ANDRO-HUMANOID ROBOT! An intangible and theoretically glitzy 'n' stupefying sci-fi concept...no, we are not talking about any Hollywood flick but about India's costliest film ROBOT. After delivering out the swashbuckling blockbuster SIVAJI-THE BOSS (TAMIL -2008), technically superlative director S.Shankar makes another grandiloquence of affair with superstar Rajnikant in this endeavor with a brigade of scintillating SFX effects in its package. There are plethoras of techno-buzz sounds, tantalizing rhythms and upbeat electronic beats that forms melodic sensory concoction with the breathtaking love-chemistry, conceptual displays and visual delights in this larger-than-life thriller. Maestro A.R Rahman's dexterity with digital sounds and modernized instrumentals are the expertise that are going to play symbiotic relationship in creating pure 'magic' on big screen. This trilingual (TAMIL, TELUGU and HINDI) entertainer has already charmed its listeners in its Tamil and Telugu versions and now the buzz is likely to take Hindi audiences by storm. No two doubts about its worthy attributes but does the Hindi version carries the same pep-fizz that it had in its earlier two versions. Against all odds, S. Shankar's earlier dubbed flicks (JEANS, HINDUSTANI and APARICHIT) had the quality musical stuffing and were winners all the way. Let's walk into the musical territory of this ROBOT...
Evolution of Robot...! Techno-buzz of electronically paced digitalized voices, synthesized sounds and loads of computer-crafted arrangements marks the arrival of much-awaited 'Enthiran' (meaning 'Robot' in Tamil) in 'O Naye Insaan ('Puthiya Manidha' in Tamil). The song is a narrative about the fruition of 'Robot', its evolution, advancements, applications and its means of operations. Swanand Kirkire's enterprising words communicate well and delivers monologue for 'Robot' as well as narrates the situational feel with simple wordings. Srinivas D's resounding voice (similar sounding to S.P.Balasubrahmanyam's tones) is compelling and convincing and creates a visual euphoria. The surprise package is Khatija Rahman's (daughter of A.R. Rahman) nimble-touch demure rendition in echoing mode and is equally convincing in lighter tones. Rahman's credible moves at improvisation in sound techniques and ingenuity in composing this peculiar-feel soundtrack deserve appreciation and are likely to be big supportive factor in flick's narrative flows.
Scientific love...! Shankar's innovation gets a superlative Rahman's musical entourage and together, they create a magical gist of romantic happenings in sweet 'n' saccharine sounding 'Pyaara Tera Gussa Bhi ('Kadal Anukkal' in Tamil). Soul sauntering electric guitar strumming, tender bagpiper flows and flows of electronically profound synthesizer combines well in creating a well etched prelude. Mohit Chauhan's picks notes through peculiar 'alaaps' that stretches well and delivers into format of lovable duet. Its peculiar rhythmical groove is enticing and so do Shreya Ghoshal's genteel warmth, in tender melodic ambience. Rahman's romantic spell of late 90's can be felt with modernization in sound techniques. Swanand Kirkire's wordings again excel in bringing technical terminology ('electron', 'neutron'...) into poetic flair. This song will be having maximum takers among listeners who have been enthralled by Rahman's earlier romantic numbers. On repetitive hearing, it really gets into senses and exudes a smoothening impact on ears.
Robot with a heart...! Truckloads of synthesized electronic tunes and hypersensitive digitalized rhythmical moves collage together to create a synonym of 'Super sonic Super Star' for 'Robot' in funky-pitched 'Naina Miley'. Lady Kash 'n' Krissy sensuously gliding hip-hop rendition rocks the floors and creates a superficial decorum of techno-tronic happenings. The prelude is too high on thumping electronic beat patterns, exemplifying the functioning or emotional terrain of 'Robot'. Rahman's booming rendition jester all the funky moods of 'Robot falling in love' and its repercussions. This situational soundtrack is presumed to be a lively cinematic affair and fun-fare for all those lovely eyes who crave for something spectacular.
