"Galliyan" (English: Lanes) is a romantic Hindi song from the 2014 Bollywood film, Ek Villain.[2] Composed by Ankit Tiwari, the song is sung by Tiwari himself, with lyrics penned by Manoj Muntashir.[3] The music video of the track features actors Sidharth Malhotra and Shraddha Kapoor.[4]

Background

Mohit Suri outlined a situation to Ankit Tiwari stating about the picturisation they had been planning, including the butterflies and the underwater shot. Suri told Tiwari that song does not have an element of sadness.[5] During an 'evening stroll' Tiwari was thinking about it, when the introductory verse penned by Manoj Muntashir 'floated' into his mind, which he stated "The words are simple, direct and straight from the heart, the thoughts so pure. I found myself humming the verse as I walked around my building's compound. For me the toughest part is composing the mukhda and the punchline. Once that's done, the antaras flow. By the time I went up to my apartment, I had the song playing in my mind".[6]

Back home, Tiwari 'fine-tuned' the composition and arranged it on his keyboard. The next day, he sent it across to Suri, which he liked instantly. On recording the composition, Tiwari was selected to playback for the song.[6] Tiwari stated that the emotion expressed in the song is young, immature love, and felt it easy to express as everyone has gone through that phase. Though he found it difficult to compose since its a 'soothing song in a film which was the love story of a villain'.[5] The song was recorded in February 2014.[7]

In composition of the song, it starts off on an unplugged note but gets dominated by electric guitar with some soft orchestra. The song shifts gears towards the latter part where the flute and violin are used.[8] The song mostly shows beautiful landscapes and focuses on the scenic beauty.[9] While shooting the track, Sidharth Malhotra and Shraddha Kapoor had to camp on the top of a hill for hours to capture a shot with a moodypeacock, which took long to open its wings.[10]

Picturization for the song was proceeded a month after the recording of the song.[6] The song was shot in Goa and Mauritius.[2] The underwater shot of the song was completed in seven hours. The production team sent French divers to carry oxygen cylinders for Kapoor and Malhotra.[2] Both Kapoor and Malhotra took special training in Scuba diving from Anees Adenwala, who was their chief scuba diving instructor.[2] The song was choreographed by Raju Singh.[2] Talking about the picturisation of the song, Suri stated "The song is about everything a man would do for a woman whom he's hopelessly in love with. He fulfills all her wishes – dancing with butterflies, holding stars in her palms, going underwater, touching the first snow and more".[2] The song has a sequence of snow fall which was actually shot at a bungalow on the outskirts of Mumbai, on one of the hottest days of the schedule.[2] In the video, Kapoor is seen riding a Royal Enfield.[2]

Release and response

The first look of the song was revealed on 5 May 2014.[2] A teaser of the song was released on 7 May 2014.[2] The music video of the song was officially released on 8 May 2014, through the YouTube channel of T-Series.[4] Full audio of the song was released the following day as a single.[2]

The video of the song received over a half million views within 2 days of release,[21] and crossed one million hits on YouTube in the next day.[22] The song topped the list of "Bollywood music report Jan–Sept 2014" presented by The Times of India.[23] The song was included in the list of "The Top 10 Most Popular Songs of 2014" which was announced in the report of "Hungama.com Chart-toppers 2014".[24][25] According to Bollywood Life's "Chartbusters of 2014", the song "Galliyan" is placed at the second position after "Baby Doll" from Ragini MMS 2.[26] The song also made its entry at position 4 in the "Top 10 songs of 2014" published by The Indian Express.[27]

Critical reception

Mohar Basu from Koimoi described the song as 'the most attractive song of the album' stating "Ankit Tiwari's music and voice adds the required finesse in this song and what he has made darn great!".[28] Joginder Toteja revieweing for Rediff.com complimented the work by Tiwari for bringing a 'good twist to Muntashir's lyrics' and felt the song is 'the anthem of the season'.[29]

Rajiv Vijayakar from Bollywood Hungama praised Muntashir's 'heart-to-heart lyrics' though criticed Tiwari's singing commenting "Ankit's vocals tend to be too harsh for a song in such a placid mood".[30]

Unplugged Version

An unplugged version of the song was included in the soundtrack, composed and written by Ankit Tiwari and Manoj Muntashir respectively. The song is sung by the actress of the film Shraddha Kapoor alongside Tiwari.[31] The song was released along with other tracks in the soundtrack of the album on 28 May 2014.[32] This version of the song was included in the official trailer of the film.[33]

The song topped iTunes Motswana Chart and iTunes Omani Chart[34] and was ranked 2 at peak position in iTunes Indian Chart. The song was appreciated by many of her contemporaries and others in the industry.[37]

Background

Mohit Suri wanted to incorporate an unplugged version of the same song towards the end of the film. He wanted to have an innocent voice which will be used as a background and the scenes in the foreground will be violent. Then he suggested Kapoor's name to render the version who was shooting in Pune.[5] Tiwari had heard her humming on the sets of Aashiqui 2. Talking about the recording Kapoor stated "Having never done playback before, I was nervous. But it went pretty smooth". In an interview Tiwari commented "We called Shraddha with the intent of trying out her voice. If it hadn't worked we would have re-recorded her voice. But when she sang 'Galliyan', I immediately knew she owned it. There was a purity in her voice".[38]

Suri insisted Tiwari to sing the second antara in the version along with Kapoor. The unplugged version took three hours to be completed.[6] The unplugged version was recorded at a suburban studio in Mumbai.[39] The song dominantly uses, acoustic guitar alongside piano in composition in the starting verses but changes to use of soft drum beats and violin during the part where Tiwari joins the microphone.[8]

Critical reception

Rajiv Vijayakar from Bollywood Hungama picked the unplugged version over the original and stated "Kapoor is a revelation in both, her vocal texture and expressiveness, never mind the technical processing a singer's voice gets today".[30] Mohar Basu from Koimoi praised Tiwari for bringing out the best from Kapoor and stated "Kapoor's voice has more depth than perfection, and probable it is she who makes it sound so volatile".[28] Joginder Toteja revieweing for Rediff.com in praise for Kapoor's rendition stated "Her voice sounds as polished as that of a professional singer and she makes sure to add an edge to Teri Galliyan".[29]

Track listing and formats

Accolades

YearAwardCategoryNomineeResultRef
2014Stardust AwardsBest Male Playback SingerAnkit TiwariWon[46]
Best Music Director (along with Mithoon)Nominated[47]
BIG Star Entertainment AwardsMost Entertaining Singer (Male)Won[48]
Most Entertaining SongNominated[49]
201510th Renault Star Guild AwardsBest Male Playback SingerWon[50]
[51]
Best Music
Best LyricistManoj Muntashir
21st Annual Life OK Screen AwardsBest Male Playback SingerAnkit TiwariNominated[52]
Best Music Director (along with Mithoon)Won[53]
60th Britannia Filmfare AwardsBest Male Playback SingerAnkit TiwariWon[54]
Global Indian Music Academy AwardsBest Film Song
Best Male Playback SingerNominated
Best LyricistManoj Muntashir
Best Music DebutShraddha Kapoor (as singer)
7th Royal Stag Mirchi Music AwardsSong of the YearAnkit Tiwari
Male Vocalist of the Year
Music Composer of the Year
Lyricist of the YearManoj Muntashir
Upcoming Female Vocalist of the YearShraddha Kapoor