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Review: Soundtrack
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Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News Service
Friday, October 07, 2011
Review: Soundtrack
Cast: Rajeev Khandelwal, Soha Ali Khan, Mohan Kapoor
Director: Neerav Ghosh

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), Ravee 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 Yeh jeevan hai iss jeevan ka yehi hai rang-roop 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 Pyasa 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 own 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 moral 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.

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'Soundtrack' is soul-stirring (IANS Movie Review - Rating: ***1/2)

IANS India Private LimitedBy Subhash K. Jha | IANS

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

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 'Yeh jeevan hai iss jeevan ka yehi hai rang-roop' 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 'Pyasa' 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 own 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 moral 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.

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Striking the right chord


A R Rahman is referred to as the Mozart of Madras, and Soundtrack's protagonist Raunaq Kaul (Khandelwal) is proudly titled the Beethovan of Bandra! EmbarrassedEmbarrassed Music runs in his blood as he finds melody in everything - from the city's blaring horns to the vibrations from the local trains, and the din created by the roadside vendors. Just when he is about to touch the pinnacle of success, he finds himself hitting a roadblock ---- a career-ending physical ailment.



The film is based on the 2005 Canadian flick All Gone Pete Tong about a popular DJ on the party island of Ibiza suffering from a hearing impairment and then vanishing from the scene. 

Ghosh revolves the story around a small-town guy Raunaq who arrives in Mumbai. Thanks to his helpful uncle (Karyekar), he lands up a job as a DJ at Charlie's (Kapur) club. Though it is a Bollywood setting, several scenes are the same from the original including the use of music and film folk as part of the narrative. Anurag Kashyap, Anu Malik, Kailash Kher, Salim Merchant, VJ Bani feature in the docudrama to chronicle the rise and fall of Raunaq.

After his performance in Aamir, it's again Khandelwal all the way in SoundtrackEmbarrassedEmbarrassed He once again picks up a role that displays his acting prowess. Charlie (Kapur) too puts in a stellar performance while Shonali (Sharma) as his girlfriend is ebullient. Soha, who appears only post interval as his lip-reading teacher Gauri, is endearing in a brief role.

Though the first half is slick as Raunaq goes through a life of excesses, post interval it is a bit of a drag. There are, of course, the usual inexplicable questions (a given in most Bollywood films).  Like, wonder what made him resort to wearing coloured lenses while battling a hearing impediment? Also, why make Raunaq the DJ sing in the finale? Wouldn't it make more sense if he spun magic at the turntable for that last final time? The emotional connect with his impairment is a tad missing. This apart, the film is watchable for its starkly distinct narrative and stands out amidst the current crop of mindless comic capers and over-the-top action flicks. It may not have big names attached, but worth a viewing for the efforts put in by the entire team.

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SoundtrackCast: Rajeev Khandelwal, Soha Ali Khan, Mohan Kapoor

Writer and Director: Neerav Ghosh

Rating; ***1/2

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 "Yeh jeevan hai iss jeevan ka yehi hai rang-roop" 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 "Pyasa" 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 own 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 moral 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.

http://www.santabanta.com/cinema.asp?pid=50040
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Soundtrack (2011) Movie Review-

There's nothing like watching a guy hit the ebb and then trying to crawl back again. The triumph of the human spirit catches our attention all the while. After all, people love watching a good tragedy. SOUNDTRACK, the official remake of the award winning IT'S ALL GONE PETE TONG, narrates one such story.

Rajeev Khandelwal is one of the few actors to have made a successful transition from television to cinema. His choice of films, starting with AAMIR, followed by SHAITAN and now SOUNDTRACK prove that he's keen to be a part of movies that push the envelope, that push him beyond his boundaries. He's gradually emerged as the face of intelligent urban cinema. That's also one of the reasons why SOUNDTRACK catches your attention.

SOUNDTRACK may be a 'small budget film' [in film parlance], but I strongly believe that budgets, however big or small, can never decide on the quality of cinema. A mockumentary, SOUNDTRACK takes a closer look at a musician's life faced with a career-ending handicap. It has some heartwarming moments, some amusing moments, some comic moments and some lump in the throat moments.

Very well shot drama with touches of black humor, director Neerav Ghosh deserves immense praise for handling a complex story with amazing maturity. The story is attention-grabbing -- it traces his alcohol, drug and sex-fuelled meteoric rise, as he battles his internal demons and a damaging handicap -- and I must add that the film has a strong melodramatic theme with some terrific moments that stay with you.

