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बॉम्बे वेल्वेट
Bombay Velvet
अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi
अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattacharya
बाजीराव मस्तानी
Bajirao Mastani
संजय लीला भंसाली
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
ए एम तूराज़, सिद्धार्थ-गरिमा, नासिर फ़राज़, गणेश चंदनशिवे
A M Turaz, Siddharth-Garima, Nasir Faraaz, Ganesh Chandanshive
ए आर रहमान
A R Rahman
इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil
तनु वेड्स मनु रिटर्न्स
Tanu Weds Manu Retuns
कृष्णा सोलो, तनिष्क बागची, वायु
Krsna Solo, Tanishk Bagchi, Vayu
राजशेखर, वायु
Rajshekhar, Vayu

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शीर्ष गीत - Top Songs

गानों को अंक केवल श्रेष्ठता के लिए दिए गए हैं. यानी एक आम गाने को कोई अंक नहीं दिया गया. केवल औसत से बेहतर प्रदर्शन के लिए अंक दिए गए हैं. अधिकतम अंक 5.
The ratings/scores are on a positive-only scale. This means that an average or ok song gets a zero and the ratings go up from there. Maximum 5 marks.
संगीतकार, गीतकार, गायक
Music Director, Lyricist, Singer(s)
अंक (/5)
ज्यूरी की राय
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मोह मोह के धागे (स्त्री)  (दम लगा के हइशा)
moh moh ke dhaage (strii) (Dum Laga Ke Haisha)

Tags: deep, eternal bonding, melodic, philosophical, romantic, semi classical, slow, soulful

अनु मलिक
Anu Malik

वरुण ग्रोवर
Varun Grover

मोनाली ठाकुर
Monali Thakur

Simple. Poetic. And heartfelt. This song captures not only the romantic mood of the situation but also stays with you for a long time after it is over. A welcome return by Anu Malik and sung passionately and in equally beautiful fashion by both Monali Thakur and Papon. It is difficult to pick one version over the other. -Vikas

It's not easy to accept this as an Anu Malik tune. He has not only composed a nice tune, Varun Grover's words fit in it very beautifully. Monali puts her heart into it, and it shows in the final product. The last time I remember her doing this is with "Sanwaar Loon" from Lootera (2013). -UVR

Anu Malik's lovely music leaves a lingering effect. -Shivani

Anu Malik's best effort in last decade by miles.. Beautiful arrangement. -Pavan

Easily the song of the year for me. Everything about this is top-notch. -Aditya

This sounds so much better than the male version. Controlled singing, no overemoting. -Ketan

Has an old world charm. -Vinayakam

Anu Malik couldn’t have asked for a better comeback. His composition is musically rich seamlessly moving from one raaga to another. He effectively employs Naveen Kumar’s flute and Omkar Dhumal’s Shehnai especially during the interludes. The song is beautifully worded by Varun Grover. A repetition of Moh-Moh, Toh-Toh gives it a journey like feel. Heart skips when Monali sings तू होगा ज़रा पागल, तूने मुझको है चुना. Her singing is effortless.
तू दिन सा है, मैं रात.. आना दोनों.. मिल जाए शामों की तरह. Absolutely love the words. -Mihir M

Monali is coming forward with great songs. I don't like her song quality and singing these days who knows with technology being what it is. a little more attention to her pronunciation would be nice!. -Neha

What do we have here? An Anu Malik winner? To give the devil his due, it is a beautiful composition - shehnai, flute and the arrangement all in order; the pauses in place and the certain sense of quietude. The singing is good with Monali Thakur giving it the right emotion (unlike her Sawaar Loon in the past). -Subrat

Is it me only me who thinks that 'girahaa' does not sit naturally in that mukh.daa and also that Bollywood have abandoned any effort at rhyming as well, so 'barase' follows 'ulajhe' and 'sulajhe'. The song works fine overall, because of Monali's singing and a fine tune. Reminds one of MM Kreem rather than Anu in his heyday. -Vibhendu

Some places have a nice melodic structure. -Abhay

Like this reprise version better than the male one. Monali impresses the listener and so does Anu Malik. -Sowmya

"तू होगा ज़रा पागल, तूने मुझको है चुना" वरुण की लिखी यह पंक्तियाँ सुनते हुए मुझे रे की महानगर का क्लाईमैक्स याद आया था। किसी रचनात्मक अभिव्यक्ति की इससे बड़ी तारीफ़ मेरे पास नहीं। -मिहिर पं.

Sincere tune and singing. -Armeen

Neat song. I slightly preferred the female version. -Ashok

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मोह मोह के धागे (पुरुष)  (दम लगा के हइशा)
moh moh ke dhaage (puruSh) (Dum Laga Ke Haisha)

Tags: deep, eternal bonding, melodic, philosophical, romantic, semi classical, slow, soulful

अनु मलिक
Anu Malik

वरुण ग्रोवर
Varun Grover


Easily the song of the year for me. Everything about this is top-notch. -Aditya

Even though the song is lovely, it is absolutely unoriginal and reminds the listener of songs such as "Ek ladki ko dekha". -Sowmya

मेरी राय में साल का सर्वश्रेष्ठ नग्मा, वरुण ग्रोवर के प्यारे बोल जो पापोन की आवाज़ के माध्यम से दिल में प्रीत का पराग छोड़ जाते हैं। अनु मलिक की शानदार वापसी ! वो होगा ज़रा पागल जिसने इसे ना चुना :). -मनीष

Anu Malik couldn’t have asked for a better comeback. His composition is musically rich seamlessly moving from one raaga to another. He effectively employs Naveen Kumar’s flute and Omkar Dhumal’s Shehnai especially during the interludes. The song is beautifully written by Varun. A repetition of Moh-Moh, Toh-Toh gives it a journey like feel. There is very Rumi-sque खाली राहें, हम आँख मूंदें जाएँ, पहुंचे कहीं तो बेवजह.. Papon sings with required theheraav. -Mihir M

Unquestionably the song of the year for me. Like both the versions almost the same. -Archana

This was the version of the song I heard first. After listening to the Monali version, my conviction that Papon is an excellent singer only got stronger. And when I looked to see who the MD was, I did a double take: Anu Malik, really? Where was /THIS/ Anu Malik in the 80s and 90s when he was dishing out indifferent music? Oh well, back to this song. Varun comes up with a lovely set of words to put into Anu Malik's tune. Very pleasant to listen to indeed. -UVR

Composition is average but the voice really lets it down. Put me to sleep. -Ketan

Simple. Poetic. And heartfelt. This song captures not only the romantic mood of the situation but also stays with you for a long time after it is over. A welcome return by Anu Malik and sung passionately and in equally beautiful fashion by both Monali Thakur and Papon. It is difficult to pick one version over the other. -Vikas

Both shehnai and flute interludes are nice. -Sunil

Papon is one to watch for!. -Neha

What Monali can do, Papon can do better, of course. -Subrat

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मोहे रँग दो लाल  (बाजीराव मस्तानी)
mohe ra.Ng do laal (Bajirao Mastani)

Tags: classical, dance, folk, kathak, predictable, romantic, semi classical, semi-classical

संजय लीला भंसाली
Sanjay Leela Bhansali


पंडित बिरजू महाराज, श्रेया घोषाल
Pandit Birju Maharaj, Shreya Ghoshal

What a fantastic shehnai prelude! Excellent song, although similar to some of SLB's earlier work and Mom Ki Gudiya song. -Aditya

It’s a semi-classical number beautifully composed by SLB which takes you back to the songs of yore that had thehraav, adaayen, and other classical-dance elements. From ‘मरोड़ी कलाई मोरी..’ part of the antara to the cross-line which takes you back to the mukhda ~~ Absolutely loved those progressions.
In recent times, so many new singers have come up in the music industry. Many of them last for few songs and then disappear. But when you hear an intricately detailed, refined rendition like this, you know Shreya’s worth. She sings with such finesse! Absolutely flawless. -Mihir M

Creates a lovely mood. -Vinayakam

The visuals made the sound very appealing. Shreya sounds a little strained at some points…the table was very distracting…. -Neha

The composition, arrangement are great. Shreya sounds a bit tinny at times. -Ketan

Very reminiscent of Devdas but nonetheless a good hear overall. -Shivani

Something tells me this song is going to be rated highly. I found the tune average, the orchestration standard and the lyrics (mode kalai, chhedo nahin etc) sticking to the template. -Subrat

Shreya and her honey dripping voice makes this song deserve listening on repeat. The cherry on top is Birju Maharaj. -Sowmya

Smooth, but not very interesting. -Abhay

Another quintessentially SLB-Shreya song. When you hear Shreya's voice in this song, you're KNOW that all is well with the world. Birju Maharaj's contribution to this song is innocuous and seminal both at once. The tune is excellent, meandering in and out of various 'ragas'. When I heard this song for the first time, I was surprised to see SLB listed as the composer. Later, I discovered that the tune has been lifted from L-P's "bandhan TooTe naa", Mom Ki Gudiya (1972) and merely reworked into a different (much simpler) rhythmic cycle. So, it's a Lata song, and what can be wrong with that? :) Besides SLB has reduced the pitch from the Lata version, so that Shreya doesn't have to tear apart her vocal chords singing in an impossibly high scale. But, answer me this: does SLB get to claim credit for the song? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7iZSRUXmpU). -UVR

Birju Maharaj is perfect for this song. -Sunil

एक चुहल भरी बेहद प्यारी शास्त्रीय बंदिश जिसे बार बार सुनने का दिल करता है। -मनीष

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तू किसी रेल सी  (मसान)
tuu kisii rel sii (Masaan)

Tags: declarative, folk, folk/indie, fusion, honest, love song, romantic, romantic folk

इंडियन ओशन
Indian Ocean

वरुण ग्रोवर (मुखड़ा - दुष्यंत)
Varun Grover (mukha.Daa by Dushyant)

स्वानंद किरकिरे
Swanand Kirkire

A catchy song coupled with Kirkire's vocals makes this a good listen. But the winner here are the lyrics. -Sowmya

Varun Grover's adaptation from Dushyant Kumar is very apt and has a very "organic" feel. Swanand is not a singer, but his voice is also very "organic" within the context of Indian Ocean's music and their other songs. Overall, I think this song will stand the test of time. -UVR

बनारस की गलियों में दो भोले भाले दिलों के बीच पनपते इस फेसबुकिये प्रेम को जब वरुण अपने शब्दों के तेल से छौंकते हैं तो उसकी झाँस से सच ये दिल रूपी पुल थरथरा उठता है। गीत के बोलों में छुपी शरारत खूबसूरत रूपकों के ज़रिए  उड़ा ले जाती है प्रेम के इस बुलबुले को उसकी स्वाभाविक नियति के लिए. -मनीष

Dushyant's line gets a fitting treatment in Varun's words. Best written song of the year for me. -Aditya

Easily the best song of the year from the best film of the year, this is a magical composition by Indian Ocean, giving more meaning to lyrics that have been extended by Varun Grover,. -Vikas

Love the lyrics on this one. Between this film & Moh moh ke dhaage alone, Varun Grover was undoubtedly the lyricist of the year for me :-). -Archana

Super imagination by the lyricist. -Vinayakam

The opening lines from Dushyant hold you because you never thought it could be used in Hindi film. The rest of the lyrics channel the spirit of Dushyant well. The track is quite similar to vintage Indian Ocean tracks in this genre. -Subrat

This is the expression of realization of love. That moment when you start falling dip into a wormhole of love. The song evokes that feeling through Varun’s superb lyrics. Swanand croons it in his trademark robust voice. किसी लम्बे सफर की रातों में, तुझे अलाव सा जलाता हूँ.. Waah!. -Mihir M

I'm in two minds as to whether the lyricist himself should sing. -Ashok

Lovely imagery in lyrics by Varun Grover aptly supported by the rustic voice of Swanand Kirkire. -Shivani

Very interesting lyrics. Singing is sub-par. -Ketan

Guitars really standout here. Very hypnotic melody. Indian Ocean give us a fabulous soundtrack once again. -Sunil

Fabulous analogy: pul and rail. -Neha

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अगर तुम साथ हो  (तमाशा)
agar tum saath ho (Tamasha)

Tags: arr staple, haunting, heartbreaking, melodious, melodiuos, pathos, poignant, romantic, sad, separation, soft rock

ए आर रहमान
A R Rahman

इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil

अल्का याग्निक, अरिजित सिंह
Alka Yagnik, Arijit Singh

Very good music arrangement as expected. -Abhay

Alka Yagnik's voice has NOT aged well AT ALL!. -UVR

If one Arijit in a song wasn't enough already in so many songs of 2015, we now have 2 of them in a song (at different pitches). Overall, a melodious tune that has influences of many ARR past numbers. It is easy on the ears despite lackig freshness. The lyrics are good - tum saath ho, ya na ho, kya farq hai, bedard thi zindagi, bedard hai is quite a sentiment. -Subrat

Mild Swades feel, reminiscent of another 90s song which I cannot exactly recall. Yagnik actually sounds jaded. -Vibhendu

Good to see Alka back at her prime. The sweetness & melody works well. -Pavan

Odd joint voicing. -Ashok

Song of the year for me. It's a conversation between the two individuals with opposite stances on love. Deepika is trying to hold onto a relationship which she had kept alive for years. While Ranbir is dismissive about their love. He sings Irshad’s words- मुझे लगता है बातें दिल की, होती लफ़्ज़ों की धोकेबाज़ी.
Hearing Alka Yagnik after so long is such a pleasure. Her voice has got a nice texture over the age. Arijit sings in two octaves simultaneously giving ample support to Alka.
The heavenly piano bits played at the beginning of the song get a closure towards the end, as Rahman employs a piano piece once again to conclude the song. Truly, an incredible song in all aspects. Thank you, ARR, Irshad, Imtiaz for the experience. -Mihir M

Reminiscent of early Rahman, Alka's singing though leaves a lot to be desired. -Aditya

In the era of saccharin sweet Shreya clones, Alka Yagnik sounds like a good change. -Armeen

This song could have been something but Alka and Arijit go together like oil and water. Each one is trying and succeeds in making the other sound worse. -Ketan

Despite average lyrics, the 2015 song that stayed with me because of Alka Yagnik's mature, soothing rendition and the very beautiful, SEL-ish composition by ARR. -Shivani

A song that presents conflicting emotions that the two characters are experiencing, this was one of the best songs of the year. The sad, raw and touching lyrics accompanying Rahman's wonderful composition, get further elevated by mesmerizing singing by Arijit Singh and Alka Yagnik, who we hear after a long time. -Vikas

Pleasing song. Had a déjà vu feel to it. Beautiful notes on the piano. Arijit singing in 2 octaves was interesting. -Sunil

Loved the way Arijit Singh’s voice has been used. very different. -Vinayakam

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आज इबादत  (बाजीराव मस्तानी)
aaj ibaadat (Bajirao Mastani)

Tags: classical, classical/sufi, devotional, divine, ganga-jamuni, romantic, semi calssical, soft, spiritual, sublime, sufi, sufiish, traditional

संजय लीला भंसाली
Sanjay Leela Bhansali

ए एम तूराज़
A M Turaz

जावेद बशीर
Javed Bashir

Lacks basic melody, but added ornamentations make it OK to listen. Doesn't have much repeat value. -Abhay

This song is a beautiful blend of Sanskrit and Urdu chants, which represents the courtship of Bajirao-Mastani. Divinely played Sitar fuses the two cultures together. Composition wise, the song is very Bhansali-sque. Jared’s singing gets bit monotonous. I’d have preferred different singer. Fav line - Nazron se teri chaak, dil pe raffu ho gayi. -Mihir M

Song of the soundtrack for me. -Aditya

A delight to anyone that loves classical music. Very well rendered from all angles with some beautiful taans, lyrics, and music. -Sowmya

The singing and music are very good indeed, compelling one to listen to the song on repeat. Lyrics, too, are quite good, but it's too obvious that the lyricist is trying too hard to sound "innovative": e.g., "jo maa.Ngii thii us duaa se guftugoo ho ga_ii" -- how does one talk *to* a prayer? -UVR

Vishnu and Moula? -Ashok

Lovely use of Raga Yaman. Exceptional use of the sitar, which is not heard often nowadays. Javed Bashir is a very talented singer. Good use of chorus. Overall a very soothing song. -Sunil

A compositionn that would make Roshan proud. Wonderful orchestration. Most of the singers are spot on as is the lyricist. Probably the best song of the year. -Ketan

Really liked the way shlokas are fused with the main song though I usually don't like that as much. Lyrics & songs are also very nice. -Archana

The tunes sound like leftovers from Devdas (some of the picturization too!). Can someone remind Ms. Ghoshal (or at least the sound engineer) that she is no longer singing for a breath-mint commercial? -Armeen

I approach all Bhansali compositions with trepidation. For a change, he's surprised me with this number. There's a perfect synth of the two conflicting worlds that are being represented in the movie. There's no unnecessary flourishes and the orchestration is in sync with the two genres that are being blended. -Subrat

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धड़ाम धड़ाम  (बॉम्बे वेल्वेट)
dha.Daam dha.Daam (Bombay Velvet)

Tags: club song, heartbreak, jazz, loss, mournful, operatic, pain, pathos, retro, sad, separation

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi

अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattarcharya

नीति मोहन
Neeti Mohan

Best song of an excellent album. -Aditya

Heartbreak hasn’t been this beautiful. Trivedi’s masterpiece from the album is all about anguish, grief, remorse, despondence which makes the heart pound dhadam dhadam. Neeti Mohan goes all out and lets her heart cry on mike. We feel her pain. We hear her pulsating heart sobbing. The concluding “Malaaaaaal Meinnnn…” portion affirms her as an accomplished singer. -Mihir M

Neeti Mohan takes it to a significant high. -Pavan

Yes it's Jazz style, but clearly this interpretation is clearly not for me. -Abhay

Phenomenal singing/ emoting by Neeti Mohan. One of the best songs of Bombay Velvet. Infused with tragic notes that tell us about the emotional pain and suffering of the character. Very touching rendition. -Sunil

उजला, उद्विग्न, उद्दाम, किसी तरुण पहाड़ी झरने सा। कुन्डली मारकर बैठे किसी इच्छाधारी नाग सा। दुख का अपरिमित समन्दर अपने भीतर भरे। नीति मोहन अपनी आवाज़ के घनत्व से इस गीत को एक घटना बना देती हैं। -मिहिर पं.

