Max is probably going to flame me. We agreed, once upon a time, that the music of Ghajini is very mediocre. I am going to go back on that statement. Ghajini is the most infectious soundtrack of Rahman ever and it grows on you like no other album of his. It’s not the best ever like Rediff said, but it is very good!
The best songs are Behka, Kaise Mujhe and Aye Bachchu. Behka has those excellent shifts in tempos and Karthik is awesome in this very experimental number. The saxaphone interludes are impressive. Kaise Mujhe is a wonderful melody with Benny Dayal and Shreya Goshal competing for compliments. I am not sure who is better. One of my friends told me, Benny Dayal has a day job and sings for a hobby. We were discussing how that is like the coolest thing ever. To have a desk job like everyone but at the same time also get to say you sing for Rahman! Aye Bachu is brilliantly sung by Suzanne. This one and Kaise Mujhe just grow on you.
Jaane Tu and Jodha Akbar are still the best albums of the year. But Ghajini is awesome compared to the mediocre Yuvraaj(only brilliant in parts).
Slumdog Millionaire, also by Rahman, has some interesting numbers. O Saya by Rahman and M.I.A, is probably the pick of the album. Gangsta Blues, Jai Ho, Drams on Fire and Mausam are all totally different from each other. Paper Planes by M.I.A is a complete nautanki number! And Rahman won the L.A Critics award for the best soundtrack. He is also nominated for a Golden Globe! Brilliant.
I also think, Mathangi ‘Maya’ Arulpragasam is the coolest name anyone could have. Not just because I like the name Mathangi. And that is something, a friend of mine would know.