I would not pretend to be a fair critic of music here or try to dissect the intricacies or technicalities gone into creating one of the most memorable albums of 2013 so far. It is not unknown to anyone that i am a blind fan of A R Rahman sir (my phone’s bluetooth is named Rahmaniac) but i hope and believe that everyone else will concur with me on my view of Raanjhanaa’s music.
After a disastrous album Jab Tak Hain Jaan (for which I blame Yash Chopra more than Rahman sir), Raanjhanaa comes as a breath of fresh air. Although we did get some mesemrising compositions in Kadhal or Maryaan, none can match the standards of Raanjhanaa in any way. Reminiscent of the ARR of the late 90’s and early 2000’s, every song in the album has an element of Rahman ingrained in them. Like the good old days, Rahman sir experiments with Indian instruments and sound, leaving me – a great admirer of Indian classical music (instrumental) – jumping with joy. The ensemble of artists that Rahman sir has put together in the album, would make any Rahman fan nostalgic – from teaming up again with Sukhwinder to a duet of Shreya Ghoshal and prodigy Anwesha Dattagupta, Rahman sir proves yet again he is a musical genius.
Raanjhanaa Title Track – Sung by Jaswinder Singh and Shiraz Uppal, the song has some brilliant interludes. At a point of time, the Sitar almost reminded me of Pt Ravi Shankar’s compositions for Pather Panchali. However, the song was ruined by a shoddy editing.
Banarasiya – As soon as I heard this song, i pinged Bham on Hangout to tell him about it. Reminiscent of Zubeidaa, the song is a brilliant mix of indian classical with western sound.
Piya Milenge – Sukhwinder is back with Rahman sir, and what a comeback it is! A soft Sufi rock, the composition has shades of Noor-Un-Ala from Meenaxi. The words will hit you in the soul, Sukhwinder’s enchanting singing being an added bonus.
Aye Sakhi – I wasn’t sure whether i like this song, until the portion came where Madhuree, Chinmayee and other singers start humming “Tyun Tyun”. THAT was the high point of the composition and made me listen to the number in a loop, with a child-like glee.
Nazar Laaye – You know what happens when Neeti Mohan and Rashid Ali are paired up for a song? History is created. A seemingly simple composition, with even the minutest details of the song expressed like a poem, this is one song you can cherish on a rainy day, trying to touch the droplets of rain on the other side of the glass pane of the window.
Tu Munn Shudi – Passionate, innovative and extremely seductive, Rabbi and Rahman add new dimensions of class to Indian film music. The blend of west and east is perhaps reflected best in this song, among the rest.
Aise Na Dekho – Anyone listening to the song for the first time would invariably think that it is similar to the title track of Jaane Tu Ya Jane Na. Well, the genre is same, but this song is more haunting. The first antara is so well written that it brings tears to your eyes! Rahman sir always reserves the best song of the album for himself 😉
Tum Tak – By now i must have listened to this song at least hundred times. Javed Ali’s voice and the shehnai make you wish you could dance!
All in all, a very romantic album by Rahman sir, Raanjhanaa surely breaks the saying that Rahman gives his best only for Mani Ratnam. 🙂
My Rating: 4/5 stars. Happy Listening 🙂
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