Movie Review : Soundtrack

Rajeev Khandelwal scores a hat-trick! Rating *** (Three stars)

Friday, October 07, 2011   |  Copyright: India-forums.com  |  Comments 46 Comments  |  9226 Views

Times have changed, and so has Bollywood! It's not only the directors, but also intelligent actors who are specifically carving a niche for themselves in the apparent 'experimental' independent cinema. One such actor is the extremely talented Rajeev Khandelwal. After a surprising successful transformation from television to Bollywood with his two successes Aamir and Shaitan, Rajeev is once again back with his next project releasing today – Soundtrack. So will Rajeev be able to impress the audiences once again with Soundtrack?

Soundtrack is the remake of award–winning Canadian independent movie It's Long Gone Pete Tong. Raunak (Rajeev Khandelwal) from a small town in India comes to Mumbai and lands a job at "Tango Charlie"- the city's most rocking night club. Charlie (Mohan Kapur), the owner of the club makes him the most indispensable DJ in town based on his prodigious talent. Later on, celebrated film maker Anurag Kashyap gives him the break to compose music in his forthcoming film. His world is now one big party with all the possible sex, alcohol, drugs, smoking, etc. along with the hottest girl at the nightclub played by Mrinalini Sharma. But life has something else planned. Tinnitus coupled with an over exposure to loud noise takes away his hearing ability. With him going deaf, his dreams are shattered and in this depressed state he meets Gauri (Soha Ali Khan), a speech therapist which leads him from his dark state to a happier place where one day, miraculously, he finds a way to make music again.

As expected, Soundtrack is a film with substance. Except its male protagonist, the strongest point of Soundtrack is that – it offers an interesting and different story not seen in Indian cinema before. And sadly, that's a very rare case in Bollywood at least! Similar to the Anurag Kashyap style of cinema, Soundtrack also has its share of dark shades. The first half is full of smoking, alcohol, drugs and sex. Undoubtedly, it's integral to the script. However, on the flipside, after a point it stars to seem repetitive. In fact, it's this overdose which doesn't keep you as interested for a portion of the first half of Soundtrack. Also, the scenes with his 'inner demon' (seen as a joker-faced clown) seem a tab bit unexplained, which makes it seem stupid at times. However, it's when Rajeev starts realizing his hearing disability that the movie grabs great back the attention. The second half of the film saves the day for this film!

Neerav Ghosh has done a remarkable job being a first-time director. Cinematography by Anshuman Mahaley is perfectly appropriate. The film does seem a bit repetitive at places, and hence, could have done with better editing. Rajeev Khandelwal is the soul of the film. It's his magnificent talent which takes this film to a completely different level. Watch out for the scenes where he shuts himself in a room after turning deaf. Absolutely fantastic! One has to appreciate Soha Ali Khan's guts for taking up such a non-commercial character. She might be having minimal screen space, but leaves an impact. Great performance! Mrinalini Sharma looks a million bucks. She doesn't get much scope, however, gives in a perfect performance in her bit. Mohan Kapur is first-rate. Yateen Karyekar, Ankur Tewari and Sidd Coutto are perfect. However, the actress playing Rajeev's mother needs to work on her acting skills big time!

Overall, Soundtrack is not for the hardcore Bollywood masala film lovers. It's for those looking out for a mere interesting story. A must-watch for Rajeev Khandelwal fans too!

Rating – *** (Three stars)

Author – Rishitu Amarnani

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  • Posted on: 10 January 2012 at 1:09pmsastatoday

    the movie is average and nothing so good.

  • Posted on: 19 October 2011 at 10:26amrajeevkiijann

    its completly osome yar no wordsss

  • Posted on: 09 October 2011 at 1:10amChoco.Butter

    I do not know what can i should say about rajeev ? I could not found anywhere any words to describe of this man personality .he has been proved of his self always by his hardworking .I am soo proud to be a his fan.I can't wait to watch this movie. I want to watch to soundtrack not only rajeev its really interesting ,amazing story .I will diff watch .

    I love you rajeev lots

  • Posted on: 09 October 2011 at 12:24am-purnima-

    It feels so good as a Fan Smile to hear all the praises for Rajeev Embarrassed...
    will try to catch movie ASAP Smile
    keep Rocking Rajeev Big smile

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    MysticRiver
  • Posted on: 08 October 2011 at 2:55pmraheelu

    wow
    luv Rajeev
    i m definitely going to watch this movie
    hoe i got it soonnn

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    WingsOfHeart, MysticRiver
  • Posted on: 08 October 2011 at 12:27pmMehwisMixcoTree

    Soundtrack is a must watch
    Unique concept,mindblowing music and exceptional performances by actors constitutes its X factor.
    Rajeev was damn good in the movie..i just love the way he chooses his work and never disappoint his fans.
    Am Proud to be a Rajeevian..RK rules.
    All the very best for your future projects my jaan
    Keep Smiling..luv u

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    raheelu, WingsOfHeart
  • Posted on: 08 October 2011 at 9:21amadventure_gurl

    Glad Rajeev Khandelwal is trying different things

  • Posted on: 08 October 2011 at 8:04amarpita25

    I really wish that this movie should work for RK in a way as he requires for his future.

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    raheelu, WingsOfHeart
  • Posted on: 08 October 2011 at 6:28amBluefalls

    Soundtrack is surely a movie to look out for this friday!!! And Rajeev khandelwal did it again...he is flawless as DJ Raunak Kaul ...The hat-trick sounds exactly right for him :)

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    OliveWellington
  • Posted on: 08 October 2011 at 4:52amsur.

    Soundtrack is a must watch
    Unique concept,mindblowing music and exceptional performances by actors constitutes its X factor.
    Rajeev was damn good in the movie..i just love the way he chooses his work and never disappoint his fans.
    Am Proud to be a Rajeevian..RK rules.
    All the very best for your future projects my jaan
    Keep Smiling..luv u Embarrassed

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    OliveWellington

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