Friday, December 30, 2005

Basanti, music de

After his initial years, when it seemed he would create every memorable sound associated with that generation, something happened to AR Rahman. No longer did news of a new album merit an immediate sprint to a music store close by. Then came the songs for sepia-tinted films: memorable, some would say excellent, but a sameness came through on many, including the ones flavoured in Punjabi as well as the qawallis. Something was missing to me, and I couldn't figure out what it was. Meanwhile, it was back to Jatin-Lalit.

That was only until Rang De Basanti arrived. And in the middle of a particularly energetic song, I figured out what had been missing. Rahman, to me, is wonderful when he's disruptive. Disruptive with his beats, with his instruments, when his music is unpredictable. This has also brought about some of his unmemorable stuff, but then, you wouldn't have Rang De...

What a rocking album. More, on what it feels like, soon.

4 comments:

Divya said...

me too loved rang de basanti...

especially rubarooo

a.r.rahman..rocks...!!!

Olinda said...

Title song is amazingly energetic.

I love the trailer too; saw it at a movie last night and my heart beat faster. Love the lasct shot with the five shirtless fellas under the jet taking off.

BUT, unless he's playing the older-but-wiser friend, I wonder if isn't Aamir Khan beyond the demographic this movie seems aimed at. He was already long on the tooth for the role he did in Dil Chahta Hai, and this looks like it's going to be another 'buddies in their 20s' movie...

I'm the least ageist person there is, and think it would be great if it turns out this is a Bollywood flic that allows actors (men and women) in their 30s and 40s portray characters in their 30s and 40s, who are also into having some fun and enjoying themselves, and not in that Batchke Rehna Rebaba snide ha-ha-look-at-Rekha-in-her-50s-wearing-teenage-fashions-and-trying-to-be-a-vamp way.

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