Robot, the Hindi version of Rajnikant-Aishwarya’s Enthiran was a much waited album, composed by A R Rahman. Here is a review of the album.
The album starts with O Naye Insaan and you get to know that this Robot is going to be actually robotic. The song anyhow sounds good as Srinivas croons in two almost different voices, doing the awesome work that is done by two people in Tamil and Telugu. The song has a deep electronic effect and you can feel you’re listening to some sci-fi music. The song is mechanical from the very start and the beginning is the most interesting, I’d say addictively so. But the lyrics are too tough and I doubt many people would be able to understand much in the first few times. Khatija, Rahman’s daughter who sings for the first time here, sounds like a child and I guess it’ll take some time before she should come to sing full-fledged.
The second song, Pagal Anukan, or Pyaara tera Gussa bhi, is again filled with scientific words though this one is a romantic number and the way the song goes, it reminds me of Jeans, or say, telephone dhun mein hansne wali, mostly due to lyrics. The song is sung by Mohit Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal and both of them sound pretty good, a break after the very robotic voice Srinivas gave in the last song. Good one.
Naina Mile, sung by A R Rahman along with Suzanne D’Mello, Lady Kash and Krissy is a very robotic one as Rahman gives his voice the same guitar effect that we once used to see with the voices of Shibani Kashyap and some more people. The song actually starts with a rap which doesn’t sound all that good in the first few times but as you listen to Rahman, the rap that goes in the side, kind of grows on you. Still, not as good as I expect from Rahman.
The next number, a less than three minutes long almost instrumental piece is going to be another thing people would dance themselves out on. A wonderful piece to perform dance on, this one is certainly going to last long, especially with people who like to dance on Hip-Hop.
The next, Arima Arima, which is sung by Hariharan and Sadhna Sargam has a good tune. The song is in praise of the robot and talks all the big it can about the robot. Even though this one sounds equally mechanical in the beginning, the song is not all that mechanical and sounds good after you hear it a few times. Certainly good one.
When there is a song in Rahman’s album with all strange lyrics, like Kilimanjaro and MohanJodaro, I expect the song to be good as I think if the words have been worked so hard with, the music must be something really good (as in, why else would they put such strange words, other than to keep the tune they want to, fitting any words in it). And something similar happens with Kilimanjaro. Javed Ali, who sings the song with Chinmayi in all three languages, sings to a wonderful Rahman tune which is not robotic or mechanical, but reminds me of the better albums of Rahman, though it’s not a soulful piece like Roja or something. A full of masti piece you’d like, after taking its own time, which shouldn’t be too much.
Boom Boom Robot, or rather boom boom roboda is the last song of the album, and sounds interesting as soon as the tune of Boom Boom Roboda fits into your mind. The song is sung by Rags, Yogi B, Madhushree, Keerti Sagathia and Tanvi Shah, but Madhushree gets to sing the best of the song and she does it perfectly, making the song all good to ears.
Overall, the very first time you listen to Robot, it’s definitely not the Rahman album you were expecting to listen to. But then, the movie is strange and composing music in line with the story, one cannot expect the music of Roja or Delhi 6 or even Ghajini. The album has a huge effect of electronic sounds and not all will be loving it. But I guess in the line with the story of the movie, Robot’s music should work fine. I’d suggest, listen to the album with an open mind if you’re interested (I take that you are interested enough if you’re reading this whole huge review), and you’ll find some of the songs worthy of an appreciation if not the entire album.
My favorites right now are Arima Arima and O Naye Insaan, while Kilimanjaro and Pagal Anukan follow.