Who would have thought that a song with a title like this could be one of the best composed songs of the year. Sung with equal zeal, this song has some wondrous lyrics which capture pain and separation with gusto. -Vikas

Resonating and beautifully emoted along with swinging music of the paino, guitar, and sax, Neeti is astounding. -Sowmya

What a tour de force? The lyrics (despite the dhadaam dhadaam or because of it?) convey the pain of raw wounds and Neeti Mohan hits it out of the park with her rendition. The operatic style of arrangement are perfect for the overall musical style of the album. -Subrat

Neeti Mohan has rocked this song. Oops, Jazzed it ;). -Vinayakam

Neeti Mohan's one of the best ever. A song, very difficult for the composer to compose if written first. And equally difficult for the lyricist to write if composed first. -Shivani

Neeti Mohan is singluarly responsible for ruining a decent tune. Screaming is not ok, especially when you have the talent to sing better. Poor singer management by Amit Trivedi. -Ketan

The use of "dha.Daam dha.Daam" is the thing that makes you sit up and take notice of this song. Then you're struck by Neeti Mohan's incredibly powerful vocals. This lady is quite something. -UVR

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दीवानी मस्तानी  (बाजीराव मस्तानी)
diiwaanii mastaanii (Bajirao Mastani)

Tags: celebratory, classical, dance, darbar-lament, folk, fusion of styles, mujra, powada, qawwali, romantic, uplifting

संजय लीला भंसाली
Sanjay Leela Bhansali

सिद्धार्थ-गरिमा, नासिर फ़राज़, गणेश चंदनशिवे
Siddharth–Garima, Nasir Faraaz, Ganesh Chandanshive

श्रेया घोषाल
Shreya Ghoshal

Shreya makes it a good listen but the song becomes tiring in multiple listening. -Pavan

Shreya sounds strained at the higher pitches. Otherwise the song would have been better than it sounds. -Ketan

Shreya Ghoshal sounds amazingly beautiful in base notes, wonderful composition by SLB. -Shivani

औसत बोलों व धुन के बावजूद श्रेया की आवाज़ और गीत के अंतिम हिस्से में में सससा सारा की सरगम गीत अपनी ओर ध्यान खींचता है। -मनीष

If there is a song in this film that virtually SCREAMS(!) "I am a Sanjay Leela Bhansali song", it is this. It's a quintessentially SLB song, cast in the same mould as "silsila yeh chaahat kaa" from Devdas (2012). And just as that song was, you expect this song, too, to be sung by Shreya, it is so Shreya Ghoshal-ish a song. And of course she does sing it. And how. SLB sets out to create a song that SOUNDS visually stunning, and succeeds to a great extent. -UVR

This is a beautiful song, but taken out of the opulence created by SLB in the video, it will be an easily glossed over number. -Sowmya

Good rhythm arrangement by Nitin shankar. The overall arrangement captures the grandeur needed for the setting in the film. Shreya shines. The melody has a familiar feel to it. The supporting vocals are good. -Sunil

The song begins with a Marathi ‘Powada' (ballad sung in narration style) sung by Ganesh, which describes the “Apsara” who has landed in Peshwa Bajiao’s darbar. Then the Persian style music starts (mandolin?) making the way for Shreya to take center stage. Her rendition is immaculate replete with all the nuances. Finally, the song culminates into a qawwali-sque flavor. Fantastic job by SLB. -Mihir M

The opening was so cool, then shreya comes in!. -Neha

I like the song - from the marathi folk beginning annoucing the arrival, to Shreya's singing, the mandolin piece and the gentle changes through the song (didn't anticipate that 'sab noor noor sa bikhra hai'. Lyrics are adequate with a lot of tuk-bandi that gets a bit tiring by the end. -Subrat

At least has some melody. Sung very well. -Abhay

Visually stunning, but works beautifully as an audio-only experience as well. The tune and structure is quintessentially SLB. Marathi folk and qawwali bookending the main song makes it quite interesting. -Aditya

Lovely song. The video is also well done. -Vinayakam

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मुहब्बत बुरी बीमारी  (बॉम्बे वेल्वेट)
muhabbat burii biimaarii (Bombay Velvet)

Tags: accusatory, cabaret, club, club song, free jazz, jazz, naughty, playful, retro, romantic

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi

अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattarcharya

नीति मोहन/शेफ़ाली अल्वारेस
Neeti Mohan/Shefali Alvares

Loved the jazz in the whole soundtrack. Amit and the singers rock. -Vinayakam

Amazing tune, good singing despite the very open attempt at imitating the inimitable Geeta Dutt. -Ketan

Neeti Mohan is star of the song. Her hiccups, adayein and all the embellishments added by her help to enrich Amit’s fantastic composition. Her मादक tone for this song and the way she modulates her voice with required power or softness is just perfect. The song has interesting and quirky words by Amitabh. सूरत से भोली, नीयत शिकारी. लगती है हलकी, पड़ती है भारी. मोहब्बत बुरी बीमारी. Word. -Mihir M

In which the Shefali Alvaris version gives Neeti Mohan a serious run for her money. The Shalmali Kholgade version is pretty interesting, too. You've got to respect Amit Trivedi for picking the perfect female voices for the Bombay Velvet soundtrack. Amitabh Bhattacharyya churns out funny lyrics once again (but way less risque than "What to do" - Aiyyaa. -UVR

Shefali Alvares version scores over the other. -Aditya

There're three versions, each distinctive. Same rating. -Ashok

Neeti is at her best; Full throated and powerful. -Sowmya

This was plain torture. -Abhay

Neeti Mohan's version hews closed to the more classical free jazz form. Shalmali's version is a riot but a tad too showy in terms of rendition. Amit Trivedi is spot on again in choice of instruments and creating a beautiful harmony. -Subrat

Shalmali Kholgade scores above the Neeti Mohan version. -Shivani

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सपना जहाँ  (ब्रदर्स)
sapanaa jahaa.N (Brothers)

Tags: companionship, easy listening, heartfelt, love ballad, romantic, soft rock, soulful, thanking


अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattarcharya

सोनू निगम, नीति मोहन
Sonu Nigam, Neeti Mohan

Too long and too mannered. -Ashok

Over emoting has become the defining trait of sonu(Can I give negative points pl!!). -Neha

The arrangement is good, the tune is above average and the singing by Sonu and Neeti Mohan(?) is very competent. But there's something familiar about these kinds of songs - one of them seem to feature in every movie these days. -Subrat

Ajay-Atul are very good at what they do. The tune is nice, the orchestration is superb! Oh, and looks like Sonu is back. I want to say that as a good thing, but I'm not sure. -UVR

Lyrics stand out. -Aditya

अजय अतुल ने इस गीत के माध्यम से अग्निपथ अब मुझ में कहीं की याद दिला दी। ये गीत उन ऊँचाईयों को तो नहीं छू पाया पर इसकी मधुर धुन, सहज बोल और सोनू निगम व नीति मोहन की गायिकी इसे बार बार गुनगुनाने को मजबूर जरूर करती है। -मनीष

Simple but pleasing. Sonu gives it a good pep and Neeti Mohan sounds sincere. -Armeen

Very well sung. -Abhay

Has tones of abhi mujh mein nahin. The arrangement is beautiful with sparse percussion and making the song melodious. However, a different set of vocalists could have done better justice. Lovely flute and violin pieces and sets a nice romantic mood. -Sowmya

A beautiful, soulful and heart-touching song which is a combination of exquisite singing, brilliant orchestration, and heartfelt words. Among best of the year. There is a certain thehraav, maturity which makes the song more special. Ajay-Atul, Sonu, Neeti, Amitabh, take a bow.
मेरे दिल में जगह खुदा की खाली थी, देखा वहां पे आज तेरा चेहरा है
मैं भटकता हुआ सा एक बादल हूँ, जो तेरे आसमान पे आके ठहरा है.. Uff. -Mihir M

One of the most romantic sogs written this year, its lyrics bring tears of joy to the eyes. Heavily remininscent of "Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin" from Agneepath, which was composed by the same team, this song shines above others because and only because of its lyrics. -Vikas

Sonu Nigam has always been one of Ajay- Atul's choice of male vocalists. This is another feather in Neeti Mohan's cap along with a very strong performance in Bombay Velvet. -Sunil

This song could have been so much better in the hands (voice?) of the right singer (Sonu, I am looking at you). -Ketan

Extremely beautiful composition by Ajay Atul. -Shivani

Good to hear Sonu Nigam again, the over emoting bits are still there but then so is some decent singing. -Vibhendu

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मन कस्तूरी रे  (मसान)
man kastuurii re (Masaan)

Tags: folk, folk/indie, fusion, honest, meditative, philosophical, poetic, pop folk, rock, romantic, sad, trance

इंडियन ओशन
Indian Ocean

वरुण ग्रोवर
Varun Grover

अमित किलाम, राहुल राम, हिमांशु जोशी
Amit Kilam, Rahul Ram, Himanshu Joshi

Would call this discovery of RMIM Puraskaar process - while I liked the mukhda even before I had not paid much attention to all the words before. On a careful listen, I realized I really liked words. -Archana

Nicely done by Indian Ocean. The singing is rough at the edges. But the arrnagement is simple yet effective. The lyrics are a tad different in terms of choice of words. The whole package works. -Subrat

The lyrics are very well imagined and engaging, IMO. -UVR

A song that aptly captures the essence of the film and its characters through its moving, honest and thoughful lyrics. The lyrics reflect the pain, remorse the characters are experiencing but it also speaks of love and hope that sustains life. -Vikas

Bears repeated listening and attention to words. -Ashok

Bad music, bad singing. -Ketan

Superb lyrics by Varun Grover put to a delectable blend of earthy and modern music. -Shivani

There have been numerous songs about fickleness of human mind in the past. Kirkire’s Bawara Mann, Akhtar’s Mere mann yeh bata de tu being some of them. Mann kasturi re is a value addition to that list. The music is very trance-like. The song primarily rests on Varun’s poetry. How aptly this line conveys whimsical nature of mind- बिखरे-बिखरे छंद सा टहले, दोहों में ये बंध ना पावे.
The highlight being उल्टा कर के देख सके तो अम्बर भी है गहरी खाई… Laajawab!. -Mihir M

Love the last interlude of this song. -Sunil

An electrifying song with what is delivered in terms of music and it beautifully wanders through various moods. Vocals are a tad off. -Sowmya

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चम्पई रंग  (जाँनिसार)
champa_ii ra.ng (Jaanisaar)

Tags: classical, ghazal, melodious, romantic, romantic ghazal, soulful

मुज़फ़्फ़र अली, शफ़क़त अली ख़ान
Muzaffar Ali, Shafqat Ali Khan

नवाब वाजिद अली शाह
Nawab Wajid Ali Shah

श्रेया घोषाल, उस्ताद शफ़क़त अली ख़ान
Shreya Ghoshal, Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan

Beautifully sung and composed, although the tune reminds of a few old songs. The second interlude is heavenly. -Aditya

Wajid Ali Shah's lines get the point. The rest is predictable and boring. -Subrat

Shafqat Ali sounds rather meek and Shreya is back to being her cloyingly sweet self... tune doesn't help either. -Armeen

किन्हीं बीते समयों की याद दिलाता गाना. -मिहिर पं.

This is Shafqat Ali Khan! NOT Shafqat Amanat Ali. Excellent! Oh, and is this song the 201X decade's response to "phir chhi.Dii raat baat phuulo.n kii"? Lyrics get a '5' because nobody among us should be so presumptuous as to judge Nawab Wajid Ali Shah's work. -UVR

This is a very melodious song, which takes us back to the days of Khayyam's compositions. The singing on this melody also gives it a feel of a contemporary ghazal. -Vikas

Again, glad to see a good old-fashioned ghazal, but why is Shafqat Ali so hesitant to sing. Shreya does a great job but he lets the song down. -Ketan

Good, but unnecessarily long. -Ashok

Music doens't feel original. But superb singing by Shreya. -Abhay

Nice lyrics…reminds me of bazaar and khaiyaam (but short of those great songs of course). -Neha

Ustaad Shafqat carries this song. -Sowmya

श्रेया घोषाल रूमानी गीतों को तो अपनी मिश्री जैसी आवाज़ का रस घोलती ही रहती हैं पर एक ग़ज़ल को जिस ठहराव की आवश्यकता होती है उसको भी समझते हुए उन्होंने इसे अपनी आवाज़ में ढाला है। शफक़त इस ग़ज़ल में श्रेया की अपेक्षा थोड़े फीके रहे हैं पर उनका संगीत संयोजन वाज़िद अली शाह के रूमानियत भरे बोलों के साथ दिल में सुकून जरूर पहुँचाता है। -मनीष

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जर्नी सौंग ... हम चले  (पीकू)
Journey Song ... ham chale (Piku)

Tags: background, journey, melody, peppy, philosophical, road song, soft rock, soothing, soulful, uplifting

अनुपम रॉय
Anupam Roy

अनुपम रॉय
Anupam Roy

अनुपम रॉय, श्रेया घोषाल
Anupam Roy, Shreya Ghoshal

Beautiful flute in interludes. -Sunil

Waste of time!. -Armeen

Even though Anupam scores well here, Shreyas voice and the bangla touch elevates the song. This is a fun song with good arrangements. -Sowmya

Shreya's Honey dipped sweetness gells well with Anupam's eergy. Lovely listen. -Pavan

I wonder why sprinkling Bengali puts me off less than Panjabi. -Ashok

One of the more upbeat songs on the soundtrack, it talk more about the wonderous journey that we all embark upon, called life and the ups and downs associated with it. The composition is spot-on, given the mood of the song. -Vikas

terrible lyrics comprising randomly selected 'poetic' sounding words. "Dard hai to seene de", really??? -Aditya

Piku has a very Barfi-ish soundtrack. Simplicity being the highlight of the album. This is the track you would play during road trips. Flute in the 1st interlude is lovely. Shreya’s Bangla words make the listening experience richer and sweeter. Would love to hear more from Anupam Roy in future. -Mihir M

Not a Mahi Ve (Highway) kind of soul stirring road song but quite good in its own peppy way. Shrey Ghosal brings further sunshine and it feels like a song that you should listen rolling down your windows on a highway. -Subrat

अनुपम का संगीत हिन्दी फ़िल्म संगीत में एक नया स्वाद लेकर आया है। उनके गीत यात्राआें के बारे में हैं, लेकिन रुककर सोचने पर मजबूर करते हैं। -मिहिर पं.

Nothing bad about this song but then nothing great either. -Ketan

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पिंगा  (बाजीराव मस्तानी)
pi.ngaa (Bajirao Mastani)

Tags: celebratory, classical, dance, dance festive, folk, folksy, joyful, lavani-remix, marathi, marathi folk, traditional

संजय लीला भंसाली
Sanjay Leela Bhansali


श्रेया घोषाल, वैशाली माडे
Shreya Ghoshal, Vaishali Made

A 'dola re' repeat and totally unimpressive. -Sowmya

The song ran the danger of being overhyped due to the exposure but the orchestration and singing make it worthwhile to listen to it again and again. -Ketan

श्रेया व वैशाली के स्वर में खूबसूरती से गाया ये युगल गीत तन और मन दोनों को प्रसन्नचित करता है। नृत्य के माहौल को सजीव करता संजय लीला भंसाली का संगीत संयोजन भी मन को भाता है। -मनीष

For Pinga, Bhansali mixes up various Marathi elements/songs he has heard over the years and gives a concoction that is somewhat appealing. The face-off between Shreya and Vaishali has come off well. Both the voices complement each other. -Mihir M

I don't understand the buzz behind this song at all!. -UVR

There's a nice rhythm set and the tempo picks up gradually for the dance-off on screen. Average. -Subrat

Good mix of folk with modern music. Nice energy. -Abhay

Dola Re Dola 2!!!. -Armeen

Generally this soundtrack would have gained from slightly better lyrics on almost all the songs. -Archana

Nice, catchy, but needed better words than just those that have the right sound for the tune. -Aditya

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मटरगश्ती  (तमाशा)
maTaragashtii (Tamasha)

Tags: dance, free-flowing, fun, happy, joi de vivre, matargashti, melodious, naughty, peppy, playful, soft rock, upbeat

ए आर रहमान
A R Rahman

इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil

मोहित चौहान
Mohit Chauhan

Whimsical, free-flowing melody, exuberantly sung by Mohit. अल्हड मिजाज़ वाला गाना. This could easily be your next road-trip song. Irshad sahab is also having a fun ride with words.
“फेंका नया पासा, फिर दे गयी झांसा,
ऐंवहि मुझे फांसा, चिरकुट ज़िंदगी..!!” 
The song changes gears when it goes into “Sun re sun beliyaa..” mode. A tribute to Dev Anand follows with references to his films and songs. So, brighten up your day with मटरगश्ती. -Mihir M

Has a nice hook. -Aditya

Catchy tune, interesting words but why do you have to scream the words? -Ketan

While it is fun listening to it the first few times, the novelty wears off quickly. Full credit for the orchestration but it doesn't work beyond a point. What we are then left with is Mohit Chauhan in a Sanu-esque nasal model and some random Tere Ghar Ke Saamne tribute and a 101 on social media insertions into a song. -Subrat

Guess this song is more for the movies situation than comedy. -Abhay

Catchy, shortlived appeal, chirkut zindagi was a curious phrase. attempts to be philosophical but is quite confused, imho. :-). -Archana

Fun song! The first half is interesting, but the tune seems to meander thereafter. Nice interludes. -Armeen

राज कपूर याद आते हैं। -मिहिर पं.

