Raanjhanaa

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In June 2012, A. R. Rahman was signed on to compose songs and the background score. He agreed to compose after the script was re-written entirely in English by the director and the former kept the script personally. The composition of the song “Banarasiya” was ready by September 2012 but was not recorded with a singer as the director was felt that no vocals matched with Sonam Kapoor’s voice. The director Anand L. Rai attributed the melody and beauty of the particular song to “Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai” from the 1973 film Bobby. In an interview with Hindustan Times, Rahman stated that he had emphasized the folk-classical genre as the film brings out a fascination for Benaras through the music and most of the songs are character-driven. The composer stated that he had used the sounds of shehnai in almost every song, thereby paying a tribute to Ustad Bismillah Khan. Whilst doing reconnaissance for the film, the film director recorded the live aarti chants for the score, however, the patch recordings were fit into a complete song titled “The Land of Shiva”. Six songs were recorded by 23 November 2012. The soundtrack album composition was completed by early March 2013. The audio rights were acquired for a sum of INR60 million (US$940,000).

The song “Tum Tak” was called a blend of romantic and spiritual elements. The track details the passage of five years through five festivals. “Tu Mun Shudi” is a contemporary track sung by Rabbi Shergill and the composer himself. The song was claimed rustic (Kundan, played by Dhanush) and the urbane (Jasjeet Singh Shergill/Akram, played by Abhay Deol) based on the characters. Both the youth oriented songs “Humka Issaq Hua Hai” from the 1983 film Coolie and “Saamne Ye Kaun Aaya” from 1972 film Jawani Diwani were used in the background score of the film.

The track “Tum Tak” was released as a promotional single on 6 May 2013. The title track sung by Jasvinder Singh and Shiraz Uppal was released as a promotional video on 16 May 2013. The third promotional track “Tu Mun Shudi” sung by A. R. Rahman and Rabbi Shergill was released on 30 May 2013. The song features Sonam Kapoor, Dhanush and Abhay Deol. Furthermore, the tracks “Banarasiya” and “Piya Milenge” were released in June 2013 as video promotionals.

“After Lagaan, this is the first time I got to work on folk-classical music. The film brings out a fascination for Benaras through the music. I’d rather call it a hybrid, but I guess you could call it that as well. It’s got a bit of folk and classical elements and most of it is really character driven. Raanjhana’s music is rustic and urbane.”
——A.R. Rahman (on the music of Raanjhanaa).

All lyrics written by Irshad Kamil.

Songs

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. “Raanjhanaa” Shiraz Uppal, Jaswinder Singh 4:14
2. “Banarasiya” Shreya Ghoshal, Anwesha Datta Gupta, Meenal Jain 4:49
3. “Piya Milenge” Sukhwinder Singh, K.M.M.C. Sufi Ensemble 5:55
4. “Ay Sakhi” Madhushree, Chinmayee, Vaishali, Aanchal Sethi 4:06
5. “Nazar Laaye” Rashid Ali, Neeti Mohan, Nakash Aziz 3:56
6. “Tu Mun Shudi” A. R. Rahman, Rabbi Shergill 4:42
7. “Aise Na Dekho” A. R. Rahman, Karthik 4:16
8. “The Land of Shiva” Instrumental 1:10
9. “Tum Tak” Javed Ali, Pooja Vaidyanath, Keerthi Sagathia 5:04

Source: Wikipedia