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FILM INTERVIEW: RAJEEV KHANDEWAL

Film Newbie Takes on Leading Role Opposite Soha Ali Khan in 'Soundtrack'

By: Simran Mody
October 6, 2011

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Merely three films deep into his cinematic career, Bollywood newcomer Rajeev Khandelwal believes he is onto something special after starring in Indian independent films like Aamir and Shaitan. With Neerav Ghosh's Soundtrack adding to Mr. Khandelwal's list of Indian indie films, perhaps the former television star (Kahiin To Hoga, Deal Ya No Deal, Sun Leyna) is hoping his track record speaks for itself, ergo making it unnecessary for him to pummel through the doors of major studios to find his next opportunity.

 

Rajeev KhandewalPerhaps he just enjoys starring in Indian independent films, which, for now at least, appears to be the wisest move.

"I have not knocked on anyone's door for a role. I have not asked big names like Yash Chopra for a role. I want to do films with people who are honest and passionate about their craft," Mr. Khandelwal told the Indian press in New Delhi about his conscious decision to live outside the studio system universe. "For me, a film is not a business proposition."

Indeed, the versatile actor has already showed his range, despite starring in just three Bollywood films since 2008. In addition to playing a deaf deejay in Soundtrack, Mr. Khandewal has portrayed a commoner fighting terrorism in Aamir, and an inspector in Shaitan.

For Mr. Khandewal, portraying different ' and challenging ' roles is part of the job description.

"I like to do films that push my boundaries. A film like Aamir is still remembered by the audience because it was different, (despite being) a small budget film," the up-and-coming actor told the press. "One thing that I have realized is that budgets don't decide the quality of films."

Another thing big budgets and formulaic studios do not decide is how Mr. Khandewal lives his life.

"I do not do anything consciously," the young actor casually pointed out to the press. "Other than my fitness, I don't take care of anything in my life. I go by instincts; I go with the flow."

Mr. Khandewal certainly went with the flow in taking on his role in Soundtrack -- a film he believes will raise eyebrows for thinking outside the studio box.

"Soundtrack is an interesting film that raises the bar for other films," Mr. Khandewal told the press about Bollywood's remake of the cult classic It's All Gone Pete Tong.

A biopic of sorts about DJ Raunak Kaul, Soundtrack somewhat resembles The Social Network in that the film portrays how an unexpected individual was able to create a vast empire. Through Kaul's prominent rise to power, he becomes addicted to several vices, such as drugs and alcohol. Soon, he loses his hearing ability before overcoming the odds to be a deejay that entertains his audiences even though he cannot hear.

Now out of character, Mr. Khandewal is looking forward to his next campaign, which, coincidentally, takes him back to where he started ' on the small screen. The National Geographic Channel has brought Mr. Khandewal aboard to serve as the face of its most recent program, Supercars.

Ironically, Mr. Khandewal is not much of a car guy.

"I am not a car person. I chose to do the show, as I was kicked about being the face of such iconic beauties like Lamborghini, Porsche, the Audi, the Rolls-Royce Phantom, and other super cars," Mr. Khandewal told the press. "My guy friends envy me for being so close to these beauties."

Meanwhile, the rest of the world is envious of Mr. Khandwal's budding acting career, which continues its escalation this weekend.
 

'Soundtrack' opens worldwide on October 7, 2011

http://www.buzzinebollywood.com/interviews/film-interview-rajeev-khandewal-soundtrack-10072011

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Bollywood box-office report of the week



October 7, 2011 12:36:45 PM IST
Abid, Glamsham Editorial


RASCALS, LOVE BREAKUPS ZINDAGI and SOUNDTRACK

This week's new releases include the Sanjay-Ajay starrer RASCALS, Zayed-Diya'sLOVE, BREAKUPS, ZINDAGI and last but not the least Rajeev Khandelwal's SOUNDTRACK. From the three it is likely to be the David Dhawan directed RASCALS (that releases on Thursday) that will win this Friday's box-office battle although LOVE BREAKUPS ZINDAGI too is likely to get some patronage, while SOUNDTRACK, aimed at the discerning audience, may appeal at select cinemas.

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Director: Neerav Ghosh
Cast: Rajeev Khandelwal, Soha Ali Khan, Mrinalini Sharma
Rating: ***
Based on true events, Soundtrack is an official remake of the cult English film 'It's All Gone Pete Tong' (2004). The film traces the meteoric rise and fall of a DJ, Raunak Kaul (Rajeev Khandelwal) who has the talent to make the world dance to his tunes (quite literally). But an excessive lifestyle of sex and substance abuse, not only makes him lose focus towards work, but also leads to a permanent physical disability. In his world dominated by loud music, Raunak turns completely deaf and is unable to pursue his dreams to make music.

