Audio Review: Karzzz – Himsa Raagam

Himesh in KarzzRegular readers of this blog will know that I am a ‘param bhakt‘ of ‘Shri Himeshwarji Maharaj‘. For those new to this space or ones with bad memory, click this post to read about my ‘apaar bhakti‘. Most of the famous desi portals have safely ignored carrying a review of the year’s biggest musical, Karzz. I therefore took it upon me to boldy
what no
man has ever
done before
to boldy attempt what no man has ever done before. Bhaiyon aur unke Beheno, aap ke ijazat se pesh karta hoon. Strap on your seat belts and get ready to experience himessing1 like never before! After a pulsating and breathtaking ‘Aap ka Suroor‘ (the CD still plays in my car!), karzzz seems like an undernourished kid in a concentration camp. With a heavy heart I have to admit that despite all my expectations, this one falls flat on it’s face. Karzz is a custom-made album for all the auto-richshaw-wallahs and hence features 9 tracks. If that didn’t satiate the Himesiatics2, then the 10 remixed tracks will definitely do. Just imagine 19 tracks of Himeshwar Maharaj’s sublime crooning in every auto-rickshaw! How I wish if he didn’t have to sing every other song, do read on if you’re still interested!

aaaaaaaaaa aaaaauuuuuuuu aaaaaaaaa
Tumse Mohabbat Kar loon Jee Bhar Ke
Poori Hasrat kar loon Jee Bhar ke
Jo Toone diya ishq mein Jo Toone diya ishq mein
Lut Jaaon Lut Jaaon Lut Jaaon Main Lut Jaaon us karz pe

I swear I haven’t made them up, but I cud definitely have come up with something better. This song has a very addictive tune, but once you hear the vocals(esp male) you involuntarily change the track! Why do the same phrases need to be repeated is something that beats me. I can’t wait to get my hands on the instrumental version, wonder where I could find it.

Bolo hare hare hare hare Bolo hare hare hare hare
Tere ishq mein dooba rahe Tere ishq mein dooba rahe
Shaamon sehar mera rom rom Hari yoooom hari yoooom hari yooooooooom

For those weak in Hindi, I’ll attempt a translation. May my hair drown in your love day and night. Now why would do that and how is Mr.Hari involved in this! Now if you are a barber and your name is Hari, then it makes sense! You may think that Himes Bhai is trying to recreate the magic of Rishi Kapoor on a giant gramaphone record. Wrong my friends, after the autowallah community he is reaching out to the hajjam/nai community!

Tak tanana tanana tandoori nights tandoori nights tandoori nights
sama sharabi jahan sharabi dekho rabba sharabi dildar mein
hawa sharabi teri aada sharabi yeh fiza sharabi dildar mein
tanha tanha he dil tanha tandoori nights
if u loving was wrong i dont wanna be right

Being a foodie, I could instantly connect with this song. Notice how magnificiently Himes Bhai reaches out to all the cooks,waiters and dhaabawallahs with this so-called-melody. For the uninformed, Tandoori Nights is my favorite desi restaurant in Gaithersburg MD and there are many restaurants with the same name in Hyderabad, LA etc. One can’t help but notice how each song is dedicated to a different section of the society. This song apparently features Himes and Urmila running around trees, but all I can think of is my greasy and fluffy Aloo Paratha!

Masha Allah Subhan allah masha allah subhan allah
Tera chehra jabse dekha Dil Gumshuda hua vallah

Is Duniya mein Jo Ishq Di Lagan Lagaye
Sisak Sisak Ke Bilakh Bilakh ke Tadap Tadap Ke Mar Jaaye

Tere bin chain na aave na aavae chain na aave na aave chain na aave na yaar

Would you believe if I told you that they above are actually three different songs? That being the beauty of Himeshji Maharaj, they all look and sound the same! All the three the songs have a strong sense of deja vu and the now slightly boring nasal twang. Himes Bhai’s jarring voice drowns the shenai and tabla in the background as he carefully woos the minorities. You don’t want to leave anyone depressed don’t you?

