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The soundtrack to Slumdog Millionaire might have a little something to do with the success of the film and the way it is being perceived. “O… Saya”, “Riots” and “Mausam & Escape” are the strongest tracks and they play early in the movie during some of the most intense scenes. This effectively keeps you hooked into everything before you’re fully invested in the characters or the story and probably provides some auditory distance from the violent imagery.
Then during the somewhat calmer second stage of their lives they play “Paper Planes”, the song from M.I.A. that seems to be universally liked by everyone. There’s nothing like the sound of a gun being cocked and a cash register opening to appeal to the criminal deep down in all of us. They even include the DFA remix of “Paper Planes” because people apparently just can’t get enough of the song.
The later tracks are full of cultural flavor and add to the events onscreen, but aren’t as enjoyable on their own. “Liquid Dance” and “Millionaire” are the best songs in this section…even though the drastic mood change in “Millionaire” almost negates the good in the first half of the song. “Ringa Ringa”, “Aaj Ki Raat” and “Jai Ho” all reside on a lower tier and the slower tracks were much less interesting outside of the movie. The repetition in “Gangsta Blues” makes it too annoying to handle, but, thankfully, the repeated lyrics weren’t noticeable during the film.