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Soundtrack Movie Review

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Soundtrack Movie Review
Updated on: Oct 06, 2011

Soundtrack Movie Review

Soundtrack doesn't boasts of a huge star cast but has one thing that is really important to make a movie work and that is content. A fresh, entertaining and light film that will leave a smile on your face at the end.

Raunak (Rajeev Khandelwal) is an aspiring musician from a small town, comes down to Bombay to make is big. He becomes the hottest DJ in town and lives life like a ockstar. His routine is composing music in the day and DJing at night. His life starts taking a toll on him. He goes deaf. He has to leave his passion, his music. For a few months he goes into depression but then decides to live life. He gradually learns lip reading and creates revolution by composing music.

Soundtrack is different, not like the regular run-of-the-mill kind of a film. It has content and is entertaining. It comes off as a fresh attempt though is inspired from another motion picture. Also it is based on the life of a famous musician Beethoven. And another plus point is that it is a musical extravaganza that has some mind boggling tracks.

There is no doubt that Rajeev Khandelwal is a powerhouse of talent. He carries the film on his shoulder well. Soha Ali Khan plays and hearing and sound impaired girl and shines. Mrinalini Sharma plays Rajeev's girlfriend and has nothing much to do. But whatever little also that she does is best avoided talking about. Mohan Kapoor plays Raunak's manager. He is loud at places but still is decent enough.

Direction, camera works, cinematography all are pluses. Though my only problem is that when Raunak is said to be in Bombay and Alibaug, why is the film shot in Bangkok and Pattaya/Phuket. All the songs are composed by different musicians and all make a mark. They fantastic specially 'Prem Baba'.

Plus Points:

Minus Points:
        Seems slow at a point

        Definitely worth a watch

Rating: 3.5/5

Banner: Saregama India Limited, Indie Ideas
Starring: Rajeev Khandelwal, Soha Ali Khan, Mrinalini Sharma
Producer: Sanjiv Goenka, Apurv Nagpal
Director: Neerav Ghosh
Genre: Musical

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Watched Soundtrack yesterday. Great story, made interestingly and good performances. Soha was lovely.

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#Soundtrack began on a very iffy note, grabbed me somewhere midway & then that endearing romance made me cynicism-free. if only for a while.

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Relationship between two physically challenged people portrayed w/o a trace of pity or sympathy... #Soundtrack #win

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Liked #Soundtrack it's a tad long but involving. Haven't said that about a film in a while

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Star Cast:Rajeev Khandelwal, Soha Ali Khan, Mohan Kapoor, Yatin Karyekar and Mrinalini Sharma
Director:Neerav Ghosh
Producer:Sanjiv Goenka and Apurv Nagpal
Music Directer:Midival Punditz, Karsh Kale, Kailash Kher,Vishal Vaid, Laxmikant Kudalkar, Pyarelal, Ankur Tewari and Papon
Genre:Musical /Drama

Story:  Soundtrack is based on the true story of a prolific Indian musician portrayed by Rajeev Khandelwal as Ronak Kaul. He inherits his love for music from his father and in order to make it big in the music world begins as a DJ in a big-time club, Tango Charlie, owned by Charlie (Mohan Kapoor). Moving around with right people at the right time gives him an early opportunity to work with filmmaker Anurag Kashyap in his film. But, destiny has something else in store for him as excessive consumption of drugs, alcohol and most importantly loud music all the time gets him completely deaf. He is into deep depression until Gauri (Soha Ali Khan), a deaf since birth, enters his life as a ray of hope. Now, will Ronak ever hear again and fulfill his dreams or will he overcome his weakness and emerge as a winner is a real interesting watch.

Story Treatment:  A film by a debutant filmmaker isn't just rich in content but in execution too. The opening shot where Ronak is introduced and his passion for music is revealed, says a lot about how brilliantly story is going to unfold further. His slow indulgence in the world of drugs, again, comes out finely, considering his strong inclination towards alcohol. The crisp screenplay doesn't let your eyeballs move off the screen even for a second. The transition from the party to tragic mood and then, to some soothing light moments, with no loopholes, makes Soundtrack, one of the flawless films ever made.

Star Cast:  Rajeev Khandelwal yet again proves his acting prowess, as the character of alcohol or a drug addict is so unlike the real sophisticated Rajeev. He springs a surprise with his flawless performance, each time the story unfurls a different side of his character. Soha Ali Khan, too, is refreshing and brilliant as a deaf girl. Mohan Kapoor gets into the skin of his character very well and delivers a fine performance. Mrinalini Sharma as Ronak's ex-girlfriend plays her part well. Yatin Karyekar gives an honest performance as a caring uncle. 
Direction:  Neerav Ghosh sets a benchmark with Soundtrack and cries it loud that he is surely here to stay. In no way does the film give a feel of being made by a debutant director. To induce twists with no room for confusion at the same time getting perfect expressions from the actors seems to be a cake walk for this filmmaker. Neerav has taken the creative part seriously with some innovative moments in the film in terms of camera moves and direction. The 'attempt to suicide' scene is a perfect example to support the claims.

Music/ Cinematography/ Dialogues/Editing: Music syncs with the temperament of each passing phase of the film but doesn't impress much, considering the expectations from a musical film. Cinematography is 'A' class, in fact quite innovative at some places like catching the lively moments on the streets, railway stations. Dialogues - a combination of some serious tone and humour - surely create an impact. Editing complements the screenplay and does the needful to make the film more engaging.

3 Ups and 3 Downs: Extremely appealing storyline, flawless performances, first time yet brilliant direction are the strengths of the film. Music below expectations, slightly slow-paced initial second half, are the weaknesses.

Overall, if you have a taste for meaningful, juicy cinema, Soundtrack is a must watch.


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By Taran Adarsh, October 6, 2011 - 14:36 IST

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.

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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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Not bad, looks like the movie is getting good reviews too. Need to watch this movie then Smile

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