Sunn Raha Hai

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"Sunn Raha Hai"
Song by Ankit Tiwari
from the album Aashiqui 2
LanguageHindi
English title"Are You Listening"
Released4 April 2013 (2013-04-04)
StudioPhat Box, Andheri, Mumbai
Genre
Length6:30
LabelT-Series
Composer(s)Ankit Tiwari
Lyricist(s)Sandeep Nath
Producer(s)
Aashiqui 2 track listing
11 tracks
  1. "Tum Hi Ho"
  2. "Sunn Raha Hai"
  3. "Chahun Main Ya Naa"
  4. "Hum Mar Jayenge"
  5. "Meri Aashiqui"
  6. "Piya Aaye Na"
  7. "Bhula Dena"
  8. "Aasan Nahin Yahan"
  9. "Sunn Raha Hai (Female Version)"
  10. "Milne Hai Mujhse Aayi"
  11. "Aashiqui (The Love Theme)"
Music video
"Sunn Raha Hai" on YouTube

"Sunn Raha Hai" (English: Are you listening?) is a song from the 2013 Bollywood film, Aashiqui 2. Composed by Ankit Tiwari, the song is sung by Ankit Tiwari, with lyrics penned by Sandeep Nath. This song along with "Tum Hi Ho" became very popular and was a chartbuster all over India. The song is picturised on Rahul Jaykar (Aditya Roy Kapoor) performing at a music concert, while the female version of the song is picturised on Arohi Keshav Shirke (Shraddha Kapoor) performing at a local bar.

Development[edit]

The song was recorded by Ankit Tiwari at the Phat Box Studios, Andheri (West), Mumbai. Pankaj Borah is the recording engineer of this track. There is also a female version of this track sung by Shreya Ghoshal which was also well received. Though the female version of the song uses the same lyrics and music as that of the male version, the difference lies in the instruments used. While the female version is supported by instruments like ghatam, flute, santoor and acoustic guitar, the male version features electronic distortion guitar, bass guitar, zitar and drums.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Tiwari's voice and composition was critically acclaimed.

Sunn Raha Hai generally received positive reviews from critics. Times of India wrote− Singer Ankit Tiwari has done a fine job with Sunn raha hai. He maintains the standard created by Shreya in the female version. Ankit's voice suits the lyrics, but it is too lengthy to keep you hooked.[2] Shivi from Koimoi wrote that Sunn Raha Hai, which is being publicized as the ‘love song of the year’ tries to live up to its publicity. Ankit Tiwari opens the track with the sound that reminds of Rahman’s Rockstar and gradually takes it to the same level. The track is full of melody and Ankit has done a good job here.[3]

Reviewers from Planet Bollywood stated that the song takes a while to grow on you but then you will be hooked. Music is contemporary rock with plenty of guitars, drums and percussions mixed in but it’s the way Ankit evokes passion and feeling by muting everything during the beginning of each stanza that works so well particularly when it all progresses so effectively towards the chorus with a bang! Ankit chooses to sing himself and does so incredibly well for a composer and singer. His voice is soothing and emotional. Lyrics by Sandeep Nath are so painful and touching you can almost feel them.[4]

Rafat from Glamsham wrote:

Fresh talent Ankit Tiwari proves his mettle yet again (after Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster) with the superlative, 'Sunn Raha Hai Tu', and it's Ankit's show all the way as he not only composes but renders this absolutely classy piece with e'lan. The superb soft rock theme, especially in the brilliant chorus comes as a lovely crescendo and is mind blowing. Excellent lyrics by Sandeep Nath are one of the USP of the song, which is being billed as the love anthem of the year. Chartbusting indeed![5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominee Award Category Result Ref.
2014 Ankit Tiwari Mirchi Music Awards Upcoming Music Composer of the Year Won [6]
Upcoming Male Vocalist of the Year
Best Song (Listeners' Choice Award)
GiMA Awards Best Music Debut [7]
Best Male Playback Singer Nominated [8]
IIFA Awards Best Male Playback Singer [9]
Star Guild Awards Best Male Playback Singer [10]
Sandeep Nath Zee Cine Awards Best Lyrics Nominated [11]

