Posts Tagged 'A R Rahman'

Rahman’s Interview on Slumdog

I cant wait for this movie to be released in India… Have only heard positives about this Danny Boyle flick. It is said that this movie can bring home an Oscar for Rahman. 

Here goes the A R Rahman Interview on New York Times for Slumdog millionaire… 

 

In India, fans love A.R. Rahman almost as we love David Archuleta — and he’s reportedly sold a few more albums: 100 million records and 200 million cassettes. A huge pop star in South Asia, he’s famous for scoring Indian classics like Rojaand Lagaan (among the dozens of other films) — and he’s recently begun to cross over into Hollywood with Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Bombay Dreams. We spoke with him about his Slumdog Millionaire score — which Fox Searchlight is pushing for an Oscar — and his collaboration with M.I.A.

How’d you hook up with Danny Boyle? 
I literally had to leave another film to do this. When Danny met me, he said, “I’ve heard a lot of your stuff’ and he talked about it. That’s about the first time I’ve heard a compliment from a Western director, apart from Andrew Webber. He’s a good human being.

Was it different working with him than a Bollywood director?
Usually, it’s very different. Danny used my stuff in a very different way. I really loved the film, so I would compose pieces to fit the images, so I would do a lot of templates. With this, there’s not many cues in the film. Usually a big film has 130 cues. This had just seventeen or eighteen: the end credits, beginning credits, that stuff.

What were you going for?
A lot of things. I had to do stuff from modern India, eighties Hindi film soundtracks, mixing modern India and the old India.

What did Boyle suggest?
He wanted something very pulse-y. He said he hated sentiment, hated cello. No cellos! He said, “Never put a cello in my film” — he was funny. I worked fast, like him. It took two months of planning, two weeks of completing. Usually it takes six months with the musical films I’m doing in India.

The soundtrack really drives the film. That seems like something Boyle has in common with Bollywood. Do you think so? 
What’s good about [Boyle] is that he likes how Indian films mix music. You push it and it comes out. We wanted it edgy, upfront. He said every piece of music was going to be a piece by itself. Normally some directors suppress music — they always want the effects to be loud and the music to be softer. Danny wanted it loud.

And you worked with M.I.A. on a new track. 
We met before but never worked before. M.I.A., she’s a real powerhouse. Somebody played me her CD and I thought, Who’s this girl? She came here and knew all my work, had followed my work for ages. I said “Cut the crap,” this “my idol” crap. You have to teach me. We started working in India, then we e-mailed the track back and forth. She did the vocals in England. I did the rest in India.

How does the film’s Mumbai compare to the real thing?
For me, it’s not about India at all. It’s about human emotion, how we suppress so much and it all comes out. It’s a human film, not about India at all. The soundtrack isn’t about India or Indian culture. The story could happen anywhere: China, Brazil, anywhere. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is on in every damn country.

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Zindagi Zindagi….

Since I heared this song from Yuvvraaj, Can’t stop listening to it… Its been goin on a repeat mode on my ipod and the mesmerizing voice of Srinivaas flowing through the Copper Wires of my headphones and reaching my year… Starts off like a Hariharan Ghazal, but continued with lot of synth and guitars usage taking it away from a ghazal and dropping it off before reaching a slow melody number… I termed it “Ghazal on Synth!”.

Loved the way one of the fellow bloggers reviewed this one… “Zindagi is one song that reminds you of everything in your life that you have carefully tried to forget . It is not easy to forget things and songs like Zindagi strongly reminds of  the pathos in your life. With every passing note the song drills into your veins and you shudder softly as memories flow out tremendously . The magic of A.R.Rahman is clearly felt in this song.” You can read the complete review of the album here.

And It would have been difficult for me to understand the complete song if Waism from arrahmanfans.com would not have translated it so beautifully…. Here goes the translation.

Zindagi Zindagi, kya kami reh gayi?
-[Life O’ Life, what is missing?]
Aankh ki kor mein…
-[Corner of the eye…]
Aankh ki kor mein, kyon nami reh gayi?
-[Why is the corner of the eye moist?]

