Saturday, June 30, 2012

Top 10 Beats of the Week: June 24 - June 30, 2012

  1. Shirt Da Button Kya Super Kool Hain Hum
  2. Tumhi Ho Bandhu Cocktail
  3. Khudaaya Shanghai
  4. Har Mod Pe Chakradhaar
  5. Chalao Na Naino Se Bol Bachchan
  6. Pareshaan Ishaqzaade
  7. Allah Jaane Teri Meri Kahaani
  8. Maan Qunto Maula Maximum
  9. Pyaar Karna Na Tha Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai
  10. Zindagi Kahe Rahi Hai Qasam Se Qasam Se
Kya Super Kool Hain Hum makes its debut on the list and shoots straight up to #1! Qasam Se Qasam Se also finally makes an appearance.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Kya Super Kool Hain Hum: Music Review

Shirt Da Button: My first thought when I heard this song was


It sounds like one of those Mohit Chauhan genre of songs with Sonu Nigam as the singer yet has lyrics like "teri shirt da main button soniye, tere baalon da main clip ho gaya." Then I realized it's Kya Super Kool Hain Hum, and the entire movie is a joke, and everything made a bit more sense. It's actually a really cute song though, and I've listened to it like 6 times back-to-back already. The video's adorable too and everyone looks nice in it.


There's also a Kailash Kher version, which is also good, but a bit different in feel.

Volume High Karle: I thought I'm Sexy And I Know It started playing from the first couple beats of the song, but this song isn't as catchy. It tries to be a fast club kind of song, but it doesn't really do it for me.

Dil Garden Garden Ho Gaya: I think this was the first song they released, and I didn't like it that much, which is why you guys didn't see it in my top 10. Here's the video:


Hum To Hain Cappuccino (U.p. Bihar Lootne): This is a take on U.P. Bihar Lootne from Shool with some different lyrics. They basically took the song and made it stupid by adding broken English, pop culture references, and random other nonsense. It's still kind of catchy, but not really that great a song.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Extended Trailer: Ek Tha Tiger

The extended trailer for Ek Tha Tiger finally came out yesterday. Take a look!


The story does not seem very original at all. It looks like every other story of a spy - or anyone really - who pretends to fall in love with a girl for alternative motives and ends up actually falling for her. Now I'm interested in seeing what the twist is. If there's no twist, I just hope the execution is at least good. Katrina Kaif looks good as always, but her dialogue delivery hasn't improved much.

Regardless, I love Salman Khan, so I'll definitely be watching this! Plus the director is Kabir Khan, the same guy who made New York. Hopefully that means it'll be good!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Mid-Year Top 60 Beats: January - June, 2012

  1. Pareshaan Ishaqzaade
  2. Jabse Mere Dil Ko Uff Teri Meri Kahaani 
  3. Pungi Agent Vinod 
  4. Jannatein Kahan Jannat 2 
  5. Tere Bina Tezz 
  6. Tumhi Ho Bandhu Cocktail 
  7. Pee Pa Pee Pa Tere Naal Love Ho Gaaya 
  8. Pani Da Rang Vicky Donor 
  9. Jhalla Wallah Ishaqzaade 
  10. Mann Jaage Bittoo Boss 
  11. Khudaaya Shangai 
  12. Anarkali Disco Chali Housefull 2 
  13. Piya O Re Piya Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya 
  14. Tera Deedar Hua Jannat 2 
  15. Yaariyan Cocktail 
  16. Chokra Jawaan Ishaqzaade 
  17. Tu Hi Mera Jannat 2 
  18. Daaru Desi Cocktail 
  19. Tu Hi Rab Tu Hi Dua Dangerous Ishq 
  20. Kick Lag Gayi Bittoo Boss 
  21. Mukhtasar Teri Meri Kahaani 
  22. Humse Pyaar Karle Tu Teri Meri Kahaani 
  23. Dil Mera Muft Ka Agent Vinod 
  24. Mahe Jaan Hate Story 
  25. Naina Re Dangerous Ishq 
  26. Rab Ka Shukrana Jannat 2 
  27. Aafaton Ke Parinde Ishaqzaade 
  28. Kaun Kenda Bittoo Boss 
  29. Chammak Challo Chel Chabeli Rowdy Rathore 
  30. Do U Know Housefull 2 
  31. Har Mod Pe Chakradhaar 
  32. Raat Hate Story 
  33. Tu Mohabbat Hai Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya 
  34. Mujhko Teri Zaroorat Hai Jodi Breakers 
  35. Bharat Mata Ki Jai Shanghai 
  36. Chikni Chameli Agneepath 
  37. Jab Se Dekhi Hai Bol Bachchan 
  38. Ishaqzaade Ishaqzaade 
  39. Bin Tere Chakradhaar 
  40. Chinta Ta Ta Chita Chita Rowdy Rathore 
  41. Chalao Na Naino Se Bol Bachchan 
  42. Kunwara Jodi Breakers 
  43. I'll Do The Talking Tonight Agent Vinod 
  44. Jiya Tu Gangs of Wasseypur 
  45. Sang Hoon Tere Jannat 2 
  46. Kangna Tera Ni Chaar Din Ki Chandni 
  47. Duaa Shanghai 
  48. Darmiyaan Jodi Breakers 
  49. Chandaniya (Lori Lori) Rowdy Rathore 
  50. Right Now Now Housefull 2 
  51. Rum Whiskey Vicky Donor 
  52. Tera Naam Japdi Phiran Cocktail 
  53. London, Paris, New York London, Paris, New York 
  54. Pyaar Karna Na Tha Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai 
  55. Chandni O Meri Chandni Chaar Din Ki Chandi 
  56. Chaahat Blood Money 
  57. That's All I Really Wanna Do Teri Meri Kahaani 
  58. Kammo Department 
  59. Bol Bachchan Bol Bachchan 
  60. Raabta Agent Vinod 