SOUNDTRACK narrates the story of a successful DJ, Raunak [Rajeev Khandelwal], who gets addicted to drugs and alcohol and loses his hearing ability. He goes through low phases and also starts hallucinating, seeing a joker around him all the time. He is diagnosed with a hearing disorder that ultimately leads to his going deaf. Subsequently, Gauri [Soha Ali Khan] enters his life. His career nosedives, but his love for music helps him resurrect himself.

If you think SOUNDTRACK is distressing and disheartening, let me tell you, it's not! On the contrary, it is young, colorful and most importantly, inspirational, something that goes very well what a majority of movie-going audience these days. The director also ensures that the soundtrack is befitting the content of the film. Besides, the party culture, which is prevalent in metros, where one can find sex and drugs, is depicted well in the plot.

Director Neerav Ghosh narrates an interesting story in an altogether new format. Only thing, the film tends to get stretched at places and could've done with sharper editing. Cinematography is eye-filling.

Rajeev is known for giving his best at whatever he does. Playing an emotionally unstable character is always taxing and an edgy journey for any actor, but Rajeev emerges triumphant with a bravura performance. Ditto for Soha, who delivers a sparkling performance. Soha is capable of delivering a powerful performance if given an opportunity and this film proves it. Though Mrinalini Sharma doesn't really get scope, yet, the pretty lass gives it all to her character and registers an impact. Another winning performance comes from Mohan Kapur, who is superb in a rather tough role. This film should make people sit and notice this talented actor. Yateen Karyekar does very well as well. Ankur Tewari and Sidd Coutto, the musicians, are wonderful in their respective roles.

On the whole, SOUNDTRACK captivates you with a story that talks of the triumph of the human spirit. An inspiring film, a human story, a relatable and credible journey with an atypical, feel-good conclusion, SOUNDTRACK is not to be missed.

By Taran Adarsh, bollywoodhungama.com

http://www.bindassbolly.com/2011/10/soundtrack-2011-movie-review-storyline.html#axzz1a67RjJ4I
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Movie Review : Soundtrack

There's nothing like watching a guy hit the ebb and then trying to crawl back again. The triumph of the human spirit catches our attention all the while. After all, people love watching a good tragedy. SOUNDTRACK, the official remake of the award winning IT'S ALL GONE PETE TONG, narrates one such story.

Rajeev Khandelwal is one of the few actors to have made a successful transition from television to cinema. His choice of films, starting with AAMIR, followed by SHAITAN and now SOUNDTRACK prove that he's keen to be a part of movies that push the envelope, that push him beyond his boundaries. He's gradually emerged as the face of intelligent urban cinema. That's also one of the reasons why SOUNDTRACK catches your attention.

SOUNDTRACK may be a 'small budget film' [in film parlance], but I strongly believe that budgets, however big or small, can never decide on the quality of cinema. A mockumentary, SOUNDTRACK takes a closer look at a musician's life faced with a career-ending handicap. It has some heartwarming moments, some amusing moments, some comic moments and some lump in the throat moments.

Very well shot drama with touches of black humor, director Neerav Ghosh deserves immense praise for handling a complex story with amazing maturity. The story is attention-grabbing — it traces his alcohol, drug and sex-fuelled meteoric rise, as he battles his internal demons and a damaging handicap — and I must add that the film has a strong melodramatic theme with some terrific moments that stay with you.

SOUNDTRACK narrates the story of a successful DJ, Raunak [Rajeev Khandelwal], who gets addicted to drugs and alcohol and loses his hearing ability. He goes through low phases and also starts hallucinating, seeing a joker around him all the time. He is diagnosed with a hearing disorder that ultimately leads to his going deaf. Subsequently, Gauri [Soha Ali Khan] enters his life. His career nosedives, but his love for music helps him resurrect himself.

If you think SOUNDTRACK is distressing and disheartening, let me tell you, it's not! On the contrary, it is young, colorful and most importantly, inspirational, something that goes very well what a majority of movie-going audience these days. The director also ensures that the soundtrack is befitting the content of the film. Besides, the party culture, which is prevalent in metros, where one can find sex and drugs, is depicted well in the plot.

Director Neerav Ghosh narrates an interesting story in an altogether new format. Only thing, the film tends to get stretched at places and could've done with sharper editing. Cinematography is eye-filling.

