Great Movie Slumdog Millionaire Has New M.I.A. Song

Amrit Singh | November 25, 2008 - 10:50 am

I know it might be a bit much to say Slumdog’s a “Great Movie” in a music blog post title because I am not a film critic (yet). But last night I got into a long conversation with Lindsay about it and she agrees, so I’m just gonna say it’s the Best Movie and you should see it ASAP. I made a forced reference to the Danny Boyle-directed heartwarmer when talking about Sigur Rós and how “Hoppípolla” is in the film trailer, but that was before I realized Maya’s got a new song called “O Saya,” with soundtrack composer A.R. Rahman, that turns up in the film. MTV praises Rahman’s work on the OST for “mixing the disparate worlds of Bollywood and hip hop,” which is true, but as you’ll hear it’s a more integrated and creative fusion than previous Hindi-hop exercises. Here’s “O Saya”:

A.R. Rahman & M.I.A. – “O… Saya”

Last night Scott asked me why I enjoyed the movie so much, and to make the case for a non-Indian (surprise, Scott’s a non-Indian). I haven’t been to India in a decade, so I was maybe disproportionately moved by the movie’s allusions to that country’s breakneck socioeconomic development. But that’s part of what drives it all, this improbable central love story set against an honest, vibrant cultural backdrop. The narrative device is clever, the cinematography debilitating, the themes — family, class disparity, and of course, Big Love — universal. It’s wonderfully cast. Yeah “Paper Planes” is in it, but that Sigur Rós track is more apropos: Millionaire’s a teary joy ride. It’s a good one to see with the fam over the holiday. I’ll leave the rest to the real critics, you rewatch the trailer.

“O Saya” appears on the Slumdog Millionaire OST, which is out now via iTunes, and in stores on 12/23. Here’s a tracklist:

01 “O… Saya” Performed by A R Rahman & M.I.A.
02 “Riots” by A R Rahman
03 “Mausam & Escape” by A R Rahman
04 “Paper Planes” Performed by M.I.A.
05 “Paper Planes” DFA REMIX Performed by M.I.A.
06 “Ringa Ringa” by A R Rahman featuring Alka Yagnik & Ila Arun
07 “Liquid Dance” by A R Rahman featuring Palakkad Sriram & Madhumitha
08 “Latika’s Theme” by A R Rahman featuring Suzanne
09 “Aaj Ki Raat” Performed by Sonu Nigam, Mahalaxmi Lyer & Alisha Chinoi
10 “Millionaire” by A R Rahman featuring Madhumitha
11 “Gangsta Blues” by A R Rahman featuring BlaaZe & Tanvi Shah
12 “Dreams on Fire” by A R Rahman featuring Suzzanne
13. “Jai Ho” by A R Rahman featuring Sukhvinder Singh, Tanvi Shah & Mahalaxmi Iyer