After a long wait, it’s finally out – the music of Raanjhanaa. But seems the wait was worth it. Do check out the music of Raanjhanaa. Rahman is back and how. Over to @Rohwit for its music review.

  • Raanjhanaa hua – The ever so melodious (yet not as popular as I would like him to be) Jaswinder Singh starts the song and vanishes too quickly. Anyway, the song belongs to ‘at times out of sync Shiraz Uppal’ and that’s what you will love the song for. It just doesn’t try to ‘fit in with calculated singing’. The percussion arrangement – top class, the use of Sitar – exemplary. In fact, when the song ends, the sitar doesn’t leave your mind. Go ahead, try it! A racy tune marked with excellent violins (which literally take the song to it’s peak every time they appear), the song is top class! Watch out for the faint guitar riffs throughout!

  • Banarasiya – Like the name indicates, a song that ought to remind us of Benaras. Starts quite rightly with Sarangi and flute (aided with the mandatory manjiras). Tune wise crisp, singing wise excellent, Shreya Ghoshal’s vocals! Sitar, Tabla and flute do their bit to raise the level of the song. The playful backup vocals by the hugely talented Meenal Jain and Anwesha add the right amount of playfulness and mischief to the song and you can picture the dancers in a group, exchanging glances and moving the neck and eyes in sync.The atmosphere is very ‘evening’ and the setting reminds us of the ‘Kotha’ culture.

  • Piya Milengey – The song that begins with KMMC sufi ensemble going at it along with Sukhwinder is endowed with definitive bass and faint piano notes towards the beginning part of the song. The ensemble does an excellent job without getting loud at all. A song that is likely to appear in the background as the film paces up. Thankfully a bollywood – sufi offering that leaves an impact and not screaming singers in the mind as it ends.

  • Aye Sakhi – A song that has the most delightful and talented singers around. Madhushree, Chinmayi, Vaishali and Aanchal sethi come up with a song that’s treated with sheer brilliance and arranged classically (and gives out a feel that the singers are practising kathak). In fact, the music and the feel around the ‘aye sakhi uljhan’ reminded us of ‘Jao rey jogi tum jao rey’ (from Amrapali). The ‘Tyun tyun tyun’ bit in between reminded us of the Tain tain tain song from Gangs Of Wasseypur. Still so enjoyable! The song has an element of ‘Kya dekh rahey ho tum’ from Taal in terms of feel but is vastly different tune wise. Thumbs up!

  • Nazar Laaye – With lazy guitars, simple beats and Rashid Ali who is almost sleep-singing along with Neeti Mohan, the first impression of the song is ‘JTYJN-hangover!’ A typical song that gets skipped most of the times but stays in the playlist nevertheless.

  • Tu Mun Shudi – A lot has been written and propagated about Hazrat Amir Khusro’s Persian words around which the song is created, so we won’t go there. (By the way, Tu = you, mun = mine, shudi = became, Muntu = me yours, shudam = have become). The techno start to the song with superlative A R Rahman setting the tone of the song welcomes Rabbi (No no, not the Rabbi who sang Challa, this one sings better!). The use of shehnai in the song is top class. The way it flirts with the beats, we never thought it can, and all this with a constant hip-hop like beat. There is always that song in an ARR album that evokes extreme reaction (apart from other songs which are tagged in ‘Give it time and they will grow’ category). This one belongs to the ‘extreme reaction’ category. People will either like it or completely dislike it. We? LOVED it! ARR at his innovative best (with his characteristic giggle!)

  • Aise na Dekho – A bonfire song. Starts with a frolicky mouth organ up and about with guitars. Yet another ‘JTYJN-hangover’ infected song, one might argue. Sung by ARR himself, the song scores low on words and the way they are pronounced (May be intentional?). Still the music arrangement is soothing. The whistling in between is simple and adds charm to the tune. Will I hear it again? Not now.

  • The land of shiva – Heavy chants with heavier music setting and bells marks this piece and before you realise what is happening, it gets over. With a little over 1 minute running time, the tune is clearly added to compliment the overall feel of the album and is surely going to appear in the film.

  • Tum Tak – May be it is Javed Ali who melts with the musical arrangement (The other way of looking it could be – his voice doesn’t stand out), the song is likeable only because of it’s music arrangement. The construct is too confusing, singing wise. Too many ‘Tum taks’ are irritating to say the least. The sudden change in the song on the other side of 3 minutes is bearable vocally. Kirthi and Pooja are efficient in the song. What lessens the impact of average singing is the excellent use of Manjeera and shehnai.

