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Movie Review: Soundtrack (2011)

By Aditya Mehta


Johnny Joker tells Raunak Kaul that he has taken it upon himself to entertain the world around him in such a way that he's now addicted to doing that. By this time, Raunak Kaul has stopped wondering who Johnny Joker is and what he is doing hanging around all the time, and simply listens to what he has to say. Even though Raunak has gone partially deaf.

Despite the malady, the one thing that never leaves Raunak's side is the bottle. Established right from the beginning, Raunak has the makings of an alcoholic. His love for music as strong as his weakness for drink and drugs (pot is all over the movie too), Raunak, ably played by Rajeev Khandelwal, hears music in every sound. It could be a train passing under the bridge he's on, a motorcycle being started, or a beggar singing for money  for Raunak, there's a beautiful melody in every thing.

But being a DJ at the nightclub Tango Charlie makes things go wrong for him; night after night of blaring music destroys his sense of hearing, and to save what's left of it, Raunak must spend time in complete silence. Which angers his producer Charlie, whose villa cum studio Raunak is living in and recording music at. Charlie: owner of Tango Charlie and mentor/producer to Raunak, is a bald, chilled-out dude played by Mohan Kapur (in a strong performance).

Soundtrack has cameos by several Bollywood celebrities, who appear every now and then to face the camera to talk about the kind of fellow Raunak was. Even Raunak's relatives and bandmates tell the camera what a special person he was. So, whether or not you're interested in finding out how the deaf-mute Gauri (Soha Ali Khan) teaches Raunak how to talk in sign language or how their romance brews, you'll surely want to watch Anurag Kashyap roll a joint. Yes, Sir. On the day I celebrate six months of being free of cigarettes, charas and ganja, I get to see Anurag Kashyap roll a joint.

With each segment of the story beginning with a quote from Ludwig van Beethoven (it's pronounced Bay-thoven), Rajeev Khandelwal is shown coping with his problem and eventually overcoming it to make a masterpiece of an album. Mohan Kapur is overjoyed at this development  so much that he bangs at the window of the deaf couple in the middle of the night.

Soundtrack is a very sweet movie with smart ideas  Johnny Joker is the Indipop song (composed by Biddu; sung by Shweta Shetty) Raunak used to hate as a child. When Raunak realizes he needs to stay off the booze, Johnny Joker thrusts a bottle of Black Label at him, singing 'Peelo na' and he stops at that. You expect him to finish it with, 'Johnny, Johnny Walker,' but he doesn't. That's smart. And Raunak's interactions with the ear specialist  those are smart.  He actually cribs to the doctor about cocaine being very expensive, and even says that he tried heroin once but it didn't go down too well because he must've been very drunk. Mix ho gaya hoga, says the understanding doctor.

It's like a breeze of fresh air, this movie by Neerav Ghosh. You'll leave the movie hall smiling, with a picture of two bombs on either side of Rajeev Khandelwal's head, with the unconventional hero thinking that maybe he'll hear a slight sound when they go off. But if a movie like this one comes every month, baaki sab ki vaat lag jayegi, baap.

RATING: 4/5


http://mehtakyakehta.com/2011/10/07/movie-review-soundtrack-2011/

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SOUNDTRACK

(PVR Saket, Delhi, and other theatres)

In the season of remakes this is one more. The inspiration has come from an independent Canadian film, It's All Gone Pete Tong , where a popular DJ goes deaf because sound becomes an occupational hazard for him. First-time director Neerav Ghosh tries to Indianise the idea and succeeds in creating the atmospherics and the texture despite the fact that there is no rock scene of consequence in the country.

Rajeev Khandelwal plays a small town boy, Raunaq Arya, who comes to Mumbai to make it big in the world of music. The opening sequence, where Raunaq finds melody in the mundane, catches the eye. With booze oozing out of his veins, Raunaq captures the console at a night club deliciously called Tango Charlie.

The cocktail of music, drugs and sex that Ghosh has created to depict the rise and fall of Raunaq is heady and Medieval Punditz's music provides it the authenticity and originality that the script demands to believe in the eccentricity of Raunaq, who brings home a beggar to record his first hit.

So is the mockumentary format that Ghosh has copied from the original. The biopic style keeps the audience eager about how far Raunaq will go with his quirks. Usual suspects like Anurag Kashyap and DJ Aqeel, who patronise such attempts, make short, interesting appearances breaking the fourth wall, helping fact merge with fiction in the process.

However, the way Raunaq has handled Raunaq's alter ego is rather amateurish and bursts the bubble midway. In an attempt to create the nostalgia of Johny Joker, yes, the Shweta Shetty song, Ghosh has got carried away. Also, he could not fully justify Raunaq's stature in the industry so that we felt the thud of his fall. After all he loses his capacity to hear even before his first big project. So when he tries to present him as modern day Beethoven, it is hard to digest. But to be fair to the debutant, he doesn't have the star and the scale to work with.

