Music Review; Kochadaiyaan - Hindi (2014) *Rajinikanth - A R Rahman*

Director: Soundarya Rajinikanth & K.S. Ravikumar
Music Director: A R Rahman
Star Cast: Rajinikanth, Deepika Padukone, Rukmini Vijayakumar, Prithviraj, Sarath Kumar, Aadhi, Nassar, Jackie Shroff, Shobhana
Lyricist: Mehboob (Track #1), Irshad Kamil (Track #2,3,4,5,6), Raqueeb Alam (Track #8)

Expectations: Rajinikanth’s latest film Kochadaiiyaan has been in the making for almost six years and now it's ready for release. The movie has been made using the motion capture technology and is an animated film. It is India’s first of its kind. And when it comes to music, it has A R Rahman, the music maestro. Rahman has done a lot of experiment in music composing recently and most of the time we liked what he did. He is one of his kind and we are so excited to review this soundtrack.

1- Aye Jawaan – (AR Rahman, AR Raihanna): It is an anthemic song with alot of patriotism. Sung beautifully by A R Rahman himself and his sister AR Raihanna. Raihanna has a singing style similar to her brother, but she has not much to do in this track but whatever part she has got, she did it tremendously. It's not typical Rahman's soulful tracks. He has tried something different here. Very energetic and powerful song. Motivational lyrics by Mehboob. Rating 4/5

2- Dil Chaspiya – (Arijit Singh, Jonita Gandhi): A soft romantic track. The whole track is a beauty. The excellent blend of western instrumentation in a typical Indian classical melody is something only Rahman does best. The use of Tabla and Matka is superb. It will definitely remind you of the initial days of Rahman when he used to give similar heartwarming melodies. Arijit is marvelous behind the mic and does full justice to Rahman's tune. Jonita is also good. Lyrics are penned by Irshad Kamil and are very romantic and beautiful. Rating 4.5/5

3- Bol De – (Javed Ali): It is a very different kind of inspirational track. Starts with the powerful lines said in the dialogue form by the superstar Rajinikanth and such enthusiastic lines are being said throughout the song. It is the track which grows on you slowly. In the end, classical rhythm section sounds good. Lyrics are good. Javed Ali has sung the song in a melodious way. Rating 3.5/5

4- Vaada Vaada (Female) - (Shashaa Tirupati): A soothing and sweet romantic track. Sashaa Tirupati who has sung some songs for an album, does a great job here. Her vocals are so beautiful. Music arrangements are fabulous and Shehnai-use gives the song amazing touch. A sound which resembles Manjira-sound is being played continuously and makes the tune a true true winner. Irshad Kamil shines in the lyrics department. Rating 4.5/5

5- Vaada Vaada (Male) - (Karthik): There is no significant difference between female and male version except male-female vocals obviously. Karthik has sung the song nicely. Though composition keeps you reminding that it is a Hariharan-track. Rating 4.5/5

6- Mera Gham – (Shreya Ghoshal, Javed Ali): A classical based track with haunting tune. Perfect music arrangements. Shreya's heavenly beautiful vocals and Javed Ali's soulful voice make the song a treat to listen. Both compliment eachother very well. Lyrics are beautiful, romantic and lovable. Rating 4.5/5

7- Rana’s Dream – (Instrumental): Played by the London Sessions Orchestra. It is based on the lines of Aaya Khwaab Ka Mausam. Flute has been used and it gives you a Hollywood score’s feel. Rating 4/5

8- Aaya Khwaab Ka Mausam - (Raghav Mathur): This is the Hindi version of the same Tamil song which was released in October last year and received great appreciation. Very energetic track with the use of heavy percussion. Composition is perfect for the demigod stature of Rajinikanth. Tamil version is sung by SP Balasubrahmanyam, so it was an impossible task for Raghav Mathur to match him. He has given a good performance. It seems a war song and will be amazing in theatres. Rating 4.5/5

9- Thandav – (Chorus): A powerful track with heavy use of percussion. Chorus in Rahman's tracks is always so melodious and excellent and this one is no exception. Music arrangements evoke the grandiosity of a battlefield perfectly. A proof of Rahman's brilliance. Rating 4.5/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: Kochadaiiyaan is undoubtedly one of Rahman's best works in recent times. After a long time, A R Rahman has composed a soundtrack which is based on traditional Indian melody and this soundtrack will be remembered after decades as we still love the soundtracks of Taal, Roja, Swades, Bombay etc.


Freshness.. 9/10  
Compositions.. 9.5/10  
Lyrics.. 9.2/10  
Singing.. 9.3/10  
Repeat Value.. 9.1/10




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