Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Music Review - Rang De Basanti

Rang De Basanti: Rahman is slowly getting back to his grove, after his abysmal music in "The Rising". That was a total letdown, this one seems much better - but just like the other songs of Rahman, one will start to have a liking only after multiple listenings. But in this movie there are some instant catch-ons, for instance, "Paatshala", a peppy song sung by Aslam and Naresh Iyer. The other version of this song (Paatshala - Be a Rebel) features Blaaze along with the other two. Blaaze is considered the Indian version of the famed, Shaggy. He actually is featured in a lot of college/hip-hop kind of songs in the recent Rahman movies (plus other MDs as well).

"Rang De Basanti" is another interesting song which has a peppy-westernized-punju feel to it. It's sung by Daler Mahendi and the South-Indian singer Chitra (I had been to one of Daler's concerts in Madras and the host of that show was Javed Jaffrey. That's when I knew first-hand about the talents of Javed Jaffrey...he was able to keep the crowd in complete control with his jokes and anecdotes. In that he mentioned that Daler Mahendi should be called Dollar Mahendi - that was when Daler was at his peak).

For some reason, there's a lot of craze for middle-eastern music in the recent times, and this movie does have a track to cover that area as well. "Khalbali" sung by Aslam, Nacim and the Guruji Rahman himself. The best thing that I like about Rahman's music is his extreme talent in using the right voices for a song. Like other MDs (read as Anu Malik) he doesnt sing a song unless it suits his voice absolutely well. He adds a superb touch to this song with his excellent voice. He has also sung "Roobaro" along with Naresh Iyer. Another good trend that Rahman pioneered is getting in fresh voices to the Indian music industry. I see a lot of fresh and strong voices in this movie, just like his other ones. Another musical marvel that Rahman introduced to the Indian music industry is Madhushree, the most recent nightingale. Btw, Rahman was the one who gave her this name, her name was Sujata Bhattacharya before. I started noticing her after her amazing performance in Tehzeeb. I am actually surprised about the fact that she's mostly remained in Rahman's camp and not many MDs are using her vocal talents. There are two female singers whom I absolutely love, regardless of how bad the song is - one is Madhushree and the other is Harini (Tamil singer). Another song which features Lata Mangeshkar and the Guruji Rahman is "Luka chuppi". A couple of years ago, I was totally annoyed at hearing Lata Maneshkar's voice (and the South-Indian singer Chitra's as well), as she was featured in almost all the songs at that time. But after hearing her in Rahman's music my view has changed a bit. He somehow brings a new side of a singer with most of his songs. Now I dont mind listening to Lata (or Chitra), especially if it's a Rahman's movie.

On the whole, this is a good album with a mix of trendy and melodious songs and will certainly make a good listening in your car or your stereo system.


Blogger Akruti said...

How can you call chitra a "south Indian singer" She is a well known voice in hindi film industry as well and i consider her one of the most deserved singer to be called the nightingale after Lataji. and to be frank i dont think anyone can ever reach Latajis stature.She is one of the rarest person with a gods gift of singing.
Ranga De Basanti seems to be doing well,i heard the songs recently and liked a few songs instantly.Lets see how long it takes to catch up with the people.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005 12:58:00 AM  
Blogger Krish said...

Hi Anand,

How are you doing man!

Long time no see....

have fun and take care !!!


Wednesday, December 14, 2005 1:06:00 AM  
Blogger Suresh Kumar said...


that was a nice revu. What you mentioned about Madhusree is absolutely right. ARR has always done this by introducing new talents and give them chance again and again to make them popular. Madhusree is one such singer and next to follow is Naresh Iyer. His voice is too good. I hope even other musicians will notice Naresh's talents and give him songs. ARR cant keep giving songs to these new breeds after a point.

If you wish, i too have written a revu in my blog.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005 5:19:00 AM  
Blogger Aravind said...

Liked ur review, except for one bit - at the start of this post where u've mentioned that "his abysmal music in "The Rising""... come on!!!! Rising music was good... Mai Vari vari gave a new dimension to mujra! Mangal Mangal rocked... And Rasiyaa too... I donno how someone could say such music was abysmal -it may not be one of the bests of ARR, but then it is definitely not "abysmal"

Wednesday, December 14, 2005 5:54:00 AM  
Blogger Chakra Sampath said...

orey hindi yaa irukku... namma level ku idhellam purinjukaradhu kashtam.. paamara makkalukku puriyara madhiri 2 post podu pa.

Thursday, December 15, 2005 6:23:00 AM  
Blogger ramesh said...

good review anand. yeah, i was not attracted at the first listening but now i have got used to listening to it the whole day. typical of ARR music - grows slowly on you.

"Luka chuppi" seemed the best. ARR rocks in all his songs. Man's voice is awesome. Who can forget his "Yesh Jo Desh" in Swades and "Vellai Pookal" in Kannathil Muthamittaal.

After being a little disappointed with his music in "Water", this was a savior! ARR had rated his music for "Water" as his best but it did not seem so. At least for us!

ramesh/baton rouge

Saturday, December 24, 2005 5:15:00 PM  
Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Anand, Thanks for the review. I'd like to listen online first. Its not out in Raaga.com ...any other

Sunday, December 25, 2005 9:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont quite agree when you say that Rahman sings a song only if it suits his voice. It is a well known fact that he does modulate some voices (human) using digital trickery, as a touch up to the final product.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005 3:14:00 AM  
Blogger Twin-Gemini said...

Oh I see. Didnt realizee that she was well known in the North as well.

Doing good. Glad to see you back on the web.

Suresh Kumar,
I think Naresh is slowly getting into the industry.

Sorry dude. Didnt like it a bit. Infact, to me Mai Vari Vari seemed a little familiar. Mangal Mangal was repeated four times and I got sick of it very soon.

Ok abisar :-)

Those are his best songs. I completely agree.

Mr. Narayanan,
I know it's a bit too late, but if u havent heard it yet, try musicindiaonline.com

All Music directors do that nowadays. So I think everyone's on even ground. Even after this, Deva/Anu Malik cant do jack about singing.

Saturday, February 18, 2006 12:24:00 PM  

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