TL;dr: Top Albums of the First Six Months
  1. Ishaqzaade
  2. Teri Meri Kahaani
  3. Bittoo Boss
  4. Cocktail
  5. Jannat 2
  6. Housefull 2
  7. Rowdy Rathore
  8. Agent Vinod
  9. Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya
  10. Shanghai

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Teri Meri Kahaani: Movie Review


In case you couldn't tell from the music consistently rocking the top 10 and all my TMK related tweets, I was super excited for this movie. I'm not a Priyanka fan at all, but I think this was Shahid's best look yet. His shayari, as I've mentioned before, is killer as Javed (his 1910 character) even in the trailers. So I saw this movie Friday the 22nd, the day it released, in theaters.
As you probably know by this point, the movie's tagline is "thrice upon a love story" and takes place in 3 separate eras; 1910, 1960, and 2012. The movie starts out in 1960 with Govind, a struggling musician, and Rukhsar, a movie actress. Prachi Desai has a cameo as Rukhsar's childhood friend who also falls for Govind. The story is the simple love triangle you would expect. Both Goving and Rukhsar have shy type of characters, which I found adorable. Unfortunately though, this is about as deep as this story gets. Then we move into 2012 with Krish and Radha. Krish's ex-girlfriend is played by Neha Sharma, and the character is Meera. I thought it was really clever that they had the Krish-Radha-Meera thing going. Anyways, the story here is pretty much the same triangle, but in modern times. Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp play matchmaker as the characters rely on those heavily to communicate with one another. I'm not really a fan of using these tools in movies because they're always exaggerated to the point of stupidity. This movie didn't help that very much. Phrases like "this is so going on Facebook" sound cheesy when used incorrectly, even if that is how people talk in reality. Once we get to the creation of the love triangle here, we move into 1910 with Javed and Aradhana. This was undoubtedly my favorite era. Javed is a complete ladies' man and uses his shayari (poetry) to flirt with girls. Of course when he finally falls in love, the girl he falls for is our heroine Aradhana. There is a twist in the story here that I don't want to give away to those who plan on watching the movie, but it's not very necessary. It just takes up time in the story and ends as you'd expect.

The reason this movie intrigued me, apart from Shahid, was that I wanted to know how the three stories would connect in the end. I figured it wasn't a Karz type reincarnation thing, so I was extremely curious as to what it would be. The answer to that question was not at all satisfying. So much so that I feel the movie did not have anything that the trailer didn't already tell us. I kept waiting and waiting for something to happen in the movie, and before I knew it, the movie was over. Prachi and Neha were both wasted in this movie as neither of their characters got significant screen time.

I think my roommate said it best: the make up artists put more work into this movie than the script writers did. The only counter for that I have is that Javed's shayari was amazing. Other than that, the plot and script failed to impress.