I can relate to it only as a comedian reciting funny stuff. -Ashok

The best song in the album, with some nice percussions in the arrangement. The mandolin gives a nice perky feel to the song. -Sowmya

Fantastically cute song, and mohit is the perfect choice for this song. he did good, as did the composer!. -Neha

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अलबेला सजन  (बाजीराव मस्तानी)
alabelaa sajan (Bajirao Mastani)

Tags: celebratory, classical, expansive, festive, grand, jubilant, romantic, semi-classical, traditional, victory song, welcome song

संजय लीला भंसाली
Sanjay Leela Bhansali


शशि सुमन, कुणाल पंडित, पृथ्वी गंधर्व, कणिका जोशी, राशि रागा, गीतिका मंजरेकर
Shashi Suman, Kunal Pandit, Prithvi Gandharva, Kanika Joshi, Rashi Raagga, Geetikka Manjrekar

Lovely 'repurposing' of traditional lyrics. One of the best compositions of the year for me. -Sunil

SLB adapts traditional bandish ‘Albela sajan aayo re’ in a different raaga. It’s being used here to welcome the Peshwa warrior back home after a victory. Nice twist that is. The song is dominated with a horde of instruments and superb chorus. With traditional Marathi ‘Tutari' (trumpet-kind-instrument) kickstarting the song, there is also ‘Shankh’, Shehnai and beautiful Sitar. There are many ‘highs’ owing to the celebratory, jubilant mood of the song. Words also capture the essence of the song well. अंग सुगंधित मन आनंदित, चहु और रंग बरसायो रे.. . -Mihir M

SLB's second attempt at the bandish after HDDCS. -Vibhendu

I like Albela Sajan of HDDCS and while I didn't find anything terrible about this version, I won't go for multiple plays on this. The shehnai is good and the drums et al are in the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony mode. -Subrat

The "Sookh" is contextually endearing but jarring at the same time and prevents this song from going above the very good… I have dinged singing though to be fair that is a music-lyrics combo issue. Generally I found the lyrics on this one very very good, tending to exceptional. -Archana

Brilliant composition and orchestration. -Ketan

Nicely done. Did not try to add anything and mess it up. -Vinayakam

A little noisy..but still festive!. -Neha

The most interesting part of this song is the setting of its main tune (predominantly) to Raag Deshkar. -UVR

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आयत  (बाजीराव मस्तानी)
aayat (Bajirao Mastani)

Tags: classical, deep, divine, lyrical, qawwali, romantic, soothing, soulful, spiritual

संजय लीला भंसाली
Sanjay Leela Bhansali

ए एम तूराज़
A M Turaz

अरिजित सिंह
Arijit Singh

Arijit strikes again, where you expect him the least. SLB has a decent sense of tune selection but the entire album has a faux-curated feel to it. This is the song that works the most. -Vibhendu

Again, these songs may help the scene, but just for listening are simply not interesting. -Abhay

Ho hum. The number of singers do not make a song good. -Ketan

The singing gives a very spiritual feel to the song. -Vinayakam

Strained singing. -Ashok

Lovely arrangement. -Sunil

Aayat takes over where Laal ishq left off in Ram-Leela. A soothing composition sung in a divine manner by Arijit Singh. One can keep listening to his rendition and not get tired of. In the middle, the composer smoothly introduces qawwali elements. The lyrics add to the sacred feel of the song.
तेरा ज़िक्र हो रहा है इबादत की तरह 
कायम तू हो गयी है रिवायत की तरह . -Mihir M

अरिजीत का शुरुआती आलाप मन को प्रेम के गहन संसार में ले जाता है और फिर उनकी आवाज और सिद्धार्थ गरिमा के बोल श्रोता को उस सम्मोहन से निकलने देते। काश इस गीत को फिल्म में पूरी जगह मिली होती। -मनीष

Almost as good as Aaj ibadat, with Atijit impressing with his effortless classical abilities. -Sowmya

I have a huge problem with arijit. his singing with lazy emphasis on words…i hate it. -Neha

Even though the music has memories of Ram Leela, it is perfect for the mood of this beautifully penned song about love and respect for the one you love. -Vikas

Arijit is not in his 'mould' here and shows how good he can be if he isn't given the same genre over and over again. Everything else sounds familiar to some old Bhansali number which I can't place right now. -Subrat

The qawwali snatch in the middle is nice. While the lyrics are fine, some technical flaws are irksome. -Aditya

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अब तोहे जाने न दूँगी  (बाजीराव मस्तानी)
ab tohe jaane na duu.Ngii (Bajirao Mastani)

Tags: classical, romantic, sensual, sentimental, soft, soothing, soulful, thumri, traditional

संजय लीला भंसाली
Sanjay Leela Bhansali

ए एम तूराज़
A M Turaz

पायल देव, श्रेयस पुराणिक
Payal Dev, Shreyas Puranik

Well sung by the female singer. -Ashok

Payal Dev and Shryenas Puranik have exceptional voices. The shenai adds a nice touch. -Sunil

Payal Dev's amazing voice and vocals with beautiful expressions is a treat to hear, equally beautiful composition by Shreyas Puranik. -Shivani

Terribly lazy lazy singing :(. -Neha

I was bored. -Abhay

This song had more potential. The singers live up to the expectations but the tune is a let down. -Ketan

Would have loved to see this on screen. -Aditya

A cry of the soul for a lover rendered beautifully by Payal Dev. Her voice has got a distinct alluring texture. When the male voice joins in, he gets to sing these beautiful lines written by A.M.Turaz which underlines the courtship of the leads that come from different backgrounds, and how love emerges above all.
दायें से पढ़ या बायें से पढ़ 
फर्श से अर्श तक इश्क़ है लिखा । . -Mihir M

Again, a pleasant Bhansali surprise. There's a thehrav in the song owing to the singing. Never heard these singers before but they hold up quite well. -Subrat

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हीर तो बड़ी सैड है  (तमाशा)
hiir to ba.Dii sad hai (Tamasha)

Tags: bhangra, fun, happy, joyful, pathos, punjabi, punjabi funk, qawaali, rustic, uplifting

ए आर रहमान
A R Rahman

इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil

मिका सिंह, नकश अज़ीज़
Mika Singh, Nakash Aziz

Nice folkish tune with some interesting voices singing it. -Ketan

Guess this song is more for the movies situation than comedy. -Abhay

Unadulterated Bhangra... clever lyrics... entertaining all around. -Armeen

हीर की अटर सैडनेस के बारे में सुनकर मुझे पहला आश्चर्य ये हुआ कि हिंदी कविता में पी एच डी करने वाले क़ामिल साहब की ज़ुबान हिंग्लिश कैसे हो गई? ए आर रहमान की पंजाबी लोक धुन में रंगे जाने पहचाने संगीत पर मीका की आवाज़ का जादू ऐसा था जो मुझे अंत तक इस गीत को सुनने पर विवश कर गया। पूरे बोल सुन कर लगा कि इरशाद भी गीतों को चटपटा बनाने के गुर सीख चुके हैं। -मनीष

Rubbish. -Ashok

As the genre suggests a nice contrast. Mika did add something to the song but his drawl takes away something as well . Oh , well. -Vinayakam

This song is a stroke of genius form the filmmakers, who decided to go against the norm and depict the sad mood of the on-screen character through a folksy, upbeat song instead. Rahman's music may be fun-filled and dance-worthy but it also forces you to stop and listen to the lyrics at the same time. Full marks for simply doing the unexpected. -Vikas

Yes, there are some songs where you love even Mika Singh. And…hold on...he's even irreplaceable here!. -Shivani

There's a lot of innovation going here on a standard Punjabi tune. It is almost like how Gal Meethi Meethi Bol was a reinvention of the Punju shaadi song genre. The lyrics are quite interesting and an irreverent Hinglish take on a birah song. Mika Singh is the perfect choice for this and he meets the brief. -Subrat

Used innovatively in the film (upbeat song in complete contrast to the state-of-mind characters). -Aditya

After Katiya karoon in Rockstar, Rahman gets a chance to compose Punjabi-folk based song once again. ARR being ARR, he turns the 'sad-song genre' into a joyous, cheerful track! Mika Singh infuses energy into the song. Rahman’s arrangements are top-notch. Check how the 2nd interlude flows from one place to another undergoing scale changes, and how it eventually lands onto the correct note to begin the next antara. Fantastic number. -Mihir M

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क ख ग  (बॉम्बे वेल्वेट)
ka kha ga (Bombay Velvet)

Tags: club, jazz, moody, retro, romantic

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi

अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattarcharya

नीति मोहन
Neeti Mohan

Neeti Mohan does very well. -Aditya

Neeti Mohan starts off well and then descends rapidly into cacophony. Amit Trivedi seems all lost with what to do with the tune. -Ketan

Fantastic arrangement again and Neeti sings beautifully. -Subrat

Neeti Mohan. What a voice! What stylish singing!. -UVR

Love the Sax in the prelude and the blues transition. Neeti is brilliant in this song. -Sowmya

Dim your lights and listen to this slow burner by Trivedi. Starting trumpets' tune reminds of ‘Arre re are ye kya hya’. Ka Kha Ga is about after-effects falling in love. Again, Neeti gets to showcase her whole vocal range here from base-notes to being seductive-best to soaring high notes without sounding screechy. Gosh!. -Mihir M

Better of the lot. -Abhay

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आम हिन्दुस्तानी  (बॉम्बे वेल्वेट)
aam hindustaanii (Bombay Velvet)

Tags: cabaret, club, club song, easy listening, hard-hitting, indigenous jaaz (sanskaari jazz), jazz, jazz/ club song, jazz/rock, jovial, retro, satire

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi

अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattarcharya

शेफ़ाली अल्वारेस
Shefali Alvares

Is this an attempt at Jazz? It's a mess. -Abhay

Once again, I wish I was judging costumes, cinematography and set decoration. The music is different, but being different is not enough, you actually have to be good. -Armeen

In some years, Berklee College of Music will offer a "Composing Classic Jazz Songs for Bollywood 101" course, and Amit Trivedi will feature prominently in the study materials with this song, mohabbat buri bimari, ka kha ga, naak pe gussa, et cetera. -UVR

Shefali is a wonderful addition to this otherwise over-architected song. -Sowmya

Very different, i like! singer not so much. -Neha

Interesting, unusual and experimental. Shefali Alvares manages to do justice to the sultriness required here. -Ketan

While the whole album is lush, this is my personal favorite. The orchestration is spot on, there's harmony, the song switches rhythm often, the singing is pat all times and the lyrics are zany. What's not to like? -Subrat

Amitabh Bhattacharya's lyrics for the song are as relevant today as they were back in the era of the film. They are both funny and hard-hitting, hillarious and though-provoking. -Vikas

गाने के पहले प्रील्यूड का जॉज़ संगीत झुमा देता है। -मनीष

Fantastic prelude starting with clarinet and slowly joined by brass-heavy orchestra. Amit Trivedi kickstarts the album on a high note. This 9-minutes song, sung marvelously by Shefali provides a worthy introduction to the jazz world of Bombay Velvet. Amitabh’s lyrics nod to the prohibition era. “Pyar mein thenga, bar mein thenga, inki botal bhi goron ki ghulam hai”. -Mihir M

Quirky lyrics, music sets the night club ambience very well, Raveena owns the song on screen. -Aditya

A Scathing jazzy take on the common man’s situation. -Vinayakam

Long by today's standards. In keeping with the club scene. Lovely prelude 3:25 min long. -Sunil

Interesting enough, I suppose. -Ashok

Excellent prelude and final music piece. -Archana

Shefali Alvares soars the song with her full throttle singing. -Shivani

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बेज़ुबान  (पीकू)
bezubaan (Piku)

Tags: indi pop, melody, philosophical, realistic, soft rock, soothing, soulful, thoughtful, uplifting

अनुपम रॉय
Anupam Roy

अनुपम रॉय
Anupam Roy

अनुपम रॉय
Anupam Roy

Overall zero, because it's too long and becomes a drag. -Abhay

Anupam Roy soothing and sensual voice makes him the star here. Another lovely composition with a beautiful build-up. -Sowmya

Gem of a song by Anupam Roy. The song I can listen to in loop. Filled with happiness and hope. Beautifully sprinkled Sarod bits make the song even more special. Among top 5 for me.
जीने की ये कैसी आदत लगी, बेमतलब कर्ज़े चढ़ गए..
हादसों से बच के जाते कहाँ, सब रोते हँसते सह गए..
अब ग़लतियां जो मान ली तो ठीक है.. -Mihir M

All departments: promising; needs to improve. -Ashok

Life and the lessons one learns, while silently living it and watching it go by as a spectator are some of the themes discussed in this beautifully composed, written and sung song. A song with tremendous repeat value. -Vikas

I think jhini jhini has already made its presence felt in 4 different songs this year. It is the new maula in Hindi film lyrics though Maula is still going strong. That aside, the tune is quite pleasant and the orchestration is fresh (sarod starring). Didn't mind it at all. -Subrat

As has been the case throughout this exercise, the music is not supported by the voices. Lovely sarod pieces in the end. -Ketan

I think that's a real sarod!. -Armeen

The sarod is the highlight of this song. Is 'har dooriyaan har faasle qareeb hain' grammatically correct? -Aditya

"har dooriyaan har faasle" -- is this being considered grammatically correct these days? -UVR

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बहरूपिया  (बॉम्बे वेल्वेट)
baharuupiyaa (Bombay Velvet)

Tags: jazz, jazzful, love ballad, moody, pop, retro, romantic, soft, soft rock, soft romantic

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi

अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattarcharya

मोहित चौहान, नीति मोहन
Mohit Chauhan, Neeti Mohan

Lovely use of the trumpet. -Sunil

A break from all that jazz in the album. Mohit keeps getting more nasal every year (to what end? It adds nothing to the song). Lots of gentle trumpeting in the background and good arrangements again. Nothing spectacular. -Subrat

Most gorgeous, seductive, stunning song of the year. That’s how I’ll describe Behroopiyan. One of the best tracks of 2015, it has been painstakingly produced by Amit. There is a certain dreamy, surreal quality to the song. Mohit Chauhan’s razor sharp voice slits through the aura this song creates when he sings ~ ‘Haseen kasoor kiya..’. Neeti Mohan complements Mohit’s singing and adds to the overall seductiveness. The song has got amazing lyrics by AB.
जला, चिंगारी शमा बन जा, 
मैं भी परवाना हूँ मुझे आज़मा.. 
बुझी शम्मा से ना दिल बहला, 
हाथ में आएगा तेरे बस धुंआ.. . -Mihir M

Of all the songs in this soundtrack, this is the one that left me cold. -UVR

The weakest song in the album for me. Arijit sounds monotonous. -Vinayakam

One of the best overall songs, Mohit Chauhan's lazy voice giving the perfect feel for this lazy laid-back jazz. Not to forget Amit Trivedi's super composition. -Shivani

The sultryness of the song is spoilt by Mohit Chauhan's overemoting. -Ketan

At least the lyrics are interesting. All these songs are relying on the same formula. Slow tempo. -Abhay

A lovely duet pair Mohit and Neeti, this is an oddball in the entire album. Impressive nevertheless. -Sowmya

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जीना जीना  (बदलापुर)
jiinaa jiinaa (Badlapur)

Tags: breezy, easy listening, feelgood, love, love ballad, pain, pathos, romantic, separation, soft, soft rock, soothing, wistful


दिनेश विजन, प्रिया सरैया
Dinesh Vijan, Priya Saraiya

आतिफ़ असलम
Atif Aslam

Atif aslam is a nice change from Arijit. The song is at its romantic best with captivating flute pieces. One of those songs that will make anyone's playlist. -Sowmya

I was tempted to take points off for the horrid "remix" version! Lyricists needed to come up with one more stanza. -Ashok