Female version[edit]

"Sunn Raha Hai (female version)"
Song by Shreya Ghoshal
from the album Aashiqui 2
Released4 April 2013 (2013-04-04)
RecordedPhat Box, Andheri, Mumbai
GenreFilmi
Length5:14
LabelT-Series
Composer(s)Ankit Tiwari
Lyricist(s)Sandeep Nath
Producer(s)
Aashiqui 2 track listing
11 tracks
  1. "Tum Hi Ho"
  2. "Sunn Raha Hai"
  3. "Chahun Main Ya Naa"
  4. "Hum Mar Jayenge"
  5. "Meri Aashiqui"
  6. "Piya Aaye Na"
  7. "Bhula Dena"
  8. "Aasan Nahin Yahan"
  9. "Sunn Raha Hai (Female Version)"
  10. "Milne Hai Mujhse Aayi"
  11. "Aashiqui (The Love Theme)"
Music video
"Sunn Raha Hai (Female Version)" on YouTube

"Sunn Raha Hai (Female Version)" (English: Are you listening?) is a sad Hindi song from the 2013 super-hit Bollywood film, Aashiqui 2. Composed by Ankit Tiwari, the song is sung by Shreya Ghoshal, with lyrics penned by Sandeep Nath.

Development[edit]

The female version of "Sunn Raha Hai" was recorded by Shreya Ghoshal at the Phat Box Studios, Andheri (West), Mumbai. Pankaj Borah is the recording engineer of this track.[12] Though the female version of the song uses the same lyrics and music as that of the male version, the difference lies in the instruments used. While the female version is supported by instruments like ghatam, flute, santoor and acoustic guitar, the male version features electronic distortion guitar, zitar and drums.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

The female version of "Sunn Raha Hai" was acclaimed by critics, though it even got some average comments. Besides the music and lyrics, Ghoshal's rendition was also acclaimed.

Nayandeep of Koimoi commented− "There's almost nothing that this woman cannot do! The new age Lata Mangeshkar of sorts, Shreya Ghoshal made all of us teary eyed with the immensely thoughtful and lovelorn "Sun Raha Hai Na Tu" number from Aashiqui 2. Personally a favourite, Shreya infused life into the tear-jerker of sorts and somehow helped it connect with the masses like wild fire!"[13] Reviewers of The Times of India wrote− Shreya has sung "Sun Raha Hai" effortlessly. However, except for the singer, there is nothing interesting to write about it. The lyrics are unimpressive, while the music is dull.[2] Shivi of Koimoi stated− Queen of melody, Shreya Ghoshal, delivers her fantastic version of "Sunn Raha Hai". If in the earlier version Ankit Tiwari made you like the track; Shreya makes you fall in love with it. Ankit has kept this composition different from the earlier one, which pays off as it suits Shreya's voice better. Flute is used amply and increases the effect; however it is the voice which is spellbinding. Sandeep Nath's lyrics do the job and give the protagonists a chance to strengthen their characterisation.[3] Rajiv Vijayakar of Bollywood Hungama remarked− It is Shreya who comes up trumps with her more Indian version, where we even have brief aalaaps. The flute, the santoor and even the ghatam pervade the lovely number while keeping the rhythm intact. And Sandeep Nath's lines are truly ingenious![14] Critics of Planet Bollywood said− Shreya Ghoshal sings in the superb reprise "Sunn Raha Hai (Female)" that features more traditional instrumentation including the flute.[4] Rafat of Glamsham commented− "Sunn Raha Ha" female version is rendered to sublime perfection by Shreya Ghoshal and it's once again a treat to the ears, as was the male version.[5] Bodrul Chaudhury of Bollyspice commented− This one (the female version) is also enjoyable to listen to due to Shreya's angelic voice which gives it spark. Both are winning tracks that certainly deserves a listen![15] Shresht Poddar of High on Score remarked− Shreya has added yet another notch in her ever growing belt with this track. No wonder she is called the modern nightingale of India![16] Critics of Bollymeaning.com wrote− And now, when we needed a girl to sing "Sunn Raha Hai Na Tu", they finally bring in Shreya Ghoshal. Really, the song that was in rock mood, Shreya is made to sing in all typical Indian girl style with sounds of bangles, ghatam, and lot of what-was-that-'90s-instrument-really. Very well sung, but I still like the guy version a lot more. And guys, it's ataayein. Karam ki adaayein would mean styles of grace. Seriously, lyrics fail![17] Reviewers of In.com said− Shreya Ghoshal takes her turn with Ankit Tiwari's 'Sunn Raha Hai', and flutes and santoor are added to the mix. Ghoshal makes no mistakes, but Ankit's original has a stronger impact than this softer version.[18]