Zindagi Zindagi, kya kami reh gayi?
-[Life O’ Life, what is missing?]
Aankh ki kor mein, kyon nami reh gayi?
-[Why is the corner of the eye moist?]
Tu kahan kho gayi?
-[Where did you get lost?]
Tu kahan kho gayi?
-[Where did you get lost?]
Koi aaya nahin
-[Nobody came!]
Do-peher ho gayi
-[Half of the day(life) has passed]
Koi aaya nahin
-[And nobody came!]
Zindagi Zindagi
-[Life O’ Life]

Din aaye, din jaaye
-[Days come, days go]
Sadiyaan bhi gin aaye
-[Eons have goneby counting]
Sadiyaan re…
-[Eons…]
Tanhayee lipti hai…
-[Engulfed in loneliness…]
Lipti hai saansoun ki 
-[Engulfed in the loneliness of breathing]
Rasiya re…
-[O dear one (lover)…]
Tere bina badi pyasi hai
-[Without you, they’re very thirsty]
Tere bina hai pyasi re
-[Without you, they’re thirsty]
Nainoun ki do saakhiyan re
-[The two; pair of eyes]
Tanha re…
-[Lonely…]
Main tanha re
-[I am lonely]

Zindagi Zindagi, kya kami reh gayi?
-[Life O’ Life, what is missing?]
Aankh ki kor mein, kyon nami reh gayi?
-[Why is the corner of the eye moist?]
Zindagi Zindagi
-[Life O’ Life]

Subah ka kohra hai
-[There is the fog of morning]
Sham ki dhool hai
-[There is the dust of evening]
Tanhayee hai
-[There is the loneliness]
Raat bhi sard hai
-[The night is also cold]
Dard hi dard hai
-[There is the continuous pain]
Ruswayee hai
-[There is the separation/humiliation]
Kaise katein? 
-[How will this pass?]
Saansein uljhi hain
-[Breathing is complicated]
Raatein badi jhulsi jhulsi hain
-[The nights are very slow]
Naina, kori sadiyaan re
-[Eyes- empty for eons]
Tanha re
-[Lonely…]
Main tanha re
-[I am lonely]

Zindagi Zindagi, kya kami reh gayi?
-[Life O’ Life, what is missing?]
Aankh ki kor mein, kyon nami reh gayi?
-[Why is the corner of the eye moist?]

Zindagi Zindagi, kya kami reh gayi?
-[Life O’ Life, what is missing?]
Aankh ki kor mein, kyon nami reh gayi?
-[Why is the corner of the eye moist?]
Tu kahan kho gayi?
-[Where did you get lost?]
Koi aaya nahin
-[Nobody came!]
Do-peher ho gayi
-[Half of the day(life) has passed)]
Koi aaya nahin
-[And nobody came!]

Zindagi Zindagi, kya kami reh gayi?
-[Life O’ Life, what is missing?]
Aankh ki kor mein, kyon nami reh gayi?
-[Why is the corner of the eye moist?]

 

And for my best friend who asked for the translation of Tu Hi Mera Dost Hai…. Here it goes

You might have to use the zoom options on your browser to readthis without stressing your eyes!

Kabhi Kabhi Aditi!!

Hunted down the lyrics of this song which i am currently addicted to …

Kabhi kabhi Aditi zindagi mein yunhi koi apna lagta hai
Sometimes in life, Aditi, just like that someone seems like your own
Kabhi kabhi woh bichhad jaaye to ek sapna lagta hai
Sometimes Aditi, when they are separated, it seems like a dream
Aise mein koi kaise apne aansuon ko behne se roke?
In such, how can anyone stop their tears from flowing
Aur kaise koi soch le everything’s gonna be okay?
And how can someone think everything’s going to be okay

Kabhi kabhi to lage zindagi mein rahi na khushi aur na mazaa
Sometimes it seems there is no happiness nor fun left in life
Kabhi kabhi to lage har din mushkil aur har pal ek sazaa
Sometimes it seems every day is difficult, every moment is a punishment
Aise mein koi kaise muskuraaye kaise hans de khush hoke?
In such, how can someone smile, or be happy and laugh
Aur kaise koi soch le everything’s gonna be okay?
And how can they think everything’s going to be okay

Soch zara jaan-e-jaan tujhko humein kitna chahte hain
Think dear, how much I/we care for you (He could mean I or We)
Rote hain hum bhi agar teri aankhon mein aansoo aate hain
If there are tears in your eyes, I/we cry too
Gaana to aata nahin hai magar phir bhi hum gaate hain
I/We don’t know how to sing, but yet I/we sing
Hey, Aditi.. Maan kabhi kabhi saare jahaan mein andhera hota hai
Hey Aditi, believe for a minute that there is darkness in the entire world
Lekin raat ke baad hi to savera hota hai
But it’s only after night that day comes

Kabhi kabhi Aditi zindagi mein yunhi koi apna lagta hai
Kabhi kabhi woh bichhad jaaye to ek sapna lagta hai

