#17 Rang De Basanti: Top 100 Bollywood Albums

The 2006 film had music by AR Rahman and lyrics by Prasoon Joshi, who created songs like Paathshala, Roobaroo and Lukka Chhuppi. Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the film had an ensemble cast featuring Aamir Khan, Kunal Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, Soha Ali Khan, Siddharth, Atul Kulkarni and Alice Patten

Movie Details of Rang De Basanti

Music: A.R. Rahman

Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi 

Label: Sony BMG

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

As its title implied, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Rang De Basanti and its soundtrack had a dominant revolutionary bent. AR Rahman had worked on a related subject earlier, having composed music for a biopic of the person generally associated with the phrase, The Legend of Bhagat Singh. Rang De Basanti, while similarly conveying a revolutionary fervour and Punjabi folk flavour, required it done with a youthful zest – and AR Rahman, working with Prasoon Joshi, concocted a heady musical mélange that did all that and more. The movie also featured one of AR Rahman's best background scores. 

Best Song of Rang De Basanti: My favourite from the album is the lullaby-ish Lukka Chhuppi. Prasoon Joshi's words implying a hide-and-seek between a mother and her son, attained particularly heart-rending quality given the movie situation it was used in. The use of Lata Mangeshkar as the mother's voice also worked as a throwback of sorts, since the mother was played onscreen by Waheeda Rehman.

The Rang De Basanti Playlist:

  1. Ik Onkar (Singer: Harshdeep Kaur)
  2. Rang De Basanti (Singers: Daler Mehndi, K.S. Chitra)
  3. Paathshala (Singers: Naresh Iyer, Mohammed Aslam)
  4. Tu Bin Bataaye (Singers: Madhushree, Naresh Iyer)
  5. Khalbali (Singers: A.R. Rahman, Mohammed Aslam, Nacim)
  6. Khoon Chala (Singer: Mohit Chauhan)
  7. Paathshala: Be A Rebel (Singers: Naresh Iyer, Mohammed Aslam, Blaaze)
  8. Lukka Chhuppi (Singer: A.R. Rahman, Lata Mangeshkar)
  9. Lalkaar (Singer: Aamir Khan)
  10. Roobaroo (Singer: A.R. Rahman, Naresh Iyer)

Listen to the entire album of Rang De Basanti here:

(With contributions by Praveen VR, co-founder of musicaloud.com)

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