Film: Rangeela (1995)
Music: AR Rahman
Singer: Asha Bhosle, Aditya Narayan
Fasten your seat belts as you are going to get a bunch of energy and with an awesome build-up! Not for the faint-hearted or the melody-lovers, this track bears a clear AR Rahman stamp in his first-ever original Hindi film score. Asha Bhosle uses magnificent nuances and there is a nice layering/staggering of her vocals. Aditya Narayan, Udit Narayan’s son, who debuts here at a tender age of 8, also sounds cute. The use of bass and percussion here is out of this world. Each antara has a different but catchy tune. Even in a number like this, Mehboob’s words tell you something worth pondering over – Laanat hai ji us par, duniya mein hi reh kar, duniya mein jo jeene ke andaaz ko na jaane, Maathe ya haathon pe, chand ya taaron mein kismat ko dhoonde par khud mein kya hai yeh na jaane. Very colourful and inspirational!
Contrary to what most folks think, Roja (1992) wasn’t AR Rahman’s first Hindi score as it was a Tamil movie dubbed into Hindi. Rangeela was a path-breaking album and extremely innovative in terms of sounds. It had some very hummable and memorable tracks. There was the popular Tanha tanha yahan pe jeena (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WL8kz8t7pmg), the sensuous Hai rama yeh kya hua (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxqB1xUX36s), the playful Yaaron sun lo zaraa (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXhAPa9W1EE), the maverick Mangta hai kya (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GreZxRXz6o) and the mellifluous Pyaar yeh jaane kaisa hai (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pondO46x2xs) and last but not the least, the energetic Spirit of Rangeela (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taV77liidfs). No wonder ARR won the RD Burman award for new music talent and the coveted Filmfare trophy for the score