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October 7, 2011

Misses a beat

Filed under: Our FIlms — Rajeev @ 10:32 pm

October 07, 2011

Cast: Rajeev Khandelwal, Soha Ali Khan, Mohan Kapur, Mrinalini Sharma

Director: Neerav Ghosh

Slipping further and further into a vortex of drugs, alcohol and meaningless sex, the protagonist of Soundtrack, genius DJ Raunak Kaul (Rajeev Khandelwal), suddenly goes deaf one day. It’s an intriguing premise, borrowed legitimately from the Canadian film It’s All Gone Pete Tong, that itself claimed to be based on a true story.

Treated without the requisite pinch of humor or irony, director Neerav Ghosh delivers a boring film that’s as indulgent as the character whose life-story it portrays. Khandelwal, usually a terrific actor, appears grossly miscast as the hedonist hero, and plays him with a misguided sense of seriousness. You’re meant to feel for Raunak and root for him to overcome his impediment, but there are two problems here. First, he’s been such a shallow figure that mustering up any real sympathy for him is a near impossible task. Second, Khandelwal’s appearance and physicality in no way reflects Raunak’s supposed inner breakdown. The actor is on stronger ground in the film’s later portions, when his character takes up with a deaf girl (Soha Ali Khan) and commits himself towards finding fulfillment.

The film’s second half in fact has a bunch of endearing moments, and the director seems more capable handling these conventional scenes. Soha has a warm vibe to her, but it’s Mohan Kapur as Raunak’s opportunistic manager who seems to get the tone that is required here.

Soundtrack doesn’t work consistently because it’s amateurishly directed, and because even those scenes of Raunak’s debauchery are so tackily filmed. Even if you survive this film’s every other flaw, chances are you’ll be exhausted by those long, hallucinatory interactions between Raunak and his alter-ego that manifests itself as a clown.

I’m going with two out of five for Soundtrack. Somewhere in this tiring film is a promising idea that hasn’t been fully exploited.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)



    Comment by anvesh — October 8, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    IT DESERVES A WATCH!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by ANVESH — October 8, 2011 @ 8:51 am

  3. Have u actually watched the film???? Just asking because you have written ‘Raunak Kaul (Rajeev Khandelwal), suddenly goes deaf one day’. I think u should watch the complete movies & then review it. Raunak does not go deaf suddenly one day. Baaki baat hum tab karenge jab aap movie ko dekhne ke baad usey review karenge.

    Comment by mayank — October 8, 2011 @ 11:39 am

  4. True it deserves a watch … coz they ‘ve got no sense of TIME here…

    Comment by Bose — October 8, 2011 @ 11:50 am

  5. I just dont understand the reason why u give low ratings. U gave 3 stars to a film like “JAB WE MET”. I think u should have given 4 and half stars to JAB WE MET.

    Well Now coming to sound track, U should have included a statement like

    “Its a must watch film, Because this film will inspire you to become successful in life.”

    Easily you should have given 4 stars to SOUNDTRACK.

    From now on wards , i dont want to see u giving a bad judgement.
    Or else i will not follow your reviews.

    Comment by Vivek — October 12, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

  6. it’s a great film, definately a one time watch if you like good cinema. As far as the review is concerned, i will give it 3.5/5.
    I think rajeev masand was expecting people to dance around trees on dhinchak-dhinchak music. I loved the music too, it’s a bit of trance and not what you hear in regular hindi films. Don’t miss this one after just reading a review from a person who I think has not even seen the film.

    Comment by bane — October 13, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

  7. Dear Mr. Masand,

    I disagree again, agreed the movie has it’s flaws-poor music for a music based movie, average star cast, not a typical masala movie, low budget.

    Yet, the movie was fast paced with believable acting, intriguing, entertaining and had a touching message.

    And, Rajeev Khandelwal does put in a convincing act in an interesting role and does a decent job at it.

    Infact, there are a lot of scenes in the movie for which you don’t mind watching it again later..on Tv maybe.

    So, it’s atleast a 3 star for me…could’ve been 3.5, if the direction was more slick.


    Comment by Vidgun — October 14, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

  8. I know I am late in posting my comments but then it is not as bad as u said Rajeev… I immensely enjoyed the first half… The conversation between the doc & Raunak was nice… but yes the 2nd half where Soha comes in picture gets a bit lengthy… but overall it was a good watch….

    Comment by nandini — November 13, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

  9. AWESOME MOVIE.. just for the fact that it is based on a true story..

    I’ve become a huge fan of the real Raunak kaul.. He is amazing..

    Movie dekhte time aisa lag raha tha ki mera dil mere haath mein aa gaya ho…

    Comment by Neha — November 21, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

  10. Who Is actual RAUNAK KAUL?

    Comment by Hrid — December 6, 2011 @ 12:52 am

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