âThis is my first film after the Oscars. So expectations are scary. Itâs important to work with a great team to create great music and weâve done that with Blue. Whatâs special about Blue is that itâs an underwater adventure. So it was very exciting to do this score because as a composer itâs important that you donât get typecast. Itâs also important to give the kind of music the film requires and have fun with it!â
Oh yes indeed, there certainly does happen to be a very justified reason for all the euphoria Hindi music fans are experiencingâtwo words: Rahman. Blue.
Okay, okay! Arrey yaar, donât have a panic attack! I wonât leave you hanging mid-air with just those two words. Iâll take you through my listening experience for all 7 tracks! As Rahman himself suggests, âDrown into the music of Blue.â As you wishâŚ
Itâs no secret. Weâve all heard news buzz about actress and pop singer Kylie Minogue singing for Rahman in Blue. Yup, the name of the track is Chiggy Wiggy and the very talented Sonu Nigam also joins her for the musical joyride. The female to-too-too-too-too-too's are rather contagious and upbeat, and Kylieâs vocals are really refreshing to listen to. The beats are catchy, heck, this entire song is catchy, and the big surprise is when Sonu comes in 2.14 into the song shouting âGore!!!â and the song fuses Punjabi beats and lyrics with Kylieâs western rendition. Grab someone and sing, âI wanna chiggy wiggy with you!â Itâs nice how Abbas Tyrewala paid attention to using alliterationâso many âkâ and âkhâ sounds: Khaatoon, Khidmat, Kaatil, Khilaadi, Kaatilanaa. One of my favorite stanzas is, âBut I donâtâ need a shining star, And I donât want to be rescued, No neither frog, nor charming princes, Nor my summers barbecuedâŚI wanna chiggy-wiggy with you boy!â Sonuâs âoyeâsâ and the stretched out ârabbaâ at the end will make you smile. Welcome back, Sonu! Hope to hear more of you regularly.
Shreya Ghoshal. This girl has been surprising us all with her amazing versatility as a singer (just take a look at the two extremesâBhor Bhaye/Delhi-6; Latoo/Ghajini). Itâs nice to hear her modulate her voice for a more chilled-back effect in Aaj Dil Gustakh Hai. Mayur Puriâs lyrics are rather average though (âaaj din gustaakh hai, paaniyo pe aag hai, dhadkan bhi betaab haiâ), and the song does take repeat listens to get into. Sukhwinder Singh doesnât really shine much in this songâŚhonestly, Rahman could have easily taken Hariharan or Suresh Wadekar and it would still have had the same effect. Okay, okay, not trying to be mean or anything! There are plenty of people credited with backing vocals: Benny Dayal, Hentry Kuruvilla and Shi Millhouse, Raven Millhouse. Sanjeev Thomas does a nice job with playing the guitar. The piano also stands out in the song.
Stresed out lately? Chhodd naa yaar. Fiqr not, Fiqrana is here! The song starts off initially reminding me of Kaise Mujhe from Ghajini. Vijay Prakash (Manmohini, Jai Ho, Paal Paal Hai Bhari) takes the mic for this song. The stanza going âJeet-te hai adh adh adh ke humâ brings back mild memories of a crossover of Hum Honge Kaamiyaab and Illayarajaâs Chal Chalein Title Track. Lyrics are by Ajit Arora, who also wrote lyrics for Singh Is Kinng and dialogues for Om Shanti Om, and honestly, itâs cool to hear a phrase like âkhaamaa khaa,â but that's just about the only phrase that stands out in the lyrics. There are lots of electronic sounds used, and Shreya doesnât have much to offer in this track, unfortunately.
