputdownable power album that deserves a listen.

In the days of ch**** Studio (इंडिया) and all those wannabe ‘EXPERIMENTAL page 3 types’, here is an album that gives you a sound and taste of what the sound of those places is like. Those places are called ‘Chowk’ in small towns – an open market area in a city at the junction of two roads.

Chowk Studio. Anyone?

वूफेर फाड़ दिया भैय्या!

My Picks – Entire album.

माने की पूरा एल्बमवा सुनियेगा एक बार. चीन जायेंगे आप, की हम का कह रहे हैं.

(PS – You can order the album on Flipkart also. click here.)

Like many of us, Fatema Kagalwala is also tripping on LSD these days. But the big fuck up is that the music is still not available at many places! Yes, even after the film’s release. WTF is Sony Music upto ? I checked with Landmark (Andheri west) today. They have no clue. Thats quite a landmark, right ? Anyway, back to the dope.  

LSD music is LSD. Not the film but its actual abbreviation namesake- the psychedelic hallucination-inducing, drug. And in its 8 song package it packs every kind of delirious phantasm the drug can induce. 

I have no idea about music, you won’t get a review. I cannot write intelligently about instruments, rhythms, notes, genres and all that but there is this absolute compulsion I have, to write about the music of Love, Sex aur Dhoka. (Last I felt like this was for Gulaal and before that Dev D’s music. There is no comparison, these two and LSD music being in totally different spaces, the only similarity being how they got stuck to my playlist, fevicol-ka-mazboot-jod-types). Hence, this deluge of words which actually could begin at ‘rocks!’ and end at ‘awesome!’ But aren’t we all suckers for a little more than simplistic minus 20 IQ FYBA expression? I am going to have fun with it here while LSD songs play right now on my comp, yes, giving that extra kick.

Title track – Starts with a high-pitched shriek. Goes onto an equally mind-fucked ‘Dhishkiaaooon’. And the number of ways it is said in makes me imagine a character experimenting in different ways to say it, all mad but. Sets the perfect tone for this crazy song. And the mayhem then breaks loose. Obsession, destruction, wild fantasies all roll out without warning. What love! Destructive and protective in the same breath. I think it’s quite an interesting kind of love. But the killer are the lyrics. The schizophrenia in them is so much fun! Great perverse pleasure. In a twisted way embodies the point of the film. I don’t know if it was supposed to. If yes, then it’s genius. If no, even then I am thankful for the serendipity. And the way suddenly Kailash Kher softens down on the ‘Love, sex aur dhoka darling, love sex aur dhoka’ going into the frenzied pitch again is…Sneha Khanvalkar, take a bow. Actually, quite a few.

I can’t hold it longer – I think I LOVE this one because of it irreverence, its brazen-ness. And maybe also because being the ONLY female song in the bunch, I guess identify with it the mostest. But I also don’t think so, that’s too subconscious a reason because the song is a class-act in its own right. It’s more trippy than anything else in the album. Oh, the magic done with turntables, flutes, dholaks and what-nots (How I wish I could distinguish which instrument makes which music in the song!) The Rajasthani folk turned into a crazy, starved pop song! And does it work? The one that works the most in the album because of all the elements. Lyrics. Whoever thought of Rajasthani words and that too belted out in such a pop-ish style, in this case Mr Banerjee, is a genius. But for me the real genius is Sneha, the ensemble put together, with her bare-it-all, rendition, adding to the craziness. The fun she seems like having while singing it, makes me jealous. And the FO? It’s the juiciest cherry I have seen on any cake yet! My roomie put it on her cell after she listened to it once (by compulsion being in the same room with me) and now does not need permission to go upto my comp and put it on whenever she pleases which has become all the time in two days. More testimony for Sneha’s genius and our madness?

Tu Gandi – Controversy’s child. I first read about it on Anurag Kashyap’s status on facebook and me being the prude that I am, was more than a little taken aback. But of course, a curiosity for anything ‘atrangi’ (not for a want for a better word but there is no word that clearly translates the full meaning of this word in any language), call it attraction rather, drew me to it. Where the hell did the ideas of this song come in from? I want to go to that place… Explore it superficially or delve a little deeper, it explodes. A song that starts with something as crass as ‘Tu gandi achhci lagti hain’ goes onto something as spiritual as ‘Main kya jaanu kya sharam haya, tujhe jaanke main sab bhool gaya, woh kehte hain yeh kufr-khata, kaafir kya hain, kya mujhko pata.’ Then it goes into a starker yet deeper zone, ‘Sach, sach main bolnewaala hoon, main manka behad kaala hoon, tere rang mein man rang loonga, tu rangeen achchi lagti hain.’ There can be no song more honest about love and sex than this one. Personally, I think the music is a bit of a let-down in this one. Or maybe it is just that I am not a trance fan and this one falls in that pattern, the repetitive rhythm structure. Had the variations in the melody been more, it would have been a much much more interesting song. But guess, Dibakar thought we wouldn’t be able to handle the RDX then? 😉

Tainu TV pe wekhya – The craziness for me ends with the songs above. From here begins another trip, a bit closer to reality, dripping sarcasm, tongue-in-cheek, laughing at the knowledge that those being made fun of will not even get the point. This song reminds me of the news item years back saying how Abhijeet Sawant was inundated with marriage offers after he won whatever music contest he did. Wow. But the view of the dystopia we live in is delicious. Laughing at oneself and one’s surroundings is another kind of liberation.

