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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Cheeni Kum Background Score

‘Cheeni Kum’ is one of those movies I loved despite its flaws. It was so fresh to see such a matured romance. Amitabh Bachan and Tabu with their sparkling screen presence, chemistry and performance did the magic. The first half of the movie is so beautifully written by Balki and is one of the most enjoyable parts of any movie I have seen this year.

But above all this, we have a major highlight which will make me watch it again and again and again and yes you guessed it, Illayaraja. Of course, his revamped songs are great but I am talking about Illayaraja’s background score. His score gives all necessary light hearted feel to the movie. Almost the entire score is filled with breezy strings, flute flourishes, soft synth beats, mild piano melodies that elevate the mood of each and every moment. The music is not in your face, it is so mild, always in the background and yet it had a magical impact on me. The ‘Veg melody’ included in the audio CD, being the love theme of, comes with beautiful variations all through the movie. But I have not seen any single review anywhere in the media mentioning about his background score for the movie.

You can get the background score pieces from here. Listen to it. Believe me, it is pure BLISS.

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Unknown said...

I like the BGM of cheeni kum a lot. The veg melody is awesome in different variations. The music comes in the starting itself and sets the right tone for the film. This theme music is set in a major scale and in between it shifts to a minor scale playing a musical bit from the "cheeni kum" / "sooni sooni" song. It then returns back to the original major scale. Ofcourse, these technical details are not required to enjoy the music, anyhow I thought I can share this info.

Thanks for sharing the bgms. Somehow I am unable to connect to the site. Will check later.

P.S. Suresh Kumar said...

Ramesh - It is awesome. You should listen to all the BGM's available there. They are so beautiful and if you haven't seen the movie, watch it for Illayaraja.

V said...

When the audio was released, I bought the audio CD for Raaja. I loved the fresh orchestra for all the old songs. Yet, there was that feeling of missing something - when I found out that all the songs (not just the publicised 'Cheeni Kum') were old songs re-orchestrated - but very beautifully.

Then I listened to the Veg. Melody - and lost myself. I must have listened to the Veg.Melody (and the Non-Veg. Melody as well) repeatedly for at least 10 times over the next 1-2 days. When I closed my eyes to listen to the Veg. Melody, my mind went into imaginary scenes of a hill station with misty clouds and green valleys. Is this what they call a "Soundscape" ? If so, then we can say Raaja is adept at creating one.

When the movie came, I went mainly for the BGM - and Raaja fully filled my ears with a great BGM. Suresh, I felt happy to see the word "Breezy" in your write-up : that is the adjective I repeatedly think of, when I think about the BGM of Cheeni Kam.

Thanks a lot for posting about Cheeni Kam. Let us see if at least one Hindi film awards function honours Raaja for the great and refreshing BGM of Cheeni Kam.

P.S. 1 : I re-activated caller tunes on my mobile after watching Cheeni Kam - and I have been having the Veg. & Non-Veg. Melodies as my caller tunes.

P.S. 2 : During an air-travel, I carried the CD of Cheeni Kam with a player and earphone and was listening to the Veg.Melody when the flight was on air, amidst the clouds. Absolutely Blissful experience............

Sambath said...

Suresh,As you mentioned all the efforts of Ilayaraja gets unnoticed from the movie reviews.He is the genius and no need of recognition for him..But still the people writing movie review should have a minimum knowledge of background score.

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