Metal fans from Delhi and surrounding areas must have had a tough night. They either ended up in tears or too sloshed to control their anger. Before I go any further – I’m not a huge Metallica fan, I don’t even listen to a lot of heavy metal. Then why was I so keen on attending the concert? I’ll put it down in simple words, I just wanted to have a good time. I’m sure the crowd of 25,000 that showed up at Gurgaon last night wanted the same thing.
There’s a thing about organizing big events in a country likes ours. First there’s this huge hoopla around the event where everyone goes absolutely nuts about how awesome it is going to be. Then somewhere down the line a bunch of people collectively screw things up for the rest of us and in the end we play the blame-game. Be it the Commonwealth Games or Bryan Adams’ concert getting cancelled or last night’s Metallica gig that got cancelled. We just can’t seem to get it right.
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AR Rahman is back with yet another Bollywood soundtrack. Not that he was missed or anything but the double Grammy winner, Indian of the year, composer of countless chicken-soundtracks and of course ‘God of Music’ to many in the country does create a sugary hype around a movie if he’s listed on the titles. Of course I have a special thing for him and so do his fans for me.
Rockstar is an upcoming flick directed by Imtiaz Ali. The film stars actors Ranbeer Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri in lead roles. The lyrics have been penned down by Irshad Kamil. With Rockstar, Rahman has replaced Imtiaz Ali’s favorite Pritam. Whoa! I wouldn’t debate about the movie right now. It is said to be Shammi Kapoor’s last last silver screen appearance. And that just made me pre-book the tickets in my imagination.
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Oh boy! Amit Trivedi is back with another smashing soundtrack. Aisha is papa Anil Kapoor’s production house product starring Sonam Kapoor and Abhay Deol in lead roles. Now that’s a package I cannot resist. I had earlier declared Amit Trivedi as the next AR Rahman of the Indian soundtrack scene and so the expectations from Aisha’s soundtrack were immense.
So without my usual nonsense I shall get on with the review.
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AR Rahman is back again! With that I really mean it. I guess you get the idea how I’ve felt about Raavan’s music so far. Impressed will be an understatement. Especially for someone like me who’s been constantly asking for the best from AR Rahman all the time. Raavan has cleared the rough path Rahman has been going through for quite some time now.
The first time I caught Raavan’s promo on national television I was taken aback. Only someone like Mani Ratnam could title a movie Raavan and go ahead to cast Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai in it. The plot still remains a mystery to me and I hope I can keep it that way. Raavan’s teaser makes it a must-see this summer.
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If you’ve been singing Jai Ho all this time especially after AR Rahman smiled his way to glory at the Grammys this year, ask yourself if the so called brilliant music composer really deserves it? In case you answered ‘oh yeah’ to yourself then you need to stop reading any further. Carry on in case you’re not one of those satisfied ones or Rahman-oholics.
Think for a moment. Slumdog Millionaire happened and Rahman has been put on the global scale where he’s being awarded Oscars, Golden Globes and now even Grammys. These people are going along with the wave. Had they heard Rahman’s previous work, they would have slapped Rahman right on the bottom. AR Rahman has won two Grammys this year for his Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack and the Jai Ho single. Certainly nothing Jai Ho about both of these.
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My Name Is Khan is Karan Johar’s latest flick starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. With this movie Karan Johar has bought back one of the most favorite on-screen Bollywood couples, of course King Khan and Kajol. My Name Is Khan has already made it to the news with it’s expensive worldwide rights being sold for a whopping amount. The music for My Name Is Khan has been composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, another Karan Johar favorite since Kal Ho Na Ho I believe. The My Name Is Khan promo was aired simultaneously on all Star network channels across the nation. The film is set to release worldwide come February 2010. For now let’s take a look at how the film’s soundtrack sounds like.