Atif Aslam at his careless best... one more of those elevator tunes. -Armeen

Too many songs like this one. Composers are rehashing each other's tunes. -Ketan

I have also learnt jeena with Aatif's vocals and made peace. The music is soothing, the flute carries you along and the lyrics are apt conveying the loss of a loved one; nothing spectacular; nothing despicable. -Subrat

The song is my favorite from the movie. and while listening for this exercise, I actually teared up…. -Neha

Not great, but very pleasant enough to hear. The play on "jeena" is nice. -Abhay

Another winner from Badlapur, which highlights the loss of a loved one with utmost sensitivity. Atif Aslam surprises after a long time with his soothing singing. -Vikas

Atif Aslam sounds surprisingly good. -Aditya

मुखड़े के बाद की सचिन जिगर की बाँसुरी की धुन कमाल की है और गीत की मेलोडी से घुल मल कर दिल में एक मीठा अहसास जगाती है। आतिफ असलम ने निभाया भी खूब है इसे। -मनीष

Beautiful melody. -Sunil

The production (music + orchestration + post-production) is really the only thing that is compelling about this song. -UVR

A soft, soothing, romantic track by Sachin-Jigar. The arrangements are neat and understated. Composers settle for an acoustic treatment here. Flute and guitars have been used effectively without SJ going overboard. -Mihir M

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भोर  (मसान)
bhor (Masaan)

Tags: folk, folk/indie, fusion, love, mournful, philosophical, pop folk, rock, romantic, soulful

इंडियन ओशन
Indian Ocean

संजीव शर्मा
Sanjeev Sharma

अमित किलाम, राहुल राम, हिमांशु जोशी, निखिल राव
Amit Kilam, Rahul Ram, Himanshu Joshi, Nikhil Rao

Lots of guitar. And, some deft arrangement (a bit different from the usual Indian Ocean tracks). Singing is competent. -Subrat

Boring! Again, just being different is not enough, you actually have to be good. -Armeen

The music holds your attention till the end. I like the lyrics very much, too: Varun Grover is a guy to watch. The vocals could do with some post-processing. A lot of post-processing. With the type of technology available today, there is just no excuse to produce a song that features flat or indifferent singing. -UVR

Lovely song! masaan is a treasure!. -Neha

Meandering. -Mihir M

Powerful in composition, delivery and vocals. Indian ocean delves another wonderful round of songs that are fiery and resonate with the theme. -Sowmya

Song starts off well but then wanders off into ordinary category. -Ketan

Austere. All three aspects work harmoniously;. -Ashok

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ओल्ड स्कूल गर्ल (हरयाणवी)  (तनु वेड्स मनु रिटर्न्स)
Old School Girl (Haryanvi) (Tanu Weds Manu Returns)

Tags: easy listening, folk, fun, funny, haryanvi jazz, honest, jazz, retro, romantic, rustic

कृष्णा सोलो
Krsna Solo


कल्पना गंधर्व
Kalpana Gandharv

Cute song and comical. The Haryanvi touch is brilliant. A masterful arrangement with some lovely guitar pieces. -Sowmya

गीत तो परिस्थितिजन्य है पर खास बात है कि इसका संगीत साठ के दशक की याद दिलाता है। -मनीष

Can't believe such a song exists and gets nominated! What is meant by Haryanvi: Pronunciation? -Ashok

It has some novelty value and is good for a few laughs. The singer has done an excellent job though. -Archana

Quirky song and fits the movie. My issue is with the singing. Why not get a singer who is not fluent in English instead of getting someone who was raised in Bombay, and is fluent in English and then get her to fake the accent? Kangana who herself insists that her English is not good might have sounded more authentic singing this herself. -Ketan

Enough to say brings a smile on face :). -Shivani

Most interesting song in the soundtrack. -Aditya

Suits the situation in the film. -Sunil

What a whacky song. Loved every bit of it. -Vinayakam

I'm an old school boy and I am with the sentiment expressed in the lyrics (which are quite a hoot). The simple arrangement, mandolin and accordion, the gentle yodelling in the interlude are all quite interesting. The singing and the accent are captivating and make me quite 'santimantle' and I give the song an extra half a point (but don't get 'judge-uh-mantle'). -Subrat

Impressive Jazz-y treatment to the song. Mandolin, accordion sound lovely. Haryanvi accented singing brings smile on one’s face if one recalls Datto’s character in the film. -Mihir M

Funny lyrics. That's all this song has going for it. And some decent singing. Surely that's enough to qualify it for the best of 2015, right? -UVR

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ओ साथी मेरे  (तनु वेड्स मनु रिटर्न्स)
o saathii mere (Tanu Weds Manu Returns)

Tags: folk/semi-classical, heartfelt, moody, operatic, romantic, slow, string orchestra

कृष्णा सोलो
Krsna Solo


सोनू निगम
Sonu Nigam

Singing is a downer in this otherwise decent song. -Aditya

Melodious song. Catchy beat. -Sunil

O saathi mere from TWMR is a good composition. Yes, Rahman-isque. Changing it’s gears from time to time. But what it lacks is Rahman's finesse or finishing touch. Sonu has sung it beautifully, but what was the need to use his processed voice at places (esp very beginning of the song) when we all know Sonu’s natural voice is so good. The song scores in lyrics department. Beautifully worded by Rajshekhar. आओ मिले हम इस तरह, आए ना कभी विरह, हम से मैं ना हो रिहा |. -Mihir M

Only listenable song of the soundtrack, although I didn't think Sonu Nigam could be that ugly. -Ashok

A beautiful mix of music, words and singing.. . -Pavan

ज़िदगी का खट्टा मीठा सफ़र अपने प्रियतम के साथ गुजारने की उम्मीद रखते इस गीत की सबसे प्यारी पंक्तियाँ मुझे वो लगती हैं जब राजशेखर कहते हैं.. हम जो बिखरे कभी..तुमसे जो हम उधड़े कहीं ...बुन लेना फिर से हर धागा ...हम तो अधूरे यहाँ....तुम भी मगर पूरे कहाँ...करले अधूरेपन को हम आधा. -मनीष

Sonu could have done without his dramatic and pretentious 'flair' and elevated the song. It’s a well arranged song. -Sowmya

आग भी है, पानी भी। क्रसना का संगीत यहाँ रहमान की तरुणाई की याद दिलाता है। रोजा के दिनों वाला निडर नवेला रहमान। लेकिन यह गीत राजशेखर की उजली कविता के लिए भी याद रखा जाएगा। -मिहिर पं.

Could have been a good song if not for Sonu's singing. -Ketan

The strings add a degree of grandiosity to the track. Sonu Nigam who I haven't heard much of late is a welcome voice (notwithstanding the typical way he carries the song). The tune is melodic and worth a second listen. -Subrat

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सिल्विया  (बॉम्बे वेल्वेट)
silviyaa (Bombay Velvet)

Tags: cabaret, catchy, club song, jazz, mirror of the times, remorse, retro, romantic, upbeat

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi

अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattarcharya

नीति मोहन
Neeti Mohan

High points for the arrangement. -Sowmya

This song is like Geeta Dutt and Asha Bhosle hooked up and had a baby named Neeti Mohan! :). -UVR

Innovative in terms of conceptualization i.e. using a contemporary headline (Nanavati) for a cabaret performance. -Aditya

बुरा बस यही है कि इस साल का सबसे शानदार संगीत आैर गायकी इस साल की सबसे कोसी गई फ़िल्म में है। -मिहिर पं.

Amateurish!. -Armeen

Interestingly melodious. -Ashok

This all sounds like music that you hear in Circus shows. -Abhay

Foot tapping tune. Singing could be better. -Ketan

Again, you sense an element of the 60s Geeta/Rafi songs (except when the Sylvia hook comes on) and the song seems to be a tribute to Goan arrangers like Chic Chocolate, Anthony Gonsalves and Sebastian D'Souza. -Subrat

Amit Trivedi builds sylvia on O.P.Nayyar’s popular theka/rhythm of ‘60s. The orchestration sounds lively, chirpy in the same zone as that of the prelude of Aam Hindustani. Neeti aces it again. The track does get repetitive in between. I would rank this song lower compared to other songs of the album. -Mihir M

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लम्हे गुज़र गए  (पीकू)
lamhe guzar gae (Piku)

Tags: background, bollywood rock, comfort song, melody, realistic, romantic, soft rock, soothing, uplifting

अनुपम रॉय
Anupam Roy

अनुपम रॉय
Anupam Roy

अनुपम रॉय
Anupam Roy

Lazy singing, lazy writing. Doesn't do much. -Ketan

Anupam Roy seems to be the only composer who is not hiring Arijit singh as he is capable of a mean Arjit impersonation himself, with all the breathlessness intact. -Vibhendu

Again, promising, but needs to imrove. -Ashok

My favorite in the album both in terms of the arrangement and Anupam's ability to not just deliver the song perfectly but also to bring its nuances to life. -Sowmya

The use of Sarod in this album is so refreshing. Such an underrated and underutilized instrument. -Sunil

What is the logic here? Piku was a somewhat high profile movies, so the songs must be good? -Armeen

Incoherent lyrics again. -Aditya

Every song of Piku had a deep-rooted meaning to it. And this one was the best of the lot, teaching one about life and its lost moments…spent with your loved ones. A gorgeous melody and some wondrous lyrics make this an unforgettable song from 2015. -Vikas

I was half expecting Arijit Singh to be the singer here. It is the kind of song he should have sung to get me rate it zero for the over familiarity. But I can live with this. The music director/singer has it in him to do some good quality work in future. -Subrat

This is one of the feel-good comfort songs. A slow, soothing, melodious track done in a soft rock style. In singing department, Anupam adds smooth progressions. I like the way he goes- Lakhon sawalon main dhoondhu kya, thak gayi yeh zameen.. Also, subtle use of flute. -Mihir M

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हमारी अधूरी कहानी  (हमारी अधूरी कहानी)
hamaarii adhuurii kahaanii (Hamari Adhuri Kahani)

Tags: arijit-bhatt, bhatt template, emotional, longing, melancholic, mournful, pain, romantic, sad, sad romantic, separation, soft rock

जीत गांगुली
Jeet Ganguli

रश्मि सिंह, विराग मिश्रा
Rashmi Singh, Virag Mishra

अरिजित सिंह
Arijit Singh

I assume it's the Arijit Singh version, not the MD version. -Ashok

Haunting in terms of arrangement and vocals, Arijit's emotive voice makes the song a popular one akin to "Tum hi ho". The use of violins and flute in setting the mood is not new but coupled with strong vocals, makes the song extremely potent and popular among the usual audience. Again surprised Humnawa didn't make the charts. A better song both in terms of musical arrangement and vocals. I give this an overall 3 because this song is very stereotypical and lacks originality. -Sowmya

Musically it's OK, but the singing is powerful. -Abhay

The song has a sprawling orchestration replete with strings instruments. Arijit Singh is the soul of the track, who takes the song one notch higher. I love this line - वक़्त की रेत पे, कुछ मेरे नाम सा..
लिख के छोड़ गया, तू कहाँ? -Mihir M

Arijit Singh sings this a lot better. The music and interlude are also well done. -Ketan

Popular for FM Bombardment. -Pavan

इस गीत को चार चाँद लगाया है अरिजीत सिंह ने अपनी आवाज़ से। गीत के बोलो के अंदर के भावों को जिस ईमानदारी से उन्होंने पकड़ा है वो दिल को छू जाता है। -मनीष

Arijit sounds distinctly different - very mature with a beautiful painful touch - than his other regular songs. My pick for Arijit from all his songs this year. -Shivani

Lovely piano and violin prelude, and pleasing interludes. Good lyrics. -Aditya

There's should be a genre titled Arijit-Bhatt (nee KK-Bhatt). And, I shouldn't be forced to listen to it. I have already heard of so many Arijit songs in this list that I am tired of another song sounding similar. -Subrat

Marred little by Arijit's singing, and the fact that the refrain 'hamaari adhuri kahani' sits as an appendage to the rest of the mukha.daa, the song works beautifully specially in the antaras and other parts of the quasi-refrain. -Vibhendu

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नाक पे गुस्सा  (बॉम्बे वेल्वेट)
naak pe gussaa (Bombay Velvet)

Tags: cabaret, ched chaad, club, club song, jazz, moody, naughty, playful, retro bollywood; chhed-chhad

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi

अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattarcharya

नीति मोहन, अमित त्रिवेदी
Neeti Mohan, Amit Trivedi

The weaker of the songs in the album. There's a touch of Bolly retro cool to the composition (esp the 'chhipa bhi na sake, jata bhi na sake' part). Neeti emotes very well through the album (especially her scats) and she does the same in this song. The lyrics are consistently good and different (jhaad bhi do yeh gussa, for instance). -Subrat

After her power-packed vocals in Dhadam Dhadam, Neeti gets soft & naive in Naak pe gussa. She croons a flirtatious number teasing the lover for his temper. Amitabh’s words do the trick again. छुपा bhi na sake, जता bhi na sake, Toh phir fizul hai yeh किस्सा.. Or
क्यूँ ना मुस्कुरा के झाड़ दो, 
सिर्फ़ धूल है ये गुस्सा..!. -Mihir M

Lovely expressions by Neeti Mohan. -Shivani

It's Neeti's drunken voice that gives this song a high. -Sowmya

It's just the same thing. Not an iota of variation. -Abhay

Nothing to complain here but nothing to praise either. Amit Trivedi seems to have run out of ideas here. -Ketan

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बन्नो तेरा स्वैगर  (तनु वेड्स मनु रिटर्न्स)
banno teraa swaigar (Tanu Weds Manu Returns)

Tags: catchy, dance, dance/folk, folk, fun, fusion, punjabi techno funk, riot, rustic, uplifting, wedding

तनिष्क बागची, वायु
Tanishk Bagchi, Vayu


ब्रजेश शांडिल्य, स्वाति शर्मा
Brijesh Shandilya, Swati Sharma

Swagger works and how.. Also used brilliantly in Promos. -Pavan

Fun lyrics. Well sung. A likeable song by masses. This is probably the best song in the album. -Sowmya

Haath laga de jis subject pe, ho jaaye tu topper"?? And, many such lines are all fun and in keeping with th freewheeling spirit of the song. Tehcno meets Punjabi genre has another anthem. The singing is good and the hook is catchy and no wonder plays at every party in the loop. -Subrat

Interesting 'modernization' of a traditional wedding song. -Aditya

The song is a riot! This track is highlight of the album. Tanishk-Vayu build a rollicking song over a traditional north Indian tune mostly sung during wedding functions.
Composers arrive at a right balance of folk and contemporary styles. Lyrics are ace. Truly, swagger से परिपूर्ण गीत. -Mihir M

Catchy melody. -Sunil

If this song doesn't make you get up and rock it, something’s wrong with your head and ears:) whattasong!. -Neha

Worth one listen that's all. -Ketan

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हँसी (स्त्री)  (हमारी अधूरी कहानी)
ha.Nsii (strii) (Hamari Adhuri Kahani)

Tags: appreciation, companionship, emotional, love, love ballad, romantic, soft, soft rock, soulful

अमि मिश्रा
Ami Mishra

कुणाल वर्मा
Kunaal Vermaa

श्रेया घोषाल
Shreya Ghoshal

Shreya's voice carries the song. The music is soothing and overall the song lingers more than the others.. -Sowmya

Exceptionally sung. Very much in sur, with emotions, no gimmicks, singing as it should be. -Abhay

Forgettable. -Neha

Shreya and the composition work together. This is a good tune and good singing but nothing that soars and stays in your mind. -Ketan

Over-wrought, torutured lyrics and tune. -Ashok

Shreya Ghosal is a master of these songs and she doesn't disappoint a bit. Flute interludes are good. Lyrics are ho-hum. The hook of 'haan hasi ban gaye' is catchy and keeps your attention for some time. -Subrat

With Hasi, Ami Mishra produces an engaging track which rises above the regular songs churned out by Bhatt banner. The song production is good. There is nicely done flute interlude. Shreya takes the composition one step higher with her flawless singing. Best song of HAK album for me. My fav line from the song:
क्या खूब रब ने किया, बिन मांगे इतना दिया,
वरना है मिलता कहाँ, हम काफिरों को खुदा? -Mihir M

Ear-friendly. -Aditya

श्रेया की दिलकश गायिकी ने गीत में जान डाल दी। -मनीष

Once again, lyrics are king on this song which honors the presence of a loved one in a partner's life and describes the impact his presence has had on her life. Sung ethereally by Shreya Ghoshal. -Vikas

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गल्लाँ गूड़ियाँ  (दिल धड़कने दो)
gallaa.N guu.Diyaa.N (Dil Dhadakne Do)

Tags: bhangra/rock, bollywood bhangra, catchy, celebratory, dance, folksy, fun, joi de vivre, joyful, party, same old-same old, upbeat


जावेेद अख़्तर
Javed Akhtar

यशिता शर्मा, मनीष कुमार टीपू, फ़रहान अख़्तर, शंकर महादेवन, सुखविंदर सिंह
Yashita Sharma, Manish Kumar Tipu, Farhan Akhtar, Shankar Mahadevan, Sukhwinder Singh

Lovely foot-tapping number, love the surprise element of extra thekas in 'o dilbar jaani'. After 'baat badi hai mastaani', one tends to go directly to 'galla goodiyan'. -Shivani

One of the catchiest songs of the year. SEL-Javed saab give us a celebratory, euphoric group song which I'm sure would be performed in family gatherings. There is an inherent rhythm and joyful singing by Shankar Mahadevan & Co. Add Javed saab's fun alfaaz to that.
मैं डालूँ ताल पे भंगड़ा
तू भी गिद्दा पा ले
चल ऐसा रंग जमा दे हम के सभी बने मतवाले.. Cheers!. -Mihir M

Hardly a good Bhangra. -Abhay

Foot Tapping, nothing else. -Pavan

Sukhwinder never fails to cheer me up!. -Armeen

Fantastic ensemble of singers. Always gets me on my feet. Sukhwinder needs to sing more!. -Neha

Didn't really understand the song. -Ashok

The magical 'one shot' song! एेसे गीत आजकल कम आते हैं जिसमें बाकायदे आप आरंभ, मध्य आैर अन्त की भिन्न बुनावटें महसूस कर सकें। आवाज़ों आैर अन्दाज़ों की विविधता जिसे समृद्ध करे। जिसे पूरा सुनकर लगे कि आप एक जोशीले सफ़र पर निकले थे आैर कई पड़ावों को पार कर थकान से भरे, लेकिन विजयी संतोश के साथ अन्त तक पहुंचे हैं। इस गीत में टेस्ट क्रिकेट सी आैपन्यासिकता है, लेकिन सहवागीय आक्रामकता के साथ। -मिहिर पं.