Dhoom tere ishq ki‘ sajna is probably the best of the lot. It is in songs like these where you see how much potential himes bhai really has. My guess is that he is being forced to dole out third class class music! If not for his stupid ego and attitude for singing every song, this could have been a chart buster. This song has Rahat fateh Ali Khan written all over it and could have well become another tumse mann ki lagan. However Himes is no Khan saab but the song is definitely worth another hearing.I rather not mention ‘Ek Hasina Thi‘ for I can’t imagine anyone stir up the vocals of KishoreDa. This one is painful and looks all over the place, so lets leave it there.

All said and done, Karzzz is a sorry comeback after Aap ka Suroor. Being a musical, I expected it to blow me away. Now I just have to be content with a waxed-chest and cleavage-showing Himesh Maharaj jiggle on a gigantic DVD!

himessing1: Himesh + Singing (It’s a new genre!)
himesiatics2: Himesh fanatics

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  • “If loving you was wrong i don’t wanna be right” ?
    Enna koduma! And you actually like this cap-wearing-thoppa-having-drama-queen-scene-putting Himes.

    You are unselected!

    me: I don’t say he’s great but he sure has a few addictive tracks. Read between the lines my dear!

  • Why are you doing this???

    me: Nobody has been carrying a review, ppl have the right to know whats out there!

  • Himesh is pretty palatable in a nasally nice way- he needs to lose the cap BIG TIME!!

    me: finally someone agrees with me! He lost he cap now, chck the images. Its a lucy liu hairdo!

  • He looks horrible, sings horribly, he SUCKS

    ( dunno why am so vehement now, actually. I do not care much for him, sigh.)

    me: In my view Atif is the most over-rated singer and Himes is the most over-hated composer…

  • Grr… Himesh! I hate him because he screwed up Dasa music! (All my efforts to some how make people think that its not all that bad failed)

    me: he couldn’t connect with the south indian audience. It’s all about sensing the vibe!

  • The following song set to Ragamalika (Himsadhwani, Mrityuvarshini) and no taalam whatsoever!

    Pallavi – Yaa Allah haaye allah yaa allah haaye allah
    Iska gaana jabse suna Dil ka bada dohra pada

    Charanam – Is Duniya mein Jo Himes ke gaane Lagaye
    Sisak Sisak Ke Bilakh Bilakh ke Tadap Tadap Ke Mar Jaaye

    Iske bin hi chain aave aavae chain aave aave chain aave yaar

    The composer insists that the Charanam be repeated 108 times, i.e. in 108 sangatis!

    me: good improvisation! Yor uncle may compose a tune for it as well!

    • I’ll ask him. But any rebuttal shall be directed to you. Ok?

  • Aiyo aiyo. Karzz is same as Ennakul Oruvan no? The old Karz, right? We will see some Asian looking Himes?

    The way you say “Himes”, “Himsa”, it gives me an idea for International Society for Himes Consciousness. (ISHCON)

    me: aha, now we are on to something!!

  • @ Adi: ROFL @ ISHCON!! True, max should be made the founder – Srila Himesvedanta Maxpada! He should translate the ‘Srimad Himes Gita’!

    me: honored!

  • Glad that I don’t understand poetic Hindi.

    me: poetic? its crude hindi saar…

  • lol got to agree with ‘idling in top gear’. and max thanks for the warning, i shall give this album a miss. i like some of his tracks but most of the time himesh’s singing just gets on my nerves

    me: he’z not that bad a composer, but tends to sing every song wether it suits him or not!

  • Lol@ Stith n Adi, they’re on a roll.
    But come to think of it, what we really need is the Anti Horribly Croaking Himesh Order and Organization (AHCHOO). Or bring into force the All India Youth Enterprise Towards Himesh Upheaval (AIYETHU).

    • what names you’ve cropped up ya! ACHOO is the best I’ve ever heard. It beats World Taekwondo Federation(WTF)

      • Wow, now anyone can reply to comments? Romba cool-u! =D

        • I want to subscribe to the ACHOO & AIYETHU! Where do i get the forms? & Yea replying to comments is louvwelee!

