Soundtrack, directed by Neerav Ghosh is an official remake of the Canadian indie film It’s All Gone Pete Tong. I haven’t watched the original but from its trailer; I can tell you that the remake does do justice to the film. However, some might complain that the main parts have been completely outsourced from the original.
The movie makes use of the ‘talking heads’ technique. Ghosh uses footage of real-life personalities like Kailash Kher, Anu Malik, Anurag Kashyap and DJ Aqeel (the original used actual DJs like Tiesto) and weaves this with fictional characters to narrate the story of our desi Frankie Wilde-DJ Raunak Kaul (Rajeev Khandelwal).
The story is simple. It’s about a DJ who goes completely deaf and then gets back to making music by “feeling it”. Add to this a rockstar lifestyle of drug and alcohol-abuse laced with hallucinations in the form of a joker. That’s about it. Oh I forgot to mention the redeeming character of the sweet, hearing-impaired lip-reading instructor/future wife, Gauri (Soha Ali Khan), who plays a pivotal role in the movie. There is just one very annoying thing about the move – when was the last time you heard a DJ sing? For some reason, the protagonist of this movie keeps singing.
Multi-functional DJ, I guess.
Obviously, this movie has been adapted to suit the Indian audience where it sadly but truly projects the fact that ‘film music’ is the final frontier for any music enthusiast in India. Indie musicians Sidd Coutto and Ankur Tewari have thong-sized roles in the movie but Ankur actually makes his character seem very real. Mohan Kapoor who plays friend / club owner Charlie gets on the nerves with his fake dude-bro routine. Rajeev Khandelwal gives life to the character keeping in mind its inherent ambition and arrogance while flavouring it with some Bollywood masala. Soha Ali Khan packs in her bit and is without a doubt, brilliant in terms of her portrayal of the deaf, lip-reading instructor who later becomes the protagonist’s love interest. Spoiled it, didn’t I?
The background score is superb. Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale deserve the credit for creating an up-beat but at times haunting sound that the film demanded. However, you still don’t feel the way a movie called ‘Soundtrack’ should make you feel.
Editing is top-notch and features a lot Requiem-ish fast paced cuts and time lapses. The movie has good production value even though it has been made on a small budget.
Is the movie good? Yes it is – more so, if you forget the fact this is a remake. To be honest, it does get draggy and a little unrealistic at times but what the hell? It’s supposed to be a movie, right?
Do watch it, if it’s still around because it’s leaving the theatres faster than the speed of light.