Rockstar- One more album by the genius A.R Rahman, covering 14 songs with loads of
experiments. Mohit Chauhan stars for Rahman, and boy this is a dream team up. Mohit
Chauhan since his Silk Route days had a very ethereal quality to his voice and Rahman
makes sure his music fits around like skin to Mohit’s voice.
“JO BHI MAIN KEHNA CHAHUN” with lyricist Irshad Kamil, Mohit Chauhan’s
voice blended with guitar chords and aptly placed crowd’s “oh yeah oh yeah!!” in the
background, you will land straight in a concert. Soft rock for ears,plug-in and it’s a
repeat on. Arguably, the track of the album, it slowly burns into your soul!
Next in the line is “PHIR SE UD CHALA” and it’s a composition played well with
tempo variations and beats. Beginning really slow with female vocals, the composition
paces up with Mohit’s and again a lot of ups and downs till the end. Totally feet tapping!
For Sufi lovers; A.R Rahman has dished out a divine composition of “KUN FAAYA
KUN”. Dedicated to Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya, with the traditional Harmonium
and Tabla as base, the voices of Rahman and Javed Ali slowly fade in with Mohit, with
his string flicks and combined beautifully towards the end. It’s a soul healing song.
Reminds of Khwaja from Jodha Akbar.
“KATEYA KARUN” oozing out Punjabi beats and has a commercial hit written all
over it! You can hear it playing everywhere these days. Easy to go, fun listening.
Mohit’s voice is further experimented with the rebellious “SADDA HAQ”, a rage with
the youth today, screaming rebellious words “rakh s****” (oh, boy) and more. It has the
potential of electrifying you and staying in your playlist for long!
“HAWAA HAWAA” interesting words play around with Czech traditional music that
has a gradual hook to it. Be sure, the song will grow upon you!!
“SHEHER MAIN” begins with a Doordarshan era phone ringing. The song is interesting
and pits two different styles of singing against each other. Quite something different that
Rahman brings to the table. Surprise track of the album. Grows upon you with each time.
“TUM HO”, a romantic number, scores on melody and amazing vocals. It represents
the diversity of the album and couldn’t have been better.
“AUR HO” begins with Alma Ferovic’s voice is then carried on to rock by Mohit
keeping the background light. A dreamy composition that is one of the best in the album.
Shades of the old Rahman. Priceless!!
“TUM KO” is sung by Kavita Krishnamurthy Subramaniam and the composition
here traverses from tabla to keys and back. Amazing vocals. Those who prefer slow,
hummable songs should check this.
This album also encloses two instrumental tracks “TANGO FOR TAJ” (beautiful piece
of fusion, the accordion, piano, violin, it works superbly) and “THE DICHOTOMY OF
FAME”. The dichotomy is a lovely blend of Shennai and guitar, played mono in parts
and the overall effect is magical.
In “NAADAN PARINDEY”, a cry for homecoming, Mohit and Rahman jam through a
beautiful composition, both with the music and the lyrics !
And finally “THE MEETING PLACE”, recited by Ranbir Kapoor has some beautiful
lines. The lines are from a poem by the Persian poet Jalal ad-Dīn Muhammad Rumi.