2 Oct 2013

Ram Leela Music Review

Ram Leela 2013

Director:  Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Cast: Ranveer Singh & Deepika Padukone
Music Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Lyricst: Siddharth-Garima
Release: November 15, 2013

My Rating: 5/5 (only the 2nd album I gave this score to. The other one was this.)

This album is heavy on the sex appeal. That’s one way of putting it! The other is that it highlights everything that Bollywood tries to run from, and that’s its own roots. There is a rustic quality to the album that eludes most music directors, but Sanjay Leela Bhansali has managed to capture it so well. The heavy bass in almost all the tracks is done beautifully, in a way that enhances the traditional musical instruments that are also present in every.single.track. Flute, nagada, dhol, shehnai, cymbals, you name it! Overall, I loved it!  There is a lot of passion in this album, without even a hint of vulgarity, a rare combination, especially in Bollywood. One play is just not enough so I’m going back for seconds, thirds and definitely more.

1.       Ram Chahe Leela-  A soft rock opening track. The lyrics set the scene: a heavy focus on the violent, hot blooded nature of the two characters along with the surroundings. The song opens with a nice mike echo in Gujarati, giving the feeling that you’re sitting in the audience in a mela waiting for ram leela to start! I am guessing this track will play in the opening credits. Nice job by Bhoomi Trivedi, but not my favourite.

2.      Lahu Munh Lag Gaya- The instruments make this track. Very sensual langrous pace with lazily paced vocals to match. Loved the synth and bass in this one. Shail Hada sings wonderfully.

3.      Ang Laga De- Another sensual slow song. Very nicely sung by Aditi Paul & Shail Hada. I prefer this track to the previous one, even though both are slightly similar. Love the addition of the ghanti and chanting, they definitely add to the rustic feel.

4.      Poore Chand- wonderful use of instruments making up the chorus. Another slow track.

5.      Nagada Sang Dhol- Just in time for Navratri, this definite hit will strike a chord with most folks just because it’s so well composed. Theres the traditional garba song mixed with oomph and bass and sung beautifully and with emotion by Shreya Ghoshal. A high energy track. Let the comparisons with this and Dholi Taro Dhol Baaje from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam begin (I like both but the video for this is definitely better!).

6.      Laal Ishq- A more classic number, Arijit Singh opens with a melodious tarana, and continues to mesmerise with his vocals thereafter. Have to say though, I didn’t like the line ‘mera naam ishq, tera naam ishq’ what does that even mean? He sang it beautifully though so it’s okay.

7.      Ishqyaun, Dhishquyan- opening with my favourite instrument, the sarangi, this is a high tempo track with a modern twist. More of a fusion track with a northern feel with all the dhol. I love how there is a little conversation going on with the sarangi and the flute at one point in the start of the song.

8.     More Bani Thanghat Kare- this was originally written by Gujarati poet Jhaverchand Meghani over 50 years ago. The title literally translates to ‘Today my heart, dances like a peacock’ and the song is usually played during Navaratri in a garba. Osman Mir really shines in this track. Loved it!

9.     Dhoop- another slow track, sung by Shreya Ghoshal, it reminded me a bit of Silsila Yeh Chaahat Ka from Devdas. But there are tons of instruments used here that weren’t around in devdas. Listen to the words and like me you may also love the imagery in this track, very haunting.

10.Tattad Tattad- I don’t think this song can be described as anything other than an item number! Sanjay leela Bhansali gets all his actors to do one of these tracks (remember Ranbir Kapoor in Jabse Tere Naina?) Ranvir Singh is topless for most of it so there’s that. What was I saying? Oh right, the song.. Great track, high energy levels, opens with trumpets, lots of dhol, very rustic feel to it, but with snippets of guitar thrown in here and there! Loved it.

What did you think of the album? Favourite song? I feel Ram Leela is going to be a mega hit, even if for the cinematography alone (and Deepika’s outfits).

