Rahman makes this Raavan a hero

Music: AR Rahman

Lyrics: Gulzar

Singers: Vijay Prakash, Mustafa Kutoane, Keerthi Sagathia, Karthik, Mohamad Irfan, Sukhwinder Singh, Am’nico, Rekha Bharadwaj, Javed Ali, Anuradha Sriram, Reena Bhardwaj, Ila Arun, Sapna Awasthi and Kunal Ganjawalla

The much-in-conversation-recently Jai Ho team of AR Rahman and Gulzar need no introduction.  They get togther again for this Mani Ratnam film starring Abhishek Bachhan and Aishwarya Rai. There is no doubting the fact that both of them are institutions in themselves…let us see if they live up to their big names in this score…read on!

Seems like a few unknown, unheard and incomprehensible voices kick-off this album with Beera! Unknown? Not really…Vijay Prakash is one of the high-pitched voices behind Jai Ho. But, Mustafa Kutoane and Keerthi Sagathia are not well known in the Bollywood music circuit so far. Beera is very racy and effective…it grows on you…and how! In case you don’t believe me, give it some time…listen to it for at least 15-20 times…you’ll realize that you start thanking ARR for what he has provided you to hum!

Behene de has the right tune and orchestration to match Gulzar’s ‘river-like’ words but the tune seems to have a slight similarity to Rahman’s Khalbali (Rang De Basanti, 2006). Karthik, best known for Behka (Ghajini, 2008), lends his soothing vocals to this nicely-worded number. He is well-supported by the reality show (Amul Voice of India) participant Mohammad Irfan. Another good listen…this one also grows on you…2 out of 2 I reckon!

Thok De Killi is like a gift to the listener from Gulzar saab. The number has an interesting choice of ‘old’ and less-used hindi words viz. khilli, tanaashahi, gilli, jhilli, chhilka, natthi, bichhua, baakad billi…phew! Add to that Sukhwinder’s soulful voice with support from Am’nico and you have a loud, racy and peppy number ready for you to sing along.

Anuradha Sriram’s ‘haunting but effective’ vocals open Ranjha Ranjha magnificently. Soon, Rekha Bharadwaj and Javed Ali take over with folk-ish voices that go beyond Genda phool (Delhi-6, 2009) and Guzaarish (Ghajini, 2008), respectively. This rhythm-based number has great musical arrangements and leaves you yearning for more.

Khili Re has the soothing and Shreya Ghoshal-esqe voice of Reena Bhardwaj (remember the voice behind Yeh rishta kya kehlata hai from Meenaxi, 2004). Wonder why no other contemporary music composer uses her…she has an amazing voice! Along with Behene de, this is the only other slow-paced number in this score.

Kata Kata will remind you of Rahman’s Rukmini Rukmini (Roja, 1993). This one sounds like run-of-the-mill stuff until Ila Arun and Dil Se girl Sapna Awasthi (Ila’s replacement for some) jump in. ARR enters the Rajasthani folk territory with Ila Arun with her trademark (may sound vulgar to some) alaaps while Gulzar makes himself sound more like Kabir with his dohas! Can’t understand what a singer like Kunal Ganjawalla is doing in this song…this one has nothing to offer to him. Seems like Rahman’s name is big enough to get anyone going.

Final verdict: AR Rahman’s genius and hard work is visible in this (thanfully) remix-less score . Each number seems to have been conceived and etched neatly with various sounds to make it hummable. Some numbers may smell of Rahman’s previous scores, but this score will tempt you to go back and hear more once you’ve heard the numbers a few times. Go ahead…listen, hum and enjoy!

Songs to look out for: Beera, Behene de, Thok de killi, Ranjha Ranjha and Khili re

My favourite number: (A tie between) Beera and Ranjha Ranjha

My rating: 8.5/10

[Please mark your ratings on the stars below the poll. As always, you can also vote via the poll as well. Thanks!]

About Shailendra Singh

A music lover, critic and self-proclaimed aficionado!
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2 Responses to Rahman makes this Raavan a hero

  1. Nishant Jha says:

    Shaily Bhai, I was waiting for this review since long and today I got the link…

    As always you have reviewed the songs amazingly well and I agree to each of your points…

    Rahman surely is a genius and delivers this time as well, Gulzar’s words add to the magic…

    I am anxiously waiting to watch this movie and watch Mani Rathnam’s great camerawork to go along with the songs…

    Keep penning…



  2. Shailendra says:

    Thanks dude!


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