99 Songs Movie Review: AR Rahman’s Visually Stunning Ode to Music Deserves a More Imaginative Writing (LatestLY Exclusive)

99 Songs Film Evaluate: Oscar-winner and considered one of India’s largest music legends, AR Rahman is popping each producer and author with 99 Songs. With a fractured launch due to COVID-19, 99 Songs may not be releasing everywhere in the theatres in India, which is a disappointment, for the movie is visually beautiful. However extra on that later. For Rahman to lend his penmanship and financial backing to a movie, it must be particular, proper? 99 Songs: AR Rahman Declares Particular Digital Live performance of His Upcoming Musical Film.

99 Songs, directed by Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy, is a musical love story that has the making of a Broadway musical when it comes to how its musical items and sure visible constructions are introduced out. We meet Jay (Ehan Bhat), a music prodigy whose love for notes and bars has surpassed the hatred his father had for his son in studying them.

Jay is in love with Sophie (Edilsy Vargas), a mute however expert artist and danseuse. Her rich father approves of Jay and his musical abilities. Surprisingly, that approval does not go to Jay’s ambitions of being a musician. He challenges Jay to create 100 songs after which he can ask for Sophie’s hand for marriage. Thus begins the tumultuous journey of Jay to create his masterpiece that sees him expertise pleasure, ache, loss and redemption.

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Proper from the very first body, 99 Songs bowls you over with its visually putting frames, beautiful use of colors and spectacular set designs. It helps that the visuals complement so properly with the musical rating, a rarity in Indian cinema as of late, aided by the stunning camerawork (Tanay Satam, James Cowley) and the frame-cuts (enhancing by Akshay Mehta and Shreyas Beltangdy). Ah, the good thing about having a person with immense musical abilities immersing himself in a movie!

After which there’s AR Rahman’s rating. Whereas I’m nonetheless a little bit disenchanted that 99 Songs nonetheless does not convey the form of music that had made me adore this legend, his composition right here creates a form of magical fluidity that’s simply beautiful. Simply take a look at the observe performed throughout a battle sequence at a basketball courtroom or unbelievable picturisation of the jazz sequences involving Lisa Ray’s character. The mix of tunes and visuals is so ethereal is that I preserve having this sense if 99 Songs would have labored higher as a Broadway musical. Save for one downside.

99 Songs’ writing is main letdown!

Badi interesting kahani hai tumhari“, saying Manisha Koirala’s character to our hero at one level of the movie. I want I might say to AR Rahman the author and Krishnamoorthy the screenwriter. Jay’s bumpy life story is contrived, cliche-ridden and has nothing new to supply. Even the darkish turns that the movie takes within the second act or supposedly intriguing backstory of the protagonist (that has nothing novel) does not help make 99 Songs’ narrative any higher and infrequently finally ends up making it uninteresting. There’s additionally the matter of size – with out an fascinating screenplay, the runtime of 130 minutes turns into taxing after a degree. 99 Songs Film Evaluate: AR Rahman’s Musical Drama, Starring Ehan Bhat and Edilsy Vargas, Will get Combined Response From Critics!

The characterisation of the 2 leads comes throughout as jarring, particularly that of the feminine lead. Sophie’s muteness additionally lends to her character having no form of voice in any respect in the case of the 2 males in her life – her father and her lover. Because the movie delves increasingly more into Jay’s frenzied journey, Sophie turns into extra of a reasonably bystander who is usually forgotten, regardless of being the principle motivation for that journey to even start.

Even Jay, for the matter, will get caught with some awkward writing. Whereas his love for music is graphed out in a convincing method, I can’t say the identical about his maturing into a greater musician in direction of the latter parts of the movie. The story hardly provides the form of impetus that make us root for his transformation.

The performances are first rate sufficient. For a first-time performer, Ehan Bhat, who jogged my memory each of Hrithik Roshan and Barun Sobti in his seems and mannerisms, exhibits wonderful confidence, particularly within the emotional sequences. Let’s hope that 99 Songs opens extra doorways for him to cement his place in Bollywood. Edilsy Vargas’ magnificence seamlessly merges with the beautiful canvas provided by the movie, however her efficiency is hampered by the writing round her character. Tenzin Dalha of Axone fame leaves impression as Jay’s BFF.


– The Visuals

– The Music

– Ehan Bhat


– The Writing

– Ought to Have Been Shorter

Closing Ideas

99 Songs is the form of movie that makes for big-screen impression with the magical mix of Rahman’s rating and visuals. If that mix was backed with a extra imaginative screenplay, then this could have a film that would have been talked about for years!

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Apr 17, 2021 12:25 AM IST. For extra information and updates on politics, world, sports activities, leisure and life-style, go online to our web site

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