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Friday , February 17, 2012 at 14 : 04

There is music but where is Rahman?


Are you planning to watch 'Ek Deewana Tha'?

Why, because Prateik Babbar and Amy Jackson are there and a celebrated storyteller Gautham Menon is directing the film?

Are we missing something?

The film has AR Rahman as the music director by the way.

Come on; admit it, you also missed his name.

Well, it's not a crime.

The music is certainly not up to the 'Rahman' mark, and thus missing it doesn't qualify as a musical crime.

Is Rahman taking the Indian audiences for granted?

Let's start from the year 2009. Two years is not a small duration in any case.

The music albums of 'Delhi 6', 'Blue', and 'Couples Retreat' released that year. 'Delhi 6' was good, so was 'Couples Retreat', musically of course, but 'Blue' was nowhere close to the Rahman standard.

Rahman decorated eight films with his music in 2010, out of them two were in Hindi, 'Raavan' and 'Jhootha Hi Sahi', '127 Hours' was made for Hollywood.

Can you remember any of the 'Jhootha Hi Sahi' songs except the 'Maiyya Yashoda' number?

We can recall 'Raavan' but Santosh Sivan's cinematography comes to mind before Rahman's tunes. And don't forget, this is the man who had achieved a great hype for 'Roja', 'Rangeela', 'Bombay' and many more films before their release dates.

'Rockstar' was the only film he did in 2011, and the music was superb.

So, can we relate his average albums with work pressure or he is just taking the Indian market for granted?

He comes up with brilliant music whenever he does a foreign album or a film with potential foreign market.

Is this a premature or juvenile conclusion?

His name sells in India, especially in South India, and such situations have the potential of making you less hungry.

It's not been a long time since his 'CWG' song was openly criticized for low attention catching capabilities.

May be, he is not giving proper attention to the films with small stars. 'Ada', 'Jhootha Hi Sahi', and 'Ek Deewana Tha' couldn't boast of this asset.

Sachin Tendulkar phase-good scores, no century

Rahman achieved the cult status some 5-6 years back only and he is undisputedly the Numero Uno, but where is that elusive 100th ton. It doesn't feel nice to write such things about a maestro but the audience feels bad when Rahman's music leaves no impression at all.

Actually, it's our problem, we expect a lot, but his past work is also responsible for it.

This year, he has 12 albums lined up. You know what he said once, he said in an interview given in October, 2011 that, "Last year has been so hectic. I was so overworked that I thought I was going to die. I want my kids to have a father, at least for some time. That's why I have had to reject many offers. I've stuck to 'Rockstar' and just one other Hollywood film."

Sir, please don't compromise with your quality, your music means a lot to us. Remember the days when you did selected numbers and they turned the films into successful ventures.

And, we certainly don't want you to become another RGV.


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A former film student himself, Rohit 'Vats' feels that a good film is made with a zealous heart rather than brilliant technique. He thinks that films can be used as a tool of social change, as the language of cinema crosses all barriers and touches people's lives deeper than any other medium. A self-confessed film noir buff, Rohit has equal admiration for other genres as well. Currently he is trying to bud as a film commentator.