Ghosh recovers in the scenes when Raunaq decides to shun his audacious ways and embraces reality with a smile on his face, courtesy a born-deaf girl, Gauri, who knows how to speak. Soha Ali Khan plays this part with conviction. Ghosh makes her modulate her voice to make her sound as real as a mainstream Hindi film can afford to show a person who has learnt speaking by reading people's lips and she has a done a balanced job as Gauri could have easily become a caricature.

We know Rajeev has the cocksure attitude that Raunaq demands, but the way he bonds with Soha in the second half shows how he has matured as an actor.

It is not an original piece of work, but definitely an effort in the right direction.

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The drugs, alcohol and sex in Soundtrack was toned down" - Rajeev Khandelwal

Rajeev Khandelwal, whose current performance as a DJ gone deaf in Soundtrack has fetched him terrific appreciation, has discovered a new passion in life. EmbarrassedEmbarrassed He loved the process of getting to understand how a DJ moved, danced, played music. EmbarrassedEmbarrassed And he now wants to carry his new passion for the grooves forward.EmbarrassedEmbarrassedEmbarrassed

Says Rajeev, "I took a crash course of seven weeks as a DJ. I went with my director Neerav Ghosh to nightclubs watched the DJs at work and then began to research on them. VJ Nikhil Chinappa who was my co-star in Shaitan EmbarrassedEmbarrassedEmbarrassed (the one to whom Mathur saab said EmbarrassedEmbarrassed ... kekde mein khoon nahi hota...& policewale mein imaan LOLLOLLOL )also helped me understand the art of DJ-ing."

And now Rajeev who makes it a point to get into the skin of all his characters wants to spend time practicing the art of DJ-ing.

Says the actor, "I did a 7-week crash course in DJ-ing. I can't claim to be a professional one though. But I know how to fit beats into a loop, mix two songs. We have a rather fixed image of a DJ as a guy who plays the songs and dances frantically gesticulating with his hands all the while. EmbarrassedEmbarrassed But I discovered many DJs are far more controlled in their movements."

As preparation for his part in Soundtrack, Rajeev also attended a workshop for the deaf. "I was coached by a teacher from the Helen Keller institute who was actually my co-star Soha Ali Khan's teacher. The thing is, I wasn't playing a guy who was deaf from birth. The body language and the quality of deafness that happens much later in life had to be different."

Rajeev says he made it a point not to watch the actor Paul Kaye in the Canadian film It's All Gone Pete Tong which is the reference point for Rajeev's character in Soundtrack. "No, I purposely stayed away from that film. But I did watch some footage of the DJ Frankie Wilde on whose life the Canadian film was based. The story of that DJ who went deaf was far more bizarre and debauched than what we've portrayed in Soundtrack. The drugs, alcohol and sex in Soundtrack was toned down."

The highest compliment that Rajeev received for his performance in Soundtrack came from his wife
. EmbarrassedEmbarrassed"She said it was a good performance. EmbarrassedEmbarrassed She wouldn't bullshit me. If I am awful she would say so. So if she says I am good I must be." LOLLOLLOL

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The drugs, alcohol and sex in Soundtrack was toned down" - Rajeev Khandelwal

Rajeev Khandelwal, whose current performance as a DJ gone deaf in Soundtrack has fetched him terrific appreciation, this line makes me feel so good...DancingDancing
has discovered a new passion in life. EmbarrassedEmbarrassed I'am sure whatever the passion is about Rajeev will give his 100%..Smile
He loved the process of getting to understand how a DJ moved, danced, played music. EmbarrassedEmbarrassed And he now wants to carry his new passion for the grooves forward.EmbarrassedEmbarrassedEmbarrassed  he is simply a perfectionist...EmbarrassedEmbarrassedEmbarrassed

Says Rajeev, "I took a crash course of seven weeks as a DJ. I went with my director Neerav Ghosh to nightclubs watched the DJs at work and then began to research on them. VJ Nikhil Chinappa who was my co-star in Shaitan EmbarrassedEmbarrassedEmbarrassed (the one to whom Mathur saab said EmbarrassedEmbarrassed ... kekde mein khoon nahi hota...& policewale mein imaan LOLLOLLOL hahaha...i remember writing about this scene in my review too...& after watching the movie all the way home i was saying this dialogue..it was too good...loved the line...LOLLOLLOLLOL)also helped me understand the art of DJ-ing.yeh Rajeev  joh bhi kartha hai, he sees to it that he gives his best & does a extensive  research...Smile

And now Rajeev who makes it a point to get into the skin of all his characters wants to spend time practicing the art of DJ-ing.  arre wah.. now we can see Rajeev excel in DJing too...he sings, he acts, he plays musical instruments, now he is practicing DJing too...he is seriously multi talented... bravo..Big smileBig smileBig smile

Says the actor, "I did a 7-week crash course in DJ-ing. I can't claim to be a professional one though. But I know how to fit beats into a loop, mix two songs. We have a rather fixed image of a DJ as a guy who plays the songs and dances frantically gesticulating with his hands all the while. EmbarrassedEmbarrassed But I discovered many DJs are far more controlled in their movements."  yaar if Rajeev is going to take DJing as a time pass acvivity too, if he is playing at any club or disco, i'am sure hum Rajeevians tho wahaan bhaag jaayenge...LOLLOLLOL

