Jab Tak Hai Jaan (soundtrack)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Soundtrack album to Jab Tak Hai Jaan by A.R. Rahman
Released 9 October 2012 (2012-10-09)
Recorded 2011–2012
Panchathan Record Inn and AM Studios, Chennai
Panchathan Hollywood Studio, Los Angeles
YRF Studios, Mumbai
Nirvana Studios, Mumbai
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 37:45
Language Hindi
Punjabi
Label YRF Music
Producer A. R. Rahman
A.R. Rahman chronology
People Like Us
(2012)
Jab Tak Hai Jaan
(2012)
Kadal
(2012)

Jab Tak Hai Jaan is the soundtrack album, composed by A. R. Rahman, to the 2012 Hindi film of the same name, directed by Yash Chopra that stars Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in the lead roles. The film is produced by Aditya Chopra under his own banner Yash Raj Films. The album features nine tracks, and was released on 9 October 2012 (2012-10-09) on the firm's official record label YRF Music.

Development[edit]

The soundtrack marks the first ever collaboration of director Yash Chopra with composer A.R. Rahman and lyricist Gulzar. In May 2011, A.R. Rahman was signed to compose the music as well as the background score of the film.[1] The first song of the soundtrack was completed in December 2011.[2] By February 2012, Rahman told in an interview with The Times of India that he had completed three songs for the film.[3] Rahman summarized about the soundtrack album quoting,"It's a combination. They wanted to do my kind of songs at the same time they wanted the old charm and soul of music that Indian audience would love and which I wanted to do for a long time."[4]

"Yashji saw one of my concerts in London, we invited him. He felt that I should give music in his film. It was kind enough of him to call me. It is a great honour for me. I had not worked with him and now my whole thing...meaning career wise is complete. I am very happy to have worked with him. We had great time, it was a great experience. And he (Yash Chopra) seemed happy. I hope people feel the same."

A.R. Rahman on his first and last collaboration with Yash Chopra.[5]

Overview[edit]

The Punjabi lyrical song Challa was picturised on the lead character Samar Anand (played by Shahrukh Khan). The song was prominently shot at Trafalgar Square, Canary Wharf, Hungerford Bridge and Golden Jubilee Bridges, set in London. At the promotion of the film he stated, "I love ‘Challa’ – its a Punjabi, Sufi kind of song. Doing it was different for me, to play the guitar in the way its supposed to be strummed." The song also featured Katrina Kaif alongside Khan. The song portrays daily routine life of the character Samar who resides in London.[6] The lead actor specially learnt the guitar chords of the song so as to portray authenticity while strumming it.[7] Released as a single track prior to the music launch, it met overwhelming positive reviews over the internet, especially on YouTube. Several media reports claimed opening notes and guitar strummings of the song to be loosely inspired from Eagle-Eye Cherry's song Save Tonight.[8][9] However, these allegation were shot down by the singer Rabbi Shergill claiming that the two songs that shared acoustic guitar, bass and tempo, nonsensical insinuations had come up.[10]
The song Saans was attributed as ‘The Breathe of Love’ by Khan when it opened up as video promo on the day of music launch. Rahman stated that initially the patch version of the song was composed with dummy lyrics. He added that the song highlights traditional beats but has an edge to it. According to the plot of the film, the song needed tautness that is exemplified by the tensed violins. In the film, Samar helps Meera (played by Katrina Kaif) in reviving her maternal bondings where in she knows more on love through her mother. This makes Meera reciprocate her feelings to Samar, expressed as song Saans. The reprise version of the song is positioned when the characters Meera and Samar converge post 10 years.[11]
Ishq Dance and Ishq Shava both dance oriented numbers were sequentially queued in filming where the former was shot with the leading duo and nearly eighty freestyle dancers in an underground club where as the latter on board a barge on River Thames, London, essentially keeping the Tower Bridge as the backdrop during the night.[12] The music composer stated that instead of trance or dubstep genre, he fused tribal and contemporary with acoustics. The song also involves more of strummed Spanish guitars in its preludes.[13][14]
A solo performance in the film by Meera is song Heer Heer. Initially the song was recorded as patch, to be featured only in the film. However, lyricist Gulzar insisted Rahman to record it as a complete track after adding more lines to the folk poetry. In the film, Meera learns Punjabi and the song through Samar. She performs the song to impress her father and depict that though being in London, her roots are still into her Indian culture. On the counterpart, the song also relates the heartfelt situation between her and Samar. The straight Punjabi lyrical track implicitly refers the folklores of Mirza Sahiban and Heer Ranjha where the lyricist claimed to plank imagery in several lines of the song.[15][16]
Song Jiya Re vociferates character name Akira (played by Anushka Sharma) in the song. Lyricist Gulzar stated that the song was much character oriented which is described so in its lyrics.[17] The song was extensively shot in the landscapes of Ladakh and Kashmir. Akira's further documentary filming journey with Samar begins post this song.[18] Singer Neeti Mohan made her debut as a playback singer through this song in the soundtrack.[19]
Often regarded as the swan song,[20] the title track Jab Tak Hai Jaan marks the union of the lead characters and was planned to be shot with profligate budget in the Swiss Alps. The demise of the director led to its filming cancellation and then the song was placed at the closing credits of the movie.[21]
The poem Jab Tak Hai Jaan written by Aditya Chopra and recited by Shahrukh Khan was featured in the opening credits of the film. Several reports stated, the theatrical trailer that incorporated this song claimed to be reminiscent of the song Apertura of film The Motorcycle Diaries, especially the use of Charango in the music.[22][23][24]

