Music Review: Ram-Leela

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next, a modern day romance set in Gujarat based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Ram-Leela, is releasing next month, and the soundtrack for the film was released this week. For a second time, Bhansali has composed the songs for his own film (or third, if you consider the one song he did  for Saawariya), and the lyrics are by Siddharth-Garima. The album has 10 songs, thankfully no remixes, and no versions of songs either, though that’s not something Bhansali usually has in his films anyway.

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Bollywood Song Promos – Kabira / Tum Tak

yeh jawaani hai deewaniRaanjhanaa posterOver the past few days a couple of song promos for upcoming Bollywood releases have been released, ‘Kabira’, from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, and the first song from Raanjhanaa, ‘Tum Tak’, which has been composed by A. R. Rahman.

So, ‘Kabira’ first. The other version of this song is my favourite of the album (check out my music review for YJHD), and I like version a lot as well. I’m not so sold on the promo though, it seems like the song is going come over a montage of sad-beardy Ranbir Kapoor, and those kind of song picturizations are my least favourite thing about contemporary Bollywood songs. I prefer the proper rona-dhona (lots of crying) sad songs from a while back. But anyway. Check out the promo below..

Next up, we have a song from Raanjhanaa, which is the next A. R. Rahman album, which is always reason for a bit of excitement and high expectations. The song is quite nice, and will probably grow on me with time, and the video is just more of the sweetness from the trailer.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, is directed by Ayan Mukherji, comes out May 31st.

Raanjhanaa, a film by Anand L. Rai, will release June 21st.



On the NPR website, you can stream the whole of The Great Gatsby soundtrack, ahead of its release next week.

Link: The Great Gatsby Soundtrack at NPR

A number of songs have already been made available in their entirety, but you can listen to Beyonce and Andree 3000’s cover of Back To Black, which is pretty good, and Jay Z’s $100 Bill, which features dialogues from the film throughout the song.

Check it out. Will do a review properly when I get the chance (and not from streaming it).

The soundtrack is out in the US May 7th, and UK 13th. Film is out 10th and 16th respectively.

Music Review: Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

yeh jawaani hai deewaniWith the film coming out in just over a month, the soundtrack to Ayan Mukherji’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani was released today. The film stars Ranbir Kapoor, who was in Ayan’s first film Wake Up Sid, Deepika Padukone, Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapur, and the music has been composed by Pritam.

I’m no big fan of Pritam, we all know he’s not above “taking inspiration” from somewhere, but he’s been impressing me lately, especially with last year’s Barfi! soundtrack, so who knows, maybe my opinion of him will improve with time. Check the bottom of the post for track listing, and the YouTube jukebox.

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The Great Gatsby Soundtrack Sampler

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Interscope Records have released a sampler on YouTube of the soundtrack to the upcoming film adaptation of The Great Gatsby. The upcoming movie, directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, features a soundtrack produced by Jay Z, as well as a score by Craig Armstrong.

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