Rajeev is known for giving his best at whatever he does. Playing an emotionally unstable character is always taxing and an edgy journey for any actor, but Rajeev emerges triumphant with a bravura performance. Ditto for Soha, who delivers a sparkling performance. Soha is capable of delivering a powerful performance if given an opportunity and this film proves it. Though Mrinalini Sharma doesn't really get scope, yet, the pretty lass gives it all to her character and registers an impact. Another winning performance comes from Mohan Kapur, who is superb in a rather tough role. This film should make people sit and notice this talented actor. Yateen Karyekar does very well as well. Ankur Tewari and Sidd Coutto, the musicians, are wonderful in their respective roles.

On the whole, SOUNDTRACK captivates you with a story that talks of the triumph of the human spirit. An inspiring film, a human story, a relatable and credible journey with an atypical, feel-good conclusion, SOUNDTRACK is not to be missed.

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Soundtrack review

http://www.nextbollywood.com/2011/10/movie-review-soundtrack.html

Soundtrack review
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'Soundtrack' strikes a chord!
By Aparajita Ghosh
Fri, Oct 07, 2011 11:47:02 GMT

The ApunKaChoice movie review of Soundtrack.
Some real life characters are insanely inspirational. Take, for instance, the legless South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, the 'blade runner' who is also described as the fastest man on no legs and can give the able-bodied sprinters a run for their sweat money. Or take the legendary Beethoven, who continued to compose music despite going deaf as a post. Director Neerav Ghosh's film Soundtrack is a tale of one such man.

Inspired from the 2005 Canadian movie It's All Gone Pete Tong, Soundtrack tells the story of Raunak Kaul (Rajeev Khandelwal). Raunak comes to Mumbai and becomes a famous DJ but soon falls victim to his own success as he plunges headlong into a life of sex, drugs and disc consoles. The hedonistic lifestyle takes a huge toll. Raunak's career plummets and, worse, he begins to lose his hearing ability. Soon, all the sound and raunak is gone from his life. Poof!

But then, Raunak rehabilitates and reforms, and meets Gauri (Soha Ali Khan), herself hearing impaired but an expert in lip reading. She instills Raunak with hope and inspiration. The deaf protagonist does the seemingly impossible when he begins to feel the music in other ways than hearing and comes up with a new album. Will his finished career get a new lease of life?

For the most part, Soundtrack stays close to its Canadian inspiration, but director Neerav Ghosh show amateurishness in dealing with certain aspects of the narrative. For instance, the clown that haunts Raunak fails to make for a convincing metaphor of his inner demon. Likewise, the music of Soundtrack leaves a lot to be desired.

A fat share of credit must go to Rajeev Khandelwal for making Soundtrack work. He is every bit the wasting, oversexed junkie in the first half and the repentant but unyielding man in the second half. Soha Ali Khan, who lisps her dialogues, provides ample support to the leading man without being reduced to a romantic prop. Similarly, Mrinalini Sharma is darn good as our hero's partner in sex and debauchery. Mohan Kapoor is emphatic as Raunak's agent.

In a nutshell, Soundtrack may be far from being a stupendous film, but thanks to its unique story (inspired albeit) and the performances by the actors, it turns out to be a decent attempt by a debutant director.

Recommended, if you're itching to watch something hakte.

Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
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Soundtrack – Movie Review

Producer: Sanjiv Goenka, Apurv Nagpal 

Director: Neerav Ghosh 

Banner: Saregama India Limited, Indie Ideas

Cast: Rajeev Khandelwal... Raunak Kaul, Soha Ali Khan, Mrinalini Sharma, Mohan Kapoor... Charlie, Yatin Karyekar, Ankur Tewari, Anurag Kashyap, Siddharath Coutto, Manu Rishi 

Lyricist: Dhruv Jagasia, Anushka Manchanda, Gaurav Raina, Kailash Kher, Vishal Vaid, Khalid Alvi, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Ankur Tewari, Papon, Anand Bakshi, Aslam Parvez, Karsh Kale, Tapan Raj 

Music Director: Midival Punditz, Karsh Kale, Kailash Kher, Vishal Vaid, Laxmikant Kudalkar, Pyarelal, Ankur Tewari, Papon 

Cinematography: Anshuman Mahaley

Editor: Sanjay Roderick, Amgar Vyas 

Release Date: October 7, 2011

Genre: Musical

Soundtrack Bollywood_Movie_Stills

"Soundtrack" is the movie produced by Sanjiv Goenka and Apurv Nagpal, on behalf of the banners Saregama India Limited and Indie Ideas. Debutant Director Neerav Ghosh has directed this movie. This features Rajeev Khandelwal as Raunak Kaul, Soha Ali Khan, Mrinalini Sharma, and Mohan Kapoor as Charlie, Yatin Karyekar, Ankur Tewari, Anurag Kashyap, Siddharath Coutto, Manu Rishi and many others. 