All Karan Johar movies have a special something in their soundtracks. Karan, I believe, understands how important a Bollywood soundtrack is and each time he personally makes sure there’s something in it for the millions of Bollywood lovers out there. In Bollywood if you’ll watch a movie or not, a lot of that also depends on how the particular movie’s soundtrack turns out. There have been times when simply good music took me to a theater to watch a crappy movie. Then there have been times when I made myself skip a movie due to a poor soundtrack. Does My Name Is Khan live up to the hype?
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The man is back! With his lady, all-time favorite lyricist companion and a simply brilliant crew. Yes I’m talking about the great Vishal Bhardwaj, his lady Rekha Bhardwaj and writer Gulzar. Three names I wanna see on a soundtrack I’m buying. Three names to loosen my wallet. Ishqiya is Vishal’s latest flick starring Arshad Warsi, Vidya Balan and Naseeruddin Shah in lead roles. The bold promos of Ishqiya have been out for some time now, the movie is coming by the end of January 2010. I won’t discuss the movie any further. Let’s talk about the soundtrack. The last time around Vishal came up with some really good stuff with Kaminey. He is known to give classic touches to soundtracks, he’s not the conventional Anu Mallik-Pritam styled Bollywood music composer. With expectations high on him this time around, does he deliver? Well if you don’t wanna read a long review and are just looking for an objective type answer, I’ll say Ishqiya is one of Vishal Bhardwaj’s best soundtracks. Go for quality than quantity here. Ishqiya’s music is a masterpiece. The likes of AR Rahman might find it hard to survive in the industry now.
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3 Idiots marks the return of Aamir Khan in one of the most anticipated movies of 2009. Loosely based on Chetan Bhagat’s bestseller Five Point Someone, the movie is another Vidhu Vinod Chopra production. The film also stars Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani, R Madhavan and Sharman Joshi in lead roles. The music has been composed by Shantanu Moitra, another favorite under the Vidhu Vinod Chopra banner. The film is supposed to be a fun filled comedy and shall release worldwide by the end of this year.
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I’m not much of an AR Rahman fan. I mean I used to be one but then Yuvvraaj happened. Apparently Rahman hasn’t impressed me much after that. Blue is AR Rahman’s first Bollywood soundtrack release after the Oscars. Was the pressure a bit too much on the chap? You bet! It’s very important for Rahman to keep himself in the game. He’s one guy who used to reinvent his music every time, come up with smash hits, and now? Now he’s just chiggy-ing wiggy-ing around!
Blue stars Akshay Kumar, Zayed Khan, Sanjay Dutt and Lara Dutta in lead roles. I won’t comment on the flick right now, let me just concentrate on the music part. Blue’s soundtrack was much anticipated but certainly wasn’t over hyped like most Rahman’s soundtracks are. Coming straight out of the Oscars, I expect Rahman to throw something brilliant at us, for a change. Does he live up to his brand? Does he make you wanna toggle the repeat button? Well let’s tune in. As Rahman points out clearly in the inlay card, ‘The expectations are scary.’
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If you ask anyone about what a typical Yash Raj soundtrack is all about, you’ll get the same reply. A few romantic numbers, one or two dance/disco based tracks, a sad song (very important) and a few so-so tracks here and there. No matter how hard they try to ‘create’ something new each time, they fail. Or may be they succeed in making the same kind of music every time to keep risks at bay. I don’t remember any recent decent soundtrack from their banner. None.
Dil Bole Hadippa stars Rani Mukherjee and F…err..Shahid Kapoor in lead roles. The soundtrack has been composed by Pritam. What? Yes! It’s Pritam. At first I thought those folks at Yash Raj went bankrupt or something and then I thought may be really like this guy’s music. Now after listening to the music I am dead sure these folks have no money. They hired Pritam to compose the music for them. What were they thinking? It’s like jumping off a plane knowing you have a torn parachute. Even that has a 0.1% chance of saving your ass in the long run. But Pritam? Seriously guys, if you want people to see your movies then you need a good soundtrack. That’s how Bollywood works. If Pritam wasn’t enough, news of Rani Mukherjee sporting a bikini in the flick spread like fire across the media. Anyone who saw those promos of her wearing a so called bikini wants to die now.
Let’s get back to the music now.
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