26 Sep 2013

7 Brilliant New Jabong.com Bags

I'm a bag lady, I think I've mentioned that before. Remember how Jay Z sings about 'Girls Girls Girls?' Well I'm like that... but with bags. I scour the net for the best handbags, clutches, totes, satchels, purses, and sometimes even school bags. And I graduated from high school in 2004!! What I'm trying to say it, Im into bags. Below I've presented this weeks best from Jabong.com . I may start doing this type of post every week/fortnight since I have so much fun drooling over, I mean writing about, these bags bags bags

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8 Sep 2013

September Jukebox

Haven't done one of these for a while, so I've tried to make this one as varied as I could (I tried but I have my favorites..no rock or oldies this time, sorry.) Laura Welsh makes a comeback in this list, I wrote about her electric track 'Ghosts' earliy last year. I don't generally brag, but this is one of my best playlists!! 

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3 Sep 2013

Anjalee & Arjun Kapoor JAMAWAR ARIA Collection

Recently I was invited to attend the Anjalee & Arjun Kapoor's fashion show in Delhi. Here are the images, gorgeous and glitzy to sum it up! How amazing does Bipasha look??! 

Check out their Delhi store in Defence Colony E 4, Defence Colony and D – 33, Defence Colony and in Mumbai at Essajee & Son, Landsown House, Colaba , Battery Street.

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How pretty is the invite?!
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23 Aug 2013

HOT HOT HOT! Roberto Coin's Jewellery collection Pois Moi

Roberto Coin Pois Moi
Here's some pieces I just loved!...
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Official Note:

Roberto Coin is pleased to announce the new “Pois Moi Collection”. The collection has an ultra-modern design with a touch of vintage taste. Its pattern comes from mixing differentideas such as the texture/feel, the recent shiny return of gold. This style has never been introducedin the jewelry world. In particular, the soft square silhouette finds its inspiration in the Italian vintage trend called “television shape”, reminiscent of the old monitors of the 1950s.

9 Aug 2013

Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara- Soundtrack Review

Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobara Review Soundtrack OUATIMD

Finally! The entire soundtrack is out! Worth the wait you ask? Absolutely, I say! The album is made up of 5 tracks out of which the first 4 were released what now feels like years ago (around May/June). Rarely has a Bollywood soundtrack been released where I've thoroughly enjoyed each and every song. Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobara is probably among the rare few. Others that came a close second would be Devdas, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (because I was a 12 yr old girl which was basically all of SRK's target audience in 1999), Delhi Belly and Dev-D, also Pakeezah ofcourse. But lets not get started on the oldies because there's too many gems there.

Back to this album. What makes it so addictive, so appealing? I gave it some thought and decided that its a mix of brilliant vocals, catchy lyrics, tunes you want to keep on humming and songs that make you want to fall in love all over again, whether you're already in love or not! 

The first 4 songs of this album came out a while back but the last track Bismillah only came out yesterday so I had to put this review on pause. Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobara is one of the best soundtracks of the year (its actually THE best for me, with a close 2nd place to Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, maybe).  

One aspect of this movie I do find a tad irritating is its stereotyping of muslims, mainly: 
-not every muslim girl has her nose pierced, seems to be Bollywood's top stereotype.
-not every muslim speaks with elegant talaffuz 
-every muslim certainly doesn't do adaab every two sentences. Lol!
Not sure where these directors get their ideas from but I guess it adds to the dream world of the 'muslim' characters he's building here. All good fun I say. Adds to the glamour. Buy the entire album here

Music director: Pritam, Anupam Amod
Label: T-series

My Rating 5/5 (A first on this blog!)

1. Yeh Tune Kya Kiya (Javed Bashir): The opening song speaks of the power of love, what exactly it is, what it does to a person and how it breaks down yet builds up a person: 'Itna hua badnam phir bhi har zubaan pe ara hai'. All very artistically done, this wonderful track leaves you thinking. It builds layer by layer, qawwali style, bollywood style, all mixed up. Between the chorus you can hear the instrumentals playing the excellent track 'Pee Loon' from Once Upon A Time In Mumbai - part 1. Its an all out fida over the girl track 'jab jab saanse leta hoon tera hi naam leta hoon , yeh tune kya kiya.' Uff, what romance! The instruments gel with Javed Bashir's beautifully throaty vocals. Everything about this track is perfection.