Anshuman Mahaley has done the Cinematography. The editing is done by Sanjay Roderick and Amgar Vyas. Music of the movie "Soundtrack" is scored by Midival Punditz, Karsh Kale, Kailash Kher, Vishal Vaid, Laxmikant Kudalkar, Pyarelal, Ankur Tewari, and Papon. 

"Soundtrack" is basically the movie, about a young guy named Rajiv Raunak which is played by Rajeev Khandelwal. It shows, how he climbs the ladder of success, slides down and then how he reclaims his success. During this struggle, he meets a girl called Gauri, which is played by Soha Ali Khan. How his life takes a new direction after meeting her is shown in an interesting manner. 

"Soundtrack" is touted to be a true story. It is considered as the official remake of the Award winning movie "It's All Gone Pete Tong". This shows about the victory of the human spirit. 

"Soundtrack" is the story about a successful DJ, Raunak (Rajeev Khandelwal). His life if filled with lots of fun, enjoyable Music, regular parties, company of good looking girls etc. While enjoying these things, he is getting addicted to drugs and alcohol. By the passage of time, he loses the ability of Hearing. 

Rajeev faces some dull stages in his life. He suffers from a hearing capability and ultimately becomes deaf. It is only during this stage, Gauri (Soha Ali Khan) comes in his life. Though he faces limitless troubles, he comes resurrects himself. 

Rajeev desires to become a Music Composer in the Bollywood. As he faces some hearing disabilities, it becomes tough for him. In spite of that, he struggles a lot and achieves his dream. 

What are the struggles he faces in his life and how he overcomes them is shown in an inspirational manner and this forms the remaining part and crux of the Story. 

Some section of the audiences may feel this "Soundtrack" movie to be distressing, disheartening and so on. But, that is not the case. Instead, it is youthful, inspirational, and so on. 

The following truths like the Party culture, the people's exposure to sex, drugs and many other things are omnipresent in metros and many other parts of the country. This is shown in a very realistic manner. 

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Debutant Director Neerav Ghosh has handled a new kind of story, in a totally different and new style. In few scenes, the movie might seem to be dragging. That could be the only disadvantage of the movie. Apart from that, there is nothing to pin point as mistakes or disadvantage for this movie. If proper care could have been shown on editing, even this could been avoided. Cinematography is of course very good and colorful to the eyes. 

Rajeev is one of those Artists who has made a steady transition to the big screen. He has done this fragile character in a very nice manner. Even Soha 
Ali Khan is not far behind. She has exposed her talents and skills in a very nice manner. Mrinalini Sharma has very moderate part in this movie. In spite of that, she has shown her mark. Mohan Kapur is another talent to watch out for. Yateen Karyekar, Ankur Tewari, Sidd Coutto, the Musicians, have done their part in a praiseworthy manner. 

Overall, "Soundtrack" is story of victory of the Human determination. This "Soundtrack" is very much close to the reality in our daily life. This is a very nice feel-good type movie, which should not be missed at any cost. 

Make sure that, all of you watch this movie "Soundtrack".

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Movie Review: Soundtrack

Charu A Mahesh, Buzz Bureau    
Mumbai, October 07, 2011

Inspirational stories and tales of survival often touch hearts and Soundtrack is one such story that will make you believe in the power of 'will' and 'self-belief.'

An official remake of the award-winning cult Canadian film, It's All Gone Pete Tong, Soundtrack traces the life-journey of a musician who relearns the art of weaving music after he loses his 'hearing power' forever. Debutante director Nirav Ghosh tells the story of Raunak Kaul [Rajeev Khandelwal], in a docu-drama style using footage of real life technicians like DJ Aqeel, Annu Malik, RJ Malishka and director Anurag Kashyap to give an autobiographical touch to the otherwise dramatic story, which appears quite interesting.

Nirav's protagonist Raunak Kaul is a gifted musician, who comes to Mumbai to make it big. His introduction scene beautifully captures Raunak's passion for rhythm and beats. With right things happening at the right time and help of his uncle [Yatin Karyekar] Raunak lands up as a DJ at Tango Charlie club, owned by Charlie [Mohan Kapoor]. Soon the glitzy-glam world of power, fame and success entices Raunak into the murk of booze, drug and sex.

