Music Review: Ghajini

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Aamir Khan’s flicks are one of the most anticipated movies in Bollywood. He often lets down his fans. With Aamir Khan’s name attached to any flick, there’s a feeling of good quality content along with it. Aamir is back with his latest movie titled Ghajini which is also an all action film. Ghajini has been directed by A.R Murugadoss and the music has been composed by A.R Rahman. The lyrics have been penned down by Prasoon Joshi.

A.R Rahman had terribly failed to deliver good music for Yuvvraaj. No wonder the film bombed at the box office. With Ghajini everyone is excited and expecting a lot from Mr. Rahman. Does he deliver? Is the music up to the mark? Well let’s find out!

 

Track Listing:

Guzarish
Aye Bachchu
Kaise Mujhe
Behka
Latoo
Kaise Mujhe (Instrumental)

I plug in my earphones, crossing my fingers and hoping for the best. The soundtrack begins with Guzarish. The track has been sung by Sonu Nigam and Javed Ali. A soft typical romantic number and trademark Prasoon Joshi lyrics. The song begins really well. The music isn’t anything special. Somewhere in the middle it fades away. The song goes worthless. Aye Bachchu, sung by Suzanne, is the next track. The music seems decent. The lyrics are however a let down here. The next track Kaise Mujhe features Banny Dayal and Shreya Goshal. Almost half way across the soundtrack and I am already wondering what is wrong with A.R Rahman?! Where is that special touch he had? Has he lost it? Behka is a decent attempt on saving the soundtrack from drowning. Unfortunately it doesn’t work. Latoo by Shreya Goshal generates a B Grade soundtrack feel. Rahman officially needs to take a break. May be he’s just doing too much work these days.

Yes the soundtrack is a total waste of time no doubt. It’s sad to say Rahman has fallen to the standards of Anu Malik type of music composers in Bollywood.

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  1. I agree with you on this one Raj. Harry needs to stop reviewing music. And people like you need to quit reading blogs and posting irrelevant comments.

  2. Harry started the review with “I plug in my earphones …” My request to him …. please do not ever plug in your earphones again … And for all those who are going to get angry all over again after reading this mindless review …. here is the review from rediff.com that has given “5 STARS” for this album:

    Rahman goes gloriously wild with Ghajini

    Raja Sen:

    Sometimes you just can’t help but gush.

    An AR Rahman album is often cause for celebration, but I’ve always been partial to the albums where he seems to be experimenting even more than usual. There’s a palpable childlike enthusiasm in tracks where he riffs with such constant improvisation that the results are as close to jazz as Bollywood can get.

    Also Read: What Aamir Khan won’t do for Ghajini
    Putting it simply, Ghajini [Images] is a phenomenal album. You’ll find — and argue over — your individual favourite tracks, but very honestly, this could just be one of his finest albums ever. Not just are the tracks great, but each one segues into the next with perfect unpredictability. There is much chaos and musical anarchy packed into this taut album, but when the revolution is in the hands of this man, well, don’t you know it’s gonna be alright?

    As soon as the opening bars of Guzarish kick in, you know you’re onto something special. Rahman structures the deceptively simple-sounding basic melody almost into a fugue, the melodic lines intertwining around each other into a wonderfully complex tune. Javed Ali’s vocals start easy before they progressively reach a point where his tongue is excitedly tripping over the words, before AR tosses in some space for refrain. This is ballad as it should be, an intoxicating song best left played on loop for a good half hour. Let the brilliance seep in, you’ll love it.

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    Aye Bachchu starts off with a raspy-radio feel, hiss and crackle barely masking the aggression displayed by a couple of punchy guitars revving each other up like duelling bikers. It doesn’t seem very Rahmanesque at first, but the way he builds up something this arbidly belligerent around a series of simple melodies, each cutting unpredictably into the other… wow. It’s a 3.49 long track, but Rahman fills each second with pure energy, making it seem way longer. This one’s destined to be a college anthem.