Hey, Aditi.. hans de, hans de, hans de, hans de, hans de.. Hans de tu zara
Hey Aditi, laugh, laugh, laugh, laugh, laugh a little
Nahin to bas thoda, thoda, thoda, thoda, thoda.. Thoda muskura
Or else just give a little, little, little, little smile

Tu khush hai to lage ke jahan mein chhayee hai khushi
If you are happy, it seems the world is filled with happiness
Sooraj nikle baadalon se aur baante zindagi
The sun emerges from the clouds and spreads life
Sun to zara madhosh hawa tujhse kehne lagi
Listen, what the intoxicating wind is telling you
Ke Aditi woh jo bichhadte hain ek na ek din phir mil jaate hain
That Aditi, those who are separated, one day do meet again
Aditi jaane tu ya jaane naa phool phir khil jaate hain
Aditi, whether you know it or not, flowers do bloom again

Kabhi kabhi Aditi zindagi mein yunhi koi apna lagta hai
Kabhi kabhi woh bichhad jaaye to ek sapna lagta hai

Hey, Aditi.. hans de, hans de, hans de, hans de, hans de.. Hans de tu zara..
Nahin to bas thoda, thoda, thoda, thoda, thoda.. Thoda muskura..

And my take on the movie… A cute n simple movie!

Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na

Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na

3.5 Stars out of 5 …

One Star Each for Imran And Genelia, One star for A R Rahman for Songs and Awesome Background Score ( Specially during Sequences ) , another .5 for Ratna Pathak, Paresh Rawal, Arbaaz n Sohail Khan, All friends of the lead pair and of course for pappu n friends 🙂

Jaane tu ya jaane na!

Listen to the awesome song of the movie here….

http://indiafm.com/movies/audiolisting/12917/index.html

some great compositions by Rahman….

And dont forget to check out the Logic Pro 8 at http://www.apple.com/logicstudio/logicpro/

sound engineering re-invented!

Ada – A great music journey 1 – Meherbaan

Grabbed the copy of the maestro’s latest offering in the evening…  and its 2:30 am here..  its being played continuously  and i guess i might not sleep today as i can’t enough of it.  My way of listening to a Rahman Album is, start with one song ( which is most likely to be the one sung by himself), and I did the same with Ada..  Meherbaan is the one on my mind rite now. Its the one which is playing for last 3 hours continuously.  So probably I will post my opinions on this song and then will cover the other tracks in the coming posts.

Meherbaan Sung and Composed by A R Rahman,  Lyrics by Raqueeb Alam

The song starts off with a piano ( close your eyes and you will see rahman on the piano while listening ) … piano some what sounds similar to the one heared in “Shauk Hai”, but a bit faster. Rahman has sung it so well,  I get goose bumps when he sings “Tere bina mein hun be zameen, Tere bina mein be aaasman… Meherbaan” … and then starts humming ( oh breathtaking!)… with meherbaan in the background..

Rahman sings in his trademark high pitch…  then his voice becomes ultra smooth when he sings “Tu hai nazar, main hun nazara” …… a pause … “meharbaan”

What a song! …. I am going for a repeat.

It was drizzling in bangalore 2 hours back and was driving through the koramangala inner ring road at a speed of 15 kms… ( on the way to the airport to pick up a friend ) and Meherbaan in the background. Try it guys… you will fall in love all over again..

I Have always wondered, why in a Rahman album, the song sung by him goes around in my head for a longer time ( i get addicted ! ) , than any other song! … probably because I feel only he can justify his composition than any other singer.

A for meherbaan…. 6 out of 5 stars…
A bonus star for making me realise how beautiful love is….  thanks Rahman!

A comeback!

Finally, i thought i should get back to blogging, reason… well i dont know, just felt like so i am here.

Well congratulations Mr. Felipe Massa for a great 3rd victory in a row.  You well deserve this!

Coming to the IPL fever ( thank god i am not bitten ) , today is a deceive match for the Bangalore Royal Challengers, after their bad performance they really need to come back today to save their asses… probably from the public or from Mr. Mallya for sure. Lets see if his ‘test’ team can with this T20 match.

Anyways I am in love with this song…  thankx Rahman for doing a non-periodical movie, though you are best at it but we need to hear something like boyz again:).. Here goes the video…


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"Music has no destination. It's endless. Music is the thing that unites people. There's so much of hatred in the world, that I'm just blessed to be a musician." - A R Rahman

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