Robot (2010) Music Review: A.R. Rahman fails to impress

August 31, 2010 (Calcutta Tube): The music of Upcoming film ‘Robot’ doesn’t impress that much. It lacks the punch and the wow factor that A. R. Rahman’s songs are known for.

  • Film: ‘Robot’;
  • Music Director: A.R. Rahman;
  • Singers: Srinivas D, Khatija Rahman, Mohit Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal, Rahman, Suzanne, Kash ‘N’ Krissy, Pradeep Vijay, Pravin Mani, Rags, Yogi B, Hariharan, Sadhana Sargam, Benny Dayal, Naresh Iyer, Javed Ali, Chinmayi, Madhushree, Keerthi Sagathia and Tanvi Madhushree;
  • Rating: **

There are many factors that compel you to have high expectations from the soundtrack of director Shankar’s forthcoming film ‘Robot’ – it is one of the most expensive films of the year, it stars Rajnikant and Aishwarya Rai and, most importantly, the music has been composed by Oscar-winning music director A.R. Rahman.

The album has seven tracks.

The soundtrack of ‘Robot’ begins with ‘O naye insaan’, sung by Rahman’s daughter Khatija Rahman and Srinivas D. The slow-paced track is a gloomy one and is sung in a way that it seems a robot is singing it. It’s a situational track. Even though it is not such a treat to hear, the song might look good on screen.

Next is a romantic song ‘Pyaara tera gussa hai’, which has something like a scientific language. With Mohit Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal behind the mike, it has some weird lyrics, maybe because the film features a robot.

Then comes ‘Naina mile’. The fast-paced number is sung by Rahman along with Suzzane and Kash ‘N’ Krissy. It fails to make a mark.

Strong orchestration marks the arrival of ‘Arima arima’. Sung by Hariharan and Sadhana Sargam, the song describes the protagonist of the film. This is also a situational number and and not hummable.

Up next is the song called ‘Kilimanjaro’, a very strange title for a song. Javed Ali and Chinmayi have crooned this peppy track that talks about a girl from the hills. It is better than others but doesn’t exude the charm of Rahman’s compositions.

Then comes the title track of the film in two versions. One titled ‘Chitti dance showcase’ and the other ‘Boom boom robo da’.

‘Chitti…’ sung by Pradeep Vijay, Pravin Mani, Rags and Yogi B fluctuates between slow and fast beats, while ‘Boom Boom…’ voiced by Madhushree, Keerthi Sagathia and Tanvi Shah along with Rags and Yogi B is a fast number with a hip hop flavour.

Unfortunately, none of the versions really appeal to the listeners.

On the whole, the music of ‘Robot’ does not appeal. They may suit the script of the sci-film, but the audio is not impressive.

(Ruchika Kher can be contacted at ruchika.k@ians.in)

21 thoughts on “Robot (2010) Music Review: A.R. Rahman fails to impress

  1. What a stupid review.. u r really a stupid. Dont say it did not impress the listeners.. just say it did not impress U. Coz it definitely impressed me n my frnds..

  2. I DO NOT AGREE TO YOUR REVIEW AT ALL. FOR ME AND MY FRIENDS THESE SONGS WERE THE BEST OF THE CENTURY….WHO TOLD YOU THESE SONGS DID NOT IMPRESS…..PLEASE DO NOT LIE…….. EXTREEMLY GOOD WORK BY THE KING OF MUSIC AR RAHAMAN.

  3. The review is absolutely correct. After Jai Ho Reheman is only concentrating on international film. His recent music for commonwealth games has turned out to be a big flop, he has taken Rs 5 crores for that single theme. God, how people can change!

  4. The Robot is actually a tamil film named ‘Endhiran’. The songs were translated straightaway from the Tamil. Listen to Endhiran. You know how songs get damaged when they get translated.

    1. its a bad review……….wat u said .naina miley song fails………bullshit….its as awesome taht v cant even compare it with any other indian songs……..rahman is truly updating his music……h is awesome…….listen to songs with a mind….pls dnt listen iot only for gving reiews

  5. What a music in Robot….also try to hear the orginal version of songs which is ‘Endiran’.. Just Amazing. A. R Rahman is a biggest Asset to Our Country. I love the songs…..I alomost hear now thousnad times.. And i will continue to hear…. Thanks to AR.Rahman

  6. The review is from some biased person. the songs are having pure old Rahmanic touch. I’m listening repeatedly since i have these tracks. Heart touching compositions by maestro.

  7. this is a bad & stupid review n one of the guy commented about ar rahman that he has been changed after getting the academy awards,hey fool dont ever comment like hereafter. all the songs are awesome. A.R.RAHMAN ROCKS

  8. Excellent Review. Thanks for not trying to be ‘politically correct’ and for not writing a shallow review.

    I live in Tamil Nadu and my mother tongue is Tamil.The songs sound pathetic even in Tamil. Its only repetition (one of the tools of “sub-conscious programming”) and hype that can make the mind accept such bad music.

    I appreciate you, Ms. Ruchika Ker for the honesty in your opinions.

  9. Rehman is no God. He has created trash music in past and he has done it again. Although I am an avid fan of most of his creation, this is his worst. The lyrics complement the trash unfortunately too much of Yak Yak. Bloody bheja fry.

  10. Its not rahman’s fault, its the language. The tunes, the accent, the style, never matches between South vs North. When composing the song, it can only be done perfectly in one particular regional language, thats why we don’t have much of hits of the same song in both north & south

  11. For those who dont know the music plz dont dare to comment here
    A R Rahman is the God of Music. n Robot is the best music album of the year.

  12. U r comparing our orginal rahman wid chor pritam…pritam mks evry song hit by copying if he has guts den compose one original song and den mke it a hit..robot songs rocks esp naine mile and pagal anukan.

  13. you cant say negative review bcoz(irumbile oru irudhayam in tamil sung by a.r.rahman is rockin……..and also kilimanjaro and kaadhal anukkal(tamil) also simply rocks…but there is no such a great innovation in instrumentation as per expectations of us

    1. so i want the respected reviewer to change this bcoz u should not express ur negative reviews in such a manner…u cant say negative reviews n all as bcoz our music maestro does it well

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