As preparation for his part in Soundtrack, Rajeev also attended a workshop for the deaf. "I was coached by a teacher from the Helen Keller institute who was actually my co-star Soha Ali Khan's teacher. The thing is, I wasn't playing a guy who was deaf from birth. The body language and the quality of deafness that happens much later in life had to be different." he is a very good student..& he never hesitates from taking risks & learning new things...Smile

Rajeev says he made it a point not to watch the actor Paul Kaye in the Canadian film It's All Gone Pete Tong which is the reference point for Rajeev's character in Soundtrack. "No, I purposely stayed away from that film. But I did watch some footage of the DJ Frankie Wilde on whose life the Canadian film was based. The story of that DJ who went deaf was far more bizarre and debauched than what we've portrayed in Soundtrack. The drugs, alcohol and sex in Soundtrack was toned down."
hmmm...i think it was good that Rajeev stayed away from seeing the original, as if he had seen the original then he would have been influence by Paul Kyle's acting..but now Soundtrack has Rajeev's original touch as our own DJ Raunak Kaul...EmbarrassedEmbarrassedEmbarrassed
The highest compliment that Rajeev received for his performance in Soundtrack came from his wife
. EmbarrassedEmbarrassed"She said it was a good performance. EmbarrassedEmbarrassed She wouldn't bullshit me. If I am awful she would say so. So if she says I am good I must be." LOLLOLLOL hyeee..hyeee..kya baat hai...Rajeev kii honesty & frankness par main qurbaan...Embarrassed



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Soundtrack is an Official Remake of the Cult English film
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Based on true events, Soundtrack is a remake of cult film's official English "all gone Pete Tong" (2004). The film chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of a DJ, Raunak Kaul (Rajeev Khandelwal) who has the talent to make the world dance to their songs (literally)EmbarrassedEmbarrassed. However, an excessive lifestyle and substance abuse, not only makes you lose focus of work, but also leads to a permanent physical disability. In his world dominated by music blaring, Raunak becomes completely deaf and unable to fulfill his dream of making music.

Things change when Raunak meets Gauri (Soha Ali Khan), who is also deaf, but have mastered the art of lip reading. In Gauri, Raunak is a guardian and companion. As his passion for music is renewed, as it tries to sense (if not heard) and the study of digital signals of songs I knew, to create new music. And it becomes a recognized composer deaf DJ.

Debutante Director Neerav Ghosh attempts to give a color docu-fiction to fiction to make it look like a biography on the life of its protagonist. Fortunately, the processing of documents exceeds the true story, which has sufficient scope to the drama in itself. The first half seems obsessed with closeups of alcohol, drugs, snuff and sex. Raunak alcohol, like water and smoke while breathing air. The idea is to give a dark and sinister tone of the film, as film Anurag Kashyup mark (the rebel filmmaker also has a cameo), especially large enough for the substance abuse history. But after a while a moment, it just gets repetitive and seems forced.

The tone of the film changes abruptly in the second half when the story gets sweeter and simple, as Raunak is located in a rough self-rehabilitation, to avoid dependence. Their romance track (with Soha) is happy sex on your hard drive (with Mrunalini Sharma) in the first half. But beyond the dark shadows and chemistry with his co-star, the account is not able to create a big contrast between the first half and the second, which would have led to the feeling of distress and the protagonist better .

The depth of what is added to the process of relearning Raunak music (which is the soul of the film) in the second half is nothing compared with the intensity that lends itself to drug accumulation in the first half. This means that the film that adds intensity are not necessary, and vice versa. A basic idea of ??a deaf person composing music is decent for an inspiring story. Although the promising premise of the film will not be disappointed, you feel even the entire account could have been more difficult, esp. when the director was right reference point as the original film.

The entire track of the struggle with his inner demons Raunak (clowns around him in a wild face mask) looked ridiculous to be symbolic. It becomes boring after a point, and the whole course would probably have been avoided. For a film dealing primarily with music, is the real "band" is not so challenging that one might have expected. Also the length could be shorter, and the film could have done with many repetitive parts. But the dialogues, esp. in the second half, is well formulated and leave an impact.

Soundtrack of works in large part because of the convincing performance of the protagonist played by Rajeev Khandelwal. EmbarrassedEmbarrassed At first it seems doubtful that the images sober player EmbarrassedEmbarrassed would be able to delete a character so wild and strange than thatLOLLOL . However, as you see it more as a character, who are surprised by the conviction he brings to his role. Soha Ali Khan plays a character only deaf, babbling in his diction too. And the actress subtly makes absolute (relative to the stereotypes that go to sea in Bollywood) and brings with her role. It would have been more logical if the story reported on the reasons behind his lisp. Mrinalini Sharma sexy and cool is not it a little vulgar in his poorly dressed character. Mohan Kapur hams. Manu Rishi not get paid much. Yatin Karyekar is decent.

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