LISTEN | ‘Ruby Ruby’ by AR Rahman for Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju

A much-awaited song composed by AR Rahman from Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju is out. This is the third song in the album so far, following one by Rohan-Rohan and Vikram Montrose each. Penned by Irshad Kamil, the song is sung by Shashwat Singh (Wat WatSarsariya) and Indian Idol finalist Poorvi Koutish.

‘Ruby Ruby’ clicks wonderfully and your senses snap taut in the groove from the get-go. It builds a pensive momentum with a bass riff, feet-tapping rhythm and percussion, and a muted ‘hey hey’ chorus, for a good part of a minute. Shashwat’s vocals exploring an unusual scale kicks in lazily with an intoxicated ‘Tu…Ruby Ruby’. How Shashwat curls the ‘R’ sound in ‘Ruby’ in imaginative ways is a heads-up for the high the song is tending to.

The highly-repetitive rhythm brilliantly supports the whole affair, but Keba Jeremiah’s bass is easily the highlight of the song. Midway in the song, Poorvi Koutish chips in with a ‘La La La’, rendering two things simultaneously. First, a throwback to the late 80s and early 90s Bollywood sound (perhaps when the song is set in, going by a young Sanju in the cover-art). Second, it splices the song in two, segueing to the second-half that mirrors the structure, rhythm and lyrics in the first half.

AR Rahman, who is a guest-composer in the film, has one more song to his credit besides ‘Ruby Ruby’. Sanju releases in theaters on 29th June, so there is but a short wait for the full soundtrack.

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