We've journeyed through each song from the Ghajini soundtrack by A. R. Rahman. This was my second attempt at translating a complete soundtrack, one I thoroughly enjoyed (hope to be back next summer for 3 Idiots! :) I've been enjoying the music album a lot, and I hope you have been too. If you have yet to listen to the songs, you can at this link. They're also available for download at the iTunes store.
As I've said earlier, while I cannot vouch for the quality of the translations (I am no expert, and shall always be a student of both languages), I can vouch for the quality of the lyrics by Prasoon Joshi. This is Aamir Khan's fourth consecutive film in which Mr. Joshi has provided the lyrics (following Rang De Basanti (2006), Fanaa (2006), Taare Zameen Par (2007)). Once again, it's more than a noteworthy effort, especially when the songs are placed within context. It might not be the single best soundtrack of the year (Rahman is only competing with himself for that title), but I believe it will be one of the best integrated.
There is equilibrium in this soundtrack, with two songs each by male and female vocalists, and one duet. Forces of nature are a recurring theme. Discussions on each song are contained in dedicated posts at these links:
- Guzaarish: Lyrics and translation | Trailer
- Aye Bachchu: Lyrics and translation
- Kaise Mujhe: Lyrics and translation
- Behka: Lyrics and translation | Trailer
- Latoo: Lyrics and translation
- Kaise Mujhe (instrumental) - See #3 above
My favorite song from the album is Kaise Mujhe (#3 above), followed by Behka. If the purpose of a soundtrack in the supply chain for Hindi film is to attract a wider audience, the soundtrack to Ghajini fulfills the purpose with flying colors. One of the best soundtracks of year, my only complaint with it is that it is too short! Four stars and then some for an excellent effort by A. R. Rahman, Prasoon Joshi, Aamir Khan, the music crew and vocalists. Cannot wait to the film's release this Christmas!
Soundtrack rating: 4.25/5 (Excellent!)