An official remake of ‘It’s All Gone Pete Tong’ (2004), Neerav Ghosh’s ‘Soundtrack’ (2011) is a brilliant adaptation, well-suited to the local tastes and sensibilities, recounting the highs and lows in the life of a talented DJ - Raunak Kaul (Rajeev Khandelwal) and his debilitating hearing disorder, which leaves him thunderstruck. Yet, the arrival of Gauri (Soha Ali Khan), a deaf, who teaches Raunak how to lip read not only helps the musician but also inspires him to carry on with life and of course, the love of his life -music.
‘Soundtrack’ is the quintessential story of a small town boy, who comes to Mumbai with starry eyes, hoping to make it big in the music industry. Lucky to get the chance of a lifetime, Raunak becomes a DJ with a famous nightclub. However, success is never easy and always comes with a price. Dazzled by the world of glitz and glamour, Raunak falls prey to the excesses of money and power. Riding on the wave of fame and glory, he becomes insensitive towards his close associates and surroundings. However, his personal low comes when he develops a hearing disorder. At this point of time, Gauri comes as a ray of hope and teaches him the real meaning of music – the music of love and life.
Filmmaker Neerav Ghosh has done a brilliant job in ‘Soundtrack’ without going overboard with its theme and subject. It focuses on the personal loss of a man, whose world comes to a standstill as he moves from happiness to misery. Rajeev Khandelwal and Soha Ali Khan are brilliant in their roles and share a crackling chemistry. In fact, Rajeev is a revelation of sorts, who exudes immense self-belief and conviction in his performance.
A well crafted movie with brilliant score by Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale, ‘Soundtrack’ will touch the right chord with audience.
Ratings: Three cheers for this one!