Rang De Basanti (soundtrack)

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Rang De Basanti: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
RDB soundtrack.jpg
Soundtrack album by
Released8 December 2005
RecordedPanchathan Record Inn
AM Studios
GenreFilm soundtrack
LabelSony BMG
ProducerA. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Rang De Basanti: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
'Sillunu Oru Kaadhal'
Professional ratings
Review scores
Planet Bollywood8/10 stars

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.[1][2] 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.


From the film's announcement in April 2005, Rahman was slated to compose the music.[3] 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.[4] Star Aamir Khan, with his knowledge of Hindi and Urdu,[5] worked with Rahman and Joshi for the film's soundtrack.[6] In addition, screenwriter and director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Rahman were reported to have chosen him to sing for one of the songs,[7] 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.[1] 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".[8] Speaking about one of his songs, "Luka Chuppi", in which veteran Lata Mangeshkar sang with Rahman,[6] 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.[9] He confessed to have been in tears while Mangeshkar was singing the song.[10] The soundtrack won the Filmfare Best Music Director Award,[11] and had two of its tracks, "Khalbali" and "Luka Chuppi", considered for an Academy Award for Best Original Song nomination.[10]

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.[12]

According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 19,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's third highest-selling.[13]

Track listing[edit]

1."Ik Onkar"Harshdeep Kaur1:27
2."Rang De Basanti"Daler Mehndi, K. S. Chithra6:06
3."Masti Ki Paathshaala"Naresh Iyer, Mohammed Aslam3:40
4."Tu Bin Bataayein"Naresh Iyer, Madhushree5:58
5."Khalbali"A. R. Rahman, Mohammed Aslam, Nacim6:19
6."Khoon Chala"Mohit Chauhan3:09
7."Paathshaala (Be A Rebel)"Naresh Iyer, Mohammed Aslam, Blaaze3:09
8."Luka Chuppi"A. R. Rahman, Lata Mangeshkar6:37
9."Lalkaar"Aamir Khan2:59
10."Roobaroo"A. R. Rahman, Naresh Iyer4:45
Total length:44:02


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


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  2. ^ "`Rap is rhythm 'n' poetry'". The Hindu. 29 April 2006. Retrieved 21 March 2008.
  3. ^ Doval, Nikita (1 April 2004). "Aamir paints it yellow!". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 March 2008.
  4. ^ "Nelly Furtado was to feature in RDB: A R Rehman". The Hindu. 30 December 2005. Archived from the original on 3 January 2007. Retrieved 21 March 2008.
  5. ^ "Aamir comes to rescue". The Times of India. 5 October 2007. Retrieved 21 March 2008.
  6. ^ a b "Rang De Basanti a contemporary film". Hindustan Times. 27 January 2006. Retrieved 20 March 2008.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Aamir Khan sings again, for 'Rang De Basanti'". IndiaGlitz. 3 December 2005. Retrieved 10 May 2008.
  8. ^ "I'm a perfectionist like Aamir". The Times of India. 1 March 2008. Retrieved 21 March 2008.
  9. ^ Kabir, Nasreen (15 March 2008). "Prose is for lazy people, poetry for the imaginative". Tehelka Weekly. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2008.
  10. ^ a b Singh, Ruma (16 December 2006). "'I was in tears when Lataji was singing the song". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 February 2009.
  11. ^ "Rang De Basanti sweeps Filmfare awards". Times News Network. The Times of India. 25 February 2007. Retrieved 23 February 2009.
  12. ^ Bhattacharjya, Nilanjana (Fall 2007). ASIANetwork Exchange (PDF). XV (1). pp. 11–12 https://web.archive.org/web/20110725021412/http://www.asianetwork.org/exchange/2007-fall/anex2007-fall.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 July 2011. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008.
  14. ^ Hazarika, Sneha (22 December 2006). "'I'm dedicating it to Ustad'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 10 May 2008.
  15. ^ "IIFA nominations list". Whereincity.com. 26 May 2007. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  16. ^ "Zee Cine Awards nominations List". Bollywoodhungama.com. 26 February 2007. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  17. ^ "Star Screen Awards nominations List". Radiosargam.com. 26 December 2006. Retrieved 8 July 2011.