Things change when Raunak meets Gauri (Soha Ali Khan), who too is hearing impaired but has mastered the art of lip-reading. In Gauri, Raunak finds a tutor and life-partner. Also his passion for music is rekindled, as he attempts to sense sound (if not hear) and study digital waveforms of tunes he knew, to create new music. Thereby a deaf DJ turns a renowned composer.

Debutante director Neerav Ghosh attempts to give a docu-drama shade to the narrative to make it seem like a biographical take on the life of his protagonist. Thankfully the documentary treatment never overcomes the actual story, which has enough scope for drama per se. The first half seems obsessed with close-up shots of alcohol, drugs, smoke and sex. Raunak boozes as if he were drinking water and smokes like he is breathing air. The idea might be to give a dark and disturbing shade to the film like Anurag Kashyup brand of cinema (the maverick filmmaker also has a cameo), more so with ample scope for substance abuse in the narrative. But after a point of time, it only gets repetitive and seems forced.

The tone of the film suddenly changes in the second half when the narrative turns more soft and sober, as Raunak goes on a self-rehabilitation drive, shunning all addiction. His romance track (with Soha) is blithe as compared to his hardcore sex-drive (with Mrunalini Sharma) in the first half. But beyond the somber shade and his chemistry with costars, the narrative isn't able to create as much contrast between the first half and the second that would have resulted in relating and feeling for the protagonist's plight better.

The depth that it adds to Raunak's relearning process of music (which is the soul of the film) in the second half pales in comparison to the intensity that it lends to the buildup of substance abuse in the first half. Which means the film adds intensity where not needed and vice versa. A basic idea of a deaf person composing decent music makes for an inspiring story. While the promising premise of the film doesn't let you down, one still feels the entire account could have been more stimulating, esp. when the director had straight reference point in the form of the original film.

The entire track of Raunak's fight with his inner demon (clowning around him in a joker-faced mask) looks ludicrous over being symbolic. It gets exasperating after a point and the entire track could certainly have been avoided. For a film dealing primarily with music, the actual 'soundtrack' isn't as stimulating as one would have expected. Also the length could have been shorter and the film could have done away with several repetitive portions. However, the dialogues, esp. in the second half, are well-worded and leave an impact.


Soundtrack works to a big extent because of the persuasive performance of its protagonist played by Rajeev Khandelwal.
At the onset, one seems uncertain if the sober-imaged actor would be able to pull off a character as wild and weird as this.LOLLOLLOL  But as you see him getting more and more into his character, you are amazed at the conviction he brings to his role.EmbarrassedEmbarrassed  Soha Ali Khan not only plays a deaf character, she has to lisp in her diction too. And the actress does it with absolute subtlety (as compared to the Bollywood stereotypes that go overboard) and brings grace to her role. It would have made more sense if the story enlightened on the reason behind her lisp. Mrinalini Sharma looks refreshingly sexy and is not one-bit vulgar in her skimpily-clad character. Mohan Kapur hams. Manu Rishi doesn't get much scope. Yatin Karyekar is decent.

While it had potential to be a rocking film, Soundtrack, at least, turns out to be sound cinema. Worth giving an ear (and eye) too!

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P.S: I Found A List Of Theaters Showing Soundtrack In Cities Across India...Smile

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Review: Rajeev, Soha give a winning performance in 'Soundtrack'


Rajeev Khandelwal's performance is by far the best one in Bollywood this year

Hear this. DJ Raunak loses his hearing ability and gets to hear the voice of his conscience. Great premise for an onscreen human drama? Debutant director Neerav Ghosh, with incredible support from his leading man Rajeev Khandelwal, creates an engrossing defence of anti-hedonism. Excessive self-indulgence is dumb. It can also make you deaf. So says the film's well-crafted screenplay. The message is driven home with a refreshing absence of self importance.

A lot of the film's drama, if not all, is derived from Canadian film It's All Gone Pete Tong released six years ago. That film's inspirational thrusts are transferred with fluency and virility into Ghosh's art attack on the wages of excessive pleasure-pursuit. Paul Kaye, who had played the lead in the original film, had delivered a pitch-perfect loss-of-hearing gain-of-soul performance. Khandelwal goes beyond the exigencies of his character in search of his lost character's tortured soul. In the sequences where he comes to terms with his deafness, the actor brings to his face and physique the unmitigated anguish of a man watching himself topple over the edge. It's a brilliant performance, by far the best male performance this year. Whether it's the body language of a wild DJ partying the nights away in a haze of alcohol, or sharing those tender moments with Soha Ali Khan (cute, gentle, sensitive and effective), Khandelwal's face maps out the character's tormented flight into terrifying stillness. Playing a man who watches his life spin out of control, the performance could have easily toppled over the edge. It holds.