    Also Read: How Aamir got his Ghajini cut
    The nearly-headbanging vibe gives way to Kaise Mujhe, a mellow duet sung by Benny Dayal and Shreya Ghoshal. Dayal is made to sound somewhat like Rahman himself, and the only problem with this innocuous mush-track is the fact that the composer’s structure overwhelms Prasoon Joshi’s deftly balanced lyrics. The words are less accessible than they deserve to be. Yet when Ghoshal kicks in, she’s given enough room to play. Of course, in all likelihood we’ll be worshipping the track after forty listens.

    Behka has one of the most intriguing opening seconds of any Rahman song, a flirty keyboard tangoing merrily around a heavily thudding snare drum. So heady is the rush this start gives you that you want it to go on for longer, but AR cuts you off craving more as a youngster called Karthik proceeds to rock the vocals.

    Joshi’s lyrics are fantastic, and when the langurous Behka-Behka chorus kicks in, it’s hard not to be swept away. And just when you know which way the track is headed, Rahman mixes things up with all the glee of a mad scientist. And what a funky Frankenstein he serves up. A very hard track not to grin immediately at.

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    “Houston… the eagle has landed”? Perhaps the last words you expect to hear in an ARR soundtrack, but the man is clearly having fun with Latoo, a joyous ditty where the composer goes into sampling mode with an eclectic bag of sounds. The sounds seem poured sporadically into the mix, but the layering is a silky masterclass. Ghoshal does well, almost as well as the male chorus singers — who seem to be singing, um, ‘Zimbabwe!'(?). Living up to its name, this is a very standard track except poured through an aural kaleidoscope. Much madness ensues.

    The Kaise Mujhe instrumental, honestly, is basically Rahman showing off. Heh. It’s the master showing off an immaculate composition without letting singers and vocalists get in the way. And it works beautifully.

    Ah, damn the review. Buy it now.

    Rediff Rating: *****

  3. Music Review of Ghajini

    Shreya crooning at her scintillating best in “Kaise Mujhey” goes Gloriously WILD in “Lattoo”.. with every Yaaaarr… being stretched to sky high, Shreya’s voice seems refreshingly fresh and different from typical songs she gets.

    It requires not only good quality Earphones but good quality EARS!! to understand the melody inside the first interlude of “Guzarish”

    The best part of “Behka” is the one you feel when the music at the very beginning of the song runs from left ear to right ear, one of the most intricate pieces made with great intelligence.

    But hey lay listeners(HJ included) go and listen the songs of your level. Masterpieces and creativity are beyond your reach..
    And by any chance you know “Slumdog Millionaire” running for OSCARS??

  4. @Lavish: It’s like your mom tells you to put on a pink underwear and you say I like black and not pink. Your mom slaps you and tells you pink is her favorite color. Do you wear a pink underwear then or do you go without an underwear?

    Same is with the review here.

  5. Hey Harry, When you posted the review for yuvvraaj you got so many responses right? Did you wonder why there is so much less response to this Ghajini music review of yours?

  6. I smell cheap publicity and a load of crap :-).

    I read the following in your Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi review.

    “After my last music review a lot of people feel I need to quit reviewing music.”

    Vox Populi Vox Dei.

  7. Hai Jerry,

    What do you think of urself as Mozart on Michael Jackson to do the review like this . i have been watching you for Quiet some time.
    How it is possible for you to give a nasty review.I hope that rahman has hurted you in some occasion.So that you are doing a meaning less review of his album continously.first , you are not at all fit for review.If the whole world is wearing a dress please try to do the same dont go here and there without dress.. I hope u will not understand this. Let me explain in simple……… simple….. simple….
    Be a Romanion while you are in rome.I know u will not get this point also.but i am tired.
    How is my opinion about you ? this was the same as above persons said. have given the rights to write like this ? Yes ..yes ..i know ur reply, U are in a Democratic Country.
    Cheap guy u are the one u who is in the level of .. level of … level of ? sorry i have no words to say.i use to see lot of people like u just opening an website and writing some thing cracky.Just see the responses above do you think that all are fools? Try to clean your ears and Brain with some Baby napkins and try .. no .. no .. please stop writing. U fool go and hear the songs atleast 5 times u will feel the wonder ( If you have Ears).
    Do you know the audio sales of Ghajini and Yuvaraj?