Marketing[edit]

Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif at the audio launch event in Bandra, Mumbai

On 11 September 2012 when the film opened up with its title, part of the lyrics of the poem Jab Tak Hai Jaan penned by Aditya Chopra were released before the launch of the soundtrack. On 27 September 2012, that marked the film director's 80th birthday, Shahrukh Khan paid homage to Chopra in an event pertaining to his film where the song Challa was deciphered. Chopra stated it to be his favorite pick from the album and even recited few lines of it.[25][26] The video promo of the first song of the soundtrack album, Challa sung by Rabbi Shergill in Punjabi language was released on 1 October 2012 garnering over a million views within a day of its release. The first trailer of the film also incorporated instrumental part of the song Challa.[27][28][29] The making of the song Challa song was also released officially on 5 October 2012. Later, it was also made available as a complete track for digital download.A small portion of the song Heer Heer sung in Punjabi by Harshdeep Kaur was leaked on the internet on 7 October 2012.[30] The video promo of second song Saans was launched on 9 October 2012 in an event held at Ball Room, Taj Land Ends, Bandra, Mumbai. The romantic number was launched in presence of Khan and Katrina Kaif web conferencing the event over Skype where Khan attributed the song as The Breathe of Love.Initially, the event was supposed to have the actress but her shooting schedules for Dhoom 3 in Chicago, she made such appearance.[31] The video promo of the song Jiya Re highlighting Anushka Sharma featuring Khan was released on 17 October 2012.[32] The complete soundtrack album was released on 9 October 2012 on YRF Music. The video teaser of Ishq Shava was released on 26 October 2012 and Heer Heer on 6 November 2012.[33]

Track listing[edit]

The track list of the album was first revealed on 8 October 2012 on the website Rahman360.[34]

# Title Singer(s) Length (m:ss) Lyrics Elementary filmed lead(s) & Notes
1 "Challa" Rabbi Shergill 05:23
Gulzar
Shah Rukh Khan
2 "Saans" Mohit Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal 05:28 Shah Rukh Khan & Katrina Kaif
3 "Ishq Shava" Raghav Mathur, Shilpa Rao 04:32 Shah Rukh Khan & Katrina Kaif
4 "Heer" Harshdeep Kaur 05:16 Katrina Kaif
5 "Jiya Re" Neeti Mohan, Rap: Sofia Ashraf 05:21 Anushka Sharma
6 "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" Javed Ali, Shakthisree Gopalan 03:53 Featured as end credits song.
7 "Saans (Reprise)" Shreya Ghoshal 02:06 Shah Rukh Khan & Katrina Kaif
8 "Ishq Dance" Instrumental 03:31
Shah Rukh Khan & Katrina Kaif
9 "Jab Tak Hai Jaan (Poem)" Shah Rukh Khan 02:15
Aditya Chopra
Featured in the theatrical trailer and opening credits of the film.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The soundtrack of Jab Tak Hai Jaan received generally positive critical reception. At the poll conducted by Indiatimes, the song Saans won the title of "Most Romantic Song of the year 2012".[35]