The director uses a fabulous soundtrack. There are startling rock ballads punctuating Raunak's voyage into the damned. Old songs like O rahi or, for a beautifully crafted romantic interlude between Rajiv-Soha in the park, Khullam khulla pyar karenge hum donon are used to endearing effect.

The narrative moves in three predictable but pulsating sections. Raunak's descent into a hedonistic hell, his shattering deafness and, best of all, the redemption that he finds through a haze of self-loathing as he takes flight into a world of idyllic love (a touch of Guru Dutt's Pyaasa in the end when Raunak simply vanishes from the world of ruthless self interest) for a first-time director, Ghosh displays remarkable control over his scattered material on his shattered protagonist.

Admittedly the storytelling device (well-known real-life DJs and VJs are roped in to talk about 'Raunak') is borrowed from the Canadian film. But what the hell! Nothing in life is original. Not heaven, not hell. Not pleasure, not pain, and certainly not art.

The absence of over-sentimentality and the self-mocking humour applied to Raunak's predicament imbue a wealth of mellow maturity to the storytelling. Yup, Soundtrack gets it right. In telling the story of a man who stops hearing the world outside to finally start hearing his inner voice, the film's strong sense of drama and redemption are comparable with the cinema of Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Soundtrack is a soul-stirring tale of a musician's voyage into deafening hedonism and a quiet redemption. The director suffuses the soundtrack with snatches of a music that transports a fairly routine inspirational story to the sphere of a modern fable. As for Khandelwal, his performance is so accomplished that he proves, not for the first time, that he's among the most engaging actors today. For the money, time and attention, he is the true rock star.EmbarrassedEmbarrassedEmbarrassed

Film: Soundtrack, Cast: Rajeev Khandelwal, Soha Ali Khan, Mohan Kapoor; Writer and Director: Neerav Ghosh; Rating: ***1/2.

SOUNDTRACK Movie Review: Rajeev Khandelwal shines in a soul ...

An official remake of 'It's All Gone Pete Tong' (2004), Neerav Ghosh's 'Soundtrack' (2011) is a brilliant adaptation, well-suited to the local tastes and sensibilities, recounting the highs and lows in the life of a talented DJ - Raunak Kaul (Rajeev Khandelwal) and his debilitating hearing disorder, which leaves him thunderstruck. Yet, the arrival of Gauri (Soha Ali Khan), a deaf, who teaches Raunak how to lip read not only helps the musician but also inspires him to carry on with life and of course, the love of his life -music.

'Soundtrack' is the quintessential story of a small town boy, who comes to Mumbai with starry eyes, hoping to make it big in the music industry. Lucky to get the chance of a lifetime, Raunak becomes a DJ with a famous nightclub. However, success is never easy and always comes with a price. Dazzled by the world of glitz and glamour, Raunak falls prey to the excesses of money and power. Riding on the wave of fame and glory, he becomes insensitive towards his close associates and surroundings. However, his personal low comes when he develops a hearing disorder. At this point of time, Gauri comes as a ray of hope and teaches him the real meaning of music the music of love and life.



Filmmaker Neerav Ghosh has done a brilliant job in 'Soundtrack' without going overboard with its theme and subject. It focuses on the personal loss of a man, whose world comes to a standstill as he moves from happiness to misery. Rajeev Khandelwal and Soha Ali Khan are brilliant in their roles and share a crackling chemistry. In fact, Rajeev is a revelation of sorts, who exudes immense self-belief and conviction in his performance.

A well crafted movie with brilliant score by Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale, 'Soundtrack' will touch the right chord with audience.

"Soundtrack" is soul-stirring (IANS Movie Review - Rating: ***1/2 ...



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Review: Rajeev, Soha give a winning performance in 'Soundtrack'


Rajeev Khandelwal's performance is by far the best one in Bollywood this year

Hear this. DJ Raunak loses his hearing ability and gets to hear the voice of his conscience. Great premise for an onscreen human drama? Debutant director Neerav Ghosh, with incredible support from his leading man Rajeev Khandelwal, creates an engrossing defence of anti-hedonism. Excessive self-indulgence is dumb. It can also make you deaf. So says the film's well-crafted screenplay. The message is driven home with a refreshing absence of self importance.

