More Raanjhanaa: The Music

As you know, I don’t usually pimp music but recently, the latest video for Aanand Rai’s Raanjhanaa was released and it featured none other than Abhay Deol! Thankfully, I don’t have to contain my excitement and can unabashedly share, for the song isn’t that bad either. His character poster came out close to a month ago but till now, I haven’t had much of an excuse to utilize it— glad I finally got that chance.

The quote above was made by Nobel Prize winner, diplomat and poet Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto, who was best known by his alias, Pablo Neruda. Not sure how much Neruda’s views play into the concept behind Deol’s characterization, but Neruda was widely known as a key player in the Chilean Communist Party, of which he was a senator, until his exile in 1948.

It’s not shocking at all that his brief cameo in the love story of village boy Kundan (Dhanush) and girl next door Zoya (Sonam Kapoor), includes a song but it’s lovely to see (and hear) before the mid-June premiere all the same. Deol plays the gruff but sexily intelligent liberator, Akram, who sweeps Zoya into revolution, while gaining her respect and admiration.

But the video is pretty self-explanatory, so just watch below:

Abhay is one of my Bolly biases and rightfully so, for he is inspirational in each and every role he undertakes. While some actors meld within their characters, Deol has this way of generating the idea that he is each character, as if, this is only a side or facet of himself, the audience has never seen. And gives off the essence that each time, is the first time– which undoubtedly makes every experience with him thrilling.

His chemistry with Sonam is always that “dreamy” comfort type, that makes you just a twinge envious of the moments they spend onscreen together. If not for film’s magical poster, I’d be pretty bummed their coupling isn’t the endgame for this story.

All music for this film is composed and produced by famed music director, A. R. Rahman, who has put together the scores for noteworthy films like Taal, Lagaan, Yuva, Rang De Basanti, Guru, Jodhaa Akbhar, and Slumdog Millionaire—just to name a few. His is print unmistakeable throughout “Tu Mun Shudi” and the recent released tracks from that film, (which can be found here). Do I smell another Rahman success?

Promotions are in full swing and it’s always nice to see the actors plug their movie themselves. Below, Dhanush and Sonam speak about why they chose Raanjhanaa and more.

Here are a couple of my favorite Rahman compositions. These songs that are forever in my life’s playlist:

“Kabhi Neem Neem” Yuva

“Jashn-e-Baharaa” Jodhaa Akbar

“Tere Bina” Guru

Raanjhanaa premieres June 21.

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