Slumdog Millionaire – OST (A.R. Rahman)

2009-03-19 16:33
 
Slumdog Millionaire
 

The vibrancy, colour and chaos of Mumbai (where much of the movie is set) is palpable in every sitar chord, hip-hop beat and tabla breakdown. It's not even necessary to have seen Slumdog Millionaire or harbour a deep love of all things Bollywood to appreciate the diversely rich sonic soundscapes Rahman has assembled here.

Watch the film’s end sequence with the ‘Jai Ho’ dance:



There's a reason why he won two Oscars for his work on this soundtrack. Like the movie that inspired it, the album is an epic journey - from the lively promise of youth ("O… Saya" feat. M.I.A), to the perils and thrills of slum life ("Riots", "Ringa Ringa") and the realisation of true love (the stunning, heart-breaking "Latika's Theme").

And if you thought you'd just about had enough of hearing M.I.A.'s mega-hit "Paper Planes" everywhere, get ready to swagger on the corner again, like it's the freshest thing you've heard all year. The original is here (gun blasts included!) as well as a righteously funky disco-punk remix by New York indie label DFA.

Bollywood gets a bad rap, as it should, most of the time. While its influence is essential to the Slumdog Millionaire aesthetic, like masala is to a mouth-watering curry, Rahman has turned the genre on its head, given it a much-need blast of realism (since Bollywood is mostly disinterested in stories about the poor) and made it as relevant to surburban Everywhere as it is to the destitute millions it honours.

Life is a celebration, and Slumdog Millionaire is your party host.


The movie aptly described by comedian Jon Stewart as "the most depressing feel-good movie of the year" would be an empty shell without its lively, genre-busting soundtrack by acclaimed Bollywood producer A.R. Rahman.

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Nishen 2009/03/06 5:11 PM
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amazing.. and it's so good to see how it has affected other artists as well.. Can't wait to see the Pussy Cat Doll's video for Jai Ho.. even though it doesn't seem to be better than the original..
afshaan bachoo 2009/03/12 9:00 AM
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over-rated completely!
Farhana 2009/03/15 12:44 AM
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A fantastic album for sure but certainly not his best.... the west is so caught up in their own that they have no idea what exists in the other sphere of the world. Rahman is a genius, no two ways about that, from Roja to Delhi 6, the man is a master. And unlike the west where a music composer takes years to compose a single album, the artists in india do multiple projects in a year and can up with absolute masterpieces! To think the world (western) is going crazy over Jai Ho now...when we were going 'jai ho' years ago!! Jai Ho to the indian film industry!!!
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