Raavan – Music Review

25 Apr

The much awaited Audio of this year Raavan was released on April 24th. Mani Ratnam & A.R.Rahman and his mentor Mani Ratnam always come with great works. I was a bit disappointed in the duo’s earlier Guru. But I have lot of expectations for Raavan and its Tamil version Raavanan. I expected the audio of both Tamil & Hindi versions would be released. But it’s a disappointment for Tamilians as the Tamil version is getting released 30th April only. But it’s not an issue for ARR fanatics as they can enjoy the double bonanza. Though I have downloaded the songs on 23rd night itself, I was sure that I would buy the Audio CD as since I missed in the case of Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya. Yeah, I got an ACD after watching the movie only. Yesterday night I bought the CD and today whole day I was listening to the songs. I didn’t like the songs instantly except Behne De. Even I didn’t like VTV songs earlier but they still keep growing on me. Same way, Raavan songs also would sound better after multiple listening. In a way, it’s good that the Tamil version is delayed by a week. Cos, in the week’s gap I could listen to the Hindi songs and I may like the Tamil version instantly.

I was shocked to see the CD cover with Horrible Aishwarya (Almost like a Devil) and a Cruel Abhishek (Like a Demon). The stills inside the CD and the booklet also have Aishwarya with blood and bruises all over. In general, the best stills of movie get place in the cover of Audio Cassettes/CDs as they make the first impression of the movie before its release. But this is the first movie to have these kinda stills in the Audio cover. Mani always breaks the conventional rules. Still I remember the day I bought the Audio Cassette of Alaipayuthey on the day of its release (March 27th 2000). The stills (mostly from pachai Nirame song) are still fresh and evergreen.

Beera Beera :

This seems to be the introduction song of the protagonist Beera portraying his character as a rugged person.

“Beera ko dus maathe;

Beera ko sau naam;

Chedhe jo beera ko… dhama dham dham dham”.

Hosanna fame Vijay Prakash has crooned the song. This is a short yet fast paced song. We can easily picturise in our mind that the song takes place in a village. Native instruments are used that give the feel. I felt an interlude with a Chinese sound is like the pachai pandhalil oru latcham vennila from the song Jothi Neranjava from 12B. It’s similar and not same.

Behne De:

This is my pick of the Album. It sounds like Satrangire from Dil Se (Ennuyire from Uyire). Karthik has sung it extra-ordinarily. He’s simply terrific like Sonu was in Satrangire and better than Shrinivas in Ennuyire. The song travels different pitches low, high, again low, then very high. But Karthik has sung with ease with sincerity and excellent pronunciation. Have to write an individual post on this song. Lyrics by Gulzar is just great that describes the rustic love of Raavan. No wonder, this will be my caller tune in a couple of days.

Thok de Killi:

This is a fast paced number rendered by Sukhwinder Singh and chorus. He sings extremely energetic and so does in this song too. The interlude and the first stanza seems to be a journey song. The first interlude is like a ceremony arrangement with lyrics having ornaments like kaajal, nathi, jhumka, etc. The second interlude is typical ARR style like which is so similar to Rangeela Theme Music. The song ends with a much faster pace. The orchestration is too good. It would be liked within 2-3 listens.

Ranjha Ranjha:

This is the only duet song of the album crooned by Rekha Bharadwaj of Ghenda Phool fame and Javed Ali of Guzarish fame. I don’t know how the earthy voice of Rekha would suit Ash on screen. But her voice sounds a bit different from Ghenda Phool. This seems to the raunchy song that usually exists in almost all Mani Ratnam movies. First I thought it would be a duet between Vikram & Aishwarya, but Abhi-Ash’s picture is there in the Lyrics booklet. The song is credited to Sufi Poet Bulleh Shah for the first line Ranjha Ranjha kardi..

After listening to the full song, I was a bit confused for not hearing Anuradha Sriram’s voice which was mentioned in the cover. I again played the song and was shocked that she’s used only to sing a humming after the second Santoor interlude.  Yahi yahi ye ye ye ye… bit was hummed by Anuradha Sriram like Sonu Niigam was used only for the initial humming of Guzarish. It’s good to see that these great singers agree for this only for Rahman. But ARR too should make use of their gratitude.

.Kili Re Kile Re:

Wow, a pleasing melody that takes back to the earlier days of Rahman. Starting with a soft prelude, it has pleasant Hindustani Classical touch decorated with instruments like Sitar, Tabla, Flute and Santoor esp in the first interlude. The music is subtle and the lyrics is so clear.  Reena Bharadwaj has sung well. It describes the woman’s love for a man. I felt Shreya would have been so apt since Ash-Shreya combination is a great one. Devdas, Guru are great examples. Surprisingly, Shreya has sung this song in Tamil version. Good for that. She’s become more like a Tamil singer. Very eager to listen to the song in Tamil. As per the CD pictures, this song will have Vikram and Aishwarya on screen.

Kata Kata Bechara Bakra:

Yet another group song with prominent singers like Ila Arun, etc. Lot of instruments are used throughout the song and the arrangement is awesome. Credit goes to Ranjit Barot.  It’s so obvious it’s a marriage song yet a sarcastic one. Yes. the bridegroom is compared to an innocent goat (bechara bakra) which got killed for its meat. Gaya gaya ek aur bechara… (Another innocent is gone). So this might be Ram and Sita’s wedding song. Ila Arun’s unique voice suits the song like an old lady tells the bride about the in-laws and relatives. It reminded me Rahman’s other wedding songs like Yaaro yaarodi and Avalukkenna Amba samudhiram.

In a nut shell, the music is folkish and rustic like Raavan, that would give required feel to the movie. I hope the picturization would make the songs like more as Mani is a master in that. In fact, I didn’t like Yaaro Yaarodi from Alaipayuthe till I saw it in the movie with cute dialagoues in between. Later I started loving to watch it (esp Karthik vazhiyaadhe!!!) But at the same time, some songs may not picturized fully in Mani’s movies. I was so disappointed with Evano Oruvan Vaasikkiraan with lot of dialogues and only with one stanza, I didnt get the feel of the song like I listen to it. I wish all the songs to be picturized fully. I’m glad that Rahman has given a music which is so Indian.

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Posted by on April 25, 2010 in A.R.Rahman, Mani Ratnam, Music


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