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.’
Although the soundtrack was not over hyped there was one song that was always in the news. Chiggy Wiggy of course! Kylie Minogue collaborates with AR Rahman to come up with a catchy song with sugary lyrics. Abbas Tyrewala pens down some fine lyrics. Sonu Nigam does a decent job. Not completely a 5/5 for the opening track in the soundtrack but still more than just the average stuff Rahman’s been coming up with. In fact I like this song. This sounds way better than the stupid Jai Ho which won Rahman an Oscar. But then Sonu Nigam throws a lot of desi into the track with;
Oh aja chiggy wiggy, oh thoda chiggy wiggy…Oh sun haal dil ka,
Oh aja chiggy wiggy, oh thoda chiggy wiggy…Oh kyo soche kal ka!
At this exact point he sounds so desperate with the chiggy wiggy that it turns you off. He sounds like a…oh forget it.
Aaj Dil Gustakh Hai
Enough of the piggy chiggy stuff. Now for some serious music. Shreya Goshal and Sukhwinder Singh. Two names that’ll make track, unfortunately Rahman breaks it as he gets lost somewhere in between making music and koochy smooching that Oscar of his. An absolute disaster, the very second track of the soundtrack. This is another Yuvvraaj in the making or what?
If you listen to this track while taking off the AR Rahman tag in your mind, you’ll wonder if Anu Malik could come up with something better. This certainly doesn’t sound Rahmanish. The lyrics are fine and the singers do their job decently, it’s just that the music doesn’t quite live up to the standards. So now I know why this soundtrack was not in hype. There’s absolutely nothing chiggy wiggy about it.
Rashid Ali steps in, interesting, crucial point in the soundtrack as Rahman is down 2-1. The kabhi kabhi Aditi voice does the trick here. Rashid is certainly a man to watch out for. The music here is soft and the lyrics are deep. I like it. I like it! Rahman you’re 2-2 now!
AR Rahman is good at themes. He’s also done the background score for the flick so you know! Now this theme isn’t entirely instrumental. Somewhere in the middle of the theme you can hear the chorus go from Blue to Balllooooo! Desi accent rules. This theme, like all Bollywood soundtrack themes, doesn’t make sense. Still decent enough.
This track has got some James Bond-ish touch to it. I mean the theme has been sampled here. Or is it just me? Anyways this is Pritam kind of stuff. What’s wrong with Rahman now? He is taking on the likes of Anu Malik and Pritam? What’s next? A nasal fiasco?
Yaar Mila Tha
The last song of the soundtrack. No hopes left. Someone needs to take out that Oscar from Rahman’s closet. It’s just made him overconfident. Yaar Mila Tha is still an average track but it’s got another catchy tune to it. People might like it for it’s easy-to-get-into-your-mind tune. Rahman needs therapy.
My verdict – 2/5