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Posted: 08 October 2011 at 12:53am | IP Logged
Originally posted by Surya.Ravi

Soundtrack is safe and sound!
Published: Saturday, Oct 8, 2011, 9:47 IST
By Akansha Naval-Shetye & Soumyadipta Banerjee | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

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

The posters scream Soundtrack: Based on a true story. On watching, one is compelled to believe in the highs and lows of DJ Raunak Kaul's journey, whereas the fact is that he is actually only a fictional character. The film itself is a remake of the 2004 Canadian Indie film It's All Gone Pete Tong based on the legendary DJ Frankie Wilde ' a hotshot Ibiza DJ who had fought his way to the top and then mysteriously disappeared from the music scene. The filmmakers make no bones about the film being a remake and credits are duly mentioned too.

No doubt that the groundwork is done already, but despite being a remake, the director shows sparks of creativity and talent, adapting it perfectly to fit the Indian music scene. The film's story is taken forward using 'talking head sequences' with real artists, mishmashed with a few fake characters too that spin a believable tale, and lend the film a false sense of authenticity.

Raunak Kaul's (Rajeev) passion for music is well-established in the opening shots itself. His uncle (Yatin Karyekar) helps him land a job in a popular nightclub where he starts DJing and soon becomes a crowd favourite. The owner Charlie (Mohan) impressed with his talent promises him the sky and even sets up a studio for him in Alibag where he leads the life of a rockstar with girlfriend Shonali (Mrinalini). It's as much a workplace as it is a haven for wild women and wilder parties. His ascent to the top as the most celebrated DJ in showbiz, also marks his simultaneous descent in the sex, booze, drugs and rock-n-roll kind of lifestyle.

Combined with insecurity and fear of failing like his musician dad had, see him create his own demon ' (a joker replaces a badger from the original here) ' that follows him around. The lifestyle takes a toll on his music and his career hits rock-bottom when he goes deaf. Frustrated, severely depressed and desperate, he locks himself in a buffered room for weeks. Finally, he decides to exorcise his inner demon and chases out the 'joker', a metaphorical way of showing him take back the reins of his life.

On his U-Turn to life he meets Gauri (Soha) a lip-reading teacher, who gives him the incentive to carry on. What follows is Raunak's struggle to not let his hearing disability keep him away from his passion of music.

Paul Kaye, the actor who played the DJ in the original won a few awards for his performance, Rajeev should be no different. It's a dream role for any actor and lends itself to some very intense moments that Rajeev does full justice to. Soha and Mrinalini do their bit well, as do Yatin and Mohan. The film's obviously made on a shoe-string budget, but the director doesn't let that affect the production quality. Clashing with a multistarrer, this one clearly proves that interesting cinema doesn't need moolah, exotic locales or mega-stars. Go watch!

http://www.dnaindia.com/entertainment/report_soundtrack-is-safe-and-sound_1596299


@Highlighted Part: i'am very happy reading this...the reviewer feels Rajeev deserves awards for his performance...this makes me feel super cool...Dancing



lets pray for this now... aik award to banta hai ab Big smile

@suri: egg jactly Big smileBig smile

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Posted: 08 October 2011 at 1:22am | IP Logged
Originally posted by waniya_fatima

Originally posted by Surya.Ravi

Soundtrack is safe and sound!
Published: Saturday, Oct 8, 2011, 9:47 IST
By Akansha Naval-Shetye & Soumyadipta Banerjee | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

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

The posters scream Soundtrack: Based on a true story. On watching, one is compelled to believe in the highs and lows of DJ Raunak Kaul's journey, whereas the fact is that he is actually only a fictional character. The film itself is a remake of the 2004 Canadian Indie film It's All Gone Pete Tong based on the legendary DJ Frankie Wilde ' a hotshot Ibiza DJ who had fought his way to the top and then mysteriously disappeared from the music scene. The filmmakers make no bones about the film being a remake and credits are duly mentioned too.

No doubt that the groundwork is done already, but despite being a remake, the director shows sparks of creativity and talent, adapting it perfectly to fit the Indian music scene. The film's story is taken forward using 'talking head sequences' with real artists, mishmashed with a few fake characters too that spin a believable tale, and lend the film a false sense of authenticity.

Raunak Kaul's (Rajeev) passion for music is well-established in the opening shots itself. His uncle (Yatin Karyekar) helps him land a job in a popular nightclub where he starts DJing and soon becomes a crowd favourite. The owner Charlie (Mohan) impressed with his talent promises him the sky and even sets up a studio for him in Alibag where he leads the life of a rockstar with girlfriend Shonali (Mrinalini). It's as much a workplace as it is a haven for wild women and wilder parties. His ascent to the top as the most celebrated DJ in showbiz, also marks his simultaneous descent in the sex, booze, drugs and rock-n-roll kind of lifestyle.

Combined with insecurity and fear of failing like his musician dad had, see him create his own demon ' (a joker replaces a badger from the original here) ' that follows him around. The lifestyle takes a toll on his music and his career hits rock-bottom when he goes deaf. Frustrated, severely depressed and desperate, he locks himself in a buffered room for weeks. Finally, he decides to exorcise his inner demon and chases out the 'joker', a metaphorical way of showing him take back the reins of his life.

On his U-Turn to life he meets Gauri (Soha) a lip-reading teacher, who gives him the incentive to carry on. What follows is Raunak's struggle to not let his hearing disability keep him away from his passion of music.

