Bareilly Ki Barfi – Music Review (Bollywood)

Songs and complete music credits at the end (thanks to @thepuccacritic for helping with the credits)

Arko’s Nazm Nazm comes across as a derivative of his song Dariya from Baar Baar Dekho. This is a better melody in fact, though it is faced with the same problem as Dariya did – the composer’s own annoyingly processed voice. The song gets progressively better with its other covers; the version sung by movie’s main man Ayushmann Khurrana has a more pleasant arrangement and some Punjabi phrases thrown in. The processing is once again a problem, though not as much as Arko’s. The best version of the track is sung by Sumedha Karmahe. While the singing itself is commendable, the track also features some neat flute play. In Sweety Tera Drama composer Tanishk Bagchi finally has a solo winner of his own creation. The short track is full of energy and Dev Negi, Pawni Pandey and Shraddha Pandit deliver it superbly. Pravesh Mallick’s folk rap is a fine addition to the proceedings.

Tanisk’s second song, a co-composition with his old partner Vayu SrivastavaTwist Kamariya, goes overboard with its electronic elements and ends up a forgettable mishmash, despite the presence of Harshdeep Kaur, Altamash Faridi etc behind the mic. Samira Koppikar, who composed a song for the 2015 movie NH10, offers two versions of a track called Bairaagi in Bareilly Ki Barfi. Passable melody that works better in its folksy version sung by the composer herself. Arijit Singh handles the other rock-flavoured track. Samir Uddin’s Badass Babuaa sort of has an Oye Lucky Lucky Oye vibe, its folk hip hop mix delivered to a tee by the composer with Abhishek Nailwal and Neha Bhasin. Fun song, executed well.

Bareilly Ki Barfi. Average multi composer soundtrack that works largely for two fun tracks from Tanishk Bagchi and Samir Uddin. A step down for the director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, at least musically.

Music Aloud Rating: 2.5/5

Top Recos: Sweety Tera Drama, Badass Babuaa

This review first appeared in the Mumbai edition of The Hindu.

Musician Credits

Sweety Tera Drama
Composer – Tanishk Bagchi
Lyrics – Shabbir Ahmed
Vocals – Dev Negi, Pawni Pandey & Shraddha Pandit
Rap – Written & Sung Pravesh Mallick
Programming – Tanishk
Live Rhythms & Percussions arranged & conducted by Dipesh Varma
Percussions performed by Dipesh Varma & Khwab Haria
Dholak – Naveen Sharma
Harmonium and Banjo – Pradip Pandit
Sarangi – Sangeet
Mix Assistant Engineers – Michael Edwin Pillai & Lucky
Additionals – Ganesh
All live Instruments recorded at Yashraj Studios by Vijay Dayal
Song mixed & mastered by Eric Pillai (Future Sound of Bombay)
Music Supervisor – Azeem Dayani

Nazm Nazm
Composer – Arko
Vocals – Arko
Lyrics – Arko
Programming/Music Production/Keys -Aditya Dev
Guitars – Krishna Pradhan
Vocals & Guitars recording – Aditya Dev
Mix – Aditya Dev
Master – Shadaab Rayeen
Twist Kamariya
Composer – Tanishk-Vayu
Lyrics – Tanishk-Vayu
Singers – Harshdeep Kaur, Yaseer Desai, Tanishk, Al Ta Mash
Programming -Tanishk Baghchi
Mix Assistant Engineers – Michael Edwin Pillai & Lucky
Additionals by Ganesh
Song mixed & mastered by Eric Pillai (Future Sound of Bombay)
Music Supervisor – Azeem Dayani

Composer – Samira Koppikar
Lyrics – Puneet Sharma
Singers – Arijit Singh, Samira Koppikar
Programming & Arrangements – Sourav Roy, Jonathan Rebeiro
Mixed & Mastered by – Shadab Rayeen @New Edge
Assistant Engineers – Abhishek Sortey & Dhananjay Khapekar
Dubbing Engineers –
Drums recorded by – Praveen Muralidhar @ ENZY Studios
Guitars recorded by – Jonathan Rebeiro & Vrikpal Singh Khambay
@ the Dhwani Lab, Purple Haze Studio
Live Instruments – Artists
Acoustic Guitars – Joell Mukherjii, Jonathan Rebeiro
Electric Guitars – Veljon Noronha, Jonathan Rebeiro
Drums – Jai Row Kavi
Bass – Aalap Raju
Flute – Shriram Sampath
Merlin – Jonathan Rebeiro
Percussions – Swarupa Ananth-Sawkar

Badass Babuaa
Composer – Sameer Uddin
Lyrics – Akshay Verma
Singers – Abhishek Nailwal, Neha Bhasin, Sameer Uddin
Trumpets – Kishore Sodha
Plucked Strings – Tapas Roy
Mixed & Mastered by – Kenneth Basumatari
Mix Assistant Engineer – Nikhil Pakhare
Mixed at 5 am Audio

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