Overall, I was disappointed with the movie. Shahid did a great job and Priyanka was not bad. Regardless the story, or kahaani if you will, in Teri Meri Kahaani was lacking. I expected more given the insane promotions for the movie. It's hard to believe that the guy who brought us Fanaa and Hum Tum, both of which have awesome stories, now brought us one without one. Speaking of Hum Tum though, there were some things that came up again. For example, there was a character named Mihir Vohra in both movies (don't ask me why I noticed that, but I did). Also, both movies are about how soulmates can meet anytime anywhere if they're meant to be.


Now the question is, should you watch it? I think despite all the flaws, the movie was fun to watch and actually really cute. If that sounds good to you, go for it! I don't think it's as bad as I may have made it out to be. Plus if you watch it, you get to see the full versions of all the songs, which is definitely worth it. I personally am a fan of both the music and the choreography, so I enjoyed that part a lot.

Top 10 Beats of the Week: June 17 - June 23, 2012

1. Tumhi Ho Bandhu Cocktail
2. Humse Pyaar Karle Tu Teri Meri Kahaani
3. Jhalla Wallah Ishaqzaade
4. Khudaaya Shanghai
5. Chalao Na Naino Se Bol Bachchan
6. Har Mod Pe Chakradhaar
7. Chammak Challo Chel Chabeli Rowdy Rathore
8. Pyaar Karna Na Tha Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai
9. Maan Qunto Maula Maximum
10. Bharat Mata Ki Jai Gangs of Wasseypur

Maximum and Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai finally make appearances on the list. I'm still waiting for an awesome soundtrack to release that changes the top 3. Cocktail, TMK, and Ishaqzaade have been dominating for a while now!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Top 10 Beats of the Week: June 10 - June 16, 2012

1. Daaru Desi Cocktail
2. Jabse Mere Dil Ko Uff Teri Meri Kahaani
3. Khudaaya Shanghai
4. Chokra Jawaan Ishaqzaade
5. Dhadang Dhang Rowdy Rathore
6. Chalao Na Naino Se Bol Bachchan
7. Tere Bina Tezz
8. Har Mod Pe Chakradhaar
9. Jiya Tu Gangs of Wasseypur
10. Tu Hi Rab Tu Hi Dua Dangerous Ishq

Thursday, June 14, 2012

IIFA Awards 2012

This is a bit late, but the IIFA Awards took place almost a week ago. They won't air until July 7 (according to my Google-ing skills at least), so we won't get to see it until then. I do have a bunch of spoilers though in case you haven't already seen them.


Awards

Best Film - Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
I really liked this movie a lot, but I didn't love it as much as everyone else seemed to. That being said, I think it was better than the other nominations, so this is a valid victory.

Best Direction - Zoya Akhtar (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara)

Actor (Male) - Ranbir Kapoor (Rockstar)
I did not watch Rockstar. I realize that may be surprising given how many movies I watch, but this movie somehow did not appeal to me. Therefore, I can't really comment on his acting in that movie. I do think that Hrithik (ZNMD) and Ajay Devgan (Singham) did well too.

Actor (Female) - Vidya Balan (The Dirty Picture)
Very well deserved. This was an extremely bold role and Vidya Balan did an amazing job with it.

Supporting Actor (Male) - Farhan Akhtar (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara)
Everyone seems to love Farhan Akhtar. I think he's a wonderful director, but I don't like him that much as an actor. Maybe that's just me though.

Supporting Actor (Female) - Parineeti Chopra (Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl)
I absolutely love Pari. I mentioned this earlier in my Ishaqzaade review as well. Not only do I just adore her, I also adore Dimple Chaddha, her character in LVRB. Dimple Chaddha is such a mast Punjaban kuri, and as a Punjaban myself, I can't help but love her. Pari fulfilled the role extremely well and gave the character a depth that I think very few others could.

Performance in a Comic Role - Ritesh Deshmukh (Double Dhamaal)
I don't remember this movie as well I should, but Ritesh is awesome, and the movie wasn't bad.

Performance in a Negative Role - Prakash Raj (Singham)

Best Story - Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara)


Best Music Direction - A.R. Rahman (Nadaan Parinde - Rockstar)
I don't like the music from Rockstar. I feel like I just made a blasphemous statement because A.R. Rahman is apparently a music god now, but I prefer pretty much every other nominated song. Of the nominated songs, I would have given the award to Señorita. That song combines Spanish and Bollywood music and blends them beautifully. The lyrics are also really cool because the guys are talking in Hindi and the girls in Spanish. None understand the other's words yet respond to each other and say related things. It wasn't like other Hindi songs that just throw in meaningless Spanish phrases to sound exotic. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy really knocked that ball out of the park.