Oh. My. God! Blue Theme is one BIG party!! People went crazy with Jai Hoâmake âem listen to this. So much is going on in this songâŚnot just in terms of instruments but even singers. We have two lyricists (Sukhwinder Singh for the Punjabi portion and Raqueeb Alam for the Hindi portion) and we also have SIX singers: Blaaze, Raqueeb Alam, Sonu Kakkar, Jaspreet Singh, Neha Kakkar and Dilshad. Just try not to dance when this song is blasting through your speakersâyou just canât resist! I have to draw special attention to lyricist Raqueeb Alam (Jiya Se Jiya/Connections; Ringa Ringa/Slumdog Millionaire; Ishq Ada & Meherbaan/Ada)âhe manages to write lyrics to a fun-filled song but he doesnât sacrifice poetry and imagery--âbekhauff nigaahein,â ârangeen sharaare,â âbearish ke taarein,â âbedaagh vafaayein,â âsaagar ke dil mei jitney khazaane, dil ke saagar mei, utne afsaane.â Wow!
You know, even if I didnât know Rehnuma is for Blue, the first image that would have come to mind after listening to this song IS water! Thatâs one of the amazing qualities of Rahmanâs musicâthey really do conjure up images and memories. Listen to Himalayas from Connections and bingo, thatâs exactly what youâll imagine. Listen to Rehnuma, and, yes, thatâs right, you imagine the under-water world. Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal come together for this song, and Abbas Tyrewala pens down lyrics once again--the only two lines that really grabbed my attention are "leher si yeh baahein" and "zulfo ki qaid mubaarak tujhe ho"...and, that's about it. The way Sonu and Shreya stretch each word and seem in no hurry has a relaxing effect. And, if it wasnât already obvious by now, Sonu does a damn good job with loud vocals!
After the Blue Theme, Yaar Mila Tha has got to be my favorite track from Blue. Itâs one of the strongest compositionsâno wonder Rahman chooses two very gifted singersâMadhushree and Udit Narayanâfor this song. Ujjayinee Roy, Shi Millhouse, and Raven Millhouse are credited with backing vocals. Abbas Tyrewala really excels in providing fun âroothaa-roothiâ âchhedd-chaadâ lyrics. Just take a look at these lines:
Raah takti thi toh khafaa ho gayi thi tu yaa bewafaa?
Ke panghat pe ghoonghat ke binaa,
Jaa baithi kaise tu woh bhi mere binaa?!
Ussi panghat pe jaahaan jhat se pehli baar thaami thi maine teri kalaayi, harjaayi!
Jaahan dhoop se hum bache the, jaahaan nache the apne kadam,
Aur besharam, woh kalayi,
Tu thamaa ke aayi,
Haathon mein naa jaane kis khotte ke, kis potte ke, mere hote se par sote se!
Par tu ne hi toh usse bhejaa naa?
Ke meraa pyaar piyaa ko de jaanaa.
When I heard Udit Narayan sing the word "khote" I couldn't help but giggle. The song is just so sweet and playful naa yaar! The electronic shehnaai sound is really fun to listen to and so are the âtaa teenaa teen teen teenaaâ chorus vocals. The percussion arrangements are perfect. Both Madhushree and Udit Narayan really get into the song, which is nice since these days most singers sing without any feel.
Rahman himself says he wanted to have âfunâ with Blue and doesnât want to get âtypecast.â Yes, Blue does have some fun compositions such as the Blue Theme, Chiggy Wiggy and Yaar Milaa Thaa. And, composition-wise, the rest of the songs are also enjoyable to listen toâŚhowever, lyrics, for the most part, are a HUGE disappointment, and there isnât consistency in terms of quality throughout the OST. While some songs grab your attention immediately, songs like Aaj Dil Gustaakh Hai will take a very long time to grow on you, and even then, it feels as if youâre forcing yourself to feel excited about some of the songs. All that said and done, it canât be denied that it is really wonderful to have another Rahman OST to listen to, and there certainly is something for every listener in Blue, so you really DO have to give this OST a listen.
Gosh, I canât believe youâre still sitting at your computer. Music is meant to be listened to, it is meant to be experienced. And, no review can compensate for that (Gasp! That wasnât very politically correct, was it?). So, do yourself a huge favor by going through the âRahman experienceâ on your ownâŚthatâs right yâallâgrab the Blue CD and drive âem music blues far, far away!!
[Slight Side Note: Party time for Rahmaniacs--The music of Shekhar Kapursâs Passage is also out and the music composer is none other than The Rahman. So do be sure to give that a listen as well!]