When a high on life Raunak is about to touch the pinnacle of success, career-killing hearing impairment knocks at his door. Thus, triggering off his downfall. His friends turn into foes and opportunities that once bee-lined take a U-turn and Raunak is left alone to fight his state. Clouds of frustration and desperation to bounce back engulfs him. Only thing that sticks to him now is his own devil - symbolized by Jhonny Joker. He kills this devil by quitting  his addictions and gathers himself to start a new journey, leaving behind his life of excess. Now he meets bubbly Gauri [Soha Ali Khan], who teaches him lip-reading. No prizes for guessing that love blooms between the two and how he rises back from his own ashes like a Phoenix with the help of Gauri forms the rest of the story.


Soundtrack belongs to Rajiv Khandelwal, who proves his finesse and acting prowess yet again in yet another offbeat film after Aamir and Shaitan. He is quite convincing as a wild man seduced by vices. But at the same time you adore his changed self nonetheless. Soha Ali Khan has done her homework really well. Without going overboard, she plays the character of a lisping deaf girl with ease and elan. Manu Rishi's character could have developed more. Their soft yet hot chemistry comes to fore as a refreshing breeze as compared to Raunak's sex-addiction in the first half.  Mohan Kapoor is fine and Anurag's cameo suggests that he can act well if given a chance.

Though, Soundtrack remains faithful to its inspiration but director Nirav has tried really hard to bring the quintessential Indian drama, especially in depicting the night life of Mumbai and Goa that's glamourised by sex and booze. But why do they shoot it in Pattaya, is something that bogs you down. However, director's up-close-and personal treatment of alcohol, sex, smoking and drugs looks stuffed at some points during the first half. Though the over all flow of events and narrative is swift but you miss details at some points, while at others there's an necessary focus .

For instance, the scene where a deaf Raunak learns the nuances of music once again is an important scene which is not given ample attention and lacks depth, whereas the track of Joker, which could be easily chopped off is given plenty of screen space. The camerawork is good and dialogues towards the second half leave an impact. But with a fine star cast and a direct reference material in two director could have done a better job. Last but not the least, a movie that's rooted in music definitely offers good soundtracks by Medievial Punditz.

All in all, a meaningful, enriching and inspiring story that's well enacted too, Soundtrack makes a definite must-watch!

Rating: 3/5
Directed by: Nirav Ghosh
Starring: Rajeev Khandelwal, Soha Ali Khan

BUZZ RATING

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Review: Soundtrack hits some high notes
Published: Friday, Oct 7, 2011, 19:34 IST
By Aniruddha Guha | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Rajeev Khandelwal in Soundtrack

Film: Soundtrack

Director: Neerav Ghosh
Cast: Rajeev Khandelwal, Soha Ali Khan, Mrinalini Sharma, Mohan Kapur
Rating: ***

He snorts coke, downs tequila shots and smokes like a chimney, all in a day's work. Raunak Kaul (Rajeev) spins at a club called Tango Charlie and, among other things, mixes electronica with Hindi lyrics  an instant hit among party-goers.

Getting Midival Punditz and other independent musicians to do Soundtrack's score is a smart call  the sound is hatke, and goes well with the mood of the film. Additionally, old film songs like 'Ruk jaana nahi' and 'Khullam khula pyaar karein' bring their own charm (having record label Saregama as producer must help).

Soundtrack has quite a few things going for it: a readymade, effective plot (the film, for a change, is an official remake of the Canadian It's All Gone Pete Tong); the casting is more or less bang-on, and for a film with music at its core, the songs are good if not outstanding.

But the film, eventually, falls short of what it could have achieved. Director Neerav Ghosh keeps many scenes from It's All Gone intact, but fails to replicate the zaniness and audacity of the original. There is an attempt, yes, but that somehow gets lost in a haze of tacky production values and some unconvincing jabs at being 'cool'.

Interspersing the story with interviews of characters from the film, similar to the style adopted in the original, looks out-of-place sometimes, and the transition not very smooth. Kaul's alter ego  a joker  is ineptly presented, and is jarring.

But even with its lows, Soundtrack manages to hit some spectacularly high notes. The opening sequence  for example  where Kaul finds music in Mumbai's myriad sounds, sets the tone perfectly.

Rajeev plays Kaul well, even if a tad inconsistently. After Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster last week, where the actors shone, it's good to have a film that comes across as glamorous without conventional stars. Kaul needed flamboyance, as it needed maturity, and Khandelwal manages to bring both to the table. Mohan Kapoor, playing Kaul's loud-mouthed promoter, is a good choice too, aptly over-the-top.