Apart from a foot tapping beat, the song has nothing going for it. Just a lot of noise. -Ketan

Fun song that is more exciting with the visuals as the entire song is in a single shot. -Aditya

One of the catchiest and the best picturized songs of the year for me. The camerawork, the energy captured, the choreography in the song is breathtaking. To watch it on the big screen was a real treat. 'Girls like to Swing' was another fabulous song from the film that did not make the cut. -Sunil

How many different ways should I dance for similar tunes? -Subrat

It's an SEL "bhangra"-genre song, what's not to like? -UVR

Love the energy in this song. -Vinayakam

A good catchy party song. Nothing spectacular that warrants a second listen. -Sowmya

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पहली बार  (दिल धड़कने दो)
pahalii baar (Dil Dhadakne Do)

Tags: complex, cutesy!, dance, groovy, indi pop, love song, peppy, playful, rock, romantic, sel template song for excel ent, soft rock


जावेेद अख़्तर
Javed Akhtar

सुकृति कक्कर, सिद्धार्थ महादेवन
Sukriti Kakar, Siddharth Mahadevan

This is a difficult song to compose, given the long lines in the mukhdas and antras, and the musicians did a great job. The song is also sung with gusto, making it an enjoyable and repeat listen. -Vikas

Very reminescent of an SEL's earlier song. -Sunil

Dumb!. -Armeen

Again, a better on-screen experience than audio alone. -Aditya

Had better expectations from this trio. -Abhay

Going by how Excel Entertainment name their films, their next film with Frahan Akhtar will be titled Ab Jo Bhi Ho (considering ZNMD was a hook in the title song in Rock On and Dil Dhadkne Do was a hook in a song in ZNMD). Anyway, the singers are good (haven't heard a lot from them). -Subrat

This is one of those happy, energetic numbers you can start your day with. The song begins with an SEL-style bass guitar and Javed Akhtar adds conversational lines to the groovy baseline. There is exuberant and powerful singing by Siddharth and Sukriti. Jr. Mahadevan is a bundle of energy and every note by him is pitch-perfect. The song changes gears during 'Lehron se jaise..' portion which sounds lovely. Thumbs up. -Mihir M

Heard this theme in movies such as "Rock on" so not a novelty. Fantastic use of the bass guitar. Male vocals are superb as well with Siddharth's youthful voice (can't go wrong with Shankar's genes :)). -Sowmya

Lots of energy in the song and a tune that puts a smile on your face. It's amazing that S-E-L have been churning out variations of this tune for 15 years or so and they can still wow us. Sukriti needs help with pronunciations big time. -Ketan

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दरबान  (बॉम्बे वेल्वेट)
darabaan (Bombay Velvet)

Tags: atmospheric, jazz, melancholy, moody, pensive, philosophical, retro, sad, socialist rant, somber, soulful

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi

अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattarcharya


An interesting blues-jazz mix here. I like that Amit Trivedi pushes new boundaries. Papon's voice adds to the interesting music. -Ketan

"Composing Classic Jazz songs fo Bollywood, 102", course material. 10"2" because, you know, male voice. -UVR

I understand the impact lyrics are trying to create. But musically it sounds weird. -Abhay

Papon sounds wonderful!. -Shivani

Papon does full justice to this succinct yet sweet song. Absolutely love the retro feel to all the songs in this album. -Sowmya

Finally, a male voice makes a debut in this album. Darbaan has a pensive mood with laid-back arrangement. Despite being in somber zone, this heavy-worded track remains true to the overall Jazz feel of the album. -Mihir M

After some time all the songs of this movie sound the same..jazzy-bluey nonsense. -Neha

I like Papon and he doesn't disappoint with his angsty take on constraints (Darbaan) all around. The arrangements are again spot on. The lyrics of the song channel Shailendra's 'manzil meri paas khadi hai, paon mein lekin bedi padi hai, taang adaata hai daultawala' spirit. -Subrat

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अच्छी सूरत पे  (जाँनिसार)
achchhii suurat pe (Jaanisaar)

Tags: boring, classical, classical/mujra, generic, ghazal, mujra, predictable

मुज़फ़्फ़र अली
Muzaffar Ali

दाग़ देहलवी
Daagh Dehalvi

श्रेया घोषाल
Shreya Ghoshal

Long time no see for a mujra based song. And on top of that it is a good composition, with authentic arrangements. -Ketan

Discernibly Des and 'Desi'... a good change. -Armeen

Who is this Dagh Dehlvi, some new lyricist? He writes very well indeed! What excellent Urdu vocabulary he uses! (This is how I imagine some conversations going these days). BTW, I should explain the '1' rating for the singing: I don't think Shreya does a good job with these tawaaif-type songs. She tries too hard to inject the necessary 'baazaarupan' into her voice and comes off too earnest. "kambaKht Ghazal bhi gaati hai to lagta hai bhajan gaa rahi hai". -UVR

Umarao Jaan redux? But this is no Khayyam soundtrack. It is all sarangi, shehnai, tabla and one major Sitar interlude without any soul. Shreya Ghosal sings well but there's no real material to work on. -Subrat

Could be better; too long, but stil doesn't conclude well. -Ashok

Shreya's rendition is goose bumpy. The music is above average. -Sowmya

Dagh's words are fantastic and frankly the last misra of the maqta simply did me in… "vahi daanaa hai kahaa jisne na maanaa dil ka". -Archana

Old-world charm. So refreshing to hear traditional instruments and old poetry in 2015. -Aditya

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इंसाफ़  (तलवार)
i.nsaaf (Talvar)

Tags: dark, haunting, heartbreaking, hope, poignant, sad, soft rock, sombre, soulful, stirring

विशाल भारद्वाज
Vishal Bhardwaj


अरूज आफ़ताब
Arooj Aftab

Dark and disturbing, this song conveys these emotions painfully well. -Sowmya

Beautiful composition by VB. There's an element of dread or of approaching menace in the song. The singing is measured with Gulzar's lyrics (gardan deke hi maaf hoga) adding to the imagery of retribution. -Subrat

It’s a song of hope for justice. The tune is haunting. Gulzar saab describes the never-ending judicial process which leads of the film had to suffer through.
बहती नदियां रूकती नहीं है, 
डूबा डूबा तरा, तरा डूबा तो भी मुक्ती नहीं है. . -Mihir M

Do such movies need songs? -Armeen

I find lyrics incongruous with the music and the style of singing. -Vibhendu

Wish enunciation was clearer. -Ashok

The composition and the singing heightens the emotional impact of the song. -Aditya

Arooj Aftab has a lovely tonal quality. The song has a lovey arrangement. The slow pulsating quality of the supportive music does a great job of depicting an ominous incident. -Sunil

Not sure if this is meant to be a song or dialogues set to music? -Ketan

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सूइयाँ  (गुड्डू रंगीला)
suuiyaa.N (Guddu Rangeela)

Tags: love ballad, love song, romantic, soft rock, uplifting

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi

इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil

अरिजित सिंह, चिन्मयी श्रीपदा
Arijit Singh, Chinmayi Sripada

Arijit’s style has started sounding repetitive. -Vinayakam

Discovery for me! i love being on the jury for what I discover :) thank you!. -Neha

This was my first time hearing this song - had missed the film/album completely. Pleasant song, Irshad Kamil's lyrics were the highlight of this one. -Archana

Mukhada is nice, everything else is ordinary. -Abhay

A cutesy song and Arijit sounds almost like Mohit Chauhan till you hear his raspy voice. Chinmayee who is underutilized in Bollywood delivers well. A nice Amit number and worth listening on repeat. -Sowmya

Amit Trivedi does his best to redeem a foregattble tune with some interesting treatment. But the suuiyaa.N suuiyaa.N si line is so cheesy, there's not a lot you can do with the song. -Subrat

Intereting enoughrepeat phrase, I suppose. -Ashok

Except for the novelty of the word 'suiyaa.N' in the refrain, which shows Irshad Kamil's felicity with the pen (to weave a 'sharp' word like 'sui' into a romantic visual), this song is also indistinguishable from so many other Arijit Singh duets. Chinmayi does have a syrupy sweet voice. You don't need to read the credits to guess that this is an Amit Trivedi song. -UVR

Chinmayi brings more to the song than Arijit Singh. Whatever zip there is in this song all comes thanks to her. -Ketan

The female voice brings some semblance of normality to this otherwise listless song. -Aditya

Sweet ditty. Arijit’s singing brings certain freshness to the song. -Mihir M

भोलापन भी, बदमाशी भी। इरशाद कामिल आैर अमित त्रिवेदी की इस जुगलबन्दी को आैर नोटिस किया जाना चाहिए था। गलत पते पर चिठ्ठियाँ भेजने वाला किस्सा बताता है कि इरशाद आज भी सबके उस्ताद हैं। -मिहिर पं.

The 1 awarded to singing is entirely for Chinmayi Sripada. -Armeen

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जुदाई  (बदलापुर)
judaaii (Badlapur)

Tags: anguish, haunting, introspecfive, melancholy, pain, pensive, poignant, reworked folk, romantic, sad, semi classical, sentimental, separation, sufi


दिनेश विजन, प्रिया सरैया
Dinesh Vijan, Priya Saraiya

रेखा भारद्वाज, अरिजित सिंह
Rekha Bhardwaj, Arijit Singh

This is probably the best song among the 3. The music in itself manages to emote without the vocals helping the song project the pain. Rekha and Arijit are at their usual best. -Sowmya

Some interesting parts, some part it's a drag. Overall it makes an emotional impact. -Abhay

Was familiar with this song since I had watched the movie and paid specific attention to soundtrack. The folk and the modern orchestration is nicely woven. Rekha is restrained (a good change from her recent over the top, unrestrained bass style) and the lyrics complement the emotions well. -Subrat

Found Arijit quite decent in this one but Rekha disappointed. -Archana

Rekha never disappoints…. -Neha

Half-decent tune made generic with unnecessary 'technofying'. Rekha Bhardwaj needs to wake up. -Armeen

An absolutely haunting song that aptly captures the anguish and pain associated with the loss of a loved one. The music and singing are just right and the lyrics are applaud-worthy. -Vikas

Interesting voicing by Rekha, but wish she had avoided too much nasality; sprinkling Kabir didn't work for me. -Ashok

गाने की 'हुक लाइन' में एक मारक कशिश है। इसमें अरिजित की आवाज़ का भी योग है, आैर शायद कुछ इसलिए भी कि 'चदरिया झीनी' जैसे बोल कबीर की याद दिलाते हैं। लेकिन गाना आैसत। गीत में रेखा भारद्वाज की उपस्थिति को तक़रीबन बरबाद किया गया है। -मिहिर पं.

An experimental track by the duo of Sachin-Jigar which also turns out to be their best composition this year. What I love about this track is that they have kept the orchestration minimal. There is a poignant sarangi clubbed with Rekha Bhardwaj’s base vocals. From low-pitched voice of Rekha, the song jumps to Arijit’s high-pitched, tuneful “Chadriya jheeni re jheeni…” This contrast works really well. Lyrics have a melancholic tone, and they underline the fragility of human life and it’s moments. It’s a song very well done. -Mihir M

Good use of Rekha's voice in the lower register.Lovely use of Sarangi. -Sunil

This is a really nice tune that is hampered by the inability of the singers to the rise to the occasion. -Ketan

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चली कहानी  (तमाशा)
chalii kahaanii (Tamasha)

Tags: concept-based, dance drama, drama, folk, operatic, pop, situational, stage song, uplifting

ए आर रहमान
A R Rahman

इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil

सुखविंदर सिंह, हरिचरण, हरिप्रिया
Sukhwinder Singh, Haricharan, Haripriya

Lyricist throws in everything and the kitchen sink. -Ashok

Meh. All Sukhwinder's energy cannot rescue this song. -UVR

Interesting concept that covers a lot of ground in style and content. Not very satisfying as an audio-only experience, but works well in the film. -Aditya

Excellent example of high energy. -Abhay

The song plays out like a stage play. There are stories within stories ranging from India to Greece aided by a fanciful narration and music. The song jumps from one place to another as the narrative unfolds through Irshad Kamil’s words. There is a flute prelude, Sukhvinder’s racy vocals, strings section playing raag Kedar-ish bits, mythological references, elaborate chorus, Haricharan-Haripriya’s gentle, low notes. The whole concoction is arranged by Rahman with multiple highs and lows. It’s a treat for listeners. -Mihir M

I liked the flow of this song and was very relatable to the shakespearan style of the movie. -Sowmya

Sukhvinder reaches such lows that not even the other two singers can salvage this. -Ketan

It has a grand sweep and it sort of tries to sum up the whole movie into a single song. But as a song it doesn't compel repeat listening. It is disjointed and it gives you feeling that something grand is being attempted but falling short. -Subrat

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हो गया है प्यार  (तनु वेड्स मनु रिटर्न्स)
ho gayaa hai pyaar (Tanu Weds Manu Returns)

Tags: love ballad, love song, romance, romantic, soft rock, soft romantic, soothing, soulful

कृष्णा सोलो
Krsna Solo


देव नेगी
Dev Negi

Sometimes simplicity is enough to win your hearts. And that's what this song does….it wins you over by its simple rythms, sweet lyrics and some wonderful singing about falling in love….once again. "Pehli dafaa jaise tum pe phir se jaa mare…". -Vikas

Soothing to the ears, but nothing that would make it stand out among similar songs that abound these days. -Aditya

It is a nice, gentle tune sung by a soothing voice. There's nothing more. Bolo Kya Karein? -Subrat

Underwhelming! The music is better than the singing. -Ketan

Beautifully rendered. Music is passable but sounds very commonplace. Heard this theme too often. -Sowmya

Melodious tune... clean arrangement and orchestration. Dev Negi sounds refreshingly good!. -Armeen

Lacks intensity, despite a decent effort. -Pavan

This song is trying to be 'Kitne Dafe' of TWM2. It falls into a similar zone and has got a similar kind of inherent sweetness. But what this one fails to have is a distinct texture of voice like that of "Mohit Chauhan”. In this song, Den Negi's singing lacks charm. I greatly missed Mohit's voice here. Krsna adds touches of Tabla during the second antara as he has done it before, which gives the composition a nice touch. Rajshekhar's words are beautiful throughout. The lead couple is meeting together after a passage of time and they are reminiscing about good times they had spent together. Words go like:
पिछले मौसम से, धूप के कुछ किस्से
दिल जा के ले आये और हमको सुनाये
बीती उन रातों में जा जा के जागे.. -Mihir M

Excellent situational lyrics by Rajshekhar, superb vocals by Dev Negi and a beautiful composition! One of the best overalls of 2015. -Shivani

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गाए जा (पुरुष)  (ब्रदर्स)
gaae jaa (puruSh) (Brothers)

Tags: emotional, inspirational, inspiring, melancholy, pathos, sad, sentimental, soft, soft rock, soulful, touching


अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattarcharya

मोहम्मद इरफ़ान
Mohammed Irfan

Melancholic and very nicely conveyed overall with the music and vocals. Surprised the female version wasn't picked over the male. -Sowmya

The song did nothing for me. Average tune, generic arrangements, random chorus and some standard sombre mould singing (complete with majhdhaar, saahil and similar words). -Subrat

Nice lyrics, female version sounds better. -Aditya

Too long. -Ashok

Haunting tune, stays in the mind for a long time. -Ketan

At least here I felt some emotional impact. -Abhay

Ajay-Atul are an immensely talented and underutized duo who always have created extremely melodious orchestral works. In the tradition of SJ and LP they don't shy away from using a whole bunch of string instruments in this age of synthesizers and do so with amazing impact. Don't miss the lovely piano here as well. -Sunil

A haunting, evocative melody by Ajay-Atul with terrific arrangement, which mainly consists of strings section, piano bits, beautiful chorus, and interestingly almost absence of any type of percussion. Mohammed Irfan sings his heart out. The song is such that the scale is too low for a male singer. It sounds better in Shreya’s voice. -Mihir M

