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ROBOT: STRICTLY FOR RAHMAN FANS

Producer: Kalanithi Maran
Director: Shankar
Music: A. R. Rahman
Lyricist: Swanand Kirkire
Singers: Srinivas, Khatija Rahman, Mohit Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal, A. R. Rahman, Suzanne and Kash’n’Krissy, Pradeep Vijay, Pravin Mani, Rags, Yogi B., Javed Ali, Chinmayi, Hariharan, Sadhana Sargam, Madhushree, Keerthi Sagathia and Tanvi Shah
Music on: Venus

RATING: * *

SANJAY V SHAH

Finally, the music of much awaited ROBOT is out. A. R. Rahman’s music coupled with currently rocking lyricist Swanad Kirkire is the highlight of this album. The album offers seven numbers in all. So, how’s the music and what effect it leaves on the ears? Let’s check it out, manually!

The album opens with O Naye Insaan rendered by Srinivas and Khatija Rahman. This six-minute plus song lives up to the title of the film with robotic orchestration true to Rahman’s style. While singing and tune both are interesting, the song is not. For, it fails to offer anything extraordinary as far as composition is concerned. Maybe, we would like this song after watching it on screen. Mostly, it has a lot to do with narrative of the film.

Next comes Pagal Anukan sung by Mohit Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal. This one opens on a different note, with different instruments altogether. The lyrics are mix of Hindi and English words. Again, this one takes you back to days when Rahman’s original South Indian songs were heard all over. Essentially, the second song makes it clear that this album is created keeping the South Indian audience in mind. Hindi viewers would have to follow them with only new lyrics pasted on the music. Both Mohit and Shreya do their best to make the song lively.

Naina Miley has voices of A. R. Rahman, Suzanne and Kash’n’Krissy. Superb, the music instantly reminds you of Bappida’s days and also, some yesteryear English numbers like, ‘You can win if you want’ by Modern Talking. Again, a mixture of Hindi-English words dominates the lyrics, along with loud beats. Another usual fare for sure.

Chitti Dance Showcase by Pradeep Vijay, Pravin Mani, Rags and Yogi B. is mostly an instrumental piece. This number is also more about sound. However, the way vocal power is used in it is really commendable. Variations of musical expressions used in it are also praiseworthy. Dance lovers may like it more because it is a good number to shake a leg on it.

Javed Ali and Chinmayi lend their voices to the next number,
Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain as well as the fourth most prominent mountain in the world. It is situated in Tanzania. I don’t know how it relates to the film’s narrative but I hope it must be making some sense. The opening lines also make not much sense for this song which mostly is created for a romantic situation. Or not? I loved the way Mohit has rendered this song and also, Chinmayi is also lovable. But but, their rendition is typical South Indian types! One this is sure, this song will have fantastic steps to watch on screen. Overall, a song about music and not about meaningful lines.

A duet, Arima Arima Hariharan and Sadhana Sargam is sounding like it is meant for some high point of the film. It says about the lead protagonist, Robot, whose heart is made of iron. Further, the lyricist says about the hero, Main Atlantic mein dooba jaa ke agni par naa bujhe! Wow! The song is straightway about the character and its pathos, feelings and its mechanical life. A blend of Indian and Western beats makes it quite interesting. Again, it would better work when we have watched it in the film.

The album ends with, Boom Boom Robo Da rendered by Rags, Yogi B, Madhushree, Keerthi Sagathia and Tanvi Shah. It is full of different beats and variety of voice effects. From Western beats to Punjabi touch to Arabic essence, one may feel it has everything bundled in it. The life of Robot is elaborated in this number also.

That’s it. The Rahman-Kirkire fare ends here. Summing up about ROBOT the album, I would say it has nothing great to offer as a stand alone album to me. However, as I trust the composer, the lyricist and most importantly, the director Shankar for knowing very well what they are making, I am still optimistic that ROBOT songs should become more lovable and hummable after the film’s release. As of now, however, I am sure I would not love to listen to its songs often. An average album meant for those who are hardcore Rahman fans and for those who are leaning more towards the Western compositions.

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