Na Batati tu – The trip in this one is the music and KK’s rendition. Starting with classical beats going onto western beats and KK coming in with classical vocals going na dhin dhin-na over western rhythms gels for me! Again the self-deprecatory tone of the music and singing hide the meaningful lyrics. And the under-emphasis works so well, just adding that splash of meaning in an environment of lightly charged music! Sample this –

Nabh ke sitare (when was the last time we heard ‘nabh’ in any Hindi movie song?)

Aise saje hain dwarein

Jaage Jaage ujiyare

Mukh rang gaye saare

Palkon ke tale chhupa chand na

Tujhko padega pehchanna

Kuchh samajh ishaare…

My, my! Is this part of a movie about vouyeurism, materialistic changing values, love, sex and dhoka??? I am waiting for the film, if the songs alone pack in so much.

Tauba Tauba – Roomie tells me this is part of KK’s ‘Kailasa’. I imagine it as a spoof of some kind much like the ‘Love Bollywood Style’. The pace, very disco-ish and the rhythm very Arabic, makes it danc-ish. Ish! Why am I writing like this? Maybe cause its a song just to be heard and not to be spoken about at length???

Bollywood style – Makers of silly ‘nostalgia-inducing’, ‘tributes’, spoofs of 60, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and hell even 2000’s songs must learn a thing or two from this Love Bollywood style song. Not that it’s the best in this category. “Woh ladki hain kahan hain’ from DCH and ‘Dhoom tana’ from OSO rock (I am out of words now) but this one’s got a tongue-in-cheek satiric attitude that the two above didn’t have. I like the sly tone of the song, making fun at prevalent popular film songs/situations/attitudes and the treatment is so genuinely serious it’s quite funny!

I’ve spoken too much about that just needs to be heard. And I can’t stop playing it repeatedly and can’t stop saying, ‘Fuck, awesome’ every other minute or so. Hope you like it too! And hope it catches on like Dev D. Not comparing but seeing how big a hit it was with the youth these songs sure do have the capacity to catch fire and heat up things more on the alternative film music scene. And by god we know how bad we need it.

But now I need to go watch the film. I caaaaannnnn’t hold it any LONGER! And shouldn’t either, na?

Are the Sony Music guys waiting for the album to hatch golden eggs ? They dont. And even if they ever do, they can do only when its out in the market.

Dibakar Banerjee’s new film Love Sex Aur Dhokha (LSD) is releasing on 19th March. Not even 10 days left and the music is still not out. Wake up Sony! Smell the coffee. Generally the music of a hindi film is released a month before its schedule release date and every week a new song is aired on tv channels to build up the hype. 

In recent past, T-Series did a superb job with two film albums which had no big stars and not big budgets. Dev D and Ishqiya. And it helped both the film’s box office performance too. Dev D was  sex + shock + songs, it jazzed up the  curiousity factor immensely! Rest all depends on how good or bad the film is. Similarly, Ishqiya’s dil to bachcha hai ji & Kaminey’s Dhen Tedan hyped the film and gave it a strong recall value. 

The problem is big labels need big stars. And better if the big stars lipsync the songs. Otherwise they dont have any clue how to market the album and the songs. And they are least bothered. So, the super giant Sony is sitting-thinking-shitting-pondering-ruminating-supershitting.

The music of LSD is by Sneha Khanwalkar who delivered a killer soundtrack with her last album Oye Lucky Lucky Oye. Rustic sound, lesser known singers, all packaged with a power punch. And interestingly, Dibakar has turned solo lyricist with LSD. He co-wrote few songs for Oye Luck Lucky Oye also. But this time, its all solo. Not one or two but he has written three songs including the now popular title track Love sex aur dhokha darling love sex aur dhokha. The second one is – I cant hold it any longer, an English-Rajasthani fusion!

The third song is Tu Nangi Acchi Lagti hai and there is another version of the same song- Tu Gandi Acchi Lagti Hai. Both versions have been written by Dibakar. No, there was no Censor locha as reported in the newspapers. One version is used in the film that goes with one of the characters (nangi) and the other version (gandi) is in the album.

Not sure when will Sony realise that there are people out there who are waiting for LSD music! If only management graduates knew everything about films and music, we would have an Auteur Club passing out of IIM’s every year!

Here is the title track sung by Kailash Kher.