Rahman’s 10 Aces – Episode 10

The films listed in this series are in chronological order and do not reflect the quality of the soundtracks mentioned in this list.

10 Aces

The third collaboration between Imtiaz Ali and AR Rahman ended up producing what may be an underrated album. Compared to the reception that Rockstar and Highway got, it was a little less euphoric for Tamasha. But this doesn’t do justice to the magic of this soundtrack. There are 8 songs and 1 instrumental track and all of them are just brilliant. They complement the story as well as accentuate what happens. Whether it is the breezy feel of Matargashti or the devastating impact of Agar Tum Saath Ho, Rahman keeps making us feel things that we didn’t know were possible. We are lucky to be witnessing music of this quality so all I can say is thank you Mr. Rahman and happy birthday.

Until next time, bye.

 

Rahman’s 10 Aces – Episode 9

The films listed in this series are in chronological order and do not reflect the quality of the soundtracks mentioned in this list.

10 Aces

Imtiaz Ali and AR Rahman, these two names evoke a sense of mysticism in you. But the soundtrack of their first collaboration Rockstar is mystic and so much more than that. There are 14 songs in the soundtrack and that may sound like a lot, but when the quality of the songs is so high, you’ll be left wanting more. Think of the soundtrack as a buffet with the difference being that every dish is amazing. This is easily among the best work that Rahman has done in his illustrious career and that is some accomplishment.

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Rahman’s 10 Aces – Episode 8

The films listed in this series are in chronological order and do not reflect the quality of the soundtracks mentioned in this list.

10 Aces

The first time Gautham Menon and AR Rahman got together, we got one of the best albums to come out this century. It is perfect for a romantic film such as Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya. From the love at first sight in Hosanna to the growing intimacy in Omana Penne, Rahman is at the top of his game. These songs work on their own but the visuals make it even more memorable. A big reason for this is the staging and framing that Gautham Menon excels in. It is a film that made all of us wish we were in love and for that, I would like to thank the maestro for giving us songs that are evergreen, emotional and most of all excellent.

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Rahman’s 10 Aces – Episode 7

The films listed in this series are in chronological order and do not reflect the quality of the soundtracks mentioned in this list.

10 Aces

Rang De Basanti is a beloved film for its story, performances and also the wonderful music given by AR Rahman. The film would have worked without the songs but having them made it feel more powerful. One of Rahman’s greatest gifts is to make the audience feel through his music. When this happens, we feel what the characters are going through. This can be seen in the sheer joy felt in the title track. The rebelliousness in Khalbhali and Paathshaala. The romance in Tu Bin Bataye and the longing felt over the loss of a loved one in Lukka Chuppi. Whatever the director wants us to feel, the maestro is there to do that and as a result of it,¬†Rang De Basanti¬†becomes an experience we cherish.

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Rahman’s 10 Aces – Episode 6

The films listed in this series are in chronological order and do not reflect the quality of the soundtracks mentioned in this list.

10 Aces

Sometimes you have a film that works without songs but is so much more memorable with them. This is the exact case with Rhythm. There are five songs in the film and each one represents a particular element. They are: fire, water, earth, sky, wind. The sheer beauty of the songs makes it is worth listening to but the visuals take it to the next level. What you see is a combination of audio and video that tugs at your heartstrings and also puts a smile on your face.

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Rahman’s 10 Aces – Episode 5

The films listed in this series are in chronological order and do not reflect the quality of the soundtracks mentioned in this list.

10 Aces

When we talk about AR Rahman, one of the keywords we use is variety. He is someone who has straddled many genres. Whether it is Carnatic music or folk, he has produced the goods on a consistent basis. There have been instances where people have gone to see a film just because of the songs made by Rahman. Sangamam is one such example and all the songs are testament to his skill and variety. This was also a combination of one legendary composer with another in the form of MS Viswananthan who also sang two songs. And what they produce is sheer bliss. It is sure to make you tap your feet.

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Rahman’s 10 Aces – Episode 4

The films listed in this series are in chronological order and do not reflect the quality of the soundtracks mentioned in this list.

Links to 1, 2, 3

Whenever AR Rahman and Mani Ratnam get together, the expectations are understandably high. A big reason for this is their track record that has produced countless classics. Dil Se which was their fifth collaboration ended up producing some absolutely iconic songs. The best part of this soundtrack is that the tunes feel fresh to this day. Whether it is the joyous nature of Chaiyya Chaiyya or the longing we feel in Ae Ajnabi, Rahman manages to bring out different shades in him that ultimately make us connect with the characters. In a film that deals with the seven stages of love, Rahman takes us through a few of them and what a ride it proved to be.

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Rahman’s 10 Aces – Episode 3

The films listed in this series are in chronological order and do not reflect the quality of the soundtracks mentioned in this list.

Links to 1, 2

Today, I am looking at an album that can be described in one word. That would be unforgettable. The songs were a big part of this film becoming successful. Whether it was the breezy nature of Poo Pookum Osai or the now legendary dance in Vennilave, there was something for everyone. Rahman crafts a series of tunes that range from devotional to romantic and in Ooh La La La, a song that is just fun. There is not a single song that shows a dip in quality. The entire album is proof of the maestro working at the peak of his powers. This was the first time he worked with Rajiv Menon and every time they get together, we get some magical songs.

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Rahman’s 10 Aces – Episode 2

The films listed in this series are in chronological order and do not reflect the quality of the soundtracks mentioned in this list.

Link to Episode 1

In the second part of the AR Rahman series, I will be highlighting what is definitely one of his more underrated soundtracks. When we talk about the 90s and the maestro, we tend to overlook Karuthamma. It showed that he is equally comfortable dealing with folk tunes as he is with anything urban or modern. Variety has long been the hallmark of Rahman’s career and this album is a fantastic example of just that. The film was important as it dealt with the real problem of female foeticide and is made memorable due to the songs that it had. Two of the songs from the film, Thenmerku Paruva Kaatru and Poraale Ponnuthayi remain popular to this day. The enduring quality of his music is something that we have come to associate with the master. If you haven’t heard this album yet, you should give it a try.

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Rahman’s 10 Aces – Episode 1

The films listed in this series are in chronological order and do not reflect the quality of the soundtracks mentioned in this list.

10 Aces

The idea for this series: pick ten albums that reflect the genius that is AR Rahman. With 10 days left for his birthday, here are 10 of his best, in my opinion of course. We start with the one that began this legendary career. Roja was a phenomenal debut for the then 25 year old composer. He produced a landmark soundtrack for a landmark film. We got glimpses of the man’s mastery of melody; his ability to create magic with the simplest tunes was and is a joy to listen to. The visuals and the music combine to bring out the feelings of innocence, love, longing and patriotism in an unforgettable manner. The best part about all this was that Roja was just a hint of what was to come. And for that, we are so happy and thankful.

Until next time, bye.