Lyrics - Irshad Kamil (Nadaan Parinde - Rockstar)
I think I would have given it to Javed Akhtar for Khwabon Ke Parindey or Shabbir Ahmed for Teri Meri.

Playback Singer (Male) - Mohit Chauhan (Nadaan Parinde - Rockstar)

Playback Singer (Female) - Shreya Ghoshal (Teri Meri - Bodyguard)

Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema - Rekha

Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema - Ramesh Sippy
Sholay. 'nuff said.

Outstanding Contribution to International Cinema - Liv Ullmann

Best Debut (Male) - Vidyut Jamwal

Best Debut (Female) - Parineeti Chopra
...need I say more?

Outstanding Contribution to a Greener Environment - Diya Mirza

Star Plus Hottest Pair - Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri


Performances



Performances included:
- Ranbir Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor
- Ranbir Kapoor and Ayushmann Khurana
- Mika Singh
- Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra
- Priyanka Chopra
- Bipasha Basu.

Personally I'm most excited for Rishi-Ranbir and Shahid.


I'll have a follow up post within the next month with my thoughts after actually having seen the awards!

Cocktail: Music Review

Tumhi Ho Bandhu - I've loved this song since the promo came out a while ago. It's a really catchy song and Diana is adorable in the video. Plus this song has that line that most Indians have heard forever: "Tumhi Ho Bandhu, Sakha Tumhi." It shouldn't be news that I like the song though since it's been at the top of my top 10 for a couple weeks now.


Daaru Desi - Everyone apparently loved this song when the promo came out, but I personally wasn't much of a fan. I just heard the full version of the song, and I actually think it sounds really cool now. I still don't understand why a friendship song has this kind of a feel, but I don't care so much because Shalmali Kholgade is amazing. Pareshaan was is one of my favorite songs and her voice is so beautiful that everything she sings sounds wonderful.


Yaariyan - This song reminds me a lot of O Meri Jaan from Life In a...Metro, and that's probably because of the rock feel. Regardless, this is another good song in the soundtrack. I wish the video showed the actual singers (Mohan Kanan and Shilpa Rao), since they owned this song. That being said, the guitar strumming didn't look cheesy or fake with Saif because he can actually play.


The reprise features Sunidhi Chauhan and Arijit Singh, who also do an amazing job. The music of this song is piano based, whereas the original was a guitar, which dramatically softens it. I personally like both versions a lot, and I feel the singers did a beautiful job.

Second Hand Jawaani - This song has the same feel as Bhangra Bistar from Dil Bole Hadippa. Since the music from this album seemed to remind me of other songs a lot, I decided to investigate. The music director of both Dil Bole Hadipp and Life In a...Metro is - you guessed it - Pritam. I guess that makes sense then that the songs sound similar. Unfortunately, I didn't like Second Hand Jawaani that much. I like other songs by Miss Pooja, like Kise De Naal and Romantic Jatt, but this one wasn't as good as I had hoped.

Tera Naam Japdi Phiran - This song is okay...definitely not my favorite from the album, but better than Second Hand Jawaani.


Luttna - This song has what I'm calling mini-dubstep. I didn't realize dubstep existed in India until Aafaton Ke Parindey in Ishaqzaade, and Luttna is still one of the first few Hindi dubstep songs I've heard. Despite having some dubstep, this isn't really a loud song, which I think makes the song kind of unique.

Jugni - Another decent song.

Overall Pritam has done a pretty good job with the soundtrack. He pulled in some brilliant singers, added some interesting and unique lyrics and some catchy tunes, and voila! My favorites are Tumhi Ho Bandhu, Daaru Desi, and Yaariyan. Enjoy!!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Chakradhaar: Music Review

So apparently there's this movie called Chakradhaar. For some reason there's no Wikipedia or IMDB page for it, but there was a recent music release and apparently the movie's coming out June 15, according to some random websites that Google showed me. I did find a trailer and some music promos on YouTube though!
Here's the trailer (because if you're like me, you hadn't heard of this movie until just now):


This album has 4 songs, and overall the soundtrack is okay. I wouldn't say it's amazing, but it's better than I expected for movie with such little publicity.
Har Mod Pe - This is the fastest pace song in the movie and I thought it was kind of catchy. Shaan sang the song, and the beginning somehow reminds me a lot of a faster version of Tune Mujhe Pehchaana Nahi from Raju Chacha. Maybe that's just me though. Regardless it has a 90s/early 2000s feel to it.
Bin Tere - This has to be one of the most common song titles in Bollywood. Most songs with that title that I've heard have been good, so I wanted to like this song. It wasn't a bad song, but I didn't like it as much as I wanted to.
Billori - The item song of the lot. I felt like something was lacking here. It didn't have the item song feel at all and isn't catchy. I also didn't really like the video at all.