Accolades[edit]

Year Nominee Award Category Result
2014 Shreya Ghoshal Filmfare Awards Best Female Playback Singer Nominated[19]
2014 Shreya Ghoshal IIFA Awards Best Female Playback Singer Won[20]
2014 Shreya Ghoshal Zee Cine Awards Best Playback Singer – Female Won[21]
2014 Shreya Ghoshal Screen Awards Best Female Playback Singer Won[22]
2014 Shreya Ghoshal Mirchi Music Awards Vocalist (Female) of the Year Nominated[23]
2014 Shreya Ghoshal Gaana Awards Most Popular Singer (female) Won[24]
2014 Shreya Ghoshal Global Indian Music Awards (GiMA) Best Playback Singer − Female Won[25]
2013 Shreya Ghoshal Fenil's Half Yearly Awards Best Female Playback Singer Won[26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Aashiqui 2: Music Review". The Times of India. 26 April 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Aashiqui 2 Music Review". Koimoi. April 16, 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b Khan, Atta. "Aashiqui 2 - music review". Planet Bollywood. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Music Review : Aashiqui 2". Glamsham. 9 April 2013. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
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  7. ^ "GiMA Awards 2014 : Who Won What?". Koimoi. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
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  10. ^ Bollywood Hungama News Network (January 15, 2014). "Nominations for 9th Renault Star Guild Awards". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  11. ^ "ZEE Cine Awards nominations".
  12. ^ ""Sunn Raha Hai (Female)" song details". Myswar. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  13. ^ Nayandeep (6 January 2014). "Balam Pichkari, Sun Raha Hai, Kamli Or Ram Chahe: Which Female Singer Rocked 2013′s Music Chart?". Koimoi. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  14. ^ Vijayakar, Rajiv (22 April 2013). "Aashiqui 2 Music Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  15. ^ Chaudhury, Bodrul (21 June 2013). "Rewind: Aashiqui 2 Music Review". Bollyspice. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  16. ^ Poddar, Shresht (6 April 2013). "Music Review :: Aashiqui 2". High on Score. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  17. ^ "Aashiqui 2 Music Review (Jeet Ganguli, Mithoon, Ankit Tiwari)". Bollymeaning.com. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  18. ^ "MUSIC REVIEW: AASHIQUI 2 IS ANGST ALL THE WAY". In.com. 13 April 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  19. ^ "59th Idea Filmfare Awards Nominations". Filmfare. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  20. ^ Suparno (28 April 2014). "IIFA 2014 Awards: Shreya Ghoshal Bags Best Singer For 3rd Successive Term". Oneindia.in. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  21. ^ Mudi, Aparna (24 February 2014). "Zee Cine Awards 2014: Winner's List". Zee News. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  22. ^ "Winners at the Life OK Screen Awards 2014". The Indian Express. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  23. ^ "6th Mirchi Music Awards nominations". Mirchi Music Awards. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  24. ^ "Presenting the winners of the first ever Gaana Awards". The Times of India. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  25. ^ Goyal, Divya (21 January 2014). "'Aashiqui 2′ sweeps GiMA awards with six trophies". The Indian Express. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  26. ^ "FENIL'S HALF YEARLY AWARDS 2013-RESULTS!". Fenilandbollywood.com. Retrieved 11 May 2014.

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