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Rajeev Khandelwal gets into the groove as a deejay for his forthcoming film Soundtrack. EmbarrassedEmbarrassed

You received rave reviews for your performance as a complex cop in Shaitan. So has life changed after the film?

Life has always been good (Smiles). Big smileBig smile It's a satisfying feeling to see your hard work being appreciated.Big smile  But rather than getting carried away, I prefer to move on.Big smile  After my film's release on a Friday, Monday is a whole new ball-game for me. I like to walk ahead with a smile on my face. EmbarrassedEmbarrassed

You have only worked with new filmmakers till date - Rajkumar Gupta in Aamir, Bejoy Nambiar in Shaitan and now with Neeraj Ghosh in the forthcoming Soundtrack. What attracts you to them?

It's their sheer energy and passion. Since they are new, they are bubbling with novel ideas and are open to experimentation. And moreover, it's a wonderful feeling when you see their hard work shape up beautifully onscreen. The look on their face is priceless when they see their dream translated into reality. I feel really happy for them!

What is your role in Soundtrack?

I play Raunak,EmbarrassedEmbarrassed  a small-town guy who comes to Mumbai and hopes to make it big someday. He wants to become a musician but takes up a job as a deejay (DJ) to sustain himself. Embarrassed He finally becomes successful but everyone knows that with success comes power and pride. He falls prey to drugs, alcohol and women and his career is affected.OuchOuch  The whole idea of the film is to show that it's important to be grounded and never forget your roots.

How did you prepare yourself for the role?

I did a crash course with two DJs for 10 to 12 days. I wanted to learn how they use the equipments. But rather than aping them, I have added my own touches to the character. Some DJs are loud, while others are more demonstrative. I managed to understand their nuances to play my role realistically. EmbarrassedEmbarrassed

This is also the first time you were working with Soha Ali Khan. How was the whole experience?

It was inspiring. Soha is a hardworking actress and approaches every movie as her first film. Both of us wanted to give our best shot, so the atmosphere on the sets was always charged up.

How would you describe the music of Soundtrack?

It's eclectic. Midival Pundtiz and Karsh Kale have scored the music for the film. Apart from that, the album also features a track each by singer-composer Papon and Ankur Tewari.

What kind of music do you listen to?

I listen to all kinds of music. It depends on my mood and the time of the day. When I wake up, I like to listen to chantsEmbarrassedEmbarrassed . When I'm heading for a shoot, I like to listen to fast peppy music to charge myself. LOLLOL

You sing quite well, so do you have any plans of turning singer?

I enjoy singing. Big smileBut once I had gone to a studio for a recording and I heard Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Shaan sing. That's when I realised my true potential and felt that I should stick to being a bathroom singer (Laughs). ROFL

On the personal front, has life changed after marriage?

Life is definitely more stable (Smiles). It's nice to come back home to someone you love. EmbarrassedEmbarrassed

You were supposed to return to television with the second season of Sach Ka Saamna. When is the show going on air?

I have no idea. I have shot for the first schedule but I think the channel is yet to finalise the dates.

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Music Review : Soundtrack

The title itself sounds like a musical feast or a biopic on any musician. In genre of musical based entertainers, SOUNDTRACK comes out as a life-sketch of a DJ (played by Rajeev Khandelwal) with music being its biggest ammunition to strike big at the box-office. Big smileBig smile

Midival Punditz along with Karsh Kale (MPKK), a team of internationally acclaimed composers, who are specialist in electronica based fusion music with blend of rock, trance, jazz and pop in their musical offerings make their big way into Hindi filmdom with this flick. Fresh from the international success of their Indi-Pop albums, these musicians are all set to create ruckus and conventions for a different breed of music. Will they succeed? Let's unravel the music behind SOUNDTRACK...!!!