Chakradhaar (Theme) - This isn't really a song, but rather sounds like the score from the movie. It seemed kind of intense, which makes sense because the trailer seemed intense too.

My favorite song from the movie is Har Mod Pe. It's very 90s reminiscent for me, so I like it. Check it out if you get a chance!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Top 10 Beats of the Week: June 3 - June 9, 2012

1. Tumhi Ho Bandhu Cocktail
2. Khudaaya Shanghai
3. Mukhtasar Teri Meri Kahaani
4. Pareshaan Ishaqzaade
5. Jab Se Dekhi Hai Bol Bachchan
6. Chammak Challo Chel Chabeli Rowdy Rathore
7. Tere Bina Tezz
8. Jiya Tu Gangs of Wasseypur
9. Tu Hi Rab Tu Hi Dua Dangerous Ishq
10. Tera Deedar Hua Jannat 2

Friday, June 8, 2012

Bol Bachchan: Music Review

Bol Bachchan - The song itself is okay, but my favorite part about this song is that they quote old Amitabh Bachchan lines. Abhishek starts them all with "mere pitaji kaha karte the" and then goes on to say a famous quote that his pitaji actually did say.


Nach Le Nach Le - I like the first half of the song, but the second half was okay-ish.

Chalao Na Naino Se - This sounds more like a 90s song to me. It wasn't great the first time I heard it, but it's starting to grow on me.


Jab Se Dekhi Hai - This is my favorite song from this movie, which isn't surprising since Mohit Chauhan is amazing. I would definitely recommend it, and don't be surprised if this song shows up on my top 10 for the week!

Overall, the songs are not bad. Rohit Shetty movies are generally not known for their songs, so in that sense I think this album is above average for him. Jab Se Dekhi Hai, at least to me, doesn't sound anything like a typical Rohit Shetty song, and I think that's a good thing. It adds some variety to the movie and gives a nice balance.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Worst Hindi Songs

So earlier today I was looking up Tan Tana Tan Tan Tan Tara (from Judwaa), and came across this, a list of the worst Hindi songs (in this author's opinion):
               http://www.unp.me/f163/twenty-worst-hindi-songs-review-64189/

Personally I think Tan Tana Tan Tan Tan Tara, Main Laila Laila Chilaoonga Kurta Phaad Ke, and Meri Pant Bhi Sexy Meri Shirt Bhi Sexy are all quality songs. Anyways though, I thought I'd add my own two cents to this list. (Note: Regardless of the meaningless lyrics, I still love almost every song on this list.)
     - What Is Mobile Number (Haseena Maan Jaayegi)
     - Good Morning India (Khushi)
     - Oonchi Hai Building (Judwaa)
     - Love Mera Hit Hit (Billu [Barber])
     - Main To Hoon Pagal (Baadshah)
     - My Adorable Darling (Main Khiladi Tu Anari)
     - Aloo Chat (Aloo Chat)
     - Pungi (Agent Vinod)
     - Ticket To Hollywood (Jhoom Barabar Jhoom)
     - Carbon Copy (Yeh Hai Jalwa)
     - Dil Dance Maare (Tashan)
     - Ande Ka Funda (Jodi No. 1)
     - U and I (Naksha)
     - Bhaag D.K. Bose (Delhi Belly)
     - Sheila Ki Jawani (Tees Maar Khan), Anarkali Disco Chali (Housefull 2), Laila (Tezz), etc.
...and the list goes on

Sunday, June 3, 2012

This Weeks Top 10 Beats: May 27 - June 2, 2012


1. Tumhi Ho Bandhu Cocktail
2. Jabse Mere Dil Ko Uff Teri Meri Kahaani
3. Khudaaya Shanghai
4. Pareshaan Ishaqzaade
5. Pani Da Rang Vicky Donor
6. Tere Bina Tezz
7. Tu Hi Rab Tu Hi Dua Dangerous Ishq
8. Jannatein Kahan Jannat 2
9. Jiya Tu Gangs of Wasseypur
10. Pungi Agent Vinod