Anand Vaishnav of Indiatimes praised the album and wrote, "Jab Tak Hai Jaan’s score may not be the game-changer Rahman fans would have expected, but it’s got its heart in the right place. And is a welcome break from all the noise (in the name of experimentation) that one is subjected to on the music-charts."[36] DJ Munks of BizAsia Showbiz gave it 8 out of 10 stars and said, "The album is inventive and does not reflect a typical sound heard in Rahman’s music but has clear signs of ownership of Chopra, clearly indicating he had a major influence on it. The album keeps away for popular commercial music but creates a unique niche for itself with genuine hard work and talent reflecting in the songs."[37] Abid of Glamsham gave the album a 4/5 rating and wrote, "The compositions maintain the class and ingenuity of the maestro Rahman and at the same time reflect the old world traditional charm of the Chopras, incased in some truly superb lyrics by master craftsman, Gulzar."[38] Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars and stated Jab Tak Jai Jaan turns out to be a mixed bag and while none of the songs is the kind that one turns away from (it can't be imagined that way in any case, given the team involved), there are only a few which make you come back to them.[39] Vipin of Music Aloud noted, "Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Has its ARR-special moments, but for a film touted as Yash Chopra’s 50th year special and his first venture with A R Rahman (along with Gulzar, that too!), the soundtrack is underwhelming.".[40] Koimoi gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars and said, "Music of Jab Tak Hai Jaan leaves the listener with diverse emotions as it appeals on some levels while also leaves some voids. Since it’s an A R Rahman album, experimentation does rule."[41] Devesh Sharma of Filmfare thought that the album was appealing even though it was not vintage Rahman.[42] Siddharth K of Musicperk stated, "A fitting finale for Yash Chopra!".[43] Anand Holla of The Times of India wrote, "Though not as free-spirited as Rockstar, Jab Tak Hai Jaan is engaging; an adorable, even if somewhat syrupy, soundtrack in its own love-struck space."[44] Sukanya Verma of Rediff wrote, "Save for a few inspiring notes, even a die-hard Rahman fan will admit to feeling underwhelmed with what Jab Tak Hai Jaan has to offer."[22] Behindwoods stated, "Rahman has given an album which oozes with passion and would be a treat for the romantics. It’s a nice parting gift for the legendary Yash Chopra who is directing his last film."[45]

After the second day of release, the album reached the number one spot on the Top 10 World Albums chart on iTunes, making it the third Indian album to achieve this feat after Enthiran and Rockstar. Notably, all three were composed by A.R. Rahman.[46]

Album Credits[edit]

  • Programmers: Hentry Kuruvilla & T. R. Krishna Chetan
  • Sound Engineers:

At Panchathan Record Inn, Chennai: Suresh Permal, Srinidhi Venkatesh, Hentry Kuruvilla, T. R. Krishna Chetan, P.A. Deepak, Jerry Vincent. R. Nitish Kumar

At AM Studios, Chennai: S. Sivakumar, Kannan Ganpat, Pradeep

At Panchathan Hollywood Studio, Los Angeles:: Tony Joy

At YRF Studios, Mumbai: Shantanu Hudlikar, Abhishek Khandelwal, Sarit Chatterjee

At Nirvana Studios, Mumbai: Abhinav Verma

  • Mixing And Mastering:

Mixed By Shantanu Hudlikar, R. Nitish Kumar And T. R. Krishna Chetan Mastered By Chris Athens At Chris Athens Masters

  • Musicians:

"Challa" - Drums: Ranjit Barot, Percussions: Faizan Hussain & Nishad Chandra, Guitars: Keba Jeremiah, Bass: Keith Peters

"Saans" - Flute: Naveen Kumar

"Ishq Shava" - Guitars: Joel Shearer, Oud, Mandolin, Saz: Tapas Roy

"Jiya Re" - Guitars: Chandresh Kudwa, Bass: Keith Peters

"Heer" - Guitars: Keba Jeremiah

"Saans (Reprise)" - Percussions: Sanket Naik, Darshan Doshi, Arun Solanki

"Jab Tak Hai Jaan" - Dholak: T. Raja, Y. P. Prasad, M. Lakshmi Narayanan, Flute: Navin Iyer, Kiran Kumar

