Rang De Basanti (soundtrack)

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Rang De Basanti: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
RDB soundtrack.jpg
Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman
Released 8 December 2005
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn
AM Studios
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 44:00
Label Sony BMG
Producer A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Water
(2005)
Rang De Basanti: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(2006)
Sillunu Oru Kaadhal
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Planet Bollywood 8/10 stars [1]

The soundtrack to the 2006 film Rang De Basanti was released by Sony BMG on 8 December 2005 and had its music composed by A. R. Rahman and lyrics in Hindi and English by Prasoon Joshi and rapper Blaaze.[2][3] The title track was used at a flash mob at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai on 27 November 2011 in honour of those who died in the 26/11 attack.

Overview[edit]

From the film's announcement in April 2005, Rahman was slated to compose the music.[4] In a press conference with pop singer Nelly Furtado, he said that she was to originally have featured on the soundtrack, although this was ultimately prevented from happening due to a change in producers and other factors.[5] Star Aamir Khan, with his knowledge of Hindi and Urdu,[6] worked with Rahman and Joshi for the film's soundtrack.[7] In addition, screenwriter and director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Rahman were reported to have chosen him to sing for one of the songs,[8] though his recorded performance turned out to be more a poetic recitation.

Joshi, one of the lyricists, was impressed with the director, Rakeysh Mehra, who was ready to adjust to his style of writing as well as his creativity.[2] Confessing that the film's soundtrack was his favorite out of all his previous works, Joshi felt that it "was a wonderful experience getting to know the mindset of today’s youth and to pen down their feelings".[9] Speaking about one of his songs, "Luka Chuppi", in which veteran Lata Mangeshkar sang with Rahman,[7] Joshi said that it was developed while discussing with Rahman the scene about a mother losing her son. Joshi wrote the lyrics about the mother and son playing hide-and-seek with the sad reality of the son being hidden forever.[10] He confessed to have been in tears while Mangeshkar was singing the song.[11] The soundtrack won the Filmfare Best Music Director Award,[12] and had two of its tracks, "Khalbali" and "Luka Chuppi", considered for an Academy Award for Best Original Song nomination.[11]

While discussing typical Bollywood soundtracks, Nilanjana Bhattacharjya, a professor of music at Colorado College noted that Rahman integrated traditional Punjabi cultural elements within his music for this soundtrack. Regionally defined elements such as a woman's prayer at the Sikh Gurudwara (Golden Temple) and the bhangra harvest dance are incorporated alongside more contemporary, global styles such as hard rock and hip hop to depict the cosmopolitan lifestyle of the youngsters in the film.[13]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Ik Onkar"   Harshdeep Kaur 1:28
2. "Rang De Basanti"   Daler Mehndi, K. S. Chithra 6:03
3. "Paathshaala"   Naresh Iyer, Mohammed Aslam 3:40
4. "Tu Bin Bataayein"   Naresh Iyer, Madhushree 5:57
5. "Khalbali"   A. R. Rahman, Mohammed Aslam, Nacim 6:19
6. "Khoon Chala"   Mohit Chauhan 3:09
7. "Paathshaala (Be A Rebel)"   Naresh Iyer, Mohammed Aslam, Blaaze 3:09
8. "Luka Chuppi"   A. R. Rahman, Lata Mangeshkar 6:36
9. "Lalkaar"   Aamir Khan 2:56
10. "Rubaroo"   A. R. Rahman, Naresh Iyer 4:43

Awards[edit]

Academy Awards[14][15]
National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards
IIFA Awards[16]
Zee Cine Awards[17]
  • Won, Best Music Direction - A. R. Rahman
  • Nominated, Best Lyrics - Prasoon Joshi for Paathshaala
  • Nominated, Best Choreographer - Ganesh Acharya for Paathshaala
Star Screen Awards[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rang De Basanti - music review by Aakash Gandhi". Planet Bollywood. 2005-12-08. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  2. ^ a b "Ad-making still my first love: Prasoon Joshi". The Hindu. 2006-12-15. Retrieved 2008-03-21. [dead link]
  3. ^ "`Rap is rhythm 'n' poetry'". The Hindu. 2006-04-29. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  4. ^ Doval, Nikita (2004-04-01). "Aamir paints it yellow!". The Times of India. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  5. ^ "Nelly Furtado was to feature in RDB: A R Rehman". The Hindu. 2005-12-30. Archived from the original on 2007-01-03. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  6. ^ "Aamir comes to rescue". The Times of India. 2007-10-05. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  7. ^ a b "Rang De Basanti a contemporary film". Hindustan Times. 2006-01-27. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  8. ^ "Aamir Khan sings again, for 'Rang De Basanti'". IndiaGlitz. 2005-12-03. Retrieved 2008-05-10. 
  9. ^ "I'm a perfectionist like Aamir". The Times of India. 2008-03-01. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  10. ^ Kabir, Nasreen (2008-03-15). "Prose is for lazy people, poetry for the imaginative". Tehelka Weekly. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  11. ^ a b Singh, Ruma (2006-12-16). "'I was in tears when Lataji was singing the song". The Times of India. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  12. ^ "Rang De Basanti sweeps Filmfare awards". Times News Network (The Times of India). 2007-02-25. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  13. ^ Bhattacharjya, Nilanjana (Fall 2007). ""But it has Some Good Songs ...": Introducing Students to the Aesthetics of the Popular Hindi Film Through Music" (PDF). ASIANetwork Exchange XV (1). pp. 11–12. 
  14. ^ "Rang De Basanti making waves at Oscars". Bollywood News. 11 December 2006. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  15. ^ Hazarika, Sneha (2006-12-22). "‘I’m dedicating it to Ustad’". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-05-10. 
  16. ^ "IIFA nominations list". Whereincity.com. 2007-05-26. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  17. ^ "Zee Cine Awards nominations List". Bollywoodhungama.com. 2007-02-26. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  18. ^ "Star Screen Awards nominations List". Radiosargam.com. 2006-12-26. Retrieved 2011-07-08.