This post is going to cover some of the links I've been collecting over the past few weeks. Random links, random thoughts.
Attn: ARR skeptics. I got this link through the yahoo group. The only Indian on the list, the only Indian claimed to have sold over 100 million records or more. Looking a lil closer at the table you notice that other than him only Mariah Carey has the same number of "Years Active". What I'm trying to get at here is that all the others on the list have been selling records for a time span in some cases much larger than just the 90s-00s. ARR has sold over 100 million records in 14 years! Well you have to realize that a lot of people would have bought the record because they liked the movie, not necessarily for just the music. Lately, I've been doing the opposite.
For those who haven't already seen the movie and those who don't already know abt the fact that ARR's Chaiyya Chaiyya starts of Spike Lee's Inside Man, here are a couple of links to reviews of the the movie starring Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, and Christopher Plummer . The movie's supposed to be really good, and doing very well. Check out paragraph 3 in the first link and the last paragraph in the second link. I'm seriously considering renting a car to go see this one.
A short review and an appetizer for all us Rahmaniacs. You can listen to a short clip of Lothlorein, there's a link in the first sentence :) and I spent a goodly amt of time looking for the link after I read the last paragraph. Waiting to hear the rest of the music.
**Charles Spencer of The Telegraph: "There is nothing here to rival the imaginative visual coups and heart-tugging emotion of such great family shows as Billy Elliot, The Lion King and Mary Poppins. And though the musical score, by the Indian film composer AR Rahman, the Finnish group Värttinä and the show's musical supervisor Christopher Nightingale is an engaging mixture of folk rock, trippy-hippy mysticism and eastern chants, it doesn't, at least on first hearing, seem to offer any memorable take-home numbers… There's a 55-strong cast, but they are often under-employed… Peter Darling's folksy choreography isn't a patch on his dazzling work on Billy Elliot." **
Mr Spencer says it all with that one sentence. ARR's music grows on you. You have to listen to it more than just once before you write a review on it. Any Rahmaniac knows that, well, others too, anyone who's acquainted with ARR knows that! Somebody tell these ppl how it works with ARR's music!!!!! There are several other excerpts of reviews in the link.
The second part was news to me, and I thought that I should let others know about it. Mani Sir to direct a Chinese movie. The author doesn't mention it specifically, but I don't have to guess when I say that ARR will surely be a part of this if it is true.
Will do something more original soon.