So the time has come for me to finally post my first review on this blog! I hope you guys enjoy! I’m a very big Pritam fan but there isn’t a new album composed by him to review so I decided to start with this album because it is by the ‘Mozart of Madras’, ‘Musical Maestro’, the one and only, A.R. Rahman! One of the finest and most popular composers in our country nowadays. Read on!
Music by:- A.R. Rahman | Lyrics by:- Irshad Kamil, Raqueeb Alam & Mehboob | Music Label:- Eros Music | Music Released On:- 13th March 2014 | Movie Releasing On:- 9th May 2014
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Kochadaiiyaan is the latest film starring the ‘Thalaivaa’, Rajinikanth. This film has been in the news since the past three years or so and it has got delayed many times. However, it is finally releasing on the 9th of May this year! In this film directed by Rajinikanth’s daughter herself, Soundarya Ashwin, Rajinikanth will be starring opposite the current queen of Bollywood, Deepika Padukone. What’s more, it is an out-and-out animated film using Motion Capture Technology, which is a first for India! It is a period drama film and its name is inspired by the name of the Pandya Dynasty king, Kochadaiyan Ranadhiran. However, the main thing which I was looking forward to about this movie was its music by A.R. Rahman. After an Okay Okay album for Highway, I had huge expectations from this album. So did the music meet my expectations? Read on to find out!
1. Aye Jawaan:- Singers ~ A.R. Rahman, A.R. Raihanna, Lyrics ~ Mehboob
The album kicks off with a song sung by the Maestro himself, along with his sister A.R. Raihanna, who is also the mother of composer G.V. Prakash Kumar who had composed for ‘Joker’ in 2012. This is her first Hindi song. The song kicks off with a trumpet fanfare like that in most movies about kings and queens from the past centuries. Then Raihanna starts with her part, which is the same paragraph repeating again and again throughout the whole song. Even though she just has to repeat the same lines in the whole song, she sings them very nicely and her vocals sound great with the trumpets in the background. Of course her pronunciations of some Hindi words are not spot-on. Then comes in the Maestro Rahman. When he sung his first lines, I felt great! I don’t know why but I just did! His voice is that powerful! The music is great and perfect for this type of inspirational song, especially the chorus part which starts from ‘Aye Hawaa…’ and ends with ‘….thakta hi nahi.’ It will make you forget everything that you’re doing at the time and just listen to the song! The lyrics are also perfect for an inspirational song. The song, in spite of being so loud, still has a calming effect on you. Especially, again, the chorus part, which is loud, but just as much calm as it is loud. The last stanza ‘Sona chandi tohfa hai…’ is just like a sweet conclusion to such a loud but great song. When the seven-odd minute song ended, I didn’t at all feel that it was so long! When it ends, you will feel that it was pretty short and you will be left wanting more. A must-listen track with fabulous vocals from the Maestro and his sister!
2. Dil Chaspiya:- Singers ~ Jonita Gandhi, Arijit Singh, Lyrics ~ Irshad Kamil
Ever since ‘Tum Hi Ho’ fever started last year, Arijit Singh had got a chance to work with almost every famous music director, right from Vishal-Shekhar, who he had worked with before ‘Tum Hi Ho’ also, in ‘Shanghai’, to Amit Trivedi and Sajid-Wajid recently in ‘Queen’ and ‘Main Tera Hero’. But there was one composer who he hadn’t yet worked with, and that was A.R. Rahman. So when he actually got to sing a song for A.R. Rahman and that too, as the voice of Rajinikanth, we can imagine what he must have felt. Anyways, back to the song. This song starts with a piano piece on loop and flute in between. Jonita starts with her part which sounds good, but when Arijit starts, you will forget that there is even a female singer too! He sings with such a great voice that the next time you will hear the song, you will want to skip the female parts and hear only the parts where Arijit sings. The lyrics by Irshad Kamil are also good. The music is great, and it reminded me of the old songs which Rahman used to make. The tune of the antara is better than the mukhda, which repeats after the antara. I was hoping for two antaras but the song had only one and then the same mukhda played again, which was the only disappointing part of the song. The traditional Indian percussion instruments like tabla and Matka are used very nicely throughout the song. Rahman returned to his old days with this song and the other star is Arijit who took hold of the opportunity when he got a chance to sing for Rahman! #5StarHotelSong
3. Bol De:- Singers ~ Javed Ali, Rajinikanth and V. Umashankar (Vocals at the end which is known as Jathi in Carnatic music), Lyrics ~ Irshad Kamil
This song starts very dramatically with very loud percussion which, even though it is loud, is amazing! The track is full of inspirational sayings which are said by Rajinikanth himself. In this song, Javed Ali uses a different voice from his usual sweet voice. In this song he uses a deep and ‘buland’ (loud and strong) voice, but he still sounds great. Half of the song is not sung, but said only. However, you will never get bored of the dialogues because of the way that Rajinikanth delivers them. The chorus part is so strong that you will feel inspired to do something and incorporate the golden sayings which Rajinikanth is reciting. The song revolves around how important change is in life. At the background of the dialogue portions, there are instruments played like trumpet and orchestra bits have also been added. The end of the song is yet another awesome part of the song and that is a classical vocal part by V. Umashankar. He has done his part flawlessly. Must listen to this song for the excellent use of the percussion and orchestra and wonderful use of Rajinikanth’s voice in the song!