Buzz of gaming video music finally makes its flavorful presence in Bollywood music section, as this prolific electronica band delivers out one of their most successful international track Atomizer as the first major outing of the album. The track garnered international acclaim when it was chosen for the official Fifa World Cup 2010 video game and later made commercial significance when it appeared on musical scenario last year in composer's last album 'Hello Hello' (2009). It has a unique electronica fusion pitched ambience where combo of drum machine and synthesizers collides sporadically with frenzied remixing, guitar jamming and fervent 'dhol' beats. Innovatively snazzy in listening experience, it has recurrent sounding punch-lines (Fake that, Shake that, Take that...) coming in the voices of Gaurav Raina and Karsh Kale. For any contemporary Bollywood music lover, it's an all-together 'a different beat' cool experience that will surely connect well and is likely to have major takers among DJ's and party animalsTongueTongue . Go for it!!! Big smile
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Papon, a bright vocal talent that impressed in Jiyen Kyun (DUM MAARO DUM), also a favorite with composers in a couple of their concerts makes a typical devotional Indi-Pop presence in Banao. It's an unusual soft-rock ballad that has electronica based fusion feel where singer's credible voice matches the tempo of the track in tandem. Papon makes an uber-cool presence in upbeat style of singing and it's again the experimental feel of divinity that gives it a 'hat-ke' amusing feel.EmbarrassedEmbarrassed  In live concerts, songs like Banao creates a euphoric atmosphere and should make a notable presence in this musically based emotional saga. Big smileBig smile

The ethnical feel of Indian instrumental makes its vibrant presence with eclectic mix and match of electronica, rock and jazz in vigorously composed Ek Manzil. Vishal Vaid, another prolific singing talent and regular vocalist of the composers gets into traditional Indian classical singing attire and creates a fusion classy feel. The soundtrack has shades of Sufi rock but it's the amalgam of "east meeting west" in those likable melodic grooves that makes it special. Vishal's soft vocals and varying pitches in alaaps are its other impressive features and so is fusion based composition, overall a good experimentation that should go well with niche listeners. Big smileBig smile

Sufi disco buzz of Bhatt's camp revitalizes back with froth of extra sizzles of electronica in highly energetic discotheque track titled Fakira. Like Pritam's composed Fakira (BADMAASH COMPANY), its musical base is primarily flashy Sufi rock feel that gels well with 'club-remixing' antics and have amiable vocal support of Vishal Vaid. It's a situational score that highlights the divine feel of Sufism with the emotional setbacks faced by the protagonist, a mediocre track that should be prove to be a vital narrative factor in the flick.

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Divinity is so far the flavor and traditional classical feel is the preferred genre of the album, the mood and tempo continues with extra dosage of supernatural feel in Main Chala. It's intimidating, vibrant and energetic in arrangements where racy disco beat fillers, electronic synth beats collides together to give an uproarious disco floor feel. Kailash Kher's immaculate classical singing flair (preferably Raag Ahir Bhairav) is at the helm of affairs, that makes substantial melodic concoction with the fusion based ambience. The classy feel continues and so do the innovative buzz of serenading out a different musical feel, overall an impressive situational number that should go well with ardent Indi-pop listeners.

After listening to the finest of electronica fusion based traditional Indian classical feel in Atomizer, the magical communion of Papon's dazzling voice and composer's stylized presentation delivers the finest in Naina Lagey. This harmoniously delightful composition was among the most received works at Paleo Fest 2009 (Switzerland) that featured the refined Indian classical instrumentals (flute, table, and sitar) flows interspersed beautifully in electronically tuned rhythms and sounds. Without any shred of doubt, it's one of the most brilliant Indian classical singing display of this year where Papon's immaculate classical singing impacts (preferably Raga Khamaj) excels to maximum in exuding out a relaxed romantic feel. As far as vocal presentations are concerned, MPKK deliver their most impressive soundtrack of the album that conglomerates the Indian classical singing attires with brilliance of fusion music. Brilliant!!! Big smileBig smile

