Album: “Guru”; Music Director: A.R. Rahman; Lyricist: Gulzar; Music Label: Sony BMG
“Guru” is one of the rare occasions when Mani Ratnam, A.R. Rahman and Gulzar have come together. Loosely based on the life of Reliance founder Dhirubhai Ambani, the film has Abhisekh Bachchan playing the role of the late business icon.
“The album begins with “Barso re”, a lively rain song crooned by Shreya Ghosal and Uday Majumdar and arranged beautifully by Rahman.
“Tere bina” is no doubt the highpoint of the album and has a typical Rahman flavour. Sung by Rahman and Chinmayee with additional vocals by Murtaza Qadir, “Tere bina” is a great love song that rides on equally great lyrics. Rahman has rightly dedicated this song to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
“Ek lo ek muft” is a rustic number where Rahman fails to capitalise on the voice of Bappi Lahiri and Chitra. A completely situational song, it has additional vocals by Tanvi, Saloni, Boney and Jaidev
“Baazi laga” by Udit Narayan, Madhushree, Swetha and Bhargavee is a mundane number, most unlike Rahman.
“Mayya” is the result of what Rahman is best at – fusion. Sung by Mayyam Toller with additional vocals by Chinmayee and Keerthi, it has Arabic elements blended with Indian folk.
“Ay hairathe” is an intoxicating ghazal by Hariharan and Alka Yagnik with Rahman and Aslam Mohammed also lending their voices.
“Jaage hain” is for the classical music buffs. Chitra and Rahman sing this number with Madras Chorale Group providing the orchestral delights.
In “Guru” Rahman, who penned hits like “Roja”, “Bombay”, “Rang De Basanti” and “Lagaan”, proves his class once again.
Undoubtedly one of the finest contemporary musicians, Rahman’s effort in “Guru” is boosted by Gulzar’s lyrics.