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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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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It’s 04:32 AM in the morning, my eyes are bugging me to get some sleep but just as I was taking a look at this mornings e-papers (yes e-papers come out around this time), I was reminded of one of the day’s highlights. Oscar winner Mr. A.R Rahman has been awarded the Indian of The Year award by CNN IBN news channel in partnership with Hindustan Times. Whoa! So an Oscar winning music composer is the Indian of the Year? Really? I’ve got two words for ya, Jai Ho!
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Well instead of writing a review this time I decided to present it in a graphical manner. After all this movie deserves special treatment. So here’s my review of Blue, from my point of view.
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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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Akshay Kumar possesses some super natural powers in his next Bollywood flick and surprisingly it has got nothing to do with tickling your funny bone. Akshay’s next is a thriller which has been directed by Nagesh Kukunoor. The film also stars newly wed Ayesha Takia along with Sharmila Tagore, Javed Jaffrey and Pia Shah in supporting roles. The film has been mostly shot in Canada. The soundtrack for the film has been composed by Salim-Sulaiman. I’m certainly looking forward to it! Percept Picture Company and T-Series have jointly produced this film. The film’s plot revolves around Akshay Kumar’s character which has a super natural power of going into the past via 8 X 10 sized photographs. And it’s only from one such photograph that he discovers his father’s murderer. I wonder why only 8 X 10 photographs? I guess they’re big enough to get in. Eh? I guess Nagesh Kukunoor will need to justify the plot with some seriously good amount of reasoning. As of now, I’ll say you wait for the soundtrack. Also the movie does seem quite interesting after watching the promos. Will Akshay and Nagesh manage to disappoint Bollywood lovers with this flick? I hope not!
Here is the movie promo:
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So AR Rahman managed to get a nomination at the Oscars this year for Slumdog Millionaire. Big deal! Indeed. It’s great to be nominated for an Oscar. But I feel it would have been better if the music was as good as the movie. There’s no doubt that Rahman was able to get a nomination or if I may put it correctly, the soundtrack was able to get a nomination at the Oscars just because of the hype this movie generated. There are better soundtracks for movies out there which would have been nominated otherwise. The Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack doesn’t really deserve an Oscar. Even if Rahman wins an Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire, he’d be the least deserving candidate amongst the nominations.
The Slumdog Millionaire is crap except for a few select tracks. Jai Ho and O Saya have been nominated for Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song). The latter is quite deserving but I find Jai Ho overrated. In this category Rahman only has one track from Wall-E’s OST to compete against. The odds go with Rahman here. I’ll still repeat that 2008 was not a good year for Rahman. Delhi-6 is a decent beginning to the new year and I really hope an Oscar doesn’t inflate Rahman with the wrong kind of ideas about the music he composes.
May the most deserving person win! All the best Mr. AR Rahman!
Seems like AR Rahman’s fans think I really hate him. I just look for quality in music folks. So on the Delhi-6 page at Wikipedia someone mentions;
HarryJerry also praised the album saying “Finally a decent enough soundtrack from A.R Rahman. Good job Rahman. This springs up some hope for 2009. Still not an award winning performance but decent enough to top the charts for some time.”
Whoa! I can’t wait to see my name on the music CDs. And someone tell me why is WordPress reviewing music! 😛
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is will strike back in Bollywood with Delhi-6 after his blockbuster flick Rang De Basanti took a nation by surprise. Delhi-6 (earlier titled Dilli 6) will star Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor and Om Puri in the lead roles. The music has been composed by A.R Rahman. The lyrics have been penned down by Prasoon Joshi. Currently a song from the soundtrack titled Masakalli is running in the promos on national television. According to me A.R Rahman had a hard time creating some fine music in 2008 with some major disappointments. Delhi-6 is Rahman’s first Bollywood soundtrack in 2009. Let’s hope this one turns out good. Read on for the music review of Delhi-6.
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