A truly remarkable celebration of sorts, and definitely a personal landmark from the standpoint of a fan. So much so, that when I finally woke up Monday for work, running on about three hours of sleep, I couldn't help but sing Aal Izz Well in the shower to keep the spirits up (read keep the self awake)! Long live manipulative music and cinema!
Like soundtracks to Aamir's films from this decade, particularly Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Rang De Basanti (2006), and Taare Zameen Par (2007), the lyrics to 3 Idiots liberally employ terms from Indian pop culture. The song 'Aal izz well' is a perfect example. I should add that each of those three films was a reflection of complex emotions involved in being human. 3 Idiots -- a feel-good film with a heavy dose of comedy -- extends that theme with a focus on self-actualization. Its soundtrack is absolutely vertically-aligned, which means there's a good chance its integration will be its biggest strength.
Remember the vibe from 'Subah Ho Gayi Mamu' (Munnabhai M.B.B.S. (2003))? The morning makes a comeback here with a rooster to start things off. An uncle is back too (but he's a 'chacha' (i.e. paternal uncle), not a 'mamu' (maternal uncle)). Two big pop culture terms in a 'Murgi' (hen) and 'Bakra' (goat), with allusions and inclusion not too different in their purpose from what they would imply in English (as in chicken and scapegoat)!
'Aal izz well' is simple. It's goofy. It intentionally tests the line between funny and tacky. And it promises to fit right in! I really like the vocals by Sonu Nigam and Shaan, they're perfect for the song. Here are the lyrics and my translation.
Thoughts on the song?
Finally, here's the trailer featuring the song: