A quick visit to the official website at BlueTheFilm.com is all it takes to get a sense of what its primary value sell is. Given the scope, then, and as discussed in this Q&A with Action Director James Bomalick, Blue is primed to set a new Bollywood benchmark for action. It's made to be seen on the big screen. As a fan of Hindi cinema, I'm just glad it's been made. Check out some behind-the-scenes footage from the sets, made available here courtesy Mr. Bomalick. (As always, thank you James!) Should translate to much fun, don't you think?
For some perspective and to see bits of how some of the action sequences in the video above are used, try catching them in this theatrical trailer (and "hubba hubba" the way of Katrina Kaif and Lara Dutta...it really should be Haaye Allah!):
A big asset to the film is its soundtrack (A. R. Rahman). I'd mentioned in this post on Bhoola Tujhe (here's its trailer) that this is one of my favorite soundtracks of the year. It's one of only two from 2009 I find myself listening to from start to finish, without skipping a track (the other being Delhi-6). Of course, a lot of this has to do with the music. But it is the lyrics, often overlooked, that make this soundtrack relevant. That three lyricists are involved is impressive, because there are several parallels to be drawn with the plot and among the songs, some of which are noted below. (Soundtrack notes, including vocalist and lyricist info on each song, available at this ARRahman.com link.)
For example, the Blue Theme (trailer here) talks of "bleeding blue when not red", and that there "lie as many secrets in the heart as there are treasures in the seas". 'Rehnuma' (Guide/Leader), as much as it reminds of a James Bond theme, also serves a reminder to 'Dil Ka Rishta' from Yuvvraaj (2008), in its last third. The lyrics stand out here, with Shreya Ghoshal perfect in giving voice to the seductress (a clue to shades of Lara Dutta's character, perhaps?). Sample these, in no specific sequence:
- Your ocean is a benevolent guide, a caravan, a companion.
- Burn a little, melt some, in desire for me.
- Engulfing embraces (like waves), Venomous glances.
- Life under your protection might only be attained after death.
- There's no shore for the sea of my destiny.
'Aaj Dil Gustakh Hai' (The Heart's Rebellious Today; trailer here) is a love song which features vocals by Ghoshal again, this time with Sukhwinder Singh. It's a delightful and diverse composition with elements of jazz and trick-hop, which complement the theme. Sample these, in no specific sequence:
- The heart's rebellious today, the water's on fire.
- A flood of breaths leads to rhythmic dreams.
- Why is time in such a rush?
After seeing its trailer, I'm not sure what purpose my favorite from the soundtrack -- 'Fikrana' (Carefree) -- is going to serve, and am hoping it's reserved for the end credits. "We're in blooming gardens, in twinkling stars, in fiery flames, and in wayward winds." Regardless, I hope the song in the film doesn't prove they've seemed to have reduced a track perfect for speed on water and pavement (e.g. with the frame below), to one that King Kong would fit in. The music is brilliant, the lyrics pure fun, and it's a tribute to the versatility of vocalist Vijay Prakash that he follow up a 'Manmohini Morey' in Yuvvraaj last year, with a song such as this...splendid!
'Maar Diya Dulhaniya' (You've Killed Me, My Bride; killed as in 'knocked me out') will likely be used to the effect Haan Ji was in Sanjay Dutt-starrer Kidnap (2008). The weakest link in the album is actually pretty good, with Udit Narayan making a comeback of sorts. The integration of hip-hop and R&B elements is a worthy experiment in this otherwise conventional track for a Hindi film. The lyrics, while clearly giving the appearance of a wedding song, have a tie-in with 'Rehnuma'. Is Lara Dutta as loyal as others think?
Finally, there's a rather atypical 'Chiggy Wiggy' (trailer here). It's unique not only because it features Kylie Minogue (in voice and appearance, but because of its lyrics. I know, I know, it could be a good name for a brand of chewing gum too (Winterfresh, perhaps?). But to those who do not like the song, where's your sense of fun? Fun because we are free to believe what we may about what 'Chiggy Wiggy' means. Is it merely a dance step? It could mean so much more, right? Are 'wig' and 'gy' simply dangling syllables? (Kylie's been touring the U.S. this month, and San Francisco and Los Angeles this past weekend; pictures courtesy a friend has asked to remain anonymous; here she is discussing Blue; and yes, I might be a Kylie fan from way back in high school :)
Much more than just another commoditized dance track, it's choreographed by Farah Khan; (here's a video on its making). The sound is perfect for its ambiance, and the transition from western dance to traditional bhangra -- perfectly timed with an appearance by Sonu Nigam -- is just what the song needs to better align it with the film. Bhoola Tujhe spoke of devotion to God. Here, devotion of another kind is introduced. Bits from Sonu's paragraph:
Is your beauty a blessing or curse?
Is loving you worship or sin?
What *you* say is the truth,
What *you* call me by (and *only* that) is my name.
Talk about devotion! :D Listen to the complete song at this link.
Any fair assessment of a 'motion-picture soundtrack' must consider the film it's in. The music to Blue is hardly ordinary, but the movie is anything but typical. For its purpose, I think time will tell it's a fine complement. Four stars and then some to Rahman and everyone who's worked on it! The background score should be just as interesting. (Also see: Soundtrack review at Darshit's blog)
THE GREAT SOUNDTRACK GIVEAWAY
Let me start with a big shout-out to Aditi Sharma from Saavn.com, who wrote with this giveaway offer for readers of this blog. It's one I thought you might enjoy.
Saavn are giving away (via online download) 10 copies of the complete Blue soundtrack, and 10 copies of 'Chiggy Wiggy'. All you need to do to avail of the giveaway is to send an e-mail to bluemusic at saavn dot com, and tell them you read about this giveaway at theBollywoodFan's blog (please include the specific link to this post). The first 10 e-mails received will entitle senders to the complete album, the next 10, to the song. So send your e-mails in fast! (Note 10/21: This giveaway is now closed.)