Inspiring song, with very moving and touching lyrics. The singing could have been a trifle better, as the rendition is not clear. -Vikas

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चोरी चोरी तेरी मेरी  (हंटर)
chorii chorii terii merii (Hunterrr)

Tags: catchy, dreamy, forbidden love, love song, naughty, playful, retro, romantic, soft, soft rock

खामोश शाह
Khamosh Shah

खामोश शाह
Khamosh Shah

अरिजित सिंह, सोना महापात्र
Arijit Singh, Sona Mohapatra

Sona Mohapatra lends some sunshine to the song, Arijit Singh is his jaded self. Yet, a nice breezy ditty. -Vibhendu

One of the underrated tracks this year. The song begins like it is playing on a Vinyl LP record. Arijit and Sona start whispering gently about their blossoming love. Both render it in a very uncharacteristic manner, which is a good change. Usually high-pitched Sona sings in a low-pitched tone here.
Some चटपटे phrases add to the flavor of the song. Be it तोड़ दे बंदिशों का गुब्बारा, धड़कनों की Ping-pong खेले हम दोबारा, or this one which goes well with the movie's theme-
दूसरों के दूध की कटोरी से, आँखें मूँद कर हम पी गये । -Mihir M

If you must have a lazy singing voice, do it this way, don't try too hard to show it. -Ketan

When will the new lyricists stop their disastrous efforts at imitating Gulzar!. -Aditya

Pleasingly simple... simply pleasing!. -Armeen

Arijit sounds good, Sona is a let down. -Shivani

Catchy enough, but perhaps the MD is better off being true to his name (couldn't resist)!. -Ashok

If there's one theme that's worked this year, it's retro. This is slow paced song (with a cuckoo cooing in between) and for a change Arijit is singing a different song (differently). Don't mind it at all. -Subrat

Another discovery for me!. -Neha

A big five for the best duet of the year. It’s cute, simple, and what a wonderful choice of vocalists (Sona is amazing). The music is not spectacular but techniques aside, it hits a chord with the lyrics, singing, and rhythm. -Sowmya

Cute song. -Vinayakam

It would be hard not to like this song, especially after one has seen the film and realizes the underlying playfulness and naughtiness that the lyricist is attempting to bring out, through the words. "Doosron ke doodh ki katori se, Aankhein moond ke hum pee aaye..". -Vikas

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जलते दिये  (प्रेम रतन धन पायो)
jalate diye (Prem Ratan Dhan Payo)

Tags: melodious, romantic, soft, soft rock, soothing, soulful

हिमेश रेशमिया
Himesh Reshammiya

इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil

अन्वेषा, हर्षदीप कौर, विनीत सिंह, शबाब साबरी
Anweshaa, Harshdeep Kaur, Vineet Singh, Shabab Sabri

The song begins like a ghazal in velvety voice of Harshdeep Kaur. I've always admired Anwesha’s singing ever since her chhote ustaad days. Kudos to Himesh for giving a chance to her. The tune is very addictive set to Rupak-taal? beats. Male portions of the song are tailor-made for Sonu Nigam. Vineet tries to imitate him throughout the song. Irshad bhai's lyrics fit well for the milan-ki-raat situation, where Salman’s doppelgänger is trying to avoid advances from Sonam. Also, something interesting about the imagery of "diye jal uthte hain”. -Mihir M

Just about OK. Won't listen again. -Abhay

The female singer is ok. -Ashok

Good, typical Bollywood tune... could have done without the techno beats. -Armeen

A bit surprised by the restraint shown by Himesh R. It is quite a pleasant tune and should have had more play than other songs from the movie. -Subrat

The song keeps promising good things in several parts but fails to deliver. Just when you think the music, or singing will throw a curveball, it disappoints you by sticking to the tried and tested. -Ketan

Wish Harshdeep got more lines, after her powerful opening we are treated to Anwesha's Shreyaesque vocals and everything goes downhill from there. -Vibhendu

Lovely beat. -Sunil

Very good composition, with decent singing. -Aditya

बहुत सुन्दर आेपनिंग। लेकिन उसके बाद गीत माहौल बनाता ही रह जाता है। लगता है जैसे इसका संगीत किसी घोड़े पर सवार होकर रचा गया है। मरखणे घोड़े पर। -मिहिर पं.

To much Sugary flavor puts off. Harshdeep is good. -Pavan

This "Bitaani tere saaye mein samein zindagaani" is so reminding me of some other song but I can't place it - it is a "newer" song (like in last 25 years :-) ). -Archana

What's with those annoying male-voice "thaa-thaa"s in the background? And why does the song have an unnecessary off-beat pause whenever she sings "jalte diye"? Vineet Singh (SRGMP fame) sounds quite good, but Himesh's music works against itself. Sigh. -UVR

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मूव ऑन  (तनु वेड्स मनु रिटर्न्स)
Move on (Tanu Weds Manu Returns)

Tags: break-up song, dance, decisive, folk, fusion, inspirational, powerful, uplifting

कृष्णा सोलो
Krsna Solo


सुनिधि चौहान
Sunidhi Chauhan

The new age breakup anthem. -Pavan

Sunidhi needs to move on. An ordinary song with nothing to boot about. There are no "break-up" emotions conveyed at all. -Sowmya

Sunidhi does a repeat from the previous year's Kill Dill number "Bol Beliya". Sounds similar possibly due to the Basant Mukhari'ish feel of the song (guessing). She still makes this song fantastic and as always adds that extra 'tadka'. -Ketan

Perfect song for Sunidhi! -UVR

It’s a new-age break-up song where there is no rona-dhona. No dard-bhare nagme. The female protagonist decides to move on in her life. The positive attitude in the song is spot on. Sunidhi puts powerful throw of her voice to a good use here. The tune is somewhat reminiscent of Mehboob mere from Fiza. The song scores high in the lyrics department. Be it दिल दरबदर खुश रहता है, फिर कोई क्यों ठिकाना ढूंढें? or जो मिला नहीं कोई उस काबिल, हम खुद ही खुद फिर बन जायेंगे. -Mihir M

Funky, upbeat but sharp lyrics that literally shout at the need for anyone who has suffered at the hands of a loved one to "move on", this is a great song to play on repeat-mode and it will sound relevant every time you play it. -Vikas

Despite some unusual percussion, there's something very predictable about this song. -Aditya

Something very familiar about the song (Mehboob Mere from Fiza?) and Sunidhi gives her standard treatment to the song. The lyrics are about moving on and I followed it to move on. -Subrat

The 'miyaan' coupled with 'move on' in the lyrics does the trick! Also Sunidhi's powerful, at times angry, at times carefree rendition is also a treat to hear. -Shivani

Reminds one of "Mehmoob Mere" by Sunidhi in the movie 'Fiza'. -Sunil

खिलंदड़पने में घुली हुई उदासी। -मिहिर पं.

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सफ़रनामा  (तमाशा)
safaranaamaa (Tamasha)

Tags: breezy, inspirational, life, philosophical, pop, realistic, romantic, soft rock, soulful, travel song

ए आर रहमान
A R Rahman

इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil

लकी अली
Lucky Ali

A song that could have been at another level had ARR sung it himself. -Shivani

Repeating the same words does not make a song. -Ketan

A spiritual journey song. A duet with life. Safarnama is filled with guitars, subtle accordion, and Irshad Kamil’s beautiful words. Lucky Ali’s singing is somewhat less appealing. In a parallel world, Safarnama would have been sung by Rahman himself. Irshad writes profound, self-reflective lines.
जिसे ढूँढा ज़माने में.. मुझ ही में था,                            
मेरे सारे जवाबों का सफ़रनामा..
मेरी ओर से उठा, तेरी ओर को क़दम,
पहला... मिलेंगे हम |. -Mihir M

Very average. -Aditya

You can't find a lot of faults in the song - the tune is wonderful, the arrangement is good, guitars and mandolin doing the heavy lifting and Lucky Ali who is a specialist in songs of Safar behind the mic. But there isn't an extra bit that could raise it to something spectacular. The whole album aspires to be a Rockstar but falls short. -Subrat

Nothing special. -Abhay

The nearest thing to an honest song in the soundtrack. -Ashok

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डाक टिकट जारी होगा  (हवाईज़ादा)
Daak TikaT jaarii hogaa (Hawaizaada)

Tags: ambitious, aspirational, dreamy, earthy, folksy, happy, inspirational, peppy, rustic, sufi soft rock, uplifting

रोचक कोहली
Rochak Kohli

विभु विरेन्दर पुरी
Vibhu Virender Puri

मोहित चौहान, जावेद बशीर
Mohit Chauhan, Javed Bashir

It's a mess. Should be "hogii"? -Ashok

Flashes of good music, good lyrics, good singing but it is not consistently present throught the song. -Ketan

It does not belong in this list. -Abhay

Playful song. -Sunil

The fakeeraana part by Javed Bashir makes it a better listen. -Pavan

Hawaizaada is one of the underrated albums of the year. It has gone into oblivion because of the film’s fate. It had some happy-go-lucky, charming songs and Rochak Kohli’s Daak ticket being one of them. This is a song about aspirations and immense passion of the film’s protagonist for flying an aircraft. The lyrics by Vibhu Puri are spot on. I love how he describes the dreams of Mr. Talpade - a guy from Girgaum/South Mumbai area (hub for Irani cafes) through the lines -
सूरज के साथ चबायेंगे खारी-खस्ता, bun-maska 
चंदा जी को भी लगायेंगे cutting-chai का चसका !
To top it all, this sweet, adorable song has been sung by Mohit Chauhan. Sone pe suhaga.
(Pet peeve: There is Kuch toh hua hai (KHNH) hangover in music pieces that appear in between.). -Mihir M

Like the simile of 'daak ticket zaari hogi' to being famous. The song is interesting enough for you to listen a couple of times. Mohit Chauhan is in fine form (equals less nasal). -Subrat

Yet another one that came to attention!. -Neha

Nice to hear Mohit Chauhan make a comeback. A very uplifting song. Javed and Mohit have done a splendid job with the vocals. Music is passable. -Sowmya

Gimmicky song totally anachronistic with the timeframe depicted in the film. -Aditya

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गेरुआ  (दिलवाले)
geruaa (Dilwale)

Tags: killed by overexposure, love, romantic, soft rock, srk


अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattarcharya

अरिजित सिंह, अंतरा मित्रा
Arijit Singh, Antara Mitra

Rehash of god-knows-how-many songs. -Subrat

Bad, but at least it sounds Indian. -Armeen

Arijit Singh tries hard to fit on SRK's image but falls short. Nice tune and arrangement that stays with you but nothing that you can put on repeat mode. -Ketan

गीत की शुरुआत (पहले बीस सेकेंड निकलने के बाद) प्रीतम ने इसी फिल्म के दूसरे गीत जनम जनम की सिग्नेचर धुन से की है। बाकी का संगीत संयोजन कुछ deja vu सा अहसास दिलाता है। अमिताभ के बोल भी जितना मुखड़े में आकर्षित करते हैं उतनी पकड़ अंतरों में नहीं रख पाते पर संपूर्णता में गीत को सुनना अच्छा ही लगता है। . -मनीष

Haven't we heard these patterns of notes before many times? -Abhay

The flute theme at the start is evocative, a nice SRK stretch-the-arms song with stunning visuals. -Aditya

To be brutally honest, I was all set to dislike this song when it first came out, but it grew on me in spite of myself. Starting from the piccolos interspersed in the song, to the way Arijit and Ankita's voice complement each other, to the catchy refrain, it makes for happy listenings. Aside: I like it despite the fact that the heavy post-processing it has been put through is all too evident in this song. -UVR

The refrain is super! but the whole song…baah!. -Neha

A very tired template. -Vinayakam

For the iconic pair of SRK-Kajol, one expects nothing but a great song. What Pritam delivers is a plain average track. The prelude of the song itself sounds disjointed from the mukhda. The Gerua hook is additive. Arijit and Antara sing well, but are let down by the ordinariness of the tune. Major disappointment. -Mihir M

A sweet number reminiscent of all Pritam's romantic songs. Doesn't leave a lasting impression other than the nostalgic ‘dancing in the field’s’ image. -Sowmya

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वट वट वट  (तमाशा)
waT waT waT (Tamasha)

Tags: complex, dance/folk, folk, funky, fusion, groovy, indi pop, inquistive, realistic, romantic, rustic, upbeat

ए आर रहमान
A R Rahman

इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil

अरिजित सिंह, शाश्वत सिंह
Arijit Singh, Shashwat Singh

Not sure what to make of this. It is a mix of all kinds of sounds - a deliberate kitschy attempt and an attempt to rework some roadside band baaja sound (is there a Bihari sub-culture music that's being created in North-East Delhi from where Manoj Tiwari has been elected? A mix of Bihari and Punju sounds). Arijit Singh is in a different mode here and that's a relief. -Subrat

Least likeable song of the soundtracjk. -Aditya

One of the funkiest tracks in recent times. It’s difficult to categorize this song in a particular genre. Sung splendidly by Sashwat and Arijit Singh, the song has an imaginative arrangement by Rahman consisting of Shehnai, percussions and many more elements. The tunes of the stanzas are very different and Arijit has sung them in a very adorable manner. Whether it’s “Tohre karan basti saari humka karat mazaak rey..” or “Kajra tep taap ke”, Arijit is fabulous. -Mihir M

In Kannada "vaT vaT" is onmotopoic expression for boring gibberish!. -Ashok

यूपी की बोली में करे ठिठोली लगाएँ हमारी वाट. -मनीष

A cracker of a song. Loved the folk lyrics as well (Hum hamaise…). -Vinayakam

What?!. -Armeen

Noise! Ok fine, bad noise!. -Ketan

Meh. -Abhay

Lively and another perky composition. -Sowmya

OM*G. That's all I have to say for this song. -UVR

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शाम के साये  (तलवार)
shaam ke saaye (Talvar)

Tags: melancholic, melancholy, mournful, poignant, sad, soft rock, soulful

विशाल भारद्वाज
Vishal Bhardwaj


अरिजित सिंह
Arijit Singh

A bit too mannered rendition style. -Ashok

Alas, even with such good music for Gulzar's lyrics, the song ends up ultimately being an indifferent effort. Sad. -UVR

The VB mark is undeniable in this song. Beautiful. -Sowmya

It's been 5 songs without Arijit Singh and I have been longing for him (not). So, here he is but under the baton of VB. So, the faniliarity element is dialed down and the tune is quite adequate. One point for all of these. -Subrat

Arijit Singh is all over the place this past year. Changing your voice is ok but not if it impacts the final product and makes it worse. -Ketan

Arijit Singh features in many songs of various styles this year as he did last year. He is versatile. -Sunil

Vishal should have sung this himself. -Aditya

Arijit’s whispering, laid-back tone complements the composition. The words are powerful. -Mihir M

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घणी बावरी  (तनु वेड्स मनु रिटर्न्स)
ghaNii baawarii (Tanu Weds Manu Returns)

Tags: catchy, dance/folk, folk, fun, haryanvi, regretful, rustic

कृष्णा सोलो
Krsna Solo


ज्योति नूराँ
Jyoti Nooran

Similar in mood to 'banno', the haryanvi flavour adds some rustic charm. -Aditya

I first heard this kind of sound in Oye Lucky Lucky Oye. It is some kind of Jat folk music wedded to techno. There's not a lot to recommend for the tune or the orchestration. One of the Nooran sisters sings it with verve and brings the robustness needed for the song. -Subrat

Interesting but goes overboared in a few listen. The novelty doesn’t lasts long. -Pavan

Jyoti Nooran is a new discovery!. -Neha

Jyoti Nooran is a powerhouse. I always look forward to her renditions. She is a very talented singer. -Sunil

Another typical wedding song which will be easily forgotten. Nice vocals. -Sowmya

The song sounds better when seen the visuals. -Ketan

The song has got a rustic setting and is treated with a modern sound. Jyoti Nooran adds Haryanvi colors to it. Overall, the track is bit harsh on ears. Not impressed. -Mihir M

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तू जो मिला (केके)  (बजरंगी भाईजान)
tuu jo milaa (KK) (Bajrangi Bhaijaan)

Tags: accepting, easy listening, love ballad, melodious, pathos, romantic, sentimental, soft rock, soulful


कौसर मुनीर
Kausar Munir


Simple, catchy tune. Very reminiscent of Pritam’s own ‘Tum Mile’. KK’s version is best of the lot. String instrument adds a layer to the song especially during the buildup. It’s the kind of Pritam-ish melody we’ve been missing for a while. -Mihir M

The old firm of KK-Pritam doing what they have done so many times over the years. A simple, melodic composition with KK in fine fettle.An extra 0.5 point for no other reason except I feel I'm back in 2007 when I hear this. -Subrat

Nothing new. Yet another song in a similar style. -Abhay

Half-decent tune that would have done better without the western arrangement and singing. -Armeen

A forgettable song, only worth listening to (just) once for KK's vocals. -UVR

Works well in the context of the film. -Aditya

Does KK once say "muskil" or am I hearing wrong? And was it necessary to cut 'dha.Dakan' into two words?!. -Ashok

KK's version of this song stays with the listener. This is his arena and he makes it known with superb variations and the sweetness in his voice. -Sowmya

