While the Indian Blogosphere is lauding the appearance of 3 Indian movies on the TIME Top 100 list, excited desi readers have been flocking to the website to cast their own votes. And as of now, all 3 movies are in the Top 10 user-rated list. Not surprising really, if you consider the voting power of the Indian junta on the Internet. Two BBC polls in the recent past come to mind when Amitabh Bachchan was voted most popular actor of all time (they got that right, I’m sure), and Ilaiyaraja’s Raakamma Kaiyya Thattu was in the lead for World’s Top Ten songs for quite sometime until the Irish decided to set things right. I’ll be really surprised if BBC decided to run another such poll, especially if it figured an Indian personality (All-Time Worst Serial Killer – Charles Sobhraj beats Jack the Ripper by a million votes).
Back to TIME magazine. Richard Corliss’s fascination for Indian movies carries over to his list of Best Soundtracks, where he picks Roja as one of his Top 5, while parading his confusion over our languages.
He quotes the titles of the Hindi songs…
Rahman laced some spectacular melodies that not only serve the drama, they create their own[EM]as in the duet ballads “Yeh Haseen Vadiyan” and “Roja Jaaneman,”
while he appreciates Rahman’s ability to make his music sound “totally Tamil” (whatever that means).
This astonishing debut work parades Rahman’s gift for alchemizing outside influences until they are totally Tamil, totally Rahman.
Maybe he should’ve considered switching his Maniratnam picks in the Music/Movie list. That way, he could’ve pleased the Raja fan in me, while not making language goof-ups.