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AR Rahman has done India proud and he has done his fans proud by becoming the first Indian to win the 66-year-old prize, Golden Globe Awards. If you ask me, I would say that this award has been long pending because of the beautiful songs that he has provided. However, he got the award for Slumdog Millionaire, which definitely isn't his best at any rate, only because of the fact that it was a Hollywood movie. But in the end, it doesn't really matter does it? As long as he has got the award and is beaming, we don't really care.

Every dog has its day and so does a slumdog! The movie, Slumdog Millionaire, has bagged 4 Golden Globe Awards. The movie is a superb movie and AR Rahman completed the work for this movie in only 2 weeks. The soundtrack has a mix of a variety of styles of music. The song "O Saya" is a really good track that sets the tone for the whole movie. Of course, we cant expect anything but the best from a track sung by ARR himself can we? Then there are a variety of songs that are played but none of the tracks are like the ones in the typical Bollywood movies where the lead actor and the actress go to London and America and Australia for singing a duet. The closest to that is "Jai Ho". The song is set in the train station and it appears during the credits. The choreography to this song is quite odd to say the least, but none the less the song is really good. The tracks that can be heard during the course of the film(and a brief description about each one) are : -

1) Gangsta Blues - This track has a very hip-hop edge to it and it exuberates the feeling of rebellion and theres is a light surge of anxiousness and also a tinge of hatred to it. Well thats what I felt through the track.

2) Riots - This, as the name suggests, is a track that can be heard during the riots that do occur. This track maintains a tone of peril throughout the song and it is able to sustain a sad yet upbeat feel to it. Its also got an alarm like sound that flows through the song and it oddly reminds me of an ambulance and this I would say is one of the key aspects that makes this track have a scary feel to it. This album does send chills down my spine when I listen to it.

3) Mausam & Escape - This track is able to potray a very happy feel in the beginning and suddenly theres a little gap in the track where there is a sense of anticipation and you don't really know whats happening and then suddenly the track takes a turn and shows signs of danger. The sudden twist in the track really excited me when I first heard it.

4) Paper Planes - This is an amazing track if you ask me. There is a really upbeat feel to the whole song and the sounds of gun shots and cash registers is really cool to hear. The visuals during the cash balance sound is really cool too. You got to hand it to Danny Boyle for the visuals throughout the movie and not just this movie.

5) Ringa Ringa - The moment I heard the title of this song, I immediately thought about the old nursery rhyme "Ringa Ringa Roses, Pocket Full Of Poses". This track that has dancing involved and the dancing sequence is well choreographed actually. This track has a very "bollywood"-ish feel to it. Its like one of the normal songs that you find in bollywood movies.

6)Millionaire - Yet another upbeat track. I really liked the electric sound in the end and in the beginning. It gives the track a "feel good yet bound" sound.

7) Liquid Dance - This track is sheer class. I loved this track and its not a surprise that it is the most played track on my i-pod. The way ARR blends the classical lyrics(if thats what it is called) with a western style of background music and maintains a tone of notoriousness throughout the track is just brilliant. I really loved this track.

8) Aaj Ki Raat - Nothing much to comment about this one. The same song to which we saw Shah Rukh move his body in Don features in this movie(only the song, not Shah Rukh).

9) Dreams On Fire - This one is a very romantic track and gets you "feeling mushy". The lyrics is really nice too. Its an english track and ARR has rightfully selected to highlight the vocal melody instead of applying various beats and riffs and chords.

" You are my waking dream
You're all thats real to me
You are the magic in the world i see

You are in the prayer i saying
You are in my two my names

You are the faith that make me belive
Dreams on fire
Higher n higher

Pasion burning
Ride on the path
Once for forever yours
In me
All your heart
Dreams on fire
Higher n higher

You are my ocean rage
You are my thought each day
you are the laughter from childhood games
You are things further down
You are where i belong

You are make me feel in every songs"

10) O.. Saya - This track is a masterpiece. It really sets the tone for the movie, as I said earlier. The childish games and the joy of doing notorious things, it expresses these really well. I really liked the part where the numbers(from 1 to 12) are said in a really quick manner. Its so intriguing to hear this. Such a simple thing is made to sound so complex. ARR at his best.

11) Jai Ho - This song is a really nice finish to a really nice film. This song is played during the credits and the lead actor and actress dance in the train station(not America or London or Australia). The choreography, as I pointed out earlier, was quite odd but nonetheless, a great song!


P.s: - In a time where India is taking a lot of flack for Satyam and its scam, ARR's award comes as a blessing and there ain't no disguise to it. :D



superb post man..
loved the analysis of each track..and I could find many elements I missed to notice being described here..

and yeah...Hail ARR and the slumdog:D

thang u thang u!!!

'n' do publicize my blog.. not many viewers.. let the masses get educated.. ;)

Hari, you are such a gifted boy. This is superb analysis of ARR Music of Slumdog Milliannaire. Do you know that in one of the San Francisco University, I think Stanford, people have done PhD on ARR music? I do not recall all the relevant details, but please explore.

Also it is not that Indian composers and/or vocalists are doing great only now, they have been really performing phenomenally for ages, actually millenia; the only thing is that now in 21st century the world has really become small with Internet and Mass Media and hence they are being heard the world over. Otherwsise there are no equals to Lata Mangeshkar in modern Popular music and People like MS Subbulakshmi, Bhimsen Joshi, Chaurasia etc. in Indian Classical music the world over.

Kindly do your analysis on some of the new Indian Classicists also. All the BEST and Good Luck, please keep continuing your wonderful blog.

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