कौसर मुनीर के सरल सहज बोल केके की आवाज़ में दिल में आबोदाना बना ही लेते हैं। मन को एक तरो ताजगी से भर देता है ये नग्मा. -मनीष

Tune sounds very much like "Jaana" by Zoheb Hassan in Star. -Ketan

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कलकत्ता किस  (डिटेक्टिव ब्योमकेश बक्शी)
Calcutta Kiss (Detective Byomkesh Bakshy)

Tags: club, groovy, indie, jazz, pop cabaret, swing, trippy, uplifting



इमाद शाह, सबा आज़ाद
Imaad Shah, Saba Azad

Clearly someone lost a bet here and was forced to create this song, right? -Ketan

The catchiest song of the album. Reminded me on Django Reinhardt and the lovely soundtrack of "The Triplets of Belville". -Sunil

Okay, I guess. -Armeen

Brilliantly executed with a peppy rhythm, violins racing, a salsic sounding guitar, and vocals that catch your attention, the song is remarkable. -Sowmya

Dibakar has given a chance to Indie composers for DBB and introduced India’s alternative music scene to a wider audience. Madboy/Mink’s Calcutta Kiss is insanely catchy, overflowing with attitude. This jazzy number is a mix of drums, sax, addictive hook, quirky words, and Imaad Shah/Saba Azad’s spunky vocals. Thumbs up!. -Mihir M

Why are these songs in this shortlist? -Abhay

Again, I listened to the limited oeuvre of Madboy/Mink that features Naseer's son Imaad Shah and I was quite impressed how intelligently Dibakar Banerjee has chosen the sounds for this film. This is a beautifully arranged and the beat is extremely catchy. The original Taste Your Kiss is catchier. -Subrat

Cute, but that's about it. -Ashok

Musically interesting. -Aditya

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दम घुटता है  (दृश्यम)
dam ghuTataa hai (Drishyam)

Tags: atmospheric, emotional, generic, haunting, intense, melancholy, no rahat, poignant, soft rock

विशाल भारद्वाज
Vishal Bhardwaj


राहत फ़तेह अली ख़ान, रेखा भारद्वाज
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Rekha Bhardwaj

Rekha and Rahat understand how to deliver Vishal's tunes better than anyone else, and Vishal's tunes are the perfect vehicle for Gulzar's lyrics today. Rahat's voice is perfect for the whirling-darvish-like repetition of "ghuTataa hai dam-dam-dam-dam (3) ghuTataa hai" refrain. Beautiful song. -UVR

Gulzar seems to have finally settled comfortably as a lyricist for hire, metaphors are rehashed for this one and Rekha Bhardwaj's nasal vocals add to the 'same old' feel. -Vibhendu

Nothing to recommend here. Sounds like countless other such songs that feature in background these days. -Subrat

Very similar to Phoonk De from No Smoking. -Aditya

Unappealing track. Labored singing. -Mihir M

उजड़े होठों , सहमी जुबां, उखड़ती सांसें, रगों में दौड़ती गर्मी जो जलकर राख और धुएँ में तब्दील हो जाना चाहती हो और अंदर से डर इतना कि इंसान अपनी ही परछाई से भी घबराने लगे। कितना सटीक चित्रण है ऐसे हालात में फँसे किसी इंसान का। -मनीष

Catchy tune, singing is average and that kinda spoils the song for me. -Ketan

A typical vishal composition. The arrangement is lovely. -Sowmya

Got bored listening to dam dam dam…. -Ashok

Lyrics seemed to contain remnants of Gulzar's older songs. -Archana

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पतली गली आना  (तलवार)
patalii galii aanaa (Talvar)

Tags: bollywood bhangra, catchy, expository, punjabi rock, qawaali, satire

विशाल भारद्वाज
Vishal Bhardwaj


सुखविंदर सिंह
Sukhwinder Singh

Another familiar territory - Gulzar and Sukhwinder (and VB, ARR). I don't mind listening to this but I'd rather pull out an older album of their collaboration. -Subrat

Brilliance of the lyrics simply amazes and bears the undeniable stamp of the lyricist. -Archana

Gulzar shines. -Sunil

Can't believe Sukhwinder can sound this bad. Points only for lyrics. -Ketan

Meant to be ugly, looks like. -Ashok

A satirical song on judiciary system (patli gali as a metaphor) where aam aadmi gets caught up. Gulzar saab’s remarkable writing is the highlight. Musically, the song doesn’t impress. Sukhi's singing is monotonous with an unclear pronunciation. -Mihir M

Clever lyrics. -Aditya

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तू चले  (आइ)
tuu chale (I)

Tags: catchy, classical, feel-good, happy, pop, random nonsense, refreshing, romantic, soft rock

ए आर रहमान
A R Rahman

इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil

अरिजित सिंह, श्रेया घोषाल
Arijit Singh, Shreya Ghoshal

The singing in the song is simply beautiful, with both Arijit Singh and Shreya Ghoshal bringing out the joy of love through their crisp voices. Rahman's music is exceptional, as usual, adding to the overall flavor of the song. -Vikas

One sings as if he needs Vicks, the other sings like she inhaled laughing gas. And we have a song. -Ketan

Tamil song reworked. Doesn't work. Back to the 90s feeling in a bad way. And, Arijit Singh here too? What has he done? Kidnapped family members of all other male singers so that only he is allowed to sing? -Subrat

“Happiness” is Arijit’s voice in this track. It’s a song that has got a nice, happy vibe. Arijit owns the song and provides an extremely charming rendition. The sounds of water droplets and Rahman’s overall arrangement make the song very lively. Shreya's honey-dipped voice is an added bonus. -Mihir M

Rahman seems to have lost his touch... -Armeen

Shreya Ghoshal is perfect. -Abhay

Shreya's voice sounds auto-tuned and overly pitchy. Arijit as usual his sensual self. The tamil version is better IMO and in fact Haricharan's voice is more suited to this arrangement than Arijit. Like the use of imagery by ARR (water flowing etc). -Sowmya

Should distribute better between the two singers. -Ashok

Shreya's entry is the highlight of the song. -Aditya

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तू कोई और है  (तमाशा)
tuu koii aur hai (Tamasha)

Tags: background, introspective, life, philosophical, realistic, sad, situational, soft rock, uplifting

ए आर रहमान
A R Rahman

इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil

ए आर रहमान, अल्मा फ़ेरोविक, अर्जुन चंदी
A R Rahman, Alma Ferovic, Arjun Chandy

ARR returns to his O saaya type vocals, somebody should tell him to stop singing. -Vibhendu

It’s a song with no well-defined musical structure. It seems to have been composed organically for the words written by Irshad saab which talk about “finding your true self”. Rahman sings in his trademark Rehna-Tu ish manner. After Kamil’s self-liberating cry “खोल दे वो गिरहें, जो लगाये तुझ पे तू…”, the composition changes its gears and picks up the pace. The sound soon becomes operatic. Eventually, it segues into Safarnama, which is the essence of the film. -Mihir M

Dear Mr. A. R Rahman. Please see the best gastroenterologists in Chennai. Advise you consult them immediately for the noises coming out of your upper orifice. Regards and Best Wishes. -Ketan

Does not work as an audio-only experience. -Aditya

This is the song of the film that asks everyone who feels like they are living a life different than what they truly are, to be themselves. An extremely thought-provoking song, with deep-rooted and inspiring lyrics that is sung with eqal emotions by AR Rahman. -Vikas

Very interesting blend of different musical cultures which is ARR's strong suit. He had used Alma Ferovic in Rockstar too very interestingly. Haunting use of the orchestera in the latter part of the song. -Sunil

Anything other than operatic sound effects? -Ashok

ARR sings this song which flits between a song for the broken hearted to a song of redemption. There are some operatic touches (chorus et al) which break the tedium and the orchestration is quite intricate. I liked it but the repeat quotient isn't high. -Subrat

Boring. -Abhay

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गुलाबो  (शानदार)
gulaabo (Shaandaar)

Tags: brass, dance, dance music, fun, lively, moody, party, playful, pop nautanki, rap, rock, strange, upbeat

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi

अन्विता दत्त
Anvita Dutt

विशाल दादलानी, अनुषा मणि
Vishal Dadlani, Anusha Mani

Amit Trivedi’s penchant for brass instruments is quite apparent from DevD to Queen to Bombay Velvet. With Gulabo, Amit nails it again with blowing horns and trumpets. Dazzling orchestration, Groovy bass-line, Anvita’s quirky lyrics, and full-throated sprightly rendition by Vishal Dadlani and Anusha Mani makes this upbeat song a clear winner. Fantabulous. -Mihir M

Catchy and upbeat. -Aditya

Vishal Dadlani comes as a welcome change to the list of mediocre singers. Faint traces of "Auntyji" by Amit Trivedi here. Spread the love I have heard, but never spread the stink. -Ketan

I think Amit Trivedi had some leftover tunes from Bombay Velvet. Nice tune though. -Subrat

Gaaliis in the song not cool at all! :(. -Neha

Catchy beats and definitely a great number. -Sowmya

Shouldn't be in the shortlist. -Ashok

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सौ आँसू  (कट्टी बट्टी)
sau aa.Nsuu (Katti Batti)

Tags: loss, melancholic, pathos, poignant, romantic, sad, sel template, separation, soft rock, thoughtful



शंकर महादेवन, रसिका शेखर
Shankar Mahadevan, Rasika Shekhar

I like the minimalistic accompanying music as Shankar starts off the song. Kumaar sounds like he's trying to pull a Gulzar/Yogesh with the lyrics. Not an easy thing to do, but he acquits himself reasonably well, I think. -UVR

Predictable. Boring. -Subrat

Pleasant change to hear SEL and Shankar. A beautiful song, with some good music, and a good use of strings and percussion. -Sowmya

This is a “Shankar Mahadevan” song all the way. From start to finish, his singing rises above the composition making the song more appealing. I love the antaras and particularly the way Shankar sings the cross line which takes you back to the mukhda. SEL keep the soft rock treatment for this melancholic number. There is also a nice guitar piece in the second interlude. -Mihir M

Good singing by Shankar Mahadevan, good lyrics, still a very ordinary song. -Abhay

Am a little disappointed that S-E-L has such insipid music. This is like eating pizza without the cheese. -Ketan

Competent, but that's par only. -Ashok

Singing in this song was very uninspiring…rasika had hardly anything to sing.. :(. -Neha

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दर्द करारा  (दम लगा के हइशा)
dard karaaraa (Dum Laga Ke Haisha)

Tags: 90s, 90s nostalgia, anu malik!, fun, gimmicky, it is 1991 all over again, romantic, upbeat

अनु मलिक
Anu Malik

वरुण ग्रोवर
Varun Grover

कुमार सानु, साधना सरगम
Kumar Sanu, Sadhana Sargam

Very good re-creation of the 90s mood, without dumbing down the lyrics. -Aditya

1991 represented the peak of my Hindi film viewing as a 14 year old. I watched, possibly, every single film released that year. Listening to songs of 1988-1995 time frame is my guilty pleausre. So, an extra point for reminding me of those times where the compositions were bad but I listened to them nonetheless. -Subrat

गीत की बीट्स व कुमार शानू नब्बे के दशक की याद ले आते हैं। -मनीष

Gosh! this one got in the final list! i dread a return to the 90s of this song type!. -Neha

Never thought would say this but loved Kumar Sanu in this song. Took me to the 90’s instantly :). -Vinayakam

4 to Varun Grover for writing so Sameer!. -Shivani

A nice reminder of the 90s. It ends there though!. -Sowmya

Sounds like a recycled tune from 90s Govinda movies. -Abhay

Sanu sounds better than the current crop (yes I know how hard it is to say that) but even then the song "dard kara ra "ha hai. -Ketan

Is it 2015?!. -Ashok

Catchy and totally apt for the situation (good old 90s!). Sanudaa sounds good, Sadhna Sargam is tired. I'm kicking myself for not nominating "Tu..." and "Sundar Susheel" (way better than most songs nominated this year). -Armeen

Now THIS is the Anu Malik we all know and love (to hate? :-P) -- complete with Kumar Nasu and Sadhana Sargam! aur kuchh kahanaa baaqii hai kyaa? -UVR

This one takes you back to good ol’ 90s. The songs begins with 90s ठेका reminiscent of Anu’s own ‘Tumsa koi pyara koi masoom nahi hai’. Sanu da and Sadhana Sargam join the fun soon. There is a quintessential female chorus, rhyming words capturing 90s music scene, and dollops of nostalgia. -Mihir M

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नज़दीकियाँ  (शानदार)
nazadiikiyaa.N (Shaandaar)

Tags: dreamy, love ballad, romantic, soft rock, soulful, waltz

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi

अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattarcharya

निखिल पॉल जॉर्ज, नीति मोहन
Nikhil Paul George, Neeti Mohan

Lovely song that keeps me craving for a simple male rendition and pronunciation instead of the stylised one. -Shivani

A waltz based composition with a lavish, dreamy arrangement. It gives a feel of a ballroom dance happening in a fantasy world as is the case with the film. There is gorgeous sounding interlude by Trivedi which is worth the attention. Neeti's voice sparkles when she joins the song with ‘Zariyaan..’. I found Nikhil Paul George’s breaking voice very odd. Other Nikhil (D’souza of “Shaam-Aisha” fame) would have been a better choice to sing this track. -Mihir M

The guy shouldn't be singing. -Ashok

A familiar Amit Trivedi tune but I'm not yet tired of this familiarity to start giving out zeros. Neeti Mohan is good again. -Subrat

Negative marks? -Abhay

Great melody. Lovely strings in the background. One more winner for Neeti Mohan. -Sunil

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ब्योमकेश इन लव  (डिटेक्टिव ब्योमकेश बक्शी)
Byomkesh in Love (Detective Byomkesh Bakshy)

Tags: blend of techno, disco beats and hindustani classical; other description, experimental, fusion, romantic, soft rock, weird


रिशी ब्रैडू
Rishi Bradoo

रिशी ब्रैडू, अनिल ब्रैडू, उसरी बनर्जी
Rishi Bradoo, Anil Bradoo, Usri Banerjee

Bad mixture of Western pop and Indian music. This is horrible. -Abhay

Love the heartbeat like rhythm. Song is racy and a great fusion of classical and rock. -Sowmya

Useless!. -Armeen

Amazing tune. There isn't much in the way of lyrics here but the overall effect of this rock bandish is still very good. -Ketan

Singing was the only thing that I cared about this song. female singing to be specific. -Neha

A fantastic number by Blek which for me is among top songs of the year. A heady cocktail of western beats with guitar and drums blending perfectly well with the semi-classical sample sung by Usri Bannerjee. This fusion of Indian and Western elements gives the track a unique identity. -Mihir M

Quite a nice fusion with the composition using some lovely guitars. -Shivani

I heard this and then went and heard more of this group 'Blek' esp Fog+Strobe which was quite superb (and is the basis for this song). There's a thumri piece in there as well. Overall, I have listened to this album a few times since I was given the RMIM playlist. They deserve wider listening. -Subrat

Double meh. What's happening here? How many people have nominated this song to be in the "best" list? -UVR

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ज़िंदगी  (बजरंगी भाईजान)
zi.ndagii (Bajrangi Bhaijaan)

Tags: easy listening, introspective, life, romantic, sentimental, soft rock, soulful, truthful


नीलेश मिसरा
Nilesh Misra

जुबिन नौटियाल, प्रीतम
Jubin Nautiyal, Pritam

Slightly 'elevated' elevator music, thanks to the auto tuning!. -Armeen

The two voices together didn't work for me; the Jubin version isn't bad, actually. -Ashok

Nothing to recoomend here. You can ask Zindagi a lot of questions but she won't respond to such pedestrian offering. -Subrat

I couldn't help but wish for this song to have been sung by Shafqat Amanat Ali. -UVR

Decent hear, but that's about it. -Aditya

That's some Jeb Bush (low energy) singing for a fast paced song. It's as if they got bored singing this half way thru. -Ketan

Starts nicely, but then it's the same thing, random aalaps, randomly changing tempo. Lyrics are better than average. -Abhay

A duet with life with an able support from Neelesh Mishra’s words. Arrangement is very Pritam-ish. Rahat’s singing sounds tiresome at places probably because of the overdose. I prefer reprise version of this song by Jubin Nautiyal. Give it a listen. -Mihir M

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चूनर  (एबीसीडी 2)
chuunar (ABCD 2)

Tags: anguish, garba, intense, moody, mother-son bonding, pathos, philosophical, reflective, sad, sentimental, slow, soft rock, somber


मयूर पुरी
Mayur Puri

अरिजित सिंह, दिव्य कुमार
Arijit Singh, Divya Kumar

Decent song. -Aditya

Had potential for an intesne listening but lacks punch. -Pavan

The tune is brilliant, the singing very good, the lyrics good. -Ketan

माँ के प्रति प्रेम व्यक्त इस गीत के मुखड़े को सुनने में एक ओल्ड वर्ल्ड चार्म का सा अहसास मन में तारी होता है। -मनीष

If Maaii sounds like Maahi, the singer sure loses me at that point. -Archana

While there's a certain quietude in the song and the lyrics hold up well, the humdrum tune makes it an average song. -Subrat

Interesting lyrics. -Armeen

We need to see more of this talented duo Sachin- Jigar. -Sunil

Too "sectional"; both lyrics and music try for "big effects"; doesn't quite work. -Ashok