          • AHCHOO and AIYETHU will be inaugurated very shortly. Since you are one of the first members, you shall get special early bird gift! Yes, you are indeed the lucky few to get in possession of the ORIGINAL HIMES ACTION FIGURE! Authentic looks, beard, armpit & undercap smell. Not to mention its programmed to sing every himesh hit continuously once you push the “sing” button !!!
            Kindly note: the makers are not responsible for any side effects/sudden death/heart problems/gas problems that the singing/armpit smell/undercap smell may cause. 4 powerhouse duracell batteries included to ensure long life!
            Off button not included, please read disclaimer carefully before buying.

            Welcome to the Club!

            • Isn’t the membership free? Do I have to ‘pay’ to hate Himes bhai? Sorry, I withdraw my membership. I’d rather like Himes for free than pay to hate him. I want the action figure, though, to ward off evil spirits and unwanted guests. I’ll hang him by the door.

            • “4 powerhouse duracell batteries included to ensure long life!”
              quite unnecessary. a few mosquitoes should suffice.

  • Hey Max, didn’t know you were in OPKS! That is quite a surprise, sure we should meet the next time you are here.

  • This is best review of the album I’ve read yet. Mind you, I havn’t heard the album and Bhagwan ki krpia rahi, toh sununga bhi nahi :)

    Nice blog btw, Need to bookmark this!

    me: aww thank you, thank you! welcome to this space!

  • Now that we know what you think of his singing do you approve of his latest nylon toupee? Bollywood insiders tell me his red cap misses his head a lot!

    me: The toupee is the latest fad! I’ll predict Sathyaraj and all other balding heors to sport something similar int he coming months!

  • sab bakwaas, lagta hai kissi ne , uska music sunna hi nahi , read the reviews of karzz on other sites , HIMESH IS THE BEST SINGER AND COMPOSER EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    me: you are right sirjee, Rahman etc toh sab bacche hain!

  • yeaah, ar rehman kabse industry mein mehnet karrahe hai, woh bache nahi, burre hain

    i can say with my heart that Himesh is far suprerior to Rahman when it coems to music and compositions. Rahman’ music and songs are mostly old fashioned, boring and ther are neither romantic compositions nor rocking peppy modren tunes.
    You can tell this by listening to his music on rang de basanti or jodha kaber.

    A R rahman had been in music industery longer than himesh and that’s why he is still regarded big music man even today but if you look at how himesh has been doing since 1998’s pyar kiya to darna kya, all his musics have become top chartbusters, they are very melodious and classical tunes like TERENAAM, BANARAS, KOI AAP SA and than we got kick ass rocking peppy modern tunes like NAMASTEY LONDON, SHAKALA BOM BOOM, AASHQ BANAYA AAPNE or Karzzz.

    Himesh hAs given 36 chartbusters in a single year. this is very unprecedented and a history, Has A R rahman or pritam or vishal shekhar done that in 2 years? The answer is NO.
    Himesh is known for delivering most chartbusters music in bollywood and when a film album has music by Himesh, everybody has huge expections and talks of the songs and they are sold in record numbers.
    everybody songs sung by Himesh or has music by Himesh become chartbusters.
    He is only one indian singer who sung in international foreign staduim in london and amsterdam. Not rahman or sonu nigam.
    So fact is fact! He is no1.

    me: read my other post on himes. I don’t hate him…

  • Good read, man. You have done a great job sizing Himesh’s latest flick – hey, doesn’t his new hairdo remind you of Chucky in the Child’s Play series? Tak tanana Tandoori nights sure is an addictive tune, albeit quite funny..yeah and does remind you of tandoori stuff (though dished out in a dhaaba and not in a fancy hotel). I wouldn’t dream of playing it over at my home – good enough to listen over streaming audio on headphones..hey, good job again! Your read is definitely better than Reshammiya’s movie..:)

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  • himesh is best u understand that or not

    me: I totally agree!

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