Tuesday, February 24

Slumdog vs. Pussycats

From the website:

The morning after Slumdog Millionaire took home eight Oscars including Best Picture, Ryan Seacrest debuted a remix of the title song "Jai Ho" featuringing the Pussycat Dolls on his radio show. The remix was composed by A.R. Rahman and produced by popular hip hop producer Polow Da Don.

Listen to the remix here.

It's not actually as bad as I thought it would sound. A little too safe; they should have gone more sampling crazy, strings versus jungle above the Jai Hos. Still, it's dancey and I'm digging the "You are the reason that I breathe" bits. Looks like Bollywood is here to stay.

Original link from AsianCineFest.


Andy Briones said...

Can't wait to listen to this one! "Jai Ho" is quirky cool! I have the soundtrack, and there are several cool tracks there. I'm not a big fan of Slumdog Millionaire, but I'm head over heels in love with the OST. A.R. Rahman is really something!

Thor said...

Not a big fan of the movie, too. It's the West romanticizing poverty like it's one great adventure. Heh.

But yeah, the OST is the shiznit. Love "Paper Planes," the trance-y (and admittedly cheesy) "Dreams on Fire" and dancey tracks "O...Saya" and "Millionaire."

A.R. Rahman IS a genius!

So what do you think of the PCD remix? Puwede na, di ba? :p

Andy Briones said...

You got that right, boy — A.R. Rahman is the BOMB. I'm glad he's finally getting the recognition he deserves. I like "Dreams on Fire," "Latika's Theme," "Paper Planes," "Mausam & Escape," and "Riot."

Andy Briones said...

The Pussies slaughtered "Jai Ho" ! Horrible! Ach. :p

Thor said...

Hahaha! Ah well, the Sugababes could've done a much better job. :p

Can't wait for the sexed up video for further slaughtering!

Dr. Stan Glick said...

Glad you found my post of some interest, and thanks for the link and citation. I've found yur blog interesting and have subscribed to it.

I loved the movie. I didn't find it to be romanticizing poverty at all. And I'm confused by some of the comments made here. I mean, the film is based on a novel by an Indian diplmat. Though the film differs from it in some ways, its faithful to the basic structure and intent of the book.

I'm also happy that it's brought much pride and happiness to many Indians. There was a picture in the NY Times of dozens of peopl - mainly young people - all wearing facemasks of A.R. Rahman.

For me, the PCD remix is not all that remarkable, but it's the PCDs, so how much can one expect. Still, if it at all serves to broaden the awareness of the movie and Rahman's music, I'm fine with that.

Thor said...

@ Dr. Glick: Thanks for visiting, I'm a fan of your blog. Thank for subscribing! :-)

I'm still waiting for the "Slumdog Millionaire" novel to be released here in the Philippines.

The romanticizing comment's context was more on the film's Oscar sweep, taking off from a previous conversation---more of a Gus Van Sant fan---though I'm not questioning the passion behind the film making. But I am very glad that it did make more people aware of the plight of Mumbai and all its residents.

And yes, I too didn't expect much from the PCD remix. Very pop but quite flat. But it still does carry a hint of Rahman's genius so we can only hope that more people give Rahman's music some attention.

Thor said...

...And "romanticizing" used loosely. :)

Andy Briones said...

Naku lagot ka; nagalit yata. Sabi ko sa yo dapat nag Tagalog na lang tayo... ehehe.

Just kidding, Thor! :p

Happy Monday!

Thor said...

Malay ko ba may nagbabasa sa blog ko. Hahaha!

Happy Monday!