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Rockstar is a Hindi movie directed by Imtiaz Ali of Jab we Met, Love aaj Kal fame that stars Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri in leading roles. Music is from AR Rahman, Lyrics are written by Irshad Kamil, Mohit Chauhan. Janardhan Jakhar – Jordan (Ranbir Kapoor) is the protagonist of the movie and according to Imtiaz Ali, Jordan “is an inarticulate, struggling-musician, he can express himself only through music, how his music is influenced by not only his situation but also by the music of the place he visits.” and as a result the movie’s name “Rockstar”. When does this struggling musician come of his age and make better music?? It is only when he experiences the seizures; suffering of being in love, only then he’ll be a true Rockstar! Hmm.. Interesting..  So, When it comes to the kind of Rockstar-aura that Joradan is supposed to broadcast, it is in the expressions of “How Robert Plant or Jim Morrison behaved on stage” and to be appropriate that of Jordan, Imitiaz ali further explains “Instead of emulating what they did, we looked for why they did it, we unraveled the reasons. We then applied those reasons to a guy who lives in Pitampura, Delhi.”

Rockstar has 14 Tracks!!! 11 Regular, 3 Instrumentals and 9 out 11 regular tracks has Mohit Chauhan’s voice, this is because he is the voice for Ranbir and the reason why he was picked is “Mohit’s voice has innocence and character. Until now, he had one particular style. But in this, he was stretched and pushed to all kinds of zones. We both worked very hard on it. Some songs took four days to record, some even seven. But when you hear it, you will feel how effortless it is.” says Rahman. Mr Chauhan, at times sounds very monotonous, emulating his efforts from his first Solo album ‘Fitoor’. However, i really feel KK would’ve done much better than Mohit and I am disenchanted that Rahman has not included Shreya Ghoshal in this musical marathon.

A Brief Review

“Phir Se Ud Chala” of Mohit Chauhan
More like.. oh! M like a bird, where the character expresses his state of being in ecstasy, freedom in expressions that are second to none.

“Jo Bhi Main” of Mohit Chauhan
Right after the preoccupied “Phir Se Ud Chala” it’s the more realistic “Jo bhi main, kehna chahoon… Barbaad karein, alfaz mere.. ” wonderful track with delicate guitar work and mohit brings in lotta variations , a gem of a track.

“Katiya Karun” of Harshdeep Kaur, Sapna Awasthi
Groovy Punjabi track describing Heer’s (Nargis Fakhri) thoughts, feelings towards Jordan. Absolutely loved the promo in which Heer persuades Janardhan to go to an adult movie ‘Junglee Jawaani’ :D

“Kun Faya Kun”of A. R. Rahman, Javed Ali, Mohit Chauhan
When it comes to making music for the supernatural being, Rahman gives its all, he pours his soul into it and constructs something extraordinary, Kun Faya Kun is such masterpiece which beyond doubt, even if you don’t make an effort, it captures your mind, soul and wraps it up with absolute devotion.

“Sheher Mein” of Mohit Chauhan, Karthik
A Modern Jugalbandi, m really fond of its lyrics.. Train ka bhi.. Lodge ka bhi… Aake zara Bill to tu dede jaana… Classy, sophisticated Jordan’s tone vs contemporary, regular karthik’s voice and this happens during a music audition where the music director lays more emphasis on commercial aspects of it like Aaha ha ha re kya ringtone bani hai….  Wah kya baat hai// Lyrics toh dhoom macha dega UP Bihar mein, …..  rather focusing on it to make it sound better, superior.

“Hawaa Hawaa” of Mohit Chauhan, Viviane Chaix, Tanvi Shah, Suvi Suresh, Shalini
Rahman admits “The gypsy song (Hawa hawa) was the most difficult to compose as it had so many layers, styles and instruments woven in.”, truthfully it does have many layers, but this track does not make an immediate impact, because of diminutive-bizarre lyrics which are situational.

“Aur Ho” of Mohit Chauhan, Alma Ferovic
Unadulterated, precise melancholic track which articulates the repetitive heartburns of Jordan.

“Nadaan Parinde” of A. R. Rahman, Mohit Chauhan
The first 15 seconds sounds very much like “Rivers of Babylon!” ;), Nadaan Parinde is again gayan- sharing track, A good piece of music , with some very strong compositional elements.

“Tum Ko” of Kavita Subramaniam
Female version of “Tum Ho” which really do not interest at all!

“Saadda Haq” of Mohit Chauhan feat. Orianthi on Guitars
Philosophical, Hard-hitting track that really inquires on matter of  Right, Wrong, Free-will. Really appreciated the lyrics (epilogue)….

tera dar..
tera pyaar..
teri waah…
tu hi rakh..
rakh sale… \m/

“Tum Ho” of Mohit Chauhan, Suzanne D’Mello
Probably you’ll like this track once you watch the video, has faint traces of Rahman’s previous works, nevertheless, it is a good romantic track with a terrific alaap from Mohit.

“Tango For Taj” (Instrumental), “The Dichotomy of Fame” (Instrumental) feat. Balesh on Shehnai & Kabuli on Guitars, “Meeting Place” (Based on a Poem by Rumi) of Ranbir Kapoor
It is really amazing how Rahman works on unusual sounds, irregular music instruments and his perceptions towards it, unifying them together to fabricate a unique blend of music that is delightfully enchanting. The same is reflected in support of instrumentals for Rockstar.

Rockstar is a fictional character in film and as one can guess from the title, there will be much guitar.” says Rahman .Well; added to the much of guitar stuff I feel he has overused Mohit and his band of synthesizers and yet again you have to listen to the songs over and over to get into the channel in which the maestro operates and as fittingly put by Imtiaz “Rahman may offer you an uncut diamond on a platter. But if you fail to see it, he will not insist you look again”, so until and unless you dwell deep and identify the genuineness of it, Rockstar feels very sour, unassuming.

My Picks: Kun Faya Kun, Jo Bhi Main, Saadda Haq, Tum Ho, Hawaa Hawaa, Sheher Mein


Posted 16/10/2011 by 6thstation in Bollywood Music

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