Saturday June 1, 2013

Raanjhanaa (Music review), Hindi – A R Rahman

Posted by Karthik

Almost no song in Raanjhanaa seems to follow familiar conventions, but they all flow so well and cohesively! The title song is heady, with lively violins and spritely sitar playing along with Shiraz Uppal and Jaswinder Singh’s enthusiastic vocals; Rahman gives his singers delightful rapid-fire lines. Shreya Ghoshal’s mastery over her voice gets a new facet in Banarasiya, a beautiful, free-flowing brew of sitar and Irshad Kamil’s earthy lyrics, topped by her scintillating vocals (supported by Meenal Jain and Anweshaa).

Rahman’s free-flowing mix takes on a new height in the longest song of the album, Piya milenge, in the dependable voice of Sukhwinder Singh, and particularly, KMMC Sufi Ensemble. It encompasses everything from Irshad’s stirring verses, religious hymns, Hindustani classical phrases and ends on a brilliant high! Ay sakhi‘s foursome Madhushree, Chinmayi, Vaishali and Aanchal Sethi seem to be having great fun amidst punchy tabla and ghatam, and a generous dose of playful singing. In Tum tak, Rahman teases us with a tune that replicates itself between his imagination and Javed Ali’s lead vocals, into something of a fervent prayer. The song is ably supported by Keerthi Sagathia and Pooja, and takes on an exciting turn mid-way to great effect! The instrumental piece, The land of Shiva is appropriately rousing.

The remaining 3 tracks are considerably more modern. Nazar laaye is light and frothy pop, again with a really long mukhda, breaking templates with irreverent delight, and fabulously sung by Rashid Ali and Neeti Mohan. Tu mun shudi sees Rabbi break the familiar flow created by Rahman’s hook, set to a perky techno background. Aise na dekho rounds off the soundtrack with a feathery jazz’ish sound even as Rahman nonchalantly covers his ground with vocals to deliver Irshad’s highly imaginative lines! Raanjhanaa is the hyper-imaginative Rahman, after a long time!

Keywords: Raanjhanaa, A R Rahman, 300, #300, ‘I told you this guy will give Raanjhanaa a 300 to compensate for Maryan’, ‘300 is too much!’

Note: Raanjhanaa is only the 5th 300 worder in Milliblog for the sheer audacity of Rahman to break every familiar tune flow in almost every song, and to a heady effect!

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