2. Tayyab Ali (Javed Ali): Remember Amar Akbar Anthony? This is a rehash of that song 'tayyab ali pyaar ka dushman hai hai' picturised on bollywood's most famous kebab-mein-haddi-father 'Tayyab Ali'. The beat here is more pronounced here than the original, of course modern technology helps bring out the best of everything. The skeleton of the song remains the same as the original. The harmonium is ever present  to add the UP feel. This is roadside romeo, shareef style! What appealed to me about this song is the way they've mixed old world U.P. music with modern beats and lyrics. It makes for one jaunty ride! Another song that will leave you singing the chorus. I had no idea this was a rehash of the original so when the Tayyab Ali line came on I could only say WOW! Really well made. Thumbs up.

3. Tu Hi Khwahish (Sunidhi Chauhan): Apparently this song is the one the movie opens with and Akshay Kumar's bad boy character is introduced, romancing a couple of Arabic belly dancers along with Sophie Chaudhary (poor lady never gets anything meatier than vamp). This song took a little longer than the others to grow on me. But it definitely grew on me. Sunidhi Chauhan's vocals are unwavering, not a note out of line in a pretty difficult song. Its a bit of cabaret-mixed-with-item-song style. Her voice is all vamp one seconds and sweet songbird the next. So many item songs sound extremely tacky and just cheap (pinky from the upcoming Zanjeer with Priyanka Chopra, just horrible). Sunidhi keeps this song classy. The beat here is the other aspect that makes this track very catchy. 

4. Chugliyaan (Javed Ali, Sahir Ali Bagga): Lovely vocals by Javed Ali but what really makes this track is the chorus. I guarantee you wont be able to get it out of your head. Its romantic music at its best. Sahir Ali Bagga is the music composer from Lahore behind a lot of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Shafqat Amanat Ali's hits, among others. He has done wonderful work here too. I loved the lyrics of this one, esp the chorus, 'Oh yaara tere naal akhiyaan lariyaan ki aisiyaa sajjiyaan mohabbattan pakiyaan ki mere piche ishq paya, hai dil mera thirak gaya.'  

5. Bismillah (Anupam Amod): This is a disco track, and is going to be BIG I guarantee you. I was hooked from the first listen a few hours ago. The lyrics, by Rajat Aroraa are superb'Chaand zameen par aaya hai tu haath utha kar bismillah.' Bismillah literally means 'in the name of god'. The track is describing Sonakshi Sinha the 'beauty', so when both love interests see her they call out the name of god to say 'thanks'. A truly fun, peppy track with an amazingly catchy sound. This one ends the album in the best way possible- on a high! 

4 Aug 2013

Delhi Couture Week- Varun Bahl, Ritu Beri, Manish Arora

Varun bahl

This yellow lehenga was my favorite. Also loving the shimmery silver dupatta, easy way to jazz up any outfit.

Pretty pretty Lace blouses

Ritu Beri
I havent put up many pics of this show because frankly, I didnt like anything much. I found all the pieces a abit out there and not wearable off the runway at all. For example the white gown below, its quite pretty but a bit clown-ish at the same time :s The only ones I really liked were these 4 red and orange anarkalis surrounfing the wierdly couture bride!

Manish Arora
After Sabyasachi and Anamika Khanna, this one was my favorite show of the week. The images speak for themselves. *Applause*

3 Aug 2013

Delhi Couture Week Day 3- Satya Paul Demi Couture

Masaba Gupta for Satya Paul , Demi Couture: My favorite outfit of the collection was this one below with a gorgeous lace cape thing worn over a delicate dress. Masaba Gupta had her signature neon hints in the corners of her saris and the Satya Paul signature also shone through with motifs of delicate flowers splashed across almost all pieces. Loved the jewellery too. Very modern princess.
How amazing does Masaba Gupta look in this dress?! Alos, I LOVE the Jhoomar on Anil Kapoors kurta.

(All Images: Fashion Design Council Of India)