Robot...on floors! To pulsate out the sensory moves of super-sonic machine called 'Robot', an instrumental in the form of 'Chitti Dance Showcase' comes out as another harmonic surprise. Rahman's 'conductor' skills at philharmonic orchestra, fusion of Carnatic music and improvisation in techno-filled fillers collage impressively to sensitize out the 'robotic' feel on floors. It has quirky shades of 'Liquid Dance' (SLUMDOG MILLIONARE -2008) with strong inputs of racy emceeing and idiosyncratic electronically tuned signature tunes. The percussions, drumming and later violin chorus delivers out a typical fusion-pitched 'opera' ambience. Pradeep Vijay, Pravin Mani along with Yogi B frenzied vocal spells add to the show and builds a tempo for engrossing picturesque affair.
Robot regales...! Down memory lane in 1996, Rahman composed song titled 'Maya Machindra' (HINDUSTANI -1996) that had nuances of royal grandeur of princely-love, showcased through excellence of advanced cinematic skills and technical musical binge. 'Arima Arima', a song about the royal legacy of 'Robot' follows all such guidelines that talks about valor and splendor. Fuelled with persistently energized electronic sounds and rhythms, it has extra boisterous sounds of trumpets, horns, harps matched with thunderous drumming to epitomize out the musical grandeur. Hariharan's voice throw is splendid and flashes out dramatic scenario of 'Robot' carrying out his entourage, with its military strength. Sadhna Sargam's sedate tones works in tandem but again it's the orchestral excellence that rules the show. It's scintillating SFX-filled visual depiction with 'extra-large' entertainment will be its best judge. Just wait for the countdown...
Landscaped delights...! Shankar's insatiable to discover new landscaped location created a visual splendor in 'Ajooba' (JEANS -1998) and again he's on another grand bon-voyage to deliver out visual spectacle in 'Kilimanjaro'. It breaks loose from album beat-culture of techno-filled rhythms and works primarily on African tribal sounds and rhythms. Javed Ali's yelling tones along with Chinamyi's cheeky voice blooms vigorously with tribal sounds and sets a multicolored cinematic decorum. Like energy-filled 'Arima Arima', its all for visual spectacles that will work for the track and surely be engaging musical piece in adding lighter moments to the flick.
Robot...the icon! The wonder boy 'Robot' gets glorified and is hailed as icon with all its big reasons, specifications and features in enthralling sounding 'Boom Boom Robo Da'. A. R Rahman's most ferocious electronic beat filled punch comes all the way in its foot-thumping hip-hop emceeing that are mixed in proportion with atrociously loud rhythmical textures and engaging set of vocals. Swanand Kirkire's lyrical wordings are informative par chirpy ('Isaac Asimov ka khela hai robo, Isaac Newton ki leela hai robo, Albert Einstein ki budhi hai robo....) and have wittily loud melodramatic appeal. Madhushree's sweet-honeyed voice is affectionately lauded with Yogi B's energized hip-hop emceeing and is supported well by Tanvi Shah, Rags and Keerthi Sagathia. The soundtrack is scaled high on its frivolous catchiness and is framed in stylish musical set-up for iconic 'Robot'. For its deliriously loud disco-beat melodic maneuvers, it is likely to be having maximum takers among urbane listeners and should be engaging add in the background score section.
ROBOT is stylishly packed sci-fi musical entertainer, exuding out multifaceted classy acts from the maestro. Its herculean effort to compile and compose a set of situational soundtracks with that extra trendy grace and poise but ROBOT delivers all with style, thanks to A.R Rahman's ever-reliable expertise. The album has no blemishes but works mechanically with varied situational needs of the flick. Soundtracks like 'Pyaara Tera Gussa Bhi', 'Boom Boom Robo Da' and 'O Naye Insaan' are expected to be catching fast with listeners while 'Arima Arima', 'Naina Miley' and 'Kilimanjaro' will be following with flick's probable success. Besides Rajnikanth's super-stardom, Aishwarya's drop-dead good looks and Shankar's techno-skills, the flick promises another big reason for 'must watch' and it is Rahman's breathtaking music. Grab it as it lands on your nearby stands...!