Soundtrack is the journey of the supremely talented DJ and musician, Raunak Kaul (played by Rajeev Khandelwal). He lives life in extremes until it all starts to go south when he is diagnosed with a hearing disorder that ultimately leads to his going completely deaf. Then Gauri (played by Soha Ali Khan), herself born deaf, enters his life and leads him from his dark state to a happier place where one day, miraculously, he finds a way to make music again.
A heart-warming and inspiring tale of hope, passion and desire – Soundtrack has its heart in the right place and that’s where it scores the highest points. Although it’s a remake of the Hollywood film ‘It’s All Gone Pete Tong’, the Hindi version succeeds in creating a desired impact.
Written by Neerav Ghosh, Rajeev Gopalakrishnan and Chintan Gandhi the trio has penned a screenplay with layers all connected and the dialogues are real to the core. Although the film gets a bit depressing at times but the mood elevates in no time.
First time director Neerav Ghosh holds promise and knows his job well. He depicts an edgy, modern day portrayal of India's most prolific musician, DJ and traces his alcohol, drug and sex fuelled meteoric rise, as he battles his internal demons and a damaging handicap with rare understanding and in the most matured way.
Of the performances, Rajeev Khandelwal enacts his role with gusto and deserves a pat on his back for an outstanding act. Rajeev has truly evolved as an actor and we would like to see him in more films. Soha Ali Khan is natural and brings in a certain amount of vulnerability to her character.
Mrinalini Sharma looks her part and does justice to it. Mohan Kapoor is a pleasant surprise. He puts up a brilliant act and confident act. Yatin Karyekar is likeable. Ankur Tewari and Siddharth Coutto lend good support.
Music by Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale is soothing (especially the ‘Jannat’ song) and goes with the theme of the movie. Lyrics are appropriate and well worded. Cinematography by Anshuman Mahaley is good and captures the beaches of Bangkok well. Sound by Ali Merchant is just perfect. Editing by Sanjay Roderick and Amgar Vyas fine. Costumes by Faheba Khan suits the need of the film well.
All said and done, ‘Soundtrack’ is a film which cannot be just seen, you will also ‘feel’ it. Strongly recommended!