A lot of the film's drama, if not all, is derived from Canadian film It's All Gone Pete Tong released six years ago. That film's inspirational thrusts are transferred with fluency and virility into Ghosh's art attack on the wages of excessive pleasure-pursuit. Paul Kaye, who had played the lead in the original film, had delivered a pitch-perfect loss-of-hearing gain-of-soul performance. Khandelwal goes beyond the exigencies of his character in search of his lost character's tortured soul. In the sequences where he comes to terms with his deafness, the actor brings to his face and physique the unmitigated anguish of a man watching himself topple over the edge. It's a brilliant performance, by far the best male performance this year. Whether it's the body language of a wild DJ partying the nights away in a haze of alcohol, or sharing those tender moments with Soha Ali Khan (cute, gentle, sensitive and effective), Khandelwal's face maps out the character's tormented flight into terrifying stillness. Playing a man who watches his life spin out of control, the performance could have easily toppled over the edge. It holds.

The director uses a fabulous soundtrack. There are startling rock ballads punctuating Raunak's voyage into the damned. Old songs like O rahi or, for a beautifully crafted romantic interlude between Rajiv-Soha in the park, Khullam khulla pyar karenge hum donon are used to endearing effect.

The narrative moves in three predictable but pulsating sections. Raunak's descent into a hedonistic hell, his shattering deafness and, best of all, the redemption that he finds through a haze of self-loathing as he takes flight into a world of idyllic love (a touch of Guru Dutt's Pyaasa in the end when Raunak simply vanishes from the world of ruthless self interest) ' for a first-time director, Ghosh displays remarkable control over his scattered material on his shattered protagonist.

Admittedly the storytelling device (well-known real-life DJs and VJs are roped in to talk about 'Raunak') is borrowed from the Canadian film. But what the hell! Nothing in life is original. Not heaven, not hell. Not pleasure, not pain, and certainly not art.

The absence of over-sentimentality and the self-mocking humour applied to Raunak's predicament imbue a wealth of mellow maturity to the storytelling. Yup, Soundtrack gets it right. In telling the story of a man who stops hearing the world outside to finally start hearing his inner voice, the film's strong sense of drama and redemption are comparable with the cinema of Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Soundtrack is a soul-stirring tale of a musician's voyage into deafening hedonism and a quiet redemption. The director suffuses the soundtrack with snatches of a music that transports a fairly routine inspirational story to the sphere of a modern fable. As for Khandelwal, his performance is so accomplished that he proves, not for the first time, that he's among the most engaging actors today. For the money, time and attention, he is the true rock star.EmbarrassedEmbarrassedEmbarrassed

Film: Soundtrack, Cast: Rajeev Khandelwal, Soha Ali Khan, Mohan Kapoor; Writer and Director: Neerav Ghosh; Rating: ***1/2.

SOUNDTRACK Movie Review: Rajeev Khandelwal shines in a soul ...

An official remake of 'It's All Gone Pete Tong' (2004), Neerav Ghosh's 'Soundtrack' (2011) is a brilliant adaptation, well-suited to the local tastes and sensibilities, recounting the highs and lows in the life of a talented DJ - Raunak Kaul (Rajeev Khandelwal) and his debilitating hearing disorder, which leaves him thunderstruck. Yet, the arrival of Gauri (Soha Ali Khan), a deaf, who teaches Raunak how to lip read not only helps the musician but also inspires him to carry on with life and of course, the love of his life -music.

'Soundtrack' is the quintessential story of a small town boy, who comes to Mumbai with starry eyes, hoping to make it big in the music industry. Lucky to get the chance of a lifetime, Raunak becomes a DJ with a famous nightclub. However, success is never easy and always comes with a price. Dazzled by the world of glitz and glamour, Raunak falls prey to the excesses of money and power. Riding on the wave of fame and glory, he becomes insensitive towards his close associates and surroundings. However, his personal low comes when he develops a hearing disorder. At this point of time, Gauri comes as a ray of hope and teaches him the real meaning of music ' the music of love and life.



Filmmaker Neerav Ghosh has done a brilliant job in 'Soundtrack' without going overboard with its theme and subject. It focuses on the personal loss of a man, whose world comes to a standstill as he moves from happiness to misery. Rajeev Khandelwal and Soha Ali Khan are brilliant in their roles and share a crackling chemistry. In fact, Rajeev is a revelation of sorts, who exudes immense self-belief and conviction in his performance.

A well crafted movie with brilliant score by Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale, 'Soundtrack' will touch the right chord with audience.

"Soundtrack" is soul-stirring (IANS Movie Review - Rating: ***1/2 ...





Be  frankly  speaking  I would loved  this articles  specially  its   describe  very well about  Rajeev .i  completely  agree  with on  this  articles  writer .Rajeev  is one of the best performers 2011. Yes   He  is  absolutely  true  Rock star StarStar

prunima i  requested you  kindly plz post this  reviews  on soundtrack movie reviews thread also

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