Drawing parallels with the life of Beethoven who became deaf and yet continued to compose music, Soundtrack explores this unusual theme in the story of Raunak, a talented DJ and composer who loses his hearing partly due to heredity and partly due to his excesses of smoking, drugs and alcohol.
The story is hard-hitting and told without much fuss and melodrama. There is no weeping and wailing and melodramatic sequences, j ust. You see the devastation in the characters face and his downward spiral reminded me of Leonardo Di Caprios portrayal of Howard Hughes in The Aviator. The credit for this should go a lot to the way Rajiv Khandelwal plays Raunak. He is attractive, disgusting and admirable in turns as he faces his demons and learns to live with the hand Fate has dealt him. Soha Ali Khan as the deaf girlfriend is also quite endearing. Mohan Kapoor as the music promoter plays the over the top character with just the right amount of zing and energy.
The music for a film based on a composer is not that engrossing and we dont get to see enough evidence of his talent. Also, I was not sure what sort of music he composes. He sings off key in some scenes and cant play a simple nursery rhyme on a tiny toy keyboard but belts out a tuneful number later which I found a bit incongruous.
But then these are minor issues. The movie is made in a very different way with reality seeping in, in the form of interviews with actual music industry folks like Anu Malik , Anurag Kashyap and Kailash Kher. By blurring the lines between reality and fiction, the film touches a raw nerve in us. Also, after Shaitan, this is the second movie that shows what abusing drugs and alcohol can do to your body and mind.
This movie is a must watch for all reasons- great story, superb acting, and unusual treatment. Movies of this kind with actors like Rajiv Khandelwal will soon put cheesy over made up and built up heroes in idiotic masala movies out of business.