Raavan (2010) – Music Review

22 05 2010

CD Cover

Music: A.R. Rahman
Lyrics: Gulzar
Director: Mani Ratnam
Music Release Date: 24-April-2010
Movie Release Date: 18-June-2010 (Expected)

It’s been almost 3 years since the director & musician duo of Mani Ratnam and A.R. Rahman worked together. They’ve earlier worked together for movies like Roja (1992), Chor Chor (1993), Bombay (1995), Dil Se (1998) and more recently Guru (2007). Looking at their consistently successful track record, it can be safely said that their combined efforts have produced some of the best soundtracks in the Indian Film Industry. And with Gulzar joining the bandwagon for Raavan, it sure seems to be a joyful ride for music lovers.

However, this can work both ways i.e. it can work for as well as against the soundtrack, as with such creative minds working together for a movie’s soundtrack, it sure does raise the bar as well as expectations of the people.

Fortunately enough this soundtrack has more good than bad. And, thankfully that’s good news, especially because there are only 6 tracks in the album.

1. Beera (Vijay Prakash, Mustafa Kutoane with Keerthi Sangitha)
2. Behne De (Karthik with Mohamed Irfan)
3. Thok De Killi (Sukhwinder Singh & Am’nico)
4. Ranjha Ranjha (Rekha Bhardwaj & Javed Ali)
5. Khili Re (Reena Bhardwaj)
6. Kata Kata (Ila Arun, Sapna Awasthi & Kunal Ganjawalla)

"Beera" is a melodious folk/tribal track in which the singers are describing the various personality traits of Beera (the protagonist), played by Abhishek Bachchan in the movie. The track is peppy, innovative and has sureshot chartbuster qualities. However, I was a bit irritated with the starting of the track as a person yells something sounding like "Maa Ko Bachaalo…" in the beginning. WTF!?

Next in line is "Behne De" – another melodious track which is clearly a pure A.R. Rahman rendition. However, it can not be considered as an extraordinary track.

"Thok De Killi" is a track which unfortunately is one of the poor compositions of this album. The track tries to be energetic and full of valour, but is actually full of loose lyrics and music which doesn’t make any sense. In fact I’ve never been able to listen to it fully since the time I got hold of this album and skip to the next track within a few seconds. It’s a pity, Sukhwinder’s voice is wasted in such a track.

Next is "Ranjha Ranjha", but I will discuss about it after "Khili Re" and "Kata Kata".

"Khili Re" which supposedly seems to be picturised on Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the movie, is a soft soothing song which encapsulates the yearning of a woman for her love. I am sure females of any age would like (if not love) this track. However, it was too feminine for my liking.

"Kata Kata" is a another track from this album which I didn’t like as much I would have wished. It seems like a teaser song being sung for a groom on the last night of his bachelorhood by his mates. The track has a Rajasthani touch to it, which makes it unique and interesting. However a huge chorus and orchestra doesn’t help this track too much and it ends up being another mediocre track.

Just when you start to feel that it seems to be an average album, I would like to stress upon the trump card of this soundtrack – "Ranjha Ranjha". Although, it is the 4th song according to the chronological order in the album, I wanted to discuss about it at the end for obvious reasons. The track is simply amazing and could easily be a competitor for one of the best tracks of 2010 till now. You can even feel traces of ‘Taal’, the 1999 super hit in this track. Surprisingly, I actually brushed it aside the first time I heard it. Maybe because I was put off by the irritating noise which it’s previous track "Thok De Killi" makes. But, I am glad that I heard it separately again and discovered how melodious, energetic and exciting it is. I just loved this track.

All in all, Raavan is not one of the most extraordinary pieces of work which A.R. Rahman has composed of late, but cannot be easily annulled as well. I am still trying to see if I can listen to "Kata Kata" and "Thok De Killi" fully, but it’s songs like "Beera" and "Ranjha Ranjha" which never let me get off them.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 (Good).





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