Soundtrack, after a patchy first half, gets into the groove post-interval, where Kaul meets instructor Gauri (Soha) after losing his ability to hear. The camaraderie is sweet, the scenes charming, and Kaul's eventual retribution heartwarming. The finale is well-executed, too.

Incoherent sometimes, but enjoyable eventually, Soundtrack deserved to be a better film. In its present state, it's not-so-bad either. Recommended.

http://www.dnaindia.com/entertainment/review_review-soundtrack-hits-some-high-notes_1596102

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Play it loud!

This Rajiv Khandelwal-Soha Ali Khan starrer sways to the rhythm of excess, life and love. We offer you seven reasons as to why you shouldn't give this a miss!

A poster of the movie 'Sound track'

Seven reasons to watch Soundtrack

The soundtrack is the real protagonist of the film. Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale are killing it, Bollywood style. But you won't even need to go through the entire film to figure this one out. Just the title credits with the sound samples from everyday Bombay does it.

The last time we watched a Bollywood musician-related movie, it was a gross rip-off of the classic Amadeus. This one is not-that-gross an adaptation of It's All Gone Pete Tong and unlike the last time, the filmmakers actually give credit!

Talking heads—a new narrative device in a Hindi fiction film used well to blend reality and fiction, trying to bring the character to life. But for that to have actually worked successfully, the movie needed to be more edgy in treatment.

Justified but not OTT quantities of sex and drugs and rock and roll. Not rock and roll per se as a genre but you get the point, right? Although, those random Aronofsky-styled drug use shots were not required.

Rajeev Khandelwal. Hot. Shirtless. And vulnerable. And did we say hot?

Soha Ali Khan pulls off the role of a born-deaf girl with a sense of humour about life and her own disability with grace and excellence and a speech defect. Eat that, Black!

A beautiful love story that unexpectedly blooms with the soundtrack in the second half of the film. The love story was not unexpected but its treatment was definitely a pleasant surprise.

http://www.tehelka.com/story_main50.asp?filename=Ws071011First.asp



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Soundtrack

Shubhra Gupta

Posted: Fri Oct 07 2011, 20:19 hrs

**1/2:

Director: Neerav Ghosh

Cast: Rajeev Khandelwal, Soha Ali Khan, Mohan Kapoor, Yatin Karyekar, Manu Rishi

Indian Express rating:**1/2

What is it like to be able to hear, and create music, all your life, and suddenly lose the gift? What does it feel like to be hailed as the next best thing one moment, and to be reviled the next? 'Soundtrack' gives us a story (based on a Canadian film, which fact is dutifully part of the end credits) which feels like it is about something : such a relief from the spate of nothing movies that have been infesting our theatres for a while now, even if the result is mixed.

Raunaq Kaul (Khandelwal) is one of those people who have music in their blood. And also one of those lucky ones to whom everything comes quickly and easily. He has a mentor (Karyekar), and a patron (Kapoor), and a girlfriend (Sharma), and endless rows of shrieking fans as he spins tracks in a club. It's all too much, too soon, and he doesn't quite know how to handle it. Hubris leads to serious damage, both of the ear, and the spirit, and he is cast out, looking for a way back.

'Soundtrack' starts off on a high promising note, and then slides into a middle where everything gets muddled, and excessive. Khandelwal is clean-cut, and does much better at later repentance and acceptance than he does in this part where he has to appear out-of-control on a cocktail of too many drugs and too much sex. The film falls into the 'let's do this for effect' trap where it veers between frenzied copulation and substance abuse and a leading man trying too hard to pull it off. Kaul's imaginary alter-ego hanging about in a mask and the other characters talking about him straight to the camera, both become overused devices. In all this posturing, the most important part of a film that is supposed to be about a musical genius—the music-- is forgotten.

Fortunately for the film, and for us, the second half comes along, and calms things down. As Raunaq deals with his loss, he regains some clarity, and gets some of his charm back. Mohan Kapoor goes full tilt at the rocking producer who recommends being a musician because of all the hot chicks : Yatin Karyekar gets a role which is not bite-sized. Both overplay, with a few nice moments. Manu Rishi, in a tiny part, is effective. So is Soha Ali Khan, who shows up post interval, as the girl who teaches Khandelwal how to live again. And Khandelwal builds on his promise as an actor who imitates no one (though in the beginning, he sounds irritatingly like Rajesh Khanna), and who is willing to play against his chocolate boy looks.

If only the music was better.

shubhra.gupta@expressindia.com

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/soundtrack/857088/1


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