By Ruchika Kher
Film: "Blue"; Music Director: A.R. Rahman; Lyricists: Abbas Tyrewala, Mayur Puri and Raqeeb Alam; Singers: Kylie Minogue, Sonu Nigam, Sukhwinder Singh, Shreya Ghoshal, Vijay Prakash, Rashid Ali, Blaaze, Raqeeb Alam, Sonu Kakkar, Neha Kakkar, Jaspreet Singh, Udit Narayan and Madhushree; Ratings: *** 1/2
India's double Oscar winner A.R. Rahman returns with another hit musical score in underwater film "Blue". The album boasts of both racy and slow songs and brings forth contemporary sounds that generate a lot of interest.
The film, which is set to hit theatres Oct 16, stars Sanjay Dutt, Akshay Kumar and Lara Dutta among others. The soundtrack has seven originals.
The listener is provided with a breezy and soothing experience with "Aaj dil gustakh hai", a romantic song sung wonderfully by Shreya Ghoshal and Sukhwinder Singh. With the strumming of the acoustic guitar, the song becomes hip and rich in contemporary sounds. It sure is a delight to hear.
Up next is another likeable number "Bhoola tujhe". The song crooned by Rashid Ali is a poignant offering and is slow in pace initially. But the tempo gradually increases. It has a unique quality that strikes a chord with the listener and Rahman spins his magic yet again.
Next in line is the theme song. It changes pace many times and also shifts from western to Indian influences and back. A power-packed number, it has Blaaze, Raqeeb Alam, Sonu Kakkar and Jaspreet Singh behind the microphone.
Then there is the much-awaited song "Chiggy wiggy", which features international pop singer Kylie Minogue. Not only does she sing the number, she is also seen in the video. that is already on air. Kylie is supported by Sonu Nigam for the vocals.
The first part of the song is in English and is completely western, but Sonu enters with the sound of the dhol and gives the song an Indian feel. The track is neither bad nor brilliant.
"Fiqrana" by Shreya Ghoshal and Vijay Prakash is another fast-paced number. But it doesn't impress very much.
Up next is "Rehnuma", a sensual number with influences of jazz. The song is crooned by Shreya Ghoshal yet again along with Sonu Nigam. It's in a different league altogether. Rahman's signature style can be felt at places. A nice track indeed.
Finally there is "Yaar mil tha", which has vocals by Udit Narayan and Madhushree. The song, a fusion of western and Indian styles, is not as interesting as others. It really doesn't stand out as extraordinary.
But on the whole, Rahman has proved his musical prowess yet again with this soundtrack.