Singing is very good. -Abhay

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क्या करें  (एन एच 10)
kyaa kare.n (NH10)

Tags: haunting, jazz/soft rock, loss, melancholy, mournful, pathos, philosophical, sad, soulful, stirring, victim, whispering

सवेरा मेहता, आयुष श्रेष्ठ
Savera Mehta, Ayush Shrestha

वरुण ग्रोवर
Varun Grover

रेचल वर्गीज़
Rachel Varghese

Good lyrics, everything else is average at best. -Aditya

Rachel Vergese brings in Intesity for minamalistic treatment in music. -Pavan

Some mesmerizing vocals and lyrics. There is something extremely gloomy about this song, and yet the eeriness touches you. The piano adds to the dark tone but it is the singer's excellent rendition that makes the mark. -Sowmya

Resonably decent lyrics massacred by substandard music & very disappointing rendition, imho. -Archana

I really like the lyrics! Varun Grover, I'll be watching you closely! I wish I were able to rate the symphonic music higher. -UVR

Rachel Varghese records the song while a CPR procedure is being administered on her, and thus ends up breathing heavily into the microphone during the entire song. -Vibhendu

Hadn't heard this song before; nor the singer. It is a minimalistic song. I am a bit of sucker for this kind of voice (slight coarse female voice) and this singer (Rachel Varghese? Who seems to pronounce Hindi words well) does that part well. -Subrat

Failed to hold my attention. -Abhay

Composers opt for a minimal arrangement here with just a piano at the beginning, and slowly, the strings section takes over. But only likes of Rahman could rely on just a piano and still make a very engaging song. That doesn’t happen here. The whispering vocals by Rachel don’t engage much. Varun’s words go well with the theme of the film. -Mihir M

Can't believe someone even nominated this. -Ketan

Interesting, but that's it. -Ashok

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सूरज डूबा है यारो  (रॉय)
suuraj Duubaa hai yaaro (Roy)

Tags: club, dance, edm, generic, lather, party, pop, repeat, rinse, uplifting

अमाल मलिक
Amaal Malik


अरिजित सिंह, अदिति सिंह शर्मा
Arijit Singh, Aditi Singh Sharma

Catchy refrain, but little else. Just can't ignore what sounds like 'ghuT' instead of 'ghuu.nT'. -Aditya

One more in the giant pool of mediocrity. -Ketan

Nothing interesting here. -Abhay

There're two versions, with the singers' role somewhat reversed. My rating would be the same for either. BTW, the song title is given as "Dooba Hain"!. -Ashok

This track shows how to adapt EDM (Electronic Dance Music) genre into Bollywood effectively. A refreshing and zestful number. Sound production is of high quality. Kudos to Amaal Malik for producing such a fresh, energetic youth anthem. Vocals are spunky. Arijit and Aditi Singh Sharma bring in the right attitude. Kumaar writes about being carefree and enjoying life.
दुनिया की सुनता है क्यों, अपनी भी सुन ले कभी.. Superb track. -Mihir M

You morons, "Careless" does not equal "Carefree"... -Armeen

फिल्म रॉय के इस गीत में अमल द्वारा दिए गए नृत्य के लिए मन माफिक संगीत संयोजन के साथ अरिजित सिंह की आवाज़ और कुमार के बोल मस्ती का वो माहौल तैयार करते हैं कि मन सब कुछ भूल इस गीत की रिदम के साथ बहता चला जाता है। -मनीष

You have heard one, you have heard them all. Can't disagree that it is a good dance number but there are no points for 'danceability' of a song. Also, I have a personal problem with this song which was played maybe 10 times on New Year's eve on the neighbourhood loudspeaker denying me hours of nature's sweet restorer. -Subrat

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ये कैसी जगह  (हमारी अधूरी कहानी)
ye kaisii jagah (Hamari Adhuri Kahani)

Tags: emotional, lather, repeat, rinse, romantic, soft rock, thankful

जीत गांगुली
Jeet Ganguli

रश्मि सिंह, विराग मिश्रा
Rashmi Singh, Virag Mishra

दीपाली साठे, ज़ुबिन गर्ग
Deepali Sathe, Zubeen Garg

Forgettable. -Neha

Beautiful vocal support by the male voice. -Sunil

The composition is not engaging enough. Below average song. -Mihir M

Not a great song, but sung very well. Very melodious voice. -Abhay

Good tune, lyrics. The song stays with you and you find yourself humming it often. I have no idea why there is a need for a male singer to make noises in the song. -Ketan

Another Ashiqui kind of song. Boring and unoriginal. -Sowmya

There's something in Deepali Sathe's singing, that I cannot quite describe, but it really bothers me in this song: she sounds too "chulbuli" for the words in the lyric. -UVR

Beautiful composition by Jeet Ganguly. -Shivani

Again, there's such sense of fatigue listening to these songs that I can't hear them more than once. No idea why this is on this list. -Subrat

The song expectedly has a very Bhatt-esque feel. -Aditya

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सुन साथिया  (एबीसीडी 2)
sun saathiyaa (ABCD 2)

Tags: fusion, generic, love ballad, melody, romantic, run-of-the-mill, soft rock


प्रिया सरैया
Priya Saraiya

प्रिया सरैया, दिव्य कुमार
Priya Saraiya, Divya Kumar

बोलो से इश्का की स्याहियाँ तो बरसीं पर संगीत संयोजन व गायिकी कुछ खास आनंद नहीं दे पायी। -मनीष

Intriguing female voice. -Ashok

Heavy reverb, auto tuning, nothing unforgettable... total mismatch with the dance visual. -Armeen

Melody se bhara geet. Lovely arrangements filled with piano, strings and Divya Kumar's aalaps. -Mihir M

Priya Sarajya should be disqualified from singing. Her nasal voice is terrible if not cacophonic. Divya Kumar rescues the song a bit. -Sowmya

The singing is par for a song of this kind - sweet and cute and there are some good piano interludes, but it sounds so familiar and oft-heard. I don't know if it has to do with the word saathiya in the song but the music took me back to the tunes of the film Saathiya (and not in a good nostalgic way). -Subrat

An interesting experment yet lacks impact for too much of Stylized Singing. -Pavan

Too many songs that have the same tune and style of singing. Nothing impressive here. -Ketan

Failed to create any impression. -Abhay

Lovely interlude starting 1:14, blending a lovely rhythm, indian classical elements and good use of violins. -Sunil

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जानम  (डिटेक्टिव ब्योमकेश बक्शी)
jaanam (Detective Byomkesh Bakshy)

Tags: deep, lazy listening, lyrical, psychedelic, retro, rock, romantic, soft rock, soulful, waltz, who knows!

पीटर कैट रिकार्डिंग कं.
Peter Cat Recording Co.

सूर्यकांत साहनी
Suryakant Sawhney

सूर्यकांत साहनी
Suryakant Sawhney

A waltzy number with retro bollywood-ish feel (Dilbar mere, kab take mujhe?). Filled with varied interesting sounds, the song makes one sway to the beats of Peter Cat Recording Co. band. The rendition has got a lazy, laid-back temperament. Overall, a fabulous track. -Mihir M

Even auto-tune gave up on this singer. This must be the worst song for the year, possibly decade. The score for this is therefore negative infinity (– ∞ )but unfortunately I am limited to zero. -Ketan

Who is nominating these songs? -Armeen

Very catchy song with deep-meaning lyrics. Well sung, giving that old-world charm of the 60s while maintaining its contemporary score. -Vikas

Waltz is what comes to mind when you first hear this song. Reminds me of a Russian circus though. -Sowmya

So noisy..the singing was drowned in all that noise. -Neha

Bad lyrics, terrible singing. -Aditya

Maybe one should give the singing 1 point ... for not forcing the tuneless singing through autotune. Or should one? -UVR

Whoever gave music to these songs, just legally ban them from committing such atrocities. -Abhay

There's an instant retro feel to it esp the way the singer renders the lines. It is almost like Pehli Baar Mohabbat Ki Hai from & Khoon Maaf. Actually, the arrangement is better. The lyrics are apt for the genre (lakhon ki tu hai bani, lekin ab lagti nahin). The whole package is fantastic and I discovered the original English version of the song by the band (Peter Cat recording co) Pariquel which I can't recoomend enough. -Subrat

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जी करदा  (बदलापुर)
jii karadaa (Badlapur)

Tags: angst, bollywood bhangra, grungy, pathos, powerful, punjabi, punjabi rock, rage, rock, sad, techno


दिनेश विजन, प्रिया सरैया
Dinesh Vijan, Priya Saraiya

दिव्य कुमार
Divya Kumar

Brings out the angst beautifully. -Vinayakam

काफ़ी 'मौला' टाइप गाना है। -मिहिर पं.

Divya Kumar demonstrates that Sukhwinder Singh has successfully established a 'genre' of singing in Bollywood. -UVR

Fine music with the opening guitar piece, and percussions, but tiring punjabi vocals that seem to be the norm these days. The song overall is nicely arranged. -Sowmya

I assumed that it's not the "rock version"; that is noisier, but words seemed different and somewhat better. -Ashok

Doesn't offer anything new. Just another Punjabi song. -Abhay

I'm no fan of this genre but there are a few things going for this song - the singing is good, the orchestration is different with lots of guitar, some shehnai in between and an all round effort at trying to do something different in a tiresome genre. An additional half a point point for the song overall. -Subrat

Sukhwinder Singh hangover in Divya Kumar's voice, including his pronunciations. -Shivani

The screaming sound like fingernails on a chalkboard. -Ketan

Useless! How do they justify such a song, given the plot?!. -Armeen

A kickass track filled with grungy guitar riffs, synth, drums, and Divya Kumar’s powerful and heartfelt vocals, where he brings out the pain, agony experienced by the protagonist in a most effective manner. There is even a Shehnai during the second interlude after which the song mellows down a little. The transition from that part to the mukhda is bit jarring. -Mihir M

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चिट्टियाँ कलाइयाँ  (रॉय)
chiTTiyaa.N kalaaiyaa.N (Roy)

Tags: catchy, club, dance, earworm, folk, generic, party, playful, pop, punjabi, uplifting

मीत ब्रदर्स अंजान
Meet Bros Anjjan


मीत ब्रदर्स अंजान, कणिका कपूर
Meet Bros Anjjan, Kanika Kapoor

Crappy lyrics, but I guess it can be a good dance number. -Abhay

Couldn't get into the song. -Ashok

Seriously, this song? I mean, the lyrics are curious the first two-three times you hear it, but, take away the shorty-shorts clad women in the accompanying visuals, and what's the song got other than the annoying "hey! ho!" in the background? -UVR

It’s baby doll of 2015. Catchy as hell. There is even a hidden melody in it. Wish lyrics were not this dumb. Reducing girls’ desires to ‘shopping kara de', ‘picture dikha de’?? Mr. lyricist, get well soon. -Mihir M

Couldn’t avoid this song wherever I went. -Vinayakam

Foot tapping, catchy all that but in the end no substance. -Ketan

गोरी है कलाइयाँ को बस एक नाया ज़ामा पहना दिया गीतकार ने नई बीट्स पे !. -मनीष

Kill me now. -Subrat

Catchy, but such a misfit in the context of the film!. -Aditya

Catchy, foot-tapping, and some fun lyrics. A trendy party number easily forgettable after some time. -Sowmya

यह गीत पूंजीवाद द्वारा समाजवादी विचार के विरुद्ध बीते सौ सालों से निरंतर जारी युद्ध में अंतिम विजय प्राप्ति के पश्चात उपभोक्तावाद का ग्लोबल एंथम बनेगा आैर घर-आंगन में बजाया जायेगा। -मिहिर पं.

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साँवरे  (फैंटम)
saa.Nware (Phantom)

Tags: generic, lather rinse repeat, pathos, remorseful, romantic, sad, sentimental, soft rock, soothing


अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattarcharya

अरिजित सिंह
Arijit Singh

Big-sound attempts at the end spoil it. -Ashok

Like any other Arijit song these days. -Aditya

The tune is quite pleasant. The vocals are all over, ranging from soft crooning to screaming. Quite jarring. -Ketan

Soul stirring and indelibly an Arijit break-up number. Orchestration is lovely and compliments the vocals very well. -Sowmya

The line "Sun beriya, sanware" sounds promising... rest gets generic. "Afghan Jalebi" is more catchy. -Armeen

Somewhat indifferent lyrics from Amitabh Bhattacharya. -UVR

7 songs without Arijit Singh's voice in this list? Unacceptable. So, here he is again singing a song for Pritam so forgettable that I have forgotten it already. -Subrat

Very soothing track by Pritam which centers around the lovely voice of Arijit Singh. Stylish arrangements. I especially love the second antara where Arijit goes~ Dhalti raat ka ik musafir.. subah alvida keh chala. -Mihir M

If this was not sung by Arjit Singh, then there is nothing to listen here. -Abhay

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तू है कि नहीं  (रॉय)
tuu hai ki nahii.n (Roy)

Tags: lather, pensive, repeat, rinse, romantic, sad, soft rock, sombre

अंकित तिवारी
Ankit Tiwari

अभेंद्र कुमार उपाध्याय
Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay

अंकित तिवारी
Ankit Tiwari

The other Arijit Singh is here - Ankit Tiwari. And, I can't make out any difference between this song and his other songs. -Subrat

अंकित तिवारी को अपने उच्चारण में सुधार लाने की जरूरत है। पूछ को पूँछ की तरह गाते हैं। उपाध्याय के प्यारे बोल और अंकित द्वारा सीटी के शानदार प्रयोग का असर है कि गीत बार बार सुनने का मन करता है। -मनीष

Unimpressive. Only whistle is noteworthy. -Mihir M

Did this song have other words besides the 4 main words? This is laziness beyond compare. -Ketan

Good lyrics and singing. -Abhay

Is sounding tipsy a necessary requirement among the singers today? -Aditya

Why does this guy sound like he has a stomach ache? -Armeen

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बच के बक्शी  (डिटेक्टिव ब्योमकेश बक्शी)
bach ke bakshii (Detective Byomkesh Bakshy)

Tags: atmospheric, catchy, eccentric, eclectic, fusion, no idea how to slot this; unslottable, pop bhangra, rap, situational, techno, unconventional

स्नेहा खानवलकर, दिबाकर बनर्जी
Sneha Khanwalkar, Dibakar Banerjee

स्नेहा खानवलकर, दिबाकर बनर्जी
Sneha Khanwalkar, Dibakar Banerjee

गौरी जयकुमार, बिग डील, थॉमसन एंड्रूज, ट्रेवर फ़र्टैडो, स्मोकी द गोस्ट, क्रेज़ प्रोफ़ेसा
Gowri Jayakumar, Big Deal, Thomson Andrews, Trevor Furtado, Smokey the Ghost, Craz Professa

Rap is not for me. I shouldn't be judging these songs. I don't consider this as music at all. -Abhay

Can't relate to it as a song to listen to; perhaps ok in the movie. -Ashok

These rap type songs are a big turn off personally… Call it bias if you will. -Archana

Meh. How does a song like this end up in a list of 2015's best? -UVR

Loved this crazy number. -Vinayakam

Noisy. -Neha

Pointless!. -Armeen

A pleasant departure from mainstream Bolly music. Happy to see rap being added to pop and making the music jump at you. -Sowmya

Seriously? Why even bother with creating something you have no intention of listening. -Ketan

Eccentric & abrupt. Bengali-Hindi rap and haunting bits sung by the female singer caught my attention. Pales in comparison with other superior songs from DBB album. -Mihir M

Too weird for my liking ;). -Aditya

I have no idea how to react to this song. I didn't listen to this soundtrack when the movie released. There's so many things happening in this song - different genres, the throwaway lines within the song, the rap, the non-mainstream sounds. But it all works for me. I have no idea how this music is apt for Calcutta of WW2 but I think a modern adapatation should have a soundtrack like this. -Subrat

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तेरी मेरी कहानी  (गब्बर इज़ बैक)
terii merii kahaanii (Gabbar Is Back)

Tags: generic, lather, love song, repeat, rinse, romantic, romantic pop, romantic shouts, soft rock

चिरंतन भट्ट
Chirantan Bhatt

मनोज यादव
Manoj Yadav

अरिजित सिंह, पलक मुच्छल
Arijit Singh, Palak Muchhal

Indistinguishable from so many other similar Arijit Singh (with or without accompanying Female singer) songs. Chirantan Bhat sounds like a Pritam chela. -UVR

Nothing new or fresh. -Vinayakam

baarisho.n kaa paanii metaphor questionable. -Ashok

The song sounds so much like Bhatt stable staple that I thought this song was from Hamari Adhuri Kahani whenever I heard this song. -Subrat

Pick up some random rhyming urdu words, string them together loosely, give it a soft-rock treatment, make the singers sing in an affected manner, and voila the song is ready!. -Aditya

Teri meri kahani, hai baarishon ka paani. Seriously? Doesn’t even deserve to be nominated. -Mihir M

The tune has potential to be a good song. The singing isn't bad but it doesn't quite fit the mood of the song. -Ketan

Arijit at his careless best. -Armeen

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अन्य नामांकित (पर अमूल्यांकित) गीत - Other nominated (unrated) songs

2015 पुरस्कार मुखपृष्ठ पर वापस - Back to 2015 Puraskaar home

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