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The Rising was released in 2005,marking the return of Aamir Khan to big screen after 4 long years. The project took a couple of years to make and A.R.Rahman was the only possible composer who could try his hand at such a film- a period drama set in India during english ruling.
Kailash Kher's strong vocals take center stage with the title track "Mangal Mangal", a short song on the protagonist. This is one song I am still hooked to,primarily due to Kailash's brilliant rendition. "Main vari vari" sees Rahman trying something new- a mujra song picturised on Rani Mukherjee. Watch out for the composition here,its a magical treat for the ears! Kavita Krishnamurthy's smooth vocal makes such a complex song sound so easy. This is easily one of the best songs of her career!
When you see Udit Narayan and Mahalaxmi's name on the credits you expect a fabulous number but "Holi Re" disappoints! A song on the festive event of Holi, the lyrics and composition are certainly not upto the usual standards of Rahman and Javed Akhtar! "Rasiya" by Mahalaxmi Iyer will take you by surprise! Not pleasantly though!! This is probably Rahman's worst composition and you wonder what was up with the film team to include such a song into the film.Please skip!
Mangal Mangal comes in two other versions. While "Mangal Mangal Agni" is more fiery in rendition, Mangal Mangal Atma is more subtle and calm. Both are songs you don't want to miss. Kailash Kher impresses again with his powerful vocals and Sukhwinder Singh's presence is felt in the latter song.
Kailash Kher and Sukhwinder team up again in "Takey Takey" which is a situational song which adds to the narration. The composition is different to say the least and carries a rustic rural flavour to it. A.R.Rahman is heard for the first time in the album singing "Al Madath Maula" which is more of a prayer. Rahman and Kailash Kher's combination is deadly, the composition and lyrics are nothing short of magic. Only Rahman can be credited with such soulful songs which break the mould of mainstream music in India.
Mangal Pandey's OST is certainly not Rahman's best work but the title track and Al Madath Maula shows Rahman's genius!