If the flick is biopic on DJEmbarrassedEmbarrassed  then it's quite predictable to expect rehashed versions of old Bollywood numbers striking big in new packaging of remixing and styling. The first major dent comes in the soft "n" silken vocal textures of Suraj Jagan as he sings out old Kishoreda classic Ruk Jana Nahin (IMTIHAN -1974). Undoubtedly, old is gold and some glitters it carries in this 'club-remix' version that has fine piece of sound engineering and DJ antics in making this as another uber-cool trendy track. Kishore Kumar's enigmatic singing is again the 'chosen one' genre as the next rehashed Bollywood classic comes in feminine tones of Malini Awasthi in Yeh Jeevan Hain (PIYA KA GHAR -1972). This evergreen Laxmikant-Pyarelal composition has nasal twang of Malini's classical tones (similar to Rekha Bharadwaj) and sounds more like one of 90's UK fusion based melancholic tracks.Big smileBig smile

Symphony of streets, a realistically conceived instrumental musical feature comes like a collage of varied sounds played at varied pitches. It's a typical 'sound-recordist' specialist number that emphasis on the dramatic splurges of daily-heard noises on streets. MPKK makes the finest of their experimental skills in pitching out sounds of car-horns, ambulance-whistles, trains, airplanes and bustle of crowds together and mixing them well, a likable situational score.

The sad melancholic cello sounds that initiated the beginning of Main Chala, kick-starts the musical happenings of the theme instrumental track The Soundtrack Theme. MPKK make it a suave happenings of affairs with no sporadic innovation but playing modest with likable concoction of westernized orchestrations.

What the F? The weird sounding tagline of the movie makes its techno-bright disco buzz presence in deliriously youthful sounding track titled What the F.LOLLOLLOL  After giving 'tongue-in-cheek' vocal rendition in controversial Mit Jaye Gum (DUM MAARO DUM), Anushka Manchanda's sultry voice in snooty moods is all set to fire floors with its fiery 80's disco-beat thrives. Volubly infectious and catchy in electronically tuned synth beats, this blistering hot DJ stylized number can be presumed to be most commercial viable commodity of the album. Like the S-E-L composed It's time to disco (KAL HO NAA HO), it has its hearts at right places with optimum remixing skills matching well with soloist's sweltering loud voice, a strong promotional buzz will surely be raising potential of this lively disco track. Sizzler!!! TongueTongue 

SOUNDTRACK is an experimental and classy musical attribute that brings out the innovative buzz of electronica based fusion music with quality and substanceStarStar . As far as the present trend of Bollywood music is concerned, it's a big experimental maneuver that deserves to be applaudedClapClap  Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale (MPKK), a renowned international musical figure, deliver out their finest in tracks like Atomizer, Naina Lagey, Ek Manzil and What the FBig smileBig smile , it will be interesting to see the response of the present genre of urbane listeners to these set of interesting soundtracks.
 Low profile, bleak face value and zilch promotions are its biggest roadblocks but SOUNDTRACK is likely to have big takers in DJ's, party animals and niche listeners.

The album goes especially for those who always craves for a quality Big smileBig smile different listening experience and surely worth your precious money. EmbarrassedEmbarrassed

Worth-a-buy! Thumbs Up

Rating- 4/5 Big smileBig smileBig smile

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thanks dear...
i always love  his interviews...
and the ratings looks so good...
cant wait for the film...

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Thanx Puri..Big smile
Review seems to b really gud..i hope producers Saregama promote these songs in a big way..Big smile

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Now this one is a gud review...Though Jannat is not being reviewed...perhaps becoz of a last add up...wonder if the song is on the CD at all...but anyways...gud to knw the music is being appreciated!! Smile

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is dkbose a foul word!!!???

and you are updating this post!!!
nice seeing the pics from the website... If possible post all the pics...

He gets a music launch and a video launch only in his third movie. Happy that the producers are marketing it well. 

Saw it on mtv twice and as a bonus also got to see hawa hawaii...Big smile

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he is luking so handsome nd young,,, remind me of Sujal days Day Dreaming
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