"Ishq Dance" - Drums: Ranjit Barot, Percussions: Faizan Hussain & Nishad Chandra

  • Backing Vocals: Nueman Pinto, Anusha Mani, Shweta Pandit, Vivienne Pocha, Crystal Sequeira, Samantha Edwards, Francois Castellino, Rishikesh Kamerkar, Rajiv Sundaresan

Kids Chorus Vocal Arrangement on the song "Challa" By "The Gleehive" conducted by Celeste Lourdes Cordo
Vocals produced By Clinton Cerejo

  • Strings: The Chennai Strings Orchestra, conducted By V. J. Srinivasamurthy
  • Vocal Supervisors: V. J. Srinivasamurthy, Srinivas Doraisami & Srinidhi Venkatesh
  • Music Coordinators : Noell James, Vijay Mohan Iyer
  • Musicians' Fixer: R. Samidurai

Awards[edit]

Distributor Date announced Category Recipient Result Reference
Bollywood Cosmopolitan Awards
10 December 2012
Song of the Year
Challa
Won [47]
Best Playback Singer – Male
Rabbi Shergill for Challa
Best Lyrics
Gulzar
Most Popular Music Overseas
A.R. Rahman
BIG Star Entertainment Awards
17 December 2012
Most Entertaining Singer – Female
Shreya Ghoshal for Saans
[48]
Zee Cine Awards
7 January 2013
Best Playback Singer – Female
Shreya Ghoshal for Saans
[49]
Best Music
A.R. Rahman
Nominated
Best Playback Singer – Male
Rabbi Shergill for Challa
Best Playback Singer – Female
Neeti Mohan for Jiya Re
Best Lyrics
Gulzar for Saans
Colors Screen Awards
12 January 2013
Best Playback Singer – Female
Neeti Mohan for Jiya Re
[50]
Best Lyrics
Gulzar for Saans
Filmfare Awards
20 January 2013
Best Lyrics
Gulzar for Challa
Won [51]
RD Burman Award - New Music Talent
Neeti Mohan for Jiya Re
Best Playback Singer – Male
Rabbi Shergill for Challa
Nominated
Best Playback Singer – Female
Neeti Mohan for Jiya Re
Best Playback Singer – Female
Shreya Ghoshal for Saans
Best Lyrics
Gulzar for Saans
Star Guild Awards
16 February 2013
Best Music
A.R. Rahman
[52]
Best Female Singer
Shreya Ghoshal for Saans
Best Lyrics
Gulzar for Saans
Times of India Film Awards
6 April 2013
Best Lyrics
Gulzar for Saans
Won
[53]
IIFA Awards
6 July 2013
Best Music Director
A.R. Rahman
Nominated [54]
Best Lyrics
Gulzar for Saans