    If you have guts give me the real numbers

  8. @Ansari: I’ll repeat what my friend Ish just said above.

    It’s like your mom tells you to put on a pink underwear and you say I like black and not pink. Your mom slaps you and tells you pink is her favorite color. Do you wear a pink underwear then or do you go without an underwear?

    Same is with the review here.

    Make a choice Mr. Ansari. Will it be a pink underwear or would you rather go out without one?
    I hope I made myself very clear!

  9. some notable excerpts:

    *Hai Jerry,

    What do you think of urself as Mozart on Michael Jackson to do the review like this . i have been watching you for Quiet some time.

    *I hope that rahman has hurted you in some occasion

    *Let me explain in simple……… simple….. simple….
    Be a Romanion while you are in rome.I know u will not get this point also.but i am tired.
    How is my opinion about you ?

    *Cheap guy u are the one u who is in the level of .. level of … level of ? sorry i have no words to say.

    *Try to clean your ears and Brain with some Baby napkins and try .. no .. no .. please stop writing. U fool go and hear the songs atleast 5 times u will feel the wonder ( If you have Ears).

    even if this is plagiarism,or whatever else…man this is the funniest thing i’ve ever read…harry, the comments to your music reviews can make a dead man get up from his grave and laugh his ass off…this is the funniest thing i’ve read and laughed at in years!!

  10. Tell you what.
    I’v gone through this guy’s review of Yuvvraaj and now this Ghajini one.

    Note my words. I will be very honest.

    THIS GUY NEEDS MORE AND MORE VISITS AND COMMENTS and thats why he reviews ARR’s music like that, coz he has got a HUGGGGGGGGGGGE fan base and he knows MANY of them would reply here.

    SO ITS JUST A WAY TO ADVERTISE AND BRING TRAFFIC.

    Hope you agree with me Mr Jerry or watsoever.

  11. Yaar Harry, It’s a seriously Bakar site. I mean, u provoke people by writing shit n people like me come up n see what’s goin’ on just like I see the fights in my Mohalla.

    By the way, u can see actual reviews on my site too, but u won’t find this masti stuff there.

    Anyways, keep up the shitty job. I’m lovin’ it. 😉

  12. The reviewer goes “AR Rahman needs a break…”

    For 2009, he has (among more to come):

    1 Golden Globe Award (India’s first) for Slumdog Millionare

    3 Oscar Award Nominations for Best Original Song (O Saya / Jai Ho) and Best Original Score in Slumdog Millionaire

    It is highly likely that AR Rahman will win Best Music in Hindi for 2008 to complement the above.

    I think the reviewer needs a break from writing since he has no idea about the diversity of music. Ghajini’s songs are so different that they would fail to impress initially, but it is nevertheless an outstanding musical score. The music is intentionally commercial and leagues ahead of its time. Simply pathbreaking and worth placing in that huge rack of AR Rahman collections that you will have.

    Jai Ho Rahman!

    Goru Arvind

  13. Everyone has a different opinion about everything on earth. The reviewer has posted his/her review as he/she felt and the people who have commented have posted their opinions and there is no point in one party trying to prove their hegemony over others just because they like/not like it.

    I came to this site to gather some minute details in the jazz accompaniment of Behka. Well, I ended up getting nothing from it. I am looking for site where musicians have posted their reviews so that I get a better picture of the music.

  14. fwiw, I agree with you. Ghajini and SMD are not great by any standard. I was reading the reviews quoted in the comments and I disagree with Raja Sen’s review. He claims this is one of ARR’s better albums. Sorry, but would love to disagree.

    This is being prompted by the latest Raja Sen review of kaminey praising it to high skies. An average album that too.

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