Friday, October 31, 2008

Soundtrack Of The Month: Yuvvraaj

Who knows why the name of this movie is spelt the way it is spelt?

Who thinks that the answer to the above question bears any significance whatsoever?

Need I mention again that A. R. Rahman rocks? There have been three Bollywood movie soundtracks this year that I really liked. Two of those are Rahman's. He lends his voice only so very briefly to the Tu Hi To Meri Dost Hai number, but, in doing so, he gives it the magic that it has. This song has this lovely sentiment behind it, about friendship being more significant than love, friendship being the foundation stone of love. Touches me deeply.

The Zindagi number is another really touching one. The words say a lot more than what they actually say. It's a little sad, but it's not depressing. At some level, it seems to have a ray of hope breaking through the grey clouds. And terrific vocals by Srinivas.

Speaking of hope, there are Tu Muskura, Mastam Mastam (This song begins with a kitten's meow! The words don't make much sense to me though. But a Gulzar-Rahman album would be incomplete without such a track!), Manmohini, and Dil Ka Rishta, all of which carry a distinct feel-good factor. Great vocals by the whole bandwagon in Dil Ka Rishta. Ditto for Vijay Prakash in Manmohini and Javed Ali in Tu Muskura. And very interesting use of musical instruments for Dil Ka Rishta and Manmohini. Actually, I cannot make sense of the lyrics of all four of these songs, but I like them all anyway!

There is a track called Main Hoon Yuvvraaj in the soundtrack as well. This one is not really a song. It has Salman Khan saying something or the other, with Beethoven's music playing in the background. Nothing to write home about. And there is Shano Shano. A fairly hummable track but not too great.

But all in all, this is a lovely album. Some totally great tracks in here.

Footnote: Sometimes A. R. Rahman's voice appeals to me more than his music. Remember Dil Se? Mera Yaar Mila De? Piya Haji Ali, Ye Jo Des Hai Tera, Maa Tujhe Salaam? But there are tracks like Kahin To..., Nahin Samne, Spirit Of Rangeela or O Humdum Suniyo Re where he shows you that he knows just how to play with the musical instruments and transport you to another world all together.


Anonymous said...

Hmm.. Hav not heard Yuvvraaj yet. But good to see someone mentioning Rahman's voice.. Actually his legendary status as a music maestro overshadows his singing abilities..

Other than the gems u mentioned, I really like "Jaage hain" from Guru.. The song had an out-of-this-world kinda effect on me the first time I heard it.. "Luka Chhuppi" (from RDB) was gud too

Bhavya said...

Oh yes. How did i forget to mention Jaage Hain?

There is something distinctly out of this world about this track. It has like two lines of lyrics, but the way Rahman varies the pitch and the tone and the way he uses his musical instruments in the background (or sometimes in the foreground) is beyond words!

Lukka Chuppi was, I thought, more of Lata Mangeshkar's song. Probably because it was more the mother's song, the way it was placed in the movie. But yes, definitely an mazing track.

Bhavya said...

And not my fault that I hadn't started blogging when the music of Guru was released! Otherwise I'd have written about it at length.