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Rang De Basanti is a cult film and its soundtrack is no less in terms of quality and innovation. When a world class composer like A.R.Rahman(Oscar winner for Slumdog Millionaire) teams up with a lyricist like Prasoon Joshi, the product is bound to be first class!
This is probably Rahman's most challenging work till date,not only due to the fact that the album is as diverse as it gets but also the fact that the story demanded something new, something that has never been created, tunes that can fuse into the past and present and create a collage!
The album starts with a prayer in the form of "Ik Onkar".Even if you don't understand a word of it you will find yourself lost in its purity. By the next song starts, you are jumping up and down; the most defining song of the year 2005 opens brilliantly with punjabi king Daler Mehendi behind the mike. The song is full of energy with lots of bhangra beats and percussions. Only a genius like Rahman could have come up with such a tune! Rahman takes it to another level with "Paathshala" which has to be the most popular college campus track. The lyrics are nothing you have heard before-from 'alpha' 'theta' to 'falling' in love to understand gravity,every teenager will love this song!Rahman's arrangement is simple yet transcends hip hop with rock and the end product is brilliant!!
Adding more to the variety is "tu bin bataye",possibly the most sweet and meaningful romantic song you'll get to hear in the years to come. Madhushree's vocals seem to be coated with honey and she takes you into a trance with Rahman's beautiful orchestration. The lyrics are again out of the world,words and phrases you rarely hear in indian songs. This one is for the romantic. As soon as "khalbali" opens you wonder if you are actually listening to the same album.How can the same guy compose such different songs? Belonging to a fusion of arabic with hiphop influences this song is mad. The lyrics are rebellious and carry a lot of campus attitude. Rahman once again uses plenty of singers to get his desired result. The album takes a solid and meaningful turn with "Khoon Chala" which is brilliantly sung by Mohit Chauhan. One is amazed how such rebellious lyrics are put into such a soothing number and there lies the brilliance of the song; it asks for attention and you can't help but give in to the song's meaningful lyrics. Rap artist Blaaze comes up with "Be a rebel" which is another version of paathshaala.
Melody takes centre stage with "Lukachuppi". A song between a mother and son,it brings together Lata Mangeshkar and A.R.Rahman singing together for the first time! The lyrics,its vocals and the composition are all out of the world. Expect some serious tear jerking while you play this, it will certainly remind you of your mother. Lata's vocals are drenched with emotions and Rahman's grasp of classical music is evident here. Its almost like this is his tribute to the legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and how he admires her. This one will be remembered for generations to come!
Aamir Khan himself comes up with "Lalkar".This is more of a recital than a song and Aamir Khan's powerful voice takes centre stage with brilliant lyrics penned by Prasoon Joshi. The lyrics are based on the words of freedom fighters during their fight against England's government. Expect this to play a crucial part in the film. The album ends with a brilliant "Roobaroo" which belongs to the soft rock genre. The ambience is created with guitars and Naresh Iyer's youthful vocals are a treat to the ears.
This is one album I can go on and on about. This is probably the best album I've ever heard. Its a shame that the world is only coming to know Rahman now(that too with an average score in Slumdog Millionaire), he is one musician that deserves all the big things in life!