4. Vaada Vaada:- Singer ~ (Female Version) ~ Shashaa Tirupathi, (Male Version) ~ Karthik, Lyrics ~ Irshad Kamil
This song is a wedding song and the moment it starts, you get lost in the music! It gives a soothing effect as well as a divine feeling. The singer of the female version, Shashaa Tirupati, has not sung many songs in Bollywood, but in this song, she does great! The music is great in which we can hear traditional Indian instruments like shehnaai and manjira. The tune is also very simple and sweet, just perfect for a wedding song. It is a very short track compared to the others and when it ends you feel like there should have been one more stanza or at least a little instrumental piece at the end to make it longer. But there’s a male version too, and I guess that’s why the song was deliberately short. The female version is better than the male version. The male version starts on a higher scale than the female version. I personally thought that this type of song didn’t need a male version as it was sounding good in the female version itself. However, the singer of the male version, Karthik, has also done his job sincerely. I guess all the credit goes to Rahman for composing such a divine track and choosing the singers well. Try it if you want to experience an awesome soothing effect along with a feeling of divinity.
5. Mera Gham:- Singers ~ Shreya Ghoshal, Javed Ali, Lyrics ~ Irshad Kamil
THIS was the type of song I was waiting for in this album! A song of the old 90s waala Rahman, a song which is purely classically inspired, a song like the hit songs he used to give back then such as ‘Hai Rama Yeh Kya Kiya’ from ‘Rangeela’. And yes, this song will remind you of that song. It starts with Shreya Ghoshal’s vocals which are supported with very minimal instruments until she says the haunting lines which will transport you out of this world and those lines start from ‘Meri jaaaaan…..aise, o aise…’ and end at ‘….kaisi hulchul meri palkon pe.’ Then Rahman makes her repeat those lines once more, giving a double treat to the ears. Then Javed Ali enters, again using his ‘buland’ voice. His part has more of percussion and instruments. When Shreya takes the aalaap after that, you will feel even more great! Then she says the lines once more! The same tune of the whole mukhada repeats and the song ends with the vocals of Shreya Ghoshal with only support of the taanpura. As it started, the same way it ends, with very less instruments, and a slow line sung by Shreya. The lyrics by Irshad Kamil are also great, but since this album is originally Tamil, and translated into Hindi, they might sound odd and as if they don’t fit in with the music. A great, haunting but still melodious track, which will make you feel proud that you have been born in the same time period as Rahman and Shreya Ghoshal! #5StarHotelSong
6. Thandav:- Singers ~ Kochadaiiyaan Ensemble, Lyrics ~ Raqueeb Alam
This can be called the title song of the movie, as it describes the main character, Kochadaiiyaan and his greatness. This song also starts with fanfare from trumpets, and a lot of percussion is used. The lyrics sound like an overdose of Sanskrit, but they are needed according to the time period of the movie. All the singers in the ensemble sing very well. It will remind you of ‘Azeem-O-Shaan Shahenshah’ from ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ because it is of the same type where the subjects are praising their king or something like that. Good song which is needed in such a film but not as great as other songs which Rahman has made in this genre.
7. Rana’s Dream:- Instrumental, played by London Session Orchestra
It is an instrumental piece which most probably will play in the background, and Rahman has conducted the London Sessions Orchestra very efficiently. It sounds great with flutes and violins being heard prominently. There isn’t much to say about this track except for a piece of advice, that is, to hear it with earphones/headphones for the best experience!
8. Aaya Khwaab Ka Mausam:- Singer ~ Raghav Mathur, Lyrics ~ Raqueeb Alam
Turns out that the previous track was an instrumental version of this song, which was released last year, but only in Tamil, so I didn’t pay attention to it. It is a type of song which would be played while a war is going on. This song also has great percussion and brass instruments along with violins. The singing by Raghav Mathur (last heard in ‘Ishq Shava’ from ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’) is average, and please don’t ask about the lyrics, which do not fit at all with the music. Because of that problem I forced myself to hear the Tamil version, sung by S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, which sounded way better though i didn’t understand it. The best part of this song, I felt, was the bagpipe part in between the second last and last stanza. Please forgive the lyricist of the Hindi version and listen to the Tamil version.
Overall:- This album, which I had huge expectations from, has lived up to my expectations! I had expected Rahman to put aside his western side while composing most of the songs of this album, and he did just that! Most of the songs are classically based, and use traditional Indian instruments, like tabla, matka, shehnaai and manjira to name just a few. Since it is after all, a Tamil album, the lyrics might sound weird in some places, but translating songs is a very hard job, and Irshad Kamil has done it very efficiently. In this album, Rahman reminded us of the albums he had made ten to fifteen years ago like Taal, Rangeela, Lagaan. I cannot praise him enough for this album. This album has the capability to stay in people’s minds for generations to come and will go into history as one of Rahman’s best albums.
Final Rating for the Album:- सा < रे < ग < म < प < ध < नी < सां
Note:- The letter which is underlined is the final rating.
IMPORTANT NOTE:- You must have seen the hashtag followed by the words ‘5StarHotelSong‘ ; this means that those songs are the best songs in the album for me. Of course you can have different choices too, I’ve just given my opinion! 🙂
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