Paul Kaye, the actor who played the DJ in the original won a few awards for his performance, Rajeev should be no different. It's a dream role for any actor and lends itself to some very intense moments that Rajeev does full justice to. Soha and Mrinalini do their bit well, as do Yatin and Mohan. The film's obviously made on a shoe-string budget, but the director doesn't let that affect the production quality. Clashing with a multistarrer, this one clearly proves that interesting cinema doesn't need moolah, exotic locales or mega-stars. Go watch!

http://www.dnaindia.com/entertainment/report_soundtrack-is-safe-and-sound_1596299


@Highlighted Part: i'am very happy reading this...the reviewer feels Rajeev deserves awards for his performance...this makes me feel super cool...Dancing



lets pray for this now... aik award to banta hai ab Big smile i know re..Rajeev surely deserves awards for his acting as DJ Raunak Kaul..i hope & pray that he take some awards back home...Big smileBig smileBig smile

@suri: egg jactly Big smileBig smile
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Friday box office

By Campaign India Team on Oct 7, 2011 (22 hours ago)
filed under Media, India

Mixed fare in cinemas this weekend

The big one from Hollywood this week is 'Real Steel', with Hugh Jackman and an American science fiction plot in which robots are the star attraction of the boxing arena.

Of the movies from Bollywood, there's 'Rascals' which brings together Ajay Devgn and Sanjay Dutt in a David Dhawan caper, and 'Love Breakups Zindagi', the first production of Dia Mirza and Zayed Khan. The one with the positive reviews is 'Soundtrack', which stars Rajeev Khandelwal and Soha Ali Khan. 

Other movies released this weekend include 'Soundtrack', '30 Minutes Or Less' and 'Jane Eyre'.

http://www.campaignindia.in/Article/276052,friday-box-office.aspx

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Soundtrack : The gritty tale of a flawed hero!

Spinning on the console at a nightclub, Raunak (Rajeev Khandelwal) is driving the crowds crazy, and owner Charlie (Mohan Kapoor) notices potential. He introduces the talented musician and DJ to a world of drunker parties, drugs, and groupies, while getting him record and film deals.

On a roll, Raunak drinks while driving, does drugs before making music, sleeps through the day and works nights. His life, full of excesses, is due to take its toll. When not dealing with an imaginary figure (a pink-haired clown) who he has conversations with, Raunak is dealing with his groupie-turned- girlfriend who wants to discuss things like landscaping the garden.

The Clown wonders aloud if his father, along with the talent, has also handed down the legacy of failure to him? We see Raunak enjoying every bit of his success with just one fear gnawing him—what if the talent in his genes comes along with the disorder?

Inevitably, what happened to his father happens to Raunak. He begins to lose his hearing. The film then shows us how Raunak deals with this loss, and the extreme methods he adopts to get himself to accept this reality.

Adapted from the Canadian film, It's All Gone Pete Tong, Soundtrack retains the original's mockumentary style, which includes industry people – VJs, Music directors, DJs— talking about Raunak's journey.

Debut director Neerav Ghosh talks about a story that's inspiring and heroic, but doesn't allow the film to get preachy. Neither does the film ever strongly suggest that Raunak is paying the price of his indulgences. Ghosh concentrates on the more tragic part – that Raunak is paying the price for a hereditary disorder coupled with a professional hazard.

Ghosh gives us a debut film that's highly immersing, stylish, and involving. But then, this film had a reference point in the original. One looks forward to what Ghosh can conjure up in his sophomore attempt. The film's music is top-notch, and so is the sound design, and cinematography.

It's incredible how Rajeev Khandelwal transformed his suited-booted cliched TV avatar, to give such crackling performances in Aamir, Shaitan and now Soundtrack. As the wayward Raunak, Khandelwal gets into the skin of the character, making it believable and likeable enough to get the viewer to root. Mohan Kapoor is delightful as the gregarious and ambitious club-owner/manager who notices Raunak's potential.

Several references are made to Beethoven, the master composer who eventually lost his hearing, and the film is punctuated by the master composer's quotes.

Soundtrack is electrifying but marred by a few flaws. We are not told what happens to that imaginary figure Raunak talks to. Was he schizophrenic; what was that all about? More importantly, Raunak has gone through a devastating loss, but despite the extreme methods he adopts to recover, his acceptance of the handicap and a dramatic change in his persona seems implausible.

Still, if you're looking for a dark, real tale of an authentic and flawed hero, this one's for you.

Verdict: Three stars







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    It's incredible how Rajeev Khandelwal transformed his suited-booted cliched TV avatar, to give such crackling performances in Aamir, Shaitan and now Soundtrack. As the wayward Raunak, Khandelwal gets into the skin of the character, making it believable and likeable enough to get the viewer to root.

    loved these lines from the review..thanku for posting the article puri...Hug

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    Originally posted by Surya.Ravi

    It's incredible how Rajeev Khandelwal transformed his suited-booted cliched TV avatar, to give such crackling performances in Aamir, Shaitan and now Soundtrack. As the wayward Raunak, Khandelwal gets into the skin of the character, making it believable and likeable enough to get the viewer to root.

    loved these lines from the review..thanku for posting the article puri...Hug



    its surely a big transition for all of us  EmbarrassedEmbarrassedEmbarrassed... good to see him in completely new avatar EmbarrassedEmbarrassed
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    Originally posted by -purnima-

    Originally posted by Surya.Ravi

    It's incredible how Rajeev Khandelwal transformed his suited-booted cliched TV avatar, to give such crackling performances in Aamir, Shaitan and now Soundtrack. As the wayward Raunak, Khandelwal gets into the skin of the character, making it believable and likeable enough to get the viewer to root.

    loved these lines from the review..thanku for posting the article puri...Hug



    its surely a big transition for all of us  EmbarrassedEmbarrassedEmbarrassed... good to see him in completely new avatar EmbarrassedEmbarrassed  absolutely right...this has been a beautiful journey till now for us..& i'am sure it will continue to be so always...EmbarrassedEmbarrassedEmbarrassed

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