Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find. Why we are using this age-old Biblical adage? Because we craved for a musical cadeau and Imtiaz Ali and A R Rahman have fulfilled our yearning. Yes, Rockstar is a musical film in the swarm of masala capers, so who else than the maestro himself to compose la musique.
Teaming up for the first time for Rockstar, the director-music composer duo has some memorable, melodious tunes up their sleeves. Now, we will get on to what makes the Rockstar album truly rocking.
Music enthusiasts who know nothing but Bollywood music are also reveling in the music of the tracks Kun Faya Kun, Saadda Haq and the recently released Tum Ho, which are not tangy in tradition of hit Bollywood ditties. But let us tell you, it’s just the beginning; the rest of the songs will take you on a new journey, like the hero of the film Ranbir Kapoor, who explores himself in exile.
Ready to dive in! The album bustles with fourteen original sound tracks, and oh! goodness, no remixes.
The first track in the album is Phir Se Udd Chala. The song instantly clicks with you because of its zingy music and its frequent high and low notes. The song is unpredictable in its composition and in the latter half there is a sudden outburst of energy with Mohit Chauhan’s voice touching the pinnacle note. When the song ends, you can feel the void within, while music nourishes your senses.
The next track is an acoustic treat for the music listeners as well as players. Jo Bhi Main is on the lines of Indi-rock songs with a smattering of classical singing. Mohit Chauhan’s subdued vocals reek with emotive appeal.
Straight from Punjab la-la land is ding-a-ling-ling! The album introduces a female voice, finally. Here is the immensely popular track Katiyan Karoon in the voice of Harshdeep Kaur and Sapna Awasthi. We know you people have had enough of it, as the romantic song is being extensively used for the promotion and also to portray the romance between the lead pair Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri amidst snow and flowers. Though the folksy number starts slowly, it takes hardly a second or so to grip you with its frisky tune. Did you ever embrace the bright morning standing in an open field and looking at the rising sun? The song is like a wisp of fresh breeze, rejuvenating you with its mellow tune.
Here is the music for your soul and not just for ears. Kun Faya Kun, the Arabic phrase which means ‘Be! And it is’. One will feel a better person when Kun Faya Kun plays; soak in its spirituality and immerse yourself in pure music. Isn’t this experience priceless? Rahman along with Javed Ali and Mohit Chauhan have together weaved the magic in this song with their unique and versatile voices. Many may compare this track of Rahman with Khwaja Mere Khwaja from Jodhaa Akbar or Arziyaan in Delhi 6, but the number is in a different league because of its earthiness and it spellbinds you with its light music. It’s easy on ears and even a pedestrian can relate to the song.
With a hint of pop music, Sheher Mein sounds like one of the pop songs Indian singers were busy churning during the golden days of pop albums. But there is a difference; since it is created by Rahman, the varied sounds in the track tug at your heart creating a psychedelic effect.
Hear Hawaa Hawaa and sense the drama, and tension. At the start it is mellifluous like a festive Spanish jingle but soon the track transforms into a pensive song. The haunting high-pitched note in the latter half of the song gives you an eerie feeling. One might get the feel of watching a dance-drama in a theatre.
The song Aur Ho comes with a Bosnian connection. Singer Alma Ferovic of Bosnia, who is famous for her track ‘Srebrenica’, teams up with Rahman and sings alongside Mohit Chauhan to deliver Aur Ho. The song which expresses pain and anguish is strictly a situational track but created with profound thoughts. Up for some instrumental piece? The album has Tango for Taj with a western-classical influence.
You can hear Kavita Krishnamurthy after a long time in a Bollywood song as she croons with her impressive voice the song Tum Ko. The song has other variant in the voice of Mohit Chauhan. Both the songs establish Rahman’s expertise in creating soulful romantic numbers. But a sense of déjà vu creeps in as the music of the song sounds similar to the once popular track Tu Hi Toh Mera Dost Hai from the film Yuvvraaj. But, for the lost-in-love souls, a romantic number like Tum Ho is no less a souvenir for keeps.
The Rockstar album is not without its rock blues. The flight of a fledgling and its homecoming, Nadaan Parinde is a dynamic composition with crispy blues. You can listen to it again and again.
At last, the two fabulous tracks of the album - Tum Ho and Saadda Haq: if one is fanciful, the other is fantastic. Both the songs are relatively different but will leave you in whirlwind of emotions. Saadda Haq is feisty and fiery and also introduces the wonderful young guitarist Orianthi from Australia, who is also a musician and song-writer. Now you know why Saadda Haq bowled you over!
As Shakespeare once penned, “if music be the food of love, play on…” Alas! even the excess of it is not going to satiate the craving.
We won’t pick the best, as the whole album is an experience. Savor it.