AR Rahman somewhere mentioned that the use of shehnai in this album is a tribute to Ustad Bismillah khan.

What we liked the most about the album is that it gives out sense of the film without being vague. The lyrics by Irshad Kamil are largely effective.

The variation that we hear in terms of tune selection and treatment is vast, the music arrangement as usual top drawer! The album exudes a lot of confidence and the feeling of ‘durability’ oozes in good measure.

Just when the promos were looking an ordinary, it is unbelievable what a brilliant music album can change it all. Now only if the film is good enough to hold it all together.

Correction for Tu man shudi explanation – Tu man shodi” means You became me and “Man tu shodam” means “I became you” not “yours”. “Man” means “I” not “mine”. “I became yours” is “Man maal-e-to shodam”. Thank you for correcting it everyone

  1. Anthead says:

    Rohwit – your translation is incorrect. In Persian “Tu man shodi” means You became me and “Man tu shodam” means “I became you” not “yours”. “Man” means “I” not “mine”. “I became yours” is “Man maal-e-to shodam”.

    Also how, how could you not love the Tum Tak song!! Javed’s voice is absolutely magical – the lyrics are beautiful. My only crib is that ARR creates a beautiful song and then decides to spice things up by inserting a musical digression in the middle that is jarring.

    • Rohwit says:

      Anthead – Really sorry for the wrong translation. Shall get the correct one accomodated. Baaki, I dont like tum tak for the reasons mentioned above 🙂 Glad you disagree.

  2. Anthead says:

    No worries – glad to be service-y. Love your review, even though we disagree :). The use of shehnai is amazing – ARR truly captures the essence and ethos of Banaras in this album – you’d think he was a Chhora Ganga kinare wala in some past life :).

  3. arti says:

    ” Jagegi phir kismat sone ” ( raanjhana title track ) iska matbal kya hai.

  4. Siddhartha says:

    As for Shehnai, nothing comes close to ‘The Dichotomy of Fame’ from Rockstar.

  5. Siddhartha says:

    Okay, am i the only one for believing Amit Trivedi uses Sitar better than AR Rahman ??
    Favorites – Udaan & Dev.d

  6. Kartik says:

    Isn’t it great to have an album which has a predominant semi-classical appeal. Especially because it’s in the hands of a music director who has a penchant for trying something new. It is refreshing to hear Rahman experiment with classical instruments and not get carried away in creating a new sound.

    Having said that I don’t like aye sakhi.. Which is lost between silly and funny.

    To me, tum tak, the title song, Nazar laye, tu man shudi are instant hits and have enough to the album into the years best. Aise na Dekho is signature Rahman vocals but seems to reminiscent of jaane tu ya jaane na.

    Piya Milenge has something haunting about it that might grow eventually.

    Surprisingly there isn’t one clear favorite from a vocal point of view. Usually Rahman albums have one clear vocal highlight. They are all equally good (or average, I fear).

  7. “Rabbi (No no, not the Rabbi who sang Challa, this one sings better!)” – I thought Rabbi Shergill sang both Challa & Tun Mun Shudhi….confused??

  8. Rohwit,

    You have spelt Anwesha Datta as “Amweesha”. Please Correct it 🙂 !

  9. Indra nil says:

    I am glad that so many people enjoyed the music of Ranjhana, proves once again the diversity of our musical preferences. Speaking entirely for me and no one else, I found the music of Ranjhana bland, an easy to listen but easier to forget bunch, sounded extremely middle of the road. It is as if Mr. Rahman has lost his mojo. Like Austin Powers maybe he needs to visit his past.

    • Rohwit says:

      Aha! Indranil please remember…the mojo that we felt addicted to was of ‘our times’ when rahman was new. I feel he is reinventing himself with everything or at least trying to. Do keep in mind that this is a soundtrack in which he has given the feel of the film as well. Lots of variables my friend.

      To sum up, I am liking the sounds that the album is giving out. 🙂

  10. Nazar Laaye – This is one of the gems out of the list for me.. So “Rehna Tu”. Rashid Ali’s vocals romantic to the core, pampering your ear drums.. Lyrics, Top notch. I say, this is the kinda song, you would hardly skip even after years.. unlike the title song or Tum Tak, that you’ll get tired of.

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