Music Review: Saawariya

Album: Saawariya
Music Director: Monty Sharma
Lyrics: Sameer

Album Rating:

With musical hits like Khamoshi and Devdas behind him, Sanjay Leela Bhansali can be trusted to give us a movie with good music. He doesn’t disappoint us with his new movie, Saawariya. The much hyped launch pad of kids of industry’s two big names, Rishi Kapoor and Anil Kapoor, has a good collection of songs. Romance, love, passion is oozing out of the songs. With songs being so hypnotic, I am waiting to see how they are taken to a new level by Bhansali’s cinematic skills. I am sure it will be a feast for the eyes and ears.

Instead of giving us soft, monotonous songs, the relatively new director, Monty Sharma gives us songs with varying rhythms and notes. He has also given us two new noticeable voices, Shail Hada and Parthiv Gohil. Hada’s Saawariya and Gohil’s Yun Shabnami prove the singers’ skills. In all, an album that deserves to be in your kitty.

Saawariya
Singer: Shail Hada

This song is doing the rounds on TV and is already a hit. We have a new singer, Shail Hada, who has an unusual voice. The song is a romantic, passionate number. Shail pumps energy and passion into the song. He carries off some yodeling too. An apt title song for the movie. Lyrics are nothing exceptional, but the simple tune of the song takes your heart away.

Jab Se Tere Naina
Singer: Shaan

Another romantic song, sung by Shaan. It wavers between mellifluous notes and passionate beats. Shaan modulates his voice well – going soft at times and oozing energy where required. Lyricist has not done anything extra-ordinary. One can find quite a few cliché phrases. A nice song to listen to, especially if you are in love. You would want to switch off the lights, sit back, close your eyes and relish the song.

Mash-Allah
Singer: Kunal Ganjawala

Kunal is back with his enchanting voice. When you listen to this song, you go into a trance. The soft background music, Kunal’s hypnotizing voice, the magical lyrics – the song is so romantic, you will fall in love, if you haven’t already. No other singer could have carried it off so well as Kunal. Not even Sonu Nigam. This is an out and out Kunal Ganjawala song.

Thode Badmash
Singer: Shreya Goshal
Lyrics: Nusrat Badr

It’s the girl’s turn to express her love through this song. Shreya Goshal tries hard to bundle enough naughtiness and love in this song, but she fails at certain points. When the song reaches high notes, her voice sounds strained. Lyrics are very ordinary.

Yoon Shabnami
Singer: Parthiv Gohil
Lyrics: Sandeep Nath

Yet another romantic number. What’s with Bollywood and moon? From ages, the girl’s beauty is being compared to the moon and the tradition continues in this song. Parthiv Gohil is a brilliant singer – his voice is literally dancing when he modulates.

Daras bina nahin chain
Singer: Richa Sharma, Shail Hada & Parthiv Gohil

The song starts with Richa Sharm’a alaap. Has she become famous as an alaap provider rather than as a singer? The music director’s attempt at including a classical based song in the album. With Richa’s commanding voice, the chorus, the male voice (Is it Hada and Gohil or both?), this song is very powerful. There is a haunting tune in the background. I couldn’t identify the instrument used. Does anyone have an idea what instrument that is? It’s a beautiful number which will make you get up and dance. It reminds me of the dance numbers in Devdas.

Sawar Gayi
Singer: Shreya Goshal

A Shreya solo. Another classical based song. A soft, slow number. Shreya sings this really well. Don’t pay attention to the wordings, because they are nothing new.

Jaan-e-jaan
Singers: Kunal Ganjawala and Shreya Goshal

Probably the weakest song in the album. A judaai number, sung by Kunal and Shreya. Kunal sings well, but this is not his forte. Lyrics are very very ordinary. This song reminds me of the old song ‘Tum mere ho, mere hi mere ho’.

Pari
Singer: Kunal Ganjawala

The hero is fantasizing about his loved one. He compares her to an angel. Lyrics become a little interesting here. ‘Uski khamosh aahat ko sunta hoon mein’. Nothing new, but still makes your ears stand. This is a Kunal song and he makes complete justice. It doesn’t have a catchy tune and it is difficult to sing. I don’t see this song becoming a hit with the public.

Chabeela
Singer: Alka Yagnik

A change from the soft, slow songs. This is a fast, dance number sung by Alka Yagnik. Alka tries hard at modulating her voice, but sounds strained. Has she already lost the strength in her voice? It has a catchy tune, this is going to be a hit with the dance troupes.

Saawariya (Reprise)
Singer: Shail Hada

Shail is back with the title song and his magic. A perfect end to this great album.

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11 thoughts on “Music Review: Saawariya

  1. Anonymous says:

    Who reviewed the album, because he or she is an idiot….all sonds were great, with a few outstanding ones. None of the singers sounded like they were strained; if they did they wouldn’t be singers now would they? Point proven. Overall the songs were amazing!

  2. I am the idiot you are referring to.

    “None of the singers sounded like they were strained; if they did they wouldn’t be singers now would they? Point proven.”

    Do you mean to say there is not one bad singer in the industry today? Do you mean to say all singers are equally skillful? My advice to you: do not take up law as your profession. Your proving skills will not earn you bread and butter.

  3. Jatin says:

    You need to listen to music again. How can you say Kunal is not good in Jan-e-jaan. If you listen to the music (audio only), it touches the soul. It’s a beautiful song. May be you are not the right person to appreciate it.

  4. Jatin, I say in the blog ‘Kunal sings well, but this is not his forte.’ Can you explain how that translates to ‘Kunal is not good?’

    ‘It’s a beautiful song. May be you are not the right person to appreciate it.’
    So be it.

  5. Shilpa says:

    Your review is a bit harsh concerning the lyrics. What do you expect the lyrics of the song to be? Please enlighten me. The lyrics were actually pretty good. The only thing I do agree with you on is the “strained” singing by Alka Yagnik and Shreya Ghoshal. No doubt, Alka’s voice has aged and I wouldn’t be surprised if she developed a throat problem like her mother. She has sung much better numbers before. It’s too bad she was not able to deliver justice to Chabeela. Nevertheless, I do think she tried hard the song and it’s the best female solo in the album. As for Shreya, she’s never been one of my favorites. She tries way too hard for songs that are not meant for her. She’s been paraded around as if she is the best singer in bollywood. What happened to her here? These naughty/mischievous songs are definitely not her forte. Overall, Shaan did the best with his “Jab Se Tere Naina”. I don’t care too much about Kunal Ganjawala. He’s average like Shreya. Anyway, each to their own.

  6. “What do you expect the lyrics of the song to be? ”

    The lines should make you sit up and take notice. There is nothing new in Saawariya’s lyrics. The words, the thoughts are all the same that have been in the industry since ages.

    I agree with you on Shreya. She is not a great singer. Kunal might not be the best singer now, but I like him for his voice. It has a quality to it which attracts me the moment I hear it.

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