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kunal M Shah (17 May 2011). "Yash Chopra signs Rahman". Times of India. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Yash Chopra's SRK project: Rahman finalizes first song!". Yahoo. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "I am in touch with Danny Boyle: AR Rahman". The Times of India. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "My Hindi film career complete after working with Yash Chopra: Rahman". Mid-Day. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Career now complete with Yash Chopra's film: AR Rahman". The Indian Express. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Simran Chopra. "Jab Tak Hai Jaan: Promotions On Full-Throttle!". Business of Cinema. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Katrina Kaif takes a dig at Shahrukh Khan’s guitar strumming skills". Bollywood Life. 10 October 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "'Challa' song a copy of Eagle-Eye Cherry's 'Save Tonight'?". Times of India. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Challa from Jab Tak Hai Jaan copied from Eagle Eye Cherry song?". NDTV Movies. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  10. ^ Sana Yaseen (18 November 2012). "Rabbi rubbishes plagiarism allegations". Asian Age. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Making of the song - Saans - Jab Tak Hai Jaan". YRF Channel on YouTube. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  12. ^ Steven Baker (6 October 2012). "Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif release 'Ishq Shava' from Jab Tak Hai Jaan". Digital Spy. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "Music Review : Jab Tak Hai Jaan". Live Mint. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Making of the song - Ishq Shava - Jab Tak Hai Jaan". YRF on YouTube. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  15. ^ "Making of the song - Heer - Jab Tak Hai Jaan". YRF on YouTube. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  16. ^ Riya Chakravarty. "Katrina featured in Heer, the new song from Jab Tak Hai Jaan". NDTV Movies. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  17. ^ "Making of the song - Jiya Re - Jab Tak Hai Jaan". YRF on YouTube. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  18. ^ Nikhil Ramsubramaniam (10 November 2012). "'My last meeting with Yashji was at Rani Mukerji's house' - Anushka Sharma - Part 2". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  19. ^ Nirmika Singh (28 September 2012). "I never miss an opportunity to make music: AR Rahman". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  20. ^ Rajeev Masand. "'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' Review: Despite many script problems, it's a fitting swansong". CNN IBN. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  21. ^ Puri (25 October 2012). "Yash Chopra's last song for Jab Tak Hai Jaan will never be made!". One India Entertainment. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  22. ^ a b Sukanya Verma. "Review: Rahman disappoints in Jab Tak Hai Jaan". Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  23. ^ "'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' background track inspired by 'The Motorcycle Diaries'?". IBN Live. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  24. ^ "'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' music track copy of 'The Motorcycle Diaries'?". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  25. ^ Gitanjali Roy (28 September 2012). "Wrote poetry for Meena Kumari: Yash Chopra to Shah Rukh Khan". NDTV Movies. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  26. ^ "Jab Tak Hai Jaan, new YRF film title, takes Twitter by storm". Hindustan Times. 11 September 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  27. ^ "First song of SRK's Jab Tak Hai Jaan out!". Hindustan Times. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  28. ^ "Challa song, No. 1 video on YouTube worldwide!". entertainment.oneindia.in. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  29. ^ "Challa – No.1 most viewed video worldwide this week!". ipad89.com. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  30. ^ Steven Baker (7 October 2012). "Exclusive: Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif Punjabi song lyrics for 'Heer' leaked". Digital Spy. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  31. ^ "Katrina Kaif gets tech savvy". DNA. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  32. ^ Keyrun Rao (17 October 2012). "JAB TAK HAI JAAN new song Jiya re: Anushka Sharma lives it up with Shahrukh Khan". Bollywood Life. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  33. ^ "Ishq Shava - Song Teaser - Jab Tak Hai Jaan". YouTube. 21 October 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  34. ^ "Jab Tak Hai Jaan - Tracklist With Credits". Rahman360. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  35. ^ Priya Gupta, Garima Sharma. "The most romantic song of 2012 is...". Times of India. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  36. ^ "MUSIC REVIEW - Jab Tak Hai Jaan". Indiatimes. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  37. ^ "Music Review: ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’". BizAsia Showbiz. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  38. ^ "Music Review : Jab Tak Hai Jaan". Glamsham. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  39. ^ Joginder Tuteja. "Jab Tak Hai Jaan Music Review". Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  40. ^ "JAB TAK HAI JAAN – MUSIC REVIEW (BOLLYWOOD SOUNDTRACK)". Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  41. ^ "Jab Tak Hai Jaan Music Review". Koimoi. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  42. ^ "JTHJ Music Review (Filmfare)". Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  43. ^ "Jab Tak Hai Jaan". Musicperk. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  44. ^ "Music Review: Jab Tak Hai Jaan". Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  45. ^ Kaushik L.M. "JAB TAK HAI JAAN MUSIC REVIEW". Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  46. ^ "iTunes Music Charts". Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  47. ^ "JAB TAK HAI JAAN Dominates UK Bollywood Cosmopolitan Awards As Shahrukh Wins Best Actor". Box Office Capsule. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  48. ^ "Big Star Awards 2012 / 2013 – Winners, Nominations". Indicine. 17 December 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  49. ^ "Zee Cine Awards 2013: Team 'Barfi!', Vidya Balan, Salman Khan bag big honours". CNN-IBN. 6 January 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  50. ^ "Colors Screen Awards Winners". Colors Screen Awards. 12 January 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  51. ^ "Filmfare Winners 2013". Indicine. 20 January 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  52. ^ "8th Apsara Awards Nominees". Apsara Awards. 8 February 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  53. ^ "Barfi! tops TOIFA’s technical awards". Firstpost. 6 April 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  54. ^ "Barfi! leads IIFA nominations with 13 nods". NDTV. 22 April 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2013.