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Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack

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Slumdog Millionaire is a 2008 British drama film directed by Danny Boyle and written by Simon Beaufoy. Based on the book Q and A by Vikas Swarup, the film - shot and set in India, follows a young street beggar who appears on a game show and exceeds people's expectations, raising suspicions from the game show host and law enforcement. Featuring music and score from composer A. R. Rahman who stated he was aiming for "mixing modern India and the old India though this story 'could happen anywhere.' The tracks feature A. R. Rahman, M.i.a., Alka Yagnik, Ila Arun , Palakkad Sriram, Madhumitha, Suzanne, Sonu Nigam, Alisha Chinoi, Blaaze, Tanvi Shah, Sukhvinder Singh, Tanvi Shah & Mahalaxmi Iyer.

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"Danny Boyle has upped the ante by hiring the great A.R. Rahman, the king of Bollywood music, to contribute one of his unmistakable propulsive scores." -- Kenny Turan, Los Angeles Times

"The film is a visual wonder, propelled by A.R. Rahman's hip-hopping score and Chris Dickens' kinetic editing." -- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"The propulsive score, by Bollywood soundtrack auteur A. R. Rahman, is hip-hop fusion of a very up-to-date kind" -- Kurt Loder, MTV.COM
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 21, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: December 21, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • ASIN: B001LX0JK6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,771 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I don't normally review CDs because it's so rare for an entire album to be worth buying, especially a soundtrack. Far too often you get a CD with songs that weren't even in the movie while skipping some of the best songs that were actually used.

The "Slumdog Millionaire" soundtrack, with its mix of mostly upbeat instrumentals and vocals, is that rare exception. If you don't want to move to this music then check your pulse.

"O...Saya" and "Jai Ho," the former shown at the beginning of the movie, the latter at the end while the credits ran along with the Bollywood homage, are perfect party songs you'll want to listen to again and again. The ominous sound of "Riots" will remind you of the murder of the brothers' mother. "Dreams on Fire" and "Latika's Theme" are both a little sad and romantic. "Millionaire" is just inspiring and will remind you of the movie's climax. And you get not just one, but two versions of "Paper Planes."

I didn't think this was possible, but the "Slumdog" soundtrack surpasses even "Bend It Like Beckham." If you liked that soundtrack, you definitely want to check this one out.
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I am a big A R Rahman fan and typically lap up anything and everything composed by this man. So when I first heard about this movie (and the fact that 2 of my favorites Danny B and ARR - have collaborated on this one) - I was all but ears for this OST. Saw the promos and then the movie and then ever since its been a wait to get this album. So when it came out on ITunes a month back, I bought it in the first hour and now when it released on a CD, again, i bought it on the first day.

The whole world is raving about this album and so is it worth it ?

Oh Yes ..absolutely a big emphatic YES.

Get it for the thunderous O Saya or the Riots
or Get it for the Grammy Nominated Paper Planes by MIA
or Get it for mellifluous and soothing Latika's theme or the wonderfully penned Dreams on Fire
or Get it for Liquid Dance - a wonderful fusion of Indian classical and western rhythms
or Get it for Gangsta Blues or Millionaire
or Get it for the joy that is 'Jai Ho'
or get it because its a Golden Globe nominated score

or simply get it because you Love music ....
or just because the name of the composer ...is A R Rahman

Just go ..get it ..

-A
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In my opinion Rahman's work on the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack, while fantastic, incredibly, does not represent his best work! His music in one of the latest Bollywood releases, a movie called "Delhi 6" easily tops his work in Slumdog. If you get a chance please do listen to this CD, particularly tracks 1, 6 and 7. You can find the CD by searching for "Delhi 6 Soundtrack" on Amazon or any one of the online music shopping sites. His many earlier works in movies like Roja, Bombay, etc are also noteworthy. But "Delhi 6" showcases the man's talents at the very top of his game. Enjoy!
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I am so happy that finally one of world's best music composers gets his due in the west. With Slumdog Millionaire the legendary A.R.Rahman as always has given an utterly awesome and mindblowing album. The album is kind of an ambassador of Indian/Eastern music. Though for the western audience the sound is totally new, this is only one of nearly one hundred albums A.R.Rahman has given in his 16 years career. From overwhelming "O Saya" to vibrant "Jai Ho", every song is a gem in itself. The masterpiece work in "Mausam and Escape" and "Liquid Dance" gives a glimpse of immense talent the maestro got. The score is getting its due and has already been nominated for various awards including the prestigious Golden Globes. We keep our fingers crossed to see it getting the Oscars nomination too. Beside the Best Original Score category, Jai ho and O Saya are strong candidates for the nomination under the Best Original Song category as well. M.I.A's Paper Planes comes as a bonus.

Verdict: Go buy it for its sheer brilliance and to experience the genius A.R.Rahman is.
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I can't believe it took me this long to discover A. R. Rahman's music. When I went to see Slumdog Millionaire with my family, my brother and I turned to each other multiple times throughout the picture and said, "We MUST buy this movie's soundtrack." O Saya is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. It's even better if you've seen the movie. It transports you back through a dizzying chase though a Mumbai slum every time. It's an addictive blend of bhangra, dance, and a little industrial. It's wonderful!

Hopefully this album will inspire people new to A. R. Rahman's work to check out his other compositions. Truely, this music is every bit deserving of the awards it has garnered.
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Danny Boyle is an amazing film director. Among his many talents as a director is finding great artist to accompany his visual images on the screen. SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE is a wonderful, masterful film. Accompanying the story that is told on the screen, is the moving soundtrack and score that underlies the images seen on the screen as well as strengthens the emotion felt. Sometimes a soundtrack surpasses the movie it is a part. Other times a soundtrack becomes unforgettable once it is separated from the movie of which it is a part. The best movie soundtracks not only make a movie better, but they can also stand alone completely apart from the films they accompany. The SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE SOUNDTRACK is a example of a soundtrack that does just that.

My favorite songs on the album include:

1. "O... Saya"--this song opens the film, but is just a great piece of music to listen to for its own sake.

3. "Mausum & Escape"--the piece played when the brothers are fleeing for their lives. It has just the right balance between fearful tension and upbeat excitement.

4. "Paper Planes"--the song played when the boys begin a new chapter in their life working around the Taj Mahal. The song is just a good song to listen to and could easily be a Top 40 hit if it wasn't from a movie soundtrack.

8. "Latika's Theme"--the music that accompanies Latika when she is near Jamal. The song feels like a lullaby.

10. "Millionaire"--the music that ties together the action of the entire film in its climatic scene. The music begins with a techno-styled beat the builds tension tinged with foreboding until it transfers into a more hopeful melody that captures the action of what is happening on the film perfectly.
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